History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The first south side settlement in what is now the town of Florida in Montgomery County was made in 1738 by William Johnson who at the age of 23 came to manage the estate of his uncle, Sir Peter Warren, Admiral of the Britist Navy. By this time, homes dotted the valley in the west and the Johnson Trading Post...
....that served both white man and Redskin received patronage from travelers along the valley. Johnson grew in wealth and even more importantly, also in esteem with his Iroquois customers. It was a combination that laid effective background for future responsibilities when he was named superintendent for Indian affairs in the colonies. In 1743, he erected a home on the north side of the river, near the westerly limits of the city of Amsterdam and Warrensbush gradually disappeared.