The Herkimer County chapter
in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York
(1848). Herkimer County's treatment, which includes a map, is --
and five pages -- slightly longer than average for an upstate county in
this work. Short as it is, it's still an important part of the
historical record. We also include the section of this book about
land grants and patents in New York State. 5++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.
The Herkimer County chapter
from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look
at Herkimer County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's
treatment of the subject. The localities mentioned in boldface in this
chapter are: Columbia,
Columbia Center, Cedarville, South Columbia, Danube, Newville, Indian
Castle, Fairfield, Middleville, Frankfort, New Graefenberg, Howards
Bush, German Flats, Mohawk, Ilion, Fort Herkimer, Dennisons Corners,
Pains Hollow, Herkimer, Eatonville, Litchfield, Jerusalem, Cedar Lake,
Little Falls, Jacksonburgh, Bethel, Paines Hollow, Manheim, Brocketts
Bridge, Inghams Mills, East Creek, Manheim Center, Newport, Norway,
Graysville, Ohio, Ohio City, Russia, Gravesville, Poland, Cold Brook,
Booth, Prospect, Salisbury, Salisbury Center, Diamond Hill, Devereaux,
Whitesburgh, Schuyler, East Schuyler, West Schuyler, Stark, Starkville,
Van Hornesville, Smiths Corners, Warren, Jordanville, Pages Corners,
Little Lakes, Crains Corners, Wilmurt, Winfield, East Winfield, West
Winfield, and North Winfield. 11+ pages, in PDF format.
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Little Falls – A Historical Sketch --
By Hon. Thomas D. Ferguson (1911) -- Herkimer County Historical Society,
Papers from Volume IV.
This particular paper – a speech that
dealt with the history of Little Falls – is a favorite of ours because
it is a fine example of local history as practiced a century ago. While
we today may take issue with the lack of sourcing of facts in such
addresses, we are grateful that the material was collected and preserved
for our use today. Standards of scholarship have changed in the
intervening years – you will immediately note the absence of footnotes –
but the amateur historians back then had the advantage of, first, being
chronologically closer to their subjects, and second, often having
sources available to them that are no longer available today. 15+
pages, in PDF format. Download now for $3.25.
Native Americans: Herkimer County Historical Society.
Papers from Volume IV. 1. History
of Early Jesuit Missions in the Mohawk Valley, by the Rev. James H.
Halpin (1905) 2. The Iroquois Indian, by Dr. J. D. Fitch
(1907). The source was a collection of papers and
addresses read before the Herkimer County Historical Society – volume 4
of these papers – with these two addressing the native American
population of upstate New York, concentrating on the Mohawk Valley.
Historical societies of that era often took seriously their role
researching local history and making it permanently available via
collections of papers such as this one. 19+ pages, in PDF format.
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Andrustown – A Page from Herkimer
County’s Past, by Dr. Grace M. Norris.
(1911) Herkimer County Historical Society
Papers, Volume IV. This
paper, a speech that dealt with the demise of the tiny community of
Andrustown in a massacre during the Revolutionary War, is still useful
today. This community, which escaped the massacres that afflicted this
area during the French and Indian War due to its remoteness, was not so
fortunate this time. Interestingly, nothing except for two or three
historical markers remains of Andrustown today. 15+ pages, in PDF
format, download now for $3.00.
The Professional and Public Service
of the Deceased Members of the Bar of the Village of Herkimer, NY,
by Hon. Charles Bell (1914).
The source was a collection of papers and addresses read before the
Herkimer County Historical Society – volume 4 of these papers. The
deceased attorneys profiled in the paper are as follows: Gaylord
Griswold, Sanford Clark, Matthias B. Tallmadge, Michael Hoffman, Simeon
Ford, Lauren Ford, William D. Ford, Aaron Hackley, Jr., Charles Gray,
James B. Hunt, John C. Underwood, Ezra Graves, Charles A. Burton, Volney
Owen, Clinton A. Moon, Maurice Fikes, Jacob H. Weber, Amos H. Prescott,
Samuel Earl, Josiah A. Steele, Robert Earl, George W. Smith, Sidney A.
Smith, George M. Wirt, John Dryden Henderson, Edward A. Brown, Abram B.
Steele, and Robert E. Steele. Generally the capsule biographies focus
on the professional achievements of these men (yes, despite the first
names of Lauren and Volney, usually considered female names today, all
those profiled are men) rather than on biographical details. 12+
pages, in PDF format. Download now for $2.25.
Marking General Herkimer’s Route to Oriskany,
by Charlotte A. Pitcher (1912),
The colonists’ victory at the Battle of
Oriskany is viewed today as one of the pivotal battles of the American
Revolution. More than a century after that battle, a number of
hereditary, patriotic, and civit organizations in the Utica/Oriskany
area embarked on a project to mark the route taken by General Herkimer
and his troops to that engagement with a series of monuments. While
sketching out the actual route of the march in more detail than one
usually finds in accounts of the battle, the article also describes the
efforts of the sponsoring organizations to appropriately mark it and the
celebrations that accompanied the unveiling of the markers. 10+ pages,
in PDF format. Download now for $2.00.