Minisink and Port Jervis
History of the Minisink Region (1867) (with an all-new index), a PJ HS yearbook, and the 1922
City Directory. See more information about this
CD on our
Port Jervis and the Minisink country
Available for Download:
The Orange County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New
Orange County, one of the original counties, already had a lot
of history when French compiled his landmark Gazetteer in 1860. This
chapter, in 12+ pages (PDF format) provides most of it, as well as
The Descendants of Noah Cross
and Rachel Osterhout: Cross - New York State - 1775 - 1975
This genealogy of a family
that originated in Ulster County, originally published by the Cross Family
Association, is now available for download.
See the Cross Family page for more information.
Valley for 1903 (Orange and Ulster Counties, NY, and Sussex County, NJ)
Wallkill Valley” was a more or less annual production for several years at
the beginning of the 20th century. Printed on expensive paper,
with color on some advertising pages and abundant photos it was clearly an
expensive undertaking, and contained many ads for area businesses as well as
articles. The articles in this issue included several about Walden, some
material about cemeteries in the area, Wesley Grove (Neelytown), articles
about historical incidents and locales, an article about Montgomery, various
in memoriam articles, and an article about Mount Beacon with its cog
railway. There is even a review of the previous issue of “Historic Wallkill
Valley” – something one does not often see. 150+ pages, PDF format,
download now for $5.00.
The Dutchess and Orange Counties chapters
in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York
Only a dozen years before French's
Gazetteer, but a world of
difference! Treatment of these counties in the six pages allotted is
fairly comprehensive in its treatment of the county's physical geography,
somewhat weaker in terms of the history and definitely a little spotty in
coverage of the towns that comprised it. The two counties are grouped
together by the authors. We also include the two page summary of New
York State land grants for background in this download. 6++ pages, PDF
format, download now for $2.75
Jervis High School yearbooks
Some time ago we included the Port
Jervis 1934 yearbook, "Twin River Valley" on our
CD-ROM "The Minisink" - and it's still
available. We recently were fortunate to acquire
a number of additional yearbooks of Port Jervis High School from the 1950s and
1960s. While each of these certainly has its own sentimental
value for those whose names and faces appear in them, they are also
a fascinating glimpse into a period of time in American history when
we were progressing from World War II and approaching Woodstock.
We will make them available here as we publish them. All are
in PDF format, and each is priced as shown. We hope you enjoy
Port Jervis High School "The
Victor" for 1955 (112+ pages). Available now for download
Port Jervis High School "Victor" for 1956
(118+ pages). Available now for download for $4.50.
Port Jervis High School "The
Venture" for 1957 (114+ pages). Available now for
download for $4.50.
Port Jervis High School "Venture
59" for 1959 (116+ pages). Available now for
download for $4.50.
Port Jervis High School "Venture"
for 1961 (118+ pages). Available now for download
Port Jervis High School "Archives"
for 1963. Coming soon.
Town of Mamakating, Sullivan
County, New York, Collected by Gertrude Barber (1934).
(erroneously called West Brookville by the compiler; the hamlet was named
for the Westbrook family, an old Dutch name found in Ulster County and the
Hudson Valley in general) is located very close to the Orange
County/Sullivan County line. Included in this compilation are two
cemeteries: the Westbrookville Cemetery, and another cemetery in the
Westbrookville area, which the compiler describes only as an “old, deserted
cemetery”. We do not have specific location date for either cemetery,
regretfully. Presumably there are families from both counties included in
this compilation. Please see our
Town of Mamakating page in
Sullivan County for more information.
by Abraham G. Bevier
full title of this work is “The Indians, or, Narratives of Massacres and
Depredations of the Frontier, in Wawasink and its vicinity, during the
American Revolution, by a Descendant of the Hugenots.” It will surprise few
that this short volume offends modern sensibilities. There are very
distinct good guys and bad guys in the author’s scheme of things, and while
the rare mention of a good deed by a bad guy is here, far more common is the
excusal of less-than-good-guy behavior by the ostensible good guys as the
sort of thing that, well, good guys just sort of do, and that it is actually
moderately humorous that they do it. It does take some getting used to.
Nonetheless, to have a real sense of how people in the 1840s viewed their
cultural history, one needs to understand the mindsets of the people of the
1840, as well as the mindsets of those who lived before them who passed
along the facts and legends of their own forbears.
well as views of the Indians that would be unpopular with most today, the
author adds some material on treatment of the Tories after the Revolutionary
War. While some may be encouraged that the treatment of Tories was not much
more humane than treatment of the Indians had been, the author’s
prognostication that the ill feeling toward Tories would have completely
faded away in a few years from the time he wrote the book, the Publisher
recalls his own grandfather, born in Neversink, NY in 1872, referring to a
neighborhood in Neversink as a “nest of Tories” as late as the early 1950s.
Predjudice indeed suffers a long and difficult death.
See our Ulster County page for more