|We currently offer the following Orange
County, NY material and plan to offer more in the coming weeks and
months. Recently we acquired a half dozen yearbooks of Port
Jervis High School and are in the process of offering them as downloads.
|Orange County material currently available|
Minisink and Port Jervis
Includes Stickney's History of the Minisink Region (1867) (with an all-new index), a PJ HS yearbook, and the 1922 Port Jervis City Directory. See more information about this CD on our Port Jervis and the Minisink country page.
Available for Download:
The Orange County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860)
The Descendants of Noah Cross and Rachel Osterhout: Cross - New York State - 1775 - 1975
Historic Wallkill Valley for 1903 (Orange and Ulster Counties, NY, and Sussex County, NJ)
The Dutchess and Orange Counties chapters in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848)
Port Jervis High School yearbooks
Town of Mamakating, Sullivan County, New York, Collected by Gertrude Barber (1934).
Westbrookville (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.
The Indians by Abraham G. Bevier (1846)
The 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.
As 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 information.
|Orange County was one of the original counties of New York State. In 1798, Rockland County was taken from it. You may wish to check our Rockland County page for localities that were involved in the transfer.|
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