Ulster County, NY History
|We have a number of items from Ulster County and are planning to offer them in the coming weeks and months.
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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. 78+ pages, in
PDF format, download now for $3.50
Saugerties High School Sawyer for 1935
A nice, useful yearbook, with higher
quality photography and printing than one expects from these depression
times, and a very attractive cover for any era. 88+ pages.
Download in PDF format, $4.25
Of Kingston Academy for
High school yearbooks are one form of
history within which everyone is recorded when they graduate from high school.
They, and their community, are frozen at a point in time that the yearbook
captures and keeps. Haircuts, clothes, friends, teachers – they are all
captured as they were, not as we choose to remember them or tell our children
they were back in the good old days, or, in the case of the yearbook, as we may
have heard from our grandparents. The class pictured in this yearbook – their
yearbook – graduated when the 20th century was not yet a decade old.
Ahead of them were two World Wars, and, for the long-lived among them, such wars
as Korea and Vietnam. Economic panics were not novel back then, but the
game-changing Great Depression was decades in the future. Women could not yet
vote, and Prohibition was still something that was thought by many to be a
desirable change in the legal system.
Graduates included: Leroy Hammond, Sam
Scudder, Alice Krom, Alton Du Flon, Jacob Mollet, Elizabeth Goodrich, Arthur
Ellis, Fannie Wood, Helen Terwilliger, Bertram Tenhagen, Clara Ostrander, Isabel
Alliger, Elizabeth Sullivan, Marion Everett, Ethel Elmendorf, Edith Van Gaasbeck,
Theodore Conklin, Elizabeth Adams, Gladys Mulford, Conrad Drautz, Emma Down,
Cornelia Ougheltree, Henry Elting, Etta Van Aken, Phoebe Cheshire, Florence
Norton, Elizabeth Hazard, Clifford Bennett, Laura Reiner, and Hazel Freer.
Alton B. Monroe, who died during his senior year, was memorialized. Note
we’ve necessarily reduced the size of the pages in this yearbook, hopefully
without loss of image quality, since it was originally printed in what we now
call landscape format and we generally publish in portrait format. 68+
paged, in PDF format, download now for $4.00.
The Ulster County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New
French's Gazetteer was (and still is) viewed as authoritative
for demographic information and, to a large extent, for historical
information about New York State counties as they were in 1860. The
following localities receive boldface mention in the text: Denning,
Dewittsville, Esopus, Port Ewen, Arnoldton, South Rondout, Dashville,
Sleightsburg, Ellmores Cove, Amesville, Atkarton, Freeville, Gardiner,
Tuthilltown, Libertyville, Jenkinstown, Hardenbergh, Dry Brook, Hurley, West
Hurley, Kingston, Rondout, Eddyville, Wilbur, Fly Mountain, Dutch
Settlement, Flatbush, Lloyd, New Paltz Landing, Centerville, Lewisburgh,
Riverside, Marbletown, Stone Ridge, Kripplebush, High Falls, Marbletown,
Bruceville, Marlborough, Milton, Lattingtown, New Paltz, Butterville,
Ohioville, Springtown, Olive, Shokan, Samsonville, Olive City, Plattekill,
Clintondale, Flint, Modena, Rochester, Alligerville, Port Jackson, Accord,
Kyserike, Rosendale, Lawrenceville, Bruceville, Green Locks, Whiteport,
Saugerties, Malden, Glasco, West Camp, Quarryville, Unionville, Glenearle,
Van Akens Mills, Ashbury, Shandaken, Pine Hill, Ladews Corners, Phoenicia,
Woodland, Shawangunk, Galeville Mills, Ulsterville, Dwaars Kil, Burynswick,
Jamesburgh, New Hurley, Wawarsing, Ellenville, Napanoch, Homowack,
Kerhonkson, Lackawack, Greenfield, Port Benjamin, Port Nixon, Woodstock,
Bearsville, and Lake Hill. If you
have an interest in any aspect of Ulster County history, this 11+ pages (PDF
format) download is a "must have". $1.75.
The Ulster County chapter
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 this county in the five pages allotted is
fairly comprehensive in its
treatment of the county's physical geography and history but a little
spotty in coverage of the towns that comprised it. We also include the two page summary of New York State
land grants for background in this download. 5++ pages (plus
supplement), PDF format,
download now for $2.75
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
The Kingston High School
Maroon for 1924
High school yearbooks
often provide a glimpse of a town or city at the time it was issued that is
not easily available from other sources. Young people are surprisingly
accurate reporters of their milieu. This yearbook shows a prosperous small
city, with a high school with high standards for academic achievement and
also for concern for others and for the environment – well ahead of its
time. The yearbook unfortunately is also quite typical of yearbooks of its
time, peppered as it is with ethnic humor that is not funny in the 21st
Century. Please note that at some time before the Maroon came into
our possession, someone had removed the back-to-back senior photos of Watson
J. Bailey and Katherine M. Bennett, and also had cut one or more individuals
from the photos of the baseball and basketball teams (page 127-28).
PDF format, 152+ pages, download now for $5.00.
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. See our
Orange County page for more information.
A History of Ulster County
Under the Dominion of the Dutch
Augustus H. Van Buren (1923).
The author provides us with abundant history of Ulster County from the time
of European arrival until 1763, when the English government of the area was
formally in place. Wars, domestic life, interactions with the Native
Americans, and name – lots of names – and anecdotes make up the body of the
work. Furthermore, if you know a bit about the geography, it is an
entertaining read. 146+ pages, PDF format, download now for $4.00
Edited and with an
introduction by Holley Cantine and Dachine
Ranier (1950). This volume, republished to fulfill a commitment
made many years ago to Holley Cantine, is a collection of recollections and
advice by extreme pacificists during World War II who chose prison over any
cooperation at all with the Selective Service System in the United States.
Please see our Americana page for more
information. (both Cantine and Ranier were residents of Woodstock, NY).
|Orange, Ulster and Greene County items
currently awaiting publication:
Catskill Mountains, by H. A. Haring (1931)
350 pages, with 42 illustrations and two
maps. A very nice, well-produced history and guidebook of the Catskill
Mountains, emphasizing the high Catskills area. Includes chapters on
geography and geology, general area history, historical industries including
hemlock bark harvesting and tanning, hoop making, glass blowing, and
bluestone quarrying. In more recent history, the New York City water
system and the Catskill State Forest, as well as trout fishing receive
entire chapters. It concludes with four chapters on hiking the
Catskills and motoring and vacationing there. Also includes an index.
Possibly we'll publish this in three sections as downloads.
Catskill Mountains and the Region Around, by the Rev. Charles Rockwell (1869)
351 pages. Interesting articles --
chapters -- about historical and then-current cultural matters.
There's an entire chapter on Thomas Cole, the painter, reminiscences about
the Catskill Mountain House, the usual articles about life in the wilds of
the Catskills in bygone years. In addition, there's a map and some drawings.
This was not one we were familiar with when we acquired it, but it looks
like a good addition to a Catskill Mountains CD-ROM at some point in the
future. What do you think? Possibly we'll offer sections as
downloads in the interim.
|Ulster County was one of the
original counties of New York State. In 1797 a
portion of present-day Delaware County was taken from
it, in 1800 a portion of present-day Greene County, and subsequently, in 1809, Sullivan County was
Please see our
Delaware County page,
our Greene County page,
and our Sullivan County
page for more information about those counties.
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