A portion of
was once owned by the Vromans, called Vromansland, and was purchased for one hundred gallons of rum and a few blankets. Adam Vroman’s father, Hendrick, was killed in the Fulton massacre of 1690. Adam was born in Schenectady , in 1649, and had three wives, who begat 13 children. The book lists the children. Holland
The Palatines and Vromans did not trust each other. When the Palatines saw the land that Vroman had bought, they realized that Vroman had cheated the Indians out of almost one thousand acres. The Palatines, Indians, and Vromans argued over the land until Adam Vroman repurchased it in 1726.
In 1753, a “fort” was built in Vromansland. This action was taken in preparation of a conflict with the French, and the order to build the fort was given by Sir William Johnson.
In the Revolution, Peter Vroman fought alongside the patriots as a Colonel. He also represented the Schoharie district at the “Provincial Convention”, which elected delegates to the Continental Congress. He also served as a delegate to the Council of Safety.
The Swart family were decedents of people from
. The first Swarts in the country were Frederick and Teunis Cornelius. One Swart became a judge. Holland
The Cryslers settled in our county around the year 1750. When the Revolution erupted, they sided with the Crown, and the book states many times that they are a “stain upon our history”. During the Revolution, Crysler fled to
with other Tories. Canada
In 1777, upper, middle, and lower forts were built. The strongest of these was the upper fort, which stood near Fultonham.
The book tells of the Vroman massacre in which many Vromans and servants were either killed or brought to
. This rendition includes the story of the Indians sparing the Vroman baby because of it’s laughter. Also, many of those killed had their scalps hung near those captured. These prisoners were traded for other prisoners in Canada and walked home from Canada after being gone for a year. Saratoga
The Bouck family came to
via the Palatine immigration, the first Bouck being William Bouck. In 1780, William was taken prisoner by Indians. He and other servants were rescued by patriots. William C. Bouck was born in 1786, and started school in 1795. Bouck was in the state legislature and was Governor for two years, and is the only Governor from our county. Bouck also attended the state constitutional convention and died in 1859, at 73. Fulton
The book gives a list of inhabitants of
in 1788. Among the names are Bouck, Crysler, Vroman, and Swart. Fulton
This chapter also states that Tim Murphy was nothing but a kind-hearted person and a patriot. Murphy’s family moved here from
. At 16, Murphy joined the patriots as a rifleman. It was Tim Murphy that killed General Fraser in the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Murphy was dispatched to the Schoharie valley to help turn back expected invasions. Ireland
Mr. Murphy had many great feats, including defending the Middle Fort. His first wife was Marganet Feek. Murphy died in 1818 and was buried at his farm.
In the hills of
was Petersburgh. Once having timber covering the land, hemlock took it’s stead when the timber was depleted. The hemlock was used as normal timber would be used. Fulton
Breakabeen’s “correct” name is “Brakabeen”, which was named by the Germans. One of the early settlers of Breakabeen was the Keysers. During the Revolution, three houses stood in Breakabeen, one of which was the Keyser residence. A man named Michael Borst came to
in 1815 and built a tannery near the bridge; the tannery was later replaced by a foundry around 1850. Fulton
Fultonham was the place of a Palatine dorf and the Upper Fort. One of the first families were the Laraways. The book also mentions a man by the name of Charles Watson, which begs the question, is this who
is named after? Watsonville
Polly Hollow, or
West Middleburgh, is also talked about. During the Civil War, two soldiers deserted and Union troops came to get them. The Polly Hollow militia fired on the Union force until they retreated.
Under the Supervisors of Fulton, names of interest that came up are Vroman, Watson, and Bouck.
’s boundaries were formed in 1828. Fulton
The book tells of Crysler’s despicable actions. One must wonder what was going on in his mind.