The early days of Schenectady County and Schoharie County, NY, and their various towns and townships are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 50 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1841 edition of Historical Collections of the State of New York by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and New York, a Guide to the Empire State, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to the front cover. The communities mentioned (alphabetized by first letter only) include: Blenheim, Broome, Breakabeen, Byrnville, Carlisle, Cobelskill, Conesville, Duanesburg, Esperance, Fultonham, Fulton, Franklinton, Gallupville, Gilboa, Grosvenors Corners, Glenville, Howes Cave, Huntersland, Jefferson, Lawyersville, Livingstonville, Mann's Valley, Middleburg, Neskayuna, Netterville, Princetown, Punchkill, Plattakill, Quaker Street, Richmondville, Rotterdam, Schenectady, Scotia, Schoharie, Sharon Center, Sharon Springs, Sloansville, Smithtown, Smithville, Strikersville, and Wright. Among the many and diverse topics in the booklet are: Destruction of an "English" church in the Revolutionary War; Destruction of Schenectady during "King William's War"; an "Unusual" Wedding; Troubles with Indians in 1748; "The Grumbler" and other Indian Chiefs; Union College; Action of Capt. James Dana at Bunker Hill; Attack on Middle Fort; Colorful Exploits of Timothy Murphy and his Double Barrelled Gun; a Major's Cowardice and a Maiden's Courage (reads like an old movie script!); the Finding and Founding of Schoharie; German Imigration and Early Settlement; Christ Episcopal Church and other old churches; the Witch of Esperance; White Sulphur Springs; the Erie Canal and Towpath; Cobleskill Battlesite; the Middleburg and Scholarie Railroad; and many other interesting bits of history and trivia. GENEOLOGY BUFFS: The booklet has no index, but some of the names/ sir names mentioned are: James Duane, Gen. William North; Sheldon Jackson, Capt. Thomas Machin, Colonel Marinus Willett, W.W. Christman, Lester Howe, Rev. John Peter Resig, Jonathan Schmul, David Anthony, George Harder, Capt. Samuel Patrick, Capt. Christian Brown, Joseph Brant, the Alexander Lindsey Glen family, Jan Mabie, Daniel Van Antwerpen, Nicholas Bayard, Adam Vrooman, Capt. Tunis Vrooman, Magdalena Zeh, Johannes Ingold, John Conrad Weiser, Gov. William C. Bouck, Nicholas Powers, John Lansing, Judge Jacob Sutherland, Gov. John A. King, Arent Van Curler (Corlaer), Gov. Thomas Dongan, Domine Petrus Thessehenmaecker, Symon Schermerhorn, Rev. Thomas Barclay, Rev. Derick Romeyn, Joseph C. Yates, the Ellis family, Thomas Edison, George R. Lunn, Willis R. Whitney, Elihu Thomson, William D. Coolidge, W.L.R. Emmet, Irving Langmuir, E.F.W. Alexanderson, Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Robert Sanders, Hendrick Brouwer, James Rosa, John M. Ryder, Eliphalet Nott, Dixon Ryan Fox, Sanders, Daniel Toll, Abraham Swits, DeGraff, Derick Vorst, John Walton, Abraham Mabee, Van Brakkle, Clute, Harmon Vedder, Van Vranken, Groot, Tymesen, Pearce, Claas Jansen Van Buckhoven, Thomas Brower, Bernardus Freeman, Rhynhard Erkson, Cornelius Van Santvoord, Barent Vrooman, John H. Myers, Cornelius Bogardus, Jacob Van Vechten, John Duncan, Doty, William Andrews, Ammi Robbins, Whitmore, Cyrus Stebbins, Pierre Proal, Major Coudre, Walter Wilie, Johnathan Edwards, David Williams, Gen. James Dana, Jephtha R. Simms, I. H. Tiffany, John Brown, Elizabeth Lawyer, Lambert Sternbergh, William Fox and Henry Hamilton. ILLUSTRATIONS depict an Eastern View of Schenectady (full page), Union College Buildings in Schenectady, the Central Part of Schoharie, and an Ancient Stone Church in Schoharie. The Howe/Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1841, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There's also a small map of the area from a 1948 booklet printed by the New York Telephone Company.