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Esopus Wars

Esopus Wars


The Esopus Wars were two localized conflicts between the indigenous Esopus tribe of Lenape Indians and colonialist New Netherlanders during the latter half of the 17th century in what is now Ulster County, New York. Like many other wars during the colonial period, at bottom they were the result of competition between […]

Thomas Quick 1695-1756 : I00151

Thomas Quick is one of the best documented ancestors in the database, in part because legal documentation has been preserved in the State archives and he was active in government. The way he died, and the repercussions of his death are what have kept his life story a matter of interest for so long.

Two […]

Moses Coolbaugh 1752 -1814 : I00550

Moses Coolbaugh is a direct ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War and who appears on the 1790 census, the first taken by the government of the new United States.

Durham Boat used during a recreation of Washington crossing the Delaware. Source: Wikipedia

Moses was born in Monroe County in 1752 and in 1790 […]


Esopus > Wiltwyck > Kingston


The name of this settlement shifted multiple times as the colony evolved and changed hands. This overview from the New Netherland Institute:

Throughout the 1620s and 1630s traffic on the North River moved steadily between New Amsterdam-the capital of New Netherland, located on the island of Manhattan-and Fort Orange, […]

Revolutionary allies and enemies

The letter at the end of this page comes from a journal article by Theodore D. Schoonmaker under the title Indian Raids And Massacres about the Time of the Revolution and the subtitle “Battle of the Conashaugh.” I haven’t been able to find a full citation yet, and I’d like to see some more evidence […]

Patriots and Slave Holders: the Pennsylvania you Never Knew

One of the more useful published histories I’ve come across while researching this time and place is the three volume A history of Wilkes-Barré, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, from its first beginnings to the present time. Oscar Jewell Harvey, 1909.1The book is available to be read online at, here. jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_9406_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_9406_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: […]