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A Narrative, Embracing the History of Two or Three of the First Settlers and Their Families of Schenectady: Interspersed with a Few Anecdotal Eccentricities and Antiquities, Together with a Description of the Winter Evening Visits, Recreations, and Supper by Daniel J Toll (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from A Narrative, Embracing the History of Two or Three of the First Settlers and Their Families of Schenectady: Interspersed With a Few Anecdotal Eccentricities and Antiquities, Together With a Description of the Winter Evening Visits, Recreations, and Supper, and of the Tea-Parties of Olden Times, With a Few Strictures on the Change of Times The great difficulty of obtaining correct and authentic information at this late period, of matters and things that relate to the early period of the settlement of the Province and w State of New York, from the fluctuations of government consequent to the frequent change in rulers, the paucity of Church and family records - by which births and marriages are perpetuated - consequent to the sacking, destroying and general conflagration of the village of Schenectady by the French and Indians, in the night of the 8th of February, 1690, by which the Church and Family records were destroyed, and likewise by the irregularity in which the Church records were kept for some considerable length of lime subsequent - with spaces and intervals of time without any record - and in those times when births and marriages were recorded, we find them entered by poor pensmen, and in a mongrel text, or the handwriting partially defaced, mutilated and even obliterated, which places the writer in a most unpleasant and onerous situation t to be envied. But his over solicitude to obtain the national cogmen of his much respected ancestor causes him to indulge in the hope of his securing the patience and forbearance of his readers to bear with him through the mazes and labyrinths of circumstances, semi-official documents and traditional stories, by which he flatters himself to be enabled to receive and deduce sufficient and conclusive evidence of the identity and nationality of his venerable ancestor's birth. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.