Gazetteer Files - Geography - U.S. Census Bureau

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[pp. 476-477] Schenectady County embraces the Mohawk River, and lies about 20 miles W. of Albany: bounded Northerly by Montgomery and Saratoga Counties, S. by Albany, and W. by Schoharie. Its form is singularly irregular, and its area may be about 180 square miles, or 115200 acres: situated between 42 degrees 43' and 42 degrees 58' N. lat.; and 09' E. and 20' W. Lon. from New York.

Population, 3939: of which number 209 are persons engaged in agriculture, 349 in manufactures, and 76 in commerce and trade: there are 91 foreigners not naturalized; 280 free blacks, and 47 slaves: taxable personal property, $190100; total, $622024: electors, 725; 3238 acres of improved land; 837 cattle, 424 horses, 634 sheep: 2637 yards of cloth made in families in 1821: no returns as to common school districts, there being a Lancaster school.

[pp. 337] Nestigione Patent , is now in the SE. corner of Halfmoon, at Clifton Park, and was granted in 1708, to 7 Dutchmen, of whom one was Johannes Fort. This name, and Connestigione , another old Patent, granted in 1697, to Peter Hendrix De Haas, are the origin of Niskayuna, the name of a Township, and of an extensive tract on both sides of the Mohawk, still in use among the old fashioned Dutch and their descendants. The latter was S. of the Cahoos Falls, and probably within the present township of Watervliet.

 
 
 
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