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History of Edmeston, New York/1760s

The historical past of Edmeston, New York: 1760 by means of 1769

Of the primary settlement on the town, genuine knowledge of the exact date are wanting. It was made, nevertheless, on the Unadilla River, in the course of the interval between the shut of the French Conflict, in 1763, and the graduation of that of the Revolution, in 1775, by Col. Edmeston, an officer of the French Conflict, and Percifer Carr, a devoted soldier who had served beneath him.

On the shut of the warfare, Col. Edmeston, for his navy companies, acquired the grant of a tract of land overlaying a big portion of the city on which he made the primary settlement. At his demise the lands fell to heirs and minor kids residing in England, from whom no protected title could possibly be obtained for a few years, — which drastically retarded the settlement of the city. Throughout the Revolution, the employed males of Mr. Carr had been killed whereas at work, his barn burned, his property destroyed, and himself and household had been taken prisoners by the British and Indians and detained to the shut of the warfare. — Gazetteer of the State of New York

William Edmeston served in America as a captian of the British 48th Regiment in the course of the French and Indian Conflict, (1754-1763), the King, by proclamation, bestowed land upon his loyal troopers as a sort of a bonus. The quantity of land given assorted with the rank of the soldier and ranged from 50 to five,000 acres. Each William Edmeston and his brother, Robert Edmeston, a lieutenant in the identical regiment, acquired the mandamus of the king in council in 1765 entitling every of them to five,000 acres.

As a common factor, the troopers offered their claims to land speculators for a couple of shillings on the pound, however the Edmestons decided to develop theirs. They first tried to find their tracts in jap New York among the many river Indians or within the New Hampshire grants however lastly had their claims laid out and surveyed in 1770, simply to the East of the Unadilla River and West of George Croghan’s Patent. Each of those tracts are contained right this moment within the City of Edmeston. — Dr. Edward P. Alexander


At first they [William and Robert Edmeston] tried to find their tracts in Jap New York among the many River Indians or within the New Hampshire Grants, right this moment’s Vermont, then in dispute between Yorker and Yankee speculators. However they got here to know the warning of John Watts to not settle in these locations lest “one take your scalp, the opposite your property in legislation fits.”

The Edmestons lastly had their claims laid out and surveyed in 1770 simply east of the Tiendurran, or Unadilla River, west of George Croghan’s Otsego Patent. Each tracts are contained right this moment within the City of Edmeston, Otsego County.

The negotiations described above had been carried out for William Edmeston by Parsafor Carr, who had been a sergeant within the 48th regiment. Carr turned Edmeston’s agent in administering the brand new tract, referred to as Mount Edmeston, and in securing its settlement. Edmeston despatched Carr settlers from Britain and in 1773 the proprietor came visiting personally to develop his buildings. — Mary E. Cunningham


Colonel William appears to have been the one one to do something about creating the patent. — Hazel L. Jones


To Serjt Carr of the 48th Regt.

Berwick, Novr 2 1767
Serjt Carr,
I’m sorry you didn’t write me with your personal fingers and let me know precisely how the affair stands, what’s the motive why the lands is just not situated and when they’re prone to be situated. I shall anticipate to listen to from you often 3 times a 12 months whether or not you may have enterprise or no.
It’s essential to attend the survey as it is going to be of nice consequence you being current – I shall be very impatient until I hear from you & get your opinion concerning the affair the way it stands.
I’m Your Most Humble Servt.
Wm Edmeston
P.S. Direct all of your letters for me at Mr. Reeds as he’ll at all times know the place to ahead them to me.

The frontier line might quickly transfer to the “Line of Property”, set on the Fort Stanwix treaty in 1768 to separate the areas of white and Indian occupation. This line ran alongside the west department of the Unadilla River, the entire size of the stream, then overland to the Northeast nook of Pennsylvania. Virtually directly thereafter the remaining Otsego lands had been virtually completely taken up and settlements had been begun on them in a dozen or extra years. — Roy L. Butterfield


To Sergeant Carr of the 48th Regt at Mr. James Garvices, French Church Avenue, New York

Berwick Jany 4th, 1768
To Sergt Carr of the 48th Regt.
I acquired your [letter] about three weeks in the past. and in regard to your hubbart it’s possible you’ll make your self very simple about it, I’ll take care to protect it for you; I’d have you ever stay the place you’re till you hear farther from me; and it’s possible you’ll draw on the Agent for six months pay sending me a letter of recommendation of it the packet earlier than the invoice sails for Eng- land that I’ll have adequate time to apprise the Agent of it that he might honour your invoice because it should be drawn on him and I discussed for you &c. I’m advised there’s quite a lot of vacant land within the Province of New York and beg you’ll inquire very notably about them and let me know by first Packet and Direct your letter to Mr. Reed because the final was however ship me no extra double letters it makes the Postage very excessive – I can not assist pondering Mr. Webb was very negligent in not getting the land situated way back let me know your opinion about it – There was one Samuel Selby Sadler that lived on the north River New York enquire and let me know what’s grow to be of him.
I’m Your Humble Servt.
Wm. Edmeston

April 20th
Sergt. Carr
I’ve simply now acquired your letter and shall take care and pay your invoice. I’m glad to search out that there’s now some likelyhood of getting the lands situated and you set upon them subsequently would have you ever go to the spot and help within the surveying of them, and endeavor to get them in the very best state of affairs and all the things belonging to them and write me by the very first alternative as I shall be impatient until I hear your report — I’ll take care to maintain you so long as doable I can within the Regt. and can communicate to Col Ross to suggest you to Genl Gage and Mr. Ogilvie once I go to Eire as I’m sure his suggestions may have rather more weight than mine — when ever you write do it on a single sheet of paper because it makes the postage to excessive when its enclosed.
I’m Your Humble Sert.
Wm. Edmeston

Berwick Augt 9
Sergt. Carr
I acquired your letter dated the 15th of June, and am very sorry to search out issues are in no higher method. I’ve wrote by this Publish to Col Maitland to beg he’ll intercede with the governor for me, and would have you ever wait on him, and let me know what he says. When you see any chance of getting the lands I’d have you ever keep by all means; however should you suppose there is no such thing as a chance of it, you had higher come dwelling and be part of the Regt once more.
I feel Mr. Webb appears slightly to trifle within the affair than any-thing else. I’ve paid your invoice and beg you to make my Compts on Mr. Wallace & inform him i’ll pay any invoice of yours at Mr. Reeds in London.

I’m Your Humble Sert.
Wm. Edmeston

The Treaty of Fort Stanwix between the English and the Iroquois Indians, established the Unadilla river because the Western boundary of the New York colony.

Famine in Bengal kills 10 million folks, a 3rd of the inhabitants, within the worst pure catastrophe in human historical past (when it comes to lives misplaced).
Berwick Augst 31st
Sergt Carr
I acquired your [letter] dated 18th June an am so sorry you didn’t get the land surveyed while you was up at Schenectady as it is going to be a lack of time. I shall write by this packet to Mr. Webb to let you may have Provisions and cash, and each help in his Energy; I intend being out myself within the 12 months 1771, or 1772 at farthest, and if I can get two boys sure to me until they’re of age I’ll deliver them out with me. Let me have each specific concerning the land in your subsequent, as to state of affairs, distance from Mohawk river, from Fort Stanwyx, its high quality &c. I hope it is going to be pretty much as good a state of affairs as that land on the Susquehanna in any other case my mates Col Maitland & Mr. Webb have completed mistaken for I by no means ought to have thought of the purchaise cash myself had I been on the spot.
Ship me a selected account of all the things vital for the Stocking your farm &c. I’ve paid your invoice of twelve kilos to Jas Jarvis, there was no prize cash paid because you left the Regt every time there’s I shall deal with yours; you discuss of a non-public man’s share, what man is it pray — I’d have you ever repair on any individual in Albany or Schenectady the place you’ll be able to ship your letters to be forwarded to me from the lands when you may have gote settled upon them, and I’d have you ever write me each two months what you’re doing &c.
I’ve by no means seen Col Ross since I gote Mr. Wallaces letter about Col Murrays affair & have been solely as soon as on the Regt & solely stayed a couple of days however I wrote Mr Scott about it and he promised to inquire into it if it may be settled I’ll do it for him with all my coronary heart. Pray let me know your opinion in regard to setling the lands, whether or not folks may be gote to lease them, or what technique would be the greatest to pursue — Everytime you draw on me make your payments at 60 days sight — I’d have you ever lose no time in getting your self mounted upon the lands as the earlier the higher; Let me know whether or not the Nation is settled close to the lands & how far up &c. and if there’s any runs of water or rivers upon the Lands.

I’m Your Most Obed Humble Servt.
Wm. Edmeston


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