History of Delaware County and Border Wars of New York - Jay Gould. This nineteenth-century work, written in the flowery language of the time, gives a detailed picture of early Delaware County. Beginning with descriptions of the native Indian tribes, the book also discusses English, Dutch and German Palatine settlement. Much attention is focused on the activities that took place during the Revolutionary War, including Sullivan’s expedition against the Indians, and numerous tales of Indian captivities and outrages on the frontier settlements. There is also a biography of the famed rifleman, Timothy Murphy. As the population of the state increased, the need for further civil divisions resulted in the creation of Delaware County. Land grants and a manorial system of titles led to serious “rent difficulties” among tenants. Other features of this work include obituaries of well-known persons, lists of state legislators and judges, and an appendix which gives the history of local newspapers and organizations. A full-name index adds to the value of this work.
(1856, 2001), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 456 pp.