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Some Interesting Summer Reading.

If anyone is kicking back and reading this summer, this book is interesting and you will get a feeling for the culture of this area in the 1760’s and 1770’s. Plus Anne’s father Duncan MacVicar owned the Lt. Gordon Patent (partly in White Creek) and Lt. Bain Patent (all in White Creek) from 1765 until the Revolution (He and the family returned to Scotland in mid-1768 and left it under the management of John Munro until it was confiscated in the Revolution). She herself never made it up here, but she wrote down her Father’s description of it. You can get it from Amazon in paper or Kindle, and free from Google in PDF format. https://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-American-MacVicar-1755-1838-Grant/dp/1376120968/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

APHNYS Region 5 Meeting

Today my wife and I attended the APHNYS Region 5 Meeting at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. There were good presentations on “A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War”, “Recognizing Common 19th Century Photography Processes”, and “The Cemetery Problem” about our deteriorating cemeteries and the problems with maintenance and restoration, followed by a tour of the museum.

Historical Preservation

Several people have recently expressed interest in starting a Historical Preservation Society for the town of White Creek. The purpose would be to help preserve our history in a form accessible to all interested.

For instance, many people have posted photographs on the Facebook Group, but when the group goes so will the photos as backing up a Facebook Group is nearly impossible (and the photos are low resolution anyway). When the people who own the originals move away or pass on most likely the photographs will disappear also. A Society could collect either the originals or decent photocopies, depending on the owner’s preference and willingness to share them, and so they would be preserved and accessible.

The same is true of stories. The Society could record or write down stories local residents have about the old times, so they aren’t lost forever.

A Society could also hold events to teach about our local history, such as a tour of the area pointing out historic landmarks, tours of old buildings if the owner wanted to allow such, maybe eventually try an “Old Home Day” if there was enough interest. Maybe you have some other ideas!

Here are links to a couple of existing Societies which will give you an idea of what is proposed and what it would require. https://www.heywardhouse.org/bluffton-historical-preservation-society and http://waynepreservationsociety.weebly.com/oth.html .

If you are interested, please contact Barbra Rucki Kingsley at barbrakingsley3@gmail.com or message her here on Facebook. Or you can contact me. If you know of anyone else that might be interested, please pass on the information to them and have them contact us.


Latest Attempt at Precisely Locating the Walloomsac Patent

I have spent the last few days attempting to exactly locate the boundaries of the Walloomsac Patent in White Creek, especially Great Lot #14 and it’s 1791 re-division between 11 or 12 men. (Yesterday I waded through the snowy woods behind the Bennington Battlefield trying to get GPS readings to pin down the exact placement of the Patent itself. They look about as close as I am likely to get). The map was created with QGIS, first geolocating a grid of the Patent lines, then an image of the 1791 divisions, onto a government topo map.

Some of the folks had actually lived on Great Lot #14 since 1765 or so, but about 127 acres belonging to loyalist Simeon Covell had been seized and resold by John Younglove of the Committee of Confiscation. Probably another 85 acres belonging to some other loyalist were also involved. Unfortunately, the Committee never seemed to provide its buyers with any deeds or documentation of their lots, so in 1791 Walter Wood petitioned the courts to have the whole Great Lot surveyed out to the satisfaction of all. The following map shows approximately what was done, though some of the surveys weren’t very accurate. There are still some minor inaccuracies in the subdivision map.