Schenectady County Deeds

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Schenectady County Deeds
Deed, dated May 1, 1839, conveying property from Aaron Steven, Jr. and Elizabeth, his wife, to John J. Degraff, all of Glenville, New York - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
c. 1770-1850

Historical Context

Schenectady County is the smallest county in New York and part of the Capital region. The area was first settled by white colonists in 1667 and had previously been occupied by the Mohawk. It was primarily an agricultural area until the mid-1800s when it developed at a rapid pace because of its location to the Erie Canal and Mohawk River, making it a transportation corridor. The city also grew into a manufacturing territory.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains 18th and 19th century deeds for land and property in Schenectady County, including the city of Schenectady and the towns of Rotterdam, Glenville, and Scotia. The documents are part of the Grems-Doolittle Library Historic Manuscripts Collection.

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