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History of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA

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Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA

As early as 1614 the Dutch had set up a factorij (trading post) at Ponckhockie, at the junction of the Rondout Creek and the Hudson River. The first recorded permanent settler in what would become the city of Kingston, was Thomas Chambers, who came from the area of Rensselaerswyck in 1653. The place was called Esopus after the local Esopus tribe. As more settlers arrived, tensions developed between the Esopus and the Dutch, in part due to the Dutch selling alcohol to the young Esopus men...

In the spring of 1658 Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Amsterdam, arrived and advised the residents that if they wished to remain they must re-locate to high ground and build a stockade. Tensions continued between the Esopus and the settlers, eventually leading to the Esopus Wars. In 1661 the settlement was granted a charter as a separate municipality; Stuyvesant named it Wiltwijck (Wiltwyck). It was not until 1663 that the Dutch ended the four-year conflict with the Esopus through a coalition of Dutch settlers, Wappinger and Mohawk. Wiltwyck was one of three large Hudson River settlements in New Netherland, the other two being Beverwyck, now Albany, and New Amsterdam, now New York City. With the English seizure of New Netherland in 1664, relations between the Dutch settlers and the English soldiers garrisoned there were often strained. In 1669 Wiltwyck was renamed Kingston, in honor of the family seat of Governor Lovelace's mother.

In 1777, Kingston became the first capital of New York...



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  • 1642 - Ulster County - In 1652, Thomas Chambers, a freeholder from the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, purchased land at Esopus and began trading there.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1650 - Kingston founded
    Settled by the Dutch as Esopus, renamed in 1664 by the English.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • In 1654, Johan de Hulter, owner of 20% of the Killian van Rensselaer Company was granted a patent,
    together with the patents of Christoffel Davids, and Jacob Jansen Stoll, this supplies evidence of the first permanent settlement, that grows into...Read MORE...


  • Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA
    Old Senate House, Erected 1676, Kingston, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • In 1683, the Duke of York created twelve counties in his province. Ulster County was one of them.
    Its boundaries at that time included the present Sullivan County, and portions of the present Delaware, Orange, and Greene Counties.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • In 1777, the capital of New York State (the first state capital of independent New York) was established at Kingston, though it was subsequently moved to Kerhonkson when the British burned Kingston.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1854 - Kingston / Ulster County
    Kingston, a post-township of Ulster co., New York, on the W. side of Hudson river. Pop., including Kingston village, 10,232.

    Kingston, a...Read MORE...


  • 1871 - Kingston
    Kingston was incorporated by patent, May 19, 1667, and was recognized as a town, May 1, 1702. It was called by the Indians Atkankarten. Fox Hall...Read MORE...


  • News 1885 - Two young women school-teachers at Kingston, N.Y., are sharpshooters, and can snuff a candle at twenty yards.

    St. Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    December 26, 1885

  • News 1886 - "Egg Sociables"
    are now prevalent in Kingston, N.Y. Every young lady brings an egg along, writing her name on it. Each young man draws one of these eggs out of a...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - WRECKED BY LIGHTNING - POWDER HOUSE CONTAINING FIFTY KEGS BLOWS UP.
    Two Houses Wrecked at Kingston, the Inmates Badly Injured, and the Telephone System Disabled - Great Damage to Grain and Fruit Crops Along the...Read MORE...


  • News 1894 - A FATAL EXPLOSION - Four Men Killed and Three Buildings Blown to Pieces.
    An explosion that shook nearly every house in Kingston N. Y., and in all directions within a radius of ten miles from Rifton occurred at 7.55...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Kingston
    Kingston, a city, the capital of Ulster co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, and on the West Shore Railroad, 88 miles above New York City, and 53 miles S. ...Read MORE...


  • Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA
    Kingston, N.Y., Kingston Point Park
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Kingston, a city, the capital of Ulster co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, at the mouth of Rondout Creek, and on the West Shore, the Ulster and Delaware ...Read MORE...


  • News 1922 - U. AND D. WRECK BLOCKS THIS TERMINAL AND SPILLS BLACK DIAMONDS
    200 Tons of Coal Piled up at Albany Avenue Bridge When Wheel Breaks and Derails 8 Cars - O. & W. Terminal Used by U. & D.

    Sunday afternoon about...Read MORE...


  • News 1926 - Seriously Hurt In a Runaway
    May Kantrowitz of 92 Broadway Hurled From Wagon as Horse Ran Away on Andrew Street - In Unconscious Condition at Kingston City Hospital.

    Max...Read MORE...


  • Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA
    Court House and Jail, Kingston, New York
    Postcard


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  • 1642 - Ulster County - In 1652, Thomas Chambers, a freeholder from the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, purchased land at Esopus and began trading there.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1650 - Kingston founded
    Settled by the Dutch as Esopus, renamed in 1664 by the English.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1654, Johan de Hulter, owner of 20% of the Killian van Rensselaer Company was granted a patent,
    together with the patents of Christoffel Davids, and Jacob Jansen Stoll, this supplies evidence of the first permanent settlement, that grows into... Read MORE...

  • In 1683, the Duke of York created twelve counties in his province. Ulster County was one of them.
    Its boundaries at that time included the present Sullivan County, and portions of the present Delaware, Orange, and Greene Counties.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1777, the capital of New York State (the first state capital of independent New York) was established at Kingston, though it was subsequently moved to Kerhonkson when the British burned Kingston.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Then & Now..Ulster County N.Y.


    Then & Now..Ulster County N.Y. (www.youtube.com)
  • 1854 - Kingston / Ulster County
    Kingston, a post-township of Ulster co., New York, on the W. side of Hudson river. Pop., including Kingston village, 10,232.

    Kingston, a... Read MORE...

  • 1871 - Kingston
    Kingston was incorporated by patent, May 19, 1667, and was recognized as a town, May 1, 1702. It was called by the Indians Atkankarten. Fox Hall... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - Two young women school-teachers at Kingston, N.Y., are sharpshooters, and can snuff a candle at twenty yards.
    St. Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    December 26, 1885
  • News  1886 - "Egg Sociables"
    are now prevalent in Kingston, N.Y. Every young lady brings an egg along, writing her name on it. Each young man draws one of these eggs out of a... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - WRECKED BY LIGHTNING - POWDER HOUSE CONTAINING FIFTY KEGS BLOWS UP.
    Two Houses Wrecked at Kingston, the Inmates Badly Injured, and the Telephone System Disabled - Great Damage to Grain and Fruit Crops Along the... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - A FATAL EXPLOSION - Four Men Killed and Three Buildings Blown to Pieces.
    An explosion that shook nearly every house in Kingston N. Y., and in all directions within a radius of ten miles from Rifton occurred at 7.55... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Kingston
    Kingston, a city, the capital of Ulster co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, and on the West Shore Railroad, 88 miles above New York City, and 53 miles S. ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Kingston, a city, the capital of Ulster co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, at the mouth of Rondout Creek, and on the West Shore, the Ulster and Delaware ... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - U. AND D. WRECK BLOCKS THIS TERMINAL AND SPILLS BLACK DIAMONDS
    200 Tons of Coal Piled up at Albany Avenue Bridge When Wheel Breaks and Derails 8 Cars - O. & W. Terminal Used by U. & D.

    Sunday afternoon about... Read MORE...

  • News  1926 - Seriously Hurt In a Runaway
    May Kantrowitz of 92 Broadway Hurled From Wagon as Horse Ran Away on Andrew Street - In Unconscious Condition at Kingston City Hospital.

    Max... Read MORE...

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