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Rensselaerville, New York, USA - Main Street, Medusa, N.Y.

Rensselaerville was once part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, as such the people who farmed the land were technically leaseholders of the patroon under a feudal system, first as part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, then under the English colony, and then U.S. state, of New York. Some of the earliest settlement in Rensselaerville was along the five Native American paths that crossed the town in the early 18th century. The southwestern corner along one of these, that connected the Hudson River to the Schoharie Valley was the first section of the town to be settled, this would be around 1712.


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Main Street, Medusa, N.Y.
Rensselaerville, New York, USA

Main Street, Medusa, N.Y.
Johnson's Hill Crest Farm, Medusa, N.Y.
Rensselaerville, New York, USA

Johnson's Hill Crest Farm, Medusa, N.Y.

Rensselaerville, New York, USA


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1854 - Rensselaerville
Rensselaerville, a post-township forming the S. W. extremity of Albany co., New York. Population, 3629.

Rensselaerville, a post-village in the above township, on Fox's creek, 24 miles W. S. W. from Albany. It has churches of 4 or 5 denominations, and several factories and mills.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1860 - Rensselaerville
RENSSELEARVILLE - named from the Van Rensselaer family-was formed from Watervliet, March 8, 1790. Bern was taken off in 1795, and a part of Westerlo in 1815. It is the s. w. corner town of the county. Its surface is mostly upland, broken by parallel ridges extending N. and s. and rising 400 to 600 feet above the valleys. The principal streams are Catskill Creek and its tributaries, Scrub, Fox, Ten Mile, and Eight Mile Creeks, and Wifiow Brook. The valleys of these streams are narrow, and are bordered by steep hill sides, and the streams are rapid, and. subject to sudden and destructive freshets. Upon Ten Mile Creek, near Rensselaerville, is a fall of 100 feet; and upon Willow Brook is another of 40 feet. Bog iron has been found in the e. part. There is a sulphur spring 2 1/ 2 miles N. E. of Preston Hollow. The soil is clay and gravel, underlaid by hard pan. Rensselaerville (p.v.) contains an academy. Pop. 561. Williamsburgh, on the w. border of the town, contains 18 houses; Preston... Read MORE...

1895 - Rensselaerville
Rensselaerville, ren'sel-ler-vil, a post-village of Albany co., N.Y., in a township of its own name, about 24 miles W.S.W. of Albany. It contains a newspaper office, 4 churches, an academy, a flour-mill, and a woollen-factory. Pop. 526. The township is drained by Catskill Creek, and contains a village named Preston Hollow. Pop. 2582.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Rensselaerville, a post-village of Albany co., N.Y., in a township (town) of its own name, about 24 miles WSW. of Albany. Pop. about 225. The town is drained by Catskill Creek. Pop. in 1900, 1795.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, here's a list of places to go and things to do in Rensselaerville:
Rensselaerville Historical Society:

Start your exploration by delving into the town's rich history at the Rensselaerville Historical Society. Learn about the area's past through exhibits, artifacts, and maybe even chat with locals who have stories to share.

Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station:

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to Huyck Preserve. Explore the miles of hiking trails that wind through diverse landscapes, including forests, wetlands, and a picturesque lake. The Biological Research Station often hosts educational programs and events.

Rensselaerville Institute:

Check out the Rensselaerville Institute, which is dedicated to community and organizational development. They often host workshops, conferences, and events that contribute to the intellectual and social vitality of the area.

Conkling Hall:

Attend a community event or performance at Conkling Hall. This historic venue often hosts concerts, plays, and community gatherings,... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Rensselaerville, New York, USA

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female ancestorElizabeth SALISBURY (30 March 1739, Little Compton, Rhode Island, USA (Adamsville) - 12 July 1825, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa))
male ancestorHenry GIFFORD (1 January 1762, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) (Padanaram) - 1820, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa))
male ancestorJoseph GIFFORD (8 October 1784, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) (Padanaram) - 17 December 1858, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa))
photo of Charles Delemere HAINESCharles Delemere HAINES (19 June 1856, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa) - 11 April 1929, Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA)
male ancestorOmar V "Frank" GOODRICH (4 August 1871, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa) - 4 February 1945, Holden, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorNora Violet FOX (27 October 1878, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa) - 27 June 1956, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA)
male ancestorEdward E HOOD (29 July 1879, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa) - 21 January 1952, Albany, New York, USA (Fort Orange))
male ancestorFrank AUCHEMPAUGH (6 October 1880, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa) - 1951, Broome, Schoharie, New York, USA)
female ancestorHortense SWART (March 1880, Rensselaerville, New York, USA (Medusa) - 1 June 1915, New Scotland, Albany, New York, USA)

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