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Site Of Encampment

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 24, 2008
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Inscription.
Site Of Encampment
Of Joseph Brant, Indians,
Sir John Johnson & Regu-
Lars, On Oct. 17, 1780
After Raiding Schoharie &
Destroying Kniskerns Dorf

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 44.775′ N, 74° 19.596′ W. Marker is in Sloansville, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is on New York State Route 30A, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is beside the Sloansville Valley Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Sloansville NY 12160, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sloansville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Indian Stone Heap (approx. 1.1 miles away); Schoharie Junction (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of Block House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Birthplace of George Westinghouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Presbyterian Church Esperance, NY (approx. 3 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); George Mann Tory Tavern (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sloansville.
 
Additional comments.
1. KNISKERN'S DORF
The word
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 15, 2010
2. Site Of Encampment Marker
"dorf" is from a German word for Village, and in this case Dorf means a compact farmer's town or small village.

KNISKERN'S DORF

One of the earliest settlements within the Schoharie area was named for a Palatine list master name Johann Peter Kniskern a descendant of one of the oldest families in the town of Reinheim in the old Paletinate (Germany). He arrived in America with the Palatine immigration of 1710. During the 1711 Colonial War with Canada he served as a Captain with the Palatine Volunteers. Kniskern became a naturalized citizen on Oct. 11, 1715 paving they way for his later purchase of land from the British Government. He after leaving the camps on the Hudson had settled in Neu-Heidelberg (Kniskern's Dorf) by 1716/17 according to research done by Frank E. Lichtenthaeler and Hank Z. Jones. While the Palatines settled here based on promises from the British Government, they did not have any written title to the lands. After the British Government failed in attempts to arrange an agreement with the Palatines to purchase the land they were living on the government sold the land to others in 1714. Eventually the Palatines were forced to purchase land or move and many chose the latter. Kniskern being a leader and citizen met with the Royal Government in the Colony of New York and received a license to negotiate with the Indians to purchase
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 29, 2008
3. Site Of Encampment Marker
The Marker is beside the road in front of the Sloansville Valley Cemetery.
land from them. On September 12, 1729 a purchase agreement for 300 acres of land costing seven pounds in Indian goods was signed by the mark of the turtle and deer by Native Indians Arrundias and Oquarady Soanistiowan. He brought this agreement to the Governor from which a Royal Survey was done. In 1729 letters patent were granted to him for part of the land now called Kniskern's Dorf. The original settlers were Johann Peter Kniskern, Godfrit Kniskern, Lambert Sternberg, Philip Berg, Hendrick Houck, Hendrick Strubach, and Johannes Merkle and at a later date Bartrim Entis and Harmonous.
    — Submitted June 17, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.

 
Additional keywords. Schoharie, Sloansville, Kniskerns Dorf, Kneiskerns Dorf Burning of the Valleys Sir John Johnson Joseph Brant Tory, Tories
 
Categories. Notable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 29, 2008
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 15, 2010
5. Site Of Encampment Marker
The Marker stands at the side of Route 30A, just south of the hamlet of Sloansville, N.Y.
 
 
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