Sloansville in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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. The marker is beside the Sloansville Valley Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sloansville NY 12160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 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); Tavern (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Presbyterian Church Esperance, NY (approx. 3½ miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sloansville.
1. KNISKERN'S DORF
The word "dorf" is from a German word for Village, and in this case Dorf means a compact farmer's town or small village.
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
— Submitted June 17, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.
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