1725


City
Johannes Jansen is appointed mayor.

State
Governor William Burnet builds Fort Oswego, on Lake Ontario. ** King George I issues letters patent to settlers of East Camp (Germantown). ** The approximate date Dutch immigrants from Kinderhook settle in the Chatham area. ** A building is erected at Amagansett, on land settled by the Schellinger brothers at Main Street and Windmill Lane. It will become a museum.

 

1726


City
Apprentice John Peter Zenger opens his own printing business. ** Robert Lurting is appointed mayor; serves into 1735.

State
The "Castle", a stone fortification, is built on the Niagara River - the nucleus of Fort Niagara.

 

1727


Literature
History of the Five Indian Nations , by Doctor Cadwallader Colden, is published.

State
The Jonathan Hasbrouck House, in Newburgh, is built. ** Peter Vrooman and several other Dutch families settle on his Schoharie County patent. ** The English repair the Lake Ontario trading post at the mouth of the Oswego River and name it Fort Oswego.

 

1729


City
Firefighters purchase the fire engine "Old Deluge" from a London firm. ** Surveyor James Lyne's Plan of New York map is published. ** Noe Willey of London gives property in New York, bounded by Chatham, Oliver, Henry and Catherine streets, to his three sons, merchants, to be used as a Jewish burying ground.

 

1730


Dec 5
211 vessels enter New York harbor and 222 depart in the year since Dec 1, 1729.

City
The state grants the city jurisdiction over underwater land as far out from land as 400 feet, on the Hudson River between Charlton and Washington streets and Marketfield Street, and over such land on the East River between Whitehall and Houston streets. Total acreage covered is 209.5 acres. ** The Willey brothers establish a trust fund for the maintenance of the Jewish cemetery on land given them last year by their father.

State
The first canal in the state is built, across a neck in the Mohawk River. ** The approximate date Palatine Germans build a church near Newburgh. ** Immigrants from the ship George & Ann, having remained where they landed on Cape Cod over the winter, come to New York and purchase lands at Little Britain (then Ulster County, after 1789, Orange County).

England
The approximate date Devonshire woolens manufacturer Andrew Ellicott, great grandfather of New York land agent Joseph Ellicott, emigrates to America with his eldest son, leaving a wife and two other children behind.

 

1731


May
The New York-Connecticut border is established, but not to the satisfaction of all.

Jun 8
Thomas Hawley and his associates patent the Oblong Tract, along the eastern end of today's Putnam County.

Oct 16
The French build Fort St-Fredéric, at Crown Point at the southern end of Lake Champlain, to fortify the Saint Lawrence.

City
Firefighters purchase two Newsham hand pumper fire engines from London.

State
John Henry Lydius arrives at Fort Nicholson, at the Great Carrying Place (later part of Fort Edward) to build a trading post.

 

1732
Oct 14


New York City's rights are confirmed by a act of the colonial legislature.

City
The population reaches 8,624.

State
Sometime between this year and 1740 Cornplanter (Gyantwaka - The Planter) is born to a Seneca mother and a Dutch father, Johannes Abeel of Albany, a trader who lives with and likes the Indians. His fellow whites refer to him as an "alleged lunatic". ** William Cosby is appointed Royal Governor.

 

1733


Jul 28
Colonial governor William Cosby summons Fort Hunter commander Captain Walter Butler to his Albany office, offers him title to 86,000 acres of Mohawk land surrounding Hunter, land supposedly belonging to the Corporation of Albany.

Aug 4
Butler arrives at Fort Hunter, meets with local Mohawks led by Teantontalogo, gets them to sign the 86,000 acres over to him for governor Cosby. Cosby will destroy the Corporation's deed.

Nov 5
Opponents of Governor Cosby found the New York Weekly Journal with John Peter Zenger as its editor.

City
A space in lower Manhattan is leased as a bowling green by three local citizens, who will pay one peppercorn a year for its use.

State
The approximate date Suffolk County road commissioners lay out three east-west roads - North, Middle and South County Roads.

 

1734


Nov 17
Zenger is arrested for libel of Governor Cosby.

City
The city's maids form the first women's labor organization.

State
The Westchester County town of Yorktown, part of Cortlandt Manor, is apportioned among Gertrude Beeckman, Andrew Miller, Cornelia and John Schuyler, Elizabeth Skinner, Gertrude Verplanck, Philip Verplanck, Susan Warren, and John Watts during the division.

Politics
The Popular party, with Zenger's help, wins the New York City aldermanic election.

England
U. S. financier and land speculator Robert Morris is born here.

 

© 2001 David Minor / Eagles Byte

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