History From America's Most Famous Valleys
This series of articles appeared at some time during the 1930's in the St. Johnsville Enterprise and News. The owner of the E & N at the time was Lou D. MacWethy. His granddaughter has permitted articles from this time period to be used on the Fort Klock web site.
papers were printed in the Enterprise and News in the 1920's and early 1930's.[Page
Fort Klock Papers
September 30, 1926
About two miles east of St. Johnsville and near the north bank of the Mohawk River stands a sold stone edifice. In architecture it reflects the ancient type still found in the Rhine Valley and in fact it was built by workmen who learned their trade from their parents who were among the Palatine immigrants who came here from the Rhine Valley in the great migration of 1710. This is known locally as Fort Klock and was undoubtedly used as a refuge during the French and Indian War and the Revolution. Papers collected and preserved in this old homestead dated from 1762 to about 1845 and were turned over to the Mohawk Valley Historical Society in April of this year. On receipt of the papers Hon. Harry V. Bush, president of the Mohawk Valley Historical Association gave his personal attention to the task of classifying and correlating the documents. They naturally fall into three classes. The papers of the 18th century, the papers of the 19th century and the letters and documents in German. The work will therefore appear in three parts.
Part I - papers dated from 1762 to 1800. Part II - papers from 1800 to 1845.
Part III - translations of papers written in German. The historical society is indebted to the Rev. Herman Vesper of Canajoharie for his courtesy and attention in the matter of translating the German letters. The papers will be first copied and bound by the Montgomery County Department of Archives at Fonda, N. Y. and a permanent copy placed in the files at Fonda. Copies will be presented to the donor Mr. Lipe Klock and a copy with originals placed in the files in the fire proof vault of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, Department of Records, at St. Johnsville, N. Y.
April 18, 1936
Mr. Harry V. Bush,
Pre. Mohawk Valley Historical Assn.
I herewith present to the Mohawk Valley Historical Association the papers and documents known as the Fort Klock papers, consisting of original documents pertaining to the Klock family, letters, deeds, conveyances, receipts and other documents. This is given with the express agreement that the papers are to be catalogued, preserved and copies made therefrom one copy of same to be returned to me.
It is also stipulated and agreed that the Mohawk Valley Historical Association agrees to protect and preserve these papers in some fireproof receptacle within the Mohawk Valley and that the originals or copies thereof shall be available to the Klock family for study and perusal at all times, and that if these terms are violated in any way then the said Klock papers shall revert to the original owners. The parties to this agreement hereunto set their hands this 18th day of April, 1936.
Hon. Pres. Klock Family Assn.
H. V. Bush,
Pres. Mohawk Valley Historical Assn.
Lou D. MacWethy
April 18, 1936
Mr. Lipe Klock,
St. Johnsville, N. Y
I hereby acknowledge on the part of the Mohawk Valley Historic Association, Inc. the gift of the papers and documents known as the Fort Klock papers and agree for myself and for the above association to care for them in perpetuity. I further agree that the papers shall be assorted and catalogued and copied and that a copy of all such papers shall be returned to you to do with as you see fit.I further agree that the Mohawk
[Klock Papers, Vol I, Page 2, Note: This text is copied exactly as it appears in the Klock papers. Spelling and grammar errors are part of the original text.]
Historical Association will care for and preserve the papers in a suitable and
fire proof place and that copies shall be available for study and perusal by
the family at all times. I further agree on behalf of the Mohawk Valley Historical
Society that the above mentioned papers shall remain forever within the confines
of the Mohawk Valley and not be removed therefrom. Any default in this procedure
shall void the agreement and the papers shall revert to the original owners.
H. V. Bush,
President of the Mohawk Valley Historic Association.
Witnessed this 18th day of April, 1936.
By L. D. MacWETHY
___[Klock Papers, Note: This text is copied exactly as it appears in the Klock papers. Spelling and grammar errors are part of the original text.]
John Klock and Catherine
1767 John Klock was married to Catherine Fultz December 2.
Jacob Klock was born the 8 October 1767.
Margaret Klock was born the 18th September 1769.
Catherine Klock was born the 13 Novemr 1771.
John Klock was born 8th Decemr. 1773.
Henry Klock was born 17th Octobr 1775.
Dorothy Klock was born 20th Septer 1777.
Joseph Klock was born 13th October 1780.
Elizabeth Klock born 11th Octobr 1782.
Adam Klock was born 27th April 1785.
Daniel Klock was born 5th February 1788.
Catherine Fultz was born the 4th day of January 1744.
The mother of the above children.
Cannajoharie Setembr 19th 1762.
Recd from Mr. John Clocke the Sume of Two pound Eighteen Shilling & five pence N york Corrency in Behalf of Mr. Antony overs Scot Souldier of the N y Company in full of all Accts for me.
Alby Febry the 15th
This day have settled accounts with Johs Clock Jur - the remains me Due the sum of tenPounds Nineteen Shillings & 8 d.
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10 19 8
You are hereby ordered & Directed to pass five Slays for to bring down the Bagge of New York Company as far as Schonectady, on your Visitt, Given under my hand at Canajohary this 16th Decemr 1763.
Jacob klock Justice.
Mr. Klock Do not forget the Empty Bagge at Capt. Campbells merchant
Royal Blockhous* ye 16th Seper. 1765 Received of John Clock one old Damaged Battau Not fit for Servis. Per Me Levin Tull Supr.
Royall Blockhouse Septr.
Now all mean By these presents that I Georg Stockton and James Platto have sould ounto Mr. John Clock a Freehanded Battou to be his Right and property for merely Being ouers agianst any oposers given ounder ouer Hands att the above plase and (?) 1765.
To all wome it may Consarn.
A Bill of Sale for John Clock.
Permit the Bearer hereof Jas. Platto with one Batteau and three men to pass from this to Schenectady and to Return with Liquor and stores for the Use of this garrison he Behaving as Becometh.Given under my hand this 27th Day of Augt 1765. At Fort Brewerton.
To all whom Conserned.
Hy Congalton Lieut. 60th Reg.
Commading Fort Brewerton.
Lieut Congalton pas to me
Deed of Klock's Island
THIS INDENTURE Made the Tenth __ Day of July __ in the Fifth __ Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE, The Third by the Grace of GOD, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith &c. Annoque Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty give BETWEEN John Duncan of Schenectady Merchant __ of the First Part; and Johannis Klock of Conajoharry Yeoman __ of the Second Part. WHEREAS the Party aforesaid of the First Part, Do now stand seized in Fee-simple, of a certain Tract of Land, lying in the County of Albany & Province of New York, at Conajohary __ NOW.
THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH, That the Party aforesaid, of the First Part, for and in Consideration of the Sum of one hundred & Twenty Pounds Current money of the Province of New York __to him__in Hand paid, or secured to be paid by the Party aforesaid, of the Second Part, of which they acknowledge the Receipt, and Discharge the party aforesaid, of the Second Part, thereof for ever: Have Granted, Bargained, Sold, Released, Enfeoffed and Confirmed and by these Presents, Do Grant, Bargain, Sell, Release, Enfeoff and Confirm, to the Party aforesaid of the Second Part and to his Heirs and Assigns All that Tract of Land, whereof the party aforesaid, of the
[Fort Klock Papers, Vol I, Page 3, Note: This text is copied exactly as it appears in the Klock papers. Spelling and grammar errors are part of the original text.]
part, stand seized as aforesaid; situated, lying and being in Conajohary being
an Island in the Mohawk river Lying directly opposite to the North Shore of
Said River and nearly opposite the House of Said Klock, and is well known to
be the only Island of any __ considerable value in the East part of Conajohary
Pattent Containing in Quantity about four acres be the same more or less, the
said Johannis Klock paying all Quit Rent due his majestys __ Predecessors of
Same Island __ Together with all Houses, Buildings, Improvements, Trees, woods,
Underwoods, River, Streams, Waters, Quarries, Hunting, Fowling, Fishing, Profits,
Hereditaments and Appurtenances; and all the Estate, Right, Title, Interest,
Claim, and Demand whatsoever of the party aforesaid, of the First Part, either
in Law or Equity, __ TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the above bargained premises to the
Party aforesaid, of the Second Part, his __ Heirs and Assigns, to the sole and
only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof of the Party of the Second Part, his Heirs
and Assigns for ever; rendering therefor Yearly and every Year, to the party
aforesaid of the First Part, their Heirs and Assigns, the Rent of one Ear Indian
Corn if the same be lawfully demanded on the Premises. AND the Party aforesaid,
of the First Part, for himself __ his __ Heirs, Executors and Administrators,
DO Hereby __ Covenant, Grant, Bargain, Promise and Agree to and with the Party
aforesaid, of the Second Part, His __ Heirs and Assigns, against All and every
person or Persons claiming or to claim, any Estate, Right, Title or interest
therein, or thereto, by any Ways or Means whatsoever, he will for ever Warrant
and Defend, the these Presents, IN WITNESS whereof, the Parties to these present
Indentures have interchangeably set their Hands and Seals the Day and Year first
John Duncan (Seal)
Sealed and Delivered
In the Presence of
(James?) inal documents pertaining to th
Recd. May 11 1766 of John J. Klock the Sum of Sixteen Shillings in behalf of Schuyler & Nukerck in full.
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Schuyler % Newkirk Rcpt
Butlor, Connajohary June 12th 1766 wan Recd you will plase to pay ounto Mr.
John Clock the account wich I left in your hands of fingman and his Rect. Will
Be Suffesent from Sir your oumbel Sarvent.
To Capt. Butlor, Esqr. At Butlors Barrey?
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*Located at eastend of Oneida Lake at junction of Wood Creek.
Recd, May 11, 1766 of John J. Klock the Sum of Sixteen Shillings in behalf of Schuyler & Nukerck in full.
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Schuyler & Newkirk Rcpt.
Butlor Connagohary June 12th 1766 wan Recd you will plase to pay ounto Mr. John
Clock the acount wich I left in your hands of fingman and his Rect. Will Be
Suffesent from Sir your oumbel Sarvent.
To Capt. Butlor Esqr. James Platto at Butlor's Barry (?)
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Christian Nellis to Deobald Nellis, 72 acres of Woodland on Lot. 12, Harrison Patent.
THIS INDENTURE Made the Twenty ninth day of September in the Seventh year of the Reign of King George the third by the grace of god of great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the Faith &c and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven Hundred and Sixty Seven Between Christian Nelles of Canajohary in the County of Albany and Province of New York yeoman of the one part and Deobald Nelles of the same place County and Province aforesaid yeoman of the other part Witnesseth that the said Christian Nelles for and in Consideration of the Sum of One Hundred Pounds Current Money of New York to him in hand paid HATH Granted Bargained sold Released Enfeofed and Confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell release Enfeoff and Confirm to the said Deobald Nellis and to his heirs and Assigns forever Seventy two Acres of woodland out of a Lott called and knowing the name of Lott no. twelve part of twelve thousand acres of Land on the North side of the Mohawks River granted to Francis Harrison and other by Letters patent under the great seal of the rovince of New York bearing date the Eighteenth day of March in the Ninth year of the Reign of King George the first which Lott Number twelf by the Deeds of Pertition of said Tract is Bounded as follows viz. Beginning at a point which is sixty nine chains upon a north thirty degrees thirty minute west course distant from a Second point which second point is Eighty three chains upon a North Nine degrees west Course distant from a third point which third point is seventy three Chains upon a North thirty degrees thirty minuts west Course distant from a fourth point is one hundred and Ninety Chains upon a north fifteen degrees west Course distant from a Tree marked with the Bear wolf and Turtle at the beginning of said patent on the north side of the mohawks river and in the lines of the patent of Depeyster and Vanslyck and from the said beginning point Runing north fifty five degrees thirty minuts west thirty seven Chains then South Sixty degrees west to the Mohawks River thence north Sixty degrees East one hundred and Seventy Chains be it a little more or less to the Rear line of the said patent thence along the same south forty three degrees East until the beginning point of this Lott bears south Sixty three degrees and thirty Minuts west being nearly forty five chains and fifty links and from thence Running south Sixty three degrees thirty Minuts west to the Mohawks River thence up the River to the Place where the above Mentioned South Sixty degrees west line Comes to the River Containing about Six hundred and thirty five acres of land and the said seventy two acres of land out of this said lott no. twelf and runs from hence South Sixty three degrees and thirty Minuts west Seventy three Chains then south forty three degrees and thirty Minuts East to the place where first begun Containing Seventy two acres of woodland
Together with the appurtenances (Excepting the Reserving the mines minerals and oars and saveing the Convenants in the Deeds of Prtition Concerning the same, and Free Liberty to Cut wood and riting or Bringing away and Free Road at such place where it is convenient and without damage so much as possible unto Christian Nelles Junr and Adam Nelles and to their heirs and Assigns for ever and the said Deobald Nelles shall not Expose or Sell any wood Except the Concent of Christian Nelles Junr. And Adam Nelles or their heirs and assigns Except such place where the said Deobald Nelles Clean or lets Clean by others TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said seventy two acres of land with the appurtenances (Except as aforesaid) to the said Deobald Nelles his heirs and Assigns to the sole and only proper use benefit and behoof of the said Deobald Nelles his heirs and Assigns forever Rendering therefore yearly to our lord the King the quit rent of two shillings and six pence pr. hundred from the date hereof and the said Chrstian Nelles for himself and his heirs and Assigns doth Covenant and agree to and with the said Deobald Nellis their heirs and Assigns that and before the Ensealing hereof he stands lawfully siezed of the above Bargained seventy two acres of Land and premises of a good sureperfect absolute and indefatigable Estate of Inheritance in the law in fesimple and hath good right full power and Lawfull and absolute Authority grant bargain and sell the same in Manner and form aforesaid and that the same is free and Clear and forever hereafter shall remain free and Clear from all former and other gifts grants Bargains Sales and all other incumbrances in the law whatsoever having and Excepting the Clauses and provisoes in the Letters patent aforesaid by which the same was granted and the above bargained seventy two acres and premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said Deobald Nelles, his heirs and Assigns against all and every person and persons Claiming or to Claim any Estate right Title or Interest therein or thereto will forever Warrant and Defend saving Excepting and Reserving as aforesaid IN WITNESS whereof the practice to these present Indentures have Interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year first above Written.
Christion C N Nelles (Seal)
Signed Sealed & Delivered
In the Presents of us
Chriestion Nelles Junior
Recd. March 17, 1767 of Johannes J. Klocke the Sum of Twenty Shillings on account of Simon Nichols.
Recd. May 11th, 1768 of John J. Klocke the Sum of Sevin and Two pence since March 17, 1767.
1765 John Clock Junier To John V. Douw Dr.
1765 Pr. Contra Cr. L S D
October 17th To 2 barrells Rum
Qt No. 1 33
2/9 Pr.L8''' S 16
Ballance due to John V. Douw
L4'' S 16
1767 February 3d Received the Above Contents by me
John V. Douw.
Jo . V. Dow
Act. Of Rcpt
John Clocks Juniers
Pattent Issues to John Bracken the 26 March 1768 All that tract of Land in the County of Albany on the N Side of N River nearly oposite to Fort Hendrick beginning at the Hemlock tree Marked for the S W Corner of a tract Land granted to George Klock W. Nelles & others standing on the E side of a Brook Called by the Indians Dekayuhasonwe called Kaneda Crick & runs thence Down the Crick to a tract of Land granted to Petrus V. Driese then along the West bounds of the said Tract of Land granted to the Klock and Nelles thence along the same N 41
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