History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Loyalists of the county who fled to Canada as the revolution neared, carried with them intense hatred of former Mohawk Valley neighbors who had sided with the patriots. Through the eight years of the war, until 1783, the horrors of civil war were faced by settlers along the frontier. appearing out of nowhere and vanishing as suddenly, Indian-Tory raiding parties applied the torch to homes of defenseless families and scalpings and murders were common.
With shelter and supplies destroyed, the struggle for frontier survival appeared hopeless to many early settlers who abandoned the Canajohaire-Palatine areas and moved eastward.