Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

Many people want to know the history of their house. Here’s how to research it using your deed

  1. Use the Book of Deeds in the Washington County Clerk’s office in Ft Edward
  2. Your deed tells the Book number and Page number where your deed is filed in Ft Edward
  3. It also has the Book number and Page number of the previous deed with names and dates.
  4. Find that previous deed using Book number and Page number and you’ll have the owner before that
  5. From that deed you’ll have the Book number and Page number of the deed before that and so on
  6. Within a couple of hours, you’ll have names and dates associated with the history of your house

These slides provide details. Also, you can download and print this PDF ... Researching Your Deed

Northern Turnpike,built 1799-1804, goes from Lansingburgh, through Cambridge, to Granville. It was the major highway to get from NYC to Canada. Its stagecoach traffic fostered the economic development of the East End and West End of Cambridge

This is a story of

  • privatization
  • big business vs. big government
  • outsourcing
  • influential lobbyists
  • Fake News
  • voting irregularities
  • corrupt public officials
  • State lotteries to fund public projects
  • poor infrastructure in sparsely populated areas
  • widening gap between the Have’s and Have Not’s


Sounds like 2018, but this was 1790 the Turnpike Era

 Northern Turnpike Milepost AckleyRoad 2016 04 21


My wife is the great granddaughter of Grandma Moses. This presentation shows Grandma as the painter known to the public and as the grandmother known to the family.

Formal education in Cambridge started in 1799 with a vote to open a private school. It was built on Academy Street and eventually became Cambridge Washington Academy. In the 1870's we had the Union Schools. In 1891 we finally united into a single school today referred to simply as "the Old School". In Sept-1951 the current Cambridge Central School opened. Along the way, the townships of White Creek, Cambridge, and Jackson were home to 39 one-room schoolhouses. Below is my presentation about the journey.


In 1788 the northern boundary of Albany County was Dononohowe Creek (Ondawa Creek aka Batten Kill). Thus in the first US Census in 1790 Cambridge is listed in Albany County. The land to the north was Charlotte County named after King George's wife. In 1784 it was renamed Washington county.

By 1791 Albany County was so big it was time to split off northern portion to form Rensselaer County. Cambridge wanted boundary between Washington County and Rensselaer County to be Batten Kill because of close business and social connections with Lansingburgh (Troy). Salem wanted boundary to be Hoosick River so that Cambridge would be in Washington County, making it as large as possible

Salem was very powerful in Albany so Cambridge moved into Washington County.



In 2010 I gave a presentation on the history of the McClellan family in Cambridge, leading to the building of the Mary McClellan Hospital. Here's Mary McClelllan, mother of Robert and Edwin, in Meikleknox (Edwin's home on South Union Street). Although the official name of the hospital is Mary McClellan Memorial Hospital, Mary actually outlived both her sons.

MaryMcClelllanHospital      MaryMcClellan at Meikleknox