Montgomery County, New York

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Montgomery County, New York Project

County Courthouse in Fonda

Historically occupied by the Mohawk people, one of the original Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the county was created in 1772 during the period of British colonial rule as Tryon County. In 1784, after the Americans gained independence in the War, Montgomery County was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 at the Battle of Quebec. The county seat is Fonda.

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Maps and Boundaries

Montgomery County was created in 1772 from Albany County but it was called Tryon County until 1784--after the Revolution War. Albany County dates from 1683. Revolutionary War soldiers from the area of current Montgomery County served in Tyron County Militia, New York Levies, and Continental Army units during the war. See Space:New York in the American Revolution for a complete listing of Revolutionary War Units from New York.[1]

Portions of the original county were set off to form five other counties:

  • 27 January 1789: Ontario County
  • 16 February 1791: Herkimer, Otsego, Tioga Counties
  • 21 February 1816: Hamilton County
  • 18 Apr 1838: Fulton County

The original county seat for Tryon County and Montgomery County until 1838 was in Johnstown, New York. The Montgomery County county seat and courthouse was moved to Fonda, New York in 1838. Fulton County has continued to use the original courthouse of Tryon and Montgomery County since 1838. See Space:Formation of New York Counties for creation dates and what county they were created from for New York Counties.

North: Fulton after 1838
East: Saratoga
West: Herkimer
Southwest: Otsego
South: Schoharie
Southeast: Schenectady


Montgomery County communities as of 1925

The following categories contain profiles and pages for Montgomery County communities (cities, towns, villages, and other populated places):

A Ames | Amsterdam (town) | Amsterdam | Auriesville
B Buel
C Canjoharie (village) Canajoharie Charleston
F Florida, Montgomery County | Fonda | Fort Johnson | Fort Plain | Fort Wagner | Freysbush | Fultonville
G Glen
H Hagaman
M Mannys Corner | MInaville | Minden | Mohawk, Montgomery County
N Nelliston
P Palatine Bridge | Palatine
R Root
S Saint Johnsville | St. Johnsville (village) | St. Johnsville | Stone Arabia


The following categories within Wikitree contain profiles and pages on various topics concerning Montgomery County, New York:

Resources and Records

The following external resources and records are useful to genealogists working on Montgomery County, New York:

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  1. Profiles of persons that resided prior to 1784 in the area that would become Montgomery County should be tagged with the Category:Montgomery County, New York, Early Settlers, even though they may or may not have lived long enough to be in the county when it was called Montgomery County.

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