Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

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.



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