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Johnstown Town

Johnstown Town Hall is located at 2753 State Highway 29, Johnstown NY 12095; phone: 518-762-7070. The town of Johnstown was originally formed in 1793. At that time it was part of Montgomery County.

Beginnings [1]

The first settlers of any number in the town were doubtless those whom Sir William Johnson had attracted to his lands in the neighborhood of Johnson Hall in the years prior to its building. They would seem to have come largely from the German element that peopled the banks of the Mohawk, but included also a body of Scotch, who settled in the northern part of the town, which was from the Revolutionary period until after the War of 1812 called Kingsboro; and the settlement was constantly reinforced by emigration from Massachusetts and Connecticut.

One of the first settlers was John Hollenbeck, grandfather of Mr. Philip Hollenbeck. It was claimed that he was the first man to fell a tree in this part of the town.

  1. History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, N.Y., F. W. Beers & Co., New York, 1878.
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