Local History

The first people to live here were the native American Indians.

The history books indicate that they were either Schoharie Indians or Katskill Indians. The Schoharie Indians were known to be a tributary of the Iroquois Nations. Whereas the Katskill Indians were a subtribe of the Algonquin Nation.

Interestingly, exactions carried out in 1869 and 1933 respectively, indicate that the Algonquin Indians occupied the area long before the Iroquois.

The initial settlements of white-people were somewhat misconstrued. White-people believed that they had purchased the land from the Native-American Indians. The Native-American Indians thought that they were allowing settlers to come and share the land, as they didn’t practice private land ownership.

The Town of Conesville was named after Rev. Jonathan Cone. He was actually born in East Haddam, Connecticut in 1784. His father Daniel Cone hailed from Paisley, Scotland.

Rev. Cone was elected the 3rd pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Durham in 1830. Although he did not live in Conesville, he was often heard preaching in Durham around 1836. This was during the epoch in which Conesville was established. He was both trusted and respected by the local community.


First Settlement