Thank you very much for taking the time to put together the additional
information about the fort.
I went to a service at the Kinderhook Reformed Church last summer, so I
know the location of the current structure, but I wasn't sure where the
church might have been in 1755. I would assume that a parsonage would
be on the same property as the church. However, I knew the present
structure was built later than 1755. I didn't know if the current
structure was at the same location as the 1755 structure. Not knowing
the location of the Schnapper house, that reference was not immediately
From the church's website:
"The first Reformed Church in Kinderhook was built in 1677 and the
second in 1717. The third church was built in 1814 at the site of the
present church and was badly damaged by fire in1867. It was rebuilt in
1869, where it stands today at its present location on the corner of
Church and Broad Streets in Kinderhook, N.Y."
From this we can see that the 1755 church was not at the same location
as the present edifice. The Schnapper reference is therefore
important. Your quote about it is very interesting, but does not
clearly locate the house.
That forced me to look for a 67-page booklet I had bought at the church
last summer, "The Two Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kinderhook
Reformed Church, Kinderhook, New York, 1712-1962".
It locates the 1677 building at the corner of Hudson St. and Maiden Lane
"very nearly opposite the Methodist Church". The church is apparently
no longer there (Google Maps doesn't show it). The 1717 structure "also
stood on Hudson Street, but was on the opposite side of the thoroughfare
and located on land later part of the Earle Reynolds property" "not far
from the southeast corner of the property owned by Charles W. Edwards."
That is the best that I can do right now for the location of the fort.
It was probably on Hudson St. beside the church.
Additional information: The 1677 structure has been described as a
mission outpost of the Reformed Church at Albany. Albany's early
records mention marriages at Kinderhook. The second Kinderhook church
structure was built in 1717, and the first baptism was recorded in
1718. They didn't get a resident pastor until 1727. He was Johannes
Van Driessen, brother of the pastor at Albany Reformed.
Susan, I appreciate the research you did to help answer my question.
You neglected for finish the sentence in brackets:
The present Schnapper house, at one time the parsonage of the Dutch church,
was within the stockade.
In the book "Columbia County at the End of the Century", published and
edited under the auspices of the Hudson Gazette, The Record Printing and
Publishing Co., Hudson, New York, 1900, page 29:
"According to the writings of Hon. H. C. Van Schaick (Manlius, N. Y.), a
part of an old Dutch parsonage at Kinderhook was formerly a portion of a
fort, enclosed with a stockade, while in some of the old early Dutch houses
were portholes in the gables, from which the inmates could fire upon their
Also in the book A History of Old Kinderhook on page 353:
" The late H. C. Van Schaack is our authority for the statement that in
Indian war-times the present widow Schnapper [my note: widow of Henry
Schnapper] place was a stockaded fort to which in times of alarm the women
were wont to flee, the men being at work in the fields far away. Beyond
this we know nothing of its early story. It was for many years the first
known parsonage of the church. It was thus occupied by the Rev. Jacob
Sickles when he retired in 1835. The principal subsequent owners have been:
1836, J. P. Beekman; 1840, Edgar Laing; and later Catharine E. Heermance;
Mrs. Dollie Farrar; Mrs. (Bohannan) Farrar; 1911, H. Schnapper."
There is a picture between pages 352 & 353 entitled "The Old House on
William Street" which I believe to be the home being written about.
That is about all I could find concerning this fort. Cliff, if you would
like the photo of the home, I'll scan it and email it to you. I just look
at Google books and they also have the photo.