Amongst the first to settle in Blenheim was Henry Hager. Henry came from
Beacraft, a despised Tory, who, during the Revolution, killed and jeered Americans, returned to the valley. It was a short matter of time before ten men took him from a house, and lashed him on his bare back, for the crimes he had committed. After each group of ten lashes, they told him a different crime that he had committed, and after the punishment, they told him to “flee the country and never return.” But time was not of the essence, and he died before such action could occur.
Freegift Patchin was captured by Brant and his Indians and Tories. Brant and a group of Indians crept and captured Patchin, and the group’s commander, Alexander Harper. Brant flatly asked Harper if there any soldiers in Schoharie. Harper, who was privy to the fact that there none, told Brant that there were three hundred troops stationed there. This lied convinced Brant to turn back. Beacraft, who was amongst the Tories with Brant, wanted to kill the prisoners, but Brant resisted. On the way to
There was a silver mine that was believed to be in Blenheim, and after the Revolution efforts were made to harvest this silver. Sadly, the mine was buried and lost. There were three churches in Blenheim, the Methodist Church of North Blenheim, the Methodist Episcopal Church of Eminence, and the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of North Blenheim. Also mentioned is the
The only actual incident of the Anti-Rent problems occurred in Blenheim, where two officers were captured, but they were not tarred-and-feathered after a vote. The tavern of William Fink still stood from revolutionary times. Amongst the supervisors of Blenheim were Chauncey Vroman, Hezekiah Dickerman, who helped build the