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Swaggertown Revisited


Then...

I recently obtained this old map from a 1866 Beers Altas of Schenectady County, NY from my cousin Lawrence Van Epps who lives in Glenville, NY. "Swaggertown" in Dutch literally means "brother-in-law" town according to Donald Keefer, local historian. Legend is that this area was called this because so many of the local residents were related to the Van Eps family. I feel this area was aptly named as evidenced by the 14 families with the surname Van Epps (and Vanaps) on this map alone, as well as other surnames of folks that married into the family like Bulman, Hagadorn, Hedden, Osborn, Robbins,Schermerhorn, Slover, Van Antwerp, and Van Vo(r)st.


Now...

Here is the same area as it is today with the current road names labeled. There are at least 7 Van Eps family members that still live in this area, most of whom live on the original farm of Laurens Van Eps and Sarah Robbins. The old family cemetery is also located in this area and contains at least 11 graves of the descendants of Alexander J. Van Eps, Laurens' maternal grandfather.