Place:Canajoharie (town), Montgomery, New York, United States


NameCanajoharie (town)
Alt namesCanajoharie, Montgomery, New York, United States
Coordinates42.9°N 74.567°W
Located inMontgomery, New York, United States
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Canajoharie is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 3,730 at the 2010 census. Canajoharie is located south of the Mohawk River on the south border of the county. The Erie Canal passes along the north town line. There is a village of Canajoharie in the town. Both are east of Utica and west of Amsterdam.



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The town is near the former site of Canajoharie, a village of the Mohawk nation. The Mohawk had as their territory most of the central area of present-day New York from the Hudson River west to where Oneida territory started. They also used the St. Lawrence River valley as hunting grounds after 1600. They dominated the fur trade with the French in central Quebec and English in eastern New York after the Seven Years' War.

Europeans began settling in the area around 1730. Because the Mohawk were allied with the British during the Revolutionary War, they were forced to cede most of their lands in New York after the United States victory. The land was sold to private owners. The modern town was formed in 1788, but was reduced to form the towns of Minden (1798) and Root (in part, 1823). The population of the town in 1865 was 4,248.

Beech-Nut, the baby food producer, was founded in Canajoharie in 1891 and served as the largest employer in the town for more than a century. The Beech-Nut factory moved out of Canajoharie in March 2011 and relocated to a new factory in the nearby town of Florida, near Amsterdam.

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  • Outstanding guide to Canajoharie family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, town histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.

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