In 1723 a number of Palatine families were allowed to take up lands in the Mohawk Valley of New York. Those settling in the bounds of the present county of Herkimer were known as the Burnetsfield Patentees, after the name of the grant made by New York Governor William Burnet, and are the subject of this formidable work. Initially called Burnetsfield, in the Kingsland District, the early Herkimer County area was variously referred to as Stone Ridge, The Flats, the Falls, and most commonly as German Flats. Between 1723 and 1755 the original Burnetsfield settlers were joined by other Palatine families, and by the time of the American Revolution the area was a prosperous, almost utopian, community.
This book deals with the families established in the area before the Revolution, and detailed genealogies are given for the following families: Armstrong, Ayer, Barsh, Bashor, Baum, Bauman, Bell, Bellinger, Brodhack, Campbell, Christman, Clepsattle, Coens, Crim, Cunningham, Davis, DeMuth, Dockstader, Dornberger, Dygert, Eckler, Edick, Eysaman, Feller, Folts, Fox, Frank, Fulmer, Getman, Gray, Hager, Harter, Hartman, Helmer, Herkimer, Hess, Hilts, Hiser, Hockstatter, Hoyer, Huber, Kast, Kessler, Korsing, Lant, Leiper, Lentz, Lighthall, McGinnes, McKoom, Meyer, Miller, Moak, Orendorf, Osterhout, Petrie, Petry, Pfeiffer, Rasback, Richards, Riegal, Riema, Riemensneider, Ritter, Rosencrantz, Schell, Scherer, Schutt, Schuyler, Seghner, Shoemaker, Skinner, Small, Smith, Spohn, Stahring, Steele, Thumb, Weaver, Wentz, Witherstine, Witrig, and Wholeben.