Directory of People
1762 - 1841
Van Eps is one of the founders of Vernon. A merchant in Oriskany, his trading with the Oneida Nation led him to setup stores in Westmoreland and Vernon. He was granted a patent in 1796 of land purchased from the Oneida Nation by New York State the previous year. The Van Eps patent is largely what is today the Village of Vernon.
1836 - 1864
David Jenkins grew up in Vernon, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic institute, became a surveryor and laywer, and volunteered to fight for the Union after the Civil War broke out. He was credited for nearly single-handedly recruiting the 146th regiment of New York State Volunteers. They became part of the NY 5th Zouaves, under the direction of General Garrard.
Jenkins rose to the rank of Colonel, an astounding accomplishment for a volunteer, let alone in such a short time. He led the regiment valiantly at major battles including Gettysburg. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1865.