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From: "Bill & Cathy McGrath" <>
Subject: [GEN-NYS] Interesting Biographies - Number #4
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:09:06 -0400
BIOGRAPHY ON SELECTED NAMES ON THE TIGS WEBSITE
One of the newer projects on the Troy Irish Genealogy Website - www.rootsweb.com/~nytigs/ is the Troy Newspaper Project. Click on PROJECTS and then click on TROY NEWSPAPER PROJECT. This new project has added thousands of marriage and death records to the website that were transcribed from various Troy newspapers.
Wouldn't you like to know something about the lives of some of the people that are mentioned in this database? A number of the names on the list cover individuals that are important in American History and TIGS would like to share their stories with you.
The following names are from The Troy Post death data base on the TIGS website:
1. JOSEPH LOVELAND:
Joseph was born April 16, 1747 in Glastonbury, Connecticut, to John Loveland and Comfort Talcott.
While a resident of Dartmouth College, he enlisted in Col. Jonathan Chase's Regiment of the New Hampshire Militia to re-enforce the garrison at Ticonderoga, New York. He was a Private in Col. Chase's Regiment.
He died on September 8, 1813 at age 60 in Norwich, Vermont. He inadvertently swallowed a mouthful of the Oil of Tanzy, from a bottle which he supposed to contain spirits.
Note: Tansy oil mixed with fleabane, pennyroyal and diluted alcohol was a well known mosquito repellent.
2. GEN. DAVID HUMPHREYS:
Gen. Humphreys was a Revolutionary War colonel and aide de camp to George Washington; American minister to Portugal and then to Spain, an entrepreneur who brought Merino sheep to America and a member of the Connecticut state legislature. A poet and author, he was one of the "Hartford Wits".
Humphreys was born on July 10, 1752 in the First Congregational Church Parsonage, 37 Elm Street, Derby, Connecticut. He was the youngest of five children of the Rev. Daniel Humphreys and Sarah Riggs Bowers. As a boy, Humphreys was passionately fond of books. His father prepared both him and his brother, Daniel, for his own alma mater, Yale College, and entered both of them there. David was 15 years old when he entered the school and 19 when he graduated in 1771 with distinguished honors. Among his college friends were Timothy Dwight IV, who later became one of Yale's great presidents; John Trumbull, poet and lawyer (not the artist); and Joel Barlow, poet and diplomat.
After graduation, Humphreys became principal at the public school in Wethersfield, Connecticut for two years. He then worked as a tutor for the youngest of the 11 children of Col. Frederick Philipse at the Philipse Manor house in what is now Yonkers, New York.
In July 1776, Humphreys enlisted in the Continental Army as a volunteer adjutant in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment, then stationed in New York. He later saw action in the battle following the burning of Danbury, Connecticut and in a later raid on Sag Harbor, New York. In that raid the Americans captured 90 prisoners, destroyed 12 enemy brigs and sloops, an armed vessel and an enormous quantity of stores, and returned to Connecticut without the loss of a single soldier. Humphreys was detailed to report the success directly to General Washington in New Jersey.
In John Trumbull's painting "Washington Resigning His Commission" hanging in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, Humphreys is shown standing immediately behind Washington.
Humphreys died in his room at Butler's Tavern in New Haven, Connecticut on February 21, 1818 and was interred at Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.
3. STEPHEN HOGEBOOM:
Stephen Jeremiah Hogeboom was born August 16, 1744 to Jeremiah Pieter Hogeboom and Jannetje VanAllen. He was married to Heletje Muller. The Hogebooms were early and important members of the Claverack settlement and were the descendants of Killian Hogeboom who came from Holland some time after 1712.
During the American Revolution he was a Lieut. Col. in the Albany County Regiment under his cousin, Col. Peter VanNess, who built Lindenwald. Stephen was one of the most prominent jurists of the day and an ardent patriot. Records show that he and his brother-in-law, Thomas Storm, presented a sloop of flour to the Contenental Army in 1776.
Stephen was active in local politics. He served as Claverack's town supervisor in the late 1780's, and ex officio on the county's Board of Supervisors. He also was in the state legislature as both an assemblyman and state senator. His son, Killian, was in charge of the post-office station in Claverack after the Revolution.
The Stephen Hogeboom House is located on NY 23 B in Claverack, New York. It is a frame Georgian-style house built in the late 18th century. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Stephen died at age 69 on April 2, 1814.
4. HENRY GLEN:
Glen was born on July 13, 1739 in Schenectady, New York. He was the son of Albany residents Jacob Glen and Elizabeth Cuyler. In December 1762 he married Elizabeth Visscher of Schenectady and by 1785 their marriage produced seven children who were baptized in the Dutch churches of Albany and Schenectady where their parents were members.
Henry Glen is best known for service to the Patriot cause during the American Revolution. In 1775, he was elected to represent Schenectady on the Albany County Committee of Correspondence. He held militia commissions and was sometimes called "Colonel." His principal contribution was in the Quartermaster Department where he served as Assistant Deputy QMG and was headquartered in Schenectady. Glen was associated with George Washington and accompanied the future president on his tour of the Mohawk Valley in 1783.
Henry Glen held a number of public offices over a long career. He was appointed "town clerk" for Schenectady in 1767. He was elected to represent Albany County in the first three Provincial Congresses in 1775 and 1776. After the war, he was elected to the New York State Assembly for Albany County in 1786 and for new Schenectady County in 1810. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1793, 1795, 1797, and 1799. During the Revolution, he also served as an Indian Commissioner.
Revolutionary stalwart Henry Glen died in Schenectady on January 6, 1814 at the age of seventy-five.
5. JEREMIAH LANSING:
Jeremiah was born April 14, 1754, the son of Peter Lansing and Elizabeth Wendell. He was raised in a merchant's house in the hear of Albany's downtown business district.
In 1779, he entered the public mainstream when he was appointed firemaster for the first ward. He later served as an election inspector. In 1793, he was elected alderman for the third ward. In 1798, he was elected to represent Albany in the New York State Assembly.
On October 1, 1780, he married Helena Wendell at the Albany Dutch church where he was a lifelong member. By 1800, five children had been christened there. His family lived for a time on Market Street and by 1800 they had relocated to a comfortable home on what later became 80 North Pearl Street.
Jeremiah Lansing died in October 7, 1817 at the age of sixty-three. He was buried in the church plot of the Washington Park cemetery.
5. HON. GOUVERNEUR MORRIS:
Morris, was born on January 31, 1752 in Morrisania, which is now a part of New York City.
He was nstructed by private tutors; graduated from King’s College (now Columbia University), New York, in 1768; studied law; was admitted to the colonial bar in 1771 and commenced practice in New York City.
Was a Delegate and a Senator from New York; member, New York provincial congress 1775-1777; lieutenant colonel in the State militia in 1776; member of the committee to prepare a form of government for the State of New York in 1776; member of the first State council of safety in 1777; member, first State assembly 1777-1778; Member of the Continental Congress in 1778 and 1779; signer of the Articles of Confederation in 1778; moved to Philadelphia in 1779; appointed assistant superintendent of finance 1781-1785; Pennsylvania delegate to the convention that framed the Constitution of the United States in 1787; returned to live in New York in 1788; went to Europe on business in 1789; Minister Plenipotentiary to France 1792-1794; returned to the United States in 1798; elected in 1800 as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Watson and served from April 3, 1800, to March 3, 1803; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1802; chairman of the Erie Canal Commission 1810-1813; author on legal and political subjects.
He was also an author of large sections of the Constitution of the United States. He is widely credited as the author of the document's preamble: "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union".
Morris died at age 65 in Morrisania, N.Y. on November 6, 1816 after a short but distressing illnes. Interment was in St. Anne’s Episcopal Churchyard, Bronx, N.Y.
Bill McGrath, Clifton Park, NY
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