Biography of the Hon. G. D. McAllaster


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McAllaster, Hon, G. D., was born in Antwerp, Jefferson county, N Y., October 3, 1831, son of William and Nancy (Stowell) McAllaster. William was born in Antrim, N. H., March 6, 1792, son of Richard and Susan McAllaster. Richard was of Irish and she of Scotch descent; they came to the town of Antwerp about 1811, and died in 1813; he erected one of the first houses of the town. William McAllaster, father of the subject, came to Antwerp when eighteen years of age, returned to Antrim, N. H., and afterwards came back to Antwerp with his parents, one brother, and five sisters. His brother was a hotel keeper in Antwerp, where he died, leaving a large family. William started poor, but afterwards became agent for George Parish and for many years represented his business. He bought five hundred acres of land of Mr. Parish, which is now owned by George D. In politics he was a Whig and Republican, and in 1840 was a member of assembly, was also supervisor of his town He and his wife had four children: William P., deceased; George D., the subject; Oliver R., who was in the late war for two years, and died in Elmira, N. Y., at the close of his service; and Major, deceased. William MeAllaster died in May, 1870, but his widow is still living, aged ninety-three years. George D. was reared and educated in Antwerp, N. Y., and at seventeen years of age went to Parishville, N. Y., as clerk in Mr. Parish's land office, and after three years went to Boston, where he was engaged for three years as bookkeeper in a commission house. He then went West for one season, when he returned to Boston a short time, and then went to Wisconsin, and was, with others, interested in founding Kilbourn city, built by the Wisconsin River Hydraulic Company, stock $500,000, but owing to the panic of 1857 the enterprise was abandoned. He was secretary and treasurer of the company. He returned to his native town and took charge of his father's business, and has since resided in the village of Antwerp. In 1873 he built a fine residence. In November, 1870, he married Matilda Bent Cross, of Antwerp, by whom he had one son, George E., who was educated in the common schools and Ives Seminary, and is now in the law office of Wm. H. Gilman. Our subject is a Republican in politics, and was once clerk of the village, also president and supervisor two terms, from 1877 to 1878, and was a member of assembly from 1878 to 1879.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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