Biography of James Brooksby
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Brooksby, James, was born in Scotland in 1812, and came to America with his parents, William and Jane Brooksby, in 1824. The family. consisted of seven sons and three daughters and located in Albany. James served apprenticeship in floral culture with John Wilson, in the floral business in Albany, N. Y. He then engaged as manager of a nursery for Wilson, Thomburn & Teller of East Greenbush. In 1857 he went in the nursery business on his own account, and in 1870 embarked in the floral business, which he is still carrying on. He was married to Harriet Weller of England, who came to America about 1824. They have three children: Mary, Jane and James. James was a soldier in the late war in the 10th Albany Regiment, and was in the battles of the Wilderness and Port Hudson, and was a lieutenant under Colonel McQuade of Albany. Mary is the wife of George Keller, and Jane is the widow of George M. Smith, who was killed by a railroad accident in 1866; he was a locomotive engineer, and left one son, Elmer G. Smith, who is manager of the floral business for Mr. Brooksby. Mr. Smith has been receiver of taxes and held other local offices.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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