Biography of Allen B. Clifford
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Clifford Allen B., was born in Stephentown, April 31, 1839. He is a son of David and Laura (Knappin) Clifford, he a native of Stephentown, and she of Schaghticoke. The maternal grandfather was Samuel Knappin, brother of Josiah Knappin. The paternal grandparents were Christopher and Weithy (Herring) Knappin. They were natives of Rhode Island, who came to Stephentown when young, it removed to Vienna, Oneida county, where he died at the age of ninety five. He was a Revolutionary soldier. The father of Mr. Clifford was a farmer of Stephentown, where he died in 1859 at the age of forty four. Mrs. Clifford died in November, 1889. Mr. Clifford has always followed farming and speculating in Stephentown, except four years teaming Illinois. In 1860 he settled on the farm of 249 acres where he still resides. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. H. Seventh New York Cavalry and served seven months. In 1859 he married Naomi, daughter of Stephen and Sally (Hoag) Finch, he a native of Schodack and she of Nassau. He spent his life on the farm in Stephentown, where he died in 1845, and Mrs. Finch died in 1884. To Mr. and Mrs. Clifford were born three sons and two daughters, all of whom are married; they are Willis C., Josephine, Oscar, Benoni and Lucy. Mr. Clifford has been poormaster for years. He is a member of Post Coleman No. 545, G. A. R., Unity Lodge No. 9, F. & A. M., and of Mt. Whitney Lodge No. 547 I. O. O. F.

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


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