Biography of George N. Cottrell
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Cottrell, George N., was born in the town of Poestenkill on the farm he now owns, March 9, 1856. Major George. the father, was also born on this farm, May 6, 1812, and spent his whole life time on the homestead, which was left to him by the will of his father. He was a lumber manufacturer and farmer all his lifetime. He filled the office of justice of the peace for several years, overseer of the poor, commissioner of highways, and was assessor for about twenty years, and was also major of the State militia. His wife was Bridget Sheary, who was a native of Ireland. Their children are Mary A., George N., James B., Mrs. Sarah M. Feathers. Mrs. Louise C. French, John W. and Calvin E. He died in January, 1891, and his wife died in August, 1893. Mr. Cottrell has spent his life on the homestead, dairying being his chief occupation, and is a thorough and practical farmer. He was collector for two terms, and was elected and served two terms on the Board of Supervisors. In 1892 he married Lulu Barber, a daughter of Charles Barber of Poestenkill.

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


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