Biography of Robert T. Cushman
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Cushman, Robert T. was born in Pittstown, N. Y., July 24, 1812, son of Stephen and Emma (Thomas) Cushman, natives of Fishkill, N. Y., and Nantucket, Mass., repectively. The grandfather of our subject, William Cushman, was born in Brattiesborough, Vt., and emigrated to Dutchess county, N. Y., when a young man, where he' married Jemima Ladue, and afterwards removed to Schaghticoke, and finally to Pittstown, where they died. Stephen Cushman was a blacksmith by trade, and spent his life in Pittstown. Robert T. was reared as a blacksmith, and later learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for about twenty years. In 1855 he purchased the farm of 100 acres where he now resides. He was a Whig in politics in early life, but has been a Republican since the organization of that party. He was postmaster at Raymertown about two years and highway commissioner three years, also overseer of the poor for two years. January 21, 1852, he married Sarah E. Beard, who was born in Pittstown, October 9, 1828, daughter of Isaac and Amy (Thompson) Beard, by whom he had two children: John B., born September 13, 1864; and Stephen I., born in 1868 and died in 1871. John B. was reared on a farm and educated in Lansingburgh academy. He has charge of the homestead. He is a Republican in politics, and is serving his fourth term as town clerk. November 11, 1886, he married Mary E. Larrabee, daughter of George W and Martha (Abbott) Larrabee of Pittstown, by whom he had three children: Sarah M., Ella F. and Laura.

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


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