Biography of George De Graff
Rensselaer County, New York Biographies





De Graff, George, was born in Herkimer county. March 26, 1819. He was a son of Peter V. and Julein (Thomas), both of Glennville, Schenectady county, N. Y., where they married. He was a tailor by trade and carried on the business for twenty two years in the toll gate house at West Canada Creek, on old Mohawk turnpike, and attended the gate. He died in 1854. Mrs. De Graff died in 1821. The grandfather, John De Graff, was a farmer of Glennville. His parents came from Holland. Mr. De Graff was in Herkimer county when twelve years of age and lived with his sister. He commenced for himself as a farm hand and has always followed farming. He has been in the milk business for forty years, and has a farm of 110 acres in North Greenbush In 1838 he married Lydia, daughter of John Hover of Schoharie county, by whom he has four children: Hester, born December 19, 1838, and died in 1893; she was the wife of Stephen Van Allen; Henry is employed at the New Hartford and New Haven depot; William is in the milk depot at Yonkers, N.Y.; and Jessie died in 1892 at the age of forty five. Mr. De Graff was revenue collector during the war, receiving the appointment unasked for.

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


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