Biography of Ezra R. Estabrook
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Estabrook, Ezra Robinson, was born in Stratton, Vt, September 6, 1824. The father of the subject of this sketch, David Estabrook, was a lineal descendant of Rev. Joseph Estabrook, born in Middlesex, England, who emigrated to this country in 1660, and served as pastor of the Concord (Mass.) church from 1696 to 1711, the date of his death. Many members of the family were clergymen. His mother, Anner Brainard, was a descendant of Daniel Brainard, who arrived in this country from England in 1649. Daniel Brainard was one of twenty seven young men who founded the town of Haddam, Conn. in 1662, his estate reverting to, and remaining in the possession of his descendants until the present time, a period of over two hundred years. David and John, grandsons of David Brainard, were noted missionaries, and the famed patriot and preacher of the late civil war, Rev. Thomas Brainard of Philadelphia, was also a descendant. In 1834 David Estabrook became a resident of Bennington, Vt., removing therefrom to Hoosick Falls, N. Y., in 1838, where Ezra Robinson Estabrook has since resided. Although he worked on a farm from the age of, fifteen to eighteen in summer, he found opportunities to seek knowledge from useful books, and in winter he attended school, qualifying himself as a teacher. He taught school in the town of Hoosick during the years 1843 to 1846 inclusive. In 1844 his experiments with daguerreotypes led to the establishment of the business, which developed into modern photography, and it is still continued. In 1850 Mr. Estabrook entered into the insurance business, and by diligence and the application of honorable business methods has attained an enviable position in the insurance world. His agency is the largest in Rensselaer county outside of Troy. Years ago the necessity of a water supply system for Hoosick Falls became apparent to him. Obstacles were many to the introduction of a water supply, but they were sour mounted, and his persistent efforts resulted in the organization of the Hoosick Falls Water Supply Company. Mr. Estabrook was elected secretary and superintendent, which offices he has continued to fill. To Mr. Estabrook is due all credit for the present excellent water supply system in Hoosick Falls. Since early in life Mr. Estabrook has been an active member of the Presbyterian church, at present being an elder, and for twenty nine consecutive years he served as superintendent of the Sunday school. In 1849 Mr. Estabrook was elected town clerk, reelected in 1850, and again in 1863, 1867 and 1868. In 1844 Mr. Estabrook married Lucy Taylor, member of a Vermont family of distinction, who died August 13, 1890. Of this union there were three sons, Ezra Brainard, Willie Harlan, and Frank Herbert, the latter two surviving. In September, 1891, Mr. Estabrook married Harriet M. Taylor, a sister of his first wife. Ezra Robinson Estabrook is one of the most respected and influential citizens of Hoosick Falls. Of strict integrity, prominent in social, businessand religious circles, and active and liberal in developing the business interests of his town. He assumes responsibilities, then zealously and conscientiously performs the duties pertaining to them.

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


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