Biography of William A. Felton
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Felton, William A., was born in Troy in 1836. Nathaniel Felton, his venerable ancestor of Massachusetts, came to Salem, Mass., in 1633. When seventeen years of age he settled in New Salem, Mass., afterwards called Felton Hill and later called Danvers. His great great grandfather, Benjamin Felton, was born in Salem, Mass., in 1739, and at the age of sixteen was sent with others to Canada to repel the French and Indians and did not succeed in returning for five years. He was a lieutenant at the close of the Revolutionary war, and was in the battles of Bunker Hill, White Plains, Trenton, and others, and commanded a body of cavalry in the Shay insurrection in the winters of 1786 and 1787. In 1793 he retired on his farm in Brookfield, Mass. Skelton Felton, the grandfather, was born November 13, 1784. He was a school teacher for many years and an officer in the war of 1812; he died in Lansingburgh in 1851. The father, Amory Felton, was born in Brookfield, Mass., in 1813, and came to Troy when a young man; he was a merchant for a ntmber of years; he was a patentee for portable grain mills and a stock company was formed to manufacture them; he later bought an interest in the Empire Foundry, where he soon became discontented and sold out to Swett, Quimby & Bennett. He married Nancy Boynton of Bennington. Vt., in January, 1849, by whom he bad four children. He died in Troy March 3, 1851. William A., is the manager of the Empire Stove and Machinery Foundry, and has remained in the concern forty years; he always lived in Troy until 1895, when he moved to Lansingburgh; he is a member of the Apollo Lodge F. & A. M.; he served for seven years in the National Guard and held the position of first sergeant in Company G, at the time of his discharge; he is one of the original members of the Osgood Steamer Company; he was formerly a member of the Troy Yacht Club, and the East Side Club. In October, 1859, he married Mary A. Faxon of Hoosick Falls; they bad two children

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


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