Biography of Capt. Milton Fish
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Fish, Capt. Milton, was born in Galvestown, in the State of Louisiana, about eighty miles from Baton Rouge. On May, 25, 1819, his father left that State when Captain Milton was nine years old and located in the town of North East, Dutchess county, N. Y., where he attended school; his early life was spent on the farm. In 1832 the family moved to the town of Moreau, Saratoga county, N. Y., where he finished what education he had time to acquire. He taught school at the age of twenty. In his twenty second year he went to sea, and a right thorough "sea dog was he," for he followed the salt water all told twenty years. He entered the employ of John F. Trumbull as a sailor before the mast on the United States Bank; he was in his employ eight years. Mr. Trumbull took much interest in the country boy and this was the turning point in his career. He made three voyages around Cape Horn, and was promoted by degrees. First he held the position of boat steerer. They went to the Crosette Island in the South Indian Ocean: his next position was second mate and then the position of master of ship in the employ of another concern. This ship was in the passenger and general traffic to Honolulu and Narvian Islands, also in connection with the gold excitement in California in 1849 and 1850. In 1851-52 he fitted out a trading vessel at Stonington on his own account; here his good friend Trumbull was his right hand man again. His first trip was to the Azores Islands. He took up a land claim in Oregon and became land sick and went to sea again to Honolulu and Victoria; he also did a fine trade with the Esquimaux. He came to San Francisco, returning to this town and said good bye to the sea forever. He had made a competency. He purchased this farm on the banks of the historic Hudson River, where he is enjoying life in sight of water, in peace with all men. His mother died when he was seven years old.

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


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