Biography of Richard E. Grant
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Grant, Richard Edward, was born in the county of Kilkenny, Ireland, May 22, 1848. He is a son of James Grant, a native of Ireland, son of Walter of Scotland, who removed to Ireland, where he reared a family of three sons and one daughter. He was a general agent for English landlords. James, the father of Richard E., was a prosperous farmer and land owner, and also a general agent for English landlords. He was recognized as a leader in his district and was one of the promoters of pairs where stock was exhibited. He gave his children a liberal education. His wife was Alice Ryan; their children were Mary, Ellen, Catherine, Anastatia, Margarget, Walter, Richard E., Alice, Hannah, Lawrence, Lizzie and Anna. They also adopted and reared an orphan boy. In 1859, when a lad of sixteen, Richard E. emigrated to America with his foster brother, unknown to his parents, coming direct to Troy, he being the only one of his family who came to America; he went to Poestenkill, where he did chores for his board the first winter. In 1859 he came to Berlin and engaged in farm work, where he has since resided, devoting most of his time to superintending farms. He is now superintendent of Mr. Wyckoff's farm in Berlin. In 1862 he answered his adopted country's call and enlisted in Co. E, 113th New York Infantry, and served until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, North Anna River, Petersburg, Reams Station and Appomattox. At Reams Station he was wounded by a musket shot; the ball passed through his hip and he was disabled for several months. He is a member of Silas Tappan G. A. R. Post of Berlin, which he organized and was its first commander, which office he filled for five years. He is a member of Little Hoosick Lodge I. O. O. F. of Berlin, of which he is now vice grand master, having passed through all chairs to that office; is also a member Of the Protective Order of Elks of Hoosick Falls, the Berlin Chess Club, and the Encampment I. O. O. F. of Hoosick Falls. He has served three years each as tax collector, commissioner of highways and excise commissioner. In November, 1865, he married Hannah M. Ervin, born in Berlin and daughter of Patrick and Margaret (Nelson) Ervin; their children are Mary, wife of John T. Kelley, of Millford, Mass., assistant chief of the fire department; Margaret A. of Troy, Lizzie A., Hannah M., and Walter E. Mr. Grant served as deputy sheriff under Sheriff Tappan.

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


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