Biography of DeWitt C. Halstead
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Halstead, De Witt C., was born in the town of Pittstown, November 19, 1824. He obtained his education in the public schools, taught twelve winters, and has always been one of the county's thrifty farmers. He married twice, first, on March 14, 1849, to Eliza McChesney of the town of Brunswick; they had one daughter, Eliza M., who married Arthur Cady of North Adams, Mass., and had one daughter, Marion, who is a student in North Adams Academy; Mrs. Cady died January 29, 1883. Mrs. Halstead died December 16, 1855, and for his second wife, on September 9. 1857, he married Harriet Stover of the town of Pittstown; they have had three children: Harriet J., Francis E., who died in infancy, and Francis De Witt. Harriet J. married Leonard Morrison now of Lansingburg, N. Y., of the firm of Morrison & Westfall Co., of Troy, agricultural implements and seed store. Mr. Halstead's father, Jonas, was born at the old home in Pittstown, April 24, 1783, and educated in the schools of that early day. He married Anna McCoon, who was born January 20, 1784; they had nine children: Alexander G., Charlotte C., Lydia M., Anna C., Joseph J., Charles M., Emily E., De Witt C., and Ambrose L. Mr. Halstead died July 16, 1861, and his wife August 13, 1860. Mr. Halstead's grandfather, Joseph Halstead, was born in Dutchess county, N. Y. His great grandfather, was Samuel Halstead. Mrs. Halstead's father, Jacob M. Stover, was born in Pittstown, November 9, 1784, and educated in the schools of his day; he was a farmer; November 14, 1805, he married Christine Wetsel of the town of Schaghticoke; they had ten children: Martin J., Maria, George, Elizabeth, John, Harriet, who died in 1821; Jacob, Margaret A., Jane C., and Harriet A. Mr. Stover died September 5, 1849, and his wife August 28, 1858. Mrs. Halstead's grandfather, Martin Stover, was born in Dutchess county, N. Y. De Witt C. Halstead began life without capital, and through industry, integrity, and sobriety has secured a fine competency. He has been elder of the Presbyterian church for many years. The ancestry of the family was English, German, and Dutch.

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


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