Biography of Jonathan Hoag
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Hoag, Jonathan, was born in Pittstown March 21, 1830. He is a son of Thomas and Phoebe (Comstock) Hoag, both natives of Pittstown. Thomas Hoag was one of the leading farmers of the town; he served his town as supervisor, assessor, and was captain of militia and was a Quaker in faith. The parents of Thomas were Abraham and Elizabeth (Thomas) Hoag, he a native of Easton and she of Rhode grandfather of Mr. Hoag was Jonathan Hoag, who came from Dutchess county at a very early date to Whitehall where he was prospecting, but not finding the soil suitable went back to White Creek, where he married Sarah Hall and then went back to Beetal Hill, where he reared his family and died at Easton. Mr. Hoag has always followed farming and stock raising; he is now engaged in raising thoroughbred Devonshire cattle in connection with general farming. In 1850 he married Eliza J., daughter of William and Abigail Akin, by whom he had ten children, three of whom survive: Shandanette, who is engaged in the mercantile business at Tomhannock. Jonathan, jr., a lawyer at Fort Myers, Fla; he graduated at the State Normal School at Albany and then taught in the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute; losing his health he went to Florida and studied law with Judge Bullock and was admitted to the bar in September, 1895. U. S. Grant, who is connected with his father in his farming operations. Mr. Hoag was road commissioner for twelve years and served for four successive years as supervisor; has been justice for two terms and served one term as associate justice, having been one of the last to hold that position at the time the office was abolished by law. He was one of the first surveying agents of the Pittstown Fire Insurance Co., and for eleven years served as secretary when he was elected president, which position he still holds.

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


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