Biography of Edward B. Manchester
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Manchester, Edward B., was born in Petersburgh on the farm and in the house he now owns, November 8, 1849. Asel Manchester, his father, was born in Monroe county, N. Y., in 1801, and spent his whole life in agricultural pursuits, coming to Petersburgh about 1821 where he spent the balance of his life on the farm. His wife was Angeline, daughter of Solomon Brimmer, who was aiso born in the house now owned by Edward B., and she is a descendant of John George Brimmer, the pioneer settler in Petersburgh and founder of the Brimmer family in America. To them were born six sons and five daughters. He died in 1882 and his wife in 1855. Edward B. attended the common schools and when twenty he went to Kalamazoo, Mich., where he was an attendant in an insane asylum for two years, when he returned home and engaged as clerk in a grocery store in North Adams, Mass., for a short time. He then went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was attendant in an asylum for four years, when he accepted a position in the House of Refuge at Randall's Island. After three months he was promoted to an instructorship, which position he held for ten years, when, on account of failing health, in 1891 he returned to Petersburgh and purchased the homestead farm, where he is making the breeding of poultry his specialty. From 1891 to 1895 he served as school trustee, and is now filling the office of assessor. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In 1868 he married Eva Nichols, and to them were born two children: Myrtle, wife of Irving Howard of Petersburgh; and Mabel, wife of Charles Piser, of Pittstown. Mrs. Manchester died in 1890. In 1891 he married Mary Burgess, who was a graduate from the State Normal School and a teacher on Randall's Island in the same institution where Mr. Manchester taught. They have two children: Burgess and Ida. Mr. Manchester's brother Franklin when seventeen years of age enlisted in the 125th New York Regiment, was taken prisoner at the battle of Fair Oaks and died in Andersonville prison. His brothers and sisters were Martin, Louena, Paulina Moroa, Adeline, Frank, Adelbert, and Ambrose.

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


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