Biography of W. J. & C. P. Masten
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Masten, W. J. & C. P., of South Schodack, N. Y., dealers in general merchandise, dry goods, groceries, hardware, &c., are the sons of James H. and Sarah M. (Ostrander) Masten; she born in Schodack, N. Y., December 12, 1814, he born in Columbia county September 9, 1812, and was a son of William Masteia, who was born in Canada and came to Columbia county when a young man at the age of twenty one years and settled there for a few years, after which he came to Schodack and bought the farm near South Schodack, and now owned by his grandsons, where he spent the remainder of his days and where he died July 15, 1856, at the age of seventy two years. His wife, Sailie (Wiltse) Masten, died August 4, 1868, aged eighty years. The wife of James H. Masten was born in Schodack and was a daughter of Peter Ostrauder and Margaret (Welch) Ostrander, who were among the early settlers of Schodack, wherethey spent all their lives and both died in their ninety fourth year. The father of W. J. and C. P. Masten was a farmer and spent most of his days at that occupation, but lived a retired life the last twenty years, and died August 22, 1882, aged seventy years. W. J. and C. P. were reared upon the farm and educated in common schools. W. J. also attended school at Carlisle, Schoharie county, and Fairfield Seminary, Herkimer county. C. P. attended school at Claverack, Columbia county, and Fairfield Seminary. In the year 1865, May 1, W. J. engaged in the mercantile business at Schodack Landing, N. Y., where he remained for two years and in 1867 he, with his brother C. P., commenced in the same business at South Schodack, N. Y., and have continued in business there ever since. W. J. was assistant postmaster at Schodack Landing for one year, and postmaster at South Schodack for twenty five years and six months in succession. On December 15, 1880, W. J. married Phebe S. Decker, of Schodack, by whom he has one daughter, Sarah D. The only daughter of James H. Masten and his wife was Rosalind E., wife of John S. Budd, a prominent farmer of Schodack, and they have four children: Charles I., William H., Mary E. and. Sarah B., all of whom are still living.

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


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