Biography of George D. Niles
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Niles, George D., is a son of John B. Niles, who was born in Berlin in 1797, one of eight children born to Eliphalet, born in Berlin and a prominent man, served as deacon of his church and supervisor of his town. He was the son of Nathaniel Niles of Connecticut who was a pioneer in Berlin. John B. was a prosperous farmer and spent his whole life in the town of Berlin; he was captain of a company of State militia, receiving his appointment from Gov. De Witt Clinton. He served his town as assessor and supervisor in 1849, and was a merchant for two years in the village of Berlin. His wife was Rosanna (born in 1800), daughter of Henry Brimmed, son of Godfrey. Their children were Alanson B., Martin B., Henry E., and George D. He lived to be eighty four, and his wife fifty seven years. They were both members of the Baptist church. George D., born in 1836, received his education in the common schools, and from the age of nineteen was for two years in the canal collector's office in West Troy, N.Y.; the following year he taught school, and in 1857 he engaged in a union store in Berlin; he then spent one year on the farm, when he again returned to the store in Berlin, in connection with which he manufactured white shirts by contract. From 1861 to 1871 he was on his father's farm, when he bought his present store where he has since remained. He has held the offices of collector, assessor, justice and supervisor in 1891 and 1892, and has been prominently identified with the school board for the past twelve years, having been treasurer of the board six years and three years chairman. When very young Mr. Niles manifested great ability as a musician, and when fifteen years of age became leader of the Berlin band, which he led for thirty years and is still a member. In 1856 he married Emeline Maxon, born in Petersburgh and daughter of Gideon P. Maxon. Their children are Mrs. Florence Denison of Petersburgh, Fannie, who died when twenty, and Arthur. His wife died in 1885. She was a member of the Baptist church and president of the Ladies Aid Society. His second wife is Carrie Sireing of Berlin, a daughter of George Sireing. Mr. Niles is trustee and for six years was Sunday school superintendent of the Baptist church.

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


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