Biography of Mrs. Eliza D. Palmer (w/o Joel H.)
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Palmer, Mrs. Eliza D., is a native of Wayne county, N. Y.; she has been a resident of Greenbush for a number of years and is one of the largest property owners in Greenbush and Bath. She is a very pleasant business woman, and has but little trouble with her tenants. Mrs. Palmer comes from one of the early and prominent families of Rensselaer county; her father, Jacob Van Der Karr, was born in Sand Lake, N. Y.; he was a son of Aaron and Irene (Tucker) Van Der Karr, he a native of Holland; he and a brother Samuel came from Holland in an early day and were among the first settlers of Sand Lake, but Aaron died in Wayne county, N. Y. He was in the Revolutionary war, and wore silver knee buckles which were appropriated by the tones, but were redeemed and are now in the possession of the family. Jacob went to Wayne county with his parents, and finally to Illinois, where he died. Aaron was the owner of 400 acres of land and was the first justice in Rensselaer county. Mrs. E. D. Palmer's father was a physician; his wife was Irene Tucker, born in Rensselaer county and died in Illinois. They had eight children, three of whom are now living: Christina, widow of John McChesney of Brunswick; Aaron, who resides in Los Angeles, Cal.; and Eliza D., wife of Joel H. Palmer, a native of Ithaca it who has lived in East Albany for forty two years. Mrs. Palmer was previously married to Thomas Goewey, born in Rensselaer county, and son of David Goewey, and one of the early settlers of Rensselaer where he lived and died. Mr. Goewey was in the transportation isiness. To Mr. and Mrs. Goewey were born two children: George V. D., who married Jennie Garrison of Greenbush, and John T., at the Boy's Academy, Albany. Mr. Joel H. Palmer was seven years conductor and seven years assistant superintendent of the Greenbush division of the B. & A. railroad. His mother was an Ingersol of Stockbridge, Conn., and died in East Albany at the age of ninety one years. Mr. Palmer's aunt married a brother of David Dudley Field.

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


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