Biography of John Randerson
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Randerson, John, was born in Yorkshire, England, December 30, 1812. He is the son of Thomas and Nancy Randerson, both of whom died in England. About 1832 Mr. Randerson came to Schodack and worked for $12 a month; afterwards he began the manufacture of the "Randerson plow," which he followed for about forty years; he also invented and manufactured the "Scotch drag." He finally in 1850 bought 140 acres of land, to which he has since added 400 acres, put up new buildings and otherwise improved it. He was married first to Sally A. Schermerhorn, who bore him three children, all deceased. For his second wife he married Catharine Champlin, by whom he had thirteen children, ten of whom are living: Antoinette. wife of Mr. Van Dacarr, who is on a government boat at New York city; Mariette, wife of Mr. Stanley, overseer of the Sweeney farm near Malden Bridge; Elizabeth, wife of Stephen F. Miller of Kinderhook; John. a prosperous dredger at New York city; George, at home in charge of the farm; Martha, wife of Frank Rossman of Kinderhook; Kittie, wife of Pierson Lobdell of Troy; Lavina, wife of Remus Lasher, agent for the Homer Wagon Co.; Julia, wife of Edward Brousseau of Burns's Dock; Ida, wife of Irving Johnson, a farmer of Schodack. Mrs. Randerson is a daughter of William and Elizabeth Champlin, he born in Vermont and she in Coxsackie, N. Y.; they came to Rensselaer county about 1826 and resided on afarm until their deaths. Mr. and Mrs. Randerson have twenty grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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


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