Biography of Russell H. Satterlee
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Satterlee, Russell Hawley, was born in Berlin, July 31, 1836. He is the son of Hawley Satterlee, who was born in Berlin in 1803, one of seven children born to William, who was a native of Hopkinton, R. I., born September, 1766, and he was the oldest of nine children born to William and Eunice (Clark) Satterlee; William, Br., was the grandson of Nicholas, the first of the family to emigrate to America from England at a very early date. William, the grandfather of Russell Hawley, was in early life a farmer. He came to Berlin with his father in 1780, became a farmer and was prominent in political affairs; he was elected to a number of the town offices and served on the Board of Supervisors; he was active in church matters and later became a Sabbatarian minister and preached until he was eighty five years of age; he lived to be ninety six. He became a power in the church. When he was ordained his church numbered 125 members; during the first four years of his ministry the membership of his church had increased to 425. He was one of the principal founders of the Alfred Seven Day Baptist church at Alfred, N. Y., making the journey there and back on horseback. His wife was Mehitable Moon; she lived to be eighty seven. Hawley, the father of Russell Hawley, was a farmer in early life; when about thirty five he was taken with asthma, which compelled him to remain quiet and what little work he was able to do from that time on was shoemaking. His wife was Esther Randall of Petersburgh, daughter of Benjamin and Sally (Babcock) Randall. Their children were William F., Sarah U., Waity E., David G. and Russell H. They were noth members of the Seven Day Baptist church. Mrs. Satterlee was a sister to Cant. Henry Randall, who was the first man to raise the second deck on lake or ocean boats. Russell was educated in the common schools, remained at home and took charge of the farm work until he was twenty one, when he began for himself as farmer in 1877; in addition to his farming he engaged in manufacturing cheese. He later spent four years manufacturing butter, but finally returned to the cheese business. Mr. Satterlee has a wide reputation, his goods always selling at the highest market price. He is also a dealer in hay and and harvesting machinery. He has served on the Board of Supervisors and filled many other minor offices. In 1863 he was married to Nancy M. Peckham, who was born in Petersburgh, and daughter of Johnson Peckham. They are both members of the Seven Day Baptist church.

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


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