Biography of John G. W. Schuman
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Schuman, John George W., born in Hesse Cassel, Germany, April 25, 1850, is the son of Peter and Catherine Schuman, both of Germany, where he died in 1858, aged thirty three years. Mrs. Schuman came to America in 1881 and now resides with her daughter at Sand Lake. The maternal grandparents of Mr. Schuman, Henry and Maggie Klaus, lived and died in Germany. Peter Schuman, a stonecutter, owned a quarry in Germany. Mr. Schuman commenced business for himself at the age of eight years; at the age of ten years was in the drug store at Waldeck. He next was engaged in brick yards summers and on a railroad winters. At the age of fourteen years he was overseer over forty men on railroad building, etc. He came to America in 1866 and was in the charcoal business on Berlin Mountain. He then worked on a farm by the month in North Greenbush. In 1883 Mr. Schuman bought seventy one acres and in 1893 added sixty six acres. He keeps a dairy of thirty cows and grows small fruits. In 1870 Mr. Schuman married Maggie, daughter of Philip and Christina Wend, who came to America from Germany about 1852 and now resides in Sand Lake. To Mr. and Mrs. Schuman have been born two daughters: Louisa K. and Cornelia C.

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


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