Biography of William A. Smook
Rensselaer County, New York Biographies





Snook, William A., was born in the town of Sands Lake, in December, 1839; the great grandfather came from Dutchess county, N. Y., to Sand Lake about the time of the Revolutionary war; he reared two sons and two daughters. Tunius, the grandfather, was born in Sand Lake in about 1788, where he spent his life as a farmer; his wife was Catherine Snyder; to them were born six children: Cornelius, John, Catherine, Hannah, Charity and Susan; they both lived to be ninety two years of age. Cornelius, the father, was born in Sand Lake and spent his whole life on his father's homestead, which he came in possession of at his death. His wife was Anna Uline, who was born in Sand Lake and daughter of John and Maria Aline; their children were Rachel (deceased), William A., John U., Adaline, David, Caroline (deceased) and Harriet. He died in 1868 and his wife died in 1880. William A. Snook remained with his father until twenty two years of age, when he embarked for himself on a farm in West Sand Lake in partnership with his uncle, where he remained for four years. In 1865 he married Mary Sliter, daughter of William and Eliza (Bellinger) Sliter, and removed to his present farm of 120 acres in Poestenkill, where he has since resided. He has officiated as justice for twenty four consecutive years, which office he now holds. He is an active member of the Patrons of Industry of West Sand Lake Lodge of about 200 members. He is of German ancestry. In politics he is a staunch Democrat.

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


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