Biography of Walt J. Stillman
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Stillman, Wait J., was born in Petersburg, N. Y., in 1816, and is a son of David M. and Susannah (Powers) Stillman, both natives of Petersburgh. His father died in 1825 and his mother in 1874. Wait J. attended the common schools and Bennington Academy, and for eleven years taught school in Brunswick and other places. For many years he was a dealer in horses, cattle, and sheep. He later engaged in farming and ran a mill. He moved to Troy in 1870 and entered the insurance business, and a few years later started a teaming business in connection with the insurance and real estate business, under the firm name of Stillman & Sons. Mr. Stillman is a Jeffersonian Democrat and a member of Apollo Lodge, F. & A. M. He married Sevena M. Haner, who died November 6, 1891, and his children are Wait H., Byron and Marie Antionette. Captain Wait H. Stillman, the eighth of the name, was born at West Sand Lake, June 14, 1850, and received his education in the district and boarding schools at West Sand Lake, the Troy Academy and the Troy Business College, and has been a member of the firm of Stillman & Sons since 1870. He was elected a member of the Troy Citizens Corps December 6, 1876; enlisted in the 6th Separate Company as private, January 22, 1877; promoted quartermaster sergeant, March 6, 1877; reduced to sergeant on his request, January 11, 1878; honorably discharged at the expiration of his term, March 23, 1882; reenlisted as private, March 27, 1882; promoted sergeant, March 31, 1882; first sergeant, February 21, 1884; second lieutenant, December 13, 1888; first lieutenant, May 7,1891, resigned, honorably discharged, February 14, 1893, and was commissioned captain, March 9, 1893. He is a member of Mt. Zion Lodge, F. & A. M. and Apollo Chapter, and is vice president of the Albany Camera Club, vice president of the Troy Camera Club, and is a member of the Pafraets-Dael Club. He married Nella F. Mathews of Troy; she is the daughter of the late Hiram Mathews of Troy. Captain Stillman is a mem ber of the First Baptist church, and politically a staunch Republican.

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


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