Biography of Willard D. Tifft
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Tifft, Willard D., was born in Nassau, August 13, 1834. He was a son of Sprague and Sophia B. (Watson) Tifft. He was born in Nassau, July 12, 1800, and she was born in 1809, in Red Rock, Columbia county. The grandfather of Mr. Tiff was a native of Rhode Island and came to Nassau where he lived and died. The father of Mr. Tifft was always a farmer; was the oldest man in the town of Nassau and at the time of his death in May, 1896, lacked two months and fifteen days of being ninety six. His widow is eighty seven years of age. Mr. Tifft was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. From the age of twenty one until twenty five he remained on the farm with his parents, receiving twelve dollars per month. He then came to Hoag's Corners and engaged in partnership with George W. Caswell; after a year and a half he bought him out and formed a partnership with Charles S. White and was with him for about six years. Mr. Tifft then sold out to him and engaged in the wood and lumber business; after three years he purchased a farm which he kept two years, then bought out Mr. White and has since continued in business. He was assessor for four years and is a member of Gratitude Lodge No. 674 F. & A. M. July4, 1864, he married Adeline S. Larkin of Nassau, by whom six children have been born: Minnie M., Delmer D., who died November 15, 1890, Charles S., Jennie A., Mabel F., Florence A.

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


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