Biography of Charles Twogood
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Twogood, Charles, was born in the town of Pittstown, Rensselaer county, N. Y., in February, 1823, a son of Joseph C. and Lucy (Eddy) Twogood. His grandfather, John Twogood, was a son of one of two brothers who emigrated from England and settled in Connecticut some time before the Revolution. Soon after the Revolution he came to Pittstown where he married Mercy Cole, by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Joseph Cole Twogood was the eldest of the sons. He was brought up a farmer and followed it during his life. Both the grandfather and the father died in the same house the old homestead now owned and occupied by the heirs of Charles Twogood. The father died in November 1860; the mother, November 13, 1873. They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Troy. They had eleven children, two of whom died in infancy. The names of those who reached adult age are: John E., Sherman, Eveline, Charles, Lucinda, Ann, Tisdale, Robert and Louisa. All are deceased except Eveline, Lucinda and Tisdale. His mother's grandfather, Devotion Eddy, was one of the earliest settlers in Pittstown, taking up 400 acres of land in the southwest part, including the lands now owned and occupied by the heirs of Charles H. Barry. The Eddy family for many years was a prominent family of Pittstown. General Eddy was an uncle. Eveline (Twogood) Brenenstuhl is still living in Pittstown; Lucinda (Twogood) Spafford resides at Chicago, Ill., and Tisdale in Missouri. Charles Twogood was reared on the old homestead. His education was received in the common school of his neighborhood. His time at home was spent in working on his father's farm. In 1860 he went to Missouri, where he engaged in the business of store keeping with much success. Owing to the climate, which he could not endure, he returned to his native home after an absence of two years. After his return he purchased the old farm and surrounding land to the amount of 1 0 acres and erected a flax mill on the bank of a creek running through the farm. On the 28th of September, 1869, be was married to Kate A. Brenenstuhl, daughter of Job E. and Lucy (Mills) Brenenstuhl of Oneida county. Job E. Brenenstuhi was born in Pittstown and is a son of Jacob Brenenstuhl, born in Pittstown, whose father was one of the earliest settlers of Pittstown. After the marriage of Charles Twogood to Kate A. Breneustuhl two children were born: Alice and Edith L. Alice was educated at Lansingburgh Academy and was on June 11, 1891, married to Jesse T. Durham, a lawyer of Oneida, Madison county. Edith L., who was educated at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, is still living at home. On the 23d of November, 1873, Charles Twogood died at the old homestead, leaving a wife and two children and many friends to mourn for him; he was very highly esteemed. In politics he was a Republican. During the year 1885 Kate A. Twogood was again married to Albert Lawton of Pittstown. They have since lived on the old Twogood homestead, working the farm and looking after its interests.

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


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