Biography of James Van Hagen
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Van Hagen, James, was born in the town of Glen, Montgomery county, N. Y., May 17, 1824. His parents moved to Caughuawaga, in the town of Mohawk, from there to Canajohane, and from there to Troy, N. Y., in 1831. He was educated in the common schools, and learned the tin, sheet iron, and copper trade. He then went to Boston, Salem, and Medway, where he remained for sixteen years, following his trade. In the year of 1860 he returned to Troy and became manager in the tin department of Fuller, Warren & Co., where he remained for six years. He was in New York city for one year, then returned to the city of Troy and took charge of Troy Stamping Works, which grew and enlarged under his fostering care from small beginnings to a successful business, until 1875. He then began business on his own account in North Adams, Mass., in stoves and tinware which continued one year. He then again returned to Troy and began business in company with his son, John E., under the firm name of James Van Hagen & Son, conducting the Troy Tinning Works, which continued until 1889. They then began another business of hardware, heaters, ranges, etc., under the same firm name which continues until the present time with success. January 16, 1847, he married Mary J. Fox of Troy, N. Y., formerly of Montgomery county, by whom he has had six children: Janett, James G., Fred, John E., Mary H., and Fred (2), all of whom are dead except John E. and Mary H. The ancestry of the family is Dutch and German.

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


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