Biography of Nelson Webster
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Webster, Nelson, born in Stephentown, N. Y., September 8, 1835, is the son of Aurelius and Elsie (Brockway) Webster, both born in Stephentown, he January, 1804, and she June 14, 1814. The grandfather of Nelson, Constant Webster, settled in Stephentown when a young man and lived and died there. The maternal grandfather was George Brockway, a native of Stephentown where he lived and died. His father was one of the earliest settlers of that town. The paternal great grandfather of Nelson lived and died in Massachusetts. The family trace their ancestry to Governor John Webster of Connecticut. The father of Nelson spent most of the latter part of his life in New Lebanon. He was a teacher about ten years and town school superintendent and was justice of the peace in New Lebanon for many years. His principal occupation however was farming. Nelson was reared on a farm and educated in the Transylvania Institute of Nassau, Wilbraham Academy, near Springfield, Mass., at Fort Plain Seminary, and at the Fort Edward Collegiate Institute. He first taught school six years and in 1859 began the study of law at East Nassau under Judge E. Smith Strait and has since practiced his profession at that place. He was married July 24, 1866, to Theressa M. Warden of East Nassau and has three children: Mattie E., wife of Charles R. Fort of Pittsfield, N. Y.; A. Frank, who married Evaline Donnely and is patrolman in New York city; Nellie B. at home. Mr. Webster is a Republican and has been town clerk, town auditor and justice of the peace. He is a member of Gratitude Lodge No. 674, F. & A. M., of which he is now past master and is also a member of Tsatsawassa Lodge No. 356, I. O. O. F.

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


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