Biography of C. William Witbeck
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Witbeck, C. William, was born in Greenbush, Rensselaer county, N. Y., February 27, 1845. His parents removed to Troy when he was a child, where he was educated in the public schools. November 7, 1861, he enlisted in Co. K; 93d Inf. N. Y. Vols., as a musician, and December 10, 1863, re-enlisted in the same regiment as a veteran. The regiment participated in twenty five general engagements and lost sixty per cent. of its members in the battle of the Wilderness. Mr. Witbeck was honorably discharged June 29, 1865, with the rank of first sergeant and brevet captain. He was married twice; first, May 23, 1870, to Mary L. Waldradt of Troy. N. Y. She died January 13, 1877, leaving one son, Selden M. Mr. Witbeck then married, May 13, 1880, Ella S. Tyler of Troy, by whom he has one son, Albert T. Mr. Witbeck has been a general merchant for ten years, but is now a traveling salesman. He is a member of Griswold Post No. 338, G. A. R., Troy; also a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M., of Lansingburgh, N. Y.; of the 2d Corps Club; of the 3d Army Corps Union; of the Society of the Army of the Potomac; one of the in corporators of the Sans Souci Club; has been village clerk for seven years; president of the village two years; also a fire and water commissioner. Mr. Witbeck's father, Tobias, was born in the town of Schodack. N. Y., March 20, 1818. He married Jane Burke, by whom he had ten children. He died August 12, 1893, and his wife June 30, 1876. The family is of English, Irish and Holland Dutch descent.

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


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