Biography of James H. Brewster
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

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Brewster, James H., was born in Canajoharie, Montgomery county, N. Y., July 11, 1828, and when a child came with his parents to the town of Halfmoon. He was educated in the district schools and Waterford Academy, and was in the mercantile business with his brother Courtland for twelve years. He has resided here since 1860 and followed the honorable occupation of farming, and has been supervisor, town auditor, and highway commissioner of his township. March 14, 1860, he married Frances M. Lansing, of the town of Halfmoon, and they have had, four children: One boy, who died in infancy, George W., Mary E., and David, who died at the age of eleven. George W. married Isabella George of Waterford. N. Y., and they have one daughter, Frances L. Mary E. graduated from Waterford High School in 1896, and since then until now, 1898, when she graduated again, she has been, and is, a student at Lansingburgh Academy. Mr. Brewster's father, David, was born in the town of Lansingburgh, January 12, 1801, and was educated in the schools of that day. He was a farmer and dealer in real estate. He married Eliza Lockwood of his native town, and they had six children who grew to maturity: Courtland, James H., as above, Mary S., Cordelia M., who married John Clute of Cohoes, and died May 7, 1870, Caroline and Emma A. David Brewster died in 1884, and his wife July 12, 1863. Mr. Brewstefs grandfather, John Brewster, was born in the last century, and the family have descended from the Pilgrim fathers. Mrs. Brewster's father, Vandenburg Lansing, was born in the year 1801, before 12 o'clock P.M. and his twin brother, Garrett G. I., was born the first day of the year. 1802, just after 12 o'clock A. M. Vandenbnrg Lansing married Nancy Winnie of Rensselaer county, and they had six children. Mr. Lansing died April 11, 1883, and his wife February 25, 1870. Mr. Brewster is a Democrat and the family attend the Presbyterian church.


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