Biography of George A. Ensign
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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Ensign, George A. (deceased), was born in 1828, a son of Charles and Sally (Seymour) Ensign. He was educated in the common schools of the town of Stillwater and started in life for himself when sixteen years of age, when he went to Troy, N. Y., where he worked in a foundry as a moulder, and through economy and industry accumulated $1,000, which he used to pay the indebtedness against the old homestead. When about twenty-three years of age he commenced buying produce through Saratoga and Washington counties and shipping to New York Philadelphia and other southern markets, which business he carried on until his death, which occurred February 24, 1884. On the old homstead he started the manafacture of drain tile in 1867, was also in partnership with his brother in running the old homestead farm, but purchased his brother's interest in 1872. His winters he spent in New York city attending to the produce business, also as an auctioneer. He was supervisor of the town of Stillwater, also a candidate for the State Assembly. He was a very benevolent man, always ready to help a friend and neighbor. He married Sarah E., daughter of Daniel Cleaveland and Lois Warren, and they had one son, George A., who is about to graduate from Union College as a civil engineer. He has spent some time in the employ of the State as an engineer. Ezekiel Ensign, grandfather of Charles Ensign, came from Holland and purchased a large tract of land on both sides of the Hudson, coming from New York by boat to Albany, from. which place they used covered wagons in which they lived while they were constructing their home of logs, which was completed in 1732. This they lived in until the present home was completed in 1753. George was a member of Montgomery Lodge No. 504, Free and. Accepted Masons of Stillwater.


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