Biography of Cornelius M. Fort
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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Fort, Cornelius M., was born at Fort's Ferry, Albany county, N. Y., November 11, 1845 (Fort's Ferry was named after this family at an early date), was educated in the district schools, one term at Fort Edward Institute and Troy Commercial College. He was a clerk in different stores. and came to Mechanicville in 1869, where he was a clerk in a general store six years. In 1875 he began business for himself and had two changes with different partners. In 1878 he began to conduct a general store in his present location, which by industry, sobriety and fair dealing has been very successful. September 2, 1873, he married Magdalene Van Derwerken of the township of Stiiwater, and they have three children: Ida E., Sidney V. and Florence M. Ida E. married Rev. George M. Moody, who is a clergyman in the Methodist Episcopal church, and they have one son, Cornelius S. Sidney V. is a clerk in his father's store. Florence M. is a student in the Mechanicville Union Free School. Mr. Fort's father, Michael Fort, was born at the old home in 1809, and owned a half interest in Fort's Ferry and was a farmer by occupation. He married Helen Van Zandt and they had eight children: John, Gilbert (who was drowned at the age of twelve years), Cornelius M. (as above), Sarah (died in infancy), Anna M., Levinus, Edgar and Gertrude. Michael Fort died in January, 1870, and his widow in 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Fort are members of the M. E. church; he has been steward and trustee for many years. He is a charter member of On-da-wa Lodge No. 820, F. & A. M., Montgomery Chapter No. 257. R. A. M., Apollo Commandery No. 15, K. T., and in his political choice is a Prohibitionist.


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