Biography of Nicholas Steenburgh
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

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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Steenburgh, Nicholas, was born in the town of Halfmoon, near Crescent, May 30, 1851, and his education was limited to the public schools. When a young boy he drove on the Erie Canal, giving all his earnings to his mother, but afterward he filled different positions on that water-way, until he became a boat owner, when he sold his interests, and has owned and conducted a general store at Crescent the past eleven years with success. In 1876 he married Philena Van Decar, of Crescent, N.Y. Mrs. Steenburgh's father, Jeremiah Van Decar, who was a farmer by occupation, was born in the town of Halfmoon, in the year 1825, and was educated in the schools of his day. He married Harriet, daughter of Isaac Quackinbush, of his native town, and they have five children: George, Martha J., Philena, as above, Ella and Artia L. Mr. and Mrs. Van Decar are still living at this date, 1898. Mr. Steenburgh has held the office of justice of the peace four years, and is now a member of the board of health. He is a member of the M. E. church, and in his political choice he is a staunch Democrat. The ancestry of the family is German and Dutch.


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