Biography of Martin O. Van Delinger
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Van Delinder, Martin O. - William Van Delinder was born in Holland in 1786, and removed with his parents to Saratoga county, N. Y., at the age of eight years, where he resided until about 1890, when he removed to the town of Howard, Steuben county. At that time he bought 100 acres of land that was covered with valuable timber for two dollars per acre. He was considerable of a speculator, and was considered one of the wealthiest men of the town at his death, which occurred December 16, 1868. His wife was Elizabeth Cochran, who died April 9, 1868. They were the parents of two children, one son and one daughter, Mrs. Sarah J. Thompson of Harwood, and Martin O. Martin was given a common school education, and worked on the farm with his father until the latter's death, and for two years succeeding conducted it for himself. He was interested in stock buying from the time he was eighteen years old, and in 1870 removed to Canisteo where he became deeply interested in real estate, and built eighteen or twenty houses and eight stores, during which time he became interested in mercantile business, and drifted from a grocery into a general store which he conducted for nine years, at the same time continuing in speculation. In 1892 he became interested in Hornellsville property, and in 1893 he removed to that city, where he bought the beautiful home erected by Thomas Snell about 1882. He still continues the real estate business, and has now eleven houses in the city. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. Lodge, and is connected with the Park Methodist Episcopal church of Hornellsville. He was married February 3. 1864, to Catherine M. Cochran of Sullivan county, N. Y. They have one child, Mrs. John B. Wilson of Hornellsville.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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