Biography of William D. Brinkerhoff
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Brinkerhoff, William D., father of of Sherman S was born in Dutchess county, March 20, 1834, and moved with his parents to Ulster county when two years old. He was educated in the common schools, and at the age of sixteen began to learn the miller's trade with his father. January 14, 1854, he married Helen Van Nosdall, of New Hamburg, Dutchess county, and they have two children: Sherman S. and Hattie B. Mr. Brinkerhoff's family came to Halseyville to reside in 1864. Sherman S. has been in the milling business With his father until the present time, with the exception of eight years spent as commercial traveler. He married Nina A. Grover, of Rock Island, Ill., and they have two children, Verne W. and Nina B. Hattie B., second child of William D. Brinkerhoff, lives with her parents. John R. Van Nosdall, maternal grandfather of Sherman S., was born in Dutchess county about 1811 and married Eliza J. Sirine, by whom he had eight children. Mrs. Sherman S. Brinkerhoff's father, Andrew J. Grover, was born in Pennsylvania May 3, 1824, and was a practicing physician. He married Olivia W. Hazard, and they had one daughter, Nina A. Dr. Grover died October 14, 1876, in Reno, Nev. The mills at Halseyville had new machinery placed in them for the roller process and the whole mills have been renovated for the manufacture of the best flour, also for custom grinding. This was completed in 1892. Mr. Brinkerhoff and son are operating these mills under the firm name of W. D. Brinkerhoff & Son.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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