Biography of Amasa D. Schenck
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Schenck, Amasa Dana, a well known native of Lansing, was born February 3, 1843, a son of Edward Hunt Schenck, of Easton, Pa., born in 1802, who came to this town about 1823, and engaged in a cabinet shop near East Lansing, where he remained several years, and later married his employer's daughter, Mary Miller, by whom he had eight children, six of whom are now living: George, Paulina, wife of Anson Howser; Sarah, wife of Harvey De Camp; Amasa D., Ellen, wife of George W. Allen; and Alice, wife of Edgar F. Tallmadge. The father died August 14, 1867, and the mother May 22, 1892. Amasa D. was educated in East Lansing district school, and at the age of fifteen began the vocation of his father, in company with his brother, that of painting, and this trade he followed until 1872, when he bought a farm and has since followed farming. October 14, 1861, he enlisted im Company G, Tenth New York Cavalry at East Lansing. He served until 1864, then reenlisted in the field, and served till the close of the war. He participated in the following battles: Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, Uppeiville, Snicker's Gap, Gettysburg, Sheperdstown, Culpepper, Travillian Station, Cold Harbor, Sulphur Springs, and St. Mary's Church. He received gun shot wound through wrist, at Sulphur Springs, October 12, 1863. He was also wounded at St. Mary's Church, June 24, 1864, musket ball passing through right eye and coming out just in front of left ear. After the loss of his eye it was six months before he was able to do light duty. He was mustered out June 7, 1865. In 1873 he married Susannah, daughter of Jacob and Marietta Ross, of Lansing, and they have two children: Stella B., born June 6, 1875, and Floyd R., born January 11, 1881. Mr. Schenck is a G. A. R. man, of Lodge 334, and is a Republican in politics.

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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