I have been illustrating the lives of people in Schaghticoke in 1840 through the inventories in their probate files, made when they died without wills. Today I will conclude with one more.
Alexander A. Miller, died at age 27 in 1826. This young man, who left a widow and small daughter, was a non-commissioned officer in the local infantry regiment in the New York State Militia. It seems from the inventory that he was a farmer, though it also lists a set of blacksmith tools. Except for a wagon, the most valuable thing in his estate was a cloak worth $40.
Article in the 05-19 edition.
Let’s look at the probate file of John Baucus, who died in 1832 at 59. He was a farmer who lived near the current town hall. He and his family attended the Lutheran Church, and he is buried in the cemetery at the junction of Melrose-Valley Falls Road and North Line Drive. In the 1830 census for Schaghticoke, John, age 50-59, had a wife the same age plus one son from 10-14, two from 15-19, one from 20-29, and two daughters from 10-14.
Article in the 04-28 edition
Last week I began a portrait of our town as of 1840. I hope this will help my readers understand what it would have been like to live here at the time.
As today, there was just one village in the town, then called Schaghticoke Point, grown up around the bustling mills in the gorge of the Hoosic River.
Read the article in the 01/21 edition.
I have been writing the history of Schaghticoke in the “Express” since September 2010, mostly chronologically. With some detours, I have reached about 1840. At that point, we can see elements of our modern town, together with holdovers from its colonial past.
The entire article is in the 01-14 issue.