Peter Quackenbush
Peter Quackenbush

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

PETER QUACKENBUSH. The subject of this sketch is of Dutch origin, and his ancestors were among the very earliest settlers of this country. We find the name of John Quackenbos in the public records as early as 1662. As a family they were distinguished for business habits, and the quiet, unobtrusive performance of the duties which society and citizenship requqired at their hands.

Pieter Quackenbos, of Albany, was a brickmaker, and in 1668 bought the brickyard of Adriaen Van Ilpendam, from whom, doubtless, the Christian name of Adryan came into the family. Adrian Quackenbos married, Jan. 18, 1699, Catharina, daughter of Sybrant Van Schaick, and settled at Schaghticoke.

The children of Adrian and Catharina Quackenbos were Maaghtel, Sybrant, Adrian, Johannes, Gosen, Gideon, Anthony, and Elizabeth.

Sybrant, above named, married, Feb. 7, 1725, Elizabeth Knickerbocker. Their children were Catharine, Anna, John S., Adrian, Annatie, Elizabeth, Harmon, Neeltie, and Elizabeth. John S., of this family, was captured by the Indians during the French was of 1754, and held some time as a prisoner. On his release he married, Dec. 9, 1758, Jannetie, daughter of Teunis Viele, and settled at Buskirk's Bridge.

John Quackenbush, son of Adrian, of Schaghticoke, born Oct. 28, 1710, married, Dec. 22, 1730, Elizabeth Rumbly, and when opportunity offered, purchased a farm on the Schnyder Patent, in division lot No. 7, to which he removed as early as 1765. Here he lived to the age of eighty-four years, leading the active and laborious life of a frontiersman, and leaving to his son Gosen, or Hosea as the name is now written, the fruit of his labor, in a choice and well cultivated farm, in one of the most fertile districts of the State. His children were Johanna, Catharina, Elizabeth, Gosen, Adryan, and Benjamin.

Adryan was a soldier of the Revolution, and met a soldier's death on the field of battle. Benjamin lived a bachelor, and reached the age of eighty-three years. Gosen, or Hosea, as above stated, inherited the homestead and followed the occupation of his father. His children were John, Adryan, and Hannah. Adryan removed to Michigan, and his history is merged with the enterprising settlers of that rich and attractive State. John married Hannah, daughter of Peter Ostrander. The children of this union were Susannah, Peter, Benjamin, and John L. The sons of this family are all living, and own valuable farms in the Schnyder Patent. Peter owns the Cotia Breese farm, in the southeast part of the town, but spends a part of the time with his son Cebra, the proprietor and popular landlord of the American House, Pittsfield, Mass. Benjamin V. owns and occupies the Garret Lake farm, two miles east of the Falls, on the Bennington road. John L. owns the old homestead, which has been in possession of the family more than one hundred years. These men are classed among the best and worthiest inhabitants of Hoosick. Not coveting official honors, their names are seldom found in the public records of the town; but in that quiet manner which distinguishes the family, they perform with promptness and fidelity to the principles of popular sovereignty the duties of American citizenship. They are improving and successful farmers, and while drawing their support from the soil, have increased the beauties and added to the value of the lands they cultivate. They are good livers, prudent managers, and, while shrinking from no duty and shirking no responsibility, put faith in the statement of the poet that, "Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words, - health, peace, and competence."

John Quackenbush was born in Hoosick, on the farm now owned by his son John L. He died in his seventy-ninth year, and his wife died in her sixty-ninth year.

Peter Quackenbush, son of John and Hannah Quackenbush, was born in Hoosick, May 31, 1807. He married Mary C., daughter of Jas. and Maria Breese, in November, 1832. She was born in Hoosick, on the farm where they now reside, June 10, 1814. Of this union four children were born, viz.: Anna M., Cebra, Livingston, and Eliza C., all of whom are living and unmarried. Mr. Quackenbush remained on his father's farm for some two years after his marriage, and then settled on his present farm in 1835. He was engaged for a number of years in the manufacture of powder, the firm name being Quackenbush, Steere & Armstrong.

In 1865, Mr. Quackenbush settled in Pittsfield, Mass., and remained some eleven years, being engaged, with his son Cebra, in the management of the American House. In 1876 he returned to his old farm, where he spends a portion of his time. He has been quite extensively engaged as a dealter in wool. Mr. and Mrs. Quackenbush are worthy members of the Presbyterian Church at Hoosick Falls. In politics he formerly was a Jackson Democrat, but in 1856 joined the Republican party.

Jas. Breese, son of Garret T. V. V. Breese, was born in Greenbush, in 1776, and in 1783 settled in Hoosick, in company with his parents, on the farm where he continued to live through life - where his daughter, Mrs. Peter Quackenbush, now resides. He married Maria Cebra, who was born in Greenbush, in 1783. They had five children, viz.: V. V., W. C., Mary C., Gertrude, and John Y. C., all of whom are living except V. V. Mrs. Jas. Breese died in 1851, aged seventy-five years.

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