NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Henry Dievendorf, immigrant ancestor, was born in Switzerland, and came to this country about 1730 with a brother and a cousin. From them are descended the Divendorfs and Davendorfs of northern New York. One of the famikly was killed at the battle of Oriskany in the revolution. He settled at Currytown in the Mohawk valley, N.Y.
(II) Jacob, son of Henry Dievendorf, was born before 1730 in Switzerland and came with his father to this country. He lived at Currytown, but removed to Root, of which he was one of the earliest pioneers.
1. Jacob, mentioned below.
2. Frederick, killed by a falling tree.
(III) Jacob (2) son of Jacob (1) Dievendorf, was born in Currytown, N.Y., Sept. 23, 1769. The federal census of 1790 gives Jacob Dievendorf (probably Jacob, Sr.) as head of a family in Mohawk town, with one son under nineteen, four femals and seven slaves. During the revolution, when he was twelve years old, he was taken prisoner by the Indians and British and in one of the battles was felled by an Indian, scalped and left for dead. The day after the battle he was found and caref for by friends and eventually recovered, living to the great age of eighty-four years. He became an extensive land owner and prosperous farmer at Root.
He married Margaret Bellinger and had two sons and three daughters. He died at Currytown, Oct. 8, 1854, and his wife about 1842.
(IV) William B., son of Jacob (2) Dievendorf, was born in Currytown, Aug. 30, 1805, died March 11, 1882. He was an extensive farmer and one of the first to make dairying a specialty in Currytown. He was a Democrat and served the town as supervisor.
He married Margaret, born Nov. 24, 1811, daughter of his uncle and aunt, Henry D. and Margaret (Lyker) Dievendorf. Her father was a member of the assembly and county judge. She was one of nine children: Jacob H., Henry L., Cornelius, John F., Catherine, Elizabeth, Hannah, Margaret and Fannie Dievendorf.
Children of William B. and Margaret Dievendorf:
Jacob, mentioned below.
Margaret died at the age of twenty. Henry A., born April 9, 1838, manufacuturer of cheese at Root, N.Y., and farmer, director of the National Spraker Bank; married, Dec. 25, 1874, Tenetta, daughter of Elias and Lucretia (Wessels) Lasher, of Root.
(V) Jacob (3) son of William B. Dievendorf, was born at Currytown, Montgomery county, N.Y., Nov. 16, 1836. He was reared on the farm of his father and educated in the public schools. He succeeded to the ownership of the homstead after his father and has always lived there. The farm consists of two hundred and twenty acres, besides which he owns two other farms, comprising two hundred and one hundred and ninety acres, respsectively. He has made a specialty of his dairy and is part owner in several cheese factories of the vicinity.
In politics he is a Domocrat and has been supervisor of the town. He is a director of the National bank of Fonda, New York. He and his wife are members of the Dutch Reformed church.
He married, Jan. 5, 1865, Lydia, born 1842, daughter of Nelson and Elizabeth (Mount) Shelp.
1. Elizabeth A., married Howard M. Stowitts, a dentist at Amsterdam, N.Y.
2. Lucella, married Rev. Charles Bedford, pastor of the Dutch Reformed church at Currytown.
3. David, lives with his father on the homestead.
4. Sarah, married Warren Ray Hadsell, of Boston, a writer.
5. Nelson, died in infancy.
(VI) William J., son of Jacob (3) Dievendorf, was born in Currytown, Montgomery county, N.Y., Sept. 28, 1873. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at Claverack College on the Hudson, graduating in the class of 1893. He engaged in farming, and still owns two farms in the Mohawk Valley. He embarked in the grain business at Tupper Lake in 1902 under the firm name of De Lancett & Dievendorf, and since 1909 has been the sole owner of the business. In addition to grain and cement, he deals in coal, fertilizers, seeds and feeds of all kinds. He is a director of the Tupper Lake National Bank and vice-president, and was one of the original board of directors.
In politics he is a Democrat, and for two years served the town as supervisor, being the first of his party to be elected to that office. He is a member of the local Board of Trade; of Mount Arab Lodge, Free and Accepted Maons; of Tupper Lake Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; also a member of Plattsburgh Lodge, No. 621, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Knights of Pythias, all of Tupper Lake. He belongs to the Dutch Reformed church.
He married, in 1895, Ethelberta Angell, of Chatham, Columbia county, N.Y., daughter of Daniel H. and Katherine (Mesick) Angell.
1. Evelyn Angell, born at Glen, Montgomery county, Sept. 16, 1896.
2. Helen Elizabeth, born at Glen, Aug. 9, 1898.
3. Edith Margaret, born at Tupper Lake, Feb. 7, 1904.
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