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
Martin Egert, founder of this family, was an early settler in Pennsylvania. The only man of the name in that state, according to the first federal census of 1790, was Charles Eghart, of Bucks county. He had one son over sixteen, one under that age and three females in his family.
(I) Jacob Eghart, doubtless son of Charles Egert or Eghart, of the Pennsylvania family, located at Trenton Falls, N.Y., and followed farming there during his active life. He married Sarah Delafield.
Charles, Amos S., mentioned below; Mary, Sarah, Hannah.
(II) Amos Snyder, son of Jacob Egert, ws born at Trenton, New York, Oct. 2, 1826, died in Ogdensburg, N.Y. in 1888. He was educated in the district schools, and at the age of fourteen began his career in business as clerk in the employ of his uncle, a general merchant, in partnership with James G. Averill in Ogdnesburg. He had an excellent training and acquired a through knowledge of the business, and in the course of time was admitted to partnership. He moved to Gouverneur and had charge of the business of the firm at that place for many years. Afterwards he formed a limited partnership with J. P. Wiser and conducted a distillery in Prescott, Ontario, living there for a time. He returned to Ogdensburg and purchased the grain and feed business of Mr. James S. Bean and conducted it with marked success. Two years before he died he retired and spent much of his time in travel abroad.
He was one of the most substantial and influential men of his day, highly respected for his integrity and ability. He declined many places of trust and honor, having no inclination for public life. In politics he was a Democrat, but inclined to conservatism and independence in political action. His influence in party affairs, however, ws strong and wholesome. Of even temper, sound judgment, earnest and sympathetic, he made many friends in all walks of life.
He was a prominent member of the St. John's Episcopal church of Ogdensburg. He married, in 1852, Lois A. Rhodes, of Gouverneur, N.Y., born 1832, died in February, 1898, daughter of John Rhodes.
1. William, died at the age of thirty, cashier of the Ogdensburg Bank, administrator of the Bean estate, city treasurer, vestryman of the Episcopal church and a citizen of great usefullness, prominence and promise; married Elizabeth Atherton; children: Ethel Ahterton and Hannah.
2. Harriet Electa (twin), born Sept. 15, 1856; married, Oct. 20, 1881, Charles Seymour Westbrook (see Westbrook VII).
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