NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The American ancestor of Dr. Harter was his great-great-grandfather. Lawrence Harter, who, with his wife, Abalona, left southern Germany on account of religious persecutions and, joining a large company of Palatines, arrived in America in 1712. Lawrence and Abalona Harter each became patentees in the Burnetsfield patent, granted April 30, 1725, and covering ninety-four hundred acres situated in the Mohawk Valley, a tract of very fertile land extending some fifty miles up the Mohwak river form a point below the present city of Little Falls, in width four miles, or two miles on each side of the river.
To Lawrence Harter and his wife one hundred acres each were assigned and located on the south side of the river, near Fort Herkimer, in what is now (1910) known as German Flats. A leading spirit in this company of Palatines was Johan Jost Petri, who, with his wife, Gertruydt Petri, settled on the north side of the river, their lots being known as Stone Ridge, and upon a portion of which the present village of Herkimer has been built.
Lawrence and Abalona Harter, who were born in 1698 and 1702, had sons:
Nicholas, Frederick, Henry and Lawrence (mentioned below).
Anna Margarite, Catherine and Elizabeth.
(II) Lawrence (2), son of Lawrence (1) and Abalona Harter, was born Dec. 26, 1742. He married (first) Laney Macomb; (second) Catharine ____, who bore him eleven children:
George, Peter, Michael (mentioned below), Philip, Nicholas, Lawrence, Frederick, John and three daughters.
They have left numerous and widely scattered descendants throughout the country.
(III) Michael, son of Lawrence (2) Harter, was born in 1790, died Nov. 20, 1868. He married Abigail Harter, born 1790, died 1888.
Daniel, Jacob M. (mentioned below), George, Benjamin, Henry, William, Lawrence, Gaylord, Elizabeth, Catharine, Helen and Margaret.
(IV) Jacob M., son of Michael and Abigail Harter, was born June, 1811, died Oct. 31, 1859. He married Margaret Hilts, born June 20, 1814, died April 6, 1904, daughter of George I. and Elizabeth (Clapsaddle) Hilts, granddaughter of John Hilts, and great-granddaughter of Nicholas Hilts. Her father was a pensioner of the war of 1812, and her grandfather and great-grandfather served in the revolution. The eligibility of Dr. Frederick J. Harter for membership in the patriotic societies is established by his lineal descent from Lorenz Harter, Nicholas Harter, Nicholas Hilts and John Hilts, all of whom served as privates in Colonel Peter Bellinger's regiment, Tryon county militia.
Children of Mr & Mrs. Harter:
Catharine, Alonzo W., George M., Elizabeth, Frederick J. (mentioned below.)
(V) Dr. Frederick J. Harter, son of Jacob M. and Margaret (Hilts) Harter, received his preliminary education in the public schools of Herkimer, and then entered Fairfield Academy, from which he was graduated in 1875. Expecting to enter upon a business life, he took a full course in Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., but on leaving that institution he was led to change his plans and decided on a medical education. With this object in view he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, medical department of Columbia University, New York City, graduating with the degree of M.D. March 12, 1880.
He commenced the practice of medicine and surgery in the town of Moravia, Cayuga county, N.Y., where he remained until December, 1892, when leaving there a good practice, he came to his native town of Herkimer, N.Y., where he has continued to the present (1910) and where he has been highly successful in establishing himself in his practice.
Dr. Harter is a member of the Herkimer County Medical Society and also the New York State Medical Society. He is surgeon of the Emergency Hospital of Herkimer, surgeon of the Utica & Mohawk Valley electric railroad, and medical examiner for several insurance companies. That, aside from his professional skill, Dr. Harter has won in an unusual degree the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens is shown by the fact that in 1897 he was elected president of the village corporation and re-elected in 1903, also that he is now (1910) the health officer of the village.
Politically Dr. Harter is a Democrat. He is affiliated with Herkimer Lodge, No. 423, Free and Accepted Masons, of Herkimer; a member of Myrtle Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, of Herkimer; of the Knights of Pythias, and of the Business Men's Association.
Dr. Herkimer married, Feb. 20, 1883, Madge M. Tyler, of Herkimer, born Nov. 17, 1865, died March 31, 1900, daughter of Charles and Mary (King) Tyler.
Bessie Marie, born July 9, 1890.
Frieda, June 21, 1898.
Marjorie Bell, Feb. 20, 1904.
Frederick J. Jr, Sept. 2, 1907.
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