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
Prior to the year 1828, the Pasenger family of Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y. were settlers of the town of Bethlehem, Albany County, N.Y.
Andrew Pasenger was born in that town, May 1, 1793. He was educated in the common schools of that period and was reared on the farm. In the year 1828 he removed to Lewis county, settled in the town of Watson, where he purchased a saw mill, built on Crystal creek, and engaged in manufacturing into lumber the abundant timber of that section. He did a successful business; removed and enlarged the mill, which he continued to operate during the active years of his life. He was an influential citizen and an important factor in the early development of the town.
He was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, and a loyal Democrat.
He married, in Bethlehem, Albany county, N.Y., Katherine Hotaling, a descendant of the early Dutch settler, Teunis Houghtaling, who settled in Bethlehem prior to 1700. Katherine Hotaling was born in Bethlehem, N.Y., Oct. 28, 1793, daughter of John P. Hotaling, died March 31, 1816. He married (second) Sept. 2, 1792, Jane Burhans, born July 18, 1771, died Feb., 1856.
1. Katherine, married Andrew Pasenger.
2. John, born Oct. 8, 1795; married Henrietta Brate.
3. Peter, Aug. 18, 1797; married Anna Wynkoop.
4. Sarah, Dec. 18, 1798; married Thomas Relyea.
5. Hannah, Aug. 6, 1800; married William Brate.
6. Garrett, Aug. 30, 1802; married Eve Van Deuzee.
7. Temperance, Feb. 3, 1806; married John Long.
8. William, March 10, 1808; married Hannah Hillabrant.
9. David, Nov. 26, 1810; married Helen Hillabrant.
Children of Andrew and Katherine (Hotaling) Pasenger:
1. Katherine, born Feb. 18, 1821; married, March 8, 1842, Martin Whitmore, who was accidentally killed by being crushed underneath an overturned load of tanbark.
2. Jane, May 15, 1823; married Levi Bowen, Jan. 1, 1843.
3. John, June 15, 1825; married, Oct. 28, 1849, Nancy Chase.
4. Andrew J., mentioned below.
5. William Van Nerda, March 10, 1832; married June 14, 1856, Sarah J. Allen.
6. Delaney, March 24, 1835; married, Jan. 1, 1857, Pulaski G. Swan.
(II) Andrew Jackson, second son and fourth child of Andrew and Katerine (Hotaling) Pasenger, was born in the town of Watson, Lewis county, N.Y. Feb. 2, 1830. He was educated in the common schools of the town, and on arriving at a suitable age worked for a time at the carpenter's trade. In 1851 he began operating in lumber, first as a logging contractor, preparing the log in the woods and delivering them to the mills, where they were converted into lumber. He followed this business until 1866, when he purchased the Crystal Creek saw mill from his father, and began sawing his own logs. He made some modern improvements in the mill, and began using the circular instead of the vertical saw. He continued in this business until the timber in his immediate section became exhausted. He then turned to other lines of activity. He built in 1872 a hotel at Bush's Landing and for several years was the proprietor. He also dealt in farm produce, purchasing their surplus products from the farmers and shipping them by canal and river to New York City. He led a busy life and was successful in his undertakings and considered a prosperous man.
He was a Democrat, sound and true, and held many of the town offices.
He was a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons, and is now (1910) one of the very oldest living members of that lodge.
He is a member, with his family, of the Episcopal church.
He married, Feb. 17, 1857, at Bethlehem, N.Y., Sarah J., born in Bethlehem, June 8, 1837, daughter of Henry Y. and Evaline Kilmore Schoonmaker. Henry Y. Schoonmaker was born March 26, 1791, in Albany county, N.Y., a descendant of the early Dutch family of that name. He was a farmer of the county all his active years. In politics a Democrat, and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. He married, Aug. 28, 1816, in Bethlehem, Evaline Kilmore and had children: i. Henry, born July 8, 1817, died by drowning Dec. 22, 1819. ii. Henry (2), May 1, 1820; married Lydia Calanan, Oct. 25, 1843, died Oct. 28, 1894. iii. William, Jan. 4, 1823, died Dec. 6, 1898; married, March 25, 1857, Emma J. Purcell. iv. Katherine M., June 2, 1825; married, Sept. 17, 1845, John H. Kilderhouse. v. James J., June 14, 1828, died March 23, 1902; married, Dec. 21, 1851, Gertrude A. Wagoner, died Jan. 6, 1902. vi. Charlotte A., March 10, 1831; married, Oct. 13, 1847, Hiram Wiltsie. vii. Rensselaer W., Nov. 3, 1833; married March 23, 1859, Anna A. Adams. viii. Sarah J., married Andrew J. Pasenger. ix. Martha E., Oct. 26, 1839; married Charles A. McCulloch, of Bethlehem, New York.
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