ANDREW JACKSON KNICKERBOCKER, a successful agriculturist and representative of a distinguished pioneer family of the county of Madison, was born December 3, 1833, in the town of Eaton, on the farm he now owns and occupies. His father was Harley Knickerbocker, and his grandfather was John Knickerbocker. The latter was born in Connecticut, and removed to Madison County, locating in the town of Eaton in 1803. To describe the changes that have been made since then in this county in the habits, customs, and mode of living would require a volume of considerable size. When he arrived here, the face of the country was covered with timber, and Indians still lived in their native haunts. There was also plenty of wild game, which was by no means a detriment to the early pioneer. In politics John Knickerbocker was a Democrat. Both he and his wife were members of the Congregational church. Mr. Knickerbocker spent his last days in Cincinnatus, Chenango County, N.Y., dying there when he was one hundred years old.
Harley Knickerbocker was also a farmer of the town of Eaton, and a successful man. He was born in Connecticut, and came to this, town when he was eight years old. He died in Morrisville, in his eighty-seventh year. His farm contained one hundred and thirty, acres, and upon it he carried on general farming. He and his wife, who was a Miss Henrietta French, reared a family of eight children, namely: Edwin resides in Morrisville, and, his biographical sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; Sophia; Susan is the wife of Mark Holroyd; Andrew Jackson; Maria, who married Seth Whitmore, of Rathboneville, N. Y., is deceased, as is also her husband; Jannett and her husband, Albert Howard, of Rathboneville, are both deceased; Julian was the wife of James Brown, of Eaton, and both she and her husband are now dead; Cordelia became the wife of Mark Holroyd, of Wyanet, Ill., and is now deceased.
Andrew Jackson Knickerbocker was educated in the district schools and in the
schools at Morrisville, being thus well prepared to sustain the struggle for existence, and to cope with other men in any field or line of work. Remaining at home until thirty-three years of age, he then married Mary Reed, who was born in the town of De Ruyter, Madison County, and is a daughter of Josiah and Amanda (Shipman) Reed, the former of whom was born in Madison County, and the latter in Massachusetts. They reared six children, namely: Melvin Reed, now living in Cortland County; Mary, wife of Mr. Knickerbocker; Alice, wife of John Woodward, of Denver, Col.; Clara, wife of Milton Foote of Syracuse, N. Y.; Adellia, wife of Truman Williams, of Wisconsin; and Ida, wife of J. Millard, of Madison, Wis. Mr. Reed died, at the age of forty-six, in the town De Ruyter, and Mrs. Reed in the town of Eaton, at the age of seventy-five. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Reed was a Democrat in politics.
The subject of this biography was thirty years of age when he purchased his first farm, which contained one hundred and forty-four acres. At the present time he owns two hundred acres of fine farming land, and carries on mixed husbandry, dairying, and hop-raising, devoting about eighteen acres to the latter crop. For the dairy he considers the Holsteins the best. He is well known for his industry and good judgment, and is one of the most successful farmers in the county. He and his wife have two children: Effie May, born October 29, 1867; now the wife of George Todd; and Nina Belle, born July 7, 1869 and living at home.
In politics Mr. Knickerbocker follows in the footsteps of his ancestors, and sustains the principles of the Democratic party, though, like all reasonable men, he sees good in all parties and a modicum of truth in their theories and doctrines.
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