THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ABRAHAM A. WEMPLE belongs to a family originally from Holland, who were settled in the eastern part of this State at an early period of its history, in which they figured prominently, the name in the oldest records appearing as Wemp. His immediate progenitors lived in Canajoharie, N.Y., where he was born, February 12, 1814. A remote ancestor, Jan Barentse Wemp, is registered in Munsell's "American Ancestry" as born in Dort, Lower Netherlands, Holland, in 1620, came to America about 1640, and settled at Esopus, now Kingston, N. Y., about 1643-45." In the History of Troy, N. Y., the same individual is said to have purchased from the Indians, in 1659, the "Great Meadows," the present site of that city. He is elsewhere spoken of as one of the original proprietors of Schenectady. He married Maritie Myndertsee, and died in 1662, leaving a widow and six children. One of his three sons was named Myndert, and another Barent.
   The children of Abraham A. Wemple's grandparents were Roger, John, Myndert M. R., Abraham, and Deborah. Of the direct issue of Roger and Myndert none are now living. Of the children of John two or three are living, of the children of Abraham one, and of Deborah, wife of Philip Van Antwerp, both deceased, one son is living, John Van Antwerp, of Niskayuna, Schenectady County, N. Y.
   Abraham Wemple, father of Abraham A., was born in Montgomery County, June 6, 1776, just before the Declaration of Independence. He married Maria Loucks, of Palatine, Montgomery County, about the year 1806. He was a merchant in that village, and was Captain of a military company. Having in some way over-exerted himself at a training, he was taken suddenly ill on his return home, and died soon after, leaving a good property by will to his widow and four children--John Barent, Henry M., Walter Y., and Abraham A.; but the trustees appointed, although they were near relatives, were not true to their trust, fell short of their duty to the widow and orphans. Our subject was but six weeks old when his father died; and the mother, taking the little family, moved to Schenectady, N. Y., where she reared this youngest son at home and placed the three elder ones at trades. She died in Troy, N. Y ., at the home of her son Abraham, in 1848, when she was nearly sixty years of age. Her children were: John B., a cabinet- maker and farmer, who died in 1892, at the age of eighty-three; Henry Myndert, who was born in Canajoharie, October 22, 1800, and died in Mexico, Oswego County, in 1887; Walter Yates, who was born in Canajoharie, November 9, 1811, died at Schenectady, at the age of twenty-two, leaving a widow and one daughter, Sarah M. Ormsby, who is now living in Michigan.
   Abraham A. Wemple received a good common-school education, and at sixteen years of age became a clerk. He was one of those fortunate ones whom the situation sought instead of his seeking the situation. He went to Troy in September, 1835, staying there until 1849, was afterward interested in the agency of the Troy & Schenectady Railroad in Schenectady. In the winter of 1853, when the four railroads were consolidated, he became the freight agent at Troy, and in 1855 removed to Albany, and had charge of the freight department of the New York Central Railroad, coming thence, in 1867, to his present place of residence, having bought the farm of forty acres left by John Avery, his wife's father. He married January 15, 1835, Mary S. Avery, of Schenectady, N. Y., daughter of John and Penelope (Nichols) Avery, formerly of Massachusetts. Mr. Avery was superintendent of a cotton manufactory at Schenectady. He went to the town of Lenox about 1845, and built a good home on this forty-acre farm mentioned above, near the village. He died there in 1855, aged sixty-seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Avery had two sons and five daughters, none of whom survive but Mrs. Wemple and her sister, Harriet, the wife of John P. Shaffer, of Canastota, N. Y. The mother resided with Mrs. Wemple until her death. Mr. Avery left property to the value of about fourteen thousand dollars. He was a good business man, straightforward in all his dealings with his fellow-men.
   In this new home bought by Mr. Abraham A. Wemple the family did not long remain, but went to Troy, where they resided for several years, he being there employed as freight agent for the New York Central Railroad. For nearly twenty years Mr. Abraham Wemple has now been living, retired, at Wampsville, in infirm health. He and his wife have buried four children--one daughter at two and one-half years, a son of four years, a young babe, and a daughter Harriet, who died in the prime of life, leaving two sons, George A. Lindsay by her first husband, William A. Lindsay, and Willis I. Tuttle by her second husband, Irving Tuttle. The living children of Mr. and Mrs. Wemple are: Mary, wife of Palmer Egleston, who has one son, H. Allen Egleston, and one daughter, Ida M. Coburn, wife of Frank D. Coburn, all of Baltimore, Md.; Nelson Millard, a railroad employee of Albany, N. Y., who has a wife, one son, and four daughters; and Lyman A., a merchant and Postmaster of Wampsville, living with his wife--who was Alvina Pendorf, daughter of Paul Pendorf, of Oneida County, New York-- at home with his parents.
   Mr. and Mrs. Wemple are earnest and energetic members of the Baptist church, with which they have been connected more than forty years, ever ready to cooperate in all its good work. Politically, Mr. Wemple is a stanch Republican. He has the highest esteem and respect of the community, and even in his retired life has not ceased to give interested attention to the stirring events of the day.

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