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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1647-1648 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

The Shibleys of Glen, New York, descend from Swiss ancestors on the paternal and Dutch on the maternal side. John Shibley, born in Switzerland, started when a young man to emigrate to America. While on his way he met Jane Wagman, a young girl born in Holland. They were married and continued their journey to the new world together. They landed in New York City, where they remained for a time, later settling in Schodack, Rensselaer county, New York, where they died at very advanced ages. They left one daughter and several sons.

(II) Henry, son of John and Jane (Wagman) Shibley, was born in Rensselaer county, New York. After his marriage he removed to Charleston, Montgomery county, where he purchased a tract of five hundred acres of land heavily covered with timber. He made a clearing and with the help of a good wife compelled the forest to make way for the fields, and left for his children a well-improved property. He married, in Rensselaer county, Elizabeth Shuntz, born of German and English parents. She died October 30, 1847. Her husband survived her, dying at the age of ninety-three. Children: Jacob, John, George, Jeremiah, Mahala, Serena, Henry (2), see, forward, Samuel.

(III) Henry (2), son of Henry (1) and Elizabeth (Shuntz) Shibley, was born in Charleston, Montgomery county, New York, January 30, 1805, died October 4, 1895, on the old homestead he had helped to erect in the wilderness. He lived the life of a farmer. He married Jane Frank, born 1814, died November 21, 1847, daughter of Andrew and Jane (Conover) Frank, and granddaughter of Adam Frank, one of the first settlers of the town of Glen, and a well-known patriot during the revolution. With Peter Hall and Isaac Conover he formed a trio that gave constant exhibitions of active muscular patriotism, that brought woe to the offending Tories, and caused a reward of one hundred pounds to be offered for their heads; but they outwitted their enemies and came through the war safely. Andrew Frank, son of the patriot, owned a large property in Glen, known as Logtown, which he purchased. He erected an inn on this property, where he entertained the early-day travelers. He was a man of large business interests. He married Jane Conover, born in Glen, where she died. Children of Henry (2) and Jane (Frank) Shibley, his first wife: H. Milton, Andrew, see forward, Adam, George and Elizabeth. He married (second) Caroline Thorp, of English birth (said to descend from the royal family of Stuart). Child by second marriage: Lucy J., a resident of Charleston, New York, unmarried.

(IV) Andrew, son of Henry (2) and Jane (Frank) Shibley, was born in Charleston, Montgomery county, New York, June 29, 1835, died August 22, 1905. He adopted agriculture as his business and was one of the substantial men of his town. He purchased a farm of two hundred and thirty acres in Glen, in 1883, on which he resided until his death. He gained an enviable name in the community for his manly, upright life, his strong advocacy of the cause of temperance, and his devotion to his principles. For many years he voted the Prohibition ticket. He married, at Charleston, January 9, 1890, Lucy C. Becker, born in that town, June 2, 1865, (see Becker V). She survives him and resides on the farm previously alluded to, which she manages with skill and success. She has no children, but has an adopted daughter, Bertha E., born September 9, 1885, married Richard Anderson, September 1, 1902, and they have Lucy A. Anderson, born February 27, 1909.

(The Becker Line)

Johannes Becker, born in Holland, January, 1690, came to the American colonies early in the eighteenth century; settled in Washington county, New York, married Sarah Van Deusen, born in Holland, 1692, died 1726, in Washington county, where their children were born. Children (perhaps others): Johannes (2), born January 29, 1718, married and had issue; Abraham, see forward.

(II) Abraham (or Abram), son of Johannes and Sarah (Van Deusen) Becker, was born in Washington county, New York, January 21, 1720, died 1784; married, 1743, Elizabeth Van O'Linda, born January, 1725. Children: Johannes (3) and Martinus, see forward.

(III) Martinus, son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Van O'Linda) Becker, was born May 31, 1749, died January 28, 1843; married, March 31, 1775, Lena Van Buskirk, born June 13, 1758, died July 27, 1821. Children:

  1. Abram, born July 27, 1776, died May 9, 1784;
  2. Esther, August 4, 1778, died January 9, 1842;
  3. John, August 31, 1780;
  4. Martha, February 10, 1783;
  5. Cornelius, see forward;
  6. Elizabeth, November 13, 1798.

(IV) Cornelius, son of Martinus and Lena (Van Buskirk) Becker, was born August 30, 1796, died July 18, 1848; married Mary McDuffee, born July 10, 1800, died July 9, 1876. Children: Sarah, Milton, John, William, Hiram, Frederick F., see forward, Calvin and Daniel.

(V) Frederick F., son of Cornelius and Mary (McDuffee) Becker, was born February 2, 1826, died in Charleston, Montgomery county, New York (the town of his birth), July 28, 1895; married, December 26, 1848, Mary Barber, born March 23, 1823, died May 9, 1891, daughter of Abram and Lucy (Pendleton) Barber. Children:

  1. Milton, born May 9, 1850, died February 9, 1851.
  2. Mary A., March 4, 1852, died December 18, 1871, unmarried.
  3. William N., January 14, 1854, married Clara Shibley, has a daughter Angie L., who resides with her father at his home in Charleston.
  4. Anna A., July 12, 1855, died December 29, 1885; married Ambrose Snyder, and left Frederick and Bertha E. Snyder.
  5. Ida F., January 25, 1857, married Clinton De Nice; she survives him and resides on the old Becker farm with children: Allison, Jessie M., Harry C. De Nice.
  6. Francis, June 7, 1858, died February 7, 1896, unmarried.
  7. Alice P., November 21, 1859, married (first) Nelson Tallmadge, (second) Daniel Dodge; children by second marriage: Fairfax, deceased; Harry and Winifred Dodge.
  8. George McClellan, December 22, 1861, died May 15, 1863.
  9. Lucy C., married Andrew Shibley (see Shibley IV).

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