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Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs:
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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1321-1322 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.]

Jacob, son of David Herrick, was born at Minaville, Montgomery county, New York, about 1815, died in Amsterdam, New York, in 1899. He was a farmer all his days. He was a member of the Methodist church. He married Harriet Rowland, born on the Rowland homestead in the town of Amsterdam, Montgomery county, New York, in 1817, died in Amsterdam, October 29, 1877. They are both buried in the Green Hill cemetery. Children:

  1. Marvin, of later mention.
  2. Benjamin, born in Florida, October 23, 1842, died September 2, 1902; married Jennie Pawling, who survives him with a daughter Mattie, a resident of Amsterdam.
  3. Marion, born in 1844, died in 1856.
  4. Lindsley, born in 1846, is a retired resident of Broadalbin, Montgomery county.
  5. Ida, married Rev. George Parker, a minister of the Methodist church, resident of Troy, New York, with sons Albert and Harry Parker.

(II) Marvin, eldest child of Jacob and Harriet (Rowland) Herrick, was born on the farm in Montgomery county, New York, October 22, 1840, died in Amsterdam, near the Fulton county line, June 19, 1902. He was a farmer and a member of the Methodist church. He married, September 14, 1865, in Amsterdam, Sarah A. Connor, born at Connor's Mills, (a small place on the line of Fulton and Montgomery county, New York), October 22, 1840. She survives her husband and conducts the farm in a most energetic, practical way, managing with skill and profit the various departments. She is an active member of the Methodist church. She is a direct descendant of Lancaster O'Connor.

(The Connor Line)

Lancaster O'Connor was born in Ireland about 1760, emigrated to the American colonies where he was one of the pioneer settlers of Schenectady. He married in Ireland, probably, and he and wife lived to be old people of their section, and died in Schenectady.

(II) Garrett, son of Lancaster O'Connor, was born in Schenectady, New York, about the period of the revolutionary war, and about the year 1800 settled in Amsterdam, near the corner of Montgomery county and the Fulton county line, where he built a grist and a saw mill on Upper Chuctenunda creek and gave his name to the locality, ever since known as Connors Corners. It became a busy, prosperous little community. He was almost the only miller for many miles around, and as the wilderness was cleared and farms were being tilled, he shared in the general prosperity. He cleared away the timber from his own tract and built a log house which was the first in the neighborhood. With his farming and milling business he soon became one of the substantial men of the town and died possessed of a substantial property. He married and reared a family.

(III) Gilbert, son of Garrett O'Connor, was born on his father's farm known as the "mill site farm" and followed the same occupation. He dropped the "O" from the family name and since his day it has remained Connor. He married Sarah Hagaman, daughter of the founder of the village of the same name in Montgomery county, a few miles north of Amsterdam. The Hagamans were of Dutch ancestry, originally settling in New Jersey.

(IV) James, son of Gilbert and Sarah (Hagaman) Connor, was born on the old farm, April 16, 1815, died April 16, 1875. He was both farmer and miller, operating both mill and farm in company with his brother. He was a devoted Methodist and founded the church of that denomination at Hagaman. For many years he was officially connected with that church, giving liberally to its support. It is said that each year if there was any deficit he balanced the church accounts with a personal contribution. He married, in Perth, Fulton county, New York, Hannah, daughter of William (2) and granddaughter of William (1) Clark, an early settler of Amsterdam, where he cleared a farm and died. William (2) Clark settled in Perth, where he married and reared his family. Hannah Clark was born in Perth, October 6, 1817, died August 25, 1902. Their only child, Sarah A. Connor, became the wife, and is now the widow, of Marvin Herrick. They had no issue.

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