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[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 82-84 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.]

(IV) Evert, son of Gerrit (3) Lansing (q. v.) and Catherine S. (Glen) Lansing, was born December 31, 1704. He married, in 1735, Annatie, daughter of Obadiah and Cornelia (Gardiner) Cooper.

(V) Johannes E., son of Evert and Annatie (Cooper) Lansing, was born May 1, 1743, at Schodack, Albany county, New York, died 1821. He married, in 1765, Maria, born October 19, 1744, daughter of Barent A. and Magdalena (Schuyler) Staats. Barent A. Staats was a son of Abraham and Maria (Schuyler) Staats, grandson of Abraham and Elsie (Wendel) Staats, and great-grandson of Major Abram Staats, a surgeon who came to Rensselaerwyck in 1642, and married Catrina Jochense. Magdalena Schuyler, mother of Maria (Staats) Lansing, was daughter of Jeremiah and Susanna Schuyler, granddaughter of Colonel Pieter Philip and Maria (Van Rensselaer) Schuyler, and great-granddaughter of Colonel Philip Pieter Schuyler died 1683; married December 12, 1650, Margareta Van Slichtenhorst, born 1628, died 1711. These are names celebrated in the early settlement of New York state. Johannes E. Lansing was a soldier of the revolution.

(VI) Evert (2), son of Johannes E. and Maria (Staats) Lansing, was born in Schodack, New York, October 27, 1773, died at Decatur, Otsego county, New York, May 6 1833. He married, February 19, 1795, Jeannette (or Janet), born November 5, 1770, died at Schodack, May 22, 1809, daughter of Robert Campbell, born 1735, at Londonderry, New Hampshire, killed August 6, 1777, in the battle of Oriskany, and his wife, Margaret ————, born January 10, 1741, died August 16, 1816.

(VII) James E., son of Evert (2) and Janet (Campbell) Lansing, was born in Schodack, New York, March 24, 1807, died at Westford, Otsego county, New York, February 27, 1890. He married, December 25, 1830, Sarah, born in New Scotland, Albany county, New York, in 1805, died at Decatur, New York, August, 1834, daughter of Saxton and Mary (Youngs) Cheseborough. Saxton Cheseborough was born at Stonington, Connecticut, August 10, 1779, died at Carey, Ohio; married Mary Youngs in 1799. He was a son of William Cheseborough, born 1750, and his wife, Mary McDowell, whom he married in 1773.

(VIII) James, son of James E. and Sarah (Cheseborough) Lansing, was born at Decatur, Otsego county, New York, May 9, 1834, died at Troy, New York, January 21, 1904. He received a good education, and just before he attained his majority he left home and went to Mississippi, where he taught school at North Mt. Pleasant. Later he went to Macon, Tennessee, where he was in charge of a school. During this period of his life, which covered eight years, he married and took his wife south, where she assisted him in his school work. While in the south he began the study of law at such hours as could be spared from his profession, principally in the evening. On his return to New York he entered the Albany Law School, from which he was graduated in 1864. He was admitted to the bar and immediately located in Troy, New York, where he began and continued the practice of his profession the remainder of his life. For a few months he was connected with the law office of Warren & Banker, continuing until receiving an appointment as clerk of the surrogate's court, the then surrogate of Rensselaer county being Moses Warren. After three years in the surrogate's office he formed a partnership with Robert H. McClellan, which continued fourteen years. He then practiced alone for several years, until associating with William P. Cantwell, Jr. Upon the death of Mr. Cantwell the firm of Lansing & Holmes was formed with John B. Holmes, which continued until the death of Mr. Lansing. He was a most successful lawyer. In his legal career he was connected with many of the noted cases in the county and appellate courts of the state, and in the supreme court of the United States, where he was admitted to practice in 1891 on the motion of United States Senator William M. Evarts. In politics an ardent Democrat, Mr. Lansing was in 1889 the candidate of his party for surrogate of Rensselaer county. He was elected and served six years. In 1895 he was a candidate for re-election, but the Republicans carried the county, although Mr. Lansing ran well in advance of his ticket. Upon his retirement from office, the Troy Times, politically opposed to him, said:

"It is simple justice to say that the retiring surrogate, Hon. James Lansing, has presided for six years with admirable dignity and judicial fairness. His decision and opinions, always sustained by the higher courts, have added to his reputation as a lawyer, while his courtesy has increased the personal esteem in which he is held. Many of his opinions have been published and are extensively cited as authoritative in legal publications, notably: Bliss's Annotated Code of Civil Procedure, and Redfield's Law and Practice in Surrogate's Courts. We call attention especially to certain amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure, which at his suggestion was enacted by the Legislature of 1895."

After retiring from office Mr. Lansing resumed his private practice, continuing until his death. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and was for many years president of the board of trustees. He was also a trustee of Albany Law School.

He married Sarah A. Richardson, born in Benson, Vermont, died in Troy, New York, 1895, daughter of Henry and Dorcas (Lynd) Richardson. Henry Richardson, son of Manasseh R. and Mary (Beaman) Richardson was born in Stirling, Massachusetts, June 7, 1802, died at Stirling Centre, Massachusetts, June 26, 1836; married, 1824, Dorcas Lynd at Palatine Bridge, New York, born September 13, 1804, died September 19, 1880, at Troy, New York, daughter of John and Sarah (Wood) Lynd. Manasseh R., son of James and Ruth Richardson, born in Massachusetts, September 15, 1766, died March 25, 1826; married, May 5, 1793, Mary Beaman, born in Leominster, Massachusetts, June 15, 1768, died August 31, 1847, daughter of John Beaman, born 1738, died at Poultney, Vermont, aged eighty-two years, was a soldier in the revolution, and his wife, Mary (Fuller) Beaman. James Richardson, great-grandfather of Sarah A. (Richardson) Lansing, was born May 5, 1730. His will was probated in 1808. He served in the Massachusetts militia during the revolution. James and Sarah A. (Richardson) Lansing, were the parents of eight children. Of his daughters, Louella Lansing, is a resident of Troy, New York, as is her sister, Caroline Mary Lansing. Another daughter, Mary J., is a church choir and concert singer of New York City, also a teacher of vocal music and voice culture. Caroline M. is member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Philip Schuyler Chapter, Troy, all are graduates of Troy high school.

(IX) Professor Hugh Henry, son of James and Sarah A. (Richardson) Lansing, was educated in the Troy public schools, graduating from the high school, class of 1889. He entered Williams College, where he was graduated Bachelor of Arts, class of 1893. He adopted the profession of teaching, which he has so far made his life work. He first taught in the Troy high school, making a specialty of history. He also taught the same study in grammar schools No. 12 and No. 14, later becoming principal of the latter school. During the Spanish war he enlisted in the United States service, and was absent for several months, the school being left in charge of the assistant principal. On his return he resumed his position. In 1900 he was appointed vice-principal of the Troy high school and for five years filled that position and the chair of history. In 1907 he was elected superintendent of the schools of Watervliet, New York, where he is now located (1910). Professor Lansing is a well-known educator of the state and stands very high in his profession. While vice-principal of the Troy high school he studied law, passed the necessary examinations and in 1907 was admitted to the bar. He is a member of the New York State Council of Superintendents; the Hudson School Master's Club; National Educational Association; the Holland Society; Sons of the Revolution; Colonial Club of Watervliet, Rensselaer County Bar Association and Albany Bar Association. His college fraternity is the Delta Tau Delta of Williams. He served three years in the Citizens Corps of Troy, preceding 1898. He enlisted May 2, 1898, for the Spanish-American war, with his company, which became Company A, Second Regiment New York National Guard. They were not taken to Cuba, but were kept in camp at Tampa, Florida. He is a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church of Troy. His home for the past twelve years has been in Colonie, New York.

He married, June 28, 1894, Lillian E., born in Colonie, Albany county, New York, daughter of Isaac and Hannah V. (Sherman) Haswell. Isaac Haswell died in 1905, was a prominent business man and influential politician. He was a large landowner and acted as trustee or executor for many estates. He was active in the Republican party, held the office of state loan commissioner by appointment from the governor. Hannah V. (Sherman) Haswell was born in Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York, now living (1910) in the town of Colonie, Albany county. They were the parents of three children, of whom Dr. George (or Leo) H. Haswell is the eldest. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City. He is in practice in Watervliet, New York. Children of Professor Hugh Henry and Lillian E. (Haswell) Lansing: Florence Lillian; James Haswell, born February 12, 1898; Helen Victoria.

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