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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1617-1619 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 history of this branch of the Lasher family begins in West Camp, Columbia county, New York, in 1710, with Sebastian Lasher, of whom little is known. There are many theories concerning his nativity, but nothing is proven. The first positive record is of the birth of his daughter Maria Elizabeth, and her baptism in the church at West Camp in 1710. The only other record is that he was among those willing to remain at West Camp in 1724, if lands were surveyed to him. He married Elizabeth ————; children:

  1. Sebastian, of whom further;
  2. George, born 1703;
  3. Conrad, 1708;
  4. Maria Elizabeth, baptized June 1, 1710.

(II) Sebastian (2), son of Sebastian (1) and Elizabeth Lasher, lived at Livingston Manor (then Albany county, New York). His will, dated June 11, 1775, proved February 1, 1776, names wife Elizabeth and nine children. He married Elizabeth Livingston. Children:

  1. Sebastian (3), married Gertrude Shultis;
  2. Samuel, married Jannecke ————, he was a soldier of the revolution in the Eleventh Regiment, Albany county Militia;
  3. Elizabeth, married Samuel Coon;
  4. Helena, married Jury Rossman;
  5. Hannah, married Peter Bain;
  6. Veltern, baptized May 6, 1738;
  7. Frederick, May 6, 1738;
  8. Markus (Marcus), of whom further;
  9. Herman, baptized June 4, 1742.

(III) Marcus, son of Sebastian (2) and Elizabeth (Livingston) Lasher, was baptized June 4, 1742. He married Elizabeth ————. Children, all baptized at the Lutheran church at Manorton, Columbia county, New York:

  1. Hermanus, baptized December 10, 1771, married Mary Kilmer, October 19, 1796;
  2. George, baptized August 14, 1773, was one of the early settlers of Duanesburg, Schenectady county, New York, married Helen McMillan, born in Scotland;
  3. Catherine, baptized May 7, 1776;
  4. Hannah, baptized August 24, 1780;
  5. Marcus (2), of whom further;
  6. John; Sebastian, moved with family to Canada, married (first) Elizabeth Doll, (second) Anna Erknowbruch;
  7. Joseph, lived in the town of Bethlehem, Albany county, New York, married Eve Snyder.

(IV) Marcus (2), son of Marcus (1) and Elizabeth Lasher, was born in Germantown, Columbia county, New York, died in Albany county, New York, aged over seventy years. His will dated October 6, 1833, was proved November 6, 1835. He married in Columbia county Elizabeth Kilmer (also spelled in the records Cilmore and Gilmore). He settled after marriage on a farm in the town of Bethlehem, Albany county, which he owned, cultivated and passed down to his children. His children were:

  1. Catherine, born June 10, 1793; married Shubal Palmer.
  2. Marcus, married (first) Margaret Race; (second) Cornelia Springstead; no issue.
  3. Peter, born December 29, 1796, died in Bethlehem, New York, at the age of seventy years, unmarried.
  4. Joseph, born December 30, 1798, died in Coeymans, New York, at age of seventy-five years; married Maria Joralarmon and left issue.
  5. Magdalena, born April 1, 1801; married (first) Edwin Burham, July 1, 1824; married (second) John Corning.
  6. John, of whom further.
  7. Maria, born October 29, 1807; married George Hill, July 21, 1829; lived in Saugerties, New York, no issue.
  8. Eve, born June 5, 1811; married William Wood; children: Charles, Abner, Captain Stiles M., Eliza, Margaret, Matilda, Jane and Caroline.
  9. Elizabeth, married John B. Statts; they lived in Albany, where he died before 1833.
  10. Hannah, married Africa Clapper; children: George, Peter, William H., John D., who was killed in the civil war, Rebecca and Elizabeth A.
  11. Elnora, who died unmarried.

(V) John, son of Marcus (2) and Elizabeth (Kilmer) Lasher, was born in Bethlehem, Albany county, New York, July 27, 1803, died in the town of Coeymans, same county, at the home of his son, May, 1876. He followed the occupation of a farmer until his latter years, when he retired to Coeymans with his son. He was a Democrat. He married Eleanor Waggoner, of Bethlehem, born, 1814, died October 4, 1887, in Albany, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Vroman) Waggoner, early residents of Coeymans, where they died, leaving Christopher, Cornelius, John, James, William, Eleanor, Magdelene, Maria, Ann, Jane, twin of Ann. She was a member of the Dutch Reformed church. Children:

  1. Henry, born 1833, died in Albany, 1888; member of the police force; married Sarah Wemple; children: Harvey, Etta, Ella and Emma.
  2. Elizabeth, born 1835; married Simeon Garrett, of Coeymans, New York; both deceased; children:
    1. Lyman, railroad engineer of Ravena;
    2. Horace, railroad man of New York;
    3. Ardell, died young.
  3. Maria, died young.
  4. Louisa Jane, born 1837, married Ezra Swartout, of South Westerlo; left child,
    1. Cora, married Archie W. Smith, of Mechanicsville, and has issue.
  5. James, of whom further.

(VI) James, son of John and Eleanor (Waggoner) Lasher, was born in Bethlehem, November 16, 1842. He was educated in a private school, grew up on the Bethlehem farm, and after marriage settled in Coeymans, where he built up a profitable trade in meats and groceries. After twelve years in Coeymans he sold his interests and removed to Albany, where he resumed the grocery business on Madison avenue, later removing to Pearl street in the same line. After several years he located on Jefferson street, where he continued until his retirement in 1905. His business career has been an active and successful one. In politics he has always been an active Democrat. While in Coeymans he was president of the village corporation, clerk of the town, and a leader of his party. He was a member of the Dutch Reformed church of Coeymans and for many years a deacon. He married, in Bethlehem, February 17, 1869, Mary C. Clapper, born there December 5, 1850. Children:

  1. Alva J., of whom further.
  2. Harry C., born June 30, 1872, died November, 1898, in Albany, buried in Bethlehem; married Catherine T. De Freest, of Ravena, who survives him without issue.
  3. Ella May, born June 8, 1875, died September 9, 1876. Mary C. (Clapper) Lasher is a lineal descendant of Peter and Margaret (Hess) Clapper. William, son of Peter Clapper, was born in Bethlehem, where he died in old age. He married Magdalena Kilmer. Children: David, John, Peter, Mary, Hannah, Catherine, Eve, Sarah, Margaret and Elizabeth. Peter, son of William Clapper, died of sunstroke in Bethlehem, aged fifty-six years. He was a farmer. He married Sarah Ann, daughter of Elias and Susannah (Van O'Linda) Osterhout, granddaughter of Henry, son of William Osterhout, a pioneer of the Hudson Valley. Children of Elias and Susannah Osterhout: Henry, Jacob, John, Catherine, Van O'Linda, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Jane, Catherine (2), Susannah M., Sarah Ann, twin of Susannah M. Children of Peter and Sarah Ann (Osterhout) Clapper:
    1. William, his only surviving child, Catherine, is of West Troy;
    2. Charles Henry, farmer and hotel proprietor of New Scotland, where he died without issue;
    3. Helen M., married Adam Westfall, of Altamont, farmer; children: Daniel William, Amos, Charles, Adam and Mary;
    4. Mary C., married James Lasher.

(VII) Alva J., son of James and Mary C. (Clapper) Lasher, was born in Bethlehem, September 19, 1870. Educated in the public and private schools. He was for ten years representative of Whiting Manufacturing Company, silversmiths, New York, and for the past twelve years with the International Silver Company, representing them as traveling salesman, covering a large territory. He retains his home at Glenmont, where he purchased "Rockhill Manor," the former home of Judge Nott. He is a Republican in politics. He married, July 2, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Augusta, born May 12, 1872, in New Baltimore, Greene county, New York, daughter of John A. and Susan M. (Hotaling) Davis. John A. Davis was born in Greene county, New York, 1832, died July 24, 1898, a ship and dry dock builder, of Albany and New York City, a son of William Livingston Davis, who was in the same business, died in Albany, 1880, aged seventy-nine. He married Sarah Hotaling and left children: William I., John A. and Catalena Davis. John A. Davis was a deacon of the Reformed church at one time. Susan M. (Hotaling) Davis is a descendant of the old Greene county family of Hotaling, among the early families of that county. Children of John A. and Susan M. Davis:

  1. James H., of Peekskill; married three times;
  2. Catalena, married Cornelius Waggoner, a farmer of Bethlehem; no issue;
  3. Elmina, married Williard E. McHarg, of Albany, a reporter on the Argus, has daughter
    1. May Louise, graduate of Albany high school, now student at Albany Normal College;
  4. Augusta, married Alva J. Lasher;
  5. Edgar S., of Peekskill, with the New York Central Railroad Company, married Florence Shire, and has
    1. Susan D., born 1906, and
    2. Gladys, born and died 1910;
  6. Anna Guest, married Malcolm Wood, of Peekskill, New York; children: Edgar, Davis, John, Malcolm (2), Alice May.

Alva J. and Augusta Lasher are members of the Dutch Reformed church. They have no children.

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