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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 1226 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 Amsterdam family of Schube are descendants of an old family native to the kingdom of Westphalia, now an integral part of the great German Empire. John Schube, founder of the family in the United States, was born near Stulp, Westphalia, where he lived until past the meridian of life, when he came to the United States, settling in the town of Amsterdam, Montgomery county. He married Catherine Zoch, of Rummer, Westphalia, who came to this country with him. They settled on a farm in Montgomery county where they lived the quiet life of a farming community. They were active members of the Lutheran church and lived a life of quiet usefulness in their new home, dying at age of seventy-eight, now resting in Green Hill cemetery, Amsterdam. Their children, all born in Westphalia, are:

  1. William,
  2. John and
  3. Hannah, all deceased before the family emigration to the United States.
  4. Henry G., of later mention.
  5. August, born in 1847; came to the United States in 1880; died in Amsterdam, aged eighty years, and is buried in Green Hill cemetery.
  6. Frank, born in 1849; came to the United States in 1880; settled in Amsterdam where he was instantly killed by a train on the New York Central railroad while passing from one track to another; his life was full of promise and his tragic death a sad blow to his aged parents.

(II) Henry G., son of John Schube, born in 1845, resided in Westphalia until after his marriage. Soon after that event the young couple, ambitious and enthusiastic, embarked from the port of Bremen on the steamship "Vazel," landing fifteen days later in New York City. Their destination was Amsterdam, New York, where for several years he was a broom maker. He became an expert workman, and after a term of years went to Sandusky, Ohio, where he engaged in the same business. Later in life he returned to Amsterdam, where with his wife he resides on the farm owned by his son in the town of Amsterdam. He is an active member of the Lutheran church, as is his wife and their children. He married in his native town, Minnie Dezur, born near the home of her husband, daughter of well-to-do German parents. They have three children, all members of the same household, and all born in Amsterdam.

  1. Delia, born December 13, 1873; educated in the public schools; unmarried.
  2. William E., see forward.
  3. Ida, born July 8, 1877; received a public school education; unmarried.

(III) William E., only son of Henry G. and Minnie (Dezur) Schube, was born in Amsterdam, October 22, 1875. He was educated in the public schools and as soon as his school days were over began work among the farmers of Amsterdam. He had the valuable attributes of industry and thrift, and now (1910) at the age of twenty-five is the owner of the old Joseph Clark farm in Amsterdam, purchased with his own savings. The property consists of one hundred and sixteen acres with substantial buildings. He is a truck and dairy farmer and reaps a rich reward from his industry. He is esteemed in the community, and represents his town on the board of supervisors. He is a member of Knights of Pythias, Woodbine Lodge, also Improved Order of Red Men, and Royal Arcanum. He is unmarried.

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