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Andrew G. Liddle

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[This information is from pp. 103-104 of Biographical Review Volume XXXIII: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Greene, Schoharie and Schenectady Counties, New York (Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899). It is in the collection of the Grems-Doolittle Library of the Schenectady County Historical Society at 920 BIO.]

Andrew G. Liddle, a stirring farmer of Princetown, was born in this town, February 23, 1859. Son of Alexander and Barbara (Gregg) Liddle, he comes of highly reputable Scotch ancestry, being of the fourth generation in descent from Alexander Liddle, a native of Scotland, who emigrated with his parents when a young man, and was an early settler in Duanesburg. This is the line: Alexander, Robert, Alexander, second, Andrew G.

Alexander Liddle, first, became a large land owner. The farm now owned by his grandson, Alexander, second, was a part of his estate, and he resided here until his death; which occurred in his ninety-third year. He was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian church, and a strong Abolitionist. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Gifford.

Robert Liddle, the grandfather, was born in Duanesburg, January 12, 1803. He was a prosperous farmer during his active years, and he died in Duanesburg at the age of eighty-eight. Politically, he was originally a Whig, and later a Republican. In his younger days he took an active part in military affairs, and was Captain of a local rifle company. He was an Elder of the Presbyterian church. Robert Liddle was three times married; and his first wife, Sarah Smith, a native of Princetown, became the mother of eight children, namely: Alexander; Abigail, born October 6, 1828; Mary, born August 31, 1830; Ann E., born March 3, 1834; Charles, born March 7, 1836; Thomas G., born July 18, 1838; Abram S., born June 9, 1840; and Robert W., born April 30, 1842. By his union with Sarah Robinson, his second wife, there were five children: Angus M., born January 29, 1846; Duncan N., born March 26, 1848; Jenette, born August 12, 1850; and Sarah C. and John E., twins, who are no longer living.

Alexander Liddle, second, the father, was born April 17, 1827, upon a farm adjoining the one which he now occupies. He was reared to farm life, and at the age of twenty-nine years he bought a farm in Princetown of one hundred and twenty-nine acres, upon which he resided for sixteen years, and which he still owns. He has occupied his present farm of one hundred acres in Duanesburg since 1885, and this property is provided with good buildings and is otherwise well improved. His energy and industry continue unabated, and he is highly esteemed by his fellow-townsmen. He supports the Republican party at national elections, but has never cared to hold office. Like his ancestors he is a Reformed Presbyterian in religion, and acts as an Elder of that church. Mrs. Barbara Gregg Liddle, his first wife, who was a native of Rotterdam, N. Y., died April 14, 1874, leaving two sons — Robert A. and Andrew G. Robert A. Liddle, born December 4, 1856, married Rebecca Wemple, resides in Duanesburg, and has three children — James, Barbara, and Anna. On February 9, 1876, Alexander Liddle married for his second wife Margaret Cowell, who was born in England, January 30, 1839. By this union he has one daughter, Jeannette S., who was born March 17, 1878.

Andrew G. Liddle, the special subject of this sketch, was educated in the district schools of Princetown. He has always resided upon the farm he now cultivates, which was purchased by his father in 1856, and since reaching manhood he has successfully managed the property. He raises oats, rye, corn, and hay, keeps about ten head of stock, and ranks among the leading farmers of this section of Schenectady County.

Mr. Liddle married Lillie B. DeForest, of Albany, and has three children, namely Alexander, born July 7, 1883; Edith, born January 26, 1886; and Laura M., born May 6, 1890.

In politics Mr. Liddle is a Republican, and has served with ability as Supervisor for three years. He belongs to Farmers' Grange, No. 709, Patrons of Husbandry, and has served as Master for three years. He is a member of the South Reformed Presbyterian church.

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