Jacob I. Knickerbocker

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

Jacob I. Knickerbocker was born at Copake, Columbia Co., N. Y., Oct. 4, 1817. He is the second son in a family of four sons and five daughters. His parents were of Dutch descent but of American birth. Mr. Knickerbocker had limited opportunities for an education from books, spending his minority at home on the farm. At the age of twenty-one, he married Maria, daughter of Philip and Christina (Carl) Niver, and the next year (1830), with a limited capital, he began farming for himself.

By industry, economy, and good judgment in all his business relations, he has become the possessor of a farm of two hundred and thirty-five acres, upon which he now resides. Mr. Knickerbocker's life has been wholly devoted to agricultural pursuits. Characteristic of him are his resolution to carry forward to a successful completion whatever he undertakes, his uniform temperament, and his plain, unassuming ways. He has been an unswerving member of the Democratic party since his first vote, and is a member of the Reformed Church.

His children are Philip, Mrs. A. Miller, Mrs. S. Niver, and Homer. The first three of these children were by his first wife, who died in 1865. He married his present wife in 1867.

Residence of J. I. Knickerbocker, Schodack, N. Y.

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