Casper HALLENBECK, I
d.6 APR 1865
Facts and Events
Having been nicely dowered by thrifty parents hands with an inheritance, he began life well equipped for achievement. Making the large farm on King's road his pivotal point for gathering a fortune, by diligence and economy he accumulated quite a property. Through sensitivity shy of mixing in politics, he was crowned by his fellow-citizens with positions of honor and trust. In widely scattered maps and charts his surveying skill is still splendidly attested. Sweet in disposition, proverbial for his readiness to assist the needy, unexcelled as a man of affairs, alive to the interests of Zion and ambitious for God, foremost in the Lutheran church as a pillar of counsel and support, living a life of strict, flawless integrity, he passed into the skies on April 6, 1865 at the age of 82. To him belongs the credit of having been the main mover in the rebuilding of the present edifice of the Athens Lutheran church. Casper I.'s first wife was Rebecca, daughter of John Van Schaack of Coxsackie. The fruit of this marriage were Mary, John I., Isaac C., and Aaron. His second wife was, Anna, daughter of Abram Hallenbeck, Coxsackie, gave birth to Rebecca and Marcus E. and his third wife, Gertrude daughter of Abram Hallenbeck, Coxsackie, died without issue. Here, in somewhat statistical form, follow branchings of the family tree:
Mary, the oldest child and daughter, married Henry Hallenbeck of Athens; her four children respectively being Jehoiakim, John, Rebecca, Christina.
Isaac C., born June 20, 1812, married Catherine Jansen; Coxsackie, Three children, viz.: Jemima, Edgar, Millard T..
Aaron married Catherine Spoor, and lives in Troy. Two children-Casper and Anna.
Marcus E. married Mary C. Hizeerd. Five children-Edwin C., Anna P., William, Agnes, Rebecca. Marcus E. lives on a well-tilled farm of 172 acres, adjoining W. P. Hallenbeck, and counts a host of warmly attracted friends.
John I. married Anna Maria, daughter of Ebert Clough Oct 30, 1883. Eight children- Rebecca Eliza, Calvin, Casper I., Gertrude Maria, Warren, Arabella, Watson and Mary. Arabella died May 1, 1864, Casper I. married Mary E. Stevens; one child, George Hudson. Gertrude Maria married Chas. C. Stevens, Warren married Jane L. Spoor; five children, J. Frank, Barnett, Grace, Clarence, Laverne.
Of the sons of Casper I., none have carved out for themselves a career more signal and significant than John I., born June 10, 1810. Frail, feeble, wasted and pain-worn in boyhood from a disease that baffled the knowledge and skill of medical science, suffering thus until manhood an almost insupportable illness, he started life on the Clough farm, and there he has uninterruptedly lived for the last fifty years and amassed his wealth. He owns between five and six hundred acres of valuable land; but beyond even this area of productive soil, his enterprising nature out into a number of other capital investments. Modest to a fault, rich in quaint, pithy, striking sayings, a lover of the great in literature and men, alive to the events of the hour as a young, unwearible brain, just and even-handed in all his concerns, quick and generous in helping others, held in high esteem by everybody, holding several times the office of supervisor and other positions of grave public trust, he has earned for himself a name and character of which his posterity may well feel proud. On Dec 21st., 1878, his much lamented wife, Anna Maria, passed into the spirit-world.