From the History of Ulster County, 1880
Jacob Elting 1803 - 1889
gentleman is the lineal descendant of Jan Elting, who was the father of Roelof,
who was the father of Roelof J., who was the father of Josiah, who was the
father of Roelof J., who was the father of Ezekiel, who was the father of Jacob.
Roelof J., his grandfather, was born January, 1737. Married Mary Lowe, March 15,
1760. The latter was born Aug. 17, 1738. Their children were Rebecca, Josiah,
Ezekiel, Solomon, Magdalene, Sarah, Catherine, Jane, Roelof, and Maria. Ezekiel,
his father, was born in New Paltz, in the old stone house opposite the present
residence of Jesse Elting, son of Jacob, Oct. 9, 1763. He married Magdalene
Elting, daughter of Abraham and Dinah (DuBois) Elting, March 22, 1787. His wife
was a lineal descendant of Louis DuBois, the Walloon. Their children were Dinah,
Solomon, Maria, Sarah, Catherine, Jacob, Jane and Alexander. All were married
except Sarah. All are deceased except Jacob.
Ezekiel Elting was for many years a merchant in New Paltz
village; he was also engaged in the manufacture of potash, and carried on a
farm. He was a man of correct business habits, of strict integrity, always ready
to lend a helping hand to worthy young men, but most intolerant of wrong-doing
in any one. A man of excellent judgment, his advice was often sought by his
neighbors. He was a Federalist in politics. He died Dec. 18, 1842. His wife died
Jan. 8, 1834.
Jacob Elting was born in the town of New Paltz, in the house
now occupied by Jesse M. Elting, March 27, 1803. His boyhood was spent upon his
fatherís farm and in his store. With the exception of one term at the Esopus
select school, his education was limited to an attendance at the district school
of New Paltz. He has been twice married. His first wife was Gitty LeFever,
daughter of Simon and Elizabeth (Deyo) LeFever, to whom he was married Jan. 13,
1827. Mrs. Elting was born June 10, 1805. Their children were Magdalene, born
Feb. 19, 1829; died Sept. 8, 1841. Philip D., born March 2, 1830; married Sarah
LeFever; is a farmer in New Paltz. Elizabeth, born March 20, 1833; living at
home. Ezekiel, born April 5, 1836; twice married; first wife was Catherine B.
Hulbert, his second was Laura B. Gale. Jesse, born Sept. 23, 1838; married Maria
Elting; he is a farmer living in New Paltz village. Mrs. Elting died Feb. 19,
Mr. Elting married for his second wife Elizabeth LeFever, July
30, 1842. Mrs. Elting was born March 12, 1805. She was the daughter of Peter and
Magdalene (Elting) LeFever. By this union there were three children: Gertrude
M., born Oct. 2, 1843; wife of Charles M. Harcourt, a farmer and fruit-grower in
Lloyd. Peter, born Dec. 5, 1845; married Carrie Davis. Ezekiel and Peter are
merchants in Yonkers, N.Y. Jacob, born Dec. 2, 1848, works the home-farm.
In 1839, Mr. Elting purchased of Elida Watkins the farm in
Lloyd formerly owned by his uncle Solomon, and here he has spent the latter half
of his life. The house in which he lives, a substantial brick structure, was
built in 1800. It was remodeled by Mr. Elting in 1849. For a number of years,
Mr. Elting has given over the conduct of the farm to his son Jacob. In politics
he has been identified with the Republican party. He has been for many years a
member of the Reformed Dutch Church at New Paltz.
Upright and honorable in all his dealings, liberal towards all
benevolent enterprises, genial and affable in his social life, Mr. Elting enjoys
in the largest measure the esteem and confidence of the entire community in
which he has spent his days.
Note: Some of the genealogical information appears to be incorrect.
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