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From the History of Ulster County, 1880

Capt. Luther Elting 1815 - 1900

Capt. Luther Elting was born at New Paltz Landing, in the town of Lloyd, Ulster Co., N.Y., Aug. 2, 1815, and was the forth child of Capt. Abraham and Betsey Elting. Capt. Luther Elting At the early age of fifteen he became an able assistant to his father in the freighting business at New Paltz Landing. His adaptability to the demands of the work soon became evident, for he proved to be an able coadjutor. He had good judgment, and could dispatch with ease and with great accuracy the varied duties of his position. All who did business with the establishment were involuntarily drawn to him as one fully entitled to their confidence. No fault could be found with his transactions in marketing the products placed in his hands; the cash returns were always ready for the farmer when due. His mind was so absorbed with his duties that he found little time for cultivating society, so that he had advanced somewhat in life before his attention was given to the gentler sex. When, however, his mind was moved to the consideration of a more permanent settlement in life, he displayed his usual positive purpose. Upon becoming acquainted with Miss Watkins he very soon discovered in her the lady of his choice,-- one fully worthy. Their marriage occurred Jan. 26, 1853. (A more extended notice of Mrs. Elting will be found on another page of this volume.)

The business which gave employment to his talents had been made profitable by his assiduous care and attention. He became the owner of property in the city of New York and elsewhere, and relinquished his business after having been twenty-four years connected with the establishment. He purchased the former residence of Hon. N.P. Tallmadge of Poughkeepsie. Thither he and his companion moved and entered upon the duties to housekeeping. Their home was improved and beautified. All the endearments of a well-regulated household rested upon a firm foundation. Success in the employment of his capital added to his means. He devoted much time to traveling with his wife, both in the United States and abroad. They visited all the states lying between the Great Lakes and the Gulf, --the Middle States, New England, and the Canadas. Later, the States and Territories lying west of the Mississippi, and the Pacific States, with all their wonderful natural curiosities, were included in a trip, which enabled them to fully carry out their intention of gaining a thorough knowledge of a wonderful resources and territorial extent of their own country before going abroad. Their example in this respect is certainly worthy of imitation by whose time and means will allow it. After these extended trips at home they turned their attention, in 1872-73, to the Old World, visiting every country in Europe except Spain and Portugal, also Asia Minor and Egypt. The customs of the people, the natural objects of beauty, and the works of art as they are to be seen in London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Athens, Constantinople, Smyrna, Cairo, and other cities were in turn the subjects of their observation and study, their amusement and profit.

They have had three children, -- Theodore, Irving, and Eugene. Theodore and Eugene died in infancy. Their second son, Irving, was born at Poughkeepsie, May 1, 1856. They gave excellent educational; advantages to their son, who proved himself an exemplary student; was prepared for college at Riverview Military Academy at Poughkeepsie; graduated with honors at Harvard in the class of 1878, and is now studying law at the Harvard Law School.

Note: Some of the genealogical information appears to be incorrect.

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