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From the History of Ulster County, 1880

Edmund Eltinge 1817 - 1897

Edmund Eltinge son of Peter and Cornelia (Wynkoop) Eltinge, was born in the town of New Paltz, Ulster Co., N.Y., June 21, 1817. His father, a native of the town of Woodstock, settled on a Edmund Eltingefarm in New Paltz soon after his marriage, where he resided until his death, in 1841, aged sixty-six. He was a man of correct habits, a strong advocate of temperance, and an active and devoted member of the Reformed Dutch Church. Both he and his wife died at New Paltz, the latter dying in 1835.

Edmund Eltinge received his preliminary education in the New Paltz academy, and entered Rutgers College at the age of sixteen, from which he was graduated in 1835. After completing his studies he read law for some time with Tabor and Dean, of Albany, but in the spring of 1836 returned home to assist in the management of his fatherís farm. He married, Sept. 29, 1839, Magdalene D.B., daughter of Andrew Deyo, of Huguenot stock, of New Paltz. Mrs. Eltinge was a woman of high moral worth and Christian excellence, and a devoted wife and mother. She died may 15, 1878.

Two of their children died in infancy. Those who survived were Peter, a volunteer in 1862 in the 156th Regiment New York Volunteers; served as second lieutenant under Col. Erastus Cook; was in the Red River campaign, Sheridanís campaign of the Shenandoah Valley; was captain of Company D, at Savannah, which company was detailed at Lexington, where he acted as provost-marshal; remained in service until the close of the war; in 1873 he married Magdalene, daughter of Moses P. LeFevre, of New Paltz, and died March 1877. Mary, now wife of George W. Bush, of New Paltz, was first married to George P. Lord, of the state of Delaware, during the war; he joined the Mississippi squadron, did heroic service as a high officer of the squadron, and was honored by Admiral Porter at the close of the war by being placed in charge of the dismantling of the fleet at Mound City; he died at Memphis in August 1866. Catherine, wife of D.W. Vanderburgh, of Fall River, Mass. Gertrude, wife of Lieut. J.G.D. Knight, of West Point. Magdalene, wife of Augustus Deyo, of New Paltz. Jane, wife of Charles Henry Deyo, of new Paltz. Frances. Sarah, wife of William F. Vanderburgh of Port Huron, Mich. Edmund, Louise, and Colden Ruggles.

Mr. Eltinge became the owner of the old homestead upon the death of his father, and has resided on it since. He has always been interested in, and a promoter of, all worthy local enterprises. He, with Augustus Ruggles, organized the Huguenot bank at New Paltz, in 1854, with which he was connected as president or cashier for twenty years. He gave the right of way across his farm, nearly one mile in length, took an active interest in the organization and final location of the Wallkill Valley Railroad, and made other sacrifices to secure the route for the east side of the Wallkill until after passing new Paltz. He was one of the organizers of the Ulster County Historical Society, organized at New Paltz, and made valuable contributions for its support, among which was a paper on the settlement of New Paltz and the discovery of the Huguenot Valley.

In early life he became active in the temperance cause, and has been a strong advocate of its principles through life, and influential in local and State societies.

Mr. Eltinge has been a member of and officially connected with the Reformed Dutch Church for many years, an active and firm supporter of the Ulster County Bible Society, with which he has been officially connected, and for many years he was closely identified with the interests of education and the common schools. He has ever taken an interest in local and State legislation, first as a member of the Whig party, and afterwards as an active and influential supporter of the Republican party.

On Feb. 1, 1876, he was appointed examiner in the appraiserís department of customs in New York City, which position he retains in 1880, discharging the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all with whom he is connected.

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

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