14 January 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Elizabeth Sickman; Week 2

This week's bio is on Elizabeth Sickman, my ggggg grandmother.  This post will not be a long because as with most females in this era; she was a housewife and mother.  Little than that nothing else in known.  She was chosen for this week's entry because for many many years she was the furthest back ancestor that I had found.

Elizabeth was born 1 January 1769.  The location of her birth is unknown.  Was she born in New York, England, Germany, or elsewhere in Europe? More research may determine this.  At the same time, her maiden name is unknown at this point.  What is known is that she was living in Niskayuna in 1806 when she married Frederick Waltz on 13 July 1806 at the First Lutheran Church in Albany.

Also found in the marriage records from Albany's First Lutheran Church is that Elizabeth was married a second time.  On 12 March 1809, she married Henry Sickman.  Elizabeth and Henry had the following children:

  • Margaret Ann (1812-1892) married Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock on 13 April 1833
  • Mathias Henry (1815-1872) married Ellen _____?
I believe these children to be born in Gibbonsville or West Troy, New York.  Elizabeth was a long time resident of Gibbonsville.  Below is a scan of the 1850 Census from West Troy showing Elizabeth living with her daughter, Margaret, and her son-in-law, Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock.

1850 New York State Census

At some point Elizabeth moved to Albany with her daughter Margaret and family.  They resided in the South End at 198 Green Street.

Elizabeth died in Albany on 11 September 1861.  Her obituary was listed in the 18 September 1861 copy of the West Troy Advocate stating:

In Albany on the 11th inst. Mrs.
Elizabeth SICKMAN, formerly of this Village in the 93d
year of her age.

She was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery in her son-in-law's plot.  

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