Hudson County & Bergen County Biographies





WILLIAM GALBRAITH, probably the earliest and most noted taxidermist in Hudson County, was born in County Down, Ireland, of Scotch-Irish ancestors, the name being conspicuous in Scotland before the exodus caused by the wars and politcal disturbances. When a young man he emigrated to America and settled in New York City, but soon went to Long Island, and in April, 1838, removed to West Hoboken, N. J., where he died in October, 1872, in his sixty-seventh year. He was a distinguished tasidermist, and in the constant practice of his profession achieved considerable fame and eminent success. Numerous examples of his work which are still in existence attest his remarkable skill and ability, and stamp him as one of the leading taxidermists of his time. Coming to West Hoboken when the country was new and practically an unbroken forest, he found plenty of birds and animals, many of which exist now only in the specimens which he preserved.

Mr. Galbraith purchased a house and two lots on the corner of Spring and Cortlandt Streets, of Cyrus W. Browning, the founder of the Town of West Hoboken, and during his active life took a prominent part in local affairs, serving as Town Committeeman, etc. He was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married, first, Jemima Payne, who bore him four children: Elizabeth Charity (Mrs. Whittemore), of Chicago, Charles S., of West Hoboken, and two who are deceased. His second wife, Eliza Billings, whom he married in New York, died in West Hoboken, leaving two children: William and John, both deceased. He married, third, in New York City, Miss Dorothy Nixon, by whom he had seven children, of whom one is living, namely: Richard E. of West Hoboken.

Charles Stewart Galbraith was born on Long Island, on the 21st of September, 1831, and adopted his father's profession, which he has followed for many years. He has traveled extensively in the interest of his work, and resides in West Hoboken.

Source: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor, Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900, page 158.

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