with the history of the Van Burens, Hogebooms, Vanderpoels, and hosts of
other statesmen, judges, and professional celebrities of Columbia county,
it is fitting that some of the real representatives of the people should
be noticed,--that the men upon whose shoulders the burdens and
responsibilities of this great republic chiefly rest should be assigned
their proper place in these annals. And of these we may mention David
Crego, of Claverack. He was the son of David Crego, who was born in
Columbia county, and was married to Miss Susannah Poultney. They reared a
family of nine children, named as follows: Polly, William, Fanny, Betsey,
Thankful, Zubah, Clarissa, Emeline, and David.
David Crego, Sr., lived to the advanced age of ninety-five years. Mrs.
Susannah Crego died in 1848, at the age of seventy-one. After her death,
Mr. Crego, Sr., was married to Mrs. Landrus; there were no children by
this marriage. She also died several years before his decease.
David Crego, Jr., was born in the town of Lebanon, on the 19th day of
January, 1813; soon after his birth the family removed to Hillsdale, where
they remained seventeen years; they then sold out, and removed to Chatham
Four Corners. David attended the common schools, and assisted [p. 253] in
the labors of the farm until several years after he became of age. At the
age of twenty-two, in 1834, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah
Briggs, of Dutchess county. In 1834 he sold out in Chatham, and purchased
a farm of two hundred and twenty-five acres in the town of
Claverack,--beautifully situated about one mile south of Claverack
village, which has ever since been his home.
Mrs. Crego died in 1851, at the age of thirty-six years, and two years
later Mr. Crego filled the vacancy in his household by choosing another
companion,--Miss Anna H. Sackett, of Dutchess county.
By his first wife he has two sons, Walton O. and George W., who are both
married; and by his second wife he has two children, Charles S. and Sarah
B., both at home with the parents.
Mr. Crego is a good farmer, and his farm is widely known as one of the
most fertile and productive in the Claverack valley. He pays much
attention to the breeding of fine cows, principally of the Alderney blood.
Mr. Crego is a man of solid character, temperate in his habits, affable
and courteous in his demeanor, honorable in his dealings, land enjoys and
deserves the confidence and esteem of all. We call the particular
attention of the reader to the fine view of his farm-house in another part
of this work.