Biography of Michael J. Hollenbeck


History of Columbia County, New York

By Captain Franklin Ellis

Published by Everts & Ensign

Philadelphia, PA



Page 367


         Mr. Hollenbeck was born in Greenport, Columbia Co., N.Y., Oct. 2, 1809. He was a son of James and Catherine Hollenbeck, and married Elizabeth, daughter of Francis and Perces (Wright) Salisbury, of Athens, Greene Co., Feb. 22, 1834. She was born Feb. 2, 1810.

      Mr. Hollenbeck was brought up on his fatherís farm, and after arriving at manhood followed boating on the Hudson river for a period of about thirteen years. After his marriage he purchased the present family homestead, near the city of Hudson, in the town of Greenport, where he was an industrious and frugal farmer, and where he and his wife, by hard work and economy, surrounded themselves and children with the comforts of a home, and acquired a moderate competence, Mr. Hollenbeck spending the balance of his life on this farm. He was a man of energy and perseverance.

     A Democrat in politics, Mr. Hollenbeck held several minor town offices, and served as justice of the peace several years. He was a plain, unassuming man, honest and upright in his dealings, and of many noble traits of character.

     They have brought up one adopted child, Perces E. Crippen, born Greene county, Dec. 11, 1836, and married Oct. 24, 1860, to Mr. Ezra Hollenbeck, of Greenport.

    Since the death of her husband, April 14, 1874, Mrs. Hollenbeck has exercised the general supervision over the management of her estate, and attended personally to her financial and other business. She is a woman highly esteemed for her many excellent qualities.