Alhoff, Christina

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Christina Alhoff was born on May 9, 1845 in Germany.[1][2] Her maiden name has been also spelled; Alhloff, Alhlof. It appears that she was the daughter of or related to John Ahlof and his wife Catharine who lived in Coeymans Hollow and were recorded in the 1860 US Census there.[3]

Marriage & Children

In about 1867, she married Charles F. Cary (B. 1844, D. 1892), who was the son of Samuel Cary and Elizabeth Joslin.[1][2][4][5]

They had the following children:


She attended the Christian Church in Reidsville for most of her life.[2] After moving to Voorheesville, she attended Voorheesville Presbyterian Church.[2]


Christina was born in Germany in 1845.[1][2] She immigrated to the US in 1850 with her family and they almost immediately settled in Reidsville, Albany County, NY.[2] In about 1867 she married Charles F. Cary, a Civil War Soldier who suffered facial and leg wounds.[2] They quickly began a family, which would ultimately number two girls and one boy.[2] Charles supported the family by working primarily as a stone cutter, however he also apparently recieved a invalid pension as a result of his wounds during the war.[4][5][7] Her husband died in 1892 in his early 50s.[2][1] After his death, she filed for his Civil War pension on December 18, 1893.[7] Christina continued to live in Reidsville with her son Manly, who married Florence Eldridge in 1895.[2][6] After the marriage, Christina lived with the young couple and their three children.[2][8] In April of 1916, Christina moved from Reidsville the only town she had really known to Voorheesville.[2] She remained in relatively good health until her death.[2]


Christina died 24 years after her husband on September 11, 1916 in Voorheesville, Albany County, NY.[2] She was buried in Reidsville.[2]


Altamont Enterprise Friday Sept 22, 1916 page 1 "Mrs. Charles F. Cary, a resident of Reidsville for 65 years, died at her son's home in Voorheesville last Monday, Sept. 11, of apoplexy. As Christina Alhoff, she was born in Germany 71 years ago, coming to this country when five years of age. When twenty she married Mr. Cary, a Civil war Soldier, just returned from the front. He belonged to Co. K 7th New York heavy artillery which saw much service. He was wounded in the face, which caused his death 27 years thereafter, some 24 years ago. Honor to the widows of the old soldiers and unstiated praise for the boys in blue, of which sumber Albany county sent her full quota. Since her husband's death in 1892, she has resided with her only son, Manly. With him she moved to Voorheesville last April. Besides him, she leaves two daughters Mrs. David P. Warner of Slingerlands and Mrs. Emery Whitbeck of Hartford, Conn. For more than 45 years she had been a member and one of the most efficient workers of the Christian Church of Reidsville. Death came unexpectedly, but did not find her unprepared. Her funeral services were held on Thursday morning, Rev. S. M. Adsit of Voorheesville Presbyterian church officiating, assisted by Miss Etta Houck and Mrs. Peter V. Van Wormer in singing two selections dear to the deceased. Burial was in the family plot at Reidsville, Frank Brunk being funeral director. A house not made with hands rises in superb splendor before the eye of the Christian's faith."[2]

Additional Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 Obituary of Mrs. Charles F. Cary, Altamont Enterprise Friday September 22, 1916 page 1
  3. 1860 US Census, Coeymans, Albany Co, NY
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 1870 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 1880 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  6. 6.0 6.1 1900 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  7. 7.0 7.1 Civil War Pension Index,
  8. 1910 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY