Haverly, William J.

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William J. Haverly

Birth

William was born July 5, 1849, the son of John J. Haverly and Sophia Esther Shultes , daughter of Adam and granddaughter of Mathias Shultes.

Education

When a boy William Haverly attended the common schools and two terms at Knox Academy, taught school when seventeen years old, and later attended the Albany Normal School, from which he was graduated in June, 1869.

Occupation

William was a farmer all his life and he also raised trotting horses. He was the School Superintendent when the Berne school system centralized. His name appears on a plaque in the present elementary school.
William has spent most of his life on the farm, engaged for many years with his father in the breeding of trotting and road horses, registered stock. They are the owners of the well known stallion "Victor Mohawk" whose progeny has produced such satisfactory roadsters. He attended the common schools and two terms at Knox Academy, taught school when seventeen years old, and later attended the Albany Normal School, from which he was graduated in June 1869. He was then engaged in the grocery business in Albany for two years, afterwards returning to his father's farm, in which he took an interest, and since 1890 has dealt in fertilizers. Since 1887 he has followed teaching winter and summer, having taught in all twenty-nine terms. Mr. Haverly has for years been prominently identified with the Republican party, has filled the office of collector gor the town of Knox, and was elected in 1878 to represent his town in the Board of Supervisors, and again in 1882, 1891, and 1892 and is present supervisor of Knox. [1]

Marriage & Children

William married Carrie Naughright in 1882, daughter of Theodore Nauright, a native of Naurightville, N. J. They had the following children:

  • Edwin Haverly (b-March 3, 1883 d-April 15, 1946)
  • May Haverly (b-October 12, 1855 d-August 4, 1956)
  • Elmina, Haverly (b-March, 27, 1887 d-October 1967)
  • Theodora Haverly (b-February 2, 1899 d-April 29, 1962)
  • Nellie Haverly (b-December 2, 1891 d-August 25, 1983)
  • Anna Haverly (b-February 19, 1894 d-October 30, 1981)
  • John Haverly (b-October 29, 1895 d-May 11, 1982)
  • Hazel Haverly (b-April 21, 1898 d-July 20, 1942)
  • Lewis Haverly (b-February 1, 1900 d-September 19, 1991)

Death

William J. Haverly died on April 29, 1930, and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne.

Obituary

TO CONDUCT RITES FOR W.J. HAVERLY

Second School District Superintendent to be Buried in West Berne.

William J. Haverly, eighty, superintendent of schools in the second district of Albany county, who died at his home after a short illness Monday afternoon, will be buried from the residence in West Berne tomorrow afternoon.

Active politically and educationally for many years, Mr. Haverly was widely known in Albany county. He held for several years the office of supervisor of the town of Knox and later school commissioner there. He was supervisor of the second school district of Albany county, which included the towns of Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville and Westerlo.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Edward Haverly of East Berne, Lewis Haverly of West Berne and John Haverly of Pittsfield, Mass., and six daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Sisson, West Berne; Miss Anne Haverly, Albany; Miss Hazel Haverly, West Berne; Mrs. Fred Dietz, Berne; Mrs. Frank Van Schaick, Pittsfield, and Mrs. Edward Manchester of Gallupville.

Mr. Haverly was born July 5 1849, and began teaching in the fall of 1866, confining his career as such to the common schools. He was appointed school commissioner of West Berne in 1903 and district superintendent January 1, 1912, when the office was created, continuing in that position until his death. When Mr. Haverly began teaching, the salary was $16 a month and board. Edward E Richmond of Ravena, superintendent of District 1, Albany County, had been acting in place of Mr. Haverly during the latter’s illness.

Additional Media

Haverly, William J., was born in the town of Knox, July 5, 1849.

The progenitor of this line of the family in America was John Haverly, who came from Wurtemburg, Germany, in or about 1750, and settled in that part of Berne which is now Knox, and was a farmer. He had four sons, Karl, Jacob, John, jr., and George.

The son Jacob was the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch.

John I., the grandfather, was born in Knox in 1783, where he followed carpentry. His wife was Marilla (born 1797), daughter of Henry Deitz, and their children were Cynthia A.. Elizabeth, Jacob, Eli and John D. He died December 2, 1866. and his wife August 30, 1891.

John D. Haverly, the father, was born in Knox, January 7, 1827, and attended the common district school. When a boy he worked on a farm by the day or month; subsequently he worked at carpentry with his father, and also learned the shoemaker's trade, which he plied winters. When about thirty years old he engaged in buying and butchering cattle and selling meat; this he followed seven years, when he bought and conducted a hotel in the village of Berne, which, two years later he traded for a farm, upon which the house had been destroyed by fire; he rebuilt the house, built new barns, wagon house and other outbuildings. In 1867 he disposed of the farm and purchased his present farm of 170 acres in the town of Knox, where he has ever since resided. His wife was Sophia E., daughter of Adam and granddaughter of Mathias Shultes. The latter was the progenitor of the Shultes family in America and a native of Holland. Their children were Willard J., Isadore (who died when five years old), Rena and Nina.

William J. Haverly has spent most of his life on the farm, engaged for many years with his father in the breeding of trotting and road horses, registered stock. They are the owners of the well known stallion, "Victor Mohawk," whose progeny has produced such satisfactory roadsters. When a boy Mr. Haverly attended the common schools and two terms at Knox Academy, taught school when seventeen years old, and later attended the Albany Normal School, from which he was graduated in June, 1869. He was then engaged in the grocery business in Albany for two years, afterwards returning to his father's farm, in which he took an interest, and followed teaching winters. Since 1874 he has been a dealer in farm machinery, and since 1890 has dealt in fertilizers. Since 1887 he has followed teaching winter and summer, having taught in all twenty-nine terms. Mr. Haverly has for years been prominently identified with the Republican party, has filled the office of collector for the town of Knox, and was elected in 1878 to represent his town in the Board of Supervisors, and again in 1882, 1891 and 1892, and is present supervisor of Knox. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Berne Lodge No. 684, and was for a number of years an Odd Fellow, until the lodge was disbanded. In 1883 he married Carrie M., daughter of Theodore Nauright, a native of Naurightville, N. J., and their children are Edwin B.. May, Elmina D., Theodora N., Nellie L., Ann A. and John W.

Landmarks of Albany County, New York

Sources

  1. Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY