Silas (Cornelius) Van Patten October 15, 1840 - July 17, 1932
Cornelius Van Patten went by the name of Silas and was born on October 15, 1840 in Rotterdam, Schenectady, NY and died on July 17, 1932 in Duanesburg, Schenectady, NY. He is buried in Vale Cemetery, Schenectady, NY. Silas was a mill owner, farmer and carpenter. During the Civil War he was a soldier in Co. A, 134th New York Volunteer Infantry where he was reported to have deserted briefly when his mother took ill. He returned to duty without severe penalty. He built his mill in Duanesburg, NY on the Normanskill by the dam, replacing one owned by his wife Nancy's great-uncle Thomas Liddle. Farmers brought rye, buckwheat, oats and wheat to be ground into flour; teams of oxen hauled logs to be cut into lumber. The mill pond was a favorite picnic spot of the area.
Van Patten Road in Duanesburg, NY is named after him and his mill.