|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.