He was three times married, the result of his first union being eleven children, as follows; Henry, David, Hulda, Mary, Ennace, Nancy J., Jacob, John, Abraham, Reuben, and Francis-all of whom are now living except David, who died in 1884 in Wisconsin.
Hulda married Addison Pullis, a lumberman of Galilee, Pa.; Mary is the wife of George Ralston, a farmer in Jackson County, Wis.; Ennace married Wesley Wilcox, of Galilee; and Nancy is the wife of Charles Weeks, of Thompson, Sillivan County. Hunt was educated in his native town, and learned the blacksmith's and carpenter's trades, which he followed for fifteen years.
Moving to Richmondville, he purchased a farm on one hundred and eighteen acres, and remained thereon about eight years. Van Housen has preached eight thousand sermons and baptized about four hundred people.
He then changed his abode to Summit , and from there to Worcester, Otsego County. Today, at the age of seventy-seven, he is an active man, still preaching the gospel, and doing good wherever he goes.
At the age of twenty-four he gave up this occupation, and, having studied for the ministry, was ordained pastor of the Second Summit church. Brazie, daughter of Peter and Ann [Noonon] Brazie, her father being a farmer of Summit, Schoharie County. Another, Peter Wakefield, who was a most successful farmer in Franklin, died November 13, 1893, in his fifty-seventh year, leaving a goodly fortune to his wife and two daughters.
Here he officiated for three years, and then moved to Flat Creek, Schoharie County, where he remained seven years, then removed to Stamford, Delaware County, preaching also at other places. Amanda, widow of Horatio Pomeroy, lives in North Walton.
who was born December 13, 1866, and married Frank Verdon, a telegraph operator at Maybrook, Orange County.
Hiram Wakefield was a humble farmer, and after many years of ceaseless toil died in Franklin, in 1885, his wife two years later following him to the eternal home.Mr and Mrs Van Housen had a family of seven children; Levi, Asa, Lemuel, Elizabeth, Louisa, Polly, and Hannah.Levi Van Housen, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Columbia County, working with his father, until he took possession of the farm, which he afterward sold.He cleared five acres of land, raising a little grain, which he was obliged to take on a sled drawn by an ox team sixteen miles through the forest to be ground.The road that was cut by this travel may still be seen. He was a member of the Baptist church, and was a Democart in politics.