Hendrik de Clercq (1776-1850)

Obituary of Hendrik de Clercq, Nov. 1850

From a newspaper clipping:

DIED.   Suddenly, at his residence, near this village on the 7th inst., MR. HENDRICK DECLERCQ, at 74 years.

The deceased was born at Amsterdam in  Holland, in October 1776. Though of an opulent family devoted to commercial pursuits, he felt from his youth a strong predilection for an agricultural life, the practice of which he commenced in his native country. At about twenty years of age, when central New York was the old way to what is Iowa now, he came to this place, where on of his countrymen (Mr. Lincklaen) had just commenced a settlement among the forests, and selected as a farm, lot No. 3 in what was then known the Road township, which now forms the south hall of the town of Cazenovia. On that field, cleared and improved by his own hand, until it became on of the pleasantest in this vicinity, he steadily resided till the day of his death with [his?] consort who now laments the loss of her companion for half a century and among a numerous family of children. Of these, some died before him, but many of his descendants remain, and some of the second generation are now among our [a....?] members of society. Though quiet and retired, his habits, his long residence had made him known to all, and his uniform politeness and kindness feeling and manner made him esteemed by all friends.