Photo taken c. 1920
The original owner, Teunis Houghtaling, was a fourth generation descendent of Matthys Hooghteling, a Dutch immigrant who settled in the Coxsackie area in the middle of the 17th century. A cemetery located on the property includes a gravestone indicating that Teunis Houghtaling died in 1806, "aged about 68 years." Other records indicate more precisely that he was born in 1740, thus making him 66 at the time of his death. In 1770 Teunis took one of his distant cousins, Lena Houghtaling, as a bride.
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