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David H. Cuyler of Johnstown

The following material has been generously donated to the site by James F. Morrison from the collection at the Johnstown Historical Society, Johnstown, NY.

The above picture is: Anna Campbell de Pupter, Frank Abbott and Catherine Cuyler Abbott, 
(Daughter of David Cuyler and wife of Frank Abbott)
Picture was taken post Civil War, in Johnstown

David H. Cuyler

David Cuyler was born in Johnstown, July 31, 1816, son of Joseph and Mary Rust Cuyler.  He attended public school here until 1830, when he moved to Alabama, living first in Mobile and then Montgomery.  He formed the troops in the Creek Indian War, remaining in service until the close of the struggle, a period of eight months.

In 1836, he returned to Johnstown and two years later married Helen Settl[e].  He engaged in the manufacture of gloved until the outbreak of the Civil War.  On October 23, 1862, he was commissioned by Governor Morgan as Captain in Company D, 153rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers.  After two years of service he was badly injured by an accident to a supply train on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which disabled him for further active service.  He then joined the Veteran's Reserve Corps as Captain for eight months.  During this period, he had command of the Long Bridge between District of Columbia and Virginia, and presided over several important Court Martials.

Upon his retirement from the Army, Mr. Cuyler came to Gloversville and engaged in the glove business until his tragic death.  He died on November 3, 1876, by a collision of a street car on which he was riding and a train on the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad at the Gloversville Main Street crossing.

His widow, Helen, died November 29, 1878.  They had five children:
Catherine A. C. Abbott, wife of Dr. Fred Abbott of New York;
Sarah C. Bame, wife of O. H. Bame, Gloversville;
A. Rust Cuyler;
Frank M. Cuyler;
Cornelius Cuyler.

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