ROBERT QUACKENBUSH, farmer, section 18, Croton Township, was born Feb. 3, 1840. Peter Quackenbush, his father, was born of German ancestors, in 1798, in Monmouth, N.J., and died in 1862. His mother, Maria (Morgan) Quackenbush, was of the same nationality and born in 1819, in the same place as her husband. The latter became a soldier in the Union army, enlisting in the State of New York. He was taken sick and died in the hospital, leaving a wife and six children. Mr. Quackenbush died Jan. 1, 1884.
Mr. Quackenbush was the eldest child, and on his father's demise assumed his place in the management and maintenance of the family. The home place was but small, and in addition to the duties of farming he worked two years as a saw-mill hand, and at the end of the third year sold the farm and came to Michigan. The family settled in Croton Township, on a farm the son purchased, and Mr. Quackenbush worked two years at harness-making at Croton village. He settled down to agricultural life in 1866, and has devoted the summer seasons to farming, and engaged in lumbering winters. He now owns 135 acres of land, of which 25 acres are cleared and under cultivation.