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Charles Alger
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1836
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 1897
Columbia County
New York, USA

Charles Alger was the son of Charles Coffey Alger and Sarah Palmer. He was born on February 22, 1836 at Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts where his father owned an iron producing plant. (I got his date of birth and place of birth from the records of Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was part of the class of 1854 but did not graduate. He attended in 1853 and was very young compared to his classmates.) On April 25, 2013 I found that he is listed as a graduate of the Harvard Scientific School under the year 1852. Twenty volumes of records were published in 1912 and written up by Mr. Thayer, Mr. Castle, and Mr. Howe. A few years ago I found that he attended school at Litchfield, Connecticut in 1850 and I was able to ascertain at that time that he was indeed the Charles Alger who was one of my great grandfathers on my father's side of the family. He actually appears on the U. S. Census of 1850 at two sites - one being the residence of his parents at Hudson, New York and the other being the school at Litchfield, Connecticut.

Between 1849 and 1850, Charles and his parents and his older sister Grace (who never married) left Stockbridge, Massachusetts and moved to Hudson, Columbia County, New York. Charles' father, Charles Coffey Alger, left Stockbridge to get funding to build a state-of-the-art iron producing furnace at Hudson and this manufacturing plant was completed in 1851. Charles Coffey Alger was a large stockholder in the plant and its general manager.

Charles Alger was confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church in Hudson, Columbia County, New York on Easter Sunday of 1854. His older sister Grace had been confirmed there on Easter Sunday of 1853. (The mother of Charles and Grace was accepted as a communicant member of the church on April 20, 1851 and the father of Charles was baptized there as an adult on May 30, 1852.) This move of the family to Hudson did not last very long since Charles Coffey Alger had an opportunity to purchase the home of the noted landscape architect A. J. Downing in late 1852 when Downing was tragically killed in a boating accident on the Hudson River. This mansion was at Newburgh, Orange County, New York near where Charles Coffey Alger had grown up in Monroe and later Blooming Grove. Charles's father remained as general manager of the Hudson Iron Company at Hudson until his retirement in 1864 but the day-to-day operation of the plant was conducted by his assistant, Jacob Warren Hoysradt, who had been hired by him at Stockbridge for C. C. Alger's first iron producing plant which was about two miles south of Stockbridge.

Charles Alger married Helena (Lillie) Willett Freeland at the home of her widowed and remarried mother, Eliza C. Bryan Freeland Simonson, at Greenport, outside Hudson, Columbia County, New York on January 4, 1866. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Henry F. Roberts of Brooklyn, New York who traveled with his wife to Greenport to perform the ceremony.

Sometime in 1861, the parents of Charles and Grace Alger had became estranged after 30 years of marriage. They divorced in March of 1868 at New Haven, Connecticut. This divorce was confirmed by a court in Manhattan in May of 1868. It appears that Charles Coffey Alger married Marie Molt (who was about 30 years younger than he was)in the first part of 1868. They were in Paris in 1868 and they also were in Paris on C. C. Alger's 60th birthday on July 4, 1869. They would have a daughter Lucile Alger, born in October of 1870 at Norwich, Connecticut (from birth records of Norwich) and who died unmarried at her estate at Great Neck, Long Island on Christmas Eve of 1936. Charles Coffey Alger would die July 13, 1874 at his summer house at New London, Connecticut (with the funeral from his home at Norwich) and most of his considerable wealth would pass to his new wife and their daughter.

Mostly Charles Alger was a gentleman who worked with his father on projects relating to the pig iron business. Left a widower at Hudson, New York on Feb. 5, 1879 when his wife Helena Willett (Freeland) Alger died at 32 years of age of pneumonia he devoted himself to raising his four children - Grace Coffey Alger (later Mrs. Louis William Groat), Helena Willett Alger (later Mrs. Frank Farrand), Sarah Palmer Alger who never married, and Charles Frances Alger (who married Elizabeth Charlotte Wirth of Boston, Massachusetts). The wife, Helena Willett Freeland, of Charles Alger had been born in Manhattan in 1846. Their first born daughter, Grace Coffey Alger, was born in Manhattan at 16 East 29th Street on January 3, 1867 at a townhouse owned by Charles Coffey Alger. She was later baptized at St. Mary's (Episcopal) Church in the Highlands at Cold Spring, New York. The second born daughter, my grandmother Helena Willett Alger, was born in Frostburg, Maryland on November 27, 1870 and the third born daughter was Sarah Palmer Alger, born at Albany, New York on January 10, 1875. The last child of Charles and Helena was Charles Francis Alger, born at Hudson, New York at his grandmother Sarah Palmer Alger's house on Allen Street in October of 1877. The first two of Charles Alger's children were born before the death of his father and the last two children were born afterwards. The four children would attend Christ Episcopal Church at Hudson, New York and be confirmed there. There were also many other family events at the church involving the family.

Family links: 
  Charles Coffey Alger (1809 - 1874)
  Sarah Palmer Alger (1809 - 1897)
  Helena Willett Freeland Alger (1846 - 1879)*
  Grace Coffey Alger Groat (1867 - 1942)*
  Helena Willett Alger Farrand (1870 - 1929)*
  Sarah Palmer Alger (1875 - 1949)*
  Charles Francis Alger (1877 - 1930)*
  Grace Alger (1834 - 1899)*
  Charles Alger (1836 - 1897)
  Lucile Alger (1870 - 1936)**
  Lucile Alger (1870 - 1936)**
*Calculated relationship
Hudson City Cemetery
Columbia County
New York, USA
Plot: F 11
Created by: Barbara Doxey
Record added: Nov 01, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6898454
Charles Alger
Added by: Jim Morris
Charles Alger
Added by: Jim Morris
Charles Alger
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Dear Great-Grandfather,
I wish I knew more about you. What little I know is from a small diary written by your mother-in-law, Eliza Bryan, who was first the wife of John Augustus Freeland and then after he died in 1860, she married Joseph Simonson, Jr...(Read more)
- Your great granddaughter, Barbara
 Added: Jun. 30, 2003

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