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Corp Joseph Hamilton Albright
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1838
Death: Mar. 16, 1895

FROM the book: Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Webster and Nuckolls counties, Nebraska, (1890)


Joseph Hamilton Albright. There is probaly no man within the limits of Clay County who is deserving of more credit for the interest he has taken in its behalf than Mister Albright, and the brief facts here given indicate the part he has borne in the county's development. He was born on January 2, 1838, at Windham, Bradford County, Penn., the second of ten children. His father, Peter Albright, was born in New Jersey in 1798 to Adam and Margaret (maiden name unknown) Albright, who were both born in Holland, came to America about 1774 and settled in New Jersey, where Adam was one of those who fought for liberty in the Revolutionary war. Peter Albright was educated in both English and German, and when still a young man went to Pennsylvania and engaged in farming. While here he was married to Louisa Parks, the youngest child of Nathaniel and Maria Parks, who were both born in Connecticut. Louisa was born in April, 1816, in Pennsylvania. Her mother was a daughter of Gideon Green. Peter Albright passed from this life on November 2, 1881, at the age of eighty three years in Summit City, Mich., his wife dying in Sherman County, Kas. , June 20, 1888.

Joseph H. Albright remained with his parents, working summers and attending school during the winter seasons, thus obtaining a common school education, until al)out the age of eighteen years, when he went to Owego, Tioga Co., N. Y., where he began working in a saw-mill and there remained until August 3, 1861, at which time he enlisted as a private recruit in Company H, Third New York Infantry, under Capt. Catlin, and was immediately removed with his company to Fort McHenry, where he joined the regiment under Col. Alfred, and from there was sent to Fortress Monroe, where he remained nearly a year, his regiment then being called into action in the field upon Richmond. After this the regiment was transported to Charleston, SC, and there entered on the siege of Charleston and the redunction of Fort Sumter in 1863. Here Mr. Albright was discharged with the remainder of his company September 16, 1863, and from there returned home via New York City, but after a very short time he entered the construction corps.

This corps was with Sherman in his famous Atlanta Campaign. At this city he was discharged and returned home, but only for a short time. Becoming restless he went to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he again entered the construction corps, this being in the fall of 1864, and from this time until the close of the war he remained in the southwest and received his final discharge at Chattanooga in May, 1865, and returned home in June of the same year. Immediately after returning home from the war he purchased a farm near Owego and thereon remained until the spring of 1867. While on this farm he was married February 6, 1866, to Miss Percy M. Lane, the youngest daughter of Henry Isaac and Sarah Maria (Crandall) Lane, her birth occurring on February 6, 1842. Henry Isaac Lane was the youngest son of Peter Lane, and was born in Shandaken, N. Y., August 9, 1816, and died in Owego, N. Y., September 17, 1880. His wife was born in Schenectady, N. Y. , May 11, 1811, and died at Harvard, Neb., September 28, 1885, being a daughter of Jerry and Maria Crandall, the former a native of Connecticut. He was one of the 1812 stalwarts to protect America and Americans, and was married to Miss Maria Knowls. To Joseph H. and Percy M. Albright was born a son, Fred Lane Albright, April 14, 1867, and shortly after the birth of his son Mr. Albright sold his farm and removed to Owego, entering the employ of the New York & Lake Erie Railroad, as a bridge builder, but at the end of two years he entered the employ of the Southern Central Railroad in the same capacity. After another two years he left the employ of the railroad, and in October, 1872, he removed to Wahoo, Saunders County, Neb., and from there, in March, 1873, came to Clay County, where he homesteaded the southeast quarter of Section 24, Township 7, Range 7 west, of the sixth principal meritlian, and settled thereon on the 4th of April of the same year. While a pioneer homesteader he experienced many hardships and adversities, being in the renowned April storm of April 13, 14, 15, 1873. Through this Mr. Albright had nothing to shelter his family or his stock but a board shanty 12x14 feet, and into this all were quartered; yolk of oxen, cow, calf, chickens, himself and family seeking shelter of their bed to keep from freezing. The season of 1873 brought a partial crop of sod corn, but in 1874 all was destroyed by the grasshoppers. In 1875 but a partial crop was raised on account of drouth, and in 1876 the country was again devastated by the pest grasshoppers and all was laid waste. In 1877 Mr. Albright was blessed with a fair crop and continued to prosper until 1880, when, on account of a severe drouth hardly anything was raised. In 1881 a fair crop, and then another year of adversity, a hailstorm, in July, 1882, sweeping all before it. In 1883 a good crop was the result of that season's labor, but in February, 1884, Mr. Albright sold his homestead and purchased the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 16, Township 7, Range 7 west, of the sixth principal meridian, where he resumed agricultural operations and still resides. He has taken a deep interest in the political affairs of Clay County, and has been a stanch Republican ever since he attained his majority, and comes of Republican stock. This, in brief, is a sketch of the career of a man whose present substantial position in life has been reached entirely through his own perseverance; and the facts connected with his operations and their results only show what a person, with courage and enlightened views, can accomplish. His reputation for honesty and integrity has been tried and not found wanting, and his social qualities are well known and appreciated.

His only child, Fred Lane Albright, unlike the majority of boys, early appreciated the advantages of an education, and eagerly sought for such knowledge as would enable him to enter a profession. While his parents were struggling to recover from the shocks of adversity, and while yet but a boy, he had determined to secure an education, and with this end in view he attended the district school during the winter, and aided his father on the farm during the summer months. This he continued until September, 1883, when he entered the Harvard High School, pursuing his studies faithfully until the spring of 1884, when sickness caused him to give up school until the fall. During the summer of 1884 he aided his father in farming, and in September again entered school, riding horseback to and from his home mornings and evenings, a distance of four miles, during the fall and winter, and in the spring walked the same distance. The following summer he again worked on his father's farm, and in the fall worked for different parties in order to obtain the necessary funds to pay his board nearer the school, and he then renewed his studies with double vigor. From this school he graduated on June 25, 1886, and during the summer of that year worked out. The same year he entered the law office of Dilworth, Smith & Dilworth, of Hastings, Neb., and began his legal studies, where he continued to remain for several months, his means then becoming exhausted. This year he tried a new plan and engaged in farming for himself, and by the aid of his father he was enabled to purchase an outfit, consisting of a team and wagon, and with the use of his father's farming implements began tilling the soil in earnest. He pursued his legal studies during the evenings and mornings throughout the summer, working hard during the day, and a fine crop was the result of his summer's toil. With the products of this new enterprise he was again enabled to enter school, and in September, 1887, entered the law department of the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.; and there remained throughout the scholastic year. In June, 1888, he returned home and resumed farming, and in December of that year, with what he had earned and with the assistance of his father, he returned to school and became a member of the class that graduated June 20, 1889. During the summer of 1889 he tilled the soil, but in the fall entered into partnership with a brother lawyer, J. C. Hartigan, of Hastings, and they at once opened an office in Harvard under the firm name of Hartigan & Albright. Mr. Albright was admitted to the Hastings bar October 18, 1889, aud although but twenty-two years of age, the firm with whom he first began the practice of law, as a member, and with whom he is still connected, has by his untiring efforts and diligence, obtained an excellent legal practice in all the State and Federal courts. Mr. Albright's heart is in his profession, and he has a most exalted respect for its conscientious and honorable followers. He is upright, honorable and just in all matters concerning his profession, and is winning golden opinions for himself as a young man of more than ordinary legal acumen.

Much credit to FAG member James Faasen for finding this great information.

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  Percy M Lane Albright (1842 - 1919)
  Frederick L Albright (1867 - 1903)*
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Mount Pleasant Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 01, 2010
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Corp Joseph Hamilton Albright
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Corp Joseph Hamilton Albright
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