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Col John S. Fake

Col John S. Fake

Birth
Pittstown, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death 11 Jan 1876 (aged 75)
Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Burial Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Plot Section F
Memorial ID 45351259 · View Source
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John was a son of Johan George & Catherine (Sneider) Fake, Jr. He had 5 siblings: Mary Elizabeth, Catherine, Jake, George S. and Henry.
He married Eliza Warren and they had a daughter, Augusta. John founded the Rensselaer County Bank in 1853, in Lansingburgh, NY, but in 1872 his bank had to close due to the dishonesty of one of his employees, although John did pay all creditors with his own money.
Later, named in his honor was the "John S. Fake Hook & Ladder Company" in Lansingburgh. That company owns the oldest pump fire engine, built in 1791 and is now in the Educational Building in Albany.
John was also a village clerk and President of Community Service in 1845/1856, in Lansingburgh.
He died at his home in Lansingburgh, but his exact cause of death was a slight mystery. He did have Bright's disease, according to the Evening Courier Newspaper in Buffalo, but he was on a morphine medication for the pain. The paper also mentioned that Col. Fake 'For some time he had been out of his mind, not even recognizing members of his own family' and that the rumor of that time was that without knowing what he was doing, drank too much of the 'poison'.



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  • Created by: Sue Williams
  • Added: 12 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45351259
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col John S. Fake (30 Nov 1800–11 Jan 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45351259, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Sue Williams (contributor 46538018) .