The Pepper Family
of the
Town of Amsterdam

Montgomery County, NY

Contributed by Lisa Slaski.

This family is not related to my own that I know of. My second great-grandfather, Henry Gerling, worked for Aaron Pepper between approximately 1863 and 1867. Henry's wife and Aaron's wife share the same surname ("Myers/Meyers"), though from other information that I have I don't believe they were sisters. According to family verbal history, Aaron Pepper is said to have paid $300 to keep Henry Gerling from being drafted into the Civil War. As the draft was started in 1863, it makes me wonder whether this was more than coincidence, that Henry moved his family from Albany to Fort Johnson to work on Aaron's farm right at this time-frame. Perhaps their wives were cousins, but this is just conjecture. In any case, I decided to try to find out what I can about this family, for if nothing else, Aaron Pepper was largely responsible for keeping my 2nd great-grandfather and likely his two younger half-brothers from having to serve in the Civil War. I have more research to perform on this family and would love to hear from any descendants! - Lisa Slaski

Update: 7/30/06  - Aaron Pepper was born in Eickhorst (not Aekhorst as written in the Montgomery county history book), Germany. This is a small village/hamlet just outside of Hille, Germany in the Hille parish. He was born 5 May 1814 and was baptised as "Ernst Heinrich Peper", son of Johann Cordt Peper and Margaretha Louise Sundermeyers. This info is from and fits well with our Aaron Pepper. It also explains in part why my Gerling family would have known Aaron, as they were from the same community in Germany. I have found very strong connections between my Hille immigrants and others here in upstate NY.

Lisa Slaski

1.  Aaron Pepper was born 5 May 1814 and died on 12 Apr 1897. He was married about 1846 to Maria/Mary A. Hazeloe. She was born 15 Jun 1821 and died 18 Dec 1856. He was then married on 26 Aug 1857 to Mary C. Myers/Meyers. She was born 1 Mar 1834 and died 25 Nov 1899.

From the History of Montgomery County, by Washington Frothingham:
Pepper, Aaron, Fort Johnson, was born in Aeckhorst, Germany, 5 May 1814, and is a son of Cordt and Louisa (Thundermeir) Pepper. He came to this country in 1842 and settled at Schenectady, where he made brooms for six years. In 1846 he married Mary Hazeloe of Germany, and they were the parents of two children: Caroline, now Mrs. Horseman of Schenectady; and Aaron of Chicago. In 1848 he came to the town of Amsterdam, and in 1851 bought the farm of 120 acres were he now lives. He has built up one of the finest residences on the river, with many other improvements, and has added a farm of 225 acres, making him owner of 345 acres in this place. In 1855 his wife died at forty-six years of age. In 1869 Mr. Pepper bought the old Lingenfelter place of seventy eight acres at Tribes Hill which he leases to a tenant. On august 26, 1857, he married Mary Myers of Germany and they are the parents of five children: Louisa, now Mrs. Krechting of New Jersey; William, of Gloversville; Lydia, now Mrs. Geo. B. Wayne of Johnstown; Louie and Walter. Mr. Pepper is one of the prosperous and successful farmers of the town of Amsterdam, and owes his prosperity under Divine Providence to his own industry. He has had reverses too; in 1877 he lost broom shop and barns with all the stock in them by fire. Has also lost by being willing to assist his friends. He has been elected to town office by the largest majority ever known here, which testifies to his popularity, and his son William was elected in 1889 to the office of supervisor, and to his second term in 1890, filling the office of honor and trust for the best interests of the people.

Excerpts from The Kline Family of the Mohawk Valley - (on this site)
"According to his will, dated December 23, 1813, the home of William Kline was located shortly West of the old William Johnson stone house at Fort Johnson, or closer to the river from where in 1941, the house stands on what is locally known as "the Pepper farm".
"The Kline land of several hundred acres extended from along the north shore of the Mohawk River, including a "large" and a "small" island in the river, north for something like a mile. At that time, it included many acres of the original forest. It embraced all the property of the present Antlers Country Club, and some distance to the east and west of it to beyond what is now the Tribes Hill locality.
"Laurence Shuler, who acquired the old homestead farm, buried his ten-year old son, Laurence, Jr. in this burial plot on Jan. 13, 1830. Mary C. Hazeloe, first wife of Aaron Pepper, who purchased the farm in 1851, was buried here in 1855. Mr. Pepper had decided on creating his own family cemetery adjoining that of the Kline family, but this was abandoned in later years, the remains of Mrs. Pepper being removed.

Aaron Pepper is listed in 1887-90 Amsterdam directories as a Broom Manufacturer.

Children of Aaron Pepper:
    1.1.  Caroline Pepper, b. Oct 1842, m. Fred Horseman.
    1.2.  Aaron Pepper, b. about 1849
    1.3.  Louisa Pepper, b. Sep 1858, m. Rev. John P. Krechting
    1.4.  William Henry Pepper, b. Jan 1861
    1.5.  Lydia M. Pepper, b. Feb 1863, m. George Bronson Wayne
    1.6.  Harriet Pepper, b. about 1865, d. before 1880?
    1.7.  Lewis Pepper, b. 7 Jul 1874
    1.8.  Walter Pepper, b. 8 Dec 1878 in Fort Johnson

1.1.  Caroline Pepper, b. Oct 1842 in Prussia or NY. She married a Fred Horseman (sometimes spelled Horstman). They resided in Schenectady., NY in 1870, 1880 and 1900 censuses. Eight children show up in census records, but in the 1900 census she states that she only had 7 child with 7 still surviving. He was born about 1838 in Prussia and was a locomotive Engineer. Note that Caroline was born prior to Aaron Pepper's marriage to Mary Hazeloe. Caroline likely died 23 Dec 1900.

Children of Caroline Pepper and Fred Horseman:
    1.1.1.  Ella Horseman was born about 1863 in NY
    1.1.2.  Charles R. Horseman was born Oct 1865 in NY (druggist in 1900)
    1.1.3.  Carrie Horseman was born about 1868 in NY
    1.1.4.  Jesse Horseman was born Dec 1869 in NY (son or daughter?)
    1.1.5.  Grace Horseman was born Jun 1876 in NY
    1.1.6.  Mabel Horseman was born Jan 1878 in NY (teacher in 1900)
    1.1.7.  Maud Horseman was born Aug 1882 in NY (teacher in 1900)
    1.1.8.  Marion Horseman was born Dec 1886 in NY

1.2.  Aaron Pepper, b. about 1849 in Schenectady. He is living in Schenectady in the 1870 census as a Locomotive Fireman. I haven't found him in later census records. He was said to be in Chicago about 1892.

1.3. Louisa Pepper was born Sep 1858, in Amsterdam. She married about 1876 to John P. Krechting and lived in Tewksbury, Hunterdon, NJ in 1880. In 1930 she was living with her son in Washington, D. C. and in 1935 she visited the church in Oldwick upon it's 185th anniversary. John P. Krechting was born Mar 1837 in Germany and died 12 Jul 1918 in Washington, D. C. They had two children with two surviving in the 1910 census (only William is in the 1880 and no children with them in the 1900). Louisa died 20 Oct 1942 and is buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Tribes Hill, NY. John died 12 Jul 1918. He is likely also buried at Pine Grove cemetery as his funeral was held at Louis/Lewis Pepper's home in Amsterdam, but the cemetery records do not indicate that he's buried there. Perhaps there is a gravestone for him.

From 50th Anniversary of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - on our site
Pastor J. P. Krechting
March 12, 1870 to March 30, 1879
Pastor Krechting served as pastor of Trinity Church for a period of about nine years. While here, he did a very excellent work in building up the congregation and through his spiritual fervor and admirable traits of tactful methods in the work for the Master won a wide circle of admiring friends. Under his ministry the membership of this church was increased to about 400. Aber kein Prophet ist in seinem Lande angenehm (No prophet is respected in his own land). This was true with Pastor Krechting. There are always some good people who never can and who never will be satisfied, even if an angel from heaven would come and would do under them an angel's work More or less, every Christian congregation count such dissatisfied people under their fold. Trinity church was not free of them. Pastor Krechting did a good work always for the best of his people and the church, and still there was a dissatisfied feeling growing amongst the few of the congregation. It was this, that made pastor Krechting resign from his post and to accept a call which was offered to him by the English Lutheran Church, New Germantown, N. J. February, 1879. About Pastor Krechting's later life, it is said, that he lived a long and useful life. He was deeply interested in the work of the Master. July 12th, 1918, he was called from his labors on earth to his reward in the presence of his King. He died at Washington, D. C., but the funeral was held at the home of Mr. L. Pepper, Amsterdam, N. Y. Members of the Board of Trinity Lutheran Church acted as pall-bearers and in thankful memory laid a beautiful wreath on his grave in the name of the Trinity congregation whom Dr. Krechting had served so faithfully.

From: 225 Years; A History of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oldwick, New Jersey, by John H. Munnich, 14 Aug 1939, Oldwick, New Jersey, online at:

JOHN P. KRECHTING (1878 - 1900)
    The parish was vacant for well over a year. The people were eager to bring the Rev. John P. Krechting from Amsterdam, N. Y., and were content to wait while he discharged his promise to remain in his old parish for another year.
    Krechting, a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, was born in 1837. After working and traveling for nine years, he entered Hartwick Seminary, graduating at the age of thirty-one. During his nine-year pastorate at Amsterdam he married Miss Louise Pepper. The thirty-four-year pastorate of Krechting is remembered and respected by the community. In 1927, his memory was honored when a $1,000 ministerial fund was dedicated in his name.

A Long Pastorate
    The long association of Pastor Krechting with this congregation had woven a bond of affection which made difficult the separation that was bound to come. Upon his retirement from the active ministry in 1913, Pastor and Mrs. Krechting removed to Washington where their son, Dr. Will Krechting is practicing medicine. Mrs. Krechting visited Oldwick in 1935 on the occasion of the 185th anniversary of the building of the Church.

Child of Louisa Pepper and Rev. John P. Krechting:
    1.3.1.  William E. H. Krechting, b. 4 Nov 1877.

Notes for William E. H. Krechting:
He became a physician and in 1930 is living in Washington, D. C.. He was married 29 Mar 1919 to Helen Meeker Day. He attended Princeton University and was a "recent visitor" of Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Howell on 9 May 1902 in Hopewell, New Jersey.

From "Washington, past and present: a history," Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1930-1932:
    Wilhelm Edmund Harmon Krechting, M. D. - Through a score of years, since 1908, Wilhelm Edmund Harmon Krechting has practiced the profession of medicine in Washington, and is here respected highly by colleagues in medical science. His career has been one of unfaltering service to mankind, and because of continuous and skilled attention to matters of the profession Dr. Krechting is today one of the foremost practitioners in the District of Columbia. His offices are at No. 1010 East Capitol Street, Northeast.
    Dr. Krechting was born at Amsterdam, New York, November 4, 1877, son of John P. Krechting, Lutheran clergyman, native of Germany, deceased, and Louise Pepper, native of Amsterdam, New York, who survives to the present time (1928). In the public schools of Newton, Massachusetts, he secured his elementary and secondary instruction, and after graduation from high school studied for a time at Hartwick Seminary, New York, from which he matriculated in Princeton University, at Princeton, New Jersey. From Princeton he took the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1902, and proceeded then to John Hopkins University, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine, 1906, at the age of twenty-eight years. Dr. Krechting served his period of internship at New York Lying-In Hospital, and at Knickerbocker Hospital, both of New York City, 1906-08. In 1908, as indicated heretofore, he came to Washington and opened offices for general practice of his profession, at which he has engaged during the years succeeding. In political view his opinions accord with those of the Republican party, and he supports the principles and candidates of the organization consistently. He is a communicant of the Lutheran church. Without fail, he gives liberally of his assistance in all worthy movements for city and District development which come to his attention, and is known for his loyalty of public spirit, which he exerts quietly. During the period of America's participation in the World War he assisted in the campaigns of the Liberty Loan and Red cross, in addition to various other helps given the works of boards and committees charged with war work. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the District Medical Association.
    Dr. Krechting married, on Mar 29, 1919, Helen Meeker Day, of Washington. They make their residence in the city proper.

1.4. William Henry Pepper was born Jan 1861 in NY. He was married about 1885 to Fannie Gillispie. She was born Mar 1863. They resided in Gloversville, Fulton, NY. By 1900 they had 2 children with one surviving and no further issue thereafter. By 1920 they had moved to Syracuse, where they were living with their daughter and her family. William was a salesman. William died 29 Jan 1947 and Fannie died 22 Sep 1940. They are both buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Tribes Hill, NY.

William and Fannie had one child:
    1.4.1.  Marion Pepper,bb. Jan 1889 in NY.

Notes on Marion Pepper:
She was married about 1918 to Wellesley C. Harrington. He was born 16 May 1890 in Jordan, NY and died Oct 1964. His last place of residence was MA. She was a teacher in the Public School in 1930. He was a Civil Engineer and working in a cement factory in 1930. By 1947 he was an extension agricultural engineer at Massachusetts State College.

Marion and Wellesley C. Harrington had one child:  Janet Harrington was born about 1921 in NY.

1.5.  Lydia M. Pepper was born Feb 1863 in NY. She was married on 15 Nov 1888 to George Bronson Wayne, son of John and Angeline Brower Wayne. He was born 24 Jan 1857 in Broadalbin, Fulton, NY. By the 1900 census they had no children. He was a Glove manufacturer in Johnstown, Fulton, NY. In 1910, Lydia had 2 children with one surviving. George Bronson Wayne died 8 May 1934 and Lydia died 21 Nov 1934. Both are buried in Pine Grove cemetery.

From: Broadalbin in History, by R. J. Honeywell, online at Fulton NYGenWeb
In 1868 the drug firm of Knapp & Bradford was established, which became Bradford & Dickinson in 1870. It was in 1869 that John Wayne, said to be a descendant of General Anthony Wayne, bought a farm in the southern part of the town and built a house which was the first brick structure in Broadalbin. His son, George B., became prominent in the glove industry.

Other prominent glove makers who have made Broadalbin their home at some time are John Stewart Ireland and George Wayne.

Directory listings online at Fulton NYGenWeb
1888 Business Directory of Johnstown - listed as a glove manufacturer at 31 William
Anthony & Purdy's Business Directory for Johnstown, 1890 - listed as glove manufacturer at 22 South William

The Johnstown Handbook for 1897 - listed as a glove manufacturer at 18 South William

From History of Fulton County:
Wayne, George B., Johnstown, was born in the town of Broadalbin, January 24, 1857, and was educated in the public schools and Amsterdam Academy. He remained with his father on the farm until twenty-one years of age, and then came to Johnstown, where he bought out the business of Captain Thomas Wayne, who served three years in the great rebellion, the only brother of his father. November 15, 1888, he married Lydia, second daughter of Aaron and Mary Pepper, of Fort Johnson, Montgomery county. Mr. Wayne's father, John, was born at Lake Pleasant, Hamilton county, January 13, 1828, where his parents resided until he was five years old. After being educated in the public schools, he learned the trade of making woolen cloth at North Broadalbin in the mill known as the Culbert Raddish mill. In 1849 he married Angeline Brower, of Fulton county, by whom he had ten children: Elizabeth, Anna, Francis, George B., Catharine, Ida, Alice, Beatrice, Archibald and Grace. Then he took up the industry of farming at Charlton, Saratoga county, afterwards removing to Orleans county. He remained there three years, then returned to Gloversville, where he continued farming and manufacturing gloves and mittens. In 1869 he purchased the farm known as the Ora Banta farm in the town of Broadalbin, where he still resides, the house being the first brick structure built in that town. Thomas Wayne was grandfather of George B., and was born in Brassington, England, April 10, 1779. He came to America in 1819, and first settled in Johnstown, in July, 1824. He moved to Elm Lake, Saratoga county, on the Rylander farm, and in 1828 bought two farms between Lake Pleasant and Round Lake, where he lived seven years. He also bought land at Piseco Lake, and built the first saw-mill that was erected in Hamilton county. He afterwards bought a farm at North Broadalbin, where he died in 1865. The archway, leading to the old homestead in Brassington, England, still stands, on which is inscribed, "George Wayne, 1402."

Children of Lydia Pepper and George B. Wayne:
    1.5.1.  Archibald Wayne, b. 14 Dec 1903
    1.5.2.  [child] Wayne, b. after 1900, d. before 1910.

Notes on Archibald Wayne:
He was born 14 Dec 1903 in Johnstown, Fulton, NY and died 20 Dec 1997 with his last residence listed as Johnstown, NY. At the age of 26 in the 1930 census, Archibald is single, living with his parents, and both he and his father are listed as Glove Manufacturers.

1.7.  Louis/Lewis C. Pepper was born 7 Jul 1874 in NY. He was married about 18 Oct 1899 to Carrie Dersch. She was born in April 1875. In the 1900 census, his brother Walter was living with him and his wife. They are both listed as farmers. In 1920 the farm is specified as a dairy farm. By 1930 they're listed as a dealer in Sand and Gravel and Walter and Lewis are still living together. Lewis and Carrie apparently had no children. Carrie died 23 Aug 1954 and she and Louis are both buried in Pine Grove cemetery (no date information in the cememtery records, but his gravestone might have it).

Additional Notes:
Carrie Dersch wife of Louis C. Pepper appears to be the sister of Eva Dersch who married Louis F. Pepper on 14 May 1890 (both daughters of Conrad and Elizabeth Dersh of Amsterdam in 1880). Eva's husband was born in 1865, the apparent son of Louis and Louise Pepper of Niskayuna, Schenectady Co., NY, whereas Carrie's husband was born in 1874 (son of Aaron who first settled in Schenectady). There is likely a family connection between the two Louis Pepper's, though I haven't researched what it might be. Eva and Louis lived in Perth, Fulton, NY, but are also buried in Pine Grove cemetery, along with their daughters Marion and Florence.

1.8.  Walter Pepper was born 8 Dec 1878 in Fort Johnson. However he does not show up in the 1880 census. He was married about 1900 to Laura [Heagle?]. She was born about 1875 in NY. He lived and worked with his brother Lewis on the old "Pepper Farm", until at least 1930.

Walter Pepper and Laura had one child:
    1.8.1.  Sarah Pepper was born about 1911 in NY.


  1. Pine Grove Cemetery listing - on this site
  2. 1850-1930 Federal Census records; Amsterdam, Montgomery, NY.
  3. Various other Federal Census records.
  4. Kline Family of the Mohawk Valley - on this site
  5. WWI Civilian Draft Registration 1917-1918
  6. Social Security Death Index
  7. History of Montgomery County
  8. History of Fulton County, Washington Frothingham, 1892
  9. 50th Anniversary of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Amsterdam, NY, 1918 - on this site.
  10. 225 Years; A History of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oldwick, New Jersey, by John H. Munnich, 14 Aug 1939, Oldwick, New Jersey; online at:
  11. Amsterdam Daily Headlines - online at:

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