Andrew Clapsaddle, farmer, on section 24, Paw Paw Township, was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., March 30, 1824. His parents, George A. and Nancy (Bellinger) Clapsaddle, were of German descent and followed agriculture. In 1848 he came West to “spy out the land,” resulting in the purchase of his present farm, consisting of 360 acres. At that time, however, he returned East, and moved to his new Western home in 1850. He has improved and developed his property till he is now ranked among the foremost of the wealthy farmers of the county. In his political views he is an old-time Democrat.
He married in this county July 16, 1861, to Mrs. Mary L. Heustis, widow of Miles Heustis and daughter of Alman Ames. Mrs. C. was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Nov. 12, 1830, and died July 22, 1870, leaving three sons and two daughters, namely, Frank J., born Nov. 21, 1862; Esther A., March 11, 1864; Alman A., Nov. 25, 1865; George F., Nov. 19, 1867, and Mary N., June 5, 1870. Mr. Clapsaddle was married again June 24, 1875, in Cass Co., Mich., to Miss Mary Walter, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Harter) Walter, who was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., April 9, 1834. [Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County, Illinois, Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1885, p.566.]