Manufacturer Notes: Haxstun & Company

The manufacture of stoneware was a major industry in Fort Edward beginning in 1858. Otto Lewis was the first potter to locate here with many firms being formed soon after. George Satterlee opened the Fort Edward Pottery Co. in 1859. Michael Mory joined the firm in 1861 to form Satterlee and Mory. J. A. & C. W. Underwood ran a pottery firm, which opened in 1865 and closed in 1867. Haxstun, Ottman & Co. ran it from 1867 to 1872 on the site of the former Underwood Pottery. In 1872, Haxstun withdrew from Ottman and the firm became known as Ottman Brothers.

In 1875, a pottery opened on the corner of Broadway and Argyle Street under the ownership of Haxstun and Company. Later it was purchased by the Tilford Brothers, who were succeeded by George S. Guy. The Fort Edward Stoneware Association was formed in February of 1883 by a group of pottery manufacturers. In 1892, the Hilfinger Brothers purchased the Guy Pottery, which was to remain in operation until 1941. Unlike the former stoneware manufactures, the Hilfinger produced earthenware pottery from native clay.


Name: Andrew K Haxstun 
Age at enlistment: 35 
Enlistment Date: 22 Jan 1862 
Rank at enlistment: 1st Lieut 
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY 
State Served: New York 
Survived the War?: Yes 
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in the New York 93rd Infantry Regiment on 03 Feb 1862.
Mustered out on 14 Apr 1862.

Birth Date: abt 1827 
Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General

1860 New York Washington County Fort Edward Census

643 666 Joseph E King            36 m w Principal of F. E. Inst. 4,000 N Y
                Andrew K Haxston     36 m w Steward                       3,000 N Y

1870 New York Washington County Fort Edward Census

380 498 Haxstun Andrew      44 M W Stoneware manuf                5000 5000 N Y
                  "       Martha D       41 F W Keeping House                                           "
                  " Richard B            21 M W Book Keeper for Pottery                           "
                  " Martha A             16 F W attends school                                             "

1880 New York Washington County Fort Edward Census

344 354 Haxstin Andrew K.       W M 55                               Stoneware Dealer    N Y
                  " Martha                      W F 51 Wife                       Keeping House        N Y
                  " Milia                          W F 26 Daughter               at Home                    N Y
344 355 Haxstin R Baxter          W M 31                               Stoneware potter      N Y
                   " Helen E                   W F 31 Wife                       Keeping House        N Y
                   " Martha                    W F 8/12 Mch Daughter                                       N Y

IRS Tax Records

1865 Haxtun Andrew K Fort Edward

RICHARD BAXTER HAXSTUN is an energetic son of the great Empire State,......... Andrew King Haxstun (father) was born December 10, 1823, and died on February 13, 1889, from the effects of exposure in the Federal service. He received a good English education, served from 1855 to 1860 as steward of Ft. Edward institute, and in the latter year was commissioned by Governor Morgan as quartermaster of the 93d New York infantry, but in a few months was discharged on account of physical disability brought on by service in the line of duty. Returning from the army Mr. Haxstun was successively engaged in the flouring business at Ft. Edward, the paper manufacturing business in Wayne county, and in stone-ware manufacturing at Ft. Edward, as a member of Haxstun, Oatman & Co. He afterward was a member of the firm of Haxstun & Griffin, Wheel manufacturers, and then of Haxstun & Co., stone-ware manufacturers, who did business for eight years at Ft. Edward. He next served as foreman for General West in his large paper mills, and in October, 1884, engaged in the manufacture of neats foot oil and fertilizers, which he conducted quite successfully up to the time of his death. In 1884 Mr. Haxstun also engaged in farming, purchasing in that year the farm of thirty acres, in the town of Moreau, on which his son, the subject of this sketch, now resides. Mr. Haxstun was a democrat in politics, had served as a trustee of his village, and was also a trustee for twenty-five years of the Methodist Episcopal church of that place. He was a man of fine business ability, and but for impaired health would have attained to a commanding position in the commercial world. He married Martha Darrow, who was a daughter of Hiram Darrow of Ft. Edward, and lived to be sixty-three years of age, dying on February 7, 1893. ..........Richard Baxter Haxstun received his education in the district schools and Ft. Edward institute, which he left at an early age to become bookkeeper and general foreman for Haxstun, Oatman & Co., whose service he left five years later to accept a position with the firm of Haxstun & Co. eight years later, in 1884, he succeeded to the business, which he has conducted most successfully ever since. he manufactures tallow, neats foot oil and several popular fertilizers, finding ready sale at Cohoes and in New York city for the entire product of his plant......

Sylvester, Nathan Bartlett; History of Saratoga County, New York (Chicago, Gresham Publishing company, 1893)


Fort Edward, N. Y., May 14 1872

Bought of HAXSTUN, OTTO & CO.,
Manufacturers and Dealers in Every Description of Stone and Rockingham Ware.

Andrew K. Haxstun died last Thursday aged 65. For a number of years he conducted the lower pottery under the firm name of A. K. Haxstun & Co. He was a paper-maker by trade, and for a time was superintendent of the extensive plant of George West at Ballston. Some three years ago he purchased the farm and fertilizer business of Joseph Tate & Son and removed to Moreau. He was long identified with the Methodist Episcopal church: a trustee of it. he enlisted in 1861 in the 93rd Regiment as Quarter-master."

Washington County Newspaper February 19, 1890

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