People of Notoriety
From Stephentown

Several people of notoriety, in their time, have been born in Stephentown. They may be politicians, or even a sports star.

If you have an ancestor who was a person of notoriety, please email me and let me know. You can pass their story on to another generation.

Hosea Moffitt - 1757-1825
Hosea Moffitt was born November 17, 1757 in Stephentown. He died in Stephentown on August 31, 1825. George Holcomb wrote in his diary of the death of Hosea Moffitt: "Tonight Gen. Hosey Moffitt died. It was caused by a wagon box falling on to his bowels. Funeral on the 2nd."

Below is his biographical information from
his congressional biography.

"MOFFITT, Hosea, a Representative from New York; born in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, N.Y., November 17, 1757; during the Revolutionary War served as ensign and later as lieutenant in the Fourth (Second Rensselaerwyck Battalion) Regiment, Albany County Militia; justice of the peace in 1791; town clerk in 1791 and 1797; member of the State assembly in 1794, 1795, and 1801; appointed brigadier general of militia March 22, 1806; supervisor of the town of Stephentown 1806-1809; sheriff of Rensselaer County 1810-1811; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); member of the board of managers of the Rensselaer County Bible Society in 1815; died in Stephentown, N.Y., August 31, 1825; interment in Old Presbyterian Cemetery on “Presbyterian Hill,” at Garfield, in the town of Stephentown, N.Y."

Samuel Doty - 1795-1878
Samuel Doty was born in Stephentown on May 10, 1795; he died in Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan on September 3, 1878. He was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives from Washington County, Michigan in 1838. He was the grandfather of William G. Doty, who was born on September 6, 1852 in Manchester, Washington County, Mich. William was a lawyer, who served as Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1891 to 1893. He was also a member of the Freemasons and Knight's Templar.

Elroy Face - 1928 -
Elroy Face was tauted as being the best relief pitcher in history. He was born in Stephentown on February 20, 1928. He was signed by the Phiadelphia Phillies as an amateur freeagent in 1949. He played with the Pittsburg Pirates from 1952-1968. In 1968 he signed with the Detroit Tigers and in 1969 with the Montreal Expos.

Today he lives in Pennsylvania and oversees the annual Elroy Face Forkball Golf Tournament at the Champion Lakes Golf Course in Ligonier, PA., which benefits the Parent Infant Program at the Western Pennsylvania School of the Deaf.

ElRoy Face: #26
Years as a Buc: 1953, 1955-1968; Pitcher
Total ML seasons: 16 seasons; his first 14+ years were in Pittsburgh. Roy had a short stint with Detroit, before finishing up with Montreal in 1969.
Career Highlights: Roy Face was 104-95 with a 3.48 ERA. He appeared in 848 games (8th on the all-time list). He was 96- 82 out of the bullpen with 193 Saves; he is in the Major League Top 10 list in both bullpen wins and saves. Face led the league in game appearances in two years (1956 and 1960) with 68. He led the league in Saves three times (1958 - 20, 1961 - 17, and 1962 - 28). Roy was a 3-time All-Star. He leads the team in Game Appearances and Saves.
Best Year: His 18 wins out of the bullpen in 1959 (17 in a row) still stands as a Major League record. His .947 winning percentage is still number one on the Major League All-Time list. He posted a 2.70 ERA that year in 57 appearances and collected 10 Saves. Face collected 22 consecutive wins in relief during the 1958 and 1959 seasons.
Fan Remembrances: Roy Face had 3 Saves in the 1960 World Series in 4 appearances.
There is a chapter in Twin Killing about ElRoy Face. It is one of the best in the book. Roy was known for his forkball; he credits pitcher Joe Page for introducing him to the pitch. Face could effectively throw the forkball on any count. Face also prided himself on his pick-off move. Roy recounts one game in Cincinnati where he came into the game with runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out; Face picked off the runner at second, and then picked off the runner at first before ever throwing a pitch to the batter. Now that is what I call pitching out of a jam!

Roy also relates a story about his first All-Star Game. As the NL took the field for infield practice, the AL stars were throwing near the 3rd base dugout. As Bill Mazeroski started practicing his double play pivot, all the AL All-Stars stopped throwing and stared in amazement at Maz. They hadn't had a chance to see Maz play, but they had sure heard about him.

ElRoy used to park at an Esso station near Forbes Field. It cost him a dollar a day. In 1959, when Roy had won 4 or 5 games without a loss, the owner told Face he could park for free until he lost. That was the summer that Roy Face won 17 games in a row, so he didn't have to pay for parking until September.

Roy faced Ted Williams in the 1959 All-Star game and ended up walking him. Roy said, "If Ted didn't swing at a pitch, the umpire figured it must have been a ball."

Elroy Face at the height of his baseball career and in 2003.

Source: Berkshire Eagle

Friday, December 31, 1999

Bessie R. Face

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. -- Bessie Rose Face, 90, formerly of South Stephentown Road, died Wednesday at Indiana Hospital in White Township, Pa. She had moved to Elderton, Pa., with her daughter, Jacklyn R. Face, in October to be closer to her son, ElRoy Face, a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1953 to 1968.

Born in Stephentown on July 29, 1909, she was the daughter of Alexander H. and Grace Hassan Williams.

She was a resident of the Stephentown and Nassau areas before moving to Knoxville, Tenn., in 1955. In 1961, she and her husband moved to Penn Run, Pa., to help run the ElRoy Face Motel, owned by her son. They returned to Stephentown in 1968.

Mrs. Face was employed by the former Faith Mills and ran the Faith Mills Boarding House in Averill Park many years ago. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Joseph A. Face Sr. whom she married Sept. 27, 1924, died May 18, 1990.

Besides her son, of North Versailles, Pa., and her daughter, of Elderton and Stephentown, she leaves a sister, Elizabeth Hotaling of North Troy; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Leonard A. Face and Joseph A. Face Jr.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- Bessie Rose Face, 90, formerly of Stephentown, died Wednesday, Dec. 29. She leaves her loving son, ElRoy, and daughter, Jackie. She was the beloved grandmother to six, great-grandmother to 12, and great-great-grandmother to three. Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from HALL & HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME, 457 NY 43, Stephentown, where the Rev. Trygve Tomlinson will officiate. Burial will follow in East Nassau Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.

The following is an excerpt from the book "Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York", published in 1897:

"The Hon. Rufus Sweet, born in Stephentown, January 22, 1833, is the son of Rufus and Mary (Shaw) Sweet, both natives of Stephentown. The grandfather, Elnathan Sweet, came from Connecticut to Stephentown on horseback in pioneer days. He married Miss Rodgers, a daughter of one of the early settlers of Stephentown. The Sweet family are of English and Scottish descent. The parents of Mary Shaw were Anthony and Dianah (Smith) Shaw, who were early settlers of Stephentown, coming from Rhode Island. The father of Rufus during his early life was engged in various occupations, but in this latter days followed farming. He was justice and town clerk and collector 21 years in succession. He died in April 1860. Mrs. Sweet died on August 27, 1856. Rufus was educated in the common and select schools in Stephentown and when quite young took charge of the home farm on which he has always resided. He owns the homestead of 190 acres to which he has added 125 acres. In 1857, Mr. Sweet married Eunice M. Bentley, daughter of Melancthon and Eliza C. (Smith) Bentley of Hancock, Mass. To Mr. and Mrs. Sweet have been born three children: George B., farmer of Hancock, Mass., (where he married Minnie E. White in 1880); Mary E.; and Carrie, a teacher in Virginia. Mr. Sweet has been ten years supervisor of Stephentown, railroad commissioner several years, and member of the Assembly from 1882 to 1883. On June 14, 1893, he was appointed superintendent of the poor of the county and in the following fall was elected to the same office by a majority of 7,121. He is a member of Amity Lodge, F. & A.M. also of the I.O.O.F."

Rufus Sweet Jr. was the son of Elnathan Sweet and Mehitable Rodgers. In 1857, Rufus, Jr., married Eunice Mary Bentley, born November 24, 1836.


Berkshire Eagle – September 1945

The town of Stephentown, which has supplied about 75 soldiers, sailors and marines in the conflict just ended, was represented at the official surrender of Japan on Sunday.

Floyd S. Rose, Electrician’s Mate Second Class was aboard the U. S. S. Missouri when the Japanese delegates signed the terms of surrender. Floyd is the son of Henry Rose of Stephentown.

On this momentous occasion in history all of the chief naval and military leaders of the United States in the Pacific, were on the Missouri, flagship of Admiral Halsey.

General Wainwright, commander on Corregidor in the Rock’s last tragic days was one of the honored witnesses of the Jap surrender. The old flag which Commodore Perry flew on his mission to open Japan 92 years ago was unfurled again on this historic hour, the final end of Japanese militaristic ambitions. The five star flag of Admiral Nimitz from the battleship South Dakota was also sent to the Missouri for this special occastion. Then our flag which flew over the capital in Washington the day, Japs attacked Pearl Harbor was unfurled. This flag waved successively over Rome, Paris and Berlin, as those capitols fell from the Axis grip.

The symbols and historic significance of these flags emphasized the importance of the day, the official end of long, bloody years of world wars. The days of Japan as a powerful nation, that spread terror over the Pacific and Asia, thus came to an end.

To Mate Rose goes the distinction of being the only local serviceman present on the great 45,000 ton Missouri during the official surrender. Floyd joined the Navy January 18, 1942, and after basic training, he was sent to the U. S. S. Missouri Detail in Brooklyn before the floating fortress was commissioned. He was a member of its crew the first day it sailed grimly off to the Pacific war. Floyd attended District 4 school in Stephentown, and later graduated from New Lebanon Central School and Berkshire Business College. He is a native of Stephentown where he was born in January 1921. Sunday, September 2nd, will be a day he can look back upon in the years to come, for that day he witnessed the act of Japanese surrender aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.