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Thomas Vanderbilt Gendar
  • Born: 28 Feb 1819, New York City NY
  • Died: 2 Mar 1902, Brooklyn NY

  General notes:

Jeweler and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He was a partner circa 1848-1865 with William T. Gendar in New York City NY as W. T. & T. V. GENDAR.

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  • Obituary printed in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn NY) on 3 Mar 1902
    Thomas V. Gendar, one of the oldest of hydrometer and kindred instrument makers, and a resident of Brooklyn for more than forty years, died at his home, 684A Hancock street, last night, in his 84th year, of a complication of diseases, after an illness of several months, though he had been confined lo the house but a few weeks. Mr. Gendar was born at 54 Glen street, New York, February 28, 1819. His father came to New York with the Marquis de Lafayette and was one of the prisoners in the old church on Nassau street, New York. In 1839 Mr. Gendar joined the Clinton Blues, one of the earliest of the New York State militia organizations. On January 1, 1843, he married Miss Jane Eliza Parkinson, who died on September 1, 1890. He first went into the jewelry business, but in 1847, in partnership with his brother, William T. Gendar, began the manufacture of thermometers, hydrometers and other instruments specially used by brewers. He invented several improved instruments. He had been continuously in the business for more than half a century, for thirty years at the corner of Pineapple and Fulton streets, his son being associated with him. He had been with the Third Company of the Seventh Regiment. N. G., N. Y., and went with it to Washington at the beginning of the Civil War. For more than thirty years he was a resident of the Seventh Ward and a faithful member of the Simpson M. E. Church. For ten years he had lived in the Twenty-fifth Ward. He was a member of Joppa Lodge No. 201. F. and A. M., of the Brooklyn Masonic Veterans' Association, and of the Seventh Regiment Veterans' Association. He leaves two sons, Richard and William, who were associated with him in business; two daughters, Mrs. A. A. Fowler and Mrs. John A. Ball; nine grand children and four great-grandchildren. The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 4 P. M. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John C. Ball, 469 Decatur street. The Rev. B. M. Tipple of the Sumner Avenue M. E. Church will officiate. There will also be Masonic services. Mr. Gendar was a man of genial, kindly nature and retained his mental strength up to his final illness. He grew old gracefully.

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