The Blackers

Peter and Abigail Blacker followed their friend Charles Codman to Modern Times(later Brentwood)in the 1850s,along with their two children,Eleanor and Frank.Peter opened a harness and saddlery shop,which he ram until his death in 1864.Sadly,Eleanor died at age 18 in 1855,and death would continue to be a frequent visitor to the Blacker family.
Frank was a Civil War veteran who returned to Brentwood after the war.For a time,he followed in his father's footsteps and was involved in carriage trimming and harness making.In 1870 he became the village's first railway station agent,and was with the Long Island Railway for 21 years.He was also a three-time postmaster.

Frank married Mary Wallace in 1873,and they had four children:Mary ,Abigail,Frank,and an infant who died on Christmas Day 1880.Death continued to rear its ugly head.Frank's wife died in July 1884,and at the same time he lost his mother and uncle.Frank was the first notary public in Brentwood.He served as president of the Board of Education,vice -president of the Brentwood Cemetery Association,and secretary of the Brentwood Village Improvement Association.His partnership,Blacker and Hall,owned the Brentwood NurseryFrank died on January 9.1921.His daughter,Abigail,married Stephen D..Walter.the son of George Walter,the longtime manager of Peck's Farm.Stephen died in 1936,and Abigail was living in Bay Shore as of 1950.

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