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Chapter I. — Family Records. ImtsI to Sixth Generations. . . . 7-19 

Chapter II. — Poem by Mr. W. J- Burritt 20-22 

Chapter III. — Obituary Notices of the Donaldson Family. . . . '2.y2-] 

Chapter IV. — War Records of Donaldson Descendants 28-31 

Resolutions on the Death of W. H. Lewis 31 

Chapter V. — Obituaries of Mr. Jacob Vanderpoel 32-34 

Chapter VI. — Records of Judge F. W. Loew and Mr. W. H. 
H. Moore, who Married Descendants of 

James Donaldson 35-37 

Chapter VII. — Tribute to Mrs. Slipper 38 

Chapter VIII. — Reminiscences 38-46 

Chapter IX. — Donaldson's Hospital 47 

Qiapter X. — Postscript 49 


Opposite Page 
Mr. James Donaldson 6 

Mrs. Catherine Donaldson 22 

Col. Joseph A. Slipper 28 

Donaldson and Vanderpoel Burial Plots 34 


In compiling this record of the Donaldson family and their descend- 
ants, I may have omitted facts that to some may seem important, and 
inserted others that are unimportant ; Init I trust due allowance will be 
made for these, and also for all mistakes that I may have made, as every- 
thing considered I have done the best I could. 

I should like to be apprised of any errors in names, places, or dates, 
so that I may correct them in my own copy. 

The accounts of those who ha\e married into the Donaldson family 
were found in my search among the books and papers of the Lenox and 
other libraries, and I thought them well worthy of a place among the 
family records. 

If the different families will be careful to continue their records 
on the blank pages in the back of the book, and will send me all dates of 
births, marriages, and deaths as they occur, it will assist greatly in keep- 
ing the record accurate and aid any future recorder in his work. 

I gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to all those who have in 
any way aided me. either by giving information or by their words and 
acts of kind encouragement. 

James H. Slipper. 

Origin of the Donaldson Name, 

This extract from Lower's "Patronymica Britannica" shows the 
origin of the Donaldson name: 

"The Donaldsons are MacDonalds, and bear their arms. The 
clan MacDonald is certainly one of the oldest and most important in 
Scotland, its chiefs being descended from Somerled, thane of Argyle, 
but sometimes styled King of the Isles, who flourished in the twelfth 
century. Donald, a well-known northern personal name, whence Don- 
alds, MacDonald, Donaldson, etc. Gaelic etymologists derive the name 
from Donhuil, that is, brown-eyed." 


Chapter L 


Catharine Robinson, mother of Mrs. Catharine Donaldson, was 
born in the Duchy of Holstine in the year of our Lord 1737. Died in 
New York, August 16, 1818, aged 81 years. 

James Donaldson, born in the Parish of Rothes, Scotland, Decem- 
ber 27, 1769. Died in New York city, January 22, 1845, ^g^(i 75 
years. Married April 26, 1795, to Catharine, daughter of William 
and Catharine Patterson, who was born in New York, November 14, 
1779. Died in New York, May 11, 1866, aged 88 years. They had 
ten children, as follows: (See obituary notices.) 



Ann Maria, born in New York, August 23, 1798. Died July 
19. 1873. Twice married. First to Benjamin A. Waldron, Decem- 
ber 7, 181 5, who died February 18, 1828. Married second time to 
Mr. William J. Burritt, March 30, 1837, who died December 29, 1859. 

Eliza, born September 27, 1800. Died August 25. 1801, aged 10 
months 29 days. 

Harriet, born November 10, 1802. Died February 6, 1824, aged 
21 years. Married to Lancaster B. Dusinbery, May 24, 1820. Died 
February 23, 1824, within 17 days of his wife. 

William Paterson, born May 25, 1805. Died September 19, 1854, 
aged 49 years. Married Eliza Thompson, 1829. 

Adeline, born in New York, June 20. 1808. Died in New Albany, 
Ind., December 20, 1887. Married to Mr. William E. Lewis, October 
21, 1826. Died New Albany, February 19. 1894. 

Eliza Jane, born in New York, March 14, 18 10. Died in Buffalo, 
N. Y., November 23, 1848, aged 38 years. (See obituary notice.) 
Married to Mr. George Mount in New York, April 21, 1829. They 
had no children. 

James Taylor, bom in New York. June 18, 1813. Died in Mata- 
gorda, Texas, March 21, 1848, aged 34 years. (See obituary.) 

Cornelia Malvina, born in New York, March 8, 181 6. Died in 
New York, 1864. Married to Isaac Lewis. Jr.. brother of William E. 
Lewis. August 27, 1833, who died 1870. 

Catharine Louisa, born in New York, February 15, 1819. Died 
in Brooklyn, May 17. 1878. Married to Col. Henry U. Slipper, Jan- 
uary 13. 1836. who died March 7. 1867. 

Mary Augusta, born in New York. April 6, 1822. Died in New 
York, June 14, 1838, aged 16 years. 




Catharine Ann, horn July 5, 1818. Died July 14, 1872. Mar- 
ried Mr. Jacoh Vanderpoel November 5, 1835. Born June 19, 1812. 
Died Fehruary 8, 1884. 

James Waldron, born 1820. Died 1848 from wounds in the Mexi- 
can war. 


Maria Louisa, born May 11, 1838. Died May 20. 1856, aged 
18 years. 



Married on Wednesday evening. May 24, 1820, by the Rev. A. 
Hunt, Lancaster B. Dusinbery to Harriet Donaldson. 


Lancaster Burling Dusinbery, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Dusin- 
bery, was born at New Windsor, N. Y., July 13, 1796. 

Harriet, daughter of James and Catharine Donaldson, was born 
in New York, November 10, 1802. 

James Donaldson, son of Lancaster and Harriet Dusinbery, was 
born in New York at 2 P. M. on Tuesday, April 10, 1821. Baptized 
Tuesday, Mav 8, 182 1, by the Rt. Rev. E. George, Bishop of the 
M. E. C. 

Samuel Lancaster, son of Lancaster and Harriet Dusinbery. was 
born December i, 1823. Baptized by the Rev. Mr. Bangs, February 
2, 1824. 


Harriet Dusinbery, wife of Lancaster B. Dusinbery, departed this 
life on Friday night, February 6, 1824, aged 21 years, 2 months. 2"/ 

Lancaster B. Dusinbery departed this life on Monday night, Feb- 
ruary 23, 1824, aged 27 years, 7 months, 10 days. 

Samuel Lancaster Dusinbery, son of Lancaster B. and Harriet 
Dusinbery. departed this life October 19. 1824. aged 10 months and 
19 days. 


DONALDSON. (Continued.) 

Adeline and William E. .Lewis had three children : 

James Evertson. 

Catharine Louisa, born February 25, 1831, in New York. Died 
St. Paul, Minn., April 17, 1907. Married E. H. Mann, who died 
December 12, 1906. (See Mann family record.) 

William Mount, born in New York, January 11, 1835. Married 
Anna E. Phelps, September 8, 1858, at Ottawa, 111. 

Cornelia and Isaac Lewis had five children. 

George and Charlie died in childhood. 

William Henry, born in New York, j\Iay 30, 1836. Died in 
Chicago, May 11, 1906. Married in New Albany, Ind., Julia Snively. 

Adelaide Louisa, born in New York, 1844. Married W. H. H, 
Moore, 1862. 

Nellie Lewis, unmarried. 

Catharine Louisa and Henry U. Slipper had five children. 

James Henry, born in the city of New York on the 5th of Octo- 
ber, 1836; his twin brother died at his birth. Married November 2, 
1886, Mrs. Lou Bosley. 

Joseph Augustus, born in the city of New York on the 23d of 
March, 1841. Died July 24, 1882. 

Anna Louisa, born in the city of Brooklyn, N. Y., on the 3d of 
November, 1844. 

Catherine Eliza, born in the city of Brooklyn, N. Y., August 7, 

Alice Isabel, born in the city of Brooklyn, N. Y., on the 4th day 
of May, 1858. Died October 31, 1864. 




Catharine Ann Waklron, born Jnly 5, 1818, Died July 14, 1872. 
Married November 5, 1835, to Mr. Jacob Vanderpoel. (Born June 
19, 1 81 2. Died February 6. 1884.) Had six children. 

Benjamin Waldron. born November 23, 1836. Died at Antwerp, 
Belgium, May 5, 1878. 

Mary Elizabeth, born August 26, 1838. Died June 26, 1903. 
Was married April 5, i860, to John Vanderpoel. who died in Chicago, 
May 31, 1869. 

Julia Augusta, born 1844, 

George Burritt, born August 20, 1846. 

Charles, born 1848. Died 1850. 

Dr. Waldron Burritt, born August 16, 1854. 

(See Family Record of Catharine and Edward H. Mann here- 
with attached.) 

Mr. William Mount Lewis, born 1835, was married in 1858 to 
Annie Phelps, born 1838, and had four children. 

William Phelps, born November 27, 1859. 

Edward Donaldson, born May, 1861. Died May, 1861, aged 3 

Henry Bangs, born July 28, 1862. 

Kate Whitney, daughter, born August, 1865. Died November, 
1865, aged 3 months. 










DONALDSON. (Continued.) 


Edward Henry, son of Josiah and Sarah Mann, born July 7, 1824. 
Catharine Louisa Mann, daughter of WilHam E. and Adaline 
Lewis, born February 25, 183 1. 

Charles William, son of Edward H. and Catharine Louisa Mann, 
born August 27, 1851. 

Francis Putnam, son of Edward H. and Catharine Louisa Mann, 
born April 2, 1854. 

Lewis Donaldson, son of the above, born February 11, 1857. 

Henry Williamson, son of the above, born December 8, 1861. 

Catharine Louisa, daughter of the above, born May 21, 1869. 

Leonora Catharine, daughter of Francis P. and Mattie H. Mann, 
born October 14, 1878. 

Winona Lewis, daughter of Francis P. and Mattie H. Mann, born 
July 2, 1880. 


Katharine Alexandra, daughter of the above, born September 13, 

Margaret Christina, daughter of the above, born November 5, 

Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of the above, born November 4, 1901. 


At New York, November 6, 1849, by the Rev. Joseph R. Mann, 
Edward H. Mann to Catharine Louisa Lewis. 

At La Fayette Ind.. December 12. 1877. Francis P. Mann to 
Martha H. Chute. 

At St. Paul, Minn., July 6, 1886. Henry W. Mann to Alma C. 



At New York, March 17, 1852, Charles William, oldest son of 
Edward H. and Catharine L. Mann, aged 6 months and 19 days. 

At St. Paul. Minn., April 7, 1881, Winona Lewis, daughter of 
Francis P. and Martha H. Mann, aged 9 months and 5 days. 

At LaFayette, Ind., July 7, 1882, Francis Putnam, son of Edward 
H. and Catharine L. Mann, aged 28 years, 3 months, and 5 days. 

At St. Paul, Minn., October 23, 1887, Catharine Louisa, daughter 
of Edward H. and Catharine L. Mann, aged 18 years, 5 months, and 
2 days. 

At St. Paul, Minn., November 17, 1894, Katharine A. and Mar- 
garet C, daughters of Henry W. and Alma C. Mann, aged 5 and 2 

At St. Paul, Minn., December 12, 1906, Edward Henry Mann, 
aged 82 years, 5 months, and 5 days. 

At St. Paul, Minn., April 17, 1907, Catharine Louisa, widow of 
Edward H. Mann, aged 76 years, i month, and 22 days. 


DONALDSON. (Continued.) 

William Henry Lewis, born May 30, 1836. Died May 11, 1906. 
Married to Julia Frances Snively, October 21, 1862. Died May 23, 
1887. Had six children. 

Capt. E. M., born December 10, 1863. 

William A., born March 30, 1865. Died July, 1894. 

Arthur, born March 13, 1867. 

Julia C, born August 4, 1874. Died August 27, 1875. 

Francis S., born August 14, 1876. 

Adelaide Louisa, born February i, 1879. 

Adelaide L. Lewis and Mr. William H. H. Moore were married 
June 10, 1862, and had four children, viz. : 

Julia L., born September 26, 1863. Married L. C. Fairchild, 
October 19, 1882. 

Arthur L., born January 20, 1866. Married Sara Frelinghuysen 
Chambers, February 25, 1892. 

William Clifford, born September 16, 1867. 

Adelaide L., born January 17, 1871. Married Mr. E. Hicks Her- 
rick, April 28, 1892. 

Col. Joseph A. Slipper, born March 23, 1841. Died July 24, 1882. 
(See circular of Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U. S. 
attached to this genealogy.) Married Miss Zillah Jenkins in Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., November 27, 1872. They had three children. 

Ethel, born September 10, 1873. 

Charles J., born February 3, 1875. 

Joseph R., born April 25, 1877. 

Anna Louisa Slipper and Henry L. Gordon were married June 7, 
1864; had one daughter, Alice M. Henry L. Gordon died in China. 

Katherine Eliza Slipper and Arthur Van Dyke were married Oc- 
tober 24, 1891, and had one daughter, Kathryn, born December 31, 




Benjamin Waldron Vanderpoel married Ellen Nevins. Had one 
child, Mary Elizabeth, born 1869. 

Julia A. married Judge V. W. Luew, December 19, 1867. Had 
two children. 

Julia Vanderpoel, born 1869. 
Charles E. Vanderpoel, born 1871. 

George Burritt Vanderpoel married Miss Maria Louise Ely, Oc- 
tober 14, 1868. Had three children. (See Record of lineage on 
father's side.) 

Julia Louisa, born July 31, 1870. Died December 28, 1874. 

Catherine Ann, born June 11, 1872. Died August 18, 1872. 

Ambrose Ely, born August 9, 1875. 

Dr. Waldron Burritt Vanderpoel married Miss Anna Brennan at 
New Rochelle, N. Y., June 29, 1905. Had one child, a daughter, Cath- 
arine Ann, born July 13, 1908. 


William Phelps Lewis married in 1901 Alma Connor, born 1876. 
Has two sons : 

Whitney Connor, born 1903. 
Henry Bangs, Junior, born 1907. 

Henry Bangs Lewis married in 1886 Isabel Willetts, born 1865. 
Has three children : 

Son, John Whitney, born 1889. 
Daughter, Julia Willetts, born 1891. 
Daughter, Enid Yardell. born 1894. 


Capt. E. M. Lewis married Harriet Russell Balding, June 12, 
1888. Had three children: 
Henry B. 
Adelaide Palmer. 
Thomas B. 

Francis S. married Adelaide Sara Terry, January 30. 1901. 

Adelaide L. married Flarry Heffrin. April 18. 1906. 
Daughter, Emma Josephine, born February 6. 1907. 


DONALDSON. (Continued.) 


Julia L., born September 26, 1863. Married L. C. Fairchild, Oc- 
tober 19, 1882. Has three children: 

William Le Roy, born March 20, 1885. 

Adelaide, born May i, 1887. 

Lila, born June 6, 1893. 

Arthur L., born January 20, 1866. Married Sara Frelinghuysen 
Chambers, February 25, 1892. Has three children: 

Louisa, born March 8, 1894. 

William H. H., born September i, 1895. 

Zara Adelaide, born November 29, 1900. 

Adelaide L., born January 17, 1871. Married Mr. E. Hicks Her- 
rick, April 28, 1892. Has two daughters : 

Margaret Adelaide, born January 24, 1893. 

Louisa Moore, born February 13, 1895. 


Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Waldron Vanderpoel, twice 

First, to Mr. J. J. Sinnott. Had two children: 

John J., born 1895. 

Helen, born 1897. 

Second marriage. Dr. Johnson. 

Frora the New York Times , Friday , Dec .3rd , 

I9C9. [ 

Married. ' 

Arnold-Fairchild . 

Wednesday ,Dec. 1st. I9C9 , at the residence of the; 

bride's grand parents ,ivlr. & Mrs .V/ .H.H.Moore ," 

(in the City of Ne:v York) , by the Rev. Henry 
Sloan Coffin, D.D. 

Adelaide Pairchild to John Welles Arnold. 

Note by the Compiler. 
Tlie bride is a great, great grand daughter of 
James & Cathorino Donaldson. 





Vanderpoel, George Burritt, of New York city, b. tliere Aug. 29, 
1846: grad. Dartmouth Coll. 1868, A.B., A.M., 1871 ; tax com- 
missioner 1878-83; secy, to the mayor 1876-78; deputy tax com- 
missioner 1870-2 (m. Oct. 14, 1868, Maria Louise, dau. of E. C. 
and Julia A. (Kitchell Ely, and gr.-dau. of Ambrose Kitchell of 
Hanover, N. J., and had three children: Julia Louise, b. July 31, 
1870, d. Dec. 28, 1874; Catharine Ann, b. June 11, 1872, d. Aug. 
28, 1872; and Ambrose Ely, b. Aug. 9, 1875) ; son of JACOB of 
New York city, b. there June 19, 1812; d. there Feb. 8, 1884; 
dealer in mahogany and rosewood, proprietor of a varnish fac- 
tory; school commissioner 1876; dock commissioner 1877-83; (m. 
Nov. 5, 1835, Catherine Ann, b. July 6, 1818; d. July 14. 1872; 
dau. of Benjamin and Ann Maria [Donaldson] Waldron of New 
York city) ; son of JACOB of New York city, b. in Chatham, 
N. J., May 6, 1776; d. in New York city; merchant (m. Apr. 9, 
1796, Elizabeth Smith, b. Apr. 18. 1778: d. July 25, 1849); son 
of DAVID of Chatham, N. J., b. Feb., 1735; d. in Chatham, N. 
J., Jan. 26, 182 1 ; captain in the Revolutionary war, name was 
usually pronounced Pool, tanner (m. Aug. 20, 1757, Deborah 
Lane) ; son of JOHANNES of Newark, N. J., b. in Albany, N. 
Y., bap. there Aug. 3. 1707; d. in Newark, N. J. (m. 1732, Apphia 
Davis) ; son of WYNANT of Albany, N. Y., and Newark, N. J., 
b. in Albany, 1681 ; bap. Oct. 14. 1683; d. in Newark Apr. 14. 
1750; freeholder in Albany 1720: during the same year his brother 
Melgert was freeholder in Kinderhook (m. Aug. 17, 1706, 
Katherina De Hoogen. b. 1687; d. Jan. 12, 1744) ; son of MEL- 
GERT WYANTSE Vanderpoel of Albany, N. Y., b. there 1654; 
d. there 1710 (m. 1668, Adriaantje Verplanck) ; son of WYN- 
ANT GERRITSE Vanderpoel of New York city and Albany, N. 
Y., b. in Amsterdam 1620; d. in Albany 1699 (m. 1642, Tryntje 
Melgerse). — From American Ancestry. 


Chapter IL 



Should you ask me for the reason 
Why unsummon'd here we come? 
Why this night? This chilly season? 
With one accord we leave our home? 
Why beneath the parent rooftree 
All are gathered? Old and Young. 
Hearts of gladness, almost care free, 
With radiant smiles their faces hung. 
With all the hopes and fears we cherish, 
With all the gladsome joy we show 
Respect, and love which cannot perish; 
Respect and love to you we owe. 

I should answer and remember. 
This is natal, Birth-day fete; 
This is fourteenth of November. 
Seventy-eight is now complete. 
The golden bowl is still unbroken, 
The pitcher still is at the well. 
Now is the time we bring our token. 
Now is the time our love to tell ; 
Now is the time to bring our garlands. 
And our offerings here to-night. 
Before dispersion into far lands. 
Before we feel the wintry blight. 
Time is short, and time is fleeting; 
Now is all that we possess. 
Now is the time and this our meeting 
We'll treasure in our hearts' recess. 

Eighty years, save two, are numbered. 
Gone and vanished like the dew ; 
Like long ages that have slumbered ; 
Like the light when lost to view ; 


Like the shadows inerg'd and darken'd. 
Like the years beyond the flood. 
Like tales to which our ears have harken'd, 
Like messengers sent up to God. 
Now remembrance scans the vista, 
Tracing througli the long-gone past. 
Checker'd scenes all dim and misty, 
Clustering, rise up thick and fast. 
One by one the friends departed, 
Ties dissever'd, hopes to fade. 
Earth would leave us broken-hearted 
If heaven were not our constant aid. 
Ties dissever'd, vain hopes chasten'd, 
All things tending to decline; 
Thus admonished, here we hasten. 
All the branches, round the Vine. 

Should you further wish to ask me 
What these branches mean to do? 
If they shall live when you're transplanted, 
Live when you are out of view. 

I should answer, I should tell you : 

Your remembrance shall not perish. 

They will keep the precepts given. 

They will honor, love, and cherish. 

Till at last we meet in Heaven. 

We will live around our hearthstone, 

Musing on our sainted sires. 

And shine, if may be, as they shone. 

Till death extinguished all our fires. 

In unity and kindness dwelling, 

Every bitter root destroyed ; 

Every cause of heartburn quelling. 

Live in peace that's unalloy'd. 

Thus we'll float along life's surface. 

Buoyant on time's changing flood. 

Remembering those who've gone before us, 

And trace their pathway up to God. 


While our frail bark is on life's ocean. 
Our ends and aims extended far; 
We'll give to Heaven sincere devotion, 
We'll fix upon that Golden Star, 
Bethlehem's Planet — radiant day Star, 
Guiding all who keep that light 
Shining in the soul's horizon, 
A cloud by day and fire by night. 
And when with us all things shall cease, 
Life, time, hope, Joy, and earthly love. 
Then may our end be made in peace. 
To join the enraptured Hosts above. 

If still further you would question. 

And should ask me if I know 

Who plann'd and set this thing in motion. 

Who ranged these people in a row? 

Who designed and brought together 

All you find around you here 

In spite of colds and wind or weather? 

I shall answer without fear; 

She that had a celebration, 

Thirty years of wedded life, 

She that fits in every station. 

Grand-dame, Mother, Daughter, Wife, 

She, the active moving Spirit 

That goes ahead in spite of Omen, 

She, you all must know her merits, 

You know her — a designing Woman. 

I have my information certain 
(The source no one can say is bad), 
I've had a peep behind the curtain. 
And then they all cry out, '"Tis Ad." 

And now we tender you our greeting. 
Big and little, every one, 
And hope for many more such meetings. 
Many a birthday Welcome Home. 

MRS. CATllAKIXI'; 1 )()X ALDSt )N. 



i;, Aster, Lwiftx and fWim Ij 




Chapter HI. 


January 22, 1845. ^n tlie city of New York, James Donaldson, in 
the ybth year of his age. 

The deceased was born in the parish of Ivothcs in Scotland ; and 
when about 13 years of age removed with his parents to Aberdeen. 
In the year 1786 he left his native country, and arrived in Nova Scotia 
in July of that year. In the latter part of the year 1788 he was awak- 
ened under the ministry of the Rev. William Black, and after several 
weeks of deep distress he was mercifully delivererl from the bondage 
of sin and Satan, and brought into the glorious liberty of the children 
of God. In July, 1791, he came to New York; and on his arrival in 
this city he was very kindly received by the Rev. Messrs. Whatcoat 
and Mann, at that time stationed preachers in New York, and by the 
Rev. Mr. Morrell, the presiding elder; also by Mr. Andrew Mercein, 
in whose family he resided nearly six years. In 1806 he was appointed 
a class leader, and in 181 j he was elected a trustee of the M. E. Church; 
both of these offices he continued to fill with great acceptance till the 
time of his death. Ever since he first made a profession of religion, 
his whole life has been an exhibition of humble, consistent godliness. 
Though naturally modest and retiring, he was never ashamed of his 
religious profession, but always delighted in the name of his Saviour. 
In whatever company or situation he was placed, it was always his 
happiness to dwell on the theme of redeeming love. A short time 
before his last illness, he remarked to a friend : "Having obtained 
help of the Lord, I yet remain ; and although I have to cry out many 
times, 'My leanness, my leanness,' yet he bears with my weakness ; 
and my name is 'a sinner saved by grace.' " His last sickness, an af- 
fection of the heart, was short and severe. Most of the time his suffer- 
ings prevented him from conversing much. What few remarks he was 
enabled occasionally to make showed that his mind was fixed on God. 
A few minutes before he breathed his last, he said to one of his daugh- 
ters, who was standing by his bedside: "Don't be alarmed; this is 
death. I am not alarmed. My Saviour is with me through the valley 
and shadow of death." 

Thus died this beloved and venerable disciple, as he lived, an 
humble, bright, and consistent Christian. Let each one endeavor to 
imitate his bright example and follow him as he followed Christ. L. 



Seldom are we called upon to mourn the departure from this 
world of one whose whole life was a better living epistle of the Chris- 
tian character than that of our departed friend James Donaldson, who 
died in the city of New York on the 22d of January in the 76th year 
of his age. 

From early youth to the latest period of his declining years the 
great object of his desire was to live a Christian's life and to die a 
Christian's death. 

It is not for him we mourn, for we have heard a voice from 
heaven saying, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord," and we 
know and feel he has exchanged a world of toil and trouble even to 
her most favored sons for one of bright and blissful immortality. But 
we would cherish the memory of his virtues, the example of his un- 
spotted life, and his calm and peaceful end, to help forward the aged 
Christian in his onward course, to stimulate the young to run the same 
race, and to urge upon his descendants as they revere his memory, so 
to live that when they are called upon to die they may receive a crown 
of glory in the world of bliss. A native of Scotland, he was for more 
than fifty years a resident of this city, and fulfilled all the duties of a 
good Christian with unblemished reputation. 

As a husband and a father he was kind, affectionate, and confid- 
ing, as a friend firm and faithful. Charity was one of his daily duties, 
and no poor man made an appeal to him in vain. Careful and prudent 
in his affairs, unscrupulously honest and exact in his dealings, he made 
it a point of honor to fulfill all his engagements not only on the day 
and at the hour, but in the spirit as well as the letter. 

But the crowning excellence of his character was his Christian 
deportment. He became pious in his sixteenth year, and from that 
time until his death, he was a devoted member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, aiding her by his exertions and assisting her with his 
means. Chosen in 181 3 a trustee of the churches of that denomination 
in this city while they were associated together, he was re-elected to 
the same office until the church property was divided, and continued 
an officer and trustee of the same church until his death. 

No secular affairs could prevent him from attending to his reli- 
gious duties, neither cold nor heat, storm nor rain would detain him 
from the house of God; and although nearly four-score winters had 
passed over his head, he was there three times on the last Sabbath 
previous to his decease. 

Naturally modest and retiring in his manners, he was firm in the 


path of duty, and never hesitated to admonisli a friend when he llioupht 
he could benefit hini thereby. 

Few who knew him l)ut well remember his kind and easy manner, 
his bland, affectionate smile, when he warned them of their errors, or 
urged them to their duty, in such a way that they felt the admonition 
came from the heart, where it was formed in tlie greatest kindness and 
carried into effect with the best desires for their good ; as an instance, 
the writer well remembers an inter\iew the deceased had with a vener- 
able friend a short time since, who informed him of the death nf his 
brother. "Yes," said he with much feeling, "I have no doubt he died 
happy. It is a call for you and me ; but remember, brother, where he 
had one talent to answer for, you have two." 

During his last sickness, which was very short and severe, he was 
perfectly resigned. His mind was clear, calm, and composed ; a few 
moments before he expired he said to one of his family. "I feel I am 
dying; this is death. Do not be alarmed. I am not alarmed, my 
Saviour is with me through the valley and shadow of death." He 
then closed his eyes, and in a few moments more, with hardly a strug- 
gle or groan, expired. Thus Christianity can disarm death of all its 
terrors, and make the grave but the gate of Heaven. Young believer, 
aged disciple, be faithful until death, and you will receive a crown 
of life. 




Mrs. Catherine Donaldson, widow of James Donaldson, died in 
the city of New York on the nth of May, 1866, in the 88th year of 
her age. 

This venerable lady fell, like the aged oak, in the full maturity of 
her years and usefulness, and as the ivy and wild flowers still cling 
to the monarch of the forest, though it is prostrate to the earth, so 
recollections of her many virtues surround her memory, and we would 
treasure them up in the sacred recesses of our hearts. One by one, 
many of her children, like acorns from the parent branch, were laid 
low in the earth. Yet God had been very kind to her in all His deal- 
ings. She became a Christian in early life, and was faithful unto 
death, and at that time was probably the oldest member in com- 
munion of the Methodist Episcopal Church in this city. Until her 
fatal illness blessed with almost uninterrupted health, with competence, 
a happy family, and ardent friends, her greatest desire was to add to 
the happiness of all who came within her domestic sphere, and never 
more happy than when dispensing the hospitalities of her home to 
ministers of religion and their families. Many, at least of the older 
ones, will look back with pleasure on the hours they have passed under 
her hospitable roof. But where are many of them now — many of her 
dear children, the friends of her youth, the companions of her ma- 
turer years, of the tens — nay, hundreds — of those who worshiped at the 
same altar with her? Gone to the Spirit land. To this aged servant, 
after nearly fourscore and ten years of pilgrimage on earth, the Lord 
said "Come home," and without a murmur or a sigh the spirit of this 
mother in Israel was taken to its mansion in Heaven. She was dis- 
tinguished by untiring industry, great firmness and energy of char- 
acter, mixed with much kindness, beneficence, and love. Indeed, char- 
ity was the rule of her life, and for many years a stated portion of her 
income was most religiously devoted to the wants of the Church and 
the calls of the needy and suffering. 

While we are thankful for her bright example, let us imitate her 
many Christian graces, and strive to live that we may meet her in the 
skies. S. 




(1848) November 23. In Buffalo, X. Y., Mrs. Eliza Jane 
Mount, wife of Mr. George Mount, and daughter of the late James 
Donaldson of this city. Tiie grave has closed over the mortal remains 
of our beloved friend, but we are not called upon to mourn without 
hope, as in early life she was deeply exercised by the truths of Chris- 
tianity, and in after years became a professed follower of the Saviour. 
Her death was so gentle and peaceful that those who watched by her 
couch could hardly tell the exact time of the spirit's departure. II. 

Died, of congestion of the brain, after a short illness, on Tuesday, 
March 21, 1848. James T. Donaklson, a native of the city of Xew 
York, and for more than six years a resident of Matagorda. Texas. 

"In the midst of life we are in death" ; and never was this truth 
more forcibly verified than in the sudden and unexpected death of our 
much-esteemed friend. \\'hen the unerring dart of death levels to 
the dust the aged and infirm, it is sorrowful to witness the harrowed 
feelings of weeping friends and relatives ; but when, as in this case, 
the strong man in the prime of life is singled out, when fond hopes anfl 
high expectations of dear friends are thus suddenly blasted by death's 
untimely grasp, the calamity is indeed painful in the extreme, and may 
well cause a sigh from the deepest recesses of the heart. Ardent and 
sincere in his attachment to his friends, and amiable and courteous in 
his deportment to all with whom he had transactions in the various 
paths of life, we are persuaded that but few persons had won more 
esteem, or whose loss would be more generally regretted than that of 
Major Donaldson. His funeral was numerously and respectably at- 

His remains ha\e been brought on, and now repose in Greenwood 
by the side of his kindred dust. As a friend he was firm and faithful, 
as a merchant ardent, industrious, and enterprising, of strict integrity 
and undoubted honor. 

The opening prospects in Texas induced him at an early i)eriod to 
leave his home and engage there in mercantile pursuits. From his 
known business talents his friends anticipated his attaining a high 
position among the business men of that active and thriving State : and 
just as he seemed on the eve of reaping the rewards of years of toil 
and anxiety his manly form was laid low and his spirit called suddenly 
away, we hope, to a brighter and better world. 
"Green be the turf above thee 
Friend of my better days. 
None knew thee but to love thee. 
None named thee but to praise." S. 


Chapter IV. 


Descendants of James and Catherine Donaldson were found rally- 
ing around the flag in each of their country's wars, as shown by the 
accompanying list of names. 


James Waldron, born 1820. Died 1848 of wounds received in 
the Mexican war. Grandson of James and Catherine Donaldson. 
Extract from Waldron Ancestry. 

James Waldron. — He entered the United States Army at the 
outbreak of the Mexican war. He went safely through several en- 
gagements, and wrote to his family of his experiences and prospects 
several interesting letters. Then his letters ceased to come; there was 
a long interval of suspense and anxious, prayerful waiting, and then 
word was received that James Waldron had been severely wounded 
in one of the hardest fought battles of the war — the storming of 
Chapultepec — and had died either in being carried to the hospital or 
soon after reaching it ; it was never known quite certainly which. His 
remains were buried in the soil of Mexico. 


Vanderpoel, Capt. Benjamin W., born November 23, 1836. Died 
May 5, 1878, in Antwerp, Belgium, from wounds and disease incur- 
red in the war of the rebellion. Served in 59th New York Volunteers. 
Confined as a prisoner of war in Libby, Salisbury, and Danville prisons. 
Great-grandson of James and Catherine Donaldson. 

Officers of Volunteers appointed by the President 1861-1865. 

Lewis, William M., Captain, Addl. Aide c. May 30, 1862. Mustered 
out September 24, 1864. 

Slipper, Joseph A., Capt. A. A. G. September 9, 1862. Mustered 
out September 19, 1865. 

Grandsons of James and Catharine Donaldson. 

See minutes of M. O. L. L. regarding his death. 


Lewis, Edwin M., born in Indiana. Appointed from Indiana; 
graduated from West Point. Second Lieut, nth Infantry July i, 
1866. First Lieut. 20th Infantry August 31, 1893. Captain March 
2, 1899. Adjt. March 2, 1899. Served through the Spanish war and 
at the Philippines. Great-grandson of James and Catherine Donald- 




New York, November 8, 1882. 
Circular No. 5. 
Series of 1882-83. 
Whole No. 207. 

II. At a Stated Meeting of this Commandery, held at Delm<3ni- 
co's, corner of Fiftii Avenue and Twenty-sixth Street, on Wednesday 
evening, November i, 1882. the following Report of a Committee ap- 
pointed to draft Resolutions relative to the decease of Companion Slip- 
per was adopted : 


First. The Cominittee appointed at a Meeting of the Cummand- 
ery, held October 4, 1882, to draft Resolutions relative to the death of 
Companion Brevet Colonel Joseph A. Slipper, respectfully report : 

Colonel Joseph A. Slipper, late Major and Assistant Adjutant- 
General, v. S. Vols., died July 24, 1882, at Glen Cove, Long Island, 
N. Y. 

Colonel Slipper was a native of this city. Soon after leaving Co- 
lumbia College, where he graduated with honors, he entered the volun- 
teer service as Lieutenant in the 67th Regiment, New York Volunteers, 
known as the "First Long Island Regiment." Shortly after his regi- 
ment reached Washington, in the summer of 1861, he was detailed as 
Aide on the staff of Brigadier-General L. P. Graham, commanding the 
brigade to which his regiment had been assigned. He served in this 
capacity until the fall of 1862, when having been appointed Captain 
and Assistant Adjutant-General, he resigned his commission in the 67th 
Regiment, and reported for duty in his new position, to Brigadier-Gen- 
eral J. J. Abercrombie, who had succeeded General Graham in com- 
mand of the brigade. While with General Abercrombie, by whom he 
was held in high esteem, he discharged his duty with great fidelity — 
always ready to execute any service, no matter how dangerous or diffi- 
cult. At the battles of Fair Oaks and Malvern Hill, he greatly dis- 
tinguished himself. For his brave and gallant conduct in these battles 
he was complimented and praised by his superior officers. 

In the early days of the organization of this Commandery, Colonel 
Slipper gave his active attention to the Order. He was one of the 
Charter Members of this Commandery, and served in various capacities. 

For some years past, owing to a severe and painful illness, caused 
from exposure in the field, he was unable to attend any of the meetings 
of the Commandery. 


Colonel Slipper was a gentleman of the highest sense of honor, 
and he will long be remembered with respect and affection by those who 
were associated with him. 

Your Committee recommend the adoption of the following Reso- 
lutions ; the Commandery has experienced the loss of a Companion dis- 
tinguished for his good qualities and devotion to duty : 

"Resolved, That the Commandery deeply regret his death and ex- 
tends its sympathies to his widow and family. 

"Resolved, That these Resolutions be entered upon our records, 

and a copy of them be sent to the family of our deceased Companion." 

Charles K. Graham, 

Brevet Major-General, U. S. Vols. 
Samuel Truesdell, 

Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Vols. Committee. 
Benjamin F. Rittenhouse, 

Brevet Major U. S. Army. 
Arthur J. Pritchard, 

Paymaster, U. S. Navy. 


Brevet Colonel U. S. V. 

Elected, January 17, 1866. in Pennsylvania Commandery. Trans- 
ferred to New York Commandery. Charter Member, January 17, 1866. 
1st Class. Insignia 133. Glen Cove, N. Y. 

1st Lieutenant, 67th New York Infantry ("First Long Island"), 
September 16, 1861 ; promoted. 

Captain, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, September 
9. 1862; mustered out, September 19, 1865. 

Brevet Major, U. S. Volunteers, March 13, 1865, "for faithful 
and meritorious services during the war ;" Lieutenant-Colonel and Col- 
onel, March 13. 1865, "for gallant and meritorious services in the field 
during the war." 

Fourth Corps, Army Potomac ; Defenses Washington, D. C. : De- 
partment Washington, Twenty-second Corps. 

Correspondent of the Commandery, February 16, 1866, to May 2, 
1866; Recorder, May 2, 1866, to April 30, 1867; Council, April 30, 
1867, to May 6. 1868; Senior Vice-Commander, May 6, 1868, to May 
5, 1869. 

Born, March 23, 1841, at New York, N. Y. 

Died, July 24, 1882, at Glen Cove, N. Y. 



He came to the grave not when tlie slow decay of mental powers 
had set the warning signals of death, but at the time when the equip- 
ment for his work was almost perfect, and the intellectual fruitage for 
the next ten years bade fair to be the most abundant. 

He was an honorable, upright, conscientious man and was held in 
high esteem by all who knew him. 

A tribute from his comrades of the Military Order of the Loyal 
Legion will be found attached to these records. J. H. S. 


Chicago, May 8, 1907. 

The following extract from the minutes of the meeting of the 
Board of Directors of this Company, held May 29, 1906, is the only 
reference there is to the death of the late Mr. W. H. Lewis, viz. : 

'The President announced the death ( which occurred on the 1 1 th 
of May) of Mr. W. H. Lewis, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, who 
had been a faithful and efficient officer of the Company for nearly half 
a century." (Signed) Byron Cassell. 

This was a grandson of James and Catherine Donaldson. 


I'V. H. Lezvis, Treasurer of the Motion Raikvay, Dead at Age of 70. 
W. H. Lewis, treasurer of' the Monon Railroad, died at the home 
of his son, 295 Hazel Avenue. Chicago, 111., May 11, 1906. He was 
one of the oldest railroad officials of the West, and had devoted forty- 
eight years of active service in the upbuilding of the Monon route. Mr. 
Lewis was 70 years of age, and his death was caused by heart disease. 
He is survived by four children— Capt. Edward ]\I. Lewis, 20th United 
States Infantry; Arthur H., Francis, and Mrs. Adelaide Lewis Hefifrin. 
Burial services will be held in New Albany, Ind. 


Chapter V. 


9, 1884. 


Mr. Jacob Vanderpoel died yesterday at his residence in Lexing- 
ton Avenue; the direct cause being a cancerous affection of the glands 
of the neck. It developed with great rapidity, and baffled the skill of 
his physicians. Mr. Vanderpoel was born in 1812, and belonged to 
Knickerbocker stock. He received his early education in the best of 
schools, and when he entered mercantile life, became prominent in the 
mahogany trade; subsequently he engaged in the manufacture of var- 
nish, and built a large factory on the east side. He retired from active 
business in 1862 with a large fortune. Later he was tendered the 
nomination for mayor, which he declined, but consented to serve as a 
school commissioner in the 19th Assembly District. Subsequently he 
became a member of Tammany Hal! General Committee, and was 
shortly after appointed to the office of Dock Commissioner. 

He was a man of large experience, popular, and possessed pro- 
nounced business ability. This was one of the secrets of his success. 
His death was not unanticipated. He knew that it was approaching 
rapidly, and he calmly made every arrangement for the future with 
the surviving members of his family. 


9, 1884. 


Ex-Dock Commissioner Jacob Vanderpoel died at his residence, 
No. 342 Lexington Avenue, yesterday morning of malignant tumor 
of the throat. He had been confined to his house for four or five 
weeks, but his death was entirely unexpected. 

Mr. Vanderpoel was born in this city in 1812. He began to earn 
his own living as an apprentice to John Budd, a cabinet maker in Fulton 
Street. While still young and at the age of twenty, he bought the 
remainder of the time he was to serve. Subsequently he became a 
dealer in mahogany, and made a great deal of money in the business. 
This he invested in real estate, which rapidly rose in \-alue and largely 
increased his fortune. A great deal of the real estate he retained pos- 


session of up to the time of his death, lioldinj^, it is said, nearly one 
miUion dollars worth. 

In 1876 Mayor Wickham appnintefl Mr. Vanderpoel a School 
Comjiiissioner. This office he held until May, 1877, when Mayor Ely 
appointed him a Dock Commissioner. He served in this position until 
the expiration of his term in May, 1883. From the fall of 1877 until 
last spring, he held the office of Treasurer of the Board of Dock Com- 

Mr. Vanderpoel leaves two sons, George B. and Waldron B. Van- 
derpoel, and two daughters, one of whom is the wife of Ex-Register 
Loew. He was a Mason. The funeral services w'ill be held at the 
Baptist Church at Park Avenue and 39th Street at 3 P. M. to-morrow. 
There will he no pallbearers, Mr. Vanderpoel being opposed to any 
ostentatious display. 


9, 1884. 


Ex-Dock Commissioner Jacob Vanderpoel died yesterday morning 
at his home. No. 342 Lexington Avenue. He was taken sick about six 
weeks ago with what developed into an ulcer of the throat. For a 
month he suffered excruciating pain. For a week he had been much 
depressed, but on Thursday he was more hopeful. Dr. Sands, the at- 
tending physician, did not give much encouragement. It was decided 
that a consultation of physicians should be had yesterday afternoon. 
Shortly before 6 A. M. the attending nurse noted that his breathing was 
difficult and called Dr. Vanderpoel, a son of the sick man. Soon after- 
ward the patient breathed his last. 

Mr. Vanderpoel was born in this city in 1812. His education 
was limited, and when a mere lad he was apprenticed to Cabinetmaker 
Budd, whose place of business was in Fulton Street near the North 
Dutch Church. At the age of tu-enty he purchased the remainder of his 
time and became a journeyman. 

In 1832, when the cholera was raging in this city, he bought a 
lot of mahogany at auction at a low rate, and sold it later at a large 
advance. He was successful in other ventures. He purchased a good 
deal of improved real estate in and around the "Swamp" and Franklin 
Square, and he owned for many years a good deal of tenement property 
in Cherry and adjacent streets. Good judges estimate that he was 
worth in real estate alone over one million dollars. 

In 1876 he was appointed School Commissioner by Mayor Wick- 


In the following year Mayor Ely nominated him as Commissioner 
of Docks. He was confirmed and served as such until last May ; dur- 
ing most of the time that he was in the Board he served as treasurer. 
While so serving the chief bookkeeper abstracted fifteen thousand dol- 
lars from time to time, and finally fled to Canada. The three Dock 
Commissioners made the amount good. Later another bookkeeper con- 
fessed that he was a defaulter to the amount of eight thousand nine 
hundred dollars, and this was paid by Mr. Vanderpoel. 

Not long ago Mr. Vanderpoel bought a handsome brownstone 
house in West 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. He had had extensive 
alterations in the interior and was to have had an addition built for a 
conservatory and art gallery, when he was taken sick. 


The large heart and many acts of kindly beneficence done by that 
grand old man Jacob Vanderpoel will never be known until the books 
of the Recording Angel shall be opened. I can recall this picture of 
him. One day when I was in his office, it being rent day there, as the 
tenants came in to pay their monthly dues, he would hand the mother 
or the little child who brought the money a coin and tell them to open a 
little savings bank for the children or to add it to the account already 
opened. It was a beautiful sight. 

Again I remember often to have heard Grandma Donaldson speak 
of his thoughtful kindness in sending her flowers and fruit from his 
own garden. She often remarked what a wonderfully industrious man 
your cousin Jacob is, why he is up in the morning and has a day's work 
done before the rest of us are out of bed. 

Burial places reserved for the dead have small reverence when the 
interests of the living are concerned. 

The first Donaldson interments were made in the M. E. Cemetery 
in First Street, but in 1848 a plot was purchased in Greenwood Ceme- 
tery, and the remains of James Donaldson and those of his descendants 
who had preceded him to the spirit land were transferred to that beau- 
tiful resting place of the dead, there to rest until the last trumpet shall 
call them from their long sleep. 

There all the family, save one daughter who lies in her Western 
home, are gathered together, resting peacefully with father and mother 
awaiting "that fearful day when heaven and earth shall pass away ; 
when the judge at last shall come." 













Hew York, ITov. 11, 1909. 
Dear Friend: 

It is my sad and sorrowrul duty to armoimce the 
first death among those coiinected v?ith the Donaldson 
Family, since the issue of the Family Record, 

The Hon. F. IV. Loew, hushand of one of the great 
grand daughters of James and Catherine Donaldson, died 
on ITov, 7th, 1909, at his residence llev; York City, in 
the 75th year of his age. 

The beautiful and impressive funeral services 
v/ere held, on the 10th inst., at the residence of his 
hrother-in-law. Dr. u". B. Vanderpoel, ITo. 37 IVest 76th 
St., ITev7 York City, in thei' presence of the family ana 
a large number of his sorrowing friends. A fine tribute 
to his Christian life and character v^as paid by the 
pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hew York, Rev. Dr. 
I. t'l. Eoldenan, which church he and his family had 
long attended. 

Let his Requiem be "Req\iiescat in Pace, 

All the survising members of the Donaldson 
Family join with me in extending to the sorrow stricken 
widow and children our deepest love and sympathy. 

Yours sincerely, 

James H. Slipper, 



Chapter VL 


Frederick William, Loew, twelfth Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas, was born in Alsace, December jo, 1834, and when about three 
years of age was brought by his parents to the United States. 

His ancestry on both sides sprang from old Alsatian stock resid- 
ing in Strasburg in .\lsacc. iMany of them occupied high social and 
political positions in their ancestral city and other parts of France. 

When about sixteen years old he lost his father, Frederick J. Loew, 
and was left with his mother and four younger brothers. He was edu- 
cated in English, French, and German schools of New York city. 

Having artistic tastes of a high order he determined to adopt 
engTa\ing as a profession, and accordingly studied under one of the 
most talented engravers in the city. He applied himself so industri- 
ously to his art, and attained such proficiency, that before he was twenty 
years old he received two silver medals and a handsome edition of 
Webster's Dictionary for works of his exhibited at the American Insti- 
tute and other expositions. The dies for medallions, etc., exhibited at 
the American Institute were announced as having been cut and exposed 
by him expressly for the competition, and he carried off the highest- 
prize for the same as against the works of some of the most celebrated 
engravers of the country. 

His close application, however, and the habit of constantly stoop- 
ing over his artistic work, had seriously impaired his health, and by 
ad\ice of his physician he undertook a journey South. 

Being a passenger on board the ill-fated steamer Crescent City, he 
was shipwrecked on the Bahama banks on December 7, 1855, and after 
two nights and days of privation was finally taken from the wreck by 
a wrecking schooner to the island of Nassau. He sailed from thence 
to Havana, and later to New Orleans, where for some time he was 
seriously ill. The excitement and hardship, however, had called out all 
the latent energy of his system, and thus what was at first supposed 
would prove fatal tended to his recovery. 

Returning home, he was obliged to choose a more active profession 
than art, and entered upon law. After holding a position as law clerk 
in the Sheriff's office for a time, devoting his leisure to professional 
study, he was admitted to the bar in i860. From the start his prac- 
tice was attended with success ; his specialty was the examination of 
titles to real estate and conveyancing. 

In the fall of 1863 he was elected by a large majority for a term 
of six years. Justice of the Fifth Judicial Court of New York city, com- 
prising the Seventeenth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth wards. Under his 


able and faithful management the business of the court increased stead- 
ily from year to year, as is shown by the official records. 

In the spring of 1867 he was chosen by the electors of the Twelfth 
assembly district as a member of the constitutional Convention of 1867- 
68, in the work of which body he took an active part. In November, 
1869, he was appointed by Governor Hofifman Judge of the Court of 
Common Pleas to fill the unexpired term of the Hon. George C. Bar- 
rett, resigned, and at the general election in the same month was chosen 
by a large popular vote for the full term of six years commencing Janu- 
ary I, 1870. 

As Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Loew made good 
his highly creditable record in former offices, and tried many notable 
and difficult cases with marked ability and impartiality. His decisions 
were ^•ery seldom reversed by the Court of Appeals. 

In October, 1875, he was appointed by Governor Tilden to hold 
a special term for the trial of jury causes in the Supreme Court. 

In 1875 he was nominated by the Democracy for Justice of the 
Court of Common Pleas for the term of fourteen years; but owing to 
the sweeping victory of the combination of Republican and Independent 
Democrats which had been made, he was unsuccessful, although he led 
the entire ticket by several thousand votes, and he therefore returned to 
active practice at the bar. 

In 1877, after repeated refusals, he was finally persuaded to accept 
the Democratic nomination for Register of New York city and county, 
and notwithstanding a similar combination to that of 1875 had been 
entered into between the Republicans and Independent Democrats, he 
was after a very excited and closely contested canvass elected by several 
thousand majority, serving through the years 1878, 1879, 1880. 

Some time after the expiration of his term of office his health, 
never robust, at last gave way, and he was obliged to discontinue active 
practice and seek relief in travel. 

He has since resided mostly in Paris, making occasional visits to 
New York or traveling throughout Europe and the Orient. 

Judge Loew was careful and conscientious. His motto, "What- 
ever is worth doing at all is worth doing well," found ample expression 
in his judicial life. The unqualified, painstaking", and intense devotion 
to details which won him distinction in his first calling, characterized 
the whole of his public life. 

He was married in New York city, December 19, 1867, to Julia 
Augusta, daughter of the late Jacob Vanderpoel, formerly Dock Com- 
missioner, and a descendant of an old Holland Dutch family which 
settled in New Amsterdam in the earliest days of the colony (and great- 
grand-daughter of James and Catherine Donaldson). — From History of 
the Court of Common Pleas of Nezu York. 

.^f^iiltKU OJ 

'i>- "/-".V 

Sev/ York, Jan, 12tii, 1910, 

jlgaln ^» BV& Qcaiea to plao© tbs Jfetal asterisk 
of death egaiTist the nmm of s lovea Bjember of the 
J>OKaldso72. FnMl^. 

On Jftinmx^ 4tli, 1910, Mr. Willin® E« Helra© ^!oot« 
passes iato "Mf« Iteraal," lit Ms Iksems in lew Yes'k Oity, 
la tixe 86fe ^sar of Ma ag©. n« ^ms Iti© hiisfeaiySl of a 
g:P8Jia djm^tftr of Jmaen aM Catlieria© Dosal&soa. 

Cfe t^ first -ifiy of ths- last nonth ©f "^lo year 
1^9, ^© W^aaSi^ B®11^ ?f«i?© ringing fma Ojfffuge Fio^ms-s 
50CO3Eatsd tJm fmitly mmniGn^ Is h<mor ot th« a^i*xlaga of 
his fireud-aaT^teri bM bow ?r}ill© tits ^©loa^' of ttm glfkl- 
sorae 0hi!9@3 of tl5s If^ Y©er nm still ringlisg in oar mra, 
tfe© sad tollls:^ of til© firsorjil ^#llg fci^ake i» upoa oiir 

So closol:' aoes sorrow crc^d upoji the heols of 
ploa^ire in the ^Tmm of life» 

Ploaee ai^» this anaotmo<^©nt a part of ^oxiX 
Bocaldtson Ftmtl^ Hoooasft* 

Tours Blnoerelir, 

.Isias® H, Slipi;>or» 



W. H. H. MOORE. 

Moore, William Henry Ilelme, marine insurance underwriter, was 
born at Sterling, Suffolk County, N. Y., February 13, 1824, son of Jere- 
niiali and Julia Brusb Moore. On his father's side he descends from 
Thomas Moore, who came to Sterling about 1640, and on his mother's 
side is a descendant of the Rev. George Phillips, who was born in Rain- 
horn, Norfolk, England, in 1593, was a student of the University of 
Cambridge, 161 3- 17, settled in Boxted, Essex County, but became a 
Non-conformist, and came to New England in 1630. 

He was the first minister of Watertown, Mass., from 1630 till his 
death, July i, 1644. He was a learned scholar, and noted in his time 
as a strong disputant. 

The son of Jeremiah Moore, above mentioned, was prepared for 
college at the Millers Place Academy in his native county, and ma- 
triculated at Union College, Schenectady, in the class of 1844. His 
record at the college was peculiar, in that he never missed a day in the 
college course from the first day of his freshman year to the commence- 
ment day of the class. He was graduated with honor, and at once 
began the study of law with his brother, Charles B. Moore, then a 
partner with Francis B. Cutting. He was admitted to practice in 1847, 
k and found occupation to his taste in questions of law arising in the 

adjustment of marine losses. 

He accepted the position, unsolicited, of third executive officer of 
the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, and for thirty years was its 
second vice-president, and in 1886 was elected vice-president of the 
company, continuing in charge of the loss department. Mr. Moo.e 
has been a material factor in bringing this company to its position at 
the head of marine insurance companies. While his official position 
claims so large a portion of his time, Mr. Moore has not neglected his 
duty to his city, state, and country, and has been foremost in all move- 
ments that have been proposed to advance the moral and educational 
interests of humanity. He is president of the Life Saving BenevoK'nt 
Association of New York, of the Workingwomen's Protective Union, 
and of the New York Port Society. He is also a trustee of the Sea- 
men's Bank for Savings, director of the Phoenix National Bank and of 
the Atlantic Trust Company, and one of the vice-presidents of the 
American Geographical Society. He was for twenty-six years a mem- 
ber of the Union League Club, which organization he joined shortly 
after its formation. He is a member of the Reform Club and an inde- 
pendent in politics. From 1882 he has been a trustee of the L'nion 
University, and was in 1890 president of the Union College Alumni 
Association of New York. 

In 1864 Mr. Moore was married to Adelaide Louisa Lewis, grand- 
daughter of James Donaldson. — From the National Cyclopaedia of 
American Biography. 


Chapter VII. 


She was a charming hostess, an interesting conversationalist, and 
above all a devoted wife and mother. She possessed a winning person- 
ality. Her family was one in which the Bible was reverenced and daily 
read as the word of God ; the Sabbath was strictly kept from all un- 
necessary labor. 

She was frank, kind, and affable; young and old alike delighted 
in her society. She made friends of all with whom she came in con- 
tact. Of such a woman there is nothing to be said regarding her Chris- 
tion life; her every look, her every action, testified to the purity of her 
character, her inherent goodness showed itself in even the smallest 
details of life. 

But the finity of time will have become infinity ere I forget the 
gentle hand that smoothed my early pillow, the sweet voice that soothed 
my childish sorrow, and the indulgent heart that found an excuse for 
every folly and a palliation for every fault under the sanction of a 
mother's love. 

The fragrant memories that cluster around the sainted dead are 
very precious to the sorrowing, loving hearts that linger on this earth. 
Father, mother, brother, sister, have now passed away from us. 

It's a pleasant thought that they are now reunited and have joined, 
holding sweet communion with all those of our famil}^ that have gone 
before on that blessed shore and are forever dwelling with the Lord 
in the Celestial City. 


Chapter VIII. 


On January 13, 1836, Henry U. Slipper, Colonel of the 9th Regi- 
ment N. Y. State Militia, was united in the bonds of holy wedlock to 
Miss Catharine L. Donaldson, daughter of James and Catherine Don- 

The beauty and chivalry of New Yofk were gathered at the wed- 
ding, and tiie couple started out under the brightest auspices for a 
happy wedded life. 

The October of the same year there were born to this couple twin 
boys, only one of whom survived the stress of birth. While the loss 
of the one was a severe blow to the fond parents, still they concentrated 
on the little innocent survivor the love and affection that should have 
been given to the two. 

In those days the mails were not as largely patronized as later, 
and Grandpa Donaldson wrote on the edge of a newspaper and mailed 
it to one of his children, the item, "Louisa has twin boys, only one 

The postal authorities confiscated this paper and imposed a fine of 
five dollars on the sender, so early in life did the little fellow bring 
trouble through no fault of his. 

Even now the writer can remember when about ten years of age 
standing at a newly-opened vault in the M. E. Cemetery on First Street, 
New York, with his father as they were exhuming the bodies of those 
of the family buried there, about to be removed to Greenwood, his 
father pointed out the little cofiin and said, "There is your twin brother." 

This was the first time I learned the fact ; it has dwelt on my mind 
ever since. Often I have wondered about it, and fancied this feeling 
of something wanting in my existence may have been the missing of this 
prenatal brother. 

Colonel Slipper at the time of his marriage was a prosperous iron 
merchant and owned considerable real estate in the city of New York. 
He foresaw the great future in store for the city of his birth, and 
mortgaged his property to buy more real estate. But the panic brought 
on by President Jackson's fierce onslaught on the Central Bank of that 
time, forcing the United States Bank to close, caused a wonderful de- 
pression in all kinds of business. Reverses setting in compelled a fore- 


closure of his mortgages, and though he struggled heroically to save 
himself, he was forced to let his property go. 

From the roster of the 9th Regiment N. G. N. Y. compiled Janu- 
ary 6, 1908, by Comrade George A. Hussey, we learn that Colonel 
Slipper was commandant of the regiment from August 29, 1834, until 
October 2, 1843, and was acting Brigadier-General in command of the 
First Brigade N. Y. S. Art. 1 840-1 ; leading the division at the ob- 
sequies of President Harrison in New York city in 1841. 

James Donaldson, the progenitor of the families whose names ap- 
pear in the accompanying genealogical pages, was of sturdy Scotch 
ancestr}^ — that wonderful combination of English, Welsh, and Irish 
stock that has done so much to build up this great nation. 

Grandpa Donaldson used to claim he was all Scotch. He clung 
to the thistle rather than the shamrock, and that their traditions are of 
the kale yard rather than the potato patch. He used to say with 
Cowper : 

"My boast is not that I deduce my birth 
From loins enthroned and rulers of the earth ; 
But higher far my proud pretensions rise, 
The son of parents passed into the skies." 

He was born in the year of our Lord 1769 in the Parish of Rothes, 
Elgin County, Scotland. 

Elgin, the county seat, had a cathedral noted far and wide for its 
wonderful chimes of bells ; they did not escape the general reformation. 
For centuries they had summoned the people to the idolatrous sacrifice 
of the mass and were thereby polluted, and it was necessary that they 
should undergo a process of purification. Accordingly, some of them were 
sent to the foundry to be cast into one solid, sound Presbyterian bell. 
This shows the very strong religious fervor which must have pervaded 
the atmosphere of Elgin County, and must have been imbibed by the 
Donaldsons. A further history of the bell tells how it was rent by a 
woman striking it violently with a heavy key for the purpose of arous- 
ing the inhabitants to quench a fire. It was again recast, and it is said 
that numbers of the inhabitants repaired to the foundry place and cast 
in, the rich, guineas, crowns, and half-crowns, the poorer people, shil- 
lings and sixpences, during the time the metal was melting, which in 
no small degree contributed to enrich its sound. 

The exact date of the arrival of James Donaldson in New York 
is not known, but it must have been while a young man, for we learn 
that in 1795 he had started in business and married an estimable lady 
of New York. He was prudent in financial affairs, and accumulated 


a good property for those times. He was strict in his religious views, 
but not bigoted, thougli he had a good deal of the Scotch austerity in 
his character. 

In appearance he was not very tall. He had lirown hair and eyes. 
He was very fond of music, a consistent member of the Methodist 
Church, and sang their hymns with great fer\or. 

Mr. Donaldson was a man of very decided opinions, of sterling in- 
tegrity, governing his actions with high princii)les, and was respected 
by all his associates. 

In his wife James Donaldson found a worthy helpmate — one who 
was proud to have her own home, and who heartily co-operated with 
her husband in continual saving; realizing that while her husband was 
getting all he could from the business, their further prospects depended 
largely on how much he could lay aside each year. She entered into 
her part of the work with enthusiasm, and was a strong helpmate for 
him. She had the attention of a devoted husband, and he had her en- 
couragement of inspiration in all he undertook. Their home life was 
most congenial and happy. 

Their children were Ijrought up to be methodical, prudent, and 
capable. They were instructed in the care of the house, in needlework 
and cooking, and when sufficiently advanced they were obliged to take 
turns of a week each in the charge of the house. When one was able 
to prepare all the meals for the family, she was allowed to have her 
first party, everything for which was prepared at home by the family. 

Grandpa Donaldson always had a blessing at meals, and morning 
and evening had Bible reading and family prayers. Prayer was his 
watchword at the gates of death. He entered Heaven with prayer. 

William Patterson Donaldson, the elder son of James and Cath- 
erine Donaldson, I remember as a fine-appearing, large, portly gentle- 
man, who wrote a beautiful hand just like copper plate. He had a 
pleasant home in New York with Aunt Betsy. 

One little incident I remember well was that he had a beautiful 
little snow-white poodle dog, who was trained to run and bring Uncle 
William's slippers to him when he returned home from his daily busi- 
ness. I saw little of him, as later his business moved to Hartford. 
Conn. He was a great sufferer from chronic rheumatism, and I think 
died from its effects in Hartford, aged 49 years. 

James Taylor Donaldson, younger son of James and Catherine 
Donaldson, might well be styled one of the heroes of the Donaldson 
family. He early heard the call of the wild, and full of life, vigor, 
and adventurous spirit he hied him to the Lone Star State at the time 


that born soldier and statesman General Sam Houston had won its 
freedom from Mexico and secured it to the United States. 

On one of his visits home I remember he made me the offer of a 
Bible if at his next visit I had learned and could repeat the Fifth Chap- 
ter of Matthew's Gospel. I did this, and secured the prize. 

He died too young, only in the prime of life, aged 34 years, in the 
State he had made his home. (See obituary with this genealogy.) 

The old homestead on James Street is one of my earliest memories. 
A large, roomy house with a wide carriage entrance at the side ; the 
house was old style and had a slanting cellar door, down which the 
boys of the family used to slide and on which they would pound and 
make a great racket until the doors would suddenly rise and the black 
head of Dinah Lott would appear and chide the boys for making such 
a racket. 

In this homestead were born all the ten children of James and 
Catherine Donaldson; here the daughters were married, several of the 
grandchildren were born there, and from it the remains of the loved 
ones who passed away were carried to their last resting place. 

No wonder 19 James Street had a warm place in the hearts of the 
Donaldson descendants. 

In 1844 Grandpa Donaldson moved from James Street, where he 
had lived for nearly a half century, to Seventh Street, from which place 
in the following year he passed to his heavenly home. ( See his obituary 
notices accompanying this record.) 

Another very pleasing reminiscence was the occasion of Grandma 
Donaldson's 78th birthday. All the children, grandchildren, and great- 
grandchildren gathered in a hospitable mansion in Seventh Street to 
extend to her their heartfelt congratulations, felicitations, and greetings 
on the auspicious occasion. Each one brought some pleasing token of 
love and affection, but the gem of the occasion was a beautiful poem 
by Uncle Burritt, written in the then new and very popular measure 
of Longfellow's "Hiawatha." A copy of this poem is annexed to this 
chronicle. But envious time with its unrelenting hand dissolved the 
union of this little band. Some of them soon turned their faces v/est- 
ward, where they lived and died as these records show. 

Cousin Kate was married to Mr. E. H. Mann at the Seventh Street 
residence, and shortly after built a pleasant home at Tubby Hook, now 
Inwood, just this side of Spuj'ten Duyvil Creek. There were very 
many pleasant family visits made there which have always left a pleas- 
ant memory. One sad incident I recall which cast a gloom on an other- 
wise happy household. One chilly day, before fires had been started, 
two servant maids took an old-fashioned charcoal stove used in summer 
time to heat smoothing irons ; thev took this to their room to take the 


chill off, and were found the next morning asphyxiated in their bed- 

Soon after this the Manns broke up their happy home and carried 
their lares and penatcs westward to the city of New Albany, Ind. 

Aunt Eliza Jane Mount when asked about her family is said to 
have replied : 

"No children disturb our peaceful slumber, 
When the angel of rest draws near. 
We ciuietly dream of that hea\en of rest 

Which to us is pictured so clear. 
We awake and hear no prattle 

Of earth's little cherubim bright ; 
But thank Fate for her decree, 
And think she served us right." 

(She died without issue.) 

Once I asked Uncle William why they called the street his store 
was on Maiden Lane. He replied : "That goes back to early Dutch 
times. There used to be a stream at the foot of the "street where the 
Dutch maidens took their way to do the family washing. Then many 
feet wore a path, which was called Virgin's Path, afterward changed to 
Maiden Lane." 

My father told me this was the description of New York city in 
1828, when he was 22 years old. He told me that in that day the city 
of New York \irtually ended with Canal Street and clustered around 
Bowling Green, Battery Park, and City Hall Park. 

He used to walk with friends up Broadway across the arched bridge 
at Canal Street to the green meadows and corn fields just beyond. What 
is now Canal Street was then a fresh-water stream running to the Col- 
lect Pond, which covered the ground where the Tombs now stands. The 
brook was eight or ten feet wide at Broadway, and its banks were cov- 
ered with wild flowers. From the mouth of this brook down to Duane 
Street stretched a sandy beach, and at the foot of what is now West 
Houston Street there was a great swamp, through which ran Minetta 
Brook, a famous trout stream in its day. 

"There was but one house on Broadway at the Canal Street bridge, 
and a house at the foot of what is now Sixth Avenue had no neighbors 
in sight along the road that led to Greenwich village. A stage made 
daily trips from this village to John Street, and the fare was two shil- 
lings each wav. People who mo\'ed from Duane Street, near Chatham 
Street, were counted as crazy by their neighbors because they moved so 
far up into the wilderness which bordered the western side of what is 
now W'ashington Square." 

Mother used to tell me this story either of her own experience or 


of that of one of her friends. It seems the young lady had been spend- 
ing the month of September and part of October in the country at a 
farm house some little distance from the railroad station. 

The young lady, whom we will call Susan, was driving to the sta- 
tion in a conventional farm wagon, a two-seated affair, driven by her 
landlord, who owned the small farm at which she had been staying. 

The autumnal coloring of the foliage was especially beautiful, the 
sky was cerulean, and the air was an elixir, so invigorating. 

Now country folks believe in being friendly, and their way of show- 
ing politeness is to talk, almost incessantly, with a nasal twang, of 
course, and on the most saltless and insipid subjects — such as an un- 
common crop of potatoes or a right smart apple crop, etc. ; thus did 
the loquacious farmer expatiate, while Susan was drinking in the beauty 
of the landscape and mentally reverting to beautiful autumnal verses, 
and dwelling on the poetry of the dying year. At last the farmer be- 
came unendurable, and Susan remarked snappishly, "I wish you 
wouldn't talk, I want to think." 

Reuben shut up, straightening like a bivalve on the approach of 
trouble, and so continued till they reached the station. 

The train was in sight, and Susan instantly recollected herself, 
and unbent most graciously. "Well, Uncle Reuben, we have only a 
moment, but I thank you and your wife most cordially for a very pleas- 
ant season of rest. 

"By the bye, how much do I owe you for the carriage fare?" 

"Five dollars and fifty cents," solemnly replied the old farmer. 

"I had supposed it was only fifty cents," said Susan. "Oh, the 
regular fare to the station is fifty cents," said the old man ; "the five 
dollars is for sass. I don't often take sass, but when I do, I charge 
for it." 

Among the pleasant memories of the past are those connected with 
the recurring anniversaries of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. It 
was the delightful practice of the Donaldson family to celebrate these 
occasions by family reunions, either at their ancestral homes or at that 
of one of their descendants. These anniversary meetings were some- 
times graced with the presence of two charming creatures, Maria Louise 
Burritt and Mary Elizabeth Vanderpoel. A beautiful vision they now 
appeared to me. I know the boys always looked forward to the meet- 
ing of these girls with joyous expectations. They lent sucb a delight- 
ful addition to the company of grand and reverend seniors. They 
seemed like young and lovely blossoms turning an otherwise dry and 
dusty desert into a beautiful garden. 

An amusing incident happened at one of the family gatherings at 
Grandma Donaldson's in Seventh Street. 


Uncle William Lewis had an electric battery he used for his rheu- 
matism ; the boys begged to let them have it; he showed tliem how to 
use it and to put force on gently. The boys got one of the uncles to 
hold the handles of the machine and then put on full force, which made 
the old gentleman dance a jig on the floor; as he could not let go of the 
handles, he jerked them so that he broke the machine. 

There were rollicking times on these occasions. The old-fash- 
ioned round dances, Virginia reels, etc., wound up the happy festivals. 

Cousin Mary Elizabeth was a woman of rare personal gifts ; charm- 
ingly attractive in her young womanhood, she was lovely in her later 

In the chambers of my memory there hang few pictures more beau- 
tiful than those of Cousin Maria Louisa Burritt and Cousin Mary 
Elizabeth Vanderpoel as they were to be seen in their lovely homes — a 
picture indeed of an almost ideally perfect life. 

Thole beautiful lines of Longfellow on Maidenhood : 

"Maiden ! with the dark brown eyes 
In whose orbs a shadow lies 
Like the dusk in evening skies. 

Thou whose locks outshine the sun. 
Golden tresses wreathed in one 
As the braided streamlets run. 

Standing with reluctant feet 
Where the brook and river meet. 
Womanhood and childhood fleet," 

always bring those lovely girls to my mind. 

One passed away into life eternal just as she was about to enter 
upon this lower life of happiness and usefulness. The other lived the 
allotted threescore years in this troublesome world, and then her sweet 
spirit was wafted to meet her early friend and relative in the spirit 



It seems strange after a life of hard toil to try and recall the 
happy da}'s of long ago. 

Our attic was a constant source of pleasure to us children and all 
those of the neighborhood. Those of the present day little know what 
they have lost. One part was a museum with curious pictures, etc., 
pasted on wall ; entrance fee. which was usually pins, charged on cer- 
tain occasions. The center held a swing used for trapeze, and the 
thrill when a girl could touch the highest rafter, and then most thrilling 
mounting a long ladder, stepping out on a peaked slated roof where a 
misstep would land you fifty feet on sidewalk. In one corner stood 
band boxes as large as a trunk, and the joy their contents afforded for 
the amateur theatricals held there ! The swing was fastened up, hand- 
painted scenery furnished for the most blood-curdling plays, where the 
actors, if they did not receive enough applause and no laughter, vowed 
they would never appear again. 

One room was the laboratory, and being merely a girl could not 
try all the bad-smelling experiments the college boys used to make. 
Fourth of July we were taken to the Stevens House to see the fire- 
works at Bowling Green. A trip to Staten Island in a rowboat I can 
well remember. 

Grandmother lived in Seventh Street, and we went there Thanks- 
giving and Christmas. The children sat at a small table, and with 
what longing eyes we waited our turn and took care to see we got all 
the older ones did. 

Grandma always gave us silver money each time, which we thought 
was part of the visit. Though a Methodist she gave each of her 
daughters a gold thimble as few had, and herself wore a silver chate- 
laine which, as an antique with the old-fashioned mahogany furniture 
in the basement, \\'ould be worth much at present day. When we 
started for home, some went for the stage that ran down Eighth Street, 
and with many a laugh and good-bye we piled on and took our long 
slow ride to the ferry. The room Grandma slept in, and only used at 
night, had Aunt Harriet Dusenbery's portrait, the eyes of which seemed 
to follow you. and as the room was always dim we all dreaded it. One 
night we had been in Aunt Cornelia's room in the third story, and 
coming down through dark hall a white vision greeted us at Grand- 
ma's door of the bedroom. We raced shrieking downstairs. The 
parlor doors were quickly opened, and the family rushed out to hear our 
trembling story. Tlie girl vowed she was only folding the quilt, but 
we knew better. She did it to frighten us. All old ladies wore wigs, 
and Grandma looked so lovely as she lay sick in bed with her pretty 
white hair, I wished I could always remember her so, and not as she 
used to look in cap and wig. A. L. G. 


Chapter IX. 


As a pleasure, as well as a sense of duty, I close this record with 
a description of The Donaldson Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, 
erected by one of the most far-seeing and Christian members of the 
Donaldson Clan. 

It was a noble work of a noble man, and has made the name of 
Donaldson shine as the stars in the firmament. Whenever the name of 
Donaldson is mentioned this munificent endowment should be recalled. 
It is the very embodiment of the Master's words : "Suffer little children 
to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." One can almost 
imagine liearing the infantile voices of the happy inmates re-echoing the 
words of the Angelic Chorus: "Peace on earth, good will to men." 


Extract from "Old and Nczv Edinburgh." 

"On a gentle swell of the ground, about 600 yards westward of 
Haymarket, amid a brilliant urban landscape, stands Donaldson's Hos- 
pital, in magnitude and design one of the grandest edifices of Edinburgh, 
and visible from a thousand points all round the environs to the west- 
ward, north and south. It springs from a bequest of £210,000 originally 
by James Donaldson, of Broughton Hall, a printer, at one time at the foot 
of the ancient West Bow, who died in the year 1830. It was erected be- 
tween the years 1842 and 1851 after designs by W. H. Playfair, at a cost 
of £100,000, and forms a hollow quadrangle of 258 feet by 207 exteriorly 
and 176 by 164 interiorly. It is a modified variety of a somewhat ornate 
Tudor style, and built of beautiful freestone. It has four octagonal, 
five-storied towers, each 120 feet in height, in the centre of the main 
front, and four square towers of four stories each at the corners ; and 
most profuse, graceful, and varied ornamentations on all four faqades. 


and much in the interior. It was specially visited and much admired by- 
Queen Victoria in 1850, before it was quite completed, and now main- 
tains 150 children of each sex, of whom a considerable number are deaf 
and dumb. According to the rules of this excellent institution, those 
eligible for admission are declared to be: ist. Poor children of the 
name of Donaldson or Marshall, if appearing to the Governors to be 
deserving. 2d. Such poor children as shall appear to be in the most 
destitute circumstances and the most deserving of admission. None are 
received whose parents are able to support them. The children are 
clothed and maintained in the hospital, and are taught such useful 
branches of a plain education as will fit the boys for trades, and the 
girls for domestic service. The age of admission is from 7 to 9, and 
that of leaving the hospital 14 years. The Governors are the Lord Jus- 
tice General, the Lord Clerk Register, the Lord Advocate, the Lord Pro- 
vost, the Principal of the University, the senior minister of the established 
church, the minister of St. Cuthbert's, and other ex-ofificio." 


Chapter X. 


Ikuing been requested to gi\e a sketch of my career as a sort of 
postscript to this record, I indite these few Hnes. 

My career began amid a scene of mingled sorrow and joy, a wonder- 
.ful forecast of my subsetiucnt Hfe. It seems that I was born a twin, but 
the little brother who all through the prenatal period had nestled by my 
side and made me feel as if we were inseparable, by some insuperable and 
luysterious dispensation of Providence, was not permitted to keep me 
company, as his life ended with the day of his birth. 

The effects of prenatal influences have ever been a subject of wonder- 
ing discussion from the earliest times, but I can say that all through my 
long and uneventful life I have felt as if the one half of my soul had been 
taken away — and I attribute this feeling to prenatal influence. 

When only a few years of age I received a sunstroke which nearly 
closed my earthly career, but thanks to the kind and tender nursing of 
tiie best of mothers and the assiduous care of Dr. Jared Linsly. I was 
brought back to a state of consciousness to continue my weary pilgrimage 
here below. 

But the effect of that sunstroke has always remained with me, as I 
have always been as sensitive as an exposed nerve, and any extraordinary 
excitement has left me in a state of nervous prostration. 

I mention these things as a partial account for my poor showing in 
the aft'airs of life. 

Beyond the foregoing, there was nothing eventful in my early life. 

I passed through school and college life fairly well, though I often 
had attacks of nervousness that would cause me to fall unconscious and 
remain in that state for hours, all of which I feel sure had an unwhole- 
some eft'ect upon my brain. These continued until after my twenty- 
first birthday, when I ga\'e up my books and studies and went out into 
the open outer world for health and strength. 

My first experience after I left college was in Detroit, Mich. There 
I entered the employ of Dr. Russell, who was owner of the Detroit and 
Windsor ferry companies, as well as a large owner of lake craft. To 
give me out-of-door work and exercise, he made me clerk of one of his 
Lake Superior steamers, on which I stayed until the business depression 
just before the fearful civil war compelled him to dispose of much of his 
Jake craft, and he sent me to Buffalo to deliver the largest and best 
boat he had on the Lakes to the New York Central Railroad and bring 



back the payment for the same. The civil war unsettled me at the cru- 
cial point of life. 

I then returned to New York, and secured a position under Dr. 
Anthon as a teacher in the Grammar School of Columbia College, from 
which college I had graduated in 1857. 

Soon I had an offer of a situation in the preparatory Department 
of Burlington College of New Jersey at a higher salary, which I 
accepted. While there an old friend of mine in Buffalo, a large owner 
of one of the large grain elevators, made me an offer to come to Buffalo 
and enter his office, where there would be plenty of exercise, a thing I 
sadly needed, as my old nervous complaints were again troubling me. 
After being there about two years, labor troubles broke out. The grain 
elevator interests were experimenting with grain-shoveling machines 
to do away with the large number of men they required to shovel the 
grain in the vessels as they unloaded. This of course made the men 
strike, and riot and bloodshed followed, during which some of the 
grain elevators were burned, among them that of my employer. Tired 
of the many annoyances of the grain trade, he put his capital received 
from the insurance companies into an oil refinery, and suggested that 
I put my savings in it also, which I did. It was decided to erect an 
iron tank to hold ten thousand barrels of crude oil on Oil Creek, Pa., 
so as to take advantage of the sudden fluctuations of the crude oil 
market, and I was sent out there to superintend the erection of it and 
to buy the oil for the refinery. All went well for a season until what 
is now known as the Octopus, or Standard Oil Company, then only a 
child, inaugurated their nefarious and infamous scheme of getting 
rebates from the railroad companies by means of which they could kill 
all opposition. Our Buffalo concern strove valiantly to stem the tide 
that carried sa many strong refineries down, but finally had to succumb 
to the inevitable, and my savings invested in the company were lost. 

I then returned to New York, and secured a position with Messrs. 
D. Appleton & Co., which I held for several years, part of the time 
in charge of their Cincinnati, Ohio, office, until a change in the home 
office caused them to discontinue it. Then as traveling salesman for 
some New York publisher, I journeyed from New York to San An- 
tonio, Texas, and afterward in the Northwest until the weight of 
more than threescore years and ten put me out of the game. 

Longevity seems to have been the only Donaldson attribute in- 
herited by me. 

The older generations would no doubt join me in saying to the 
younger ones : 

"We who are old and about to die, 
Salute you, hail you and take your hand in ours, 
And crown you with our welcome as with flowers." 

T. H. S. 


Since tlie issue of this Record my attention has been called to a 
few changes and additions that will make the Record more accurate 
They are as follows: 

First: On page 8 read Mr. Isaac Lewis died 1897. 

On page 10 change Nellie Lewis to Cornelia Donaldson Lewis. 

On page 16 make Alice M. read Alys M. 

On page 28 change Lewis Edwin M. to read Edward Mann Lewis. 
Also on same page make date of appointment to nth Infantry read 
July I, 1 886, instead of 1866. 

Second: Add to the record of William H. Lewis on page 31 the 
interesting letter of Cousin Annie E. (Phelps) Lewis, giving an 
account of the beautiful and fitting tribute from the railroad company 
to the memory of their faithful and efficient treasurer. 

Also this extract from a letter to Mrs. W. H. H. Moore (Mr. 
Lewis's sister) from the Rev. Mr. Snively (a brother-in-law) : 

"We have lost a dear brother, but we have the dear memory of a 
noble character of the highest integrity, we have the assurance of an 
abundant entrance into the Peace and Happiness of the Life Eternal." 

Silver Hills. New Albany, Ind. 
My Dear Cousin Addie: 

You and Sister Kate are in my mind this morning, and I thought 
I would like to write you both, of yesterday and the closing chapter 
in the life of one so dear. How little we realized when we met a few 
weeks ago that the end was so near for Henry, thougli we could see he 
was very ill, but he kept up so bravely and was so happy in having his 
sister with him. We are so thankful for the opportunity of meeting 
him once more in life, and how he was honored in death. I wonder if 
he knew. A beautiful Sabbath day when he was brought to his old 
church home in a special funeral train of six cars; the engine draped 
in black, the private car for the sad group of loved ones, the President's 
car, a Pullman and diner, and day car, besides the one that bore the 
precious remains. Fifty men came, Mr. McDoel and most of the 
officials; and as the train passed down through the State, at stations 
all along, men stood with bare heads in tribute to the honored dead. 
They arrived before noon. W^e had wired for them to come right to 

us, but Mr. McDoel had arranged for luncheon on the train, and Ed 
thought it would be best, since he had been so kind, they had better 
accept it, but they all came early to the church parlor, so we had a 
little time together. 

The sons are so fine, three stalwart men of whom any father would 
be proud, and the two Adelaides, who were such a comfort to the 
father's heart. Mrs. Hoyne and Mr. Snively, each so near and dear, 
made up the party. Friends from Louisville were over. The pall- 
bearers were two elders of our church. Judge Dowling and Walter 
Creed, and Mr. Sam Culbertson and Mr. Sam Kerr. The flowers were 
beyond description beautiful, and many of them from railway officials 
and many from friends in his old home. The service was sweet and 
simple, music and all, and at the last the casket was open to give the 
old friends an opportunity to look once more upon his face, and it was 
interesting to see the line file by of those who were growing old, of 
railroad men and many with tears in their eyes, and finally a colored 
man bent over him, honored and loved by all. The service at the grave 
was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Snively, and so beautifully done. The 
grave lined with ferns and with the bank of flowers beside it, and the 
beautiful sky of heaven's own blue for a canopy, and in this sweet 
spring time. Nothing could have been more lovely, and Ed said he 
thought it all was just as father would have wished, and that's what 
we all desired. 

Annie E. (Phelps) Lewis. 

May 15th, 1906.