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"Not to know what took place before one was born," 
says Cicero, " is to remain forever a child." The end 
undertaken in this work is to collect and preserve in a 
simple form some memorials of our immediate ancestors, 
men who lived not for themselves, but to serve God and 
their country. 

Were it possible to search probate and town records, 
the half-hidden monuments in old cemeteries, and local or 
general histories thoroughly, there might doubtless be gath- 
ered material for a volume, which to those who are linked 
to the departed by ties of kinship and tender recollection, 
would be replete with interest. 

The frost of age blights sharply ; the ruthless years 
sweep away the very homes where they lived ; and, alas ! 
how soon those to whom their living presence was known, 
will, like them, have "passed to the majority." 

To us who remain will be left the duty of emulating 
their virtues, their piety, their love of civil and religious 
liberty, their devotion to " the common welfare of all," 
which characterized them, as it did the Puritan Fathers of 
New England. 

A. C. M. 

Stkacuse, March, 1883. 



Jolm Trcathvell, the ancestor of the Long Ishuid 
Trcadwells, came from Coimecticut to Huntington, Long 
Ish\nd, but liiially settled at Hempstead, Queens Co., and 
was Uepi-eseritative of that county in 1G04. 

Cliildien of John Tread well, 1st Generation. 

1st. Jolm, Junior. 

2d. Tjiumas, v.dio married a Denton and had five sons. 

Childieii of Thomas Treadwell, 2(1 Generation. 

1st. John 3d. ,. ,,.; j^-^ .:;;:-.■■.- , .i--^: ■■■..,■ . ." ■■ . 
2d. Samuel, ' , . '''. .,r. ;',..-'■:" ■"" ";.,,■.;;• ■.;':..: 

3d. Benjamin. ' ' * - 

4th. Tlionias, Junior. „ ■• . . ■ 

5th. Tinioth}-; born in 1713. 

Samuel and Thomas, 2d and ith sons, settled ii) 

AVestchester county, X.Y. Samuel married a Thomas, 

and left one son. 
1 son of Samuel of 3d generation. 

^ Thomas married a Lyon (Elizabeth). 

Children of Thomas Treadwell, 3d Generation. 

1st. James. . 

2d. Hannah. ' 

3d. Saruh. 

Benjamin, 3d son of 2d generation, settled on Great 
Xeck, L. L, and married Phcebe Piatt, daughter of 
!N[ajor Epenetus Piatt ,and sister of Sophia Piatt, of 
Huntington, L. I. 



Cliildreii of lieii.jainiu Trciulwell, od Sou oi"2(l Geuer 
atiou, and Pli<i?be Piatt. 

1st. John. - ^ 

2d. Benjamin. " ■ , . 

3d. Pha^be. ,• , ."'.'■ 

. 4tli. Margaret. - ' , ' 

Children of 2cZ wije^ nam>:d Allen. 

5tli. Samuel. 

6tli. William ; and 4 daughters, making 10. 

Timotliy, 5th son of Thomas of the 2d generation, 
married Mary Piatt, sister of his brother Benjamin's wife 

(Pha^be), and settled at Smithtown, L. I, They had one ■ 

son of the 3d generation, — our beloved and venerated \ 

Grandfather, born at Smithtown, L. I., Feb. ^kh, 1743. i 


1st. Thomas. _ . i 

2d. Hannah (Mrs. Phrenix). ' ' ' ' 'I 

3d. Phoebe (Mrs. Smith). .•.■.'•' \ 

Thomas Treadwell, 3d generation, married Ann : 

Hazard. She died January 5th, 1T9S. j 

Of thirteen children, several died in infancy. In j 
1800, he married Mary, widow of Dr. Hedges, of 

East Hampton, and sister of Judge Alfred Conldin's i 
father. She had no children, and died at Clinton, 

Oneida county, N. Y., in 1S3S. He died at Platts- \ 

burg, Clinton county, December 25th, 1S32, aged f^S ; 

years. . j 

The device on the Treadwell coat-of-arms is a lion 
j rampant, guardant. See page -1. 

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Thomas Treadwell. 


The Ilouoriililc Tbiuntis Trcad'.vcU was born in the year 1743 at 
Smitlitowii, L. 1. lie graduated at Priucoton, N. J., and studied law 
under CLaucellor Livingston. 

Thompson in his lli^ftory of Long Island says: " He was one of the 
most useful nn:; <.l his time. lie was well educated, and distiut^uished 
for firmue.'^s and prudi,nce during the difficult and trying period of the 
Revolution. lie was almost constantly engaged in public business; was 
a member 0' the Provincial Congress from 1771 with power to establish 
a new iurni of government, lie was a member of the first Senate of 
this State under the Constitution and seems in all respects to have been 
fitted f-'V the perilous time in which he lived." lie was one of three 
con^:'.::jting the " Cummitlee of Safety " while the Constitution of this 
State was being organized in 1773; and was for many years the only 
surviving member of that memorable body. — Sewui-d's Introduction to 
Natural Hi.-^f.ory of the State of Xew York; See also Sprague's Annals of 
the American Pulpit. 


lie was a lieprcseiitative in the " Continental Congress" in Phila- 
delphia in 1772-70; in 1775 was elected to the " Provincial Congress," 
sitting in the City of Xew York. In 1776, he was, with others, elected 
; to represent Suffolk Co., L. I. This Provincial Congress met at the 
Court House in Westchester Co., but sat in Fishkill, Nov. 8th. In 
1778, he was delegated to the Convention at Poughkeepsie to deliberate 
on the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. He was also 
appointed during the same year Judge of Probate in the city of New 
York, which office he held until Surrogates were appointed for each 
county. In 1791, he was elected to represent Suffolk, Kings and 
Queens counties in the Continental Congress then sitting in Philadelphia 
(to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Dr. Townsend ). In 1793, he 
was ag^iin elected to represent these counties, which he continued to do 
until he removed to Platlsburgh. N. Y. In 1804. he was elected Sena- 
tor for the Northern District, and in 1807 he was appointed Surrogate 
of Clinton Co., which ollice he held until his death, which took place 
at Plattsburgh, Dec. 25lh, 1831. 

From the lips of two generations we have learned what he was in 
private life, as husband, father, friend. Large-minded and large- 
hearted, he was the wise, prompt counsellor of the perplexed, and as 


ready to cr:'.«p the hands of the cliihlren who loved him. We have 
stood at his grave, and .'^cen the tears uf affection fall upon it, the grave 
of a rare gentleman of the old school, a scholar of distinguished attain- 
ments, a patriot above reproach. 

Children of Thomas and Ann Hazard Treadwell. 

1st. Mary Piatt; born September 25tli, 177G; died of 
apoplexy, 1825. ' • 

2d. Kathaniel Hazard; born January ITtli, 17GS ; married 
Marojaret Piatt, and died December 22d, 1856. 

3d. Elisabeth ; born Angust 2d, 1760 ; died June Stb, 1822. 

-1th. Hannah Phcenix ; born April 10th, 1771, at Sunk 
MeadoM', L. I. ; married Rev. Henry Davis, D.D., and 
died April 15th, 1856. 

5tli. Samuel, who died in infancy, as did Sarah and Timo- 
thy, 6th and 7th children. 
"8th. Plicebe ; born Xovember 10th, 1775 ; died in the 
beginning of the Pevolution. 

9th. Tiiomas, Junior; born in 1777; in 1809, married 
Polly Stratton, M-ho died in 1852. He died January 
2Sth. 1809. 

l"th. Atme Hazard; l^orn April 20th, 1779. She married 
Hon. Isaac C. Piatt, and died in 1821. 

The Bay. 

Few yet remain who can rer-all and repeople the once delightful 
Treadwell homestead, of which the rude }'ears have now left not even 
a vestige. It stood a little hack from the shore of Luke Champlain, on 
what is now called Cumberland Bay and this is formed by the embrac- 
ing arm of Cumberland Head, a point of attraction to all scenery-loving 
visitors at Plattsburg. 

The Lake has encroached upon the old roadway. The massive 
boulder upon which many children and gramlchildren sat sometimes to 

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I read, sonictiinci; uhiiti rm;si)i>: to !lmg pebbles far oil into the shining 
deeps, or by ]vU'j: liours to li.--Ii with real hooks, apparently moved 
i out ijito the \vide water. The Lake iu the olden days "was fringed 
! with trembling Poplars, Balm of Gilead, and "White Birehes, upon 
I •w-hieh," says one of them, "we children drew our un&ightly figures, or 
made bark canoes." She remembers "the wild grajies, and the ground 
I pii.e, and liittersweet that 'Jude' gathered for Christmas wreaths." 
I Its hospitality was famous the country round. Xo one of note felt a 

visit cominete, without a day's sojourn at "The Ba^'." 
I "The telescope was in constant use there, cubing the war of 1S13, 

I and kepi the family inflamed of the nature or their visitors. The land 
! forces of the British army*pas-cd through the Trcadwtll farm, on what 
I was called the Bidgc Road." The family home, previous to their 
settlement at Plattsburg, was at Sraithtowu, L. I. AYhile Judge Tread- 
I well was absent in Philadelphia, his eldest son, Xathaniel Hazard 
; Treadwell, cared for the family, and he was then preparing for them a 
I new home in the then almost wilderness of Clinton county. At Smith- 
; town, the family were driven from their home by marauding British 
soldiers, and there the beloved mother was stricken with paralysis. 
Forty slaves accompanied this pioneer into the forest. " Phyllis," the 
mother of ten of tlieni, was born iu Guinea, and was given to Grand- 
father T. by hor mother, on the day of liis marriage. The Emancipa- 
tion Act, passed by the New York Legislature iu 1799, gave freedom at 
a certain age to all born after its enactment, — to the males, at 2S; 
females, at 25. Some preferred remaining in the family; but several 
families accepted land, and began the world for themselves. Their 
little community was called Richland. It was a few miles from their 
old home, and their old Master continued to advise and encourage. 
Their numbers cannot now be ascertained, but they were industrious 
and respected by all who knew them, or had dealings with them. Few 
men were ever more trusted or respected than Ilicks and his wife Gin, 
or " Siah " and " Cj'ntliia," or appeared better as they made their 
annual visit at "The Bay." 

In the quiet family burial place now are many graves; for long 
years since, the last of the original dwellers in the old home passed 
hence. On u\y tabic lie manuscript poems some of them wrote; in my 
library are book.s they read; I have seen an unstrung lute and the 
harpsichord that my mother's dear aunts played upon; and the dear 
gre^it grandfather's picture hangs iu ni}' home. Perhaps the following 
poem, whose insertion was suggested, may serve to complete this side 
of the picture of an unpretentious but substantial home. 



The Treadwell Harpsichord 

Quaint relic of ;i pleasant past, 

How oft rcmembranco brings 
The forms of tho?e \vlio:?e graceful touch 

Oft waked thy tuneful strings. 
Beside thy silvery waves, Champlain: 

A lovely liousehold band. 
Whose voices waked the soul-fraught songs 

Of the dear Fatherland. * 

To catch enchained the listening ear, 

The curious, or the kind. 
With sweet " Lochaber," "Banks of Ayr," 

Or "Roslyn Castle" bind 
With "Lowdon's bonnie woods and braes," 

Or "Coaiin' thro' the rye," 
Or " Highland Mary " — ah! liow sad 

That those so loved should die! 

There "Uncle Natty's" sweet-voiced flute. 

Breathed forth the same loved strain 
His statesman father's voice rang out, 

Blending with each refrain; 
While one, the flower of that bright band, • 

The earliest to fade, 
With sweet-stringed lute, essayed the same, 

And sang the while she played. 

The sparkling jest, the quick retort, 

The kindliest repartee. 
Oft gathered in that Lakeside home, 

A brilliant coterie, 
When genial converse thrilled the ear, 

And patriot fire the heart, 
And gifted natures gathered there 

The treasured works of art. 

The fierce, fell hands of time and change 

Had reft each charm away. 
While yet the Treadwell homestead stood. 

In olden times, "The Bay." 


It Stood while most who lovcil it sleep; 

Tlicir graves arc green, but oL! 
' T was theirs to love, to joy, to weep 

A hundred years ago! 

A score beyond this, thy first notes, 

Dulcet and soft and clear. 
In Philadelphiau halls rang out, 

With strains of lofty cheer; 
And while our nation gathered there, 

Centennial lights to see, 
Was there not one to tell thy tale 

Of Freedom's minstrelsy? 

A. C. M. 

Syracuse, March, 1878. 

This instrument was purchased by Judge TreadwcU while a mem- 
ber of Congress in Philadelphia, and thence sent to his family, being 
for many years tlie only instrument of the kind in that section. 

"Uncle Natty" was Hon. N. H. Treadwell, a prominent Canadian 
gentleman. One daughter was Mrs. Dr. Davis, of Clinton; another, the 
first 3Irs. Isaac C. Piatt, and the two maiden sisters, "Aunt Polly " and 
"Aunt Betsey " — elegant women of that day, cultured, and yet prac- 
tical enough to have their wheels carried down to the lake shore, 
where, in short gown and petticoat, in the gloaming they would 
sometimes sit and spin. * 

"The Harpsichord, now the cherished possession of a great grand- 
daughter (Mrs. C. T. Longstreet). bears date 1755. 

Interesting Legislative Statistics. 

It has not been the practice lately to re-elect assembly- 
men for extended periods. The Fathers were wiser in this 
regard, as we find the names of over twenty gentlemen 
who served for ten years and npwards in the Assembly 
under the first two Constitutions. As a matter of curiosity 
we publish their names, with the counties from which they 
were accredited, and the number of years for which they 
were elected. They were men famous in their day and 
veneration. . 





Namf.s. Counties. No. Yi:-^. 

Tbom:i=; Tread well SulToik ami Queens. ..15. 

Abij.ih G il l>ert Westclie.^ter 14. 

Abniliaiii Miller Westchester .«. It. 

David llopliius Cliarlotte and Wasliiiigtou V■^. 

C. C. Scliooninalier. Ulster V-i. 

Tboiuas Thomas SulTolU uud Queeus 18. 

Adaiti C 'omstock Saratoga 13. 

Johati .lost- Deilz Albauy 12. 

:* . Diniel Kissani Queeus 1"2. 

Edward Savage... .^Cliarlotte and Washiugtou 12. 

Benjamin Cole Queens and Orange. .11. 

Erastus Koot Delaware.. .11. 

John Smith SulYolk. 11. 

I. H. Vau Rensselaer Columbia 11. 

]\Iatt hew Adizate Al bany. 10. 

Beujamin Birdsali Queens and Columbia.. 10. 

Jeremiah Clark Orange 10. 

,/., Chirkson Crolius.. Xew York 10. 

Seth Marvin Orange and Westchester 10. 

Alexau'ler Sheldon Montgomery -.10. 

Abel Smith Westchester 10. 

Nathan Smith ..Ulster .10 

Justice of Peace Commissions wei-e isstied Oct. 12th, 
1GS9, to John Treadwell, of Smithtown, Queens Co., also 
to Ebenezer Piatt, of Huntingdon. Suff<jlk Co., in time of 
Their Majesties, Mary nnd William. Vide Documentary 
History State of Xe'^ York. 

Genealogy of Amie Hazard's Family. 

Nathaniel Hazard was one of the few importing merchants of New 
York in early days. An e.xaraination of his papers and his library 
proves him to have been very wealthy, but his widow, like many a 
rich man's wife, found herself poor at his death. They had 12 chil- 
dren, 4 of whom died in childhood. His wife's maiden name was 
Drummie, and she had a siiperior education. 

Children of Nathaniel Hazard. 

Elisabeth was born Aug. 20ch, 1 740, n:iarried Joseph Piatt, 

merchant, of Xew York. 
Mary was born Dec. 7. 17-41, and died young. 
Anne was born February 14th, 1743, married Judge 

Thomas Treadwell, died Jan. 5, 170S. 


CHn,i)i:i;x ok n. h. and m.vk(;ai:kt i'latt riji:Ai)W!:r.L. 13 

Catliurine, bom Aii^:;u?t 20th, 1744, died Feb. otb, 1T45. 
Catherine 2d, born Aug. Sth, 1744, married Dr. Gilbert 

Jolm, a rover. 
jSTathaniel, Jr.. l)arn July ISih, ISth, 1748. died in Xew 

York June 21, 170S, aged 50. 
Samuel, born June 10th, 1750, married Polly I>etts, and 

died at Xew Windsor, Conn., 17S7. 
Mary, born March 17tli, 1753, married Joseph Blackwell, 

merchant, of Xew York. 
Joseph, born Dec. 20th, 1754; preached, M'rote poetry; 

married a Miss Moore, and had 1 daughter. 
Sarah, burn in 175i'>, married David Judson, died in 1805; 

family extinct. 
Margaret, bora March 29i:h, 1750, died July 20th of the 
, same year. 

Chit'lrcii of ^V. 11. and Margaret Piatt Treadwelt. 

Children of Xathaniel Hazard Treadwell and Mar^ca- 
ret Piatt, sister of I. C. Piatt, Esq., and daughter of 
Judge Charles Piatt; married Sept. 5th, 1792. He 
died at L'Original, C. W., December 22d, 1S5G. She 
survived until June, 1S5S, 

Henry Onderdonk, born May 29, 1795, died May 27, 1S74. 

Caroline Adriance, born Xov. 5th, 179G, died April 11th, 

Anna Maria, born Jan. 17th, 1800, married Lewis H. Red- 
field in 1820. ♦^^i•^w*^/^T/r£?t5. 

Charles Piatt, born Aug. 15tli, 1S02, married Helen Mac- 
donnell June 20th, 1804, died Xov. 31st, 1873. 

Margaret Hazard, died in infancy. 

Margaret 2d, born April 23d, 1800, married Duncan 
Dewar, of St. Andrews, C. E., Sept. 26, 1836, died 
Aug. 16th, 1880. 

MeliGcnt, died in iufancv. 

Letitiu PJalsey, born May IStli, 1S09 ; married Charles 

Wales, of' St. Andrews, C. E. 
Natlianiel, born in 1^11, and died in infancy. 

We quote from an obituary notice of Nathaniel II. Trcadwell.Esq., 
the following: 

" Practicall}- and Iheoreticully an advocate of prof^rcss, he united 
the culture of a gentleman with the endurance of a backwoodsman. 
Far in advance of his time, he presented a living type of a coming age. 
In the earlier part of his life, he expended considerable means in 
advancing the material interests of the countr\". His liberality was 
only circumscribed by his pecuniary ability. The poor man never left 
his door unrelieved." — Jloiitnal Gazette. 

Broad and stanch men and women, strong for God and the right, 
have been the sous and daughters, and heads of these Canadian families. 

Children of L. H. Bedfidd and Anna JIaria Treadioell. 

Anna Maria Treadwell, 3d daughter of X. H. T., 
was married to Lewis Hamilton Kedfield, February 
7th, 1S20, by Eev. H. Davis, D.D., Clinton, X. K 

Mr. Itedtield was born Xoveniber 2Gth, 1703, and 
died July 14th, 1SS2. He was long a prominent 
editor and bookseller at Syracuse, N. Y. 


Some years since, there was a Syracuse home whose hospitality was 
broad and typical. Long ago it gave way to the march of improve- 
ment. One who was then at its head now sleeps, full of honors and of 
years, in the silence of Oakwood. 

She who was then the gracious hostess, still sits a queen among her 
children, in our own city, which, since she has lived in it, has grown 
from a hamlet, till it cont;^rfeX)5,0e0 pofciple* ■♦* 

Around that sumptuous board, clergymen, statesmen, politicians, 
scientists, and teachers of youth, were elegantly entertained. xVs a 
result of much research in Nature's Iield, a valuable work on "Zocllogi- 
cal Science," shows what a busy woman can do when she will, calling 
as she did to her aid a *friend, who became as greatly interested as she 
herself in her book and chart. 

♦Rev. E. D. Maltbie. 





Cnil.DIiKN OF I,. }I. UKDl'IKLI) AND A. >[. TRKADWKLL. 15 


To her careful forethought, is due the preservation of papers con- 
taining mucli geiiealouMcal data; and to licr vivid recollection, tlie 
writer owes a knowleiige of many facts of niucli interest concerning the 
earlier homes of her ancestors, and the times in which they lived. It 
need scarcely be said that I allude to Mrs. A. :\I. T. Kcdtield. 

x, ^ Children of the Above. 

1st. Cai-olinc Adriaiice (or Ann), born January 20th, 1S^2. 
Married, 1st, Lucius M. Sandford, Dec. 21st, 181:2. 

2d. Cornelius T. Longstreet, Se])t. 9tli, 181:7. 
He died July ith, 1881. 
irX^Udren of a ^r.t. and C. A. L. 

Cally Eedlicld, born June 7th, 1818, died June 

23d, 1S03. 
Alice Meeta, born June 2(3th, 1851, died Mav, 

, Cornelia Tyler, born December 14th, 1840, mar- 
ried September 27th, 1871, to Charles H, ^^' 

, ^tnlu/- 

December 22d, 1858. 
C. Tyler, Jr., born May 8th, 1860, died August 
3d, 1860. 

2d. child of L. II. R. and A. M. T. E., Mary Elisabeth, 
born March 20th. 1823: married James L. Ea^ij, 
August 13th, 1844. 

phildren: Minnie, born October loth, 1S46, died 
:: , -. September 17th, 1858. 

'. > Ina, born June IGth, 1850; married E. 

H. Mcrrell, January 15th, 1872. 
, .,• , Son, Lawrence Bagg, hovw Hj^^>A4ji4^^ 


Poor; 3 children. dj^<C%c.^ ^ Li'-'*'Ct^ ^ J^^LJ^SL 

Guy Eedfield, born Xovembe^'oth, 1857, died 

April, 1882. 
3d child, Margaret Treadwell, born January 25th, 1825. 

married September 23, 1846, to AYilliam H. H. Smith;* 
4th. child, Jane L. Redtield, born November 20th, 1827.^ 






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5tli. George Davis, born October 29tli. IS;'.;); niarrie'l Feb- 
ruary, lS(j5, to Sarali Ivolliiis, of St. Aiithony, ]Miiin.; 
died Xoveinljer 27, ISTl. 

Children: L. II. 11., born Deeeniber 21st, ISGo. 
C. T. R., born j\[areb ITtb, isr.T 
^ Mary E., born March Tth, Ib^V.Ki 

6th, Lewis II. Eediiekl, Jr., born Febrnnry 13th, ISo."); j 
married Jessie Shackle, of Yarmouth, En^^. i 

Tth. Charles Treadwell, born October 6th, 1S3T; married ' 
Fannie C. Wyukoop.ff y7«- '^'%c-4^^ ^iwj-*>fez^ p^^ ^ 

Onderd.onh and Trcaihoell Families. 

Hendrick Onderdonk was born at North Hampstcad, 
L. I., and married Pha^be, daughter of Col. Benjamin 
Treadwell, son of Thomas of the 2d generation, and sister 
of the late Benjamin Treadwell 2d. Her mother was a 


_.'. • daughter of Major Epenetus Piatt, and sister of Zophar 
'*' ' Jrlatt, *of Hiintihgdon, "L. 1. Phcebe was born July 'Jd, 
1730. She died in ISOl. He died in 1809. 

Children of Hendrick and Plmlje Onderdonl:. 

Benjamin, Gertrude, Andrew, Sarah, Henry, Maria, 
John, William Samuel, and Benjamin 2d. John (son of 
Hendrick), born 17G3, married Deborah, daughter of Wil- 
liam Uster; died 1810. Their children were William, who 
died in 181:0, Henry Lester Onderdonk, Bishop of Pennsyl- 
vania, Benjamin Treadwell Onderdonk, Bishop of Xew 
Tork, and four daughters. Timothy Treadwell (father of 
Judge Thomas T.) married Mary Piatt, sister of Phfjebe, 

t Benjamin Treadwell's wife, and daughter of Epenetus 
Piatt 2d, so that two brothers married two sisters. Hen- 
drick Onderdouk's wife and Judge Treadwell were double 

>first cousins on the Treadwell side, as well as connected on 

'i^Q Piatt side. 



Child j'tn of Xl P. and Jlden 2[acd<ynndl Treadwell. 

Charles Piatt Treadwell, 2d sou of N. IL Tread- 
well, married, June 11th, 1S34, llelcu Macdounell, 
dauo-liter of a Scotch United Empire Loyalist, of Mou- I 
treal, C. E. V W y^ '-^ ^ 

Mary Susan, born Au.o-ust 31st, 1S35. yO^ ^^ ^^^^ ,^H^^^^t^ 

Caroline, born August li'th, ISoT, died January 3^t, 1S3S. 
Margaret Ann, born August 31st, 1S30; nuirried Thomas 

Kains, Ontario. Two children, ^Mary McXullen and 

Charles Treadwell. 
Harriet, born December 31st, ISil, died August 31st, 1842. 
•ft-Helen Isabella, born August 31st, 184-1; married Eden P. 

Johnson, of L'Original,-C. W., September 18th, 1877. 

They liave 2 children, Helen Phila, Chauncey Eden. 
Grace Low, born September, 1846; married Rev. James 

Frazer, Presbyterian minister, September 20th, 1874. 
Child, James Macdonnel Frazer, born July 31st, 
; , ... 1882. .... .-.. ^ . , . . ■ ■„, ■ •. 

"For forty j-cars SherifT Treadwell held a government oflBce, 
nearly thirty six under Queen Victoria. His ever busy pen advocated, 
and he was the pioneer in railroad projects, agricultural improvements, 
and educational and religious reforms. He was a man of unbounded 
affability, and if reaching out a hand to the helpless, the friendless, the 
widow and orphan, sympathizing with and fostering all projects that 
made people more useful and better, intelligent and happier, make life 
a success, hU received its crown." He died November 31st, 1873, at 
L'Original, C. E. 

Children of Jjuncan Dexoar and Margaret Treadwell. 

-^TMargaret Treadwell, 4th daughter of N. H. Tread- 
well, married Duncan Dewar, of St. Andrews P. Q., at 
Plattsburg, Septeml)er 27th, 1836. 

Children of the Abave. 
Alexander, born August 30th, 1837. 
Caroline, born July 5th, 1^30 ; died October 5th, 184u. 





Guy Eichards, born February 1st, lS-11. 
Duncan Everett, burn October Htli, 1848. 

Grandchildren, of 21. T. and D. Dcirar. 

1st son, Alexander, avIio married: 1st. Catherine M. 
Glouirhlin, October ITtli, ISGG: she died Deeendjer 
12tTi,"lS71r 2d'\rife, Elsie Gardinei- ; nuin-ied February 
3d, ;S74. 

Duncan Alexander, son of first wife, born October 

17th, 1871. 
Ann Forbes, daughter of 2d wife. 
2d son, Guy K., married Euieline B. i3ent, Xovember 7th, 
1860. " 

CkUdren of G. B. and E. B. D. 

• '.-*- Carrie Louisa, born at McMitreal, June 12th, 1800; 

died June ISth, 1SG9. 
Maggie Eupheinia, born January loth, 1870. 
3d son, Duncan E., married Mary A. Edwards, of March, 
Ontario, June Gth, 1877. 

Children of the Above. 

Mary Ethel, born April 7th, 1878. 

Margaret, born February ISth, 1880. 

Jessie Helen, born December 15th, 1881. 
Duncan Dewar, the father, was the son of Duncan 
Dewar and Catherine Black, immigrants from Scotland in 
1804. He was born September 9th, 1807.'* 

Children of Charhs Wales and Letifia Piatt Tread^ell. 

Letitia Flatt Treadwell, youngest daughter of X. H. 
Treadwell, married Charles Wales. August 28th, 1839, 
at St. Andrews P. Q. They had eleven children. 

Elisabeth Blanchard, born July Gth, 1840; died December 
0th, 1840. _ . • . 



William I]., l.orn Auoust 2d, 1S41 ; died August 2S, 1842. 

Marii;aret Susan, liorn Juuc Sth, 1813. 

Charles TreadwcU, Lorn August IStli, ISlo. 

Caroline, born Xovember 14tli, 1816 ; died September Itli, 

1817. . . , 

Anna Letitia, born May 12tL, 1819. ' ' "' - _ .^ "" 

Benjamin Nathaniel, born April 30th, 1851. 
Mary Maltbie, born May sth, 1853. 
Henry Davis, born December 27th, 1851; died August 

10th, 1801. 
Helen Lucy, born March 3d, 1855 ; died August 23d, 1857. 
Grace Piatt, born August 26th, 1863. 

-^^ Grandchildren of L. P. T. W. and C. Wales. 

3d child, Margaret S., married Thomas Lamb, July 15thj 
1868, and had two children : 

Charles William, born January 12th, 1870. 
Mary Letitia, born June 18th, 1878. 

1th child, Cliarles Treadwell, married Martha W. Stowe, 
of Suffield, Conn., July 21st 1875. 2 children ; 
Hattie Victoria, born May 21:th, 1876. 
Charles Stowe, born Xovember 17th, 1S78. 

6th child, Anna Letitia, married Eev. D. W. Morison 

September 15th, 1881, at Ormstown, P. Q. 
Tth child, Benjamin X. Wales, married Emma T. Osgood, 
November 19th, 1878, at Sawyerville P. Q. 2 child- 
ren : 

Charles Wellington, born August 15th, 1879 ] 
died August 15th, 1880. ' • • ■ > ' 

Julia Grace, born July 16th, 1881. 



8th cliild, Maiy Malrhie, married AVm, Drysdale of Mon- 
treal, January 1st, 1SS<». 1 child : 
' William Flockert, born July lOth ISSl. ' 

Mr. Wales. Senior, died at St. Andrews, M;iy 30th, 1877. It was 
said of him, "Tiie frau'rance of his memory can never die, and many a 
man and woman will cherish it," as that of a sympathizing friend, an 
honest man. " 

Children of Rev. Henry Deans and Hannah Pha^nix 


Hannah Ph<enix Treadwell, -ith child of Judge 
Thomas Treadwell, married llev. Henry Davis, D.D., 
\ Sept. 22d, ISOl ; born at East Hampton, L. I., Sept. 
15th, 1771 ; died at Clinton, X. Y., March 7th is^ 

Infant, who died May 23d, 1S03. 

Henry, Junior, born February llrth, 1S()5. He settled at 
Syracuse, N. Y.; married Emily M. Turnier, and died 
September 1st, IS-tl, at Griefenborg, Silesia, Austria. 
His widow died at Syracuse, X. Y., Xovember 15th, 
1S71, after an illness of thirty-seven years. 

Mary Ann, born August 6th ISOG ; married Rev. E. D. 
Maltbie, September 26th, 183 1. He died July 10th, 
1858. She died April 15th, 1861. 

Mr. M. was a lineal d^sceudent, on the maternal side, of Rev. John 
Davenport, of Puritan memory, founder of New Haven, Conn. The 
record of these dear parents is in the hearts of those who loved them. 
The luxury of their lives was to do good, and the world was better for 
their having lived in it. 

Charles Chauncy, born November 13th, 1807; died "Feb- 
ruary Sth, 1800. 

Anne, born February lOth, 1809 ; died June 17th, 1827, 
at Clinton, N. Y. 

Thomas Treadwell, born August 22d, 1810 ; married S. 
Matilda Henry, daughter of Rev. T. Charlton Henry, 
D.D., of Charlestown, S. C. Died May 2d, 1872. 


CL(^ _.^o 

chiij>j:i:x of mmiy a. and kkv. k. d. MAi/rniE. 21 

Dr. r);ivis was (listiiiLruislied :is an eloquent ilivine. and one of the 
ablest educators of the United States, having been connected with 
Williams, Yale, Middlebury. Union and Hamilton colleges. Henry, 
his first sou, was an able and popular lawyer, whose early death was 
greatly regretted. 

Children of Ma7 y A. and Rev. E. D. JSLaWne. 

Annie Catherine, born February 27tli, 1S33, at Hamilton, 

X. Y. 
Emily :N[aria, born February 9th, 1S30, at Clinton, X. Y. 
Mary Davis, born August 30tli, .1S3T; died March 2Ttb, 

Ilatmah M., born March 17th, ISIO; died September 6th, 
. . "^ 1810. 

Children of Annie C. and Armstrong Malthie^ mai^ded 
January^ 1863. . -, .. , 

Helen Virginia, born January 2d, 1861:. 

Henry Wills, born February 21th, 18G7 ; died March 29th, 

Marian Davis, born June 11th, 1868. , ■. . 

Children of Emily 21.^ who married Henry Babcook, 
Septeinher loth, 1857. 

Maltbic D., born August 3d, 1858 ; married K. E. Tallman, 

October -Itli, 1882. 
Howard Xoyes, born October 7, 1860. 
AVilliam, born and died Xovember, 1863. 
Clara E, born September 5th, 1865. 
Henry Townsend, born March 30th, 1872. 
Mary E. S., born February 1st, 1874. 
Annie Treadwell, born February 2d, 1878. 

Children of Thoraas T. Davis and S. M. Da/ois. 
Anna, who died in early childhood. 





Alexander Henry, born October 11th, l^^oD ; inarricd: l^t. 
Julia Pierce, of Providence, P. I.; 2d. Caroline ^l.-.v, 
of Boston, ]\[as3. 2 daughters, May and Ethel. 

JFr. Davis was brcvetted ^tajor during the Rebellion. He wasedu- 
ucated at Heidelberg, Germany. 

Anna Eudora, born October 11th, IS-lo ; married Ernc.-t 

Diclnnan, U. S. X. Lost a son in infancy, and dit-d 

August Gth, IS 78. 

lion. Thomas Davis died at Union ville. near "Washington, D. C, 

May, 2d, 1872. . j 

"lie was a model citizen, public spirited, generous and entrgclic. j 

A man of rare literary attainments and the widest culture, a student r.f j 

the sciences and a master in history and belles lettres. He will Ion'' lio j 

in rememberancc, m the city where he lived half a century. His h Lral i 

abilities were tine. He was Republican member of Congress during the \ 

Rebellion." In his home a gracious hospitality was dispensed, and .^Irs. | 
Davis, in her "Life and Times of Sir Philip Sidney," has contributed to 

the historian's library a standard work on the Elizabethan era. j 


The Clinton Home. 


How vivid and tender are the memories of the old Davis home- 
stead, the e.K President's house, on College Hill, at Clinton! Almost 
thirty years since, the last dear aged pilgrim there laid aside her 
burdens, and "fell asleep." 

Bereft of all who gave it its peculiar charm, it still stands, though 
the mosses of ages are gathering about it. What a delightful meeting- 
place it was! What an attractive group of sons and daughters and 
nieces once dwelt there rejoicingly with the dear elderly people who 
gave the place its special attractions! Ilari-ly elastic wt-re those liearts! 
There was always welcome at that hearihsloue and that hospitable 
board! What keen mother wit was Graudinothcr's!. and wliat sluiciy 
bearing in her middle life! One said to me a ffw days ^inc^.^ •• I >ii;i!l 
never forget how Dr. Davis passi-d ui) the n\f\t: t thi- C-ilii-j;e (:ha|>«l. 
Clad in his lone, blue, clerical cloak, bat in liau«l. HhJti- hairtHj. and 
tall, instinct with gracious dignity, lie gav.- n rourt.i.uH bnif Uiw on t!;.- 
right and on the left, making every one of his waitin;; wuditnce en 

scions of a pcrs()ii:\l salutation." Who of us liave forgotten his talcs 
of college pranks, and the rare high-bred courtesy with which the aged 
couple entertained the prominent people of their own and Inter genera- 
tions who followed tlien\ into their retired life? How many yet 
remember f/<a^ "one boss shay." and the emii'cntly capable huly who 
drove in it so often all the country through. Yet more would recall 
the roomier carriage and the two camlet cloaks— always su;e to be 
needed if left behind even in mid summer. O! those journeys and rides 
with such a grandfather and grandmother to explain and suggest- 
"What will ever compensate children who lack such experiences? 
"We could not help growing up with a reverence for them! They had 
such wide experience and such just views of men and measures, and 
each had such strong individuality, the four* whom I remember; there 

Tlie storm that wrecks the winter sky, 

No more disturbs tlieir sweet repose. • 

Thau saniiiier evening's latest sigh 
^ That shuts the rose. 

"With the place itself, too, are a multitude of other associations 
that spring up in loving hearts. What could one not find that was 
sweet and good in that broad old-fashioned garden! What a grand 
frolicking place were the cariiage-houses and barns! What a charm 
was in the wild glen and the rustic seat, in and around which the 
grandchildren whiled away many happy hours! and the stream, where 
some of us (one, who dieii yoimg and beloved) built miniature dams, 
and fished for crabs and minnows. One special fireside picture springs 
up at memory's beck Aunt Polly Davis sits there in her yellow 
rocker! dear, slender, loving old lady! and knits away and nods in the 
twilight, her black velvet bag and tin car trumpet on the carpet-covered 
stool beside her. I can see the semicircle of saucers that sat before 
her at table, and her barley coffee pot that used to stand on the Frank- 
lin. Those were toothsome home made crackers, such as long before 
my time brought forth Aunt Anne's proverb, " Lo, she filleth her bag 
with crackers, am] she maketh a great^raunching." It was almost all 
the noise she tm- dhf^ll^ while "^new her, except occasionally to 
make her cane fly and scatter the numerous cats, for which she had an 
utter detestation, that found welcome in the old house, or to sit in the 
great kitchen and clap the lace and muslin of her caps that she loved to 
clear starch herself. There were long years of invalidism before she 
and her well beloved "Brother" were permitted to put on eternal 
youth. When the infirmities of age and lingering illness came upon 
him, it was a great -victory to say as often as he did "The Lord reigneth. " 

*By the fourth, I allude to my great grandmother Treadwell. 




The orcliards, the front lawn", its red shale walk, the sweet lociivts, tlie 
cherry trees, the swing, the old porch, the honey-suckles, each had its 

The Saturday nightkeepina: that gathered the family at sun down, 
the Sunday-evening visits, the old tunes we sang, and the tall venerable 
form of him who leaning on the back of his chair approached tbe 
throne of the Infinite as the humblest suppliant for His mercy, can 
never cease from our remembcrance. 


For genealogy of Anne Hazard Treadwell, who married Isaac C 
Piatt, Esq., of Plattsburg, see Platts. 

Thomas Treadwell, Jr., youngest son of T. Treadwel!, 

married Polly Stratton, and had 4 sons and 1 daughter. 

Timotliy S., born April 17th, 1S30, married Mariraret 
M'Xauojht, died 1SS3. His wife is still hviucr. 

Esther M , born March 2d, 1S13, married Rev^osepli II. 

Eaton, founder and, till his death, President of Union Uni- 
versity, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 
^j^^A^^^homas, born November 2d, ISlo, married; 5 children. 

Benjamin, born, ISIS, drowned 1860; unmarried. 

William, born 1822, died unmarried. 

CMldren of Esther 21. Treadwell and Dr. J. U. Eaton. 
Henry Davis, born February 6th, 1S42, died in infancy. 
frUA^^fi^inX^j^ Josephine, born July 2Cth, 1843; married Alonzo Peck, 
Esq., of Pecksport, in 1S7S. He died honored and 
^ ■ esteemed at Hamilton, jST. T., January 5th, 1883. 

:/r V''«^»^M-^Thomas T., born November 15th, 1845, married Alice 
Eoberts, June, 1872. jd^Jc^nl^Ji^ t^ 
Children of T. T. E. and A. E/ 
Joseph E., born 1873. 
Marie C, born 1878. 
Wayland, born June 8th, 1848, died June, 1863. 
Mary, born July, 1850, died in infancy. 

Deacon Treadwell was prominently distinguished in his fatlier's 
family and in the whole community for the most unworldlj', sincere. 




and utiiform piety, from early youth to extreme old age. lie was *'a 
living: cpii-tle, knowu and read of all men." Rev. Thoinas T. Eaton is 
the talented and pupular pastor of the First Baptist Church, Louisville, 

Interesting Letters. 

Portion of a letter from Governor Treadwell, of Connecticut, to 
Hon. Thomas Treadwell, of Pluttslmr^, N. Y. 

" I thank you for your Intention, and for your Civilities expressed 
by that Gentleman; should either Business or Pleasure invite you again 
to this Part of the Country, I hojie you would do me the Pleasure to 
call upon me, but if Circumstances will not admit that I should have 
the Satisfaction of a personal Visit, a Letter from you relating to 
your Famiij- Connections, or such other blatters as you should think 
proper to mention would be a Present very acceptable to , 

Your most obedient and very humble Serv't, 

John Treadwell, Governor of Conn." : 

On the back, this autograph bore the following inscription: [ ' 

To my amiable Friend { 

Ann Mariaii Treadwell '; 

These lines are most humbly addressed as a small but sincere token 
of the high esteem in which she is held by her 

Affectionate Friend and well wisher 
Dec, 1819. Malcolm W. M'Laren. : 

Letter to Mrs. Ann },l. T. Redfield, from L. P. Treadwell. Secre- 
tary and Treasurer Union Savings Bank, Danbury, Conn. : 

Jan'y 20th, 1877. 
Mrs. Ann M. Redfckl 

Dear ^Iadam: — Your interesting letter on the Treadwell genealogy 
has Qiiite inspired me with a desire to know more of our family. 

There is a branch of the family in New Haven that traces its line 
back to Gov. Treadwell, one member of the family being a classmate of 
mine, and having been graduated in the same class witlTme at Yale in " 
18G2. I will write to 3Ir. Treadwell and possibly may get further light. 
The Treadwells of this section have generally belonged to the agricul- 
tural class, and have been noted for steady, industrious habits. It is a 
tradition here, and so far as my observation extends the tradition is in 
accordance with the fact, that " no Treadwell ever has been an inmate 
of a jail or prison, or ever has been convicted of any crime." The 
family has not been distinguished as a "pushing" or place-seeking one, 
rather the contrary, but it has had in it many useful men. and men hon- 
ored and trusted with the highest and most important local positions. 
I don't know that one is wrong in taking a little pride in belonging to 
such a famiiy. " A good name is more to be desired than great riches." 
Allow me to add my acknowledgements and those of my little daughter 

crfe ^ sm 



for your letter, and for your valuable chart, so intcrestine ton that T am 
half inclined to take up the study myself, but on the wliole ^^Miily i^ 
rather discouranins: to me. I tind 1 can learn so little of what tlure i« 
to know! or rather to be known. Louise meant to have put in a request 
for your picture if you have one: perhaps it would be trespa>?iDj: too 
far upon your kindness, already so great; which I mean to repay in 
part by interesting the children in the study you liave so well and^ =o 
carefully illustrated. Wishing you many a return of the " Happy New 
Year," I am sincerely yours, 


From "Farmer's Genealogical Eegister of the First Settlers of 
Kew England," published at Lancaster, Mass., are copied the following 

Edward Treadwell, Ipswich, Mass, 1637. 

Thomas Treadwell, Ipswich, freeman, l638. 

Felt Ms. Letter, vide Winfhrop'a Ilistoyi/ Xew Enrjland, 2 rol. v. 34'). 

Gov. John Treadwell, of Conn., was born November 23d, 1745. 
and married Dorothy Pomeroy, of Northampton, Mass. 

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Description of the Piatt Coat of Arms, copied by Judge Charles 
Piatt ou his visit to London in 1701 from the Herald's office: 

The Ancient and Honorable family of Piatt were in great repute 
in Norfolk, as is confirmed by a manuscript of those worthies who had 
Standards of Arms, the first, Edward Third, King of England, Anno 
Domini 1326, then bore for their coat of Armorial Party, and Pale Or 
and Gule, a Lion passant, Argent, armed. Azure, and Christ; a Chap- 
let of Flowers, the ancient Reward of Merit, bestowed by Damsels 
upon their Favorites upon their return from a victorious field of Battle. 

Motto: Merit has its Reward. 

In Census Lists of Huntington, L. I., April i2tli, 
1755, I find the names of Epenetus Piatt, Capt. Isaac 
Piatt, Doctor Zophar Piatt, Mary Piatt, with list of slaves 
belonging to them, and signed bj Isaac Piatt, Piatt Conck- 
lin and Alexander Bryant. 

In similar lists of Smithtown, L. I., I find the names 
of Jonas Piatt, Zephauiah Piatt and Mary Treadwell. 

In Hempstead, also the names of Thomas Treadwell 
and Epenetus Piatt. 








^ ^:i 

28 THE rr-ATT FAMir.Y. 

In lists of ratG;il>le estate of ye town of IhmtiiiLrt'.'.i, 
taken in the year 10S3 : 


Isaac Piatt ITT 

Lieut. Epenetns Piatt . . 211 00 OO | 

Signed by | 

* Isaac Pi.att, Coiistalde 

£ s. J. ; 

Also John Treadwell, of TTampstead, 

or Hempstead, L. 1 250 00 un 

This was in 1GS3. • • ' ' j 

Vide " Documentarv History of State of N. Y." ; 

Major Epenctus Piatt was the common ancestor of mo?t of the 
Platts on Long Ishind. He was a man of su!istance and respectatiility, 
was one of those imprisoned by Andros in 16S1, and died at lliiuliu^- 
ton. L. I., 16S3. 

Zeplianiah Piatt, born in 1709, ■was only son of Jonas, the second 
son of Epenetus the tirst and Hannah Saxton (born 1709), by whom he 
had six children. His second wife, by whom he had four children, was 
Anna Smith, widow of Richard and daughter of Job Sraiih. He dird 
in 1796. 

Four of his sons were in the U. S. Army during the Revolution. 
Jeremiah, the fifth son, died of small pox contracted on board the Jer- 
sey Prison Ship, from which he was released at the entreaty of his 
youngest daughter, Dorothea. He survived but two days after reaching 
home, and died January 27th, 1778, aged 74. Zephaniah, Natiiauiel, 
and Charles, three brothers out of this family of ten, were the original 
proprietors of Plattsburg. One hundred acres each were given to the 
first ten settlers, and to the first male child born in the town (V]aH 
Newcomb). Zephaniah. their father, was English. — Vide Thompson t 
History of Long Island, 1st vol. 

Judge Zephaniah married, 1st, Hannah Davis, 2d. Mary Van 
^Wyck. He was born at Huntington, L. I., 1735, and had 12 children. 
The names of some of them have been given me: Jonas. R./bcrl, 
Charles, Steven, Levi, James and Pitt. Pitt Piatt married L;ct^f•y. ui\\y 
sister of Chancellor Kent. Jonas, a prominent lawyer, married Hrlea 
Livingstone. Robert marrie(i Grace Daggett, of New Haven. J.i:r,<-a 
married, 1st, Miss Floyd, 2d, Miss Woolsey, 3d wife a Susan Brie.s<. 


widow of Blocker Lansing. Levi married a ^liller, father of second 
Mrs. James Bailoy. Charles married a Bleeker, and left one daughter, 
now a Mrs. Dodge, of S\-raciise. 

Captain Nathaniel marri 'd PhQ?be Smith, and had 3 sons, Isaac, 
the father of ^Irs. Commodore Bailey, Nathaniel and George. Hannah, 
■R'ho married Gen. ^loore, Phoebe, who married Judge Ijailey, and 
Maria, who married. 1st, Dr. Albon P. Mann, 2d, Rev. Frederick Ilal- 
sey, being Ids third wife, his secoml, a Rogers, being also a Piatt on her 
mother's side. Mrs. Ilalsey became afterward the 3d wife of Hon. 
Isaac C. Piatt. Mrs. Laurence Myers, of Hackensack. was a Halsey, 
her daughter. Rev. Mr. Ilalscy was the pioneer minister of Plattsburg, 
having come to that place on horseback through the wilderness from 
Long Island, about a hundred years ago. lie had once for a wedding 
fee a bag of white beans. 

Note.— For full data see Piatt Chart, by Mrs. A. M. llcdfield. 


Copy of Letter of Judge Cliaiies Piatt to Dr. Samuel 


Plattscukg, -November 30th, 1S09. 
Dear Sir: 

Tour welcome letter is before me and as you have been somewhat 
circumstantial in your epistle, you may perhaps expect something like 
it from me, who have been something of a rover in my youth. When 
I left Dr. C. Graham, I first settled in New Windsor for a year or so, 
then I took a trip to the V.^est Indies, and after visiting several of the 
islands, the ;Mos(iuito shore, back to Cliarlestown, 8 C, thence to Eng- 
land, the tour of Holland, and back to Madeira, and the West Imiies, 
returned to New York after an absence of ten years and six months. 
I spent about a year on Lons: Island, then went into Dutchess County, 
at a place called Lerago, where I entered into mercantile business and 
kept a country store until the American war, and was doing what I 
thought pretty well, when I and all my family were all flaming wliiirs. I 
embarked early in the service of my country, was at New York when 
the British army first made its appearance, and after sevcnil severe 
conflicts, retreated with the American army, first to Kingsbridire. and 
next to White Plains, was in the action there, and there we continued until 
the retreat of the British army across the North River, into Jersey. 
That event you probably are well acquainted with.and their transactions 
while in New Jersey. 

After the Britisli had left us, our Brigade marched to the High- 
lands and the Forts on the North River for winter quarters, while 
Gen. Wa-hington with the main army, which at this lime was much 
reduced, as being composed mostly of militia from the different States, 
and who^e time when now expired, did little uK^re than keep the enemy 
at bay for the winter season. 



After the winter, I left tlie army and returned to my family, coi;- 
tiuued a farmer, and traded a little as occasion ollercd. 

I sold my farm for paper. Continental, and kept sliiftint,' frr.m ore 
one thing to another, and always gettins more or less, until ii run ii"i;'<: 
out, and so farewell to pill garlici let it go! The world is wiilt-, *ai)d 
there is room enough for us all. I shall never want to try u'_'Hin! At 
the close of the war I had inirchased a few class rights of 'the soldn-rs. 
and having collected a little something I set out for the woods, and 
after viewing several places I set down on the west side of Lake C;i- 
plain, an entirely new country and wilderness, and called the Inv.n 
Plattsburg, and here, after encountering all the inconveniences df i\ 
new country, I have by the grace of God continued to this dav. 1 
married, when about 28 years of age, Caroline Adriancc, a dauLiit'cr '<{ 
Isaac Adriance, of Fishkill. You must have known Mr. AdriaiKc. 
We have had 3 daughters and 5 sons. Our daughters are stiil livinj. 
and three of our sons, all in health and live near us. I am now 1;.*) 
years old, and my wife 62. We are as healthy as most people of onr 
age are. and enjoy ourselves pretty well here. Your sons, Samuel uiid 
Moses, live near me, within a 100 rods. They are both well. Mose.-.' 
family consists of a wife and 3 children, I showed them your letter. I 
am with respect. Sir, Yours, <Szc., 

Chakles Plait. 
Dr. Samuel Jenner, Xorthfeld, Mass. 

Judge Charles Piatt was born on Long Island, 174-i; died 

185/, aged ST. 
Caroline Adriance was born in Holland, 1747. 
They were married at Fishkill in 1772. 

She was a very handsome woman, even when old, and used to read 
her Dutch Bible. 

Judge Piatt had previously studied medicine in Paris, and like 
Judge Treadwell, furnished it to the poor gratis for many years. 

Children of the Above. • 
Margaret, born in 1793; married X. H. Treadwell, 1S13; 

and died April Sth, 1S59. 
Letitia, 1st wife of Rew Frederick Halsey ; married 1708. 
Hannah, married Eleazar Miller; nine children. 
Zephaniah, died at St. Thomas of yellow fever, 1S05. 
Isaac C, born April 11th, 1781 ; died Januaiw 15tli, 1.^72. 
Charles C, married Eliza Eoss ; died in 1S09. Had two 

daughters, Caroline and Elisabeth (Mrs. Bailie Slium- 

wav). Both these daucrhters are dead. Mrs. S. had 

6 children. 


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Natlianie], died in inf;iiu'v. 

Xathaiucl lM, married Maria Xase, ISU ; died 1S40. 
jL Wife, Parinelia Grant, died 1S5-1. 

The women of this family were very handsome, especially Letitia 
(Mrs. Halsey), mother of the lirst Mrs. James Bailey, of Plattsburg. 

Dr. Piatt was first and only physician In Plattsburg for many 
years. A beaver skin was the usual fee for bleeding an Indian. In I 
1778, he held the first court in Clinton county, and continued in oftice j 
until he was sixty years old; and it was then offered to his son, Isaac | 

C, who declined on account of his deafness. i 


Isaac. C. Piatt married Anne Treadwell, lOtli child of lion j 

Thomas Treadwell, Jannary 13th, 1S02. She died in i 

1821. He married Nancy Bristol, January 30th, ls23 ; ! 
and Mrs. Maria Halsey, October, 1848. 

Children of Isaac C. and A. T. Piatt. 
Anne Treadwell, born November 10th, 1803. 
Zephaniah C, born July 30th, 1805. .. , | 

Caroline Adriance, born July 1st, 1807. ^.^ 'j 

Anne Treadwell Piatt -married Dr. Lyman Foote, '■ 
U.S.A. " J 

Zephaniah C. Piatt married Anna Eliza Miller. . j 

Caroline A. Piatt married Rev. John Dielle. 
A. T. P. and L. F. in Aug., 1S21. 
Z. C. P. and A. E. M., Jan. lith, 1829. 
C. A. P. and Eev. J. D., July ISth, 1832. | 

Z. C. Piatt married Mrs. Haynes, Jan. 1st, 1873. ' 

Children of A. T. Piatt and Dr. Lyman Foote. | 

Henry Smith, born July 7th, 1822 ; died 1829. j 

Anne Piatt, Au<,nist 22d, 1824; died ls25. | 

Isaac Piatt, September 23d, 1825 ; died 1879. | 

Z. Charles, Feb. 1st, 1^27 : died at Syracuse, X. Y., 1877, 
Henry Davis, born 1829 ; died 1830. 
Caroline A., born 1830. 
Mafy Ann, born»1835. 



Dr. Foote's second wife was Miss Cooper, of Cooper>town, X.Y. 
Two sous and two daughters. 

Grandcldlch-en of Dr. and Jfrs. A. T. Foute. 
Dr. I. Piatt Foote, married Anne Eliza Bailey and had 1 

child ; 2d wife, Mary E. Moore. i 

Mary Ann Foote, married John Punipelly ; no children. 
Caroline A., married G. Pomeroy Keese, of Coopeistown, 

N. Y., and has 7 children. | 

3Irs. A. T. Foote died at Prairie Du Cliien, October Glh, is:i2 ; 
Dr. Lyman Foote, at Port Laracca, Texas. 

Children of Zephaniah C. and A. E. Piatt. 

Ann Elizabeth, who' married Benjamin F. Fel^; af Galena, 
111. and has 4 children : Zephaniah Charles, Anna, 
Franklin, and and Mary. Others have died, 

Caroline D., who married James D. Palmer, October 5th, 
1S53 ; he died Xovember 1st, 1S55. lie left one 
daughter, Anna Elizabeth Piatt, now Mrs. A. E. 

John Dielle Piatt, married Susan D. Phelps, Octol)er l^t, 
1867. She died May 2d, 1879, and left 4 children : 
Anna Mary, Zephaniah C, William Phelps, and 
Jaiyes Palmer. 

Mary L. resides with her father, at Plattsburgh, N. Y. 
lyii-s. A. E. Piatt died Xovember lltli. 1871. 

Piatt and Dielle Families. 

Mr. Piatt has been for successive terms member of Assembly for 
the northern district of our State, the friend and adviser of tlje widow, 
and guardian of the orphan, always found faithful to every trust 
reposed in him. 

Children of Caroline A. Piatt and Rev. John l)ldl<. 

Anna Elizabeth, born May 2Sth, 1813, died March 5th, 

Eliza Gilman, born August Sth, 1835. S^^ r/-?..,.«-C <^^^ 
^ Mary Williams, born February Ith, lU7.*^U^^ ^f^Si^P-^ 

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GKANnCIlII,I>Kl N or KKV. .1. D. AND C. A. D. 


Caroline Piatt, born Jan. 2St]i, 1S3S, died July 3Ut, li>13. 
Rev. .J. Diolle \v;is for ^ years Seaman's Chuplain at Honolulu, 
Sandwich Islands, ilis children were all born there. He died and was 
buried at sea, "homeward bound," Jan. l[ttli, ]t!41. "A lovely and 
beloved Christian missionary."' 

&i'andchildren of lit v. J. D. and C. A. J). 
Anna E. Dielle married Charles Eathbune, of Buffalo, 
N. Y., and left 1 son: 
Charles Clary, born Au::ust l.'th, 1SC5. 

Eliza G. Dielle married F. Baker Blanton; 7 children: 
John Dielle, born March 2Gth, 1850. 

James Piatt, born Dec. 1st, 1800, died August 15tli, 18t).">. 
Anna Lee, born April 14th, 1863. . - 

James Piatt 2d, born September 21st, 1865. . ' 

Joseph Clary, born February 24th, 1SG8. 
Edwin Judd", born Sept. 10th, 1870; died July 2Sth, 1871. 
Carrie Thornton, born August 6th, 1872. 
The Rlanton family reside at Cottonwood, Va. 
Children of Carrie P. D. and James M. Armistead. 

Caroline Adriance, born September 2Sth, 1860; died May 
17th, 1882. 1^ " 

Willie Johnston, born November 6th, 1861. O^*^/^^' 
Philip, born 1863. 

Mary Louise, born 1865. ^..^ 

Maria Theresa, born 1866. He ^ rf-t^^^f'Z^f^ i 
Annie Dielle, born 186;. J^^ f^^ ^^/^Wt^^^^' 

The Armisteads reside at Richmond, Va. ^ 

Mary W. Dielle married Rev. P. B. Spear, D.D., of Madison Uni- 
versity, Hamilton, Is. Y.. August 25lh, 1880. Dr. S. has been long and 
most favorably known in couneclion with this institution. 

Many homes of these families have been made, during these long 
years, in the far West and South, some on the frontier at tlie f<jrts and 
trading posts of our then new country, and some still reside on South- 
ern plantations, while the graves of our kindred are scattered '■ far and 
■wide, by mount and stream and sea." 

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The Piatt Homestead. 

There is a spot in Plattsburg made as memorable in the recollection, ! 

as the gathering place of a Highland clan. In the early days, who I 

were not kith or kin; and who among the circle has not at sometime | 

enjoyed the dehghtful hospitality of the old homestead; or, while he | 

lived, and lie lived long and well, loved and reverenced as father, ■ 

grandfather, uncle, or friend, the dear, deaf old gentleman whose wel- j 
come was the outcome of his great, loving heart ? 

"What graphic old time stories he could tell I How many historic ; 

landmarks were in and around that sutistuntial brick mansion! lean I 

see the famous old butternut trees and the soldier's graves by the road- i 

side, and scattered here and there over the broad acres that surrounded ] 

it. During the battle of Plattsburg. in 1813, the land force of the Brit- j 

ish, after the family had fled, sacked the house, which afterward gave [ 

hospital room to their wounded, and, later, burial to the dead. The : 

United States troops wer^i soaie of them stationed at Plattsburg for | 

many years after this time, and the oflicers, always fond of good cheer \ 

and a gracious host, made the old homestead often a grand rallying ,M^ 
place. Doubtless a result of this acquaintance was the marriage of the 

eldest dauLihter of the house to Dr. Foote, who remained in the army i 

till his death after the Mexican war. The family were exposed to the ! 

hazards of the Seminole war in Florida, and of life in the western frou- ■ 

tier forts, and Mrs. Foote was laid to rest in a far off western grave. j 

The younger daughter, a gay, lively girl, the household pet, who car- j 

j ried everything before her, sailed away around the world with a hus- -^ j 

fcand whom she always calls "the loveliest man that ever lived." After I 

j eight brief years she returned widowed, with her four little ones, to j 

■^ Plattsbut^ to be received by her tender father with open arms. Her j 

■*^ ' *hofei5 clV.jii? liMe^o'ln'oken, iiow,^r:^^u3, loving, white-haired, enter- j 

*^il V t^'"^"^? elVrly ^^, busy and cheery, -back and forth among her i 

retAiTni[5V^1ii^i*o?i,' sli^carribs a blessing wherever she goes. She kept i 

her Plattsburg home till after her father had gone to rest. Ever the j 

upright, honorable and just man, " Uncle Isaac" was the never-failing j 

friend of the poor and distressed. He was thrice married, and his last ! 

wife, a most estimable lady (formerly Mrs. Halsey), survived him I 

many years. Down to his latest breath, his children bestowed upon j 

him a tender and undiminished affection, and when he died, aged more , 

than niui'ty years, tlie whole community mourned him. j 

" Uncle Xatty's " village home at Plattsburg was also raided b\' the 
British soldiery during the battle hours. When the family returned. 




the house was a sight to see. Dried fruits and pickled pork kept each 
other company in the parlor. Tiie soldiers ran their swords through 
the contents of the library, and scattered the feathers of pillows and 
beds all over the premises, in doors and out. " The ^lill" and "Aunt 
Peggy " are 3-ct passwords to the secret chambers of some warm, loving 

Levi Piatt, son of Judge Zephaniah, married a 3Iis3 ^liller, w'no 
Avas own cousin of Lucrelia and Margaret Davidson. She was daugh- 
ter of Dr. ^lillcr, an own cousin of the late Judge Morris S. ^liller, of 
Utica, N. Y. ; also own cousin to the Kev. Henry Davis, of Clinton (his 
mother was a Goukliu:;). Dr. ^r. ^vas also own cousin of dl. Miller, 
the father of the first .Mrs. Z. C. Piatt, of Phittsburg, X. Y., whose 
husband now resides there. Mrs. Davidson, mother of the sisters men- 
tioned, wa5 a sister of Judge .M. S. Miiler, before alluded to. Her old- 
est daughter Anna married Cauoa Townsend. Ex-Governor Horatio 
Seymour's sister Mary married Rutger B. Miller, Judge Miller's son. 
There existed a very close intimacy between the Treadwell, Piatt, and 
Davidson families, that renders this reference relevant. The Davidson 
family was a lovely and gifted one. The two daughters, most specially 
so, died young. 




In the walks of historj', and in the ranks of benevolent ■workers in 
mercantile afTairs, in the professions of law, medicine and the ministry, 
in Congress and Assembly, many of the women and men of the later 
generations of both these families have gained a happy preeminence. 
Excellence, substance, without show, might have been the motto of the 
elder generations. 

In later days there is greater ^wealth, and statelier homes have 
sprung up. Doubtless the dwellers therein will strive to exert an ictlu- 
ence as benign, and leave behmd them records as worthy undyiii^ 
remembrance as did their progenitors.