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Devoted to the Interests of americAxN 

Geneiilogv and Biography. 

ISSUED Q U .\ R T E R L Y . 


January, 1870. 


MoiT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 

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SOCIETY, Jan. 5, 1370. 

U ; Jan. 5 ; Jan. 22. 

Ev B. J. L. 


by Lord Cornbury, 1702-3. J. S. O. 





MISCELLANEOUS :— The " Record " for April ; 
Books for Ri'\-itw ; Bulletin No. 1 ; Books wanti'i) . 


respondinir, Life and Resident. 


New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. 



12i "West 54th Street. 


P. O. Box 58, Brooklj-n, N. Y. 


fi Ea."-t I6th St., N. Y. 


54 East 25tli Street, New York. 


159 "West 45th Street, New York. 



194 Broadway, New York. 


36 "West 22d Street, New York. 


64 Madison Avenue, New York. 

First Class, term expires 1871. 


Second Class, term expires 1S72. 

Third Clitss, terra eipiroa 1S73. 

The object of this Society is to collect and preserve Calso, to publish, as far as practicable) Grn( '.lopical. 
Biographical and Hiitorical matter, relating for the most part, though not exclusively, to the .^tate vi 
New York. 

A Library has been commenced, already containini mauy works of great value to the ijeaealo^acai 
student ; which, by dcnafiou, exchange and othenvise, is rapidly increasing. 

The stated meetings of the Society arr' held on the second and fourth Saturlay of each month, at half 
past ScTin o'clock. P. M., at the Mott Memorial Hall, G4 Madison Avenue, New Yors. 

Meniberahip. —For admission to the Society, the candidate must be nomiaated by a member, in 
^Titmz ; i>e approved by the B.:iard of TruJ-tees, and voted in at a regular raeetinu'. The imtiutlo.i fee i« Five 
du'ti ir.-, and R>iii'Uat Memijership requires the paymcat, CLni-ually, of Five L'oUars. The I.ifi Membcrsiiij 
tee (in lieu of all ■ininial aasossments) is Fifty dollars. The Clerks of the several Counties and Towbs oi the 
State are mcmbei-s of this Society tx.nfficio. 


,.p^T-j.iiaaa;ij*'ir«ati^ -iw-.^i , 


Vol. I. 


No. 1. 


of tlie Society was held at tlieir rooms on 
Wednesday, January -jtli, 1870, H. R. Stiles, 
M. D., presiding. 

The Treasurer presented his report, show- 
insj the receipts of the Society from March 
16th, 1S69, to be 
From Initiation fees, S16-5 00 
Yearly dues, 1-50 00 

" Life memberships, 200 00 

and the disbursements to be 
Leaving a balance of 

e-515 00 

268 8-5 

§246 1-3 

of which $200 has-been invested on account 
"f the permanent fund. 

The Librarian reported that the library had 
received, within ten months, 383 bound vol- 
umes, and over 100 pamphlets, besides many 
portraits and several maps, charts and auto- 
gra|)hs, all of which were by donation. 

The Annual Report of the Executive Com- 
mittee, short'ed that there were now regularly 
enrolled 77 members ; of whom 36 were Resi- 
dent, 36 Corresponding, 1 Honorary and 4 
Life. It set forth the substantial progress 
already made by the Society in various de- 
partments, closing with the following perti- 
liput appeal for industrious cooperation. 

"Tho work before us, as a Society, demands the 
m>jt i-anieat, un -elfish, united and unremitting exer- 
tiiin of each mem'.'er. Our mrmbp.rship, already ro- 
sjH-'-tabl.i ia numbers and quality, needs to be brought 
U[i to that maximum whieh shall insure oar perma- 
ncn.jy on a proper pecuniary basis. The pursuit of 
lienealofj- is no longer iimored by the intelligent and 
intluential classes of s.3eiet>-. Its value is becoming 
m.ire widely appreciated every day— and, if we are in 
earnest, we shall find no difficulty in ad.iing to our 
number, very many earnest workers, both men and 

fiur Library, also, needs our united and system.itic 
'•''""■ ''" ^-cure its proper increase and establishment. 
1 he B.-n-rosit;,- of our fri.nds has placed upon our 
i-h.-lTcs :h.- nucleus of a very fine collection of geneal- 
om-s, bi..innphies,lo^:al history, etc.— but much, very 
much. ne. ds Vet to be done. Every one of us ,=^houid 
f.-ol ii to V- a ..^cred duty to contribute of his means- 
audtosoli-it of his and correspondents, such 
books, pamphlets, mss., records, etc., as are apnropri- 
atc to the purp.:,ses of this society. It i, wonderful to 
note what any one can do— however limited may be 
humean^or bis aciiuamciuce-if he mly carries such 
a purpose around with him, in his daily walks and life. 

If each member had thus far doue all that he could, 
our library, this evening, would be treble its present 
size and value. There are, too, certain foundatton 
books of genealogical reference, which it is important 
for, us to have as soon as practicable— such as 
Savi.ii/i's Ginealor/ical Dictinnanj; F'.irm-ir's JS'fm 
Eiiy'and SMfrs ; Hiinnan's Early Scitltrs nf Coiin'cU- 
cut: Bond's }Falerioii'n ; and the volimips of the X. 
E. Genealogical Kegister, since 1860, to complete the 
set so kindly given us by our Honorary ilember, 
Samuel G. Drake, Esq., of Boston. A set of the 
HislnricalM'.igazineisroTy desirable; and any or all 
of the best Si<v7rap/iica! Dietionarie.'. f>r. Sprague's 
Annals of the Amerii:an Pulpit— the Couffrfjalionat 
Quarterly and work-s of that class would prove invalu- 
able additions. Thesuuiof JlOO orJl.^O,- imionations 
of any size, would, to use a popular phrase, "Set us 
up" if judiciously applied in the purchase of such gen- 
ealogical works as are now to be found on s-ale in the 

" We have, by a wise provision of our By-Laws, a 
Building Fund. If we had a similar permanent Book 
Fund, the interest of ivhieh could be annually applied 
to procuring some of the r.'.rer and privately printed 
genealogies — not otherwise procurable — it wouldprove 
a lasting blesttng to us. 

"The publication of the Bulletin— previously refer- 
red to — it is to be hoped, will be continued, during the 
coming year. Its imnoitanee, as a means of commu- 
nication with other similar societies and with geneal- 
ogists all over the country, can scarcely be overes- 
timated. 2000 copies of each issue, distiibuted to all 
the leading libraries, societies, colieLiCS, g-'Dcalogists, 
authors, publishers, newspapers, in this and neighbor- 
ing States, -will \-ield us a return of books, correspon- 
dence, reputation and assistance which wiil have 
a most powerful influence upon our future success as 
a society. In these davri — the society which publishes 
nothing, is lost. Its induence u;ion the world is 
naught — its best opportunity of power is neglected." 


At a regular meeting, Xovember 27th, IbfJ'J, 
four resident, and thiee corresponding mem- 
bers were elected; donations of books ac- 
knowledged from the Rev. E. B. Huatiagton, 
of Stamford, and others. Charles B. .Moore, 
Esq., concluded the reading of bis paper on 
" Dutch and English Intermarriages." 

Regular meeting Deceriiber lltii. Com- 
mittee on Pedigrees reported on the Pedi- 
grees of Dr. D. P. Hplion, Dr. U. R. Stiles, 
and S. Edward Stiles, and recommended a 
form of certiticate to be given to those gen- 
tlemen; which report was accepted, and the 


proper officers authorized to sign such 

Augustus Maverick, Esq., of the Eienitjg 
Post, read a paper on the life of the late 
Heury J. Raymond. Rei^iaiks on genealogi- 
cal work, were made by Rev. S. Hausoo Co.\, 
and others, and the first BuUerin of the 
Society was presented. 

At the AxNCAL Meeting of the Society, 
held January 6th, 1870, nominations were 
made for one honorary, tive corresponding, 
and three resident members. Mr. Evelj-n 
Bartow and Mr. Charles B. Moore presented 
their pedigrees, which were duly referred. 
The term of office as Trustees, of Messrs. 
Wm Fred, llulcombe, Henry R. Stiles, and 
S. S. Purple, expiring at this time, tliey were 
on motion, unanimously re-elected for the | 
term ending Jan. Isi, 1S73. Gen. George S. j 
Gieene and Mr. Charles B. Moore were elec- | 
ted to fill vacancies in the Board, the former j 
for one year and the latter for two years from j 
Jan. 1st, 1870. i 

Regular meeting, .January 22d, 1S70. Si.\ i 
resident, and five corresponding members 
elected since last announcement, and John 
R(jmeyn Brodhead, LL. D., was elected an i 
Honorary member. Librarian leported a num 
ber of donations of books, &c., from Jere- \ 
miah Colburn of Boston, S. L. Boardman of ! 
Augusta, Me., John J. Latting and others. 

The following changes in the officers of the 
Societ}', were announced by the President: I 

Charles B. Moore, as Second Vice-Presi- i 
dent, vice S. A. Baker, D. D., retired ; — and 

John S. Gautier as Trustee and Record- j 
ing Secretary, vice S. Edward Stiles, resigned, j 

A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Stiles, | 
in recognition of liis services to the Society, 
as R-ecording Secretary from it.-; formation. 

C. B. Moore, Esq., read a paper on the life 
of Ezra L'Homniedieu. 

A copy of the Vicksburg, Miss. Citizen, of 
July :id, 1863, printed on common wall 
paper, and the last issue of that sheet, was 
presented to the Society by Mr. Henry 
Howland of Cijicago. 

**♦ The April Number of the "Record" 
will go to press immediately, and will contain 
original articles on the Seymour an<l Swoeds 
Genealogies. Anything intended for this 
Number should be sent in at once. 


In a small cemetery, now ini^losel by the 
city of Poughkeepsie, are the rem.iins «■;' 
John Taylor, an English Uefoimer, fan as>ri- 
ciate with Cobbett,) who fled to this ciaiiicv 
to avoid persecution in his own, at the bi'nJn- 
ning of this century. He died of yellmv 
fever in the city of New York, not long after 
his arrival, and was buried in the then Pot- 
ter's Field, now Washington Si]uare. His per- 
sonal and political friends in New York elected 
a marble slab at the head of his gravi-, and 
there it remained until about the year Is-'j i. 
when the bones of the dead in the Potter's 
Field were removed. Then, some Eniz'i-ii 
friends of his in Pouglikeepsie, where Taylur'.s 
brother had lived and died, causeil lii-^ re- 
mains to be removed to that little village oi 
about 4,000 inhabitants. They were re intt-r- 
red in the little cemetery just mentioned, 
which had been recently laid out. I •■ assi>i- 
ed," as the French would say, at the funerai 
ceremonies on that occasion, whicli ti'ok 
place at evening twilight of a warm day in 
June. I was a lad seventeen years old. 
The marble slab at the head of his grave in 
Potter's Field, was also taken to Pouah- 
keepsie. and there re-erected at the head of 
his new grave. Upon it, after the u.suai 
record of his name, age, &c., are .smue Me- 
morial lines, written by his warm pfrjtuiHi 
friend, William Roscoe, the eminent poet 
of Liverpool, England. These lines are as 
follows, quoted from memory : 

" Far from his kindred and his native .^kies 
Here, mouldering in the, poor 'laylur 

Firm was his mind, and frausht with rari^Lis 

And his warm heart was never cold before. 
He loved his country, loved thai, sput «\ eurth. 
Which gave a Milton, Hampden. BruKhav.- 

birth : 
But when that country, dead to all but jai;i. 
Bowed its base neck and hua^'d tii' -ip[pres- 

sor's chain, 
Loathing the abject scene, he droopd, he 

Crossed the wide wave and here, untimely 

Stranger! whate'er your country ',s creed, or 

Go, and like him. the moral path pursue ; 
Go. and for Freedom every peril biavr. 
And nob'y scorn to be or hold a .sla\ e. 

B. J. L. 



Philip Pieterson Schuyler of Amsterdam, 
immigrated to New Xetlieiland in 1650, and 
married in Fort Orange (now Albany.) Mar- 
garetta Van Slechieiihorst of Newkirk, 12th 
December, 16-50, whose children were : 

1. Gysbert, born 2 July, 1652. 

2. Geertrny, " 4 Feb., 1651 ; m. 

Stephanas v. Cortlandt. 

3. Alida, born 28 Feb., 1656 ; m. 1 

Rev. Nich. v. Renselaer ; 2, Robt. 


Peter, born 17 Sept. 
Mayor of Albany. 

1657, 1st 


Brant, born 18 Dec, 



Arent, " 25 June, 



Sybilla, " 12 Nov., 



Plnilip, " 8 Feb., 



Johannis, " 5 April 



Margavetta" 2 Jan.. 


9. Said Johannis died 25 July, 1747, having 
survived his wife ten years. His children 

11. Philip ; killed by the French at Sara- 

toga, 28 November, 1745. 

12. John. 

13. Margaret, known as "The American 

Lady," mar. her cousin Col. Philip 
Schuyler, of the Flatts, near 

14. Catalyntie, married Cornelius Cuyler. 
12. This Jolin married Cornelia van Cort- 
landt. and died in November, 1741, leaving 
the following surviving children : 

15. Philip, infra. 

16. Stephen. 

17. Geertruy ; mar. Peter 3. Schuyler, 

and was a widow in 1758. 

18. Cortlandt; was deceased in 1782. 
15. Philip ScHgyLER, Major General in the 

Revolutionary army, was born in Albany, in 
1733; mar. Catharine, da. of Johannis ran 
Renselaer, Sept., 17-55, and died Oct., 1708. 
E. B. O'C. 

^*, Books or other pnb'.ications to be no- 
ticed in the Record, and e.vchanges, .should 
be addressed to the " Publication Committee," 
64 Madison Avenue. 


Granted by Lord Cornbury, while Govern- 
or of the Province. 

These licenses are contained in an old book 
of records in this city, and it is believed have 
never appeared in print before. 

J. S. G. 
Oct. 20th. — Conradus Vanderbeeck, and 

Catherine Cock, widdovr. 
Oct. 26th.— Ralph Thurnian, and 

Mary Clouder, widdow. 
Oct. 27th. — Tliomas Davenport, and 

Magarett Lepenar. 
Nov. 17th. — William Holloway, and 

Elizabeth Holyday. 
Nov. 19th. — Abram Van Laer. and 

Elizabeth Struddle. 
Nov. 20th. — John Grice, and 

^Deborah Hadlock. 
Nov. 27th. — John Heerman, and 

Sarah Shrieve. 
Nov. 28th. — John Auboyneau, and 

Frances Shukey. 
Dec. 5th. — Richard Robinson, and 

Mary Chambers. 
Dec. 12th. — Richard Harris, and 

Mary Baker, widdow. 
Dec. 12th. — Arent Schuyler, and 

Svvantie Dyckhuyse. 
Dec. I6th. — Charles Robinson, and 

Elizabeth Roesdale. 
Dec. 16th. — William Berkley, and 

Elizabeth Randall. 
Dec. 17th. — Samuel Osborn, and 

Katherine Pullion. 
Dec. 22d. — William Smith, and 

Susanna Monvielle. 
Dec. 24th. — Daniell Robt., and 

Susanne Nicholas. 
Dec. 28th. — John James Minviel, and 

Susanne Papin. 
Dec. 28th. — John Nedry, and 

Jane Allen. 

Jan. 5th. — Baltliazer Dehart, and 

Margritta, Mauritz. 
Jan. 8th. — John Journey, and 

Elizabeth DeYou. 
Jan. 16th. — Isaac Bedwell and 

Hannah Blank. 
Jan. 16tli. — David Jninisson. and 
Johanna Meeoli. 
<ro be. Continui'd:) 



la tlie possession of Hon. Selah B. Strong, 
of Setauket, L. L, is an extremely well pre- 
served manuscript volume, vellum-bouml, care- 
fully enshrined in a rosevrood casket made for 
its special rece{)tion — and familiarly known in 
tlie family as "The Tangier Book." It is the 
record of the family of Colonel William Smith, 
the founder of the Tangier Smiths, as they 
are designated in contradistinction to the 
"Bull" and "Rock" Smiths, the two other 
prominent families of that name on Long 
Island. Colonel Smith was born iu North- 
amptonshire, England, and was appointed, by 
Charles II to the governorship of the royal 
city of Tangier, in Africa — the duties of which 
position were efficiently performed by him fo"- 
several years. After his recall from that 
post, he came to America, arriving, with his 
fsmily at New York, August 6, 168t3. He 
purchased a tract of land, known as Little 
Neck, in Brookhaven, Long Island, where he 
t-Kik up his resilience in 1689. This, with 
tdditional purchases, were subsequently 
erected into a manor, under the name of St. 
George's. Mr. Smith was appointed a mem- 
ber of the Council of the Province of New 
York, of which he became President ; an As- 
sociate Judge of the Supreme Court, and 
afl<Twards Chief .Justice — and died at Little 
Neck, February 18, ITO-j. 

We do not intend however, to give any 
biograj)hical notices of Col. Smith or his 
nuraerou.s and distinguished descendants — but 
nimply to present an exact copy of the 
family record as commenced by himself, in 
Tangier, in the year 1675 and continued, by 
«uccessive hands, down to 1763. 

The entries, which will prove interesting to 
a very wide range of genealogical students — 
sre remarkable for their particularity, and a 
Tiisin'.ripss, which at times merges into a 
toacliing pathos. 

Before introducing the record itself, how- 
erer, we desire to call the readers attention to 
the fact, in the back part of the same 
Tolume, Mrs. Col. William Smith, kept her 
'•binie>tic recipes." She was a lady of un- 
ii-.ial intelligence aid aci:om[ilishment.s, and 
K'conliiig to Tliompson's History of Long 
Island "eminently skilled in domestic econ- 
omy.' A Iirgo portion of the " Tangier 
B-ok" is occupied by valuable instructions, 

transcribed by her, in respect to culinary con- 
cerns and family medicine. 

The housewife will here find much valuable 
information. She will learn how '■ to make a 
Boyled puden;" or a, " Backed puden ;" or a 
'Superexcellent Cack;" or to"Pickell Cow 
Cumbers ;" or " to make ye right good sweete 
cake;" or "to Frickassee a Babbitt:" or '■ to 
boyle a Rabbitt;" or "to make a good flriga- 
see of Chickens ;" or " a Quakinge puddinge;"' 
or a "Calves head pye;" or "a nice puden 
in guttes ;" or " to boyle a dish of spinege ;" 
or " To Make Allmond Pudding in Gutts." 

The medical suggestions are plain and 
practical. There are prescriptions for " a 
Blasted face or pysoned by any ill hetb or 
wend (weedl);" "for a tfelon;" " ("r ye 
worms;" "an oyntment for ye Itch;" "a 
shure reamedy for ye Jandors;" "for dftf- 
ness ;" " to stay spetting of Bloud ;" " to wash 
a sore mouth yt hath ye Kings Evil in it or i^ 
sore and not yt;" " for a greale pane in yi.- 
head;" "a plesent Apozen or drinke for a 
fever and luceness wch is Coulen and bmd- 
ding;" "for ye wend Collocke;" '■ PieoiHe 
for sore or Blud Shote eyse;" "for ye ya!!or 
Janders;" "to make a sqenshed milke u')od 
for Luceness & to squence thurst;" " Oyle of 
Charety to be taken outwards or itiwards;" 
"for ye grippen ■of ye guttes;'" • a niede^en 
for a borne or scold"— which, being transla- 
ted, is a medicine for a burn or scald— ar:<i 
much more relating to the ills that aiilict 

The beautifying of the person was not for- 
gotten, for we find directions for manui'ai.'t\:r- 
ing "a to make ye hands white aisJ 
smooth;" how "to make a perfume;' " :■' 
wosh ye head to make hare growe," '■ a. wosh 
for ye false and necke;" " to kepe yonr T'-:rh 
Sounde;" "to gitt spots or greso out of 

We recommend "The Tangier CookB.>ok 
and House- Keepers' Guide" to some of our 
antiquarian publishing houses as an iiitjresting 
domestic publication. For the present, h.-w 
ever, we betake ourselves again to '-Colonels 
I end "' of the volume. 

Tang"" this twentie-sixth Day of NnuembnO. ■'. 
This day beeinge fryday I William ^"''■'''' 
Borne in " Newton neare HiHiiam '''•",,''•• 
Norlhampton was married to Mnnna . i;n 
stall of Putney in the (,'ountie ol ."j-nrr.e isy 
Doccf William Turrner i 
Church in Tanger. 




one a 
try Jay 

Tang'' y-" 4'" day of Septemb'' 1676. 
TJiis day was Borne my Daughter 
Monday Elizabeth Smith about two ot the 
Clocke in the mnniiuse wasCliristued 
the sixth dayof Septemh'' and her Godi'ather 
was my Vnkle AVilliam Staines and her God- 
mothers ware M''' Sarah Sliadwell tlie Wife 
of John Sliadwell E^>[' Record'' and yi" 
Hannah Read the Wife uf Alexander Morgan 
Read, and was christned bv Doccf Ames 

Tang'' y"' 21"" Septenib'' 16— 
This day was borne my Sonne John 
Smith between nine and ten o'clock 
in the morninge and was Cluissned 
the same day in y'^ E%eninge My Vnkle Wil- 
liam Staines and Consull John Erlisman were 
Go<lfathers and M" Aiic(e) holloway wasGod- 
nlot(her) was christened at home by I'occter 
Ammins Cryine beinjje St Mathews day 

Tang^ 22'" Feb^^ 167^ 

This Day God Almightie was pleased to 
take to himselfe my Sonne John Smith who 
Died about five of the clocke in y' morninge 
and was buried the same Eaveninse by Doccf 
Amis Crymes in the Ould Church Yard — 
b^einge the day five mounthes hee was 

Tang'' lO'" January I679 
onn a "^^^^ Day was borne my Sonne henry 
Moniiay Smith betweene ten and eleven a 
clocke in y^ morninge and was 
Christned of said moneth inge 

his goodfathers ware shere Surveiaher 

y' Mould and Cap" James Leslie God- 

mother was the Wifie of Phineas 

Bowles by Doctor Amis Crymes in 

the Protestant Church. 

Tang'' 2^ February 16;^ 

one a "^^'^ morninge betweene five and six 
Monlay of y" clocke was borne my third 
Sonne William Smith being Candill- 
mas day and wa.s Cristned by DocctfThomas 
Hughes in the Protrstant Church his God- 
fathers was Con>ull John Erli.-sman M'' Aid" 
Nathaniell Lodington and M" Elizabeth 
Erlismaa godmother. 

ong^ This twentie-sixth June 1680 God 
Saterday almightie was pleased to take to 
himselfe my third sonne William 
Smith who dyed betweene twelve and one a 
clocke in the Xitrht and was buried the nextt 
day bj Doccf Thomas Hughes in the ould 
Church Yard neare where his Brother John 
was buried. 

Tanger 14'" Sepi- 1681 
5„ ^ This morninEre a quarter after ten a 
^^'on-■iJay clock was borne my second Daughter 
Paty Smith and was christned y" 
22ih folowinge in y"= Protestant church, by 
Doccif Thomas Hughes her Godfather was 
Coll: Marmaduke Boynton and her Godmother 

M" Eliz* Lawrence and Sister leane Lod- 

jjj This day God was plea^!^ed to take 

Tanger to himselfe my Klde^t Daugliier 

Elizabeth Smith and was Buried in 

the churchyard neare her Brothers John and 


Tang'- 22"' Nouem'' 1682 
one a "^'"^ morninge about three a clocke 
"VTensday in the morninge Was borne my third 
Daughter Mary Smith and was 
Cristned the 23'* lustant in the protestant 
church by Doccf Thomas Hughes her God- 
father was M'' Thomas Oneby Merch" and 
her Godmothers M''° Mary Kerke and my 
Sister Susanah Smith. 

London 4"" of January 1683 

„ „ This fourth of Januarr was borne 
one a , . ,,,-,,., .,. 

Thursday my lourtn ;onne Wm. Snuth Was 
Christned By Mr. Wm. Morgan at 
my LodgiiiHes in Longe Aycur his Godlatliers 
Was his Grandfather Henry Tunstail and my 
selfe his Godmother Sister Uannali Tunstail 

-n^^i „„ , iJved the first of Feb-'' at Ould 
Dyed on a - . . , . 

Thursday Bramtord and was Buried m New 
Brainford Church Portch. 

This day God Almightie was pleased to 
take to himselfe my third Dau2hter Mary 
Smith, who was buried in Brainier J Church 
Portcli near her Brother William. 

Yaughall in Ireland 9*^ June 1086 
This day was Borne my Forth 
■Wensday Daughter Hibernire Smith and was 
Christned by the Protestant Minister 
of Yanghall her Godfather was Cap'" 
(Christo) phver Billop her Godmothers two 
ofS'' Estus Smiths Daugh(ters) of Yonghall. 

Att sea in j^ Thomas y" 2.5'*' Aug' 1686 

This day god Almightie was pleassed 

AVeoidav to take to himselfe my Fourthe 

Dau^rhter Hiberniae Smith who had 

I the ocean for her grare. 

New Yorke in America S"" Dece.mb'' 1688 

^^g ^ This day Was Borne my Fifth 
Thursday Dpughter Janey Smith on a thurs- 
day at five a clocke in the afternoone 
and was christned by Mr. Ennis next day 
after shee was Borne her Godfathers her 
Father and Brother Henrj' her godmother 
M'- Sarah Palmer. 

Brookehaven y'^ 13"=Marcli 16&y 
This thirteenth day of March 
"W^endesday 1689 'Was Borne my fifth 
William Henry Smith on a A\ en- 
desday at foure a clocke in the a}teir<inn 
and was christened by Mr. Ennis his nod- 
fathers his father and Brother Harie his god- 
mother his Sister Patty. 

(.To be Continiud.') 



Jas. p. Amikews, it. D., Colcrain P. O., Lan- 
caster Co., Penn., 1SU7. 

An octavo pamphlet of 8 pages, with no 
title page or cover, containing the names of 
119 descendants of James Patterson, born in 
170S, in die County Antrim, Ireland, who 
emigrated to America in 1728 ; married widow 
Mary Montgomery, and died in 1792, in Lit- 
tle Britain Township, Lancaster Co., Pa. 
The record is that of ordinary farmers, inter- 
spersed with a few episodes arising from 
their proximity to the Indians, in tlie earlier 
settlements of Pennsylvania; and while in- 
teresting, is evidently intended merely for 
family reference and use. 

THE CROZER FAMILY, of Bucks County, Pa. 
Trenton : 186«. 20 pages, 8vo. 

This family originated in France, from 
whence it removed to Ireland (Co. Antrim) 
about 1712. About 1723 (or, as some say, 
1740) five brothers came over to Philadelphia 
where two, Andrew and Robert, settled, and 
three, James, John and Samuel settled in Dela- 
ware County, Penn. The family whose geneal- 
ogy is given in this work, are descended from 
Andrew, who was born in 1700, and who, after 
his removal to America, resided at first, 
awhiler, in the village of Black Horse (now 
Columbus) Burlington Co., N. J., where he 
married Mary Richardson. 

. Gf-okge Henht Preble, U. S. X. and Susan 
Zabiah (Cos) Peeble. 

This folio sheet, arranged on the " brace " 
plan, and with comsiendable fullness of dates, 
etc., is presented to the Society by George 
Henry Preble, U. S. N. of No. 12 Adams St., 
Charlestown, Mass. It gives names, dates of 
birth, marriage and death, causes of death, 
etc., of two parents ; four grandparents ; 
eight great-grandparents ; sixteen great- 
great-grandparents ; thirty-two great-great- 
great-grandparents ; and sixty-four great- 
great-great-great-grandpaYents. No date is 
given on this sheet, but it must have been 
printed subsequently to IS-Sl, the most recent 
date mentioned. 

An outline History of the Presbyterian Churches of 
West, or South Jersey, from 1700-lS(i5 ; with an 
Appendix, from 18'JJ-IS69. A discourse delivered 
by Ret. ALEX H. BROWX. 75 pages, 8vo. 
PhiLidelphia : 1669. 

A most interesting work, abounding in 

biograi)hical and ecclesiastico-historical facts 
and containing also several pages of copies 
of inscriptions from the tombstones of the 
pastors of the West Jersey Presbytery. 

ED^.VARI) BAKER, of Lynn, Mass., 1G30. Pre- 
pared and published by Xei.-on M. Bakeb, of 
Lafayette. X. Y. Syracuse : 1SG7. 8vo. y'J pages. 
With folding " Plan of Faiuilies." 

erection of Tablets in the Old Church at Stock- 
bridsre, Mass., in niemorv of its four pastors, 
Rev.X'athanielH. Egglesion. 1869. 35 pp. 8ro. 

A delightful piece of reading. 

■Rho lived in Raynhnm (Mass.) from 1680 to the 
present, 1865. By Enoch Saxford, A. M., fourth 
pastor of the First Congregational Society. Taun- 
ton : 186b. 28 pp. 8vo. 

This is a record of the descendants of 
Philip King, who, with his brother Cyrus, 
came from England prior to 1680. and loca- 
ted at Braintree. In 16S0, he moved to thai 
part of the town of Taunton, now Raynham, 
and married Judith, daughter of Rev. Wm. 
Whitman, of Milford. 


(Answers to inquiries under this head should be 
addressed to the " Pubucatio:-' Committee," 
&i Madison Avenue.] 

,% Hudson, William, Davis, John, Roebiss, 
John, were among the early settlers of Oyster Bay 
and Matinecock, L. I., married daughters of P.ichard 
Lettin of Oyster Bay. Davis was one of the company 
that came from near Boston, Mass., in lCo5, and set- 
tled at Setauket, L. I. Those possessing any infor- 
mation of the ancestry or descendants of all or anj- of 
these persons, are requested to communicate the 
same, as above. 

^*, When the "Old Huguenot Church" in Pine 
Street was taken down in 1831— and when the cow 
church in Franklin Street was opened in 1834— his- 
torical notices of this church appeared in some X'ew 
York newspapers. Can any reader of the Record tell 
me the names of the papers and dates of notice ? 


,», Whom did Joshua Bancroft, bom 1712. at Read- 
ing, Mass., marry ! Xames of the seven children of 
Joshua and Mary, bom at Reading and Worcester, 

Genealogies in Preparation. 

Bartow, In our mention of Dr. S. B. Barlow's 
Granville (Mass.) Genealogies, in the last number of 
the " Bulletin," we forgot to say that the Doct-r 
is also at work upon the genealogies of his own fam- 
ily. Address, Xo. 55 21st Street, X'ew York. 

Barrett Family genealogy is in preparaiion by 
William Barrett, Esq., of Xashua, N. H. 

Benedict. The genealoiry of the Benedict Family, 
compiltdby Henry Marvin Benedict of Albany, X. Y. 


is now passing through the press of Joel Munsell, 
Albany, >'. Y. It 'will be a 400 page octavo, with 
twenty-five portraits. ReaJy about April 15. 

Uaismi. Vr. P. Garrbon, P. O. Box 673;, Xew 
York City, is preparing the genealogy of the Bensons 
of Rhode Island, and will gladly receive information 
concerning them. Early copies of I'roridencc and 
Newport newspapers would be peculiarly acceptable, 
as well as anything relating to the Bensons of Xorth 
Carolina and Georgia. 

lioardmnn. Samuel L. Boardman, P. 0. Bos 91, 
Augusta, Maine, has nearly re.ady a record of the des- 
cendants of William Boardman, of >i'ew Market, Js .H. 

Bou'ne. J. T. Bowne, of Glen Cove, L. I., is en- 
paged in colleiting material for genealogy of this 
faiiuly in America. Mr. Bowne has also been for 
sometime past collecting documents of all kinds rela- 
tive to the early history of Glen Cove and vicinity ; 
and in connection therewith, the genealr„iies of the 
families of Carp€ntfr^ Coli'Sy Mudge^ 'ireekSj Zatiing^ 
AWerlsnn, Mori, Underhill, O'Ch and Ttiornycrcti'l or 
Craft. He aiks for copies of, or loan of originals of any 
old manuscript, deeds, wills, pamphlets or newspapers 
relating to Muskeio Cove, Matinecock, or any of the 
above families. 

Burll Family genealogy from the "SVindsnr Set- 
tler, William Buell, is in preparation by J. S. Buell, 
Buffalo, X. Y. 

Chandler. George Chandler of "Worcester, M-ass., 
has in preparation a genealogy of the descendants of 
■William and Annis Chandler, who settled in Eos- 
bury, Mass., in 1087. 

Cutler Family of Xew England is being compiled 
by Wiliiam Kichard Cutter, Wobum, Mass. 

Dwight and Strong Families. Genealogies in 
preparation by B. ^V. Dwijht of Clinton, X. Y. 
Both families treated in direct and collateral branches 
and both nearly ready for press. 

GiiuliT. Including incidentally the families of Ten 
Eyck, Crosfield, >'ewton, Bogaert, Blanehard, Duyc- 
kinck, Stoutenburgh, Stagg, Town, Hamilton, Leary, 
and others. Any infomiation on the subject will be 
arceptabl.: to, and acknowledged by John S. Gaufier, 
Xo. 159 We.-t 45th Street, New York City. 

Hall. Ee-cords of descendants of families of Boston, 
Mass., New Haven and Wallingford, Conn., com- 
prising some Ijlmjnames, by Henry B. Atherton, Esq., 
Nashua, X. H. The same gentleman has also collec- 
ted a considerable quantity of nuiterial relative to 
the families of Armingttm, Bruige, Haskdl, Ho-ir, 
Icfs, and \i'alfcins. 

Hicks. Benjamin D. Hicks, of Old Westbury, 
Queens Co., L. I., is collecting materials for a Memo- 
rial of the Hicks tkmily. 

Kip Family Records, in the branches which remov- 
ed from Nl-w York, are preparing by Eev. Edward T. 
Corwin, of Millstone, N". J. 

Lnringa.Tid CusUing. Extensive genealogies of these 
Massachusetts families, in manuscript, are in posses- 
sion of Mr. J. S. Loring, J4 Cranberry Street, Brook- 
lyn, X. Y. 

Lucas. J. R. Lucas, Esq., Auditor's office, State 
of Minnesota, S^t. Paul, Minn., is preparing a gene- 
alogy of this family. 

Fame. Royal I'aine, 69 Fort Green Place, Brook- 
hii, X. Y., has a collection of materials for Paine 

PurpU and Sheffield Families. I>r. 3. S. Furple, 

Xo. 3G West 22d Street, Xew York City, has in prep- 
aration the genealogy of these families. Any records 
or notices will be thankfully received and duly credi- 
: ted in the work. 

I Rich. John F. Rich, of Boston, has collected 
1 14,000 names for his genealogy of the Rich family, 
I which will soon be comptleted in two volunaes, of 300 
1 pages each. 

i Sanford. Eev. Enoch Sanford, of Raynham, 
j Mass., is collecting materials for genealogy of tho 

descendants of John Sanford, of Taunton, Mass. 
I Savford. Elliot Sanford, 25 Xassau Street, Xew 
I York, is collecting Sanford or .Saadford genealogy. 
I Spoons. Thomas Spoouer, of Rcatling, Hamilton 
; Co., Ohio, is compiling a record of the descendauts of 
i William Spooner, who was iuPl5^Q0uth in 11537. 
j Stafford. Martin H. Stafford, P. O. Bos 283(1, 
Xew York, has a collection of Mss. relating to the 
i family of Statrord,both in England and -\meriLa, from 
I which a history and genealogy of the family of Staff- 
ord — in England and America — will be compiled at 
some future d.ate. A record of considerably ovtr two 
thousand of the descendants of Thomas Statford, who 
came to X'ewport, R. I., in 1638, is included in the 
above collection. 

Thurston. Charles L. TTiurston, X'ew Rochelle, 
X. Y., is collecting the names of the descendants of 
Edward Thurston of Xewport, E. I., 1647, andnill be 
glad to receive information. 

Trovjbridge. Eev. F. W. Chapman, of Prospect, 
Ct., is preparing for Thos. R. Trowbridge, of X'ew 
Haven, a Record of all the descendants of Thos. 
Trowbridge, who came to Dorchester, in 1636. 

Tutliill. A genealogical history of the descendants 
of John Tuthill, of Southold, L. I., is preparing by 
W. H. Tuthill, of Tipton, Iowa, who earnestly re- 
quests copies of family records, wills, ttc., to be sent 

Wellman. Eev. Joshua Wyman Wellman, D. D., 
of Xewton, Mass., is collecting material for a more 
extensive genealogy of the family. 

Whitnen family is in preparation by Eev. Frederic 
A. "WTiitney of Brighton, Mass. 

n'en'uxnrlU. Hon. John Wentworth, of Chicago, 
111., is understood to be collecting records of this 


CLARKE. Descendants of the Clarks, Plymouth, 
1623-1697. By S. C. Clarke. Boston : D. CUpp & 
Son. 8vo. pp. 37. $1.00 

FISKE. The Fiske family. Second edition. By A. 
A. Fiske. Chicago : The Author. 16o. pp. 209. J3.00. 

FULLER. Descendants of John Fuller, Xe^^-town, 
1644-48. By S. C. Clarke. Boston : D. Clapp & 
Son. 8vo. pp. 16. 50c. 

PECK- Descendants of Joseph Peck, with appendix 
of the Boston and Ilingham Peck's, and others of 
that name. With Portraits. By Ira B. Peck. 
Boston : A. Mudge i Son. 8vo. pp. 442. .;6.00. 

STAFFORD. X contribution to the Genealogy of 
the Stjii'ord family in -America ; containing an ac- 
count of Col. Jacob Stafford, and a. complete record 
of his descendants in the male line. By Henry 
Mar-nn Benedict. .\Il)any : Joel Munsell, 1470. 
8vo. pp. 24. Index. Portait of Spencer Statford 
and cuts. 


Local Histories in Preparation. 

Avgnsta, Me. A history of thii City is in prepara- 
tion by James "\V. Xorth, of Ausu=ta. 

Bergen, X. J. Ch.^rles H. ■VViuficld, of Greenville, 
Hudson Co., X. J., is preparing a history of the old 
Town of Bert'on, with genealogies of the ancient 
families.' It may be expected during the coming 

lUinoi.<. Chief Justice Breese, of the Supreme 
Court of Illinois, has in hand a history of that State 
from its earliestdate, including the Jesuit explorations 
and discoveries. 

Plymouth. Ct. The To\ra Clerk of Plymouth, is 
preparing a list of all soldiers from that place in the 
lat-e war, to be kept among the to«Ti records. 

Shirky. llass. Eev. Seth Chandler, of Shirley, is 
writing a history of this town. 

WnrcesUr, Jtuss. Another history of this City is 
now in hand by Rev. E. P. Marvin. 

Tales County, X". Y. S. C. Cleveland, Penn Yan, 
X. y., is preparing a history of early settlement, and 
genealogical record of the early families of Yates Co., 
including a sketch of the life of Jemima 'Wilkinson. 



Frnm James P. Andrews, Coleraiu,Pa. : — Genealog- 
ical Eegistcr of Patterson family. 

From, S. Angelt, iV'f ic York C'ily : — 2 pamphlets. 

Frmi a: M. Baker, La/ayette, A'. V. .-—The Baker 
r -^ealogy. 

Frnm Mesars. Baker <£■ Godwin, Xeui York Cily :— 
1 volume, quarto. 

From J. it BanernH, yew York City :—l vol. 
7 pamphlets, "ft'ellmau Genealogy. 

From S. B. Barlow, M. D.. Xeio York City.— I 
pamphlet ; vol. of Congregational Year Book, 1854. 

From Evelyn Bartow, yew York City:- Guide to 
New Rochelle, and 2 pamphlets. 

From R.-V. E. E. B-ardslev. D. D , yew Haven, CI.: 
— Commemorative IJis. on liev. Stephen Jewett. 

From L'd'/ard Bill, yew York Cily .-—A winter in 
Florida, by LeJyard BUI. 

From James A. Brings, yew York Cily :— 1 pam- 

From J. F. Browne, Glen Cove, L. /. ;— 3 pamphlets. 

From Chandler P. Chapman, Madison, h'is. .—11 

From John Clark. Cambridge. .V/iss. .-—The Clark 
Genealogy; Sawin Geneal. ; Celebration 100th Ann. 
Incorp. Uubbardatown, ilass.; and 1 pamphlet, 1 bd. 

From Robert Clarke, Cincinnati, O. : — } vols, of 
Ohio Valley HLst., Series ; 6 biograph. pamphlets. 

From Jemniah Colburn, Boston, J/jss. ;— Vol. of X. 
E. H. Gen. Ke:.'. for liiifi ; G9 pamplots, mostly biog. 
and geneal. reprints from Register, and other papers. 

From Chas. H. Cragin, : — Cragin 


From Jas. A. Cunniryham, Boston, llass. .-—Record 
of iTass. Volunteers, ISiJl-65, 4o. 

From Rev y. U. Eggleston, iVilliamstown, ilass.: — 
1 pamphlet. 

From -Samuel A. Green, il. D., Boston, .Vas». ;— 2 bd. 
vols, and 22 pamphlets of a biographical nature; 
Deux-PoCits Campaign in America. i;su-81. 

From Alex. a.,lla-nd, yew York City : -1 bd. vol. 

From D. P. HoUon, it. D.. yew York City :— 2 

From Henry R. Hou'laiid, Buffalo. y.Y. :—CoRvay, 
(Mass.) Centennial Celebration; Crozer Genealogy. 

Frnm Jnn. J. Latting, yew York City .- 4 vols. Val- 
entine's Corp. Manual, and s pamphlets; Map of 
Ireland ; copy of Ulster Co. Gazette, 17U9. 

From William Parsons hunt, Boston, ilass. :—l 

Frnm Chas. B. Mnore. £■•:']., yew York Cily :— 
Tuthill fimily meeting ; 1 bd. vol.; 3 pamphlets. 

From Alfred Martien, Phila., Penn :-- 1 pamphlet. 

Frnm yatli. H. Moroan. Hartford, CI. .-—Morgan 
Genealogy. (2 editions.) 

From Rnyal Paine, yew York City : — Annals of 
Tennessee, and 1 pamphlet. 

From D. Williams Pa'terson. yru-ark Valley. Tioga 
Co., y. Y- .-—Lights of Litchfield Bar ; Thompson 
Genealo2r\- : a complete si t of Reports of Deaf and 
Dumb .:Vsylum at Hartford, Ct., l»17-lSfiS; Gale 
Genealogy ; I)es. of Mr. Fowler ; Faxon Genealosy ; 
Craean Genealogy ; Ilosmer ; Ilayden ; Life of Fath- 
er X'ash. 

From Dr. William Prescott, Concord, y. H. .-—62 
pamphlets. , 

From Public Library of Boston. .Mass. .-—Catalogue 
of the Prince Library ; 1 pamphlet. 

From G. P. Putnam, Esq., yew York City:— 1 bd. 

Frnm G. P. Knwrll rfr Co., yew York 6'i7y.-— Ameri- 
can Xewspaper Directory. 

From Ellinti Sanfnrd. yew York Cihi :— 10 pam- 
phlets relating to Alumni of Amherst and WUliams 

From Rev. Enoch Sanford, Raynham, ilass. .-—Gen- 
ealogy of the families of King. 

From Prof. J. A. Saulisbury,^ Cleveland, Ohio :—l 
bd. vol. 

From Joseph Shannon. City Clerk, yew York City: 
— Xew York Corporation Manual for ISC'J. 

From H. R. Stiles, it. D.. Bm.khjn, .V. Y. .--Steele 
farailv : Baldwin's .\nnals of Yale Collecre ; .Vnnala 
of Tryon Co., X. Y.; Berkshire Jubike : Goodwin's 
Geneal. Xotes of Connecticut ; 2 Xos. of large and 3 
of small edition of Hmman's Xotes of Piu-itan Sel- 
lers of Conn. 

From ilr. Thatcher, Homellsrille, y.Y. :—yj.i:mOTisA 
of Otis Thatcher. 

From U. S. P O. Dep'l .-—Post Otfiee Directory. 

From Bt. Brig. Gen. Wallin, U. S. A. :—\ pamphlet. 

From Robert Willets, Flushing, L. I. .--History of 
Xewtown, L. I. 

From O. y. Warden, yew ililford. Pa. :—2 vols. 

From Richard Wynkoop, yew York City: — Wyn- 
koop Genealogy. 

From Dr. Thos.Wynne, Eichmnnd, Va. .- — Register 
of Baptisms in the church of the French Refugees at 
Mannikintown, Va., (including also a fe'v entries of 
deaths,) 1721-1744, folio. 

"BcLLETis " No. 1 — A few copies only 

i of this first publication of the Society are 

still on hand, which may be had for binding 

with the Record by remitting 'lb cents to 

the "Publication Committee.' 

^*^ Wanted, (by gift or exchange ) ti com- 
plete the set now owned by the Society, any 
volumes of the New England Genealogical 
Register, since Ib61. with the exception of 
1863 and '(56. Address Librarian. 

j^*^ will be received lor 
the last page of cover. 

wrFeiri'CoTPrtotera, 17 »nil *9 Libenr SI., N. T. 


Vol. I, 

No. 2. 



Devoted to the Interests of American 

Genealogy and Biography. 


April, 1870. 



MoTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 

o o 3sr TEisr T s. 


by Lord Corubury, 1703. J. S. G. 

VI ; >rarch 21) ; April 9. 

.^:^'^■ou^XEME^"T of gexe.axogies in pre- 





lait issue of the Recnnl. 


Mott Memorial Hail, 64 IVIadison Avenue. 




OmCEI^S FOIi THE ^S-E^^E, 18TO. 



P. 0. Box 5S, Brooklyn, N. Y. 



54 East 25th Street, New York. 



159 West 4.5th Street, N,.-^' York 



36 West 22d Street, New York 

The object of this Society is to collect and preserve (also, to publish, as fir .'is practic-ible) Gene.Tir,::i'.'-'l- 
Biographical and Historical matter, relating for the most part, though not exclusively, to the st.ite of 
New York. 

A Library has been commenced, already containincf many works of jreat value to the fine.'iloiii"nl 
student ; which, by donation, exchange and otherwise, is rapidly increasing. 

The stated meetings of the Society are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, at half- 
past Seven o'clock, P. M., at the Motx Memorial Hall, 64 Madison Avenue, New York. 

Jtlenibership . — For admission to the Society, the candidate must be nominated by a member, in 
^Tiring ; be approved by the Board of Trustees, and voted in at a res-ular meeting. The initiation fee is Fivk 
dollars, and R'siiUnt Membership requires the payment, annually, of Five Dollars. The Lif'. McmWrsbin 
fee (in lieu of all annual assessments) is Fifty dollars. The Clerks of the several Counties and Tu\\iis ..f t!ie 
State are members of this Society fx.nfficio. 

6^ The Society respectfully solicits from its friends and members in the State, and elsewhere, c^mrn- 
buiious of genealogical and biographical material. In the collection and preservation of such <v(r>- 
one, by the diligent use of some of their leisure moments, can assist the Society to fonu a libran- of ri-f'-n n. t-, 
which shall prove of incalculable service to future students of American Genealogy and History. 

Copies of ancient inscriptions and epitaphs, fuU and exact copies of inscriptions from the cirni-!-:ii-s 
monuments, tombs, tablets, etc^ to be found in every city, town, village and hamlet of the SLiti: ; iitr.i.-.i 
from town, chuD;h and parish records ; transcripts of public records of births', marriages and d.-.ilh-, and i.f 
TTtvate family records; personal reminiscences and narratives, taken from the lips of old per'^ous yet iivir.ij 
'loongus; autobiographies; Usts of soldiers and sailors, histories of rc-'imcnts, military orgaui^ations, i-t. ., 
.n Th" Revolutionary War, the Second War, and the late Civil War. 

BioLTaphical memoirs, sketches and notices of persons who c-ame to North America, esi'i'cially to lh«> 
"■lory and State of New York, before the year 17W; showing from what places in Europe they cam.. ih'iJ' 
Imiilies there, and their descendants in this country. Full and minute genealogical memoirs and t.i 1- -, 
.-:;■. wing the lineage and descent of families from the earliest date, to which they can be aulh.'ir.! ..iy •: . • 
I «'i! to the present tiuie, with their br-anehes and connections. 

All domitions of books, jjamphlets, manuscripts, etc., will be gratefully receiveil in beli.i.' '■ '-■ 
!>ociety, and promptly acknowledged. 




Vol. I. 


No. 2. 


Being the substance of a paper read before the 
Society, in October last, by Mr. Charles B. 


We need not say in Greek, '• Gnothi Seau- 
tou" nor in Latin "2s'osce Te-ipsum" but in 
plain English, "The proper study of man- 
kind, is man " No study is more interestini: ; 
none more comprehensive ; none more readi' 
divided into separate branches, for thorough 
pursuit. We must divide and each take a 
part for full examination if we would make 
united and general progress. What part 
shall each lake up, and steadily pursue as a 
specialty'? or, what part shall we rapidly 
touch, on the present occasion, and advocate 1 

The liritish Quarterly (in 18-59) challenged 
renewed attention to questions of "physical 
and moral heritage.''' "It takes many genera- 
tions," says Mr. Froude, " to breed up 
high qualities, either of mind or body." In 
selecting for use the best animal of a high 
order, such as a horse or a dos, it is conceded 
that ract and blood are important ; both as to 
intelligence and courage, i. e. mentally, and 
as to size, strength, speed, and endurance, 
i. e. physically. Then, must not race and blood 
be much more important, in both depart- 
ments, for man ; the highest class of all 
animals 1 Mankind exhibit the most extra- 
ordinary grades and capacities, physical and 
mental, of and for extreme degradation and 
miserable weakness or wickedness : and also, 
of and for almost illimitable improvement, 
eminent excellence, and wonderful power and 

We may look to all possible sources to ac- 
count for the extremes, and for such varieties 
between them. Climate and food are impor- 
tant ; but these perhaps result in race and 
blood. Those who dispute the effects claimed 
for mere rnce or blood, will necessarily admit 
the extraordinary force of education and 
training; culture and skill. This may lead to 
the same result. The claim is that "not only 
bodily form" (size) "and color, but also bodily 
activity and aptitude, are heritable." Activity 
by mere exercise produces vigor and skill of 
some kind ; but aptitude is the higher claim. 

the one of the greatest importance. It 
means that "the development" of the moral, 
or the intellectual faculties of the parents, 
renders them more able and willing to impart, 
and the children more ready to receive, cul- 
ture and education, and more certain of at- 
taining and imparting to their children, still 
further advancement and improvement, al- 
most without limit. But if all or a large "part 
comes from teaching or from rule, then we 
must look out for the teacher and ruler. If 
maiikind are so aiTected and changed by 
training and culture (as is perhaps the com- 
mon opinion), then we want to know what 
training and culture our ancestors have had 
and what we must give. Thus, whether we 
admit or dispute the theories claimed, statis- 
tics are needed. The high charge and duty 
of man "to subdue and replenish the 
earth" and to have " dominiort over it," no 
doubt bring into exercise his highest qualities 
and faculties. These are exerted perhaps in 
due order, (1st) to learn, (id) to practice, (3d) 
to teach, and (4th) to rule. Besides what he 
is called upon to practice, each must learn all 
he can, preserve what he learns, communicate 
it to others, persuad. his equals or compel 
his subordinates to follow what is right. " The 
universe'' says Professor Mitchell, "is specially 
adapted to the education and elevation of the 
human intellect. Merely "to learn " is treated, 
then, as a topic of sufficient importance and 
is so. But to learn merely to know, or " to 
practice," — without teaching, persuadins or 
ruling others (were it possible,) would be a 
narrow and selfish course. Any animal can 
do that We have something more to do, ;/ 
we have dominion. The child learns : the man 
teaches or rules the children. The bible, the 
great book, or collection of books of antiquity, 
has a corps of professional teachers, transla- 
tors and expounders, (who do not all agree 
with each other, but with whom, we avoid all 
antagonisms, ) They take cha\'ge of this sreac- 
est and ancient genealogical, biographi- 
cal, and historical collection. When turned 
into Enalish for all to read, it is found to have 
a different effect from that produced in a for- 
eign language; but they are fully aware of 



this, aiifl tlie}- leave room enough for us in the 
more modern field, which is nearer to us 
and needs cultivation, and in which all profes- 
sions may unite. We have in the English 
lanaiiase and in print, or in MSS., since the 
discovery of America, much to learn and to 
teach or enforce. We take notice that 
through our ancestors, in the old country 
certain great laws were proclaimed and pre- 
served for us ; — certain stages of civilization 
and advancement were attained, — indicatins 
the gradual development and improvement 
of mankind, — by obedience to those laws, — 
children remaining "long in the land." when 
they honored theirparents and orofited by their 
maxims and experierce; and the sins of 
parents being certainly visited upon children, 
unto the third and fourth generation, unless 
mercifulh' relieved. We observe much in 
these to stimulate and to guide genealogical 
and biographical pursuits. 

" To discover the great intellectual laws 
presented by the Creator," says Motley — 'Ms 
the science of history." It may be some- 
thing more. The great laws, like the ele- I 
ments of chemistry, may be few and simple, 
and may have been long since revealed and 
proclaimed, or they ma}' be minute and exten- 
sive. But they are always new to some, and 
often or always new in ajiplication and devel- 
opment. It is practically the same thing, if 
we say that to discover and detect the opera- 
tion and application of the great fixed laws 
in the various forms and under all the circum- 
stances in which they have force and effect, 
and to give each law or rule its due influence 
and conform to it, is the object not merely of 
history, but of all science and study, and 
should be the constant as it is the worthy 
effort of all mankind : Besides the old in- 
juDction to honor our parents, we have the 
sharp law announced by Burke that "those 
who do not treasure up the memory of their 
ancestors, do not deserve to be remembered 
by posterity ; " and the judgment of Daniel 
Webster that those who do not look upon 
themselves as a link connecting the past with 
the future, do not perform their duty to the 

We then take up separately, (at least for a 
portion of our studies) Qexealogt a.vd Bio- 
graphy, as a specialty. 

(To i< Continued.) 


THOMAS SWORDS, the first of the family 
in tliis country, was born at MARYBORort^n, 
near Dublin, June 19, 1738. His father was 
a country gentleman of moderate means but 
of sufficient social and political weight to 
enable him to procure for Ins son at a very 
early age, a commission as ensign in the 
■5.5th Regiment of Foot, British Army. Soon 
after his joining, the regiment was ordered to 
America, where it formed part of the ill-fated 
e.vpedition under General Abercrombie, in 
1756. In the disastrous attack on Fort Ti- 
conderoga. where General Lord Howe was 
killed. Ensign Swords was severely wounded, 
and for his gallantry was promoted to a Lieu- 
tenancy on the field. When recovered from 
his wounds, he was entrusted with several 
very important commands, in that part of 
the Province of New York, notably that of 
Fort George, then considered the key of the 
Lakes. In 1762, he married at Albasy Miss 
MARY MORRELL, a young lady of great 
personal attractions and strength o'f character. 
Four years afterwards, he resigned his com- 
mission in the army and took up his residence 
in a house he had built on a large tract of 
land, granted him by the British Government 
in consideration of his services, in Saratoga 
County, near the banks of the Hudson. 
Here he dwelt in considerable state tilling 
his fields, dispensing far and wide the hospi- 
tality proverbial among his countrymen, and 
assisting in many ways the neiglibors, less 
favored by fortune. Until a c^uite recent 
period, many old residents of that region could 
be found, to speak gratefully of his many 
deeds of generosity and thoughtfulness. His 
house still stands, and is represented by a 
capital sketch in Lossing's " Field Book of the 
Revolution." During this period, immedi- 
ately preceding the War of Independence, he 
made several visits to his native laud. 

At the outbreak of h'.stilities, he was re- 
peatedly solicited by General Schuyler, Lieu- 
tenant Governor Taylor, and many other dis- 
tinguished and influeiitial gentlemen of the 
Province of New York, his intimate frieuds, 
to accept the command of a regiment in the 
patriot army, but his convictions of appa- 
rent duty outweigiied all their solicitations, 
backed by the threat of confiscating his 
property in case of refusal. Though a firm 
and zealous friend of the land in which he 



lived, and for which he had bled, yet he 
could not violate the allegiance he had sworn 
to maintain towards his sovereign, in whose 
service he still remained, on half paj'. 

On refusing the offers which bad been 
made him, he was compelled to share the fate 
of many other intluential loyalists, who were 
removed from their homes to prevent their 
holding intercourse with the British in Canada. 
In the summer of 1777, when the Royal army 
under General Burgoyne, was advancing 
through the wilderness of northern New York, 
he was permitted to return to his home to re- 
move his family to Albany. 

The murder of Jane McCrea, transpired a 
few miles north of his homestead, and the 
first tidings of that most brutal affair was 
carried to the garrison at Fort Edward by his 
youngest son, James, then a lad of twelve 
years of age, who happened to be in the 
neighborhood at the time The desperately 
contested battles of Freeman's Farm and 
BEMtis' Heights, where General Frazeb 
fell, were fought within a very short distance 
of his house, which was then occupied as 
the Head-quarters of the Royal Army. Sis 
mik'S north lay the field on which that army 
grounded its arms and formally surrendered. 

After the capture of BtrROOT.VE, Captain 
Sivords and many other loyal gentlemen, not 
being permitted to go to Canada, obtained a 
"Flag" to proceed to the city of New York 
with their families. Their petition for this 
favor is now on file in the library of the New 
York Historical Society. 

Here he remained until bis death in 1780, 
retaining always the respect and love of all 
with whom he was thrown in contact. 

He left five children, three boys and two 
girls. Of the latter, the elder married, first 
Mr. Allen Jackson, an English merchant of 
high standing in this city. He shortly died, 
leaving one son who was killed in a duel in 
New Orleans in 1828. Mrs. Jackson after- 
wards married Mr. Douglass Anderson, a Scotch 
gentleman long resident here, by whom she 
had one daughter, married in 1830 to Mr. 
Thomas B. Cuming, lately deceased, who for 
more than fifty years, did business at the cor- 
ner of Hanover Square and Pearl street, in 
this city. He was "a gentleman" of the old 
school. Captain Swords' younger daughter 
married Mr. Henry Brewerton, by whom she 
had one son, Brevet- Major General Henry 
Brewerton, corps of Ensineers, United Stales 

army, and one daughter, married to Danifl 
Sogers, Esq., of Xiu-burgh, on the Hudson. 

Captain Swords' eldest son, llichnrd, a 
young man of great promise, through his 
father's influence, early obtained a commis- 
sion in the Royal array, and greatly distin- 
guished himself, but was killed at the age of 
eighteen, while serving under Arnold in his 
raid on Virginia, in 1781. His death almost 
broke his mother's heart. She was a woman 
of extraordinary firmness and courage. After 
the removal of her husband from his home, 
on account of his refusal to join the patriot 
forces, the house became an object of regard 
to the neighbors, as it was suspected of afibrd- 
ing an asylum and rendezvous for loyalists 
fleeing to Canada, and by order of tlie Com- 
mittee of Safety, was watched day and night. 
Mrs. Swords, had then with her only her 
young children, and two female servants. On 
one occasion, she discovered persons lurking 
about the house after nightfall. She instantly 
armed herself with a pair of pistol-s and a 
sword, left behind by her husband : then, pla- 
cing herself by a table in the hall, she re- 
mained there, alone, all night, in readiness to 
resist any attempt to enter the house. In 
August, 1778, while residing in New York, a 
fire which destroyed over 60 buildings, consum- 
ed the dwelling of Captain Swords, with all its 
contents, a most grievious loss in tlie then si- 
tuation of the family. Unable to find a shelter 
at the moment in the city, they resided for 
some months at Bergen, New Jersey, v hen 
they were stripped of all that was portable or 
valuable about the house, by a plundering 
band from the American lines, who besides 
subjected them to every possible indignity on 
account of the small amount of their booty. 

The war having deprived tlie family of all 
their property, the two younger sous, Thomas 
and James, were early apprenticed to a prin- 
ter to acquire a knowledge of what is justly 
called the -'Mother of all sciences," At the 
peace of 178-j, Mrs, Swords went to England 
with her daughters, in the hope of getting 
from the British government some remunera- 
tion, for what she had lost in consequence of 
the unswerving loyalty of her husband. In 
this she partly succeeded. Shortly after her 
return in 178(5, her sons establisiied them- 
selves in Pearl Street as Bo()kse!ler^ and Prin- 
ters, under the firm name of T, & J. Swonns. 
Very soon they became identified with the 
Episcopal Church, and were recognized as 



the publishers for that denominaliou. Their 
editions of tlie Bible and Couiiuoii Prayer 
Book, were the standard and authorized ver- 
sions, while Swords' Church Almaxac 
brought them in relation with every member 
of the denomination throughout the land. 
Their bookstore was the favorite resort and 
headquarters, of all the Episcopal clergy, 
resident in or visiting New York. The senior 
member of the firm, for nearly thirty years, 
was a leading man in the Vestry of Trin- 
ity Parish, then, as now, the wealthiest and 
most powerful corporation in the church. 

For fifty years the firm continued un- 
changed, a most extraordinarj- circumstance 
in the business annals of Americans, atid was 
then dissolve! by the retirement of the junior 
partner, James Swords, who had been elect- 
ed to the E'residency &f the Washixgtox 
Fire Ixscrance Company, of this city, in 
which position he continued until his death 
in 1844, full of years and honors, beloved and 
esteemed by all. 

He left one daughter still living, unmar- 
ried, and two sons of whom the younger, 
Robert S. Swords, won deserved distinction 
during the late war as Lieutenant Colonel of the 
'2d Sew Jersey Cavalry. He resides at Seicark, 
Sew Jersey, is married, has a large family, and 
practices law. The other son Charles R. 
Swords, reside in this city, is also married 
and has three children, is a retired merchant, 
and devotes himself to Belles-Lettres, and 
Music, After the dis.solution of the time- 
honored firm of T. & J. SwoKDs, the senior 
partner associated with himself his eldest son, 
Edward J. Swords and Thomas N. Stan- 
ford, son of the Reverend Dr. Stanford, of the 
Episcopal church, who had been brought up 
in tlie employ of the old firm, under the name 
of Swords, Stanford & Co., Ijooksellers and 
Publishers. So it remained until the death of 
Mr. Thomas Swords, in 1843, in the eightieth 
year of his age. So large was his acquain- 
tance, so liberal his charities, and so univer- 
sally beloved, that his funeral was one of the 
longest ever seen in New York. By his own 
direction, his body was carried from his resi- 
dence No. 85 Leonard street to St. John's Chapel \ 
in Varick street, and the funeral cortege ex- i 
tended unbroken, nearly the entire distance. | 

He wa.s married in 1799 to Miss Masy ! 
White, of Fhiladilphia, by whom he had nine 
children, all but one living at .the time of his 
death His widow survived until 186S, dying 

in her 86th year, and was interred by h\s side 
in Trinity Cemetery, where also repose the re- 
mains of three of their children. One son, 
Andrew Jacksox Swords, volunteered dur- 
ing the Mexican war, received a commission 
in Colonel Stevenson's R'-giment of Xnr 
York T'olunfeers, and was killed at the battle of 
Los Anpelos in California, in 1847. Another 
son, Brevet Major General Thomas Swords, 
United States Army, also manifested tlie 
family propensity for military affairs, and re- 
peatedly distinguished himself in Florida, in 
Mexico, and during the late conflict. 

After the death of Mr. Swords, the firm of 
Swords. Stanford & Co. dissolved, Mr. 
Edward J. Swords, devoting himself to the 
Printing Department, while Mr. Stanford, con- 
tinued the book business, in connection with 
a younger son, -Mr. James R. Swords, under 
the firm name of Stanford & Swor.DS, so 
remaining until the death of the latter in 
1855, when the name ceased any longer to 
appear among the book trade, after an honor- 
able career of 69 years. 

In the churchyard of Saint Paul's, in this 
city, is a tombstone with the following inscrip- 

■' Near this spot were deposited the re- " 
•' mains of Lieutenant Thomas Swokdp, late " 
'• of his Britannic Majesty's 55th Regim^n't*' 
" of Foot, who departed this life on the " 
" 16th of January, 1780, in the 42d year of " 
" his age." 

" And underneath this tomb lies all that " 
" was mortal of Mary Swords, relict of the '" 
'■ said Lieutenant Thomas Swords, who, ou " 
" the loth day of September, 1798, and in " 
" the 5oth year of her a^e, fell a victim to " 
" the pestilence which then desolated the '' 
" city of New York. As a small token of " 
" respect, and to commemorate the names " 
" of those who deserved and commaniled " 
" the esteem of all who knew them, this " 
" tomb \.-as erected Anno Domini, 1799." 
R. S. D. 

Morristown, N. J., 

March 14th, 1870. 

^% The July number of the ''Record" will 
be issued promptly on the first of that month, 
and will probably be of double size. U will 
give the conclusion of Mr. Moore's valuable 
paper, and of the " Tangier" Smith Records, 
and some other mattors of special interest. 




Granted by Lord Cornbury, while Govern- 
or of the Province. 

These licenses are contained in an old book 
of records in this city, and it is believed have 
never appeared in print before. 

J. S. G. 

(^Continued frmn the January numbtr.) 

Jan. 28th. — Doniiniiis Van derrere, and 

Maria Margarelta Van Orteck. 
Feb. .3d. — Robert Hickman, and 

Susannah De Haeese. 
Feb. 24ih.— John Hamill, and 

Chrisu'rie Rosevelt. 
Feb. 27th. — Lubert Jansen Blerkonie. and 

Angell Hendricks. 
Mar. 2d. — John Cruyger, and 

Mary Cuyler. 
Mar. 17th. — Alexander Stuart, and 

Catharine Rivilie. 
Mar. 30th.— Richard iVillett. and 

Francis Deraval. 
Apr. 8th. — Augustine Graham, and 

Jane Chiswell. 
Apr. 9th. — Thomas Slilhvell, and 

Ellis Throgmorton. 
Apr. 10th. — John Shepard, and 

Ruth Davis. 
Apr. 12th. — John Reemer, and 

Alkey Lessonby. 
Apr. 12th. — John Allison, and 

Christine Hyndes. 
Apr. 17th. — Thomas Allison, and 

Anne Gallutton. 
Apr. 17th — William Laconte, and 

Margaret Mahoo. 
May 2d. — John Sunsorke, and 

Eve Hulgrave. 
May 4th.— Richard Hall, and 

Anne Evetts. 
May 6th. — Epenetus PUtte, and 

Elizabeth Smith. 
May 12th. — Adol[<he De Groosse, and 

Rachell Coderese. 
May 12th.— Edward Blagge, and 

Johanna Vrikers. 
May 16th.— Patrick Crawford, and 

Katherin Potter. 
May 22d— Ugrhert Suert, and 

Hellegond Luyckas. 
May 26ih. — Laac Lansing, and 

Janeke Beekeman. 

(.Tobf. Continued.) 


At a regular meeting, February 12th, 1870, 
several members elected and others nomina- 
ted. Large number of donations oi books, 
reported by Librarian. Henry R. Stiles, M. 
D., read a paper entitled " The Old Librarian." 

Regular meeting, March 12lh, 1870. the 
pedigree of William F. Coles, was presented. 
The Recording Secretary read the resolutions 
of the Board of Trustees passed on the 11th, 
to issue the " Record" as a quarterly publica- 
tion, and the appointment of .Messrs. Henry 
R. Stiles, S. Hastings Grant, and John S. 
Gautier, as a Publication Committee for the 
year 1870. 

A short paper vvas read by H. R. Stiles, on 
the biography of William Wood, the founder 
of the Mercantile Library. 

A paper was also read by C. B. Moore, on 
the " Livingston Family, with particulars re- 
lating to the late John B. Coles." 

At a regular meeting held March 26th, 
1870, Ellsworth Elliot, M. D., read a paper on 
the biography of the late Jacob Townsend 
Gilford, M. D. 

Regular meeting, April 9th, 1870, a paper 
by the Hon. Teunis G. Bergen, of Bay Pudge, 
was read, entitled "A sketch of the Life of 
Antony Jansen Von Salee, the first actual 
settler of New Utrecht, L I." 

A committee was appointed to report a 
plan proper to be pursued by this Society- in 
compiling •■ Indexes of Names," relating to 
Biographies and Biographical Notices, already 
printed, of citizens, residents, land owners or 
visitors in the Province and State of New 
York," from the first settlement of the Coun- 
try to the present time. 

A series of resolutions were passed relat- 
ing to the death of Gulian C. Verplanck. 




by Heset Mahvix Benedict, Albany. Jotl 

Munsell, 1870. 8vo. 24 pp. 

This compactly printed pamphlet, the work 
of a great grandson of Col. Joab Stallord, 
gives us very full biographies of Col. Joab, 
(born at Warwick, R. I., Nov. 14ih, 1729,) 
and his son Spencer, (born May 10th, 1772.) 
Col. Joab Stafford was a Colonel in the Revo- 



lution, and died Nov. 23d, ISOl, at Clieshiie, 
Mass., having been a merchant of Albany, lor 
several years. His sons John and Spencer 
were men of extensive business connections, 
and are mentioned in Munsell's Recollections 
of Albany, as among the " principal merchants 
of the City; those who gave life and charac- 
ter to its business interest* " The work also 
gives brief sketches of other members of this 
branch of the Stafford family, and the gen- 
ealogy of Col. Joab's descendants in the male 
line, (155 in number,) to the present time. 
Although defective in its account of Col. 
Joab's ancestors, it recompenses for this, by 
the very fijll and accurnte account alluded to 
above of Col. Joab, and of Spencer, his son, 
and we welcome it as an interesting contribu- 
tion to our Biographical and Genealogical 


M. H. S. 

came from Braintrce, England, in the year 1638, 
and settled in 'Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. By 
Elias Loomis, LL. D., Professor of Natural 
Philosophy and Astronomy, in Yale College. Xew 
Haven : Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 221 State 
Street. 1S70. 8to. pp. 292. 

This book is well printed, and sixty-nine of 
its pages are devoted to three full indexes. 
Looniises, Inter-marriages, and Residences, of 
which the first and third are excellent, while 
the second is too full, and is liable to mislead 
the enquirer, as it refers to residences which 
are not named in the book, and which were 
unknown to the author ; he assuming the 
residence of men marrying Loomis girls to 
be the same as that of the parents of the 

The work has a certain value for members 
of the family, but the working genealogist, 
who looks to it for help, will be sadly disap- 
pointed, for the author has persistently ig- 
nored the obligation which rests on every 
genealogist, to show the origin of those who 
marry into a family, as well as those who are 
born into it; and not even in the case of his 
wife and mother, has he ventured to record 
the names of the parents, or the date and 
place of birth, of those who have entered the 
family by marriage ; conse<iuently every 
one interested in the allied families must re- 
examine the same ground to get the facts 

The author seems to have a dim perception 
of the fact that his dates, prior to 1752, are 
unreliable, for he says : " In making my 

transcripts from the old records, when there 
was a double date, I frequently copied only 
one of the dates " The confusion in oM 
records, is bad enough without adding to it in 
that way. Asa remedy, he proposes ; 'If 
those who detect errors of this kind, will 
point them out to me, they shall be corrected 
in a second edition," forgetting that his own 
duty requires him to revise with ca^e all 
records prior to 1752, which he has copied for 
his work. 

Pages 12-15, contain a curious "Table il- 
lustrating the history of the Loomis family in 
England," in which the name Zoomis does uot 
once occur. Other names are traced as 
Lumhalgkes. Lomatz, Lommat, Lomaor, Lomas, 
and various other forms, not continuously, 
but by occasional glimpses, from 1-135 to lS-18. 

Two coats of arms are given, one of I.oinax, 
the other of Lomas, but the right to use them 
by the American Loomis family is neither 
proved, nor expressly disclaimed, for which 
lajise we invoke the tender mercies of our 
Boston friends. D. W. P. 

Ward. We have seen, in the printer's 
hands, a brief line of descent of William 
Ratmosd Lee Ward, of New York City, 
from Hexrt Warde, who was member of 
Parliament for Norwich, in 1553 and 1562, 
and Lord of the manor of Kirby Beden, and 
of the manor of Barkway Rectory in Hertford- 
shire, etc. 

It is beautifully printed upon the heaviest 
pasteboard, 10};^ by 13 inches in size — with a 
few accompanying sheets, arranged for the 
reception of photographs. Only four copies 
have been printed. 


Amsn-ers to inquiries under this head should be 
addressed to the " Publicatiox Committee," 
64 Madison Avenue.] 

,% Sir Hesst Clintox. Can any one inform me 
as to when and when he was bom f Was he not a 
native of Xew York ! I have seen some letters signed 
H. Clinton, in a very boyish hand, dated Fort Georijc, 
J think, 1753. Stlve.ster. 

.,% Dodge. Can any of our readers pivc mo in- 
formation relating to the DoJce family Ixfnre 
1700, -who had representatives at Block Island, R. I., 
and also at Xew London, Conn., in 16U-1,— that will 
lead to the Jiicovery of the father of Jano Podt-i-, 
who married Thomas Stafford, Jr., of ^Varwi^k, K. I., 
Dec. 23, 1671. M- U- ■'^• 

.,% Hav. Are any of our readers aware of any 
record of the descendants of iJr. Wm. Hay, fuiT-.iirly 
of South Heading", Mass. 



,% Pais. " Ralph Pain of Rhode Island," is the 
designarion of an individual to whom Thomas Drake of 
AVcjTUOUth, >tass., bf. deed dated June 12th, 1688, in 
consideration of eiphty pounds, conveyed an undivid- 
ed half part of the nineteenth lot in Freetown. Pav- 
id Evans the owner of the other half of this lot made 
a division with Pain of the property, March 30th, 1703, 
and Paiu continued to occupy his part probably until 
his death. His will'Dears date of April 23d, 1722, and 
in it he mentions his wife Doritha, and sons John, 
Thomas and Joseph, and daughters Mary Slocum and 
Sarah llri;rgs. 

Ralph was a Grand-Juryman, for Freetown, in 1686, 
and Constable in 1702. In the Pain burial jn'ound at 
Freetomi stand two stones bearing the letters R. P. 
and U. P., that are supposed to mark the graves of 
Riilph Pain and Doritha his wife. If any of your 
readers can give information of Ralph Pain pre^'ious 
to 1688, 5\in he please communicate the same to E. 
AV. Peircc, Freetown, Mass. A notice of this kind has 
already appeared in the jVeic Eny. Hist, and G»n. H'g- 
isler, to which thus far no reply has been obtained, and 
a singular mystery seems to shroud the early histoiy 
of this man despite the labors of those desirous of 
bringing it to light. ^ 

^•^ TtVarren. In the little graveyard attached to 
the First M. E. Church, at "SVarrensburgh, Warren 
Co., N. Y., is a gravestone "In Memory of James 
Wahre::, who was drowned on the 27th day of April, 
1312, in the 44th year of his age." He was one of 
the first settlers of the place, where he kept a store 
and public house, and thi Imvn was nam'd after him. 
The names of Berry, Bibbin, Gibson, Brannack, 
Richards, Robertson, Kickfrson, ilcDnnahls, Wheeler, 
and Maxim, are found in this graveyard, which 
though small, is well kept, and has lati.>ly been en- 
closed with a very handsome aud substantial stone 
wall, by the generosity of Joseph 'Woodward, Esq., a 
native of the town. 

,% Can any reader of the Record inform me where 
either of the following can be found in Xew York 
City, or vicinity '. " Dugdale's Baronage of England," 
"Edeswicke's History of Staffordshire," "Dr. Shaw's 
History of Staffordshire." S. 

Genealogies in Preparation. 

Avery. Rev. ■VTilliam Clift, ot Mystic Ridge, Ct., 
is preparing the genealogy of the Avery family. 

BalLiiu. A genealogy of this family is being pre- 
pared by Ira B. Peck, Esq., Woonsocket, R. I., the 
author of the Peck Genealogy, noticed in our " Bulle- 
tin." Mr. Peck is known as an indefatigable geneal- 
ogist, and has accumulated a wonderful collection of 
valoable material relating to these and other families. 

ClcveUnd and CUavelands. Mr. X. Hubbard Cleve- 
land, of Southold, .Suffolk Co., X. Y., has in prepara- 
tion a genealogy- of the above family, having, in 
addition to th'r results of his own investisrations, the 
material collected by Mr. Xeheraiah Cleveland, (for- 
merly of Brooklyn, X. Y., now of Topsfield, Mass.,) 
and the late Rev. Oliver Alden Taylor. 

Cunningham. The genealogy of this family is in 
preparation by George A. Cunningham, Lunenburg, 
Mass., a most careful and industrious genealogist. 

Denisnn. Hon. Charles Denisou of Mystic Ridge, 
Conn., is preparing a genealogy of the Dcnison 

ffotden. Frederic A. Holden, 1312 " 1 " St., Wash- 
ington, D. C, is preparing genealogies, &c., of the 
following early settlers of Rhode Island, eacli of whom 
is his ancestor ; 

Randall Holden, Rufus Barton, 

Jerenuah Clarke, 'Williain Almy, 

Lewis Latham, John 'Warner, 

Richard Waterman, Ezekiell HolHman, 

Resolved 'Watei-man, John Coggcshall, 

Roger 'Williams, Chad Brown, 

John 'Wickes, Anthony Low, 

John ToMTisend, 'William Arnold, 

Samuel Gorton, Stephen Arnold, 

Richard Carder, Israel .Arnold, 

Robert Potter, James Barber, 

Edward Fibber, Zaehariah Rhodes, 

John Greene, Edward Smith. 

John Greene, Jr., 
Any information concerning either of the above 
named persons, or their descendants. /"m- the Jirst /nitr 
generations T^-ill be thankfully received. 

Humphrey.^. Dr. Frederick Humphreys of 5G2 
Broadway, Xew York, has been for many years en- 
gaged on a history of this family, descended from 
Michael Humphreys, of Windsor, Conn. 

Leai-rTiworlh . Dr. Franklin B. Hough, of Low- 
ville, X. Y"., is engaged in collectmg and preparing 
for publication the history of the Lcavenworths, iu 
America, (Woodbury and Waterbury, Conn.,) from 
materials collected by Gen. E. Warner Leavenworth, 
of Syiacusc, X. Y. Dr. Hough will be thankful for 
any information furnished in relation to the above. 

Page. The history of this family is in preparation 
by Francis .V. Page, of the U. S. Army, who will feel 
obliged for any assistance from those interested in the 
name. Address, at Easton, Pa. 

Palmer. The genealogy of the old Windsor (Conn.) 
stock of this name, is being most industriously work- 
ed up by Corydon Palmer, of Warren, Trumbull Co., 

Salisl ury. Dr. J. A. Salisbury, of Cleveland, Ohio, 
is engaged on a genealogy of this family. 

Wak'Jietd. Rev. John LanTcnce of Reading, Mass., 
has some MSS. records of this family. 

Wynkonp. Richard Wj-nkoop, 119 Broadway, Xew 
Y'ork, who publibhed a " Preliminary Genealogy," as 
a circular, in 1866, is preparing a full Wynkoop Gen- 
ealogy, the publication of which may he considerably 

Biographies in Preparation. 

Raymmd. Another Biography of Henry ■/. R.'y- 
mond, is in prejuration by Mr. S. S. Conant, for 
several j'cars the Managing Editor of the Timrs. 

Rumford. Rev. George E. Ellis, D. D., of Boston, 
is writing a life of Count Rumford. 

W'igglesimrili. John Ward Dean, 11 John .^tn ct, 
Boston, Mass., has in manuscript " Memorials of Rev. 
Michael Wigglesworth," author of The Day of Doom. 
It consists of a brief memoir of Rev. M. W., his 
funeral sermon preached by Rev. Cotton Mather, his 
-Autobiography, Correspondence, Library and other 
matters illustrating his life. 



Pfirc. The Tcirce Family of tho OIJ Colony, 
frivini :x GcaoalOL'ical account of 200O lineal descen- 
dant^ uf Ahrahani Peircc, a tax payer, in riymouth, 
as early as 1B23, is now passing through the press of 
D. Clapp k Son, Boston. 

Pain'. Judge Alexander C. Morton, of Columbus, 
Ga., a friend and executor of Thomas Paine, has in 
preparation a life of this celebrated free-thinker. 

Andrew Boyd, of Albany, has in press and will 
shortly issue a complete catalogue descriptive of all 
books, pamphlets, etc., relative to Mr. I^inc^oln, pub- 
lished since his nomination in 18G0. It will have 
three photograph illustrations. 

Local Histories in Preparation. 

Brainlre', .V'7ss. Messrs. Elias Ilayward and X. 
A. Langley, of South Braintree, are wTiting a llist. 
of Braintree. They will include in their compilation 
all matters of interest pertaining to the three towns 
of Braintree, Quincy and Randolph, all of the old 
Brantry, Mass. 

Frr'loicn, Mass. The History of this place from-\. 
D. 16.')9, by Ebenezer V. Peirce, is nearly ready for 
publication. Until the year 1S03, Fall Eiver formed 
a part of this to^Tiship, when it was formally set off. 
The same author is collecting materials for a history 
of the towns of Berkl>'i/ and Dighfnn, Jlass., and will 
welcome assistance. Address, Freetown, Bristol Co., 

Rai/nham, Mass. A History of this place prepared 
by Eev. Enoch Sanford, will soon be issued in pam- 
phlet form. 

Franklin B. Hough, of Lowdlle, X. Y., who has 
done so much for the local history of our State, has 
now in hand two important works, the first of which 
is a List of Aliens, nationalized by Special Act, and 
authorized to hold lands in the State of Xew York, 
from the year 1713 down to 1870. It will contain in 
alphabetical arrangement over 3,000 names, and will be 
of peculiar service to those tracing family histories, 
" as affording inmany cases the earliest record in exist- 
ence, relating to ancestry in the State, although not 
a certain proof of the date or fact of immigration, as 
some persons were allowed to hold lands who never 
became residents." The other work proposed to be 
issued by Dr. Hough, is a translation with annota- 
tions of The Castdeland Journal, embracing In- 
cidents of Travel, and Facts connected with the 
French settlement in " Castorland," on the Black 
River, in Lewis and Jefferson Counties, X. Y., in 
1793-95. This will form two volumes and will be 
published by subscription only. Price .jIO.OO. Mun- 
sell, of Albany, is the publisher of both. 

The State HLs-tori'Xil Societv- of Vermont, voted re- 
cently to publish a vol. of Soc. I'rocccdings and pa- 
pers, and a complete list of its members. 

Mr. Gould, of Portland, Me., has a historj- of the 
1st, loth and 29th P^egiments from that State, nearly 
ready for the press. 

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ALSOP. A Character of the Province of Maryland, 
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BOURNE. History of the Public School Society of 
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DE COSTA. The Xr.rthraeu in ilaine. A Critical 
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GRAY. History of Oregon, 1792-18-19. By W. H 
Gray. 8vo. pp. 624. Portland, Oregon : Harris 
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HUMPHREYS. .^:;ctch of the History of the Third 
Congregational Society of Spring-field, Mass. With 
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JENNINGS. Memorials of a Century. The early 
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By Isaac Jennings. 8vo. pp. 408. Boston : Gould 
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By Henry R. Stiles, M. D. Vol. 2. Svo. pp. 500, 
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SYPHER. History of Xew Jersey. By J. R. Sy. 
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County of Essex, X. Y., and a Survey of its geog- 
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Point and Ticonderoga. By W. C. Wats .'U. Svo. 
pp. vii. 504, Portraits. Albany: J. Munsell. 

WILDER. Address to the Xew England HLstorico- 
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Wilder, with Proceedings, &e. Svo. pp. 2G. Bos- 
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j*if Records of Bapt.iiins and Marriages in 
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Vol. I. 

NEW YOEK, JULY, 1870. 

No. 8. 


(Von-cluAlfd fr,>m th'^ Ajirii Xo.) 

We tlien take up separalely, (at least fov a 
portion of our studies) Genealo';y and Bio- 
uRAPHv. as a specialty : 

Family history lias been pronounced the 
most delightful of all studies. Every man 
and every family and every neighborhood has 
a history. Our desisn as students must be bv 
devoted attention to this division of study, to 
brins it more clearly within the domain and 
subject to the rules of fi.Ked science ; and to 
attain in it, or by means of it. greater knowl- 
eilse, usefulness, and success. 

,•' Oenenlifiii" s.ays Dr. Winslow Lewis, " en- 
'■ deavors to ascertain from rdinhle statistics. 
'■ those laws, by which moril or intellectual 
" traits, or physical characteristics of organ- 
" ization, are handed down fiom rreneration 
" to a^neration in races and families." (16 N. 
E. Gen. Regr. 123.) 

I think GenealoGcy has even broader objects. 

Our country now presents one of the 
grandest fields for studying and iTacti-sing 
the science ; and for securing any advantases 
to be attained from it.s study. It embraces 
all varieties of races, nations, climate, food, 
and occupation, and all varieties of educa- 
tion, training and skill. It has arrived at that 
stasift when individual selections must be 
made, and when the effects of a choice should 
be studied by ourselves and tavght to our 
children. The facilities for locomotion, for 
travel and the use of them, by wliich climate 
furroundinss and assriciations of all kinds 
are changed at pleasure, were never before, 
nor any where, so great. These if they favor 
mixtures: teach the effect of and enforce selec- 
tions. "We can avail ourselves at once of all 
the history and science of the old national- 
ities, but we have fresh subjects and are free 
trom class divisions and from some forced or 
artificial practices which may have disturbed 
scientific rules abroad. 

Sufficient time ha.s elapsed for notice to be 
taken of the general culture and training of 
Native Amerirnn; descendants of the first set- 
tlers, and of its effect under varied cuuditions 

of origin, race, climate, food, occupation, 
teaching and government. A large number, 
: widely scattered, for about sever generations, 
and rapidly increasing, are purely American — 
j many coming from England, many from 
j Holland a-d elsewhere. We must test their 
' qualities an^ capacities ; recommend and ap- 
plaud what is . od ; condemn and '■ eschew " 
I the evil. Our city, of all others in America, 
j affords the greatest variety of subjects and 
j shows the greatest necessities for ascertaining, 
comparing and selecting the qualities of as.^o- 
ciates, companions, friends and partners ; but 
with the smallest possible facilities. 

Descendants from original first settlers, or 
from such as were here, in America, before 
the year 1700, ought to be compared and con- 
trasted with those or their descendants, who 
have come fresh from the old country, at any 
time since. Here they are all mixed. 

Those who came from England, Wales, 
Scotland or Ireland, may be compared and 
contrasted each with the other, so far as any 
permanent or material variance can be de- 
tected; and also with those who before com- 
ing here, were either French, or Spanish, 
Sclavonic or Swede, European or Asiati 3 ; 
Caucasian, Mongolian, or African ; or who 
were either pastorial or agricultural, highland 
or low land, professional or mechanical, com- 
mercial or seafaring. Here in this city we 
have a great gathering of the descendants ot 
original natives of Holland perhaps more de- 
serving of attention than any other race. On 
this point I shall hold myself in readiness for 
a separate discourse whenever you are ready 
to give a listening ear. 

Starting with the nation or race, and the 
place of origin in the old country and with 
all the circumstances we can learn, we are to 
detect, classify, and record all the peculiari- 
ties, in this new continent, north of the 
equator, which may produce lasting and 
serious results in defcendanis. or e.xhibit traits, 
actions or consei|Uence.s, worthy ot iniitatiun, 
pursuit, or avoidance. To do this /cr each 
man, we wish to know, and to preser\e, with 
his name : — 



1st. The dates and places of birth and death ; 
his era and localitj', as accurately as possible. 
In early atid crude genealonica! attempts, 
these are neglected. They are soon found 
highly essential. Without them it becomes 
impossible to identify or trace individuals 
and iheir descendants, or to detect errors 
or frauds. 

2d. The origin. This requires the father's 
and mother's names, with additions or refer- ! 
ences sufficient for race and family of origin. 

3d. The mirrriage, with full particulars , 
about the icife or wives ; especially her father's | 
name, in order to trace her family, antece- i 
dents and surroundings. Females are as im- i 
portant as males for blood and race; and I 
indeed for everything e.xcept lighting. No i 
separate genealogical accounts are often kept : 
respec:ing them ; but their ancestry should be 

4th. The children. These are necessary to 
understand the course and conduct of each 
individual as influenced by his childien and 
his plans for them. They are necessary also, 
in order to trace the children ; and for de- 
scendants to have the proper clues to find 
their ancestry. If a son be married, he is 
expected to have his own separate statement 
If a daughter, her husband's name should be 
^ven in order that under that name we maj' 
trace his or her family and their descendants. 
If sons or daugliters be not married, then all 
practicable particulars should oe given of 
them under the father's family heading; 
for no other genealogical account is taken of 
them, and when for one man, or head of a 
family, we have thus the name, dates, location, 
father's and mother's names, with references, 
name of wife and her father, and names of 
children, we want then, 

jy the sn I e particulars for each of his 
ancestors ; 
as far back as we can get them. 

All the rest, the filling up, for each, is more 
purely biographical, and is not governed by 
definite rules or limits. But besides anything 
remarkable in his character or conduct, his 
failures aud successes, it is inipurtant for 
statistical purposes to note bis education, 
training, occup'itinn or profession, and places 
of residence. Publications and records by 
or concerning the individual, should be brief- 
ly mentioned. They are loachers and proofs 
of location, conduct and identity if nothing 

These simple rules carefully observed with 
an exact system of reference from one to 
another to avoid repetitions and with a few 
abbreviations, serve all tlie purposes of the ; and these are needed also for 
the Biographer. 

They are not now well attended to. How 
shall we teach or enforce them ! C. B. M. 

Will of Philip Pleterse Schuyler, the 
progenitor of the family in this Coun- 
try, and his wife Margareta Van Slech- 

Contributed by E. B. O' C. 
In the name of God .Amen, .Mr. Phillip 
Schuyler old Commissary in Albany at pres- 
ent Weak of Body but of sound memory and 
un lerstanJing, and Mrs Margaret Van 
Slechtenhorst in gooil,health both as to Body 
and min I Per3on^ ot good Repute Resideina 
here. Considering the short and fraile con- 
dition ot humaufi Life the Certainty of Death 
and Doubtful! houre of the same Upon Pre- 
meditated and Due advice without the lu- 
dui;emeiit Persuasion or Misleading of any 
Person do Declare t'> have m.ide ordained ' 
and Contirmed this their .Joynt Respectiue 
and reciprocal! Last Will and Testament in 
manner and forme following. Fir>t bequeath- 
ing theire imortall Soules vvlien they shall Part 
from their bodys into the Gracious and 
mercifull hands of God their Creator and 
Saviuur and their bodys to Christian burial! 
and also Revoakeing annulling and makeing 
Void by these presentsall and Every Such Tes- 
tamentary Disposalls as togetlier or apart they 
before tlie Date hereof may liave made or 
Passed and Coming herewith E.'ipressly to 
the Disposall of their Temporary Estate 
they Leave heliind so have they tlie Testators 
nomiuued and Constituted and by these 
Presents do nominate and constitute for his 
or her whole and sole heire Reciprocally Tlie 
Longest Liner ot them two and that of all 
the goods raoueable and Immoueable actions 
and Creditts inony gold silver Coyned and 
Uncoyned .Jewells Cloathes Linnen Wnolen, 
hi'ushold Stuff and other nothing in the 
World Excepted nor Reserveil as well in this 
Country In Hollanci Gelderland or Elsewliere 
where tlie same shall by or bee found to Dis- 
pose thereof as hee or shee should or miiiht 
Do with hes or her patrimonieall EllecLs 
without Hindrance or Contradiction of any 



persnii. Provider! aUvayes that the Lougest 
Liner of Them two stands obliged honistly 
u> iiiaiutaine bring up and Keep till they 
I'ome of age or ai'e tuarrijed their fotir Vu- 
ileraged Children namely Areiit two and 
twenty yeares ot age Phillip Seaiieiiteene 
yeares nf age, Johannes tifteene yeares ot age 
and Margeret Eleven yeares of age and them 
to Exercise in all Piety, and that they are 
brought Vp to Reading Writing and as handi- 
craft Trade wherewith in their times they may 
honestly gett their Liueing and that when 
they Come of age or are marrijed with con- 
sent of the Longest Liuer the Longest of 
them two shall be obliged to give to Each of the 
said underaged Children a tilth Portion, so 
much as the Longest Liuer of them two in good 
Consicense shall find convienient and accor- 
ding to the Estate and opportunity that then 
shall present and further to Act as good 
honest parents ought to Doo, and whereto 
they do Entrust each other according to all 
E(iuity and their ability without being further 
obliged and that by reason that the testators 
cannot at Present make any Certaine account 
and Inventary of their Estate not Willing nor 
' Desireing accordingly that by or concerning 
their beforesaid Child or Children any account 
or Inventary of the Estate shall be taken 
Vnder what pretence soever itt might bee 
from the Longest Liuer of them two, Tho in 
Case the Longest Liuer might happen to Dy 
before the beforesaid four children come of 
age or are married itt is Expressely Desired 
by the Testators that such Child or Children 
that then shall be Vnder age shall bee main- 
tained out of the comon Estate till they come 
of age or are marrijed, and if so bee 'be 
Estate bee made wor.-t by fire warre k,. .her 
Losse (which God Prevent) so shall those 
who have had noe Portions in Place of and 
•■or their Portions first Receave Each the sunie j 
of Twelve hundred and fifty guilders in 
Beavers, that is for the four Children, five 
thousand Guilders in Beavers and then shall 
the whole Estate be Equally Divided among 
the Testators Eight Children by name Ger- 
truyd the wife of Stiphanus van Courtland, 
Alida the wiie of Robert Livingston, Peter, 
Brant, .\rent, Phillip Johannes and Margaret 
Schuyler among them or their heires a Like 
t<.) be Divided, the one not more then the 
other, Butt in Case the Longest Liner of the 
Testators might happen to remarry then that 
Party shall be obliged to Deliver a true 

account and inventory of the Estate and 
thereof to Sett out Part and Divide in the 
whole to witt one true moyety to the Behoof 
of the Testators beforesaid Eight Children, 
among them or their heires Equally and a 
Like to bee Divided to the one not more then 
the other and the other half to the Behnofe 
of the Longest Liuer of them two which In- 
ventory the Longest Liuer shall be bound if 
there bee Occasion to assert upon Oath without 
being any further obliged always Provided 
that the Longest Liuer .shall take and En- 
joye the Interest of the Principell belonging 
to the Children During their minority for their 
maintanence and bringing up, and on the 
Death of one of the Child or Children afore- 
said in their minority their hereditary Portion 
shall bee to the behoofe ot the surviveing Chil- 
dren, and for Security of what is above made 
and bequeathed to the Children stands bound, 
the farmes, Lands, Houses and Tenements that 
they the Testators have in this Countrey so 
neuer the Less if their bee Occasion Except 
Selling that the Longest Liuer may Enter 
upon the Same and Dispose thereof as also 
their other EfTect* for his or their maiutence. 
Lastely they the Testators in these Presents 
have shutt out and Excluded Keeping all 
Due Respect the Weesmasters of this Place 
and Every one where these Presents may- 
be of Ett'ect from the Rule and Charge of 
their said Children and goods not willing that 
they should trouble Themselves wherewith 
but Instead of them have appointed as Gar- 
dian or Guardians over the same the Longest 
Liuer of Them two with Power to Desire and 
take Oneor more Persons to oversee with them 
all the above written the Testators Declareiug 
to be the Last Will and Testament of them 
boath Desireing that the same after the 
Decease of the«flrsi of them may have and 
take itts full Power and Effect be itt as Tes- 
tament, Cordicill, Donation Lesacy or Other- 
waves as itt best may take Eirect notwith- 
standing any Solemnity in forme or Law may 
be omitted, neglected not Inserted or ob- 
served. Praying all Lords Courts and author- 
ity where these presents shall take Effect that 
itt may have all Possible Benifitt and by mee 
the writer thereof to be made and Delivered 
one or more Instruments to Conclude all as 
itt ought. 

Done in Albany, at the house of the Testa- 
tors Upon the first Day of May one thousand 
six hundred eighty and three Old Stile being 



Tuesday Evening about nine of the Clock in 
Presents of Mr. Cornells Vnn Dyke and Mr. 
Dirick Wessellos Commissarys of this Towne 
as Witnessed iiereunto Delivered, Signed and 


CoKNELis Vandyke, 

Derick Wessells. 

Mee Present, 

Robert Livingstox, Spc'v. 

The above instrument was presented for 
probate at a court held in Albany, on the 4th < 
day of March 16Sj by the widow Mrs. Marsa- ! 
reta Schuyler throu^fh her son Arent, and on ; 
deposition of the two witnesses was admitted I 
to record and she referred to the Governor ; 
to obtain letters of administration. The : 
Court record being attested by Robert | 

Thomas Dongan 
Lieut, and Gouvernor 
under his Roy'- high" 
of N. Yorke Depend- 
encyes in America. 
To all to whom this 
Shall or May Concern. 
Greeting. Know yee 
that att a <?ourt held at 
Albany the fourth Day 
of March last the Will of Phillii' Schuyler, 
late of Albany Deceased Ani;e.\ed to these 
Presents was Proved who haveing while he 
lived and att the time of his Death goods and 
Chattels Riiihts and Crediths within the said 
Towue of Albany and Province. And Mar- 
greLa Sletcheuhorst the WiJdow and Relict 
being therein Appointed Ids sole and only 
Executrix the Administration of all and Sin- 
gular the .said Goods and Chattels, Rights and 
Crediths, And the said Will is hereby 
Committed unto the said Mavgareta Sletchen- 
horst well and truly Administer upon the 
same According to tlie said Will and to make 
A true and Perfect Account of her said 
Administration in the time by Law Re- 
quired, Given under my hand and Seale att 
fFort Jame> in New Y^rke the 8th Day of .June 
in the thiny Sixth yeare of his ma'''' Reigne 
Anno 9 Doniin 1684. 

Past the office 

J. SpRAon. Secrv. 



The original, now (1S4G) in possession of John C. 
.^I'huylor of West Troy (formerly c:illed the Flats) t 
written on 3 pages of folio paper, one pape for each 
instrument, and is in good preservation, except the 
last leaf which is raueh worn in the folds. 

The original will as executed by the Testators must 
hare hecn in Dutch, &< appears from another and 
different ti-anslation in more modern orthosraphv, 
also in ifr. John C. .Schuyler's possession, ■mitti.'n on 
a sheet of foolscap, the ink beini.' much discolored and 
rusty. It Ls in good preserv.-ition, and both tran.-Ia- 
tions virtually and nearly verbally asree with each 
other, differing only in a few instances from the select- 
ion of ditlerent «ords to express the same object. 
The probated tran-Iation, probably by Robert Li\-ini.'- 
ston, is the better En^li-h. ♦ * » « • i have not 
discovered theorinrinal Puteh Iii>cument. 

Jersey City, April 8th, 1S4G. 

XoTK.~For the Drandnj of Gov. Dousan's seal, 
which illustnitcs this article, we are indebted to T>t. 
O'Callaffhan ; the same, we believe, never hnvine 
appeared before in print. 

Ekrattm.— No. 1, p. 3, 1st, line li from bottom. 
Far, Oct., 1798, rfOfl Xor. 18, 1H04. 


iConcluihd fram the January \o.) 

Brookehaven y' 21'" June 1690 
This day Was Borne my Si.xth 
Saturday Daughter Gloryana Sniitli on a Sat 
urday about Eleven a clocke in tlie 
forenoone and was cliristened by Mr. hnnis 
her father was her godfatlier and' her mother 
and Sister Patey was her godmothers. 

Brookehaveri Decemb"' 14'" 16'.)1 
This day Was Borne my Seaventli 
MunJay Daughter Tlieadocia Smith on a Mun- 
day at Eight a clocke at night 
departed this Life tlie 29''' of December 
About Seaven a clocke in the morning lieeinge 
but 15 days ould and Was Buried tlie SO'" of 
December in the Meeting house of Brooke- 

Manour of St. Georges near 
Brookehaven this 20"' Decern'' 169o 
This day Was Borne my Sixtli Sonne Charles 
.Jellery on a Wendesday about ^"iiie a clocke 
at ni:;iit and Was Christened by Mr. Burtell 
a french Protestant Minister at the Manor of 
St. Georges. 

Charlestown in New Englaiid Jan'^" 9"'" 170? 
This day being luonday I Henry Smith borne 
in the Royall Citly of Tangei- in AfTiica was 
Joyned in holy wedlock, to Anna Shepard of 
Charlestown in the County ot Middle.-ex, by 
the Reuer' M'' Cotton Mattlier. & Col": John 

Man'' of St. Georges Feb'-'' 18'" 170, 
Lord day Then Almighty God was pleased 
3 a clocke (after sixteen days sickness of a 
afternoon Rheumatism &c) to take lohimselfe 



our hon'' & Deare Kathev i^ol" ; William Smilli, | 

uh<> y' 'IV of said ins' was inleied in the [ 

Euening. wliere lie had cfirected : (.^JFGeo: ] 

I'liillips ])reached his luneral sermon. | 

Man' S' Geo' Thuisday Ten a Clock ! 

at nioht Sep' 27"^ ITU'). This Eue- I 
niiiir was horne our tiist Daughter Mary \ 
Smith, who y<' --f' of Xi.vembor 1706 was ; 
l>:i|>tised a\ ('hailestown by y' Reuer' M' i 
Simon Bradstreet. j 

Charlestown December 20'^ 1706. Fryday j 
mornius Ten a Clocke. This day was borne I 
Diir second Daugliter Anna Smith and Jan'-'' | 
.1"' enveneing was babtized by y'^ al'ores'^ M' 

Manour of S' Georsres. June 20"' 1707 ! 
Then Sister Gloryana Was Maryed to the I 
Reiir' M' George Muirson, who the 12"' of 
Octob' 170S departed this Life at Rye and 
was Intered in his Parish Church. 

Mannourof S" Georges Octob' 29'" 17i:8. 
irns. Fryday Morning one a clo Then God 

Almighty was sraciously pleased to give 
us our first Soime William Henry Smith, who 
was babtised Ap' 10"' 1713 p'' Reuer^ M"' 
George Phillips of Brookhauen. 

Man' S' Geo" Sep'" 1" 1709 Thursday morning 
'.J an hour past eight Then Alniitrhty God was 
pleased to take to himselfe our hon'' & Deare 
Mother, after 14 days sickness. Viz: first y'' 
Ciioll'ck & then succeeded w'" a Mallig- 
nant feauer & sore Throat, on Satterday y" 3'' 
of s'' instant in the Euening, she was intered 
on the rinht side of her d' spouse, & M"' 
Phillips Preached her funerall sermon, she was 
borne July 2' 

Maiinour of Scarsdale October 7'^ 17 10 Thurs- 
day Then Go<l .\'mi2hty after of days sickness 
a Feauer & bloody flux was pleaded to take 
to himselfe our Dear Si>ter Gloryana Muir- 
son, who y' Satterday eusueing was intered 
in Bro'' Colonel Heathcotes burying place. 

Man-- S' Georges Feb'? IS"- 17}" 
Tuesday evening G a clocke. 
Then God Almigtty was pleased to give ns 
our second sotine Henry who was bablized 
])<■ M' Geo: Phillips ap' 19'" 1713./ 

Mannour S' Geo" December o"' 1713. 
Satterda5- 8 a clocke morning., 
Then God Alraiahty wa.s pleased to give ns 
our third Daughter Gloryana Smith, who God 
in like was pileased to take to him 
>^elfe Marcli 29"', 8 in the morning having 
had the measells 3 days & beins , bablized 
p' s" Phillips Just before she dyed, the next 
day enenins, was intered on the left side of 
her Grand Faiher Col" William Smith, & w " 
heroaiiemont jiray God may be duly sancti- 
Hed to her indulgent Parents./ 

Man' S' Geo^ May 1715 
May 18'" Brother Charles JefFrv Smith was 
sei/.ed with v^ small Pox, the 23' at 10 a 

clocke in y" night he Dyed ; & y' 24''' iny , 
afternoon, was inter' at y"^ feet of our hon' 
Father Col" William Smith 

Man' S' Georges February 2(>''' Kli 

Saturday 8 a clocke in >" mornina 

Then God Almighty was [ileased to give us 

our fourth Daughter Gloryana Smith, vH wa> 

bablized by M' Geoige Phillips. 

Mon' S' Geo: Jan'J y" 20"' 171; 
Then God Alniiglity was pleased to 
-Muuday giue US our 5"'' Daughter , Martha 

Man' 3' George Sepiemb' 2'' 171'.t 
At 11 at night on a Tuesday, God Almighty 
was pleased to giue us our Third son Charles 
JeflVy Smith, who at , New York, on y 24"' 
9'" 1734 (after 21 days sickness of a Fever) 
between 9 / & 10 at niaht. God was plea.s'' to 
take to himselfe; on y*^ 20 was very ae cently 
(aty^chaige of his D' Aunt Mad"' Heath- 
cote) inter' in Trinity Church yard, being 
aged \'i years., 

Manour S' George September 28"' 1721 
About 3 ([uarters past 5 in the afternoon yn a 
Thursday, God / Almighty was pleased to 
give us otir fourth son Gilbert Smith 

Man'-S' George June 20"' 1725 
At six a clock in the morning fbeing the 
Lords dayj . God Almighty was pleas'* to 
give us our Sixth / Daughter Kalherine 

Man' S' George July 14"' 1732 
At 10 a clocke in y" morning, God Almighty 
was pleased to take to hipiselfe. our D' 
Neice M'' Eliz" Heathcote, of a consum, piion ; 
on y*^ 16 in y^ Evening she was Inter' on 'he 
right side of her Hon' Grand Mother Mad'" 
Martha Smith. 

Man' S' George May 7'^ 1735 
This day at nine of the clock at night God 
Almithly was pleased to take to himselfe, 
my most Intirely beloved spouse Mrs 
Anna Smith. Born in Charlestown near Bos- 
ton, Jan'-' 30"' 1685 aged 50 years : Havin" 
bad a Chache.xied, DLirhea, , Vomiting, & 
Coma. On Fryday the Rew^ M' Bro«u 
preached her funeral sermon Ironi Matthew 
24 : 44. & at 6 a clock was decently Inter' by 
our Daushter Gloriana: &. her Virtue hnvins 
Reali/.ed her a pious Christian ; her Death 
wa.s much Lamented. 

Man' S' George June 21"' 1742 
This day at 3 of the clock in the afternoon, 
God Almi2hly was pleased to take to him- 
selfe, my must Intirely beloved second spouse, 
M'' Frances Smith. Born 1702 at Gospar 
near Port.-mouth in England. For several 
years, was altiicted w"' many Hysterick Disor- 
ders, finally suceeded with a scorbutic 
Rheumatism; &.■= On Satterday y" Rev' M' 
Brown preach' / a Funeral Sermon from 
Numb : 23' : 10. at one a clock she was de- 



ceiilly Intel'' liy my former D'' s|iouse — was | 
aseil ab'^ut 40 years, and was Remarkable | 
tor lier Virtuous Oi; Charitable Dis|)0'-ition, by j 
Universally iliscountinaiicin2 Callumiiy, & ! 
Detraction, & Industryously promoting | 
Christian unanimity and Concord. &' I 

At Fairfield Octob' 6"' 1737 CoI° Henry i 

Smith, & 'Sl'^ Frances Caiu^r, were married j 

by the Rev' M'' Henry Caner, Reef of y' \ 

Church; & in a Conjugal state, lived happily : 

Kour years. Eight Months, and 18 Days. I 

Brookhaven November tlie sixth 1742. Then i 
Col" Henry Smith and M''' Margaret Biggs, , 
were Legally Maried. by the Rev' M' Sam- 
uel Smith, Residinir ai Southold. as ji'" his 
Certiticate may appeare. 

Brookhaven October I'.i'" 1743. at nine at 
night, God Almiahty u■a^■, pleased to Give us 
our Daughter Frances ; who on the ti'^ Day 
of January 174'] was liabtized by the 

ReV' M'' Youngs. 

Man'' S' George January "27 174^ 
My Brother Maj'' William Smithdeparted this 
Life. \' the "29^'' was Inter' in our Burying 

March 12; 1743 God Almighty 
was pleas' to take to bimselfe my D'' Daugh- 
ter Catherine who on the 14"' was Interred 
in our Burying place. 

Man"- S' Geo: October 1. 10 a 
clocke morning 1746 Then God Almighty 
wa-s pleased to give our Daughter Margaret , 
who on the SO"" January 174? was Babtized 
p' Rever'* Mr. James Lyon. 

Brookhaven May y 3" 1747. 12"" 
a Clock: Then God Almighty was pleas'* to 
take to bimselfe my D"' son Henry, Born Feb. 
13'" 17J1 on the 5"' was Inter'* near his 
Dear Mother. & the Rever'' M'' Lyon preach'' 
a Funeral Sermon. 

Brookhaven April the 1-5"' 1748 
nine a clock at nitiht Then God Almiahty 
(after 28 days sickness of an Intermitting 
Fever) was jileased to take to himself, our 
Dear Daushter Margaret who on y" 17"" 
was Inter** on y*^ North side of my D'" spouse 
Frances / Leaving a space between their 
Graves, for my own Interment. 

Brookhaven July H"' 17-50 Two 
a clock in y' morning Then God Almighty 
was plea.sed to take to bimselfe, ray Dear , 
Daushter Gloryana Brewster, (who for six 
months havin<; E.vceedingly Lamented y" 
Death of her daughter, was the next day 
Rveiiinii Intered Ijy her. — Mr. Lyons Preach- 
ed a Funeral Sermon from Corinth' 2' Chap' 
o"" & y« 10=" . 

Au2Usl I-')"" Jus-^ Brewster" youngest DauLdi- 
ler Dy' & was Buryed in the Even ingbyher 
Motlier & Sister. 

February the "'" My Daushter Martin 
I7.i3 was Maried to the Reverend M'' 'James 
Lyons p'' Rev' M'' Colgan. 

Manor of S' George August l'>"' 1764: 2 a 
Clocke in the Morning, My Dear Spousp 
M''' Margaret Smitli departed this Lite: and 
as tis hoped. Received into Everlasting 
Glory : Havins for near Twelve Weeks fia- 
tiently suffered the Effects ot« a Violent 
Cancerous disorder. commenced in her 
Brest, and Dispersed into her thighs. Less >.^ 
feet: attended w"' severall sreat Tumours, A 
sores, which morliried. and became incurable. 
In the Eveninsshe was ilecently Inter- 
ed near our younsest Daughter .Marsarel 
and the Rev' ^D Talmase Preached a Funer- 
al Sermon from Job 14. 14 Memo'" Kelisioii 
oblises the Gratefull Remembrance, that sev- 
eral Pious Persons , and Frends, (durins the 
atHclion aforemei'.tioned) / Expressed a Chris- 
tian concern & Simpathy by freipient seas- 
onable A'isitations, &■ Divers Consolations to 
her. ■ 

Smith Town May the 15"' 1763. 
Then Almishty God was pleased , to take to 
himself, our Dear Kldest Daughter Mary 
Smith, Born Sept her 27"' 1705, bavins had a 
Languishing Consumtion & been the Wife of 
Cap' Edmund Smitli, & was Buried near by 
him v" 17'" 

H. R. S. 


At a regular meeting, held April 23d. 1870. 
the (^ommittee on Biographical Bibliography. 
appointed at last meeting, reported a plan for 
the work, and the following resolution was 
passed : 

" Resolved, that the plan proposed by the 
" committee of having a list of hiograpkicl 
" books and Indexes of persons, for the use of 
" this Society, is in its general features ap- 
" proved. 

" And that a Standing Committee of three 
" be appointed for this year, by the Cliair, to 
" arrange and sui)erintend the execution of 
" the plan." 

Messrs. C. B. Moore, Dr. Ellsworth Eliot 
and M.H. StafTord, were appointed such com- 

Regular, May 14th, large and valuable do- 
nations of books received. Rev. E. F. Slafter, 
of Boston, was present and madean interesting 
address, on the subject of the N. E. Gen. So- 
ciety, their early strusgles, and their present in obtaining a building of their own. 

Regular meeting, of May 28th, 1870, Mr. 
Charle.s A. Cole, of London, read a paper on 
the " Public Records of England, contained 
in the Record House in London." D. P. Ho]. 



ton. M. D., read a paper on " Pedigiadation ; 
or, Notation of Pedigrees.' 

A committee was appointed to open a cor- 
respondence with the U. S. Minister to Eng- 
latid, to obtain for the library of the Society^ 
tlie ofHcial publications ot llie Public Recurd.s 
of England. 

Meeting, June 11th, 1870, valuable dona- 
tions of books received. Mr. C. B. Moore 
read an interesting paper on the " Early 
Seiileiuent of Suffolk County, Long Island." 


grated with his fiimily to this country in 1.S38 ; 
LAXT) ; ^iith the pedigree estendiiii; h.ick from 
son to father, for twenty generations, with their 
coat of anils and copies of wills. By Iha B. Fkck. 
Printed by Alfred iludge & Son, Bo=tun, ISHS. 

This is a handsome royal 8vo volume of 442 
pages. It is embellished with a large num- 
ber of steel plates, the coat of arms beauti- 
fully engraved in colors, and a chart of the 
pedigrees of both the English and American 

The volume evinces profound research and 
is written in a careful and conscietitious 
manner. The author appears to be a perfect 
master of his work, and his style is clear and 
lucid. He traces the pedigree of Joseph 
Peck, the original settler in this country, back 
for 20 generations, and continues the Ameri- 
can family for 8 additional ones. There are 
over 11,0(111 names in tliis volume and yet the 
male line only is traced. The indexes are re- 
markably full and complete. 

J. S. G. 

AMERICA. By jAiiEs Pn:atE Root. X'ew 
York : R. C. Boot, Ajithony & Co., 1870. 

This, the latest published Genealogy, is 
issued in small quarto size, 5.33 pages, and is 
printed on fine white paper at the of our 
friend Munsell of Albany. It is a handsome 
volume with wide margin around the entire 
page. It treats, in estenso, of the descen- 
dants of Thomas. Josiah John and Ralph 
Rootes, w ho came to this country from 1634 
-37, and first settled at Salem, Mass.. and 
Hartford, Conn. It traces mainly the 
male line, though mention is made of the 

first generation of many descendants of other 
names, and contains rnenti<rn of over 4,(i00of 
the name of Root, and some l,jOO descen- 
dants of other names. 

The author traces the name to a French 
origin, and concludes it to have been origin- 
ally written Rootes in Normandy. The fam- 
ily being Huguenots fled to England and set- 
tled in Essex Co., and from thence came to 

The volume is not illusti-ated by plates of 
any kind, save a small cut of the coat of 
arms. It is very rich in genealogical charts 
or tables which are interspersed throughout 
the book. The families represented are ar- 
ranged by ffe/itrations from the first to the 
ninth inclusive, and the indexes are very full. 

It is a valuable addition to nenealogical 

J. S. 0. 

Scott, of ChAvland, Ohio. Pamphlet, pp. Iti. 
Boston : Darid Clapp i: Son, 1SG9. 

.^n interesting pamphlet tracing tlje an- 
tiijuity of the name treated ot to a very 
remote period, and showing much thought 
and study devoted to the subject. It is illus- 
trated with an engraving of '' Scott ot Gleiu.s- 
ford, Suttblk, England." H. R. S. 

•' Information wanted with reference to the 
Early Settlement of Losantiville, (noiv Cincin- 
nati,)' is the title of a 12 page tract, isstied 
by Robert Clarke, the well known publisher 
of that city ; beins in fact a proposal to pub- 
lish the original Record of the Distribution and 
Sale of Lots, during the years 1789 and '9U, 
and containing the names of 224 persons 
named on said Records, concerning whom 
Mr. Clarke desires to gather all genealn/jical 
and biographical information which can be 

The list is one which will interest many 
persons in various parts of the country ; and 
to such Mr. Clarke will undoubtedly be glad 
to furnish copies of his little pamphlet ol in- 
quiry, with a view to the additional co-opera- 
tion which it may excite among those «l;o it. H. R. S. 

Duychinck. '• We have lately received a 
very handsomely printed pamphlet of -iSocla- 
vo pages containing A Sermon in bthalj of 
the Mission Work of St. Mark's Ch"pd, by the 
Rev. Henry Luyekinck, late Minister m charge, 



u-ilh jHtrotlnrtorii Bemnrl.s b;/ the Rer. Ilmry 
<:. Potter. 1) I) , delivered at St. Mnrl:'s Church 
in the Bowerie. And a Funeral Sermon h>i tht 
Rev. Etlirard II. Krans. preached at St. Jfark^s 
Chnpel. Fih. 2~th. 1870. trith other Memorial 

The Rev. Heniy Diiyckiiick was the sou of 
our esieemert fellow citizen, Mr. Evert A. 
Diiyekinck, and was born in the City of New 
York, Nov. 6th, 1843 ; educated at Columbia 
College, and graduated at the General Theo- 
logical Seminary of the P. E. Church, in 18G7. 
when he was duly ordained, and in 18t;8 ad- 
milted 10 the priesthoid. His ministerial 
career, in connection with the churches of 
St. Thomas, Church ot tlie Holy Martyrs, 
Grace Chapel, ar.d lastly, St. Maik's Mission 
<Uiapel, was terminated by death on the 16th 
of February, 1870. His character was mark- 
ed by unusual culture, and his life gave 
rich promise of usefulness, especially among 
the poor, a field of labor which no personal 
preferences could lead him to relin<]nish. and 
in which he died ■' with his armor on." By 
ancient and honorable descent, by birth, ed- 
ucation, life and residence, he was identified 
with the City of New York, and we are slad 
to see such an appropriate and graceful rec- 
ognition of his too brief life. 

We notice with pleasure, also in this pam- 
phlet the return to the ' old-time" spelling of 
the word " Bowerie." H. R. S. 

WTi-m and where di 1 the wifv _firsl tike the n.m-.->of 

I her hu-:'iaud ? Pin*. 

♦% " One who hiis the old papers" is restHVtfiilly 

iiifi'>rmed that the Marriage LieeuseS, a~ pubiishisl in 

the H-ord, are exact copies of the ori^iual eutries in 

j the book of record.-^, and do not a:=suTue to i:ive the 

' orthoL-Taphy of the names as they slion',1 Iv, but 

[ simply as they ure, written. VTe haven't the .-li5.-ht- 

I est doubt that yon are correct in sajiii'.; the 

I name of Ellis Thro.smorton on page 13 should l>e 

j Elsie or Alice. J. S. G. 

[ .,% "Reitauir" returns his thanks to "B. H. B.." 

! "LourTel,"and'' J. if. B.," for answers to hisi|uei-y in 

Xo. 1 of the Record, relative to the IlUiaieno; t'hurch. 

,% AXSWEK TO "StI.VFSTKR" p. U OF lifnrj. - 

I Admiral Sir Geo. Clinton, of the Eavl of laucoin 

j family, bom 1687, v.-as a Captain in the British .\rmy 

■ m 1710, was Governor of X. Y. 17+1 to 175:1, and died 
, in 1761 a^ed 74. Before 172S he mamed Anne, daujrh- 
; ter of Gen. Peter Carle. The eldest dauijhter, wife of 

Capt. Roddara, died at X. Y. in 1S.5U, asred 22. The 
date and place of his son Henry's birth has been 

■ several times inquired for in print, pi.rhaiis by per- 
sons who knew. They did not seem very earnest. An 

; inquir\- by letter would doubtless be answered. .Sir 

' Heni-y was commissioned " Capt. Lieut." of a N. Y. 

, llilit.ary Co. while his tither was Governuv here. On 

1 1st Xov., 1751, he was appointed in Knirland I.ieut. of 

I the Coldstream Guarils ; taking an early start for the 

1 rank n hieh he afterwards attained. He was married 

i in 17«7. M. 


(Answers to enquiries under this head should be 
addre.ssed to the " Pvblicatio.v Committee," 64 
Madison Avenue.) 

,% Can any reader of the Record fuxnish any facts 
concerning; the ancestry and record of 
either of the fullowinj named persons -.—Abraham 
iVing, the first settler of town of Queensbury, X. Y. 
He removed from Oblong, Dutchess Co., X. Y., 
about 1762, and died in Queensbury, 1800. It is con- 
jectured he or his father c;tme from Sandwich 
and Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Mass. — P^'/fr Bailnj 
Tearsc, a Captain and Adjutant in Col. Marinus Wil- 
let's Reg. during Revolution. After was settled at 
Fort Edw.nrd, >'. Y., and married Polly Hunter, the 
gTand-<laughtcr of widow McXeil, whose name is men- 
tioned in history with the Jane ilcCrea alfair. He 
removed first to Queensbury, then to Ballston where 
he died IWi.—Jnhn f'emnr a merchant at the head of 
Lake George (then Queensbury) at close of last cen- 
tury, and delegate to Constitutional Convention of 
UOl.— Micajah Prttil, a resident of Queensbury at 
commencement of present century,engaged in lumber 
bosiness. A General of X. Y. Militia in war 1312. 


Local Histories in Preparation. 

History of Wallingfoni, Conn., fiom 1070- 1S7U, is 
in preparation by C. H. S. Davis, M. D., of Meriden, 
Ct. The work is to contain full genealo.iries of the 
families of Wallingford, Cheshire ami Meriden, Ct. 
There are the names of 37 families mentioned in the 
prospectus. It is ex|jected to be a work of 800 paires, 

Fatrhiren, A. H. A history of this town is just 
ready for publication. 

Famii.t Reuxio.vs. The descendants of Roger 
Clapp, and all others bearing the name or descended 
from the family, will have a grand reunion at Xorth- 
amptou on the 24th of Ausai^i nest. A festival ail! 
take pi, ice on the Atrricultural Pair Grounds. Rev. 
A. Huntington Clapp, of Xew York, will deliver the 
address. The occasion promises to be one 'A great 

,*.» itr. Stephen Curry, of Grahomsville, Sullivan 
County, X. Y., celebrated hLs one hundredth birth- 
day on the 15th of June. His eight sons sre al' 
living, among whom are Daniel Curry, D. D., £.iitor 
of the Methodist Episcopal organ, VheAdvocU: Hon. 
.lohn Curry, of the Supreme Court of Ca'iifcmia ; 
Geor^-e, e.i-eovernor of Kansiis ; and Hon. i ^l-rz, of 

Note.— The Publication Committee :.aT;Lii' 
been di.sappointed in the receijit of an a-.-cl'- 
which they contiden:ly expected, are re'.aot' 
antly compelled to forego the pieasu.'e -'f 
making this a double number as they hx'i 
propu-sed. "\ 

Vol. I. No. 4. 

Genealogical and Biographical 

Devoted to the Interests of American 

Genealogy and Biography. 


October, 1870. 


MoTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 

o o nsr TEnsr T s. 

Rev. Bfterlet R. Bktts. A. M. 

Prof. Jonathan Pearson. 

GREES. By David I'arsoxs Uohun, M. 1). 


September 2-4th : October 8th. 





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Biographical and Historical matter, relatine for the most part, though not exclusively, to the State of 
New York. 

A Library has been commenced, already containing many works of great value to the genealogical 
student ; which, by donation, exchange and otherwise, is rapidly increasing. 

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which shall prove of incalculable service to future students of American Genealogy and History- 
Copies of ancient inscriptions and epitaphs, full and exact copies of inscriptions from the cemeteries, 
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from town, church and parish records ; transcripts of public records of births, marriages and deaths, and of 
private family records ; personal reminiscences .ind narratives, tikcn from the lips of old persons yet living 
among us ; autobiographies ; lists of soldiers and sailors, histories of regiments, military orpinizations, etc., 
in the Revolutionary 'V\'ar, the Second Yv'ar, and the late Civil '^ar. 

Biographical memoirs, sk.'tchos and notices of persons who came to North America, especially to the 
colony and State of New York, before the y>/ar 17i)0 ; showing from what places in Europe they came, their 
families theri?, and their descen.lants in this country. Full and minute genealogical memoirs and tables, 
showing the lineage and descent of families from the earliest date, to which they can be authentically traced, 
down to the present time, with their branches and connections. 

All donations of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, etc., will be gratefully received in behalf of the 
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^Fflpalogiral anil iBiogpap|iraI ^ttmh. 

Vol. I. 


No. 4. 



Eighteen Quarterings, 
5, 5, 4, 4. 

1. Or thri'e crescents 
gules, for i\'o'HihuU. 

2. Argent on a cross 
azure, five escallops or, 
for FoTcntf. 

3. Quarterly argent 
and gules, five crosses, 
pattee counterchanged, 
for Chftwode. 

4. Or fretty sable, a 
ber ermine ; on a chief 
gules, tliree leopards' 
faces gold, for Snu-ndf.. 

5. Or a fess between 
three lozenges gules, for 
HoccUff€ or Hnkelay. 

6. Argent a lyon ram- 
pant gules, for PeLyon. 

7. Argent across gules 
surmounted of a bend 
azure, for StwenhaTW. 

8. Argent two bars 
arure within a bordure 
engrailed sable.for Parr. 

9. Or three water bou- 
gets sable, for Ros. 

10 Argent a saltier 
gules fretty or, for CVo;.- 

U. Or a fret gules, for Verdnn. 

12. Azure three chevrons interlaced and a chief or, 
ioT Filz Hugh. \ 

13. Barry of twelve or and azure an eagle displayed ' 
gules, for Gemygiin. j 

14. Gules a bend between six crosses crosslet or, for ' 
Ffiurrifys or Furnmulx. i 

15. Barry of sis argent and azure on a bend gules I 
three martlets or, for Grty. \ 

16. Vair a fess gules, for itarmion. ' 

17. Or three chevrons gules a chief vair, for St. ' 

18. Gules a lyo.^ rampant or between three cres- 
cents argent, for S<ihtsbury. ', 

The shield is borne upon a mantle, (not mantling,) I 
gules, lined with ermine. [ 

The crest is out of a ducal coronet or a pair of 
wings endorsed gules. 

There is no motto : but that used by some branches 
of the family is " Srqunr ne.L- Inferior." 

The science of Heraldry includes among 
other things, the laws of precedence and cere- 
monies, the recording of descends and the 

2vantiiig, confirming and marshalling of Artn»^. 
The first are perhaps of less value in this coun- 
try ; but the last two, which are closely con- 
nected, are of great importance. A know- 
ledge of Armoury (as Mr. Lower styles that 
part of the herald's functions which relates to 
Arms) is often a very great help in tracing a 
descent. A well authenticated pedigree is iii 
this country the only possible evidence ol a 
right to a coat of arms ; since, as there are no 
new grants, arms can no longer be borne by 
any who have not inherited them from their 
ancestors. There is no possible mode of ac- 
quiring a new coat of arms. It is true indeed 
that there have been, and perhaps still are 
persons calling themselves herald-painters, 
who profess not indeed to grant, but to find 
arms for those who send them, as they ex- 
press it, " their name and county;'' but the 



falseness of these pretensions has often been 
exposed. It is probably needless to do more 
than to suggest that there is no necessary 
connection between name, county, and coat 
of arms ; that persons of the same name are 
not necessarily derived from the same stock ; 
that it may very well happen that a single 
name may be connected with many coats of 
arms, or that the same coat may be borne by 
many names ; in a word, the only mode in 
this country, of proving a title to a coat of 
arms is by showing a descent from persons 
who have borne it. The first step of course 
is to show the pedigree. If there be no pat- 
ent, the evidence of a right to bear arms is 
usually found in the fact that one's ancestors 
have borne them for successive generations, 
which may be shown from seals, plate, tomb- 
stones and the like. A patent is an instru- 
ment from the Herald's College, either grant- 
ing arms to any one, or confirming those which 
he already bears. Patents are probably not 
numerous in this country, and where they 
exist, they are usually older than the settle- 
ment of the country, or at any rate than the 
Revolution. A patent is of course unimpeach- 
able evidence of the right of the person to 
whom it is granted and his descendants to 
bear arms. 

If, however, there be neither patent nor tra- 
dition, and yet any person may be desirous 
of ascertaining, in good faith, whether he be 
entitled to bear arms, his first step should be 
to set forth his pedigree with the proofs, as 
far back as his ancestor who emigrated, for 
instance from England. If, as many families 
can do, he can show his connection with the 
mother countr5-, the further steps may be 
comparatively easy ; if not they will be more 
diflScnlt. In either case, the proper course 
would be to put his proofs in the hands of a 
skilful person in England, of whom there are 
many, who will examine and work them up, 
and, if it be possible, complete the pedigree, 
and ascertain what arms, if any, he is entitled 
to bear. This, it is true, may be both trouble- 
some and costly: but it is certainly more sat- 
isfactory, not to say more honest, than assum- 
ing other people's arms ; an act which is, to 
say *he least, highly reprehensible. 

A very important part of Heraldry in this 
country is included under the head of mar- 
shalling. This, in its strict meaning, is the ar- 
ranging of several coats in one shield accord- 
ing to certain laws, for the purpose of show- 

ing the descent of the person who bears them: 
but it involves also the explaining and e'uci- 
dating such shields or atc!ii<veinfnt>, whea 
they are formed. This is one way in which 
the intimate connection of Armoury and Gen- 
ealogy is shown. An atchievemeni may be a 
guide to a forgotten pedigree. A ped.'aree 
may explain the mysteries of ari atchievemeni, 
or may give the means of constructing one. 
An atchievemeni contains always in the firsi 
quarter the paternal arms ; in the succeeding 
ones the arms of females who have interraar- 
ried into the family. The rules for construct- 
ing it are diflerent in England and on the con- 
tinent. In France and Germany for instance, 
what is called a genealogical atchievement is 
usually strictly so, and includes the arms of all 
direct ancestors. In three generations these 
amount to sixteen ; and a gentleman is pre- 
sumed to be able to give at least this number oi 
quarterings. In England, only the arms of 
heiresses are admitted ; and the quarterings 
may therefore be one or more. The number is 
variable and indefinite and depends altocether 
upon the number of heiresses who have mar- 
ried into the family. It is unnecessary to enter 
into the rules of marshalling. They will be 
sutficiently explained by the illustration that 
is to follow. It will be enough to say that 
when there is a single quartering it is put in 
the second and third quarter, the paternal coal 
being in the first and fourth: when there is 
an uneven number of quarterings they are 
placed one after another in a settled order; 
and when there is an even number, the pater- 
nal coat is repeated in the last quarter. When 
the Royal Arms occur they are usually placed 
in the second quarter as the most honourable 

It is now proposed, by way of illustrating 
the connection between Armoury and Gene- 
alogy, i. e. between the symbolical and his- 
torical parts of Heraldry, to give an account 
of a remarkable heraldic painting in the pos- 
session of Richard Woodhull, Esq., of Setau- 
ket, Brookhaven. Suffolk Co., New York. 
This, which is an atchievement of eighteen 
quarterings, was sent out from England in 
or about the year 1687 to Richard Woudijiili 
who had come from Thenford in Northamp- 
ton, and had settled in Brookhaven a fe--v 
years previously. It is mentioned in an au- 
tograph letter from John Lord Crew, written 
in 1687, which is now in the posses.-ion of Mr. 
Woodhull. My attention was first directed to 


the painting as long ago as 1S50, although 
from various circumstances, I did not begin 
to investigate its teachings until iy63. When 
I first saw it, most of the arms vi-ere perfect, 
and co\ild be blazoned with ease. Certain 
colours, however, which were afterwards found 
to be the blacks and blues, had wholly faded 
out, and nothing was left of the arms of Ros, 
except the outlines of the water-bougets. In 
1863 it was obvious that, unless measures 
w-ere taken at once for the restoration and 
preservation of this valuable relic of antiquity, 
it would inevitably perish ; and at the request 
of Mr. Woodhull, Mr. Robert Bolton aud my- 
self determined to take the matter in hand. 
It was sufficiently discouraging, for we had 
at that time literally no guide except this fa- 
ded and defective picture. Some of the arms, 
as for instance, those of Ros, Marmion, and 
Fitz hugh were easily identified : but, in order 
to retouch and repair the painting, it was 
necessary first of all to reconstruct the pedi- 
grees. The late Dr. Coudict of Jersey City 
kindly favored us with a copy of the pedigree 
of the Woodhulls from the visitation of 1618, 
and with an engraving which was supposed 
to have been taken at some unknown period 
from the atchievement. The pedigree gave 
us the clue that we wanted ; but the engrav- 
ing was the work of an unskilltul artist and 
was so defective and inaccurate that it gave 
ns no aid at all. Nevertheless, by careful and 
deliberate application, we succeeded at last in 
constructing the pedigrees, in recovering all 
the marriages except one, or perhaps two, and 
in identifying the arms with such perfect ac- 
curacy as to warrant us in giving our consent 
to the retouching of the painting. It is un- 
necessary to enter into the details of the work 
that was done. It will be enough to say that 
the subject occupied our profound attention 
for at least two years : that we went over 
every point again and again ; and that we 
would nut permit the painting to be touched 
until we were perfectly sure of our ground in 
all respects. In 1865 the painting, which is 
on a panel, was cradled and cleaned, and Mr. 
Bolton proceeded with his own hands, to re- 
store the colors which had faded out, (*) to re- 

(*) The defective coats were these : 2. .Urgent on a 
cross five escallops or. 4. or iretty a b:ir ermine, on a 
chief gules three leopards' iices sold. 7. Ardent a eross 
gules surmounted of a bend. 8 .\rgent two bars within 
abordure entailed. 9. Three water bougets. 12. Three 
Chevrons interlaced and a chief or. 13. Barry of twelve 

touch whatever places had been injured, and 
to put the painting in such perfect order, that 
with proper care, it will last for an indefinite 
length of time. 

The pedigrees which follow (f) are however, 
no measure of the work that was actually 
done. Only so much of them is given as is 
necessary to elucidate the atchievement and 
shew how it was constructed. They are how- 
ever, accurate, and with the exception already 
mentioned, they are conijilete. The blazon 
is absolutely correct. No pains have been 
spared, by comparison of authorities to make 
it so. 

Some very curious things appear in those 
parts of the pedigrees which, for the sake of 
brevity, are here omitted. Most of the heir- 
esses are representatives of baronial houses, 
many of them co-heiresses, whose sisters have 
carried the same quarterings into the noblest 
families of England. Lady Alice Neville was 
descended on the side of both father and 
mother from King Edward I. An ancestor 
of Robert de Ros of Werke, married Isabel 
daughter of William the Lion King of Scot- 
land, and Margaret, Lady de Ros, was des- 
cended from the great Earl of Warren, 
whose wife, Gundred, was the youngest 
daughter of William the Conqueror. 

It may perhaps be satisfactory to tiiose 
readers of the Record, if such there be, who 
are not familiar with the details of these mat- 
ters to comment briefly upon the pedigrees 
and the atchievement, and it may be due to 
those who are, to explain one or two points 
which are perhaps, not perfectly clear. 

Nicholas, styled Baron Wodhull or De 
Wahull, whose paternal arms occupj' the 
first place, married Margaret, daughter of 
John Foxcote. As she was an heiress, her 
arms descend to her posterity, and are placed 
in the second quarter. Their son, Thomas. 
married Elizabeth Chetwode, heiress of Wark- 
worth. She was entitled, by the marriages 
of her ancestors to quarter the arms of Sounde, 
HocclifFe (Hocclyve or Hokllay) and De Lyon, 
all which she brought into the Woodhull 
family, in that order, the oldest first. There 

or and an eagle displayed gules. 13. Barry of sis ar- 
gent and on a bend ffules three niartluts Oi". There 
was of course no dilSculty with the eoats which con- 
tained vair, although the blue had disappeared. 

(') This interesting table as given by Mr. Betts, is 
postponed in hope of hereafter displaying it t-j better 
advantage than is practicable at the present time. 



seems to be no record of the heiress of Sounde, 
who evidently intermarried with John, Rob- 
ert, Ralph or John de Chetwode. Sounde 
was a very ancient family in Che>ler, one of 
wljose heiresses intermarried with David Crew 
of Pulcrolt, one of whose heiresses married 
Chetwode of Oakley, a younger branch of the 
same family. There was some dilHculty also 
in identifying and blazoning the arms. In 
Baker's Northampton, the following is given 
among the quarterings of Chetwode. Or fret- 
ty sable a bar ermine in chief, three leopards' 
faces. In a pennon which existed in old St. 
Dunstan's-in-the-West, London, the following 
occurs, Sable fretty argent a bar ermine on a 
chief gules three leopards' faces gold, among 
the quarterings of " Mr. Chitwood " who was 
buried there January 12, 151'. These are 
said iu the Collect. Topog. et Geneal. vol. VI, 
p. 101 to be the arms of Sounde. In the 
engraving already mentioned, azure fretty 
argent is given. The tirst of is clearly 
imperfect, yet, as appears from the painting, 
the field of which is or, it is also clearly right 
as far as it goes. The second and third are 
doubtlul, if not absolutely bad heraldry, and 
must be rejected as manifestly wrong. 

Returning to the male line of theWoodhuUs, 
we find that the next two marriages were 
with ladies who were not heiresses, and, con-i 
sequently their arms were not admitted into 
the atchievement. Next, Fulk Woodhull 
married Anna, daughter and co-heiress of 
William Newenham, of Thenford, whose arms 
occupy the seventh quarter. Their son, Nich- 
olas, married Elizabeth, daughter and co- 
heiress of Sir William Parr, of Horton. Her 
arms therefore follow. She, however, was 
eutiiled in right of her father, to quarter the 
arms of Ros, ClophuU and Verdon, which 
occupy the ninth, tenth and eleventh quarters, 
and she inherited also from her grandmother 
Elizabeth, one of the co-heiresses of Henry 
Lord Fitzhugh, the arms of Fitzhugh, Ger- 
negan, Fourneys, Grey, Marmion and St. 
Quintin I am compelled, however, to admit 
that I am a little at a loss to perceive why, if 
the arms of Gernegan really represent the 
marria2e of Robert de Marmion with the 
heiress of that ancient line, they should occu- 
py the place which they do. They would 
come in, more properly, immediately after 
Marmion. It is within the limits of possibility 
that an early Fitzhugh may have married 
another heiress of Gernegan, though no record 

of such a marriage has been found. Finally, 
Sir William, the father of Elizabeth Parr, 
married Mary, the heiress who brousht liim 
Horton, whose arms are placed in the eight- 
eenth quart jr. 

David Pieterse Schuyler of Albany. 

David and Philip Pieterse Schuyler were 
the progenitors of those who bear this name 
in Albany and vicinity. They came from 
Amsterdam ; the former married Caialyu 
Verplanckof New Amsterdam. 13 Oct., 16-37 " 
and soon after settled in Albany. On the 
20th Nov., 1692, his widow lived near the 
north-east corner of the city walls, by the 
water side, on the south corner of Broadway 
and Steuben Street, and in 16911, she petition- 
ed for an addition of 14 feet to the north side 
of her lot, which was refused, because ' it 
will reach too near ye Citty Stockadoes.' 
This lot was occupied in 1709, by Jacobus 
and Abraham, her sons. *-' 

The sons of David Pieterse Schuyler and 
Catalyn Verplanck, who lived to maturity, 
and had families in Albany, were, Pietek, 
J ACOBL's, Abraham, David, and Myndert. * '' 
PiETER Davidtse Schuyler was a trader, 
and lived in Claverak in 1694: in 16Sj 
he was commissioned judge of the Court 
of Oyer and Terminer for Albany Coun- 
ty: and in May, 1696, he was lately de- 
ceased <*'. He married Alida Van Slicli- 
tenhorst, widow of Gerrit Goosen.-.e Van 
Schaick, eldest son of Goosen Gerrit»e 
V. S. She was a widow in Albany, 2-3 
Dec, 1747. (^> Their children were bap- 
tised in the Albany Church, in the fol- 
lowing order : 

GERRtTtS) (1) 

Johannes, 3 Dec., 1684. 

Catalisa,('> 10 Oct., 1686. 

(1.) raleniine's Manual, 1S61. 

(2.) Annals of Albany, l, 106 : 11,121: IV, 103 : V. 

(3.) The early Baptismal Register of the church in 
Albany having been lost, the dates of the baptisms of 
these and the other chiliiren, if any, can n.jt be giren. 

(4.) Alb. Co. D'-eds, IV, 60: Eng. Uss., XXXIII, 
120 : Annals of Albany, II, 13. 

(5.1 Albany County Deeds, IT. Albami Annals, 
I, 244. 

(.6.) Gerrit settled in New York, where he was aiiniit- 
ted freeman in 1702. Valenlin^i History nf ytuj 
I'«?rt, 375. 

(7.) Catalyntje 3. died 8 Oct., 1708. Albany Churrh 



David, 26 Dec, 1688. 

Alida, 21 Jan., 1693. 

Philip, 28 Oct., 1694. 

PiETER, 9 Aug., 1696. 

Jacobcs Davidtse Schuyler, lived on 
the lot now on the south corner of 
Broadway and Steuben Street. Albany. 
He died the 22d of March, 170^. <^' His 
first wife was Catalyntje Wendel ; on 
the od June, 1704, he married Susanna 
Wendel and had one child. 
Catalystje, baptised 21 April, 1706. 
Abraham Davidtse Schuyler resided 
in Albany in 1709, upon the lot which 
his father had occupied, on the south 
corner of Broadway and Steuben Street. 
In 1684 he was master of the sloop 
Hopewell, plying between New York 
and Albany. In his will made 15 Dec , 
1709, he speaks of the 5 following chil- 
dren, of his wife, and of his brothers-in- 
law, Wessel and Samuel Ten Broeck. ^"^ 
He married Geertruy Ten Broeck, Nov. 
11, 1691, and had the following children, 
baptised in the Albany Church : 

David, 30 Nov., 1692. 

<'hristine, 21 July, 169-5. 

DfRK, 28 July, 1700. 

Abraham, 27 Aug., 1704. 

Jacobus, 23 March, 1707. 
David Davidtse ScnurLER was mayor of 
Albany, 1706-7. He married first Elsje 
Rutgers, Jan. 1, 1694, in Albany: and 
second Elizabeth .Marschalk, in New 
York, on the 3d of May, 1719. C^) His 
children, baptised in Albany, were : 

CATRI5A, 25 Nov., 1694. 

David, 11 April, 1697. 

HAEMAsna, 21 July, 1700. 

Cathaeina, 19 Dec, 1703. 

Meisdert,'"' 7 Oct., 1711. 

AsTHONY, 30 Oct., 1715. 
Elizabeth, baptised in New York. 6 Mar., 1720 
Captain Myxdert Davidtse Schuyler 
was a luerciiant; he was mayor of Al- 
bany, 1719-21 and 1723-5. In 1703 he 
occupied a lot on the south side of State 

(8.) Albany Annals, V, 140, 143: Albany Church 
(9.) Annals of Albnny,\,\%%: Valentines Manual, 

l»fi7, 787-8. 

(10.) Valmlim's Manual, 1862. 

(11.) MynJert S. was ailmitted freeman of yew- 
York, 1734, and married EUzabeth WesseU, 21 June, 
1735. rahntines Hist. -V. i'., 375 : J/untw/, 1SG2, 626. 

Street, formerly Gerrit Bancker's, the 
third East from South Pearl. ('-' He was 
buried in tlie Church, 21st Oct.. 17-J-j.i''' 
He married Rachel Cuyler, in New 
Ycrk, on the 26th Oct., 1693: slie was 
buried in the Church on 24 July, 1747.*'"'' 
They had one daughter, baptised in 

A.\-vA,('5> 28 Feb., 1697. 
Rachel is mentioned in her fathers will. 
<'6) J. P. 

Usiox College, 

July 2, 1870. 



Without presentinH arsuments in favor of 
a systematic nomenclature in general, or of 
systems severally adapted to their respective 
departments of science; in short without de- 
laying to prove the expediency of a system- 
atic nomenclature specially applicable to 
genealogical records and inquiries attention 
is invited, on the present occa-ion to a system 
of notation of pedigrees adapted to American 

It might at first seem thit in these days of 
continental unions by steam transit, oceanic 
telegraphs and the printing press, geneal- 
ogical inquiries on each side of the Atlantic 
should be conducted under a common system 
of notation ; yet for reasons which will be 
apparent in the sequel, I beg the privilege to 
present an American system. 


In researches and arrangements for a book 
of genealogical and biographical records we 
divide the family into two sections: the First 
includes the ancestors who remained on the 
eastern continent ; and the Serc»>d includes 
their descendants, of whom some or all came 
to this weste:n conlinei.t. or were born sub- 
sequently to the first settlement of their 
family in \merica. 

The members of ihefirsl sectifin are indica- 
ted by letters of the a'phabet, placed al)0ve 

(12.) Albany Annals, IV, 173-4, 1?". 
(13.) Albany Annals, I, 247. 

(14.) Albany Annals, I, 243. ra:mlinr.i Manital, 
( 15.) She married Johannes DePeyster. 
(16.) Dr. E. B. O'Callaghan. 



aid to the right of the name, commencing 
with the immediate ances'or of the children 
who sptt'ed in America; thence by siicees- 
siveiy descending letters of tlie alphabet in- 
dicating the ancestors seriately back to the 
eai-liest known. 

The members of the second section are in- 
dicated by numerals, placed in like manner 
above and to the right of the name, commenc- 
ing with the imaiediate descendants of the 
father*, above represented or indexed ; thence 
by nam=irals progressively increasing to show 
the successive generations down to the latest 


As theories and systems are best shown in 
practice, I use the following items and raise 
the following queries occurring in the order of 
present inve.-^tigations. 

The following pedigradation of a branch 
of the Winslow Family may serve to illustrate 
the system here proposed for American gen- 

Gov Edward Winslow', his brother Kenelm' 
and other brothers' among the early settlers 
of New England were the sons of Edward'* 
of Droitwich, Eng., who was the son of 
Kenelm", who in 1559 purchased an estate 
called Newports Place, in Kempsey, Eng. 

From this Kenelm Winslow** of Kempsey, 
with some uncertainty by reason of discrep- 
ancies in the records, we trace back four 
gene -atioas indexed C, D, E, F, to the year 
1387 ; i e. anterior to the American section 
we trace si.x generations ; A, B, C, D, E and F, 
to 1387. 

By this notation we facilitate directness of 
inijuiries, corre.spondence and publication re- 
specting our trans-atlantic ancestors. 

In pedigrading the second or American sec- 
tion of the Winslow Family, in^eference to 
the early ancestral name Kenelm Winslotv, we 
may commence with Kenelm' born 30th 
.A.pril, 1599, who settled at Marshfield, Ma.ssa- 

In this Kenelm Brinch of the American 
section we count ten generations ; from 
among which we here represent as an exam- 
ple the fulJowing : 

Kenelm', Kenelm-, Kenelm', Thomas*,. 
Thomas'*, Miriam" who nianied Benjamin 
Parso.ns, Phfube' who married .Joel Holtos, 
Erastus - Alexan ler", Edward - Alexander* 

Katie-May'", born 4th May, 1865. at Lee. 

It will be noticed this system of indices 
applies to the female as well as to the male 
line of pedigree. When by marriage the 
family name is changed, tlie substituted sur- 
name is indicated by .ripital letters. 

In the foregoing pedigree from 1387 to 
1870, a period of about 500 years, we rind 
sixteen generations ; and by this system of 
notation all may agree upon a fixed point of 
departure in two directions: one from the 
father of the first American Winslows to be 
indicated by aid of letters indefinitely pro- 
gressive, as researches extend into antiiiuity ; 
the other extensible, by aid of numerals, to 
the remotest future of posterity. 

This system accepted, the labors of all 
may be progressively combined; and addi- 
tions from the remotest fields of research may 
be systematically joined to the results of 
other investigations. 

It often occurs that a genealogist can trace 
back a given ancestral line some generations 
with certainty to a point of divergence in the 
records, or in the generally received opinion. 

From this point of accredited certainty, 
the several lines as maintiined or believed, 
are, (in the system I now have the honor to 
propose.) represented respectively by ^, '*', 
^, or letters near the foot of the alphabet. 

Thus it is beyond contradiction that Katie 
May Holton'" is of the twelfth generation 
from Kenelm Winslow", who in 1558, pur- 
chased an estate called Newports Piace, in 
Kempsey, England. 

But as to the ancestry of this KeneLui" 
there are at present three separate i:nes for 
each of which, in accordance with researches 
to this date, there is plausibility ; one of 
which is the following : 

William Winslowe'-'^, Thomas^^, John'^~^, 

The American and trans-oceanic sections 
combined are by the proposed system rt pre- 
sented thus: William Wyncelowe' -'', .Julm 
Wyncelowe'^'', Thomas Winslowe"'', William 
Winslowe'^^. Kenelm". Edward*; Kenelm', 
Kenelm-, Kenelm'. Thomas*, Thomas'", Mir- 
iam*" who married Benjamin Parsoks, I'liuibe' 
who married .Joel Holto.n, Era.stus-Alexan- 
der", Edrt'ard-Alexan<ler". Katie- .May'" mak- 
ing si.xteen uenerations, which for perspicui- 
ty may be arranged in three groups^ vi/.. : 



American group, accredited certain, ten 
generations, 10 

Ens'ish sroup, accredited certain, two 
generations 2 

English group, beyond the point of di- 
vergent views, 4 

Total of the three groups, 16 

[From William Wyncelowe'''', whose son 
John'''' married Marj- of " Crouchman Hall " 
Hempstead, Essex Co., England, to Katie- 
May'", of Lee, Massachusetts, are 500 years, 
showing the average per generation to be 31 
years as found in thisyfri? line ''.] 

A second line of English ancestors of this 
Keneltn Winslow^ is by some investisators 
believed to be correct, which by this system 
is indexed^ ; thus C^, D'^, E^^, F^. 

By a third class of inquirers the ancestry of 
the Winslows is traced to a Danish origin, and 
this line we designate by ^: thus ; C^, D^, E''-. 

While our Formula contains any of the low 
letters of the alphabet, ^, ^', ^■, &c., intelli- 
gent research and co-operation should be di- 
rected to the elimination of the unknown, or 
to the substitution of certainty in the place 
of uncertainty. 

To parties of diflferent nationalties and 
language in England, France, Denmark and 
America, now making researches in the three 
divergent lines of inquiry as to the ancestors 
of Kenelm'', and more particularly to gen- 
ealogists in the United States, engaged in 
analogous labors, this system is respecfully 
submitted, in the hope thereby to facilitate 
means of correspondence, methods of arrange- 
ment and forms of publication. 

Further exemplificalions of the system will 
be cheerfully famished on application in per- 
son or by letter to the writer. 


There is an ancient Dutch Bible in the pos- 
session of Mrs. Catharine Sager of Coxsackie, 
N. Y., that was originally the family bible of 
Coenraedt Ten Eyck, the records in which 
date back to 1678. This Coenraedt was the 
grandson of Coenraet of New York City, the 
progenitor of the family in the U. S., and the | 
son of Jacob and Gerritie (Coeymans) Ten 
Eyck, the parents of the Albany branch of 
the family. The records of coarse are written 
ill Dutch and the following are literal trans- 
lations. J. S. G. 

1678, April 9, Tuesday morning, 8 o'clock 

Coenraedt Ten Eyck was born. 
1687, Sept. 8, Gerritie Van Schaaick, my wife 

was born. 
1703, Oct. 10, Married my wife, Gerritie Van 
Schaaick, in Albany. 
Our children born : 

170.5, Aiiril 21, Jacob. 
1707, Jan. 3, Marrytie. 
1710, July Gerritie. 
1712, Sep. 17, Anthony. 
1714, Sep. 29, Barent. 
171', Jan. 29, Catrina. 
1718, Dec. 18, Andriese. 
1721, Feb. 12, Anna Margarita. 
1723, May 18, Tobias. 
1728, Aug. 19, Gerritie. 
171?, January ^20, my brother Barent Ten 
Eyck fell asleep in the Lord, on Satur- 
day, at 12 o'clock. 
171;, Feb. 27, Then my mother Gerritie Ten 
Eyck died, and slept in the Lord, on 
Friday at 6 o'clock. 
173°, Then my father-in-Law An- 

thony Van Schaaick fell asleep in the 
Lord on Monday evening, at S o'clock. 

1737, Sep. 8, Elizabeth Bradt, daughter of 
my eldest daughter was born. 

1738, Dec. 9, Then my sister Jennike, the 
wife of Johannes Bleecker died, Sat- 
urday at 4 o'clock. 

1738, Dec. 20, Martin Drawyer died at Peter's 
house of Bever's Island. 

1740, April 25, Then is my daughter Marry- 
tie, the wife of Gerrit Bradt, gone to 
sleep in the Lord. 

1741, Nov. 11, Then my daughter Catrina, 
died and sle[)t in the Lord. 

1743, Nov. 12, Then my daughter [GerritieJ 

1749, Oct. 29, Peter Ten Eyck son of Andriese 

was born. 
1777, Feb. 28, Then is my son Coenraet and 

my daughter Annatie died and slept in 

the Lord. (?) 
1782, July 31, Then is my sister Gerritie, the 

housewife of Peter Gansevoort iioiie to 

sleep in the Lord. 

1736, August 1. I, Jacob C. Ten Eyck entered 
into matrimony with my ^vife Catarina 
Cayler, daughter of Abraham Tuyler. 
Our children born : 

1741, Nov. 27, Coenraedt. 
1743, Nov. 29, Abraham. 



1746, March 14, Catarina. 
1749, Sep. 17. Antlumy. 
1791, Nov. 22, Then my wife Cataiiiia died 

a?ed 81 years. 
17!)3, Si.-p. 9, Jacob C. Ten Eyck died. 
1772, Dec. 22, Volkert Daw.son from New- 
York has arrived liere at 3 o'clock in 
tlie afternoon. 

1689, Nov. 17. I, Abraham Cuyler, married 
my liou.sewife Cathiina BleeckT. 
Our children born : 

1690, Dec. 22 Hendrick, in New York. 
1692, Oct, 26, Gerritie, in Albany. 
169-5, April 18, Anna. 
1698, June 21, Johannes. 
17ti0. Sep. 10, Sara. 
1703, March 30, Marrytie. 
1709, Feb. 18, Katrina 
1713 Dec. 27, Abraham. 
1716, June 27, Nicholas. 
1709, Nov. 17, Then my daughter Anna slept 

in the Lonl. 
1722, Feb. 16, Then my daughter .Marrytie 

slept in the Lord. 
[ ] April 8, Then my wife Cathrina died. 


Regular meeting of June 2.5th, 1870. A 
circular form for Genealogical Enquiries, 
adopted by the Society. D. P. Holton and 
wife presented to the Society a deed in fee 
simple, of ten acres of land, situate in town 
of Islip, L. L, the proceeds of the sale of 
which were to be invested, and the interest 
arising from the same, to be appropriated for 
Library purposes. The gift was accepted 
and a vote of thanks passed to Dr. and Mrs. 
Holton. Society adjourned until second Sat- 
urday in September. 

Meeting September 24. — Ifonations of a 
large number of valuable books and pam- 
phlets received. The election by the Board 
of Trustees, on the 21st inst., of John J. Lat- 
ting, Esq., as a Trustee of this Society to till 
vacancy caused by resignation of Ledyir 
Bill, Es(|,, was reported by the Secretary. 

.Meeting Octobers. Several valuable books i 
were presented. Two resident and two cor- j 
responding members were elected. A pa[)er I 
was read by Ellsworth Eliot, M. D., on " Some I 
lacts g.ithered from Beardsley's History of ! 
the Episcopal Church iy Connecticut, to show j 

the value of vaccination as a means of pro- 
longing life." Addresses were made by the 
Rev. I F. Holton of Boston, and the Rev. 
Mr. Lord of Saratoga. 


AMERICA. By IIkxp.v Marvin Benedict. Joel 
Munsell, Albany, 1S70, 8o., 474 pp. twcnty-eiylit 
portraits and Index ; large and small editions. 

This work comes to us in the best style of 
the printers' art. Printed on heavy tinted 
paper in clean bold type it forms with its 
twenty-eight portraits, one of the most attrac- 
tive volumes of American family history yet 
published. Tlie portraits are for tlie most 
part good; the one of the Author's father in 
particular being not only a most excellent 
likeness but a true work of art. 

The introduction, by one of the most dis- 
tinguished members of the family, contains 
many excellent remarks on family history : 
and we commend it to our readers as wortl'iy 
their attention apart from any family consid- 

The arrangement of the work is not in strict 
accordance with our ideas of the subject — 
nevertheless it is good. Our preference is to 
see the several generations arranged as such, 
with families in the order of seniority, and not 
the different brandies followed out se{)arately. 

The work bears unmistakable evidence of 
th(*rough research and indefatigable industry 
on the part of its author, and the laniily is to 
be congratulated on its good fortune in find- 
ing so good a chronicler of its history. 

There is one feature of this work not to be 
overlooked, as one rarely found in family-liis- 
torie.-i. All copies of wills, and extracts from 
public records are introduced in the form of 
notes, whicli not only makes them more cor--- 
prehensive but does not interfere with the bo -y 
of the work. This is an improvement »nd to 
be commended. The work is not without its 
defects ; hut they come more within the 
bounds of family than General criticism. 

PrOiienitor to the " Benedicts in .America'' 
was Tlionias Benedict, who is s;iid to have 
been born in the year 1617, and 'came to 
New England in 1638," in the same vessel 
with Mary UridL'um his step sister whom he 
married soon after their arrival here. Slie 
was the mother of his five sons, Thomas, John, 
S.imuel, Jaaies and David, and his four 
daughters. Elizabeth. Mary, Sarah, and Rebec- 
ca, all born at Southold. L ng Island. He re- 
sided at Southold and several other towns on 
Long Island, and finally settled at Norwalk, 
Conn., where he died in 1689-90. age •■ ahoute 
7o," and this work is a record of his descend- 
ants in the male line only. The descendants 
of his second son John appear to be the most 
numerous, although considerable space is de- 
voted to the others. The family is very nu- 
merous, but the author fu-nishes no clue by 
which we can ascertain the number reci.>rded, 



but there are probably between four and five 

The biographies — which we should have 
mentioned before — are very full and well 

M. H. S. 

SCOTIA. Published under a roiolution of the 
Hnu^c of Asiomblv, pa^<o I Murch 15, 1S6.5. Ed- I 
ited bv THOMtAS B. Akins. D. C. L., Commission- I 
or of"rublic Records. IlUifax, X. S. : Ch.irles 
-Vnnand, Publisher, ISUO. ] 

The above is the title of a work we have | 
received as a gift " from the Government of | 
Nova Scotia " It is an 8vo volume of some | 
~bo pages, clearly printed and neatly bound, j 
The present volu'Ui^ treats mainly of the .\ca- I 
dian French from 1714 to 17-55. The Docu- 
ments are Generally ^iven ia full, and many 1 
valuable biographical notes appended by the 
editor. | 

We ai'e glad to see that our neishbors i 
across the line have made a besinning in this | 
useful work, and trust that the present vol- 
ume is but au earnest of the future. To New 
Yorkers these publications cannot fail to be 
of interest as the relations between the people ; 
of Nova Scotia and our city have in times i 
past been intimate and peculiar. Many of i 
the .-Vcadian French When expelled from their ; 
houses by their English Comiueror came to j 
New York, and their descendants abide with I 
us still. Then again upon the evacuation of 
tills city by the British troops in ]1S4, many 
of the loyalists ot New York emigrated to 
Nova Scotia — and while some portion of them 
afterwards returned, many remained, and it is 
not uncommon at the present day in the En- 
glish Atlantic Provinces, to tind tamilies who 
trace their ancestors from our city. The pub- 
lication of the Documents of the Province for 
the era ot our .■Vmericau Revolution we shall 
look forward to with interest. 

J. S. G. 

DIC.\. Mouthlv Series. Edited bv .JosErn Jack- 
son Howard, LL. D., F. S. A.-^Parts I and 2, 
April and May, IS'O. 

This new English Monthly is an offstart of 
the Quarterly of the same title, — and to -Amer- 
ican Genealogists wishing to trace back to 
English Ance-^ti.u-s, the present work would 
seem to be invaluable. It is'^evoted to the 
publication of the Parish Registers, Ancient 
Wills, .Marriage Settlements and Family Ped- 
igrees. It is illustrated with wood cuts ot 
Coats of Arms, Seals and Crests, and has a 
valuable "Notes and Queries" department. 

It is issued especially with a view to a large 
Americin circulation, and the price has been 
placed at the low sum of four pence a number, 
or six shillings per annum, postage free, for 
American subset ibers. It appears to us to 
be destined to occupy a favored place in the 
regards ot all interested in genealogical pur- 
suits. The agents' address is Taylor it Co., 
10 Little Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 
Loudon. J 3. q. 

delivered before the St. Xichnbis Soci.'tv of the 
Citv of Xen- York. Bv Jamks AV. Bva km'an, S:!t- 
urdav, December -4, I8(i9. Published for the So- 
ciety", 1370. Paper, Imp. 8o, pp. 36. 

This handsomely printed book from the 
press of Munsell, comes to us in the lime hon- 
ored o>-<i/ige color of the St. Nicholas Society. 

It is an able e.xposition of the Dutch char- 
acter drawn by the pen of one, himself a de- 
scendant from that race. It protests against 
the false impressions regarding the Dutch 
character so prevalent in many minds, and 
does but simple justice to the solid, industri- 
ous and enduring, if not always brilliant 
qualities of our Dutch forefathers. The au- 
thor depicts their virtues of patriotism and of 
bravery, not forgetting their quiet and sim- 
ple domestic virtues, which in many cases 
liave descended to their representatives in our 
times. We regret that our limited space for- 
bids a more extended notice of this work ; but 
cannot close without thanking the author for 
this contribution to the ■■history of the man- 
ners and customs of the ancient New Yorkers " 
— and of remarking on the peculiar intere.'^t of 
this work as coming from Mr. Beekraan'.s pen. 
He is descended from a long line of Dutch 
ancestry, being, we believe, of the sixth gen- 
eration from William Beekman, a native of 
Overyssel; and who came to New Amsterdam 
with Governor Stuyvesaut in 1647. 

J. S. G. 

from the first grant in 174U to the year IS.iS. By 
JoHX B. Hill. Boston : Lucius A. Elliott & Co. 
P Bu^'bce i Co., Bausor, 1833. 8o. pp. 321. 

THE TOWX OF M-\SOX, X. H., Aus: J(i, IBBS. 
Bv .loHN B. Hill. Boston: Elliott, Thomas A: 
Talbot, 1870. So, pp. 115. 

These two books comprising the history of 
the town to the year 1868, appear to have been 
prepared with much care, and evince famil- 
iarity with the state archives as well as the 
town records. The Historical portion is di- 
vided into periods. The records of interest 
to the genealogist, such as lists of early set- 
tlers, soldiers, town officers, records of mar- 
riages, deaths and family registers, have here 
been put in print. Biographical sketches, 
several with portraits, views of dwellings and 
of the village, make up a town history inter- 
esting to any descendant of the town and 
creditable to the author. 

J. M. B. 

JACOB FOKSTER Sen., of Charleston, Mass., 
By EnwAED Jacob Fobstkh. M. II. Charle-tn«-n : 
187 0. Paper, 22 pp. and Index. 
This little pamphlet which is privately prin- 
ted for the author by C. S. Wason & Co., is 
an interesting aud we presume, preliminary 
genealogy of the Foster family. It commen- 
ces the line with Reginald Foster who settled 
at Ipswich, Essex Co., Mass., about the year 

The author traces hut one line of the family 
until he reaches Jacob Sen., in the sixth gen- 



eration, — and then gives ^Z? descendants com- 
plete to the ninth generation. The jilan re- 
commended by the N. England Society is fol- 
lowed, and the work througliout is clearly 
written, beautifully printed and altogether a 
very satisfactory piece of work for its si/.e and 
scope. We trust that the accomplished au- 
thor does not intend to rest here in his labors, 
but that a full genealogical record of his fam- 
ily will follow." J. S. G. 

NEW JERSEY. Br the Rev. .Joseph F. Tuttlk, 
D. T)., I'residfnt of 'Wabash ColU'?o, Indiana. 
JTcwark, X. J., 1S70. Paper, pp. 39. 

The foregoing is the title of an interesting 
pamphlet embracing in an enlarged form, a 
discourse delivered by Dr. Tattle before the 
N. J. Historical Society on iOth May, 1S69. 

The actual date of the first settlement in 
Morris County appears to be wrapjjed in 
doubt. Dr. Tuttle places the date in the first 
decade of the eighteenth century and the 
place Whippany — and from 1710 or '"20 his 
sketches are tolerably complete and certainly 
interesting. He naturally devotes much of 
his space to the history of the churches in the 
county, and has carefully annotated the wjrk. 
Among the names of the settlers we 
notice those of Hubbel, Green, Kitchel, Pier- 
son, Tuttle, Jackson, Kirkbridge, Fitz Ran- 
dolph, Schooley, Brotherton and many 
others. ' J. S. G. " 


,*» In the pedigree of " Chauncey," hj- Williani 
Chauncey Fowler, a decent is traced from Maud and 
her fii-st huiband, Simon de St. Liz, throush Maud 
the issue of that marriage, and Robert Fitz Riehai-d 
de Clare.— After the death of Waltheof, William 
the Conqueror desired his widow, Judith, (his niece,) 
to marry Simon St. Liz ; she refused on account of 
hi:j lameness. As a punishment the Conqueror took 
from Judith the Earldom of >'oithampton, and con- 
ferred it upon her daughter Maude, who married 
Simon the rt-jected suitor of her mother, Judith. 
David, King of Scotland, the 2d husband of Maud, 
passed his early youth at the Court of Henrj' I, whose 
Queen Matilda was his sister ; Maud in her widow- 
hood, was also royally entertained at the Court of her 
kinsman, Henry I, who gave her in marriage to 
David, hut we hear nothing of her daughter by her 
first marriage, either at the Court of Henry I of 
England, nor at the Court of her step-father David, 
King of Scotland, or elsewhere ; Odericus Vitalis 
speaks of the children of Maud and David, but is 
silent as to the issue of Maud and St. Liz, nor am I 
aware that any historian throws any more light upon 
the subject. Is it not mere conjecture on the part of 
the genealogist ! Will the pedigree in thai linn stand 
the test of historical criticism ! 

M. B. S. 

Cleveland, 0., June 14th, 1870. 

,^% In answer to ** Holden," I would suggest the 

name of Ben Vemor, (not Benjamin,) of Detroit, 

Mich., Insurance Agent, Chairman of the Republican 

State Committee, etc., as perluips being a descendant. 

J. M. B. 

Genealogies in Preparation. 

Ciirptnter. Amos B. C.irpentor of W,st Watcrford, 
Vt., has In preparation an extensive genealogy of 
the Carpenter family, which ^vill probably go to press 
next year. 

The Div'Qht Genoalogv" is now goioLr throut:h the 
press of Munsell of Albany. It is tn be is->ued in 
two l.iru'c octavo volumes, and we unlerstand will 
rival the Hyde Genealo^'y in extent and interest. 

Pftm. James Coleman of London, is preparing a 
Pedigree of the family of William Penn, his aui'es- 
tors, collaterals and descendants with notes from 
RcgLstors, Wills, etc. 

Scntt. Martin B. Scott of Cleveland, Ohio, ha,? a 
large collection of material, relating to the ancestors 
and descendants of Richard Scott, one of the earlv 
settlers of Pro\idenee, R. I., and tlie first Quaker 
convert in Americi, in view of compiiin.' a genealog- 
ical historv. Intorraation relating to nny of the di- 
rect or collateral descendants of Richard Scott, would 
be very acceptable; among the latter are the R. 1. 
families of Beere. Brown, Bowen, Clarke, Capron, 
Greene, Hookins, .Tenkes. Lapham. Mason, Sayles, 
Slocum, ^\"hippll• and Wilkinson. 

SduiTifM. The pedicrree of Richard Schofield, Kent, 
EuLTland, ISIH— Stamford. Ct., Iti.iSI, and a partial 
record of his descendants is in prepat-ation by C.I. 
Scnfield of Atchison, Kan., with a view to pitbacation. 
He desires information regarding the dejeendants of 

Rumsay, of the last English colonial government 

of Xew York, whose grandson, D.i\-id Ramsay, died 
recently in Amsterdam, N. Y. 

It is proposed to issue a Memorial volume with 
bioirraphical sketch of late Bishop Chase of New 
Hampshire. It is announced to contain 1(10 pages. 
George G. Joe is the agent of the publication, Clare- 
mont, JS". H. 

Local Histories in Preparation. 

A History of Bradford Countji, Penn., by Sylvester 
Taylor, M. D., is completed and soon to go to press. 

D-lawarf. A History of this State by Francis 
Vincent of Wilmington, Del., is now publishing in 
numbers, six of which have been issued ; price, thiriy 
cents each. 

A History of the town of Rockingham, Vt., is in 
preparation bv J. W. F. Blanchard an.l Chailes F. 
Eddy. This w"ork was begun last year by the late E. 
A. Darby, for Miss Heiuenway's Vermont Gazetteer. 

JIarvin's History of Worcester in the war, will not 
be for sale at the stores, aud is intended only for sub- 
scribers. The work will not be printed unless there 
are enough subscriptions to warrant it. 


Asa Howland, a Corresponding Memfjer of this 
Society, died on the 29th Jtine, 1870, at his residence 
at Conway, Mass. 

ilr. Howland was bom in Conway, October 25th, 
1787, and was the eldest son of Job Howland. He 
was twice married but h."id no children. On October 
25th, 1813, he married Ph.Ebe Thompson, who died 
April nth, ISUO, and on March tith, Isbl, he married 
the "Widow Tilton," who survives him. 

Mr. or rather General Howland served with credit 
in the war of 1812, and rose to the rank of Brigadier- 
General. After the war, ho laid aside his military 
armor and assumed that of the great "Captain of 
Salvation." On the 20th November, 182S, he was 
chosen Deacon of the Congregational Chup h in his 
native town, and performed the duties of ot£ce 
for over forty years. 

He died full of years and universally respecte'l and 

^ 697373 



A Discourse delivered before "The Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of 
Philadelphia," May 5, 1870. 

GULIAN CROMMELIN VERPLANCK, with one exception the last survivor of the 
justly celebrated Literati of old New York, died at his residence in that city on the 
morning of March iSth, 1870. As has been truly said by Griswold (Prose Writers ot 
America), " In the veins of Gulian Crommelin Verplanck mingles the best blood of the 
Hollander, the Huguenot, and the Puritan," and I will introduce this brief memorial ot his 
life with a sketch of his family history. The Verplancks may lay just claim to belong to 
the veritable Knickerbocker stock. The first of the name in this countrj-, of whom any 
record has been kept, was Abraham Isaacson Verplanck, which being translated means 
simply Abraham Verplanck, son of Isaac. There is a family tradition that his name was 
Abraham Jacobson Verplanck, but it is unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, in fact it is 
amply proved to have been as first stated, by the records of the Old Dutch Church in New 
York, as preserved in Valentine's Manual, where the names and dates of baptism ol several 
children of Abraham Isaacson Verplanck are given, and these the same as those of the 
traditionan,' Abraham Jacobson Verplanck. 

Abraham Isaacson Verplanck came from Holland, according to the same family tradition,. 
about the year 1640, and married "the widow Maria Ross, whose maiden name was \ igne ; 
she being a daughter of Guleyn and Ariantje [Cuvilje] Vigne. Whether this marriage took 
place before his arrival in this country, or whether it was a second one consummated 
afterwards, I am unable to say. The presumption is ver>- fair that they were married here, 
and there is no evidence that he was a widower as well as she a widow, for which also there 
is no other proof than the aforesaid tradition. But certain it is that the second child o! 
Abraham Verplanck was born January ist, 1637, and named Guleyn, the same as her lather. 
but whether he was bom here or in Holland I do not know. From his christian name 1 
should suppose him to have been her child, which if so and bom in this country, which I 
also think most likely, would place the arrival of Abraham Verplanck here at an earlier d.ite 
than that given, which undoubtedly was the case. He dropped the patronymic and was 
known as "Abraham" or "Abram" Verplanck, to whom in the years 1643 and 1044. lanu 
grants were made. He was a witness to a conveyance from the Indians to Governor Stu\io- 
sant, January 23, 1656 ; and September 5th, 1664, was one of the signers to a " Renioastran'.c 
from the people of New Netherlands to the Director General and Council of the Dutch \N c=i 
India Company." 

After the surrender of New York to the English, he was among the citizens nhi), in 
October, 1664, swore allegiance to the King ; but when on March 31st. 1665, a mci-ting ul •..'.'- 
burghers and inhabitants of the city of New Amsterdam was called by the Burgoniasiuri jn 
Schepens to meet at the City Hail and agree upon how many of the English soidiers c,*.<.ri 
would lodge in their respective houses, opposite to his name appears the decisive an'^i'-if 


"cannot take any." It was finally ordered that those v-,ho could not acconimodate any of the 
soldiers should be assessed a certain sum in lieu of the accomniodations. and his name is on 
the assessment list as "residing on the Smet Valye." Smit Valye or Smidt's Valev. abbrevi- 
ated Smet or Smee's Vly, was a marsh extending from the rising ground, a little north of the 
city walls, along the East river, or shore of the present Pearl Street, to the rising ground near 
Fulton Street. This valley or salt marsh was bounded westward by the high ground along 
the rear of jhe lots on the nortii-western side of Pearl Street, and is spoken of by this name as 
earlj- as the time of Van Twiller. Abraham Verplanck lived on what would be the west side 
of the present Pearl Street, between Franklin Square and Wall Street. The same list contains 
the name of "Abigal Verplanck, residing on the Hooge Straat," or present Broadway. She 
was likeh- the "Abigil Verplanck and child " who arrived in "April, 1664," in the ship Con- 
cord, and might have been a sister-in-law or sister of Abraham Verplanck, or indeed even 
his mother, irom whom his eldest child and daughter was named. 

In February, 1674, after the recapture of New York from the English, the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the city notified the governor, that having become greatlv indebted, and being 
daily vexed by some of their creditors to make payment, thev solicited that some expedient 
might be invented by which these debts could be liquidated. After taking it into serious con- 
sideration, the governor decided that no remedy could be applied more prompt, than that the 
money should be obtained by taxation of the wealthiest inhabitants " as often in similar 
occurrences had been put in practice in our Fatherland ;" therefore he deemed it necessary 
to command "that by calculation a tax be levied on the property of this State without excep- 
tion, from all the inhabitants of this City of New Orange, those only excepted whose estates are 
calculated not to exceed the sum of one thousand gilders seawant value, "and named six 
impartial men to levy and collect the same." From the list so made out of the " most wealthv 
inhabitants," I find : 

Abraham Verplanck. Estate valued at Gilders Holland value, 300 
Guiliane Verplanck. " " " " - 5,000 

It may appear strange at first sight that Guiliane or more properly Gelevn, should have 
at that earl}- day an estate of so much greater value than his father, but this statement is recon- 
cilable from the fact, if from no other reason, that six years before he had married into the 
Wessels family, one of the wealthiest in old New York, through which connection he doubt- 
less obtained a large estate. The difference between "gilders seawant value" and "gilders 
Holland value," was very considerable ; the exact proportion however I am unable to give, 
but a braided string of seawant, a tathom long, was worth a few years before only three-fourths 
of a guilder, and it was rapidly depreciating in value. This seawant or seawan was the name 
of the Indian money commonly called ivampum. It consisted, as is well known, of beads 
formed of the shells of the quahaug 3.nd peri-viiikle ; shell fish formerly abounding on our coast, 
and was of two colors, the black being held of double the value of the white. 

Mrs. Verplanck died in the year 1671, and her husband survived her many vears, dving 
at an advanced age, but exactly at what date I have been unable to discover: it is however 
believed to have been about 16S0. He had nine children in the following order, viz. : 

1. Abigail, married A. Van Laets. 2. Gelevn, of whom hereafter. 3. Catalyna, married 
David Pieierson Schuyler. October 13, 1657. 4. Isaac, baptized June 26, 1641, died doubtless 
in infancy. 5. Sussanna, baptized May 25, 1642, married Martin Van Waert, December j., 1660. 
6. Jaconnyntje, baptized July 6, 1644. 7. .Ariantje, baptized December 2, 1646. 3. Hellegond 
baptized November l, 1646. 9. Isaac, baptized February- 2O, 1651, married Miss Coevmans of 
Coeymans Patent, whose descendants live in the neighborhood of Albanv. 

GelejTi Verplanck, the second child of Abraham, was born Januarv I, 1637, and married, 
June 20, l663, Hendrickje Wessels of .\ernham. He was a prominent merchant and citizen, 
and on August 16, 1673, was nominated for Schepen. as being one "of the best and most res 
pectable citizens of the relormcd christian religion," to which position he was subsequently 
elected. In the same year he held the position of Ensign in a company of Militia, and was 
again Schepen in 1674. During the years 1677, '78, '79 and '03. we find his name in the list of 
City Aldermen, the last year for the North Ward. After the recapture of New York by the 


Dutch, he was one of the three commissioners appointed to liquidate the demands against 
the estate of the ci-devant Governor Lovelace, As has been already shown his Estate was 
valued in 1674, at five thousand gilders, while his father's was worth but three hundred. He 
died April 23, 16S4, leaving his wife executrix of his will. She afterward married, Ma\- 29, 
1685, Jacobus Kip of Xew York. Gelevn Verplanck had eight children, six sons and two 
daughters, the eldest of whom was Samuel born December 16, l66g, and baptized the third day 
after. He married Ariantje, daughter of Balthazar and Marritje (Loockermans) Bayard, October 
26. 1691, and died at sea, Xovember 20, 169S, while on a voyage from Curacoa to Jamaica, and 
is buried at the latter place. His will was proved at New York the next year with his wife 
as Executrix. He had four children, the youngest Gulian, being but five months old, when 
his father died. 

Gulian Verplanck, the great-grandson of the first emigrant, was born May 31, 169?, and 
married, September S, 1737, Mary, daughter of Charles and Anna (Sinclair) Crommelin of Xew 
York. Mrs. Verplanck's father although of Dutch origin was born in France, and her mother 
was a French Huguenot ; the Sinclair family being descended from James the Fifth of Scot- 
land's son, the Earl of Orkney. He died Xovember 11, 1751, and of his children, seven in 
number, the eldest Samuel and the youngest Gulian, will each require a passing notice. 

Samuel Verplanck the grand-father of our deceased member, was born in the City of Xew 
York September ig, 1739, and was graduated by Kings now Columbia College in 175S, 
with its first graduating class. Among his classmates at graduation were Samuel Provost, 
afterwards the first Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Xew York, and Philip Van 
Cortlandt, Colonial Lieut. Governor of the State, during the Revolution. It was towards the 
close of the year 1746, that the first decided movement was made towards having a college 
erected in the province, and by Xovember 1753, such progress had been made in the enter- 
prise that the Rev. Samuel Johnson D. D. of Stratford, Connecticut was invited to accept the 
presidency of the intended institution, with a salary of two hundred and fifty pounds a year. 
He refused to absolutely accept the office until the charter had been first obtained, and al- 
though he visited Xew York, the following April, it was by way of trial only. He was at this 
time in his sSth year, and had been for above thirty years the faithful missionary at Stratford 
of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The Universit)- of Oxford 
had conferred upon him when he was but forty-six the Degree of Doctor of Divinity, a high 
distinction from that body even at this dav of easily earned college '^honors!' On the i6th of 
May, 1754, the ten trustees who had bren chosen to hold the funds raised for the benefit of 
the College, presented a draft of a charter, and in anticipation of a more formal establishment 
of the College, gave public notice of an examination of candidates for admission, to be held 
during the first week of the following Julv, and on the 17th of that month. Dr. Johnson began 
in the vestrj' room of the school-house belonging to Trinity Church, his instruction of the 
eight students who were admitted at this first examination, and on the list, the first name is 
that of S.A..Mt.EL Verpla.n'ck. The others in their respective order were Rudolph Ritzima, 
Philip Van Cortlandt, Robert Bayard, Samuel Provost, Thomas Marston, Henn- Cruger, 
and Joshua Bloomer. Of these Bayard, Marston, and Cruger, the latter the colleague of Ed- 
mund Burke for Bristol, in the House of Commons, and a fearless advocate of American 
rights, did not graduate, and two others Isaac Ogden, and Joseph Reade were added to the 
class and graduated with it in 175S. The Charter was finally granted October 31, 1754, 
and among the prominent men named in it for the Governors, was Philip Verplanck, who 
was a son of Jacob, youngest brother of Samuel, the grandfather of the first graduate, and he 
continued in this office until 1770, a year before his death, when he resigned. 

Samuel Verplanck's father having died before his son arrived at manhood, the latter was 
sent after his graduation to Holland, where he remained for several vears in the counting- 
house of his maternal uncle Daniel Crommelin, who was then at the head of the great banking 
and commercial house of Daniel Crommelin and Sons, of Amsterdam ; a house which had an 
existence of more than a century, and has only been dissolved within the last ten years. In 
a letter written by Gulian C. Verplanck. when at Amsterdam in 1S16, he speaks of visiting 
Daniel Crommelin, and his taking him to the Exchange where "he took his accustomed stand 


about the centre of the square that his father and grandfather had always stood on, and that I 
was talking to him on the same ground where my grandfather must have talked to his, fifty 
years ago." The present representative of the Crommelin family is Claude Auguste Crom- 
meiin, a member of the City Council of Amsterdam, and inheritor of the family homestead. 

Samuel Verplanck married while in Holland on the 26th of April, 1761, his cousin Judith 
C'rommelin, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Le Platirier) Crommelin, and after extensive 
travel abroad, returned to this country in 1763, and established himself in the City of New 
York as a wholesale importer and banker. He was one of the twenty-four founders of the 
New York Chamber of Commerce in 176S, and was appointed in 1770, one of the Governors 
of his Alma Mater, and his name is also to be found among those of the Committee of Safety 
of One Hundred, who were chosen to take charge of the City Government upon the seizure 
of the public buildings in May, 1775. He removed to Fishkill, Dutchess County, where he 
was a large landholder, (the first Gulian Verplanck having been one of the three original 
patentees of the Rondout Patent in 16S3), when his impaired health and the disordered state 
of the countr\- induced his withdrawal from business. To his youngest brother Gulian, who 
was born February nth, 1751, and was but nine months old when his father died, he was most 
tenderly attached. He carefully watched over him and guided him in his education, and after 
his graduation at Kings College in the Class of 176S, with Bishop Moore and Gou\erneur 
Morris, sent him to Europe to receive a similar mercantile training under his uncle Daniel 
Crommelin as he had received. Gulian Verplanck became quite a noted man, highly accom- 
plished and a fluent good speaker. As early as 17SS, he was a representative in the Assem- 
bly of the State and was elected Speaker July 6, 1791, and again January 6, 1796. During the 
last ten years of his life from 1790, he was one of the Regents of the University of the State, 
.md also held the position of second President of the Bank ot New York. Of the Old Ton- 
uni: Cofibe House, founded in 1792, he was one of the original Trustees named in the deed 
of (rust, and a subscriber to two shares of the stock. He married Cornelia daughter of David 
Johnson of Dutchess County, and his son was David Johnson Verplanck a prominent local 
(.•iliiician, and at one time time editor of the " New Y'^ork American,'' subsequently under the 
cfi-ir^e of President Charles King. He died at the close of the year 1799, leaving his wife to 
»unive him, who two years later, married George Cairnes, the Reporter of the Supreme Court 
I'i New York State. 

S.imucl Verplanck died at Mount Gulian, on the banks of the Hudson, which had been a 
c )urnry residence of his father, on the 27th of Januars", 1820, in the eighty-first year of hij age. 
Hr liad two children, a daughter who died in infancy, and a son named from his maternal 
(fTj.-.di;iiher, Daniel Crommelin Verplanck. 

O.inicl C. \'erplanck was born March 19, 1762, and received his degree of A. M. 
!i<rn Columbia College in 17S8, after its re-organization. He was a man of great liber- 
riiiv »nd universally popular. He married October 29, 17S5, Elizabeth, daughter of William 
Sirr.ur! Johnson, first President of Columbia College, as his father had been first President 
•■'. Kintr-s ( ollegc. President Johnson was a man of distinguished ability. He was a Judge 
<-^ (fjc Supreme Court of Connecticut, and received the degree of Doctor of Laws from O.^ford 
I nuttiiiy in I765. Towards the close of the next year he was appointed .Agent Extraordi- 
^-»i\ ui ilif Colony of Connecticut to the mother countrv', and in the execution of his impor- 
ij-it mission embarked for England, where he resided until the middle of the year 1771. From 

• r'T until iBOo when he resigned, he was President o_f Columbia College and resided in the 
< ■•■} ol .Sew \ ork. After he dissolved his connection with the College, he returned to his old 
^ 'ii^c at Sir.ulord, where he died November 14, 1S19, aged ninelv-two years. His daughter 

• !!* \ crplanrk died Februar>- 6, 1789, when she was but in her twenty-fifth year, leaving two 
• •■■ inn (.; LiAN, and Ann who died in infancy. Her husband married again, 

■^ - IT. «7')", Ann. only daughter of William and .Mary (De Lancey) Walton, by whom he had 
♦■ ■'■•. ihrl.iren, U>ui <i;iu7hters and three sons, .as follows: Mary Ann, Louisa, Samuel, Eliza- 
' h V, iHiam Walton. James De Lancey, and Anna Louisa. He was with his uncle Gulian an 
••'►■ical subscriber in 1794, to two shares of stock in the Tontine Building, and hi? nominees 
•" IV his two children, Gulian C. and Mar)- Ann. Of this singular enterprise more hereafter. 


Daniel C. Verplanck, was a representative in Congress from 1802 until l8og, and subsequently 
a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Dutchess County resigning his seat on the bench 
in iScS. He died near Fishkill, March 2gth, 1S34. 

Having now given a succinct account of the Verplanck family, from its first ancestor in 
this countrj' through six generations, and shown each successive generation to have been a 
most worthy representative of its progenitor, I will now enter upon one of the most pleasing 
duties which it has ever fallen upon my pen to fulfil, and proceed to give a memorial of the 
life and services of our deceased member the 


Gulian Crommelin Verplanck was born in Wall Street in the City of New York, August 
6, 1786. His mother dying when he was but three years old, and his father having married a 
second time, he was brought up under the care of his grandmother Judith Crommelin, a most 
accomplished and highly cultivated lady ; and under her care and that of his maternal grand- 
parents at Stratford, with whom much of his time was passed and who took great interest in 
his welfare, he received his early education. At the rather juvenile age of eleven years he 
entered Columbia College, from whence he was graduated in iSoi, and a few years later was 
registered a student-at-law in the office of Josiah Ogden Hoffman, then at the height of his 
reputation, and between whom and Mr. Verplanck the tenderest friendship always e.\isted. 
He was admitted to practice as an attorney in the Court of Common Pleas, November 20, 1S07, 
and the next year he opened an office at No. 50 Wall Street. It does not appear that he ever 
engaged to any extent in the practice of his profession, nor did he desire it, and the more 
this is to be regretted from the great legal mind he afterwards exhibited, which amplj- proved 
that by him any position of eminence at the bar or on the bench might have been attained, 
and thereby the community have secured a jurist of rare acquirements and purity. 

He made his debut in public life July 4, i8og, when in his twenty-third year, by delivering 
an oration before the Washington Benevolent Society of New York, which was published at 
the time, and copies of it are preserved in the Library of Congress at Washington, and in the 
New York State Librar)- at -Albany, Two years later ivhile in the midst of a war of political 
squibs, in which he took no minor part, he was married on the 2d of Octobe, iSil, to Eliza 
Fenno, daughter of John Ward and Mar)- (Curtis) Fenno, originally of Boston, but later of 
Philadelphia, in which city Mr. Fenno succeeded his father in the publication of the United 
States Gazette, a federal paper strongly supporting the administration of Washington, and 
where he perished in the terrible yellow fever of 1799. Miss Fenno was a sister of Mrs. Josiah 
Ogden Hoffman, and under the roof of his old preceptor he first met his future bride. His 
married life was a very short but a verj- happy one, and his devotion to the memory of his 
wife, is worthy not only of all praise, but of all imitation in this age of too frequent "out of 
sight, out of mind." I cannot tell the beautiful and touching story of his early and life-long 
grief, in terms more appropriate than those conveyed to me in a letter from his grand-daugh- 
ter, the one bearing his beloved wife's name. She writes from " Fishkill on the Hudson," as 
follows : " My grandmother died in Paris April 29, 1817, of consumption, a disease which had 
proved fatal to many members of her family. Her physicians here had almost assured her 
that a voyage to Europe, and residence in the South of France for a short time, would restore 
her health. She went first to Charleston and from thence to Europe, leaving two young chil- 
dren, my father then in his third year, and a baby of six months, in the care of my grandfatiier's 
sister Marv- Anna Verplanck, eldest daughter of Judge Verplanck by his second marriage. 
My aunt devoted her life to the care and education of these children, and her letters to niv 
grandmother during her absence evince the most tender interest in her nephews, to whom 
she stood for so long in a mother's stead. Mv grandmother's letter to my father, telling him 
'that when the trees are green again dear mother will come to her darling boy,' brings tears 
to our eyes after all these years, and all the advice and loving counsel a little boy ol lour ycais 
could understand, were poured forth from the yearning heart of this mother, who \im'< on this 
earth never to see her children again. In the weariness of the separation her great comfort 
was in the expression ' I am making this sacrifice for my children.' At one time she s.iys, ' I 
think if I could see my dear baby again, it would almost make me well.' 


" She was a woman of quick sympathy, with exquisite taste in art, literature and music ; of 
a most lovely and expressive countenance. I hope to have the pleasure of showing you the 
miniatures in my father's possession, one by Malbone most lovely of ' pretty grandma' as my 
bab)- daughter calls her, when she begs to see the pictures. Her expression was of great 
purity, simplicity and sweetness, and though her features were not regular she was considered 
to possess much beauty. To her influence upon his whole life jesthetically, mentally, and 
devotionally, my grandfather has ascribed the direction and cultivation of those tastes which 
afterwards made him so prominent among men of letters. 

" Everything belonging to her was treasured by my grandfather during the long years of 
his long life with most touching care. Letters to and from Miss Fenno, her visiting cards, 
rings, long tresses of her beautiful hair, poetry she had copied when a child, and letters to 
and from her sisters in their childish days, all preserved to be opened after his death, by her 
grandchildren, and which formed a most afTecting incident in the examination of his papers. 
In a book of devotion, he has written that she died at mid-night, April 29, 1S17. Never dur- 
ing my whole life did I ever hear him mention her name. Once last summer he came into 
the drawing-room where I was sitting, and pointing to the miniature by Malbone lying on the 
table, he said to me, ' Eliza, I am going to give you a copy of that picture.' " 

Mrs. Verplanck's remains rest in the beautiful cemetery of Pere La Chaise, and her be- 
reaved husband after a brief visit to England and Scotland, were he was much with Washing- 
ton Irving, returned to New York early in the fall. From his letters written during his so- 
journ abroad, I feel constrained to make some extracts, showing as they do, even at that early 
day, two prominent characteristics of his mind, — inquiry and observation. From Paris, May 
20, 1S16, he writes, "with all the splendour I am disappointed in Paris, every thing has been 
so turned and overturned that it has nothing of antiquity about it, but its want of comfort." 
In the same letter he speaks of having met with several American officers and gentlemen who 
had been travelling in various parts of Europe, and that he finds them almost all concurring 
in the same feeling of disappointment and even contempt, for the institutions of the continent, 
compared with those of our own country. He then adds, "There has been a wonderl'ul 
change in Europe in public opinion with respect to the American character. We are as 
much respected now as a few years ago we were despised." From Amsterdam where he re- 
mained some time, he wrote soon after his arrival, September 14, 1816 : " Ever\- vestige of the 
ravages of war has disappeared, even at Waterloo the houses are all rebuilt and scarce any 
mark of the battle left. There se°ms to be great comfort and wealth among the peasantry-, 
and the moment you cross the frontier, you find yourself among a neater people. * * * * 
Amsterdam when I arrived was swarming with peasantry, who had come to the fair. The 
richness of the gold head-dresses of the women, and the silver buckles of the men, and the 
crowds of people swarming on all sides, give an air of great liveliness to the whole town. I 
do not think that the Abbe du Pradt is strictly correct when he says (in his Congress of 
Vienna) 'that as habitations for the use of man, nothing on the continent can compare with 
the towns of Holland.' Like our American cities the beauty consists in the fine streets and 
the general air of opulence and comfort. In public edifices, it cannot compare with the great 
towns of France. The town house must have been a very grand edifice for that purpose, but 
it is now turned into a palace, and as such is gloomy and incommodious." In another letter 
he says " I have received great attentions from our relations. The son of Mr. Claude Crom- 
melin, a very fine young man, accompanied me to Sardana and BrochO, where we admired .the 
wonderful neatness of the outside of the houses, for it was idle to think of admission into any 
of them, when the Emperor of Austria had been refused. Mr. Claude Crommelin lives in a 
large plain house something like P. Jay Monroe's in Broadway, without, in the Hurengracht. 
one of the best built streets of Amsterdam, with a fine garden in the rear. You enter a hali 
paved and sided with white marble, on the one side is a small parlour and the comptiug 
room, on the other two parlours ; one much like a well furnished New \''ork parlour, the 
other filled with carvings and gildings, with walls and ceilings painted with allegorical 
figures." Then follows the description of going to the Exchange, quoted in a former part ol 
this memoir. Again writing, while still in Amsterdam, he says; "The new Kingdom of the 


/'(riT-i^i^i', is a very incoherent mass. The Belgians dislike the union exceedingly-, and con- 
ceive that their interests are sacrificed to those of Holland ; then the difference of manners, 
language, &C., makes them a ver\' different people. I travelled in company- with a Flemish 
gentleman, who fills a respectable legal office at Liege, he is much more of a foreigner than 
I am in Amsterdam, and has nothing in common with his fellow subjects, but the orange 
cockade in his hat. Holland seems prosperous and happy. The Orange family are popular, 
though I understand the people do not much like the idea of having a king, it was certainly 
weak in the famil)' to shock old opinions and feelings for the sake of a mere name." Speak- 
ing of Ghent, he says, " It is an immense half peopled town, very dull and gloomy, with grass 
growing in the streets, and one may walk a mile without meeting twenty people. I savi- 
mass celebrated with great pomp, by the Prince de Broglio, Bishop of Ghent, in the magnifi- 
cently decorated Cathedral. He is the great leader of opposition in Belgium to the Orange 

Before his return to Paris later in the fall, he visited Le3-den and thus speaks of it : " At 
Levden, the university makes little show, the most interesting thing I saw there was a fine 
grove of American trees, set out by Boerhave, chiefly butternut and tulip trees. The library 
is very valuable, but it is stowed away in a small and incommodious room, ^vhere the books 
arc so closelv arranged that you have scarcely room to walk. I was surprised to see the 
Librarian, apparently a man of education and as I afterwards learned, a rich bookseller, hold 
out his hand for his fee, as the servants and porters do at palaces, and receive a florin with 
thanks. The Rector and Law Professor, Dr. Kemper, enjoys a very high reputation. He 
was at the head of the revolution which restored the present famih', and was offered the first 
places in the State, which he refused — to return to the university, asking only for the privilege 
of free admission to the King, whenever he should desire it. He is now at the head of a 
commission to form a civil and criminal code for the United Kingdom. Mr. Eustis, our 
Minister in Holland, describes the Dutch Court as extremely plain and economical. The 
King's dinners he says, are nearly such as Mr. Madison gives, and not inore splendid in any 
respect, except in being served on silver. But the Dutch are oppressed by the immense ex- 
pense of their army, being obliged to keep up 60,000 men. Holland is very loyal, but Bel- 
gium is said to be retained by mere force." 

As has been before said, after the death of his wife, Mr. Verplanck visited England and 
Scotland, and from a letter written to his father from London, we learn the impression made 
upon him, by some of the prominent men of the day in the Houses of Parliament, and the 
Courts of Law. He writes dated June 24, 1S17: " During the last week I have been attend- 
ing the debates in Parliament, on the Habeas Corpus suspension bill. I was there from five 
till one in the morning, and heard most of the Peers distinguished for talent. There ^\'as 
much verj- bad speaking ; I never heard worse in any of our bodies than from Lords Gros- 
venor, King, and several others. Lords Sidmouth, Landsdown, Biddesdale, (formerly Chan- 
cellor of Ireland,) and the Duke of Montrose, struck me as good debaters, but Grey, in man- 
ner, was finer than any public speaker in a legislative body, I ever heard. I was last night 
in the Commons till two in the morning, all the talents of the house were brought out except 

[ ] on the one side, and Peel, a 3-oung man of the highest reputations on the other. The 

three best speeches were from Canning, Brougham, and Wilberforce. Canning though the 
worst in matter was far the best in manner. Brougham is too much of a lawyer, and Wilber- 
force of the preacher, the last was however listened to with more attention than either of the 
others, for he has a weight of character, which Brougham and Canning who are regarded as 
political adventurers, want. Castlereagh is fluent and easy, but confused and uniir.pressive, 
the only thing which appeared to be at all remarkable about him, was his good hununir and 
mildness of manner, in all the altercations of the debate. The noise, disorder, and apparent 
rudeness of the house is ven,- striking to an American. 

" I arrived in London during the last days of the term, and had an excellent opportunity 
of seeing the bar and bench of England. Neither of the four courts appear to me as respect- 
able and imposing as the Supreme Court of the United States, or of New York. Lord Ellen- 
borough is heavy and drawling in his manner and without dignity, — but Sir V. Gibbs, in the 


Common Pleas, presides with great dignity, and in his gentlemanly deportment to the bar, 
presents a strong contrast to Lord Ellenborough. I was at Guildhall this morning, and heard 
a trial before each of the Chief Justices. Sir Vicar^'s manner reminds me much of that of 
Mr. Harrison. I was surprised to observe the general want of fluency in the public speakers, 
even Sir V. Gibbs, is hesitating, and at a publii meeting of the Naval School Society, the 
Bishop of London in an attempt at an extempore speech, appeared worse than the most illit- 
erate of our methodists." 

The next month he writes to his sister-in-law Mrs. HoflFman, from the Scottish Capital, 
"as to Edinburgh, 'my own romantic town" as Scott calls it, and it is the only city I ever 
saw, which deserves the name of ' romantic,' and never was there a happier epithet. For the 
town, its institutions, &:c., Simond can give you a better account of them than I can, though 
he does not give that praise to Scotch manners which they deserve. I saw Mrs. Grant sev 
eral times, and breakfasted with her the day before I left Edinburgh. I need not say I was 
much pleased with her." This was jNIrs. Anne Grant of Laggan, who wrote the celebrated 
" Memoirs of an American Lad}'"; the American lady being, " Madam Schuyler" of Albany, 
the widow of Colonel Philip Schuyler, and aunt of the distinguished general of that name. 
In a subsequent letter he speaks of taking tea with Mrs. Barbauld, then seventy-five vears of 
age. Before he took his final departure for his native land, he re-visited the home of his ances- 
tors, and from Amsterdam he closes a letter with : " I should like ven.- well to see Italy, but 
I cannot think of buying that pleasure at so dear a rate as another winter's absence. The de- 
sire of seeing the land of [ ] and liberty, was the strongest inclination of the kind I ever 

felt, and I feel some gratification in the thought that I have sacrificed it once to the com- 
fort of Eliza, and a second time to her children ; this reflection fully compensates for any re- 
gret I may hereafter feel on the subject." Mr. Verplanck never made a second visit to Eu- 
rope, and when urged to do so, simply replied that he was happier at home. Upon his return 
he entered afresh the arena of local politics, in which he had somewhat bestirred himself be- 
fore his departure, by writing a series of letters signed " Abimeleck Coody, Ladies' Shoe- 
maker," which were printed in the papers of the day, vigorously attacking with satire and abuse, 
the then Mayor De Witt Clinton, who had some time before made himself prominent in pre- 
fering- charges against Verplanck, in terms rather strong, in proceedings before him, arising 
out of a disturbance which had taken place at Columbia College on commencement day. 
The letters were finally answered in a pamphlet dated January, 1S15, entitled : "An account of 
Abimeleck Coody, and other celebrated writers of Xew York, in a letter from a traveller to a 
friend in South Carolina," in which the writer, believed to have been Clinton himself, denoun- 
ced Mr. Verplanck as "the head of a political sect called the 'Coodies,' of h^-brid nature, 
composed of the spawn of Federalism and Jacobinism, and generated in the venomous pas- 
sions of disappointment and revenge, without anv definite character, neither fish nor flesh, nor 
bird nor beast, but a nondescript made up of 

• all monstrous, all prodigious things.' " 
It also contained a defence of the members of the Historical Society, and the Literary and 
Philosophical Society, over both of which Clinton presided, and in particular of Clinton him- 

The Coodies, among the leaders of whom were Verplanck and Hugh Maxwell, both 
prominent in the Columbia College diflSculty, were a branch of the Federalists, who had be- 
come disaffected and left its ranks, and joined the good old democracy of Tammany. This 
was at the time of the last war with England, when the federalist party rendered itself so ob- 
noxious by its continued opposition to its prosecution : and a large body of its supporters 
being opposed to this opposition, deserted its standard, and allied themselves to that party 
which ^vas so vigorous in its prosecution. 

During the years 1S13 and '14, while Irving had the editorial charge of the Analectic Maga- 
zine, published in Philadelphia for several years by Moses Thomas, Verplanck made many va- 
luable contributions to its pages, designated by the initial V, principally of a biographical nature, 
which style of composition he seems to have enjoyed in his early days, as may be seen from 
his graceful address before the New York Historical Society towards the close of 1818, in 


which he commemorates the virtues and condemns the vices, of the " Early European Friends 
of America." Among his articles of that character in the Analectic, may be mentioned me- 
moirs of Samuel Adams, Fisher Ames, Joel Barlow, Cadwallader Colden, Oliver EUswonh, 
and Generals Pike and Scott, while he also wrote reviews of Waterman's "Life of Calvin, " 
Leigh Hunt's " Feasts of the Poets," and several years later of his friend's, the editor's, " Sketch 

I have referred to his anniversary address before the Historical Society ; this may be said 
to have been the basis upon which was built his future literary reputation. It opened with a 
lamentation for the lack of interest shown by his fellow-countr)'men in the history of their 
own country, and seems to have aroused them from a lethargy into which they have never 
since fallen. It was reviewed both at home and abroad by the leading periodicals of the day, 
and from a well written article in the N'orth American Review for March, l8ig, i e.\tract the 
closing paragraph as gi\"ing in a brief compass a just estimate of his work. "We can- 
not take leave of Mr. Verplanck without acknowledgments for the refined entertainment 
which his performance has afforded. It is a collection of interesting facts, enlivened by a 
chaste imagination, and exibits a generous glow of heart, a free but candid judgment of men, 
and an enlightened love of country. The author regards with laudable complacency the 
sympathies of great and* good men of whatever nation, in the advancement and fame ot our 
free and united communities." 

It was in this address that Mr. Verplanck alluded to Knickerbocker's History- of New 
York in a spirit of regret at the injustice done by it to the Dutch character. He says " It is 
more 'in sorrow than in anger' that I feel myself compelled to add to these gross instances 
of national injustice, an early work of a writer of our own, who is justly considered one of the 
highest ornaments of American literature. I allude to the burlesque history of New York, in 
which it is painful to see a mind as admirable for its exquisite perception of the beautiful, as 
it is for its quick sense of the ridiculous, wasting the riches of its fancy on an ungrateini 
theme, and its exhuberant humour in a coarse caricature. The writer has not yet fulfilled all 
the promise he has given to his country. It is his duty because it is in his power, to brush 
away the pretenders who may at any time infest her society, her science, or her politics : or if 
he aspires, as I trust he does, to strains of a higher mood, the deeds of his countrymen and 
the undescribed beauties of his native land, afford him many a rich subject, and he may deck 
the altar of his country's glory with the garlands of his taste and fancy." 

In a note to this passage the author says ; " To those who judge of Mr. Irving s p' .wcrs, 
solely from his satirical and ludicrous compositions, this may seem an exaggerated compli- 
ment. But he has given some samples, too few and too short I confess, of what he is able to 
effect on these topics in his graver and purer style." And in a later edition he adds ; "The 
above note was written and first published about fourteen years ago. It is retained in the 
present edition, because I feel proud that my judgment of the graver talents of the author of 
Knickerbocker, has been confirmed again and again, and above all by the Life ol Columbus. 

Upon the above criticism Irving wrote to his brother Ebenezer, who had expressed 
some fear at the effect it might have upon a new edition, then about to be published in Fliil- 
adelphia: "I have seen what Verplanck said of my work. He did me more than justice in 
what he said of my mental qualifications : and he said nothing of my work that I have not 
long thought of it myself. * * * * He is one of the honeslest men I know of, ia .^pcak- 
ing his opinion. There is a determined candor about him, which will not allow him lo be 
blinded by passion. I am sure he wishes me well, and his own talents and acquirements are 
too great to suffer him to entertain jealousy ; but were I his bitterest enemy, sucli an opinion 
have I of his integrity of mind, that I would refer any one to him for an honest opinion o! me, 
sooner than to almost any one else." 

To Henry Brevoort %vith the first number of the Sketch Book, containing il.c i;!e 
storyof Rip Van Winkle, the main points of which Jefferson has made so familiar to the pr-^L-nt 
generation, Irving writes in his plaj-ful vein, after alluding in the most complmu:r..n\ trniis 
to the oration of Verplanck : " I hope he will not put our old Dutch burghers int'. die nowon 
that they must feel affronted with poor Deidrick Knickerbocker, just as he is about comim,' 


out in a new edition. I could not help laughing at this burst of filial feeling in Verplanck, 
on the jokes put upon his ancestors ; though I honor the feeling and admire the manner in 
which it is expressed. It met mj- eyes just as I had finished the little storj' of Rip Van Win- 
kle, and I could not help noticing it in the introduction to that bagatelle. I hope Verplanck 
will not think the article is written in defiance of his \-ituperation. Remember me heartily 
to him, and tell him I mean to grow wiser and better and older every daj', and to lay the 
castigation he has given seriously to heart." 

In the following year was published a small volume entitled "The Bucktail Bards," 
which has usually been attributed to Mr. Verplanck ; and the correctness of this seems fully 
sustained, bj- his responding in a most deligtful manner to a toast to the " Bucktail Bard " 
given by Mr. Bn-ant, at a dinner to Fitz Green Halleck in January, 1854, at the Centurj- Club. 
But at the same time this hardly seems conclusive, in the face of the fact that the catalogue 
of tjie New York State Librar\-, of which he was for many years a trustee, and in which he 
e.xercised a controling influence, contains the work with the name of his father's cousin John- 
son Verplanck as author. The volume contained "The State Triumvirate a Political Tale," 
"The Bucktail Bards" proper, and "The Epistles of Brevet Major Pindar PuiF," in the latter 
of which, De Witt Clinton, then Governor, was ridiculed under that character. About the 
same time or a little later, there appeared a clever squib, which was published anonymously 
'^ for the use cf the members," entitled " Proces-Verbal of the Ceremony of Installation." It 
was a keen satire on the inauguration of Dr. Hosack as the successor of Clinton in the Pres- 
idency of the New York Historical Society, and has generally been attributed to the 
ready pen of Mr. Verplanck. 

In 1S20, he was elected a member of the New York Assembly, where he mainl}- interest- 
ed himself with the "literary aspects of political subjects," being Chairman of the Committee 
on Education, in which capacity he made a report on Colleges, Academies, and Common 
Schools, in support of the appropriation by the General Government of Public Lands for 
educational purposes. This same year the New York Sketch Club was established, out of 
which the present " Century" has grown, and among its organizers and earliest members we 
find Verplanck, Bryant, and Sands, who afterwards united their talents in the production of 
the Talisman. The next j-ear upon the organization of the General Theological Seminary of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, he was chosen to the chair of the " Eviden- 
ces of Revealed Religion and Moral Science in its relation to Theology," with Bishop Hobart, 
Reverends Samuel II. Turner, Bird Wiljon. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, and Clement C. Moore 
as his co-professors. His lectures delivered while holding the professorship were published 
after his resignation in 1S24, with the title of " Essays on the Nature and Uses of the various 
Evidences of Revealed Religion." Of these lectures one who listened to them — the Reverend 
Samuel Roosevelt Johnson — wrote me : — " There is but one thing I know of as connected with 
these Lectures which it may be well for you to note. Bishop Daniel Wilson had a high rep- 
utation as an author, before he was consecrated Bishop of Calcutta. His chief work was 
' Lectures on the Evidences of Christianity' in two volumes octavo. In the Introduction to 
the second volume, he writes as follows: 'To these names I have peculiar satisfaction in add- 
ing that of an American writer of singular talent, with a good deal of the mind of our Bishop 
Butler, whose work abounds with deep and original thoughts.' He adds in a note 'a reprint 
has not yet been made of this masterly work.' This was pronounced at the time the highest 
compliment ever paid to an -American writer." Dr. Johnson continues: "Mr. Verplanck 
was very quiet in his manner as professor. He gave us the impression that he did not take 
to the task of instructor verj* much. He loved to converse freely as the individual — to think 
patiently — to write carefully — but the class room was stiff and unnatural to him. His report 
against voting by proxy, for the Trustees, led the General Convention to reverse all its pro- 
ceedure on that subject, and his report on the removal of the Seminary was ver\' able and 
interesting. ' Another one of his " boys," the Rev. Dr. Slielton of Buffalo, speaks of him in the 
most affectionate and glowing terms. 

This same year he was one of a committee of which Peter A. Jay and Charles King 
were also members, appointed by the High School Society of New York, to prepare a " Plan 


of Instruction, to be pursued in the High School," and he, it is believed, drafted the report. 
He afterwards held the position of President of the Board of Trustees of this Society, and as 
such in the Annual Report for iS2g, paid a "Tribute to the memory of Daniel H. Barnes," 
late principal, which is published in his volume of collected essays, under the head of "The 

In 1S25, appeared Mr. Verplanck's "Essay on the Doctrine of Contracts, being an 
Inquiry how Contracts are affected in Law and Morals b)- Concealment, Error or Inadequate 
Price." This curious discussion on the line between law and morals, in which the maxim of 
^"^ caveat emptor" is attacked, was most ably re\-iewed in \!nQ Xorth American Review by that 
noble expounder of international law, the late Henr)- Wheaton, from which article I extract 
the following: "The question which Mr. Verplanck has investigated arose out of a case 
determined in the Supreme Court of the United States, and reported in 2 Wheaton, 195. The 
case related to the validity. of a contract of sale under the following circumstances. Some 
American merchants, who were on board the British fleet after the memorable attack on New 
Orleans, in January, i5i5, received the unexpected news of the treaty of peace, which had 
been signed at Ghent, and brought it up to the city the same night. Soon after sunrise the 
next morning and before it could be known among men of business, a merchant, who had 
been put in possession of the information, called upon another and contracted for the 
purchase of a large quantitv of tobacco at the market price of the day, without giving the 
vendor any hint of the intelligence, but at the same time without sajnng anything calculated 
to impose upon him. Immediately after the news of peace was publicly known the price of 
tobacco rose more than fifty per cent. 

" Upon this state of facts, Mr. Chief Justice Marshall, in delivering the opinion of the 
Court, observed that the question was 'whether the intelligence of extraneous circumstances, 
which might influence the price of the commodity and which was exclusively within the 
knowledge of the vendee, ought to have been communicated by him to the vendor? The 
Court is of the opinion that he "was not bound to communicate it. It would be difficult to 
circumscribe the contrarj- doctrine within proper limits, when the means of intelligence are 
equally accessible to both parties. But at the same time each party must take care not to 
say or do anything tending to impose upon the other.' " In speaking of this work a few days 
since, one of our oldest and ablest law}-ers remarked "that the argument was the growth of 
a laudable ambition bom in a pure mind, but that it was impracticable." This year, 1S25, 
Mr. Verplanck was elected a representative from New York City to the Nineteenth Congress, 
where he remained through the four successive terms, retiring at the close of the twenty- 
second session in 1833. During his congressional career he warmlj- advocated the extension 
of the term of copyright, a measure which was passed in the session of 1S30-31, and about 
which he writes to Irving, " I have a copjTight bill before Congress with which I have taken 
great pains. It consolidates, enlarges and explains our laws on that subject which are full 
of confusion and doubt. It extends the time to twenty-eight years, with powers of renewal 
for a like time by the author or his widow at the expiration." On his return home at the 
close of this session he was tendered a complimentary dinner by prominent men of letters in 
token of their appreciation of his eminent services in obtaining the passage of this law, at 
which he made an able speech on the Law of Literary Property, in which he enforced the 
same doctrine as he had promulgated in Congress, that " the right of property in the 
production of intellectual labour was as much founded on natural justice as the right of 
property in the production of corporeal labour, that he who toils with the mind is as honestly 
entitled "to the fruits of that toil as he who works with the hands." The measure secured to 
the author and artist, in lieu of the former narrow time of fourteen years, with the contingent 
chance of one renewal if living at the end of the time, the sole and secure benefit of his 
work for forty-two years, with the privilege of renewal to his widow and children. 

It was while he was in Congress, that the agitation on the rights of Congress to impose 
a protective tariff and its power to force obedience to the same was at its height, and in its 
defence he wrote a " Letter to Colonel W. Drayton, in assertion of the constitutional power of 
Congress to impose protective duties," which was printed at New York in 1S31. In 1333, 


while Chairman of the Committee of Wa3's and Means, he made a " Report on the Bank of 
the United States," which institution he favored, and of its President the late Nicholas Biddle 
he thought very highly, and at his house Mr. Verplanck stayed on his return from Washington 
after his last term in Congress. The same year, 1S33, there was published by the Harpers a 
small octavo volume of 257 pages, entitled " Discourses and Addresses on Subjects of Ameri- 
can History, Arts, and Literature. By Gulian C. Verplanck," which contained besides his 
"Anniversary Discourse before the Historical Society," and "The Schoolmaster," and speech 
on "The Law of Literary Property," "An Eulogy on Lord Baltimore, the Founder of Mary- 
land," which was delivered at the festival held in 1S29, by the "friends of civil and religous 
libert)'" in the City of New York, over which Dr. James McNevin presided, on the occasion 
of the final passing of the bill for Catholic Emancipation in Ireland ; "an Address on the 
opening of the American Academy of the Fine Arts in May, 1S24," of which he was one of 
the Vice-Presidents; "an Address before the Philolexian and Peithologian Societies of 
Columbia College," in which the many distinguished graduates of the college are commem- 
orated, and in regard to one of them — De Witt Clinton — the first graduate after the peace of 
1783, he saj's, "after the numerous tributes which have so recently been paid to his memory, 
and especially that luminous view of his character as a scholar and a statesman, as the pro- 
moter of good education and useful improvements, contained in the discourse lately delivered 
from this place by Professor Renwick, anything I could now say on the subject would be but 
useless repetition. Else would I gladly pay the homage due to his eminent and lasting ser- 
vices, and honor that lofty ambition which brought him to look to designs of grand utility, 
and to their successful execution, as his arts of gaining or redeeming the confidence of a 
generous and public spirited people. For whatever of party animositv might have ever 
blinded me to his merits, had died away long before his death, and I would now utter his 
honest praises without the imputation of hollow pretense from others, or the mortifving con- 
sciousness in my own breast, of rendering unwilling and tardy justice to noble designs and 
great public service." The volume concludes with "a Lecture before the Mercantile Library 
Association of New York in 1S31-32," which contains a feeling tribute to the memory of his 
venerable friend the late William Roscoe of Liverpool. 

In November, 1833, he delivered an " Introductory Lecture to a course of Scientific Lec- 
tures, before the Mechanics' Institute of the City of New York," while in the preceeding 
August he had discoursed on "The Right Moral Influence, and Use of Liberal Studies," at 
the commencement of Geneva College. The next year on a similar occasion at Amheist 
College, he spoke on "The Influence of Moral Causes upon Opinions, Science and Litera- 
ture," in the course of which after alluding to his descent from the stock of Grotius and De 
Witt, he remarks : " I cannot but remember also that I have New England blood in my veins, 
that many of my happiest youthful days were passed in her villages, and that my best education 
was bestowed by the more than parental care of one of the wisest and most excellent of her 
sons;" here referring of course to his maternal grandfather, William Samuel Johnson. His 
last college address was made in 1S36, when he delivered his masterly and celebrated dis- 
course at Union College on "The Advantages and Dangers of the American Scholar." 

Mr. Verplanck while in Congress having separated from the Democratic party by taking 
grounds in favor of a National Bank, was chosen by the Whigs as their candidate in 1S34, 
for the Mayoralty in opposition to Cornelius W. Lawrence, the candidate of the democracy. 
The election which followed was one of the most exciting and closely contested of many 
years, and Mr. Verplanck was defeated by only otie hundred and eigiUy-one votes. The excite- 
ment of this political campaign did not drive him from his literar}- labors, for about this time 
he edited the "Writings" of his colaborer in the Talisman, the late Robert C. Sands, one of 
his nearest and dearest friends, and one whom he held in the highest esteem and whose 
memory he always cherished, to which he prefixed a genial memoir of his life. 

From 1S37 to 1S41, he was a member of the Senate of the State of New York, which at 
that time composed with the judges of the higher courts, the "court for the correction of 
errors," or the court of appeals in the last resort from the Supreme Court and Court of Chan- 
cery. Mr. Verplanck took an active part in these judicial duties and many of his opin- 


ions on important questions are preserved in the last seven- volumes of Wendell's Reports. 
In 1839, while a member of the Senate, he made a report in relation to the debt, revenue and 
financial policj' of the State, which was published in London the next year, as an appendix 
to a " Vindication of the Public Faith of New York and Pennsj'lvania." 

On June ist, 1S35, Mr. Verplanck was chosen a member of the " Committee of the Tontine 
Building," and March 27th, 1S43, one of the Trustees under the original deed of trust, both 
of which positions he continued to hold during life ; and here I will make a slight digression 
to give a brief account of this singular enterprise with which Gulian C. Verplanck and other 
members of his family were closely connected. I am indebted in a great part for the infor- 
mation which follows to Mr. Frederic de Pe3-ster, of New York, an old friend of Mr. \'c!, 
planck, and for many years Chairman of the Committee of the Association. 

The Tontine Coffee House was erected at the north-west corner of Wall and Warren 
Streets, in 1794, and was originally intended as a meeting place or exchange for merchants. 
and also designed for hotel uses. The plan of this Association originated with Lorenzo 
Tonti, a Neapolitan, in 1656, hence the name Tontine, the purport of which was a " Loan 
advanced by a number of associated capitalists for life annuities with benefit of suri'ivor.^liip." 
"The term Coffee as generally understood," says Mr. DePeyster, " is well described in tlse 
opening of a poem entitled The Character of a Coffee House, which appeared in 1665. 

"A Coffee J-icuse the learned hold, 

It is a place where Coffee's sold ; 
■ This deri%'ation cannot fail us. 

For where Ale's vended that's an Ale-/iouse." 
By the constitution, two hundred and three shares were issued to subscribers at two hun- 
dred dollars per share, and each holder of a share had the right to nominate a person of 
either sex in whose name and for whose life the shares were issued, and existed during the 
life of the nominee. The original shares were assignable by the holder and held as personal 
property, although each share had a contingent interest in the realty, which interest ceased 
with the death of the nominee, and then inured to the benefit of the survivors. "The 
number of nominees was six short of the actual number of shares. This difference was 
occasioned by the owners (203) having selected their nominees, on whose lives the shares de- 
pended, in reference to their expected longevity. Thus it turned out that on six of the lives 
there were two risks taken, making the lives 197." 

Each share holder received his equal proportion of the net income of the establish- 
ment, and the whole property was vested in five trustees, who were to be continued in trust 
or by succession until the number of nominees was reduced to seven, when the holders 
of these shares became entitled to a converance in fee as tenants in common of the entire 
premises. The names of the five original trustees in whom the title was vested were John 
Broome, John Watts, Gulian Verplanck, John Delafield and William Laight. When th.e 
number of the trustees is reduced " to less than three," the committee of the Association 
give notice that an election will be held for the choice of their successors ; and the surviving 
trustees then convey to the five new trustees elected to succeed them, for the purpose of conti- 
nuing the trust as is set forth in the original deed. Messrs. Richard M. Lawrence and Frederic 
De Peyster became the survivors, who conveyed to James F. De Peyster, John A. Ki.ig, 
Ot'LiAN C. Verplanck, Anthony P. Halsey and Hamilton Fish. "Messrs. De Peyster and 
Fish only surviving on the 20th April, (1S70,) convey now to the newly elected trustees, who 
will soon take under a similar conveyance and thereupon execute the usual declaration of 
trust, and setting forth the objects of it, and that when the nominees are reduced to seven 
they will convey the premises to the owners of the seven remaining shares. The trustees 
elected on the 20th of .A.pril last, are General J. Watts De Peyster, William J. Lawrence, 
James Rcnwick, Richard King and John P. De Wint, and the survivors of the committee are 
Frederic De Peyster, William H. Aspinwall and William S. Horn. ' 

In 1S34, the particular uses for which this building was erected and association organized, 
having virtually ended by the erection of a new Exchange, now the U. S. Custom House, an 
application was made to the Court of Chancery for permission to use the premises for gener- 
al purposes, as in the constitution there was a special restriction against its use for any pur- 


pose but that of "a Coffee House," and by its decree said restriction was removed, which de- 
cree was afterwards confirmed by a special act of the State Legislature, April iS, 1S43, arid its 
name changed to "The Tontine Building." 

As was said in a former part of this memoir, Mr. Verplanck's father and uncle were orig- 
inal subscribers for two shares each, and that his father's nominees were Gulian C. and Mary 
Ann. The sliare of which Mr. Verplanck was nominee subsequentl}- came into his posses- 
sion as owner, and by his death the number of surviving nominees was reduced to eight, so 
that with one death more the trust will end. The survivors are Horatio Gates Stevens, born 
17S0; Robert Benson, Jr., born 17S5 ; Gouvencur Keniblc, born 17S6 ; John P. DcWint, born 
►17S7 : Maria Bayard, widow of Duncan P. Campbell, born 17S6; Mary Ray, widow of Gov. 
John A. King, born 1790 ; ".Villiam Baj-ard, born 1791, and D. Murray Hoffman, born the same 

In 1S44, the first number of " Shakespeare's Plays ; with his Life. Edited by Gulian C. 
Verplanck, LL. D., with Critical Introduction, Notes, &c., original and selected," appeared ; 
which was completed in 1S47, in three large volumes, profusely illustrated from designs by 
Kenny Meadows. One of the peculiar characteristics of this edition is the indication of those 
expressions in the text commonly called Americanisms, which being obsolete in En^-!and,are 
yet retained in this countr)' in quite familiar use. At about this time or perhaps a few years 
earlier Mr. Verplanck published a small volume of Fain,- Tales ; that is he wrote the intro- 
duction signed " John Smith," but whether the entire work was from his pen I am unable to 
say. He also wrote for the New York Mirror an interesting account of the house at New- 
burgh, occupied b}' Washington in 17S3, as his Head Quarters. 

In 1S47, May 5th, was passed the act creating the " Board of the Commissioners of Emi- 
gration " for the protection of foreigners when first arriving on our shores, one of the most 
eminently humane and beneficial bodies ever created by any power, in any place, at anv time ; 
and of the commissioners named in the act Mr. Verplanck stands at the head. His co-labor- 
ers in this good christian work were James Boorman, Jacob Harvev, Robert B. Mintuin 
William F. Havemeyer and David C. Colden. The Board was organized May Stli at the 
Mayor's Office in the City Hall, and on June 14th, Mr. Havemeyer was f^lected Pr.'sident. 
He resigned however in the following February-, and was succeeded March i, 184S, by Mr. 
Verplanck, who continued in the active exercise of his duties until the Wednesday preceed- 
ing his death. Mr. Verplanck prepared nearlj- all of the annual reports of the Beard, which 
were republished in a condensed form in one octavo volume, in 1S61. He also laid the cor- 
ner stone of the "Verplanck State Hospital on Ward Island," which was named in commem- 
oration of his philanthrophic services and of which he was one of the Governors. I believe 
he never missed a meeting of the Commission in whose work he was so deeply interested, 
indeed his son in a letter dated April loth, says : " He was not rural in his taste, but enjoyed 
spending half the week at his Fishkill residence with his grand-children, always returning 
however on Wednesdav for the regular meeting of the Commissioners of Emigration." Men- 
tion of his Fishkill residence reminds me that the Verplanck house at Fishkill is historically 
remarkable for having been the headquarters of Baron Steuben, when the American army was 
encamped in the vicinity of Newburgh, and also as the place wherein was organized in 17S3, 
the celebrated Society of the Cincinnati. 

My only personal acquaintance with Mr. Verplanck was a slight epistolar)- one, which 
began some eight j-ears since when I was busily engaged illustrating for my own enjoyment 
a work then fresh from the press and now dear to all of us, " The Life and Letters of Wash- 
ington Irving." I addressed Mr. Verplanck in regard to an early portrait of himself, suitable 
for insertion in my book and in reply he said, "The best portrait of myself, as I now am, is a 
very noble portrait by Huntington, taken for the Commissioners of Emigration as President 
of that Board, and exceedingly well photographed by Frederics of this city. At this age and 
in this character I have little in connection wnth my friend Irving. I have at my home at 
Fishkill on the Hudson a verj- good portrait of myself by Jarvis, (who never failed in his like- 
ness) taken about forty years ago at a period when I was more intimately connected with 
Irving and his friends." He then goes on to say that he tias no copy of it, but that one of his 



faniilv might be able to make a fair amateur copy, wliich if succesful he would send to me 
and concludes with "a lame hand prevents my making some suggestions as to portraits of 
oihcrs at present." The copy was never received neither did I succeed in obtaining from 
him tliose suggestions which would have been so rich in interest and value. My next letter 
from him was written after a lapse of nearly five years, although in the interim I had received 
from him a beautiful carte photograph of himself by Brady, when in acknowledgement of a 
slight literary effort of my own which I had ventured to send him, he in return, kindly pres- 
ented me with a choice privately printed volume from his pen, the " Twefth Night at the Cen- 
tuPi- Club. Januarj- 6, 1S5S," and e.xpressed his regret that he had no copy to offer me of tiis 
Utter 10 Mr. Cozzens on '' Garrick ; his portrait in New York, its Artist and History," which 
w;is printed in an edition of one hundred copies in 1S57, and which he thought would be 
11. ore to inv taste. 

T::e two portraits which he mentions are the only ones ever painted of him, and of the 
l.iticr as will as an incident connected with the letter on Garrick, the artist Hunting- 
ton ,>;nys, " I painted him twice, the last portrait which is thought the best is now in the pos- 
vt>sion of his son and was sent to Paris for the Exposition. It was reall}- the completion of 
the original study for the first, which I kept for many years in my study unfinished because 
•several of the members of the Sketch Club, (which met at mv studio) while the portrait was 
in progress urged me not to touch it but to begin another. Mr. Verplanck was writing the 
('.arrick Sketch at the time and one day he said to me, " I have spoken of Jar\-is as a Remolds 
vulgarizer, I am afraid it is too strong an expression. I dont like to speak so unkindly of 
mv old friend, what shall I say, what do you think of it?' I suggested that he should change 
it 10 a negative and say 'an unrefined Reynolds' which vou will observe he adopted. His 
ir..);:iry and his reception of the hint from a man so much his junior was characteristic. He 
«,i-i very gentle and attractive in his social life, passionately fond of portraits of historic or 
jrvistic interest, and never wearied of talking of the great portrait painters Revnolds, Stuart, 
"^iillv and Jarvis." 

The two papers above referred to are perhaps the most agreeable and polished produc- 
tions of Mr. Verplanck's pen, certainly of those that I have seen, unless with them may be 
cl.isscd his articles originally contributed to the "Wine Press," a monthly periodical "edited 
1a his friend Frederic S. Cozzens, to whom in the last years of his life he was much attached, 
takmg great interest in his affairs both commercial and literar\-, and whom he was in the 
I'.iliit of seeing almost daily, and whose premature death he deeply mourned, entitled : " Was 
' !:3inp;igne known to the ancients" and " Oxyporian Wines," and subsequentlv republished 
n • The Savings of Dr. Bushwacker and other learned men," which charming volume of hu- 
M.'ur, •' To Hon. Gulian C. Verplanck, first President of the Centur>' Club " is dedicated. The 
■"••.i.'tick " p;ipcr is a most delightful resume of artistic and theatrical recollections and criti- 
ii*ni<. while the "Twelfth Night" and the two \'inous papers are as remarkable for the pro- 
lound erudition they display on subjects about which little learning may be thought to be 
possible, as for the genial and refined humour which gently plays upon each page. 

.>lr. \ crplanck's last literar\- work had, strange to say, a very close connection with his 
first, both in occasion and matter ; it was an oration delivered July 4, 1S67, at the lapng of the 
< -rner-stone of the New Hall for the Tammany Society, or Columbian Order, in Fourteenth 
«'«•«. .New York. It is replete with entertaining recollections of the Tammany of his youth- 
• ■11 Oj\s. and of those Sachems and "big men" who gathered around the original Wigwam, or 
•;:;>cn,as it was contemptuously called by its political adversaries ; and none of these remin- 
■ vcnci-s arc more graceful or pleasing than those spoken in the tributes to James Kirke Paui- 
d.ri,< ana his friends the brothers John T. and William In-ing. It was in connecti-n with a 
tfw edition of one of Paulding's works, "The Bulls and the Jonathans" published some 
<:m-c or four years since, that I had the honor of having my name associated with Mr. \'er- 
; ..mcfc: s. where m the preface the author acknowledges some slight assistance gladly render- 
ed to him. In a letter received from the editor of his fathers works Mr. William I. Paulding, 
"iincc Mr. Verplanck's decease, in .speaking of one occasion when he called upon him for 
s^jme information in regard to "The Bulls and the Jonathans," savs. " I was surprised then at 


the quickness with which (when suddenly in this way) he disinterred the fiicts of fifty years or 
so before." 

Mr. Verplanck's public positions were man}- and important. Appointed one of the Re- 
gents of the University of the State of Xew York January 26, 1826, he became Vicc-Chancel- 
lor in 1S66, and when in 1S44, the State Library was placed under the care of tliis faculty he 
was appointed Chairman of the Librar}- Cominitte. Of the New York Historical Suciety he 
was at the time of his death first Vice-President as also its senior member, having bi.'Cn elec- 
ted in iSog, five years after its organization. In its proceedings he always took a lively in- 
terest, and did not allow his early address to be his only contribution to its collections. .\t 
a special meeting held in May, 1S5S, he read a pleasant anecdotical sketch in the form of dia- 
logue, entitled " Reminiscences of John Randolph of Roanoke," and when the society com- 
memorated the two hundredth anniversan.- of the Conquest of New Netherlands he was made 
Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements, and in that capacity ofTered a resolution of 
thanks to the accomplished historian Mr. Brodhead for his noble oration pronounced on the 
occasion. Four years later being the 50th anniversary of the deliver)- of his celebrated dis- 
course, on the conclusion of an address by Mr. Motley, the annalist of the Rise of the Uutcli 
Republic, Mr. Verplanck referred to the former occasion and said "that the pleasing duty of 
presenting a resolution of thanks to the orator of the evening had been assigned to i)i:ii .is 
the senior member of the Society, but what was thus made his duty he thought lie niicht s.ifc- 
ly claim as a right in view of the fact that half a century ago he had delivered an annivL-rsirv 
address before the society;" — and Mr. Bryant in seconding the resolution said, " It is fittint; 
also that my old friend of more than forty years, who in iSiS, the exact term of half a ccutury 
since delivered before this society when De Witt Clinton was its President, one of the noljlest 
public discourses that was ever listened to in this or any other country — it was fitting that 
one so distinguished should rise to express in words what we all feel in our hearts." 

For nearly sixty years Mr. Verplanck was one of the Trustees of the New York Society 
Library and at the time of his death Chairman of the Board, while from 1S37 to 1S42, he was 
President of the St. Nicholas Society, with ^Vashington Ir\-ing as first Vice-President, and 
again in 135S and '59 occupied the same position. He was a man eminently genial and soci.i! in 
his disposition, and was a member of a society famous in its day, which met at Baker's ( r.v 
Tavern at the corner of Wall and New Streets, called " The House of Lords," of wiilcli Pre- 
served Fish and Jart-is the painter were prominent members. He was also a member ol I'cn- 
imore Cooper's Lunch the celebrated Bread and Cheese Club, so called from the nature t>l 
the ballots used, one of cheese having the fatal effect of a black ball. 

During Mr, Verplanck's long life, he was never confined to the house a single d.3y by 
sickness, and never paid for a doctor's visit to himself. As has been mentioned, he attend- 
ed the regular weekh- meeting of the Commissioners of Emigration, the Wednesday beioie 
his decease, and did not complain of feeling indisposed until the next day, when he fell some 
inconvenience from a cold he had taken several days before, but as was his wont, paid no 
particular attention to it. Early the next morning, Friday, March 18th, he expired as caln:iy 
and with as little suffering as had been spent his entire life. The funeral services took place 
at old Trinity, of which he was elected a vestryman in 1843, and Warden twenty years later, 
on Monday, March 21st, at one o'clock, in the afternoon, which was participated in by thu 
Bishop of the Diocese, and the rector and clergy of the Parish ; the Rev. Dr. Dix ))reaching 
the funeral sermon. At the close of the services the remains were taken to his old home on 
the Hudson, where the services begun at Trinity- were concluded, the next day. He was 
buried in the grounds of the old Episcopal Church at Fishkill Village, which was built in 
1765, and where he was most fond of worshiping during his lifetime. Thus ended a lilc 
extended far beyond the days alloted upon Earth to man by the Psalmist, and one during 
which every hour seems to have had its particular work and to have brought forth a rich re- 
sult. His literary labors were acknowledged by his .^Ima Mater in 1821, bv appointing hiui 
one of her trustees, and in 1S35, by conferring upon him her degree of LL. D. 

" Mr. Verplanck," says his son, " was amazingly methodical in his habits, never allowing 
anything to be done for him that he could do himself, even to the most minute particulars. 


He would go about the streets at all hours amid the crowds of the day in Broadway and Wall 
Street, or return from his club at the latest hours of the night, and this he kept up until within 
a month or so of his death. He took great interest in the drama and was fond of talking 
of the actors of his younger days; of Fennell, Hodgkinson, Jefferson Wood, and others of 
the same stamp and time. He liked to discuss the styles of Kemble and Kean, and was an 
enthusiastic admirer of Rachel, and in the last years of his life was delighted with the acting 
of Ristori. Wi'h Mr. Hackett he was intimate, and always appreciated and esteemed him." 
Further on he says in the same letter, "with Albert Gallatin he was on most friendly terms, 
being in the habit of spending every Sunday evening at his house, during his residence in 
New York, in the last years of his life." 

Mt. Verplanck was singularly reticent in speaking of himself or his history, and Mr. 
Brj-ant says in a letter to the writer, " I scarce ever knew so little of the early life of one 
whom I knew so well ;" and this characteristic is endorsed by our own Dr. Allibone. Another 
of his characteristics, perhaps the strongest, was his love of countr}- and of home, which 
he retained even to his latest days. His granddaughter before referred to, says : " I well 
remember one evening last summer, with what eagerness he seized a new school book of 
my youngest sister, ' Cleveland's English Literature,' and turning over the leaves e.-vclaim- 
ed, ' Yes ! it is here, one of my favorite poems by Montgomery, a verj- good writer, though 
now out of fashion.' Then turning to me, he said, 'hear me Eliza, I want to see if I remem- 
ber it through, I have not seen it for thirty years,' and he then repeated it almost word for 
word, making only two or three omissions of words, and with as great feeling and emphasis 
as in his younger days. The poem is called "The Love of Country and of Home," begin- 

'There is a land, of ever\' land the pride, 
Beloved by heaven, o'er all the world beside.' " 

In personal appearance he is said to have borne a striking resemblance to his father, and 
Poe in his generallv scurrilous notices of the New York Literati, published in 1S46, describes 
him as " short in stature, not more than five feet, five inches in height, and com.pactly or 
stoutly built. The head square, massive and covered with thick, bushy and grizzily hair ; the 
cheeks are ruddy, lips red and full, nose short and straight, eyebrows much arched, eyes 
dark blue, with what seems to a casual glance a sleepy expression — but they gather light 
and force as we e.xamine them. Flis scholarship is more than reputable and his taste and 
acquirements are not to be disputed." This it must be remembered was written nearly a 
quarter of a centurv- ago, and that that time makes great changes in one's appearance, and 
his did not escape unscathed. 

I cannot close this memorial of our deceased member's life, which has extended far be- 
yond the limits I had laid down for it, in a manner more acceptable and agreeable than by 
transcribing the closing paragraphs of a letter written by his nephew, the son of his old pre- 
ceptor in the law, Mr. George E.Hoffman of this city. He writes as follows: " l\Ir. Ver- 
planck was remarkable for an even disposition. I never saw him lose his temper ; he was 
alwa\'s kind, considerate of others, and cheerful, and brought sunshine with him into the 
family circle. Though possessing humor and admiring it in others he could not endure any 
allusion that was broad or in the least bordering on indecenc}'. When he was in the Senate 
of New York, I was at Albany, and heard of his rebuking a public officer, who attempted to 
tell in his presence such a story as many in high places deem amusing. 

" Mr. Verplanck had great reverence for truth and never would restrain the expression 
of his opinions on all important political questions. He felt this to be his dutj-, and he Joar- 
lessly performed it without regard to policy or interest. Though his friends and family dil- 
ferred with him, they knew that he expressed the convictions of his heart and jud.gement, ind 
no one of them even for a moment doubted his motives or his patriotism. He was a constant 
reader, and whatever he had read he always appeared to have at his command, ev e) m she 
words of the author. He had a strong feeling for the beauties of nature and of ;u: In liie 
enjoyment of these, in his books and his offices of benevolence to his fellow-men In.' 
to pass a life untouched by care and apparently without a want. At Fishkill where t!;e fumily 


have held a large estate for several generations, I have often seen hirn under the shade of a 
rock overhanging the Hudson, or in some shady dell by the side of a brook, with his book, 
enjijying the quiet scene around him. 

" In conversation he was never loud or talked for display, but was often most agreeable. 
especiallv when he met with old friends whose pursuits and tastes were congenial to his. I 
remember when Washington Irving first came from Europe, on a Sunday shortly after his re- 
turn. Mr. Verplanck and my brother Ogden Hoffman unexpectedly dropped in to dinner. 
Mv sister Mrs. Annie Nicholas, was at home. All of them had been most intimate from their 
early years ; Verplanck and Irving had studied law with m}- father. Verplanck had married 
my aunt, and Irving had been engaged to my sister who hp'i died while still young. Mrs. 
Nicholas was a contemporary, Ogden much younger. Ir\-ing had not seen them for many 
years and it was as if their youtli had returned to them again. Irving with boyhood's iresh- 
ness related his European experience, gave sketches of the noted men he had met, Talieyrand, 
Moore, Scott, and others, and described the most amusing scenes, often imitating the manner 
Qi its actors. Verplanck was full of humor and information. The dinner was not much — if 
eating was considered — scarcely enough, no one however thought of that ; the hours f5ed 
unnoticed ; we sat down at tu-o and it was late before any one thought of moving. Mr. Ver- 
planck was fond of all old time customs, and celebrated Christmas with hisgrandchildr^-n in 
the good old way. The Yule log was burned, the Boar's head adorned the table, the house 
was strung with green boughs, and Santa Claus (Kris Kringle,) left his presents in appropri- 
ate costume. The family and their friends gathered until the house was full, and if more 
came room was found for them and everything was done to have a jolly good old time. I regrei: 
that I can furnish so little about a man I so much admired. To most he was know;i by his 
literar}' efforts as a writer of far more than ordinary merit ; among his friends he was a great 
man, simple in his tastes and unassuming in his manners ; his information on all subjects 
far exceeded , .-hat many will find in a life's experience : this he freely gave, and anv one 
could profit by associating with him. I do not believe that any one at any time, could have 
gathered from his discourse anything that could be repeated to his disadvantage. He always 
seemed to me to be a man who in his life and character fulfilled all that is required by th? ijlh 
Psalm, 'of those who shall enter into the tabernacle of the Lord or rest upon his hoiv hill."* 

Mr. Verplanck had two sons ; the eldest, William Samuel, born October i;, i3i2. survives 
him, while the youngest, Gulian, born April 2g, l3l5, died earh' in life. 


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