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TALES OF OUR FOREFATHERS 

AND 

BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS OF FAMILIES ALLIED 

TO THOSE OF 

McPIKE, GUEST AND DUMONT. 

Compiled from Authentic Sources. 



EDITED BY 

Eugene F. McPike. 




ALBANY, N. Y.: 
joBL munsell's sons, publishers. 



CONTENTS. 



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Tales of our Forefathers: 

The Capture of Lieutenant-Colonel Sim- 

coe, Commander of the Queen's Rangers; 

An Incident of the American Revolution, 
Henry Guest, American Patriot, New 

Brunswick, N. J 

Meeting Between Henry Laurens and 

Captain Moses Guest, Charleston, South 

Carolina .... . . 

Dr. Edmund Halley . . . . 29 

The McPike Family ; Genealogy . . 34 
The Guest Family ; Genealogy . . 40 

The Dumont Family; Genealogy . . 43 
The Maternal Ancestry of Peter Dumont, 

of Vevay, Indiana . . . . 72 

Notes on the Frelinghuysen and Vroom 

Families, of New Jersey ... 78 
Biographical Annals of Families Allied : 
Colonel John Dumont, by Hon. O. H. 

Smith . • 81 

Mrs. Julia L. Dumont, by Rev. Thomas 

Eddy 82 



Biographical Annals of Families Allied - 
Continued. 

Mrs. Julia L. Dumont, as a Teacher, by 
Dr. Edward Eggleston 

General Ebenezer Dumont 

Captain Robert Anderson 

Hon. W. T. Bland . 

Hon. A. C. Ellis 

Hon. Wade H. Ellis 

Capt. Moses Guest . 

Hon. John L. Ketcham 

Hon. Robert N. Lamb 

Hon. Henry Guest M'Pike 

Judge John M'Pike . 

Samuel Merrill, Esq. (Sr.) 

Colonel Samuel Merrill, M. . 

Judge Isaac Naylor 

Rev. A. J. Reynolds 

Rev. C. G. Reynolds 

Rev. W. H. Reynolds 
Appendices and Addenda : 

Will of Dr. Edmund Halley 

Dr. Halley's Coat Armorial 

Notes on McPike Family 

Notes on Guest Family 

Notes on Dumont Family 

Dumont Genealogy ; continued 

Miscellaneous 

Index 



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PREFACE. 



This little volume was designed, primarily, for circula- 
tion among those personally interested in its contents. 
The critic who finds his search for faults abundantly 
rewarded, is reminded that, as Dr. Benjamin Franklin 
once remarked : " We do not dress for a private company 
as for a public ball." 

In preparing the " Tales " and " Biographical Annals," 
the editor has endeavored to find the best and most 
reliable material available. Part of that which is herein- 
after presented has previously been printed elsewhere, and 
specific references to the original publications are given 
in the proper places. For the incompleteness of the 
several genealogies as regards later generations, the 
editor's excuse must be that those from whom he had 
hoped to obtain information either did not see their way- 
clear to furnish it or were inaccessible — letters sent to 
their last known addresses being returned or remaining 
unanswered. The compiler of any genealogy will appre- 
ciate the difficulties usually met with in this particular. 

Considerable correspondence has been necessary, par- 
ticularly in connection with the genealogical items, and 
this affords an opportunity to make general acknowledg- 
ment of indebtedness to the following, among others, who 



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have courteously rendered valuable assistance in this 
direction: J. B. Dumont, Esq., Plainfield, N. J.; E. R. 
Detraz, Esq., Vevay, Indiana; Rev. Andrew J. Reynolds, 
Norwood, Cincinnati, Ohio, and his son. Rev. Walter H. 
Reynolds, Chicago, 111.; Hon. Robert N. Lamb, Indian- 
apolis, Ind.; Mrs. J. M. Moores, Indianapolis; Mrs. V. L. 
Hay, Crawfordsville, Ind.; Mrs. E. S. L. Thompson, 
Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. M. J. Morerod, Vevay, Ind.; Mrs. C. 
W. Moores, San Francisco, California; Mrs. A. C. Ellis, 
Covington, Kentucky; Mrs. Jennie Long, Bunker Hill, 
Illinois; Rev. John Dumont Reid, Greenfield, Mass.; 
Eugene A. Dumont, Esq., Chicago, 111., and C. W. 
Deshler, Esq., Postmaster, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 
Without their kind cooperation this work could hardly 
have been issued in its present form. 

The editor will be pleased to receive additional geneal- 
ogical data pertaining to the Halley, M'Pike, Guest and 
Dumont families, with a view to subsequent publication. 

The Editor. 

Chicago, Illinois, June, 1898. 



TALES OF OUR FOREFATHERS. 



The Capture of Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe, Com- 
mander of the Queen's Rangers. 

An Incident of the American Revolution. 

It has been aptly said that during the reign of Charies 
II, of England, " Science suddenly became the fashion of 
the day." A future reviewer of our own times will have 
ample reason to make the same remark in regard to history. 
The enthusiasm incident to the creation of the Royal 
Society had undoubtedly much to do with the remarkable 
achievements of Newton, Flamsteed, Halley and their 
contemporaries. So, too, in this day, public favor has 
unquestionably conduced to the publication of the great 
variety of historical material now at our command. Shall 
we not hope that the analogy will eventually be carried a 
step further, and that the impetus which has been given 
will result in the continuance of the good work? History, 
like science, is an inexhaustible mine. This seems espe- 
cially true of the annals of America. The fact that the 
majority of historical sketches recently published in this 
country relates almost exclusively to the civil war does 
not indicate that the material regarding the American 
Revolution has either been exhausted or become uninter- 
esting. Such is not the case, and, indeed, the rapid 
[9] 



growth of the several patriotic-hereditary societies of the 
War of Independence furnishes strong evidence to the 
contrary. In the words of another,* which, although 
written nearly four score years ago, are still true as when 
first penned: " History presents no struggle for liberty 
which has in it more of the moral sublime than that of the 
American Revolution. It has been, of late years, too 
much forgotten in the sharp contentions of party; and he 
who endeavors to withdraw the public mind from these 
debasing conflicts, and to fix it on the grandeur of that 
epoch, which, magnificent in itself, begins now to wear the 
solemn livery of antiquity, as it is viewed through the 
deepening twilight of almost half a century, certainly per- 
forms a meritorious service, and can scarely need a justi- 
fication." One of the most pleasing features of the situ- 
ation is the demand for information from original sources; 
reports by eye-witnesses and interviews with " survivors " 
or their immediate descendants. This promises well for 
the greater accuracy of future histories, if such be possible. 
Among the authorities frequently cited by Irving, Lossing 
and others is Simcoe's " Military Journal " which was 
originally published by its author in London in 1787 for 
private distribution among his friends. The work was 
reprinted in New York in 1844, and to this edition was 
added a memoir of the author. As the title-page informs 
us, the book is " A History of the Operations of a Parti- 
san Corps called the Queen's Rangers, Commanded bv 
Lieut. -Col. T. G. Simcoe. During the War of the American 
Revolution." The rapid movements and intrepid darine 

♦Silliman's Tour from Hartford to Quebec, 1820. 



of the Rangers caused them to be a source of constant 
terror to the patriots and the capture of their leader, 
October 26th, 1779, by Captain Moses Guest, of New 
Brunswick, Middlesex county. New Jersey, was an event 
of sufficient importance to be permanently recorded in the 
annals of our country. The incident has, however, been 
almost entirely overlooked by historians. The many sons 
of New Jersey scattered throughout our land, not less in 
the west than elsewhere, point with (we will hope) excus- 
able pride to the important part taken by their ancestors 
in that great contest from which sprung a nation soon 
afterwards to become one of the greatest powers on earth. 
Scarcely a place on the route of the British forces through 
New Jersey can be found that was not the scene of some 
hazardous exploit which has passed into history. Of the 
patriotic citizens of the State, none were more loyal to 
Freedom's cause than those of Middlesex county. A life- 
long resident of the city of New Brunswick, in an exceed- 
ingly interesting and valuable article published some 
twenty-four years ago.* says that of one thousand per- 
sons in New Jersey who were disaflfected. made to furnish 
bonds and take the " oath of allegiance " to the Revolu- 
tionary authorities, only twenty-six were inhabitants of 
Middlesex county, and this in spite of the fact that the 
British army was quartered there for a period of almost 
seven months. Although Simcoe's Rangers were com- 

*This refers to "A Glimpse of ' Seventv-six '" which will be found in 
Harper's Maffazine for Jnlv. 1874. The author. Mr. Chas. D. Deshler. 
who is now Postmaster of New Brunswick, was born within the first quarter 
of this century, and was personally acquainted with many of the survivors 
of the Revolution. 



posed largely of Jersey " refugees," and he kept a book 
containing " the names of every soldier in his corps, the 
counties in which they were born and where they had 
lived, so that he was seldom at a loss for guides," he was 
obliged to say to Sir Henry Clinton when the latter was 
about to march through the State of New Jersey, imme- 
diately before the battle of Monmouth and was in need of 
guides, that " he had none who knew any of the roads to 
New Brunswick " showing conclusively that Middlesex 
county was not represented in his corps. Simcoe, in his 
" Journal " (which, by the way, is written in the third per- 
son throughout) relates at some length the details of the 
expedition which resulted in his capture. While copies 
of his book are scarce, it can, doubtless, be found by the 
investigating student in the public libraries of our larger 
cities. The purposes of this sketch will be, perhaps, best 
fulfilled by using other authorities. Lieutenant-Colonel 
Henry Lee, " Lighthorse Harry," in his Memoirs of the 
War, etc., second edition, pages 192-193, mentions Sim- 
coe's incursion and says that " General Washington ex- 
pecting a French fleet upon our coast in 1779-80. and 
desirous of being thoroughly prepared for moving upon 
New York in case the combined forces should warrant it, 
had made ready a number of boats, which were placed at 
Middlebrook, a small village up the Raritan river above 
Brunswick. Sir Henrvr Clinton being informed of thig 
preparation determined to destroy the boats. The enter- 
prise was committed to Lt.-Col. Simcoe. He crossed 
from New York to Elizabethtow'n Point with his cavalry, 
and, setting out after night, he reached Middlebrook 



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undiscovered and unexpected. Having executed his 
object he baffled all our efforts to intercept him on his 
return by taking a circuitous route. Instead of turning 
towards Perth Amboy, which was supposed to be the most 
probable course, keeping the Raritan on his right, he 
passed that river, taking the direction towards Monmouth 
county, leaving Brunswick some miles to his left. Here 
was stationed a body of militia, who, being apprised (it 
being now day) of the enemy's proximity, made a daring 
attempt to stop him but failed in the attempt. Simcoe, 
bringing up the rear,* had his horse killed, by which acci- 
dent he was made prisoner. * * * This enterprise 
was considered, by both armies, among the handsomest 
exploits of the war. Simcoe executed completely his 
object, then deemed very important; * * * What is 
very extraordinary, Lt.-Col. Simcoe, being obliged to feed 
once in the course of the night, stopped at a depot of 
forage collected for the Continental army, assumed the 
character of Lee's cavalry, waked up the commissary about 
midnight, drew the customary allowance of forage and 
gave the usual vouchers, signing the name of the legion 
quarter-master, without being discovered by the American 
forage commissary or his assistants. The dress of both 
corps was the same, green coatees and leather breeches; 
yet the success of the strategem is astonishing." 

An account of the affair which, although brief, is, from 
an American standpoint at least, the most nearly com- 
plete, but which, unfortunately, is the most inaccessible 
by the general public, is given in Captain Moses Guest's 

* Simcoe was in advance. 



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" Poems and Journal," two editions of which were pub- 
hshed in Cincinnati in the years 1823 and 1824, respec- 
tively. The '■ Journal " commences under date of March 
lOth, 1784. On page 144 Capt. Guest relates that while 
on his way returning from Canada (wither he had gone to 
dispose of some hides) he reached Dumont's Ferry, De- 
cember nth, 1796. This ferry was, a century ago, located 
on the Hudson river about two miles and one-half below 
Fort Miller. A toll-bridge has since been erected at that 
point, and the Champlain canal also crosses the river in 
that immediate vicinity. Mr. Dumont, the proprietor, 
was, in all probabiUty, Peter Dumont the father of Lydia 
Dumont, who was the wife of Captain Guest. That 
the latter's version of the incident in question may lose 
none of its value as historical evidence, it is here quoted 
verbatim: " Mr. Dumont informed me that he had lately 
seen a Gen. Whitney, who lives in New York, who stated 
that he had lately visited Governor Simcoe in Upper 
Canada, and that, in a conversation which he had with him 
concerning his being taken prisoner in New Jersey, he 
expressed a strong desire to see the ofihcer who com- 
manded the party that captured him, as, he said, by his 
instrumentality his life was preserved after he had sur- 
rendered. I shall here explain this affair. On the 25th 
day of October, 1779, Simcoe, who then commanded a 
regiment of horse in the British service, crossed over from 
Staten-Island, at the Blazing Star ferry, to the Jersey 
shore in the night with 75 horsemen. His main object 
was to take Governor Livingston prisoner, which he ex- 
pected to do by surprise. Simcoe was not discovered to 



IS 

be an enemy until he had got seven miles north of N. 
Brunswick, at Quibble town, from which place an express 
was despatched to Col. John Neilson, at N. Brunswick, who 
immediately ordered out his regiment. We were soon 
marched to the bridge at Raritan landing. From Quib- 
ble town Col. Simcoe proceeded rapidly to Col. Van Home's 
house, at Middlebrook. He was much disappointed in 
not finding the governor there.** He then went on to 
Van Vechten's bridge, on the Raritan river, and set fire to 
some forage and fiat-bottom boats; from which he went 
to Millstone, a small town 8 miles NW. of Brunswick; here 
he set fire to the courthouse and jail. While we were at 
the landing bridge we discovered the smoke of those build- 
ings. It was then thought probable that the enemy would 
endeavor to pass this bridge in their retreat. Col. Neil- 
son, therefore, continued there, being in hopes of cutting 
off their retreat, and despatched me with thirty-five men, 
with orders to endeavor to fall in with them, and to annoy 
them as much as possible. Soon after getting on the road 
leading from Millstone village to the bridge, I was informed 
by an express, that the enemy was within a few hundred 
yards of me; I had just time to get to an open piece of 
woods when they made their appearance. We attacked 
them as they came up; but they came on so rapidly, that 
we could only give them one discharge. Col. Simcoe's 
horse received three balls, fell on him, and bruised him very 

**In his "Journal," Simcoe speaks of " Boundbrook," " from whence," 
he says, "he intended to carry ofF Col. Moyland, but he was not at Mr. 
Van Horn's," (no reference being made to Governor Livingston). "The 
Governor was then at New Brunswick," says Capt. Guest in a foot-note. 
See Appendix No. 3, page 144. 



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badly;* there was one man killed and several wounded. 
I left a physician with Simcoe and proceeded on. We 
soon found his party had halted on the heights west of 
Brunswick. They sent a doctor and his servant to us, 
bearing a flag. The doctor requested permission to at- 
tend Col. Simcoe which was granted; but as the enemy 
was proceeding on their retreat whilst the flag was nego- 
tiating, which is contrary to the rules of war, the doctor 
and his servant were considered as prisoners. After Sim- 
coe fell. Major Stuart (a refugee who had piloted him) 
took the command. Soon after we dismissed the doctor, 
we witnessed a scene that was truly distressing. We 
found Captain Peter Voorheis lying in the road, mortally 
wounded, and, to all apearance, nearly breathing his last 
breath. He had just returned from General Sullivan's 
army, and, with a few militia horsemen, was pursuing so 
close on the enemy's rear as to cause a detachment to sally 
out. — They soon came up with him and cut him with thei*- 
broad swords in a most shocking manner, which caused his 
death in a few hours. We pursued them until we got to 
South-river bridge, eight miles south of Brunswick, at 
which place we received information that 500 men had 
been landed at South Amboy to cover their retreat, and 
that they were embarking for Staten Island." 

" Many persons, I doubt not, think it strange that Col. 
Simcoe could penetrate so far into so thick a settled 

* Simcoe's horse was shot near De Mot's tavern, about two miles west of 
New Brunswick, and "both horse and rider came to the ground." See 
" Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey," compiled b)' John W. 
Barber and Henry Howe, page 455, (New York, 1844). 



country without receiving more injury than he did. It 
was not occasioned by the inactivity of the Jersey miHtia, 
who had greatly distinguished themselves for their zeal 
and activity during the Revolutionary war in defending 
the liberties of their country, but it was occasioned by 
their getting a considerable distance in the country, envel- 
oped in the shades of night ; by their having the address to 
pass in many places for the American horse, and by the 
rapidity with which they proceeded. Simcoe was, in the 
Revolutionary War, to the northern, what Tarlton was to 
the southern army; they were both zealous partizans and 
capable of undertaking and executing any daring enter- 
prise." 

The above concludes Capt. Guest's account. It is fully 
corroborated, in all essential particulars, by Simcoe's 
" Journal." A few differences there are, especially as to 
the manner of death of Capt. Voorhees, but even in this 
Capt. Guest is supported by other authorities which space 
will not permit fully referring to in this place. Further- 
more, Simcoe's " Journal " was first published at a time 
when he seeking advancement on the strength of his mili- 
tary services, and he naturally endeavored to report the 
actions of his " Rangers " in such a way as to reflect no 
discredit upon that corps. Simcoe says that " the enemy 
who fired were not five yards off; they consisted of thirty 
men commanded by Mariner, a refugee from New York, 
and wellknown for his enterprises with whaleboats." In 
this Simcoe was laboring under a misapprehension. The 
actual command of the party was vested in Capt. Moses 

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Guest.* It is quite probable, however, that this " Mar- 
iner " was left in charge of Simcoe after the latter was cap- 
tured, Capt. Guest going in pursuit of the retreating 
Rangers as related in his account. In fact, Simcoe, in the 
appendix to his book, says that " Marrener prevented a 
boy from bayoneting him as he lay senseless on the 
ground, saying ' let him alone the rascal is dead enough.' " 
Marrener was subsequently captured while Simcoe was at 
Charlestown and was, by the latter's request to Sir Henry 
Clinton, allowed to return home on his parole. 

The circumstances attending Simcoe's imprisonment 
and subsequent release on December 27th, 1779, will be 
found fully recited in the appendix to his " Journal," pages 
264-286. 

Simcoe was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Upper 
Canada about 1791. Captain Guest removed from New 
Brunswick to Cincinnati in 1817. It will not, perhaps, be 
considered in bad taste to mention here that one of his 
daughters, Lydia Jane, married John M'Pike (the writer's 
paternal grandfather). The latter (himself a son of a 

*See "Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey, in the 
Revolutionary War," compiled by order of the Legislature by Wm. S. 
Stryker, Adjutant General of the State of New Jersey (Trenton, 1S72). 
This work shows that Moses Guest was an ensign in Captain Voorhees' 
company. Third Middlesex Regiment, on Sept. 8, 1777, and afterwards was 
a captain in the Second Middlesex Regiment. 

See also the "History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties," New 
Jersey, edited by James P. Snell, published by Everts & Peck, Philadel- 
phia, 1881; pages 75, 76 and 77, which gives quite a full account of Simcoe's 
raid, based partly on Simcoe's report and partly on writings of Hon. Ralph 
Voorhees, a frequent writer of New Jersey Revolutionary history. Refer- 
ence is made, specifically, to the fact that "An American party under com- 
mind of Capt. C««^ had formed an ambuscade." 



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patriot soldier of the revolution, Capt. James McPike, of 
Baltimore, Maryland) was a member of the Committee for 
the Public Reception of General Lafayette in Cincinnati 
when that distinguished " hero of two continents " visited 
America in 1824-25. 

********* 
There are those for whom history has no charms, but 
they are fast becoming pleasingly few in number. Than 
the records of the past we have no other measure of rela- 
tive greatness nor of progress. That latest " fad," gene- 
alogy, which has been so much encouraged recently by the 
various patriotic-hereditary societies, is largely to be cred- 
ited with having caused a revival of historical reading, and 
for this service all the many charges against it, in the Court 
of Public Opinion, should be endorsed on the docket, 
" nolle prosequi." 

Note. — The substance of the foregoing sketch was first printed in The 
American Mait/i/v Majrazine (Washington, D. C). December, 18Q7. 

Bibliography. —Simcoe's " Military Journal," (New York, 1844I; Lee's 
Memoirs of the War, etc.. second edition, pages iQ2-igT; Guest's " Poems 
and Journal," (Cincinnati, 1823-24); "Centennial History of Somerset 
County," New Jersey, by Abraham Messier, D. D., pages 102-109, (Somer- 
ville, 1878) ; "Annals of Staten Island," by J. J. Ch.te (New York, 1877), 
pages 102-iog; "Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey," by 
Barber & Howe (New York, 1844), page 455, and " History of Hunterdon 
and Somerset Counties," New Jersey, bv Jas. P. Snell 'Philadelphia, 18S1). 
It is probable that the history of Middlesex county, New Jersey, also con- 
tains mention of the affair, though we have not perused this latter work. 

"A Cyclopsedia of Canadian Biography" by Geo McLean Rose (Toronto, 
1888), gives a brief sketch of the life of Simcoe; page 181. 



Henry Guest, Amepican Patriot, 

New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Among the American patriots residing in New Bruns- 
wick, Middlesex county, New Jersey, during the war of 
Independence was Henry Guest. Of his life compara- 
tively little is known, but we learn that he was a tanner 
from the following amusing incident found in an Amer- 
ican magazine:* 

" Henry Guest, of New Brunswick, was a tanner, and 
was effectually curried by the enemy. In his inventory is 
an item of '122 Slaughter Hides from Fort Lee,' which 
just afterwards capitulated to the British. This item re- 
vives the recollection of an incident of the Revolution 
which I have heard related by my grandfather [the late 
Jacob Dunham, M. D., of New Brunswick, N. J.]. The 
British had erected a fort on the east bank of the Raritan 
opposite New Brunswick, hard by the county bridge, 
which overlooked and commanded the town. From this 
fort they were expecting the approach of a body of Amer- 
ican troops by way of the road from Trenton and Prince- 
ton, and were vigilantly on the lookout. One night Mr. 
Guest, whose tannery was on the extreme westerly bounds 

*From Harpei's Magazine, copyright, 1874, by Harper & Brothers, by 
whose kind permission the above reprint is presented. This was first 
quoted by the Editor hereof in The American Historical Register (Boston), 
April, 1897, page 168. The original article from which it was taken will 
be found in Harpers' for July, 1874, page 238, under title "A Glimpse of 
' Seventy-six;' " author, Charles D. Deshler, Esq., of New Brunswick, New 
Jersey. The entire sketch is an exceedingly interesting tribute to the 
unimpeachable loyalty of^Middlesex county. 



of the town, at the intersection of what is now Livingston 
avenue and New street, put out a large number of hides 
to dry — possibly the identical ones above named — hang- 
ing them on his fences. When the sun rose next morn- 
ing the British mistook these hides for the long-expected 
' rebels,' and opened a brisk cannonade across the river 
upon them. But the fire made no impression on the foe. 
who held their position with the greatest firmness and 
good order. No British veterans were more unflinching 
than they and the matter began to wear a serious aspect. 
It was not until spy-glasses were brought to bear upon 
them that it was discovered that they had been spending 
the fire of their batteries for several hours upon a lot of 
' recreant ' skins. When this was ascertained there was 
a sudden cessation of hostilities, and the joke becoming 
widely known, caused great merriment at the expense of 
the ' red-coats ' among all good patriots in the town." 

As the inventory of damages sustained by Henry Guest, 
above referred to, may be deemed of general interest as 
illustrative of the form of tliose documents which are con- 
tained in a valuable relic known as the " Record of the 
Damages done by the British and their Adherents to the 
Inhabitants of Middlesex County," New Jersey, preserved 
in the State Library at Trenton, New Jersey, the following 
literal copy thereof is given.* 

Inventory of Sundries taken, burned and distroyed by 
the Enemy and their Adherents, between the ist Deer. 

I , * Kindness of Charles D. Deshler, Esq., New Brunswick, New Jersey. 



1776 and the 20th June 1777, the property of Henry Guest 
of New Brunswick 



from 








Deer. 1776 








to 20th 








June 1777 


£ 


5. 


d. 


To 8 tons of Engh hay ist qu ty 


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I Horse cost £12 


12 








122 Slaughter Hides had from Fort Lee 


lOI 


13 


4 


damage done my outbuildings worth £20 


15 








SCO feet of Bilsted Boards 


I 


15 





Garden fence contain g 1750 foot board 








at SI. 


4 


7 


6 


Posts, workmen & Rails 


3 








I small building 


5 









362 pannels of goods post and rail 
fence, 4 rails high 

I featherbed, 3 pots, i table, 12 chairs 
and a number of small articles in 
the household way not enumerated 

12 pair of Shoes & i pr. of Boots 

I Doz. Calf Skins 

I Brass Blunderbush 

3 Fire Locks 



6 


16 





6 








3 


15 





ID 


ID 






£235 16 10 



Henry Guest being Sworn Saith that the above Inven- 
tory is just and true. And that he was knowing to the 



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British Troops taking all the said Articles. And that he 
has not received any Satisfaction for any one thing Con- 
tained in this Inventory. 

Henry Guest. 
Sworn before me 

Jos. Olden 

We learn, also, that John Guest, probably a brother of 
Henry, sustained similar damages aggregating the sum of 
fii6, 5.?., as evidenced by his afBdavit deposited in the 
same place. 

Henry and John Guest were both members of the First 
Presbyterian Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey, their 
names appearing in the list of 1786. 

The precise date of Henry Guest's decease does not ap- 
pear from any items in our possession, but his son. Captain 
Moses Guest, in his " Journal," second edition (Cincinnati, 
1824), page 118, refers to his " aged father," under date of 
November ist, 1785. He long survived this date, how- 
ever, as is shown by an interesting letter from that sturdy 
patriot, John Adams, the second President of the United 
States. The original of this letter, clearly proving the 
high esteem in which Henry Guest was held by even his 
noblest contemporaries, is in the possession - of Rev. 
Andrew J. Reynolds, of Norwood, a suburb of Cincinnati, 
Ohio, to whose kindness we are indebted for the privilege 
of presenting the following copy:* 

* Originally contributed by the Editor to the "Spirit of Seventy-six" 
(New York), January, 1898. 



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" QuiNCY, February 5, 181 1. 
" Venerable Sir, 

" Thanks for your favor of the 28th of January. Im- 
prisoned by a tremenduous Snow Storm, which has now 
raged for Six days and blockaded all the roads worse than 
King George's Proclamations, and Seated before a com- 
fortable Fire Side, it gives me pleasure to answer you. 

" It is not at all improbable that I may get ' the start of 
you to the world of souls.' There we shall have neither 
Snow storms nor political Earthquakes, no Politicians, no 
Conquerors, no Philosophists, as I hope and beheve. 

" Don Onis's Motto for your Invention is excellent. 
' Libertad o' La Muerte ' is admirable for a War Flail. 

" Of the war in Spain, or at least of its Issue and termi- 
nation I can form no competent Judgment. About an 
hundred years ago, Louis 14th sett up the Duke of Anjon, 
and the Roman Emperor, The Queen of England and the 
States of Holland sett up the Arch Duke Charles of Aus- 
tria, for King of Spain, and after ravaging and desolating 
that Kingdom for many years, and consuming the Lives of 
two or three hundred Thousand soldiers, Louis carried his 
Point at last. 

" Is Napoleon a greater ' Tyrant ' than Louis, or his 
army more 'rascally ' than that of Germany, Holland or 
England? 

" Fifty years ago I saw a History of Mesnager, an Emis- 
sary that Louis 14th sent over to England, under pretence 
of sounding the Disposition of the British Ministry to 
make Peace, of his Intrigues and Negotiations for that 
purpose in pursuance of Instructions from Louis himself. 



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" Louis was desirous of i'cace: but if the war must be 
continued, he wished it to be in Spain rather than in Ger- 
many where Marlborough and Eugene commanded, and 
where Enghsh, Dutch and German armies were more 
numerous and more easily supported than in Spain. 

" Mesneger says that after some secret conferences with 
the secret agents of the Ministry, and finding that Terms 
of Peace were not to be had upon Louis's conditions, he 
had resort according to his Instructions to his Ulterior 
Measures. He made Inquiry after the fine Writers, of 
whom Great Britain had good Store, and excellent in their 
kind, and withal very cheap. Of these he engaged a 
Number upon terms which they thought generous, to 
write for him. As the Passion of the English is for war, 
he studied to gratify it, and at the same time to give it 
such a direction as he and his Master wished. 

" Immediately the Newspapers appeared full of Para- 
graphs and Speculations recommending a vigorous prose- 
cution of the War, especially in Spain. Bulky Pamphlets 
issued from the press urging and elaborately proving the 
Policy and Necessity of a vigorous prosecution of the war, 
and especially in Spain. The Conversation of the same 
men of Letters and all other Persons at the Coffee Houses, 
was, now is the time to humble the House of Bourbon by 
a vigorous Prosecution of the War and especially in Spain. 
This was followed by addresses in the same strain, from 
various other Cities and Corporations in all parts of the 
Kingdom. 

" In the due Course of Time, Paliament met, and was 
opened by a Speech from the Throne in which the Queen 



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recommended to her faithful Lords and Commons, a vig- 
orous Prosecution of the war, especially in Spain. The 
speech was answered by the House of Lords and House of 
Commons assuring her Majesty of the zealous support of 
her faithful and loving subjects in a vigorous Prosecution 
of the War, especially in Spain. 

" The war was prosecuted till the Allies were exhausted 
and compelled to Consent to the Spanish succession in the 
Treaty of Utrecht. 

" I fear Napoleon is pursuing Mesnager's Policy, and 
that he will have Mesnager's success. 

" I am Sir, your good Friend, 

" John Ad.\ms. 

" I have sent your Prayer to Mr. Murray. 
" Henry Guest Esqr." 

The house in which Henry Guest lived during the Revo- 
lution, and in which his son Captain Moses Guest, and 
other children were probably bom, is still standing in the 
city of New "Brunswick, New Jersey, in a state of good 
preservation and is one of the oldest houses in the town. 
The foundation is of stone, while the superstructure is 
brick, painted to resemble the stone in color.* A frame 
addition on the rear is a modern improvement. Accord- 
ing to family tradition, which is not altogether clear, this 

•The Editor possesses a photograph of the old "Guest mansion," taken 
some fifteen years ago, which was presented to him by Charles D. Dcshler. 
Esq., of New Brunswick, in 1897. The Editor's father is the fortunate 
owner of a family heirloom, an old "Revolutionary looking-glass," (as it is 
called) which was in the " Guest mansion " and which was, undoubtedly, 
used by Lafayette and other notables. It is verj' highly prized. 



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house was captured by the British with the intention of 
using it as their headquarters, but Captain Moses Guest, 
it is said, led a charge and rescued it. His father, Henry 
Guest, " who was then very old, unable to walk, wheeled 
in his chair, avenged the death of Captain Voorhees,* and 
saved the life, out of mercy, of Colonel Simcoe of the retir- 
ing English army." 



Meeting- Between Henry Laurens and Captain Moses 
Guest, at Charleston, S. C. 

The success of the Airierican Revolution is, of course, 
largely to be ascribed to the relatively great number of 
American patriots of commanding personality then living. 
Such men as Washington, John Adams, Hamilton and 
Franklin, for example, each widely different from the 
others in his particular talents and power, together made 
a force which could hardly prove other than irresistible. 
A still closer analysis reveals an almost numberless assem- 
blage of men possessing the soundest sense and broadest 
intelligence. Some, however, were remarkable, not only 
for their wisdom and executive ability, but also for the 
faculty of attracting others by their own affectionate tem- 
perament. Occupying a peculiarly unique position in the 
history of that period is Henry I.aurens. Many of his 
admirable traits of character are explained by the fact that 
he had good, sturdy, faithful, yet vivacious, French-Hu- 

* Captain Peter Voorhees' death occurred October 26, 1779, as was 
shown in the preceding sketch. Some of the minor details of the tradi- 
tionary account above quoted are difficult of confirmation. 



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guenot blood in his veins. We are told* that he was born 
at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1724, of Calvinistic 
parents, who had quitted France after the revocation of 
the Edict of Nantez, and first settled at New York, but 
who subsequently removed to the capital of Carolina. To 
follow the career of Henry Laurens in detail, though a 
pleasant task, would not be wholly to our purpose. His 
mission to Holland, to negotiate a loan for the United 
States, his capture on the high seas by the British, the 
consequent war between Great Britain and the United 
Netherlands, together with his confinement in the Tower 
of London, and unswerAang loyalty to the cause of his 
country, are facts known to all readers of American his- 
tory. He finally retired to private life, which he seemed 
to most wish for, and died in Charleston, December 8, 
1792. A few years before his death he was visited by Cap- 
tain Moses Guest, who has left usf the following brief 
but touching account of their meeting: 

" I continued to follow the sea vmtil the 20th of Feb- 
ruary, I788,§ but as no occurrences which were deemed 
sufificiently interesting to justify their publication took 
place during the prosecution of several voyages not 
noticed in my journal, and as I have given a particular 
description of all the places to which I sailed, I shall con- 

* Excellent biographical sketches, of both Henry Laurens and his son, 
Colonel John Laurens, respective!)', are contained in " History of the 
French Protestant Refugees," by Charles Weiss; translated by Frederick 
Hardman (Edinburgh and London, 1854), pages 318-328. 

f Captain Moses Guest's "Poems and Journal," second edition (Cin- 
cinnati, 1824), page 119. 

§ " I then sold my vessel at Charleston." 



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elude this part of my journal by observing that when I 
made my first voyage to Charleston in South Carolina, I 
had letters of introduction from Judge Patterson, of New 
Brunswick, to the Hon. Henry Laurens and Doctor David 
Ramsey. The Doctor treated me with much civility, but 
from Mr. Laurens I experienced an affectionate attach- 
ment such as I had never before met with from any person 
in all my travels. He often advised me to sell my vessel 
and settle in Charleston. The day previous to my sailing 
for N. Brunswick I dined with him, and, on my rising to 
take leave, he grasped my hand and expressed himself thus: 
' As you are nov^r about to return to Jersey, and expect to 
quit the sea, it is not likely we shall ever meet again in 
this world; but I hope and trust we shall meet in a better. 
I will not say I have a regard for you; it is too cold an 
expression; I must say I love you.' He then bade me an 
affectionate farewell." 



Dr. Edmund Halley. 

The discoverers of that which has had the effect of caus- 
ing our geographical text-books and maps to be amplified 
and corrected, are given great praise, and rightly so, but 
the " explorers of the heavens " must also be accorded 
their due credit for having rendered, in many instances, 
those very discoveries possible. Without the assistance 
which Astronomy has given Navigation men would not go 
down to the sea with as free hearts as they do. Fame, 
astronomically, is no more easily obtained than in other 
departments of knowledge. Patience, endurance and 



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sound judgment are qualities as necessary in the one as in 
the others. The searcher of the skies traverses the 
ethereal depths with no compass but analogy. His goal, 
oft times, is the invisible. 

Among the most brilliant names which the science oi 
the stars has given to the world is that of Edmund Halley, 
who is, perhaps, best, or most popularly, known as the dis- 
coverer of " Halley's comet," or rather the first to predict 
its return (which event, by the way, will, it is expected, 
again occur about 191 1), although that was but one of his 
many and varied achievements. Probably the most nearly 
accessible extant life of Halley is the brief sketch in the 
Encyclopedia Britannica ; further mention of him, however, 
being made in the same work in the articles Newton and 
Astronomy respectively. The sketch by " A. M. C." in the 
twenty-fourth volume of Stephens' Dictionary of National 
Biography (New York, 1890), is much fuller, and at the 
conclusion thereof is given an invaluable bibliography of 
the subject.* No biography of Edmund Halley has ever 
been published, although the prominent part taken by him 
in the affairs of the Royal Society and the priceless service 
he rendered in the first publication of Sir Isaac Newton's 
Principia, as well as his own important discoveries, com- 
bine to make his life one of great interest. t He was born 

* The careful reader, however, will do well to peruse also, what Sir 
David Brewster has to say about the character of Dr. Halley, in the former's 
Life of Sir Isaac Newton (1855), Vol. II, pages 164-165, including foot-notes. 

f It is, indeed surprising that no biography of Dr. Halley has been 
published. The material is not inaccessible. It would seem that in view 
of the expected return of " Halley's comet," and the great public interest 
which will be thereby aroused, such a work could be printed at a profit to all 
concerned. 



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at Haggerston, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, 
London, England, October 29th, 1656 (O. S.), in the third 
year of the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. Of his 
ancestry no information appears to remain further than the 
statement that his father (who was also named Edmund 
Halley and was a member of a worthy Derbyshire family) 
was a wealthy citizen and owned and operated a soap man- 
ufactory in Winchester street, London. Halley's remark- 
able scientific career cannot, in this place, be detailed or 
reviewed. The investigating student has at his command 
ample means of information on this subject. Lord Mac- 
auley, in his " History of England." says that " Edmund 
Halley investigated the properties of the atmosphere, the 
ebb and flow of the sea, the laws of magnetism and the 
course of the comets; nor did he shrink from toil, peril and 
exile in the cause of science. While he, on the rock of St. 
Helena, mapped the constellations of the southern hemis- 
phere, our National Observatory was rising at Green- 
wich." He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 
the latter part of the year 1678. In 1682 he married Mary 
Tooke, a daughter of the Auditor of the Exchequer, " witli 
whom he lived harmoniously for fifty-five years." After 
his marriage he took up his residence at Islington. It was 
about two years later (August, 1684) when he made the 
well-known visit to Sir Isaac Newton at Cambridge, re- 
sulting, ultimately, in the publication of the Principia, that 
wonderful work which caused a revolution in the most 
essential branches of natural philosophy. By a combina- 
tion of circumstances, Dr. Halley assumed not only the 
labor but the actual expense of publishing this great work. 



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although at much pecuniary hazard to himself, and for this 
he is assuredly entitled to the lasting gratitude of pos- 
terity. To the Principia Halley prefixed a set of Latin 
hexameters, composed by himself and addressed to the 
author, the concluding line being: 

Nee fas est propius mortali attingere Divos. 

So near the gods — man cannot nearer go. 

Dr. Halley departed this life January 14th, 1742, fully 
possessed of all his faculties, in the eighty-sixth year of his 
age. English people, or those of English descent, who 
themselves, or whose ancestors did, bear the surname 
" Halley," may, with justifiable pride, point to this " inde- 
fatigable astronomer," if not as an actual progenitor, at 
least as an early and highly honored representative of the 
family.* Sir David Brewster says of him that he " was 
one of the most distinguished and accomplished philoso- 
phers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries," and 
adds** the following quotation from the Eloge of Halley 
by M. Mairan: " While we thought the elogium of an 

Note. — Upon the death of the first Astronomer-Ro5'al, John Flamsteed, 
about I7tg. Dr. Halley succeeded him in that office. 

* Dr. Halley's fame, even in his own day, w.is world-wide. In a sketch 
of Dr. Halley, contributed by his son-in-law, Mr. Henry Price, to the Bio- 
graphia Britantiiea (London, 1757), Vol. IV, p. 2494, it is stated that when 
Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, visited England, he called for Dr. 
Halley and was so pleased with his general character and wide knowledge 
that he admitted him familiarily to his table. 

** Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton; 
by Sir David Brewster (Edinburgh and London, 1855), Vol, II, pages 196- 
ig7, foot-note. This work also contains unabridged copies of all letters 
between Newton and Halley regarding the first publication of the Principia, 
but'the same are more compactly presented in the second edition (i860). 



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astronomer, a naturalist, a scholar and a philosopher com- 
prehended our whole subject, we have been insensibly 
surprised with the history of an excellent mariner, an 
illustrious traveler, an able engineer and almost a states- 
man."* The writer has been unable to locate any 
genealogical information relating to the immediate de- 
scendants of Dr. Halley.t but his granddaughter, a Miss 
Halley,§ married a " M'Pike " or " McPike " of Scotland. 

They had: 

2 i James^, who came to America in 1772. 

ii A daughter, who m. a " McDonald " of Ireland. 

*Mem. Acad. Par. 1742. What is said to be a translation thereof will 
be found in Gent. Mag., Vol. XVII, pages 455-503 (London, 1747). The 
latter contains (page 507) this item: "He had ifl'ue, one fon and two 
daughters; the fon died long before him, the daughters are yet living, one 
unmarried, the other married to her fecond hufband, and both much 
ef teemed." 

f " He had several children, both sons and daughters, some of whom died 
in infancy. In the history of astronomical discovery, the name of Halley 
will stand not far from that of Newton, with which it is so closely associ- 
ated." {Imperial Diet, of Univ. Biog., published by William Mackenzie, 
London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, date unknown, prob. 1860-1870, Vol. II, 
p. 788.) In the same work, opposite page 7S7, will be found an excellent 
portrait of Dr. Halley, " Engraved by W. T. Fry from an original Picture 
ascribed to Dahl in the possession of the Royal Society." 

I See New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XXIX, page 
16 (January, i8g8). Family tradition clearly refers to the mother of 
Captain James M'Pike, as a " Miss Haley or Haly, granddaughter of Sir 
Edmund Haley, English Astronomer," which, although Dr. Halley was 
never knighted, certainly means him. 

Note. — In a rare work entitled "A New and General Biog. Diet." 
(London, 17S4), Vol. VI, p. 423, will be found the following statement 
regarding the burial-place of Dr. Halley: "His corpfe was interred near 
Greenwich, in the church 3'ard of a fmall village called Lee, where was 
erected over him a handfome tomb." Many of the rarer works relating to 
this general subject are contained in the Newberry Library, Chicago. 

The greater portion of the preceding sketch of Dr. Edmund Halley was 
printed in the N. Y. Gen. i5r= Biog. Recoid, Vol. XXIX, January, 1S98. 

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The M'Pike Family; Genealogy. 

According to family tradition, the Pike clan (or possibly 
the McPikes or sons of Pike) participated in Scotland's 
famous fight for independence, the battle of Bannockburn. 
It is also said that the McPikes " were related by blood to 
' the Bruces,' " and, therefore, to Robert the Bruce him- 
self (the relationship being traced, possibly, through 5 
daughter of the latter, though this is not clear). 

2 JAMES McPike (or M'Pike)* came from Scotland 
to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1772. He "served seven 
years with Washington under Colonel Howard and 
General Little of Baltimore; also under command 
of General LaFayette." As the official records of 
Maryland, during the Revolution, have never been 
printed, the writer is unable to cite any other 
authority than family tradition for the military service 
just mentioned. Capt. McPike probably removed from 
Maryland to Virginia. He came west to Maysville, Ken- 
tucky (or immediate vicinity), about 1795. The records 
of Maysville do not show his name, probably because of the 
non-existence of any " Land Ofifice " at that time. He 
married Martha Mountain. t 

*The name is not spelled alike by all members of the family. The 
writer's father invariably uses the apostrophe, as did also his father, John 
M'Pike, before him. This may have been a family custom in Scotland. 
The writer cannot say, nor has he ever seen an autograph of Capt. James (2) 
McPike. A perusal of an old book relating to Baltimore during the Revo- 
lution reveals the fact, however, that the names of persons bearing sur- 
names beginning with " Mc" were frequently spelled with an apostrophe, 
and Capt. James (2) McPike may have adopted the custom, in America. 

fUnpub. MS., dated Jan'y ist, 1888, shows: "J. Mountain from New 
Jersey — English, about 1554. Children were Joseph, John, Richard, 



1149600 

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They had: 

i Joseph^, married Sarah Lindsay; twelve children; 
eleven died infants; Charlotte surviving; mar- 
ried Dr. Frame, Rushville, Indiana. 
ii Richard^, was in War of 1812 under Maj. Jenkin- 
son, Cincinnati (Ohio) Light Artillery; mar- 
ried Miss M. L. Larue; thirteen children: i, 
Alexander; ii, James, married Ann Wolford, 
three or more children; iii, John; iv, George; 
V, Louise, married, ist, Leo Adams, one child, 
died, married, 2nd, late John Wilkinson, Perry 
county, Missouri; vi, Adeline, m. Anthony 
Thomason, four children, on Colorado river, 
Texas, Richard. Louise, John and Amanda; 
vii, Amanda; viii, Cealia; ix, Caroline; x, Maria, 
married " Coleman," of Virginia, family in 
in Texas or Arkansas; xi, Zebulon, an infant, 
iii Elizabeth^, married Jonathan Smith and had one 
child, Jennette, who married Christopher 
Blackburn, of Charlotte county, Virginia; they 
had one child, surviving: Catharine, " Kate," 
who married, ist, Blair Patterson Hereford, a 
lawyer, who died six years later, leaving three 
daughters, Eudora, Anna and Katie; Mrs. 
Hereford then married Hon. A. C. Ellis, and 
had several children, one of whom is Hon. 
Wade H. Ellis, Assistant Corporation Counsel 

Martha, also half-brother, George Grinup. Joseph Mountain married Miss 
E. Drake; one child, Joanna. Martha Mountain married Capt. James 
M'Pike." 



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of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, March, 1898; 

Mrs. A. C. Ellis now resides at No. 21 Martin 

street, Covington, Kentucky, 
iv Nancy^, married Richard Lindsey; they had: 

i, Thomas, married a " Lindsey " in Hancock 

county, Ind.; ii, Harriet; iii, Francis; iv, John; 

V, James; vi, Mark; vii, William; viii, Orelia; 

ix. Babe. 
V Sarah', married James Morehouse; four children: 

i, Elizabeth, married, unknown; ii, Martha, 

married, unknown; iii, Elija; iv, an infant. 
vi John', born about 1793-4, married Lydia Jane 

Guest. (See page 41.) 
vii Haley', married a Miss Shaw, think of Missouri, 

where he lived; was in war of 181 2 under Gov. 

Shelby, Ky. MiHtia; two children: John, died 

in Alton, 111.; George, who married " is in 

Arkansas " (?). 
viii George', died single in Indiana, 
ix Martha', married James Dicken; children, say 

four. 
X James', died an infant. 

Note. — The names of children of Capt. James (2) McPike are here 
given in order as shown in unpub. MS. compiled from memoranda emana- 
ting from the writer's grandfather, John M'Pike. This is also the authority 
for other statements above given as to later descendants. 

As originally printed in the N. V. Gen. dr' Biog. Record. Vol. XXIX, 
January, 189S, this was accompanied by some explanatory foot-notes which 
it has been deemed unnecessary to repeat in this place. 



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Addenda. 

Part of the foregoing is confirmed by " The Lindsays 
of America," by Margaret Isabella Lindsay (Albany, N. 
Y., 1889), which, on page 259, gives an account of Thomas 
Lindsey and Rebecca Hanie, his wife, who together came 
to America in 1789. Among other children they had: 

iv Salhe, the second daughter, married Joseph Mc- 
Pike, and left issue: Charlotte McPike, who 
married, first. Doctor Fronnie, then Mr. Cald- 
well, and she left issue, two children, 
vii Richard, of Greenville, Indiana, married Nancy 
McPike (sister of Joseph McPike), and left 
issue: Thomas, Harriet, Frances, Richard, 
Nannie, WiUiam, Joseph, John, Amelia, and 
Eliza Lindsey. 
The compiler mentions (page 261) indebtedness to Mr. 
Henry K. Lindsey, then general agent of the " Lancashire 
Insurance Company," Cincinnati, Ohio, who resided 
" across the river at Covington, Kentucky," and his 
daughter Aurelia, " who lives in Ashville, North Carolina, 
for this history of the (Lindsey) family, the latter having 
taken much interest in, and pains to collect as true a 
genealogy of it as possible." 

Peter William Alexander McPike, a son of Richard 
McPike, and, therefore, a grandson of Captain James Mc- 
Pike, was popularly known as Aleck; he married, first, a 
Miss White, of Virginia, about 1855-60; she died eleven 
months later, leaving Eugene White, a son, who only sur- 



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vived a few weeks; married, second, Mrs. Caroline K. 
Dryden, May lo, 1864; his wife died three years later, and 
his own decease occurred in 1879, leaving issue: 

i Caroline Virginia (" Jennie "), born May 28, 

1865; married John H. Long, Nov. 7, 1888, 

and had: i, John H., Jr.; ii, Alexander B. 
ii Caddie May, born May 11, 1867; married Louis 

John Bartel, March 14, 1884, and had: i, Louis 

John, Jr. 
Other members of this same McPike family, that is 
descendants of Captain James McPike, reside in Perryville, 
Perry county, Missouri. It is also said that some of an- 
other branch live in Louisiana, Missouri, and that among 
those belonging to the latter is Henry C. McPike, Esq., 
attorney-at-law, San Francisco, California. As to this 
the writer cannot positively say, but it is certain that there 
were several American progenitors bearing that surname 
other than Captain James McPike, as we find in Chicago 
a Mr. Curtis McPike, whose family traditions clearly point 
to a different ancestry than that of the others hereinbefore 
mentioned. 

John M'Pike, son of Captain James McPike, married 
Lydia Jane Guest, daughter of Captain Moses Guest, and 
they had:* 

i Edmund Haley; was in the Mexican war; now 
Hving in Calistoga, California. 

Note. — Mrs. J. H. Long and her sister, Mrs. L. J. Bartel, now reside 
in Bunker HiH, Illinois. 

*The writer hereof does not positively know that the children of John 
M'Pike have been here named in correct order of age. 



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ii Henry Guest (of whom a sketch is given on an- 
other page), 
iii George D, died when about 19. 
iv WilHam C.; now of the firm of Messrs. McPike 
& Fox, wholesale druggists, Atchison, Kan- 
sas, 
v-vi Two infants, died. 

James Henry M'Pike, son of Henry G., and grandson 
of John, born January 9, 1855; married Martha Jane 
Wilkinson, Thanksgiving day, 1877; he died in September, 
1880, leaving issue: 

i Birdie, born Nov. 30, 1878. 

ii Gertrude, born Sept. 29, 1880 (both now residing 
at Seventy-six P. O., Perry county, Missouri). 

Jane M'Pike, '' Jennie," daughter of Henry G., and 
granddaughter of John, born in Alton, 111., Nov. 21, 1856; 
married William Robert Wilkinson, brother of Martha 
Jane, Oct. 19, 1877; now living in St. Louis, Mo., and has 
one son: 

i John Henry, born March 7, 1879. 

John Haley McPike, son of Henry G., and grandson of 
John, born Oct. 11, 1861; married Josephine Maier, Nov. 
5, 1884; issue: 

i Henry Guest, Jr., born June 21, 1885. 
ii Josephine Mabel, born Aug. 18, 1888. 
iii Frederick Earl, born July 25, 1891. 

Eugene F. McPike, son of Henry G., and grandson of 
John, born in Alton, Illinois, July 18, 1870; married Ada 



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Florence Denton, September 2, 1895; now residing in 
Chicago, 111., and has one child: 

i Elizabeth, born June 11, 1897. 
Moreland M'Pike, daughter of Henry G. 

The Guest Family; Genealogy. 

" The Guests were from Birmingham, England." So 
runs the family tradition. The first definite record in 
America, of the branch to which this sketch relates is of 
Henry (or " Harry ") Guest, who lived in New Brunswick, 
New Jersey. We have, in a previous sketch, given some 
particulars regarding his life and character. He is said to 
have married a Miss Foreman; they had: 

i Henry, who married a Miss Webster, and had 

one daughter, 
ii William, married, but name of wife unknown; 
they had one daughter who married a " Mc- 
Norton," or " M'Norton," and had child, 
Henry Guest M'Norton;* last heard from near 
West Point, N. Y. 
iii Moses, married Lydia Dumont. 
iv A daughter, name unknown. 

* This surname may be " McNaughton " as the Rev. W. H. Reynolds, of 
Chicago (a great-grandson of Capt. Moses Guest), possesses a letter from 
Mrs. Jane (Guest) McNaughton, of Albany, N. Y. (1835). 

Note. — Several members of the Guest family, who were probably dis- 
tantl)' related to those above mentioned, achieved considerable prominence 
in the history of America. See AppUton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography 
(New York, 18S7), article, "John Guest," who was closely associated with 
public affairs in Philadelphia, under William Penn. See, also, The Ameri- 
can Historical Register (Boston), April, 1S97, page 167. 

The "Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey, in the 
Revolutionary War," compiled bj' order of the Legislature by Wm. S. 
Stryker, Adjutant General of the State of New Jersey, and published at 
Trenton, in 1872, shows that Moses Guest was an Ensign in Captain Voor- 



Moses Guest (of whom more will be said in the Bio- 
graphical Annals to follow) was born in New Brunswick, 
New Jersey, Nov. 7, 1755; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 
22, 1828; his marriage to Lydia Dumont, daughter of 
Peter Dumont, took place June 28, 1792, the ceremony 
being performed by the Rev. Walter Monteath; they had: 
i Henry Cornelius*, born Jan. 10, 1795; died Nov. 
5, 1828, in New York city; a bachelor. 
5 ii Mary Ann^, born Feb. i, 1797; died Aug. 4, 1855. 
iii Peter Dumont^, born March 21, 1799; died May 

19, 1801. 
iv Wilham*, born Sept. 7, 1801 ; died March 7, 1803. 
V Lydia Jane*, born June 13, 1803; married John 
M'Pike. (See page 36.) 
vi Elizabeth*, born June 20, 1805; died Feb. 7, 1806. 
iii Elizabeth (2nd)*, born Nov. 11, 1806; married 
March 9, 1826; no issue; died July 7, 1826. 
viii William Dumont*, born Sept. 26, 1808; died 
Oct. 22, 1809. 
ix Sarah Amelia*, born Sept. 11, 1810; married to 
a " White; " they had one son Richard, last 
heard from, St. Joseph, Mo. 
X John Livingston*, born April 9, 1813; died Feb. 
26, 1814. 
xi Sophia Hay*, born Dec. 24, 1814; died July 5, 
1888; unmarried.* 

hees' company, Third Middlesex Regiment, on Sept. 8, 1777, and after- 
wards was a captain in the Second Middlesex Regiment, while William 
Guest (probably Moses' brother) was successively a lieutenant, and a captain 
in the Middlesex Militia, during the Revolutionary War. 

*Miss Sophia Hay Guest was a noble women, possessing a high char- 
acter and marked intelligence. Her grand-nephew, Rev. W. H. Reynolds, 



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5 Mary Ann' Guest (Moses^, Henry^) was married by 
Rev. Mr. Burke to Mr. Sacket Reynolds, in Cincinnati, 
Oct. 21, 1819; she died in the same city Aug. 4, 1855; 
they had: 

i Mary Bathurst*, born April 12, 1821; died, 1839, 

unmarried. 
ii Unnamed infant daughter born June 9, 1823; 

lived but one day. 
iii Julia*, born June 22, 1824; unmarried; still living 

at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
iv Unnamed infant daughter born April 15, 1828. 
V Caroline*, born May 19, 1827; married Alex. 

Hays Lemmon; still living, 
vi Amanda*, born April 4, 1829; died Aug., 1838. 
vii Andrew Jackson*, born July 14, 183 1, in Cin- 
cinnati; married Charity Peterson Hunter, 
Dec. 16, 1857. (Mr. Reynolds possesses large 
portraits of his grandparents, Capt. Moses 
Guest and Lydia Dumont-Guest, which the 
writer's father has seen, and pronounces the 
latter's portrait as resembling very closely 
the writer's grandmother, Lydia Jane' Guest- 
McPike.* 

of Chicago, possesses a little book containing some of her memoranda and 
writings. She was one whom all the family " loved with the tenderest 
affection." 

*The children of Capt. Moses Guest, and of Mary Ann Guest-Reynolds, 
are shown above in order given in memorandum sent the writer by Rev. A. 
J. Reynolds^, of Cincinnati, who possesses the old Guest family Bible. 
Mr. Reynolds also st.ites that " Moses Guest and his wife, Lydia Dumont 
Guest, were buried in what was then the cemetery, now Washington park, 
Cincinnati. Their graves are near the northwest corner of Race and I2th 



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Rev. Andrew Jackson* Reynolds* had issue: 
i Clarence Guest', born April i8, 1859. 
ii Mary Elizabeth", born Oct. 2, 1861; married 

Rev. Prof. John C. Sharpe, Dec. 24, 1885.! 
iii Walter Hunter', born Nov. 7, 1864. 
iv Grace Anna', born June 25, 1868. 
v Caroline Cornelia', born Sept. 10, 1871; died 
Oct. 5, 1872. 
vi Andrew Joseph', born Aug. 25, 1874; died March 
16, 1875. 



The Dumont Family; Genealogy.§ 

The Dumont family is of French-Huguenot descent. A 
narrative of experiences such as fell to the lot of many 
Protestant families in France is said to be contained in 

streets, Cincinnati," where they still lie in perpetual rest. Lydia Dumont 
was born at South Branch of Raritan, Aug. 30, 1773; died in Cincinnati, 
Oct. 29, 1822. 

* See Biographical Annals, page 136. 

fThe Rev. Prof. John C. Sharpe, is Professor of Mathematics in Shady 
Side Academy, Pittsburg, Pa. He is a Presbyterian minister, as are also; 
his father-in-law. Rev. Andrew J. Reynolds, and the tatter's two sons 
living. See page 138. 

Note. — Henry Cornelius Guest, only surviving son of Captain Moses 
Guest, was a merchant in New York city, and bought heavily of certain 
English firms. Among the papers preserved by his nephew, the Rev. 
A. J. Reynolds, of Cincinnati, are several letters which indicate the high 
esteem in which he was held. The writer hereof has been told that when 
Henry C. Guest died, one of the English concerns with which he had had 
large dealings remitted quite a sum of money to some of the family as a 
mark of respect for the deceased. 

? The beginning of the "The Dumont Family" genealogy was printed 
in the M. Y. Gen. 6- Biog. Record, Vol. XXIX, April, 189S. See, also, 
appendix. 



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" The Story of Marie Dumont," a novel, by Lady Pollock, 
which the editor hereof has not had the pleasure of perus- 
ing. The book was not only printed in England, but also 
in New York city (1882). Careful search, however, has 
failed to locate a copy thereof. 

In a " History of Kingston, New York," by Marius 
Schoonmaker (New York, 1888), page 479, mention is 
made of certain traditions relating to the origin of the 
American branch of the family. The name of one " Du- 
mond — Walran De La Trimble " is given. He is said 
to have been a Huguenot living in Paris, who adopted as 
his son, his nephew, Walran Dumont. They fled to Hol- 
land, where the uncle remained, the adopted son coming 
to America and settling in Kingston. The account re- 
ferred to, however, gives the year 1685 as the date of the 
" adopted son's " emigration to America. This is mani- 
festly erroneous, as will be shown. 

Among those who have been interested in the gen- 
ealogy of this family is J. B. Dumont, Esq., of Plainfield, 
New Jersey, who has most generously transmitted to the 
editor the results of his long and exhaustive researches 
in France, Holland and America. While he has made per- 
sonal examination of the records in Kingston, New York, 
among published authorities may be cited the Kingston 
Church Records compiled by the Rev. R. R. Hoes. The 
editor's researches, therefore, have been confined chiefly 
to the immediate ancestry and descendants of Peter* Du- 
mont, or, as sometimes designated, Peter H. Dumont 
(Hendrick^, Peter^, Wallerand^). 

Wallerand* Dumont, the first permanent settler bear- 



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ing that surname, in the colonies, of which any record has 
been found, was the ancestor of those residing in Ulster 
county. New York, and Somerset county, New Jersey, 
before 1700. He emigrated from Amsterdam, Holland, 
to New Amsterdam, in the year 1657. He was unmarried 
when he emigrated, and in the record made at the time of 
his marriage, he gave his birthplace as Coomen, Flanders 
(now Commines, Department Nord, France, eight miles 
north of Lille). He was a cadet (" adelborst "), said to be 
similar to our second lieutenant, in a company of soldiers 
sent by the Dutch West India Company to Director Gen- 
eral Stuyvesant. Other French Protestants of same name 
came from Caen, Normandie; some of whom went to 
England and others to Perie. Cape of Good Hope, Africa, 
and descendants of the name are now living in both places. 
It is difficult now, if not impossible, to obtain reliable in- 
formation of family records, in consequence of the gen- 
eral destruction, by order of the then existing govern- 
ment, of French Protestant churches and of many of the 
houses and private papers of Protestant families. A tra- 
dition that some of Wallerand^ Dumont's family re- 
nounced the Protestant faith to retain their property has 
been handed down to descendants in America, but it has 
never been verified.* The name has been found in many 



* Historical accuracy requires this addition : Dr. Messier, author of the 
history of Somerset county. N. J., stated to the father of Mr. J. B.-i Dumont 
that from his (Dr. Messler's) investigations made personally in France, the 
above statement is true. Dr. Messier baptized Mr. J. B.' Dumont and was 
still minister of First Dutch Church when he left Somerset county, but 
Mr. Dumont did not then realize the importance of obtaining more detailed 
information. 



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parts of France. All efforts to trace his family beyond 
Coomen, Flanders, have been unsuccessful. 

Wallerand^ Dumont came over either in the shi]) 
" Draetvat," Captain Beslevoer, which sailed from Am- 
sterdam April 2, 1657, or the ship " Jan Baptist," which 
sailed from same port December 23, 1657. The latter 
belonged to Dutch West India Company and brought 
over a company of soldiers for Governor Stuyvesant. 
Two sisters of Wallerand* Dumont came over about 1663 
in ship "Spotted Cow;" one Margaret\ with her hus- 
band Pierre Nouee, and ElizabethV a single woman, who 
afterwards married Meynard Journeay, and settled on 
Staten Island. Pierre Nouee and wife settled at Wood- 
bridge, N. J. (opposite Staten Island), and the "Noe's " 
are probably their descendants. Wallerand^ Dumont set- 
tled at Esopus (now Kingston), N. Y., about 1660. He 
married, January 13, 1664, Grietje (Margaret) Hendricks, 
widow of Jan Aertson (who was killed in second Esopus 
war, by Indians). She had one daughter (by first hus- 
band), who aftenvards married Hendrick Kip. 

Wallerand^ Dumont appears to have been one of the 
influential and reliable inhabitants in Kingston; was a 
member of the military council in second Esopus war; 
served as schepen, or magistrate, of Kingston from May, 
1669, to May, 1671. (The magistrate's record-book of this 
period is still in existence, and from it Mr. J. B.'' Dumont 
has obtained a copy of the signature of Wallerand^ Du- 
mont.*) He was a deacon in Dutch church in 1673, and 

*A fac-simile of this signature was printed in the N. Y. Gen. Biog. 
Record, Vol. XXIX, page io6, April, 1898. "^ 



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died between June 25, 1713 (date of will), and Sept. 13, 
1713 (when will was proved). This will is on record in 
Kingston (in low Dutch). His widow was on tax roll 
until 1728, and must, at that time, have been nearly 
ninety years of age. No record of children of Wallerand^ 
and Grietje Dumont, other than mentioned in will, has 
been found, and if there were any others, they died without 
issue. Children were: 

i Margaret^, baptized Dec. 28. 1664, at Kingston, 
N. Y.; married Wm. Loveredge before Oct. 
18, 1682 (date of baptism of first child); they 
settled in Perth Amboy, N. J., and their de- 
scendants are " Leveridge's " and " Lever- 
ich's." 
ii \Valran^ baptized Nov. 13, 1667, at Kingston, 
N. Y.; married, March 24, 1688, Catrina Ter- 
bosch of New York; they remained in Ulster 
county, N. Y. 
iii Ian Baptist^, date of baptism not found; married 
before Nov . 18, 1694 (date of baptism of 
daughter Sara') to Neeltje Cornelus Van 
Vegten; some of descendants moved to 
Greene county, N. Y.. and afterwards to 
western New York, Michigan and Wisconsin, 
iv Jannetje", date of baptism not known; married 
Michel Van Vegten about 1697 and moved 
to Somerset county, New Jersey, before 1700. 
v Francyntie^, baptized July 21, 1674, Kingston, 
N. Y.; married Fred Clute and settled in Sche- 
nectady, N. Y. 



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vi Peter^, baptized April 20, 1679, Kingston, N. Y. ; 
married, first Dec. 25, 1700, Femmetje 
Teunise Van Middleswart (daughter of Ian 
Teimissen, afterwards added " Van Middle- 
swart," as he was born at Midwout, Wall- 
about, now Brooklyn). They had: i, John^, 
born August 29, 1704; married Annatje 
(probably Ryerson); died 1760; had sons: 
Peter Dirck and Abraham; ii, Abraham^, born 
April 25, 1706; married Mattie Bergen Aug. 
10, 1733; died Aug. 7, 1787; and had son, 
Peter A. 

Peter- Dumont married, second, Feb. 23, 1707, Cate- 
lyntje, daughter of Jeronimus Jorise Rapalie. and had one 
daughter Catelyntje^, who married Christian La Grange. 

Peter^ Dumont married, third, Nov. 16, 171 1, Jannetje, 
daughter of Hendrick Claesen Vechten or Vechte, now 
spelled Veghte; they had: 

i Margaret', born Jan. 24, 171 5; died Feb. 11, 
1743; married George Bergen, June 3, 1738. 
ii Hendrick', born March 22, 171 7; married twice, 
and named in will, children surviving: Peter*, 
Mary* and John*. (Of Hendrick' further 
mention will be made.) 
iii John Baptist', born April 13, 1719; died 1776; 
married Maria Van Duyne, and she died Nov. 
I5> 1763; they had one son who survived, 
Peter J. B.* Dumont, who married Susan Van 



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, Middleswart and had three daughters (besides 

sons and daughters who died in infancy), 
iv Gerretee (or Charity)^, born March 23, 1721; 
died Jan. 25, 1747; married George Vroom, 
and had sons, Peter D.* and Henry*; Peter D.* 
Vroom was the Col. Vroom of New Jersey 
troops in the Revolution, and father of Gov. 
Vroom. 
V Jannetje (or Jane)^, born April 27, 1723; married 
Peter Vroom, and had sons, Peter*, Henry* 
and George*, 
vi Peter^, born Nov. 11, 1725; died Nov. 21, 1808; 
married May 19, 1748, Brachie Vroom, and 
had large family; the only male survivor of 
this branch now found is Mr. John B. Du- 
mont, of Allegan, Mich., who has a son, also 
named John B., who is a messenger for the 
Adarris Express Company, and lives at No. 477 
South Lincoln street, Chicago, 
vii Rynear^, born April 3, 1728; married Annaetje 
Brouwer, and had one son and one daughter. 
Peter^ Dumont (Wallerandi) settled in New Jersey 
about 1700, about the time his father-in-law (Ian Teun- 
issen Van Middleswart) and many others from Long Is- 
land settled there. He purchased, June 10, 1702, a tract 
of two thousand acres of land for £380 from Thomas 
Cooper, of London, one of the West Jersey proprietors. 

Note.— Peter 2 Dumont, Wallerand '), had also one son by first wife and 
one son by third wife, who both died in infancy. 

4 



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It was located in Hillsborough township, Somerset 
county, N. J., on south side of Raritan river, and about 
two miles west of present village of Raritan, and three 
miles west of Somerville, the county seat of Somerset 
county. A part of this tract was inherited by his son, 
John Baptist^, and through him by Peter J. B.* Dumont, 
who died without male heirs and the tract passed out of 
the family name. The eldest sons of Peter^, that is John^ 
and Abraham^, had tracts of their own before their father 
died; John^ about five hundred acres near North Branch 
village, on the north branch of the Raritan river, and 
Abraham* about five hundred acres directly south of the 
river opposite Somerville. In the house built by Abraham* 
(or in additions thereto) were born the following named 
male descendants: his son, Peter A.*; grandsons, John P.", 
Abraham P.**, and Peter P.'; great-grandsons, Peter P.' 
and John S. Vredenburg^; great-great-grandsons, John B.'', 
Henry D.'', and Peter''. The eldest of the latest genera- 
tion mentioned, John B.'' Dumont, Esq., has resided in 
Plainfield, N. J., since 1869. 

Peter^ Dumont (Wallerand^) was a member of Eleventh 
assembly of New Jersey, in Colonial Legislature, and died 
in 1744. He was also an elder in First Dutch church, 
Raritan. 

3 Hendrick* Dumont (Peter^, Wallerand^) married, 
first, Mary Traverier, the younger (only child of Mary 
Traverier, the elder); number of children born to this 
marriage not known, but it is certain that only two 
reached maturity; they were: 



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4 i Peter*, born on Staten Island in 1744.* 
ii Mary*, married a " Staats," of Albany, N. Y. 

3 Hendrick^ Dumont married, second, Nov. 29, 1749, 
Catharine Oothout, of New York, and according to 
Oothout Family Bible they had:t 

i Johannes*, born Sept. 22, 1750. 
ii Henry Hendrick*, born Oct. 16, 1751. 
iii Abraham*, born April 27, 1753. 
iv William*, born May 28, 1755. 
V Jannetje*, born Feb. 20, 1757. 
vi Catelina*, born March 7, 1759. 
vii Hendrick*, 

viii Catalina*, (twins) born Nov. 26, 1760 (and 
after decease of their father, Hend- 
rick^). 

3 Hendrick^ Dumont (Peter^, Wallerand') died Nov. 
8, 1760. He was a merchant in New York city. In his 
will there recorded he left his lands in Somerset county, 
N. J., left to him by his father, Peter^ Dumont, to be 
rented until his eldest son became of age, and then to be 
sold and the proceeds to be divided equally among his 
children, Peter*, Mary* and John*, also house and lot 

* A brief but interestinsr sketch of the " Hii^uennts of Stafen Island " 
will be found in Contin. Mo. Vol. I. page 683. A daughter of Peter" Du- 
mont (Tane*) said, about i860, she had seen in "an old Harner" some 
pictures of houses on Staten Island and innmedi:itelv recog-nized one among 
them as the old Dumont home, which had probably then passed into other 
hands. This picture the writer has heen unable 10 locate 

t .See published records of the Reformed Dutch Thnrch in New York, 
in The Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 103-143, 
and previously. •' ' 



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called " Lottery House " at Piscataway landing (near 
New Brunswick. N. J.) to Peter*; one hundred pounds 
sterling to Mary*, and house and lot, Duke street, New 
York,* to John*, and eight hundred pounds sterling to his 
wife Catherine and child that may be born. Will dated 
Nov. 4, 1760, and names executors, his brother, Peter*, 
and friends, John Alstine, Eronimus Alstine and John 
Oothout. The above is all taken (by J. B. Dumont, Esq.) 
from will as recorded, but the writer has received a copy 
of a copy of the same will, from Mr. Eugene R. Detraz, 
of Vevay, Indiana, a great-great-grandson of Peter* Du- 
mont (Hendrick^, Peter', Wallerand^), which fully con- 
firms all particulars herein given. It has been considered 
strange that the will of Hendrick* Dumont should only 
name three children, Peter*, Mary*, and John*, as surviv- 
ing. Five of the children born by second marriage are not 
mentioned in will; two certainly had died, as the twins 
born after father's decease took names of two born before, 
and besides these two, three others seem to have died 
young, which is possible, but seems somewhat improbable. 
According to family tradition, Peter* Dumont had a 
(half?) sister, Catharine*, who married a " Staats."t They 

*In "The Todd Genealogy" by R- H. Greene, A. M. (New York, 1867), 
page 12, is given a copy of a legal instrument, executed in November, 1762, 
wherein reference is made to some property in New York city, described 
as " Lot No. 18, in Montgomery Ward, east side of street or highway, from 
Smith's Fly to the fresh water, bounded northerly to the ground formerly 
of Jno. Oathout, but late of Hendrick Domun ;" &c. This " Hendrick 
Domun " was, perhaps, Hendrick ^ Dumont, then (1762) deceased. See 
appendix, page 158. 

f Those interested in the " Staats " family will find a sketch of Barent P. 
Staats, one-time mayor of Albany, New York, and a descendant of Dr. 



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had one child, Catherine", who never married, lived to 
great age, was wealthy, died in Albany, N. Y. This Cath- 
erine* Dumont was, no doubt, one of the twins born after 
decease of Hendrick* Dumont. Catelind became Cath- 
erine in many old records. 

After the death of his first wife, Mary Traverier, the 
younger, Hendrick^ Dumont continued to maintain re- 
spect for his mother-in-law, as is evidenced by a letter 
written to her by him, shortly before his decease. The 
original (yellow and time-worn) is now in the possession 
of Mrs. Julia Merrill Moores, of Indianapolis, Indiana, to 
whom it was presented about i860, by her grand aunt. 
Jane' (Peter*). By the kindness of Mrs. Moores, the 
writer gives below a copy of this letter. It is addressed. 

To 

Mrs. Marey Traverier 

Att 
pisfchataway Landing 
these 
and reads as follows: 

New York March ist 1759 

Honored Mother These shall sarve to aqu't you That whe 
are all in Responsebel good health Thank God Exceptmg 
my wife has a bad swelling on one of hir Eyes which quit 
puts hir out of Orther. I hope you are well. These shall 
sarve to aqu't you that I ame abought selling your Land 

Abraham Staats who came from Holland to Albany, N. Y., in 1642, in the 
American Biographical Sketch Book, by William Hunt (New York, 1848), 
page 163. The student of Staats family history will need to peruse "The 
Annals of Albany" by Joel Munsell, Vol. I. (Albany, 1850), and subse- 
quent volumes. See Appendix, page 159. 



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and whether you are willing that I shold sale the same for 
£400 — this money And if you are willing wright me wit 
the first opertunity And let me know Also let me know 
wat you have thought of Bording your self till I can git 
a Room for you heare Also let me know wat you stand in 
Need of that I may help you if I can. I conclude wit my 
kind Love to you And am Your Dutefull Son 

Henry Dumont. 
p. s. My Daughter Marey Remembers hir love to you. 

PETER J. B.* Dumont (John Baptist^, Peter^, Wal- 
lerand}), married Susan Van Middleswart and had three 
daughters, as follows: 

i Jane^, married Fred. Frelinghuysen; they were 
the parents of Fred. Frelinghuysen, U. S. 
Senator from New Jersey, and Secretary of 
State under President Arthur, 
ii Maria^, married Wm. Etmendorf. 
iii Ann^, married Peter Dumont' Vroom, who was 
afterwards Governor of New Jersey. 

4 PETER* Dumont {Hendrick^, Peter^, Wallerand^), 
was, as previously stated, born on Stat en Island in 1744. 
He, however, removed to Hillsboro township, Somerset 
county, New Jersey, where he resided during the period of 
the war of the American Revolution. Family tradition 
recites that he was (as indeed appears the inscription 
upon his tombstone in Vevay, Indiana) " A soldier of the 
Revolution;" that his services for the cause of freedom 
were even more outside the ranks than as a soldier, and 



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that General Washington often consulted him. Certain 
accounts still in existence indicate that he may have been 
in the commissary department, but it is, perhaps, more 
likely that he was the " Peter Dumont, Captain, Second 
Battalion, Somerset," mentioned in Adj. Gen. Stryker's 
Official Register, page 389. (See Appendix, p. 152.) It 
is also said that Peter* Dumont " ran mills day and night 
to help the soldiers at Valley Forge" and that this re- 
sulted, ultimately, in irretrievable loss to him financiallv. 
Family tradition further recites that at one time " He was 
High Sheriff of the county in which he lived," and, indeed, 
this item might seem to be confirmed by the " History of 
Somerset County," New Jersey, by Dr. Abraham Messier, 
where, in a list of sheriffs, page 6 of Appendix, we find 
" ^777> '78, '79. Peter Dumont," but certain indications 
point to this having been some other than Peter* Du- 
mont.* The latter moved to New Brunswick, N. J., as 
will be shown by the record of births of his children. 
From thence he went to Saratoga, New York, and was 
probably the proprietor of Dumont's ferry, which, a cen- 
tury ago, was located on the Hudson river about two miles 
and one-half below Fort Miller. A toll-bridge has since 
been erected there and the Champlain canal crosses the 
river in that immediate vicinity. Captain Moses Guest 
(a son-in-law of Peter* Dumont) relates in his " Poems 
and Journal," second edition (Cincinnati, 1824), page 144, 
that on December nth, 1796, he was at Dumont's Ferry 
and had a conversation with " Mr. Dumont." From that 
locality Peter* Dumont removed, about 1814, with his wife 

* See Appendix, p. 149 . 



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to Vevay, Switzerland county, Indiana, where he resided 
until his decease in 1821, aged yy years. He married 
Mary Lowe* (or Low), a daughter of Cornelius Lowe, 
October 25th, 1770. After the death of her husband, 
Peter* Dumont, Mrs. Mary Lowe-Dumont went to live 
with her son, Abram B.^ Dumont, in Vevay. The family 
papers and records, therefore, very naturally fell into the 
hands of the latter's children, and his daughter, Mrs. M, 
J."^ Morerod (in order to facilitate answering the writer's 
inquiries) placed most of them in the hands of Mr. Eugene 
R. Detraz, who, as before stated, is a great-great-grandson 
of Peter* Dumont, and a French scholar. Mr. Detraz 
advises that some are in French and others in English, the 
former mostly in the original, and the latter, in some in- 
stances, copies. Among the papers are some wills, mar- 
riage contracts, receipts, accounts and letters, some dating 
as eai-ly as 1660. Business engagements prevent Mr. 
Detraz from furnishing copies of all the documents, but 
he has kindly enabled the writer to present those appear- 
ing in subsequent sketch entitled " The Maternal Ancestry 
of Peter Dumont, of Vevay, Indiana." 

Peter* Dumont was an earnest Presbyterian, a strong 
Calvinist, " a fatalist." He accumulated quite a library, 
mostly religious books, still preserved in Vevay. His 
arduous services (particularly night work) in behalf of his 
country during the Revolution conduced to the ultimate 
loss of his eyesight, and, during the last twenty-five years 

* The vowel sound in the name " Lowe" is not long "o" but is pro- 
nounced as in the word " allowed." It is said that a large portrait of Maiy 
Lowe-Dumont is now in Indianapolis, in the possession of the family of 
the late General Ebenezer Dumont. 



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of his life his faithful wife read to him. Although sight- 
less, old and poor, he was too proud to accept a pension. 
It is not surprising that he endeavored, as will be shown, 
to secure the restoration of his ancestral estates in 
France.* It is, of course, highly improbable that the 
French government would now take any action in that 
direction. 

Peter* Dumont's wife, nee Mary Lowe, was a most es- 
timable woman in every respect. She was fair, with 
beautiful blue eyes. The writer has been informedf that 
Mr. Bush, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in In- 
dianapolis, said, at one time, that Mrs. Mary Lowe- 
Dumont was, in character and attainments, among the 
most superior women he had met in the west; that she 
read the best books and was a particularly pleasing reader. 
Her parents, Cornelius and Catharine Lowe, lived in 
Schamoken, New Jersey, during the French and Indian 
War — were warned by a friendly Indian to move, lest 
they be massacred. They went to Genessee, N. Y. Their 
daughter, Mary, was born in Schamoken, N. J., in 1750. 
(For these latter items relating to the Lowe family, the 
writer is indebted to Mrs. Julia Merrill Moores, of Indian- 
apolis, who adds that she saw her great-grandmother, 
Mary Lowe-Dumont, just before her death, and that the 
latter appeared very cheerful and " interested me much by 
reciting poem after poem." Mrs. Moores' information 
relating to Lowe family was received by her -chiefly from 
her grandaunt, Jane'.) Mrs. Moores has also kindly fur- 

* See page 72. 

f Kindness of Mrs. V. L. Hay, Crawfordsville, Indiana. 



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nished the following (which, by the way, is fully confirmed 
by data received by the writer from Mrs. M. J. Morerod, 
of Vevay, Indiana, where is preserved the original Family 
Bible, Dutch text, which has never been out of the family; 
record is in handwriting of Peter* Dumont) : 

" A copy made from the flyleaf of my great-grandfather 
Dumont's bible — now in the possession of his great- 
grandson, Dumont Reid:* 

" Peter Dumont, son of Hendrick, grandson of Peter, 
was born the ist day of October 1744. Mary Lowe, 
Daughter of Cornelius Lowe and grand daughter of Al- 
bert Lowe was born the 3rd day of June 1750. Peter 
Dumont and Mary Lowe were Married on Thursday the 
25th October 1770 by Dominie Van Haerlengen. 

Thursday August 15 th 1771, was Born our first daugh- 
ter, Mary, at 7 o'clock in the morning and baptized by 
Domini Van Haerlengen. 

Monday August 30th 1773 was Born my second daugh- 
ter Lidea at 8 o'clock in the morning and Baptized by 
Domini Van Haerlengen. 

Monday the 13th November 1775 was born our third 
daughter Catharine at 7 o'clock in the morning — and 
Baptized by Domini Van Haerlengen. 

Monday January 19th 1778 was bom our first son Hen- 
drick at 2 o'clock in the morning and Baptized by Domini 
Van Haerlengen. 

Tuesday June 13th 1780 was Born our Second son Peter 

* This is the Rev. John Dumont Reid, who is at present (March, 1898), 
minister of All Souls Church, Greenfield, Mass. His father, the Rev. A. 
S. Reid, resides in Fulton, Rock county, Wisconsin. The Rev. J. D. 
Reid vouches positively for correctness of copy in possession of Mrs. J. 
M. Moores, 



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at 2 o'clock in the morning and Baptized by Domini Haer- 
lengen. 

Monday, June 24th 1782 was born our fourth daughter 
Jane at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and Baptized by Domini 
Van Haerlengen. 

Monday, July 5th 1784 New Brunswick (West Jersey) 
was bom our fifth daughter Anne at half past eleven at 
night and Baptized by Domini Van Bunscholten. 

New Brunswick Monday, January 8th 1787 was Born 
our third son, at ten o'clock and was baptized by Domini 
Hardenburg, and named John. 

New Brunswick West Jersey the 2nd of September 
Wednesday 1789 was bom at 2 o'clock in the afternoon 
our fourth son Abraham — was baptized by Domini Hard- 
enburgh."* 

Peter* Dumont died in 1821, in Vevay, Indiana, and 
his wife in January, 1841. The latter's funeral took place 
from the residence of her son, A. B.' Dumont (with whom 
she had long lived), Monday, January 25th, 1841. Long 
may the name of Peter* Dumont be preserved as of a 
patriot who gave his all for his country; long may his wife 
be remembered as typical of all that is best and noblest In 
womanhood. Numerous descendants in the later genera- 
tions remain to render homage to their memory. 

MARY" Dumont (Peter*), married Thomas Laing, or 
Long, of Fort Edward, N. Y. ; settled in Saratoga, N. Y. 

*This " Domini Hardenburgh" was the Dr. Jacob R. Hardenburgh, of 
Somerset county, N. J., between Gen. Washington and whom there was a 
close friendship. See " History of Somerset county," by Dr. Abraham 
Messier, page 114. 



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LYDIA* Dumont (Peter*), married Captain Moses 
Guest, of New Brunswick, N. J., June 28, 1792. Guest 
Family Bible now in possession of Rev. Andrew J. Rey- 
nolds (their grandson), of Norwood, a suburb of Cincin- 
nati, Ohio, states that Lydia^ Dumont was born at South 
Branch of Raritan, Aug. 30th, 1773, and died in Cincin- 
nati, Oct. 29th, 1822. (For her descendants, see page 
41.) She was the great-grandmother of the writer. 

Catherine^ (f^/fr*), married Captain Robert Anderson; 
settled at Palantine, N. Y. (She " was one of the thirteen 
girls who scattered flowers at Trenton when Washington 
went on to his inaugural.") 

They had: 

i Lydia Jane® Anderson (Catherine'^, Peter*), mar- 
ried Samuel Merrill, of Indianapolis; a promi- 
nent man in his day; treasurer of Indiana; pres- 
ident of State Bank; trustee of Wabash 
College, 
ii Catharine" Anderson (Catherine'^, Peter*), mar- 
ried Judge Isaac Naylor, of Crawfordsville, 
Indiana, 
iii William Dumont* Anderson (Catherine^, Peter*), 
was very talented, a great wit, a fine physician 
in Louisiana; a rebel, set fire with his own 
hands to every building, etc., on his cotton 
plantation when the Union army was ap- 
proaching. 

HENRY" Dumont (Peter*), died early. 



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PETER* Dumont (Peter*), a bachelor; was a surveyor 
(as were also his brothers, John' and Abram"*); died in 
Vevay, Indiana. 

JANE» Dumont (Peter*), married, first (in New York), 
William Wickam, of Canada, a fur trader; (?) settled in 
Canada; had one son, a printer; married, second, a " Steel," 
who was a Methodist minister, and they had one daughter, 
Patience; married, third, a " Murphey," and died in Vevay, 
Ind. She apparently took great interest in the family 
history. Many of the traditions and items of interest 
trace to her as authority. 

ANNE^ or ANN^ Dumont (Peter*) married, in ad- 
vanced years, a " Coffinger," Saratoga, N. Y. 

JOHN' Dumont (Peter*), married Julia L. Corey; 
settled in Vevay, Ind., about 1814, where Mrs. Julia L. 
Corey-Dumont died January 2nd, 1857. Her husband 
died early in February, 1871. 

John'' and Julia L. Corey-Dumont had:* 
i Peter«. 

ii Ebenezer®, born in Vevay, Indiana Territory, 
Nov. 23rd, 18 14; died in IndianapoHs, April 
i6th, 1871. He was the late General Ebe- 
nezer Dumont. 

*The above list of children of John and Julia L. Dumont is based upon 
information furnished the editor by Mrs. Julia M. Moores and Mr. Joseph 
Shipp, of Indianapolis, the latter having married Juliet, daughter of Martha 
Dumont-Campbell. Advice from another source mentions, also, sons, 
John, Henry and Edgar, but they must have died in infancy. 



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iii Mary®, married a brother of Hon. Robert N, 
Lamb. 

iv Martha®, married Wm. Campbell, a lawyer of 
promise; died in 1845, leaving children: i, 
Louise, married " Detraz," Vevay, Ind; ii, 
Juliet, married " Shipp," Indianapolis; iii, 
Annette Campbell; iv, Mrs. Lide M. Hender- 
son, Mishawaka, Ind.; v, Wm. L. Campbell, 
lawyer, of California. 

V Marietta', married Hon. Robert N. Lamb, of 
Indianapolis, Sept., 1847, and died in Indian- 
apolis, May, 1876. 

vi Julia L.®, married Rev. Archibald Reid. (See 
foot-note, page 58. 

vii Aurelius*. 
viii Cornelius®. 

ABRAHAM", or ABRAM», Dumont (Peter*), married, 
in December, 1820, Isabella R. Todd, who was a daughter 
of Owen and Jane (Paxton) Todd. Her parents removed 
to Vevay, Indiana, in 1816. Isabella R. Todd was born in 
Lebanon, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1804, and died in Vevay, Indi- 
ana, February 2nd, 1879. She was a first cousin of Mrs. 
Abraham Lincoln (nee Mary Todd). Their respective 
fathers, Owen and Robert S. Todd having been brothers.* 
The writer is informed that family tradition relates that 

* Very brief mention of this hranch of the TodH familvis made in "The 
Todd Genealog;!'," by Richard H. Greene, A. M. (New York, i867\ page 
vii. Several references to the Todd family will, however, be found in a 
book entitled "Historic Families of Kentucky," by Green, published by 
The Robert Clarke Company, Cincinnati, some ten years ago. 



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Isabella R. Todd's brother (father?), Owen Todd, at the 
age of fourteen, acted as the guide of General Washington 
on his retreat from Valley Forge. Mrs. Jane (Paxton) 
Todd died in Vevay in March, 1835, ^"d the funeral took 
place on the 23rd of that month " from the residence of 
her son, R. W. Todd." Abram^ Dumont, as he was gen- 
erally known, was a merchant in Vevay, Indiana, of which 
place he was among the early settlers. He died Dec. 12, 
1842, having had issue: 

i Mary Jane®, married Rudolph Morerod; she is 

now residing in Vevay. 
ii Ann M.®, married George R. Todd, 
iii Eliza S.®, married David Armstrong, 
iv Isabella R.®, married Rudolph Grisard, and now 

residing in Vevay. 
v Julia L.®, married Frank P. Dupray. 
vi Edgar*. 

vii Smith B.", was in Mexican War; removed to 
Australia; married, and has issue, one daugh- 
ter, Isabella R.'' Dumont, and others, 
viii Sidney Merrill*. 
ix Eugene A.*, dentist; now residing in Chicago; 
married and has son, who is also married and 
has children. 
X John". 

The Rev. John Dumont Reid (son of Julia and grandson 
of Colonel John Dumont), was born in Vevay, Indiana, 
January 19, 1861; married June 30, 1891, Bessie Gertrude 
Basye, at Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Is now (April, 1898) 



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minister of All Souls' Church (Unitarian) at Greenfield, 
Mass., and has issue: 

i Kenneth Dumont, born at Fergus Falls, Minn., 

May 14th, 1892. 
ii Margaret, born at Great Falls, Montana, May 
19, 1896. 

Judge Isaac Naylor, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, married 
Mary Catherine Anderson, daughter of Catherine Du- 
mont-Anderson, and had eight children, all girls, as 
follows: 

i Sarah Jane, living in Crawfordsville, Ind. 
ii Elizabeth, widow of Rev. William W. Brier; re- 
sides in Spokane, Washington. The Rev. 
Brier was a pioneer Presbyterian minister in 
California, 
iii Mary Catherine, died in infancy, 
iv Mary Dorothy, married Rev. Matthew White- 
ford. They live in Sioux City, Iowa, 
v Catherine Anderson, married Prof. Columbus 
Brier, of Oakland, California. Address, No. 
522 Charter street. They had four children: 
i, Martha; ii. Rose; iii, Charles Naylor; iv, Eliz- 
abeth Naylor. 
vi Virginia Lydia, married Dr. Andrew Jennings 
Hay, who had been previously married, his first 

Note. — Dr. Andrew Jennings Hay was a prominent man in Indiana ; 
member of Legislature, clerk of Circuit Court, member of State Central 
Committee, National Bank Examiner, elder in Presbyterian church; an 
ardent Mason and Republican. Master of his lodge seventeen years. 
Grand Master of the state one term. A gentleman of splendid physique; 
kind and courteous to all. He was descended from the Bainbridges, Stites 
and Gano's of New Jersey. Died in 1897. 



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wife having been Rebecca Garrett, of Wash- 
ington, Penn., and had issue. Of the second 
marriage, issue as follows: i, Flora Naylor; ii, 
Kate Merrill, married Hon. Wirt E. Humph- 
rey, United States Commissioner, Chicago, 
Illinois. 

vii Julia Dumont, married Rev. M. M. Whiteford. 
She died young, leaving two sons: i, Robert 
Naylor, Ph. D., Professor of EngHsh, Peoria, 
111., High School; ii, William Jackson, student, 
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind. 

viii Flora Merrill, died at the age of eighteen. 

Elizabeth Naylor, daughter of Judge Isaac Naylor, was 
born Aug. 20, 1830, and married, Dec. 19, 1849, Rev. Wm. 
Wallace Brier, who was bom Nov. 6, 1821, and who died 
June 3rd, 1887. Mrs. Elizabeth Naylor Brier now lives in 
Spokane, Wash. 

Issue: 

i Lizzie, born Sept. 22, 1850; died Sept. 19, 1895; 
married, Feb. 14, 1883, to Robert J. Trumbull. 
ii Mary, born Nov. 27, 1852; married, Dec. 30, 
1880, to Charles W. Moores, whose children 
are: i. An infant son, born Feb. 20, 1882, died 
same day; ii, Elizabeth Maria, born Nov. 23, 
1883; iii, Louise Trumbull, born Oct. 12, 1886, 
died Aug. 29, 1890; iv, Charles Brier, born 
Nov. 6th, 1889. 
iii CaroHne, born Sept. 19, 1856; married, June 6th, 
1885, George Frederick Schorr, whose children 
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are: i, Margaret Lizzie, born Oct. 26, 1886; 
ii, Wm. Brier, born Jan. 27, 1889; iii, Geo. 
Frederick, born Nov. 15th, 1890, died Sept. 
20, 1894; iv, Berkeley Kellogg, born Nov. 2, 
1892; V, Carolyn Louise, born Aug. 27, 1895; 
vi, Katharine Naylor, born Nov. 18, 1897. 
iv Wm. Wallace, Jr., born Aug. 7, 1858; married, 
March 27, 1889, Helen M. Blake, whose chil- 
dren are: i, Wm. Wallace, born Feb. 7, 1890; 
ii, Edward Blake, born Aug. 29, 1891; iii, 
Helen Naylor, bom Apr. i6th, (?) 1894. 
v Louise Brier, born Nov. 17, 1862; married, July 
29, 1 89 1, Rev. Howard Whittlesey Stratton, 
who died Aug. 23, 1895. One child: i, Eliza- 
beth Brier, born June 2nd, 1892. 

Dr. Wm. Dumont Anderson, son of Capt. Robert An- 
derson, was born Feb. 9th. 1813, in the State of New York. 
Died in Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 19, 1867. His wife, Mary 
Ann Catlin, was born Dec. 25, 1819, in Virginia, and died 
in Covington, Tenn., Nov. 13, 1883. 

They had: 

i Theodore Dumont. born in Louisiana, June 10, 
1835; died in Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 14, 1895; 
married Josephine Burdick Jan. 3, i860, 
ii Jane, born in Louisiana, May 12, 1838, married 
Wm. Merrill, June 4, 1861, and, after Mr. Mer- 
rill's death, married G. W. Sargent. She is 
now living with her son, Wm. Merrill, Eddy, 
Texas. 



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iii Simeon, born in Louisiana, Sept. 19, 1843, died 

in Mississippi, Jan. 5, 1870. 
iv Julia Merrill, born in Louisiana, Aug. 15, 1846; 

married W. T. Grant, Nov. 8, 1871; died in 

Covington, Tenn., Aug. 16, 1893. 
V Lizzie Dumont, bom in Louisiana, March 20th, 

1861; married T. E. Ralph, Oct. 15, 1879; now 

living near Covington, Tenn. 

A. B. Dumont. 

[From Vevay Reveille, Die. 2, 1842.] 
DIED, on the morning of the 12th inst., our respected 
townsman and highly esteemed friend, A. B. DUMONT, 
Esq., merchant of this place, aged fifty-three years. 

Truly may it be said, " that in the midst of Hfe we are 
in death ; " as only a few days previous to his decease, Mr. 
Dumont was attending to his usual business, so that the 
melancholy event was sudden and unexpected, even to 
his family. Without any symptoms of a particular disease, 
or any expressed sensibility of pain, notwithstanding the 
best medical assistance, he sunk with accelerated rapidity 
during the three days of his illness, when life terminated 
without an apparent struggle. 

Mr. Dumont was among the early settlers of Vevay, 
and has been constantly engaged in business since his 
arrival in the place. As a merchant, he was punctual, 
honest and honorable in all his dealings — as a citizen, he 
was highly esteemed for public spirit and exemplarv 
morals — and as a husband and father, those who were 
acquainted with him in his family can alone appreciate 



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his inestimable worth. He was a man of extensive infor- 
mation, derived from much reading and serious reflection, 
which a nice dehcacy of feeling accompanied with extreme 
modesty, in a great measure concealed. But his great 
object was the happiness and moral elevation of his be- 
loved family; and for this end he used every exertion to 
aiiford them the means of mental improvement and of 
acquiring useful knowledge. With respect to religion, 
his views were philanthropic and generous, and based 
upon that sublime feeling of devotion which warms and 
expands the heart and elevates the soul to its maker. 
Whilst he firmly believed in the essential doctrines of 
Christianity and the efficacy of true religion in promot- 
ing social order and virtue, he was entirely free from that 
gloomy superstition and sectarian bigotry which sours the 
temper, damps the feelings and contracts the heart. 
Hence he supported liberally the diflferent churches in this 
place — treated with kindness and hospitality respectable 
clergymen of every denomination, and regularly accom- 
panied his amiable family to public worship. By his death 
society has been deprived of a useful member, and his 
family has sustained a loss to them irreparable. May he 
who tempers the winds to the shorn lamb — who is the 
widow's stay and the orphan's shield — support the dis- 
consolate widow in her affliction, and comfort the mourn- 
ing family under their melancholy bereavement. M. 



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Mrs. Isabella Dumont. 

[From Vevay Reveille, Feb. 13, 1879.] 
The life of Mrs. Isabella Dumont, whose death we re- 
corded last week, merits more than a brief and passing- 
notice. It was a life full of suggestions to those who 
look beneath the surface and mark the workings of human 
effort. It was a hfe full of pain and suffering, but of many 
consolations. If the burden at times seemed overpower- 
ing, in the end the requisite strength was surely accorded; 
the spirit was faithful unto the end, and fortitude amid 
suffering was the predominant characteristic of a life 
whose piety, good deeds and Christian graces are monu- 
ments of everlasting remembrance. 

Mrs. Dumont was in the seventy-fourth year of her age, 
having been born November 24, 1804. She came to 
Vevay in 18 17, and thereafter her long life was spent amid 
the quiet scenes which surrounded her last days of earth. 
In 1820, in her early youth, she became the wife of Mr. 
A. B. Dumont, a gentleman whose genial disposition and 
many qualities of mind and heart formed her complete 
happiness, and to whose memory she devoted thirty-six 
years of widowhood. They were years trying to the soul. 
The care of her young family was her one solace and 
whole duty. She brought to its discharge the firmness 
of purpose and force of character for which she was re- 
markable. Two unfailing sources of courage and 
strength she kept always before her mental vision; the 
one an unwavering trust in the goodness and mercy of 
God, the other an active, faithful and zealous member- 
ship in the Methodist Church. In the one she sought the 



rest and consolation promised to " the weary and heavy 
laden," while fighting the hard battle of the world, and 
seeking to direct the young hearts of her children in the 
paths of rectitude and virtue; in the other a safe guidance, 
and found the commission of its membership a source of 
untold comfort, and a support to which she clung with 
increasing tenacity as the trials of life and bodily infirmity 
increased. 

With each succeeding year of patient endurance her 
devoted children and friends marked the sure progress 
of disease, so that while her death was long expected, the 
blow seemed but Httle modified in severity by that fact. 
She " fought the good fight " with a fortitude and stead- 
iness, patience and courage, which testified to her abiding 
faith and Christian strength, and will be lasting memories 
in the hearts of those blessed by her bright example. 

Her life of suffering was crowned by a death calm and 
painless, a foreshadowing of the untold peace to come. 

In the silent watches of a Sabbath evening, her children 
all about her, serenely as the day passed into the night, 
she walked through " the valley of the shadow of death," 
laid the burden of life at the feet of her Saviour, and put 
on immortality. 

" She has carried her Cross with unfaltering heart 
Through this wearisome pathway of sorrow, 
But the shadows of nierht-time have drifted apart. 
In the dawn of a happier morrow. 

Or sadness or jov are alike to her now 

For God's benediction is o'er her, 
And the radiant seal of the saints on her brow — 

Eternity lieth before her. 



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Earth's tears and its trials, Death's terror and strife 

Are memories misty and olden ; 
She has laid them aside with the burden of life, 

At the gates of the paradise golden. 
In pastures where grief never comes, nor alarms, 

The lambs of the shepherd are sleeping. 
And knowing He holdeth her safe in His arms — 

O, how can her children be weeping ? " 



Among the " Biographical Annals," in the second part 
of this book, we give a sketch of the life of the late General 
Ebenezer Dumont, of Indiana. It is a pleasure to be able 
to present, in this place, the following additional data: 

When Fort Sumter was fired upon, Ebenezer Dumont 
commenced recruiting for and organizing the Seventh 
Indiana Regiment. When the regiment was fully re- 
cruited he was appointed colonel and was immediately 
ordered, with his regiment, to western Virginia, where, on 
June 1st, 1861, they engaged and defeated the enemy at 
Phillipi, winning the first victory of the Rebellion. On 
September 3rd, 1861, President Lincoln appointed Col. 
Dumont Brigadier-General of Volunteers, and assigned 
him to the command of a brigade in Kentucky, where he 
served in that capacity until August, 1862, when he was 
assigned to the command of a division in the Army of the 
Cumberland, and served until elected to Congress in 1862. 

General Ebenezer Dumont died April i6th, 1871, and 
left a family consisting of a widow, Mrs. Mary A. Dumont, 
now residing in Indianapolis, and seven daughters, as 
follows : 

i Fannie, married David Braden, Indianapolis, 
ii Julia, widow, living in Washington, D. C. 



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iii Martha, married H. E. Drew, Indianapolis, 

iv Emma, married M. D. Watson, Chicago. 

V Isabel, married J. N. Williams, Indianapolis, 

vi Anna, married R. E. Springsteen, Indianapolis, 

vii Jessie, married W. S. Whitney, Indianapolis. 



The Maternal Ancestpy of Peter Dumont, 

of Vevay, Indiana. 

The editor takes pleasure in presenting copies of many 
of the old and interesting documents, affidavits, letters 
and memoranda preserved among the family papers in 
Vevay, Indiana, information of which has been furnished 
by Mr. Eugene R. Detraz, of whom we have spoken 
previously. (See page 56.) 

Copy of a letter to the Mayor of Bordeaux: 

" To tJie Citisen Mayor of the city of Bordeaux: 

I Peter Dumont now living in the town, and county of 
Saratoga in the state of New York humbly petition before 
the honerable members of your city for the recovery of 
properties left by my forefathers in the time of prosecu- 
tion against the Protestants within the Generalite of Bor- 
deaux in the village De La Tremblade, some situated 
in the island of Ney, and some in Sintonge as you will find 
by the papers annexed to this which will be delivered to 
your honer by the Consul of the United States of America, 
now residing in Bordeaux. 
Sarxtoga April 20th, 1797." 



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(The writer cannot locate any record or tradition of a 
reply having been received by Peter* Dumont to the above 
letter.) 

Memorandum, Made By Peter * Dumont. 

" Captain Peter Traverier of Masha having married 
Marie Arnand the widow of Jean Parlier of La Tramblade, 
And this Peter Traverrier had two children, twins a son 
and a daughter without issue. The sons name was Peter 
Traverrier who married Mary Reseau (the daughter of 
Renier Reseau) of the island of Ray (or in French L' He 
De Ray) and they had an only child a daughter called 
Mary Traverrier and this daughter was married to Hen- 
rich Dumont of Rariton Landing and this daughter she 
had one only son, that is Peter Dumont myself." 

Copies of Affidavits. 
New Jersey* JohnTiaptist Dumont aged fifty-two years 
personally appeared before me Johnf Berrier one of the 
justices of the supreme cort of the province of New Jersey 
and being duly sworn maketh oath that to this deponent 
has know the family of Peter Traverrier near thirty years 
past. That on his first acquaintance with them that Peter 
Traverier was deseased but Mary Traverier was commonly 
and reputed to be the widow of the same peter was then 
living, and that Mary Traverier the yonger was also com- 
monly deemed and reputed as the only child and heir of 

* In these places following " New Jersey " is a written letter or sign 
similar to letter " Y," probably an abbreviated legal term. 

fin this place, between "John" and "Berrier," are some marks or a 
word which Mr. Detraz says he is not certain about, probably the name 
■ Berrier " illegibly written and consequently erased and rewritten 



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this Peter Traverier, That Henrich Dumont the brother 
of this deponent married this Mary Traverrier junior, that 
Peter Dumont is the only son and heir at law of this Hend- 
rich and Mary who are both dead. 

John Baptist Dumont 
Sworn before me this 7th September 1771. 
John Berrier. 

New Jersey* Peter Dumont the elder, aged forty-six 
years, also maketh oath that the contents of the above 
afifidavit are just and true, and also that to this deponent 
hath known the family of Peter Traverrier about thirty 
years and is brother to the aforesaid Hendrich Dumont. 

Peter Dumont. 

Sworn this day aforesaid before me John Berrier. 

Contract of marriage of Pierre (Peter) Traverrier and 
Marie (Mary) Arnand — translated from French: 

To-day the 4th day of January, 1688, we, Pierre Traver- 
rier, ship captain, and Marie Arnand, widow of Jean (John) 
Perlier promise to take each other as husband and wife, 
the laws of our church being previously observed, we agree 
to live together in common as husband and wife the rest 
of our days, and in case one of us should die, the one re- 
maining shall enjoy in his own right all the wealth the two 
parties may possess, to dispose of as he may see fit, to sell, 
assign, rent, etc., according as he may judge proper, and 
in case both of us should die without children from this 
marriage we declare the children of the first marriage, who 

* See foot-note on preceding page. 



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are Andre (Andrew) Perlier, and Jean Perlier, our legiti- 
mate heirs. Furthermore: I, Pierre Traverrier give to 
Marie Arnand the enjoyment of all my property and pre- 
tentions in France, in case the state of affairs should 
change and the liberty of the protestant religion should be 
re-established, giving her the usufruct in general of all that 
may belong to me. To all of these articles we have agreed 
in the presence of Mr. Carre, our minister depository of 
this document, and of the witnesses below named. In 
witness whereof we have all signed; done at Frenchtown 
in Narragansett the said day and year above named. 
Signed. Pierre Traverrier, Marie Arnand on the one side, 
and on the other the witnesses, Carre minister, Jacques 
Many, Andre Arnand, Abraham Dumas. 

P. Bouyot, copiest of the said document. 

I, the undersigned, declare the present copy to be faith- 
fully coppied from the original, in witness whereof I have 
fixed my hand and seal; done at Frenchtown in Narragan- 
sett the 5th day of January 1688. 

Carre minister (seal). 

[Extract of the paper of the consistory L'Eglise Fran- 
cise (French Church)]. 

April 20th, 1688, Pierre Traverrier and Marie Arnand 
received the nuptial benediction from Mr. Carre our min- 

NoTE BY Mr. E. R. Detraz. — This affidavit seems to be written in a 
different hand and bears a seal in red wax. The two additional items given 
below seem to be written in the same hand as the first article above given; 
that is, in the same hand as the marriage contract, but with a different pen 
and at a different time, as the date, January 6th, 1690, will show. All these 
articles are written in the French, on one and the same sheet. 



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ister, the three publications having been previously made 
according to the form of our church; in witness whereof 
we have signed. Carre minister, Pierre Traverrier, Marie 
Arnand, Jacques Many elder, Pierre Bonyot, elder, and 
secretary, Moise Brun elder. 

On the 6th day of January 1689 were baptized by Mr. 
Carre our minister, Pierre and Marie Magdelenne Traver- 
rier children of Pierre Traverrier and Marie Arnand, pre- 
sented to baptism to wit, Pierre by Pierre Traverrier his 
father and Jeanne Drommeau, and Marie Magdelenne by 
Jacques Many and Magdelenne Filleul, godfathers and 
godmothers; who declare the said children to be born the 
last of the year 1688. 

Signed Carre minister, Pierre Traverrier, P. Bonyot, 
elder. 

Extracted by me the 5th of January, 1690. 

P. Bonyot, elder and secretary. 

Among other papers are the following: (i) A letter from 
Jonathan Dumont of New York to his brother, Peter 
Dumont, New Brunswick, in which mention is made of a 
house and mill at New Brunswick belonging to Peter 
Dumont — date, Saturday, Sept. 5th, 1789. (2) A rough 
sketch of John B. Dumont's estate, no date. (3) Inven- 
tory of Marie Traverrier's goods, date February i8th, 
1765. (4) A receipted account for £6, los ^d, of Marie 

Note by Mr. E. R. Detraz. — Am not sure about this figure "6" in both 
the dates, if being made with such a peculiar outline. However the' month 
and year are plain enough. 



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Traverrier to Henry Dumont, no date. (5) Copies of will 
of Peter Traverrier, June 23, 1743. (6) Copy of will of 
Renier Reseau, February 18, 17 19, part gone. (7) Con- 
tract of Apprenticeship, Peter Dumont, son of Hendrick 
Dumont, to G. Rapalye, to learn merchandising, April 10, 
1 76 1, part gone or time worn. (8) Contract of Appren- 
ticeship, Peter Traverrier, son of Marie, widow of Peter 
Traverrier to Peter Chaigneau, cooper, October 21, 1701. 
The above-named papers are all written in English. 

Mr. Detraz adds that there are other French papers 
which are written in such a peculiar hand that it is difficult 
to decipher them. The name of Marie Arnand appears in 
nearly all of them. 

The Rev. Andrew J. Reynolds, of Smith avenue, Nor- 
wood, Cincinnati, Ohio, possesses a French Testament, 
containing also the Psalms set to music, Prayers, Confes- 
sion of Faith, etc. The book is five and one-half inches 
long, three inches wide, and an inch thick, bound in black 
leather. The four corners are protected by silver plates 
and there are two silver clasps. On one of them are en- 
graved the letters " M. R." On a fly-leaf is written " Hvre 
apartient a Marye Rezeau," which means, " this book be- 
longs to Mary Rezeau." Below that is written " En tout 
temps et en toute saison il faut louer et reverer 1' eternel," 
which, translated, is, " at all times and in all seasons we 
should love and reverence the eternal God." Another in- 
scription is: " Mon Dieu Mon Roy," that is, " My God is 
my king." Still another reads as follows: " Dieu tout 
premier, puis pere et mere tou jour soit just," etc., " Let 
God always occupy the first place, then let father and 



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mother come in. Always be just," etc. As the Rev. 
Reynolds writes in his letter conveying the above infor- 
mation, " Thestr inscriptions are worthy of the noble 
Huguenots who were the honor and glory of France." 



Notes on the Freling-huysen and Vroom Families, 
of New Jersey. 

Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (i 691 -1747) was the 
founder of the ilustrious family bearing that surname, in 
New Jersey. His second son, John (i 727-1 754), was the 
father of General Frederick Frelinghuysen, who was born 
in Somerset county. New Jersey, April 13, 1753, and died 
April 13, 1804. The general's third son, also named 
Frederick Frelinghuysen, married Jane, a daughter of 
Peter J. B. Dumont, and they were the parents of the late 
Hon. Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, who was born 
in Millstone, New Jersey, August 4, 1817, and died in 
Newark, N. J., May 20, 1885. The latter's father having 
died when he was only three years old, he was adopted 
by his uncle, Theodore Frelinghuysen. Both the uncle 
and the adopted son were gentlemen of wide learning and 
varied talents. For the details of their respective careers 
the reader is referred to our Biographical Dictionaries, in 
which they justly occupy a prominent place. 

" The name of Vroom is found early on the records of 
the church. Court Vroom seems to have been the first of 
the name residing on the Raritan. Col, Peter D. Vroom, 
of Revolutionary days, was a prominent citizen of Somer- 
set county in his time. He was born Jan. 27, 1745, O. S., 



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two miles from Raritan Landing. Early in life he lived 
in New York, whence he came to reside on the Raritan, 
near the junction of the north and south branches. The 
homestead is now owned by Sexton Wyckofif. He mar- 
ried Elsie Bogart, and died on this plantation. He was 
one of the few individuals who raised the first military 
company in the beginning of the revolutionary war, in 
which he served as lieutenant and captain, and was ap- 
pointed major of the Somerset battalion by joint meeting 
in 1777; and afterwards a lieutenant-colonel. He Jed a 
company at the battle of Germantown, and was in the ser- 
vice during the war. During his life he occupied almost 
every ofifice of trust in the county. At the close of the 
revolution he was made high sheriff, and then clerk of the 
pleas, afterwards a justice of the peace, a member of as- 
sembly in 1791 and several succeeding years, member of 
council for 1799 to 1804, and a long time presiding judge 
of the court, afterwards an elder in the church, and always 
a leading counsellor. He enjoyed an unblemished repu- 
tation, and died in November, 183 1, in the 87th year of 
his age, having, in his time, filled as large a space in public 
life as any of the prominent men of his day in Somerset 
county. He was the father of the late Gov. P. D. 
Vroom."* (History of Somerset county. N. J., by Abra- 
ham Messier, D. D., page 61.) 

* Col. Peter Dumonf' Vroom's mother was Gerretie' Dumont. daughter 
of Peter' Dumont by his third wife, Jannetje Veghte, and Col. P. D.* 
Vroom's son, Governor Peter Dumont' Vroom, married Ann', daughter cf 
Peter J. B.'' Dumont. Authorities, Frelinghuysen and Vroom families; 
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography (New Yorli, 1887), Vol. II, 
pages 542-545 ; same. Vol. VI, page 308. The National Cyclopsedia of 



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" On the south side of the Raritan, near the junction of 
the North and South branches, is the former residence of 
Col. Peter D. Vroom, and the birthplace of Governor P. 
D. Vroom. The old house remains just as it was in early 
days, only an addition has been annexed to it. It deserves 
to be remembered among the venerated localities of our 
beloved country." (History of Somerset county, N. J., 
page 139.) 

American Biography, published by James T. White & Co., New York, 
1893, Vol. IV, page 248 ; same, Vol. V, page 205. The Political Register 
and Congressional Directory, by Ben. Perley Poore (Boston, 1878I. Lan- 
man's Dictionary of Congress (Hartford. 1868), also Lanman's "Biograph- 
ical Annals of the Civil Government," &c. 

Note. — The editor had hoped to include a fairly creditable genealogy of 
these two families, but failed to obtain the necessary data. 



BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS. 



Col. John Dumont. 

[Reprinted verbatim from " Early Indiana Trials and Sketches," by Hon. 
O. H. Smith, pp. 131-132, Cincinnati, 1S5S.] 

Let me not forget my valued friend Colonel John 
Dumont, of Vevay. I became acquainted with the 
Colonel in the Legislature of 1822-3, at Corydon. He 
was one of the most talented men of the body — always 
ready, but modest and retiring to a fault. In personal 
contests he had no equal in the house. On one occasion 
the question was, " whether we should elect a reviser of 
the laws, or revise them ourselves? " In the House, Mr. 
Dumont and myself, with others, had opposed a legisla- 
tive revision, on the ground that we were not qualified to 
revise in session; that the work would be imperfectly done. 
Our views ultimately prevailed, and Judge Benjamin 
Parke was elected reviser. During the debate Dr. Childs, 
of Washington county, in reply to my remarks, insisted 
that we were qualified to do the work ourselves. " Mr. 
Speaker, the wisdom of the State of Indiana is on this 

Note. — Col. John Dumont who was the next to the yonngest son of 
Peter Dumont and Mar)' Lowe, his wife, was born in New Brunswick, New 
Jersey, January 8th, 1787. He married Miss Julia L. Corey, in August, 
1812, and died early in February, 1871. — Ed. 

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floor." Mr. Dumont — " The gentleman says the wis- 
dom of Indiana is on this floor. I can hardly presume 
that the wisdom of my country is here, and I should be 
very sorry, Mr. Speaker, to think that the wisdom of 
Washington county is on this floor." Mr. Dumont was a 
good lawyer and an honest man. He was a candidate for 
Governor against Col. David Wallace — ran on the branch 
of the internal improvement system known as " Classifica- 
tion," while Governor Wallace went for the construction 
simultaneously of the whole works. Col. Dumont was 
clearly right, but the majority went with Gov. Wallace. 
The Colonel was the husband of Mrs. Julia L. Dumont, a 
ladv of high literary attainments, and the father of Col. 
Ebenezer Dumont, of the late Mexican War. 



Mrs. Julia L. Dumont. 
By Rev. Thomas Eddy. 

[Reprinted verbatim from The Vevay Indiana Democrat, March 4, 1876.] 

JuHa L. Dumont, the earliest female v^Titer in the West, 
whose poems, tales and sketches have been preserved, was 
the daughter of Ebenezer and Martha D. Corey. Her 
parents emigrated from Rhode Island to Marietta, Ohio, 
with the " Ohio Company," which settled at that place. 
She was born at Waterford, Washington county, Ohio, on 
the Muskingum river, in October, 1794. Her parents 
returned to Rhode Island during her infancy, and, while 
she was yet a mere babe, her father died. Her mother 
removed to Greenfield, Saratoga county. New York, and 



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married the second time. They then had their residence 
on the Kayaderosseras Mountain, in Greenfield. With 
her mother, I had the pleasure of an acquaintance during 
the closing year of her life. From her, doubtless, Mrs. 
Dumont inherited her delicate organism and strong emo- 
tional nature, her large-heartedness, united with shrink- 
ing sensibility. And in that mountain home her soul 
learned communion with nature in its noble forms, learned 
to love the mountain, with its beetling brow, and the 
gentle hyacinth which blossomed at its base. 

She spent some time in the Milton Academy, in Sara- 
toga county, where she gave unmistakable evidence of 
superior mental powers. In 1811, she taught a school in 
Greenfield, and, in 1812, in Cambridge, Washington 
county. New York. In August of the last-named year. 
she was married to John Dumont, and the following Octo- 
ber they removed to Ohio. 

The village of Vevay, Indiana, is on a beautiful site. 
The river has a majestic curve, and the level plateau on the 
shore corresponds to its semi-circular sweep, while around 
its periphery stands like guardian sentinels a range of noble 
hills. There settled a colony of Swiss, designing to en- 
gage in the culture of the grape. To this localitv Mr. and 
Mrs. Dumont went in 1814, in the gloomv month of 
March, and there was her home till death. There was the 
struggle incident to a new country. Her husband being a 
la\vyer, was, according to the custom of the times, much 
from home attending the courts of other counties. The 
care of the family was upon her, and she met it noblv. 
Schools were scarce and poor. Her own children were to 



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be instructed, and she determined to do the work herself. 
She opened a school, and thenceforward much of her life 
was spent in the schoolroom. For this she was peculiarly 
fitted by her sympathy and keen intuition. Indeed, we 
may claim for her a high position among western pioneer 
teachers. She had a lofty idea of the mission of the in- 
structor, and if she did not attain it, 'twas because she 
placed it above what a mind of more than ordinary abili- 
ties, tireless effort and a loving heart could reach. She 
was successful in imparting what she knew. A dear friend 
of hers, who often saw her in the schoolroom, said, " How 
faithfully did she obey the command, ' Say to them that 
are of faithful heart be strong! ' How zealously did she 
labor to confine the feeble! Was there one in her school 
particularly unfortunate, that one was immediately taken 
especially under her maternal care. She had in her school 
several cripple boys, some of whom were poor and friend- 
less, and it seemed to me no mother could have surpassed 
her endeavor to fit them for usefulness." We claim special 
honor for her early and successful devotion to education in 
the west. 

Her nature was so finely strung that few were capable 
of sympathizing with her, either in her sorrows or her re- 
joicings. She dwelt in some sense alone, and yet her heart 
was full of sympathy. When a grief was pressing upon 
her soul, she was surrounded by a promiscuous circle, 
capable of interesting and rendering happy those with 
whom she mingled. Very bitter were some of the trials 
through which she passed, and very severe the discipline 
of sufifering which was her lot. She saw three sons wither, 



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one by one, away to the cold grave. Soon a daughter fol- 
lowed them. There was a beautiful boy whom she called 
Edgar, and whom she loved intensely. One summer 
morning he left her side full of glee; in half an hour he was 
drowned; she bore him to her house in her arms. The 
blow was terrible. Her soul was a long-continued 
struggle. His name she never mentioned; yet, he was 
ever in her heart. I said she did not call his name, but a 
letter from her daughter says: " Among all her papers was 
never found any allusion to his name, nor to this bereave- 
ment ; but in a private drawer of hers are to be found sev- 
eral small packages marked thus, ' Seed of the flowers he 
planted,' ' The shoes he wore,' ' His little fish-hooks.' " 

There is scarcely to be found a more touching fact. It 
tells the deep, sad grief which preyed upon her soul. Dur- 
ing all this struggle she did not " charge God foolishly." 
She strove to feel what she believed to be true, that God 
was very pitiful and of tender mercy. 

There were other trials. She had another son who had^ 
grown to man's estate, was admitted to the bar, and had 
high hopes of eminence in his profession. He was 
sprightly and full of force. Well did I know him, often I 
spoke with him, united him to his bride in marriage, and 
stood by his bedside as he was passing down into the 
swellings of Jordan. In the pride of his manhood he was 
smitten and wasted to the tomb. Another shrine was 
broken. 

Mrs. Dumont's health gave way, her constitution, 
though elastic, was delicate and she bowed at length. 
She went south, among the orange groves and palmettoes 



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she sought to regain her former strength and activity. 
It was not to be so. She was marked for death. A year 
or nearly so was spent south and then she returned home, 
for Vevay was still the home of the living and the resting 
place of the dead. 

Amid the greetings, the experiences, the questions 
asked and answered, her children discovered that she had 
come back to them with a distressing cough. It never 
left her, but was developed into consumption. It only 
needs the old history to tell what remains, so far as the 
disease was concerned, the mocking promise of restored 
health, then the change. With the indomitable industry 
which had ever marked her she would not cease work, but, 
in addition to preparing a volume of sketches for the press, 
also after her return, superintended her school through 
several terms. " She trusted and was not afraid." Trust 
ripened into joy, and she whose whole life had been one 
weary battlefield at last triumphed. I cannot forbear tran- 
scribing one other passage from her daughter's letter to 
me, though it was not written for publication: " For many 
years she suffered with a nervous restlessness which pre- 
vented her sleeping; but the blessed promise, ' He giveth 
His beloved sleep ' seemed graven on her heart. Again 
and again have I found her with her eyes closed, hands 
clasped and voice uttering, as in thanksgiving prayer, ' So 
He giveth His beloved sleep.' " 

Early in life Mrs. Dumont's mental powers attracted 
attention and led many to presage for her a high literary 
position. But the cares of her household, her feeble 
health and a distrust of her own abilities, prevented her 



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from attempting more than fragmentary essays, tales, 
sketches and poems. While her productions were sought 
after with avidity by publishers able to pay for them, she 
felt so much desire to build up and sustain the local press 
and home literature that she more usually would send her 
best songs to some new village paper struggling for an 
existence, and, with the communication, some words of 
cheer to the editor, to give him heart and hope. She was 
a frequent contributor to the Literary Gazette, published 
at Cincinnati. Several of the best poems she wrote were 
first printed in the Gazette, among which are " Poverty," 
" The Pauper to the Rich Man," and the " Orphan Emi- 
grant." In the years 1834, '35 and '36 she wrote fre- 
quently for the Cincinnati Mirror, but chiefly in prose. 
She was awarded three prizes by the publishers of the 
Mirror for stories on Western themes. One of these 
stories, " Ashton Grey," with others, contributed to the 
Western Literary Journal and the Ladies' Repository are 
collected in a volume entitled " Life Sketches." 

While examining the characteristics of Mrs. Dumont's 
style, we are impressed with its purity. She never wrote 
a line calculated to lure one from virtue, to gild vice, or 
bedeck with flowers the road to death. There is virtue in 
all that lives from her pen. Virtue the child of Heaven, the 

Note.— A selection of Mrs. Julia L. Dumont's writings, undpr general 
title of " Life Sketches from Common Paths." was pubiished bvthe Apple- 
tons, New Yorlc, 1856. A brief biographi'-al sketch of Mrs. Dumnnt will 
be found in Appleton's Cyciopsedia of American Biography, New York, 
1S87, in which place her maiden name erroneously appears as " Carey " 
A review of her literary work is contained in " Beginnings of Literary Cul- 
ture in Ohio Valley," by Professor W. H. Venable, LL.D. of Cincinnati.— 
Editor. 



true guide lo success in life, and time title to fragrant 
memory. Her teachings addressed to the young, for to 
them and for them she mainly wrote, inspire heroic virtue, 
a working faith, and conquering zeal. She had ever a 
word of hopefulness for the desponding, of encouragement 
for the toiling. 

Mrs. Dumont died on the second day of January, 1857, 
mourned not only by a bereaved family and immediate 
neighbors, but by many far distant, to whom kind instruc- 
tions had closely endeared her. 



Mfs. Julia L. Dumont, as a Teacher.* 
By Dr. Edward Eggleston. 

We had one teacher who was, so far as natural genius 
for teaching goes, the best of all I have ever known. * * * 
Mrs. Dumont occupied no mean place as a writer of poetry 
and prose tales. Eminent litterateurs of the time, from 
Philadelphia and Cincinnati, used to come to Vevay to see 
her. * * * 

But as a school-mistress, Mrs. Dumont deserves immor- 
tahty. She knew nothing of systems, but she went un- 
erringly to the goal by pure force of native genius. In all 
her early life she taught because she was poor, but after 
her husband's increasing property relieved her from neces- 
sity, she still taught school from love of it. When she was 
past sixty years old, a school-room was built for her along- 

* By kind permission of the author and The Century Company ; being 
extracts from " Some Western School-masters," in Scribner's Monthly, Vol. 
XVII, pages 750-753. March, 1879. 



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side her residence, which was one of the best in the town, 
it was here that i first knew her, after she iiad already 
taught two generations in the place. The " graded " 
schools had been newly introduced, and no man was found 
who could, either in acquirements or abihty, take preced- 
ence of the venerable school-mistress; so the high school 
was given to her. 

I can see the wonderful old lady now, as she was then, 
with her cape pinned awry, rocking her splint-bottom 
chair nervously while she talked. Full of all manner of 
knowledge, gifted with something very like eloquence in 
speech, abounding in affection for her pupils and enthusi- 
asm in teaching, she moved us strangely. Being infatu- 
ated with her, we became fanatic in our pursuit of knowl- 
edge, so that the school hours were not enough, and we 
had a " lyceum " in the evening for reading " composi- 
tions," and a club for the study of history. If a recitation 
became very interesting, the entire school would some- 
times be drawn into the discussion of the subject; all other 
lessons went to the wall, books of reference were brought 
out of her library, hours were consumed, and many a time 
the school session was prolonged until darkness forced us 
reluctantly to adjourn. 

Mrs. Dumont was the ideal of a teacher because she suc- 
ceeded in forming character. She gave her pupils un- 
stinted praise, not hypocritically, but because she lovingly 
saw the best in every one. We worked in the sunshine. 
A dull but industrious pupil was praised for diligence, a 
bright pupil for ability, a good one for general excellence. 
The dullards got more than their share, for knowing how 



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easily such an one is disheartened, Mrs. Dumont went out 
of her way to praise the first show of success in a slow 
scholar. She treated no two alike. She was full of all 
sorts of knack and tact, a person of infinite resource for 
calling out the human spirit. She could be incredibly 
severe when it was needful, and no over-grown boy whose 
meaness had once been analyzed by Mrs. Dumont ever 
forgot it. 

I remember one boy with whom she had taken some 
pains. One day he wrote an insulting word about one of 
the girls of the school on the door of a deserted house. 
Two of us were deputized by the other boys to defend the 
girl by complaining of him. Mrs Dumont took her seat 
and began to talk to him before the school. The talking 
was all there was of it, but I think I never pitied any 
human being more than I did that boy as she showed him 
his vulgarity and his meanness, and, as at last in the climax 
of her indignation, she called him " a miserable hawbuck." 
At another time when she had picked a piece of paper 
from the floor with a bit of profanity written on it, she 
talked about it until the whole school detected the author 
by the beads of perspiration on his forehead. 

When I had written a composition on " The Human 
Mind," based on Combe's Phrenology, and adorned with 
quotations from Pope's " Essay on Man," she gave me to 
read the old Encyclopedia Britannica containing an article 
expounding the Hartleian system of mental philosophy, 
and followed this with Locke on the " Conduct of the 
Understanding." She was the only teacher I have known 
who understood that school studies were entirely second- 



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ary to general reading as a source of culture, and who put 
the habit of good reading first in the list of acquirements. 

There was a rack for hats and cloaks so arranged as to 
cut off a portion of the school from the teacher's sight. 
Some of the larger girls who occupied this space took 
advantage of their concealed position to do a great deal of 
talking and tittering, which did not escape Mrs. Dumont's 
watchfulness. But in the extreme corner of the room was 

the seat of the excellent Drusilla H , who had never 

violated a rule of the school. To reprimand the others, 
while excepting her, would have excited jealousy and com- 
plaints. The girls who sat in that part of the room were 
detained after school and treated to one of Mrs. Dumont's 
tender but caustic lectures on the dishonorableness of 
secret ill-doing. Drusilla bore .silently her share of the 
reproof. But at last the school-mistress said: 

Now, my dears, it may be that their is some one among 
you not guilty of misconduct. If there is I know I can 
trust you to tell me who is not to blame." 

" Drusilla never talks," they all said at once, while Dru- 
silla, girl like, fell to crying. 

But the most remarkable illustration of Mrs. Dumont's 
skill in matters of discipline was shown in a case in which 
all the boys of the school were involved, and were for a 
short time thrown into antagonism to a teacher whose 
ascendancy over them had been complete. 

We were playing " town-ball " on the common at a long 
distance from the schoolroom. Town-ball is one of the 
old games from which the more scientific but not half so 
amusing "national game" of baseball has since been 



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evolved. In that day the national game was not thought 
of. Eastern youth played field base, and western boys 
townball in a free and happy way, with soft balls, primitive 
bats and no nonsense. There were no scores, but a catch 
or crosscut in townball put the whole side out, leaving the 
others to take the bat or " paddle " as it was appropriately 
called. The very looseness of the game gave opportunity 
for many ludicrous mischances and surprising turns which 
made it a most joyous play. 

Either because the wind was blowing adversely, or be- 
cause the play was more than commonly interesting, we 
failed to hear the ringing of Mrs. Dumont's handbell at 
one o'clock. The afternoon wore on until more than an 
hour of schooltime had passed, when some one suddenly 
bethought himself. We dropped the game and started 
pell-mell, full of consternation, for the schoolroom. We 
would at that moment have preferred to face an angry 
schoolmaster with his beechen rod than to have ofifended 
one whom we reverenced so much. The girls all sat in 
their places; the teacher was sitting silent and awful in her 
rocking-chair; in the hour and a half no lessons had been 
recited. We shufifled into our seats and awaited the 
storm. It was the high school, and the boys were mostly 
fifteen or sixteen years of age, but the school-mistress had 
never a rod in the room. Such weapons are for people of 
fewer resources than she. Very quietly she talked to us, 
but with great emphasis. She gave no chance for explan- 
ation or apology. She was hopelessly hurt and afifronted. 
We had humiliated her before the whole town, she said. 
She would take away from us the morning and afternoon 



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recess for a week. She would demand an explanation 
from us to-morrow. 

It was not possible that a company of boys could be 
kept for half an hour in such a moral sweatbox as that to 
which she treated us without growing angry. When 
school was dismissed we held a running indignation meet- 
ing as we walked toward home. Of course we all spoke 
at once. But after a while the more moderate saw that 
the teacher had some reason. Nevertheless, one boy was 
appointed to draft a written reply that should set forth 
our injured feelings. I remember in what perplexity that 
committee found himself. With every hour he felt more 
and more that the teacher was right and the boys wrong, 
and that by the next morning the reviving affection of the 
scholars for the beloved and venerated schoolmistress 
would cause them to appreciate this. So that the address 
which was presented for their signatures did not breathe 
much indignation. I can almost recall every word of that 
somewhat pompous but very sincere petition. It was 
about as I give it here: 
" Honored Madam: 

In regard to our offense of yesterday we beg that you 
will do us the justice to believe that it was not intentional. 
We do not ask you to remit the punishment you have in- 
flicted in taking away our recess, but we do ask you to 
remit the heavier penalty we have incurred, your own dis- 
pleasure." 

The boys all willingly signed this except one, who was, 
perhaps, the only conscious offender in the party. He 



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confessed that he had observed that the sun was " getting 
a Httle slanting " while we were at play, but, as his side 
" had the paddles," he did not say anything until they were 
put out. The unwilling boy wanted more indignation in 
the address and he wanted the recess back. But when all 
the others had signed he did not dare leave his name off 
but put it at the bottom of the list. 

With trembling hands we gave the paper to the school- 
mistress. How some teachers would have used such a 
paper as a means of further humiliation to the offenders! 
How few could have used it as she did! The morning 
wore on without recess. The lessons were heard as usual. 
As the noon hour drew near, Mrs. Dumont rose from her 
chair and went into the library. We all felt that some- 
thing was going to happen. She came out with a copy of 
Shakspeare, which she opened at the fourth scene of the 
fourth act of the second part of King Henry IV. Giving 
the book to my next neighbor and myself she bade us read 
the scene, alternating with the change of speaker. You 
remember the famous dialogue in that scene between the 
dying king and the prince who has permaturely taken the 
crown from the bedside of the sleeping king. It was all 
wonderfullv fresh to us and to our school mates, whose 
interest was divided between the scene and a curiosity as 
to the use the teacher meant to make of it. At length the 
reader who took the king's part read: 



Heaven put if in thv mind to take it hence. 
That thou miphtst win the more thv father's love, 
Pleadinu so wisely in excuse of it." 



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Then she took the book and closed it. The application 
was evident to all, but she made us a touching little speech 
full of affection, and afterward restored the recess. She 
detained the girls when we had gone to read to them the 
address, that she might " show them what noble brothers 
they had." Without doubt she made overmuch of our 
nobleness. But no one knew better than Mrs. Dumont 
that the surest way of evoking the best in man or boy, is 
to make the most of the earhest symptoms of it. From 
\hat hour our schoolmistress had our whole hearts; we 
loved her and reverenced her; we were thoughtless 
enough, but for the most of us her half-suspected wish was 
a supreme law. * * * YLer life always seemed to me 
a poem, or something better than a poem. * * * 



General Ebenezer Dumont. 

[Verbatim extracts from rAe Indianapolis Journal, yionda.y, April 17, 1871. 

General Dumont was the son of John and Julia L. Du- 
mont, of Vevay, Switzerland county, Indiana, where he 
was born November 23, A. D. 1814. He was conse- 
quently fifty-six years, four months and twenty-five days 
old when he died.* In this brief period his Hfe is em- 
braced. 

His parents were both remarkable people, as well for 
their talents as their acquirements, and have left traces of 
themselves in the laws and literature of the State which 
will not be forgotten or omitted when its history shall be 

* General Ebenezer Dumont's death occurred about 4:00 o'clock A. M., 
April 16, 1871, at his residence south of Indianapolis. 



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adequately written. His father was a good lawyer and an 
upright politician and statesman, whose whole public life 
will show that the aim of his political conduct was public 
utility and welfare, rather than popular applause. In 1837 
he was a candidate against Governor Wallace for gover- 
nor of the State. The latter was the advocate of the 
simultaneous construction of the whole system of internal 
improvements adopted in 1836, maintaining its necessity, 
expediency and practicability. The former opposed him. 
urging that disaster must inevitably follow the policy of 
his opponent, and in order to prevent that disaster, the 
true policy of the State was to classify the works included 
in the system, and having thus settled upon those which 
were most immediately necessary to the development of 
the State, and which promised, therefore, to be most im- 
mediately remunerative, proceed first with their con- 
struction; and so on, upon the same principle until all 
should be completed. The people, however, were carried 
away by the eloquence of Wallace and rage of the hour, 
and Mr. Dumont was defeated. No wonder, when such 
men as the late Judge Morrison could not close a letter 
to a friend without adding a postscript saying: "We all 
are for Wallace and the system here." The result of that 
election in effect terminated the political career of both; 
but in different ways. Mr. Dumont abandoned politics 
at once, and gave his attention thereafter entirely to the 
law; while Governor Wallace served his term as governor, 
was elected one term to congress, and then defeated in 
the second race. The failure of the system before the 
contest of 1840, had rendered it unsafe for the Whigs to 



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nominate him for re-election as governor. Had Mr. Du- 
mont been like most politicians he might have risen, in 
1840, with the same platform which caused his defeat in 
1837. He made no effort to avail himself of his own 
superior sagacity, or the mistakes and blunders of his ad- 
versaries. He was the advocate of free schools, and did 
more than any Indianian of his time to lay the founda- 
tion of a system of free education. His labors are vastly 
important in regard to this subject. Nor was Mrs. Du- 
mont less conspicuous for her devotion and labors in 
furtherance of the same great cause. She was an admirable 
teacher, and some of the best practical essays that we have 
ever read upon the subject of popular education were from 
her pen. Her best title to remembrance as a person of 
superior mind rightly directed, is not her services and 
merits as a teacher. She was highly endowed with the 
sacred gift of genius — genius subordinated and obedient 
to all that is highest, grandest and best in the sentiments, 
aspirations and love of a noble and true woman's heart. 
Her poems, though not numerous, constitute, in our judg- 
ment, her best title to literary remembrance. These, we 
beHeve, will long survive, for many of them are full of the 
undying soul of song. We would not, however, by saying 
this, be understood to disparage her prose writing. On 
the contrary, many times have caused the most blessed 
tears that ever moistened our eyes to flow down our 
cheeks while reading in silence some one of her beautiful 
" Tales from Common Paths." 

Such in brief were the parents of General Dumont. He 
inherited, in a large degree, the mental and moral char- 
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acteristics of them both, having all the intensity and 
energy of genius, linked, however, to other qualities 
severely practical. The combination spoiled the poet, 
and made the practical business man a consuming fire. It 
was not certainly the happiest combination, but could 
scarcely fail to be effective in achievement. Such would 
be our opinion, judging a priori. A brief survey of Gen- 
eral Dumont's life will prove it true. 

Accordingly we see him immediately after completing 
his own education, as the phrase goes, teaching school for 
a livelihood here in Indianapolis for a while. How long 
he followed this vocation we have not been informed. He 
next reads law, or, indeed, is perhaps engaged in that 
while teaching; for to that profession he had been dedi- 
cated even from his childhood. He is admitted to the 
bar, but exactly when does not appear from any facts in 
our possession. He then leaves home, settling in Dear- 
born county, for the practice of his profession. Though 
a beardless boy, of diminutive size and feeble voice, he 
soon began to establish a reputation for industry and 
abiUty second to no lawyer in the place. He was ad- 
mitted by his seniors to be competent to manage import- 
ant cases at an age when most other young lawyers shrink 
from embarking in them at all. In 1838 or '39 he tried 
politics — was elected a member of the House of Repre- 
sentatives in the General Assembly. Here again the boy 
was felt as a power. His tact and energy enabled him to 
defeat measures which others of more mature years would 
have had to succumb to. Next, he was placed, we believe 
by executive appointment, in the office of county treas- 



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urer, and in that relation established his reputation as the 
honest and faithful custodian of the people's money — a 
reputation which has grown with his years and will long 
remain the enduring monument of his integrity After 
retiring from the office of county treasurer he followed his 
profession with great industry, energy and corresponding 
success, until the second year of the xMexican War En- 
tering the Fourth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers, he 
was commissioned Lieut.-Colonel, and in that capacity 
went to Mexico where he served with distinction for one 
year. He was gone from home in all one year and three 
months. He was in the capture of Huamautla, the seige 
of Puebla and other engagements, in all which he won the 
approbation of his superiors and the confidence of his in- 
feriors in the service. 

Upon returning from Mexico he resumed the practice 
of his profession, and followed it with great success until 
i«5i, vvhen he was again elected to the House of Repre- 
sentatives. He was chosen speaker for the term, and 
served to the entire satisfaction of the House. But he 
won his best distinction as a business man and debater 
during the session, in which he delivered several able 
speeches, which were published, and gave him a State 
reputation as a man of ability. 

In 1852 -during the long session of the General As- 
sembly-he was elected president of the " State Bank of 
Indiana, a position of the very highest possible trust and 
responsibility. He entered upon the duties of this posi- 
tion upon the retirement of Judge Morrison therefrom 
and continued to perform them until the bank's charter' 



expired in 1858 or '59. In connection with the bank 
presidency he was also president of the board of commis- 
sioners of the sinkmg fund. In both relations he had 
hrmly established himself in the confidence of the public 
as a business man of capacity and blameless integrity be- 
fore the charter had expired, and, upon the reorganization 
of the sinking fund board, during the session of 1859, he 
was elected president thereof, and continued in that office 
until the commencement of the War of the Rebelhon. 

He was among the earliest of the prominent Democrats 
of the State to resist the heresy of secession, and the con- 
sequent right of a State to make war upon the general 
government; and, upon the breaking out of the Rebellion 
promptly tendered his services to the governor. He was 
sent by His Excellency to Washington to ascertain what 
might be ascertained of the objects of the government, and 
also of the means which it would be able to employ to sup- 
press the Rebellion, and how the State might best be able 
to aid therein. Upon his return from this mission he was 
appointed Colonel of the 7th regiment of Indiana volun- 
teers. At the head of this regiment he served with dis- 
tinction during the three months campaign of 1861, in 
West Virginia, being prominently engaged in the surprise 
of Phillipi, the skirmishes at Laurel Hill, and the battle of 
Carrick's Ford. After the campaign he reorganized the 
regiment for three years, and, at the head of it, returned 
to West Virginia, and while there participated in the 
battle of Greenbrier under Gen. Reynolds. Soon after 
this engagement he was appointed a Brigadier-General by 
the President, and ordered to Louisville. He passed the 



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winter of 1861 and 1862 at Bardstown, Bacon Creek and 
other points between Louisville and Nashville. His 
health was extremely bad, but he clung to his command 
and performed its duties for months when he ought to 
have been under treatment. He subsequently was placed 
in command of Nashville, Tennessee, where his spirit and 
earnestness secured the flag more kindly treatment from 
his enemies than it would otherwise have received. While 
here it was that he organized and led his celebrated pur- 
suit of John Morgan, whom he well nigh captured at Leb- 
anon. His health, however, finally disqualifying him for 
the field, he accepted the nomination for Congress on the 
part of the Union or Republican party in 1862, and was in 
due time elected a member. He was re-elected in 1864, 
and thus served his country faithfully according to his con- 
victions of duty for four years, so far as his very feeble 
health would permit. His feelings during the Rebellion 
were intensely awakened and excited. He had no tolera- 
tion for treason or traitors, or for those he conceived to 
be in sympathy with such. He was utterly relentless 
toward the foes of the old flag. 

Since he returned from Congress he has held no public 
office until his appointment during the past winter as Gov- 
ernor of Idaho; but during each political canvass he has 
participated in pubHc speaking for his party with zeal and 
ability. He has spent the time not thus employed in the 
oversight of his farm and business, until some time during 
the winter, when he went to Washington in connection 
with his last appointment. While there he was taken 
down sick and came near dying. He finally so far recov- 



ered, however, that he was able to return home. Upon 
doing so he entered upon a course of arranging his busi- 
ness with a view to going to Idaho, but before he had com- 
pleted it, was taken ill again with fever and general pros- 
tration, from which there was really never much hope from 
the first that he could recover. Congestion of the lungs 
supervened upon the progress of his fever; and he finally 
died as we have already stated.* He retained his faculties 
to the last, rising from his bed to put on his morning 
wrapper a few minutes only before he died. His death 
was apparently not painful, and was without a struggle. 
No man ever maintained in death the uniform consistency 
of character he had borne through life in all its higher and 
better traits [more strongly] than he. He was always an 
earnest, upright, laborious, systematic man. He loved 
and hated in earnest — intensely; but beneath a some- 
times harsh and severe exterior he bore as generous and 
kind a heart as ever beat in the breast of man. He was no 
deceiver. He carried his principles in his hand, alike for 
inspection of friend and foe; and with the faults common 

*This sketch, as originally published in the Indianatolis Journal, April 
17, 1871, was preceded by the following paragraph; "General Ebenezer 
Dumont, lately appointed Governor of Idaho, died at his residence, south 
of this city, j'esterday morning, a few minutes past four o'clock. The 
melancholy event was not unexpected, for his health had been extremely 
bad for a long time, and for the last ten days no well grounded hope had 
been entertained by his physicians or friends of his recovery. Nevertheless 
his known tenacity of purpose, and of life, alike induced them to hope 
against hope that he might finally recover, and enter upon the new career 
which his appointment seemed to open before him. But that career has 
been denied him by a Power in the presence of which all human power is 
but weakness, and all human glor>' but as the dust and ashes under our 
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to mortal men, has left a record of noble deeds to his family 
and countrj' which will long be cherished by them as a 
priceless inheritance. 

A meeting of the bar of the city will be held at the 
United States Court Room, at two o'clock this afternoon, 
to make arrangements to attend the funeral, which will 
take place from the First Presbyterian Church, at half- 
past two p. M. to-morrow. In the evening a meeting of 
the soldiers of the city will be held at the same place, to 
take a similar action. 



Captain Robert Anderson. 

Born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1751, and coming to 
America at the age of nineteen, " to see the new world," 
almost on the eve of the Revolution, Captain Anderson 
quickly found opportunity in General Washington's army 
to make manifest his bravery and adventurous spirit. 
Among his descendants are certain traditions from which 
we gather the following items: Previous to his departure 
from his native land his mother gave him eight hundred 
guineas and a silver-clasped Bible, thus evincing, at once, 
the financial and religious standing of his family. He re- 
mained in America, served through the Revolutionary 

Note. — Brief sketches of the life of General Ebenezer Dumont will be 
found in Appletons Cyclopcedia of American Biography (tievf York, 1887), and 
in Lanman's " Dictionary of U. S. Congress," etc. (Hartford, 1868), as well 
as the latter's " Biog. Annals of the Civil Government." Further mention 
is made in a work entitled " Biog. and Hist. Sketches of Early Indiana," 
by W. W. Woollen (Indianapolis, 1883). This last mentioned book also 
contains several references to Colonel John Dumont, the father of General 
Ebenezer Dumont. — Editor. 



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War and was at Valley Forge. He visited Ireland twice. 
Met with financial reverses in consequence, it is said, of his 
signing a man's bail for some thirty thousand dollars, 
which he had to pay. He was a handsome man, beautiful 
complexion and of a remarkably amiable disposition. His 
brother-in-law, Colonel John Dumont, once remarked of 
him: " Captain Anderson was a perfect gentleman." He 
married Catherine Dumont,* and died at Fort Edward, 
New York, in 1816, where he was buried with Masonic 
honors. His family removed to Vevay, Indiana. 



Hon. W. T. Bland. 

William Thomas Bland was born in Weston, Lewis 
county, Virginia, now West Virginia, January 21, i86r. 
His father, Doctor William J. Bland, was one of the promi- 
nent physicians of that State. Doctor Bland was a sur- 
geon in the United States army, and, subsequent to his 
resignation therefrom, became a member of the Virginia 
legislature. He was opposed to the secession of the 
Southern States, but, after the war began, became chief 
surgeon of William L. Jackson's brigade in the Confeder- 
ate army. After the war he was chosen medical superin- 
tendent of the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, at 
Weston, West Virginia, an institution which, while he was 
a member of the Virginia Assembly, he was instrumental 
in having located and constructed. This last-mentioned 
position he retained for many years, resigning in the year 

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1892, on account of advanced age. He died in 1897, ^t 
the age of eighty-one. 

The Bland family, of which the subject of this sketch is 
a member, descended from Theodoric Bland, of Virginia, 
who was an officer in the Revolutionary army, a close 
friend of Washington and one of his trusted officers. 
Theodoric Bland was bom in 1742, in Prince George 
county, Virginia. Through his grandmother, Jane Rolfe, 
he was fourth in descent from Pocahontas. He was one 
of a score of gentlemen who took from the palace of Lord 
Dunsmore the arms and ammunition which had been ab- 
stracted by that nobleman from the public arsenal. Dur- 
ing the entire war of the Revolution, with the exception 
of one term in the Virginia Senate, he was in military serv- 
ice, and, after independence had been acknowledged, he 
was elected a member of the General Congress, which then 
met at Philadelphia, and continued a member thereof until 
1783. He was a member of the Convention of 1783, called 
to ratify the Federal Constitution, and voted against its 
adoption, but was chosen as the first representative to 
Congress under it. He was the author of the " Bland 
papers," and left many memorials of the Revolutionary 
period. (See American Encyclopedia.) 

The Blands are of ancient English origin, the common 
ancestor of Sir Richard de Blount, or Blunt. (See book 
entitled " Bristol Parish.") 

Many of the Virginia Blands are buried at Blandford 
Church, near Petersburg, about which ancient edifice a 
beautiful poem was written. 

Hon. Richard P. Bland, member of Congress from Mis- 



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souri, and Judge C. C. Bland, of the St. Louis Court of 
Appeals, are descendants of the Virginia Bland family. 

The mother of the subject of this sketch was Columbia 
Madison Bland, formerly Jackson. She was born at 
Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), September 22, 
1823. Her father was Judge John G. Jackson, who was 
born about 1774, at Clarksburg, Virginia, and died about 
1825. He succeeded his father. Judge George Jackson, in 
Congress, and while a member thereof, married Mary 
Payne, a sister of the accomplished wife of President Mad- 
ison — Dollie ]\Iadison. The marriage was the first to occur 
in the White House. His second wife was Sophia Meigs, 
the only daughter of R. J. Meigs, Governor of Ohio and 
afterwards postmaster-general. Of that marriage several 
children were born, including the mother of the subject of 
this sketch. Judge Jackson was appointed the first Fed- 
eral Judge for the Western District of Virginia, and this 
office he filled with distinction until his death. He was a 
learned lawyer, a man of indomitable energy and of great 
enterprise. (See Life of Stonewall Jackson, by R. I>. 
Dabney.) 

Judge Jackson's brother, Edward, was the grandfather 
of General Stonewall Jackson. Ex-Governor J. B. Jackson, 
of West Virginia, Judge John J. Jackson, of the United 
States District Court of the District of West Virginia, who 
was appointed by President Lincoln, and Judge Monroe 
Jackson, of the State Circuit Court at Parkesburg, Wood 
county. West Virginia, are grandsons of Judge John G. 
Jackson. The Jackson family descended from John Jack- 
son, of Scotch-Irish origin, whose family moved from the 



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north of Ireland to London. He emigrated from London 
in 1748, first settling in Calvert county, Maryland, and 
there married Elizabeth Cummings, also from London. 
They afterwards settled in the western portion of Virginia 
(now West Virginia) and founded the Jackson family, 
which has long been one of the prominent families of the 
State, its members having occupied many positions of 
honor and trust. 

William Thomas Bland graduated at the University of 
West Virginia in 1883, and afterwards studied law at the 
University of Virginia and the University of West Vir- 
ginia, and, after graduating in law, practiced for three 
years in his native State, removing to Atchison, Kansas, 
in December, 1887, and there engaged in the practice of 
his profession. In 1889 he was elected county attorney 
of Atchison county, Kansas, refusing a nomination for a 
second term. In 1893 he was elected Mayor of the City 
of Atchison, and, in 1897, was elected Judge of the Second 
Judicial Dictrict of Kansas. The county of Atchison, as 
well as the city, is largely Republican, and each time Judge 
Bland was elected upon the Democratic ticket. 

In August, 1891, he married Bertha H., daughter 01 
W. C. and Kate Avis McPike, and of that marriage one 
child, William McPike Bland, was born, November 2:7, 
1894. 



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Hon. A. C. Ellis. 

Alexander Campbell Ellis was bom in Kenton county, 
Ky., in 1832. His father was William Grimsley Ellis, born 
in Fauquier county, Virginia, and his mother was Susan G 
Arnold, whose ancestors came to Kentucky from the sam< 
old home in Virginia. The Ellises are of English descent 
and the Arnolds of Scotch-Irish. Campbell Ellis was 
reared on a farm in Kenton county where his father was 
the owner of one of the largest estates in Northern Ken- 
tucky. He was educated in the common schools and 
studied law in Covington. Was a deputy clerk of the 
Circuit Court and one of the first Democrats elected to 
office in Kenton county after the war. Was, for two 
terms, clerk of the courts and recorder of the county, and 
subsequently entered upon the active practice of the law, 
in which he is still engaged. He has been prominent at 
the bar, frequently serving as special judge of the Circuit 
Court, and for many years was one of the leaders in Demo- 
cratic politics. Was married in 1859 to Kate Blackburn 
Hereford, widow of Blair P. Hereford and daughter of 
Christopher Blackburn and Jeanetta Smith, his wife. Mr. 
and Mrs. Ellis have four children living — Hon. Wade H. 
Ellis, of Cincinnati; Dr. Samuel B. Ellis, of Dayton, Ohio: 
Chatten Ellis, of Covington, Ky., and Mrs. U. S. Rotzong, 
of Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Ellis has three daughters by 
her first husband, viz.: Eudora Hereford, of Covington, 
Ky.; Mrs. J. W. Peebles, of Milldale, Ky., and Mrs. J. W. 
Meiers, of Kansas City, Mo. 



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Hon. Wade H. Ellis. 



Wade H. Ellis, son of Alexander Campbell Ellis and 
Kate Blackburn Ellis, was born in Covington, Ky., Decem- 
ber 31, 1864. Attended the district and high schools hi 
Covington and Cincinnati, and Chickering Institute iu 
Cincinnati. Engaged in newspaper work as a young man, 
and, at the age of twenty, was city editor of the Cincin- 
nati Daily Sun. Later went to the Law School of the 
Washington and Lee University, at Lexington, Virginia, 
studying under the late John Randolph Tucker, and grad- 
uated with the honors of his class in 1889. At Washing- 
ton and Lee University received the Debater's medal and 
the" law scholarship. Located in South Dakota, and, in 
1892, was nominated by his party for Attorney-General 
of the State, but withdrew to form a partnership for the 
practice of the law in Kansas City. Returned to Coving- 
ton in 1893 and formed a partnership with Ellis G. Kin- 
kead for the practice of law in Cincinnati. Became man- 
aging editor of the Cincinnati Tribune in 1894, and subse- 
quently editor of the Commercial Tribune, by the consoli- 
dation of the Cincinnati Tribune and the Cincinnati Com- 
mercial Gazette, continuing during this period of news- 
paper management his law partnership and practice. In 
April, 1897, Mr. Ellis' law partner, Mr. Kinkead, was 
elected corporation counsel, or city solicitor, of the city of 
Cincinnati, and Mr. Ellis was appointed first assistant cor- 
poration counsel, a position which he now holds. Was 
married in 1894 to Dessie Corwin Chase, of Covington. 
Ky., daughter of-Francis M. Chase and Mary D. Ficklin. 



, Captain Moses Guest.^ s . . 

Captain Moses Guest was born in New Brunswick, New 
Jersey, November 7th, 1755. Of his paternal ancestry we 
have already written.* He took an active part in the War 
of the American Revolution, first as an ensign in Captain 
Voorhees' Company, Third Middlesex Regiment, and sub- 
sequently as a Captain in Second Middlesex Regiment. t 
Later he became a mariner, and in his " Journal " he re- 
cites many interesting incidents of his travels and sea-far- 
ing life. He possessed a great measure of ingenuity. On 
one of his voyages the supply of drinking water became 
exhausted, and Capt. Guest, in a little while, improvised a 
still for rendering salt water fresh, thus probably saving 
the lives of all involved, including his own.§ Quitting 
the sea, he appears to have settled in his native town and 
taken an interest in, or the management of, his father's 
tannery, for we find him going to Canada to dispose of 
some hides. His narrative of these trips furnishes charm- 
ing, contemporaneous pictures of the difificulties then in- 
volved in going comparatively short distances. June 28, 
1792, he married Lydia Dumont, daug'hter of Peter Du- 
mont, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Walter 
Monteath. His father having died, and " The West " 
presenting its attractions. Captain Guest removed, in Sep- 
tember, 1817, to Cincinnati, where he lived until his de- 
cease which occurred March 22, 1828. He and his wife, 

*See pages 20 and 40. 
t See foot-note on page 40. 

§ See Guest's "Poems and Journal," second edition (Cincinnati, 1824), 
page 106. 



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who died in Cincinnati, October 29, 1822, were buried in 
what was then the cemetery, now Washington Park, near 
the northwest corner of Race and Twelfth streets. Cap- 
tain Guest's place in the history of otir country is most 
prominently marked by his capture of Lieutenant-Colonel 
Simcoe, commander of the Queen's Rangers,* but he, 
like many of his brave and patriotic contemporaries, did 
much service for America, the details of which have long 
since passed into oblivion. Even his " Poems " breathe 
forth a spirit of freedom. He appears to have had a keen 
sense of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic and grand; 
nor did he lack the enviable power of looking at life philo- 
sophically. His portrait, in the possession of his grand- 
son, the Rev. Andrew J. Reynolds, presents to our view 
" one of nature's noblemen." It is the preservation of the 
memory of such as him which should incite us to noble 
deeds and contribute to our happiness, even though we 
occupy an humble sphere. 



Hon. John L. Keteham.f 

The announcement, this morning, that the injuries re- 
ceived by the Hon. John L. Ketcham, in the fall at the 
store of Alford, Talbott & Co., yesterday afternoon, has 
proven fatal, has thrown a saddening gloom over the city. 
So sudden has been the removal from the activity of life 
to the stillness of death, that it seems hard to fully realize 

* See page 9. 

t Reprinted from the Indianapolis, Indiana, Evening Mirror, of April 
21, 1869. 



the painful truth. From the full vigor of a life unusually 
earnest and active he has been taken by one of those ter- 
rible decrees of accident that are ever reminding man that 
his existence is brief and uncertain in its termination. 

John L. Ketcham was born April 3rd, 1810, in Shelby 
county, Kentucky. His father. Colonel John Ketcham, 
removed to Indiana when he was an infant, but on account 
of Indian troubles was compelled to return to Kentucky.* 
A few years later he again came to Indiana and settled in 
Monroe county near Bloomington. Colonel Ketcham 
was a man of strong character, with marked energy and 
resolute purpose. An early advocate of the free-soil 
movement, he continued in that party throughout all its 
obloquy and feebleness. His wife was a woman equally 
marked. She had a quick perception into the right, and 
was ever ready to sacrifice it. Her controlling spring 
seemed to be duty, and she never let pleasure lead her 
from it. 

From such parentage John L. Ketcham came, and well 
represented in his life the familiar characteristics of each, 
more especially being the counterpart of his mother. Col- 
onel Ketcham died two years since. His wife still sur- 
vives. Mr. Ketcham was educated in the University of 
Bloomington, under Dr. Wiley, to whom he was much 
attached. He was graduated in the regular course when 
quite young. In 1833 he came to Indianapolis and began 

*To avoid misapprehension, it should be added that although Colonel 
Ketcham did take his family back into Kentucky, he, himself, returned 
to Indiana to perform his part and duty in renderinjr it safe and habitable, 
after which he brought his family back also, as stated above. 



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the study of law under Judge Blackford. Soon after ad- 
mission to the bar iie was elected Justice of the Peace, and 
held the ottice one term. This was the only office he was 
ever a candidate for, his subsequent Ufe being devoted 
strictly to his pi'ofession. in 1836 he married Jane, the 
eldest daughter of Samuel Merrill, Esq. He leaves his 
wife and a family of eight. 

In his profession he associated in partnership from time 
to time with Napoleon B. Taylor, Lucian Barbour, D. VV. 
Coffin and James L. Mitchell, his present partner. 

Such, in brief, is the history of one who yesterday, in the 
fullest vigor, was with us. There is, perhaps, no man in 
the city whose leading traits of character are more marked. 
For thirty-six years he was a citizen of Indianapolis, for the 
last twenty of which he has Hved in the home he has been 
so sadly called from. It is a delicate thing to try to por- 
tray a character so well known. It lives so in the memory 
of all that it is a part of the history of the place. But we 
can but say briefly a httle of that that comes quickest to 
the hearts that are so suddenly called to grieve over a loss 
so irreparable. 

The hospitality of Mr. Ketcham is well known. It was 
a part of the duty of life that he never forgot, but made it 
most pleasant to all who entered his family circle. The 
nobleness of the man, indeed, was quickest seen in his 
home. An exceeding tenderness marked his whole inter- 
course with his family and family friends. Regularity of 
life was a part of his faith. An untiring worker, he never 
allowed one duty to overshadow another. His idea of life 
was to fulfill every duty as it came. The boundaries of 



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du^y were never crossed. All his life a Christian, he let 
his Christianity follow him wherever he went. It is said 
by those nearest him, that in all his long residence in the 
city, he never missed a religious meeting of the church to 
which he belonged, if in the city or not unwell. A ready 
speaker at all times, he seemed especially gifted in the 
prayer meeting, always having something to add which 
was of value. The main-spring of his life was Christian 
duty. The influence he silently exerted in the regular 
observance of his daily devotions is past all expression. 
Those hving near him have often spoken with the deepest 
feeling of the laborers, when passing his house in the 
morning, stopping to catch the hymns of praise that were 
the ushering in of the day to him and his family. 

Strong in his friendship, he never forgot a friend or 
failed him when needed. During the war his sympathetic 
patriotism was most marked. Two of his sons were in 
the army, and every battle was watched and prayed over 
as if they were there. A man of unostentatious benevo- 
lence, he literally did not let his right hand know what his 
left did. Many instances of his substantial kindness are 
now known, that before were buried in the hearts of giver 
and receiver. 

Mr. Ketcham was one of thirteen who left the Old 
School Church on the division, and founded the Second 
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Beecher, the first pastor of 

Note. — Mrs. Jane Merrill Ketcham is now (April, i8g3) residing in or 
near the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, and one of her sons, J. L. Ketchan), 
Esq., is a mennber of firm known as Brown-Ketcham Iron Works, of the 
same place. 



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that church, was accustomed to rely upon him as confi- 
dently as he could upon himself. When the Second 
Church became too full for usefulness, Mr. Ketcham was 
one of the handful of brave men who founded the Fourth 
Church. He gave of his time and means without stint to 
bring that church to its present standing. An elder in the 
Second Church, he was soon made an elder in the Fourth, 
in which position he worked faithfully to the last. 

John L. Ketcham died with his armor on. Working 
nobly for God and man, he was ready at the call. No 
preparation time was wanted. He stepped from life here 
to the Life beyond. Vain are our words to say to his 
family that he has done his work. Vainly can we tender 
sympathy — vainly speak to the crushed hearts. It is the 
work of the God he gave his life-service to, and humbly we 
look to Him for comfort for them. 

" Enoch walked with God and was not, for God took him," 



Hon. Robert N. Lamb. 

Judge Robert N. Lamb is strictly an Indiana product. 
His father, Solomon Lamb, was one of the famous expedi- 
tion down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in the early 
years of this century, led by Aaron Burr, and which col- 
lapsed at Vicksburg in 1806 on account of the arrest of its 
leader on the charge of treason. After the failure of the 
enterprise, the exact purpose of which was never certainly 
known, the members scattered, some returning north, 
while others remained in the west and south. 

Mr. Lamb, after drifting further south, returned north 



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as far as Kentucky, where for a short time he taught 
school, and where also he married Elizabeth Shepherd. 

About the year 1812 he settled on a tract of land in 
Perry county, containing a hundred acres, a part of which 
subsequently became a part of the town of Rome. Here 
Robert was born November 23, 1824. 

As might be readily inferred from the adventurous and 
roving character of his early life, the elder Lamb did not 
readily take to the hard work and drudgery of farm life. 
He did not have to. His education was much above the 
average of the neighborhood, and he soon became some- 
thing of an oracle among the pioneers. His library was 
extensive for the times, and well used, and he was ready 
to turn his hand to almost anything except plowing and 
wood chopping. He was the surveyor, when surveying 
was to be done, and the school teacher at times. His 
personal popularity was shown by his being elected clerk 
of the court as early as 1816, and serving twenty-one con- 
secutive years in the office; his son William succeeding 
him two terms of seven years each. Living near the 
town, his house was seldom without a visitor in the person 
of some poor lawyer or judge, or less distinguished person, 
and often many at a time. 

This birdseye view of the elder Lamb shows that Robert 
had many advantages in childhood for development which 
did not fall to the average boy of that period. He was 
early put to farm work, and he did the work of a man in 
some departments when quite young. He attended 
school, sometimes taught by his father, but more fre- 
quently by persons less qualified, but all did not amount 



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to much more than to create a thirst for a better educa- 
tion than the schools of that county afiforded at that time; 
accordingly we find him entering- Hanover College when 
about eighteen years of age to take up the common 
branches of an education. But he was not permitted to 
pursue his collegiate course unmolested. What funds he 
had were borrowed, and, on returning home at vacation, 
he was not able to obtain the necessary funds to continue 
his studies, and was offered and accepted a position as 
deputy in the clerk's office, where he continued for some 
time, and was then employed by his brother as cook, oars- 
man and super-cargo on a flat-boat loaded with hogs and 
other farm products for the coasting trade down the river. 
^ In the spring of 1844 he again started to college; this 
time it was to Asbury (now De Pauw) University. Here 
he entered upon his course with great earnestness; but 
again on borrowed money. As a matter of economy he 
took boarding at a farm house two miles in the country 
at $1.25 per week. But this proving too expensive for his 
hmited means, he went to " batching " in a dingy room, 
at a cost of seventy-five cents per week. 

The students at that institution had not yet been regu- 
larly classified, but each one took up studies according to 
his former attainments, which, in some departments, put 
him ahead, and in others behind the averaee classes. So 
intent was he on catching up with others in the studies in 
which he was deficient that he not onlv devoted extra 
hours to study, but he spent the vacation in work upon his 
Latin, paymg the professor who heard him recite privately 
by hoeing in the garden. 



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He went home during the summer vacation of 1845 ^"1^7 
expecting to return. But he was confronted by a tempt- 
ing offer to relinquish his college course and go into busi- 
ness at once. Aurelius Dumont, a brilliant young lawyer 
of Vevay, had been elected Auditor of Switzerland county. 
He had made the acquaintance of young Lamb at Han- 
over College two or three years before, while himself a 
student, and he saw in him possibilities which he might 
use to advantage; hence he wrote to him tempting him to 
abandon his educational plans, by offering him $35 per 
year and boarding, for two years, to take charge of the 
Auditor's office, offering at the same time the use of his 
law library for studying law. 

This was too flattering an offer for an impecunious 
youth, already in debt nearly two hundred dollars. He 
accepted the offer and entered the office as deputy, and as 
law student also. 

Two years later, September 22, 1847, he married Mari- 
etta Dumont, the sister of his employer and daughter of 
Hon. John and Julia L. Dumont. 

At the August election of 1848 he was elected prose- 
cuting attorney of Switzerland county, while yet engaged 
in the auditor's office, having been admitted to the prac- 
tice of law. He was not yet twenty-four years old. 

Mr. Dumont, who had formed a law partnership with 
young Lamb while yet his deputy in the Auditor's office, 
dying in the fall of 1849, young Lamb was appointed 
Auditor to fill out the unexpired time of his term of office. 

At the August election of 1850 he was elected Auditor 
for five years. At the October election of 1855 he was 



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again elected Auditor, this time, under the new constitu- 
tion, for four years, making, in all, ten years Auditor and 
four years as deputy. All this time he kept open his law 
ofifice and did business in the courts as attorney. 

After the close of his official term he continued in the 
practice of law until June, 1861, when he was appointed by 
President Lincoln an Assistant Quartermaster in the 
army. The business and exposure of this office preyed 
upon his health and he resigned in September, 1862. 

Meanwhile the Republicans of Switzerland and Ohio 
counties had elected him to represent their counties in the 
House of Representatives in the Indiana Legislature. 

At the October election of 1864, he was elected Judge 
of the Court of Common Pleas in the district composed of 
Ohio, Switzerland, Jefferson, Ripley and Dearborn 
counties. 

Soon after this election he moved to Moore's Hill in 
Dearborn county for the educational advantages of that 
town. A vacancy occurring in the office of Circuit Judge 
in the circuit composed of Dearborn, Ohio, Franklin and 
Union, he was appointed by Governor Baker, in February, 
1869, to fill the office until the ensuing election in Octo- 
ber. 1870. 

At the close of this service, early in November, 1870, he 
moved to Indianapolis, and with Jonathan W. Gordon and 
Thomas M. Browne, formed the law firm of Gordon, 
Browne & Lamb, and at once proved himself deserving 
a front rank in the profession. He has continued in the 
practice of law in Indianapolis ever since. 



His long practice in the details of the Auditor's office 
has suggested to the courts his eminent fitness for manag- 
ing large estates, hence he has frequently served in that 
capacity, settHng the affairs of the First National Bank, 
The Harrison Bank and the Central Bank. 

In politics, Judge Lamb was a Whig in the days of that 
party. When the Republican party was organized he be- 
came a Republican. His standing in that party was seen 
in 1868 when he was nominated as its candidate for Con- 
gress by a convention before which the late Hon. William 
M'Kee Dunn and Henry R. Pritchard, now of this city, 
competed with him for the nomination. The district had 
been so gerrymandered by the preceding legislature as to 
be made reliably Democratic, which it has remained ever 
since. Judge Lamb made a joint canvass of the entire dis- 
trict with his competitor, Hon. William S. Holman, filling 
on an average six appointments in each of the eight coun- 
ties composing the district, and, as the result, the majority 
of Mr. Holman was cut down to between 700 and 800, a 
point much below what it ever was afterwards. It was 
conceded on all hands that he conducted his part of the 
canvass with great ability and with such fairness as to com- 
mand the respect of his political opponents. 

His first wife dying May 14, 1876, he was married to 
Catharine E. Voris May 28th, 1878. 

Note. — The foregoing sketch of Judge Lamb was written by the Rev. 
S. A. Goodwin, four or five years ago, for an Indianapolis paper. For a 
copy, the Editor is indebted to Judge Lamb's daughter, Mrs. E. S. L. 
Thompson, an accomplished authoress and^ecturess. residing in Muncie, 
Indiana. 



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Hon. Henry Guest M'Pike.* 

Born in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn county, Indiana, 
within four miles of the residence of General William 
Henry Harrison, the hero of Tippecanoe, the writer':: 
father was an early observer of those sectional feelings 
which are most quickly manifested in a place situated as 
was his native town in the days before the Mexican War. 

His father, John M'Pike, had been, as we state else- 
where, the editor of a Whig newspaper and an early advo- 
cate for the abolition of slavery. 

From his grandparents, Captain James M'Pike and 
Capt. Moses Guest, as well as from his great-grandfather, 
Peter Dumont, he inherited that patriotic fervor and love 
of freedom which had always incited their lives. Descend- 
ing from so many families who, in generations and cen- 
turies past, had taken their stand for liberty in its highest 
sense, it is natural that we find in him a public-spirited 
man whose active business life and fixed determination 
have been large elements in his success. 

Removing, at an early age, to Wilmington. Dearborn 
county, Indiana, he there numbered among his youthful 
associates the late James Mills, Esq. (whose sister Sarahf 
married the late Hon. John M.Wilson) and the late Joseph 
Bruce, Esq., of Memphis, Tennessee. Their mutual friend- 
ship was formed during a period when public events were 
fast leading up to a climax. Many are the interesting anec- 



"•See, also, "History of Madison County, Illinois" (Edwardsville. 111., 
1882), and the Alton, Illinois, daily newspapers, for the last half century, 
t Mrs.'John M. Wilson and daughter now (March, 1898) reside in College 
Hill, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. 



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dotes and exciting incidents which we have been privil- 
eged to hear related. Dearborn county, it will be ob- 
served, was on the immediate border between the north 
and south. Fugitive slaves were a frequent sight and the 
Underground Railroad was in full operation. Hand-bills 
ofifering large rewards for the recovery of slaves were com- 
monly to be seen, and the town of Wilmington (then) was 
not wholly devoid of a certain transient or irresponsible 
element, composed of those who were ever ready to derive 
personal profit at the expense of some unfortunate crea- 
ture. But the seriousness of life was occasionally relieved 
by some episode of an amusing character. His boyhood 
friends, then popularly known as " Jim " Mills and " Joe " 
Bruce, together with himself, conceived the idea of playing 
a practical joke, and this, in short, was " the way of it," as 
nearly as we can now recall the tale: 

They repaired to the printing office of the writer's 
grandfather, John M'Pike, where it was but a few minutes' 
work to set up and run ofif a number of hand-bills, headed 
somewhat as follows: 

$1,000.00 REWARD 

for the recovery of 

TWO RUNAWAY NEGRO GIRLS; 

describing minutely the height and size of each, as well as 
the costumes in which they were last seen. They took 
the precaution, of course, to append a name and address 
which could not easily be discovered as fictitious. These 



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were quickly but quietly distributed during the night. 
The next performance was for two of the jokers to blacken 
their faces and don gowns and headgear fitting the de- 
scriptions in the hand-bills. Going out carefully through 
alleyways, showing themselves a moment at two or three 
prominent corners, dodging and running, they soon con- 
tributed to the excitement which was already high. They 
were then under the necessity of getting back to the house 
without attracting attention, washing their faces and doflf- 
ing their unique apparel for regular clothes. In all this 
they were fortunately successful. In the meantime a 
crowd had gathered and was rapidly growing. Much dis- 
cussion as to how to find the fugitives resulted. Factions 
arose. Some were positive that the negroes had taken a 
northwesterly direction: others were just as certain thai 
they had gone due west. The jokers had by this time 
gotten down onto the streets again and added to their 
own fun by talking as loudly and excitedly as any one, urg- 
ing on the crowd. " Jim " Mills (as had been pre- 
arranged) was on horseback, and at the opportune 
moment, with a " Come on boys," started at a rapid rate 
out into the country, across fields, etc. It is impossible 
to relate here the details of the " search," the many false 
alarms and the ludicrous situations which frequently 
occurred. The sight of an old cow near a stump, some 
distance away, would be sufficient to cause a detachment 
to sally in that direction, and other as nonsensical " finds " 
were made. Suffice it to say, the TWO RUNAWAY 
NEGRO GIRLS were not discovered and the dis- 
appointed crowd returned about daylight. The 



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worst of it was that the joke had assumed such unex- 
pected proportions that those who were responsible for it 
had to have their fun very quietly to themselves. To have 
made it generally known that they were the instigators of 
it would have resulted in severe treatment being visited 
upon them, such was the tension of the times. 

The mention of the late James Mills, Esq., in connection 
with the foregoing incident brings to mind the fact that 
that estimable gentleman's life was once saved by the 
writer's uncle, George D. M'Pike, though the precise de- 
tails of the occurrence are not now accessible. 

While a young man, the writer's father was nominated 
by the Hon. O. H. Smith, of Indiana (then in Congress), 
for appointment as cadet at West Point, but it being sub- 
sequently discovered that another district was entitled to 
that privilege, the nomination was withdrawn. Its con- 
firmation would, doubtless, have changed the course of 
the prospective cadet's entire life. 

Removing to Alton, Illinois, in December, 1847, he 
settled in that city and has there resided for more than fifty 
years, most of that time at Mount Lookout Park. 

Appointed to act as deputy provost marshal of the 
(then) twelfth Congressional district at a critical time, he 
did good service for the war department and resigned his 
office April 24th, 1865. 

In November, i8fio, he, in company with the late Hon. 
Lyman Trumbull, went from Alton to Springfield and they 
were in the telegraph office with Mr. Lincoln as the re- 
turns came in from the first election. As the outcome began 



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to hinge upon New York State, the excitement on the 
part of all was high with the exception of Mr. Lincoln, 
who maintained an apparent calm, and he it was who 
seemed least affected by the final announcement of the 
result. Such a scene can only be described by an eye- 
witness. We shall not attempt it. 

Early in the " sixties " the writer's father, in a private 
capacity but nevertheless in a line of patriotic duty, ac- 
companied a military organization known as the Yagers, 
from Alton to Springfield, Illinois, where he met Governor 
Yates and Captain U. S. Grant. Soon after came the news 
of the latter's promotion by the former. 

Alton was not behind in affording the Federal govern- 
ment moral and financial support. A branch of the 
" Union League of America," known as " AUon Council 
No. 41," was granted a charter by the State League, Feb- 
ruary 9th, 1863. As the original charter is in the posses- 
sion of the writer's father (March, 1898) it is possible that 
he acted as secretary of the local organization, of which he 
was a charter member. 

After the war came the efforts to resume a normal com- 
mercial life. The local gazetteer or directory (1866) 
shows us the firm of McPike & Newman, real estate 
agents. The former was and has since been a notary 
public, and, for many years, was agent of several of the 
" old line " fire insurance companies, as well as secretary 
of two State corporations, the Illinois Mutual and Pacific 
Mutual Insurance Companies, engaged in fire underwrit- 
ing. The Illinois Mutual was among the oldest com- 
panies of its kind in the west and had established a high 



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reputation for conservative management, liberal dividends 
to its policy-holders, and fair dealing generally. When it 
ceased business nearly all others of its class withdrew also, 
so that to-day the number of old mutual hre insurance 
companies, organized in the west, is limited. 

In February, 1882, he attended the River and Harbor 
Convention which met in Washington, D. C, and num- 
bered several hundred delegates from all sections of the 
country. In this convention the writer's father was the 
vice-president from Illinois. He had, also, been connected 
with previous conventions held in the city ot St. Louis, 
Mo., Memphis, Peoria and New OrleEns. 

After his return to Alton he communicated with the 
Hon. John A. Logan, then United States Senator, and re- 
ceived from him the following reply: 

United States Senate, 
Washington, D. C, July 10, '82. 
My Dear Mr. McPike: 

I am in receipt of your favor of 5th inst. In answer I 
would say that I succeeded in getting $35,000 set apart for 
the Alton harbor. This is the best I could do. I hope 
with this and the general appropriation for the river, you 
will be able to continue the improvements necessary. We 
have had a very hard contest over the River and Harbor 
bill. The demands from all over the country for appropri- 
ations of this character have been so great that it has been 
almost impossible to secure anything special. I am sorry 
not to be able to do more for you. We will probably dis- 
pose of the River and Harbor bill to-morrow in the Senate, 



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and it will be finally disposed of within a week. I shall be 
pleased to hear from you often. Sincerely, your friend, 

John A. Logan. 

A copy of the above letter was printed in the Alton 
Weekly Telegraph, July 13, 1882. 

The subject of our sketch was elected mayor of the city 
of Alton, Illinois, in the spring of 1887, and, at the expira- 
tion of his term, became his own successor for another — 
occupying that office four years in all. 

During the terrific floods of the Mississippi river, doing 
great damage to the low lands in Missouri just opposite 
Alton — the waters of the two rivers intermingling — the 
writer's father was made chairman of the relief committee, 
and, as such, had frequent conferences with (then) Gov- 
ernors Fifer and Francis, of Illinois and Missouri, re- 
spectively. This was the year 1892. 

His interest in horticulture has always been great, and 
in the development of the grape he has met with remark- 
able success. The mammoth " M'Pike grape " has cap- 
tured the first prize in many exhibitions. Its public 
reception cannot, perhaps, be more briefly described than 
by the following quotation from the Chicago Daily News, 
November 3, 1897, at which time the Chicago Horse Show 
and Horticultural Exhibition was being held in that city; 

" H. G. M'Pike, ex-mayor of Alton, 111., came to the 
arena at 11 o'clock with enough blue ribbons on his lapel 
to stock an ordinary show. The horsemen crowded 
around him and learned that Mr. McPike cared not for 
hackney or hunter, that he had taken the blue ribbons for 



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the best exhibit of grapes in the agricultural end of the 
show. * * * ]\/[i-. McPike winning out on a black 
grape as large as a tennis ball." 

This beautiful grape is a seedHng of the Worden, having, 
therefore, the Concord for its grandparent. It is being 
propagated by the Silas Wilson Company, Atlantic, Iowa. 

We will close this sketch with the following quotation 
from an Alton newspaper, September, 1897: 

" Hon. H. G. McPike, of this city, returned last evening 
from Columbus, Ohio, where he was in attendance upon 
the annual meeting of the National Pomological Society, 
where he had on exhibition his celebrated McPike grape, 
and also at the State fair. The Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture was present from Washington and the meeting was 
one of the largest ever held. Mr. McPike to-day, in 
speaking of his trip, said there was a large attendance of 
professors and the oldest and best informed pomologists of 
the country, representing every State in the Union. They 
were welcomed by Governor Bushnell. His own election 
as vice-president he considers a compliment to this State 
and the Alton Horticultural Society, although others will 
be inclined to include the individual whose abihty to im- 
press men at a gathering of this kind is well understood." 

Note. — For the briefness of the foregoing, the editor's excuse is the 
intiination of a hope that his father may ultimately be induced to prepare 
for publication some reminiscences or recollections of those prominent 
personages and important public events with which he has been associated. 



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Judge John M'Pike. 

John M'Pike, a son of Captain James M'Pike, was bom, 
probably in Virginia, about 1793-4- Was about one year 
old when his father removed to the vicinity of Maysville, 
Kentucky, about 1795. His father made several " land 
trades," exchanging " claims." When about the age of 
fifteen, John M'Pike went to Cincinnati, Ohio, and was 
employed in the printing office of Looker & Reynolds. 
The junior member of this latter firm, Mr. Sacket Rey- 
nolds, married a daughter of Captain Moses Guest. The 
subject of this sketch subsequently removed to Lawrence- 
burg, Dearborn county, Indiana. Was a member of the 
committee for the public reception of General Lafayette at 
Cincinnati, acting in that capacity, probably, as a delegate 
from Lawrenceburg.* He was commissioned lieutenant. 
Light Infantry, in the Fifty-fifth Regiment of the militia 
of the State of Indiana, by Governor James B. Ray, July 
24th, 1826; the original commission being now in the 
possession of the writer's father. The " hidiana Specta- 
tor " (Lawrenceburg) for April 2nd, 1825, contains notice, 
dated January 31, 1825, of " Dissolution of Partnership '" 
in the printing business, between George H. Dunn and 
John M'Pike. The latter became the editor of " The In- 
diana Whig," a weekly newspaper published at Lawrence- 
burg, the first number of which appeared April 18, 1834. 
How long this was continued under the same management 

*At the writer's request, Prof. W. H. Venable, of Cincinnati, very- kindly 
had a careful search mode through old files of Cincinn^ili newspapers for a 
list of names of members of " Lafayet'e Committee," but in vain. His 
able work, "Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Oliio,Va!ley," contains 
several items pertaining to that reception. 

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is not definitely known, but Vol. I, No. 35, Jan'y 25, 1844, 
was " Published by Benjamin B. Root." John M'Pike was 
an Associate Judge of Dearborn county, Indiana, from 
1830 to 1835, and was elected Probate Judge in 1837.* 
He removed to Wilmington, Indiana, and subsequently 
went (with all his family except one son, Edmund Haley) 
to New Orleans, intending to settle in Texas, with the 
hope of finding there a good business opening. This was 
on the eve of the Mexican War and he found it necessary 
to return north, which he did, going to Golconda and St. 
Louis, and finally to Greenville, Illinois. There he pub- 
lished and edited " The Nezv Era," a weekly. The writer 
has seen Vol. I, No. 2, October 16, 1847, showing at the 
head of the editorial column the name of Zachary Taylor 
as candidate for the presidency. This, it is said, was the 
first announcement (in Illinois, at least) of General Tay- 
lor's name for that office. " The New Era " contained 
several letters, signed " E. H.," giving items relating to 
the Mexican War. These letters were from the son, Ed- 
mund Haley M'Pike, above mentioned. This newspaper 
was not long lived. The last number (No. 9) appeared 
December 13, 1847; the printing office was sold and John 
M'Pike removed to Alton, Madison county, Illinois, where, 
in January, 1848, we find him publishing " The Monitor." 
He was appointed a notary public " in and for the city of 
Alton," December 7th, 1 861, by Richard Yates, Governor 
of the State of Illinois — and he is shown as still perform- 
ing the duties of that office in the year 1866. (See " Gaz- 

* See "History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana" (Chicago, 
1885), pages 180 and 227. 



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etteer of Madison County," Illinois [Alton, 111., 1866], 
page 225.) Having rounded out a long, eventful and use- 
ful life, the writer's grandfather died, in February, 1876, at 
the residence of his son, Henry Guest M'Pike. 



___ Samuel Merriil, Esq. (1792-1855).* 

Samuel Merrill was born in Peacham, Vt., Oct. 29 179-. 
died in Indianapolis, August 24, 1855. The circumstances 
of his early life were favorable - good parents, books in 
the house; a stony, sterile farm cultivated by the father and 
his six sons; an industrious, frugal, intelligent community 
an excellent school; an able minister, whose long life was 
spent in the one parish; news once a week from the great 
world, then on fire with Napoleon's brilliant career- Dart 
mouth college; school teaching and the study of 'law in 
York, Pa., with his oldest brother, Thaddeus Stevens and 
John Blanchard, all natives of Peacham, pupils in the same 
school and students in the same college. Not the least 
favorable was the friendship of these young men, continu- 
ing, as it did, through life. 

Coming to Indiana when he was twenty-three Mr 
Merrill, after some inquiry as to the prospects of the' river 
towns bought a skiff at New Albany and rowed himself 
with his trunk, in which, beside his clothes, was a small 
stock of law-books, to Vevay, where he began the practice 

*This sketch was written by Miss Katharine Merrill, at the reau-.t of 
her s,s.er Mrs. J. M. Moores, Indianapolis. Miss Merril has been ife 
long teacher, and her for.er pupils are a.on, the best citizens of Indian 



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of his profession. The next year he married Lydia Jane 
Anderson, daughter of Robert Anderson and Catharine 
Dumont. 

Mr. Merrill represented Switzerland county two years 
in the State Legislature. While canvassing for his elec- 
tion he walked over the whole county, visiting every 
house. 

He removed to Corydon in 1821, having been made 
State Treasurer. 

The salaries of that day were small; so were lawyers' 
fees. " tor ten years of his professional life, Mr. Merrill 
did nothing more than pave the way for future operations. 
If he had used spirits or tobacco it is not unlikely that the 
small sums required for these indulgences would have in- 
terfered with his ultimate success." 

When the seat of government was transferred to Indian- 
apolis, the treasurer, with the treasury, removed to the 
new capital, making the journey in eleven days of October, 
1824. 

After twelve years, while still holding the office of Treas- 
urer, Mr. Merrill was elected president of the State Bank, 
an office which required great financial ability, close cler- 
ical work, and much travel. Once a year, never once 
omitting the duty, he gave every bank in the State care- 
ful, personal, private examination, turning out for the pur- 
pose all the officials and locking himself in with accounts 
and ledgers. He usually made his Indiana journeys on 
horseback, often through roads that were indescribably 
bad, so bad that more than once a horse was sacrificed, 
though Mr. Merrill was remarkably humane to animals as 



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to every living thing. When he went in the stage it is 
said that his good humor, his fund of anecdote, the flow of 
thought, playful or serious, furnished by his richly stored 
mind, shortened to his fellow-passengers the hours of 
dreary dragging through swampy woods. Once he 
walked all night, carrying a lantern, nineteen miles before 
the coach, reaching home at daybreak, mud from head to 
foot, but apparently more diverted than annoyed. His 
journeys east and south, if not so laborious, were more 
anxious. Returning at one time from New York with a 
number of boxes of coin, he chartered the coach, and with 
pistols was prepared to defend his charge in passes of the 
Alleghenies that then were infested by robbers. He was 
never molested, however, and suffered nothing worse than 
a broken leg as a consequence of being hurled from the top 
of the stage by an upset occasioned by run-away horses. 

While he was president of the State Bank, although but 
three other State banks in the Union were able to preserve 
their integrity, Indiana paper was always worth its face — 
everywhere it was as good as gold, and no defalcation or 
any kind of dishonesty occurred in anv of the branch banks. 

In 1843 he was defeated in the election, and, in the 
period of leisure which followed, he compiled the Indiana 
Gazetteer, a third edition of ten thousand copies of which 
was published in 1850. 

A year later he was chosen president of the Madison & 
Indianapolis Railroad. He filled the office four years. 
In iSqo he bought out a bookstore and made it, in addi- 
tion, a publishing house. 

Mr. Merrill was a kind father and a devoted husband. He 



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was a good citizen taking an active part in all efforts for 
the public good. He was an active though modest worker 
in the church. He was honest in all his dealings, truth- 
ful in all his words. One who knew him well said: " He 
maintained in sublime combination the sternest ideas of 
justice with the most beautiful simplicity and childlike 
sweetness of manners." 



Colonel Samuel Merrill, M. A. 

Samuel Merrill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 
30, 183 1. He attended the Marion County Seminary for 
seven years. For the benefit of his health, when fourteen 
years of age, he spent a half year on the plantation of his 
mother's brother. Dr. William Anderson, in Louisana, and, 
two years later, the same length of time in Peacham, Ver- 
mont, on the farm of his father's brother, Hazen Merrill. 
He entered the sophomore class in Wabash College; con- 
tended successfully for the first prizes in declamation and 
essay writing; was graduated in 1851, and took the 
degree of Master of Arts in 1854. He engaged in the 
publishing and book-selling business in Indianapolis; 
visited Europe in 1855, and was married, in 1859, to 
Emily F. White, daughter of Rev. Charles White, D. D., 
President of Wabash College. 

On July 14, 1862, he was commissioned second lieuten- 
ant by Governor O. P. Morton and served until the war 
closed, as captain, major and lieutenant-colonel of the 
70th Indiana Volunteers, Infantry, commanding that regi- 



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ment on Sherman's march to the sea. The war ended, he 
returned to Indianapolis and continued in his former busi- 
ness until March 3, 1890, when he was appointed by Presi- 
dent Benjamin Harrison, Consul-General to Calcutta. After 
his return, in 1894, he made his home on the slopes of the 
Sierra Madre range, twelve miles north of Los Angeles, 
California, with that city and the Pacific ocean in full view, 
where he is now (March, 1898) engaged in lemon and 
orange culture. 

He was elder of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, In- 
dianapolis, and superintendent of its Sunday-school twenty 
years, and is now elder of the LaCrescenta (California) 
Presbyterian Church and superintendent of its Sunday- 
school. His parents were Samuel Merrill, Esq., and 
Lydia Jane Anderson-Merrill, the latter being a grand- 
daughter of Peter Dumont.* 



Judg-e Isaac Naylop. 

Isaac Naylor was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, 
in 1790. When about thirty-six years of age he married 
Mary Catherine Anderson, a daughter of Captain Robert 
Anderson and his wife, Catherine Dumont-Anderson. As 
judge he traveled the circuit and held court until he had 
reached his seventy-ninth year. He died in Crawfords- 
ville, Indiana, in 1873. Was a resident of the town for 
fifty years, a s oldier of 181 1, 1812, 1813 and 1814, a hero 

* See page 60. 

Note. — For descendants of Judge Isaac Naylor, 'see 'page 64. 



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of Tippecanoe, a pioneer of Indiana, and as long one of the 
judges as any man who ever lived or died in that State. 
His courage, integrity and high character will long make 
his name of blessed memory, not only among his own de- 
scendants but all who are thoughtful enough to realize 
that much of our present prosperity and happiness is but 
a natural sequence to the indefatigable labors of those 
who have preceded us. 



A Family of Presbytepian Ministers.* 

" We have the pleasure of presenting on our title-page 
the faces of a father and his two sons, all of whom are min- 
isters in the Presbyterian Church, able and cultured, faith- 
ful and successful. 

Andrew J. Reynolds was born in Cincinnati, July 14, 
1 831; graduated at Woodward College, Cincinnati, in 
1851, and at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1855; 
licensed by Cincinnati Presbytery, June 6, 1855; ordained 
and installed by the same presbytery pastor of Pleasant 
Run Presbyterian Church, May 20, 1856; was married to 
Miss Charity P. Hunter December 16, 1857, by Dr. Joseph 
G. Monfort. He has served the churches of Pleasant Run, 
Cumminsville, Lithopolis and Eaton, O., and Decatur and 
Albion. Ind. During the war he served as Christian Com- 
missioner in the Army of the United States in 1863-64. 

*From The Herald and Presbyter, Cincinnati, February 20, 1895. The 
Editor hereof has to express his regret that it is impossible to reproduce 
the three portraits which accompanied the original publication."! 



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For many years he has been a writer for the religious jour- 
nals, among them the Herald and Presbyter. He has 
been a member of the General Assembly in 1862, 1867, 
1880 and 1886. He is now living in Norwood, Cincinnati, 
and is the stated supply of Pleasant Run Presbyterian 
Church. 

Clarence Guest Reynolds was born at Pleasant Run, O., 
April 18, 1859; graduated from Wooster University in 
1881, and from Princeton Seminary in 1884; was ordained 
by the Presbytery of Wooster, June 20, 1884; was pastor 
in Winnebago City, Minn., 1884-89, and of Goodrich 
Avenue Church, St. Paul, Minn., since 1889. He is editor 
of the St. Paul Presbytery News, and writes for various 
religious papers. He was a member of the Portland Gen- 
eral Assembly, and in his presbytery and synod is recog- 
nized as a minister of excellent ability and of sterling 
character. 

Walter H. Reynolds was born in Cincinnati, November 
7, 1864: graduated from Wooster University in 1886, and 
from McCormick Seminary in 1889; was licensed by 
Wooster Presbytery, May i, 1889. His first preaching 
was at Brookline, and Fiftv-second and Atlantic streets, 
Chicago, and at Windom, Minn. He was called to the 
pastorate of the River Forest Church, and was ordained 
and installed by the Presbytery of Chicago, June 5, 1890, 

The Rev. Clarence Guest Reynolds became Pastor of the First Presby- 
terian Church, in Joliet. Illinois, in September. 1895. while the Rev. 
Walter H. Reynolds assumed the duties of Assistant Pastor of the Third 
Presbyterian Church, Chicasro (the lareest congregation of that denomina- 
tion in that cityl. May i. i8g6. 



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and is still there in the midst of a useful and highly appre- 
ciated pastorate. 

A fourth picture might have been added to the group, 
that of Rev. John C. Sharpe, of Pittsburg, whose wife is a 
daughter of Rev. A. J. Reynolds." 



APPENDICES AND ADDENDA. 



1. Dr. Edmund Halley's Will.* 

In the Bodleian Library at Oxford, England, are de- 
posited many valuable manuscripts relating to the life of 
Dr. Halley. A letter of inquiry to that institution from 
the writer hereof was referred to Mr. George Parker, of 
Oxford, who. on a recent visit to London, went to Som- 
erset House and made a copy of Dr. Halley's will, which 
is reproduced below verbatim — the words within brack- 
ets being comments by Mr. Parker: 

" Will of Edmund Halley, 
dated 1736. 
" In the Name of God, I Edmond Halley Doctor of 
Laws and Astronomer in the royal Observatory in Green- 
wich [so in the Register] park being in good health of 
Body as well as of perfect and sound mind and memory 
considering the certainty of Death and uncertainty of the 
time of it in order when it shall happen to leave behind me 
my flfamily in peace Do therefore make and Declare this 

*It will be observed that the will was proved in the year 1871, although 
the date of Dr. Halle5''s decease is, in almost all accounts, given as 1742. 
This apparent discrepancy is. doubtless, due to the difference between the 
old style and new style calendar. The son, Edmund, Jr., Crown Surgeon, 
was probably the maternal grandfather of Captain James McPike. 
[139] 



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my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: 
Imprimis: I recommend my Soul to the Mercy of Al- 
mighty God, And as to my Body my Will and Desire is 
that it may be Interred in the same Grave with that of my 
Dear Wife lately deceased in the Church yard of Lee in 
Kent. Next since my Son Edmond is in actual possession 
of the best part of the Real Estate of the fTamily and may 
Inherit the rest after my Decease the whole being of 
greater Value than the personall Estate I have to leave 
my two Daughters Margaret Halley and Katherine now 
wife to Mr. Henry Price And besides he being retained in 
the Service of the Crown as a Surgeon seems to be suffi- 
ciently provided for My desire is that he may therewith be 
Contented and accept of Twenty pounds for mourning. 
As for my personal Estate consisting in the remainder of 
a Lease of a House in Cannon St.. London, now in the 
occupation of Mrs. Mary Camm or her Assigns, as like- 
wise in Goods ready Money plate Books &c. I give them 
to my said two Daughters Margaret and Katherine to be 
equally divided between them hoping that the Division 
may be made amicably. Lastly I hereby constitute and 
appoint my said Two Daughters joint Executrices of this 
my last Will and Testament which is written with my own 
Hand. 

Edmond Halley." 
" Signed Sealed and 
Declared this Eighteenth Day 
of June 1736. In the 
presence of James Bradley 

Ellener Simpson. 



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" This Will was proved at London on the Ninth Day of 
February in the year of our Lord One thousand seven 
hundred and forty-one Before the Worshipfull Robert 
Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Wor- 
shipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master 
Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Can- 
terbury lawfully constituted By the Oaths of Margaret 
Halley Spinster and Katherine the Wife of Henry Price) 
the Daughters of the said deceased and Executrixes 
named in the said Will To whom Administration was 
granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits 
of the said deceased they being first sworn duly to Admin- 
ister the same. Ex d. 

" [True copy from No. 53 of Trenley's register in the 
Probate Court, Somerset House, London.] " 

Dr. Edmund Halley had a " Coat Armorial " — author- 
ities given below: " Halley (London). Az. a chev. betw. 
three annulets or, over all on a fesse of the last as many 
martlets gu." (' The General Armory ' &c., by Sir Ber- 
nard Burke, C. B., LL. D., London, 1878.) 

" Halley — a boar's head, erased and erect, between two 
ostrich feathers, ppr." Plate 60, crest 7, Fairbairn's 
Crests of the Families of Great Britain, &c., Vol. H. 

2 Supplementary information relative to the McPike 
family is given in a letter dated at Elvins, Missouri, April 
13, 1898, from the editor's second cousin, Mr. George T. 
McPike, of Fredericktown, Missouri, who is the only liv- 
ing, immediate issue of Richard McPike. The substance 



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of his letter follows: His grandfather, Capt. James Mc- 
Pike, was, he understands, a recruiting officer, during some 
part of the Revolutionary War, stationed at the city of 
Baltimore, Maryland. Capt. James participated in several 
{seven, if his grandson's memory is correct) engagements 
and was wounded in one hand at the storming of Stony 
Point, under General Wayne. His marriage in the Moun- 
tain family is also confirmed. Richard McPike is men- 
tioned as being two years older than his brother John, who 
was the editor's grandfather, and yet Richard is said to 
have been born about 1798 and to have died in 1873, at 
about the age of seventy-six years. He married Marie 
LaRue, at Cincinnati, Ohio, date unknown. When the 
War of 1812 was declared he belonged to a military com- 
pany, artillery, in Cincinnati, serving during that contest 
probably under General Brown. Of Richard's thirteen 
children, four, John, Richard, Zebulon and Mary, died in 
early childhood, and those who lived to maturity were: 
James, served in the Mexican War " under Col. Hays, 
Worth's Division; was at the storming of Monterey; " 
also under the Union General Killian in the late war. 
Had eight children, of whom two were boys; one of 
latter now living at Doe Run, Missouri. 
Alexander (P. W. A) of whom and of whose descend- 
ants we have previously given a brief account, took 
an active part in raising and equipping a regiment in 
Missouri and " received the appointment of Regi- 
mental Commissary." Spent in this service (so he 
told his brother George) about $1,000 " for which he 
never asked or received any compensation." 



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George, was born December 13, 1832, and married 
Esther Gertrude MoUineaux. They have two daugh- 
ters, the elder aged 15, the younger 8 years. The 
father, Mr. George T. McPike, has not participated in 
the wars, having had the misfortune to carry a crip- 
pled right arm from early childhood. He, neverthe- 
less, has had some exciting experiences with both 
Indians and rebels. 
Adaline E., died as widow of Anthony Thomasson. 
Louise v., died as widow of John Wilkinson, Perry 

county. Mo. 
Maria A., died as wife of William Allen. 
Amanda M., died as wife of WiUiam Morse. 
Cecelia, died single. 

CaroHne V., had married Owen Webb. 
Supplementary letter from Mr. George T. McPike, 
Elvins, Mo., May 7th, 1898, contains the following: " 1 
have no recollection of any tradition concerning ' Ban- 
nockburn ' or relationship with the royal Bruce — but 
have always been under the impression that the Haley or 
Halley family were an eminent one, also that our family 
far back were connected with the Royal Stuarts, but 
whether that was my paternal or maternal ancestry I can- 
not say." (This, nevertheless, supports previous state- 
ments as to relationship with Robert the Bruce, for the 
reason that the latter's daughter married a " Stuart " and 
their son was King Robert U, of Scotland, the founder of 
the House of Stuart.) 

Mr. G. T. McPike adds further, that he recently re- 
ceived the old record of births and deaths in the family of 



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his father, Richard, in whose handwriting it is. Richard 
McPike was born December 6th, 1791, and was, therefore, 
at the time of his death, in 1873, about eighty-four (?) 
years and three months of age. His marriage to Maria 
LaRue, at Cincinnati, Ohio, occurred October 5th, 181 5. 

The ■' Records of the Revolutionary War," by W. T. R. 
Safifell (New York, 1858), page 202, shows that one Rob- 
ert McPike enHsted Feb. 5th, 1776, as a private in Captain 
James Taylor's Company, of Col. Wayne 's Pennsylvania 
Battalion. 

Mr. Benjamin O. Dicken, at Seventy-Six P. O., Perry 
county, Missouri, who is a son of Mrs. Martha McPike 
Dicken, possesses considerable information regarding the 
family, but, as this volume is now going to press, it is too 
late to obtain and make use of additional items, but the 
editor will hope to contribute a supplementary sketch to 
some Genealogical Magazine published in New York City, 
or elsewhere, clearing up doubtful points. 

3 The capture of Governor Livingston, of New Jersey, 
may not have been among the chief objects of Simcoe's 
incursion, but there was, at the time, much reason to be- 
lieve that the commander of the Queen's Rangers had 
hoped to achieve it. Among Captain Moses Guest's 
poems is to be found the following verse: 

" His object was New Jersey's favorite son, 
The great, the patriotic Livingston; 
Howe and his minions wished to lay him low, 
To stop the gall which from his pen did flow: 
But yet fair freedom's son in safely stands, 
Whilst Britain's Champion now is in our hands; 
And in this great, this daring enterprise. 
Brave Simcoe quickly fell a sacrifice." 



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As Captain Moses Gtiest's " Poems and Journal " is now 
a rare book, in either the first or second edition, the editor 
has thought it advisable to give below a list of those 
known to possess a copy thereof: 

Chas. D. Deshler, Esq., Postmaster, New Brunswick, 
New Jersey. 

Mr. A. V. D. R. Hoagland, Assessor, Keokuk, Iowa. 

Hon. Henry G. M'Pike, Alton, Illinois. 

Mrs. M. J. Morerod, Vevay, Switzerland county, 
Indiana. 

Rev. Andrew J. Reynolds, Smith avenue, Norwood, 
Cincinnati, O. 

Rev. Walter H. Reynolds, No. 105 Ashland Blvd., Chi- 
cago, 111. 

And the Editor. 

4 Some of the descendants of Dumonts who fled 
to Holland and remained in that country, changed, trans- 
lated the surname into " Van den Berg." See " History 
of the French Protestant Refugees," by Charles Weiss: 
translated by Frederick Hardman (Edinburgh and Lon- 
don, 1854), page 469. Also " Historj' of the Huguenots," 
by Weisse, Vol. II, page 148. 

The manner of writing the surname " du Mont " is, 
doubtless, a Dutch innovation. It so appears in the 
records of the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, in 
the N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 103- 
143, and also in the records of Kingston, N. Y., 1664, at 
the time of the marriage of Wallerand^ dvi Mont. The 
name, according to the French custom, is written " Du- 
10 



146 

mont " and that form, therefore, should be considered cor- 
rect. This surname may, of course, primarily, have been 
developed from a phrase, " du mont," meaning " of the 
mountain," signifying that the early progenitors of the 
family lived on or near the mountains. This, however, 
may have been the designation of many families not re- 
lated to each other, and the mutual possession of the sur- 
name does not of itself conclusively prove relationship 
between any two persons. 

In the records given in the appendix to the " History of 
Kingston, N. Y." (New York, 1888), referred to in the 
beginning of this article, the name " Dumont " or " Du- 
mond " is of frequent occurrence, and is spelled both ways, 
almost indiscriminately. 

The fact that there are towns named " Dumont " in 
Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and 
Texas (both in King and Harris counties), as well as a 
" Dumontville " in Ohio, indicates that the family, in its 
later generations, has scattered over a wide section of 
country. ~ ' 

The writer's father, who is a grandson of Lydia Dumont- 
Guest {Peter*, Hendrick^), clearly remembers a family tra- 
dition reciting that the Huguenot ancestors of Peter* 
(Hendrick^) lived in the city of Paris, and made their es- 
cape by a ruse — having a banquet and grand illumination 
during which they fled, having previously made arrange- 
ments therefor with shipmaster — leaving all their prop- 
erty behind. This seems to relate to both the paternal 
and maternal ancestry of the said Peter*. The Dumont 
family, as shown in page 44, probably resided in 



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Paris, but the Traverier, or Traverrier, family seems to 
have lived in or near the city of Bordeaux. The tradition 
as to manner of escape has been related to the writer by 
several other descendants of Peter* Dumont, some adding 
that the table was set with the " family plate " etc. — the 
servants in the midst of their duties, and the family went 
out for a drive. It is also said that when they reached 
America they were almost penniless, and as " the grand- 
mother "* possessed a recipe for making perfumery that 
was resorted to for temporary support. These latter 
items appear to relate to the Traverier or Rezeau family. 

Mrs. Mary Catherine Anderson-Naylor, granddaughter 
of Peter* Dumont, wrote out for a nephew an account of 
the escape which contains the following additional state- 
ment: "They were put in hogsheads which had holes 
bored in them. There they staid until out of reach of the 
inspectors. They were with the freight." The writer 
hereof does not understand that this tradition relates to 
the Dumont family, but rather to the Traverrier or Rezeau 
family. 

In an " Historical Atlas of Indiana," published by 
Baskin, Forster & Co., Chicago, about 1876, it is said 
(page 324) that the first couple married in Switzerland 
county, Indiana, after its organization, was Richard Du- 
mont and Matilda Phillips. The license was issued by 
John Francis Defour, in September, 1814. A son of this 
couple, John J. Dumont, lived in Indianapolis up to the 
time of his decease which occurred a few years ago. Rich- 

* It is probable that "the grandmother" was Mary Rezeau-Traverrier, 
the maternal grandmother of Peter-* Dumont. 



148 

ard Dumont was popularly known as " Dick," and (so the 
writer has been informed) always claimed relationship with 
the descendants of Peter* Dumont, in Vevay, Indiana, and 
vicinity. 

The " History of Somerset County," N. J., by Dr. Abra- 
ham Messier, contains many references to folio wing- 
surnames: Dumont, Frelinghuysen, Staats, Van Vegten 
or Van Veghten and Veghte. On page 6 of the appendix, 
in list of Common Pleas Judges, appears: " 1795, '96, '97, 
'98, '99, Peter Dumont." This was probably Peter* Du- 
mont {Peter^), as Peter* Dumont was, as is shown, living 
in Saratoga county, New York, in 1796. Peter* Dumont, 
it will be further noticed, did not die until Nov. 21, 1808. 
The same work, on pages 1-2 of appendix, presents an 
unique copy of interesting resolutions adopted at a meet- 
ing in Hillsborough Township, showing the manner of 
enrolling the militia in Somerset county. John Baptist 
Dumont was chairman and Peter D. Vroom, clerk. 

J. B. Dumont, Esq., of Plainfield, N. J., who is doubtless 
the most competent authority on the Dumont family, 
states that the fact that some of the children of Peter* 
Dumont (Hendrick^) having been baptized by Dominie 
Van Harlingen (whose full name was Johannes Martinus 
Van Harlingen) indicates that the said Peter* Dumont 
was connected with either the Dutch Church at Harlingen 
or Mechanic, then called " Church of Sourland." The 
hills near there are still called " Sourland Mountains." 
Peter* Dumont's wife's father, Cornelius Lowe, as well as 
Albert Low, it appears, were also connected with Har- 
lingen church. If Peter* Dumont (Hcndrick^) resided on 



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Raritan river (where Saxton Wycoff afterwards lived) they 
had a long way, considering the condition of the roads 
then, to go to church, while the Dutch churches at North 
Branch or Raritan were much nearer. However, the in- 
fluence of the wife may have been suiificient. 

As to Peter* Dumont (Hendrick^) having been sheriff of 
Somerset county, N. J., Mr. J. B.'' Dumont thinks it prob- 
able that the Peter Dumont mentioned in the records as 
holding that office was another Peter. Peter* {Hendrick^) 
was then little more than thirty years of age and might 
have been considered young for such an oflfice. The 
writer would add that the family tradition merely recites 
that " He was High Sheriff of the county in which he 
lived." As he subsequently removed to New Brunswick, 
this may refer to Middlesex county, N. J., although the 
writer has been informed that the histor\' of the latter 
county does not show the name of Peter Dumont. It may 
even refer to Saratoga county, N. Y., for while he is said 
to have been blind for twenty-five years preceding his de- 
cease in 1 82 1, -this would give until about the year 1796 
as the probable limit of his physical ability to hold such an 
oflfice as high sheriff. It is. perhaps, probable that the 
Peter Dumont, Sheriff of Somerset county, N. J-. was 
Peter^ Dumont (Pcter^. Wallcrand^'). born 1725. He re- 
sided in Eridgewater township where county seat, Somer- 
ville, is located, and was Freeholder from that township, 
and his name appears at different times in a public way 
and in view of the fact that other public records there men- 
tion middle letters for all the " Peter's " except this one, 
he being the senior Peter, it is concluded that he was proh- 



15° 

ably the sheriff, although Mr. J. B.'^ Dumont reports that 
he possesses some fragments of papers left by his own an- 
cestor, Peter A.* Dumont (Abraham^), indicating that he 
held some public office and had charge of settlement of 
several estates, showing that he was a man much trusted 
in the community. Mr. J. B.'^ Dumont further reports 
the interesting discovery among the records he has, that 
Peter* Dumont (Hendrick^) was officially designated as 
" Peter H. Dumont " in an appointment by Congress, as 
one of the committee for Hillsborough township, Somer- 
set county, N. J. (with Peter A.* Dumont and others), to 
"act in behalf of the country when necessary" (1777). 
This, doubtless, accounts for family tradition that Gen. 
Washington often consulted him, Peter* Dumont (Hen- 
drick^). Peter H. Dumont was also assessor for Hills- 
borough township in 1777 and 1778. Had he been sheriflf. 
i774-'77, he would have been recorded as Peter H. Du- 
mont. These middle initials were used merely to distin- 
guish between the several " Peter's " living contempora- 
neously, and were derived, no doubt, from the first initial 
of the father's given name. 

As regards the Captain Peter Dumont, of Second Bat- 
talion, Somerset, it would seem that he was either Peter 
H.* Dumont (Hendrick^) or Peter A.* Dumont (Abra- 
ham^). The First Battalion. Somerset county, was com- 
posed of residents north of the Raritan river, and Second 
Battalion of those south of said river. There were then 
living six " Peter's " of sufficient age to perform military 
service. 



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North of river: 

Peter^ (Peter^), born 1725. 

Peter P.* (Peter^, Peter^), born 1753. 

Peter J.* (John^, Peter^), born 1734. 
South of river: 

Peter A.* {Abraham^), born 1734- 

Peter H.* (HendricP), born 1744. 

Peter J. B.* (John Baptist^) born 1760. 
The latter, Peter J. B.*, was in battle of Long Island, 
and taken prisoner. After release, his father having died, 
he performed no further military duty (this based on infor- 
mation given by his grandson, Dumont Frelinghuysen, 
Esq., noAv living, to Mr. J. B.'^ Dumont). So that if the 
records of Second Battalion are correct in that those com- 
posing same were from south of Raritan river, it would, as 
stated, seem that either Peter H.* or Peter A.* was the 
Catain Peter Dumont. The former is said to have been 
" A soldier of the Revolution " and could hardly have been 
a private in Captain Ten Eyck's Company, Fi?'st Battalion 
(composed of residents north of river). On the other 
hand, statement was made to Mr. J. B.''' Dumont, and to 
his father before the former's birth, by his grandfather, 
Peter P.', that his father, Peter A.*, was at the battle of 
Monmouth, and for many years an officer's uniform and 
sword hung in the garret of the old homestead which be- 
longed to him. While tradition does not say that he, 
Peter A.*, was an officer, this evidence might be con- 
sidered conclusive by some. 

After the greater portion of the genealogical contents 
of this volume had been prepared for the press, the editor 



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received a letter, dated March 7th 1898, from Mrs. E. S. L. 
Thompson, of Muncie, Indiana, from which the following 
interesting and valuable extracts are given verbatim: 

" My mother, now dead, was the granddaughter of 
Peter Dumont, the daughter of John Dumont and (Julia 
L. Corey) Dumont. She was in the possession of some 
family history of which she often spoke to me. She had 
in her possession an old account-book — now partially de- 
stroyed by the mice having eaten it. It was the accoun*- 
of Peter Dumont as Commissary of the Continental Army. 
On several occasions I heard my mother state that after 
serving some time as Captain of a Battalion in the field — 
General Washington, on account of Peter Dumont's edu- 
cation and business ability, called him to the charge of the 
stores at Van Ness' Mills. My mother had pasted in this 
book three letters from Washington. These the mice 
have destroyed in the last year. One, I think, I can quote 
word for word, though I cannot name the date: 

Headquarters Continental Army. 
My Dear Dumont: 

I am asking for more men with which to whip the 
British, while you are clamoring for more food for men and 
horses. When the sun rises over Van Ness's Mills tomor- 
row morning supplies will be on their way. A Friend 
Quaker has contributed a goodly sum to our cause. I 
send you a hostage (a pair of spectacles taken from a dead 
British officer yesterday). If you do not send them back 
I will take it that the corn &c, reached you on time. 
Yours for the cause, 

George Washington." 



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" My mother had the glasses, they are in my possession 
now. As to this letter, I heard my grandfather, John 
Dumont, state that he had been offered large sums for it 
— but refused. 

My mother guarded these papers very carefully, but 
after her death my youngest sister, who had charge of 
them, died suddenly; my father's house was remodeled 
soon after and the trunk containing these was accidentally 
placed in the garret. Some servant, presumably, moved 
the " Commissary's Report," sticking it back under the, 
eaves. There my sister, Marietta Dumont Lamb, found 
it a short time ago. Many of the pages are gone, yet 
enough remain to show what service Peter Dumont was 
rendering at that time. " By Order of His Excellency 
General Washington," heads several of the pages. I re- 
member my grandfather, John Dumont, well. He spoke 
and read French, teaching me to speak it when a child. 
He was a man of great learning: fine oratorical powers and 
strict integrity of character. He was a wit and a most 
delightful conversationalist even in his old age. His 
brother, Abram Dumont, father of Mrs. Jane Moroed, 
was a fine man. General Ebenezer Dumont, his son, and 
my mother's brother, stood high as an army officer. " The 
bravest man I ever saw," say men who fought under him in 
the army. He ranked high as a lawyer: as a citizen he was 
one of the foremost in Indianapolis, where he long resided. 
My mother spoke of her grandfather as a French Hugue- 
not whose estates were taken by the then reigning king 
because he, Peter Dumont, was of Protestant faith. La- 



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fayette was a friend of the family; at least I have heard it 
so stated. 

The mother of Rev. John Dumont Reid, my aunt Julia 
L. Dumont-Reid, had a number of letters written by La- 
fayette to Peter Dumont. 

She was the wife of a minister, and I am told these 
letters were misplaced before her death. She was an in- 
valid for several years, and when my mother asked for 
them they could not be found." 

Immediately subsequent to the receipt of the above 
communication from Mrs. Thompson, the editor addressed 
letters of inquiry to the Rev. A. S. Reid, Fulton, Rock 
county, Wis., and his son, the Rev. John Dumont Reid, 
Greenfield, Mass., but failed to elicit any information upon 
the particular points mentioned. The latter possessed 
the (detached) family bible record of which a copy appears 
on page 58, but cannot find it now. 

In response to a later inquiry from the editor regarding 
Peter Dumont, as high sheriff, Mrs. Thompson wrote that 
she had no knowledge on that subject, further than that 
among the few remaining very old people in Vevay, Indi- 
ana, it is said that Peter Dumont knew a great deal about 
law and legal methods, and his son, Colonel John Dumont, 
stated frequently that his father was a man of legal knowl- 
edge and acumen not to be despised. 

" The Genealogy of the Dimond or Dimon Family, of 
Fairfield, Conn." by Edwin R. Dimond, of San Francisco. 
California (Albany, N. Y., 1891), pages 156 and 158. refers 
to some members of the Dumont family. Possibly, all 
are of one origin. As regards the different spellings of the 



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surname, it may be added that where the French-Hugue- 
nots went, first, to England, for instance, and afterwards 
(or in a later generation) came to America, the names 
underwent several changes; for example, " Beauchamp " 
became " Fairfield," and other as radical translations. 

" We have said that Peter Dumont was living on the 
Raritan in the beginning of 1699. He was a large land- 
holder on the south side of the Raritan. and the ancestor 
of those who have since borne that honorable name. He 
was born April i8th, 1679, ^"d was the son of Walran 
Dumont and Gertie, his wife. He married, first, Fametis 
Van Middlesworth, who died December 2Sth, 1706; sec- 
ond, Catelyntie Rappleyea, who died January 30th, 1799, 
and thirdly, Janetie Veghte. Her son, John, born April 
13th, 1719, was the father of Peter B. Dumont, of our 
times. The Dumont family are of French extraction. 
Isaac Dumont, of Bostanquet, held a Fief by Knight'; 
service in the beautifu) Pays de Caux, in Normandy. A 
branch emigrated to Holland in the days of persecution. 
They were early of Protestant principles; and Isaac Du- 
mont served in the army of William when he came to Eng- 
land, as others of the name had done before him in armies 
of the Prince of Orange." (Hist, of Somerset County, 
N. J., by Abraham Messier. D. D., pages 60-61.) 

" For a short time, during the Revolution, Queen's Col- 
lege was located at the John Protest Dumont house, near 
the junction of the branches, in 1779." (Ibid., page 139.) 

The " Official Register of the Officers and Men of New 
Jersey in the Revolutionary War." compiled, by order of 
the Legislature, by Wm. S. StrA^ker, Adjutant-General of 



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the State of New Jersey, and published at Trenton, 1872, 
contains the following: 

Pages 580-581 — Among members of Captain Jacob 
Ten Eyck's Company, First BattaHon, Somerset, were: 

Albert Dumont. 

Elbert Dumont. 

John Dumont. 

John B. Dumont. 

Peter Dumont. 

(The name " Dumon " also appears, possibly of same 
family, the difference in spelling being accounted for, per- 
haps, by the French pronunciation of the name " Du- 
mont " being more nearly represented by the elimination 
of the final letter " t.")* 

Peter J. B. Dumont appears as in Captain Vroom's 
Company, Second Battalion, Somerset. 

Page 389 — Peter Dumont, Captain, Second Battalion, 
Somerset. 

Page 362 — Peter D. Vroom, Captain, Second Bat • 
talion, Somerset; First Major, ditto, June 6th, 1777; Lieu- 
tenant-Colonel, ditto, September 9th, 1777. 

In a book entitled " Ofif-hand Portraits of Prominent 
New Yorkers," by Stephen Fiske (New York, 1884), will 
be found a sketch of Mr. Theodore S. Dumont (pages 
102-107), wherein mention is made of the novel, entitled, 
" The Story of Marie Dumont." by Lady Pollock. 

*Mr. J. B.' Dumont adds that it is safe to assume that all names in Adj.- 
Gen. Stryker's Official Register, whether Dumon, Dumond, Demon or 
Dumont are one and same family ; that, in fact, he has records of name 
spelled in all these ways for one and the same individual. 



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(" Copy of a copy of Henry Dumont's will," furnished 
by Mr. Eugene R. Detraz, of Vevay, Indiana. See 
page 52.) 

In the name of God, Amen: I Henry Dumont of the 
city of New York, merchant, being week in body, but 
through the goodness of God, of sound mind, and perfect 
mind and memory and knowing it is appointed for all men 
to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. 
And first of all I give my sole to god who gave it, not 
doubting his graceous receiving it, through the merits of 
the lord Jesus Christ. Item: I give my body to be de- 
cently baried in the earth, not doubting its resurection 
from thence at the last day. The manner of my burial I 
leave to the discreation of my executors hereafter named. 
And as to my worldly estate I order that all my just debts 
be paid. Item: My will is all my land left me by my father 
lying in the county of Somerset in the province of New 
Jersey, be rented out untill my eldest son Peter become to 
the age of twenty-one years, then to sell said land and 
equally divide the money arising therefrom among my 
three children, Peter, Mary and John. Item: I will and 
bequeath unto my said son Peter my house and lot called 
the Lottery House at Piscataway Landing. Item: I give 
and bequeathe unto my said daughter Mary my house and 
lot at the Waterside at Piscataway Landing. Item: I give 
and bequeath to my said son John my house and lot in the 
city of New York being in Duco street, Montgomery 
ward. Item: My will is my said son Peter shall in three 
years after he comes of age pay out of the legacies given 



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him unto my daughter Mary one hundred pounds New 
York currency, and as to my movable estate all to be sold 
by my executors, and all my debts collected, except house- 
hold furniture, and the money arising therefrom after pay- 
ing all my debts, I give as follows viz. I give and bequeath 
to my loving wife, Catherine and the child she is now preg- 
nant with eight hundred pounds, that is, four hundred 
pounds each New York currency. The residue of my 
moveable estate with the yearly rents of the aforesaid 
lands, lots and buildings, and interest thereof to be used 
for the education of all my children, and if the inter- 
est be not sufficient for a suitable supply for that 
purpose to take so much of the principal as may 
be thought needful by my executors, and what may 
remain when all my children become of age, one half 
I give and bequeath to the child my wife is now preg- 
nant with, and the other half to be equally divided be- 
tween my said wife and said three children, and if any of 
my children should die before coming to age and without 
laweful issue any such child or children so dying, that share 
or shares shall be equally divided among the surviving chil- 
dren, and my will is each child shall have his share when 
arrives at age, as a dividend may then be, my son at the 
age of twenty-one years, my daughter at the age of 
twenty years. Item: I give and bequeath to my said wife, 
Catherine the aforesaid household furniture, my will is and 
I hereby order if any of my said three children die before 
become of age and without lawful issue, that the real estate 
here bequeathed shall be sold by my said executors and be 
equally divided among the surviving ones, and lastly I ap- 



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point and ordain my loving brother, Peter Dumont and 
my loving friend John Alstine, Eronimus Alstine and John 
Oothout my executors of this my last will and testament, 
and I do hereby revoke all former wills allowing and rata- 
fying this to be my last will and testament in witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this fifth day of 
November, Anno Domine one thousand seven hundred 
and sixty. 

Henry Dumont. 

Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence of 
us, Jovis Brinckenhofif, John Pothout [Oothout?], Joseph 
Foreman. 

In a book relating to New York marriage licenses, pre- 
vious to 1784, published by order of the Secretary of State, 
Albany, i860, there appears, on page 119, a list of " Du- 
monds " and " Dumonts," among which is one " Mary 
Dumond " who married Henry Staats, Nov. 15, 1770 — 
the authority being given as " Marriage Bonds, Vol. XVI, 
page 257." This Mary Dumond may have been an own 
sister of Peter Dumont, and may explain a previously 
given family tradition regarding marriage with a " Staats." 
In fact, the editor has just received advice from J. B. 
Dumont, Esq., Plainfield, N. J., to the effect that in 
reviewing some of his papers, he finds a copy of the record 
made by the late Senator F. T. Frelinghuysen's mother, 
based on information given her, verbally, by her father, 
Peter B. Dumont. This record contains the following 
item: " Hendrick Dumont left children, Peter, John, Mary. 
Peter and family moved west. Mary married a Staats at 
Albany." See pages 51 and 52. 



" American Ancestry," Vol. VI (Albany, N. Y., 1891), 
page 12, gives lineage of one Cornelius J. Dumond, of 
New York City. 

Peter Dumont (son of Wallerand, the first of that sur- 
name in America) married, ist, Femmetje Teunise Van 
Middleswart, daughter of Jan Teunissen and Cataline, 
daughter of Teunis Gysbertse Bogaert. 

Jan Teunissen was baptised April 12, 1654, and was son 
of Teunis Nyssen, common ancestor of the Denyse, Nyssen 
and Teunissen families. 

Teunis Nyssen emigrated, in 1638, from Binninck, or 
Bunnik, in the province of Utrecht ; resided first on Man- 
hattan Island, afterwards Brooklyn. He married Phebe 
Felix, of England, known as Fammetje Jans, widow of 
Hendrick the Boor, and daughter of Jan Scales, of New 
Amsterdam. 

Jan Teunissen was the first elder of the First Dutch 
Church of Raritan, installed September 19, 1699, and was 
member of 2nd and 6th Colonial Assembly of New Jersey 
(1704 and 1710). He served in above mentioned as Jan 
Teunissin (Teunissen descendants now named Tunison), 
and added Van Middleswart about 171 5. 

Brothers of Jan Teunissen married into Polhemus, 
Bogaert and Simonsen families, and sisters in Bergen, 
Woertman, Rapalie and Snediker families, all of Brooklyn. 

Peter Dumont married, 2nd. Cataline or Catalyntje, 
daughter of Jeronimus Jorise Rapalie and Anna, daughter 
of Teunis Nyssen (and a sister of Jan Teunissen). No male 
heirs by this marriage. (See Dumont family genealogy, in 
body of this book.) 



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Peter Dumont married, 3rd, Jannetje, daughter of Hen- 
drich Claessen Vechten (or Vechte) and Gerrtje Ryniers 
Wizzelhenniiig. He emigrated with his father, Claes 
Arentse Vechten, in 1660, from Norg, in the province of 
Drenthe. 

Two brothers of Peter Dumont's third wife, Rynear and 
Hendrick Vechte, settled in Somerset comity, New Jersey, 
from whom are descended those of the name of Veghte. 

List of descendants of Peter Dumont (Wallerand') by 
his first wife, Femmetje Teunise Van Middleswart : 

1 John, the eldest son, married Annatje (probably Ryer- 
son), and, according to his will, had children: 

i John, did not participate in division of lands left 
by his father, and probably died before division. 
No record of issue, 
ii Peter, bap. Nov. 3rd, 1734 (Readington church 
records); married May 13, 1755, Arietta 
Stoothofif, and had children: 
i John, bom Apr. 10, 1757, married Anathe 

, having one child, Arrianthe, bap. Mch. 

10, 1785 (Readington church records). No 
record found of other children or descend- 
ants, 
ii Johannah, born June 2, 1758. 
iii Arrietta, born May 25, 1759. (One of these 
two daughters married Luke Voorhees and 
the other a Williamson, of Grigstown, N. J.) 

*Z^ ''•7^ incorporated in the " Appendices andTddenda " some supple- 
mentary items pertainmcf to the Dumont familv. but are glad to be aMe to 
append this additional information, regretting that it was not received in 
time for inclusion in the text. 

of Plainfield, N. J., for the 



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iv Elbert, born May 31, 1761, married Nov. i, 
1780, Cornelia Hoagland. 

V Peter, born July 13, 1762, man-ied Elizabeth 

Swartout. 
vi Abraham, born Nov. 15, 1763, died Oct. 18, 

1838; married, Feb., 1788, Jane Van Cleef. 
vii George, born Nov. 27, 1765. 
viii William, born July 27, 1768, died 1769. 
ix WilHam, born July 17, 1770, died 1790. 
X Isaac, born Aug. 2, 1773, died 1798. 

(No record of descendants of last four.) 
iii Dirck (John, Peter, Wallerand); baptised May 
23, 1736 (Readington records). Married 

Rachel , date unknown. In will of this 

said Dirck, dated Sept. 18, 1776, recorded, 

Trenton, N. J., Jan. 29, 1779, children named 

are: 

i John, probably married Elizabeth Smalley, and 

had one son, John Hardenberk, bap. Oct. 21, 

1792 (Readington records). 

ii Jane, married James Littell, of Green Brook, 

and had two sons and two daughters, 
iii Femmetje (Phebe), bap. Nov. 11, 1766 (ist 
Dutch church, Raritan), married Peter Van- 
derbeck. 
iv Sara, bap. July 4, 1772 (ist Dutch church, 
Raritan). 

V PhilHp, bap. July 16, 1775 (Readington 

records). Married Ann Calshet, and had 
one son, Dirck, bap. Jan. 22, 1797 (Reading- 
ton records). 



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vi Margaret. 

(One of above daughters married a " Still- 
well." No other records found of Dirck's 
descendants.) 
iv Abraham (John, Peter, Wallerand), bap. May 13, 
1739 (ist Dutch church, Raritan). Married 

Neltje or Nauche . Left no children. 

(A portion of land received under his father's 
will was bequeathed to Dr. Peter Dumont, 
son of his brother, Peter. This Abraham 
was 1st Lieut, in Capt. Jacob Ten Eyck's 
Co., 1st Battalion, Somerset Co., N. J.) 

V Femmetje, married a Garretson. Some of the 

lands of Abraham, above named, were be- 
queathed to John Garretson, son of his (Abra- 
ham's) sister, Femmetje. 

Elbert Dumont (Peter, John, Peter, Wallerand) — 
name spelled both Albert and Elbert in church records — 
married Cornelia Hoagland, and had children: 

i Adreiana, bap. Sept. 28, 1783, married a " Ber- 

rian." 
ii Maria, bap. Apr. 17, 1785, married a " King." 
iii John, bap. Nov. 19, 1787. 
iv Andrejon, bap. Jan. 13, 1790. 

(Authority for these four dates is Readington 
records.) 

V John, bap. Apr. 28, 1792 (ist Dutch church, Rari- 

tan). 
vi William, bap. July 17, 1795 (ist Dutch church, 
Raritan). 



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vii Stoothoff . 

(A partial record of Elbert's descendants ob- 
tained, but not sufficiently complete to pre- 
sent here.) 

Peter (Peter, John, Peter, Wallerand), married Eliza- 
beth Swartout, moved to New York City, and was known 
as Dr. Peter. Had children: 

i Abraham Henry, born Apr. 17, 1800, married 
Oct. 26, 1826, Julia Ann McKnight, and had 
children : 
i Elizabeth Swartout, bom Feb. 11, 1831. 
ii John Ludlow, born May 9, 1832, and is now 
(1898) in business in New York City, 
ii William, married Georgiana De Peyster; no 
issue. 

iii Robert, married Swords, and had children: 

i William, now (1898) in business, N. Y. City, 
ii Robert, died, 
iii Theodore, died, 
iv Mary, died. 

V Henrietta, now living (1898), married Chas. A. 
Robbins. 
(Dr. Peter Dumont had other children, Peter, 
Elbert, Ann and Catharine; all died without 
issue.) 

Abraham (Peter, John, Peter, Wallerand), who married 
Jane Van Cleef, had children: 

i Margaret, born Aug. 21, 1791. 
ii Adriannah, born Aug. 21, 1791 (twins). 



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iii Johannah, born Apr. 12, 1794, married John 

Little, 
iv Isaac Van Cleef, born June 21, 1797, married Oct. 
23, 1828, Maria, daughter of Jacob Van Dorn, 
of Millstone, N. J., and had four sons and four 
daughters. His son, Abraham, resides on a 
portion of the lands purchased by John 
(Peter, Wallerand) from Chas. Dunstar, Aug., 
1725. 
V Peter, bap. Jan. 25, 1802. 

(No additional record has been made of 
descendants of Abraham, above men- 
tioned.) 

Descendants of Abraham Dumont, second son of Peter 
(Wallerand), by the said Peter's first wife, Femmetje 
Teunise Van Middleswart : 

Abraham, born Apr. 2=;, 1706. married Mattie Bergen, 
Aug. 10, 1733, and died Aug. 7, 1787. Had children: 

i Peter A., born July it, 1734, died June 7, 1818. 
ii Sitee, bom April 2, 1738, married Hendrick 
Probasco, of Millstone, N. J., who was Cap- 
tain 2nd Battalion, Somerset Co., N. J., 
Revolutionary War. 
iii John, bom Jan. 10, 1740, died May 3, 17=18. 
iv Phebe, born Sept. 13, 1747, married, ist, Fredk. 
Ditmars, 2nd, Thomas Drew. 

Peter A. Dumont feldest son of Abraham, above men- 
tioned), married, ist, Abigail Tunison, Dec. 6, i7'^7, who 
died Dec. 21st, 1761. Children of this marriage, Mattie 



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and Abigail, died without issue. Married, 2nd, Sarah 
Hegeman, Feb. 23, 1763, daughter of Adrian and Sarah 
Hegeman. They had children: 

i Sarah, born Mch. 9, 1764, married Christopher 

Van Arsdale, died 1844. 
ii John, born Sept. 5, 1769, died July 7, 1822. 
iii Abraham, born June 16, 1778, died Nov. 9, 1858. 
iv Peter, born Nov. 7, 1782, died Aug. 12, i860. 
(And four other children, who died young.) 

John Dumont, eldest son of Peter A., above mentioned, 
married Mary Perlee, and had children: 

i John, moved to Warsaw, New York; no record 

of descendants, 
ii Rebecca. 

iii Abraham, moved to Philadelphia, and died 
there. He had one son, Samuel Beekman 
Dumont, who moved to Iowa; was a State 
Senator, and the town of Dumont, in that 
State, was named for him. 
iv Peter I., died in Somerset Co., N. J., without 

issue, 
v Benjamin, died young. 

Abraham Dumont, second surviving son of Peter A., 
married June 6, 1799, Judith Davis. They had: 

i Sarah, born Apr. 5, 1800, married Nicholas 

Voorhees, died Feb., 1882. 
ii Jane, bom Sept. 19, 1801, died May 17, 1884. 
iii Mary, born Sept. 4, 1803, married Peter Van 
Arsdale, died Feb. 12, 1884. 



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iv Judith, born Oct. 7, 1805, married John John- 
son, died July 15, 1885. 

V Peter A., born Sept. 29, 1809, died Aug. 14, 

1885. 
vi Abraham A., born Oct. 5, 181 1, died Mch. 27, 

1883. 
vii Phebe, bom Jan. 16, 1814; still living (1898). 
viii Theodore Davis, born Aug. 20, 1816, died Sept. 

27, 1879. 

Peter A. Dumont, fifth child of Abraham, above men- 
tioned, married Jan. 8, 1834, Magdalen Garretson, 
daughter of Peter Garretson and Elizabeth Polhemus. 
They had: 

i Martha, born Oct. 15, 1834, married Abraham 

Whitnack; still living (1898). 
ii Arabella, bom Sept. 14, 1836, died Apr. 18, 

1874. 
iii Sarah EHzabeth, born Dec. 5, 1838, died Aug. 

14, 1880. 
iv Abraham P.. born Oct. 18, 1841, died . 

V John Garretson, born Sept. 10, 1843; still living 

(1898). 

Abraham A., sixth child of Abraham, above mentioned, 
and brother of Peter A., above mentioned, married 
Cornelia F. Hoagland. Had children, five sons and five 
daughters: several died young. He moved to Kansas, 
and died there; no record of descendants. 

Theodore Davis Dumont, eighth child of Abraham, 



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previously mentioned, and, therefore, a brother of Peter 
A. and Abraham A., above mentioned; married Jannet 
Peck, and had one son and three daughters. All children 
living (1898). 

Peter Dumont, youngest son of Peter A. and Sarah 
Hegeman, married Nov. 6, 1805, Magdalen Davis, daugh- 
ter of Peter Davis and Jane Ten Eyck, and sister of his 
brother Abraham's wife, Judith. The children of this 
Peter Dumont and Magdalen, his wife, were: 

i Jane, born Nov. 13, 181 1, died July 29, 1887; 
married Bernard Polhemus, and had one son, 
Isaac Luther, and one daughter, Magdalin, 
both deceased, 
ii Peter P., married May 29, 1838, Auletta Maria 
Brokaw, daughter of Henry Brokaw and 
Sarah Vermule. They had: 
i John Brokaw, born Nov. 23, 1842, married 
Feb. 26, 1867, Elizabeth Stewart Cook, and 
has children: i. Marion Stewart; ii, John B., 
Jr.; iii, Morris J. fall living, 1898). 
ii Henry D., born Jan, 5, 1845, married May 31. 
1865, Lucy A. Gregg, and has children: 
i, Chas, G. ; ii, Mabel, 
iii John S. Vredenburg, bom Sept, i, 1823, died 
Mch. 29, 1867, married Margret Polhemus. 
Had children: 
i Magdalen, 
ii Phebe Jane, 
ill Cornelia, 
iv Peter (all living, 1898). 



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Of the children and other descendants of Peter Dumont 
(son of Wallerand) by his third wife, Jannetje Vechte, we 
have given a partial account in the body of this volume, 
under title, "The Dumont Family; Genealogy," but the 
following additional notes are of interest : 

John Baptist Dumont (Peter, Wallerand), who married 
Maria Van Duyne, had one son: 

i Peter J. B. Dumont (afterwards known as Peter 
B.), born about 1760, and died May 19, 1846. 
(No record of other children.) 

Peter J. B. Dumont, above mentioned, married Susan 
Van Middleswart. They had: 

i John B. 

ii Tunis. 

iii Mary, who died young. 

iv Jane, married Fred. Frelinghuysen, they being 
parents of the late Hon. Fred. T. Freling- 
huysen and Dumont Frelinghuysen, Esq.. the 
latter now (1898) living in Somerville, N. J. 

V Maria, married Wm. Elm.endorf. 

vi Ann. married P. D. Vroom. afterwards Governor 
of New Jersey. 

Note. — Peter B. Dumont inherited a portion of the land? of his grnnd- 
father, Peter (son of WnllerandV inrhidinp' the homestend. nnd wts bnried 
in the family plat on said lands, wheie also his father. Tohn Rnntist. and 
grandfather,' Peter Dumont. were buried. A brirk wall surrounds the 
burials in this plat, which includes families related to Dumonts, and being- 
near the main road it seems possible it may be respected for many vears. 

Peter B. was a Revolutionary soldier and served on Staten Island and 
Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth, N, T-)- but his father's death, in 1776. com- 
pelled him to leave the army and look after the large estate, but he fur- 
nished a substitute, until the war closed. 



17C 

Peter Dumont, who married Bruchie Vroom, had chil- 
dren: 

i Jannette, born Apr. 7, 1749, died 1752. 

ii Jacinte, born June 18, 1751, married Mch. 2, 
1777, Robert Roseboom, and moved to Cherry 
Valley, N. Y. 

iii Peter, born Oct. 17, 1753, died Mch., 1807, mar- 
ried Mary Roseboom, sister of Robt., above 
mentioned, and moved to Cherry Valley, 
N. Y. 

iv Hendrick, born April 13, 1756; died Dec. 17, 
1775- 

V John Baptist, born Oct. 21, 1758; died Jan. 12, 
1832; never married. 

vi Jannette, bom May i, 1761; died Oct. 25, 1828; 
married Hendrich Tenbrook Vroom. 

vii Batchie, born Feb. 14, 1765; died Feb. i, 1852. 
viii Margaret, born Oct. 5, 1766; died Jan. 2, 1844; 
married a Tenbroock. 

ix Mary, born Jan.. 1770; died Dec. 22, 1845. 

Peter Dumont (son of Peter) and Mary Roseboom had: 
i Henry, born Jan. 18, 1778; died Jan. 18, 1816. 
ii Garret, born May 23, 1786; died Jan. 12, 1812. 

iii Peter, bom April 16, 1789; died May 16, 1852. 

iv Gertrude, born Sept. 16, 1780. 
v Brachia, bom April 24, 1791. 

Note. — No record of descendants of Hendrick, above mentioned, and 
from ag-e named, he probably died without issue. John Baptist nnd his 
sisters Batchie (in will called Bridget), and Mary, lived and died on lands 
purchased by their grandfather, Peter, at Two-bridges, on North Branch 
River, near junction with the Raritan. 



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vi Cynthia, born May lo, 1793; married Luke 

French, 
vii Mary, born May 10, 1795. 

Peter, son of above-named Peter, and Mary Roseboom, 
the latter's wife, married Sarah Baskin and settled, first, at 
Watkins, N. Y., afterwards Rochester, N. Y., where nearly 
all his children were born, and finally moved to Allegan, 
Mich., where he died. Children were: 

i Henry, bom Watkins, N. Y., June 5, 1815; mar- 
ried a Bingham and moved to Berrien Springs, 
Mich. His only son, Gilbert P. Dumont, died 
without issue, 
ii John Baptist, born at Rochester, N. Y., Aug. 3, 

1820; now (1898) living in Allegan, Mich, 
iii Mary, bom Nov. 26, 1822; died June 9, 1844. 
iv Martha, born Sept. 22, 1825. 
v Wm. P., bom May 5, 1831; still living; un- 
married, 
vi Robert Roseboom, born Feb. 17, 1834; died 
Sept. 15, iSgo. He moved to Colorado when 
a young man; was in first wagon train to Pike's 
Peak; afterwards located in Denver, Col., next 
to California; continued a rover for twenty 
years in many lands, returning to Allegan, 
Mich., in 1881 ; married and moved to Seattle, 
Wash., where he died and left no issue. 
(Other children mentioned, but died young.) 

Note.— No record of descendants of Henry and Garret, and it is believed 
they had no male heirs. 



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John Baptist Dumont (the only descendant of Peter, 
son of Peter, son of Wallerand, who has a male heir) mar- 
ried, 1st, Dec. 7, 1852, Frances P. Emerson, of HoUis. 
N. H., who was born March 11, 1832; died March 16, 1853. 
Married, 2d, Emma E. Smith, of Canaan, Conn., born 
Nov. 8, 1829; died Jan. 3, 1868. Married, 3d, Susan M. 
Watson, sister of second wife. The only sunavor of his 
children is John Baptist, Jr., by his second wife, born Jan. 
3, 1868, and is now (1898) located in Chicago, IlHnois. 

MISCELLANEOUS. 
One important item pertaining to the ancestry of Peter* 
Dumont (Hcndrick, Peter, Wallerand) should, also, be 
added: The Editor has been informed by his father, Ex- 
Mayor Henry Guest M'Pike, of Alton, Illinois, that he had 
been told by his father, the late Judge John M'Pike, that 
it was said by (or else heard it direct from) the late Colonel 
John Dumont, that he (Col. D.) personally possessed the 
ancient French deeds to ancestral estates in France, which 
had been confiscated by the government of that country 

Note. — In regard to descendants of other sons of Wallerand Dumond, 
the first of that surname in America ; that is. of Walran, Jr., and Tohn 
Baptist, it should be added that J. B. Dumond. Esq., of Plainfield, N. J-, 
has made a copy, in order of dates, of all "Duraonts," — marriages and 
baptisms, from records Dutch church, Kingston, New York, to the year 
iSio, and he further undertook the grouping of families, considering 
names of children and sponsors, but it is exceedingly difficult to make such 
a record entirely reliable and he found before reachinji the vear 1700 that 
it was not easy to distinguish the different branches. Aside from this, the 
records of marriages and baptisms, towards 1700. became less frequent 
(of Dumont's or Dumond's. as descendants in Kingston now write the 
name); this being accounted for by scattering of descendants to other parts, 
and. also, connections with other than Dutch church. Mr. Dumont, how- 
ever, has offered to transmit to the editor a copy of the above list, and for 
the benefit of those most interested, we will state that the list may be pub- 
lished in a subsequent genealogy of the Dumont family, or, more likely, 
contributed to the columns of (he New York Genenlogical and Biographical 
Record. 



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from his (Col. D.'s) ancestors because of their having been 
Huguenots. As Col. D. was a lawyer of high standing it 
was very natural that such documents should have been 
placed in his care by his father. The Editor has not been 
able to locate the said French deeds, but has a letter, dated 
June 1 6, 1898, from Mrs. E. S. L. Thompson, of Muncie, 
Ind. (a granddaughter of Col. D.), stating such deeds did 
exist, and were kept in her grandfather's office in Vevay, 
Ind. They have, no doubt, been destroyed by accident or 
otherwise. Mrs. Thompson adds that, perhaps, Wm. L. 
Campbell, Esq., Marysville, California, may know more 
about them, but as this volume is now going to press we 
have not sufficient time to investigate further. These 
deeds, no doubt, covered property belonging to maternal 
ancestors of Peter* Dumont. 

Mr. C. C. Saffell, No. 205 Courtland street, Baltimore, 
Maryland, advises the editor that he has the record of one 
James Pike, who was, " no doubt," Captain James Mc- 
Pike, previously referred to. 

In conclusion we cannot omit to refer to the fact that 
among Dumont family descendants in military service 
during the present Spanish-American war are two grand- 
sons of the late General Ebenezer Dumont — David C. 
Braden, aged 21 years, who is Sergt. -Major, 3rd Battalion, 
158th Indiana Regiment, and James Braden, aged 19 
years, Regimental Bugler, 158th Indiana Regiment. We 
must also mention Frank P. Dupray, of Vevay, Indiana, 
who enlisted in Company " K," U. S. Infantry, Camp 
Merritt, San Francisco, and is now en route for Manila, as 
well as Frederick Dumont Grisard, who enlisted in Com- 
pany " K," First U. S. Infantry, from Poughkeepsie, New 
York, and is on his way to Manila. 



INDEX TO SURNAMES, 

In alphabetical order by initial letters only, and 
including only pages 9-158, inclusive, the subsequent 
pages having been added after index was prepared. 
The surnames shown on the subsequent pages have, 
however, been incorporated in this index, and are 
indicated by the letter ' S.' 



Adams, 23-26, 27, 35. 

Aertson, 46. 

Alford, III. 

Allen, 143. 

Alstine, 52, 158, 159. 

Anderson, 60, 64, 66, 103, 

132, 134, 136. 
Arnand, 77,^ 74, 75, 77. 
Arnold, 108. 
Armstrong, 63. 
Arthur, 54. 

Barber, 16, 19. 
Brewster, 30, 32. 
Bruce, 34, 121, 143. 
Blackburn, 35, 108. 
Bartel, 38. 
Burke, 42, 141. 
Beslevoer, 46. 
Bergen, 48, 'S.' 
Brouwer, 49. 
Bush, 57. 
Basye, 63. 



Brier, 64, 65. 
Bainbridge, 64. 
Blake, 66. 
Burdick, 66. 
Bradley, 140. 
Braden, 71, 'S.' 
Berrier, 77,, 74. 
Bouyot) 
Bonyot}75. 7&- 

Brun, 76. 
Bogart, 79. 
Bland, 104-107. 
Blunt, (?) 105. 
Blackford, 1 13. 
Barbour, 113. 
Beecher, 114. 
Brown, 114, 142. 
Burr, 115. 
Baker, 119. 
Browne, 1 19. 
Bushnell, 128. 
Bushnell, 128. 
Blanchard, 131. 



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Bettesworth, 141. 
Baskin, 147, ' S.' 
Beauchamp, 155 
Brinckerhoff, 159. 
Bogeart, ' S.' 
Berrian, ' S.' 
Brokaw, 'S.' 
Bingham, ' S.' 

Clinton, 12. 18. 
Clute, 19, 47. 
Cromwell, 31. 
Coleman, 35. 
Caldwell, 37. 
Cooper, 49. 
Coffinger, 61. 
Corey, 61, 81, 82, 152. 
Campbell, 61, 62, 'S.' 
Clarke, 62. 
Catlin, 66. 
Carre, 75, 76. 
Chaigneau, ']']. 
Childs, 81. 
Cummings, 107. 
Chase, 109. 
Coffin, 113. 
Camm, 140. 
Chapman, 141. 
Calshet, 'S.' 
Cook, ' S.' 

Deshler, 11, 20, 21, 26, 

145- 
Dumont, 14, 40-104,110, 
118, 121, T32, 135, 145- 

159. 'S.' 



DeMot, 16. 
Dunham, 2c. 
Dahl, II. 
Dicken, 36, 144. 
Dryden, 38. 
Denton, 40. 
DeLaTrimble, 44. 
Detraz, 52, 56,62, 72, 73, 

75. 76, 11^ 157- 
Domiin, 52. 
Dupray, 63, ' S.' 
Drew, 72. 
Dumas, 75. 
Drommeau, 76. 
Dunsmore, 105. 
de Blount (?), 105. 
Dunn, T20, 129. 
Defour, 147. 
Dumon, ) ^ , c > 

Dumond,i'54' ^56, S. 

Denyse, ' S.' 
De Peyster, ' S.' 
Dunstar, 'S.' 
Ditmars, ' S.' 
Davis, ' S.' 

Everts, 18. 

Ellis, 35, 36, 108, 109. 
Etmendorf, ) . e , 
Elmendorf, \ 54' ^• 
Eddy, 82. 
Eggleston, 88. 
Emerson, ' S.' 

Flamsteed, 9, 32. 
Franklin, 27. 



177 



Fry, 33- 

Frame, 35. 

Fronnie, 2iT- 

Fox, 39. 

Foreman, 40, 159. 

Frelinghuysen, 54, 78, 

148, 251, 'S.' 
Filleul, 76. 
Ficklin, 109. 
Fifer, 127. 
Francis, 127. 
Fairbairn, 141. 
Forster, 147. 
Fairfield, 155. 
Fiske, 156. 
Felix, ' S; 

Guest, 11-19,20-29, 36-38, 
40-43, 55, 60, no, 121, 
129, 144, 145. 

Grinup, 35. 

Greene, 52, 62. 

Grisard, 63, 'S.' 

Gano, 64. 

Garrett, 65. 

Grant, 67, 125. 

Gordon, 119. 

Goodwin, 120. 

Garretson' ' S.' 

Gregg, ' S.' 

Halley, 9, 29-33, 139- Ho, 

141, 143. 
Howe, 16, 19. 
Hamilton, 27. 



145- 



Hardman, 2S 
Howard, 34. 
Hereford, 35, 108. 
Hanie, 37. 
Hunter, 42, 136. 
Hoes, 44. 
Hendricks, 46. 
Hunt, 53. 
Hay, 57, 64. 
Hardenburg, 59. 
Haerlengen, 59. 
Henderson, 62. 
Humphrey, 65. 
Holman, 120. 
Harrison, 135. 
Hays, 142. 
Hoagland, 145, 'S 
Hegeman, ' S.' 

Irving, 10. 

Jenkinson, 35. 
Journeay, 46. 
Jackson, 104, 106. 
Jans, 'S.' 
Johnson, ' S.' 

Kip, 46. 
Kinkead, 109. 
Ketcham, in. 
Killian, 142. 
King, ' S.' 

Lossing, 10. 
Lee, 12, 13, 19. 



[78 



Livingston, 14, 15, 144. 
Lafayette, 19, 26, 34, 129. 
Laurens, 27-29. 
Little, 34, 'S; 
Lindsey, 35-37. 

LrRu\|35..4..44. 

Long, 38, 59. 

Lemmon, 42. 

Leveredge, 47. 

Loveridge, 47. 

Leverich, 47. 

LeGrange, 48. 

Low, 56, 148. 

Lowe, 56, 57, 58, 81, 148. 

Laing, 59. 

Lincoln, 62, 71, 106, 119, 

124. 
Lamb, 62, 1 15-120, 153. 
Lanman, 80, 103. 
Logan, 126. 
Looker, 129. 
Little, 'S.' 
Luther, ' S.' 

Mariner, ) ,„ ,0 
Marrener, ) ' 
McPike, )i8, 19, 33-41. 
M'Pike, (42. 107, 121- 
131, 139, 141-145. 'S.' 
Messier, 9, 45, 55, 59, 79, 

148, 155- 
Mesnagar, 24-26. 
Murray, 26. 
Macauley, 31. 



Mairan, 32. 
McDonald, 33. 
Mackenzie, 33. 
Mountain, 34, 35, 142. 
Morehouse, 36. 
Maier, 39. 
McNorton, 40. 
McNaughton, 40. 
Monteath, 41, no. 
Moores, 53, 57, 58, 61, 

65. I3I- 
Munsell, 53. 
Morerod, 56, 58, 63, 145, 

153- 
Merrill, 60, 66, 113, 131- 

135- 
Murphey, 61. 
Many (?), 75, 76. 
Morrison, 96, 99. 
Morgan, loi. 
Madison, 106. 
Meiers, 108. 
Meigs, 106. 
Mitchell, 113. 
Mills, 121-124. 
Morton, 134. 
Monfort, 136. 
Mollineaux, 143. 
Morse, 143. 
McKnight, 'S.' 
Newton, 9, 30-33, 125. 
Neilson, 15. 
Nouee, 46. 
Naylor, 60, 64, 65, 135- 

136, 147. 



179 



Nyssen, ' S.' 

Olden, 23. 

Oothout, 51, 52, 158-159. 

Oathout, 52. 

Peck, 18, 'S.' 
Price, 32, 140, 141. 

Pike, 34, ' s; 

Penn, 40. 
Pollock, 44, 156. 
Paxton, 62, 63. 
Parlier, n, 74. 75- 
Poore, 80. 
Parke, 81. 
Pocahontas, 105. 
Payne, 106. 
Peebles, 108. 
Pritchard, 120. 
Parker, 139. 
Phillips, 147. 
Probasco, ' S.' 
Perlee, ' S.' 
Polhemus, 'S.' 

Rose, 19. 

Reynolds, 23, 40, 41, 42, 

43, 60, 77,100, III, 129, 

136-138, 145. 
Ramsey, 29. 
Ryerson, 48, 'S.' 
Rapalie, 48, ' S.' 
Reid, 58, 62, 63, 154. 
Ralph, 67. 
Reseau, ) 
Rezeau 73, 77, i47- 



Rapalye, "]"]. 
Rolfe, 105. 
Ray, 129. 
Root, 130. 
Rappleyea, 155. 
Robbins, ' S.' 
Roseboom, ' S.' 

Silliman, 10. 

Simcoe, 10-19, 27, iii, 

144. 
Stuart, 16, 143. 
Sullivan, 16. 
Stryker, 18, 40, 55, 155, 

156. 
Snell, 18, 19. 
Stephen, 30. 
Smith, 35, 52, 81, 108, 

124, 'S.' 
Shaw, 36. 
Shelby, 36. 
Sharpe, 43, 138. 
Schoonmaker, 44. 
Stuyvesant, 45, 46. 
Staats, 52, 53, 148, ' S.' 
Steel, 61. 
Shipp, 61, 62. 
Stites, 64. 
Schorr, 65. 
Stratton, 66. 
Sargent, 66. 
Springsteen, 72. 
Shepherd, 1 16. 
Stevens, 131. 
Simpson, 140. 
Saffell, 144, ' S.' 



Scales, ' S.' 
Snediker, ' S.' 
Stoothoff, ' S.' 
Swarthout, ' S.' 
Smalley, ' S.' 
Stillwell, 'S.' 
Swords, 'S.' 

Tarlton, 17. 
Tooke, 31. 
Thomason, 35, 143. 
Terbosch, 47. 
Teunissen, 48, ' S.' 
Traverier, (50, 53, ^1--]^, 
Traverrier, j 147. 
Todd, 52, 62, 63. 
Tucker, 109. 
Talbot, III. 
Taylor, 113, 130, 144. 
Thompson, 120, 152, 154, 

's; 

Trumbull, 124. 
Trenley, 141. 
Ten Eyck, 151, ' S.' 
Tunison, ' S.' 
Tenbroock, ' S.' 

Van Home, 15. 
Van Vechten, 15. 
Voorhees, ) 1 6- 1 8, 27, 40, 
Voorheis, j^' S.' 
Van Vegten, 47, 148. 
Van Middleswart, ) 48, 
Van Middlesworth, j 49, 
54- 155. 'S.' 



Vechten, 48, ' S.' 
Vechte, 48, 'S.' 
Veghte. 48, 79, 148, 155, 

'S.' 
Van Duyne, 48. 
Vroom, 49, 54, 78, J 48, 

156. 's; 

Van Haerlengen, 58, 59, 

148. 
Van Bunscholten, 59. 
Venable, 87, 129. 
Voris, 120. 
Van den Berg, 145. 
Van Ness, 152. 
Van Cleff, ' S.' 
Vanderbeck, ' S.' 
VanDorn, ' S.' 
Van Arsdale, ' S.' 
Vermule, ' S.' 
Washington, 12, 27, 55, 

59. 63. 103, 152, 153. 
Whitney, 14, 72. 
Weiss, ) o 
Weisse,h^'^45. 

Wolford, 35. 
Wilkinson, 35, 39, 143. 
White, 37, 41, 80, 134. 
Webster, 40. 
Wickam, 61. 
Whiteford, 64, 65. 
Watson, 72, ' S.' 
Williams, 72. 
Wyckoff , ) 
Wycoff, [79. 149- 
Wallace, 82, 96. 



Woollen, 1 03. Williamson, 'S.' 

Wayne, 142, 144. Whitnack, ' S.' 

Worth, 142. Wiley, 112. 

Webb, 143. Wilson, 121, 128. 
Woertman, ' S.' 

Wizzelhenning, 'S.' Yates, 125, 130.