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at Kingston. Buried at Hudson.

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132 JAMES R., son of (126) James Best; m.
Issue :

138 Wallace, b. ; m.

139 Clara, b.

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63 ANNA, daughter of (17) Harmanus Best; m.
Seth Tobey.

Seth Tobey died in 18 16. Was licensed to keep an Inn,
in 1786, in Hudson. In his will, recorded July 13, 1816,
he gave to his wife, Anna, a lot of land, " situate in that
part of my orchard, in the City of Hudson, used for a
family burying ground," to be maintained as such; and
appoints (62) Jacob H. Best as one of his Executors.

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64 GEORGE, son of (17) Harmanus Best; m. Jan. 25,
1773, Marytje Mesick, at Johnstown, and had:

140 Elizabeth, bp. July 20, 1775. Spons., Herman

Best, and wife, Maria Elizabeth Rorich; m.
Feb. I, 1794, Marks Platner, Jr.

141 Maria, b. Dec. 18, 1779; bp. Jan. I, 1780. Spons.,

Mynder van de Bogert, Sarah Missig (Mesick).



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142 Hendrick, b. Jan. 21 ; bp. Feb. 17, 1782. Spons.,

Seth Tobie, Annatje Best.

George Best was one of the Executors of the will of (16)
Johannes Best.

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65 ELIZABETH, daughter of (17) Harmanus Best;
m. Martin T. Cooper. Issue:

143 Jacob, b. Oct. 30; bp. Nov. 15, 1789. Spons.,

Jacob Best, and wife, Eva Best.

144 John, b. Oct. 5; bp. Oct. 30, 1791. Spons., Jno.

Cooper, Rachel Ham.

145 Thomas Broadhead, b. Feb. 15; bp. Mch. 10,

1793. Spons., Thomas Broadhead, Maria
Curtis.

Martin T. Cooper was Supervisor from the town of
Clermont, in 1793, being the 2nd Supervisor elected after
the organization of the town. Enlisted from Greenport,
Sept., 1864, for three years, being then far beyond the age
limit. In the will of Elizabeth Cooper, registered Jan.
28, 1867, she appoints Jacob Cooper, of Hudson, brother-
in-law. Executor, and Trustee to children, unmarried.

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66 ELIZABETH, daughter of (18) Jacob Best; m.
Hendrick Smith. Issue:

146 Hendrick, b. Dec. 31, 1780; bp. Jan. 28, 1781.

Spons., parents.

147 Jacob, b. Mch. 30; bp. May 2, 1784. Spons.,

Jacob Ham, Lenah Ham.

148 Jeremy, b. Nov. 26; bp. Dec. 25, 1790. Spons.,

Martinus Cooper, Elizabeth Best.



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67 JOHANNES J., son of (i8) Jacob Best; m. Nov. 7,
1780, Christina Ham (Banns), both of Johnstown. She
was b. Dec. 10, 1759; d. Dec. 3, 1846. Issue:

149 Jacob, b. Apr. 7; bp. May 6, 1781. Spons.,

Jacob Best, Eva Best; d. Apr. 11, 1861.

150 Margaritta, b. Mch. ; bp. Apr. 13, 1783.

Spons., Fyt Rossman, Anna Rossman; d.
buried Churchtown; m. Peter I. Rossman.

151 Johannes, bp. Aug. 31, 1785. Spons., Jacob

Fingar, Marytje Plass; d. Jan. 24, 1844; ni.
Elizabeth Sedam.

152 Jeremiah, b. June 17, 1788; d. Feb. 5, 1876; m.

Margaret Miller.

153 Marytje, b. Oct. 3; bp. Nov. 1790.

Spons., Wilhelmus Best, Marytje Platnar;
m. Feb. 5, 1809, (80) Ephraim Best, son of
(49) John Best, Jr., and Margaret Mesick;
d. Sept. 26, 1869.

154 Lena, b. June 13; bp. July 17, 1796. Spons.,

Jacob Ham, Lena Best; d. 1862; m.

Michael Horton.

155 Robert, b. Jan. i, 1799; d. Dec. 3, 1890; m.

Anna Maria Hallenbeck.

156 Catherine, b. ; d. ; m. John W.

Clapper.

Johannes J. Best was retiring Elder of the Johnstown
Dutch Church, in 1807. Elder, again. May, 181 1. The
marriage record reads: "Johannes J. Best j. m. born in
Livingston, in the ' Manner of Livingstond ' and Christina
Ham, j. d. born in Livingston, and both residing in the
' Mannor of Livingstond, ' married on the presentation of
a Certificate that 3 sabbath publications had been made
without objection in the Church of the ' Mannor Living-



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stond' Nov. 7, 1780." The military history of John J.
Best, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, as appears from
his application for pension on file in the Bureau of Pensions,
Department of War, Wash., D. C, is as follows: In
1776, he served 9 months in the ranks, Capt. Petrus van
Gaasbeck, Col. Livingston. In April, 1777, he enlisted
for 6 months, Capt. Henry Pulver, Col. Hay. He again
saw service, in 1779, for 3 months, under Capt. Leonard
Ten Broeck. His application also states that he saw
service for 2 months in each year, 1779, '80, '81; the names
of the officers in command not being stated. He resided
during his lifetime on the farm now known as the Diblee
Farm in the town of Taghkanick; and was among the
earliest settlers in the western part of the town, which
was, then, within the boundaries of Livingston Manor.
He was one of the petitioners to the Legislature, " de-
manding an investigation into the Livingston Title."
"Doc. Hist, of N. Y.," O'Callaghan, vol. iii., p. 839.

LXX

70 CATHERINE, daughter of (18) Jacob Best; m.
John G. Rossman, and had the following:



157


George, b. Nov. 25, 1808. Spons., bp., Hannah




Best.




158


Jacob, b. Jan


. 19, 181 1. Spons., bp., Jacob H.




Best, Eva


Minklaer.


159


Margaret, b.
Etten.


Jan. 7, 181 5; m. Henry S. Van


160


William, b.




161


Susan, b.


; m. Reuben F. Lapham.


162


Eve, b.


; m. Samuel Jeremiah Lape.


163


Ann, b.


; m. Samuel Shutts.


164


Mary, b.


; m. Edward Stickles.


165


James, b.





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John G. Rossman resided in the town of Livingston,
where his son (165) James was living in 1900. In the
Minutes of the Consistory of the Johnstown Church, dated
May 4, 1 83 1, we find the following: "Resolved that the
Note due the Consistory from Mencries Livingston be col-
lected and that John G. Rossman and . . . be a committee
for that purpose. "

CLIX

159 MARGARET, daughter of (70) Catherine Rossman;
m. Henry S. Van Etten, and had:

166 Sarah, b. ; m. Henry Smith.



CLXII

162 EVE, daughter of (70) Catherine Rossman; m.
Samuel Jeremiah Lape; b., at Churchtown, Jan. 28,

1 816; son of Thomas J. Lape and Lena Miller, and nephew
of Margaret Lape, who married (75) John J. Best; d. before
1870.

CLXIII

163 ANN, daughter of (70) Catherine Rossman; m.
Samuel Shutts, b. Mch. 19, 1828, and had:

167 Henry, b.

Samuel Shutts resided at Livingston. He was Super-
visor for 2 terms; Assessor, 9 years; Superintendent of
Poor, 3 years; Justice of Peace, 12 years. He died in
1907. He enlisted for the Civil War, at Claverack, Aug.
15, 1862, 128th Regt., Co. G. He was one of the first
directors of the Livingston Mutual Ins. Co., organized
1848; and its secretary from 1867 to 1898.



58 BEST GENEALOGY

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71 PETRUS J., son of (18) Jacob Best; m.
Elizabeth Minklaer. Issue:

168 Henry, b. July 2; bp. July 20, 1800. Spons.,

Peter A. Decker, Catherine Rossman; m.
Hicks; d. 1850.

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168 HENRY, sonof (71) PetrusJ.Best;m. Hicks,

and had :

169 Henry, b. ; m. Isabelle Hood.

170 Herbert, b. ; m. Anna Waltermire.

LXXII

72 JACOB, son of (18) Jacob Best; m. 180?
Margaret Fingar, b. Jan. 8, 1784; d. Feb. 24, 1875. Issue:

171 Tunis, b. Apr. 29, 1805; d. Mch. 22, 1880; m.

Lovina Doane.

172 Eliza, b. Apr. 13, 1807. Spons. to bp., John

J. Best, Christina Best; d. Aug., 1888; m.
Daniel Sherwood.

173 Alexander, b. Nov. 4, 1808; d. Apr. 1876;

single.

174 Mary, b. May 17, 1810; d. ; m. Carlostin

Sanford Smith.

175 Thomas J., b. Apr. 26, 1812; d. 1869; m.

Apr. 27, 1833, Catherine A. Plumb, of Hudson.
She d. 1895. Both buried at Gallatin-

ville.

176 John M., b. Mch. 25, 1814; d. May i, 1896; m.

ist, Harriet Tanner; m. 2nd, Caroline Vos-
burgh.

177 Richard, b. Jan. 22, 1816; d. Oct. 7, 1819.



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178 Reuben, b. Feb. i, 1818; d. ; m. Sylvina

Booth.

179 Helen, b. May 27, 1819; d. Mch. 15, 1848;

single.

180 Elizabeth, b. Sept. 24, 1821; d. July 24, 1839;

single.

181 Christina, b. June 5, 1823; living (1900); m.

Mch. 30, 1876, Lyman Morehouse. He d.
Apr. 20, 1876; no issue.

182 Margaret Ann, b. Jan. 18, 1825; d. Dec. 24,

1872; m. Lyman Morehouse.

Jacob Best resided in the town of Milan, Dutchess Co.,
on a large farm. In his will, dated Mch. 24, 1854, and
probated 1861, he appointed his sons (171) Tunis, (173)
Alexander, (175) Thomas J., Executors. (173) Alexander
resided in the town of Milan. Was a prosperous farmer;
and, for some years, represented the town in the Board
of Supervisors. At a special town meeting held at the
house of Ambrose L. Smith, in the town of Milan, Little
Nine Partners, Aug. 9, 1864, (173) Alexander Best was ap-
pointed one of the Committee of three, under the following
resolutions: "Resolved, That the Supervisor of the Town
shall have the power to borrow money on the credit of the
said town sufficient to pay to volunteers to fill the quota of
the town under the call of the president for 500,000 men."
" Resolved, That to every man who shall volunteer and be
mustered in the United States service for the term of three
years shall be paid, as a town bounty, the sum of $500."
" Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed by the
Chair to draw the money upon the order of the Supervisor
to pay to those men who are drafted; and to every man
that is drafted under this present call shall be paid, as a
bounty from this town, the sum of $400." "Resolved,
That every man who is liable to a draft, and not taxable,
shall pay to the Committee appointed the sum of $25,



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on or before the 25 of August, 1864." " Resolved, That
any person who shall enlist for one year, or two, shall
receive the same as a drafted man, $400; and that the
Supervisor in procuring men for the quota shall have the
power to pay to all enlisted by him for one year the sum
of $400. "

CLXXI

171 TUNIS, son of (72) Jacob Best; m. Jan. 19, 1832,
at Claverack, Lovina Doane, dau. of Ezra Doane, of Milan;
b. May 11, 1813; d. Dec. 31, 1892. Issue:

183 Frances E., b. Mch. 29, 1833; d. Mch. i, 1885;

m. Nelson Hallenbeck, at Johnstown, by
Rev. Duzenberry. No issue.

184 Edward Alexander, b. May 5, 1834; m.

Elizabeth Sharp.

185 Ezra D., b. May 18, 1836; single.

186 Jane M., b. June 16, 1839; d. Mch. 24, 1898; m.

Horatio E. Moore.

187 Lavina T., b. Dec. 19, 1844; m. Charles Miller.

188 Arthur A., b. June 10, 1851; d. July 29, 1871.

Single.

Tunis Best resided in the town of Livingston.

CLXXII

172 ELIZA, daughter of (72) Jacob Best; m. Dec.
30, 1824, Daniel Sherwood, and had:

189 Walter, b. Dec. 3, 1825; d. Oct. 11, 1829.

190 Emily, b. Mch. 12, 1828; d. Aug. 31, 1859; m.

Esek Smith. No issue.

191 Sterling, b. Jan. 26, 1830; d. June 13, 1839.

192 Harmon B., b. Mch. 10, 1832; m. Charity

Sherwood. No issue. Resides Milan.



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193 Ellen, b. Apr. 19, 1834; m. Walter Herrick,

M.D.

194 Harriet Eliza, b. May 22, 1836; m. Morgan

Lamoree. No issue. Resides Stattsburgh,
N. Y.

195 Ruth A., b. July 24, 1838; m. Martin L. Kilmer.

No issue. Resides Jackson Corners, N. Y.

196 Mary L., b. Sept. 3, 1841; d. Apr. 7, i860.

Single.

197 Daniel S., b. Mch. 24, 1844; d. June 11, 1899;

m. (209) Harriet Best, daughter of (176)
John M. Best.

Daniel Sherwood resided at Pine Plains, Dutchess Co.,

N.Y.

CLXXIV

174 MARY, daughter of (72) Jacob Best; m.
Carlostin Sanford Smith. Both buried at Gallatin villa.
Issue :

198 Mary C, b. ; single.

199 Helen I., b. ; single.

200 Alexander J., b. ; single.

201 Thomas I., b. ; single.

202 Anna E., b. ; m. William A. Chapman.

Carlostin S. Smith enlisted, at Clermont, Nov. 12, 1862,
Co. I., 159th Regt. Resided at Gallatin ville, N. Y.

ecu

202 ANNA E., daughter of (174) Mary Smith; m. Apr.
15, 1863, William A. Chapman. Issue:

203 Florence M., b.

204 Annette, b.

205 Mary L., b. ; m. George B. Powell.



62 BEST GENEALOGY

William A. Chapman enlisted, at Stockport, Oct.
1862, Co. G., 90th Regt. Served until the close of the war.

CCV

205 MARY L., daughter of (202) Anna E. Chapman;
m,, 189 , George B. Powell, and had:

206 Wayne Chapman, b.



CLXXVI

176 JOHN M., son of (72) Jacob Best; m., ist,
1839, at Churchtown, Harriet Tanner. She d. Nov. 4,
1844. Issue:

207 Julia, b. Apl. 29, 1841; d. Nov. 2, 1896.

208 Josephine, b. 1842; d. 1844.

209 Harriet, b. Oct. 20, 1844; d. Dec. 12. 1886;

m. (197) Daniel S. Sherwood.

M. 2nd, Feb. 12, 1846, Caroline Vosburgh. She was
b. Nov. 13, 1821; d. June 16, 1881. Issue:

210 Fred. M., b. Sept. 3, 1847; m. at Livingston,

Mch. 4, 1879, Elizabeth Anna Dawson, b.,
at Springfield, Ohio, May 30, 1853. Resides
Barre, Orleans Co., N. Y. No issue.

211 Mary E., b. Apr. 13, 1857; d. Feb. 13, 1858.

212 George E., b. Apr. 10, 1861; m., at Brockport,

Monroe Co., N. Y., Nov. 14, 1883, Cora E.
Benedict. Resides Bergen, Genesee Co., N. Y.
No issue.

John M. Best, after his marriage to Harriet Tanner,
removed from Milan, Dutchess Co., to a farm situated
about one mile north of Johnstown, in Columbia Co., where
he resided five years. After the death of his first wife,
and remarriage, he removed to Barre, Orleans Co., N. Y.,



BEST GENEALOGY 63

and purchased the farm he occupied at the time of his
death.

CCIX

209 HARRIET, daughter of (176) John M. Best; m.
Oct. 20, 1875, (197) Daniel S. Sherwood. Resides Pine
Plains, N. Y. Issue:

213 Fred. A., b. Aug. 26, 1877; m. Lena May-

Stickles.

214 Christina Ruth, b. May 3, 1886.

CCXIII

213 FRED. A., son of (209) Harriet Sherwood; m.
Oct. 12, 1898, Lena May Stickles, daughter of Henry H.
Stickles and Helena Weaver, of Jackson Corners, N. Y.
Issue:

215 Henry Daniel, b. June 9, 1900.
Fred. A. Sherwood resides Pine Plains, N. Y.

CXCIII

193 ELLEN, daughter of (172) Eliza Sherwood; m.
Walter Herrick, M.D., of Rhinebeck, N. Y., and had:

216
217

CLXXVIII

178 REUBEN, son of (72) Jacob Best; m. at Presby-
terian Church, Pine Plains, 184 , Sylvina Booth.
Issue :

218 Albert, b. Oct. 22, 1843; d. Apr. 21, 1900; m.
Estelle Starr.



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219 Harriet B., b. Aug. 25, 1844; m. John Piester.

220 Leonard H., b. July 18, 1847; i^- Mary Whit-

comb.

221 Josephine, b. Oct. 5, 184 ; d. 186 .

Single.

Reuben Best resided at Pine Plains, N. Y.

CCXVIII

218 ALBERT, son of (178) Reuben Best; m. Feb. 21,
1866, Estelle Starr, and had:

222 Bertha, b. Mch. i, 1867; m. Samuel McCon-

nell.

223 Clara, b. Oct. 3, 1868. Single.

224 Albert Starr, b. Apr. 25, 1870; m. Apr. 18,

1895, Marjorie Ayres. Resides No. 10 East
130th St., N. Y. City. No issue.

225 Ralph Westervelt, b. Apr. 6, 1873.

226 Hattie Estelle, b. Aug. 8, 1876; d. June 11,



The New York Herald, of April 23, 1900, contained the
following account of the death of Albert Best, which oc-
curred April 21 inst.: "Albert Best, senior member of the
firm of Best & Co., of West Twenty-third Street, died
suddenly of heart disease Saturday afternoon in Mount
Vernon while on a bicycle trip through Westchester County
with friends.

" He was a great lover of the wheel and when the weather
and business cares would permit used to leave his home,
No. 15 West i2ist Street, and take a spin on his bicycle
through the Park and along the roads in the upper part
of the city.

" He invited several friends to go with him after lunch
Saturday on a trip through the lower end of Westchester



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County. He planned to stop at the house of a friend in
Mount Vernon and then return home.

" He rode with his accustomed vigor until the party ap-
proached Mount Vernon, when he began to experience
pains in his stomach. He spoke to several members of the
party about it.

" When they reached Mount Vernon the pain had
become acute and he got off the bicycle. His face grew
pale and his companions took him to the home of a
friend, where in spite of medical skill he expired in
three hours.

" Albert Starr Best and Ralph Westervelt Best, sons of
Mr. Best, are members of the Seventh Regiment, and were
at Croton with the Regiment. They were immediately
notified of the death of their father and returned to the
city yesterday on a leave of absence.

"The death of Mr. Best removes from the world a phi-
lanthropist whose charities, covering all creeds and races,
will never be adequately known. He was born in October,
1843, at Pine Plains. When sixteen years old he came to
the city and entered the employ of A. T. Stewart as a clerk,
remaining there five years. When he was twenty-one
years old he went to Newark, N. J., and entered business
for himself, opening a drygoods store, which he continued
for eighteen years with much success. Then he moved
to Buffalo, N. Y., where he conducted a furniture store
four years. Then he came to this city and started with
a store in Sixth Avenue, between Twenty-second and
Twenty-third Streets. Ten years ago, the business having
grown to large proportions, the firm went to its present
location, in Twenty-third Street.

" Three daughters, two sons and a widow survive him.
The latter was Miss Estelle Starr, daughter of John Starr,
a merchant. Mr. Best was a member of the Harlem
Club, Aldine Club, and Second Collegiate Reformed Church
of Harlem."



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CCXXII

222 BERTHA, daughter of (218) Albert Best; m.
Jan. 17, 1884, Samuel McConnell, and had:

227 Donald, b. Nov., 1889; d. Apr., 1900.

228 Albert Best, b. Apr. 17, 1896.

CCXIX

219 LEONARD H., son of (178) Reuben Best; m.
Sept., 1872, Mary Whitcomb. Resides East Orange, N. J.
Issue :

229 Ida Annette, b. Nov. i, 1873.

Leonard H. Best is a manufacturer. Factory, No.
144-150 Orange St., Cor. High St., Newark, N. J. Office,
No. 17 East 46th St., N. Y. City.

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220 HARRIET B., daughter of (178) Reuben Best;
m. Feb. 18, 1869, John Piester, b. Sept. 5, 1840; d. May
22, 1872. Resides No. 14 East 125th St., N. Y. City.
Issue :

230 Lizzie B., b. Feb. 24, 1870.

CLXXXII

182 MARGARET ANN, daughter of (72) Jacob Best;
m. Nov. 12, 1851, Lyman Morehouse, b. Mch. 6, 1820;
d. Apr. 20, 1876. Issue:

231 Cyrus F., b. Aug. 6, 1858; m. Florence Story.

No issue. Resides Rock City, Dutchess Co.,
N. Y. Was Supervisor, 1900.



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CLXXXIV

184 EDWARD ALEXANDER, son of (171) Tunis
Best; m. Jan. 29, 1863, Elizabeth Sharp, daughter of John
Sharp, of Claverack; b. June 21, 1835. Issue:

232 Frank, b. Dec. 29, 1863; m. Ettie Miller.

233 Bertha, b. Aug. 20, 1875; d. Dec. 21, 1876.

Edward A. Best resides in the southern part of the town
of Claverack; is a leading agriculturist; and has been a
member of the town Board of Assessors, and a school
trustee.

CCXXXII

232 FRANK, son of (184) Edward A. Best; m. June
10, 1886, Ettie Miller, of Humphrey ville, and had:

234 Archland, b. Oct. 21, 1887.

235 Edward A., b. Mch. 23, 1889.

CLXXXVI

186 JANE M., daughter of (171) Tunis Best; m. Oct.
25, 1850, Horatio E. Moore, b. Aug. 25, 1831; d. Mch. 24,
1898, and had:

236 Herbert W., b. Jan. 15, 1864; m. June 3, 1889,

lone Buss, daughter of Frederick W. Buss,
of Stockport; b. Apr. 23, 1869. No issue.
Resides Waterbury, Conn.

237 Charles H., b. May 5, 1868; d. July 20, 1889.

Single.

CLXXXVII

187 LAVINA T., daughter of (171) Tunis Best; m.
Dec. 31, 1874, Charles Miller, b. Dec. 15, 1848, and had:



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238 Margaret Best, b. Sept. 18, 1877.

239 John Clarence, b. Aug. 5, 1879.

240 Frances L., b. Jan. 6, 1882.

241 Dora May, b. Apr. 24, 1886; d. Oct. 10, 1888.

Charles Miller resided at Livingston, Dutchess Co.,

N. Y.

LXXV

75 JOHN J., son of (49) Johannes Best; m. Jan. 26,
1800, at Stuyvesant, by Rev. Romeyn, Margaret (Mary)
Lape; b. Dec. 10, 1779; d. Mch. 20, 1868, aged 89 years.
She was a daughter of Thomas Lape and Maria Potts.
Issue :

242 Eve, b. Mch. 21,; bp. Apr. 26, 1801; m. Jacob

Tiel Ham; d. Apr. 10, 1869. Buried Stuy-
vesant Landing.

243 Thomas, b. June 20, 1803; m. (315) Elizabeth

Rossman; d. June 29, 1883. Buried Church-
town.

244 John Lounard, b. Dec. 31, 1805; m. Maria

Williams; d. at Schodack, Dec. 21, 1829.
Buried Johnstown.

245 Catherine, b. Mch. 25; bp., at Claverack, May

I, 1808; m. Robert Nicholas Van Deusen;
d. Dec. I, 1876. Buried Stuyvesant Landing.

246 Henry Allan, b. Dec. 20, i8io; bp., at Johns-

town; m. Elizabeth P. Cutter; d. Nov. i, 1884,
aged 73 years. Buried Stuyvesant Landing.
246A Mary, b. Nov. 4; bp., at Churchtown, Nov. 28,
1813; m., ist, Milton Peters; m., 2nd, Peter
J. Hotaling; d. Dec. 4, 1878. Buried Stuy-
vesant Landing.

247 William, b. May 2, 1816; m. Emeline Miller; d.

May 14, 1873.



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248 Peter, b. Sept. 30, 1819; m. Harriet Rocke-

feller; d. May 7, 1884. Buried Claverack.

249 Jacob, b. Feb. 3, 1823; m. Gertrude Nevius.

He was living 1894.

John J. Best was Elder of the Reformed Dutch Church
at Stuyvesant Landing, Dec. 10, 1830. In the Minutes
of the Consistory of this church we notice that John J.
Best is mentioned as the husband of Mary Best, which was
probably her name, and, hence, has been placed in paren-
theses. It is hardly possible that two brothers should
each marry a Margaret Lape. It is more likely that an
error has been made in the Lape Genealogy. Thomas
Lape had a daughter Mary; and I believe that it was Mary,
not Margaret, who married John J. Best. Assuming that
the former name is correct, the dates of her birth and
death should be otherwise than as stated.

LXXVI

76 CATHERINE, daughter of (49) Johannes Best;
m., ist, Jan. 15, 1796, at Claverack, Teunis Becker. He
d. Sept. 18, 1808. Issue:

250 Margaret, b. May 2; bp. June 25, 1797. Spons.,

John Best, Margaret Mesick; m. William
Reynolds.

251 Christina Maria, b. Dec. 28, 1798; m. Jacob

Shultus; d. Dec. 5, 1883.

252 Peter, b. Aug. 14, 1801; m. Harriet Acly; d.

July 21, 1887.

253 Catherine, b. Nov. 15, 1803; m. Abraham Van

Hoevenburg; d. Mch. 18, 1848.

254 Mary, b. Jan. 23, 1806; d. Oct. i, 1807.

M., 2nd, Robert Ames. Issue:

255 Cheney, b. Apr. 19, 1810; m. Jane Cole; d.

Sept. 12, 1865.



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256 Malinda, b. Jan. 18, 1812; m. John Hogle,

257 Matilda, b. Mch. 3, 1815; d. July 26, 1844.

Single.

258 Alida, b. Jan. 9, 1818; m. Stephen Varley; d.

May 23, 1890.

259 Norman C, b. May 12, 1820; m. Catherine Moore.

LXXVII

77 PETER I., son of (49) Johannes Best; m. at Clav-
erack, Maria Becker, b. 1783; d. Nov. 17, 1864. Issue:

260 Mary, b. Nov. 12, 1801; m. John Dakin; d.

Feb. 27, 1838.

261 Christina, b. Dec. 9, 1802; bp. Jan. 16, 1803;

d. Aug. 7, i860. Single.

262 John Mesick, b. Sept. 25; bp. Nov. 23, 1806;

m. Alida Vosburgh; d. Jan. 21, 1857.

263 Ephraim Peter, b. Feb. 4; bp. Mch. 13, 1810;

m. Sophia Vosburgh; d. Feb. 9, 1884.

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78 HENRY J., son of (49) Johannes Best; m. at
Claverack, Sept. 4, 1803, Maria (Polly) Finger, b. Mch.
I, 1782; d. Mch. 19, 1837, and had the following:

264 Margaret, b. May 12, 1807; d. Sept. 8, 1827.

Single.

265 Harmon, b. Dec. 22, 1808; d. Aug. 10, 1874; m.

Sarah E. Groat.

266 John, b. Nov. i, 1810; d. July 3, 1896; m. Ann

Maria Cooper.

267 Sarah M., b. Feb. 25, 1812; m. John C. Karner;

d. Oct. 3, 1884.

268 Eleanor C, b. Dec. 15, 1815; m. Philip J.

Lown; d. July 18, 1884.



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269 Jacob H., b. Nov. 12, 1822. Living (1900).

M., ist, Elizabeth Kimball; m., 2nd, Catherine
Snyder; m., 3rd, Frances Amanda Reid.

Henry J. Best resided at Best, in Rensselaer County,
which place was named after him.

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80 EPHRAIM, son of (49) Johannes Best; m. at
Claverack, Feb. $, 1809, (153) Mary Best, daughter of (67)
Johannes J. Best and Christina Ham, and had:

270 Margaret Christina, b. Jan. 25, i8ii; m.

Edward I. Eno; d. Oct., 1885.

271 Eli, b. Dec. 17, 181 2; m. Catherine Harder;

d. Nov. 19, 1869.

272 James, b. Mch. i, 181 5; m. Mary A. Chubb; d.

Jan., 1870.

273 Jared, b. Sept. 13, 1817; m. Malinda H. Paul;

d. 190?.

274 Richard, b. Oct. 23, 1819; m. Eliza Wright;

d.

275 John Eli, b. Feb. 19, 1822; m. Maria H. Cook;

d.

276 Sarah Ann, b. June 5, 1824; d. Mch. 18, 1895.

Single.

277 Ephraim, b. Nov. 17, 1826; d. Sept. 1851.

Single.

278 Mary, b. May 14, 1829. Single.

279 Ambrose Spencer, b. July 27, 1833; ^- Amelia

A. Reed.

Ephraim Best resided in the vicinity of Johnstown.
From the Minutes of the Consistory of the Linlithgo Church
we learn that he was elected Deacon of this church, Aug.,
1810, and Elder, May, 1812. At a Consistory meeting of



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this church, Sept. ii, 1811, at which were present Nicholas
Van Deusen, Elder, and (80) Ephraim Best and (84) J ere-
miah Best, Deacons, it was resolved to dedicate the new
church "on the first Sabbath in November." He also
held other offices in the church.

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81 DAVID, son of (49) Johannes Best; m., at Church-
town, Margaret Lape, b. Dec. 8, 1792; d. Aug. 14, 1856.
Both buried at Kinderhook. Issue:

280 Catherine Eliza, b. May 20; bp. June 16, 1811 ;

m. John B. Reynolds; d. Oct. 28, 1866.

281 John Jacob, b. Sept. 26, 1814; d. Dec. 20, 1814.

282 Jacob L., b. July 25; bp. Sept. 17, 1815; m.


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