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James Craig was born December 2d, 1823, in Ticonderoga, N. Y.
He is of Scotch parentage; emigrated to Detroit in 1847, and has resided
here continuously since; has always been, and is now, engaged in mer-
cantile pursuits; has dealt extensively in fish. In politics, is a Demo-
crat, and is a firm believer in muscular Christianity. The only office he
ever held was in the State Legislature in 1875, ^^ year Z. Chandler
was defeated for his fourth term for the United States Senate.

Those who know Mr. Craig concede him to be a man of enter-
prise, liberal with his pecuniary means for worthy objects, and while
earnest and firm in the maintainance of his religious and political views,
is nevertheless free to concede others the right to theirs.

While a member of the State Legislature he did much to secure
legislation for the protection of the fish in our lakes and rivers, and also
in promoting and furthering the establishing of institutions for educat-
ing the masses, and for the relief of the poor unfortunates of our State.



The Steps of man as he treads this earth, and the incidents of his
life, abound in strange contrarieties and events. In his passage through
this human existence, though sometimes attended by prosperous cir-
cumstances, he is often beset by a multitude of evils, and frequently
reminded of the precariousness of his state on earth; to-day, his feet
tread in prosperity, to-morrow he totters on the uneven paths of weak-
ness, temptation and adversity. Such is human existence, that there is
no station in which pride can be stably founded. All men at birth and
in the grave are on a level; that which is mortal mingles with the
earth, while the immortal part goes to Him who gave it. This being
true in respect to earthly life, yet the " severance of the silken cord "
causes mourning and excites a feeling of sadness, as we are called upon
to record the departure of those we have known and loved. It is a
duty, however, imposed upon us which we owe to their memory,
that recollections of them may be preserved for those who come after.
The following is our record of those deceased during the year :

Yemans, Mrs. C. C, April 24th, 1889. Mrs. Yemans was the wife
of Dr. C. C. Yemans, a distinguished physician of Detroit. She was a
woman possessed of many noble qualities of heart and mind, beloved
and respected by all who knew her.

King, Harvey, ciied June 14th, 1889, aged seventy-three. Mr. King
was an early settler in Detroit, where he was much respected and fav-
orably known through his connection with many enterprises tending to
the development of Detroit and the State, in wealth and improvements.

Stigman, Mrs. Charlotte, July 8th, 1889, aged seventy.

Vogt, Peter H., a well-known professor of music, June 24th, 1889.

Piper, Frederick, July nth, 1889, aged seventy-four.

Lyons, Mrs. Ellen, June 6th, 1889, aged seventy-six.

Ruchner, John, July 6th, 1889, aged eighty-five.

Isham, Mrs. Maria Wells, July 9th, aged seventy-nine.

James, Captain William V., August nth, 1889, aged seventy-
seven. The Captain was a veteran of the Mexican war. He held
many positions of honor and trust in Detroit, and enjoyed the confi-
dence of many of its citizens.

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Esselstyne, Henry, August 2d, 1889, aged seventy-two.

Vernor, Benjamin, July loth, 1889, aged sixty-nine. He was a
public-spirited, high-minded citizen, foremost in the establishment of
the present Fire Department of Detroit, as well as in numerous other
enterprises tending to promote the growth of the city.

Bush, Mrs. Phebe T., August 4th, 1889, aged eighty.

Brueckman, Jacob, July 24th, 1889, aged eighty.

Thurber, Mrs. Elsie D., June 25th, 1889, aged eighty.

Elliott, Mrs. Margaret F., April 23d, 1889. Mt. Elliott Cemetery
takes its name from that of her husband, Robert T. Elliott, its pro-
jector and founder.

Playford, I. E., July 4th, 1889, aged fifty-nine.
Nowland, Wm. D., at Dearborn, June 30th, 1889, aged sixty-seven.
He settled in Dearborn in 1834.

Wells (Campbell) Mary, July i6th, 1889. She was the wife of
Hon. Wm. P. Wells, and sister of Judge Campbell.

Lee, Mrs. Eliza, July 15th, 1889, aged eighty-seven.

Valmour, Mrs. Gertrude Eliza, August 5th, 1889, aged seventy-
seven. She was the mother of Geo. E. Valmour, 635 Second avenue.

Meakin, Mrs. Margaret, widow of the late John Meakin, July 14th,
1889, aged seventy-one.

Toomey, Thomas, August 6th, 1889, aged seventy-one.

Jackson, Mrs. Sarah, in July, 1889, aged one hundred and nine.
She was well-known to us and was truly a pioneer of Michigan, and in
her sphere contributed much toward the development of the city and

Clark, Hon. Hovey K., July 21st, 1889, aged seventy-seven. He
was a man of unblemished reputation, and held many public positions
of honor and trust, and was well known throughout the State.

McPherson, Mrs. John, July 22d, 1889, aged seventy-hve.
Kuchner, John, August 7th, 1889, aged eighty-seven.
Palmera, Miss Elizabeth, August i6th, 1889, ^iged seventy-two.
Geis, Geo. H., July 14th, 1889, aged forty-eight. He was a prom-
inent and active business man, and a member of the U. L. of A.

Snover, Wm. H., August 12th, 1889, aged eighty-seven.
Perkins, Mrs. Lucene, August 3d, 1889, aged sixty-five. She was
the widow of the late Wm. Perkins.

Waters, James, July loth, 1889, aged seventy-nine. He was a
singular man, and isolated himself from society, living and dying on
Force Island, at the mouth of the Detroit river. His only companions
were two dogs, forty cats, three mud turtles and a woodchuck. He
supported himself by hunting and fishing.

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McMillan, George, of the firm of G. & R. McMillan, grocers. He
was frank, genial and benevolent; had hosts of friends and was greatly
beloved for his many generous and noble qualities of heart and head.
He had been in ill health, and took a trip abroad in the hope that it
would benefit him, but died at Winzberg, Bavaria, August 5th, 1889.

Malicka, Mariana, August nth, 1889, aged eighty-five.

Montermain, Paul, August 13th, 1889, aged eighty-three.

Dey, Alexander, August 5th. 1889, aged seventy. He was long
engaged as a banker, and was president of the American National
Bank. A sketch of his fife will be found elsewhere in this compilation.

Riopelle, Josiah, October 31st, 1889, aged sixty-nine. He was a
member of one of the old French families, and the founder of Delray.

Crough, Mrs. Isabella S., October 30th, 1889, aged eighty-five.

Closser, Mrs. Sally Ann, August 4th, 1889, aged eighty-three.
She was the widow of the late John Closser, and a sister of the Hon. J.
Wilkie Moore. She had suffered for many years ill health, which she
bore with fortitude. She came to Michigan with her husband in 1833,
and settled upon a new farm in the town of Brownstown. She was
the mother of eleven children, and was beloved and respected by her
friends and neighbors.

Donner, Mrs. Frederica, October 27th, 1889, aged seventy-five.

Brown, Mrs. Nancy, October 27th, 1889, aged ninety-three. She
was the mother of the wife of the late Thomas Lewis, known as Gov-
ernor Lewis.

Merritt, Mattison, October 3d, 1889, aged seventy-nine.

Merrill, Mrs. Laura Wood worth, January 3d, 1890, aged seventy-

Doran, Michael, October, 1889, aged eighty-one.

Crimins, Wm., November ist, 1889, aged sevent3'-three.

Merritt, Wm., November loth, 1889, aged sixty-eight.

Smoots, John, died 1889, aged seventy.

Horton, Elmer C, January nth, 1890, aged eighty-nine.

Bowerman, Mrs. Daniel, January 3d, 1890, aged eighty-one, at
Grosse Pointe, of which she was an old resident.

Piatt, Adam, November 23d, 1889, aged seventy.

Van Antwerp, Mrs. Francis, Sr., September 27th, 1889, aged

Stockton, Henry P., August 30th, 1889, aged seventy-one.

Watka, Mrs. Johanna, August 30th, 1889, aged seventy-one.

Hand, Hon. Geo. E., August 30th, 1889, at Madison, Conn. He
was Judge of Probate for Wayne county during one term.

Andrews, James, September 25th, 1889, aged ninety-one.

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Chamberlain, Mrs. Desire, August 20th, 1889, aged seventy-eight.

Higingbotham, Mrs. Ann, August 21st, aged ninety-three.

Peltier, Miss Hannah, September 4th, 1889, aged eighty-four.

VanZurich, John, pastor of St. Francis parish, Ecorse, died at his
home September 3d, 1889. He was indeed a father to his people and
was loved and revered by all. His age was seventy-nine.

Newman, Joseph, December 7th, 1889, aged seventy-three.

Germin, Margaret, December 6th, 1889, aged seventy-six.

Marker, Mrs. Catherine, on her birthday, January 20th, [889, aged

Lowrie, Mrs. Helen, died at Grosse Isle, January 19th, 1890, aged
seventy-six. She was the wife of the late James Lowrie whose sketch
will be found in this compilation.

Hunt, Isaac, January nth, 1890, aged seventy-five.

Cushing, Mrs. Martha A., January 12th, 1890, aged sixty-nine.
She was prominent in good works and a member of the Congregational
church. Her maiden name was Martha A. Johnson.

Dixon, Mrs. Susannah A., November 19th, 1889, ^g^d eighty-one.

McFarlan, Alexander, November 20th, 1889, aged eighty-three.

Merritt, Daniel H., November 17th, 1889, aged seventy-three.

Wood, Mrs. Rebecca, November 17th, 1889, aged ninety-six.

Congdon, William, November, 1889, ^ged seventy-five. Mr.
Congdon was quite a prominent man in Wayne county, holding several
public positions, and was at one time a candidate for sheriff of Wayne

Scoville, Daniel J., December 13th, 1889. /

Markie, Edward, Sr., December 8th, 1889, aged eighty.

Jager, Mrs. Mary, December i8th, 1889, aged seventy-eight.

Schulte, Anthony, Sr., December 19th, 1889, aged seventy-one.

Van Voorhes, John C, December 1889, aged seventy-one.

Sheehan, Michael, January 6th, 1890, aged seventy.

Wilder Edwin, January 7th, 1890, aged seventy-one.

Gardner, Henry, September 29th, 1889, aged sixty-seven.

Cicotte, Lewis, September 29th, 1889, aged seventy-one.

Shaw, Mrs. Phebe Chandler, October 25th, 1889, aged eighty-one.
She was the wife of William Shaw, long a resident and prominently
identified with improvements in Detroit.

Beard, George, October 15th, 1889, aged seventy-five.

Wren, James, October 12th, 1889, aged seventy-four.

Van Antwerp, Francis, Sr., October 13th, 1889, aged eighty-five.
He was an early settler of Grosse Pointe, where he died, and was held
in high esteem by his neighbors and acquaintances.

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Shaw, Daniel L., October 4th, 1889, aged seventy-seven. He was
a native of New Jersey.

Common, Richard, October 4th, 1889, aged sixty-nine.

Fischer, Regina, wife of P. Fischer, October 5th, 1889, aged sixty-

Zug, Samuel, December 26th, 1889, aged seventy-three. (See
sketch of life elsewhere).

Lyons, Miller M., December 26th, 1889, aged sixty-seven.

Monnaghan, Miss Anna, January 4th, 1890, at Norris, aged one
hundred and one years. She retained her faculties as well as her phy-
sical powers to the end, and was remarkable not only for her great age
but also for her independence of character. She never employed a
physician and smoked tobacco from a child. Within the year preced-
ing her decease she would walk from Norris to the city and back.

Hough, James S., January 13th, 1890, aged seventy-nine.

Tincker, T. W., January 8th, 1890, aged sixty-eight. A more
genial, kind hearted man never lived. He had many friends and was
loved by all.

Baby, Mrs. Alexis, Januar}- 13th, 1890, aged seventy-nine.
Kitson, James, January 20th, 1890, aged seventy-one.
Paulis, Charles, Sr., January 27th, 1890, aged eighty-seven.
Dayton, Mrs. Drusilla, January 28th, 1890, aged eighty.

Lester, Mrs. Charles E., died at the residence of her daughter,
Mrs. Sylvester Larned, aged seventy-four.

Oliver, John, January 29th, 1890, aged eighty-seven.

McDonald, Mrs. Margaret, January 2d, 1890, aged seventy-seven.
She was the wife of Stewart McDonald.

Grob, J., January 24th, aged seventy-two.

Gamsey, Mrs. Julia Norton, January 23d, 1890, aged eighty-one.

Taylor, Geo. W., February ist, 1890, aged eighty-four.

Tillinghast, Mrs. Mary Ann, widow of the late Hon. Henry
Tillinghast, aged seventy-nine.

Ford, Dr. Daniel Ford, February 28th, 1890, at Belleville, Wayne
county, aged sixty-four.

Lansing, Mrs. Anna Dequindre, the daughter of Major Dequindre,
the widow of Edward A. Lansing and the mother of the wife of Judge
J. C. Reilly, a present judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Sprague, Michael, February 6th, 1890, aged ninety.

Martin, Mrs. Grace, February 2 2d, 1890, aged seventy-four.

Guoin, Francis, February 24th, 1890, aged eighty-four.

Gilligan, Mrs. Ellen, February 17th, 1890, aged seventy-eight.

Dowling, Thomas, February 26th, 1890, aged eighty-eighty.

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Fiech, Mrs. Margaret, February 2 2d, 1890, aged eighty-two.
Porter, R. D., March 22d, 1890, aged seventy-nine.
Dunn, Mrs. Bridget, February 28th, 1890, aged seventy-three.
Coyle, Mrs. Jane Belle, March, 1890, aged seventy-six. She was
the relict of the late W. K. Coyle, the owner of the Coyle block.
Conley, Baldwin.
Hull, M. M., March 20th, 1890, aged seventy-five.

Gravier, J. B. R., March 14th, 1890, aged sixty-eight. His death
occurred in Texas.

Cunningham, Mrs. Mary A., March i6th, 1890, aged eighty-two.
Morrison, Mrs. Jane, March 15th, 1890, aged seventy-five. She
was the wife of Hamilton Morrison.

Bechlow, Mrs. Mary, March 26th, 1890, aged seventy-seven.

Brooke, Col. E. H., United States Army, March 26th, aged

Watson, Mrs. Isabella, March 28th, 1890, aged seventy.

Schulte, Casper, March 27th, 1890, aged eighty-one.

Campbell, Judge James V., March 26th, 1890, aged sixty-seven.
See sketch elsewhere in this compilation.

Minor, John S., February loth, 1890, aged seventy-four.

Sullivan, Mary, February loth, 1890, aged seventy-six.

Harrison, Samuel, February 9th, 1890, aged sixty-nine.

McDuff, Andrew, February 26th, 1890, aged seventy-eight.

Reynolds, Charles E., February 5th, 1890, aged fifty. Formerly
connected with the police force and known for the kind, courteous and
efficient manner in which he discharged his official duties.

Bell, Digby V., February i6th, 1890, aged fifty-nine. He was
for a long time collector of customs of the district of Detroit.

Wollenwebber, Anthony, February 16, 1890, aged eighty-five

Lee, John, May 4, 1890, aged seventy-nine, at Trenton.

Strassburg, Prof. Herman A., May 6, 1890, aged sixty-two years.
Prof. Strassburg has been for many years a resident of Detroit, and
distinguished as an instructor of music and dancing, the most pro-
minent families being his patrons. The Professor was twice married.
He leaves a widow and five adult children. He was a member of the
German Lutheran church.

Wallaster, Mrs. Abby, May 11, 1890, aged eighty.

Nestor, Thomas, May 12, 1890, aged fifty-seven. Although of
foreign birth, he is recognized as a pioneer, having through his energy
and enterprise done much toward the development of Detroit and the

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Farmer, Mrs. Roxanna, May ii, 1890, aged ninety. She was the
widow of the late John Farmer, the well known publisher of the Map
of Michigan, and the mother of Silas Farmer, publisher of the History
of Michigan. She was of Scotch lineage, and came to Detroit with her
husband fifty years ago.

Buhl, Frederick, May 12, 1890, aged eighty-four. (See sketch
elsewhere in this volume).

Shockran, John, May 13, 1890, aged eighty.

Clarkston, Mrs. Ruth A., May 18, 1890, aged seventy-nine.

Lambert, William, April 28, 1890, the most noted among the
officials of the " Underground Railway," in the days of slavery, and
many a poor fugitive was indebted to him for aid in escaping to Canada.
He himself was born a slave at Trenton, N. J. He was a man of more
than ordinary general intelligence, and possessed extremely correct
views in respect to the social position of the colored race. He was the
first colored man appointed a Notary Public in Michigan. He leaves a
handsome fortune acquired through his frugal and industrious habits.

Falvey, Dennis, April ist, 1890, aged seventy-five.

Abbott, Therese, April 2, 1890, aged seventy-three. She was the
relict of James Abbott. (See sketch elsewhere).

Richmond, Arnaut, April 9, 1890, aged seventy-three. (See

Davis, Mrs. Anna R., April 4, 1890, aged ninety.

Freund, Ernest, April 19, 1890, aged seventy-six.

Martin, Captain Stephen, April 4, 1890, aged sixt3 - nine. Captain
Martin commanded a company in the Sixteenth Michigan Infantry,
entering the U. S. service August 9, 1861. In the action at Gaines'
Mill, June 27, 1862, he was so severely wounded as to disable him from
further active service, and resigned April 22, 1863. He was a gallant
soldier, an honorable citizen, exemplary in his personal habits, a pro-
minent member of Father Mathew's Temperance Society, and as* a
civil officer, having been a member of the State Legislature, Superin-
tendent of the Poor, and Alderman. He discharged his obligations
with such integrity as to merit the entire confidence of all parties, which
reputation he maintained and enjoyed at death.

Alterbrandt, Frank, February 26th, 1890, aged seventy-two.

Stracke, Marie Catherine, March ist, 1890, aged seventy -five.

LoweU, Cyrus B., April 25, 1890, aged eighty-five.

Pauli, Gideon, April 16, 1890, aged eighty-four.

KuUick, Francisca, April 18, 1890, aged seventy-six.

Bishop, Mary Ann, April 21, 1890, aged eighty-three.

Church, Mrs. Mary A., April 26, 1890, aged seventy-nine.

Rochen, Christiana, April 18, 1890, aged seventy-six.

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Walker, Mrs. Jane, April 27, 1890, aged eighty-three.

Munson, Samuel C, died in 1887. He took a prominent part in
the laying of the corner stone of the old Territorial Capitol in 1836.
The Hon. J. Wilkie stood by him at the time.

Clemens, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth, May 2, 1890, aged seventy-two.

Fox, Mrs. Margaret, relict of the late Joseph Fox, died May i,
1890, aged eighty-two.

Borgess, Bishop, May 3, 1890, at Kalamazoo, aged sixty-two. He
was a native of Germany, and came with his parents to America when
a young lad, and received his primary and completed his education at
Cincinnati, Ohio. He was distinguished for his learning, loved and
respected by his people. Upon his own request his remains were
deposited in the public cemetery, rather than in the vaults of the
church (as is customary with the remains of Bishops). Over one hun-
dred priests were present at his burial, and assisted the Bishops and
Arch-Bishops in paying the last rites.

Pethrick, Mrs. Jane, May 19, 1890, aged seventy-nine.

Dexter Wirt, a son of the Hon. Samuel W. Dexter, and a native of
Michigan, died suddenly at Chicago, May 18, 1890. He was a dis-
tinguished member of the Chicago bar, and an early friend of the

Sprague, Mrs. W. L., May 20, 1890, aged seventy-three years.
She was a most estimable woman and the mother of Mrs. George W.

Roby, Captain Henry M., born on the site of the present Michigan
Exchange, on Jefferson avenue, and a brother-in-law of the Hon.
Thomas W. Palmer, died at Monroe ville, Ohio, on May 21, 1890, aged

Sage, Michael, June i, 1890, aged eighty-three. Thus closes the
mortal career of one of the oldest of our pioneers. Mr. Sage came to
Detroit in 1829, from L' Assumption, Quebec. He for a number of
years carried on blacksmithing on Gratiot avenue. For twenty years
past he devoted his time and attention to real estate, and leaves a large
and valuable property as a result of his frugal and industrious habits
and sagacity. He was honest and honorable in his dealings. His
demise will be mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances,
and by his townsmen generally.

From the Detroit Free Press, May 20, 1890, the following in rela-
tion to Mrs. Polly (Croul) Carlisle, is here inserted, at the suggestion of
the publisher of that paper, simply for certain historical events narrated,
and that they may be preserved :

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In the death yesterday of Polly (Croul) Carlisle, Detroit, and per-
haps Michigan, has lost one who was undoubtedly one of the oldest

PoUy Carlisle was bom in Montgomery county, N. Y., September
II, 1792. Her father, John Croul, served in the war of 1812, was edu-
cated at Union Seminary, Schenectady, N, Y., and was the only son of
Frederick Croul (or Krull) a native of Prussia, who came to America
in 1732, and of Eve Young or Yonghe, who came with her brother.
Col. Yonghe, from Holland, in 1748.

Polly Carlisle, being born at such an early date in our country's
history, and being a woman of unusually retentive mind, as well as a
keen observer, was familiar with the leading events in the first hundred
years of national life ; and often in her old age, did she interest her
friends with her graphic recitals of the early da3^s. She well remem-
bered the triumphant visit of Lafayette to this countr}^, after we were
on the highway to prosperit}^ as a nation, and used to relate with
pardonable pride how the revolutionary hero, on one occasion, did her
the especial honor to trot her on his knee. She, too, had been kissed
by the immortal Washington.

The average reader will gain an added interest in Poll}'- Carlisle,
when it is recalled that at the time of her birth Washington had not yet
begun his second term as President. The United States at the time
consisted of but a narrow strip lying along the Atlantic Ocean, com-
prised in the thirteen states. All that vast territory west of the Missis-
sippi, south of the State line of Oregon belonged to the French, and
was popularly known as Louisiana; indeed, even the French did not
know the vastness of the claim, else they never would have sold the
property for a paltry $15,000,000. The British still held possession of
that vast strip of territory bounded on the south by the St. Lawrence,
the great lakes and the Ohio river; and while, under the Jay treaty
they had pledged themselves to accord the free use of the Mississippi
and the abandonment of the Indian outposts on the Maumee, they had
failed to comply with the treaty. Detroit was a scanty outpost in the
midst of a great wilderness, while over its bastioned redoubts floated
the cross of St. George. The Allegheny Mountains still presented an
insuperable barrier to the tide of western immigration, and in all the
vast intervening country there was not a railroad or postoffice, to say
nothing of telegraphs or telephones. Indeed, even territorial highways
were unknown, and that great public work, for the day, the Cumber-
land road from Washington to the west, was still undreamed of.
Slavery existed from north to south, and only the good old Maher
society of Philadelphia had petitioned against it as an institution. At
the time of the birth of Polly Carlisle, Washington, Gallatin, Jefferson,
Madison and Alexander Hamilton were famous party leaders, while
Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, John Q. Adams, and Henry Clay,
were still young and unknown.

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The story of Polly Carlisle's ancestry in their own country is an
eventful one. Her grandfather, who was born in 1718, received all the
educational advantages which his age and the schools of Prussia
afforded up to the age of fourteen, when he met with an accident which
made him a cripple. He was then sent to his mother's relatives on the
sea coast, for treatment, and while with others playing on the shore, he
with several of his companions, was kidnapped by the crew of an Eng-
lish emigrant vessel, brought to the port of New York and sold for
£20 for his passage. It was the practice in those days for settlers to
conspire with ship owners to bring on their return voyage, young men
and girls for a stipulated reward, which was denominated "passage
money." Frederick Croul (Krull) being physically unable to perform
severe manual labor, was apprenticed to a tailor for six years, at the
termination of which he taught school until he had accumulated money
enough to buy a farm, when he left New York and purchased a large
tract of land on the Mohawk river, near Amsterdam. After improving
the same, he, in 1758, married Eve Young (or Yonghe). She was a
sister of Col. Youngs (spelled originally Yonghe), and came with him
and two brothers and a sister from Holland, in 1748. Col. Abram
Youngs commanded a company during the French and Indian Wars,
and was a personal friend of Sir William Johnson.

Frederick and Eva Croul (Krull) had but one son, John, who was
born June 13, 1762. They gave him all the advantages of a classical
education, and he graduated from Union College (or seminary then),

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