James H. (James Hadden) Smith.

History of Duchess county, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers online

. (page 45 of 125)
Online LibraryJames H. (James Hadden) SmithHistory of Duchess county, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers → online text (page 45 of 125)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


" was built about the time of the visit of the Mar-
quis de LaFayette to this country, for whom it was
named." If that were true, then the hamlet de-
rived its name from the hotel, and, indirectly, from
the Marquis de LaFayette. But the visit to this
country of this celebrated Frenchman, and America's
friend, occurred in 1824; and, according to the
statement of people living in this vicinity, and who,
it may be presumed, are conversant with the facts,
this hotel was built by William Waltermier in
1837, thirteen years after LaFayette's visit. That
it might . have been named for' so distinguished a
man as LaFayette, even though thirteen years had
passed since his visit, is quite probable ; but, as at
the time of his visit a cluster of houses had sprung
up here, in whose vicinity some considerable busi-
ness was done, it would seem more probable that

*About 1837, and, probably, for some years previous.
t This latter name is seldom used, the tendency being to shorten the
name.
tHist. Duchess County ; Philip H. Smith, p. 239.



the hamlet derived its name from that illustrious
patriot, and that in the course of time, the hotel
took its name from the hamlet.

LaFayette being a somewhat important place of
business in the earlier days, before the birth of
railroads in this section — as it was on the main
road from Ancram and other business places, to the
Hudson River, — William Waltermier conceived the
idea of building this hotel for the accommodation
of the traveling public and as a resort for people
who, during the summer months, wished to escape
from the heated air of over-crowded places to the
cooler atmosphere^ of a healthy country region.
The hotel is a long, rambling, two story structure,
with an upper and lower stoop running across the
entire length of the frontage. Here for some ten
years Waltermier conducted a quite extensive busi-
ness in the entertainment of travelers and summer
boarders. He was succeeded, it is said, by Jacob
Knickerbacker, who kept the hotel about two
years.* Elansing T. Mosher was the next propri-
etor, remaining eight years ; then Alonzo Buell,
one year ; Nelson Mott, two years. Nelson Mott
traded it to Ambrose L. Smith, but it is not known
just how long he conducted it. John Friday came
next and kept it a year or so ; then Henry I. Keifer,
two years ; Alonzo Buell, one year ; then Henry I.
Keifer again a year or so ; then Henry K. Thomp-
son, who remained but a short time. The place
was then closed a year or two, and Henry I.
Keifer bought the property and run the hotel
nearly two years, when he died. His son, WiUiam
Keifer, conducted the business until the spring of
1 88 1, when he sold the property to Clement and
Pedro Sweet, the former being the present pro-
prietor.

The other business interests of LaFayette are a
blacksmith shop (John Davis), a wagon shop
' (Cyrus Couse), and a shoe shop "(Gilbert T. Cor-
nelius, who has been in that business here thirty-
five years.)

It is said that the Methodists had organized a
society in Milan as early as 1790, and that their
church edifice was located not far from the present
M. E. Church, near Milanville. It was a large,
square building, two stories high and was never
painted.

The Methodist society here referred to is evi-
dently that which was organized soon after the set-
tlement of Johannes Rowe in 1790, and whose
first house of worship, built about the year 1800,

* We give this succession of landlords as it was given us by old residents
{torn recollection, not vouching for its entire accurateness.



TOWN OF MILAN.



217



stood near, if not on, the Rowe estate, a mile or
two north of LaFayette. Among the early mem-
bers of this organization were Philip Rowe, S.
Rowe, John Rowe and Solomon Darling.

A substantial church edifice now stands near the
site of the old building, and is known as the Rowe
Methodist Episcopal Church. This building was
erected in 1838, chiefly through the generosity of
John Rowe, whose home was the stopping place of
all the itinerant Methodist preachers. The par-
sonage was built by John Rowe at his own ex-
pense. The present membership of the church
is seventy-five.

For the past twenty years the society has been
served by the following pastors : Revs. O. Havi-
land, O. B. Turner, N. Hubbell, T. Ellis, J. H.
Phillips, H. B. Mead, F. J. Belcher, S. P. Gallo-
way. The present pastor is Rev. Jesse Ackerman,
who resides in Bangall, town of Stanford.

The First Christian Church* — A gentleman of
the name of Herrick, who owned a farm in the
hollow or valley, which bore his name, built a con-
venient house of worship not far from his dwelling,
and gave the use of it to' the Baptist church, he
being at the time in strong sympathy with that
people. Having become a member of that society
he was raised to a deaconship in the church.

The " Christian Denomination," or " Christian
Connection," as it is more frequently called, had its
rise about the beginning of the present century.
The denomination originated from three of the
more popular sects of the time, the Methodists in
the Carolinas and Virginia, the Presbyterians
in the north-western portion of Ohio and the
Baptists in New England.

Levi Hathaway and Daniel Call were among the
first to break denominational ground in Milan.
Deacon Herrick of the Baptist denomination, be-
fore mentioned, was also among the first to declare
for religious liberty and Christian union.

The church was organized in the autumn of 1820
by the last named elder and consisted of but four
members — two husbands and their wives.

As the most of the ministers of this new order
were revivalists, these men traveled into adjoining
neighborhoods and towns, their meetings being at-
tended by constant conversions. In less than two
years, it is understood, the church had increased its
membership to over one hundred names.

About this time Elder John L. Peavey, of New
England, was called to the oversight of the church.

* For this synoptical sketch we are indebted to Rev. Fhiletns Roberts,
of Clinton, for years pastor of the Christian church in this Comity.



He was not only a talented man, but a kind and
successful pastor. His friends assisted him in
purchasing a pleasant home near Rock City, in the
same town. His time was now about equally divided
between pastoral work and itinerant labors. His
circuit of labor embraced this and three other con-
gregations, located in Stanford, Union Vale and
Beekman. Dr. Joseph Hall, a physician and min-
ister, settledin Union Vale in the winter of 1825-6,
and relieved Mr. Peavey of his labors in that
region. The greatness of his labor, however, im-
paired his health, consumption fastened upon him,
and he died in the fall of 1829.

Dr. Abner Jones, of New England, the first min-
ister of the regular Baptist denomination who
declared for "Christian union, no name but Chris-
tian, and no creed but the Bible," was next called
to the pastorate in Milan. The church greatly
increased under his ministration, which continued
between four and five years, when he was recalled
to New England, His subcessor was Rev. Joseph
Marsh, who remained about the same length of
time. He supplied the church at Herrick's chapel
and also held monthly services with a branch of
the church which had been organized at Stan-
fordville, in an adjoining town. In 1842, Mr.
Marsh was called to take editorial charge of the
denominational organ, published at Broadalbin,
Saratoga county, and the church then called to
the pastorate the Rev. Horace V. Teall. Suc-
ceeding him were Revs. John N. Spoor, Geo. N.
Helton, R. B. Eldridge, E. B. Rollins, and many
others.

During the pastorate of Mr. Spoor, the old,
small chapel gave place to the present more com-
modious house of worship. The old families,
members and supporters of the church, embracing
the names of Massanneau, Westfall, Lamoree,
Cookingham, Wilson, Morehouse, Sherwood, Wiley,
Boice, Husted, Stewart, Bentley, Hicks, Schultz,
Wilber, Case, Crandell, Thome, Rowe, and others
not here mentioned, are now succeeded by their
children and grand-children, who with some incom-
ing strangers, make up a large congregation, who
attend at the old place of worship.

Out of the family of Crandell one was chosen
to .the ministry— C. B. Crandell. His ministry,
though talented, was short. He died of consump-
tion, surviving Mr. Peavey but three or four
years.

The present pastor is the Rev. C. B. Haner, of
Canada, recently a student of the Christian Biblical
Institute, at Stanfordville.



zi8



HISTORY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



Milan in The Rebellion.

The services which Milan rendered in the war of
the Rebellion, as far as concerned her ability, were
second to those of no other town in Duchess
County. Not only did the town respond gener-
ously to the call for volunteers, but it kept, in a
manner greatly above the average towns, a com-
plete and interesting record of its proceedings re-
lating to enUstments, and of the men who went
forth to imperil their lives in defense of the com-
mon flag.

The first meeting at which steps were taken to
raise a war fund was held at the house of Nelson
Motts on Saturday, November 29, 1862. At this
meeting it was

"Resolved, That the sum of $2,265.66 be levied
on the town, and the same be assumed as a debt
upon the town and the taxable property therein.

" .Resolved, That the sum of $900. 00 be levied
on said town, to be paid to the volunteers who en-
listed previous to the 26th of August, 1862, the
said $900.00 to be paid to John Ferris, Alonzo
Carroll and Philo Sherwood, to be kept by them
for the benefit of the volunteers who enlisted pre-
vious as above stated."

At a special town meeting held at the house of
Ambrose L. Smith, August 9, 1864, it was

" 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 volun-
teer and be mustered into the United States service
for the term of three years shall be paid as a town
bounty the sum of $500.00, and to every man that
is drafted under this present call shall be paid, as
a bounty from this town, the sum of $400.00.

"Resolved, That every man who is liable to a
draft, and not taxable, shall pay to the committee
appointed the sum of $25.00, on or before the
25th of August, 1864.

" Resolved, That any person who shall enlist for
one year, or two, shall receive the same as a drafted
man — $400.00, and that the Supervisor in procur-
ing men for the quota shall have the power to pay
to all enUsted by him for one year the sum of
$400.00.

"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.

[Alexander Best, Nicholas Phillips, and John
Ferris were appointed such committee.]

"Resolved, That the Supervisor* and H. B.
Sherwood be appointed to procure volunteers to fill
the quota of this town under the present call, and

• Lewis M. Smith, 1864.



that they be allowed for their time $3 per day each,
and expenses.

Herrick Thorne, Moderator.

E. J. Wright, Town Clerk."

On August 25, 1864, at a special town meeting,
an additional sum of $100.00 was voted to be
added to the $500.00 before raised to be paid to
volunteers for three years ; and it was voted that
all the one-year men credited to the town should
be paid $500.00. It was also left discretionary
with the committee to pay bounties for volunteers
to fill the quotas of the town not to exceed $600.00
for one-year men, and $800.00 for three-year men.

"Resolved, That the money raised for bounties,
together with the interest accruing on the same, be
paid in three equal annual installments.
The first in fall and winter of i864-'5.
" second " " " " i865-'6.
" third " " " " i866-'7.
The last installment coming due in 1867.

Herrick Thorne, Moderator.
E. J. Wright, Clerk."

The proceedings of this meeting were ratified
at a special meeting September 2, 1864.

Under the call of the President for 300,000
men of December 19, 1864, the town voted a
bounty of $600.00 for one-year men, $700.00 for
two-years' men, and $800.00 for those who entered
the service for three years. • It was also resolved
to have this bounty remain uniform for all future
calls to avoid the necessity for special meetings.

The following is the record of enlistments : —

i2&th Regiment. — Henry. K. Hicks, born in
Milan, April 30, 1846; Co. C; enlisted August
1 6, 1862 ; served three years j took part in battles
of Port Hudson, Cedar Creek and Winchester;
discharged July 26, 1865.

Jacob S. Bowman, born in Milan, November
24, 1841 ; Co. C; enlisted August 14, 1862;
was in hospital in Louisiana from April ist to July
I, 1863 ; was in battles of Cane River, Halltown,
and Alexandria; discharged July 26, 1865; now a
druggist in Pine Plains, N. Y.

William Milhroy, Co. C; enHsted August 14,
1862 ; was in battles of Alexandria, Halltown and
Cane River; discharged July 26, 1865.

Elijah D. Morgan, born in Milan, April i,
1847; Co. C; enlisted August 14, 1862; took
part in battles of Port Hudson, Winchester and
Cedar Creek ; was promoted corporal; discharged
July 26, 1865.

Gilbert D. Morgan, born in Milan, Septem-
ber II, 1839; Co. C; enlisted August 14, 1862;
was in battles of Port Hudson, Winchester and



TOAVN OF MILAN.



219



Cedar Creek ; was promoted corporal ; discharged
July 26, 1865.

David Feroe, born in Milan, April 6, 1832 ;
Co. C ; enlisted August 14, 1862 ; was in battles
of Cane River, Halltown and Alexandria; dis-
charged July 26, 1865.

Isaac Burdick, Co. C; enlisted September 14,
1862; was in service four months and deserted,
and afterwards enlisted in Co. E, 47th Pennsyl-
vania Regiment.

Elansing G. Hicks, born in Milan, January 20,
1843; Co. C; enhsted August 16, 1862; took
part in battles of Port Hudson, Cedar Creek, Win-
chester and Fisher's Hill; discharged July 12, 1865.

Robert Millroy, Co. C; enlisted August 14,
1862; was wounded at battle of Berryville, and
was in hospital at Alexandria nearly three months;
returned to his regiment and was with it in battle
of Cane River; discharged July 12, 1865; now
a tailor in Rhinebeck.

Hiiam Couse, born in Milan, April 16, 1839;
Co. C; enlisted August 16, 1862; was in battles
of Port Hudson, Cedar Creek, Winchester, Fisher's
Hill and Cane River ; was promoted corporal ;
discharged July 12, 1865.

Gilbert Warner, Co. C; enhsted August 16,
1862 ; was wounded at -battle of Port Hudson and
carried to hospital where he remained from May
27, to August 29, 1863, when he was discharged ;
re-enlisted August 4, 1864, and was again wounded
at battle of Cedar Creek ; was carried to Sheridan
Hospital, where he staid until February 6, when
he was discharged; now in Binghamton, N. Y.

George Wagoner, Co. C; enlisted August 16,
1862 ; was in battles of Port Hudson, Cedar Creek,
Cane River and Fisher's Hill ; discharged July 12,
1865.

Hiram B. Eddy, Co. C; enlisted August 16,
1862 ; took part in battles of Cedar Hill, Win-
chester and Fisher's Hill; now harness-maker in
town of Amenia, N. Y.

Albert Feltz, Co. C; enlisted August 16, 1862;
was in battlee of Port Hudson, Cedar Creek and
Winchester; discharged July 12, 1865.

Norman Killmer, Second Lieutenant, Co. F; en-
listed Aug. 16, 1862 ; now a mason in Pine Plains.

Thomas N. Davis, Co. C; enlisted August
21, 1862 ; was commissioned Second Lieutenant
August 22, 1862, and promoted to Captain
September 15, 1863; was engaged in eleven bat-
tles ; now in Delhi, Delaware county, N. Y., pas-
tor in the Christian denomination.

Walter Rockefeller, enlisted February 2, 1865.



150^ Regiment— ]o\vsx J. Killmer, born in Mi-
lan, December 8, 1827; Co. F; enlisted Septem-
ber 3, 1862; was in battles of Gettysburg, Peach
Tree Creek, Kenesaw Mountain; in hospital at
Alexandria six months.

William H. Stickle, enlisted September 3, 1862;
served three years and was discharged.

Alfred Wagoner, born in Milan, April 6, 1845 ;
Co. C; enhsted Aug. 14, 1862; served his time
and was honorably discharged.

Peter Shoemaker, Co. C ; enlisted January 23,
1865; discharged August 30, 1865.

John Allendorph, Co. C; enhsted August 31,
1864; was in service six months and was dis-
charged.

John W. Myers, Co. F ; enlisted September 5,
1864; after being in the service two months was
taken to the hospital at Chattanooga, and has not
been heard of since.

Charles B. Burdock, Co. F; enlisted Septem-
ber 6, 1862; was in seven different battles and
was discharged with his regiment June i, 1865.

Peter MiUins, Co. F ; enlisted October 11, 1862; -
was in battle of Gettysburg, and with Sherman in
the campaign of 1864-65.

Benjamin Dykeman, enlisted October 11, 1862;
served his time and was discharged with the regi-
ment, June I, 1865.

Henry MiUins, Co. F ; enlisted October 1 1, 1862 ;
was in battle of Gettysburg, and in Sherman's cam-
paign.

David H. Waltermier, Co. F ; enlisted October
II, 1862; in battle of Gettysburg and in Sherman's
campaign.

Joel D. Hustis, Co. F; enlisted October 11,
1862 ; also in battle of Gettysburg and in Sher-
man's campaign of i864-'65.

20th Regiment. — Abraham Warner, Co. A; en-
hsted September 14, 186 1 ; was in battle of Gettys-
burg; discharged September 15, 1864; still living
in Milan.

John R. Morgan, born in Milan, July 9, 1843;
Co. A; enlisted September 12, 1861 ; was in
battles of Bull Run and Antietam ; wounded
in battle of Fredericksburg; in Washington hos-
pital two months, was promoted to sergeant ;
discharged September 14, 1864; now in Pine
Plains, N. Y.

James Dykeman, born in Milan, April 6, 1843 ;
Co. A; enlisted September 12, 1861; was in the
battle of Bull Run, wounded in battle at Chantilly,
and afterwards in battle of Gettysburg; discharged
September 14, 1864; died in June, 1878,



HISTORY OF DUCHESS COUNTY.



Duane S. Bush, born in Milan, April 20, 1839;
Co. A; enlisted September 13, 1861 ; was in the
battle of Bull Run, mortally wounded in battle of
Gettysburg, and was buried on the field.

Alexander Millroy, enlisted September 12, 1861 ;
was in service about two and one-half years when
he deserted, subsequently arrested and taken back ;
died in California in 1881.

Frank Hermance, Co. C ; enHsted in September,
1861 ; died in Andersonville prison.

Abraham See, Co. K; enlisted September 13,
1861 ; re-enlisted Feb. 6, 1863.

2,2nd Regiment. — Curinias Hoffman, Co. D ; en-
listed September 28, 1 86 1; was in the battle of
Harrison's Landing ; served fourteen months and
re-enlisted in the regular service, December 12,
1862; served in nineteen engagements, discharged
September 28, 1864.

Ephraim Wagoner, born in Milan, April 6, 1842 ;
Co. D ; enlisted in 1861 ; was in the battle of West
Point ; wounded at South Mountain, and was in
hospital six months ; returned to regiment and was
discharged at the expiration of his term of service.

144//^ Regiment. — John A. Raymond, enlisted in
1861 ; was in battle of the Wilderness; was taken
prisoner at battle of Laurel Hill, afterward ex-
changed and re-entered the service.

87/^ Regiment. — Freeman Myers, born in Milan,
in 1 846 ; Co. F ; enlisted in October, 1 86 1 ; was
in battle of Fair Oaks; was taken to hospital June
ist, 1862, where he died; buried at White House
Landing.

Guerret Tobias Myers, born in' Milan, in 1839 ;
Co. F ; enlisted in October, 1861 ; was in the bat-
tle of Williamsburgh, and in Seven days' fight
before Richmond ; in hospital at Fortress Monroe
six months ; returned to regiment, and was dis-
charged November i, 1864.

91^/ Regiment. — Reuben R. Tanner, born in
Milan in 1844; Co. K; enlisted November 10,
i86i ; was in battles of Indian Bend and Port Hud-
son ; remained in the service two years and six
months, and was honorably discharged ; re-enlisted
in same company and regiment in April, 1 864 ; was
in Frederick City Hospital two months, and was
discharged in July, 1865.

George TenEyck; enlisted February 22, 1865 ;
nothing further known of him.

William AUendorph, Co. A ; enlisted September
1, 1864; discharged June 10, 1865; now in Milan.

Theodore Couse, born in Milan in 1847 ; Co. H ;
enlisted Septembers, 1864; discharged June 10,
1865.



Ezra Couse, born in Milan, January i, 1833 ; Co.
H; enlisted Septembers, 1864; discharged June

10, 1865 ; died in Milan in 1880.

ie,<)th Regiment. — Stephen Killmer, Co. I; en-
listed September 9, 1S62 ; was in nine different en-
gagements, and in hospital two months ; was dis-
charged June 20, 1864, and died nine days after
his arrival home.

William Moon, Co. I ; enhsted September 7,
1 86 2; was taken to the hospital May 15, T863;
discharged August 10, 1863, died in New York city
on his way home, arid was buried in Milan, N. Y.

Abraham Palmer, Co. I ; enlisted September 7,
1862.

i^ith Regiment — Pulaski Bowman, Co. G ; en-
listed August 20, 1861 ; served one year and was
discharged; re-enlisted in Co. F, isoth Regiment,
October II, 1862; served as Second Lieutenant
one year, and was promoted to First Lieutenant ;
was in battles of Resaca, Dallas and Port Royal ;
now in the town of Washington.

472!^ Regiment — Cornelius Killmer, born in Mi-
lan, February 12, 1847 ; Co. H; enlisted February
7, 1864; discharged July 6, 1865.

Martin Killmer, born in Milan, April 6, 1841;
Co. H; enlisted February 12, 1865.

William Killmer, born in Milan, April 6, 1843;
Co. H; enlisted February 23, 1865.

Scattering. — Matthew Knickerbacker, born in
Milan in 1819; 98th Regiment; enlisted January

11, 1864; discharged on account of physical dis-
ability ; died about four years ago.

David Teator, 125th Regiment; enlisted March
30, 1864 ; now in Pine Plains.

Jacob Frank, Veteran Reserve Corps ; enlisted
September 21, 1864.

Tom. Steele Sheepcott, looth Regiment; en-
hsted Febuary 3, 1865.

Alexander D. Hutson, i92d Regiment; enlisted
February 7, 1865.

' John Garvey, Co. I, 3d Infantry ; enlisted Sep-
tember 6, 1862 ; was in battles of Chapin's Farm,
Atlanta and Savannah ; discharged September 14,
1865 ; now in Bangall, N. Y.



CHAPTER XX.
History of the Town of Pine Plains.

THE town of Pine Plains lies in the northern
part of the county, east from the center. It
is bounded on the nortli by Gallatin and Ancram
(Columbia County); on the east by North East;



TOWN OF PINE PLAINS.



on the west by Milan, and on the south by Stan-
ford and North East. The town contains a popu-
lation of 1,352. Its name was derived from the
extensive plains in the vicinity of Pine Plains
village, which at an early day were covered with
forests of pine.

The town originally formed a portion of the
Little Nine Partners Tract. A considerable por-
tion of the land is still held by the heirs of the
original owners, and is leased to the occupants.
Efforts have been made to convert these remaining
leasehold tenures into a freehold, but have thus
far proved unsuccessful. The surface of the town
is a hilly upland, the ridges being separated by
broad valleys. The highest elevation is Mount
Stissing, in the western part, which rises from 600 to
1,000 feet above the valleys. At the east foot of
this mountain lie Thompson's, Stissing and Mud
Ponds. Buttermilk Pond and several smaller ones
lie in the southern part of the town. The prin-
cipal streams are Roelaff Jansen's killj which
crosses the northwest corner, and the Sha-ca-me-
co Creek, which flows north through near the
center.

It is not definitely known who were the first
settlers of this town. In 1740, John Rau, a Ger-
man, lived on a hill northeast from what was then
known as Sha-ca-me-co. The following were
among the names of early settlers :-=-Gerardus
Winans, John Tise Smith, Job Carban, Jacob
Husted, David Winans, John Harris, Israel Harris,
Isaac Smith, Caleb Reynolds, Hendrick Keifer,
Abner Case, John Richter,* Hendrick Hoffman,
Matthias Hoffman, Job Stephenson, Peter Husted,
Wilhelmus Pulver, Jonathan Deuel,Henry Hiservelt,
David Sheldon, Ebenezer Dibblee. The latter came
here in 1781. The most of the others also came
previous to the year 1800, some of them as early
as 1789-90.

Probably the earliest and most important his-
torical event in the history of Pine Plains was the
settlement of the Moravian Missionaries at Sha-ca- •
me-co, — or "Little Mountain," — one of the ranges
of hills three miles south of the village of Pine
Plains.

As an integral portion of the history of the



Online LibraryJames H. (James Hadden) SmithHistory of Duchess county, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers → online text (page 45 of 125)