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ternal great-grandfather of our subject. After
their marriage they located upon the farm now
occupied by Stephen C, who was the second
in their family of four children, the others be-
ing Robert ^l., born May 20, 1S48, and now
a retired jeweler of Chicago; John Adrian,
born May 23, 1852, and died February 16,
1859; and Francis, born October 24, 1854,
and at one time a merchant of Fishkill Plains,
but now living retired. The father followed
farming, but for ten years lived at Poughkeep-
sie, while he was educating his sons, during
which time he served as alderman and super-
visor of the Si.xth ward. He was a Republic-
an in politics, and both he and his wife were
earnest members of the Reformed Dutch
Church, while he served as deacon in the
Church in Poughkeepsie. She passed away
March 7, 1880. Cornelius S. \'an Wyck mar-
ried, for his second wife, Helen Josephine Bar-
den, of Earles, Yates county, in December, 1883.
After his marriage he united with the Presby-
terian Church in Balona, and was elected
elder of the Church, and was elder at the time
of his death. He was one of the building
committees of the Memorial Church. He
died June 18, 1S95, and was buried in the
family plot at Hopewell, his widow surviving
him.

On June 22, 1850, in the town of Fishkill,

was born Stephen C. Van Wyck, the subject
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of this sketch, and in the schools of Pough-
keepsie he acquired his education. On leaving;
school he clerked for some time for a Mr. Van-
Wyck. On October 23, 1872, our subject
married Miss Libbie Underwood, a native of
Poughkeepsie, and a-daughter of Capt. Charles
Underwood, who was born in Peekskill, N. Y. ,
but has spent most of his life in Poughkeepsie,
where he is now living retired. Mr. and Mrs.
Van W\ck began their domestic life upon the
farm, comprising 120 acres, which is still their
home, and there they have reared their two
children: Charles U., born June 3, 1874; and
Robert M., born January 16, 1876, the elder
of whom is now studying law. In 1879 Mr.
Van Wyck erected his present beautiful resi-
dence. His political support is unwaveringly
given the Republican party, and both himself
and wife are faithful members of the Reformed
Dutch Church.



JOEL N. BUDD. The subject of this no-
tice is certainly entitled to be considered

not only one of the enterprising farmers of
the town of Hyde Park, Dutchess county, but
one of its representative and honored citizens,
and a man of more than ordinary ability. He
was born in the town of Pleasant Valley,
Dutchess county, August 10, 18 19, and is the
son of James Budd, also a native of the county,
born in the town of Fishkill, December 18,
1781.

Mr. Budd's paternal ancestors were of
French descent. The e.xact date when the
first of the name emigrated to America is un-
known, but it was early in the Colonial history
of the nation. John Budd, the grandfather of
our subject, was born about 1730, and was an
early settler in Dutchess county. He moved
from the town of Fishkill to the town of Wash-
ington, and later purchased the farm, in the
town of Pleasant Valley, now owned by Mr.
Van De Water. He married Miss Mary Mer-
ritt, who was born September 19, 1741. The
twelve children of John and Mary Budd were
as follows: Gilbert, born December 25, 1758,
settled in Columbia county, N. Y. ; Joseph,
born November 14, 1760, died of yellow fever
in New York City October 13, 1795; Mary,
born January 24, 1763, married and settled in
Canada; John, born December 28, 1766, set-
tled in Kentucky, and there married; Abigail,
born April 4, 1768, married Mr. Emmans, and
settled in the town of Fishkill, Dutchess



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county; Daniel, born June 27, 1770, left home
May II, 1799. and settled near Rochester,
N. Y. ; Elijah, born October 11, 1772, died
January 28, 1796; Merritt, born March 3,
1775, died June 6, 1795; Hannah, born April
22, 1777, died June 6, 1802; Underhill, born
October 17, 1779, settled in Greene county,
,N. Y. ; James, father of our subject, born De-
cember 18, 1 78 1, remained on the home farm,
and Sarah, born February 13, 1783. John
Budd, who was regarded as one of the suc-
cessful farmers of Dutchess county, died on
his farm in Pleasant Valley October i, 1813;
his wife departed this life July 31, 1820.

\\'hen about sixteen years old James Budd,
the father of Joel N., accompanied his father
to the town of Pleasant Valley, and soon after-
ward assumed the active management of the
farm. His education was mostly obtained at
night schools, where he became a good mathe-
matician, and by subsequent reading and study
he became a well-informed man. His whole
life was devoted to agricultural pursuits, and he
added to the original farm until he had over
208 acres of highly cultivated and productive
land. He was married November 23, 1805, to
Miss Eleanor Schryver, a daughter of John
Schryver, and by her he had the following
children: Mary, born September 30, 1806,
married William Traver; John, born January
26, 1808; Caroline, born February 20, 1812;
Gilbert, born September 6, 181 3; Hannah,
born June 23, 1815, wedded James Khymph;
George, born August 6, 1817; Joel N. ; Joseph
H., born January 13, 1822; Jane Ann, born
November 23, 1825, married Charles N. Cole;
Elizabeth, born September 28, 1826, married
Oliver Stelle, of New Jersey; and Albert, born
August 16, 1830. Aside from casting his bal-
lot in support of the Whig party, the father
took but little part in political affairs, though
he was always willing to give his aid to any-
thing for the good of the community, and was
held in the highest regard by all.

Joseph H. Budd, a brother of our subject,
graduated from Williams College about 1844,
and was the leader of his class in mathematics.
After studying law in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., he
went to Janesville, Wis., where he engaged in
practice, and also became largely interested in
the manufacture of agricultural implements;
but during the panic of 1857 his business was
ruined. Going to California, he began life
anew, and after winning a case for his em-
ployer he became quite prominent, and is now



one of the foremost lawyers and leading Dem-
ocrats of the State. He is now judge of the
superior court of his district. His son John is
a prominent lawyer of California; and James,
another son, is the present governor of that
State.

Joel N. Budd entered the New Paltz Acad-
emy, where he pursued his studies for two win-
ters, thus acquiring a good practical education.
He remained on the home farm, which, after
the death of the father, in 1844, was divided
between himself and his brother, Albert.
There he resided until 1872 when he sold, and
in the spring of 1876 purchased the farm which
he now owns, to the cultivation and improve-
ment of which he has since devoted his time
and attention with good success.

In 1850 Mr. Budd was married to Miss
Elizabeth Du Bois, daughter of Peter K. Du-
Bois, of the town of Pleasant \'alley, Dutchess
county, and by her had the following children:
Warren J., who died at the age of nineteen
years; Bertha M. and Frederic Albert (twins),
the latter of whom died in infancy; G. Gordon;
Charlotte DuBois, who died at si.\ years of age;
George N.; and Rosamond, wife of John Van-
De Water. On February 22, 1888, Mr.
Budd married Mrs. Mary Jane Van Wagner,
daughter of Oliver Wilber.

Mrs. Budd is a descendant in the seventh
generation of one of the earliest New England
settlers, William Wilber (as the name was
then spelled;, who in 1630 came to America
with his uncle, Samuel Wilber, from Doncas-
ter, Yorkshire, England. They were Quakers,
and, settling first at Boston, were driven out
by religious persecutions. William Wilber
settled at Portsmouth, R. I., in 1656, and died
there in 17 10. He had a family of ten chil-
dren, several of whom settled at Little Comp-
ton, R. I., where they owned a large tract of
land, some of which yet remains in the pos-
session of descendants. The seventh child
was Samuel Wilber, born in 1664; he married
Mary Potter, and died in 1740; they had eleven
children; the farm where they lived is still
owned by descendants, and includes the burial
ground where seven generations are at rest.
William Wilber, son of Samuel and Mary (Pot-
ter) Wilber, was born June 6, 1695, and died
in 1774; in 17 17 he married Esther Burgess,
of Little Compton. Their children were
Thomas, born June i, 1718; Mary, born in
1720; Esther and Lydia (twins); William;
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Elizabeth Shaw, and died in May, 1791. The
children of Samuel and Elizabeth Wilber were:
Sylvanus, born August 18, 1749; Clark, born
May 3, 1752; Anthony, born July 24, 1759.

Sylvanus Wilber, the grandfather of Mrs.
Budd, was married January 20, 1770, to Syl-
via, daughter of James Chase, born in 1749.
The twelve children of Sylvanus and Sylvia
Wilberwere: Huldah, born June, 1771; Eliza-
beth, born July 16, 1772; James, born Sep-
tember 5, 1774; Rhoda, born September 22,
1775; Sarah, born March 16, 1778; Abner,
born July 16, 1779; Elsie, born November i,
1780; Sylvanus, born August i, 1783; Clark,
born August i, 1786; and Cynthia, born De-
cember 29, 1788. All these children were
born at Little Compton, R. I., except Samuel,
the youngest, who was born in the town of
Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., N. Y. Oliver and
Samuel were soldiers in the war of 181 2, and
Samuel died at Harlem. \

In May, 1793, Sylvanus Wilber sold to his'
brother Anthony his farm in Little Compton,
R. I., and with his wife and eleven children,
and the families of Philip Irish and Isaac
Wood, came to Hyde Park, Dutchess county,
settling on a farm which his grandchildren now
own. It was from a point in Sakonnet rivef
that the party of Rhode Islanders embarked oii
a sloop and made the journey by way of the
sound to New York, thence up the Hudson
river to the landing at Hyde Park.

Oliver Wilber, the father of Mrs. Budd,
was a corporal in the American army during
the war of 1812. On January 15, 1818, he
married Maria Hoffman, who was born March
18, 1798. He died July 26, 1869, his wife
on December 26, 1887. Eleven children were
born to them, namely: (i) Evas V., born
February 20, 18 19, died January 10, 1829;
(2) Benjamin V., born July 26, 1821, died
July 20, 1828; (3) Catherine H., born Sep-
tember 20, 1823, diefl July 27, 1828; (4) Syl-
via Ann, born April 15, 1825, died March 15,
1828; (5) Stephen Pettit, born March 18,
1827, died April 27, 1856; (6) Emeline E.,
born August 2, 1829, married William A. Lat-
tin, a farmer, February 9, 1848; they had two
children: Henry W. (a wagonmaker, who
married Mary Crapser, and has two children —
Emma and Harriet), and Ardell (who married
Augustus Cramer, who died in 1889; they had
two children — Ethel and William Augustus);
(7) John A., a farmer, born April 6, 1831,
married Emily Dunn, and has one child — Lena;



(8) Mary Jane, born July 27, 1S33; (9) Mor-
gan L. , a butcher, born October 30, 1835,
married Josephine Ackert; (10) Henry K., a
farmer, born December, 1837; and (11)
Amelia K., born October 5, 1840, married
George H. McLean, March 24, 1865, and
died July 13, 1873. Mrs. Budd, the eighth
child of Oliver and Maria Wilber, was first
married January 15, 185 1, to Evert A. Van-
Wagner, a farmer, who died October 30, 1884.
Their five children are: (i) Amelia C, who
married Silas W. Downing, and has four chil-*
dren — Harry S., Francis Vivian, Bertha M.
and Arthur R. ; (2) Theron C, a farmer, who
married Louise Lattin, and has two children —
Libbie and Clayton ; (3) Oliver Wilber, a
farmer; (4) Christable; and (5) George M. , a
farmer, who married Ernestine E. Devine,
and has two children — Inez and Wilber.

Mr. Budd is a clear-headed, intelligent
man, with sound, common-sense views of life
and its duties. He is active in well-doing, sober,
industrious, and of good business habits; in
fact, possessing in an eminent degree all the
qualities that go to make up a good citizen
and honorable man. In politics he was
formerly a Republican, but is now independ-
ent, usually supporting the Democratic party.
He attends the Baptist Church.



MULFORD CONKLIN. Amongthe pros-
perous farmers of the town of Stanford,
Dutchess county, the record of whose lives
fills an important place in this volume, it gives
us pleasure to commemorate the name of the
gentleman here presented. One of the native-
born, energetic, progressive citizens of the
community, actively identified with all its in-
terests, he was born in the town of Northeast,
Dutchess county, December i, 18 19.

Nathan Conklin, his grandfather, was born
in Amagansett, Suffolk Co., N. Y. , April 20,
1758, and in Long Island was married, in Sep-
tember, 1 78 1, to Amy Mulford, who was born
July 7, 1759. Their family included the fol-
lowing children: Nehemiah, born January 20,
1783; Jeremiah M., born February 23, 1785;
Nathan, born November 20, 1787; John H.,
the father of our subject; Henry, born April
16, 1793, married May 20, 1818, to Mary Ann
Hewett; Betsy, born November 9, 1795, died
April 9, 1800; Phebe, born October 8, 1798,
married September 9, 1823, to James Bowne;
and Eliza, born August 29, 1802, married Au-



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gust 15, 1S20, to Stephen B. Trowbridge. All
of these are now deceased. The grandfather
served in the Revolutionary war, and at its
close removed to Dutchess county, where he
purchased a farm in the town of Northeast.
He made the journey from Long Island on
horseback, with his wife on the pillion behind
him, and they came by way of an Indian trail,
as few roads had been laid out at that time.
Upon his farm here he died April 23, 1827.
He was known to every one by the title of
•" Major."

John Herriman Conklin, the father of our
subject, was born in the town of Northeast,
July 27, 1790, and was educated in the public
schools near his home, where he remained
until his marriage. On December 24, 18 18,
he wedded Miss Eliza Hunting, who was born
January 25, 1800, and died October 12, 1863.
They became the parents of five children: J.
Mulford, subject of this review; Isaac H., born
July 29, 1822, died in 1890; Elizabeth, born
August 12, 1824, married Israel R. Wilson, of
the town of Northeast; John N., born August
12, 1826, is a resident of the same town; and
Nathan, born March 13, 1829, is now deceased.
The father was one of the most prominent citi-
zens of Northeast, where he successfully fol-
lowed farming through much of his life. Po-
litically he affiliated with the Democratic party,
and held a number of local offices, including
that of supervisor, which he held for two
terms. Like his father, he went to the de-
fense of his country, serving in the war of
1812, and participated in the engagement at
Harlem Heights. He was a conscientious,
earnest Christian, a member of the Presby-
terian Church, in which he served as elder,
and faithfully followed its teachings until called
from life, September 14, 1870.

J. Mulford Conklin, whose name introduces
this record, was supplied with e.xcellent edu-
cational advantages during his boyhood and
youth. After attending the district schools
for a time, he entered a private school at
Poughkcepsie, later was a student in College
Hill Seminary under Charles Bartlett; attended
the Amenia .Academy, and completed his edu-
cation at Warren, Conn. On laying aside his
text books he assisted in the labor of the home
farm until he had reached his majority, when
he came to the town of Stanford, Dutchess
county, and located upon his present farm,
where he has since resided.

In Stanford town, September 12, 1844,



Mr. Conklin was married to Miss Mary E.
Husted, who was born in that town. April 4,
1826, a daughter of James and Elizabeth
(Harris) Husted. She received her education
at the schools of Poughkeepsie. For over
half a century Mr. and Mrs. Conklin have now
traveled together as man and wife, and are
nearing the last milestone that marks the end
of life's journey; but they are surrounded by
many loving kindred and friends, and can look
back upon their honorable and useful lives,
knowing that they have accomplished much
good in the world. Three children were born
to them: Mary Elizabeth (deceased), who was
the wife of Henry C. Thompson, by whom
she had two sons — Mulford C. and Edward P. ;
Phcebe E., the wife of Frank Dibble, by whom
she has a daughter, Cora M.; and Ella M., the
wife of Joseph Brace, of West Hartford, Conn.
Mr. Conklin is one of the leading representa-
tive men of the town of Stanford, one who
merits and receives the warmest confidence
and esteem of his fellow citizens, and his pub-
lic spiritedness and charity are proverbial. In
the exercise of his elective franchise he invar-
iably supports the candidates offered by the
Democratic party, has himself served as super-
visor for two terms, and also been excise com-
missioner. He and Mrs. Conklin, their chil-
dren and grandchildren, are members of the
Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains.



TDE WITT VAN WYCK, one of the
wealthiest and most prominent agricult-
urists in the town of Wappinger, Dutchess
county, is a descendant of an old Holland
family whose representatives have held an in-
fluential place in that locality for nearly two
hundred years. The head of this branch of
the family was one of five brothers who came
to America between 1690 and 1700, his ances-
tor settling in Fishkill after a short stay on
Long Island. In an old Bible printed in Hol-
land in 1690, we find the following record
in Dutch: "In the year 1668, I, Theodore
Van Wyck, was born September 17. In the
year 1675, the 3d of February, Margerita Abra-
hams was born. In the year 1693, the 29th
of .'\pril, we were married." The children of
this marriage were Cornelius, born April 21,

1694; Abraham, November 7, 1695; Theo-
dorus, October 15, 1697; Catrina, July 15,

1699; Susanna, March i, 1701; Berent, March
4, 1703; and Altia, May 19, 1706. The next



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inscription is in English, as follows: " In the
\ear 1717, I, Cornelius Van W'j'ck, married
my wife, Hannah Thorn. The age of my wife,
she is born in the year 1 700, February the 1 7th.
The following children were born: Phcebe,
December 5, 1717, and Theodorus, May 4,
1720. In the year 1741, my wife died, the
27th of August. In the year 1753 my grand-
father Van Wyck died, December 4th; 1761,
June 28th, my father Cornelius died; 1771,
August 23d, the wife of Cornelius, who was
Hannah, died." This is the family record of
Richard Van Wyck, who was born November
25, 1730, and they were married May 12,
1749. Four children were born of this union:
Cornelius, January6, 1753: Catherine, Novem-
ber 23, 1756,. the wife of Henry Boerman;
Theodorus, November 18, 1761, who married
Hannah Griffith; and Hannah, June 30, 1764.
The mother of this family died August 16.
1807, and the father three years later, April
5, 1810.

Cornelius Van Wyck, our subject's grand-
father, a farmer by occupation, was married
March 2, 1777, to his first wife, Anna Duryee,
who was born October 6, 1758. She died
April 9, 1 79 1, and for his second wife he mar-
ried Magdalene Monfort. His death occurred
October i, 1820, the father of eight children,
whose names with dates of birth are as fol-
lows: Of the children of the first marriage —
Anna, December 31, 1777, married Turnus
Brinkerhoff, of Poughkeepsie; Stephen, March
27, 1 78 1, was a farmer in East Fishkill; Rich-
ard, June II, 1783, was a farmer and miller in
the same town; Abraham D., April 11, 1785,
is mentioned below; and Theodorus, July 15,
1787, was a physician at Bloomingburg, N. Y.
The four children of the second marriage were:
Peter and Stephen (twins), March 3, 1795;
Anna, August 25, 1797; and Barbara, Febru-
ary I 5, 1800.

Abraham D. Van Wyck, our subject's
father, grew to manhood on the old home-
stead, and January 27, iSio, was married to
Phoebe Boerum, who was born May 8, 1790, a
descendant of an old Dutch family. He then
settled upon a farm in Fishkill, where he be-
came prominent in local affairs. He was a
strong believer in the policy of Prohibition, but
always voted the Republican ticket on national
issues in lateryears, having been a Whig previous
to the war. His wife died July 17, 1851, and
he survived her until 1866. They were leading
members of the Reformed Dutch Church, and



highly esteemed in the vicinity. The}- reared
a family of five children, whose names with
dates of birth are as follows: Jane A., March
10, 1 8 12 (died September 24, 1832), married
John Adriance, a farmer of Fishkill, who died
in Chicago; Elizabeth, November 4, 181 5,
married R. S. \'an ^^'yck, a farmer and miller
in the town of East Fishkill; T. DeWitt, July
28,- 1822; Duryee, February 27, 1827, is a
farmer in the town of \\'appinger; and Cort-
land, March 8, 1829, is now living in retire-
ment at Dunkirk.

The subject of our sketch spent his boy-
hood at the old home farm, and attended the
district school in the neighboring village of
Fishkill Plains, until the age of eighteen, when
he engaged in farming. On February 28,
1855, he was united in marriage with Miss
Catherine Luyster, who was born December
10, 1829, in what was then known as the town
of Fishkill. Her father, Matthew Luyster,
who was a well-known farmer there, was of
Dutch stock, and a descendant of one of the
oldest families in the county. Four children
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Van Wyck:
Abraham D., February 14, 1856; Mathew,
May 15, 1858; Estella, March 20, 1866; and
Charles H., October 9, 1870. The daughter
is at home, and the sons have all settled upon
farms, one in the town of Lagrange, and three
in the town of Wappinger, comprising in all
about 500 acres devoted to general farming.
In politics Mr. Van Wyck is a steadfast Re-
publican, and he is always ready to encourage
any progressive movement, being especially in-
terested in the temperance cause. He and his
wife are prominent members of the Reformed
Dutch Church; he is an elder in the Hopewell
Church, and for sixteen years has been a trus-
tee of Fishkill Plains Chapel.



JACOB S. ACKERMAN, a prominent and
influential resident of Low Point, Dutchess
county, is a member of a family that has
been identified with that locality since Colonial
times. His ancestors were from Holland
originally, and his great-grandfather, John
Ackerman, was the first to locate in Dutchess
county. His son, Peter, who was born in
1779, was married March 15, 1801, to Eliza-
beth B. Lent, also a native of Dutchess coun-
ty. They located upon a farm in the town of
Fishkill, where they reared a family of ten
children, (i) John, a farmer, in Dutchess



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county, married Ann Terboss. (2) Dorothy
never married. (3) Abram L. was the foun-
der of the Matteawan Cotton Factory, and
with his brother, David L. , was the builder of
the first locomotive for the N. Y. C. R. R. ;
he married Miss Hagerman, and his later years
were spent in Pennsylvania. (4) P.^ter S.
was a farmer, and married Deborah Vail.
(5) Margaret A. married Jacob Sebring, a
farmer. (6) David L., a farmer and machin-
ist by occupation, married Cynthia Robinson.
(7) Jasper C, a farmer, married Susan Col-
lins. (8) Eliphalet P., a Methodist minister,
married Julia B. Hedden. (9) Samuel B. is
mentioned below, fio) Sylvester B. never
married.

Samuel B. Ackerman, our subject's father,
was born in what is now Wappingers Falls,
in 1820, and was reared upon the old home-
stead. His wife was Delia Brinkerhoff, a
native of the town of Fishkill, born September
I, 1822. Her father, John W. Brinkerhoff,
was a well-known farmer there, and later be-
came a merchant in Fishkill. After their
marriage our subject's parents settled upon a
farm near Newburg, Orange county, where
they reared a family of three children, of
whom our subject was the eldest. Edward
F. , born June 7, 1846, was a farmer and lead-
ing Republican in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess
county, and died there April 20, 1894. Fred
E., born June 24, 1856, is a prominent lawyer
in Poughkeepsie. Our subject's father was a
highly-respected citizen, a Republican in poli-
tics, and he followed farming all his life. He
died in 1889, and two years later his wife fol-
lowed him to the grave.

Jacob S. Ackerman was born Nov. 11,
1843, in Newburg, and at the age of four
years he was taken to Low Point where he
grew to manhood, receiving his education
there with the exception of a short time in



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