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the schools of Schodack. He learned the art
of photography on leaving school, but followed
it only a year and a half, when he began to
learn the house-painter's trade. This he
found uncongenial also, and he then returned
to the farm, and has since given his time to
the agricultural pursuits. He was married
October 9, 1867, to Sarah C. Eshleman, a
daughter of Eurich Eshleman, a well-known
baker of Poughkeepsie. Three children were
born of this marriage, all of whom reside at
Low Point. Frank married Miss Eva Ward;
Charles married Miss Bertha Leubert; and

Kittie is at home. Mr. Ackerman has a small
estate on the Hudson river, his pleasant resi-
dence commanding a charming view. He
also owns several houses in the village. He
takes an influential part in the local work of
the Republican organization, and has held the
offices of pathmaster and excise commissioner.

HENRY CH.ATTERTON. For more than
half a century the subject of this sketch
was engaged in agricultural pursuits upon his
late farm near the village of Moores Mill,
Dutchess county, and he was one of the oldest
and most highly respected residents of that
locality. He was born January 4, 1818, in La-
grange, Dutchess Co., N. Y. , and spent his
boyhood there, receiving his education in the
district schools near his home. On arriving
at manhood's estate he engaged in farmmg,
and always followed that calling, locating at
his late home in 1844.

His first wife, who was Miss Mary Ann
Haviland, of Unionvale, died, leaving no chil-
dren, and for his second wife he was married,
in Unionvale, to Miss Helen Miller (now de-
ceased). One daughter, Mary Ann, was born
of this marriage, but she did not long brighten
his home, passing away at the age of four and
one-half years. Mr. Chatterton always "took
an intelligent interest in public questions. In
early life he was an adherent of the Whig
party, later espousing Republican principles.
He died December 21, 1S96.

Underbill Chatterton, father of our sub-
ject, was a native of Dartmouth, Mass., whence
he was brought by David S. Dean to Dutchess
county when ten years old, and afterward
made his home there. By occupation he was
a farmer and tanner, and his life was spent
mainly in Lagrange. In religious faith he was
a Quaker. He was married in Lagrange to
Miss Elizabeth Gidley, and they reared a fam-
ily of thirteen children, all now deceased.

DURYEE VAN WYCK, one of the most
intelligent and prosperous agriculturists
in the town of Wappinger, Dutchess county,
was born February 27, 1827, upon the estate
which he now owns. His ancestors came from
Holland about the year 1700, and were among
the early settlers of that locality, and the family
has held a prominent place there for several
generations, our subject's brother, T. DeWitt



Van Wyck, of the town of Wappinger, being
among its representatives.

The subject of our sektch received an ex-
cellent education for the time, supplementing
the course at the Fishkill district school by
an attendance at the schools at Rhinebeck,
New Paltz, and Middletown Point, N. J., spend-
ing a year at each, and he afterward studied
for six months in the Polytechnic College near
Red Bank, N. J., which was founded by O.
S. Fowler, the phrenologist. Onleavingschool,
Mr. Van Wyck returned to the old homestead,
and remained until 1 86 1 , when he bought a farm
near Hopewell, where he lived about thirteen
years. He then returned to his present home,
where he cultivates between 250 and 300 acres.
The land is unusually level, and lies near Sprout

In June, 1863, Mr. Van Wyck married Caro-
line D. Stockholm, adescendant of an old Hol-
land family, and a daughter of Andrew Stock-
holm, a native of Dutchess county, and a promi-
nent agriculturist of near Hopewell. The only
daughter. Miss Ella Van Wyck, is at home
with her parents. In politics our subject is an
ardent Republican in principle, but he has
never been a seeker after political honors.

WILLIAM C. HOLMES, a prosperous
farmer of Dutchess county, was born

near Washington Hollow, in the town of Pleas-
ant \'alley, December 21, 18 18. There he
was reared and received his education.

At the age of twenty-five Mr. Holmes was
married, on March 6, 1844, to Miss Sarah C.
\'an De Water, who was born in the town of
Hyde Park, April i, 18 18, and whose death
occurred May 31, 1892. Our subject bought
his grandfather's farm in 1843, lived on it for
seven years and then traded it for another farm
in Tompkins county, where he lived seven
years. He then rented a farm in Hyde Park
for a year, and one in Bloomingdale, Pleasant
Valley, for two years. He next went to live
on the farm with his father, and remained there
until the latter's death, when he bought the
homestead. After seven years' residence on
the place, he traded it for other property. In
1885 he moved to the town of Lagrange. His
children were: Phoebe Elizabeth, born August
30, 1845, married December 16, 1864, to Or-
lando E. Gazely; William V., born September
18, 1847, married Miss Emma E. Ayres De-
cember 25, 1S69; Lavina Adelaide, born Octo-

ber I, 1849, became the wife of C. W. Stout-
enburg, December 2, 1874; Florence Augusta,
born March 5, 1852, married April 14, 1875,
to John Welch; Henrietta, born February 22,
1855, married William B. Merritt February
27, 1884; Joel O., born July 7, 1862, married
September 23, 1884, to Miss Emma F. White,
who died April 10, 1891. Our subject is a
stanch Democrat in politics, but has always
refused to accept public office.

Wheeler C. Holmes, father of our subject,
was a native of the town of Pleasant Valley,
where he spent his boyhood, attending the
public school. He married Phcebe, daughter
of William Allen, and moved to a farm about
two miles from the paternal homestead, where
he lived for over fifty years and reared the fol-
lowing children: Allen, Nathaniel, Phcebe
Maria, and Joel O., all deceased, and William
C. , our subject. Mr. Holmes was again mar-
ried, his second wife being Miss Beisy Craw-
ford. Of their children only one is living,
Isaac, who is in Colorado. Mr. Holmes was
a Democrat, and a member of the Presbyte-
rian Church. Both the parents and the step-
mother of our subject died in Pleasant Valley.

William Holmes, grandfather of our sub-
ject, came of Scotch ancestors. He settled in
Pleasant Valley before the Revolutionary war,
being one of the first pioneers. He married
Miss Phoebe Cromwell, who was of Holland
descent, and they had the following children:
Nathaniel, Joseph, Isaac, Wheeler, Joshua.
Mr. Holmes was a soldier in the Revolution-
ary war, and lived to the ripe old age of nine-
ty years.

JOHN B. FREDRICK, an enterprising and
successful business man of Dover Plains,
~ Dutchess county, and the proprietor of a
first-class meat market there, was born in 1856,
in the town of Lloyd, Ulster county. He was
educated in the public schools, and on enter-
ing business life learned the butcher's trade
with J. H. Brown. After working at the
trade some time for different parties, he
moved to Dover Plains, in 1S86, and opened
his present fine establishment. The firm was
at first known as Shelly & Fredrick, and then
Mr. Fredrick conducted the business alone for
a time. Later the firm became Fredrick &
Boyce, and then Fredrick & Fox, but our sub-
ject is at present the sole owner. He is a
public-spirited citizen, but has never been de-



sirous of political office, although at one time
he served as excise commissioner. In 1881 he
married Miss Emma J. Terwilliger, and their
home has been blessed with eight children, of
whom all but two are living. The names, with
dates of birth, are: Herbert J., 1882; Lilly
M., 1883; Edith, 1884; Bessie, 1885 (died in
infanc}): Clarence, 1887; Mabel, 1888; Arthur
(deceased), 1S91, and Clayton, 1895.

Mr. Fredrick is of the fifth generation in
direct descent from Peter Fredrick, a native of
Holland, and a miller by trade, who came to
this country at an early date and settled in
New Jersey. His son Peter, our subject's
great-grandfather, was born and educated in
New Jersey, but he and two brothers left home
and settled in Ulster county, where he en-
gaged in farming. He married, and reared a
famil\- of seven children: Jacob; William;
Catherine, who married Mr. Decker; Lucy,
the wife of Louis Palmater; Hannah, who
married John Banker, and two whose names
are not known. William Fredrick, our subject's
grandfather, was born in Ulster county, and
after acquiring a common-school education,
also engaged in agriculture. His wife was
Miss Devoe, and they had two children: Dor-
cas, the wife of Abram Tompkins; and George,
our subject's father, who was born in 1836, in
the town of Lloyd. Ulster county, and always
lived in that neighborhood, receiving his edu-
cation there, and spending his later years as a
farmer. He married Miss Emerett Johnson,
daughter of Andrew Johnson, a well-to-do
farmer of Ulster county, and had si.x children,
of whom our subject is the eldest. The two
youngest children — W'illiain, and one whose
name is not given — died in infancy, and the
others are: Maria, who married Warren
Palmer; Evelena, the wife of Joseph O'Don-
nel; and George W., who is not married.

Mrs. Fredrick's ancestors were early set-
tlers in Ulster county, and her grandfather,
Cornelius Terwilliger, was a native of New
Paltz, and a leading farmer there. He mar-
ried Miss Wicklow. and had five children, of
whom Ira Terwilliger, Mrs. Fredrick's father,
was the youngest. Hiram died at the age of
twenty; Elijah married Catherine Freer; Elmira
married David Dunn, and Sarah was the wife
of Anthony Dunn. Ira Terwilliger was born
in New Paltz in 1826, and passed his entire
life there, following the carpenter's trade. His
partner in life was Miss Harriet \'an Noy,
daughter of Andrew J. Van Noy, a well-known

wagon-maker of the town of Lloyd, Ulster
county, and Hester Johnston, his wife. Mrs.
Fredrick was the oldest of five children — the
others being Annie, the wife of Wallace Phil-
lips; Andrew, who married Alice Smith;
George, who is not married; and Carrie, who
died at the age of twenty-one years.

ceased), in his day an honored and wor-
thy citizen of the town of Unio'nvale, Dutchess
county, was born March 23, 1829, in the town
of Pawling, in the same county. He was a
grandson of Archibald Campbell, who followed
farming and merchandising throughout life.
He married Miss Elizabeth Mitchell, of Pough-
keepsie, Dutchess county, and they became the
parents of ten children, as follows: ( i) Cap-
tain Archibald married Miss Samantha Sher-
man. (2 1 Mary, born in Pawling, wedded
Benjamin Hurd, and they had six children —
Harriet E., who married Leonard Hall; Irving,
who married Miss Howard; William T. ; Mrs.
Mary J. Brill; Stacia, who married Jerome
Dodge; and Julia. (3) Harriet Louise mar-
ried Dr. Fowler, and they had one son — Archi-
bald, who also became a physician; after the
death of her first husband she married Rev.
John Pierpont, the paternal grandfather of
John Pierpont Morgan, the great railroad mag-
nate. (4) Stacia married Cushen Green. (5)
Jane became the wife of Rev. Dr. Foss, father
of Archibald Campbell Foss, and Cyrus Foss,
Methodist Episcopal Bishops. (6) Catherine
married Haxton \'an Deburg. (7) Duncan was
the father of our subject. (8) Sarah married a
Mr. Merrick. (9) Thomas Clement married
Cordelia Noxon; he was district attorney of
Poughkeepsie some time, but now a prominent
lawyer of New York; (10) Eliza married Mr.

Duncan Campbell was born and educated
in the town of Pawling, and also at Pough-
keepsie Academy, and engaged in farming in
Pawling, becoming quite prominent in business
affairs. He married Amanda Ferris, and five
children graced their union: Amanda Ferris;
Henry Livingston: Priscilla; Harriet Louise,
who died when young; and Duncan, who died
in infancy.

Henry Livingston Campbell was educated
at Pawling and Amenia. As a lifework he
took up the occupation of farming, in which
he was successful. In public affairs he took




an active and leading part, and by his fellow
citizens was called upon to fill such offices as
supervisor, justice of the peace, and others of
equal honor and trust, the duties of which he
discharged in an able manner. He married
Miss Emeline C. Collins, and five children
were born to them, as follows: (i) Duncan
wa^ educated at Helmuth College, London,
Ontario, Canada, and at the Bisbee Military
School, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., graduating with
the highest honors, in 1874; he is now en-
gaged in operating the home farm, also the
father's farm in Pawling. (2) Ada Ferris
Campbell was educated at Linden Hall,
Poughkeepsie, and Helmuth College; she mar-
ried I. Reynolds Adriance, a manufacturer of
Poughkeepsie, by whom she has two children
— Marion C. and John P. (3) Elizabeth Bor-
den Campbell was educated at Linden Hall,
Poughkeepsie; she is now the wife of Albert
Adriance Simpson, superintendent of the Buck-
eye Binder Department of the Adriance Piatt
& Co., manufacturers of mowers, reapers and
binders, of Poughkeepsie, by whom she has one
son — Albert Adriance. (4) George Collins
died in infancy. ( 5) Harry Borden died at the
age of four years.

Hezekiah Collins, the paternal great-grand-
father of Mrs. Campbell, was the son of Heze-
kiah Collins, %vho was the son of Humphrey
Collins. Hezekiah was the father of eight
children: Hezekiah, Joseph, Solomon, Joshua,
Samuel, Jabez, Nathan and Mary. The last
named Hezekiah Collins was the grandfather
of Mrs. Campbell. He was born December
I, 1739, and in 1765 married Miss Rhoda
Ricketson, whose birth occurred August 8,
1748. Their family included thirteen children:
Catherine, born in 1767, married Zachariah
Flagler; Meredith, born in 1768, married Gen.
Barker; Mary, born in 1770, married David
Arnold; Lydia, born in 1772, married Martin
Doughty; Elizabeth, born in 1774, married
a Mr. Manney. of Poughkeepsie; Phcebe, born
in 1776, married Jacob Doughty; Rhoda, born
in 1777, married Morton De la Vergne; Ricket-
son, born in 1779, married Elizabeth Robin-
son; Martha, born in 1781, married Gurline
Ackerman; Ann, born in 1784, married Dr.
Burrows; Gilbert, born in 1786, married Miss
Susan Bogart; George, born in 1788, was the
father of Mrs. Campbell; and Lancelot Wen-
del, born in 1792, never married.

George Collins, the father of Mrs. Camp-
bell, was born in the town of Unionvale, at-

tended the schools of that locality, and there
engaged in farming throughout life. He mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth Borden, by whom he had
three children — Phebe (i) who died in infancy;
Phebe (2) who married (first) Isaac Ackerman,
by whom she had three children — Emma,
George C. and Jacob H. — and after his death
wedded ^^'illis Case, by whom she had
two children — Oscar and Olive A.; and
Emeline C, who was born in Unionvale
April 22, 1835; she was educated in Pough-
keepsie and New York City, and, as already
related, married Henry Livingston Camp-
bell, the subject proper of this review. She
is a most estimable lady, whose circle of
friends is only limited by the circle of her ac-
quaintances. The Collins family crest is two
doves and an olive branch, emblems of love
and peace*.

Perry Borden, Mrs.
grandfather, was a son
Borden; Perry married
nephew, Simeon Borden, was at one time a
member of the Massachusetts Legislature. In
1830, Simeon Borden devised and constructed
for the State of Massachusetts an apparatus
for measuring the base line of the trigono-
metrical survey of that State, which at that
time was the most accurate and convenient in-
strument of the kind e.xtant. Mr. Borden as-
sisted in the measurement of the base, and in
the subsequent triangulation. In 1S34 he took
charge of the work and completed it in 1841.
It was the first geodetic survey ever completed
in this country, and its precision has since
been proved by the coast survey.

Campbell's maternal
of Samuel and Peace
Phcebe Sisson. His

JACKSON GIDDINGS, a leading citizen of
the town of Dover, Dutchess county, who
throughout his active business career fol-
lowed wagon making, is descended from a
family that for many years made their home
in Connecticut.

At Chestnut Sand, in that State, his grand-
father, William Giddings, was born, reared
and educated. He was a prosperous tiller of
the soil, and during the old training days
served as captain in the militia. By his mar-
riage with Miss Armida Noble he had eleven
children: (i) George married Phcebe Hunger-
ford, and two children were born to them —
Orissa, who married Nelson Hoag; and Susan,
who married Edwin Hungerford. (2) William
. was married, and had two children. (3* David



married Betsy Salmon, and had two children
— Ammi, who married Augusta Page; and
David B., who married Hannah Beecher. (4)
Noble remained single. (5) Bueil was the
father of our subject. (6) Daniel, who was
born in Connecticut, married Betsy Gorman,
and has three children — Ralph; Jay; and Pau-
line, who died at the age of sixteen years.
(7) Sarah married Bennett Picket, and had
five children — Noble, who married Laura Gid-
dings; William, who married a Miss Stewart;
Daniel; Eunice, who married David Strong;
and Bueli, who now lives at Kockford, 111.,
and is nearly eighty-six years of age. (8) Dor-
cas married William Leach. (9) Lucinda
married Abraham Seaman, and had seven
children — Hannah, who married Joshua Mor-
gan; Eliza, who married Timothy Holloway;
David, who married Malissa Howarfl, and was
elected sheriff of Dutchess county in the early
forties; Nancy, who married Archibald Wing;
Polly, who married Benjamin Soule, and they
settled in Kent, Litchfield Co., Conn, (they
had three children — John, Adaline and Sea-
man; in 1835 they removed to Chemung coun-
ty, N. Y. ; the youngest son. Seaman, now
lives in Michigan); and Harvey and Permelia,
who remained single. (10) Ann became the
wife of John Seeley, and has four children- —
Franklin, who never married; Morgan, who
married Minnie Page; Abel became a merchant,
and enlisting as a soldier during the Rebellion
died in the service; and Charlotte, (in Lydia
married Samuel Giddings, and has seven chil-
dren — Rebecca, who married Hiram Giddings;
Sallie A., who never married; Dorcas, who
married William Turner; Alfred, who married
Sophia Picket; Henry, who married a Miss
Leach; Ann, who remained single; and Caro-
line, who married David Fuller.

Buell Giddings, the father of our subject,
was born September 20, 1781, in the town of
Sherman, Fairfield Co., Conn., and at his na-
tive place acciuired his education in the com-
mon schools. . On leaving the school room he
learned the wagon maker's trade, at which he
worked the greater part of his life. On com-
ing to the town of Dover, Dutchess county, he
established business at Webatuck. In early
life he was connected with the Whig party,
and on the organization of the Republican
party joined its ranks, ever afterward being
one of its stalwart supporters. By his fellow
citizens he was called upon to fill a few minor
offices in the town. He was united in mar-

riage with Miss Sarah Reasoner, daughter of
Peter and Betsey Reasoner, farming people of
the town of Beekman, Dutchess county. By
this union five children were born: (i ) Adelia
A. married Luther Dutcher, a manufacturer, of
Dover, by whom she had four children — Hiram,
Gilbert, George and William. (2) Jackson,
the subject of this sketch, is next in order of
birth. (3) Orin N. at the age of sixteen went
to Poughkeepsie, where he clerked in a dry-
goods store, and married Miss Harriet Cox; in
1835 he removed with her father's family to
Kalamazoo county, Mich., and became a mer-
chant; after the financial crash of 1S37 he en-
gaged in milling, but was soon after elected
clerkof the county, and removed to Kalamazoo,
where he is now engaged in the insurance and
real-estate business. He has represented his
county in the State Legislature, and was ad-
jutant-general of the State during the Civil
war. He has one son, Theron F. , now State
commissioner of insurance for Michigan. (4)
Martin L. learned the wagon-maker's trade
with his brother Jackson, but did not follow it,
becoming a cattle drover. He married Miss
Mary Hoag, and died in 1862, leaving no
children. (5) William M., the youngest, did
not marry.

Jackson Giddings was born in the town of
Beekman, Dutchess county, in 1812, and in
the common schools of the town of Dover re-
ceived a fair English education. Learning the
wagon maker's trade, he followed that occupa-
tion until eighty years of age, since which time
he has laid away business cares, and is now
enjoying a well-earned rest. In early life he
took quite a prominent part in public affairs,
and served as assessor and in other town
offices. His ballot is always cast in support of
the men and measures of the Republican party.
Mr. Giddings married Miss Deborah Hoag, a
daughter of John and Delila Hoag, of the town
of IJover, and to them have been born four
children: (i) John H. first married .Amanda
Chase, and after her death wedded Maria
Olivet; (2) Almira became the wife of James
Reynolds, and has two sons — Jackson and
Harry B. (3) George W. married Jennie Vill-
inger, and has four daughters — Grace, born in
1886; Almira in 1887; Laura, in 1888; and
Hazel, in 1891. (4) Andrew completes the

Mrs. Gidding's ancestors have long been
residents of Dutchess county, the birth of her
great-grandfather, John Hoag, occurring in the



town of Dover, where he engaged in farming.
In his large family of children was Nathaniel,
an agriculturist, who married Mollie Howland,
and had three children: Priner, who married
Eliza Griffin; John, father of Mrs. Giddings;
and Deborah, who wedded Russell Tabor.

John Hoag was a native of the town of
Dover, followed general farming and stock
raising. For his first wife he married Miss
Delia Whitley, and to them were born five
children: Almira, who married Isaac Geroe;
Deborah, wife of our subject; William, who first
married Betsy Baldwin, and after her death
wedded Phcebe Bowman; Elizabeth, who
never married; and Mary J., who wedded
Hiram Whitley. After the death of the
mother of these children, Mr. Hoag was united
in marriage with Phcebe Preston.

^^ citizen and popular business man of Pine
Plains, Dutchess county, is a native of Colum-
bia county, N. Y., born at Ancram October
30, 1S38, and is descended from an old English
family that long made their home in Dutchess
county. His great-grandfather was Josiah
Barton, of the town of Stanford, and his grand-
father, Dr. Leonard Barton, who was born in
that town, was one of the early practitioners
of the county.

Dr. Leonard Barton married Rachel Gale,
granddaughter of William Gale, and daughter
of Josiah and Rachel (Mead) Gale, who lived
in Stanford, and had eight daughters and two
sons, as follows: Sarah Gale, born October
17, 1767, married Henry Kinney; Rebecca,
born March 23, 1769, married Enoch Good-
ridge; Rachel, born February 2, 1771, mar-
ried Leonard Barton; Phebe, born April 6,
1773, married Andrew Finch; Roba, born July
26, 1775, married Lewis Austin; Nancy, born
April 19, 1777, married Henry Griffin; Betsey,
born April 19, 1779, married Nathan Beck-
with; Clorinda, born November 12, 1783,
married Ebe Lete; Josiah, born August 11,
1786, died in 1809; and George W., born
December 3, 178-, married Harriet Sheldon.
Dr. Leonard Barton and his wife had eleven
children, as follows: Hiram; James married
Caroline Canfield; Nelson, not married; George
W. married Elizabeth Hoffman; Josiah mar-
ried Eliza Briggs; Edward married Malissa
J. Worthy, of Northeast town; Eliakim mar-
ried Tammy Germond; Julia married Morgan

Hunting; Sally married Anthony Hoffman;
Rachel married Stephen Sackett; Nancy mar-
ried John Davis.

George W. Barton, the father of our sub-
ject, was also born in the town of Stanford,
Dutchess county. May 14, 1795, and was a
farmer by occupation. He became quite
wealthy, owning two farms, each of 250 acres,
in Columbia county, one in the town of An-
cram and the other on Pugsley's Hill, the old
homestead. He was a man of great natural
ability, and was essentially self-made. He

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