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There is not a sawed stick in it, all have been
hewed from solid hardwood and mortised to-
gether, and it bids fair to stand as solidl}' as
ever through many years to come. On De-
cember 23, 1S59, Mr. Dudley was married to
Miss Frances S. Hamilton, who was born No-
vember 27, 1S27, the daughter of William
Hamilton. Her death occurred November 14,
1885, and Mr. Dudley afterward wedded Mrs.
Mary (Brett) Fountain, daughter of James and
Helen (White) Brett, and widow of Hosea
Fountain, by whom she had one child. Po-
litically, Mr. Dudley is a Republican, and a
member of the Reformed Church at Fishkill.



WA L T 1-: R LIVINGSTON T E N-
BROI-XK, an agriculturist whose pro-
gressive and scientific management has made
him one of the successful men ot the town
of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county, was born



July 8, 1830, at Livingston, Columbia Co.,
N. Y. The district schools of that day af-
forded but limited educational opportunities;
but such as they were he made the most
of them, and by intelligent observation and
constant reading he has since acquired thor-
ough information upon many subjects, and
especially upon branches of science relating to
his occupation.

Mr. Ten Broeck remained at the home-
stead until he was twenty-five years of age,
and April i, 1854, he purchased a farm near
Rhinebeck; but two years later sold this prop-
erty and moved to the estate upon which he
has now resided for forty-one years. He pos-
sesses fine executive ability, and the 160 acres
of land to which he devotes his attention are
kept in a high state of cultivation. "In 1 866 he
became a life member of the New York State
Agricultural Society, and he has always taken
a prominent part in local affairs; but although
he is a firm supporter of the principles of the
Democratic party, he has never held public
office, having refused to serve when elected.
He was married in 1855 to Helen U. Schult2,
daughter of Peter I. Schultz, of Rhinebe^:k, and
has had eight children: Derrick Wessel; Peter
S., who died at the age of eight years; Helen
R. (Mrs. Wallace Traver); Albertina S., who
is at home; Jane L., who died at, the age of
twenty-one years; and Mary E. , Lucys and
Weaker T. L. , who are all at home. Mrs.
Ten Broeck is a leading member of the Re-
formed Church at Rhinebeck, and a generous
worker in its varied lines of effort.

The Ten Broeck family is one of the oldest
and most distinguished in America, and our
subject is one of the seventh generation from
Wessel W. Ten Broeck, of Munster fa city of
Westphalia, Prussia, situated near the border
line of Holland), who landed at New Amster-
dam in 1626 in company with the Hon. Peter
Minnit, third director of the Holland \\'est In-
dia Compan}'. (Cornelius Maj', of Hoorn,
having been its first director, in 1624, and
William \'an Hulst its second director, in 1625).
.And when we reflect that the first known out-
line map of New Belgium (now New York), in-
accurate as it was, was made in 161 8; that
Boston was only settled in 1630, and Maryland
in 1632; that when this ancestor of the Ten-
Broecks came to this countr\' in 1626, New
Amsterdam (now the mighty city of New
York) contained only 270 souls, including
men, women and children; that Albany, the





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capital of our great Empire State, contained
only twenty-six inhabitants, including one white
woman; it may be truly said that Director
Minnit and his protege. Ten Broeck, came to
New Belgium when it was a very feeble col-
ony, and, dating from that origin, this family
is one of the most ancient in the New World.

Nor were the early ancestors unknown or
undistinguished. The first settler became the
most extensive merchant of his day at Albany;
and the historical records of New York show
that in 1689 Dirck Wessel Ten Broeck, his
son, was employed by Gov. Dougan as em-
bassador to Canada to settle matters of Pro-
vincial difficulty; and that in the same year he
was his majesty's recorder of the city of Al-
bany; and in 1690 the same recorder is certi-
fied to with high commendation for energy and
philanthropy in relieving the people of Schen-
ectady from suffering, after the destruction of
their town by the French and Indians; and
subsequently for his great zeal in furthering
the Governor's designs against the French in-
vasion then in progress. Guided by such
lights, we can safely assume that the father
and son, for that primitive day, were no ordi-
nary men; but it is foreign to this notice to
attempt the history of the whole family.

Other descendants, too, have shared much
public honor and confidence, and it may not
be inopportune to say: That the able and
patriotic correspondence of Abraham Ten-
Broeck, president of the committee of safety
of New York, with Hon. John Hancock, Presi-
dent of Congress; the polish and eloquent
power of Derick Ten Broeck, his son, for
three sessions speaker of the House of Assem-
bly of the State of New York; and the gal-
lantry of Maj. Leonard Ten Broeck (the grand-
father of our subject) at the taking of Bur-
goyne, are matters of history so clear that no
historical scholar will question the general tal-
ent, inlluence or gallantry of the descendants
of the original emigrant.

Mr. Ten Broeck's father, the late Gen.
Leonard W. Ten Broeck, served as a member
of the State Assembly, and one term as sheriff
of Columbia county, and was one of the most
influential and popular men of his day. On
the maternal side our subject is a grandson of
Walter T. Livingston, of Clermont, a repre-
sentative of another family distinguished from
the earliest periods of our country's history.

Capt. Samuel Ten Broeck, an elder brother
of our subject, born in Livingston June 5,

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1826, just 200 years after the landing of his
ancestor in this country, was a soldier in our
Civil war, and a hero worthy of the patriotic
blood of these illustrious families, identified
with the Declaration of Independence and the
stern trials of our Revolutionary struggle. He
devoted some years of his life to mercantile
pursuits, but at the outbreak of the Rebellion
he was one of the first to respond to the call to
arms, joining Company M, 5th N. Y. V. C,
and from that time his every energy was given
to his country. He died July 4, 1863, leaving
a wife, son and daughter, the parting from
them being his severest trial. Columbia county
mourned the death of this generous and chiv-
alric officer; on the day of his burial the flags
of the shipping and public buildings at Hudson,
a point twelve miles distant from his residence
and place of burial, were lowered to half-mast;
and a concourse, unequalled by numbers in
that section of country upon any previous occa-
sion, escorted his earthly remains to their last
spot of rest — and affection deposited in his
grave many a sprig of evergreen dedicated to
his virtues and his memory. But the finale is
so graphically told by one who knew and loved
him well, in an obituary notice published the
day succeeding his death, that we will close
this notice by its insertion as follows:

Capt. Ten Broeck was one of nature's noblemen —
one of the very few so happily constitute



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