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return he took charge^ of all the out-door in-
terests of the brewery. After succeeding to
the business in 1873, Mr. Hupfel and brother
conducted it for ten years, together with
another establishment, at the corner of i6ist
street and Third avenue, which their step-
father had purchased in 1863. In 1883 John
C. G. Hupfel retired froni the i6ist street and
Third avenue plant, and our subject continued
alone for about si.x years, when he sold a part
of his interest, but continued the management.
In the following year he bought his farm near
Johnsville, then known as the Du Bois prop-
erty, now called " Echodale." There were no
improvements of any kind upon it, and he has
spent many thousands of dollars in bringing it
to its present state of perfection. His resi-
dence is one of the finest in the county, and his
liarns are models of construction and arrange-
ment; he still owns property in New York City,
including a residence, but he makes his home
constantly at the farm.

On April 11, 1870, Mr. Hupfel married
Miss Catherine I\entz, of New York City, who
died in February, 1871, with her only child.
On May 11, 1S73, Mr. Hupfel wedded her sis-

ter, Miss Magdalen Kentz, by whom he has
had four children: Catherine G., who mar-
ried H. W. McMann, of New York City; and
Adolph G. , Jr. , Antoinette G. , and Otto G. , all
three at home. In politics Mr. Hupfel is an
independent Democrat.

7ILLIAM BAKER. To the traveler of

to-day the voyage across the Atlantic
is only a short pleasure trip, and it is difficult
to realize the discomforts and, perhaps, hard-
ships endured by the emigrants to this country,
before the advent of steam as a motive force.

The father of our subject, John D.
Baker, a native of Germany, came to America
in the early part of this century in a sailing
vessel, spending six months upon the way.
Among the other passengers was Miss Eliza-
beth Rickerts, in whom he found a sympa-
thizer in his aspirations for the freer life in the
New World. For some time after landing
Mr. Baker worked on Staten Island as a com-
mon laborer, but later he became a farmer,
and after marrying Mis» Rickerts, settled in
the town of New Paltz, Ulster county, where
the subject of our sketch was born, July 16,
1820, the sixth in a family of eight children.
The others were: Catherine, who married
Hiram Donaldson, a farmer in Dutchess
county, both deceased; Mary, the widow of
the late Alanson Vail; Nancy, who married
George Pray, a farmer in Dutchess county,
both deceased; Jacob, deceased, a farmer and
blacksmith at Freedom Plains, N. Y. ; John
deceased, a carpenter and farmer at Freedom
Plains and New Hackensack; Henry, a miller
in the town of Unionvale, and Isaac, a resident
of Lagrange township. In 1823 the father
moved to a farm in Freedom Plains, where he
passed his remaining years. In politics he
was a Republican, and he and his wife were
both members of the Presbyterian Church. He
died in 1854 and his wife in 1852.

William Baker was only three years old
when the family moved to Freedom Plains,
where he spent his early years. At the age of
twenty-one he began to learn the blacksmith's
trade, and followed it at that place for about
six years. In 1851 he went to Sprout Creek,
and later to New Hackensack, carrying on his
business successfully in both localities. He
purchased his present farm in 1864, and built
the house in which he now resides. His eighty
acres of land have been highly improved under



his judicious manaf^ement, and make one of
the best farms of the size in that section.

On January 25, 1849, Mr. Baker married
his first wife, Miss Catherine E. Meddaugh,
daughter of James Meddaugh, a well-known
farmer of the town of I^agrange. Two chil-
dren were born to them: Amiie E., who died
at an early age, and Mary, the wife of Court
A. Van Voorhis, a farmer in the town of Wap-
pinger. Mrs. Catherine Baker died December
24, 1S75, and January 17, 1877, Mr. Baker
was united in marriage with Harriet A. Croft,
daughter of Henry I). Xecdham, a farmer in
the town of W'appinger.

In politics, Mr. Baker is a I^epublican, but
he does not take an active part in public af-
fairs, preferring a (juiet home life and the
peaceful enjoyment of the fruits of his past

WILLIS DE.'\N, a prominent agricult-
urist, residing near Wappingers F"alls,
Dutchess county, is one of the most highly
respected citizens of- that county. He is de-
scended from an old English family, and his
ancestors in the American line crossed the
Atlantic at a very early period. John Dean,
his grandfather, was a leading farmer in the
town ol Kent, Putnam Co., N. Y., and Niles
Dean, our subject's father, succeeded to the
homestead, and followed the same occupation.
He married Nancy Northrup, also a native of
Putnam count}', and reared a family of nine
children: Milton, a farmer in Putnam county;
Rensselaer, a carpenter in Patterson, N. Y. ;
Anner, who married Philip Smith, a farmer in
Steuben county, N. Y., both now deceased;
Willis, our subject; Ursula (deceased), who
married the late Benjamin Stone, a farmer in
Steuben county; I-afayctte, an agriculturist in
the same county; Jackson, a carpenter in Lee
county, Iowa; Erastus, a machinist in Bing-
hampton, N. Y. ; and Oliver, a comb manu-
facturer in Binghampton. Our subject's father
was a man of prominence in his locality, and
in politics was a Whig. He died in 1837,
and his wife survived him many years, de-
parting this life in 1858.

The subject of our sketch was born at the
old homestead, September 10, 1821, and re-
in;iined there until he attained his majority,
when he learned the butcher's trade. He fol-
lowed this for two years in the same vicinity,
and in 1845 moved to Glenham, I^utchess

county, and about three years afterward settled
in Hughsonville. He continued his business
successfully until 1875, when he retired, and
purchased the farm of 100 acres upon which
he has since resided. A good manager, his
industry and thrift have enabled him to accumu-
late a competency, and in addition to his farm,
he owns four houses in Hughsonville.

On December 22, 1846, he lUdrried his
first wife, Miss Catherine Squires, a daughter
of Jonathan Squires, a well-known farmer in
Putnam county. She died in 1880, leaving no
children. In 1S89 Mr. Dean married his pres-
ent wife, a lady of Holland-Dutch descent,
Miss Jeannie Westervelt. She is a grand-
daughter of Ge»rge Westervelt, and a daughter
of John C. Westervelt, a native of New Jersey,
who has been for years a prominent manufac-
turer and coal dealer in New York City. Her
mother, Cornelia Westervelt, a native of New
York, is no longer living.

Mr. Dean has always endorsed the princi-
ples of the Democratic party, and has held
several minor offices. The Dean family is
noted for advanced views on the temperance
question and other reforms, and has always
been connected with the Baptist Church, which
both Mr. and Mrs. Dean attend.

Seven brothers are living. The eldest,
Milton, is now eighty-three, and the youngest,
Oliver, is sixty-si.\. They have their annual
reunion in the month of June. All have
Christian principles, using no intoxicating
liciuors, speaking no profane language, and are
straightforward in every respect.

sentative and successful farmer of the
town of Pine Plains, Dutchess county, was
born on P"ebruary 28, 1832, upon the farm
which is still his home. There his grandfather,
Benjamin Knickerbocker, located over a cen-
tury ago, and it has been in the family ever
since. The grandfather was a man of excel-
lent judgment, and was very successful in the
operation of his land. He married Alatika
Smith, by whom he had four chiKlren — two
sons and two daughters — namely: Peter,
Alatika, Henry, and Hannah (who became the
wife of Lewis A. Pulver).

The birth of Henry Knickerbocker, the
father of our subject, occurred upon the home-
stead in 1798, and he inherited half of the
place from his father. He followed agricult-



ural pursuits throughout life, and in his earlier
days also conducted a gristmill upon the farm.
He was united in marriage with Miss Lydia
Pulver, daughter of Peter Pulver, and four
children were born to them: Cornelius and
Emeline (now deceased); Henry B., subject of
this review; and Jane, widow of William
Smith. The father died in 1861, the mother
in 1886.

Our subject received a somewhat limited
education in the district schools, but this has
been greatly supplemented by extensive read-
ing and observation in later years, so that he
may be termed a self-educated man. At the
age of eighteen he took charge of his father's
farm, assuming the entire responsibility, and
since that time has successfully managed the
place. On reaching his majority he came into
possession of 109 acres belonging to his father,
and in 1S65 purchased of Hiram Wilson the
remainder of his grandfather's farm, so that
he now has a valuable place of 215 acres. He
is careful and methodical in business, and has
converted his land into one of the most highly
cultivated and attractive places in his locality.
Besides general farming he is successfully en-
gaged in sheep raising.

On September 26, i860, Mr. Knickbocker
married Miss Phcebe Stickle, daughter of
Jacob and Hulda (Card) Stickle, and they have
become the parents of two children: George
H., of the town of Northeast, married to Julia
Collin; and Fred, at home. Until President
Lincoln ran for his second term, Mr. Knicker-
bocker had always supported the Democracy,
but at that time he voted for the martyred
President, and was a Republican for several
years, but now his allegiance is given to the
Prohibition party. He and his wife and sons
are members of the Presbyterian Church of
Pine Plains, of which he is an officer, and takes
an active interest in Church work. In the
prosperity of his town and county he has been
an important factor, assisting in everything
for their improvement, and throughout the
community he has many warm friends.

EDGAR CLARK (deceased). The subject
, of this sketch, formerly one of the leading
agriculturists of the town of Northeast, Dutch-
ess county, was a descendant of one of the
oldest families in the country, the head of the
.'\inerican line, Thomas Clark, having been a
passenger on the "Mayflower."

Several generations of the family have
made their home at Plainfield, Conn., and
there our subject's grandfather, Ezra Clark,
was born in 1748. He came to Dutchess
county in 1795, and became very prominent,
owning large tracts of land, and taking an in-
fluential part in local affairs. He married
Mary Douglas, and had ten children, among
whom was Moses Clark, our subject's father,
who was born May 20, 1785, at the old home
in Connecticut. He was ten years of age at
the time of his father's removal to Dutchess
county, and the remainder of his life was here
passed. On November 3, 1808, he married
Mary Wiggins, daughter of Arthur Wiggins,
of New Milford. This family was of Scotch
origin, but had lived in the North of Ireland
for some time previous to emigration to Amer-
ica. Soon after his marriage Moses Clark
purchased the farm of 600 acres near Miller-
ton, now owned by Ambrose Culver, and made
his permanent home there. Later he bought
another farm of 176 acres, now owned by his
granddaughters, Elizabeth and Carrie D.
Clark, and at one time he had about 1000
acres of land at diil'erent points. He was a
man of great energy and excellent judgment,
and possessed much influence in the commun-
ity. He died August 12, 1854, and his wife
April 25, 1874. They had eight children, a
brief record of whom is as follows: An)brose,
born September 11, 1809, married Julia A.
Collin, of Northeast; Mary E., born January
13, 181 1, married Ambrose Mygatt, of Amenia,
N. Y. ; Edgar, born February 22, 1813, was
married (first) to Mary Ann Holbrook, of
Northeast, and (second) to Emeline Dakin,
also of Northeast; Julia L. , born October 26,
1 8 14, was married (first) to Peter Righter, of
Pine Plains, N. Y., and (second) to Solomon
Weaver, of Branchport, Yates Co., N. Y. ;
Emily A., born June 25, 1816, married George
E. Crane, of New Milford, Conn. ; George,
born May 3,1818, was married (first) to Emily
Rogers, of Fishkill, N. Y. , and (second) to
Ada Stevens; Harriet J., born April 19, 1827,
married Willard Weed, of Torrington, Conn.;
and Moses C, Jr., born April 29, 1833. None
of this family are now living except Mrs. Emily
A. Crane and Mrs. Harriet J. Weed.

The late Edgar Clark was a man of wide
and accurate information, always interested in
the topics of the day. He received a good
English education in boyhood, attending the
common schools near his home, and, later,



the academy at Hudson. In 1837 he bought
the farm where Leonard L. Barton now lives,
and resided there until 1S53, when he pur-
chased from his father the farm of 176
acres above mentioned, and moved there.
On October 18, 1838, he was married to
Mary Ann Holbrook, daughter of Nicholas Hol-
brook, a prominent merchant of Northeast
Center. She died March 3, 1849, leaving
three children: Mary Elizabeth, born July
-i' '839, now living at the old farm; Emily
I^eora, born October 8, 1840, the wife of Mar-
\ ill Reed, of LaUeville, Conn. ; and Rachel
H., born June 23, 1844, who married Arthur
J. Mead, of Fayetteville, N. Y. On October
15, 1849, Mr. Clark, for his second wife, mar-
ried Emeline Dakin, daughter of Jacob Da-
kin, in his day one of the most prominent
men of the town of Northeast, and the
owner of about 1,000 acres of land. One
child came of this marriage, Carrie D., born
December 2, 1850, who now resides on the
old homestead. Her mother died December
25, 1882, a little more than five years after
the death of Mr. Clark, which occurred Sep-
tember 12, 1877. He was an e.\cellent busi-
ness man, and was often asked to assist in the
settlement of estates, his integrity as well as
his ability being unquestioned. Although he
was not a member of any Church, his life dis-
played in every phase the loftiest morality.
He took a hearty and generous interest in all
worthy public movements, and in local affairs
was a leading worker, being elected on the
Republican ticket to various offices, including
that of township supervisor, which he helci
for several terms. During the Civil war he
was active in securing the quota of men re-
quired from his township, and he greatly re-
gretted the fact that his advanced age pre-
vented him from going to the front himself.
He was a member of Webatuck Lodge No .
4S0, F. & A. M.

EDWIN BARNES, M. D., the well-known
|)li\sician of Pleasant Plains, Dutchess
county, is a representative of one of our most
prominent families, his own achievements in
the line of his profession adding lustre to the

His great-great-grandfather Barnes was
born on Tower Hill, London, England, and
came to America before the Revolutionary

war, but returned to England early in the
struggle, his .sympathies being with the British
government. His family, however, were pa-
triots, and remained in this country. His son,
Joseph, our subject's great-grandfather, was
born November i, 1744, in the town of Clin-
ton, Dutchess county, and became a farmer
there. He was married, November 7, 1771,
to Sarah Butts, who was born January 4, 1745.
They were Quakers in faith, and both died in
18 I 3 — he on March 15, she on April 5. Thir-
teen children were born to them, their names
with dates of birth being as follows: Benja-
min, August 25, 1772; Thomas, April 10,
1774; Joseph, Jr. (i), July 22, 1775; Moses,
November 7, 1776; Elizabeth, June 14, 1778;
Joseph, Jr. (2), December 10, 1779; John,
April 30, 1782; William, October 15, 1783;
Stephen and Samuel (twins), April 19, 1785;
Jacob, April 19, 1787; Sarah. July 15, 1790;
and Mar}-, March 12, 1793. Samuel, our sub-
ject's grandfather, lived for many years at the
old homestead in the town of Clinton, and
afterward in Livingston county, N. Y., but in
his old age he moved to Canada, where he
died. He married Fanny Armstrong, who was
born October 26, 1787, and died in Pough-
keepsie, January 11, 1S54. They had three
children: Stephen S., born July 18, 181 1;
Edwin, born September 6, 1817, died April 3,
1842; and Hannah (now Mrs. Moses Camack),
born December 2, 18 19.

Stephen S. Barnes, our subject's father,
learned the cooper's trade in early manhood,
and later became the junior partner of the
firm of A. B. Nash & Co., brewers, of Troy,
N. Y. He married Huldah Britton Hall,
daughter of Camillus Hall, of East Westmore-
land, Cheshire Co., N. H., and children as
follows were born to their union: Elizabeth
(now Mrs. Caleb C. Hewlett), March 2, 1837;
Charles Nash, February 8, 1840, a resident of
Denver, Colo.; George Waters, March 27,
1842, died in infancy; Edwin, July 28, 1844,
our subject; and Clark Phillips, November 1 1,
1846, who resides near Denver, Colo. The
family always made their home in Hyde Park
township, although the father's business often
required his absence. He died in Anderson
county, Kans.. March 29, 1886, his wife sur-
viving until August 6, 1892.

Dr. Barnes was born in Troy, N. Y., but
he passed his boyhood at the old home, at-
tending first the district schools of Hyde Park
and then a private school at Pleasant Plains,

tydLC^^.ember 19, 1833, to Eliza-
beth Powell, who was born February 15,
1804, and they had four children: ( i) Daniel,
born December 27, 1833, was a machinist in
New York and Chicago, and died January 25,
1891; (2) Jacob, born August 30, 1837; {3)

Theodore, born , 1845, who died in

infancy; (4) Matilda, born August 11, 1841,
and (5) Anna, November 22, 1842. Jacob en-
listed in Company D, 128th N. Y. \'. I., and
served until mustered out with the rank of first
lieutenant, July 28, 1865. He took part in a
number of important battles, among them be-
ing Port Hudson, Pleasant Hill, Sabine Cross
Roads, Winchester, Cedar Creek, being taken
prisoner at the latter place, and not again
joinmg his regiment until February, 1865.
After the war closed he engaged in the real-
estate and lumber businesses in Chicago, where
he died June 15, 1893. Mrs. Barnes' father
died at Palmyra, January 13, 1878, her mother
surviving until September 9, 1883. Our sub-
ject's pleasant home has been brightened by
three children, of whom the first, Marion, born
February i, 1868, died October 25, 1871; the
others are Myrta Elizabeth, born August 17,
1877; and Percy Raymond, August 9, 1880.

In politics the Doctor is a Republican, and
he took profound interest in the abolition of
slavery. Professionally, he stands high, and

he has been president of the Dutchess County
Medical Society, and vice-president of the
New York Medical Association.

EDMOND A. MOREY (deceased) was one
of the popular and highly respected citi-
zens of Dover Plains, Dutchess county, and
at the time of his death was connected with
the Harlem railroad. The Morey family was
founded in Dutchess county by his grandfather,
Abraham Morey, who was born in Connecticut,
September 15, 1778, and from his native State
he removed to Dutchess county, locating in
the town of Washington. He was a promi-
nent farmer. He was the ninth son of Stephen
and Sarah Morey, who were born in the town
of Washington, Dutchess county. When he
had attained to man's estate he was married
on Christmas Day, of 1806, to Miss Phebe
Boyce, who was born in the town of Wash-
ington, June 9, 1780, and was the daughter of
Isaac and Remembrance Boyce. Si.x children
were born to them; Alonzo, born November
5, 1807, died April 5, i860 (he served two
terms as sheriff of Dutchess county); Barak,
the father of our subject, was next in order of
birth; Alanson was born January 5, 18 10;
Harriet, born I'ebruary 25, 1812, was married
October 22, 1856, to Isaiah Reynolds, by Rev.
Abram Davis, at her father's home, in the
town of Washington, and she died March 4,
1888, at the age of seventy-six years; Julia,
born November 27, 18 16, died November 26,
1887, at the age of seventy-one years; and
Priscilla, born May 13, 1821, died September
7, 1872. The father of this family died July
15, 1859, at the age of eighty years and ten
months, and his wife passed away on Septem-
ber 18, 1866.

Barak Morey, the father of our subject, was
born in the town of Washington, Dutchess
county, December 16, 1808, and there received
his education in the common schools. He
later, for some time, engaged in merchandising
at Hulls Mills, Dutchess county, and on dis-
posing of that business purchased a farm in
the .town of Amenia, which he cultivated for
thirty years. He always took a great interest
in politics, and held a number of town offices
to the satisfaction of all concerned. His
earthly career was ended on April 12, 1886, at
the age of seventy-eight years.

Barak Morey was twice married, his first
union being with Miss Mary L. Toby, daughter



of Albert Toby, of the town of Stanford,
Dutchess county; she died September i8, 1847,
leaving one child, Albert B., who was born
August 29, 1847, 3nd died, unmarried, No-
vember 7, 1S92, aged forty-five years. Mr.
Morey was again married December 9, 1849,
the lady of his choice being Miss Sarah Eliza-
beth Howes, a daughter of Edmond Howes, a
farmer of Sullivan county, N. Y. Of the five
children that graced this union Edmond A.
was the oldest. Alonzo H., born December
20, 1853, never married, and died February
23, 1 893, at the age of thirty-nine 3'ears. Ira
A., born September 28, 1856, died November
10, 1880, at the age of twenty-four years.
Cinda E., born February 28, i860, married
Reuben A. Brown, of Westfieid, Mass., who
is now engaged in the manufacture of cigars at
I^uffalo, N. Y. Samuel, born June 14, 1862,
makes his home at Amcnia, where he is en-
gaged in business.

Mr. Morey, of this review, was a native of
Dutchess county, born in the town of Stanford,
on September 15, 1851, and his education was
such as the common schools afforded. Most of
his life was devoted to agricultural pursuits,
but after his removal to Dover Plains he was
in the employ of the Harlem railroad. A
stanch Democrat in politics, he kept well
posted in regard to current events, and held
a number of minor town offices. Social!)',
he held membership with the Odd Fellows
lotige of Poughkeepsie, No. 297, and also be-
longed to the Odd F'ellows Mutual Benefit Asso-
ciation of Dutchess county. He was classed
among the best people of the community, well
worthy of any distinction that might have been
conferred upon him. Mr. Morey was united
in marriage with MissThedorah Odell. a daugh-
ter of Samuel and Elmira Odell. of Pleasant
Valley, and to this union was born one child,
Jennie E., born September 21, 1874, and on
September 2, 1896, at half-past two o'clock,
was married by the Rev. S. J. McCutcheon
to Emanuel C. Benson. Edmond A. Morey
passed to the unseen world December 19, 1896,
at the early age of forty-five years.

Samuel D. Odell, father of Mrs. Morey,
was born in the town of Washington, Dutch-
ess county, July 3, 1793, and was the son of
Samuel D. and Sarah Ann (Doty) Odell, the
former a native of the town of Washington,
and the latter of Salt Point, Dutchess county.

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