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but both are now deceased; Thomas (i) died
in infancy; George, of this review, is next in
order of birth; Thomas (2), for several years
served as agent on the road for " Blind Tom,"
the musician, and others, but is now living re-
tired in New York City; Betsy, deceased, was
the wife of Mr. McGinn, of Newburgh, N. Y. ;
James was a carpenter and shipyard superin-
tendent in Chicago, but has now laid aside
business tares; and Mary died in infancy. On
his emigration to the United States, the father
located first at Belleville, N.J., in 1 831, where
he worked at his trade of blacksmithing for a
short time, and then came to Wappingers
Falls, where he followed the same occupation.
His death occurred in New York City, and his
wife, who survived him, has also departed this
life. The famih' were earnest and faithful
members of the Episcopal Church.

When seven years of age George Warhurst
was brought by his parents to the New World,
and at Wappingers Falls grew to manhood.
During his youth he learned machine-engraving
— to calico printing — and has followed that
business continuously since, being connected
with the Dutchess Print Works for over half a
century, as previously^ stated.

In 1845 Mr. Warhurst was joined in wed-
lock with Mary Turner, who was born near
Leeds, England, and is a daughter of William
and Mary (Wood) Turner. After coming to
America her father followed the leather busi-
ness for a time, both in New York City and
Wappingers Falls, but his last days were spent
upon a farm in Wisconsin. To our subject
and his estimable wife have been born the fol-
lowing children: William, who died in Wis-
consin; Mary, wife of Dan Ives, of Brooklyn,
N. Y. ; Rowena, wife of Dr. William Baxter,
of Wappingers Falls; Esther, wife of William
J. Brown; Lizzie, wife of Dr. L. C. Wood,
also of Wappingers Falls; George and Joseph,
both machine-engravers of the same place;
Martha, who died in infancy; Violetta, wife of
James Hunter, of Wappingers Falls; Edith,
wife of W. J. Van Aden, a merchant of New
Hamburg, Dutchess county; Martha; Frank, a
die maker, who is living at home; and Louisa,
wife of Richard A. Pott, a publisher of New
York City.

As neighbors, friends and citizens, Mr.



Warhurst and his wife are held in the high-
est regard. Both are members of the Episco-
pal Church, in which he is at present a vestry-
man. They are passing quietly down the
sunset hill of life, enjoying the esteem and
confidence of their neighbors, and the affection
of their children and friends. In politics Mr.
Warhurst has been a life-long Republican, has
served as trustee of the schools of Wappingers
Falls, and for two terms was trustee of the
village. He is a trustee of the Grinnell Li-
brary Association, and is at present trustee of
the \\'appinger Savings Bank. For forty years
he has been a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and with the Masonic
lodge. No. 671, F. & A. M., in which he has
served as master, he has been connected for
many years.

A ^ AH EL DENMAX LYON was born
August 12, 183S, in the town of Hyde
Park, Dutchess county, a son of Clinton and
Jane (Denman) Lyon. His father was the
son of Aaron Lyon, a surveyor by profession,
who married a Miss Nelson, an ancestor of the
Nelsons of Poughkeepsie. The Lyon family
came" from England.

Clinton Lyon, our subject's father, was a
machinist and a fine workman. He was a man
of great natural ability, and when Henry Clay
ran for President he " stumped " Orange coun-
ty in his behalf, and becam^ well-known as a
fluent and forcible speaker. He was well
qualified to hold a high position in societ\-, and
was a warm friend of the historian Benson J.
Lossing, and of Egbert Kelley. They were all
members of the same reading class, and were
in accord in many things. Clinton Lyon
worked on the construction of the first steam-
boat which ran on the Hudson river, and on
many other important structures. He was a
liberal Democrat, afterward becoming a Whig
and a strong Protectionist. He died in 1840,
esteemed and respected throughout the county.
The wife of Clinton Lyon was a daughter of
John Denman, and a granddaughter of Asahel
Armstrong, who was a brother of Gen. Arm-
strong. They had seven children, namely:
John Robert, Adeline, Horatio, Sheridan and
Julia (both died when si.xteen years old), Asa-
hel, and William Henry (born August 27, 1840,
lives in Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania).

Asahel D. Lyon received only a limited
education, but has been a great reader, and is

a man of keeVi perception, one of close obser-
vation, in which way he learns much. He is
well-informed on all current topics, and is a
man of sterling good sense. When Asahel
was only two years old his father died, and as
soon as he was able to work the lad was put
out on a farm, the wages of even so small a
boy of eleven years being a help to his widowed
mother. He worked by the month until eight-
een or nineteen j'ears old, when he started
out for himself, running a threshing machine
for three years. He was married when twenty-
two, and after working for awhile on a farm
went into the butchering business, which has
grown to be quite extensive, and in which he
is still engaged. He has also for a number of
years done some auctioneering.

In 1 87 1 Mr. Lyon bought his present farm
of 120 acres, which he is carrying on, as well
as his other business, and has become a very
successful agriculturist. He is active and en-
ergetic, and puts through whatever he under-
takes, qualities which are essential in a farmer
as much as in any other man, and which sel-
dom fail to bring prosperity. In politics he is
a Republican, and believes strongly in Protec-
tion. In public matters he has always been
ready to assist in the development and growth
of the community, and has taken a special in-
terest in the schools of the county, doing all
in his power to make them equal to any in the

On February 22, i860, Mr. Lyon was
married to Sarah A. Lawless, daughter of
Jacob and Anna Lawless, of Clinton. Two
sons have been born to them: Asahel Anson
and George Morgan. The family are highly
esteemed by all who know them.

JOEL S. WINANS, one of the prominent
and influential citizens of the town of Stan-
ford, Dutchess county, comes of an old es-
tablished family in the county.

James Winans, born in 17 15. first of the
name in Dutchess county, was descended from
ancestry who came from Brabant, Belgium, in
1630, He and his wife Sarah migrated from
Horse Neck, Long Island, to Dutchess county,
about 1770, settling in the town of Stanford,
on the late Dr. Isaac M. Hunting farm. Their
children were as follows: James, Ira, Girau-
dus, David and Sarah. Of these. James mar-
ried Hannah D. Groff, of Poughkeepsie, and
had eleven children; Ira married Mary ,



and had children; Giraudus (" Grand ") mar-
ried (first) Hannah Merritt, and (second) Vi-
letta Knickerbocker; Sarah married Peter Smith.

David Winans (mentioned above), grand-
father of our subject, came from Horse Neck
to Dutchess county with his father, and was a
lifelong agriculturist. He served as a soldier
in the war of the Revolution, gallantly fighting
for the freedom of the colonies. He was an
earnest Ghristian gentleman, and politically
was a supporter of the Whig party. By his
marriage with Miss Tammy Smith he had the
following children: David, Leonard, Morris,
Smith, Seymour, Egbert, Ambrose, Amanda,
Gertrude, Tammy, Maria, Harriet and Eliza-

Upon the old homestead in the town of
Pine Plains, Leonard Winans, the father of
our subject, was reared to manhood. He was
married in the town of Stanford to Miss Sally
Ann Sutherland, daughter of Joel Sutherland,
an early settler of that township, and to them
were born six children, namely: Brush and
John (deceased); Joel S., subject of this re-
view; Walter H., of near Amenia, Dutchess
county, a sketch of whom follows; William, a
superanuated minister of the Methodist Epis-
copal Ghurch, now located at Gatskill, Greene
Co., N. Y. ; and Mary. The mother of these
children died in 1828, and Mr. W''inans after-
ward married Miss Elizabeth Thompson, of
the town of Stanford. Four children graced
their union: Sally Ann and Margaret (both de-
ceased); Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel Robin-
son, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ; and Isaac ide-
ceasedi. For many years Leonard Winans
operated the farm in the town of Pine Plains,
and in 1830 returned to the old homestead in
that township, which is now owned by Frank
Eno. At the end of six years, however, he re-
moved to Stanford town, locating near Bangall,
where he farmed for many years, but finally
laid aside all business cares, and spent his last
days in that village, dying there in 1868, at
the age of eighty-five years. He was always
interested in the success and welfare of his
country, and took part in the war of 181 2.
Politically, he was first a Whig and later a Re-
publican, while in religious faith he was
one of the most active and prominent workers
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, being the
founder of the Church of that denomination at

Joel S. W'inans, the subject proper of this
sketch, was born November 5, 1820, in the

town of Pine Plains, Dutchess county, where
he attended the district schools, and aided his
father in the cultivation and improvement of
the home farm until he had attained the age
of thirty years. On October 2, 1S50, in the
town of Stanford, Mr. Winans married Miss
Lucy Ann Wright, who was born July 29,
1822, in the town of Fishkill, daughter of Isaac
and Jeanette (Howe) Wright, natives of Dutch-
ess county. Three children were born of this
union: (i) Tamar Ella, who married Charles
H. Carpenter, of Stanfordville, N. Y., and
has three sons — George Irving, Joel S. Wi-
nans, and Henry Sesson; (2) Sophie D. H.,
married to George E. Rogers, by whom she
had one daughter, Sophie, and two sons,
George E., Jr., and Clayton, who died in in-
fancy; and (3) W. Irving (only son), who died
while attending school at Fort Edward Insti-
tute, N. Y. in 1877.

Mr. Winans first located upon a farm at
Attlebury, in the town of Stanford, where he
continued operations until 1866, when he re-
moved to his present farm near Stanfordville,
and in connection with the cultivation of his
land he also for a year ran a freight boat on
the Hudson from Poughkeepsie to New York
City. As an agriculturist he has been quite
successful, having secured for himself a com-
fortable competence. He has always been
one of the most progressive, reliable and popu-
lar citizens of the town of Stanford, where he
has held a number of prominent positions of
honor and trust, having been justice of the
peace for the long period of forty-three years;
revenue collector for seven years, which office
he filled during the trying years of the Civil
war; and from 1869 to April, 1887, was bond-
ing commissioner for the town for the New-
burgh, Dutchess & Connecticut railroad. Po-
litically, he early became a stalwart Abolition-
ist, and on the organization of the Republican
party joined its ranks, becoming one of the
leaders of that party in his locality. In re-
ligious belief he and his wife are Baptists.

Isaac Wright, father of Mrs. Winans, was
born in Fishkill, Dutchess county, as was also
her mother, he in 1787, and she in 1791.
They had nine children, eight of whom grew
to manhood and womanhood, one dying at
the age of eleven }ears, and five yet living.
The father, who was a carpenter and joiner
by trade, died in 1871; the mother died in
1873. Lebbens Howe, maternal grandfather
of Mrs Winans, served in the war of the Rev-



olution. John Wright, her paternal grand-
father, came from England, and settled in
Fishkill, Dutchess county, in a very early day.

ALTER H. WIXANS, a prosperous
agriculturist, residing near Amenia,
Dutchess county, is one of our most highly re-
spected citizens.the sturdy virtues of his Scotch-
Irish ancestry being well exemplified in his
character and his successful, though quiet,
career. [A sketch of his immediate ancestry
will be found in that of his brother, Joel S.
W'inans. ]

Walter H. Winans was born in the town
of Pine Plains, Dutchess county, April 2 1 .
1823, and the district schools of the locality
afforded him the usual opportunities for instruc-
tion. Until the age of twenty-three he re-
mained at home, and then he began farming
in the town of Stanford, where he made his
home for many years, and took a leading part
in local affairs, and at one time held the ofifice
of collector. In 1870 he purchased a farm in
the town of Washington, Dutchess county.
April I, 1892, he removed from that farm to
his present estate. December 24, 1846, he
was married in the town of Stanford to Miss
Emily Robinson, with whom nearly a half-
century of wedded life was passed, before she
was called to the unseen world, her death oc-
curring February 27, 1893. Si.x children were
born to their union: Franklin; Mary Eliza-
beth; Seth K., who married Miss Nettie Robin-
son; Brush; Amy and Ellsworth. Amy mar-
ried Christian Lang, and has had three chil-
dren: Walter, Miriam and Emily. Ellsworth
married Miss Ida Wheeler, and resides in the
town of Washington. He is possessed of the
same self-reliance and industry for which his
family is noted, and has never had anv finan-
cial aid from his father.

Mrs. W. H. Winans was a descendant of
a well-known Putnam county family, her
grandfather, Chappell Robinson, a farmer,
having located there, with two brothers, in the
earh' days. He married Miss Mary Sprague,
and had five children: Stephen, Sabins, S(]uire,
Mary and Eli. Stephen Robinson. Mrs.
Winans father, was born in the town of Kent,
Putnam county, and was married there to
Miss Martha Kelley, daughter of Seth Kelley.
Thirteen children were born to them as follows:
Chappell, Kelley. Osborn, Enos, Emily, Zillah,
Jarvis, Ada, Nathaniel, Priscilla, Robert,

Catherine and William. In 1836, Mr. Robin-
son moved to the town of Stanford, Dutchess
county, continuing there his chosen calling of
agriculture. Later he spent twelve years in
Lithgow, Dutchess county, but returned to the
town of Stanford, where he breathed his last
in February, 1876, at the age of eighty years.
His patriotism and gallantry were proved in
the war of 18 12, and the various issues in na-
tional politics never ceased to interest him, his
influence in his later years being given to the
Republican party.

who is distinguished as one of the most
successful practitioners of Dutchess county, is
a descendant of one of the oldest families in
the State, being the seventh generation in
direct line from Jacob Jansen \'an Etten, who,
when a young man. came to America from
Etten, North Brabant, Holland. He settled in
Ulster county, N. V., and on January 4, 1665
(according to the record in the First Reformed
Church of the city of Kingston, N. Y. 1, he mar-
ried Anna Ariense \'on Amsterdam. This
union was blessed with three sons: Jan, Peter
and James, who lived and died in Ulster coun-
ty. Jan was baptized January 3, 1666, and
about 1690 was united in marriage with Jen-
nette Roosa, daughter of Arien Roosa. They
had two sons — Arien and Jacob — besides a
large family of daughters. Jacob was baptized
at Kingston December 25. 1696, and at the
same place on April 22, 1719, was married to
Autje Westbrook, of Rochester, Ulster coun-
ty. About the year 1720 he settled in the
Delaware \'alley, and reared a large family of
children, among whom was Johannes, the fifth
son, who was born at Namanock, N. J., in
1 73 1. When near the age of twenty years,
Johannes settled upon a tract containing 1,500
acres near Milford, Penn., which is still owned
by his descendants. He died February 15,
181 5, in his eighty-third year, and was buried
on his own farm. He had been twice married,
and by his second wife, Rachel Williams, had
a son, Cornelius, our subject's grandfather,
born near Milford, December 8, 1782.

Cornelius \'an Etten married Anna Smith,
and became the father of eight children:
Rachel, Solomon (our subject's father). Mary,
Amos, Catherine, Robert, Margaret, and
Amanda. This family all settled near Milford,
and Catherine, Robert and Amanda are still




living. Amos Van Etten was the father of
Edgar Van Etten, who is now general super-
intendent of the New York Central & Hud-
son River railroad. The Pennsjlvania Van-
Ettens have usually followed farming, and
have been prominent in non-political local af-
fairs, but have never sought public office.

Solomon Van Etten was born near Milford,
May 1 8, 1806. He married Hannah Mettler,
daughter of Mathias Mettler, and a descendant
of one of the oldest families of Hunterdon Co.,
N. Y. They had seven children: William
and Amos, who died in infancy; John H., a
lawyer in Milford; Cornelius Smith, our sub-
ject; Mathias M., a farmer at Dover, N. J.;
and Frank and Anna, both deceased. The
father died in 1873 in his si.xty-eighth year,
mother in 1894, at the age of eighty-two years.

Dr. Cornelius Smith Van Etten was born
at the old homestead September 13, 1846.
He completed the regular course of study at
the seminary at Schooley's Mountain, N. J.,
and in 1870 entered the medical department
of the University of Pennsylvania for a three-
years' course. On graduating in 1873 he lo-
cated in the lower part of the Wyoming Val-
ley; but after a few months was called home
by the death of his father. He then remained
at home until 1876, when he came to Rhine-
beck, and has here engaged in general practice.
He has been very successful — his line abilities,
his thorough training, and his firm but kindly
manner, have won for him the entire confidence
of the community.

On June 7, 1882, the Doctor was united
in marriage with Miss Sarah Hill, who was
born June 16, 1849, a daughter of Edwin and
Catherine (Cramer) Hill, the former a leading
citizen of Rhinebeck, and, until recently, pres-
ident of the First National Bank. To Dr. and
Mrs. Van Etten have been born two sons,
Edwin and Royal, and the home is one of the
most charming in the town, a fine library be-
ing an especial feature. The Doctor and his
wife are active workers in the Reformed
Church. In politics he is a Republican, but
his professional duties have never allowed him
time to be very active in political affairs. He
is a director in the First National Bank, a
trustee of the Savings Bank, and in municipal
matters has taken a great interest, being health
officer of the town, member of the fire depart-
ment, and, for ten years past, the president of
the school board. He is a trustee of Starr In-
stitute, and treasurer of the Rhinebeck Gas

Company. In professional circles he is equally
prominent, and is a member of the New York
State Medical Association, and of the United
States Medical Association.

LEWIS F. EATON is one of the most en-
terprising business men of Dutchess coun-
ty, and is a resident of Amenia. His opera-
tions as a wholesale grain dealer are extensive
in their scope, and he belongs to that class of
representative American citizens who promote
the general welfare while advancing their indi-
vidual prosperity. For over a quarter of a
century he has been identified with the inter-
ests of Amenia, and the connection has been
as honorable as it is long.

Mr. Eaton was born at Syracuse, N. Y.,
May 7, 1850, and is a son of Lewis Eaton, a
native of Fayetteville, Onondaga Co., N. Y.
After completing his common-school education
the father clerked in a store for a time, and
subsequently was connected with the Syracuse
& Oswego line of transportation in New York
City and vicinity for about fifteen years. Re-
turning to Fayetteville, he became general
freight agent for the New York, Syracuse &
Chenango railroad, which position he retained
up to the time of his death, in 1878. At Fay-
etteville he had married Miss Sarah Willson,
daughter of John H. Willson, and to them
were born four sons: Robert W., of Fayette-
ville; Frank H., of Terre Haute, Indiana;
Charles B., deceased; and Lewis F., of this
sketch. The mother's death occurred in 1875.

The primary education of our subject was
received in the village schools of Amenia, and
he later attended the public schools at Astoria,
Long Island. At the age of fourteen years he
entered the Peoples Line Transportation Com-
pany in New York City, where he remained
for one year, after which he was in the canal
collector's office, where he was second clerk
the first year, and first clerk the three succeed-
ing years.

At the age of eighteen Mr. Eaton came to
Amenia, becoming bookkeeper for B. Willson
& Co., dealers in fiour, feed, lumber and coal.
In March, i87S,he became manager for George
T. W'illson, who had assumed control, and in
the following May was made a partner in the
business, under the firm name of Willson &
Eaton. About 1881 the firm started a whole-
sale trade, which now e.xtends through several
counties of New York, Vermont, Connecticut,



Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and they also
have three retail stores, one at Amenia, an-
other at Wassaic, and the third at Shekomeko.
Their sales have increased from $40,000, in
1881, to three-quarters of a million in 1895.
Their specialty in the wholesale trade is that
of feed and grain, and they were the first to
sell cotton-seed meal in this vicinity. They
have a wood-working factory in connection
with their other business, manufacturing house
trimmings, doors, sash, blinds, etc., and Mr.
Eaton also handles life and fire insurance. He
is a man of remarkable business qualities, re-
sourceful and energetic, and the scope of his
operations and his varied interests show that
a master hand and mind is in control of his

On October 24, i ^~y, Mr. Eaton was united
in marriage with Miss Julia Per Lee, daughter
of Walter P. Per Lee. He is an earnest ad-
vocate of Republican principles, is connected
with the fire company at Amenia, and in re-
ligious belief is a Presbyterian. His hobby is
that of stamp collecting.

PETER PRATT, the popular proprietor of
the "Pratt House" in Amenia, Dutchess
county, traces his ancestry back to Peter
Pratt, a college-bred man, who was a resident
of Wallingsford, Conn. He married a ^frs.
Ingraham, widow of a sea captain, with whom
he boarded while attending Yale College, and
to them were born two children: Peter, and
Sophia, who married Oliver D. Cook, of
Hartford, Conn. When his son was three
years old he removed to Kent, Conn., where
for twenty years he served as collector, and
his old home there is still in the possession of
the family. He became one of the leading
men of that place and an earnest worker in the
Presbyterian Church.

Peter Pratt, the son, was the grandfather
of our subject. He was born at Wallingsford,
Conn., in 1762, and died at Kent in 1845. At
the latter place he attended the district schools,
and always lived on the old homestead farm,
engaging in its operation, and in running a
sawmill and forge. He was appointed captain
in the militia, was a Whig in politics, and a
Presbyterian in religious belief. He was
united in marriage with Miss Sally D. Bard-
well, a daughter of Rev. Joel Bardwell, who
was pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Kent
for over half a century- She was born in

1768, and her death occurred in 1849. In the
family were nine children, all now deceased
with the exception of John M., the father of
our subject, who was next to the youngest,
the others being; Philo B., Sherman, Joel,
Ralph, Peter, Sophia, Sarah and Cook.

John M. Pratt was born at Kent, Conn.,
May 22, 1S09, attended the public schools
and completed his literary course in an acad-
emy. He remained at home until February
7, 1838, when he married Miss Charlotte
Mills, who died in 1846. She was the daugh-
ter of Deacon Lewis Mills, a merchant and
farmer, and was a most estimable lady. They
had five children, as follows: Charlotte M.
is the wife of John D. Piatt, of P"armington,
Conn. , by whom she has three children —
Frank, William and John; Jane, a resident of
New Milford, Conn., is the widow of Sheldon
Wheaton, by whom she had one daughter —
Nellie; Mary (deceased) was the wife of Seth
Hobson, and the mother of one child — Eliza-
beth; Peter is next in order of birth; and
Sophia is the wife of Walter B. Camp, of

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