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farm, and while still living upon the old home-
stead his marriage with Mrs. Sarah (Ketcham)
Justus took place, the ceremony being per-
formed February 24, 1881, in the town of
Clinton. She was born September 12, 1839,
and is a daughter of Eli Ketcham, a miller by
occupation, who first saw the light in the town
of Pleasant Valley, March 14, 1809. He was
married July 12, 1835, and two children were
born to them. He died March 2, 1890, his
wife on January 20, 1894. They were mem-



bers of the Presbyterian Church at Pleasant
Valley. Mrs. Allen's grandfather, Israel
Ketchani, born about 1770, came from Long
Island to Pleasant Valley, where his children
were born. He married a Miss De Long,
and died about 1844, his wife a few years
later. By her first husband, Howard Justus,
Mrs. Nicholas Allen had a daughter, Carrie,
now the wife of Francis H. Harris, of New

For one year after his marriage Mr. Allen
continued upon the old homestead, and then
removed to Clinton Corners, where a year
later he bought his present comfortable resi-
dence. For the past thirteen years he has en-
gaged in farming in the town of Clinton, where
he has served as pathmaster several terms, and
is prominently connected with the upbuilding
and development of the locality. The im-
provements upon his property areola substan-
tial character, and everything manifests the
thrift and prosperity of an intelligent farmer.
He and his wife are devoted and efificient mem-
bers of the Reformed Church of Bloomvale.and
his straight-forward, upright life has gained
him many friends.


LINTON W. CLAPP, a substantial citizen
/ of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess county, was
born in that thriving village May 28, 1831.

Tracing back the genealogy of the Clapp
family, which name was at that time spelled
Clapa, we find that Thomas, our subject's
great-great-great-grandfather, was born in Wey-
mouth, England, in 1597. He was a Puritan,
and came to America July 24, 1633, settling
at Dorchester, Mass. His eldest son, Thomas,
was born March 15, 1639, at Weymouth. He
settled at Dedham, Mass., and was the ances-
tor of all theClappsof that locality. He mar-
ried Abagail Clapp, and had three children:
Increase, Samuel and Eleazer.

Samuel, the great-grandfather of Clinton
W., married Elizabeth F"isher, and reared a
family of six children; Samuel, David, Jona-
than, Elizabeth, Abiel and Eleazer. The lat-
ter, who was the grandfather of our subject,
married a widow, Mrs. Gushee, whose maiden
name was Sylvia Forbes. They settled at U.\-
bridge, Mass., where their three children were
born. These were Abiel, born in 1785, and
who became a merchant, living first in Rhode
Island and later in Maine; Forbes, born 1787,

and was a soap and candle manufacturer in
New York City; Benjamin, father of our sub-
ject. Eleazer Clapp, with a number of his rela-
tives, took an active part in the Revolutionary
war, and he was a member of the First Pro-
vincial Congress, in 1774.

Benjamin Clapp was reared to manhood in
Massachusetts, and was the first person that
put up and operated cotton machinery in Low-
ell, Mass.; but at the close of the war of 1812
he vvent to New York Citj- and learned the
trade of a cabinet maker. Later he went into
the manufacture of looking-glasses, and even
after his removal to Wappingers Falls, in 1827,
continued to carry on his business in New York.
At Wappingers Falls he built a sawmill, in
which he made mahogany veneerings, operat-
ing this mill until 1844, although in the mean-
time he had sold out his business in the city.
In the latter year he started the Frankendale
cotton factory, which was in operation for
many years. He owned the principal water
power and privileges at Wappingers Falls,
which in 1865 he sold, together with the fac-
tory, to the Garner Company, who are now
conducting the extensive print works there, and
are reputed to be worth eighty million dollars.
After disposing of his property Mr. Clapp re-
tired from active bnsiness. He was married
November i, 1821, to Ruth Houghton, who
was born at Milton, Mass., December 12, 1794.
Her father, Jason H. Houghton, was also a
native of Milton, and followed farming on a
place which belonged in the family for over
200 years. He had fourteen children, of which
our subject's mother was the third in order of
birth. The family came from England about

To Benjamin Clapp and his wife four chil-
dren were born, of whom the following record
is given: George H., born September 9, 1822,
married Anna Beckwith, of Dutchess county,
a daughter of Col. Nathaniel Beckwith, of
Rhinebeck; George H. died October 11, 1877,
leaving two children, Edward and Emma.
Jason F. , born September 16, 1825, married
Elizabeth Houghton, and died March 19, 1886.
Three children were born to them, Ruth E.,
Arthur and Jason H. Warren B., born Sep-
tember 13, 1827, married Elizabeth Ayre, and
two children were born to them, George H.
and Warren A. He was a Baptist minister,
and died September 27, 1865.

Clinton W. Clapp, the subject of this
sketch, and the youngest of the family, lived




at home until fourteen years of age, when he
went to New York City, entering the Univers-
ity, and later the New York City Mechanical
Institute, finishing his studies there when
twenty-one years old. He then returned to
Wappingers Falls, and worked at the carpen-
ter's trade for seven 3'ears. Subsequently he
turned his attention to fruit growing, but is
now retired. Mr. Clapp has a great talent for
mechanics, and is quite a genius in that line.
He has built steamboats and various other
things requiring a knowledge of mechanics,
and in his delightful home was constructed a
large pipe organ, which is run by a gas engine.

On May 23, 1854, Mr. Clapp was married
to Miss Catherine Samons, who was born in
Orange county, of Dutch extraction. She bore
him si.x children, and died January 13, 1871.
These children were Benjamin F. , born Au-
gust 27, 1855; George M., born June 13, 1858;
Warren H., born December 27, 1859, and died
March 15, 1880; Charles L., born October 28,
1 862 ; Walter C. , April 30, 1 865 : Jason E. , June
3, 1869. Mr. Clapp was again married October
25, 1871, taking for his wife Miss Nettie
Ecroyd, a native of England and a daughter of
Henry and Margaret Ecroyd. No children
were born of this marriage. Mrs. Clapp de-
parted this life April 17, 1889. On July i,
1890, Mr. Clapp was married to Miss Charlotte
M. Crosier, who was born in Wappingers Falls,
March 21, 1862. Her parents were Isaac and
Mary (Cole) Crosier, the former of English
and the latter of Dutch descent. Two chil-
dren have come to our subject and his present
wife: Irving, born May 14, 1891; and Rhoda
M., born May 13, 1894, died December 30,
1 896.

Mr. Clapp was originally a Whig, becom-
ing a Republican on the formation of that
party. He has taken an active part in local
politics, and has held a number of offices. He
was twice elected assessor of the town of Wap-
pinger; was for two years trustee of the village;
for two terms was supervisor of the township,
was justice of the peace for some time, and
has recently been appointed again to the latter
position. He has been president of the
cemetery association, and is a director of the
Grinnell Library Association. He is one of
the leading citizens of Wappingers Falls, and
is a public-spirited man who always has the
best interests of his community at heart. He
is popular with all classes, and no family is
more highly esteemed.

PEDRO SWEET, a leading merchant of
Bull's Head, Dutchess county, and one of
the well-known citizens of the town of Clinton,
was born December 25, 1840, in Columbia
county, where his ancestors on both sides had
been residents for several generations.

Maj. Rowland Sweet, his great-grandfather,
a farmer by occupation, was one of the early
settlers there, and his grandfather, Luke Sweet,
also a farmer, passed his life there. Jerome
Sweet, our subject's father, grew to manhood
under the care of his grandfather, and received
an excellent education in the schools of Co-
lumbia county. He married Catherine Bath-
rick, whose grandfather, Jacob Bathrick, was
a pioneer settler of that locality, and lived
there until the good old age of lOO 3'ears. He
married Hannah Kilmer, and their son, Peter,
born in the town of Ga-latin, Columbia coun-
ty, married Maria Marks, and moved to Dutch-
ess count}', settling upon a farm in the town of
Milan. They had five children: Catherine,
David (deceased), William (deceased), Eliza-
beth, now living in New York City, and Fran-
ces, who resides at Catskill. A few years
after their marriage Jerome Sweet and his wife
came to the town of Milan, where he bought a
farm, which he cultivated until his death in
1884. He was unusually well-informed, a
Democrat in politics, and he was a self-made
man in the fullest sense of the term. Mrs.
Sweet still survives him, and is living at La-
fayetteville. They reared a family of eight
children: Pedro, Clement, Franklin, Egbert,
Emily, William, Hattie and Mary, all still liv-
ing but the youngest.

The subject of our sketch was only a boy
when his parents came to Dutchess county,
and his education was obtained in the district
schools of the town of Milan. His first em-
ployment was on a farm at $3.00 a month.
After working Morgan L. Traver's farm, in the
town of Clinton, for three years, he engaged
in the butcher business at CImton Hollow, and
two years later he opened a general store
there, which he conducted two years. He
then went to Lafayette, and after clerking for
Hiram Bentley for a year he bought him out,
and continued the business three years. The
}'ear following he spent in Cokertown, in the
same business, and then, on March 21, 1883,
he opened his present store at Bull's Head,
where he carries a full line of general merchan-
dise and runs a wqgon to supply his extensive
country trade. He has been twice married,



first to Miss Alice G. Green, daujjhter of Am-
brose Green, of the town of Milan. Three
children were born of this union: Annie (de-
ceased). Melvin J. and Addie. Mr. Sweet's
first wife died in 1879, and he has since mar-
ried Miss Ella D. Denny, of the town of Milan,
by whom he has a son named Grant Sweet.

A stanch Republican in political faith, Mr.
Sweet has taken an active part in local mat-
ters wherever he has lived, and has been town
clerk of Milan for two years, also a school
trustee, and in the spring of 1894 he was
elected supervisor of the town of Clinton, and
is still serving as such, his term being from
189410 189S. He is a member of the F. cS: A.
M., Warren Lodge No. 32, at Schultzville,
having joined January 18, 1894.

WILLIAM H.\LL, a well-known resident
of Dover Plains, Dutchess county, was

born in 1823, in Unionvale, Dutchess county,
where his family has been prominent for many
years. Mr. Hall received his early education
there, and in the town of Washington, later
learning the carpenter's trade, which he fol-
lowed for nearly forty-five years. He was
also engaged at one time in mercantile busi-
ness at Dover Furnace, and was postmaster
there. A stanch Republican, he has alwa3^s
taken great interest in politics, and has held
several town offices, including those of com-
missioner and collector. In 1S62 he enlisted
in Company I, 150th N. Y. V. I., under Col.
J. H. Ketcham, and took part in many im-
portant engagements. His e.xperience at
Gettysburg was especially striking, as his
division was instrumental in saving the day.
Other battles were those of Dallas, Resaca,
Gulp's farm and Peach Tree Creek, and he
also joined in Sherman's march to the sea.
He was taken ill, and spent some time in a
hospital; but he served until the close of the
war. and was mustered out at Washington, D.
C. In 1852 Mr. Hall married Miss Priscilla
Cutter, a lady of excellent mental gifts and
great force of character. Her parents, Calvin
and Keziah Cutter, were prominent residents
of the town of Dover. Four children were born
of this union: Helen A., who died at the age
of thirty years; Harriet A. , who died at twenty-
five; Calvin, who resides in Dover Plains; and
David, who died in infancy.

Calvin Hall, the only survivor of this fam-
ily of children, was born in Dover Plains,

Dutchess county, March 12, 1857, and was
educated in the schools of that place. He
lost the use of his lower limbs through sick-
ness, but about two years ago he established
himself in business in his native place, and has
met with well-deserved success. He and his
mother bought the home in which they now

The Hall family was known in Rhode Is-
land at an early date, and William Hall, our
subject's grandfather, came from that State to
Dutchess county to locate in Unionvale, where
he purchased a farm and spent the greater
portion of his life. He married Miss \'ale, of
that town, and reared a familj'of nine children:
John, Israel, William and Isaac are mentioned
below; Gedding and Benjamin never married;
Katie was the wife of Mr. Duncan; Ruth mar-
ried Mr. Deyo; and Abbie married Isaac
Titus. John Hall was a farmer bj- occupation,
and married Miss Mary Waite, by whom he
had children, as follows: Lavine (Mrs. Smith
Titus), Kittie (Mrs. Haws), Rebecca. Helen
(Mrs. Joe Benson), Ruth. Abbie. Phabe (who
died at an early age), S. Emily, Pelina, Piatt,
John J., and Fred D. Israel Hall was also a
farmer. He married Miss Katie Albrow, and
had children as follows: Leonard married
(first) Miss Lawson, and (second) Miss Hurd;
Draper married Miss Strong; Rutser married a
lady of the same name; Richard married
Miss Vale: Amy remained single; Mary be-
came the wife of Mr. Townsend; Helen mar-
ried (first) Mr. Bowdish, and (second) Mr.
Northrup; Margaret never married, and Ann
married Mr. Wheeler. A majority of the
above are now living, at advanced ages and in
different parts of the country. William Hall
was a well-known teacher. He married Re-
becca Waite, and had four children; Mary A.,
Joseph, George and \\'illiam H.

Isaac Hall, our subject's father, was born
at the old homestead at Unionvale in 1791,
and was educated in that town, later engaging
in farming. He married Miss Mary Rodgers, a
daughter of William Rodgers, a leading farmer
of the same locality, and his wife Eleanor.
Eleven children were born of this marriage, of
whom one died in infancy, (i) Abbie married
Gilbert Rozell, and had nine children: Theo,
Charles, DeWitt, Silas. Richard. Rhoda. Jane,
Mary and Lillie. (2) Daniel E.. a carpenter
by trade, married Jane Duncan, and has five
children: Mary, Samuel, Esac, Kate, and
Jane. (3) Cordelia, born in 18 iS, never mar-



ried. (4) William is the subject of this sketch.
(5) Eleanor married Leonard Davis. (6j Ange-
line married David Tallman. (7) Lewis mar-
ried Sarah Southwick. (8) Hannah married
Isaac Palmer. (9) Joseph married Mary J.
Duncan. (10) Phoebe married Robert Butts.

E>BENEZER H. STURGES. a wide-awake
; and thorough-going business man of

Dover, is a representative of the hardware
trade of that place, and is also a tinsmith. He
married Miss Adaline S. Cook, whose birth
occurred at Saugerties, Ulster Co., N. Y.,
August I, 1845, 'I'ld they have become the
parents of four children: (i) Edward H.,
born in Danbury, Conn., February 11, 1866,
'secured his education in the schools of Dover,
and is now employed as ticket agent on the
New York Central & Hudson River railroad.
He married Miss Jennie Benson, daughter of
Joshua Benson, of Dover Plains, Dutchess
county. (2) Theodore, born in Dover, No-
vember 24, 1867, was there educated and
learned the tin and hardware business; is now
located at West Cornwall, Conn., in the tin
and hardware business. He married Miss
Helen L. Cartwright, of that place, and they
now have two children, Lawrence C. and
Gertrude C. (3) Ida S., born at Dover, Oc-
tober 31,1 869, was the wife of Frank Hosmer,
an employe of the Harlem Railroad Company
at White Plains, and they had two children,
Lillie M., who died in infancy; and Earl.
Mrs. Hosmer departed this life July 14, 1894.
(4j Lillie E., born at Dover, March 31, 1872,
is the wife of Benjamin Hoag, son of Cornwell
Hoag, of South Dover, Dutchess county, and
now an employe in the condensed milk manu-
factory at Brooklyn, N. Y. They have one
child, Jerome E.

Edward Cook, the paternal grandfather- of
Mrs. Sturges, was a native of Somersetshire,
England, where he received a common-school
education, and there devoted his entire life to
agricultural pursuits. He married Miss Ann
Jones, and to them were born twelve children:
Jane, Emma, William, Sylvester, Ann, James,
Henry, Walter, Winter, Jessie, Solomon and

Benjamin Cook, the last named, was the
father of Mrs. Sturges. He was born in Som-
erset, England, April 11, 1810, and his educa-
tional privileges were such as the schools of
his native country afforded. At the age of

twenty years he crossed the Atlantic, locating
first in Canada, but afterward made his home
in Montgomery and Orange counties, N. Y.,
where he engaged in the butcher business and
in farming. His political support was ever
given the Republican party, but he never as-
pired to public office. After coming to this
country he was united in marriage with Miss
Susan O. Booth, who was born at Hampton-
burg, Orange Co., N. Y., September 9, 1813.
Her grandfather, William Booth, was a native
of the same county, where he followed farm-
ing. He married Miss Lydia Booth, a cousin,
and to them were born five children: George,
who married a MissTuttle; Charles, who mar-
ried Philadelphia Haines; Annie, who married
David Haines; Mary, who remained single;
and Sarah, who married William Conning.
Charles Booth, the father of Mrs. Cook, was
also born in Orange county, and was a farmer
by occupation. He wedded Philadelphia
Haines, a daughter of David and Temperance
Haines, agriculturists of Orange county, and
they became the parents of eight children:
William, George and Temperance, who all
died unmarried; Sarah, who first married a
Mr. Vanansdoll, and after his death wedded a
Mr. Do.xie; Charles, who wedded Mary E.

; Jackson; Susan, who died in infancy;

and Susan, the mother of Mrs. Sturges.

Eight children blessed the union of Ben-
jamin Cook and Susan O. Booth: (i) George
E., born July 15, 1835, at Flatlands, Long
Island, where h^ secured his education, en-
gaged in the drug business at Port Jervis, N.
Y. He married Miss Catharine Bloomer, and
they had si.x children — Willie, who died when
a babe; Ida; James; Nellie, wife of John Lit-
tle; George and Eva. (2) Susan, born on
Long Island, January 11, 1S37, was three
times married, her first husband being Mr.
Elliott, who survived his marriage onlj' six
months. By her second husband, a Mr.
White, she had two children — Annie and Lula.
After his death she married Mr. Connor, and
to them was born a daughter — Catharine V.
(3) James A., born on Long Island, Septem-
ber 20, 1838, was a hatter by trade; he wed-
ded Miss Mary Morse, of Massachusetts, by
whom he had one child — Helen L. (4) Mary
Ellen, born at Hunter, Greene county, June 28,
1841, never married. (5) Harvey H., born
at Hunter, Greene county, June 20, 1843, was
never married; he engaged in the hat business
at Danbury, Conn. (6) Adaline S., wife of



our subject, is the next in order of birth.

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