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Island. Thomas Willis, her grandfather, was
a stanch Quaker, and at the division of the
Hicksite and Regular Church, he was disowned
by the body following Elias Hicks at Jericho,
the home of Elias Hicks, and T. Willis, a
minister, for over thirty years drove twice each
week past the Jericho meeting-house, three
miles farther to the Westbury meeting-house
of Orthodox Friends, to worship. Thomas
Willis was born and died on the farm that was
deeded to his predecessors by the British
Government. The English soldiers occupied
the house during the Revolution, allowing the
the family a few rooms, when they occupied
Long Island.

The Dickinson family originated in York-
shire, England, and were all Quakers from
the middle of the seventeenth century. At
the rise of Quakerism in the time of George
Fox, John Dickinson came to America, and
for a time preached, traveling from North
Carolina to New England, whence he started
to return to England, but the vessel he was on
was lost, and he was never heard from again.
The old Dickinson homestead in Yorkshire,
England (still standing) is built of stone, and
over the door is a plate bearing the family
name "John Dickinson, 1736." The house
is now occupied by Simeon Dickinson, a cousin
of Mr. Dickinson. The grandfather of our
subject lived and died in England, in the same
house wherein he was born; he was a weaver
by trade.

Jonathan Dickinson, father of our subject,
and by occupation a merchant, in his native
land married Alice Hunt, a lady of means and
social standing in Lincolnshire, England. He
died in 1840, at the age of fifty-three years,
and after his death the widowed mother came
to America, where she died in Indiana, in 1863,
aged sixty- five years. She had thirteen chil-
dren, of whom eight grew to maturity, and all
came to America, our subject being the only
one living in the East.

To Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson have been
born two children; Mary Alice, residing in

Poughkeepsie, and Jonathan, Jr., a graduate
of Haverford College, and is B. A. and M. A.,
now teaching in Oakwood Seminary, Union
Springs, New York.


_ of the self-made men and influential
citizens of Amenia, Dutchess county, com-
menced to " paddle his own canoe "' at an
early age, and is now a well-to-do and success-
ful merchant, whose property has been accu-
mulated by his own perseverance and untiring

Mr. Winchester was born in the town of
Amenia, October i, 1823, and is a grandson of
Amariah Winchester, whose birth occurred at
New London, Conn., February 13, 1753.
The father of the latter was a native of Brook-
line, Mass. The boyhood and youth of the
grandfather were passed at New London,
where he learned the hatter's trade, and on
reaching man's estate he was married at Kent,
Conn., to Mary Follett, who was born Decem-
ber 4, 1759. and died June 9, 1832. In their
family were seven children, all now deceased:
Henry, Milo, David, Mary, Lucy, Myra and
Betsy. During the Revolutionary war the
grandfather was a faithful soldier of the Con-
tinental army. It was in 1781 that he came
to Dutchess county and purchased a farm at
Hitchcocks Corners, in the town of Amenia,
where his death occurred March 26, 1842.
He engaged in the hatter's business until 1827,
in connection with which he also carried on
farming, and was one of the prominent men of
the community.

Milo Winchester, the father of our subject,
was born in the town of Amenia, November
30, 1788, and with his father learned the hat-
ter's trade. On January 24, 18 10, he was
married to Betsey Pray, who was born Octo-
ber 7, 1791, and died January 13, 1872. In
their family were five children, namely: Asa
H., born October 26, 18 10, died May 29,
1819; Julia M., born August 19, 1813, mar-
ried Charles- Wattles; Joanna, born June 21,
1816, married Seeley Brown, and died De-
cember 28, 1866; Eliza, born December 23,
1 8 19, married Amariah Hitchcock on Decem-
ber 26, 1840, and died April 27, 1892: Abby,
born December 22, 1821, first wedded L. P.
Lockwood, and after his death Sidney Thomp-
son, and died January 19, 1S58; and Milo F.,
of this sketch, is the youngest. In 1830 the



father removed to New York City, where he
engaged in the grocery business until 1834, at
which time he returned to Amenia Union, and
bought a hotel, where he passed the remainder
of his life, dying February 5, 1861. Frater-
nally, he was connected with the Masonic
Order at Amenia Union, and in politics was
first a Whig and later a Republican.

The boyhood and youth of Milo FoUett Win-
chester were principally passed at Amenia
Union, where he attended the district schools,
and later pursued his studies in a select school
on Seventh street, in New York City. He began
his business life as a clerk in a store at Great
Harrington, Mass., was next with Bowne cS:
Trowbridge, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., after
which he clerked at Amenia Union, and subse-
quently tilled similar positions at Dover Plains,
IJutchess county, and at Kent, Conn. In
April, 1847, he purchased the store of Judah
Swift, at South Amenia, which he has since
successfully conducted, and has also efficiently
served as postmaster since 1849. I" the town
of Washington, Dutchess county, on October
13, 1847, Mr. Winchester was married to Miss
Mary T. Nase, daughter of Henry I. Nase, of
Amenia, and to them were born four children:
Martha, who died in infancy ; -Henry Nase,
who married Frances Sleight, a granddaughter
of Peter K. Sleight (a prominent man of the
town of Lagrange, Dutchess county), and they
have two children — Milo F. and Henry F.;
Frank, who died at the age of nine; and Syd-
ney Thompson, who died at the age of twenty-

In politics Mr. Winchester is identified
with the Republican party, giving his influence
and vote to secure the passage of its measures
and the election of its candidates, and sociall}'
holds membership in Amenia Lodge No. 672,
F. & A. M. He has won the respect and con-
fidence of all with whom he has been associ-
ated, either in business or in private life, and he
is justly entitled to a position among the fore-
most men of Dutchess county. From 1854
until 1892 he capably served as justice of the
peace, and for several terms has been super-
visor of his town.

GEORGE STEVENSON, a well-known
citizen of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess
county, was born in County Armagh, Ireland,
February 16, 1839.

John Stevenson, the father of our subject.

was born near Fifeshire. Scotland, in 1798.
He learned the business of making linen cloth,
which he followed in his native land for many
years. He was married to Elizabeth Duncan,
who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1800.
Soon after his marriage, Mr. Stevenson went
to Ireland, where he carried on his business,
and where his family of children were born.
Those now living are: Jane, Thomas, John,
Mary, Sarah, Rachael, Margaret and George.
John is employed in the print works in Wap-
pingers Falls, and Thomas is a clerk in a store
in the same place. On May 12, 1848, the
father came to America, the family following
him one jear later. He settled in Wappingers
Falls, and found employment in the cotton
mills there. His death took place in 1868,
and that of his wife in 1862. They were mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church, and in his po-
litical \iews Mr. Stevenson was in sympathy
with the Republican party.

The subject of this sketch was but seven
years old when his parents came to this coun-
try, and his entire life since that time has been
spent at Wappingers Falls. He learned the
trades of tinner and plumber when a young
man, and. with the exception of five years
when he was engaged in the grocery business,
has carried on business in that line. Of late
years he has added hardware of all kinds to
his other departments, and has an extensive
trade in the various implements and accessories
used b\' plumbers, tinners and builders. He
is a man of fine business ability, and has been
successful in his enterprises. He is progress-
ive in his ideas, and is a public-spirited citizen
who stands high in the estimation of all who
know him. He ii'. a strong Republican.

In 1866 Mr. Stevenson was married to
Sarah J. Barlow, a sister of James R. Barlow,
whose sketch will be found elsewhere. They
have two children, John and Fred.

GEORGE VINCENT, a leading carpenter
of the town of Dover, Dutchess county,
was there born on October 3. 1859, and since
laying aside his school books has always worked
at his trade, in which he is quite proficient.
Socially, he is connected with the Knights of
Labor. He married Addie \'incent, a first
cousin, who was born in Dover, in 1862, and
they have become the parents of five children:
Angle, born December 16, 1880; Joseph, born
December 6, 1882; William, born June 25,



1888; George, born November 2, 1891; and
Naomi, born February 2, 1S94.

Allen Vincent, the great-grandfather of both
our subject and his wife, was born in the town
of Dover. Dutchess county, and was there ed-
ucated in the common schools, and followed
farming on attaining man's estate. In his fam-
ily were three children: Jonathan, the grand-
father; Ann, who became the wife of Leonard
Carey; and Leonard, who married Ann Carey.

Jonathan Vincent was also born, reared
and educated in the town of Dover, Dutchess
county, and followed the occupation of farm-
ing. He was married to Miss Martha Duncan,
by whom he had seven children.

(ij George, the eldest son in the Vincent
family, was born in Dover, and followed the
occupation of shoemaking. He first married
Miss Amanda Cooley, by whom he had one
daughter — Mary. For his second wife he
chose Malissa Sterey, and they had four chil-
dren, but all died in infancy. His third wife
bore the maiden name of Miss Caroline Slo-
cum, and to them was born a daughter —

(2) William, the father of our subject,
was the next. His birth occurred on Chest-
nut Ridge, and in the common schools of the
town of Dover, Dutchess county, he acquired
his education. He learned the shoemaker's
trade, at which he worked for twenty years,
but in later life he devoted his time to agri-
cultural pursuits. He was a strong Republic-
an in politics, but cared nothing for political
preferment. As a helpmeet on life's journey
he chose Miss Martha Eggleston, daughter of
David and Martha (Burhance) Eggleston,
farming people of Dover Plains. They be-
came the parents of six children, of whom
our subject is the eldest. David J. died at
the age of ten years. Jennie, born in the
town of Dover, Dutchess county, August 29,
1868, is the wife of John Hawley, a farmer of
that town, and they have three children —
Maude, Edgar and Lewis. Leon L. died at
the age of twenty-six years. Hattie, born in
Dover, Dutchess county, April 14, 1874, mar-
ried William Humeston, a carpenter of Do-
ver, and they have had three children —
Jeffrey and two others, all of whom died in
infancy. Ruth G., born in the town of Do-
ver, Dutchess county, March i, 1877, is the
wife of Fred De Garmo, a carpenter of Dover,
by whom she has one child, Anna L. Pre-
vious to her marriage with the father of our

subject, Mrs. Vincent was the wife of Charles
Coates, a brakeman on the Harlem railroad,
and to them were born two children: Will-
iam, who died at the age of seventeen years;
and Emma, who married Edwin Carey, and
has four children — Charles, Eva, Ernest and

(3) Allen, the father of Mrs. George \'in-
cent, is the third of the family. Like his
brother, he also was born, educated, and fol-
lowed farming in the town of Dover. On
reaching manhood he was married to Miss
Mary Stage, daughter of David and Mary A.
(Colby) Stage, agriculturists of the town of
Dover. Six children were born to them, as
follows: Ida is the wife of John H. Ensign, and
they have one child, John O. Addie, the wife
of our subject, is next in order of birth. Martha
married William Brown, a farmer in the town
of Dover, and they have two children, Allen
and Frank. Augusta is the wife of Fred Wil-
cox, a farmer of Dover. Daisy is at home.
Mary is the wife of Martin Wilcox, a farmer
of Dover, and has three children, William,
Julia and John.

(4) Isaac, the fourth son of Jonathan and
Martha (Duncan) Vincent, was born in the
town of Dover, where, on reaching manhood,
he engaged in farming. He first married Miss
Jane A. Beers, by whom he had six children,
only two of whom — Stephen and Hattie —
lived, but Stephen also is now deceased. His
second wife bore the maiden name of Imogene

(5) Edgar, the fifth son, never married.

(6) Eliza was twice married, her first union
being with Harvey Wheeler, a farmer of Dover,
and to them were born four children: Mary,
who became the wife of Nicholas Edmonds;
Phoebe, who remained single; William, who
married Mary Sheldon; and Elizabeth, who
married George Brown. After the death of
her first husband Mrs. Wheeler became the
wife of William Colby, and they had four
children: Loretta, who married Frank Talla-
day; George .A. ; Katie, who married Peter
Chase; and Myron, who died at the age of
twenty-five years.

(7) Amanda was united in marriage with
Oscar Wilcox, a laborer of Dover, and they
had a family of eleven children: Lewis, who
married Lydia Clarkson; Justina, who married
Oscar Fiero; Mary, who wedded Arthur Som-
mers; Martin, who married Mary Vincent;
Nettie, who married George Tompkins; Lydia,



who married William Forbes; Dora, who mar-
ried Earl Yale; Fred, who married Aufjusta
Vincent; Oscar, who remained single; and
Nellie and Amanda, who died in infancy.

J EDGAR MOITH, M. D., of Fishkill,
Dutchess county, has a record as a prac-
titioner which does him honor, and has
gained for him a reputation as one of the most
talented and successful members of the med-
ical fraternity in his section. He is a native
of Fishkill, where he was born September 22,
1855, and is of an e.xcellent German family.
His father, August T. Moith, was born in
the Fatherland, at Wiesbaden, Prussia, and
came to America when a young man, locating
at Fishkill without delay, and engaging in the
drug business in a small way, in partnership
with Cornelius Van \'liet. Two years later
the firm was dissolved, Mr. Moith becoming
sole proprietor, and he continued the business
alone until his death, which occurred Novem-
ber 15. 1S85. For some time he and Mr.
Mapes were the only druggists between Fish-
kill village and the river. Mr. Moith had ac-
quired a knowledge of chemistry and surgery
in his native land, and being naturally of a
scientific turn of mind, he made many experi-
ments, some of them producing valuable re-
sults. He invented a process for making
sponges elastic for beds, cushions, etc., and
secured a patent, but it was literally stolen
from him, and the fortune ($100,000) derived
from the idea went to others. Another illus-
tration of his skill was given in his analysis of
a sample of oil obtained from a swamp near
Fishkill. He proved that the oil was not in a
crude state, but was doubtless a portion of the
contents of a barrel of refined oil which had
been emptied into the swamp in furtherance of
a scheme to sell the property at a high figure.
He married Miss Caroline Wade, a native of
Blooming Grove, now known as Washington-
ville. Orange Co., N. Y. She was a daughter
of Colvin and Malinda (Moore) Wade, who
were probably of English origin. Ten chil-
dren were born of this union, our subject be-
ing the eldest. (2) Theodore is now deputy
sheriff at Fishkill; (3) Ferdinand is a dentist
at the same place; (4) Bertha married Charles
Schlagel, a druggist in New York City; (5)
Emma is a student in the College of Pharmacy
in New York; (6) Ivanhoe is a machinist at
St. Louis; (7) Lenna died at the age of nine

years; (8) Blanche married Jacob Schlagel, a
mechanical designer in New York, and a
brother of her sister Bertha's husband; the
two last children died in infancy.

Dr. Moith"s boyhood was spent in Fishkill,
and as a clerk for his father he began at an
early age to gather information concerning
drugs which has been of great practical value
to him. Greek and Latin were learned under
the tuition of J. Hervey Cook, of Fishkill. In
1876 he began a course of professional study
at the College of Physicians and Surgeons,
New York, and completed it in 1879, receiv-
ing the degree of M. D. His class contained
a number of men who have achieved promi-
nence in the profession, and Dr. Moith's stand-
ing among them is shown by the fact that he
gained one of the few coveted positions open
to graduates for practical experience, being
appointed assistant physician of the out-door
department of Bellevue Hospital. The knowl-
edge there gained could hardly be equalled in
many years of ordinary practice. In March,
1879, he returned to Fishkill and engaged in
professional work, and his success has been
most gratifying. He has had 913 accouche-
ments, twenty-eight cases of twins and two
of triplets. He is president of medical staff
of General Hospital, town of Fishkill. At
present he is medical examiner of a number of
life-insurance companies, including the North-
western, the Mutual Reserve, National Life
Insurance Company, Vermont, the Union
Central, the Industrial Benefit, and the
Metropolitan. Since 1894 he has been health
officer of Fishkill Landing, and he is also physi-
cian to the order of Foresters, all these duties,
in addition to the claims of his private practice,
making him one of the busiest of men. From
1S83 to 1886, he held the office of coroner;
but although he is a stanch Republican and
influential, he is not a politician or an office
seeker. Financially, the Doctor ranks among
the substantial citizens of the town, and he
owns nine houses with other valuable property.
He is a stockholder of the First National
Bank, Matteawan, N. Y. He is a friend to
public improvements, and can always be de-
pended upon to assist a worthy cause. On
September 22, 1880, the Doctor was married
to Miss Grace E. Collins, daughter of Gilbert
and Susan Collins, of Carthage Landing, and
a descendant of an old Dutchess county fam-
ily. No children blessed this union. Social-
ly, Dr. Moith is a Freemason, and he is also

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an honorary member of the Tompkins Hose
Co., in which for five years he served as an
active member.

CYRUS PERKINS, a resident of the town
_' of Unionvale, is a well-known business
man of Dutchess county, where he follows
farming, and also the trade of a mason. He
is an honored and representative citizen of the
community, public-spirited and enterprising,
and has the high regard of his fellow-men.
He married Miss Sarah Barmore, who was
born in the town of Lagrange, Dutchess county,
in 1847, and there obtained her education in
the public schoojs. They have a son, John
E., who was born in 1881.

Henry Barmore, the grandfather of Mrs.
Perkins, was a native of Westchester county,
N. Y. By his marriage with Bethany Car-
penter, he had thirteen children: Clark C,
Abigail, Stephen, Anor, Lydia, Annie, Susan,
Henry, Philip, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth and

Clark Barmore was also born in Westches-
ter county, and was united in marriage with
Miss Mary C. Alley, daughter of James Alley.
Their family consisted of nine children:
Phcebe, who married Cromoline Patterson;
Edward, who married Lucy Wanzer; Stephen,
who died unmarried; Caroline, who married
Andrew Wanzer; Eliza M., who died unmar-
ried; Sarah, wife of Cyrus Perkins, whose
name introduces this sketch; John, who mar-
ried Josephine Phillips; Charles, who died un-
married; and Mary Adelia, who became the
wife of Gilbert Downing.

GARRET DU BOIS, now living in the vil-
_ lage of Fishkill, Dutchess county, is a
worthy representative of a 'family who left
France and Holland during religious persecu-
tion, and sought homes here in the midst of the
wilderness, where they would have to encoun-
ter all dangers and privations incident to life
in a new country, inhabited only by the savage
red men and wild animals. This they did in or-
der that they might worship God as their con-
science dictated. The founder of the family in
the New World was Jacques Du Bois, who was
born in Leyden, Holland, and married Miss
Pierronne Bentyn, of the same place. They

reared a family of eight children: Marie (l),

Jacques, Marie (2), Jean, Anne, Jehan, Pierre
and Christian.

Pierre Du Bois came with the family to
America in 1675, and located in Wiltwyck,
Ulster Co., N. Y., but grew to manhood in
Kingston, that county, where he married
Jannetje Burhans, October 12, 1697. In 1707
they came to Dutchess county, locating in the
town of Fishkill, about three and a half miles
east of the village of that name. Here he se-
cured a tract of land, and lived with his family.
His eldest son was born at Kingston, but the
births of the others all occurred in Dutchess
county. They were as follows: Petronella
(i), Johannes (i), Jacobus, Christiaan, Jona-
than, Peter, Abraham, Johannes (2), Helena,
Elizabeth and Petronella (2). The fourth
child, Christiaan Du Bois, married Nelltje
Van Vliet, and they became the parents of
three children: Jannetje, Elizabeth and Chris-
tiaan. The last named was born June 13,
1746, and was married in 1768 to Helena Van-
Voorhis, by whom he had these children:
Coert, Henry, Abraham, Garret, John, Eliza-
beth, Catherine and Cornelius.

Garret Du Bois, the fourth son, was the
grandfather of our subject. He married Han-
nah Cooper, and located upon a farm near
Johnsville, now in the town of East Fishkill,
where they reared their family of three chil-
dren: Maria, who married Peter T. Montfort,
father of Peter V. W. Montfort, of the town
of Wappinger, Dutchess county; Eliza, who
married Peter Fowler, a farmer of Orange
county, N. Y., and Charles L.

Charles L. Du Bois was born in 1799, on
the home farm in the town of East Fishkill,
where he grew to manhood, and married Cath-
erine Hasbrouck, whose birth occurred in the
same town in 1800. Her father, Tunis Has-
brouck, belonged to the same family as those
of the name in Ulster county, N. Y. Upon
their marriage they lived upon the farm near
Johnsville, where were born their four children:
Jane E., who married Augustus Bartow, now
a resident of Hackensack, N. J.; Mary, de-
ceased wife of Isaac Sherwood, a farmer of
the town of Fishkill; Garret, of this review,
and Hasbrouck, a minister of a Reformed
Dutch Church in New York City. Throughout
life the father carried on farming, and died in
January, 1878; the mother departed this life in
1880. Both were sincere members of the Re-
formed Dutch Church, and he was a Repub-
lican in politics.



Upon the home farm Garret Du Bois was
born, September 27, 182S, and during his boy-
hood attended the district schools in the neigh-
borhood. He was, later, a student at Andover,
Mass., and completed his education at College
Hill, in Poughkeepsie. In September, i860,
he was united in marriage with Mary Ida Van-
Wyck, who was born in the village of ¥\s\\-
kill, where the birth of her father, John C.
Van Wyck, also occurred. He was a son of
Cornelius Van Wyck, and a farmer and mer-
chant by occupation. Upon their marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Du Bois located upon their
present farm, and there their three children
were born: Charles, a farmer, who wedded
Ethel Moore, of New York City; John V. W.,
now engaged in business in New York City; and
Kate W. The wife and mother was called to
her final rest May 28, 1873.

Mr. Du Bois owns a valuable farm of 142
acres, a part of which is devoted to fruit rais-
ing, and he continued its cultivation and im-
provement until the fall of 1893, since which
time he has lived a quiet, retired life in the
village of Fishkill. The family, which is one
of prominence in the community, are mem-
bers of the Reformed Church, of which our
subject is serving as elder. His political sup-
port is unswervingly given the Republican
party. He holds an enviable position in the
esteem of his fellow-citizens, to which he is
justly entitled, for his pure and honorable life
is above reproach.

QRLIN B. ABEL. Jacob Abel, grandfather
J of our subject, was born in the town of
Unionvale, Dutchess county, where he passed
his days in agricultural pursuits. He married
Miss Margaret Uhl, by whom he had three
children: William W., John M. and Mary.

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