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William W. Abel, father of our subject,
•was born March 1, 18 14, in the town of
Unionvale, and during his boyhood attended
the Nine Partners School, after which he en-
gaged in teaching for a time. Later he fol-
lowed agricultural pursuits exclusively, be-
coming one of the most extensive farmers in
his town. He took quite an active interest in
political matters, always voting with the Whig
or Republican party, and held a number of
township offices, including those of supervisor,
justice of the peace and revenue collector. He
wedded Miss Mary Jane Austin, daughter of
Beriah and Sarah (Waite) Austin, and four



children were born to them: OrlinB., Dwight,
H. Clay and one whose name is not given. Of
these, Dwight is fully spoken of elsewhere; H.
Clay was born in the town of Unionvale, and
received a good common-school education,
after which he followed the profession of teach-
ing. He is now engaged in mercantile busi-
ness at Wappingers Falls, Dutchess county.
Socially, he affiliates with the F. & A. M. He
married Miss Maggie Traver, by whom he had
two children; William C. and Melburn T. ,
and after her death he wedded Miss Mary
Manning.

Orlin B. Abel was born in the town of
Unionvale, in 1845, was educated in the
schools of Fayette, Iowa, taught school several
terms, and is now carrying on farming in
Unionvale. In politics he is a Republican, and
has held some minor township offices. He
was united in marriage December 27, 1865,
with Miss Mary Alice Vincent, daughter of
Jonathan G. \'incent, of the town of Union-
vale, and to them were born two children:
Ellanita L. , wife of Oscar Shaffer (they have
one son — Harold F.), and Orlin Claude Lewis.



JAMES HERRICK, a well-known stock-
dealer and agriculturist, residing near La-

fayetteville, Dutchess county, was born
August 21, 1832, in the town of Milan, where
his family has long held a prominent place in
local affairs.

The first American ancestor came at an
early period from England, settling in New
England, and our subject's great-grandfather,
Ephraim Herrick, was born in Massachusetts,
but settled in Dutchess county on arriving at
manhood. His son, Ephraim Herrick (2), our
subject's grandfather, was born in Amenia,
and became a prominent farmer of the town of
Milan. He married Anna Dixon, and their
son, Ephraim Herrick (3), our subject's father,
was born September 28, 1788. He settled
upon a farm near his birthplace, and married
Phtebe Albertson, daughter of John Albertson,
a leading farmer of Hyde Park, and a descend-
ant of an old Holland-Dutch family. They
had eight children: (i) John A., a farmer in
the town of Pine Plains, married Margaret
Sherwood. (2) William, a farmer of Pleasant
Valley, married (first) Elizabeth Brown, and
after her decease wedded Mary Harris. (3)
Walter, a prominent physician, married Helen
Sherwood, and died January 13, 1895, aged



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seventj - four years. (4) Gurdon B., who was
a farmer in the town of Milan, married (first)
Fannie Bentiey, and after her death wedded
Hiilda Cornelius, also now deceased; he died
April 28, 1894, aged seventy-one years. (5)
James, our subject, will be fully spoken of
farther on. 16) Elizabeth married Isaac Sher-
wood, and she is now a widow. (7) Susan
died in infancy. (8) Caroline married Henry
Butts, and is now a widow. The mother of
tthis family died in 1835, ^^^ for his second
wife Ephraim Herrick (3) married, October
22, 1840, Mrs. Susan Ann Andrews, of Kin-
derhook, Columbia county, and they had four
children: (i) George, now of Danbury, Conn.,
married Kate Taylor. (2) Anna, wife of
Ferderand Taylor, of Danbury, Conn. (3)
Edward, farmer of Bull Head, N. Y. , married
Emma Bentiey. (4) Ephraim, of Rhinecliff-on-
Hudson, married Henrietta Hermance. The
mother of this family died in 1895, aged nine-
ty years. The father passed away in 1868;
during the war of 1812 he was one of the sol-
diers stationed at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The subject of our sketch passed his boy-
hood at the homestead, and was educated in
the district schools of that neighborhood and
at Rhinebeck Seminary. On March 6, 1859,
he married his first wife. Miss Jennette Cook-
ingham, a descendant of one of the prominent
families of the town of Milan, who died June
2, i860, leaving one daughter, Mary Ida, who
was married December 31, 1896, to Gurdon
Ricket, a farmer of the town of Rhinebeck;
our subject's second wife was Josephine Hape-
man, a daughter of Andrew Hapeman, and
granddaughter of John Hapeman, both in their
day prominent farmers of the town of Milan.
Her mother was Catherine Alendorf, a native
of the same town, and a daughter of Henry
Alendorf, who was born in the town of Red
Hook. The Hapeman family is of German
extraction, while the Alendorfs are of Holland
stock. Mrs. Herrick's father died in the town
of Milan, October 9, i860, but her mother is
still living. They had nine daughters: Julia
A., who married Alfred Coon, of Catskill Sta-
tion, N. Y. ; Martha, the wife of Robert Leator,
a farmer in the town of Red Hook; Josephine
(Mrs. Herrick; ; Abby, the wife of John Phillips,
of Ravenna, N. Y., a conductor on the W. S.
R. R. ; Catherine E., who married P. Traver,
a farmer in Red Hook, and died June 24,
1879; Emily I., who died March 30, 1869;
Luella, the wife of Sylvester Stall, a fruit



grower in Columbia county; Ada, who died
April 18, 1872; and Fannie, who is at home.
After his second marriage Mr. Herrick set-
tled upon his present farm, where two sons
were added to the family: Thaddeus J., born
July I. 1869, was married September 7, 1893,
to Bertha Dederick, of Milan, and they have
one daughter, Ethel; and Charles S., born
September 4, 1875, still at home. From early
years Mr. Herrick has been engaged in buying
and selling live stock, and the care of his fine
farm of 1 14 acres does not prevent him from
carrying on this business largely, purchasing in
the West to sell in the East. His family are
prominent members of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church, and take an active part in its
work. In local affairs Mr. Herrick is influen-
tial, being a valued adviser in the Democratic
party, and he has been supervisor of his town
for several terms. His son Thaddeus J. was
appointed school commissioner of the Second
District of Dutchess county, in 1892, and
elected in 1893, served two years, and is now
a coal dealer in Hyde Park, New York.



^LADYSLAWA J. PRALATOWSKI, a

well-known resident of Fishkill-on-

Hudson, Dutchess county, has displayed abil-
ity and energy while gaining a foothold in this
new country for which he cannot be too highly
praised, and has, in spite of all difficulties,
made a place for himself in business life that
could not readily be supplied. The facilities
which his office affords to the intending tour-
ist — whether he desires information, letters of
credit, or tickets to any part of the known
world — are many, and his acquaintance with
European customs and legal formalities has
smoothed the way for more than one perplexed
client.

He is a native of Pakaslaw, Province of
Posen, Poland, and was born April 23, 1843,
the son of Jacob and Marguerite (Van Kaust)
Pralatowski, and grandson of Vincent and
Marguerite (Wulerd) Pralatowski. His family
was highly respected, and his father was a pro-
fessor in a college at Posen. Our subject was
the youngest of three sons, the names of the
others being Ludwig and Leon. His mother
died when he was but three days old, and at
the age of twelve years he was left fatherless.
He was educated in the schools of Lissa, Po-
land, and at nineteen he came to America,
landing in New York City November 6, 1862.



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Although he was fitted by nature and educa-
tion for other work, he went to Newburg, N.
Y., and engaged in the first employment to be
found, that of shoemaking. On December i,
1862, he went to Matteawan to work for Mr.
Budny, but after a few months he returned to
Newburg, where he remained for some time,
spending, however, a short period in Pough-
keepsie. Later he moved from Newburg to
New York City, and in the fall of 1865 he re-
turned to Matteawan, where in the following
year he opened a shop of his own. In 1868
he transferred his business to Fishkill-on- Hud-
son, and has since resided there. His present
office was opened in October, 1890, and his
business (which includes real estate and fire
insurance, in addition to the other lines men-
tioned above) has steadily developed as time
has passed.

On July 13, 1 87 1, he married Miss Mary
E. Rowland, daughter of Thomas and Mary
(Clark) Rowland, and has two daughters:
Mary Marguerite and Anna Helena. His fam-
ily are all members of the Roman Catholic
Church, and he is an active worker in the
Catholic Benevolent League. In politics he
is a Democrat, and is interested in all progress-
ive movements in his locality. From 1869
to 1879 he was a member of Excelsior Engine
Co. No. I, Fishkill Fire Department, and for
ten years he has been a worker in the Inde-
pendent Order of Good Templars. For ten
years he belonged to Company H, 21st Regi-
ment, Kew York National Guards, and for
two and one-half years served as its captain.
At present he represents a combination of
business, such as is seldom handled by one in-
dividual; his correspondence reaches more
than 1,600 banks all over the world; he rep-
resents all the steamship lines, at home and
abroad; he prepares all kinds of legal docu-
ments for foreign nations, and in foreign lan-
guages; he procures passports from the U. S.
Government — in fact, he does a combination
of home and foreign work which is seldom
found done by one man with the same success
which he achieves.



HI:NRY WORRALL, awell-known farmer
of the town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, was born on the farm where he now
lives, near Poughkeepsie, October 22, 1844.
Here he grew to manhood, attending the dis-
trict schools, and, later, the Dutchess Countv



Academy. After finishing his schooling he re-
turned to the farm, where he has continued to
reside.

On April 27, 1885, Mr. Worrall was mar-
ried to Miss Clementine Lawson, who was born
in New York City, a daughter of Casper Law-
son, a farmer of the town of Poughkeep-
sie. One child, Donald L. , was born to our
subject and his wife December 16, 1893.
Mr. Worrall is a general farmer, and has 100
acres of land on the Hackinac road. He is a •
Democrat, has been clerk of election, and was
elected assessor of the town of Poughkeepsie
in 1886, holding the office for three years. He
is a prominent young farmer, and stands high
in the community. His wife is a member of
the Reformed Church.

George Worrall, father of our subject, was
born in England February 26, 1S17, a son of
William H. Worrall, who came to Poughkeep-
sie in 1825, and bought property there. On
this George was reared to the occupation of a
farmer. He married Miss Jane E. \'an De-
Berg, who was born in the old town of Pough-
keepsie, near her present home, a daughter of
Henry Van De Berg, a farmer, born in the
town of Poughkeepsie, whose ancestors were
of Holland stock. George Worrall's death oc-
curred July 26, I SS9. For five years he rented
his farm and lived in Poughkeepsie, and in 1869
he built the residence which still remains in the
family. Our subject was the only child born
to Mr. and Mrs. Worrall. George Worrall
was a Democrat, and at one time wps com-
missioner of highways for several years. He
was a worker in politics, and to a certain ex-
tent controlled the politics of his town. He
was a member of the Episcopal Church.



LOUIS E. KAMPF, of Matteawan, Dutch-
ess county, was born at Lenox, Mass.,

December 29. 1859, of French parentage.

Stephen Kampf, his father, was born and
reared in the old French province of Alsace
(now a part of Germany), and his ancestors
were for many generations connected with the
hotel business there. Our subject's mother,
Emily (Brielmann), was a native of the same
locality, and a daughter of Conrad Brielmann,
the famous soldier who accompanied Napoleon
throughout the .Austrian campaign, and was
with him in the Russian campaign, at Moscow,
holding high rank in the service. Twenty-four
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as a reward for his gallantry he and his family
were advanced to a prominent position in
France, which his descendants still maintain.
Stephen Kampf was employed, as a young
man, in building the first railroad through
Metz, and in 1852 he came to America, locat-
ing at Lenox, Mass., as a skilled workman in
a glass factory, the first in this country to en-
gage in the manufacture of heavy glass. He
was married to Miss Brielmann, at North Ad-
ams, Mass., and about 1861 they settled in
Glenham, where they still reside. They are
Catholics in faith, and Mr. Kainpf, who early
became a citizen of the United States, has al-
ways taken a keen interest in everything per-
taining to the welfare of his adopted country.
Their union has been blessed with four chil-
dren, three of whom are living, Louis E. being
second in the order of birth.

Our subject's early life was spent in Glen-
ham, where he received his education, and
later took his first lessons in the practical art
of making a livelihood, w^orking for some time
in the Glenham woolen mills. After learning
the details of the business, he worked for
many years in the Groveville mills, becoming
foreman of the weaving department. In 1888
he purchased his present propert)' at Mattea-
wan, and in the following year erected the
brick building where, in 1892, he established
his saloon, one of the finest in the place.

On February 2, 1885, Mr. Kampf married
Miss Carrie Marchesseault, and their home is
brightened by a little daughter, named Grace.
Mrs. Kampf is a native of Montreal, Can-
ada, where her grandfather, Simon Marches-
seault, h. Frenchman by birth, settled upon
coming to the New World, and her father,
Simon Marchesseault, still resides there. Mr.
Kampf is active in social life, and was one of
the founders of the Matteawan Mannerchor.
He is also a charter member of Court Beacon,
Foresters of America. In politics he is a Re-
publican, and actively supports his party, al-
though he has never held nor sought political
office.



FRANK BURROUGHS, a wide-awake and
skillful agriculturist of the town of East
Fishkill, Dutchess county, was born January
10, 1844, on the farm which is still his home,
and is descended from John Burroughs, who
landed at Salem, Mass., in 1637, and came to
Long Island in 1654. He, with others, were



the patentees of the township of Newtown,
Long Island. In the third generation from
him was Benjamin Burroughs, who settled in
Dutchess county in 1748, and from Madame
Brett obtained the deed for a tract of land, on
which he reared his family.

Joseph Burroughs, son of this Benjamin
Burroughs, and grandfather of our subject,
was born August 24, 1754, and in 1781 he
wedded Mary Nelson. In 1793 they removed
to the farm now owned and occupied by our
subject, having purchased the land the year
previous, and the house was erected by the
grandfather in 1799. There both he and his
wife died. In their family were nine children:
Elizabeth, who married Cornelius Haight, a
farmer of the town of East Fishkill; Reuben,
a mechanic, who died unmarried at the age of
twenty-eight years; George, a physician of Red
Hook, Dutchess county, who died at the age
of thirty-eight; Francis, a farmer of Columbia
county, N. Y. ; Susan, who married Nathan
Jones, a mechanic and farmer of the town of
Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county; William,
an agriculturist of Ohio, where his death oc-
curred; Joseph, who died in Schenectady coun-
ty, N. Y., where he was engaged in farming;
Charles, the father of our subject; and Fairly,
who died when young near Lake George, New
York.

Upon the homestead farm, where our sub-
ject now lives, Charles Burroughs was born
March 18, 1799, and throughout life he de-
voted his attention to its care and cultivation,
with good success, dying there December 8,
1873. He married Alida Blatchley, whose
death occurred May 8, 1887. She was a na-
tive of Rensselaer county, N. Y., and a daugh-
ter of Samuel Blatchley, who was of English
lineage, and carried on agricultural pursuits,
coming to Dutchess county from Connecticut.
A family of four children were born to Charles
Burroughs and his wife: Joseph, who was
killed by the Indians in Arizona; Abraham,
now a resident of San Francisco, Cal. ; George,
who also makes his home in the Golden State;
and Frank, of this review.

The entire life of our subject has been
passed at his present home, and he is success-
fully engaged in general farming upon his 194-
acre tract of valuable and productive land.
He is progressive in his methods of carrj'ingon
his work — in fact, is one of the model farmers
of the community, the neat and thrifty appear-
ance of his place indicating the careful and



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systematic manner in which it is cultivated.
He is an intelligent, public-spirited citizen, and
his neighbors have for him the highest regard.
Politically, his ballot is cast in support of the
men and measures of the Republican party.



OLIVER S. BARNES, a well-known agri-
culturist and real-estate owner of Dutch-
ess and Putnam counties, resides near Gay-
head, Dutchess county, and is one of the
influential and progressive citizens of that
locality.

The Barnes family is of Scotch origin, and
the ancestors of this branch were early settlers
in Westchester county, N. Y., where our sub-
ject's grandfather, Richard Barnes, and father,
William Barnes, were born, the latter at
White Plains, where he grew to manhood.
He married Deborah Tompkins, daughter of
James Tompkins, who was of Dutch descent,
and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and
followed the occupation of a farmer. After
their marriage William Barnes and wife went
to the town of Kent, Putnam county, and set-
tled upon a large tract of land, where they
reared a family of children, as follows: Phcebe,
Eliza B., and Mary A., deceased, who never
married; Margaret, the wife of Louis Holmes,
a farmer of the town of Pawling, Dutchess
county; Hannah J., who married Thomas
Townsend, a farmer in Putnam county; James,
a shoemaker in Poughkeepsie; Oliver S., the
subject of this biography ; Caroline, who mar-
ried William Holmes, a- hay and feed mer-
chant in New York City; and William H., a
farmer at the old home in Putnam county.
The father was a Republican in political faith
during his last years, and like most of his fam-
ily was a Methodist in his religious views, ably
tilling the office of class leader for si.xty years,
and in all things exemplifying his belief by
honesty and upright dealing. His death oc-
curred in 1 860, and his wife passed to her re-
ward December 22, 1876.

Oliver S. Barnes was born September 6,
1828, and passed his early years at the old
homestead. In 1851 he went to the town of
Pawling. Dutchess county, and December 24,
1855, he married Miss Mary E. Wilde, a lady
of unusual mentai acumen and executive abili-
ty. She was born in the town of East Fish-
kill, Dutchess county, the daughter of James
Wilde, and granddaughter of James William
Wilde, an Englishman, who purchased 300



acres of land at Fishkill Plains at an early
period, and made his home there. Her mother,
Caroline Hutchens, a native of the town of
Fishkill, was a descendant of an old English
family named Hudson, the spelling and pro-
nunciation having changed as time elapsed,
Henry Hudson, the discoverer of the Hudson
river, being a direct ancestor. Members of her
family took an active part in the Revolutionary
war.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Barnes
fettled upon a farm in East Fishkill, and, in
i860, they purchased their present farm of 135
acres, near Gayhead, where they made many
improvements. The property has been in the
hands of some member of the Wilde family
for I 50 years, and Mrs. Barnes, in whose name
it stands, is active in its management, owing
to her husband's deafness. They are general
farmers, but give especial attention to the
dairy business. They have had eleven chil-
dren, of whom William C, James Eugene,
Lewis, Francis Eugene and Florence E. died
in infancy. Of the others, Howard O., dis-
appeared and his present address is unknown;
Richard is a farmer in the town of East Fish-
kill, Dutchess county; Wilberforce is a farmer
in Putnam county; Jane married Ernest Hill,
a farmer in Putnam county; Cora is at home;
and Ida, deceased, was formerly the wife of
Daniel Jewell, a farmer in East Fishkill.

Mr. Barnes has always taken an intelligent
interest in the questions of the day, and in
politics is a Republican.



MICHAEL PELLS. The Pells family is
originally of Holland stock, but the im-
mediate ancestors of our subject have been
residents of Dutchess county since an early
day. His great-grandfather located on the
old farm on the Hudson river, in the town of
Poughkeepsie, near where the Hudson River
State Hospital is now situated.

On this farm John Pells was born May 12,
175 1. He married Rachel Leroy, who was
born September 25, 1761, and they reared
five of their children. Of these, Deborah
died unmarried; Michael was a farmer in the
town of Poughkeepsie ; John followed the
same occupation; Peter was a farmer in Hyde
Park; and Simon J. The latter was born on
the home farm, March 17, 1798, and married
Phoebe Coe, a native of Ulster county, and
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also came from Holland. Shortly after his
marriage, in 1826, Simon Pells purchased a
farm near that of his father, and there his
family of six children was reared. These
were Rachel and Sarah, who both died unmar-
ried; Celia F., who is single; Minerva, who
died in childhood, as did also Sophia; and
Michael. The father was originally a Whig,
and later joined the ranks of the Republican
party. He and his family, as were his parents
before him, were members of the Reformed
Dutch Church. He died in 1881, his wife
having passed from earth in 1840.

Michael Pells was the youngest of his fa-
ther's children, and was born in the town of
Poughkeepsie. near Arlington, April 11, 1834.
In i860 he purchased the farm, on which he
now resides, and which comprises 130 acres.
Here he carries on general farming, in which
he has been very successful. He is a Repub-
lican, and a memberof the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Pells has never married. He is popular
with all his acquaintances, and is a good citi-
zen and a man of upright life.



DAVID T. BARNES, one of the most pro-
gressive and successful agriculturists of

the town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county,
resides upon a farm near Arlington, which has
been in the possession of his family for four
generations. The family name was originally
Van Ness, and our subject's great-grandfather
was one of three brothers of that name, who
came from Holland at an early period, and
located first on Long Island. Later they sep-
arated, and the ancestor of Mr. Barnes settled
upon the present farm, then a wilderness.
He had several children, among them a son,
William, our subject's grandfather, who was
born on this estate March 5, 1738. He was
a farmer all his life, and died November 13,
1807, his wife, Katharine, surviving him until
March 7, 18 12. They had eight children, as
follows: Maria, born May 29, 1760, married
William Van Derwater, a farmer in Hyde
Park; Richard, born May 23, 1762, a farmer
in Columbia county; Henry, born October 9,
1764, a farmer near the old homestead; Cath-
erine, born September 30, 1766; Hannah,
born Januarj' 28, 1769, the wife of Joseph
Piatt, a farmer of the town of Poughkeepsie;
Barnekah, born July 28, 1772, who died at
the age of seventeen; David, born October 29,



1774, our subject's father; and Joshua, born
July 13, 1777, a farmer near the old home.

David Barnes was married, December 20,
1806, to Ann Thorn, a lady of English de-
scent, who was born in the town of Pough-
keepsie, where her father, Joseph Thorn, born
February 11, 1745, was a prominent farmer.
Joseph Thorn married Sarah Kies, born No-
vember 21, 1750, O. S., and reared a family
of nine children; Stephen, born Decem-
ber 9, 1773; Martha, March 3, 1776; Jos-
eph, June 3, 1778; John, February 28,
1780; Phcebe, April 13, 1782; Ann, May
3, 1784; Richard, September 30, 1785;
Mary, December 31, 1788; and Elizabeth,



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