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April 19, 1 79 1. Our subject's parents settled
upon the old homestead, where they made ex-
tensive improvements, and in 1822 they built
the house, which has ever since been the fam-
ily residence. They were members of the
Presbyterian Church, to which William
Barnes and his wife had also belonged. David
Barnes was a Whig in politics, and an inliu-
ential worker in local affairs, holding various
minor officers. He died April 17, 1852, and
his wife passed away fourteen years later —
May 22, 1866. They had seven children:
William, born October 10, 1807, died in infan-
cy; Sarah, born January i, 18 10, married
Peter R. Sleight, a farmer in the town of La-
grange, and died October 20, 1829; Catherine,
born April 3, 1812, was the second wife of
Mr. Sleight, and died in February, 1894; Ann
Elizabeth, born January 31, 1820, is the wid-
ow of Alexander F. Wheeler, formerly a lead-
ing attorney of Troy; Josephine, born April
15, 1823, married Edmund Van Wyck, a
farmer; David, who died in infancy; and Da-
vid T., born June 29, 1S2S, the subject of this
sketch.

David T. Barnes has always lived at the
homestead, a fine farm of about 180 acres, de-
voted to general crops. He is one of the best
managers in his locality, his estate being kept
under the highest cultivation. On October
12, 1857, he was married to Rhoda E. Titus,
a native of Gallia Co., Ohio, born January 15,
1S37, the daughter of Lewis Titus (a farmer)
and his wife, Susan. Mrs. Barnes' ancestors
were residents of Dutchess county in the early
days, and her grandfather, John Titus, was
born there. Four children were born of this
marriage: Susie, who married William H.
Allen, a farmer in the town of Clinton, and
died December 20, 1883; Edwin S., who



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ried Annie Mary Howard, a daughter of
rman Howard, and a descendant of one
the old families; Anna K., the wife of
irles Howard, a son of Sherman Howard;
Elizabeth, who died Februarj- 9. 1883.
Barnes is a Republican in politics, and he
his family contribute to the support of
Presbyterian Church, and take a gener-
interest in various philanthropic move-
its.



AI^WIX INKERS, senior member of the

firm of Beers & Trafford, the well-known
tractors and builders of Millerton, Dutchess
nty. was born at Ancram Lead Mines, Co-
bia Co., N. Y., June 5, 1858.
Linas Beers, grandfather of our subject,

a native of New Milford, Conn., and he
his brother Nelson came together to Co-
2, Columbia county, about the year 18 10.
;on was married to Eliza McArthur, and
as to Katherine McArthur, by whom he had

children: Sarah, who married (first)
luel Hagadorn, and (second) Mr. Livock;
)rose; Nfartin, our ^subject's father; and
ira, the wife of Backus Howland. Linas
rs was a carpenter by trade. His death
irred aboui the year 1841, when he was
1 fifty years, his wife surviving him until
■!, dying at the age of seventy-five years.
Martin Beers was born at Copake, N. Y. ,
jeptember, 1831, and he also died at an
Y age, passing awaj' July 2, 1861. He was
ry intelligent, energetic man, and at the
y age of seventeen had already' established
5elf in business, and by his genial nature had
ed a host of friends. Having learned the
ir's trade in boyhood, he made that his
1 occupation, and he was also engaged in
:antile business at the Ancram Lead Mines,
artnership with William H. Barton. He

married, February 17, 1852, to Sarah
ker, and had three sons: Alton, born IDe-
ber 6, 1855, is chief telegraph operator
train dispatcher on the Boston & Albany
oad at Union depot, Worcester, Mass.,
has been in their emploj- for twenty-four
s; Darwin, our subject, comes next; and
;e M., born February 10, 1861, is in the
ess business at Worcester. The widowed
her of this little family subsequently, Janu-
30, 1873, was married to Ambrose Beers

first husband's brother), who was for
y years the most prominent contractor and



builder of Millerton. He died March 31,1 888,
leaving a widow, and a son (William) by a
former marriage, born 1861. She was born
October 14, 1830, in Ancram township, Colum-
bia Co., N. Y., a daughter of Stephen and
Rhoda (Williams) Decker, both born at Co-
pake — the father on June 6, 1795, the mother
on January i, 1799. They were married Au-
gust 30, 1818, and had children as follows:
Louisa, born September 10, 18 19; Clara A.,
born April 23, 1821; Orville, born August 17,
1825; Sarah, born October 14, 1830; Cor-
nelia E., born August 8, 1834. The father
died October 2, 1856; the mother on April
17, 1881.

Darwin Beers received his early education
in the village of Millerton, attending the select
schools taught by Rev. Mr. Ferguson, Charles
Walsh, now editor of the Amenia Times, and
Miss Carrie Knickerbocker. For four months
in 1873 he was employed as a clerk by Eggle-
ston Brothers, of Millerton, but during the
following winter he again attended school. In
the spring of 1S74 he began learning the car-
penter trade with Ambrose Beers, and worked
for him about five years, then managed the
farm of his uncle, the late William H. Barton,
for three years, being appointed in the mean-
time to succeed him as street commissioner of
the village of Millerton, for the term of three
years. At the time that he assumed the duties
of this office Mr. Beers was only twenty years
old. After leaving the farm he returned to his
trade and worked for his stepfather as a jour-
neyman carpenter for three years, or until
1885, in which year he formed a partnership
with William Trafford, and engaged in the
construction of buildings on contract. Their
work has included architectural designing, and
in this department the firm has won especial
praise. Among the buildings erected by them
are the $50,000 residence of Mrs. Frances
Scoville, at Chapinville, Conn., and the ele-
gant villa at I-iavine Hurst in Massachusetts,
built for John Shepard, Jr., of Providence,
R. L In Millerton the evidence of their artis-
tic taste and skilled workmanship are numer-
ous, including the " Barton House", the busi-
ness blocks owned by C. F'. Hawley and the
firm of Hotchkiss & Eggleston, besides many
fine residences. Their business compares
favorably in volume with that of any similar
firm in this region outside of New York City.
Since 1889 they have also dealt in lumber ex-
tensively, having a commodious lumber yard.









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and they have employed from seventy-five to
1 50 hands throughout the year. Messrs. Beers
and Trafford devote their entire time to their
contracts, which include mason work, carpen-
tering, grading, painting, plumbing and intro-
ducing all systems of heaters — in fact, every
branch of the business. Mr. Beers has one of
the finest family residences in Millerton, de-
lightfully situated on Barton street.

In 1884 Mr. Beers was married to Miss
Addie Bond, who was born September 30,
i860, at Newburg, daughter of Joseph and
Sarah (Lozier) Bond, formerly prominent resi-
dents of Newburg, N. Y., the former born in
1838, the latter in 1835. They had two chil-
dren, Mrs. Beers alone surviving. Harriet
(Cromwell), Joseph Bond's mother, and a lin-
eal descendant of Oliver Cromwell, died at the
advanced age of eighty-four years. Two chil-
dren have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Darwin
Beers — Alton Bond and Warren Martin.

In politics Mr. Beers is a Democrat, and
while he is not what is termed a politician, he
is deeply interested and active in and loyal to
his party, but always true to his convictions of
right. In matters of local importance he is
public-spirited and progressive, having given
his influence to many movements which tended
to promote the common good. He is one of
the members of the board of health, also a
member of the fire department. Socially, he
is a member of Webatuck Lodge No. 480,
F. & A. M., of Millerton. Religiously, he is
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
of Millerton, of which he is a liberal supporter,
a member of the choir, also one of the official
board.



WILLIAM TRAFFORD, a prominent
contractor and builder of Millerton,

member of the well-known firm of Beers &
Trafford, was born December 31, 1852, in
Copake, Columbia Co., N. Y. His family is
of English origin, and is one of the oldest and
most distinguished in Columbia count}'. His
great-grandfather, Thomas Trafford, who was
born in Copake in 1752, was one of the first
two justices of the peace in Taghanick, Co-
lumbia Co., N. Y., holding office in 1803,
1804 and 1808. He married Elizabeth Elliot,
and died in 18 17. William T. Trafford, our
subject's grandfather, was born on the old
family estate in Copake in 1783, and died in
1866. He was a farmer and leading citizen



of his time, serving as supervisor in 1837, and
as justice of the peace in 1827, 1830, 1846,
1847 and 1 85 1. He married Helen Snyder,
and had seven children: Elizabeth, Milton,
Hannah, Thomas, Homer, Robert Emmet and
William.

Milton Trafford, our subject's father, was
born June 13, 181 3, and spent his entire life
in Copake, where he followed the carpenter's
trade. He married Louise Decker, who was
born in Copake, September 10, 1S19, and died
in 1878. He survived her fourteen years, dy-
ing in 1893. Of their si.\ children our subject
was the next to the youngest. The names of
the others, with the dates of birth, etc., areas
follows: Sarah, November 24, 1840, died
March 24, 1843; Wesley, March 4, 1844, now
living in New York City; Alice, February 5,
1847, died October 18, 1866; Stephen D.,
March 13, 1849, a resident of Torrington,
Conn.; and Marion, August 16, 1858, a resi-
dent of Millerton.

Our subject attended the schools of his na-
tive town until he was about seventeen years
old, obtaining a good academic education. In
1870 he began to learn the carpenter's trade
with his father, and worked with him eight
years. In 1881 he came to Millerton and en-
gaged in the work of contracting and building
with his uncle, Ambrose Beers, and in 1885
the present firm of Beers & Trafford was or-
ganized. They are among the most successful
and enterprising workers to be found in their
line of business, and have built some of the
finest structures in that vicinity. On June 18,
1 89 1, Mr. Trafford married Miss Allie Eggles-
ton, daughter of Stewart Eggleston, of Dutch-
ess county. They have no children.

Mr. Trafford is a progressive and public-
spirited citizen, a leader in many of the most
important measures for local improvement.
He is a Republican, but has never taken an
active part in political work. At present he is
a trustee of the village of Millerton, and is
chief of the E. H. Thompson Hose Company.



D>ANIEL S. BARIGHT, one of the pro-
_ ' gressive farmers of the town of Pough-
keepsie, Dutchess county, was born in Pleas-
ant Valley, March 25, 1838. He stayed on
his father's farm during his boyhood and at-
tended the district schools, the Quaker School
m the town of Union Vale, the Dutchess Coun-
ty Academy, and was for a short time at the



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Nine Partners Boardinj? School. After going
through these schools he taught for three win-
ters in the town of Poughkeepsie, and three
winters in the town of Pleasant \'alley.

Mr. Baright was married, October 2, 1861,
to Miss Mary Wing, who was born in the town
of Clinton, Dutchess county, the daughter of
Alexander and Hannah Wing. Our subject
and his wife located on their present farm in
1862, and reared a family of four children,
namely: Ann G. married a Mr. Sheldon, of
Poughkeepsie; William is living in Minneap-
olis, where he organized the "Order of the
World," of that State, and where he is suc-
cessfully engaged in the insurance business;
Irving is in the insurance business in Nebraska;
and Frederick is at home. Mr. Baright has a
place of 1 16 acres, on which he carries on gen-
eral farming. He is also engaged in the agri-
cultural implement business, with headquarters
at Poughkeepsie, and has represented the New
York Life Insurance Company for over twenty
years. In politics he is a Republican, and
takes a lively interest in such matters, but,
although frequently urged to do so, has never
held office. He and his wife are members of
the Methodist Church, in which he has always
been greatly interested, and especially in the
Sunday-school. He has been connected with
the County Sunday-school organization for
several years, and both he and his wife are
devout Christians.

Elijah Baright, the father of our subject,
was born, March 30, 1802, in Pleasant Valley,
where he grew to manhood and married Miss
Amy D. Carpenter, whose birth took place in
Stanford town, January 17, 1799. She was
the daughter of Samuel Carpenter, a farmer.
After their marriage our subject's parents set-
tled on the old farm, and the following chil-
dren were born to them: Samuel, born in
1826, is a farmer in the town of Poughkeepsie;
Ann Eliza died when twenty-one years old;
Daniel S. is our subject; and Edwin was an
insurance agent for many years in Pough-
keepsie, but is now retired, and spends his
summers at Ocean Grove and his winters at
Poughkeepsie. Elijah Baright was a farmer
by occupation, but was also a successful busi-
ness man, and dealt largely in stocks in New
York City. He was a Democrat up to 1856,
when he became a Republican. He and his
wife were Hicksite Quakers. His death oc-
curred June 19, 1S73; that of his wife on De-
cember 31, 1880.



John Baright, the grandfather, was born
in Poughkeepsie, of Holland ancestry. He
married, and then settled on a farm in Pleasant
Valley, where the following children were born
to him and his wife: Augustus is a farmer in
Batavia, N. Y. ; Sarah became the wife of John
Stringham, a farmer in Michigan; and Susan
married Daniel Stringham, a farmer in the
town of Lagrange. John Baright remained
on the farm all his life. The Barights were
Quakers, and consequently did not take part
in either the Revolutionary war or the war
of 1812.



JOHN G. SENCERBAUGH, now residing
on a farm in the town of Fishkill, Dutch-
ess county, was for over forty years con-
nected with the Union Ferry Company, but is
now retired from active labor, and in the en-
joyment of all the comforts and many of the
luxuries of life. He is a native of the town of
East Fishkill, born June 19, 1818, and is a
son of Simeon D. Sencerbaugh, whose birth
occurred in the town of Beekman, Dutchess
county. His mother, who bore the maiden
name of Phcebe Washburn, was also born in
Dutchess county.

After their marriage, the parents of our
subject located upon a farm in the town of
East Fishkill, where they reared their family
of nine children: Jane, who married Laben
Rogers, a farmer of Beekman town; John G.,
subject of this review; Jarvis W., a farmer
and business man of Minnesota, who repre-
sented his district in the State Senate;
Charles, who was a steamboat captain on the
Mississippi; Mary, who wedded \\'illiam Phil-
lips, of East Fishkill town, but both are now
deceased; Catherine, who married Joel Sea-
man, and died at Candor, in the western part
of the State; Susan, who married A. A.
Brush, a warden in the prison at Sing Sing,
N. Y. ; Antoinette, who married William
Humphrey, of the town of Pleasant Valley,
Dutchess county; and Henry. The father
was a farmer by occupation, and both himself
and wife were consistent members of the Re-
formed Dutch Church.

John G. Sencerbaugh grew to manhood on
the home farm, and was united in marriage
with Catherine Lounsbury, a native of the
town of East Fishkill, and a daughter of
Joshua Lounsbury, also born in that town-
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Lounsbury, occurred either in Dutchess coun-
ty or in Putnam Co., N. Y. The family is of
English origin. In the spring of 1848, with
his wife, Mr. Sencerbaugh removed to Brook-
lyn, where he became connected with the
Union Ferry Co., which connection continued
until he laid aside business cares in 1889, and
he has since lived retired upon a farm in the
town of East Fishkill, where he is surrounded
by many warm friends.

In the family were four children: (i)
Carrie, married John V. Van Arsdale, who is
a descendant of Baron Resolve Waldron, who
came from Harlem, Holland, in 1666, and
settled in New Harlem, N. Y. ; Mr. Van Ars-
dale is a native of Bound Brook, N. J., where
he was reared in his father's store. For thirty
years he has made his home in Brooklyn, but
now calls the Sencerbaugh farm, in the town
of East Fishkill, his home. He is connected
with the custom-house business, and every
Monday goes into the city, returning again on
Saturdays. (2) John died in infancy. (4)
Emma became the vvife of William D. Bar-
num, but died while yet young. (3) William
P. ( the third in order of birth ) now manages
the home farm of 125 acres, devoting his at-
tention to general farming, and has made
many valuable and useful improvements since
locating thereon in 1889. Previous to coming
to Dutchess county, he was a traveling sales-
man foria lace-importing house, for a period of
about ten years, but gave up that work on
account of ill health. He is a firm Republic-
an in politics, and though his residence here
is of comparatively short duration, he has
figured quite actively in political affairs. By
all who know them, the family is held in the
highest regard, and justly ranks among the
best citizens of the community.



I BUTLER ANDERSON, a prosperous

\^^ agriculturist, residing near Brinckerhoff,
Dutchess county, is one of the progressive citi-
zens of that vicinity. His family has been
identified with Dutchess county for several
generations, and its various members have al-
ways shown the qualities of character which
tend to good citizenship.

John Anderson, our subject's grandfather,
a native of Dutchess county, married Ann
Travis, and settled in the town of Fishkill
(now East Fishkill), where a family of six
children were born to them: Zilla, who mar-



ried Lewis Wright, a farmer in the town of
Lagrange; Susan, the wife of Abram Van-
Vlack, a farmer in East Fishkill town; Polly,
the wife of Moses Homan, a farmer in the
same town; Elizabeth, who married Harvey
Eighmy, as a farmer in the town of Beekman;
Peter, who followed agriculture all his life in
the town of East Fishkill; and John.

John Anderson (2), our subject's father,
was reared as a farmer boy, and married Miss
Eliza M. Butler, daughter of Allen Butler, a
well-known farmer, and lifelong resident of
Dutchess county. His wife was Sarah Crouse,
and they had two children: Egbert C, a re-
tired business man of the city of Poughkeep-
sie, and Eliza M.( our subject's mother). The
young people settled upon the present home-
stead, which they purchased over fifty years
ago. Mr. Anderson was an influential man in
local affairs, serving for nine years as com-
missioner of his town, and in early 3'ears was
a Democrat and afterward a Republican. He
and his wife were leading members of the Re-
formed Church at Hopewell, and he held the
office of elder for many years previous to his
death in 1890. His wife survives him with
one son, our subject, and a daughter, Sarah
A., who married T. G. Matthews, a flour mer-
chant of New York City, and a real-estate owner
and resident of Brooklyn.

A. Butler Anderson was born August 15,
1847, and spent his life mainly at the old farm.
He attended the neighboring district schools in
early boyhood, and then went to Poughkeep-
sie, where he pursued his studies in a select
school and the College Hill School. On his
return home he assisted his lather, and in
time assumed the management of the estate.
On October 30, 1875, he was united in matri-
mony with Susan H. Van Wyck, daughter of
Henry Van Wyck, a farmer of the town of
Wappinger, Dutchess county. Si.\ children
were born of this union: John, Eliza Maria,
Henry V. W., Annie L. , Sarah L. , and Eg-
bert B., who are all at home.

Mr. Anderson makes no specialities in his
work as an agriculturist. The old homestead
comprised 196 acres, and to this an adjoining
tract of eighty-si.x acres has been added, making
one of the best farms in the neighborhood. In
politics he is a Republican, and he takes a gener-
ous interest in all public improvements; he and
his wife contribute to the support of the Re-
formed Church at Hopewell, of which she
is a member.



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CHARLES UU BOIS ROGERS, a promi-
nent young agriculturist of the town of
Fishkill. Dutchess county, is the owner of a
farm which has been in his family for four gen-
erations.

His ancestors of a still earlier period were
well known among the pioneers of this State,
the head of the American line being John
Rogers, who came from Scotland, formerly
from England (lineal descendant of John
Rogers, who was burned at the stake at Smith-
field in Queen Mary's reign), and located in
Putnam county, N. Y. , where he kept the first
road house, or hotel, opened between New
York and Albany. It was in the woods among
the Indians, ^near what is now called Garrison's
Station on the Hudson River railroad.

The great-great-grandparents of our subject
were Benjamin and Elizabeth (Fowler) Rogers.
His great-grandparents, Benjamin (2) and
Elizabeth F. Rogers reared a family of ten
children: John, William, Benjamin, Absalom,
Elijah, Pattie, Hester, Betsey, Mary, and
Sarah. Absalom Rogers, our subject's grand-
father, married Maria Du Bois, and had
six children: Emily Abraham D., Peter,
William, Lewis, and Charles C. (our subject's
father).

Charles C. Rogers married Harriet L. Cook,
and our subject was their only son. He was
born March 17, 1867, at the old homestead
near Fishkill \'illage, and his education was ob-
tained in the district schools of the neighborhood
and the Union Free School at Fishkill, with
two years in Leslie's Academy in Poughkeepsie.
He left school at the age of eighteen, and re-
turned home, where he gradually assumed the
management of the farm, relieving his father
from the burden during his declining years, and
caring for him until his death, which occurred
May 30, 1892. The estate contains 100 acres,
fifty acres lying on each side of the road laid
out by Madame Brett from old Fishkill to
Fishkill-on-Hudson. The trolley cars now
pass the the door. Mr. Rogers makes a spe-
cialty of dairying, keeping from twenty-five to
thirty cows the year round.

He has a pleasant home. His wife, whom
he married December 9, 1 891, was formerly
Grace A. Haight. a daughter of J. Cornelius
Haight,the historian. They have three chil-
dren: Lewis D., Bertha May, and Grace A.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Rogers attend the Protestant
Episcopal Church, and are heartily in sympathy
with various lines of social, religious, and ed-



ucational progress. Politically, Mr. Rogers is
a Democrat, ami he is a member of Hudson
River Lodge No. 57, K. of P.



FRANK A. HOTCHKISS. a prominent
merchant of Millerton, Dutchers county,

and a representative of a family which has be-
come widely famous for its inventive genius,
was born August 27, 1S57, at Sharon \'alley,
Connecticut.

The family is of English origin, the first of
the American branch being among the early
settlers of New Haven, and during the Revo-
lutionary war there were three generations in
the service at the same time. Asahel Hotch-
kiss, our subject's great-grandfather, resided
at Prospect, now a part of New Haven, and
there Asahel Hotchkiss. the grandfather of our
subject, was born. He was a man of superior
natural talent, successful in financial manage-
ment, and also in the invention of various de-
vices which he manufactured in a factory at
Sharon \'alley, which at that day was consid-
ered a large establishment. At first he was
engaged in the manufacture of leather wallets,
and, later, in game traps, curry combs,
wrenches and other small articles of hardware.
This factor}' was afterward moved to Bridge-
port, where it is now carried on by a grandson
of the founder. Asahel Hotchkiss was promi-
nent in public affairs also, having great influ-
ence in the Republican party. He served as a
member of the Connecticut Legislature for two
terms, and as State Senator for one term.
He was an active member of the Congrega-
tional Church. He married Althea Guernsey,
and had ten children, of whom Dotha and
Charles A. are yet living, (i) Andrew was a
cripple, died in early manhood, but not before
he invented the e.xplosive shell called theby



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