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Rebels "screamers" — a description of rifled
cannon. (2) Benjamin B. was the inventor of
the famous Hotchkiss gun. and of other impk?-
ments of warfare, including a torpedo boat,
and was well known in all parts of the world.
He spent a fortune in perfecting his gun and
placmg it upon the market, and was in actual
want before its value was recognized; but later
he realized a large fortune from it, and honors
as well, being decorated with the cross of the
Legion of Honor, and other orders. He was
a man of remarkable executive ability, as well
as inventive faculty, and at. one time he car-
ried on the manufacture of his inventions in

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Vienna, removing afterward to Paris. He re-
tained his residence in New York, however,
and his estate was settled here. (3) Frederick
A., the father of our subject, is mentioned be-
low. (4) Frankhn died at the age of sixteen
years. (5) WiUiam died in childhood. (6)
Sarah M. married George A. Kelsey. (7)
Dotha married (first) Henry Finch, and (sec-
ond) Hugh A. McKelvey, and now resides
in Bridgeport, Conn. (8j Charles A. is a res-
ident of Bridgeport, Conn. (9) Dwight was a
lifelong invalid. (10) Abijah died in child-

Frederick A. Hotchkiss was born in Water-
town, Conn., in 1829, and became a member
of the firm of Hotchkiss Sons, being for some
time superintendent of the factory at Bridge-
port. He retired from active business in 1870,
and passed his later years in more congenial
pursuits. He was a well-read man, of quiet
tastes, and not at all inclined to seek public
honors, though he was a strong supporter of
the Republican party, and took a generous in-
terest in public affairs, local and national, but
never held official position. He married Car-
oline Parson, daughter of John Parson, a prom-
inent resident of Sharon, Conn., and had four
children, as follows: Mary married W. H.
Hill, of Reading, Conn. ; Carrie L. died in
early womanhood; Frank A. comes ne.xt; and
Hattie F. was the wife of Sidney McKelvey, of
Sparta, 111. Of these, Frank A., our subject,
is the sole survivor.

Frank A. Hotchkiss received his education
mainly in the schools of Sharon, and attended
the Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie,
one winter. On leaving school at the age of
nineteen, he taught in the village of Sharon
for two years, since when he has been engaged
in mercantile pursuits. For about five years
he was bookkeeper and salesman for Beech,
Hawley & Co., but March 17, 1886, the firm
being reorganized on account of the death of
Mr. Beach, Mr. Hotchkiss and L. J. Eggles-
ton bought an interest, the firm becoming
Hotchkiss & Eggleston. They have been very
successful, and in 1894 they removed from
the old locality, w-here the "Millerton House"
now stands, to their new building, which is
one of the finest of the kind in the county.
His well-proven business ability places Mr.
Hotchkiss among the foremost of the younger
men of his locality. He has been president of
the Millerton National Bank for two years, a
(act which speaks volumes for the esteem in

which he is held in business circles. He is
greatly interested in local improvements, and
has been trustee and president of the village
four terms; but while he is a firm believer in
the principles of the Republican party, he
does not take an active part in political work.
In 1885 Mr. Hotchkiss was married to
Miss Fannie H. Gillette, daughter of Edward
F. Gillette, a leading merchant of Sharon, and
they have si.x children: Mary F. , Frederick,
Edward G., Benjamin B., Reed H. and An-
drew Dwight. Mr. and Mrs. Hotchkiss are
prominent members of the Presbyterian
Church, in which he is an elder.

OSEPH SUNDERLAND, a prominent resi-
dent of Glenham, Dutchess county, was
born May 25, 1839, at Darlington, England,
and is descended in both paternal and maternal
lines from ancestry who were engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits.

His father, John Sunderland, a native of
Colne, Lancashire, England, was an excellent
workman, and in addition to his farm work
was often employed as a stone-mason and wall-
builder. He married Nancy Binns, who was
born at Hunsworth, Yorkshire, England, the
eldest daughter of Joseph Binns, a farmer.
The young couple made their home at Armley,
Leeds, England, where they spent the remain-
der of their lives, rearing to maturity five sons
and one daughter. The father died October
2, 1864; the mother on December 14, 1885;
both passing away in full faith, having been
devout members of the Primitive Methodist
Church. Their children were: William, now
residing at Devvsbury, England, was formerly
a spinner by trade, but is now engaged in mer-
cantile business; Joseph is mentioned more
fully below; Mary married Thomas Jowitt, a
brickmaker, at Wortley, Leeds, England;
Samuel is a butcher and milk dealer at Wort-
ley; Charles Henry, who was a press setter,
died in January, 1S86, at the age of thirty-
eight; John is a general merchant at Armley,
England, and takes an infiuential part in re-
ligious work, is a member of the Methodist
Church, and has been superintendent of a
large Sunday-school for the past eighteen

Joseph Sunderland lived at home until he
was sixteen years old, and by that time had
gained a fair knowledge of the spinner's trade.
In 1855 he joined the British army, and served



a year and a half, when he was honorably dis-
charged on account of a reduction in the forces.
Returning home, he began to work at his
trade, which he followed until the age of twen-
ty-four years, then crossed the ocean, in 1863,
and for about three years lived at Ballardvale,
Mass., where he learned the trade of file forg-
ing. In 1866 he came to Matteawan, N. Y.,
and spent about two years at his trade before
engaging in the saloon business, in which he
continued from 1 868 until 1 876, when he moved
to Glenham, N. Y., where he opened a saloon,
which he still conducts. He is one of the
leading dealers in his line, and for eight years
has been president of the Liquor Dealers'
Association of his Assembly District. In 1864
Mr. Sunderland married Miss Emma, only
surviving daughter of David Robertshaw, of
Wortley, Leeds, England. She is the only
ineniber of her family to come to America.
Mr. and Mrs. Sunderland have one daughter
living, Alice R., who is at home. Mr. Sunder-
land is fond of reading and takes much inter-
est in current events. In religion he inclines
to the Episcopal Church, and in politics he is
a Republican. His influence in local affairs is
marked, and he has served three terms as
deputy sheriff, under Sheriffs Vantassell, Bart-
lett and Jerr\' S. Pearce, each term being for
three years.

prising fruit raiser and farmer, was
born in the town of Pleasant \'alley, at Salt
Lake Point, September 10, 1839. He began
life on the farm, went to the district school,
and spent two winters at the Claverack school.
He then returned to his father's farm and worked
for four years.

In 1 86 1 Mr. Marshall married Miss Eliza-
beth D. Wing, who was born in the town of
Clinton, the daughter of Alexander Wing, a
native of that town. After their marriage our
subject and his wife lived for four years on the
old farm, and then worked a farm at Clinton
Corners for five years. Subsequently our sub-
ject Game to the town of Poughkeepsie, and
engaged in the retail milk business for three
years; then rented the John L. Marshall farm,
on which he worked for ten years. In 1884
he bought a place, which consists of thirty-si.\
acres, three-fourths of a mile from Poughkeep-
sie City, and has resided there ever since, mak-
ing a specialty of raising small fruits of all

kinds. He is a Democrat, and he and his
wife attend the Orthodox Friends Church, to
which they are contributors. He has a fine
residence on his place, with all the necessary

Isaac Marshall, father of our subject, was
born in Pleasant \'alley. grew up on the Mar-
shall homestead, and married Miss Eliza Law-
rence, who was also a native of Pleasant \'al-
ley. Robert Lawrence, her father, was a
farmer in the same place, and came of En-
glish stock. The parents of our subject set-
tled on a farm in their native place, and there
reared the following children: Elnathan G., a
farmer in the town of Pleasant \'alley; Eliza-
beth, who became the wife of Theron R. Mar-
shall, a farmer of Pleasant \'alley; Augusta,
who married Joseph Dot}', a farmer of the
same place; Sarah, who married Parris Baker,
a carpenter in Saratoga county, N. Y. ; Pa-
melia, unmarried; Emily, who became the
wife of Clarence \'an Wagner, a farmer in
Pleasant \'alley; William W., our subject.
Mr. Marshall died in 1890, and his wife in
1888. He was a Democrat in politics, and
was assessor in the town of Pleasant Valley.
They were both members of the Baptist

John Marshall, grandfather of our subject,
was also born in Pleasant \'alley, where he
married and reared these children: Harris, a
farmer in Dutchess county; Lewis was a
farmer in the western part of the State; Oli-
ver, who died young; Isaac, father of our sub-
ject; John C, who was a farmer at Salt Point;
and two daughters not named.

WILLIAM BODDEN, one of the most
_ prominent agriculturists of the town of
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, residing near
Camelot. was born October 30, 181 3, at
Kirkcudbright, Scotland, where his ancestors
had made their home for many generations.
His father, John Bodden, was born there
June 27, 1789. He married Elizabeth Din-
widdle, a native of Scotland, and had two
children, of whom our subject was the eldest.
The other, Elizabeth, married Gilbert Grieve,
a farmer near the old home, and remained in
Scotland. In 18 17 John Bodden came to
America, and for some years resided in New
York City (his business being that of a builder),
later, on account of ill health, removing to the
farm near Camelot, where he died May 2,



1874. He took a keen interest in all that
concerned the community, was an active Re-
publican, and while he was not a seeker after
official position he served at one time as road
commissioner. He and his wife were mem-
bers of the Scotch Presbyterian Church.

William Bodden attended the schools of
his native place until he was sixteen years old,
and after coming to New York City he attended
there for some time. In 1830 he came to
Dutchess county and settled upon his present
farm of 130 acres, where he has since followed
general agricultural pursuits. He gives es-
pecial attention to the raising of fruit. On
February 15, 1834, he was married to Miss
Elizabeth Wilson, who was a native of his own
town in Scotland, and of this union eleven
children were born, a brief record of whom is
as follows: John B., born August i, 1835,
resides in Poughkeepsie; David, born January
30, 1837, was a soldier in the Civil war, and,
later, was a farmer in Missouri, but now re-
sides in Poughkeepsie; Mary H., born Decem-
ber 4, 1838, married William H. Van I\euren,
a jeweler in the same city; Eliza, born March
28, 1 84 1, and Washington, born August 6,
1842, died in childhood; William B., born
April 24, 1846, is a tinner and stove dealer at
Lagrangeville; Thomas G., born August 6,
1848, is a horticulturist in the town of Pough-
keepsie; Robert, born March 16, 1850, is a
druggist in Syracuse; Elizabeth, born April 7,
1852, married John Grubb, a bookkeeper, re-
siding in Poughkeepsie; James G., born May
I, 1854, and Florence, born Februaryg, 1857,
live at home.

Mr. Bodden and his wife are leading mem-
bers of the Methodist Church at Poughkeepsie.
In politics he is a Republican, and he has been
active in promoting various movements for the
common good, notably those for educational
advancement, and he has been school trustee
for many years. For more than half a cen-
tury he has identified himself with the best
interests of the locality, and he holds the es-
teem of the entire community.

LEWaS H. WRIGHT, one of the wide-
awake and progressive agriculturists of the

town of East Fishkill, Dutchess county, was
born there September 4, 1856, and on the pa-
ternal side is of English origin. His great-
grandfather, Thomas Wright, was a native of

the same town, while the birth of his grand-
father, Lewis Wright, occurred in 1800, in
Lagrange town, Dutchess county. After the
latter's marriage with Jane Vermilyea, also a
native of Dutchess county, he located upon a
farm in Lagrange town, where their two chil-
dren were born — John G., the father of our
subject; and Mary, who wedded John Wanzer,
a farmer of the town of Beekman, Dutchess
county. The wife and mother was a member
of the Society of Friends.

After the death of his first wife, the grand-
father was again married, his second union be-
ing with Zella Anderson, and they became the
parents of four children: Thomas, who is a
farmer of Lagrange town; Anderson, who died
young; Susan, who married a Mr. Hall, of
Unionvale town, Dutchess county; and Ann,
who married Draper Hall, also of Unionvale.
The grandfather carried on agricultural pur-
suits throughout life, and died April 14, 1887,
on the farm now owned by our subject in the
town of Fishkill. Politically, he was a Demo-

John G. Wright, the father of our subject,
was born in the town of Lagrange, May 31,
1824, there grew to manhood, and February
16, 1853, married Miss Ruanah Haight, who
was born in Orange county, N. Y., in 1833,
and is a daughter of Henry Haight, a native of
Putnam county, this State. After their mar-
riage the young couple located upon the farm
in the town of East Fishkill. where Lewis H.,
their only child, was born, and remained there
until 1 87 1. The mother's death occurred Oc-
tober 4, 1889.

Lewis H. Wright obtained his education in
the district schools near his home, and on at-
taining to man's estate was married January
28, 1880, to Miss Henrietta Jackson, a native
of the town of Washington, Dutchess county,
where her father, Orry Jackson, was engaged
in farming. The Jacksons are of Scotch stock.
Two children grace this union: Runelia, born
February 11, 1884; and John L., born April
19, 1889. Mr. W'right began his domestic life
upon his present farm at Fishkill Plains, which
comprises 300 acres of valuable land, and he
also owns another farm of 250 acres in the
town of East Fishkill. He devotes his time
and attention to general farming, raising every-
thing adapted to the soil and climate of this
section, and is one of the most enterprising
and energetic agriculturists of the community.
Both himself and father cast their ballots in



support of the men and measures of the Demo-
cratic party, and are most highly respected

GEORGE LAMOKEE. a thorough, skillful
farmer ami business man, is a representa-
tive of the agricultural interests of the town of
Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county, and has be-
come one of the well-to-do citizens of the lo-
cality, where he is recognized as an important
factor in preserving the reputation of the town
as one of the most highly cultivated and im-
proved in Dutchess county.

Our subject was born on Friday, December
8, 1819, on the farm where he now resides.
Three brothers of the Lamoree family were
among those hardy pioneers who came to this
State prior to the Revolution — about the year
1772 — one locating in Orange count}', one in
Albany county, and the other in Dutchess
county, N. Y. , the latter being Isaac Lamoree,
the grandfather of our subject. From King
George of England he obtained a grant for
fifty acres of land in the town of Pleasant Val-
ley, and our subject has that grant in his pos-
session. Isaac Lamoree had two sons: John,
who spent his entire life at farming in the town
of Hyde Park, Dutchess county; and Timothy,
the father of our subject.

Timothy Lamoree was born on the home-
stead in Pleasant Valley, which later became
his property, and there he brought his bride,
formerly Hester \'an Wagner, who was born
in the town of Clinton, Dutchess county, of
Holland descent. To their union were born
eight children: John, a miller of Salt Point,
Pleasant X'alley; Sarah, who became the wife
of Richard Tompkins, a farmer of Lagrange
town, Dutchess county; Phcebe, who married
Richard Allen, a farmer of Pleasant Valley
town; Catherine, who became the wife of John
H. Nelson, a farmer of Clinton town; Nancy,
who married Piatt Van \'liet, a miller and
merchant of Salt Point; Eliza, who became
the wife of Jonathan Allie, an agriculturist;
Mary, who wedded Benjamin Howell, also a
farmer of Pleasant Valley town; and George,
subject of this review. Upon the old farm the
parents of this family both died. They were
consistent and faithful members of the Presby-
terian Church, and in politics the father was
a stanch Whig.

On reaching a sufficient age George Lam-
oree became a pupil in the district school near

his home, and later attended the New Paltz
Academy which he left in the spring of 1S36,
crossing the Hudson river on the ice on the
second day of April. About this time young
Lamoree joined a temperance society, a
very unpopular and even despised thing
in those days, and for several years served
as its president. On starting out in life
for himself he chose the occupation to which
he had been reared, and his labors have
been amply rewarded, so that he is now the
possessor of 400 acres in the town of Union-
vale, twenty acres in the city of Poughkeepsie,
and about 140 acres in the home farm. He
has made a specialty of hay-raising, and had
the first portable hay press in the town of
Pleasant Valley. Not only is his land well
cultivated, but the buildings are all of a sub-
stantial character, and the neat and thrifty ap-
pearance of the place gives evidence of an en-
terprising and industrious owner. Although
now past the prime of life, he is still hale and
hearty, and gives his attention to the improve-
ment of his land.

Mr. Lamoree was united in marriage with
Jane M. Pells, a native of the town of Rhine-
beck, where her father, Simon H. Pells, was
also born, and followed farming. Her mother,
who bore the maiden name of Amelia Van-
Wagner, was born in Dutchess county, and
was of Holland lineage. Mrs. Lamoree had
one sister, Julia M., who became the wife of
John W. Moore, a farmer of Rhinebeck town.
Our subject and his wife were married in 1S46,
and began their domestic life upon the farm
which they still occupy. Four children were
born to them: the eldest died in infancy;
Franklin married Martha I\. Canover, and is
a farmer of Pleasant Valley town; Emily J.
married B. T. Alley, and after his death be-
came the wife of Oscar J. Case, of Salt Point;
Flora A., who is now the wife of Charles Bur-
bank, a native of Orleans county. New York.

Mr. Lamoree takes an active interest in
political affairs, uniformly voting the straight
Republican ticket. He has held a number of
public offices, appearing first in 1855 asjustice
of the peace of his town; ne.xt as supervisor
for three years; and as sheriff of Dutchess
county from 1864 to 1867, inclusive; also
served as revenue collector of his district, the
appointment being made by President Lincoln
at the commencement of the Civil war, which
incumbency he filled until 1864. Mr. Lamo-
ree was one of the founders of the Poughkeep-


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sie City National Bank in i860, and has been a
director thereof during its existence. Previous
to the Civil war he served as brigade paymas-
ter under Gen. Isaac I. Piatt. He is a public-
spirited and progressive man, and is deserving
of rank among the highly honored and repre-
sentative pioneer citizens of Dutchess county.
Age and honored position do not protect
one from the criminal class, and this esteemed
citizen has been subjected to more than the
average man's share of experience with the
" rufifian burglar." On the night of November
12, 1896, two men entered his home through
a small window in the basement, and carried off
all the money, some $70.00, then in the house,
together with as much clothing as could con-
veniently be taken away. This was all done
without awakening the household. One of the
men had called the previous day at noon, and
asked for something to eat. His suspicious
actions convinced the family of his evil inten-
tions, but robbery was not thought of. One
month later, December 12, the same men
called about midnight, and placing a ladder to
the portico, climbed in at an upstairs window,
and went through the house. They placed a
revolver at Mr. Lamoree's head, and demand-
ing perfect quiet at the peril of his life, they
bound both him and his wife with cords, and
then searched for their booty. They secured
about $30.00, and a valuable gold watch, a
gift from Mr. Lamoree's father. Our subject
prevailed upon them to leave the watch, which
they did upon his promise to pay $5.00, which
promise he will keep. The two ruffians then
ate heartily and drank cider, and in their ef-
fort to get away they stole a horse from a
neighbor, but were caught and arrested by
Officer McCabe, indicted, tried, and then
finally sentenced by Samuel K. Phillips to ten
years in prison.

ISAAC S. GENUNG, a thorough and sys-
__ tematic farmer of the town of East Fishkill,
Dutchess county, was born January 30, 1831,
in what was then the town of Fishkill. but is
now East Fishkiil, and' is a worthy represent-
ative of one of the honored old families of the
county, and was of French origin.

Gabriel Genung, his grandfather, was born
at Morristown, N. J., May 22, 1775, and in
that State, July 10. 1799, was united in mar-
riage with Nancy Brinckerhoff, whose birth
also there occurred. Shortly after their mar-

riage they came to Dutchess county, locating
in the town of Fishkill, where the grandfather
engaged in farming and in the tanning busi-
ness. There they reared their three sons:
Adrian, who became a merchant of Swartout-
ville and Johnsville, Dutchess county; Joseph,
the father of our subject; and Benjamin, who
followed farming in Wayne county, N. Y.
The mother of these children died September
10, 1844, and the father on November 20,
1857. He had a brother who faithfully served
in the war of 1812.

In the town of Fishkill, March 13, 1801.
was born Joseph Genung, the father of our
subject, and he soon became familiar with the
duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist
upon the home farm. He was united in mar-
riage with Mrs. Charlotte Remsen, a native of
the town of Fishkill, and a daughter of Abra-
ham Storm. They located upon the old home-
stead farm, which the father continued to
cultivate and improve until his death, June 6,
1865; his wife passed away August 11, 1893.
They were both members of the Reformed
Church, and in politics he was an ardent Dem-

Our subject is the eldest in the family of
ten children, the others being Sarah; Jane,
who became the wife of Edgar Baldwin, but
both are now deceased; John, a farmer of the
town of East Fishkill; Polhemus, a broker and
insurance man of New York City; Joseph, who
is living retired in Poughkeepsie; Albert, an
agriculturist of the town of East Fishkill; and
William, who died at the age of twenty years.

Upon the home farm of 155 acres of rich
and arable land, Isaac S. Genung remained
with his brother John and sister Sarah, and
has there since carried on general farming.
He is one of the substantial farmers of the
township, having met with a well-deserved
success in his chosen calling, and no man
takes a keener interest in the prosperity of his
native county, or is held in higher respect,
than Mr. Genung. Politically, he affiliates
with the Democratic party, which embodies
his views on public questions of the day.

J|OSEPH W. PHILLIPS. Among the en-
terprising and influential citizens of the
town of East Fishkill, Dutchess county,
whose names are scattered through the pages
of this volume none is more worthy of men-
tion than the gentleman whose name intro-



duces this brief biographical notice. His
grandfather, John PhiiUps, was a native of
Holland, and on crossing the Atlantic to the
New World, located upon a farm in the town
of Fishkill (now Wappinger), Dutchess coun-
ty, where he spent his remaining days. There