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he was married and reared a family of several
children, among whom was Elias Phillips, the
father of our subject.

The last named was born May 3, 1792, in
what was then the town of I'ishkill, but is
now Wappinger. When he attained to man's
estate, he was married to Miss Maria Wilde,
and they became the parents of seven chil-
dren: Elizabeth, now the widow of John C.
Storm, a farmer of East Fishkill; Sarah, who
married Benjamin Strang, a farmer of the
same town, but both now deceased; John, a
resident of Tompkins county, N. Y. ; William
W., deceased, who also followed farming;
Elias M., who carried on farming in Tompkins
county, but is now deceased; Lumen B., an
agriculturist of Tompkins county; and James
D., a hardware merchant of Terre Haute,
liid. The mother of these children died in
1 83 1, and Elias Phillips was again married,
his second union being with Elizabeth North-
rup, a native of Putnam connty, N. Y., where
her father, John Northrup, engaged in fann-
ing. Our subject was the only child born of
this union. During his entire life the father
followed the occupation of farming exclusively,
and died upon his farm April 30, 1879, while
the mother departed this life October 14, 1890.
He was a Republican in politics, and the family
were Baptists in religious belief.

Joseph W. Phillips was born in the town
of East Fishkill May 8, 1835, and there his
early life was passed amidst rural scenes upon
the farm which his father had purchased in
1833. On November 6, 1856, he was mar-
ried to Miss Caroline Rogers, a daughter of
Laban and Jane (Sincerbo.x) Rogers, and a
native of the town of Beekman, Dutchess
county, where her father was also born and
engaged in farming throughout life. He was
the son of John I'iogers, also a native of that
town, and an agriculturist by occupation.
Hezekiah Rogers, the father of the last named,
was born in England, and with two brothers
crossed the ocean to America, he becoming a
resident of the town of Beekman, while tney
settled on Long Island. Simeon D. Sincer-
box, the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Phillips,
was also a native of Dutchess county.

Upon their marriage Mr. Phillips took his
wife to a farm in the town of East Fishkill,
which he continued to operate until he pur-
chased his present place near the village of
Gayhead. It contains about ten acres, and is
known as the Dr. Sutton place; but he still
owns his valuable farm of 200 acres, which he
now rents. At first he was engaged in general
farming, but later turned his attention more to
the milk business. He is at present living a
quiet, retired life in his beautiful home, where
hospitality abounds, and is surrounded by all
the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.
He and his excellent wife contribute to the
support of the Baptist Church at Beekman,
and are numbered among the prominent and
highly respected citizens of the community.
Politically Mr. Phillips is identified with the
Republican party.

JOHN N. LA DUE, a prominent and enter-
prising citizen of the town of East Fish-
kill, Dutchess county, was born on the farm
which is still his home, June 25, 1824. The
family came from France during the Huguenot
persecution, and in religious belief were Meth-
odists in later years. William La Due, the
grandfather of our subject, was born at Rye,
Westchester Co., N. Y., March 30, 1759, and
on reaching manhood was married to Miss
Elizabeth Swartout, whose birth occurred No-
vember 19, 1761. They began their domestic
life upon the farm now owned by our subject,
and there reared their children, who were as
follows: William; Samuel, who was a farmer
of the town of East Fishkill; Cornelius, an
agriculturist of the town of Fishkill; Judah,
who married William Coe, a farmer of the
town of Unionvale; Jemima, who married Peter
La Due, a farmer of East Fishkill; Elizabeth,
who died in infancy; Sarah; Polly and Elizabeth.
Upon a part of the original tract which his
father had purchased in East Fishkill, William
La Due, the father of our subject, was born
October 30, 1 798, and was there reared. On
September 20, 1820, he wedded MaryConk-
lin, who was born in Westchester count}',
N. Y., April II, 1797, and was a daughter
of Jeremiah Conklin, a native of the same
county, where in later life he followed farming.
Five children were born to the parents of our
subject: John N.; Elizabeth, who married
John C. Greene, a farmer of Westchester
county; Tamar, who resided in New York City,



but is now deceased; James, a resident of Cali-
fornia; and William L. , an agriculturist of East
Fishkill, Dutchess county. The father oper-
ated the homestead farm until his death, which
occurred October 26, 1875; in politics he was
first a Whig, and later a Republican. His
faithful wife died September 18, 1866.

John N. La Due was reared upon the farm
which is still his home, and there has spent his
entire life, with the exception of fifteen years
passed in New York City, when he was in-
spector of customs, and he proved a most
capable officer, being prompt and faithful in
the discharge of his duties. He has a fine
farm of 125 acres, and now makes a specialty
of fruit culture, raising apples, peaches, etc.

In 1850 Mr. La Due was married to Miss
Mary Greene, who belongs to an old family of
Westchester county, where her father, Israel
Greene, carried on agricultural pursuits. Two
children were born to them: Eugenie, who
married Rev. Charles Knapp, A. M., an Epis-
copal minister of Delaware county, N. Y., now
deceased; and Israel, who died at the age of
four years. Mr. La Due is a stanch Repub-
lican in politics, is an intelligent, energetic
man, highly spoken of by all his neighbors,
and his life record is above reproach.

AARON A. STOCKHOLM, a valued and
esteemed agriculturist, of the town of

East Fishkill, Dutchess county, was born
there in October, 1824, and is a representative
of one of the oldest and most highly respected
families of the county. Upon a farm in that
township his paternal grandfather reared his
family of five children, who in order of birth
were as follows: Abraham, who became a
farmer of East Fishkill; Derrick, an attorney
at law, who removed to Utica, N. Y. ; George,
who went to Michigan, where his famil}- still
reside; Gertrude, who married Thomas E.
Flagler, a farmer of the town of East Fishkill;
and Andrew, the father of our subject.

The last named was also a native of the
town of East Fishkill, where he grew to man-
hood upon a farm. He married Miss Maria
Weeks, who also belonged to an old family of
Dutchess county, and was born in the town of
East Fishkill, where her father, Chauncy
Weeks, conducted a hotel. After their mar-
riage they located upon a farm near Hopewell,
where they reared their family of seven chil-
dren, namely: Delia, who became the wife of

James C. Emans, a farmer of East Fishkill;
Mary G.; Aaron A.; Caroline, wife of Duryea
Van Wyck, of the town of Wappinger, Dutch-
ess county; Harriet, wife of J. A. Young, of
Westchester county, N. Y.; Charles, a restaur-
ant keeper, of Poughkeepsie; Theodocia,
widow of James Place; and John, who died in
the Union service during the Civil war. The
father followed the vocations of farming and
milling in the town of East Fishkill, and be-
came an extensive land owner, having at one
time about 600 acres. His political support
was given the Democratic party.

a well-known horticulturist of East

Fishkill town, was there born July 24, 1820.
His grandfather. Derrick Brinckerhoff, a. na-
tive of Dutchess county, was descended from
one of four brothers who came to this coun-
try from Holland about two hundred and fifty
years ago, and the family have mostly been
members of the Reformed Dutch Church.

After his marriage the grandfather located
on a farm in the town of East Fishkill, where
he spent the remainder of his life engaged in
agricultural pursuits. In his family were nine
children: John D. , the eldest, was the father
of our subject; Abraham was a farmer of East
Fishkill town; Isaac was a merchant of
Brinckerhoff, Dutchess county, but in later
life engaged in farming in the town of Fish-
kill; William was a merchant of Peekskill,
N. Y., where his death occurred; George was
a farmer of Fishkill; Catherine married James
B. Montrose, a farmer of East Fishkill town:
Margaret wedded Charles Scofield, a farmer
in the Highlands; Mary Ann married Darius
Hustis, an agriculturist of the same place; and
Helen married Absolam Serene, who was for
a time a merchant at Hughsonville, Dutchess
county, but later carried on farming in the
West. She is still living.

John D. Brinckerhoff, also a native of
Fishkill town, was there reared upon a farm.
He married Miss Caroline Hasbrook, who
was born in the town of Fishkill, and was a
daughter of Col. Benjamin Hasbrook, a prom-
inent farmer, and a Mason, fraternally. Mr.
and Mrs. Brinckerhoff began housekeeping
upon a farm in East Fishkill town, where he
died in 1863, and she passed away in 1885.
His political support was given the Demo-
cratic party. Five children were born to



them: Benjamin H., now a resident of
Ohio; WilUam E., subject of this sketch;
Theodoric, a merchant on Staten Island, who
died in 1896; Abraham, a resident of southern
Cahfornia; and Susan, deceased wife of Will-
iam B. Hazelton, a farmer of Mahopac Falls,
New York.

The boyhood and youth of our subject
were quietly passed upon the home farm. His
marriag;e to Miss Sarah \. Anderson was cel-
ebrated in 1854. She is also a native of East
Fishkill town, and a daughter of Peter Ander-
son, who came to that town from New Eng-
land and located upon a farm. Four children
graced this union: Charles E. , who died
aged about ten years; Carrie, wife of Henry
J. Matthews, of Mount Kisco, N. Y. ; Eliza-
beth, wife of Arthur Storm, a farmer of East
Fishkill town; and Cornelia M., wife of
George A. Member, a merchant of Fishkill

Since his marriage Mr. Brinckerhoi? has
lived upon his present farm of eighty acres,
and besides general farming he gives special
attention to fruit culture; being one of the
most successful horticulturists of the com-
munity. He and his estimable wife contrib-
ute to the Reformed Church at Hopewell,
and being a strong temperance man he always
casts his ballot in support of the Prohibition
party, which embodies his views on that ques-
tion. He has always been identified with
works of public improvement and progress,
and is one of the representative and leading
citizens of the community, where he has al-
ways made his home, and where he is so
widely and favorably known.

MORGAN L. VAIL, a well-known dairy
farmer of the town of East Fishkill,
Dutchess county, is a native of Rensselaer Co.,
N. Y., born March 29, 1848, but belongs to a
family that, was early established in Dutchess
county, his great-grandfather having located
upon a large tract of land in the town of Union-
vale, where he reared a family of several chil-

Elias Vail, the grandfather of our subject,
was one of the four sons, and was born on the
farm in Unionvale, December 23, 1774. He
married Hannah Duncan, who was born in
1 78 1, and they began housekeeping on a part
of the old homestead. In their family were
thirteen children, namely: David D., born in

1800, died in 1821; Isaac E. , born in 1802,
died in 18 19; Simeon L. , born in 1804, was a
farmer of Illinois, where his death occurred;
Egbert B., born in 1806, was a resident of
Poughkeepsie; Mary, born in 1808, wedded
John Snedecor, a farmer; Phenner P., born in
1 8 10, engaged in farming in Dutchess Co. , and
in Vermont; Alexander H. is the father of our
subject; Thomas S., born in 1813, died un-
married, November 25, 1894; John D., born
in 181 5, is a retired farmer, living in Chicago;
Lavinia, born in 18 17, married Elias X. Haight,
a farmer of the town of Washington, Dutchess
county, and both are now deceased; Milan,
born in 18 19, and Sarah, born in 1821, both
died unmarried; and Elias D., born in 1823,
is a farmer of the town of Unionvale. The
grandfather always devoted his attention to
agricultural pursuits, and both himself and wife
died on the home farm in the town of Union-
vale, in 1 85 1.

Alexander H. Vail, the father of our sub-
ject, was born on the old homestead, October
4, i8ii, and there spent his boyhood days.
He wedded Caroline Smith, who was born in
18 1 2, in the town of Clinton, Dutchess county,
and was a daughter of Maurice Smith, a tanner
and currier by trade, whose birth occurred in
the town of Fishkill in 1765. Her mother,
who bore the maiden name of Margaret Streit,
was born in Dutchess county in 1767. In their
family were ten children, of whom Mrs. Vail
was the youngest, the names and dates of birth
of the others being as follows: Elizabeth,
1788; Hannah, 1790; Abel, 1792; Mary, 1794;
George, 1796; Jerusha, 1799; Morgan L.,
1801; Susan, 1804; and Margaret, 1806. Mau-
rice Smith, the great-grandfather of our sub-
ject, was an extensive landholder, owning a
great deal of property where Poughkeepsie now
stands, and served as sheriff of Dutchess county.
The Smith family is of English descent, and at
an early day took quite a prominent part in
the affairs of Dutchess county, where many of
its members still live.

Upon their marriage, the parents of our
subject lived for some time upon a farm in the
town of Hyde Park, Dutchess county, later
spending eighteen years in Rensselaer county,
N. Y., while the following fourteen years were
passed in the city of Poughkeepsie, after which
they located upon the farm now owned by our
subject, where the mother died in 1 8S0, and the
father in i 882. In politics he was a Democrat.
The parental household included four children:



Cornelia P., born in 1840, died in 1S45; Albert
H., born in 1842, practiced medicine in the
West, and died in California in 1893; Morgan
L. is next in order of birth; and Susan C. ,
born in 1850, died in 1856.

Until sixteen years of age our subject re-
mained in the county of his nativity, and then
accompanied his parents to Poughkeepsie,
where he completed his education, after which
he clerked in the drug store of Wood & Titta-
mer for three years. In 1880 he married Caro-
line \'. Seaman, a native of Dutchess county,
and a daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Rynus)
Seaman, both born in the town of Pleasant
\'alley, Dutchess county. Richard N. Seaman,
her paternal grandfather, was of English ex-
traction, and a farmer by occupation, while
the Rynus family was of Dutch stock. Mr.
and Mrs. \'ail at once located upon their
present farm in East Fishkill town, and there
their nine children were born, whose names
and dates of birth are as follows: Morgan L. ,
Jr., 1 88 1 ; Alexander S., 1882; Philip Seaman,
1883; Fanny, 1885; Caroline, 1S86; Emily,
1888; Ruth, 1889; Elizabeth, 1891; and Har-
old Huntington, 1895. Morgan and Alexan-
der both died in infancy.

Upon his farm of 165 acres, Mr. Vail is
engaged in dairying, making a specialty of the
sale of milk, and has been quite successful in
this venture. He is an intelligent, public-
spirited citizen, identifying himself with all
matters which will promote the welfare of the
community, is a Democrat in politics, and both
himself and wife are faithful members of the
Baptist Church at Beekman.

iICHARD T. SWIFT, a well-known resi-
dent of the town of Washington, Dutch-
ess county, was engaged during the earlier
years of his life in agricultural pursuits, but is
now retired from active labor. He is a native
of that town, where he was born September
26, 18 1 7, and is the representative of an old
American fainily, of English origin, that was
founded in this country about 1640. His
father, Zebulon Swift, was born at Springhill,
near Sandwich, Mass., July 29, 1776, and
there his grandfather, Abraham Swift, was also
born. The latter was married in the Bay
State, where he followed cabinet making, but
later came to Dutchess county, N. Y. , locating
on a farm near Millbrook, which he operated
in connection with work at his trade. In his

family were five children: Zebulon and his
twin brother, Lemuel, who was a farmer of
Washington town; Bariah, a machinist and in-
ventor; Robert, who had large business in-
terests at Millbrook, including a sawmill; and
Deborah, who died unmarried. The family
belonged to the Society of Friends.

Zebulon Swift was only a boy when brought
by his parents to this county, where he fol-
lowed cabinet making and farming. He was
married March 3, 1803, to Sarah Titus, a na-
tive of Washington town, and of English de-
scent. Her father engaged in blacksmithing
and farming as a means of livelihood. B}' her
marriage with Mr. Swift she became the
mother of nine children, namely: Deborah,
who died unmarried; Elizabeth, who became
the wife of Joseph Bartlett, January i, 1828,
and with her husband is now deceased; Will-
iam, who was a farmer of Washington town,
and has also passed away; Johanna and Phcebe,
who both died unmarried; Richard T., subject
of this sketch; Sarah, who also died unmarried;
and Isaac, who operates a farm in the town
of Washmgton. The father died August 16,
1823, and the mother passed awaj- January 16,

Richard T. Swift was reared to the life of
an agriculturist, which occupation he followed
until his retirement, and he early became fa-
miliar with the labors on a farm. On Septem-
ber 12, 1839, he married Miss Hannah S.
Deuel, who was born at Kinderhook, Columbia
Co., N. Y., February 23, 18 17, and is de-
scended from a French Huguenot family, who
sought religious freedom in this country at an
early day in its history. Her father, Silas
Deuel, was a native of the town of Washing-
ton, Dutchess county, where he married a Miss
Davis, by whom he had only one child: Mrs.
Swift. The entire married life of our subject
and his wife was passed in the town of Wash-
ington with the exception of three years spent
on a farm in Dover town, Dutchess county.
For the last fifteen years he has given up ac-
tive labor, enjoying a well-earned rest.

Three children graced the union of Mr. and
Mrs. Swift, (i) Amelia M., born September
9, 1840, was married December 19, 1866, to
Albert Knapp, a farmer of the town of Stan-
ford, Dutchess county. (2) James D., born
March 20, 1842, married Verna M. Case, Oc-
tober 12, 1867, and they had one son, Freder-
ick W., now a tinsmith of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.,
who was born February 6, 1869, and married



Charlotte Covil. Mrs. Verna M. Swift died
February 3, 1873, and March 7, 1877, James
D. Swift married Miss Emma E. Carson, of
New York City, a daughter of John C. Carson,
a native of Grenock, Scotland. They are the
parents of four children: Jane \'erna, who
was born October 30, 1878, and died July 9,
1879; James Richard, born November 11,
1881; Richard Carson, born May 21, 1885;
and Minnie Grace, born March3i, 1890. For
some time James D. Swift was a merchant of
Millbrook, but is now employed at the carpen-
ter's trade. (3) Gurdon, born November 4,
1844, is the youngest child of the family, and
is engaged in farming in the town of Washing-

On March 24, 1884, Mrs. Swift departed
this life, leaving many friends, as well as a lov-
ing family, to mourn her loss. The children
are members of various Churches, but our sub-
ject is an Orthodo.x Friend in religious belief,
and stands high in the regard of his fellow citi-
zens. In politics he is a firm supporter of the
Republican party.

JAMES L. PINCKNEY. The fertile lands
of the town of Pawling, Dutchess county,
have always afforded a tempting field for
enterprise, and the subject of this sketch is
one of the active and progressive men who
have engaged successfully in agriculture and
dairying in that town. He is a native of Put-
nam county, born at Lake Mahopac (or Ger-
man Flats) March i, 1855. He obtained a
common-school education there, and at an
early age engaged in farming on his own ac-
count. In 1889 he married Miss Marie L.
Hay, and their union being childless, they
adopted a little girl October i,' 1S91, giving
her the name of Mary Antoinette Pinckney.
She was born on Washington's birthday,

Perry Pinckney, our subject's father, was
born at Red Mills, Putnam county (now Ma-
hopac Fallsj, and his early education was lim-
ited to the district schools of that time and
locality. For a number of years he followed
the carpenter's trade, and later purchased a
tract of land in the town of East Fishkill,
Dutchess county, where he conducted a dairy
farm during his remaining days. He married
Miss Elizabeth Lockwood, daughter of David
Lockwood, a well-known hotel keeper at Car-
mel, Putnam county, and had si.\ children, of

whom our subject was the youngest. All
were born at the old home in Putnam county,
and were educated in the public schools of the
vicinity, (i) Lewis became a farmer of the
town of Pawling, and has never married. (2)
Sarah married Robert J. Lee, a farmer of the
town of East Fishkill, and has had eleven chil-
dren: Ella, who married Madison J. Horton,
and has two daughters, Millie and May: Flor-
ence, who married Isaac Horton, and has
four children, Madison, Mary L. , and two
others; Annie; Alice; William; Edith; Burton;
Leona, who married, and has three children,
Andrew, Hiram, and one whose name is not
given; Edward L. , who died when about six-
teen years of age; and Lula and Maude, the
last named living with her aunt, Mrs. Sophia
Tompkins, who is bringing her up. (3) Sophia
married Walter Tompkins, a farmer of Put-
nam county-, but they have no children. (4)
Irene has never married. (5) Caroline mar-
ried John E. Patterson, a farmer, and has
three children: Edith, May E., and one
whose name is not given.

Mrs. Pinckney was born January 10, 1853,
in New York City, and after attending the
public schools there, she became an expert
seamstress on shirts, vests and dresses, and
afterward followed the business of dress-mak-
ing for twenty years. Her father, Anthony
Hay, was a native of Schwalbach, Germany,
where he received his education. He spent
some years in Paris, France, as a shoemaker,
and he married a French lady. Mile. Marie
Catherine Renaud, daughter of Daniel Renaud.
The latter had twelve children — six sons and
six daughters: Daniel, Jr., who died in
France; Peter, now living in France; Fred-
erick (deceased), who had two children —
Frederick and Emma — and formerly lived in
Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Henry, living in California;
Eugene (deceased); Louis, who died in France;
Marion, who died in France; Louise (de-
ceased), formerly of Paterson, N. J.; Cath-
erine (deceased), who was Mrs. Lalin, of
Green Point, Long Island, N. Y. . and had
thirteen children; Elizabeth, of France; Susan
(now Mrs. Hilbert, of Green Point, N. Y.) has
four children living — Fred, in California; Louis
M., in New York City; Alfred, Jr., in Green
Point; and Emily, in Tremont, N. Y. — and
Marie Catherine, the mother of Mrs. Pinck-
ney. Anthony Hay and wife came to New York
City, where their two daughters were born:
Mrs. Pinckney, the younger, January 10, 1853,



and Emma C, the elder, on January 15,
185 1. The latter attended the city schools
during girlhood, and afterward married Charles
Schaefer, a carpenter of the same city. They
had one son, Charles, who died when nearly
two years old. Anthony Hay died July 5,
1854. His widow is still living.

JOHN H. ORTON, residing near Dover
Plains, Dutchess county, is a leading dairy-
man and agriculturist of that vicinity. He
is a native of the town of Dover, born March
5, 1844, and has passed his life there, attend-
ing the public schools in boyhood and engag-
ing in farming at an early age. In 1889 he
purchased from Alice Wheeler his present
farm, containing 125 acres of fine land, and
his excellent management has made it one of
the best of its kind in the township. Although
he is not a politician in the strict sense of the
term, he is a strong supporter of Democratic
principles. In 1878 he married Miss Lucy J.
Thorp, daughter of Bradford Thorp, a well-
known resident of Lime Rock, Conn., and
they had four children: Willard B. and a
daughter (twins), born January 29, 1878, the
latter living only three days, while the former
who was a bright little boy, lacked but eleven
days of being three years old when he, too, died;
Oliver L. , born February 28, 1883; and Claude

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