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M., born April 11, 1888.

Our subject's ancestors were early settlers
in Connecticut, and his grandfather, William
Orton, was a native of that State, and became
a well-to-do farmer. He and his wife, Ruana,
reared a family of four children: Sally, the
wife of Harry Edmonds; James, who married
Lydia Finch, and had five children; Harry,
who never married; and Oliver L., our sub-
ject's father, who was born in Connecticut,
August 15, 1809. After acquiring a common-
school education he learned the shoemaker's
trade, but did not follow it long. He was a
musician and a trooper in the days of the old
militia. In politics he was a stanch Demo-
crat. He married Miss Ruth B. Burton, and
had six children, of whom our subject was the
fifth in order of birth. The eldest, Mary A.,
was born February 2, 1834, and married James
Orton (a relative), who was engaged in farm-
ing near Patterson, Putnam Co., N. Y. ; they
had one son, Charles, who died in 1888. (2)
James W. Orton was born October 27, 1835,
in the town of Dover, Dutchess county, and

after leaving school followed farming for some
time, but is now engaged in mercantile busi-
ness at New Milford, Conn. He is a member
of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Dover. His
first wife. Miss Sarah Lee, died August 16,
1865, and he is now married to Miss Maria
Sherman. He has no living offspring, the two
children of his first marriage, Charles and Ber-
tha, having died in infancy. (3) Jetson Orton,
who was born in Dover Plains, August 16,
1839, is a farmer by occupation. He married
Susan Wheeler, daughter of Alfred and
Mary Wheeler, prominent farmers of Dover,
and has three children: Lewis J., who mar-
ried Sarah Brinck; Mary, the wife of Joseph
Titus; and Burton R., who is at home. (4)
Sallie R. Orton, was born in the town of
Dover, May 14, 1841, and like the other mem-
bers of the family received an education in the
public schools near her home. She married
Miles C. Bump, a carpenter of Amenia, and
has two children — Thomas L. and Nettie M.
(6) Martha J. Orton, the youngest of the fam-
ily, born October 9, 1846, died of consump-
tion at the age of twenty-one years.

Mrs. Orton's grandfather, Hercules Westely
Thorpe, was a native of Lime Rock, Conn.,
the old home of this family. He married Judith
Lampson, and had five children: John, Brad-
ford, Horace, Hiram, and Esther. Bradford
Thorpe, Mrs. Orton's father, has always been
a farmer at Lime Rock. He married Frances
Winters, and had nineteen children, of whom
fifteen are living, as well as both the parents.
Edward married Ruth Jones; Mary, — Isaac
Dinger; Minnie — William Dinger; Frank— Pollie
Bishop ; Andrew — Sarah Chase ; Esther — Homer
Brown; Fannie, Julia, and Sabelia never
married; Lucy J. is the wife of our subject;
William and Charles are not married; Rose is
the wife of George Bishop; Estella married
William Bishop; Hattie is not married; Birdie,
Caroline, and John and Amelia are deceased.


stalwart and
^ sturdy representative of the noble yeo-
manry who make up the agricultural popula-
tion of Dutchess county, is a resident of the
town of Red Hook, where he was born April
II, 1858. His father. John Curtis, was the
son of Le Grand Curtis, a member of the firm
of Carroll & Curtis, furniture dealers and un-
dertakers, of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county.
The father wedded Jane C. Beaumont, and to



them were born eight children: Le Grand B.,
bom November 3. 1S41. married Helen An-
drews, and after her death wedded Mary Mas-
sonneau; Edwin S., born August 28, 1843, "'^s
united in marriage with Miss Emma French,
daughter of John French, a professor at West
Point, N. Y. ; L. Irene, born September 2,
1845. is the wife of John A. Fraleigh, son of
George Fraleigh; Florence, born in December,
1847, Willis, born in November, 1849, a^d
Grace, born October 2, 1852. all died in in-
fancy; Herbert J. is the next in order of birth;
and James C, born April 15, i860, also died
in infancy. The father of this family departed
this life in August. 1875.

The maternal grandparents of our subject,
Abraham and Martha (Carter) Beaumont, came
to the United States from Onley, near Hud-
dersiield, England, and located at Chester
Creek, near Philadelphia, Penn. In their
native land two children had come to bless
their union: Jane C, mother of our subject,
born April 15, 18 16; and Martha A., born
February 18, 1818; after their location at
Chester Creek the family circle was increased
by the birth of another daughter, Eliza T. .
born June 30, 1831. Being an expert machin-
ist, the father soon secured work at Chester
Creek, where he remained for four years, and
then removed to Trenton, N. Y. , where he
also found employment at his chosen trade.
His wife died in this country in Febru.-'.ry, 1832,
but his death occurred while on a visit to
England in 1S43.

On reaching a sufficient age Herbert J.
Curtis entered the common schools of Red
Hook, completing his studies in the De Garmo
Institute, Rhinebeck, N. Y., which has since
been transferred to Fishkill-on-Hudson. After
leaving school he began his business career as
a bookkeeper in his father's store, but now
turns his attention to agricultural pursuits,
conducting a tine farm just outside the village
of Red Hook, which might well be termed a
model farm, as it is supplied with all modern
conveniences, good and substantial buildings,
and the fields are under a high state of cultiva-
tion. He also gives considerable attention to
the raising of tine poultry, and has been quite
successful in all his undertakings.

On November 7, 1878, Mr. Curtis was
united in marriage with Miss Angle B. Lasher,
daughter of Nelson P. Lasher, who was a
teacher in the public schools of Red Hook.
Mrs. Curtis began her education in the public

schools of that place, completing same at Clav-
erack Institute. Claverack, N. Y. , and later
engaged in teaching for some time with her
father. By her marriage she has become the
mother of four children: C. Leland; Minnie
G. ; Carrol J., who died February 26, 1883;
and Raymond J. The parents are widely and
favorably known throughout the community,
and hold a high position in social circles.

JOHN A. TRAVER, one of the most pro-
gressive and intelligent agriculturists of the
town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county, was
born January 27, 1834, on the farm upon
which he now resides.

It is not known exactly when the first of the
American branch of thefamily crossed the ocean,
but his ancestors were undoubtedly among the
pioneer farmers of Sullivan county, as three
brothers of the name came from there at a very
early date, and purchased a large tract of land
in the town of Clinton, Dutchess county, and
afterward separated.

David Traver, our subject's great-grand-
father, had a son, Andrew D. Traver, born in
Clinton town, who also followed farming, and
about 1 818 moved to a farm in the town of
Rhinebeck now occupied by Mr. Crandall.
He was thrifty and successful, highly esteemed
in the neighborhood, and was an active mem-
ber of the Lutheran Church at Wurtemburg.
He died at that place in his eighty-ninth year,
and was buried there, as was also his wife, in
her seventy-sixth year. They had three chil-
dren: Maria (deceased), who married George
Snyder; Michael, our subject's father; and
Julia, the widow of H. D. Teal, deceased.

Michael Traver was born October 10,
1809, in the town of Clinton, but passed most
of his life in Rhinebeck town. He had but
limited educational advantages, but he has
always kept himself well posted upon general
topics, and is a constant and intelligent reader.
In 1828 he married Eliza Teal, a descendant
of one of the oldest and most prominent fam-
ilies of the township, a daughter of John I.
Teal. The young couple settled upon the
present homestead near Rhinebeck where Mrs.
Traver died July 6. 1895, in her eighty-fourth
year. Michael Traver always displayed good
judgment in business matters, and his success
was based upon thrift and industry. In early
times he was a Whig, and later a Republican,
but in local affairs he always voted independ-


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