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county; James E., a farmer of North High-
lands, Putnam county; Caroline, who married
James Horton, a farmer of Phillipstown; Jer-
emiah, the father of our subject; and William,
also a farmer of Phillipstown, Putnam county.
In that town Jeremiah Jaycox was born in
1817, and on attaining to man's estate mar-
ried Levina Tompkins, whose birth occurred
at Putnam Valley, Putnam county, — her fath-
er, Ananias Tompkins, being also a native of
that county. On their marriage, Mr. and
Mrs. Jaycox located upon a farm there, but
after a residence of seven years they came to
Dutchess county, passing their remaining days
in the town of Fishkill, the father clying Oc-
tober 15, 1888, and the mother on March 4,
1894. His vote was ever cast in support of
the Democratic party. In the familj' were
two children: William H., subject of this
review; and Frances, who married William
Dalrymple, a farmer of the town of Stanford,
Dutchess county.

At an early age William H. Jaycox accom-
panied his parents to Dutchess county, where he
has since remained, and now devotes his time
and attention to the development and im-



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provement of his excellent farms in the town
of East F"ishkill, which comprise 400 acres of
rich and arable land, well adapted to mixed .
farming. On October 4. 1871. he married
Miss Libbie Anderson, who was bom upon the
farm which is still her home, and there her
father. Peter Anderson, was also born, in 1807.
He married Sarah Van Dewater. The An-
derson family was early established in this
countrj', and was founded in Dutchess county
by John Anderson { the grandfather of Mrs.
Jaycox), who was a native of Putnam county,
N. Y.. and in 1793 purchased of Peter H.
Schenck, the farm in the town of East Fish-
kill. Dutchess county, upon which our subject
still resides, and which at that time contained
265 acres. To Mr. and ^^rs. Peter Anderson
were born five children: Amanda, married to
William B. Roe, a farmer of East Fishkill;
^^yers, a farmer, who died September 13, !
1872; Sarah A., married to William E. Brinck-
erhoff, of East Fishkill: John P.. an agricult-
urist of the town of Washington. Dutchess
county; and Libbie, wife of our subject.

Upon their marriage ^fr. and Mrs. Jaycox
began housekeeping upon their present farm,
and they have become the parents of three
children, all at home, namely: George A..
Charles W. and Howard. The entire family
contribute to the support of the Johnsville
Methodist Episcopal Church, and hold a
prominent place in the social world. They
are the center of a circle of friends who honor
and esteem them for their many virtues and
genuine worth, ^tr. Jajxox is identified
with the Democratic party, is public-spirited
and enterprising, and aids in ever)- possible
way in promoting the interests of his town
and county.



EMMER J. HAIGHT. Among the young
and energetic farmers of Dutchess county,

as well as among those who have been success-
ful in their efforts thus far, is the subject of
this personal historj. His entire life has been
passed in the town of Stanford, where he was
born October 20, 1873, and there devotes his
time and attention to farming.

His father, John Haight. was also a native
of the town of Stanford, and was a son of
Leonard Haight, who lived all his life in that
town, where he was engaged in agricultural
pursuits. The latter was a stalwart Democrat
in politics, and one of the prominent men of



the community. He married Miss Phcebe Grif-
fin, of the town of Clinton, Dutchess county,
and to them were born five children: Margaret,
George, Hannah. John and James B. The
education of John Haight was such as the dis-
trict schools of the times afforded, and he early
became inured to the arduous duties that
fall to the lot of an agriculturist. He never
left the old homestead, which he operated up
to the time of his death, which occurred Sep-
tember 6, 1885. He was one of the highly re-
spected citizens of the community, and one of
the earnest supporters of the Democratic party,
with which he always affiliated.

In the town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess
county, John Haight was married to Nfiss Syl-
via A. Foster, daughter of John Foster, and
to them were born two sons: Walter, who
married Lenora Husted. by whom he has two
daughters, Eva and Ruby: and Emmer J., sub-
ject of this sketch, who wedded Anita Dorland,
and thev have one child, Ruth Anna.



GEORGE I. \'.\IL, a prominent dairyman
and agriculturist of Unionvale, Dutchess
county, has earned a place among the success-
ful workers in his lines of business. He was
born at \'erbank, Dutchess county. May 23,
1843, ^"d received his education in the schools
of his native town and at ^^echanicsvilIe, N. Y.
He learned the carpenter's trade, but. finding
that less to his taste than agriculture, he turned
to the latter pursuit, and has followed it profit-
ablj- for many years, making a specialty of
dairying. Careful attention to business does
not prevent him, however, from taking an
active part in local affairs, and he has served
in a number of public offices, including that of
assessor. He married Miss Phcebe Noxon.
who was born November 24, 1848, in the town
of Unionvale. Her ancestors were pioneer
settlers in that town, and a record of the three
preceding generations is given below. Mrs.
Vail was educated in the common schools near
her home, and at Oswego village. The house
of our subject and his wife is brightened by
three children: Henry, born May 10, 1S78;
Hettie, born March i, 18S1; and John, born
May 20, 1883.

Mr. Vails ancestors became identified with
Unionvale, Dutchess county, at an early peri-
od, and his grandfather, Moses \'ail, and
father, John Vail, were born there, the latter
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ing himself of such educational opportunities
as the locality afforded, he engaged in farming
at an early age. He was a man of enterprise,
an able manager, and he conducted a woolen
mill at Verbank at one time, and also engaged
in mercantile business. His wife was Eliza-
beth Vincent, daughter of Absalom Vincent,
and they had ten children, of whom our sub-
ject was the youngest: (i) Sarah, born Feb-
ruary 8, 1828, married Jacob Baker, a black-
smith of Freedom Plains. (2) Matilda, born
September 14, 1829, married Dewitt C. Noxon,
a farmer and storekeeper, who served gallantly
in the Civil war; they had two children — Emma
(Mrs. John Duncan) and Ada. (3) Loretta,
born April 4, 1831, remained unmarried. (4)
Samuel, born July 4, 1832, is a carpenter by
trade; he married Miss Ann Northrop, and has
four children — Libbie (Mrs. Leonard Secordj,
Charles (who married Carrie Cass), William
and Abbie. (5) Mary, born October 13, 1834,
married Simon Losee, and has two children —
Lizzie and \\'esley. (6) Martha, born January
14, 1S36, was educated in Amenia Seminary,
and became a successful teacher. (7) Rebecca,
born October i, 1837, married Richard Hall,
a farmer of Beekman, and they have four chil-
dren — Everett (who married Cora Cypher),
Libbie (deceased), Herbert (who married Jen-
nie Chatterton'). and Minnie ( Mrs. Arthur
Holmes). (Si Stephen, born February 23,
1839, is engaged in carpentering, and has re-
mained unmarried. (9) James, born February
22, 1 84 1, is a blacksmith; he married Mary
Benjamin, and has one child — Sarah — who
married Richard Case, and has one daughter —
Helen.

Mrs. George Vail's great-grandfather, Gil-
bert Noxon, was born in Dutchess county, N.
Y., was educated there and engaged in farm-
ing. He married Miss Jane Phillips, and had
eight children: Egbert, who married Claricy
Patterson; Elisha, Mrs. Vail's grandfather;
Abram, who married Jane Cornell; Daniel,
who married, first, Charlotte Snedeker, and,
second. Nancy Townsend; Catherine, Mrs.
John Dean; Ann, Mrs. Edward Dutcher; Gil-
bert, who married Sallie Townsend; and
James.

Elisha Noxon was born in the town of
Unionvale, and afterattendingthe local schools
in boyhood became a farmer. He married
Miss Phcebe Van Benschcten, daughter of
Henry \'an Benschoten, and his wife Mary
Jackson, whose parents were Richard and



Mary (Ingraham) Jackson. Mr. and Mrs.
Noxon had two children: (i) Jane, who mar-
ried John H. Robinson, and had three chil-
dren — Phcebe, Mrs. John Dorian; Abram, who
married Mary Townsend, and Mavill, who
married Minnie Allen. (2) Henry Noxon,
father of Mrs. Vail, was born in the town of
Beekman, Dutchess county, December 15,
1825, and was educated in the common schools
of that town. He engaged in farming, and
married Miss Hettie Barlow, daughter of Elisha
and Charlotte (Palmer) Barlow. Of their
three children Mrs. Vail was the eldest. Of
the others, (i) Mary married Eugene Storm,
and had one child, Winnefred, who is at
home. (2) Elisha Noxon died at an early age.

The Van Benschoten familj' has an inter-
esting history, and Dominie Elias \'an Ben-
schoten was the first Reformed Dutch minister
at Schagticoke more than half a century be-
fore Troy, N. Y., was founded. "Tunis, the
father of Dominie Van Benschooten, came
from Holland with the earliest settlers of the
country, and purchased land at Esopus on the
Hudson river. Subsequently, with his wife
and one child, he removed to what was then a
wilderness, purchased a large tract of land,
and made a settlement in the town of Fish-
kill, between the village of that name and the
city of Poughkeepsie, near what is known as
New Hackensack, in the county of Dutchess.
Here he had four sons — Tunis, Matthew, Jacob
and Elias — and, we believe, two or more
daughters. The eldest son sailed for Europe,
but as the vessel in which he sailed was never
heard from, it is supposed it was seized by the
pirates, and he and the other passengers,
together with the officers and crew, were put
to death. When the old gentleman died he
was buried in the family vault on the home-
stead farm. His remains, with those of other
members of the family, have since been disin-
terred and buried in the graveyard of the old
Dutch church at Hackensack, beneath a costly
monument.

" Matthew and Jacob remained upon, and in
co-partnership cultivated, the farm. Elias
became a Reformed Dutch Church minister,
and the daughters married. The following
amusing story is told of the Dominie. On
one occasion, while at Schaghticoke, he was
waited on by a Dutch swain, who wished to
secure his services at a wedding. In the in-
terval between the call and the time appointed
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the stream became fearfully swollen, so that
when the weather cleared and the parties to be
married arrived, it was impossible for them to
get across the stream. Here was a dilemma.
The Dominie was on one side, the anxious
couple on the other; neither could cross.
'Stop!' cried the Dominie. 'Stand vere
you be, and I will make you man and wife.'
The happ3' couple, thus united in the bonds of
matrimony, when the service was over turned
to leave. Here was another dilemma, which
cast a cloud of deep anxiety over the tranquil
features of the good old man. ' Stop, den,
mj' young friends, von moment, if you please.
You can leave der guilder at the first house
below. Tell them it is Dominie Van Ben-
schooten's marriage fee, and I vill call and
get it."'



FRANKLIN GERMOND is the proprietor
of a good farm in the town of Stanford,
Dutchess count}', successful as a tiller of the
soil, and prominently identified with local
affairs. He was born in that town, April 3,
1846, and is now in the prime of life, and, as
the result of good habits, is amply fitted for
the duties that lie before him.

Silas Germond, his paternal grandfather,
engaged in farming in the towns of Stanford
and Pine Plains, and also at one time con-
ducted a store at Attlebury. He was joined
in wedlock with Charlotte Knapp Green, by
whom he had three children: Hunting, the
father of our subject; Silas K. ; and Mary Ann,
now deceased.

In the town of Stanford, Hunting Ger-
mond was born in 1821. He there attended
the district schools, .and was, later, a student in
a school at Red Hook, Dutchess county. In
his native town he married Miss Emily Ann
Adsit, a daughter of Warren Adsit, and to
them were born four children, namely: Ger-
trude, widow of Elbert Munsell; Franklin, of
this sketch; Frederick, and Guy. The father
resided for some time upon a farm near Stiss-
ing, :;nd then purchased another farm in the
same locality, but the later years of his life
were passed near Willow Brook. Besides en-
gaging in agricultural pursuits, he was also a
dealer in cattle. He used his right of fran-
chise in support of the men and measures of
the Democratic party.

After pursuing his studies for some time in
the district schools of the town of Stanford,



Franklin Germond entered the village schools
of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county, where he
completed his education. On reaching his
majority he started out in life for himself as a
clerk in the store of James Husffed, of Pough-
keepsie, and after leaving his employ worked
upon a farm at Mclntyre, Dutchess county,
for a year. After a year then passed at home,
he went to Toledo, Ohio, where he was em-
ployed as shipping clerk in a wholesale house,
and also sold goods on the road for the same
firm for two years and a half. Returning to
Stanford in the spring of 1877, he remained
upon the old homestead for four j'ears; but in
1 88 1 he purchased his present farm in the same
town, where he has since resided. He is quite
an extensive farmer and stock dealer, and well
deserves the success which has come to him.
In 1876, at Litchfield, Litchfield Co.,
Conn., Mr. Germond was married to Miss
Alice Bissell, daughter of Henry Bissell, and to
them have been born four children: Henry
Bissell, Jam'es Husted, Gertrude C. and Paul
Franklin. In politics Mr. Germond is identi-
fied with the Democratic party, which he
always supports by his ballot, and is now serv-
ing his third term as assessor of his town. He
is an honored and respected citizen who con-
tributes his full quota toward the enterprises
having for their object the general welfare of
the community.



JAMES BARMORE, a leading and repre-
sentative farmer of the town of Unionvale,
belongs to a well-known family of Dutchess
county. His grandfather, Nathaniel Barmore,
who also carried on agricultural pursuits, by
his marriage with Miss Abigail Wall had a
family of seven children, namely: Henry,
the father of our subject; John; James; Meade;
Abram; Betsy; and Eliza, who married Ward
Hunter.

Henry Barmore was born in the town of
Port Chester, Westchester Co., N. Y., No-
vember 17, 1783, was there educated in the
common schools, and learned the carpenter's
trade, at which he worked for some time.
Later he turned his attention to farming. In
religious belief, he was a F'riend. He mar-
ried Miss Bethany Carpenter, who was born
March 10, 1787, and was the daughter of Zeno
and Lydia (Clark) Carpenter. The thirteen
children born to them were as follows:

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May 25, 1806, and after completing his edu-
cation engaged in farming. He wedded Miss
Wary Alley, by whom he had nine children:
Phrebe married C. Patterson; Edward married
Lucy Wanzer, and thej' had three children —
Clark (who married Gertie Tripp) ; Mary E. ;
and Emma (who married Charles Huestis);
Stephen died when young; Caroline married
Andrew Wanzer ; Eliza remained single :
Sarah married Cyrus Perkins, and they had
one child — JohnE.; John married Josephine
Phillips; Charles died when young; Delia mar-
ried Gilbert Downing, and had one son —
Charles.

(2) Anor Barmore was born in Westches-
ter county, July 11, 1807, and married Jasper
Burtch, a farmer, but had no children.

(3) Stephen, born August 25, 1808, mar-
ried Miss Caroline Williams, and they became
the parents of two sons — William and James
S., both of whom died young.

(4) Lydia Barmore was born October i,
1809, and married David Stringham, an agri-
culturist, by whom she had five children: (i)
Henry married Caturah Gardner, and they
had one daughter — Ida C. ; after the death of
his first wife he married Catherine Briggs. 12)
Thomas wedded Mary H. Adams. (3) Isaac
married Lucinda Lj'on, and had two daugh-
ters — Emma, who married Theron Briggs,
has two children — Clara and Arthur; and Mary
E. , who married Edwin Lloyd. (4) John
married Ann E. Barnes, and has five children
— Henry D., who is married and has three
sons; Irene, who married William Mudge, and
had one child; Irving, who married Eleanor
Deyo; Eugene; and Norris. (5) James, twin
brother of John, married Gertrude Van Curen,
and has three children — Willis, Norman (who
married Gertrude Marshall), and Ernest.

(5) Annie Barmore was born January 14,
181 1, and was united in marriage with Abram
Quinby, a farmer.

(6) Sarah Barmore was born January 26,
1814, and became the wife of Underbill Quin-
by, an agriculturist, but they had no children.

(7) Abigail Barmore, born April 28, 181 5,
died when young.

(8) Mary Barmore was born August 27,
1816, and married Shadrach Ricketson, a
farmer, by whom she had two children: Annie
wedded William Barker, and they had two
children — Shadrach and Mary F. ; Susan first
married Theodore Tappen, and they had one
daughter — Mary, who wedded Ira Gilmore.



After the death of her first husband, Susan
married John Anderson.

(9) Susan Barmore was born in the town
of Unionvale, Dutchess county, December 11,
1818, was there educated, and married Egbert
Vale, a farmer of that town; they had three
children: Sarah E. married Theodore W}'-
gant, and had one daughter, Jennie, who be-
came the wife of Thomas Drake, and has one
child — Wesley J.; Charles P. married Allie
Dorland, and has three children — Willard
(who married Lillie Pendley), Susan, and
Harold; Henry J. married Maggie Williamson,
and has two children — Henrietta and John E.

(10) Henry Barmore was born January i,
1820, and married Miss Ruth Spencer. Their
only child, Minnie, married Thomas Fox, and
has one child — Minnie.

(11) Philip Barmore was born Februar}- 18,
1822, and married Miss Hannah Gardner;
they had two children: Maria married Victor
Cornwell, by whom she had two children —
Ruth and Frank — and after the death of her
first husband married Giles Burgess, by whom
she had a son — Philip. Henrj- married Rose-
lina Griffith, and had seven children — James,
Pearl, Edith, Willis, Henry, Beulah. and Willa
Rose, two of whom are deceased.

( 12) Elizabeth Barmore was born Septem-
ber 23, 1823, and never married.

(13) James Barmore, whose name intro-
duces this sketch, is the youngest of the family.
He was born February 27, 1829, in the town
of Unionvale, was educated in the common
schools of the locality, and has alwa3's followed
the occupation of farming. He is a member
of the Society of Friends, is a straightforward,
reliable citizen, and is held in the highest es-
teem. On reaching manhood he was united
in marriage with Miss Abiah Gardner, a daugh-
ter of Lewis Gardner, a farmer of the town of
Beeknian, Dutchess county. She died March
26, 1865, and he afterward wedded her sister,
Miss Mary Gardner. He has had no children
by either marriage.

Resolved Gardner, the grandfather of Mrs.
Barmore, engaged in farming throughout life.
He married Miss Abiah Sweet, and to them
were born eight children: Joshua; Lewis, the
father of Mrs. Barmore; Isaac and Resolved,
who never married; Seneca; Delwin, who never
married; Ann G. ; and Herman.

The eldest son, Joshua Gardner, married
Jane Doughty, and had four children: (i) Mary
A. wedded Samuel Adams, and had four chil-



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dren — Mary H. (who married Thomas String-
ham), Lottie (who married Edward Young, and
has four children — Mrs. Emma Haight, David,
Charles and Mabel), Amelia (who died when
young), and George (who married Alice Gard-
ner, and has five children — Lena, Blanche,
Samuel, Raymond and Mary H.j. (2j Char-
lotte married Edwin Cabry, and has two chil-
dren — Frank, and Lavina (wife of Benjamin
Sutton). (3) Eliza married David Hoag, and
has three children — David, Eva and Angenett.
(4) Thomas wedded Mariette Thomas, and has
three children — Florence, Frances, and Etta.
Lewis Gardner, the father of Mrs. Bar-
more, was born in the town of Beekman,
Dutchess county, June 9, 1791; obtained his
education in the common schools, and learned
the tailor's trade, at which he worked most of
his life, but also carried on farming. He mar-
ried Sarah Tifft, and to them were born thir-
teen children, of whom the eldest four never
married, (i) Catherine S. was born April 20,
181 8. (2) Elizabeth C. was born October 14,
'819. (3) Rhoda C. was born July 22, 1821.

(4) Ruth S. was born September i, 1S23.

(5) Hannah, born December 8, 1824, married
Philip Barmore, a farmer. (6) Seneca L. , born
June 24, 1827, remained single. (7) Abiah,
born June 6, 1829, was the first wife of our
subject. (8) Nathaniel, born August 17, 1831,
was three times married, his first wife being
Leah Lynch, by whom he had two children —
Sarah E. and George L. ; after her death he
married Miss Kate Wood, and to them was
born a child that died in infancy; his third wife
bore the maiden name of Sarah E. Sutton.
(9) EInathan, born March 16, 1833, married
Hannah Lynch, and had four children — Hattie
(who married Robert Fisher, and had one son,
Robert), Sarah (who married William Pierce,
and has one child, Harry), l^enjamin (who
died in infancy), and Mary E. (who married
William Brooks, and has two children, Arthur
and Mary M.). (10) Caturah, born Novem-
ber 28, 1834, married Henry Stringham, a
nephew of our subject, by whom she had a
daughter, Ida C. (11) Mary, born September
24, 1836, is the wife of our subject. (12) Ma-
tilda, born May 27, 1841, died in infancy.
(13) Henry, born August i, 1843, married
Cornelia Cornell, and has one son, Lewis, who
married Minnie Totersman, and they have one
son, Harry.

Seneca Gardner, the fifth child of Resolved
and Abiah (Sweet) Gardner, married Sarah J.



Rockfeller, and to them were born ten children:
Julia never married; William; Charles married
a Miss Dodge, and after her death he married
Sarah A. Brown, by whom he had five children:
Julia, Annie, Isaac, Charles and John; Emma
never married; Jane married Lewis Cooper;
Alice married George Adams; Del win married
Frances Cooper, and had two children — Ida
and John; Isaac remained single; John married
Emma Ludington, and had one daughter —
Nina; 'and Ann married Fred Benjamin, and
they have three children — Fred, Gardner and
Isaac.

Ann G. Gardner, the seventh child of Re-
solved and Abiah (Sweet) Gardner, married
David Adams, and they had one son — James,
who married Samantha Newett.

Herman Gardner, the youngest of the
family, married Eliza Brown, and they had five
children — John, Resolved, Daniel, Lydia and
Deborah.



-OHN P. ANDERSON is a representative
citizen and substantial farmer of the town
of Washington, Dutchess county, where he
has now made his home since 1865, when he
located upon his present farm of 165 acres of
rich and fertile land. He is one of those men
who thoroughly understand the business he is
pursuing, and is meeting with a well-deserved
success. He is the architect of his own for-
tune, having started in life with but little capi-
tal beyond his own industry and a laudable am-
bition to rise in the world.

Mr. Anderson was born at East Fishkill,
Dutchess county, November 23, 1835, and be-
longs to a family whose ancestors came from
Holland at a very early period in the history
of this country. In religious belief they are
mostly Methodists. His grandfather, John An-
derson, was also born at East Fishkill, where
after his marriage he located on a farm and
reared his si.x children: Susan, who married
Abram Van Vlack, a farmer of East Fishkill;
Zillah, wife of Louis Wright, a farmer of the
town of Lagrange, Dutchess county; Elizabeth,
who wedded Harvey Eighmie, an agriculturist
of the town of Beekman, Dutchess county;
Polly, wife of John Homan, also a farmer of
Beekman; Peter, the father of our subject;
and John, a farmer of East Fishkill. In that
town the grandfather spent his remaining days.
There Peter Anderson, the father of our
subject, was born March 21, 1807, and on



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