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Island. Thomas Wright, the grandfather of
our subject, and one of the early residents of
the town of East Fishkill, Dutchess county,
had a family of eight children, all now de-
ceased. As he was in somewhat limited cir-
cumstances, his son, Lewis, the father of our
subject, was given but an ordinary education,
and he started out in life as a poor boy. He
was born in the town of East Fishkill, March
22, 1800, and in his twentieth year first be-
came a resident of the town of Lagrange, lo-
cating upon the farm now occupied by our
subject, which he operated for some time be-
fore he was able to purchase it. Upon that
place he spent his remaining days.

On November 3, 1820, Lewis Wright was
married to Maria \'ermilyea, who was born
September 26, 1801, and died December 31,
1827, and they became the parents of three
children: Mary, born July 24, 1821, died in
June, 1894; John G., born May 31, 1824; and
Abraham, born in December, 1826, and died
October 18, 1828. Mr. Wright was again
married, this time on November 13, 1828, to
Miss Zillah Anderson, who was born February
24, 1799, and was the daughter of John Ander-
son. Four children came to this union: Ann



Elizabeth, born August 24, 1830, married
Draper Hall, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ; Thomas,
subject of this sketch; Susan Jane, born De-
cember 25, 18^4, married Rutsen Hall, of the
town of Unionvale, Dutchess county; and An-
derson, born May i, 1838, died May 10, 1867.
The mother of these children departed this
life in November, 1885.

Thomas Wright, whose name introduces
these lines, was born February 26, 1833, on
the farm which is now his home, in the town
of Lagrange. His education was acquired in
the district school, and at a private school of
the neighborhood. On April 20, 1859, he was
married to Miss Phcebe Rogers, who was born
October 18, 1840, a daughter of Laban Rog-
ers, of the town of Beekman, Dutchess coun-
ty. To this worthy couple were born fourteen
children, whose names and dates of birth are
as follows: Charles L., January 21, 1.860;
Homer A., June 19, 1862; Carrie R.. July 31,
1864; Susan A., August 21, 1866; Jennie,
October 3, 1868; Mary E., May 12, 1871;
Lewis T., March 12, 1873; Alice Z., October
27, 1874; John R., October 11, 1876; Ru6m-
ma, September 2, 1S78; Arthur, October 23,
1880; Augusta M., March 21, 1883; and Jo-
sephine and Pauline (twins), August 10, 1885.
Of these, Josephine died July 22, 1886. Mrs.
Wright's father was born in the town of Beek-
man, in 1805, married Jane Sincerbox, of
East Fishkill, by whom he had five children —
two sons and three daughters, of whom, one
son and daughter are now deceased. The
mother died in 1SS41 the father in 1886.

In 1859, Mr. Wright became a resident of
the town of Beekman, where he remained until
1879, when he removed to the old Vermilyea
homestead in the town of Lagrange, which he
operated for ten years, when he returned to the
farm where his early life was passed, and has
there continued to make his home. He is now
the owner of three fine farms in the town of
Lagrange, and another in Beekman, aggrega-
ting 750 acres of as good land as is to be
found anywhere in the county. While living
in Beekman, he was elected justice of the
peace, but declined to qualify. A stanch
Democrat in politics, he is recognized as an
honorable, upright man, the encourager of
educational institutions, and during his younger
years served as school commissioner in the
town of Lagrange. The career of Mr.
Wright has ever been such as to warrant the
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has come in contact, for he has ever con-
ducted all transactions on the strictest princi-
ples of honor and integrity.



GEORGE W. HOWELL, a leading and in-
fluential member of the agricultural com-
munity of the town of Pleasant Valley, Dutch-
ess county, resides upon his fine farm of 197
acres. Besides the regular duties pertaining
to the cultivation of the soil, he also deals quite
extensively in stock, which he buys and ships
to the city.

Mr. Howell is a native of Dutchess county,
having been born at Salt Point, November 12,
1849, and he is a son of Benjamin Howell, at
one time also a prominent farmer of the town
of Pleasant Valley. He received his education
in the common schools of the neighborhood,
and lent his assistance to his father in carrying
on the farm. On attaining his majority he
became postal clerk on the Poughkeepsie &
Eastern railroad, which position he filled some
fourteen years. In 1 87S he married Miss Adelia
Hicks, who was born in the town of Washing-
ton, Dutchess county, where her father, Fred-
erick Hicks, carried on farming. She died
June 20, 1 886, leaving two children: Mabel
and Grace.

In 1S80 Mr. Howell purchased his present
farm, and has since resided there. In politics
he is a straight and stanch adherent of the
principles formulated in the platform of the
Republican party, and in the exercise of his
elective franchise invariably supports the can-
didates offered by that organization. During
President Harrison's administration he served
for four years as postmaster of Washington
Hollow. He is a public-spirited man, aiding
in all kinds of improvements for the good of
the community, and is especially active in pro-
moting educational interests. Socially, he be-
longs to the Masonic fraternity, and he merits
and receives the warmest confidence of his
fellow-citizens.



ELIAS W. BERRY, a prosperous farmer
of the town of Lagrange, Dutchess county,

was born in the town of Hyde Park, Dutchess
county, August 6, 1854. His parents were
Lebbens Howe and Wilhelmina (Westervelt)
Berry, the latter being a daughter of Elias and
Ruth Westervelt.

Nicholas N. Berry, the paternal grandfather



of our subject, was born in 1792, in East Fish-
kill, N. Y. , ar..d settled in the town of Pough-
keepsie when a \'oung man. He was twice
married, his first wife being Miss Ida Vanalts,
a native of Fishkill, N. Y., who bore him two
children: Lettie Ann and William, both of
whom are now deceased. B)' his second wife,
whose maiden name was Ida Howe, he had
four children, namely: Lebbens H. and John
P. (both deceased), the latter of whom was
superintendent of the Street railroad in Eliza-
beth City; Tunis, a lesident of Elizabeth, N.
J., was supervisor of the town of Poughkeep-
sie; and Sarah, who married Tunis Conklin,
and lives at Hyde Park. The family were all
Presbyterians in their religious belief.

Lebbens H. Berry, the father of our sub-
ject, was a school teacher in his younger days,
but most of his life was spent in farming. He
lived for a year on the plank road, and for ten
years farmed on the land now occupied by the
State Asylum buildings. He sold this property,
and for a year resided in Hyde Park, subse-
quently going to the town of Clinton, where
he remained four j-ears. In 1865 he took up
his residence in the town of Lagrange, where
he spent the rest of his life, his death occurring
in 1887. His wife survived him until 1891.
He was a stanch Democrat in his political
views, and held several minor town offices,
being commissioner of highways in the town
of Poughkeepsie, and collector at various times.
He was a man of considerable business ability,
and during his life accumulated a comfortable
fortune. The children born to himself and
wife were: William, residing in Danbury,
Conn. ; Henry, living at Roselle, N. J. : Sarah
W. ; Lettie Ann, who married Shryver Tomp-
kins, of Lagrange; Elias Westervelt, the sub-
ject of this sketch; Lebbens H., living in La-
grange; Mary Frances, wife of the Rev. Edwin
C. Bennett, of Buffalo, N. Y.; Seymour, resid-
ing in Roselle, N. J. ; and Ida Ruth.

Elias W. Berry obtained his education in the
district school at Freedom Plains, and lived on
the home farm in Lagrange with his parents,
until the death of his mother in 1891. On
March 9, 1892, he was married to Mrs. Louisa
Seaman Brill, a daughter of Jacob and Clara
Seaman. Mrs. Berry has three children by
her first marriage: Richard, Clara and Fred-
erick. After his marriage Mr. Berry purchased
the J. R. Flagler farm near Overlook, in the
town of Lagrange, which consists of ninety
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farming, in which he has been quite successful.
He is a hard worker, thrifty and energetic, and
is highly respected by all his acquaintances.
He is a Democrat in politics, has been justice
of the peace two terms, and also one of the
inspectors of election.



JOSEPH B. ROZELL, a very prominent
and energetic farmer of the town of Union-
vale, Dutchess county, was there born April
-9. '859, and secured his education in the
schools near his home. His paternal grand-
father, Henry Rozell, was a native of Tarry-
town, N. Y., where he attended school, but
early in life removed to Chestnut Ridge,
Dutchess county, where he followed agricult-
ural pursuits. He wedded Miss Eleanor
Cypher, and to them were born the following
children: Thomas, who married Jennie Strait;
Elizabeth married Caleb Oakley; John, who
married Miss Black; Samuel, who married
Rhoda Rozell; Gilbert, who married Eliza
Shear; Henry, who married Catharine Holmes;
William, who died in infancy; William, who
married Julia Burnett; Alexander, the father
of our subject; Jacob, who married Jane
Austin; Matilda, who married Dewitt Connor;
Annie, who married Harvey Simeon; Egbert,
who married Priscilla Cooper; and Maria,
who married I'^obert Hicks.

Alexander Rozell was born at Chestnut
Ridge in 1808, and in the common schools of
Dutchess county acquired his education. He
learned the shoemaker's trade, at which he
worked for fourteen years, and then devoted
his time and attention to farming, until life's
labors were ended. He was a progressive and
public-spirited citizen, and enjoyed the respect
and confidence of all who knew him.

On January 31, 1854, was celebrated the
marriage of Alexander Rozell and Miss Sarah
Frances Potter, a daughter of George and
Hannah ( Baker) Potter, farming people of
Nantucket. Four children blessed this union,
of whom our subject is third in order of birth:
George, born December 8, 1854, in the town
of Unionvale, received a common-school edu-
cation, and learned the carpenter's trade, at
which he is now employed. He married Miss
Anna M. Syncerbaux, w^ho was born January
30, i860. Annie was born July 25, 1856, in
Unionvale town, and married Jesse Oakley,
an agriculturist, by whom she has one child.



Alexander, born in 1890. Ella H., born No-
vember 4, i860, is the wife of William E.
Ferris, a shoemaker of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.,
and they have one son, William H., who was
born October 2, 1895.

George Potter, the maternal grandfather
of our subject, was born October 20, 1786,
and in September, 18 12, married Miss Han-
nah Baker, whose birth occurred August i,
1790. They became the parents of five chil-
dren, whose names and dates of birth are as
follows: Joseph, August 7, 18 13; Anthony,
April 6, 181 5; William B., March 12, 18 17;
Sarah F., December 27, 1819; and Milton,
April 23, 1 82 1.



MRS. MAY LOSEE DUTCHER, of Do-
__ _ ver Plains, is descended from well-known
families of Dutchess county. Her paternal
grandfather. William Losee, a lifelong farmer,
was a native of Syracuse, N. Y. , and received
his education in the schools of that place.
He married Miss Mary Watterman, of the
same place, and they became the parents of
twelve children, namely: Harris married Ra-
chel I^utts; William married Anna Carbardt;
John married Phcebe \'eiley; Henry married
Mertha Lake; Joseph married Harriet Han-
neston; George was the father of Mrs. Dutch-
er; Julia married J. Cooper; Delia remained
unmarried; Caroline married Hicks Hustes;
Adelaide married Seneca White ; Catherine
married Vincent Tripp; and Mary married
Egbert Butler.

George Losee, a member of the above fam-
ily, was born at Dover Plains, Februarj- 14,
1817, and in the schools of that village
acquired his education. I^ike his father, he
also followed agricultural pursuits. He mar-
ried Miss Anna Sherman, daughter of Darius
and Myra (Tabor) Sherman, who were resi-
dents of the town of Dover, where her father
died July 25, 1858. His father was born De-
cember I, 1757, and died May 25, 1847, 'i
the town of Pawling, Dutchess count}', where
for many years he had engaged in farming.
He was united in marriage with Abigail Pierce,
who was born in 1767 and died in 1818. They
became the parents of ten children, whose
names and dates of birth are as follows: Oli-
ver, May 27, 1787; Chloe, November 27,
178S; Isaac, June 15. 1791; Henry, July 17,
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179S; Darius, November 7, 1800; Sylvia, De-
cember 6, 1802; Lydia, April 16, 1805; and
Olive, May 1 1, 1807.

To the parents of Mrs. Dutcher were born
six children: Ella, who became the wife of
Frank Secor; May, of this review ; George,
who wedded Mary Hutchinson ; William;
Daisy, who married Charles Wyman; and
Joseph. Of this family. May was born in the
town of Dover, Dutchess county, and during
her girlhood attended the common schools
of the neighborhood, where she acquired an
excellent education. She married George
Dutcher. She has many friends throughout
the county, and is loved and respected by all
who know her.



JARVIS C. ROBINSON. Dutchess county
has many well-to-do and successful farmers,
men who have accumulated what they have
of this world's goods through individual effort.
Among this class the name of the subject of
this notice is entitled to a place. He is resid-
ing upon his fine farm in the town of Stanford,
where he is industriously engaged in the prose-
cution of his noble calling, and is meeting with
far more than ordinary success.

Anativeof Dutchess county, the birth of Mr.
Robinson took place in the town of Fishkill,
September 25, 1827, but since the early age of
seven jears he has been a resident of the town
of Stanford, and there his education was ob-
tained in the district schools. As a young
man he worked as a farm hand, and at the age
of nineteen began work for Mrs. Canfield upon
the farm which he now owns. At her death
he purchased the place, the improvement and
cultivation of which he has since continued
with remarkable success. On August 20, 1856,
he was married in the town of Stanford to Miss
Mary E. Mosher, daughter of Allen Mosher,
and to them were born the following children:
Fremont (now deceased); Homer E., of whom
special mention will presently be made; Leo-
netta, who married Emerson Gregory, by
whom she has two children — Jennie and Ma-
bel; Tamma, who married Newton J. Barlow,
of the town of Stanford, by whom she has a
daughter — May; Allen, who married Nellie
Northrup, by whom he has two children —
Clifton and Clara; and Edward and Amy Alida
(both deceased). The mother of these chil-
dren, who was a faithful member of the Bap-



tist Church, died May 6, 1877, mourned by
many warm friends.

Politically Mr. Robinson was first a Whig,
later a Republican, and has efficiently served
in the offices of inspector and town auditor.
He is a self-made man in the truest sense of
the term, and in the various relations of life
has maintained a character and standing that
have impressed all with his sincere and manly
purpose to do by others as he would have oth-
ers do by him.

Homer E. Robinson, the eldest living son
of our subject, spent his boyhood days upon
the home farm, aiding in its work and attend-
ing the district schools of the neighborhood.
At the age of twenty-two years he removed to
the town of Milan, where for seven years he
operated the farm of John Wilson, but since
that time has resided upon the old homestead.
Like his father, he votes the straight Repub-
lican ticket, and socially is a member of Pough-
keepsie Lodge No. 43, K. of P. He married
Miss Emma Hicks, daughter of Gilbert Hicks,
and two children have been born to them:
Edward and I. Leslie.



T HERON CUTLER, an extensive farmer
of Dutchess county, was born in the town

of Washington, April 10, 1821, and is the son
of Stephen and Sally (Fitch) Cutler.

Stephen Cutler, the father of our subject,
was born in Dutchess county, in 1783, a son
of Stephen and Amy (Lesterj Cutler. He
grew up on a farm, and on reaching man's es-
tate married Miss Sally Fitch, a native of Nor-
walk. Conn. They settled on the old home
farm, and reared a family of eight children,
namely: Amy, deceased; Philo F. was a
farmer in western New York; Rachel, deceased;
Stephen, deceased, married Miss Louisa Will-
iams, and followed farming in the town of
Washington; Lorenzo, deceased, married Miss
Hannah Brown; Theron, our subject; Ben-
jamin A., deceased; and Mordecai L. is a re-
tired resident of Washington. Mr. Cutler re-
mained on the farm all his life, and politically
supported the Whig party; he died in 1858;
his wife had preceded him, dying in 1853.
Stephen Cutler, the grandfather of our subject,
was raised in Dutchess county, where he mar-
ried Amy Lester; he was a son of Jonathan
Cutler, a native of Rhode Island, who came to
Dutchess county at an early day.

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farm and on October 28, iiSsj, was married to
Miss Amelia Mitchell, a native of the town of
Wasliington, and a daughter of Josiah and Jane
Ann (Elsbree) Mitchell. After their marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Cutler came to their present
home, where he carries on general farming on
his 220 acres of excellent land. Three children
were born to this couple: Dwight, who died in
1869; Olin, whose death occurred in 1891;
and Franz S., who is unmarried and lives at
home.

In politics Mr. Cutler is a Republican, and
religiously he and his wife attend the Episcopal
Church. ' He is one of the progressive and sub-
stantial farmers of his county.

Josiah Mitchell, father of Mrs. Cutler, was
born in Nantucket in 1807, the son of Ben-
jamin and Eunice (Barney) Mitchell, and came
to Dutchess county in 1S09, where he after-
ward made his home and followed the occupa-
tion of farming. Benjamin Mitchell was of
Scotch extraction, born on Nantucket; he was
a relative of the late Maria Mitchell, the famous
astronomer of Vassar College. Mrs. Cutler's
maternal grandparents were from Rhode Island.



FRANK P. LASHER. In the busy com-
munity located in the thriving little vil-
lage of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county, we
find several energetic and thoroughgoing busi-
ness men, who have attained success through
their own tact, good judgment and persever-
ance. Among the number is the gentleman
whose name introduces this biographical no-
tice, and who at the present time is a repre-
sentative of the hardware trade of the place.
He deals in stoves, tinware, crockery, glass-
ware and all kinds of house furnishing goods,
slate and metal roofing, hot-water and steam-
heating apparatus, and, as a member of the
Dutchess County Artesian Well & Wind Mill
Co., he deals in tanks, pumps and pipes, also
well supplies.

Mr. Lasher was born in the town of Stan-
ford, Dutchess county, July 20, 1852. His
father, John Lasher, is a native of Columbia
county, N. Y. , and one of the four children of
Hannah and Samuel Lasher, farming people of
that county, ''where their deaths occurred.
Their ancestors were originally from Holland.
The children were Edward, who was the pro-
prietor of several hotels in Hudson, N. Y., and
Millerton, Dutchess county; John; Sobrina,
widow of Caleb Woolcut, who was a farmer of



Columbia county; and Elmira, who married
and removed west.

In his native county, John Lasher was
united in marriage with Sarah Bates, who was
born in the town of Washington, Dutchess
county, and they began housekeeping upon a
farm in Stanford town, where their ten chil-
dren were born as follows: Alice, who died
young; Florence, wife of Lewis Earl, a farmer
of Stanford town; Frank P., of this sketch;
Samuel J., an agriculturist, who removed to
California about twenty years ago; George B.,
a liveryman of Bangall, Dutchess county;
Isaac C. , who was a tin and copper smith of
Pleasant Valley, and died in 1888; Dora, who
died while young; Ida; Allie. wife of Norman
Irish, of New York City, and one who died in
infancy. The mother of these is deceased; the
father has always engaged in farming and con-
tracting, and in politics is an ardent Democrat.

Until eighteen years of age Frank P.
Lasher remained upon the home farm, assist-
ing in its cultivation and improvement, and his
education was such as the district schools of
the neighborhood afforded. He bought his
time of his father, paying him $200 for the
same, and then started out to fight life's bat-
tles unaided and empty-handed; and so well
did he succeed that by the time he was twenty-
one years old he had saved $500. Going first
to Bangall, he began learning the tinning and
plumbing trade with John June, with whom he
remained for about two and one-half years,
spending the following three months at Pough-
keepsie. In 1871 he came to Pleasant Valley
and engaged in the tin and plumbing business
with Henry Sacket, under the name of Lasher
& Sacket, the connection continuing for three
years, when our subject bought out his part-
ner. He has since been alone, and has built
up an extensive business. He is known all
over the county as one of its leading business
men, and the success he has achieved is well
merited.

In 1873 Mr. Lasher married Miss Jennie
Rogers, who was born in the town of Pleasant
Valley, and they became the parents of three
children: Willis C, Charles and Sadie. The
mother departed this life in 1883, and in 18S4
Mr. Lasher wedded Miss Mary Miller, a native
of Columbia county, N. Y., and a daughter of
Allen Miller, a blacksmith by trade. In poli-
tics Mr. Lasher strongly adheres to the doc-
trines of the Republican party, but is no poli-
tician, and both he and his wife attend the




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Presbyterian Church. By all he is held in the
highest respect, and in the estimation of his
fellow citizens he is one of the representative
men of Pleasant Valley.



JULIUS M. MOUL is a worthy representa-
tive of the agricultural interests of the town
of Red Hook, Dutchess county, where his
ancestors located at an early day, and is en-
gaged in the operation of the homestead farm,
comprising io8 acres of fine land situated just
off the post road and about one mile from the
village of Red Hook. The old house still
stands as it was in the earlier days, and is sur-
rounded by good and substantial outbuildings
for the accommodation of stock. Among his
possessions our subject has an old German
Bible printed in 1736, being now one hundred
and sixty years old.

On that farm, June 11, 1782, was born
John Moul, the grandfather of our subject, and
in the common schools of the village of Red
Hook he obtained his education. As soon as
old enough, however, he began to assist in the
labors of the farm and made the vocation of
farming his life work. On May 3, 1812, he
married Miss Elizabeth Ryfenburgh, of Red
Hook, who was born March 15, 1790, and
they became the parents of three children:
Jacob M., who was born February 7, 18 13,
and died May 13, 1S40; William, born July 17,
1 821; and Frederick, born August i, 1829.
These children were all born in the town of
Red Hook, and received common-school educa-
tions.

On leaving school William Moul, the father
of our subject, conducted his father's farm,
and on August 29, 1849, was married, the
lady of his choice being Miss Mary Teal,
daughter of Jacob Teal, a farmer of Red
Hook, and four children blessed their union:
John Jacob, born September 8, 1852; Julius
Martin, of this review; an infant son, who was
born December 25, 1856, and died unnamed;
and Elizabeth, born July 19, 1858. The
mother of these children died December 8,
1865, at the age of thirty-si.x years. After
three years Mr. Moul was again married,
August 25, 1868, his second wife being Miss
Rosanna Waldorf, daughter of W'illiam Wal-
dorf, a farmer of the town of Red Hook.

Our subject was born December 7, 1853,
at the old home in Red Hook, and, on com-
pleting his education in the common schools of

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the locality, like his ancestors chose the life
of a farmer, continuing the cultivation of the
home place. He is a conscientious, earnest,
Christian gentleman, a member of the Luth-
eran Church of Red Hook, and stands to-day



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