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east, and had four children: William, Theron,
and Henry, all three residents of the town of
Stanford, and Niles (deceased). The mother
of these died about 1850, and for his second
wife Mr. Knickerbocker married Miss Elizabeth
Smith, born in 181 ", a daughter of John
Smith, a well-known citizen of New Jersey.
Four children were born of this union: Edwin,
Jennie, Fannie (who married Edward Loomis,
of Pittsfield, Mass.), and McClellan.

Edwin Knickerbocker, the subject of our
sketch, was born in Stanford, October 17,
1854, and received his early education in the
public schools of New York. When a young
man he taught successfully in the towns of
Stanford, Clinton, Milan and Washington,
and then engaged in farming upon land bought
of his father. His educational opportunities
were good, and he has improved upon them
by private reading until he has acquired a
wide range of information, and his sterling
qualities of character and sound judgment give
him great influence in the community. A lead-
ing worker in the Democratic party in his
locality, he in 1881 was elected justice of the
peace, and held the ofBce eleven years, serv-
ing in the meantime for four years as justice of
sessions in the county court. In the spring of
1893 he was elected supervisor of the town of
Stanford, in 1894 was re-elected for two years,
and again in 1896 for two years. On June 5,
1889, he was married to Miss Jennie Hooker,
daughter of William and Sarah (Cutler)
Hooker, well-known residents of the town of
Dover, and has had four children: Jay, Asa,
Elfie, and Sarah. A progressive farmer, he is
a member of the Grange, in which he holds the
office of master, and he is also affiliated with
the K. of P.



GILBERT COOPER, one of the leading
and representative citizens of the town of
Stanford, Dutchess county, was born in Fish-
kill mow Wappinger) town. Dutchess county,
March 23. 1820. His paternal grandfather,
Obediah Cooper, who was of English origin,
engaged in farming in Wappinger town, where
he also followed the trades of a wheelwright
and wagonmaker. He married Miss Maria



\'an Benschoter. and by her had five children:
William M., Ellas, Nancy, Sarah and Tunis.

Tunis Cooper, the father of our subject,
was also a native of the town of Wappinger,
his birth occurring there June 25, 1787, and
he wedded Mary Budd. a daughter of Under-
bill Budd, of the same town. She was born
April 22, 1793, and died April 10, 1825. They
became the parents of the following children:
Fletcher, born December 14, 1817, died May
12, 1884; Gilbert, whose name introduces this
sketch, is the next in order of birth; Maria,
born October 2, 1821. became the wife of John
W. Sleight, of Lagrange town, Dutchess coun-
ty, and was killed by a cannon ball at Nicar-
agua, Central America, April 15. 1857; John
was born July 12, 1S23; William, born April
2, 1825, enlisted in an Illinois regiment during
the Civil war, served throughout that struggle
as hospital steward, and died July 7, 186S.
After the death of his first wife Tunis Cooper
married Maria Myers, who was born Decem-
ber 17. 1804, and died February 9. 1874.
Five children graced this union: Matthew,
born November 5, 1S28, died September 29,
1850; Amanda, born May 13, 1831, married
Benjamin Pugsley, of Alamosa, Colo.; Susan,
born March 3, 1836, became the wife of Louis
Umlauf, and died August 15, 1873; Martin
Luther, born February 23, 1833, died January
25, 1873; and Mary, born June 18, 1841, is the
wife of William Pugsley. of Wappinger town.

After his marriage Tunis Cooper purchased
the farm next his father's, and continued to
live there until 1865, when he removed to the
village of Wappingers Falls, where he re-
mained for a couple of years. He next pur-
chased a place between that city and Pough-
keepsie, where he resided until his death, Octo-
ber 31, 1868. He had been drafted for the
war of 1812, but hostilities ceased before he
was called into action. On attaining his ma-
jority he supported the Democratic party, but
after the nomination of President Lincoln, he
became a stanch Republican, though he never
cared for political preferment. He served as
trustee ami president of .Amenia Seminary; was
one of the leading members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church in the town of Wappinger,
with which he was officially connected, and
was alwajs faithful in the performance of his
duties in both public and private life.

During his boyhood and youth Gilbert
Cooper attended the district schools of the
town of Wappinger, and in 1842 left the place



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