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Island branch of the family. Her grandfather,
Thomas T. Powell, who died in 1862, at the
age of ninety-one years, kept an old-fashioned
inn at Westerlo, Albany county. His mother
was a Titus, and his wife was Mary Ann
Greene, who died in 1861 at the age of eighty-
six years; she was of Welsh blood, and a direct
descendant of Gen. Nathaniel Greene. Six
children were born to Thomas Powell and his
wife: Ezekiel died in 1882 at the age of
seventy-five; Joseph D. died at sixty; Orrin at
fifty -five; Jesse D. at thirty; Harriet at fifty-
five; and Mary Ann at fifty.
, Ezekiel Powell, the maternal grandfather
of our subject, married Prudence Halsted, who
died in 1884, aged seventy-two years. She
was one of the ten children of Stephen and
Eve (Decker) Halsted, both of whom were
natives of Germantown, Dutchess county. He
died in 1835 aged fifty-five, his wife passing
away in 1867. Of their children all but
three lived in Illinois. Thomas died there at
the age of eighty; Bartow at fifty; Stephen D.
at forty-five; Samuel at sixty; John now lives
there at eighty years of age; Betsey Ann died
there at forty-five; Mary Ann is living there at
seventy-five. Of those who remained in New
York, besides Prudence, there were Sally
Maria (Mrs. Blossom), who is living in Wes-
terlo, at the age of sixty-two; and Marilla,
who died at South Westerlo when aged twenty-
four.

From the foregoing it will be seen that at
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the time of the birth of Dr. Powell (in i860)
he was blessed with six living grandmothers
and four grandfathers. He was the only child
of his parents, and they lived to rejoice in his
success, his father dying in 1895, his mother
now residing with him. Our subject attended
the public schools of his native place while
his father was teaching there, and at the age
of sixteen entered the Albany Normal School,
where he took the two-years' course, graduat-
ing with the valedictory honors in 1878. For
a short time he conducted a drug store at
" Bath-on-the-Hudson", and disposing of it he
matriculated in the fall of 1878 at the Albany
Medical College under Dr. E. T. Rulison mow
of Buffalo, N. Y.), the late Dr. Norman L.
Snow,- of Albany, curator of the college, and
Prof. Albert V'an Der Veer, as preceptors. He
was graduated in 1882, being again awarded
the honor of delivering the valedictory address.
In the spring of that year he located at Housa-
tonic, Mass. ; but in the fall he moved to
Poughkeepsie and commenced practice at No.
4 Garden street. Fortune did not at first
smile upon him, but his fine abilities and train-
ing gradually won recognition, so that at
the end of three years he had a fair practice,
and now has one of the best in the city. He
keeps well abreast of the advances of his pro-
fession, his retentive memory being a great
advantage to him, and is very successful as a
general practitioner.

In 1883 Dr. Powell married Idell H.
Champlin, daughter of Charles Champlin, and
has two children, Robert Carlisle and Vera
Terry. Possessing a genial nature, the Doctor
is a leading spirit in local affairs. He takes an
ardent interest in the success of the Republic-
an party; was health officer of the city under
Mayor Ellsworth, and is now a member of the
Board of Education. He belongs to Pough-
keepsie Bicycle Club, the K. of P., Triumph
Lodge No. 165, and to the Masonic fraternity,
Triune Lodge No. 782, being the first man to
be admitted to that order at a regular com-
munication of the lodge in the new Masonic
Temple. Among his professional brethren he
holds a high rank, and is a member of the
Dutchess County Medical Society, has been
president of the Clinical Society of Poughkeep-
sie, and in 1892 was president of the Alumni
Association of the Albany Medical College.
He is U. S. Pension Examining Surgeon; is
surgeon of the Nineteenth Separate Company,
Third Brigade, New York; has been Police



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Surgeon, and is now County Physician. He
is also a member of the Board of Trade, and
of the Retail Merchants Association of the City
of Poughkeepsie; is a member of Davy Crock-
ett Hook and Ladder Company No. i, being
ex-president thereof, and at the present time is
president of the board of trustees.



JAMES A. MARSHALL. One does not
have to pursue his investigations far into
the annals of Dutchess county before he
finds that the name of this gentleman is con-
spicuous on the pages of its history. His life
is distinctive from the fact that he is one of
the oldest native sons of the county, and a rep-
resentative of one of its most honored pioneer
families. In Pleasant Valley, April 26, 18 19,
he first opened his eyes to the light of day,
and his father, Henry S. Marshall, was born
in the same town. May 5, 1793. The grand-
father, James Marshall, was born in the same
locality, March 5, 1765. The great-grand-
father, John Marshall, was one of the seven
sons of the founder of the family in America,
who came to this country from his native Eng-
land.

James Marshall, the grandfather of our
subject, married Catherine Van Vorehis, and
located on a farm in the town of Pleasant Val-
ley, where they reared children as follows:
John, who was a merchant and school-teacher;
Henry S., father of our subject; Stephen, a
printer by trade, took charge of the State
prison in later life; George, who lived in vari-
ous localities in Dutchess county; Elizabeth,
wife of William Welling, a farmer; Sally, wife
of William Allen, a farmer; Catherine, wife of
George Ham, an agriculturist; Elsie, wife of
Lansing Thorne, who followed the same pur-
suit; and Julia, wife of Isaac Newcomb, who
died in a Rebel prison during the Civil war.

Henry S. Marshall in his early life learned
the trade of a bookbinder. He married Sarah
Allen, a native of the town of Pleasant Valley,
and a daughter of Jcihn I. and Esther Allen,
whose family numbered twelve children. Her
father was an agriculturist, and was of English
lineage. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall began house-
keeping on a farm in Pleasant Valley town,
where they spent their remaining days, their
friends and neighbors holding them in the
highest esteem for many excellencies of char-
acter. Consistent members of the Presbyte-
rian Church, Mr. Marshall served for many



years as deacon. In politics he was a \\'hig.
In the family were four children: Catherine
E., deceased; James A.; Eliza and Isaac, who
have also passed away.

The respected subject of this review, James
A. Marshall, lived with his parents through the
days of his boyhood and youth, and early be-
came familiar with the duties of farm life. On
leaving home he married Cordelia Conover, a
native of the town of Poughkeepsie, and a
daughter of Jacob Conover, an enterprising
farmer, born in Dutchess county, and descended
from an old Holland family. The marriage of
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, which was celebrated
October 27, 1843, was blessed with four chil-
dren: Sarah E., wife of Bartlett Devine, a
farmer of Pleasant Valley town; Isaac, a farmer
of Olive town, Ulster county; Henry J., who
operates land near the old homestead; and
Nellie, wife of Harvey Halsted, a farmer of
the town of Pleasant Valley.

Mr. Marshall has made farming his life
work. Having resided at various places in the
county, he removed in 1886 to his present
home in the town of Pleasant Valley, where
he has since lived retired, enjoying the compe-
tence that has come to him as the reward of
his earnest and able labors in former years.
In September, 1895, he was called upon to
mourn the loss of his loved wife, with whom
he had traveled life's journey for more than
half a centur\-, but he lives in the hope of a
blessed reunion in the land where sorrow and
death are no more. His religious connection
is with the Presbyterian Church, and his po-
litical association with the Republican party,
by which he was elected road commissioner
and assessor. His life is not marked by any
events of exciting or thrilling interest, but his
is the honorable career of a man who has al-
ways faithfully performed his duties to the
best of his ability, and with promptness and
fidelity discharged every trust reposed in him.



E^LIPHAZ DELAMATER, a well-known
_^ farmer of the town of Lagrange, Dutch-
ess county, was born in the town of Esopus,
Ulster Co., N. Y., March 21, 1842. The
great-great-grandfather on the paternal side
came to this State from Holland at an early
day, and settled in Esopus. His son John was
born there, and the latter's son John was born
at Esopus, August 4, 1779, and died Septem-
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This John Delamater, the grandfather of
our subject, was married September 13, 1806,
to Fanny Decker, who was born August 24,
1780, and died March 6, 185S. Their children
were as follows: Catherine, born August 7,
1807; Jacob, September 25, 18 10; John (father
of our subject), November 26, 18 12; Peter,
May 24, 1817; Eliza, July 27, 1823. The
father of this family was a miller by trade, and
followed that occupation for a number of
years. He owned a mill which he subse-
quently sold, and and in connection with his
father purchased a farm. He was a prominent
man in his community, and had the confidence
of the public. He was made the trustee of
many estates, and managed all his affairs with
discretion and good judgment. He was a
member of the Reformed Dutch Church, and
helped to build the edifice, and was one of its
most liberal supporters. For four years before
his death he was afflicted with blindness,
which he bore with fortitude and uncomplain-
ing patience.

John Delamater, father of our subject, was
reared in the town of Esopus, Ulster count}-,
on his father's farm, and attended the district
schools of that locality. He carried on farm-
ing there until 1865, when he sold out and re-
moved to Lagrange town, Dutchess county,
buying the farm on which our subject now re-
sides. Here he made his home until the time
of his death, which took place April 27, 1891.
He was married in Esopus, June 8, 1833, to
Sarah Terpening, who was there born Decem-
ber 5, 181 3. Their children were Israel \'an-
Keuren, born November i, 1835, and died May
6, 1868; and Eliphaz, the subject of this re-
view. John Delamater was a member of the
Reformed Church, and was highway commis-
sioner in the town of Esopus. He was a man
of fine character, and was universally re-
spected.

Our subject spent his boyhood days in
Esopus, where he attended the district schools.
When twenty-three years old he came with his
parents to Lagrange township, and has resided
there for the past thirty years, being engaged
in farming. He was married October 25,
18S2, to Anna M., daughter of Philip Schuyler
Andrews, and their family consists of the fol-
lowing children: John and Emott (twins),
Harold, Mildred, Wilfred and Cornelia.

Mr. Delamater is a member of the Re-
formed Church at New Hackensack, and in
politics is in sympathy with the Republican



party, although he takes no active part in
public affairs, and has never been an aspirant
for office. He is a quiet, unostentatious man,
and is highly respected by all who know him.



GILBERT E. VAN WAGNER, one of the
_ representative farmers of the town of
Pleasant Valley, is a native of Dutchess coun-
ty, born in Hyde Park, January 3, 1838. The
kingdom of Holland, which has given to the
world one of the hardiest races of people,
sheltered the ancestors of our subject, but for
many generations they have made their home
in the county. The grandfather, Gilbert Van-
W^agner, was born in the town of Pleasant
Valley, and was a son of Evert Van Wagner,
who carried on farming there. The former
wedded Catherine Schriver, also a native of
Dutchess county, and located upon a farm in
Hyde Park, where their seven children were
born, namely: Hannah first married a cous-
in by the name of Van Wagner, a farmer
by occupation, and after his death became
the wife of a Mr. Butts, a resident of the
western part of the State; Helen married
Charles J. Todd, a farmer of Hyde Park;
Mary was the wife of Jacob Tillottson, a
wagon maker and farmer of Hyde Park; John,
who wedded Lettie Humphrey, also engaged
in farming in Dutchess county; Isaac married
Jennett Beech, and carried on agricultural
pursuits in the town of Clinton, Dutchess
county; Evert G. is the father of our subject;
and James, a farmer, married Ann Beech.

In Hyde Park Evert G. Van Wagner was
born, and on reaching man's estate he married
Sarah Humphrey, who was born in the town
of Beekman, Dutchess county, a daughter of
John Humphrey, who carried on farming
there. Her mother, who bore the maiden
name of Jane Bregraw, was a native of New-
town, Long Island, and by her marriage had
six children, of whom Sarah was the eldest.
She was followed by Phcebe, wife of George
H. Traver, a retired farmer of Saratoga, N.
Y. ; Elizabeth, wife of Harris McFarland, a
farmer of the town of Pleasant Valley; Ellen,
wife of George Bates, also an agriculturist of
Pleasant Valley town; and Thomas, who mar-
ried Ellen Skidmore. After his marriage
the father of our subject took his bride to his
farm in Hyde Park town. They became the
parents of children as follows: George, who
died at the age of twenty-two years; John,



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who wedded Mary Mosher; Abram, who mar-
ried Sophia Wagner; Andrew, who married
Cordelia Wagner; Gilbert, of this review;
and Kate. The sons all followed in the foot-
steps of their father — engaging in agricultural
pursuits as a life work. The parents were
both faithful members of the Reformed
Church, and in politics Mr. Van Wagner was
a Republican. His death occurred July 3,
1884, that of his wife on January 4, 1867.

Gilbert E. Van Wagner received his edu-
cation in the excellent schools of Dutchess
county, where under the able direction of his
father he soon became familiar with the duties
that fall to the lot of an agriculturist. On De-
cember 24, 1862, he was united m marriage
with Miss Sarah Ann Barnes, a native of the
town of Clinton, Dutchess county, and a
daughter of Edwin and Laura Ann (Van Der-
burgh) Barnes, also natives of Clinton town,
the former born in 1817, and the latter on
April 18, 1818. By trade the father was a
machinist, and both he and his wife were Pres-
byterians in religious belief. He died April 3,
1842, his wife passing away February 14,
1874. Their only child was Mrs. Van Wag-
ner. Her paternal grandfather was Samuel
Barnes, and her maternal grandfather was
John Van Derburgh, a farmer of Clinton town,
and a son of Henry Van Derburgh, also an
agriculturist of that township, and an officer in
the Revolutionary war.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Wagner began their do-
mestic life upon their present farm of 149 acres,
which has been in the possession of some
member of her family since the year 1800.
Three children bless their union: Evert H.,
who married Ida J. Traver, and engages in
farming; Laura Ann; and George E. B., who
married Etta M. Young, and lives in Hyde
Park. The parents contribute liberally to the
support of the Baptist Church, and Mrs. Van-
W'agner takes an active part in its affairs.
They are highly respected throughout the com-
munity in which they live, and he is numbered
among the most progressive and enterprising
citizens of the township. He devotes his en-
tire time and attention to general farming, in
which he is meeting with a well-deserved suc-
cess, and. though not very active in politics,
usually votes for the candidates offered by the
Republican party.

John Van Derburgh, the maternal grand-
father of Mrs. Van Wagner, married Ann
Mott, a daughter of Ebenezer Mott, who



was appointed lieutenant of the Fifth New
York Regiment, December 22, 1779. and
valiantly aided the Colonies in their struggle
for independence. He had been commissioned
second-lieutenant by John Hancock on the 21st
of November, 1776, and was appointed by
John Jay as ensign of the same regiment in
June, 1779. At West Point he was taken
prisoner, and being placed on board an old
battle ship was taken to New York City and
incarcerated in the old sugar house. He be-
came very prominent in public affairs, and
served as a member of the General Assembly
from 1792 to 1793, and from 1798 to iSoi.
On March i, 1781, he was married at Rhine-
beck, Dutchess county, to Mary Van Vlack, a
daughter of Jacob and Ann (Stoutenburgh)
Van Vlack, and to them were born the follow-
ing children: Jacob E., who married Mar-
garet Stoutenburgh; James, who died unmar-
ried; Ann, who became the wife of John Van-
Derburgh; Mrs. Sallie Sammis; Maria, Cather-
ine and Ebenezer, who all died unmarried;
and John, who wedded Maria Culver.

Mrs. Van Wagner can trace a relationship
back to Anneke Jans, the owner of the prop-
erty in New York City, where Trinity Church
now stands, which is worth many millions of
dollars. Her daughter, Sarah, married Hans
Kiersterd on the 29th of June, 1642, and their
daughter, Rachel, became the wife of William
Teller, whose daughter, Margaret, married
Jacob Stoutenburgh. Their daughter, Ann,
was the wife of Jacob Van Vlack, and to them
was born a daughter, Mary, who wedded Eb-
enezer Mott in 1 78 I. Their daughter, Ann,
was united in marriage with John \'an Der-
burgh, March i, 18 12, and to them was born a
daughter, Laura, who, on the 15th 'of June,
1 84 1, wedded Edwin Barnes, the father of
Mrs. Van Wagner.



RIGHT H. ODELL, a prominent and
representative agriculturist of the town
of Beekman, Dutchess county, was born in
the town of Unionvale, same county, June 17,
i860, and is a son of Luman B. Odell, also a
native of that town. The latter was educated
in the district schools, and remained upon the
home farm until attaining his majorit)'. In
his native township he married Mary Abel, by
whom he had three children: Daniel, of Okla-
homa, Okla. ; Wright B. ; and Flora M., wife
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Abel farm for a time, Mr. Odell removed to
Arthursburg, where he engaged in clerking for
about two years, and then removed to a farm
in the town of Fishkill, where he passed the
remainder of his life. He was killed while
helping to raise a barn for a neighbor in that
town, in 1876. His career was one of honor
and respectability, and won for him the high
regard of all who knew him. He was a con-
sistent member of the Christian Church in
Unionvale town, and a stalwart Republican in
politics.

The earl}' school days of Wright B. Odell
were spent at Arthursburg, in the town of La-
grange, Dutchess county, and at Poughquag.
In 1 880 the family removed to the present
residence of our subject in the town of Beek-
rnan, and two years later Mr. Odell assumed
control of toe farm, which comprises 200 acres
of rich and arable land, and which he has
placed under a high state of cultivation. He
is a most successful and enterprising farmer.

In Chicago, November 25, 1892, was cele-
brated the marriage of Mr. Odell and Miss
Inez A. Brill, a daughter of George Brill, a
native of the town of Beekman, Dutchess
county, and they have one daughter, Mary
Frances. Mr. Odell supports the principles of
the Republican party by his ballot, and he is
deeply interested in the welfare and advance-
ment of his native county. He and his wife
are widely and favorably known in their local-
ity, and their home is a favorite circle for
many friends.



JOHN H. COX, a valued and esteemed agri-
culturist of the town of Stanford, Dutchess

county, has his residence upon a farm of
most superior land, which is under excellent
culture and improvement. The buildings upon
the place are of a neat and substantial charac-
ter, and betoken thrift and prosperity. He is
meeting with well-merited success in his farm-
ing operations.

Mr. Cox is a native of New York City, and
traces his ancestry back to Isaac Cox, who was
born in 1735, and in Kent county, Del., April
7, 1763, was united in marriage with Susanna
Hanson. He died December 28, 1773, at the
age of thirty-eight years. His son, Isaac, was
the grandfather of our subject. He was born
at Baltimore, Md., November 10, 1768, and
on reaching manhood he there worked at the
hatter's trade; but most of his life was passed in



Pennsylvania. By his marriage with Sarah
Hanson he had five children: Eliza, Samuel
Daniel, Mary, Henry R. and Rachel.

Henry R. Cox, the father of our subject,
was born in 1809, upon a farm in Lycoming
county, Penn., where he spent his boyhood
days. When a young man he went to New
York City, where he became a dry-goods mer-
chant on Greenwich street, and there engaged
in business until his death, which occurred May
I, I 85 I. He wedded Mary Middlemus, and to
them were born three children: Joseph M.,
Henry R. and Eliza H. For his second wife
he chose Miss Susan Lake, a native of Lycom-
ing county, Penn., who died in 1857, and they
became the parents of two children: John H.
and Samuel H. After the father's death the
family removed to the town of Stanford, Dutch-
ess county.

As boys, John H. Cox, of thi.s review, and
his brother, Samuel H., lived with their uncle,
John Hunn, in Stanford township, and received
such educational advantages as the district
schools of the neighborhood afforded, though
the brother had also attended the public
schools of New York City. On February 11,
1885, in the town of Stanford, our subject was
united in marriage with Eliza H. Striker, a
descendant of one of the early settlers of Man-
hattan Island. Two children bless this union:
Ella, born February 19. 1887; and Eliza, born
February 18, 1893. For a year after his mar-
riage, Mr. Cox remained upon the Hunn farm,
and then for a few months was a resident of
Bangall, Dutchess county. Since that time he
has made his home upon his present farm on
the west side of Hunn's lake. He learned the
trade of a machinist in the Roger's axle fac-
tory, at Stanfordville, but has always followed
farming as a means of livelihood. Success has
waited upon the efforts of this gentleman in all
his efforts, and the general verdict is that he
has well deserved it. Labor and persever-
ance, coupled with economy and frugality, are
bound to win in the long run, and these virtues
he possesses to a large extent. Politically, he
votes the straight Republican ticket, and has
served as assessor of his township, while,
socially, he holds membership with the Knights
of Pythias.

Samuel H. Cox has lived with our subject
since the latter's marriage, and has devoted
most of his time to agricultural pursuits and to
the cattle trade. He has served as census-
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esteemed and valued members of the com-
munity, and possess the entire confidence and
regard of their neighbors.

John Hunn, the uncle with whom they
lived in boyhood, was born near Dover, Del.,
September 9. 1785, and was the son of John
and Susanna Hunn. He was married in New
York City, May 9, 18 16, to Sarah S. Willis, and
after her death wedded Eliza Co.\, February
8, 1837. By trade he was a tanner and cur-
rier, and for several years conducted a leather
store in Nesv York City, but in 1851 removed
to the town of Stanford, Dutchess county,
where he made his home until his death, which
occurred December 5, 1867. He was a mem-
ber of the Society of Friends, and was an
earnest Christian gentleman.



AI'IREN REYNOLDS. The subject of
this sketch, who is a man of more than
ordinary intelligence and business capacity,
owns two fine farms in the town of Washing-
ton, Dutchess county, which aggregate about
400 acres, and is promment among the agri-
cultural interests of the county, contributing
largely to its reputation by making his places
two of the most desirable homesteads within
its borders. Admired and esteemed by his
friends and neighbors, he enjoys, as he de-
serves, a generous portion of this world's goods.

Mr. Reynolds was born in Chatham, Co-
lumbia Co., N. Y. , September 19, 1821, and
is a son of Titus S. Reynolds, whose birth oc-
curred in the same place January 9, 1790. Of
that county his grandfather, Solomon Reynolds,
was one of the leading agriculturists. The
family were members of the Society of Friends.

Titus S. Reynolds was united in marriage
with Hannah Hrockway, a native of Columbia
county, born March 12, 1794, and they began
their domestic life in Chatham, where the
father followed farming. His political views
were in accordance with those held by the Re-
publican party, and religiously he was a Hicks-



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