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ite Quaker. He passed away April 11, 1862,
and his wife on August 3, 1881. Their family
circle included twelve children: Horace, born
August II, 1S14, died at the age of sixteen
years; Lester A., born February 16, 18 16, is
living retired in Iowa; Sylvester (twin brother
of Lester) followed blacksmithing and farming,
and died in 1890; Elias B., born September
14, 1 8 18, was a drover, and died May 24,
1880; Mary A., born March 23, 1820, became



the wife of John Goodenough, a wheelwright
by trade, and died in 1889; \\'arren, of this
review, is the ne.xt in order of birth; Deborah
J., born February 5, 1S23. married Erastus
Jones, a farmer of Columbia county, and died
in 1887; Isaac B., born November 26, 1824.
died in infancy; Laura B. (twin sister of Isaac),
married a Mr. Brown, and died in 1879; Julina,
born October 23, 1828, became the wife of
George Williams, a farmer, and died in 1887;
Freeman, born April 16, 1831, is an agricult-
urist of Orleans county, \'t.; and .\lida, born
May 5, 1833, was the wife of H. W. Williams,
a farmer of Columbia county, and died August
27, 1864.

Our subject was reared on a farm, and re-
ceived his first lesson in agriculture from his
father, who was a practical, capable farmer.
He was married, October 2, 1843. to Hannah
Carpenter, who was born in Hudson, N. Y. ,
May 12, 1822, and died in Wayne county, this
State, May 24, 1852. Four children graced
this union: Lydia J., born October 12, 1844,
died in infancy; Francelia, born July 2, 1846,
married William Jones, of Chicago, 111., and
later became the wife of George K. Jones, of
the same city; Jason C, born March 13, 1849,
is employed in the Adams Express office in
New York City; and Alvah B. , born April 28,
1857, is a milkman of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
On September 19. 1859, Mr. Reynolds was
again married, his second union being with
MaryMorey, who was born F"ebruary 20, 18 19,
and died December 7, 18S1.

On September 19, 18S3, Mr. Reynolds was
married to Mrs. H. C. Hunt, a native of Ber-
lin, Vt., who bore the maiden name of Cor-
nelia Bosworth. Her father, Jonathan Bos-
worth, was born January 21, 1787, in Lebanon,
N. H., and was a son of Nathaniel Bosworth,
a Revolutionary hero, and the grandson of
Jonathan Bosworth, who came from England
and founded the family in this country. All
his life the father of Mrs. Reynolds engaged
in the manufacture of hoes. By his marriage,
on July 2, 1811, with Lovisa Vilona Darling,
who was born November 9, 1791, he had thir-
teen children, namely: Lovisa V., Mary L.,
Elisha D., Jonathan E.(i), Sarah D., Jona-
than E.(2), Tryphena N., Samuel H. O., Anna
M., Lucy D.. David B., Joseph S., and Han-
nah C. The father died April 7, 1879, and
the mother passed away August 13, 1S72.

Since i860 Mr. Reynolds has resided in
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gaged in general farming, and is one of the
most progressive citizens in the community,
always identifying himself with all matters for
the public welfare. His political support has
ever been given the Republican party, and he
is a member of the Society of Friends, while
Mrs. Reynolds is a member of the Presbyterian
Church of Amenia.



JAMES H. LOVELACE. Among the lead-
ing and representative agriculturists of the
town of Clinton, Dutchess county, stalwart
and sturdy tillers of the soil, there is none who
stands a more prominent figure than the gen-
tleman of whom this notice is written. He
made his appearance upon the stage of Hfe
March 26, 1845, in the town of Washington,
Dutchess county, at the home of his parents,
William and Mary (Bates) Lovelace. His
paternal grandfather, Peleg Lovelace, was one
of the early residents of Putnam county, N.
Y., but his last days were spent in the town of
Stanford, Dutchess county. He reared to
manhood and womanhood a family of ten
children — seven sons and three daughters.

William Lovelace was born in the year
1812, in Putnam county, where his boyhood
days were passed, and during his youth he
learned the carpenter's trade, but did not long
follow that occupation, as he soon began farm-
ing in the town of Stanford, Dutchess county,
remaining there several years. Ten years
were afterward spent in the town of Washing-
ton, at the expiration of which time he re-
turned to Stanford, where he carried on agri-
cultural pursuits for thirteen years. He next
located upon a farm on Chestnut Ridge, in the
town of Dover, which he still owns, but is now
living retired in Millbrook, town of Washing-
ton. Although he started out in life with
nothing, he has by energy and perseverance
become a very successful man. He is a stanch
adherent of the Democratic party, but has
never cared for political preferment, and is a
consistent member of the Baptist Church. On
November 14, 1835, '" the town of Washing-
ton, he led to the marriage altar Miss Mary
Bates, a daughter of Joseph Bates, and four
children blessed their union: Francis, de-
ceased; James H.; Richard, of the town of
Dover; and Asa, of Millbrook.

Our subject accompanied his parents on
their various removals during his younger
years, and in the public schools of the local-



ities obtained a fair education. For ten years
he engaged in agricultural pursuits on Chest-
nut Ridge, in the town of Dover, remaining
upon his father's farm until 1887, when he re-
moved to the Tonsey farm near Clinton Cor-
ners, which he operated until the spring of
1890. He then purchased his present farm in
the town of Clinton.

Mr. Lovelace was married in the town of
Stanford, March 2, 1870, to Maria E. Wood,
daughter of Talmage and Lydia (Mosher)
Wood. Previous to the Civil war her father
had been a resident of that town, but during
that struggle enlisted in the isoth N. Y. V. L,
under Gen. A. B. Smith, and while serving
with that command was killed at the battle of
Gettysburg. Two children were born to our
subject and his wife: Alva Wood, and Will-
iam R. , but the latter died in infancy. Mr.
Lovelace attends the Christian Church at
Stanfordville, is an upright, honorable gentle-
man, who wins friends wherever he goes, and
by all who know him he is held in the highest
regard.



CHARLES H. GRIFFEN. Prominent
_' among the more intelligent, active and
enterprising citizens of the town of Clinton,
Dutchess county, is the young man whose
name mtroduces this biography. His reputa-
tion for integrity and industry is second to none
in the county, and he is a man devoted to
farming and fine stock. He was born on the
farm which is still his home, May 27, 1868,
and since the early age of fifteen years has
had the entire management of the place, which
attests his progressive spirit, energy and perse-
verance.

William D. Griffen, the father of our sub-
ject, was born at White Plains, Westchester
Co., N. Y. , and at the age of ten years ac-
companied the family on their removal to
Dutchess county. He attended the Nine Part-
ners Boarding School in the town of Wash-
ington, and later became a student in a school
at Westtown, Penn. He remained upon the
home farm until 1857, when he and his brother
Jacob purchased the farm now owned by our
subject. This they operated together until
1875, when the brother returned to the old
homestead in the town of Clinton, but the
father continued its cultivation up to his death
in 1877.

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of Standfordville, N. Y.. William D. Griffen
was married to Phoebe Jane Haight, daughter
of Zebiilon Haight, of the tosvn of Clinton,
and three children blessed their union: Daniel,
of Millbrook, Dutchess county, who was born
in December, 1865, and by his marriage with
Esther A. Purdy has two children — Ira and
William; Charles Haight, of this review; and
Mary G., wife of F. E. Birdsall, of the town
of Clinton. The parents were both sincere and
faithful members of the Society of Friends,
and the political support of the father was
given the Republican party, whose principles
he stanchly advocated. He was always a pro-
gressive, upright citizen, respected by all his
neighbors and friends. His father had given
him a good start in life, and as he had made
the most of his opportunities he secured a
comfortable competence. His wife survived
him for some years, and was called to her
final rest in 1891.

On reaching a sufficient age, Charles H.
Griffen entered the district schools of the
town of Clinton, later attended Hoags Board-
ing School at the head of Upton Lake, was
then a student in a private school kept by
Miss Tousey, near Clinton Corners, and fur-
ther continued his studies at Westtown, Penn.
His education, however, was completed in the
Leslie School, on Academy street, in Pough-
keepsie, N. Y. On laying aside his text books
he entered upon the more difficult lessons of
life, and his time is now fully occupied with
the labors and duties which fall to the lot of
the agriculturist. He is identified with the
Republican party, and his religious connection
is with the Society of Friends.



RICHARD L. VALENTINE, a leading
undertaker of Millerton, Dutchess coun-
ty, was born December 9, 1851, in Nassau,
Rensselaer Co., N. Y. His family is one of
the oldest of that locality, his ancestors having
settled there during the Colonial period. They
came from England, but it is probable that the
family originated in France. His great- grand-
father, John Valentine, was born February 28,
I 76 1, and was married December 29, 1791, to
Amy Brockway, who was born January 30,
1770, and they had nine children, whose names
and dates of birth are as follows: Lucy, Sep-
tember 12, 1792; William, March 30. 1794;
Richard, November 11, 1795; Abraham, July
6, 1797; Isaac, August 19, 1799; Jacob, April



19, 1801; Jerusha, April 21, 1806; Elizabeth,
April 25, 1808; and Eunice, June i, 1810.

Richard \'alentine, the grandfather of our
subject, was a farmer by occupation, and pos-
sessed limited means. He was quiet and re-
tiring in disposition, extremely kind-hearted,
and was highly esteemed for his many admira-
ble traits of character. April 3, 181 1, he mar-
ried Anna Hoag, a native of the same county
as himself, and had thirteen children: Anna,
born August 31, 18 16, died February 24. 184 1;
Permelia, born February 15, 18 18; William
H., born September 11, 1819, died March i,
1S20; Hiram B., born January 21, 1 821; James
A., born October 3, 1822, died March 4, 1855;
Jerusha Jane, born June 18, 1824; Lorenzo,
born P'ebruary 16, 1826, died July 21, 1881;
Phcebe A., born February 19, 1828; Charles
F., born April 22, 1830, died August 29, 1S78;
John W., born August 5, 1832, died March 5,
1854; Alfred, born July 31, 1834, died August
27, 1835; Henry, born July 24, 1837, died
November 28, 1837; and Sylvester, born De-
cember 8, 1838, died May 2, 1839.

Lorenzo Valentine, our subject's father,
was a farm laborer, and, except for five or six
years passed in Columbia count}', his life was
spent in his native place. Although he was
not blessed with much of this world's goods,
he was a good citizen, a kind and affectionate
husband and father, and his upright and con-
sistent conduct gained him the respect of all
who knew him. He married Amanda Her-
mance, a descendant of a well-known Colum-
bia county family and the daughter of John R.
and Elizabeth i Haightman) Hermance. Four
children came of this union: Anna, born Au-
gust 30, 1850, who married Willis Clark, of
Nassau; Richard L. (our subject), born De-
cember 9, 1 851; Frank, born April 20, i860,
died July 30, 1861; and Edwin E., born Au-
gust 3, 1862, now residing near Brainard Sta-
tion, Rensselaer Co., N. Y. The father died
July 21, 1 881; the mother is now living in
Berlin, New York.

Our subject's educational opportunities
were limited in his youth to a few years' at-
tendance at the district school. When he was
ten years old he began working in a cotton
factory at Stuyvesant Falls, and after two years
there he went to \'alatie with his father, and
worked in a cotton factory there some four
years. In his eighteenth year he began to
learn the trade of wagon making, serving a
three-years' apprenticeship with his uncle, Gil-





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bert Hermance, at Nassau. He then went to
Mill River, Mass., where he worked as a jour-
neyman for eight months, and in 1873 came
to Millerton, and for one and one-half years
worked at the trade for John Scutt. On March
20, 1875, he bought Andrew Fish's undertak-
ing business, w-hich he has since conducted,
developing and enlarging it until he is now at
the head of the principal establishment in that
line in Millerton, and one of the most exten-
sive in the county.

Although Mr. \'alentine's business success
has been won by his own hard work, he has
found time to assist in public affairs, as every
good citizen should. He votes the Republican
ticket, has been corporation trustee for four
years, and he is prominent in the various phil-
anthropic enterprises of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church, of which he has been a member
for twenty-six years, and is now a leading offi-
cial. He belongs also to the Royal Arcanum,
Poughkeepsie Council.

Mr. \'alentine has been twice married, first
time September 16, 1S74, to Miss Libbie J.
Kipp, who was born July 21, 1849, ^ daughter
of George and Jane M. (Levy) Kipp, the latter
of whom was born in Gallatin, N. Y., and died
November 2, 1886, aged sixty-three years.

Mr. Kipp was born at Red Hook, N. Y. ,
was a farmer in the town of Northeast for
fifty years, and is now retired. He is a typi-
cal self-made man, having begun life a poor
boy, but by the aid of his faithful wife became
well-to-do. He is one of the township's best
men, and is highly esteemed by his many
friends. His second wife i for he w-as twice
married; was Mrs. Washington Hubbell. To
our subject and wife were born three children,
to wit: George L. , born January 17, 1876;
Willard J., born August 8, 1880; and Henry,
born December 2, 1892. The mother of these
died January 7, 1893, and for his second wife
Mr. Valentine married Miss Jennie V. K.
Oliver, a lady of English descent, born July
31, 1865. By this union there was one child,
Frank, who died in infancy.

Mrs. Valentine's great-grandfather, Will-
iam Oliver, married Elizabeth Seech, and
reared a family of eleven children: William,
Richard, James, Elizabeth, Jane, John, Ann,
Jacob, Benjamin, Joseph and Sarah. Of
these, Joseph (Mrs. \'alentine's grandfather)
was born August 22, 1779, at Parish of Horn
Church, County of Essex, England, and in
early life came to America, locating near Cats-



kill, Greene Co., N. Y., where he died July
20, 1869. He was a paper maker by trade.
By his wife, Sarah (Thornton), he had seven
children, named respectively: Mary, Sarah,
William, Jane, Elizabeth, Abigail and Cynthia.
William Oliver (Mrs. \'alentine's father) was
born October 4, 18 16, and followed wagon-
making at Catskill, N. Y. He married Anna
M. Jennings, who was born February 11,
1828, in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., Conn., and
they had a family of four children: William
C, born April 5, 1849, is a minister in the M.
E. Church, at Hunter, N. Y. ; Frank, born
April 1 , 1852, is in business at Catskill, N. Y. ;
Mary, born January 18, 1862, died in child-
hood; Jennie V. I\., wife of our subject, being
the youngest.



ALFRED S. WfLEY. one of the well-to-
do and prosperous farmers of the town

of Clinton, Dutchess county, residing near Clin-
ton Corners, is one of those men who thor-
oughly understands the business which he is
pursuing, and by following that vocation has
secured a competence. He is the architect of
his own fortune, having started in life with but
little capital beyond his own industry and
laudable ambition to rise in the world.

Mr. Wiley is a native of Dutchess county,
born near Schultzville, in the town of Clinton,
April 14, 1829, in which town were married
his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth (Green)
Wiley, who were also born in Dutchess
county, and the latter was the daughter of
Tobias Green. In their family were the fol-
lowing children: Emily, deceased wife of
Henry Barnes; Chancellor, who has also
passed away; Annie, deceased wife of Mark
Wilber; Harriet, who first wedded Griffin Sny-
der, and, after his death. Charles Moon ; Alexan-
der and Martin Luther, who have both de-
parted this life; Alfred S., of this review; and
Mary, wife of Nelson Sleight. After the death
of his first wife Mr. Wiley married Mrs. Eliza
Wing. All his life the father engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits in the town of Clinton with
the exception of fourteen years spent in the
town of Milan. He was a sincere and faithful
member of the Milan Christian Church, and
died at the ripe old age of eighty-six years.

Alfred Wiley received his education in the
common schools of the towns of Clinton and
Milan, and was given the training necessary to
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father's farm, remaining at home engaged in
helping to carry on the labors upon the old
homestead until he had attained the age of
seventeen. For one year he then lived in the
town of Unionvale with his brother, after
which he returned to the town of Clinton, and
made his home with his brother-in-law, Mark
Wilber, for the following two years. His
father having again married, he then returned
to the parental roof, where the next two years
were passed.

Thinking it was about time that he should
establish a home of his own, and surround his
domestic hearth with family ties, Mr. Wiley
married March 5, 1851, in the town of Clin-
ton, Mary A. Pultz, a daughter of Jacob G.
Pultz, who was born in the town of Rhine-
beck, Dutchess county. By this union four
children were born, namely: Carlinda, de-
ceased, was the wife of John Budd, by whom
she had one son — William; Ida is the wife of
Monroe S. Eckert; Emma F. married Robert
Lawrence, who resides near Salt Point, Dutch-
ess Co., N. Y. (they have two daughters. — Alice
and Maud); and Frank W^iley died at the age
of five years.

I*"or the first year after his marriage, Mr.
Wiley worked on the farm of Mark Wilber,
after which he purchased land near Clinton
Hollow, operating the same for three years,
and on disposing of that tract bought another
farm about a mile east of Clinton Hollow,
where he remained for five years. On selling
that place he purchased the Clinton Corners
store, which he ran for a couple of years, and
then bought a farm a mile and a half northeast
of Clinton Hollow. After residing upon that
track for about eight years, he sold soon after
the close of the Civil war, and has since made
his home upon his present farm near Clinton
Corners. There he has erected a fine resi-
dence, which he now occupies, and the present
highly cultivated state of his land has been
brought about by the e.xercise of great industry,
perseverance and excellent management. His
improvements are of a substantial character,
and everything about the place denotes pros-
perity and thrift. Though not an office seeker
in any sense of the word, Mr. Wiley served
for eight consecutive years as justice of the
peace, being elected on the Democratic ticket,
which he always supports. He has been quite
prominently identified with the interests of the
conmiunity in which he lives, and bears a high
character for sterling integrity and genuine



worth. Mrs. Wiley is a member in good stand-
ing of the Christian Church at Schultzville.
William Budd, our subject's grandson, was
married December 19, 1894, to Belle Stewart,
of the town of Clinton. He now operates his
grandfather's farm, the latter having retired
from active work.



[i ATHAN FELLER. As a representative
of the agricultural class, and one who has
met with good success in his independent call-
ing, we take pleasure in giving a brief sketch
of the gentleman whose name appears at the
beginning of this notice. He is pleasantly lo-
cated upon a farm of seventy-eight acres in
the town of Red Hook, which he purchased of
Bartholomew Gray in i 894. It is well stocked
and supplied with everything found upon a
model farm of the nineteenth century. His
birth occurred in Red Hook on August 15,
1840, and in the common schools of the com-
munity he acquired his education. He early
became inured to the arduous duties of farm
life, and his training along that line was under
the able instruction of his father, Philip Fel-
ler, a prosperous farmer of Red Hook.

On January 3, 1866, was celebrated the
marriage of Mr. Feller and Miss Emma Mar-
tin, who was born April 12, 1847, and is the
daughter of Col. Claudius G. Martin. Her
father received his title while serving in the
1 1 ith New York Artillery. He was also a na-
tive of the town of Red Hook, born February
19, 1799. and was educated in the common
schools near his home. He learned the trade
of blacksmithing with Fred Barringer, but did
not follow that pursuit. He turned his atten-
tion to farming, taking the old Martin home-
stead on the Post road, which had been the
historic residence of the family since the Rev-
olutionary war, and there he died March 17,
1875.

Col. Martin was twice married, his first
union being with Miss Julia Ring, daughter of
Mr. Ring, of the town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess
county, and to them were born two children,
but one died in infancy. John G. was born
January 28, 1828. After the death of his first
wife, he remained single for about ten years,
when he wedded Miss Sarah Webster, daugh-
ter of Harry Webster, a shoemaker of Red
Hook, June 10. 1835.

Nine children graced the second union:
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May 27, 1863. to Esther A. Stall, daughter of
John Stall, of Clermont, Columbia county;
Julia F. , born May 13. 1S38, became the wife
of David V. Traver. of Rhinebeck, Dutchess
county, January i, 1861; Lucy M., born Ma}'
22, 1840, married Alonzo Wood, of Pough-
keepsie, November 19, 1862; Clarence W.,
born September 8, 1842, was educated in the
common schools, and learned the trade of a
cooper, at which he worked for a time, but
afterward was employed on a steamer on the
Hudson until 1892, when he returned home
and is now living retired; Aurelia W., born
January 4, 1845, married William H. Dedrick,
of Rhinebeck, December 25, 1866; Emma,
wife of Nathan Feller, is next in order of birth;
Isabella, born October 6, 1849, died March
25, 1852; Henry A., bori: April 30, 1852, was
united in marriage with Elizabeth M. Traver,
daughter of Nelson Traver, of Rhinebeck, Jan-
uary I, 1880; and Frank, born November 29,
1855, died April 2, 1861. The entire family
were born on the old Martin homestead on the
Post road. The house is still standing, and is
now occupied by Sarena Martin, niece of Ed-
ward Martin, deceased.

To Mr. Feller and his estimable wife was
born a daughter — Isabella M., whose birth oc-
curred September 22, 1871. She was married
June 20, 1895, to William R. Carroll, son of
Andrew J. Carroll, of Rock City, Dutchess
county. Mr. Feller and his wife are worthy
members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, at
Red Hook, and endeavor to carry out in their
lives its moral teachings. They are straight-
forward and reliable, industrious, energetic and
progressive, and are highly esteemed and re-
spected by all who know them. Their daugh-
ter, Mrs. Carroll, and her husband are both
also members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church
at Red Hook.



HENRY MYGATT, who is one of the
prominent agriculturists of the town of
Amenia, Dutchess county, has spent almost
his entire life in that township, his birth hav-
ing occurred on his father's farm near Sharon
Station, August i, 1846. As a man of in-
flence, public-spirited and liberal, this brief
record of*his history will be more than ordi-
narily interesting to those who are identified
in any way with the interests of Dutchess
county.

Thomas Mygatt, his grandfather, came



from New Fairchild, Conn., in 1772, and
purchased land near Sharon Station, in .\menia
town. He was a descendant in the si.xth gen-
eration of Deacon Joseph Mygatt, one of that
company of Puritans who landed on the
shores of New England in 1633, and three
years later went with Rev. Mr. Hooker to
start a settlement at Hartford, Conn. He
became a wise counsellor in that new Com-
monwealth. The father of Thomas was a
citizen of Danbury, Conn., and was distin-
guished for his enterprise and thrift. After



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