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coming to Dutchess county, Thomas Mygatt
married Miss Annie Watrous, a native of the
town of Amenia, by whom he had two sons,
Ambrose and Abram. As a life occupation he
followed agricultural pursuits.

In Amenia town, in 181 i, Abram Mygatt,
the father of our subject, was born, and he was
educated in the district sChools near his home.
He was united in marriage with Miss Louisa
Rundall, a daughter of Jacob Rundall, and to
them were born four children: Julia, wife of
Dr. I. N. Mead; Anna; Henry; and Laura,
wife of H. B. Murdock. The father carried
on farming near Sharon Station until 185 1,
when he removed to the present residence of
our subject, and there lived until 1869. The
remainder of his life was passed in the village
of Amenia, where he passed away in 1S92.
In politics he was identified with the Demo-
cratic party, and religiously was one of the
active members of the Presbyterian Church at
Amenia, being a liberal contributor when the
house of worship was erected.

The boyhood and youth of our subject
were passed in much the usual manner of
farmer lads, his home being at his present
residence, while his primary education was
obtained in the district schools of the neigh-
borhood. Later, for four or five years, he at-
tended the Amenia Seminary, and then spent
one year at the Poughkeepsie Military Insti-
tute. On October 30, 186S, Mr. Mygatt mar-
ried Miss Alice M. Frost, of Connersville,
Ind., and they have two daughters, Louisa
and Laura, twins.

In October, 1876, our subject removed to
Connersville, where he engaged in farming
until April, 1886, when he returned to the old
home farm in the town of Amenia, and there
has since resided. For six years he accepta-
bly served as assessor of his township, being
elected on the Democratic ticket, which
party he always supports.



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DAVID V. MOOKE. one of the reliable
and progressive joung business men of the

town of Beekman, Dutchess county, is success-
fully engaged in general merchandising at
Clove Valley. A native of Dutchess county,
he was born in the town of Unionvale, August
4, 1869. The Moore family, to which our
subject belongs, came to this country from
County Antrim, Ireland, and they derived their
name from living on or near a boggy lieath.
The first to locate on the Emerald Isle came
from Maernen, and from Thomas de Moore,
who went to the British Isles in 1066, the year
of the Conquest, are descended the Earls of
Mount Cashel and Drogheda. In this country
the family have principally belonged to the
Society of Friends.

Our subject traces his ancestry back to
William Moore, who was born on Long Island,
and there engaged m farming throughout life.
His son, Andrew Moore, was also there born,
but when a young man became a resident of
Dutchess county, and was a farmer and miller
by occupation. He married Miss Elizabeth
Dorland, who was born at Hempstead, Long
Island, in May, 1740. Her father, Samuel
Dorland, was a native of the same place, and
the son of Lamerest Dorland, who came from
Holland to America in i$63 on the vessel
named the ' ' Spotted Cow. " To Andrew Moore
and wife were born'ten children, namely: An-
nie, who first married a Mr. Merritt, and after
his death wedded Isaac Thorn, of the town of
Washington, Dutchess county, and died in 1838;
M^ry, who wedded Daniel Haight, and died
in 1887; Williaui, who married Mary Oakley,
and died in 1849; Samuel, who married Eliza-
beth Pitcher, and died m 1885; Stephen, from
whom our subject is descended; Gilbert, who
died in infancy; Elizabeth, who married James
Ellison, and died in 1824; Arletty, who mar-
ried Jonathan Holmes, and died in 1814; Al-
len, who married a Miss Underbill, and after
her death wedded Eliza Wooley, and died in
1826; and Andrew, who married Sarah Oak-
ley, and died in 1885.

Stephen Moore, the great-grandfather of
our subject, was born at Verbank, the town of
Lagrange, Dutchess county, and on reaching
manhood wedded Miss Ruth Clark, whose
birth occurred near New Bedford, Mass. Her
people were also members of the Society of
Friends, and her grandfather, Lawrence Clark,
was a native of England. Her father, Jona-
than Clark, was born in Rhode Island, and



came to Dutchess county witn his family when
a young man, where he engaged in farming.
For fifteen years after his marriage, Stephen
Moore lived at \'erbank, and later removed
to Moores Mill, where he conducted the
milling business, and which place was named
in his honor. In his family were twelve chil-
dren, as follows: (i) Anpa married Jesse
Congdon, a farmer of Lagrange 'town. (2j
Stephen went to Alabama, where he engaged
in the practice of medicine, and there died; he
married Emily Brooks, a native of that State.

(3) Elizabeth married John Thorn, a farmer of
the town of Washington, Dutchess county.

(4) Alfred, who was a farmer and miller of
Unionvale town, married Charlotte Haviland.
(5; Philip was the grandfather of our subject.
(6) Susan married Dr. Willet Dorland, of Can-
ada. (7) Lydia married \\'illiam Akin, a
farmer of Pawling town, Dutchess county. (8)
W^illiatn was an agriculturist, and died unmar-
ried. (9) Jonathan, a farmer of Lagrange
town, married Jane Underbill, (lo) Ruth
married Joseph Flagler, (ii) Content mar-
ried William Osborn, a farmer of Pawling
town. (1 2) Mary is single. The father of
these children died June 9, 1851, the mother
on December 16, 1868. He was a devout
Christian, and left behind him wealth and a
good name.

Ruth Moore, of the above family, was
born at Moores Mill, and in April, 1835,
married Joseph Flagler, who was born in La-
grange town in 1803. and was the son of Paul
Flagler, a native of the same town. Joseph
grew to manhood on the home farm there, and
in that town carried on agricultural pursuits
until 1865, when with his wife he removed to
Poughkeepsie, where he lived retired until his
death, February 13, 18S1. He was one of
the first directors of the First National Bank
of that city, and was a Republican in politics.
He was an honorable, upright man and sin-
cere Christian, an elder in the Church with
which he was connected. His faithful wife
still survives him.

Philip Moore, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, was born in the town of Unionvale, and
was there reared upon a farm. He married
Sally A. Losee, a native of Washington town,
where her father. Samuel Losee, carried on
farming. Her people were of Holland origin.
After their marriage they located upon a farm
in Uniftnvale town, where they reared their
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Joseph Wicks, a farmer of Lagrange town;
Anna, who married Smith G. Levings, a farm-
er of Rensselaer county, N. Y.; Stephen, father
of our subject; Samuel, who is a miller by
trade; Henry C, who was a farmer, but is
now deceased; and William, an agriculturist
of Moores Mill. The grandfather carried on
farming during his entire life, dying in 1892.
He was a Republican in politics, and an or-
thodox Quaker in religious belief. His wife
is still living.

Stephen Moore, the father of our subject,
was born in the village of Oswego, in the town
of Unionvale, October 6, 1839, and there ac-
quired his elementary education. He later
attended school in Poughkeepsie, and after
finishing his education returned to the home
farm. In 1869 he was united in marriage
with Miss Martha A. Vincent, a daughter of
David D. Vincent, who was supervisor of the
town of Unionvale for thirteen years. Our
subject was the only child born of this union,
and was only four years old when his mother
died. His father was again married, this
time in 1884, to Florence E. Latten, who
died, leaving one son, Oscar, whose death oc-
curred in 1889. In 1890 Stephen Moore
wedded Nellie F. Taber, daughter of William
F. Taber, a farmer of Pawling town, and they
have two children: Louella P. T. and Elma
H. Upon the old home farm in Unionvale
town the father continued to reside until 1891,
when he removed to his present farm in East
Fishkill town, comprising 320 acres of good
land. For seventeen years he served as road
commissioner of the former township, and he is
an ardent Republican in politics

David D. Vincent, the
father of our subject, was a native of the town
of Dover, Dutchess county, and the son of
Isaac and Martha (Duncan) Vincent, the for-
mer a merchant on Chestnut Ridge in that
town. When a young man David went to the
Clove in the town of Unionvale, where for over
forty years he eng-aged in merchandising, and
there spent his last days. By his marriage
with Phcebe Preston he had three children,
namely: (i) Isaac married Mary Albro, by
whom he had three children — Phebe, David D.
and Martha Louise; (2) Martha A. was the
mother of our subject; and (3) Obed married
Ella Vincent, by whom he had a daughter.
Hazel. The three children are all now de-
ceased.

When thirteen years of age, David V.



maternal grand-



Moore, whose name introduces this sketch,
went to live with his grandfather, David D.
Vincent, in the town of Unionvale, and at the
age of eighteen years assumed the management
of a farm in the town of Beekman, which is
owned by himself and Mrs. Margaret Galla-
gher. In February, 1894, he began general
merchandising at Clove Valley, in Beekman
town, where he has since successfully conducted
business and erected his present store building.
He is a wide-awake, energetic business man,
who deals squarely and liberally with his pa-
trons, and merits the confidence of the com-
munity.

On December 2, 1891, Mr. Moore was
married to Miss Minnie Vincent, daughter of
Edwin Vincent, and they have two interesting
children: Edna and Vincent. Mr. Moore has
always been a stanch Republican, was elected
supervisor of Beekman town in the spring of
1892, which position he filled for two success-
ive terms, and in the spring of 1896 was again
elected. In September, 1S95, he was also ap-
pointed assistant postmaster of Clove Valley.
He is a popular and influential citizen, and has
many warm friends throughout the community.



ALTER B. THOMAS is a leading
_V_yi_ farmer of the town of Amenia, Dutch-
ess county, having resided upon his present
place since i860. Go into any village, town
or city in this great country of ours, seek out
the men who are the leaders in spirit, thought
and action, learn the history of their lives and
you will find that nearly all of them are self-
made men, who have risen by their efforts to
positions of prominence and prosperity. This
fact illustrates most aptly one of the salient
features of our American civilization. There is
an opportunity offered here under our emblem
of liberty for every human being to work out and
develop the best there is in him. To this class
of self-made men belongs Mr. Thomas.

He traces his ancestry back to John
Thomas, who was born April 10, 1725, and
December 22, 1746, married Sarah Gifford,
who was born April 12, 1720. In their family
were seven children, whose names and dates of
birth are as follows: Mehitable, October i,
1747; Charles, November 25, 1749; John,
June 20, 175 I ; Sarah, May 15, 1753; Martha,
March 19, 1755; Elizabeth, June 2, 1757; and
Stephen, March 28, 1759.

Charles Thomas, the grandfather of our



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subject, was married December 5, 1770, to
Elizabeth Lake, who was born October 15,
1750, and died April 14, 1837. His death
occurred January 26, 1824. He was a devout
Christian, a faithful member of the Society of
Friends. His family consisted of the following
children: Phebe, born August 26, 1771;
James L., born February 8, 1773; Elizabeth
and Sarah, twins, born May 26, 1775, and the
latter of whom died October 26, 1826; Anna,
born March 24, 1778, and died April 20, 1820;
Rebecca, born April 19, 1780; Mary, born
July 22, 1782, and died April 21, 1827; Mar-
garet, born April 15, 1785, and died Septem-
ber 29, 1785; Catherine, born September 22,
1786; Charles B., born May 2, 1789; and Jane,
born January 11, 1792, and died September
20, 1801.

Charles B. Thomas, the father of our sub-
ject, was a native of the town of Unionvale,
Dutchess county, and for a companion and
helpmeet on life's journey chose Miss Mary
Ingraham, who was born March 6, 1791.
Their wedding was celebrated November 13,
1 81 3, and they became the parents of six chil-
dren: Jane Ann, born October 22, 1814, died
January i, 1891; John, born April 5, 18 17,
died September 19, 1833; Walter B. , next in
order of birth; Phebe D., born August i, 1821,
married Smith Doughty; Daniel L. , born Octo-
ber 23, 1823, died Nfarch 29, 1892; and Sarah
Maria, born October 28, 1826, died June 14,
1 85 1. The father was educated in the com-
mon schools of Unionvale town, and there
engaged in farming. By birthright he belonged
to the Society of Friends, and was a highly
respected and honored citizen of the com-
munity where he made his home. He departed
this life February 5, 1861, and the mother of
our subject had long preceded him to the other
world, dying July 15, 1833.

Walter B. Thomas was born in Unionvale
town, March 6, 18 19, and received such an
education as the district schools of the neigh-
borhood afforded. At the age of seventeen
years he left the parental roof and began work-
ing in a stone quarry at Verbank, Dutchess
county, receiving the munificent salary of six
cents per day and board, while he was com-
pelled to sleep in a wagon house. The follow-
ing spring he went to Poughkeepsie, where he
was employed by Henry K. Free upon the
"Exchange Hotel", which was then being
built, and with that gentleman learned the
carpenter's trade, which he subsequently fol-



lowed at Verbank for two years. After re-
maining a year and a half at Salt Point,
Dutchess county, he removed to Bangall,
where he worked at his trade for two years,
and in 1844 came to Amenia, there engaging
in wagon-making in partnership with his brother
Daniel. He followed that business until his
removal to his present place, and, in connec-
tion with its operation, still carried on wagon-
making for a time. He enjoyed a liberal
patronage in that line, and in his agricultural
pursuits has also met with a well-deserved
success. In early life he supported the Whig
party, but since its dissolution has been a stal-
wart Republican, and is one of the highly es-
teemed and valued citizens of Amenia town.

In the town of Pleasant \'alley, Dutchess
county, January 21, 1843, Mr. Thomas was
united in marriage with Jane Ann McFarlin,
daughter of Abram McFarlin, and they had
four children: Ann Eliza, born August 24,
1845, married Morgan C. W'hite, and they
have one son, Herkimer; Charles B., born May
20, 1847, died August 5, 1851; John D. , born
June 1 1, 1850, married Carrie Tabor, by whom
he has three children, Walter J., Dudley and
Chester; and Henry J., born September 9,
1854, wedded Mary Fields. The wife and
mother passed away October 20, 1872, and at
Amenia, January 18, 1882, Mr. Thomas was
again married, his second wife being Jane E.
Wheeler, daughter of Gilbert Noxon, of La-
grange, Dutchess count}'.



CHARLES TOWNSEND,' a prominent
young agriculturist of the town of Pawling,
Dutchess county, is one of the most progress-
ive and successful men of that locality. His
ability in his chosen calling is not to be won-
dered at, in view of the fact that many pre-
vious generations have followed it with marked
success. The old home of the family is in
the town of Kent, Putnam countj-, where a
large tract of land, on what has long been
known as Townsend Ridge, was acquired by
an early ancestor, and has ever since been in
the possession of his descendants.

Samuel Townsend, our subject's great-
grandfather, resided there, and his son War-
ren, our subject's grandfather, who was born
in 1800, was one of the most intluential men
of the locality, holding the office of justice of
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Caldwell, and had seven children: John, our
subject's father; Edgar, who lives at Patterson,
Putnam county; Marietta, the wife of George
Hughson; Charlotte, who married Coleman
Hughson; Thomas and Keeler, both deceased;
and Eli, who resides at Carmel, Putnam
county.

John Townsend was born in 1824, at
Townsend Ridge, and inherited a farm of 100
acres, where he lived until 1867, when he
moved to Dutchess county, and bought from
William Pearce 230 acres of land about half a
mile north of the village of Pawling. He
made of this one of the best farms of the town,
displaying marked ability as a manager, and
he made his home there until 1883, when he
sold the property to John B. Dutcher. In
1888 he moved to Bound Brook, N. J., and
purchased an estate, where he is now success-
fully engaged in general farming. He is a
man of much public spirit, a member of the
Baptist Church, and a Republican in politics,
being one of the chief advisers of the party in
his locality. He is not a seeker after official
honors, but has been town auditor and assessor
for a number of terms. His first wife, our
subject's mother, was Anna Maria Ludington
(daughter of Frederic Ludington), by whom he
had four children: Fred, a resident of Dan-
bur}-. Conn. ; Harriet, the wife of DeWitt
Burr; Charles, our subject; and Warren, who
died in infancy. By his second wife, Sarah
E. Dykeman, he has had two children: Fan-
nie, the wife of James E. Baldwin; and George
H. , who is at home.

Charles Townsend was born at the old
homestead November 20, 1857, and. after
attending the public schools of his native place
for some time, spent three years at Wilbraham
.■\cademy. and one winter at the Eastman Busi-
ness College, Poughkeepsie. Of these advan-
tages he has made good use, and his later read-
ing has kept him well posted upon all topics of
general interest. His first venture into the
world of business was as a clerk in the dry-
goods house of Lord & Taylor, on Grand street.
New York, and after one year in that capacity
he was promoted to the office of cashier. He
spent nearly three years with this firm, and
then engaged in the milk business, but in 1880
he left the city to follow the free and inde-
pendent life of a farmer, purchasing of Albert
Corbin the property near Pawling, Dutchess
county, known as the Stockholm farm. It
contains 140 acres, and, under Mr. Townsend's



skillful management, is one of the best farms
in the town.

He was married in November, 1880, to
Mary E. Sherwood, daughter of Stephen P.
Sherwood, and a descendant of the Stark
family, famous for patriotism and valor in
Revolutionary times. Three children were
born to them: Carrie L. ; Anna B., deceased;
and Edith A. Mr. Townsend and his familj'
attend the Baptist Church, and he is prominent
in local affairs, being pronounced in his views
and courageous in expression, traits which
characterized his ancestors before him. His
well-proved ability and public spirit have
gained him the confidence of his neighbors,
and he has been elected assessor on the Repub-
lican ticket for the last seven years. He is
now justice of the peace and president of the
village board of health.



ERMAN PULVER, one of the active,
^%^ prominent and most enterprising citizens
of the town of Pine Plains, is there engaged in
general farming and carpentering. He was
born in Columbia county, N. Y., June 4,
1833, and is of Holland descent. The place
which he now occupies has been in the family
for many years, and Pulvers Corners was also
named in honor of its members.

William W. Pulver, the grandfather of our
subject, was born at Pulvers Corners, Dutchess
county, August 18, 1773, and lived for many
years upon the farm now occupied by Mrs.
Carskaden, in the town of Ancram, Columbia
county, but his last days were passed at Pul-
vers Corners, where he departed this life March
22, 1 86 1. As an agriculturist he was very
successful, and though he began with nothing,
at his death was worth about $100,000. By
his marriage with Christiana Millions, who was
born May 18, 1780, he had eleven children,
whose names and dates of birth are as follows
John, 1801; W'illiam, 1804; Henry, 1806
Catherine, 1S08; Polly, 18 10; Jacob, 181 2
Levi, 1814; Peter, 1816; Anthony, 1818
Esther, 1821 ; and Harman W. , 1824. These
children lived in the vicinity of Pulvers Cor-
ners. Their mother died May 28, 1872, aged
ninety-two years.

John Pulver, the father of our subject, was
born in Columbia county, N. Y. , November
10, 1 801, and although his school privileges
were limited he became a well-informed man



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as he was ever a great reader. By occupation
he was a farmer, and followed that pursuit near
Ancram, N. Y., for some time, and then for
seven years engaged in the cultivation of a
farm three-quarters of a mile from Ancram
Lead Mines. He next removed to what is
known as the Brookside farm, which is one of
the oldest places in the locality, there having
been at one time an English church, a grist-
mill, tannery and fulling-mill upon the land,
and also at three different times blacksmith
shops had been located there. It was in 1847
that he purchased that farm, which then con-
sisted of 357.V acres; he added to it until it now
comprises 368 acres of the best farming land
to be found in the locality. He was an able
man, of good business ability and sound judg-
ment, careful and cautious in his dealings, very
temperate in his habits, and was held in the
highest regard by his fellow-citizens. Though
not particularly active in politics, he was a
stanch supporter of the Republican party, and
for over fifty years he was a faithful member of
the Baptist Church. He was twice married,
his first union, March 31, 1831, being with
Emma Curtis, who was born in Columbia
county, August i, 1807, and died April 11,
1837. To them were born two children:
Herman, of this review; and Emma, who was
born November 25, 1836. On November 5,
1840, Mr. Pulver wedded Caroline Thompson,
who was born October 27, 18 16. After a long
and useful life he was called to his final rest
January 20, 1891, at the advanced age of
ninety years.

After pursuing his studies for a time in the
district schools, Herman Pulver was for a few
months a student at Collinsville, Conn., and
completed his education at Saugerties, just
across the river in Ulster count}', where he re-
mained for five months. Since laying aside
his te.xt books he has devoted his time and at-
tention to the cultivation of the old homestead,
in which he has been quite successful, and has
worked at the carpenter's trade. Being of a
mechanical turn of mind, he is able to do al-
most any kind of labor along that line.

On November 19, 1868, Mr. Pulver was
united in marriage with Miss Carrie E. Thomp-
son, who was born in Birmingham, Conn.,
July 21, 1848, and they have become the par-
ents of four children: John Duncan, who was
born October 15, 1869, and is now a carpenter
by trade; and Elbertine M., born Deceiiiber i,
1871; Emma B., born July 23, 1877; and



Charles Herbert, born March 4, 1881, all at
home.

In the exercise of his elective franchise, Mr.
Pulver generally supports the men and meas-
ures of the Republican party, but has never
taken an active part in political affairs. He is
public-spirited and enterprising, aiding in
everything for the welfare and advancement of
his town and county, and his honor and integ-
rity are unimpeachable. A true and sincere
Christian, he is a faithful member of the Bap-
tist Church.



E^DMOND BUTLER, a farmer and breeder
of blooded stock, is a native of Ireland,
born in County Waterford, August 15, 1832, a
son of Edmond and Ellen (Stack) Butler, both
also natives of the Emerald Isle.

Edmond Butler, Sr., the father of our sub-
ject, was the youngest in the family of seven
children born to John and Mary fWhalen)
Butler, the others being: Mary, who married
a Mr. Welch, a farmer in Ireland; Abigail,
who married John Ormond, a farmer in Ohio;
Hanorah, who became the wife of Peter Mc-
Graft, a school teacher, and, later, foreman of
a farm; Kate, who died unmarried; Bridget,
who married John O'Neal, a farmer in Ireland;
and Margaret, who became the wife of Edmund
Langley, of Ireland. Edmond Butler, Sr. ,
followed the occupation of a farmer. By his
marriage with Ellen, daughter of John and
Margaret (Foley) Stack, he became the father
of seven children, of whom the following record
is given: Margaret married John Maroney,
formerlj' a farmer in Unionvale, now deceased;
Mary became the wife of Dennis Flynn, a