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acres near Danbury, Conn., where he keeps
fifty cows and other stock.

The Mead family has always taken a pa-
triotic stand upon public questions, and from
the grandfather down they became ardent sup-
porters of the Republican party upon its forma-

tion. Mr. Mead has been active in local poli-
tics, and was supervisor in 1891, 1892 and
1893, serving as chairman of the committee
on equalization of taxes. He was also com-
missioner of highways for two years. He is a
ready helper in every worthy cause, and be-
longs to the Baptist Church.

In 1866 our subject married Miss Amanda
Light, daughter of Putnam Light, who was
born in Genesee county, N. Y., April 11, 18 12,
in which same year his mother died, and he
was then reared by his uncle, Samuel Hawk-
ins. He attended the public schools, and then
worked on a farm. In 1839 he married Miss
E. M. Smith, and they had four children, viz. :
Cordelia, who lives with .Mrs. Mead: Amanda
(Mrs. Mead); Edgar D., farming the old home-
stead in Putnam county; and Ellen M., wife
of James H. Cole, residing in Danbury; The
mother of these died August 20, 1853, and in
November, 1854, Mr. Light married Miss A.
J. Light, by whom he had three children:
Henry C, who died in infancy; Emma C. and
Willis E., both following teaching, the latter
being a graduate of Eastman Business Col-
lege. Mr. Light died March 7, 1888, in full
membership with the Baptist Church. In poli-
tics he was a Democrat, and he served as as-
sessor three terms. He was a self-made man,
and accumulated a comfortable competence,
was well liked and generally respected.

WILLIAM H. HAIGHT, proprietor of
Haight's Sale and Transient Stables,

Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, was born No-
vember 30, 1839, in the town of New Paltz,
Ulster Co., N. Y. , and there passed his boy-
hood days, attending the Butterville district
school and New Paltz Academy. Later, for
two terms, he studied at the Nine Partners
(Quaker) School, near Millbrook, Dutchess
county, receiving, in all, a good education.

Mr. Haight remained on his father's farm
until of age, at which time ha commenced the
droving of cattle and sheep, purchasing in
Canada and throughout the Western States,
and finding his markets in all the larger cen-
ters of this country, as well as selling many
" store cattle " in the Hudson river counties.
In 1878-79, during the great Leadville (Colo.)
silver excitement, he sold horses, mules and
cattle in Denver and Leadville. In 1880 he
took up his residence in Chicago, 111., and
engaged in the manufacture of tinware and



tinware machinery, owning some patents that
caused a revolution in the manufacture of tin-
ware, which machines are successfully used to
the present day. In this industry he employed
from seventy to lOO men and at the same time
he owned a membership on the Chicago Board
of Trade, in which his deals proved highly sat-
isfactory to both himself and others.

At the end of two years Mr. Haight re-
turned east, and, in 1882, opened his present
boarding and sale stables in Poughkeepsie, in
which he has met with well-merited success,
at this writing owning the largest establishment
of the kind in the city. He also owns a 275-
acre farm near the corporation line, with a
brickyard attached, all of which are running
successfully under his personal supervision.

Our subject was brought up under the influ-
ence and in the strict lines of the Hicksite-
Quaker faith, which has had its influence in
governing all the turning points of his life;
never seeking public office or becoming a mem-
ber of any secret society; never feeling at home
in any Church that was not governed by the
Hicksite rule — "Do unto others as you would
be done by" — inspiration, he says, is the only
true teacher, and should govern all faith.
"Owe no man, and love one another," is the
watchword in all his business relations.

When a very young man Mr. Haight was
married, which marriage, not proving a happy
one, was divorced. He then wedded Elma
(daughter of Isaac G. Sands), whose death,
after ten years of uninterrupted happiness,
caused much the greatest sorrow of his life.
One child, Meda, was born to them, June 7,

John N. Haight, our subject's father, was
born in Stanford, Dutchess Co., N. Y., where
he lived until fourteen years of age. His par-
ents, Amos and Eunice (Northrop) Haight, of
Amenia, N. Y. , dying when he was fourteen
years of age, John N. Haight apprenticed him-
self to Rowland De Garmo, at New Paltz,
Ulster county, in order to learn the tanner's
and currier's trade. At the age of twenty-
seven he married Mary, daughter of Rowland
(his employer) and Phebe De Garmo, and, be-
sides our subject, they had two daughters,
Eliza and Mary, who married and settled in
Orange county, N. Y. At the age of twenty-
one William H. Haight found his parents in
straightened circumstances, but by diligence
and economy he placed them and his sisters
beyond want, and then commenced the battle

of life for himself. Recently, when asked how
hard times affected him, his answer was that
only those who spend their money before they
earn it cry about " hard times."

C>HARLES G. CUTLER. The ancestors
Jl of the Cutler family were among the early
settlers of the town of Dover, Dutchess coun-
ty, and the grandfather of the subject of this
sketch, William Cutler, was born there in
1760. That locality was then a wilderness,
and his youth was spent amid the scenes of
pioneer life, in which he took an active part.
He traced his ancestry back to one of three
brothers — James, Otis and John Cutler — who
came over in the "Mayflower." William
Cutler lived to a good old age, dying in 1842.
He married Elizabeth Gifford, of Pawling,
Dutchess county, and had nine children, (i)
Bigelow, a farmer near Jamestown, N. Y. ,
married Miss Dennis, and had four children —
William, Thursa (Mrs. Johnson), Eliza and
Nanc}'. (2) Abigail married Thomas Tomp-
kins, a farmer of the town of Dover, and had
two sons — Enoch, who married Tabitha Hum-
phrey, and William H., who married Abbie
Humphrey. (3) Thomas C. married, and was
the father of five children, all now deceased
excepting George, who is a physician in Cali-
fornia. (4) Calvin C. is mentioned below.
(5) Robie married Isaac Northrup, a farmer at
Copake, N. Y., and had two children — Will-
iam and Ella. (6) Thurza died at the age of
twenty-seven. (7) Mahala did not marry.
(8) William S., the father of our subject, was
born in 1805 at the old homestead in- Dover,
where he received his education. He followed
farming from an early age, and was a promi-
nent man in that locality ; he supported the
Democratic party, and held a number of town-
ship offices, including that of assessor. In
1858 he married Miss Irene H. Brush, daugh-
ter of Amos Brush, a well-known farmer of
New Fairfield, Conn. They had three chil-
dren: William B., Charles G. and Hattie.
William was born in 1859, and after complet-
ing his education at Wilbraham, Mass., en-
gaged in mercantile business at Dover Furnace,
where he also holds the position of station
agent. He is a member of the F. & A. M.,
Lodge No. 666, of Dover. He married Miss
Marie Sparks, of Poughkeepsie, but they have
no living children. Hattie, the youngest of



the trio, was born in 1869, and was educated
at Wilbrahain, Mass. ; she married Otis Ar-
nold, a hotel keeper, who conducted the rail-
road restaurant at Pawling for a number of
years. They have one daughter, Marjorie.
William S., the father, died May 26, 1888.

Charles G. Cutler, the subject proper of
this sketch, was born November 2, i86i,and
was educated in the schools of the town of
Dover, and of Wilbraham, Mass. He is a
leading farmer in that town, and active in local
affairs, holding public office at different times.
He belongs to the Masonic order, Dover Lodge
No. 666, and at present is senior warden. He
married Miss Nellie Stevens, daughter of
Thomas A. Stevens, a prominent farmer of
Dover, and they have two children, Howard
S., born in 1888, and Irene H., born in 1893.

Calvin Cutler, the son of William and Eliz-
abeth fGifford) Cutler, was born in 1797, and
enjoyed the usual educational advantages of a
country boy in those days. He engaged in
farming in Dover, purchasing an estate which
is now owned by his son, Frank. His wife,
Keziah Varney, was the daughter of John Var-
ney, one of the well-to-do farmers of that
neighborhood. They had eight children, of
whom the first, John, and the last, Jerome,
died in infancy. The others are: Eleazer
and Elihu (twins), born in 1825; Priscilla,
1827; Mary, 1828; Sarah, 1830; and Frank
M. Eleazer Cutler was married in 1853 to
Amaranth Egglcston, of Dover l^lains, who
was born in 182S. They have three children.

Frank Cutler was born in 1832 at the old
farm, and after attending the common schools
for some years completed his studies at a
boarding school in Connecticut. He learned
the carpenter's trade, which he followed for
more than twenty years; but after the purchase
of the present homestead he took charge of it.
An active worker in public affairs, he has held
several town offices, including that of collector,
and he belongs to Dover Plains Lodge No.
666, F. & A. M., in which he was trustee for
many years. He married Elizabeth Carey, a
daughter of Jeremiah Carey, a prosperous farm-
er of Connecticut, and has had three children:
(i) George, who was born in 1865, was educated
at Dover Plains Academy, and taught in Dover
for some time. He has now been employed
in the New York post office for ten years.
Like his father, he is a Mason, and belongs to
the Royal Arcanum. He married Miss Bertha
Dutcher, daughter of J. \'an Ness Dutcher, a

well-known agriculturist of Dover, and his
wife Harriet, and they have one child, Iithel.
(2) John was born in 1868, and also taught
school for a time, but since 1890 he has been
in the U. S. mail service on the N. Y. C. & H.
K. K. , from New York to Syracuse. He belongs
to Dover Plains Lodge No. 665, F. & A. M.
He married Miss Sarah Dutcher, daughter of
one of the leading farmers of his native town,
John I. Dutcher, and his wife, Ada C. (3)
Fred, the youngest son, was born in 1872, and
was given the same educational advantages
that his brothers had. Since his graduation he
has been engaged in farming w'ith his father.
He married Miss Mary Northrup, daughter of
Edwin R. and Mary Northrup, who are prom-
inent residents of the same township.

Mrs. Frank N. Cutler is a member of an
old Connecticut family, and her grandfather,
Jeremiah Carey, was a prosperous agriculturist
of Fairfield county. He and his wife, Eunice
Odell, had eight children: James is the eldest;
Eliasisan inventor; Robert died at an earlyage;
Lockwood; Lucretia (Mrs. Robert Chestnut);
Artemisia (Mrs. David Waldroni; Sarah (Mrs.
Orin Benson), and Jeremiah (^Mrs. Cutler's fa-
ther). Hewasbornand reared in Fairfield coun-
ty, Conn, .engaged in farming there, and married
Miss Salina Hunter, daughter of a well-known
farmer of the same locality, Joseph Hunter,
and his wife, Sylvia. Mrs. Cutler was the
second in a family of six children. The eld-
est, Julia, married (first) Charles Hinman, and
(second) Fred Bergman. She has two sons.
Leman Hinman and Frank Bergman. The
third daughter, Orvilla, married Henry Ebert,
and has five children: Henry, Will, Saline.
Charles and Walter. Sarah J. Carey married
Stephen R. Scott, and had si.\ children:
.■\lida (Mrs. Oscar Smith); Abraham, who mar-
ried Mina Decker; George, who married Abbie
Decker; Lillie (Mrs. William Decker); Carrie
(Mrs. Robert Holly), and Gertie, who is not
married. George Carey married Mary Trainor,
and has four children — William, Charles. Min-
nie, the wife of Harry Dougherty, and Blanche.
Silas S. Carey married Laura Conklin, and has
three sons: Frank, who married Laura Mott;
Fred, who married Edith Wheeler, and Clay-
ton, who is unmarried.

The Inrush family, to which the mother of
our subject belonged, counts among its mem-
bers many who have attained distinction in
various walks of life. Amos Brush, the great-
grandfather of our subject, was a soldier in the



Revolutionary army. He was born in Fair-
field county, Conn., and had his home there
all his life. He married Miss Hannah Bearss,
and had eight children: Ezra, who married
Betsey Bearss; Amos, Mrs. Cutler's father;
Amy, the wife of Dr. Isaac Knapp; Hannah
(Mrs. Smith); Esther (Mrs. Amos Chapman);
Ada, the wife of Mr. Bailey, a Revolutionary
soldier; Mary, who died at the age of twenty,
and Eli, who married Rilla Davis.

Amos Brush, Jr., was born in New Fairfield,
Conn., in 1798, and, after obtaining an educa-
tion in the local schools, he engaged in farm-
ing. He married Miss Aurilla Barnum, daugh-
ter of Ephraim and Sarah ^Seeleyi Barnum,
of Bethel, Conn., and had seven children: (i )
Eliza married Daniel Duncan, and has had si.x
children: Austin, Alex, Theo, William, Irene
and John, of whom only Theo and William
are now living. (2) George never married.

(3) Austin married H. Lucetta Rogers, and has
three children: Edward, William and Ella.

(4) William is mentioned below. (5) Irene
was the mother of our subject. (6) Augustus
was prominent in public life, and was State
school commissioner for six years; member of
the Assembly from Dutchess county two terms;
agent for the United States Treasury for some
time; an employe of the New York Custom
House for twelve years, and from 1880 to 1891
was warden of Sing Sing prison. He married
Susan Senserbaugh, and had five children:
George, Alice, Irene, Augusta and Fred. (7)
Harriet married Cornelius Hill, and had three
children: Irene. Ernest and George.

(4) Rev. William Brush, D. D., Mrs. Cut-
ler's brother, was born in New Fairfield, Conn.,
February 19, 1827, and died in Englewood,
Chicago, 111., April 29, 1895, having but a few
weeks before passed the sixty-eighth milestone
in his life's journey. It is to the circumstances,
associations and surroundings of his early life
that we must look for the elements that pro-
duced his strong character. Born and reared
as he was among the rocks and hills, the looms
and spindles of New England, we find in him
the qualities of energy, industry, self-denial
and perseverance. Puritan blood flowed in
his veins, and loyal patriotism fired his soul.
In his student days he sacrified the ordinary
pleasures and even conveniences of life that
he might furnish his mind with higher and
nobler attainments. True to his youthful am-
bition, by dint of earnest toil and hard study
he returned at the early age of twenty to knock

at the door of Yale College for admission to
the sophomore class. In the three remaining
years he completed the full classical course
with high rank in scholarship. In October,
1850, following his graduation, he was married
to Electa J. Brush, the trusted and beloved
companion of his after years. They had three
children: Frank, a minister; Darley, a banker,
and Hattie, who married Dr. O. E. Murray.
Dr. Brush's active work in the ministry began,
in 1 85 1, in the New York Conference, of which
he was a member, and served successful pas-
torates until 1858, when he took a transfer to
the Upper Iowa Conference, and was appointed
pastor of the M. E. Church at Dyersville. In
i860 he was called to the presidency of Upper
Iowa University, at Fayette, Iowa, which po-
sition he held for nine successive years. En-
tering again upon the active work of the min-
istry, he served a four-years' term as presiding
elder of the Charles City district. In 1873,
finding the rigor of the northern winter too
severe for his wife's health, he decided to
move south, and became presiding elder of the
Austin, Tex., district. From the result of his
eight-years' labor in this field the Austin Con-
ference was formed. In 1881 he removed
north, and filled appointments again as pastor
of the churches at Maquoketa and Vinton,
Iowa. In 1885 he removed to Dakota, and
became one of the founders and first president
of Dakota University, which position he occu-
pied for six years, or until his appointment in

1 89 1, by President Harrison, as U. S. Consul
to Messina, Italy.

On his return from his foreign mission in

1892, he was elected chancellor of the Univer-
sity of the Northwest, at Sioux City, Iowa,
where he labored until a few months previous
to his death. He assisted in laying the foun-
dation of three colleges in the West, and when
the history of these institutions are written
fifty years hence, such men as Dr. Brush will
receive due credit for the sacrifices made in
their behalf. The Churches and the cause of
education are indebted to him for forty-four
long years of eminent and efficient service,
eighteen years as college president and twenty-
six years in the ministry, during which time
his name has been associated with many im-
portant issues and undertakings. On several
occasions he acted as chaplain of the House of
Representatives in Washington, D. C. , and
officiated in the same capacity at the National
Republican Convention in 1892. Five times



was he elected delegate to the General Con-
ference of the M. E. Church, and once re-
ceived a large vote for the office of bishop.

JfUSTUS P. REYNOLDS, a leading and
progressive citizen of the town of Anienia,
Dutchess county, was there born on what
is now known as the J. O. Peters place, Jan-
uary 24, 1833, and belongs to a family that
was established in this country soon after the
landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
The first to arrive in the New World was I^ob-
ert Reynolds, a native of England, who was
living in Watertown, Mass., in 1634, and later
became a resident of Boston. His son, Na-
thaniel Reynolds, was born in that State, and
in 1680 emigrated to Bristol, R. I., becoming
one of its first settlers. He had previously
married Priscilla Brackett, and their son Jos-
eph was born in Massachusetts, December 20,
1676, and died January 16, 1759. The latter
wedded Phcebe Leonard, and among their
children was Joseph I^eynolds, who was born
in Rhode Island, November 15, 1719, and died
September 14, 17S9. He married Lydia

Joseph Reynolds was a prominent patriot
during the Revolutionary war. Gen. LaFayette
stayed at his house during the occupancy of
the town of Bristol. Later, when the British
took the place, Mr. Reynolds and his servant
were taken prisoners and confined in a prison-
ship in the harbor. He suffered great priva-
tions in that vermin-infested ship, but was
finally exchanged for a British officer. Gen.
LaFayette visited him on his return to America
in 1S24. The house in which he was enter-
tained was built (according to the history of
the town) about the year 1700, and is still
standing in a fine state of preservation, and is
owned and occupied by one of his descendants.
The room in which Gen. LaFayette slept is
preserved in its original state.

George Reynolds, the son of Joseph and
Lydia (Greenwood) Reynolds, was the grand-
father of our subject. He was born at Bristol,
R. I., November 7, 1756, and at that place
was united in marriage with Abigail Peck, by
whom he had five children: Jonathan P.,
Lydia, George, Joseph, and Abigail, who mar-
ried Philo I'leed. In 1794 the grandfather
came to the town of Amenia, Dutchess county,
locating upon a farm near the village of
Amenia, where he engaged in agricultural

pursuits until his death, which occurred in
April, 1808.

George Reynolds, the father of our subject,
was also a native of Bristol, R. I. , born No-
vember 15, 1788, received a district school
education, and remained under the parental
roof for some years. At Amenia was celebrated
his marriage. May 26, 1S19, with Miss Abigail
Pennoyer, daughter of Jonathan Pennoyer, and
to them were born four children, namely:
George Greenwood, born February 7, 1821, is
an ex-judge of Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Caroline, born
January 23, 1826, died March 28, 1829; Mary,
born May 18, 1830, became the wife of George
Kirby, and died October i 5, 1S74; Justus Pow-
ers, subject of this sketch, completes the family.
.\fter his marriage the father bought the Peters
farm, north of Amenia village, where he lived
until 1834, when he purchased the E. J. Pres-
ton place, south of Amenia, there dying Jan-
uary 31, 1873, in the faith of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. His political support was
first given the Whig and, later, the Republican
party, and he acceptably served as assessor of
his town. He was a straightforward, honor-
able man, who had the confidence and esteem
of all who knew him.

Justus P. Reynolds spent his boyhood days
in the town of Amenia, and acquired his edu-
cation in the district schools and the Amenia
Seminary. In i860 he purchased the Jordan
farm, near South Amenia, where he made his
home, until removing to his present place near
the same village in 1869. He has continued
to follow the occupation to which he was
reared, with results that are satisfactory; the
reward of well-directed labors.

In the town of Amenia, January 31, 1863,
Mr. Reynolds led to the marriage altar Miss
Nancy Barlow, daughter of Elisha Barlow,
and to them were born six children: George,
who married Clarabel Williams, daughter of
William Williams, and has two children, How-
ard B. and Edward D. ; Abbie L. ; Lucy B.,
wife of John T. Sackett, of Brooklyn, N. Y.,
by whom she has one daughter, Justine R. ; Ed-
ward G. ; Francis B. ; and Bertha May, de-
ceased. Mr. Reynolds affiliated with Sheko-
meko Lodge, when it was at Mabbettsville,
Dutchess county. In politics he is independ-
ent, voting for the man whom he thinks best
([ualified to fill the office, regardless of party
ties, but favors Democratic principles. He takes
a commendable interest in the prosperity and
advancement of his native county.



WILLIAM B. ROE (deceased) was born
at New Hackensack, Dutchess county,

October 17, 18 19, and was of English ex-
traction. His father, William Roe, whose
birth occurred June 26, 1790, was married in
1812 to Miss Abby Blatchley, who was born
in Connecticut December 27, 1788, and they
located upon a farm in New Hackensack,
where their four children were born, namely:
Joseph B., who died in infancy; William B. ;
John B., who became a merchant of Mary-
land; and Sarah, who married Gilbert Has-
brouck, a farmer of Michigan. The family
were members of the Episcopal Church.

Upon the farm where his widow now
resides, William B. Roe passed his boyhood
and youth in much the usual manner of farmer
lads, and on November 11, 1846, married
Miss Amanda Anderson, who was born in the
town of East Fishkill, on the farm known as
" Locust Dale, " which was also the birthplace
of her father, Peter Anderson. Si.x children
were born to our subject and his wife: Abby
B., who died May 19, 1852; Sarah E.; Annie
L. ; Ella K., who died October 25, 1862; Will-
iam A., who died August 21, 1865; and Win-
ifred A.

At his childhood home, Mr. Roe continued
to live until his earthly career was ended June
2, 1873, when he passed to his reward. In
connection with general farming he also dealt
e.xtensively in stock of all kinds, buying and
selling horses, cattle, etc., and did a profitable
business along that line up to the time of his
death. His ballot was always cast in support
of the men and measures of the Democratic
party, and he took a commendable interest in
public affairs. \N'ith his estimable wife, he
held membership in the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and faithfully followed its teachings.
In all the relations of life he was honorable and
upright, never seeking to take advantage of
others, and enjoyed the confidence and respect
of all with whom he came in contact. He
left a comfortable property, including a farm
of 225 acres, on which his wife and daughters
reside. They are intelligent and highly cul-
tured ladies, and have many friends through-
out the community.

EDWIN L. BUSHNELL, a prominent citi-
! zen of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county,

the inventor of the Bushnell spring bed, and
founder of the Bushnell Manufacturing Com-

pany, was born March 8, 1822, in Stanford,
Dutchess county.

His family is of English origin, and he
traces his lineage to one of three brothers who
came from Saybrook, England, at an early
date, the Bushnells of New Haven, Conn.,
and of Ohio, being also their descendants.
Alvah Bushnell, our subject's father, was born