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in the public schools, and, later, engaging in
agriculture. His present farm, near Dover
Furnace, contains about two hundred acres of
fine land, and was purchased in 1881 from H.
W. Preston. Mr. Tabor's able management
has made it one of the best farms of the
neighborhood. He is a leading worker in the
local Republican organization, and has held
several official positions of the town.

In 1863, he married Miss Nora Hoag,
daughter of Philip Hoag, a well-known farmer
of South Dover, and his wife, Mary Hoag.
Four children were born of this union: George,
July 2, 1865, was married in 1894 to Miss
Mary Stevens, daughter of Hiram Stevens, of
South Dover; William F., December 26, 1867,
Wright P., July 2, 1871, and Mary H., June
I, 1876, are at home.

The Tabor family has been prominently
identified with the town of Dover for several
generations and our subject's great-grandfa-
ther. Job Tabor, came from Rhode Island to
that locality at an early period to engage in
farming. He married, and had the following
children: Noah, who married Miss Carpenter;
Thomas, who married Fallie Belding; John,
our subject's grandfather; and the wife of
Joseph Belding. |ohn Tabor was born at

Chestnut Ridge in 1778, was educated at
Dover Plains, and became a farmer by occu-
pation. His wife, Jane Belding, was a daugh-
ter of Silas and Dorcas Belding, her father
being a well-to-do farmer of Dover. John
and Jane Tabor had six children: Oscar,
Charles, William, Emeline, Maria and Ann.

Oscar Tabor, our subject's father, was born
in the town of Amenia, Dutchess county, Au-
gust 4, 1809, and completed his education in
Poughkeepsie. After his graduation he taught
school in Dutchess county for a short time, and
then engaged in farming and stock dealing, in
which he was rewarded with success. He was
an influential Republican, and held a number
of township offices, including that of assessor.
In religious faith he was a devout Baptist, and
he was an active worker in the Dover Plains
Church. On March 3, 1836, he married
his first wife. Miss Hannah Preston, daughter
of John and Amy Preston. Her father was a
well-known farmer and hotelkeeper at Dover
Plains. She died June 18, 1862, aged forty-
four years, and in 1863 Mr. Tabor married a
second wife, Mrs. Martha Giddings, lu'c Mer-
win, who had one son by a former marriage.
By Mr. Tabor's first marriage there were four
children: Mary E., Gilbert, Myron and Amy
J., all of whom lived to adult age, and of the
second, one child was born who died in in-
fancy. Mary E. was born in the town of
Dover, December 30, 1836, and married Or-
ville Sheldon, a merchant in Dover, and a son
of Egbert Sheldon, a cattle dealer. She died
October 19, 1861, leaving no children. Myron,
who was born in October 9, 1850, is a well-
known farmer in the town of Dover; Amy J.
was born March 27, 1852, and married Gerry
Dennis, a conductor on the Harlem R. R.,who
has since moved to the West. She died Au-
gust 12, 1889, and left one son, Fred Dennis.
Oscar Tabor had one child by his second mar-
riage, but it died in infancy.

William Tabor, second son of John Tabor,
was born in Dover, Dutchess county, in 1820,
and was educated in the common schools. He
engaged in farming, and was also a great trav-
eler. He married Miss Ann Eliza Chapman,
and had eleven children: John and Louisa
never married; Jennie died young; Florence
married Frank Van Auken; Frank and Harriet
did not marry; Mary is the wife of Everet
Travers; William died at an early age; Harry
and Haddie (twins) died in infancy; and Jennie
(2'i married Mr. Sepring.



Charles Tabor, third child of John Tabor,
was born in Dover, 1817, and after attending
the common schools of the town during boy-
hood he engaged in farming. He married Miss
Caroline Vincent, daughter of Absolom and
Abigail (Duncan) Vincent, farmers of Dover.
Charles Tabor and wife had ten children: Mary
married Josiah Elting, a merchant, formerly of
Poughkeepsie, now of Mt. Kisco, and they have
one son, Charles, unmarried, who is in the feed
business in Colorado; Helen married Charles
Brower, an electrician of Boston, but has no
children; Jennie died at the age of seventeen
years; Emma, at the age of thirty-two; Maria,
at thirty; Ida, who married Rev. Edwin Rusk,
died at twenty-eight; Carrie, Charles and A.
Vincent are not married; and Harry died in

Ann Tabor, fourth child of John Tabor,
never married; Emeline, fifth child of John
Tabor, married Harvey Preston, a farmer
of Dover; they had two children — Charles
Preston, who married Annett Sherman, and
John, who married Augusta Marcy, and had one
child — Fannie, now Mrs. Lines. Maria, sixth
child of John Tabor, did not marry.

MYRON P. TABOR, an enterprising and
successful agriculturist residing near
Dover Plains, Dutchess county, is a member
of one of our old and highly-esteemed families.
His grandfather, John Tabor, and father, Os-
car Tabor, were both well-known residents of
Dutchess county, the latter being especially
active and influential in public affairs. The
accompanying biographj' of Gilbert Tabor, our
subject's brother, gives an interesting history
of the family.

Myron Tabor was born October 9, 1S50,
and has always made his home in the town of
Dover. He married Miss Sarah Elizabeth
White, a lady of unusual mental endowments,
by whom he has had two children: Cora E.,
born in US78, and Harry M., born in 1885.
Mrs. Tabor, who is a descendant of old pioneer
stock, was born in the town of Lagrange in
1856 and was educated in that locality. Her
grandfather, Henry White, was a native of
Unionvale, where he became a prominent
farmer. He married Miss Sarah Doolittle and
had six children: (i) Egbert married Irene
Losee, and had four children: Emeline, Mrs.
Walter Smith; Sarah, who never married;
Harrison, who married Addie Lee, and Mary,

Mrs. Richmond Fort. (2) Henry married
Catherine McCord, and had three children:
William, Leander and Mary. (3) Charles,
Mrs. Tabor's father, is mentioned below. (4)
Esther married Nicholas Baker, and had five
children: Abbie J., the wife of William Cronk;
Levina, who married first James Scott, and
second James Cronk; Nicholas, who married
Elizabeth Allen; Sarah, the wife of .\lbert
Cole, and \\'illiam. (5) Jane married Israel
F. Duncan, and had three children: George;
Egbert, who married Annie Houghteling, and
Charles. (6) Lizzie married Mr. \'an Cott. but
had no children.

Charles White was born in the town of
Unionvale in 1834, was educated in the schools
there, and became a farmer by occupation.
His wife was Miss Caroline Van Wyck, daugh-
ter of a well-known farmer of Dover, Robert
S. Van Wyck, and his wife, Caroline. Four
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. White, of
whom Mrs. Tabor was the second in order of
birth. Nettie, the eldest, was born in Union-
vale in 1854. She married Edwin Velie, a
farmer of the town of Lagrange, and has two
children — Carrie and Frederick. Hattie, the
third daughter, was born in 1S59, and is now
the wife of Elmer Preston, the proprietor of a
hotel at Dover Plains; they have one son- —
John C. Preston. Wellington White, the
youngest child and only son, was born in the
town of Washington in 1862, and is engaged
in business as a stock speculator in the town
of Fishkill. He married Miss Sarah Vollmer,
and their only child died in infancy.

JAMES CARROLL, a successful business
man of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, is
one of the most progressive and public-
spirited citizens of that thriving municipality.

He was a native of County Louth, Ireland,
and a son of Michael C. Carroll, who was born
in that county in 1816, and was one of three
brothers, namely: Michael, our subject's fa-
ther; James, who enlisted in the English army
at sixteen years of age, and went to the West
Indies, where he was employed as a horse-
shoer and farrier; and Luke.

Michael C. Carroll learned the blacksmith's
trade in his youth, and in about 1835 came to
America, locating first in New York City, where
he was employed in the Alum Works for some
years. Later he went to Flushing, L. I. , and
then to South Brooklyn, carrying on the black-



smith, wheelwright and wagon-manufacturing
business, making many milk wagons. He was
a first-class mechanic, and also possessed
marked skill as a horse doctor.

He married Margaret Savage, who was also
a native of County Louth, Ireland, and to
their union w-ere born ten children, viz. :
Mary, deceased; James, our subject; Thomas,
a master mechanic, who met his death from an
accident in the Roche Iron Works; Luke, a
machinist in New York City; Mary Ann, the
wife of Joseph Crolley, of Wappingers Falls;
Mike, deceased; Mike (2), a machinist, who
joined the United States Navy, and died in
South America, in 1857, from an accidental
injury. In politics he was a Democrat. The
father of this family died in 1851.

James Carroll, our subject, was born in
the Emerald Isle in 1835, and as his parents
came to America in the same year, his educa-
tion was obtained in this country. He at-
tended the Bishops' Church School in Brook-
lyn, the School of the Nativity in Concord,
and later the public schools, making good use
of his advantages. As he was always fond of
reading he has gained much additional knowl-
edge since he left school, at the age of eight-
een, by private study, and can hold his own
in an argument on the questions of the day.
During boyhood he worked for a short time in
a factory at the corner of Elizabeth and Mott
streets. New York City, for $3. 50 per week,
and later sold fluid light for Mr. Conklin. He
then served a full apprenticeship of five years
in the iron moulder's trade at a shop on Third
avenue, where he continued to work for two
years after the completion of his term. On
leaving this place he worked on Water street,
near Huckster, and then with the McCulloms
on Elder street, between Canal, Hester and
Eldridge streets. Here he spent fifteen years,
being foreman during the last few years. In
September, 1865, he came to Poughkeepsie
and entered the employ of Thompson and part-
ner. At the end of two weeks he was called
to the office and made foreman of the shop.
He worked for this firm and their successors,
Dudlej' & Thompson, and Dudley (S: Bollard,
until 1879, at $4.00 per day, having from
twenty-two to twenty-eight men under his
charge. He left this business reluctantly, and,
as he had some funds to invest, he' at once
engaged in the butcher's business in Union
Square. Later he sold out that establishment
and located at his present place of business,

which he remodeled and improved. For
about seventeen years he has enjoyed an ex-
tensive patronage, and is regarded as a sub-
stantial business mah.

.In 1864 he was married to Miss Ann Eliza
Belton, a daughter of William Belton, whose
family is one of the oldest in the citv. To
them were born the following named children:
Mary married a- Mr. Clark, of Orange, N. J.;
Margareti is a professional nurse at Honolulu,
having completed a course in the Post-Gradu-
ate School of New York; Eleanor is at home;
Annie married John Blynn, of Wassaic; Grace
is a trained nurse from the Post-Graduate
School: Jennie B. ; William Thomas, a gradu-
ate of Eastman Business College, of Pough-
keepsie, is employed in a dry-goods house in
New York; James is in school with a view to
studying law; Robert is a graduate of East-
man Business College; and Thomas is at home.

Politically, Mr. Carroll is a Democrat on
State and National issues, and he takes great
interest in the welfare of the part3^ He is
active and influential in local politics, having
served in 1873-74-75 on the Waterworks
board, and in 1893 and 1894 as alderman from
the Third ward. While on the board of alder-
men he was chairman of the committee on
streets. His well-proven integrity, no less
than his ability, has been the source of his
popularity. He is a member of the Order of
Good Fellows, of the Queen City.

BR. JOHN FAUST, a prominent veteri-
nary surgeon of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, is widely recognized as an authority
upon the nature and treatment of the diseases
of that noble animal, the horse. He is a na-
tive of Hessen-Cassel, Germany, which has
been the home of the family for many genera-
tions, and there his grandfather, Barhold Faust,
and his father Conrad Faust, were also born,
the latter in 1807.

Dr. Faust was born July 19, 1835, and
while acquiring a good education in the schools
of his native place he began to consider. the
vital question of self-support. He decided to
come to America, where, to use his own phrase,
he could "secure a bigger piece of bread." or
in other words better opportunities. On Au-
gust 12, 1852, he landed in New York City,
and soon after began to learn the cooper's
trade, which he followed there until 1859, when
he and his brothers, Tobias and Otto, went to



Poughkeepsie. In i860 they started in busi-
ness there under the firm name of John Faust
& Bros. The Doctor was an active worker in
this enterprise until 1865, when he became a
silent partner, so continuing until 1875, when
the partnership was dissolved.

In 1 88 1, our subject went before the e.\-
amining board of the New York Veterinary
Society, and passed the examination, receiving
the degree of V. S. He is one of the most
careful and studious of the veterinary surgeons
of his county, and has done much to elevate
the profession by his scientific researches. A
number of valuable treatises give evidence of
his learning and ability, among them an essay on
Hernia read before the N. Y. State N'eterinary
Society; one on the History of Contagious and
Infectious Diseases, Ancient, Medieval, and
Modern; and one read in 1894 on the Practical
part on Tuberculosis. He also prepared an
article on the Darwinian Theory for the "Medi-
cal Record " in repl}' to Prof. Bolenhomer, of
New York. At present the Doctor is writing a
work on Homeopathic Practice on Domestic
Animals. He is a leading member of the
U. S. Veterinary Medical Society, and has for
two years been the cattle inspector for tuber-
culosis in this State. He was credited in 1886
with being the first to vaccinate successfully
against Anthrax fever, that treatment provid-
ing the only means now known for arresting
the disease. He has a large practice, and is
frequently called in consultation in important
difficult cases. In 1854 Dr. Faust married
Miss Maria Frietag, also a native of Hessen-
Cassel, Germany, and has six children: Louis,
a physician at Schenectady; Frederick A., a
physician in Poughkeepsie; Otto, a veterinary
surgeon in the same city; William P., a physi-
cian in Schenectady; Mary, the wife of F. C.
Krueger, of that place; and Christina H., who
is at home. The Doctor is a Republican in
principle and a public-spirited citizen, but takes
no part in political wire pulling. He is a
member of the K. of P., and is one of the
most prominent supporters of the German
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has
been Sunday-school superintendent for several
years, and a steward since 1859.

THOMAS EMERSON, head gardener for
William Densmore, of the town of Hyde
Park, Dutchess county, is a native of Scot-
land, born at Thornhill, December 25, 1842, a

son of William Emerson, who was also born
in that village, in 181 1, a son of Thomas and
Janet Emerson.

Thomas Emerson, the grandfather of our
subject, belonged to one of the old and highly
respected families of southwestern Scotland.
For many years he served in the British army,
being one of the veterans of Waterloo, and
after leaving the service he lived in retirement.
In his family were five children: \\'illiam, the
father of our subject; Robert, who lived in
Scotland until i860; John, a resident of Glas-
gow; George, superintendent of an estate in
Dumfriesshire; and Elizabeth, who married a
Mr. Hope, and lived in Edinburgh ("Auld
Reekie"), Scotland.

By occupation the lather of our subject
was a gardener, was engaged in the Stirling
nurseries for man}' years, and was also em-
ployed bv the Montgomery family. Though
he was a general gardener, he gave a great
deal of attention to the culture of grapes. He
was an honest, trustworthy and reliable man.
In 1832, at the age of twenty-one years, he
married Isabella McQueen, who was born in
1 8 12, and was of Scotch descent on the pa-
ternal side, while her mother belonged to an
old Scotch family. Seven chiUdren blessed
this union: Elizabeth, living in Edinburgh,
Scotland; Mary, in Glasgow; Thomas; Janet,
also in Edinburgh; David, a blacksmith, in
Birkenhead, England; Johann, in Ayrshire,
Scotland; and William, who died at the age
of three years. The father passed away in
1880, at the age of sixty-nine years, and the
mother in March, 1893.

The education of Thomas Emerson was be-
gun in the common school near his boyhood
home, and completed at a night school. He
has ever been a great reader, making a special
study of his " profession." as gardening is called
in his native land. He began to learn that
occupation in Scotland at the age of sixteen
years, at a place called Blair Drummond,
where he served a three-years' apprenticeship.
He then went to Dumfries, and was in the nur-
series there some six months, afterward, for a
year and a-half, being employed by Sir William
Jardine. For the same length of time he was
at Eglinton Castle, owned by the Earl of Eg-
linton, and from there went to Rozell, Ayrshire,
being within a stone's throw of the cottage of
Robert Burns, the poet, for a year. After six
months passed at the Williams nursery in Lon-
don, he secured a position at Hythe, in Kent,




England, the place of Henry B. Mackeson,
which he laid out, and continued in charge of
for five years. He then returned to Scotland,
but in 1870 came to the New World, locating
at first in Philadelphia, where he remained for
a month. On April 18, of that year, he ar-
rived in the town of Hyde Park, Dutchess
county, and became assistant gardener on Mr.
Dinsmore's place, under A. L. Black, who, the
following year, went to Philadelphia. Our
subject succeeded to his position, which he has
since most efficiently filled. The place con-
tains one of the finest collections of plants to
be found in the State, of which he has com-
plete charge.

Mr. Emerson has been remarkably success-
ful in his chosen calling, and in his present en-
gageme'nt has seventeen men under his charge,
during the summer months, while in the winter
there are eleven. He is a prominent member
of the Society of American Florists, the Florist
Club of New York City, and the F"ree Gar-
deners. In his political views he is an ardent
Republican, giving his earnest support to the
party, and is one of the leading representative
citizens of the town of Hyde Park. In relig-
ious faith he is a consistent member of the
Presbyterian Church.

PERRY WHEELER, a worthy member of
the agricultural community of the town

of Dover, Dutchess county, is the grandson of
John B. Wheeler, whose birth occurred there.
In the common schools of the locality the
grandfather received what was considered at
that day a very good education, and at an
early age turned his attention to farming. He
owned and controlled a large tract of land in
the southern portion of Dover town, on which
he continued to make his home, and there
reared his family. He married Miss Ruth
Sampson, and had five children: Sebastian,
John, Henry, Belding and Katie.

Henry Wheeler, the father of our subject,
was also a native of the town of Dover, Dutch-
ess county, and after securing a common-school
education, successfully engaged in farming
throughout his entire life, accumulating by
that means considerable wealth. He married
Miss Catherine Wing, a daughter of Tb.omas
Wing, and his wife, Hannah White, who were
the parents of three children: Amy, Ratio
and Hannah. Her father, who was one of
the Revolutionary heroes, was born in the

town of Dover, where during manhood he
engaged in agricultural pursuits. To the par-
ents of our subject were born nine children,
namel}': Harvey, Thomas and John, all de-
ceased; Shandanette; Bailey; Perry; Amy,
who married Lathic Brown; Hannah; and
Mariette. To the marriage of Lathic Brown
and wife was born a son, Ale.xander (who
married Ethel Wheeler, an adopted daughter
of Perry Wheeler), who was a policeman in
New York City for sixteen years. His death
occurred at South Dover in 1873. Lathic
Brown was born in Onondaga county, N. Y.,
and his death occurred in 1866 in the City of
New York. He was a farmer by occupation.

Mr. Wheeler, whose name introduces this
review, was born in Dover town, May 29, 18 19,
and after completing his education started out
in life as a farmer, but he later learned the
wheelwright's trade, at which he worked for
eight years. Owing to ill health, he again
took up the occupation of farming, which he
has since continued. Since its organization he
has been identified with the Republican party,
and has acceptably served in several township
offices, including those of assessor and commis-
sioner. His life has been manly, his actions
sincere, his manner unaffected, and his exam-
ple is well worthy of emulation.

Mr. Wheeler was united in marriage with
Miss Ann Ross, a daughter of Zebulon and
Rhoda Ross, of the town of Dover, Dutchess
county, and to this worthy couple were born
two children : Catharine, who was born in
1850, educated in Dutchess county, and is now
the wife of Charles Hawes, a farmer of Sher-
man, Conn.; and George R., who died at the
age of three years. After a long and happy
married life, the wife and mother was called to
her final rest in 1895.

John Ross, the grandfather of Mrs. Wheel-
er, was born in Dover town, Dutchess county,
where he followed farming and married Miss
Hannah White. In their family were six chil-
dren : Fannie; Mrs. Eliza Prentice; Mrs.
Sallie Butts; William; one whose name is not
given; and Zebulon, the father of Mrs. W'heeler.

Zebulon Ross, an agriculturist, was also
born, reared, educated and married in the town
of Dover, Dutchess county. Miss Rhoda Wing
becoming his wife. Mrs. Wheeler was one of
their five children, the others being as follows:
John wedded Mary Stark, of Pawling, Dutchess
county, by whom he had six children: Katie,
Addie, Rhoda, Theodore, Charles and Will-



iam. George, who married Miss Marietta
Wheeler, had no children. Theodore was
united in marriage with Miss Sarah A. Ar-
nold, and they, too, had no family. Eliza be-
came the wife of Harvey Buckingham, of
Northville, Conn., and to them were born
three children, namely: (i) Theodore first
married Eliza Whitley, and their one child
died in infancy. For his second wife he chose
Phoebe Rennis, by whom he had four children:
Estelle, May, Herman and Frederick. His
third wife bore the maiden name of Annie
Martin. (2) Herman was killed while valiantly
serving in the Union army during the Civil
war. (3) Ann Eliza married Orville Sheldon,
who died in May, 1896, a son of Egbert Shel-
don, and they had no children.

rjRS. RHODA L. SHERMAN, a most
JKH, estimable lady, whose home is in the
town of Unionvale, belongs to a family that
has been prominently identified with the inter-
ests of Dutchess county from an early period
in its history. Hei» paternal grandfather,
Hiram Rozell, was a native of the town of
Dover, Dutchess county, received his educa-
tion in its common schools, and engaged in
farming during his active business career. By
his marriage with Miss Catharine Buck he had
three children: Martin, Hiram and Peter.
After the death of his first wife he again mar-
ried, and to the marriage were born the follow-
ing children: Henry; James, who married a
Miss Wight; Beekman, who married a Miss
Morey; Albro, who married a Miss Rozell;
Mrs. Catharine Leroy; Mrs. Helen Van Vleck;
Mrs. Mevilie Hewett; Mrs. Mary Whitehead;
Mrs. Phoebe Dennis; and Mrs. Cordelia Reed.

Martin Rozell, the father of Mrs. Sherman,
was born in the town of Dover, in 1793, at-
tended the public schools of the locality, and
engaged in farming as a lifework. He was
united in marriage with Miss Deborah Cypher,
an agriculturist of Beekman town, Dutchess

Twelve children blessed their union, name-
ly: (i) Peter, born in 1818, married Phcebe
Giles, by whom he had five children — Allison,
Phoebe, Amelia, Deborah and Iila. (2) Thomas,