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born in 18 19, married Sarah J. Cypher, by
whom he had one daughter — Harriet. (3)
Elizabeth, born in 1823, married James Wes-
ley, and they had one son, George, now de-
ceased. (4) Jane A., born in 1821, married

Ephraim Hewett, by whom she had six chil-
dren — Sarah, Cecelia, William, Edward, Emma
and Obe. (5) Maria, born in 1825, married
John Doan, and has three children — Samuel,
Lewis and Frank. (6) Smith, born in 1827,
married Ellen Ball, by whom he has five chil-
dren — Charles, Etta, Edith, Ella and Willie.
(7) Rhoda L. is next in order of birth. (8)
Drusilla, born in 1833, married John Flagler,
and has three daughters — Carrie, Arcelia and
Alda. (9) 'Wicks, born in 1831, wedded Miss
Maria J. Brooks, by whom he had three chil-
dren — Edward, Charles and Carrie, and after
the death of his first wife he married Mary E.
Clark, by whom he had a daughter — Annie.
(10) David, born in 1836, married Phoebe
Lake, and they had two children — Mamie and
Remsen. (11) Caroline, born in 1839, mar-
ried Theodore Cypher, and they have a daugh-
ter — Cora. (12) Cecelia, born in 1842, died
when young.

Mrs. Rhoda L. (Rozell) Sherman is a na-
tive of Dutchess county, born in the town of
Lagrange, in 1829, and pursued her studies in
the schools near her home. On reaching woman-
hood she was united in marriage with Samuel
Rozell, a farmer of Unionvale town, who died
in 1869, at the age of seventy-three years.
Later she became the wife of Isaac W. Sher-
man, who was by occupation a painter and
farmer, and whose death occurred in 1889.
Mrs. Sherman enjoys the respect of all who
know her, and her many virtues and loving
disposition have gained her many warm friends
in the community where she has so long made
her home.

JAMES H. RUSSELL, a prosperous and
honored citizen of the town of Beekman,

Dutchess county, successfully engaged in
agricultural pursuits, started out in life .poor in
everything but pluck and indomitable will
power, and is now one of the well-to-do farm-
ers of the community.

John Russell, his great-grandfather, in an
early day came, along with two of his brothers,
from England to this country, one of the three
settling in Dutchess county, one in Massachu-
setts, and the other, John, in Orange county,
N. Y. The last named was twice married,
and by his first wife had five sons, one named
William (the grandfather of our subject), and
three daughters; by his second wife he had but
one child, a son. John Russell moved from



Orange county to Phillipstown, Putnam county,
where he passed the rest of his days. He was
a lifelong farmer, and during the Revolution-
ary war served as major-general.

William Russell, grandfather of our sub-
ject, was born in the town of Fishkill, Dutch-
ess county, where he passed his entire life in
agricultural pursuits. He was thrice married,
the names of his wives being Theodosia Town-
send, Amy Cronk and Helen Champlain, re-
spectively, the first of whom was the grand-
mother of James H. William Russell had
ten children in all, as follows: Bradford,
James, Annie, Austin and John, all five de-
ceased; Elijah, father of our subject; William,
deceased; Benjamin; Betsey, deceased; and a
daughter who died while young.

Elijah Russell was born in the town of
Fishkill, June 12, 1813, and attended the dis-
trict schools of the neighborhood. He re-
mained at home until his marriage with Miss
Margaret Wright, daughter of I.saac Wright.
Her death occurred June 20, 1892, and she
was mourned by many warm friends as well as
by her immediate family. The family circle
included five children: Ann Jeanette, wife of
Gilbert Southard, of the town of Stanford,
Dutchess county; George Isaac, who makes
his home in Matteawan, N. Y., but is a keeper
in the prison at Sing Sing; Alphonza, who
married D. W. Haight, of the town of East
Fishkill, Dutchess county; James H., subject
of this sketch; and Maria Amelia, wife of Will-
iam Wolcott, of Matteawan. The father has
always engaged in farming upon many places
in Dutchess county. After his marriage he
located in the town of Lagrange, whence he
removed to the town of Poughkeepsie, and
later was a resident of Peekskill, N. Y. ; then
lived in the town of Stanford, Dutchess county,
and now makes his home with his daughter,
Mrs. Haight, in the town of East Fishkill.
Until recently he had always supported the
Democratic party, but is now a stalwart Pro-
hibitionist on account of his views on the tem-
perance question. He has never aspired to
public ofifice, but faithfully discharges his du-
ties of citizenship. When young he united
with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
has since been one of its active and faithful

In the town of Fishkill, Dutchess county,
James H. Russell, the subject proper of these
lines, was born June 7, 1845, ^nd his school
days were there passed. His educational

privileges, however, were quite limited, a fact
which he has always deeply regretted. On
leaving home at the age of twenty years, he
entered the drug store of Van Valkenburg &
Brown, of Poughkeepsie, where he engaged in
clerking for a year; then, with his father and
brother bought out the Denton restaurant, at
No. 270 Main street, in that city, which they
remodeled and conducted for a year. On
selling out he engaged in the fire-insurance
business for two years, representing the Loril-
lard Company, of New York City, being lo-
cated at Arthursburg, N. Y. He was next
employed on the farm of J. W. Van Tassell for
a year, and during the following four years
operated land for W. S. Verplanck; removing
to the town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess
county, he rented E. H. Clark's farm for two
years, whence he went to the farm of Benson
J. Lossing, the historian, on Chestnut Ridge,
in the town of Dover, which he worked on
shares for three years, and rented during the
following six years. In 1886 he purchased a
255-acre farm of W. E. Haxtun, in the town
of Beekman, on which he has since resided,
and which he has placed under a high state of
cultivation. He is ranked among the most
progressive agriculturists of the county, and
he thoroughly understands his business in all
its departments.

In 1864, in the town of East Fishkill, Mr.
Russell was married to Miss Hester A. Haight,
daughter of Henry Haight, and two children
were born to them, the elder being Walter G.,
now in the grocery business in New York City.
He married Lillian Greenthall, by whom he
has three sons — James H., Vincent L. , and
Percy (deceased).

Mr. Russell has ever taken a prominent
part in public affairs, casting his ballot in sup-
port of the Democratic party, and on that
ticket was elected superintendent of the county
poor in the fall of 1883, and again in the fall
of 1886, serving altogether six years. For
two terms he was commissioner of highways
in the town of Dover, and in the town of
Beekman has been supervisor one term, and
also commissioner of highways one term.
Twice he has been the nominee of his party
for the Assembly, and came within eighteen
votes of being elected in a district which has
usually 1,800 majority for the Republicans,
which fact plainly indicates his popularity and
the confidence reposed in him. In all the
various relations of life, Mr. Russell has been



true and faithful in every trust, and justly
merits the high regard in which he is held.
He is a member of the F. & A. M., Lodge No.
458, Shekomeko, Dutchess dounty, and also a
charter member and master of Sylvan Grange,
of the town of Beekman, organized in Decem-
ber, 1896.

the valued German-born citizens of Staats-

burg, Dutchess county, stands prominent
in progressiveness, industry and popularity,
this gentleman. He was born in Hessen-Cas-
sel, Germany, June 20, 1850, a son of John
H. and Dorothea (Boerner)Bodenstein, natives
of the same place.

By trade the father was a blacksmith,
which occupation he continued to follow after
coming to America in 1S58, first locating at
Rockland Lake. Rockland Co ., N. Y. , where he
remained until 1863, when he removed to Pier-
mont, X. Y. There he worked at his trade for
one year, spending the followingseven months
as a journeyman in Jersey City, N. J. In 1864
he came to Staatsburg, where for three years
he worked for the Eagle Ice Company, and at
Athens, N. Y., he was employed by the same
company until 1868. In Staatsburg he then
opened a shop for the manufacture of ice tools
and general blacksmithing, which business he
continued up to his death in 1875. He was
very successful, and made many improvements
in ice tools, though he took out no patents.
Among the many implements manufactured by
him were ice plows. In his family were seven
children, all yet living, namely: Eliza Cather-
ine, John George, Henry, Frederick, Sophia,
Amelia and Charles. The mother died No-
vember 25, 1 89 1.

For four years prior to coming to this
country our subject attended school in the
Fatherland, and completed his literary educa-
tion by two years and a half attendance at the
common schools at Rockland Lake and Pier-
mont. Although his privileges in that direction
were somewhat meager, he has by subsequent
reading become a well-informed man. With
his father he learned the blacksmith's trade,
and from 1866 to 1868 worked as a journey-
man in Newburg, Fishkill Plains and Kingston,
N. Y. In 1868 he started a shop for his father
on the site where his brother Henry now car-
ries on business, and although he owned no
interest in the shop had full control until two

years after his father's death. He and his
brother Henry then formed a partnership, and
under the style of J. G. & H. Bodenstein en-
gaged in the manufacture of ice tools until
March 22, 1890, when the partnership was
dissolved. Our subject then established his
present shop, where he does a great deal of
forging for the Poughkeepsie foundries, and
has furnished all the iron work for the Ogden
Mills summer residence, which required nearly
a hundred tons of iron and steel. However,
the manufacture of ice tools is still his main
business, in which he has a large trade, ex-
tending all over the country, from Maine to
the Pacific. He is essentially a self-made
man, having been the architect of his own for-
tune, and is deserving of the highest commen-

In 1873 Mr. Bodenstein was united in
marriage with Louisa Hess, of Staatsburg,
a daughter of John George Hess, and to
them have been born two sons: Fred, who is
associated with his father in business; and
John George. Mr. Bodenstein is an ardent
supporter of Republican principles, though he
takes no \ery active interest in politics; socially,
he is identified with the F. & A. M. at Rhine-
beck. He is a member of the Episcopal
Church at Staatsburg, of which he has been
vestryman since its incorporation; has been
school trustee for many j'ears, and a member
of the Staatsburg fire department. He is a
member and one of the organizers of the
Staatsburg Gun Club, and is a noted crack-
shot, having captured many money prizes,
and borne away the first prize medal from Al-
bany, put up by the Third Brigade of the Na-
tional Guard of the State of New York, in a
two-days' "shoot," making a score of 48 out
of a possible 50, with military arm, off-hand
at 200 yards, Creedmore targets. The com-
petition was one of the sharpest. Mr. Boden-
stein's honor and integrity are unimpeachable,
his word being considered as good as his bond.

of this lamented citizen of the town of

Clinton, who passed to his rest on Sunday,
February 12, 1893, is remembered as that of
one of the most prominent and energetic men
of the community, one who assisted greatly in
its development and prosperit}'. Besides gen-
eral farming he also devoted considerable time
to the practice of veterinary surgery, and on


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