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City, where he remained about twelve years.
On completing his course he returned to Mat-
teawan and learned the hatter's trade, which
may be said to be hereditary in his family,
preferring the hotel business, in which he was
engaged for nine years at the corner of Water
and Fountain streets. In March, 1888, he
opened a saloon at the same site, and has ever
since conducted it. He has gained the friend-
ship of many people, and is also successful
financially, owning a large amount of valuable
real estate at Matteawan, including the "Com-
mercial House."

In 1 88 1, Mr. Bryant was united in mar-
riage with Miss Margaret Forsyth, a native of
Orange county, N. Y., and a daughter of
Joseph Forsyth, a well-known resident of that
localit}'. Two children were born of this
union: Edna E. - .nd George A. Mr. Bryant
is an ardent advocate of Republican principles,
and socially is connected with various organi-
zations, being an active member of the B. P.
O. E., the Foresters of America, and the
Beacon Hose Co., of which he was foreman
for three years and is now chief engineer.

'AMES B. TRIPP, the able manager of an
extensive stock farm at Dover Plains,
Dutchess county, is considered an author-
ity upon all questions relating to the training
and care of that noble animal, the horse. His
e.Nperience as foreman of large stock farms at
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and Danbury, Conn.,
has admirably fitted him for his present re-
sponsible position with H. N. Bain, of Dover

Mr. Tripp is a descendant of one of our old
families, his grandfather, John Tripp, having
been a native of Dutchess county. He became
a farmer by occupation and for many years
lived at Ancram, Columbia county. His wife

was Cynthia Adzit, of Bangall, Dutchess coun-
ty, and they reared a family of nine children:
Daniel I. married (first) Dameris Myers, and
(second) Mrs. Adaline Sharp; David K. ; Elisha
married Miss West; Benjamin, Miss Shultz;
Mariette, Henry Reefer; Anthony. Rebecca
Reefer; Rachel, Myron Hamblin; Loretta,
Henry Dayton; and James, our subject's fa-
ther, chose for his life partner Emma Card,
daughter of Esson and Lottie f Wetherill) Card,
of Ancram. He was engaged in farming in
that vicinity all his life, and died there January
14, 1896. Of his six children our subject is
the eldest. The others are: Cynthia, Mrs.
James R. Paine; Mary R., Mrs. George Mitch-
ell; Emma L. , Mrs. Marks Senigo; Sarah,
Mrs. Howard Thompson; and Myra, Mrs.
Harry Dewsnap.

The subject of our sketch was born in An-
cram in 1854, and for some time after leaving
school was engaged in farming, but in early
manhood acquired a high reputation in his
present calling. He has always been a Dem-
ocrat in politics, and takes an intelligent in-
terest in public affairs. On November 3,
1886, he was married to Miss Ella Van Steen-
bergh, a lady of 'fine mental ability and cult-
ure, who previous to her marriage was a suc-
cessful teacher at Millerton and in Columbia
county. She was born in Amenia in 1867,
and was educated by her father, George Steen-
burg'n, a well-known resident of that place.
Her ancestors were among the early settlers
in that vicinity, and her grandfather, Henry
Van Steenbergh, was born and reared there,
and became a prominent farmer. He married
Miss Anna Blass, of the same town, and had
eight children, whose names, with those of
their partners in matrimony, are as follows:
Philip, Sarah Hunt; Ezra, Nellie Berrian;
John, Harriet Green; George, Mary Rowe;
Hampton, Hattie Melloy; Gernsey, Mary
Drake; Emmett, Phcebe Odell; and Coralie,
Henry Pitcher. George Van Steenbergh grew
to manhood at the old farm, and was gradu-
ated from the Amenia Seminary. He learned
the carpenter's trade, but, finding teaching
more to his liking, he followed that calling
nineteen years. In politics he was a steadfast
Democrat, and never lacked the courage to
express his convictions upon any subject.
Mrs. Tripp is the only living child, two sons
having died, Walter in infancy, and Hubert at
the age of nineteen. Her mother, Mrs. Mary
Rowe, was a direct descendant of the Moravian



missionaries of that name who came to this
countrj' to instruct the Indians in the Christian
faith. Orville Rowe, one of Mary Rowe's an-
cestors, was a prominent farmer of White
Plains, Dutchess county, and his wife was
Miss EHzabeth Pitcher, of Johnson's Corners.

CHARLES E. BOYCE, a prominent resi-
dent of the town of Dover, Dutchess
county, at present holding the office of consta-
ble, is the proprietor of a popular meat market
in Dover Plains. He is a native of the town
of Stanford, Dutchess county, where several
generations of his family have made their
home. His grandfather, Jacob Boyce, was
born and educated there, and spent his life in
agricultural pursuits. He married Miss Holmes,
and reared a family of nine children: Marga-
ret, Mrs. Henry Van Dewater; Sarah A., Mrs.
Alfred Van Dewater; Olive, Mrs. Levi Ambler;
Eliza and Nargette, who never married; Amy,
Mrs. Drury; Edwin, our subject's father; Isaac,
who married Miss Allen; and Levi, who mar-
ried Catherine Ambler.

Edwin Boyce was born at the old home-
stead in the town of Stanford, September 19,
18 12, and died May 13, 1861. He was edu-
cated in the district schools of that locality,
and afterward engaged in farming. He was
married to Miss Sabrina Betts, who was born
in 1820, and of this union four children were
born: James H., Henrietta, Charles E. and
Mary F.

The subject of our sketch enjoyed the usual
educational privileges of a farmer's boy, later
learned the butcher's trade, and also worked
at carpentering for some time. Since his re-
moval to Dover Plains he has conducted a
meat market with gratifying success, and has
taken an active part in local affairs. His part-
ner in life's journey is Kate Titus, daughter of
Alexander Titus, and they have had three chil-
dren: Ethel May, born January i, 1882;
Alice Titus, born April 8, 1888, and Eugene
Holmes, born May 15, 1890.

The Titus family has been prominent in
the town of Washington, Dutchess county, for
many years, and Mrs. Boyce's grandfather,
Jackson Titus, was born and educated there,
and later became a prosperous miller. He
and his wife, Hannah Conklin, reared a family
of four children: Ale.xander, Mrs. Boyce's fa-
ther; Stephen, who married (first) Harriet Bur-

lingame, and (second) Mary Burlingame; Mott,
who never married; and Ruth Amelia, Mrs. Jo-
seph Titus. Alexander Titus was born in
1 82 1, and received his early education in the
district schools of Washington town. He en-
gaged in the milling business for a time, but
the greater part of his life was spent in farm-
ing. He married Letitia Strang, daughter of
Henry and Catherine (Adriance) Strang, and
had six children: Kate, Mrs. Boyce; Edward,
who married Josephine Stansbury; Anna, Mrs.
Charles Rich; Eleanor, the wife of Charles
Gilbert; Stephen, who married Estella Out-
house; and Lillian, the wife of Charles Lewis.
Mr. Titus was a prominent Republican, and
held all the important offices in his town at
different times, from supervisor down. He
was also an active member of the order of Odd

JrrOHN B. WALDO is the owner of one of
I' the finest fruit farms in East Fishkill town,
~ Dutchess county. Around his handsome
residence the grounds are beautifully laid out,
and altogether it presents a most attractive
picture. He was born upon this place at
Johnsville, on June 2, 1846. It comprises
175 acres of rich land, and was the last farm
to be parted with or left by the Indians, and
was used by them also as a burying ground.
A part of an old Indian orchard, which at one
time was four miles long, is still standing, and
when the father of our subject was a boy a
party of Indians returned here from the West
and camped on the farm near the mountains
for the purpose of viewing their former home.
Charles Waldo, the grandfather of our
subject, was a native of Windham, Conn.,
and after his marriage with Elizabeth Besley
located in the town of East Fishkill, Dutchess
county, but the latter part of his life was
passed in the West, where his death occurred.
By profession he was a physician and surgeon.
William B. Waldo, the father of our sub-
ject, was an only child, and was born at
Brinckerhoff, in Fishkill town. May 5, 1805.
He grew to manhood on the farm now owned
by our subject, and was a graduate of Union
College, at Newburg, N. Y. He studied law,
was admitted to the bar at Poughkeepsie, and
began practice at Brooklyn, but

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