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their abode in Canada. Frans settled at
Kingston, N. Y. , about the year 1700. John
S., a descendant of Frans, settled in the town
of Fishkill, Dutchess county. One of his sons,
Levi, established the town of LeRoy in the
western part of the State, and Simeon became
a resident of Canada, while John I. established
LeRoys Mills in Dutchess county.

The last named, who was a great-grand-
father of our subject, was born in the town of
Fishkill, Dutchess county, and by his marriage
with Hannah Westervelt, of Holland origin,
he became the father of twelve children,
among whom was Joseph LeRoy. He was
born in Fishkill, N. Y. , in iSoi, and was
united in marriage with Miss Clarissa Traver,
also a native of Dutchess county. They be-
gan their domestic life upon a farm in the
town of Clinton, where were born their six



children; one of whom, Abram, was the father
of our subject. Upon their farm in the town
of Clinton the grandparents spent their remain-
ing days, faithful and consistent members of
the Presbyterian Church.

Abram Leroy, the father of our subject,
was born August 20, 1829, in the town of
Clinton, Dutchess county, where he grew to
manhood and married Miss Cornelia Cooking-
ham, who was born there in 1831, a descend-
ant of Daniel Cookingham, a native of Hol-
land, who on crossing the Atlantic took up a
tract of land in the town of Clinton, Dutchess
county, on which his son Michael and grand-
son Daniel were born, the last being the father
of Mrs. LeRoy. After their marriage the par-
ents of our subject located at Highland, Ulster
county, where the father engaged in farming
and milling for about ten years, when they re-
turned to LeRoys Mills. Besides the opera-
tion of the mill, Abram LeRoy also dealt in
grain, following those pursuits until his death,
August 3, 1870. In religious faith he held
membership with the Presbyterian Church, and
his political support was unswervingly given
the Republican party. His widow is also a
member of the Presbyterian Church.

Irving D. Leroy, whose name introduces
this sketch, was the only child of his parents,
who took him to LeRoys Mills when six years
of age. After pursuing his studies for some
time in the district schools of the locality, at
the Poughkeepsie high school and the public
schools of Lansing, Mich., he entered the
Hungerford Collegiate Institute at Adams, N.
Y., taking the regular college course and grad-
uating with the class of '■j6. He was next a
student in the Eastman Business College at
Poughkeepsie, and after his graduation there,
in 1878, he became bookkeeper and cashier
for Dobbs & Herrick, of that city, remaining
with them for a short time. In 1S80 he be-
gan the study of medicine in the office of Dr.
H. L. Cookingham, of Red Hook, Dutchess
county, where he remained for a year, and
then entered the Albany Medical College,
graduating March 9, 1883. The following
winter he took a post-graduate course in the
New York Polyclinic, being at the time estab-
lished in practice at Poughkeepsie. He was
also a student of Drs. S. B. Ward, of Albany,
N. Y. , and James R. Learning, of New York
City. Since 1884 he has followed his chosen
profession in Pleasant Valley, and has built up
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years 1870-71 the Doctor, then a student,
traveled quite extensively through the Western
States.

On April 7, 1SS6, Dr. LeRoy was married
to Miss Jennie Duncan (a lady of Scotch ex-
traction), born in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess
county, as was also her father, John B. Dun-
can, a merchant of that village. The Doctor
and his wife are active workers in the Presbj'-
terian Church, and he is now serving as one of
its elders. Dr. LeRoy is a member of the
Dutchess County Medical Society, a founder
of the New York State Medical Association,
and a permanent member of the American
Medical Association. He is at present, and has
been for many years, health officer of his dis-
trict, and is one of the most progressive phy-
sicians of the county, standing deservedly high
among his professional brethren. In politics
he is a hearty supporter of the Republican
party.



cember 3. 1888, was graduated from the East-
man Business College. For one year thereafter
he studied law with J. S. Van Cleef, and then
entered the office of C. W. H. Arnold, with
whom he remained two years. On being
admitted to the bar in 1892, he at once began
practice, opening an office at No. 54 Market
street. He makes a specialty of realty law
and probate practice, and his ability and in-
dustry make his services valuable. In argu-
ment he is logical and eloquent, and his words
always carry weight with judge and jury, sel-
dom failing to result in victory.

Mr. Lee has a large circle of warm personal
friends, the regard of the entire legal profes-
sion, and has won the respect of all with
whom business or social relations have brought
him in contact. In November, 1896, he was
elected to the office of justice of the peace, on
the Republican ticket.



PALVERSON LEE. Foughkeepsie.Dutch-
__ ess county, numbers this able young law-
yer among her native sons, as he first saw
the light in that city on the 8th of August,
1870. His father, Lewis Alverson, was born
there in 1843, ■'"d was a son of Samuel
and Caroline E. Alverson, the former a
native of Connecticut. Lewis was the eldest
in a family of four children, the others being:
Mrs. Josephine Woodworth; Mrs. Ellen Smith
(deceased); and Samuel, who enlisted during
the Civil war in the 128th N. Y. V. I., and
died in a hospital in Louisiana. .T+ie father of
our subject obtained his education in the pub-
lic schools of Poughkeepsie, where he also
learned the machinist's trade, and on reach-
ing man's estate was united in marriage with
MaryE. Lee, a daughter of Bezaleel Lee. He
departed this life in 1872, his wife surviving
him about a year.

Thus at the age of three years our sub-
ject was left an orphan, and his little baby
sister died at the age of six months. After
the death of his mother Per Lee Alverson was
taken to the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr.
and Mrs. Ogden Lee, who still make their
home in Poughkeepsie. where they are held in
the highest esteem. By trade the uncle is a
carpenter, but is now county canvasser for the
Poughkeepsie Daily Eag/c.

During his childhood our subject attended
the public schools of Poughkeepsie, and De-



WILLIAM J. BEARDSLEY, a leading
architect of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess

county, and one of the most promising j'oung
business men of that locality, is of English de-
scent. His ancestors were early settlers in
Connecticut, and his grandfather, William E.
Beardsley, was the first of the family to locate
in Dutchess county. He conducted a sash and
blind factory at the Upper Landing, in Pough-
keepsie, and at the time of his death resided
upon a farm on the inside road near Morgan
Lake. He had a family of seven children, to
wit: William J. (our subject's father), .Abbott,
Martha (now Mrs. Stephen Wilkinson), Han-
nah (now Mrs. Eli Ranson), Mary, Ophelia
Fanny, and Miranda. In politics he was a
Republican, in religion a Congregationalism
He died at the age of eighty-seven years.

William J. Beardsley, our subject's father,
succeeded to his father's business in Pough-
keepsie, and conducted it at the same place
until 1887, when he built a factory on the cor-
ner of Main and Harris streets, where he car-
ried on a large milling business successfully
until his death, which occurred July 2, 1887.
He was a Republican in politics, and a mem-
I ber of the M. E. Church. He married Miss
Louise McLean, a lady of Scotch descent,
daughter of Samuel McLean, a well-known
resident of Poughkeepsie, who conducted a
store and, later, a commission business in that
city. Three sons were born of this union:
Charles, William J., and Ralph (deceased).





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On the death of the father the business was
continued by his son Charles until February
14. I 89 1, when the property was destroyed by
fire. Since that time Charles Beardsley has
been in the employ of the government as a rail-.
way mail clerk.

William J. Beardsley, our subject, fol-
lowed his father's occupation, and made him-
self thoroughly acquainted with all branches
of interior building work, until his father's
death, when he discontinued the sash and
blind business, and proceeded with architect-
ural work, for which he had a natural talent.
He had had practical instruction and e.xperi-
ence in the art of building in different places
throughout the country, and, being thus
thoroughl}' versed and schooled in architecture,
decided to locate in Poughkeepsie for the
practice of that profession. He has one of
the largest architectural offices in the cit}', lo-
cated at No. 42 Market street, and equipped
with all necessary devices, together with a
corps of competent assistants.

Up to the present time Mr. Beardsley has
shown great talent in his chosen calling, hav-
ing built many of the fine residences through-
out the counties of Dutchess and Ulster, and
throughout the Hudson River \' alley — some of
the best people in the above named counties
being among his clients. Mr. Beardsley is
prominent in the fire department of Pough-
keepsie as a member of the Crockett Hook
and Ladder Co., and he also affiliates with
the Knights of Pythias, Uniform Rank, and
and of the Masonic Fraternity.



JAMES E. BALDWIN, a prominent agri-
culturist of the towm of Pawling, Dutchess
county, is well-known as a business man,
having spent a number of years as a success-
ful speculator previous to settling down to his
present calling. He was born July 13. 1829,
in the town of Patterson, Putnam Co., N. Y.,
and his early education was acquired in the
schools of that town. He made his entrance
into the business arena as a speculator at an
early age, and after a time went to New York
City, where his abilities had wider scope. In
1874 he purchased the farm in the town of
Pawling, where he has since made his home.
On November 5, 1884, he married Miss Fan-
nie Townsend, who was born in the town of
Kent, Putnam county, in 1865, but was edu-
cated in Pawling. To this union, one child,



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Susie, was born November 27, 1885. Mrs.
Baldwin's father, John Townsend, was born in
1S24, in the town of Kent, Putnam county,
and passed his early life there. He married
(first) Anna M. Luddington, and (second)
Sarah Dykeman (Mrs. Baldwin's mother), who
was born in Patterson, Putnam county, in
1827. Both parents are now living at Bound-
brook, New Jersey. *

Mr. Baldwin's great-grandfather, James"'
Baldwin, was born in Cbi^hire, England, ih^
1700, 6l parents who traced their ancestry to
old English stock. He came to America in
1730, and settled in Carmel. Putnam Co.,
N. Y. , where he acquired a large farm and
passed the remainder of his days engaged in
agriculture and dealing in cattle. Successful
as he was in the management of his private
business, he was an active and able worker in
public affairs, and at one time held the office
of judge of Westchester county. His wife.
Hannah Golden, of Goldens Bridge, N. Y.,
died in 1802, and he followed her two years
later. They had eleven children, whose nameSjr
with dates of birth are here given: James,"
1734; Ephraim, 1736; Phoebe, 1738; Elisha,
1740; Pearce, 1742; Daniel, 1744; Catherine,
1746; Elizabeth jy748; Henry, 1750; Hannah,
1752; and Jame3;^i76o. The members of the
Baldwin family, with but few exceptions, have
been Whigs, and in later times Republicans,
and although in the old days they adhered to
the Baptist faith, seme of this generation are
Congregationalists. ^-j,

James Baldwin, our subject's grandfather,
was born in Carmel, N, Y., and aftei enjoying
such educational opportunities as that locality
afforded in those days he engaged in farming,
having inherited Starr Ridge farm, a portion of
his father's property. Although he was deeply
interested in political questions, he never sought
or held office. He married Miss Susan Vail,
who was born in 1764, in the town of Carmel,
a daughter of Aaron Vail. Twelve children
were born to them: Daniel, Fannie, Henry,
Polly, Aaron, James, Dorcas, Betsy, Nathan
Cole, Susan, Hannah Jane and Hannah N.
The father died in 1827, the mother surviving
him four years. The grandfather's descend-
ants are numerous:

(i) Daniel, who was born at the old home
February 4, 1782, and became a well-to-do
farmer of the same locality, married Miss Field,
and had four children, namely: Henry F., a
farmer, married Jane Dykeman, and had one



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child — Mrs. Mary Huston, who has one son,
Henry Huston, not married. (2) Perry mar-
ried Eliza Nickerson, and had no children. (3)
Laura married Isaac Haviiand, and had three
sons: Baldwin, who died many years since;
Comfort Haviiand, living in Ohio; and Will-
iam, who married Miss Rogers. (4) Phcebe
marriefl Lansing Rodgers, and reared a large
family.

(H) Fannie, born March 2, 17S4, married
Peter Dykeman, and had five children: (i)
James B., born in i 82 i , married Annie Mabe,
and had eight children — Nellie, wife of Charles
Travers; Willard, who married Jessie Kelley;
Annie B., wife of Charles Nichols; James, who
died young; Frank, who is now married; Mary
A., wife of Sam Cornish; Peter, unmarried;
and James H., who died at an early age. (2)
Nathan C, born in 1823, married I^uth Mabe,
and has one son, Alex, who married Antoin-
ette learns, and has two sons — Nathan B., who
married Miss Bloomer; and Henrv, still single.
(3) Susan, born in 1820, married J. Patrick,
and has had four children — Mary and Sarah,
at home; Fannie, who died in childhood; and
Charles, who married Bessie Utter, and has
one daughter, Susie. (4) Ruth, born in 1825,
died at an early age. (5) Sarah, born in 1825,
married John Townsend (Mrs. Baldwin's fa-
ther), who had by his first marriage to Anna
M. Luddington, four children — Fred, who
married Lillie Hopkins; Hattie, wife of De-
witt Burr; Charles, who married Mary Sher-
wood; and Warren, who died in infancy. By
the second union there were two children —
Mrs. Baldwin, and her brother, George H.,
unmarried.

(Ill) Henry Baldwin, our subject's father,
was born September 21, 1787, at the home-
stead, to which he succeeded at his father's
death. His early education was obtained in
the common schools of the neighborhood, and
and to this he added greatly by extensive
travel in later years. Among other trips taken
was one to New Orleans, made before the
days of railroads and steamboats, and the
greater part of the journey was made on foot.
He married Miss Pollie Smith, a daughter of
Edward and Abbie (Northrup) Smith. Her
father was a well-known farmer of Putnam
county, and a man who was prominent in
public life, serving as county judge and for
two terms as a member of the State Legisla-
ture. Seven children were born of this mar-
riage, their names, dates of birth, etc., being



given: (i) Susan E. (March 17, 1823) mar-
ried Isaac Akin, but had no children. (2)
Hannah (May, 1826) married James M. Bald-
win, and had four children — Burdette, Elisha,
-Bell and Jodia. (3) James E. (July 13, 1829)
is the subject proper of this sketch. (4* Eliz-
abeth (June, 1832J married Elijah Budd, but
had no children. (5) Henry C. ( 1834), a farmer,
married Phoebe I. Homan, and had four chil-
dren — Jerome V. and Herbert, who are not
married; Edward S., who married Sarah
Beecher; and Mary, who is at home. (6)
Josephine (March, 1838) married Alex Homan,
and had three children — Charles, who married:
and Henry and Clara, who are single. (7)
Sarah J. (June, 1843) married Isaac ."Xkin,
but has no children.

(IV) Pollie, born December 23, 1798, was
married in 18 12 to James Townsend, and had
eleven children — Aaron, 181 3; Caroline, 181 5;
Fannie, 1S18; Henry, 1820; Betsey, 1822;
Susan and Elizabeth, twins, 1824, who lived
less than one year; Sarah, 1826; Mary, 1830;
Jane, 1832; and James, 1835.

(V) Aaron, born January 13. 1791, was
killed in the war of 18 12 (he never married).

(VI) James, born April 4, 1793, married
Cornelia Luddington, and had seven children.

(VII) Dorcas, born December 28, 1795,
was married in 1839, to Peter Whitney, but
had no children.

(VIII) Betsey, born February 11, 1798,
married Allen Light, born in 1805, and had
five children — Mary D., March 22, 1834; Fan-
nie E., 1835, who married Charles Barber,
the eldest of twenty-one children of one father
and mother; Flora E., 1837, wife of William
Pugsley; Susan E., 1839, wife of Loren Wil-
cox; and Allen D., August, 1841.

(IX) Nathan Cole spent his boyhood at
Starr Ridge farm, where he was born May 27,
1800. He engaged in, farming in the town of
Kent, Putnam county, owning about 300 acres
of land; but while he was recognized as a
leading agriculturist, he was not especially
prominent in political affairs, and, preferring
to exert his influence as a citizen in a quiet
way, he refused all invitations to run for office.
Strong and athletic, physically, and gifted with
an active mind, and the retentive memory for
which his family is noted, he held an influen-
tial position in the community. His re:uling
was extensive, his knowledge of the Scriptures
being unusually thorough, and he was a Bap-
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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGBAPHICAL RECORD.



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daughter of John Smith, of the town of Kent,
Putnam county, and had five children, (i)
Sarah Ann, December 23, 1826, died at the
age of thirteen. (2) Peter W. is mentioned
more fully below. (3) L. Nathan, February
II, 1838, fell from a wall when he was five
years old, dislodging a stone which fell upon
him and killed him. (4) William R., May 24,
1 84 1, a farmer and a lawyer at Boundbrook,
N. J., married Hattie Young. (5) Dorcas
Elivia, March 2, 1843, died at si.\ years of age.

(X) Susan, born December 29, 1802, mar-
ried David Russell, and had four children —
Baldwin married Miss Smith; Robert married
Miss Holmes; Louisa, wife of Caleb Smallcy;
and Henry, unmarried.

(XI) Hannah Jane, born in 1804, died in
1806.

(Xn) Hannah N., born April 11, 1S07,
married Jacob Sunderland, who was murdered.

Peter W. B.^ldwin, son of Nathan C.
Baldwin, was born in the town of Kent, Put-
nam county, May 13, 1830, and on attaining
to manhood's estate he engaged in agriculture,
later in cattle dealing, which he has now fol-
lowed successfully for about twenty years, his
speciality being the buying of milch cows for
the local trade. Until i860 he lived in his
native township, and he then moved to Nor-
wich, Chenango Co., N. Y. , where he spent
ten years. In 1870 he purchased the Aiken
Taber farm of 307 acres in the town of Pawl-
ing, now one of the best estates in Dutchess
county. He makes a specialty of dairying,
and raises Holstein stock exclusively, his herd
of ninety-three being the largest in the locality.
He also keeps eight horses. Fond of reading,
he is well posted upon the questions of the
day, and as he is of an analytical turn of mind
he does his own thinking. He is not an office
holder, but takes keen interest in the political
contests of the time, supporting Republican
principles. He is a member of the Baptist
Church of Towners. In 1854 he married
Miss Nancy Wells, daughter of Jonathan
Wells, a leading citizen of Norwich, N. Y. ,
and a prominent Republican. Two children
were born of this union: Lucy E. and Wells
N., both of whom are at home.



lEUBEN VINCENT (deceased) was long
^X connected with the farming and industrial
interests of the town of Unionvale, Dutchess
county, there operating the old homestead



farm from 1802 up to the time of his death,
and also conducting a blacksmith shop. He
was born in what was then the town of Beek-
man, but is now Unionvale, on August 15,
1768, and in its common schools received his
education. He was a valued and reliable citi-
zen, one who had the confidence and respect
of all with whom he came in contact.

His grandfather, Michael Vincent, was a
native of W'estchester county, N. Y. , where
he was reared and educated, and as a life work
chose the vocation of farming. In his family
were five sons, namely: Michael, Levi, Leon-
ard, Richard and Philip.

Levi Vincent, the father of our subject,
was born in the town of Unionvale, Dutchess
county, and here obtained his education, and
later followed farming. He married Miss
Sarah Ho.xie, and to them were born seven
children: Reuben, whose name introduces this
review; Levi, who married Evaline Snivens;
Samuel; Elizabeth, who became the wife of
Samuel Carey; Mrs. Annie Jennings; Hannah
and Tabitha.

Reuben Vincent was united in marriage
with Miss Deborah Bowerman, daughter of
Ichabod and Jane (Richmond) Bowerman, who
were the parents of twelve children, whose
names and datesof birth areas follows: Thomas,
May 22, 1758; Lydia, January 15. 1762;
Phebe, September 9, 1763; Mary, June 30,
1765; Ichabod, September 2, 1767; Jonathan,
August 10, 1769; Deborah, January 8, 1771;
Stephen, October 22, 1773; Gideon, June 29,
1775; Israel, August 21, 1777; Judah, July 16,
1779; and Nancy, November 27, 1780. The
oldest of these children — Thomas Bowerman —
married Sarah Vincent, a sister of our subject.

Twelve children also blessed the union of
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent, namely: (1) Pauline,
born August 22, 1791, married George Darling,
a tanner and currier, of Connecticut, and they
had three children — Jane; Phcebe A.; and
Deborah, deceased. (2) Elizabeth, born July
9, 1793, married Stewart Christy, a farmer,
and they had five children — Reuben; William;
John; Gideon, who wedded Mary Cunningham;
and Mrs. Jane Burlingham. (3) Hoxie, born
March 24, 1795, married Abigail Stone, and
they had five children — Reuben, Mrs. Antoin-
ette Sheldon, Philo. John and Henry. (4)
Jane was born February 24, 1797. (5) Levi,
born February 16, 1799, wedded Miss Mary
Vale, and had nine children — Phoebe; Isaac;
Deborah; Gideon, who married Ophelia Lodre;



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Levina; Piatt; Albert; Chester; and Mary J.
Georjj;e Vincent, the son of Gideon and Ophelia
(Lodre) Vincent, married Miss Ella Matteson,
by whom he has a daughter, Edna, born in
1883. (6) Gideon was born December 13,
1800. (7) Lydia was born November 12,
1802. (8) Mary, born May 25, 1805, wedded
Cyrus Perkins, and had six children — Charles,
Delila, Jane, Elizabeth, and Hoxie and Edwin,
both of whom died in infancy. (9) Margaret,
born May 3, 1807, married Seth Barmore,
and had three children — Deborah, Elizabeth
and Abigail. (10) Piatt was born February
8, 1809. (11) Phebe A. was born February
28, 181 1. (12) Thomas, born January 11,
I 817, died at the age of two years.



SMITH D. HARRIS. Like many other
residents within the bounds of Dutchess
county, who started out in life with naught save
an abundance of determination and an inde-
fatigable industry, combined with a strong and
healthy constitution, and who have succeeded
through their own deligence, energy and econ-
omy, is to be classified the gentleman whose
name here appears.

Smith Harris, father of our subject, was
born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where for many
years he conducted a grocery business, the lat-
ter part of his life, however, being devoted to
shoemaking. As an unswerving Democrat, he
was very active in political matters, while in
social life he was a member of the Masonic
fraternity. In New York City he married Miss
Eliza Mealy, and they both departed this life
in 1879.

Smith D. Harris, our subject, was born
August 8, 1841, on Pine street, Poughkeepsie,
N. Y., the schools of which city he attended
until he was sixteen years of age. Being now
prepared for life work, he set out for the town
of Stanford, Dutchess county, where he se-
cured employment on the farm of Paul Upton,
and continued thereon some sixteen years,
having the entire management of the place
after his employer's death. In 1873, at
Schultzville, in the town of Clinton, Mr. Har-
ris wedded Mary H. Doughty, a daughter of
Oliver Doughty, and three children bless their
union: Mrs. Leonora Murch, Paul D. and
Laura. The mother of these died July 28,
1896.

After their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Harris
located upon their present farm in the town of



Clinton, known as "The Maples", and have
since made that place their home. After rent-
ing the land for one year, Mr. Harris purchased
the same for $7,000, giving his personal note
for it, and went steadily to work to clear it



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