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ary, 1783, Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac Conk-
lin and Catalyntje Van Benschoten, born 14
May, 1766, died 7 November, 1835. Children:
William W. , Jr., married Maria De Groff, and
left a family. Isaac, born 12 February, 1786,
not married. Catalyntje, born 22 December,
1789. Maria, born 9 January, 1792, died 28
May, 1884, aged ninety-two, married John E.
De Groff, who died 20 September, 1846, aged
fifty-nine. Jacob Van Benschoten, born 25
June, 1794, died 18 May, 1879, married Hes-
ter Travis, who died 14 May, 1883, aged
eighty-five. Tunis married Margaret, daugh-
ter, of Abraham W. Stoutenburgh. Sarah,
born 13 May, 1798, married — Mosher, and re-
moved to " the West," died in fall of 1848.
Susan C. , born 29 May, 1800, died 23 June,
1889, married John A. De Groff, who died 2
February, 1876, in his eighty-first year. Ann
Eliza, born 1804, died 29 November, 1822,
aged eighteen years, three months. Henry,
killed in 1841, by beii;g thrown from a wagon;
not married. Elias Van Benschoten, born
14 March, 1810; married 11 March, 1835,
Huldah Swartwout.

Tobias W. Stoutenburgh, son of William,
had the north part of the homestead of his
father, 121 acres, at Union Corners, and other
lands. In 1820 he advertised this property for
sale. He sold not long after and removed.



with a part of his family, to Phelps, Ontario
Co., N. Y. He married Mary Hill. Children:
Barbara, born 29 June, 1792. married James
Hall, of Stanford. George, of New York,
married three times. William, of New York,
married and left a family. Mary Van Vleck
(•'Maria"), born 4 November, 1797, never
married. Abraham, removed to Texas, never
married. JohnT. , born 21 September, 1799,
married Mary Van Wagner, 3 December,
1823. Sarah, born 19 September, i So i, mar-
ried Peter Reese. Isaac married Miss Reese.
Jane married Benjamin Prichard, son of James
Prichard. Cornelia Mott removed to Phelps,
Ontario county, had si.x children. Eliphalet,
born 15 October, 181 1 (living, 1897), of
Phelps. Ontario Co., N. Y. . married Clemen-
tine Knapp, and has a family.

Isaac Stoutenburgh, son of William, was
born 17 December, 1767, and baptized at
Poughkeepsie 14 February, 176S; his sponsors
being Johannes Eman and Catharina \'an Deu-
sen, widow of his uncle Isaac Van Vleck. He
inherited the homestead of his father, with the
stone house before mentioned. He was a
prominent man in his day, in town and Church
affairs. He died i November, 1859, aged
ninety-two. He married 29 September, 1791,
Elsie, daughter of John P. Schryver and Elea-
nor Van Benschoten, baptized at Rhinebeck,
15 August, 1773, died 6 July, 1845, aged
seventy-two. Children: \\'iiliam I., born 5
September, 1792, died 21 September, 1859,
unmarried. John Schryver, born 7 November,
1794, died 15 March, 1874, married Maria,
daughter of John Albertson, who died 22 Sep-
tember, 1865, in her sixty-fifth year, and had
John Albert, counsellor at law, of Hyde Park
and New York, born 6 September, 1820, died
II April, 1887; James De Cantillon, counsel-
lor at law (now of Washington, D. C); Susan
Caroline, died 1864, aged thirty-five, married
Col. Orrin Travis; Willet E. (now of Wash-
ington); Walter H. (also of W'ashington);
Isaac, died 1841, aged three years; and Mary,
married Abram Hyatt, of Sing Sing. Cathar-
ine De Cantillon, born 25 May, 1797, died 13
May, 1858, unmarried. Richard De Cantillon
(twin), born 25 May, 1797, died 24 May, 1875,
married ( first) Eliza Sophia Sleight, of Fishkill,
and (second) Eliza, daughter of Alexander Mc-
Clellan. By the latter he had Isaac, of San
Francisco, deceased; George Washington, of
Chicago, died 1884; and Catharine Eliza, who
married Edgar Van Kleeck, of Poughkeepsie.

R. D. C. Stoutenburgh was long a merchant in
Poughkeepsie. Eleanor, born 20 December,
1800, died 25 September, 1876: married Rich-
ard Lewis Prichard, son of James Prichard, and
Cornelia Mott, born i August, 1804, died 22,
November, 1882. His commission as captain
in the 84th Regiment was signed by Gov.
Marcy, 5 August, 1S37. Richard L. and
Eleanor Prichard had three children: Isaac De-
Cantillon Prichard, late one of the Associate
Judges of Dutchess county, who died 9 Feb-
ruary, 1894; James L. Prichard, M. D. , of
Hyde Park, and Elsie Cornelia Prichard.
James C. died 20 June, 1815, aged thirteen.
Tobias I., born 29 January, 1806, died 25 Oc-
tober, 1888; married Maria, daughter of Isaac
Albertson, and settled in the town of Pleasant
V' alley. Children: Sarah C. married Albert
J. Budd, and Mary married Dr. Merritt
Dutcher, of Owego, N. Y. Mary Elsie, born

17 July, 1S09, died i6January, 1833; married
Jacob T. Sleight. Henry Cuyler, born i Au-
gust, 1812, living 1897, of Poughkeepsie; mar-
ried Amelia, sister of Col. Orrin Travis, and
has Mary, Edward, Walter, Juliet, Anne and
Henry. Caroline, born 23 June, 1815, died
20 June, 1829, aged fourteen. William I.,
son of Isaac Stoutenburgh, served in the war
of 18 1 2, being then about twenty years of
age. For his services he had a pension, in
later years, and a grant of land. A home-
made blanket with the date " 18 12 " woven in
it, and which he had with him at Harlem
Heights, is still preserved by a niece.

Aima Stoutenburgh, daughter of Jacobus,
married June, 1755, Jacobus (Jamesi \'an-
\'leck, son of Abraham Van Vleck, of New
York, and Maria Kip, baptized in New York

18 September, 1720. She inherited lands in
the town of Clinton, near her brother Peter,
and died there before 1795, leaving two chil-
dren, viz.: Mary, wife of Ebenezer Mott, of
Stanford, Margaret, wife of Abraham, son of
the first William Stoutenburgh. The husband
of Anna died before 1772. " Ebenezer Mott,
Esq." died January 9, 181 3, aged sixtj'-tvvo.
Mary, his wife, died December 2, 1840, aged

Jacobus Stoutenburgh, Jr., son of Jacobus,
married 23 June, 1764. Josina, daughter of
John Teller, of Teller's Point, and Aeltje
(.\lida) \'ermil\'e. He lived in the stone house
at the Lower Corners, which he inherited, to-
gether with a considerable farm adjoining.
.■\t the close of the Revolution he purchased




the confiscated estate of Christian Bergh,
which joined his own on the south, and which
Mr. Bergh had intended for the portion of his
daughter, Maria Barbara, wife of Martin Dob,
who built the stone house, still standing, east
of the road. Children: James I. (Captain),
born February i, 1767, married (first) 3
March, 1793, Catharine E., daughter of Rich-
ard Snediker, of Spacken Kill, in the town of
Poughkeepsie, who died 4 August, 181 5, aged
forty; and (second), 15 April, 1824, Sarah
Patchen. He inherited part of the late Bergh
estate, and built the first part of the house
afterward the residence of the late Daniel S.
Miller; but soon sold the property. He was
an active man, and made manj- changes during
his life. Alida, born 19 April, 1769; married,
first, 13 October, 1794, Dr. Hiram Walker
(who settled at Hyde Park, but died early),
and, second, Walton Street, of Coxsackie.
Margaret, born 26 December, 1771; married,
first, John L.,son of Luke Stoutenburgh, and,
second, John I. Teller, son of John Teller and
Margaret Stoutenburgh. John I., baptized 24
May, 1774, died 18 March, 1822; married
Sarah Griffin, of Lyme, Conn., and had
Margaret, born 1797, died 6 March, 1802, and
Sarah Catharine, born 8 February, 1807,
died 14 March, 1888; married William B.
Piatt, of Rhinebeck. The homestead of John
I. Stoutenburgh was on the east side of the
road, at the Lower Corners, on the property
now owned by Mrs. Calista Jones. The house
stood until after 1850. Luke I., born 28 Jan-
uary, 1779; married Elizabeth Catharine,
daughter of Anthony A. Hoffman and Eliza-
beth Snediker, and niece of his brother James'
wife. They had, Josina, married Storm
Truesdell, of^Co.xsackie; Walton Street, of
Coxsackie, who died about 1872; Edgar, died
29 July, 181 1, aged one year four months;
Richard Anthony, born August, 18 16, and
Cortland Augustus, born January, 1820.
Luke I. Stoutenburgh lived in the house late
the residence of his father. In later years this
became the property of John I. Teller; and
after having had several owners, and a long
list of tenants, was finally destroyed by an in-
cendiarj' fire, on the night of August 6, 1864.
Then for some years it formed a picturesque

John Stoutenburgh, son of the first Ja-
cobus, married by license dated 25 November,
'773' Catharine, daughter of John Teller
and Aeltje Vermilye, who died 27 August,

1805, in her seven-sixth year. They had no
children. He had from his father, besides
other property, valuable mill privileges on
Crumelbow creek. He was one of the chief
founders of the Reformed Dutch Church of
Hyde Park, and one of its first officers. He
died at Hyde Park, 21 February, 1808, in his
seventy-ninth year. In his will, dated 3 Jan-
uary, 1807, after directing a wall five feet
high to be built around the family burying
ground (it still stands), and freeing his slaves,
to whom he gave legacies, he distributed a
considerable estate among his heirs, who were
his surviving sister, Margaret Teller, and his
nephews and nieces.

Peter Stoutenburgh, son of the first
Jacobus, was settled on a tract of land (it is
said 1,600 acres) in "Great Lot No. i," in
the northwestern part of the town of Clinton.
He married Rachel Van Steenburgh. Chil-
dren: James P., married and had John,
James P., Jr. , Joseph, Mar}-, Rachel, Margaret
and Sarah. Tobias P., baptized, Pough-
keepsie, 17 November, 1765. William P.,
married 5 June, 1803, Elizabeth, daughter of
Maj. John Pawling, and had Alfred and Julia.
Peter P., who married and had William T.,
Peter P., Margaret. Maria Affie, Catharine
and Sarah. Luke P. Benjamin. Rachel P.

Margaret married ■ Row, and had Mark,

Catharine, Margaret, Rachel, and " W. P.
Row," who married Rachel, daughter of
James L. Stoutenburgh. John, born 22 Oc-
tober, 1768, baptized, Poughkeepsie.

Margaret Stoutenburgh, daughter of the
first Jacobus, married 8 October, 1764. John
Teller, born 1741, son of John Teller and
Aeltje Vermilye. Children, all baptized at
Poughkeepsie: John I., born 16 November,
1765, married Margaret, daughter of Jacobus
Stoutenburgh, Jr., and widow of John L.
Stoutenburgh; had a son, the late William
Teller, of Rhinebeck, father of Mrs. Eugene
Wells. James, born 2 July, 1768, married,
and had John, Morris and Margaret. Tobias,
born 27 January, 1772, died 19 October,

1854, of Red Hook; married Paulina ,

and had B. Franklin, Monroe and Margaret.
\\'illiam, born 29 December, 1775, married,
and had Jacobus and Tobias. Most of the
family of John Teller and Aeltje Vermil3'e
came early to what is now the town of Hyde
Park. Their chief residence was at ' ' Teller's
Hill," on the "Fourth Water Lot," where
the large mansion of the family stood until



1830. Of the brothers, James died without
issue; Luke left a large family, and John mar-
ried as above stated; while Dr. Abraham
Teller, who died in 1803, aged fifty-nine, was,
perhaps, about the earliest settled physician
in the neighborhood.

Luke Stoutenburgh, youngest son of the first
Jacobus, married, first, 2 August, 1762, Rachel,
daughter ol John Teller and Aeltje Vermilye,
by whom he had eight children. He married,
second, 24 November, 1782, Mary Van Vleck,
widow of Henry Minthorne, who survived him.
To Luke he gave that portion of his estate
lying between the lands given to Tobias and
William; the creek bounding it on the north,
while on the south were the lands of Jacobus,
Jr. An abstract of title says this deed of gift
was made in 1 758, and confirmed by will. Luke
died before 1789, and in 1791 his farm was
divided by commissioners into forty-two lots,
and apportioned among the heirs; two lots,
comprising the mansion and its environs, being
left undivided. It was this division, and the
establishment of a Church that decided the site
of the village, now Hyde Park; some of the
smaller lots being soon disposed of. Luke
lived in the stone house built by him, or his
father, on the brow of the hill at the end of an
avenue of cherry trees leading from the Post
road. Some say Jacobus, himself, lived in
this house in his later years. The avenue
became a thoroughfare to the "Upper", or
"DeCantillon's I^anding;" the road curving
around the north side of the house and thence
down the hill; and in 1791 lots were laid out
along it. It is now known as Market street.
The house was fully equal to the one at the
Lower Corners, and perhaps a little larger. It
was visible from the river, and in 1777 the
British vessels, passing up to burn Kingston,
fired on it. Several cannon balls were after-
ward found, and are still preserved in the
town. In 1872 this house, long in a neglected
condition, was taken flown in order to straighten
the road.

Luke Stoutenburgh and Rachel Teller had:
James L. , died 16 December, 1831, aged si.xty-
seven years, eight months, nineteen days; mar-
ried Sarah Morris, who died 15 March, 1S46,
aged seventy-one years, nine months, eleven
days. John L. , baptized i February, 1767,
died I December, 1794; married Margaret,
daughter of Jacobus Stoutenburgh, Jr.; had
one child, John, died 15 September, 1797,
aged three years; and his widow married John

I. Teller. Luke L., born 28 January, 1770;
never married. Tobias L. , born 2 September,
1772; died March 27, 1846; married Esther
Rogers. William L. , born 10 September,
1775, died in Brooklyn 22 January, 1864;
married Mary Juliet Dutton. Peter L. , born

, married Pamela , removed to New

York. Margaret, born 27 February, 1779,
died 28 August, 1835, married 18 January,

1797, Richard Teller, son of Luke Teller, and
Sarah Snediker, born 28 July, 1775; and had
Catharine, Eleanor and Margaret, all died un-
married, and the late Col. Richard Teller (born
1822) of New York. Eleanor married Samuel
Van Vleck, of Pittston, Rensselaer, Co., N. Y.,
and had Mary and Catharine.

James L. Stoutenburgh, son of Luke,
owned the farm lying north of the road, and
next east ol Union Corners. He and his wife,
Sarah Morris, had eleven children, as follows
(Bible record): Catharine, born 2 December,
1793. Rachel I., born 29 May, 1796; married
W. P. Row. Margaret I., born 28 April,

1798. John, born 29 April, 1800. died 15
December 1800. Eleanor C, born 21 Feb-
ruary, 1802. William I., born 12 June. 1804.
Tobias M., born 2 August, 1806, died in
Poughkeepsie, 23 October, 1884, married
(first) Mary L. Van Wagner, who died 20 Au-
gust, 1845, aged thirty-five; and (second)
Serena Velie, who survived him. He had a
large collection of family documents, parch-
ments and papers, which he left to a nephew,
son of the Rev. Luke. Sarah Mary Juliet,
born 14 August, 1808. Richard T. , born 21
December, 18 10. James, born 18 October,
181 2; died young. Luke, born 29 December,
1815; the Rev. Luke I. Stoutenburgh, of
Schooley's Mountain, N. J., who died in Wash-
ton, D. C, 13 March, 1891, leaving a family.

Tobias L. Stoutenburgh, son of Luke, be-
came the owner of the homestead of his fa-
ther, and lived there until his removal to New
York. He represented his district in the Leg-
islature, in 1807-8. In 1S13 he built the first
store in the village, on the corner of Albany
and Market streets, and conducted business
there, as a merchant, for several j'ears. About
1830 he removed to New York, where he be-
came a "public weigher and measurer," and
continued to reside there, until his death. He
married 28 November, 18 12, Esther, daughter
of Capt. Jeremiah Rogers and Mary Jones.
Capt. Rogers [for whose ancestry refer to the
N. Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record,



1 884-1 885] owned the estate, on the Post road,
next south of Teller's Hill, where he died in
1 8 10, and is buried, with several of his family,
on the place. Mrs. Esther Stoutenburgh died
in New York 28 July, 1842, aged si.xty-two.
Children: Elizabeth, born 20 November,
181 3, died II August, 1893; married 8 Febru-
ary, 1837, Richard Aurelius Tebault, of South
Carolina, and had two children, who died young.
Mary, born 9 April, 1815, died i June, 1865;
not married. Edmund Jones married Mary
Lowry, who died 16 December, 1847, aged
thirty; no surviving issue. Margaret died 9
September, [844, aged twenty-six; married
Thomas Rudd I^owry, of New York. Cornelia
Jones, born 6 April, 182 1, died 9 July, 1848;
married J. Warren Rogers.

William L. Stoutenburgh, son of Luke,
lived many j'ears on the Post road, just north
of the village, and near the Stoutenburgh bury-
ing ground; but removed to New York, and
engaged in business. He married i i October,
1807, ^tary Juliet, daughter of Capt. Titus
Button, a soldier of the Revolution. She died
on Staten Island, 24 November, 1861. Chil-
dren: William Tobias, died in New York, 28
October, 1884, aged seventy-three, leaving
four children. He was twice married. Mary
Elizabeth died i June, 1891, aged seventy-
nine; married Rev. Robert A. Quin (of the Re-
formed Dutch Church), chaplain of the Sail-
ors' Snug Harbor, Staten Island, and had a
family. Peter Augustus, M. D., settled at
Oyster Bay, L. I. ; he died of blood poisoning,
caught from a sick horse. Thomas DeWitt,
born 23 March, 1818, died 12 November, 1855.
Anna, born 23 February, 1820, died 29 March,
1845; married Edwin Sturges. Richard Tel-
ler, born 20 May, 1822; married . Ferdi-
nand Vanderveer, baptized 27 March, 1824.
Martha Catharine, baptized 30 March, 1826,
died 10 October, 1844.

Peter L. Stoutenburgh, son of Luke, had,
by Pamela, his wife: Wright, Joseph, Mary,
Sarah, David, Jacob, Samuel and James.

?ARTIN W. PAINE, a leading business
X?:A man of Millerton, Dutchess county, the
proprietor of the well-known feed store and of
the Benedict Mills, was born in the same lo-
cality June 12, '1841, in the house now occu-
pied by Mr. Hotchkiss. His father, Piatt A.
Paine, was one of the most prominenj, citizens

of the town of Northeast, and a farmer by

Mr. Paine's early life was that of the aver-
age country boy, his time being spent in the
healthful exercise of "doing up the chores,"
and in attending the district schools of Spen-
cers Corners and Millerton. After leaving
school he remained with his father for a year,
and then engaged in farming on his own ac-
count, spending four years near Boston Cor-
ners and five on the Paine farm, just below
the old family homestead. In 1870 he pur-
chased the Benedict Mills, which he has ever
since conducted, together with a small farm
adjoining them. He has done a large custom
business in milling, and dealt extensively in
flour, and in 1893 opened a flour and feed
store in Millerton, which is the principal estab-
lishment of the kind in that vicinity. His en-
prises have all been successful, and he has ac-
cumulated a tine property.

Notwithstanding the close attention re-
quired by his business, Mr. Paine has found
time for reading, and is well informed upon
the questions of the day. Politically, he is a
strong Republican, but he does not take an •
active share in party work, although in many
progressive movements in his neighborhood he
has been among the chief promoters. He
married Miss Emily Eggleston, daughter of
Nicholas D. Eggleston, and both are promi-
nent members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. They have had three children: Berk-
ley, a resident of Buchanan, Va. ; Grace A.,
who married D. C. Dakin, of Millerton; and
Fred L. , an enterprising young blacksmith in

ceased). The subject of this memoir,
formerly a prominent agriculturist of the town
of Dover, Dutchess county, was a worthy rep-
resentative of two of the oldest and best-known

His father, the late Hon. David W.
Stevens, was a man of fine ability and wide
influence. His first wife, our subject's mother,
was Nancy A. Geddings, daughter of Hon.
Gamaliel B. Geddings, of Sherman, Conn.,
and for some years after their marriage he re-
sided at her father's farm there, taking mean-
time a leading part in local affairs. In 1846
he represented that district in the Legislature
of Connecticut. Later he moved to a farm in



South Dover, Dutchess county, and identified
himself with the best interests of that locahty,
helping in many public movements, and espe-
cially in the work of building up the Bap-
tist Church of South Dover. Mrs. Nancy
Stevens died at Palmyra, Ohio, March i8,
1858, and April 18, i860, he married Mrs
Lydia Ann Camp, a lady of exemplary Chris-
tian character, the widow of the late William
T. Camp, and daughter of Jonathan and Philo-
mela Geddings. She survives him and resides
in South Dover, where his death occurred No-
vember 16, 1868. There were the following
children by the first marriage, whose dates of
birth are given: Orrin, 1821, who married
Phcjebe A. Wheeler; Eunice, 1823, Mrs. Jona-
than A. Geddings; Hiram, 1826, who died in
1833; Gamaliel, 1829, who married Julia
Dutcher; Frances, 1832, Mrs. Emery Cole;
Sarah, 1834, Mrs. James H. Martin; Hiram
G., May 29, 1839, the subject of this sketch.

The Geddings family is well known in dif-
ferent parts of the United States, its members
playing an honorable and often a distinguished
part in their various lines of life. Hon. Gam-
aliel Baldwin Geddings, our subject's maternal
grandfather, was born at Sherman, Conn., Oc-
tober 6, 1766. He was an extensive land
holder in the Geddings district, and possessed
great political infiuence, serving as constable
and justice of the peace for about twenty years,
and as a member of the Legislature in 1805,
1 812 and 181 3. On November 24, 1790, he
married Miss Tabitha Eunice Barnes, daugh-
ter of Stephen and Ann (Phinney) Barnes.
They had five children: Harriet, born Sep-
tember 9, 1791, died in Palmyra, Ohio, March
8, 18.76; Solomon, born October 5, 1793, died
in 1838; Hiram, born September 14, 1795,
married Miss Rebecca Geddings; Nancy A.,
born May 30, 1 798, was the mother of our
subject; and Sally M., born February 23, 1800,
married David W. Stevens. Gamaliel B. Ged-
dings removed to F'ahnyra, Ohio, in 1845, and
died there at an advanced age.

Mr. Stevens was born at the old homestead
in South Dover, and in his youth received an
excellent education. He was married March
3. 1863, to Miss Ann Elizabeth Camp, daugh-
ter of William T. and Lydia A. (Geddings)
Camp, and settled upon a farm near Wings
Station, where he lived a peaceful and happy
life until death called him February 21, 1893.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Stevens: Florence Bell, July 26, 1S64;

Thomas How.^rd, January 9, 1873, and Nan-
nie Maj', November 19, 1874, now the wife of
George Tabor, of South Dover. The elder
daughter. Florence, died May 25, 1871, at the
age of seven, and her death was deeply felt by
the entire family, but especially by her father,
who was led by it to seek consolation in com-
munion with the only Friend who can bring
lasting peace to the afflicted, and although he
never made a public profession of faith he be-
came a consistent follower of Christ, and took
the Golden Rule for the law of his life. His
stern integrity, which commanded the respect
of all who knew him, was combined with a
kindly sympathy for others that won the
affectionate regard of his more intimate ac-
quaintances, and his death was mourned
throughout the community. His son, Thomas
H. Stevens, is one of the most intelligent
young men of South Dover, and is already
noted for possessing the admirable character-
istics of his ancestry.

SVMITH J. SACKETT is one of the most
, \) prosperous and successful farmers of the
town of Stanford, Dutchess county, owning
300 acres of valuable land there. He is num-
bered among the self-made men of the county,
his accumulations being the result of his own
industry, obtained by self-denial and economy,
and the exercise of a naturally good judgment,
both in regard to agricultural pursuits and
business matters. Stanford town has always
been the field of his operations, and the cen-
ter of his hopes and interests, for since his
birth, which occurred March 19, 1844. he has
there made his home.

His father, Leonard Sackett, was born in
the town of Stanford, September 7, 1797. In
the schools of the neighborhood of his boy-
hood home he obtained his education, and he
remained upon the home farm until his mar-
riage. He married Ruth Gildersleeve, a na-

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