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tive of the town of Clinton, Dutchess county,
and they had the following children: Joel,
born June 29, 1828, is now deceased; Cor-
delia, born April 28, 1830, is the wife of Elias
Thompson, of Pine Plains, Dutchess county;
Eunice was born March 8, 1832; Jane Eliza-
beth, born August 10, 1834, has passed away;
Hiram L. was born August 15, 1837; Emily,
born August 13. 1839, is the' wife of Theron
Knickerbocker; Sarah M., born February 17,
1842, is also deceased; Smith J. is next in or-

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der of birth, and Henry, born in December,
1847, has departed this life. The father's
death occurred May 17, 1866, that of the mother
on July 25, 1878. Most of their married life
was passed on a farm near Stissing, Dutchess
county, which Mr. Sackett operated. With
the Baptist Church of Bangall they held mem-
bership, and in his political views the father
was first a \\ hig, later a Republican.

The education of Smith J. Sackett was
such as the district schools of the town of
Stanford afforded, and on reaching his major-
ity he left his parental roof, starting out in life
with no capital. For some time he operated
farms on shares, but in 1880, in connec-
tion with his brother Henry, he purchased
his present farm, and the following year bought
another. With him, his brother Hiram and
sister Eunice find a pleasant home.

Mr. Sackett has never taken an active part
in politics, although keeping himself well in-
formed on matters of general interest, and uni-
formly votes the straight Republican ticket.
To enterprises calculated for the general wel-
fare of the people around him he has ever
been a cheerful and liberal contributor.

SAMUEL LYNCH. This capitalist is living
,^) at his ease in Pleasant Valley village,
Dutchess county, his only occupation being
the care of the property he in his younger days
accumulated by untiring industry and judicious

Mr. Lynch was born September 18, 1823,
in the town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county,
and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Camp-
bell) Lynch, both natives of Ireland," where
they married. On leaving the Emerald Isle
they sailed for Nova Scotia, where the father
was engaged in the lumber business for about a
year, and then removed to Long Island, there
following farming during the next three years.
Removing thence to Dutchess county, he be-
came a resident of the town of Pleasant \'al-
ley, where during the remainder of his life he
devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits.
He died about 1880, his wife several years be-
fore. They were earnest and consistent mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
in his political affiliations Mr Lynch was a
stanch Whig and Republican. They had the
following children: Martha married Henry
Phillips, a tanner of Dutchess county; Samuel
comes ne.xt; Betsy Jane became the wife of

Silas W^ard, a shoemaker; Leah married a
Mr. Gardiner, a merchant; Margaret wedded
Ebenezer Whitney, a carpenter; Harriet mar-
ried John Delany, a car conductor; Hanna be-
came the wife of a Mr. Gardiner, a milkman;
Alexander went to California when young, and
nothing is known of him; and George was a
carpenter and wheelwright.

The subject of this memoir received the
education common to farmer's sons, his boy-
hood being passed in the town of Pleasant
Valley, but after his school days were over he
went to Unionvale, where he learned the car-
penter's trade with Joseph Wait, by whom he
was employed for about six years. He then
began business for himself in the town of
Pleasant Valley, but in 1849 went to New
York City, where for forty years he was
engaged in contracting and building with good
success, erecting many houses in that city.
On laying aside business cares he returned to
Pleasant Valley, where, since 1889, he has
lived retired, having accumulated sufficiently
of this world's goods to enable him to pass his
remaining days in ease, surrounded by the
comforts of life, and enjoying the respect and
confidence of his fellow men in the highest

In 1852 Mr. Lynch was married to Miss
Anna M. Wyles, who was born and reared in
Philadelphia, Penn., and is a daughter of
Joseph Shaw Wyles. Four children blessed
this union: Clara; Anna, wife of George E.
Stuart, of New York City; Frank, a resident of
Brooklyn, N. Y.; and Emma. Mr. Lynch is
a true-hearted man, an earnest believer in the
doctrines of Christianity, and both he and his
wife are faithful members of the Presbyterian
Church. Politically he is a stanch Republican,
and in 1895 was elected supervisor, serving one
year. He is a public-spirited, enterprising
man, and in all matters tending to benefit the
people of his community, morally, socially or
financially, he has ever been an earnest and
cheerful worker.

ARCUS D. MARCY, a prominent resi-
dent of Dover Plains, Dutchess county,
who was for many years a valued employe on
the Harlem railroad, was born March 29,
1848, in the town of Dover, Dutchess county.
He took advantage of the educational oppor-
tunities afforded by the schools of his native
place, and in early manhood entered the serv-



ice of the railroad company, and remained
twenty-five years working first as a brakeman
and afterward as a conductor. In the latter po-
sition he was unusually successful, a fact which 1
speaks well for his tact, and intelligence. |
Realizing the value of a clear brain, he is a |
firm opponent of intemperance, and for fifteen
years he has been a member of the order of
Good Templars. He married Miss Hattie
A. Fero, daughter of John and Adelaide Fero,
and has one daughter, Bertha, born in 1886.

His ancestors have been agriculturists in
the town of Dover, Dutchess county, for sev-
eral generations. His grandfather, Moses
Marcy, was a native of the town, and followed
(arming all his life. He and his wife, Susan
Cutler, reared a family of eight children:
Rogers went to Michigan, made a home in the
forest, and became well-to-do; George; Robey
married Fred Summers; Abbie married Brigg
Tanner; Hannah was the wife of Seneca
White; Lucretia never married; Moses married
Fannie Addis; and Mary married Orisey Wol-
sey, and had one son, Moses Wolsey.

Moses Marcy, our subject's father, was a
native of Dover Plains, where he was educated
and later engaged in farming and in the butch-
er's trade. His wife, Fannie Addis, was a na-
tive of New Preston, Conn. They had seven
children": Oliver W., who married Alvira
Halleck; Griffin C, who married jane Sher-
wood; Andrew A., who never married; Gar-
wood G., who married Caroline Summers; Al-
vinB. , who married first, Emma Lee; Mar-
cus D., our subject; and Samantha A., the
wife of John Bristow.

Mrs. Marcy's ancestors on both sides were
early settlers in Dutchess county. A great-
great-grandfather, Israel Chapman, was a
farmer in the town of Dover, where he and
his wife Esther reared a family of three chil-
dren: (i) John; (2) William, who married
Rachel Cherrjtree; and (3) Nathan. John
Chapman, Mrs. Marcy's great-grandfather,
was a lifelong resident of the town of Dover,
where he followed the shoemaker's trade. He
married Catherine Briggs, of Connecticut, and
had four children: Ann, Mrs. Bishop Smith;
Sallie A., Mrs. 'William H. Fero; Harry, who
married Pollie Gregory; and Richard, who mar-
ried Sarah Wheeler. Sallie A., Mrs. Marcy's
grandmother, was born in South Dover, in
1807, and married Mr. Fero, November 8,
1827. He was a farmer in Dover town, and
a son of Jacob Fero, a well-to-do farmer of

Columbia county. Five children were born of
this union: Hattie, Mrs. Jerry Waldron;
Oscar, who married (first) Mary Anson, and
(second) Christina Wilcox; John, Mrs. Marcy's
father; Akin, whose wife's name is not known;
and William, who died in infancy. John Fero
was born in South Dover in 1838, and in early
manhood engaged in farming, but later was
employed for twenty years as a conductor on
the Harlem railroad. He now lives a retired
life. He and his brother Oscar both enlisted
at Poughkeepsie during the Civil war in Com-
pany E, 150th N. Y. V. I. Although he takes
an active interest in public affairs he has never
aspired to office. He belongs to the Masonic
Lodge No. 666, of Dover, and also to the or-
der of Good Templars Lodge No. 433. He
married Miss Adelaide Leonard, and had four
children: (i) Jennie, born in 1859, married
Edward Davis, and has had three children:
May, born in 1886; Bessie, in 1890; and John,
who died in infancy. (2) Hattie, born in 1862,
wife of our subject. (3) William, mentioned be-
low. (4) Ida. born in 1869. died in infancy.

Mrs. John Fero, Mrs. Marcy's mother, is
of English descent, her grandparents, Enoch
and Elsie Leonard, cousins, having come from
the mother country to settle in Dutchess coun-
ty. Her grandfather was a soldier in the war
of 1812. Their three children were: Joshua;
William, who never married; and Maria, Mrs.
Joseph Worden. Joshua Leonard, Mrs. Fero's
father, was born in Dutchess county in i8io,
and after attendmg the schools of that time,
engaged in farming in the town of Pawling.
In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, 150th
N. Y. \'. I., and died in the service in 1864.
His wife was Miss Eliza Olivet, daughter of
James Olivet, a prominent farmer of Pawling
town, and his wife Mary. Three children
were born to them: Mary Ann. who died in
infancy; William; and Adelaide. Mrs. Fero.

William Fero. the third child and first son
of John and Adelaide Fero, was born in 1865,
and is now an engineer on the Harlem railroad.
He married Minnie Rider, by whom he has
had four children: Addie, born in 1875, died
young; Ida, born in 1885; John, born in i8go;
and 'VVilliam, in 1893. Mrs. William Fero is
a descendant of one of the old families of
Bangail, and her grandfather, Thompson Rider,
was a native of that place. He was a carpen-
ter by trade, and was an active member of the
Masonic Lodge of Bangail. His first wife,
Sarah Bailey, was a daughter of Joseph Bailey,



a well-known resident of that village, and his
second wife was a Miss Davis. There were
five children by the first marriage, (i) Emma
married George Tompkins, a carpenter, and
had six children: Annie, George, Jennie, and
three others whose names are not known.
(2) Landon died in the' army. (3) David, a
carpenter by trade, married Miss Eliza Piatt,
and had one son, Harry. (4) Legrand died at
the age of twenty-two. Albert, Mrs. Fero's
father, was born at Bangall, in 1843, and
after receiving a common-school education in
his native \'illage, he learned the carpenter's
trade, which he followed for many years. He
is a member of the Masonic fraternity. His
wife, Sarah Sackett, was a daughter of George
and Rachel Sackett, and her father was a
leading farmer in the town of Washington.
Eleven children were born of this union:
Emma married Harry Hardstay, and has had
four children; Anna is at home; Lillie married
George Coolman, and has had one daughter,
Anna; Agnes is not married; Minnie married
Mr. Fero; Josie died in infancy; and Bert,
Charles, John, William and Albert are not

■ARTHA T. WING. Among the suc-
cessful agriculturists of the town of
Pawling, Dutchess county. Miss Martha Wing
is noted for her scientific and progressive
management. A constant reader of agri-
cultural journals, as well as general literature,
she keeps well informed on the latest and best
methods in all branches of her work, and her
farm shows the results of her practical in-
vestigations. She is especially interested in

The Wing family has long been prominent
in the town of Pawling. Jedediah Wing,
Miss Wing's great-great-grandfather, came
from Rhode Island at an early period and set-
tled upon a farm north of Quaker Hill. He
was a man of quiet tastes and a leading mem-
ber of the Society of Friends. Their son,
Elihu, Miss Wing's great-grandfather, was
a millwright by trade, and lived upon a farm
east of the old Friends meeting house. He
and his wife, Keziah Wing, reared a family of
eight children: Abigail, Sybil, Phoebe, Eliza-
beth, Sarah, Lydia, Keziah and Abram.

Abram Wing was only seven years of age
when his father died. He became a farmer,
locating about one-half mile south of the pres-

ent homestead, and was very successful, own-
ing about 500 acres of land at the time of his
death. He was prominent in local affairs, al-
though not especially active, and was always
interested in religious progress. He married
Rose Irish, who was born July 4, 1789, and
had four sons: Elihu, born August 20, 1806;
Charles, April 6. 1808; Daniel, September 23,
1809; and David I., March 22, 181 i. Abram
Wing died in 1846, but his widow survived him
many years, passing to her rest in 1888. Of
the sons, Elihu and Daniel spent their lives at
the old home farm. They never married.
Charles married Eliza Deuel, and had three
children: Sarah H., Abram D. and Elihu S.
David I., Miss Wing's father, lived at the
old home until his marriage to Mar}' Irish,
daughter of David Irish, when he settled upon
the present homestead, which contains 120
acres. Thrifty and successful in business, he
was also active as a citizen and as a member
of the Friends Society. Like the majority of
his family, he was a Republican and took much
interest in the success of his party. He died
November 27, 1888, and his wife followed him
September 25, 1893. They had four children:
Elizabeth, the wife of Edward Rider, of Peach
Pond; Martha T. , our subject; Phcebe, who
married Edward Henry Wilco.x, of Pawling;
and Carrie, who died in 1894.

ROBERT CASS, a prominent educator,
^Ot whose professional work has covered a
period of over a quarter of a century, is a
leading resident of the town of Pawling, Dutch-
ess county. A inan of fine culture and liter-
ar)' ability, he has found time aside from the
exacting duties of the school room to use his
pen effectively, and as a correspondent of the
Avicrican Agricnlturisl , the Poughkeepsie
Eagle, the New Milford Gazette, and other
papers, he has dorte valuable work. He comes
of a brainy, energetic family. His grandfather,
Richard Cass, was one of four brothers who
came from the central part of Scotland and
settled in different parts of the United States:
one in Ohio, two in Illinois, and one in Mich-
igan, the latter being the father of Gen. Lewis
Cass, so well known in military and political

Allen Cass, our subject's father, was born
in 1806, near Xenia, Ohio, and in early man-
hood engaged in his father's occupation of
farming, at Danville, 111., where he owned



200 acres of land. He was influential in local
affairs, and a personal friend of Abraham
Lincoln, and more than once was a juror
where Lincoln was conductinjj cases at the
bar. Politically, he was a Whig until the or-
ganization of the Republican party, to which
he at once gave his allegiance. He was a
leading member of the Methodist Church. He
married Miss Martha Payton, a descendant of
one of the first families of \'irginia, whose fa-
ther, Valentine Payton, was a pioneer settler at
Danville. Eleven children were born to them:
William Henry, John Milton, Elisha, Alpheus,
Charles, Willis Allen, Robert, Mary Frances,
Lucy, Margaret and Caroline.

The subject of this sketch was born at
Danville, 111., April 23, 1845, and was edu-
cated mainly in the high school at Homer, 111.,
under H. A. Coffeen, now a member of Con-
gress from Colorado. After leaving school he
engaged in teaching, following the profession
successfully in the school at Sherman, Conn.,
the Farinont school at Danville, 111., and in
the schools at Pawling. Dutchess Co. N. Y.
He is actively interested in all that tends to
promote the welfare of the community, and
takes a leading part in Church work, having
served as Sunday-school superintendent for
twenty years.

Mr. Cass married a member of one of the
most highl}' respected families of this section,
Miss Emma G. Chamberlain, and has two
daughters, Carrie Belle and Lillie May.

George H. Chamberlain, the father of Mrs.
Cass, was born in 1820, in Kent. Conn.,
where his ancestors had made their home for
several generations. His father, Harvey
Chamberlain, and grandfather Chamberlain,
were farmers there. Harvey Chamberlain
was extremely popular, and held various offices
in his town, including that of selectman. In
his political afflliations he was a Democrat.
He died in 18 — , and his wife, whose maiden
name was Polly Morgan, passed away in her
fifty-third year. They had six children:
George H. ; John, deceased; Helen, wife of
Daniel Vincent; Flora (Mrs. Sterling, of Sha-
ron, Conn.); Mary, wife of Smith Stewart, of
Kent, Conn. ; and Emeline (Mrs. Frederick

George H. Chamberlain was educated in
the district school near his birth place and in
a select school at Milton, Conn. Possessing
more than average mental ability, he made
good use of these opportunities, and in later

years kept well abreast with the times by his
reading. He taught for three or four seasons
after leaving school, but engaged in farming
after his marriage, in 1843, to Miss Mary
Ann Tompkins, daughter of Benjamin Tomp-
a leading citizen of Kent, Conn. Their
first home was on' a farm about a mile
below the old homestead, but after four years
he purchased another piece of land in the
same neighborhood, where they spent about
five years. He then sold that farm, and in
1857 moved to a tract of land which he had
previously bought near Cerro Gordo, 111. ; but
two )ears later he returned to his native State,
and lived for two years at Xew Milford. In
1 869 he purchased the Sherman Howard farm,
in the town of Pawling, Dutchess county,
containing 125 acres, where he passed the re-
mainder of his days. He had excellent judg-
ment, and was successful in business and intiu-
■ential as a citizen, although he invariably de-
clined to become a candidate for office when
urged to do so by his fellow workers in the
Democratic party.

Mrs. Cass was the only child of her parents.
Her mother's family, which like the Chamber-
lains, was of English origin, was prominent in
East Kent, Conn., from early times. Her
maternal great-grandfather, Philip Tompkins,
was a cooper by trade, and her grandfather,
Benjamin Tompkins, was an extensive agri-
culturist, and a man of note in local politics.
He married Ophelia Blakesley, and had six
children: Augustus E. ; Mary Ann; Emeline
fMrs. Luke Putnam); Laura (Mrs. Peter
Kiley); Martha, who married Rufus Lovell, of
Washington, Conn.; and Eber W. Of this
family onl}' one is now living.

If LEXANDER R. BECKER, a prominent
^^_ contractor and agriculturist of the town
of Red Hook, Dulchess county, is a native of
the county, born at Rock City September 13,
1828. His father. Christian Becker, was born
in the town of Red Hook October 16, 1800,
and there received a common-school education.
He learned the trade of blacksmithing, at
which he worked in connection with farming.
In Red Hook, on November 14, 1824, was
celebrated his marriage with Miss Elizabeth
Near, who was born June 22, 1802, and they
became the parents of four children, namely:
Mary A., who became the wife of Myron A.
Badgley; Juliet, who married John T. Stall;



William H., who married Catherine Sagendorf;
and Alexander R., of this review.

In the place of his nativity our subject at-
tended the public schools, where he acquired
a fair education, and after lea\ing school he
learned the trade of a blacksmith with his fa-
ther; but as this was not to his taste, he went
to Elizaville, N. Y. , where he for a time en-



Disposing of his

business there, he next conducted a store in
New York City. He was also engaged in the
brewing business at Brooklyn, under the firm
name of Becker & Foster, and for some time
ran a brewery at Albany, N. Y. He was next
employed as freight agent for a line of steam-
ers on the Hudson, and later turned his atten-
tion to contracting in New York City. Since
returning to Dutchess county he has made his
home in the town of Red Hook, where he suc-
cessfully carries on contracting and farming.
He wins the respect and confidence of all with
whom he comes in contact, and occupies a
leading position among the influential citizens
of the community.

Mr. Becker was united in marriage with
Miss Celinda Mull, a daughter of Captain Mull,
a hay merchant of New York City, who is a
member of the firm of Mull & Lawton. In
1S93 Mr. Becker was called to mourn the loss
of his estimable wife.

Mary Ann Becker, thesisterof our subject,
was born at Rock City, August 30, 1831, was
there educated and married Myron A. Badgley,
son of Squire and Hannah (Wing) Badgley.
By occupation Myron Badgley was a farmer.
He was three times married, his first union
being with Miss Elizabeth Near. He next
wedded Miss Becker, by whom he had one
daughter — Minnie L. For his third wife he
chose Miss Sarah Haines, and to them was
born a daughter — Lizzie E., whose birth oc-
curred October 28, 1868. She is now the wife
of Willard E. Link, and they have two chil-
dren — Ethel and Roy C.

Minnie L. Badgley, the niece of our sub-
ject, was born June 15, 1863, in the town of
Milan, Dutchess county, attended the schools
of the locality, and was united in marriage
with William Augustus Lown, who was born
at Madalin, Dutchess count}', November 9,
1863, and is the son of Richard and Hannah
(Grunther) Lown, of Barryto.vn, N. Y. Their
marriage was celebrated Jime 27, 1886, and
previous to that time Mr. Lown had followed
the trade of a mason for several years, but is

now engaged in farming in the town of Red
Hook. Mr. and Mrs. Lown have become the
parents of three children: Alexander R., born
April 10, 1887; Florence, who was born May
25, i89[, and died in infancy; and Bertram E.,
born December 19, 1894.

JOHN W. HOFFMAN (deceased) was for
many years prominently connected with

the history of Dutchess county. His birth
occurred in the town of Red Hook, March 10,
1826, where the family is numbered among
the very oldest and most substantial in the
localit}', being among the pioneers. His
father, George C. Hoffman, was a farmer and
butcher of Red Hook. On June 7, 1807, he
was united in marriage with Lydia Beekman,
and after her death wedded Maria Waldorf.
By the second union were born twelve chil-
dren: Gitty Elizabeth, born January 15,
1809; Rebecca M., born February 25, 18 12;
Helen S., born Januar}- 23, 18 14; Sarah A.,
born May 7, 18 17; Lydia C, born April 6,
18 19; Benjamin B., born March 15, 1821;
Margarie L., born April 4, 1823; John W. , of
this review; George L. , born September 11,
1829; Edward M., born January 5, 1831;
J. Robert, born August 9, 1833; and Regina E.

The boyhood days of our subject were
spent mostly after the manner of farmers'
sons, and when he had attained a sufficient
age he entered the public schools of Red
Hook, where his education was acquired.
When he had arrived at years of maturity he
was united in marriage with Lydia S. Man-
ning, daughter of John and Margaret (Raffen-
burgh) Manning. After the death of Mr. Man-
ning, her mother was again married, becoming
the wife of Thomas Welsh, who died Septem-
ter 31, 1841. In her family were nine chil-
dren: J. Manning, born in 1781; Margaret,
born July 10, 1788; Elizabeth J., born Octo-
ber 27, 1805; Sarah R., born October 14,
1807; Sophia, born February 21, 181 1; Mary
M., born October 9, 181 3; John A., born May
7, 1822; Martin H., born June 18, 1827; and
Lydia S., born February 18, 1830.

The maternal grandmother of Mrs. Hoff-
man, who bore the maiden name of Jennie
McGregor, was a native of Scotland, and while
quite young, in 1773, came to the United
States. Having the welfare of the people at
heart, she joined the force of nurses who were
at that time caring for the wounded soldiers of



the Revolutionary war, and while serving in
that capacit}- she met and fell in love with a
handsome lieutenant who was wounded and
brought to the hospital for treatment. The
name of this ofificer was Peter Raffenburgh,
who was born June 17, 1746. They were af-
terward married and became the parents of
five children, among whom was Margaret, the
mother of Mrs. Hoffman.

In early life Mr. Hoffman spent most of his
time in freighting on the Hudson, where he
owned two steamers — the " R. Donaldson " and

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