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erected a beautiful residence. He has 109
acres of fertile and productive land, where he
has been engaged in general farming, though
he makes a specialty of fruit raising. He is a
progressive, scientific farmer, who thoroughly
understands his business, and thus secures the
best results from his labors.

On May 8, 1S72, Mr. Boice was married to
Miss Mary E. Hoffman, a daughter of Theo-
dore Hoffman, and sister of T. A. Hoffman,
the present county clerk of Dutchess county.
They have one child, William H., who was'
born March 22, 1874. They are surrounded
by many warm friends, whom they delight to
entertain, and have the esteem and confidence
of all who know them. Politically, Mr. Boice
affiliates with the Republican party, and main-
tains his principles in this regard with the same
steadfastness which has characterized him in all
the relations of life.

IRVINQ HAPEMAN, a reliable and intelli-
__ gent young agriculturist of the town of Red
Hook, Dutchess county, is the owner of a fine
farm of eighty-seven acres of highly productive
and fertile land, which he has by industry and
good management, with its attendant hard
labor, brought to a high state of cultivation,
and his stock are of the best grades. His up-
rightness, integrity and public-spiritedness
have won him the confidence and esteem of his
neighbors, and he is classed among the most
respected representative citizens of the com-

Philip Hapeman, his grandfather, was a
native of the town of Red Hook, where he
conducted a farm throughout life, and by his



marriage with Catherine Phillips had six chil-
dren, of whom Nicholas Hapeman, the father
of our subject, was one. His birth also oc-
curred in the town of Red Hook, where he re-
ceived a common-school education, and like
his father he also turned his attention to ag-
ricultural pursuits. He married Miss Lucy N.
Straut, daughter of Anthony Straut, by whom
he had four children: Estella, wife of Will-
ard Rowe; Jerleau; Irving and Mary.

In 1890 was celebrated the marriage of
Irving Hapeman and Miss Cordelia A. Stevens,
who was born in Claverack, N. Y., and was
there educated. Her paternal grandfather,
William Stevens, was a native of Hollowville,
Columbia Co., N. Y, and while serving in the
war of 1 812 was killed. He married Cather-
ine Stickle, and to them were born two chil-
dren — William A. and Jane E. The former
was also born in Hollowville, Columbia coun-
ty, and after completing his education in the
common schools he worked upon a farm until
the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861,
when he joined the Union forces, though at
that time only sixteen years old. All through
that struggle he served as a private, and at its
close received an honorable discharge. After
his return home, Mr. Stevens was united in
marriage with Miss Hannah Elizabeth Mor-
rison, daughter of William E. and Samantha
Morrison, and they now have a family of nine
children: Cordelia A., William A., Annie A.,
Fannie A., Henry A., Charles A., Herbert A.,
Frank A. and Milo A. The father, who is an
agriculturist, is now engaged in the cultivation
of land in Claverack, Columbia county.

IfSAAC P. CONKLIN, one of the wealthy
^ farmers of the town of Washington, Dutch-
ess county, was born in Chestnut Ridge in that
town, April i, 1820. The Conklin family is
of Scotch descent, and many of its members
are old residents of Dutchess county.

Charles Conklin, great-grandfather of Isaac
P., was a Quaker preacher and lived in West-
chester county, where his son Timothy was
born. The latter married Mary Tamer, a na-
tive of the same county, and settled in Wash-
ington town, Dutchess county, where thirteen
children were born, of whom the following
record is given: David was a miller in Little
Rest, town of Washington; Hiram was a sea-
faring man; Timothy was a farmer in West-
chester county; Tristam (deceased) farmed for

a while in the town of Washington, but later
went to New York City, finally to Westches-
ter county; James was a farmer in Westchester
county; Merritt was a physician in Washington
town; Nathaniel was father of subject; Charles
died in infancy; Hannah married a Mr. Titus,
and they removed to New York City and after-
Wc-.rd to Ohio, where they died; Ruth and
Sarah died unmarried; two others died in

Nathaniel Conklin was born in the town of
Washington, and there spent his entire life.
He was a Republican in his political views,
and served as a justice of the peace and in
other local of^cial positions. He died in 1887.
He married Susan Edmunds, a native of the
town of Dover, daughter of Canada Edmunds,
a farmer, whose family were of old Holland
stock. The young couple located on Chestnut
Ridge, where they carried on farming and
reared a family of nine children. These were:
Benjamin is a farmer in Washington town;
Tamer married George Sullivan, a farmer also
of that town; Timothy was a farmer in the
town of Washington; Phcebe married Mosher
Sherman, a miller in Little Rest; Isaac P.; El-
mira married Uriah Simmons, a farmer in
Stanford; Nathaniel went to Dakota and car-
ried on farming there; Hannah is unmarried;
Sarah is the wife of Andrew P. Hammond, a
farmer in Washington town.

Isaac P. Conklin worked at Denning for
several years after arriving at manhood, and
then began buying and selling farm and other
property, in which business he has made good
profits and has become a wealthy man. He is
full of enterprise, possesses keen judgment and
great sagacity, and has carved his own way to
success. Although arrived at an age when
most men give over active life, he shows no
signs of relaxing his efforts, and keeps abreast
of the times with a vigor and interest which a
younger man might envy. He is genial in his
nature, a good conversationalist and very com-
panionable, drawing about him -a large circle
of friends who appreciate his many good qual-

In February, i860, Mr. Conklin was united
in marriage with Fannie J., daughter of David
Winans, and a native of the town of Stanford.
Five children have been born to them, of whom,
George and Nathan, the eldest two, died in
childhood; the others are: Susan, who mar-
ried \'irgil Winans; Augusta (deceased) and
Jennie. Mr. Conklin owns a fine farm of 336



acres in the town of Amenia, Dutchess county.
In politics he is a Republican, but he has never
been an office-seeker.

E^D\VARD COUSE. One of the active,
4 prominent and enterprising citizens of

the town of Red Hook, is the gentleman
whose name introduces this sketch, who is at
present engaged in general farming and fruit
raising. He made his first appearance upon
the stage of life beneath the roof of his par-
ents, Jacob and Susan (Robisoni Couse, in the
town of Milan, Dutchess county.

His paternal grandfather, Henry J. Couse,
was a prominent farmer in the town of Milan,
and there married Miss Sarah Lynn, by whom
he had seven children, namel}': Hannah, who
became the wife of a Mr. Wolcott; Betsy, who
married Peter Stickle; Mary; Jacob, the father
of our subject; Henry, who wedded Kittie
Near; John, who married Miss Kilmer, and Ed-
ward. To the parents of our subject were
born six children: Sarena first became the
wife of John Teator, and after his death
married Charles Miller; Henry wedded Rachel
Hood; Elizabeth married John Haines; Charles;
Sarah was united in marriage with Emery
Coon; and Edward completes the family.

Upon his father's farm our subject was
reared and early taught those habits of industry
which have had such an important bearing
upon his entire life. He obtained his educa-
tion in the district school, in the meantime as-
sisting his father in such work as his age and
strength would permit. He became interested
in agricultural pursuits, and now operates a
fine farm of 123 acres of land, which he pur-
chased in 1S89, it being then known as the
Benner farm. He makes a specialty of fruit
raising, and has been quite successful. He has
made good use of his opportunities, has pros-
pered from year to year, has conducted all
business matters carefully and capably, and in
all his acts displays an aptitude for success-
ful management.

Mr. Couse was united in marriage with
Miss Kittie Feller, daughter of Henry A. and
Catherine (Snyder) Feller, who were farming
people of the town of Milan, and the parents
of the following children: Alice, wife of
Wriget Kilmer; Mary, wife of Charles False;
Sylvester, who married Grace Levenworth;
Seward; Hattie, wife of Henrv Burns; Kittie;

Henry, who married Annie Bathrick; and
Annie, wife of John Smith. The maternal
grandfather of Mrs. Couse, Philip Snyder, was
the onlj' child of Isaac and Catherine Snyder.
He was joined in wedlock with Miss Christina
Near, of the town of Red Hook, and they be-
came the parents of two daughters — Catherine,
the mother of Mrs. Couse; and Elizabeth, who
married Isaac Fulton.

JOSEPH B.\TES, a general farmer and ex-
stock-dealer, was born in the town of

Washington, Dutchess county, July 11,
1822. His father, Joseph Bates, was born in
Nantucket, R. I. , and moved to Dutchess
county, where he married Miss Lydia Dicker-
son, who was a native of North Salem, Mass.
They settled on a farm in the town of Wash-
ington, and reared a family of twelve children,
five of whom died in infancy. The others
were: Joseph, our subject; George, a farmer
in Missouri; John, a farmer of this town atone
time, is deceased; Stephen died in 1894;
Henry was a farmer in Saginaw, Mich., where
he died; Mary married William Lovelace, a
farmer in the town of Dover; Ruth became the
wife of Isaac Lovelace, a mason by trade.
Mr. Bates farmed all his life, and died about
1863. Politically he was a Democrat. His
wife died about 1879.

John Bates, grandfather of our subject,
was born in Rhode Island. He married a Miss
Hill, and they reared a family of twelve chil-

Joseph Bates, the subject of this sketch,
grew to manhood in the town of Washington,
worked by the day for various farmers, saved
his money and gradually invested it in land,
until to-day he has one of the largest farms in
the town. In 1844 he married Miss Sarah
Smith, a native of the town of Washington,
and a daughter of Joseph Smith, who was a
farmer of that town. He married Miss Susan
Marshall. In 1852 Mr. Bates bought his pres-
ent farrri, on which they have reared their two
children: Charles, who married Louise Ruger,
and lives with his parents; Josephine, who be-
came the wife of Townsend Coles, a farmer in
Lagrange, where she died in April, 1881. Mr.
Bates has a laree farm of 300 or 400 acres,
which is planted principally in potatoes, he be-
ing the largest producer of that vegetable in
Dutchess county. He also formerly bought



and sold stock. He is a Democrat, and a self-
made man, and has acquired his money by hard
work and good management. He enjoys the
esteem of all who know him.

JUDSON A. DENTON, a representative
farmer of the town of Beekman, Dutchess
county, is actively engaged in his profitable
occupation on his homestead, where he has re-
sided since the spring of 1888, and where his
energetic labors have met with due reward.
His childhood was also spent upon the same
farm, his birth taking place at his present resi-
dence February 8, 1853. His grandfather,
Solomon Denton, was the founder of the fam-
ily in this country, and for many years followed
agricultural pursuits in the town of Pawling,
Dutchess county. His wife lived to the ad-
vanced age of ninety-three years.

Amos Denton, the father of our subject,
was born in Pawling town, October 13, 1808,
and there spent his boyhood days attending
the district schools. He remained upon the
home farm until thirty years of age, when he
wedded Mary Seaman, daughter of Sutton
Seaman, and then removed to the town of
East Fishkill, where he conducted a general
store for two years. On selling out, he went
west to hunt up a location, but finally decided
to remain in his native county, purchasing the
old Benjamin Smith farm in Beekman town,
upon which he made his home up to the time
of his death, which occurred November 13,
1887. His wife departed this life in the
spring of 1885. Seven children were born to
them: Edgar, who is superintendent of a
division of the stock yards of Chicago; Emily
F. , who is the widow of Leonard Townsend,
and is now a resident of Unionvale town;
Amelia, deceased wife of Jonathan Spencer;
Judson Amos, of this sketch; Frederick S., of
Staten Island; Weston Eugene, of New York
City; and Sarah M.. who died in infancy. In
political sentiment the father was first a Whig,
and later a supporter of the Republican party,
while religously he was a devout member of
the Baptist Church at Beekman, for many
years serving as a deacon. He was a highly
respected citizen, and for over twenty years he
efficiently filled the office of justice of the peace.
The education of our subject was such as
the district schools of the town of Beekman
afforded, and at the age of thirteen years he be-
gan working as a farm hand for neighbors.

being employed in this way for four seasons.
When seventeen years of age he was united in
marriage with Miss Alice M. Wiley, daughter
of George Wiley, and they became the parents
of four children: George W. . who died in in-
fancy; Gertrude L. ; Eliza A., who married
Austin Bierce. Jr. ; and George Weston. The
wife and mother was called to her final rest
on August 24. 1880. In 1882. Mr. Denton
was married in the town of Unionvale, the
ladv of his choice being Miss Ella F. Bierce.
daughter of Austin Bierce. and to them was
born a daughter — Louie J., who died in in-

After his first marriage, Mr. Denton oper-
ated a farm on shares, and also engaged in
teaming for the furnace company. For five
or six 3'ears he engaged in butchering, and for
the same length of time lived upon a farm in
Unionvale town; but in the spring of 1888 he
purchased his present fine farm in Beekman
town, to the cultivation and improvement of
which he has since devoted his attention. In
the fall of 1895 he also engaged in the coal
business in the same town. He is a stalwart
Republican in politics, and since the spring of
1889 has acceptably served as justice of the
peace. He is an honorable, upright citizen,
who gains and retains the confidence and es-
teem of those with whom he comes in contact.

JOHN C. BARRINGER, a leading agricult-
urist of the town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess
- county, is a direct descendant of the pio-
neer who, according to tradition, suggested
the name for that town.

Our subject's great-grandfather Barringer
came to that vicinity from Germany in com-
pany with Col. Beekman, and the story goes
that as they were talking about naming the
tow^n Mr. Barringer said: •' Colonel, you name
it; or, since we both came from the Rhine and
your name is Beekman, call it Rhinebeekman,
or Rhinebeck." George Barringer, our sub-
ject's grandfather, was a lifelong resident of
the town. He married Miss Ackert, and had
two children — Julia, who married Stephen
Champlain, of Kingston, and Ephraim, our
subject's father. By a second wife he had
four children: Catherine, Maria, Elizabeth, and
Elias, who married Miss Shoemaker and set-
tled on a farm near the village of Rhinebeck.
They had three children: Jeremiah. Mary and



Ephraim Barringer grew to manhood at
the old homestead, and married AHce F. Cham-
plain, who was born in Hudson, N. Y. , Sep-
tember 2 1, 1 82 I, but came here with her par-
ents when only one year old. Her lather,
Joseph Champlain, was a native of Connecti-
cut. After his marriage Ephraim Barringer
bought the family estate, which he farmed
during the remainder of his life. Five children
were born to him and his wife: Florence, who
married Rev. Keyser, a Methodist minister in
Westchester county; Catherine; Frances; John
C, our subject; and Martha P., who died
February 3, 1S72. The mother of this family
is dead, and of the father's death we take the
following account from the Eciglc, under date
of January 20, 1892: "Ephraim Barringer
died at his home in Rhinebeck on Saturday,
January 2, 1892. He was born there October
12, 181 1, on a place obtained by his grand-
father from the English King. Mr. Barringer
belonged to one of the oldest families in Rhine-
beck, his grandfather and Col. Beekman hav-
ing named the town."

John C. Barringer was born September i,
1856, and has always lived upon the old farm.
Under a survey made in 1834 the portion now
in his possession contained eighty-eight and a
half acres, but it is certain that it contains
more than that. He is a general farmer, and
is considered one of the most progressive and
successful managers in the neighborhood.

On March 18, 1882, he married Miss Rosa
De Wint, a daughter of George De Wint, a
well-known resident of Rhinebeck. They have
no children. The Barringers have always been
Lutherans, but our subject and his wife now
contribute to the M. E. Church. In politics
he is a Republican, as was his father also in
later years, and although he is no office-seeker,
there are few among the younger men in the
vicinity who have more influence than John C.

BOBERT HURD. Among the enterpris-
ing and prosperous young business men

of the town of Pawling, Dutchess county, the
well-known commission merchant and cattle
dealer whose name introduces this sketch may
well be regarded as a leader. His shrewd
judgment and untiring energy have already won
him wide recognition in business circles.

He was born October 5, 1869, on the Hurd
homestead, formerly the Campbell homestead.

in Pawling town, and is related to several of
the oldest families. On the paternal side, his
great-grandfather Hurd came from Scotland
at an early period to settl'e in the town of
Pawling, where he followed agriculture, as did
also his son, Benjamin D. Hurd, our subject's
grandfather, who was born in that town.
Hurd's Corners was named in honor of the
family, and Benjamin Hurd was a prominent
man of that locality, a leading supporter of
the Methodist Episcopal Church and of the
Whig party. He was not, however, an office-
seeker, although he was justice of the peace
for many years. Both he and his wife, Mary
Campbell, are dead. She was a daughter of
Jeremiah Campbell, who was prominent in his
time in religious and civil affairs in Dutchess
county, and her grandfather Campbell was an
officer in charge of the British forces at the
battle of White Plains, where he met his
death. Of the seven children of this marriage
all lived to adult age: Harriet married Leon-
ard Hall, of Po'quag; \\'illiam T. was a mer-
chant for many years at Hurd's Corners, and
died there; Archibald never engaged in busi-
ness, as he was not strong, and his death
occurred in Cuba; Edgar I. is mentioned below;
Mary, deceased, married Thomas Brill, of
Po'quag; Stacia married Groe Dodge, of Pawl-
ing; and Julia G. married James Longhead, of
the same place.

Edgar I. Hurd, our subject's father, was
born at Hurd's Corners, and in early manhood
engaged in mercantile business in Pawling.
Later he purchased the old Campbell home-
stead and settled here at farming, establishing
at the same time a commission business in all
kinds of country produce, which he has con-
ducted successfully for forty years. His goods
are shipped to New York City, and he has sold
large quantities on the present site of the
Grand Central Depot and Madison Garden.
He is accounted a shrewd business man, and
his property has been accumulated through his
own good management. He and his family
are Episcopalians in religion, and, politically,
he is a Democrat, but has not been very active
in party work, although he has held most of
the minor offices in the town and has served as
supervisor and highway commissioner. He
married Caroline A. Howard, a descendant of
one of the old families of the county, and a
daughter of James Howard, of Pawling. Five
children were born of this union — James;
William, deceased; Jay; Robert; and Lucy,



who married Dr. Arthur Degaris, a leading
dentist of Millbrook, N. Y. The three surviv-
ing sons are all at home and engaged in busi-
ness with their father, a partnership having
been formed in 1889.

Robert Hurd was educated in the district
school near his home and in the select schools
of Dover and Pawling. His remarkable busi-
ness abilities were displa3'ed at an early age,
and at fifteen he went into partnership with
Mr. Smith in the cattle business, and going to
western New York they bought 225 head,
which they drove east, selling along the route
and closing out the lot at Pawling. This busi-
ness he has continued ever since, buying in
Buffalo to supply the demand in his vicinity
for milch cows. In addition to his work in
this line he is active in the business of the
firm. His success in his various enterprises
may be attributed to a rare combination of
conservatism in judgment and energy m action.
These characteristics are shown also in public
affairs, making him a valued worker in the
Democratic party. He has been a delegate to
many State, county and district conventions,
and in 1896 he was elected commissioner of
highways, being the only successful candidate
on his ticket that year. That his excellent
business judgment is appreciated may be still
farther seen by his appointment, by Judge Bar-
nard in 1895, ^s receiver for the Akindole es-
tate, and his friends may well feel justi^ed in
their high hopes for his future.

PATRICK WHALEN, a prominent resident
of Dover Plains, Dutchess county, has

been for many years a successful stock dealer,
but is now enjoying a well-earned leisure at his
beautiful home in the mountains. It is situ-
ated in a picturesque ravine on the spot known
as the Stone Church, from its resemblance to a
church door, a point greatly admired by tour-
ists and often visited by picnic parties from the
surrounding country.

Mr. Whalen isof Irish birth, and his family
has long held a leading place in County Lim-
erick, Ireland. Hisgrandfather, John Whalen,
was a well-educated man, and a farmer by oc-
cupation. He married Catherine Burk, and
had seven children: Jeremiah, our subject's
father; Johanna, the wife of Edward Quinn;
Patrick, who married Mary O'Donnel; Cather-
ine, the wife of Dennis O'Brien; John, who
never married; Bridget, Mrs. William Shee-

han; and Maggie, who died at the age of nine-

Jeremiah Whalen was born in 1792, and re-
ceived an excellent education in his youth.
He became a well-known agitator for the lib-
eration of his native land from the British yoke,
being a valued co-worker with Daniel O'Con-
nell, and serving two terms as a member of
Parliament. For some years he was engaged
in farming in Ireland, and also took contracts
for the working of the highways, subletting
them and keeping a number of men constantly
employed. He married Miss Catherine Heffer-
aman, daughter of John Hefferaman, a farmer
in County Limerick, and had twelve children:
Catherine died at the age of three; Mary; John,
born in 1827, married Mary Manixe; Patrick,
subject of this sketch; Jeremiah D. married
Bridget Grace; Dennis married (first) Hanora
Morone, and (second) Delia Hogan; Michael
died at the age of twelve; W'illiani married
Ellen McCoid; James married Johanna Morris-
see; Thomas died at five years of age, and
Stephen and David died in early childhood.
All of these children were born at the old
homestead in County Limerick, and in 1847
the family came to America, settling first in
New York City, and later upon a farm in Dutch-
ess county, near Dover Plains.

Our subject was born in 1830, and was
given the best educational opportunities that
his native parish afforded. On his arrival in
this country he found employment upon the
Harlem railroad, which had then been recently
surveyed, receiving five shillings per day for his
work, and paying three shillings per day for
board. He remembers well the first train
which passed over the road. After a year and
a half at this work he engaged in farm labor
with a farmer in Dover, and later became a
stock dealer. In this business he was very-
successful, his trade extending over several
States, and he bought and sold some of the
finest cattle ever shipped from Do\er. At one
time he owned a farm of 235 acres in that
town, but he disposed of it, and his present

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