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farm contains only seventy-five acres. He has
taken an active interest in politics, has been
assessor for five years, and has held other
town offices including that of road commis-
sioner. As a devout Catholic he did much to
establish that Church in Dover Plains, and in
1858 subscribed $50.00 toward the building of
their edifice. He was married in 1857 to Miss
Selina Deviney, and has had four children, of



whom two are living: (i) Catherine A., born
in 1S62, is at home. (2) William D., born in

1863, died in infancy. (3) Thomas, born in

1864, married Miss Mamie Doyle, and has one
child — Selina, born June 16, 1893. (4) Jere-
miah, born in 1866, died in infancy. Mrs.
Whalen is a native of ^^'alworth, County Lon-
donderry, Ireland, and was born in 1835.
She received her education at her native place,
and in 1851 came to Dover Plains, where she
met and married our subject. Her grandfa-
ther, Thomas Deviney. was born in Glasgow,
Scotland, where he was for many years a well-
known machinist. He married Miss Jennie
Livingston, by whom he had five children:
Jennie, who married John Berrisford, Mar-
garet, Sarah, Thomas, who married Ann Craig,
and William, Mrs. Whalen's father, who was
born in County Londonderry, Ireland. He
was a cattle buyer by occupation, and was
quite prominent in Masonic circles, being a
Master Mason. His first wife was Miss Mary
Malia, daughter of John and Mollie Malia, of
Walworth, Ireland, and his second was Miss
Hannah McCornica. Seven children were
born of the first marriage: Jennie, Eliza and Isa-
bella, whose husbands' names are not known;
Mary, who married (first) David Begley,
and (second) \\'illiam Bleekley; Selina, Mrs.
Whalen; William, who married Elizabeth Mc-
Golrich; and Da\id, who married Martha
Scott. There were two children by the second
marriage: Thomas, who married Martha
Shaw, and Margaret, the wife of Mr. McNari-

OSBORN ROBINSON, a general farmer
and dealer in dairy products, was born in
Putnam county, N. Y. , December 3, 1820.
He grew up in the town of Stanford, Dutchess
county, where in i 848, he was married to Miss
Wealthy Mott, who, too, was born in the town
of Stanford. Her father, Jonathan Mott, was
also a native of Stanford, and married Miss Ar-
menia Walters, whose birth took place in the
town of Milan. These children were born to
Mr. and .Mrs. Mott: Benjamin, Nelson, Sarah,
Betsy A., and Armenia.

Mr. Robinson worked on various farms in
Washington town, and in 1871 bought the
farm on which he now resides. The following
children were born to our subject and his wife:
Martha, who married Milo Dickerman, a milk
dealer of Chicago; Stephen is on the home

place; George married Miss Kitty Reynoldson
and lives in Chicago; Phctbeisat home; John
works on the farm; Carrie became the wife of
Edward D. Smith. Our subject has a farm
of 320 acres, and owns forty-si.\ head of cattle,
fifty-one sheep and nine horses. He deals
extensively in milk and has a model dairy,
with all the modern improvements. He is a
Republican and has held, among other offices
of the town, that of postmaster. He is a
well-known farmer in the communit}', and is
respected by all with whom he comes in con-

Stephen Robinson, father of our subject,
was a native of Putnam county, where he
grew to manhood. He married Miss Hattie
Kelley, who was born in Putnam county, and
who was a daughter of Seth Kelley. Mr.
Robinson and his wife located on a farm in
Putnam county, and the following children
were born to them: Chapel, a farmer in Stan-
ford; Kelley, a retired citizen of Stanford;
Osborn is our subject; Ennis, who was a farmer
of Stanford, died about the year 1870; Jarvis,
a farmer; Robert, a farmer in the town of
Poughkeepsie; William, following the same
occupation in Stanford; Nathaniel, deceased;
Emily married Walter Winans, a farmer in
Amenia, and is deceased; Zilla became the
wife of Charles Barrett, who is deceased; Ada
married Henry Thompson, who was a farmer
in the town of Stanford; Priscilla (unmarried);
Catherme, the wife of Isaac Sincerbox, a farmer
of Sharon, Conn. Mr. Robinson was a Whig
and later a Republican. He was a member
of the Baptist Church. His death occurred
in 1870.

Chapel Robinson, the grandfather, was
born in Putnam county, where he married,
settled on a farm and reared a large family of

ILLIAM H. ALLEN, a wide-awake

and industrious farmer of the town of

Clinton, Dutchess county, was born upon the
old family homestead in that township, No-
vember 27, 1856. The town of Pleasant Val-
ley, Dutchess county, was the birthplace of
the grandfather of our subject, William Henry
Allen, who served as captain of the State mili-
tia, and in later life engaged in the cultivation
and improvement of a farm in the town of
Clinton. He married Sarah Marshall, and to
them were born five children, all of whom have



now passed away, namely: William Henry,
Catherine, Julia, Henry and James D.

The last-named, who was the father of our
subject, was born in the town of Clinton in
iSio, and on reaching manhood wedded Mary
Clapp, daughter of James Clapp, the ceremony
being performed in the town of Pleasant Val-
ley. Their family circle included four chil-
dren: Julia, wife of Marshall Herrick; Will-
iam H.; Mary Emily, wife of Elmer Van-
Vliet, of Hudson, N. Y. ; and James C. The
father continued to operate the old family
homestead until his death; politically, he was
one of the warmest adherents of the Republic-
an party.

William H. Allen grew to man's estate
upon his father's farm in the town of Clinton,
attending the school of the neighborhood, and
supplemented the knowledge thus acquired by
a course in the Poughkeepsie Military Institute.
When his schools days were over he continued
to follow the pursuit to which he had been
reared, and for four years after his marriage
had the care and management of the old home-
stead. He then removed to his present farm,
whose neat and thrifty appearance indicates
his progressive spirit and industrious habits.

In the town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, Mr. Allen married Susan Barnes, a
daughter of David Barnes, and to them was
born a daughter, Annette E. For his second
wife he wedded in the town of Pleasant Valley,
Miss Cora A. Van De Water, a daughter of
William Van De Water. Two children bless
their union: James Henry, born February 6,
1S93; and William Marshall, born January 3,

Mr. Allen uses his elective franchise in sup-
port of the men and measures of the Republic-
an party, but takes no very active part in po-
litical affairs. His energy and industry are
proverbial, and he is numbered among the men
who have been instrumental in promoting the
progress and prosperity of his town and county.

E.PHRAIM HERRICK, the genial and pop-
' ular proprietor of "The Rhinebeck," one

of the best and most pleasant hotels along the
Hudson, was born May 17, 1848, on the old
family homestead in the town of Milan, Dutch-
ess county, a son of Ephraim Herrick. His
primar\' education was received in the district
schools, and he later pursued his studies in the

Rhinebeck Academy, thus obtaining a practical
education, which well fitted him for the duties
of life. After la3'ing aside his text books he
operated the home farm until the death of his
father, which occurred in 1S68, having charge
of that place for twenty-four years, as he con-
tinued its cultivation for some time later.

For twelve years Mr. Herrick then super-
intended the Dutchess County Gold farm,
owned by Dr. Martin G. Freligh, which was
sold during that time for a large sum. In the
fall of 1888 he purchased his present hotel at
Rhinecliff, which he has conducted very suc-
cessfully since, and the place well merits the
liberal patronage accorded it. The house is
well fitted up, is convenient and comfortable,
and the cuisine is unexceptionable.

In 1872 our subject was joined in wedlock
with Henrietta Hermance, daughter of Joseph
Hermance, of Salt Point, in the town of Clin-
ton, Dutchess county. Our subject is a stanch
adherent of the principles formulated by the
Democratic party, and is one of the most pro-
gressive and public-spirited men of the com-
munity, where he is widely and favorably

lAILEY WHEELER, a well-known and

) prominent citizen of the town of Dover,
belongs to a family that has long been con-
nected with the history of Dutchess county.
He is the son of Henry, and grandson of John
B. Wheeler, an account of whom is given in
the sketch of Perry Wheeler.

The birth of our subject occurred May 3,
1825, in the town of Dover, and his education
was received at South Dover. After leaving
school, he engaged in farming for about forty
years, and then turned his attention to specu-
lating in tobacco, cattle and stock generally,
with good success. Although he takes no
active part in political affairs, his ballot is al-
ways cast in support of the principles of the
Republican party, and he ever faithfully dis-
charges his duties of citizenship.

In i860 was celebrated the marriage of
Mr. Wheeler and Miss Juliet Hungerford,
daughter of Delazon and Hannah Hungerford,
of Connecticut, and two children came to
bless their union, a son and daughter. George
B., the former, was born in Dover township,
in 1866, and obtained an excellent education
in Eastman Business College, and in 1887 at
Fort Edward. The six months following his



graduation were spent in California, and on his
return to the East he was for two j'ears em-
ployed in the ' ' Pla^a Hotel " of New York City.
He was then offered the position of teller in the
Plaza Bank of that city, where he is now located.
The daughter, Nellie A. , was born in the town
of Dover, in 1869, and attended school at
Poughkeepsie. She is now the wife of William
S. McKean, a wholesale confectioner of Al-
toona, Penn., and has one child, William
Wheeler, born April 2, 1894.

Thomas Hungerford, the maternal grand-
father of Mrs. Wheeler, was a native of Con-
necticut, and by his marriage with Miss Diana
Hungerford was the father of six children.
( I) Harriet married George Shove, by whom
she has three children; Eliza, Henry and Ed-
ward. (2) Edwin married Susan Geddings,
and had five children: Afartin, who married
Julia Jackson; Phcebe, who married Charles
Hine; George, who married Emily Babcock;
Lewis, who married Elizabeth Treat; and
Anna, who married John Duncan. (3) Emily
married Carlisle Smith, and was the mother
of four children: Clark; Susan, wife of Asa
Camp; Harriet, who died in infancy; and
Oliver. (4; Thomas married Rachel Smith,
and they had six children: Mills, who was
three times married, his first wife being Allie
Hendricks, his second a Miss Cable, and the
third Mary Stewart; Sophia, who married
Edward Teedwell; Ophelia, who married Dan-
iel Mallory; Jay, who married Sarah Hoag;
Neilson, who married Lucy Durfey; and Allen,
who died unmarried. (5) Orin married
Wealthy White, and had two children: Fran-
cis and Charles. (6) Hannah is the mother
of Mrs. Wheeler.

Hannah Hungerford was born in Connecti-
cut, and married Delazon Hungerford, a farmer,
who though bearing the same name was. no
relative. They became the parents of seven
children, (i) Angeline, born in 1832, married
Jonathan Haviland, and has four children:
Elsie, wife of Abram Henley; Lillian; Lottie,
wife of George Rice; and Walter. (2) Watson,
born in 1833, died in infancy. (3) Juliet, born
in 1838, is the wife of our subject. (4) Sarah,
born in 1841, married George W. Squires, and
has four children: Robert, who married
Jennie Stevens; Lewis, Walter and Bell. ^5)
Beach, born in 1844, married Fannie Hoag,
and has three children: Nettie, wife of Frank
Cable; May and Eva. (6) Mary, born in
1S48, wedded Lafayette Joyce, and has one

son, Howard, [j) Frederick, born in 1852,
married Lucinda Sprague, and has three chil-
dren: Ward. Bessie and Grace.

DE WITT C. KETTERER, the well-
known proprietor of the " Ketterer Hotel ' *
at Pine Plains, Dutchess county, was born
March 7, 1858, in the town of Milan.

The family originated in Baden, Germany,
where his grandfather, F. Ivetterer, passed his
entire life. Of his two sons, Charles, our sub-
ject's father, was the first of the family to
come to America. Charles Ketterer was born
January 3. 1828, and received a good educa-
tion in the schools of his native land, where a
strict compulsory system prevails, and after-
ward learned and followed the weaver's trade.
In 1853 he emigrated to this country, locating
first at Milan, in Dutchess county, and later in
the town of Clinton. He married Margaretha
Dorothy Mindline, also a native of Germany,
who came to Dutchess county in the same
year on account of ill health. Being thrifty
and energetic, Charles Ketterer made rapid
progress in business, and before the breaking
out of the war had bought a farm in the town
of Clinton. In 1862 he enlisted in the 128th
N. Y. 'V. I., and served as a private until the
Rebellion ended, taking part in the Red River
campaign and in the operations in the Shenan-
doah Valley, and although he was in all the
principal engagements in which his regiment
participated he was not injured in any way.
On his return home in 1865, he removed to
Pine Plains and opened a barber shop, the
first in the town, having learned the business
by shaving his comrades in the army and tak-
ing a one month's course of instruction in New
York City. For seven years he followed this
trade successfully at various locations in the
town, and, in 1872, exchanged the business for
the hotel now owned by his heirs. He owned
this property until his death which occurred
December 28, 1888. He was the first to in-
troduce beer into the village, ale having been
the only drink known previously. A self-made
man and a hard worker, he was also generous,
and public-spirited, showing a hearty interest
in the impro\ement of the village. He was an
enthusiastic Republican, and one of the lead-
ing members of the Lutheran Church, with
which he had been connected from early child-



De Witt C. Ketterer was the only child of
his parents, and after attending the district
school at Pine Plains until the age of fourteen
he took charge of his father's barber-shop on
his own responsibility. He possesses good
natural abilities, and with due preparation
would have been successful in almost any
undertaking. His early limitations in educa-
tion have been largely made good by an exten-
sive course of reading upon general subjects.
After following the barber's trade for seven
years he and his father, in 1879, exchanged
work, and he took the hotel which he has now
conducted for seventeen years, making exten-
sive improvements and keeping well in ad-
vance of any competitors. He is prominent
in local affairs, an earnest advocate of progress-
ive movements, and in politics he is an Inde-
pendent. On January 6, 1891, he married
Miss Jennie M. Boice, daughter of John Boice,
of Ancram, Columbia county, New York.

JAMES NEWMAN. In this free land of ours
many of the inhabitants are of foreign
~ birth, who have come here for the purpose
of securing homes, and these valuable addi-
tions to the native population have, by their
industry, economy and honest methods, be-
come essential factors in the growth and pros-
perity of the countr}'. They furnish not only
needed workmen, skilled and unskilled, but
enterprising merchants, manufacturers, artists
and apt dealers upon our marts of trade.

Mr. Newman is a native of Germany, born
in New Bavaria, July 23, 1845. His father,
George M. Newman, was a hotel keeper and
groceryman at Herxheim by Landau, in the
Rhine Pfaltz, and in 1854 came to America,
where he died two years later. He was a
man of wealth, had traveled extensively in
France, and had also visited Africa. By
his marriage ^i^ith Vermika Seither, who died
in Bavaria, he had four children: Frederick,
James, Caroline and George, all now deceased
with the exception of our subject.

At the age of fifteen years James New-
man left his native land, crossing the At-
lantic to America to hunt up his brothers,
one of whom he found in New York City,
and the other in St. Louis. At the former
place he bound himself out to learn cigar
making with John Paul Ohrt, at No. 113
West Broadway, where he remained about
one year. When the war broke out he

enlisted in the Anderson Zouaves, but was
prevented from going to the front by Mr.
Ohrt, as he was not yet of age. He then ran
away, coming to the town of Stanford, Dutchess
county, where he soon afterward enlisted in
the 150th N. Y. V. I., under Capt. Gilder-
sleeve, and was with that regiment until mus-
tered out at Poughkeepsie in 1865. He now
holds membership with John M. Gregory Post
No. 59, G. A. R. , Department of Connecticut,
of which he has served as commander, and
also belongs to the Officers Association of the
150th Regiment, at Poughkeepsie. as he had
attained the rank of corporal.

After gallantly aiding his adopted country
in her struggle to preserve the Union until he
saw the flag once more float over a united
nation, Mr. Newman came to .\menia, living
with Henry Tripp, his former employer, for a
year, after which he worked for A. B. Rice
for the same length of time, and subsequently
was employed at the ' ' Amenia House " by
Morgan Tripp for a year. Since that time he
has successfully engaged in the cigar business
for himself at Amenia, and is at the head of a
large and constantly increasing trade.

At Poughkeepsie, December 20. 1868, .Mr.
Newman was married to Miss Margaret E.
Gaul, a native of New York City, and a daugh-
ter of John Gaul, a blacksmith of Amenia.
They have four children: Charles H., who
married Carrie Why land; Carrie E. ; Mary; and
James Arthur. In his political views, Mr.
Newman is a Republican; socially he is a
member of Amenia Lodge No. 672, F. &
A. M.

DAVID HANNA. Quite a number of the
leading and prominent citizens of Dutch-
ess county are of alien birth, and have trans-
ported to this land of plenty the thrifty habits
of their native country. Among these there
are none better known, or more widely re-
spected, than the gentleman whose name ap-
pears at the beginning of this sketch.

Our subject was a native of Mayhaland,
County Londonderry, Ireland, where his
father, Samuel Hanna, was also born, reared
and educated. The latter was a farmer, but
also engaged in the operation of a flax and
grist mill at that place. He was united in
marriage with Matilda Fargerson, and to them
were born thirteen children, namely: Jane,
who became the wife of James Sergent;



Thninas, who iiiarriod Margaret Hutchinson;
James and John, who died in infancy; Isabella,
who became the wife of James Hutchinson;
Nancy, who married William Hanna; John
(2), who remained single; Robert, who wedded
Matilda Dixon; Eli/a, who died in girlhood;
Peggy, who died in infancy: David, who mar-
ried Eliza Hutchinson; Sarah, who married a
Mr. Livingston; and Alex.

During his boyhood and youth David
Hanna attended the schools of his native land,
and assisted his father in the work of the mills.
On March 15, 1852, was celebrated his mar-
riage with Miss Eliza Hutchinson, a daughter
of Samuel and Abella (Greer) Hutchinson,
who lived upon a farm in County London-
derry. Her father was one of the seven chil-
dren born to Robert and Nancy (Patterson)
Hutchinson, who were also agriculturists of the
same locality, the others being John, William,
James, Bettie, Alex and Thomas.

In 1852, Mr. Hanna, with his bride, sailed
from the Emerald Isle for the New World,
and made their first location at Paterson,
N. j., where they remained for some time.
On leaving that city, they went to New York,
and for forty-three years our subject was in
the employ of the Harlem railroad, being tire-
man for seven years and five months, and was
then given a position as watchman, which he
held until his resignation a short time ago,
owing to his age. His long continued service
well indicates his faithful discharge of duty,
and the implicit confidence which his employ-
ers placed in him.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanna became the parents
of seven children, of whom, Arabella is the
eldest. Samuel, who is a conductor on the
Harlem railroad, married Minnie McLassen,
and they have one child, Herbert J. Matilda
is now deceased. John married Miss Ada
Preston, by whom he has one daughter, Julia;
he is a prominent Republican, and in 1894
was elected a member of the General Assem-
bly, and has also filled the position of super-
visor of Poughkeepsic for three terms. David
wedded Mary Hutchinson, and is also a con-
ductor on the Harlem railroad. Dorly is now
deceased. Lizzie A. completes the family.

OHN D. BARNUM, now living retired at
Amenia Union, Dutchess county, was for
many years one of the most energetic and
wide-awake business men of Dutchess county.

where his entire life has been passed, his birth
having occurred August 7, 1834, at South
Amenia, in the house now owned by Franklin

Andrew Barnum, his father, was born at
Danbury, Conn., January 3', 1790, and was
the son of Daniel Barnum, a chairmaker of
Bethel, Conn. Here Andrew attended school.
On reaching years of maturity he engaged in
farming and lime-burning at Ridgetield, that
State. He married Miss Sally Chapman, who
was born at Redding, Conn., February 8, 1792,
a daughter of Phineas Chapman, and died in
July, 1852. Eight children were born of this
union, whose names and dates of birth are as
follows: Milo, F"ebruary 29, 18 16; Joshua,
September 15, 181 8; Daniel, September 27,
1820; Lucinda, September 2, 1823; Sarah,
November 28, 1825; Mary, July 3, 1828; An-
drew, August 27, 1829; and John D., August
7, 1834. All are now deceased with the ex-
ception of our subject, and Mary, the wife of
Daniel Sharpsteen, of Battle Creek, Michigan.

In 1830 the father removed to the town of
Amenia, purchasing the place at South Amenia
now occupied by Franklin Cline, and there
conducted a flouring-mill. In 1839 he sold to
Philo Cline, giving possession the following
year, and then went to Cortland county, N.
Y. , where he purchased a farm of 300 acres,
which he continued to cultivate for ten years.
On the expiration of that period he returned
to Amenia Union, and there lived retired until
his death, which occurred December 31, 1869.
He was again married, his second union being
December 8, 1852, with Mrs. Eliza Stevens,
who was born April 12, 1801, and died April
10, 1870. In politics he was first a Whig,
later a Republican.

The early education of our subject was ob-
tained in Cortlandville Academy, and at the
age of sixteen years he started out in life for
himself, being engaged in the l^mp business
with his brother at Danboro, Penn., for two
years. The following summer he spent at Lit-
tle York, Cortland Co., N. Y. , while the win-
ter was passed by him in the village of Cort-
land. He was then employed in selling tin
for Cicero Beach, of Kent, Conn., for a year.

Subsequently, Mr. Barnum, with his brother
Andrew, established the firm of ISarnum &
Co., and engaged in the stationery business,
traveling by wagon with paper supplies, and
gathering material forthe manufacture of paper.
This they continued from 1853 until the death



of Andrew in 1865, after which our subject
conducted the business alone until 1885, run-
ning five peddling wagons on the road as far
east as Hartford, Conn., west to Oneonta,
N. Y., north to Utica, N. Y. , and south to
Bridgeport, Conn. He was also engaged in the
manufacture of cigars at Amenia Union, which
he sold to the retail trade from his wagons,
a business he continued to carry on after he
had stopped the paper trade. Later he went
on the road for Morgan L. Potts, to whom he
had sold out, and while thus employed he, in
1 89 1, contracted gangrene, wjiich grew rapidly
worse, and resulted in his losing both legs.
Since that time he has necessarily led a retired

Mr. Barnum was first married September
I, 1857, to Anna J. Stevens, who was born
October 12, 1840, and was the daughter of
his stepmother. She died September 18, 1866,
leaving one son, William S. , now of Tarry-
town, N. Y., who was born November 23, 1859,
and married Caroline Andrews. At Livingston
Manor, N. Y.. September 2, 1868, Mr. Bar-

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