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birth occurred in 1862. His educational priv-
ileges were quite good, he having been able to
attend the De Garmo Institute, Rhinebeck, N.
Y. In 1889 he established his present general
store in the village of Red Hook, which sprang
at once into public favor, and he is now at the
head of a large and constantly increasing busi-
ness. In 1886 he was united in marriage with
Miss Mary Vosburgh, a daughter of WardWs-
burgh, one of the leading farmers of the town
of Ancram, Columbia county, N. Y. , and
they have become the parents of one child,
Bessie, born in 1888.

Robert Stephenson, the great-grandfather
of our subject, was born in Snaith. Yorkshire,
England, where he was educated, and when
quite a young man began dealing in live stock.
Later, in connection with this, he also en-
gaged in the butcher's business at ihat place.
He wedded Miss Watson, of Scotland, and to
them were born five children: William, who
for his second wife married a Miss Collins;
Sarah, Mrs. Anna Oxenforth; Jane; and Eliza,
who became the wife of Charles Bean. The
second child, Sarah Stephenson, was born in
1804, at Snaith, of which place the other
children were also natives, and in the common
schools there she received her education. She
married William Aucock, a son of Jonathan
Aucock, of Snaith, Yorkshire. At that place
the son engaged in carpentering most of his
life, and was a prominent member of the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows in his native
land. Eleven children were born to William
Aucock and his worthy wife, namely, Eliza-
beth, who became the wife of Henry Siberan;
Christina, who wedded Jeremiah Needham;
Jonathan, who married Ann Morgan; John and
Robert, who died in infancy; William, the
father of our subject; Robert, who married
Catherine Martin; Eleanor, who became the
wife of Joseph Green; Sarah, who, after the
death of her first husband, Thomas Hanpson,



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became the wife of a Mr. Jones; and George
and Jofin. who were also married. The mother
of these children died in England in 1881.

The father of our subject was born in
Snaith in 1S31, and after completing his edu-
cation in the public schools he learned the art
of fancy gardening and plant culture on the es-
tates of the Campbells, in Sheffield, England,
where he was employed for some time. Like
his ancestors, he became a member of the Odd
Fellows Society of his native place, and stood
quite high in the order. In 1855 he emigrated
to the United States, making his first location
on Hunters Island, where he remained for
about two months, and then went to Toronto,
Canada. At the end of ten months, however,
he returned to the States, locating this time at
Annandalc, Dutchess county, where the follow-
ing two years w ere passed. After a year spent
at Newark, N. J., he came again to Dutchess
county, and has now made his home in the
town of Red Hook for thirty-seven years, be-
ing employed there on the estate of the Tymp-
sons. He was joined in wedlock with Miss
Eliza Cooper, daughter of Robert and Anna
Cooper, of New York City. They became the
parents of four children: Mary, born in 1859;
George S., of this sketch; Sarah, born in 1865,
and William C. , born in 1868. The third
child of this family, Sarah, is now the wife of
Charles Burnea, son of Charles E. and .Mary
Burnea, of Philadelphia, where the son is en-
gaged as a decorator and designer. Two
children grace this union — Marie Gerard, born
in 1 89 1, and William A., born in 1894.

On his mother's side, our subject is also
descended from English ancestry, his great-
grandfather, Robert Cooper, being born in
England, and there married. In his family
were the following children: Joseph, James,
Robert, Mary, Eliza, Sarah, Betsy and Nancy.
Of these, Robert Cooper, Jr. , was born in
Manchester, England, whence he removed to
the North of Ireland, and there engaged in
farming. He was married to Miss Anna More-
head, a daughter of John Morehead, of En-
gland, and to them were born the following
children: Mattie, who was three times mar-
ried, her first husband being James Lawrence,
the second, Claudius Dord, and the third Rob-
ert Dunlap; James, who wedded Mary Liddle;
Joseph, who married a Miss Cooper; Robert,
who remained single; Mary, who became the
wife of Pierson Hyde; and Eliza, the mother
of our subject.



CHARLES REDA\'ATS. proprietor of a
_, boarding and training stable at Green
Haven, was born in the town of Beekman,
March 29, 1833, and is the son of John J.
Redavats, a native of Italy, who left home at
the age of eighteen years, coming to America,
where he enlisted in the United States navy.
For a number of years he was on a man-of-
war, and after leaving the service came to
Beekman town, Dutchess county, locating at
Green Haven, where he followed the carpen-
ter's trade for the remainder of his life. Here
he married Miss Ann Clarkson, a daughter of
Charles Clarkson, and to them were born four
children: Mary Jane, who wedded Aldest
Terwilliger, but both are now deceased;
George, deceased; Charles, of this sketch; and
Joseph, of Danbury, Conn. The father was
first a Whig in politics, but joined the Repub-
lican party on its organization, with which he
continued to affiliate up to the time of his
death, which occurred when he was si.xty
years of age. His wife departed this life at the
age of sixty-five years.

The boyhood days of our subject were
passed at Green Haven, he living with W. B.
Sheldon for seven years in order to pa}- for
two acres of land on which his father had
erected a house, and later worked for George
B. Foote for five years. In the town of Beek-
man, he was married to Miss Mary Jane Grif-
fen, and they became the parents of six chil-
dren, as follows: \\'illiam, who was a con-
ductor on a construction train on the New
England railroad, was killed by accident;
Theodore died at the age of five years; Charles
died at the age of two years; Clara is the wife
of William E. Williams, by whom she has two
children, Charles and Leland; Frank is in the
office of the Old Colony Line railroad, at Bos-
ton, Mass. ; and Jennie.

For six years after his marriage, Mr. Re-
davats made his home near Rahway, N. J., be-
ing superintendent of the farm and stable of
George F. Fellows, and then returned to
Beekman township, where he engaged in the
horse business at the stock farm belonging to
Merritt & Allerton for four years. After their
failure he remained with their successors for
one year, and then purchased his present
place and went into business for himself. He
conducts a good boarding and training stable,
and is now at the head of a large and con-
stantly increasing business. Like his father
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and takes an active interest in the success of
his part)'. He is numbered among the best
citizens of the community, and is a wide-
awake, energetic business man and the archi-
tect of his own fortune.



CRAWFORD C. MacNEIL, of Matteawan,
^ a leading wholesale and retail dealer in
confectioner}' and ice cream, and proprietor of
a popular restaurant on Union street, is a
descendant of the famous Scottish Clan Mac-
Neil, one of his ancestors in the direct line
being Sir John MacNeil.

Crawford C. MacXeil was born at Red
Hook, Dutchess count}'. May 30, 1844, the
son of Hector and Jane i Craig) MacNeil.
They had nine children: Jane, John, Kate,
Agnes, Crawford C, Serena, Hector, Robert
and Charles.

Our subject was educated in the public
schools near his early home, and on the re-
moval of the family to Poughkeepsie in 1850,
he entered the employ of Smith Bros., con-
fectioners and caterers, remaining until 1873,
when he opened a similar establishment of his
own. He was burned out during the first
year, and in the spring of 1874 he removed to
Matteawan and again started in business, this
time in a small way. As success rewarded his
efforts, he gradually enlarged and improved his
establishment until it is now one of the most
complete of its kind in the county. Mr. Mac-
Neil has an inventive turn of mind, and is the
originator of that far-famed drink, ice-cream
soda water. He introduced it to the public
while he was with the Smith Bros, and the
beverage soon became a favorite in all parts
of the country. He has also originated a
number of new popular styles of candy, in-
cluding the American mixed candy, for which
there has been a large demand. His present
prosperity is well deserved as it is based upon
his own industry and judicious management.

Mr. MacNeil married Miss Alice Trow,
daughter of William and Jane Trow, of Pough-
keepsie, and they have one son. They are
prominent members of the Presbyterian Church
of Matteawan, and take a ger.erous interest in
all progressive movements in the locality.
Although he is a Republican in principle, Mr.
MacNeil has never taken an)' part in political
work or aspired to office. He is active in
many non-political enterprises, however, and
is a member of Poughkeepsie Lodge No. 266,



F. & A. M., of Hudson River Lodge, K. of
P., and of the Nineteenth Separate Company
of Poughkeepsie, in which he won an elegant
gold medal presented by the State for long
and faithful service, the records placing him
twentieth in rank among 13,000 men. He has
also been a member of the National Guard for
thirty-four years, and was in the volunteer
service during the Civil war.



ILLIAM C. CRAMER. The subject
^}L of this personal history is a resident of
the town of Red Hook, Dutchess county,
where he is successfully carrying on a boot and
shoe store, and is well esteemed as a man of
industry and enterprise, besides being a worthy
citizen and having to his credit an unblemished
war record. He was born in the town of Red
Hook, May 1 1, 1844, and is a son of Henry A.
and Catherine (W'aldorf) Cramer, who were
the parents of five children, the others being:
Balinda, John V. R. , George H. and James.
The father was a son of George Cramer, and
was a prosperous farmer and carpenter of Red
Hook.

The maternal grandfather of our subject,
John Waldorf, was born and educated in Red
Hook town, where he later followed the occu-
pation of a farmer, owning and conducting the
large and well-stocked farm which had be-
longed to his father, who had erected the coni-
modious and substantial stone house that is still
standing. The place comprised 500 acres of
valuable land, and thereon John W' aldorf reared
his family of seven children, namely: David,
Christopher, John, William, Catherine, Maria
and Betsey. In that old house Mrs. Cramer
was born and spent her early girlhood, being
educated at the schools of the neighborhood.
In his boyhood William C. Cramer also
drew his education from the common schools
of the town of Red Hook, and on laying aside
his text books assisted in the cultivation and
improvement of the home farm until the break-
ing out of the Civil war in 1S61, when he en-
listed in the 91st N. Y. V. I., and remained in
the service until after the surrender of Gen.
Lee at Appomatox. He participated in vari-
ous engagements, and signalized himself by
bravery and fidelity to duty, receiving the ap-
proval of his officers and the warm friendship
of his comrades. After the close of the war he
went to the oil fields of Pennsylvania, where he
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general trucking business in New York City for
a while. After disposing of that, however, he
returned to Red Hook.

On .August 28, 1868, was celebrated the
marriage of Mr. Cramer and Miss Isabella D.
Barringer, daughter of Robert Barringer, of
Red Hook, and to them was born a daughter,
Ida L., who died at the age of six years.
After his marriage, our subject learned the
cooper's trade, at which he worked until 1888,
when he established his present boot and shoe
business at Red Hook, and this venture has
proved very successful.

Mr. Cramer is cjuite prominently identified
with the Odd Fellows Society, belonging to
Christian Lodge, in which he has served as
past grand and passed through all the chairs;
is also a member of Ja^ar Encampment, of
Rhinebeck. Dutchess county; and the Odd
Fellows Mutual Jienefit Association. He now
affiliates with .-Vrmstrong Post, G. A. R., of
Rhinebeck, but was formerly a member of
Ward B. Bennett Post, of Tarrytown, West-
chester Co. , N. Y. He is a public-spirited,
progressive man, and takes an active interest
in the welfare of his town and county.



I ENRY D. CYPHER, who is engaged in
general farming at Poughquag, town of
Beekman, Dutchess county, is looked upon as
a useful and honorable citizen, who has the
best interests of the county at heart, and does
all in his power to advance its welfare. Of
Holland ancestry, his birth occurred at Pough-
quag, December 18, 1836, and there almost
his entire life has been passed.

Thomas Cypher, his grandfather, was a
native of Westchester county, and when a
young man came to Beekman town, locating
on Clapp Hill, where he engaged in farming
on rented land. His political support was
given the Whig party. He wedded Mary
Hillaker, by whom he had seven children, all
now deceased: John, Deborah, Thomas,
David, William, Mary and one daughter, who
died in childhood.

On Clapp Hill, William Cypher, the father
of our subject, was born in 1806, and in the
common schools of Beekman town he secured
his education. When he had reached matur-
ity he was united in marriage with Emily
Armstrong, a native of Connecticut, after
which he purchased a small farm at Pough-
quag, which he operated for one j'ear, and



then removed to the town of Pawling, Dutch-
ess county, where he followed the same occu-
pation until called from this life February 2,
1849. Like his father he was a Whig in
politics. In his family were these children:
Henry D., of this sketch; George and Elisha,
deceased; and two sons, who died in infancy.

The early school days of Henry D. Cypher
were passed at Poughquag, and after the death
of his father he, with the other members of the
family, returned to that place, being at the
time thirteen years of age. In 1851 he began
clerking for James A. Vanderburg, at Pough-
quag, which position he held for one year, and
in 1853 went to New York City, where he was
employed in a grocery store for the same
length of time. Returning to his native place,
he learned the carpenter's trade with Henry
Armstrong, which he followed for eight years.

In the town of Beekman, July i, 1S63,
was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Cypher
and Miss Maria Noxon, daughter of Elmer R.
Noxon, and they became the parents of four
children: Lavert, of Brooklyn, who married
Mr. Devine, by whom she has one daughter;
George; Emily, wife of Fred Coleman, of
Dover town, Dutchess county, by whom she
has two children — Delmer Clayton and Ann
Dutcher; and Robert.

Until 1 87 1 Mr. Cypher carried on agricult-
ural pursuits in the western part of the town
of Beekman, after which he removed to his
present farm at Poughquag, which was cleared
by Mrs. Cypher's great-grandfather Noxon,
and has since devoted his attention to its culti-
vation and improvement. His ballot is cast in
support of the men and measures of the Re-
publican party. He has been assessor of his
town, and is still acceptably filling the offices
of commissioner of highways and justice of
the peace. His career has been one of the
strictest integrity and honor.



CHARLES F. WANZER, a wealthy busi-
ness man of Matteawan, Dutchess county,
and the proprietor of one of the oldest grocer-
ies in that town, was born January 29, 1828,
on the "Wheelocke Farm" near Garrison,
Putnam Co. , N. Y. His grandfather, .Abraham
Wanzer, married Lydia Beers, and their son,
Floyd, our subject's father, was a well-known
farmer of Putnam county. He married Jane
Foster, daughter of Joseph Foster, a soldier of
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of whom the first two died in infancy. The
others are Charles F., EHzabeth and Cohsta
Jane.

Charles F. Wanzer attended the district
schools near his home during boyhood, and
spent much of his time in working upon his
father's farm. At the age of twenty-one he
left home to make his own way in the world,
and coming to Matteawan he worked for sev-
eral years at various employments, as oppor-
tunity favored him. In 1854 he became a
clerk in the grocery store then belonging to
Jacob Palmer, and after the death of the latter
in 1856 he conducted the business for his widow
for one year. He then purchased the store,
and for thirty-eight years has continued the
business at the old location. His success is a
result of untiring industry, and although he is
an ardent Republican, he has invariably de-
clined when urged to accept nomination for
office, because he could not see his way clear
to attend to his own affairs and at the same
time meet satisfactorily the demands which
official position would bring. He is interested
in various lines of business, having a large
amount of money invested in real estate in the
village, and he has been for many years a
member of the Board of Trade and the Mer-
chants Protective Association. He is also a
stockholder in the First National Bank of
Fishkill Landing. Being an enthusiastic hunter,
Mr. Wanzer spends considerable time during
the duck-shooting season in hunting this most
palatable fowl. He is an unerring marksman,
and woe betide the unlucky bird upon which
he sets his "weather eye," for its doom is
sealed.



BOBERT JOHNSTON. Among the most
\ prominent of the early residents of Lake

Mahopac, Putnam county, was Robert John-
ston, the grandfather of the subject of this
sketch. He came to this country from Ireland
in early manhood, and engaged in mercantile
business, first in New York City, and later in
Putnam county, where he became a leader in
political as well as in commercial circles. He
was an influential Democrat, and served as
county judge, member of the State Senate,
and member of the Council of Appointment
and Revision. He was married after coming
to the United States, and reared a family of
six children: One son, William H. Johnston
(our subject's father), and five daughters, one



of whom became the grandmother of Chaun-
cey M. Depew.

William H. Johnston followed farming and
spent his life at Lake Mahopac, his native
place. Like his father, he was an active and
influential worker in the Democratic party,
and he held the offices of sheriff and surrogate
of Putnam county. His death occurred in
1828, but his wife, Susan Van Wyck, lived to
the age of ninety-eight years, passing to her
eternal reward in 1885; she was born in the
town of .East Fishkill, Dutchess county, in the
house now occupied by our subject, the old
home of her family. Her grandfather, Will-
iam Van Wyck, a native of Dutchess county,
was a farmer there. He had four sons: Will-
iam, a politician of note, and a Congressman
from his district, was a farmer by occupation,
first in his native place and later in Virginia;
Theodorus is mentioned below; Samuel was a
lawyer in New York City; and John followed
farming near the old home. Theodorus Van-
Wyck (Mrs. Johnston's father) married Miss
Young, of Westchester county, N. Y., and
settled at the homestead, where they reared a
family of six children: Two sons — Theodorus
and William — who both followed agriculture
in their native town, and four daughters — Mar-
tha, Susan, Sarah -and Ann.

Robert Johnston, our subject, was born at
Lake Mahopac, November 24, 1824, the second
of the three children of his parents, and is
now the only surviving member of the family.
The eldest, Sarah, never married, and the
youngest died in infancy. When Robert was
five years old he came to his mother's old
home, and has lived there ever since. He
owns an estate of about 300 acres, and is en-
gaged in general farming, also giving consider-
able attention to horticulture. An intelligent,
progressive man, he is highly esteemed among
his neighbors. In politics he was originally a
Whig, voting for Henrj' Clay, and on the or-
ganization of the Republican party he gave it
his allegiance.



^\DWARD L. RYMPH, a retired farmer
and fruit raiser of Poughkeepsie, Dutch-
ess county, was born in the town of Hyde
Park, Dutchess county, March 29, 1831.

James Rymph, grandfather of our subject,
was born in Holland, came to America when
a young man and settled on a farm in Hyde
Park, where he built his own house in the wil-



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derncss, married, and reared a family of sev-
eral children. John Rymph, one of these,
was reared on the farm, and boated on the
Hudson river. He was united in marriage
with Miss Wynche Hasbrouck, who was born
in Ulster county, in the town of New Paltz,
October 2 1, 1787. They were married Feb-
ruary 1 1, 1S08. She was a descendant of the
old Hasbrouck family of New Paltz. Mr. and
Mrs. Rymph settled down on the farm, and
the following children were born to them:
Mariah, born November 4, 1808,. married
Abram S. Du Bois, a farmer in the town of
Lloyd, Ulster county; James, born May 28,
1 8 10, was a farmer in Dutchess county; Mar-
garet, born May 28, 1812, married Benjamin
L. Hasbrouck, a farmer of Ulster county;
Sarah, born October i, 18 14, married Joseph
Chambers, of Ulster county; William H., born
October 4, 1816, was a farmer in the town of
Clinton;. Rachel B., born April 12, 18 19, mar-
ried John \'. Schryver, a farmer of Hyde Park;
John, Jr., born June 19, 1822, was a farmer;
George, born April 7, 1824, followed farming
in Ulster county; David H., born July 22,
1827, is still living, unmarried; Susan A., born
September 20, 1829, died unmarried; Edward
L. is our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Rymph were
members of the Reformed Church. He died
on the old farm.

Edward L. Rymph remained on the old
homestead during his early life, and attended
the district schools. In i860 he married Miss
Jane E. Palmer, who was born in Clintondale,
Ulster county. She was a daughter of Harvey
Palmer, a farmer and merchant of the same
place, who came of English ancestors. Three
children were born to our subject and his wife:
Henry L. and Edwin H. (twins), and Marj' E.
Henry L. married Miss Smalley, and is farm-
ing in Poughkeepsie; Edwin H. died in infancy;
Mary E. married Carl C. Todd, a farmer in
the town of Hyde Park. Shortly after his
marriage our subject went to Poughkeepsie,
where he engaged in the photograph business
for some time. Mrs. Rymph died March 24,
1864, and our subject went to the South and
was with the construction corps in the Civil
war, building bridges, etc., for one year. He
then returned and bought a farm in New Paltz,
on which he lived for two years, and then sold
it. Coniing to Dutchess county, he lived in
Poughkeepsie for a year, later moving to Hyde
Park and residing there for four years. In the
spring of 1875 ^Ir. Rymph came to Pough-



keepsie again, erected three fine buildings and
has since resided here.

On October 24, 1866, our subject married
Miss Martha A. Roosa, who was born in the
town of Rochester, Ulster county, January 9,
1838. Her first husband was George Kelder,
by whom she had one child, Simon J., who
married Miss Jennie Sutton, of Newburgh.
Jacob B. Roosa, Mrs. Rymph's father, was
born in Rochester, April 27, 18 10, and was
married to Miss Nancy Anderson, of the same
place. Two children were born to them:
Elizabeth, November 27, 1831, married James
J. Shurter, a farmer in Rochester; and Martha
A., the wife of our subject. Mr. Roosa was a
Democrat, and he and his wife were members
of the Methodist Church. He died in 1S74,
his wife in 1844. Simon Roosa, the grand-
father, was born on the homestead in Roches-
ter, and followed farming. He was in the war
of 181 2. The great-grandfather, Jacob Roosa,
was the original settler on the farm in Roches-
ter. He came of Holland stock. James An-
derson, the maternal grandfather of Mrs.
Rymph, was a farmer in Rochester, and mar-
ried Miss Martha Merrit, of Marlborough.
The Andersons were of English ancestry.

Our subject and his second wife had one
child, William, born February 18, 1876, and
died in April, 1876. Mr. Rymph has a farm
of sixtj'-five acres on which he formerly raised
fruit, but he is now living a retired life. In
politics he is afifiliated with the Republican
party. He and his wife both attend the Meth-
odist Church. Mr. Rymph is an energetic
citizen, and has identified himself with manj'



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