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name of Mulcox Brothers, this connection last-
ing five years, since when our subject has en-
gaged in contracting for himself, and has
erected many fine dwelling houses. He spec-
ulates in real estate to a considerable extent,
erecting buildings for himself which he sells to

In 1858, Mr. Mulcox was married to Miss
Rachel Van Kureon, who was born at Came-
lot, Dutchess county, daughter of Mathew and
Margaret Van Kureon, the former of whom,
who was of Holland extraction, was engaged
in the boating business. One child, Frank,
deceased in infancy, was born of our subject
and his wife. Politically Mr. Mulcox affiliates
with the Republican party, giving full adher-
ence to the principles and doctrines of its plat-
forms. He is public-spirited and enterprising,
taking an active interest in the welfare and ad-
vancement of his native city and county, and
is prominently identified with their improve-


well-known builder and contractor of

Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, was born in
December, 1861, at Bedford, Ohio, and is the
son of Benjamin F. Brinkerhoff, who was a
native of Poughkeepsie.

Benjamin F. Brinkerhof? was a mason by
trade, which calling he followed in various
places, being at different times a resident of
Newburg, Kingston and Poughkeepsie, in this
State, and in other cities in Massachusetts and
Ohio. He is now engaged as an agent for
William B. King, in introducing a patent
plastering, and has been fairly successful in
business matters. He was married to Miss
Sarah E. , a daughter of Eli Sutcliff, a well-
known grocer of Poughkeepsie, and four chil-
dren have been born to them: William H. S. ;
John S., living in Staten Island; Eli (de-
ceased); and Herbert D., also living in Staten
Island. The father is a stanch Republican
and an active worker in his party. He be-
longs to the Knights of Pythias and the Ma-
sonic order.

William H. S. Brinkerhoff obtained the



most of his education at Lowell, Mass., where
he attended school until sixteen years of age.
Soon afterward he learned the trade of a car-
penter with Arnout Cannon, and for some two
years was employed in sash and door making,
learning all branches of that business. In 1888
Mr. Brinkerhoff began business for himself, hav-
ing for a short time a partner. He now conducts
the business alone, and employs from three to
eight men, and finds plenty to do, his reputa-
tion as a skillful, reliable workman, and a man
who is honest and upright in his dealings, be-
ting well-established in the community. He is
self-made, well posted on all topics of the day,
and by his industry and energy is on the high
road to financial success.

On December 6, 1883, Mr. Brinkerhoff
was married to Miss Isabella, daughter of John
Bodden. She died November 11, 1892, leav-
ing one child, Roy W. Mr. Brinkerhoff's sec-
ond marriage took place December 25, 1894,
when he was united to Miss Mary Bigel, of
Poughkeepsie. In politics Mr. Brinkerhoff is
an ardent Republican; socially he belongs to
Triumph Lodge, K. of P., at Poughkeepsie.
He attends the Episcopal Church, to which he
is a liberal contributor, and as a citizen is
public-spirited and progressive. He is the
youngest builder and contractor in the city,
and has shown great business ability. Mr.
Brinkerhoff is much interested in military mat-
ters, and for twelve years has been a member
of the Nineteenth Separate Company, in
which for nine years he was a non-commis-
sioned officer, going in as a private and rising
to the rank of quartermaster sergeant.

_ ber of the firm of Eastmead Bros., lead-
ing tobacconists of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., is one
of the best-known residents of that city, his
interest in social, religious, educational and
political affairs making him an active worker
in many organizations. He is a native of
Poughkeepsie, born M.iy 21, 1856, and is of
English descent, the ancient home of his fam-
ily being at Wotton-Under-Edge, a suburb of
London, England.

His paternal grandparents were born at
that place, and spent many years of their mar-
ried life there, later coming to America, and
settling at Poughkeepsie, where the grandfa-
ther, Thomas Eastmead, followed the mason's
trade. He built the print works at Wappingers

Falls, and the old edifice known as Christ's
church, in Poughkeepsie, which occupied the
present site of the State Armory at the corner
of Market and Church streets. The family
had always been members of the Church of
England, and after coming to this country he
adhered to the Episcopal Church. He had
five sons, all of whom were born in England
and accompanied him to America: James died
in early manhood in New York City, and was
buried at Poughkeepsie; Charles is mentioned
more fully farther on; Horatio was an engraver
and lithographer in New York City, and died
there; John was a musician and composer of
sacred music; and Joseph was a mason in New
York City.

Charles Eastmead, the father of our sub-
ject, was about thirty years old when he came
to America. Although he learned the mason's
trade in the old country he did not follow it
here, but engaged in the boot and shoe busi-
ness on Main street, Poughkeepsie. Being
burned out at that location, he moved his
business up town where he carried it on suc-
cessfully for many years, making a specialty
of handling the Burt shoes. Disposing of his
establishment, he spent a year in England,
and on his return to Poughkeepsie in 186C
engaged in the tobacco and tea business at the
corner of Main and Washington streets, where
Eastmead Bros, now conduct their business.
As a stanch Republican, he was active in the
service of his party, and was once elected
from the Third ward to the board of aldermen.
He was an exempt member of the Cataract
Fire Company. His death occurred in 1882;
his wife, formerly Miss Jeannette B. Smith,
survives him. She was born in Pittenweem,
Fifenshire, Scotland, and is a sister of Will-
iam W. Smith, of Smith Bros. Our subject
is the eldest of five children, the others being:
Florin (deceased), who married F'rank L.
Scotield ; Elmer E., head bookkeeper for
Adriance Piatt & Co.. Mower and Reaper
Works; Charles M.,in partnership with our
subject; and Annie M., who died in infancy.

Franklin S. Eastmead has always had his
residence in the city of his birth, and after
learning the details of the drug business with
Brown, Doty & Co., he became a prescription
clerk, following the occupation fourteen years,
first with Charles S. Bowne, and later with
Mr. Doty. On the death of his father he en-
gaged in his present business under the firm
name of Franklin S. Eastmead & Co., the



name of Eastmead Bros, having been adopted
in 1892. In 1S85 Mr. Eastman married Miss
Annie L. Gillen, a lady of Scotch-Irish descent,
and a daughter of Joseph Gillen, a well-known
citizen of Poughkeepsie. They have two chil-
dren: Ha^el Belie and Herbert .\ndrew. Po-
litically Mr. Eastman is a Republican, and he
belongs to the following organizations: The
R. A., No. 391; the I. O. O. F., Fallkill Lodge,
in which he is past grand; Siloam Encamp-
ment No. 36, and Canton Dilks No. 19, of
which he is now past captain. He is first
lieutenant of the 1 5th Separate Co. ; lieutenant
of Poughkeepsie Bicycle Club; active e.xempt
member of Davy Crockett Hook & Ladder
F'ire Company; honorary member of the
Young America Hose Company, No. 6; and a
member of the Apokeepsing Boat Club, the
League of American Wheelmen, and the Cen-
tury Road Club of America. He also repre-
sents the Sixth ward in the common coi'.ncil of
the city.

HENRY CLIFFORD, an honored and es-
teemed citizen of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, passed to his rest February 3, 1893.
He was a native of England, born at Bristol,
December i i, 1840, and was the son of James
and Sarah (Wolfe) Clifford, in whose family
were three children: Henry, Joseph and
Sarah, all now deceased. The birth of the
father also occurred at Bristol, and when our
subject was ten years of age he brought his
family to America, locating at Poughkeepsie,
where he worked at his trade of black.smithing
until his removal to Vermont. There he spent
his remaining days.

The early education of Henry Clifford was
secured in the schools of Poughkeepsie, where,
later, he engaged as a stationary engineer, for
thirteen years being employed by the city water
works. While fixing some steam pipes at the
Hudson River State Hospital he was injured
by falling from a step-ladder, which caused his
death a week later. His death was widely
and deeply mourned, for he had the respect of
all with whom he came in contact. In poli-
tics he was an earnest supporter of the Repub-
lican party; socially he was identified with the
Masonic order; religiously he was a faithful
member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

In the city of Poughkeepsie, on May 20,
1869. Mr. Clifford was married to Miss Annie
Mellor, also a native of England, and to them

were born two children: Jennie Clarkson, now
the wife of Harry M. Rupley; and Harry Wolfe
(deceased). Mrs. Clifford's father,. William
Mellor, was born in Yorkshire, England, in
which country he married Ellen Hanson, by
whom he had four children: .Annie C. ; Han-
son, superintendent of the freight depot of the
Hudson River railroad at Poughkeepsie; Jen-
nie; and Ellen (deceased). For forty-five years
the father has been a resident of Poughkeep-
sie, where he has always engaged in general

prominent and leading physician and sur-
geon of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county,
was born in New York City, July 9, 1834, and
is of Irish descent.

John Lamb, his paternal grandfather, was
a merchant in Ireland, where he spent his en-
tire life. In 1798, in County Monaghan, Ire-
land. Francis Lamb, the father of our subject,
was born, and in 1814 he came to America,
arriving at New York, securing on the day he
landed employment in a shoe factory in that
city. Later he engaged quite extensively in
the grocery business, so that his last days were
spent in retirement, and he left his family a
handsome property. In course of time he sent
for his mother, brothers and sisters — seven in
number — who joined him in New York City.
At the age of twenty-one years he was there
married to Ann Quin, and to them were born
fourteen children, six of whom are still living.
The father died in October, 1861. He and his
family were devout members of the Roman
Catholic Church.

The early education of our subject was ob-
tained in the private classical institute of John
Young, in New York City, and he completed
his literary studies with the French Pensionate,
an academy conducted by the Christian Broth-
ers. He then taught for' a time in the Jesuit
College in Sixteenth street. New York, and in
that city studied medicine with Dr. Bedford for
three years. Entering Bellevue Hospital he
attended three courses of lectures there, was
graduated in 1867, and at once began the
practice of his profession in New York City.
His business so rapidly increased, and he de -
voted himself so untiringly to his work, that he
became broken down in health, and was forced
to leave the city. Removing to Hudson. N.
Y. , he continued practicing thereuntil 1880,



when he came to Poughkeepsie, where he es-
tablished an office, and has secured a hberal pat-
ronage; he is now serving as ahns-house phj'si-
cian. The Doctor holds membership with the
Alumni Association of Bellevue Hospital, and
the Dutchess County Medical Society. He is
a close and thorough student, and his investi-
gations into the science of medicine, and his
skillful application of the knowledge he has
thereby obtained, have won him a place in the
foremost ranks of the medical fraternity.

In New York City, Dr. Lamb was united
in marriage with Catherine Gibney, and to
them were born five children, as follows;
Francis, a member of the Jesuit Order, of
Woodstock, Md. ; James A., an attorney in
New York City; Charles \'., also a member of
the Jesuit Order, located at Grand Coteau,
La.; Mary; and Edward, a graduate of St.
John's College. The family are all members
of the Roman Catholic Church, and in politics
the Doctor is an ardent Democrat.

ISAAC S. HEWLETT, a representative
farmer residing in the town of Pleasant

Valley, is a man whose sound common sense
and vigorous, able management of his affairs
have been important factors in leading him to
success, and with his undoubted integrity have
given him an honorable position among his
fellqwmen. He is a native of Dutchess coun-
ty, born in the town of Hyde Park, November
27, 1822.

His paternal grandfather was born in Hol-
land, and after coming to the New World was
married and located on a farm in Westchester
county, N. Y., where he reared a family of
several children, among whom was Samuel
Hewlett, the father of our subject. The lat-
ter's birth occurred in Westchester county,
where he married Charlotte Kipp, and for some
time operated a farm there. At length he de-
cided to come to Dutchess county, and his
wife made the trip on horseback, carrying her
baby in her arms. They first located orf a
farm in the town of Pleasant Valley, in the
midst of the wilderness, but later removed to
the town of Hyde Park, where the father car-
ried on farming until his death in 1825. The
mother passed away in 1866. In the family
were ten children, namely: William, a farmer
of Hyde Park town, who died at Poughkeepsie;
Elizabeth, widow of Johnson Baker, a farmer
of the town of Hyde Park; Hiram, deceased.

who was also an agriculturist of the same
town; Phcebe, who is the widow of Stephen
D. Briggs, a farmer of the town of Pleasant
Valley, and now makes her home in Hyde
Park; Hannah, who became the wife of George
Holmes, a farmer of Pleasant Valley town, but
both are now deceased; James, deceased, who
was a farmer of Hyde Park; Caleb C. , de-
ceased, who carried on agricultural pursuits in
the West; Zyprah, who became the wife of
Isaac Wood, a farmer, merchant and railroad
man, and both are now deceased; John K., de-
ceased, who engaged in merchandising in Hyde
Park; and Isaac S., of this sketch.

The last-named spent his boyhood days in
Hyde Park, and when large enough began
working for neighboring farmers. He grew to
be an active, ambitious young man, and early
established a home of his own. He was mar-
ried in 1845 to Letitia Halstead, a native of
the town of Beekman, Dutchess county, and a
daughter of David Halstead, an agriculturist.
After their marriage they lived for about eight
years on a farm in the town of Hyde Park,
which Mr. Hewlett then sold, and in 1854 lo-
cated on his present fine farm of 105 acres.
Two children were born to them, namely:
Samuel D. , a farmer of Pleasant Valley town;
and W. Irwin, who for several years operated
a farm, but is now engaged in the milk business
in Poughkeepsie.

To general farming Mr. Hewlett now de-
votes his attention, and the well-cultivated
fields indicate to the passerby the thrift and
enterprise of the owner, who is numbered
among the most progressive agriculturists of
the locality. His first ballot was cast for the
Whig party, but since its organization he
has been a stalwart Republican, and always
takes an active part in politics. Mrs. Hewlett
is a Hicksite Quaker, and her husband, though
not a member, gives liberally toward the sup-
port of the Church.


MI-RV COLE, a prominent business man
of the town of Pawling, Dutchess county,
is the founder of the village at Coles Mills,
and the proprietor of the manufacturing estab-
lishments there. A man of great energ}' and
fine mechanical ability, he has been unusually
successful in the varied business enterprises,
and has contributed largely to the develop-
ment of that locality.

He is of English descent on the paternal



side, and was born April 19, 181 i, in the town
of Wilton, Fairfield Co.. Conn. His great-
grandfather, Ale.xander Cole, was a soldier of
the Revolutionary war, and was with Wash-
ington at the time New York was taken by the
British forces. His grandfather, ThomasCole,
was a lifelong resident of Wilton, where he
owned a farm and sawmill, and took a leading
part in local affairs. He was probably a Pres-
byterian in religious faith. He and his wife,
whose maiden name was Riggs, are dead.
They reared a family of seven children, whose
names with dates of birth are as follows:
Thomas, October 22, 1780, was a farmer
at the old homestead; Ira. February 10, 1782,
lived near Binghamton, N. Y. ; Timothy, Au-
gust 28, 1784; Sally, February 9, 1788, mar-
ried David Nichols; Curtis. May 10, 1790,
lived in Stepney, Fairfield Co., Conn.; Sam-
uel, October 22, 1791, was a resident of Wil-
t(5n; and Sherman, June 4, 1804, lived at
Norwalk, Conn., and had a large family of
children, several of whom became prominent
in different lines of effort. Timothy Cole, our
subject's father, was a farmer and wagon
maker by occupation. He married Eliza
Sterling, a daughter of Thaddeus Sterling,
a leading resident of Wilton, and soon after-
ward removed to Southeast, Putnam coun-
ty, where he carried on his trade success-
fully, employing his brothers in his shop.
He and his wife attended the services of
the Presbyterian Church, of which our sub-
ject is also an adherent, and they were highly
esteemed in the neighborhood. Of their nine
children the subject of this sketch is the eld-
est, the names of the others being as fol-
lows: George, born in 181 3, was a wagon
maker; Mary, 1815. died at the age of twenty;
Sally, 1 81 7, was the second wife of Warren
Collainour, of Saratoga, N. Y. ; Jane, 1819,
married C'harles Marsh, and died in Rockford,
III.; Eliza Ann, 1821, was the first wife of
Warren Collamour; Minerva died in childhood;
Angelina is still living; and Edwin is a resi-
dent of Chestnut Ridge.

Our subject's early education was limited
to an attendance at the district schools near
his home, and to one jear in a select school.
He began to learn the wagon maker's trade
with his father when very young, and worked
for him until the age of twenty-one. He
then started in business for himself at Amenia,
taking the shop of John A. Allen on shares,
the profits being equally divided. He did all

branches of the work except ironing the
wagons, and soon built up a fine trade, em-
ploying two or three men after the first year.
His work being of the most substantial and
satisfactorj' kind, it acquired a high reputation
during the eleven years of his stay at Amenia,
his trade extending to Poughkeepsie. In Sep-
tember, 1842, he moved to Pawling, and built
the gristmill and wagon shop at Coles Mills,
and established his present extensive business,
which affords employment to about fifteen
men. He built all the houses at Coles Mills,
including the "Chapman House," and still
owns three or four of them. He ran a placer
mill for some time, and indeed has been en-
gaged in a number of business ventures, in
which he has been uniformly successful, and
his eighty-five years do not seem to diminish
his spirit of enterprise. Politically he has
always been a Republican, and in local affairs
is a steadfast friend to progress.

On May 10, 1S41, Mr. Cole was united in
the bonds of matrimony with Mary Ann Sut-
ton, who was born March 11, 1819, the daugh-
ter of Gabriel Sutton. Four children were
born to them, whose names with dates of birth
areas follows: George E., December. 1843,
is a successful business man of Bethel, Conn. ;
Francis Eugene, September 19, 1848, is in
partnership with his father, and is married to
Helen Wanzer; Edward Charles, July 20,
1850, is a traveling salesman for a carriage
firm of Buffalo, N. Y. ; and Mary Eliza, May
I, 1856, married (first) August Penley, and
I second) Myron Andrews. The mother of this
family died June 23, 1856, and Mr. Cole subse-
quently was married to Mary Frances Stevens,
a member of one of the oldest families of
South Dover. They have three children: Al-
bert Stevens, born May 21, 1863, is a carriage
maker by trade; William Wallace, September
15, 1864, is a traveling salesman for a mil-
linery firm in St. Louis; and Elida Belle, Jan-
uary 27, 1870, is at home.

Mrs. Cole's father, David \\'. Stevens, was
one of the most prominent men of South
Dover, a leading farmer and one of the foun-
ders and chief supporters of the Baptist Church.
He was active in political affairs also, and
served one term as a member of the State As-
sembly. He married Nancy A. Giddings, a
daughter of Gamaliel Giddings, and a cousin
of Joshua R. Giddings, who was for many
years United States Senator from Ohio. Seven
children were born to them, their names with



dates o{ birth being as follows: Orrin S., May
4, 1 82 1, is a prominent resident of Ravenna,
Ohio; Emma EUza, March 30, 1823, married
Allen Giddings. of Grand Rapids, Mich.;
Hiram G., April 9, 1826, was killed by a
horse August 8, 1833; Gamaliel B., March 13,
1829; Mary Frances, April 3, 1832; Sarah H. ,
November 12, 1834, married James Moolen,
of South Dover; and Hiram G., May 29, 1839,
died in South Dover.

^\*'IRTUS H. CORNELIUS, an enterpris-
/ ;ng and prosperous agriculturist of the
town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county, was
born January 5, 1853, in the town of Milan,
where his ancestors have been farmers for
several generations, the family having come
originally from Holland.

His grandfather was born at the old home-
stead in Milan, and married a Miss Cooking-
ham, also a native of that town. They had
the following children: Jephthah, our sub-
ject's father; Alfred, a farmer in the town of
Stanford; Peter, a farmer; Owen, a farmer in
Iowa; Emily, a resident of Stanford, who
married (first) Nelson Almendorf, and ("second)
David Nicholas (both now deceased); Mary B.,
who married ( first 1 Ambrose Smith, and (second)
Jacob Fowler, of Clinton Corners; Phoebe L. ,
the wife of Elbert Fowler, a farmer; and
Thirzah R., the wife of George Marshall, also
a farmer.

Jephthah Cornelius, the father of our sub-
ject, was born in 1829. He married Eliza
Ann Haines, a daughter of William Haines, a
prominent farmer of Milan, and reared a family
of six children, of whom our subject is the
eldest. Alva N. is a farmer in Otsego county;
Lavilla is a physician in Hyde Park; Clark J.
is a farmer in Schoharie county; and Milton W.
and Emma are at home. The mother of this
family died October i, 1886, but the father
still survives, remaining on the old farm
in Milan. He is a Republican, and while he
has never been a party worker, he has always
taken a keen interest in political questions.

The subject of this sketch was reared in
the town of Milan, and December 18, 1878,
at the age of twenty-six, he married Eudora
Boise, a descendant of one of the old Dutch
families of that locality. Her great-grand-
father, John I. Boise, her grandfather, Henry
I. Boise, and her father, George A. Boise,
were all farmers there. For a year after their

marriage Mr. Cornelius and his wife lived on a
farm in their native tovyn. and then they
moved to the town of Rhinebeck. They lived
for eight years on their first farm there, and in
1886 moved to their present home near Rhine-
beck. They have had five children: Harry,
Vernie, Raymond, and two who died in in-

Mr. Cornelius is one of the representative
farmers of his vicinity, conducting his seventy-
three acres, which are devoted to general
farming, in a model manner. Politically, he
is a Republican, and takes a generous interest
in all matters of public concern. He and his
wife contribute to the support of the Christian

long been identified with the interests of
the town of Red Hook, Dutchess countj', where
he was born June 16, 18 19, and where he had
spent his entire life. His father. Christian
AUendorf, Sr. . who was a native of Germany,
on crossing the Atlantic to this country, came
direct to Dutchess county, N. Y. , where he
worked at the carpenter's trade for a number
of years, but spent the remainder of his life
upon a farm which he owned in the town of
Red Hook. He was twice married, his first
union being with a Miss Fraleigh, by whom he
had four children: Philip, who married Eliza-
beth Stickle; Henry C, who married a Miss
Fraleigh; William, who married Miss Stickle;