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Van Dyne and settled on a farm in Poughkeepsie
town, where the following children were born:
James W. is a farmer and boatman; Hannah J.
married William Luckey, a hotel keeper in
Wappingers Falls; Thomas W. is our subject;
Eliphalet is living retired at Sandwich, 111. ;
Mary G. died young.

Thomas W. Jayco.x, the grandfather of
our subject, was born in Holland. He was
one of three brothers who came to America
and settled in Dutchess county. One of the
boys died, and another disappeared.



J A. PERKINS, of the well-known firm of
Perkins & Co., jewelers and opticians,
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, was born
in that county, November 4, 1841, a son of
Alexander W. and Rebecca M. ( Akerley) Per-
kins.

His early life was passed on a farm with
the usual advantages in the way of schools and
work. He acquired his education in the com-
mon schools of his native town, and supple-
mented the knowledge there obtained by at-
tendance at the Dutchess County Academy, in
Poughkeepsie. After leaving school he en-
tered the arena of business by accepting a po-
sition as clerk in a store. For five years he
was connected with the freight depot of the
New York Central railroad, and, later, he en-
tered the employ of the Poughkeepsie &. East-
ern railroad, with which he remained two
years as general passenger agent, after which
he was made superintendent and general man-
ager. In this capacity, through all the changes
and vicissitudes of the road, he served for
eighteen years, his long term of service being
the best of all testimonials for the faithful dis-
charge of his duties. In i8gi he resigned,
and for a short time engaged in the ice busi-
ness with his brother, Stephen A., in which he
was very successful; but he now entered a co-
partnership with his brother, Charles H. Per-
kins, in the general jewelry business, and the
manufacturing of optical supplies. They
have met with success far beyond all ex-
pectations, and have rapidly advanced to the
front rank. The pleasant reception given their



customers at their modern store at No. 322
Main street, Poughkeepsie, has secured them
an extensive and lucrative trade amcng the
wealthiest citizens along the Hudson river.
Careful attention to the filling of orders, and
the superior work given, has brought its reward
in the satisfaction to and the good will of the
public.

In 1865 Mr. Perkins was united in mar-
riage with Anna A. Morey, a daughter of
George and Rachel Morey, of Poughkeepsie.
They have become the parents of two children:
Fred V., of Chicago, and Grace T. , wife of
Edward Quintard, of Poughkeepsie. Socially,
our subject and his wife occupy an enviable
position, and in their charming home their
friends ever find a hospitable welcome. Mr.
Perkins is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
of Triune Lodge, Poughkeepsie. As a pub-
lic-spirited, progressive citizen, he is the peer
of any man in the county.



OBERT SANDERS. The subject of
this sketch is a native of Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess county, born April 3, 1847. He
went to the city schools, and later attended the
Dutchess County Academy.

On July 22, 1862, at the age of fifteen
years, Mr. Sanders enlisted in Company D,
128th N. Y. V. I., with which he remained all
through the war. He was wounded while
serving in the Shenandoah \'alley. In 1865
he was honorably discharged and returned to
Poughkeepsie and finished his educati'^n, after
which he went into the trucking business, in
which he continued twenty-one years. In con-
nection with this occupation he also for a time
engaged in scalping railroad tickets. He re-
mained in business until rheumatism com-
pelled him to give it up, and, since 1887, he
has lived retired from active life.

In 1867 the subject of this sketch was
married to Miss Amelia Elsworth, who was
born in the town of Pawling, Dutchess
county. Her parents were Buhl and Sarah
Elsworth, farmers, who came of Holland an-
cestors. One daughter, Sarah E., was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, and died at the age
of two years. In politics Mr. Sanders is a
Republican, and he is a member of the G. A.
R. and of the K. of P. He and his wife at-
tend the Baptist Church to the support of
which he is a liberal contributor. Mr. Sand-
ers owns considerable real estate, having five



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houses and lots on Washington street, and
store property on Main street in Pou^jhkeepsie,
and also 140 acres of land in Florida, on
which there is a well-cultivated orange grove.
He is a self-made man, and has achieved suc-
cess by hard work and perseverance.

Simon Sanders, the father of our subject,
was born in Ireland, where he learned the
stone mason's trade, which he followed after
coming to America. He married, in Canada,
Miss Mary Marian, also a native of Ireland,
and they came to Poughkeepsie where Mr.
Sanders followed his trade. The following
children were born to them: James, a machin-
ist, who was an engineer for the Standard Oil
Company in New Orleans, where he died;
John, who was captain of the police in New
York City, where he died in 1889; Robert,
our subject; and Simon, who is a blacksmith
in New. Jersey. The father of these died
about 1852, and the mother departed this life
in 1885.



JfOHN M. BORLAND is one of the ablest
lawyers practicing at the Poughkeepsie bar,
" being possessed of a mind which enables
him to at once discover, the points in a case.
A man of sound judgment, he manages his
cases with masterly skill and tact. He is a
logical reasoner, and has a ready command of
the English language. He claims Matteawan,
Dutchess county, as his native city, the date
of his birth being June 30, 1846.

Mr. Borland remained in Matteawan, at-
tending school until twelve years of age, at
which time he accompanied his parents to
Poughkeepsie, where he pursued his studies
in the high school and the Dutchess County
Academy, completing his education at the
Eastman Business College, where he graduat-
ed in the class of '66. He was then employed
for two years in the surrogate's office, after
which he was engaged in the livery business
until 1870, when he entered the law office of
Dorland & Williams, with whom ne remained
for about two years. On the expiration of
that time he again held a position in the sur-
rogate's office, where he was employed until
January i, 1877. In September, 1878, he was
admitted to the bar, and has since successfully
practiced law in Poughkeepsie.

On September 5, 1875, Mr. Dorland was
married to Miss Phcebe J. Robinson, a native
of Fishkill, and a daughter of John H. and Jane



Robinson, the former of whom was of Irish
e.xtraction, and by occupation a general farmer.
In religious belief our subject and his wife are
Methodists and are identified with the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. Politically, Mr. Dor-
land votes the straight Republican ticket. His
powers as an advocate have been demonstrated
by his success on many occasions; he is an able
lawyer of large and varied experience in all the
courts. Thoroughness characterizes all his
efforts, and he conducts his business with a
strict regard to a high standard of professional
ethics.



WILLIAM HENRY WHITE. The fam-
ily to which the subject of this sketch

belongs is one of the oldest in the town of
Pawling, Dutchess county, his great-great-
grandfather, Joseph White, having settled in
the southwestern part of the town before the
Revolutionary war, upon a tract of land which
he cleared and cultivated. This land has ever
since been in the possession of the descend-
ants, and is now owned by Warren White.
Joshua, son of Joseph White, was a prominent
resident of Pawling- town, holding various
offices, including that of supervisor, and he
for many years was a justice of the peace.
Sewell, another son of Joseph White, and our
subject's great-grandfather, was born there in
1 78 1, and, as did his father, he followed agri-
culture throughout his life. He died in 1859,
and his remains are buried at Ludingtonville.
He married Sallie Lounsbury, and had seven
children, of whom John B., the grandfather of
our subject, was the eldest. (2) Eli lived and
died in the town of Pawling; (3) Joseph R.
moved to Pennsylvania, where he made his
permanent home; (4) Amzy' lived at Bluffton,
Wells Co., Ind. ; (5) Warren occupies the old
homestead; and (6) Lucy died at the age of
twelve years. In politics the male members
of the family have always been Whigs and Re-
publicans; and in their religious views they
have inclined toward the Methodist form of
worship.

John B. White was born at the old farm in
1809, and although his educational advantages
were not of the best, his fine natural ability
made up for that to a great e.xtent, and his
judgment, in business affairs and other matters,
was much sought by his associates. His farm
was not large, but he was regarded as an e.x-
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for him, althoug;h his high standing in the com-
munity would have insured his success as a
candidate. He married Mary P. Worden, a
daughter of Dr. Stephen Worden, a leading
physician of his day in that locality. Of their
eight children our subject's father, Sewell
White, was the eldest. (2J Stephen died in
1886; (3) Sarah Ann married Timothy Flan-
nelly; (4) Elizabeth married Russell Ballard;
(5) Joshua left home, and his present location
is not known (he probably died in Anderson-
ville prison during the Civil warj; (6) Abigail
married \^'illiam Peck; (7) Maria married
George Ballard; and (8) Esther became the
wife of Samuel Humphrey. The father died
in 1888, in his eightieth year, the mother sur-
viving him only two years.

Sewell White was born September 2, 1834,
at the old home farm, and he was given fair
educational advantages in the district schools at
Reynoldsville, although, with his mental gifts,
he could have done justice to better opportu-
nities. His later reading has been extensive
and thorough, thus making good many early
limitations. At the age of seventeen he was
apprenticed to C. H. DeGraff, of Patterson,
N. Y. , to learn the blacksmith's trade, and
after three years there, he worked two and a
half years for Matthew Worden, of Dover
Plains. He then entered the service of the
Harlem Railroad Co., spending twelve years
in the repair shops at Dover Plains, with the
exception of two years as conductor of a
freight train. After severing his connection
with the railroad he engaged in blacksmithing
on his own account, opening a shop in Pawling
about 1870, and he followed the trade at dif-
ferent locations in the town until 1888, when
the firm of W'hite & Ragan was formed, and
their present successful business as wagon
makers and blackstniths was established. Their
new shop, which was built in 1892, is one of
the largest in that part of the county, and
their trade extends through a large territory.
Mr. White is a member of the M. E. Church,
and has always shown much public spirit. He
takes an active interest in the success of the
Democratic party, and has been town sealer,
town clerk, road commissioner and justice of
the peace. As a self-made man, his reputa-
tion in the business world is an enviable one,
while his able discharge of every duty as a
public official has been no less creditable to
him. He married Miss Nancy Amy, daughter
of Gilbert Amy, a leading citizen of Union-



vale, and had three children: (i) William
Henry; (2) Sarah, who married George T.
Chapman, of Pawling, and has four children —
Mary, Cordelia, Grace and George; and (3)
Cora, who is at home.

William Henry White, one of the success-
ful business men of Pawling, holds the respon-
sible position of assistant purchasing agent for
the N. Y. & N. H. R. R. He was born at
Dover Plains, N. Y. , September 20, 1855;
educated at the private school of George N.
Perry, and at the public schools. He learned
the blacksmith's trade with his father, and after
serving his time he took up the business of
telegraphing; was in the employ of the Housa-
tonic Railroad Co. at New Milford, for a period
of eight years as agent and telegrapher, be-
coming during this time a shorthand writer and
machine operator. In 1885 he was appointed
trainmaster of the Housatonic railroad, which
position he resigned in 1S87 to accept his pres-
ent one.

Our subject married Mary Augusta Senior,
daughter of Joseph D. Senior and Adelia E.
Wright, and their children are: Grace Dale,
Clifford Sewell, Daisy Edith, Jessie Bishop
and Ruth Marion. Joseph Dale Senior was
born in Danbury in 1830, son of William
Senior, who came from Dorsetshire, England,
in 1830. The family of Adelia E. Wright
(Mrs. White's mother) is connected with the
early history of New England, originating (to
present knowledge) with John Shaw and his
wife Martha (Ivnowles), 1744, different mem-
bers having been of the towns of Washington,
Kent, Hartford, Haddam, New Milford, and
Danbury, Conn. The family is connected with
the old Beecher and Ward families of Litch-
field countv, Connecticut.



JrAMES B. HAIGHT, a prominent agricult-
\ urist and miller of Bangall, Dutchess coun-
- ty, was born July 23, 1837, in the town of
Stanford. His family has for many years held
a leading place in that vicinity. His ancestral
history is given in the biography of James
Haight.

The late Leonard Haight, our subject's fa-
ther, passed his life in the town of Stanford,
attending its schools in youth, and, later, en-
gaging in farming. He was a Democrat in
politics, but was not active in party work. He
married Miss Phoebe Griffin, and had six chil-
dren, of whom our subject is the joungest.



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Of the others — Marfjaret. George, Hannah,
John and W'ilham — the only survivor is Han-
nah, who is now Mrs. Simon Losee.

James B. Haight was reared upon a farm,
enjoying the educational advantages of the
neighboring schools. At the age of thirty-five
he left the farm to engage in milling at Ban-
gall, where he has since resided. He owns
and operates grist, saw and cider mills, and
also manages the old homestead. Possessing
unusual business ability and energy, which will
push to a successful termination anj' undertak-
ing, he stands high in the esteem of his asso-
ciates. He married Miss Susan Hart, a daugh-
ter of K. Hart, one of Stanford's leading resi-
dents, and has two children — William J., and
Pbccbe, now the wife of Charles Hicks. In
politics Mr. Haight is a Democrat.



FREDERICK C. WHITE, a well-known
_ citizen of Pawling, Dutchess county, now
in the employ of the Harlem Railroad Co., is
one of those men whose quiet and constant at-
tention to the ' ' duty which lies nearest " makes
their lives pass without extraordinary incident.
For some years he followed the carpenter's
trade in Canaan, Columbia Co., N. Y., pre-
vious to entering upon his present business.
He married Miss Cornelia Brusie Traver, who
was born and reared in the town of Northeast,
Dutchess county, receiving her education in
the common schools there. Of their two chil-
dren, the elder, Wilbur White, was born in
1858, at Sharon. Conn., and, after securing
his education in the schools of that town,
learned the business of painting and paper
hanging. He and his wife, formerly Miss Kate
Northrup, have one child, Raymond, born in
1 88 1. Estella White, our subject's younger
child, was born in 1863, in Millerton, N. Y.,
where she attended school. She married Fred
Fletcher, a painter at Patterson, N. Y. , and
has three children: Harold, born in 1886;
Clarence, born in 1889; and Leon, born in
1896.

Mrs. Cornelia B. White's ancestors were
early residents at Ancram, Columbia Co., N.
Y., where her grandfather, Charles Traver,
was born. His education was obtained in the
local schools, and later he engaged in agricult-
ure there, passing his life in that pursuit. He
was a private soldier in the war of 181 2. A
family of si.\ children was born to him and his
wife Eli;^abeth, all of whom lived to adult age



and married as follows: Hiram — Eliza Brusie;
John — Salina Summers; Freeman — Sarah Col-
by; James — Betsy Race; Elizabeth — William
Cannam; and Polly — Ebenezer Guernsey.

Hiram Traver, Mrs. White's father, was
born in Ancram in 1805, and the common
schools of that town furnished him his educa-
tional opportunities. Engaging in early man-
hood in farming, he followed that occupation
all his life, and, for twenty years, he also car-
ried the mail from Sharon to Cornwall, Conn.,
and from Poughkeepsie to New Paltz, N. Y.
His wife was a daughter of Nicholas and Lo-
retta (Egleston) Brusie, her father being the
well-known wagon maker of Boston Corners,
N. Y. Mrs. White was born in 1838, the sec-
ond of a family of four children — Charles, Cor-
nelia, Mary and Alva. The eldest, Charles,
was born in 1836, in Sharon, Conn., studied
in the public schools there, and learned the
carpenter's trade, which he followed the greater
part of his life. Shortly after the breaking out
of the Civil war he enlisted in the 19th 2d C.
V. H. A., as a corporal, and served through-
out the war with honor, being mustered out, in
1865, as a lieutenant. He received a wound
in the battle of the Wilderness. He married
Miss Susan Kellog, and has had four children:
Julia, wife of Eugene Halleck; Frederick, who
married Paulina Halleck; Fannie, wife of John
Piatt; and William, who is not married. Of
the two younger children of Mr. and Mrs. Hi-
ram Traver, Mary Brusie was born in 1840, at
Dover Furnace, married Sanford Palmer, and
had two children: (i) Emma, who married
William Root, and has three children — Maj',
Claude and Bertha; (2) Dora, who married
Fred Calkins, and has four children — Charles,
Emma, Eugene and LeRoy. Alva Brusie
Traver was born in 1855, at Sharon, Conn.,
and, after attending the pujjlic schools there
for some years, studied music, and is now a
professor in that art at Central Valley, Orange
Co., N. Y. He married Miss Adelaide Strick-
land, and has had two children — Levern and
Carl, both at home.



.«> BEL SMITH, one of the substantial agri-
culturists of the town of Pawling, Dutch-
ess county, is a descendant of an old and pa-
triotic family of Westchester county, N. Y.
His grandfather, Richard Smith, was born in
North Castle, and followed agriculture there.
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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



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and, as the locality in which he lived was the
scene of much disturbance, many memories
of that trying period are connected with his
farm. On one occasion a man was shot in his
house, and the blood stains can still be seen
upon the floor. He and his wife, Elizabeth
Miller, reared a family of seven children:
Jacob, Richard, Isaac, Benjamin, Sophia, Het-
tie and Phoebe.

Jacob Smith, our subject's father, was born
and educated at North Castle, and he gave evi-
dence of his patriotism, by serving as a soldier
in the war of 1812. By occupation he was a
farmer and shoemaker. He married Miss
Betsy Carpenter, and had ten children, of
whom our subject was the youngest. The
others all lived to adult age, and married as
follows: Ruth — Hiram Lewis; Esther A. —
Merritt Saris; Abigail — Chauncy Hall; Morris
C. — Charlotte Foster; Mary — William Wright;
Deborah L. — John Griffin; Richard — Mary
Peck; Sarah S. — Griffin Hunter; and Eleanor
— Edward Simmonds.

Our subject was born March 5, 1831; he
was reared at the old homestead at North Cas-
tle, and attended the public schools of that
town. He learned the blacksmith's trade, and
followed it there for several years, but, in i860,
he moved to the town of Pawling, and he has
since devoted his attention to farming. He
married Miss Ann Maria Odell, and has had
five children: (i) Benson was born at Mount
Pleasant, Westchester county, in 1854, and,
after receiving a common-school education, en-
gaged in farming, but later became interested
in shirt manufacturing. He and his wife, for-
merly Miss M. Frances Reynolds, have four
children — Herbert; Belle (Mrs. Watson Bal-
lard); Lilly M., and Wilby; of these, the first
and the last two are not married. (2) Elnora,
born in 1856, married Casper Davis, a wheel-
wright, of Connecticut, and has five children
— Maude, Delia, Edna, Abel and Casper, all
at home. (3) Lemuel, born in i860, married
Miss Alice Carrey, but has no children. (4)
Ida, born in 1863, is at home. (5) Grace,
born in 1870, married Riley Peck, and has
three children — Arthur, Everett L. and Odell.

The wife of our subject is also descended
from a well-known Westchester family. Her
grandfather, Benjamin Odell, was born there,
and lived and died there, following in his
mature years the occupations of farming and
blacksmithing. He married, and had seven
children: Jacob, Isaac, Benjamin, Clinton,

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Rosette, Mary and Lackey. Jacob Odell,
Mrs. Smith's father, was also a native of
Westchester county, and on completing his
common-school course there engaged in farm-
ing and blacksmithing at Mount Pleasant. He
married (first) Miss Taner, and (second) Miss
Jane Lint, daughter of Peter and Maria Lint.
Seven children were born of the second union:
Abram married Esther Angevine; Peter mar-
ried Lutetia Yearkes; William married Charity
Nodine; Jackson married Mary Buckhaupt;
Julia A. is not married; Ann Maria is now
Mrs. Smith; and Ijenjamin married Martha
Whitney.



GEORGE J. LEE, a prosperous farmer of
the town of Unionvale, Dutchess county,
is a representative of the well-known Lee
family, who long made their home in the town
of Washington, Dutchess county. His grand-
father, Samuel Lee, was there born, reared
and educated. He learned the trade of a
mason, which he followed throughout life, and
was an expert workman. In Unionvale there is
a house still standing, now over one hundred
years old, which was erected by him. He
married Miss Pattie Haight, by whom he had
nine children: John, the father of our subject;
Frederick, who wedded Margaret Crouse;
James; Joseph; Herman; Moses; Isaac, who
married Mary Lee; George; and Phoebe A.,
who became the wife of Talmadge Sutherland.
The birth of John Lee occurred in the
town of Washington, in 1805. He received a
common-school education, and learned the
carpenter's trade. Many of the finest resi-
dences of Dutchess county are the work of
his hands. His vote was cast in support of
the principles of the Whig party, but he cared
nothing for political preferment. He married
Miss Ann Wilbur, daughter of Enoch Wilbur,
a farmer of Washington town, and they be-
came the parents of four children, namely:
(I) Enoch H., who after the completion of his
education, 'engaged in painting in Washington
town. On the breaking out of the war of the
Rebellion he enlisted in the 44th N. Y. V. I.,
and was, later, transferred to the 146th regi-
ment; he was killed in the last battle of the
war, at the time of Lee's surrender. (2)
Brownell W. , the second son, learned the
wheelwright's trade, at which he has since
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N. Y. He also served in the Civil war, be-
coming a member of the 6ist N. Y. V. I., and
on his re-enlistment joined the 66th New York
Cavalry, with which he served until hostilities
had ceased, when he was mustered out with
the rank of sergeant. At one time he was
confined in Libby prison and endured all the
privations and hardships of army life. He
married Miss Jane Owen, by whom he has
ten children — George; Ida, wife of Clinton
Kerry; Eva; Harvey; Weston; John; Mabel;
Oneta; Myron; and Louis, who died in infancy.
(3) Our subject is next in order of birth. (4)
Elizabeth, the only daughter, died at the age
of five years.

George J. Lee, of this review, was born in
the town of Washington, in 1847, and there
obtained a common-school education. In early
life he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he
followed only to a limited extent, giving his at-
tention principally to his farming interests.
In 1896 he purchased the Caroline Congdon
farm in Unionvale town, which comprises 223
acres of fine land, and is now engaged in its
cultivation and improvement. He is an enter-
prising and progressive agriculturist, thoroughly
understanding his business, and well deserves
the success which has come to him. He is a
valued citizen of the community, one who has
the esteem and confidence of those with whom
he comes in contact.

In 1875 Mr. Lee was married to Miss Car-
rie Jones, whose birth occurred in the town of



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