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Innis, a native of Scotland, was brought to
America in 1737, by his mother and sisters,
who located at Little Britain, Orange Co. ,
N. Y., where he was educated by George and
James Clinton. He married Miss Sybil Ross,
of Morristown, N. J., and they became resi-
dents of Newburg, Orange county, in 1780.
Ten children were born to them: James, who
during the Revolutionary war participated in
the battle of Monmouth, and died unmarried;
Jane, who became the wife of William Irwin,
and removed to Ohio; Keziah, who married
James Owen; Mrs. L3'dia Hanmore; Peter,
who died unmarried; Benjamin, who wedded
Margaret Denton; Elsie, wife of Thomas
Aldrich; Aaron, tlfe grandfather of our subject;
Sarah, who became the wife of Anthony Pres-
lor; and \^^illiam, who married Eliza Warring.
Grandfather Innis was a native of Orange
county, where he followed farming, and by his
marriage with Martha Smith, he had a large
family of children, among whom was Aaron.
Aaron Innis, the father of our subject, was
born in Ulster county, N. Y. , and was united
in marriage with Miss Martha Smith, daugh-
ter of Eliphalet Smith (who was of English
extraction), and a leading farmer of Ulster
county. After their marriage this worthy




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couple located at Poughkeepsie, where Mr.
Innis engaged in the freighting business, run-
ning at first a sloop from there to New York
City, and later a steamboat named "Em-
erald." He continued this business up to the
time of his death in 1838. Politically he cast
his ballot in support of the Whig party, and in
religious faith both he and his wife were faith-
ful members of the Reformed Dutch Church.

Aaron Innis, whose name introduces this
sketch, was born in Poughkeepsie, January
23, 1834, and he is the youngest in a family of
eight children. In the public schools of that
city he began his education, and was grad-
uated at College Hill, on the completion of
the course. He entered upon his business
career as general manager of the firm of Gif-
ford, Sherman & Co., owners of a large dye-
wood factory, and is still connected with that
business, which has proved very profitable.

On May 15, 1856, Mr. Innis was united in
marriage with Miss Catherine Reynolds, a
sister of William T. Reynolds, of Pough-
keepsie, and to them were born four children:
William R., connected with Studebaker &
Co., of New York City, where he makes his
home, and also has an interest in the dye-
wood business of Poughkeepsie; Catherine,
the wife of John F. O'Rourke, a civil engineer,
of New York City; Adele, married to Edmund
Piatt, a son of the Hon. John I. Piatt; and
Caroline, who died at the age of si.\ years.

The several business concerns which have
been under the management of Mr. Innis at-
test his eminent and pronounced ability as a
financier, and he is equally prominent in so-
cial life. Whether in public or private life his
integrity is above question, and his honor
above reproach. Poughkeepsie owes much to
him and numbers him among her valued citi-
zens, and he is one of the leading Freemasons
in the city. He is an earnest supporter of the
Republican party, and has been a member of
the board of supervisors; for the past nine
years he has been a member of the board of
health of the city of Poughkeepsie; became
the vice-president under the administration of
Mas^or Arnold, and reappointed vice-president
under Mayor Hull.



QEORGE W. CHASE, the able and popu-
lar cashier of the National Bank of Pawl-
ing, Dutchess county, has been in continuous
service in that institution for thirty-eight years,



a record probably unequalled by any contem-
poraneous bank officer in the county. His
well-proven ability and integrity, and his untir-
ing devotion to any work to which he applies
himself, have received the ample recognition
of his fellow townsm.en who have many times
shown their confidence and esteem by choos-
ing him for some of the most important posi-
tions in their gift, both in business and political
life.

The Chase family is of English origin, and
the founder of the branch of which our subject
is an honored member, was Isaac Chase, who
settled at Cape Cod at an early period. His
son Obadiah had eleven children, who settled
chiefly in New York State, where many of
their descendants still live. The eldest son,
Isaac, lived in Tompkins county; Alvin in
Dutchess county; Elmer and Ezra in Tomp-
kins county; John and Jesse in Westchester
county; Daniel went to Michigan; Hulday
married Edmond Hopkins, and lived in Tomp-
kins county; Lydia married Judah Baker, of
the same county; Mary married Absalom Col-
well, and settled in Rensselaer county; and
Catherine married Absalom Caldwell, also of
Rensselaer county.

Alvin Chase, our subject's grandfather, was
born in 1778, and by his first wife, Ruth Cole,
he had twelve children: Cyrus, a merchant at
Croton Falls; Naomi, who married a Mr.
Beardsley, of Kent, Conn. ; Darius, our sub-
ject's father; Susan, the wife of Joseph Smith,
of Carmel, Putnam county; Lyman, who was
a farmer in Iowa, where he reared a large
family, of whom some were bankers and some
ministers, and all held prominent position in
the community; Sarah, the wife of Daniel
Brown, of Republic, Ohio; Henry, who lived
in Erie county, Ohio, near Castalia; Hiram,
who settled in Garden Grove, Iowa, and left
descendant there; Cynthia, the wife of Gilbert
Knapp, a wealthy and prominent citizen of
Erie county, Ohio, residing near Castalia;
Mary, the wife of Stephen Hawley, of Con-
necticut; Frank, a farmer of Erie county, Ohio;
and John, a farmer of Kent, Conn., where his
son is a successful merchant. For his second
wife Alvin Chase wedded Martha Dingee. by
whom he had three children: Alvin, a hotel
keeper of Patterson and Brewster, N. Y. ; Han-
nah, who married Moses Peck, a farmer of
Patterson, N. Y. ; and Elmer, a farmer of the
town of Pawling.

Darius Chase, the father of our subject.



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was born November i, 1807, and during his
early years was a farmer, first in Putnam
county, and later in the town of Pawling,
Dutchess county, where he settled in 1841.
In 1853 he entered the employ of the Harlem
Railroad Company, as station agent at Paw-
ling, and held the position some twenty-seven
years, when he resigned on account of ill
health. He is still living, and in spite of his
eighty-nine years is in the full possession of
his faculties. He has always been one of the
substantial citizens of the town, and a success-
ful business man, being noted for his good
judgment. In politics he has been a steadfast
Democrat, and he has held the offices of town
clerk, collector of taxes, and commissioner of
highways. At one time he was a captain in
the State militia, and by this well-earned title
he is still addressed by his old friends. In
early manhood he was married to Miss Phoebe
Smith, who after many years of wedded life
passed away in 1892, in her eighty-first year.
Her father. Judge Edward Smith, was one of
the leading citizens of Putnam county in his
day, a judge of the county court, and a mem-
ber of the State Assembly. Our subject is
one of seven children: Clara, the eldest;
Emily, who married Egbert M. Toffey, of
Pawling; Ruth; Susan, the wife of Squire R.
Barrett, formerly of Sing Sing, later of New
York City; Elizabeth, who married Jerry S.
Pearce, sheriff of Dutchess county; and
Adelaide, who married James S. Pearce.

George W. Chase was born in the town of
Kent, Putnam county, July i, 1840, and re-
ceived his education in the district schools of
Pawling, Dutchess county, these somewhat
limited advantages giving him a foundation for
his subsequent reading by which he has ac-
cjuired for himself a wide range of knowledge.
At the age of fifteen he engaged in clerking,
and spent about three years in this work with
Orwin Theall and J. W. Stark. His prompt-
ness and close application to business attracted
the attention of J. W. Bowdish, then cashier
of the National Bank of Pawling, and he se-
cured him a position in the bank as messenger,
office boy and assistant bookkeeper. At this
time the institution, which was organized in
1849, was a State bank, with Albert J. Akin
as its president. In 1865 it became a National
bank, and in the same year Mr. Chase was
appointed assistant cashier, his election to the
office of cashier following in 1872. He is in-
terested in many other enterprises, being



treasurer of the Eastern Building and Loan
Association; treasurer of the Harlem V'alley
Agricultural Association; secretary and treas-
urer of the Pawling Cemetery Association; sec-
retary, treasurer and director of the Mizzentop
Hotel Co. ; treasurer of the Akin Hall Library
Association; vice-president of the Pawling &
Beekman Turnpike Co. ; one of the original
incorporators of the Pawling Savings Bank;
and president of the Society for the Detection
of Horse Thieves. He has always been a firm
Republican, and has taken much interest in
town and county politics. In 1882 he was
appointed county treasurer by the board of su-
pervisors, in place of Seneca V. Halloway, and
in the fall of the same year was elected to the
office, receiving all but fifteen votes in his
own town. He was the only Republican can-
didate elected that year, and his popularity
was again demonstrated by his re-election in
1885. He is a member of Dover Lodge, F.
& A. M., and of the Baptist Church, of which
he is treasurer. In 1885, he was married to
Miss Emma M. Chapman, a daughter of Rich-
ard Chapman, a prominent resident of Paw-
ling, and they have had three children: Cor-
nelia T., George W. and Theodore F. , the
latter of whom died at about the age of seven
months.



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LEAN BARRINGER HENDRICKS, the
efficient bookkeeper of the First Na-
tional Bank of Red Hook, Dutchess county,
is a descendant of one of the leading families
of this region. Lawrence Hendricks, his great-
grandfather, came from Rhinebeck to settle
upon a farm in Red Hook, in 1802, bringing
with him a family of four children: Samuel
H., Jacob L. , Johannes and Elizabeth.

Jacob L. Hendricks, our subject's grand-
father, was born ,May 13, 1773, and followed
farming as an occupation. He married Miss
Anna Moore, a native of Red Hook, born May
4, 1770, and reared a family of four children,
whose names with dates of birth are as fol-
lows: Lawrence Edmund, July 12, 1809;
Magdalene, October 19, 181 i; Jeremiah, No-
vember 2, 1813; and Philip, January 29, 1816.
The mother of this family died April 17, 1825,
the father on May 24, same year.

Jeremiah Hendricks, our subject's father,
attended the district schools of his day, and
for a time was employed in a store as clerk.
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bacco in partnership with Albert Near, the
firm changing later to Hendricks & Wells, then
to J. Hendricks & Co., then to J. & P. Hend-
ricks & Co., the members at that time being
Jeremiah and Philip Hendricks, and R. L.
Massoneau. He was also the owner of a flour-
mill at Red Hook, and was interested in vari-
ous other lines of business. He was married
July 1 8, 1837, to Miss Eliza C. Barringer, of
Red Hook, b}' whom he had three children:
Allan B., born November 11, i839;Hattie E.,
August 24, 1 841 ; and Robert J., July 27, 1843.
After many years as a successful manufacturer,
Jeremiah Hendricks retired to spend his last
days in leisure, and died May 30, 1875; his
widow is still living.

Allan B. Hendricks availed himself of the
educational advantages of his native place, and
later attended the Charlotteville Seminary.
After leaving school he entered his father's
mill as bookkeeper, but left this position in
1 86 1, to engage in the freighting business at
Barrytown. Six years later he and his brother
Robert took charge of the flouring-mill at Red
Hook, the partnership lasting one year, after
which he continued in the business alone until
1880. After a short period of leisure Mr.
Hendricks was tendered the position of book-
keeper in the First National Bank, which he
accepted, and has filled same with marked
ability, commanding the entire confidence and
esteem of the stockholders and the public gen-
erally.

On June i, 1864, Mr. Hendricks married
Miss Anna Rodgers, of Albany, and has had
four children: (i) Louise Rodgers, born July
3, 1865, was married October 8, 1890, to
Frank B. Shook, and has one child Eleanor
Varnum Shook, born July 21, 1891. (2)
Laurence Hutton, born June 8, 1867, was
married September 21, 1889, to Miss Jennie
H. Wilson, and has two children: Marian Wil-
son Hendricks, born July 19, 1893, and Lau-
rence Hutton Hendricks, Jr., March 16, 1897.
(3j Anna R. and (4) Allan B. (twins), born
January 28, 1874, are still at home. Mr.
Hendricks has been superintendent of St.
Paul's Lutheran Sabbath-school continuously
for thirty years.



MEHEMIAH HALSTED (deceased). As
a merchant in Clinton Corners and Stan-
ford ville, Dutchess county, during nearly a
quarter of a century, the subject of this sketch



became well known and highly esteemed
throughout that section, and although his later
years were spent in retirement, his death,
which occurred March 20, 1873, caused sin-
cere grief and a keen sense of loss among a
wide circle of acquaintances.

He was a native of the town of Clinton,
Dutchess county, and his father, Richard Hal-
sted, a member of the Society of Friends,
and who was born in Dutchess county, of Eng-
lish ancestry, followed farming in the town of
Clinton all his life. He married Hannah Grif-
fin, and reared a family of nine children:
Benjamm, Stephen, Richard, Joseph, Jona-
than, Nehemiah, Mary, Anna and Hannah.

Mr. Halsted grew to manhood at his fa-
ther's farm, and in 1836 was united in mar-
riage with Miss Julia Sharpsteen, a native of
the town of Washington, and a descendant of
an old Dutch family, the name having been
originally Von Sharpstein. The early genera-
tions of her family were Presbyterians in re-
ligion. Her grandfather, Peter Sharpsteen,
was a farmer in the town of Washington and
was probably born there. Her father, Will-
iam Sharpsteen, was born, resided and died
in that town. He married Sarah Lawrence,
a native of Long Island, whose father, an
Englishman, was a descendant of Sir Robert
Laurens (now spelled Lawrence), of Lanca-
shire, England, who accompanied Richard
Cour de Lion in his expedition to Palestine.
In the siege of St. Jean d' Acre, in 1 191, he
was the first to plant the Banner of the Cross
on the battlements of the town, for which he
received the honor of Knighthood from King
Richard; also, at the same time, the coat of
arms. In the year 1635 William Lawrence
came over in the ship "Planter," under the
care of Gov. Clark, appointed, by the Queen,
Governor of Long Island. The Lawrences in-
termarried with the Washingtons, and the
coat of arms may be seen at Mount Vernon.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. William
Sharpsteen located in the town of Washing-
ton, where he carried on a store for many
years; but in later life he retired to a farm in
the same town. In politics he was a Repub-
lican, for years he was justice of the peace,
and town supervisor, and was justly regarded
as a representative citizen. He died in 1878,
aged ninety-three years. He had six children:
Clark Lavv'rence was a member of the firm
of Arold & Constable, in New York City, and
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in trotting horses in the town of Washington;
James and William H. were in business in the
South; Julia, married Mr. Halsted; and Debo-
rah married Louis Hutchens.

Mr. and Mrs. Halsted began their married
life at Clinton Corners, where Mr. Halsted
conducted a store for about three years, when
he moved to Stanfordville and carried on his
business some twenty years. He then retired
to a small farm in the town of Washington,
to pass his remaining days. His wife and
seven children survive him. Virginia married
Isaac W. Sherrill, a well-known resident of
Poughkeepsie; Ella, Ida and Belle are at home;
Irving is a farmer in the town of Clinton; Wil-
lis is an express agent in New York City; and
Frank conducts the "Dutchess Restaurant"
at Poughkeepsie. Mr. Halsted always took an
ardent interest in the success of the Republican
party, and was ready to encourage any worthy
enterprise in his locality. In religious faith he
^vas a Quaker, and his quiet, unassuming man-
ners and upright life gave a consistent and
effective illustration of the doctrines which he
cherished.



HEZEKIAH ROGERS COFFIN, one of
the oldest pioneers of Dutchess county,

was born in Mechanic, town of Washington,
April 23, 1807. He remained on his father's
farm (with the exception of one year, which he
spent with Samuel Thorne) until his marriage
March 22, 1832, to Miss Myra Barlow, who
was born in the town of Amenia, October 29,
1811.

In 1833 Mr. and Mrs. Coffin moved to a
farm situated where the county house now
stands, where they remained one year, and
then came to their present farm, sixty-four
years ago, and where both are still living,
sound in mind and body and capable of enjoy-
ing life to the fullest extent. The following
children were born to them: Robert, who is
engaged in business at Brooklyn; Lucy, who
became the wife of Newton B. Holbrook,
formerly a merchant of the town of Wash-
ington, but now deceased; Cora, who married
Homer Fitch, a farmer in Washington town;
Magdalene, unmarried; Zaide, who died at the
age of seventeen, and Lilian, deceased at the
age of eight.

Mr. Coffin has a farm of 135 acres, and
still does general farming. He has always
been a Democrat, voting in 1828 for Jackson,



and ever since regularly supporting the ticket
of his party. He takes an active interest in
politics, and has been justice of the peace for
thirty years, but resigned the office when he
reached the age of seventy years. He has
been called to sit on the bench at Poughkeep-
sie many times, and has often been appointed
foreman of the grand jury. Although past
eighty-eight years he talks, acts and thinks like
a patriot, and stands like a sturdy oak in the
forest of humanit)'. He well remembers the
transportation of the cannon, and the men
marching through the town on their way to
defend the New York harbor against the Brit-
ish in 1 81 2. The younger generation looks
up to him with wonder and admiration. Our
subject has contributed to the local paper (Mill-
brook A' t^;/«



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