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was twice married, and by his first wife ICii/a-
beth, daiiglitcr of Abraiii r>iiiiivcrbi)rf, had live
children: Catherine, wiio married Tennis
Brinkeriioff; Jeroinns; Abraham Brinkcrhoff;
Aletta, who married James Debevoise; Kicli-
ard. The sons settiecl at Fishkill, N. Y.,
wiiere their descendants remain.

Sixth Generation: Richard Rapalje, son
of John, was thrice married, anil had eleven
children.

Sn-rnth (icitcratioii : Catharine ICli/abelh
Rapalje, daughter of Richard, married Isaac
E. Cotheal, of New York City,' son of Henry
and Phebe (Berrian Warner) Cotheal. They
had three chihiren: Elizabeth M., the wife of
Dr. Howell White; Anne l\apalje, married to
Charles D. Sherwood; and Catharine Eliza-
beth, unmarried.

On the paternal side Mrs. Sherwood is de-
scended from William Cotheal, whose father
was a practicing physician and surgeon. He
came from France and located first in Con-
necticut, afterward going to the City of New
York, and from there to the town of Wood-
bridge, Middlesex county. New Jersey.

William Cotheal married Charlotte Dove,
and they had nine children; the youngest,
Isaac, married lilizabeth Evans, and had two
sons, Henry and David. Henry married Phebe
Berrian Warner, and had six sons and four
daughters. The youngest son, Isaac, married
Catharine Eli/abeth Rapalje, and had three
dauijhters.



DANIEL M. SHEEDY, M. I)., one of the
' successful physicians and surgeons of the
city of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, is a
native of Norwalk, Conn., where his parents,
Michael and Johanna CHanlon) Sheedy, were
married. The father, who was born in Kil-
kenny, Ireland, was a stock farmer by occupa-
tion, and he and his wife are both living. In
their family were the following children: Dan-
iel (deceased); Mary (deceased wife of Dr.
Sweeney, of Newburgh, N. Y.); Mary Cather-
ine, a Sister of Charity; Kate, wife of Law-
rence Maguire; Thomas John (deceased), who
was a stock farmer; Dr. B. D. Sheedy, of
Britigeport, Conn.; Daniel M., subject of this
sketch, and Fannie, wife of Dr. Thomas
Byrne, of Union Hill, New Jersey.

Our subject attended the public schools of
Norwalk, Conn., from which he was graduated
in 1885. He then began the study of medicine



with his hrotlu'r. Dr. B. D. Sheedy, at North-
ainijton, Mass., after which he entered the
New \i)rk University, graduating from the
medical department with the cla.ss of i8,SH.
He has also taken special courses imder Prof.
Loomis, on the heart and lungs; under Prof.
Harry P. Loomis, on pathology; under Prof.
Whithouse, on chemistry; and under Prof.
Wright, on surgery. After his graduation he
was admitted to the Massachusetts Mirdical
Society, and also holds membershii) with the
Dutchess County Medical Society. At the
present time (spring of 1897), he is taking spe-
cial studies at the Post-graduate Hospital, New
York City.

On August 6, 1888, Dr. Sheedy arrived in
Poughkeepsie, where he established an office at
his present place of business, and has built up
a large and lucrative practice. He is an ex-
tremely l)usy and successful practitioner, and
stands high among his professional brethren.
In 1890 he made a trip to Europe, which was
mostly ff)r pleasure, though he gave some time
to study. In his religious views the Doctor is
a Roman Catholic, belonging to St. Mary's
Church, Poughkeepsie. On April 28, 1897, he
was married to Miss Agnes Kelly, a graduate
of Lyndon Hall, 1896, the only daughter of
Timothy C. Kelly, a successful businessman of
Poughkeepsie, New York.



t NNA C. HOWLAND, M. D., who is suc-
cessfully engaged in the practice of med-
icine in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, is a
native of the Pine Tree State, born in the town
of Hallowell, Kennebec county, where she
spent her girlhood, and in the public schools
and seminaries of that county acquired an ex-
cellent education. Her father, Henry Cole,
who was born at Vassalboro, was a well-edu-
cated man, a county squire and a representa-
tive to the State Legislature of Maine. He
engaged in teaching many years, then in the
manufacture of blocks for stamping oil cloth.
He is now deceased, and his widow is making
her home with her daughter, our subject. She
bore the maiden name of Esther Pope, and is
the daughter of Elijah Pope, a native of Port-
land, Maine, and an architect and ship carpen-
ter by occupation. Our subject is the eldest
of three children, and the only survivor, her
two sisters, Sarah and Mary, being now de-
ceased.

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ing school at Providence, R. I., Anna Cole
met William H. Howland, who was there at-
tending school, and afterward became his wife,
their wedding being celebrated at Hallowell,
Maine, in 1S55. At that time he was engaged
in teaching at Nine Partners Boarding School,
near Millbrook, Dutchess Co.. N. Y. . where
they removed, and there lived for about si.\
years. Giving up that profession, Mr. How-
land began business at Highland. Ulster Co.,
N. Y. . where they remained for four years,
coming, in 1865, to Poughkeepsie. The fol-
lowing year the wife entered the New York
Medical College for women, from which she
graduated two years later. As Mr. Howland
died in 1S69, she at once began practice in
order to educate her four children: Edward
Cole, who is now the Washington correspond-
ent of the New York Press : Katherine Flint,
who makes her home with her mother; Henry
Cole, on the editorial stafi of the Mail and
ExfTtss : and Anna Inman, wife of William
Chaning Russel, Jr., city editor of the Phila-
delphia RecorJ. whose father was vice-presi-
dent of Cornell University.

In 1 868 Dr. Howland entered upon her
career as a physician in Poughkeepsie, where
she remained until 1886, when she removed
to Philadelphia, Penn., practicing there as an
examining physician for five years. In De-
cember. 1 89 1, however, she returned to
Poughkeepsie, where she has since continued
to follow her chosen profession, and has
secured a large and lucrative practice. She
belongs to the Homeopathic school, and in
connection with her extensive office practice
conducts a private hospital at her residence.
For many years she has been secretar}- of the
Dutchess Count}- Homeopathic Medical Soci-
ety, and is also a prominent member of the
Homeopathic State Medical Society. The
place she has won in the medical profession
is accorded her in recognition of her skill
and ability, and the place which she occupies
in the social world is due to her many
noble traits of character, and the love
and confidence which she always inspires.
She is a conscientious and earnest Christian,
a faithful member of Christ Church.



GEORGE MORG.\N was born July 16.
1S16. at Chatham, Columbia county.
N. Y. His father. William Morgan, a farmer
and clothier from Hartford, Conn., had re-



' moved, in 1819, to Salisburj-, in the same
State, where the early years of George Mor-
gan's life were passed, working on the farm in
summer, and improving the few months of
schooling during the winter time.

The history of .American manhood points
unerringly to the fact that while an education
thus obtained is usually meager, it is neverthe-
less valuable; for while he who obtains it may
lack the exquisite polish which much learning
is supposed to give, yet he is often better
equipped in the true elements of knowledge
than are they who enjoy large opportunities,
but are devoid of the industry which the ab-
sence of wealth enlivens.

At the age of seventeen the subject of this
notice, with the money earned by him at hard
work under summer sun and wintry blasts,
paid his tuition and board for three months'
attendance at Wilbraham Academy, Mass. ;
and at the end of this time, by sawing wood
and doing various other odd items of work,
he actually paid his way for another term.

What a commentary we find here on the
possibilities which surround the young men
and women of this, the greatest and grandest
government on earth, where it is decreed that
individual merit only is the standard of per-
sonal distinction. The corner stone of the
American Republic is squared and cemented
with the declaration that all are equal, and
that there is no royal road to learning, honor,
or success.

His school days ended. Mr. Morgan came
to Pine Plains. Dutchess Co.. N. Y. , and en-
tered upon a clerkship in a country store, re-
ceiving for his services the munificent sum of
' forty cents per day. But perseverance and
economy overcome all obstacles in the road to
success, and at the age of thirty years he had
accumulated $20,000. He married his first
wife at about this time, and engaged in busi-
ness in New York City, only to realize the loss
ot nearly the whole of his fortune. .About
the year 1846 he removed to Columbia county,
where he purchased a farm and again went to
work. In 1S48 he was elected a justice of the
peace, holding the office for a term of years.
In 1857 he leased the Dakin ore mine, in
Dutchess count}-, for which he paid a heavy
rent, and afterward bought the property.
Soon afterward he sold the mine to C. S.
Maltby. of New Haven. Conn., for $100,000.

In November. 1S64, he removed to the city
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in government bonds. Then came the real-
estate wave, and he was carried along with it,
the prices running high. He purchased the
"Morgan House " and the College Hill prop-
erty, for which latter he paid $33,500. He
also bought the Swift farm. In looking over
his farm he discovered several natural springs,
and concluded by excavating the ground and
damming it a lake could be formed, and to-day
"Morgan lake," situated in the suburbs fur-
nishes the city with pure spring water ice. It
might appropriately be styled a sparkling
monument to his memory.

On September 21, 1879, the earthly life of
Senator George Morgan was brought to a
close. To-day he sleeps among his kindred in
the cemetery at Pine Plains, in the county of
his adoption, and for whose material interests
he had so nobly contended; his memory cher-
ished by a grateful people whose pride is cen-
tered in his manliness, honesty, courage and
fidelity.

In 1869 Mr. Morgan was chosen by the
people as mayor of the city of Poughkeepsie, be-
ing the first Democrat ever called to that posi-
tion; and at the general election in November
of that year he was elected a member of the
New York State Senate from the Eleventh
District, including Dutchess county, defeating
his Republican opponent, Jonathan Rider, by
a majority of 1 87. The same district two years
before had elected a Republican b}' over 700
majority.

At about this time is to be recorded one of
the grandest achievements in the life of George
Morgan. The question of locating the Hudson
River Hospital for the Insane was to be de-
cided. The representative men of the coun-
ties of Orange, Ulster and Columbia were
' ' leaving no stone unturned " to secure the site
for their respective counties. The Dutchess
county board of supervisors was in session, and
Mayor Morgan was anxious that they should
offer inducements for the State officers to
locate the building in his county. Pinally a
proper sum was agreed upon, but at the even-
ing session it was voted down by one majority.
All the next day Senator Morgan and others
worked hard to change the vote, and at 6:00
p. M. the question once more came before the
board, and was carried by one majority. There
was no time to lose. The State connnission-
ers were to meet at Newburgh, Orange coun-
ty, that very night to settle the matter of loca-
tion. With a party of friends Mr. Morgan



drove through a blinding snow storm, and at
11:45 ''• ^'- they walked into the commissioners'
room at "Orange Hotel." The offer of the
other counties had already been made, and Mr.
Morgan stepped forward and presented Dutch-
ess county's offer, and the location was awarded
to Dutchess. I'or the success of the enter-
prise George Morgan never received the full
credit to which he was entitled. But for his
prompt and energetic action the splendid build-
ing would not to-day grace the eminence on
the eastern banks of the Hudson just beyond
the northerly boundaries of the City of Pough-
keepsie.



CHARLES W. ARRAS (deceased) was
' among the more prominent and enterpris-
ing business men of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, who were of alien birth. Like others
of his countrymen, he brought to the New
World the habits of economy and frugality,
which are inherent characteristics of his native
land, and the exercise of which, accompanied
by industry and good management, brought
him success in his business.

Mr. Arras was born at Hessen-Darmstadt,
Germany, November 9, 1841, and was the
eldest in the family of nine children of Peter
Arras, a linen weaver in the Fatherland, who
came to America and located in New York
City. In his native land our subject learned
the baker's trade, and on coming to the United
States when eleven years of age he followed
that trade in New York City until about 1866.
at which time he located at Poughkeepsie. For
about four years he worked for George Goep-
fert in a bakery, and then bought out his em-
ployer, successfully conducting the business
until his death, which occurred November 14,
1885.

On October 7, 1866, Mr. Arras was mar-
ried to Miss Emma A. Bieber, who was born
in New York City, in 1846, and is a daughter
of John Bieber, a native of Bavaria, Germany.
In his native land her father had learned stone
cutting, but after his arrival in New York City
he took up the shoemaker's trade, which he
followed there until 1851, when he came to
Poughkeepsie and carried on the same occupa-
tion until he was called from this life, April
29, 1872. He had married Miss Anna Mary
Smidt, who was also born in Germany, Sep-
tember 8, i82r, and they became the parents
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Arras); Barbara, wife of John Haiipt, a baker
doing business on Union street, Poughkcepsie;
Eliiia, wife of George Bayers, a bookkeeper of
the same city; Mary E. , wife of John Bayer,
a cigar-maker; and Fred S., a saloon-keeper,
of Poughkeepsie. Six children were born to
our subject and his wife, two of whom died in
infancy. Frederick S., William H., Albert C.
and Carl W. are still with their mother, who,
since her husband's death, has successfully car-
ried on the business, and displays tact and en-
ergy in the management of her affairs.

In religious matters Mr. Arras belonged to
the German Lutheran Church, and socially he
was a leading member of the Germania Society.
He was one of the representative business men
of the city, wide-awake and energetic, who
dealt squarely and liberally with his patrons,
and merited the confidence of the community.



ISAAC L. VARIAN, a well-known citizen
of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, where
he has resided since 1879, is conducting one of
the leading meat markets of the city. For a
period of about ten years he carried on busi-
ness at Nos. 9, II and 13 Garden street; for
three years afterward he was at No. 299 Main
street; thence removing to No 357 on the same
street, where he has since been located. He
makes weekly trips to New York City in order
to take advantage of the markets, and now
has one of the largest establishments of the
kind in Poughkeepsie, keeping all kinds of
meat, as well as fish and game, and he has
secured a large and lucrative trade.

Mr. Varian was born in New York, August
14, 1852, of which city his father, James Va-
rian, was also a native. Isaac Varian, his pa-
ternal grandfather, was born in Holland, and
on coming with his two brothers to the New
World, located in New York City, where he
was married, and reared his family of children,
named respectively: Dorcas, Michael, Han-
nah, Jane, and James, father of Isaac L. In
politics he was an unswerving Democrat, and
he was a faithful member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church.

James Varian was reared and educated in
New York City, where he also learned the
butchering business, which he followed all his
life. He married Angeline Stephenson, a na-
tive of Connecticut, and they became the par-
ents of thirteen children, as follows: James;
William H., a farmer of Yonkers, N. Y. ; Gil-



bert and Jacob (both deceased); Carman, a
mason by trade; Harriet, wife of Frederick W.
Denton, who is in the United States service;
George, a carpenter of Kingsbridge, N. Y. ;
Francis L. , who is also engaged in carpenter-
ing there; Huram B., a painter at Woodlawn,
N. Y. ; Charles A. (deceased); Isaac L., sub-
ject of this sketch; Eugene, a carpenter of
Kingsbridge; and Angeline, who married How-
ard Carlough, formerly a grocer of Kings-
bridge (both now deceased). The father died
in Kingsbridge, July 16, 1867; the widowed
mother is a consistent member of the Method-
ist Episcopal Church, to which her husband
also belonged, and in politics his support was
given the Republican party.

The subject of this narrative remained at
home with his parents, who during his boy-
hood and youth lived most of the time at
Kingsbridge, N. Y., where he attended the
city schools, completing his education at In-
wood, Queens Co. , N. Y. When his school
days were over he began learning the carpen-
ter's trade, which he followed for three years,
and then took up butchering. Shortly after
this he entered into a co-partnership with his
brother Charles in the butcher business, a con-
nection that lasted some four years. He then
came to Poughkeepsie, where he has since con-
ducted a market with most excellent success,
and as a loyal citizen he feels it a duty as well
as a privilege to aid in all matters of public
interest.

On November 8, 1881, Mr. Varian was
married to Miss Clara Marshall, a native of
Po"ughkeepsie, and a daughter of DeWitt C.
and Harriet G. Marshall. For several years
her father was cashier of the Rhinebeck Na-
tional Bank. Four children grace this union:
Bessie E., Eleanor F., Harry B. and Ruth
B. Mr. and Mrs. Varian attend the Method-
ist Episcopal Church, and in social circles
they occupy a prominent position. In politics
Mr. V'arian is a firm supporter of the Republic-
an party; he holds membership with the Ma-
sonic fraternity and the Royal Arcanum.



JOSEPH H. STORM, a representative and
prominent citizen of the town of Beekman,
Dutchess county, was born March 25,
1842, in the town of East F"ishkill, and sprung
from a good old Holland family, which was
established on the shores of this country at a
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was the first to set foot on American soil,
landing here in 1662 and making a location on
Long Island. He wedded Maria Pifters, by
whom he had four children: Goris, Peter,
David and Maria. The birth of the eldest,
Goris Storm, occurred either on Long Island
or before the emigration of his parents. He
married Engletie Van Lyck, and they located
at Brooklyn, where their two sons were born
— Derick in 1695, and Thomas in 1697.

Thomas Storm purchased land of Col.
Phillips, in the manor of Phillipsburg, Tarry-
town, N. Y. He had nine children: Thomas,
Jacob, Garret, Goris, Abraham, John, Isaac,
Catherine and Engletie. When well advanced
in years he came to Dutchess county, where
he bought about 406 acres of land on the north
side of the Fishkill, 204 acres of which he
gave to his son Goris, and the remaining 202
to Abraham. The latter received the land
which his father had secured by a second pur-
chase, with the exception of ten acres on the
south side of the Fishkill. To Isaac he gave
his possessions in Tarrytown, where his birth
occurred, but he traded these'with his brother
Abraham, and came to Dutchess county, where
he was married and reared a family of several
children, among whom was Abraham, the
grandfather of our subject.

Abraham Storm was born in the town of
East Fishkill, in 1771, and he married Sarah
Vincent, of the town of Beekman. They lo-
cated upon the homestead, and there reared
their five children: Isaac was an attorney in
early life, but later turned his attention to
the tobacco business, and retired at the age of
fifty with a capital of a million and a half;
William was a farmer in the town of Lagrange,
Dutchess county; John V. is the father of our
subject; Charlotte first wedded D. E. Remson,
and, after his death, married Joseph Genung,
both of whom were farmers; and Elizabeth be-
came the wife of John Humphrey.

John V. Storm was born on the home farm
in the town of East Fishkill in 1800, and there
passed his boyhood and youth. He married
Jeannette E. Woolley, a native of Beekman
town, and a daughter of William and Hester
(Pell) Woolley, farming people. Her ancestors
were English, John Woolley having come from
England and located on Long Island. His son
Joseph, who was born in 1740, was the grand-
father of Mrs. Storm. He engaged in the fur
business with the Astors, and at his death left
a large estate. After their marriage the parents



of our subject continued to live upon the old
Storm homestead, where their seven children
were born: Abraham, Joseph, William J.,
Frances, Elizabeth, Cornelia and Helen.
During his active life the father always followed
agricultural pursuits, but is at present living
retired in the village of Fishkill. His faithful
wife passed away June 22, 1886. He is a
Democrat in political sentiment, and has been
called upon to fill a number of official posi-
tions, being supervisor of East Fishkill town-
ship several terms, and also justice of the
peace. The Storm family have mostly been
members of the Reformed Dutch Church,
while the Woolleys were Episcopalians.

The early life of Joseph H. Storm, subject
of this review, was passed in the usual une-
ventful manner of most farmer boys, upon the
old homestead where his ancestors had long
resided, and in the district schools obtained
his early education. Later he attended an
academy, after which he took a business course
in the Eastman Business College, Poughkeep-
sie, and then returned to the farm where he
remained until his marriage, September 4,
1867, to Miss Sophia D. Sheldon, daughter of
Wilson B. Sheldon, a prominent agriculturist
of the town of Beekman, and they began their
domestic life upon the farm in the same town-
ship which is still their home. To them two
children have been born: Wilson B., who is
engaged in business with W. J. Storm; and
Jeannette, wife of Frederick Ryer, Jr., of
Mount Vernon, N«w York.

Upon his valuable farm of 120 acres Mr.
Storm is engaged in general farming, with good
success. Being a popular and influential citi-
zen, he has been called upon to serve in sev-
eral positions of honor and trust, representing
his district in the State Legislature in 18S5
and 1886, and holding the office of supervisor
of Beekman town in 1879 and 1880. He is
an ardent supporter of the Republican party,
and by Secretary Rusk was appointed appraiser
of the Bureau of Annual Industry, which posi-
tion he capably filled for two years. He has
been vice-president of the Dutchess County
Agricultural Society many years; vice-presi-
dent (and also president pro tciii) of the New
York State .Agricultural Society for some time;
and at Chicago was elected vice-president of
the Farmers National Congress of New York.
Socially he affiliates with the Masonic frater-
nity. Upright and honorable in all the rela-
tions of life, Mr. Storm holds an enviable posi-



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tion in the estimation of his fello\v-citi;rens, no
man in Dutchess county being held in higher
regard.



DANIEL WASHBURN. In every agricult-
ural community there will fortunatel}- be
found men whose progressive management
serves to demonstrate the value of the judi-
cious application of modern scientific principles
to the ancient business of farming, and to this
worthy class belongs the subject of this sketch,
who is a successful agriculturist of the town of



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