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Pawling. Dutchess county.

Mr. Washburn is a native of the county,
born in the town of Beekman, November 29,
1850, and his education was obtained in the
common schools near his home. At an early
age he engaged in agricultural pursuits, which
he has followed ever since with unusually satis-
factory results. At present he rents the Slocum
farm of 286 acres, also rents the William Lud-
dington farm of 176 acres, upon which he em-
ploys many assistants. He devotes his time
to the raising of general crops, but has made a
success of tobacco culture, and is an expert in
all its branches, as well as in the more common
details of farming. His business cares do not
prevent him from taking an active interest in
public movements, and although until a few
years ago he was an ardent supporter of the
principles of the Democratic party he is now
one of the leading Prohibitionists of his town.
He has held the office of excise commissioner;
belongs to Patterson Lodge No. 173, I. O. O.
F. , Pawling, and is a member of Christ Church,
Quaker Hill. His first wife, Miss Sarah E.
Koe, was a daughter of Daniel and Maria Roe,
prominent among the farmers of the town of
Dover. The present Mrs. Washburn was for-
merly Miss Edith Ette, who was born in 1856,
in New Milford, Conn., and was educated in
New Fairfield, Conn. Of the three children
of our subject by his first wife, Ella, born Jan-
uary 9, 1874, married George Ette, a farmer
of Patterson, and has had one daughter, Se-
rena; Serena, born February i, 1876, married
Charles Lutz, a farmer of the town of Pawl-
ing, and has had one child, Ethel; and Fannie
B., born May i8, 1879, is at home.

The Washburn family has been prominent
in Putnam county, N. Y., from early times,
and Samuel Washburn, our subject's grand-
father, was born and reared there, becoming a
farmer by occupation. He was a soldier in



the Revolutionary war. He and his wife,
Phebe (Baker ), reared a family of six children:
Jonathan, who married Naomi Dykeman; Levi,
who remained single; Absolom, who died in
boyhood; Zebulum, our subject's father; Eliza,
who never married; and Mrs. Hannah Rob-
inson.

Zebulum Washburn was born in Carmel,
Putnam county, in 1804, and his education
was acquired there in the district schools. He
was a well-known farmer, and was prominent
in local affairs as a Democrat; but, although
he held a number of minor town offices, he
never aspired to political distinction. His
death occurred in 1862. He married Miss
Serena Luddington, daughter of Joseph Lud-
dington (a leading blacksmith of Pawling) and
his wife, Susan (Ferris). Our subject was the
fourth in a family of seven children. Of the
others (i ) Susan never married. (2) George H.
was born in the town of Beekman in 1840,
was educated in the schools there, and in i860
enlisted in Company E, 19th N. Y. V. I., being
the first man from the town of Beekman to
respond to the call for troops. He served
three years and then re-enlisted, and, his regi-
ment having moved on, he was transferred to
the 128th N. Y. V. I. He met his death at
the battle of Shenandoah. (3) Samuel was
born and reared in the town of Beekman, and
followed farming there. He married (first)
Miss Hattie Gregory, and had three children —
William, Walter and Louis; for his second
wife he married Miss Carrie Mosier, and has
had one daughter — Ella. (5) William S. was
born at the old homestead in 1853, and after
attending the schools of Beekman engaged in
business, and is now foreman for William B.
Wheeler, taking charge of the Latta estates.
He married Miss Lizzie Lutz, daughter of
Henry Lutz, a well-known gardener of the
town of Pawling, and has had three children —
William, Leo and Fredie. (6) Anna A., born
in 1856, married Horace Orton, a farmer of
the town of Dover, and has had four children —
Sarah, Minnie, George and Herbert; of these,
Sarah married William White, also a farmer
of Dover, and they have one child, Jennie.
(7) Jane died in infancyj.



LUDWIG PETiLLON (deceased) was one
of the best known citizens of the county,
of later years as a wealthy, retired business
man residing on a charming estate two miles






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from the city of Poughkeepsie. He came of
German origin, and his grandfather, Isaac
Petilion, who was a farmer in Bavaria, was a
soldier in the German army during the Napo-
leonic wars. He reared a family of children,
among whom was a son, Jacob, our subject's
father, who was born December 23, 181 3, in
Bavaria, grew to manhood there, and learned
the butcher's trade.

At the age of twenty Jacob Petilion sailed
for America, landing in New York July 4,
1833. Coming to Poughkeepsie, he found em-
ployment at his trade, and with characteristic
enterprise and good management he made his
way to success, continuing in the same busi-
ness throughout his life. He was a Republic-
an in politics, and took a keen interest in the
questions of the day. He married Catherine
Hey, also a native of Bavaria, born March 28,
181 1, and had four children: Caroline C. , the
wife of Charles Ivirchner, a well-known resi-
dent of Poughkeepsie; John Jacob, who was
born January 16, 1840, and at the time of his
death, May 22, 18S4, was a successful business
man of Poughkeepsie; John, now a resident of
that city; and Ludwig, our subject. The fa-
ther of this family died July 11, 18G1, the
mother surviving him until January 7, 1885.
Both were devout members of the German
Lutheran Church, to which their children also
belonged.

Ludwig Petilion was born in Poughkeepsie,
September 20, 1845, and was educated in the
public schools of that city. He was only
fourteen years old when the death of his fa-
ther compelled him to become a "bread win-
ner," and he and his brother, John Jacob, con-
ducted their father's business from that time
with marked success. At first they had a
wholesale trade, but later they engaged in a
retail business with Charles Kirchner, contin-
uing until 1889, when Mr. Petilion retired
from the active management.

On April 7, 1874, Mr. Petilion was mar-
ried to Miss Catherine Steitz, a native of
Poughkeepsie, and a daughter of Philip and
Catherine Steitz, well-known citizens of Ger-
man birth. They had no children. On his
retirement from business Mr. Petilion pur-
chased from W. S. Johnson a beautiful farm
of eighty acres near the city on the electric-
car line, which he improved with winding
paths and drives, and a residence which com-
pares well with those of of the neighboring
wealthy New Yorkers. He was an intelligent,



progressive man, highly esteemed among all
classes, and was a generous supporter of local
improvements. In politics, he was a Repub-
lican, and he and his wife were prominent ad-
herents of the Lutheran Church, to which they
contribute liberally. Mr. Petilion died Feb-
ruary 2 1, 1896.



JOHN HACKETT, of the well and favorably
known law firm of Hackett & Williams, of
~ the city of Poughkeepsie, which enjoys an
enviable reputation throughout the Valley of
the Hudson, for the success each member has
met with in the handling of the extensive legal
business that for years has been entrusted to
their care, is a native of Ireland, born on the
farm of his father, near Clonmell, June 8,
1845.

His father, John Hackett, with his famil}',
came to America in 1852, and located in Hyde
Park, Dutchess Co., N. Y. , where John Hack-
ett was reared, and where he was given the
benefit of the public schools of the village; he
also attended the Eastman Business College,
and was graduated therefrom in 1863. Not
content with the idea of being an accountant
through life, young Hackett determined on a
professional career, and began the study of
law, pursuing his studies in the office and un-
der the direction of Chester Brundage, at
Poughkeepsie. He was admitted to the bar
in 1866, and at once settled in the practice of
his profession in the city of his adoption, and
where he was reared and educated. In 1873
he was made assistant district attorney under
James L. Williams, and served as such until
the close of Mr. Williams' term of office. In
1S84 he was the Democratic nominee for the
same office, and was elected over George
Esselstyn, the Republican candidate; on the
expiration of his term of office he was again
the nominee for district attorney, and was re-
elected over his competitor, W. R. Wooden,
by a large majority. He very ably and suc-
cessfully performed the duty devolving upon
him as a public official, in a position of so
much responsibility, and both socially and
professionally became widely and favorably
known. In 1876 he formed a partnership
with James L. Williams (under whom he had
served as assistant district attorney), which
partnership continues to exist. They have an
extensive and lucrative practice, and are men
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in which they have so long resided. The firm
is recognized as one of the strongest in that
section of the country.

On April lo, 1880. Mr. Hackett was mar-
ried to Miss Hattie V. Mulford, daughter of
Hon. David H. Mulford, of Hyde Park, who
was one of the representatives from Dutchess
county in the Legislature in 1870-71, and to
their marriage the following children have
come: John M. and Henry T. , both of
whom are now attending the Bisbee Military
School, at Poughkeepsie. Mr. Hackett and
family reside at Hyde Hark.



JAMES COLLINGWOOD (deceased) was
born in Wigan, England, March 19, 1814,
and came to America at the time of the
first cholera epidemic, being then eighteen
years old. He came directly to the city of
Newburg, where he worked at the shoemaker's
trade for a few years, and then moved to Fish-
kill, Dutchess county, where he engaged in the
shoe trade, and built several houses. From
Fishkiil he went to a farm near West Park,
Ulster county, and there engaged in farming.

Mr. Collingvvood came to Poughkeepsie
and started in the lumber business, buying a
residence on the river a short distance from
the city. He was first married at Newburg to
Hannah Frost, who died in Poughkeepsie dur-
ing the second year of the cholera scourge in
New York, leaving four children: Jennie S.,
who married G. W. Millard, and is now de-
ceased; William A. and James H., both also
deceased; and Eugenia Elizabeth, who married
E. B. Taylor, and is now deceased. After
the death of his first wife, our subject married
Miss Mary E. Clark, a daughter of George
Clark, who was born in Poughkeepsie. Of
this marriage five children were born, namely:
(ij Sarah, who married Charles A. Brooks;
(2) John G., who married Josepha Chichester,
and they have two children — John C. and
Fannie M. ; (3) George married Mary E. Carey;
(4) Fannie married G. W. Millard, and is de-
ceased; and (5) Edwin James married Cora L.
Schickle, a daughter of John Schickel, of
Poughkeepsie.

Our subject's parents were William and
Jane Collingvvood, the former of whom started
out for himself at the age of eighteen years.
He was a self-made man, and became one of
the largest coal and lumber dealers along the



Hudson river. He was very highly spoken of
in Poughkeepsie, and his career was an exam-
ple of thrift and energy to others. He built
the opera house and the block in front of it, in
Poughkeepsie, as a private enterprise. His
death occurred May 16, 1874.



E^DWARD CRUMMEY (deceased). To in-
;/ tellectual gifts and training which fitted

the subject of this sketch to take rank among
the leaders of the legal profession, there was
added the ardent heart of a reformer, and a
steadfast faith in human nature that made him
an inspiration for good in every life that came
in contact with his own. His sympathy and
help have lifted more than one degraded drunk-
ard to renewed self-respect and determination,
while his influence among his associates brought
to the various temperance organizations large
numbers of able and cultured workers who in
their turn have carried on the noble work.

Mr. Crummey was born in New York City
in August, 1827, and after the early death of
his parents, James and Sarah Crummey, he
was brought at the age of fifteen to live in the
family of Smiten Vincent Tripp, near Clinton
Corners, Dutchess Co., N. Y. He attended
the district school there for some years, and
pursued a higher course of study in the school
on College Hill, then conducted by Charles
Bartlett, Bisbee and Warring. He taught at
Stanford and Schultzville, and then went to
California in 1849, and engaged in gold min-
ing with the late Hon. A. P. K. Safford, then
a prominent resident there, and later on Gov-
ernor of Arizona. They were successful, and
Mr. Crummey returned home with the means
to carry out a cherished wish to become a law-
yer. He prepared for the bar at Prof. Fow-
ler's Law School, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and
at Poland, Ohio, in 1856, was admitted to
practice, and he at once opened an office in the
city of Poughkeepsie, where for nearly forty
years he carried on his professional work. In
1857, when a County Board of E.xcise was ap-
pointed under the new law, Mr. Crummey be-
came clerk and attorney for that body, serving
with marked ability for several years. At the
time that the i 50th Regiment N. Y. Volunteers
was raised in Dutchess county, Mr. Crummey
opened a recruiting office in Poughkeepsie,
and succeeded in raising an entire company;
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never asked for the commission as captain to
which he was entitled, but gave it to the late
U. S. Capt. Piatt Thorn.

In 1865 he became interested in the tem-
perance cause, and united with the Sons of
Temperance, his zeal and influence bringing
large accessions to the organization. He was
also instrumental in founding a Father Mat-
thew Society in Poughkeepsie, and in starting
a series of public meetings in the court house
and in Old Pine Hall, which aroused and main-
tained for several years wide-spread interest in
the total-abstinence movement. To Mr. Crum-
mey, more than to any other one person, the
success of these several enterprises was due.
He was a fine extemporaneous speaker, and
an able and dignified presiding officer. In the
Sons of Temperance he seven times held the
office of Grand Worthy Patriarch of Eastern
New York, and later was made Most Worthy
Patriarch of the United States and Canada.
In the formation of the Prohibition party he
gave it his allegiance. He was always a ready
friend to any man, no matter how low and de-
graded, who attempted to reform, and he gave
freely of both time and money to secure them
employment, and to establish them in an hon-
orable mode of life. He was a member of the
Masonic fraternity.

On November 10, 1857, Mr. Crummey was
married in the town of Stanford to Miss Ger-
aldine B. Arnold, a descendant of a pioneer
family; her great-grandfather, Ahab Arnold,
her grandfather, Welcome Arnold, and her fa-
ther, Archibald H. K. Arnold, were all promi-
nent residents there. Two sons were born of
this union, Saffokd Arnold and Edward
Daly, both of whom, with their mother, sur-
vive the beloved father and husband, who
passed beyond the gates that separate the seen
from the unseen, July 20, 1894. Surely he
" hath done what he could."



GEORGE HUNTINGTON, M. D. The
life of a country physician, who labors
day and night through all seasons for the alle-
viation of human suffering, lacks the spectac-
ular features which bring some men, in far less
useful callings, into public prominence, but no
one will deny or even question the superior
value of the work done by the unassuming
medical practitioner.

Dr. Huntington is a descendant of an old
New England family, and several of his an-



cestors were physicians of note. Simon Hunt-
ington, the head of this branch of the family,
came from England with three sons soon after
the settlement by the Pilgrim Fathers. Our
subject's great-grandfather and grandfather
were natives of Norwich, Conn., but the latter,
Dr. Abel Huntington, moved to East Hamp-
ton, L. I., when a young man, and began the
practice of medicine. He was a leader among
his associates, and served two terms in Con-
gress under Jackson's administration. His
wife was Miss Frances Lee, daughter of Col.
Lee, of Lyme, Conn., and they had four chil-
dren: Marrietta, the wife of Dr. David Gar-
diner; Cornelia, a well-known writer of prose
and poetry; Abbie L. ; and George Lee Hunt-
ington, our subject's father, who also became
an able and successful physician. He passed
his youth at East Hampton, and studied medi-
cine with his father for some time, continuing
his course later with Dr. Valentine Mott, of
New York City. He took charge of his father's
practice when the latter was elected to Con-
gress, and then for some time followed his
profession in Brooklyn, N. Y., where he mar-
ried Miss Mary Hoogland, a member of an old
Knickerbocker family. Soon afterward he re-
sumed his practice at East Hampton, contin-
uing until his death in 1884. Of his four chil-
dren the eldest, Benjamin H., is president of
the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn. (2) Abel
Huntington, M. D., is medical director of the
New York Life Insurance Co., of New York
City, and Mary E., now a resident of Brook-
lyn, is the widow of the late Frederick Bridge,
who was engaged in trade with China and
Japan, and who for several years was a resi-
dent in those countries.

George Huntington, the third child of this
family, was born in East Hampton, April 9,
1850, and received his literary education mainly
at Clinton Academy, at that place, studying
the classics under the tuition of John Wallace.
In the fall of 1868 he began the study of medi-
cine with his father as preceptor, and later at-
tended three courses of lectures at the College
of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City,
graduating in 187 I. In the following year he
located in Pomeroy, Ohio, but after a few
months returned home and united with his fa-
ther in practice, remaining there until 1874,
when he established himself at Lagrangeville,
Dutchess county. There he has met with the
appreciation which his thorough mastery of his
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In 1874 the Doctor married Miss Mary E.
Heckard, daughter of Judge Martin Heckard,
of Pomcroy, Ohio, a well-known mining engi-
neer, and for some years the judge of the pro-
bate court there. Six children were born of
this marriage: Katharine, Charles Gardiner,
Abel (deceased), lilizabeth, Edwin Horton and
Eleanor. The Doctor holds a high place in
the esteem of his professional brethren, as well
as with the public generally. He is a member
of the Medical Society of Dutchess county, and
was its president in 1887-88; in April, 1894,
he was made an honorary member of the
Brooklyn Society for the study of Neurology.
He also belongs to the Audubon Society of New
York City, and he achieved world-wide recog-
nition as a scientific observer by a paper on
"Chorea," read before the Meigs and Mason
Academy of Medicine, in 1S72, and published
in the ' ' Medical and Surgical Reporter. " This
paper describes a peculiar form of hereditary'
chorea existing in Long Island, N. Y. , which has
since attracted much attention both at home and
abroad, and which has been designated "Hunt-
ington's Chorea." We quote the following
from an article by William Osier, M. D., pro-
fessor of medicine in John Hopkins University,
Baltimore. " Twenty years have passed since
Huntington, in a postscript to an everyday sort
of article on chorea minor, sketched most
graphically, in three or four paragraphs, the
characters of a chronic and hereditary form
which he, his father and grandfather had ob-
served in Long Island. In the whole range of
descriptive nosology there is not, to my knowl-
edge, an instance in which a disease has been
so accurately and fully delineated in so few
words. No details were given: the original
cases were not (nor have they been) described,
but to Huntington's account of the sympto-
matology no essential fact has been added."
In I 897 Dr. Huntington was made one of the
auxiliary staff of the new General Hospital at
Fishkill-on- Hudson.



LEWIS FREDERICK STREIT (deceased),
,' a former well-known carriage manufac-
turer of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, county, was
born at Cniildirland, Albany Co., N. Y., De-
cember 2, 1 8 16. .

Frederick Streit, the great-grandfather of
our subject, born in 1709, came from Bavaria,
and settled at a place called Keskatomi Nijse,
northwest of Catskill, N. Y., owned a farm on



land bought by Henry Beekman of the Indians
about 1700; he afterward sold this farm and
purchased one at Rhinebeck, N. Y., where he
passed the rest of his days, dying February 8,

1 78 1, aged seventy-two years. He married
Catharine Mowel (Moult from the west side of
the river, who was born in 1702, and died
February 23, 1785, at Rhinebeck. They had
eight children: Christina, born F"ebruary 27,
1740, married ("aspar Ham; Elizabeth died in
1740; Anna, born May 26, 1734, died May 27,
1740; Mariah, born March 8, 1742; Frederick,
born March 8, 1742, died May 21, 1800;
Lodowick, born April 12, 1745; Catharine
married Frederick Ham; and Anna married
John Ackert.

Frederick Streit, the grandfather of Lewis
Frederick, was born March 8, 1742, and died
May 21, 1800. He settled at Guilderland,
N. Y. ; married (first) Catharine Benner. Feb-
ruary 7, 1762, daughter of Henrich and Cath-
arine (Boetzer) Benner (they had one daugh-
ter, Catharine, born August 9, 1768); and
(second) Elizabeth Rauh, and to the latter
marriage were born four children: Hannah,
born November 14, 1770, died August 23,
1776; Mary, born July 14, 1773, died August
16, 1776; John, born November 2, 1775, died
August 21, 1776; and Lodowick, born Decem-
ber 26, 1777, died July 9, 1783. For his third
wife Frederick Streit married on February 18,

1782, Catharine Moore, born June 8, 1752, at
Red Hook, N. Y., died March 16, 1843, the
only daughter of Phillip Hendricksen (born
December 28, 171 3) and Engel (Dederick)
Moore; they had four children: Frederick,
born May 2, 1780; Phillip, born September
21, 17S3, died July 4, i Soo, married Eliza-
beth Cramer; Lodowick, born February 26,
1785, went to Canada; Hannah, born May 14,
1789, died February 3, 1833, married John M.
Rowc, November 5, 1809.

Phillip Streit, the father of our subject,
born September 21, 1783, died July 4, 1867,
at Rhinebeck. N. Y., married November 6,
1803, to Elizabeth Cramer, born August 24,
1784, died November 25, 1861, daughter of
John Nicholas and Elizabeth (Tipple) Cramer,
the former born January 22, 1743, died Octo-
ber 18, 1S06, and the latter born in 1752.
They had five children; Caroline Catharine,
born September 9, 1804, at Rhinebeck, mar-
ried (first) Lemuel Savage, of Granville, N. Y. ,
November 30, 1802, and (second) Seth More-
house; Anna Maria, born December 20, 1807,




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at Guilderland, married George Lamoree, of
Staatsburg, died September 20. 1895; J^ne
Elizabeth, born January 3, 181 i, married Seth
Morehouse, died January 4, 1862; Lewis
Frederick, born December 2, 18 16, died March
I, 1 891; Margaret Ellen, born November 27,
1821, married David Henry Schryver, of
Khinebeck, New York.

There is a legend in the Cramer family
that the great-grandfather of Elizabeth Cram-
er was one of the Princes of a small division
of Germany. They lived in a castle supposed
to have been at Baden-Baden; her grandfather
married a daughter of a family with whom his
father was at feuds, and they were conse-
quently disowned by both families. John
Nicholas, father of Elizabeth, was one of
three sons born in Baden in 1743. It is
said the children went to their grandfather's
castle gate, and repeated the Lord's Prayer,
according to an old German custom for restor-
ing peace, but it was unavailing, so the father,
his wife and three sons sailed for America. The
passage was very long (three months) and
stormy; the father died and was buried in the
deep, and the children were sold, according to
the prevailing custom of that time, to pay ex-
penses; the wife married again in Virginia.
Two sons, John N. and another brother, Jacob
or Wendel, settled in Rhinebeck. They
brought with them an old German Bible print-
ed in 1585, which is now in the possession of
one of the members of the family.

Lewis Frederick Streit received the bene-
fits of a common-school education. In 1830



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