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family died May 24, 1889, at Portland, Ore-
gon, where the mother is yet residing.

Rev. Edward Duncan Kelsey removed, in
1857, to Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated
from the high school; from 1870 to 1874 he
attended Marietta (^Ohio) College, graduating
in the latter year; in 1875 he entered Andover
(Mass.) Theological Seminar}-, where he re-
mained two years. In 1877 he went to Ash-

ville, N. Y., where for two years he was pas-
tor of the Congregational Church; then, in
1879, entered Yale Theological Seminary, New
Haven, Conn., graduating there in 1881.
From 1882 to 18S4 he was settled as pastor at
Almont, Mich.; from 1884 to 1885 was assist-
ant pastor of the Seventh Presbyterian Church,
New York City; from 1885 to 1889 he was
pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at
Cutchogue, L. I., N. Y. ; from 1889 to 1890
was settled at Prospect, Ohio; from 1890 to
1894 was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in
South Amenia, N. Y. In 1894 he became
principal of the high school at Sharon, Conn.,
in which position he has since remained. Mr.
Kelsey has been twice married, first time on
June 29, 1 88 1, to Miss Julia C. Baldwin, of
New Haven, Conn. She was born at Milford,
Conn., February 23, 1S57, and died February
I, 1894, at South Amenia, N. Y. The chil-
dren of this union were: Frank Childs, born
July 19, 1882, died September 3, 1883;
Arthur Baldwin, born September 10, 1884;
Florence Duncan, born October 13, 1886; and
Josephine Dykeman, born July 25, 1893.

The Bliss Gciiralot

-Zenas Bliss was a

descendant of Samuel Bliss, the youngest son
of Thomas and Margaret Bliss, who settled in
Springfield, Mass., in 1639. Samuel's son,
Ebenezer Bliss, married Mary Gaj'lord, of
Madison, Conn., January, 1707. Ebenezer's
son, Jedediah Bliss, was born February 7,
1708, and married Rachel Sheldon July 2,
1733. and had by her eight children, and nine
by his second wife — seventeen in all. They
were: Rachel, born July 24, 1734; Moses,
born January 16, 1735; Jedediah, Jr., born
April 20, 1738; Mary, born December 1 1, 1739;
Lucy, born March 9, 1741; Lucy (second),
born November 24, 1742; Aaron, born 1745;
Patience, born October 24, 1747.

Jedediah Bliss, Sr. , married his second wife,
Miriam Hitchcock, August 19, 1748, and had
by her nine children, viz : Miriam, born May
17, 1749, married Silas Bliss; Ebenezer, born
January 26, 1750, married (first) Miss Nevens,
and (second) Sarah Ferry; Reuben, born No-
vember 3, 1 75 I, killed in the war of the Revo-
lution; .Alexander, born October 11, 1753;
Zenas (grandfather of Dr. Wellman"), born
February 3, 1756, married Mary Babcock;
Martha, born December 7, 1757, married a
Mr. Gridley; Isaac, born August 10, 1760,'
married Welthy Butters; Jacob, born March
12, 1763, married Mary Collins, who was born



in 1765; Naotni, born October 22, 1766, mar-
ried a Mr. Kneeland.

Zenas Bliss (grandfather to Dr. Wellman)
married Mary Babcock, December, 1784 (she
was born August 20, 1758, and died Septem-
ber 25, 1824), and had by her ten children, all
born in Spriiif^tield, Mass., at the old home-
stead, corner of Main and W^illiam streets.
They were as follows: Horace, born Febru-
ary 13, 1786, died March 26, 1S44; Elisha,
born November 25, 1787, died at Hartford,
Conn., January i, 1881, aged ninety-three
years; Abigail and Harvey (i) (twins), born
November 24, 1789 (Abigail died March 5,
1807, and Harvey (i) died December 3, 1789);
Harvey (2), born March 27, 1792, died Novem-
ber 23, 1869; Lucretia, born May 3, 1794,
died unmarried February 26, 1844; John B.,
born February 17, 1797, died February 22,
1884, aged eighty-seven years; Isaac, born
September 8, 1798, died ^Iarch 5, 1892, aged
ninety- three years; Mary (the mother of Dr.
Wellman). born January 8, 1803, married
Marvin Wellman, June 8, 1826, died March 10,
1877; Emeline, born February 19, 1805, died
February 2, 1806.

Of these children of Zenas and Mary Bab-
cock Bliss: Horace was twice married,, and
had by his Hrst wife three children, Eliza,
Mary and Emily; and by his second wife, had
also three — Horace, Charles and Lucretia.
Elisha married Almira Sikes, and by her had
eight children — Elisha, Almira, Harriet, Frank,
Edward, Richard, Mary, and Elizabeth. Har-
vey married Abbie Grout, of Putney, Wind-
ham Co., \'t., and by her had eight children —
Edwin, Marshall, Isaac, Harvey, Emma,
Laura, Sylvester and Samuel; of these, Edwin
and Isaac were for many years missionaries in
Armenia. John B. married Maria Parker, and
had six children — Roswell, Charles, Abbie,
Hiland, Sarah and Earle. Isaac married
Eleanor Titus, and had seven children — Horace
C. , Isaac K. , Elisabeth L. , Eleanor M.,
Samuel B., Ephraim T. , and Edgar. Mary
married Marvin \\'ellman, and had seven chil-
dren, as shown in the \\'ellman genealogy.

of Red Hook, Dutchess county, was in the
earliest times a favorite point with the Dutch
settlers of this region, and it boasts of one of
the oldest houses in the State of New York,
built for a residence by Hendrick Martin, who

crossed the ocean in 1727. On his arrival he
took a lease from the Beekman patentee, and
at once erected this house, which he located
about one-eighth of a mile from the old New
York and Albany post road, and adjacent to
the present village of Red Hook. It has re-
ceived alterations from time to time, but parts
of the original structure still stand. In 1751
he leased other lands adjoining, from the Van-
Benthuysen patentee.

When Hendrick Martin's son, Gotlob, was
married, the father cut a big stake, and walk-
ing across the farm drove it into the ground,
remarking to the young bridegroom that it was
time for him to ''swarm for himself, " and upon
this spot Gotlob built a plain but substantial
stone house, which stands to-day. The car-
penters were putting up its rafters while the
Declaration of Independence was being read
in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776. To this house,
in 1789, John Martin, son of Gotlob, brought
his bride, Isabella Fulton, a relative of the
famous Robert Fulton. It had been willed by
Gotlob to his grandchildren, but the sons would
not take it from their mother, and after her
death Edward Martin, a son of John, pur-
chased it for a home for his sister, who, like
himself, never married. He was born Febru-
ary 18, 181 1, and lived beyond the ordinary
limit, dying December 3, 1893. He made a
fortune as a civil engineer by taking his pay in
land from a railroad company he was employed
by, some of which property now lies within
the present boundaries of Chicago.

To John and Isabella Martin eleven chil-
dren were born, viz.: Philip, Michael S., Au-
gustus, Henry G., Robert, Claudius G., James,
Edward, Joseph, John and Serena. Joseph
Martin was born February 8, 1S14, and was
educated in the schools of the neighborhood.
At an early age he learned the trade of tanner
and currier; afterward studied law and prac-
ticed until his death, November 25, 1889. He
was identified with the old militia, holding all
the offices, from second-lieutenant to colonel,
both inclusive, in the iiith Regiment New
York Militia, and he served a short time in
the war of the I^ebellion. On January 10,
1837, he was married to Miss Margarite S. Bar-
ringer, of Red Hook, and had ten children,
whose names, with dates of birth, are as fol-
lows: (i) Frederick A., December 7, 1837;
(2) John D., October 21, 1840; (3) Joseph F. ,
April 15, 1842; (4) Claudius E., March 13,
1844; (5) Augustus, October 3, 1845 (died





April 20, 1846); (6) Gertrude A., June 8, 1847;
(7) Isabella F., May 15, 1849; (8) Elizabeth
B., July 20, 1852; (9) Harriet A., January 7,
1854; (10) Sarah S., August 6, 1857.

All the boys in this family served in the
Civil war, and one, John D., corporal of Com-
pany B, 7th N. J. V. I., died in the army Jan-
uary 3, 1862. Claudius E., at the outbreak
of the Rebellion, offered himself as a recruit
for a New Jersey regiment, but was refused on
account of his youth, being under sixteen years
of age. Returning home, however, he ob-
tained his father's written consent, and went
out as one of the original members of the Fifth
New York Cavalry. At the organization of
this regiment as a veteran regiment, he re-en-
listed and served until the close of the war.
He had a horse shot under him, and was
wounded and captured at Orange Court House,
but was re-captured by his own regiment the
same day. Returning home at the close of
the struggle, he settled upon a farm in Warners,
Onondaga county, where he still resides. Joseph
F. (or J. Fielding) enlisted at Trenton, N. J.,
April 20, 1 86 1, in Company C, First N. J.
Militia, for three months; re-enlisted at Tren-
ton, August 27, 1 861, this time in Company B,
7th N. J. V. I., for three years; again enlisted,
this time at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., September
13, 1864, for one year, and October 24, 1864,
was commissioned as first lieutenant in the
59th N. Y. S. V. I., and was honorably dis-
charged September 14, 1865. Prior to the
war he had finished his studies in Poughkeepsie,
and after his return he studied law in the West,
then practiced his profession in Illinois, South
Dakota and New York State. While in Illi-
nois he was elected justice of the peace in the
town of Seward, Kendall county, and was
commissioned as such by Gov. Shelby M. Cul-
lom April 28, 1881. On November 15, 1884,
he was admitted to practice as an attorney and
counselor at law in Sully county, Dakota (now
South Dakota), of which county he was elected
county judge November 3, 1885. On March
3, 1889, he was admitted to practice as attor-
ney and counselor at law in the United States
District Court of the Territory of Dakota, at
Huron (now South Dakota), and October 8,
1890, was appointed by the board of county
commissioners of Sully county. South Dakota,
as a member of the board of insanity. On
November 16, 1892, he was admitted to prac-
tice in the superior court of Dakota, at
Pierre; on December 6, 1892, was admitted to

practice in the U. S. District and Circuit
Courts of South Dakota, at Sioux Falls; on
May I I, 1893, was admitted to practice in the
Supreme Court of the State of New York at
Poughkeepsie, and October 22, 1894, was ad-
mitted to practice in the Supreme Court of
the North Grand Division of Illinois, at Ot-
tawa, Illinois.

Frederick A. Martin entered the service on
the organization of the i 15th N. Y. V., in Au-
gust, 1862; was wounded and captured at the
surrender of Harpers Ferrj', September, 1862,
and paroled with the surrendered garrison.
At Olustee, Florida, February, 1864, he was
wounded and left on the field, but escaped
with the assistance of mounted officers of his
regiment. For a time he was detailed in
charge of commissary stores at Hilton Head,
S. C and later as inspector of the Port of
Beaufort, S. C, thenreturning to his regiment
served until the close of the war. In his
youth he had learned the trade of carpenter
and builder, and on returning home he en-
gaged for five years in car building; then en-
tered the office of the Boston & Albany R. R.,
remaining some twenty-five years, and he has
since carried on a drug store at Ford Edward,
N. Y. In October, 1865, he was married to
Miss Susan L. Near, of Red Hook, and has
one son, Joseph Louis, who is now in partner-
ship with him. He is a member of several
Masonic bodies in Albany, N. Y., mcluding
Temple Commandery No. 2, K. T., and is
commander of the G. A. R. Post No. 491,
Fort Edward, N. Y. Joseph Louis, his son,
is also a member of various Masonic bodies,
including Cyprus Temple, Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, Albany, N. Y. , and is also a graduate
of the Albany College of Pharmacy.

Two of the daughters married, Gertrude
A. and Isabella F. , the former of whom is liv-
ing in Bayonne, N. J., the latter in Brooklyn,
N. Y. The Misses Elizabeth B., Harriet A.
and Sarah S. Martin occupy an elegant resi-
dence on the site of the old homestead of the
Barringer family, to which their mother be-
longed, and have always held a prominent place
in the most refined and exclusive social circles.

r/ ILLIAM BOGLE, president of the
_1\L Dutchess Print Works, located • at
Wappingers Falls, Dutchess county, is one of
the best known and most highly esteemed res-
idents of the county. This extensive plant



was established in 1832, and has been engaged
in printing and dyeing cotton goods for over
sixty years. Some 1,1 50 hands are employed
in the works, all of whom reside in or near the
village, forming a goodly portion of the popu-
lation. Mr. Bogle has ^been connected with
the establishment for thirty-nine years, fifteen
as its president, and it has been re-organized
three times during the last twenty years in or-
der to suit the times and the market.

Mr. Bogle was born near Manchester,
England, September 7, 1834, a son of John
Bogle, who was born in the same locality in
1799, and lived until 1880. He was a color-
mixer in a cloth-printing business for sixty-five
years. At Middleton parish church, Lan-
cashire, he married Ann Brooks, a native of
Ainssvorth, England, and they reared a family
of ten children, our subject being seventh in
the order of birth. None of the family except
William ever came to America. James Bogle,
the father of John, was born in Scotland,
whence he went to England, and in 1805 es-
tablished a print works in Lancashire. He
was one of the earliest master printers in that

Our subject lived in England until he was
twenty-three years of age, and there learned
the business of color-mixing with his father.
On July 22, 1857, he was married to Miss
Selina Hoyle, of Manchester, -and on the first
of August following sailed for the United
States, reaching Wappingers Falls, Dutchess
county, August 14, 1857. He came to that
place under a contract with the Dutchess Print
Works, and for nine years was employed by
them as a color-mixer. He then became as-
sistant superintendent, holding that position
for eleven years, and on .April i, 1876, was
made superintendent of the works, which of-
fice he now holds. Mr. and Mrs. Bogle have
three children: John, born in 1858, has
charge of the cambric "department in the print
works; Alice, born in i860, is at home with
her parents; and Mary, born in 1862, married
John Macauley, who is an engraver in the print
vvorks. Our subject is a Republican in his po-
litical views, and all the family are members
of the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Bogle, as may be inferred from the
foregoing sketch, holds an important place in
the community. He stands high with his busi-
ness associates as a man of ability, strict in-
tegrity and of progressive ideas. In all the
relations of life he has fulfilled his duties with

fidelity, and his enterprise and industry have
brought him financial prosperity as well as the
good will of his fellow men. No citizen of
Wappingers Falls is more deserving of respect
and esteem or more worthy a place in this

NTHONY BRIGGS (deceased) was one

of the leading agriculturists of the town

of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county, and one
of her well-to-do citizens. He was widely
known and honored, and in his death Dutchess
county, in whose welfare he always took a
commendable interest, has lost a valued citi-
zen. His integrity of character, unbounded
benevolence, and never failing courtesy, made
him beloved by all who had the honor of his

Mr. Briggs was born in the town of Pine
Plains, Dutchess county, May 25, 1829,
and his father, who was a son of .\nthony
Briggs, was also born in that town, March 25,
1800. The family is of English lineage. The
father married Clarissa Benham, who was also
of English descent, and a native of New Haven,
Conn., and they became the parents of three
children: Elizabeth, wife of John H. Jewett,
who is living retired in Poughkeepsie; Harriet,
wife of Benjamin White, a farmer of Wiscon-
sin ; and .Anthonj-, subject of this sketch. The
parents began house-keeping in the town of
Pine Plains, on a farm, but later removed to
Washington town, Dutchess county, where
they reared their family.

Our subject passed the first three years of
his life in his native town, after which he was
taken to Washing! m town, where he received a
good education, and became a surveyor, which
business he followed in early life, being three
years thus employed in Wisconsin. On Febru-
ary 24, 1852, Mr. Briggs was united in marriage
with Miss Hannah White, who was born in
the town of \\'ashington, April 9, 1830, and is
a daughter of Ethan White, who was also born
there, the date of his birth being October 19,
1802. Her mother, who bore the maiden
name of Myra Northrope, was born in the town
of Amenia, Dutchess county, April 9, iSoi,
and after her marriage with Mr. White they
located on a farm in the town of Washington,
where they reared their seven children as fol-
lows: Mary, wife of Hiram T. Beecher, a
farmer of Pleasant Valley town; Benjamin, an
agriculturist of Wisconsin; Abner (deceased),




who was a farmer of Washington town, Dutch-
ess county ; Seneca, also a deceased farmer of
Washington town; Catherine, wife of Edward
R. Kinney, of the same town; Hannah, widow
of our subject; and Davis, who operates a farm
in Washington town. In politics the father
was a Republican, and he and his wife be-
longed to the Methodist Church; he died in
1 87 1, she in 1868. Abner White, the paternal
grandfather of Mrs. Briggs, was a native of the
town of Washington, and a son of Charles
White, who was a descendant of Peregrine
White, the first white male child born in
America. Her maternal grandfather, Benja-
min Northrope, a native of Redding, Conn.,
was the son of Samuel Northrope, who was of
English descent, and became one of the leading
farmers of the town of .^menia. Both the
White and Northrope families were very prom-
inent in this part of the State.

For fifteen years after his marriage, Mr.
Briggs engaged in farming in the town of
Washington, but in 1869 he removed to the
farm now owned by his widow, which com-
prises 300 acres of good land. There he car-
ried on general farming in connection with
surveying, and was very successful in his un-
dertakings. In the family were three children:
Davis W., of whom special mention will
presently be made; Mary E. , who died at the
age of three years; and Homer E., a well-
known lawyer of Poughkeepsie. Mr. Briggs
was a stanch advocate of the policy pursued
by the Republican party, held the office of
supervisor for two terms, was justice of the
peace in the town of Washington, eleven years,
and five years in Pleasant Valley, ever dis-
charging his duties with promptness and fidel-
ity. While in Wisconsin he was elected
superintendent of schools in the town of Em-
pire, and after returning to Washington he
taught school several months. The whole
community mourns with the bereaved family
the taking away of this noble-hearted and
generous man, who died February 5, 1895.
He was a sincere member of the Methodist
Church, to which his widow also belongs.

Davis W. Briggs, the eldest son of this
honored couple, was born February 24, 1853,
in the town of Washington, Dutchess county,
and received his education in both Washington
and Pleasant Valley towns. He is now oper-
ating the old farm in Washington, and also
the homestead farm in Pleasant Valley. On
October 18, 1882, he married Irene Bower,


who was born February 20, 1858, in Pleasant
Valley, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Kirk)
Bovver, and four children have been born to
this union: Anthony J., Mary Alida, Harold
G and Norton Augustus. In politics he is a
Republican. His wife is a member of the
Episcopal Church of Pleasant Vallej'.

jpRISTRAM COFFIN is a descendant of
JL the Coffyns, of Devonshire, England.
The Manor of Alwington in that county was
assigned to Sir Richard Coffyn by William
the Conqueror in the eleventh century. It has
remained in the family ever since, and is now
known as Portledge Manor. It is located on
the coast near Plymouth, and contains about
four thousand acres. The family mansion and
one of the churches on the estate are ancient
stone buildings. Many of the memorial stones
of members of the family are in this old church.

Tristram Coffyn, the first of the race who
settled in America, came to Massachusetts in
1642. He lived for a time in Haverhill and
Newburyport, and removed to Nantucket in
1660. In company with nine others, he pur-
chased the Island from the Crown and the In-
dians. He was prominent among the early
settlers, and became chief magistrate of the
Island. He died there in 1681. His letters
to Sir Edmund Andros, the English Colonial
Governor of New York, are preserved in the
State archives in Albany.

The accurate genealogical records existing
in Nantucket, enable members of its old
families to trace their lineage back to England
in unbroken lines. The names of the succes-
sive sires of the nine generations of the Coffin
family, ancestors of Tristram Coffin, were as
follows: Nicholas, Peter, Tristram (the pio-
neer), John (who died at Martha's Vineyard in
1711), Peter, Tristram, Abishai (who settled
in the town of Washington, Dutchess county,
in 1774), Robert and Alexander H. With the
exception of the last, these names are inscribed
on the family monument in the burial ground
of the old Friends' meeting house at Nine
Partners (now Millbrook), New York.

Alexander H. Coffin, father of Tristram,
died in Poughkeepsie in 1890. His wife, Jane
Vincent, also died there, in 1871. They had
three children: Owen Vincent Coffin, ex-Gov-
ernor of Connecticut, who resides in Middle-
town, in that State; Tristram; and Harriet .\I.
Valentine (deceased). Through his mother,



Mr. Coffin is related to the Vincent, Fowler
and Vail families of Dutchess county. Capt.
Israel Vail, of the Revolutionary army, was
one of his ancestors. Through his father he is
connected with the \'anderburgh and Bentley
families. Henry \'anderburgh, his ancestor five
generations back, was one of the early settlers
in Poughkeepsie. James, son of Henry Van-
derburgh, who was Mr. Coffin's direct ancestor
four generations removed, lived and died in the
town of Beekman. He was a colonel in the
Revolutionary war. Washington mentions in
his journal having dined at Col. X'anderburgh's
on several occasions, while the army was en-
camped above the Highlands.

Tristram Coffin was born in the town of
Unionvale, and attended the district school,
and, later, Amenia Seminary. He left home
at an early age, and was in business in New
York for several years. He made a number
of trips through the South and West before
the war of the I^ebellion. After the outbreak
of the war, he studied law in the office of
Joseph W. Gott, of Goshen, Orange Co.,
N. Y. Leaving Goshen in 1 863, he entered the
Albany Law School, from which he was grad-
uated in 1864. He then w-ent to Poughkeep-
sie, where he was a law student in the office
of the late Hon. Allard Anthony for one year
before commencing practice. In 1870 he was
elected district attorney of Dutchess county,
and held the office for three years. In 1881
Mr. Coffin delivered the principal oration at the
meeting of the representatives of the Coffin
family of the United States held at Nantucket.
He has been asked to compete for different
public positions, and to accept office in monied
and other corporations, but has invariably de-
clined. For about twenty years he. devoted
himself untiringly to the practice of his profes-
sion in Poughkeepsie, in which he was sucess-
ful from the outset. While in the midst of a
lucrative practice, and in the prime of life, he
surprised his clients and friends by refusing to
receive any new business. For several years,
although he has kept an office for the transac-
tion of his duties as trustee of a number of
estates, he has been absent much of the time.
He remained a bachelor until 1890, when he
married Miss Ida M. Gardner, a native of
Michigan, and a descendant, of the eleventh
generation, from Sir Thomas Gardner, of
Yorkshire, England.

Mr. Coffin is a gentleman of sterling char-
acter, refined tastes, an ardent lover of nature

and an enthusiastic traveler. He has seen much
of his own country, and has made a number of
trips to Europe and the East. He has been

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