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Dutchess county, and to them were born three
children: Mary G. ; William H., of New York
City, who married Mrs. Edith Bryant [uee
Chatterton), and to them was born one child
— Laura Isabelle; and Edward, deceased
The mother of these died May 17, 1S43, and
in the same township Mr. Doughty was again
married, his second union being with Hester
Kelley, by whom were also born three children:
James A., of Torrington, Conn., who was
married to Miss Alice J. Brooker, of the same
place, and to them were born two children —
Ella Brooker (deceased) and Marion Seymour;
Phebe J.; and Cornell, of Brooklyn, N. Y.,
married Miss Anna J. Butts, of New York
City, and to them was born one child — Isa-
belle Perry.

For three terms, Mr. Doughty filled the
office of supervisor of the town of Beekman,
and enjoyed the popularity which comes to
those generous spirits who have a hearty shake
of the hand for those with whom they come in



contact from day to day, and who seem to throw
around them in consequence so much of the
sunshine of life. He was a member of the
Society of Friends, and was one of nature's
noblemen, the world being better for his hav-
ing lived. His death, which occurred in the
town of Beekman, June 7, 1887, was widely
and deeply mourned.

GEORGE E. CRAMER, president of the
Board of Trade of Poughkeepsie, and a
leading grain dealer and wholesale grocer of
that city, was born in Pleasant N'alley, Dutch-
ess county, August 31., 1841.

Our subject's ancestors came originally
from Holland, settling in Dutchess county at
an early date. His grandfather, Philip Cra-
mer, was born in 1783, near Poughkeepsie,
where he was a farmer for some years before
his removal to Pleasant Valley, Dutchess
county, where he died at the age of forty-nine
years. He married Susannah Reynolds, and
they had three children: Phccbe, who married
Jehial Smith; Elizabeth, the wife of Henry
Burhans, and George B., our subject's father,
who was born in Poughkeepsie in 18 14. His
schooling was limited to a few years' attend-
ance at the public schools of that city, but he
was a man of common sense, and acquired a
good practical education in the course of his
life. He was a carpenter and builder in Pleas-
ant Valley for manj' years, and was quite suc-
cessful; but failing health compelled him to
choose another occupation, and, in 1874, he
engaged in the butcher trade at the same place.
Politically, he was first a Whig, and later a
Republican, but although he was greatly in-
terested in the welfare of his party, he was
never an office-seeker. For full half a century
he was a devout and consistent member of the
Presbyterian Church, and was a trustee for
many years. He married Miss Mary A. Dun-
can, a daughter of Joshua Duncan, a well-
known manufacturer of cotton goods at Pleas-
ant Valley, in partnership with George P. Far-
rington. The Duncans are among the oldest
families in that locality. Nine children were
born of this marriage, seven of whom are still
living, and all residents of Dutchess county.
The mother died in 1880, the father surviving
her until May, 1893.

The subject of our sketch attended the dis-
trict schools of Pleasant \'alley, and studied
for a time with a private tutor, supplementing

these limited opportunities in his later years by
I an extended course of reading. At the age of
eleven he began to work for his uncle Duncan
in the grocery business in Poughkeepsie, but
after two years he returned home and clerked
in a country store for about two years. At
the age of si.xteen he went to Poughkeepsie as
clerk for John Mcl^ean, grocer, remaining four
years; then engaged as bookkeeper for John
H. Matthews in the freighting business at the
Lower Landing, and after five years there he
spent two years in the same capacity with
Gaylord, Vail& Doty, at the Main Street Dock.
In I §7 1 he entered the employ of W. W.
Reynolds & Co., as bookkeeper, and three
years later became a member of the firm, then
known as I'leynolds & Co., and composed of
William T. and John R. Reynolds and George
E. Cramer. On January i, 1890, the firm be-
came Rej'nolds & Cramer, and as the senior
member is not in good health, the more active
management of the business devolves upon
Mr. Cramer. This is one of the oldest houses
in the cit}', dating back to 1820, and under the
able and enterprising direction of Mr. Cramer
its already extensive trade has been enlarged
to five times its volume at the time of his en-
trance into the firm, and is now the largest es-
tablishment of its kind in the Hudson River
Valle}'. He holds high rank in commercial
circles, and has been president of the Pough-
keepsie Board of Trade for the past four years.
In 1892 he was appointed president of College
Hill Park Commission, by William W. Smith,
who bought this property and donated it to
the city as a public park.

In 1866 Mr. Cramer was married to Miss
Mary A. Barnes, a daughter of Mrs. Jane A.
Barnes, and a descendant of one of the old
families of Poughkeepsie. They have one
daughter, Ella W. Cramer. Although he is a
Republican in principle, and has taken an act-
ive interest in the success of his party, Mr.
Cramer is not an office seeker, and has refused
to accept any nominations for public office.
He is ready to assist an\' movement for the
welfare of the city, and takes especial interest
in the schools, serving for eleven years in the
board of education, and for several years its
president. He belongs to the Washington
Street M. E. Church, of which he is a trustee
and the treasurer, and has been superintend-
ent of the Sunday-school for twenty-five years.
At one time he was active in the Masonic fra-
ternity, of which he is still a member, and is



past master of Poughkeepsie Lodge No. 266,
and past eminent commander of Poughkeep-
sie Commander}' No. 53, Knights Templar.

HOWELL WHITE, M. D., a prominent
physician of Fishkill, Dutchess county,

is a descendant of a family which has been
notable for generations for its connection with
the medical profession. His great-grandfather
was a phjsician, and had two brothers in the
calling, and the same is true of his grandfather
and his father, three brothers in each genera-
tion choosing the deep researches and arduous
labors of the medical practitioner.

Dr. White was born at Fishkill June 12,
1856, the son of the late Dr. Lewis H. White,
whose long and successful career as a physician,
and excellent qualities as a citizen, won
him a lasting reputation. He was given good
educational advantages, and, after leaving the
public schools of Fishkill, studied two years at
Warring's Military School, in Poughkeepsie,
and four years in the private school of Hugh
S. Banks, at Newburg, and then entered Wil-
liston Seminary at East Hampton, Mass. ,
where he was graduated in 1875. A complete
course in Bellevue Medical College, New York
City, followed, and on his graduation in 1879
he became an interne in the Presbyterian Hos-
pital in that city, securing invaluable practical
work. He began his professional labors in
Fishkill in 1S80, and has been constantly in
practice ever sir.ce, meeting with marked suc-
cess. He is a member of the Dutchess County
Medical Society, and of the New York State
Medical Society. In politics he is a Repub-

On June 9, 1881, the Doctor married a
lady of Huguenot descent. Miss Elizabeth M.
Cotheal, whose interesting genealogical record
is given below. They have four children:
Catherine Elizabeth, Lewis Howell, Richard
Rapalje and Helena. Both the Doctor and
his wife are members of the Reformed Dutch
Church of Fishkill, and take a generous in-
terest in all advanced movements.

Doctor White's lineage is a long and hon-
orable one, as he is in the eighth generation in
descent from Thomas \^'hite, of Weymouth,
Mass. , who was Representative in General
Court in 1636-37. He died in 1679, leaving
(according to Farmer) five children: Joseph,
of Mendon; Samuel, born in 1642; Thomas,
of Braintree; Hannah, who married John Bar-

ter; and Ebenezer, born in 164S, died August

24, 1703-

Second Generation : Ebenezer, the fifth
child of Thomas, of Weymouth, was the fa-
ther of the Rev. Ebenezer White, who was
pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Bridge-
hampton. Long Island.

Third Generation : Rev. Ebenezer White,
of Bridgehampton, was born in 1673, and died

in 1756. He married Hannah , and they

had children: Elnathan, born 1695, died
1773; James; Rev. Sylvanus, born 1704, died
1782; Silas, born 1710, died 1742.

Fourth Generation: Rev. Sylvanus White,
second son of Rev. Ebenezer White, of Bridge-
hampton, L. I., was born in 1704, and went
to Weymouth, Mass., in 171 5, to attend a
classical school. He entered Harvard College
in 1719, graduating in 1723. In 1727 he as-
sumed the pastoral charge of the Church at
Southampton, L. I., which he retained for
nearly fifty-five years. He died October 22,
1782. He married Phebe Howell, only daugh-
ter of Hezekiah Howell, and had nine children,
viz. : Sylvanus, Edward, Hezekiah, Daniel,
M. D., Silas, Phebe, Ebenezer. M. D., Eben-
ezer (2), Henry, M. D. Except the first Eb-
enezer, who died in infancy, they all lived to
adult years.

Fifth Generation: Ebenezer, the seventh
son of Rev. Sylvanus, after being instructed
in the classics by his father, commenced the
study- of medicine, as did also his brothers
Daniel and Henry, availing himself of all the
facilities existing in our country, at that time,
for acquiring a thorough knowledge of his cho-
sen profession. In early lite he married Hel-
ena, daughter of Theophilus Bartow, of New
Rochelle, and granddaughter of Rev. John
Bartow, of Westchester, and great-grand-
daughter of Gen. Bartow, who fled from France
to England in 1685 (on the revocation of the
Edict of Nantes). This marriage was a union
of Puritan with Huguenot. The young couple
commenced life together where they ended it,
in Yorktown, \^'estchester Co., N. Y. The
old homestead is still standing, and is occupied
by a grandson, Josephus L. White. The Doc-
tor soon acquired an extensive practice, and
engaged in the cultivation of a large farm.
Here, on what afterward became the neutral
ground at the commencement of the Revolu-
tionary war, found him, and from the first of
which struggle to the end he was the zealous,
uncompromising advocate of his country's



cause. Many were the advantages and thrill-
ing incidents he would relate to his listening
grandchildren of Tory raids and persecutions,
and many of the wounds received in these af-
frays came under his professional care and
treatment. [See Dr. Thatcher's Military Jour-
nal — Boston, 1823, page 307; also Bolton, in
his history of Westchester Co., Vol. II., page
384, relates one of many incidents in Dr.
White's experience during the war.] He was
elected to the State Senate, and afterward as
Presidential elector. He was born in South-
ampton in 1746, and died in Yorktown in
1827, after more than half a century's success-
ful practice of his profession. His wife sur-
vived him only a few years. Their children
were: Catharine, Bartow, Ebenezer, Henry,
Lewis, James and Theodosius.

Sixth Giiuration : Ebenezer, the second
son of Dr. Ebenezer, of Yorktown, also made
choice of the profession of medicine, as did his
brothers Bartow and Henry. He was a pupil
of his father, and finished his studies by at-
tending medical lectures in the City of New
York. He married Amy, daughter of the late
Samuel Green, of the town of Somers, West-
chester county, and located there in the house
now owned and occupied by his son Samuel.
After a practice of more than sixty years, he
died March 18, 1865, at the advanced age of
eighty-five. He was surrogate of Westchester
county, and represented Dutchess county in
the State Legislature. In politics he was a
Republican; in religion a Presbyterian; and in
theorj' and practice an ardent temperance man.
He had nine children, of whom three sons
adorned the profession which their father so
long followed.

Scventli Generation : Bartow p., M. D.,
married Ann Augusta Belcher, of Round Hill,
Conn., and located there; Stephen G., a mer-
chant of Somers, died unmarried, aged twen-
ty-three; Helen A., married James Brett, of
Fishkill; Lewis H., M. D., married Helena Van-
Wyck, of Fishkill; Oliver, M. D., who settled
in New York, married Catharine O. Ritter;
Phebe married Robert Calhoun; John P., a
merchant of New York, married Margaret Bry-
son; Euphemia married James W. Bedell, of
Somers; Samuel married Emma Jackson, and
is now living in the old homestead at Somers,
Westchester county.

Dr. Lewis H. White, the father of Howell,
was born in Somers, March 17, 1807. He
studied at Yale College, New Haven, in after

years receiving an honorary medical degree
from the University Medical College of New
York. He settled in Johnsville, Dutchess
county, and after several years of practice re-
moved to Fishkill, where he resided the re-
sided the remainder of his life. He practiced
his profession in Fishkill and Johnsville for
fifty-eight years, occupjing a position in his
profession equalled by few and excelled by
none. He was a member of the Dutchess
County Medical Society, and for eleven years
its president; also a member of the New York
State Medical Society. On June 7, 1853, he
married Helena, daughter of John C. and Delia
Van Wyck, of Fishkill. They had three chil-
dren: Howell, born June 12, 1856; Catharine,
born June i, 1859, died July 16, 1862; Kate,
born October 3, 1865, married Hasbrouck
Bartow, of Hackensack, N. J., and now resides
there. It is a noteworthy fact that Dr. Lewis
H. White, his father and grandfather each
practiced his profession for over half a century.
Mrs. \\'hite is a daughter of Isaac E.
Cotheal and his wife, Catherine E. (Rapalje),
and on the maternal side is a descendant in
the eighth generation from Joris Jansen de
Rapalje, one of the proscribed Huguenots,
from " Rochelle in France," and the common
ancestor of all the American families of this
name. He came to this country with other
colonists in 1623, in the "Unity." a ship of
the West India Company, and settled at F"ort
Orange (now Albany), where he remained
three years. In 1626 he removed to New
Amsterdam, and resided there until after the
birth of his youngest child. On June 16, 1637,
he bought from the Indians a tract of land
computed at 335 acres, called Rennegacouck,
now included within the city of Brooklyn, and
comprehending the lands occupied by the
U. S. Marine Hospital. Here Mr. Rapalje
finally located, and spent the remainder of his
life. He was a leading citizen, acted a prom-
inent part in the colony, and served in the
magistracy of Brooklyn. He died soon after
the close of the Dutch administration, his
widow, Catalyntie, daughter of Joris Trico,
surviving him many years. She was born in
Paris, and died September 11, 1689, aged
eighty-four. The original familj' record, pre-
served in the library of the New York Histor-
ical Society, gives the names and dates of
birth of their children, as follows: Sarah, born
June 9, 1625, was married (first) to Hans
Hausse Bergen, and then to Tennis Gysberts



Bogart; Marritie, born March ii, 1627, mar-
ried Michael Vandervoort; Jannetie, born Au-
gust 18, 1629, married Rem Vanderbeeck ;
Judith, born July 5, 1635, married Pieter Van-
Nest; Jan, born August 28, 1637, married, but
died in 1662 without issue; Jacob, born May

28, 1639, was killed by Indians; Catalyntie,
born March 28, 1641, married Jeremias West-
erhout; Jerominus, born June 27, 1643; An-
netie, born February 8, 1646, was married
(first) to Marten Reverse, and then to Joost
Fransz; Elizabeth, born March 28, 164S, mar-
ried Dirck Hooglandt; Daniel, born December

29, 1650.

Second Generation : Jerominus Rapalje
became a man of some prominence, a justice
of the peace, and a deacon of the Brooklyn
Church. He married Anna, daughter of Tennis
Denys, and had nine children born, as follows:
Joris, born November 5, 1668, married July 27,
1694, Nellie, daughter of Jan Conwenhoven,
died at Cripplebush, in 1697; Tennis, born
May 5, 1 671; Jan, born December 14, 1673;
Femmetie, born October 5, 1676, married Jan
Bennet; Jacob, born June 25, i679;Jerominus,
born March 31, 1682; Catalina, born March
25, 1685, married Peter DeMond, of Raritan,
N. J.; Sarah, born November 4, 1687, married
Hans Bergen; and Cornelius, born October
21, 1690.

Tliird Generation: Jan Rapalje, son of
Jerominus, married Annettie, daughter of Coert
Van Voorhees, and was a farmer on a portion
of the family estate in Brooklyn, which at his
death in 1733 Fie left to his son George. They
had three children: George C, Jeromus, and
John, who married Maria Van Dyke, in 1737.

Fourth Generation: Jeromus Rapalje, son
of Jan, inherited a farm at Flushing, where he
died in 1754. He was twice married, and left
six children: John, Richard, Stephen, Ann,
Ida and Elizabeth.

Fifth Generation; John Rapalje, son of
Jeromus, was born in 1722, and died at Jamaica
at the age of about fifty years. He was twice
married, and by his first wife, Elizabeth,
daughter of Abraham Brinckerhoff, had five
children: Catherine, who married Tennis
Brinkerhoff; Jeromus; Abraham Brinkerhoff,
born 1 76 1, died 1818; Aletta, who married
James Debervoise; and Richard. The sons
settled at Fishkill, N. V., where some of their
descendants remain.

Sixth Generation: Richard Rapalje, son
of John, was born on Long Island August 30,

1764, removed to Fishkill during the Revolu-
tionary war, and died September 2, 1825. He
was married three times, first on January 31,

1795, to Letty, daughter of Isaac and Eliza-
beth \'an Wyck. She was born November 21,
1775, and died September 11, 1800. They
had children: Elizabeth, born March 21,

1796, died September 13, 1796; John Van-
Wyck, born August 18, 1798, died Septem-
ber 13, 1798; Eliza Van Wyck, born Feb-
ruary 28, 1800, died January 17, 1801. Mr.
Rapalje married December 2, 1801, for his
second wife, Jane Van Wyck, a sister of his
first wife. She was born March 15, 1782,
and died November 23, 1806. They also had
three children, viz. : William Edward, born
October 11. 1802, died and was buried
at sea while on his return from Europe June
2, 1833; Isaac Van Wyck, born Novem-
ber 8, 1804, died December 7, 1809; John
Augustus, born October 6, i8o6, died same
day. On September i, 18 10, Mr. Rapalje
married Ann, daughter of Archibald and Cath-
arine Currie, of New York (born September 13,
1777, died January 31, i860), and they had
children as follows: Jane Ann, born June 18,
181 1, died July 4, 1825; Isaac Van Wyck, born
March 14, 1813, died August 2, 1824; Richard,
born March 16, 181 5, died December 26, 1846;
Archibald Currie, born January 16, 1817, died
July 28, 1 831; Catharine Elizabeth, born July
8, 1 8 19, died January 8, 1864.

Sez'enth Generation: Catharine Rapalje
married October 22, 1856, Isaac E. Cotheal,
born August 12, 1817, died May 8, 1884, of
New York City, son of Henry and Phebe (Ber-
rian Warner) Cotheal. They had three chil-
dren: Elizabeth M., born February 25, 1858,
the wife of our subject; Anne Rapalje, born De-
cember 13, i860, who married Charles D. Sher-
wood; and Catharine Elizabeth, unmarried.

The old homestead, known as "Robinia,"
where Mrs. White was born, contained be-
tween 500 and 600 acres, and was originally
part of the Madame Brett Patent, transferred
at first to the Van Wyck family, from them to
the Southards, from them, in the year 1795,
to Richard Rapalje (Mrs. White's grandfather),
who built the present residence in 1800. At
his dekth the estate came to Catharine Coth-
eal, his daughter; and, at the death of her hus-
band, to Mrs. White. After her marriage to
Dr. Howell White they lived there for eight
years, when they sold it in 1893 to its present
owner, William T. Blodgett.



and popular representative from the Sec-
ond Dutchess District in the New York Assem-
bly, was born April 2, 1861, in New York Citj-,
of New England ancestry, being a descendant
of Henry Gray, one of two brothers, John and
Henry, who settled at Fairfield, Conn., in
1643. Hiram B. Gray, father of our subject,
was born at Fairfield, Conn.. March 22, 1801,
and lived when a child at Pawling, Dutchess
county, and Paterson, Putnam county. At
the age of twenty-one he went to New York
City and engaged in mercantile business. On
December 20, 1847, he was married in Schuj'-
ler county to Miss Nancy Hager, a native of
that county, and of their children two are now
living: John Hiram, born August 20, 1852,
who is engaged in the building and real-estate
business in New York City; and Augustus B.,
our subject. Hiram Gray, who was a strong
supporter of Lincoln's administration, was
burned out during the draft riot in New York
City, in July, 1863, and he then went to Schuy-
ler county, where he bought two farms where-
on he remained until 1866, in that year dis-
posing of them. In 1870 he bought the home-
stead now occupied by our subject on the out-
skirts of Poughkeepsie; he died in New York
City, January 27, 1872; his wife, Nancy
(Hager), still survives.

Our subject was born April 2, 1861, and
spent his boyhood in New York City, attend-
ing the public schools and preparing for col-
lege. After his father's death he took up his
residence at the homestead which he has man-
aged with great ability, gaining a high reputa-
tion among farmers throughout the State.

On June 23, 1882, in Tompkins county, N.
Y. , he was married to Miss Mary Case, daugh-
ter of Homer Case, of Schuyler county, a gal-
lant soldier of the 103rd N. Y. V. I., in the
Civil war, who lost his life in 1862 in defense
of the Union. Four children were born of
this marriage: George W. , January 17, 1885;
Nancy Isabel, April 9, 1886; Harry Augustus,
February 24, 18S8; and Homer B., Julv 10,


Mr. Gray is a Republican, and devoted to
his party. He has taken a deep interest in
town politics, and rendered faithful service on
the board of supervisors in 1888, 1889 and
1890, his constituents showing their apprecia-
tion b}' re-electing him the third time without
opposition. He succeeded in bringing in a
minority report in regard to keeping the pres-

ent site of the State Armory, and gained the
good vvill and support of the militar}' men and
taxpayers. In 1893 he was elected to the As-
sembly by a plurality of 237 votes over J. W.
De Peyster Toler, and has been re-elected in
the years 1894, 1895 and 1896, having re-
ceived increased majorities, and in 1896 hav-
ing received 2,144 plurality.

In 1896 and 1S97 he served as chairman
of the Committee on Banks, and has served on
the Labor Committee for three years, and his
support by the laboring classes shows that he
always has the interest of the laborer at heart,
and does all in his power to advance their
cause. He has served for three years on the
Committee on Agriculture, Commerce and
Navigation. In fact, his entire record has
proved him to be a most efficient supporter of
the interests of his district.

He has served on the Republican County
Committee for twelve years, and chairman of
the Town Committee, and is treasurer of the
Dutchess County Agricultural Societj". He is
a member of Poughkeepsie Chapter No. 172,
R. A. M., and Triune Lodge No. 782, F. A.
M., and Armor Lodge No. 107, K. of P.

the leading citizens of Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess county, none hold a higher place in
the estimation of the public than the gentle-
man whose name introduces this sketch, and
who comes of a long line of distinguished and
worthy ancestors.

Moses Rogers (the grandfather of our sub-
ject!, born in 1750, died November 30, 1825,
was one of the merchant princes of New York
City. He was engaged in the West Indies'
trade for many years, and was a wealthy man
for those early days, being one of the fifteen
merchants in the city who could afford to keep
horses and carriage. He was one of the found-
ers of Grace ("hurch, and was much devoted
to Church work. He was a brother-in-law of
Archibald Gracie. who was even more cele-
brated than himself. He was a man of ex-
treme sagacity, and was very successful in all
his enterprises. The family is of English de-
scent, and came, probably, from Yorkshire.
They are connected with President Dwight,

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