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the first president of Yale College, and by mar-
riage with the Woolseys and Governor Fitch,
first Colonial governor of Connecticut ; the \'er-
plancks, the Winthrops, Van Rennselaers, and



Pendletons of \'irgiiiia. Moses Rogers mar-
ried Sarah Woolsey, and they had four chil-
dren: Benjamin Woolsey, Archibald Kogers
(our subject's father); Frances married Frank
Winthrop; and Julia became the wife of Sam-
uel Hopkins, of Geneva, N. Y. Mr. Rogers
died in 1S25, and his wife passed away in 1820.
Archibald Ivogers, the father of our subject,
was born in 1791 at Shippan Point, Stamford,
Conn., where his father had his summer home.
He was educated in Yale College, and in about
1 8 16 took a trip abroad at the suggestion of his
father, whose favorite son he was, in company
with Tom Moore, nephew of Bishop Moore, of
Virginia. He spent three years in traveling,
and among other places visited the held of
Waterloo, where he secured some interesting
relics. He was married in 1S21 to Miss Anna
Pierce Pendleton, only daughter of Judge Na-
thaniel Pendleton, of New York City, who was
(Ml the bench before Judge Emmott. To this
union eight children were born, and the follow-
ing record of seven is given: (1) Nathaniel
Pendleton, who was born .April 29, 1822, was for
many years a prominent lawyer in New York,
and was associated with Alexander Hamilton,
a grandson of the famous Alexander Hamilton
of history, and Francis Reeves, son of Francis
Reeves, minister to France, the firm name
being Hamilton, Rogers & Reeves. In his
later years he lived at " Placentia, " Hyde
Park, until his death, which occurred at his
town residence in New York City, April 22,
1892. (2) Julian, born February 12, 1824,
died when six months old. (3) Edmond Pendle-
ton, born in 1827, father of Col. Arch'd Rogers,
of Gov. Morton's staff, and died at Hyde Park,
February 9, 1895, married "Virginia Dummer,
of Jersey City, in 1850. (4) Archibald, born
August 10, 1825, died March 21, 1831. (5)
Philip Clayton, our subject, was born August
13, I 829 (he was named after Major Phil Clay-
ton, of the Catalpas, of whom he was a
lineal descendant, who settled in Culpeper
county, Va., in 1643). (6) Archibald (2), born
November 12, 1832, died in New York City,
December 20, 1836. (7) Susan Bard, born
November 4, 1834, married Herman T. Liv-
ingston, only son of Herman Livingston, of
Oake Hill, opposite Catskill, and lives in New
York. Anna P. Rogers, their mother, died at
Hyde Park, December 26, 1873, in the eighty-
seventh year of her age. After his marriage
our subject's father passed the remainder of
his life in the (juiet pursuits of a country gen-

tleman. He was a great hunter and lisher-
man, and enjoyed these sports to their full ex-
tent. He was a man of great generosity of
character, and was universally esteemed.

The Pendletons, ancestors of our subject's
mother, were of an old English family (the
name is mentioned in I'ving Edward's time,
" Penniltonns "), members of which came to
this country and settled in Virginia in 1628.
Edmund Pendleton was the first president of
the Virginia State Assembly, and was a close
friend of General Washington and Patrick
Henry. He was one of the most distinguished
of the Pendletons. He lived in Culpeper
county, Va. Martha Washington was a Dan-
dridge, and the Pendletons and Dandridges are
closely connected. Judge Nathaniel Pendleton
became a soldier in the Revolutionary war
when only eighteen years old, and by his
bravery rose to the rank of major. He distin-
guished himself greatly at the battle of Eutaw
Springs, serving at that time on the staff of
General Nathaniel Greene; the General's pis-
tols are still in the family. After leaving the
army he married Susan, a daughter of Dr.
John Bard, of I]urlington, N. J. The Bard
family is of good old Huguenot stock, and
came to this country after the Edict of Nantes.
Dr. John Bard was a distinguished physician
of Burlington, N. J., son of Gen. Peter Bard,
of the Revolutionary army, afterward settling
in New York City, where he lived a number
of years. He died at Hyde Park, where he
resided the latter part of his life. His epitaph
reads: " The longer he lived the more he was

Judge Pendleton was the second to Gen.
Hamilton in the latter's famous duel with
Aaron Burr at Weehawken, in 1804. He was
a noted lawyer of his day in New York City,
and at the time of his death was ajudge in the
court at Poughkeepsie. He bought a place at
Hyde Park which he named "Placentia,"
meaning " Rest," where he died in i82r, in
his sixty-first year. His eldest son, Edmund
Henry, who eventually filled his father's place
at the bar in Poughkeepsie, and was judge
from 1830 to 1840, married Frances Maria
Jones, of Jones Wood, N.Y. ; he went to Europe
in 1836, and spent the balance of his life be-
tween Hyde Park and New York City. He
died in 1863 without issue, his large property
being left to his only sister's eldest son, Na-
thaniel P. Rogers.

Nathaniel Greene Pendleton went to Cin-



cinnati, when a young man, and practiced law,
becoming very successful and being twice sent
to Congress. His first wife was Jane Hunt,
a daughter of Gov. Hunt, of Ohio, and his sec-
ond, Miss Anna Bullock, of Kentucky. He
left a large family — his most distinguished son
being George Pendleton, of Ohio, who wassent
twice to Congress, was a U. S. Senator from
that State, was minister to Berlin, and was a
candidate for Vice-President on the ticket
with Gen. George B. McClellan, in 1864. He
married Alice Key, daughter of Francis Scott
Key, the American poet (who was born in
1780, and died in 1843), author of the "Star
Spangled Banner." James M. Pendleton,
M. D., married Margaret Jones, a member of
one of the prominent families of New York
City; he was a distinguished physician, and
having a large fortune spent much of his time
in practicing among the poor people of the
city, never accepting any money for his

Philip Clayton Rogers, the subject proper
of this review, was educated in his younger
days in the celebrated school of Dr. Huddart,
in New York City. In 1840 he entered
Columbia College, where he remained until
1845, leaving in the junior year to take a posi-
tion in the counting-room of Robert K.ermit,
of the old Red Star Line. In 1853 he was
appointed secretary of the Second Avenue
Railroad Co., filling that office for three years.
At this time a change took place in the man-
agement, and Mr. Rogers removed to Hjde
Park. In 1859 he took a trip to China, going
out as a passenger and coming back "before
the mast," having a strong wish to see strange
climes and people. In 1861 he enlisted as a
private in the famous New York Seventh Reg-
iment (Old 8th Company, Capt. Shumway),
and went to Washington, returning in June of
that year in company with his brother, Ed-
mund P. Rogers, to whom he was devotedly
attached. The following August he was made
second lieutenant in the 55th N. Y. \'., and
this regiment, ne.xt year after, being consoli-
dated with another, he was made first lieuten-
ant of Company H, 39th Regiment. He was
soon promoted to the captaincy, and was ap-
pointed aid-de-camp in the First Brigade,
First Division, of the Second Army Corps. In
the second day's fight at the battle of the
Wilderness, May 6, 1 864, he was taken pris-
oner and carried to Macon, Ga., whence he
was sent to the jail at Charleston. On his way

there, he in company with eighty other offi-
cers who were prisoners jumped from the cars
at Pocataligo Station, and made a bold dash
for freedom, but were hunted down by hounds,
only one succeeding in escaping. He was
afterward e.xchanged by special order of Gen.
Foster, and was sent back to New York on
board the steamer "Arago," in August, 1864.
In October he resumed his duties on the staff
of the First Battalion, First Division, Second
Corps, remaining at his post until F"ebruar3'
20, 1865, when worn out by the hard life of a
soldier he took an honorable discharge. He
wears a bronze cross of the 7th Regiment,
N. Y. S. \'., which was given him for long and
faithful service, and is among his choicest

In 1865 Mr. Rogers was married to Miss
Julia Kavanagh, of New Rochelle, a descend-
ant of the Kavanaghs of Ireland, a very old
family. To this union four children have been
born: Philip Clayton, Jr., Juliana, \'irginia
and James M. The latter, who was a favorite
child of his father, was killed when seven
years old by the discharge of a gun in the
hands of a playmate.

Capt. Rogers has seen many stirring events
in the course of his long and eventful life, and
bore an active part in one of the strangest and
bloodiest wars in history, when brother was
arrayed against brother and State against
State. He lived to see a re-united country,
more prosperous and happy than ever before,
and with most brilliant prospects for still
greater power and glory in che future. He is
now passing the evening of his life in peaceful
retirement, happy in his family and friends
and with the consciousness of having done his
part well in whatever he has engaged.

X ceased), at one time a prominent citizen
of Smithfield, widely and favorably known,
was a native of Dutchess county, born in the
town of Stanford, December 14, 1814. His
grandfather, Elias Thompson, was also a resi-
dent of the county, where the birth of his fa-
ther, James Thompson, occurred. The latter
served his apprenticeship to the hatter's trade,
but never followed that business, devoting his
time principally to agricultural pursuits in the
town of Stanford, where he died at the age of
seventy-six years. His political support was
given the Democratic party. He was married



to Rebecca Rider, daughter of Robert Rider,
and to them were born nine children: Eme-
hne, Robert R., Hannah, Jane, David, Mehs-
sa, Edwin, EHas M. and Henrj- P., all of whom
are deceased except David and Elias M.

After attending the district schools for a
time, our subject entered the Nine Partners
Boarding School, but finished his education in
the Amenia Seminarj', after which he aided
in the work of the home farm during the sum-
mer season, while the winter months were de-
voted to school teaching until his marriage.
That important event of his life was celebrated
in I 84 1, Catherine Sanford becoming his wife.
After a long and happ}' married life of over
half a century she was called to her final rest in


Fourchildren blessed their union, as follows:
(i) Ellen C. is the wife of William J. Clanney,
of Amenia, by whom she has five children —
Grace, George, Robert, William and Clarence.
(2) George married Nellie Le Roy; he died in
1895, leaving no children. (3) John R., a
leading resident of Amenia, is the superintend-
ent of the water works at that place and at
Pine Plains and ^^"assaic. In 1877 he married
Mary F. Bertine, and the}' have three children
— Kate, John R. , Jr., and Anna Frances. (4)
Edward B. was born at Smithfield, November
8, 1S62, and there spent his boyhood, later
attending the Amenia Seminary. At the early
age of ten years he took quite a fancy to ducks,
which he engaged in raising for a few years,
and then turned his attention to Plymouth
Rock chickens, paying $8 for his first setting
He then began dealing in fancy fowls
and now makes two shipments a

of eggs
and eg

week. He has successfully exhibited his fowls
in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia,
and has won many premiums. Socially, he is
connected with Amenia Lodge No. 672, F. &
A. M., of which he has twice served as master,
is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of
the Smithfield Presbyterian Church. At New-
burg, Orange Co., N. Y., in February, i8qi,
he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ada
Smith, daughter of Rev. W. E. Smith, and
has two children — Edward \'alentine, born in
1S92, and Walter Carlyle, born in 1893.

After his marriage, Robert R. Thompson
located at Smithfield, where he made his home,
and for forty years was successfully engaged
in the fire, life and accident insurance business.
For twenty-five j-ears he also served as post-
master of Smithfield, and was school inspect-

or. He cast his ballot in support of the prin-
ciples advocated by the Democratic party, and
affiliated with Amenia Lodge No. 672, F. &
A. M. He was a pleasant, genial gentleman,
winning man}- friends, and faithfully discharged
every duty that devolved upon him. He passed
away at his home December 26, 1896, at the
ripe age of eighty-two years and ten days, in
full possession of his business faculties to the
verv last.

ILTON H. ANGELL, M. U., one of the
JXJL, leading physicians of Dutchess county,
is established in Salt Point, where he follows a
career of usefulness, having thoroughly fitted
himself for the duties of a most responsible
position. He gives his entire attention to his
chosen profession, with most satisfactory re-
sults to himself and patrons.

Ephraim Angell, the paternal grandfather
of our subject, was born in Rhode Island, of
English origin, and after his marriage with
Mary Thorne he located in Columbia county,
N. Y. Their family included nine children,
namely: Augustus carried on farming in
Columbia county; Joseph died in early man-
hood; Stephen is the father of our subject;
Henry (deceased) was in early life a farmer,
but later became a coal dealer in Chicago;
William carries on agricultural pursuits in
Columbia county; Ephraim is engaged in the
same occupation in that county; Sarah is the
wife of Elisha Clark, a farmer of Columbia
county; Martha first wedded Ashley Niles, a
merchant of that county, and after his death
became the wife of Nodiah Hill, a very learned
man; and Emma (deceased) married Dr.
William Vail (now deceased), who was en-
gaged in the practice of medicine in New
Hampshire. The father of this family fol-
lowed farming exclusively in Columbia county
until his death.

Stephen T. Angell, the father of our sub-
ject, was a native of the village of Spencer-
town, Columbia county, where he grew to
manhood. He married Hannah E. Ham, who
was born in the town of Clinton, Dutchess
county, and is a daughter of George Ham, an
agriculturist. They began their domestic life
upon a farm near Salt Point, in Pleasant Val-
ley town, where their five children were born
as follows: Evelyn; George H., a merchant
of Wappingers Falls, N. Y. ; Augustus, a physi-
cian and oculist, of Hartford, Conn.; J. Thorne,



engaged in railroad business in Pine Plains,
Dutchess county; and Milton, the subject of
this review. Besides general farming the
father was successfully engaged in breeding
Shorthorn cattle and Southdown sheep. For
many years he served as justice of the peace,
was ever identified with the Republican party,
and a man of most estimable character. His
death occurred in October, 1S89, his faithful
wife still surviving.

On the family homestead at Salt Point, Mil-
ton H. Angell was born October 8, 1856, and
under the parental roof spent his boyhood, dur-
ing which period he attended the district
schools. Later he entered the Military Acad-
emy at Poughkeepsie, and for three years pur-
sued his studies at De Garmo Institute, Rhine-
beck, N. Y., after which he taught school for
one year. He then began the study of medi-
cine, taking a course of lectures at the New
York Homeopathic Medical College, where he
was graduated with the class of '82. Shortly
afterward, the Doctor located at Wappingers
Falls, where he engaged in practice for a year
and a half. Then he removed to Stanfordville,
Dutchess county, where he followed his chosen
profession for six years, and in 1890 succeeded
his brother. Dr. Augustus, at Salt Point, where
he enjoys a large and lucrative practice.

On October 13, 1886, Dr. Milton H. Angell
was married to Miss Frances McKay, a daugh-
ter of Robert McKay, a native of Brooklyn, N.
Y., who is now living retired; he is of Scotch
descent, and a son of Samuel McKay, a prom-
inent hatter and furrier. Two children have
been born to the Doctor and his wife: Evelyn
and Milton. Dr. Angell stands high in the
ranks of the medical fraternity of Dutchess
county; politically, he is an adherent to the
principles of the Republican party.

the first grants of land in the far-famed

Oblong Valley, in Dutchess county, was made
by King George III. in 1760, conveying the
title of 500 acres to Thomas Taber, the great-
grandfather of the subject of this sketch. He
came from New Bedford, Mass., where he was
born in 1732, and in 1760 made his home upon
this estate, which has ever since been in the
possession of the family.

His son, Jeremiah Taber, our subject's
grandfather, was born there in 1762, and like

his father was a farmer by occupation. He
was prominent in local affairs, also in the So-
ciety of Friends at Quaker Hill, and being a
man of unusual sagacity he was greatly re-
spected throughout the locality. He lived un-
til 1834, and his wife, Dillalah Russell, daugh-
ter of Elihu Russell, departed this life in 1852.
They had six children: (i) Eliza, who mar-
ried Joseph Carpenter, a native of Harrison
township, Westchester Co., N. Y. , a farmer,
and they had three children — Harriet A., mar-
ried to Daniel Griffin; Mary T. , wife of Joseph
Parks, of the firm of Parks & Tilford (they had
two sons — George and Herbert — in business
with their father), and Arthur, now deceased.
(2) Russell, who succeeded to his mother's
homestead, and lived there during his life, mar-
ried Deborah Hoag, and had four children —
Mary H., who married Alfred Wing, brother of
Ebby P. Wing; Eliza, who died when young;
Ann, unmarried, and John, who wedded Delia
Ross. (3) Thomas, a farmer, settled in
Broome county, N. Y. , where he left descend-
ants; he married Mary (jilbert, and had four
children — Amelia, who married Morton Crane,
of Putnam county; Gilbert, who first married
Amanda Tripp, and had one daughter, Hattie
(now Mrs. Birdsell); Delilah, who married
\\'arren Merchant, and Jeremiah, who lives in
Delaware county. (4) William, our subject's
father. (5) Harriet, who married Jonathan
Akin, and with her husband was greatly es-
teemed in the Society of Friends, as well as in
the community at large. (6) John, who died
at the age of sixteen.

William Taber, who was born December
10, 1796, inherited 260 acres of the old farm,
by buying out the other heirs. He was a suc-
cessful farmer, a Quaker in religion and an ex-
emplary citizen, noted for his unfailing kind-
ness to the unfortunate. Although he never
took an active part in politics, he was a stanch
Democrat in principle. He married Eliza,
daughter of Abial Sherman, a leading resident
of the southern part of the town of Pawling.
She died February 5, 1841, and he survived
her until 1863, when he breathed his last at
the old homestead. Of their three children,
one died February 4, 1846, at the age of six
years. Walter F. Taber, the youngest of the
two surviving sons, is a well-known resident of

W'illiam Henry Taber, the eldest son, was
born May 4, 1825, and has spent the greater
part of his life on the old estate. After finish-




ing the course of study afforded in the district
school of the neighborhood, he attended the
Jacob Wiliets select school for some time, and
then studied one winter in Poughkeepsie, with
Prof. Hyatt. He received a fair education for
the times, which his naturally active mind has
enabled him to enlarge by reading and observa-
tion. He remained at home until his marriage
in 1852 to Miss Catherine Flagler, daughter of
Benjamin F. Flagler, a prominent citizen of
Beekman, when he settled upon a farm be-
longing to an aunt of his wife, conducting same
for two years. In 1854 he bought J. J. \ande-
burg's interest in a general store at Pawling,
and gave his whole attention to the business.
In the following year Mr. Merritt sold his in-
terest in the same store, to Walter F. Taber,
and the two brothers continued ;n partnership
until 1863, when our subject moved to the old
homestead, buying up all other claims upon it.
Here he has carried on general farming, and has
also engaged in other lines of business, dealing
extensively in li\e-stock, in the slaughter of
cattle, and in the sale of meat at retail. His
purchases of Western cattle to supply the local
demand for milk cows have been large and
profitable — in fact, his enterprises have been
uniformly successful. He was an incorporator
and one of the original trustees of the Pawling
Savings B.ank, has been for many years its
vice-president, and for more than twenty years
has been an inspector of the National Bank of

Mr. Taber's first wife died on September
26, 1855, leaving two daughters: Eliza, the
wife of William H. Osborne, of Pawling; and
Amelia, who married Edwin R. Ferris, of Jer-
sey Heights. In 1858, for his second wife,
Mr. Taber wedded Elizabeth Thomas, daughter
of Charles Thomas, a well-known resident of
the town of Dover, and three children were
born to them: George A.; Nellie, wife of
Stephen Moore; and Charles W., who resides
at Gaylords Bridge. The mother of this family
died April 6, 1874, and Mr. Taber formed a
third matrimonial union January 10, 1888,
with Miss Louise Frost, daughter of ,\lva Frost.
They have had twosons: William Henry, Jr.,
and Sherman, both at present attending school.

Mr. Taber is an influential worker in the
Democratic party, and served as supervisor
and justice of the peace in 1854. He is active
in local affairs also, and has been assessor for
nineteen years, during which time he has re-
vised the entire assessment list.


HENRY D. WHITE. M. D., a leading
physician and surgeon of Hopewell Junc-
tion, Dutchess county, belongs to a family
that has had several able representatives in
the medical profession. His great-grandfather,
Ebenezer \\'hite, was an eminent practitioner
of Westchester county, N. Y. , where his en-
tire life was passed. The White family is of
old English stock, and was founded in this
country during the early period of its settle-
ment. In religious belief they have been
principally members of the Reformed Dutch

His grandfather. Dr. Bartow F. White,
was a native of Westchester county, N. Y.,
but engaged in the practice of medicine in
Connecticut. In politics he was a stalwart
supporter of the Democratic party. He mar-
ried Ann Augusta Belcher, a native of Round-
hill, Conn., and a daughter of Elisha Belcher,
M. D., who served with distinction during the
Revolutionary war, and whose ring, worn by
him at that time, is now on the finger of the
Doctor. Four children were born to the
grandparents: Stephen; Alethea, who mar-
ried Dr. Henry A. Weeks, of New York City
(and whose son, Bartow F. , was assistant dis-
trict attorney of that city) ; and William and
Elisha, deceased.

Stephen White was born at Roundhill,
Conn., was reared to manhood in New York
City, and has been engaged in mercantile pur-
suits e.xclusively, both in that city and in
Brooklyn, but is now living retired. He was
united in marriage with Caroline Elizabeth
De la Pierre, whose birth occurred in New
York City. Her father was a native of Hol-
land, but of French-Huguenot parentage. The
Doctor is the third in order of birth in a fam-
ily of three children, his sisters being Alethea
A., and Caroline De la Pierre, who died at the
age of six years. His parents are highly-es-
teemed people, members of the Protestant
Episcopal Church, and his father is an adher-
ent of Democratic principles, always supporting
that party.

Dr. White was born at Brooklyn, Febru-
ary 8, 1866, there received his primary educa-
tion in a private school, and later attended
the Polytechnic Institute. After the com-
pletion of his literary course he entered the
College of Physicians and Surgeons, of New
York City, where he graduated with the class
of 1887. after which for one year he was house
physician of St. John's Hospital of Brooklyn,



thus gaining much valuable practical experi-
ence. He located at Hopewell Junction in
1896, and from the present outlook will soon
be at the head of a large and lucrative prac-
tice. He has that love for his profession
which is sure to win success, and his skill can-
not fail to be recognized. Like his ancestors,

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