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and the name of its founder occurs in every
known copy of the " Battle Abbey Roll." [See
Burke's " Landed Gentry of Great Britain and
Ireland."]

Thomas Sanford, the grandfather of Rob-
ert Sanford, was born in Connecticut, married
Phcebe Baker and settled on Long Island, at
Bridgehampton, where he practiced medicine,
and also followed farming, and where he died.
He had two children, Nathan, our subject's
father, and Phebe, who married Dr. Rufus
Rose, a physician.

Nathan Sanford, father of our subject, was
born at Bridgehampton, L. I., November 5,
1777, and grew to manhood on his father's
farm. He received an elementary education
at Clinton Academy, Easthampton, L. I., and
in 1793 entered Yale College, but did not grad-
uate. In 1797 he studied law with Samuel
Jones, Sr., and was admitted to the bar in
1799. In 1800 he was one of the United
States Commissioners of Bankruptcy, and in
1803 was made United States District Attor-
ney for the Southern District of New York,
which position he held twelve years. In iSi i
he was chosen speaker of the State Assembly,
being the last speaker to preside in a cocked
hat. The following year he was elected to
the State Senate, and his portrait, ordered by
the State, is now in the Capitol at Albany.

In 18 1 5 Mr. Sanford was elected to the
United States Senate, and soon after relin-
quished the practice of his profession, devoting
himself in his legislative capacity to the inter-
ests of his country. In 1831, after the e.xpi-
ration of his term of office, he was chosen a
member of the convention for framing a new

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constitution for the State of New York. In
1823 he was appointed to succeed the Hon.
James Kent as chancellor of the State, which
position he filled with honor until 1825, when
he was again elected to the U. S. Senate, in
place of Dr. Rufus King, by a unanimous vote of
both branches of the Legislature. He was
chairman of the committee on Foreign Affairs,
the most prominent of all Senate Committees.
In the Presidential election of 1824 Senator
Sanford was one of the candidates for the vice-
Presidency of the United States. .^.t that
period candidates were not formally nominated
by their parties as at the present day. In this
election there were four candidates for that
office: William H. Crawford, nominated by
the Democratic members of Congress; Andrew
Jackson, nominated chiefly by numerous con-
ventions; the candidate of the people, John
Quincy Adams, nominated by the Legislatures
of most of the Eastern States; and Henry
Clay, nominated by his friends in various
States. Mr. Sanford was put on the ticket
with Clay, and the other candidates for the
Vice-Presidency were: Calhoun, Macon, Van-
Buren, Jackson and Clay. Neither candidates
received a majority of votes, but Adams was
elected when the vote was thrown into the
House of Representatives. Calhoun received
a large majority for Vice-President.

Among the many eminent men of New
York, no one served in more important posi-
tions in the same length of time than did
Nathan Sanford. He was an educated man,
and master of many languages. At the expi-
ration of his senatorial term, he retired to his
estate at Flushing, L. I., where he resided
until his death, which occurred October 17,
1838. He was married three times, his third
wife being Mary Buchanan, who was born in
Baltimore, November i, 1800, a daughter of
Andrew and Anne (McKean) Buchanan, the
former of whom was a merchant in that city.
Mrs. Sanford was the second in a family of
four children, the others being Susan, Thomas
and Ann.

Dr. George Buchanan, the maternal great-
great-grandfather of Robert Sanford, our sub-
ject, was born in Scotland in 1698, and emi-
grated to Maryland in 1723. His son George,
also a physician, was born in Baltimore, Sep-
tember 19, 1763, and married Laetia McKean,
by whom he had eleven children, Andrew, the
grandfather of Robert Sanford, our subject,
being the fifth in order of birth. Laetia Mc-



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Kean was the daughter of Thomas McKean,
one of the Signers of the Declaration of Inde-
pendence, and at one time governor of Penn-
sylvania and Delaware. The McKeans were
of Irish extraction.

The marriage of Nathan Sanford and Mary
Buchanan took place in the White House at
Washington. President John Ouincy Adams,
Miss Buchanan's nearest relative, giving away
the bride. But one child, Robert, was born
of this union. Nathan Sanford died October
17, 1S38, and his wife on April 23, 1879, at
Poughkeepsie. [The above historical facts in
relation to the Hon. Nathan Sanford are taken
from Appleton's Encyclopedia of American
Biography, Vol. \\ p. 391.]



JOHN F. MARQUET (deceased), who in
his lifetime was a prominent agriculturist
of the town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county,
was a descendant of one of the pioneer settlers
in that vicinity, and was born July 13, 1828,
upon the farm he lately occupied.

His great-grandfather, George Marquet,
emigrated from Holland, and at an early date
settled upon a tract of land near the present
site of Wurtemburg, and it has ever since been
the 'home of his family. George Marcpiet, our
subject's grandfather, passed his life there; he

married Anna , and reared a family

of children: John G. and William H., both
farmers in Rhinebeck; David; and Margaret,
who married Philip Pultz, a farmer of the
same locality.

David Marquet, our subject's father, was
born November 8, 1794, and was married
November 5, 181 5, to Savina Cookingham,
born November 13, 1794. a daughter of Fred-
erick Cookingham, of Rhinebeck. They also
settled at the old farm where four children
born to them, as follows: AnnaE. , March
30, 1817; Matilda, June 2, 1820; Margaret,
April 8, 1824; and John F., our subject. The
father of this family died at the old home
April 3, 1838, the mother on July 28, 1889.

The youth of John F. Marquet was passed
much the same as that of any other healthy
country boy, and as he grew to manhood h^
too, determined to become a general fanner.
He was married October 2, 1851, to Emily
Cookingham, whose ancestors came from Hol-
land in the early days, and settled in the town
of Rhinebeck, where her grandfather, George
Cookingham, was a leading farmer of his time.



Her father, David I. Cookingham, also a
farmer there, married Mary Schryver, a lady
of German descent, and daughter of John
Schryver, of Rhinebeck. After their marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Marquet lived for fifteen years
upon a farm near the church, a part of which
they then sold for the beautiful Wurtemburg
Cemetery. In 1866 they moved to the 118-
acre farm at the old homestead. Two daugh-
ters blessed their home only to be taken away
in early womanhood: Ida, born January 31,
1853, died June 20, 1877; and Mary, born
May 19, 1857, died May 10, 1884. The par-
ents are both also now deceased, the father
passing away February 15, 1896, and the
mother on February 19, 1896. This family
was always connected with the Lutheran
Church, and Mr. Marquet and his wife were
leading members of the congregation at Wurt-
emburg. In politics he was a Republican, but
he never was in any sense a politician, and
sought no office.



JOHN ^^LLARD (deceased). The subject
of this sketch was born in Poughkeepsie,

Dutchess county. May 21, 1789, and was
the son of Charles and Lydia (Pride) Millard,
the former of whom was born in Cornwall,
Conn., February 19, 1763.

Our subject lived but a short time in
Poughkeepsie, moving in early life to Marl-
borough. Ulster county. He married Miss
Sarah Purdy, a daughter of John S. and Eliza-
beth (Jennings) Purdy, who was born in White
Plains, Westchester county, in 1793, where she
lived until fourteen years old. After their
marriage Mr. and Mrs. Millard located in New
York and subsequently in Brooklyn, where our
subject carried on a wholesale and retail gro-
cery business. The following children were
born to them: Lydia resides in Poughkeep-
sie; Elizabeth; Hester lives in Poughkeepsie;
Sarah; Charles; Martha J.; John P. is a resi-
dent of Poughkeepsie; Samuel N. is a retired
citizen of Marlborough, Ulster county; James.
Our subject, with his wife, was a member of
the Presbyterian Church, and he took an act-
ive interest in all public matters. His death
took place April 28, 1871, and that of his wife
October 6, 1881.

Charles Millard was in the army at New-
burgh, N. Y. , under Washington, when Ar-
nold, the traitor, fled from West Point. In
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Ulster county, and was engaged in the lumber
business. He was married to Miss Lydia
Pride, of Poughkeepsie, a daughter of John
and Magdaline Pride. The latter couple were
proprietors of the half-waj- house between Al-
bany and New York, on the old post-road
north of the City of Poughkeepsie. To Mr.
and Mrs. Millard were born the following chil-
dren: John, our subject; James, who was a lum-
ber merchant at Catskill, N. Y. ; Charles, who
was a merchant of New Orleans; William, who
was a man of means and traveled extensively;
Walter, who was engaged with his father in
the lumber business; Cornelia, married to
Hackaliah Purdy, a farmer of Ulster county;
Catherine, who became the wife of Elam Dun-
bar, a farmer of Connecticut, who previously
had conducted a hat factory in Poughkeepsie;
Caroline, who died unmarried; and by a second
marriage, Margaret and Franklin. Mr. Mill-
ard moved his lumber business to New Ham-
burg, in 1S24, and died there in 1827. John
Millard, the grandfather, was born January i 5,
1736, in Massachusetts, and died November



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He married Miss Christiana Rust,



who was born November 21, 1742, and died
June 17, 1831. Theirchildren were: Charles;
Rufus; Philo, who was a musician; Ira, who
was a manufacturer at \\'appingers Falls,
Dutchess county; Russell, who was a resident
of Connecticut. Robert Millard, the great-
grandfather, was a native of Massachusetts.
His ancestors were of French-Huguenot stock.
John S. Purdy. the father of Mrs. Millard,
was born in Westchester county, N. Y. , July
II, 1763, and died September 23, 1856. He
was a patriot, and when a mere boy served in
the Revolutionary war. He married Miss
Elizabeth Jennings, a daughter of Peter Jen-
nings, who was born May 12, 1765, and died
in 1S42. They were married March 21, 1786,
and had the following children: Hester, born
June 1 7, I J'ij , married Dennis H. Doyle, who, in
the year 1807, with Robert Fulton, took the
first trip up the Hudson, on the "Clermont";
Peter, born January 19, 1789; Elisha, born May
3, 1 79 1 ; Sarah, born April 17, 1793; Lydia, born
December 15, 1795, married William Smith,
who was in the war of 181 2; Hackaliah, born
November 22, 1797; Eliza, born July i, 1799;
Martha, born April 3, 1801 ; Maria, born March
5, 1803; Dennis, born December 4, 1805;
William J., born October 16, 1809. Dennis
is the only one living now (1897), at the age of
ninety-one. Elisha Purdy, father of John S. ,



was born at White Plains, Westchester county.
He married Mehitable Smith, a daughter "of
Rev. John Smith, I). 1)., and they reared these
children: John S., Thomas, James, Hetta,
Challie, Elizabeth, Winfred, Nancy, and Ainee.
Elisha was a farmer in Westchester and Ulster
counties. Nathaniel Purdy, father of Elisha,
was a native of Westchester county, and was
an Episcopal minister. His father was John
Purdy, a son of Joseph, a son of Francis, who
came from Yorkshire, England, in 1658, and
settled in Fairfield, Conn. The Purdys were
originally from Wales, and settled in England.
Two sons of Francis Purdy, Joseph and Fran-
cis, were commissioned surveyors by the Crown,
and sent to America.

I^ev. John Smith, D. D., above referred
to, was born in England in 1702. He was
educated at Oxford, and for thirty years, until
his death in 1771, served as pastor of the
Presbyterian Church at Rye. Westchester Co. ,
N. Y. He married Mehitable Hooker, a great-
granddaughter of Rev. Thomas Hooker, the
founder of Hartford, Conn., in 1636.



P)ETER B. HAYT, of the firm of Peter B.
Hayt & Co., was born in Poughkeepsie
October 8, 1835. In the spring of 1836 his
parents moved to a farm in New Hackensack,
Dutchess county, where he was reared, early
in life attending a private school and later a
district school, and finishing his education at
Amenia Seminary.

In 1854 Mr. Hayt went to Newburgh and
clerked for Stephen Hayt & Co., dry-goods
merchants, where he remained until 1862,
when he came to Poughkeepsie and entered in
the merchant-tailoring business under the firm
name of Seward, Vail & Hayt. The firm was
subsequently changed to Seward & Hayt, Sew-
ard, Hayt lS: Co., Seward & Hayt, Peter B.
Hayt & Co., Hayt & Alley, Hayt cS: Lindley,
and, in 1892, to Peter B. Hayt & Co. The
business at present is located corner of Main
and Garden streets.

Mr. Hayt is a Republican, but has never
held a political of^ce; he is a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and is a director and vice-
president of the Poughkeepsie Electric Light &
Power Co. He is a member of Davj- Crockett-
Hook and Ladder Co., which organization he
joined in 1862, and has been treasurer of the
company since 1873.



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WILSON B. SHELDON. Among the
citizens of mark of Dutchess county no

one is more worthy of consideration than this
gentleman. Although now well advanced in
years, he is still one of the most energetic
and wide-awake citizens in the town of Beek-
man. A native of Dutchess county, he was
born in the town of Dover, August 3, 18 10,
and is of English e.xtraction.

Caleb Sheldon, his grandfather, was also
born in the town of Dover, and there he
learned the blacksmith's trade, which he fol-
lowed in early life, later, however, turning his
attention to farming. He married a Miss
Waldo, by whom he had four children — two
sons (Agrippa, a cattle dealer; and Luther,
father of our subject) and two daughters, all
born in Dover township.

Luther Sheldon grew to manhood upon a
farm, and was married to Miss Mary Butts,
who was also born and reared upon a farm in
the town of Dover. Their entire lives were
there passed in rural pursuits, the father
dying in 1863, and the mother in 1865. They
were earnest Christian people, devout mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
in politics he was first a Whig and later a Re-
publican. Eleven children were born to this
honored couple, as follows: Phcebe, Anor,
Delilah, Theodorus and Electa (twins),
Ophelia, Albro, Wilson B., Jeremiah, Har-
rison and Almira, all of whom married and
had children, but all are now deceased, except
Wilson B.

Our subject received a somewhat limited
education, and his boyhood time was much
occupied in the arduous work of the farm, so
much so that his schooling was limited to
about two months during the winter seasons.
Later, however, he was a student at the Nine
Partners School, in the town of Washington,
Dutchess county, and on leaving school he re-
turned to the old farm, where he remained un-
til attaining his majority. In starting out in
life for himself, he commenced as a drover,
his first experience in that line being in the
year 1831, when he loaded one hundred sheep
into a boat, to be taken to New York City.
Near Tarrytown, the boat sank, but his sheep
were taken ashore, and he drove then; to the
city, which he reached after thirty-six hours.
Having sold them for a high price, he was-so
encouraged that he decided to remain in the
stock business, which he continued to follow
with good success for twenty-five years, dur-



ing which time he did an extensive business.
In 1842 he purchased his present farm in the
town of Beekman, to which he removed four
years later, and has since engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits.

On April i, 1840, Mr. Sheldon was mar-
ried to Miss Hannah Maria Doughty, who was
born upon their present farm, a daughter of
Joseph Doughty, whose ancestors came from
Holland. Seven children were born to this
worthy couple, three of whom died in infancy,
and William H. at the age of twelve years and
six months. Sophia is the wife of Joseph H.
Storm, a leading farmer of the town of Beek-
man; she has two children — Wilson B. and
Jeannette, the former of whom married Mary
T. Berry (he is in the coal and lumber business
at Storm Lake), the latter being the wife of
Frederick Ryer, and living at Mount \'ernon,
N. Y. Ida tirst married William A. Storm, a
farmer in the town of Lagrange, and her sec-
ond husband was Augustus A. Brush, warden
in the prison at Sing Sing, who is now deceased
(she had one child by her tirst husband, named
Susie Sheldon Storm). Allie is the wife of
Frank St. John, a farmer of the town of Beek-
man. and has two children — Sheldon and Ida.

Mr. Sheldon has an excellent farm of 500
acres, all under a high state of cultivation and
well improved. He has made a specialty of
cattle raising, sometimes fattening as high as
eighty head in a season, but now devotes his
time to the dairy business. For over fifty-six
years he and his wife have traveled life's jour-
ney together, and to-day seem as happy and
almost as young as when starting out. In
their hospitable home they have entertained
both friends and strangers in a most praise-
worthy manner, and many are the kind deeds
which have not only brightened their own
pathway, but have contributed to the comfort
and happiness of those about them. Although
now eighty-six years of age, Mr. Sheldon does
not look over sixty, as he has not a gray hair,
and is quite active.

In 1 83 1 he cast his first vote for John Q.
Adams, and has always taken a prominent
part in political affairs, now supporting the
Republican party. For four terms he served
as supervisor of his township; was elected
county clerk in 1858, which position he filled
for six consecutive years; in 1867 was a dele-
gate to the Constitutional Convention held in
Albany; and in 1880 was again elected county
clerk, being at that time seventy years of age.





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Socially he is a member of the F. & A. M.,
Lodge No. 1 66, Poughkeepsie. He has ever
been true to the duties devolving upon him,
both in public and private life, and is one of
the most public-spirited citizens of Dutchess
county.

Joseph Doughty, father of Mrs. Wilson B.
Sheldon, was born in the town of Beekman,
Dutchess county, and was there married to
Elizabeth Brill, by whom he had four children,
viz.: Hannah Maria (Mrs. Sheldon); Sophia,
who married a brother of our subject; Phcebe
Jane, wife of James S. Hopkins; and Thomas
J. (deceased), who married Mary Tompkins,
and had one daughter. The father of this
famil}-, who was a lifelong farmer, died in 1833,
the mother in 1859.



S\AMUEL H. BROWN, M. D., an eminent
.^ physician of Dutchess county, is success-
fully engaged in practice at Madalin. He was
born August 4, i860, in New York City, and
he belongs to a family of French Huguenots,
who early came to this country to escape re-
ligious persecution. His grandfather, Samuel
Brown, was born in New Canaan, Conn., in
1786, and was the son of Abram Brown, a na-
tive of the same place. On reaching man's
estate the former was united in marriage with
Abigail Young, also of French origin, and a
descendant of one of the Revolutionary heroes.
Five children were born to this worthy couple,
namely: William, Charles, Jeannette, Samuel
H. and Sylvester. All his life the grandfather
engaged in agricultural pursuits, and he passed
away in October, 1867.

Samuel H. Brown, Sr., the father of our
subject, was born at Greenwich, Conn., June
24, 1824, and when a young man began the
study of medicine in the University of Harvard,
where he was graduated with the class of 1850.
He immediately began the practice of his pro-
fession in New York City, but on the breaking
out of the Civil war was commissioned sur-
geon of the 174th Metropolitan Regiment, and
became one of Gen. Banks' staff officers.
While at the siege of Port Hudson, he con-
tracted typhoid fever, which terminated his
life, August I, 1863, he thus laying down his
life on the altar of his country. His first vote
was cast for the Whig party, but on its or-
ganization he joined the Republican ranks,
and ever afterward fought under its banner.
He had married Miss Sarah Tripp, a native of



Westchester county, N. Y. , and a daughter of
Benjamin Tripp, who was of Holland descent
and a farmer by occupation. Her death oc-
curred August 13, 1891.

Our subject spent his boyhood days in New
York City until thirteen years of age, when he
entered Oakhill Seminary, where he pursued
his studies for four years, after which he be-
came a student in St. Stephens College, Ann-
andale, Dutchess county, and graduated with
the class of 1881, receiving the degree of A. B.
He ne.xt took a two-years' course at the College
of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City.
On May 9, 1883, the Doctor was united in
marriage with Catherine Tanner, a daughter of
Henry and Almena (Staats) Tanner, farming
people of the town of Red Hook, where her
birth occurred. Her paternal grandfather.
Job Tanner, was a native of Columbia county,
N. Y. , and probably of German descent, while
her maternal grandfather, Henry Staats, who
was of Holland extraction, was born in the
town of Red Hook, Dutchess county, and in
religious belief his family were Lutherans.
On May 17, 1883, only a few days after their
marriage. Dr. Brown sailed with his bride for
Europe, where he took a two-years' course at
Wurzburg, Bavaria, receiving the degree of
M. D. on the i ith of June, 1885. Returning
to America, he located at Madalin, Dutchess
county, where he has since engaged in practice.
His thorough knowledge of medicine and skill
in surgery have won him the confidence of the
people to such an extent that he has secured a
large and lucrative patronage. He is a prom-
inent citizen, a member of the Masonic fra-
ternity, and is a Democrat.

Mrs. Brown is an only child. Her father,
Henry Tanner, was born in the town of Galla-
tin, Columbia Co., N. Y. , in 1821, and for
some time was a leading merchant of Rhine-
beck, Dutchess county. He was called from
this life March 8, 1872, but his wife is still
living.



OMER WALLER (deceased) was one
'X of the representative agriculturists of the
town of Dover, Dutchess county. He was a
man of excellent Christian character and of a
blameless life, and thoroughlj' enjoj'ed the es-
teem and respect of the community in which
he resided. He was a native of Connecticut,
born at Gaylordsville, in the town of New
Milford, Litchfield county, in 1823, and there



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attended the public schools, finishing his edu-
cation at the Amenia Seminary. His training
in farm work was under the instruction of his
father upon the old homestead. In later life
he devoted his time and attention to that oc-
cupation. He always took quite an active in-
terest in politics, and held a number of minor
township offices, including that of justice of
the peace, in which capacity he ser^■ed for
some time.

On the paternal side Mr. Waller traced his
lineage in an unbroken line to Samuel Waller,
who was born in England in 1702, and was a
member of a large family, all of whom were
educated and reared in the northern part of
that country. Three of these children, of
whom Samuel was one. emigrated to America
after they had reached their majority. He lo-
cated in the town of Kent. Conn., which at
that time was one of the colonies of England,
and from King George HI obtained a grant of
land three miles long at Kent, running from
Warren Pond to Spectacle Pond. There he
founded the present Waller family in America,
and died at that place in 1797. He married a
Miss Ransom, and to them was born a large
family of children.

One of these. Peter Waller, grandfather of
Homer Waller. Jr. . was bom at Kent Hollow,
in the town of Kent. Litchfield Co., Conn.,
and received his education in that locality.
He followed the occupation of farming, oper-
ating the original tract belonging to his father,
which descended to him. Most of his life was
passed upon that place, he d\ing at Gaylords-
ville, at the age of eighty- four years. He was
united in marriage with Miss Hannah Baldwin,
of Gaylordsville, Conn. , and to them were born
ten children, namely: Pinina ,11 died in in-
fancy; Pininat^^i married John Elliott; Samuel
married Sally Taylor; Homer was the father of
our subject; Rebecca remained single; Almeda
became the wife of Solomon Brown; Love



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