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duties, gave his efforts to benevolent and phil-
anthropic movements of society and in the
Church, with which he was united while a
student at law. For some ten years in the
earlier history of the organizations of Lyceums
and Young Men's Associations, he lectured in
their aid. He twice delivered the oration be-
fore the literary societies at Union College on
commencement day — at New Brunswick and
at Williamstown; was elected a member of
the Phi Beta Kappa at Union, and received
the degree of A. M. from Union and Yale. He
was a lifelong student, devoting his leisure to
the cultivation of general literature, especially
of theology, delivered many Sunday evening
lectures, and also published numerous essays
— one on "Inspiration," one on the "Atone-
ment," and another on the "Inner Kingdom."
He also published an article vindicating the
miracles of the New Testament. When
Matthew Vassar had settled upon devoting his
wealth toward the founding of Vassar College,
Mr. Thompson was among the first persons
consulted by him, and was chosen one of the
trustees of that institution. For many years
he was vice-president of the Fallkill National
Bank, of Poughkeepsie, and at the time of his
death was president of that institution.

Mr. Thompson, in 1835, built his residence
at the corner of Market and Church streets,
and passed the rest of his life there, except
some four or five summers spent by the family
at a cottage owned by Mrs. Thompson, in
New Hamburg, on Wappingers creek. In 1 87 1
Mr. Thompson spent a year in Europe, both
for his health and mental improvement.

Mr. Thompson was possessed of rare for-
ensic and rhetorical gifts, which gave grace to

his pen, and beauty and strength to his utter-
ances. His stj'le was ornate, without weak-
ness, and philosophical without obscurit}-; on
the platform or at the bar, he was one of the
most effective speakers in the land. His kind-
ness of heart, cheerful temperament, abundant
humor and quick repartee, made him an agree-
able companion and the best of friends. The
weight of his character from early manhood
had been on the side of Christian principle, in
which regard he was of vast benefit to the
moral and philanthropic movements of his

Mr. Thompson died June i, 1890, leaving
surviving him his second wife, Caroline la
daughter of the late James Bailey, of Pratts-
burg, N. Y.J, and several children.

the most prominent citizens of Dutchess

county, is a worthy representative of an old
and honored family. He is the eighth gen-
eration in direct descent from William Car-
penter, who was born in England in 1576,
and came to America in 1638 in the ship
" Bevis," landing at Weymouth, Mass. His
son, William (2), born in England in 1605,
accompanied him, bringing also his wife,
y^bigail. In 1643 the family moved from ^^'ey-
mouth to Rehoboth, Mass. William and Abi-
gail Carpenter had seven children : \Mlliam,
Samuel, Joseph, John, Abiah, Hannah and
Abraham — the last three born in America.
John Carpenter came to Long Island in early
manhood, and in 1663 was chosen townsman
of Hempstead; later his name is on the records
as captain of fusiliers in the Narragansett
expedition. He was married in 1665 to
Hannah Baright, and made his home at
Jamaica, where he died May 23, 1695. He
and his wife had five children: John, William,
Samuel, Hope and Hannah. \Villiam (3), our
subject's great-great-grandfather, was born at
Hempstead, and after his father's death he
bought his mother's right in the estate there,
and moved from Jamaica with his wife, Eliza.
They had three children: Daniel, John and
Elizabeth. Daniel Carpenter, our subject's
great-grandfather, was born in Hempstead,
and in 1752 came to Dutchess county, where
he bought a farm at Crum Elbow, Hyde Park,
and there died in 1777. On February 4,
1729, he married Sarah Hall, of Hempstead,
by whom he had six children: (i) Joseph,



who was a merchant of Bangall, and a justice
of the peace of the town of Stanford, married
Dorcas Smith, whose father was an officer in
the British army during the Revolutionary
war; they had five children: John and Smith
(who both entered the naval service), Joseph,
Benjamin and Dorcas. (2) Daniel, who was
a resident of Fishkill. (3) William. (4)
Joseph. (5) Benjamin. (6) Mary, Mrs. John

Benjamin Carpenter, our subject's grand-
father, was born at Hempstead July 11, 1749,
and lived for many years at Crum Elbow on
land given him by his father. He was perse-
cuted during the Revolution by the Tories of
his locality for raising a company for the Colo-
nial army, having his home robbed three times;
on other occasions he was saved by his immense
greyhound. He bought land of Job Swift in
1782, and of Samuel Pugsley in 1796, and in
1798 he purchased from John Miller a farm on
"Carpenter Hill," where, in 1S04, he built
the house now occupied by our subject. On
September 9, 1773, he married Mary Pugsley,
who was born March 25, 1756, the daughter of
Samuel Pugsley, of Westchester. She died
November 16, 1821, he surviving until January
^7< 1837. Eight children were born of this
union, whose names, with dates of birth and
death are as follows : ( i 1 Sarah, August 6,
1774, died November 30, 1852 (she married
George Ferris, of Peekskill). (2) Hannah,
February 25, 1776, died in 1845 (she married
Noah Tabor and had two children — Benjamin
and Maria). (3) ^faria, April 14, 1778, died
September 2, 1839 (she married Bernard
Matthewson). (4) Daniel, October 29, 1785,
died May 3, 1853 (he was a resident of
Amenia, and was married to Zayde Perlee,
and had four children — Hannah, Benjamin
(who married Tamma Hunting), Edmund P.
(who married Frances Hoag) and Tazde.
(5) Cornelia, November 6, 1789, died March
12, 1840 (she never married). (6) Elizabeth,
April 26, 1 79 1, died young. (7) Samuel P.,
March 8, 1780, died January 30, 18 14. (8)
Morgan, November 4, 1795, died November
14, 1871, our subject's father.

Morgan Carpenter received his early edu-
cation in the district schools near his home,
and in a private school near Peekskill. He
was for some years associate county judge,
under appointment from Gov. Seward. On
February 3, 18 19, he was married to Maria
Bockee, who was born in the town of North-

east, Dutchess county, January 3, 1794, the
daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Smith)
Bockee. In 1852 they moved to No. 333 Mill
street, Poughkeepsie, where they spent their
\ later years, his wife dying January 29, 1871,
less than a year from the time of his own
death. Nine children were born of this union:
(!) Catherine, born November 23. 1S19, died
February 2, 1S20. (2) Benjamin Piatt, born
November 25, 1821, died December 30, 1836.
(3) Catharine Bockee, born June 24, 1823,
married George B. Lent, of Poughkeepsie,
October 28, 1847, and died September 17,
1S79. (4) Mary M., born February i, 1825,
married Edward G. Tyler, October i, 1844
(he died April 21, 18911, and has three chil-
dren — Maria Seymour (born February 3, 1846),
Morgan Carpenter (born December 22. 1847),
and Mary Catharine (born December 31,
1856). (5) Jacob Bockee, born July 16, 1826,
was a leading resident of this locality, and was
chosen supervisor of the town of Stanford in

1855, member of the Assembly in 1856, Presi-
dential elector in i860, supervisor of the Fifth
ward of Poughkeepsie in 1870, and mayor of
Poughkeepsie in 1875-76. He lived in Stan-
ford and Northeast until 1861, and then moved
to Poughkeepsie, later to Little Rest, where
he died April 9, 1894. On January 28, i860,
he was married to Sarah E. Thorne, and had
three children, whose names, with dates of
birth, are here given: Mary Thorne, March
18, 1861; Jacob B., September 17, 1863 (died
December 15, 1874); and Maria B. , October
12, 1865, who was married June 5, 1890, to
Joseph S. Tower. (6) Isaac Smith, June 24,
1828, was twice married,, first on August 28,
185 I, to Julia Willson, who died May 22, 1858,
and second on September 5, 1S60, to Sfirah
Rebecca Willson. Three children were born
of the first marriage: Eliza, September 19,
1852; Morgan, June 7, 1854, was married De-
cember 14. 1876, to Virginia A. Bartlett, of
Hampton, V'a., and has two children, Maria
\'. and Miriam; Maria Bockee, November 21,

1856, was married, October 17, 1888, to
Thomas C. Clark, of Grand Island, Neb. , and
has two sons — Henry C. and Isaac C. Of the
second marriage three children were born:
Willson, October 7, 1861, graduated from
Yale in 1884; Julia, March 25, 1864; and Sarah
Louisa, December 6, 1865. (7) Louisa S.,
November 26, 1830, was married July 21,
1851, to Abram Staats, of Red Hook, and had
one daughter, Catherine Eliza, born May 23,


1852, died in 1890. (8) Sara Maria, March
25, 1832, took a prominent part in reform
movements, and was a member of the State
Board of Charities. She died March 22, 1894.
(9) Benjamin P., May 14, 1S37, was a lawyer
and a prominent politician. He was a super-
visor of Amenia in 1861, district attorney of
Poughkeepsie in 1858, member of the Consti-
tutional Convention, State senator in 1875,
county judge from 1877 to 1883, delegate to
the National Republican Convention in 1884,
governor of Montana in the year 1884,
and member of the Code Commission. He
was married in i860 to Esther Thorne, who
was born July 3, 1840, daughter of Stephen
Thorne, of Poughkeepsie. Four children were
born to them: Estelle, June 5, 1861 (died
January 9. 1863); Nina, August 26, 1863, was
married April 8, 1885, to Albert E. Tower,
and has one son — Albert, born November,
1887; Kate, October 12, 1866; and Stephen,
June 14, 1869, is now the city attorney of Hel-
ena, Mont. He was admitted to the bar Decem-
ber 3, 1890, appointed United States Commis-
sioner in March, 1892, and elected Assembly-
man in 1892.

Isaac Smith Carpenter, the subject proper
of this sketch, received his early education in
the public schools of Stanford, the Amenia
Seminary, Pittsfield Gymnasium, Warren In-
stitute, in Connecticut, and College Hill,
Poughkeepsie. He has always lived at the old
homestead in Stanford. His distinguished
abilities and high character have enabled him
to sustain well the position in the community
which was his by family inheritance, and he is
foremost among the supporters of any worthy
public fnovement. He was supervisor of the
town of Stanford four terms, and was elected
to the Assembly from the First district in 1879,
and again in 1880, serving each term as a
member of the Ways and Means committee.


of the ablest and most distinguished sons
of Dutchess county, is noted for his ability as
a financier and as an organizer and manager
of large corporate interests, as well as for his
effective work in political lines. The simplest
summary of the various positions of trust and
honor which he holds, or has held, would cover
widely different phases of political, social and
business life.

Mathew Dutcher, grandfather of our sub-
ject, came from Holland, and settled in what
is now the town of Dover, Dutchess county,
where he probably passed the remainder of his
life as a farmer. He died at a comparatively
early age, but his wife, Sarah Dutcher, sur-
vived him many years, dying in her ninety-
first year. They had five children: Harry,
who located in Ontario county, N. Y.; David,
our subject's father; Phcebe, the wife of Will-
iam Kronkright; Clarissa, who married Eph-
raim Kronkright; and Pattie, the wife of Fer-
ris Carey. David Dutcher was born in the
town of Dover in 1796, and lived all his life
near South Dover. He was a man of strong
character and great energy, wielding great in-
fluence in local affairs, and making a success
of his business as an agriculturist and dealer in
live stock. In the latter branch he had an ex-
tensive trade, supplying the local and New
York City markets. He commenced life poor,
but at his death, which occurred June 9, 1853,
he owned about si.\ hundred acres of land. He
married Amy Bowdish, daughter of Asa Bow-
dish, and a descendant of an old Quaker fam-
ily, which had settled at an early period near
New Bedford, Mass. She was born in 1 799,
and died June 5, 1875. Eight children were
born of this union: Albro, who was quarter-
master in the 2 ist Missouri Regiment during
the Civil war, and died in the service; Asa, a
resident of Sharon, Conn.; John B., our sub-
ject; Jane Ann, who married Frederick Cole-
man, of Warren, Conn.; Julia, the wife of
Baldwin Stevens; DeWitt C, who enlisted in
the army and was drowned while serving on
the staff of Gen. Viele; and Charles (deceased),
who was a paymaster in the navy during the
Civil war, and later resided at White Plains.

Our subject was born in the town of Dover,
February 13, 1830, was reared as a farmer
boy, and obtained his education chiefly in the
common schools. He has always been en-
gaged in agriculture, at first in his native town,
and later in the adjoining town of Pawling.
In i860 he married Miss Christina Dodge,
daughter of the late Daniel Dodge, of Pawling,
and in April, i86i,he located upon his pres-
ent homestead in that town. He owns 1,600
acres of fine grazing land in Dutchess county,
stocked with thoroughbred horses and 250
cows. His agricultural interests are now man-
aged by his son, J. Gerow Dutcher (the only
offspring of his marriage), who was united in
wedlock in April, 1894, with Miss Helen Titus



Willetts, daughter of Edward Willetts, of
Roslyn, Long Island.

Possessing sound judgment, Hon. J. B.
Dutcher has gained and kept the confidence of
the people at large in an unusual degree. He
was made supervisor of the town of Dover in
1857, and justice of the peace in the following
year. A Whig in early years, he became a
Republican on the organization of that party,
and is still an ardent advocate of its principles.
An injury prevented him from going to the
front during the Civil war, but he was active
and zealous in recruiting and ecjuipping troops.
He was a member of the State Assembly in
1861 and 1862, and of the State Senate in
1S64 and 1865. In the Assembly he was
chairman of the committee on Internal Affairs
and a member of the committee on Railroads;
in the Senate was a member of the committee
on Cities, and chairman of the committee on
Internal Affairs. For sex^eral years he was a
member of the State Republican Committee.
In 1864 he was a delegate to the National
Convention which nominated Lincoln, and in
1880 he was sent in the same capacity to the
convention that placed Garfield at the head
of the National ticket. He keeps closely in
touch with all the questions of the day, and is
strongly in favor of the curtailment of the
liquor traffic as far as possible.

In 1864 Mr. Dutcher became a director of
the New York & Harlem railroad, and in 1865
he took charge of the department of live-stock
transportation on the New York Central & Har-
lem railroads, and has ever since held this re-
sponsible position, to which has been added
the West Shore railroad and the Rome &
Watertown railroad. He is also prominently
identified with other lines, being a director of
the Spuyton Duy\'al railroad, the Poughkeepsie
& Eastern railroad, and the New York & Put-
nam railroad. His other business interests are
legion. He is president of the Union Stock
Yards & Market Co., of New York City, and
was one of its incorporators; president of the
National Bank at Pawling, succeeding Albert
J. Akin; director of the American Safe Deposit
Company; director of the Fifth Avenue Bank;
and one of the original stockholders in its in-
corporation in 1875; director of the Mizzentop
Hotel Company at Quaker Hill, and formerly
its president; member of the Chamber of Com-
merce and the Produce Exchange; and for
many years before its sale was president of the
St. Louis National Stock Yards, of which he

was one of the founders. Not the least of his
labors have been his successful efforts for the
improvement of the village of Pawling, where
he has built a fine block containing a hotel and
number of stores. He is now the president of
the village, and to his efforts the village is
largely indebted for one of the best water-sup-
ply systems in the State; and he is president
of the board of water commissioners. In his
agricultural matters he is regarded as a leader;
he was president of the New York State Agri-
cultural Societj' for two years, and has been
president of the Holstein Friesian Association
of America. Socialh' he is no less prominent;
he is one of the oldest members of the Union
League Club, and a member of the St. Nicho-
las Society of New York City.


AMES HENRY WEEKS. Among the in-
fluential and leading citizens of Poughkeep-
sie, none was held in higher esteem, or was
more worthy a place in the records of her his-
tory than the subject of this sketch, who is held
in kindly remembrance by all who knew him.
In all the relations of life — as a lawyer, a law-
maker, a citizen, and a tender and devoted hus-
band and father — he fulfilled his duties with
faithfulness and discretion, and left to his chil-
dren the best of all legacies, "a good name."

The Weeks family was of old English ori-
gin, the paternal grandfather of our subject
having emigrated to America in an early day.
Thomas Weeks, our subject's father, was born
in Connecticut, where he follow'ed farming.
He married Elizabeth Bogardus, a daughter of
James Cornelius Bogardus, and they came to
Dutchess county, settling on a farm and rear-
ing a family of children, as follows: Elizabeth,
who died in 1892, unmarried; Emily, who mar-
ried Isaac S. Vary, at one time teller of the
Farmers' & Manufacturers' Bank, Poughkeep-
sie; Ann, married to John DePew, of Dutchess
county; Eloise, who became the wife of Charles
Barrett, a farmer of Putnam county, N. Y.;
and James Henry.

James H. \N'eeks, the subject proper of this
sketch, was born December 21, 1822, in N.
Hackensack, N. Y. He attended the district
school of his locality in early boyhood, continu-
ing his education at the Dutchess County Acad-
emy, subsequently reading law with Alexander
Forbes. He was admitted to the bar at Pough-
keepsie, May 16, 1845, and shortly afterward
formed a partnership with Hon. John Thomp-



son, which continued for nearl}- thirty years,
until the time of the death of Air. Weeks.
This firm was then the oldest law firm in the
State. In 1878 Frank B. Lown was taken
into partnership, the firm name at Mr. Weeks'
decease being Thompson, Weeks & Lown.

Mr. Weeks was married June 28, 1S66, to
Harriet S. Babcock, a native of Salem, Mass.,
and a daughter of Rev. Rufus Babcock. Her
father was born in Colebrook, Conn., and was
pastor of a Baptist Church in Salem, Mass.,
and of one in Poughkeepsie; was also president
of Colby University, at Waterville, Maine. He
married Olivia Smith, a native of Barring-
ton, R. I., born of English descent, and three
children were the result of this union: Caro-
line, who married Horatio G. Jones, a lawyer
of Philadelphia; Emily, the wife of George H.
Swift, a lawyer of Poughkeepsie, but residing
in Amenia; and Harriet (Mrs. Weeks).

Mr. Weeks died November 28, 1887, in
Poughkeepsie, which had always been his home.
He was closely identified with the interests of
the city, and took an active part in all public
enterprises. In his early years he was a Dem-
ocrat in his political views, afterward, however,
becoming associated with the Republican party,
he was a leading spirit in its councils. He
held several town offices, and in the winter of
1853-54 was a member of the Assembly at
Albany, N. Y., during which incumbency he
was chairman of the judiciary committee, and
won the esteem of his constituency for his
careful and untiring devotion to their interests.
As a lawyer he was well known for his keen
insight into human nature, his correct judgment
on intricate questions, and his thorough knowl-
ledge of law in all its bearings. Personally he
was a man of genial manners, generous and
charitable in his disposition, and greatly beloved
in his home. He was an able financier, and left
some valuable property in Dutchess county
and also in Rhode Island. He was a liberal
supporter of the Presbyterian Church, to which
his family belong. Mrs. Weeks and her daugh-
ters — Caroline Babcock and Elizabeth Mauran
— are widely known and highly esteemed in
the community, and are women of culture and

ON. JOHN A. HANNA, of Dover Plains,
Dutchess county, member of the New
York State Assembly from the First District,
is one of the most distinguished citizens, and

has made his way to the front in business and
political life notwithstanding the fact that he
is still young in years. He was born in \\"i\\-
iamsbridge, near New York City, on October
8, 1859, and received a good education, at-
tending first the schools of his native place,
and later a private seminary at Dover. After
his graduation he engaged in mercantile busi-
ness, and in 1875 he established a general
store in Dover Plains, which at once became
a prominent factor in the commercial life of
the town. His father-in-law, H. \\'. Preston,
is associated with him under the firm name of
J. A. Hanna & Co.

Mr. Hanna possesses the admirable traits
of character which mark the leader in public
affairs, and has been prominent in the councils
of the Republican party from his first entrance
into politics, being elected to various town
offices at different times — including that of
supervisor in 1890, for one year, and in 1893,
for two years. May 20, 1889, he was ap-
pointed postmaster of Dover Plains, under
President Harrison, and held that position un-
til a short time ago, and in 1895 he was
elected to the State Legislature, where he has
served his constituency ably and faithfully.
He belongs to the Royal Arcanum at Wassaic,
N. Y. , and is a leading member of the Baptist
Church at Dover Plains, taking great interest
in the prosperity and growth of that body.
His wife, formerly Miss Ada Preston, is a de-
scendant of one of the oldest families. They
have one daughter — Julia E. Hanna.

The Hanna family originated in Mayha-
land. County Londonderry, Ireland, and Mr.
Hanna has made a visit to the eld home of
his ancestors while taking an extended Europ-
ean tour. Samuel Hanna, his grandfather,
was born in Mayhaland, County Londonderry,
Ireland, and was there reared and educated.
He followed the occupation of a farmer and
also engaged in the operation of a flax and
grist mill at that place. He married Matilda
Furgeson, and to their union were born thir-
teen children, namely: Jane, who married
James Sergent; Thomas, who married Mar-
garet Hutchinson; James and John, who died
in infancy; Isabella, who married James
Hutchinson; Nancy, who married William
Hanna; John, who remained single; Robert,
who married Matilda Dixon; Eliza, who died
in girlhood; Peggy, who died in infancy;
David, our subject's father; Sarah, who mar-
ried a Mr. Livingston; and Alex.



David Hanna, our subject's father, during
his boyhood attended the schools of his native
land, and assisted his father in the work of the
mills. On March 15, 1852, he married Miss
Eliza Hutchinson, a daughter of Samuel and
Arabella (Greer) Hutchinson, who lived on a
farm in County Londonderry. Her father was
one of the seven children born to Robert and
Nancy (Patterson) Hutchinson, who were also
agriculturists of the same locality, the others
being: John, William, James, Bettie, Alex and
Thomas. Shortly after his marriage David
Hanna and his wife sailed from the Emerald
fsle for the New World, and made their first
location at Paterson, N. J., where they re-
mained for some time. On leaving that city
they went to New York, and for forty-three
years Mr. Hanna was in the employ of the Har-
lem road, being fireman for seven years and
five months, and was then given a position as
watchman, which he held until his resignation
a short time ago, owing to his age. His long
continued service well indicates his faithful
discharge of duty, and the implicit confidence
placed in him by his emploj'ers. He had a
family of seven children, namely: Arabella;
Samuel, a conductor on the Harlem railroad,
married Minnie McGlasson, and they have one
child — Herbert J.; Matilda is now deceased;
John is our subject; David, a conductor on the

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