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father Alexander Mead, and great-grandfather
Michael Rogers, were also participants in the
struggle for independence; while another an-
cestor, Aaron Van Nostrand, was granted a
service of plate by the Colonial Assembly for
bravery in the French and Indian war; and
still another, Jacobus Swartwout (father of
Gen. Jacobus Swartwout), served in one of
the Colonial wars. The elder Swartwout was
the first judge of the court of common pleas
of Dutchess county, and at the time of his
death was the first supervisor of Rombout
Precinct. Mr. Dean's mother died April 14,
1896, aged ninety- five years, four months and
fifteen days, having seen eight generations of
her family, including two of her great-grand-
fathers, who lived until she was seventeen
years old, and her own great-great-grandchil-
dren. Of her seven children, all lived to ma-
turity, the first to pass away being Helena Du-
Bois Dean, who died March 19, 1896, at the
age of sixtv-one.


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James Edward Dean was born in Fishkill,
May lo, 1830, the third child and eldest son
of his parents, and his education was obtained
in the public schools of the village, later in
the academy which was then conducted by the
Rev. Dr. Pinsjry. In the spring of 1848 he
went to Rochester, N. Y., to learn the marble-
worker's trade, but was called home in Au-
gust, 1850, by the death of his father, and
for several years he worked as a journeyman
for Roswell Lamson, of Fishkill. On May
10, 1854, he married Miss Jerusha Powell Hil-
liker, daughter of Samson and Mary (Gilder-
sleeve) Hilliker, and soon afterward moved to
Glens Falls, N. Y., where he and his brother
engaged in the marble business under the firm
name of J. E. & G. W. Dean. Returning to
Fishkill in the spring of 1S55, he purchased
the yards of Roswell Lamson, and has carried
on the business ever since, the making of mon-
uments, headstones, vaults, enclosures, and
and everything pertaining to that line of work.
In 1870 he was elected president of the Fish-
kill Savings Institute, and held the office
twenty-one years, when he resigned and was
chosen treasurer. In 1862, Mr. Dean, in com-
pany with Milton A. Fowler, now of Pough-
keepsie, purchased the Fishkill Journal, which
they sold in 1866 to George W. Owen, who
removed it from Fishkill to Matteawan in 1882.
Not long after this, Mr. Dean and several other
gentlemen established the Fishkill Weekly
Times, still conducted by Mr. Dean and his
son Herman.

The Deans were prominent adherents of
the Democratic party for generations previous
to the Civil war, and Mr. Dean's first vote was
cast for Franklin Pierce in 1852; but in 1855
he joined the Republican party at its organi-
zation, and has held to it ever since. In 1B59
he was elected town clerk, and the following
year justice of the peace, holding each office
one term, and declined a renomination. For
twelve years he was postmaster at Fishkill,
previous to November, 1885, his commission,
which was signed by President Grant, bearing
date of June 16, 1873. Since 1863 he has
shown his interest in educational advancement
by continuous service as a trustee of Union
Free School, District No. 6, town of Fishkill.

Mr. Dean was one of the earliest promot-
ers in the organization of the Fishkill Rural
Cemetery, of which he was made trustee and
treasurer, and held both positions for thirty
years, but declined re-election as treasurer in


1895. His father held the positions of justice,
postmaster and school trustee in the same vil-
lage for many years before him, and his son,
Herman, is now the successor of both, as justice.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean have four children:
William Edward is a well-known lawyer in
Fishkill; Anna is at home; Herman is justice
of the peace, and the editor of the Fishkill
Weekly Times ; and Robert Edo is in the mon-
ument business with his father. Mr. Dean's
ancestors h;'.ve been identified with the Re-
formed and Episcopal Churches for genera-
tions, and most of the family are now members
or regular attendants of Trinity Episcopal
Church, Fishkill. By virtue of his ancestry
Mr. Dean is a member of the Society of the
Sons of the Revolution, New York branch,
and is also eligible to membership in several
other similar societies. Mrs. Dean's grandfa-
ther served in the same regiment (the 3d West-
chester) that Mr. Dean's ancestors did in the
Revolution, and from both sourcees his daugh-
ter derives her claim to membership in the
Society of Daughters of the American Rev-

ILLIAM BOSTWICK, one of the busi-
l^lt est, most energetic, and most enter-
prising men of Pine Plains, Dutchess county,
is now the president of the Stissing National
Bank, the history of which is here given:

A meeting was held at the home of Henry C. Myers,
in the village of Pine Plains, February 15, 18;i9, at which
Aaron E. VVinchell was chosen chairman, and F. I. Cur-
tiss, secretary, for the purpose of forming a bank under
the general banking law passed April 18, 1838. At this
meeting Aaron K. VVinchell, R. W. Bostwick, Backus
Culver, Justus Booth and Cornelius Husted were ap-
pointed a committee to report a board of directors, which
was as follows: Aaron E. VVinchell, R. VV. Bostwick,
Walter Reynolds, Justus Booth, Backus Culver, Corne-
lius Ilusted, Frederick I. Curtiss, George VV'. Barton,
Henry Hoffman, John P'erris, William W. Pulver, Abram
Dibble, William VVinchell, .Samuel Deuel, Xiles Hart-
well, William Eno, and Leonard Rowe. At a meeting of
the directors held jMarch IB, 18:i9, Reuben W. Bostwick
was elected jiresident; William Eno, vice-president; and
Walter Reynolds, attorney for said bank; and .-Xpril 15,
following, Frederick VV. Davis was called as cashier.
The bank was located in the Dilible store March 23, 1839.
At a meeting held August 2li, 1847, F. W. Davis resigned,
and John F. Hull was appointed. The latter resigned at
the meeting of May 4, 1852, and Reuben Bostwick was
appointed cashier. This organization was known as the
" Pine Plains Bank."

At a meeting appointed for the organization of a
bank held May 2!>, 1858, the' subscribers to the stock
thereof voted tile name should be ".Stissing Bank," and
Justus Booth was made president, with Reuben Bo-stwick
as cashier. The lot was purchased June 19, 1858, and
contract for building the banking house was made July
10, following. Justus Booth declining re-election for an-



other year, William S. Eno was elected president May
14, 1864. At a meeting held March 4, IStw, the name (it
the bank was changed to " Stissing National Bank."
Reuben Bustwick contiifued as cashier until July 11,
1870, when, at a special meeting, Kred Hostwick, his old-
est son, was elected cashier, and William Bostvvick was
chosen clerk. This continued until the resignation of
Fred Bostwick was accepted May il, ISS.'i, and William
Bostwick was apjjointed cashier by the board and officers.
On May 16, 188."), William M. Sayre was apjfointeil assis-
tant cashier, and, after his death, J. H. Bostwick was
elected asst. cashier May 21, 1887. On Jan. 14, 1896, Will-
iam Bostwick was elected president in the place of Will-
iam S. Eno, who retired, and J. H. Bostwick was ap-
pointed cashier. The bank is now in a flourishing condi-
tion, for which great credit is ilue its efficient officers.

The Bostwick family was founded in Amer-
ica by English immigrants. Reuben Bostwick,
the father of our subject, was a native of
Dutchess county, born in 1821, and was the
son of Reuben W. Bostwick, who for many
years was a general merchant of Pine Plains.
The son was reared in that village, and there
spent his entire life, being associated with his
father in the store until he was elected cashier
of the bank, in 1852, which position he con-
tinued to fill until 1870. He was an able busi-
ness man, possessed of more than ordinary
ability. He was married to Elizabeth Hunt-
ing, daughter of John Hunting, of the town of
Pine Plains, and their family included seven
children: Fred, of Pine Plains; William, sub-
ject of this review; Ida; Hattie; \\'alter and
Walker, both of whom died when young; and
J. Hunting. The father did not take an active
part in political affairs, but voted the Repub-
lican ticket, which is also supported by his
sons, and in religious belief the family are

On December 28, 1851, William Bostwick
was born in the town of Pine Plains, where
his primary education was received. Later he
was a student at College Hill Military Acad-
emy, and also at Riverview Academy. At the
age of fifteen years he left the school room,
and soon afterward obtained a position in the
bank, where he served as clerk until 1S84, and
was then cashier until elected president, in
1896. The banking interests of Pine Plains
have for many years been well represented by
members of the Bostwick family, and our sub-
ject has been one of the most discreet and
able officers of the Stissing National Bank.
He has a remarkable faculty for the conduct-
ing and dispatching of business, and his ability
to fill the important position which he now
occupies has been well proven bj' his faithful
service as cashier.

Mr. Bostwick has been twice married, his

first union being with Miss Belle Eno, who
died in 1883. The lady who now shares his
name and fortunes was in her maidenhood Miss
Eugenia Covey, daughter of Lyman Covey,
and to them have been born three sons:
Walker, Harry C. and l^alph. Although only
interested in politics as a citizen an.\ious to
have good government, Mr. Bostwick has made
a careful study of political matters, and casts
his ballot in support of the I^epublican party.
Socially, he is identified with the I-ioyal Arca-
num. Courteous, genial, well informed, alert
and enterprising, he stands to-day one of the
leading representative men of his county — a
man who is a power in his community.

TENRY A. ALDEN (deceased). The his-
^Ji tory of the privations, an.xieties and
struggles of the Pilgrim Fathers after the land-
ing at Plymouth Rock is brightened bj' one
beautiful strain of romance, the story of John
and Priscilla Alden, who were the direct an-
cestors of the subject of this sketch. John
Alden was one of those (the seventh) who
signed the compact in the cabin of the " May-
flower" in 1620, and was the last male sur-
vivor of the devoted band of voyagers. He
was not of the Leyden Church, but. as I^rad-
ford in his " History of the Plymouth Planta-
tion " informs us (the spelling in the original
being preserved), " was hired for a cooper at
Southampton, where the ship victuled; and
being a hopful yong man was much desired,
but left to his own liking to go or stay when
he came here; but he stayed and marj'ed here."
He was distinguished for his practical wis-
dom, integrity and decision, and early acquired
and retained during his long life a command-
ing influence over his associates. He was much
employed in public business; was an assistant
to the Governor for many years, and in every
position he fulfilled his duties promptly and to
the satisfaction of his employers. His ances-
tors in England have not been traced, so far
as is known. He was born in i 599, and died
at Duxbury, Mass., September 12, 1687.
His marriage took place probably in 1621.
Priscilla was the daughter of William Molines
(or Mullins), who with his wife came also with
the " Mayflower, " and both died in February
succeeding their landing. Tradition repre-
sents Priscilla as being very beautiful in her
youth, and John also was a comely person,
and considering his other accomplishments it



is not surprising that when he was sent by
Capt. Standish. after the death of his wife,
to solicit her hand for the Captain in marriage,
she preferred the messenger to the message.
"As he warmed and glowed, in his simple
and eloquent language, quite forgetful of self
and full of praise of his rival, archly the maiden
smiled, and, with eyes overrunning with
laughter, said, in a tremulous voice, ' Why
don't you speak for yourself, John?' " Their
residence after a few years was in Duxbury on
the north side of the village, on a farm still in
the possession of their descendants of the
seventh generation, having never been alien-
ated. He made no will, having distributed
the greater part of his estate among his chil-
dren during his lifetime.

Jonathan, his third son, with whom he re-
sided on the old homestead, administered on
his estate and made a final settlement with the
heirs, June 13, 1688. The settlement is as
follows: '■ We, whose names are subscribed,
personally interested in the estate of John
Alden, Sr., of Duxbury, Esquire, lately de-
ceased, do hereby acknowledge ourselves to
have received, each of us, our full personal
proportion thereof from Jonathan Alden, Ad-
ministrator thereof, do by these presents for
ourselves, our heirs, and executors, acquit,
discharge fully, the said Jonathan Alden, his
heirs, forever of and from all right, dues, de-
mands, whatsoever relating to the aforesaid
estate. In witness whereof we have hereunto
subscribed and sealed this 13th day of June,
Anno Domini 1688." — John Alden {seal),
Joseph Alden (seal), David Alden {seal)',
Priscilla Alden {seal), William Paybody {seal),
Alexander Standish ( seal) in the right of Sarah,
my wife, deceased, John Bass {seal) in the
right of my wife Ruth, deceased, Mary Alden
{seal), Thomas Dilauno [seal). As only eight
children are named in this instrument it was
• supposed, until recently, that he had no more.
Bradford, however, states in his history, that,
at the time of his writing, John Alden and his
wife Priscilla were both living and had eleven
children, and that their eldest daughter was
living and had five children. In the document
copied above her name is written Priscilla.
According to this account the children were:
John, born about 1622; Joseph, 1624; Eliza-
beth, 1625; Jonathan, Sarah, Ruth, Mary,
David, the names of the other three being

Seeoiul Generation : Joseph Alden, of

Bridgewater, farmer, son of John (i), was born
1624, died February 8, 1697. He married
Mary, daughter of Moses Simmons, Jr., and
had five children, viz. : Isaac, Joseph (born
1667), John. Elizabeth and Mary.

Third Generation : Deacon Joseph Alden,
Bridgewater, farmer, son of Joseph, was born
in 1667. He married Hannah, daughter of
Daniel Dunham, of Plymouth, who died June
13, 1748. Their children were, viz. : Daniel,
born January 29, 1691; Joseph, August 26,
1693, died December 9, 1695; Eleazer, Sep-
tember 27, 1694; Hannah, in February, 1696;
Mary, April 10, 1699; Joseph, September 5,
1700, died October 5, 1700; Jonathan, Decem-
ber 3, 1703, died November 10, 1704; Samuel,
August 20, 1705; Mehitabel, October 18, 1707;
and Seth, July 6, 17 10.

Foni-th Generation : Samuel Alden, of
Titicut, son of Deacon Joseph, was born Au-
gust 20, 1705, and died in 17S5. He was
married in 1728 to his first wife, Abiah, daugh-
ter of Capt. Joseph Edson, and had nine chil-
dren, viz. : Abiah, born 1729; Mehitabel, i 732;
Sarah, 1734; Samuel, 1736; Josiah, 1738;
Simeon, 1740; Silas died aged twenty-one
years; Mary; Hosea, killed by the kick of a
horse. Samuel Alden married, in 1752, his
second wife, who was a daughter of Josiah

Fifth Generation: Josiah Alden was a.
farmer at Ludlow, Mass. He was married,
in 1 76 1, to Bathsheba Jones, of Raynham,
and had nine children: Elijah, Azel, Abiah,
Bathsheba, Charity, Josiah, Lucy, Rebecca
and Benjamin.

Sixth Generation : Josiah Alden, of Lud-
low, a farmer, was born September 3, 1773,
and died in 1833. He married Olive Brown,
and had ten children, viz. : Azel, Justin, Char-
ity, Zenas, \^'ashington Brown, Charles, John,
Alary, Oram us, Eunice.

Seventh Generation: Zenas Alden, of Lud-
low and Springfield, Mass., was born Novem-
ber I, 1795, and died in January, 1840; he
married Betsey Taylor, of Hartford, Conn.,
and had six children, viz. : George Washing-
ton, who died at Springfield in 1863 or 1864;
Henry A., our subject; Charles, a resident of
Hartford, Conn.; Jane; Caroline married a
Mr. Taylor, of Hartford, Conn.; and William.

The late Henry A. Alden was born March
10, 1S23, at Springfield, Mass., where his
father was engaged in manufacturing rifles for
the U. S. Government. During his boyhood



he attended the public schools of his native
place, and at eighteen he became associated
with Charles and Henry Goodj'ear, the well-
known inventors, in the manufacture of India-
rubber goods. After several years with them,
he opened a factory on Staten Island in 1S47,
under the name of the New York Rubber Co.
In 1S57 the works were removed to Fishkill-
on-Hudson. and, as Mr. Alden had become
familiar with the rubber-goods trade in all its
branches, he was made superintendent. Hav-
ing become a leading stockholder in the com-
pany, he was elected president, and held this
position until his death, which occurred De-
cember 6, 1 882. His business cares prevented
him from taking an active part in public affairs,
but he was a stanch Republican in politics, and
was always ready to encourage any measure
for local improvement.

On July 16, 1S47, he was married to Miss
Mary M. Bishop, of Woodbury, Litchfield
Co., Conn., and two sons were born of this
union. The elder, Henrj- Bishop Alden, was
born at Newtown, Conn., February 17, 1850.
and died September 30, 1875. He was married
June 20, 1872, to Miss Susie B. \'an Liew,
daughter of Henry and Mary (Fitzgerald) \'an-
Liew, of Sing Sing, N. Y. They had one
daughter (posthumous:, Mary, born February
3, 1S76, at Sing Sing. The youngest son,
George Fuller Alden, was born March 10,
1853, at Newtown, Conn., and died March 7,
1886. He was married June 14. 1877, to
Miss Cornelia DuBois, daughter of Henry and
Adelia (Van Voorhis) DuBois, of Fishkill, N.
Y. She survives him with one daughter,
Edith, who was born at Fishkill, December
15, 1 88 1.

Mrs. Henry A. Alden was the second in a
family of four daughters, the others being
Fannie, Emily M., and Elsie M., who is the
wife of George C. Smith, of Fishkill. The
father. Miles Bishop, \vas a soldier in the war
of 1S12, and his regiment was stationed at
London, Conn., to guard Fort Griswold, when
Roger Griswold was governor of Connecticut.
Mrs. -Alden's paternal great-grandfather was
-Miles Bishop, and her grandparents were Lu-
ther and Sybil ( Long) Bishop, who had nine
children: Charles, Salmon, Julia, Raney,
Thyrza. Seth, Sallie, Garwood and Miles.
Her maternal great-grandparents were Aner
Ives, who was born January 13, 1740, and his
wife Rachel, born June 11, 1744. Their son
A^ael, Mrs. Alden's grandfather, born June 25,

1764, married Elsie Foote. who was born
October 19, 1756. They had eight children,
whose names with dates of birth are as follows:
Amasa, October 15, 1784; Asael \\'., August
31, 1787; Fannie, February 16, 1790; Garrett,
March 19, 1792; Cynthia, January 23. 1795;
Harmon, March 31, 1797; Nancy, January 17,
i8cx) (died in infancy); and Nancy (2 1, April
16, 1804.

Elsie Foote Ives, Mrs. Alden's grandmoth-
er, was a daughter of Abraham and Lucy
AVilmot) Foote; her father was a captain in
the Revolutionary army, and also served in
the French and Indian war.

GEORGE W. OWEN, the well-known edi-
tor of the Fishkill Journal, which has
been for many years a powerful aid to the best
interests of the community, is one of the most
prominent citizens of Matteawan, Dutchess

On the paternal side Mr. Owen is descended
from a family which has long been held in es-
teem in Putnam and Westchester counties, his
ancestors having been among the earliest set-
tlers in the vicinity of Peekskill. He first saw
the light in Orange county, N. Y.. near the
southwestern border of the town of New Wind-
sor, and his youth was spent upon a farm.
Possessing an active and inquiring mind, he
devoted his evenings and the few moments of
leisure that he could hnd, amid the exacting
duties of farm life, to reading and study, thus
supplementing the limited educational advan-
tstges afforded by the brief winter terms of the
country schools. In this manner he mastered
not only the ordinary branches but the higher
mathematics and the natural sciences, and
made a thorough study of the English language
and literature, giving also some attention to
Latin, on account of the assistance which it
would give in the analysis of English. Saving
something from his earnings, he managed to
take a course in a large academical institution,
where his time was chiefly spent in reviewing
the studies that he had pursued in private.
He had feared that some erroneous conclusions
might have been made by him. but it is hardly
necessarj- to state that he found that his thor-
ough work in the seclusion of the farm enabled
him to take a high rank among the pupils to
whom "Dame Fortune" had apparently
shown more favor.

The employment which first became avail-



able was that of teaching school, and this he
followed for about eight years. In 1865 he
purchased the Fishkill Journal, then a small
weekly published in Fishkill \'illage. It was
printed upon an old-fashioned hand press, as
were most of the similar papers of that time;
but after working for a year with this anti-
quated plant, he procured a cylinder press
and new type, and brought out the foiir-
nal in a new dress. He also enlarged it,
and, as he was a Republican, he could not re-
frain from making the paper, which had pre-
viously been neutral, reflect his own views
upon the stirring issues of the Reconstruction
period. Andrew Johnson, raised to the Presi-
dency through the death of Abraham Lincoln,
was then setting himself at variance with the
party that elected him, and the Fishkill Jour-
nal, with its earnest discussions of the prob-
lems of the hour, became a power in Dutchess
county politics. In the fall of 1877 Mr. Owen
purchased a job-printing office in Matteawan,
and for several years conducted this, as well
as the Journal office in Fishkill Village. In
August, 18S2, he removed the Journal plant
to Matteawan, and combined the two estab-
lishments. On September 14, 1885, hestarted
the Fishkill Daily Journal, which he con-
ducts in connection with the weekly edition.

In his journalistic work Mr. Owen has been
identified with all that is enterprising and up-
lifting to the community, encouraging philan-
thropic movements and endorsing every effort
for advancement in whatever line. Some sub-
stantial advantages gained of later years could
no doubt be traced to his influence exerted
either personally or through the columns of his
paper, and his power for good has been none
the less real for being quietly used. Mr. Owen
has also devoted some time to literary work,
and is the author of two works of fiction of a
somewhat practical nature, which were well
received by the public, and had a large sale.

Although Mr. Owen has never sought pub-
lic office, he was for several years a member
of the Matteawan board of education, and his
fine abilities make him a valued adviser in vari-
ous enterprises, notably the Matteawan Sav-
ings Bank, of which he is a trustee. He has
been for many years a member of the F. & A.
M., Beacon Lodge No. 283.

During his journalistic career, Mr. Owen's
recreations have consisted chiefly in making
tours through various parts of the United
States. Having a passion for natural scenery,

he has most frequently visited the regions
whose features were picturesque, grand or
beautiful. The wilderness of the Adirondacks;
the grand cataract of Niagara; the picturesque
St. Lawrence river, with its Thousand Is-
lands, its rushing rapids, where the steamboat,
with its human freight, plunges down between
the rocks as if to certain destruction, the quaint
old city of Quebec; also the rugged White
mountains of New England, with their snow-
capped Mount Washington; the orange groves
of Florida; the far West; the grand Sierra
Nevadas; California, with all its marvelous
beauties and resources — these have all been
scenes of his travels and themes for his pen,
wherein he entertained his readers with many
a well- written article. Thus he combined
business with pleasure and profit to his readers.
The most important of these travels was
an extended tour across the continent, when
the Pacific railroad had been completed but a
comparatively short time, and the country