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ed by the public schools of that country, and
there learned cabinet-making. Hearing much
of the splendid opportunities afforded young
men in the New World, he at the age of eight-
een years sailed for the United States, and in
New York City and Philadelphia worked at his



trade for about two years, when he returned
to Germany, and there spent a similar period.
However, in 1854, we again find him in Amer-
ica, and this time he located at Poughkeepsie,
where he was employed at his trade until
1S72. He then began the furniture business,
which he has since continued, at the present
time located at Nos. 150 and 152 Main street,
the firm being now George Schlude & Sons.
For the past- five years he has occupied his
present store, where he carries a full line of
furniture and pictures, and in connection con-
ducts an undertaking department.

In 1855 Mr. Schlude married Miss Caroline
Hummel, a native of Baden, Germany, and
eight children bless their union: Caroline,
Charles, Emma, Frederick, Ida. George, Lil-
lie and Leonard. Charles, Frederick and
George are in business with their father. As
a Democrat in politics, Mr. Schlude takes
great interest in all political questions, although
not an aspirant for political preferment. He
has done much for the upbuilding of Pough-
keepsie, and in his varied relations in business
affairs, and in social life, has impressed all
with his sincere and manly purpose to do by
others as he would have others do by him.

_ ber of the well-known wholesale and re-
tail drug firm of Doty & Humphrey, Pough-
keepsie, was born in the town of Beekman,
Dutchess county, October 12, 1848.

Thomas Humphrey, his great-grandfather,
was a farmer in Dutchess county, and mem-
bers of the family served in the Revolutionary
war. Abram Humphrey, grandfather of our
subject, was born in Beekman, July i, 1785,
and followed the occupation of a farmer until
his death, which occurred February 9, 1821,
in Dutchess county. He married Miss Letitia
Adriance, also a native of the county, and
their three children were as follows: Cath-
erine, who married Ale.xander Hasbrouck, a
farmer of East Fishkill; Sarah, who married
Jacob Pudney, a farmer in Dutchess county;
and John (our subject's father).

John Humphrey, father of our subject,
was born in Beekman, Dutchess county, June
12, 1818. He was reared upon a farm, and
married Miss Catherine E. Storm, who was
born in East Fishkill, June 25, 1814. Her
father, Abram Storm, who was a native of the
same place and a farmer, was the son of Isaac

and Elizabeth Storm, the former of whom was
born in Tarrytown, N. Y., October i, 1772,
and with four brothers — Jacob, John, Abram
and Thomas — came in an early day, to Dutchess
county. They took up a very large tract of
land, some of which is still in possession of the
family. The Storm family lived on Long Is-
land in 1620, or thereabouts, and their coat
of arms has been handed down to the present

Our subject's parents after their marriage
located on the old farm in Beekman, where
they reared a family of si.x children, two of
whom died in infancy. The others were
Helen; Letitia, who married William Uuin-
tard, of the firm of Ouintard Brothers, jewel-
ers, of Poughkeepsie, and died July 18, 1887;
John V. , a wholesale and retail druggist of
Poughkeepsie; and Abram S., our subject.
The father of this family died October 20,
1853, the mother on August 24, 1885. He
was a Democrat in his political views, and
both were members of the Reformed Dutch

Our subject spent his younger days, after
1856, in Poughkeepsie, where he attended the
Dutchess County Academy, and at the age of
si.xteen he entered the drug store of Elias
Trivett as clerk. There he remained for about
four 3'ears, then went to Kingston, N. Y. , and
clerked for Van Dusen Brothers for some five
years. His ne.xt location was Providence, R.
I., where he engaged in the drug business for
himself for one year, after which he returned
to Poughkeepsie, and a year later formed a
partnership under the firm name of Humphrey
& Bowne. This continued two and one-half
years, when Mr. Bowne sold out his interest to
John V. Humphrey, and the business was then
conducted under the name of Humphrey Broth-
ers. Eight years later Abram S. sold out his
interest, and became secretary and treasurer
of the Storm Spring Company, holding these
offices for eight years. In 1890 he became a
member of the present firm of Doty & Hum-
phrey, which does a large wholesale and retail
drug business.

On October 8, 1873, Mr. Humphrey was
united in marriage with Miss Mar}- Vignes,
who was born in Kingston, May 20, 1850, a
daughter of John Vignes, of that city, who
was of French descent. Mr. Humphrey is a
stanch Republican, and takes an active inter-
est in all matters relative to the welfare of his
community. In 1884 he was elected alder-



man for the Sixth ward, and served two terms;
also two terms on the water board, and at the
present time represents his ward in the board
of supervisors. Socially, he belongs to the
Royal Arcanum, and both he and his wife are
members of the Reformed Dutch Church, of
which he is also a member of the Consistory.

ISAAC VINCENT, Sr., father of Mrs. Phcebe
_ A. Wing, was born January 26, 1781, in
the town of Unionvale, Dutchess Co., N.
Y. , son of Gilbert and Phcebe (\'ail) \'incent,
both also natives of Dutchess county, and highly
respectable farming people. In religious faith
they were members of the Society of Friends.
They had a familj' of thirteen children, named
respectively: Isaac, Absalom, Rebecca, La-
vina, Jonathan, Leonard, Thomas, Margaret
and Elizabeth (twins), Richard, Michael,
Phebe Ann, and Hepsibeth. Of these, Mar-
garet married John Potter, and had two chil-
dren — Jane, who married Theron Thompson,
and Thomas, who was a soldier in the war of
the Rebellion, and died of wounds received at
the battle of Antietam. Elizabeth married
Jonathan Huestis, and had two children — Eg-
bert, married to Mariette Williams ithey had
three children, and both are now deceased),
and Jane, married to Isaac Mabbett (they have
no children; Mr. Mabbett is deceased, and his
widow resides in Chicago).

Isaac Vincent, the eldest in the above men-
tioned family of thirteen children, in 1S07 mar-
ried Martha Duncan, who was born at Dover,
Dutchess county, in 1788, and died October
30, 1873. Isaac was a merchant, and opened
the first store at Chestnut Ridge; he was also
a farmer, and accumulated a considerable
amount of property. Altogether he was a man
of no small influence in his day, too busy to
accept office, though a strong Whig and Re-
publican. He was the first postmaster at
Chestnut Ridge, and when advanced years
came upon him he handed the office over to
his son Edgar, at whose death Mrs. Phoebe A.
Wing took charge thereof; it has been in the
family the long period of eight}' years in all.
The record of the children born to Isaac and
Martha (Duncan) Vincent is as follows:

(i) Horatio N. was born September 16,
1808, and died unmarried, May 27, 1862.

(2) David was born March 10, 18 10, and
died February 5, 1887. He married Phcebe
Preston, who was born November3, 1817, and

died September 20, 1856; they had three chil-
dren — Isaac, born May 16, 1847, died January
25, 1889; Martha, born July 13, 1849, died
July 16, 1874; and Obed, born in 1855, died
Jul}' 13, 1892 (he married Ella \'incent, and
hacl one daughter, Hazelj. Obed was a Re-
publican in politics. Isaac, Jr., son of David,
married Mary E. Albro, and had three children
— Phcebe Ann, David D., and Martha A. (now
Mrs. John A. Gaffney). Martha, daughter of
David, married Stephen Moore, and had one
son — David, a merchant and farmer at Cloe
\'alley; he married Minnie \"incent, and they
have two children — Edna M. and \'incent.

(3) Gilbert, born March 14, 1812, married
Mary Van W\ck, October 2, 1856, and they
had two children — Horatio N., born January
I. 1859, died March 14, 1S60; and Phcebe A.,
born May i, 1S61 (she married John L. Beld-
ing, and had two children — Vincent, born Au-
gust 26, 1879, died June 26, 1880, and John
L., born April 16, 1882; their mother, Phcebe,
died August 26, 1884). Gilbert Vincent died
September 23, 1875.

(4) Edgar, born December i, 18 13, re-
ceived a liberal common-school education, and
became a leading business man, was a Repub-
lican in politics, and a leader in his party. In
18 — he was elected to the State Assembly;
was also county clerk six years, and, as already
stated, was postmaster at Chestnut Ridge, in
addition to which he tilled many minor offices,
all with the same degree of ability and integ-
rity characteristic of him. No man had a wider
acquaintance than Edgar X'incent, and none
was more deserving of the high esteem in
which he was held by all classes in the com-
munity. He died unmarried, May 14, 1874,
deeply regretted by all who knew him.

(5) Phcebe A., the youngest daughter and
child of Isaac and Martha (Duncan) Vincent,
was born at Dover, Dutchess county, Novem-
ber 4, 1 8 18. She was married in 1840 to
Obed Wing, who was born August 2, i8i7,and
died January 17, 1882. They had no family,
but reared from childhood Martha Pray, a
daughter of George and Nancy (Baker) Pray,
who, at their death, gave Martha to Mr. and
Mrs. Wing, and she became as dear to them,
as if she was their own daughter. She has
three brothers: Elias N., George and Seward,
and one sister, Ida (now Mrs. Charles Duncan).
Mrs. Phckhe A. Wing is in many ways a re-
markable woman, there being few of her age
who can boast of her wonderful vitality and








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