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than work with dull tools, make any sacrifice
to sharpen them.

'•3. Dr. Simmons has a loving place in the
hearts of the people of all sections, and of the
different races of the country, because he loved
them all. Let no man despair of being es-
teemed and loved just as broadly as he es-
teems and loves others. I am proud to num-
ber Dr. James B. Simmons among my warm-
est friends, on account of his great learning,
his true heart and his broad Christian


BBE P. WING, one of the honored and

respected citizens of the town of Dover,

Dutchess county, is still residing on the old
homestead farm, where his birth occurred in
1806, and although he has reached the age of
ninety years, he is yet an active, well-pre-
served man. On completing his education in
the common schools near his home, he turned
his attention to farming, and at the age of
twenty-four years purchased a farm near
Poughkeepsie, which he operated some three
years. He then returned to the old home-
stead, where he has since remained.

Thomas Wing, his paternal grandfather,
was a native of Massachusetts, born near Cape
Cod, where he was educated, and when still a
boy he learned scythe making in Boston.
Coming to Webatuck, town of Dover, Dutch-
ess county, he there engaged in that business
for himself. Previously to his removal he had
married Miss Hannah White, and in Rhode
Island one child was born to them, but the births
of the nine others occurred in Dover town;
they were Thurston, George, Jackson, Benja-
min, Rhoda, Mary, Katie, Annie and Deborah.
The eldest son, Thurston, was two years of
age when brought to Dover town, where he
attended the common schools and engaged in
farming as a life work. By his marriage with
Miss Mary Young he has seven children:
Archibald, Elijah, Thurston, Pheebe, Rhoda,
Sallie and Mary Ann. George, the second
son, was also educated and engaged in farm-

ing in Dover, his native township, wedded
Miss Martin, and to them were born eight
children: Theodorus. John, Martin, Shed-
rick, Thomas and Agrippa (twins), Hiram
and Maria.

Jackson Wing, the third son, and the
father of our subject, was born on Christmas
Day, 1 77 1, received a common-school educa-
tion, and from the age of seventeen carried on
farming in connection with his father until his
marriage, at the age of twenty-eight. He
wedded Miss Hannah Preston, daughter of
Ebenezer and Pheebe (Odel) Preston, who had
six children: John, Abijah, Smith, Ebenezer,
Hannah and Mary. Her grandparents were
Ebenezer and Hannah (Smith) Preston. After
his marriage the father of our subject engaged
in agricultural pursuits on his own account,
which proved very successful, and also con-
ducted a mill which came into his possession
through his wife. The large brick house
which still belongs to the family was built by
him in 1806. Later in life he conducted the
tavern at South Dover known as the ' ' Moose
Head," for fifty years. He was a man of re-
markable memory and of good business ability.
In politics he was a Democrat, and was once
elected poor master.

Our subject is the third in order of birth in
the family of seven children, of whom John
and Daniel died in infancy. Pheebe, born in
1808, became the wife of Egbert Sheldon, by
whom she had two children, William and Or-
ville. Alfred, born in 181 1, wedded Miss
Mary Tabor, daughter of Russell Tabor, a
farmer of Dover town, and they had one child,
Hannah, who died at the age of twenty years.
Preston, born in 181 3, never married. Obed,
born in 1817, married Miss Ann Vincent, of
Dover Plains.

Like his father, Mr. Wing, the subject
proper of this review, always votes the Demo-
cratic ticket, and is one of the prominent and
representative citizens of the township. On
reaching man's estate he was united in mar-
riage with Miss Maria Sheldon, and they be-
came the parents of three children: Hannah
was born in the town of Dover, in 1831, mar-
ried Theodore Preston, by whom she had two
children — John, who died in infancy, and Mary,
who died at the age of twenty years; Sheldon,
a well-known farmer of Dover town; and Ed-
gar, born in 1841, died at the age of twenty-
four years.

Agrippa Sheldon, the father of Mrs. Wing,




was also a native of Dover town, where on
reaching manhood he engaged in cattle drov-
ing and as a general farmer. He married
Polly Palmer, and to them were born eight
children: Egbert, Levina, Hebern, Abbie,
Maria, Palmer, Emeline and Ann.

Jackson S. Wing, grandson of the gentle-
man whose name introduces this sketch, was
born May 23, 1858, reared on the farm, and
educated at the common schools, also at Ame-
nia seminary. At the age of sixteen he com-
menced working in a store at Wings Station,
where his present place of business is, and for
five years clerked there, during the winters at-
tending school. In 1880 he took an interest
in the mercantile firm of Chapman & Wing,
which continued three years, at the end of
which time Mr. Wing sold out his interest, and
then clerked a short time in Poughkeepsie;
but owing to impaired health he had to aban-
don work for a time. On February 15, 1882,
.he married Miss Mary O. Straight, who was
born in the town of Kent, Litchfield Co.,
Conn., and was educated in Amenia Semi-
nary, and in 1893 one daughter, Winifred
Straight, was born to them. In 1887 he was
appointed mail agent on the run between New
York and Chatham, in which capacity he re-
mained some eighteen months, in 1890 estab-
lishing his present extensive mercantile busi-
ness at Wings Station. In politics he was
originally a Democrat, but for some years back
he has voted the Prohibition ticket; he is at
present serving his second term as postmaster
at Wings Station, and was town clerk one
term. In religious faith he is a member of the
M. E. Church. Mr. Wing has traveled
throughout the United States considerably,
and is a man of good solid information.

Henry Straight, the great-grandfather of
Mrs. J. S. Wing, went from Rhode Island to
Litchfield county, Conn., locating first in the
town of New Milford, and later in the town of
Kent, where he followed his occupation of
farming! He was three times married, his
first union being with Miss Peet, and to them
were born four children: Catharine, Polly,
Sarah and Hannah. He next wedded Mrs.
Terrel, a widow lady who had two daughters.
and to them was born a son, Augustus. After
the death of the second wife he married Mrs.
Martha Hendricks.

Henry Augustus Straight, the grandfather,
was born in the town of New Milford, Litch-
field Co., Conn., was there educated in the

common schools, and engaged in farming. He
was a prominent member of the Friends
Church, as was also his wife, taking an active
part in their services at the old Branch meet-
ing house at South Dover, Dutchess county.
He married Miss Abigail Sherwood, of New
Milford, Conn., by whom he had four chil-

(1) Marshall Straight, who was born in
1 8 16, in Kent, Litchfield Co., Conn., followed
farming, and for his first wife wedded Mary
Buckingham, by whom he has four children:
Carl, who was killed in the army; Alice, who
became the wife of Theodore Wickwire; and
Fred and Orin, the former of whom married
Emma Beech. After the death of the mother
of these children, Marshall Straight married
Miss Asenith Wilbur, and after the latter
passed away he married her sister. Miss Han-
nah Wilbur. His fourth wife bore the maiden
name of Sophia Terrel, and after her death he
married Miss Josephine Wakeman.

(2) Olive Straight, who was born in Kent,
Conn., in 18 19, became the wife of William
D. Hoag, a farmer of Quaker Hill, Dutchess
county, and they had three children: Mary
E., who remained single; Ira, who married
Sarah Hoag, and Aurelia, who married Ed-
mund Post.

(3) Henry Straight was born in Kent, July
4, 1825, was educated in the common schools,
and also followed farming. He married Miss
Roccelanie Peet, daughter of Riley and Sarah
Peet, agriculturists of the town of New Mil-
ford, Litchfield Co., Conn. Three daughters
were born of this union: Helen S., who re-
mained single; Augusta, who married Seymour
Woolsey; and Abbie, who married Chester

(4) John Straight, the father of Mrs. J. S.
Wing, was born in the town of Kent, Litch-
field county, in October, 1831, and like the
rest of the family received a common-school
education, and engaged in agricultural pur-
suits. By birthright he was a member of the
Society of Friends, was a Republican in poli-
tics, and held a number of township offices.
He married Miss Rachel A. Peet, a daughter
of Riley and Sarah Peet, of New Milford,
Conn., and to them were born three children:
Flora A., who was born in Kent town, in 1856,
and married John R. Judd, a farmer of that
township; Mary O., who was born in i860,
and is now the wife of. Jackson S. Wing; and
and Walter A., an agriculturist, who was born



in 1S65, in Kent town, and married Miss Min-
nie Sheldon, daughter of William and Frances
(^Ward) Sheldon, farming people of South Do-
ver, Dutchess county. Walter Straight and
his wife have two children: Walter A., born
in 1SS6, and Mae B., born in 1S8S.

On the maternal side, Nfrs. Jackson S.
Wing traces her ancestry back to three broth-
ers who came to this country from England —
Samuel, John and William Peet. The first
named was her ancestor. Her great-grand-
father, who bore the same name, was born and
educated in Connecticut, where he engaged in
farming, and married Miss Luc\' Bostwick. by
whom he had six children: Ebenezer, who
married a Miss Beacher; Samuel: Luna, who
married Anson Sperry; Elijah, who remained
single; Ryley: and Carlos, who died when

Ryley Peet, the grandfather, was born at
New ^filford, Conn., in 1787, was there edu-
cated-, and also followed farming as a lifework.
A strong Democrat, he served in the Legisla-
ture of his native State for one term. He
married ifiss Sarah Terrill, daughter of James
and Sarah Terrill, agriculturists of New Mil-
ford, and to them were born eight children:
(i) Luna ^^., who married Abel Bristol, has
two children — Andrew, who married Hannah
Camp; and Eleanor P., who first became the
wife of ^^r. Woodhull, and after his death
married Rufus Leavitt. (2) Sarah F. is the
wife of Horace Merwin, and had five children
— Carlos F.. who married .Alice Monroe; Gar-
wood, who died in the army; Sarah, wife of
Daniel Nfarsh; Orange, who married Mary
Beach; and Florence C, wife of Henrj- Lemon.
(3) Lucy A. married Anan Marsh, and has one
child — Alice G., who married Walter B. Bost-
wick. (4y Roccelanie, as before stated, mar-
ried Henry Straight. (5) Samuel R. married
Laura Tompkins, and has four children — Ed-
gar A., who wedded Hattie Squires; Don C. ,
who married Urania Buckingham; Adelaide,
who never married; and Sarah, who married
Charles Tabor. (6) Rachel A. married John
Straight, and is the mother of Mrs. J.S. Wing.
(7) ilary A. wedded Benone Camp, and has
one daughter— Nfary, who became the wife of
Franklin Gibson. (8) Lehman H. married
Justina Howland, and had four children — ^^er-
ritt, who married Cadelia Lake; Garwood, who
married Maude Bixbee; Hattie, who married
Walter Hatch; and Ralph, who wedded Mary

ENOS J. CHASE (deceased). Among the
influential citizens in his day. in the town

of Pine Plains, Dutchess county, and one of its
most prosperous and successful business men
was this gentleman. He was entirely a self-
ade man in the truest sense of the word, hav-
ing been the architect of his own fortune, and
for thirty-three years he was at the head of a
large general mercantile store in Pine Plains,
which grew from a very humble origin.

Mr. Chase was born at Hibernij, Dutchess
county. May 22, 1840, and was of German de-
scent. His father. Edward Chase, was a mil-
ler by occupation, and at one time was quite
prosperous, but later in life lost all. He mar-
ried Sarah Ann Carhart, and to them were
born three children: Enos J. ; Thomas H., of
the town of Stanford, Dutchess county: and
Sarah, wife of Isaac Butler, who is from Mora-
via. The father's death occurred at Bangall,
Dutchess county, in July, 1874. Our subject
received excellent educational advantages for
those early days, having attended the public
schools at Bangall, also the Nine Partners
school near Hibernia, and became a well-in-
formed man. On starting out in life for him-
self he commenced as clerk for Elias August,
with whom he remained for one year, and in
1863 began business for himself in the store
which he occupied some thirty-three years.
At first, as his capital was quite limited, he
carried a small stock of drugs and groceries;
but he kept adding thereto until he became
the proprietor of a large general mercantile es-
tablishment. For about three years, during
the early seventies, he had a partner; but with
that exception he carried on business alone for
thirty-thfee years with most gratifying results.
He was a man of even temperament and ex-
cellent judgjnent, and these, together with in-
domitable energy and laudable ambition,
brought him success. As he had concentrated
his whole attention upon his business, he had
little time to devote to politics, aside from
casting his ballot in support of the Democratic
party, and he always refused to accept public
office. He was reared amid the Society of
Friends, and grew up to be a man of high
moral standard. For several j-ears he served
as treasurer of the Presbyterian Church at Pine

In 1866, Mr. Chase was united in marriage
with Miss Augusta Ham, daughter of Freder-
ick T. Ham, and to them were born three
children: Frederick H., who is in charge of



the store; Jennie; and Frank Edward, also in
the store. Mr. Chase died February 22,

The Ham family was one of the oldest in
Pine Plains. Peter F. Ham, the grandfather
of Mrs. Chase, was a large land owner in the
western part of the township. He married
Catherine Trumpour, who died October 8,
1S48, and his death occurred in 1865. Their
only child, Frederick T. Ham, was a farmer
in his earlier days, about 1846 removing to
Pittsfield, Mass., where he engaged in mer-
chandising tor two years. Until 1867 he carried
on farming, but in that year went to Rhine-
beck, Dutchess county, where he was indirect-
ly interested in business for a short time.
Going south in 1S71, he located upon a large
plantation in Georgia, and was there engaged
in cotton raising until his death in 1879. He
had married Susannah Fulton, daughter of
Ephraim Fulton, and their family consisted of
four children: Fulton P., who died in 1874;
Sarah A., wife of W. B. Vibbert, of Pine
Plains; Augusta, Mrs. Chase; and Newton,
who is living upon the plantation in Georgia.
The mother's death occurred in 1881.

Miller Garrett) is a native of Albany county,

N. Y.,born at ^^'esterlo, January 21, 1821,
and is a son of Levi Garratt, whose birth oc-
curred in the town of New Baltimore, Greene
Co., N. Y. His great-grandfather was a farmer
of Saratoga county, N. Y., and by his mar-
riage with a Miss Potter, of Bristol, R. I., had
a family of sixteen children — ten sons and six
daughters. Two of the sons located in Prince
Edward county, Canada, two in Maryland and
Virginia, two in Saratoga county, N. Y., two
in Greene county, N. Y. , and one in Maine,
while one died in youth. The sisters married
and settled in Greene, Albany and Columbia

Simeon Garratt, the grandfather of our
subject, was born in Saratoga county, where
he was reared, and married Lois Curtis, but
later became a resident of Greene county,
there following farming until his death, which
occurred when he was ninety-four years old.
His family included six children, as follows:
Levi fthe father of our subject). Potter, Fet-
ter, Samuel and Elim, all agriculturists, and
Zada, who married Daniel Gregory, a black-

Levi Garratt married Lydia Miller, also a
native of Greene county, daughter of Jona-
than and Lydia (McCabe) Miller. Her father
was born in Putnam county, N. Y. , of English
descent, where he learned the tanner's trade;
but after his marriage he drove with a double
team from his native count}' to Greene county,
becoming one of its pioneer settlers, and in
the midst of the wilderness took up 600 acres of
land, where he ever afterward made his home,
dying at the age of seventy-five, his wife when
ninety-six years old. He was the father of
eight children: Mathew, a farmer of Saratoga
county ; Jonathan, Jesse and Sherod, agricultur-
ists of Greene county (the last mentioned mar-
ried a Miss Garratt, and had two children);
Hannah, wife of Ephraim Garratt, a farmer of
Albany county; Sarah, who married a Mr.
Greene, of Greene county; Lydia, the mother
of our subject, and Rhoda, wife of Rev. Levi
Hathaway, a minister of the Christian Church,
and a man of great power and energj'.

Shortly after their marriage the parents of
our subject removed to Albany count}-, N. Y.,
where they located on a farm. Eleven chil-
dren were born to them: Elmina. the eldest,
married Ab. Seaman, a farmer of Albany
county; the twin of Elmina died in infancy;
Roxey Ann married Thomas C. Seaman, a
stone dealer; Edward W. married Miss Bedell,
and was a farmer of Greene county; Jonathan
M. is the next child; Simeon C. married Miss
Fish, and is a farmer of Ulster county, N. Y. ;
Rhoda wedded George Lee Shear, a farmer of
Albany county; Caroline became the wife of
Albert Bedell, also a farmer of Greene county;
Lydia M. married Smith Powell, a farmer of
Greene county; Alzada married Albert Holen-
beck, a carpenter and builder of Coxsackie,
Greene Co., N. Y.; and one child died in in-
fancy. The parents were conscientious, ear-
nest Christians, and in politics the father was a
Democrat. His death occurred in 1885, when
he was aged about ninety-eight years; the
mother died October 2, 1866, aged seventy-
five years.

On the home farm in Albany county Mr.
Garratt, the subject proper of this review,
passed his early life, and he followed teaching
in the winter seasons for ten years, his summer
months being devoted to agriculture. During
the following seven years he was engaged in
the cultivation of a farm of 200 acres; but in
the spring of 1867 he came to Poughkeepsie,
and formed a partnership with Thomas C.



Seaman, his brother-in-law, in the stone busi-
ness, which connection lasted about fifteen

On September 3, 1873, Mr. Garratt mar-
ried Mrs. Lydia G. Doty {lu'e Smith), of
Poughkeepsie, a widow lady, and is a native of
Dutchess county. Mr. Garratt is identified
with the Democratic party, and, though past
his three-score years and ten ( seventy-six), is
still well-preserved, both mentally and physic-
ally. He is an intelligent, well-informed man,
possessed of sound common sense, and has the
respect and confidence of all who know him.
Mr. Garratt, after losing his wife, who died
February 22, 1896, bought a farm in the town
of Lloyd, Ulster Co., N. Y. , to assist his
brother and sister (Simeon and Lydia) in their
financial difficulty, with whom he is making
his home, post office address: Highland, Ulster
Co., N. Y. The family naine was originally
Garratt, but is now usually spelled Garrett.

SHELDON \\'ING, a prominent and pro-
,_ gressive agriculturist and stock dealer of
Dutchess county, and the only living son of
Ebbe P. Wing, of the town of Dover, was born
December 10, 1833, in Manchester, a village
of the town of Lagrange, Dutchess county.

Mr. Wing received a liberal education at
the district schools of the neighborhood of his
boyhood home, subsequently taking two terms
at a Quaker boarding school. After he was
fourteen years of age he worked on a farm
during the summer, and when he was twenty-
one he commenced for his own account on his
present farm, which at that time comprised
270 acres, and so continued eight years. In
1855 he paid a four-months' visit to Ohio and
Iowa, and in February, 1861, he gave up farm-
ing, and proceeding once more to the latter
State embarked in the stock business, buying
cattle and hogs and shipping same to Chicago
and New York. This line of trade he prose-
cuted with great success some four years, or
until 1S65, when, owing to the sickness of his
brother Edgar, he returned to the town of
Dover, and was induced by his father to re-
main, although he was strongly inclined to go
back to Iowa. He has since conducted the
old homestead, which now comprises about
600 acres of prime land, whereon he keeps
1 10 cows, shipping the milk to New York, be-
sides engaging in general farming, and he has
also done a considerable amount of commis-

sion business in that city — buying and ship-
ping all kinds of produce; and during the thirty
years has paid several more business visits to
the West. Of the many well-to-do-farmers of
Dutchess count}-, he is among the most pros-
perous and influential, active and enterprising,
and highl}- respected for his straightforward
dealings and uniform integrity. In politics he
is a Democrat, and has been urged many times
by his friends to stand for office, but on ac-
count of his business interests has invariably
declined; he was nominated for sheriff in the
fall of 1894, refusing to run, however, and he
has served as supervisor of the town of Dover
two terms. Socially, he is a member of the
F. & A. M., No. 666, Dover Plains.

On October 21, 1856, Mr. Wing was mar-
ried to Miss Jane L. Chapman, who was born
in 1837 at Dover Plains, Dutchess county, the
only daughter of Reuben W. and Murilla (Ward)
Chapman, by which union there were two chil-
dren: Jackson S. (mention of whom is made
in the sketch of Ebbe P. Wing), and Anna F.
(who resides at home).

Reuben W. Chapman, father of Mrs. Wing,
and a farmer and carpenter by occupation, was
born in the town of Dover, Dutchess county,
December 28, 1798, a son of William and Ra-
chel Chapman. On September 28, 1S26,
Reuben W. married Murilla Ward, and they
had four children — three sons and one daugh-
ter: (i)Higham W., a merchant, born January
9, 1829, married Cordelia Sheldon January 9,
185 1, and died January 16,1882; he had three
children — George T., William T., and Allie,
who married William Arnold. (2) George
W., born May 9, 1833, married Sabina Haff,
February 7, 1 866, of which union there are
two daughters living — Ella L. and Adelaide;
the father died July 15, 1885, and the mother
is also deceased. (3) Mrs. Wing comes next.
(4) Homer W., born November 23, 1843,
married Phcebe Brown on October 13, 1869,
and they have two children — Cora (now Mrs.
Richard Brill) and Edna (at home). Reuben
W. Chapman died July 27, 1859: his wife,
Murilla, born July 4, 1S07, died December
30, 1873.

GEORGE STORM (deceased). As an ex-
tensive land owner and successful agricult-
urist, the subject of this memoir held a prom-
inent place among the business men of the
town of East Fishkill, Dutchess countv. But

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in the estimate of his character, his abihty in
financial affairs counts far less than the quali-
ties which as an upright and public-spirited
citizen identified him with the high interests of
the community.

The Storm family is widely dispersed, yet
the different branches can all trace connection.
Mr. Storm's parents, Charles and Mary (Adri-
ance) Storm, were both natives of the town of
East Fishkill, and his mother was born in the
house which is now occupied by the family.
They had children as follows: Susan, the
widow of William P. Storm, formerly a tea
merchant in New York City; John, a farmer in
East Fishkill, Dutchess county; George, our
subject; Charles (deceased;, formerly a farmer
in East Fishkill.

George Storm was born August 1 1, 1839, at
the present homestead, and passed his entire
life there. On September 23, 1868, he mar-
ried, for his first wife, Miss Emma Haight, of
Westchester county, who bore him four chil-
dren: Mary (i), Henrietta, Maria H., and
Mary (2); of whom, Maria H., now at home,
is the only survivor, the others dying in early
youth. The mother passed away March 11,
1880, and on October 10, 1883, Mr. Storm
married her sister, Carrie Haight, a native of
Westchester county. She is the daughter of
the late Epenetus Haight, a well-known farmer,
and granddaughter of Daniel Haight. Her
mother, whose maiden name was Maria Hunt,

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