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silverware in use in this part of the country
was stamped with their name. Mr. Adriance
was always of an inventive turn of mind, and
it was through his efforts that the famous
Buckeye Mower was placed upon the market.
He established the first plant for manufactur-
ing that machine at Poughkeepsie, where he
also made plows and other agricultural imple-
ments, but made a specialty of the mower and
he always conducted that business alone. As
previously stated, he was twice married, his
first union being with Miss Sarah Harris, a
daughter of Capt. Joseph Harris, of Pough-
keepsie, and to them were born five children:
George H., Walter, John P., Anna E. and

(i) George H. Adriance, deceased, the first



son of John Adriance, Sr. , was born in Pough-
keepsie and was educated there and at Dover
Plains. He married Miss Matilda Ross and
they had three children: George, Anna and
Nellie. In religious belief Mr. Adriance was a
devout Methodist.

(2) Walter Adriance, the second son, was
born and reared at Poughkeepsie, there ob-
taining his education, and on reaching man-
hood was united in marriage with Miss Cor-
delia Brinckerhoff, a daughter of Derrick
Brinckerhoff, who was an agriculturist, and
belonged to one of the oldest families of
Dutchess county. Four children were born of
this union, as follows: William died in in-
fancy; Sarah B. married Stanley Kipp, by
whom she has three children; Anna, who
wedded Henry Raynor, also has two children;
and Nellie died in infancy. Both daughters
now make their home in Rutherford. New

John P. .\driance, the third son, was also
born in Poughkeepsie, where he attended
school, and was later a student in the Dover
Plains Academy, from which he graduated.
Goijjg to New Preston, Conn., at an early
age, he there engaged in merchandising for
sometime and was very successful. On sell-
ing out that business he went to New York
City, where he conducted a hardware estab-
lishment, associating with him Mr. Piatt, the
firm being known as Adriance & Piatt, who
were located at 165 Cortland street. Previous
to his removal to that city, however, he had
conducted a similar business in New Hamp-
shire. The firm of Adriance & Piatt became,
in a short time, one of the leading business
houses of the city, and always held a high rep-
utation. Owing to pressing business in Pough-
keepsie, at the Buckeye Mower plant, which
was conducted by his father, Mr. Adriance re-
moved to that city, though he still kept his
interest in the New York firm. Being a man
of superior business ability and good manage-
ment, he assumed control of the works. Many
of his relatives find employment in different
ways with the firm. He always took a deep
interest in political affairs, but could never be
prevailed upon to accept public positions. He
took great pleasure in fast horses, and owned
some fine stock. An active Church worker,
all worthy projects and deserving people al-
ways found in fiim a willing and ready helper,
but his charities were always performed in a
quiet way.

On June 22, 1S91, John P. Adriance was
called from this life, and the following ser-
mon, which was preached at his funeral,
plainly indicates the character of the man:

Tin- greatness of sewing— Mark .\:4;:i-44. Whosoever
will be great among you, shall he your minister; and
whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of

Throughout the preaching of this sermon, I am sure
there has been in your mind, even as there was in mine
tliroughout the preijaration of it, the thought of one, who
with abundant and most sincere sorrow- was laid to rest,
only six days ago. Our loss is so fresh and deep that it
will force itself upon our attention at every turn, and to
take no notice of it this morning here in this church
which he loved so well, and helped so richly, were well
nigh imjjossible. Words of praise concerning him it is
needless for me to speak.

The silent sorrow permeating the whole city is elo-
quent; and the spontaneous expression of esteem uttered
by all who w-ere accjuainted with him; the lamentations
of those who had been privileged to share his friendship;
and above all the tender benedictions of the many to
whom he had been a generous benefactor are his best
eulogy. Nor would words of public jiraise be titting.
He never sought them, nay, he rather shunned them.
On these days when ostentation and flourish of trumpets
are found so often, even in philanthropic and religious
activity, it w-as delightful to meet one who was wholly
free from them — one who obeyed so constantly the divine
injunction : "When thou doest alms let not thy left hand
know what thy right hand doeth." And to jiroclaim his
good deeds openly now, pleasant as the task would be,
were a violation of the modest secrecy with which he
covered them. But the lesson of his life is plainly before
us and may be spoken of, though very briefly, from this
pulpit to-day.

John P. Adriance was un(iuestionably one of the
chiefest among our citizens. Public opinion, with no dis-
senting voice, declares that no man held a higher place
in the confidence and esteem of his fellow-s, no man had
a wider influence, or will be more sorely missed. The
secret of his supremacy is the same which our text has
brought before us. There have been among us other
men more wealthy than he, just as wise and able in busi-
ness matters, equally blessed with the graces which make
a charming social life. But his endowments, to a most
unusual degree, he constantly employed in the service of
others. Wealth to him was a sacred trust, and in public
gifts, and still more in private charities, know^n only to
the recipients and to Heaven, he made his money of serv-
ice to all. Because he thus used it he found the true
power which lies in large possessions; and the envy and
the bitterness which riches often beget were felt by none
toward him. The poor rejoiced in his prosperity, becau.se
they felt it in a certain sense to be their own. In like
manner his practical wi.sdom and business ability were at
the service of all who needed it. The man who was in
perplexity and needed safe counsel came confidently to
him; he gave it — not as men often give, carelessly and
impulsively — but with the same due consideration and
deep thought, as if the matter were his own. The man
who found himself amid the breakers of financial disas-
ter, lost unless .some stronger arm and cooler head should
take the helm, found such in him. There are business
men to-day, in this city and elsewhere, to whom in an hour
of greatest danger he cameas an angel of salvation.

.Vnd the joys of private life w-ere of little value to
him, save as he could share them with others. His house
was like a home to the many to whom he gave a father's
thoughtfulness, a brother's love. His acts of gracious
service to those who were in sorrow, or trial, or loneliness,
or need of any kind, were numberless. To a remarkable
degree he put himself in your place, and acted according



to the revelation thus given. He was a great man; great
because he rendered great service. Up from the whole
city, from the hearts of poor and rich ahke, from ail sorts
and conditions of men, comes the common testimony —
" He ministered to me." Is not this true greatness ? Can
any other compare with it ? The secret of such a life of
all lives which humble themselves to help others, lies in
Christianity. It is possible only to one who walks hum-
bly as the servant of God, who loves Christ, and seeks to
be like Him, and who looks upon all men as suffering,
needy, helpless brethren of the dear Lord and Master of
us all. May each of us learn the lesson which lies in the
beautiful years of him we mourn to-day; and may a
double portion of his spirit rest upon all who take \\\i the
service from which he has been called to receive reward.
While in New York City, John P. Adriance
was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ruth-
ven Piatt, daughter of Isaac Piatt, a wealthy
and retired merchant of that city. To them
were born the following children: Isaac R.,
who married Ada Campbell; John E., who
wedded Mary Hasbrouck; Harris E. , who
wedded Sarah Holmes and is a minister in the
German Reformed Church; William A. , who
married Minnie Horton; James Ruthven, who
died at the age of twenty-one; Francis, who
married Mary Hampton; and Marion R., who

became the wife of Silas Woode
children were college graduates.

James R. Adriance was the
above family to pass away. He
New York, June 8, 1856, but
years of age was taken by

All of these

first of the

was born in

when only two

his parents to

Poughkeepsie, and in that beautiful city on the
banks of the Hudson, his childhood and youth
were passed. He was fitted for college under
the care of Otis Bisbee, Esq., at Riverview
Academy, and in the summer of 1871, with an
older brother and another young man, sailed
for Europe in charge of Rev. Alfred E. Myers.
They spent a year in foreign travel, extending
their tour as far east as Athens, Constantinople
and Smyrna, returning the following summer.
He completed his preparatory studies and en-
tered the freshman class of Williams College
in September, 1S74. In the early spring of
1876, during his sophomore year, he entered
upon a Christian life, connecting himself at a
later period with the Second Reformed Church
of Poughkeepsie. He graduated with honor
in July, 1878, and was elected by his class,
one of the two marshals. He again sailed
for Europe toward the close of the summer,
and during the remainder of the Paris Expo-
sition took charge of business connected with
his father's firm. Being particularly fond of
the study of languages, he at once entered
upon a course of instruction, with the view of
perfecting himself in the French language.

He remained in Paris through the winter for
that purpose, and in February joined a party
of friends who ft'ere visiting the south of
France and Italy, spending a few days in
Rome at the time of the Carnival. He there
contracted the fatal fever, which developed
itself soon after his return. He spent a short
time in Paris, and ten days in England, sail-
ing for home Monday, April 7. After a dis-
agreeable voyage they arrived on the following
Monday. After reaching home he was stricken
down, and, notwithstanding the best of care,
he died on April 21. 1879:

(4) Anna E. Adriance, the oldest daughter,
married Dr. F. H. Simpson, who was a prom-
inent dentist of Poughkeepsie, and was also
quite a musician, being a member of the Men-
delssohn Musical Society of that place. They
removed to the far West. In their family
were five children: Annie, who died in infancy;
Albert A.; Sarah E., who married William
Egbert; Louis, who died in infancy; and Harry
Adriance. The second child, Albert, is now
emplox-ed in the Buckeye Works of Pough-
keepsie. He married Miss Lizzie Campbell,
and they have a son, Albert Simpson.

(5) Blandena Adriance married Zebulon
Rudd, teller of the Fallkill bank of Poughkeep-
sie. He was made cashier of the Dover Plains
National Bank at the time of its organization,
was later cashier of the First National Bank of
Poughkeepsie, and afterward engaged in the
brokerage business for himself. Three chil-
dren were born to him: Charles A., w'ho
married Miss Ella Robinson, died in 1894;
John A. has been quite a traveler, and at one
time was engaged in the lumber business at
Seattle, Wash., but now makes his home in
Poughkeepsie (he married Miss Bertha Morgan,
of Nebraska, and they have one daughter —
Helen M.); Arthur B. attended Williams Col-
lege, and is now a theological student in New
York City, preparing for the Episcopal min-

Mrs. Sarah (Harris) Adriance died June 3,
1838, and for his second wife Mr. Adriance
was married to Mrs. Eliza (Storm) Orton,
whose birth occurred in 1804, a daughter of
Abram G. and Mary (Adriance) Storm, and
who by a former marriage had one son, who
died February 5, 1828. To the second mar-
riage of Mr. Adriance were born at Pough-
keepsie, N. Y., the following: Sarah E.,
September 27, 1842; and Susan and Mary,
twins, who died in infancy. The mother of



these children died in 1845 and the father
April 19, 1873.

PHILIP HOAG is a worthy representative
of a family lonj:; identified with the history

of Dutchess county. His grandfather, Benja-
min Hoag, a farmer bj" occupation, was a na-
tive of Dutchess county, born at Pawling, and
was a son of John Hoag. Being a member of
the Society of Friends, he could not take up
arms during the Revolutionarj- war, but was
ever a patriotic man. He married Miss Abi-
gail Wing, of Quaker Hill, Dutchess county,
and to them were born seven sons: (i) Elihu,
the father of our subject, who will be spoken
of presently. (2) Philip married Barbara Lys-
ter, and had two children — Peter and Abby
Jane (of these, Peter married Hannah Tomp-
kins, and had five children: Sarah Elizabeth,
Mahala Allen, Philip Henry, Jane and Mary
Frances, the sons being in Ohio, the daughters
in Missouri. Abby Jane married Alfred Haight,
and had two children: Amanda and Cornelius,
the latter of whom lives in Michican, and has
two children — Alfred and Edith; Amanda mar-
ried Joseph Van Voorhes, and had five chil-
dren — Mariam, Alfred, Court, Emily and Wil-
lis). (3) Eliab died in infancy. (4) Sanford
married Mahala Allen, and had one son —
Charles, now deceased. (5) Matthew married
Sallie Spalding, and has two children — George
and Phcebe, both deceased. (6) Willet mar-
ried Jane Shears, and has one son — Benjamin,
living in Palmyra, Neb. , of which city he has
been mayor. (7) Abraham married Phcebe
Ferris, and had two children — Edith and San-
ford. The last named (Sanford Hoag; married
Lydia Benson, and three children graced their
union: Edith, Elihu and Charles; Elihu mar-
ried Ida Benton, and they have four daughters
— Gertrude, Eda, Ida, and Annie.

Elihu Hoag (the father of our subject), who
was always known as " Squire Hoag," was a
native of the town of Pawling, followed the
vocation of farming, and for a number of years
served as justice of the peace. He wedded
Arabella Marsh, daughter of Joseph Marsh, of
Connecticut, and five children graced their
union: Philip, the subject of this review; Lang-
don (deceased), who married Mary Dorland;
Hannah and Arabelle, both single, who reside
at the old home in South Dover; and Nora
A., deceased in infancy. Langdon, the sec-
ond son, was born and educated in Dover

town, where he carried on farming for some
time, but the latter part of his life was passed
in Poughkeepsie.

In the town of Dover, Dutchess county,
Philip Hoag, our subject, was born June 23,
1818. He attended the common schools, la-
ter a select school at Warren, Conn., where
he paid $3.00 a term for tuition, and $1.25
for board, with flour at $11.00 per bar-
rel. After leaving school he assisted his fa-
ther upon the farm till the latter's death, after
which event he and his sisters remained on the
homestead by their father's desire, and he has
ever since followed agricultural pursuits, to
which he was reared. He has held numerous
town offices with credit to himself, and to the
satisfaction of all concerned. In politics he is
an Old-line Democrat, and from boyhood has
been possessed of strong Prohibition tenden-
cies. Always a great reader, he is well-in-
formed on the general questions of the day, as
well as histor}-. He has been e.xecutor for
many estates, both among his neighbors and
at a distance from home.

Mr. Hoag has been twice married, first
time to Miss Mary A. Ward, by whom he had
three children: (i) Nora, born in Dover, mar-
ried Gilbert Taber, a farmer, and has four chil-
dren — George (married to May Stevens), Will-
iam, W'right (married to Ida Hufcut), and Mary
(married to G. A. Stripling). (2) Martha,
who was born in Dover town, married Rozell
Meade, a farmer of that town, and they have
children — S. Jennie, Nora B. , Mary L. . Morris
P. and Jerry L. (3) Frank, also born in Dover
town, is there engaged in farming; by his mar-
riage with Miss Elizabeth R. Stark, a daugh-
ter of Cyrus Stark, of Do\er, he has two chil-
dren — Mary E. and Frank P. After the death
of his first wife, our subject married her sister.
Miss Sarah A. Ward.

Mrs. Hoag traces her ancestrj' back to
Peltiah Ward, who was born in England, and
who was one of five brothers — Ichabod, Pel-
tiah, Ebenezer, John and Nathan — who in an
early day sailed from Ireland to America,
Peltiah locating in Massachusetts, where he
died. He was born December 21, 1689, and
was married December 20, 1725, at Killing-
worth, R. I., to Jerusha Kelsey. A son, Ich-
abod, later moved to Killingworth, R. I., and
thence to New York State, locating in Dutch-
ess county. He was a captain in the Revolu-
tionary war. Ichabod, the son of Peltiah, and
a farmer by occupation, was the great-grand-



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father of Mrs. Hoag. He was born in 1743,
in Kiliingvvorth, R. I., and died December 30,
1S22, in Dutchess county. He married Me-
hetable Marcy, and to them were born nine
children: (i) Griffin married and had four chil-
dren — John, who wedded Miss Carhart, daugh-
ter of Jacob Carhart; Spencer, who married
Miss Pattie Soule; Annie, who became the wife
of a Mr. Traver; and Mehitabel, who married
WiUiam Lee. (2) Peltiah (the grandfather of
Mrs. Hoag) was born in 1770, and educated
in the town of Dover, and was a farmer and
cattle drover; he was married February 27,
1 79 1, to Miss Anna Soule, who was born Sep-
tember 24, 1774, a daughter of Ichabod Soule,
and to them were born five children- — Henry,
who married Almeda Beardsley; Ira; Edward
P. (father of Mrs. Hoag); Griffin; and Sarah,
who married Miron Preston. Peltiah Ward,
the father of these, died November 2, 1830,
his wife on July 20, 1840. Henry Ward and
wife have four children, namely: George, born
December 18, 1S14, married Elizabeth Somers,
and they had a daughter, Frances, who mar-
ried William Sheldon; Jane, born November
17, 1819, never married; Peltiah, born Decem-
ber 31, 1 82 1, married Jane Hermance, of
Poughkeepsie, and to them were born si.\
children. He was first an attorney and later
a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and at the breaking out of the Civil war was
the presiding elder of the Ellenville district, N.
Y. He immediately recruited a company, of
which he became captain, went to the front,
and was killed at the battle of Bull Run, Vir-
ginia, falling with the tiag of the regiment,
which he was carrying at the time. Martha,
the fourth child of Henry Ward, was born
March 27, 1826, and married Jackson Bow-
dish, by whom she has one child, a daughter,
Cornelia, who married A. W'ing. The latter
was cashier of the Pawling Bank for thirty
years. His death occurred at Poughkeepsie,
N. Y. (3) Ichabod, an agriculturist, married
Rachel Hurd, and they have one child, Myron.
(4) Joseph, also a farmer, wedded Eliza New-
ton, and they had seven children: Phcebe;
Marilla, who married Reuben Chapman; New-
ton and Alfred (twins); Mrs. Eliza Flower;
Mrs. Sallie Sweet; and Mrs. Hetty Pool. (5)
Ebenezer, an agriculturist, married Miss Abba
Sheldon, daughter of Agrippa Sheldon, by
whom he had seven children: Waldo, Aman-
da, Lodesca, Ebenezer, Polly, Henry and
Oneida. (6) John, an agriculturist, married

Miss Cynthia Cyher, daughter of Peter Cyher,
and they had one son. Griffin. (7) Jerusha
became the wife of Reuben Wooster, by whom
she has five children: Peter, Ichabod, Will-
iam, Oliver and Hannah. (8) Mehitabel mar-
ried Edmond Varney, a farmer, and they had
seven children: Alfred; John, who married
Alma Stone; Milton; Ann; Mrs. Almeda Still-
well; Clarinda, who married Dr. D. T. Mar-
shall; and Frances. (9) Polly married Dan-
iel Cutler, a farmer, and they had seven chil-
dren: John, Fannie, Elma, Mrs. Jane Dru-
fee, George, Ward and Amor.

Edward P. Ward, the father of Mrs. Hoag,
was born in the town of Dover, Dutchess
county, November 10, 1796, was there edu-
cated, and was employed as a carpenter and
millwright. In February, 18 17, he married
Miss Amy Pray, who was born March 3, 1796,
a daughter of Andrew and Mary (Duncan)
Pray, and they became the parents of ten
children: (i) Andrew, who lives in Eden,
Fond du Lac Co., Wis., was born December
20, 1817, married Miss Almere Sheldon,
daughter of Luther and Mary Sheldon, by
whom he had four children — Annie, Mary,
Delilah and Sarah L. ; after the death of his
first wife, he wedded her sister, Miss Amanda
Sheldon, and they had two children — George
and Hasley. (2) Mary A. , born January 20,
1820, was the first wife of our subject. (3)
Hannah, born March 17, 1S22, married Har-
rison Sheldon, and they had two children —
Marion, who became the wife of William D.
Williams; and Emily, who married George
Preston (after the death of her first husband
Mrs. Sheldon married Cornell Waite, and
they had four children — Mary A., unmarried;
Henry, who married Adda Kingsbury, from
Alliance, Ohio; William, who married Annie
Davis; and Irving, unmarried; Mr. and Mrs.
Waite live in Dutchess county). (4) Thad-
deus, born February 4, 1824, married Lois
Dean, daughter of Zenus Dean, of Deposit,
Broome Co., N. Y. , and they had one son —
George, who married Ella Rosencroft, of
Ithaca, N. Y. ; Thaddeus is deceased, and his
family reside at Deposit, Broome Co., N. Y.
(5) Francis M., born March 27, 1826, married
Charlotte Northrup, and they had four children
— Josephine (who married Charles Lawrence),
John, Jesse and Bennie; Francis M. resides at
Newton, Sussex Co., N. J., and has been rn
the Legislature three years, both as assembly-
man and senator. {6) Louisa M., born F"eb-



ruary 20, 1829, died unmarried. (7) Sarah
A., born September 17, 1831, is the wife of
our subject. (8) Henry, born September 11,
1835, married Bathsheba Barnes, and had six
children — Amy, single; Sarah E., wife of Wal-
lace Freeman, of Norfolk, \'a. ; Henry B.,
single; Mary L., wife of Albert H. Prentice;
Edna G. ; and Edward P. Henry, the father
of these, has for the past twenty-eight years
been a Presbyterian minister in Buffalo, where
he has built a fine church, and has a congre-
gation numbering over 1,200. (9) Martha,
born November 4, 1837, died in infancy. (10)
Edward, born January 14, 1840, wedded Mary
Mygatt (whose parents were from Amenia,
Dutchess county), and had three children —
Charles and Clinton, both unmarried; and a
daughter who died in infancy; Edward lives at
Deposit, Broome Co., N. Y. Edward P.
Ward, the father of this numerous family, died
August 15, 1855, and his wife on April 17,

Mrs. Philip Hoag has been a member of
the W. C. T. U. of Dutchess county for the
past twenty years; is serving her fifth year as
vice-president of same; has been a delegate to
the National Convention of that society, three
times, and to the State Convention nearly
every year.

: superintendent of the extensive works of

C. S. Maltby at Millerton, Dutchess count}',
was born November i, 1847, on the Shenan-
doah river in Jefferson county, W. Va. , than a
part of the Old Dominion. The family is of
English origin, the first of the name settling in
Virginia about the year 1774. Nathaniel
Manning, our subject's great-grandfather, was
born in New Jersey in 1738, was graduated
from Princeton College in 1762, and became a
physician and surgeon. Later he went to
England and was ordained as a minister by the
Bishop of London, and on his return to the
colony settled in Hampshire county, Va. ,
where he was in charge of a parish until his
death in 1776.

Jacob Manning, our subject's grandfather,
was born in New Jersey, and became a suc-
cessful farmer. He married Miss Mary Ruth-
erford, lu'c Darke, a widow, the daughter of
Gen. William Darke, an officer of the Revolu-
tionary army, and a representative of one of
the wealthiest and most aristocratic families in

the State. He was a large landholder, and
his daughter inherited from him an immense
estate. He took a proniinent part in public
affairs and in militarj' operations at various
times, and he and a son were with St. Clair at
the time of his defeat in 1791, when the son
was killed and the General wounded. Darke

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