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county, Ohio, is named in his honor. The fol-
lowing extract from a biographical sketch of
Gen. William Darke appears in Vol. X\'II of
Harper's Magazine: "Hi-; name belongs to
the Biography of American Heroes; nor is it
unknown in the early statesmanship of Vir-
ginia. Gen. Darke was in the State Conven-
tion of 17S8, and voted for the Federal Con-
stitution. He was badly wounded at St.
Clair's defeat and his son, Capt. Joseph Darke,
was slain. He served previously in the Revo-
lution and suffered long as a prisoner. He was
one of the Rangers of 1755 (then nineteen
years old), serving under Washington in Brad-
dock's ill-managed march toward Fort Du-
quesne. He was born in Pennsylvania, but
came to Virginia in 1741, when six years old.
The splendid estate, where he reared his fam-
ily, was on Elk Branch, Duffield's Depot be-
ing included in it." This sketch also states
that Darke was one of the few officers who
served uninterruptedly throughout the Revolu-
tionary war and the subsequent struggle with
the Indians in the Northwestern Territory — a
fact which is shown by the large grant of land
in this county (Jefferson) made to him by the
Commonwealth of Virginia. Jacob Manning
was not active in public affairs, but was prob-
ably a Whig in politics. He died about 1824
and his wife in 1842. They had four children:
Jacob, Mary, Nathaniel W. and Monroe.

Nathaniel William Manning, our subject's
father, was born in 1814, in the Shenandoah
Valley, and followed the occupation of farm-
ing, in which he was fairly successful. He
was a man of fine intelligence and studious
habits, and at one time studied medicine with
Dr. Briscoe, a brother-in-law, although he
never practiced. In the political affairs of his
locality he was a leader, holding various offices,
including that of sheriff of Jefferson county.
He married Martha Craighill, daughter of
Price and Eliza (Little) Craighill. This fam-
ily was of Scotch descent and among the most
prominent of that region. The eldest son,
William Nathaniel Craighill, was the father of
William Price Craighill. who is chief of engi-
neers in the United States arniv with the rank



of brigadier-general. He was second in his
class at West Point and was a professor there
for a number of years. The other children
were Addison, Martha (Mrs. Manning), John
Little, Samuel and Fenton. Mrs. Manning
died in 1S76, and her husband survived her
onlj' two years. Six children were born to
Nathaniel William and ^fartha Manning:
Fannie, Mary, William, Edward B., Addison
and Lucy, all of whom are living.

Edward B. Manning was unfortunate in his
early educational opportunities, as the war in-
terfered with the schools of his neighborhood
during the years when he might have found
them most helpful. He had no schooling after
the age of thirteen, but his naturally quick and
, intelligent mind has enabled him to remedy
the deficiency to a great extent and gain a
good, practical education. Among his recol-
lections of the exciting scenes of his boyhood,
the trial and execution of John Brown are
prominent and he also visited him in his prison
cell. At the age of twent}' he left home and
secured employment as a fireman on the Balti-
more & Ohio railroad, in the west division, and
a year later he went to Jefferson county and
for five years ran a steam sawmill in the Shen-
andoah Valley, in which he had an intereft.
In the spring of 1873 he began to work for C.
S. Maltby, as engineer at his iron furnace in
Knoxville, Md., and in the fall of the same
year he came to Millerton as assistant engi-
neer. He soon became first engineer, and also
founder in charge of the furnace. In 1884 he
was appointed superintendent of the entire
plant, and this responsible position he still
holds with satisfaction to his employers and
great credit to himself. The furnace is now
closed and Mr. Manning takes charge of the
mine. He is actively interested in public
affairs and has a wide acquaintance with the
leading men of his native State, ex-Postmaster
General Wilson being one. Although he is
known as a Democrat, he is inclined to be in-
dependent, being an advocate of protection
and sound money. He was elected highway
commissioner in 1889, 1890 and 1891, and
later was appointed to fill a vacancy, and he is
now the nominee of his party for the office of
supervisor. He belongs to the Masonic Order,
W^ebatuck Lodge No. 480, F. & A. M., of
Millerton, of which he has been master for
three years, and also to the Poughkeepsie
Chapter No. 72.

In 1880 Mr. Manning married Miss Jose-

phine Traver, who was born in Frederick
county, Md., and is the daughter of Freeman
Traver, a well-known citizen of Columbia
county. Mr. and Mrs. Manning have seven
children: William, Lucy, Perry, Nathaniel,
Virginia, Elizabeth and Freeman.

^\||//ILLIAM B. PLATT (deceased). The
subject of this memoir, who was for
many years a prominent merchant of Rhine-
beck, Dutchess county, and later was presi-
dent of the First National Bank of that place,
was a native of Poughkeepsie, born February
I, 1799. His family originated in England,
and his father, John Piatt, who served in the
Revolutionary war, and was a farmer by occu-
pation, was an early settler in Dutchess county,
coming from Long Island, where a branch of
the family had located some time before. He
married Catherine Barnes, by whom he had
three children, our subject being the second.
Isaac, the youngest son, was a resident of
Poughkeepsie, while Eliphalet became a prom-
inent physician at Rhinebeck and w^is noted
for his varied talents as well as for his skill in
his profession. There was also a half brother,

William B. Piatt engaged in mercantile
business in Hyde Park at an early age and in
1 830 removed Rhinebeck and opened a general
store at the northwest corner of Montgomery
and W. Market streets. After conducting it
alone for several years he formed a partnership
with Christian Schell. which lasted for a num-
ber of years, when Mr. Piatt retired. He then
became interested in the First National Bank
as director, and was soon after chosen presi-
dent, which position he held with marked abil-
ity until his death. He was never active in
politics, although, first as a Whig and later as
a Republican, he took keen interest in the
questions of his time. In various religious and
philanthropic movements he was a helpful fac-
tor, and he was for many years a leading offi-
cial in the Reformed Church.

On December 6, 1826, Mr. Piatt was mar-
ried to Miss Sarah C. Stoutenburgh, born in
1807, the daughter of John I. and Sally (Grif-
fin) Stoutenburgh, of Hyde Park. Two chil-
dren blessed this union: John H. (deceased),
born in 1827, was a well-known lawyer of New
York; and Elizabeth, born in 1830, marrie-d
Charles H. Adams, a prominent manufacturer
of knitted goods at Cohoes, N. Y. They had



two children — a daughter, Mary Egberts
Adams, now the widow of Robert Johnston,
who was interested in the Harmony Mills at
Cohoes (she has one son, Robert, born in 1 8S2),
and a son, William Piatt Adams, formerly in
the knitting business, but now retired.

The subject of our sketch departed this life
in 1879, his death bringing a sense of loss to
all who had ever come within his influence.
Nine years later his wife followed him, and the
remains of both now rest in the cemetery at
Rhinebeck. Thoroughly progressive, and ever
loyal to the interest of his town, Mr. Piatt was
a leading citizen of his day, and was esteemed
and loved by everyone for his mental ability
and moral worth. His personal appearance
was most prepossessing, his manners genial,
courtly and refined, and his kind heart and
well-stored mind made him a valued friend
and companion.

JOHN G. WAIT, a prominent dairyman and
agriculturist residing near Dover Plains.
Dutchess county, was born July 8, 1829,
in the town of Unionvale, where his family
has been well known for many years. He
was educated there, and in early manhood
engaged in his present business, which he has
conducted twenty-eight years, keeping as many
as fifty cows. In local affairs he has taken
an influential part, holding various township
offices at times, and supporting the principles
of the Republican party. He married Miss
Catherine Van Wagoner, a descendant of one
of the old families of Clinton, Dutchess county,
and has had si.\ children : Hattie, the wife of
Arthur Benham; Sophia and Joseph, who are
not married; Franklin, who married Sarah
Schermerhorn, and they have one child — Eva;
Minnie, who is at home; and Isaac P. (de-

The ancestors of the Wait family were
early settlers of Rhode Island, where Joseph
Wait, our subject's grandfather, was born and
educated. He settled in Unionvale, town of
Dover, and he and his wife, Sarah (Draper),
reared a family of eight children, of whom,
Joseph Wait, our subject's father, was the
eldest. Of the others, George married Lucinda
Beatty; Patience married Robert Cornwall;
Catherine married William McDowell; Mahalie
never married; Helen was the wife of Beria
Suthern; Mary married a Mr. Hall; and Sarah
was the wife of Braria Austin.

Joseph Wait was born in the town of
Unionvale, Dutchess county, in 1797, and
after acquiring the education afforded by the
time and locality he learned the carpenter's
trade, and engaged in house building. He was
the leading builder of the day there, having
erected most of the houses in the township,
besides the churches in Dover and the resi-
dence now occupied by our subject. He mar-
ried Miss Amelia Applebee, by whom he had
ten children : Helen, Catherine, Edgar, Mary,
Oliver and Nannie, all six now deceased; the
others are: Charles, who married (first) Susan
Bertram, (second) Anna Kelley. and (third)
Sarah Porter; John G., our subject; William
M., who married Louisa Russell, and James E.,
who married Carrie Rozell.

Mrs. Waite's ancestors have been engaged
in agricultural pursuits in Clinton for several
generations, and her grandfather. Solomon
Van Wagoner, was born there. He married
Hannah Ham, and had eight children, of whom
two died in infancy; the six who lived to ma-
turity were: Perlee, our subject's father;
Alonzo, who married Mary Dart; Lewis, who
married Polly Finks; Margaret, the wife of
Stephen Harris; Mary, who never married;
and Julia A., the wife of Stephen Hoag. Per-
lee Van Wagoner was also a lifelong resident
of Clinton, where he was well known and highlj'
respected. He and his wife, Hattie (Traven,
had four children, Mrs. Wait being the eldest;
Mary J. married Chancey Isabell; Theron is
not married; and Cornelia is the widow of Dyer

Our subject owns a fine farm of 219 acres
of land at Lithgow, in the town of Washington,
Dutchess county, which he farms in connection
with the place of 365 acres, on which he has
resided some twenty-one years. He has a
beautiful home, and he can look upon his pos-
sessions with pride, as he came by them through
his own efforts.

teacher of this section, is at present the
superintendent for eastern New York and north-
ern New Jersey of the business of the Central
School Supply House, of Chicago, 111., the
largest dealers in school specialties in the
United States. In this occupation, as well as
in his previous career as a teacher, Mr. Haight
has been eminently successful, his work in es-
tablishing agencies, meeting school boards and



superintendents, and others interested in the
purchase of suppUes, being performed with
tact and ability, and the introduction of many
new and valuable methods and appliances into
the schools of this section may be attributed
largely to his judicious exposition of their
worth. Apparatus for teaching physiology,
and a new series of relief forms showing the
topographical features of the earth's surface,
are the main specialties.

The Haight family appears to have de-
scended from Baron Johanus Von Height, who
went from Normandy to Britain during the
thirteenth or fourteenth centuries. The imme-
diate ancestors of the American branch were
among the earliest settlers of Massachusetts,
Simon Haight (or Height, as it appears on dif-
ferent records), with his wife and three or four
children arriving from England on the ship
"Abigail," in 1628 or '29, and settling at Sa-
lem, Mass., under Endicott. The descendants
are now very numerous, and are located in
various parts of the country, many of them, in
past, as well as present times, occupying places
of trust and honor.

Mr. Haight was born at Fishkill, Dutchess
county, November 7, 1853, the son of Sylva-
nus Haight, a well-known agriculturist. He
was a native of Putnam county, N. Y., born
March 20, 182 3, and his wife, Margaret Lent,
was born in Westchester county, September 17,
1825. Both are living, as are seven of their
eight children, viz: Anna A., Mary Z. , Eugene
H., Frederick C. , Franklin L., Sherman and
Howard. Katie, the sixth child, died at the
age of six years. After attending the Fishkill
schools for a time Mr. Haight, in 1874, en-
tered the State Normal School at Albany, and
was graduated in 1876. He then taught suc-
cessfully in the public schools of southern
Dutchess county for nearly fifteen years, and
in 1S93 he accepted the position which he now
tills so abl}'. In politics he is a Republican.

Mr. Haight has a charming home, known
as " Sylvan Place," an estate of about twenty
acres, located on Hopewell avenue, three-
fourths of a mile east of Fishkill \'illage. The
house is spacious, and the grounds in front of
it, 125x225 in extent, are beautified by large
maples and other shade trees. There are two
orchards on the propert}-, containing a variety
of fruit, including seventy apple trees and five
hundred peach trees, with some pear trees.
Mr. Haight married Miss Anna Snook, daugh-
ter of Gilbert Snook, a life-long resident of


Fishkill, and his wife, Antoinette (Young),
formerly of Westchester county. Two chil-
dren were born of this union: May Elizabeth,
in 1883, and Clifford Lent, in 1884. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Haight are active members of
the M. E. Church at Fishkill, with which he
has been connected as trustee and steward for
several years.

family, which has been prominent for
many years in this section, both numerically
and by virtue of their ability and energy in
various lines of effort, is of Puritan ancestry,
and the subject of this sketch, a well-known
retired business man of Fishkill-on-Hudson, is
of the eighth generation in direct descent from
Simon Hait, or Hoyt, or Hoit, who was born
in 1595, in Dorsetshire, England, and died
September i, 1657, at Stamford, Conn. He
was one of the Puritans who left their native
land for America on October 6, 1628, in the
vessel "Abigail," with Col. John Endicott,
who was afterward appointed Governor of the

Second Gaicmtion: John Hoyt, the eld-
est son of Simon, was born in Dorsetshire,
England, in 161 4, and died September i,
1684, at Rye, Westchester Co., N. Y. He
was fourteen years old when he landed in this
country, and lived for some years in Massa-
chusetts, later at Fairfield, Conn., and in 1665
moved to Westchester county, N. Y., being
one of the grantees who purchased land of the
patent of Thomas Pell. He married Mary
Budd, and had five children: Samuel, Mary,
Rachel, John and Simon.

Third Generation: John, the fourth child
of John and Mary Hoit, was born at East
Chester in 1665. On June 26, 1696, he was
chosen town clerk of Rye, Westchester coun-
ty ; as constable in 1 702 ; as supervisor in 1 7 1 1 ;
served as a representative or member of the
Assembly from 1712-13-14-15- I" '7 16 he
was justice of the peace, and was honored
with the distinctive title of "Mr." John
Haight. He was again chosen supervisor in
1717-19-20. He was chosen churchwarden
of Grace Church, at Rye, in 1719. He had
been a vestryman in 17 12. On February 11,
1715, he was one of a committee appointed to
lay out the tract of land purchased from the.
Indians, and on March 13, 1721, he obtained,
from King George II,- Royal letters of Patent


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to the Charter of White Plains. His father,
in company with Joseph Budd and Daniel
Purdy, had also received letters of patent from
the crowned King George I, to a large tract in
Westchester county, containing about 1,560
acres. Mr. John Hoit married Elizabeth
Purdy, daughter of Daniel Purdy, and had
eight children, as follows: John, Samuel,
Jonathan, Joseph, Daniel, Elizabeth, Eunice
and Mary.

I'otn-tli Gcncratioi: Daniel, fifth child of
John and Elizabeth Haight, was born about
1688, died at Yorktowii, Westchester Co.,
N. Y. , in 1772, a prominent Episcopalian.
He married in 171 8 Elizabeth Norton, daugh-
ter of Joseph Norton, and had nine children:
Joseph, James, William, Daniel, Jonathan,
Rachel, Jemimah, Elizabeth and Charity.

Fifth Generation: Joseph, born at York-
town, Westchester Co., 17 19, died in Phillips-
town, July 30, 1776; married Hannah Wright,
daughter of John Wright, of Yorktown, West-
chester Co., N. Y. They both died of smallpox
on the same day, only an hour and forty-eight
minutes apart. Their twelve children were:
Mary (or Polly), John, Joseph, Sylvanus,
Stephen, William, Daniel, Beverlj-, Hannah,
Phebe and Esther (twins), and Martha. Phebe
married Col. Zebulon Butler, of the Revolu-
tionary army. Daniel, the father of Joseph,
purchased a tract of land on the water lot of the
Phillips patent, called Phillips Precinct, old
Dutchess (now Putnam) county, in 1748, con-
taining 640 acres. Joseph (h'ls father having
given him a deed in 1750) moved from Rye,
Westchester county, to Phillipstown in 1751,
and erected a log house by the old Indian
path on the west side of Clove creek. In
1765 he built the first frame house on the east
side of Clove creek, all the material for it
being made on the farm, which at that time
contained a sawmill, blacksmith shop and car-
penter shop. Joseph and two of his sons were

Sixth Generation : Capt. John Haight,
son of Joseph and Hannah (Wright) Haight,
was born at Rye, August 18, 1743, and on
March 20, 1770, in the old Col. Beverly Rob-
inson house, in Putnam county (from this house
the traitor Arnold made his flight), was mar-
ried to Merriam Swim, who was born Decem-
ber 25, 1749, at Highland Falls, daughter- of
Cornelius Swim, of Highland l*"alls. Orange
county. Mr. Haight was a prominent man, a
captain in the Revolutionary army in the Sev-

enth Regiment, otherwise called Col. Henry
Luddington Regiment (John Haight, captain,
date of appointment May 28, 1778), and served
throughout the war. In 1807 and 180S, he
was a member of the Assembly from Old
Dutchess county (comprising both Dutchess
and Putnam). In 18 13 he was associate jus-
tice of Putnam county, and in 1820 served as
judge of the Putnam Court of Common Pleas.
In religious affiliation he was a member of the
old Presbyterian Church of Brinckerhoff, and
held the office of ruling elder for forty years,
which incumbency he tilled with satisfaction to
his constituents. His death occurred July 15,
1836, in the old Haight homestead at Phillips-
town, Putnam county. To* Mr. Haight and
his wife were born the following children:
James, Joseph I., Cornelius I., Sylvanus,
Henry (deceased in infancy) John, Henry,
Mary, Stephen, Jacob I., Hannah, and Miriam,
widow of Capt. John Haight, March, 1842.
Beverly Haight, son of Joseph and Hannah
(Wright) Haight, and brother of Capt. John
Haight, was born in 1763, and married Char-
ity, daughter of Joseph and Sarah ( Larrabee)
Hustis. They had eight children, as follows:
Elizabeth, Joseph, Joshua, Mary, David,
Esther, Beverly, and John.

Seventh Generation: Beverly Haight, son
of Beverly and Charity (Hustis) Haight, and
father of our subject, was born at the old
homestead in the town of Fishkill, Dutchess
county, March 30, 1801, and passed his life
there, being actively engaged in farming until
his sixty-fifth year, when he retired. He
served as assessor of the town of Fishkill,
1 859-60. He was twice married, his first wife
being Eleanor Burroughs Haight, who was the
daughter of Cornelius I. and Hannah (Bur-
roughs) Haight, granddaughter of Capt. John
Haight. She was born February 10, 1800,
in the town of East Fishkill, Dutchess county,
and died January 24, 1866, in Phillipstown,
Putnam county. They were the parents of our
subject. For his second wife Beverly Haight
was married, November 16, 1S68, to his sec-
ond cousin, Susan A. Mead, daughter of Rob-
ert and Sarah (Purdy) Mead, of Newburg,
Orange county. She died in Newburg Octo-
ber 2, 1882, leaving no issue.

Eighth Generation: J. Cornelius Haight,
our subject, was born at the old farm July 16,
1835, and was the only child of his parents.
His early education was acquired in the joint
district schools of Fishkill and Phillipstown, in



the academ}- at Fishkill Village, and in the
English Classical school kept by the Rev. Dr.
Pingree, at Roseville, N. J. On completing
his course of study, he returned home and
worked for his father during the following
season. The next two winters were spent in
teaching at Davenport's Corners, Putnam
county, and then, after a few months as clerk
in the store of Daniel J. Haight, of Peekskill,
N.' Y. , he went hom£ for a time. He has been
twice married: In the winter of 1858 he wed-
ded Miss Sarah Jane, daughter of Henry
Warren and Jane (Mekeel) Haight, and a lin-
eal descendant of Uriah Mekeel, one of the
earliest settlers near Cold Spring, Putnam Co.,
N. Y. In the spring of 1859 Mr. Haight was
employed in a store at Union Corners, near
Hyde Park, but after a few months he moved
to Matteawan and entered the service of the
Seamless Manufacturing Co., of which D. W.
Gitchell was manager. He remained there
two years, when the attractions of the old
home and the free life of a farmer led him to
return to the homestead. His first wife, Sarah
Jane, died December 4, 1873, and September
5, 1877, he married Julia Matilda Raynor, who
was born in New York City September 9, 1842,
daughter of John and Mary A. (Bijatall) Ray-
nor, of the same city. One child, Willie Ray-
nor, was born to this union, August 18, 1S78,
but died in infancy.

Until 1880 Mr. Haight assisted his father,
and then bought a farm in the town of Wappmg-
er, for four years enaging in horticulture there.
Selling out in 1884 he moved to Fishkill Plains
for one j^ear, and then to Arthursburg, where
for a \-ear he was in the dairy business, and
for the year following was engaged in garden-
ing, and in carrying the mails from Arthurs-
burg to the station. In 1S86 he went to Fish-
kill village, spending a year with a son-in-law,
John R. Phillips, then removed to Phillipstow'n,
and lived at the homestead of his mother's
famil}' until May, 1895, when having purchased
a tract of land in Fishkill-on- Hudson from Mrs.
Sophia Grohl, and built a residetice thereon,
he removed to that place. He now owns ten
building lots there.

As an ardent Republican Mr. Haight takes
an active share in party work, and has been a
delegate to se\'eral county conventions. Since
1856 he has been a member of the M. E.
Church, of which he has now been a steward
for eight 3'ears and trustee for six years. He
and his wife are both helpful in Church work.

and are teachers in the Sunday-school. He
is also a member of the Sons of the Revolu-
tion. Of his nine children by his first wife
five died in infancy, and a brief record of the
others is as follows: Eleanor A., the eldest
survivor, married John R. Phillips, of Fishkill,
and died March 20, 1886, leaving one son,
Charles H. Edgar Holden resides at the Bev-
erly Haight homestead. Beverly W. is in the
grocery business at Newark, N. J. Grace A.
married Charles D. Rogers, a farmer and dairy-
man near Fishkill village. Mr. Haight has
been engaged for several years past in the
compilation of a genealogy of the Haight
Family with the expectation of publishing it
in book form.

born August

KIN FAMILY, whose name both in past
^ and present times has been closely asso-
ciated with the most important events in the
history of this section, is of Scotch origin.

John Akin, the first ancestor of whom there
is a definite account, was born in Scotland in
1663, and when about seventeen years of age
he came to America and located at Dartmouth,