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farmer in East Fishkill. while the other, Dorus,
our subject's grandfather, became a leading
ph3sician in the same locality. He married
Diana, a daughter of Col. John Brinckerhoff,
and made his residence at the old Brincker-
hoff estate. They had several daughters, and
three sons — John B.. Abraham, and William
— who settled upon farms in East Fishkill.

Gen. Abraham \'an Wyck, our subject's
father, married Miss Susan Haight, the daugh-
ter of a prominent farmer of Westchester coun-
ty, N. Y. , and reared a family of five children:
Henry, a farmer in Hughsonville, who married
Miss Ann Lee, of Yorktown; James, our sub-
ject; Ann, who married Ralph Mead, a mer-
chant in New York City; Louisa, the wife of
the Rev. Samuel Van Vechten; and Susan,
who married Robert Lane, a merchant in New
York City.

James \'an Wyck was born September 4,
1 8 10, at the residence built by his father. Gen.
Abraham Van Wyck, higher up on the ridge,
and now in the possession of the family of his
grandson, the late Richard T. V^an \\'yck.
On his marriage in 1834 James \'an Wyck re-
modeled the old mansion for his own abode,
which was again enlarged and renovated a few
years since, and here he has happily resided
for more than three score years.

On arriving at man's estate our subject en-
gaged in farming, succeeding to 414 acres
which belonged to his father. He has been
largely interested in raising stock and grain,
although not giving e.xclusive attention to them.
He has been twice married: First, on No-
vember 12, 1834, to Miss Cornelia Ann \'an-
Wyck, daughter of Richard T. Van Wyck, a
leading resident of Fishkill. To this union
were born two sons: Abraham J., who was a
Methodist minister at Casenovia, Mich., and
died January 9, 1887; and Richard T., who-
was a farmer in his native township, and died
January 2, 1892, leaving a widow, two sons
and a daughter. On October 3, 1849, Mr.
Van Wyck, for his second wife, married Miss
Elizabeth M. Van Brunt, of Brooklyn, a de-
scendant of one of the old Dutch families of
Long Island; her father, Nicholas \an Brunt,
was a well-known merchant of New York. In





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