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1868, the mother on March 19, 1879.

Charles P. Luckey, the subject proper of
this review, shortly after the return to Dutchess
county, began his business career as a clerk
for W. H. Nase, Dover Plains, and for some
years he was employed in that capacity in
Hustonville and New Hamburg. In 18 — he
became a clerk in the dry-goods store of Rob-
ert Slee, of Poughkeepsie, and in February,
1866, he was admitted to partnership in the
firm. In 18 — he established, at No. 328 Main
street, the firm of Luckey. ^'ail & Mandeville,
which existed a year and a half, when Mr.
Vail withdrew, and about eighteen months
afterward, or in 1869, the firm became Luckey
& Piatt. Later it became Luckey, Piatt &
Co., S. L. De Garmo being the third member.
They owned the largest dry-goods store in the
city, with a trade which extended through sev-
eral counties, and their name became a syno-
nym for enterprise and sound methods.

Mr. Luckey was twice married, the first
time in New York City to Miss Annie E. Brush,
a daughter of Alfred Brush; she died in 1867,
leaving one son, Frank M. R. Luckey, now a
Congregational minister at New Haven, Conn.;
he is remarkably gifted as an orator, in early
life had an inclination for the stage, and spent
three years in the company of William Flor-
ence. His education was thorough, and he
was a graduate of both Cornell and Yale; his
wife was Miss Lettie A. Rensley, of Pough-
keepsie. For his second wife, Charles P.
Luckey was married, on .April 6, 1 871, to Miss
Cecelia Reed, a daughter of John Reed, of
Syracuse, N. Y., by which marriage there were
no children. Mr. Luckey died January 30,
1S96, of heart failure, having been afflicted for
some considerable time; his widow is now liv-
ing in Poughkeepsie.

Mr. Luckey held high rank among the




business men in this region, and took part in
\arious enterprises. He was director and
vice-president of the First National Bank, and
president of the Retail Merchants Association
in the city. He never engaged in politics,
and was not a member of any club or secret
organization; a thorough home man, he was
ever happiest there. He was a man of large
heart, generous and charitable in all his acts,
and possessed of a well-balanced mind. As
far as his boyhood educational advantages
were concerned, they were limited, but he
was fond of reading, and he was twelve years
old when he entered the arena of business.
For several years he lived in Eastman Terrace,
in 1893 removing to his late residence on
Garfield Place, Poughkeepsie.

county clerk of Dutchess county, is a

native of the county, having been born in the
town of Red Hook, May 23, 1844. Theodore
Hoffman, his father, was a son of Zacharias
Hoffman, who owned a tract of land near
Tivoli, along the Hudson river.

Our subject is a member of that steady and
worthy class whose ancestors were among the
first settlers of Dutchess county. He received
his early training at the public schools and at
Trinity School, from which he was graduated
at the age of fifteen years. After leaving
school he was employed as clerk in a general
store, and at the age of twenty-two he
embarked in mercantile business at Tivoli,
N. Y. When twenty-three years old he was
appointed postmaster at Tivoli, N. Y., which
office he held for eighteen years, and the office
has been in his store for some thirty years.
He was elected president of the village of
Tivoli. In 1888 he was elected county clerk
of Dutchess county on the Republican ticket,
and in 1891 he was removed from office by
Governor Hill for refusing, as he says, to sign
what was known as the Mylod return of the
county canvassers. In 1894, however, he was
re-elected county clerk, which office he now

In 1 866, at the age of twenty-two, Theo-
dore A. Hoffman was united in marriage with
Harriet Saulpaugh, daughter of Augustus Saul-
paugh, a well-known farmer, and seven chil-
dren have been born to this union — three sons
and four daughters : John T., Harry, Fred-
erick, Helen, Maud, Florence and May. In

politics Mr. Hoffman is a stanch Republicari;
in religious faith an Episcopalian; and socially
he is a member of the Freemasons, and of the
Ancient Order of United Workmen.

LBERT R. HASKIN, the well-known
.t^ secretary and manager of the Eastman
Business College, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, and one of the prominent financiers
of that city, was born August 27, 1850, in
Elkhart county, Indiana.

The family is of English origin with a strain
of Scotch blood, and the first ancestor of the
American line was an early settler in Vermont,
his descendants branching out in later years to
all parts of the country. Samuel Haskin, our
subject's grandfather, was for a time a resident
of Ticonderoga, N. Y. , where his son, Caleb
Almon (our subject's father), was born in 1826.
When the latter was si.x years old the family
moved to Addison county, Vt., later to Lock-
port, N. Y., and still later to Dowagiac, Mich.,
and then to Elkhart, Ind. He became a
farmer by occupation, and in 1855 went to
Marshall county, Iowa, where he entered 200
acres of government land, of which he has
made a fine farm. He is a leader in the com-
munity, in both business and political affairs,
has been a justice of the peace and supervisor
of his town for many years, and has been
urged to become the Republican candidate for
Congress. In school matters he has taken
more than ordinary interest, and he is also
active in the work of the Baptist Church, of
which he is a prominent member.

On May 27, 1849, Caleb A. Haskin was
married in Indiana to Miss Rebecca Lacy,
daughter of Laban Lacy, a leading citizen of
Elkhart county, Ind., and a descendant of an
old Virginia family. Seven children were born
of this union, of whom four lived to maturity
— one son (our subject) and three daughters,
namely: Anna C, who married Adam Grimes,
and died in 1893; Melissa J., the wife of
Charles F. Ricker, a hardware merchant in
Grundy Center, Iowa; and Hattie, who mar-
ried Edward Shelton, of Michigan. The
mother of this family died in 1S84, and in
1887 the father married Miss Elizabeth Bibb,
his present wife.

Albert R. Haskin, our subject, attended
the district schools near his father's farm, and
after acquiring an elementary education there
he entered Iowa College, at Grinnell, Iowa,



and for four years, from 1 868 to 1872, pursued
an elective course. In June, 1872, he came
to Poufjhkeepsie and took a course in the East-
man Business College, graduating September
2 of the same \"ear. His work as a pupil had
been so satisfactory that he was ' appointed
superintendent of the Banking Office depart-
ment in the school, a position which he filled
with marked ability for some years. He then
became principal of theTheory department, and
in 1885 was made principal of the school, which
has prospered greatly under his able manage-
ment. In November, 1896, he was appointed
secretary and manager.

On December 31, 1874, Mr. Haskin
married Miss Mary A. Cline, a daughter
of Henry Cline, a prominent resident of
Dutchess county, and late of Saratoga. N. Y.
They have had three children, of whom two,
Albert C. and Minerva M., are living. Mr.
and Mrs. Haskin are leading members of the
Baptist Church, in which he has held many
official positions, and is now trustee and
deacon. He is also a director of the Y. M.
C. A. He is an ardent Republican, taking an
active share in local politics, and in any enter-
prise for the public benefit. For thirteen
years he has labored for the interests of the
public schools as a member of the board of
education, and he is now president of that body.
His rare business abilities have won him the
esteem and confidence of financial leaders,
and he has become interested in a number of
important business operations, being a di-
rector of the Poughkeepsie National Bank, of
the Home Building & Loan Association, and
of the Masonic Mutual Benefit Association of
Dutchess county. He belongs to the I. O.
O. F., Fallkill Lodge No. 297, and has passed
the chairs; is also a member of the F. & A.
M., Poughkeepsie Lodge No. 266, of which he
is past master; of Poughkeepsie Chapter No.
172, R. A. M., of which body he is high priest;
and of Commandery No. 43, K. T., also of
Mecca Temple, of New York City.

\\'appingers Falls is better known, or
stands higher in the estimation of his fellow-
men, than does this gentleman, who for many
years has stood in the front rank of the edu-
cators of Dutchess county.

Prof. Mansfield was born in New Baltimore,
N. Y. , July 14, 1834, his family being of Eng-

lish descent. His grandfather, Samuel Mans-
field, was born in Greene county, N. Y. , and
was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married
Hannah Hallenbeck, who was of Dutch stock,
and they reared a family of five children,
namely: William; Jehoiakim, who became a
ship carpenter; Hannah, who married Peter
Doty, a farmer of Saratoga county, N. Y. ;
Margaret, who married James Reed, superin-
tendent of a paper factory at Saugerties, N. Y. ;
and Sarah, who became the wife of Sylvanus
Rutan, a market man of New Jersey.

William Mansfield, the father of our sub-
ject, turned his attention to farming. He mar-
ried Nancy Kelsey, who was born in western
New York, and they settled in New Baltimore,
where the following children were born to
them: Samuel; Silas W'iltsey, who was a sol-
dier in the Civil war, and is now deceased;
James Reed, a farmer in Greene county, N. Y. ;
Sarah Amelia and Hannah Margaret, both de-
ceased, and William Brooks, who died in in-
fancy. The parents both died in Greene
county. They were originally members of
the Reformed Dutch Church, afterward unit-
ing with the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The father in his early life was a Whig, later
joining the Republican party.

The subject of this sketch spent his boy-
hood on his father's farm, and attended the
common schools of his vicinity until he was
seventeen years old, when he entered the sem-
inary at Charlotteville, N. Y. Afterward he
taught school, and thus assisted in defraying
his expenses while obtaining an education.
He entered the Sophomore class of Union Col-
lege in 1857, and was graduated in i860, being
chosen class poet. In 1862 he went to Wap-
pingers Falls, and was appointed principal of
the Union Free School, which he taught until
1S78. resigning to accept the principalship of
the Wappingers Falls Graded School, which
position he is filling at the present time. Dur-
ing these long years of service in this responsi-
ble position. Prof. Mansfield has succeeded in
securing the confidence and esteem of not only
those under his immediate supervision, but of
all those with whom he has been brought into
business and social relations. As a teacher he
has the best interests of his pupils at heart,
and spares no pains in their training. He is
firm in his government, yet so genial and com-
panionable that he holds a warm place in the
affections of all who have ever been under his
care. He is a man of fine tastes and scholarly



habits, and is a student and ardent lover of
nature, as well as of books. Although popu-
lar in social circles, Prof. Mansfield has never
been married, his whole life having been de-
voted to his vocation.

In addition to his school duties, Prof. Mans-
field has always taken a lively interest in mat-
ters relating to the progress and welfare of the
village, and has done much to aid in its devel-
opment. He has been a member of the board
of trustees of the village for many years, and
was its president for four years. In 1882 he
was made a trustee of the Wappingers Savings
Bank, and in 1884 elected its president, which
office he still holds. He is president of the
board of Park commissioners, to which posi-
tion he was elected in 1892. He is also one
of the original trustees of the Grinnell Library,
and chairman of the library committee. In
politics, he is a stanch Republican, and has al-
ways taken a lively interest in the success of
his party and the principles for which it stands.
.■\lthough not a men-tber of any Church, he is a
regular attendant at Zion Protestant Episcopal
Church, of Wappingers Falls. He ranks
among the best citizens of Wappingers Falls,
and has the respect and esteem of all classes
of people.

LUKE D. WYMBS, the present school
commissioner for the First District of

Dutchess county, has been recognized for man)'
years as one of the leading educators of this

Born in Livingston, Columbia Co., N. Y.,
August 21, 1845, he passed his youth at that
place, attending the public schools, and mak-
ing such good use of his advantages that at
sixteen years of age he was qualified to teach.
He began his professional career February 23,
1862, and among the schools over which he
presided were those of Germantown, Living-
ston, Glencoe Mills, Pine Plains and Glenham.
In 1S64 he enlisted in Battery M, 3d New
York Light Artillery, assigned to the army of
the James, and his battery was in service
against the fortifications around Petersburg
and Richmond. At the close of the war he
returned home and again engaged in teaching,
spending nineteen years in the Glenham school.
In the fall of 1893 he was elected on the Re-
publican ticket to his present position, where
his superior talents and wide experience enable
him to benefit the cause of education through-

out a larger field. He has always been promi-
nent in teachers' associations, both in Dutchess
and Columbia counties. On November 3, 1896,
he was re-elected school commissioner by a
majority of 2.600. being the largest majority
ever given a school commissioner in his district.

In early manhood Prof. Wymbs married
Miss Mary E. Simmons, of Taghkanick, daugh-
ter of Jeremiah and Almah (Tanner) Simmons.
She died May 2, 1873, leaving one daughter,
lola M., now the wife of Bertrand J. Harder,
of Mechanicsville, Saratoga Co., N. Y. On
October 21, 1874, Prof. Wymbs was united in
marriage with his present wife, Mary A. De-
Lamater, daughter of Osterhoudt and Mary
(Decker) De Lamater. The Professor has
always taken keen interest in public questions
and in local affairs. He is a member of the
G. A. R. , and is past commander of Howland
Post No. 48, Department of New York. He
and his wife attend the Reformed Church at

The Wymbs family originated in Scotland,
and at the time of religious persecution in that
country moved to the North of Ireland. Our
subject's grandparents, Luke and Mary Wymbs,
were residents of New York City, where the
grandfather was a merchant in the early part
of this century. During the war of 18 12 he
was making a voyage to Ireland with a cargo
of linseed, accompanied by his wife and son,
Luke D., when the vessel was captured by a
British man-of-war, and Mr. \\'ymbs and his
family were taken to Cadiz, and held as pris-
oners for five or six months. Luke D. Wymbs,
the Professor's father, was then a mere boy.
He was born in 1805, and on attaining man-
hood became a farmer in the town of Taghka-
nick, Columbia county. In 1840 he married
Margaret Ferris, and our subject was their
only son. Both parents passed from earth in
1886, the mother on February 13, the father
on April 25. The mother was born in 1807,
one of the fourteen children of her parents,
William Ferris and his wife, Jane (Warren).

,' of the Union Free School, in the village

of Fishkill, Dutchess county, is one of the
leading educators of this section, his profes-
sional labors covering a period of nearly thirty
years, twenty of them in his present position.
His family, which is of Huguenot extrac-
tion, has been a resident in this State since an



early period, and his great-grandfather, Johan-
nes Philip Du Mond, was an ensign and lieu-
tenant in the American armj' during the Revo-
lution, in the regiment of Col. Johannes Sny-
der, and the company of Capt. Evert Bogar-
dus. His commission, which is dated October
23. 1779. and signed by George Clinton, is
now in the possession of our subject. He
married Sarah Elmendorf, and their son Con-
rad (Prof. Du .Mond's grandfather) married
Catherine Copp. Philip Du Mond (our sub-
ject's father) was born May 28, 1817, and fol-
lowed agricultural pursuits, first in West Hur-
ley, N. Y., and later (in the "sixties") near
Kingston, N. Y., where he lived several years,
finally purchasing a farm at Accord, N. Y. ,
spending the remainder of his active years there.
He died at Fishkill, February 10, 1892, leaving
a widow, Mrs. Cornelia Catherine (Brown) Du-
Mond, and six children, of whom our subject
is the eldest. Mary Catherine is the wife of
John H. Davis, a paper manufacturer of Mill-
hook, Accord, N. Y. ; Martha Antoinette lives in
New Jersey with her sister Frances; John Cal-
vin resides at the old homestead at Accord;
Philip Nelson married Miss Kate Davis, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Charity Davis, and lives at
Los Angeles. Cal. ; and Frances Augusta
married Joachim H. Davis, with the New York
Afni/ and Express, and lives in New Jersey.
The mother of this family, who was born June
28, 18 1 7, now makes her home with our
subject. She is a descendant of a well-known
family, a daughter of Matthias and Mary
(Copp) Brown, and granddaughter of Silas
and Martha (Robinson) Brown, of whom the
last named lived to the age of 102 years.

Prof. Du Mond was born in West Hurley,
July 9, 1843, and received his education in the
public schools at Kingston, and in the State
Normal School at Albany, where he was grad-
uated in 1 867. His first professional work was at
Stuyvesant Falls, Columbia Co., N. Y. , where
he remained a year and a half, and then
taught the same length of time at Schodack
Landing, Rensselaer county. In 1870 he be-
came principal of the Fishkill school, and
after twelve years of effective work went to
Pelham Manor, N. Y., where he filled a similar
position for six years. In 1888 he returned
to his former place in Fishkill, and since the
Union School came under the control of the
Regents in 1894, he has also had charge of the
academic department, which was then added.

Prof. Du Mond is one of the honored vet-

erans of the Civil war, and his entrance into
the service August 6, 1862. interrupted his
studies. He was a member of the 120th N.
Y. V. I., and participated in all the battles
through which his regiment passed, until
wounded, viz. : Fredericksburg, Chancellors-
ville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, W'ilderness, Spott-
sylvania. North Anna, Tolopotomy, Cold Har-
bor, Strawberry Plains, and the siege of Peters-
burg, where his left hand was shot off by a
shell. He is a member of the G. A. R., and
in 1890 was a delegate to the National En-
campment at Boston, where 45,000 men took
part in the parade. In politics he is a Re-

On March 10, 1870, Prof. Du Mond mar-
ried Miss Ellen L. Mathewson, daughter of
Sylvanus and Adelia (Cleveland) Mathewson,
of Oneida, N. Y. Three children were born
of this union: Grace Lavina, Edna Brown
and Marcia Adelle. The Professor and his
family are members of the Reformed Dutch
Church at Fishkill. Their home is a beauti-
ful estate comprising two acres — the old Oppie
homestead. Mrs. Du Mond owns desirable
village property at Pelham Manor, N. Y.; she
is also a graduate of the Albany State Normal

Mrs. Du Mond's grandfather, Winchester
Mathewson, married Abagail Swift, and lived
in Smithfield, Madison Co., N. Y. , where they
both died. Their family consisted of fifteen
children — seven sons and eight daughters.
Mrs. Du Mond's father, Sylvanus, who was
the eldest, about the year 1830 married Ade-
lia Cleveland, and their family consisted of ten
children — five sons and five daughters — Mrs.
Du Mond being the sixth child; at the time of
her marriage she was living in Oneida Castle,
Madison Co., New York.

OHN PETER NELSON (deceased). The
subject of this sketch, who in his day was
was one of the most prominent men of
Dutchess county, was born July 29, 18 10, in
the house now occupied by his widow, at the
corner of Cannon and Liberty streets, Pough-

Francis Nelson, the first ancestor of the
Nelson family, emigrated from England to
America about the year 1647, he himself set-
tling at Mamaroneck, Westchester county,
while part of his family came to Poughkcepsie
and part remained in Peekskill. Col. Joseph

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Nelson, born April i, 1786, at Clinton, Dutch-
ess county, a descendant of this Francis Nel-
son, was an editor in Poughkeepsie, and in 1806
published a paper known as the Political Bar-
oiuctci\ and was one of the leading citizens of
his locality. He knew Washington, Hamil-
ton, Burr and other prominent men of that
time. He was a colonel in the war of 1812,
and during his service contracted typhoid
fever, from which he died in New York City,
November 3, 1812. Col. Nelson married
Hannah Fort, a daughter of Maj. Abram Fort,
who fought in the Revolutionary war, and was
well-known in his day. To Col. and Mrs.
Nelson were born the following children: Jane
Ann, who married Henry F. Granger, son of
Judge Granger, of Grangerville; John Peter,
our subject; and James Fort. Maj. Abram
Fort was the father of the following children:
Col. John A. Fort, who was one of Gen. Jack-
son's aides in the war of 1812; Peter Fort, also
an aide on Gen. Jackson's staff, who each
year, on January 8, hoisted the stars and
stripes in honor of the battle of New Orleans;
James Fort; Mrs. Pierson;Mrs. Abram Thomp-
son; Alida; Sarah; Catharine; Mrs. Susan
Haviland; Mrs. Maria Granger, and Mrs. Han-
nah Nelson.

John Peter Nelson, our subject, was edu-
cated in the private schools of New Orleans,
where he spent the most of his boyhood. He
also had a private tutor, and spoke several
languages. After reaching his majority, he
became a commission merchant, and owned
several vessels which plied between New Or-
leans and England. Some years prior to 1S45,
he became interested in cotton growing in
Louisiana, where he had a plantation of 1,400
acres, and owned 900 slaves who were freed by
the Emancipation Proclamation. At one
time, prior to the war, he was the richest
planter in the State of Louisiana. He con-
tinued in business until 1874, when on account
of ill health he retired, and in 1876 went to
Europe, returning in the fall of 1877. His
death occurred March 26, 1878. He was a
remarkable man in many ways, was possessed
of great firmness of character, a kind heart,
great generosity — in fact, he was one of nature's
noblemen. He was a kind father and a good
husband. On December 5, 1839, he married
Julia .Ann Keese, who died May 23, 1841,
leaving one child, Julia Keese Nelson, who
married George Wetmore Colles, of New York

Mr. Nelson was married, the second time,
in 1845, to Miss Cornelia Mandeville Nelson,
and the following children were born to them:
Peter Fort, who died of 3'ello.v fever at New
Orleans in 1873; William James; Elizabeth
Parker; Edward Beverly, principal of the
New York Central Institution for Deaf Mutes,
at Rome, N. Y. ; Walter Huntington, in busi-
ness in Washington, but living in Virginia;
Thomas Grant; and Cornelia Mandeville.

Mr. Nelson was a stanch Democrat, a
strong Union man, and did all he could to de-
feat the ordinance of Secession. He was a
member of Christ's Episcopal Church, New
Orleans, and contributed liberally to its sup-
port. In all matters he was a public-spirited
man, much admired by all who knew him.

William Nelson, the father of Mrs. John
Peter Nelson, widow of our subject, was born
June 29, 1784, in Clinton (now Hyde Park),
Dutchess county, and was the son of Thomas
Nelson, an old citizen and native of the county,
born in Clinton March 17, 1744, and died in
Poughkeepsie, November i, 1823. He mar-
ried (first) Sarah Wright, of Somers, West-
chester county, April 11, 1769, and (second)
Maiy Delavan. William Nelson attended the
Dutchess County Academy, and received his
legal education also in Poughkeepsie. He was
admitted to the bar soon after reaching his
majority, and went to Buffalo with a view to
opening an office in that city. He spent a
short time there, however, moving to Peeks-
kill. He also practiced in the counties of
Rockland, Putnam and Westchester. In the
year 18 12 he was elected to the State Senate,

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