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of New York, James Mulford, d. young, and
Frederick, d. unmarried. Susan, b. October
7, 1 8 17, d. July 21, 1891; m. the Rev. Will-
iam Barham Heath, and had one child, Cor-
nelius V. V. Heath. James Russell, b. April
4, 1820, d. April 28, 1893, of Staatsburg; un-
married. Isaac Fiske, M. D., b. June 11,
1822, d. February 23, 1876; of Rhinebeck
[See below]. Mary Asenath, b. April 13,
1827, d. February 13, 1892, unmarried. Mr.
Van Vliet and his brother John bought the
Rocksdale estate, about 500 acres, formerly
the property of Capt. Petrus De Witt, and
divided it between them, John taking the west-
erly portion (now Mr. Alfred De Witt's), and
Cornelius the easterly, with the old mansion;
and this remained the home of the family until
1866.

Dr. Isaac F. Van \'liet settled at Rhine-
beck. He married, in 1847, Susan, daughter
of David C. Benjamin, of Fishkill, who died
in Poughkeepsie February 10, 1893, and had
four children: Ella, m. the Rev. Henry L.
Ziegenfuss, D. D., Archdeacon of Dutchess.
She died in Poughkeepsie, January 23, 1894,
and he died February 8, following. William
B., now of Johnstown, N. Y., m. Frances S.,
daughter of Judge Fowler, of Milford, Conn.;
no children. Edward B., d. Februar}- 19,
1875, aged nineteen. Frank B., d. in Hon-
duras, December 6, 1S93, aged twenty-seven;
unmarried.

Levi \'an Vliet, son of Cornelius and Hel-
ena, was born January 6, 1786, and died
August 25. i860. He married Mary, daughter
of Capt. Frederick Uhl and Huldah Mulford,
born February 10, 1792, died January 27,
1869. Children: George, b. July 21, 1816,
d. July 12, 1845; of Poughkeepsie, civil engi-
neer; ni. Helen, daughter of John Bard and
Eliza Helen Russell, and granddaughter of
Anthon}' Bard, of Rhinebeck; no children.
Lewis, b. March 18, 1827; late justice of the



county court; m. (first) Jane A., daughter of
William I. Brown, and (second) Mary J.,
daughter of John Caswell; no children. Henry
Richard, b. December 8, 1833; m. Hannah,
daughter of John Le Roy, Jr., and has one
son, George S., who m., in 1894, Mercedes,
daughter of Jacob L. Tremper, of Rhinebeck.
Levi Van Vliet became the owner of the home-
stead of his grandfather, and later that of his
father. The former he left to Lewis, and the
latter to Henry. In 1847 he built a new
house on the site of the one built by his grand-
father, Dirck, in 1753. The old house was of
stone, similar to many yet remaining in King-
ston.

Col. John \'an \'liet, son of Cornelius and
Helena, born December 3, 1789, died at El-
bridge, Onondaga Co., N. Y., in 1874. He
married (first) Maria E. , daughter of John
Beadle, of Pleasant Valley, and sister of Dr.
Edward L. Beadle, who died March 8, 1827;
and (^second) Ann, daughter of Thomas Thurs-
ton, of Lagrange, and widow of Baltus Over-
ocker. By his first wife he had: Ann Maria,
m. Edward Y. Barnes, and d. August 3, 1886,
aged sixty-six. John Beadle, merchant in New
York; m. Abbie J., daughter of Alexander
Purdy, of Macedon, and had, Purdy, of New
York; counselor at law, and William, d.
young. Henry Edgar, of Elbridge, N. Y. , d.
September 27, 1873, aged forty-nine; m.
Mary, daughter of James Gillies, and had, John
and Mary. Erastus Lockwood, accidentally
killed, while hunting, near Fremont, Kans.,
September 28, i860, aged thirty-four, un-
married. In 1836 John Van Vliet sold his
property at Staatsburg, and removed to Mace-
don, Wayne Co., N. Y. ; but late in life he re-
sided at Elbridge, to be near his son; and
there he and his second wife died.

Piatt G. Van V'liet, son of Cornelius and
Susanna, born May 15, 1807, died Decem-
ber I, 1873; married Nancy, daughter of
Timothy Lamoree, of Pleasant Valley, who
died April 11, 1891, aged eighty-two. Chil-
dren (only one of whom survived the parents):
Catharine E., d. July i, 1854, aged nineteen
years. Susan E., d. October 13, 1851, aged
fifteen years. De Witt,' d. October i, 1872,
aged thirty-four; m. Elrna Marshall, and left
two children, George Piatt, who m., in 1894,
Florence Aldrich, of Whitfield, N. J., and Caro-
line, d. 1889, aged nineteen. George L. d. Sep.-
tember 30, 1871, aged thirty-one: m. Emily
C. Dale; no children. Elmer Piatt (of Hud-



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son . b. January 26. 1S43; ni. Grsti Han-
nah E. Doty, and isecondi Mary E AHen,
and has, b

neiios. J _ _ : .:

aged tea nxMiths. Tbeodoce. d. Febmaiy 1 1 .
1857. ■ -? Alice, d. December

70. ! > - •?5r= After he father's

rchased by
^^■. - _.. ...... .._.. ^. . __ . ..ci renxived

to Salt Point, where he had porchased a
far ere be

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^IxTILLIAM E. BADGLEY. a well-known

Dutchess : - :ae

oldest and most highly esteer. .les o£

.-_ - - - .. - _ 4 . -■_ -jij he : rd the

" ard te . 31am-

". as a

.:_: - •-. : - ;..;.. - -:tizen.

He is a native of Datch^s coontv. bom in the

- ; ' 3i6. His

•". ofme in

ere his son

^-.._.. ._:;.. - .;_: :.... vasbornin

1752.

Ge - married Elizabeth Moss, a

native - connty. and porchase>d a

farm in Pleasant Valley, where they passed
the remainder c- -'- - -ves. He died Septem-
ber 10. 1825. on Anffost 28. 182S.
They had twelve
tied Mr. Peters, a
Josbaa. a farmer of the same locality; John.



rho was slsTj a



:>i



arried.



: Peter rr near

„- .._ „_: Mary. v_ ; :;.:i: An-
thony, a merchant in Pleasant Valley: Jona-

:' Clinton: Stephen,
:y: .Ann. who mar-
ned j -ner in Delaware coun-

ty: Gc_;.. _ -. - - .- ■-■-^r: and Joseph
and E'Lsha. neither of

The fs:
mar)- 8. i'

old farm in Pleasant \' alley.
Emma Seelye. ■ - zs bom f - ~
179.1. and was -:of the

Dr. L -

WajTIr

wife. Desire .Mott. Of the others, ir

never married: Pollr was the wife ot



He



Feb-

it the

married

Vf

3f



' • r in Wayne county: Milton was

New York: and L.ewis was a
Df Rochester, and repre-
;-_: - - - _. - ;.-. :n Congress. (He was a
blacksmith by trade). After their marriage
ocr sabject's parents s- ron a farm in

the town of Clinton. " rv Tide their

ent home. Thr trians

-_ :..- = - = '-h. and ;. .: . ..: ...iigley

was a I He died November 3, 1 88 1.

'iv 5. 1S7S. Of their 6ve
: is the eldest. The others
were Geo^:e i_. who died in infancy: Mary
E.; Ge-'-^ ~ a farmer in the town of Pleas-
ant Vs. Emma C. . who married J. G.
Pe* m: Vailey.

.. _ attended the district
.:ty for some years, and
ri~ Cocnrv .Academv. His



scr

la:.



- vr35 3s a clerk in New" York.



On November 27. 1839. be n: a

~" ■ ^ ■ -■ " . •,'■-.: was

:•? Samoel
Tn -Val-

ley. ^. . -^^ ^.^. ^ ^-:.-. .:. ^.. _ .^:^ cot
many of the towns of his vicinity and some of
rets of Pooghkeepsie; he was -_ - a

^. affairs, being elected t? - i:e

Legislature in 1823. In : . : 1840

Mr. and Mrs. Badgley - rm of

ir; acres bve miles fr t. ad-

.cucrAi iofukiijE. 1 en

:hem: Catherine died

in infanc)-; Mary E. married Edward Van-
Wagner, of Newboig; George manages two
l3.r?e f^rTTS. and is pr opr ietor of a ■• Temper-
- shingtc - ■' v: Calvert
.^...in, res:__., ...^ Poagh-
et. a farmer, is living on the
^:;^^. - itber;

. E. is i .3ton:

Flora and Minerva womanhood:

Charles is a grc - - . r^ . Emma J. lives

at home. Mrs -v died December 11.



ding with their children and grandchiidreo
No- - — ■ - - 2- • - " There are four goiera-
tior. - :rre being a great-grandson.

Wm. E. Vi ewborg.

In all : ities of his com-

T unity Mr. Badgley has always been a pcomi-
- - 'rror: he is i —-— - - - - ; Presbv-



COMMEMORATIVE BIOORAFUICAL RECORD.



415



terian Church, and an ardent worker in the
temperance cause, in later years votinj^ the
Prohibition ticket.



If: DRIAX M. CORNELL. The Cornell
-trjL^ family is of French ancestry. The mem-
bers went to Holland on account of religious
persecution, and from there came to America
in the seventeenth century. They were origi-
nall}' Huguenots.

Adrian Martense Cornell, the subject of
this sketch, was born in the town of LaGrange,
Dutchess county, April i, 1818. His early
life was spent there on the home farm and in
attending school. At the age of twenty-five
years he left home and bought a farm in the
town of Clinton, and engaged in farming. In
the fall of 1 84 1 he was married to Miss Melissa
Diamond, who was born in Lagrange, and who
was a daughter of Henry Diamond. Of this
marriage two children were born: Margaret
Jane, who married George K. Brand, and
Henry, an insurance agent in New York City.

In the spring of 1864 Mr. Cornell gave up
farming, after an experience of twenty-three
years, as his health began to fail, and came to
Poughkeepsie, where, in 1873, he engaged in
the dry-grocery business, carrying a stock of
tea, coffee, spices, etc., in which he has con-
tinued for twenty-two years. For twenty-one
of these he has been located at 227^ Main
street. He is an enterprising citizen, a con-
scientious business man, and a member of the
Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Cornell departed
this life in 1871.

Cornelius Cornell, the father of our sub-
ject, was born on Long Island, and his parents
moved to Lagrange when he was seven years
old. He married Miss Deborah' Van Kleeck,
a native of Lagrange, and a daughter of Peter
Van Kleeck. Her father died forty years ago,
and her mother twenty-five years ago. Mr.
Cornell spent his life in farming, and was said
to have been the best farmer and to have had
the best farm in the town of Lagrange.

Peter Cornell, grandfather of our subject,
was born on Long Island He married Miss
Mar\- Mesoole, and six children were born to
them: Cornelius. Isaac, Jane, Eliza, Sarah
and Margaret. Mr. Cornell was in the gro-
cery business at Flat Bush, L. I., where they
were kept prisoners at the time of the Revolu-
tionar}' war. After the war was over he
moved with his family to Lagrange, and



bought a farm of 400 acres, on which he lived
the rest of his life. He owned a number of
slaves, which he freed after going to Lagrange.
He was an elder in the old Dutch Church, and
was much respected in the community.

Gideon Cornell, the great-grandfather, who
was born in France, eicigrated to America, re-
siding in Long Island until the opening of the
Revolutionary war, when he moved to Bucks
county, Penn., where he died. He came to
America in the year 1736.



ILLIAM C. ALBRO. The Albro fam-
ily, of which this well-known resident
of Pokeepsie is a worthy representative in
this generation, has a notable history, as will
be seen by the following chronological record:
(I) John Albro, born in England in 161 7,
died December 14, 1712, at Portsmouth,
R. I. ; married Mrs. Dorothy Potter, widow of
Nathaniel Potter.

lf)34. Embarked on ship " Francis " from Ipswich,
England, under care of WiUiam Freeborn, landing at
Boston.

1688. Went with Freeborn to the Colony of Rhode
Island.

1644. Served as corporal in the Colonial militia,
rising successively to lieutenant, captain and major.

1649. Was chosen to view cattle; was clerk of
weights and measures, and member of the town council.

1660. Was commissioner and member of the com-
mittee to receive contributions for agents in England.

1666. Appointed with two others, to take areas of
highways and driftways not set off.

1670. W' ith three others, loaned the Colony seven
pounds on account of town of Portsmouth.

1671. Elected assistant in some public office.

1676. With three others, was the committee for the
care and disposal of a barrel of powder for the supply of
Portsmouth: also with others, was a commissioner to
order watch and ward of the Island during King Philip's
war; also a member of a court martial at Newport to try
certain Indians.

1677. Committee with others in the matter of injur-
ious and illegal acts of Connecticut.

1679. One of a committee to draw up a letter to the
King, giving account of the Territory of Mount Hope, and
of the late war with the Indians; also a])i)ointed with one
other to lay out the western line of the Colony.

1685. ' Major John Albro, assistant and coroner, sum-
moned a jury in the case of an Indian found dead in Clay
Pit Lands, the verdict being "That said Indian, being
much distempered with drink, was bewildered, and by
the extremity of cold lost his life."

1686. Member of Sir Edmund Andros' council, and
present at its first meeting in Boston, December ;30, 1686.

1697. Allowed twenty shillings for going to Boston.

1710. By his will, dated December '28, proved 171:3,
he divided a considerable amount of real and personal
property among his sons and daughters, and their chil-
dren. He was buried in his own orchard. His children
were: Samuel. Elizabeth, Mary, John and Susannah.

(II) — John Albro, born 16 — , died De-
cember 4, 1724. He married Mary Stokes in



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



1693. 1677 — He was among those who were
granted 5,000 acres of land, to be called East
Greenwich. 1687 — He was fined 6s. 8d. for
refusing to take oath as a grand juror. 1720
— His will proved, December 14, 1724, left a
good estate, both real and personal. His chil-
dren were: John, Mary, Sarah and Samuel.

(HI) — John Albro, born August 23, 1694,
died 17 — . He married Abigail Ballou in 1713.
In 17 17 became a Freeman. In 1739, moved
from Portsmouth to New Kingston. Some of
his children subsequently going to Exeter.
His children were: John, Samuel, Mary,
Maturin, Sarah and Peter.

(IV) — Samuel Albro, born October 10,

1716, died in 1767. He married Alice .

He went from N. Kingston to Exeter, where
he passed the rest of his days. His widow
died in 1787. He was an elder in the Baptist
Church at Exeter. His children were: Alice,
Thomas, Samuel, Martin and Waite.

(V) — Samuel Albro, born October 12, 1749,
died in 18 16. He married Patience Bull. He
migrated from Exeter to the Clove Valley,
about eighteen miles east from Pokeepsie,
N. Y. He returned to Rhode Island for a
wife, who was a descendant of Henry Bull,
Colonial Governor of Rhode Island in 1685-
1686. He introduced an apple called the
Rhode Island Greening into Duchess county,
where it thrived and became very popular, and
is still a marketable winter apple. His chil-
dren were: Thomas, Samuel, Waite, Alice
and Hannah.

^VI) — Thomas Albro, born May 9,
died September 24, 1852. He married
Tice. He lived a very uneventful life
moving from the farming section in which he
was born. Was elected a constable at one
time, which seems to have satisfied his polit-
ical ambition. His children were: Joseph,
Samuel, John, Louisa, Catherine, William,
and Philo and Zeno (twins).

(VII) — Zeno Albro, born June 10, 1809,
died November 25, 1883. He married Mary
A. Clark in 1847. He lived in many different
places in New York and Pennsylvania; he was
a man of thorough integrity, and much trusted
by other men. He did not seem to inherit a
taste for farming, but cast about for opportuni-
ties to buy and sell horses, cattle, carriages,
merchandise and real estate, in most of which
transactions he showed shrewdess and good
judgment. At one time he owned a farm upon
which the present City of Scranton, Pennsyl-



1779.
Ever
never



vania, is in part built. His children were:
WiLLL\M C, Louise (deceased), John P., Mary
E., and Merlin.

(VIIIj — William Clark Albro, born August
16, 1848, married Theodora Rogers, Novem-
ber 3, 1875. He attended W'esleyan Acad-
emy, at Wilbraham, Mass., and Cornell Uni-
versity and Columbia College Law School,
then under the management of Theodore W.
Dwight, receiving at the latter institution the
degree of LL. B. He was admitted to the
New York Bar in 1874, and has since resided
at Pokeepsie engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession. He enjoys a general practice, and has
been executor or administrator of several im-
portant estates. Since 1891 he has been a
member of the Pokeepsie board of education,
and is deeply interested in the public schools.
His children were: Florence, who died in in-
fancy, and Edna Clark, who, after completing
a course at Lyndon Hall School at Pokeepsie.
entered Vassar College in 1895.



KEY. JOHN B. WESTON. D. I)., Presi-
dent of the Christian Biblical Institute at

Stanfordville, Dutchess Co. , N. Y., was born in
Somerset county, Maine, July 6, 1821, the son
of Stephen and Rebecca Weston.

His grandparents, Stephen and Martha
Weston, were among the earliest members of
the Christian Church in that part of Maine,
and his parents belonged to the same denomi-
nation, his grandfather and father both being
deacons. In his fourteenth year the subject
of our sketch was converted, and baptized, and
united with the same Church. Reared upon
a farm, his earlier years were spent in hard
work, to which he is indebted, however, for
tlfe habits of industry which have made his life
fruitful. His opportunities for schooling were
meagre, but he learned easily, and by faithful
use of such advantages as he had, and im-
proving his leisure moments at home, he made
unusual progress in study, standing high in
ordinary branches, and gaining a thorough
knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry,
surve\ing and navigation by private stud}-, with
his father's aid. At seventeen he began teach-
ing school in winters; and from eighteen to
twenty-two, at other seasons of the year, he
attended the Academy at Bloomfield, Maine,
when he could be spared from the farm work,
making the equivalent about four terms in all.






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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



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In this time he prepared for college in Latin
and Greek, and gained proficiency in French
and other advanced branches of a college
course; but his means would not permit him
to go to college at that time. He attended
the first Sunday-school organized in his native
place, and at sixteen years of age he became a
teacher of a class. At about the same age he
assisted in organizing the Young People's Total
Abstinence Society, the first society pledged to
total abstinence that he had ever known, and
was one of its first officers. He has from that
time taken an active interest in Temperance
work. From the time of his conversion, and
especially from his seventeenth year, he was
interested in all religious work, and had a
strong impression that it was his duty to enter
the ministry, though his natural timidity made
him shrink from the work. This conviction
became so urgent that in 1843, before he was
twenty-two, he united with the Maine Central
Christian Conference, and was approved as a
licentiate. In August of that year he accepted
a call to a small church in West Newbury,
Mass. In 1844 he was ordained, and con-
tinued to minister to his first charge until
1846, spending some time in Boston, however,
in the study of Hebrew with Dr. Eli Noyes,
and of elocution with James E. Murdoch, the
tragedian. In 1846 he was called to be office
editor and publishing agent of the "Herald of
Gospel Liberty," then published at Exeter,
N. H. After seven months there he moved
with it to Newburyport, Mass., and in the fol-
lowing year he accepted a call to the Christian
Church at Skowhegan, Maine, where he preached
three years. He was married in 1849 to his
first wife, Miss Nancy McDonald, who proved
to him a true helper.

In 1850 he was a delegate to, and one of
the vice-presidents of, the Christian Convention,
held at Marion, N. Y., where the denomina-
tion determined to establish Antioch College.
Early in 1852, he became pastor of the Chris-
tian Church in Portland, Me., and remained
until October, 1853, when, to fulfill his long-
delayed wish for a collegiate education, he en-
tered the first class in Antioch College, of Yel-
low Springs, Ohio, of which Hon. Horace
Mann was president, graduating in 1857. At
the end of his third year he was invited by
President Mann to take the position of Princi-
pal of the Preparatory Department; but he de-
clined, accepting the appointment, however,
after his graduation, when it was again ten-

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dered. During the war the entire responsibil-
ity of the College was on his shoulders. At the
close he became professor of Greek, remaining
until 1 88 1, making twenty-eight years at An-
tioch. In October, 1 881, he was elected Pres-
ident of the Christian Biblical Institute, as suc-
cessor to Dr. Austin Craig, and assumed the
position January i, 1882. During the fifteen
years in which he has held this position the
Institute has had a steady growth and improve-
ment. The endowment funds have been more
than quadrupled; two resident professors and
one non-resident professor have been added to
the Faculty; the courses of study have been re-
organized, and the standard of requirements
raised. Students have gone out every year
from the school, who are doing valuable service
and holding important positions as ministers of
the Gospel. Besides being the President of the
school and giving daily lectures, he has done
other professorial work usually devolving upon
several Chairs. Since 1891 he has also been
the Treasurer of the Institute, and the oversight
of the property and the management of its
funds have been in his hands, and important
improvements have been made in the buildings
and grounds. Both these positions he still
holds, and now (1897) at the age of seventy-
six, he is in vigorous health, and actively dis-
charging the multiplied duties of his positions.
Dr. Weston's first wife died in May, 1858,
and in June, i860, he married a classmate,
Miss Achsah E. Waite, of Chicago, who has
been his assistant at Stanfordville, as she was
at Antioch. He has never been athletic, but
has always enjoyed good health, and had great
capacity for endurance. During his forty-three
years of school work he has never once missed
meeting his classes on account of his own
health, and never has called in a physician to
see him, except on the occasion of a single ac-
cident. Possessing rare intellectual ability,
united with practical judgment and force of
character, he could have made his way in any
sphere of life; and his unswerving devotion to
the interests of the Christian Church, local and
general, has made him a helpful influence in
many of her most important enterprises.



STEPHEN HOLMES IRELAND (de-
' ceased) was one of the leading and pro-
gressive agriculturists of the town of Clinton,
Dutchess county, where his entire life was
passed, his birth occurring there October 7,



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



February 3, 1781; Elizabeth, October 4, 1782;
Jeremiah, June i, 1784; Thomas, December
15, 1783; Milton (2), September 7, 1787; Deb-
orah, November 15, 17S9; Rachel, April 23,
1 791; and Catherine, July 31, 1793. Of this
family Elizabeth Gushing was a native of
Dutchess county, and on June 5, 1803, she
became the wife of Ebenezer Stevens, who
was born in Dutchess county, April 4, 1776,
and died in 1843; her death occurred Decem-
ber 22, 1840. In their family were six chil-
dren, namely: Maria T., born October 30,
1804, married Benjamin K. Delevan; Herman,
born May 12, 1806, married Miss Lucy Beid-
ing; Elizabeth A., born October 16, 1808, was
the mother of our subject; Catherine, born
June 26, 1 8 10, was married October 11, 1831,
to John R. Preston; William, born August 26,
1821, was married in June, 1842, to Miss
.Mary E. Ross; and Ebenezer, born July 27,
1824, was married in 1845 to Miss Sarah K.
Beldon.

To John M. Ketcham and his estimable
wife were born nine children, as follows: (i)
William S. was born, reared and educated at
Dover Plains, and on reaching manhood he
married Miss Emily Titus, daughter of Judge
Titus, of the town of Washington, Dutchess
county ; he always took an active part in poli-
■ tics, as a stanch Democrat, and held several
local offices, among them that of supervisor of
the town of Dover. (2j John H. was also
born in Dover Plains. (3) Maria L. married
William R. Butts. (4) George W. is next in
order in birth. (5) James C. and (6) Ebenezer
both died at the age of six years. (7) Eliza-
beth C. married Romine Waterbury. (8)
James C. married Miss Alice F. Meeker. (9)
Morris married Miss Rosie H. Lowery, of
Washington, D. C. The father of this family
died June 17, 1853, the mother on December
21, 1888.

George W. Ketcham, whose name intro-
duces this memoir, was born in the town of
Dover, Dutchess Co., N. Y. , in 183S, and re-
ceived an excellent education at Brown Uni-
versity, Providence, R. I., where he graduated
in i860. He then engaged in the marble busi-
ness at Dover Plains, and also conducted a
large farm near the village ; but most of his
attention was devoted to the former. Like his
brothers, he has always taken a deep interest



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