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in political affairs, and has served as super-
visor of his native town. Through his busi-
ness he has not only promoted his own in-

terests, but has aided in the advancement and
welfare of his town and county. He stands
high in financial circles, and is exceedingly
popular with all classes of citizens. Generous
and strictly conscientious and upright in all his
dealings, his career is one that he can look
back upon with just and pardonable pride.

On February 20, 1867, George W. Ketcham
married Miss Elizabeth A. Schofield, of Brock-
ville, Canada, in which city her father, Augustus
Schofield, was engaged in merchandising. Her
grandfather. Dr. Peter Schofield, was a native
of Dutchess county, N. Y., where he married
Miss Deborah Gushing ; but a few years after
the birth of their first child they removed to
Canada, where he followed his profession.
Four children were born to them : Augustus,
Milton, Elizabeth and Herman. Augustus
Schofield was born at Pawling, Dutchess county,
and was four years old when taken by his pa-
rents to Canada, where he was educated in the
public schools. After laying aside his text
books he commenced merchandising in Brock-
ville, and successfully conducted his store for
a number of years ; he was also United States
consul at Brockville some twelve years. He
married Miss Electa Breckenridge, daughter of
David Breckenridge, an officer in the British
army, who for his services had been granted
considerable valuable farming land in Canada.
Three children were born of this union : Will-
iam H. (deceased); Elizabeth, who died at the
age of seven years, and Elizabeth A., the wife
of our subject.

WILLLAM D. BUDD, a prominent man-
ufacturer and speculator of Dutchess
Junction, Dutchess county, has been for many
years a leading worker in the development of
that locality, having participated in some of
the most important constructions and enter-
prises undertaken there. He is a native of
Phillipstown, Putnam county, the youngest
son of William and Elizabeth Haight Budd,
the other children being Martha, Hannah,
Jane, Mary, John and Underbill.

During his childhood his parents removed
to Matteawan, and his education was acquired
in the public schools of that town. He began
to display his business ability at an early age
by speculating in real estate, improved and
unimproved, and also engaged in the wood
business. In 1848 and 1849 he assisted in
the construction of the Hudson River railroad^



and was one of the first men to ride on cars
from Fishkill to New Hamburg, or "Old
Troy," as it was then called. This was the
season of the great cholera epidemic, and was
marked also by the loss of the steamer " Em-
pire," and the drowning of many of her pas-
sengers and crew. The coroner, who was
called to hold an inquest on the bodies, died
of cholera before he had completed the task.
In 1868, the same year in which ground was
broken for the construction of the N. D. & C.
R. R., Mr. Budd began the manufacture of
brick, in partnership with Charles Griggs,
whose interest he purchased four years later
for $12,000. He continued the business alone
for some time, and then sold a share in it to
the Terry Brothers, the partnership then
formed lasting six years, when the business was
put up for sale at auction. Mr. Budd bought
in the plant, and for the last eighteen years
has carried on the business alone. The yards
are located upon a tract of twenty-six acres of
land originally bought from the railroad, and
have recently been enlarged and much im-
proved. He has always continued his real-
estate speculations more or less, and is still
interested in some important transactions in
that line. He has taken part at times in vari-
ous other business enterprises, and was for
many years a trustee of the Fishkill Landing
Savings Bank.

Mr. Budd married Miss Ann Rogers, a
daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Scottj
Rogers, and they have two children, Lizzie
Kate, and Ella. The family attend the Meth-
odist Church, and Mr. and Mrs. Budd have
always shown an active interest in whatever
concerned the welfare and advancement of the
town. They have a pleasant home at Dutchess
Junction. In early manhood Mr. Budd was a
Democrat in politics, later becoming a Whig,
and in 1 860 he cast his ballot for Abraham Lin-
coln, since which time he hasgivenhis support to
the Republican party. He held the office of
collector for his town for three years — 1858,
1859, and about 1877 — and has been trustee
of the schools of Matteawan, his interest in
improved educational advantages being shown
by his able discharge of the duties of that

CHARLES F. SEGELKEN, the efficient
manager of the Western Union Telegraph
office at Dover Plains, Dutchess county, is one
of the leading residents of that town. He is a

native of Germany, and was born in 1835, in
the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, where his
family had been prominent for many genera-
tions. His grandfather, Herman Segelken,
was a highly educated man, and held the posi-
tion of captain of a vessel. He married, and
reared a family of four children: Mary; Ann;
Theresa; and Herman, our subject's father.
Herman Segelken, too, was born in the Grand
Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, and after re-
ceiving a liberal education became a grain mer-
chant and hotel keeper. His wife was Cath-
erine S. Luhrs, also a native of Germany, and
our subject was the eldest of their three chil-
dren; Heinrich died in infancy; and Herman
was the third.

Our subject enjoyed excellent educational
advantages in his youth, and in 1854, at the
age of eighteen, he came to the United States
to seek his fortune. His first employment was
in New York City, where he remained five years,
and he then entered the service of the old
American Telegraph Company, first as battery-
man and then as lineman. In 1861 he was
sent to Dover Plains as a line repairer and in
1864, having learned the art of telegraphy, he
was appointed operator, and assistant agent of
the Harlem road. In the following year he
was appointed agent by J. C. Buckhouse, su-
perintendent, and later was made the manager
of the western office at that place, under Geo.
B. Prescott, superintendent. He takes an ac-
tive part in local affairs, and is well liked wher-
ever he is known. In politics he is an ardent
Republican, and he has served as health officer
of the town. He is prominent in Masonic cir-
cles, and is a charter member of Dover Lodge
No. 666, which was organized in 1867, and he
has held the office of secretary for twenty-six

In 1866, Mr. Segelken married Missjean-
nette L. Talladay, a descendant of one of the
old families of the town of Dover, and four
children have blessed their union: Herman,
born December 15, 1866: Charles F., Jr.,
August 19, 1S79; George W., September 16,
1882; and Harrison, June 13, 1884. All are
living except George W., who died in 1883.

Isaac Talladay, the grandfather of Mrs.
Segelken, was born and educated in the town
of Dover, where he engaged in agriculture.
He married Miss Martha Griffin, and had eight
children: Isaac; Jacob, who died in childhood;
Seneca; John; Neilson, father of Mrs. Segel-
ken; Alex; and Martha. Neilson Talladay



was also a native of Dover, where he carried
on carpentering. He married Miss Elizabeth
Colby, the daughter of a prominent farmer of
the same town, and had five children: Phcebe;
Jeannette L. 'Mrs. Segelken); Mary; Elizabeth;
and Frank, a sketch of whom appears else-

REV. JOSHU.\ COLLINS, a well-known
retired minister of the Presbyterian
Church, has been for nearly twenty years a
resident of Wappingers Falls, where his quiet
but earnest and effective work in various move-
ments tending to moral and intellectual prog-
ress is a recognized influence for good.

He was born in the town of Pleasant Val-
ley, Dutchess county, July lo, 1814, and his
ancestry on both sides was of English origin.
His paternal grandfather, Joshua Collins ffor
whom he was named;, was a native of Rhode
island, but settled in Dutchess county in early
manhood. He married Mary White, who was
also of English descent, and reared a family of
six children: Martin \V., our subject's father;
Oliver, a leading resident of Pleasant Valley, a
school teacher by occupation, and for many
years a Justice of the Peace; Joshua, a farmer
in Illinois; Gideon, a farmer in Franklin
county, N. Y. ; Martha, who married Mr.
Viele, a farmer in the town of Lagrange, and
Susan, the wife of Caleb Angeline, a business
man of Poughkeepsie.

Martin \V. Collins was born at the old
homestead in the town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess
county, and lived there until his marriage
to Anna Foreman, a daughter of Isaac
Foreman, a prominent agriculturist of Pleas-
ant Valley. The early ancestors of this fam-
ily also came from England. Shortly after
his marriage, Mr. Collins settled upon a farm
in Pleasant Valley, and he became one of the
leading men of that locality, taking great inter-
est in the work of the Democratic party, and
other public movements, holding the office of
Alms House Keeper, and Justice of the Peace
for many years. He and his wife were Presby-
terians in faith. He died in 1876, and Mrs.
Collins survived him ten years. The subject
of this sketch was the eldest of their four
children; Isaac is a well-kmown resident of
Poughkeepsie, where his son, Martin Collins, is
also attaining to a prominent place; Mary Ann
married William Gurney, a business man of
New York City, but both are now deceased,
and Rhoda lives at Wappingers Falls.

Rev. Mr. Collins spent his youth upon the
farm; but his abilities and inclinations fitted
him for a wider sphere of action, and at the
age of twenty-three he entered Yale College;
but his eyes failed him, and after one year
there he was compelled to give up his inten-
tion of graduating. From 1842 to 1847 he
was in charge of the Mathematical and Clas-
sical departments of West Point College; but he
then retired to the old homestead in Pleasant
Valley. In 1877 he moved to \\'appingers
Falls, and in 1880 he was united in matri-
mony with Miss Isabella Johnston, a lady of
Scotch descent. Although unfortunately de-
terred from carrying out his plans in early life,
Mr. Collins has been a thorough student, fol-
lowing many branches of learning as oppor-
tunity afforded, and his years have been faithful
in good works. He was ordained a clergv'man
of the Congregational Church in 1859, at
Arlington, Vt.. and two years later was taken
into the North River Presbytery, and he has
preached effectively in several places. He
takes an active and intelligent interest in pub-
lic affairs, is a Democrat in politics, and has
been for many years a leading worker in
temperance reform.

the most prominent citizens of Dutchess
county served their country during the dark
dajs of the Rebellion, making a record hon-
orable and glorious. Among these brave boys
who "wore the blue" is the gentleman whose
name introduces this sketch. He is now an
honored resident of Amenia, where for many
years he has been successfully engaged in busi-

The Doctor is a native of Dutchess coun-
ty, born in the town of Ame.nia, September
13, 1840, and traces his ancestry back to Na-
than Mead, who died February 24, 1777, at
the age of eighty-six years. Job Mead, the
son of the latter, came to Dutchess county
from Horse Neck, Long Island, at an early
date, and bought a farm from the Nine Part-
ners in the town of Amenia, where, during
the remainder of his life, he carried on agri-
cultural pursuits. When the colonies resolved
to throw off the British yoke, he joined the
Continental army, and served through the war
of the Revolution as captain. He married
Miss Mercy King, and to them were born five



children: Job, Jr., the grandfather of the
Doctor; Nathan; Joshua; Mercy and AHce.
The mother of these children died August 28,
1812, and the father passed away April 23,
1 8 19, at the age of eighty-four years.

Job Mead, Jr., spent his boyhood days on
the home farm in the town of Amenia, and,
like his father, he also took up arms against
Great Britain, serving in the war of 18 12.
He was united in marriage with Miss Ruth
Hebard, who died January 29, 1808, at the
age of forty-six years, and they had six chil-
dren: Nancy, Sarah, Mary, Henry, John K.
and Barak. The grandfather's death occurred
Januar}' 12, 1838, when he was aged seventy-
seven years.

John K. Mead, the father of our subject,
was born September 6, 1799, on the home-
stead farm in the town of Amenia, where his
early life was passed in aiding in the work of
the fields, and in attending the district schools
of the neighborhood. All of his active busi-
ness life was devoted to the improvement and
cultivation of the home farm. On February
28, 1827, he married Miss Jane A. Suther-
land, who was born November 17, 1807, and
died April 20, 1885. Six children blessed
their union: Sarah Esther, born September
II, 1829, married E. W. Simmons; Mary
Jane, born July 3, 1832, married Rev. E. W.
Clark, a missionary to India; John F., born
March 16, 1834, died September 29, 1888;
Isaac N. is next in order of birth; Henry
Sutherland, born May 25, 1842, is living in
Millerton, N. Y. ; Ruth Alida, born June 11,
1853, married Charles Benham, of Amenia.
Religiously, the father was a Baptist, taking
an active part in the work of his Church, in
which he served as deacon for many years,
and was also quite prominent in public affairs,
being a member of the New York Assembly
in 1844, and serving as supervisor of Amenia
and justice of the peace. His first vote was
cast in support of the Whig party, and on its
dissolution he became a stalwart Republican.
He died March 27, 1873, passing away at the
end of a long and well-spent life.

The boyhood and youth of Dr. Mead were
passed upon the old home farm, and he ob-
tained his literary instructions in the district
schools and the Amenia Seminary. In 1857
he entered astore in Smithfield, town of Amenia,
where he clerked for one year, and then was
similarly employed by Oliver Chamberlain at
Amenia. In the spring of 1859 he began the

study of medicine at Millerton, Dutchess coun-
ty, with Dr. Lucius P. Woods, and the follow-
ing fall took a partial course in the Berkshire
Medical College, at Pittsfield. Mass. In 1859—
60 he attended the College of Physicians and
Surgeons at New York City, after which he
returned to study at Millerton.

In response to the call of the general gov-
ernment for volunteers to defend our national
life, Dr. Mead enlisted in the fall of 1862 as a
private in Company A, 150th N. Y. V. I.; on
the following Christmas Day was transferred
from this regiment to the 5th N. Y. C. as hos-
pital steward, and in the fall of 1864 was pro-
moted to assistant-surgeon. He remained in
active service with that command until August,
1865, when he was mustered out at Harts
Island. He escaped uninjured, but had two
horses shot under him — one at Hanover, Penn.,
June 30, 1863, and the other at Winchester,
Va. He was always found at his post of duty,
gallantly defending the old flag, and saw much
hard service, participating in the following
battles: Upperville and Aldie, \'a. ; Hanover,
Penn.; Gettysburg; Barnesboro; Hagerstown,
Md. ; Falling Waters; Culpeper; Brandy Sta-
tion; Wilderness; Spottsylvania; North and
South Anna River; Cold Harbor; Petersburg;
raid to Richmond; Winchester; Cedar Creek;
Fisher's Hill; Waynesboro; Charlotteville; Ap-
pomatox; and Five Forks. The 5th N. Y. C.
served under Gens. Sheridan, Kilpatrick and
Custer. When hostilities had ceased. Dr.
Mead returned to New York, and again en-
tered the College of Physicians and Surgeons,
where he graduated in the spring of 1866. For
one year he then engaged in practice in Amenia,
then in 1868 removed to Millerton, where he
practiced for the same length of time, when
he again came to Amenia.

On January 13, 1869, the Doctor was mar-
ried to Miss Julia Mygatt, daughter of Abram
P. Mygatt, and they now have one child, Alice.
Since his marriage the Doctor has successfully
followed his chosen profession in Amenia. In
1873 he became a member of the firm of Bart-
lett & Mead, handling drugs, groceries, hard-
ware, agricultural implements, grass seeds,
etc., which connection continued until 1889,
when Horace B. Murdock bought out the in-
terest of Mr. Bartlett.

Socially, Dr. Mead holds membership with
Amenia Lodge No. 672, F. & A. M., in which
he served as first master; with John M. Greg-
ory Post, G. A. R. , Department of Connecticut,



No. 59; and Cavalry Society of the Army of
the United States. In politics the Doctor
afifiliates with the Democratic party, although
his first vote for President was cast for the
martyred Abraham Lincoln. In religious be-
lief he is a Presbyterian, belonging to the
Church of that denomination in Anienia. He
has won his way to the regard of the people
with whom he comes in contact in his daily
rounds by his read}' tact and kindly sympathy,
and is as faithful to his country in days of
peace as in the dark days of the Rebellion.


and stock raiser, was born in the town of
Canaan, Columbia county, August 26, 1820,
and is the son of Martin and Mary (Halsteadj
Vaxiderburgh. ^..^

(Col. James Vanderburghy'gFeafcgrahdfather
of eur subject,\was a farmer in the town of
Beekman. Hts father was of Dutch descent,
and was probably born in Holland. Col. \'an-
derburgh served all through the Revolutionary
war, and Washington and La Fayette made
his home their stopping place. The \'ander-
burgh mansion, which was built some time
prior to the Revolution, was the first substan-
tial house in Beekman. It stood about one-
quarter of a mile northeast of the village of
Poughquag, and was torn down in i860. It
was built of wood and stone, and a broad, cov-
ered veranda e.xtended across the front of it.
The slaves had quarters in the basement. In
this house Col. James \'anderburgh had eight-
een children born to him, all of whom reached
maturity, and whose descendants are reckoned
among the solid and substantial residents of
Dutchess county to-day. It is said that a
"Tory" plot was once hatched to kill him in
his own house, but was frustrated by his wife,
who barricaded the mansion so effectually that
the "Tories " despaired of their purpose and
ran away. It was after that event that Col.
Vanderburgh entertained Gen. Washington at
his hospitable table. Many traditions clustered
around this old house, and it is a pity such a
historic spot should have been blotted out.

Col. Vanderburgh was born September 4,
1729, and died April 4, 1794. He was mar-
ried to Miss Margaret Noxon on September 29,
1753, and to them the following children were
born : Elizabeth, Henry, Bartholomew, James,
Magdalen, Peter and Stephen. Mrs. \'ander-

burgh died August 9, 1766. On October 25,
1767, Col. Vanderburgh married Miss Helen
Clark, and these children were born : William,
Margaret, Richard, Gabriel L., Egbert B.,
Clarissa, George W., Paulina, Almira, Federal
and Caroline. In "The Surrogate", a maga-
zine published in New York, March, 1891, ap-
pears the following: "Col. James \'ander-
burgh was one of the most influential citizens
of Beekman, Dutchess county, and was de-
scended from Holland ancestors, who settled
at an early day in that region. He was a
member of the Provincial Congress in 1776,
and during the Revolutionary war was a zeal-
ous friend of the patriot cause, and while Gens.
Washington and La Fayette were in his vicin-
ity he entertained them and their staffs at his
home." In later life he followed farming in
Beekman, where he diedTj

Henry \'anderburgh, grandfather of our
subject, was born in the town of Beekman. He
married and located in the town of Hyde Park,
where he reared the following family of chil-
dren: Lewis, Margaret, Martin, Fannie, John,
Richard, Lucinda, Eliza, Maria and Katherine.
The grandfather died in Hyde Park in May,
1 841; his wife had passed away several years
previous. Henry \'anderburgh was a captain
in the Revolutionary war, and participated in
the battle of Bunker Hill.

Martin \'anderburgh attained his majority
in Hyde Park, and was a merchant and school
teacfier. He married Miss Mary Halstead,
who was born in the town of Clinton. Her
father, Richard Halstead, was a native of
Westchester county; he married a Miss Griffin,
and they had a large family of children. After
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Vanderburgh
moved to Canaan, Columbia county, locating
on a farm; they became the parents of nine
children, namely: Emeline, Susan, Oscar,
Edgar M., John, Richard, Annie E., Maria,
and Lucinda. Of these, Emeline died unmar-
ried; Susan married V. J. Wilcox, a farmer in
Columbia count)'; Oscar is a retired farmer
in the town of Chatham, Columbia county;
John (deceased; was a farmer and merchant;
Richard was also a farmer and merchant, and
is now deceased; Annie E became the wife of
S\-lvester S. Kady, a merchant of Jamestown;
Maria married Rev. C. W. Havens, and is
now deceased; Lucinda became the wife of
E. W. Levensworth, a farmer and landlord in
Columbia county. The parents of this family
went to Columbia county in 1820, where the

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father died in 1864, and the mother in 1866;
in politics, Mr. Vanderburgh was a Whig, and
in religious failh both he and his wife adhered
to the Society of Friends.

Edgar M. Vanderburgh, the subject of this
sketch, spent his boyhood days on the farm in
Columbia county, and attended the district
school until fourteen years of age, when he
went to Canaan Center Academy. He was
obliged to earn his own living, so taught school
in winters and attended them in summers; but
failing health prevented him from completing
the classical course. He married Miss Han-
nah Sutherland in 1844, and they had three
children: Anna, who married Philip J. Sher-
man, a farmer and school teacher; Amelia
married Rev. U. Symonds, and died in 1882;
Henry is at home. In 1845 our subject moved
to the town of Stanford, where he farmed,
and where his wife died in 1853. In 1870 he
married Mrs. Kate (Sackett) Lockwood, the
widow of John F. Lockwood, and moved to
his present place at Lithgow. His wife is a
descendant of one of the old families. Mr.
Vanderburgh was originally a Whig, voting
first for Henry Clay, and since the organiza-
tion of the Republican party he has supported
it at every National election, including that of
1896. He was elected superintendent of com-
mon schools in 1849, and again in 1S50, '51,
'52, and '53; in 1857-58, he was elected su-
pervisor of the town of Stanford; in 1864 he
was elected superintendent of the county poor,
being the iirst incumbent to that office in the
county, and he held it for six consecutive

Mr. Vanderburgh is a firm believer in the
Christian religion; that Christian unity should
embrace the faithful of all denominations; that
Christ is more than creed; that Christianity is
more than sect; and that Christian character
should be the test of Christian fellowship.
The following lines represent some of his
ruling maxims:

What conscience dictates to be done,

Or warns me not to do,
This teach me more than hell to shun,

That more than heav'n pursue.

Teach me to feel another's woe,

To hide the faults I see;
That mercy I to others show.

That mercy show to me.

If I am right, Thy grace impart!

Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh! teach my heart

To find that better way.

the well-known pioneer families of the

town of Unionvale, Dutchess county, the Vails
have always held an honored place. Each
generation has been engaged mainly in tilling
the soil, and industry, frugality, and progress-
ive spirit of the typical American farmer have
been marked characteristics.

Moses Vail, the grandfather of the subject
of this sketch, was born and educated in the
town of Unionvale, and established his home
there upon a farm. He and his wife, Phcebe
Losee, had eleven children: (i) James, a
farmer, married Anna Montfort, and had six
children, of whom, Stephen M., a clergyman,
married Louise Cushman; Isaac M. married
Mary Wheeler; Susan L. married Rev. James
Runyon; Phcebe A. married Henry Segine;
Cordelia E. married John Segine; and James

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