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W. died in young manhood. (2) Isaac mar-
ried Rebecca Vail, and had one child —
George W. (now deceasedj. (3) Stephen died
at an early age. (4) Thomas married Susan
A. Barlow, and had five children — Elisha B.,
who is single; Phoebe (Mrs. Charles Elmore);
Maria J., the wife of Mr. Pultz; Caroline (Mrs.
Presten); and Louisa, unmarried. (5) John
is mentioned below. (6) Lavina married Tunis
Van Benschoten, and had seven children —
Phcebe Ann (Mrs. James Thurston); Mary
(Mrs. Elisha Frenchj; Sarah (Mrs. Jones);
Elizabeth (Mrs. Bronson); Jennie; Catherine
White; and Phcebe (Mrs. Philo Vincent). (7)
Mary married Levi Vincent, and had eleven
children — Phebe (Mrs. J. Velie); Isaac (de-
ceased); Deborah (deceased); Gideon; Piatt;
Thomas (deceased); Lavina (Mrs. Brown);
Edwin; Chester (deceased); Albert (deceased);
and Mary Ida (Mrs. Phelps). (8) Elias mar-
ried Jane A. Cook. (9) Simon inarried Mary
Potter, and had six children — Henrietta (Mrs.
Helms); Fredrick; Edwin (deceased); Clarence,
who married Maria Bartlett; Alice (deceased);
and Evelenia (unmarried). (10) Moses mar-
ried Hester Bussing, and had no children; he
was well educated, and practiced law in New
York City, but died at Saratoga, N. Y. , in
1888. (11) Piatt married Amelia A. Davis,
and had five children — James D., who mar-
ried Phoebe Vincent; Julia and Lavina, who
are not married; Jesse, who died in the army
in 1864; and Moses (deceased).

John Vail, our subject's father, was born
at Verbank, Dutchess county, in November,
1800, and was educated in the schools of the



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town. His main occupation was farming, but
he was also engaged in mercantile business, and
conducted a woolen-mill at \'erbank for some
time. He married Elizabeth Vincent, and
had ten children: (i) Sarah, born February
8, 1828, married Jacob Baker, a blacksmith
of Freedom Plains, and is now deceased. (2)
Matilda is mentioned below. (3) Loretta, born
April 4, 1 83 1, remained single all her life. (4)
Samuel, born July 4, 1832, was a carpenter
by trade, and had four children — Libbie fwife
of Leonard Secord); Charles (who married
Carrie Cass), William and Abbie (both de-
ceased). (5) Mary, born October 13, 1834,
married Simon Losee, and has two children —
Lizzie and \\'esley. (6) Martha, born January
14, 1836, was educated in Amenia Seminary,
became a successful teacher, and is now de-
ceased. (7) Rebecca (deceased), born Octo-
ber I, 1837, married Richard Hall, a farmer
of the town of Beekman, Dutchess county,
and had four children — Everett; Libbie (de-
ceased); Herbert and Minnie. (8) Stephen,
born February 23, 1839, is a carpenter by oc-
cupation. (9) James (deceased), born Febru-
ary 22, 1 84 1, was a blacksmith by trade, and
he and his wife had one daughter, Sarah (now
Mrs. Richard Case). (10) George, born May
23, 1843, is a well-known dairyman of Union-
vale; he married Miss Phcebe Noxon, and has
three children — Henry, Hettie and John.

Matilda Vail first saw the light September
14, 1S29, at the old home in Verbank. She
was educated there, and later became the wife
of Dewitt C. No.\on, son of Abram Noxon, a
well-to-do farmer. Mr. Noxon followed mer-
cantile pursuits in early life, and then for a
time engaged in farming, but he spent his later
years in New York City on the police force.
He bravely served his country in the Civil war
as a member of Company I, 1 28th N. Y. V. I. ,
but was discharged on account of ill health.
He died in 1870. Mr. and Mrs. Noxon had
two children: Emma and Ada, of whom the
latter died at an early age; Emma (now also
deceased) married John G. Duncan, and had
two children — J. Davis and Emma.



CLEVELAND H. TITUS, general mer-
_' chant, and the popular postmaster of
Webatuck, town of Dover, Dutchess county,
was born on January 29, 1843, in New York
City. There the birth of his grandfather,
Richard Titus, occurred, and as an occupation



he followed trucking in that city. In his fam-
ily were five children : Joseph R. and Ben-
jamin J. (twins j, Richard, Alonzo and Sarah.

Joseph R. Titus, father of our subject, was
born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, in
1809, but received his education in New York
City, and,, like his father, engaged in trucking.
He spent two years in the West, where he fol-
lowed farming; but owing to ill health returned
to New York. He married Miss Ruth Amelia
Titus, daughter of Samuel J. Titus, a farmer
of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county.

The parental household included fourteen
children, (i) Adaline C. , born November 3,
1841, died in 1851. (2) Cleveland H. is next
in order of birth. (3) Stanley, December 23,
1844, died July 27, 1861. (4) Agnes I., born
August 24, 1846, died July 22, 1847. (5)
Eugene, born June 29, 1848, died November
27, 1849. (6) Albert, born June 15, 1850,
died March 9, 1853. (7) Louisa J., born
August 13, 1852, died October 20, 1857. (8)
Mary A., born April 3, 1854, in New York
City, was there educated, and married Ferdi-
nand Blackenhorn, of Poughkeepsie, who
served as cashier of the Third National Bank
of New York City, but is now deceased — dying
in 1893. Six children were born of their
union — Barbara, Amie, Jacob F., Ethel, Eu-
gene and Ruth. (9) Ida, born April 15, 1856,
died April i, 1862. (10) Stephen, born April
17, 185S, in New York City, where he was
educated, married Miss Agnes O'Neill, of that
place, and they have three children — Ruth,
Albert and Cornelius B. (11) Frank L. , born
December 5, 1859, m New York, married Miss
Ellen Diamond, of that city, and they are now
located at Palouse, Wash., where he is en-
gaged in merchandising. They have three
children — Joseph, Stanley and Margaret. ( 1 2)
Mellie S., born July 7, 1861, in New York
City, completed her literary education in the
New York Normal College, and after studying
law in the office of Mr. Hildreth, of New York,
was admitted to the bar in 1894 to practice
in the Supreme Court. However, she is now
engaged in teaching in the Eighty-sixth street
grammar school. (13) Eliza I., born May 13,
1864, was also a school teacher, and died
April 15, 1896. (14) George 1., born Novem-
ber 14, 1865, in New York City, is now em-
ployed as ticket agent on the Second Avenue
Elevated road.

Our subject pursued his studies in the
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was employed in merchandising for his uncle
for some time. After the latter's death, he
turned his attention to farming until about
eight 3'ears ago, since which time he has con-
ducted a general store in Webatuck, where he
also served as postmaster. He carries a full
and complete stock, and secures a liberal share
of the public patronage. Socially, he is a
charter member of Dover Lodge No. 666, F.
& A. M. , of Dover Plains.

On May 17. 1868, Mr. Titus was united in
marriage with Miss Sarah E. Allis, daughter
of Huram and Mary J. (Hoag) Allis, of the
town of Dover, Dutchess county, and they
now have two sons: (i) Joseph A., born
April 17, 1869, in Dover, received a common-
school education, and followed the mercantile
business with his father until his marriage in
1892, to Miss Matie Orton, daughter of Judson
and Susan (Wheeler) Orton. agriculturists of
Dover Plains (he is now engaged in carrying
the mail). (2) Stanley H., born July 23, 1879,
in the town of Dover, was there educated, and
is now in the store with his father at Webatuck.

David Allis, the grandfather of Mrs. Titus,
was also a native of the town of Dover, Dutch-
ess county, and after leaving school always
engaged in agricultural pursuits. He married
Miss Sarah Burton, and they had three children,
of whom Huram was the eldest. Alva, the
second son, removed to Pennsylvania, where he
followed farming, but previously he had mar-
ried Miss Mariette Briggs, of Amenia, Dutchess
county, by whom he had two children — Sarah
J., and one who died in infancy. Phcebe, the
only daughter, was born and educated in the
town of Dover. She became the wife of a
Mr. Sherman, a farmer of that town, and they
had one son, Ebenezer.

Huram Allis, the father of Mrs. Titus, was
born in the town of Dover, April 8, 1802, and
as a life-work also followed farming. Religious-
ly, he was a member of the Society of Friends.
He wedded Miss Mary G. Hoag, daughter of
Joel and Hannah Hoag, the former a farmer
and blacksmith of Dover. Three children
graced their union: Phcebe, born February
20, 1840, married Elias H. Deuel, by whom
she had one daughter, Nellie L., wife of Eg-
bert Slocum, and the mother of one son,
Homer; Martin A., born December 23, 1842,
died at the age of three years; Sarah E., born
April 24, 1849, is the honored wife of our
subject.

Cleveland H. Titus and his wife are the



possessors of some 165 acres of land, which is
rented for farming purposes. In politics, Mr.
Titus is a Democrat.



WILLIAM A. BREWSTER. Esteemed
and respected by all, there is no man

in the business circles of Wappingers Falls,
Dutchess count}', who occupies a more promi-
nent position than this gentleman, not alone
on account of the success he has achieved, but
also on account of his honorable and straight-
forward dealings. He was born September
17, 1S54, in Hughsonville, town of Wappin-
ger, this county, and has always made his
home in that locality.

Mr. Brewster's paternal grandfather was
William Brewster, of Bloomingburg, Sullivan
Co., N. Y., whose son, William H. Brewster
(the father of the subject of this sketch), was
born in that village in 1S12. When a young
man he came to Hughsonville, Dutchess Co.,
N. Y. , where he engaged in his occupation as
carpenter and contractor, afterward accepting
the position as foreman of the carpenter de-
partment of Garner & Co. 's print works at
Wappingers Falls, N. Y., which position he
held for about thirty years. He was married
September 18, 1852, to Mary Eliza Hoyt,
daughter of William and Maria (Roe) Hoyt,
and is still living at a ripe old age; but his wife
died July i, 1863.

Our subject's maternal grandfather was
William Hoyt, whose parents came from Sau-
gerties, Ulster Co., N. Y. ; he married Maria
Roe, daughter of Joseph C. Roe, who was a
tanner and currier, and owned and conducted
that business at Gayhead, Dutchess Co.,
N. Y. William Hoyt died August 3, 1885;
his wife still survives him, at the age of eighty-
five.

W' . A. Brewster, the subject proper of this
review, is the only child of this union. His
boyhood days were spent at Hughsonville,
where he began his education, which was com-
pleted at Poughkeepsie. On laying aside his
te.xt books, he was employed in the print
works at \\^appingers Falls, at the carpenter's
trade, for about two j'ears. On January i,
1875, he became bookkeeper in the Bank of
Wappingers Falls, a deposit bank, where he
remained until he became cashier of a private
bank of the same place, although at that time
he was only twenty-six years old. After fill-
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April 15, 1 88 1 , elected treasurer of the Wappin-
gers Savings Bank, and November j, 1884, was
elected trustee of the same institution. He is
also a local fire insurance agent, representing
ten of the largest American and foreign com-
panies.

Mr. Brewster was married October 19,
1 88 1, to Miss Sarah S. Siddle, who was born
in Clinton, Iowa, and is a daughter of Abram
Siddle, a paper manufacturer of that place.
The Siddle family is of English origin. A
daughter, Helen, graces the union of our sub-
ject and his wife. As a Democrat in politics,
Mr. Brewster takes great interest in political
questions, and has served as trustee of the
Hughsonville school district, was town clerk
of Wappinger, and also represented his town
on the board of supervisors. He is an hon-
ored and valued member of Wappinger Lodge
No. 671, F. & A. M., of which he is a past
master; of Evening Star Lodge No. 98, K. of P. ;
and of Lafajette Lodge No. 18, I. O. O. F.
He stands high in social as well as commercial
circles, and his career has ever been such as
to warrant the trust and confidence of all.



STEPHEN T. DEUEL. Prominent among
the leading and influential farmers and
stock raisers of the town of Washington,
Dutchess county, is the gentleman of whom
this sketch is written. He has one of the
finest farms in the township, comprising 250
acres of valuable and productive land, which
he has placed under a high state of cultivation,
and made thereon many substantial and useful
improvements. The passerby is at once at-
tracted by its neat and thrifty appearance,
and knows the owner to be a man of industry
and of progressive methods.

Mr. Deuel was born in the town of Wash-
ington, May 27, 1833, and can trace his an-
cestry back to William Deuel, who emigrated
to this country August 3, 1640. The family
is of French origin, the name being originally
spelled Davol, and later assuming the present
mode. Jonathan Deuel, the son of William,
was born at Dartmouth, Mass., and died in
1709. His son, Jeremiah Deuel, was .also
born at Dartmouth, and died November 29,
1753. In direct line to our subject, he was
followed by Timothy, who was born at Bristol,
R. I., January i, 17 14, and married Lydia
Mosher, by whom he had eight children,
namely: Lydia, Philip, Hannah, Rhoda,



Juele, Silas, John and Benjamin. For many
years he engaged in farming in Rhode Island,
and about 1750 came to Dutchess county, lo-
cating on a tract of land near Millbrook.

The seventh in that family, Silas Deuel,
was born at Bristol, R. I., July 13, 1748, and
by his marriage with Hannah White became
the father of eleven children: Eunice, Sarah,
John, Ruth, Lydia, Silas S., Hannah, Phcebe,
Benjamin, Isaac and Malessa. The father,
who was an agriculturist, lived to quite an ad-
vanced age, dying January 9, 1825. His tenth
child, Isaac Deuel, who was born in Washing-
ton township, Dutchess countj', November 25,
1798, became the father of our subject. He
was united in marriage with Cynthia Thorne,
and five children blessed their union: Will-
iam, Josephine and Henry, deceased; Thorne,
a farmer in Washington town; and Stephen
T. , whose name introduces this sketch. The
father followed the various pursuits of farmer,
miller and merchant, and died in 1854.

Our subject was reared upon his father's
farm, and educated in the district schools of
the neighborhood. .After attaining his ma-
jority he commenced farming for himself, which
occupation he made his life work. As a com-
panion and helpmeet on life's journey he chose
Miss Louise M. Allen, a native of Washington
town, born August 6, 1840, and their marriage
was celebrated in that town, Februarj' i, 1859.
She was the daughter of Norton Allen, a na-
tive of Connecticut, who became a merchant
of Hart's \'illage. After their marriage Mr.
and Mrs. Deuel located on a farm near Mill-
brook, where they resided about five years,
and where she died January 24, 1864. One
child blessed their union, Isaac N., who mar-
ried Miss Katie F. Maroney, who was born in
\\'ashington town, a daughter of Patrick and
Margaret (Whalen) Maroney. To Isaac N.
Deuel and his wife have been born three chil-
dren: Stephen T. , Isaac M., and Olive C.
For his second wife Stephen T. Deuel married
Miss Kate Maroney, a lady of Irish descent,
and a native of Washington township.

In 1866 Mr. Deuel removed from Mill-
brook, and settled at Little Rest, where he
purchased the homestead and an adjoining
farm, where he now lives. On his land is an
old mill, which was once a school building and
used for that purpose 125 years ago, and %vas
at that time an old building. He also has a
deed for the first land owned by the Deuels in
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and the signature that of Daniel Wood. Mr.
Deuel is entirely independent of party lines in
politics, considering, in the exercise of his
elective franchise, rather the fitness of the man
for the office than the party who placed him in
nomination. Public-spirited to a high degree,
he takes great interest in every measure cal-
culated to benefit the community.



WILLIAM RECORD, a prominent mer-
chant of Dover Plains, Dutchess coun-
ty, and one of the most public-spirited citizens
of that town, is related by descent or marriage
with several of the oldest families of the local-
ity. On the paternal side of his grandfather
was John Record, a native of South Mountain,
Dutchess county, where he passed his entire
life, receiving his education in the common
schools of the town of Dover, and later en-
gaging in the manufacture of chairs, in which
business he won a notable success. The name
of his wife is not known, and of their children
three only are now remembered: George W. ;
Mary, who married Fred Shafer; and Amanda,
who married Mr. King. George W. Record,
our subject's father, was reared in his native
village of South Mountain, attending the pub-
lic schools and learning the blacksmith's trade.
For a number of years he conducted a shop
on Chestnut Ridge, and then he moved to the
village of Dover, where he became a leading
worker in that line of business. He always
took great interest in religious matters, and
was an active member of the Baptist Church
of Dover Plains. He married Miss Susan
Burlingame, daughter of John and Phcebe
Burlingame, well-known residents of the town
of Washington, Dutchess county, who reared
a family of children as follows: Susan, born
March 28, 1816; Salina, January 11, 1818;
Jiles and Miles, twins. May 11, 1821; Harriet,
May 13, 1823; John, April 3, 1825; Mary, No-
vember 7, 1827; and Philip, May 10, 1830;
the youngest child, Phcebe, was born in 1831.
George W. Record and his wife had five chil-
dren: Mary (Mrs. Samuel Hobson); Amanda
(Mrs. William G. Evans); William, our sub-
ject; Charles, who died in the army; and
Emma, who died at the age of twenty-six years.
The subject of our sketch was born June i,
1845, ^t the old homestead in Dover Plains,
and received a good education in the public
schools there. His first experience in business
was gained as a clerk in a general store, which



he entered at the age of fifteen. After a few
years in this employment he engaged in farm-
ing, continuing with marked success until 1872,
when he returned to mercantile pursuits, estab-
lishing a flour, feed, coal and lumber business.
This is one of the principal enterprises in the
place, his trade having increased at a gratify-
ing rate as time has passed. Mr. Record is
progressive in ideas, and has the advancement
of the town at heart. He has always been
identified with the Republican party, and has
held a number of town offices, including those
of supervisor, collector and commissioner, hav-
ing been elected to the last-named position
several times. He belongs to the Masonic
Lodge, No. 666, of Dover Plains. In 1871
he was united in matrimony with Miss Adelia
Lee, and they have four children: (i) George,
born in 1871, is now his father's partner in
business, and one of the leading young men of
the town. On June 20, 1894, he was married
to Miss Martha Moore, daughter of the late
Henry Moore, once a professor of penmanship
in the Eastman Business College at Pough-
keepsie, and later a well-known farmer of the
town of Dover. He died at the age of thirty-
four years, and his wife. Amy, at the age of
thirty-six. (2) William Record, Jr., born in
1873, married Anna Weaver. (3) Theo, born
in 1876, is at home. (4) Obed, born in 1878,
died in infancy.

Mrs. Record was born, in 1849, in the town
of Dover, Dutchess county, and was educated
there. Her grandfather, William Lee, was a
native of Gaylords Bridge, Conn., where he
was engaged in farming for some years. He
married Miss Mehitabel Ward, by whom he
had six children: Jane (Mrs. Edward Ferris);
Louisa (Mrs. Oliver Warner); Ward (Mrs.
Record's father); Egbert, who married Abbie
J. Carey; Emily, who married (first) George
Travers, and (second) Ira Bowlby; and Emiline,
the wife of George Wickham. Ward Lee was
also born at Gaylords Bridge, but he was edu-
cated in the town of Dover, Dutchess county,
his parents removing to that locality when he
was a child. He learned the carpenter's
trade, and followed it all his life with the ex-
ception of ten years which he spent in farming,
and many houses in the town of Dover were
built by him. In politics he was a Democrat;
was road commissioner for a number of years,'
and held other offices at various times. In
1846 he was married to Miss Mary Cutler, and
had four children: Adelia (Mrs. Record);



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOORAPEICAL RECORD.



Emily (Mrs. Alvin Marcy); William, who died
in infancy; and Angelina (Mrs. Darwin War-
ner). Mr. Lee died August 12, 1886, in the
si.xty-eighth year of his age, and while his
death was keenly felt among a large circle of
friends it left the deepest sorrow within the
home where his qualities of mind and heart
were best known. Mrs. Record's mother,
Mary Cutler Lee, was born in 1828, in South
Dover, Dutchess county, where her ancestors
were early settlers. Her grandfather, Will-
iam Cutler, was a native of that place, and
passed his life there as a well-to-do farmer.
He married Miss Elizabeth Hiller, and had
eight children: (i) Rhoda (Mrs. Isaac Xorth-
rupj; (2) Abigail (Mrs. Thomas Tompkins);
(3) Mahala, who never married; (4) Thursie,
who died; (5) Bigelow and (6) Thomas, the
names of whose wives are unknown; (7) Will-
iam, who married Irene Brush; and (8) Calvin,
the father of Mrs. Lee. He was born in South
Dover in 1799, and after obtaining an educa-
tion in the schools of that place engaged in
agriculture. His wife was Miss Keziah Varney,
daughter of John and Mary (Rodgers) Varney,
prosperous farmers in Connecticut. Eight
children were born to this marriage: John
and Jerome, who died in infancy; Elihu, who
married Lydia Wilcox; Elezer, who married
Maranthy Eggleston; Francis, who married
Elizabeth Carey; Priscilla (Mrs. William Hall);
Mary (Mrs. Ward Lee); and Sarah (Mrs. Will-
iam Hooker).



WILLIAM S. TRIPP. As an enterpris-
ing and wide-awake citizen of Mill-
brook, Dutchess county, engaged in the butch-
ering business, we take pleasure in giving this
brief biography of the gentleman whose name
introduces this sketch. He is a native of
Dutchess county, born in the town of Wash-
ington, near Millbrook, on June 24, 1856, and
is a son of Daniel Tripp, who was born at the
same place in 1833. On that farm his great-
grandfather, Samuel Tripp, had located after
his marriage with Miss Mary Howard, and
there reared their family of eleven children,
whose names and dates of birth are as fol-
lows : Phabe, January 29, 1779; John, No-
vember 27, 1780; Hannah, March i, 1782;
Susanna, January 31, 1784; George, Novem-
ber 16, 1785; Howard, December 5, 1787;
Patience, October 20, 1789; Mary, November
21, 1791; Samuel, April 6, 1794; Wasson,



July 8, 1796, and Isaac, October 7, 1798.
The father of this family was born November
15, 1751, and his wife on Novembers, 1757.
In religious belief the family were Friends.

Wasson Tripp, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, was born on the old homestead, where he
was reared, and which he continued to culti-
vate after reaching man"s estate. In 1 818 he
was united in marriage with Sally Buckbee, by
whom he had two children : Edward B., who
was born October 7, 18 19, and followed farm-
ing as a means of livelihood, and Maivina, who
was born August 17, 1821, and became the
wife of Henry C. Haight, also an agriculturist.
Both are now deceased. For his second wife
Wasson Tripp chose Hannah Tompkins, and
their wedding was celebrated May 18, 1825.
Seven children blessed their union, namely :
Howard, born June 26, 1826, became a mer-
chant and, later, station agent at Millbrook ;
Charles, born July 27, 1828, was for a time a
merchant in New York City, but now makes
his home in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ; Sarah, born
August 8, 1S30, married Edwin Curtis, a mer-
chant, but both have passed away ; Daniel,
born October 28, 1833, is the father of our
subject ; Maria, born May 7, 1836, is the wife
of William Rust, a contractor of Poughkeepsie;
George, born February 23, 1839, is a cigar
merchant of Poughkeepsie, and Mary E., born
January 3, 1842.

After reaching manhood, Daniel Tripp was
married to Miss Mary E. Seeley, a native of
the town of Stanford, Dutchess county, and a
daughter of William Seeley, who in early life
followed farming, but his later years were
passed in retirement at Poughkeepsie. After



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