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their marriage they located upon the old fam-
ily homestead, where they reared their famih-
of nine children: Wasson, who died in March,
1865; \\'illiam S., of this review; E. Bennett,
who makes his home in Poughkeepsie; Hiram,
a resident of Millbrook; Gertrude, wife of
Clark Barmore; Edward and Daniel, who live
in Moores Mill; Kate, wife of Frank Taylor, of
the same place; and Elizabeth, at home. The
father still carries on farming at Moores Mill,
and in politics is an ardent Democrat, by
which party he has been elected to several
positions of honor and trust.

The boyhood days of \\'illiam S. Tripp
were spent upon the home farm until sixteen
years of age, when he started out to fight life's
battle, being employed as a farm hand until
he was twenty-two. He then came to Mill-



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brook, and for a year and a half worked at the
butchering business for Hiram Warner. He
has since made that business his life work, and
has met with a fair degree of success, estab-
lishing his present shop in September, 1881.
He is numbered among the promment busi-
ness men of Millbrook, and stands high in the
estimation of his fellow citizens.

On January 18, 1882, was celebrated the
marriage of Mr. Tripp and Esther M. Smith,
and one daughter was born to them — Esther;
but the mother was called from this life April
18, 1884. For his second wife our subject
wedded Frances La Due, a native of the town
of Pleasant \'alley, and a daughter of Alex-
ander La Due, who is of French descent and
a farmer by occupation. The lady is a con-
sistent and faithful member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, while in political sentiment
Mr. Tripp is a Democrat.



MRS. ANN A. HAYES. It is not alone by
eloquence of speech and force of argu-
ment that the modern advancement in the
status of women — which means the advance-
ment of the human race — has been brought
about. The changes in public sentiment
which have made it possible for the women of
to-day to extend their activities to every line
of effort have found their most potent justifi-
cation and cause in the lives of thousands who
have quietly taken their places in public life,
and proved the wisdom of their course by an
unmistakable success. The subject of this
sketch, a descendant of two of the oldest and
most highly esteemed families in the county,
has spent more than forty years in the service
of the government as assistant postmaster at
Quaker Hill, Dutchess county; a fact which in
itself speaks volumes for her abilit}-, energy
and independence of character, for in the be-
ginning of this long term the employment of
women in such positions was by no means
common. It is well for the present aspirants
to official places that the pioneers labored so
successfully as to disarm the objections of the
most conservative.

Mrs. Ann Akin Hayes was born at Quaker
Hill, where her grandfather, John Toffey, set-
tled prior to the Revolutionary war. He was
a native of England, born June — , 1748, and
in early years was a hatter by trade, but later
a farmer, his estate at Quaker Hill being the
same that is now occupied by Mrs. Hayes.



He was married January i, 1776, to Abigail
Akin, daughter of John Akin, of the well-
known Quaker family, whose various members
have held conspicuous posts of honor and use-
fulness. Mrs. Toffey was a member of the So-
ciety of Friends, to which her husband in-
clined. He was a man of strong character,
and was prominent in the locality. His death
occurred in 1825; that of his wife in 1829, when
she was in her eighty-first year. They have
five sons, who in manhood had not a pound
of difference in their weight. Their names and
dates of birth are as follows: Hewlett, De-
cember 5, 1776, who married Miss Scofield,
and settled in Canada; Akin, June 28, 1781,
who lived at Quaker Hill; George, June 15,
1783, a resident of the town of Beekman;
John, January 21, 1786, Mrs. Hayes' father;
and Daniel, May i, 1788, who settled at
Quaker Hill.

John Toffey inherited the homestead, and
for many years carried on a general mercantile
business in a store adjoining his farm, erecting
a new building in 1 823. He was a thrifty man,
successful both as a farmer and as a merchant,
and was also prominent in local politics, hold-
ing the office of postmaster for manj- years.
His honesty and generosity were noticeable
traits, and he was highly respected by the peo-
ple of his locality. Although he was a Friend in
principle, he never united with the Society.
He was married September 18, 18 14, to Es-
ther H. Akin, daughter of James Akin, of
Quaker Hill, and had three children. Polly,
born April 4, 181 5, married DeWitt C.
Thomas, and settled near Delhi, Delaware
county, N. Y. ; John James, born March 3,
1819, died January 12, 1838; Ann Akin, our
subject, was born March 12, 1821. The father
died March 15, 1867, in his eighty-second
year; his wife passed away July 12, 1879, in
her eighth-third year. In 1847 the subject of
our sketch was united in matrimony with John
P. Hayes, who took charge of the store and
continued the business successfully for man\-
years. They have no children.



MATTHEW V. B. SCHRYVER, a lead-
_ __ ing citizen of Rhinebeck, Dutchess coun-
ty, and president of the board of trustees of
that village, is a member of one of the oldest'
and most influential families of that locality.

John T. Schry ver, his grandfather, was born
about 1788, in Dutchess county, and was one



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of the principal workers in securing the incor-
poration of the village, and was the first to
hold the office of president, which his grand-
son now fills so ably. John T. Schryver, who
was of German descent, married Miss Helen
Conklin, a native of Fishkill, Dutchess county,
born about 1780, and a descendant of a well-
known Holland-Dutch family. Their son,
George W. Schryver, our subject's father, was
born in Rhinebeck, in 18 10, and spent the
greater portion of his life there. His wife,
Maria E. Fellows, was born in 18 19. They
had six children, of whom two died in infancy.
Matthew was the youngest of the four who
lived to maturity, the others being : Helen,
Mrs. E. Marshall Pavey, of New York (de-
ceased); Kate, Mrs. Edward D. Cowman, of
New York f deceased); and Georgia, now Mrs.
D'Linton W. Greenfield, of Rome, New York.
Matthew V. B. Schryver began his mortal
career January 12, 1859, in Rhinebeck. He
was carefully educated, and completed his lit-
erary studies at De Garmo Institute, gradu-
ating in 1875. He prepared for the legal pro-
fession, receiving the degree of LL. B. in
1880, from the law department of Columbia
College, and was admitted to the bar immedi-
ately after graduation. He began to practice
in New York City, and after two years went to
Stevens Point, Wis., where he spent one year
in professional work. In comparison with other
places the old home acquired new attractions,
and he returned to Rhinebeck, where he is now
engaged in insurance business in connection
with certain lines of legal work. For nine
years past he has served as justice of the peace
- — his logical, well-trained mind making him a
most valuable official. He is identified with
the progressive movements of the locality and
is especially prominent in municipal affairs, as
is attested by his successful administration of
his office as president.



RUFUS S. CRAIG, engineer and engine
dispatcher on the Harlem railroad, with

residence at Dover Plains, Dutchess county, is
descended from a worthy Scotch family. Alex-
ander Craig, his grandfather, was born in
Scotland, and, having joined the British army
as a commissioned officer, came to the United
States with Gen. Burgoyne, at the age of
nineteen years, being with that commander at
the time of his surrender to Gen. Gates. He
served as lieutenant, and participated in seven



battles in this country. He wedded Miss Mary
Newton, of Groton, Mass.. and to them were
born eight children: Thomas, who married
Sarah Ailard; Carrie and George, who were
also married; Silas, the father of our subject;
Aaron, who married Olive Allen; Rebecca,
married to Devilla Lawrence ; Mary, who mar-
ried Chester Cooley; and Elizabeth, married
to Isaiah Lawrence.

Silas Craig was born at Westfield. Mass.,
August 29, 1792, and was educated in the
common schools. By occupation he was a
farmer, and in politics was an unswerving
Republican, but cared nothing for public office.
He was united in marriage with Miss Mary
Wood, a daughter of Hezekiah and Mary
(Savage) Wood, farming people of Vermont,
in whose family were eight children: Joel;
Peter, who married Laura Hitchcock; Thomas,
who married Mary Cooley; John, married to
Betsey Clark; Betsey, who married Dudley
Hayes; Mary, the mother of our subject; Har-
riet, who married William Clark; and Levina,
who married John Livingston. Eight children
were born to the parents of our subject, as
follows:

(i) Obediah, born at Highgate, Franklin
county, Vt., in 1824, worked at the carpenter's
trade and at bridge building there throughout
life. He married Miss Arvilla Fuller, daughter
of Rodnay Fuller, a farmer, and they had two
children — Frank and Flora. Of these, Frank
was born at Dorchester, Mass., in 1858, and
was educated in the schools of Lowell, that
State. He entered the railroad service with
the Vermont Central at Lowell, and from there
went to Santa Fe, N. M., being an engineer
on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe rail-
road, on which road he was killed in 1894.
He was a charter member of Fort Madison
Lodge of the Masonic fraternity, and served as
master of a lodge in Iowa. In that State he
also held membership with the Order of Red
Men, and was grand high sagamore. He was
one of the leading railroad men of the West,
and served as chief engineer of the Brother-
hood of Locomotive Engineers. He married
and had two children — Ida, who died at the
age of nine years ; and Frank B. Flora, the
daughter of Obediah Craig, was also born
at Dorchester, Mass., and married Charles
Shearer, a railroad employee, formerly of New
Hampshire, and they have three children.

(2) Eunice, a sister of our subject, was
born at Highgate, Vt., and married Josiah




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