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in 1S89 they moved to their present home,
"Ardmore " farm, a fine estate of 400 acres.
Since that time Mr. Shook has made majiy
improvements. His specialties are fruit,
bottled milk and cream, and garden produce,
and he has about fifty cows, mostly Jerseys,
besides other cattle. Among his extensive
orchards there are 4,000 peach trees.

Mr. and Mrs. Shook have three sons:
Frank B., manager of " Ardmore " farm, who
married Miss Louise R. Hendricks; Edgar A.,
who married Miss Mary Scofield, and lives in
the village of Fishkill; and Alfred E., at

ROBERT M. GREENE, a prominent hor-
ticulturist of the town of Rhinebeck,

Dutchess count}-, was born December 23,
1827, in the town of Milan. His family is of
English extraction, and the first to come to
America were Quakers in religious faith, and
settled at an early period in Rhode Island —
that refuge of the persecuted for conscience
sake. His grandfather, Tobias Greene, was
a native of that State, and passed his life there.
John R. Greene, our subject's father, was
born near Providence, R. I., April 16, 1788,
in early manhood came to Dutchess county,
where he married Sabrina Martin, a lady of
English descent, born April 8, 1793, a daugh-
ter of George Martin, a leading farmer of the
town of Milan. After his marriage he settled
upon a farm in the same town, where he re-
mained a number of years, removing later to a
farm in the town of Rhinebeck. He was a
Democrat of the old-fashioned sort, and he

and his wife belonged to the Christian Church,
and were among the leaders in their vicinity in
many of the progressive movements of their
time. They had thirteen children: Mahala,
who married (first) Mr. Hicks, and (second) Mr.
Piatt; Sarah J., the wife of Peter Welch, a
farmer; Emeline, who married William C.
Rikert, a butcher; Margaret A., the wife of
Edward Knickerbocker, of Albany, who was,
in early life, a teacher, but later on was a lum-
berman; Martin T., a retired merchant, of
Kane county, Ilf. ; George N. , who died in
childhood; John, who was a farmer in the town
of Clinton; Elizabeth, who married Andrew J.
Fish, a retired mechanic, in Iowa; Robert M.,
our subject; Theron, who died in infancy;
Martha, who married (first) Mr. H. Gray, and
(later) Mr. Foster, of Hiawatha, Kans. ; Walter
N. (deceased), a lumber merchant at Burling-
ton, Vt.; and Edmund, a wagon maker in the
State of Washington. The father of this fam-
ily died in 1867, his wife July 2, 1882.

The subject of our sketch was seven years
of age when he came with his parents to his
present home, where he has now lived for sixty-
two years. He was married November 5,
1 85 I, to Ann Eliza Vail, a native of the town
of Stanford, born April 10, 1829, and a daugh-
ter of Aaron Vail, a leading farmer there.
They have had seven children: Evelyn, the
wife of H. J. Lown, a farmer of Rhinebeck;
Alice; Bertha; Hubert, a resident of the same
township, and married to Miss Susie Harris;
Delbert, who married Bertha V. L'Homme-
dieu; Fanny; and Anabel, who married Reuben
F. L'Hommedieu November 25, 1896.

Mr. Greene's farm comprises 138 acres de-
voted to fruit raising, in which he has made a
marked success. In politics he is a supporter
of the principles of the Republican party, but
he takes no active share in political work.

BENJAMIN H. FRY, a wide-awake, ener-
getic and progressive business man of
Amenia, Dutchess county, was born in that
village April 2, 185 1. His father, Simeon Fry,
was a native of Winchendon, Mass., born in
18 17, and on reaching manhood was married
to Miss Phebe Harris, of Pine Plains, Dutchess
county, whose death occurred in 1852. In
1846 the father established the tin and stove
business in Amenia, which he successfully con-
ducted until 1870, when the management was
turned over to our subject, who ten years



later : his father, assumed full

contr.. .. :... .-;... ess. Politically, he was
first a Whig, and later sapported the Repnb-
lican party, while socially he was identified
with Amenia Lodge No. 672, F. Jc A. M.

Mr. Fry, of this sketch, was an only child.
and his boyhood and youth were spent in
attendance at the district schools and the
Amenia Seniinary. where he completed his
literary coarse. At the age of seventeen he
left the schoolroom to leam the tinner's trade
with his father. In Febmafy. 1876. he was
married in the town of Washington. Datchess
county, the lady of his choice being Miss Ida
B. Warner, daughter of Frederick Warner,
and to them have been bom four children:
Clara. Louie. Helen, and Florence.

The Amenia Foundry was established by
Mr. Fry in 1890 for the manufacture of gen-
eral castings, making a specialty of sash
weights, since which time the foundry has
been in continuous operation, producing 1.500
tons of castings per year. As a manufactory
of sash weights it ranks as one of the best in
the country.

In connection with the foundry. Mr. Fry
also has the largest and best -equipped tin and
stove store on the line of the Harlem railroad.
There a specialty is made of the manufacture
of copper wash boilers, making 7,000 a year,
for which he has a large wholesale trade
throughout the Elastem States as far north as
Portland, Maine. He employs iorcy men and
eight teams, with a pay-roll of $1,500 per
month. Although one of the infant industries
of the county, it seeks not the protection of a
high protective tariS, but owes its success to
the untiring perseverance and able manage-
ment of Mr. Fry. The Amenia Foundry is one
of the few enterprises which furnish the life
and prosperity of the village of Amenia. In
1895 ooi" subject established a simDar foundry
at Waterbury. Conn. . in connection with Julias
Benedict, one of the oldest manufacturers of
sash weights in this countrj-. and thej' there
employ from twenty to thirty men.

The different industries with which Mr. Frj-
has been connected have been crowned with
success. Many of the men employed in the
foundry- when started are there at the present
time, some of them hanng been with Mr. Fry
for a quarter of a century, which fact speaks
well for the judgment of the employer and the
capabilities of the employes. From the time
of the establishment of the business, in 1846.

up tc the present time, a period of fifty years,
a Saturday pay-day has never been missed, at
which time the men find the cashier as free to
give as they to receive. The fact that Mr.
¥i\ is at the head is a guarantee for the pros-
perity and success of any enterprise, and we
take pleasure in expressing our admiration for
his remarkable business ability.

Socially. Mr. ¥t\ affiliates with Amenia
Lodge No. 672, F. ic .\. M., of which he has
been master, and is also coimected with Pough-
keepsie Chapter, Cotmcil and Commandery,
and Mecca Temple of Mystic Shrine in New
York Citj-. He is president of the .Amenia
Water Company, of which he is one-third

ALBERT W. CORBIN (deceased.. On
ihe 4th of August, 1S93, there passed

away at his home, in the town of Pawling,
Dutchess countj-. the subject of this sketch,
whose life of quiet and consistent usefulness
had endeared him to a large circle of friends.
.Although by choice he followed the peaceful
life of agriculture, he took a helpful part in the
various local enterprises which marked the so-
cial, religious and educational advance of the
community, and his sympathies were always
given to the side of progress.

Bom in Patterson, Putnam Co., N. Y..
Mr. Corbin was reared in Dutchess coimty. and
as he reached manhood's estate he identified
himself completely with the interests of
this localitj-. His family was already well-
known here, his grandfather, Jabez Cor-
bin, ha\-ing come to the town of Pawling
in the latter part of the last century, from
Long Island, where the first ancestor of
the American branch had settled at an
early period on his arrival from England.
Jabez Corbin probably located at Quaker Hill.
He married Lucy Cheeseman, and reared a
family of eight children — Isaac, our subject's
father; William, a blacksmith at Johnsville;
George, a carpenter at Sherman. Conn.;
Thomas, who lived near Fishkill: Benjamin, a
farmer in Pennsylvania: Tallman, who also
went to Pennsylvania: Lawrence, a resident of
Putnam county: and Sarah, who married
Hany Case, of Matteawan.

Isaac Corbin was bom at Quaker Hill.
November lo. 1790. and in early manhood
lived for a time at Patterson, but in 1823 he
returned to his native county and established



his home in the village of Pawling, in the house
occupied later by James Ferris. He was a
blacksmith by trade, his shop being located
just south of the Baptist church, and his in-
dustry and successful management gained for
him a fine competence. At one time he owned
all that portion of the village site which lies
west of the railroad. He wielded great influ-
ence in local affairs, and was a strong sup-
porter of the Democratic party. His wife,
Martha (Haynes), was born January 8, 1796,
a daughter of Archibald Haynes, a well-known
resident of Patterson. They had four children,
whose names with dates of birth are as follows:
Jane, February 17, 18 17, married John Ferris;
Emeline, October 8, 18 19, married Sheldon
Haynes; Albert W., August 27, 1821; and
Helen M., December 11, 1S25, married Henry
W. Wright, of Beekman, and is now the only
surviving member of the family. The father
died February 10, 1878, the mother on Oc-
tober 28, 1882.

Albert W. Corbin attended the district
schools of the town of Pawling, and a select
school at Quaker Hill conducted by Serenus
Jones; but although his advantages were the
best which the time and the locality afforded,
he was in a large degree self-educated, his
reading in later years being unusually broad in
its scope, history being his favorite study. ,He
learned the blacksmith's trade with his father,
but did not follow it, preferring agriculture.
He began by working a farm east of the village,
on shares, and gradually acquired large tracts
of farming land, among them the Howland
farm, upon which he made his home, the
Stockholm farm, the Cook farm, and the one
whereon Mrs. Corbin now resides, making him
one of the most extensive real-estate holders in
the town. He also at one time owned the ore
bed at the top of the mountain, and was a stock-
holder in the lower ore bed, of which he was
superintendent for some years. He was an
e.xcellent business man, cautious, yet enterpris-
ing, and of unquestioned integrity, and his
advice was asked and followed in many im-
portant enterprises. He was one of the orig-
inal incorporators of the Savings Bank at
Pawling, of which institution he held the office
of trustee until the time of his death; and he
was often called upon to assist in the settle-
ment of estates. Possessing much public spirit,
he took a generous interest in local affairs, and
was a leader in the Republican organization of
his town, serving for several terms as assessor,

and for five terms in succession as township

In 1842 Mr. Corbin married Miss Julia A.
Beardsley, a lady of English descent, and the
daughter of Lewis Beardsley, a prominent
resident of New Fairfield, Conn. Two chil-
dren came of this union, viz.: Isaac L., born
October 5, 1849; and Anna E., born January
12, 1851, now the wife of Edwin B. Dodge, a
leading citizen of Pawling. Lewis Beardsley,
father of Mrs. Corbin, was born January 17,
1798, in New Fairfield, Conn., and November
10, 1817, married Paulina Barnum, by whom
he had five children: (i) Eliza married Will-
iam H. Wright, and had nine children: Willi-
am H., John L. , Thomas E., George W.,
Harriet E., Paulina, Albert W., Daniel B.,
and Albert D. ; (2) Julia A. (Mrs. Corbin)
comes next; (3) Daniel H. married Mary Lind-
ley, and had three children: Huldah A., Alice
and Lewis D. ; (4) Huldah deceased when
eighteen; (5) Paulina married Orris Haynes,
and had two children: Lew^is I., and Mary
(deceased.) The mother of this family died
October 7, 1832, and February 17, 1833, Mr.
Beardsley wedded Miss Harriet Barnum (a
sister of his first wife), and one child was born
to them, named Hannah; her mother died in
1886. Mr. Beardsley passed from earth April
24, 1843, a member of the Presbyterian
Church. By occupation Mr. Beardsley in his
younger days was a farmer, later a speculator
and merchant for some ten years, also bought
and sold cattle.

Edwin B. Dodge, son-in-law of Mrs. Cor-
bin, was born August 18, 1851, in the town of
Pawling .Dutchess county, a son of John B.
and Julia (Allen) Dodge, farming people, the
other children in the family being Charles S.,
Priscilla F. and Ida A. The father of these
died in 1861; the mother is yet living. Ed-
win was married February 12, 1874, and they
had two children: Essie A., born September
2, 1876, died September 24, 1877; and Albert
E., born November 11, 1878, at present hold-
ing a lucrative position in the general passen-
ger agent's office New York Central & Hud-
River R. R., city.

Edwin B. Dodge has served as collector of
taxes, commissioner of public works, elected
twice supervisor from Pawling, was nominated
for member of Assembly in the First district of
Dutchess county, but declined the nomination-
is also a composer of religious, comic, and
sentimental music.



Isaac L. Corbin, eldest child of Albert
W. and Julia A. Corbin, married Jennie Sher-
man, June 14, 1 87 1, and three children came
of this union: Albert I., born November 6,
1872; Annie Maud, February 12, 1875, ^'^d
April 23, 1875; Charles L., born March 3,
1876. The mother of these children died
May 2, 1882, and Isaac L., in June, 1883,
married for his second wife Mary F. Allison,
of Canada. The children by this marriage
are six in number: Willie A., born April 4,
1884; Frank B., born September 11, 1885;
Cecil I., born June 12, 1887; Ethel B., born
May II, 1889; Lewis D., born April 2 1, 1891;
Clement W., born April 27, 1896.

I. L. Corbin has large farming interests in
Pawling, has always confined himself to agri-
cultural pursuits, and is a conceded authority
on up-to-date farming.

CHARLES H. SLOCUM, a traveling sales-
man for the wholesale grocery house of
Wright, Depew & Co., Nos. 103-105 Murray
street, New York City, was born in the town
of Pawling, Dutchess county, in 1S60, and is
about eight generations removed from Roscom
Slocum, the founder of the family in the New
World. He was a wealthy planter, and his wife,
a Miss Fitzgerald, belonged to a prominent and
well-to-do Irish family; she ran away from
home, and her future husband paid her pas-
sage in cattle.

Hiram Slocum, the father of our subject,
was born in 1S34, in the town of Dover,
Dutchess county, where the birth of his father.
Pardon Slocum, also occurred, and there the
latter devoted his life to agricultural pursuits.
Hiram Slocum's mother died when he was an
infant, and he was reared by an uncle living
near Cornwall Bridge, Litchfield Co., Conn.,
where he received only a limited district-school
education. At the age of nineteen years he
started out in life for himself, coming to Dover,
where he engaged in shoemaking for a time.
There he wedded Mary Olivett, by whom he
has five sons: William E. , of Poughquag;
Hiram, a builder of the same place; Charles
H., of this sketch; and Henry D. and Fred,
also of Poughquag. After his marriage the
father turned his attention to agricultural pur-
suits in the town of Dover, where he remained
until 1867, when he removed to his present
farm in the town of Beekman. He is a self-
made man, his possessions being the result of

his diligence, enterprise and perseverance, and
he well deserves the success that has come to
him. In politics he is a Democrat, and re-
ligiously his wife is an earnest member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.

In the town of Beekman, Charles H.
Slocum attended the district schools, and after
completing his education clerked in the store
of H. Colwell for two years. At the age of
nineteen years he bought out his employer,
and conducted the business from March, 1880,
until November 10, 1894, when his property
was destroyed by fire, but he rebuilt the store,
which he now rents to S. L. Davis & Dibble.
Since June, 1895, he has been on the road in
the wholesale grocery business as the outside
financial agent for the firm. He was at one
time treasurer and manager of the American
Electric Light Company. As a business man
he is winning success, and his unabating energy
and diligence are important factors in his pros-

At South Amenia Mr. Slocum was married
to Miss Ella M. Odell, daughter of George W.
Odell, and to them have been born two chil-
dren: Blanche and Russell. Like his father,
our subject also supports the Democratic
party; was supervisor of the town of Beekman
in 1885, being the youngest member of the
board; and in the fall of 18S6 was nominated
as a member of the General Assembly, but
declined the honor. Since 1884 he served as
postmaster of Poughquag except when Ben-
jamin Harrison was filling the Presidential
chair, and in both public and private life he has
ever discharged his duties in a prompt and
efficient manner. Socially he is connected
with Hopewell Lodge No. 596, F. & A. M.,
and holds membership in the Methodist Epis-
copal Church at Poughquag. Although he
sustained a heavy loss at the time he was
burned out, he was able to pay all his creditors
one hundred cents on the dollar. All who
know him esteem him for his sterling worth,
his unimpeachable integrity and his up-
right life.

CHARLES B. MORGAN, one of the highly
respected citizens and leading business
men of Amenia, was born at his present resi-
dence in the town of Amenia, Dutchess county,
June 28, 1852, and is a son of George Morgan,
whose birth also occurred on the old home-
stead, June 14, 1S23. There William Morgan,

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the grandfather, had located on coming from
Redding, Conn., in 1806. On June 3, 1S05,
he married Miss Polly Wood, who was bom
September 8, 1786, and died October 2, 1876.
In their family were eleven children, whose
names and dates of birth are as follows : Nel-
son, September i, 1806 ; Caroline, September
20, 1808 ; Evaline, October 10, 18 10; an infant
son, October 8, 1812 ; Russell, December 8,
181 3 ; Amanda, July 18, 1816 ; Minerva, No-
vember 18, 181 8 ; Benson W., March 25, 1821 ;
George, June 14, 1823 ; Mariette, September
15, 1826 ; and Andrew J., December 12, 1827;
all are now deceased except Amanda and

The grandfather, who was of Welsh de-
scent, was born November 26, 1782, and in
early life learned the carpenter's trade. He
and his wife migrated on horseback to Dutch-
ess county in 1806, having scarcely enough
money at that time to pay for the one acre of
ground which he purchased in the town of
Amenia. Here he established the manufac-
ture of grain cradles, which is now carried on
by our subject, and also engaged in the manu-
facture of coffins. He was entirely a self-made
man and became quite well-to-do, leaving a
good property at his death, which occurred
January 21, 1S59.

George Morgan, the father, spent his boy-
hood days in Amenia, .attending the district
schools, and with his father learned cradle-
making, which he continued to follow through-
out life, having a good trade in the Hudson
Valley and in western Connecticut. A capable
business man, he deserved the success which
rewarded his efforts ; in politics was a Demo-
crat, and was a member of the old militia. At
Hudson, N. Y. , he was married November 18,
1848, to Laura B. Hood, a daughter of Samuel
Hood, and to them were born two sons :
Charles B., of this sketch ; and William, who
was born June 27, 1850, and died March 30,
1852. The death of the mother occurred May
5, 1891, and the father passed away October
9, 1894.

.•\fter attending the public schools, our sub-
ject entered the Amenia Seminary, where he
completed his literary education. He then
learned the trade of cradle-making, which his
grandfather and father followed, and since
1889 has had complete charge of the business,
which he is now successfully conducting. In
the year 1896 he also manufactured cider from
12,000 bushels of apples, and also evaporated

over 5,000 bushels, thus using over 17,000
bushels, and is engaged in farming to a small
extent. Politically, he follows in the footsteps
of his father, supporting the Democratic party,
and is now serving as school trustee in his

At Smithfield, in the town of Amenia,
October 9, 1874, Mr. Morgan was married to
Miss Cora Van Hovenburg, daughter of John
Van Hovenburg, and they have two children:
Clara Belle and Harry B. The family holds
an enviable position in social circles, and has
many friends throughout the community.



CHARLES A. FLINT. ihe name
was given to a minor Saxon god represented
by a great flint stone. It appears in old Colo-
nial records asFflint, Fflynt, Flinte and Flynt,
and the latter form should have been retained
by the family. The first to come to America
were Thomas and William Flint, who became
early settlers of Salem, Mass., probably locat-
ing there before 1638. The former, from whom
our subject is descended, purchased 150 acres
of meadow and pasture land from John Pick-
ering, in 1654, and in 1662 bought fifr.y acres
from Robert Goodall. That farm is still in the
possession of his descendants. By his mar-
riage with Anne Sutherick he had six children
— Thomas; Elizabeth, born in 1650; George,
who was born in 1652, and died in 1720; John;
Anna, who was born in 1657, and died in 1663;
and Joseph, born in 1662. The father died
April 15, 1663, and the mother on March 20,


John Flint, the fourth in order of birth,

was born in 1655, was made a freeman of Salem

in 1690, and died in 1730. He took up arms

in defense of the colonists during King Phillip's

war. His wife was Elizabeth Putnam, and to

them nine children were born: Samuel, John,

Hannah, Stephen, Joshua, Joseph, Lydia, Sarah

and Elizabeth.

Joshua Flint, the fifth child of John, was
born October 28, 1689, and in 17 16 removed
to Windham, Conn. He lost his life at sea.
Twelve children were born of his marriage with
Miss Deborah Ingalls: Sarah, Mary, Joshua,
James, Asher, Bartholomew, Huldah, Eliza-
beth, Abner, Eliphalet, Aikelas and Theodora.

Asher Flint, of this family, was born at
Windham, Conn., June 6, 1724, and the year
1 77 1 witnessed his removal to Willington, that
State. On August 20, 1752, he was married



to Sarah Bingham, who died in 1754, at the
age of twenty-two years. Later he married
Lucy Kimball, whose death occurred October
20, 1800, and he passed away in January, 1803.
In his family were the follcwing children :Jabez,
Lucy, Aaron, Sarah, Elisha, Enoch and Asher.

Jabez Flint, the eldest, was born May 2,
1756, at Windham, and when the colonists
took up arms against the mother country he
joined their forces, faithfully serving in the
Revolutionary war. He was the grandfather
of our subject, and was the first of the family
to migrate to Dutchess count}', locating in the
town of Amenia about 1782, and erecting the
present residence of Charles A. Flint in the
summer of 1815. There his death occurred
March 28, 1844. He was married May 16,
1782, the lady of his choice being Mrs. Eliza-
beth Merritt Willson, who died August 28,
1790, and on May 10, 1792, he was again mar-
ried, his second union being with Elizabeth
Paine. He was an Old-line Whig in politics,
and ably served as justice of the peace from
1797 until 18 12. His family included nine
children, namely: Merritt P., Maurice Kim-
ball, Alfred, Philip, Eliza M., Mary Paine, Ed-
ward, Augustus and Jane Maria.

Augustus Flint, the father of our subject,
was born March 28, 1807, and acquired his
education in the district schools of the town of
Amenia, Dutchess county. After he had at-
tained two years of maturity he served as colo-
nel in the State militia, and was a devoted
member of the Presbyterian Church, dying in
that faith October 29, i 88 i . He first wedded
Catherine J. Bockee, who was born in 181 1,
and died April 9, 1843, leaving three children:
George Peters, who was born August 29,
1836, and died at Camp Douglas, Chicago,
October 27, 1862; Jacob Bockee, who was
born December 12, 1838, and died in 1844;
and Martha B., born August 8, 1841. For
his second wife, Augustus Flint chose Julia

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