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Lord, their wedding being celebrated March
4, 1847. Her birth occurred April 10, 1814,
and she survived her husband until November
16, 1895.

Charles Augustus Flint, of this review, was
the only child born of the second union, his
birth taking place at his present residence, De-
cember 20, 1847. He spent his early life in
much the usual manner of farmer boys, ac-
quiring his primary education in the schools
near his home, was later a student in the
Amenia Seminary, and completed his literary

training by a course at Fort Edward Collegiate
Institute in Washington county, N. Y. On
laying aside his text books he returned to the
old homestead, where his entire life has been

On October 6, 1880, Mr. Flint was mar-
ried to Matilda P. Hall, who was born Novem-
ber 20, 1848, and they have four children:
Gilbert A., born March 27, 1883; Julia Mi-
nerva, born February 5, 1885; Charles Hall,
born March 8, 1887; and Dorothy Lord, born
November 4, 1893. Mr. Flint is an advocate
of the principles of the Republican party, and
displays his allegiance thereto by casting his
ballot for its nominees, while religiously he is
an earnest member of the Presbyterian Church
at Smithfield. He is public-spirited and pro-
gressive, devoted to the welfare of the com-
munity, and his standing among his fellowmen
is high.

WILLIAM J. STORM, of Stormville,
Dutchess county, is the senior member

of the firm of W^ J. and W. B. Storm, dealers
in Hour, feed, coal, lumber, builders' materials,
and other commodities. In addition to the
management of his extensive trade, he owns
and conducts a farm of 330 acres in the town
of East Fishkill, Dutchess county, the old
homestead of his family.

The family, of which he is a member, in
this country dates back to Derrick Storm, who
came to America in 1662 from the Mayorality
of Borch, Holland, and, being both intelligent
and well-educated, speedily arose to prom-
inence, being secretary of Brooklyn in 1670,
town clerk of Flatbush, and clerk of sessions
in Orange county, from 1691 to 1703. He
also tilled the important office of school master
in different places. He owned land and paid
taxes when Peter Stuyvesant was Governor of
New Amsterdam. He and his wife, Maria
Pieters, reared a family of four children: Goris,
Peter, David and Maria. Goris married An-
geltey Van Lyck, daughter of Thomas Van-
Lyck, of New Utrecht, and had two sons —
Derick, born in 1695, and Thomas T. , our
subject's great-great-grandfather, who was
born in 1697. He purchased a large tract of
land from Col. Phillips, of the Manor of Phil-
lipsburg, in Westchester county, N. Y., and
settled at Tarrytown, where many of the de-
scendants now live, and where he was buried.
His wife's name was Annie , and their



nine children were Thomas, Jacob, Garrett,
Goris, Abraham, John, Isaac, Catherine and
Angeltey. Two of the sons died in early man-
hood, leaving children. In a will dated June
17. 1763. now on record in the surrogate's
office in New York City, he makes division of
a large amount of property. The will was
made and executed in Dutchess county, where
he was probably visiting his children, and it
was probated before Bartholomew Cronnett,
in Dutchess county, January 15, 1770. To
his grandson, Abraham, son of Isaac, he gave
one hundred pounds, and to his granddaugh-
ters, Christina and Anna, forty pounds. To
his sons, Garrett and Goris, he gave the lands
which he had purchased from Madame Brett,
in Romhout Precinct, lying on the north side
of the Fishkill, and containing 406 acres, of
which Garrett received 204 acres and Goris
202. This was known as the " first purchase. "
To his son Abraham he gave, with the exception
often acres, the lands of his "second pur-
chase, " lying south of the Fishkill, and to
Isaac he gave his improved estate at Phillips
Manor. Later these two exchanged posses-
sions, and Isaac came to Fishkill. The fact
is especially worthy of note that now, after a
period of more than one hundred and fifty
years, these lands still remain almost intact,
in the hands of the descendants.

Isaac Storm, great-grandfather of William
J., married Elizabeth Locy, and their son
Abraham ( grandfather of William J.), who
was born October i, 1772, married Sarah ^'in-
cent, daughter of Philip and Catherine (Haleck)
\'incent, and had five children : Isaac, Will-
iam, John v., Charlotte and Elizabeth.

John V. Storm ( father of William J.), now
the only survivor of this family, was born No-
vember 24, 1800, and was educated in the
district schools of Stormville. His manhood
has been passed mainly in the management of
the ancestral estate, which is beautifully situ-
ated, surrounded by primeval forests, and com-
manding a view of Nicopee and the Beacon
Heights, of the Highlands, in the distance.
Under his hands the property has assumed new
beauty and fertility until even the passing
stranger is attracted by its appearance. His
stables have always held some of the best horses
in the country, and his fields have been cov-
ered with waving crops of the finest grain ever
grown in the rich and productive valley of the
Fishkill. He has held, too, various positions
of trust and responsibility ; for many years he

was a civil magistrate, and also supervisor of
the town, and at the organization of the Fish-
kill Savings Bank he was chosen a director
and the first president of that institution.

On December 4, 1839, John V. Storm was
united in wedlock with Miss Jeannette E.
Wooley, a lady of English descent, and daugh-
ter of W^illiam Wooley, a leading farmer of the
town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county.
She died in June, 1886, leaving three sons and
four daughters. The eldest, Abraham J., a
civil engineer and extensive land-holder, be-
sides being largely interested in the cattle busi-
ness in Texas, was married October 29, 1878,
to Miss Kate Fowler. Joseph H., the owner
of a fine farm at Green Haven, Dutchess
county, was married September 4, 1867, to
Miss Sophia Sheldon, and has two children —
Wilson and Jeannette. William J. is the sub-
ject proper of this sketch. Of the four daugh-
ters the eldest, Sarah Frances, was married
June 7, 1876, to Sylvester Southard, of Fish-
kill, and has one daughter — Jane Wooley
Southard. Elizabeth B. was married January
24, 1873, to Charles A. Storm, of Hopewell.
Helen and Cornelia Storm (twins) are at home.

The reminiscences of Mr. Storm, the pa-
triarch, would make an interesting book. He
takes an especial delight in talking over the
incidents of the more primitive conditions in
which his youth was spent. When he was
about eighteen 3'ears old he and his father
drove to Kingston to get a load of shingles,
crossing the ice at Rhinecliff, and by starting
at 2 A. M., they made the entire distance,
eighty miles, in one day, arriving home before
midnight. Fortunately his advancing years
have not brought with them the usual tokens
of old age, and with the exception of impaired
eyesight his health is excellent and his facul-
ties undimmed. His mind is clear, and his
memories of the past make his conversation
most interesting to his hearers of later gener-
ations. He is an honored resident of Fishkill
village, Dutchess county.

William J. Storm, the subject proper of
these lines, was born July 9, 1845, and re-
ceived his first instruction in the school of
District No. 5; later he attended Dutchess
Academy and the Albany High School, and at
nineteen returned home to engage in farming.
In 1872 he married Miss Isabel Harpel, a.
native of New York City, and a daughter of
George M. Harpel. Shortly after his marriage
he settled at the old homestead, and in 1873



he purchased the estate from his father. Four
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Storm:
G. Harpei, who was with G. A. Benedict, in
New Yori< City, and Ethel M., William R.
and Isabel M., all three at home.

Mr. Storm does not make a specialty of
any particular branch of agriculture, raising a
variety of crops and stock. On his farm is a
beautiful lake of about twenty-five acres in ex-
tent, that is fed by bubbling springs, but has
no visible outlet. On the banks of this lake is
situated a creamery from which is sent forth
115 cans of milk daily. In 1885 he carried
on lumber and coal business on commission
for another party, and in 1895 he formed a
partnership with W. B. Storm. The firm has
a fine office and well-managed yards, and does
an extensive and lucrative business. A Demo-
crat in principle, Mr. Storm gives his influence
to his party in a quiet way, and has never
sought office. His parents were adherents of
the Reformed Church, and he and his wife are
now among the leading members of that de-
nomination in their vicinity.

JSACKETT ALLING is a prominent and
influential agriculturist of the town of
Stanford, Dutchess county. Asa -Ailing,
his grandfather, came to Dutchess county from
New Haven, Conn., at an early date, and lo-
cated near Hunns Lake, in the town of Stan-
ford, where he was engaged in farming during
the remainder of his life. He married Jemima
Purdy, by whom he had five children : Stephen,
Sally, Anna, Rhoda and Asa, the last named
being the father of our subject.

Upon the homestead in the town of Stan-
ford Asa Ailing was born in 1789, and there he
spent his entire life. In 1812 he was united
in marriage with Cornelia Sackett, the eldest
daughter of Jehiel Sackett, of the town of
Stanford, and to them were born four children:
Emily ^deceased) was the wife of Jordan
Phillips, of Hudson, N. Y. ; Samantha E. was
the wife of Jeremiah W. Payne, of the town
of Northeast, Dutchess county ; J. Sackett is
the next in order of birth ; and Laura H. is the
widow of William D. Humphrey, of Jackson
Corners. After the death of his first wife Mr.
Ailing wedded Mary Thompson, daughter of
Asa A. Thompson, and to them were born two
children: John T., of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ,
and Cornelia S., widow of G. F. Butts, for-
merly of Stanford. The latter gave his alle-

giance to the Democratic party, and served as
supervisor and justice of the peace, while, re-
ligiously, he held membership with the Bap-
tist Church.

J. Sackett Ailing, the subject of this sketch,
spent his boyhood days upon the home farm,
attending the district schools of the neighbor-
hood, and later was a student in Amenia Sem-
inary and the Jacob Willets Boarding School,
in the town of Washington, Dutchess county.
He was born May 17, 1822, and remained a
member of the parental household until twenty
years of age, working on the farm during the
summer months, while during the winter sea-
son he taught school. In 1845 he went to
New York City, where he was engaged in the
carpet business some twenty years, when he
returned to the old homestead, of which he
purchased 170 acres, and has since lived upon
that place.

In 1855, in New York City, Mr. Ailing
married Miss Ann Eliza Bertine, who was born
in 1835 in that city, of Huguenot ancestry.
This worthy couple became the parents of
nine children: Charles Sumner, who died at
Seward, Neb., in 1S93; Frank P., of Bangall,.
Dutchess county; Robert B., a lawyer of New
York City; Samuel D. (deceased); Jehiel S.,
of Great Falls, Mont.; Newton D., who is
connected with the Nassau Bank, New York
City; Asa A., of the legal firm of Hennessey,
Grain & Ailing, corner of South William and
Beaver streets, New York City; Lewis W.,
bookkeeper for the above firm; and Mary, who
died in childhood. Although Mr. Ailing has
reached the age of seventy-five years, he is still
well-preserved and quite active. He has al-
ways been successful in his business undertak-
ings, and by his fair and honorable dealings
has won the esteem and regard of all with
whom he has come in contact. Politically, he
is a member of the Democratic party, and he
adheres closely to the lines drawn by that

of this narrative is one of the leading agri-
culturists of the town of Unionvale, Dutchess
county, and has contributed his quota toward
advancing the interests of the locality. His
grandfather, Thomas Andrews, also engaged
in farming in the same town, and at an early day
carried the mail through this section of the
county. He married a Miss Cline.



Philip S. Andrews, a native of the town of
Unionvale, was the father of our subject.
There he secured his education, and early be-
gan to assist in the labors of the farm. As a
life work he has since followed that occupation,
and has served his fellow citizens as overseer
of the town. He married Miss Cornelia I\rom,
daughter of Lucas Krom, of Ulster county, N.
Y. , and by their marriage they had six children :
Charles C, of this sketch; Mary E. ; Kroma-
line, who married Amelia Sheldon; Anna M.,
wife of Eliphus Delamiter; James Emmet, who
married Josephine Woodward; and Isaac, who
inarrieJ Carrie \'anBlack.

Charles C. Andrews was born in the town
of Unionvale, in 1850, and, after there com-
pleting his elementary education, took a course
of study at Poughkeepsie. After completing
his education, he went to California, where he
remained for five years greatly enjoying the
delightful climate. On April 4, 1S78, he mar-
ried Miss Minnie M. Vincent, daughter of John
W. Vincent, and they have four children —
Bessie M., Gordon Schuyler, Mabel R. and
Norman C. Since his marriage he has fol-
lowed agricultural pursuits exclusively with
most gratifying results. Their pleasant home
is the center of attraction to a large circle of
friends and acquaintances, whose esteem and
confidence they have won by their cordial
manners, kind acts and hearty sympathy with

Jonathan J. \'incent, the grandfather of
Mrs. Andrews, spent his entire life in the town
of Unionvale, and married Miss Loretta Will-
iams, daughter of Squire Williams, a surveyor
of that town, and they became the parents of
seven children — Elizabeth, who married Reu-
ben L. Cole; Rebecca, who married Dr. David
Knapp; John, who married Rhoda Butler, and
they became the parents of Mrs. Andrews;
Gilbert, who married Kate Ule, and after her
death wedded Eliza Ham; Lewis; Michael, who
married Estella O'Neil; and Mary A., who
married Orin Able.

cliff, Dutchess county, is a self-made

man. one who, without any extraordinary
family or pecuniary advantages at the com-
mencement of life, has battled earnestly and
energetically, and by indomitable courage and
integrity has achieved both character and suc-

cess in business. By sheer force of will and
untiring effort he has worked his way upward,
and is now at the head of the largest general
store in his village.

Mr. Cornwell is a native of Dutchess coun-
ty, born October 5, 1852, at Rock City, in
the town of Milan, and is the son of James
B. Cornwell, who was born in the town of
Stanford, Dutchess county, in 1820. The
family is of English descent, being founded
on this side of the Atlantic by three brothers
who located on Nantucket Island, and on sepa-
rating took the names of Conell, Cornwall
and Cornwell. William Cornwell, the grand-
father of our subject, was a son of the latter.
He was a farmer by occupation, and lived for
many years in the town of Milan, Dutchess
county. He was married to a Miss Bernard,
and to them were born four children: Reuben,
James B., Eliza (wife of \N"alter Crandallj, and

When a young man the father of our sub-
ject learned the wagonmaker's trade in La-
Fayetteville, Dutchess county, and for many
years followed that occupation at Rock City.
He was an expert workman, and had the re-
spect and esteem of his fellow citizens. He
married Helen Emeline Cramer, daughter of
Frederick Cramer, and they became the par-
ents of five children: Frances, wife of Henry
D. Ostrom, a merchant of Rock City; Julius
W. , of Wurtemburg, N. Y. ; Frederick James,
subject of this sketch; Charles Bernard, of
Fonda, N. Y., where he is engaged in book-
keeping; and Byron H., a painter and paper
hanger, of Troy, N. Y. Members of the
family belong to the Friends and New Light
Churches. The father was called from this
earth in 1872, but his wife still survives him.

Although Frederick J. Cornwell received
but a limited education in the common schools
of Rock City, which he was compelled to
leave at the age of fourteen years, he has be-
come a well-informed man by reading in sub-
sequent years. On leaving the school room he
entered the employ of his brother-in-law, H.
D. Ostrom, with whom he remained eight
years, and August 23, 1875, he came to Rhine-
cliff, where he established a general store, in
partnership with Mr. Ostrom. At the end of
a year and a half he removed his stock to an-
other store building, where he remained for
four and one-half years, and in April, 1S82,
came to his present site. He is a careful, con-
servative business man, and well deserves the



success which has come to him. as he gives
the closest attention to his affairs. ,

On August 17. 1S75. Mr. Comwell was t
married to Miss Cora Fero. daughter of Eli
Fero, of Rock City, and to them has been
bom a daughter, Edna B. They also have
an adopted son. Fred R. . a son of Mrs.
Cornwell's brother. Our subject casts his
ballot with the Republican party, but takes I
no active part in political affairs as his busi-
ness occupies his entire time. He has served
as postmaster of Rhinecliff. for three and
one-half years under President Harrison, and
four jears under President Cleveland, and
is still serving as postmaster under President
^^cKinley. For two terms he was one of the
assessors of his township. He is an active
member of the Methodist Church, of Rhine-
cliff, of which he has served as trustee and

steward for manv years. i


JOHN H. DRAPER, a worth}- representative
of the commercial interests of Poughquag.

Dutchess county, where he has engaged in
merchandising for twenty-three jears, belongs
to that class of American citizens who take j
advantage of surrounding opportunities, and
working their way upward have attained a
competence. In the spring of 1873 he arrived
in Poughquag. where he purchased the store of
Daniel F. Brill, which he has since conducted
with good success, and in the spring of 1889 ;
erected his present building. I

George W. Draper, his father, was born
about 1 8 16, in the town of Dover, where he
acquired his education in the district schools,
and was bound out to Ephraim Cronkright, a
farmer of that township; but he bought his
time and began work for Elihu Hoag. Having
secured a little money he entered Jacob Wil-
lefs boarding school, in the town of Washing-
ton, Dutchess county: and after completing his
education he engaged in teaching in the town
of Unionvale. Dutchess county, and continued
for twenty-four consecutive years, becoming
one of the most able instructors in the county.
He also served as school commissioner for
three terms. In Unionvale he was united in
marriage with Ruth E. Hall, who died in April.
1867, and his death occurred twenty years
later. In their family were three children:
Maria C, wife of Gilbert H. Purdy, of Pough-
keepsie; Angeline, who died in infancy: and
John H. The father belonged to Shekomeko

Lodge. F. & A. M.. of Washington Hollow,
and in politics was a Democrat until the war
of the Rebellion, when he joined the Repub-
lican party.

John H. Draper, our subject, was bom in
the town of Unionvale Januar}- 4, 1849, and
his literary education was obtained under the
able instruction of his father. For one term,
in 1865-66. he attended Brjant & Stratton
Business College, at Poughkeepsie. He began
his business career as a clerk in the store of
David D. Vincent, of Unionvale. where he re-
mained during 1S64 and 1865, and in the sum-
mer of 1866 was employed in the driig store
of Wood