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officer, and was killed at the battle of White
Plains. As an occupation he followed farm-
ing and milling throughout life. In his family
were two children: Theodorus, the great-
grandfather of our subject; and Sarah, who
married William Doughty.

Theodorus Van Wyck was also a native of
the town of Beekman, in early life followed
farming, but later turned his attention to hotel
keeping and milling. He married Miss Clarissa

Vanderburgh, daughter of George and

(Clarke) Vanderburgh, of the town of Beekman,
and to them were born eight children: Robert,
the grandfather of our subject; James, who
married Ann Cline; Cornelius; George, who



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married Jane A. Scriber; Gilbert, who married
Rebecca White; Almira, who became the wife
oi G. Washington Waite; Caroline, who
wedded Robert Miller; and Clarissa, who mar-
ried William Miller.

Robert Van Wyck was born in the town
of Beekman in 1800, was there educated and
learned the carpenter's trade, at which he
worked until 1S28. when he took up the
occupation of farming. He became a Re-
publican in politics, and was called upon to
fill some minor offices in his locality. He
married Miss Caroline Van Sicklin, daughter
of Court and Sarah (Van Wyck) Van Sicklin,
and they became the parents of seven children:
John S., the father of our subject; Sarah A.,
who married Joseph Vincent; William, who
married Catharine Lawrence; Mary, who first
married Gilbert J. \'incent, and after his death
wedded Benjamin Shelley; Caroline, who mar-
ried Charles White; Clarissa, who married
Oliver Lawrence; and Phoebe, who married
John L. Wright.

The birth of John S. \'an Wyck took place
on Pearl street, in New York City, in 1827,
but he was educated in Dutchess county, and
on starting out in life he engaged in the butch-
ering business. Later he has been employed
at milling, hotel keeping and farming. He
has taken a prominent part in public affairs,
always supporting the Republican party bj' his
ballot, and has efficiently served as supervisor,
town clerk, assessor, poor master, and in many
other town offices, but is now living retired.
Socially, he is connected with the Hopewell
Lodge No. 596, F. & A. M. In 1848 he mar-
ried Miss Mary E. Brill, daughter of Cornell
Brill, and to them vv^ere born three children:
Cornell B. married Lottie Morris, and had si.x
children — Sarah, Eddie, Georgiana, Edith,
Herbert and Ida; Sarah A. married James
Adriance, and has two children — Frank and
Elizabeth; and Frank Van Wyck died when
young. After the death of his first wife, Mr.
Van Wyck wedded Miss Mary A. Duncan,
daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Gardner) Dun-
can, and five children graced their union:
Carrie, who died in childhood; DeWitt C,
who married Alice Vincent, and has two chil-
dren — Ida and Annie M. ; Charles J., subject
of this review; John G. ; and Ida, now the
wife of William A. Ross, by whom she has
two children — Viola and Inez.

Charles J. Van Wyck was born in the town
of Beekman, and acquired a good education in



the schools of Beekman, and at Poughkeepsie.
He began his business career as a farmer, later
was for three years in the employ of Mr. Os-
trander, an undertaker of Poughkeepsie, and
since that time has engaged in the undertaking
business on his own account in the town of
Uniondale. He is a popular and highly re-
spected citizen, one who easily makes friends,
and has the happy faculty of retaining them.
He married Miss Lillie E. Knapp, daughter of
George J. Knapp, a farmer and miller of the
town of Beekman, and to them has been born
a son, Charles G.

John Knapp, the great-grandfather of Mrs.
Van Wyck, was a native of England, where he
was reared and educated, and on coming tothe
United States located in Putnam county, N.
Y., there carrying on the occupation of farm-
ing. By his marriage with Nancy Shaw he had
eight children: John, Isaac, Israel, Michael,
William, Enoch, Lizzie and Denia.

William Knapp, the grandfather, was born
in Putnam county, and there followed farming
throughout life. He married Statia Jewell,
and nine children were born to them, namely:
Clarissa A., who married John R. Knapp;
Phcebe, who married a Mr. Belknapp; Han-
nah, who married Charles Van Dine; William,
who died in infancy; Nancy, who married Will-
iam Ellis; George J., the father of Mrs. Van-
Wyck; Catherine, who first married a Mr.
Stricklin, and after his death wedded Henry
Bush; Emma, who married Oscar Budd; and
Robert D., who remained single.

In Putnam county, N. Y. , George J.
Knapp was born in 1842, and received his
education at Cortlandville, N. Y. The princi-
pal part of his life has been devoted to agricult-
ural pursuits, but he is now engaged in mill-
ing. He was united in marriage with Miss
Sarah E. Warner, and their only child is now
Mrs. Lillie E. Van Wyck, who was born in
1869. The mother was born in New Milford,
Conn., and the parents now make their home
in the town of Beekman, Dutchess county.

Thomas Simpson, the great-grandfather of
Mrs. Van Wyck, of the maternal side, was a
native of Dutchess county, and in early life
learned the shoemaker's trade, which he con-
tinued to follow. He also was a Revolutionary
soldier. He married Miss Sarah Whaley, and
to them were born the following children:
Isaac; Brunson, who married Clarissa Pendly;
Peter; George, who married Catharine Sey-
mour; William H., who married Mary Pattie;



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Neilson; John; Abel, who married Rachel
Clarkson; Hannah; and Cornelia, who died in
infancy. Of this family Hatmah Simpson was
born and educated in Dutchess county, and on
reaching womanhood married Rozell Warner,
a miller of Dutchess county, by whom she had
six children — Harriet; Isaac S. , who married
Sarah Lee; John S. (deceased); Thomas S.,
who married Lillie Blithman; Armette A., who
became the wife of Henry Canaday, and
Sarah E., the mother of Mrs. Van Wyck.



MRS. RUHAMER W. PULVER BIRD,
_ _ who is prominently identified with the
best social circles of the town of Stanford , where
she resides on a fine estate near Shekomeko,
is a member of a family which has long been
held in high esteem in this locality.

Her grandfather, William W. Pulver, a
German by birth, was a leading agriculturist
of his day in the town of Pine Plains, Pulver's
Corners being named in his honor. He was
married there to Christina Millais, by whom
he had eleven children: John, William, Henry,
Levi, Peter, Jacob, Catherine, Mary, Herman,
Anthony and Esther. Henry Pulver, Mrs.
Bird's father, was born January 13, 1806, and
passed his early life at Pulver's Corners, where
he attended the district schools, and later pur-
sued more advanced studies under tutors at
home. He was married June 7, 1829, to Jane
Eliza Cook, a descendant of one of the old
families of Amenia, born November 23, 1808,
daughter of Lewis Cook, and granddaughter of
Col. Cook, who once kept the "Pratt House"
at that place. Six children were born of this
union, whose names with dates of birth are as
follows; Ruhamer W. (Mrs. Bird), February
28, 1830; Frances S.. April 10, 1831, the wife
of Orrin Wakeman, of Millerton; Mary J., De-
cember 20, 1832, who married Myron H.
Sherman, of Beekman, N. Y., and died No-
vember 17, 1882; Henrietta P., March 26,
1834, the wife of L. L. Barton, of Coleman
Station; E. Maria, November 28, 1839, who
married Collins Sheldon, of Millerton, and Del-
lie A., June 3, 1S45, who died May 24, 1S79.
Soon after his marriage Mr. Pulver settled
upon a farm at Livingston Manor, Columbia
county, where he remained until 1839, when
he came back to his native county and located
permanently upon the homestead now occu-
pied by Mrs. Bird, her present beautiful resi-
dence being erected by him. He was promi-



nent in local affairs, and, although never an
office-seeker, he took great interest in political
questions, first as a Whig and then as a Re-
publican, and he was a member of the M. E.
Church at Bangall, the family, of the Presby-
terian Church at Smithfield. His wife passed
from earth August 21, 1880, and he survived
her until July 19, 1894.

On February 17, 1858, the subject of our
sketch was married to the late Virgil Bird, a
member of an old New England family, whose
interesting genealogical record is given below.
He was born at Salisbury, Conn., May 31,
181 5, but was educated at the Nine Partners
Boarding School, in the town of Washington,
Dutchess county. . He became a carpenter and
joiner, and followed that trade until 1849,
when he went to California and spent three
years in mining. Returning to Dutchess coun-
ty, he engaegd in the cattle business at Amenia;
but after his marriage he moved to Binghamp-
ton, where he resided until 1866. The follow-
ing fifteen years were passed at Salisbury,
Conn., and in 1881 he came back to this
county, and spent his remaining days in the
town of Stanford, where he died March 27,
1895. He was a man of many admirable
qualities of character, and was held in the
highest regard by all who knew him. In poli-
tics he was a Democrat; but he made no effort
to secure personal advancement in public life.
Of the eight children of Mr. and Mrs. Bird, all
but two survive: Cora C. married Myron E.
Gillette, of Ansonia, Conn. ; Henry P. married
Daisy Wedge, of Naugetuck, Conn. ; James E.
married Grace Scott, of Danbury, Conn. ; Jen-
nie P. is at home; Virgil B. lives at Ansonia,
Conn.; Ruey W. died July 4, 1892, aged
twenty-two years; Isaac B. is at home; and
Salome T. died in infancy.

The subjoined sketch of the Bird family
was written by Rev. Isaac Bird, in 1855, and
was intended to show mainly the male de-
scendants of the original ancestor of the
Ame^icar^ line, omitting, especially in the early
generations, the names of the daughters and
such of the sons as left no issue that has sur-
vived to the present day. The records cover
eleven generations, as follows: (I) — Thomas
Bird, first known at Hartford 1644, died
about 1660, leaving legacies to two sons —
Joseph and James Bird — and two daughters
— Mrs. North and Mrs. Scott.

(II) — Joseph and James Bird are found
among the first settlers and proprietors of






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