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became the wife of Columbus Reed; Gilbert
B.; Nancy L. and John H. His father was
born at the same place, November 12, 1788,
and was four times married, his first wife be-
ing the mother of our subject; they svere mar-
ried in 1 8 10, and she died July 2, 1824. After
her death he married Hannah Stark, by whom
he had two children — Fitch C. and Henry S.
His third wife was Nancy Baker, widow of
Mathias Baker, and daughter of Deacon Eli-
phalet Hillyard, and after her death he mar-
ried Mary Gallup. At one time he was cap-
tain of a sloop, but the greater part of his life
was devoted to agricultural pursuits at Salem,
Conn. He lived to a ripe old age, dying
March 26, 1886. For many years he served
as deacon in the Baptist Church at North






Lyme, Conn. ; was one of his country's defend-
ers in the war of 1S12, and was always an up-
right, honorable man, who had the confidence
and esteem of all with whom he came in

Our subject can trace his ancestry back to
Nehemiah (i) Smith, who landed in Massachu-
setts prior to 1637, and was prominently con-
nected with the early history of Connecticut.
In his family of nine children there was only
one son, Nehemiah (2), who for several years
served as a member of the General Assembly
at Hartford. His son, Nehemiah (3), was a
farmer of New London county, Conn., and
was the father of Isaac Smith, in whose family
was William Smith, the grandfather of our
subject. The latter, who was a farmer in New
London county, married Sarah Smith, a daugh-
ter of Nathan and Elizabeth Smith, and to
them were born twelve children: William,
Sarah, Elizabeth, Gurdon, John D., Edward,
'Nathan, Phebe, Charlotte, Lucy, Almira and

N. W. Smith, whose name introduces this
sketch, attended the district schools near his
boyhood home at North Lyme, Conn. , and com-
pleted his education at Essex Academy. For
two years he then clerked in a general store at
North Lyme, later was similarly employed at
Hamburg, Conn., for a year, after which he
went to Saratoga county, N. Y. , where he
worked on a farm for a season. By stage
and steamboat he then came to the town
of Amenia, Dutchess county, to visit his
sister, Mrs. Columbus Reed, and subsequently
was employed by Noah Gridley on a farm at
Wassaic, where he remained two years. For
the same length of time he worked for Mrs.
Jacob Rundall, after which he went to Chicago
by way of canal, railroad and Great Lakes,
but after a short time spent in that city he re-
turned to Dutchess county, and for three years
was in the employ of William A. Benton, of

In January, 1847, Mr. Smith was united in
marriage with Miss Adeline E. Holly, who
died in October, 1848. To them had been
born one son, John Holly, who died in infancy.
In the town of Washington, Dutchess county,
on February 4, 1850, he was again married,
his second union being with Esther J. Odell
(born in 182S), one of the four children of
Peter and Sarah Odell, of Jefferson county,
the others being George, Levi and Elizabeth.
In 1847, Mr. Smith removed to Northeast

town, where for two years he engaged in farm-
ing, but the following year he passed as a
clerk in the store of Columbus Reed, at Was-
saic. He was again on the farm of Jacob
Rundall for three years, and for seventeen
years operated the Noah Gridley farm. In
1870 he removed to his present place south
of South Amenia, a farm consisting of 400
acres, which he purchased for $30,000, but
mortgaged it for $20,000, and also bought
several thousand dollars worth of stock.
Three years later he sold 1 1 5 acres for $8, 500.
So well did he succeed in this undertaking that
by 1883 the place was free from indebtedness,
and was yielding a handsome return for the
care and the labor expended upon it. His
achievement was all the more remarkable as
the man who had previously lived upon the
place declared he could not make a living
there. Industry, perseverance and energy are
numbered among his chief characteristics, and
as he has been dependent upon his own re-
sources from boyhood, his success is but the
just reward of his own unaided efforts.

At the age of seventeen years, Mr. Smith
united with the Baptist Church at Lyme,
Conn., and now holds membership with the
Church at Amenia, of which he is a deacon.
His father and grandfather before him held the
same position in the churches to which they
belonged. Since the organization of the Re-
publican party, he has been one of its most
earnest advocates.

B BEVERLY W. HOWARD. The subject of
!) this sketch stands second to none among

the well-to-do farmers of the town of Wash-
ington, Dutchess county, whose record it has
been deemed wise to preserve in this manner
for the perusal of the coming generation. As
a judicious tiller of the soil he has met with
success, and as a man and citizen holds a
good position among his neighbors. He be-
longs to a family long prominent in the history
of Maryland, where the founder of the family
in the New World (who was from England)
located at an early day. He was born in the
city of Baltimore on April 21, 1850.

His grandfather, Samuel Howard, was born
in Baltimore county, Md., in 1785, where his
early life was passed. He was a man of lei-
sure, as he was possessed of considerable wealth.
By his marriage with Miss Ariana Cole, also a
native of Baltimore county, he became the fa-



therof eight children, as follows: Abrani, de-
ceased, was a farmer of Muskingum county,
Ohio; George W. is the father of our subject;
Samuel and John died in childhood; Eliza be-
came the wife of James Fulton, a merchant,
but both are now deceased: Celia is the widow
of William L. Rieman, a merchant of Balti-
more; Sarah married Eli Beckwith, a real-es-
tate dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, and both have
now passed away; and Anna is the widow of
Luther Norris, a merchant of Westminster,
Md. The parents of this family were Meth-
odists in religious belief. The grandfather
spent his last days in Muskingum county, Ohio.

George W. Howard, the father of our sub-
ject, was born in Maryland, October 12, 18 10,
and after reaching man's estate was for fifty
years a wholesale dry-goods merchant of Balti-
more. In later life he wrote a book of that
city, entitled "The Monumental City." He
was quite a prominent man, widely and favor-
ably known. His political support was given
the Democratic party. His death occurred in
Baltimore, on November 26, 1S88, but his
wife is still living. In that city he had married
Carrie Foreman, a daughter of Arthur Fore-
man, who was engaged in milling. They be-
came the parents of two children: Ella and
Beverly W. The former wedded Henry J.
Davison, a civil engineer of New York City,
who became very wealthy; he had learned his
trade in the Novelty Iron Works of that city,
after which he became connected with the gas
business, also engaged in the building of steam-
boats, and in this way secured a fortune, so
that at his death, which occurred July 12,
1890, he left a large estate. His wife had
died July 12, 1878. In their family were four
children — George Howard, Clarence B., Car-
rie Theresa and Ella C.

The boyhood and youth of Beverly W.
Howard were passed in Baltimore, Md. , and
in 1873 he came to Mabbettsville, Dutchess
county, where he purchased his present farm of
213 acres of valuable land, now under a good
state of cultivation, so that it compares favor-
ably with other fine farms of the locality.

On October 8, 1878, Mr. Howard was
married to Miss Laura H. Coffin, a daughter
of R. G. Coffin, and their union has been
blessed by the advent of eight children, name-
ly: Samuel B., born November 27, 1879; an
infant, who was born January 21, 1882, and
died March 10, following; Robert C, born
March 21, 1883; Henry D. born August 29,

1885: Ella T., born September 4, 1888; Mar-
ietta B., born December 5, 1890; Evlyn, born
May 5, 1893; and Clarence K., born Septem-
ber 2, 1895. Mr. Howard takes an intelligent
and earnest interest in public affairs, actively
promoting any scheme that will benefit the
community, and is eminently worthy the trust
and regard in which he is held by his fellow
citizens. He uses his right of franchise in
support of the men and measures of the Dem-
ocratic party.

known firm of Cline Brothers, of Miller-
ton, Dutchess county, leading commission
dealers in wholesale dressed beef, was born No-
vember 22, 1857, in the town of Amenia. He
is of Holland-Dutch descent, the family name
being originally Klein, then Kline and later
Cline. His great-grandfather was John Cline,
of Amenia, and his grandfather, Philo Cline,
was born in Amenia, Dutchess county, with
his three brothers. All four settled in the
Oblong valley, and all left descendants who
are now living in Dutchess county. Philo Cline
was engaged in mercantile business and in
conducting a hotel for some time, and he also
owned large tracts of land in the town. His
good education and naturally powerful intel-
lect, united with perfect integrity and imparti-
ality, gave him great influence in the commun-
ity, and he was often called upon to settle dis-
putes, both unofficially and in his capacity as
justice of the peace. He was often employed
to conduct cases in court, and sometimes was
chosen to plead both sides. Politically, he
was first a Whig and later a Republican, and
in religion he held liberal and tolerant views.'
He died in 1864, and his wife, Harriet Swift,
daughter of Moses Swift, departed this life in
1 86 1. They had two sons: Albert, our sub-
ject's father; and Franklin, born in 1833, who
is now a farmer in the town of Amenia.

Albert Cline was born March 3, 1828, and
in early manhood was a miller at South
Amenia. Since 1863, he has been a success-
ful farmer there, also having a fine farm of
350 acres which he inherited. He has made
many improvements, and is regarded as one of
the leading agriculturists of that locality. In
public affairs he is active, giving his influence
to the support of the Republican party, and he
has held a number of local offices, including
that of supervisor. He is a member of the



Masonic fraternity, and is progressive and
broad in his views on all the questions of the
day. He married Eliza Reed, adopted daughter
of Philo Reed, of Amenia. She died in 1872,
leaving four children: Hattie, who married
Frank Baylis, of Amenia; Philo R., of the
firm of Cline Brothers; Charles Albert; and
Maria, who married Walter A. Sherman.

The subject of our sketch received his
elementary education in the district schools
near his home, and later attended Dover Plains
Academy, and Fort Edward Institute, at
Fort Edward, N. Y., for three years, being
compelled because of ill health to leave before
completing his course. Returning home in
1876, he conducted the farm on shares for one
year, and then moved to Millerton, and be-
came bookkeeper for the East St. Louis Beef
Company. A year later, when Nelson Morris
bought out the company, Mr. Cline and his
brother were made their agents, and for the
last five years they have been in the commis-
sion business under the firm name of Cline
Brothers. They supply a large section of the
surrounding territory, including many points
in western Connecticut, and for a long distance
up and down the Harlem railroad, and by
their energy and enterprise they have accumu-
lated a fine property. On March 20, 1888,
Mr. Cline was married to Miss Cornelia F.
Sherman, daughter of Samuel W. Sherman,
and they have one son, Charles Sherman Cline.
As a citizen Mr. Cline has shown great public
spirit, and is a leader among the younger men
of the town. He has always been a Republic-
an, and takes an active share in party work.
In 1894 he was elected supervisor for a term
of two years, and performed his duties so ably
that he was re-nominated in 1896.

FREDERIC BOSTWICK. who since the
age of twenty years has been connected
with banking interests, was born in the village
of Pine Plains, on September 8, 1849, and is
a son of Reuben Bostwick. On the paternal
side he traces his lineage in an unbroken line
to Arthur Bostwick, who was born in Tarpaly
parish, Cheshire, England, in 1603. He had
two sons: Arthur, born in 1636, and John,
born in 1638. The children of the latter were:
John, Zachariah, Joseph, Marj', Elizabeth and
Jane. John, the first of this family, was born
in 1667, and became the father of the follow-

ing children: John, Robert, Ebenezer, Joseph,
Nathaniel, Lemuel, Daniel and Mary. In the
family of Nathaniel Bostwick, who was born
in 1699, were eleven children, namely: Arthur,
Sarah, Lois, Reuben, Zadock, Abigail, Elijah,
Gideon, Eunice, Tamer and Ichabod. Reu-
ben, of this family, was born in 1734, and he
had three children: Benjamin R., Mabel and
Electa. The only son, Benjamin R. , was
born in 1762, and in his family were the fol-
lowing children: Lodema, Almon R., Reuben
W., Charles B., William H. and Horatio N.
Reuben W. Bostwick, of this family, was the
grandfather of our subject. He was born in
1788, and had four children: Reuben, Eliza
Ann, William and Jerusha. Reuben, the father
of our subject, was born in 1823, and in his
family were seven children: Frederic, William,
Ida, Hattie, Walter, Walker and J. Hunting.

Our subject was educated at Poughkeepsie,
at the College Hill Military Academy, which
was then conducted by Otis Bisbee, and there
continued his studies for three years. After
his graduation from that institution he returned
to his home at Pine Plains, and at the age of
twenty years entered the Stissing National
Bank, being appointed cashier in 1870, suc-
ceeding his father in that position. William
S. Eno was at that time president of the bank.
He continued to serve as cashier until 1889,
when he resigned in order to accept the ap-
pointment of National Bank Examiner, ten-
dered him during President Harrison's admin-
istration. He had charge of three counties in
New York — Columbia, Dutchess and West-
chester. Later he went to Massachusetts,
where he examined banks for nearly a year,
and was then detailed for the same business in
what is known as the Southern District of New
York, comprising the counties of Rockland,
Orange, Ulster, Greene, Delaware, Oneida,
Erie, a part of Albany county, and the coun-
ties bordering along the Pennsj'lvania line.
For a year after the expiration of his term he
was still retained in the office, which fact
clearly indicates the capable manner in which
he filled the position.

In his political views Mr. Bostwick has al-
ways been a strong Republican, taking a deep
interest in the success of his party, and is now
serving as county committeeman. He has per-
sonally promoted many of the local enterprises
of a public nature in Pine Plains, and is one of
its most popular and influential citizens. He
attends the Presbyterian Church, to which his



family all belong, and socially is a prominent
member of the Dutchess Club, of Pough-

JOHN M. HASKINS, a well-known resident
of Amenia, Dutchess count}', is now living
retired from active labor and in the enjoy-
ment of all the comforts and many of the lux-
uries of life. A native of Dutchess county, his
birth occurred February 14, 1824, in the town
of Washington. His father, Alexander Has-
kins, was born on Long Island, but, when a
young man of about twenty years, located in
the town of Washington, where he engaged in
farming until 1826, when he removed to the
town of Amenia, there following the same oc-
cupation. Politically he was a decided Demo-
crat. He married Miss Deborah Masten, a
native of the town of Milan, Dutchess county,
and their family consisted of four children:
Phebe, Levi and Ezekiel, all deceased, and
John Masten, of this review. The father's
death occurred August 7, 1848, and the mother
was called from this life in 1857.

At the age of two years our subject was
brought by his parents to the town of Amenia,
where he attended school until the age of ten
years, when he started out in life for himself.
For six years he worked in the Gridley Iron
Mine at Amenia, but on the expiration of that
time, on account of his father's failing health,
he returned to the old home, caring for his
parents until they crossed the dark river of
death. Subsequently Mr. Haskins enga|;ed in
teaming for a few years before the railroad was
constructed, and in 1S58 entered the Manhat-
tan Iron Mine at Sharon Station, Dutchess
county, where he remained for eight years.
He then again entered the service of the Grid-
ley mine at Amenia, where for the long period
of twenty-one years he capably served as
superintendent, but has now laid aside all
business cares.

At Pine Plains, Dutchess county, July 31,
1850, Mr. Haskins was married to Miss Mary
M. Piatt, who was a daughter of Hiram and
Matilda Piatt, and died August 4, 1884. To
them were born four sons — William and
George W., deceased; one who died in infancy,
and John M., Jr. Since 1868 Mr. Haskins
has been identified with Amenia Lodge No.
672, F. & A. M., and he is a highly-respected
and honored citizen of the community. He
was first a Whig in politics, but since the dis-

solution of that party he has been an active
Republican, supporting the principles of his
party with all the force of his convictions, and
in 1894 and 1S95 was a member of the excise

DAVID BRYAN, a well-known and pros-
perous agriculturist of the town of Amenia,
is a worthy representative of a family that for
a century and a half has been prominently
identified with the best interests of Dutchess

The first of the family of whom there is any
record was Alexander Brj'an, who lived in Con-
necticut, where his death occurred in 1760.
In his family were two sons and one daughter,
namely: Elijah, Ezra and Sarah. Ezra Bryan,
the second in this family, was the grandfather
of our subject. He was born November 30,
1740, and at the age of twenty-one was mar-
ried, in Newtown, Conn. , to Sarah Peck. From
there the young couple made their way on
horseback to the town of Northeast, Dutchess
county, where Mr. Bryan took up a farm of
400 acres, and cultivated it in connection with
his trade of cabinet making. He was a mem-
ber of the Society of Friends, and through his
loyalty to the Colonial government lost the
bulk of his property in supporting the Revolu-
tionary cause. He died while on his way to
meeting, July 7, 1825.

Amos Bryan, the father of our subject, was
born in the town of Northeast ( formerly Ame-
nia), January 31, 1779, and was the youngest
in the family of five children. His education
was obtained in the district schools of his na-
tive town, and on reaching manhood he pur-
chased 150 acres of the old homestead from
the other heirs, which he operatgd. He also
carried on the fanning-mill business, and, to-
gether with Calvin Chamberlain, originated the
' ' Chamberlain Plow " . He took quite a prom-
inent part in public affairs, serving as assem-
blyman in 1840, and also as supervisor and
justice of the peace. By birthright he was a
Quaker, and died in that faith April 12, 1863.
In the town of Northeast, Dutchess Co.,
N. Y., on October 14, 1804, Amos Bryan was
married to Betsey Finch, who was born Octo-
ber 5, 1 78 1, and died May 24, 1863. Their
family consisted of nine children: Laura, born
in 1805, died in 1831; Ward W., born April
12, 1807, died December 14, 1863; Eliza, born
March 16, 18 10, became the wife of Henry


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Sisson, of the town of Wasliington, Dutchess
county, and died September 3, 1884; Ezra,
born March 4, 1812, died March 22, 1876;
Isaac, born August 25, 1815, died September
14, 1885; James, born November 27, 1817,
died March 16, 1839; David is next in order
of birth; Mary, born December 9, 1822, died
November i, 1853; and Sarah, born April 10,
1825, died April 15, 1872.

The birth of David Bryan occurred at the
family homestead in the town of Northeast,
September 22, 1819. He began his education
in the district schools, and the knowledge there
acquired was supplemented by a term's attend-
ance at the Peekskill Military Academy and by
a course in the Banks boarding schools at Do-
ver Plains, Dutchess county. He remained
upon the home farm and carried on the fan-
ning-mill business until i860. Removing to
the "Square" in the town of Northeast, he
bought the farm of Judge Smith, comprising
454 acres, where he lived until the fall of 1884,
when he came to his present place in the town
of Amenia.

On October 21, 1854, Mr. Bryan was united
in marriage with Miss Annvennette L. Sackett,
a daughter of Phineas K. Sackett. Her death
occurred July 21, 1858, and at Astoria, Long
Island, March 20, 1867, he was again married,
this time to Miss Cornelia T. Willson (daugh-
ter of John H. Willson), by whom he had one
son, Frederick, born August 23, 1868, and
died June 26, 1S72. In his political views Mr.
Bryan coincides with the Republican party,
whose ticket he usually supports, and previous
to the organization of the party he was a Whig.
He has ever taken a commendable interest in
the upbuilding and prosperity of his native
county, and by his fellow-citizens has been
called upon to serve in several positions, in-
cluding those of supervisor, assessor and justice
of the peace in the town of Northeast. He is
a stockholder and at present a director in the
First National Bank of Amenia.

PETER W. FUNK. Prominent among the
leading citizens of Barrytown, Dutchess

county, is the gentleman whose name stands
at the beginning of this biographical notice.
He is a native of Columbia county, N. Y.,
born in the town of Clermont, January 23,
1843, and is of Holland origin.

David Funk, his grandfather, was born in
Holland, and was a member of the British


army until coming to the United States. Lo-
cating in Columbia county, N. Y., he there
followed his trade of shoemaking. He mar-
ried Miss Betsy Olmstead, also of Holland,
and to them were born eight children: Jacob,
John, Edward, Alexander, Andrew, Margaret,
Deborah, and a daughter that died in infancy.

The birth of Alexander Funk, the father of
our subject, occurred in the town of Clermont,
Columbia county, in 1818; there he received
a common-school education, and followed
farming through the greater part of his life.
He wedded Miss Nancy Plass, a daughter of
Peter Plass, a farmer of the town of Clermont,
and they became the parents of nine children,
of whom our subject is the eldest; Edward
married Mary Van Tassel; John married Dora
Brazie; David married Mary Lasher; Winfield
married Alice Buck; Alonzo married Jennie
Vandemark; Frank died in infancy; Mary E.
was three times married, her first union being
with Alexander Palmetier, the second Martin
Drum, and the third Hiram Dutcher; and
Catherine died in infancy.

In the common schools of his native coun-
ty, Mr. Funk, of this review, acquired his edu-
cation, and after leaving the school-room he
worked at farming, but was rudely awakened
from his quiet dreams of the future, by the
dark cloud of war that overshadowed our be-
loved country. On August 28, 1862, his pa-
triotism having been aroused, he enlisted in
the 150th N. Y. V. I., which was raised in
Dutchess county, and participated in many of
the famous battles of the war, including Get-
tysburg, Buzzards Roost (which was fought
May 14, 1863), Resaca (on the isth), Gulps
Farm (on the 22d), and Dallas (on the 25th of
the same month), and Peach Tree Greek (on
the 20th and 22d of June following). The
following winter the regiment was quartered at
Savannah, Ga. , and the following spring was
in two important engagements, one at Averys-
boro and the other at Bentonville, N. C. He
was with Sherman on his celebrated march to
the sea, participating in the capture of Atlanta
and Savannah, and was in the last engage-
ments of the war. He had entered the serv-
ice as a private, but for meritorious conduct
had been promoted to the non-commissioned
office of corporal, and after the close of hos-
tilities was honorably discharged in June, 1865.

Mr. Funk was united in marriage with Miss
Delia Houghtaling, daughter of Jeremiah
Houghtaling, of the town of Milan, Dutchess



county. They now have a pleasant home in
Barry town, where our subject is employed as

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