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town of Northeast, an unwavering Democrat
and an earnest worker for local improvements.
He was supervisor in 1888 and 1889, and in
1890 was defeated by only one vote. In 1852
he was married to Miss Abbie Middlebrook,
daughter of Aaron Middlebrook, and has had six
children: Luella, who married Collins Barton,
of Northeast town; Elzada; Elmer; Anna M. ;
George ; and Andrew, the proprietor of the
' ' Millerton House ". Of this family the eldest
and the youngest are the only survivors. Mr.
Pulver and his wife have been prominent mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church for many years,
and he also belongs to Webatuck Lodge No.
480, F. & A. M.

J VAN NESS DUTCHER is a prominent
citizen and a worthy representative of one
of the honored pioneer families of the
town of Dover, Dutchess county. Cornelius
Dutcher, his grandfather, was numbered among
the first settlers of the township, where through-
out life he followed agricultural pursuits. In
his family were ten children, whose names and
dates of birth are as follows: Simeon, April
21, 1772; Gabriel, July 11, 1773; Cornelius,
March 15, 1775; Priscilla, December 27, 1776;
Peter, July 20, 1779; Wheaton, October 20,
1781; Joshua, May 12, 1784; Ruleff, June 25,
1786; Betsy, March 19, 1788; and Sylva,
April I, 1792.

The birth of Joshua Dutcher, the father of
our subject, occurred in the town of Dover.
He acquired his education in the common
schools and followed farming. He was united
in marriage with Miss Sarah Carrington, daugh-
ter of Daniel and Thankful Carrington, agri-
culturists, of Connecticut. Three children
graced this union, namely: (i) Jennette, born
July 9, 1 82 1, married Aaron Butts, a police-
man of New York City, and they had three
children — Cora; Blendina, married to J. G.
Suydam, of New York City; and Joshua, who

married Josephine Way, of Mabbettsville, and
had one child, Laura Jennette, that was left
an orphan at an early age, its father and
mother both dying. (2) J. Van Ness is ne.xt
in order of birth. (3) Elizabeth, born Febru-
ary 25, 1826, became the wife of James Fry,
a farmer, of the town of Dover, and to them
was born a son, Frank, who married Miss
Emma J. Wing, and has two children.

J. Van Ness Dutcher was born January 31,
1823, in the town of Dover, where on reach-
ing a sufficient age he attended the public
schools, and, like his ancestors, has devoted
his time and energies to the cultivation of the
soil. He is public-spirited and progressive,
taking a genuine interest in the enterprises set
on foot for the advancement and welfare of
his native county.

Mr. Dutcher was united in marriage with
Miss Harriet M. Benson, daughter of Samuel
and Sarah Benson, farming people of the town
of Dover. Five children came of this anion:
(i) Mary Estella, born in February, 1863, is
the wife of Alfred Still, a carpenter of White
Plains, Dutchess county, and they have one
child— Ida F. , born July 26, 1883. (2) Ber-
tha E., born October 22, 1867, is the wife of
George Cutler, a postal clerk of New York
City, and they have one child — Ethel, born
November 26, 1891. (3) Harriet V., born
January 13, 1871, is the wife of Elmer Dutcher,
an agriculturist, and they have one child —
Mabel, born September 10, 1895. (4) Van-
Ness, born April 2, 1874, a farmer by occupa-
tion, married Amelia Rozell, daughter of Obed
Rozell, by whom he has one child — Mary, born
February 15, 1895. (5) Cora, born October
27, 1876, completes the family.

OHN CORNELL SHEAR was for many
years one of the most prominent and influ-
ential citizens of the town of Lagrange,
Dutchess county. He was born in that town-
ship, October 12, 181 1, and is the son of John
C. and Margaret (Cornell) Shear, the former
born November 21, 1776, and the latter Au-
gust 25, 1 78 1. The parental household in-
cluded six children: Anna, born October 31,
1800, died January 8, 1891; Catherine E.,
born April 8, 1803, died in December, 1888;
Israel J., born February 26, 1806, died July 7,
1821; John Cornell, subject of this review;
Abraham, born October 8, 181 5; and Sarah,



born December 3, 18 18. The father owned
and operated a farm in the town of Lagrange,
where his death occurred August 14, 1825, and
his wife, who long survived him, passed away
November 25, 1868.

The educational advantages of our subject
were good for that early day, as he supplemented
the knowledge acquired in the district schools
of his native township by a course in the Jacob
Wiliets Boarding School, in the town of Wash-
ington, Dutchess county. He also early be-
came familiar with the labors of the farm, and
in connection with his brother Abraham oper-
ated land in Lagrange town until 1888, when
their interests were separated, and our subject
removed to his present farm in the same town-
ship. He has always been an energetic, pro-
gressive man, and secured through his efforts a
handsome competence.

On April 27, 1876, Mr. Shear was united
in marriage with Catherine L. Pierce, who is of
French ancestry, and a daughter of Caleb
Pierce, of Fishi

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