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straight line from 1703 is enough for a citizen of this republic.

My father had one brother-in-law, who was a man of fortune, educa-
tion, and a poet, James A. Hillhouse. He lived more than fifty years on
a farm in New Haven, at the head of what is now Hillhouse Avenue. This
property is now worth millions, and, his two other daughters having died,
the last of her race, his only surviving daughter, still inhabits the stately
mansion, which, with its forty acres, is now in the heart of the city.
My uncle once told me, when I was a boy, that his place, Sachern's

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Wood, was so called because, when the wife of its owner was out gather-
ing berries with an Indian squaw, they laid their babies on the grass, and
both being alike and of tender age the infants got changed, and no one
ever knew wlielher the United States Senator, who was his progenitor,
ought not to have been the Indian chief who once reigned over Sachem's
Head. He never told me what became of the disinherited infant, but
once, in my sleep, I woke up with the idea that an Indian with feathers on
his head, a blanket around him, and a sharp knife in his hand, was peer-
ing over me to take my scalp, and I have never since visited that house.

If I were a professional writer I could remind you of the country seats
of literary men ; of Pope's villa at Twickenham and Walpole's at Straw-
berry Flill ; of Fonthill Abbey, the home on which the author of Vaihck
expended a fortune of ^'2 73,000 ; and of Ferney, the home of Voltaire,
which many of us have visited. I could picture to you Ochre Point,
the scene of much hospitality, where my father lived for fifty years,
and which, instead of being a loss, as his friends predicted that it would
be when he bought it for $12,000, netted nearly a million to his heirs.
But as Jefferson said that no man should speak more than fifteen minutes
on any subject, I will close these remarks with a few of the lines in which
I'ickell poured forth his sorrow over the coffin of Addison :

" 01), if sometimes thy spotless form descend.
To me tliine aid, thou guardian genius, lend.
W hen rage misguides me, or when fear alarms.
When pain distresses, or when pleasure charms,
In silent whisperings purer thoughts imparl,
And turn from ill a frail and feeble heart.
Lead through the paths thy virtue trod before.
Till bliss shall join, nor death shall part us more."


Claii'.orne. — The following additional facts are furnished regarding this family,
mentioned on page 38 of this volume, by Miss E. II. Mather :

Mary Claiborne, the eldest child of Mary Herbert and Augustine Claiborne, m.
Cien. Charles Harrison (the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison, of Berkley), a
brother of Benjamin, the signer of the Declaration of Independence, and uncle of
President Wm. Henry Harrison. Their children were : I. Charles, a captain in the
army, who was killed by I-ieut. Wilson, a fellow-officer. II. Augustine, d. in
infancy. III. Benjamin Henry. IV. Mary Herbert, m. John Herbert Peterson.
V. A daughter who m. Mathew Maury Claiborne.

Ann and Richard Cocke, of Bacon's Castle, had the following : I. Richard
Herbert. II. Augustine. III. Lucy.

William Burnet Browne Claiborne, the eldest son of Herbert and Mary Burnet
Browne Claiborne, took the name of Broun by Act of Legislature, Virginia. He m.
1st Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. Claiborne, who d. without issue. He m. 2d Miss
Booth, of Gloucester Co., by whom he had : I. Herbert. II. Marcellus. III.
Wm. Burnet. IV. Martha.

Herbert Augustine Claiborne m. Delia, daughter of James Hayes (editor of the
Vii-gUiia Gazette) and his wife Anna, daughter of Wm. Black (a Scotcii merchant of
Falls Plantation, Ciiesterfield Co.), and Anna, his wife, daughter of Judge Dent, of
Annapolis, Md. Their children were : I. Herbert Augustine, captain C. S. A., m.
Kate, daughter of Henry Coalter (Jabell, colonel of artillery C. S. A., and his wife,
Jane, daughter of James and Catharine Hamilton Alston, of Asheville, S C.

We have additional notes on Claiborne family, but not of general interest, be-
cause too recent, as the RECORn does not aim to print contemporaneous genealogy.


1 50 Queries. [July,

Leaming. — In Vol. XIII., page 127, Turner Genealogy, is a mistake in regard to
the Leaming family.

Jeremiah Leaming, senior (son of Christopher, Southampton, L. L), settled, 1713,
at Killingvvorth, Conn., then Durham, then Middletown, Conn., where he died, 1759.
He had by vv. Abigail Turner, nine children (not "an only son Jeremiah," as
Turner Genealogy relates) : i. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah, bp. in Durham, May 13, 1717 ; m.
Farmer ; d. in New Haven, Sept. 15, 1S04. 2. Matthias, bp. in Durham, June 7,
1719; m., Aug. 4, 1751, Philathea Gould; d. in Farmington, Sept. 6, 1789. 3.
iHiig;ail^ bp. in Durham, Nov. ig, 1720 ; d. April 8, 1728. 4. Lucy, b. in Middle-
town, Feb. 4, 1724 ; m. perhaps Kemp ; d. not known. 5. Abigail, b. in Middletown,
Dec. 4, 1726 ; m. Coe ; d. before date of father's will. 6. Elizabeth, b. in Middle-
town, Dec. 2, 1728 ; m. John Wetniore ; d. not known. 7. Esther, b. in Middletown,
May 13, 1731 ; m. Marsh ; d. not known. 8. Jane, b. in Middletown, March g,
1734 ; m. Feb. 27, 1759, Amasa Marshall ; d. not known, g. Aaron, b. in Middle-
town, March 3, 1738 ; no information of his marriage or death. He moved, in 1761,
to Torrington, and, 1776, back to Middletown. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah had no children.
A large number of descendants of Matthias are living. Above children (except
Abigail, d. young) are mentioned in their father's will, probated, Middletown, Sept.

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Christopher was emigrant ancestor. His other children were: Thomas and
Aaron, both settled at Cape May, N. J.; Jane m. Abram Bradley, Guilford, ('onn.;
and perhaps Hannah Bradley. r. w. tovvner.

Barnes or Barns. — Persons of the name are requested to furnish data concern
ing their family record for the Genealogy now in preparation.


The following corrections should be made of errors in the January number, viz. :
On page 30, last line, Dafydd Gamen should be Gamm ; page 33, fourth paragraph,
Sheerland should be Shurland ; page 35, thirteenth line from foot of page, Kilsow
should read Kileow.


Odell, Turner, Brown. — i. A recent publication, entitled Ancestry and
Descendants of Gershom Morehouse, Jr., of Reddini^, Conn., states that Rebecca
was the name of the wife of William Odell, Sr. , who was at Concord, Mass., in
1639. What authority is there for this ?

2. John Odell, of Fordham, N. Y., married Johanna Turner ; she was living in
1688. Is her ancestry known, and what relation was she, if any, to Lawrence Turner,
of Westchester County, whose estate was administered on by his widow, Martha,
in 1668 ?

3. Lieutenant Richard Browne, Sr., of Southold, L. L.was Freeman in 1662, and
died in 1686-87. Was he a descendant of Peter Brown of the Mayjlower .'

RUFUS KING, Yonkers, N. Y.

Dummer-Drummer. — The records of the family of Stephen Dummer .say he
served in the army in 1812. The War Department at Washington reports : .Stephen
Drummer, of Connecticut, was appointed First Lieutenant Thirty-seventh Infantry,
April 30, 1813, in Captain .Samuel B. Northrop's Company, and was honorably dis-
charged, June 15, 1815. Connecticut JMcn in the IVar of 1812, compiled under
direction of the Adjutant-General of Connecticut, mentions Northrop as command-
ing Thirty-seventh Infantry, but has neither name. Information wanted regarding
this matter, by ARCHIBALD Rogers, Hyde Park, N. Y.

Townsend-Kemper. — One of the daughters of Captain .Solomon Townsend
married, in Newport, R. I. (Trinity Church records), Philip Solomon Kemper. They
removed, probably to New York city, about 1770. Information is desired in regard
to them or their descendants, and also regaiding the other daughters of Captain
Townsend, by HENRY A. TOVVNSENU, Box 1466, i'rovidence, R. I.

SriiES. — John Stites, born in England, 1595, came to New England, and thence
to Hempstead, L. I., where he died, 1717, at the age of one hundred and twenty-

1895-] Obituaries.


two years, according to an old family record, leaving two sons, Richard, born 1640,
died 1702 ; and William, born 1676. Information wanted of this family by

R. M. STiTKS, Morristown, N. J.

Wright. — Wanted, name of the wife of Dr. Thomas Wright, of Eastchester,
N. Y., married between March 20, 1766, and November 25, 1770. Also the name of
the wife of Stephen Wright, married before July 23, 1796. Any facts concerning
either of the above will be gladly received by

w. \v. CONWAY, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

Brtckel-Rohiuns. — Information is desired concerning Israel I3rickel and Mary
Robbins. his wife, who were in this city some fifty years since. He was a mariner,
and died at sea. He had two sisters, and she had three brothers.

MRS. M. R. Gi.EASON, Canandaigua, N. V.

Wharton.— Information is desired as to Charles H. Wharton, S.T.D., who
was President of Columbia College for a short time in i8or. Especially a reference
to any published biography containing his portrait. j. b. i'.


Reply to Query in Vol. VI., /. 15b.

O'Callaghan, followed by Mrs. Lamb, states that Rip Van Dam's daughter
" Catalyntie " married Walter Thong, and their daughter " Maria" married Robert
Livingston (3d Lord). A marriage license was issued to Walter Thong and Sara
Van Dam in 1704. Maria Thong, wife of Robert Livingston, was born 1711. Rip
Van Dam had two daughters named Catharina, one baptized November 27, 1692, the
other September 2S, 1707. Presumably the first died and the second succeeded to the
name. The second could not have been the mother of Maria Livingston. Rip Van
Dam died 1749. I5y his will, made in 1748, he gives a house in Maiden Lane to
" my undutiful daughter Mary," and another to "Catalyntie Thong, widow of my
grandson Rip Thong " (she was Catharina Van Woert). Later, referring to the same
houses, he says, " As to the houses given to my daughter Mary and Catalyntie
Thong," etc. Here is where the error probably arose. Walter Thong made his
will in 1720, when he was a widower, and died in 1724. He mentions four children,
Sarah, Mary, Thomas, and Rip, and gives to his daughter " Sarah, the dresses," etc.,
"belonging to my late wife, her mother." The conclusion seems inevitalde ; the
only Catalyntie Thong was the wife of Rip Thong, and not the daughter of Rip Van
Dam. h. he v., 31 Pine Street.


RUTTER. — Thomas Rntter, for the past seven years a member of this Society, died
at his residence, 814 Fifth Avenue, on Friday, May 3, 1895. He was born in Holy-
well, Wales, November 29, 1824, and came to this city with his family when a youth.
He was educated at the Mount Pleasant Academy, Sing Sing, becoming, like his
father, a civil engineer. As a railway contractor he successfully carried out many
important works. He built the large tunnels under the cities of Baltimore and Pitts-
burgh, as well as the Alleghany tunnel in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rutter retired from
active business about twenty years ago with a handsome fortune. At the time of his
death he was a director in the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, the Farmers'
Loan and Trust Company, the Bank of the State of New York, and many other
corporations. He was a member of the Metropolitan and Union League Clubs, of
the St. George Society, and of the New York Chamber of Commerce. For thirty
years he was a vestryman and senior warden of St. James's Episcopal Church, in
which he was baptized, and worshipped for more than threescore years, and from
which he was buried. Mr. Rutter possessed what worthy old Thomas Fullerciuaintly
called " a handsome man-case," and a gentle, Christian character, united with the
highest integrity and wise liberality, which bound many admiring friends to him as
with hooks of steel. A widow, two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren
survive this good man and excellent citizen. J. G. W.



Lee. — William Henry Lee, for fifteen
years an active and useful member of
our Society, died in Hartford, on Tues-
day, April g, 1895. He came of a his-
toric Connecticut family, identified with
the very beginnings of the colony, and
was born in New Britain, May 19, 181S.
His first business experience was in Troy,
and a few years later he entered the
house of J. R. Jaft'rey & Co., of New
York. In 1845 he formed the importing
and jobbing firm of Lee & Case, having
for partners Watson E. Case, Amos R.
Eno, and John J. Phelps. Subsequently
the house was changed to William H.
Lee & Co., Lee, Bliss & Co., and Lee,
Tweedy & Co., which remains undis-
turbed by his death, two of his sons
being members of the firm. Mr. Lee
was identified with the New York dry-
goods trade for more than fifty years,
and for at least half that period he was
among the most prominent merchants of
the metropolis. He fairly won a large
fortune by honorable business ability and enterprise, to which he added largely by
judicious investments in New York real estate. He was one of the charter members
of the Union League Club, an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and of
the Sons of the Revolution. Mr. Lee was not only a shrewd and successful merchant
and a patriotic citizen, but was also interested in biographical and genealogical
studies, in the course of which he prepared and published a volume on his branch of
the American Lee family, and also two admirable addresses, delivered before our
Society, on his friend Elihu Burritt (1810-1879), the learned blacksmith of Connecti-
cut, and on his kinsman, General John Paterson (i 744-1808), among the most bril-
liant of the revolutionary commanders. Hartford had been for many years Mr.
Lee's summer home, and, having retired from active business, he, in 1893, rented his
Fifth Avenue residence, and removed to the city where he died, having for the last
year been in declining health. In the Farmington cemetery he erected an imposing
monument, with which is incorporated the original tombstone of his ancestor, John
Lee, who settled in Farmington in 1641. Mr. Lee's funeral was held in St. Thomas's
Church, New York, of which he was for many years a warden. He leaves a widow,
four sons, and two daughters. ^ J. G. W.

DoWNES. — Stancliff Bazen Downes, a member of this Society, died suddenly, at
the home of his parents, 107 1 Madison Avenue, New York, on Sunday evening,
April 21, 1895, from pneumonia and heart failure, following an attack of measles.
He was the only son of Anson Treat and Eliza Bazen Downes, and was born in New
York city, December 5, 1S59. He received his early education at the ^Vnthon
Grammar School, afterward entering Columbia College School of Mines, and gradu-
ating in 18S2 as a civil engineer. He rendered valuable assistance in preparing a set
of tax maps of the annexed district of the Park Department, spending several years in
thoroughly searching the Westchester County records at White Plains, to obtain
reliable information for the work. He was also connected with engineering work in
Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth wards. New York city. In 1SS9, after returning
from Europe with the party of United Engineering Societies royally entertained
there, he was engaged on a system of drainage at his ancestral home at Milford,
Conn., the house there being built about 1639 by his ancestor Thomas Bucking-
ham, and has remained in possession of the descendants ever since. This drainage
work not only improved his own land, but also that of adjacent property within a
radius of a half-mile, for which improvement the neighbors were highly appreciative.
In the summer of 1S94 he i)lanned a unique system of water supply for lawn and
garden, by means of a hydraulic ram, with original additions. Pie early showed
a talent for invention, as a unique design of scales, a game table, a wind-gauge, and
other articles testify, every room in his home containing pieces of his handiwork.




He had a workroom well filled with tools, among which he spent much of his leisure
time. He was a man of loyal and true character, a dutiful son, and devoted brother
to his only sister, lie was of retiring disposition, and though socially popular, was
not a club man. Besides this Society, he was a member of the Young Men's Christian
Association, the Loyal Legion Temperance Society, the Alumni Association of
Columbia College School of Mines, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the
Museum of Art, the Sons of American Revolution, and Society of Colonial Wars.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. IluskeofSt. Thomas's Protestant
Episcopal Church. The interment took place at Milford, Conn., the home of his

ancestors, for he was of colonial and revolutionary ancestry, being descended, on the
paternal side, from Captain Ebenezer Downes, who commanded a company in French
and Indian Wars at Fort William Henry, was a lineal descendant of Governor Robert
Treat, through Captain Jehiel Bryan, who served in the Revolution, from Thomas
Ituckingham, first settler of Milford, Conn., 1639, also from Ebenezer Downes,
member of Committee of Safety at Woodbury during Revolution, and from whose
wife came his name Stancliff. On his maternal side was descended from Thomas
Bazen, a well-known and prominent French shipping merchant, who came to New
York about 1793.

Odell. — At Hartsdale, Westchester County, N. Y., January 29, 1895, at the
home of her brother, William Dyckman Odell, Elizabeth Odell, aged seventy-two,
daughter of the late Jackson and Anna (Ward) Odell of Greenburgh. Interment in
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, N. Y.

J r6 Donations. [J"b'' '^95-

D. Appleton & Co. — General Sheridan (Great Commanders Series).
' H. C. ]!rewster. — Genealogy of the Brewster family.

, Board of Officers. — The Uniformed Dallalion of the Veterans of the Seventh
Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., 1861-92.

Edward S. Balch. — The French in America, 1773-83.

Dr. Ellsworth Eliot. — Some of Our Eastern Coast's Towns ; Souvenir. One Hun-
dred and Eightieth Anniversary of Settlement of New Jersey by the Germans, i7-'3.

Commissioners of Education. — Report of Commissioners of Education, U. S.

Record Commissioners, Providence. R. I. — Early Records of the Town.

King of Siam, 19 vols.; Sacred Writings of Southern Buddhists.

Holland Society, New York. — \'ear Book, 1S95.

Society Colonial Wars. — Year liook, 1S95.

Louis Hasbrouck Sahler. — History and Genealogy of Van Deusens, of Van Deusen
Manor ; Genealogy of the Sahlers of the United States, and their kinsmen, the Gross

John B. Pine. — Columbia College General Catalogue, 175-I-1894.

John E. Marsh. — Marsh Genealogy, 1635-1895. John of Hartford, Conn.

James N. Arnold. — Vol. vii., Vital Records, Rhode Island.

Arms Pul)lishing Company. — A Continuous Family Genealogy.

Mrs. F. T. Robinson. — Items of Ancestry, By a Descendant.


Dr. William F. Holcombe. — Genealogy of Descendants of John Cragin; Genealogy
of Descendants of Kips ; Munsell, and Sketch of Joel ; Genealogy of Solomon
Drowne, M.D., Rhode Island ; Bermuda Branch of Jauncey Family ; John Watson
and Descendants, of Hartford, Family of Ashburner, Smith Family, Records and
Recollections ; Notes, with Pedigree of Thomas Family ; Chronotypes, 17 copies ;
Cuyahoga County, Early Settlers, Nos. 5 and 9 ; Historical Society Pennsylvania,
1S72 ; Discourse at Inauguration ; Magazine of American History, 7 copies; Maga-
zine of Western History, g copies ; Memorial of H. T. Tuckerman ; Memorial of
H. B. Carrington ; Old New York History and Antiquities ; Report, Officers, etc.,
Sterling, Massachusetts ; New England Society in New York ; Illustrated Pilgrim
Memorial, 1866-69, 1878 ; Whittaker Churchman Almanac, 1884-85 ; Litchfield
Mercury Almanac, 1878 ; Common Sense ; Catalogue de la Precieuse Collection
I'Autograph ; New York Genealogical Society Bulletins; Record, 1870-73, 1871-84, 56
numbers ; 1885, 5 numbers ; 1888, 3 numbers ; 1886-87, 8 numbers ; 1SS9-90, 8 num-
bers; 1891, April, July, October, 3 ; 1892, 3 numbers; April, July, and October, 1894 ;
January, 1895, 12 numbers; New South Wales, Australia; Litchfield Almanac;
Short History of the Esquimaux; Congressional Directory, 42d, 43d, 46th, 47th, and
50th ; American Churchman Almanac, 1884-85 ; Random Recollections ; Line Etch-
ings, Missouri and Rocky Mountains ; P^ourteenth Reunion, Army of Potomac ;
Union Pacific Railroad Excursion ; Union Pacific Report to Director ; Miscellanea Gen-
ealogica et Ileraldica, April, 1870-January, 1S82, 100 numbers ; Francistown, N. H.,
Academy Reunion, 1870 ; Vermont Centennial and Bennington Monument ; New
England Historical Genealogical Society, Proceedings and Address, 1S78-80 ; Spring-
field, Mass., Centennial ; Hingham Reunion of Free-Soilers of 1848 ; Harvard
University Catalogue, 1874-go ; Proceedings American Antiquarian Society, Boston ;
Town of Sterling, Mass.; Parker Fraternity, Address by John Lothrop Motley ; M. P.
Wilder, 1879 ; Catalogus Universitatis Harvardianas, 1S72 ; Dorchester, Mass., Two
Hundred and Fiftieth yXnniversary, First Church ; Stockbridge, Mass., Discourse on
Former Pastors ; Simsbury, Conn., Fiftieth Anniversary, 1859 ; South Canaan, Conn.,
One Hundredth Anniversary ; Simsbury, Conn., Bi-Centennial; Killingworth, Conn.,
Historical Discourse, Congregational Church, 1870; Windsor, Conn., Centennial ;
Alumni Catalogue, Trinity College, Hartford, 1872 ; Report of State Librarian,
Births and Deaths, Public Acts of State of Connecticut ; St. Mary's School, Knox-
ville, 111. ; Official Congressional Directory ; Family Recollections, Melania (Bough-
ton) Smith ; Albany Medical Society, Banquet snd Eleventh Annual Meeting, 1S84 ;
Catalogue Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, 18S0 ; Third Annual Banquet, South-
ern Society, New York ; Lecture, St. John's College, Fordham, N. Y.; Long Island
Historical Society, Sixth Annual Report, 1869; New York Academy of Medicine,
Anniversary and Medical Libraries, N. Y. ; Biography. — Austin Rubenstein, 2


(inicalogical an^ ^iograp|ical |{ec0rk

Vol. XXVI. NEW YORK, 0CT015ER, 1895. No. 4.


By Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D.

Some men, without making any special stir in society, or unduly
obtruding themselves upon the attention of their fellow-citizens, have,
nevertheless, the fortune to impress themselves decidedly and beneficently
upon the history of the community in which they dwell. 01 such was
Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, of Brooklyn, N. Y. It was said of him that
his life "was eminently a life of frus/s." Trusts — not in the perverted
sense of the word, as used in modern mercantile parlance — but trusts in
which his integrity, his faith, his time, and all the activities of his mind
were enlisted for the good of others — not of his immediate family alone,
but for that larger family whose gradual incoming into the village of his
birth and his boyhood recollections had changed it into a great and
populous city. As time rolls on, the people of Brooklyn will more fully
appreciate the true intent, proportions, and value of his modest life's

Doubtless, much of the high ideal of citizenship and its duties which
actuated him was a matter of heredity ; for he came from a stock to whom
high ideals and the claims of duly were ever-present factors in the details
of everyday life. Of the seventeenth generation from Sir Henry, of
Holme-Pierrepont, Esse.x, England (a descendant of Robert de Pierrepont,
from Normandy), whose son James, with his two sons, came to America
in 1640, the subject of our sketch bore descent also from the honorable
New England families of Stow, Hooker, Hemingway, Beers, Nicholls,
etc.; and, if good blood tells for anything, it certainly must have done
so in him.

His father, Hezekiah Beers Purponf^' (born 1768), was the great-grand-
son of the Rev. James Pierpont, of New Haven, Conn, (graduated at
Harvard, 1681, and ordained 1685), among the earliest ministers of that
colony, and one of the founders of Yale College. Hezekiah, while at
college, so much preferred an active business life that he proposed to his
father, that if he were allowed to leave his studies for that purpose, he
would relinquish his claim to his share of the paternal estate. His father

* Mr. Hezekiah 15. Pierpont, as well as iiis New England ancestors, spelled the
name in this way ; but, at his request, his wife and children returned to the original
Erench form of Pieyrepont.

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