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WHO settled in Concord, Mass., in 1638. Containing also Revolu-
tionary and other Records. Compiled by Clay W. Holmes, Elmira, N.
Y., 1901. 8vo, cloth, pp. 365.

William Wood was born in England in 1582, emigrated from Mattock,
Derbyshire in 1638 and went to Concord, Mass., where he was one of the first
settlers. He had one son and one daughter. The descendants of the former
are given for ten generations as completely as possible in this excellent vol-
ume, and those of the latter, who married Thomas Wheeler, are traced in one
line for three generations. The book is a model of arrangement, and its paper,
typography, and general makeup are a pleasure to see. The second part of
the work is replete with historical information including individual war records,
and closes with a very complete index. Mr. Holmes, as historian of the
Smithfield branch, intends to continue his labor and expects later to publish
information concerning that family.

The Jamesons in America, 1647-1900. Genealogical Records and
Memoranda. By E. O. Jameson, illustrated. Published in Boston, Mass., 1901.
Printed by the Rumford Press, Concord, N. H. Royal octavo, pp. 599. Price $7.00.

We recall the splendid history of Medway, Mass., compiled by Dr. Jame-
son, and published in 1886 by the Town, and we turn to this with great expec-
tations. Nor are we at all disappointed. The volume embodies the results of
more than forty years of inquiry and research, the former conducted by means
of printed circulars, the latter through the assistance of town clerks, registers
of probate, and professional genealogists. The Jamesons have all come from a
common ancestry in Scotland, concerning which the author in an introduction



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of seven pages, gives interesting information, illustrated with cuts of the arms
of various clans. James Jameson and his wife, Sarah, were the first persons of
the name known in America. They resided in Boston as early as 1647, where
they had five children, three sons and two daughters. The descendants of
these sons are traced in this work five generations and then follow accounts of
the Jamesons of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maine and New Hampshire, and a
supplement of additional data, received too late for insertion in the preceding
pages. The volume is one of the most attractive family histories we have seen
and it will surely remain a monument not only to the memory and honor of the
Jamesons in America but to its compiler as well. A limited royal edition in
leather and gold, at nine dollars per copy is also published, and copies of either
may be had of the author. No. 31 Greenwich Park, Boston, Mass.

The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780. By
Edward McCrady, LL.D., New York. The Macmillan Co., 1901. 8vo, cloth,
pp. xxxii.-899, gilt.

Mr. McCrady, as president of the Historical Society of South Carolina, and
as author of "The History of South Carolina under Proprietary Government,"
and "The History of South Carolina under the Royal Government," is emi-
nently qualified to take up the interesting and valuable work as set forth in the
title of this book. It is a valuable contribution to our historical literature, and
shows an enormous amount of labor and painstaking research, all directed by
the instinct of the true historian. The story is told in good narrative style that
holds the interest, and the reader feels from cover to cover that the author is
telling the events exactly as his researches have shown him they occurred.
The work is supported by constant reference to authorities consulted, and is
embellished with six maps of the period. Colonel McCrady has done a com-
mendable work that shows his intimacy with the details of the history of his state.

The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Va., from
1653 TO 1812. Published by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of
America in the State of Virginia. Richmond, Wm. Ellis Jones, 1897. Quarto,
cloth, pp. 341.

The section comprised within the present Middlesex Co., was at first
included in Lancaster, but was divided shortly after 1666 into the two parishes
of Lancaster and Middlesex. The original vestry book of this parish is still
preserved in the Episcopal Seminary of Alexander Co., Va., and the copy here
published through the energy and enterprise of the Virginia Colonial Dames,
was made by Mrs. Sally Nelson Robbins, of Richmond, a member of that
Society. The copy was very carefully compared with the o:^ginal by a com-
mittee of the Virginia Historical Society, of which our esteemed friend Mr.
Wm. G. Stannard, Corres. Sec. and Librarian, was a member. The volume
includes, " Burialls, Christinings, Marriages, etc." arranged chronologically,
covering the period 1653 to 1812, and is for sale by the Virginia His^rical
Society, Richmond, Va.

Peter Prudden. A Story of His Life at New Haven and Mil-
ford, Conn., with the Genealogy of some of His Descendants, and an
Appendix containing copies of Old Wills, Records, Letters and
Papers. By Lillian E. Prudden, 1901. Tuttle, Morehouse & Co., New Haven,
Ct. i2mo, cloth, pp. 169.

The material for this attractive little volume was collected during leisure
hours by Mr. Henry H. Prudden of New Haven, who unfortunately died
before the work was completed — if a genealogical work ever is completed.
Miss Prudden has compiled the present volume from his papers and note
books, and published it with the hope of stimulating some other member of the
family to continue the work. " The genealogical lists are complete only in the
line of descent which includes the writer's own family," though much other
data is given, and the family carried to the ninth generation.

Samuel Slade Benton, His Ancestors and Descendants. By Josiah
Henry Benton, Jr. Privately printed, 1901. L. 8vo, cloth, pp. 354.

This volume, of which 250 copies were printed by the Merrymount Press,
in March, 1901, is reserved for private distribution, and is therefore not for



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sale. Its mechanical construction is of a like pattern to Mr. Benton's other
publications, with early imprint headlines, and is put together with his usual
excellent taste. It is the story of his own family, which Mr. Benton " has
endeavored to tell in such a way as to give the book some historical value."
He has done it, for the mass of data will interest all descendants of Edward
Benton, the progenitor of the American family of that name.

History and Genealogy of the Carpenter Family in America,
FROM the Settlement at Providence, R. I., 1637 to 1901. By Daniel
Hoogland Carpenter of Maplewood, N. J. The Marion Press, Jamaica, N. Y.,
1901. 8vo, half leather, pp. 370.

We have waited long and hopefully for this book; and, though occassional
bits of news regarding its progress have floated to us, and made our expecta-
tions of a high order, the work far surpasses our greatest hopes. Externally
and internally — in binding, paper and print — it is good to see and sensible; in
the matter of contents it is a monumental labor. There are three distinct
families of the name in America. All come from England, and are known in
this country as The Providence Family, The Rehoboth Family, and the Phila-
delphia Family. The last has been "written up" in Mr. Chas. P. Smith's
"Lloyds & Carpenters," the Rehoboth branch in Mr. Amos B. Carpenter's
voluminous work, and this, of the Providence Family, completes the cycle.
It begins with William Carpenter of Providence, and carries his descendants
to the present generation, through Long Island, Westchester Co., Duchess Co.,
Ulster Co., and Rensselaer Co., N. Y., New York City, Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. The work is profusely illustrated,
and contains several maps and facsimiles of records. Only 150 copies are
issued, of which 100 are already subscribed.

Field Genealogy. Being the Record of all the Field Family,
Whose Ancestors were in this Country prior to 1700. By Frederick
Clifton Pierce. Two volumes. W. B. Conkey & Co., Chicago, 1901. Imperial
octavo, cloth, pp. 600, 601-1196.

Another voluminous work added to the already large list from the pen of
this compiler. It traces the descent from ancestors located in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Virginia, all
descendants of the Fields of England, whose ancestor Hurbutus De la Field,
was from Alsace-Lorraine. Of the historical matter incorporated we quote
from the Table of Contents as follows: Early History, Origin of the name.
Arms, English Homes, The Fields of other places in Wakefield, Horsmondon
branch, Fields of Heaton, Yorkshire branch, College graduates. Revolutionary
Soldiers, Pensioners of the Revolutionary War, also the genealogies of the
various branches in America, giving many thousand names. The work was
compiled at the instigation of John Spafford Field, and the English researches
were supervised by the late Osgood Field of Rome, Italy. The book is a
wonder in the matter of voluminous detail, and it grew so from its first inception
that it was finally published in two volumes, each about twice the size originally
intended. There are 1196 pages of closely printed matter, and, nearly 300 half
tone illustrations.

Genealogical Memoranda Relating to the Family of Merriam.
By Charles Pierce Merriam and C. E. Gildersome-Dickinson, London. Privately
printed at the Chiswick Press, 1900. Quarto boards, pp. 99 and chart.

The name Merriam is now a distinctly American name. The family in
Kent County, Eng., has died out, the compiler of this work, born in America,
has been for a number of years the only one of the name in the London directory.
In America, however, the descendants of George and Joseph Merriam, who
settled in Concord, Mass., 1638, have increased. These three brothers were
sons of William of Hadlow, in Kent, Eng., and it is of the Merriams prior to
the emigration that this volume treats, giving wills, parish registers, feet of
fine, lay subsidies, poll-books and pedigrees. The imprint of the Chiswick
Press determines the mechanical merit of this work, and Mr. Merriam's thirty
year's residence in England, its authentic and painstaking research.



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History of the Barr Family, beginning with Great-Grandfather
Robert Barr, and Mary Wills; their descendants down to the
latest child. By Rev. Wm. B. Barr of Hoboken, N. J., igoi. l2mo, cloth,
pp. 216.

Of the Church, the State and the Family, the author of this work attaches
the most importance to the last, because it lies at the foundation of the others.
Hence, if it is incumbent upon the Church and the State to keep careful record
of their historic events, it is equally important that the family should do the
same. This family is "scattered from Plymouth Rock to the Golden Gate,
from Alaska to South America," and Dr. Barr has spent much time, patience,
and money in gathering their records. The Barrs are of Scotch-Irish descent,
of "good Psalm singing Presbyterian stock," and began in this country with
Robert Barr, who was born in Donegal Co., Ireland, and came to this country
in i7go, whence he settled in Huntingdon Co., Penn. He had five sons and one
daughter, all of whom are traced through their descendants to the present
generation. The most interesting part of this book is the language in which
the story is told— sprightly, eloquent, original. The volume is well printed,
well illustrated, and thoroughly indexed. For copies, at $2.00, postage 30 cts.,
apply to the author, Hoboken, N. J.

Ancestral Chart of Eleven Generations. Arranged and copy-
righted by Miss Georgiana Guild of Providence, R. I. 9 x I2>4. Price, $5.00.
Edition 100.

Miss Guild has produced the most artistic form of genealogical chart
which has as yet come to our notice. It is printed on heavy, pure white paper,
with the rulings and printed matter in blue with red initial letters. The chart
consists of title page, dedication, page of directions, 33 leaves for genealogical /

notations, 11 pages for additional notes, and nine for index. All are bound
together lengthwise with blue ribbon, the whole forming a most attractive
record book worthy of a place on any library table. The arrangement is much
the same as that issued by this Society. The first page, "Chart A," carries the
compiler back six generations, from which point each of the 32 ancestors is
carried back five generations upon a separate chart. This collection of pages
forms the completed record; and, forseeing errors and corrections. Miss Guild
has arranged a separate set of "Working Charts," the contents of which, when
complete and satisfactory, can be transferred carefully by any good penman to ^

the "Ancestral Chart." The whole work is ingeniously conceived, carefully
worked out, and beautifully executed. Copies may be had of Miss Georgiana
Guild, 34 Pratt St., Providence, R. I. Price, S5.00 for Ancestral Chart, $2.00 per
set for Working Charts.

Philip and Philippa, A Genealogical Romance of To-day. By
John Osborne Austin, 1901. 8vo, cloth, pp. 183.

Mr. Austin has tried his hand at a new field of genealogical literature, and
•we frankly confess it difficult to reconcile. The story is one of the union of
two last representatives of two different branches of the same family, one Eng-
lish and the other American, one a girl of seventeen, the other a youth of
twenty-five. They have never seen each other, though he knows of her exist-
ence, and his quest of her takes him through many lands — a quest which results
of course in matrimony, patrimony and harmony, "forever after."

)C The Blair Family of New England. Compiled for Mr. William
Bflair, Chicago, 111., by Miss Emily Wilder Leavitt. Boston. David Clapp &
Son, 1900. L. 8vo, pp. 194, illustrated.

The contents of this volume suggest its scope: — The Blair coat-of-arms,
the Blairs of Ulster Province, the first of the New England family, six genera-
tions of the Blairs in America, Capt. William Blair of Boston, William Blair of
Framingham and Shrewsbury, Mass., the Blairs of New Hampshire, the descent
of Mrs. Samuel Blair from John Frary.and John Stow, Mrs. William Blair's de-
scent from Rev, Peter Thacher and Richard Seymour, addenda, index. The
whole is well put together with good and tasteful mechanical effect.



Cbe Dew Vork ge nealogical ana Bi ograpWcal Society.

OFFICERS.
President, . . . HENRY REED STILES, A.M., M.D.

First Vice-President, . THOMAS GRIER EVANS.
Second Vice-President, JAMES JUNIUS GOODWIN.
Secretary and Librarian, HIRAM CALKINS, Jr.
Treasurer, . . . HENRY PIERSON GIBSON.
Registrar OF Pedigrees, WINCHESTER FITCH.

Necrologist, . . . Rev. MELATIAH EVERETT DWIGHT,M.D.
Historian, . . . .Dr. WILLIAM GRAY SCHAUFFLER.

TRUSTEES.

Term Expires iqos. Term Expires i g 03. Term Expires 1Q04.

EDWIN H.VVEATHERBEE. SILAS WODELL. THOMAS G. EVANS.

JAMES J. GOODWIN. Gen. JAS. GRANT WILSON. BOWEN W. PIERSON.

HERBERT D. LLOYD. SAMUEL PUTNAM AVERY. Dr. HENRY R. STILES.



The object of this Society is the discovery, procuring, preservation and
perpetuation of whatever may relate to American Genealogy, Biography and
Local History; and it aims to cover the field of genealogical and biographical
research more thoroughly than has been done by the public libraries or societies
devoted to one particular locality or period.

The Society was founded and incorporated in i86g. For nearly twenty
years it occupied modest quarters in Mott Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison
Avenue. In October, 1888, rooms were secured in the Berkeley Lyceum, No..
23 West 44th Street, where the Society remained until May, 1896, when the
present building was purchased through the generous bequest of Mrs. Eliza-
beth Underbill Coles and the substantial assistance of some of the members.

The Society building. No. 226 West 58th Street, is a handsome five-story
structure, with an attractive entrance, and, having lately undergone extensive
alterations and repairs, is admirably suited to the uses of the Society. It
contains a lecture hall handsomely decorated and well lighted, heated and
ventilated, with a seating capacity of one hundred and seventy-five persons;^
a fire-proof library specially constructed with a view to safety, light, quiet and
convenience, and an attractive room for general Society purposes open to
members and their friends.

The Society has, by careful and capable management, steadily improved,
and has at present assets amounting to nearly $50,000.00, and a good income
from dues and rentals ; it is under the management of a Board of Trustees
elected by the members for alternating periods of three years.

The membership of the Society, comprising a large number of our best
known and prominent citizens, is made up of Annual, Life and Honorary Mem-
bers. Annual Members pay an entrance fee of $10.00, and the sum of $5.00 per
year dues. Life Members pay $50.00 in lieu of all dues and fees.

Persons desirous of becoming members of the Society may address the
Executive Committee. Members have the right of introducing visitors to the
rooms and to the privileges of the Society.

The Library has upon its shelves over five thousand volumes of Geneal-
ogy, Biography and Local History, and nearly thrice that number of pamphlets
and unbound books on these subjects, as well as many manuscripts of value.
It is open to members and visitors from 10 A. M. to 6 p. m. on week days and
holidays, and from 8 to 10 P. M. on Mondays, except during the months of
August and September.

Regular Meetings of the Society, at which addresses of historical interest
are delivered, are held on the second Friday evening of each month, except
June, July, August and September.

The Society has progressed steadily in its particular sphere, and has been
the means of awakening interest in many persons heretofore ignorant of or
indifferent to their ancestral history; during the past decade this interest has
greatly increased, and has resulted in bringing to light and preservation many
records of value. Beginners in the Genealogical field will find that the Society
with its collections, its "Record," and the accumulated experience of its mem-
bers, offers advantages indispensable to their work.

" Those who do not treasure up the memory of their ancestors do not deserve- k ■■

to be remembered by posterity." — Edmund Burke. «



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VOL. XXXII.



No. 4.



THE NEW YORK

Genealogical and Biographical

Record.



DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF AMERICAN
GENEALOGY AND BIOGRAPHY.



ISSUED QUARTERLY.




October, 190 1



PUBLISHED BY THE

NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY,
226 West 58TH Street, New York.



The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.



Publication Committee :

Dr. henry R. stiles, Editor.
THOMAS GRIER EVANS. TOBIAS A. WRIGHT.

WM. G. VER PLANCK.



H. CALKINS, JR.



OCTOBER, 1901.— CONTENTS.

PAGE

Illustration. I. Portrait ol Philip Livingston Frontispiece

1. The Public Career of Robert Livingston. By Walter L. Fleming.

(Continued from Vol. XXXII., page 135) -193

2. Records of the Corporation of Zion in New Germantown in

West Jersey. Births and Baptisms. Contributed by Ben. Van D. Fisher.
(Continued from Vol. XXXII., page 141) 200

3. Onondaga County Records, 1791. Contributed by L. D. Scisco. (Con-

tinued from Vol. XXXII., page 160) 204

4. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New

' York. Baptisms. (Continued from Vol. XXXII., page 152) . . .207

5. The Church OF East Philippi. By Emma J. Foster .... 213

6. The Descendants of William Chadsey. By Dr. J. Chadsey. (Con-

tinued from Vol. XXXII., page 156) 217

7. Hawxhurst Family. By Robert B. Miller. (Continued from Vol.

XXXII., page 176) 221

8. Crosby Families. By Sarah Louise Kimball. (Continued from Vol.

XXXII., page 163) 225

9. Gravestone Inscriptions. Huntington, L. I. (Contitmed from Vol.

XXXII., page 179) 228

10. The Family of Dupuis, De Puy, Depew, etc. By Frank J. Conkling.

(Continued from Vol. XXXII., page 144) 231

11. A Contribution to a Genealogy of the Family of John Booth, of

Shelter Island, N. Y. By Lucy D. Akerly 235

12. Records of the Church of Christ in Salem, Westchester Co., N.Y.

(Continued from Vol. XXXII., page 168) 241

13. Editorial 245

14. Obituaries. King— Weeks 245

15. Notes 246

16. Queries. Bissell — Marsh — Cutting — Finley— Lyon 247

17. Reply. Livingston 247

18. Book Notices 247



notice.— Ttie Publication Committee aims to admit into the Record only such new Genea-
logical. Biographical, and Historical matter as may be relied (in for accuracy and authenticity, but
neither the Society nor its Committee is responsible for opinions or errors of contributors, whether
published under the name or without signature.



The Record is issued quarterly, on the first of January, April,
July and October. Terms : $2.00 a year in advance. Subscriptions
should be sent to H. P. GIBSON, Treasurer,

226 West 58th Street,

New York City.
For Advertising Rates apply to the Treasurer.





PHILIP LIVINGSTON (1716-1778-)

SrGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

From a Crayon Poi trait in the possession of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.



THE NEW YORK

ifiteakgttal an^ biographical $tcoxk

Vol. XXXII. NEW YORK, OCTOBER, 1901. No. 4.



THE PUBLIC CAREER OF ROBERT LIVINGSTON.



By Walter L. Fleming.



(Continued from Vol. XXXII., page 135, of The Record.)

But soon a change came in these pleasant relations. During
his stay m London, Livingston had conceived a plan for riddino^
the_ seas of the pirates who preyed upon the commerce of all
nations. The plan was for the King to furnish Captain William
Kidd an armed vessel of 30 guns and 150 men. Captain Kidd
who knew the haunts of the pirates was then to go in search of
them. The plunder taken from the pirates would pay the
expenses of the expedition. The King thought favorably of the
scheme, and laid it before the Admiralty Board.* However
all the vessels of the navy were employed in the war with France'
and this project failed. Next Livingston proposed a private
venture, for the double purpose of apprehending the pirates and
making a profit on the plunder taken from them. An agreement
was niade between Kidd and Livingston acting together and
Lord Bellomont acting for himself. Lord Chancellor Somers the
S^ °i Shrewsbury, the Earls of Romney and Oxford Sir
Edmond Harrison and others.* The King to show his approval
retained for himself a tenth share in the enterprise. Bellomont
secured a commission for Kidd as a privateer, and undertook to
procure a grant from the King to some "indifferent trusty
person of all the plunder that should be taken by Kidd Four-
htths of the cost of equipment of the vessel, amounting- to J^i 600
was advanced by Bellomont for himself and associates Kidd
and Livingston advanced one-fifth, ^400. The ship, provided
by Bellomont and his partners, raised the amount of their ex-
penditures to ^6,000, which Kidd and Livingston ao-reed to
refund m case of failure of the undertaking To secure this
agreement Livingston made bond to Bellomont for /:io,ooo and
Kidd for ^20,000. The ship was to become Kidd's property in
case he should deliver prizes to the value of /;ioo,ooo to Bello-
mont at Boston. Not more than one-fourth of the plunder was
to go to the crew; the remainder was to be divided into five
equal parts, four of which were to belong to Bellomont and his
associates, and the rest to Kidd and Livingston.f

* WiMamSmM,ffisioryo/ New York. 1^1. -f JV. V. Co/. Docs IV 762-765
13



IQ4 The Public Career of Robert Livingston. [Oct.,

Kidd sailed away in search of the pirates. Meeting with in-
different success, he turned pirate himself, and ravaged the seas
until Bellomont captured him in Boston. The promoters of the
scheme were accused by political enemies of abetting Kidd in his
crime. In Parliament the Tory party impeached several Whig
lords charging them, among other things, with being connected
with Kidd's piracies. They easily proved their innocence and
were acquitted by the House of Lords.* Bellomont thought it
was all the fault of Livingston, who had gotten up the scheme
and recommended Kidd for the command of the ship. The
governor reported his suspicion to the Lords of Trade. He wrote
that as soon as Livingston heard of the capture of Kidd, he
hastened to Boston and tried to "embezzel" the cargo of Kidd's
sloop.f He also made every effort to obtain the surrender of his
bond from Bellomont.

The governor was at last convinced of Livingston's innocence,
but so sore was he over the whole affair, that he did not send the



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