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Dr. henry R. stiles. H. CALKINS, JR.



Accessions to the Library, 80, 161, 239,

Amenia, N. Y., Church Records, 15
American Revolution, Loyalists of, see

New Brunswick
Ancestry of Garret Clopper, The, 138
Authors and Contributors —

Botsford, H.G.. 138

Brainard, H. W., 33, 53, 97

Clearwater, A. T., 245

De Riemer, W. E., 5

De Vinne, Theo. L., I

Dwight, Rev. M. E., 15

Fitch, Winchester, 118, 207, 302

Griffen, Zeno T., 197, 276

Hance, Rev. Wm. W., 17, 102, 220

Harris Edward D., 279

Hill, Edward A., 213, 291

Horton, B. B., 38, 104

Jack, D. R., 27, 185, 286

Jones, E. S., 38, 104

Morrison, Geo. A., Jr., 222, 263

Mott, H. S., 58, 135

Schermerhorn, Wm. C, 141, 200,

Smith, Mrs. Geo. W., 53, 97

Story, Geo. H., 85

Suydam, W. L., 141, 200, 254

Thomas, Geo. W., 308

Wemple, Wm. B., Jr., 47, 91, Igl

Wilson, Jas. G., 169

Withington, Lothrop, 22, 114, 172,
Avery Query, 150

Avery, Samuel Putnam, Biograpical
Sketch, I

Beuell Correction, 314

Bible Record of Johannes Lott, 205

Biographies —

Avery, Samuel P., i

Cesnola, Louis P. di, 85

De Lancey, Edw. F., 169

Evans, Thos. G., 245

Mott, Anne, 58

White, Philip, 220
Book Notices —

Aldis Family of Dedham, etc., 233

Ancestry of Bridget Yonge, 317

Andrew Moore of Poquonock, Ct.,

Book of Blanks, 315

Branch of the Woodruff Stock
(Part 3), 233

Book Notices (contimied) —

Collections of the N. Y. Historical

Soc. for 1897, 315
Connecticut Magazine, Vol. IX,

No. 3, 316.
Cummings Memorial, 235
De Riemer Family, The, l6t
Devon and Cornwall Record Soc.

(Part 0,235
Dexter Genealogy, 159
Digest of Early Conn. Probate

Records, Vol. II, 161
Documents Relating to the Colon-
ial History of New Jersey, Vol.

Eagle's History of Poughkeepsie,

The, 318
Family of Rev. Solomon Mead,

Forman Genealogy, 160
Genealogical and Biographical

Record of the Savery Family,

Genealogy and Descendants of

Henry Kingsbury of Ipswich

and Haverhill, 238
Genealogy of the Crane Family,

Vol. II, 73
Genealogy of the Descendants of

John White of Wenham, etc..

Vol. 111,318
Genealogy of the Descendants of

Nicholas Hodgson of Hingham,

Mass., 75
Genealogy of the Family of Tim-
othy and Eunice Green, 318
Genealogy of the Wells Family,

Genealogy of the Westervelt

Family, 315
Het Brabantsche en liet Gelder-

sche geslacht Van Vlierden, 233
Historical Records of Cornwall,

Ct., 238
Historical Sketch of Bruton Ch.

Williamsburg, Va., 160
History and Genealogy of the

Stackpole Family, 237
History of Ancient Wethersfield,

Ct., 71
History of Berks County, Pa., in

the Revolution, 74
History of Capt. John Kathan, 239
History of Marshfield, 238
History of old Pine Street, 318

Index of Subjects.

Book Notices {continued) —

History of Old Tennent Church,

(2d ed.), 316
History of the Arnold Tavern,

Morristown, N. J., 316
Howard Genealogy, 236
John Crowe and his Descendants,

Johnstone Family Chart, Amer.

Branch, 159
Lexington, Mass., Births, Mar-
riages and Deaths, 316
Lincoln Family of Wareham, The,

Magazine of History, July, 1905,

Marriage Licences of Carolina

Co., Md., 75
Memoranda of the Steams Fam-
ily. 234 , ,
Messages and Proclamations ot
the Governors of Iowa, Vol. VI,
7; VII, 233
Molyneux Family History, 159
New England Cox Families, 73,

New York and the War with

Spain, 74
Old Kittery and her Families, 236
Ontario Historical Society, Pap-
ers and Records, Vol. VI, 235
Order of the Cincinnati in France,

The, 318
Papers of Capt. Rufus Lincoln of

Wareham, Mass, 74
Parish Register of St. Peter's, Va.,

Personal Names of Indians of

New Jersey, 74
Public Papers of Daniel D. Tomp-
kins, Vols. II, III, 72
Public Papers of Geo. Clinton,

Vols. VII, VIII, 317
Record of a Century of Church
Life in the Ref'd Church at
Warsaw, N. Y., 316
Record of My Ancestry. Adden-
da et Corrigenda, 316
Records of the Court of Assist-
ants, Colony of Mass. Bay, 237
Report on Canadian Archives, 72
Revolutionary Soldiers of Red-
ding, Ct., 237
Roosevelt Genealogy, 159
Samuel Griffen of New Castle
Co., Del., and his Descendants,
Series of Plans of Boston, 317
Shaw Records, 234
Some Allied Familes of Kent Co.,

Del. (No. I), 74
Some Descendants of Samuel

Book Notices {continued)—

Comstock of Providence, R. I.,

Some of the Ancestors and Child-
ren of Nathaniel Wilson, Esq.,

Suffolk Manorial Families, Vol.
II (Part 6), 234

Tenney Family, 314

Transactions of the Huguenot
Soc. of So. Carolina, X,75; XII,

Vital Records of Massachusetts,


Vital Records of Rhode Island,
Vol. XIV, 237

Volume of Records Relatmg to
the Early History of Boston, 317

Walt Whitman, 236

Weston Births, Deaths and Mar-
riages, 75

White Family Quarterly, Vol. Ill
(No. 2), 315 .

Worcester, Mass , Soldiers of the
Revolution, 238

Year Book of the Holland Society,

Books for Sale or Exchange, 81, 164,

241, 321
Books in Preparation, 239, 319

Cesnola, Louis Palma di. Biograph-
ical Sketch, 85
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di, Obituary, 65
Clark, Charles Finney, Obituary, 64
Clopper Ancestry (see genealogies)
Cone, Edward Payson, Obituary, 228
Contributors (see authors)
Cornell, Alonzo B., Obituary, 66
Corrections —

Beuell, 314

Yonge, 230

Darling, Charles W., Obituary, 313

De Lancey, Edward F., Biographical
Sketch, 169

De Riemer Family, The, 5

Descendants of William and Eliza-
beth Mott of Great Neck, L. I.,

Donations to the Library (see Acces-

Early Hortons of Westchester Co.,

N. Y., 38
Editorials, 63, 148, 227, 311
English Ancestry of Richard More of

the Mayflower, 213, 29 1
Evans, Thomas Grier, Biographical

Sketch, 245 ; Notice of Death,

148 (inset)


li^nealogical anb ^iograpljical ^eccrir.

Vol. XXXVI. NEW YORK. JANUARY, 1905. No. i.


By Theodore L. DeVinne.

Samuel Putnam Avery, the eldest son of Samuel P. and
Hannah Parke Avery, was born in the city of New York on
March 17, 1822. His father, of old New England stock, (a de-
scendant of Dr. William Avery who settled in 1650, at Dedham,
Mass.), died during the cholera season of 1832, leaving his oldest
son, then a boy but ten years old, with a brother and three
sisters, to begin the struggle for existence. At a very early age
he found employment in the office of a bank-note engraver,
where he had opportunities to cultivate his inclination for the
art of design. While yet a boy he began to fill in his spare time
with engraving on wood, at which he soon became proficient.
Abandoning engraving on copper and steel — an art then most
difficult to enter as a master to one who was young in years and of
slender purse — he undertook to make wood cuts for publishers
and printers.

He entered this field too soon. Printing was then in a state
of transition. The hand press was still used for the printing of
wood cuts, but the pressmen who could properly print wood cuts
were few in number. What was worse, the result of the financial
panic of 1836, and of the great fire of 1835 were still felt, and
New York printers had to be economical to the verge of penuri-
ousness. There were not many who could or would pay a
proper price for a good design or engraving.

Orders for engraving did not come unsought. The positions
of artist and printer were then reversed. The few illustrated
books of merit then published like Harper's Pictorial Bible and
Lossing and Barrett's Field Book were really planned by the
artists, and were accepted by the publishers only after much
importunity. The period between 1840 and 1850 was that of the
comic almanac and the Dave Crockett picture book, the carica-
tured valentine and the coarsest kind of wood cut, and the out-
look for a better appreciation of good prints was not encourag-

During these dreary years of hard work and mean pay, Mr.
Avery was qualifying himself for better things. He studied

2 Samuel Putnam Avery. [Jan-i

with zeal and thoroughness the rules and principles that govern
all kinds of good art and good workmanship. From the study ot
prints and painting he derived instruction of value. To know
why some pictures and prints had been rising steadily in appre-
ciation, while others after brief popularity had fallen into per-
manent neglect, was not to be ascertained by accepting the pop-
ular verdict Nor was it safe to trust too much to the undehn-
able quality known as inherent good taste. He had to search for
the many causes that helped to create meritorious work, to
thoughtfully read the writings and patiently listen to the teach-
ings of the critics of all ages and countries, had to be eager to
hear and slow to decide, had to critically compare the productions
of many masters before he could make for himself just standards
of proportion. . ,

Many years passed before Mr. Avery met with proper recog-
nition as a competent judge of pictures and prints. Mr. WiUiam
T. Walters, a great collector was the first to discern his fitness,
and it was by his advice that Mr. Avery was induced to abandon
engraving on wood and give exclusive attention to the purchase
and sale of works of art. But when recognition did come, it was
hearty and thorough. In 1867 he was appointed commissioner
of the American Art Department at the Universal Exposition m
Paris, where he made many friends among foreign artists. No
man in America has done more to make Europeans acquainted
with the works of American painters; and it is largely to his dis-
cernment that the picture galleries of recent collectors have
been filled with works of permanent value. During the later
years of his life he was accepted by all as a wise judge on all
forms of artistic productions.

It is not, however, his expertness as a judge of pictures that
need be considered in this paper. There is another phase of his
character which will be more gratefully remembered. The
spoken opinion given to-day is not always long remembered.
The good deeds that outlast a man's lifetime and of which the
visible evidences can be found for years to come in many
libraries are the things that will be most kindly recalled. These
visible evidences are books and prints, for the books are, as the
old Roman poet has well said, " more enduring than bronze
They live for centuries, and every year adds to their value, and
in every generation new readers arise to thank the kind fore-
thought that put them in easy reach.

One of the most valuable of these collections is that ot tne
Avery Architectural Library at Columbia College, which com-
prises about 15,000 volumes, given, with a proper endowment, by
Mr. and Mrs. Avery in memory of their deceased son, the archi-
tect, Henry Ogden Avery. There is no collection like it in the
New World. It is doubtful whether there is any as large, as
accessible, and as generally useful in any library of Europe. Of
equal merit is a great collection of prints and books on fine arts
now in the Lenox Library; soon destined to become a part of
the New York Public Library. Whoever examines the hand-
book of this collection must be pleased not only at the dihgence,

I905-] Samuel Putnam Avery. •}

but at the exceeding good taste of the collector, for here are
prints of the best work of all the great engravers. Among them
are old books relating to King Alfred of England and literary
curiosities that one hardly dare mention for the temptation to
expatiate on their merits would protract this paper beyond a
reasonable length.

Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will find in the
upper galleries a wonderful collection of Chinese and Japanese
porcelains that were collected many years ago by Mr. Avery.
They exhibit not only the delicacy and beauty of Oriental art,
but the patience and sagacity of the collector who picked them
up, bit by bit, piece by piece, in many cities and from incon-
gruous surroundings.

Nor has the Typothetae (New York master printers) been
neglected. Its scant collection of thirty years ago was materially
enriched by the bequest of the late William C. Martin, and
additions have been made by many of its members, but no one
has been a more frequent or more helpful contributor than
Mr. Avery.

It is many years since Mr. Avery retired from active business,
but his diligence as a member of literary and civic associations
never abated. To enumerate these societies is to show the many-
sidedness of the man. He was one of the founders and always a
trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for many years sec-
retary of the art committee of the Union League Club, trustee of
the New York Library Association, (Astor, Lenox and Tilden
foundations), ex-president of the Grolier Club, vice-president of
the Sculpture Society, honorary member of the Architecutural
League and of the Typothetae of the City of New York, and cor-
responding member of many foreign artistic societies. He was
a member of the Century, Union League, Players, City, Tuxedo
and other Clubs; a member of the Civil Service Reform Assoc-
iation, Sons of the Revolution, and of the Society of Colonial
Wars; life member of the New York Genealogical and Bio-
graphical Society, and of the American Museum of Natural
History; member of the American Geological, Historical and
Zoological Societies, of the National Academy of Design and the
Chamber of Commerce.

The new charter of the City of New York specially appointed
him a member of the Art Commission which has to decide upon
the rnerit of all statues and mural paintings offered to the city.
This is the least of many evidences that his opinion in all matters
pertaining to fine arts is considered as authoritative. His ser-
vices in this direction, as well as his active interest in the cause
of education, fairly earned for him the degree of A. M., given
some years ago by Columbia College.

These are evidences of ability and activity, and yet they do
not fully represent the man. One may grow old, may acquire
distinction and property, and yet be comparatively friendless;
but Mr. Avery is not only honored but beloved in his declining
years. On his seventy-fifth birthday, March, 1897, a gold medal
of artistic design, modeled by Professor Scharff of Vienna, was

4 Samuel Putnam Avery. [Jan.,

presented to him by seventy-five leading citizens of New York.
This was one way of recognizing his public services, as well as
their appreciation of him as a man. Victor G. Brenner of New
York has also made a portrait medallion of Mr. Avery. One of
the last works of Thomas Johnson, the engraver, was an etching
of the portrait of " his beloved friend, S. P. Avery."

One of Mr. Avery's hobbies was the collection of fine books
in fine bindings. Friendships that he had formed abroad in
in artistic and literary circles had made him acquainted with
foragers of keener discrimination than are usually found among
dealers in old books, and they have helped to add to his collec-
tion. To go through his library is an education in bindings.
One will find there specimens of the best work of the oldest
Italian and the most modern French, German and English
binders. From the stamped' missal of vellum, with silver clasps,
and the carved ivory covers of madieval craftsmen, down to the
carved leather and the brilliant mosaic inlays of Pagnant, one
may find excellent examples of the handiwork of able decorators
of books for more than seven centuries.

Mr. Avery's death was unexpected. He had " grown old
gracefully," and retained his activity and usefulness to the last,
even to marching in procession on some recent day of festival
with his fellow soldiers of the 23d Regiment. For years it had
been his custom to spend the summer with an invalid wife at
Lake Mohonk. He left that place with a niece to transact some
business in this city, and to go on to Atlantic City where he
hoped that sea air would be of benefit, but a sudden attack of
illness compelled him to stop at his home, 4 East Thirty-eighth
Street, where he steadily declined until he died Aug. 11, 1904.

In acknowledgment of a written tribute of love paid to his
memory by his associates of the Grolier Club, Mrs. Avery testi-
fies with earnestness to the unvarying sweetness and serenity of
her husband's disposition during a union which lasted more than
sixty years. He never spoke ill of anyone even when he had
just cause. He did try to be a peace maker as well as a bene-

Mr. Avery's survivors are his widow, Mary Ann Ogden, a son,
Samuel P. Avery, Jr., who, until recently, succeeded his father
in the control of a picture gallery on Fifth Avenue, and a daugh-
ter, the wife of the Rev. P. Welcher of Brooklyn. Benjamin
Parke Avery, his only brother, was Minister to China under
President Grant, and died at Pekin in 1785. A sister married
the Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage and died in 186 1.

At his funeral, a young man made this remark, " I have lost
my best friend. Every month, and sometimes oftener, I was
sure to receive from Mr. Avery a note, inclosing kind words, a
newspaper clipping, or dainty little gifts, all tending to show
that I was loved and remembered." And an eminent artist, now
living abroad said to the writer who told him of Mr. Avery's
death, "The world to me will never seem the same again."

igoj.] The De Riemer Family.

THE DE RIEMER FAMILY, A. D. 1640 (?)— 1903.
Contributed by Rev. W. E. De Riemer.

The progenitors of the De Riemer family in New Amsterdam
were Isaac De Riemer and Lysbet Grevenraet (sometimes
spelled Greveraad, and Greefraadt, and Graeveradt), sister of
Isaac Grevenraet, and daughter of Metje G.

The name De Riemer (variously spelled de Rymer, D'Ryomer,
and De Reamer, De Remer, and Derumer) indicates a French
origin and Huguenot stock, but this couple were from Holland.
Genealogists concede, what a thorough investigation of Dutch
records will doubtless prove, that the family ancestors were
refugees from France who had, some generations previously, on
account of anti- Romish convictions, fled from France and re-
mained in Holland until they had become adherents of the
Reformed religion and users of the Dutch language. G. W.
Schuyler (in Colonial New York, Vol. II, p. 426), says that
Nicholas Gouverneur and his wife Machtelt De Riemer were of
French extraction, but emigrated to New Amsterdam through

I. Isaac ' De Riemer, merchant, m. Lysbet Grevenraet (date and
place not found); she m. (2) Elbert Elbertsen, d. 1655; m. (3)
Feb. 14, 1659, Dominie Samuel Drisius, d. Dec. 25, 1687. Her
will was made July 4, 16S4; proved Jan. 5, 1688. Isaac and Lys-
bet De Riemer's children were:

2 i. Margharetta' De Riemer, m. (i) in the Reformed

Dutch Church of New Amsterdam, June 5, 1658,
Hon. Cornelis Steenwyck, by whom she had seven
children: m. (2) Oct. 20, 1686, Dominie Henricus
Selyns, Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church of
New York, d. 17 12, will proven Feb. 4, 17 12.

3 ii. Pieter De Riemer, b. 1643, probably in Holland; m.

in the New York Reformed Dutch Church, Jan. 10,
1665, Susanna, eldest dau. of Isaac de Foreest and
Saraji du Trieux; d. in New York City, 1702; will
dated Jan. 29, 1697; proven Oct. 5, 1702.

iii. * Machtelt De Riemer, b. Jan. 18, 1644, probably in Hol-
land; m. (i) Nicholas Gouverneur of Huguenot
ancestry, by whom she had two sons: Abraham and
Isaac; m. (2) Oct. 14, 1685, in the Reformed Dutch
Church in New York City, Jasper Nissepadt, baker;
d. in New York City, Sept. 27,1706. Three daughters
were born to Nissepadt.

iv. Huybert De Riemer, (dates of birth, marriage and
death not found); m. Catherine (Smith ?), " dau. of a
prominent family in New York, by whom he left
two children: Isaac and Elisabeth; opposite his

* The descendants of Machtelt and Huybert are not included in the following pages.

6 The De Riemer Family. [Jan.,

name in the Church record are found these words,

" Gestorven Meuis," implying that he died in France

on the river Meuse. "Was a naval surgeon."

Isaac and Lysbet were doubtless married in Holland. Four

children were brought with them to New Amsterdam, unless we

except the fourth. The children's names were: Margaretta,

Pieter, Machtelt and Huybert. Pieter's birth is known to have

occurred in 1643. In his testimony before a Riot Commission

in 1790, he declared himself to be about 47 years of age {Hist.

Col.^ N. v., Vol. Ill, pp. 740-1), and it is supposed that the family

arrived in this country about the time of his birth.

Valentine tells us that Isaac was a prosperous young mer-
chant of the city, but his residence in the city of Manhattan
seems to have been brief, and no reference is found to his death.
Lysbet (Grevenraet) his widow married a second time,
Elbert Elbertsen, a glazier by trade. Elbertsen died suddenly,
Nov. 9, 1655. She was married the third time on Feb. 14, 1659
(Mar. Record, Reformed Dutch Church, New York), to Rev.
Samuel Drisius, assistant pastor of the New York Dutch Church.
Rev. Mr. Drisius died in 1672, but his wife survived him until
Dec. 25, 1687. She brought to him a considerable property, con-
sisting of real estate, and the mercantile effects of her late
husband. In her will, of 'which her son Pieter De Riemer is
made administrator, she mentions Mrs. Margaret Steenwyck,
Machtelt Gouverneur, widow of Nicholas G., deceased, Mr. Pieter
De R., and her deceased son Huybert, and his children Isaac and
Elizabeth, gotten by Catherine. (In the N. Y. Hist. Society,
Abstract of Wills, Vol. I, p. 150, her death is mentioned as
occurring Feb. 13, 1686.

2. Margharetta' De Riemer {Isaac De Riemer, i), m. (1) June
5, 1658, in New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church, Cornelis
Steenwyck; m. (2) Oct. 20, 1686, Dominie Henricus Selyns, Pas-
tor of New York Dutch Church, worshipping in the Fort church
and later m the new church erected on Garden Street. She bore
to Steenwyck seven children:

i. Margariet* Steenwyck, bap. Sept. 17, 1659, in the Re-
formed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam. Wit-
nesses: Dominie Samuel Drisius, Lysbet Greven-
ii. Jacob Steenwyck, bap. Nov. 13, 1661, in the Reformed
Dutch Church, situated in the Fort. Witnesses;
Martin Cregier, Burgomaster, Johannes Van Brugh,
Schepen, and Juffron Judith Stuyvesant, wife of
Director Stuyvesant.
iii. Jacob Steenwyck, bap. Feb. 24, 1664, in the old Fort
Dutch Church. Witnesses: Gillies Van Hoornbeck
and Judith Bayard,
iv. Isaac Steenwyck, bap. Dec. 28, 1666. Witnesses: Dom-
inie Samuel Drisius and Catherine Roelofs. (As
the Dominie regarded himself the godfather of this
child when he made his will in 1669, he bequeathed
his entire library to him.)

1905.] The De Riemer Family, 7

V. Cornelis Steenwyck, bap. April 7, 1669. Witnesses:

Johannes De Peyster and Anueken Lookermans.
vi. Cornelis Steenwyck, bap. July 20, 1671. Witnesses:
Jacob Pieterzen Marius and Elizabet Grevenraets,
their grandmother,
vii. Jacobus Steenwyck, bap. May 25, i676(?). Witnesses:
Dominie Wilhelmus V. Nieuweuhausen and Susanna
de Foreest (afterward the wife of his uncle Pieter
De Riemer).
Note. — It seems to have been the custom of those times when
a young child died to let the next born inherit the name of the
deceased child, hence there were two Jacobs and two Cornelises
in this family. As none of the above children are mentioned in
the marriage list of the Dutch Church, and as none of them ap-
pear in the wills made by either Cornelis* or Margharetta,f it
appears that none of them reached mature years. Hence this
branch of the De Riemer family terminates with this genera-
tion. — Editor.

Margharetta De Riemer was apparently, as she is always
mentioned first, the oldest of the four children of Isaac De
Riemer and Lysbet Grevenraet. The place and date of her birth
are not yet ascertained. Neither have we any account of her
maiden life. The meagre history which is at hand concerns
itself only with her married life, which was indeed most fortun-
ate. She was successively the wife of two men who left marked
impressions on the manners and events of their day — men whose
names will never be dissociated with the formative period of the
great Metropolis.

Her first marriage was celebrated June 5, 1658 {^N. Y. Gen. &■

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