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Ferree, Barr, Sec'y- — The William Penn Memorial.
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Cowdrey Genealogy.

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Illustrations. Portrait of Edwin Henry Weatherbee Frontispiece

Davenport Coat-of-Arms Facing 189

1. Edwin Henry Weatherbee. By Richard Henry Greene . . 109

2. "Frome" Van Buskirk. The Wanderings of a New York

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Vol. XLIII. NEW YORK, APRIL, 1912. No. 2.


By Richard Henry Greene.

Edwin Henry Weatherbee, son of Henry Micajah and Mary
Angell Weatherbee, was born at Chatham, Columbia Co., N. Y.,
Sept. 23rd, 1852. It was my privilege to bring him into this Society
and he became a life member Jan. 6th, 1896; and in 1890 was
elected to fill the vacancy in the Board of Trustees caused by the
death of Samuel Burhans, Jr.

He was prepared for college at the Amenia Seminary and
Hopkins Grammar School at New Haven, Conn. He entered Yale
University and was graduated in the Academical Department in 1875
with the degree of A. B. After teaching for two years as principal
of the High School of his native city, he entered the School of Law
in Columbia University, and was graduated in 1879 with the degree
of IvL.B. and was admitted to the New York bar. For three years
he was associated in the office of the U. S. District Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, under Hon. Stewart Lyndon
Woodford, District Attorney, who had been Colonel and Brevet
Brigadier General in the War for the Union, Lieutenant Governor
of the State of New York, and since United States Minister
Plenipotentiary to Spain.

On Nov. 15th, 1881 Mr. Weatherbee married Miss Amy Henri-
etta Constable, daughter of the late James M. Constable, of the firm
of Arnold, Constable & Co., the great mercantile house founded by
Aaron Arnold in 1816, who was the grandfather of his wife, and of
which he became the head, and was sole manager at the time of his
death, having entered the firm in January, 1882.

John Wetherby came at the time of the Puritan emigration in
1630-32, during the conflict between Charles I and Parliament.
He came from Norfolk, the Puritan section of England. There is
a town named Wetherby in Yorkshire. The name is variously
spelled, changes occur in the first vowel and the termination, but
undoubtedly the family is one. John the emigrant ancestor, mar-
ried early in 1672, Mary, daughter of John Howe, Jr., born Jan.
18th, 1654. John Howe, Senior, came from Warwickshire. Both
families lived in Sudbury and Marlborough, Mass.

I lO Edwin Henry Weatherbee. [April,

John and Mary Wetherby had three sons : Joseph, born Sept.
18th, 1672, who married Elizabeth, Feb. 9th, 1699 ; John, born
March 26th, 1675 ; and Thomas, born Jan. 5th, 1678, married
Hannah Woods, daughter of John and Lydia Woods, Feb. 20th,
1699. She was born in Marlborough in 1677, and died Jan. 23rd,
1713. Thomas and Hannah had : Thomas, born in 1705 and Silas in
1707. They removed to Grafton, and again to Shrewsbury, Mass.

John Woods was the eldest son of John Woods of Sudbury, who
was the Sergeant of the garrison house in King Philip's War, and
John Wetherby also volunteered at that time to defend the town.
The time assigned me is inadequate to trace the line to the subject
of our sketch, but enough has been said to show his earliest an-
cestors were patriotic Puritan men and women.

The father of Mr. Weatherbee was prominent in politics, and in-
terested in early railroads. He was elected to office, and showed in
his administration thereof the training he had received from his an-
cestors. He married Mary Angell, a descendant of Thomas' Angell,
born in England in 1618, who came to this country on the Lion in
1630 from lyondon with Roger Williams. He was a minor. He moved
to Salem, Mass. in 1631, and went with Williams to Providence,
R. I. in 1636. His wife Alice died in 1693 and he the next year.
They had two sons and four daughters : John^ Angell, born 1646,
died July 27th, 1720, married Jan. 7th, 1669, Ruth Field, daughter
of John. She died 1727. He served in King Philip's War, they
had four sons and two daughters. Danier born May 2nd, 1680,
married Hannah Winsor, she died June 16th, 1750. Ezekiel*, born
1722, was a baptist minister at Smithfield, R. I. He married Ruth
Sprague, and died Sept. 27th, 1782. She was born Dec. 6th, 1728,
and died Dec. 22nd, 1816. Joshua', the third son, born at Smith-
field, March 29th, 1760, served as a soldier in the Revolution, though
but fifteen when the war commenced. He married Mehitable Man-
ton. They removed in 1807 to Kinderhook, N. Y., and later to
Chatham in the same County. He died Feb. 10th, 1838, and his
wife Oct. 2nd, 1825. John", the eldest child, born Aug. 20th,
1794, at Johnson, R. I., married Amy A., daughter of Joseph
Harger. She died May 11th, 1874. They had three sons and Mary
Angell who married Henry M. Weatherbee.

The Harger family lived at Stratford and Derby, Conn, The
tradition states that they were Huguenots, and came from New
Rochelle, N. Y., into that state. Jabez Harger, born in 1642, who
married in 1662, Margaret, daughter of Henry Tomlinson, and died
in 1678. They had Samuel, born Sept. 29th, 1663, Ebenezer, born
Dec. 25th, 1674, Abraham, born April 1st, 1677, and Jabez,
posthumous. This was the family of Joseph Harger, the great-
grandfather of Mr. Weatherbee. His great-grandmother Mehit-
able Manton, shown above, was the daughter of Daniel Manton and
Patience Eddy. This family was of Providence, R. I., the earliest
being Edward who lived there until his death in 1682.

Daniel Manton was one of the organizers of a Troop of Horse,
chartered by the Assembly of Rhode Island in 1775. It was called

i9'2.] Edwin Henry Weatherbee. Ill

the Captain Generals Cavaliers. They did duty about their home
town Providence, and in May, 1783, the return of the officers was
approved by the General Assembly as follows: Daniel Manton,
captain ; Caleb Harris, first lieutenant ; Nicholas Eddy, second
lieutenant; John King, Jr., cornet, and William Waterman, quarter-
master. Mr. Weatherbee joined the Sons of the Revolution as a
descendant of Captain Manton.

Mr. Weatherbee, as before stated, married Miss Amy Henrietta
Constable, daughter of James M. Constable, a native of Storington,
Surrey, England, and Henrietta, his wife, daughter of Aaron Arnold,
who came from the Isle of Wight, England, where for generations
his ancestors had lived on a property known as, Waytes Court,
Broxton. This name Mr. Weatherbee gave to his place on the
shore at Mamaroneck, N. Y., which was originally part of the De
lyancey family's grant from Qu.en Anne of England.

Mr. Weatherbee found tine amid his engrossing business and
social engagements to travel, visiting all parts of the world and
some places frequently. He has been a successful competitor at
various horse shows, and has taken an interest in yachting, driving,
riding and sports of variojs kinds, while his taste for literature and
the arts was not neglect^.d.

The end came unanaounced and quietly, while in company of
his wife and daughters at the performance of " Ea Boheme" at the
Metropolitan Opera House. Just as the curtain rang down on the
last act he slipped from his chair and became unconscious. In the
box with them. Dr. Samuel Milbank, the fiance of his daughter,
was present and gave every attention. He was removed to his home
and remained in a critical condition from that evening, (the 7th),
until he died, Sunday, Feb. 11th, 1912, in the 61st year of his age.

His children : Henrietta Constable Weatherbee (Mrs. Caleb
Potter Read;, Hicks Arnold Weatherbee and Mary Angell Weather-
beee, who is engaged to Dr. Samuel Milbank, were all with him at
the end. The city home was at 240 Madison Avenue.

He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Sons of the
Revolution, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society,
New England Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art and American
Museum of Natural History, and the following Clubs: Union
League, Metropolitan, Yale, University, Reform, City, Riding and
Driving, Michaux Bicycle, Knollwood, Jockey, New York Yacht,
American Yacht, Earchmont Yacht, Westchester Horse Show Asso-
ciation, and a director of the Y. M. C. A.

Notwithstanding this, he seldom spent any time at any of these
for he was not a clubman. He was essentially a home man, and
was happiest there ; and when he strolled over his estates, or drove
up to his different places, or sailed in his launch upon the sound,
he always wanted some of his dear ones with him in his usual trips
at the week-ends, when at home; for every year he went abroad,
though he had travelled extensively in many different countries, as
well as having seen all parts of his own.

112 Edwin Henry Weatherbee. [April,

His love of family was not confined to his own domestic circle,
for he was interested in the scenes and homes where his ancestors
had lived ; so much so that he had purchased many of these, on
both sides, thus showing his fondness for them and their surround-
ings. These he not only restored, but enlarged and fitted up, add-
ing artistic decorations, and beautifying with rare and costly woods
and ornaments ; sometimes supplementing the skill of his architects
with his own contributions gathered in his travels; and in the house
upon the Sound, he reproduced many of the old world features in a
more beautiful and elaborate copy, which the old Hall on the Isle
of Wight could not aspire to.

His was a sunny disposition, full of mirth and witticism, this
playfulness was very noticeable even at the last meal with his
family. His good taste and kindness held him in check, remembering:

" True wit is like a brilliant stone,

Dug from the Indian mine,
Which boasts two different powers in one,

To cut as well as shine.
Genius, like that, if polished right.

With the same gifts abounds,
Appears at once both keen and bright.

And sparkles while it wounds."

It is so easy for the wit to be led into the playful word that
makes a wound, perhaps an enemy for life, like Poor Yorick, whose
" wild way of talking cost him ten enemies for every joke." This
man was far too tender for that.

I have spoken of the places bought by him, yet, in acquiring
these he never disturbed the former owner or occupant, but drew
them into a friendly employment, and on his visits talked with
them of his plans and theirs, with all the friendliness of equals.
Here was the explanation of the respect and love from all his sub-
ordinants, in business and other places. Arrogance and oppression
were never in his treatment of any man. Augustine's rule applies
to him: "Make companions of few, be intimate with one, deal
gently with all, speak evil of none." His college room-mate seems
to have been his close friend to the end.

He was passionately fond of nature, and Columbia County between
the broad Hudson and the magnificent Berkshires was just the place
for its full enjoyment; not merely this, but education, and as

Milton says :

" In contemplation of created things,
By steps we may ascend to God."

So of that other fondness which he had — music. Whoever
knew any but a good man with these ? Shakespeare truly says

" The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons," —

and all the world is ready to admit the truth, and then rise to the
higher note of Dr. George W. Bethune: " Music, celestial visitant !
so familiarize us with thy high and saintly language in this lower

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Sphere, that we may be the better purified and prepared to join in
the new song, in that clime, whence thou hast thy source."

Mr. Weatherbee was a member of the Church of the Incarna-
tion, Madison Avenue and 35th Street. He was also a Vestryman
of that church, and an intimate friend of its pastor. Rev. H. C.
Robbins, its rector.

The business will be continued by the family, and Hicks Arnold
Weatherbee, his only son, a graduate of Yale, of the class of 1908,
will manage it for them. May the virtues of the father be so im-
pressed that there may be no diminution of upright faithfulness
in the business and of the family.

The funeral services were held at the Church of the Incarnation,
Madison Avenue and 35th Street, and the large attendance testified
to the estimation in which the deceased was held by a large circle
of friends, representing every walk in life.

The Wanderings of a New York Family.

By W. L. Bartlett.

Genealogy has its surprises and romances. The typical delver
into vital records does not suggest much romance, it is true, in
his round-shouldered search of maddening indices, but he often
uncovers a story which traces a thread of romance through
centuries. Imagine the pleasurable interest with which a man
discovers that some New England ancestor was hanged as a
witch at Salem. Among the surprises of genealogy may be
mentioned the Scotch-Gaelic speaking negroes whom Kipling
speaks of in his " Captains Courageous." And in Creole Louis-
iana the very names on the streets have a French and Spanish
background which fades into romance. Back of all this is the
sombre tinge of black blood, which often brings tragedy into
genealogical research. Witness the young man of wealth and
honored name who incautiously consulted the parish register
only to find " F.M.C." (free man of color) against his maternal
grandfather's name. He committed suicide and his beautiful
sister became insane.

In a certain Massachusetts city a few years ago lived a man
whose ancestry, while not at all famous, suggests several points of
interest. He was commonly called "Frome" van Buskirk. A
little inquiry into his Christian name would show that it was
spelt " Vroom." In a land of Adamses, Lunts, Dows and Eatons,
a land of as thorough Yankee connotation as can be found, lived
the owner of this Dutch patronymic, which would have passed
muster in Amsterdam itself.


1 1 A. "Jerome" Van Buskirk. [April,

But Vroom van Buskirk was not Dutch in appearance, manner
or thought. He was as thorough a Yankee, to look at him, as any
Adams or Eaton among them. In fact he had become a perfect
part of his environment. As for van Buskirk's ancestry the
reader has of course placed him as Dutch of the first water,
Dutch as windmills, or cheese, or anything else which suggests
the heroic land of dikes and canals. But if you asked the man
himself what he was, he would have answered that he was a Nova
Scotian. Yes, in the county histories of the Annapolis Valley
will be found the genealogies of the Vrooms and the van Bus-
kirks. There in a country wrested from the Indians by the
French, and from the French by the English, within a short jour-
ney of Longfellow's Grand Pre these families have been Nova
Scotian farmers for three or four generations. Here they were
and are indistinguishable from the English families about them,
yet retaining their Dutch Christian names, and preserving the
Dutch pronunciation. What Englishman would pronounce
Vroom as " Frome ? "

The Vrooms and van Buskirks were British Tories who were
brought to Nova Scotia from New Jersey and New York at the
close of our Revolutionary War. Thus they figure not as listless
subjects of whatever power they happen to be under, but as
profound partizans. They were enthusiastically loyal to King
George, so much so that they sacrificed their properties and their
homes for his cause.

We can but wonder if these families accepted British domina-
tion as eagerly as they afterwards clung to it. What were their
feelings when Col. Richard Nichols sailed up New York Bay with
his "three hundred valiant red-coats"? Search of Diedrich
Knickerbocker's famous history fails to identify them as welcom-
ing the dreaded English ruffians, and it is more probable that
they were among the sullen Dutch who gazed at the English
troops from their garret windows, and resolved to get even with
their conquerors by not inviting them to dinner.

We have now traced " Frome " van Buskirk's genealogy to its
first American setting and there we will leave him. America has
many similar stories of the vicissitudes and wanderings of family
names, as interesting as those of Europe. The story of these
Dutchmen had its parallel in some German stripling, straying in
advance of the great Germanic invasion into Provincia Cisalpina,
there to be plowboy, warrior, and then, with a Latinized name,
master to the effeminate Roman noble whom he served. Thus
" Frome " van Buskirk, working at his trade in Yankee Land
brings to our mind the Dutch settler of New Amsterdam, whose
hate for his British conqueror changed into such loyalty that he
endured exile for his king's sake. He was transported to far off
Nova Scotia, only to return after a few generations to accept the
ideas and principles of those colonists with whom he scorned to
cast his lot in Revolutionary days. There as a plain Yankee, un-
mindful of his piquant ancestral history, he rounded out his life
and was gathered to his fathers.

I9I2.] Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Hunt, the Loyalist. I I 5




By a. W. Savary, M.A.

Wyman's Hunt Genealogy is not only obscure m construction
and unscientific in form generally, but abounds in errors, at least
in connection with the family to which Col. Hunt belonged.
The author professes to rely for the earlier section ot his
" New York Line " on the genealogical notes and other data in
Bolton's History of Westchester County, no doubt a splendid work
as far as it deals with ordinary matters of county history, but not
so reliable in the pages of the appendix devoted to pedigrees.
His errors have been pointed out to me by my esteemed corres-
pondents George T. Fish, Esq., of Rochester, N Y., and Benjamin
W Hunt Esq., of Eatonton, Georgia, to whom with Doctor
William L. Macy of King's Park Hospital, N. Y., I am much
indebted for extracts from wills and other matter used m com-
piling the earlier part of this record. At the close of the
revolutionary struggle Benjamin Hunt, after strenuous mihtary
service came to Nova Scotia and settled at Upper Clements m
the Township of Clements, in what is known as the Ryerson
Settlement about five miles from the town of Annapolis Royal,
where he was until his death a prominent and influential citizen.
In his deposition before the Commissioners appointed to take
evidence on the claims of the Loyalists for compensation for
their losses, sworn at Annapolis Royal, Oct. i6, 1786, and copied
in vol 18 pp. 147-165, of the evidence as transcribed for the
New York Public Library, he gives three clues as to his origin
and identity: ist he was a native of Eastchester; 2nd he was a son
of Moses Hunt; 3rd he had been firmly attached to the crown

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