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Claessen — Valencyn or Valentine Claessen, from Transylvania, early at
Harlem, N. Y., later at Fordham, married in 1662, as per the N. Y. Dutch Ch.
Rec, Marritie Jacobs from Beest, Gelderland. Riker says he won his laurels in
an expedition to Esopus, 1660, and that he was ancestor of the Westchester
Valentine family. Wanted the proof of his military service, and of his being
ancestor to the Valentines of Westchester.

L. d. akerly, 550 Park Ave., N. Y. Citv.
Ruff — Would like to know the ancestry of Priscilla Ruff, who on 27 May,

1787, was married to Joshua Williams of Stonington, Conn., and died 5 Aug.,

1788, gravestone in Whitehall Cemetery, Mystic, Conn.

JOHN J. WILLIAMS, 401 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Cook. — Ellis' Cook, wife Martha Coober of Southampton, Long Island;
son AbieP Cook; son Abiel^ Cook; son Abiel* Cook immigrated to New Jersey.
He settled in Upper Freehold, Mommouth Co., at or near Imlayton; son
Nathaniel Cook, b. 1728, m. Margaret Robbins; son Joseph« (perhaps);
daughter Eliza'' Cook, m. Lauren Walton Lacy, Galway, Saratoga Co. Wanted
names of wives, places of birth, deaths and marriages. In fact any information
concerning them. miss jane mckay cowing, Seneca Falls, N. Y.

304 Book Notices. [July,

Ancestry of the following individuals wanted:

Addis. — Elizabeth Addis, b. Sept. 26, 1777, of Durham, Conn.

Richmond. — ^Thomas Richmond (husband of above), b. about 1773; d. be-
fore 1828; of Durham, Conn.

Merritt. — Elizabeth , wife of Abraham Merritt of Portchester, N. Y.

Jones. — Mary , wife of Nehemiah Jones, he d. about Dec. 19, 1805, at

Patterson, N. Y.

Green. — Elizabeth Green of Boston, Mass., who m. Asias'^ Pitkin of
Hartford, Conn. nettie b. eells, 226 W. 58th St.


Editorial Note:— The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society solicits as
donations to its Library all newly published works on Genealogy, History and Biography, as well
as all works on Town, County and State History, or works embodying information regarding the
Vital Records of any and all localities. It also solicits the donation to the manuscript collections
of its library any and all manuscript compilations which bear upon the above mentioned topics.

In consideration of such donations the works so presented to the Society will be at once
placed upon the shelves of its library and will be reviewed in the next subsequent issue of The
New York Gi£Nealogical and Biographical Record, each donation of such character,
wliether in printed or manuscript form, will be reviewed under the head of "Book Notices" and
a copy of The Rkcord containing the review will be sent to the donor.

The Society does 7iot solicit donations of publications or manuscripts on topics foreign to
the above mentioned subjects, as its library is specialized and cannot accommodate material
which does not bear directly upon its recognized sphere of usefulness.

Donations for review in the January issue of The Record should be delivered to the
Society before December ist of the previous year; for the April issue, before March ist; for the
July issue before June ist; and for the October issue, before September ist.

All donations will be generously reviewed with a view of calling the attention of the public
to their good points; but, while generous, the reviews will contain such proper criticism as the
interest of the genealogical student would expect from the editorial staff of The Record.

The "Book Notices" of The Record are carefully read by all librarians as well as
genealogical students, and the review of a work in The Record is equivalent to a special
advertisement of such work.

Letters of transmittal of donations of such works should embody the price of the work
donated and the name and address of the person from whom it can be purchased.

Ye Historie of Ye Tovi^n of Greenwich, County of Fairfield and
State of Connecticut, with genealogical notes on the Adams, Avery, Banks,
Betts, Brown, Brundage, Brush, Budd, Bush, Close, Davis, Dayton, Denton,
Ferris, Finch, Green, Hendrie, Hobby, Holly, Holmes, Horton, Howe, Hub-
bard, Husted, Ingersoll, Knapp, Lockwood, Lyon, Marshall, Mead, Merritt,
Mills, Palmer, Peck, Purdy, Reynolds, Ritch, Rundle, Sackett, Scofield, Sel-
leck, Seymour, Sherwood, Slater, Smith, Studwell, Sutherland, Sutton, Todd,
Waring, Waterbury, Webb, Weed, White, Wilcox, Wilson, and Worden Fam-
ilies ; being a Revision, Amplification, and Continuation of the History of the
Town of Greenwich, published in 1857, by Daniel M. Mead, Major loth Regi-
ment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, by Spencer P. Mead, LL. B. of the New
York Bar. 8vo. cloth, pp. 768, including exhaustive index. Price, bound in
cloth, $5.00, C.O.D.; bound in levant with gilt top, $10.00, prepaid postage and
expressage 45c. extra. Address Spencer P. Mead, 113 West 43rd St., N. Y.
City, N. Y. Published by Knickerbocker Press, New York City. 1911.
Numerous illustrations.

The carefully prepared index to individuals contains seven thousand
seven hundred and thirty-nine names. The volume contains a short account
of the occupation of the town by the Indians ; Indian Legends, and a graphic
account of the Battle of Strickland Plains at Cos Cob in 1644 between the
Indians and the combined forces of the English and Dutch ; descriptive ac-
counts of the early settlers ; early tax lists ; alphabetical list of landowners
prior to 1752 ; alphabetically arranged muster rolls of the officers and men who
served in King George's War; French and Indian War ; Revolutionary War ;
War of 1812; Mexican War; Civil War; and the Spanish-American War.
Incidents of the early settlers, as also of the Revolutionary War, and as Green-
wich was during that war debatable territory, there afe narrated many stirring
accounts of exciting escapes of the patriots from the tories and cowboys, who
frequented the town. Tyron's raid and General Putnam's escapes are pre-

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sented in a new light and some of the traditions relating thereto are very much

This work as a town history is representative in character and embodies
within its limits all of the information so much desired by genealogical
searchers. It is to be hoped that others contemplating the publication of town
histories may use it as an example of painstaking and exhaustive work. All
libraries should have it on their shelves.

Archives of the General Convention (of the Protestant Episcopal
Church in U. S. A.). Edited, by order of the Commission on Archives, by
Arthur Lowndes, D. D.. Vol. HI. Correspondence of John Henry Hobart,
1802-Sept., 1804, cloth, quarto, pp. 604, including index. Printed at the
Merrymount Press, Boston, by D. B.Updike.

We are pleased to receive these archives. All three volumes are valuable
historically and worthy of the great church the records of which are exemplified
therein. In the present book the correspondence of Bishop Hobart is continued.
An alphabetical index to these letters, a list of annotations and of books re-
ferred to are appended.

The Ancestry and Descendants of Gustavus Beall and Thomas
Hugh Beall. By Josiah H. Shinn of Washington, D. C. Pamphlet, pp. 28.

This publication presents the argument made in October, 1911, before the
Registrar of the Daughters of the American Revolution by Mr. Shinn, in
order that one of Gustavus Beall's descendants might be eligible thereto.
That the proof was successful makes the genealogy of interest to students.

Miscellaneous Notes, Pedigrees, Etc., relating to persons of the
surname of Bull. Collected by Joseph Cecil Bull. Printed for private circu-
lation. Parts I and H. London, The St. Catherine Press, 34 Norfolk Street,
Strand, MCMXI. 128 pp. of unrelated items concerning the family name
which will prove of great advantage to delvers along this line.

Index of the Genealogical and Historical Queries and
Answers from the New York Mail and Express, Vol. I. By Miss
Mary E. Sinnott, 1816 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Cloth, quarto,
pp. 113. Privately printed 1911.

Most genealogical students either knew Mrs. Annie Arnoux Haxtun or had
had communication with her through the department which she conducted
until her death in the above mentioned newspaper. She pasted the clippings
in three large scrapbooks and presented them to the Genealogical Society of
Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Miss Sinnott has made a valuable addition to
genealogical lure in making these extracts accessible to the public in this
fashion. The index is printed as Mrs. Haxtun arranged it.

V^'A Century of Achievement, The History of the N. Y, Bible
Society for One Hundred Years. By Rev. Dr. Arthur Lowndes, Vols. I
and n, quarto, pp. 1112, covering the years 1898-1909 inclusive.

These volumes are pleasing accounts of the vicissitudes of the cepturv's life
of this well known and beneficient organization. Volume I is adorned with
portraits of Bishop Hobart, Matthew Clarkson, elected a Manager of the
Society in 1815, the Rev. Henry Hadley Norris of England and the Rev. Dr.
Benjamin I. Haight, 2nd Vice-President. In Volume II are found portraits of
Charles Henry Contoit, Rev. John McVickar, Thomas C. Butler, for many
years treasurer and Agent of the Society, and James Pott, who succeeded to
these offices. The work is well performed and is agreeable to the eye, A short
but inclusive index closes the story.

The Letters of Moore Furman, Deputy Quartermaster General of
New Jersey in the Revolution. Compiled and edited with genealogical notes
by the Historical Research Committee of the New Jersey Society of the
Colonial Dames of America. Cloth, pp. 162, with Bibliography and Index.
Edition limited to 350 copies. Published for the Society by Frederick H.
Hitchcock, N. Y,, 1912.


Book Notices. [July,

We agree with the Committee of Publication that these letters are worthy
to be placed in enduring form. The work has been done, too, in a faultless
manner, and the notes, which enrich the text, add very largely to the value of
the volume.

One of the original purchasers of Newtown, Long Island, where he came
ir» 1656, was John Furman. His ancestors were of Stoke Nayland, Suffolk,
England. Josias, his son, married Sarah Strickland and held some local offices
ill Newtown. Samuel, one of their sons, removed to Hopewell Township,
New Jersey, and it was his son Jonathan who became the father of the writer
of these letters, which begin in 1779. They treat the early years of the Re-
public in a vivid, personal way, and we can endorse this quotation from the
foreword of the book: " They show how desperate the struggle was to finance
the armies of the revolting Colonies; they show how conscientious the men
were who assumed this task and what an important factor they were in the
ultimate success of their cause." A few letters by other hands are added to
lend further significance to the circumstances related in the letters themselves.

Sixteenth Annual Report, 1911, of the American Scenic and
Historic Preservation Society, to the Legislature of the State of New
York. Printed by J. B Lyon Company, State Printers, Albany, N. Y.

This impressive volume is so compendius, so rich in interesting informa-
tion on a multitude of subjects, and so valuable for reference that it confounds
those short-sighted individuals whose province in life seems to be to inveigh
against all organizations which do not just fit into their narrow idea of what is
worth preservation. And withal the reading of the context is interesting in
itself. The record of the work done alone justifies the existence of the
Society. Not only does it include local information but objects having a
world-wide import. The inclusion of biographies of noted Americans makes the
work especially of value to genealogical and historical societies. The volume is
embellished with unusually beautiful views, and taken all in all, every one
Concerned in its production is to be commended for the care and thoroughness
displayed in its attractive pages. A voluminous index is fittingly added.

Quartermaster George Colton and his Descendants, 1644-1911.
Compiled by George Woolworth Colton. Printed for private circulation by
John Milton Colton, Philadelphia, 1912. Octavo, cloth, ill., pp. 588.

The above is an admirable genealogy, modern and scientific in every re-
spect. The ancestor was a public spirited and notable citizen of Longmeadow,
Springfield, Massachusetts.

Class of 1870, Yale College, 1870-1911. Quarto, cloth, ill., pp. 403.
Compiled by Lewis Wilder Hicks, Class Secretary. Boston, Thomas Todd

The Yale blue and the good Yale seal prepare the reviewer for the pleas-
ant task of reading the life stories of the members of Yale, '70. The trail leads
back to the wind-swept hill of Phillips Andover, where so many of the class
prepared for Yale. The two pictures of each graduate, one taken in college,
and the other late in life, show in turn the features of well-bred boys and
mature gentlemen. These are good faces which we see in this book, pure, in-
tellectual, virile, American. The gamut of human experience is found in
these pages, tantalizing ill-health, early death, mediocrity and brilliant success.
It is in some ways a sad task to read this volume, so many of the boys of '70
have gone before. Honor to the Class of '70 and to its alma mater.

Ruggles Homesteads. By Henry Stoddard Ruggles. Quarto, cloth,
ill., pp. 12.

The pictures of the homes of members of the Ruggles family range from
"the stately homes of Merrie England," to splendid colonial mansions in
Massachusetts, and include even residences of to-day of a very modern type.

The Autobiography of Thomas Collier Platt. Compiled and
edited by Louis J. Lang. Octavo, cloth, ill., pp. 556.

The memory of Thomas Platt is still fresh in our minds as we read this
autobiography. In his lifetime there were wide divergences in popular judg-

19 1 2.] Accessions to the Library. 307

merit about him. One man would consider Mr. Piatt as the last word in
political trickery and vileness, while his neighbor would term him a states-
man. Any criticism of Mr. Piatt as self revealed in this book will encounter
the same difference of opinion.

At any rate a few salient facts occur to the reviewer. The book is not
equal in construction to such autobiographies as those of Senator Hoar of
Massachusetts, General Sherman or Grant. It is frankly a compilation.
There is a great deal of material in it which throws a bright light on Senator
Piatt's life, but the material is thrown together too roughly for the finest re-
sults. Yet the prime object of the book is thoroughly accomplished. The life
of the famous political leader is laid bare for the reader without hypocrisy or
pretence. There is your Senator Piatt mirrored to the life.

As to the value of that life we may say that it was sturdy, strong, able,
adroit and successful. Had there been a little more of the moral and ethical
element in it, it would have been great. It is certainly more true to-day than
ever before that a man must be more than able and adroit to be long remem-
bered with affection by the American people. We predict that the next ge^n-
eration will have to delve deeply into the libraries to find out who Thomas
Collier Piatt was.


Scientific School of Yale University. Compiled by William Usher
Parsons, Class Secretary. Yale University Press, 1912, octavo, cloth, ill., pp. 237,

In perusing this well-appointed book we realize the task imposed upon
Class Secretaries of this day in getting out these Class Reports. Of the ut-
most interest to the members of the Class, they are not much less so to many
outsiders. This Society welcomes into its library these condensed biographies
of Sheff. '95.

History and Genealogy of the Family of Hurd in the United
States and a Partial History of the New England Families of Heard and Hord,
including a treatise on Nomenclature, Heraldry, and Coat Armor and Ancestry.
By Dena D. Hurd. Quarto, pp. viii x 339. Privately printed. New York, 1910.

The work is made up of four books in one volume, with index, and has
about 150 illustrations.

The Book I, contains a rare Treatise on Nomenclature (the origin of fam-
ily names), dealing with the changes of spelling and the original meaning of
the name; a valuable Treatise on Heraldry and Coat Armor explains fully the
real meaning and significance of Family Crests and Arms, illustrated with
Arms in their original colors.

The Book II is a full and complete History and Genealogy of the Family
of Hurd, the origin of the name, with the Crest and Coat-of-Arms in their origi-
nal colors, with a full explanation of their meaning.

The Book III is a History and Genealogy of the Family of Hord, the ori-
gin and meaning of the name, with the Crest and Coat-of-Arms in the original
colors as in Book II.

The Book IV is a History and Genealogy of the Family of Heard, the
origin of the name, the Family Crest and Coat-of-Arms in the original colors.

Price, $7.50 for regular, and $10.00 for the Author's Autograph Volume.
Address Dena D. Hurd, CoUegeport, Texas.

March i, to June, i, igi2,
Colton, John Milton. — George Colton and His Descendants.
Commission on Archives. — Archives of General Convention, Hobart Corre-
spondence, Vol. III.
Converse, E. C. — Count Rumford and Thompson Genealogy.


Accessions to the Library. [July, 1912.

Hicks, Rev. L. W. — Biographical Record of Yale College, Class of 1870.

Hurd, Mrs. Dena D. — Hurd Genealogy.

Lang, Louis J. — Autobiography of Thomas Collier Piatt.

Macllvaine, Mrs. A. — Letters of Moore Furman.

New York Bible Society.— A Century of Achievement, 2 vols.

Parson, \Vm. Usher. — Record of Yale College, Class of 1895.

Ruggles, Henry Stoddard. — Ruggles Homesteads.

See, Mrs. Horace. — American Scenic and Hist. Preservation Society. Report.

Sinnott, Mary E. — Index to Mail and Express Queries.

Turner, C. H. B. — Rodney's Diary.

Ward, Mrs. Charles Dod. — Sanders Genealogy, McKay Genealogy.

Pamphlets, etc.
Atkinson, Mrs. M. Lindsay. — Lindsay Family Report.
Bristol, Mrs. R. D. — Taft Family Gathering.
Bull, J. Cecil.— Bull Family.
Cook, W. Burt, Jr. — Bible Records, manuscript.
Cowing, Janet McKay.— Bible Record of Everingham and Teal Families,

De Jordy, Rev. G. A. — Casavant Family.
Duiilap, B. — Sacramento Society of California Pioneers.
Eeils, Nettie Barnum. — Eells Pedigree.
Fairfield Historical Society. — Reports.
Fitch, Winchester.— An address given at N. Y. Society Order of Founders and

Free Public Library. — Reports.
Gay, W. W. — Robinson Pedigree.

Griffin, Walter Kenneth.— Dings and Pulver Families, manuscript.
Harvard University. — Register.

Hatfield, Mrs. Abraham, Jr. — Tax List of New York, manuscript.
Heely, Mrs. L. C. — Eastern Argus.

Monnette, Orra E. — Will of Mary Ramsey, manuscript.
N. Y. Public Library.— Bulletins.
Newport Historical Society. — Bulletins.
Sanford, Ferdinand V. — Baird Family.
Shinn, Josiah H. — Descendants of Gustavus Beall.
Siebert, W. H.— Loyalists in Prince Edward Island; Mass. Loyalists in Bristol,

Eng.; Flight of American Loyalists to British Isles.
Totten, John R.— Graduates U. S. M. A., Bulletins; Register of Officers and

Cadets, 191 1; Wm. Penn Memorial.

Other Accessions.
Abbe Genealogy.

American Catholic Magazine.
American Monthly Magazine.
Annals of Iowa.
Archives Heraldiques.
Carr Family.

Commonwealth Probates, Part L
Ellis Family.

Essex Institute Hist. Collections.

Families of Caspar, Henry Baltzer and George Spengler.
Fenton Family.
Genealogica Espanola.

Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio,
History of Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium.
Iowa Journal of History and Politics.
Journal of American History.
Leonard Family.
Martin Genealogy.
Massachusetts Magazine.

July, 1912.] New York Gen. and B tog. Record.

Mayflower Descendant.

Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica.

Narraguagus Valley.

N. E. H. & Gen. Register.

New Harlem Register.

Notes and Queries.

Ohio Archcelogica and Historical Quarterly.

Olde Ulster.

Parish Registers of Holy Trinity Church.

Pedigree Register.

Peirces' Colonial Lists.

Revolutions of the Empire of Charlemagne.

Somerset County Historical Quarterly.

Southampton Town Records, Vol. I.

South Carolina Hist, and Gen. Magazine.

Utah Gen. and Historical Magazine.

Virginia Magazine.

Wakefield Vital Records.

Weybourn-Wyborn Genealogy.

Wheeler Families.

William and Mary College Quarterly.


New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

































;. New York Gen. and Biog. Record. [July, 1912.

Manuscripts Wanted






l8t. Manuscript genealogical records of New York City or State families,
embodying record of the original settler in New York and the first five
(5) succeeding generations of said settler's descendants.

2nd. Manuscript genealogical records of families not of New York origin, em-
bodying record of the original settler and the first five (5) succeedmg
generations of his descendants— provided that such material submitted
for acceptance has not been previously published elsewhere, or where
such articles make material and unquestioned corrections in matter
previously published.

Jrd. Articles on family Coats-of-Arms giving authentic demonstration of the
right of American families to use such Arms. Colored or engraved
plates of such demonstrated Arms will be taken under consideration for
publication to accompany such articles,

4th. Verified and complete records of old churches in New York City and
State, and in territory contiguous thereto, including vital records of
births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials.

5th. Verified and complete transcriptions of old burial ground inscriptions
from New York City and State burying grounds, and from territory taken
contiguous thereto.

6th. Biographical and genealogical sketches of individual ancestors, to be ac-
companied by a reproduction of portrait and signature of such ancestors.

7th. Auto-biographical sketches, with genealogical addenda, of living Amer-
icans of national reputation. These articles are intended to permit
living men of reputable prominence to secure the publication of sketches
of themselves which bear the authority of their personal sanction.

Manuscripts submitted for approval must be in form to go to press, and
must be written in easily deciphered writing— preferably type-written— on but
one side of the paper with a margin of one inch at top and left hand side of

Purely genealogical manuscript must be arranged in the proper gene-
alogical order and sequence and numbered as to generations, &c., after the
manner adopted by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.

Those who have any such manuscripts, and who desire to have the same
published, are invited to submit the same to this Society before making
arrangements for publication elsewhere— as if the material submitted for con-
sideration is original and of value an arrangement for the publication of the
same satisfactory to the compiler can undoubtedly be made with this Society.

Address all communications to the

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society,

Editorial Department. 226 West S8th Street, New York City.

(In answering advertisements, please mention this Publication.)

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