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L>30 GEXEALOGICAL AXD FAMILY HISTORY

niarl)!('. o\-er wliicli are tlii' anus of Shii'ley. iiupaliiisi,' Okcnvcr.
with their crests earved in stone, and on either side a hirge
fignre of an angel; on the tablet is the following inscri^ttion :

In the year 1(353
when all things Sacred were throughout ye nation
Either demolished or profaned.
Sr. Robert Shirley Barronet,

Founded this church.
Whose singular praise it is,
to iiaue done the liest things in ye woi-st times.

and
hoped them in the most callamitous.
The righteous sliall be had in everlasting remem1)rance.

Beneath the liattlements of the chancel are also these words
carved in lai'ge ca])ital letters:

SIR ROBERT SHIRLEY, BARONET, FOUNDER OF THIS
OHVROH, ON WHOSE SOVL GOD HAVE MERCY.

Their third son, Robert Shirley, mari-ied, Oct(^l)er l', 1()98,
Elizabeth Washington (eighth in descent from John Washing-
ton, of Wliittield county Lancaster. He died at Bath, and was
buried in the chui'ch of Staunton Harold; in tlie soutli aisle of
tlie church of Lower Eatington, in Warwickshire, the ancient
burial [ilace of the family, the Honorable George Shirley erected
a monument to his father's memory, with the following:

This monument is erected to the Memory of the Right Hoidile
Robert Earl Ferrers, and to his second Wife Selina. daughter
of George Finch, of the City of London, es(|.

He was called to the Houvse of Lords by King Charles the
second.

by the title Baron Fen-ers of Cliartley, with the Precendency
thereto lielonging.

l)y Avrit under the Great Seal of Englaiul, dated the 1-l-th
Uecem Anno 1677.

And by the same Right Baron Bovclner and Baron Lovain.

He was blaster of the LTorse to X Catherine Queen Dowager
in MMVl

.\nd high Stewai'd of her Household.



CEXEALOCICAL AND FAMILY HISTORY l^31

and ill Ki!'!' sworn of the Priv\- ('ouncil to Kiui;- William
the III

And in ITll was one of the Lords of Council to Her Ma-
jesty, Queen Anne, who by ])atent dated tlie I'rd of Sepr. 1711
advanced him to tlie dignity of Earl Ferrers
and \^iseount Tamworth.
He was lior)i at tlie time liis father Sir Koliert was imi)i-isoned
in the Tower by the Usurper Oliver Croniwell, and died there
not without suspicion of poison.

He niai-ried to liis fii-st wife P]lizal)etli daughter and heir
of Lawrence Washington, of Garesdon, in the county of Wilts
Esijrc l)y whom he had issue ten sons and seven daughters.

To his second wife Selina daugliter of George F'incli of tlie
city of Lo]i(h)n Es(|i'e by whom lie had five sons and five
daughters.

He was l)orn Oct. Kl-ll and died the "Joth of Decern. 1717
aged sixt\-se\'en vears and lies in the familv vavlt of tliis
Ohvrcji

This family is descended by an heir female from the Ancient
Family of Devereux. Earls of Essex and W. Viseovnt of Here-
ford and Lord Ferrers of ('hartley by their intermarriages with
the second sisters of the Earl of Essex, the favorite of Queen
Elizabeth, who was lieheaded aliont the year (16(i()) which inter-
nianiage entitles the noble family to (piarter the King's Arms.

His daughter (by the second wife) Lady Mary, born at
St-umton X(tv. '1 bp. the ?->\\ 1701*. mtir. in the I>isho]) of London's
Chapel at Fulhani July M 172:* Ohnrles Tryon ob. Xov. 2S. 1768.
she was bu. at Twickenham where a plain lii'ick altar tomb
(which covers the remains of her mother Selina Countess
Ferrers) is inscribed —

"Here lies the body of
The iiiyht Honble Lady ]\Iary Tryoii.

of Bui wick, in Northam]ttonshire

(t (bui<j;hter of Rol)ert Earl Fei'rers.

She (lied ^lay 17. 1771. aged (iS.

Also the body of :

Lieut. General >Vil!iaiii Tryon

son of Charles Tryon

of Xortliam|)tonshire. Es(|i-e.

i.^' the above mentioned Lad>- .Mai\-



282 (jtWI'JALOGICAL AXD FAMILY IIISTOPY

Tjfite (Tovenior of the Pi-oviiice

of New York & Colonel of

the 29tli Regiment of Foote

who died the -7th of Jannai'v 17S8

aged 58 years.

( )n tlie sides are inscriptions for Mrs. Margai'et, widow of
Governor Ti-you, ob. Fehruai-y, 1S19, ae. 8(); and the daughters,
Mary S., July 26, 1791, ae .".O, and Anne, ol). Jnly 1(1, 1822, ae 82.

Thtir tenth son, Laurence Sliirley, n. Septenilier 26, KiDo,
ol). Apiil 27, 174."'. married Ann 'daughter of "Sir Walter
("larges, Bart, of "St. Martins in the Fields," county Middle-
sex"), ob. ]^Iay 27. 17S2. Their seventh son, AA^illiam Shirley,
ob. 1780. mari'ied Margaret, daughter of Sir Alexander
Bathurst, Bart.; their sou, William Shirley, second, died in Lou-
don, married Augusta, daughter of Sir George Hastings, of
Suss( X. Theii- son, William AVi'ight Shirley, boi'U in England,
Sei)tem';er 29, 1797, died in Xew York city. ^Farch 8, 1865, mar-
ked there, in St. Stephen's Fi)i<copal church, August 15, 1818,
Elizabeth G. Coddington. born December 15, 1799. died July 16,
1880, daughter of Closes Coddington, "Gentleman of America"
(descendant of Governor Coddington of Rhode Island, by his
son John, who went from Rhode Island to New Jersey), who
married. Xovember 4. 1789, Sarah Petty, born August 29, 1770,
died August 25, 1808, daughter of l^avid Petty and Ann Garwich.

Tlieir son, William Fearclo Shirley, born ^larch 4, 1833,
died Xovember 14, 19('8, married, in Christ P]piscopal church,
Apiil 14, 1864, Caroline Chester Sidell. l>orn duly 12. 1848. died
Xov(nil)er 15. 190."). Xatives of Xew York city; married, died
and buried there.

Their only son, Rufus George Shii-ley, born at 5.") West
Thirty-seventh street, August 7, 187."), resides at 71 (! ^ladison
aveiiue, X( w A'di'k city; baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal
Church. A lie])ublican in politics. Tie early e\in(H'd a desire



GENEALOGICAL AXD FAMILY IIISIORY 'ias

for knowledge in iiiilit:ii\' ta.'tics. mid entered tlic .Militaiy
Aea<lenn' at Peekskill for ti-aijiiny. receiving at tlie age of twelve
a diploma for skill in dri I. I.atei- lie became a student at Trin-
ity School, and fr(!m there i):>-eil on to the Colnmhia Institute,
ac(|niring in eacli proticiencv in otliir studie-. He ti.ially grad
uated in .hnie. l^IM, from the Duiniy School, in Trenton, Xew
Jersey. I'.y the ch'sii-e of his fathei' and tie,' i^iHuence of tlu-ir
intimate friench tlie late (lovernoi- lioswell W Flowei', he was
ait))ointed a cadet in the Tiiited States Xava.l Academy, rooming
with Cadet Worth l>agley. of Kaleigh, Xorth Carolina (uxifor-
tnnately the first naval officer to lose his life in the Spanish-
American war. being the second officer in conmnind of the Cnited
States torpedo boat "Winslow." A shell from a masked liat-
tery at Cardenas Harboi- exi)loded directly over the forward
part of the boat, where he and half the crew were standing, and
they were lilown to ]>ieces). After lii-^ return to Xew York city
he was ai)pointed, in ISil,"). a ch-rk in. the home oflice of the Xew
York Life Insurance Coii!i)any. I>eing alert both mentally and
physicall>'. ind.nstrious. genial invX kindly in natu.re, with keen
])ereeption, aptne-^s in eniergem/ies and (|uiek resentment of in-
fringements, at the expiraticm of five years he was advanced
(in li)()l)) and made assistant manager of the IV/oadway branch,
and ten days later to the jtusiticn he now occupies, as agency
director of the St. James b-ajch, at ;5Ji» Fifth av( nue, X'ew \'ork
city. His reputation is a.n attractive character, of wide observa-
tion, broad and libei'al \'iews, fi'ank and ei'.rnest in his (t)>inions,
and is gratified with the satisfaction ;ind contiden( e of the com-
pany. His fond.ni'-s foi- tra\eling lia> made hini a tourist for
considfrable extent in Amrri,'a. In 19l!l he went abro;id for a
sojourn of ten weeks, ])assing through Holland, lu'lginm and
the northern part of Frni'i-e, :;nd csi-ccinl;.' \-i\-idly recalls with,
much pleasure a private coaching trip from London to Chester,



2,34 (lESEALOaiCAL AXI) FAMILY fllSTOHV

up the valley oi' tlic Tlnuip-, tliroui;!! inaiiN" beautiful estates,
and lieiuff eiitei'taiued at Lmd Xni'tli's estate at Waxton Al)l)ey.
He is a.n ardent admirer (if nutdoor recreation, )»eing a close
pursuer of lar<i,e gauie in tlie ('aiuidiau woods, ar.d an enthusi-
astic discii)le of Isaak Walton.

He is vice president of the North Lake Fish and Game
(Mul), of Montreal, Canada, and the Delta Clii Club of New York,
and is a member of the societies: St. George's Society of New
York, Veteran Corps of Artillery (New York), Historical So-
ciety, New England Society, Military Society of the War of
1812, St. Nicholas Society, Sons of the Revolution, Sons of the
American Revolution, Society of Colonial A\'ars, Hugnenot So-
ciety, Metroi)olitan ^ruseum of Art, American Museum of Nat-
nral History, Veteran Volnnteer Firemen C^ounty of Richmond.
Naval Athletic Association, Army Athletic Association, and
Helta Chi Fraternity. He is a veteran of the Fourth Division,
First Naval Battalion, Naval ^Militia, New York; first lieutenant
Comjiany H, Ninth Regiment, N. G., N. Y.

Shirley Ai-ms : Earl Ferrers. Paly Or and Azure : A can-
ton Ermine. Sujiiiorters. Dexter, a talbot Ermine, eared Gules
and ducally gorged Or. Sinistei a reindeer Gules, attired and
ducally gorged Or and charged on the shoulders with a horse-
shoe Argent, (^'est — A Inist of a Saracen in })rotile and coujied
])roper, wreathed about the tem])'es Or and Azure, blotto —
Honor ^''irtutis Praemium.

Connecting this remote ancestry with numerous prominent
persons of the Colonial and the War of the Revolution period
through the sti'uggles of the nineteenth century to their descend-
ants, many of whom are citizens of the ]iresent New York, to the
(ii-igin, of Mr. Shirley's matei-nal ancestors, natives of Holland,
Sweden, France and England, the earliest of whom we have
record is bv the first marriage, in the Dutch church — "Egbert



(lENEALOiUCAL AXI) FAMILY HISTORY



'1 ■■',:>



Van Borsniii y. in. van Amsterdam en Ennetje Hendricks, y.
d. mar. Dec. 11, KioS." He was a resident of Brookl>^i, and
in l(i5L' lessee of the ferry at the foot of the ]n-esent Fulton
street. The ])assengers were summoned l>\- a horn.

Their granddaughter, Margaret Van Borsum, married Cor-
nelius Ijow (son of Pieter Cornelisen), who came from "Hol-
stein or Schvorenuvet," Holland, in "The Faith" in 1659. In




^h\Rv.V<



1668 married Elizal)eth Blanshan. daughtei- of Matthew Blan-
shan, born in Xoeville, French Flanders, at Frankenthal, four
miles from Manlu'im. lie married Madeline Jorisse, and em-
barked Avith her and thi'ee children in "The Gilded Otter," Ajiril
27, 1660. They ai'rived at Wiltwyck and settled there Deeeni-
l)er '11 of that year. Their son, Peter Low. mai-i'ied August 8,
1721, Rachel Roosevelt, (hiughter of Nicholas Roosevelt, horn
September, 1658, died Jul.\- .'in, 1742. in Xcw ^'ork; married De-
cember 9, 1682, Heltje Kunst, daughter of Jan Bai-entsen Kunst,



'236 GENEALOGICAL AM) EAMILY HISTORY

who married May KJ, lt)()l, Janiietje C'ornelise, of Albany, daugh-
ter of Cornells Barentse Sleglit, from Woerden, a ijroviuce of
South Ilolhind, an eflfieient nuin in offire and the church. He
married Tryntie Tyssen Bosch, and granddaughter of CUaes
Martinzen \'an Roosevelt, from Zealand, Holland, a settler of
New Amsterdam in 1()4!) with his wife, Jannetje Sanuiels-
Tliomas.

An eleventh descendant of Al)raliam Piertersen supposedly
from Drenthe, a hamlet of North Brabant, in the Netherlands,
and his wife. Tryntie ]\[elehoir Abrahams. In 1(577 they were
influenced to use the name of Van Deusen. He was lance cor-
l<oraI of C'omjjany No. '1 of the Burgher Corps. Their grand-
daughter, Elizabeth Van Deusen, born Fel)ruary 2, 1680, mar-
ried 1()7(), Johannes Benson, born February 8, 1655 (son of
Dii'clv i>enson, from Sweden or Denmark), a resident of Amster-
dam, who married Catalina l^erck, daughter of Samson Berck
and Tiyntie Van Rechtersen. They were residents of Bever-
wyck in l(i54. His arms are i)ainted on a window in the first
church in Albany. In 1689 when a})prehensions existed of a
French and Indian invasion fi-om Canada a Committee of
Safety, of which Lieutenant Johannes I>enson was a member,
directed "that the people of Patcook do make their retreat to
Johannes Bensing's upon occasion." He was lieutenant in
Albany county in 1688, and captain in 1690; their daughter.
Catalyntie Benson, married May 27, 1706, Jacol) Sammon, son
of Joliannes Thomaszen, from Amsterdam; married October 3,
1677. Aechtje Jacol)s. "Tliey resided at Sa])iioniean ((Jreen-
wicli), Manhattan Island."

.\uother line originating during the rule of William the
Con(|Ut'i-or was represented by Resolved Waldon, born 161 J, died
1()9(), of English blood and Dutch training and by occupation
a iirinter at Amsterdam. He arrived at ^lauliattan al)ont 1650.



GEXEALOaiCAL AXD FAMILY HISTORY 237

April 8. 1()54, lie liou^ht a house on Broadway, near Wall street,
and married ]\Iay 10, 1654, Taneke Nagel, daughter of I>arent
Xagel, of Groningen. They were members of the Dutch cliuirli.
inriiiential, and for the times wealthy. He performed iiiaii>'
services, and Sei)tendier 80, 1659, was sent with Augustus Her-
mans as ambassadors to vindicate the Dutch titU^ on the Dela-
ware.

Theii- son, Johannes Waldon, mari'icd A]iril 25, 1690, Anna,
daughter of C'a})tain Jan Van Dalsen, and su}). Anna Roosevelt.
They resided under Jochem Pieters Hills, lH8rd street, between
Eight and Ninth avenues. Their daughter, Aniietie Waldron,
married June 11, 1714. John Delamater. Their son, Samtiel Wal-
dron, married ^larch 5, 1()92, ^leltje, daughter of Captain Fran-
cis Bloodgood, "Chief Military Officer of Flushing, Heemstede.
Kustdorp and Midd!eburgli. Privy Cotmcillor to the (lov-
ernoi- foi- the surrender of the Colony to the English in
1675." Their son, Benjamin AYaldron, married Se])tember 19.
1786. Flizabetli Saminon. and they were the parents of Catalina
Waldron, married Octolier i!, 1756, Samuel Delamater, born Oct-
ober 3, 1725, great grandsoii of CMaude le ^laistre, an exile from
Richelxiurgli, in Artois. France, born about 1620, died before
the Dongan Patent; married A]iril 24, 1()52, at Lovertwars street.
Amsterdam, Holland, Hester Du Bois, born in Canterlmry, Fug
land, and daughter of Pierre Du Bois, a refugee to America with
the Huguenots in 1685. He was a carjjenter, and August 22.
1(561, ai)i)lied foi' land on Staten Island. The greater pai't of
their lives was spent at Flatbush, Long Island. He was a thii- i
cousin to his wife, being a great-grandchild of Resolved and
Taneke Waldron.

From contemjioraneous iieo])le a line is taken back by his
mother's fatlier. (*ornelius Low Sidell. born April is, 1S(I4. die!
August 18. 1858, son of John Sidell, born 1760, died 1887. (The



23S (iEXEALOaiCAL AXD FAMILY HISTORY

Sidells origiuated in Lancaster County, England, and were iden-
tified in the early history of New Jersey as industrious, perse-
vering settlers.) Married Eliza])eth Low, l)ai)tized August 6,
1764, daughter of Peter Low, born April 30, 1727, married about
1750, Jannetje Van Vliet, daughter of Aurie Van Vliet and
Jannetje C'loet, and granddaughter of Frederick Cloey, mar-
ried before li\SY,\, Francyntie Duniont, daughter of Wallerandt
Du Mont Sen. and Grystie, married Marcli 1, 1834, Eliza Gau-
tier, born 1814, died March 27, 1892, daughter of Samuel John
Sinclair Gautier, baptized f^ebruary 13, 1785, died in New York
city 1845, married 1808, Elizabeth Fawpell, bom February 13,
1783, died September 4, 1865, daughter of John Fawpell, born
August 17, 1756, married May 26, 1782, Helena Howser, born
May 25, 1765, and grandson of Samuel Gautier and Cataline
Delamater, and great-grandson of Louis Andrew Gautier, mar-
ried about 1753, Elizabetli Sebering, born March 18, 1733, daugh-
ter of Frederick Sebering, of Brooklyn, Long Island, married
l">eceniber 17. 1711. ]\Iaria Provoost, baptized April 17, 1692,
daughter of Jonathan Provoost, born 1651, baptized June 29.
1659, married l)eceml)er 26, 1679, Catherine, daughter of Pieter
Coruelis Van der Veen, a merchant, and ai)i)ointed in 1658 a
commissioner to treat with the Indians at Esoinis. He married
January 1, 1652, Elsje Tymens, niece of Anneke Jans. They
Avere^ prominent in social life. In the paper read before the
Xew York Historical Society, June 2, 1874, by James W. Gerard,
entitled "Old Streets of New York," we quote: "Among tlie
good citizens, Pieter Cornelius Van der Veen and ^frs. Elsje,
his wife, at ehurcli situated in the fort, undei- the i)reaching of
Dominie Megai)olensis, and recalls a picture of our i)redecessors
in this devout congregation;" also, "His Excellency De Heer
Directeur General Petrus Stuyvesant and his wife Judith, and
old Dr. Johannes de la Montagnie, Ex Councillor" The Xe\r



GEXEAUHUCAL AXD FAMILY IJISTOHY :l>\\>

York Magazine in 1790 records "June 30. On Monday last
while digging out the foundation of this fort a scjuare stone was
found among the ruins of a chai)el that formerly stood there,
with the following: 'Ao Do. :\I1)('XLTI W Kieft Di. (ir. Heeft
de Gementen dese Temple doen Bouweri.' "

AVALTOX FAMILY.

This family, once so prominent in X'ew York, came from
Norfolk, England. William Walton was horn in the latter i)art
of the seventeenth century, came to X'ew York and was made
freeman in 1698. The same year he married Alary Santford.
In 1711 he appears as one of the subscribers for finishing the
stee])le of Trinity church. In 1712 he. with some others, owned
the sloop "Swallow," of which Rene Hett was master. He sailed
his o^vn vessels to the West Indies. His dwelling i)lace was on
Hanover Scpiare, now X"o. 130 Pearl street, and was a wide lot
which originally belonged to James Graham, attorney general.
This was directly opposite the lot on which "Alistress Kidd,"
the widow of Captain AVilliam Kidd, lived. His fortune and that
of his sons was derived from the preference in trade given him
by the Spaniards, who gave him the sole lu-ivilege of trading
at St. Augustine. In 1738 Governor Clarke writes that he was
the only person permitted by the Spaniards to trade at that
place, "where he had a factor or agent who had resided there
for many years." He died on Saturday, May 21, 1747, and was
described as "a very eminent merchant of this city." His
widow, known as "Afadame Walton," died September .">. 17()8,
in her ninetieth year.

William Walton left two sons, Jacob and William. Jacob
Walton married Alaria, daughter of Gerard Beekmaii and Mag-
dalene Al)eel, May 14, 172(i. He died October 17. 1749. aged
fortv-seven, and left children: Jacob, Thomas, (Jerard. Mary.



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(IKXEALOCH'AL AS I) FAMILY HISTORY



wife of Lewis Morris; ^[agdaleiia, wife of David Johnston;
Catherine, wife of James Tlioni])s()n ; William and Abraham. Of
these, Thomas died a young man. William married, ^lay 16,
17()7, Mary, daughter of Governor James l)e Lancey, and left
children, William, James Delaneey, Jacob, and Ann, wife of
Daniel Cromelin Xev Planck; the father died August 18, 179(i,
at the age of sixtv-live. His wife died Mav Ki, 17()7. Jacol) Wal-




Mrs. William (Beekmani Walton.



William Walton.



ton was an admiral in the British navy, and had a son. Rev.
William Walton.

William Walton (the brother of Jacol), the first mentioned)
carried on the business inherited from his father, he and his
bi-nlher btiug the tiiia of Wil i'lm Walton and C'omjjany. In 1753
tluy, with other merchants, made an agreement "not to receive
('ni)|.er Half Pence otherwise than 14 foi' a shilling." They
rddod to tlieii' number of \'essels and enlarged theii- trade. Hav-



(iKXEALOaU'AL J XI) F AMI I A //ISTOIIV I'll

'n\g ohtaiiR'd wcaltli. William Walton soon aciiuirc;! political
lienors. In 1751 lie was a lUfniher of assenihly and sei'vcd until
17")!). lie joined the i)arty of (iovernor Dc Lancev. and was the
lecijiient of many favors. He was appointed mendter (d' coun-
cil, Xovemlier 14. 1758, and continued till ^larcli 22, 17()8, a
few moidlis before his death.

In 17lM William ^Valton. "merchant." purchase;! fi-om .lohn
Yarmouth, "shij)wright," two lots, Xo. i;>-14. "fronting the
road that goes hy William Beeknuurs and extending- to low water
mark." The i)rice was three hundred i)t)unils ($75(1). I'pon
these iocs he estahlished a shii* yard, which was continued
foi' many years. After his death they descended to his son.
William Walton, and in 1752 he ei"ected upon these lots (now
Xo. o2(i Pearl street) a house which was then the most elegant
residence in the city. It is thus described by John Pintard, the
founder of the X"ew York Historical Society: "A brick editice,
fifty feet in front, and three stories high, built with Holland
l)rick, relieved by brown stone water tallies and jambs, with
walls as substantial as many modern churches and standing
•ilong the south side of Pearl street, lately called (^)ueen street.
The superb staircase in the am])le hall, with mahogany hand
rails and bannisters, l)y age as dark as ebony, would iu)t dis-
grace a nobleman's iialace. It is the only relic of the kind that
],roI»ably at this ])eriod remains in the city, the appearance of
which affords an air of grandeur not to be seen in the lighter
staircases of modern buildings." This house famed as the Wal-
ton mansion, remained for more than a century, and in it Will-
iam Walton fully maintained his reimtatio!! for elegant hos-
pitality.

After the French war. which was gloiiousl>- ende:l by tlie
coiKiu.est of Canada, the officers of the Pritisli arm\' returned
lo X( w ^'ork. and were magnificentU' enterlaineil in tli" Walton



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GEXEALOaiCAL AXD FAMILY HISTORY



housf. ( '()iis[)i(Mious was tlic massive service of silver plate
wliieli i^raced the tables, alid no indication of wealth and ))ros-
perity was wanting. In after years, when tlie British govern-
ment ])ro]iosed to tax the colonies, ol)jection was made on ae-
connt of the com])arative poverty of th.e i)eople. The magnifi-
cence of this entertainment was recalled hy the officers wiio had
been ])resent. and was used as a counter argument and it may




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Wall oil Mansion.



be said tliat tliis entertainment was indirectly one of the causes
of the Revolution.

William Walton, i-ich in wealth and honors, died .lul\" 11,
1768, in his sixty-third year, and was buried in Trinity church-
yard. His wife was Cornelia, daughter of \^y. William Beek-
man. whom he marri(^d dannary '27. IT.'H. Me left no children.
After making a generous pi'ovision ft)r his wife, he left the bulk
of his great fortune to his nejihews and nieces. His iiouse and



GENEALOiUCAL AXD FAMILY lllS'l'OliY 2Vi

lot, with Ills stal)les aiul coacli house on the opposite side of
tlie street (now '.Vl^) Pearl street) were left to the wi(h)\v during
lier life, and then to his nephew. W'illinni W'.dton, foi- life and
then to his son William. To his wife he left £1,500 in cash, and
a yearly income of £700, also negro servants and "all the wines
and family stores that may he found in my house except so much
as may he recpiisite for my funeral," from which we conclude
that the custom of dispensing wines and Tuiuors at funerals was
not neglected in this case. His widow survived many yeais.
and died May 10, 17S6, aged seventy-eight.

In 171)4 the mansion was rented to Jacob Schieffelin at the
rate of $1,000 a year. The son of the nephew, William Walton,
advanced in years. occui)ied it in 1832. In after years this mag-
niticent mansion fell into decay and ruin. The rooms were
rented foi' shops, and a cheap class of ])eople found lodgings in
the place once famed for its elegance. About 1S()0 it was torn
down and tln' present huildings erected in its i)lace. The ]ior-
traits of Mi-, and .Mrs. Walton descended to relatives, by whom
they were evidently treated with neglect. In 1906 they wei'e
presented to the Xew ^'ork llistoi-ical Society, and after being
caiefully lenovated, they now hold a conspicuous place in their
\alual)le collection. They are reproduced here by the permission
of Ap))leton Comiiany, imblishers. as contained in the volmne.
■'Social Life Undei- the (leorges," by Esther Singk'ton, whose
many W(n'ks are most valuable additions to .\niericaii history.

DF.LAFIEld) FAMILY.

The De l^a Felds, of Alsace, ai'e claime(l as the coinmoii an-
cestoi's of se\-ei-al families settled in difl'erent parts of i'hirope.
Among others is the English De La Felds. The name as de-
ciphered in some old parchments was soniehme> contracted t.>
Delfeld or Delafeld, an<l of late moilenii/.t'd to hclalield.



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