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and tiuancial enterprises in Xew York City. He was foi' many
years a director in the (ireenwich Bank on Hudson sti'eet, a
member of the board of trustees of the Xew York Savings l>ank
at Eighth avenue and Fourteenth street ; for some time was a
member of tlie board of directors of the East River X'ational
Bank at the corner of Broadway and Great Jones street ; for
a number of years was a director and president of one of the
Xew York fire insurance comjmnies, whose affairs were finally
ii(|uidated under the direction of ^fr. Hendrix; and for a num-
ber of years served in the board of directors and was the vice-
president of the Twenty-third Street and Christopher Street
Railway Company. During his broad and varied experience
with industrial and financial enter]n'ises. Mr. Hendrix always
displayed splendid business ability and a high order of social
qualities, which won for him the esteem and confidence of many
of the leading business men of his day. He was freiiuently


called upon to adiiiiuistor estates as executive, to whicli position
he was appointed 1>>' the courts.

In his home liTe Mr. Ilendvix fully exemplified the traditions
of his forefathers; he loved his home and family, lie was gener-
ous to a fault, and was evei-ywhei'e I'ecognized as a good and
w(.rthy citizen. He was a loving Inisbnnd and an indulgent
fatlier, and at his (U'atli, which occurr^^d September 19, l<Si)S. liis
loss was mounu'd ])v many who knev; him best.

Isaac Hendi'ix married, January 21, lS-1-1, Sarah M. Stans-
l:;ny, boi'ii August 4, ISIS, daughter of Jose]ih and ]^Iargaret
(I'lioip) Stanslniry, of Kahway. Xew Jersey. Of this marriage
were l)orn tliree children: Emma and Sarali F. (twins) l)orn
April 17, 1S47; the latter died December, 1848. Walter, born
February 2. lS(i(», mai-ried Ina ]\L Moore, by whom he had one
son. Walter i\. Hendrix. born April 18, 1883. Walter Hendrix
died July 26, 1889. Sarah M. Hendrix died February 19, 1892;
slie was an estimable lady of the old seliool type and ])0ssessed
of nriiiy excellencies of character which endeared her to many
wl.io knew liei' in life.


TliM following interesting detviils of the ancestors of AVilliam
and Robert AVright Dixon are taken from researches of the late
Anne Cutting, who was the wife (»f Charles Cutting, decea^-ed,
who was Virotliei- of Alfred Cutting. The ancestors of the Dixon
family were originally Scotch, liaving come to England in the
leign of James 1, when tliat Scotch king became king of England
throuch the union of Scotland and England by grace of (,)ueen
Elizabetli. The forebears of (ireorge Dixon, father of William
Dixon, were of the Dicksons of Belcherter and Buhtrig branch of
the ('Ian Dixon, who wei-e lineal descendants of Hervey de Keth,
Fail Marshall of Scotland, who died 1249. 'iho P]arl Mctrshall

William Dn

Emma C. Dixon


niarried Tirargaret, daughter of William 3rd, Lord Douglas, and
their sou Eichard was the ancestor of Clan Dixon. The Arms
hf the Dicksons of Belcherter and Buhtrig are : Azure three Mul-
lets, Argent, on a Chief Or. as Many Pallets gu. Crest: A dexter
hand holding a sword in b^^nd iiroi)er. ^[otto: Fortes fortuna
inrat. The ancestors of Ennn-i Cutting, sister to Alfred and
Charles Cutting, were of the gentry of Xort1uiml)erland. and
wore very large landowners in that Earldom. She had the seal
of the arms of the Cutting family, which is now in the possession
of some member of the family.

George Dixon, a luitive of Enaland, married Eleanor Harris,
also a nati^■e of England, who liore liiin two children: William,
sei foi'wai'd: Elizabeth, who was twice married and spent her
entire life in Yorkshire.

William Dixon, a venerable and eminently respected citizen
of Pleasant Plains, town of Westfield, borough of Richmond,
where he has resided for nearly tifty years, was born in the vil-
la.oe of Beall. Yorkshire. England, August 22, 1815. He received
his educational traininii in th" schools of his native county. Tn
1S30 lie came to the United States with his uncle, John Harris,
who settled in Xew York City, where he was for many years en-
gaged in the imiiortation of woolen fabrics. He remained in the
emii!o\ of his micle. and took charge of his books for a period of
ten yeai's. when he engaged in business on his own account in
tlip produce and commission trade. He finally opened a store at
^-[^l We^^t street, Xmv York City, where he ctmducted the business
sonr? time. ^Fr. Dixon soon won the trust and confidence of a
wide conjninnitv of business men, and became known for his
straii;htfoiwai'dness in transacting his business affairs. Durini>-
the many years oi' his active linsiness ]»ursuits, he received con-
sionments of ])roduce from all ])arts of Xew Jersey and Dela-
ware, where his name A^as legarded by his clients as being syn-

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onymons witli ]ionoral)le and straightforward business methods.
In l'S()S lit' purchased a farm in the town of AVestfield from John
'^^'ogU)m, where he took up his residence, residing there for a
numl)er of >'ears. In 1885 he retired from active business pur-
suits and at present resides with his daughter, Mrs. Arthur
Pasco, at Pleasant Plains.

A^'illiam hixon was married at St. Jolni's Episcopal Church.
Brooklyn, by Rev. E. Johnson, October 20, 1836, to Emma C.
Cutting, liorn October 12, 1818, a native of Suffolk county, Eng-
land. She came to the United States at the age of seven with her
parents, who took \\\) their abode on Long Island, where the)' en-
gaged at farming. Of tliis marriage "Sir. Dixon had born to him
a family of ten children: 1. Oeorge Harris, born Januaiy 15,
1S;')8. man-icd Jam' AVeslern. of Little AVasliington, Xew Jersey,
and had ten childi-en. namely: Charles, William, Ida, Bella,
Isaac, (leorgianna, Richard, George, Emma, and Frank. George
Hari'is Dixon, father of these children, died June 10, 1880. 2.
Emily Cutting, born January 25, 18-10, married George O'Brien,
of Xew Brunswick, X"ew Jersey, and has three children: Will-
iam, AValter and John O'Brien. 3. Frank Thomas, born March
12. 184;5, married Louisa Kissam, and has nine children : Eu-
gene, Annie, Ella, Oliver, Walter, Lilie, Frank, George and one
who died in infancy. A. Robert Wright, see forward. 5. Will-
iam Reynolds, born July 21, 1849, married Alice Simonson, no
issue. After her death he married (second) Lucinda Simonson,
and has one child, Emily Dixcn. (i. Alice Smith, born March
21, 1852, married Arthur Pasco, of Pleasant Plains, borough of
Richmond, and has one daughter, Lavinia, who married Edward
Ellis, and has three children: Aithnr. Charles, and Alice Ellis.
7. Isaac Fisher, born June 3i), 1^54, died December 20, 1861. 8.
^Morris Bradford, l)orn January 20, 1857. married Eva Saur,
and has niiic children: Moriis, Eva, Leroy, and Fannie, who


are yet siii-viving. The otlier five died in early life. 9. Amelia
Elizabeth, born .Inly (i, 18()0. nuinied Nevada Magill, of Farm-
ingdale. Xew Jersey, no issne. 1(J. Charles Edward, born
March 6, 18(i:!. died Febrnary 16, 1888. The mother of the afore-
mentioned ehildi-eii. Emma V. (Cntting) Dixon. <lied Jnly VI.
1900. She was a most estimable lady of the old school tyi)e, and
was ])ossessed of many excellent qualities of mind and heart.
Her death was dee])ly himonted not only by her immediate fam-
ily, bnt also by many neighbors and friends.

Robei't Wright Dixon, foni'th child of AYilliam and Emma
C (C'ntting) Dixon, i>orn Jnly 11, 1845, was edncated and reared
to manhood >ears nnder the parental roof, and npon taking np
the practical dnties of life became engaged in the ])rodnce and
commission bnsiness under the tuition of his father, and since
his father's retirement from the business has continued the same
u]t to the ])re-ent time ^fr. Dixon has in every way proved
himself a wortliy scion of a worthy sire, and not unlike his fath-
er the name of Robert AVright Dixon is everywhere regarded in
commei-cial circles as being synonymous with honesty and
straisihtforward business methods. He resides on the home-
stead near Kossville.

Robert Wright Dixon married Emma Nicer, born ^Nfarch
16, 1849, daughter of John and So])liia (Karst) Nicer, both
natives of Germany; they came to the United States in 1845
and settled in the city of New York. ]\Ir. and ^[rs. Dixon had
three children : 1. Robert Nicer, see forward. 2. ^fagenta. born
May 30, 1870. a graduate of the New York Conservatory of
Music, was the organist of St. John's Methodist Episcopal
Church, Rossville, for fifteen years, and at present is the organ-
ist of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Woodrow. 3. Amelia
S., born June 26, 1872. married AYilliam Wardlaw. son of Rev.
Wardlaw. of Rossville. liorough of Richmond. Of this marriage


tlierc is no issue. 4. N'ioU't, l)t)rn Xovt'iiil»t'r 20, 1875, died No-
vember 20, 1875. 5. Warren Freeman, boi'n August 4, 1881,
died April 21, 1883. G. Olga, born February G, 1884, died Octo-
ber 3, 1884. ^Ir. and Mrs. Dixon are both consistent members
of tlie Methodist Episc'0])al ehureli at Woodrow.

Robert Nicer Dixon, eldest child of Robert Wright and
Enuna (Nicer) Dixon, l)orn January 10, 18G8, received his
educational training under private tuition, and while in
liis fourteentli year entered his father's office, where he
was trained to the routine details of tlie ])roduce com-
mission business, remaining thus engaged until his twenty-
first year, when he entered into partnershij) witli his father
under the firm name of R. ^\. Dixon & Son, and the ar-
rangement has been successfully continued up to the present
time (1906), and the firm name of R. W. Dixon & Son is every-
wliere regarded in connnercial circles as l)eing synonymous with
honest business methods.

In addition to his connnercial interests, Mrs. Robert N.
Dixon is actively identified with athletic, yachting, military and
fraternal organizations. He is a memljer of the New York
Athletic Club, New York Y^acht Club, Atlantic Yacht Club,
S(iuadron A, National Guard, State of New Y^ork, New York
Zoological Society, Amateur Fencers League of America, Ameri-
can Motor Boat Association, League of American Sportsmen
and American Art Society. He is a member of Chancellor
Walworth Lodge, No. 271, F. and A. M., and has attained to
the thirty-second degree of the craft in the Scottish Rites, viz:
Lodge of Perfection "4 to 14," the Council Princes of Jerusalem
"15 to 16," Chapter of Rose Croix "17 to 18," and the Con-
sistory of New Y^ork "19 to 32." Tn the York Rites: Triime
Chapter, No. 241, R. A. M.; Adelphic Council, No. 7, R. and
S. M.; Palestine Commandery, No. 18, Knights Temjilar; also


a member of the Masonic Historical Society of Xew York, Mason-
ic Chib of New York, and Mecca Temple, Ancieut Arabic Order
of Nobles of the Mystic Shriue. He married Fannie Spatford
Bogardus, no issue. They have an adopted daughter, Maude
Dixon, born February 7, 1891.


John McKeon, for many years a worthy and highly respect-
ed citizen of the borough of Manhattan, city of New Y'ork, of
which he was a native, was a representative in the second genera-
tion of his family in America, he tracing his descent to the north
of Ireland.

James McKeon, father of John McKeon, and the founder
of the family in America 1799, was born in the north of Ireland
and came to the United States when he was but fifteen years
of age. His sister Anne also came to this country and joined
her brother. She married Francis McFarland, and settled in
one of the villages west of Albany, presumably Schenectady or
Utica. Ann (McKeon) McFarland had l)y her marriage a large
family of sons and daughters. Two of her sons — William and
Alexander — graduated from college and took up the medical
IH'ofession. They settled in Ohio, where they became i)rominent.
and their descendants have become numerous and are numbered
among the leading citizens of the "Buckeye State." Francis
McFarland, another son, studied for the priesthood, was or-
dained, and later became Bislioi) of Providence, Kliode Island.
He died at Hartford, Oonneeticut, and his mother, Ann
(McKeon) McFarland, died at Providence, where she was buried
m the old Catholic cemetery.

-James McKeon took up his residence in the city of New
York, and after working for others for some years, established
himself in the grocery business. The habits of thrift and in-


dustry which he had brought with him from his native land
were carefully cultivated by him, and in addition he ado]jted
the in-actieal business methods in vogue in his new home. The
result could not fail of being a most successful one. He amassed
a fortune which he invested judiciously, partly in an estate at
Twenty-third street and Lexington aveniie, Xew York City,
where he made his home. During all the time of his residence in
this county, Mr. McKeon was a faithful attendant at and com-
municant of the old St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, on
Barclay street. He died in his seventy -ninth year, at the home
of his nephew, Patrick McKeon, in Woodrow, Staten Island.
James McKeon married Ann 3yrne, who died quite young,
leaving him with a family of four small children: 1. John, the
subject of this sketch. 2. James, who married Susan Johnson,
and resided in New York City. 3. Hugh, who married Jane
Elizabeth Stothof, of Long Island, and resided in Xew York
City. 4. Felix, who married Ellen Furlong, of Xew York City.
John McKeon, eldest son of James and Ann (Byrne) Mc-
Keon, was born on his father's homestead at Twenty-third
street and Lexington avenue, X"ew York City, June 14, 1S2"2.
He Avas educated in the public schools of this city, and his
studious, careful work achieved results which were alike gratify-
ing and creditable. Upon leaving school he entered the store of
his father and assisted him until he had attained his majority.
He then established himself in the business of trucking and
expressing. He was energetic and determined in his business
affairs, ready to do the utmost to satisfy the demand of his
customers, and while progressive and ready to ado]it any method
which would tend to the increase of business, was not forgetful
of the old fashioned virtues of honesty, punctuality and straight
forwardness. Under such management it was a natural result^
and not a surprising one, that Mr. McKeon saw his worldly pos-


sessions increase to a very satisfactory extent. In 1882 Mr.
McKeon bought the old Corey homestead, at Rossville, Staten
Island, where he resided for some time. He also owned a
beautiful home in Xew York City, where his death occurred
on November 25, 1885. Mr. McKeon was inventive and enter-
]irising as a business man, and while alive to the demands of his
own business affairs, was ever ready to extend a helping hand
to those in need of assistance. This he did in the ])ractical
manner of helping them to help themselves, and thus the as-
sistance he rendered was a benefit to the community in general.
He gave freely of his time and money for charitable and re-
ligious ])urposes, and was a devout communicant of the old
Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Barclay street, and
was for many years a member of the board of trastees. He was
an upright, ]iublic-spirited citizen, a loving husband, and an
indulgent father. His kindness and generosity had won for
hhn a large circle of friends, and his death left a gap which
it was hard to fill.

He married, November 14, 1846, Margaret Quin, l)orn Jan-
uary 7, 1826, daughter of Michael and Sarah (]\IcSherry) Quin,
both natives of the county of Armagh, Ireland, the latter of the
city of Belfast. AFr. and Mrs. Quin, u])on coming to the Ignited
States, located in Richmond county, now the borough of Rich-
mond, Staten Island, where they resided until their death. Mr.
and ]\Irs. ]\[cKeon had four children: 1. Mary Amelia, born
November, 1850. died in infancy. 2. Sarah, February 7, 1856,
married John Gleason, and has three children: Edwin S., born
Se])tember 6, 1875; Irene, September 13, 1879, man-ied James
Kemmy, and has one child: Margaret Claire Kennny, l)orn INIay
5, 1905; and Sarah F., February 7, 1883. 3. John F., born Au-
gust 21, 1858. 4. Joseph I., of whom sketch is subjoined.

Joseph I. ^fcKeon, second son and youngest child of John


find Margaret (Quin) McKeon, was born in the city of New York,
January 4, 18(52. His early education was obtained in St. Peter's
Parochial School, under the instructioi' of the Christian Broth-
ers, and he tlu'ii entered the Manhattan College, from which lie
graduated with the degree of A. B. and also obtained the degree
of A. M. He entered the Law School of Coluinl)ia College, grad-
uating with honor, with the degree of LL. B., Alay 28, 1884. He
was from the vei-y beginning a student of more than usual ear-
nestness and am))ition; eager to grasp all knowledge, and was
gifted with a remarkable memory. This, combined with extraor-
dinary oratorical i)o\vers, led to an inniiediate and wonderful
success when lie commenced his practice of the law. Ui)on his
graduation he was at once admitted to practice in the courts of
the city of New York and in the Su})renie Court of the State. His
ability and brilliancy were immediately recognized, and in a very
short time he was master of an exceedingly lucrative practice.
Mr. McKeon took an active interest in the i)o]itical conditions of
his city and country. Jle became a member of Tanunany Hall. In
1889 he was nominated by the County Democracy for the office
of Civil Justice, but was defeated by the regular Tammany can-
didate. In 18!)li, he was offered the nomination for Member of
Congress, from the hirst District of New York, but declined this
at the convention, which thereupon nominated the Hon. John K.
Fellows. In 189o, Mr. Keon was appointed counsel to the City
Building Cdnnnission, and discharged the duties of that position
with great credit and aliiiity. He was an active supporter of the
piinciples of Democracy in its truest and purest sense, and dur-
ing the latter years of his life was a member of the Tanunany
Hall (reneral ( 'nnniiiltee. He was a member of the Hoyal .\r-
canum. of the Catholic Club, and of a great numl)er of social or-
ganizations. His dentil occurred duly !(!, 1895, at the home of
his ])arents at liossvillc, Staten Island. Although young in


years, IsVv. AleKeon, with an energy and force of eliai'acter tlnit
it would be hard to duplicate, had accomplished an amount (jf
work that many a man of twice his years would not be ashamed
to look back upon. His mind was ever at work, and the ideas
which emanated from it were of such practical utility to the com-
munity that the results were far-reaching and beneficial. He was
one of those busy men who, in spite of the immense amount of
labor devolving on them, always have time to spare wht'ii it is a
question of helping those not so well equipped to help them-
selves. His early death was deeply regretted by a large and de-
voted circle of friends.


James Kenyon. deceased, for many years actively identified
with mercantile affairs in the city of Xew York, and a man of
lofty character, was born August 20, 1791, at the family mansion
in Beekman street, New York City, a son of William and Aliigail
(Bowne) Kenyon.

He was educated in a private school at Dover Plains, Dutch-
ess county, New York, and entered u])on an active career in the
city of New York, where he engaged in a mercantile business
which he conducted for some years with marked success. He
then removed to Clinton, Oneida county. New York, with his i)ar-
ents, and there resided for some time. He subsequently re-
moved to New Brunswick, Middle.-ex county, New Jersey, wlier>'
he was for some year.s engaged in farming. In iV^oo he removed
to Harlem, New York City, where he passed the remaining yeai's
of his life in ])leasant retirement. He married Margaret Sickles
Adriance, born October 18, 1790, at Harlem, a daughter of John
and ^Tary (Bussing) Adriance, and a descendant of one of the
pioneer families who were among the Harlem patentees, as re-
lated on other pages of this work. Mr. Kenyon died Decembei-


10, lSo2, having- survived liis wife, wlio died in 1842. They were
most estimable Christian ])eople, e.\enii)hu-y memljers of the
iHitcli lieformed cimrcli, and well known for their abundant
charities and yenial li()s])italities. 'I'lieir cliildren were: 1.
.lojiii. l)orn December I'D. LSI."!, married Harriet Moore, of New
York ( ity; no issue. L'. Maiia. l)orn June 28, 1815; did not
marry. ;>. James, born Api'il 20, 1817, died in Michigan; he

married Anna . 4. Charles, boru March 19, 1819, died in

eai'ly life. 5. Klizaljelh Barnes, born January 31, 1821. 6.
Abigail Bowne, boiii Ajsiil 20, 1823, married I'harles Clarke; no
issue. 7. Isaac Adriauce. born Marcli 22, 1825, married ^[ary
Kdmund. 8. 9. Cliarles and Caroline (twins), born March 11,
1827. Charles died in infancy. Caroline married Erastus Fitch
Brown, born 1830, a son of Professor Erastus Fitch Brown, of
New Haven, Connecticut. Their children were : Margaret Em-
eline. born Novembei' 24, 1854, married Rev. Jabez Backus; Ed-
g-ar Ketcham, born September 8, 1858, married Emily Cowper-
thwaite, and they have one son, ^lortimer C, born November 5,

William Barnes Kenyon, deceased, brother of the late
James Kenyon. was during a long and active career prominently
identitied with the merchant marine and shii)ping interests of
the metro])olis, and was held in honor for his business ability
and integrity, and his i)ersonai worth. He was born August 4,
1 784, at the family mansion in Beekman street, New York City,
a son of William and Abigail (Bowne) Kenyon. The father, son
of William Kenyon. was a native of the city of Liver]K)ol, Eng-

William B. Kenyon received an excellent i)ractical educa-
tion in the schools of his native city and of Burlington, New Jer-
sey. Cpon attaining to man's estate he engaged in the marine
s!iii)iiing trade in New York City, which he successfully prose-


ciited until IS:^,"). when lie removed witli liis family to Clinton,
Oneida county, Xew York, wlieie he resided until 183fi. In tliat
year he removed to Tari'ytown, Xew York, remaining there until
1850, when he resumed his residence in Xew York City, and there
passed the remaining' years of his life. As a business man he
made for himself a liigh reputation, and liis i)ersonal life was
such as lU'irks the ideal christian gentleman. With his family
he was a memlier of the old Dutcli Reformed church. He died
]\Iay 27, 18(JH. He married Letitia Ida Adriauce, born in 1788,
daughtei- of John and ]\Iary (Sickles) Adriance, her father being
for main yeai's a school teacher of high remite in Harlem, Xew
York. She survived her husband about twelve years, dying Seji-
tember 2(!, 1878. Their children were: 1. Samuel B., married
Elizabeth C. A\'ood, of Harlem, Xew York. 2. ^lary A. 3.
John A., who was twice mari'ied, his tirst wife being Elizabeth
^lildebergei', and his second wife Maria (xreen, a widow. 4. Ed-
ward, who died in childhood. 5. Edward Barnes, who went to
California in 1849, and died there in 1876, unmarried. 6. Mar-
gai'et K. Kenyon.

Mrs. William B. Ivenyon was descended from the noted
Bussing family, one cf the oldest and most honored Holland
families in Harlem, throuah the following line of descent: Arent
Harmans, who was one of the original ]iatentees of Harlem, took
the name of Bussing. He was an extensive land owner, and his
house, which stood on the site of the pi-eseat One Hundred and
Xineteenth street, near Third avenue, was standing until recent
years. He died in 1718, leaving among other children a sou, Pe-
ter Bussing, who was tlie father of Aaron Bussing, who dierl in
1784. His daughter Maiia married John S. Sickles. They were
the ]iarents of one child, ]\Iary, who nuirried John Adriance, and
theii- daughter. Letitia Ida, became the wife of William B. Ken-
yon. Another daughter, Margaret Adriance, married James


Keiiyoii, brother of \\l\\ii\ni Bowne Kenyou. She died iu 18-1-5.
Mrs. Letitia Ida Kenycin, wife of Wiiliam Bowne Kenyon, died

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