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in lcS78, at the a(haii('ed age of ninety-one years.


John H. Loos, for many years past a trnsted and honored
employee in the courts of New York City, and at present occupy-
ing the resiDonisble position of court clerk of the naturaliza-
tion office, is a native of the state and was born in Rochester,
October 30, 1847. His parents were Christopher and Elizabeth
Theresa (Pfeifer) Loos, bo'th. of whom were residents of Roches-
ter, New York, in 1844. Their children were: John H., to
be further written of hereinafter; Nicholas J., of Rochester,
New Y'ork; George, w4io is engaged in the real estate busi-
ness in the same city; Libbie, who resides with her brother;
Livina, wife of Andrew Costich, of Irondequoit; Christopher,
who resides at the i^arental home in Rochester, New York. The
mother of these children died January 25, 1875, survived by
her husband, who iDassed away June 11, 1886.

John H. Loos, eldest child of Christopher and Elizabeth
Theresa (Pfeifer) Loos, received his education in the public
schools of Rochester, New York, where he resided until 1873.
In that year he located in New York City, where he established
himself in the livery business, becoming widely and favorably
known, and achieving success to a gratifying degree. A man
of excellent business qualifications, his abilities caused his ap-
];ointment as assistant clerk in the court of common pleas, since
which time he has been continuously occupied with clerical duties
ill vai'ious offices of the city courts. In 1874 he was api)ointed to
his i)resent ])osition, that of clerk of the naturalization office,
one of the most important departments of the imblic service.
Through his duties he has l)ecome ac(iuainted with many of the


priiiieipal aiien of affairs in the metropolis, ijartieulariy those
connected with nmnicipal affairs in an official capacity, and is
lield in liigh esteem for his efficiency as an officer and his worth
as a man. May o, 1873, Mr. Loos was married to Miss Julia
L. ]\reyer, born October 22, 1843, daughter of Peter and Mar-
garet (Bussing) Meyer, of New York.

The Bussing family, of which ^Irs. John H. Loos is a
member, is one of the oldest Harlem families of Holland descent.
Among the patentees of Harlem was Arent Harmans, who took
the name of Bussing. In 1683 he became the owner of a tract of
land upon which he built a house and barn, the site being iden-
tifiable as in the present One Hundred and Nineteenth street,
between Third and Fourth avenues. In this house, which was
standing until recent years, he lived the remainder of his life,
and here died, in 1718. He was a man of importance in the
community, a large landholder, an officer in the church, and a
civil magistrate. ]\Iay 24, 1673, he married Susannah Delama-
ler. His second wife, whom he married March 31, 1678, was
Eva Lubberts, l)y whom he had children : Peter, Harman, Dirck.
Margaret, who became the w^fe of Lawrence Kortright, Susan-
nah. Engeltie, Elizabeth, Geesie, John and Mary.

Peter, eldest son of Arent and Eva (Lubberts) Bussing.
was born in 1674. He married Rebecca Vermilyea, June 7,
1700, and among their children was a son Aaron., born Decem-
ber 27, 1703, who married Maria, daughter of Joliannes Meyer,
October 21, 1730. Aaron Bussing died in 1784, leaving four
children. Of these Abraham Bussing, the only son, was born
December 31, 1736, and died before his father. He left two
children: Susan, who became the wife of John Meyer; and

Aaron Bussing married Jane, daughter of Samuel Benson
(a representative of another ancient family), August 18, 179L


He died May 22, 1835, leaving tliree eliildreu: Margaret, wife
of Peter Meyer; Rebecca, wife of Nathaniel Jarvis; and
Abraham Barker Bussing. Of this family, Margaret was born
^[areli 18, 1826, and died April 25, 1886. She became the wife
of Peter Meyer, and to them were born three children: Julia,
who married John H. Loos, Aaron and John J. Meyer. Mrs.
John H. Loos is thus seen to l)e of the seventh generation from
Areiit Ilarmans. the immigrant ancestor of the Bussing family.


This family, liaving so many branches and so extensively
known, is descended from Rev. Everardus Bogardus, the minis-
ter of the Dutch Reformed church in Xew Amsterdam, who
came from Holland in 1633 with Governor Wouter Van Twiller.
The church in which he preached stood at what is now No. 33
Pearl street, and his residence was at No. 23 Whitehall street.
He married the widow of Roelotf Jansen, the famous Anneke
Jans, and had children: Jonas, Willem, Cornelis and Peter.

Cornells Bogardus had a son and grandson of the name of
Cornelis, and the latter was the father of Louis Bogardus, see
forward. This branch of the family was the one most deeply in-
terested in the well known contest l)etween the heirs of Annake
Jans and Trinity Church.

Louis Bogardus was for some time a resident of Berkshire
county, ^lassaclmsetts, where he died about the year 1813. He
was a farmer liy oceuiiation. By his miion in marriage he had a
family of two sons and one daughter. 1. Robert L., see for-
wai-d. 2. Louis, who ]-esided at Castleton, Columbia county,
N^ew York. 3. Hannah, married Harlow Fenn, of Massachu-
setts, and came to Rossville, l)orough of Richmond, 1857, and
died liei-e about 1868. She had of this marriage born to her two
children: Louis and Jeimie Fenn.







Robert L. Bogardus, liorn September 9, 1798, died ^lay 28,
1840. He was reared and educated in Berkshire county, Massa-
chusetts where he also was engaged in tilling tlie soil for a num-
ber of years. He removed witli his family to Troy, Xew York,
wliere lie died about the year 184U, and his remains were in-
terred in Mount Ida Cemetery, Troy, New York. He married
Jeuet E. Stoddard, born April 17, 1802, died December oO, 1S29.
a member of an old Xew England family, and a daughter of
Samuel Stoddard, and of this union had born to him four sans
and one daughter, as follows: 1. William Henry, born May <i,
1820, died August 26, 1878; married and had sons and daughters.
2. Elizabeth B., born November 21, 1821, died October 26, 1861;
married .Varon Anthony, of Troy, Xew I'ork. 3. Charles, see
f(u-ward. -1. i^erry, l)orn October 21, 1825, died March 30, 1897;
married and settled in Troy, X^ew York, and had two children:
Oscar and Elizabeth Bogardus. 5. Harlow, born October 22,
1827, fought his way to the City of ^Mexico with General Scott;
he was ii\ tlie Tnion army in the rebellion and was wounded.
The mother of tlie afoiementioned children, Elizabeth (Stod-
dard) Bogardus, died in 1827-28. Ann (Olds) Bogardus, second
wife of K()))ert L. Bogardus, died June 11, 1840. Their children :
Abigail P.. (Bogardus) ^Vil(lc]•, born June 25, 1833; Sally Ann
Bogardus. born September 21, 1837.

Charles Bogardus, lioi'n September 17, 182:5, received little
educational advantages with wliich to liegin life, having been left
an or])lian at the early age of live years and dependent upon
strangers, and while yet quite young was compelled to deinnid
upon his own etTorts for means of livelihood. At the age of seven-
teen he began to learn the trade of iron moulding at Troy. Xew
York, and after serving his apprenticeship faithfully liis empiity-
ers, Messrs. X'^athaniel Starbuck cV* Sons, presented him with ^50
as a token of reward for his fidelity to duty. Mr. Bogardus, u[)on


('om])lotin.a' liis trade, tonk uji his profession as journeyman,
|!ursiiin<i- the same at \'aii<iiis places until 1856, when lie came
t(i his ])reseiit h(ime at l\(>ssvilk'. Here he engaged in the mer-
cantiU' l)usiness. in wliieh line of enter]irise he met with im-
mediate snceess, and in 1860 he engaged in the manufacture of
ice cream for tlie wliolesale trade in connection with his mercan-
tile interests, and successfully continued in both lines of enter-
]iris(' up until 1900. During his many years of residence at Koss-
\'ille. ^Ir. Bogardus has not only been a useful and good citizen,
but has taken an active interest in the local affairs, public as
well as social. He is an active member of the Woodrow Metho-
dist Episcopal Church; after serving as one of the stewards
for a number of years, in 1872 he was elected a member of the
board of trustees, and has been ])resident of the board for a
])eriod of about thirty-five years.

^{v. Bogardus married, January 10, 1849, Jane Androvette
(ruyon. l)orn December 31, 1827, daughter of Cornelius and Ger-
trude (Mersei'eau) (iuyon, and he had born to him one son,
Charles Bogardus, October 26, 1849. The mother, Jane Andro-
vette (Guyon) Bogardus, died February 10, 1900. She was a
most estimable lady and possessed many excellent characteris-
tics. Like her husband she was for many years a consistent
member of the ^lethodist Episcopal church at Woodrow. Dur-
ing the active years of hei" life she devoted much of her time to
chui'ch and charitable work, her home liaving been the recog-
nized sto]'pini; i)lace for missionaries and clergymen at all times.

( hai'les Bogardus, Jr., only son of Charles and Jane An-
droxctte (Guyon) Bogardns. was born at Troy, New York, Octo-
liei- 2(). 1849. He received his educational advantages in the
schools of Rossville, borough of Kichmond, and at the age of
seventeen entered the collegiate institute at Fort Edward, New
York, where he pursued his studies for a period of three years.


Upon his return home he became associated with liis father in
the mercantile and manufacturing business under the name of
C. Bogardus and Son. In 1876 Mr. Bogardus, Jr., with his
father, engaged in the undertaking business in addition to other
interests, and has continued in the latter up until the present
period. Not unlike his venerable father, he has taken an active
interest in local affairs and in every way has proven himself a
worthy scion of a worthy sire. He is a member of Woodi'ow
Methodist Episcopal Church and has been treasurer of the board
of trustees for a period of nearly twenty years.

Charles Bogardus, Jr., married, December 14, 1870, Julia
Frances Leavitt, born May 12, 1853, in New York City, daughter
of Captain Aaron and Mary Jane (S]iafford) Leavitt. Of this
marriage have been born the following children: 1. Augustus
I;eavitt. born September 20, 1871, deceased. 2. Fannie Spaf-
ford, born July 14. 1873, married Eobert N. Dixon, no issue.
They have an adopted daughter, Maud Alice Dixon. 3. William
Thoniton, born IMay 9, 1880, married, July 23, 1900, Abigail De
Waters, born June 26, 1881. Tlieir children : Fanny Spafford,
born July 11, 1901, died February 3, 1906, and William Thornton,
Jr., born June 1, 1906.


This family in England dates back to a remote antiquity.
Its name belongs to one of the most important cities, and Ely
Cathedral is one of the finest and most famous specimens of
Gotliic architecture to be found in any land. The arms of this
family, which were borne as far back as the sixteenth century,
are: Argent, a fesse engrailed between six fleur de lis. or.
Crest, an arm erect, vested argent, hand proper, holding a
fleur de lis sable. Motto, Sciejifia Lihcrtas ef ]^irfi(S.

The ancestor of the American branch of this familv was


Eicliard Ely, who was born at Plymouth, Devonshire, England,
and came here between 1660 and 1663. He first settled in
Boston and later removed to Lyme, Connecticut, and with this
jilace his name has been identified and he and many of his de-
scendants found their resting place in honored sei)ulchres. His
first wife, Joane, died in England, January 7, 1660. She is be-
lieved to have lieen a sister of John Phipps, Baron Mulgrave,
the famous navigator. By this marriage he had children : Will-
iam, Joseph, Richard and Daniel. His second wife was Eliz-
abeth, widow of Cajitain John Cullich, and by this marriage he
had one son, Samuel. Richard Ely was during his entire life,
one of the most prominent of the early settlers of Connecticut.
His estate was a tract of 3,000 acres, and he and his sons were
the owners of 4,000 acres. His son William went to the West
Indies, and on a voyage to New England he nearly perished
from shipwreck, and prayers and thanksgiving were rendered
to Providence by this truly pious family for his safe return.
After a useful life, Richard Ely died at Lyme, November 24,
1684. His wife died November 12, 1683, and an elegent monu-
ment, erected by his descendants, not only perpetuates their
memory, but shows their appreciation of their many virtues.

William Ely, the eldest son, went first to the West Indies,
but afterward joined his father at Lyme. He was baptized Octo-
ber, 1647, and died February 23, 1717. He married Elizabeth
Smith, May 12, 1681. She died Octolier 10, 1750, at the age of
eighty-nine. He was Judge of the Court, and, like his father, was
during his life a man of importance and influence. He was the
father of ten children, of which Richard was the third.

Captain Richard Ely, the third son, was bom at Lyme, in
1690, died in 1767 and was buried at East Hartford. He was
captain of militia, and a man of gi'eat usefulness and influence.
He married Ruhama Thompson, in 1714. His second wife was


Margaret Olcott, married in 1730. He was the father of thir-
teen children, of whom the oldest was William Ely.

Captain William Ely was born at Lyme, October, 1715,
died April 3, 1802. In 1737 he married Elizabeth Perkins, of
Ipswich, Massachnsetts. She was born December 30, 1715, died
May 27, 1782. He was a captain in the Third Connecticut Regi-
ment in the French war. All the preceding generations lived
and died at Lyme, but in 1756 Captain William Ely removed
to Livingston, Xew Jersey, which has been the home of many
of his descendants. Captain William Ely and Elizabeth
Perkins were the parents of ten children. One died in infancy,
the others were : William, Elizabeth, who died yoimg, Abraham,
Elizabeth, born 171:5, Lois, Lucy, Joseph, Benjamin and Moses.

Moses Ely (the fourth generation) was born at Livingston,
New Jersey, on Orange Mountain, November 18, 1756. died July
]4, 1838. He married, January 3, 1782, Rebecca Cook, a de-
scendant of Ellis Cook, who was among the early settlers of
Southampton, Long Island, and daughter of Stephen and Re-
becca (Smith) Cook. Their children were: 1. Elizabeth, bom
August 28, 1783, married (first) George Ring; (second) Rev.
John Watson. 2. Abraham Halsey, born May 18, 1787, married
Emma Samo, 1816, and died June 6, 184-9. 3. Closes, Jr., born
February 21, 1790, married Eliza Coleman, 1813, and died Sep-
tember 14, 1842. 4. Benjamin, bom December 3, 1792, married
(first) Eliza Bell, 1822; (second) Martha W. Higgins, uee Allen,
1837. He died Fel)ruary 19, 1860. 5. Epaphras Cook. 6. Sarah,
born November 24, 1797, married, 1816, Abraham Halsey, a de-
scendant of Thomas Halsey, one of the original settlers of South-
ampton, Long Island. She died January, 1881. 7. Smith, boi'n
:\ray 22. 1800. 8. John, born February 20, 1803, died January
31, 1894. 9. Anna Maria, born April 8, 1805, married Joseph
Kitchell, 1826. died November 9, 1875.


Moses Ely took an active part in the war of the Revolution,
and was in charge of wagons and supply train. He was a mem-
ber of Captain Elijah Squire's Company, of West Livingston.
After the Revolution, he removed to New York and purchased
a place in Duane street, a little east of College Place. He after-
wards returned to his farm at Livingston and died there.

Epaphras Cook Ely, was born on Lombard street (now
Trinity place). New York, April 15, 1795. His father at that
time had a contract in relation to building Trinity church, and
therefore resided in a house nearby. He inherited a large part
of the family estate at Livingston, and this still remains in pos-
session of his family. When a boy he engaged in the tanning
business with his brother Moses in Orange and Ulster counties,
New York. During the War of 1812 he served in his brother's
stead as a member of Captain Benjamin Horton's company, in
the regiment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Smith.
After the war he engaged in the tanning business at Esopus,
New York. In October, 1825, he removed to New York City, and
resided on Stone sti-eet, between William and Broad streets.
He afterward lived on Duane street, between Church and Chapel
streets (now West Broadway). He was extensively engaged
with Moses Ring in the hide and leather business on Ferry
street. He died in 1864, and was buried by the side of his wife
in the Ely cemetery at Livingston, New Jersey. He was a mem-
ber and attendant of the Seventh Presbyterian Church, but later
was connected with the Fourteenth Street Presbyterian Church.
and afterwards with the church on Madison Square, now Dr.

Mr. Ely married Julia Ann, daughter of Ambrose and Eliza-
beth (Mulford) Kitchell. She was born in 1800 and died March,
1864, at her residence. No. 132 West Twenty-third street.
Their children were: Ambrose K., see forward; Smith, see


forward; William Henry, born May 14, 1829, married, August
30, 1864, Maria Josephine Eogers; Edwin Augustus, born Au-
gust 15, 1836; Maria Louise, born June 2, 1846, married, Octo-
ber 14, 1868, George Burritt Vauderpool.

Ambrose Kitcliell Ely was born at Livingston, Essex county,
New Jersey, on the Ely homestead farm, January 31, 1823, died
February 6, 1907. While still a lad his father gave him a i)osi-
tion in his hide and leather stoi'e in Ferry street, New York,
where he was trained to the business, and after a few years'
familiarity w^ith it accepted a position with Lapham, Corse &
Co., ]8 Ferry street, one of the most jn'ominent houses in the
trade, with whom and their successors, Tliorne, Watson & Co.,
he remained some fourteen years, having in the meantime been
admitted as a partner in the firm, and in 1857 withdrew to con-
duct the same line of business on his own account, which he con-
tinued to do until 1880, when he relinquished mercantile busi-
ness, and from that time up to liis decease confined himself to
the care (>f his real estate and other interests.

]Ton. Smith Ely, a most distinguished citizen of New York,
was born at Kanover, Morris comity. New Jersey, at the house
of his grandfather, Ambrose Kitcliell, A])ril 17, 1825. He was
educated for tlie legal }irofession, studying in the oifice of Fred-
erick De Peyster, a noted lawyer in his day. Mr. Ely graduated
from the University Law School, and was admitted to the bar
in 1846, but he never practiced, finding commercial pursuits more
congenial to his tastes. In the hide and leather trade he built
up a ver\' extensive business. Being an active supporter of the
Democratic party in politics, he was elected school trustee in
1856, member of board of supervisors from 1860 to 1870, at
which time the oifice was abolished, in 1858-59 served in the
state senate from the fifth New York district, liaving been
elected by the Democratic party, and in 1873-4 lie was commis-


sioner of public* instruction. His well earned reputation caused
him to be elected member of Congress, served two terms, and
was chairman of the committee on expenditures of the Treasury
Department, a jiosition of great importance. In ]87(i he was
elected Mayor of New York by a majority of 56,000, his com-
petitor being General Jolm A. Dix, of honored memory. "W^iile
mayor he was distinguished for his efforts for wise and strict
economy, and during his term the debt of the city was greatly
reduced. In J 895 lie was ap|)ointed by Mayor Strong conmiis-
sioner of public parks.


Few towns in England have a more interesting history or
one that goes back to a more distant anti(piity than Great Yar-
mouth, situated at the mouth of the river Yare, whicli divides
the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. AVlien the Romans in-
vaded Britain, forty-five years before the Christian era, the
site of the town was a sand bank formed at the entrance of a
large estuary which flowed up to the city of Norwich, then a
stronghold of the Britons.

Like all other walled towns of that ancient period. Iho
streets, which were locally called Rows, were very narrow, as
was necessary in order to find a place for the population within
the walls. The inhabitants in the days of Charles I. were
prompt to resist the encroachments of the Crown upon the
rights of the people, and were among the strongest su^iporters
of the Parliament and Cromwell. In the seventeenth and eight-
eenth centuries there flourished in the town of Great Yarmouth
a family named Hurry. The family was ancient, for in the par-
ish register of 1580 it is recorded that William Hurry married
Agnes Green. In 1596 Richard Hurry married, in the i)arish
church, Ann Prymrose; he was for many years a member of

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the Corporation. In 1597 ani)tliei- of the same name married
Elizabeth Smyth, and 1699 Anne Hurry married Robert Stew-
ard. The Hnrrys were Vice Consuls at Great Yarmouth for
Prussia and the other foreign itowers. and jiossessed and ex-
erted a controlling- influence for many years, finally became ex-
tinct at Great Yarmouth in 1843.

The arms of the ancient family are argent, in chief a lion

rampant gules, and in base two mullets voided, azure. Crest a
hari^y, wings ex})anded. MotcO. "Nee Arrogo nee duhito," the
original motto, and which is still clainu'd, l)eing "Sans Taehe."
Many members of the Hurry family were l)uried in the chancel
of the parish church at St. Nicholas. Great Yarmouth, down to
the last century, and this edifice is remarkable as being the
largest ])arish churcli in England, while in antiquity it goes
back to 1119, having been commenced with the Xorman style
of architecture, but being greativ enlarged from time to time.


The American branch of this family is descended from
Samuel Hurry, who was the third child of John and Alice
(Cross) Hurry, born 1747, at (Jreat Yarmouth, and was born
at Bold street. Liverpool. November 24, 1778. John Hurry,
father of the above John Hurry, was the third son of Thomas
and Elizabeth (Clifton) Hurry, and was born at Great Yar-
mouth, May 8, 1724, married, April 14, 174G, Sarah Winn. This
Thomas Hurry, father of the al)ove John Hurry, was l)orn in
1694, and died while sojourning at the Adel])hi Hotel in London,
in 1780. He married Elizabeth Clifton, daughter of Gabriel
Clifton and Elizal)eth, his wife, daughter of John Ives, of Great
Yarmouth; he was the only son of Thomas Hurry, who was
made a freeman of Great Yarmouth in 1701, and was a free-
holder of the county. The Hurry family owned no less than
ten estates in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

At a very early age Samuel Hurry, the founder of the
American branch of the family, evinced a great desire to be-
come a resident in the Enited States, and in the spring of 1795,
when but seventeen years of age, notwithstanding the opposi-
tion of his family, he sailed in one of his father's ships for
Philadelphia, where he arrived June 9th. The family were
never fully reconciled to this step, but when his father became
aware of the son's unalterable intentions to remain in the Enit-
ed States, he placed him in the mercantile house of Michlin &
Griffith, with an entrance fee of one thousand dollars. To their
regret he remained Avith them but a short time, having dis-
played business qualitications of a high order. By his ability
and perseverance he soon controlled a large European connec-
tion. October 1, 1798, he married Eliza Ann, the eldest daugh-
ter of William Whiteside, of Philadelphia, who with his brother,
Peter Whiteside, and Robert Morris, were jointly the originat-
ors of the American East Indian trade direct with the Eastern

John Hurry, Esq.


Hemisphere by the up-to-then imattempted southern passage.
This new route to China led to a correspondence between the
British and American government, on account of the import-
ance attached to so unex]:)ected a venture. This connection gave
Samuel Hurry a firm position in the United States, and these
advantages, combined with his natural business talent, made
his success extremely rapid, and he soon took rank among the

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