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first American merchants and shipowners of his day. He met,
liowever, with severe losses. One of his ships was confiscated
by Napoleon while attempting to run the blockade of Co]^en-
hagen, but which was done against the orders of Mr. Hurry.
Another, the "John and Alice" (the largest shij) up to that
time launched in Pliiladel])hia), was seized with a cargo of flour
while lying in the port of Philadelphia, under a decision of the
American government that Samuel Hurry was a British sub-
ject. The ship "Antelope" and cargo at the same time was con-
fiscated by the British government, Mr. Hurry being an Ameri-
can merchant. Samuel Hurry was apjiointed and acted with
great credit as agent between the ITnited States and the British
shipowners in the adjustment of claims for losses in the war of
1812, his reputation and extensive experience rendering him
l)eculiarly fitted for that office. Samuel Hurry was made an
honorai'y meml)er of Saint George's Society; but few in the
society's history in the United States having been so honored.

Some years prior to his death, his health became seriously
imi)aired by falling into tlie water when boarding a slii]) in
New York harbor, and he took sea voyages to Europe and the
West Indies. In the latter part of 1819 he sailed for Clreat
Britain, accompanied by his eldest son. Landing in Ireland
they passed through that comitry and arrived at Liverpool,
but his health and strength failed so ra^ndly that he had scarce-
ly reached the home of his boyhood when his death occurred,


January 31, 18l'0. He was buried in the family vault at New-
ington Chapel. In 1825 his family removed permanently to
New York, where they have since resided, and with which they
have become thoroughly identified.

No sketch of the life of Samuel Hurry would be complete
without a special mention of his wife, }klrs. Eliza Ann (White-
side) Hurry, a woman of great force of character, and who
was a meml)er of the family of Whiteside, of Poulton le Fylde,
in Lancashire, England, where the family had long been in a
position of influence. Dn one occasion they had the honor of
receiving his majesty King George III. at their seat in Poulton,
and the silver tankard upon which was the family crest and
used by His Majesty at that time came as an heirloom into Mrs.
Hurry's i^ossession. On her maternal side Mrs. Hurry was de-
scended from Dr. John Bamber, whose epitaph in Barking
Church. Essex, states that "he practiced medicine with great
credit and honor for many years." He was one of the physi-
cians to Queen Anne, and was the lord of three manors in Es-
sex, with a town mansion at Mincing Lane. The present and
late Marquis of Salisbury are also in direct descent from Dr.
Bamber. "The Bamber Estate" of ten thousand four hundred
acres below Lakewood, New Jersey, and which has been held by
the late AVilliam Hurry and his heirs for nearly fifty years, is
so named after Dr. Bamber.

Mrs. Hurry was born in London, "within sound of Bow
Bells," and was ))ut two years old when her i)arents left Eng-
land and settled in Philadelphia. She was an excellent French
scholar, and spoke that language with ease. She was taught,
as was her sister, Mrs. Robert Clinton, to i)lay on the piano.
This piano was brought over as part of the household effects
of Mr. William Whiteside, in 1783, and was claimed to be the
first piano brought to the United States. Mrs. Hurry was hand-


some and dignified in person, and was very prominent in society
in Pliiladelpliia. As a yonng girl she was present at tlie last
ball given by Washington, and danced with the President, slie
being a great favorite of his. She died in New York, Angnst 8,
1860, at the age of seventy-nine, surrounded by her children,
and retaining to the last the noble traits of character for which
she had been so conspicuous. The seven eldest children of Sam-
uel and Eliza Anne Hurry were born in Philadelphia.

Mr. Hurry's town residence was opposite Independence
Hall, on part of the site of the jjresent Drexel building, his be-
ing one of the five residences known as Nobility Row l)y old
Philadelphians, each residence having a coach house in the
rear of its garden. His country seat was situated a few miles
out of Philadelpliia.

The children of Samuel and Eliza Anne Hurry were :

1. John, born June 27, 1799, died without issue in 1825.

2. Alice, born July 29, 1800, married Andrew Bishop
Spence, at St. Andrew's Square, Philadelphia, February 27,
1823; children: Mary M., Andrew, Alice, and Helen.

3. Samuel, born August 28, 1801, was lost at sea, died with-
out issue.

1:. Eliza Anne, born March 21, 1803, married Thomas True-
man Hogg, of New Jersey; children: Augustus, acting captain
U. S. A., killed at Fort Fisher; Trueman; Samuel Hurry; Ed-
mund; Eliza Anne; Alice Mary.

5. William (Whiteside), born April 2, 1805, married Octo-
ber 10, 1827, Adeline, daughter of Samuel Hinman; children:
1. William Hurry, Jr., born Octo1)er 1, 1828, at New York;
married November 18, 1853, Dephme. daughter of Temple Fay,
of Boston; only child, Edward Temple Hurry, born at New
York, November 18, 1854. He married. Sejttember 5, 1888.
Catharine Cliurchill Campbell, of Nova Scotia, daughter of


Captain Arthur Wellingtou Cami^bell ; liis wife was a daughter
of Hon. Ezra Churchill, M. P., of Windsor, of the family of the
Dukes of Marlborough; no issue. 2. x\nu Eliza, married Gavin
Brackenridge. 3. Sarah, married William Henry Boss. 4.
Caroline. 5. Adeline, married Francis Holland Nicol Whiting.
6. ^Margaret, married Francis Holland Nicol W^hiting. 7. Jane,
married William Floyd Livermore. 8. Samuel, died in infancy.
9. Alice, married Samuel Colt Selden. 10. Frances.

6. Edmund (Cobb), born September 17, 1807, see for-

7. Caroline, l)oru April 10, 1810, died unmarried.

8. [Margaret, born August 16, 1813, married (first) Ven-
tura ()bregon, consul from Mexico at New York and brother of
the then Mexican Minister to the United States; (second) Fran-
cis Emanuel Siffken; no issue by either marriage.

9. James, born in New York, January 27, 1815, married
August 30, 1849, Emily, daughter of William Goelet Bucknor.
Her mother was a granddaughter of General Von Bulow, of
South Carolina ; children : Emily Bucknor, died unmarried ;
William Goelet Bucknor, died in infancy; Gilford, born August
2, 1853, lieutenant-colonel N. G. S. of N. Y.; Adelaide Bulow,
married George Henry Kent.

10. Sarah, born March 23, 1818. died young.

Of this family, two of the sons. AVilliam and Edmund, were
both architects, distinguished in their profession, and by their
ability contributed largely to the improvement and advance-
ment of the city. James, the third son, was for many years a
partner in the firm of Hurry & Swan, merchants of South street,
New York.

Edmund (Cobb) Hurry, the sixth child of Samuel and Eliza
Ann Hurry, was married at St. Peter's Church, New York (of
which he was vestryman, as was his father-in-law, Judge Flana-

Edmund Hurry.


gau), by Kev. Hugh Smith, D. D., April 25, 1838, to Elizal)eth
Maria, second daughter of James Flanagan, Esq., counsellor at
law, and a justice of the peace of New York, and Elizabeth
Myers ]\IeKeau, his wife, only daughter of David McKean, to
whose memory is a tablet in St. I^aul's Church, Xew York city,
a sou of Kobert ifcKean, laird of the parish of Kilmarnock.
James Flanagan was the eldest son of Christopher Flanagan,
of Dul)liu, who finally settled in Xew York in 1786. He was a
man of literary ability and well known for his oratorical powers
both iu Dublin and Xew York. Christopher Flanagan, when a
youug nuiu, acted as captaiu's clerk, and it is said also as purs-
er on one of our war vessels during the War of Independence,
receiving a (juarter grant of land for his services. The children
of Edmund (Cobli) Hurry and Elizaljeth ]^[aria Hurry were
Edmund Alxly; Sophia Flanagan, l)orn February 8, 1842, mar-
ried (first) Samuel Henry Shreve, M. A., LL. B., April 16, 1868;
Randolph, Itorn in Xew York, October 18, 1854, married. May
17, 1883, at Trinity Chapel, Xew York, liy the Rev. AVilliam
Xairn, ^Nlarye Agnes Condit; children: Elizabeth ^laria and
Dorothy Whiteside.

Edmund Alxly Hurry. ^I. A., LL. B., V. S. X., was born in
Xew York, August 8, 183^). He was married. Xovember 17. 1868,
by Rev. J. Cotton Smith, D. D., at the Church of the Ascension,
New York, to Emily Asliton, eldest daughter of William Rhine-
lander Renwick and Eliza Smeeds Cros1)y, his wife. Their
children are: two sons (see forward); P^dith Renwick, l)orn
January 15. 1870; Bessie Crosby, born ^larch 13, 187L died iu
infancy; Llelen Schuyler. 1iorn September 28, 1872. nuirried
William V. Draper; issue, John Haggerty Drai»er; Mary Cros-
])y, married Walton Chesel)orough Peckham; issue May Hurry
Peckham; Emily Ashton. married Louis Gross Smith; issue,
Crosbv Tuttle Smith.


Mr. Hnrry derived liis second l)nptisinal name from his
father's intimate friend, Edward Stmt Abdy, Esq., descended
from Sir Kobert Al)dy, of an ancient Yorkshire family, who
was created Baronet in 1660. When tlie Sonthern States at-
tempted to secede from the Union in 1861, ^fr. Hnrry, who had
just been admitted to practice at the New York bai', was ap-
I)ointed captain's clei'k to his nncle by marriage, C'ai)tain (after-
wards Commodore) Homer C. Bhike, V. S. X., then command-
ing the United States steamer ''Entaw, " and held that position
for more than a year, when lie was comi)elled to relinquish it
in consequence of illness incurred in the line of duty. As the
representative of t^aptain Blake he was present at the recep-
tion, memorable in the history of the country, given by Presi-
dent Lincoln to the officers of the IJussian fleet. At this recep-
tion only the diplomatic corps, the cabinet, and commanding offi-
cers of the army and navy then in the district of Colum])ia wer'
invited. Mr. Hurry had the great satisfaction and pleasure of
conversing with President Lincoln on that occasion. "While
Mr. Hurry was on board the "Eutaw" that vessel was engaged
in the important duty of protecting the supplies for the North-
ern army at Bermuda Hundred, James River, Virginia, and
was in the engagement of Chapin's Bluff; in blockading otT
Fort Fisher, and in preventing the enemy's ram "Albemarle"
descending the Neuse river ui)on the city of Newberne, Mr.
Hurry having performed picket duty on the Neuse river above
that city. His micle. Captain Blake, was commander of the
L^nited States steamer "Hatteras" when she encountered and
was simk by the "Alabama" in a yard-arm fight in the Gulf
of Mexico, and C^ajitain Blake's bravei-y on that occasion was
looked upon by his counti'ymen as unsurpassed.

There are few families in New York who have a more dis-
tinguished connection than the Hurrvs. Among other families


they are desceuded from are the Cliftous, Ives, A\'atts, Bracey,
AViim, Cro.ss, Coopers (of the family of Sir Ashley), and related
by blood to the Alaurices, Hares of Hurtmoneeanx, Churchills,
C'liutons, Fenwieks, from whom Ambassador Waddingtou was
desceuded, who represented France at the Court of Saiut James,
Pagets, Hershalls. I^lilmaus, Aldersou, Erskiue, preseut Earl of
Alarr, Cecils, Huxleys, O'Couuels, and Sumuers (of whom the
Archbishop Sumuer, who placed the crown ui)on the head of
Queen Victoria). The j)resent Lord Salisbury is related by
blood also to the Hurry family of New York, through his grand-
father, the late Baron Aldersou. His father, Edmund Hurry,
was the consulting architect of the Xew York Crystal Palace,
and his sister, Sophia F., married for her second husband, Alex-
ander Macomb Mason, a grandson of General Alexander Ma-
comb; she had no issue by either marriage. Alexander Macomb
Mason was secretary to his uncle, Hon. James Mason, who was
with Slidell in the famous "Trent" affair. After the war he with
other officers entered the service of the Egyptian government,
and was for some years the senior Bey of Egypt. Mr. Hurry's
wife, Mrs. Emily (Aslitou) Hurry, is a great-granddaughter of
Mrs. William Renwick, who, as Jennie Jeffrey, daughter of the
Rev. Dr. Andrew Jeft'rey, of Lockmaben, was the "Blue Eyed
Lassie" iunnortalized in the poems of Robert Burns. Mrs.
LIurry is also a great-great-granddaughter of William Floyd,
one of the two signers of the Declaration of Independence for
the state of Xew York, whose daughter Catharine married Rev.
Samuel Clarkson, M. D., D. D., whose daughter Harriet married
William Bedlow Crosby, whose daughter Eliza S. married Will-
iam Rhinelander Renwick, the father of Mrs. Hurry. Mrs.
Hurry is in descent also from the Rutgers, Bedlow, dePeyster,
Rhinelander. and Roliert families.

Renwick Clifton Hurry, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed-


mund Abdy Hurry, was born in New York, September 7, 1874,
is a member of the Delta Phi fraternity and club, and a veteran
of Comi^any K, Seventh Eegiment; married at Trinity Church,
Saugerties, New York, May 18, 1904, Lucy Washington Morss,
only daughter of Foster B. Morss and his wife, Lucy Madison
Packett, of Albany. Their son, Kenwick Washington Hurry,
born at Eye, AVestchester county, New York, August 27, 1905,
is the fifth in line of descent from Samuel Washington, who
inherited Mount Vernon, full brother of General George Wash-
ington, and is also the great-great-granduephew of Dolly Madi-

Eutgers Ives Hurry, born at New York, November 17, 1883,
married, at Saint James' Church, New York, April 30, 1907,
Aline Virginia Kent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Blake
Kent, of New York, Mr. Kent being of the Maryland Kents.

The residence of Mr. Hurry abounds in relics of past and
honored generations, and among them is a fine portrait in oil
of General Wolfe, a relative of the Hurry family, also a por-
trait of DeWitt Clinton, by Inman, and which he inherited from
his mother, and she from her father, being the only profile por-
trait of the great governor.

The late Dr. Atkins, a distant cousin of the Hurrys through
the Wolfe family, and who was in the employ of the Panama
Canal Company, had a pedigree embracing the entire family of
Hurry, of which the Great Yarmouth family of Hurry were the
principal members for the last two hundred years (which he
referred to as a splendid connection), and which he saved with
other papers in an iron box by dragging it into the street during
the fire at Colon. Isaac John Greenwood, Esq., of New York,
has also collated a jiedigree from Eagman's Eoll, etc., of the
Hurry descent from the Lords Eure, afterAvards Barons Pit-
ficliy. Lords of the Marches in Scotland. "One of them. Gen-


eral Sir Jolm Hurry, was cavalry general of the Cromwellian
period ; a man of marked ability as a general of horse, and who
had been trained in the wars of the low Countries." He went
to those wars from England with "a magnificent retinue."

Mr. Edmund Abdy Hurry is a prominent member of the
Union League, University and Church Clubs of New York. He
is also connected with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a life
member of the Genealogical and Biographical Society, in which
he has an active interest, and was formerly secretary and trus-
tee. He is also a life member of St. Nicholas Society, the Ameri-
can Geographical Society and a member of St. George's Society.

During the trying times of 1862 ]\[r. Hurry was volunteer
night nurse to our wounded and sick soldiers at the hospital on
Lexington avenue and Forty-ninth street, and also at Bellevue
Hospital. His colleague, Augustus King, son of President
Charles King, of Columbia College, perished in the line of
duty. Mr. Hurry has had the rare distinction of Ijeing present
by invitation of Black Rod on the floor of the House of Lords,
upon which occasion he listened to the speech of his relative,
the late Lord Salisbury, then Prime Minister.

Mr. Hurry's city residence is Xo. 122 East Thirty-ninth
street. His country seat is ''Clifton" Barclay Heights, Sauger-
ties on the Hudson, New York.


In the year 1692, if any one had asked the Governor of the
Province or the Mayor of the City or the Judge of the Su}u-eme
Court: Is there a Quaker Meeting House in New York? the
answer would be prom])tly made, "None tliat we know of.
Quakers as a body cannot hold real estate. A Quaker Meeting
House would be contrary to law. But there is a ]irivate dwelling
house on Green Lane owned bv Edward Burling, and there the


peo2)le who call themselves Friends, but whom we call (^)iiakers,
hold meetings on what they call 'tirst day,' hut of course there
is no Ci)uake]- .Meeting- House."

The same answer would have l)een given if they had been
asked, "Is there a Jewish Synagogue in New York?" There
was none that had a legal existence, l)ut it was pretty well known
that on "Mill Street" tliere was a dwelling house owned by Mr.
John Harperdick, but leased by certain Jews who used it as a
synagogue, and was known to every one in the city by that name.
As late as the time when the Methodist Society was organized,
the (juestion arose as to how they could own and establish a
church. "Put a fireplace and a chimney in your building," said
the liberal guardians of the law, "and then it will l)e a dwelling
house, and not a church." Such was the condition of things at
that time. Jews, (Quakers and Methodists all had a well known
actual existence, but in the eye of the law they did not exist
at all.

Among the Quakers in New York at that early day no one
is more prominent than Edward Burling. He and his wife Grace
came from England about 1678. They were the parents of
seven children, three of whom were born in England, and four
in America, the following being their names and dates of birth:
Edward, born 4th day of 9th month, 1674; Grace, 29th of 8th,
1676; William, 26th of 10th, 1678; Rebekah, ... of 6th, 1681;
Jane, 17th of 5tli, 1684, married James Mott, 1717; Sarah, 12th
of 3rd, 1687, married John Way. 1716; Benjamin, 6th of 12th,
1689-90, died 21st of 10th, 1707.

It must be rememliered that at that time the year began
on the 25tli day of March, and that month was called "the first
month." February was the twelfth month. This is called "Old
Style," and continued till 1753.

Edward Burling, the first settler, and ancestor of this fam-


ily, died in tlu^ (Itli iiKnitli, 1(>!I7. I lis widow, (Jrace IJurliiig, sur-
vived liim many vcais.

Edward I)urlini>-, the second, horn 4tli day of Htli niontli,
1()74 ( Xoveniber 4, 1()74), died in New \'ork in ."Ird month (May,
1749). lie married Phehe, dau.i'liter of doim Ferris of East
Cliestei-, nth day of 4tli montli (June), 1700. Their children
were: -lames, hoi-n Dth (Uiy of ."ird month, 1701; .loliii, horn !)tli
day of (ith month, 170;5; l*hehe, horn L'4th day of Stli month, 1705;
Sarah, born 25tli day of otli month, 1711'; Edward, 3rd of 12tli,
1713-14^ married Anna Fai'rington, L'Oth of Sth, 1743; Martha,
born 29th of i)th, 1715.

William Burling, son of Edward (I), had wife Eel)eekali,
daughter of Elienezer Spooner, who died 2nd of 2ud, 1729. He
had second wife Mary, and children: Benjamin, James, Samuel,
"William. Mary, Ebenezer, Hannah, Amy and Sarah, wife of

Bloodgood. William Burling died 10th of 8th, 1743.

His wife Mary died 25tli of 6th, 1747. In her will she mentions
her sisters Charity Eml)ree, and Eleanor Burling.

Edward Burling, son of Edward (2), nuirried Anna Far-
rington. He lived in New York, and died the 3rd month, 1749,
le'aving children: James, John, Phel)e, wife of Phili}) Pell;

Sarah, wife of Benjanain Smith; Etlward; Martha, wife of •

Hinman, and Samuel. James Burling, in his will dated Sep-
tember 8, 1742, proved January 21, 1750, mentions wife Elizabeth
and daughter Abigail Bowne.

William I^urling, son of William (2), died 7th of 4th, 1745,
married Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Hannah Bowne, 12th of
1st, 1729-30. He had children: Jereth, born 8th of 8th, 1732;
Hannah, wife of Anthony Field; Sarah, and Hebeckah.

Edward Burling, "of Long Keacli, East Chester," had son
Edward, 1762.

John Burling, son of P]dward (2). died in New ^'ork. 20th


of 7th, 1785. He married Anna, daughter of Thomas Dobson,
5th of 5th, 1733. He had son John, who married Hannah Cor-
nell, 9th of 1st, 1765, and Mary, wife of Parsons. She

died 12th of 4th, 1779.

James Burling, who died before 1754, had wife Elizabeth,
and children: Sarah, who married Caleb Lawrence (son of
Richard), and Edward, who married Rebeekah, daughter of
William and Martha Van Wyck, 12th of 10th, 1757.

Thomas Burling and wife Susanah had children: Anne,
born 1789; and Maria, born 1791.

Ebenezer Burling, of East CUiester, died 1758. He left wife
and children, but the only one named is daughter Hannah

Samuel Burling, of New York, died 1757. He had wife Jane.

Benjamin Burling of Flushing, son of William (1), in his
will dated September 1, 1747, proved October 12, 1747, mentions
children : William, Peter, Lancaster, Rebecca, Seneca, and Anne.
Lancaster Burling died October 31, 1807, aged seventy-one.

Edward Burling, of East Chester, had daughters Rebecca,
wife of Richard Titus, and Phebe, wife of Isaac Hallock.

John Burling, of New York, son of John, married Hannah
Cornell, 9th of 1st, 1769.

Thomas Burling, and wife Henrietta, had children: Mary,
born 9th of 12th, 1783; Joseph, 30th of 8th, 1787; Ann and
Thomas, born 19tli of 8th, 1791.

Richard Burling, son of Edward, married Charity Haviland,
4th of 12tli, 1776.

Thomas Burling, of New York, married Sarah Shotwell, 8th
of 5th, 1771.

Samuel Burling, of New York, died 12th of lltb, 1757,
"buried in Friends burying ground."

James Burling, of Flushing, had son John, 1768.


James Burling, of New York, prol)ably son of AVilliam (1),
died 8tli of 1st, 1754.

William Burling, of Flushing, had children: Hannah, Sarah,
Rebecca, George, AVilliani, and Elizabeth.

James Burling, son of Edward (2), died 8th of 1st, 1757.
He had wife Elizabeth, and children: Sarah, wife of Caleb
Ijawrence, and Edward, who married Deborah, daughter of
William and Martha Van Wyek, 12th of 10th month (December
12), 1757.

Edward Burling, the ancestor of the family, came to New
York about 1()90. On ]May 2, 1695, he purchased from William
Bickley a lot of land on Broadway, a little north of what is now
Liberty street. This lot extended east to a narrow street called
Green Lane (now Liberty Place). In the deed he is mentioned
as "late of Hewletts Island, wheelwright." On the rear of this
lot, and fronting "Green Lane," he with one or two others,
erected a dwelling house in 1696. This was used as the Quaker
meeting house, and was the first in New York.

The representative of one of the branches of this family was
Samuel Burling, who lived in the town of Harrison, AYestchester
county, and died there in 1821. He left a wife Mary and chil-
dren: Rebecca, wife of Isaac Barnes; Hannah, wife of Stephen
Barnes; Mary; Phelie, wife of Joshua Sutton; S.imuel, Richard
and Benjamin F.

Of these children, Benjamin F. Burling was born 8th month,
1st, 1787, and died 12th mo., 5th, 1850. He married Hannah
Hosier, 11th mo. 20th, 1811. She was born 4th mo. 29th, 1791,
and died 3rd mo. 17th, 1869. Their children were: Catherine
IL, wife of Isaac Cari)enter; Hilary F., wife of Charles Titus;
Ann L., wife of Stephen Britt; Susan M., wife of Benjamin
Weeks; Rebecca T., wife of Alfred I^nderhill ; William, l)Orn 12th
mo. 29th, 1824, left no children; Samuel, born 4tli mo. 1st, 1826;


John C, l.oni :!i-d luo. 4tli, 1829, died lltli mo. 6tli, 1890, no
issue; and Hannah F., wife of William T. Cock. Of this family,
Samuel Burling married Phebe G. Haviland, 9th mo. 15th, 1857.
Their children were William Clinton Burling, born March 21,
18()1, and Alice (lertrude, wife of Edward Fraser Robinson.

Samuel Burling, the great-grandfather, lived in the town of
Harrison, and owned a farm of one hundred and eleven acres on
the west side of Purchase street, and it was here that his son
Benjamin F. Burling, was born, and upon this farm the greater
part of his life was passed. The latter part of his life was
|)assed at Upper New Koclielle.

Samuel Burling, his sou, in partnership with his brother,

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