Chicago Lewis Publishing Company.

Biographical history of Westchester County, New York.. (Volume 1) online

. (page 1 of 57)
Online LibraryChicago Lewis Publishing CompanyBiographical history of Westchester County, New York.. (Volume 1) → online text (page 1 of 57)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


974.701
W52
v.l
1136295



GENEALOGY



COLLECTION



iiiiiiiiifi l iWi N iii < iiiiilf J i{iiiiii JB i LI P LIBRARY
3 1833 01149 0239



ft 1



.^c*




Biographical History



WESTCHESTER COUNTY,



NEW YORK,



ILLUSTRATED.



VOLUME I.



CHICAGO:
THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY.



INDEX.

1136295



Abbott, Charles H„ 550.
Abfn.lmth, William P., 884.
Acker, William, 82.
Ackerman, Amos, 554.
Acly, Charles H.,393.
Adams, Alvaro J.,800.
Allen, David E., 151.
Allen, George F., 964.
Allison, Charles E., 692.
Andrews, George C, 428.
Archer, Robert C, 620.
Archer, Squire G., 239.
Archer, William II.. 108.
Austin, Charles L., 370.
Austin, Willsey, 419.



Baekeland, Leo H., 505.
Backus, John., 324.
Badeau, Albert, 176.
Badeau, John E., 176.
Bailey, Elbert T., 635.
Baker, Nelson H., 492.
Banks, Charles G., 564.
Bard, George W., 105.
Bard, William H., 421.
Bare, Abram, 623.
Barnes, Jerome U., 208.
Barnes, Reuben, 522.
Barnhart, John W., 184.
Barnum, Merritt W., 380.
Barrett, James T., 382.
Barrett, William, 306.
Bartnett, Robert, 143.
Baxter, John H., 447.
Beairsto, William J., 799.
Becker, Christian, 294.
Bedell, James H., 935.
Bedell, lames W., 200.
Bell, Walter T., 384.
Bell, William H., 720.
Bennett, Richard G., 956.
Berkemeier, Gottlieb C, 232.
Berry, Kennedy, 163.
Bischoff, Henry W.. 991.
Blakeman, A. Noel, 395.
Boehmer, Rudolph, 332.
Bogen, lames C, 427.
Bolton, Cornelius W., 226.
Bolze, F. A., 203.



Bonnett, John B., 551'.
Bonnett, William I... 445.
Boothby, [ohn W., 90.
Borland, Reuben, 517.
Boyi e, Wesley, 193.
Boyd, William A.. 161.
Bradley, Seaman, 814.
Brandreth, Benjamin, 774.
Brandreth, William, 893.
Brett, John H.,608.
Breuchaud, Jules. 469.
Brewer, Reuben ( '. . 628.
Brewer, Thomas, 628.
Briggs, John H., 943.
Brill, George H.,4:i4.
Broderick. [ohn I., 183.
Brown, Abram A., 162.
Brown, Clarence, 257.
Brown, Francis IX, 560.
Brown, George R., 11*4.
Bryant, Elias, 613.
Burdsall, Ellwood, 967.
Burdsall, Richard H.,969.
Burke, Thomas [.,298.
Burtis, Edward S„ 229.
Bushnell, Nathan P., 351.

C.

Callahan, James H., 217.
( all. in. Thomas I.. 693.
Campbell, Frank M., 76.
Campbell, John C, 210.
Cannon, Henry H., 850.
Carhart, William M. D'A., 343.
Carmody, Michael I . 391.
Carpenter, Azariah, 861.
Carpenter, Charles W., 7 to.
Carpenter. Elisha P., 338.
Carpenter, Francis M., 128.
Carpenter, Isaac. 303.
Carpenter, John W., 740.
Carpenter, Jonathan, 456.
Carpenter, T. EUwo d, 371.
Carpenter, W. J., 286.
Carpenter, Ziba. 915.
Carrigan, George E., 530.
Casev, William C, 334.
Caulfield, Daniel W., 872.
Caulfield, Thomas B„ 870.
Chadburn, Saum.-I, 218.
Chadeavne, Leonard, 504.
Chambers, David, 169.



Chapman, Charles F., 414.
Chapman, J. Francis, 796.
ChzM Charles H 86S.
Chrystie, William F.,311.
Clapp, John H., 973.
Clapp, John [.,972.
Clark, Edward M., 1 • .".
Clark, George B., 591.
Clark, Samuel T., 855.
Clarke, Henry S., ^\
i lose, Simeon 1.., 32.
Cobb, Lyman, |r., 400.
Cobden, Richard, 216.
Cochran, William F., 844.
Cole, David, 349.
Coles, Al. r.di. mi A., 536.
Coles, James, 251.
Colgate, lames 1!., 904.
Colgate, Robert, 907.
Comly, Samuel, 1">::.
Conklin, Theodore E., 435.
Conk, F. S., 928.
Cooper, lames F., 502.
Copcutt, John B., 352.
Cordes, John H., 979.
Cornell/Richard, 96.
Cornell, Stephen S., 96.
Cornell, S. Wood, 511.
Cortright, Jacob D., 411.
Costello, William H., 359.
Coutant, James, 207.
Coutant, James L., 333.
Coxe, Frank P., 627.
Crane, Josenh H., 87.
Creeden, John K, 9f,:,.
Crisfield, Charles K ., •',->;.
Cristield, George H., 69.
Crisfield, L. Harvey, 118.
Cromwell, David, 54.
Crowe, Emmett S., 902.
Curran, Patrick f., 154.
Curry, Frank A., 974.
Curry, G. P. M., 253.
Curry, Hart, 837.
Cutler, Nathaniel, 727.

I).

Dalton, Jacob II., 699.
Darrow, Wallace, 580.
Dassler, Samuel W., 297.
Davids, Cortlandt [., 221.
Davids, David F., 839.
Davis, A. I!., 165.
Davis, George T., 51 1.
Dean, The. iron B., 982.
Decker, Francis 1'., SOS.
Decker, William I., 308.
I legnan, lame-, E., 389
De Hart.Henry G. V., 663.

1 )e| h'U , ( 'Ii.iiiik ev M.. <>9S.

Deut'erman, Charles, 88.
Dillon, Michael J., 448.
Dobbs, Gilbert W., 271.
Dodge, ( harle H., 590
I >oern, Valentine, 287.



Drake, Thomas S., 93.
Du Bois, W. Maison, 540.
Dusenberry, Charles R., 409.
Dworniczak, Charles Henry, 526.
Dykman, J. O., 1.



Eickemeyer, Rudolf, Jr., 876.
Eldredge, Charles, 900.
Embree, John, 680.
Emmet, Robert T., 562.



F.

Fagan, Benjamin, 520.
1 ai i ington, I >avid, 690.
I ' inn, Thomas, 546.
Fee, Samuel, 117.
Fehrs, William H., 372.
Fellows, Herbert B., 97.
Ferguson, Robert, 228.
Ferris, Andrew, 130.
Ferris, Benson, 452.
Ferns, David P., 199.
Ferris, William N., 916.
Finch, Albert, 953.
Finch, William S., 237.
Finck, Henry, 451.
Fischer, George, 689.
Fisher, John, 164.
Fisher, Lewis M., 937.
Fiske, Edwin W., 648.
Fitzgerald, Michael, 133.
Flagg, Levi W., 719.
Flannellv, Joseph F., 190.
Flint, Frederick \\ ., ISO.
Flovd, William M., 442.
Foley, M„ 575.
Fones, Robert A.. 668,
Foote, Edward ]'»., 112.
Foshay, Francis E., 446.
Foshay, John F., 370.
I owli i Peter U , 248.
Fox, Alfred, 203.
Frazier, George, 755.
I mst, Munson E., 187.
Furman, John M., 509.



Gale, E. Lippard, Sr., 139.

< iednev, Ilartlinlnmew, 2*5.
C.ednev. William 11., 41S.
Getty, Robert P., 344.
Gibson, James, 152,
("libsnn, lames, Sr., 532.
C.il'ford, Silas D., 43.
Gillender, Augustus T., 206.
Goff, F. W., 279.
Goodenough, Arthur II., 978.
Gorlich, Frederick, 134.

1 .elding, 124.
Grab, George, Jr., 655.
Graney, \\ illiam I.. 856.
Gratta'n, Charles E., ' I I



Gray, Daniel, 92.
Gray, George T., 92.
Gray, Thomas, 92.
Green, Thaddeus K.. 708.
Grenzebach, James A.. 569.
Griffin, Klias'u., 94''..
Griffin, L'lric X., 739.
Griggs, F.lizur 1 )., 373.
Griswold, Ralph B., 104.
Grosse, Max I'. T., 375.
Guion, William T., 258.

H.

Hackett, Franci I . 15

Hall, Matthew I
Hall, Samuel, 922.
Halstead, William [., 205.
Halsted, Augustus M., - r .:!s.
Hamilton, fohn C. L„ 74*.
Hammond, William H., 360.
Harper, Mary E., 818.
Harriman, Charli
Harris, George \\
Harris, George W
Hart, E. Frank, 584.
Hart, Hickson F., 484.
Hart, Monmouth G., 586.
Hart, Lemuel M., 624.
Hartmann, John W., 103.
Hartshorn, Charles E., 677.
Hasbrouck. Josi
Havemeyer, Frederick C, 666.
Haviland, David N., 938.
Haviland, W. K.. 215.
Hawley, John S., 36.
Hays and Allied Familii -.
Hays. Daniel P., 760.
Heinsohn, Charles H., 679.
Heminway, Albert G.. 168.
Henry, Charles (Dworniczak), 526.
Hermes, f. George, 416.
Hicks, Henry R„ 185.
Hill, Florence, 960.
Hill. Theodore, 491.
Hitchcock, Purdy L., 531.
Hoag, fames, 45
Hoag, John, 11.
Hobby, William O., 524.
Hoerr, \dolph, 11!'.
Hoffmeisti r, I hat
Holbrook, Matthew 11., 940
11, .Men. lulu, G. P., 776.
Holler, Frank I . 612.
Holler, Lawrence, 613
Hollwegs, [acob, Ho
Holmes, Frank K„ 513.
Hopkins, fames, 516.
Horsfall, William II. A., 631.
Horton, Charles II.. 942.
Horton Fami y, I i ,280
Horton, I ranklin, 787.
Horton, |oseph, 280.
1 [orton, Stephen 1 >., 280.
Horton, Stephen F., 282.



Horton, William J., 700.

Hoyt, Seth S., 100.

Hoyt, W'.lliam 11., 160

Hubbell, Dwight S., 7!'4.

Huber, William D., 330.

Hudson, Henry, 12.

Huestis, Gilbert B

Huff, Joseph H., 641.

Hunt, Isaac M., 647.

I hint, lames F., 520.

Hunt, Samuel, 349.

Hunter, [ohn F., 676.

Hunter, Nicholas I'.., :M>.

Huntington, Colli-. I

Huntington, fames

Hurd, Asa, 340.

Husted, Harvey, 926.

Husted, General James W., 353.

Husted, Honorable James \\ . 356

Hyler, William H., 734.



Ihlder, John D., 775.
Ingwersen, Louis, 1 26.
Irving, Washington, 25.



Jackson, A. \". \\ ., 950.
"Jackson, D. S., Fai 950

fames H., 521.
fae obi, Leonard, 4'.'4.
Jay, fohn,670.
Jay, John C, 671.
lenkin, John H.
Jenks, Albert S., 617.
John, Griffith, 701.

. t II ill e | ... ! I I '.

Jones, Thomas, -J''.:'.
Joslyn, Andrew J., 758.



Kaufmann, Peter, 255.
Kay, Wi Hi. nil, 1-".'
Kear, Edward B., 196
Keeler, fohn H., 60.
i- ellner, fohn A.. 571.

Minot ("., 607.
Kelly, George T..
Kelly, fames W.. S.'IS.
Kene, C. '

Kinch, I. Howard, 423.
Kingsley, ( 'i in D., 16.
Kipp, Augustus. 304.
Knapp, Samuel T., 17'.'.
Knowles, /. Melville, 476.
Knowlton, Ingersoll 1 ., ''. ■
Koch, William f., Mn2.
Koellmer, fohn,' 147.
Kraft, Frederick W., 292.
Kraft, John, 293.
Kraft, William F., 292.
Kreidler, facob, 245.
Kress, John, 768.



Lake, Edv.

Lake, William, 621.

Lake, William H., 770.
Lander, lames H., 703.
Lane, Charles M., 260.
Latimer, Alfred 1
Lawrence, Alfred, 596.
Lawrence, James i
Lawrence, James V., 889.
Lawrence, William
Lawrence, Willia;,
Lawrence, William
Legget, Alexander, 299.
Lennon, lames T., 244.
Lent, Charles H.,934
Lent, Isaac B., 114.
Lent, Isaac H., 116.
Lent, Smith, 963.
Le Strange, Mike, 478.
Leviness, Albert -
Leviness, Daniel !
Lewis, Joseph H., 746.
Lockwood, Jeremiah T.,
Lockwood, George. 4'_'i>.

[ohn E.,300.
Long, Edward B., 320.
Lounsberry, Isaac R., 713.
Lounsbury, Wellington, 803
Lownsbury, John W., 397.

M.

Magness, G. Hosi

Ma'hlstedt, 1. Albert, 633.

Mangam, Daniel D.,894.

Manor Hall, Yonkers, The Philipses, etc., 772.

Mapes, Daniel. 717.

Marsden, H. K.

Marshall, Stephen A., 656.

Marshall, William

Martin, Charles G., 550.

Martin, Michael 1.. 632.

Mason, Perley H., 277.

Masterton, Alexander, Si . 2.

Masterton, Alexander, Jr., •">.

McCabe, lames D., 598.

\\ ! ham 1 .. !'-
McClellan, Clan

Man, Pelham L.. 707.
McCord, Robert, 327.
McCue, Jeremiah A.. 197.

aid, William F., 246.
McKeel, Ira, 715.
McKi-iii

Mead, Jared E., 821.
Mead. Solomoi I
Mercer, William, 253.
Merritt. Charles. 158.
Merritt, [ames F ., 604.
Merritt, lames S., 149.
Merritt, John 0., 528.
Mertz,( lei 'i-ji . -''■] .
Men/, Lnu.s C, 262.



Miles, <>i el I0S
Millard, Frank V., 977.
Miller, George L., 636.
Miller, Harry B., 941.
Miller. Joseph i I
Mi Her, Lewis H., 433.
Miller, Samuel C, 85.
Mills, Isaac X.. 44.
Mills, John F.,883.
Mitchell, Edward J., 272.
Mitchell, Michael F., 146.
Mitchell, Thomas, 257
Mitchell, Peter [.,640
Molloy, William '
Monroe, Augustm, vvv .
Montross, Ambrose C, 182.
Moore, Jeremiah J , 219.
Morgan, Charles V., 75.
Morton. William. '
M,,ss, William, 186.
Mott, Albert W., 984
Mulcahev. [ames [., 222
Mulcahey, Thorn is
Mulrooney, Martin F., 594.
Munson, Ezra E., 141.
Murray, Charles H., 801.
Murray, I >anie I, 374.
Murray, Williai
Murray, William H.,909.



Xeilson, Walter S., 405.
Nelson, George, 529.

Nelson. William H., 529.

New. [ohn, 224.
Newman, J. Hatfield, 266.
Nichols, John, 178.
Nugent, Arthur W., 74:'..
Nuskey, Alfred, 918.

O.

Oakley, Thomas, 331.
i >dell, George F., 542.

Odell, lames P... i>::
Odell, John 11.. 11-.
Odell, Nathaniel H.. 122.
Odell, William [.,
Ogden, [ohn R., 68.
( I'Hern.

-. 387.
O'Neill, Dennis, 951.
Osterheld, Henry, 156.
Otis Elevator \\
i in s. Norton P., 730.
Owens, lolm 1
Owens, Silas [.,903.



i,l)„ 981
Paine, Thomas, 29.
576.

Palmer, George, 44M.



Palmer, Milton C, 652
Palmer, Samuel \\ ., 674
Park, Thomas 1 .. - 1
Parker, Clarence E., 412.
Parker, Thomas M.. 535.
Patch, Henry F., 562.
Pateman, William, 954.
Paulding and Requa Hun si ,642
Paulding, James K., 642.
Paulding, Peter, 79.
Pawson, J. Eug< m , - 1-
Peck, Jerome A., 351.
Peeler, Leon 1-;., 559.

dward L., 135.
Peene, John G., 924.
Pennell, foseph B., 172
Perkins, Franklin P., 1.41.
Phelps, H. D., 7:;.
Phihpses, The, and the Manor, 771'
Piatt, Benoni. 643.
Piatt, Lewis C, 48.
Piatt, William P., 144.
Plume, Carl W.,626.
Popham, Lewis C, 673.
Powell, Ezra M., 515.
Power, Edmund |., 123.
Prendergast, James \\\, 351
Pruyn. John 1., 131.
Pryer, Charles. 572.
Pugslev, Cornelius A., 24o.
Purdy, George [., :>_'
Purdy, Lhsha T., 2::o.
Purdy, Isaac, 744.
Purdy, Stephen L., 407.

Q-

Oualman, Henry J., 293.
Quick, E. Lewis. 472.
(juirk, Thomas. 390.

R.

Radford, Thomas, 812.

Randall, ]. Wesley, 7-1

Read, facob, 188.

Reagan. Michael H., 602.

Reedy, John. 629.

Reilly, Hugh, 223.

Requa, Isaai . 643

Requa, James M., 899.

Requa, Samuel, 988.

Revolutionary Reminiscence, A, 043.

Reynolds, Henry A., 592.

Kevin i]i K Lockw 1, i".7.">.

Reynolds, Robert A., 662.
Reynolds, William E„ 386.
Rhodes, Bradford, 424.
Rich, Charles, 413.
Richens, Edwin, 433.
Rigby, George N., 483.
Ritter Family, The, ::21.
Ritter, Frederick W.. 326.
Ritter, George B.,326.
Ritter, Henry, 323.
Ritter, Jiilm M., 323.
Ritter, |ohn P., 325.
Robbins, George )>., 809



Roberts, David ;
Robertson, William H., 481.
Romer, form, 741.
Rose, John II. . 360.
Ross, James, 961.
Rotche, Robert A., 493.
Rudolph, Henry, 155.
Ruemmler. Gustav A., 394.
Ruscoe, George I., I It.
Rushmore, Thomas I.., 24.
Russell, lolm C, 77.
Ryan, William. 9



Sackett, Walter T., 247.
Sanderson. Oswald. 971.
Sarles, Hnam B.,438.
Si hafmeister, fohn A., 381.
Schirmer, Frank G., 91.
Schmaling. Frederick P., 191.
Schmid, H. Ernes:, 136.
Schollderfer, Edmund, 712.
Searles, Baily I'... 933.
Searles, Benjamin B., '.'17.
Secor, Chauncej I
Secor, Norn an, J

Ri. hard, 98.
See, Elliott H., 276.
Selleck, Sivori,610.

Sergeant, Arthur II.. 228.
Sergeant, William
Seymour.

R., 649.
Sheehan, Edward F., 766.
Sin pherd, Eugem 1 , '.'.';
Sheridan, Peter, 914.
Sherman, Frederu k W , 500.
Sherwood, Gardner W., 275.
Shotts, John C, 832.


Shrive. William G., 380
Siebrecht, Henry A., [i . 970
Sim, his, ( leor-e i
Skinner, Halcyon, f..">S.
Slade, fames, 682
Slater, William X., 654.
Sloane, fohn f., 752.
Smith, Albert E., -'I
Cexander, 721.
"■
Smith, H. Eugene, 160.
Smith, I. CI. mm. e. 73ti,
Smith. John W., 115.
Smith. ( )si ar, 534.
Smith, Stephen \\
Sniftin, Merwin, 630.

Luke A., 783.
Stengel, George [., 162
Stephens, Odeil.231.
Stevens, Francis I., 615.
Sti wart, James, Jr., '.HO.
Stilwell, Benjamin \\ .. "d
Stilwell, Stephen f., 311.
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 896.
Storm, John I.. 790.



INDEX.



Stoutenburgh, Samuel K.. -»-•"—.
Stowe, Wiliiani H.. 593.
Strang, Albert, 804.
Strang, Daniel, S04.
Strang, Ira D., 804.
Studwell, Edwin F., 829.
Stuyvesant, Peter, 15.
Sultzer, Fred, 213.
Sutherland, Edmund G., 138
Sutton, George \\ '., 457.
Swam, Charles R., -I.V.I.
Sweet, Henry, 512.
Swift, Edward 1'., '-'('.4.



Talley, lane- D., 927.
Tallman, Dowah D., 72.
Tator, |ohn, 754.
Taylor, lames 1
Taylor, Moses \V„ 120.
Tavlor, Theodore, 101.
Terry, [ohn T., 362.
Thorn, John I., 952.
Thomes, George E., 47.
Thompson, Ktari ingtoii M., :12s.
Thorne, James A.. M'-'l).
Thome, [ohn [., 921.
Thorne, Nelson S., 921.
Tierney, Michael [., 136.
Tilden, Samuel [., 17.
Tillotson, Lyman M., 367.
Todd Family, The, 824.
Todd, Harve\ M„ s-.'.s.
Todd, James \V., 570.
Todd, William N.,828
Todd, Wilson G., 829.
Tompkins, Adol] I
Tompkins, Abraham H., - 1"
Tompkins, Andrew M L'l 1.
Tompkins, Fred E., 639.
Tompkins, John I., 148.
Tompkins, Lemuel 1'.., 178.

ins, William H.. 352.
Tracy, ( ieoi ge, 437.
Travis.David W., 549.

, [essi I >., 962.
Treadwell, Leman B., Sr., 962.

! i. mi is P., 957.
Tremper, [ohn H., 600.
Tripp, Isaac K , M I
Truesdell, fohn W., 533.
Turner, [saai W., 835.
Tuttle, James A., 549.

! harles E., 167
I
Ultcht, Albert A., 595.
Underhill,* aleb F., 822.
I nderhill, Georg. W. !.., ''.7.
Underhill, John i i
L'nderhill. Law rence, 175,
V.
Wilber,329
til, ] ias, 81.



Vail, William Edgar, si.
\ alentine, Abigail, 665.
Valentine, Charles F., lif.l.
Valentine, Eli, 192.
Valentine, James L., 666.
\ alentine, Nathaniel B., 288.
Valentine, Staats, 664.
Valentine, William G., 399.
\ an Arsdale, William E., 4:r_'.
Van Cortlandt, Augustus, r.^'7.
Van Court. James S., 478.
Van Rensselaer. William I'., I '.54
\ an Tassel, Ambrose, 263.
, Cornelius, 830.
Van Wart, Alexander, 643.
Van Wart, Isaac, 284.
Van Wyck, Pierre C, 64.
Van Zeim. John A., 44o.
Varian, Henry A., 441.
Venn, Isaac H., 588

W.
Waller, William B., 605.
Walsh, George, 259.
Walsh. Michael I., 47::.
Ward, Thomas !>., 4-1.
Ward, William J., 125.
Waring, Charles E., C>4.
Waring, (ohn T., :!7i'i.

Washburn Brothers, 510.

\\ ashburn, Harvey M., 51U.

Washburn, H. E., 270

Washburn, Silas W.. 511.

\\ ashburne, C. Le Grand, 773

■■' atson, fames, :- :

Weeks, Frederick 1 ' ■

Weimar, Jacob, 465.

Wemheimer, fohn L„ 939.

Weis, fohn A., 142.

Weller, fames H., SI 3.

Wells, Charles N„ -71'..

Wells, Edward, -7'J.

\\ endt, i arsti n, 307

White. Edward, .MS.

White, Michael 1

White, Robert F., 609.

Whitehouse, Worthing.

Whitlock, Aaron B., 468.

\\ ildej Family, The, 747.

Willson, Elbert S. X., 527.

Wilson, William M., 544.

Wiltsie, [ohn R., 781.

i illiam H., 309.

\\ I, fames, 41.

: :tnn, Henry K., 645.

i harles F., 283.

V.

Yocom, Ed S., 211.
Young, Asa \\

Vniiiii;, Charles 1 . ~.i>

I rank I... 392.
-.i n , 767
\ oung, Isaac I
Young, fackson, 7ss.

I '



BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY.



JUDGE J. O. DYKMAN.

For more than thirty years Judge Dykman has been a resident of White
Plains, Westchester county, New York, and he has a warm place in the
hearts of the people of this place, while for integrity and justice he enjoys a
reputation that extends beyond the bounds of the state.

Judge Dykman is a native of the Empire state. He was born in the
town of Patterson, Putnam county, New York, and is a descendant of one of
the early settlers of that county, his great-grandfather, Joseph Dykman,
having settled in what is now the town of Southeast, Putnam county, in colo-
nial days, where he became well known and influential; he was a captain in
the Continental army in the Revolutionary war.

The youthful days of the subject of our sketch were spent in a manner
similar to those of other farmer boys, — in attending school in winter and
working on the farm in summer. By the time he reached manhood he had
obtained a fair education, enough to enable him to teach a common school,
and for some time he was engaged in teaching. Choosing the law for his pro-
fession, he entered upon its study in the office of the Hon. William Nelson,
then a distinguished lawyer of Peekskill, Westchester county, under whose
able instructions he was diligent in study and made rapid advancement.
Being duly admitted to the bar, he engaged in the practice of his profession
in his native county, at Cold Spring, and shortly afterward was honored with
official position there, first being elected to the office of school commis-
sioner and subsequently to that of district attorney of the county.

Since the spring of 1866 Judge Dykman has been a resident of White
Plains. Two years after locating here, in the fall of 1868, he was elected,
by a handsome majority, district attorney of Westchester county, a respon-
sible position which he filled with marked ability, particularly distinguish-
ing himself by the successful manner in which he conducted the famous
Buckhout murder trial. In the fall of 1875 he was again honored with offi-
cial position, this time being elected to the high office of justice of the
supreme court of the state of New York for the second judicial district.
He was nominated and supported as the regular candidate of the Republican



2 WESTCHESTER COUNTY.

party and at the election received a majority exceeding ten thousand, his sup-
port at the polls coming alike from Democrats and Republicans.

Judge Dykman's career on the bench has shown that the confidence of
the people was not misplaced. Sound judgment, discretion, kindness, abso-
lute fairness and impartiality, and a wide and deep knowledge of the law,
are among his chief characteristics. Simple in habits, and modest and
polite in manner, he has a happy way of ingratiating himself with all with
whom he comes in contact, and those who know him best esteem him most
highly. He is in many ways an illustration of what may be accomplished in
this country of ours, with its republican institutions, where all positions are
within the grasp of those who desire to obtain them. Without the aid of
wealth or influence, and through his own energy and perseverance, he has
gained the high position he adorns. On neither his public nor private char-
acter does there rest a stain.

Judge Dykman has had a long and happy married life, and is the father
of two sons, both lawyers, — William N. and Henry T. Mrs. Dykman was
formerly Miss Emily L. Trowbridge, of Peekskill, a descendant of one of the
New Haven families of that name. In her character is found a noble
example of the devoted, loving wife and mother and benevolent Christian
woman. Of their sons we further record that William N. married Miss
Belle Annan and is a resident of Brooklyn, where he is successfully engaged
in the practice of law. Henry T. married Miss Ella B. Cline, of Dutchess
county, and is located at White Plains, where he has acquired a large client-
age and good practice.

Politically the Judge is a Democrat in the broadest sense of the term,
and his religious creed is that of the Protestant Episcopal church, of which he
is a consistent member.

ALEXANDER MASTERTON, Sr.
We of this end-of-the-century period, representing the most electrical
progress in all lines of material activity, are too prone to not give due heed
to those elemental values which touch upon the deeper essence of being. We
cannot afford to hold in light esteem those who have wrought nobly in the
past, nor fail to accord honor to those who have given an heritage of worthy
thoughts and worthy deeds, and have aided in laying fast the foundations of
the greatest republic the world has ever known. He to whose life history we
now turn attention was known and honored as one of the representative citi-
zens of Westchester county and as a successful business man of our national
metropolis. By his quiet, earnest, useful life and by his example the world
was enriched, for the fructifying influences of a noble character expand in
constantly widening angle as the years fall into the abyss of time.




rj$£kvrt //,/.-/ ■ //<,■><'<> ■ >■ '



WESTCHESTER COUNTY. 8

Alexander Masterton was a distinct man — distinct in his individuality, in the
inflexibility of his principles and in his labors as a man among men. He was
born in the picturesque burg of Forfar, in the beautiful vale of Strathmore,
Scotland, in the year 1797, coming of stanch Scottish stock and inheriting
the sturdy independence and sterling virtues of that hardy race, in the land
of "brown heath and shaggy wood." His educational advantages were
limited in extent, but his alert and vigorous mentality enabled him to effec-
tively supplement his early training through the discipline and associations of
his active and successful business life.

At the early age of seventeen years Mr. Masterton bade adieu to the
beautiful hills arid vales of his native land, severed the cherished ties which
bound him to his home, and set forth to seek his fortunes in the New World.
He embarked on a sailing vessel bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he
arrived in due course of time. In his native land he had learned the stone-
cutter's trade, and the proficiency of the Scottish masons is proverbial. Thus
it was not strange that the young man soon found use for his services. He
remained in Halifax until he had earned sufficient money to repay to a
friend the amount which he had borrowed to defray his expenses for the
ocean voyage. He then came to New York, and when he arrived in the
metropolis his entire financial reinforcement was represented in one solitary
half-crown. But he had to his credit an ample fortune in the way of good
health, willing hands and a stout heart; and he did not fear to put his faith
to the test. He secured employment at his trade, and such was his mechanical
ability, his industry and his absolute integrity that upon attaining his majority
he was enabled to engage in business upon his own responsibility, — an enter-
prise which developed into one of the most important in the line of contract-
ing and building in New York city. He formed a partnership with a friend,
under the firm name of Masterton & Smith, and this association was con-
tinued until the death of Mr. Smith, in 1854, — thus covering the long
period of thirty-six years. The partnership was one of most per-
fect confidence and mutual esteem, and the firm gained marked prestige in



Online LibraryChicago Lewis Publishing CompanyBiographical history of Westchester County, New York.. (Volume 1) → online text (page 1 of 57)