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The early immigrants to New
.SMITH England were mostly artisans

and most of them men of little
learning. That they were • possessed of
strong characters is evidenced in a thousand
ways to the student of history. ^^M^ilc the
pen was an awkward instrument to many of
them, they were industrious and conquered



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the wilderness, establishing the foundation
of the civilization which we now enjoy.
Among the most useful men in the colonies
were the smiths who made all the nails used
in the construction of buildings and nearly
all implements of every sort employed in the
rude life of the pioneers. A century previ-
ous the country people in England had taken
surnames, and it fell out that many who
were smiths by occupation took the word
for a patronymic. In the midst of these,
where Christian names were oft repeated, it
has been difficult to trace a line of descent
in many cases.

(I) Among the numerous Smith families
of the first settlers of Connecticut, was a
family of four brothers and a sister, who
settled in Hartford and vicinity, of whom
further. It is not known that their parents
came to this country, i. Mary, married Will-
iam Partridge. 2. Christopher, resided at
Northampton and died without issue. 3.
Simon, who was one of the twenty-eight
original proprietors of Haddam, Connecti-
cut, coming from Hartford. 4. Joseph, set-
tled in Hartford, and had fifteen children. 5.
William, settled in Wethersfield.

(II) Benjamin, son of Simon Smith, was
born in 1664 in Haddam, and married Han-
nah Scoville. They had sons, Benjamin,
Jacob, Deacon Joseph, and Daniel, of whom
further.

(III) Daniel, son of Benjamin and Han-
nah (Scoville) Smith, was born in 1714 in
Haddam, and married in 1739; the name of
his wife is not preserved. She died in 1745,
and he died July 29, 1793. in Haddam.

(IV) William, son of Daniel Smith,
passed his life in Haddam in the old house
just north of the present jail. He was a
seafaring man in the West Indies trade,
owned and commanded vessels, and lost his
life when only forty years of age. His wife's
baptismal name was Martha, and their chil-
dren were: Jeffrey, of whom further; Jona-
than, Ezra, Lucy, married Captain Brainerd
of New York City, and lived to the age of
106 years; Esther, married Luther Board-
man of Higganum ; Martha, married George
Kelsey of Haddam. All of the sons were
soldiers of the revolution.

(V) Jeffrey, eldest child of William and
Martha Smith, was born in 1763 in Haddam,
and grew to manhood in his native place.



He served an apprenticeship as a blacksmith,
and then settled in Madison, Connecticut,
locating on the Neck, where he bought a
small farm, which he cultivated in connec-
tion with his work in the smithy. He built
a fine dwelling house on this tract and there
spent his life, dying February i, 1846. He
served during the entire period of the revo-
lution in the Continental Hne, and was among
the soldiers who drove the cattle across the
Hudson river on the ice in the movement
of Washington's army. Both his brothers
who were captured died on board the Jer-
sey prison ship in New York Harbor, and
were buried near the monument erected at
Wallabout Bay to the memory of the un
fortunate men who thus perished. Jeffrey
Smith survived the hardships of a long and
most arduous service, and drew a pension
in his old age. He married Dorothy Hub-
bard, a native of Haddam, who died in Mad-
ison, July 13, 1836. Children; i. Jonathan,
born January 4, 1785. 2. Daniel Hubbard.
March 23, 1787. 3. Ezra, of whom further.
4. 'Esther, born October 16, 1790, married
Dudley Brainerd. 5. Austin, died in infancy.
6. Austin, February 9, 1794- 7- ^larvin,
1796. 8. David, 1798. 9. Samuel, August
16, 1799, lived and died in Madison in the
house where he was born. 10. Junius,
March 25, 1801. n. Helena, died in her
fourth year.

( \'l ) Ezra, third son of Jeffrey and Doro-
thy (Hubbard) Smith, was born December
16, 1788, in Madison, and died there April
12, 1875. He married, October 3, 1813,
Martha Stone, who was born in East Guil-
ford. March 12, 1786, and died June 12,
1849. She was a descendant of John Stone
and Governor William Leete, two of the
original settlers of Guilford. Children,
probably not in order of birth: i. Catherine,
married lilihu Kelsey and left three chil-
dren; Ezra, Sarah M., and Mary E., and
eight grandchildren. 2. Rosalind, whose
daughter Rosalind Coe, and granddaughter
Harriet Coe, are living on the Neck, at Mad-
ison. 3. Mary, born July 6, 1814, died
March 29, 1887, married Edwin Watrous
and had five children: Martha, Julian F.,
Tohn N., Andrus, and Franklin W. 4. Ezra
Stuart. 5. Thomas Hubbard, born Novem-
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three children. 6. Andrew Norman, of
whom further.

(VII) Andrew Norman, youngest child of
Ezra and Martha (Stone) Smith, was born
January 28, 1828, in Madison. He married,
April 16, 1850, Lydia Smith Kelsey, born
January 6, 1826, in Saybrook, daughter of
John and Lydia (Bushnell) Kelsey of that
town. Children: i. Gerrit, of whom fur-
ther. 2. Thomas Andrew, born March 2,
1858; has three children: Gerrit A., Martha
Stone, and Newman, and resides on the
Neck in Madison. 3. Martha Stone, born
May 7, i860; resides in Montclair, New Jer-
sey, where she has a home ; unmarried. 4.
Lydia Bushnell, born December 28, 1862;
resides in Florence, Italy. 5. Elizabeth,
born January 7, 1869; married, in Novem-
ber, 1891, Thaddeus F. Leete, a direct de-
scendant of Governor Leete ; she has three
daughters, Emma, Dorothy and Caroline,
and resides in Madison.

(VIII) Gerrit, eldest child of Andrew
Norman and Lydia S. (Kelsey) Smith, was
born January 8, 1854, in Madison, attended
the district schools and also Lee's Academy
in that town. In 1873 he entered Yale Col-
lege, from which he graduated in 1877, with
the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Following
this he attended Yale Law School, and
graduated in 1880. At the September term
of the superior court, at New Haven, in
1882, he was admitted to the bar, and in
the same month was admitted to the su-
preme court, second department, in Kings
county, New York. He located in the City
of New York, and for ten years maintained
a law office at No. 33 Wall street, and for
the succeeding ten years was located at No.
43, on the same street. For seven years he
was located at 52 Broadway, and in 1908
removed to the United States Express
building. He has built up a large and lucra-
tive law practice making a specialty of cor-
poration, real estate and probate law. With
his family, Mr. Smith is affiliated with the
Congregational church, and politically he is
a Republican, though not active in practical
politics. He is a member of Empire State
Chapter, Society of American Wars.

He married (first), November 22, 1882, in
New Haven, Connecticut, Leila Wood, born
March 27, i8c;6, in Berlin, Connecticut,
daughter of Charles Wood. She died in



New York City, July 6, 1903. He married
(second) at the Brick Church, New York,
City, October 4, 1904, Gertrude (Hitchcock)
Diehl, born November 8, 1862. Children of
first wife: Reynold Webb, of whom fur-
ther; Helen Marguerite, born September 9,
1889. Child of second wife, Wolcott, born
July 16, 1905.

(IX) Reynold Webb, son of Gerrit and
Leila (Wood) Smith, was born May 28,
1885. He graduated at Andover in 1904,
and from Yale Scientific Department in
1907, and has since been employed on the
new barge canal being built by New York
state. He married, on December 18, 1909,
Edna Maurer; children: Gerrit Brainerd,
born at Albany, January 6, 191 1; Leila
Josephine, at Brewerton, September 12,
1912. The family resides at present in
Brewerton, New York.



The surname Millard i s
MILLARD French, the family being of

French Huguenot stock.
There is an English form of the name, formed
by dropping the "w" from Milhvard. mean-
ing the "ward or guardian of the mill'', just
as the "w" dropped from Woodward leaves
Woodard. The name first appears in Ameri-
can colonial records in 1654, when lands in
Massachusetts and afterwards in New Hamp-
shire were granted to Luke Millard. In 1670
John Millard had a grant of land from Wil-
liam Penn in Pennsylvania and another had
lands in Virginia. Through intermarriage the
Millards are connected with many of the old-
est families of the United States, notably the
Coffins, Folgers, Starbucks, of Nantucket and
Massachusetts ; the Greens and Browns, of
Rhode Island ; the Akins, of Dutchess county.
New York; the Ten Eyckes, of Albany; the
Bellons and Goulds, of New Haven, and many
others.

f I) John Millard, the progenitor in America
of the family of the Millards here dealt with,
was born probably about 1600, died in Reho-
both, Massachusetts. No details are available
in the records indicating his occupation, but he
was admitted a freeman of Newport, Rhode
Island. He stayed in Newport for a number
of years, but finally settled at Rehoboth, Mas-
sachusetts. He married, all that is known of
his wife being that her first name was Eliza-
beth.



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(II) Robert, son of John and Elizabeth
Millard, was born in 1632, died in Rehoboth,
Massachusetts, March 16, 1699. Very little is
known of the events of his life, but it is prob-
able that he was a farmer and a man of wealth
and influence in view of his good marriage.
He married, November 24, 1663, Elizabeth,
died February 7, 1717, eldest daughter and
second child of William Sabin, the immigrant
ancestor of the Sabins in America. William
Sabin first appears in 1643 at the organization
of the county of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. It
is not known when or how he came to Amer-
ica. He was a Frenchman, and it is believed
that after leaving France he settled for a time
in Wales and the south of England. He was
a man of wealth, culture and an exceedingly
fine and generous nature, if one can judge
from his gifts to relieve the wants of those
who suffered from the Indian raids. He was
a leader in Plymouth public affairs, in the
church and in the schools of Rehoboth, Massa-
chusetts. His first wife died in 1660. Her
name is not known. He married (second)
Martha, born December 11, 1641, (twin of
Mary), daughter of James and Anna Allen
of Medfield. William" Sabin died about 1687.
His will was probated in Boston, Massachu-
setts, July 17, 1687. In it he names sixteen
of his twenty children, the second of them
being the wife of Robert Millard.

(HI) Nchemiah. son of Robert and Eliza-
beth (Sabin) Millard, was born in Rehoboth,
Massachusetts, June 8, 1668, died July 23.
1 75 1. Beyond the bare records of the birth
and death of Nehemiah very little is known
of him. It is probable that he combined with
the agricultural pursuits in which everyone to
some extent engaged in those days, profes-
sional or mercantile work of some kind. He
married (first) Judith, the daughter of a Mr.
Mason, and (second) Phoebe Shore, who died
March 11, 1717.

(TV) Rev. Robert (2) Millard, son of Ne-
hemiah and Judith (Mason) Millard, was
born at Rclinboth, Massachusetts, April 2,
1700, died at Nine Partners, New York, March
7. 1780. He was a minister of the Baptist
church, his last charge being Pawling, Dutch-
ess county. New York, where he continued
tmtil a short time before his death at the age
of eighty. He married, March 7, 1726, Han-
nah, born in Bristol. Rhode Island, daufrhter
of Eleazar and Elizabeth (Cobb) Eddy,



granddaughter of John and Deliverance
(Owen) Eddy, great-granddaughter of the
first American ancestor, Samuel Eddy, and his
wife, Elizabeth. Samuel Eddy was the son of
the Rev. William Eddye, vicar of St. Dun-
stan's, Cranbrook, England. Children : John,
of whom further, and Jonathan.

(V) John (2), son of Rev. Robert (2) and
Hannah (Eddy) Millard, was born January
15, 1736, at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died in
November, 1813. He married Christina Rust,
born November 21, 1742, died June 17. 1831.
Children: Charles, of whom further; Rufus;
Philo, a musician; Ira, a manufacturer at
\\'appinger's Falls, Dutchess county. New
York; Russell, a resident of Connecticut.

(VI) Charles, eldest son of John (2) and
Christina (Rust) Millard, was born at Corn-
wall, Connecticut, in 1763, died at New Ham-
burg in 1827. He spent some years at Corn-
wall, being educated in the schools of the
locality, though his studies, like every trans-
action of any kind, were interrupted by the
events and disturbances preceding and accom-
panying the outbreak of the revolutionary war.
Charles served in the war during its last year,
as he was a mere youth during most of the
time it continued. He was in the army of
Newburg under Washington, when Arnold,
the traitor, fled from West Point. At an early
age he settled in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess coun-
ty, New York. But after the war he settled
finally at Marlboro, Ulster county. New York,
and there he conducted a cord factory run by
water power on Buckley's Creek. Part of this
old factory was still standing some years ago.
To his cord factory he joined a lumber busi-
ness and seems to have l)een an energetic and
capable business man. He took considerable
interest in public affairs though there is no
record to the effect that he held or sought to
hold any public position. He was. however,
one of the first of the bench of ruling elders
of the Presbyterian church. Marlboro, being
installed into this office in 1810. He married
Lydia. daughter of John and Magdalinc Pride,
of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county. New York.
Mr. Pride was proprietor of the halfway house
between Albany and New York on the old
post road north of the city of Poughkeepsie.
Children: i. John, of whom further. 2.
Tames, who was a lumber merchant at Catskill,
New York. 3. Charles, who was a merchant
at New Orleans. 4. William, who was a man



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of means, and travelled extensively. 5. Wal-
ter, who was engaged with his father in the
cord and lumber business at Marlboro and
elsewhere. 6. Cornelia, married Hackaliah
Purdy, a farmer of Ulster county. 7. Cath-
erine, became the wife of Elam Dunbar, a
farmer of Connecticut, who previously had
conducted a hat factory in Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess county. New York. 8. Caroline, died
unmarried. 9. May. 10. Franklin.

(VII) John (3), eldest son of Charles and
Lydia (Pride) Millard, was born at Pough-
keepsie, Dutchess county, New York, May 2,
1789, died in Brooklyn, New York, about
1871. He was in Poughkeepsie only in his
early years, having moved to Marlboro with
his parents. It was in Marlboro that he was
brought up and attended the district schools.
In 1812 when he was about twenty-three years
old he began to teach school himself, but did
not stay long at that avocation. In course of
time he removed to Brooklyn, New York,
where he engaged in the wholesale grocery
business. He continued in this business for a
considerable number of years, building up a
trade of considerable size and gathering to-
gether a comfortable fortune. When he
thought that it was time to retire he pur-
chased a great deal of real estate, some of
which is still in the possession of the family,
and spent the rest of his life in looking after
his property and watching its development.
He was a man of a deeply religious cast of
mind and was a regular attendant at the
Presbyterian church of which he was a mem-
ber. His body was brought from Brooklyn,
New York, to Poughkeepsie. Dutchess county.
New York, for burial. He married, August
24, 18 1 2, Sarah, daughter of John and Eliza-
beth (Jennings) Purdy. born April 17, 179,^.

Children of John and Sarah (Purdy) Mil-
lard : Lydia, who lived in Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess county. New York ; Elizabeth : Hes-
ter, who lived in Poughkeepsie ; Sarah ;
Charles; Matthias J.; John P., who lived in
Poughkeepsie; Samuel N., of whom further;
James.

John Purdy, the father of Mrs. Millard,
was born in Westchester county. New York,
July II, 1763, died September 23, 1856. He
was a patriot and when a mere boy served in
the revolutionary war. He married, March
21, 1786, Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Jen-
nings, who was born May 12, 1765, died in



1842. They had ten children. Elisha Purdy,
the father of John Purdy, was born at White
Plains, Westchester county. New York; mar-
ried Mehitable Smith, a daughter of the Rev.
John Smith, D. D., and they reared eight
children. Elisha was a farmer in Westchester
and Ulster counties. Nathaniel Purdy, the
father of Elisha, was a native of Westchester
county. New York, and was an Episcopal
mniister. His father was John Purdy, a son
of Joseph, a son of Francis, who is said to
have come from some part of England in
1658, settling in Fairfield, Connecticut. The
Purdys were, according to one account,
originally from Wales, and are said to have
settled in the course of time in some part of
England. The two sons of Francis Purdy,
Joseph and Francis, were commissioned sur-
veyors by the Crown and sent to America.
The Rev. John Smith, D. D., of previous
mention, was born in England in 1702. He
wa.s educated at Oxford and for thirty years,
until his death in 1771, served as a pastor of
the Presbyterian church at Rye, Westchester
county, New York. He married Mehitable
Hooker, a great-granddaughter of the Rev.
Thomas Hooker, the founder of Hartford,
Connecticut, in 1636.

(VIII) Samuel N., son of John (3) and
Sarah (Purdy) Millard, was born April 13,
1829, at Brooklyn, New York, and died June,
1901, at Newburg, Orange county. New York.
He was educated in the public schools of
Brooklyn, and when he left school engaged in
the silver plating business in which he con-
tinued for some years. In 1856 he went with
his brother to Marlboro and 'there started a
business dealing in lumber, coal, lime, and
building materials. In addition to these in-
terests they engaged in the produce business
and owned the screw steamer, "Wyoming,"
which plied three times a week to New York
and back. Both Samuel and his brother were
successful in business, and in 1872 when he
was about forty-three years old Samuel was
able to retire, and live in Marlboro. He was
a member of the Fortitude Lodge of Masons,
Brooklyn, New York; member of the Old
Volunteer Fire Department, Brooklyn, and
also a member of the old Atlantic Baseball
Club of Brooklyn. He married, in September.
1869, Amelia, daughter of Cornelius and
Mary (Pinckney) Weygant, of Marlboro.
New York, born February 18, 1845, who still



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resides at Marlboro. Cornelius Weygant was
a descendant of Michael Weygant, one of the
first settlers in Newburg, Orange county,
New York, and on the maternal side a de-
scendant of Louis DuBois, one of the twelve
New Paltz patentees.

There were three children of the marriage:
I. Hester, born March 13, 1872; married Dr.
\'V. J. Whitman, of Albany, New York. 2.
Charles, of whom further. 3. Jessie C, born
April 18, 1889; married Alfred E. Weller.

(IX) Charles (2), son of Samuel N. and
Amelia (Weygant) Millard, was born at
Marlboro, New York, February 16, 1876. He
was educated in the public schools of Marl-
boro and at the Newburg Academy. He has
always led a retired life. He is a member
of the Newburg, City, and Powellton clubs.
He married, April 16, 1905, Frances, daugh-
ter of Homer S. and Maude (Clarkson)
Ramsdell. Children: Charles R., born Sep-
tember 29, 1906; Margaret A., born June 13,
1908; and James P. R., born August 11, 1911.



The original settler of
VAN BUREN the Van Buren family

did not bear the name
Van Buren. It was not the custom, when
he came to America, 1631, for Netherlanders
ti:> have a family name, except in rare cases.
The Dutch of New Netherland, after the
succession of the English in 1664, began to
adopt family surnames, generally taking the
name of the place from which they or their
parents amigrated in Holland, using the
profix "Van," which is Dutch for of or from.
Thus it was, no doubt, with the second gen-
eration of the Van Buren family in Ameri-
ca, the father of whom was Cornells Maes-
sen — Maes or Maas, being the Christian
name of his father, the suffix "sen" or "se"
signifying son.

(I) Cornells Maessen either emigrated
from Buren, a village of the province of
Gelderland, Holland, or was a native of that
place. During the summer of 1631 he sailed
for America in the ship "Rensselaerwyck,"
having with him his young wife, Catalyntje
Martense (daughter of a man named Mar-
ten), and at least one son named Marten.
A second son Hendrick is said to have been
born on the voyage. They settled on a farm
a little below Greenbush, at a place callel



Papsknee, leasing a farm from the Patroon
Killian Van Rensselaer, who had been
granted large tracts comprising large por-
iions of the present counties oi Albany and
Rensselaer, then called Rensselaersvvyck.
He and his wife died in 1648, and the rec-
ords show they were buried the same day.
He died intestate, and the children were
placed under guardians. His estate con-
sisted in part ot property in New York City,
where is now between Fourteenth and
Christopher streets. Children mentioned in
legal papers: Marten C, see forward; Hend-
rick, Maes, Styntje.

(II) Marten Cornelisse, "Black Marten"
(son of Cornells Maessen) deposed, 1660.
that he w^as "born in Houten," a few miles
from the village of Buren, in the province of
Utrecht. He was probably about two years
of age when his parents came to America.
in 1662 he sold his home, located "this side
of Bethlehem" (about two miles below Al-
bany). In 1665 he leased half of Consta-
pel's Island below Albany. He and his wife
were members of the Dutch Church in Al-
bany in 1683. The census of 1697 credits
his family with a membership of "two men,
no women, one child." In December, 1683,
he paid church dues for the rise of the
"large pall," indicating that at about that
time he had buried an adult member of his
family. In 1700 he was captain of a mili-
tary company in the regiment commanded
by Colonel Pieter Schuyler. He married
Maritje, daughter of Pieter Quackenbosch.
llis will, made April 13, 1703, proved June
7, 1710 (in which latter year he died), men-
tions children : Cornelis Martense, Cornelia
Martense, Pieter Martense, Maitje Mar-
tense, Marten Martense.

(III) Pieter Martense, son of Marten Cor-
nelisse Van Buren, married, January 15,
1693, Ariaantje Barentse, daughter of
Barent Meindersen and Eytje (Ida) his
wife. Pieter M. and his wife were admitted
to membership of the Dutch Church at Al-
bany in 1695, as from Kinderhook, where
they had settled about the time of their mar-
riage. He was a freeholder in Kinderhook
in 1720. and probably died previous to 1743,
which vear four of his sons were mentioned
as freeholders of Kinderhook. His children
were baptized in the Dutch Church, Al-
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Eytje (Ida), Marten, Cornells, Ephrahim
and Maria.

(IV) Marten Pleterse, fourth son of
Pieter Martense and Arlaantje (Barentse)
\'an Buren, was born December 25, 1701,
in Kinderhook, where he resided. He mar-
ried, November 7, 1729, Dirckje Van Al-
styne, born in .\pril, 1710, daughter of
Abraham Janse and Marritje (Van Deusen)
\"an Alstyne. Children: Marritje, died
young; Pieter, baptized July 22, 1733;
I\Iarritje, died young; Abraham, mentioned
below; Ariaantje, March 4, 1739; Marritje,
October 2, 1743; Marten, baptized 1748 at
Claverack.

(V) Abraham, third son of Marten P. and
Dirckje (\'an Alst3'ne) \'an Buren, was
baptized February 27, 1737, at Albany, and
1 elided in the village of Kinderhook, where
he had a small farm. His house, an unpre-
tentious one, was long used as a tavern.
Although a man of quiet and undemon-
strative nature, he rendered valued service
in the revolutionary army, rising to the rank
of captain in Colonel Abraham Van Al-
styne's regiment. He married Maria Goes,
widow of Johannes Van Allen, who was dis-
tantly related to him. Children : Dircke,
born 1777; Jannetje. baptized January 16,
1780: Martin, mentioned below; Lawrence,
SPECL\L— LEWIS— TWO

Januar}' i, 1786, a farmer of Kinderhook
and major in the war of 1812; Abraham.
May II, 1788, an attorney practising in
Hudson, New York.

(YD Martin ^'an Buren, eldest son of
.Abraham and Maria (Goes) Van Buren,
eighth president of the United States, was
born December 5. 1782, in Kinderhook. He
was blessed with keen perceptions and in-
tellectual power, and finished his studies in
school at the age of fourteen years. At this
time he began the study of law. and very



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