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Revolution, State of New York; secretary
the Military Society of the War of 1812;
Military Society of Foreign Wars; Society
of Colonial Wars; Society Mayflower
Descendants, New York; treasurer Society
of American Officers. Clubs: St. Nicholas,
New York ; Union League, New York ; Co-
lumbia Yacht, New York; Piping Rock of
Long Island; Sleepy Hollow Country Club;
Army and Navy, New York; Rockaway
Hunt : Piping Rock Racing Association ;
Cedarhurst Yacht.

Married, April 19, 1892, Anna Margaret,
daughter of Hon. J. Augustus Geissen-
hainca and Susan Havcmeyer, at Freehold,
New Jersey. Issue: Susanne Elizabeth,
born July 7, 189,^; Margaret Reslear, born
April 13, 1895; George William, born June

24. 1890; Charles Elliot Jr., born December

25. 1907.

Military Record: Private Co. I, 7th Regi-
ment N. G. N. Y., Nov. I, '83; corporal,
March 6, 1888; second lieutenant, Co. A, 12th
Inf'y N. G. N. Y., June 2, 1890; first lieu-
tenant Co. A, I2th inf'y N. G. N. Y.. April
28; 1891 ; regimental adjutant, 12th Regi-
ment Infantry, April 30, 1895 : captain and
aide-de-camp, 5th Brigade, N. G. N. Y.,

April 26, 1898, Brigade Commander, Brig-
adier-General George Moore Smith ; acting
assistant adjutant general. General Smith's
brigade. New York Volunteers, stationed at
Camp Black, Hempstead Plains, Long Is-
land, April and May, 1898; major, inspector
small arms practice and ordnance ofificer.
Fifth Brigade N. G. N. Y., February 6,
1899; resigned, full and honorable dis-
charge granted by Theodore Roosevelt,
commander-in-chief, June 5, 1900; private
The Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State
of New York, March 19, 1906; sergeant, De-
cember 22, 1906; adjutant, first lieutenant,
January 8, 1909; commissioned by Governor
Dix, adjutant, with the rank of captain, the
Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of
New York, August 30, 191 2.

Ancestors who did service in the Colonies
and in the various wars of the country:

Richard Warren, died 1628. Carried the
honorable prefix of "Mr." was the twelfth
signer of the "Mayflower Compact," at
Cape Cod, November nth, 1620. Served with
Captain Miles Standish and others in the
first event of the Indian wars of New Eng-
land, known as the "First Encounter/'
which took place near the site of the present
town of Eastham, December 8th. 1620. Also
of the Expedition of Discovery, along the
shore of Plymouth Bay, which selected or
settled the place of landing of the Pilgrims
on December 21, 1620, at Patuxit (so known
to the Indians), and now as Plymouth, Massa-

Daniel Warren, a soldier in the Colonial
wars. 1675.

William Warren, lieutenant, a soldier and
officer in the Continental Line, War of the

Phinehas Warren, a soldier of the Revolu-

Peter Warren, a naval officer of the Revo-

Azor Phelps, a captain. War of the Revo-
lution, service at West Point.

Daniel Tenny, a soldier in King Philip's
war, 1676.

Thomas Tenny, a soldier in King Philip's
war, 1675.

Thomas Dickinson, Colonial wars, 1675,
killed by Indians.

Philip Nelson, a captain. 1690, deputy to



the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1690, Gen-
eral Court.

Thomas Nelson, Deputy to the General
Court, 1640-41.

Richard Swan, soldier in King Philip's
war, deputy to the General Court.

William Stickney, lieutenant in the Col-
onies, 1661.

Samuel Stickney, lieutenant in the Col-
onies, 1709.

John Hastings, soldier in King Philip's
war, 1675.

Deacon Thomas Hastings, credited with
military service in the Colonies, 1675.

Richard Church, Plymouth Volunteers,
sergeant in Pequot war, 1637.

Anthony Eames, lieutenant and deputy to
General Court, 1643.

Ellis Barron, soldier in King Philip's war,

John Pease, captain ist Train Band of
Enfield, 1654.

Robert Pease, first constable of Enfield,

Samuel Pease, soldier in King Philip's
war, 1675.

Joseph Ives, captain Connecticut Militia,

Nathaniel Turner, captain in Sanger's
company, Salem. Massachusetts, 1634; lost
in "Phantom Ship," 1634.

John Sherman, captain of the Trayned
Band of Watertown, 1655; representative to
the General Court, etc.

Joseph Sherman, representative to Gen-
eral Court.

Rev. Josiah Sherman, captain and chap-
lain 7th Reg't Connecticut Continental Line,
1777 (The Society of the Cincinnati).

Roger Minott Sherman, signer of the
Declaration of Independence.

Edward Winship, member Ancient and
Honorable Artillery Co. of Massachusetts,
1638; ensign, 1647; lieutenant, 1660; deputy
to General Court.

Benjamin Wellington, soldier in King
Philip's war.

Ailing Ball, captain in Colonial militia,

Ailing Ball Jr., captain New Haven
Colony militia, 1656.

James S. Minott, captain Concord militia,
1684, deputy to General Court.

Hon. James Minott, colonel. Concord.

Massachusetts, militia, 1756, French and In-
dian war.

Timothy Wheeler, captain Concord, Mas-
sachusetts, militia, and deputy to General

John Fuller, a corporal in King Philip's
war, ensign in Essex regiment.

Simeon W^illard, commander-in-chief of
the Expedition of the United Colonies
against "Ninigret," 1655; commanded the
Middlesex county regiment in King Philip's
war. Led the relief in battle of Brookfield;
founder of Concord, Massachusetts ; deputy
to the General Court, 1654-76.

Arms : Gules : A lion rampant ; argent ; a
chief chequey or an azure. Crest : Out of
a ducal coronet a demi-wivern, wings ex-
panded. Motto: Pro patria iiiori.

Residence : New York City, 326 West
89th street; (Summer), Woodmere, Cedar-
hurst, Long Island, New York.

The Aspinwalls or As-
ASPINWALL pinalls have been for
several centuries located
in the county of Lancaster, England. There
is no clear indication of the origin of the
family. The name Aspinwall, like many
others, has undergone several changes, and
as near as can be ascertained has arrived
at its present form through various grada-
tions, from Aspenhalgh, Aspinhaugh, As-
pinall, Aspinwall, the name originally sig-
nifying an "Aspen Mead" or an "Aspen
\'ale." Toxteth Park, in Lancaster county,
England, was the home of some of the As-
pinwalls of America, according to one au-
thority. It is now a suburb of the city of
Liverpool and had been the property of the
Crown from the time of King John, but in
the year 1604 it was disparked, and came
through purchase into the hands of one
Richard Molyneux. Prior to this time it is
spoken of as "waste land without inhabi-
tants," but when it was disparked a number
of persons settled on the land, and began
its cultivation. Among these was one Ed-
ward Aspinwall, no doubt a member of the
Aspinwall family in the immediate vicinity.
He appears to have been the earliest settler
of the name at To.xteth Park, and from va-
rious ciicumstances it is believed that he
was the father of Peter Aspinwall, the im-



migrant ancestor of the family in America
here dealt with.

It appears that the early inhabitants of
Toxteth Park were Puritans in their lean-
ings, and in 1611, Richard Mather, after-
wards minister at Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, at the age of fifteen years, was called
there to take charge of the school. He lived
while at Toxteth in the family of Edward
Aspinwall, and while there became con-
verted, which, as he expresses it, "was oc-
casioned by observing a difference between
his own walk, and the most exact, watch-
ful, faithful, and prayerful conversation of
some of the family of the learned and pious
Mr. Edward Aspinwall of Toxteth, where
he sojourned." These Puritans at Toxteth
built a chapel, the first one connected with
the "dissenters" in the neighborhood of
Liverpool. The building then erected is not
now in existence, but upon its site is the
present church, which was built something
more than a hundred years ago, preserving
some of its features, while the old burying
ground remains undisturbed. In this
clmrch. in the main aisle, on the stone cov-
ering of a vault is a brass plate bearing the
following inscription : "Edward Aspinwall
of Toxteth Park, Esquire, Departed this life
in March the 20th, A.D. 1656." Many of
these Puritans in 1630 and the following
years emigrated to America and particu-
larly to New England.

To those interested in coat armor it may
be said that there appears in the various
works on heraldry several different coats-
of-arms. "Burke's General Armory" gives
to the Aspinwalls of Lancaster county,
England, two different ones, the first, "Or.
a chev. between three griffins' heads erased
sa. Crest — A dcmi griffin's head erased sa.
beaked, legged, and collared or." The sec-
ond is: "Ar. an aspen leaf or." "Edmon-
son's Heraldry" gives to the Aspinwalls of
Northumberland, "Gu. — two bars dancette
Or. within a bordure sa." The motto is
Aefjis fortissima virtus, meaning that vir
tue is the strongest shield. It is believed,
though there is no certain evidence in sup-
port of the theory, that Peter Aspinwall,
the first of the American Aspinwalls here
dealt '.v:th, was a n, ember cf t1ie family of
Lancaster county, England, above referred
to. The tradition exists in the familv and

was recorded at an early date in the eigh-
teenth century by his great-grandson, and
as there is nothing inherently improbable
in the supposition, and much that is in-
herently probable, it may be assumed that
such was the case.

(I) Peter Aspinwall, the immigrant an-
cestor of the Aspinwall family in America
here dealt with, came from England with a
company of others in 1626 qr 1630, and
settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dr.
William Aspinwall, of Brookline, Massa-
chusetts, a great-grandson of Peter Aspin-
wall, wrote an account of the family in
1767, which is in the possession of one of
his descendants. He said: "Peter Aspin-
wall came from Toxteth Park, near Liver-
pool, Old England, to Dorchester, near Bos-
ton, in New England, in company with the
four thousand who came in the year 1630."
Aside from this statement that Peter Aspin-
wall came in 1630, we have no knowledge,
and the first mention of him in any records
is in May, 1645, at which time he was made
a freeman (or voter) by the general court,
and was then living at Dorchester, Massa-
chusetts. About this time he was married
to his first wife, for the records of the First
Church of Boston show that "Also or sister,
Alice Sharp, now ye wife of Peter Aspin-
wall, of Dorchester, had Ires of Recomend
granted unto her to ye church at Dorches-
ter. The 8th day of ye 4th moneth (June)
1645." Nothing forther than the statement
that he was made a freeman in 1645 ap-
pears in the Dorchester records, and in
1630 he removed to Muddy River, now
known as Brookline, Massachusetts, where
in connection with one Robert Sharp, per-
haps his brother-in-law. he purchased a
farm of one hundred and fifty acres. Upon
this farm Peter Aspinwall, in the year 1660,
built the house which was the family home-
stead for many generations. This house
stood until the year i8qi when it was taken
down, being at the time the oldest house in
the old town of Brookline. It was located
on the present Aspinwall avenue, near St.
Paul's Church. Here Peter Aspinwall lived
and died. He was a farmer and, judging by
the inventory of his estate taken after his
death, which included a tanning outfit, he
probably carried on also a tanning business.
He does not appear to have been very con-



spicuous in public affairs, but held several
town offices. He was surveyor in 1651-52,
also in 1661-62, and constable in 1667. He
was appointed, April 24, 1676, with two
others, a committee "for the preventage of
excessive drinkage and disorder in private
houses" and was elected, March 25, 1678,
"to oversee and regulate the ffences about
the common ffield at Muddy River."

According to Dr. William Aspinwall he
was three times married, but there is some
doubt about the second marriage. He mar-
ried (first) probably early in 1645, Alice
Sharp, who may have been a sister to that
Robert Sharp, in connection with whom he
bought the farm described in the foregoing
deed. He married (third) February 12,
1662, Remember, daughter of Peter and
Edith Palfrey, of Reading, Massachusetts,
Governor John Endicott officiating. She
was baptized at Salem, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 16, 1638. These are the only mar-
riages of which there is any detailed record.
Children: Samuel, born November 4, 1662;
Peter, Jvme 4, 1664; Nathaniel, June 5, 1666;
Thomas, January 21, 1668; Mehitable, Sep-
tember 14, 1669; Elizabeth, November 21,
1671 ; Eleazar, October 9, 1673; Joseph,
mentioned below, twin of Eleazar; Job, Feb-
ruary 27, 1675, died young; Mary, August
4, 1677; Timothy, April 19, 1682, died of
smallpox while yet a young man, and un-

(H) Joseph, son of Peter and Remember
(Palfrey) Aspinwall, was born at Muddy
River, now Brookline, Massachusetts, Octo-
ber 9. 1673, died in 1743. Before he be-
came of age he went to sea, where he com-
manded a vessel of his own. As early as
the year 1700, probably some time before,
he lived in New York City, and so con-
tinued until 171 1, when he removed to Say-
brook, Connecticut, where he kept a store
and also commanded a sloop out of that
port called the "Joseph Burthen." He was
made a freeman of the city of New York, June
6, 1710. On May i, 171 1, he subscribed one
pound, two shillings, towards the finishing
of the steeple of Trinity Church, New York.
In December, 1711, while living at Say-
brook, he was allowed by the Connecticut
assembly the sum of nineteen pounds eleven
shillings and sixpence for the charges of
Captain Crane's funeral. In October, 1712,

he petitioned the Connecticut assembly
praying for an allowance "for a consider-
able sum in publick bills of credit of this
colony lost by fire some time in winter last
at Wethersfield, where he then sojourned."
He was burned out at Saybrook, and about
1713-14 he removed to Dedham, Massachu-
setts. In 1714 he was imprisoned for a debt
of one hundred and twenty-eight pounds
four shillings and four pence, due Philip
Hedman of Boston, merchant. His release
was ordered by the court of general ses-
sions at Boston, after he had "declared upon
his oath what effects were belonging to
him." How long he lived in Dedham is
not known. His first wife probably died
while he was living there, and he went to
sea again. In 1724, while at Dedham, he
bought eighty-four acres of land in Kill-
ingly, Connecticut, from his brother, Peter,
but he sold it back to him in 1728. There
is no evidence that he ever lived on it. On
December 5, 1729, an attachment was issued
against the estate of Joseph Aspinwall "late
of Saybrook in our colony of Connecticut,
now residing in Boston, mariner, for six
hundred pounds, to answer to Magdalen
Hickells of Elizabethtown, New Jersey."
The jury found for the defendant. On Sep-
tember I, 1740, he petitioned the general
court of Massachusetts, renewing his offer
to go as a pilot for the Spanish coasts. Dr.
William Aspinwall, writing in 1767, says:
"He was of middling stature, well propor-
tioned, and very gentee and something
hansome : he was very passionate, very gay,
facetious, good company, and always loose
and exceedingly careless of his own and his
children's affairs."

He married ("first) in New York City in
1700, Hannah, daughter of Christopher and
Hannah Deane. The license for this mar-
riage was granted on June 6, 1700. He
married (second) a niece of Lord Bello-
mont, governor of the Massachusetts Bay
Colony. This was probably while he lived
at Dedham, and about the time he went to
sea again. He married (third) some five
or six years before his death, at Brookline,
widow of Samuel Smith of that place. She
probably survived him. Children : Joseph ;
John, mentioned below.

(Ill) John, son of Joseph and Hannah
(Deane) Aspinwall, was born in 1705 or



1706, died July 5, 1774. He settled in Ded-
ham, Massachusetts. He followed the sea
and was captain of a vessel out of New
York. Later he became a merchant and
acquired considerable means, and settled in
Flushing, Long Island. He was an alder-
man of New York, and one of the founders
of the New York Library in 1753. From
1753 to 1760 he was vestryman of Trinity
Church, New York. He married (first)
August 28, 1728, Sarah Sands, of Oyster
Bay, Long Island; (second), at Stamford,
Connecticut, June 5, 1766, Rebecca Smith.
The Nezv York Gazette of December 12,
1765, said: "Wednesday, departed this life
in her fifty-seventh year Mrs. Sarah Aspin-
wall and was decently interred in the family
vault. Her summons into eternity was ex-
tremely sudden, but she received it with
that fortitude and resignation peculiar to
the Christian character. Her family, friends
and acquaintances, in her death sustained
a very great loss, and can only comfort
themselves under the dispensation by the
evidence of her faith and piety, which she
has left behind her." Child by first mar-
riage: Hannah. By second marriage: Wil-
liam Smith, Gilbert, John, mentioned below.

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) and Re-
becca (Smith) Aspinwall, was born in New
York City, February 10, 1774, died October
6, 1847. He was a shipping merchant of,
New York. In 1794 he entered into part-
nership with his brother Gilbert, at No. 186
Queen street, under the firm name of Gil-
bert and John Aspinwall. They were im-
porters and jobbers, and owned the ships
they used. They dissolved partnership in
1812, and each then carried on business for
himself. On one occasion during the war
of 1812, while the partnership existed, they
cleared twenty thousand dollars on one trip
of the "Blooming Rose." John had the
reputation of being a venturesome and gen-
erous man. He married. November 27, 1803,
Susan Howland, born May 20, 1770, died
December 21, 1852. Children: Margaret
Elizabeth, born September 16. 1804; Emily
Philips, January 20, 1806; William Henry,
December i6, 1807; Mary Rebecca, Decem-
ber 20, 1809; Louisa Edgar, December 28,
181 1, died at Barrytown. New York, Sep-
tember 2, 1871, unmarried ; George Woolsey,

January 10, 1814, died June 19, 1854; John
Lloyd, mentioned below.

(V) John Lloyd, youngest son of John
(2) and Susan (Howland) Aspinwall, was
born in New York. April 5, 1816, died May
6, 1873. at New York. He entered the firm
of Howland & Aspinwall, successors to the
firm of Gilbert and John Aspinwall of New
York, at the age of sixteen, rose gradually
in the firm, and on the death of his father
became a partner. He continued in the firm
until 1856 when he retired from active life.
In i860 he purchased a large estate at
Barrytown, Dutchess county, New York,
where he passed the life of a country gen-
tleman. He was an Episcopalian, and aided
in founding St. Stephen's College. Annan-
dale, Dutchess county, New York, of which
he was treasurer until his death. He
married Jane Moore, daughter of George
and Catherine D. (Israel) Breck, residents
of Bristol. Pennsylvania. Children : Will-
iam, born 1848. died 1868; John, mentioned
below; Emily Woolsey, born 1862, died
1874; Helen Lloyd, born December 23.

(VI) John (3), second son of John Lloyd
and Jane Moore (Breck) Aspinwall, was
born October 15, 1858, at Paris, France.
He was educated in private schools and in
St. Stephen's College, .^Xnnandalc, New
York, and graduated with degree of M.E.
in the class of 1881, from Stevens Institute
of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, and
is now a trustee of this institute. Later he
became a lecturer on chemistry at St.
Stephen's College, Annandale, from which he
received degree of M. A., and was made a
trustee of this college. In 1899 '^^ founded the
Fabrikoid Company of New York, and now in
Newburg, of which he was president until
it was absorbed by the Dupont Powder
Company in 1910. He was president of the
Powelton Club, 1910-11-12; member of the
City Club, of Newburg; member of the New
York Yacht Club ; president of the Camera
Club of New York in 1002: first president
of the Newburg Tuberculosis Sanatorium ;
president of New York Microscopical So-
ciety, 1899-1900; editor of Nezv York
Microscopical Journal, 1899-1902. He was
one of the founders of the Automobile Club
of America. He married (first) in 1882
Laura Presbey Elderkin, died in 1883 ;



(second) September 29, 1885, Julia W.
Wilson. Child, Bessie Reid, married, No-
vember 24, 1909, Lieutenant Hayden W.
Wagner, Third United States Cavalry, and
they are the parents of a son, John Aspin-
wall Wagner, born February 23, 1912.

This old Dutch name
WESTERVELT is derived from a lo-
cality in Holland,

meaning the "western field," and was

brought to America in 1662.

(I) In the year 1662, Lubbert Lubbert-
sen Van Westervelt and Gessie Roelofs Van
Houten, his wife, and six children, as immi-
grants, came from Rleppel, in the province
of Drenthe, in Holland, reaching New Am-
sterdam about May ist. They crossed in
the Dutch West Indies ship "Faith." In
December, 1662, they settled in Flatbush,
where he purchased a farm. Their children
were : Lubbert, Roelof, John, Juriaen, Mar-
gretie, and Mary. It is probable that Lub-
bert Lubbertsen had a second wife, as the
records of the Dutch church in New York
show the baptism on March 2, 1681, of
Aeltie, daughter of Lubbert Lubbertsen and
Hilletie Paulus.

(II) Roelof, second son of Lubbert Lub-
bertsen Van Westervelt, married Ursulina
Steinerts, probably from Thymens, as her
name appears in the records of the first
Dutch church of New York as Ursulina
Thymens. They had children : Jannetie,
born 1686; Kasporus, mentioned below;
Johannes, 1695; Ariantie. 1699; Maritie,
1704; Annatie, 1707. The New York church
records show the baptism of another child,
Janneken, September 27, i6gi.

(III) Kasporus Roelofson Westervelt
was born in 1694, in Flatbush. He married
Aeltie Bougart. Children : Orselana, born
1715; Roelof, mentioned below; Maritie,
1720; Jan, 1722; Annatie, 1724; Cornelius,
1726; Benjamin, 1727; Maria, 1729; Eliza-
beth, 1731, died young; Jacobus, 1733; Eliz-
abeth, 1735.

(IV) Roelof (2), second child and eldest
son of Kasporus and Aeltie (Bougart)
Westervelt, was born June 15, 1718. He
married Arjaenty Romein. Children : Cas-
porus, born 1751; Aeltie, 1753; Albert, men-
tioned below.

(V) Albert, junior son of Roelof (2) and

Arjaenty (Romein) Westervelt, was born
March 5, 1754, died November 6, 1829. He
settled upon a farm in the town of Ramapo,
Rockland county, New York. He married
at Schraalenburg, New Jersey, Maria Van
Saun, born November 4, 1761, died January
21, 1853. Children: Ralph, born November
21, 1780; Nancy, 1785; Jacob, 17S8; Jacobus,
mentioned below ; Hester and Sarah.

(VI) James (baptized Jacobus), fourth
child of Albert and Maria (Van Saun)
Westervelt, was born October 24, 1792, at
Ramapo, Rockland county. New York, died
there October 17, 1879. He was a farmer,
a member of the Dutch Reformed church,
and gave his political support to the Demo-
cratic party. He married Hannah Teneyck,
born January 22, 1797, died January 15,
1853. Children: i. Sylvester, mentioned
below. 2. Marie Antoinette, born August
19, 1822, died February 28, 1887, in Spring
valley, Rockland county, New York. 3.
John Henry, October 21, 1827, died October
18, 1868, in New York City. 4. Schuyler,
July 27, 1829, still living. 5. Louisa, Jan-
uary 18, 1832, died July 12, 1856, in Ramapo,
Rockland county, New York. 6. Sarah
Ellen, January i, 1840, died October 6, 1874,
in Ramapo.

(VII) Sylvester, eldest child of James
and Hannah (Teneyck) Westervelt, was
born March 9, 1821, at Ramapo, died Jan-
uary 24, 1901, in Newark, New Jersey. He
learned the trade of carriage builder in that
town, and engaged in business of his own
at Ramapo, removing to Haverstraw, New
York, and subsequently to Newark, New
Jersey. In 1854 he took charge of the
Phoenix Carriage Works at Stamford, Con-
necticut, and in i860 returned to Newark,
where he was superintendent of a wheel
factory. He was a Republican in political
principles. He married (first) December 31,
1844, Margaret Blauvelt, born April 2, 1825,
in Ramapo, Rockland county. New York,
died January 25, 1849, daughter of Joseph
C. and Rebecca (Ramsen) Blauvelt (see
Blauvelt VII). He married (second) Eliza
Frances Van Name, born July 15, 1825, died
January 19, 1869. He married (third) Ann
Maria Ostrom, widow, born August 20,
1822, died April 28, 1904. Children of the
first marriage : Warner Wesley, mentioned
below; Margaret, born January 9, 1849, died

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