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23, 1839, died January 14, 1872; married
Frances N. Schenck. 4. Jacob Lorillard, June
21, 1840, died 1868; married Isabella Appoline
Mali. 5. Anna Catherine, 1842. 6. Hermann
Henry, of whom further. 7. Donald M., born
1852

(V) Hermann Henry Cammann, son of Dr.
George Philip and Aima Catherine ( Loril-
lard) Cammann, was born in 1845 '" New
York City. He was educated in private
schools and started his business career in a
downtown brokerage office and later in the
Bank of America. After a couple of years he
entered the real estate business on his own
account and has continued ever since. He be-
came a vestryman of Trinity Church in 1882,
and controller of the corporation in 1898. He
is a governor of the New York Hospital, trus-
tee of Columbia College, and trustee and vice-
president of the Fulton Trust Company. He
is connected with a great many charitable and
other associations. He is a member of the
Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York Botanical Gar-
dens, New York Genealogical and Biographi-
cal Society, New York Zoological Society.
.'\merican Ethnological Society, Chamber of
Commerce, Horticultural Society of New
York, New York State Agricultural Society,
Nassau County Agricultural Society, St.
Nicholas Society, American Association for
the Advancement of Science, American For-



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e.t Association, and American Scenic and His-
toric Preservation Society; and .s also trustee
of the House of Mercy, and the General The-
olog.cal Seminary. He .s a member of he
Dotvnlown Association. City Club, Churc
Club. C;rolier Club, and other societies and
associations.

He married, in 1873. Ella Cornelia Crary.
granddaughter of Robert Fulton. Uiddren .
, Edward Crary, born 1874- "I'^rried Helena
Van Cortlandt Clarkson. 2. Robert Fulton,
born 1879, died 1896. 3- Hermann Muhlen-
berg born 1882, died 1883. 4- Herbert Schuy-
ler, born 1884, married Kathenne Van Rens-
selaer Fairfax.



SOUTHERN NEW YORK



This surname, if English in ori-
BIRCH gin, may be derived in some cases
from the tree bearing the name.
In other cases it is said to be derived from
the name of parishes and chapelries in the
counties of Essex, Hereford and Lancaster
in England. According to the work of Burke
dealing with heraldry, there are at least six
fami'ies of the name in the British Isles who
have the right to bear arms. The description
of the arms borne by the present Wyrley Birch
family of Wrotham, county Norfolk, England,
is- Azure, three fleur-de-lis as canton ar.
Crest : A fleur-tle-lis arg. entwined by a ser-
pent ppr. Motto: Pnidciitia simplicitatc.

( I ) lohn Birch, ancestor of the family, lived
in Dut'chess countv. New York, for the most
part in the town of Pawling. He owned large
tracts of land which he purchased from the
government, and which he gradually cleared
an.l improved. He married Patty Ralph
Among his children was Samuel R., mentioned
below.

( H ) Dr. Samuel R. Birch, son of John and
Patty (Ralph) Birch, was born in the town
of Pawling, New York, and when a young
man removed to New York City. He \vas a
distinguished medical writer, and surgeon of
the war of 1812. whose century old diploma
from ihc College of Physicians and Surgeons
may still be seen in his son's office. He mar-
ried Sarah Chase, member of the famous Eng-
lish Chase family whose fortune of seventy-
five million dollars is tied up in chancery.
Children: I. Samuel R.. who served in the
civil war and wlio is now deceased. 2. George
W.ivliiiii'inii a i;radualc of Yale, was a phy-



sician, and practiced in Connecticut for fifty
years.' 3. Henry Lafayette, who died at Pawl-
ing, Dutchess county. New York. 4. Edward
Fowler, a graduate of Yale, was a physician,
and practiced at Norwalk, Connecticut. 5.
Sarah B., married Augustus Stevens, of Fair-
field, Connecticut. 6. James G., mentioned
below.

( HI ) Dr. lames G. Birch, son of Dr. Sam-
uel R. and Sarah (Chase) Birch, was born in
New York City. His parents removing to
Dutchess county. New York, Dr. Birch at-
tended and was graduated from the Patterson
Academy, and in 1858. after having been ex-
amined by the Rev. John Brown, D.D.. the
Rev. lohn Forsythe, D.D.. and Judge Jones,
he was named as professor in the Clinton
street school, Newburg, and there taught five
years. Turning to the study of medicine, he
qualified with honor in Yale. 1865. and Har-
vard. 1866, receiving the degree of M.D. from
both in successive years. Then going abroad
he studied under eminent physicians m Edm-
burgh. Dublin. London. Paris, during which
time he received a commission as surgeon from
the English government under Ouccn X'lctoria,
iiaving^been previously an assistant surgeon
during the civil war. Returning to the United
States Dr. Birch served as the head of the
Connecticut State Hospital and later as phy-
Mcian for the Newburg Almshouse. He was
the consulting friend and associate of the late
Dr Ely in many cases, and among his most
cherished possessions are the friendly corre-
spondence he carried on for years with Oliver
Wendell Holmes, Dr. Bowditch. Dr. Jackson
and other men of eminence in Boston. Out of
his suggestion grew the Old Ladies' Home and
Hospital of which St. Luke's Hospital is the
successor, and he was the first physician in
the same. In his office and at his invitation
were held the first and second meetings out
of which finally resulted the organization of
the Columbus Trust Company. In his pro-
fe



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