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westward from New England since the close
of the revolutionary struggles, John Calvert
purchased in 1800 a Soldier's Land Claim,
known as Lot 82, a plot of three hundred acres
of thicklv wooded land inclufling the present
site of Virgil, Cortland county, and moved on
to it. He was among the earliest settlers of
Cortland county. The hardships and priva-
tions which the family had to endure were
those incident to the life of all pioneers of a
hundred or more years ago.

After clearing away the forests, building a
log house, and making other needed improve-
ments, the farm was sold and a tract of land
purchased, including what has been long
known as the LeRoy Gillett farm, southwest
■ of Cortland. Here again a house was built
and improvements were made, after which the
place was sold to advantage, and purchase was
made in about 1806 of one hundred and fifty
to two hundred acres situated a little south of
South Cortland, forming a part of what is
still known as the "Calvert Homestead." The
remnants of an old orchard at the right of
the road across the field shows where the old
log house formerly stood. In this house,
which he built, John Calvert lived only about
two years, for his end came peacefully in
1808. after a laborious, honorable and highly
useful life. He was a man much esteemed
for his good judgment, integritv, nobility and
exalted standards of life. He sleeps in the
little cemetery at South Cortland.

Upon the death of his father, John Calvert
Jr.. mentioned below, succeeded to the head-
ship of the family. William and Nathaniel
found homes in Crawford countv, in western

Pennsylvania. Nathaniel had sons by the
names of John and Joseph. Robert settled in
Livingston county. New York. He had sons
by the names of John, William and Joseph.
Alexander lived and died in Cayuga county.
Thomas with his son John and daughter Mar-
garet went to Illinois some time about 1840.
The only daughter, Margaret, married Thom-
as McKee and lived in Cayuga county. John
was a family name, and the eldest son was
usually named John.

(H) John (2), son of John (i) Calvert, was
seventeen years of age when he landed with his
father in New York and was consequently
thirty-three when he succeeded to the head-
ship of the family. He had married Isabella
Story, a woman of rare good sense, great
strength of character and earnest piety, and
being equally yoked together, they looked out
upon life with resolute courage and faith.
Shortly after assuming his new responsibili-
ties, he purchased an adjoining farm, making
with what he already possessed a choice tract
of from three hundred and fifty to four hun-
dred acres. Subsequently other additions
were made until he had about six hundred
acres. Some of this land remains in the hands
of his descendants until this day. In 183 1 he
built the large frame house south of South
Cortland which the- family occupied until all
the children were married. He accumulated a
large property for his day. After a brief ill-
ness he died June 6, 1846, in the seventy-
second year of his age. His widow, who sur-
.■ived him. died July 22, 1858. and now sleeps
by the side of her husband in the Cortland
Rural cemetery. They lived and died in the
strict religious tenets of the Scotch Cove-
nanter faith and in the fellowship of the
Covenanter church of Sterling, New York.
Thirteen children were born to them, seven
sons and six daughters :

I. Margaret, born September 7, 1805, died
in South Cortland, January 12, 1844 ; married
John Bennie, of East Homer, June 15, 1828;
children : Thomas, Anne, Hamilton, Nancy
Jane. David M. 2. John, born May 13, 1807,
died March 30, 1889: married Samantha
Cioodel, November 8. 1832: children, Martha
B., married Marvin R. Wood, of Virgil ; Sa-
mantha D., married George Fitts, of Groton :
I'lancy Jane, married William H. Myers, of
Cortland: a son. John D., died in infancy. 3.
William, born May 10. 1809, died in Sterling,


November i6, 1866: married Sarah Ann Mc-
Fadflen, I^farch 13. 1837; children, Jane, mar-
ried Robert Stanton, and John A., married
lulia L. McNish. 4. Thomas, born January
"15, 181 1, died in South Cortland, August z8,
1829. 3. Nancv Jane, born February 24,
1813, died in South Cortland, August 17,
1815. 6. James A., mentioned below. 7. Mar-
tha E., born November 4, 1816, married Wal-
stein B. Sturtevant. M. D., May 7, 1834 ; chil-
dren, Tulia M. ; John, married Sarah J. Reed,
of Cortland; Rachel B. ; James W., married
Cornelia A. Kingman, of Cincinnatus; Mar-
tha Melina, married Marcus H. McGraw, of
McGraw; Frederick Hyde, died in infancy:
after Dr. Sturtevant's death, November 4,
1847, the widow, in 1850, married Hira,m Mc-
Graw, of McGraw: she died April 16, 1894.
8. Susanna, born September 18, 1818, died
November 19, 1842. 9. Wilson R., born Feb-
ruary 19, 1820, died in South Cortland. June
19, T898: married Betsey Wilcox, February
17, 1847; fi'^'^ children were born to them, of
whom only one daughter, Esther A., grew to
womanhood : she married George H. Hyde,
of Cortland. July 24. 1878. 10. Sarah, born
April I. 1822. died in Salt Lake City, April

17, 1896: married Devillow K. Pike, of New
Berlin. February 24, 1846; nine children were
born to them, four of them surviving: Mar-
garet, now Mrs. Frank Haskins, of Cortland :
Sarah, wife of John \\'ells, of Topeka, Kan-
sas; Esther, now Mrs. Royal Dustan, of Salt
I^ikc City: Devillow K.,' of Piapot, Sask.,
Canada, ti. Elnathan, born April 28, 1824.
died in Sterling, December 16, 1896; married
Catherine T.a Mont, of Delhi. New York :
children. John D.. married Allie Diamond:
Katie Belle; I.a Mont, married Nellie J.
Moore, of Orange. Massachusetts; Elnathan
Jr.. married Ida Shaw; Charles A.; William
B. : Fred W. 12. Esther E.. born November

18. 1826. died May 26. 1853; married Philip
McEachron. three children " died in infancy.
13. Mclnncthon W.. born March 28, 1829. died
in Sterling. March 22. 1894; married Mary
A. I.a Mont. 1848; children. Margaret Evelyn.
married Adclbert M. Clark, of Dryden ; John
Harvey, married S. Gertrude Grossman, of

CTH) James Alexander, the middle one of
the seven sons of John (2) Calvert, upon the
death of his father was entrusted with the
rare of the aged mother and unmarried chil-


dren as well as the supervision of the large
property. On December 22, 1846, he married
Olive Adaline Betts, second daughter of
Hiram and Lydia (Blodgett) Betts, of Cort-
land. She was of hardy Connecticut ancestry,
her family being American in the sense in
which Richard Grant White said the word
should be used, as her ancestors had come to
New England before the revolution. A daugh-
ter, Mary M., was born on the Calvert home-
.stead. In the early fifties the homestead was
sold, and the family moved to a newly pur-
chased farm in Preble. The son, John B., men-
tioned below, was born there. In the spring of
1854 the family moved to Homer, where they
resided on various farms until the spring of
1864, when they took up their residence in
Cortland. While in Homer three daughters,
Ella M., Emma L., Anna M., were born,
making five children altogether. Because of
the father's ill health, necessitating a milder
climate, the family, in the spring of 186S,
moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey. In
that city the mother died on September 23,
1869, and in the December following the fam-
ily moved back to Cortland. On September
3, 1872, James A. Calvert was married in
I?rooklyn, New York, to Emily Haviland,
sister of James and Henry Haviland, of that
city. He continued to reside in Cortland un-
til his death, April 13, 1887. He inherited an
honored name and he honored it by his pure
and godly life. Like his father he was es-
teemed for his integrity, exalted character,
right living and his fraternal and peace-loving

Children: i. Mary M., married Dr. A.
Gaylord Slocum. July 14, 1875 ; for the past
twenty years he has been the president of
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan:
two children were born to them. Arthur G.
and Maizie M., both of whom are married, the
former being father of a little daughter, and
the latter mother of a little son. 2. John B.,
mentioned below. 3. Emma L., married Wil-
rnot C. Smith, of Cortland. June 14. 1876: she
died in Florida. December 26. 1870: James
Calvert Smith, born December 8, 1879', now
of Brooklyn. New York, survives her; an-
other child died in infancy. 4. Ella M.. mar-
ried. June 28, t88i. George A. Gould, of
Grand Rapids. Michigan; an onlv daughter,
Eleanor Augusta, died at the age of eleven
months. George A. Gould died June 4.

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1900. 5. Anna M., married J. W. T. Patch-
ill, of Coming, New York, July 7, 1886; two
children, Glenn and Isabelle, complete their

(IV) John Betts, only son of James Alex-
ander Calvert, was born in Preble, August 29,
1852. After studying at various schools, he
was principal of the high school at McLean,
1871-72. He entered the University of Roch-
ester, at Rochester, New York, in the fall
of 1872, and was graduated in 1876. In Sep-
tember, 1876, he entered the Union Theologi-
cal Seminary in New York City, from which
he was graduated in May, 1879. The degree
of A. M. was conferred upon him the follow-
ing June by his alma mater. He was licensed
to preach by the First Baptist Church of Cort-
land. New York, ]\Iarch 20. 1875. During the
last two years in the seminary he supplied the
Baptist church at Graniteville. Staten Island.
He also contributed quite frequently to The
Examiner. Zioii's Advocate, and The Stand-
ard. Although designed for the ministry, he
got a taste for newspaper work and formed
acquaintanceships which finally led him into
journalism. In October, 1879. he was chosen
secretary of The Baptist Missionary Conven-
tion of the State of New York, a society that
for more than a century has been aiding Bap-
tist churches in the state. He served as sec-
retary for seven years, five of which he was
also assistant pastor of Calvary Church, New
York. He was ordained in Calvary Church,
October 19, t88o. When he resigned the sec-
retaryship of the Convention at Poughkeepsie,
in October, 1886, he was unanimously chosen
president, which position he filled for twenty-
one years. He is still a member of the board.
On December 10, 1885, he married Mary
Dows Mairs, of New York. In February,
1888, he purchased The Baptist Weekly and
changed the name to The Christian Inquirer.
He was editor of the paper and president of
the publishing company seven years. In 1894
he received the degree of D. D. from Shurtlefif
College. In March, 1895, The Christian In-
quirer was consolidated with The E.vamincr.
and he became one of the stockholders of
The Examiner Company and one of the edi-
tors of The Examiner. He continued in this
relation until he went abroad for an extended
trip in 1910. He still has his office with The

He has traveled extensively in his own

country, his journeys extending from Florida
to Alaska and from Nova Scotia to Southern
California. His travels in Europe embrace
the chief points of interest from Great Britain
to Egypt and Palestine. He is deeply inter-
ested in the cause of education, and has been
a trustee of the University of Rochester since
1899. He served for ten years as trustee of
Cook Academy, and for five years as presi-
dent of the board. He served as president of
the New York Alumni Association of the
University of Rochester for two years, and
as president of the Phi Beta Kappa of the
University during 1S99-1900, and is now a
member of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of New
York. He has also served as president of the
Baptist Social Union and of the Cortland
Cotmty Society, of New York. On the oc-
casion of the celebration of "Old Home
Week" in Cortland in 1908, he preached a
Home Coming sermon at the Baptist church
on Sunday morning, and made one of the ad-
dresses at the public celebration. He is presi-
dent of the board of trustees of the Metropol-
itan College of Music, and president of the
American Seamen's Friend Society of New

The historv of the Bench
HIRSCHBERG and Bar of the State of

New York is one of bril-
liancy and honor, and nobly has the prestige
established by the judges and counsellors of
the past been maintained by their successors
of the present day. Among the foremost of
these stands Michael Henry Hirschberg, judge
of the appellate division, second department
of the supreme court of the state of New
York. Judge Hirschberg resides in Newburg,
and for many years prior to his elevation to
the bench was a recognized leader of the bar
of the Empire State.

(T) Henrv M. Hirschberg. father of Mich-
ael Henry Hirschberg, was born July 21, 1814,
in Poland. He received an academic educa-
tion in his native land. At the age of twenty
he went to England, where for six years he
was employed as a commercial traveller. In
1841 he emigrated to the United States, land-
ing in New Orleans, November 13, of that
year, and remaining until the following spring,
when he removed to New York. In that city
he secured employment as a clerk in a cloth-
ing store, and in 1843 returned to England.


In 1845 he came once more to the United
States/setthng this time in Newburg, New
York, where he engaged in the clothing busi-
ness on his own account. The enterprise
prospered, and until a few years prior to his
death Mr. Hirschberg conducted a flourishing
establishment. He became a man of promi-
nence in the community, was associated in
politics with the Democrats, and served for
three years as commissioner of excise, _ for a
portion of that time holding the position of
president of the board. In 1875-81-83 he
served as supervisor, and was also appointed
local civil service commissioner. For twenty-
five years Mr. Hirschberg was one of the
trustees of the Newburg Savings Bank. In
1854 he was elected a member of Newburg
Lodge. Free and Accepted Masons, in 1858
was chosen master, and in 1876 was elected
treasurer, holding the latter position to the
close of his life. He was for seventeen years
president of Congregation Beth Jacob. Mr.
Hirschberg married, in 1844, in England,
Frances Francks, of Newcastle, Staffordshire,
and among their children was a son. Michael
Henry, mentioned below. Mr. Hirschberg
filed .August 16, 1886, in Newburg, leaving the
memory of an able business man and an up-
right, public-spirited citizen.

(II) Michael Henry, son of Henry M. and
Frances (Francks) Hirschberg, was bof"
.'\pril 12, 1847, in Newburg, New York. He
received his education at the Free Academy,
graduating in 1862. After his admission to
the bar in May, 1868, he began practice in his
native city, his steady and rapid advancement
speedily proving his possession, in full meas-
ure, of the essential qualities of a successful
lawyer. From 1873 to 1878 he was special
county judge of Orange county, and in i88g
he was elected district attorney of that county,
serving until 1895. Intense application, pro-
found and comprehensive knowledge of his
profession and unusual facility in grasping
and even anticipating the points advanced by
his adversary made his record a brilliant one
and caused his tenure of ofiice to be memora-
ble in the legal annals of the county. In i8g6
Mr. Hirschberg was elected justice of the su-
preme court of the state of New York, and
in iQoo was assigned to the appellate division,
second department. Brooklyn. In January,
1004, he was appointed presiding justice for
a term expiring December ,v, 1910. The


qualifications of Judge Hirschberg for his ex-
alted position have never been questioned and
are universally acknowledged to be of the
highest order, chief among them being the
judicial mind which he possesses in an extra-
ordinary degree. His decisions are remarka-
ble for knowledge of the law, lucidity of ex-
pression, depth of insight and vigor and origi-
nality of thought. On February 10, 1910,
Judge Hirschberg received the tribute of a
nomination on the Republican, Democratic
and Independent-League tickets for judge of
the supreme court, being subsequently given
the further tribute of an election. In 191 1 he
was reappointed by Governor Dix to the ap-
pellate (iivision, second department, which of-
fice he now holds. Judge Hirschberg's pro-
fessional career, now in its fifth decade, is
filled with achievement to a degree not always
found in records of even fifty years' service
on the bench and at the bar, but to a man of
his type, in the full maturity of his powers,
the future always holds promise of greater
things to come. In 1894 Judge Hirschberg
was state delegate to the constitutional con-
vention. His club membership includes the
Republican, Manhattan, Lawyers', Hamilton,
Brooklyn. Powellton and Newburg City. In
everything pertaining to the welfare and prog-
ress of his community he takes an active in-
terest, and the educational and charitable in-
stitutions which constitute so vital an element
in the life of every city have received the
benefit of his influence and co-operation.
From 1 87 1 to 1883 he was a member of the
board of education of the City of Newburg,
and for several years its president.

Judge Hirschberg married, March 16, 1878.
Lizzie, daughter of Thomas S. and Mary
(Robinson) McAlles, of Newburg, and they
are the parents of the following children :
Henry, born February 12, 1879; Stuart Mc-
Alles, May 8, 1886: Mary Frances, April 23,
1887, married Abner M, Harper: David Scott,
September 8. 1893. Judge Hirschberg and his
family are prominent and popular in the social
circles of their home city and also in those of
New York.

The family name of Kings-

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days of the .Saxon Kings,

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