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roll of Brooklyn township in 1675, and on
April 6, 1677, he purchased meadow lot No. 18
in Flatbush. ' In a list of taxpayers in 1683
his property is valued at eighty-three pounds,
including four horses and nine head of neat
cattle of various ages, and a poll, eighteen
pounds. In 1687 he subscribed to the oath of
allegiance to the English government, and in
that year was elected town commissioner of
Brooklyn, continuing to fill that office, which
wa.'i equivalent to the modern town supervisor,
until 1701 or later. In 1699 he was collector
of Brooklyn, and was living in 171 1. The
name of his first wife is unknown, but he was
married before 1655, when a son was born.
The mother died between 1663 and 1666. He
married (second) in 1667, Anna Remsen,
daughter of Rem Jansen Vandcrbeeck and
Jannetji Rapalie. Both were members of the
Reformed Dutch church of Brooklyn in 1677.
and in 171 1 he was an elder of this church,
where several of his children were baptized.
They included : Gerret Gerretsc. of whom
further; Elias ; Samuel; Christina; Gertrude:
Rem; Mary; Anna; Elsie; John

(II) Gerret Gerretse Durland, son of Jan
Gerretse Dorlandt. was born in 1655 in Brook-
lyn, died in Flatbush after 1741. He resided
in Brooklyn. In the year of liis demise he
was a witness in a case involving the location
and value of lands, with which he was familiar
through a lifelong residence in the district,
which was at Wale Bocht. now Wallabout. He
was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church
from 1677 to 1687, and probably later, as was
also his wife. He subscribed to the oath of
allegiance to England in September, 1687. On
March 22. 7689. he bought two lots of thirtv
acres each in the "New Lotts" of Flatbush.
on the third kill. This property he mort-
gagefl June 5. 1689, for one hundred and sixty
pounds. In the census of 1698 he is noted as
a resident of "flackbush." In 1738 he resided
in Gravesend. but eventually returned to Flat-
bush. as he was living in the latter place in
1 741. He married ("first), Mav 25, 1682. Cor-
nelia dc Reauvoise. baptized March 3. i6S9. in
New Amsterdam, died in 1682-3. He married
''second) Gertrude .Aukcs Vaii Nuys. Chil-
dren: Charles; Gerret; John, of whom fur-
ther; Hermina; Anna.

dll) John, .son of Gerret Gerretse Dur-

land, probably child of the second wife, was
born about 1O88, died after 1744. He resided
in Norwich, near Oyster Bay, and married
Mary Birdsell. His wife was undoubtedly of
English descent, which accounts for the intro-
duction of English names among their chil-
dren. Children: Gerret; John; Cornelia;
Henry; Anna; Alary; Charles, of whom fur-
ther ; Joseph ; Daniel ; Mercy.

(IV) Charles, son of John and Mary (Bird-
sell) Durland. was born March 19, 1731, near
Oyster Bay, died December 17, 1798, in Ches-
ter, Orange county. New York. He moved to
Orange county from Long Island in 1754. He
engaged on the frontier in the French and In-
dian war, at its conclusion was married and
bes;an farming. He is included in the list
of "exempts" from military service, following
a list of signers of the Association in Goshen
precinct. Orange county. New York, June 21,
•775' ^s set forth in the "Calendar of His-
torical Manuscripts" (N. Y.) vol. I, p. 12. On
August 29, 1788, he purchased the farm of
one hundred acres at Westchester, New
York, which is still held in the family. He
made his will June 4. 1794. and this was
proved late in the year 1798. He married, in
'755- Jane Swartwout, born 1730, died in 181Z.
Children : Mary ; Catherine ; Gerret ; Joseph,
of whom further ; Elizabeth ; Charles ; Roxan-
nah : John ; Samuel, of whom further.

(V) Joseph, second son of Charles and
Jane (Swartwout) Durland. was born March
31. 1762, at Chester, New York, died 1828.
He married (first), April i, 1787, Martha
Boord. born 1765, died December 13, 1797;
married (second), June 4, 1799, Sarah Sat-
terly. born 1778. died 1838, daughter of Sam-
uel Satterly. He resided in Chester, Goshen
township. Orange county. New York. Chil-
dren, by second marriage : James. Charles B..
Thomas. Elizabeth, Martha. Christina. Jonas.
Samuel S., of whom further ; Jane ; Susan ;
James ; Thomas E.

(\T) Samuel Satterlv, fifth son of Joseph
and Sarah (Satterly) Durland, was born in
Chester. New York, December 17, 1804. died
with tvphoid. November 30, 1833. He mar-
ried. September 22. 1829. Amelia Vernon, of
East Norwich. Long Island, who was born
in 1806. died 1876. He was a farmer on the
Durland homestead. Children: Joseph, of
whom further: Sarah Letitia, married Henry
Wisner Wood.



(\TI) Joseph (2), son of Samuel Satterly
and Amelia (Vernon) Durland, was born on
on the old family homestead in Chester, New
York, March 16, 1S32, died in the village of
Chester, November 18, 1910. He attended
tlie public schools of his native town and
completed his education at the Chester Acad-
emy, and at an academy at Bloomfield, New
Jersey. At an early age he began his busi-
ness career as a clerk in Masterson"s store in
Westchester. He was later, for a few years,
a partner of his stepfather, James Durland,
at Chester Mills. On February i, 1859, he
purchased the interest of his father-in-law,
James J. Board, in the store conducted under
the firm name of Board, Pierson & Company.
A Mr. Bell was admitted in the firm, which
then became Pierson. Bell & Durland. In
February, 1862, Mr. Durland and his brother,
Samuel S. Durland, formed a partnership and
purchased the interests of Mr. Pierson and
Mr. Bell. The two brothers conducted the
business until 1872, when Mr. S. S. Durland,
retired from the firm. Mr. Joseph Durland
then conducted the business alone until 1885,
when his son Frank was admitted as a part-
ner, the firm being known as J. Durland &
Son. This partnership continued until Feb-
ruary I, 1908, when Mr. Durland sold his
interest to his son and retired from active
business. Mr. Durland was one of the most
prosperous and ablest business men in the
county. Through his thrift and good manage-
ment he acquired a valuable property. He
was a wise counsellor, and his advice was
often sought by the people of this community
on matters pertaining to business and politics.
He was a public-spirited citizen and generously
assisted in all movements for the upbuilding
of his community. He traveled extensively
through this country, visiting nearly every
state in the Union. He was connected with
many business enterprises. He was for many
years a director of the Warwick and the
Goshen Savings banks ; the Durland Trust
Company of Norfolk. Nebraska. He was also
a director of the Chester National Bank and
was its president two years, and vice-president
at the time of his death. He was a Repub-
lican in politics and prominent in the council
of his party. He was the first Republican
supervisor of Chester, serving in 1867 and
t868 He took an active part in the estab-
lishing of the Union free school, and during

the years 1869-76 served as clerk of the
first board of education of Chester. He was
untiring in his service in securing in Novem-
Ijer, 1898, the incorporation of the village of
Chester and was elected a member of the
first board of trustees. He was one of the
first to urge the construction of an adequate
water supply system, and was a member of
the board of water commissioners, which in-
stalled the present system. He united with
the Presbyterian church in 1855, and served
as deacon for some time, and as elder from
1890 until his death.

He married, February 25, 1857, Nancy
Kingsland, daughter of Major James J.
Board. She was born November i, 1835, and
now resides in Chester. Five children were
born of this marriage: i. James Board, born
April 28, 1858, died May 25, 191 1; married.
November 12, 1884, Sarah Andrews; children:
i. Violet, born August 25, 1885, inarried El-
bert N. Oakes, of Middletown, New York,
ii. Rose, born December 14, 1888, married
Bert Matthews, of Middletown, New York. iii.
Joseph, born December 28, 1891. iv. Whit-
man R., born November 18, 1897. 2. Frank,
mentioned below. 3. Amelia Vernon, born
July 15, 1862. 4. Marion, born October 26,
1865. died May 23, 1903. 5. Nettie Eugenia,
born February 14, 1878; married William T.
Mofifatt. of New York City ; one child, Allan

(Vni) Frank, son of Joseph (2) and
Nancy Kingsland (Board) Durland, was born
in the Yelverton Inn, village of Chester, New
York, March 25, i860. He attended the pub-
lic schools and the Chester Academy until
1877, when he began his business career by
entering his father's general store as a clerk.
In 1885 his father admitted him as a part-
ner in the business under tlie firm name of
T. Durland & Son, and on February i, 1908,
he purchased his father's interest in the busi-
ness, and since that date has conducted the
store alone. Mr. Durland is one of the promi-
nent business men of his town and countv: is
a director of the Chester (New York) Tele-
phone Company, Walton Hose Company, Dur-
land Trust Company of Norfolk. Nebraska.
and treasurer of the Orange &• Rockland Elec-
tric Company, of Monroe. New York. In
politics he is a Republican, but has never
aspired to office. He is president of the board
of trade of Chester, and a member of the



board of education. He is a member of the
Presbyterian church and president of its board
of trustees ; he is also a member of Standard
Lodge, No. 711, Free and Accepted Masons,
of Monroe, New York. He married, April 22,
1891, Mary Burt, daughter of William Moore
and Sarah (Burt) Sanford, of Warwick,
Orange county, New York, who was a daugh-
ter of James Burt, for many years president
of the Chester National Bank. Two children:
I. William Sanford, born July 13, 1892;
graduate of Nazareth Hall Military Acad-
emy, Nazareth, Pennsylvania, antl East-
man's Business College of Poughkeepsie, New
York. 2. Nancy Board, born March 29, 1898;
now a student in Chester high school.

(V) Samuel, son of Charles and Jane
(Swartwout) Durland, was born February 11,
1775. in Chester: there he died January 14,
1849. He owned a farm in Chester and was
a thrifty and successful man. He married.
May 3. 1795, Elizabeth Cheshire, of Long
Island, born March, 1772, died 1849. Chil-
dren: Mercy; Mary; Matilda; Daniel; Albert;
Sophia; John C, of whom further; Elsie,

married Arkill ; Coe; Elizabeth, married


(VI) John C, son of Samuel and Elizabeth
(Cheshire) Durland, was born June 30, 1807.
in Goshen, New York, died near Monticello
in 1894; buried in Monticello. He grew to
manhood in Chester, attending the district
schools. Soon after attaining his majority he
settled on a farm two miles west of Monticello,
in Sullivan county. New York. He married.
September 21, 1830, Adeline, daughter of
Townscnd Dusenbury. born about 1808, died
in 1858 Children: i. Stephen D., of whom
further. 2. Phelie Ann. May 31, 1836: mar-
ried, in 1853. James E, Miller, of' Orange
county. New York; lived on a farm in the
village of Bullville, in that county ; children :
John, born 1856, married Hattie Dann, re-
sides in Orange county; George Edwin, 1858,
married Alice Nibbs, of Middletown, where
they live: Clarence Townsend. tSC)2, married
fk'ile Harbor, of Kansas : Ada Elizabeth, mar-
ried Henry Smith, died March 2. 1912. re-
sided near Howells Station, Orange county.
James E. Miller died in July, 1910. at Bull-
ville : his widow now resides with a nephew
at Hurleyville, Sullivan county. New York.
3. James Townsend, of whom further. 4.
Samuel, of whom further. 5. Emily.

March, 1843, died at age of two years. 6.
Peter Dusenbury, June, 1845, resided at
Hewins, Kansas. 7. Harriet, married Joseph
Holmes and lives in Sullivan county, New
York. 8. Albert, born March 11, 1855; mar-
ried Olivia Olmstead and lives in Burnside,
Orange county; children: Ralph; Albert,
living at Washingtonville, New York :
Theron, a farmer at Burnside, New York ;
Ralph, served an enlistment in the United
States navy.

(VII) Stephen Dusenbury. eldest child of
John C. and Adeline (Dusenbury) Durland.
was born in 1834. in Monticello. He attended
the local schools of that town and Monti-
cello Academy. He taught school for some
years and later was a farmer near the village
of Monticello. He was among the patriots
who responded early to the call of his country
for defense of its honor, and enlisted in 1861
in the One Hundred and Forty-third New
York Volunteer Infantry, serving in Company
B, under Captain Baldwin, He died in 1864
from exposure and never returned to his
native home. The family never received any
definite knowledge of how or when he lost his
life. His trunk was shipped home with notice
of his having died. He acted as secretary or
yeoman to Captain Baldwin during the war.
He married Delia Hoyt, daughter of Leander
and Mary (Weed) Hoyt. Mrs. Durland sur-
vived her husband many years. She married
(second) James Arkills. of Sullivan county,
and has a daughter, Lena M. .Arkills. born
1877, now the wife of Edward Dodd, residing
in Otisville, Orange county. New York, and
has two children, Grace and Agnes. Children
of Stephen D. Durland : Marshall, who lived
but two years ; Leander Hoyt, mentioned be-

(\TII) Leander Hoyt. only surviving son
of Stephen Dusenbury and Delia (Hoyt) Dur-
land, was born February 3, 1863. in Bridge-
ville, Sullivan county. New York. He was
educated in the district schools and Monti-
cello .'\cademy. In t88q he engaged in the liv-
ery business at Monticello and has the largest
and most complete establishment of its kind
in that village. In the great fire of 1909 his
house and barns were completely destroyed
and have been rebuilt in the most substantial
manner. Mr. Durland has long been active
in the conduct of local affairs : was elected
supervisor in 1905, and re-elected rn 1907. He


also served two terms as tax collector, begin-
ning in 1908; in political affairs he acts with
the Republican party ; is a member of the
Knights of the RIaccabees, and the Masonic
fraternity, and with his family is affiliated with
the Presbyterian church. He married, Decem-
ber 24, 1891, Mary Emma, daughter of Ed-
gar and Matilda (Smith) Evans, of Otisville.
Mr. and Mrs. Evans had children, i. John
K., born 1863, in Orange county, is now serv-
ing his fourth term as member of assembly
from Sullivan county ; he married Jennie
Sherman, of Bloomingburg, and has two chil-
dren : Sadie and Florence. 2. Mary E., born
September 7, 1S66; wife of Leander H. Dur-
land, as above noted. 3. Elizabeth, born 1871 ;
wife of George Palmer, resides in Otisville. 4.
Emeline, born 1874: married George Smith
and resides in Otisville. 5. Theodore, born
1879; lives, unmarried, in Bloomingburg. Mrs.
Evans died in 1899, and her husband now re-
sides in Bloomingburg. He married (second)
a widow. Mariette (Harding) Smith. Chil-
dren of Leander H. Durland : Mabel Holmes,
born July 8, 1892 ; Edgar Evans, April 29,
1895; Lena Arkills. August 10, 1898; Eliz-
abeth Palmer, August 21, 1899; Leander
Hoyt, June 27, 1901 ; Theodore Evans, July
26, 1906.

( VH) James Townsend, second son of John
C. and Adeline (Dusenbury) Durland, was
born in August, 1838. He resided in Hurley-
ville. Sullivan county, New York, where he
died March 3. 1883. He married Sarah, daugh-
ter of Albert and Nancy (Hill) Wheeler, who
died in 1894. having survived her husband
eleven years. Children : i. Minnie, born Decem-
ber 7, 1857 ; married Isaac Gardner. 2. John Al-
bert, born in 1859 : resides on a farm six miles
north of Monticello ; he married Mary Elmore
and has four children : Willard, Inez, May,
Ellen. 3. William Townsend, born in 1865 ;
lives in La Grange, Illinois ; he married Jessie
Hoyt. of Bridgeville, Sullivan county, and has
four daughters : Ruth, Nellie, Edna, Helen.
4. Howard Fowler, mentioned below. 5. Ste-
phen, born in 1871 : lives in Ellen ville, Ulster

county. New York ; he married Jessie . 6.

Walter N., resides in Hurleyville; married
Lydia Neal and has three sons : Maver, John.
Frederick. 7. Grace A., born in 1878: wife of
Arthur Hatch ; resides in Fallsburg and has
four children : Madeline. Fay, Ellisar, Fred-

(\TII) Howard Fowler, third son of James
Townsend and Sarah (Wheeler) Durland, was
born December 7, 1867, in Hurleyville. He has
always been a farmer, and in 191 1 purchased
a farm of fifty acres, four miles north of
Middletown, Orange county. New York, upon
which he settled in the spring of 1912. He
married, March 6, 1889, Nellie L., daughter of
Andrew J. and Elsie (Smith) Reynolds, of
Loch Sheldrake, Sullivan county, New York,
where her grandfather settled in 1812. Mr.
and Mrs. Reynolds had four children : Wal-
ter, born December 2, 1861 ; Lorian, Decem-
ber 16, 1865 ; Nellie, born March 4, 1869; Jen-
nie, November 29, 1877. Mr. Reynolds died
February 9, 1899, and his widow now re-
sides on the home farm at Loch Sheldrake.
Children of Howard F. Durland : Raymond
Henry, born September 19, 1894: Harry \\'ill-
iam, August 22, 1896; Leah, February 22,

(VII) Samuel (2), third son of John C. and
Adeline (Dusenbury) Durland, was born
October 4, 1840, near Monticello, where he
grew to manhood. Before attaining his ma-
jority the civil war broke out and he enlisted
February 4, 1862, in the Tenth New York
Independent Battery, with which he served
three years, and participated in twenty-five
battles. In spite of this severe exposure he
received no injury. Some of the principal en-
gagements in which he took part were Second
Bull Run, Gettysburg, Antietam, Cedar Moun-
tain, Cold Harbor and Manassas Station.
After the close of the war he returned to the
town of Thompson. He engaged in farming
there until 1909, then sold his farm and pur-
chased a home in Monticello, where he now
resides. He is a member of the Methodist
church, and an earnest supporter of Repub-
lican principles and policies. He married,
October 28. 1866. at Thompson, Sarah, daugh-
ter of David and Mary Jane (Palmer) Rum-
sey, early settlers of Sullivan county. They
had three sons and three daughters : Nathan :
David ; Louis : Polly : Sarah, mentioned above ;
Janette. Children of Samuel (2) Durland:
I. Ida May, born November 22, 1867; mar-
ried (first) Harry Johnson, of Jersey City,
died in 190.S ; (second) in 1908. Alpheus
Witherell. of Bayonne, New Jersey. 2. Ella
L., August 4. 1869: married (first) Louis
Millspaugh, of Monticello. died in 1901 ; (sec-
ond) Melvin Leroy, of Liberty, New York.



Thc-y resided in Monticello. Children of the
Millspaugh marriage: May, born August,
1890, married George Sniffer, of Glenville,
resides in Glenwild; Harold, 1898, and Vin-
cent, 1900. 3. Frank Chapman, July,
1871, resides in Fallsburg; married Bessie
Sharp, of Jersey City, a native of Scotland;
children: Ada, bom 1894, and Harry, 1898. 4.
Mary. November 26, 1876; married Philip
Kreuder, a native of Germany, and resides
in Brooklyn. They have a son, Carl, born in
1901. 5. Leon Samuel, October 19, 1881,
a traveling salesman, residing in Buffalo, New
York. 6. Frederick, 1883, employed by the
New York Taxicab Company, of New York
City ; married Mary Connolly, of Bedford
Park, New York. 7. George Wesley, March
5, 1886.

The American ancestor of the
PECK Peck family of Troy herein con-
sidered was William Peck, who
was among the first of the early settlers of
New England. Others of the name arrived
at about the same time, but apparently were
not related. They were the progenitors of a
numerous posterity, and the name is a distin-
guished one in the United States.

(I) W'illiam Peck was born in or near the
city of London, England, in 1601, and married
there about the year 1622. His son Jeremiah
was the only English-born child. William
Peck, with his wife Elizabeth and son Jere-
miah, emigrated from England to America,
coming in the company with Governor Eaton,
Rev. John Davenport and others in the ship
"Hector," arriving at Boston from London,
June 26, 1637. This company, consisting
largely of merchants and farmers, had suf-
fered much from the intolerance and persecu-
tions of the reign of King Charles L and their
object in coming to America was to secure
unmolested enjoyment of civil and religious
liberty. William Peck was one of the original
I)roprietors of New Haven, Connecticut, his
autograph signature being affi-xed to the agree-
ment or constitution, dated June 4, 1639. for
the government of the infant colony ("this is
said to be "one of the first examples in his-
tory of a written constitution organizing a
government and defining its powers"). He was
admitted a freeman of the colony, October 20.
1640; was a merchant, and a trustee, treasurer
and general business agent of the Colony Col-

legiate School, established on the basis of the
Hopkins' fund. He is usually named in the
records with the title of "Mr," then a prefix
of respect and distinction. From 1659 until
his death he was a deacon of the church in
New Haven. His home lot of about an acre,
his house and store were on Church street,
the front of which is now covered by the
Connecticut Savings Bank building. His grave
is now covered by the Center Church in New
Haven. He died October 4, 1694, aged ninety-
three years. His will, dated March 9, 1688-89,
probated October 13, 1694, is recorded in the
probate records of New Haven (Book H, p.
176). His wife Elizabeth died December 5,
1683. He married (second) Sarah, widow of
William Holt. His children, all by first wife,
survived him, as did his second wife, and are
all named in his will. i. Jeremiah, see for-
ward. 2. John, removed to Wallingford, Con-
necticut; called "lieutenant" in the records. 3.
Joseph, settled in East Saybrook (later Lynn),
Connecticut, where he was surveyor, recorder,
justice of the peace and deacon of the church.
4. Elizabeth, married Samuel Andrews.

(H) Jeremiah, eldest son of William and
Elizabeth Peck, was born in or near London,
England, in 1623. and was brought to Amer-
ica by his parents in 1637. He is said by Cot-
ton Alathcr to have been a student at Har-
vard, and undoubtedly was, as he was pos-
sessed of a good education. His name does
not, however, appear in the catalogue of grad-
uates of any year. He was for a time of
(luilford, Connecticut, preaching or teaching
until 1660, when he removed to New Haven in
response to an invitation to take charge of
the Collegiate school, which had been insti-
tuted in New Haven by the general court in
1659. He was in charge of the school until
the summer of 1661, when it was temporarily
suspended for lack of support. After a few
years it was revived and flourishes now under
the name of the Johns Hopkins Grammar
School. In the fall of 1661 he was invited
to preach at Saybrook, Connecticut, where he
is sujiposcd to have been ordained, as he set-
tled there as a minister, dating frpm Septem-
ber 25, 1661. He remained in Saybrook until
t666, when he removed to Guilford. Dif-
ficulties arose in the Synod, which decided
him to leave Connecticut. He removed later
in 1666 to Newark, New Jersey, where he re-
sided on the corner of Market and Mulberrv



streets. He preached in the neighboring
towns, but not in Newark. In 1669, or 1670,
he settled as the minister of Ehzabethtown,
New Jersey, declining calls to other churches
until 1678, when he became the first settled
minister of the church in Greenwich, Con-
necticut. He remained here until 1689, and in
1691 became the first settled minister of the
church at Waterbury, Connecticut, continuing
here, discharging most of his official duties
until his death, June 7, 1699. He was a man
of much usefulness, both as a teacher and a
minister on the frontier settlements among the
early colonists. He married Johannah Kit-
chell, November 12, 1656, daughter of Robert
Kitchell, one of the first planters of Guilford,
Connecticut. She survived him until 171 1, dy-
ing in Waterbury. His will and that of his
wife are recorded in the Waterbury land rec-
ords (Deeds of Gift, p. 6 & 103 of vol. I).
Children: i. Samuel, see forward. 2. Ruth,
married Jonathan Atwater. 3. Caleb, no record
of marriage. 4. Anne, married Thomas, son
of Captain Stanley, of Farmington, Connecti-
cut. 5. Jeremiah (2), deputy to the general
court of Connecticut ; constable, and one of
the first deacons of the Northbury Church in
Waterbury. 6. Joshua, died unmarried.

(HI) Samuel, eldest son of Rev. Jeremiah
and Johannah (Kitchell) Peck, was born in
Guilford, Connecticut, January 18, 1659, died

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