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city with its ancient and modern charters. In
the summer of 1855, he accompanied abroad
Millard Fillmore, former President of the
United States, whose friendship he had
formed in early life, continuing until his death.
In the same year he was elected to the bench
of the supreme court. During his term of
office he presided at two celebrated murder
trials, those of Cancemi and Burdcll. and in
the general term concurred in the decision
that slaves brought into the state became free.


In the fall of 1859 he was elected justice of
the court of appeals for eight years, during the
last two of which he was chief justice. He
wrote the opinions of the court in many most
important cases, such as that of Kortright vs.
Cady (21 N. Y. 343). establishing the point
that tender of the amount due on a mortgage
destroys the lien thereof : People vs. The
Canal Appraisers (33 N. Y. 461 1, establishing
the law relating to navigable streams ; Dealfield
vs. Parish (25 N. Y. 9"), discussing the mat-
ter of testamentary capacity. Probably no
opinion ever caused him more thought and
study than that written in Metropolitan Bank
vs. Van Dyck (27 N. Y. 400), sustaining the
legal tender acts of the nation. He gave to
the government unfaltering support during the
civil war, and his conviction that the consti-
tution conferred extraordinary powers on the
government in time of war found expression
in his opinions, especially in the legal tender
case. At the end of his term, he declined re-
election and resumed his practice in partner-
ship with Judge Noah Davis until the latter
was re-elected to the bench in 1872. and after-
ward with his son, Julian Tappan Davies. He
was counsel for the Mutual Life Insurance
Company and other large corporations, but de-
voted himself mainly to chamber practice and
to service as referee in important cases. The
day before he was stricken with his last illness
he sat for many hours as one of the commis-
sioners to determine the feasibility of con-
structing the Broadway Arcade Railroad. He
was a director of the Institution for the In-
struction of the Deaf and Dumb, and during
the last year of his life its president. In 1870
he became dean of the Law School of the Uni-
versity of the City of New York and contin-
ued in this ofifice as long as he lived. He re-
ceived the honorary degree of LL. D. from
the university and also from Amherst Col-

"Judge Davies was conspicuous." wrote his
son, Henry Eugene Davies, in the Davies gene-
alogy, "during his long and busy life for sterl-
ing integrity and devotion to the interests
committed to his charge. His capacity for
labor was prodigious and sustained by a con-
stitution of iron that gave him enormous
powers of endurance. During the Cancemi
trial, after five days spent until a late hour in
presiding, at half-past seven on a Fridav even-
ing he commenced to write his charge. He fin-


ished it as he was summoned to breakfast at
eight o'clock the next morning, having labored
all the night without intermission for sleep
or refreshment. From this, and from other
similar herculean labors, he never suffered any
inconvenience or felt that he had sustained a
strain, until some two years before his death,
when age slowly claimed him as its own. Yet
he retained great vigor until the day when he
was fatally attacked, some two weeks only
tefore his death. ***!,., person he was
strongly and heavily built, Jhough of medium
•stature. He possessed the powerful body
with large organs and short limbs, character-
istics of his Welsh ancestry. His head was
large, with a brain fully developed, and a
countenance full of benignity, though stern in
such times as called for an exhibition of
•strength. He was genial in manner and
friendly with all men. His sole pleasure was
the professional one of whist. Temperate in-
•deed, almost abstemious in his habits, simple
in his tastes, earnest in his professional duties,
the two leading motives of his life were devo-
tion to duty and love of his family. True
to the church of his ancestry, and following
their lead, he gave to St. Luke's Church at
Matteawan, in Dutchess county, the land upon
which its edifice is erected. Under the shadow
■of its eaves he rests — wife, children and grand-
children reposing around him. The memory
of his pure, strong, loving spirit is the most
precious heritage of his living descendants.''
He died in the city of New York, December
17, 1881.

He married Rebecca Waldo Tappan, born
in Boston, 181 5, died February 24, 1884,
daughter of John and Sarah (Salisbury) Tap-
pan. John Tappan was born July 26, 1781, son
■of Benjamin (5), (Benjamin (4), Samuel (3),
Peter (2), Abraham (i) Tappan), married,
September 30, 1805, Sarah, daughter of Sam-
uel Salisbury, granddaughter of John, and
great-granddaughter of Nicholas Salisbury.
Elizabeth (Sewall), wife of Samuel Salisbury,
was a daughter of Samuel (6), (Rev. Joseph
(5), Samuel (4), Henry (3), Henry (2),
Henry (i), Sewall). Elizabeth (Quincy)
•Sewall, wife of Samuel, was a daughter of
Edmund and Elizabeth (Wendall) Quincy.
Sarah (Salisbury) Tappan died August 28,
1839, after having eleven children, and he
married (second). September 22, 1841. Mrs.
Hannah (Pomroy) Edwards. John Tappan

was sent by the United States government to
London as a delegate to the International Con-
vention of Peace in 1843. Children of Mr. and
Mrs. Davies: i. General Henry Eugene, born
in New York City, July 2, 1836; entered the
service as captain in 1861 and rose to the
rank of major-general in 1865, resigning Jan-
uary I, 1866; lawyer in New York City; au-
thor of Davies' Genealogy; public adminis-
trator 1866-69 in New York City; assistant
district attorney 1870-73 ; died September 6,
1894 ; married, August 10, 1858, Julia Rich. 2.
William Gilbert, born March 21, 1842; a law-
yer; married, December 15, 1870, Lucy C,
daughter of Hon, Alexander H. Rice. 3.
Julien Tappan, mentioned below. 4. Theodore,
October 22. 1847; was in the diplomatic serv-
ice; journalist; died March 15, 1S75. 5.
Francis Herbert, September 15, 1849; married,
April 27, 1876, Cornelia Scott, daughter of
Henry S. Rokenbaugh ; died February 27,
1906. 6. Helen, June 9, 1851. 7. Lucy, March
7, 1853; married, April 21, 1875, Dr. Sam-
uel Swift, died February 4, 1897.

(\T) Julien Tappan Davies, son of Hon.
Henry E. Davies, was born in New York City,
September 25, 1845. He attended the schools
of his native city and the private school of Dr.
Reed at Walnut Hill, Geneva, New York. He
entered Columbia College in 1862 and was
graduated in the class of 1866. In the sum-
mer of 1863, while a student in college, he
joined the Twenty-second Regiment of New
York State Militia, and took an active part in
the Pennsylvania campaign of the Civil War,
ending at the Battle of Gettysburg. On leav-
ing college he devoted himself to the study of
law in the office of Hon. Alexander W. Brad-
ford. Under the will of Judge Bradford, Mr.
Davies succeeded to part of his law practice,
and soon afterward became associated with
his father. Judge Davies, who retired from the
bench of the Court of Appeals, January i,
1868. With these fortunate connections he
established an active and prosperous profes-
sional career and gained a deservedly high,
reputation as one of the leading lawyers of
New York City. In politics he is a Repub-
lican. In religion a member of the Episcopal
church. He has been for many years counsel
for the elevated railways of New York ; has
been since i88i a trustee of the Mutual Life
Insurance Company of New York. His office
is at 34 Nassau street. New York. He is nov,-



n partner in the firm of Davies, Auerbach,
Cornell & Barry.

He married, April 22, 1869, Alice, born Jan-
uary 12, 1847, daughter of Hon. Henry H.
Martin, a descendant of Captain John Mar-
tin, of Woodbur)', Connecticut. Children:
lulicn Townsend, born February 20, 1870;
Alice, died in 1885. aged fourteen; Helen, died
in 1877, aged five; Thoma,s Alfred, died in
1877, aged four; Ethel, born March 19, 1876;
Frederick Martin, born September 12, 1877;
Cornelia Sherman, born October 21, 1882.

The surname Brinck-
BRINCKFRHOFF erhofif is Dutch in

origin, and is com-
posed of the two Dutch words, "Brenger,"
messenger, and "Hof," court, the name in
its original meaning referring to a "messenger
of the court." The name therefore in the
land of its origin may be found in the form
of Brengerhof, as well as in the form prev-
alent here in America. The family is said
to be of Flemish extraction, and was anciently
located in the city of Ghent, in the Nether-
lands, wliere its members are mentioned as
free-born citizens, or patricians, of the city,
and among whom Andries Brinckerhoff, sen-
ator and syndic in 1307, is particularly noticed
in the annals of those times. From Ghent the
family extended itself in the sixteenth century
in Holland. Friesland and Lower Saxony, in
which provinces the Brinckerhoft"s became
established, their descendants enjoying much
distinction there at the present day. The name
is spelled in America Brinckerhoff and P.rin-
kcrhoff. and in some manuscripts written
Blinkerhoff, in one instance Van Blyncherhoff.
The Flushing branch of the family (descend-
ants of .Abraham, son of Joris Dircksen Brinc-
kerhoff, the immigrant) for the most part use
the "c". The Bergen branch (descendants of
Hendrick. son of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff )
have almost entirely omitted it. .'\mong the
families of the name residing in Holland the
"c" has never been known, and probably it is
an .American innovation. The family has a
coat-of-arms, the symbolic meaning of which
is thus described by James Riker: The
armorial bearings, the original escutcheon of
the family, denotes in the color blue, fidelity ;
in the white of the shield, the honors of
•knighthood: the wings sigrnifying promptness
in state affairs, and the "flower hills" in the
knights shield faithfulness and honesty. The

family has a numerous progeny in every gen-
eration, differing in that respect from fam-
ilies like that of Stuyvesant, which in the first
four generations was represented by a single
male member. Branches of the family have
spread into different states, even to the far
West, though the bulk of its members are
still in the neighborhood of New York. All
of the name in America are said to be de-
scended from one patriarchal ancestor, the
immigrant, Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff, of
New Amsterdam. and Brooklyn.

(I) Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff, the first
American ancestor of the Brinckerhoff family,
was born in the Netherlands about 1609, died
in Brooklyn, January 16, 1661. He arrived
in New Amsterdam (now New York) in 1638,
coming from the county of Drent or Drenthe
in the United Provinces, and having lived
some time in Flushing, a seaport in Zealand,
before his departure. After spending a short
time in New Amsterdam, then a small com-
munity of a few hundred souls, he settled in
Brooklyn, where he obtained a grant of land
by brief dated March 23, 1646. He was a man
of worth, and was an elder of the Brooklyn
church at the time of his death, the first edi-
fice of which he was greatly instrumental in
planning and erecting. He married, in Hol-
land, Susannah Dubbels, whom he brought
with him to America, and who survived him
many years. His children were: i. Derick.
who was slain by the Indians and left no
issue. 2. Hendrick. who settled on the east-
ern bank of the Hackensack river in New
Jersey, where he bought a tract of land, June
17, 1685, not long surviving the purchase;
married Claesie Boomgaert and left sons, Cor-
nelius, Derick and Jacobus, whose descend-
ants, now considerably scattered, write their
name Brinkerhoft' ; of the three sons above
named, Cornelius, the eldest, settled at Com-
munipaw, and died in 1770. leaving sons, Hen-
drick and Hartman, who were the ancestors
of the Brinkerhoff family of Bergen ; Derick
and Jacobus bought the paternal estate ; the
former had descendants at Hackensack and
.Schraalenburgh. 3. .Abraham, mentioned he-
low. 4. Aellie. married William Van Cou-

(in Abraham, son of Joris Dircksen and
.Su.sannah (Dubbels) Brinckerhoff, was born
at Flushing. Holland, in 1632. died at Flushing
Bay, I ong Island, in 1714. He obtained. .April
13. i6')i. ;i patent for thirty-two morgens of



land at Flatbush, but located at Flatlands. At
Flatlands he became an elder of the church,
and was chosen magistrate in 1673. He mar-
ried Aeltie, daughter of jan Stryker, and sis-
ter to the wife of Cornelius J. Berrien. About
the time of that event Mr. Berrien went to
Newtown and Mr. Brinckerhoff removed
there also, having bought a large farm on
Flushing meadow. Children : i . Joris Abra-
ham, mentioned below. 2. John. 3. Derick,
married, in 1700, Aeltie, daughter of Jan
Cowenhoven ; he became a farmer at Flushing,
where he enjoyed a commission as justice of
the peace. 4. Garret, settled in Flushing, hav-
ing descendants. 5. Ida, married John Mon-
fort. 6. Susannah, married Martin R.
Schenck. 7. Sarah, married (first) Jacob
Rapelje, (second) Nicholas Berrien. S- l\Iary,
married Theodorus Van Wyck. 9. Lammetie,
married Johannes Cornell.

(UI) Joris Abraham, eldest son of Abra-
ham and Aeltie (Stryker) Brinckerhoff, was
born at Flatbush, Long Island, March i, 1664,
died at Flushing Bay, Long Island, March 27,
1729. He succeeded to the paternal estate on
Flushing Bay, and acquired several other
farms, which he distributed among his sons.
Early in life he joined the Flatlands church.
He married Annetie, daughter of Teunis
Coevers and Sarah (Rapa-lye) Bogaert. born
at Albany, New York, and reputed the first
white female child born in the colony, a grant
of land at the Wallabout being bestowed on
her in honor of the event. Children: i. Sarah,
born December 18, 1691 ; married Rem
Adrianse. 2. Susannah, born March 4, 1693.
3. Abraham, born December 10, 1694. 4. Teu-
nis, born March 29, 1697. 5. Isaac, born April
26, 1699. 6. Aeltie, born April 13, 1704: mar-
ried Cornelius Rapalye. 7. Neettie, born July
22, 1706. 8. Hendrick, mentioned below. 9.
Antie, born October 4, 1712; married Abra-
ham Rapalye.

(IV) Flendrick, son of Joris Abraham and
Annetie (Bogaert) Brinckerhoff, was born at
Flushing Bay, Long Island, January 2. 1709,
died there in 1777. He succeeded to the home-
stead there and lived on it all his life. He was
a pious and exemplary man, an elder in the
Dutch church at Newtown, and was magis-
trate for several years. He married Lammetie,
daughter of Daniel Rapalye. Children: i.
George, born in 1732; married, in 1733, Ida
Monfort. and had issue: Hendrick Lammetie

and Abraham. 2. Daniel, married Ann Mon-
fort. 3. Johannes, mentioned below. 4. Abra-
ham, married Sarah Onderdonk. 5. Teunis,
married Catherine Rapalye. 6. Isaac, married
Annetie Bennet. 7. Aeltie, married Richard

( \' ) Johannes, fifth son of Hendrick and
Lammetie (Rapalye) Brinckerhoff, was born
at Flushing Bay, Long Island, in 1736, died
at New Hackensack, New York, November 23,
1764. He removed from Long Island to Dutch-
ess county, engaging in business at New
Hackensack. On a visit to New York City he
contracted yellow fever and died at the early
age of twenty-eight. He married Sarah,
daughter of Abraham Brinckerhoff, a pious
and exemplary woman, who with her babe
returned after her husband's death to the
paternal home, and afterwards married Elbert
Adriance. The only child of Johannes was
Flendrick, mentioned below.

(VI) Hendrick (2), son of Johannes and
Sarah (Brinckerhoff) Brinckerhoff, was born
at New Hackensack, New York, in 1763, died
at the homestead of his stepfather, Elbert
Adriance, at Flushing, 1807. He inherited the
farm and the extreme portion of the Creed-
more Range was taken from this land. He
married Elizabeth, daughter of Rem Hege-
man. Children: i. Elbert Adriance, men-
tioned below. 2. Sarah, married Abraham
Snediker. 3. Ida, married Isaac T. Reeves.
4. Eliza, married David Hendricksen. 5. Alet-
ta, married Jason Beebe.

(VH) Elbert Adriance, son of Hendrick
(2) and Elizabeth (Hegeman) Brinckerhoff,
was born in Flushing township, near the pres-
ent site of Creedmore, in 1786, died at Jamaica,
Long Island, March 5. 1875. He was brought
up on his father's farm, and was a merchant
in New York City for many years. He was
an officer in the Middle Dutch church, and
an elder in the Collegiate Dutch church of
New York for several years. He married
Elizabeth, daughter of John Nostrand, their
only son being named after his grandfather,
John Nostrand, mentioned below.

(VIII) John Nostrand, son of Elbert
Adriance and Elizabeth (Nostrand) Brincker-
hoff, was born in Flushing township, Long
Island, near the present site of Creedmore,
November 16, 1808. He was graduated from ,
the University of Pennsylvania in 1829, and
shortly after entered commercial life. He was



in business with his father in New York City,
the firm being that of E. A. Brinckerhoff «&
Son, but delicate health forced a retirement
to the country. Afterwards he resided at
Jamaica, Long Island, and became connected
with the Union Hall Academy of that place,
continuing from 1S35 to 1865, the latter half
as principal. He retired from all active duties
in 1865. He removed to Englewood, New
Jersey, in 1875, and there continued to reside.
He married Mary M., daughter of Robert
Adrain, LL. D., an eminent mathematician,
who died August 10, 1843.

(IX) Elbert Adrain, son of John Nos-
trand and Mary M. (Adrain) Brinckerhoff,
was born at Jamaica, Long Island, November
29, 1838. He was educated in the academy
of which his father was principal. He was in
business in San Francisco for a time and set-
tled in New York City in 1861. He retired
from active business in 1890. He is vice-
president of the Merchants' National Bank ;
director of Barrett, Nephews & Company (old
Staten Island Dyeing establishment), the
United States Cotton Duck Corporation, the
Consolidated Cotton Duck Company, the
Mount Vernon-Woodbury Cotton Duck Com-
pany, and the J. Spencer Turner Company, of
which he is vice-president. Mr. Brinckerhoff
is a Presbyterian in religion ; he is a trustee of
the Presbyterian Hospital, vice-president of
the -American Bible Society, trustee of the
American Seaman's Friend .Society, and a
member of the St. Nicholas Society and the
Holland Society. Mr. Brinckerhoff belongs
to the Down Town and Rockaway Hunt clubs.
He married, April 22, 1869, Emily A., daugh-
ter of Colonel Washington R. Vermilye, of
New York City. Their children are: Emily
v.. Mary E., Elbert A., Elizabeth L., Mar-
garet. Helen M., Janet.

Henry Morton, son of Peter Remsen and
Helen (Morton) Brinckerhoff, was born at
Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, April 20,
T868. He is an electrical engineer and was
graduated from the Stevens Institute of Tech-
nologv' in 1890. After graduation he was with
Thomson-Houston Electric Company at Bos-
ton, and engaged in the construction of the
West End street railway. He became assist-
ant engineer in the power house, LUica, New
York. Belt Line street railway, and was fore-
man in charge of the cars equipment with the
General Electric Company in Boston and on

the Coney Island & Brooklyn railway. He
was assistant electrical engineer of the Intra-
mural railway at the World's Columbian Ex-
hibition (first third rail electrical railway in
the United .States) in 1893. He was elec-
trical engineer of the Metropolitan West Side
elevated railway, Chicago, in 1894, equipping
it as the first large ele\-ated city railway oper-
ated by electric traction, later becoming assist-
ant general manager and general manager of
the same road until 1906, when he came to
New York City and engaged in practice as
electrical associate of General William Bar-
clay Parsons, civil engineer. Mr. Brincker-
hoff is a member of the American Institute of
Electrical Engineers and the Western Society
of Engineers.

Henry Waller, son of Commodore Isaac and
Mary (iordon (Waller) Brinckerhoff, is also
eminent among the descendants of Joris
Dircksen Brinckerhoff in this generation. He
was born at Ossining, New York, May 22,
1845, and was educated at the Cambridge
(Massachusetts) Latin School, Harvard Col-
lege, from which he was graduated with the
degree of A. B. in 1866, and from Lawrence
Scientific School. He has been civil engineer
of the United States navy yard. New York ;
Jersey City Water Works, West Shore rail-
road ; Sixth Avenue elevated road; Brooklyn
Bridge : New York Steam Company, and the
Tehuantepec Ship railway. He has been man-
aging editor of the Engineering Record, of-
fice engineer of the Broadway cable road, and
in 1889 made the earliest report on the failure
of the South Fork dam that destroyed Johns-
town. Pennsylvania. In 1864 he served three
months in the Twelfth Unattached Company,
Massachusetts Vohmteer Militia. He married
Edith Adelaide Barry, who died April 19,
1897. and his children are: Henry Gordon,
married Alys Swift : Edith Winship, married
the Rev. Winthrop B. Greene, died July 12,
1900; Florence Emilie, married Herbert G.
Han ford.

The patronymic. Morris, is
MORRLS usually given as being Welsh

in origin, and though it is quite
likelv that many or most hearing the name
of Morris may have had an origin in the
ancient principality of the Britons, it is certain
that the name in other cases has had a dif-
ferent origin. In the case of those of Welsh



descent, the name is traced back to Rhys,
sometimes called Rhys Fitzgerald, brother of
Rhys, Prince of Geventland. In 1171, in con-
junction with Richard Strongbow, the Nor-
man, Rhys Fitzgerald, or Rhys, the son of
Gerald, led an expedition into Ireland. This
was the beginning of what is called in history
the "Norman Invasion" of Ireland, occurring
more than a century after the Norman Con-
quest of England. The real conquest of Ire-
land did not occur until the reign of Henry
VIII., four centuries later, the Normans who
had until that time entered Ireland having
intermarried with the Gaelic or Milesian Irish
and settled in the country with the Gaelic
as Milesian lords of clans. There were, how-
ever, several encounters between the incoming
Norman Welsh and the Milesian Gaels in
several of the principalities of the island, and
owing to his achievements in these engage-
ments Rhys received the appelation of "Maur"
ir Welsh or Brithonic Celtic, and "Mor" in
Gaelic Celtic, both kindred words meaning
"The Great." Rhys, The Great, thus became
Maur-Rhys or Mor-Rhys, and in course of
time his descendants prefixing the name with
Fitz, Mac, and O, to indicate their descent
according to the Celtic fashion, and later
'' dropping the prefixes, were at first called Fitz
iMr.urice, AlacMaurice, and O'Maurice. and
later simply Maurice, Morris and Morrison.
These, however, are not the only forms of
Morris, for the name is found in historv vari-
ously spelled Morys, Moerys, Moris, Morris.
Morice, Moryce. etc., and as compounded with
\arious initial expressions as De Mont-, Clan-,
and others besides those given above. Lower
says that the name can in many cases be traced
to an origin on the continent or mainland of
Europe, in many cases coming from the north
of Africa, and particularly Morocco. Burke,
in his "History of the Landed Gentry of
England," says: "This name (Morris),
originally Maur-ryce or Mawr-rhys was
changed to Maurice, Morrice and Morris,
Mars and Mavors. The Welsh Mawr-rwyce
— meaning in English "warlike" or "power-
ful" — was a title applied to such of the ancient
chieftains as were prominent for valor." The
name Morris is common in Ireland and is in
most cases the anglicized patronymic of a fam-
ilv of purely Milesian origin, the ancient form
of the name in Gaelic being MacMuiros or
O'Muirfeasa, later transformed in English to

Morrisey, Morris, Morishy, MacMorris, Mor-
rison. Donoch, brother of Diarmuid, who is
No. Ill on the MacDermott (Princes of Cool-
avin, a title still borne by The MacDermott)
pedigree, v\'as the ancestor of this Morris fam-

( I ) \\ illiam Morris lived in the first half
of the seventeenth century in Monmouthshire,
Wales, on an estate called Tintern, situated
near the historic Tintern Abbey. Children: i.
Colonel Lewis, inherited Tintern estate ; was
second in command of the parliamentary
troops at the seige of Chepstowe Castle in
1648, and in memory of his achievements at

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