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the sound ; bear, wolves and deer were aboun-
dant. offering inducement for the hunt in
order to provide both provision and pelf ; In-
dian wigwams occupied the site which first
assumed the civilization of manorial grounds
and later a place of residential activity, and
innumerable arrow-heads dug up by those
building there a century later prove that it
must have been a favorite hunting ground for
the Indians. The provincial assemblv was
obliged to take steps to destroy the wild ani-
mals roving in the locality now laid out as the
most modern of towns, enacting:

"Forasmuch as divers inhabitants of this colony
have suffered many grievous losses in their stock,
both of sheep and neat cattle, for the prevention of
which, and encouragement of those who shall de-
stroy wolves in the said colony, and that the breed
of wolves within this colony may be whollv rooted
out and extinguished, be it enacted. &c.. that in the
county of West Chester, twenty shillings for a grown
wolf killed bv a Christian, and fen shillings for such
a wolf killed by an Indian, and half that sum re-
spectively for a whelp."

The remains of a wolf pit endured for
more than a century thereafter in Winter Hill
burving ground.

Thom.as Pell had hardly acquired the large
tract before he sought settlers to occupy a
portion of it. that he might acquire a sub-
stantial revenue, like the lords of other manors
on American soil. He sisrned the following
grant in i66d. in favor of grantees who re-
moved from Fairfield, Connecticut:

"Know all men by these presents, that I, Thomas
Pell, have granted to Tames Euestis and Philip
Pinckney, for themselves and their associates, to
the number of ten families, to settle down at Hutcb-
insons. that is where the house stood at the meadow
rnd uplands, to Hutchinson's river, they paving ac-
cording to ye proportion of the charges which was
disburst for the purchase, and other necessary



charges, only liberty to have the disposing of two
lotts upon the same terms with them, because that
I might provide them some tradesmen for their
comfort, as a smith, or weaver, or what else with
their approbation. Witness my hand, this 24th of
June, 1664. Thomas Pell."

This is the covenant made in 1665 for their
government at Pelham :

"Articles of agreement betwi.xt us whose names are
underwritten, A. D. 1665. Imprimis — that we, by the
grace of God, sett down on the tract of land lying
betwixt Hutchinson's brook, where the house was.
until it comes unto that river that runneth in at
the head of the meadow. 2. That we endeavor to
keep and maintain Christian love and sivill honesty.
3. That \ve faithfully counsell what may be of in-
firmity in any one of us. 4. Plainly to deal one
with another in Christian love. 5. If any treaspass
be done, the trespassed and the trespasser shall
chuse two of this company, and they a third man if
need be required, to end the matter, without any fur-
ther trubell. 6. That all and every one of us, or that
shall be of us, do pay unto the minister, according
to his meade. 7. That none exceed the quantity of
fifteen acres, until all have that quantity. 8. That
everv man hath that meadow that is most convenient
for him. 9. That every man build and inhabit on
his home lot Dcfore the next winter. 10. That no
man maks sale of his lot before he hath built and
inhabited one year, and then to render it to the
company, or to a man whom they approve. 11. That
any man may sell part of his alotment to his neigh-
bour. 12. That no man shall engrosse to himself by
buying his neighbour's lot for his particular interest,
but with respect to sell it if an approved man come,
and that without much advantage, to be judged by
the company, i,-?. That all nublic affairs, all bridges,
highways, or mill, be carried on jointly, according
to meadow ant estates. 14. That provision be en-
deavored 'or pducptinn of children, and then
encouragement be given unto any that shall take
pains according to our former way of rating. 15.
That no man shall give entertainment to a foreigner
who shall carry himself obnoxious to the comnany
except amendment be after warning given. 16. That
all shall join in guarding of catfel when the company
see it convenient. 17. That every man make and
maintain a good fence about all his arable land, and
in due time a man chosen to view if the company's
be .good. 18. That every man sow his land when
most of the company sow or plant in their fie'ds.
19. That we .give new encouragement to Mr. Brew-
ster each other week, to .give us a word of exhorta-
tion, and that when we are settled we meet to-
gether every other weeke. one hour, to talk of the
best things. 20. That one man. either of himself,
or by consent, mav give entertainment to strangers
for money. 21. That one day. every spring, be im-
proved for the destroying of rattle snakes. CN. B.
:2 omitrted in copy"). 23. That =omc. every Lord's
c\s^-. stay at home, for safetv of our wives and chil-
dren. 24. That every man get and keen a good lock to
his don^ ^s soon as he can. 2^. That a convenient place
be appointed for oxen if need require. 26. If any man's
meadow or upland be worse in quality, that be con-
sidered in quantity. 27. That even- man that hath



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taken uo lots shall pay to all public charges equal
with those that got none. That all that hath or
shall take up lots within this tract of land men-
tioned in the premises shall subscribe to these articles.
This is a true copy according unto the originall,
transcribed by me. Richard Shutc, this 23d day of
Nov. '68." This document was signed : "Thomas
Shute. The mark of (X) Nathaniel White. The
mark of (O) Nathaniel Tompkins. Philip Pinkney.
The mark of (X) Joseph Joans. John Hoitt. James
Eustis. The mark of (X) Daniel Godwin. The
mark of (X) William Squire. David Osburn. John
Coding. Samuel Drake. John Jack?on. The mark
of John Drake (ID). William Haidon's mark (H).
The mark of John Gay (IG). John A. Pinkney. The
mark of John Tompkins (O). Richard Shute. The
mark of John Hollind (III). Moses Moitte. Richard
Hoadley. The mark of Henry (X) Ffowlir. John
Emor>'. Moses Jackson. John Clarke."

There was an old record bearings date about
1663. now said to be extant, which sot forth:

"The le.gislature of Connecticut determining to se-
cure as far as possible the lands w-ithin the limits
of their charter, authorized one Thomas Pell to pur-
chase of the Indian proprietors all that tract between
Westchester and Iludson's river, and the waters
which made the Manhadoes an island, and resolved
that it should be added to Westchester."

Thomas Pell undoubtedlj' died some time
between the date he made his will, signed
September 21, 1669, and the date of the order
for taking the inventory of his estate, which
was October 13. 1660. In that final document
of the founder of Pelham he states that the
Lord had "lately taken to himselfe my be-
loved wife Lucy, it lieing ye good pleasure of
God to deny mc natural issue of my owne
body." and in these words made provision for
the main portion of his estate:

"This being my last will and testament — I doe
make my nephew, John Pell, living in ould England,
the nnlv sonne of my only brother John Pell, Doctor
of Divinity, which he had bv his first wife, my whole
and sole hcire of all my lands and hotjscs in any
parte of New England, or in ye territorves of ye
Duke of Yorke. I also give to my nephew John
Pell (my whole and sole heire) all my goods, move-
able or immoveable whatsoever — money, plate, chat-
tells and cattle of all kinds — except such parcells
and legacyes which I give and benueath to persons
as followeth, my just debts being first paid."

Thomas Pell died leaving an honored mem-
ory. He had served with Lion Gardiner at
Fort Saybrook and was a surgeon in the
Pcquot war. From 1664 to 1665 he was a
deputy to the general court. He iriarried Lucy
Brewster, of New Haven, Connecticut.

(HI) The Rev. John (3^ Pell, D. D., F. R.
S., son of John (2) and Mary (Holland")
Pell, was born 'Nf.irrh i, t6ii, at Southwick.



in Sussex, England, died at London, about
December 12, 1685; buried in the Rector's
vault at St. Giles' Church, London. At the
age of thirteen he entered Trinity College,
Cambridge, and received the degree of A. B.
in 1630, afterwards D. D. ; he was also ad-
mitted to an ad eundein degree at Oxford.
He was elected professor of mathematics
at Amsterdam and Breda, where he at-
tained a high reputation. .From 1654 to
1658 he was Cromwell's Minister Resident
with Protestant Cantons of Switzerland.
After the restoration of Charles XL, he
ijecame rector of Fobbing, Laindon and
Orset, in Essex. He was appointed Domestic
Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury,
and on May 20, 1663, was elected Fellow of
the Royal Society. A great many of his pri-
vate papers are preserved in the British Mu-
seum, contained in over ten volumes of manu-
script. He married, in 1632, Ithamaria, daugh-
ter of Henry Reginolles, and left one son,
John, see forward, and four daughters : Mary,
born April 14, 1634, married, 1656, Captain
Ravee: Elizabeth, born 1639, married, i(J64,

John Edwards ; Bathsheba, married Wes-

sels ; Judith, married, 1657. Thomas Kirke.

(IV) Hon. John (4) Pell, son of Rev.
John (3) and Ithamaria (Reginolles) Pell,
was born February 3, 1643, in London, Eng-
land, died at Pelham Manor, Province of New
York, in 1702. Upon inheriting the West-
chester property, known as Pelham Manor
from his uncle, Thomas Pell, who had died
without issue, he came to America, arriving at
Boston. Massachusetts, in October, 1670, with
letters to Governor Winthrop, which estab-
lished his heirship. He was thus the second
Lord of the Manor of Pelham, and was com-
monly called Sir John Pell. He was appointed
captain of horse in 1684, and major in the
French and Indian wars, 1692. He was made
first judge of court of common pleas in West-
chester county, 1688, and was the first mem-
ber for that county in the provincial assembly,
1691-95. He married Rachel, dauehter of
Philip Pinckncy, of Eastchester. Children :
Thomas, see forward ; John, died unmarried
in Philadelphia : Ada, married Honey-
well ; Tamar, married James Eustis : Mary,
married Samuel Rodinan.

(V) Thomas, son of Hon. John (4) and
Rachel (Pinckney) Pell, was born circa 1676,
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will was dated, which is numbered 18,154 in
the surrogate's office for New York. He was
third Lord of the Manor of Pelham. He
married Anna, who was by tradition the
daughter of Ninham or Wampage, an Indian
sachem. Children: i. John, born in 1702,

died in 1773; married Totten, leaving

issue. 2. Thomas, born in 1704, died in 1753;
married Dorothy Ward, leaving issue. 3.
David, died (s. p.) circa 1735. 4. Joshua, see
forward. 5. Caleb, born in 1712; married, in
1768, Mary Ferris, who died in 1772, but with
male line extinct supposedly. 6. Philip, mar-
ried, February 28, 1731, Phoebe Fitch, leaving
issue. 7. Joseph, born in 1715, died in 1752,
buried near site of Manor house; married
Phoebe Deane, leaving issue. 8. Ann, mar-
ried Broadhurst. 9. Mary, married

Samuel Sands. 10. Sarah, married Benjamin
Palmer. 11. Bathsheba, married Theophilus
Bartow. 12. Phebe, married John Tredwell.

(VI) Joshua, son of Thomas and Anna
Pell, was born at Pelham Manor, circa 17 10,
died in 1781. He married. 1735-36, Phoebe,
daughter of John Palmer. Children: i. Joshua,
born in 1737, died in 1821 ; married Abigail,
died in 1815, daughter of Jonathan Archer,
leaving issue. 2. Edward, married Mary
Devereaux, by whom a son, Frederick. 3. Ben-
jamin, see forward. 4. Gilbert, married Mary
Honeywell, no issue. 5. Philip, died unmar-
ried. 6. Jonathan. 7. Phoebe. 8. Mary, mar-
ried S. Bennet. g. Jeruslia. married

Pell. 10. Sarah, married Benjamin Guion.

(VII) Benjamin, son of Joshua and Phoebe
(Palmer) Pell, was born at Pelham Manor,
Westchester county. New York, in 1750, died
in March, 1828. Because of his Tory sym-
pathies he was forced to leave the country
during the revolution, and went to Canada to
reside for a time;» He later engaged in busi-
ness at Burlington, Vermont. As his prop-
erty was for a long period directly in the storm
center of the conflict, he could not well have
remained and persisted in his adherence to the
crown. The British forces landed at Pelham
Neck on October 18, 1776, ten days previous
to the battle of White Plains, and General
Heath left on account of the plan of attack,
which he wrote two davs previous.

"The general officers of the .'\nierican army rode
to reconnoitre the ground at Pell's Neck. &c.. and it
was determined that the position of the American
army should be immediately changed; the left flank
to be extended more northerly, to prevent its being



turned by the British, who were at this time posted
on Inrogmorton's Neck."

On the day of the landing, General Heath
wrote :

"On the i8th of October the wind was now fre^h
at southwest, the British crossed to the other side of
Frogs Neck, embarked on board their boats, crossed
over the cove. landed on Pell's Neck, and moved
briskly upwards. Three or four of the American
regiments advanced towards them and took a good
position behind a stone fence. When the British
had advanced sufficiently near, they gave them a
pretty close fire, which checked them, and even
obliged them to fall back; but being immediately
supported, they returned vigorously to the charge.
The action was sharp for a short time, but the
Americans were soon obliged to give way to supe-
rior force. Shepard's, Read's, Baldwin's, and
Glover's regiments had the principal share in this
action. The .'\mericans had between thirty and fortv
men killed and wounded ; among the latter Colonel
Shepard, in the throat, not mortally, although the
ball came well night effecting instant death. The
loss of the British was not known, but must have
been considerable. They advanced almost to New
Rochelle, and halted."

Benjamin Pell married (first), November
25, 1778, Mary Anna Ferris, dau,ghter of
John Ferris of "The Grove Farm," in West-
chester county. New York. He married (sec-
ond) Titus. He married (third)

Folger. Children, by first wife: i. William
Ferris, see forward. 2. Alfred S., born in
1786, died in 1831 ; married Adelia, daughter
of Colonel James Duane; by whom Robert L,
died February 13, 1880, who married Maria
L. Brinckerhoff ; James Duane, died in 1881,
married Sophia Pell ; John Au,gustus, died in
1894, married Susan Field; Richard M., died
s. p., April 22, 1882, married Fanny Jones ;
George W., died in 1893, married Mary Bruen.

3. Ferris (Colonel) married Mariana Chan-
nine, and died in 1850. Child by second wife:

4. Gilbert, married Eliza, daughter of Hon.
Morris Birbeck and had Morris Birbeck, a
senior wrangler of Cambridge University,
afterwards moved to Australia.

(VIII) William Ferris, son of Benjamin
and Mary Anna (Ferris) Pell, was born at
the "Grove Farm," Westchester county, New
York, September, 1779, died at New York
City. October 28, 1840. In 1802, when a man
of about twenty-three years of age, he jour-
neyed with his father from Canada by the in-
land water route, via Lake Champlain. Lake
George and the Hudson River, and when mak-
ing the portage between the two lakes he
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picturesqueness of the neck of land on which
the ancient ruins of Fort Ticonderoga stood.
He desired to possess that region if possible;
but in the meantime, following his return, the
property had been deeded to Columbia and
Union colleges by the state of New York. In
1818 Mr. Pell succeeded in purchasing the
land. Why he waited twelve years to make
the purchase is not known, but probably the
colleges would not sell. There he built a
house looking out upon Lake Champlain and
with the old fort in the immediate vicinity as
another attraction. In 1825 his house was
burned, and a great deal of furniture was de-
stroyed, as well as plate and manuscripts
which had been taken from the Manor House
at Pelham, during the revolution, to Halifax,
Nova Scotia, thence to Ticonderoga. The
next year he erected the present house, known
as "The Pavilion," which now stands near the
lake front, under the fort. It is unusually
broad, containing some eight rooms stretched
alone the front of the first floor, the central
one being the reception or living room, and the
next northward, to the right, the dining room,
which is furnished completely in the style of
the period in which the house was built, name-
ly antiques of the revolutionary days, so that
it is a treat for visitors to view it, and by
its peculiar quaintness is restful to the eye.
This is as it should be, for it is now the
family summer retreat, whither they repair
for recreation from the cares of city life.
After Mr. Pell's death, in 1840, although still
remaining in possession of his family, it was
neHectcd and the place fell into decay.

William Ferris Pell married. November
n. 1802, at Clinton Corners, New York.
Mary, born in London, England, December
22. 17s.-?. died in New York City, October 3,
184S. daughter of Morris and Ann Shipley.
Children: I. Archibald Morris, born October
0, t8o-?. died .April tq. T830: married Cath-
erine Rutgers, by whom: Cornelia, married
Henry Morgan, and Clementine, married Ed-
ward A. Le Roy. 2. Alfred, born April 27,
1805, died May 21, t86o: married Cfinst")
Eliza Cruger: married rsecond") Eliza Wood,
by whom: William Crufcr. born in 1830. died
s. p.. in 1808, married Marsraretta Cress; Al-
fred, born in 1833. died in 1901, married
(■first) Ccrtrude Carcv, Csecond> Marv
Tracy, (third) Mary Huntington; Robert S!,
born in 1835, died, unmarried, in 1868;



Arthur, born in 1841, died, unmarried, 1894;
Edith, born in 185 1, died in 1S90, married
Martin Archer Shee, of England. 3. Duncan
Campbell, born January 23, 1807, died Jan-
uary 16, 1874; lieutenant-governor of Rhode
Island; married Anna Clarke, by whom:
Georgianna, born in 1835, died, unmarried,
1851 ; Duncan Campbell, born in 1842, died
October 21, 1874. colonel of United States
Volunteers, married Caroline Cheever. 4.
Walden, born October 3, 1808, died, s. p.,
April 14, 1863 ; married Orleanna R. EUery.

5. Morris Shipley, see forward. 6. Ecroyde,
born October 27, 181 1, died, unmarried, Au-
gust 6, 1832. 7. Mary Shipley, born October

6, 1813, died June 5, 1884; married Captain
Francis .S. Haggerty, United States Navy. 8.
Sophia, born September 23, 1815, died Au-
gust 20, 1S85 ; married her cousin, James
Duane Pell. 9. Emma, born October 21, 1817,
died October 24, 1875, unmarried. 10. Jarries
Kent, born 1819, died November 25, 1874,
unmarried. 11. Clarence, born December 2,
1820, died June 8, 1865; married Annie
Claiborne.

(IX) Morris Shipley, son of William Fer-
ris and Mary (Shipley) Pell, was born in New
York City. February 24, 1810, died in Flush-
ing. Long Island, February 4, 1881. He mar-
ried, March 12, 18,30, in New Jersey, Mary
Rodman Howland. born in New York City,
November 26, 1816, died in Flushing, Long
Island July 29, 1892, daughter of John and
Sarah (Hazard) Howland. Children: i. John
Howland, see forward ; 2 William Howland,
born September 3, 1833 ; married, September
30, 1852. Adelaide Ferris, born in New York,
died in New York City, June 6. 1004. daugh-
ter of Benjamin and Anna Maria (Schief-
felin) Ferris; by whom: Howland. born in
Flushing, Long Island, March 19, 1856; mar-
ried. New York City, April 12, 1887; Almy
Goelet Gallatin, daughter of Frederic and
Almy Goelet (Gerry) Gallatin, to whom were
born : Gladys Almy Howland, born in New
York City, Alarch 14, 1888, and Howland
Gallatin, bom East Houghton, Long Island,
August 17, 1889. Mr. William Howland Pell
was educated at the School of Mines, Colum-
bia College ; is a veteran of Companies I and
K, .'seventh Regiment, National Guard, New
York ; adjutant of Veteran Corps of .Artillery,
Southern New York, and served as second
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A, Twelfth Regiment, National Guard, New
York, and is governor-general of the Society
of Colonial Wars ; member of Union and
Tuxedo Clubs.

(X) John Howland, son of Morris Shipley
and Mary Rodman (Howland) Pell, was born
in New York, December 23, 1830, died in
Yonkers, New York, October 6, 1882. He
served in the rebellion. Enlisted in 1861, in
Duryea's Zouaves, and later transferred to
Fourth New York, and rose to the rank of a
captain of Company K, in that regiment. He
was in the battle of Antietam, Fredericks-
burg, and all the battles of the Army of the
Potomac. He was a senior captain. He made
his home in New York City and Flushing and
later for a while in Yonkers, New York. He
was a member of the firm of Pell & Com-
pany, merchants and importers of woods from
South and Central America. He was a Re-
publican and an Episcopalian. As a yovmg
man he lived in Europe at Paris.

John Howland Pell married (first) in New
York, in i860, Cornelia Corse, born at Flush-
ing, 1836, died at Flushing, May 13, 1864,
daughter of Israel ( ?) Corse. He married
(second) in New York, April 20. 1870, Caro-
line Elizabeth Hyatt, born in New York City,
April 18, 1841, died at Catskill, New York,
January 11, 191 1, daughter of Stephen and Do-
rinda (Townsend) Hyatt, the latter a daugh-
ter of Judee John Townsend, of West Ches-
ter, New York. Children: i. Rodman Corse,
born March 31. 1861 ; enlisted in Company I,
Seventh Regiment, National Guard, New
York. 1883; married Antoinette G. Pell; by
whom Rodman Corse Pell, born July 19, 1893.

2. Florence Cornelia, married (first) Nathan
E. Brown, of Portland, Maine; by whom:
Cornelia C. Brown; married (second) Pierre
C. Waring. 3. Clarence, born January 10,
1871, died July 20, 1874. 4. Howland Hag-
gerty, see forward. 5. Stephen Hyatt Pelham,
see forward. 6. Samuel Osgood, born July

3, 1875; married (first) Isabel Audry Town-
send ; by whom Isabel Townsend, born Sep-
tember 28, 1900; married (second) Elizabeth
Wardin. 7. Mary Howland, born December
12. 1876; married. August 21, 1897, Samuel
Cornell Hopkins, of, Catskill. New York, born
in New York City, February 19, 1858. son of
Henry and Marv Elizabeth (Cornell) Hop-
kins ; by whom : Samuel Cornell Jr., born Oc-
tober II, 1906. 8. Theodore Roosevelt, see



forward. 9. Horace Porter, born August 30,
1879, died, unmarried, June 9, 1901.

(XI) Howland Haggerty, son of John
Howland and Caroline Townsend (Hyatt)
Pell, was born in New York City, May 30,
1872; educated at the Flushing Institute, and
became a banker and broker, with member-
ship in the New York Stock Exchange ; served
in the Second Division, First Battalion, Naval
Militia, State of New York, as ordinary sea-
man from November 14, 1893, to April 30,
1896; commissioner paymaster with rank of
lieutenant on October 3, 1912; Republican;
Episcopalian ; residence at Westbury, Long
Island ; member of Union Club, New York,
Yacht Club. New York, Athletic Club, Rock-
away Hunt Club, Turf and Field Club. Auto-
mobile Club of America, Society of Colonial
Wars, Garden City Golf Club, Piping Rock
Club, Colonial Order, Sons of Veterans, New
York Historical Society. New York Geneal-
ogical and Biographical Society, the National
Geographic Society, and the St. Nicholas So-
ciety. He married. November 27, 1895, Mary
Willets, born at Westbury, Long Island, Oc-
tober 17, 1874, daughter of Frederick and
Anna (Whitson) Willets; by whom: Howland
Haggerty, Jr., born in Paris, France, Septem-
ber 4, 1897; Orlie Anna Haggerty, born in
Paris, France, December 13, 1900; Stephen
Hyatt Haggerty, born in New Y'ork City.
April 6, 1903, died there. November 4, 1903 ;
Mary Willets, born in New York City, Sep-
tember 20, 191 1.

(XI) Stephen Hyatt Pelham, son of John
Howland and Caroline Townsend (Hyatt)
Pell, was born at Flushing. Long Island, Feb-
ruary 3, 1874. He received his education in
the Flushing Institute, and became a banker
and broker, with offices at No. 43 Exchange
Place, New York City. He served in the
Spanish-American war on board the United
States cruiser, "Yankee". He is a Republican
and Episcopalian ; director of the International
Nickel Company, Wire and Telephone Com-
pany of America. Empire Trust Company.
American Mines Development Company. Mas-
sey Station Mining Company, S. Osgood Pell
& Company, member of American Geograph-
ical Society, American Botanical Society.
American Museum of Natural History. Met-
ropolitan Museum of Art. New York Histor-



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