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ical Society, American Scenic and Historic
Preservation Society, and of the following



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clubs, St. Nicholas. New York Yacht, Tux-
edo, Automobile Club of America, Midday,
Turf and Field, Colonial Order, Country,
Army and Navy, Order of Colonial Wars and
St. Nicholas Society. His residence is at No.
3 East Sixty-ninth street.

In 190S Mr. Pell visited Fort Ticonderoga
for the first time in twenty-five years. He was
much imjjressed with the beauty and possi-
bilities of the place, just as his ancestor had
been a hundred and six years before, and
immediately proceeded to buy out the other
heirs. Having succeeded, he started to restore
the property to something of its former
beauty. The Fort itself had been a "Happy
Hunting-ground" for relic hunters and ex-
cursionists for many years, and the few re-
maining walls were in a state of great dilapi-
dation, ready to fall at any moment. Colonel
Robert M. Thompson, father-in-law of Mr.
Pell, became interested in the restoration of
the fort proper, and authorized the rebuilding
of the West Barracks and the Northwest and
Southwest Bastions, which work was com-
pleted the following year. Old cannons were
stationed along the ramparts, and it once
again assumed the appearance it boasted when
Abercrombie, Montcalm, Amherst, Allen and
Arnold were leading figures there and enacted
world history, the important facts of which
are common to everyone. The restored build-
ing was made a museum, and in it are now
stored the many relics which were found dur-
ing the work, as well as many interesting ar-
ticles connected with the French and Indian
wars and the revolution, collected by the pres-
ent owner with much pains. It likewise con-
tains one of the most valuable historical li-
braries in the country, in so far as the relation
of the books to the conflicts of northern New
York, numbering into the thousands. The
estate at present consists of about two thou-
sand acres, lying on both sides of Lake Cham-
plain, and includes the historic Mount Inde-
pendence, in Vermont, upon which were quar-
tered the greater part of the army which re-
treated before Burgoyne, in T777. From the
ramparts one gains an admirable view of Lake
Champlain, extending northwards to where
Arnold's famous naval combat took place, and
southward towards Whitehall, being the
course taken by General Arthur St. Clair's
army when Burgoyne was at its heels. The
whole scene brings back to mind the manoeu-



vres of a century and a quarter ago, if one is
acquainted with the story. On the lower plain,
close to the shore, is The Pavilion, which Mr.
Pell's family occupies as a summer residence.

Stephen H. P. Pell married, at New York,
April 17, 1901, Sarah Gibbs Thompson, born
at Boston, Massachusetts, May 30, 1879,
daughter of Colonel Robert M. and Sarah
(Gibbs) Thompson. The latter a daughter of
Governor M. C. Gibbs, of Rhode Island.
Children : Robert Thompson, born at New
York. March 9, 1902 ; John Howland Gibbs,
born at Southampton, Long Island, August 9,
1904.

(XI) Theodore Roosevelt, eighth child of
John Howland and Caroline Townsend (Hy-
att) Pell, was born at Yonkers, New York,
May 12, 1878, and resides in New York City.
He was educated at the Berkeley School in
New York, and chose the real estate business
for his profession, with offices at No. 542
Fifth avenue, where he is conducting a busi-
ness principally in suburban property, this
having become one of the well known firms
of the city. He is a Republican and Episco-
palian, and a member of the Society of Colo-
nial Wars. St. Nicholas Society, Sons of
Veterans of the Civil \\'ar. Society of .Ameri-
can Wars, Colonial Order of the Acorn, and
Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in Amer-
ica. He married, at Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, November 25. 1Q03, Florence, daughter
of Edwin S. and Dorothy Baird (Keefer)
Cramp.



Among the pioneer settlers of
SMIDT America none occupied a more

important position than the smith
whose skill supplied all nails used in construc-
tion and nearly every implement employed in
the development of the various industries.
There were many who came from England
bearing this name, which was assumed as a
natronymic by many people of the old world.
The family herein traced descended from a
Dutch immigrant, who does not seem to have
adopted a surname until about the third gen-
eration, as is the case with most of the people
of that origin in the state. Among the most
distinguished descendants of the name was
the noted scholar and philanthropist. Gerrit
Smith, who was born in Madison countv. In
or near the city of Tiel. on the Rhine in the
Netherlands, lived early in the seventeenth



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ceiitury one Lambert, a smidt. He was born
not later than 1605, and probably considerably
earlier. His two sons, Adriaen and Cornelius,
appear in the early records of New Nether-
lands and were the founders of the family in
America.

(I) Adriaen Lambertsen Smidt with his
wife and six children, and his nephew, Jacob
Hendrix, embarked in the good ship "De
Rooseboom" (The Rosetree), Captain Pieter
Reyersz \'an der Beets, earlv in 1663, and
reached New Amsterdam on March 15, 1663.
A close study of the church records of that
period has revealed the names of four of these
children, namely : Cornelius Adriaensen, Cath-
alina Adriaensen, W'illemtje Adriaensen. and
Lambert Adriaensen. He was probably like
his father a smith by trade, and among- the
original purchasers from the Indians of a tract
in the Tappan Patent, and for some time lived
there. He disposed of his interest in the pur-
chase some time prior to 1704.

(H) Lambert Adriaensen, son of .Adriaen
Lambertsen Smidt, resided at Tanpan in 1605,
and seems to have been one of the leading
men in the little community, taking a deep in-
terest in the work of the Tapnan church, and
served as an elder in the church. He was still
living in 1750 and must have been at least
ninety years old. The records of the Tappan
church show the baptism of Lambert .'Vdriaen-
sen, January 30, 1714. He married, in New
York. Margrietje Garretse Blauvelt, baptized
March 27, 1670, in New York, daughter of
Gerrit Hendr\-cksen and his wife. Marie Lam-
berts, the latter a daughter of Lambert Huv-
bertson Moll, of Bushwick (see Blauvelt L).
Thev had children baptized in New York :
Marritje. July 2=;, 168^: Gerrit, mentioned be-
low ; Adriaen ; Cornelius, November 10, 1680,
died young; Cornelius, November. i6qi.
Those baptized at Tappan: Dirckie, October
24, ifioq : Tryntje. January 10. 1607 : Abra-
ham, October 13, 1703; Lena. July 16. 1706.

(IH) Gerrit. eldest son of Lambert .A^d-
riaensen and Margrietie Garretse (Blauvelt)
Smidt. was baptized November 15, 1685, in
New York City. He settled at Tappan, where
he was admitted to the church in 170S, and
later served as deacon and elder. This region
was then a part of Orange county, and he was
a member of the militia company of that
county in 1715. He was a smith bv occupa-
tion, and last appeared on the record in 1750.



Part of his children were baptized at Hacken-
.'iack, New Jersey. He built a warehouse at
Greenbush (now Blauveltville), which was
torn down during the revolution, and after-
wards rebuilt by his descendants. .He mar-
ried, October 11, 1710, at Tappan, Brechtje,
daughter of Peter and Margaret (Bogart)
Haring. The latter was the daughter of Jan
Louwe Bogart, born 1630, and his wife, Cor-
nelia (Everts) Bogart. Peter Haring, born
August 13. 1664, was a son of John Haring,
who died December 7. 1683. and his wife,
Margaret (Cozine) Haring, born May 5, 1640.
Gerrit Smidt had children baptized at Tap-
pan : Lambert, died young : Lambert, Janu-
ary 30. 1714; Petrus. mentioned below. At
Hackensack: Margrietie, born July 21, 171Q,
baptism recorded at both Tappan and Hack-
ensack, August 2, of the same year : John
Peterson, April 25, 1724; Arie, September 27,
1729; Brechtje, November g. 1731 : Gerrit,
September. 17, 1736.

(IV) Petrus, third son of Gerrit and
Brechtje (Haring) Smidt, was born Novem-
ber 20, 1716. baptized January is,. 1717, at
Tappan. and resided in that neighborhood
until after 1753. He married, at Tappan,
Annetie Blauvelt, born August 29, 1716, bap-
tized January i^, 1717, at Tappan, daughter
of Isaac and Elizabeth (Myders) Blauvelt.
She was living in 178^. Isaac Blauvelt was
baptized April 24, 1692 (see Blauvelt II).
The baptisms of three children of Petrus
Smidt appear in the church records of Tappan.
namely: Gerrit, born Tune 15, 1743; Isaac,
mentioned below: Brechtje. August 11, 1753.

( V) Isaac, second son of Petrus and An-
netje (Blauvelt) Smidt, was born December
z8. 1746. baptized Tanuary 4, 1747, at Tappan,
and resided at Greenbush, Orange county.
New York. He was a private in the second
Orange Militia Regiment, under Colonel A.
Hawk Ha)'. He married Rachel . Chil-
dren : Teunis. mentioned below ; Petrus, born
June 25. 1780.

(VI) Teunis, eldest son of Isaac and Rachel
Smidt, was born Julv 8. 1772, and baptized
July 26, 1772. In 1807 he was surrogate of
Rockland county. He married. August 22.
1794. Maria Smidt. both of them were born
and lived in Tappan. Children : Rachel, born
October 26. 1795; Cornelis, mentioned below;
Annetie, March 12, 1803.

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(Smidt) Smidt, was born at Nyack, January
17, 1798. He owned considerable land, was
a Democrat in politics, and belonged to the
Dutch Reformed church. He married, in the
Dutch Reformed church of Tappan, Rock-
land county, New York, April i, 1820, Elinor
Corneilson. Children : John C. T., mentioned
below : Mary Louise.

(\'liri John C. T., son of Cornelis and
Elinor (Corneilson) Smidt, was bom June 8.
1822. After leaving school he entered Rut-
gers College, graduating in the class of 1843;
he afterward began tlie study of the law and
was called to the bar in 1847. He was a
Democrat in politics, and a Protestant Episco-
palian in religion. He married, June 18. 1850.
jane Ann, daughter of Allan Campbell and
Jane Ann (Pray) Lee, on her father's side a
direct descendant of John Eliot, the "Apostle
of the Indians" (see Eliot VI). Children:
Allan Lee. mentioned below ; Louis, February
3, 1853 ; Jeannie Lee, February 25. 1857 ;
Pierre Corneilson, November 26, 1858. died
February 27. 1882; Frank Bishop, mentioned
below; William Henry, May 20, 1863.

(IX) Allan Lee. eldest son of John C. T
and Jane Ann (Lee) Smidt. was born in
New York City. Mav 6. 185 1. He received
his education in the public schools, the College
of the City of New York, and acquired the
degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1870. He
studied in the New York Law School and
attained the degree of LL. D. in 1872 He
was admitted to the bar in 1873 and has had
a general practice since. He served five vears
as a member of the Seventh Regiment of the
National Guard of New York. He married,
in 1877. in New York City. Grace Lee. born
in New York City, in 1857. daughter of Wil-
liam Henry and Louisa Maria (Northam)
Lee. Children : Grace Lee Willing, born
Tanuan' 31. tSRo. died November 21. 191 1;
Allan Campbell Lee. mentioned below.

(IX) Frank Bishop, fourth son of John C
T. and Jane Ann (Lee) Smidt, was born in
the city of New York. February 20. i860.
After going through the elementary course he
went to Columbia College, graduating in the
class of 1882 as Bachelor of Arts. ITe began
his business career bv entering the office of
the treasurer of the Northern Pacific railroad,
where he was employed from 1882 to 1886.
He is now assistant secretary of the Central
Trust Company of New York, and trustee of



the New York Savings Bank. He is a Demo-
crat in politics, and belongs to the Protestant
Episcopal church. He is a member of the
Phi Beta Kappa Society, Delta Chapter, Co-
lumbia University, and belongs to the Co-
lumbia University Club, the St. Nicholas So-
ciety and the Holland Society.

(X) Allan Campbell Lee, son of Allan Lee
and Grace (Lee) Smidt, was born in New
York City, September 29, 1882. He received
his education first in the public schools and
later from the Drisler school. He spent three
and a half years at Harvard College as a mem-
ber of the class of 1905. On leaving Harvard
he went into the offices of the New York Cen-
tral railroad and was in the executive depart-
ment for five years. He then went with Bond
& Goodwin, bankers and brokers, and is a
salesman in that business at the present time.
He is a corporal in Troop A, First Cavalry of
the National Guard of New York. He belongs
to the Harvard Club, the Polo Association of
America, the Squadron A Club, the St. Nich-
olas Society, the Holland Society, and St.
Thomas Episcopal Church.

CThe Eliot Line.}

The family of John Eliot, "Apostle of the
Indians", has been traced back to October 30,
1598, when his father, Bennett, and his moth-
er, Letteye (Aggar), were married, as it is
recorded in the parish register of the church
of St. John the Baptist. Widford. county of
Hertford, England. John came to America
with all his brothers and sisters.

(I) John Eliot, minister and missionary to
the Indians of America, was baptized at Wid-
ford. Hertfordshire, England, August 5, 1604,
died May 21. 1690. He was educated at Jesus
College. Cambridge. England. 1618-22: taught
in the school of Thomas Hooker at Little Bad-
dow, Essex. England, for part of the time be-
fore he came to .'\merica, which was in 1631
in the ship "Lyon". He landed in Boston.
November 4. took Mr. Wilson's place in the
Boston church during the absence of the min-
ister in England, and was settled at Roxbury
over the church in 1632. In the records of
the Roxbury church he wrote: "He left be-
hind him in England a vertuous young gen-
tlewoman whom he had pursued and purposed
a marriage unto and she coming here in the
following year that marriage was consum-
mated in the month of October. A. D. 1632".



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The lady was Hanna Mountford, who came
from England in 1632 and whom he married
in that year. Children : Hannah, born Sep-
tember 17, 1633; John, mentioned below;
Joseph, December 20, 1638; Samuel, June 22,
1641; Aaron, February 19, 1643; Benjamin,
January 29, 1646.

(H) John (2), eldest son of John (i) and
Hanna (Mountford) Eliot, was born August
31, 1636, died October 13, 1668. He was A. B.
at Harvard College in 1656. and minister at
Newton, Massachusetts, and assistant to his
father in preaching to the Indians. In the
class of 1656, Harvard College, numbering
eight, his name is sixth on the list. For not
less than seven years subsequent to his gradu-
ation he received compensation from the com-
missioners of the United colonies for his serv-
ices to the Indians. He was ordained minister
to the First Church (then just organized) at
New Cambridge, now Newton, Massachu-
setts, July 20, 1684. Gookin says : "He
preached the gospel to the Indians once a
fortnight constantly at Pakemit (Stoughton)
and sometimes at Natick and other places ;
and the most judicious christian Indians es-
teemed very highly him as a most excellent
preacher in their language, as I have often
heard them say". He died prophesying that
God would reduce New England into a heap.
He married (first) Sarah Willet, born May
4, 1643, died June 13, 1665; (second) Eliza-
beth Gookins, who died November 31, 1700.
Children: Sarah, baptized September 21,
1662: John, mentioned below.

(Ill) John (3), son of John (2) and Eliz-
abeth (Gookins) Eliot, was born April 28,
T667. died March 25, 1719. He resided at
Guilford and \\'indsor. Connecticut. He was
deputy to the general assembly of the state
of Connecticut and was speaker not less than
eight times. In 1708 he was granted a monop-
oly to manufacture tar and pitch, and he also
accepted an ofifer from the town of Windsor
to work iron ore. During his residence at
Guilford he was employed as a school teacher.
A horizontal slab over his grave in Windsor
says he died "March ye 25. Anno Christi. 1719
Aetatis suae LH". He married (first) Octo-
ber 31, 1699, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas
Stoughton. and widow of James Mackman.
who was baptized November iR. i6fio: (sec-
ond) Marj', daughter of John Wolcott. who
died in 1746. Children by second wife: Mary,



March 28. 1708; Ann, February 12, 1710;
Elizabeth, May 14, 1712; Sarah; John, men-
tioned below; Hannah, November 9, 1719.

(IV) John (4), son of John (3) and Mary
(Wolcott) Eliot, was born January 21, 1717,
died November 27, 1790. He was A. B. at
Harvard College in 1737, and later a mer-
chant in New Haven, Connecticut, where he
lived until 1760. From 1760 to 1770 he was
a prominent and influential resident of Spen-
cer, Massachusetts, where he owned a man-
sion house and about four hundred and forty
acres of land, paid the largest taxes, and was
much in public life. Subsequently he resided
at Upper Middletown (now Cromwell, Con-
necticut) where a record of his death is found
and where his will, dated September 21, 1790,
is recorded in the probate records of Middle-
town. He married, March 7, 1739, Lydia,
daughter of Jeremiah and Lydia (Rosewell)
Atwater, born October 18, 1715, died January
28. 1776. She had been divorced from her
first husband, Dr. Alexander Wolcott, at his
request, by whom she had three children.
After the death of his wife Lydia it is said
that John married (second) Hannah Phelps,
of Simsbury, Connecticut. Children : Mary, .
born January 19, 1742; John, April 22, 1745;
Sarah, November 30, 1750; Richard Rosewell,
October 8, 1752; Hannah, August 25. 1755;
William, July 29, 1757; Lydia Ann, mentioned
below.

(V) Lydia Ann. daughter of John (4) and
Lydia (Atwater- Wolcott) Eliot, was born
June 22, 1760, died September 17, 1836. She
married, at Westerly. Rhode Island, Febru-
ary 4, 1784, Dr. Daniel Lee. He is said to
have been the first \\'ashington county. Rhode
Island, physician, the ministers having been
the physicians previous to his time. He died
of yellow fever, contracted while visiting a
patient at a southern port. Buried at first in
Westerly, his remains were removed in 1856
to Grove St. cemetery. New Haven. Connec-
tictit. Children : William Eliot, Nancy At-
water, Sophia, Harriet, Fanny, Sophronia,
Benjamin Franklin. Daniel, Allan Campbell,
mentioned below ; Charlotte, Sally.

(VI) Allan Campbell, son of Dr. Daniel
and Lydia Ann ( Eliot) Lee. was born October
26, 1799, at Westerly. Rhode Island, and mar-
ried Jane Ann Pray, niece of Peter Mesier,
of New York Citv. Children : William Prav,



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Eliza Palmer, Jane Ann, who married John
C. T. Smidt (see Smidt VIII).



The Sage family was without
SAGE doubt of Scandivanian origin, and
the name at first was Saga. When
the Norsemen conquered Normandy, in
France, they generally softened the final "a"
tone, thus making Saga, Sage, and added a
French suffix to denote landed occupation.
To the first Norman Saga or Sage was added
ville or town, вЦ† thus making it Sagevillc. or
Sagetown, or land. As these spread to other
countries the name was subjected to other
changes. In Germany it was Saige or Sauge,
the same in Switzerland, while in France it
was Le Sage. The name is first found in Eng-
land on the Battle Abbey Roll, in 10^)6. This
roll was prepared by the monJ



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