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cian of Union Hospital, is a director of the
Cosmopolitan Bank and junior vice-command-
er of Lafayette Camp, Sons of Veterans, and
a member of the Holland Society of New
York. With his family he is affiliated with
Fordham Manor Dutch Reformed Church,
founded in 1696. While not an active poli-
tician he supports the principles of the Re-
publican party.

He married, May 17, 1893, in Port Jervis,
Josephine Swinton, born there February 18,
1867, daughter of John and Harriet (Ro-
maine) Swinton. Mr. Swinton is head of the
hardware firm of Swinton & Company, in
Port Jervis, and has one daughter besides Mrs.
Van Etten, namely, Katherine, wife of H. R.
Forbes, and mother of Elizabeth and Harriet
Forbes, born 1894 and 1898 respectively.
Children of Dr. and Mrs. Van Etten : Elean-
or Swinton, born November 21, 1895; Kather-
ine, June 27, 1897; John, January 13, 1906.
The daughters are students at the Morris
high school, and the son of the public gram-
mar school.



fVI) Amos, third son of
VAN ETTEN Cornelius (q.v.), and

Anna (Smith) Van Etten,
was born in 1808, died in Port Jervis, New
York, October 15, 1889. He received his edu-
cation in the country schools, and early en-
gaged in the mercantile business at Milford,
Pennsylvania, which was his occupation
throughout his active life. He married, De-
cember 13, 1841, Lvdia Cornelia Thrall, born
Tune iq, 1818, in Milford, Pennsylvania, died
December 11, 1808, in Port Jervis, New York,
daughter of Samuel S. and Cynthia (New-
man) Thrall. She became a member of the
Dutch Reformed church at Port Jervis in
i86t. She was a descendant of one of the
oldest families of the Delaware valley of New
England descent fsee Thrall VH). Children:
Edrar. mentioned below : John Thrall, born
1846: Samuel Southmead, 1848; Anna, 1830,
died twenty years old ; Amos, mentioned be-
low ; Emma Lawrence, 1854. wife of C. F.
Van Inwegen, of Port Jervis, New York, at
whose home the mother passed her last days.
(VH) Edgar, eldest child of Amos and



Lydia C. (Thrall) Van Etten, was born April
15, 1843, in Milford. He was educated in the
country school at Hainesville, New Jersey,
and Stillwater Academy, same state, from
which he graduated in 1858. At the age of
sixteen years he went to Mount Vernon, In-
diana, where he was employed two years as
a clerk in a general store. Returning to
Hainesville, he enlisted in 1861 as a private in
Company B, Second New Jersey Volunteers,
and was mustered out in August, 1864, with
the rank of captain. He participated in all
the battles of the Army of the Potomac for
the three years he was in the service. In
1865 he was employed as a brakeman on the
Erie railroad, remaining until he became
superintendent of the Delaware division, and
was later transferred to the Buffalo division.
He then became superintendent of the Lehigh
Valley railroad at Buffalo ; later became gen-
eral superintendent of the New York Central;
subsequently became vice-president of that
railroad, and had charge of the Boston &
Albany for that company for ten years ; in
1909 he resigned and is now president of the
G. \\'ashington Coffee Refining Company of
New York City. He served as a director of
the First National Bank of Albany, of the
Empire and Carnegie Trust companies of New
York, and the Beacon Trust Company of Bos-
ton, from all of which he has resigned. He
has never taken an active part in politics. He
is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the
Roval Arcanum and other fraternal bodies, of
the Holland Society of New York, and Sons
of the American Revolution. Mr. Van Etten
is a member of the Lotus and Railroad clubs
of New York, the .A.lgonquin Club of Boston,
California Club of Los Angeles and the East-
ern Yacht Club.

Pie married f first) at Port Jervis, New
York, in 1865, Emma Lawrence, born April
27. 1845. in Bridgeton, New Jersev, died Octo-
ber. 1894, daughter of Charles M. Lawrence,
a physician of Port Tervis, New York, and
his wife Margaret (Holmes) Lawrence. He
married (second) at Millersburg. Ohio, T—- ;
,30, 1897, Frances Cramblett, born i85.S,
daughter of Rev. Ezra Cramblett. a clergy-
man of Mi'lcrsburo', and his wife. Mary (Quil-
len) Cramb'ett. Children of first wife: Nellie,
born 1868. in Port Tarvis, New York, now the
wife of Charles Ri^lev, residing in Pasadena,
California; Edna, 1880, at Port Jervis. mar-



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ried diaries T. Slauson, and resides in Tulane,
California. Botli were educated in seminaries
at London, Canada, and Litchfield, Connec-
ticut.



The spelling of this name was

THRALL much varied in the early days,
the records giving it as Thrale,
Thrall, Trail and Thrall. The family was
identified with the early settlement of Wind-
sor, Connecticut, where it still has many prom-
inent descendants and has spread from there
through various regions of the United States.

(I) William Thrall was born in England in
1605, and in 1630 became a member of the
Congregational church, which was formed in
Plymouth, England, under the ministry of
Rev. John Wareham. On March 20, of that
year, a company set out from Plymouth in the
"Mary and John" and were put ashore at
Nantasket Point, Massachusetts. May 30 Mr.
Wareham and the larger part of his congre-
gation settled at Windsor, Connecticut, in
1635, and W'illiam Thrall was probably among
these. lie took an active part in the Pequot
war, and in 1646 purchased land in Windsor.
where he settled with his family. As this
location was distant from any neighbors and
exposed to attacks from the Indians, he was
exempted from the duties of "watch and
ward," to which all able-bodied men of the
settlement were liable. This location has ever
since been occupied by his descendants, who
have maintained the reputation of the family
for thrift, industry, public spirit and all that
constitutes good citizenship. He contributed
two shillings and six pence to the Connecti-
cut Relief Fund for the benefit of the poor
in otiicr colonies. His wife, "Old Goode (y)
Thrall," died July 30, 1676. They had sons.
Timothy and David.

CII") Timothy, son of \\'illiam Thrall, was
born Julv 25, 1641, in Windsor, where he
lived. He contributed one shilling and six
pence to the relief fund for the poor of other
colonies. He married, November 10, 1659.
Deborah, datifhter of Thomas Cunn. of
Windsor, baptized February 27. 1641. died
January 7, 1604. Children; Deborah, Timo-
thy, Mehitable. Elizabeth, John (died young),
John, Martlia. Thomas (died voung), Thomas,
Samuel and Abigail (twin';).

dll) Sergeant John Thrall, third son of
Timothy and Deborah fCiunn) Thrall, was



born June 5, 1671, in Windsor, where he died
April 19, 1732. His military title arose from
services in the militia. There was very little
fighting in the colonies during his time He
married. January 6, 1697, Mindwell Moses,
born December 13. 1676, in Windsor, daugh-
ter of John and Mary (Brown) Moses. Chil-
dren: John, Moses, Aaron, Amy, Joseph,
Daniel. Joel, Charles, Jerusha.

(IV~) Moses, second son of Sergeant John
and Mindwell (Moses) Thrall, was born
.April 20, 1702, in Windsor, where he lived
until about 1733, when he settled in North Bol-
ton, Connecticut, and died there August 24.
1770. He married, February 4, 1730, in \\'ind-
sor, Elizabeth Filer, and their first child, Eliz-
abeth, was born there November 29, 1731.
Children recorded in Bolton: xAnn, born March
27, 1733: Sarah, May 24. T734: Moses, men-
tioned below: William, May 19. 1739; James,
died five months old: James, September iS.
1746: Lemuel, mentioned below.

(V) Moses (2), eldest son of Moses (i)
and Elizabeth (Filer) Thrall, was born .\n-
gust TO. 1735. in Bolton, where he lived until
about 1769-70, when he removed to Elling-
ton. Connecticut, and died there January i ^.
1806. He married in Bolton. May 2. ir^v
Lucy Hills, of Windsor, who survived him
more than nineteen years, dying February 27.
1826, in Ellineton. Their first two children
were born in Bolton, namely: Betty, July 30
1766: William. Anril 8. 1768 The roster of
the first church of Ellington shows that Mrs.
Moses Thrall was a member in 1799. and
among those admitted to the church some time
subseouent to that date was Mrs. Oliver
Thrall.

(VI) Oliver, son of Moses (2) and T.ncv
(Hillsl Thrall, was born in 1770, in Elling-
ton, where he resided and died .Aue'i^t ti;,
1834. His wife Dolly was born November 12,
1776, died July 0, 1841. Their children were:
Miranda, born Au?rii'=t ■zt.. 1796 married Will-
iam Thompson of Salisbury: Dolly, October
T7, 1708, married Edmund Avery of Salis-
bury: Nelson. December 25, 1800: Clark, men-
tioned below.

(Vin Clark, youngest child of Oliver and
Dolly Thrall, was born October •^o. t8o-?. in
Ellineton. died Au.gust 6, 1874. in Salisbnry
Center. New York. He married Esther Bnr-
rett. born May 2;, 1800. died June 28. t878.
in Sali'^burv Center. New York. Children:



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Nelson, mentioned below ; Elizabeth, born No-
vember 3, 1832, married Leroy West of Salis-
bury Center, New York ; Amelia, November
30, 1834, married Homer Smith, of Salisbury
Center, New York.

(\'ni) Nelson, only son of Clark and
Esther ( Barrett) Thrall, was born November
27, 1830, died January 15, 1862, in Salisbury
Center, Herkimer county, New York. He
married, in Salisbury Center, January 6, 1852,
Mary Jane, born May i, 1834, daughter of
John Smith. Children : Marion Leroy, died
in his eighth year ; Nelson Clark, mentioned
below.

(IX) _Nelson Clark, only surviving son of
Nelson and Mary Jane (Smith) Thrall, was
born May 20, 1856, in Salisbury Center, New
York. He attended the public schools at
Brocketts Bridge (now Dolgeville), Herkimer
■county. New York, until he was seventeen
years old. He then became private secretary
to William H. Churchman in Indianapolis,
Indiana, and remained with him two years,
after which he was private secretary to H. L.
Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one year.
In 1870 he became private secretary to the
general superintendent of the Erie Railroad
Company, in which position he continued two
years. He then became private secretary to
the engineer-in-chief of the Northern Pacific
T?.ailroad Company in St. Paul. Minnesota,
which position he filled three years. Following
this he became chief clerk in the office of the
general manager of the same road, and fol-
lov^'ing this served five years as assistant to
the president. He then became right-of-way
agent for the road during the receivership.
and was afterwards assistant manager of the
Northern Pacific Express Company in Chi-
cago. In 1896 he became private secretary to
George Crocker in New York Citv. continuing
in this position until the death of Mr. Crocker,
in iqoo, when he became one of the executors
of the latter's estate. In icx>i Mr. Thrall set-
tled at Larchmont, Westchester county. New
York. He is a member of the New York
Yacht Club. Larchmont Yacht Club. Minne-
sota Society of New York and Northwestern
Society of New York.

He married. November 5, 1878, in Philadel-
phia. Pennsvlvania, Margaret Stewart, born
April 10, 1850. in that city, daughter of Smyth
and Mary (Canning) Stewart, who vi-ere the
parents of William. Margaret, Rebecca and



Ella Stewart. Children of Nelson C. Thrall
and wife: Nelson Peyton, born August 13,
1879, died April 3, 1880; Jemima, born June
II, 1881, wife of Frank De Klyn Iluyler, of
New York ; Helena Montana, born March 27,
1883, died October 2, 1886; Nelson born June
27, 1886, died March 9, 1887.

(V) Lemuel, youngest child of Moses (I)
and Elizabeth (Filer) Thrall, was born Feb-
ruary 5, 1749, in North Bolton, died January
31, 183 1, in Milford, Pennsylvania. Pie mar-
ried (first) Lydia King and (second) about
1784. Lydia Skinner, who died April 13, 1813.
The children of second marriage were: Filer,
born August 12, 1785; Amy, May 31, 1791 ;
Samuel Southmayd, mentioned below.

(VD Samuel Southmayd, youngest child of
Lemuel and Lydia (Skinner) Thrall, was born
November 27. 1793. died at Milford, Pennsyl-
vania, February 12. 1862. He resided for
many years on the bluff at Milford, and subse-
quently on what is known as the Thrall farm,
one mile below the village of Milford. He
married, June 11, 1817, Cynthia, daughter of
Thomas and Cornelia (Randle) Newman.
Children : Lydia Cornelia, mentioned below ;
Sally Ann, born August 13, 1820. married
Rev. William Burroughs ; Dorleska Elizabeth,
December 24, 1826, became the wife of Egbert
Jansen, lived at Vineland. New Jersey, and
died in Philadelphia'. Pennsylvania ; John,
October 4, 1828: Charles Filer, January 23,
1832. married Caroline Warner: Frances,
September 21, i8^7. married Alexander Hen-
derson, lived in Philadelphia and died there;
Ralph B.. January 9. 1840; Samuel South-
mayd. February 11, 1841.

(yjl) Lydia Cornelia, eldest child of Sam-
uel Southmayd and Cynthia (Newman)
Thrall, was born June 15, 1818, in Milford.
She married, December 15. 1841, Amos Van
Etten. of that town, whom sjie survived, and
died December 11. 1898 (see Van Etten VI).



This name appears to have an
BARCLAY origin like that of Berkeley.

and indeed to be the same
name with a different orthography. We find a
Theobold de Berkeley, probably a scion or off-
shoot of the Anelo-Norman family, settled in
Scotland, as early as the time of David I.
Fourth in descent from him was Alexander de
Berkeley, who married the heiress of Math-
ers, and wrote himself de Berkeley of



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Mathers. His great-grandson, Alexander, ap-
pears to have been the first to use the orthog-
raphy of Barclay in the fifteenth century. The
Berkeleys or Barclays are descended, it is said,
from Thomas de Berkeley of Berkeley Castle,
county Gloucester, England, who lived in the
time of Edward 1., and was the fifth in lineal
succession from Hardinge, a Dane of royal
blood, and one of the companions of the Nor-
man, William, who conquered the Saxons of
England in the eleventh century. Hence the
name and title of Fitz-Hardinge in connection
with the family. Such is the statement made
on the authority of the Peerages, "though it is
well ascertained,'' says a correspondent of the
(lentleman's Magazine, June, 1846, that the
founders of the house, "Harding of Bristol
and his son, Robert Fitz-Harding, were only
burghers of that city." Members of the fam-
ily settled in Scotland and there united with
the old (laelic families, emigrated in time to
county Antrim and other parts of Ireland at
an early date. Others came to America, set-
tling in New Jersey and New York. In the
Friends' records at Rahway, New Jersey, it
is stated that in 1683, after east New Jersey
had come under the control of the proprietors,
Robert Barclay, the author of "An Apology
for Quakers," was appointed governor, and
through his influence many of his friends and
relatives migrated from Scotland to New Jer-
sey and settled at Amboy. Among these were
John Reid, George Keith and John Barclay,
the governor's brother. One branch of the
family, which descends from David Bar-
clay, of Ury, Scotland, and his wife, Cath-
arine, daughter of Sir Robert Gordon, trace
their ancestry through John Barclay, son of
David. The Barclay arms of this family are:
A dove with an olive branch. Motto : "Arms
give wav to peace."

(I) Dr. Alexander Barclay, first ancestor
in America of the Barclay family here dealt
with, was born in Scotland, died in Newburgh,
Orange county. New York. He was a phy-
sician, and attended a medical college in Scot-
lanri. eoing through the full course. He mar-
ried in Scotland. Mary J. Frascr Watt, and
they came to America in iR,^;. settling in
Newbureh. where he practiced his profession.
(U) Peter M.. son of Dr. Alexander and
Mary J. Fraser (Watt") Barclay, was born in
Aberdeen. Scotland, April 20. 18,^4, died at
Newburgh, Orange county. New York, Feb-



ruary 10, 1 901. Of the physicians and sur-
geons of Orange county, who built up an ex-
tensive practice, Dr. Barclay was one 01 the
chief. In Newburgh he received his prelim-
inary education, graduating from the Academy
in 1848. In 1850 he began the study of med-
icine under his father, and graduated from
the University of New York in 1854. Gover-
nor Fenton on July 9, 1866, appointed ium
surgeon to the Nineteenth Infantry of New
York with the rank of captain. Dr. Barclay
was a non-resident member of the Medico-
Legal Society of New York and was promi-
nently identified with the Masonic fraternity,
including the Knights Templar. Of Dr. Bar-
clay's skill in his profession much has been
said. His talents were known and appreciated
for nearly half a century in Newburgh and
the adjoining portions of the state. He was
recognized as a leading citizen, performing in
a plain and courteous manner the various
social and professional duties that devolved
on him. His death was generally mourned
among a large circle of friends. He married,
June 19, 1872, Harriet E., daughter of Captain
C. B. and Annie Marie (Coleman) Arm-
strong. They had one daughter, Maude, who
married Senator John B. Rose, a leading brick
manufacturer and representative citizen of
Newburgh. Children of Captain and Mrs.
.'\rmstrong: Harriet E.. Anna H., married
Robert Rogers, and William H. H.

This name is of German origin,
LVDIG and was brought to this country
about the middle of the eighteenth
century. Since that time it has been con-
spicuously identified with commercial mat-
ters in New York City, where a representative
of the present generation is actively engaged
today.

(I) The founder of the American family
of this name was Philip Eydig, who was born
at Schwab Hall, in Germany. 1723. He came
to .\merica about 1750, settling first in Phil-
adelphia, where he engaged in business as a
erain merchant. In 1735 he removed to New
York, and his residence was at the southeast
corner of Ferry and Gold streets. The house
was standing until recent times, an interesting
relic of the past. A narrator of the events
of the past describes Mrs. Lydig as "a fair-
faced, healthy, handsome old lady, with her
plain cap, scrupulously neat dress, and of dis-




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tinguished manner, sitting in the summer
afternoon on the old Dutch stoop in front of
her house."' Her husband was one of the lead-
ing members of the Lutheran church, which
stood in "Skinners street" (now a part of
Cliff street). This edifice became too small
for the increasing membership, and in 1766
Mr. Lydig, with Jacob Grimm, purchased lots
on the corner of Frankfort and William
streets, and here was erected that quaint edi-
fice known as the "Swamp Church," views of
which are given in most histories of the city.
During the revolution this church was at-
tended by the Hessian soldiers, and their lib-
eral contributions were of the greatest assist-
ance in maintaining its service. Some of the
officers of the Hessians who died in the city
were buried in the graveyard attached to the
church, and in later years their remains were
discovered as they were laid to rest, "in all
the panoply of war." When the church was
built it is said that Mr. Lydig, its principal
founder, went to Germany and was success-
ful in obtaining pecuniary assistance for the
])urpose. Mr. Lydig continued his business
during the war as a flour merchant, and accu-
mulated a substantia! fortune. He died be-
fore the close of the revolution, and was
buried in the church which he founded. He
married Margaret Egbert, a widow, daughter
of Peter Grimm, a German merchant, who also
came from Swabia. Mrs. Lydig survived her
husband many years. Two children : David,
of whom further: and Sabina, born 1765.
David Grimm, brother of Mrs. Lydig, was a
man to whose knowledge of early New York
every historian and antiquarian is most deeply
indebted.

(H) David, son of Philip Lydig, was born
1763. He was in later years one of the most
prominent and prosperous citizens of New
York. He was very truth fullv described as "a
man of good education, carefully brought up,
handsome in person, of good sense and judg-
ment, refined and courteous in manner." He
was a leading member of The Club, which
consisted of about thirty prominent citizens,
which met at the houses of the members in
succession. Among the portions of his ex-
tended estate were mills situated at Butter-
milk Falls. This pronertv he sold at the time
of the completion of the Erie canal, as he fore-
saw the competition of the western part of
the state, and by this he saved a large amount.



In New York he was a director of the Mer-
chants' Bank, which was incorporated m 1805.
At various times he became the owner of many
pieces of real estate. At the beginning of his
career as a merchant he resided at No. 21
Peck Slip, living over his store, as was the
custom of those days. From thence he re-
moved to No. 55 Beekman street. In the days
of his well-merited prosperity his home was
at No. 225 Broadway, being the second house
from Barclay street. This house and lot he
purchased from Jonathan Fisk in 1818. The
price was twenty-five thousand two hundred
and fifty dollars. When John Jacob Astor
was planning to erect the Astor Mouse, in
1831, he purchased the house and lot of Mr.
Lydig for thirty-two thousand five hundred
dollars. Mr. Lydig then purchased the house
No. 34 Leight street, which was then an aris-
tocratic neighborhood, and here he resided for
the remainder of his life. The newspapers of
the time contained the following notice : "Died,
on Tuesday morning, May the i6th. 1840, in
the seventy-sixth year of his age, David Lydig,
an old and respectable merchant of this city."

We cannot better conclude this sketch than
by giving extended extracts from the diary of
Philip Hone, the "Gentleman Mayor" of New
York :

"June 18, 1839. I went out yesterday with my
wife and daughter to dine with my old friends, the
Lydig?. at West Farms, and had a truly delightful
day. The heautiful grounds on Bronx river are in
fine order, and such a profusion of roses and other
flowers I have scarcely ever seen. We had an excel-
lent dinner, Lydig's fine old wines, and abundance
of delicious strawberries, with a welcome hearty as
the one and unstinted as the other. Mr. and iMrs.
Li-vingston, with some of their family were of the
party. Lydig and Suydam are both in indifferent
health, and the latter dreadfully hipped and prone
to water drinking. But our gossiping about old
times, and good cheer and lovelv scenerv, set the
old gentlemen on their legs for the time being, and
both, I am persuaded, went to bed much better than
thev have been for a twelvemonth. So much for
the innocent enjoyments, which this world, bad as
we think it. affords.

"May 16. 1840. Another link is broken in the chain
of social relations. Another warning given of the
passing away of my generation. My o!d and valued
friend, David Lydig. died this morning at six o'clock.
He has been in bad health the last two years, but
had rallied of late, and appeared to be gaining
strength, until his last illness. He died in the
seventy-sixth year of his age. much older than I. but
an intimate friend and associate for nearlv fortv
years. He was one of a set who. although my
seniors, were verv intimate companions about the
time of my entrance into society, and with whom I



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continued in pleasant association until they drifted
away one by one, and now I am about the only one
left. How many good dinners I have eaten at poor
Lydig's expense, and how many hours .1 liavc passed
in his society. He was a just man, prudent and
careful in the management of his affairs, unexcep-
tionable in his deportment, with some old-fashioned
aristocratic notions, an exceedingly good liver, fond
of old wines, which, however, he drank in modera-
tion, but less prudent in the enjoyment of the other
pleasures of the table. He was, in short, a gentle-
man of the old school, a race which is nearly extinct,
so, as the old ones decayed and died off, their places
are supplied by an undergrowth less hardy, majestic
and graceful."

Mr. Lydig tnarricd Catherine Me.sier, a
member of one of the oldest Dutch families
of New York. Their child, Philip Mesier, of
whom further.

(Ill) Philip Mesier, only child of David
and Catherine (Mesier) Lydig, was born in
1799. In 1824 he entered into partnership with
his father under the firm name of David Lydig
& Son. their place of business being at No.
160 South street. For nearly a half century
he was connected with nearly every bank and
insurance company in the city, and he was



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