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T783, died July 12, 1832; Robert Livingston,
November 3. 1785, died April 27, 1852; James,
October 18", 1787, died August 5, 1858: Mar-
garet, May 8, 1790, died June 24, 1870; Ann,
February 23, 1793, died November 28. 1864.

(VI)' Andrew, son of John and Margaret
(Burhans) Brink, was born at Saugerties,
New York, December 26. 1774, died July 31,
1832. He was a soldier in the war of 1812.
He commanded the "Clermont" of Robert Ful-
ton upon her famous first voyage and for some
time thereafter. He was an elder in the Kats-
baan Church in 1818 and again in 1822. He
married Anna Persen. born May 28, 1786.
died September 2S, 1845, daughter of Corne-
lius and Elizabeth (Masten) Persen. Chil-
dren : Marearet, born January 20, 1807, died
April 8. 1886; Eliza, October 30, 1808, died,
unmarried. Aueust 28, 1866; Ann. September
5, 1810, died May 21. iqoi ; Cornelis or Cor-
nelius Persen, mentioned below ; Edward,
March 24. 1814. died Tune 7. 1877; Henry,
Julv 26 1820, died, unmarried, September 2.
1872; John Andrew, June 13, 1823. died De-
cember 12, 1853.

(VH) Cornelis or Cornelius Persen, son of
Andrew and Anna (Persen) Brink, was born

at Saugerties, New York, June 4, 18 12, died
January i, 1884. He was a farmer, for many
years justice of the peace, and twice coroner
of the county. He was adjutant in the mil-
itia of Ulster county and was a member of
the Reformed Church in America and often in
its eldership. In politics Mr. Brink was a Dem-
ocrat. He married Louisa, daughter of Ben-
jamin C. and Rachel Myer (see Myer IV).
Children: Benjamin Myer, mentioned below;
Edward, born September 28, 1849; Tohn An-
drew, born January 30, 1853, for" the last
eighteen years of his life residing in Ormond,
Florida, where he died, unmarried. May 22,

(VIII) Benjamin Myer, son of Cornelis or
Cornelius Persen and Louisa (Myer) Brink,
was born at Saugerties, New York, December
12, 1847. He was educated in the Saugertio
schools, being graduated from the Saugerties
Academy in 1861. He was a farmer early in
life, and then successively a school teacher,
journalist, editor of the Kingston Daily
Leader, editor of the Kingston Argus, and
editor and publisher of Olde Ulster, a his-
torical and genealogical magazine, founded
in 1905, and conducted by him to the present
time. Mr. Brink is also author of "The Early
History of Saugerties." published in June,
1902. He was a director in Saugerties Na-
tional Bank from about 1880 to removal to
Kingston, and thereafter until 1895. His polit-
ical convictions and affiliations were those of a
Democrat until 1806. but he has since been
independent, with Democratic preferences. In
religion he is a member of the Reformed
Church in America, the Reformed Protestant
Dutch Church. He does not belong to any
clubs, but he is a member of the Holland
.Society of New York. He married (first) at
Katsbaan, town of Saugerties, June 10. 1874.
Cora, daughter of Christian Myer and Mahala
(Myer) Wells, born at Saugerties. New York,
July 24, 1843; married (second) at Weehaw-
ken. New Jersey, June i. 1909, Ella, daughter
of John Henry and Mary C. (Mver) Field,
born at Saugerties. New York, February 6,
t866. Children by first marriage: i. Henry
Wells, born July 3, 1875 : graduate of King-
ston Academy. i8q2: Rutgers College, 1896;
New Brunswick .Seminary, 1899 ; pastor of
the Reformed Church. New Hempstead. Rock-
land county. New York. 1899 to 1906; Shokan.
Ulster county, up to the present time, dating



from 1906. 2. Louise, born October 14, 1876;
g^raduated from Kingston Academy in 1894,
and from Vassar College in 1898; she was a
teacher in Amoy, China, from 1899 to 1902,
but from the latter date has resided in Amer-
ica. 3. Perscn Myer, born January 30, 1879;
graduated from Kingston Academy in 1896,
and from Rutgers College in 1900; he is a
civil engineer by profession and is now in
charge of one of the departments of West-
chester Fire Insurance Company in New
York in the home office.

(The Meyer or Myer Line.)
The surname, Myer, is German or Dutch,
being simply an anglicized form of the Teuton
name, rendered into English according to the
pronunciation in that tongue.

(I) Christian Meyer, the immigrant an-
cestor of the Meyer or Myer family, was born
March 14, 1688. died January 5, 1781. He
came to America with the Palatine emigra-
tion in 1710, arriving in New York with Gov-
ernor Robert Hu.ster, June 24 of that year,
lie became one of the freeholders of Kings-
ton, was an ardent Whig, staunch patriot and
supporter of the revolutionary cause, to which
he contributed twenty-five of his sons and
grandsons as soldiers. He married, in 1710,
.Ann Geertruy Theunyes, born May 15, 1690.
died January 0, 1766, who came with him to
.America. Both are buried in the old burial
ground on the Christian Meyer farm at
Churchland. Saugerties, New York. Children :
Maria Elizabeth, John Wilhelm, mentioned
below; Johan Peter, Anna Christina, Cath-
arina, Johannes, Catrina, Stephanus, Chris-
tian. Gurticn, P>cnjamin, Petrus, Tobias.

(II) lohn Williclm, son of Christian and
Ann Geertruy (Theunyes) Meyer, was born
at West Camp, New York, February 13, 1714,
died September T2, 1794. He was a member
of Captain John Persen's companv of foot in
the militia of the corporation of Kingston ir
T7,^8. He married Sarah Newkirk. Children:
Christian. Christian (2), mentioned below:
Altjen. Henricus, Maria, Johannes, Petrus,
Tobias, Leah, Benjamin, Samuel.

(III) Christian Myer, son of John Wil-
helm and Sarah (Newkirk) Meyer, was born
at Saugerties, Ulster county. New York, Au-
gust 24. 17.39. (I'Cfl May 31, 1817. At the
battle of Saratoga he served under General
Gates as an ambulance driver, using his own

horse and wagon, in which he and his brother,
Johannes, had driven to Saratoga. He was
second lieutenant of Captain David Abeel's
company. Eleventh Regiment of Albany Mil-
itia. He married Annatje, daughter of Cap-
tain Tobias Waynkoop. Children : Cornelius,
Jonathan, Hendricus, Leah, Sarah, Hezekiah,
Catharina, Mary, Annetje, Jannetje, Benja-
min C, mentioned below.

(IV) Benjamin C, son of Christian and
Annetje (Waynkoop) Myer, was born Decem-
ber 19, 1787, died September 22, 18,39. By
occupation he was a farmer. He married,
September 23, 1810, Rachel, born November
8, 1783, died May 14. 1855, daughter of
Johannes and Leletje (Snyder) Meyer. Chil-
dren : Gerrit Myderse ; Louisa, born May 3.
1814, died July 23, 1S90, married Cornells or
Cornelius Persen Brink (see Brink \TI).

This surname is simply
MONTANYE Montague written phonet-
ically, that is according to
the way French names so written are pro-
nounced in English. The name is Norman-
French in origin, having been formerly De
la Montague, showing it to have been origi-
nally borne by a family whose name had been
derived simply from their proximity to a
mountain. The derivation of names from
places and their peculiarities was common
among the French, particularly among the
well-to-do classes. In America the prefixes
"De la" have commonly been regarded as en-
cumbrances and been dropped, though they
have been retained in some cases.

(I) Dr. Jean or Tohannes De la Montague,
said to be son of Maison de la Montague, of
Haugesedoc, France, the immigrant ancestor
and founder of the American family bearing
the name, was born in i,'596 in Saintes, Prov-
ince Santonge, France, and studied medicine
at the University of Levden. He died in
Kingston, Ulster county. New York, in 1670.
While at Leyden he boarded with his broth-
ers at the house of Isaac de Forrest, who
orsranizcd the first settlement of New York in
1623. The parents of Jean de la Montague
are thought to have belonged to the aristo-
cratic class in France, residing in what is
now the department of Charente Tmpcrieure,
a province in the western part of France, in
the vicinitv of the Bay of Biscay. The in-
structor of De la Montague was the learned



Heurnius, and he was registered at the uni-
versity as a student, November 19, 1619, in
the Latin style as Johannes Marcerius Mon-
tanus. He was called Dr. Johannes La Mon-
tague, a Santo, that is of the province of San-
tonge. When de Forrest organized the first
settlement of New York in 1623 Montagne
was thought to be with him. De Forrest died a
few years after and his widow and children
returned to Leyden. Montagne married their
daughter Rachel in Leyden, November 27,
1626, and came to New York in 1637. He
was councilor for New Netherlands from
1638 to 1656. Montagne was a welcome and
valuable addition to the colonies, and proving
skillful in his profession, he soon rose in pub-
lic favor. He was commander at Manhattan
Island from 1640 to 1645, ''"d was sent to the
defense of Fort Good Hope in 1641. He
was a member of Stuyvesant's council from
1647 to 1656, and from 1656 to 1664 he was
vice-director of Fort Orange. Two other of-
fices held by him were as member of the con-
vention of 1653 and commissioner of fortifi-
cations in 1654. At the death of his first wife,
Rachel de Forrest, he married the widow,
Agnes Stam, in 1647. The children of Jean
and Rachel (de Forrest") de la Montagne
were: i. Jolant, born at Leyden, died young.
2. Jesse, born at Leyden, died in 1647. 3.
John, mentioned below. 4. Rachel, born 1634;
married Dr. Gysbert van Imbrock : died 1664.
5. Maria, born on voyage, 1637; married Jacob
Kipp. 6. William, born 1641 ; married Eleo-
nora de Hooges. 7. Gillis, born 1650, died
young. 8. Jesse, born 1653. died young.

(H) John, third son of Dr. Jean and Rachel
(de Forrest) De la Montagne. was born at
Leyden in 1632, died at New York, or New
Amsterdam, as the city was then called, in
1672. In the records he first appears as Jean
Monier de la Montagne, Junior, later as Jan
La Montasfne, Junior. He early joined the
church in New Amsterdam, where in 1652 he
taught school for a few months under an ap-
pointment from the directors in Holland.
Some time after this he was made commis-
sioner of accounts, a position which he held
for about a vear. Entering into a partnership
in trade with Vincent Pike in 1634, he sailed
for Holland, and returning alone to this coun-
try in 1655 he bought a residence and ar-
ransfed for the coming of his wife from Hol-
land, where he had made her acquaintance

during his trip. On the institution of the bur-
gher right John's name was the first enrolled
on the list of Great Burghers, April 10, 1657.
That year he was a farmer of the retail ex-
cise, and was made fire warden, December 23,
1658. He removed to Harlem in 1660, being
chosen deacon, and he was busy there during
the next winter, when he "bought a horse
with a saddle and bridle for three hundred
guilders in good strong current wampum."
During the latter part of his life he served
as schout, secretary and vorleser. He acquired
the property known as the Point, before
granted to his father, but he left the village
two years after, getting permission to build
there. While in Holland he married (first)
Peternella Pike, daughter of Vincent Pike, his
trading partner, and (second) Maria, daugh-
ter of Isaac Vermilye, June 10, 1663. His
children were: i. John, born 1655, died 1730;
married (first) Annette Waldron, (second)
Elizabeth Blarm. 2. Vincent, mentioned be-
low. 3. Nicasius, born 1659, died 1703; mar-
ried Christina Roosevelt. 4. Abraham, born
1664, died 1734; married (first) Rebecca
Idens. (second) Aeltee Hoogland. 5. Jelente,
born 1669, died 1725: married Rosteacn Kort-
night. 6. Isaac, born 1669, died 1703; mar-
ried Ester Van Voorst. 7. Peternella, born
1671 ; married Peter See. 8. Johanna, born
1673; married Johannes Vredenburg.

(Ill) Vincent De la Montanye. second son
of John and Peternella (Pike) De la Mon-
tague, was born in 1657. and was livin.g in
17 1 3. He first lived in New street, Harlem,
being church member afterwards at "Scla-
vonia, in the Bowery division of the Out
Ward." He seems to have been a brickmaker
by occupation, but among other offices held by
him he was constable in 1695. Fourteen years
later his domestic happiness was interrupted
by the wiles of one Cordaz, a neighbor brick-
maker, who, having been tried and found
guilty, was fined by the court of sessions. Vin-
cent left the city, but it is thought he returned,
but there is no record of his death. He mar-
ried, in 1684, Adriana. daughter of Jan
Tho'masz Aken, by whom he had nine children.
Children: i. John, born T689; married in Hol-
land and had'a son. 2. Thomas, mentioned be-
low. 3. Appolonia. born 1694- 4- Jessie, born
1696. 5. Petrus, born 1698, died 17.31: mar-
ried Janette Over in 1723. 6. Peternella, born
1701"; married Godfricius Benner. 7. Annetie,



born 1703; married Henry Dyer. 8. Vincent,
born 1705; married Elizabeth Murray in 1737.
9. Rachel, born 1707.

(IV) Thomas, second son of Vincent and
Adriana (Akcn) De la Montanye, was born
in 1691, died in 1761. He was a shopkeeper
by occupation, doing a considerable trade in
one of the principal streets of the town. His
dwelling house in Prince street was sold by
his son Peter as executor in May, 1784. He
married, November 25, 1718, Rebecca Bruyn,
who died in 1775, and had by her fifteen chil-
dren. His children were: i. Vincent, men-
tioned below. 2. Peter, born in 1723, died
1798; married Catherine Vanderhoof in 1754.
3. Adriana, born 1724; married Abraham
Lefoy. 4. Martha, born 1726, died 1758; mar-
ried Abram Alienor. 5. Thomas, born 1731.
6. Rebecca, born 1735. 7. Plannah, born 1737;
married Morris Earl. 8. Jane, born 1739;
married John Wright. 9. Appolonia, called
Prudence, born 1741 ; married Elbert Amer-
man. 10. John T., born 1743 ; married Mary
Blain. 11. Benjamin, born 1745; married
(first) Eliza Norris, (second) Cornelia
Cooper. 12. Peternella, born 1747; married
Isaac Vredenburg. Three others.

(V) Vincent (2). eldest son of Thomas and
Rebecca (Bruyn) De la Montanye, was born
in 1 72 1, died in 1773. He was a shopkeeper,
and was well known and much respected in
the town. He was fifty-two years old when he
died, but Dr. O'Callaghan, misled in his '"His-
tory of New Netherland"' by those who con-
founded the two Vincents among the Mon-
tanyes, makes the later Vincent a hundred
and sixteen years old, the "connecting link
between Stuyvcsant and Washington." He
married (first') Catherine Hartc in 1743: (sec-
ond) Gertrude Vouck, in 1761, a year after
the death of his first wife ; (third) Mary Brun-
dage. His children were: i. Thomas, born
T745, died T789; married, in 1766, Catherine
Smith, who died in 1770. 2. John, born 1747.
died 1829: married Mary Briegs in 1825. 3.
Isaac, born 1751; married Gusie Bauta in
1789. 4. Rebecca, born 1752: married Peter
Truman. 5. Peter, mentioned below. 6. Mary,
born 17(>8, died 1814; unmarried.

(VI) Peter, fourth son of Vincent (2) and
Catherine (Hartel De la Montanye. was born
in 1757. died in T828. He was in the tailorinsr
trade, but did not work at it constantly until
after the revolutionary war, in which he was

a soldier. He removed to Ulster county, New-
York, where he passed his latter years. He
had only three children, all of them sons. He
married Gertrude Keator, but there is no ex-
tant record of the date of that event. His
children were: i. George, married a Miss
Burger. 2. Isaac, mentioned below. 3. Abram,
married a Van Dyck.

(VII) Isaac, second son of Peter and Ger-
trude (Keator) De la Montanye, was born in
1783 at Marbletown, New York. He was a
tailor and did business in Olive, Ulster county.
New York. He was a Whig in politics, and
a Methodist in religion. He served during
the war of 1812, and in the year 1813 was an
ensign in the Light Infantry. Finally in iSiS-
he became a lieutenant in the One Hundred
and Thirtieth Regiment of Ulster County and
served in that grade with distinction. He mar-
ried Mary Longyear, by whom he had nine
children. His children were: i. John, married
Mary Phillips. 2. Charles, married Ellen Gard-
ner. .3. Franklin, mentioned below. 4. Maria,
born 1814, died 1880; married Albert North.
5. Gertrude, born 1816, died 1S41 ; married
Thomas Hill. 6. Jane, married Josiah Turner.

7. Sarah, married (first) James Hallister, (sec-
ond) John Ingraham. 8. Eliza, died at the
age of twenty-one. 9. Rebecca, married Will-
iam Teller.

(VTII) Franklin, third son of Isaac and
Mary (Longyear) De la Montanye, was prob-
ably born at Olive, New York, about 1813.
He was a school teacher in various towns of
Ulster county, and was for a time superintend-
ent of schools in Marbletown. He followed
various vocations during his life, and was in
turn storekeeper, farmer, commissioner of
deeds, justice of the peace, justice of the ses-
sions. In politics he was a Republican. He
married, in Olive, New York, about 1849,
Blandina, daughter of Matthew Person and
Ann Peck (Keator) Ten Eyck. His children
were: 1 George, born about 1S50. 2. James,
mentioned below. 3. Anna, born about T834.
4. Mary. 5. Charles. 6. John. 7. Ten Eyck.

8. Newton.

(IX) James, second son of Franklin and
Blandina (Ten Eyck) De la Montanye. was
born in Marbletown, New York. November
Id. 1S52. He attended the public schools in
Marbletown, and finally entered the Fort Ed-
\v;ird Preoaratorv School at the same place.
.After graduating he entered the United States



mail service in Kingston and was finally pro-
moted to assistant postmaster of that city, a
position which he held from 1874 to 1879,
when he resigned to engage in the confec-
tionery business. He remained in that busi-
ness for twenty-three years. He then em-
barked in real estate and insurance, and he is
still engaged in that business. He is now
treasurer of the Empire State Society Sons
of the American Revolution. He is a Re-
publican in politics and is a member of tne
Holland Society of New York City, Society
of Colonial Wars of New York, American
Scenic and Historical Preservation Society,
and of the New York State Historical Society.
He also belongs to the Collegiate Club of
Harlem. He married, May 15, 1884, in Jersey
City, Anna Lynn Williams, born August 12,
1862, in Londonderry, Ireland, daughter of
Samuel Williams, a prosperous shipping mer-
chant, and Mary (Berry) Williams. Mr.
Williams' other children were: Joseph,
Thomas, Samuel, Marcus and James.

The surname or family name of
ROY Roy has no relation to the French

word "roi," meaning "king." It is
Gaelic and signifies "red-haired," and as such
it has often been used as a sobriquet down
almost to our own times in the Gaelic-speaking
parts of Ireland and Britain in conjunction
with or to supersede a family name. "Burke's
Heraldry" gives three families of the name
who have the right to bear arms. The arms
of the Roy family of Scotland are: Azure a
lion rampant, argent on a border of the sec-
ond eight torteaux. Crest : A lymphad, her
sails furled and oars in action, in the sea
proper. Motto: Qua Tend is.

(I) Joseph Roy, the immigrant ancestor of
the Roy family in America here dealt with,
was born at Bolton. Lancashire. Eneland,
about the year 1817, died at Wappingers Falls,
Dutchess county. New York. September 26.
1900. He came to the United States in 1834
and settled at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, en-
ga.n'ing as a calico printer in one of the large
mills. In 1858 he went to Wappingers Falls,
Dutchess county. New York, and became head
of the denartment of calico printing with the
firm of Garner & Company. He remained
with this firm until his death. He married
Hannah F.. born at Manchester. England,
daughter of Richard Warren, an engraver in

that city. They had eleven children, among
them John H., mentioned below.

(II) John H., son of Joseph and Hannah
F. (Warren) Roy, was born July 26, 1864, at
Wappingers Falls, Dutchess county. New
York. He was educated in the district schools,
and in 1881 he became connected with the
Sweet, Orr Company of Newburg, Orange
county. New York, which has continued as
such for the past twenty-five years. In the
year 1887 he became credit man and manager
in the business, a position which he still re-
tains. He is a member of the Masonic order,
a member of the Newburg Historical Society,
and trustee of Washington's Headquarters,
Newburg, Orange county, New York. He
married, June 20, 1888, Cora J., daughter of
Thomas Harris, a prosperous farmer of Leo-
minster. Massachusetts. There has been one
son, Kenneth W.

The early settlers of the town
BLAKE of Montgomery, in Orange coun-
ty. New York, included many
Scotch-Irish families, such as Neeley. Eager,
Blake and Morris. They developed a fine
farming region, and were active in organiza-
tion of civil and religious affairs, and their
descendants in many cases are still resident
in the locality.

(I) John Blake appears in Montgomery in
the spring of 1761 and purchased. May i, of
that year, four hundred and seventy-seven
acres of land. This was probably in the east-
ern part of the town, where his descendants
were later found. He married Mary Morris,
of Coldenham, who was born in Northern
Ireland. John (2). son of John (i) and
Mary (Morris) Blake, was a prominent citi-
zen, active in the affairs of the county, mem-
ber of the state legislature and of the national
coneress, as well as filling other positions of
responsibility. The next mentioned was prob-
ably a son of John (1) and Mary Blake.

(II) Edward Blake, born about 1780. re-
sided in the eastern part of the town of Mont-
gomery. He married Chloc Belknap, prob-
ably a dauehter of Samuel and Mary C Gold-
smith) Belknap, of what is now the town of
Crawford, then Montgomery. They had eight
children, the last two, David A. and William
J. bein? twins.

(TTI) William T.. son of Edward and CMoe
(Belknap) Blake, was born July 22. 1817. in



Montgomery. He attended the country schools
adjacent to his home until fifteen years of age.
At that time he became a student of the Mont-
gomery Academy, and it is apparent tliat he
made most diligent use of his opportunities
for study. At the age of twenty years, in
18.^7, he entered the sophomore class of Union
College at Schenectady, from which he was
graduated in June, 1839. Following this he
acted as tutor for one year in the family of
a naval officer residing in the South. Return-
ing to his native town, he began the study of
law in September, 1840, with Charles Borland,
of Montgomery, and was admitted to practice
before the supreme court at Rochester in De-
cember, 1843. Soon after this, while on a
visit to Cold Spring, Putnam county. New
York, he was engaged to try some cases and
soon decided to settle there to engage in prac-
tice. In 1846 Governor Silas Wright ap-
pointed him a master and examiner in the
court of chancery. He was successful as an
attorney, but was compelled to abandon his
practice because of a defect in his hearing.
In the midst of his private practice and offi-
cial duties, during the year 184S, he gathered
considerable material pertaining to the history
of Putnam county, which was published in
1849. Closing his law office in April, 1850,
he spent the following year in the state of
Minnesota, returning to Orange county in
i8!;i. In the spring of 1852 he became as-
sociate editor of the Putnam County Courier,
and from that time forward until his death be
continued to reside at Carmel. In 1854 he
was appointed postmaster of that place and
held the position four years. Following this
he established the Piitnani Free Press, issuing
the first number, June 12, 18=58, This was
the first Republican paper in the county, and
Mr. Rlake continued its publication to Octo-
ber T7, t868. when he sold out. He again
became pr^'Uical and literary editor of the
paper, whi'-b had been purchased bv his fam-
ily, February 14, t88o, at which time the name
of the naper was changed to Putnam County
Repuhlican. Mr. Blake was an earnest stu-
dent and exercised a larp'e influence in the af-
fairs of Putnam coimty for many years.

He married Emmelinda. dautrhter of
Charles Minor, of Carmel. Their daughter,
Ida M. Rlake, was lonsr her father's companion
and aid in literary work. She became pro-
prietor and publisher of the Putnam County

Republican in 1880, and has continued as both
editor and publisher of that journal until the
present time. It is one of the most influential
papers published in the county and continues
to sustain Republican principles in politics.

Tuttle or Tuthill is a surname
TUTHILL borne by families in New

England for more than two

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