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ural ties, a Confederate, on the side of the
.south, although one son espoused the north-
ern cause. That through this unusual and
trying experience her thoughts went back
to her girlhood home at Plainfield is evi-
denced by some touchingly reminiscent letters
to her northern kin, from whom she was for
several vears cut off by the war. Captain
Cornelius Vermeule's other daughter, Mar-
garet married John Clarkson, and became
the mother of Dr. Cornelius Vermuele



Clarkson, a prominent New York City phy-
sician, and Dr. Frederick V. Clarkson, who
also practised in New York. The foregoing
is certainly an unusual professional record
for a single family of children.

(V) Isaac Davis, fourth son of Captain
Cornelius (2) and Elizabeth (Middagh)
X'ermeule, was born at Warren Plains, Sep-
tember 7, 1793, died near by, at New Market,
December 7, 1822. He married, January 30,
1818, at Fieldville, New Jersey, Mary Field,
born December 8, 1796, daughter of Dennis
Field, and a sister of Judge John D. Field.
Her's was a prominent family of that part of
New Jersey. He set up his home near the
homestead, at Warren Plains, but died four
years afterward of typhoid fever. He is
described as a well educated, tall young
man. of striking appearance. Children:
Dennis Field, born December 29, 1818;
Adrian, mentioned below; Mary Elizabeth,
January 2, T823.

(y\) Adrian (2). second son of Isaac
Davis and Mary (Field) Vermeule. was born
October 13,1820, at New Market, New Jersey,
died May 15, 1903, at New Brunswick, New
Jersey. He was an architect and builder at
Plainfield and New Market. Later he pur-
chased a large and beautiful tract of land
known as Landing Farms, near New Bruns-
wick, and brought it to a high state of cultiva-
tion. It is still in the possession of the family.
He also carried on a coal and grain business at
New Brunswick, was a director of local
banks and corporations, and was charged
with the settlement of several estates. He
was long an elder in the Presbyterian
church of Bound Brook, and later in the
Second Reformed Church of New Bnms-
wick. He was a man of uncompromising
integrity, a wise coiuiselor, a genial friend
and neighbor, exercising much influence po-
litically, although never a candidate for pub-
lic office. The loss of his father while he
was an infant, rendered still worse by the
fact that but little of his grandfather's prop-
erty came to his mother, constituted a seri-
ous handicap to y\drian, but he overcame it
by perseverance, acquired a good education
before reaching manhood, and won the re-
spect and confidence of the community in
which he lived.

He married, June 3, 1852, at Six Mile Run.
New Jersey, Maria Veghte, born there April

6, 1825, daughter of Nicholas and Cornelia
(Beekman) Veghte, and connected with the
oldest Dutch stock of America. Children :
Georgiana, Dennis Field, Cornelius Clark-
son, mentioned below ; Cornelia, Adrian, all
of whom are still living. The daughters
and youngest son are unmarried. The eld-
est son married Amy Kline Field and has
children : Edyth and Roy Field.

(VII) Cornelius Clarkson, second son of
Adrian (2) and Maria (Veghte) Vermeule,
was born September 5, 1858, at New Bruns-
wick, New Jersey. He was fitted for college
at the Rutgers Preparatory School, follow-
ing which he spent four years as a student
in the engineering course at Rutgers Col-
lege, New Brunswick, graduating in June,
1878, with the degree of B. S. and receiving
the degree of C. E. for progress in his pro-
fession three years later. After graduation
he was immediately employed on the New
Jersey State Survey, of which he became
engineer in charge in 1879. This work he
completed with marked success in 1888. It
was pioneer work of its kind in this country,
and its successful organization and execu-
tion by so young a man as Mr. \'ermeule
then was, attracted much favorable com-
ment. He has continued with the state as
consulting engineer to the present time, and
has investigated and reported upon water
supply, water power, drainage, inland water
ways, the effect of forests upon streams, the
imjirovcment of harbors and other matters
referred to him, in a long series of valuable
official reports. He is widely known as an
authority in hydraulic and sanitary matters.
Since 1888 he has conducted an extensive
engineering practice, with an office in New
York City, operating throughout the New
luigland. Middle and Southern States, and
in Cuba, .\fter an arduous campaign in
Havana and Washington in 1908. he per-
suaded the government to rehabilitate im-
portant works of sanitation at Cienfuegos,
Cuba, which works had been seriously in-
terfered with by the insurrection and inter-
vention of two years before. He founded
York Clififs. a summer resort in Maine, in
1892. While leading an active, practical life,
Mr. Vermeule finds time for literary culture
and historic research. He is a public-spir-
ited supporter of all municipal, state and
national measures for sanitation or other



economic or social betterment. Pie is in-
dependent in politics. He resides at East
Orange, New Jersey, and is identified with
the Presbyterian church. He is a member
of the Century Club and the Holland Soci-
ety of New York, the New England Society
of Orange, the New Jersey Historical So-
ciety, the Newark Board of Trade, and the
American Water Works Association.

He married, June 7, 1888, in New York
City, Mary Caroline Carpenter, born in
NewGurg, New York, daughter of Colonel
Horatio and Alida Carpenter Reed. Colonel
Horatio Reed served through the civil war
with distinction, and became colonel of the
Fifth United States Artillery. At the close
of the war his regiment garrisoned Fortress
Monroe, when Jefferson Davis was in cus-
tody there, and between his and the Davis
family a mutual regard resulted. He was
subsequently a Pasha in the Egyptian army,
which position he was compelled to resign
on account of ill health. His children were :
Mary Caroline, mentioned above; Benjamin,
died young; William Warren. Children of
Cornelius C. Vermeule : Cornelius Clark-
son and Warren Carpenter. Both are now
engaged in preparation for college at Car-
taret Academy, Orange, New Jersey.

There appears to have been a
GRIFFIN large number of early settlers
in America bearing the name
of Grififin. Savage's "Genealogical Diction-
ary" mentions seventeen emigrants of this
name who arrived in America between the
years of 1641 and 1700.

The ancestry of the Grififin family to
whom this sketch refers, can be traced to
Major Jasper Grififin, who was born in
Wales, in 1648. He settled first in Essex
county, Massachusetts, in 1670. and the rec-
ords show that in 1674 he was a resident of
Marblehead, Massachusetts, He brought
with him to America the Grififin coat-of-
arms, on which is inscribed the motto. Sem-
per parafns — "Always ready", and in con-
sulting the biosranhies of several descend-
ants of Jasper Griffin it is a noteworthy fact
that the family motto has invariably been
lived up to.

In 1(^7=;. Jasper Grififin, with his wife and
three children, removed to Southold, Suffolk

county, Long island, where he acquired a
large tract of land. He was a farmer of con-
siderable importance and was appointed ma-
jor of the provincial militia troops. A street
in Southold still bears his name, and it was
here that he died, April 17, 1718.

Among the children of Jasper Griffin was
a son Edward, who was married at South-
old, and had children who settled near
White Plains, Westchester county, New
York. Among them was John Griffin, who
left numerous descendants. Of these,
Charles Griffin, who married Mary Brewer]
is the direct ancestor of George Griffin, the
principal subject of this review. The chil-
dren of Charles and Mary (Brewer) Griffin
were: Cornelius, Charles, William, Milton,
Nelson and Edward.

Milton Griffin, fourth son of Charles, was
born in Westchester county, New York,
July 13, 1812. In early manhood he moved
to Dutchess county, locating at New Ham-
burgh, New York. Here he operated and
owned the largest lime kilns along the Hud-
son river, distributing his products in his
own vessels to the various water markets.
He married Mary E., daughter of John and
Elizabeth De Groot, descendants of an old
French Huguenot family of Ulster county.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Griffin were devout
Methodists, and contributed liberally to the
cost of building the Methodist Episcopal
church at New Hamburgh. In their family
were Austin, Maria, Jennie, Gertrude, Ma-
mie, Levi'is, Milton and George.

George, son of Milton and Mary E. (De
Groot) Griffin, was born at New Ham-
burgh, New York, in 1854, and died at his
home in Dutchess county. May 29. 1910.
After completing his studies at the public
schools he located on Staten Island, where
with Lewis St. John he was extensively en-
gaged in the shipbuilding business, in which
he achieved an unusual degree of success.
Mr. Griffin married, in 1880, at Staten Is-
land, Miss Catherine Wait, and the follow-
ing children were born : Mamie, who mar-
ried Austin B. Hitchcock, of the town of
Wappinger ; Eloise, married Jacob T. Tomp-
kins, of the town of Fishkill ; Bessie W.,
and George L.. all now living. In 1897
Mr. Griffin decided to retire from active bus-
iness life, and removed with his family to
his native county of Dutchess, where he



engaged in the cultivation of a farm until
the close of his life as noted above.

It is not possible to state
HOLLISTER outright the derivation of
the family name of Hol-
listcr. There is a variety in the explanation,
none of which may be selected as the correct
one with certainty, but nevertheless they
do explain. One forms the name "holly"
and "terra", meaning a land where the holly-
tree abounds, and this is pointed out as a
fair reason, for in Somersetshire, England,
where such trees do grow abundantly, there
is a place called Hollister. On the other
hand, such a combination is a hybrid, yet
hybrids in names and words do exist and
not uncommonly, too. "Holly" is an Eng-
lish word, while "terra" is of the Latin. In
olden times the name was also written
"Holester", and that would indicate a deri-
vation from "Holy", (Saxon "Halig",) with
the other Saxon word "steora", being the
common affix "ster", a director, — hence
"Halig-steora", a Holy Guide. Correspond-
ing in sound with the word Hollister is
"holster", (Saxon "Heolster"), a hiding
place, or recess. To go back several cen-
turies in the history of this family, fraught
with changes of pronunciation continuous-
ly, it is truly difficult to reach a decision.
We can only discuss the derivations of the
sounds in the same manner as we would
point out antecedent nationalities by gazing
upon a face.

The arms used by the Hollister family in
America are: Sable, between a greyhound
courant bendways and a dolphin, hauriant
in base, argent, three roses gules; on a chief
of the second, two slips of strawberry fruct-
ed proper. Crest: An arm in armor, em-
bowed between two sprigs of strawberry,
as in the arms, and holding a branch of holly,
proper. Motto : Fuiiiius, et sub Deo Eri-
miis. In a coat-of-arms owned by Hon.
Gideon H. Hollister, the armor is sable,
but striped or; the greyhound is argent, as
is the dolphin, except the back, tail and fins.
which are or. The crest rests on a wreath
of gules and argent.

The Hollister family is of Anglo-Saxon
stock, long settled in England. It cannot
be said that they were confined to any par-
ticular nart of the kingdom, but those of

whom there has been handed down a good
record lived in Gloucestershire, Somerset-
shire and Wiltshire.

The earliest mention of the name has been
found in the sixth year of Queen Elizabeth,
between November 17, 1563, and November
17, 1564. This entry in the English records
shows that Henry, Lord Berkeley, sold the
fourth part of his manor of Almondsbury,
Gloucestershire, to John Hollister and
others. There is a will on file, made by John
Hollister, a merchant of Bristol, of the same
name and almost the same period as of the
first of the name in America, dated July 29,
1575. The parish register of Stinchcombe,
Gloucestershire, in the year 1584. gives the
marriage of one and the burial of another
of the name, and it is almost certain that
the progenitor came from that parish.

(I) John Hollister is the ancestor of the
family in America. It is believed that he
was born in England in 1612, and to have
emigrated to this country about 1642. He
probably sailed from Bristol. It is certain
that he was educated and of good family,
for immediately upon arriving he became
one of the most prominent and influential
men of Wethersfield and the Connecticut col-
ony. His name first appears in the records
of that colony as a juror of the particular
court held March 2, 1642, which goes to es-
tablish the fact that he was a settler at that
time. He was admitted freeman in 1643;
was a deputy in 1644. again in April, 1645,
and represented the town of Wethersfield
many times thereafter until 1656. His name
appears as a juror in June, 1646. With
Thomas Coleman and Nathaniel Dickerson,
he was appointed for Wethersfield, October
3, 1654, to join with the deputy-governor
to press men at Wethersfield for an expedi-
tion, probably against the Indians, who were
then at war against the settlers of that
neighborhood. He was appointed by the
general court, in February, 1656, to give
"the best and safe advice to the Indians, if
they agreed to meet and should crave their
advice." His name first appears on the
records as Lieutenant Hollister in March,
1658-59, when he applied to the general
court as to the charges of the church at
\\'ethersfield against him for which he had
been excommunicated. The quarrel is spread
upon the record as follows:



"By this time, the church at Wethersfield had
again become ripe for dissensions. Probably
within two years after the death of Mr, Smith,
but at what precise date is not known, the Rev.
John Russell was called and ordained there, so
far as appears, without opposition. The first part
of his ministry was quiet and seemed to promise
well for the future. But the Hartford controversy
gradually extended into the church and some
other elements of a very combustible character
were made to feed the flame. Among other
things, Mr. Russell appears to have been a wit-
ness in a lawsuit, and to have testified in a way
that was extremely animadverted upon by Lieu-
tenant John Hollister, a prominent member of
the church. Mr. Russell held the views with
Mr. Stone of Hartford in relation to church gov-
ernment and discipline, and without giving the
offending member an opportunity to have a hear-
ing, or even the benefit of a vote of the church,
he privately excommunicated him in 1656, and
afterward refused to give his reasons for such
summary proceeding when they were demanded
by Mr. Hollister. Had Mr. Russell been anxious
to test the practical workings of his plan of
church government, he could hardly have chosen
a more favorable subject than one of Captain
Mason's military officers, a gentleman of un-
doubted probity, and experienced member of the
general court and a man not likely to be out-
done by Mr. Russell in the steadiness of his
purposes and the obstinacy of his resistance. Be-
sides his own natural force of character, Hol-
lister had married a daughter of Richard Treat,
Esquire, one of the most formidable opponents
in the colony, and could bring into the quarrel an
arrav of names that the general court would
hardlv treat with contempt. The whole town
was of course tlirown into a state of excitement,
at this unusual war waged between a clergyman
against a member of his church. * * * The
quarrel ended with the removal of Mr. Russell
to Hadley, with his adherents, where he spent
the remainder of his days."

Lieutenant Hollister was appointed col-
lector in Wethersfield. March 14. 1660. He
was a large land-holder there, especially in
the part of the town on the east side of the
Connecticut river, later on known as Glas-
tonbury. It was the first portion of the
town laid out by survey for the colony, and
was intended to give each occupant a fair
portion of meadow and upland. These were
called "Naubuc Farms", and Lot 34, from
the Hartford line southward, was originally
set ofT for Matthew Mitchell, who removed
to Stamford. It contained about nine hun-
dred acres. One-third of this came into pos-
session of Lieutenant Holli.^.ter. and he also
acquired the next lot to the south, adjoin-
ing the Treat farm of his father-in-law. A
considerable portion of the land remained

in possession of the HoHister family until
as late as 1884, but when Charles Hollister
died it was sold. The house in which he
lived was built in 1675, ^i^^ was known as
"the old Red House", located on the west
shore of Roaring brook, facing the south,
on the road leading to Rocky-Hill ferry.
It is a large, commodious house, with an
upper story projecting over the lower by
a few inches, according to the architectural
style of colonial days. The finishing of the
"best room" is particularly handsome,
adorned with panels and moldings which
are unusually fine for a house built at that
time. The outside is ornamented by brack-
ets or corbels carved in the corner and door-
posts. The ancient well was covered over
about the year 1800, but in 1885 was once
more put into service.

Lieutenant John Hollister married Joan-
na, daughter of Hon. Richard Treat Sr., and
his wife Joanna. His death occurred at
Wethersfield, Connecticut. April. 1665; she
died in October, 1694. His will was drawn
April 3, 1665, and was probated June i.
[665. Children: i. Elizabeth, married
Saniuel Welles, in 1659, and although she
is not mentioned in her father's will, three
of her children received legacies. 2. John,
see forward. 3. Thomas, born in Wethers-
field, in 1649. died there, November 8. 1701;
married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of Jolin
Lattimer: married (second) Elizabeth, wid-
ow of Amos Williams, about 1690. 4. Jos-
eph, died August 29, 1673-74. unmarried. 5.
Lazarus, born in 1656, died September,
1709. unmarried. 6. Mary, born in Wethers-
field : married John Welles. 7. Sarah, born
in Wethersfield. died December 8. 1691 :
married (first) Rev. Hope Atherton; mar-
ried (second) Lieutenant Timothy Baker.
8 Stephen, born in Wethersfield in 1658,
died at Greenbush (Rensselaer). New York,
of camp distemper, about October 2, 1709;
married (first) in 1683. Abigail Treat; mar-
ried (second), between 1702 and 1709. Eliz-
abeth, widow of Tonathan Revnolds and
daughter of John Coleman, both of Weth-
ersfield. Connecticut.

(ID John (2). son of Lieutenant John (i)
and Toanna (Treat) Hollister. was born in
Wethersfield. Connecticut, about 1644- rle
was one of the principal men of Glaston-
bury where he died November 24, I7"-



From what is known of his Hfe he must
have possessed largely the very belligerant
spirit of his father, for he was engaged in
the noted lawsuit which continued over sev-
eral years between Hollister and Bulkley,
over the boundary line of certain lands.
This controversy finally resulted in a re-
survey of all the "lots", from the Hartford
line to Nayaug, by order of the general
court, and which has been preserved in the
state archives, which papers are most im-
portant to the place. He married. Novem-
ber 20, 1667, Sarah, daughter of William and
Sarah (Marvin) Goodrich. Children: I.
John, born August 9, 1669, died December
13, 1741 ; married (first) his cousin, Abigail
Hollister. June 7, 1693; married (second)

Susannah . 2. Thomas, see forward. 3.

Joseph, born July 8, 1674, died at Glaston-
bury, Connecticut. July 9, 1746; married
(first) Ann — ■ — , November 27, 1694; mar-
ried (second) Sarah . "4. Sarah, born

October 25, 1676, died at Glastonbury, Oc-
tober 15. 1715; married, January 5. 1699,
Benjamin Talcott. 5. Elizabeth, born March
30, 1678. died in infancy. 6. David, born
November 20, t68i, died December 27, 1753 ;

married Charity . 7. Ephraim, born

March 13, 1684, died in 1733; married, April

1, 1707, Elizabeth Green. 8. Charles, born
July 29, 1686, died before November 11,
1711. 9. Elizabeth, married, in Berlin, Con-
necticut, February t6. T71S. Dr. Joseph
Steele. 10. Marv, married Captain Rnl>ert

(HI) Thomas, son of John (2) and .Sarah
(Goodrich) Hollister, was born in Wethers-
field. Connecticut. January 14. 1672. died in
Glastonburv. Connecticut. October 12, T741.
He resided most of his life in Glastonbury.
where he was a deacon of the church, and nn
the records he is known as "the weaver". He
married Dorothy, daughter of Josenh and
Phillis rLvttian) Hills (or Hill). She was
born about 1677. died October 3, 1741. Chil-
dren : I. Tosiah. born in Glastonbury, Con-
necticut, June 7, i6o6, died January 3. T749;
married, January 18, 1718, Martha Miller.

2. Dorothy, born October 17, 1697: married.
January 3. 1717. Abram Fox. 3. Gideon, see
forward, d. Charles, see forward. K. Eliza-
beth, born December 17. 1703: married. Oc-
tober 11, 173T. William Miller, of Glaston-
bury. 6. Hannah, born December 26, 1705,

died October 12, 1712. 7. Thomas, born
January 13, 1707, died in Eastbury, Con-
necticut, September 17, 1784; married, Jan-
uary I, 1734, Abigail Talcott. 8. Ruth, born
October 13, 1710: married Nehcmiah Smith,
of Hartford. 9. Rachel, born July 27, 1712;
married Joshua Talcott, of Bolton, Connecti-
cut, died at Bolton, March 10, 1807. 10.
Hannah, born February 16, 1714; married
William House, of Glastonbury. 11. Eu-
nice, born in Glastonbury ; married, Novem-
ber 27. 1733, Thomas Loveland Jr. 12. Su-
sannah, born in Glastonbury ; married. May
4, 1741, Benoni House. 13. Elisha, born in
Glastonbury, in 1722, died November 12,
1800; married (first) about 1748. Experience
Robbins, of Wethersfield ; married (second)
about 1766. Penelope Graves, widow of
Elihu Dwight.

(]Y) Gideon, son of Thomas and Doro-
th)- (Hills or Hill) Hoflister, was born in
Glastonbury, Connecticut, September 23,
1699, died in Eastbury, Connecticut, Febru-
ary 15, 1785, where he was buried. He re-
moved from Glastonbury to Eastbury, tak-
ing up his residence in the house built there
by his father, and which was still standing
in 1882. He was aopointed a lieutenant of
militia in 1736, and was a deacon of the
cluircli. He married, in 1723, Rachel Tal-
cott. born in Glastonbury, October 6, 1706,
died there. June n. .1790, daughter of Na-
thaniel Talcott. Children: i. Gideon, born
March T. 1728. died January 12, i8t2: mar-
ried ("first) a daughter of Stephen Hollister;
married (second) Esther Case, of East Hart-
ford. 2. ^Tary, born in T730: married Ben-
jamin Strickland. 3. Nathaniel, see forward.

4. Jemima, born in 1731; married

Brainard. a farmer, q. Rachel, born in 1738;
married (first) November 25, 1762. Jona-
than Holden ; married (second")

Holmes. 6. Israel, born in 1741, died Febru-
ary 28. 1818: married Sarah Skinner, of
Colchester. 7. Elizabeth, born in 1743;
married. November 20. T777. John Howe.
8. Hannah, born March i. 1743, died March
■JO. T840: married. December 2. 1767. Ralph
Smith, of Chatham. Connecticut. 0. .A.nn,
born March i. x~^^ (twin) : married Elisha

(V) Nat'ia'i'el. son of Gideon and Rachel
(Talcott) Hollister. was born in Glaston-
bury. Connecticut, in 173T. died in 1810. He



married, October 29, 1754, Mehitable Mat-
tison (sometimes called in records Mabel
Matson), born in 1739, died September 26,
1824. Children: i. Patience, born March
21, 1756: married, November 11, 1777, Jos-
eph Hollister. 2. Nathaniel, born February
25, 1757, died August 12, 1768. 3. David,
born October 9, 1758, died July 20, 1836;
married, June 6, 1782, Hope Clark, born
September 28, 1760, died September 22,
1855. 4. Ruth, born August 5, 1760, died
August 3, 1820; married, February 28, 1782,
Daniel House, who died February, 1819,
aged sixty-two years. 5. Chloe, born Octo-
ber 3, 1762, died October, 1826: married.
March 21, 1782, Abner House. 6. John, born
August 3, 1764, died aged three days. 7.
Jonathan, born August 3, 1764 (twin), died
aged three days. 8. Isaac, born August 21,
1765, died in Chenango Forks, New York,
about 1845; married Betsy Lucas. 9.
Amasa, born May 30, 1768, died March 30,
1847. in Hollisterville, Pennsylvania; mar-
ried, in 1790, Mehitable Everts, born April,

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