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indrical furnace, which ores had hitherto been

of value only when briquetted. This process,
the furnaces now enlarged to over a hundred
feet, is in general use throughout the coun-
try for nodulizing flue dust and magnetically
separated ores.

Dexter Reynolds married, at Rochester, N.
Y., April 19, 1865, Catherine Malcy Cuyler
(see Cuyler Family), Rev. R. Bethel Clax-
ton, of St. Luke's Episcopal Churcii, officiat-
ing. They resided at 20 Elk street, Albany,
N. Y. She was born in Cuylerville, Living-
stun county, N. Y., December 2, 1845 ; was
educated at a boarding school in Ulica, N. Y.,
died while visiting in Rochester, October 23,
1875, and was buried in the Reynolds lot in
the Albany Rural Cemetery. Her father was
Col. William Tremper Cuyler, who was born
in Albany, December 22, 1802, died in Cuy-
lerville, N. Y., December 21, 1864, and was
the son of John Cornelius Cuyler (born in
Schenectady, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1766, died there
October 25, 1828), and Hannah Maley (b.
Oct. 12, 1769). Her mother was Nancy
Bancker Stewart, who was born in Leicester,
N. Y., Feb., 1810, died Feb. 3, 1848, and
was daughter of John Stewart and Nancy
Bancker Clute (born in Schenectady, N. Y.,
Dec. 25, 1776, died in Moscow, N. Y., Apr.
28, 1864). Dexter Reynolds and Catherine
Maley Cuyler had children вАФ Cuyler and Mar-
cus Tullius.

Cuyler Reynolds, son of Dexter Reynolds
and Catherine Maley Cuyler, was born at 98
Columbia street, Albany, N. Y., August 14

At the Albany Academy and a board-
ing school in Catskill, N. Y., he received his
education, which developed particularly his
faculties as a writer, establishing in 1885 the
school paper, of which he was made its editor-
in-chief. He engaged in newspaper work and
followed it some fifteen years, at the same
time contributing to more than a score of
the better magazines. Turning his attention
then to the writing of books, novels and ref-
erence works, he produced ten or more, the
most valuable of which were his "Classified
Quotations," Putnam, 1905, and "Albany
Chronicles," 1907, the latter a volume so com-
prehensive and copiously illustrated that it is
likely to endure and be cited as one of the best
authorities of state history. Later he be-
came editor-in-chief of the "Hudson-Mohawk



Genealogical and Family Memoirs," in four
octavo volumes.

By a scientific study and enumeration of
the letters of the alphabet as they occurred
in books, magazines and newspapers, he ar-
ranged a table of the recurrence of letters,
which results he set forth in a monograph
entitled "The Recurrence of Letters," read be-
fore the Albany Institute in 1894, then pub-
lished in Paper and Press in 1895, and while
it served as a key for the solution of ciphers
or secret writing, its more practical use was
in its application to the keyboards of type-
setting machines, and in this form is univer-
sally used.

Much interested in historical research, es-
pecially as it concerned his home city, he was
made director of the Albany Institute and
Historical and Art Society at its annual meet-
ing in 1899, and continued as such for ten
years. He made for this society several of its
most noteworthy collections, numbering a
dozen or more, at the same time filling the
office of librarian. As librarian, he gathered
nearly one thousand books written by Alban-
ians, which list composed a biographical cat-
alogue of 114 pages in 1902. The opening
of this institution's new building. May 12,
1908, gave him opportunity to originate the
novel system of indexing and the method of
keeping the various record books.

In March, 1907, he received the appoint-
ment of director of the New York State His-
tory Exhibit for the Jamestown Exposition ;
collected and installed it in systematic order,
the features of which he set forth in an elab-
orately illustrated Catalogue of Exhibit, with
the Exposition's Gold Medal as the result.
Afterwards he wrote the State's report, a
handsome volume, copiously illustrated, and
of about five hundred pages, published in

He was elected to honorary membership
in the American Scenic and Historic Preser-
vation Society in 1908, and in the New York
State Historical Association in 1909. He is
also a member of the National Geographic
Society, American Historical Association and
of the American Copyright League. He has
resided all his life in Albany.

He married, at the Cathedral of .Ml Saints,
Albany, N. Y., Dean Wilford L. Robbins offi-
ciating, September 24, 1891, Janet Gray

Gould. She was born in Albany, July 22,
1871, and was educated at the Albany Female
Academy. Her father was Captain Charles
Gould, born in .Albany, October 28, 1848, died
in Albany, July 4, 1896, who was the son of
William Gould (b. in Caldwell, N. J., Nov.
z6, 1814, d. in Albany, June 27, 1886), and
Sarah Margaret Hartness (b. in Albany, Sept.
24, 1821, d. there. December 12, 1884), and
married, in Albany, September 12, 1842. Her
mother was Janet Gray, born in Albany, Sep-
tember 20, 1850; married, Albany, October
4, 1870, died at Montclair, N. J., April 6,
1910, who was the daughter of Daniel Alex-
ander Gray (b. in New York City, in 1817,
d. in Albany, Nov. 19, 1880), and Catherine
Meyers (born in Hanover, Ger., Aug. 2,
1816. died Albany, Apr. i, 1880). They had:
Kenneth Gray, b. in Albany, N. Y., Sept. 17,

1892, educated at the Albany Academy and
St. Paul's School, Concord, N. H.

Dexter Reynolds had also by his wife Cath-
erine Maley Cuyler: Marcus Tullius, born
at Great Harrington, Mass., August 20. 1869;
prepared for college at St. Paul's School,
Concord, New Hampshire, 1882-86; entered
Williams College, 1886, Sigma Phi fraternity,
and was graduated July 2, 1890. He studied
architecture in the School of Mines, Colum-
bia University, and was graduated, 1893, with
the degree of Ph.B. He is author of "Hous-
ing of the Poor in American Cities," the prize
essay of the American Economic Society for

1893, and received therefor the degree of
M.A., Williams College, 189,^. He studied
architecture in Paris, Rome, Athens, etc., and
returning to America in October, 1895, be-
gan practicing architecture in Albany, N. Y.,
and has there continued. His specialty is the
designing of banks, of which he has been the
architect of sixteen.

He has collected and compiled the earlier
and collateral data presented in the above
genealogical tables, supplementing the work
begun by his father. Dexter Reynolds, who
began with the descendants of James, the son
of John, the son of John the emigrant.

C h a u n c e y Mitchell Depew,
DEPEW statesman, counsellor, orator,

and man of large affairs, is de-
scended from a famous Huguenot family, and
his New England ancestry includes the im-



portant Mitchell, Sherman, Palmer, Winship,
Wellington, Minott, Cliauncey and Johnstone
families, various of whom are hereinafter

The name Du Puy or De Puy is one of
the most ancient known in French history,
and was prominent in Nomiandy as early as
the eleventh century. Raphael Du Puy was
an officer of rank in 1030, under Conrad II.,
of the Holy Roman Empire, and his son
Hug;lies distinguished himself in the Crusades.
The history of the family in France is marked
down the centuries by many noted names in
both church and state. The surname Du Puy
has masqueraded in many forms in its pass-
age from France to Holland, and thence to
America. It is found recorded as Dupuis,
Depui, Depuy, Depee, Depuy, De Pue, Depu,
etc. Francois, grandson of the original Fran-
cois, who was baptized August 20, 1700, in
the old Dutch church of Sleepy Hollow, at
Tarrytown, is generally recorded as Frans
De Pew ; later the name took its present form
of Depew.

(I) Francois Dupuis fled from France on
account of religious persecution and took ref-
uge in Holland, whence he came to America,
being the first of the family to locate in New
Amsterdam. The earliest record of him shows
him as one of the first twenty inhabitants of
Boswyck (modern Bushwick), now a compo-
nent part of Brooklyn. He signed a petition,
dated March 14, 1661, asking for privileges
usually desired by a newly incorporated vil-
lage. In 1663 his name is enrolled as a mem-
ber of a company of militia with Ryck Lykeker
as captain, this company being probably or-
ganized for the purpose of protection against
the Indians. It is uncertain how long he
lived at Bushwick, as William is his only
child known to have been born there, although
there may have been others. He may have
resided in New York for a time, although
this is uncertain. During the years 1671-77
the baptism of three of his children is re-
corded in the New York Reformed Church.
In 1677 't is claimed that he and his wife
became members of the church at Flatbush,
where their next two children were baptized
in 1679 'I'l'i 1 68 1 respectively. He had a grant
of about eighty acres of land on the south
side of the Fresh Kill on Staten Island, bear-
ing date December 21, 1680, and April 4,

1685, received another grant on the island at
Smoking Point. In 1686 Francois Dupuis
had his son Nicholas baptized in New York,
and the following year is mentioned as a resi-
dent of Rockland (now a part of Orange
county), where on September 26 he signed
the oath of allegiance with other inhabitants
of the recently established settlements of Hav-
erstraw and Orangetown. Three of his chil-
dren married and settled in Rockland county,
but he had crossed the river before the cen-
sus of Orange in 1702, and located at Peeks-
kill, Westchester county (where others of his
children had made their liomes), and settled
on a tract of land originally purchased from
the Indians in 1685, under a license from Gov-
ernor Dongan. In this connection it is inter-
esting to note that part of this land was held
in fee in the family until the last of his share,
after having been in the family two hundred
and eleven years, was in 1896 given by Chaun-
cey Mitchell Depew to the village of Peeks-
kill for a public park.

Mary, youngest child of Francois Dupuis,
was baptized in New York, where her mother
is mentioned as Annie Elsten, who must have
been his second wife. On April i, 1702, he
and his daughter Maria are named as spon-
sors or godparents at the baptism of his
granddaughter, Grietje Quorry, in the Sleepy
Hollow church, and a few years later both he
and this daughter are recorded as members
of the church, having residence on the patent
of Captain De Kay and Ryck Abrahamsen
Lent, a grandson of the latter having previ-
ously married Maria. It is supposed he paid
close attention to the cultivation of his land
and his private afl^airs, as his name appears
so seldom in public records, but through care-
ful research among the records of the Re-
formed churches at New York, Tappan, Tar-
rytown and Cortlandt, enough scraps of in-
formation have been found to piece together
the record of his descendants which is given
below. On August 26, 1661, the baims of
his first marriage were published in the rec-
ords of the Reformed Dutch Church of New
Amsterdam, as follows: "Francois Dupuis,
young man of Calais, France, and Geertje
Willems, of Amsterdam." They were mar-
ried just one month later, in Breuckelcn, their
marriage being the fifth of record in the Dutch
church there, as follows: "26 September,


1661, Francois Dupuis and Geertje Willems,
with certificate from Manhattans." It is be-
lieved by eminent authority that Geertje Wil-
lems was a daughter of W'illem Jacobse \'an
Boerum, of l-latbush, who came with his fam-
ily in 1649 from Amsterdam, Holland, given
in the register of the banns as the birthplace
of Geertje. Children of Francois Dupuis:
William, of whom further; Jannetje (Jane),
married Kellem Quorry, or MaKorry ; Grietje
(Margaret), baptized in New York, October
I, 1671, married Jan Ward, of Haverstraw ;
Jean (John), baptized in New York, May 20,
1674, married Jannetje Wiltse, widow of
Myndert Hendreickse (Hogencamp) ; a child
(not named), whose baptismal entry was
made at New York, February 14, 1677, and
who may have been Maria, who was sponsor
with her father in 1702, about which time
she married Abraham Hendrickse Lent, of
Tarrytown; Sara, baptized at Flatbush, Feb-
ruary 23, 1679, married Herman Hendrickse
Blauvelt; Geertje (Gertrude), baptized at
Flatbush, September 18, 1681, of whom fur-
ther record is not to be found; Nicholaes,
baptized in New York, October 17, 1686,
whose wife's name was Barbara; Mary, bap-
tized in New York City, March 3, 1689, the
record of the parents being "Francois Puy
and Annie Elsten," no further record being
given of cither mother or child.

(H) Williain Depcw, probably eldest child
of Francois and Geertje (Willems) Dupuis,
was born at I'ushwick, and was among the
pioneers of the locality made famous as the
birthplace of Senator Chauncey M. Depew.
It wo\ild seem that he had made camp on the
point of land called by the Indians Meanagh.
or Mernach, and afterwards named Ver-
planck's Point, when the settlement had
hardly begun, he then being unmarried. He
was at Mernach as early as 168S, and prob-
ably strayed over from Haverstraw, where his
father had located a year or two previous,
and where his brother John continued to live
for several years afterwards. He there made
a home for his future bride, a maiden born
on the island of Barbadoes, and doubtless of
English parentage, shown on the records as
Lysbeth Weyt, which in English would be
Elizabeth White. She was living a little fur-
ther down the river at a place bearing the
Indian name of Knightwanck, near the mouth

of the Croton river, which stream also bore
the name of the locality. Record of the banns
was posted on the register of the Dutch church
of New York, the nearest one to their home,
which church issued a certificate permitting
\\"illiam to marry at the home of the bride.
The record is as follows: "loth August, 1688,
William Dupuy, j. m. Van Boswyck, en Lys-
beth Weyt, j. m. van de Barbadoes, d'Eerste
wonende op Mernach, en twede tot Kichte-
wang." This marriage was jjrobably executed
in primitive style at Kichtewang during the
following month, perhaps the first marriage
in the Manor of Cortlandt, and spoken of as
the forerunner of an event that made Peeks-
kill renowned as the home of a great and
popular orator in a later generation of the
family. William Dupois had children as fol-
lows : Sara, married Willem Dill, Theil or
Teil; Abigael, married Pieter Consje;
Thomas, married Cornelia Lendel ; Anna, bap-
tized at Tarrytown, August 2, 1698; Francois,
of whom further; Pieter. The father's name
was usually spelled Dupuy.

(HI) Francois (2), son of William and
Lysbeth (Weyt) Depew, was born near Tar-
rytown, New York, in August, 1700, and was
baptized August 20, 1700. Not very much
is known of him beyond the fact that he was
engaged in the regular jjioneer and agricul-
tural work of the neighborhood around Cort-
landt manor. He married, at Tarrytown,
New York, June 3, 1727, Maritje Van Thes-
sel. This marriage is recorded in the Tarry-
town church in the style of the period : "Frans
De Pew j. m., en Maritje Van Thessel."' The
record also states that they were both born
on Cortlandt Manor, he being a resident
there, and she a resident of Tarrytown.
Children: Hendrikus, of whom further; An-
neke, baptized at Tarrytown, August 21, 1730;
William, born 1732, the muster roll of West-
chester county militia saying of him in 1758,
'"born in Cortlandt, aged 26," there being no
further record concerning him ; Elizaljeth.
baptized at Tarrytown, April 23, 1734. mar-
ried, October 29, 1758, John Lent; Abraham,
baptized at Tarrytown, April 13, 1736, died
young; Sarah, baptized at Tarrytown, April
19, 1738; Abraham, April 30, 1743.

(I\') Hendrikus or Henry, son of Francois
(2) and Maritje (Van Thessel) Depew, was
baptized at Tarrytown, New York, April 27,




1728. \'ery little is known concerning the
events of the life of Hendrikus. The only
child that the records credit to him is Abra-
ham, mentioned below. The mother's name is
not mentioned. The sponsors at Abraham's
baptism, which took place in the Dutch church
at Tarrytown, were "Frans Pue and wife,"
without doubt the parents of Hendrikus. It
is fortunate for this lineage, perhaps, that
Abraham received so marked a distinction as
to have his baptism recorded. The other
children of Hendrikus, and it seems that they
had others, were not so favored. Colonel
Teetor says of Abraham that he was in the
Revolutionary war, and that he was the great-
grandfather of Chauncey Mitchell Depew.
Our own researches have tended to confirm
this theory.

(V) Abraham, son of Hendrikus or Henry
Depew, was born at Cortlandt Manor. New
York, and was baptized in the Dutch church
at Tarrytown, New York, April 5, 1752. His
youth was undoubtedly spent on the family
homestead, and he in all probability received
the general education of the period. There
are a good many records in Tarrytown and
Cortlandt concerning various Abrahams De-
pew, but it is usually difficult to ascertain to
which particular Abraham any two records
refer. One authority says : "The church bap-
tismal records of Tarrytown and Cortlandt
furnish very good grounds for confusion
among the various Abrahams Depew. While
there is an apparent lack of records in some
directions, there seems to be a perplexing
superfluity of fathers Abraham, whose sons
and daughters, to straighten and place where
they belong, would take a man with more wis-
dom than Solomon." Concerning Abraham
Depew, the son of Hendrikus Depew, another
authority gives us definite particulars. Abra-
ham Depew enlisted January 2. I777- ^o"" ''^^
revolutionary war, in Captain Jacob Wright's
company, in the regiment commanded by
Colonel Phillip Van Cortlandt. He was pro-
moted corporal, June i, 1777, and was dis-
charged January 3, 1780, on account of the
expiration of term of service. He married
Catherine, daughter of Captain James Kron-
kite, who was commissioned captain, October
19. I775> and served in the Third Regiment,
Manor of Cortlandt, commanded by Colonel
Pierre Van Cortlandt. Children : Esther, bap-

tized September 18, 1797; James Kronkite,
born August 25, 1791, baptized in 1793; Anne,
born September 12, 1794; Elizabeth, February
6, 1796; Henry, May 18, 1798; Isaac, of whoni

(\ I) Isaac, son of Abraham and Catherine
(Kronkite) Depew, was born at Peekskill,
New York, about 1811. He spent most of his
life caring for the estate which his paternal
ancestor purchased from the Indians more
than a hundred years before. He was a re-
spected citizen of Peekskill, and took a con-
siderable interest in the affairs of the town.
He married Martha, daughter of Chauncey
Root Mitchell, a distinguished lawyer. Her
mother was a daughter of Judge Robert John-
stone, for many years senator and judge, who
owned Lake Mahopac and a large estate about
it. Mrs. Depew vi'as a granddaughter of
Rev. Josiah Sherman, brother of Roger Sher-
man, a signer of the Declaration of Inde-
pendence. Rev. Josiah Sherman was a cap-
tain in the Seventh Connecticut Regiment,
Continental Line, and three of his brothers
were also in the patriot army ; they were
descended from Captain John Sherman, an
English army officer, who was born in Ded-
ham, county Essex, in 161 5. Another of Mrs.
Depew's ancestors was Rev. Charles Chaun-
cey, first president of Harvard College.

(VII) Hon. Chauncey Mitchell Depew, son
of Isaac and Martha (Mitchell) Depew, was
born in Peekskill, Westchester county. New
York, April 23, 1834. He was fitted for col-
lege at Peekskill Academy, and in 1852 en-
tered Yale College in what was in after years
known as the "Famous Class of '56." Of
the nine members of the supreme court of
the United States, the highest tribunal in the
nation and the aspiration of every lawyer,
were two members of this class, Henry Bill-
ings Brown and David Josiah Brewer. Mr.
Depew was graduated from Yale in 1856; he
received his A. M. degree in due course, and
in 1887 was given the honorary degree o^
LL.D. The following year he was elected a
member of the Yale Corporation, which posi-
tion be held for twelve years.

Immediately after leaving college he threw
himself heart and soul into the canvass in sup-
port of Fremont and Dayton, the first presi-
dential and vice-presidential candidates of the
newly formed Republican party, and made



speeches throughout the country in support
of the proposition that it was the right and
duty of congress to prohibit slavery and
polygamy in the territories. In 1858 he was
elected a delegate to the Republican state con-
vention, and has since been a delegate in that
body to every succeeding convention, except
two, up to and including 1912. He was one
of the four delegatcs-at-large from the state
of New York to the Republican National con-
vention of 1888-92-96-1900-04, and a delegate
to six other national conventions. In 1861
he was elected to the legislature from the
Third Westchester District, was re-elected in
1862, and became chairman of the committee
on ways and means, and leader of the house;
for most of the time he also acted as speaker
pro tern. In 1863 he headed the Republican
state ticket as candidate for secretary of state,
and was elected. In 1866 President Johnson
appointed Mr. Depew United States minister
to Japan. His confirmation by the senate im-
mediately followed, but after holding the place
in advisement for a considerable time, he de-
clined the position for family reasons. In
1872 he was candidate for lieutenant-governor
on the Liberal Republican ticket, but failed
of election. In 1874 he was elected by the
legislature, regent of the University of the
State of New York, and held the position for
thirty- four years. He was elected by the
Alumni of Yale University a member of the
corporation and held the office for twelve
years. He was also one of the commissioners
to build the capitol at Albany. In 1881 Mr.
Dcpevv was a candidate for senator, following
the resignations of Senators Roscoe Conkling
and Thomas C. Piatt. After the fifty-sixth
ballot, in which he received the largest num-
ber of votes of his party, he withdrew to se-
cure the election of two senators. In 1882
he was offered the senatorship, but declined
for business reasons. In 1888 he received
the unanimous support of the state of New
York for the presidential nomination, and re-
ceived ninety-nine votes in the Republican
national convention. General Benjamin Har-
rison was nominated, and after his election
he offered Mr. Depew every position in his
cabinet, excepting that of secretary of state,
which he had ])romised to Mr. Blaine, or, if
he preferred, any mission abroad which he
might select, and all of which he declined.

In 1894, on the resignation of Mr. Blaine as
secretary of state. President Harrison ten-
dered that position to Mr. Depew and this
was also declined. In 1899 Mr. Depew was
elected United States senator for six years,
and was re-elected in 1905. He has as a can-
didate for United States senator received the
ballots of the members of his party in the
state legislature more often than any other
citizen of the United States, namely sixty
ballots, one each day for sixty days in 1881,
and sixty-four during forty-five days in 191 1.
Mr. Depew has a world-wide reputation as
a public speaker and has been the orator on
many occasions of national importance. He
was the orator selected to deliver the oration
at the Centennial Anniversary of the inaugura-
tion of the first President of the United States;
of the organization of the legislature of the
state of New York ; of the capture of Major
Andre ; at the dedication of the Bartholdi
Statue of Liberty in New York harbor; at
the opening of the World's Fair in Chicago
in honor of the four hundredth anniversary
of the discovery of America by Columbus;
and the opening of the great fairs at Omaha,
Nebraska, and Charleston, South Carolina.
He made the nominating speeches for Harri-
son in the national convention in 1892, and
for Roosevelt in 1904. His last notable poli-
tical speech was in advocacy of the re-election
of President Taft, in 1912. His numerous
addresses have been collected and jniblished
in a work of eight volumes. Justin McCarthy,
in his Reminiscences, in regard to after dinner
speakers, and giving the first rank to Charles
Dickens, says : "I do not quite know whom

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