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I should put second to him ; sometimes I feel
inclined to give James Russell Lowell that
place, and sometimes my mind impels me to
give it to Mr. Lowell's countryman, Mr.
Chaunccy Depew."

While Mr. Depew's highest reputation
throughout the country is as a stateman and
orator, his life has been crowded with pro-
fessional and business activities. He was ad-
mitted to the bar in 1858. In 1866 he became
attorney for the New York & Harlem Rail-
road Company, and in 1869, when that road
was consolidated with the New York Central
& Hudson River railroad, with Commodore
Vandcrbilt at its head, Mr. Depew was chosen
attorney for the new corporation and elected



a member of the board of directors. As the
V'anderbilt railroad system expanded, Mr.
Depew's interests and duties increased in a
corresponding degree, and in 1875 he was ap-
pointed general counsel of the entire system,
and elected a director of the roads of which
it was composed. On the resignation of Mr.
Vanderbilt from the presidency, Mr. Depew
was made second vice-president, and in 1885
he was advanced to the presidency of the
New York Central & Hudson River railroad.
He held this office for thirteen years, during
which period he was president also of six
other railroad companies in the allied system,
and was director in twenty-eight additional
lines. On his resignation from the presidency
in 1898 he was elected chairman of the board
of directors of the New York Central & Hud-
son River railroad, the Lake Shore & Michi-
gan Southern railroad, and the New York,
Chicago & St. Louis railroad, which position
he now holds.

Mr. Depew was president of the St Nich-
olas Society for two years, and of the Empire
State Society of the Sons of the American
Revolution for a number of years ; and of the
Yale Alumni Association of New York for
ten years ; for seven years president of the
Union League Club, a longer term than ever
held by any other, and on declining further
election he was made an honorary life mem-
ber ; is a member of the New York Chamber
of Commerce ; the Society of the Cincinnati ;
a Master Mason of Kane Lodge of Peekskill.
and holds the thirty-third degree in the An-
cient and Accepted Scottish Rite, in the Val-
ley of New York; the Huguenot Society; the
Metropolitan Club, the Century Club, the
Holland Society; the New England Society;
the Colonial Wars Society ; the American Bar
Association ; the New York Bar Association ;
the Westchester County Bar Association ; the
Republican Club ; the Lotos Club ; the Players'
Club ; the Transportation Club ; the Lafayette
Post ; the University Club ; the Phi Beta
Kappa Club and the Psi Upsilon Club. In
W^ishington, D. C, he is a member of the
Metropolitan Club ; the Chevy-Chase Club ;
the Alibi Club; the Country Club and the
University Club; is also a director in many
financial, fiduciary and other corporations.
Now in his eightieth year, he is as vigorous
and active in business affairs, as a political

and after-dinner speaker, and in the manifold
duties of social life, as in any period of his

He married, in 1871, Elise, daughter of
William Hegeman, of New York. She died
in 1892. Of this marriage was born a son,
Chaunccy M. Depew, Jr. Mr. Depew mar-
ried (second) in 1901, May Palmer.

The ancestry of the Ruston

RUSTON family leads to England. John
Ruston, son of W'illiam and
Amey (Bonfield) Ruston, was born at Chat-
teris, Cambridge, England, March 18, 1808,
and died at No. 114 East Twenty-second
Street, New York City, January 25. 1886.

Although not a college graduate, he was
a man of unusual mental culture and ability.
He was a great reader, and acquired a large
fund of general information. Prior to De-
cember 8, 1841, the time of his coming to
this country, he was engaged in business in
London, as a merchant, and for many years
following his arrival here he was engaged in
business in New York City. He was, how-
ever, during the greater part of his life en-
gaged in religious and philanthropic work.
For nearly forty years he was connected with
the New York City Mission and Tract So-
ciety as a worker and officer, and while not
an ordained clergyman, yet for some years
he was the chaplain of the Womans' Hospital,
the Presbyterian Home, and other philan-
thropic institutions in the metropolis, besides
officiating at Evangelical meetings and fre-
quently serving as a supply for churches with-
out a pastor.

He was fond of writing poetry, for which
endeavor he possessed much talent, and wrote
a large number of pieces, mostly of a religious
character, many of which compositions were
printed, and some of them having been set
to music were sung upon anniversary occa-
sions of the church and Sunday school. He
was a Presbyterian by faith, and for about
thirty years, prior to his death, was a member
of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church
of New York City.

|ohn Ruston married twice, having six
children by the first wife and two by the sec-
ond. He married (first) in 1836. while living
in England, Martha Edwards. She was born
at Axminster, Devonshire, England, May I,



1807, died in Brooklyn, New York, January
8, 1849, and was the daughter of John and
Ann Susanna (Scarlett) Edwards. He mar-
ried (second) in 1850, at the Washington
Square Reformed Dutch Church, New York
City, Mary Otis Herring, who died at No.
114 East Twenty-second Street, New York
City. Children: i. Amey, born in London,
England, July 2, 1837, died in Geneva, New
York, March 3. 1890; unmarried. 2. Charles,
see forward. 3. George, born in London
England, December 18, 1840; residing in Free-
port, Illinois, in 19 13. 4. John Edwards, born
in New York City, May 25, 1846; residing
in Freeport, Illinois, in 1913; married there..
Sarah Houck, who died October 30, igoo
5. Mary Ann, died in infancy. 6. Eliza Hen-
rietta, died in infancy. 7. Silas Herring, born
in New York City, June i, 1851, died there,
August 21, 1893; unmarried. 8. William
Otis, born in New York City, December 6,
1852; residing in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1913;
married, October 16, 1876, Mary Wood

(II) Charles, son of John and Martha (Ed-
wards) Ruston, was born at No. 51 Bread
Street, Cheapside, London, England, May 30,
1839, and was residing in Bronxville, New
York, in 1913. He came to this country,
October 18, 1842. The house in which he
was horn was formerly the home of John
Milton, the poet, and upon the site of which
is now erected a building of the Young Men's
Christian Association.

He received his primary education in both
private and public schools, principally at the
school of the Collegiate Reformed Dutch
Church of New York City. This was fol-
lowed by a course of study in a law office,
meanwhile attending the lectures given by the
New York University. He was admitted to
practice law in New York City, May 30, i860,
and has continued to follow his profession in
the metropolis from that time on. He began
in a painstaking and thorough manner, and
hence has succeeded in being chosen as the
counsel for many prominent firms and corpor-

He was a director of and the counsel
for the German American Real Estate Title
Guarantee Company of the City of New York,
and has been a trustee of and the counsel for
the Greater New York Savings Bank of

Brooklyn Borough, from its organization in
1897 to the present time.

Mr. Ruston has not only been a member
of the Republican party, but an ardent ad-
vocate of its principles, rendering as such
much service in conjunction with various poli-
tical organizations in both New York and
Brooklyn. He is of the Presbyterian denom-
ination of faith, and for a number of years
was a deacon in and the clerk of the Con-
sistory of the Dutch Reformed Church of
Harlem, New York City, following which, for
upwards of twenty-five years, he was a mem-
ber of the Tompkins Avenue Congregational
Church of Brooklyn, during much of which
period he was a deacon thereof, an ofificer in
the Sunday school, and the clerk of the church.
At the present time he is a member of Trinity
Presbyterian Church of Montclair, New Jer-

Never having lived distant from the metro-
polis, he has resided first in New York, re-
moved to Brooklyn, where he remained until
1907, and spent the four succeeding years in
Montclair, before removing to Bronxville,
Westchester county, in 191 1.

Charles Ruston married in the Calvary
Protestant Episcopal Church of New York
City, September 10, 1862, Elizabeth Miner
Purdy. She was born in New York City,
December 4, 1840, died in Brooklyn, New
York, March 3, 1892, daughter of Richard
Eiscnhart and Sarah (Lounsbery) Purdy.
Children: i. Elizabeth Purdy, born at No. 223
East Fifty-second Street, New York City,
June 30, 1863; married in Brooklyn, Septem-
ber 24, 1889, David McConaughy; by whom
Marjoric, born at Madras, India, February
4, 1891 ; Elizabeth, born at Kodai Canal,
India, May 29, 1892. 2. Charles, see forward.

3. Ida, born in Harlem, New York City, April

4, 1867; married, in Brooklyn, October 24,
1895, Arthur Maltby Pelletreau. 4. John Ed-
ward, sec forward.

(Ill) Charles (2), son of Charles (i) and
Elizabeth Miner (Purdy) Ruston, was born
at No. 58 West Forty-eighth Street, New
York City, December 4, 1864, and was resid-
ing in Lawrence Park, Bronxville, West-
chester county. New York, in 1913. He was
educated in private schools in New York
City and a public school in Brooklyn. He
started in business in i88o, with the woolen



commission firm of Wendell Hutchinson &
Company, of New York, and changed in 1883
to the wholesale men's furnishings firm of J.
S. Lowrey & Company. He withdrew in 1892,
with one of the partners of the firm, James
R. Keiser, forming then the large men's
cravat manufacturing firm of James R.
Keiser, which was incorporated in 1909, at
which time he became and is still its vice-
president, as well as general manager. He
had always been a member of the Republican
party, but changed to the Progressive in 1912,
and is an attendant of the Unitarian church.
He is a member of the Aldine Club, of the
New York Republican Club, the Scarsdale
Golf and Country Club, and the Lawrence
Park Country Club.

Charles Ruston married, in the Church of
Zion and St. Timothy, on West Fifty-seventh
Street, New York City, November 12, 1901,
Laura Perry Monteath, born in Albany, New
York, September 20, 1871, daughter of Ed-
ward Woolverton and Laura Anna (Perry)
Monteath (see Monteath IV). Children: i.
Monteath, born at No. 200 West Seventieth
Street, New York City, May 24, 1903. 2.
Perry Lounsbery, born at No. 235 West One
Hundred and Third Street, New York City,
January 11, 1906.

(HI) John Edward, son of Charles (i)
and Elizabeth Miner (Purdy) Ruston, was
born in New York City, June 14, 1872, and
resides at No. 336 New York Avenue, Brook-
lyn. He received his education at the Brook-
lyn public schools and by private tuition,
graduating from the New York University in
1894, and from the Law School of that insti-
tution in 1895, and received the degrees of
B. L. and LL.B. therefrom. He was a stu-
dent in the law office of Bristow, Peet &
Opdyck, and was admitted to practice in 1896.
He was clerk in the law office of Henry C.
DeWitt and of Russell & Winslow. From
1906 to 1908 he was a partner of the law firm
of Rabe & Keller, and began from the latter
date his independent practice, opening an of-
fice at No. 220 Broadway. He has been suc-
cessful as the attorney for various corpora-
tions as well as private individuals, ^^'hen
at college he had been the historian and orator
of his class, and not only took a prominent
part in athletics, but was treasurer of the
Athletic Association. He was chosen to join

the Psi Upsilon fraternity, the Theta Nu
Epsilon, the Beta Delta Beta and also the
Phi Delta Phi law fraternity. He is a mem-
ber of the Elks, Kings County Tennis Club,
the Eighteenth Assembly District Republican
Club, the Empire State Society of the Sons
of the American Revolution, and several other
organizations of similar nature. He is the
vice-president of the Union League Club of
Brooklyn. Mr. Ruston has been more or less
an active member of the Republican party,
figuring especially in Brooklyn political life.
He is a member of the Tompkins Avenue Con-
gregational Church of Brooklyn. In con-
nection with his law practice, he has written
several works of reference, among them may
be mentioned "Digest of Law in Fairchild's
Cemetery Manual," and "Decedent's Estates."
He is a trustee of the Greater New York
Savings Bank; president and director of the
Memorial Cemetery, Inc.; member of Kings
County Committee of the Republican party,
and a director in other corporations.

John Edward Ruston married, at Brook-
lyn, New York, June 3, 1902, May Frances
Henderson. She was born in Brooklyn, July
24, 1879, daughter of Frank S. and Augusta
(Taylor) Henderson.

(The Monteath Line").

(I) The progenitor of this family in Amer-
ica was Peter Monteath. He belonged to a
Scottish family of honorable Scottish records
and he exhibited in his character a great many
of the better traits of the best class of his
countrymen. He was born in Dunblane, Scot-
land, in 1745, and died at his home in Albany,
New York, November 6, 1797. He married,
while in Scotland, Christian Bishop, who was
born in that country in 1743, died in Albany
April 22, 1806.

(II) Captain George Monteath, son of Peter
and Christian (Bishop) Monteath, was born
in Dunblane. Scotland, February 2, 1778, died
in Albany, March 10, 1856. He gained a wide
reputation throughout the state by his busi-
ness, for he conducted a transportation line
on the Hudson river, for both passengers and
freight, in which he employed a large number
of sailing vessels, and for years the major
portion of all the transportation going from
New York to the west at the time of its open-
ing up, passed by way of his lines. Finally
steam power supplanted the slower form of



progress, and he was among the first to adopt
it. He was shrewd, according tu the manner
of a Scotchman, and it is not remarkable that
he succeeded in accumulating wealth. When
De Witt Clinton accomplished the opening of
the Erie canal, although a small affair com-
pared to what it was destined to become, he
was among those who founded wdiat was called
the Albany and Canal Line of Tow Boats.
Captain George Monteath married Harriet
Lansing Van Wie, born in Albany, April 7,
1785, died there, October 8, i860, daughter
of William and Jannetje (Lansing) Van Wie
(see Van Wie IV). Children: 1. Christian,
married Thomas Dunn. 2. Peter, see forward.
3. Jane, married James A. Wilson. 4. Cath-
erine, married Amos Howe, of New York
City. 5. George. 6. William, married Rhoda
Nickerson Mayo. 7. John. 8. Margaret, mar-
ried George R. Shortiss ; by whom George and
Marguerite, the latter marrying Frank Fiske.
Jr., of Buffalo.

(HI) Peter (2), son of Captain George and
Harriet Lansing (Van Wie) Monteath,
was born in Albany, New York, October 30,
1811, and died there, January 13, 1879. He
took up the business of his father, remaining
in Albany throughout his life, and left an
honored name. With James A. Wilson, in
1833, he founded the wholesale grocery house
of Wilson & Monteath, which developed to
so great an extent that Joseph D. Badgley
was admitted in order to increase capital. Mr.
Wilson retired in 1850, and the firm was then
known as Monteath & Badgley, and in 1864
Mr. Monteath admitted his son, George, the
firm style then becoming Monteath, Badgley
& Company. It was a great misfortune to
the father that his son died in 1865, because
he was attached to him more so than most
parents are, and about the same time Mr.
Badgley withdrew and went to New York,
hence he associated himself with his other
son. Edward W. Monteath, so it was that the
firm continued until 1873 as Monteath & Son,
when Egbert M. Tracy was admitted. In
1876 the second son died, and the firm existed
after that as Monteath & Company, until the
death of Mr. Monteath in 1879. He had been
a most capable head of one of the most im-
portant fimis in that part of the state, and
held a name respected by everyone with whom
he had dealings either in business or of a

personal nature, in fact, a quarter of a century
later, mention of the name was wont to bring
to the mind of the younger generation a man
of business success and integrity. While ever
willing to assist in civic movements, he cared
not for political preferment or office of any
description, aside from those directly in his
path, such as being a director of the Com-
mercial Bank and of the Commerce Insurance
Company ; trustee of the Albany Gallery of
Fine Arts ; elder of the Second Dutch Re-
formed Church, and when he died was the
oldest member of St. Andrew's Society of
Albany. Peter Monteath married, in Albany,
September 28, 1836, Sarah Anne Woolvcrton,
born in Charleston, New York, October 31,
1815, died at Albany, October 28, 1883,
daughter of Edward and Asenath (Wilcox)
Woolverton (see Woolverton V). Children:
I. Sara J., residing in Albany in 19 13. 2.
George, died February 22, 1865. 3. Harriette.
4. Edward Woolvcrton, see forward. 5.
Jessie, married William H. Stevens; by whom
Harriette and Jessie Monteath Stevens.

(IV) Edward Woolverton, son of Peter
(2) and Sarah Anne (Woolverton) Monteath,
was born in Albany, New York, and died
there, March 20. 1876, aged thirty-two years.
He was educated in Albany, and when he came
of age, in 1865, his father admitted him as
a partner into the firm of Monteath, Badgley
& Company, wholesale grocers in that city,
taking tlie place of his elder brother, who had
recently died, and expecting to relieve his
father, then in his fifty-fifth year, when he
had grown up in the business, but he died ten
years later, leaving no one in the family to
inherit the active work of the business. He
was buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Edward W. Monteath married, Alloany,
New York, .April 29, 1869. Laura Anna
Perry. She was born at .\lbany. New York,
.'\pril 12, 1847, daughter of Hiram and Susan
Pi. ( Rattoone) Perry. Children: 1, Pierre,
born in .Albany. April 4, 1870. 2. Laura
Perry, born in Albany, September 20, 1871 ;
married, New York City, November 12. 1901,
Charles Ruston, Jr. (see Ruston III). 3.
Edward, died in infancy. 4. Jessie, born in
Albany, July 27, 1875, died in New York,
March 30. 1904; married, at Statcn Island,
New York, January 30, 1896, Robert Cutting



Lawrence, son of Joseph D. and Marguerite
{La Forge) Lawrence.

(The Van Wie Line).

(I) Hendrick Van Wie was settled in
Beverwyck (Albany, New York) from 1654
to 1 69 1, when he died there. He was one of
the volunteers to accompany the expedition
against Fort La Prairie, Canada, in the French
and Indian war; was wounded while attack-
ing the fort, and died as a result.

(II) Gerrit, son of Hendrick \"an Wie, was
baptized May 12, 1689; buried March 25,
1746. He married Annetje Casparse, daugh-
ter of Caspar Leendertje Conyn, of Calverack,
New York ; by whom Alida, Anna, Hendrick,
see forward.

(HI) Hendrick (2), son of Gerrit and An-
netje Casparse (Conyn) Van Wie, was born
in 1703. He married, October 2, 1732,
Catherine Waldron, baptized October 24, 171 1.
Children : Annetje, Pieter, Gerrit, William,
see forward; Casparus, Tryntje, Hendrick,
Cornelis, Alida, Cornelia.

(IV) William, son of Hendrick (2) and
Catherine (Waldron) Van Wie, was baptized
October 19, 1740, died July 29, 1816. He
married. May zo, 1767, Jannetje Lansing, who
died July 19, 1821, aged seventy-five years
(see Lansing IV). Children: Hendrick Ger-
rit, Pieter, Isaac, Isaac, Catherine, Harriet
Lansing, born April 7, 1785, died in .A.lbany,
October 8, 1860, married Captain George Mon-

(The Lansing Lineal.

(I) Gerrit Frederickse Lansing, the
progenitor of this family in America, came
to this country, settling in- New Amsterdam,
from the town of Hasselt, province of
Overyssel, Holland. Coming with him to this
country, before 1650, were three sons and
three daughters, and all of them went to
Rensselaerswyck (Albany), where they pur-
chased land. He had a son of the same name,

(II) Gerrit (2), son of Gerrit (i) Lansing,
was born probably in Hasselt, and married
Elsje, daughter of Wouter Van Wyhorst, by
whom he had nine children.

(HI) Isaac, son of Gerrit (2) Lansing, was
born May 14, 1677; married, June 27, 1703,
Jannetje Beeckman.

(IV) Gerrit Isaacse. son of Isaac Lansing.

was baptized December 12, 1705; was buried
October 2, 1748; married Ariantje Beeckman,
March, 1740 (see Beeckman V), by whom
Jannetje, baptized January i, 1747, who mar-
ried William Van Wie, whose daughter, Har-
riet Lansing Van Wie, married Captain
George Monteath.

(The Beeckman Line).

(I) Hendrick Beeckman (or Beekman) of
the Duchy of Bremen, (Germany, was the
founder of the family in .'\nierica.

(II) Martin Hendrickse, son of Hendrick
Beeckman, married Susanna Janse, and died
previous to January 21, 1677.

(III) Johannes Martinse, son of Martin
Hendrickse and Susanna (Janse) Beeckman,
was a smith at Beverwyck (Albany, New
York). He was buried September 30, 1732;
made a will, December 16, 1728, in which he
mentioned his wife, Eva, but had married
(first) Machtelt Jacobse Schermerhorn.

(IV) Johannes, son of Johannes Martinse
and Machtelt Jacobse (Schermerhorn) Beeck-
man, was baptized at Beverwyck, January 27,
1684. He owned a house and lot near the
south corner of Pearl and Steuben Streets,
in Albany, in 1726; was buried October 26,
1756. He married, January 15, 1714, Hester,
daughter of Harmanus Wendell ; married
(second) Sara Cuyler.

(V) Ariantje, daughter of Johannes and
Hester (Wendell) Beeckman, married Gerrit
I. Lansing (see Lansing IV), and their
daughter, Jannetje Lansing, married William
Van Wie, by whom Harriet Lansing Van
Wie, who married Captain George Monteath.

(The Woolvcrton Line).

(I) The progenitor of the Woolverton fam-
ily in America was Charles Woolverton, who
was born in England, and on arrival settled
in New Jersey, where he purchased a tract
of land of considerable size, March 2, 1714.
This was in Hunterdon county. Charles
Woolverton married and had the following
children: Charles, Roger, Daniel, Isaac, Den-
nis, see forward; Dinah, Joel, Thomas.

(II) Dennis, son of Charles Woolverton,
was born in New Jersey. January 26, 1709,
died August 9, 1774. He conducted his own
farm in Hunterdon county. He married Eliza
Pettit, born in 1713, died in 1785: by whom
Charles, see forward ; Mary, married General



Bray, who was a Revolutionary officer in the
party with Washington crossing the Delaware
river, and fought at the battle of Trenton.

(III) Charles (2), son of Dennis and Eliza
(Pcttit) Woolverton, was drowned in the

Delaware river. By his wife,

Jewell, he had a son Nathaniel, see forward.

(IV) Nathaniel, son of Charles (2) and

(Jewell) Woolverton, was born

in Hunterdon county, New Jersey, in 1763,
died in Montgomery county, New York, 1835.
He removed from New Jersey and bought a
farm in Montgomery county, New York. He
married Permelia Hudnut, born 1770, died
1853, and they were buried in the Dutch Re-
formed burial ground at Glen, Schenectady
county. Children : Edward, see forward ;
Anne. l)orn 1789; Charles, 1791, died 1825,
married Margaret Blair; Sarah, 1793, died
1845, married Ephraim Wilcox; John Dennis,
1795, died 1830, married Adeline MacNamce ;
Charlotte, 1797, died 1865, married Peter
Wyckoff; Mary, 1799, died 1867, married
Pcicg Osborne; Hiram, 1800, died 1850;
Kcronhappuck, 1802, married Lyman Haugh-
ton ; Gains, 1804, married Wyant Visscher ;
Lucretia, 1806, unmarried ; Rhoda, 1808, died
1809; Ozius, 181 1 ; Nathaniel H., 1814, died
1867, married Jane Overbaugh.

( V) Edward, son of Nathaniel and Permelia
(Hudnut) Woolverton, was born in 1787, died
in 1875. He married Asenath Wilcox, born
March 17, 1790. Children: Lavinia, born in

1812, died in 1889, unmarried; George Alonzo,

1813, died in 1896, married Caroline Shuler;
Sarah Anne, married, Albany, September 28,
1836, Peter Monteath (see Monteath III);
Henry Mortimer, 1817, died in 1874. married
Louisa Johnson; Chastine, 1821, died in 1883,
married James Collin ; Harriet, 1824. died in
1908, married Jenkins W. Scovill ; Elizabeth,
1826, married James Duane Ruggles.

(The Wilcox Line).

(I) William Wilcockson was the progenitor

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