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History, and the New York Botanical Gar-
dens, and he served on the executive commit-
tees of all these establishments. He was in-
terested in many enterprises, serving as trustee
of the New York Life Insurance Company
and the Atlantic Mutual liisurance Company,
and a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
He married, April, 1854, Sarah, daughter of
David Hoadly, of New York, who was presi-
dent of the Panama Railroad Company. Chil-
dren : Grace Hoadly. born May. 1856. was a
writer and philanthropist, residing in New
York; William Earl (3). October, 1858. a
member of Phelps, Dodge & Company, mar-
ried Emeline Harriman, and was the father
of Amos Cleveland and William Earl (4) ;
Cleveland Hoadly, mentioned below ; Mary
Melissa, August. 1861 ; Alice Hoadly. March.
1865, married William Church Osborn, and
was the mother of Grace Dodge, Frederick



Henry, Aileen Hoadly, Carl Dodge, and Wil-
liam Henry; Maurice Jessop, died at the age
of eight years.

(X) Cleveland Hoadly, second son of Wil-
liam Earl {2) and Sarah (Hoadly) Dodge,
was born in i860, in New York City, where
most of his life has been spent. He gradu-
ated at Princeton College in 1879, and imme-
tliately entered business life as a member of
Phelps, Dodge & Company. He is a director
of the City National Bank and of the Farm-
ers' Loan & Trust Company, and has been
president of the Young Men's Christian As-
sociation of New York, being also interested
in other social and beneficent organizations,
lie married Grace, daughter of Henry Parish,
of New York. Children: Elizabeth Wain-
wright, born August, 1884; Julia Parish, Au-
gust, 1886; Cleveland Carl and Bayard, twins,
February, 1888.



Jean de (Jallatin, who, at the
GALLATIN outbreak of the French rev-
olution, was second in com-
mand of the regiment of Chateauvieux, in the
service of Louis XVL, maintained that the
Gallatins were descended from A. Attilius
Gallatinus, consul in the years of Rome, 494
and 498; in support of this article of faith
he fought a duel with the Baron de Pappen-
heim on horseback with sabres, and as a con-
sequence ever afterwards carried a sabre cut
across his face. A gap, however, of fifteen
hundred years elapsed between the last con-
sulship of the Roman Gallatin and the earliest
trace of the modern family found in a re-
ceipt signed by the Abbess of Bcllaconiba for
Quindecim libras Vienncnscs bequeathed to
her convent by "Dominus Fulcherius Galla-
tini, miles," in 1258. Faulcher Gallatin left no
other trace of his existence, but some sixty
years later, in 1319, a certain Guillaume Gal-
latini. Chevalier, with his son, Humbert Galla-
tin, Damoiseau, figured dimly in legal docu-
ments, and Humbert's grandson, Henri Gal-
latin, Seigneur de Granges, married Agnes de
Lenthenay, whose will, dated 1397. creating
her son Jean Galatin her heir, fixes the local
origin of the future Genevan family. After
the elevation of Geneva to the rank of a sov-
ereign republic in 1535. the history of the
Gallatins is the history of the city. The fam-
ily, if not the first in the state, was second to



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none. Five Gallatins held the position of first
syndic, and as such were the chief magistrates
of the Repubhc. Nor did the Gallatins restrict
their activity to civil life. There were few
battlefields in Europe where some of them
had not fought, and not very many where some
had not fallen. One of the branches of this
extensive family was represented in the mid-
dle of the eighteenth century by Abraham
Gallatin, who lived on his estate at Fregny,
and his wife, Susanna Vaudenet, whom he
married in 1732. They had a son, Jean, born
in 1733, who married, in 1755, Sophie Al-
bertine' Rolaz du Rosey, of RoUe. They had
two children — a boy, to whom they gave the
name of Abraham Alphonse Albert Gallatin,
and a girl about five years older. The boy,
later known as Albert Gallatin, became one
of the most distinguished of American public
financiers, and the founder of the New York
family bearing his name.

(I) Abraham .'\lphonse Albert Gallatin, bet-
ter known as Albert Gallatin, was born at
Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 1761, died
at Astoria, Long Island, August 12, 1849.
After graduating from the Academy of Ge-
neva in 1779, he and a friend, Henri Serre,
came to the United States and spent a year
at Michias, Maine, in trade pursuits, with lit-
tle success. Gallatin then moved to Boston,
where he supported himself by teaching
French, and in July, 1782, received permis-
sion to give instruction at Harvard College.
In the following year he explored and invested
in lands on the west frontier, and in 1784
established a country store in Lafayette
county, where he was conspicuously active
in opposition to the Federal excise law, and
where also the basis of his report was laid
by his report of the committee of ways and
means in the session of 1790-91. In Febru-
ary, 1793, he was elected to the United States
senate and took his seat December 2, but the
following February the senate decided, by a
party vote of fourteen to twelve, that he did
not possess the proper qualifications as to
citizenship, it having been less than nine years,
the time prescribed by the constitution, since
he had taken the oath of citizenship and alle-
giance to the state of Virginia. Gallatin was
active at the time of the Whiskey Insurrec-
tion, and although he urged submission to the
law and the refrainment from all improper



and illegal acts, nevertheless he went so far
in his relations with the insurrectionists as to
give himself, boili then and later, considerable '
political embarrassment. He was at the end
of the trouble elected to the Pennsylvania
assembly, and from 1795 to 1801 was a mem-
ber of congress, where he allied himself with
the Republicans who, under the leadership of
Madison, were opposing the administration of
the Federalists. "In his first term," says his
biographer, Stevens, "he asserted his point
and took his place in councils of his party.
In the second he became its acknowledged
chief. In the third he led its forces to final
victory." He served on the important com-
mittees and steadfastly opposed the adminis-
tration, especially in the matter of the Jay
Treaty, the increase of the army and navy,
and the relations with France. Particularly
did he attack the administration of finances,
a field with which his pamphlets showed him
to be familiar, and his services and ability in
this direction were recognized by Jefferson,
who in 1801 made him secretary of the treas-
ury, a post which he held until 1813. During
these years a marked reduction was effected
in the national debt, the practice as to appro-
priations was made more systematic, the sink-
ing fund was improved, and the preparations
were made which rendered war and an in-
crease of the national debt possible without
a disorganization of the public financial sys-
tem. Gallatin also rendered important serv-
ices in the negotiations which were concluded
by the Treaty of Ghent. Of his services in
this connection one of his biographers, Henry
Adams, has said : "Far more than contem-
poraries ever supposed or than is now ima-
gined the Treaty of Ghent was the sjiecial
work and peculiar triumph of Mr. Gallatin."
Then, after declining a nomination to congress
and an opportunity to resume charge of the
treasury department, he became minister to
France, filling the post from 1816 to 1823.
Three years later he went to London as min-
ister, remaining one year and concluding two
important conventions. He had been nomi-
nated for the vice-presidency by the Crawford
Republicans in May. 1824, but withdrew in
October to make room for Clay, and in 1843
he declined to enter Tyler's cabinet as secre-
tary of the treasury.

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ice he removed to New York (in 1828) and
that city remained his permanent residence
until his death. He was president of the Na-
tional Bank there for some years, but his
duties were light and he had ample time for
study and public service. He was much in-
terested in the problems of public education
and of finance, and took an active part in the
movement which resulted in the founding of
New York University, but his chief interest
appears to have been the study of ethnology,
especially of American ethnology. He found-
ed the American Ethnological Society in 1842,
which for a brief period was a very service-
able agency for the promotion of such studies,
and he wrote several valuable essays and mon-
ographs on ethnological subjects. He did not
lose his interest in finance and industry, how-
ever, and in every way gave an example of
scholarship and of public spirit rarely sur-
passed by any one in this country. He pub-
lished in 1796 "A Sketch of the Finances of
the United States," and in 1843 memoirs on
the "American Rights to the Northeastern
Frontier" and many minor essays on finance,
history and ethnology, his "Synopsis of Indian
Tribes Within the United States, East of the
Rocky Mountains," and in the "British and
Russian Possessions in North America"
(1836) and his "Notes on the Semi-Civilized
Nations of Mexico, Yucatan, and Central
America, with Conjectures on the Origin of
Semi-Civilization in America" (1845) being
especially noteworthy. His writings are of
great value in the study of the political his-
tory of the United States in the first part of
the nineteenth century.

He married (first) in 1789, Sophie Allegre,
who died within a few months of her mar-
riage; married (second) in 1793, Hannah,
whose death shortly preceded his own in 1840.
daughter of Commodore James Nicholson, of
the United States navy. James Nicholson
was born in Chesterfield, Maryland, in 1727,
and came of ancestors who settled in that lo-
cality a century before. His father had a
grant of what was called Nicholson's Manor
and was in the official employ of the British
government. James Nicholson went into the
navy at the outbreak of the revolution, com-
manded the "Defense" in 1775, was made
ranking captain by resolution of congress in
1776, became commander-in-chief of the navy



in 1777, commanded the frigate "Trumbull"
in the battle with the "Wyatt" in 1780, and
in 1 78 1 was taken prisoner and held until the
close of the war. Returning to civil life, he
settled in New York and remained a resident
of this city until his death in 1804. Children
of Albert Gallatin: James, born October 18,
1796; Albert R,, mentioned below: Frances,
born 1802, married Byan K. Stevens.

(H) Albert R., second son of Abraham Al-
phonse Albert and Hannah (Nicholson) Gal-
latin, was born in New York in 1800. fie was
liberally educated and was graduated from
Princeton College. Although he was admitted
to the bar in Pennsylvania, he practiced only
a short time and then removed to New York
and engaged in financial pursuits. At one
time he was in business with John Jacob
Astor and his ventures were generally profit-
able, so that he was able to accumulate a con-
siderable fortune. He was the companion of
his family a great part of the time, and in
consequence v^-as thrown into association with
people of public note. He went abroad with
his father several times, to France in 1816,
to Great Britain in 1826, and upon other
occasions. On these trips he made the ac-
quaintance of many eminent Europeans and
became the personal friend of the Duke of
Wellington and of many of the leaders in the
French Revolution. He lived until 1890, a
connecting link between this generation and
the deeds and the men of the infant days of
the Republic. He married, in 1837, Mary L.,
daughter of Horatio Gates and Elizabeth Lu-
cille (Rhinelander) Stevens. Children: Al-
bert Horatio, born 1839; Frederic, mentioned
below : James, born 1846.

(Ill) Frederic, second son of Albert R.
and Mary L. (Stevens) Gallatin, was born
in New York in 1841. He was graduated
from the New York University in 1861 and
was educated as a lawyer. He is a member of
the Union, University, Century, Badminton,
Tuxedo. .4rmy and Navy, and New York
Yacht clubs, and he belongs to the Sons of
the Revolution. St. Nicholas Society, Society
of Colonial Wars, and the Society of the War
of 1812. His interest in scientific matters is
indicated by his membership in the .American
Geographical Society. He is also an enthu-
siastic yachtsman and devotes a considerable
time to the sport.



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Frederic Gallatin married Almy Goelet,
daughter of Thomas R. and Hannah G. (Goe-
let) (ierry. Children: Almy Goelet, married
George P. Cammann ; Rolaz Horace, born
1 87 1, married Emily L. Morris; Goelet, born
1877, married Edith E. Post; Albert, born
1880, married Margaret H. Hackstaff; May,
married W. W. Hoppin.



The family name was Pott in
POTTS ancient times; in 1278 it appears
among parliamentary writ : "Rob-
ertus atte Potte, of county Surrey," as serv-
ing in military duty. At that period it was
not infrequently written Potte. Regarding
the arms of the Potts family, the earliest rec-
ord in the Herald's College of Arms granted
to one of the name bears date 1583; given to
John Potts, an eminent barrister of Lincoln's
Inn. It is described : Azure, two bars or,
over all a band of the second, that is, on a
shield of blue are two bands of gold, making
in all five horizontal bands of equal width,
with the blue showing at top and bottom, and
from u]i])er left to lower right a band of same
width of gold. Crest: On a mount vert, an
ounce sejant ppr. collared and chained.

(I) The line of descent of the Potts family
here to be set forth was instituted by David
Potts, who was born about 1670, in Montgom-
eryshire. Wales. He was a Friend, and set-
tled in Bristol township, Philadelphia county,
Pennsylvania, where he died in 1730. It is
thought he came when a youth, the first notice
of his residence in Ainerica being 7 mo. 24,
1692, when signing as a bondsman for Eliza-
beth Bennett, as executor of Edmund, her late
husband, and his signature may be seen on
file in the register's office in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania As a Friend he first belonged
to the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. He
purchased in 1695 a tract of one hundred and
fifty acres of land in Bristol township, Phila-
delphia county. Pennsylvania, near German-
town; subsequently selliiig fifty acres, settling
on the balance, and there resided the remain-
der of his life. The deed for this first pur-
chase in the Potts family reads as follows :
"The Commiss'rs by Patent dated 2('>th q mo..
1685. Granted 500 acres to Rob't Longshore.
Purchaser in Bristol Township, in the County
of Philad'a. jovning in Germantown. Irenia
Land, and Will'm Wilkins, of which deed



dated ist 4 mo., 1686, he sold to Samuel Ben-
nett 200 acres, who by Deed dated 2.4. 1695,
sold 150 thereof to David Potts, who sold to
Will. Harnian 50 acres now in Possession of
Peter Clever." And further: "The said Da-
vid Potts requests a Warr't of Resurvey on
the said 150 acres according to the True
bounds of the Tract and to Cutt olY 50 a's to
said Harman or Clever. Ordered that a
Warr't be accordingly granted for the said
50 acres to be cutt off as by agreement made
between them and a Patent on the Return if
required, they paying the Overplus, if any."
In 1716 he had a grant of one hundred acres
of land in the Manor of Springfield, for which
he was to pay £80. When the Friends es-
tablished a ^Ieeting in (iermantown. he was
transferred to it, and under date October 11,
171 1, he bought land there, the sellers being
trustees of the Germantown Meeting there,
and he was entrusted with important matters
relating thereto. He was a man of good
standing in the community where he resided
for so long a time, and represented Philadel-
phia county in the provincial assembly for
1728-29-30. His death occurred November
16, 1730. He made his will November 13,
1730, which was probated November 26, 1730,
and is on file in the register's office at Phila-
delphia, in will Book E, page 142. In it he
wrote: "I Give & Bequeath to my son, John,
the sum of Twenty Shillings money af'd he
having likewise received his portion in my
life time w'ch s'd money is to be paid to him
in two years after my Decease."

David Potts married Alice Croasdale, who
was born 8 mo. 3, 1673, and whose parents
came as passengers with William Penn in the
ship "Welcome," Robert Grcenway, master,
in 1682. Although the records of the Meet-
ing are far from perfect, many matters relat-
ing to this couple are ascertainable. She was
the youngest daughter of Thomas and Agnes
(Hathernwaite) Croasdale. They declared
their intention of marriage with each other
before the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting 10
mo. 29, 1693 (December, 1693); passed the
Meeting the second time on 11 mo. 26, 1693-4
(January, i6()4), and were granted a certifi-
cate to marry under the care of Middletown
Monthly Meeting in Bucks county. The fol-
lowing is a copy of the entry in the minutes
of the latter Meeting: "David Potts and



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Alice Croasdale have requested to solemnize
their marriage within this Meeting, because
her relations mostly dwell here, and they be-
longing to Philadelphia have brought a Cer-
tificate from that Monthly Meeting that testi-
fies they have proceeded there orderly, and
nothing is found against them, and also re-
quested that they may accomplish their mar-
riage here, which they have granted them;
so this Meeting is satisfied and grants their
request." A subsequent record shows that
they were married in an orderly manner on
I mo. 22, 1693. This date, according to the
modern system of reckoning, would corre-
spond to March 22, 1694. The following is
a copy of the marriage certificate as it is re-
corded by the Monthly Meeting: "Whereas,
David Potts and Alice Croasdale, both of
Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylva-
nia, having declared their intentions of taking
each other in marriage, before several public
meetings of the People of God called Quakers,
in Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylva-
nia aforesaid, in America, according to the
good order used amongst them, whose pro-
ceedings therein, after deliberate consideration
thereof, were approved by the said meetings ;
they appearing clear of all others." Children:
I. Thomas, born 3 mo. 27, 1695; married Ra-
chel James. 2. John, see forward. 3. Daniel,
born 2 mo. 19, 1698. died in 1728; married
Sarah Shoemaker. 4. Elizabeth, born 10 mo.
30, 1699; married Peter Cleaver Jr. 5. Jona-
than, born 9 mo. 23, 1701 ; married Sarah
Wood. 6. Mary, born 2 mo. 3, 1703-4; mar-
ried Jeremiah McVaugh, 1718. 7. Stephen,
born II mo. 20, 1704-5, died in 1758; married

Anne . 8. Rebecca, born 11 mo. 16,

1705-6; was living in 1730. 9. Ezekiel, born
I mo. 30, 1708, died in 1781 ; married (fir.st)
Magdalen Miller; married (second) Barbara
Vodges, a widow. 10. Nathan, died in 1754;
married Esther Rhoads.

(11) John, son of David and Alice (Croas-
dale) Potts, was born 8 mo. 8, 1696, and died
in September, 1766. He learned the trade of
a millwright. When grown up he settled in
Upper Dublin township, later on included
within the limits of Montgomery county,
where he purchased a tract of land from
Isaac and John Phipps, about 1748, the deed
for which is recorded in Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania, showing title back to the original



grant by William Penn, in 1681 ; still owned
( 1900) by his descendants. It is located about
two miles east of Fort Washington village.
His will, made September 28, 1766, in many
respects is quaint and reads in part as follows :

"Be it remembered that I, John Potts of the Town-
ship of Upper Dublin, in the County of Philad'a and
provmce of Pensilvania, Mill Wright, being now far
advanced in Years, but yet of Sound and Disposing
Mind and Memory, for which mercy and favour
May I ever prais the great author of my being, and
at times feeling the Simtoms of Mortality through
the Decay of nature, but relying on the merits of
my Redeemer, hope for a happy change from this
life to that which is to come of Eternal Peace, and
rest in Daily Kxpectation of such a Change. .And
in as much as God in his Mercy has blessed me with
some worldly estate, do think Proper to make this
my last will and testament in the manner following,
that is to say, first of all I will that all my Just
Debts and funeral Expenses be well and truly paid
and Discharged.

"Item, I will Devise and Bequeath unto my Dear
and Loving wife Elizabeth all my Real and Personal
Estate whatsoever during her natural life, giving her
full Privilege to will or dispose of as much house-
hold goods as she shall see proper in her life time
to either her Children or grand Children and after
her decease. I will Devise and Bequeath unto my
son John the Plantation & Tract of land 1 now live
on containing one hundred and lifty acres of land,
be it more or less with all the Buildings and appur-
tenances thereon or any wise thereunto belonging
unto him his heirs and .Assigns forever and the re-
mainder of my Personal estate except what is here-
after Excepted he paying the several legacies here-
after mentioned that is to say, — I will and Bequeath
unto my son Thomas my Chamber Clock and fifty
Pound Lawful money of Pensilvania to be delivered
and paid unto him by my Executors hereafter named
within one year after my wife's Decease."

John Potts married, in July, 1726, Eliza-
beth McVaugh (or McVeagh), daughter of
Edmond McVeagh and Alice Dickinson. She
was born in 1699 and died i mo. 5, 1791. Their
children were: John, died in 1808, married
Hannah Davis; Thomas, see forward; Eliza-
beth, died 9 mo. 24, 1758, married Isaac
Shoemaker.

(Ill) Thomas, son of John and Elizabeth
(McVeagh) Potts, was born in 1729, died
inly 29, 1776. He was a millwright, and
resided in Moreland townshi]) for some time.
Walter Moore and his wife, Saraii, on June
22, 1753, conveyed to him, as millwright of
the Manor of Moreland, one-half of a certain
corn mill and two parcels of land there. Later
on he removed to Sussex county. New Jersey,
settling in Chelsea Forge, where he possessed
much property, became high sheriff of Sussex



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county in 1772, and a member of provincial
assembly in 1775 and 1776. Thomas Potts
was a member of the continental congress
which convened in Philadelphia in 1776; he
was in all respects a patriot, but being a mem-
ber of the Society of Friends he refused to
sign the Ueclaration of Independence, not
wishing to co-operate in an act that meant
war and bloodshed for the colonies. Thomas
Potts married, January 16, 1753, Elizabeth
Lukens, daughter of William Lukens and
Elizabeth (Tyson) Lukens, who, when a
widow, married Dr. John Rockhill, a widower
(born March 22, 1726, died April 7, 1798),
whose descendants (by their previous mar-
riage) intermarried.

The Lukens family was one of the most
notable of the early Pennsylvania families,
and was of Holland descent. Joseph and
John Lukens were brothers-in-law of Thomas
Potts. The first mentioned was a life-long
resident of the Lukens estate, at Sandy Run,
a man of wealth, held in high esteem for
many good qualities. The latter was appointed
to the responsible position of surveyor-general
of Pennsylvania, under the king. Upon the
agitation of the momentous question which
prepared the way for American independence,
he espoused the cause of the patriots and so
closely was he identified with the leaders in
the revolutionary movement that it was in one
of the apartments of his residence, in Phila-
delphia, that the Declaration of Independence
was drawn up by Thomas Jefferson. His
granddaughter, the celebrated beauty, Sally
McKean, becatne the wife of the Marquis
D'Yrujo, the first minister from Spain to the
United .States under the constitution.

The children of Thomas Potts and Eliza-
beth (Lukens) Potts were: i. Elizabeth,
married Robert Barnhill, in 1778, and had :
Elizabeth ; John ; Robert : Margaret, who mar-
ried Cornelius V. S. Roosevelt, and had a son,
Theodore Roosevelt, who married Martha
Bullock, by whom, Theodore Roosevelt, Presi-
dent of the United States. 2. Joseph, died
unmarried, aged about sixty years. 3. Gainer,
married John Clayton Rockhill. and had:
Thomas C. Robeson, Lukens, John, Edward
Augustus, William. 4. William Lukens, born
July 17, 1771, died January 17, 1854; married
Rachel Hughes. 5. Hugh Henry, see forward.

(IV) Hugh Henry, son of Thomas and



Elizabeth (Lukens) Potts, was born in 1773,
and died in 1842. One gains an excellent
idea regarding him from a description in a



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