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He held this position for forty-six years, and
in turn was succeeded by his son Frederick.
He was an able officer and administered his
duties with honesty and great business ability.
He was one of the wealthiest citizens of his
city. He married, July i, 1722, Margaret,
eldest daughter of Jacobus and Eve (Philipse)
Van Cortlandt. Eleven children were born
to them: I. Abraham, born October 5, 1723,
died in March, 1724. 2. and 3. Eve and Cath-
arine (twins), December 3, 1724; Eve, died in
April, 1728; Catharine, married John Living-
ston. 4. James Abraham, mentioned below.

5. Pierre, October 19, 1727, died in April,
1728. 6, Margaret, November 14, 1728 ; mar-
ried Hon. William Axtell. 7. Pierre, March
27, 1730- 8. Frederick, known as the "Mar-
quis," born April 8, 1 731, lived in France for
sixteen years ; returned to New York City,
where he died August 25, 1773. 9. Eve, Janu-
ary I or 2, 1733-34, died unmarried. 10. Mary
Margaret, August 26, 1735, married Dr. John
Charlton. 11. Elizabeth, September 11, 1737.
married Matthew Clarkson.

(IV) James Abraham, son of Abraham (2)
and Margaret (Van Cortlandt) de Peyster,
was born in New York, February 26, 1725-26,
died at Jamaica, Long Island, July 7, 1799-
He was educated in the schools of his native
city, and at an early age began his mercantile
career, in which avocation he gained distinc-
tion. He also engaged extensively in shipping,
owning at one time one hundred ships. He
was distinguished for his great benevolence
and was an active member of Trinity Church.
He was prominent in the militia, serving for
some time as colonel. He married. February

6, 1748, Sarah, daughter of the Hon. Joseph
Reade, a member of the King's Council. She
was born August 10. 1724, died in Jamaica.
July 27, 1799. To this union were born thir-
teen children: i. Margaret, born January t8.
1749 ; married Colonel Thomas James, an of-
ficer of the British army. 2. Ann Adriana.



born April 30, 175 1, died July 28, 1751. 3.
Abraham, born February 18, 1753; served as
captain in the British army ; he founded the
city of St. John's, New Brunswick, and was
treasurer of the province; he died in St. John's
about 1799; married Catharine Livingston. 4.
Joseph Reade, born April 8, 1754; married
and left one daughter. 5. James, born May 6,
^755. 'li'-'J June 5, of the same year. 6. Ann,
born August 24, 1756, died unmarried. 7.
James, born December 3, 1757; was a lieu-
tenant in the British army, and was killed in
battle, August 18, 1793. 8. Frederic, men-
tioned below. 9. Lawrence Reade, born Feb-
ruary 21, 1760, died June 24, 1761. lo. Sarah,
born September 20, 1761. 11. Lawrence
Reade, born March 19, 1763, died January 20,
1771. 12. Mary Reade. horn September 18,
1765, married . 13. Elizabeth, born Janu-
ary 17, T768; married Dr. William llamersley.

(V) Frederic, son of Captain James Abra-
ham and Sarah (Reade) de Peyster, was born
in New York City, December 10, 1758, died
at Bloomingdale, New York City, February
26, 1834. He was educated in the scliools of
his native city. At the age of eighteen years
he was made captain of the "Axtell Guards"
or "Nassau Blues," raised on Long Island for
the protection of Chief-Justice A.xtell, his
uncle. He later entered the Royal New York
Volunteer Infantry, in a regiment commanded
by Colonel James Ferguson. He was commis-
sioned captain and served with distinction in
the south. In an engagement with the con-
tinental army he was shot in the leg, while
swimming his horse across a river. At the
close of the revolutionary war he went with
his brother, Abraham, to New Brunswick. In
1784 he was granted a city lot in St. John's,
and during 1792 he was a magistrate in Yorke
county. He later returned to his native city,
where he engaged in the mercantile business
for many years. He was an able business man
and acquired a large property. Owing to the
death of his older brother, without male issue,
he became the head of the family. He was
a member of the Society for Promoting Re-
ligion and Learning, serving as its first treas-
urer.

He married (first) Helen, daughter of Gen-
eral Samuel Hake, commissary-general of the
British armv in America, and Helen (Living-
ston) Hake. She died April i, 1801. aged



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twenty-eight years. Five children: i. James
Ferguson, mentioned below. 2. Robert Gil-
bert, born June 27, 1795, died at Norwich,
Connecticut, in 1873 ; he was a merchant in
New Orleans, Louisiana. 3. Frederick, born
November 11, 1796, died in 1882; graduated
from Columbia University in 1816; studied
law and practiced the profession for several
years ; later he engaged in literary pursuits,
gaining distinction as a historian. 4. Abra-
ham, born June 18, 1798, died unmarried; he
went to Brazil. 5. Samuel, died in infancy.
Captain de Peyster married (second) Ann,
daughter of Gerard G. Beekman. Six chil-
dren: 6. Joanna, born March 7, 1804, died in
1867 ; married Richmond Whitmarsh, of
Rhode Island. 7. Ann Frederic, born June 7,
1805, died unmarried, in 1840. 8. Margaret,
born June 9, 1806, died unmarried, December
16, 1866. 9. Mary Elizabeth, born April 14,
1809, died unmarried. 10. Pierre Van Cort-
landt, born July 11, 1814, died unmarried,
April I, 1854. II. Catherine Van Cortlandt,
born October 20, 1818; married, June
19, 1838, Benjamin Hazard Field, of York-
town, New York ; her children were : Cort-
landt de P. Field, and Florence, who married
(first) David Bishop and (second) John E.
Parsons.

(VI) James Ferguson, oldest son of Fred-
eric and Helen (Hake) de Peyster. was born
in Hanover Square, New York City, in 1794,
died June 12. 1S74. He prepared for college
in the schools of his native city, and graduated
from Columbia University in 1812 with the
degree of A. B. On March 30, 1814, he was
commissioned first lieutenant, Forty-second
United States Infantry, and on April 26, the
same year, was promoted captain. He served
with distinction tuitil the close of the war.
being honorably discharged. June 15, 1815.
He then engaged in the mercantile btisiness.
He was for many years an active member of
the Chamber of Commerce, and was a trus-
tee and treasurer of the Bank for Savings in
Bleeckcr street. He was a member of St.
Michael's Church, and served as its treasurer
from t8i6 until his death. ?Ie was a public-
spirited citizen and gave liberally of his time
and money to assist in all matters oertaining
to the civic and religious welfare of the city.
He served as governor of the New York Hos-
pital for forty years and was for many years



a trustee of the Public School Society. He
took deep interest in the New York Dispen-
sary, serving as secretary of the board of
directors for many years, and as its president
from 1861 until his death. He was a trustee
of the New York Infant Asylum, and was
treasurer of the Society for Promoting Re-
ligion and Learning, succeeding his father.

He married (first) Susan Maria, daughter
of Matthew Clarkson. One child, Susan
Maria Clarkson, married, in 1856, Robert Ed-
ward Livingston, of Clermont. Captain de
Peyster married (second) in Salem, M.issa-
chusetts, February 4, 1838, Frances Goodhue,
born, June 17, 1808, in Salem, died April 30,
1871, in New York, daughter of William and
Frances (Goodhue) Ashton. Children: i.
Frederic J., mentioned below. 2. Jacob Ash-
ton, born August 9, 1840, died May 27. 1878.
3. Frances Goodhue, born April 27, 1842. died
December i, 1864. 4. Walter, born in 1846,
died young. 5. Helen Hake, born in 1849,
died young.

(VII) Frederic J., son of Captain James
Ferguson and Frances Goodhue (Ashton) de
Peyster, was born in New York City, Febru-
.sry 5, 1839, died at Lakcwood, New Jersey,
May II, 1905. He prepared for college at the
private school of Dr. Dennis and entered the
College of the City of New York in 1856,
and graduated with the degree of A. B. in
i860. He then entered the law department
of Columbia University and graduated in 1862
with the degree of LL. B. He was admitted
to the bar and was for some years associated
with the firm of Tremaine & Tvler in the
practice of his profession. He then retired
from active practice and devoted his time to
literary and philanthropic work. He took great
interest in the American School of Classical
Studies in Athens, and served for several
years as the New York trustee and as treas-
urer of the institution. He raised funds to
assist scholars in research work in Greece and
for exploring and restoring the ancient works
of art. It was largely through his tmtiring
labor and devotion to the work that interest
was aroused in leading scholars thrnutjhont
the world and the .American ITniversities be-
came enlisted in this field of historical and
literary research.

He was a member of the St. Nicholas So-
ciety, serving as president for several years,



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and during his term of office Queen Williel-
mina of Holland conferred upon him the or-
der of Orange Nassau. He was president of
the New York Dispensary ; St. Nicholas Club,
1887-89; the New York Infant A.sylum ; the
Huguenot and Orpheus societies. He served
as chairman of the Society Library, and was
a trustee of the Home of the Incurables, the
Good Samaritan Dispensary, and the New
York Institution for the Instruction of the
Deaf and Dumb. He took a deep interest in
the affairs of the College of the City of New
York, and served as president of the Alumni
Association during 1882-84; was president of
the Archaeological Society from its founda-
tion until 1889. He was first to serve as gov-
ernor-general of the Society of Colonial Wars,
and was governor-general at the time of his
death. He was also a member of the Numis-
matic, Holland, and the New York Historical
and other societies.

He married October 10, 1871, Augusta Mc-
Evers, born October 6, 185 1, in Morrisania,
New York, died April 5, 191 1, in Morristown,
New Jersey, daughter of William Henry and
Ella (Birckhead) Morris, of New York. Five
children were born to them: i. Helen Van
Cortlandt. born September 12, 1872; married
George Augustus Lung, April 28, 1908 ; one
child, George A. Lung, born December 5,
1909. 2. Frederic Ashton, mentioned below.
3. Frances Goodhue, born June 6. 1876. 4.
Augusta Morris, born June 25, 1877. 5. Ella
Morris, born July 7, 1S81 ; married December
14, 1905, William Brock Shoemaker, who died
June 21, 1906. No children.

(VIII) Frederic Ashton, son of Frederic J.
and Augusta McEvers (Morris) de Peyster,
was bom in New York City, October 29, 1874.
He married, April 21, 1908, Alice, daughter
of Frederick Augustus and Alice (Townsend)
Abercrombie-Miller. Children: i. Alice Town-
send, born June 14, 1910. 2. Frederic Ashton,
born December 10, 191 1. 3. Helen Van Cort-
landt, May 9, 1913.



The surname Sickles is Hol-

SICKLES land Dutch in origin, and was

already conspicuous in the

early developments of New Amsterdam and

Albany.

Zacharias Van Weenen Sickles, born at
Vienna. Austria, about 1630, went to Holland



and from there to Curacoa, where he served
as cadet, and when Stuyvesant returned from
a visit to Curacoa in 1655 Sickles came with
him and soon after became attached to the
garrison at Fort Orange, remaining in Albany
after the surrender of 1664, and remov-
ing to New York in 1693, where he was ad-
mitted freeman in 1698. He married, in 1658
or 1660, Anna, daughter of Lambert and
Anatie Van Valkenbergh, who were residing
at New Amsterdam in 1644, and afterwards
went to Albany. He would seem to be the
chief American progenitor of the Sickles. He
had a son Robert, who married Geertrny Rid-
derhaas, April 5, 1^86, their children, Maria,
Sophia, Henricus and Elizabeth, being bap-
tized at Albany and New York. He had an-
other son, Lambert, whose children were
Johannes and Alida. Another of his sons was
Thomas, who settled in New York and had
a large family. Zacharias, another son, bom
at Albany in 1670, died January 20, 1729, set-
tled in Harlem in 1693 and bought of his
father-in-law some land in Harlem in 1705,
at his death owning about forty-three acres.
This Zacharias married (first) August 23,
1693, Maria, daughter of Jan Hendriks and
Annatje (Bastiens) Brevoort, who were mar-
ried January 29, 1668; and (second) July 19.
1717, Wyntie Dyckman. Zacharias, son of
Lambert, and grandson of Zacharias, the first
settler, married Annati Wyngaard, July 4.
1728. She was buried August 6, 1746. One
of the children of Zacharias and .^nnati
(Wyngaard) Sickles, namely Abraham, born
June 5, 1737, married Maria Cannel, Connell,
Kanner or Connor, April 16, 1767. She died
May 28, 1829. Their son Zacharias married
Catherine Sheers, June iq, 1777.

Garret Sickles, who lived at Stuyvesant,
was born in 1732, died in 1830. He mar-
ried Hielchi Clow, and his son Garret Zach-
arias Sickles, who appears to have been a su-
pervisor for some years, living at Stuyve-
sant, married, in 1814, Elizabeth Sharp. Gar-
ret Zacharias Sickles was born in 1788. It
has been found impossible, with the available
records, to give the line that follows with ful-
ness that approaches complete accuracy, but
it is probable that the finding of one or two
further connecting links will show the line
to be part of some of the foregoing branches.

(I) George Garrett Sickles, the first ascer-



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tainable ancestor of the branch of the Sickles
family here dealt with, was born in New York
City about the year 1799. He was engaged
in mercantile pursuits and acquired a compe-
tency. He married, about 1820, Susan, daugh-
ter of a Mr. Marsh, who was probably con-
nected with some of the colonial Marsh fam-
ilies of New England. These families appear
to have been English in origin, for men of
the Marsh name are said to have been known
in all parts of England ever since the intro-
duction of surnames. The name is also found
in Ireland, but it would appear to be ex-
tremely rare, it it exists at all, in Scotland.
Two hundred and fifty years ago there were
at least six men of the Marsh name who had
left the .shores of the British Isles for this
new world. The first of the six to come was
John Marshc. who took oath March 24, 1633,
and settled first in Salem and then in Hart-
ford. George, whose name became associated
with Hingham, came nearly as early, drawing
his home lot at Hingham, Massachusetts, on
September 18, 1635. Also in that year, 1635,
four others of the name came : for on March
13 another John Marsh, aged twenty-six, hav-
ing taken the oath of fidelity to the English
king and crown, set sail on the "Plain John"
for Virginia, as all New England was then
called.

In the same year, a week or so later than
the coming of John Marsh, the second, on
May 21, upon the "Matthew of London,"
William Marsh, aged twenty-six, sailed for St.
Christopher, and was possibly the William
Marsh who came to Plainfield, Connecticut,
in Cromwell's day, of whom an account says
that he was at Boston in 1636. And on July
27. 1635, John or Jonathan Marsh, aged
thirty-three, and Frances Marsh, aged twenty-
eight, came over on the "Primrose," Captain
Douglas, master. Thus in 1635 six of the
Marsh name, whether they belonged all or
some of them to the same family has not yet
been ascertained, had sailed on five different
vessels that year and on another two years
before. Samuel Marsh was at New Haven in
1647. Thomas Marsh came in i64



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