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Princeton ITniversity, and subsequently prac-
ticed medicine in his native city. He became
one of the most celebrated physicians of his
time and won a vote of thanks from his na-
tive city for his heroic work during the small-
pox epidemic of 1745. He took an active in-
terest in the civic and public aflFairs of New
York and was especially distinguished for his
generosity to the poor of the city. He mar-
ried, October it, 1707, Catharine Peters De
la Noy, daughter of .Abraham De la Noy and
sister of Mary De la Noy, his brother's wife.
She was born September 20, 1691. died De-
cember 14, 1765. Children: i. Cornelia. Oc-
tober 4, 1 70S. married William Walton, *
prominent citizen of New York ; died May 10,
1786; no children. 2. Magdalena, January

5. 171 1, died young. 3. .Adrian. July 2, 1712,
died at birth. 4. Magdalena. .August 30, 1714;
died unmarried in 1784. 5. Catharine, Feb-



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ruary 28. 1717; died unmarried in 1793. 6.
Gerard William, December 13, 17 18, died Oc-
tober 6, 1781 ; became a wealthy citizen in
New York City; married, April 11, 1751,
Mary Diiychinck. daughter of Gerardus Duy-
ckinck ; two children. 7. Maria, April 13,
1723, died unmarried February 20, 1793. 8.
William, April 13, 1725, died unmarried Oc-
tober 8, 1795. 9. Elizabeth, April 16, 1727;
married Robert Rutgers, September 23, 1755.
10. Abraham, August 4, 1729, died unmarried
October 19, 1789. 11. James, mentioned be-
low. 12. Adrian, July 30, 1734, died Septem-
ber 24, 1747.

(VII) Hon. James Beekman, son of Dr
William and Catharine Peters (De la Noy)
Beekman. was born in New York City, March
5. 1732, died April 6, 1807. He received a
liberal education and became one of the promi-
nent citizens of the city. He served as a
member of the "committee of one hundred"
in 1775. and from 1775 to 1777 was a mem-
ber of the provincial legislature. He inherited
a large property, which he greatly increased
through his able management, and owned a
goodly estate on "Beekman Hill," where in
1764 he built a line house between "Kissing
Bridge" and the East river near Fifty-first
street and First avenue. This house became
famous during the revolutionary war. Here
General Howe made his headquarters for
some time in 1776, and in the greenhouse
nearby Captain Nathan Hale was tried and
condemned to be hung. The house was also
occupied by Generals Chester and Carleton,
and by Baron Riedsel in 1780. Major Andre
passed the night at the Beekman mansion be-
fore proceeding up the Hudson to meet Gen-
eral Benedict Arnold. George Wa.shington,
after becoming president, was frequently en-
tertained by James Beekman at this estate.
In 1874 the house was torn down and the
drawing-room mantlepiece with its blue Dutch
tiles is a cherished relic of the New York His-
torical Society.

Hon. James Beekman married, October 8,
1752, Jane Keteltas, daughter of Abraham and
Jane Keteltas. She was born October 8, 1734,
and died February 7, i8t8. Children: i.
William, July 12, 1754. died unmarried. Au-
gust 8. 1808. 2. Abraham Keteltas, February
29, 1756, died November 13, 1816; married
Johanna, daughter of Gerard William Beek-



man; no children. 3. James, April 16, 1758,
died April 8, 1837. 4. Jane, April 16, 1760;
married Stephen Van Cortland. 5. Cath-
arine, May 30, 1762; married Elisha Boudi-
not ; no children. 6. Mary, September 6, 1765 ;
married Stephen N. Bayard ; no children. 7.
John, March 2, 1767, died May 4, the same
year. 8. John, mentioned below. 9. Cor-
nelia, August 8, 1770, married Isaac B. Cox.
10. Elizabeth, January 2, 1773, died Septem-
l^er 3, 1773. II- Gerard, mentioned below.
12. Samuel, September 18, 1776, died in April,
1 8 1 6.

(VIII) John, son of Hon. James and Jane
(Keteltas) Beekman, was born in New York
City. April 29, 1768, died there December
18, 1843. He was educated in the schools of
his native city, and became one of the most
wealthy and prominent citizens of New York,
being identified with all measures pertaining
to the u])building of the city and state. He
married, November 3, 1792, Mary Elizabeth
Goad Bedlow. She was born August i, 1771,
died April 5, 1S45. Children: i. Catharine
Bedlow, born September 11, 1798, died De-
cember 31, 1883: married Abraham Fish, who
died October 8, 1828. 2. Mary, married Wil-
liam A. De Peyster. Their dauglUers have en-
dowed a room at the New York Historical
Society to their memory, containing portraits
and relics of the Beekman and Dc Peyster
families. Her daughter, Mary Bedlow De
Peyster, born February 13, 1832. married Dr.
Charles Scott McKnight. who died Septem-
ber 9, 1895, leaving issue, a daughter Mary,
who married Theodorus Bailey. 3. John
Crosby, died at Rural Cove, East river, .\pril
17, 1863, unmarried. 4. Jane, married Dr.
Jacob Hallett Borrowe. 5. Lydia. married
in 1831, Jo.seph Faulke Jr. 6. William Fen-
wick, mentioned below.

(IX) William Fenwick, son of John and
Mary Elizabeth Goad (Bedlow) Beekman,
was born in New York City. August 4, 1809.
died there December 17, 1872. He was ed-
tuated in the schools of his native city, grad-
uated from Rutgers College and also from the
School of Physicians and Surgeons. University
of Pennsylvania; and at an early age became
prominent in the business and social aflfairs
of the town. He married. June i, 1841, Cath-
arine .Alexander Neilson, fjorn December 31,
1814. died in 1892. Children: I. William Bed-



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low, February 9, 1S42, died March 8, 1898.
He became a prominent banker and broker in
New York City; was also a member of the
Stock Exchange. He married twice, first,
Alice Keller, who died in 1873, and second,
Kalherine Morris Parker. By his first mar-
riage he had two children: Charles Keller
Beekman, a prominent and successful lawyer
of New York, and Catherine A., married to
John Huger, of Charleston. By his second
marriage lie had five children: Heloise, mar-
ried to David Leavitt Hough ; Fenwick, mar-
ried to Sabina Struthers, daughter of Robert
Strnthers, and has one child. Fenwick ; Cort-
landt; Gertruydt Van Cortlandt, died March
5, 1910; Marghreta. 2. John Neilson. born
at Oyster Bay, August 29, 1843, '^'cd April
26, 1912; graduated A.B. from Columbia Uni-
versity in 1864 and the College of Physicians
and Surgeons in 1868 ; married Annie L. Daw-
son. 3. Henry Rutgers, mentioned below. 4.
James Hudc, born May 25, 1848, died Febru-
ary 22, 1902; married Florence Delaplaine ;
no children. 5. Neilson, died young. 6. Her-
man, born October 24, 1852, died unmarried
August 10, 1897. 7. Fanny Neilson, born
November 24, 1856, died May 7, 1882; mar-
ried Robert Adrain, one child, Fanny Neil-
son Beekman Adrain.

(X) Judge Henry Rutgers Beekman, son
of William Fenwick and Catharine Alexander
(Neilson) Beekman, was born in New York
City. December 8, 1845, died there December
17, 1900. He prepared for college in the
schools of his native city and entered Colum-
bia University in i86t. graduating in 1865
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then
entered the Columbia University Law School
and graduated with honors in 1867 with the
degree of LL.B. He was admitted to the bar
in this last year and formed a partnership with
David B. Ogden, under the firm name of Og-
den & Beekman. which partnership continued
until 1894. when he was appointed judge of
the superior court. In 1895 he was appointed
justice of the supreme court of New York,
retaining the office until his death. He met
with marked success in the practice of his
jirofession. being one of the ablest attorneys
in the State. As a judge he performed his
duties with great dignity and impartialitv. His
decisions showed a remarkable knowledge of
the laws of the State. In politics he was a



Democrat and held many positions of trust,
i fe was president of the Department of Parks
(luring the years 1885-87. In this last year
he was elected to the board of aldermen,
serving until 1888. He was then counsel to
the corporation until 1889. He served for
some time on the commission for promoting
uniformity of legislation in the United States
Judge Beekman took a deej) interest in educa-
tional matters and in 1884 was a member of
the school board. He was prominent in the
social affairs of his city, being a member of
the University. Union and Manhattan clubs.
Judge Beekman married, November 29,
1870. Isabella Lawrence, daughter of Richard
and Josephine (Bayley) Lawrence. She was
born in New York City, and now resides at
No. 38 East Seventy-sixth Street.. Four chil-
dren were born to Judge Henry Rutgers and
Isabella (Lawrence) Beekman: Josephine
Lawrence, William Fenwick, Mary Elizabeth.
Henry Rutgers, resides at No. 38 East Seven-
ty-sixth Street.

(VIII) Gerard, son of Hon. James and
Jane (Keteltas) Beekman. was born in New
York City. December 17, 1774, and died July
15, 1833. He received a liberal education and
at an early date became prominent in the busi-
ness, civic and social life of the city. He was
one of the wealthiest and most public spirited
citizens of New York, and generously gave
of his time and money to assist in promoting
the welfare of the city. He was an active
member of the church and gave generously
to its various benevolences. He married, in
.April. 1810. Catharine Sanders, of .Schenec-
tady, daughter of Captain John and Catharine
(Sanders) Sanders. She was born October
TO, 1785, and died October 15, 1835. Her
mother was a daughter of Hon. Robert San-
ders, a prominent citizen of .A.lbany, New
York, serving as mayor of the city during the
years 1750-54. One child: James ^Villiam.
mentioned below.

(IX) James William, .son of Gerard and
Catharine (Sanders) Beekman. was born at
553 Broadway, New York. November 22.
1815, died there June 15. 1877. He was pre-
pared for college by private tutors and in
1830 entered Columbia University, graduating
in 1834. with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
He then studied law and was admitted to the
bar in \St,C\ but never actively practiced the



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profession. He made extensive trips tlirough
the northern states in the summers of 1834-
2/. In 1838, in company with his college
classmate, Evert A. Duyckinck, he made an
extensive trip through France, Holland, Eng-
land and Scotland, returning in one of the
first steamships that crossed the Atlantic. In-
heriting a large fortune he devoted himself
to the management of his business interests,
and civic and social affairs of his native city.
At an early age he became prominent in the
political aiTairs of the city. He represented
his district in the New York assembly in
1848, and during the years 1849-51 served
in the State senate. He was a member of
several important committees in both the house
and the senate, and took a- prominent part in
securing important changes in the tax laws,
by which the personal liberty of the dehii-
quent tax-payers was unrestrained and ex-
tended time given for payment. He was chair-
man of the senate committee that reported the
bill creating the New York Central Park, and
it was largely due to his earnest advocacy
that the bill became a law. He was especially
interested in educational matters and served
for some time as member of the board of ed-
ucation of New York. He was also a trus-
tee of the Medical Department of Columbia
University from i860 to 1877 and of the imi-
versity from 1875 until 1877. During the
trying times of the civil war he proved an
earnest friend of the government and gave
liberally of his time and money to aid the
Union soldiers. In the early part of 1861 he.
in company with Erastus Corning and Thur-
low Weed, consulted President Buchanan, in
Washington, in regard to giving necessary
protection to the steamer ''Star of the West,"
which had been sent from New York City
loaded with supplies for the beleaguered gar-
rison at Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Caro-
lina. He was an active member of the Dutch
Reformed Church, Fifth Avenue and Twenty-
ninth Street, and gave generously to its many
benevolences. He was greatly interested in
all matters that pertained to the welfare of
humanity, and for many years he made a
study cf hospital construction and administra-
tion, making many trips to Europe to inspect
the hospital conditions on that continent. He
was governor and vice-president of the New
York Hospital from its foundation until his



death; president of the Woman's Hospital for
many years, and trustee of the New York
Dispensary. He was especially active in the
club and society life of the city, being one of
the founders of the Union League Club and
its vice-president for some time. He was for
many years a member and ofticer of the St.
Nicholas Society and the Century Associa-
tion. He was a popular lecturer. Several
of his addresses were published, the most im-
portant being "The Founders of New York,"
delivered before the St. Nicholas Society in
1869; and "Report on a Village of Cottage
Hospitals," made to the governors of the New
York Hospital in February, 1876. This last
work was an exhaustive study of hospital con-
ditions, and is regarded as an authority on
the subject. He was a member of the New
York Historical Society and its vice-president
for several years. He was a worthy descend-
ant of a worthy family. He inherited the
firm religious faith that distinguished his an-
cestors in Germany and Holland, the faith
that made him conspicuous in the church and
benevolent work of the city. He was tolerant
in his views and was ever ready to extend a
helping hand to his less fortunate brothers.
He was a member of the Sabbath Commit-
tee and worked to make the Sabbath a day of
rest. In his zeal in philanthropic work he
often overtaxed his strength, and while per-
forming his duty as an officer in the New
York Hospital he contracted the illness of
which he died, June 15, 1877.

He married, March 18, 1840, Abian Steele
Milledoller, daughter of Rev. Philip Mille-
d Her, president of Rutgers College, New
Jersey. She was born November 22, 1815.
and died January 15, 1877. Five children
were born of this marriage: i. Catharine, mar-
ried William W. Hoppin. a distinguished
lawyer in New York. 2. Gerard, mentioned
below 3. Philip Milledoller, born June 12.
1845, 'I'ccl August 15, 1846. 4. James Wil-
liam, born November 4, 1847, 'l'Cf'> unmar-
ried. August 7, 1908 : graduated from Colum-
bia University in 1S69 and the Columbia Law
School in 1871 ; was prominent in many social
clubs and patriotic organizations, notably the
Seawanhaka Yacht Club; was governor of
the New York Hospital from 1884 until his
death, and a man of unusual popularity and
charm. In 1893 was made a Knight of the



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Order of Orange Nassau by the Queen Re-
gent of Holland. 5. Cornelia.

(X) Gerard, son of James \N'illiani and
Abian Steele ( Milledoller) Beekman, was
born in New York City. He prepared for
college under private instruction and entered
Columbia University graduating in 1864 with
the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and from Law
School of Columbia in 1867. He is a mem-
ber of the University Club, St. Nicholas So-
ciety, and was for many years a trustee of
Columbia. He has incorporated under the
laws of the State a society for the benefit of
the Beekman family ; the education and care
of any of its members, and other charitable
purposes, and for the preservation of the fam-
ily heirlooms. This is called the Beekman
Family Association. Gerard and James Wil-
liam Beekman presented a stained glass win-
dow to the new chapel in Columbia Univer-
sity on which has been recorded the names
of former graduates of the family name.



On both the paternal and maternal
BULL sides, the Bull family of New

York traces its origin to several of
the oldest and most distinguished New Eng-
land families of the Colonial and Revolu-
tionary periods, the Bulls, the Lanmans, the
Trumbulls, the Bolystons, the Coits and oth-
ers.

(I) Henry P)ull. a native of South Wales,
was bom in 161 o, died in 1693. He came to
America in 1635 and was the progenitor of
all the Bull families of New England. After
a .short residence in the Massachusetts Bay
Colony he went to Rhode Island, being one
of the followers of Roger Williams. Wtih
seventeen associates he purchased land in 163S
and joined in the settlement of Newport, be-
ing at once one of the leading men of the
new colony. He was chosen sergeant of the
town, with the care of the prison included in
the duties of his office. In i68g. when he
was nearly eighty years of age, he accepted
election as governor, when the duty of restor-
ing the charter privileges of the colony after
the fall of Andros made the office one of
arduous labor and heavy responsibilities, so
much so, in fact, that two others declined to
serve in that capacity. He was admitted a
freeman in Massachusetts, May 7, 1637. He
was one of the first fifty-eight followers of



Wheelwright and Mrs. Hutchinson, disarmed
by order of the general court. Henry Bull
was one of the founders of Portsmouth,
Rhode Island, having been associated in that
enterprise with men from Boston and vicin-
ity; this was in 1638. In the following year
he became one of the fonuders of Newport.
He was elected corporal of the train band,
June 27, 1638, chosen sergeant, November
24, 1638, and in 1641-42 lie was designated
as sergeant assistant. In 1655-57 '''^ '^^''^^ ^^"^
of the six commissioners from Newport to
the general court of election at Providence,
and from 1666 to 1681 represented Newport
in the general assembly. In 1674-76 he was
assistant, and in 1685-86 and 1689-90 gover-
nor of Rhode Island.

Henry Bull, according to the Friends' Rec-
ords "aged about eighty-four years, departed
this life at his home in Newport, he being
the last man of the first settlers of this Rhode
Island, 22nd, iimo. 1693-4". He was buried
in the Coddington ground, the old Quaker
cemetery on Farewell Street, in Newport.
The records of deeds indicate that he owned
considerable property. The house that he
built on the easterly side of Spring street is
still standing and is in the possession of his
descendants, it being the only one remaining
of those built by the original settlers. On
July 18. 1906, the Rhode Island Historical
Society unveiled a tablet, attached to the house
and inscribed : "The Gov. Bull house, the old-
est house in Rhode Island. Built in part in
1639 by Henry Bull, Governor under Royal
Charter of the Colony of Rhode Lsland and
Providence Plantations, in the years 1685-6
and 1690."

He married (first) Elizabeth , who died

October i, 1665, and was buried at Newport.
He married (second) at Sandwich, Massa-
chusetts, Esther Allen, born December 18.
1648, died February 26, 1676. daughter of
Ralph and Esther (Swift) Allen. He mar-
ried (third) March 28, 1677, Ann Clayton,
widow of Governor Nicholas Easton. She
died January 30, 1707, and was buried in the
Coddington cemetery at Newport. Children.
Jiroli, mentioned below: Elizabeth, married
.Allen; .\mey, married Edward Rich-
mond.

(II) Jireh, son of Henrv Bull, was bom
at Pi rtsmouth, Rhode Island, September,



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1638, died in 1684 in Kingstown, probably
He was one of a company who purcliased
land in the Narrangansett Country, June 29.
1660, and he signed articles relating to the
Westerly lands, March 22, 1661. He bought
five hundred acres at Pettequamscott and
thereafter seems to have resided on the west
side of the bay except during King Philip's
war. He and two others were appointed on a
commission to the Indians, August 19, 1669.
By appointment of the governor he was a con-
servator of the peace in 1669-70, 1678 and
1683. He was assessor or rate-maker for
Pettequamscott in 1670; was appointed lieu-
tenant and took the oath of fidelity. May 19,
1671 ; was appointed one of the commissioners
to adjust the Connecticut boundary line. May
14, 1672. Roger Williams in a letter dated
June 27, 1675, to John Winthrop, written from
Richard Smith's at Narragansett, says : "Just
now comes in Sam Dier in a catch (ketch')
from Newport, to fetch over Jireh Bull's wife
and children and others of Pettequamscott."
This was on account of King Philip's war and
in December following Bull's garrison house
was burned, ten Englishmen and five women
and children were killed, but two escaping.
After the war Jireh Bull returned to his home
and five hundred acres of land were laid out
to him, December 5, 1679. During the war
he was probably at Newport, for he was on
a commission appointed April 4, 1676, to make
a census of the island, and August 24, 1676.
he served on a^ court-martial to try Indians.
In 1683 services of the Church of England
were read at his house. He died in 1684.

The name of his wife is unknown. It is

thought she was Katherine , on whose

estate administration was granted August 16,
1713. Children: Henry, of Kingstown, born
1658, died 169 1 ; Jireh, mentioned below;
Mary, 1663, died June 13, 1754, married John
Coggeshall ; Ephraim, of Kingstown, born
1669, died 1721 ; Ezekiel, of Kingstown, born
1671, died September 7, 1727.

(HI) Jireh (2), son of Jireh (i) Bull, was
born in 1659, died July 16, 1709. He married
(first) Godsgift, born August 27, 1658. died
April 23, 1691, eighth child of Governor and
Damaris (Westcott) Arnold. He married

(second) Sarah . Children, born at

Westerly, by his first wife: Jireh, 1682, died



1709; Benjamin, married, December, 1710,
Content James ; Benedict, mentioned below.

(IV) Benedict, son of Jireh (2) Bull, was
born in 1687 in Rhode Island. He settled in
Milford, Connecticut, about 171 1. He married
Sibella Bryan. Children, born at Milford:
Benedict, 1717, killed in childhood by a fall;
Sibella. February 14, 1719-20; Jireh, men-
tioned below; Benjamin, October 10, 1721,
twin of Jireh, married (first) December 22,
1748, Esther, daughter of Solomon Baldwin,
(second) April 11, 1754, Anna Piatt; they
lived at Milford; Godsgift. February 24, 1724;
Content, about 1725, married a Mr. Bryan, of
Milford.

(V) Jireh (3), son of Benedict Bull, was
born at Milford, Connecticut, October 10,
1721. He married Sibella, daughter of Jere-
miah Peck. Children, born at Milford: Si-
bella, married Daniel Buckingham ; Jabez,
mentioned below ; Jerusha, married David
Noble ; Content, married David Baldwin ;
Henry, born 1754; Jeremiah, born March 10,

1757-

(VI) Jabez, son of Jireh (3) Bull, was born
at Milford, Connecticut. January 19. 1747.
In 1700 Jeremiah Bull was head of a family
at Milford, according to the first federal cen-
sus. Anna Bull (doubtless widow of Benja-
min) was living with one male over sixteen
and two females in her family, in 1790. Ben-
jamin and Temperance Bull were also heads
of families in Milford. Hinnian calls Jabez
"Benedict Jabez," as if he had assumed the
name. Jabez Bull married Naomi Bridge.
Chilflren. born at Milford: James, married
a Miss Bryan; Lucy, married William At-
watcr : Tirch. mentioned below.

(VII) lirch (4), son of Jabez Bull, was
born in Milford. Connecticut, about 1770-80
He married Elizabeth .Atwater. who married
T.ucy Bull. One child. Frederic, mentioned
below.

(Vlin Frederic, son of Jireh (4) Bull, was
born in Milford. Connecticut. July 17. 1800,
died in 1871. He was a prominent business
man in New York City for more than a third
of a century preceding his death at his coun-
try seat in Montclair, New Jersey. He was
head of the New York family bearing the
name. He married Mary Huntington T.an-
man, born May 28, 1804, at Norwich. Con-
necticut, and died in 1880 (sec Lanmanl. The



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ceremony was performed in 1829. Children:
Sara, Elizabeth, Mary H., Caroline W., Abi-
gail T., Frederic, William Lanman, mentioned
below ; Anna C.

(IX) William Lanman, seventh child and
youngest son of Frederic and Mary Hunting-
ton (Lanman) Bull, was born in New York
City, August 23, 1844. After a good prepara-
tory education he completed his studies in the
College of the City of New York, from which
he was graduated in 1864. He then began
his business career by entering the banking
house of Edward Sweet & Co., the senior
partner of this firm being a brother-in-law of
Mr. Bull. In 1867 he became a partner in
the firm, a relation that he has maintained
uninterruptedly down to the present time, a
period of forty-five years. Outside of his
banking business Mr. Bull has been otherwise
prominent in business and social life. Twice
he has been president of the New York Stock
Exchange, and his important railroad connec-
tions have included membership in the direc-



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