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following at St. Albans, Vermont. From 1883
to 1886 he was pastor of the North Street
Congregational Church of Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, and for a year following was stated
supply at Chicopee Center, ^Lassachusetts.
From 1890 to 1893 he was president of Elmira
(New York) College, and for the following
ten years he was engaged in a business enter-
prise, being resident director of the South
Yuba Water Company and the Central Cali-
fornia Electric Company (California) from
1893 to '905' when he retired to private life,
and engaged extensively in literary activity.
.'Xmong his publications are: "The Outermost
Rim and Beyond," 1882; "The Psychic Fac-
tor," 1894: "Jesus, an Unfinished Portrait."
1906; "Yoland of Idle Isle" (a romance),
1907. He was a contributor for many years
to magazines and periodicals. In 1887 New
York University conferred upon him the de-
gree of Doctory of Divinity, and in 1892 he
received from Hamilton College the degree of
Doctor of Laws. Trained to the ministry he
was, from his first pastorate in 1868. a
preacher of much force and spirituality, and
a great power for good in his cviinmunity.
When president of Elmira College, and later
as resident director of the South Yuba Water
Company and the Central California Electric
Company, both large California enterprises, he
showed ingenuity, courage, executive ability
and foresight of a very high order. In those
pioneer days of electrical development ( 1894)
at a time when even electrical experts doubted,
he projected and built one of the first great
electrical transmission systems, and may be
truly said to have been a pioneer in that line.
An author of note, his courage, strength of



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opinion, matured judgment, high moral stand-
ard, sympathy, and uprightness of Hfe made
him a leader in his community, and won for
him the love and lasting respect of all who
knew him or came in contact with him. He
was a type of man of whom all might say it
was good that he had lived.

He married (first) at Chazy, New York,
October 15. 1873, Annie Hubbell Mygatt, of
that town, born November 29, 1841, in New-
ark, New Jersey, died at East Auburn, Cali-
fornia, July 31, 1896, daughter of Frederick
Tliomas and Martha Anne (Hubbell) Mygatt.
He married (second) August 2, 1902, Ruth
Spilman, of Sacramento, California. Chil-
dren: Carl, born July 17, 1874, at St. Albans,
died at birth ; Rudolph Warner, January 4,
1876, at St. Albans, married, at Sacramento
California, October 17, 1904, Rowena Fay
Jackson ; Ottomar Hoghland, mentioned be-
low ; Maximilian Langdon, September 14,
1880, at St. Albans.

(IX) Ottomar Hoghland, the third son of
Rev. Charles and Anna Hubbell (Mygatt)
Van Norden, was born June i, 1878, at St.
Albans, Vermont. He went to California with
his father in March, 1893, and resided at
Auburn. In September. 1895, ^ic entered Le-
land Stanford Junior University, Palo Alto,
California, and graduated from there in June,
1899, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
During his college course he was a member of
the Kappa Alpha (Southern) fraternity.
After completing his college course, he became
associated with the Central California Elec-
tric Company at Sacramento as business man-
ager. In November, 1902, he removed from
Sacramento, California, to New York City,
and made his residence there. In 1903 he be-
came secretary and treasurer of the Van Nor-
den Safe Deposit Company, and also filled the
same offices with the Fifth Avenue Estates
Company, retaining these positions until the
latter part of 1908, when he resigned and
shortly thereafter entered the business of in-
vestment securities, with offices in the financial
district. As a member of the Camp Fire Club
of America, he became a member of the con-
servation committee of that club, and became
active in the promotion of legislation calcu-
lated to protect the game and forests of the
state. In T910 he became president of tlic
Long Island Game Protective Association, an



organization active in both nation and state
in advocating better laws for the protection
of the "Wild Lue of Long Island," and for
the better enforcement of the game laws
there.

He married, December 18, 1907, Jeanie
Belle Duncan, a resident of New York City,
born in New York, January 11, 1878, daugh-
ter of John Paterson and Susan (Stuart)
Duncan, of Scotch ancestry. Children : Hogh-
land, born March 5, 1909, at New York City;
Duncan, born December 2, 1910, at New York
City.



The fact is well known that
POLHEMUS surnames were in but par-
tial use among the early
Dutch settlers in America. Some show no trace
of ever having had surnames ana are recorded
only under patronymics. This soon became
inconvenient, and it is improbable that such
a usage could have long continued after the
Dutch colonies passed under the sway of Eng-
land. Thus, very soon after the settlement
by the Dutch, we find surnames coming into
regular and universal use. Not, however, in
general can this be said to have been a re-
sumption of a surname formerly used by the
family in Holland, and temporarily laid aside
in America. Two large classes of Dutch
surnames in America may be easily traced in
the early history of the colonies, or among
the families of Dutch descent at the present
day. Many changed the use of their patrony-
mics into that of surnames, handing them on
to their descendants as family designations
really only appropriate to themselves ; for ex-
ample, Remsen, originally designating an indi-
vidual as the son of a man named Rem. has
now become a family name. Others took
their surnames from the places of family abode
in Holland, often prefixing the preposition
"van," meaning from ; thus. Van Horn. In
some cases two or more surnames are found
today among the desccndents of the same im-
migrant ancestor, not all the children, or not
all the dcscendents, having assumed the same
kind of surname .'\ striking instance of this
is found in the Lent family, which is a part
of the family more commonly denominated
Riker. But the present family belongs to
none of these classes. Perhaps it is due to
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their immigrant ancestor that they have con-
tinually used in America, a surname which
may be found in Holland, and was eminent
in that country long before the discovery of
America, for this name has for a long time
held a distinguished place among officers of
state and men of letters in the Netherlands.
Some of those of this name enjoyed celebrity
in the cities of Antwerp and Ghent; in Ant-
werp, Eleazer Polhemus, a learned jurist, held
the office of burgomaster as early as
13 10. The family is in Holland an armor-
bearing family.

(I) Rev. Johannes Theodoras Polhemus
died June 9, 1676. By him the name was
spelled Polhemius, and among his descendents
have been found such forms as Polhemes,
Polmes, and Polhemels. Of all the Americans
of this name, however spelled. Rev. Johannes
Theodoras Polhemus is the progenitor. A
probable line to some of his descendents in
Rockland county. New York, at the present
day, is given herewith. Rev. Johannes Theo-
doras Polhemus was a minister of the Re-
formed church of Holland, and emigrated, in
the employment of the Dutch West India
Company, from the Netherlands, to Itamarca,
Brazil. Thence he came, in 1654, to New
Amsterdam. Immediately he accepted a call
from the Dutch church at Flatbush, and took
up his residence at that village, on long Island.
New York. His connection with the churcn
at Flatbush ceased in 1665, and from that
time till his decease his services were given
to the Brooklyn congregation. June 25, 1662.
he obtained a patent for twenty-five morgens
of land at Flatbush, and he bought, about two
years later, an adjoining patent of twenty-four
morgens. In recording the death of their
"worthy and beloved pastor," the members
cf the Brooklyn church deplored the loss of
his "pious instructions, godly example, and
edifying preaching." He married, in Holland
or Brazil, Catherine Van Werven, who sur-
vived him many years. Children : Theodoras,
married, October 14. 1677, Aertie Bagart;
Daniel, of whom further; Elizabeth, married
Denys Teunisz ; Adriana, married John Roel-
ofse Seubering; Anna, married Cornelius
Barentse Van Wyck : Lammetie, married Jo-
hannes Willemse; Margrietje, married Wil-
liam Guilliamse Cornell; and (probably)
Catrina.



(II) Daniel, son of Rev. Johannes Theo-
dorus and Catherine (Van Werven) Polhe-
mus, died, probably in New York City, in or
just before 1730. He resided at Flatbush;
there he was on the patent of 1685, took the
cath of allegiance to the English in 1687, and
was cornet of horse in i6(K). He was cap-
tain of the Kings county troop, and, in 1705,
supervisor of Flatbush; afterwards he was
county judge. He probably removed at a
later time to New York City, as he and his
wife Cornelia joined the Dutch church in
New York on certificate. He married (first)
August 13, 1685, Neeltie. daughter of Cor-
nelius Vanderveer, of Flatbush ; (second) Cor-
nelia . Children, probably all by first

wife: Johannes; Catherine; Cornelius; Jacob,
of whom further; Daniel, baptized December
2, 1698, married Cornelia Evertse Hendrick.
baptized October 6, 1700; .Xbrani ; Margaret,
baptized April 18, 1704, married Dcrick An-
derman.

(III) Jacob, son of Daniel and Neeltie
(Vanderveer) Polhemus, settled at Haver-
straw, Rockland county. New York. The
town of Haverstraw included, till 1791, what
has since that date been Clarkstown. He
married (first) Marritje Remse, perhaps the
daughter of Joris and Sarah (Polhemius)
Remsen, which daughter was baptized in
Brooklyn, September 21, 1701 ; he married
(second) Rebecca Sncdeger; (third) Lam-
metye, daughter of Joris Remsen, probably
by his first wife. Lammetie (Bergen). Chil-
dren, first-named two by first, next by second.
last-named two by third wife; T.ainmctie. born
May 18. 1733, married Isaac Remsen; Joris.
of whom further; Jacob, born August 13.
1730: .Abraham, born July 21. 1748; dcertje.
born July 5, 1758.

(IV) Joris, son of Jacob and Marritje
(Remse) Polhemus. was born Novenihcr i,
1734. He married Elizabeth Titus. Children:
Marritje. born November T7. 1761 ; Tietie C ?),
born May 30. 1763: Jacob, of whom further:
Jannitje, born October 9. 1767. died young;
Jannetje, born July. 1773; Joris, born June
II. 1775. died young; Elizabeth, born Febru-
ary 23. 1777; Antje. born May 2$. 1779; An-
naetje. born October 25, 1781 ; Joris. born
August 4, 1783.

(V) Jacob (2), son of Joris and Elizabeth
(Titus) Polhemus. was born October 15.



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1765, probably at Clarkstown, as this was the
place of his baptism. He married, at Tappan,
Rockland county, New York, December 8,
1786, Elizabeth Eckerson. This date is, how-
ever, probably that of the registration and
not that of the actual marriage. According
to the church record both he and his wife were
of New Hempstead, which is now Clarkstown.
Child: Thecdorus, of whom further.

(VI) Theodorus, son of Jacob (2) and
Elizabeth (Eckerson) Polhemus, was born
April 22. 1 791, baptized and therefore prob-
ably born, at Clarkstown. He married, at
Tappan, May 21, 1817 (date probably that of
registration) Elizabeth DeClark, who also was
of Clarkstown. Child: Jacob, of whom
further.

(VH) Jacob (3), son of Theodorus and
Elizabeth (DeClark) Polhemus, was born at
Waldberg. now called Congers, in the town-
ship of Clarkstown. He was a farmer and
also a carpenter. In politics he adhered to
the Democratic party. He was a member of
the Dutc li Reformed church. He married
Catherine Sarvent. Children: Harvey Ed-
mond, of whom further; and Leah Louise.

(VIII) Harvey Edmond, son of Jacob (3)
and Catherine (Sarvent) Polhemus, was born
October 12, 1846, and died in 1894. For
more than twenty-eight years he was a dairy-
man. He was a Democrat and a member of
the Dutch Reformed church. He married, at
Waldberg, Anna Amelia, daughter of George
P. and Rachel (Polhemus) Felter, who was
born April 19, 1848. Children: Wilbur Or-
ton, of whom further; ?Ierbcrt Sinclair; Ros-
coe; Violet; Byron Strang; Alarion Lavinia ;
Ethel ; Russell Earle.

(IX) Wilbur Orton, son of Harvey Ed-
mond and Anna Amelia (Felter) Polhemus,
was born at Waldberg, June 16. T870. He
first attended the district school at Valley Cot-
tage, until the fall of 1884; he then took a
three years' course at Rockland College, from
vvhicli he graduated in June, 1888. Next he
went to the Wesleyan Academy, at Wilbra-
ham, Massachusetts; after remaining at this
institution for one year, he entered Lehigh
University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and
took a course in civil engineering. At the
death of his father in 1894 he gave up, how-
ever, his college course, and took up his fath-
er's business as a dairyman. He finally pur-



chased the business and continued it for about
eleven years. In 1905 he sold this business,
and purchased the old established business of
the late J. Eckerson Demarest, a prominent
civil engineer, of Nyack and Rockland county,
who had died a short time previously. To the
civil engineering business Mr. Polhemus added
real estate and insurance, operating largely in
his own real estate properties, and has con-
tinuer to the present time with marked success.
He makes his home at South Nyack. Mr. Pol-
hemus is a member of the Nyack Business
Men's Club, having served for two terms as
secretary, and has also been a member of its
board of directors. He is also a member of
the Board of Education of District No. 4. of
Orangetown, and was elected secretary dur-
ing the second and third years. In politics
he is active, being a Republican, and a mem-
ber of the district committee of this party.
The family are members of the Dutch Re-
formed church, in which Mr. Polhemus is a
member of the consistory of the Nyack
church.

He married, at Valley Cottage, Rockland
county. New York. March 4, 1898, Mabel,
daughter of John and Sophia Frances ( Har-
ing) Ryley, who was born at Pearl River.
Rockland county. New York. July 6. 1876.
Her mother is still living. Children of John
and Sophia Frances (Haring) Ryley: Mabel,
married, March 4, 1898, Wilbur Orton Pol-
hemus, of whom herein ; Edna ; Carrie. Child-
ren of Wilbur Orton and Mabel (Ryley) Pol-
hemus : Harvey Francis ; Earl Ledyard ; and
.Mma.



The name Ostrom occurs in the
OSTROM early records of Kings coonty

and Schenectady, New York, as
borne by settlers of Dutch descent. It was
variously written as Ostrom, Ostrum, Os-
troom, Osstrom and Astrom. The various
branches of the family played a prominent
and lasting part in the development of the
townships with which they were connected.
Several members figured in the revolutionary
war. giving tlieir blood and treasure in the
cause of American independence. The de-
scendants bearing the name have not been
numerous, but they have always taken a lead-
ing part in the industrial, commercial and pro-
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unmarried brothers (one of them named
Ruliff) came to this country from Holland, or
Sweden, and located at Poughkeepsie, New
York.

(I) Roelof Ostrom, the first of the line
here under consideration of whom we have
definite information, died in Canada, 1803.
He was a man of substance and influence,
respected and honored by all who knew him.
He married. May 23, 1761, Elizabeth Yelver-
ton, a member of a Dutch family of promi-
nence. They were the parents of three sons
and several daughters, one of the sons being
John, of whom further.

(H) John, son of Roelof and Elizabeth
(Yelverton) Ostrom, was born in Schenec-
tady, New York, September 20, 1763, died
March 27, 1831. He was thirteen years of
age when the revolutionary war broke out,
but it had not progressed very far before he
was doing his share in the good work of de-
fending the country. There is a record in the
manuscript of the state and colony of New
York in which he is mentioned for services
rendered during the war. The record runs :
"Received of Col. Phil. P. Schuyler of militia
the sum of one pound three shillings and eight
pence, two-thirds in certificates, signed Gerard
Bancker, treasurer, being for services per-
formed as a militiaman in the course of the
late war. John Ostrom, The 28, March
1787." John Ostrom was a farmer and lived
until his death on the farm at or near Hege-
man's Mills. He married, in Schenectady,
January 21 or 22, 1788, Esther Hegeman (see
Hegeman V), born September 8, 1766. died
October 14, 1833. Children: Ralph; .Anthony
P., of whom further; Joseph, and three or
more daughters, names unknown.

(HI) Anthony P., son of John and Esther
(Hegeman) Ostrom, was born in Schenec-
tady. January 31, 1804. died September i.
1882. He was educated in the schools of
Hegeman Mills. New York, and when twenty-
one years old moved to Brooklyn, New York.
There he entered into the building material
business and continued at the same until he
was about forty-three years old, working up
from a clerk to the control of the liiisincss.
owning at one time five yards in Brooklyn and
New York. He made a success of this business
and some thirty-five years or more prior to
his death, which occurred in his seventy-ninth



year, retired from active pursuits and there-
after enjoyed a retired life. He married,
April 19, 1828, Maria Weeks, of Oyster Bay,
New York, born September 11, 1805. died
January 21, 1876. Children: Theodore, born
in Brooklyn, 1830; Charles; Annie; John,
born in Brooklyn, 1845: Edward, of whom
further; George Edwin. Minerva. Emma.

(IV) Edward, fifth child of Anthony P.
and Maria (Weeks) Ostrom, was born in
Brooklyn, New York, in 1847. He was edu-
cated in the public and high schools of Brook-
lyn, graduating in his teens. On leaving
school he engaged in various lines of business,
retiring from same at time of his father's
death. He married, in Brooklyn, in 1870,
Eliza Laurestina Rogers, born in Brooklyn,
New York', 1850. Children: Arthur Harris,
of whom further: Edward, born 1881.

( \') Arthur Harris, eldest son of Edward
and Eliza Laurestina (Rogers) Ostrom, was
born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1872. He
received his elementary education in the pub-
lic schools, subsequently attending the high
school, the curriculum of which he followed
until he was eighteen years o.f age. His first
em[)loyment was with the L. W. Minford
Company, a firm of sugar brokers, with whom
he remained for about two years. He then
went into the banking business, becoming re-
ceiving teller of the Eifth .Avenue Bank of
Brooklyn, retaining that position for five years.
He was later for a period of eleven years
cashier and assistant treasurer with Emerson
McMillin & Company, New York bankers, re-
signing that position to enter the firm of I^-
marche & Coady. brokers. He is a member
of various associations and clubs, among them
the Crescent Athletic Club of BrooklvTi. the
Glenwood Country Club, the Northport Yacht
Club and the Huntington Yacht Club, and a
veteran. of Company C. Twenty-third Regi-
ment, of Brooklvn. He married in Brooklyn.
Tune II. TO02. Marion, daughter of Dr. Henry
and Elizabeth (Robbins) Richfer. of Brooklyn.
New York. Children: Ethel, born in 1903.
died August 6. 1004: Elizabeth, born June 22.
1905; Warren, born June 3. 1906.
(The Hegeman Line.)

The surname Hegeman is of Teutonic
origin and was brought to this country in the
seventeenth century by Dutch families, the
members of which have had a large part in



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the development of the townships identified
with and adjacent to the former Dutch col-
onies. The name is well known in Holland
and particularly in the city of Amsterdam,
where the name is frequent among the offi-
cers of the municipality and whence the family
here dealt with departed for this country. The
name has also become well known in the
United States where several members of the
family have long been among the most promi-
nent citizens in the professional and commer-
cial life of the country.

(I) Adrian Hegeman, the common ances-
tor of the family and the descendants of the
family that emigrated from .'\msterdam to
the New Netherlands, was born about 1639
in the city of .'Xmsterdam, died in .'Vpril, 1672,
in Flatbush, Long Island. Immediately on
his arrival he settled at Flatbush, where he
bought, April 15, i66t, a farm of a hundred
and eighteen acres, which he proceeded at
once to cultivate. He must have been a man
of considerable education for he was chosen
repeatedly to fill responsible positions in the
public life of the town. He was, for example.
town clerk from 1639 to 1661, auctioneer
from 1670 to 1672, and sheriff of the county
in 1664. He was schout fiscal of the five
Dutch towns in 1661, and secretary of Flat-
bush and Flatlands. He was masfistrate of
Flatbush in 1654, 1655. 1656, 1657, 1658,
t66o and 1663, and his name appears among
the patentees of the town in 1667, three years
after the Dutch government of the district
hacl been displaced by the English. He mar-
ried Katrina . Children : Joseph, born

in Holland, emigrated from Amsterdam with
his father, married October 21, 1677, Fem-
metje (Phebe) Remsen of New Albany, born
August I, 1657, daughter of Rem Jansen Van-
derbeeck, common ancestor of the Remsen
family in America; Ilendrick, mentioned be-
low; Jacobus, of Flatbush, born in Holland,
baptized March 9, 1653, married, October 14,
1683, Jannetje Ariens ; Abraham, born at
Flatbush, married, August 30, 1690, Getruy
Jans of New Albany; Denyse, of Flatbush,

married Lucretia , and died prior to 1713 ;

Isaac, born at Flatbush, married February 15,
1687, Mayke Roelofse Schenck; Benjamin,
born at Flatbu.sh, married, April 9, 1688,
probably Larentia (or Barentje) Janse of



New Albany; Elizabeth, married, April 27,
1684, Tobias Ten Eyck.

(II) Hendrick, second son of Adrian
Hegeman, was born in Holland, died at Flat-
bush about 1710. He was a farmer and
owned several lots of land. He took his share
in the public servi(!e of the town and occupied
one or two municipal positions. He married.
April 12 or 26, 1685, Ariaentje (or Arrietta)
Bloodgood, who belonged to a family living at
Flushing. They had several children, but
there is a record of the name of only one,
Joseph.

(HI) Joseph, son of Hendrick and Ariaen-
tje (Bloodgood) Hegeman, was born at Flat-
bush, about 1687, died in 1741. He owned
a great deal of land and speculated to some
extent in it. For eight hundred and twenty-
four pounds, Charles Van Dyck, April 6,
1724, conveyed two hundred acres of land to
Joseph Hegeman, and May i, 1734, for five
hundred pounds, the said Joseph Hegeman
conveyed the same to Cornelius San ford.
After Joseph's death there is a record of a
transaction by Derrik Bergen who, June i,
1745, bought the seat of Joseph Hegeman in
the Reformed Dutch Church. Joseph Hege-
man married, February 6. 1714, Sarah Vander
\niet, daughter of Jan Dinbse Vander Vliet.
They had a son, Hendrick, mentioned below.

(IV) Hendrick (2), son of Joseph and
Sarah (Vander Vliet) Hegeman, was born at
Flatbush, 1717. died in 1750. There is very
little record of the incidents of his life, but
he is known to have been a farmer and to
have owned considerable land. He married,
about 1739, Centje Borendji, by whom he had
a son, Joseph, mentioned below.

(V) Joseph (2). son of Hendrick (2)
and Gentje (Borendji) Hegeman, was born
in T740, died in 1817. Hegeman's Mills, near
Schenectady. New York, were named in honor
of its founder, Joseph Hegeman, who settled
there in 1777. This was in the period of the
revolutionary war. when the stirring events
of that time broke up the old Incal communi-
ties that had grown naturally from the first
settlements, and sent tbcir members drifting
in various directions. Mr. Hegeman married,
February 15, 1764, Elizabeth Van Wagnen
Bop, of Poughkcepsie, New York. Child :
Esther, married John Ostrom (see Ostrom
II).



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