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John Wiley, an old and liighly respected cilizen of New York, died at his home
in East Orange, N. J., on the 2ist of February, i8gi, in liie eighty-second year of his
age. Mr. Wiley was born at Flatbush, on Long Island, October 4, 1808. He mar-
ried on the 29th of April, 1S33, and was the father of eleven children, five of whom
are now living. His father, Charles Wiley, whose wife was Lydia Tiliinghast, estab-
lished, in 1803, the well-known publishing and bookselling house which is still car-
ried on by his grandsons. The Wileys, father and son, were for three-quarters of a
century the principal booksellers of Columbia College, and were held in high esteem
by the successive librarians for their intelligence, integrity, and ability. Of late
years, however, Mr. Wiley and his two sons, to whom he intrusted the chief care of
his business, turned their attention chiefly to the publication of engineering, chemi-
cal, and other scientific works. The grandfather of Mr. Wiley was John Wiley of
Revolutionary fame, the leader of the Sons of Liberty when they pulled down the
statue of King George III. in the Bowling Green in New York. The letter alluded
to by the writer of the " Life and Times of General John Lamb" (p. 151), in which
Captain Wiley threatens reprisals, is in the possession of his great-grandson, Mr. Wil-
liam H. Wiley of New York.

Mrs. Sarah Diodati Gardiner Thompson, died on Sunday, March 8, 1891,
at her residence. No. 25 Lafayette Place, New York City, from the effects of a fall
which she sustained about six weeks previously. Mrs. Thompson was born at the
Manor House, Gardiner's Island, November i, 1807, and was consequently in her S4th
year. Her father, John Lyon Gardiner, was seventh proprietor of this ancient estate.
Her mother, Sarah Griswold, was daughter of John Griswold, and grand-daughter of
Matthew Griswold of Black Hall, Chief Justice and Governor of Connecticut. Mrs.
Thompson was married at the Manor House on the island to her distant cousin,
David Thompson, who held various financial offices, and at the time of his death,
February 22, 1871, was President of the N. Y. Life Insurance and Trust Company,
and Vice-President of the Bank of America. Mrs. Thompson was a lady of lovely
disposition, cultured, refined, and a thorough gentlewoman of the old school. She
was a devoted wife and mother, and respected and loved by a large circle of friends.
The funeral occurred on Wednesday, March 11, at 10.30 o'clock a. m., at her home
where she had lived for the past fifty years. The Rev. Dr. George Alexander ofifi-
ciated. The interment took place in the family vault in Greenwood Cemetery.

Jacob H. Lazarus died on the nth day of January last. The world of art has
lost a prominent figure in the death of this artist. Mr. Lazarus was a contemporary
of Elliot, White, and Baker, and a pupil of Inman's. He had been painting for
forty-five years. His specialty was portraits, and he painted the portraits of many
prominent people, such as the Astors, Belmonts, Livingstons, Redmonds, Mrs. Sam-
uel Betts, Professor Schmidt of Columbia College, Fordyce Barker, M.D., (Jovernors
Hoffman, Jewell, and English. He did not confine himself to portraiture, but
painted many ideal heads and figures, rich in color and strong in design. Lazarus
was one of the most competent judges of the value of paintings in the country, and
his opinions were widely sought and recognized. He began life as a poor boy, but
became wealthy through his brush. He was a man of modest disposition and of gen-
uine worth. E. T.


Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kings-
ton, Ulster County, New York (formerly named Wiltwyck, and often familiarly
called Esopus or Sopus), for one hundred and fifty years from their commencement in
1660. Transcribed and edited by Roswell Randall Hoes, Chaplain of the U. S.
Navy, Corresponding Secretary of the New York Genealogical and Biographical
Society, etc., etc. New York : Printed for the Transcriber and Editor. By the De
Vinne Press. 1891. Quarto, pp. 797.

This volume is an important addition to the materials which are constantly
accumulating to aid the genealogist in the study of family history. If we except the
Dutch Church of Albany and the churches on Long Island, that of Kingston, i. e.


Book Notices, \\\

Esopus, was the earliest and most important founded after that of New Amsterdam or
New York. /The intimate associations and relations of the earlier settlers of Esopus
with those of New Amsterdam and Albany are manifest on almost every page of this
sumptuous volume. Many of the important families whose records are noticed in
the former or latter church will find one or more branches noticed in these Kings-
ton records. In fact, we know of no records that are more essential to the elucida-
tion of the history of the ancient families of New Netherland than those which we are
here called upon to notice.

The chronological transcript which Chaplain Hoes has here presented to the pub-
lic commences with the year 1660, one year after the organization of the church, and
closes with the year 1809. In the jireface to the volume he states that the transcript
has received "four careful revisions;" the magnitude of this labor, together with
that of the preparation of the eight indices, will be fully understood when we inform
our readers that these indices alone contain references to 44,388 names. He also
informs us that owing to tlie variations in spelling in the Kingston Church Register,
growing out of the admixture of Dutch and German dominies and their varying ten-,r
dencies in orthography, " no attempt has been made to correct or modify the text as
written by the Dutch dominies, and the proper names in this work may therefore be
regarded as exact orthographical representations of those contained in the original

The typographical execution of the volume is one of great beauty, and maybe pro-
nounced as one of the best efforts of the De Vinne Press. The price of the work is
ten dollars, and may be obtained on application to Mrs. Rose Gouverneur Hoes,
Frederick, Maryland. A copy should be in every library of reference in this country.

s. s. P.

Seton ok Parbroath in Scotland and America, Printed for private circula-
tion. i2mo, pp. 28. New York, 1890.

Although the author of this concise but carefully written and very thorough his-
tory of his family modestly withholds his name, it is no secret that it is the Rev.
Robert Seton, Rector of St. Joseph's Church, Jersey City, who is entitled to be called
Monsignor, as an officer of the late Pope's household. The original parchment copy
of the pedigree brought from Scotland was destroyed, together with a large number
of documents, miniatures, and heirlooms, in the great fire of 1836 ; but family
notices, entries, and records remain, from which the pedigree has been compiled.
Maitland of Lethington, whose mother was a Seton, begins it with Dougall or
Dugdale de Setoun, the son of him who first settled in Scotland. This Setoun
flourished in the time of King Alexander I., a.D. 1109-1124. The line is traced in a
singularly clear and compact, yet very full, manner, to Sir Alexander Seton, a loyal
servant of the Bruce, 1308, after which the lines of Winton and Parbroath diverge.
The elder line appears to have grown wonderfully and to have extended itself in
various branches to France and Italy, and even to Sweden, as well as to have allied
itself with the most honorable families of Scotland. The fourth son of Sir Alexander
Seton, John, married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Nicholas Ramsay of
Parbroath, of the ancient and illustrious family which now holds the earldom of
Dalhousie. From them descend the Setons of Parbroath, now of New York. The
pedigree is brought down, with great precision, to William Seton of New York, the
present representative of the Parbroath family. The book, small as it is, is full of
information. It appears to be the work of a clear-headed and judicious man, who
has the pen of a ready writer.

The Goodwins of Hartford, Connecticut, Descendants of William and
OziAS Goodwin. Compiled by James Junius Goodwin. Hartford, Conn. : Brown &
Gross, 1891.

It rarely happens, as in the beautiful volume before us, that the author or etlitor
has the cooperation, as contributors, of three such accomplished genealogists as Mr.
Henry F. Waters, whose discoveries in England in regard to the ancestry of John
Harvard, Roger Williams, and Washington are well known ; of the Rev. Augustus
Jessopp, D.D., the eminent English antiquary ; and of Mr. Frank W. Starr, of Mid-
dletown, Conn., who has performed so much good work of this character. The Table
of Contents includes : " The Goodwins of East Anglia, Report on English Investiga-

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