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bined with his dignified and courteous manner, won the confidence and
esteem of all who knew him. Few men have led a more practical life or
left behind a purer record. The Rev. Dr. Hutton, in a brief address, paid
an honorable tribute to the memory of the deceased, after which the ven-
erable Dr. De Witt offered most fervent prayer that God would give grace
and Divine support to the stricken and sorrowing family ; that the multi-
tude of honored and honorable men (many of whom with himself were
in the sere of life) who had gathered to the house of mourning might
more fullv realize the brevity of life and the vanity of earth from this les-
son of Divine Providence. The remains were then removed to the hearse
and deposited in the family vault." Mr. Thompson's children were Sarah
Gardiner who married Col. David Lion Gardiner (sun of David Gardiner,
who was killed by the explosion of a gun on board the tJ. S. frigate
Princeton on the Potomac River while on a pleasure excursion with the
President of the United States), Elizabeth, Gardiner, David Gardiner,
Charles Griswold, Mary Gardiner, Frederick Diodati, and a son John
Lyon Gardiner who died young. Sarah Gardiner Thompson, who married
David Lion Gardiner, has children — David, Sarah Diodati, and Robert

George W., who died Jan. 8, 1884, son of Jonathan Thompson,
entered the Custom House under his father and became the Deputy Col-
lector. He afterwards established the warehouse and lighterage business,
and acquired by careful attention and strict integrity a fine fortune. He
married El za Prall, who died May 7, 1886. Her father was an eminent
merchant and related to some of the best people of the city. They have
children living: Anna, married William Thorne (son of Jonathan Thorne,
a well-known merchant) and has one child (Lydia A.) ; William Prall,
married and has children ; and Thomas De Witt.

Jonathan, son of Jonathan, born Feb. i, 1814, died Nov. 14, 1872,
married KatherineTodhunter, died May 9, 1878, of a highly connected
family of Baltimore. They had a number of children, but three
only 'lived : Elizabeth T., born Dec, 1845, married .... Elijah
.Pendleton Smith ; Joseph Todhunter, born Jan. 10, i860, married Jane,

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daughter of William and Jane Suydam Remsen, and has children — Jona-
than and Jane Remsen, and Mary who married William B. Westcott (Mr.
Westcott and his sister, who married Fordham Morris of Morrisania, were
the only children of William J. Westcott) and has three children (Kitty
T., Robert D., and William T. ), and Harry who died March 22, i860.

Jonathan Thompson was educated at Columbia College, where he took
his degree in 1832. He entered the counting-house of S. S. & G. G.
Howland, and was there associated with Moses Taylor, William H. Aspin-
wall, and other young men who afterwards attained eminence in mer-
cantile life. After learning the business thoroughly he began for himself,
and during the remainder of his life continued in the West India im-
porting trade.

Junius, born Jan. 31, 1800, graduated at Columbia College in 1821,
and became a physician by graduating from the College of Physicians and
Surgeons. He died, unmarried, March 24, 1831.

Abraham Gardiner, born Aug. 10, 1816, in New York City, died at
Islip, Sept. 26, 1887, graduated at Columbia College in 1833, and studied
medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. After taking the
degree of M.D. he was attached to the New York Hospital for some time,
and then went to Paris where he studied his profession for two years longer.
He was a surgeon of great skill and a highly educated physician. He
also occupied a number of public offices, and was twice president of the
Suffolk County Medical Society. He married Sarah Elizabeth Strong at
Middletown, N. Y., 17th April, 185 i, daughter of Ellis and Mary Jackson
Strong of Copaig, Huntington South, Long Island, and had Robert
Maurice, born Aug. 12, 1853, died Sept. 23, 1873 ! Miltop S., born Feb.
8, 1855, married Dec. 24, 1889, Abigail Adams Johnson, a descendant
of the Quincy Adams family ; Samuel Ludlow, born Jan. 20, i860 ;
Elizabeth Havens, born April 19, 1862, died July 17, 1864 ; Helen, born
Jan. 10, 1864, died July 17, 1864 ; and Gracie, born Jan. 8, 1867, died
Jan. 23, 1867. Col. Benajah Strong, great-grandfather of Mrs. Thompson,
was a conspicuous officer in the Revolutionary army, whose sister Joanna
married Gen. William Floyd, one of the signers of the Declaration of In-

Mary Gardiner Thompson married Samuel B. Gardiner, of Gardiner's
Island, Mr. Gardiner was a brother of Mrs. Sarah D. Thompson. They
resided at the old Manor only part of the time, as they had several other
residences. Mary Gardiner Thompson was born March 23, 1807, died
Aug. 5, 1887. Their children are Mary Thompson, David J., John Lyon,
Jonathan Thompson, and Sarah Griswold. Mary married William R.
Sands, no issue. (Mr. Sands was son of Richardson Sands, Esq., whose
mother was a sister of the celebrated Col. William Ledyard who was so bar-
barously slain at the attack on Fort Griswold, at Groton, by the British
under command of Benedict Arnold. After the death of her first
husband she became the wife of Gen, Ebenezer Stevens, of the Revolu-
tionary army). David J. is unmarried. John Lyon married Coralie Liv-
ingston, daughter of Oliver and Louisa Livingston Jones * (they have
children — Coralie Livingston, Adele Griswold, Lion, Winthrop, and
John) and grand-daughter of James Duane Livingston. Jonathan Thomp-

* The Joneses are a good old family, descended from Major Thomas Jones who
came to Long Island in 1696 and received a large and valuable tract of land called
Fort Neck, from the Crown ; here Major Jones erected a fine brick mansion, which

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son unmarried, and Sarah Griswold married J. Alexander Tyler her

Elizabeth Thompson, born Jan. 12, 181 1, died Dec. 12, 1889,
daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Havens, married Alonzo Brown.
They had no issue.

Abraham Gardiner Thompson, second son of Judge Isaac Thompson,
of Sagtikos Manor, was born Oct. 27, 1776, and died Oct. 29, 185 1. He
married Rachael, daughter of Zachariah Rogers, of Huntington, Long-
Island, by whom he had Charles Rogers, born Jan. 9, 1798, died March
18, 1799; William, born Feb, 4, 1800, died Dec. 15, 1800; Edward
Gardiner, born Sept. 27, 1802, died July 23, 1835. Edward Gardiner
was the sole survivor of the family. Mrs. Thompson died Sept. 18, 1827.
Their son Edward Gardiner, born in 1803, was liberally educated, and
graduated at Yale College in 1822. He married Mary, daughter of J. VV.
Kellogg, of Flatbush, Long Island, and became a merchant in New York,
His death occurred, in the thirty-third year of his age, July 23, 1835,
leaving two sons, Augustus Frederick and Edward Gardiner, and a
daughter Cornelia R, Augustus Frederick, born May 22, 1833, died
April 22, 1846. Edward Gardiner married a daughter of Joseph L, Small-
wood, Esq., and has two daughters, Netty and Edwina Gardiner, Edward
Gardiner Thompson is a lawyer iu partnership with his cousin Judge
Blatchford, was colonel on the staff of Gov. Edwin J. Morgan, and as
such was detailed to welcome and escort the Prince of Wales to New York
when he visited this country in i860. He has also occupied other pub-
lic positions.

'' After the peace of 1815 the foreign trade of our entire country mani-
fested a tendency to centre in the city of Boston, and the greater part of
the capital of the United States engaged in commerce collected in Boston
anci its vicinity. The general decrease of business in the city of New
York, caused by the accumulation of this trading capital in Boston, in-
duced the merchants of our city to inquire into the reasons of this state
of affairs ; and upon making this investigation they arrived at the conclu-
sion that the auction business was highly injurious to the trade of New
York, and that if this branch of business was destroyed the trade and
commerce of this city would become prosperous; and with that view they
petitioned the Legislature to impose a duty of ten per cent, on all auction
sales, which would, in fact, amount to a prohibition of them. There were
some few persons, however, who entertained a different opinion as to the
causes of this depression of trade in New York, and among the most
prominent was Abraham G, Thompson, who had been for years an enter-
prising and successful merchant in partnership with James Boggs and
Joseph Sampson, They all acquired very large fortunes. (Mr. Boggs

lasted for 140 years. He was supposed to have been connected with the buccaneers
of that period, as he had been a soldier and took part in the famous battle of the Boyne,
and in acknowledgment of his services he received from his royal master a commis-
sion to cruise against Spanish property. His widow married Major Timothy Bagley,
a retired English officer. His descendants are numerous, and many of them have
held high oflicesof trust and honor. Especial mention may be made of Judge Thomas
Jones, whose wife was Anne, daughter of Chief Justice de Lancey, and Judge Samuel
Jones, both distinguished barristers. Mrs. Jones, mother of Mrs. Gardiner, was a
daughter of James Duane Livingston, and granddaughter of Robert Cambridge Liv-
ingston of the Livingston family of New York, which has probably produced more
great men than any other family in this country.

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left two daughters, one of whom married Richard Ray, of the firm of
Prime, Ward & King, and is the mother of the Vicomtesse de Courval of
Paris; the other married Lewis Livingston. Mr. Sampson's only child by
his wife Adele Livingston married (isi) Frederick W.Stevens, and (2d)
the Duke de Dino.)

Mr. Thompson saw that one reason operating in favor of Boston was
that India goods could be sold in that city and pay a duty of only one per
cent., while, at the same time, if those goods were sold at New York they
would be obliged to pay a duty of two and a half per cent., and that to
increase the duty upon auction sales was only to increase more widely
the difference in favor of Boston and against New York, and the existing
duties should be on the contrary diminished in this State. With that view
he went to Albany and submitted the result of his experience and judgment
to the Legislature, assuring them that by establishing the duty at one per
cent, upon East India and one and a half per cent, on European goods, the
interests of the city and also of the State would be greatly promoted, and the
revenue i-icreased, by this reduction. It was difficult at first to satisfy
those with whom the matter rested that this effect would result from the
proposed change ; so many hundreds of the merchants and citizens of New
York had petitioned for this great increase of duties upon auction sales,
that it was almost impossible to think that they could be mistaken in their
view of the subject. Eventually, however, Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins
did become satisfied that the project of Mr. Thompson was the correct
one, and gave his influence to secure the enactment of the law reducing
the rates of duties as proposed, in place of increasing them. Previous to
the passage of the law reducing the rate of duties, tor the two best years
between 1783 and 1812 this State had received from duties upon auction
sales of India goods between five and six thousand dollars, averaging from
twenty-five hundred to three thousand dollars per annum; and to show his
confidence in the opinions he had expressed, Mr. Thompson offered the
governor, that, upon the passage of the law reducing the rate of duties, if
the State would convey to him the duties alone upon India goods he
would pay into the State treasury, in advance, for the first year the sum of
six thousand dollars, being more than the State had received for duties for
any two years subsequent to 1783. The result following that reduction
of duties more than justified all his anticipations and more than fulfilled
all his predictions ; for soon after the passage of that law, in phce of sell-
ing all East India cargoes in Boston, as had previously been the case, a
Boston ship from the East Indies was sent to New York, and the auction
duties upon her cargo alone amounted to upward of six thousand dol-
lars, and the revenue received by the State upon India goods for the first
year after the reduction of duties amounted to between thirty-two and thirty-
three thousand dollars. All the India ships, after the enactment of the law,
were sent to New York, and from that time but few attempts have been
made to sell India goods east of New York. The reduced duties being
continued, the revenue arising to the State soon reached the sum of three
hundred thousand dollars. The effect of this reduction of the duties upon
auction sales has been not only to multiply the business of this city to the
shipper, the importer, the jobber, and the mechanic ; it has not only by
this increase of business made New York the commercial emporium of the
nation, and thus has drawn merchants and purchasers from all parts of
our widely extended country, and tended directly to enhance the value of

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real estate, and filled our city with palaces, and made our merchants
princes; it has not only materially aided the State in the payment of her debt
incurred from the system of internal improvements — but it also afforded
an impetus to the prosecution of the project for the great Erie Canal, with-
out which it would probably have been delayed for very many years. When
the act was passed reducing the auction duties, the successful result that
immediately followed placed into the State treasury such an immensely in-
creased amount of duties, compared with the previous receipts from the
same source, that the State embarked upon the prosecution of this canal
which has poured and continues to pour untold wealth into the city and
State of New York."

Abraham Gardiner Thompson died in November, 185 1, and left a
large fortune. His bequests to religious and charitable societies amounted
to $347,000, of which the Bible Society received $65,000, the Tract So-
ciety $54,000, the Seaman's Friend Society $54,000, the Colonization
Society $43,000, the Home Missionary Society $43,000, the American
Board of Missions $32,000, the Education Society $32,000, the Deaf
and Dumb Society $10,800, and the Blind Asylum $10,800.

Mary Gardiner, the first wife of Judge Isaac Thompson, of Saj^tikos
Manor, died April 21, 1786, On the 7th Feb., 1791, he married Sarah,
daughter of Gilbert Bradner, deceased, of Orange Co., and granddaughter
of Rev. John Bradner, first pastor of the Presbyterian Church in that place
in 172 1. By this second wife Judge Thompson had two children,
daughters, Mary and Julia. The first was born April 19, 1792, and mar-
ried William Howard, of Newtown, May 5, 181 2. She died Dec. 23,
18 1 3, leaving a daughter, Sarah, born May 2, 181 3, who married Dr. M.
H. Staples. Julia, the second daughter above named, was born Dec. 12,
1793, and married S. S. Carle, of Huntington, Jan. 11, 1820, by whom
she had issue, Mary Anne, Julia Elizabeth, and Timothy S.

Samuel Thompson, eldest son of Jonathan, and greatgrandson of John
the first settler, was born Oct. 2, 1738, and possessed the paternal estate
at Ashford, or, as it is now called, Setauket, on which he spent his life.
He carried on farming operations to a great extent and became a very
wealthy man. He adapted some improvements in agriculture, particu-
larly the use of "Indian shells" as a manure, which was afterwards suc-
cessfully imitated by others. At the age of thirty he commenced the study
•of medicine, and enjoyed in a few years a very extensive and lucrative
practice, which he maintained until within a short time of his death, Sept.
17, 181 1, He was a gentleman of vigorous intellect, high character, and
by a long course of reading and reflection acquired an extensive fund of
useful knowledge. His first wife was Phoebe, daughter of Jacob and Mary
Satterlee, born Aug. 25, 1759, died July 7, 1793, whom he married July
7, 1781, and had children, Benjamin F., and Hannah who died young.
Benjamin F. was born May 15, 1784, was educated at Yale College, but
did not graduate. He studied medicine under Dr. Sage of Sag Har-
bor, and practised for about ten years, when he relinquished this profes-
sion and read law, and was called to the bar. He followed the legal
profession for the remainder of his life, but was better known by his liter-
ary labors. His " History of Long Island " has preserved his name to pos-
terity in the most imperishable manner. He married, June 12, 18 10,
Mary Howard, born Oct. 5, 1794, eldest daughter of the Rev. Zachariah
•Greene. He had four children : Henry Rutgers, born March 17, 1813,

iSpuJ A Buckeye Cane. cj

and having been for several years an officer of one of the New York banks,
died in the thirtieth year of his age, unmarried, highly beloved and re-
spected, Oct. 15, 1842 ; Mary Greene, born June 20, 1815 ; Harriet
Satterlee, born Nov. 9, 18 18, married June 12, 1837, Jacob T. Vander-
hoof, Esq.; and Edward Z., born Sept. 2, 1821, married Elizabeth Lush,
July 10, 1843.

Dr. Samuel Thompson contracted a second marriage on March 10, 1795,
with Ruth, daughter of Timothy and Sebiah Smith, by whom he had a
daughter, Mary Woodhull, born Jan. 11, 1796, and a son, Samuel Lud-.
low, born March 5, 1799. the only children who lived to maturity. The
former died unmarried, Dec. 28, 1834, and the latter married, Feb. 12,
1842, his cousin Sophia, daughter of Colonel Isaac Satterlee. His widow
died on Jan. 26, 1834.

Samuel Ludlow had one daughter, Mary Ludlow, born 14 Jan., 1844.
She married, first, William Leroy Berrian, and second, on Jan. 14, 1868,
Thos. Strong Griffing, a gentleman farmer on the old estate at Setauket.
He was a lieutenant in the Mexican war in Col. Robert E. Temple's
regiment, and was assistant adjutant general, with the rank of captain,
under Gen. McClellan in the late civil war. They have one son, Thomas
Strong Griffing, born Dec. 30, 1868. Capt. Griffing is a nephew of the
late Judge Strong, of St. George's Manor, and was therefore a relative of
his wife.

* "Jonathan Thompson was born at Sagtikos Manor, Islip, the estate of
his father. He was the eldest son of Judge Isaac and Mary Gardiner
Thompson. He was a merchant in the city of New York in 1795, of
the firm of Gardiner, Thompson & Co. (with his cousin. Dr. Nathan-
iel Gardiner, formerly of the Revolutionary army), and as such was the
pioneer in the warehouse business in Brooklyn. He was well known
in the city of New York as an eminent politician. He was Collector ot
Direct Taxes from 18 13 till 1819, Collector of the Port from 1820 to 1829,
and President of the Bank of the Manhattan Company when he died in
1846, aged 73. An extended account of him will be found in Stiles'
' History of Brooklyn,' vol. ii., p. 129."


By Daniel Webster.

[Among a number of autograph letters and MSS. recently offered for sale to the
writer was the following curious little paragraph, without date, written by Daniel Web-
ster, and probably at the request of his friend William W. Seaton, at that period one
of the editors of the N^ational Intelligencer of Washington. The item, which is
entitled " A Buckeye Cane," so far as I am aware, has never before appeared in print.
The italics and capitals are Mr. Webster's, j. o. w.]

While in the lobby of the Senate yesterday we observed that Mr.
Webster, who never wears a stick or any such appendage, held in his
hand a cane of no ordinary dimensions. It reminded us of \k\& piece of
timber with which Dr. Johnson travelled through Scotland. We found

* From the History of Suffolk Co., N. Y., 1882.

C2 Weddings at St. Mary, Whitechapel, London, [Jan.,

upon inquiry that in his late tour to the West, Mr. Webster fell in with
a dozen or twenty citizens of Ohio, who, after an hour passed together,
desired to present him a memorial of their regard, which, of course, he
gratefully consented to accept. They chose a sprig of the Buckeye which,
nevertheless, they did not wish to present until it should be made to bear
a suitable inscription. It was retained for that purpose, and has now been
forwarded and delivered by the Hon. Mr. Ridgeway, one of the Repre-
sentatives from the State. On its mounting is inscribed : " Presented to
Daniel Webster by the Buckeyes, July 12, 1837." It looked to us like
a formidable Instrument, and if one might be permitted to put forth the
moral of the incident, we should say, that it was proof of a conviction, on
the part of the citizens of a Great State, that he to whom it was presented,
it was expected, would make use of all power, and all instruments en-
trusted to him in defence of the rights of the People. On being rallied
on the subject Mr. W. said, "You see, sir, I am prepared in times of
public difficulty to lean on the Buckeyes.'" Long may the Buckeyes and
Mr. Webster live in this mutual respect for each other !

FROM A.D. 1616 TO 1625.

Communicated BY John V. L. Pruyn.








(Continued from Vol. XXI., p. 90, of The Record.)

William Drew & Rosamond Broome.
Tho: Mario et Ellen Smith.
Symon Boydon et Mary Sandon.

May 16 1 6.
John Adlington et Jone Cole.
William Apl[ejbye & Rachell White.
Rob: Smith et Agnes Harrison.
Rob: Seeler et Katherin White.
Rowland Yantes et Katherin Harris.
Rich: Adams et Jane Rowley.
Rignoid Hunsdon et Sarah Iverson.
ffrancis Lambert et Jone Woodward.
Tho: Vannondker et Sarah Dewbery.
Tho: Ruddy et Margaret Seyward.
June 1616.
Phillip ffox et Eliz: Williams.
John Poole et Ann Chamberlaine.
Timothy Tompson et Jone Ward.
Adam Baker et Dorithy Edmunds.
Henry Constable et Jane Jerome.
Edward Rolph et Eliza: Wood.
Miles Pierson et Ellen Baker.
James Webb et Eliza: Bernard.

1 89 1.] Weddings at Si. Mary, Whitechapel, London.

24, Tho: Venice et Eliza: INIorneshavve.
27, John Dunton et Eliza: Goulding.

July 1616.

7, Jasper Baker et Ann Thornton.

10, William Mucksedge et Eliza: Harvy.

10, ffrancis ffeild et Mary Clayton.

11, Marke Coebraeth et Eliza: Rawlins.

14, Tho: Butcher et Eliza: Nichols.

15, John Dawson et Eliza: Goodwyn.

18, jhon lies et Wynifried Ansley.

23, Edward Izzard et Jone Heath.

25, Tho: Knoweles et Alice Brewer.

30, Rob: Kirkman et Ann Story.

August 1 6 16.

I, Edward Hewling et Eliza: Allaway.

4, Rich: Morehouse et Christian Hall.

4, Tho: Harmond et Katherin Jones.

6, David Gibbins et Ann Reade.

8, Julius Marsh et Sarah Chauner.

10, William Hix et Katherine Whittingam.

11, John Bentley et Bridget Halles.

12, Rich: Dudley et Sarah Butler.

12, William Cutfor et Alice Mattson.
14, Rich: Bodnam et ffrancis Gierke.

14, William Richards et Mary Bennett.

19, Henry Gardner et Mary Haynes.
25, Roger Pew et Margery Beomont.

25, David Jones et Avis Baytes.

26, John Gilbert et Ann Boyde.

September 16 16.

I, John Cook et Judith Hartwell.

I, Tho: Robinson et Eliza: Graves.

15, Tho: Streddar et Eliza: Dawson.

15, Henry Robinson et Mary Abell.

22, Edward Smith et Agnes Arrowsmith.

24, Oliver Haire et Alice Jordan.

27, William Johnson et Jone Digges.
29, Raph Carter et Ann Yarley.

October 161 6.

I, William Butler et Priscilla Monke.

3, John Towler et Diana King.

6, Eennet Sparrow et Ann Draper.

7, Tho: Brock & Jane Plomer.

7, William Hopkins et Mary Pygott.

9, Tho: Burnbury et Margaret Hodgson.
10, John Bingley et Eunice Cock.

13, William Bingham et Eliza: Gales.

16, William Attwood et Rose Benkrike.

20, Tho: Smith et Eliza: Litleton.

22, John Sammon et Alice Walter.

23, Jehu Paine et Eliza: Smith.

28, Rich: Cooke et Judith Hardin,

31, Tho: Carpinter et Abigail Bennet.

CA Weddings at St. Mary, Whitechapel. London. [Jan.

November 1616.
3, John Coult et Susanna Price.
3, Rob: Dello et An Godwyn.

7, John Giddy et Katherine ffisher.
10, John Wheeler et Audry Willson.

10, John Wattson et Mary Johnson.

11, John Spencer et Eliza: Lee.

20, George Wilkinson et Susanna Chandler.
25, John Jerome et Ann Hutton.

25, Rob : Greene et Jone Chambers.

December 1616.
I, William Murrine et Jone Pore.
I, Rich : Bowden et Jane Poenix.

1, Rich: Buddies et Eliz : Mills.

2, Sabine Starsmore et Sarah Rawlinson.
2, Tho : Johnson et Dorcas Van.

5, Tho : Johnson et Katherin Thunder.

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