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1755. Jan and Maria Bouman had a daughter, baptized September
14, 1742. Jan, Jr., and Catrina Bouman had a daughter, baptized
May 6, 1745. John had a daughter, baptized October 29, 1787.
Samuel, son of Peter, mentioned above, and Maria Falkenburg
had a son Pieter, baptized July 19, 1748. Aart and Christina
Immet, daughter Maria, baptized December 10, 1721. John and
Margaret, his wife, had the following children: Tunis, born Au-
gust 8, 1760; John, born February 10, 1765; James, born May
13, 1761, and Peter, born November 13, 1769. Peter and Phebe
had a son Tunis, born June 6, 1768. Anthony and Susanna had
a daughter Susanna, born May 10, 1766, and a son George, born
March 1, 1769.

Joseph and Elizabeth had a son James, born August 5, 1767,
and a son Tunis, born December 2, 1771. John and Catharine
Lawrence had a daughter Mary, baptized March 8, 1772. Jacob
and Elizabeth had a daughter Mary, born March 11, 1768.
Peter, son of John and Margaret, above, married Mary Colon,
December 5. 1797. David and Hannah Wright married June
21, 1801. He was born in February, 1779, and died March 30,
1838.

WANDEL. The first of the name in our county records is
John, who, with his wife Letitia, executed a mortgage to -
Groom, May 1, 1767, and cancelled it by payment the next
year. He was a cordwainer by trade, and carried on the tan-
ning business on Todt hill. John and Letitia had a son Peter,
born{Jannary 10, 1766. Peter married Sarah Van Clief in March,
1789, and died May 17, 1857, over 91 years of age. His sons



HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY. 611

Avere Matthew, Daniel, John, Peter S. and Walter I., the latter
only still living, April, 1876.

HON. ALBERT WARD. -The late Hon. Albert Ward, first
judge of the Richmond county court of common pleas, was a
descendant of the Ward family of Westchester county, N.Y.,
a family of such distinction and patriotism during the war
of independence as to win extended notice from its local his
torians.*

The family was originaly English. Its first representative in
this country. Andrew Ward of Watertown, Mass., freeman,
1634, came with the first settlers to Connecticut, was elected a
magistrate in 1636, removed to Long Island in 1643, and became
a resident of Fairfield, Conn., in 1649. His eldest son, Edmund,
removed to East Chester in Westchester county, N. Y., where
Edmund's eldest son, also named Edmund, was brought up
and afterward distinguished himself as a member of the
' Colonial Assembly." Hon. Stephen Ward, second son of
the latter, was judge of the county of Westchester and the
owner of the famous "Ward Mansion" in East Chester, which
became the headquarters of the American troops and the scene
of many bloody engagements. He was proscribed by the loyal-
ists, and a bounty was set upon his head, because of his pat-
riotism and devotion to the colonial cause. Stephen Ward was
the father of James Ward who married Phoebe, sister of Daniel
D. Tompkins, governor of New York state, and afterward vice-
president of the United States. Caleb T. Ward was a son of
James and Phcebe (Tompkins) Ward and the father of Judge
Ward of whom we write.

Caleb T. Ward was a man of careful business habits and a
worthy representative of the noble and self-denying family
from which he came. His only son, Albert, was born in the city
of New York November 27, 1816; and a few years later Caleb
and his family removed to Staten Island, where he built the
" Ward Mansion " on the hill now called by the same name,
and commanding one of the most striking and beautiful views
on the Atlantic coast. At his death he left two children : Al-
bert, just mentioned; and Mary Mann, to the memory of whom
St. Paul's Memorial church was built.

* The genealogy of the Ward family is given in full in Bolton's ' ' History of
Westchester County ; " and many interesting facts in regard to the family are
contained in the recently published history of the county by L. E . Preston & Co.



612 HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY.

In his youth Albert Ward received a careful training, and
choosing the law as his profession, was admitted to the bar,
November 1, 1839. Subsequently, he divided his time and at-
tention between his pi'actice and the care of the large estate
left him by his father, and which he largely increased by skill-
ful management and tireless industry. March 16, 1844, he \vas
appointed by the governor of New York state, first judge of the
court of common pleas for Richmond county; and during the
two years in which he held that office he distinguished himself
for his ability and foresight. In 1846, the new constitution of
the state made the office which he held, elective, and not caring
to mix in the politics of the county he gave up the position.

His large private interests made Judge Ward a man of influ-
ence, not only on Staten Island, where he owned a large proper-
ty, but in the financial circles of New York city. He was a stock,
holder in the Fulton Bank, National Park Bank, Bank of Com-
merce, Shoe and Leather Bank, Mechanic's Bank, Metropolitan
Bank, Bank of America, Bank of New York, Gallatin National
Bank, United States Trust Company, Union Trust Company,
New York Life Insurance and Trust Company, and of the
Greenwich, Hope, Hoffman, and the Arctic fire insurance com-
panies. He was president of the Arctic Insurance Company,
and a director in a number of the corporations above named.

His many business associates found in him a staunch friend,
a man whose experience taught him how to give good advice,
and one to be always and implicitly trusted. But the chief charm
of his character was the deep religious feeling which pervaded
his whole life and manifested itself in all his acts. For many
years it had been his desire to devote to the service of the Lord
enough of his means to erect a church for the parish in which
he had given much of his energy and thought. His gift to St.
Paul's parish of the St. Paul's Memorial church, a beautiful and
substantial edifice built of native granite, was the flowering of
this generous desire. It was presented, as he says in a letter to
the rector, dated April 28, 1866, as a " memorial to an only and
dearly beloved sister." From a sermon delivered in this church
in memory of Judge Ward, by the rector, Reverend Albert U.
Stanley, Advent Sunday, 1878, we quote the following :

"His donation of this church edifice was consistent with his
life-long interest and devotion to the parochial prosperity.
The old records show that his father, his mother, his sister and



HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY. 613

himself were together baptized by the Eeverend Francis H.
Cuming the tenth of November, 1833, and that these were the
first baptisms in this parish, then known as St. Paul's church,
Castleton. His father, Caleb T. Ward, was one of the first
vestrymen appointed when the parish was organized, the llth
of March, 1833. He himself was elected a vestryman Easter,
1841. In 1853 he was appointed warden, an office which he
held till the day of his death, making more than twenty-five
years of service as warden. It would be impossible for me to
relate in full the obligations of this parish to his wise judg-
ment and sturdy churchly sense. But I know that once he
stood alone in the gap, saved by his own unaided effort the
parish from extinction, and then helped to restore the life to
what was almost a body inanimate and motionless."

Judge Ward was married in early life to Miss Catharine U.
Parker, a woman of sweetness and beauty of character, as
shown by her zeal in all works of charily and benevolence.
She was always interested in relieving the distress and suffer-
ing of the poor, and many will remember the help she carried
so quietly to the homes that came to know her as an ever- ready
messenger of peace and mercy. Sustained so amply by the
liberal spirit of her husband she was enabled to accomplish her
good work effectively, and to gratify her own kind and sympa-
thetic nature.

Toward the latter part of their married life a gradual decline
in health left her at the last a complete invalid, and not only
stopped her own great usefulness, but shadowed the declining
years of her honored husband. Four children were born of
this union : Elizabeth Parker, wife of Amos Booth ; Mary
Ward, Kate Kearney Ward, and Sarah Bonnett, wife of Ed-
ward Wanty, all of whom, with the widow, survive and reside
on Staten Island.

Judge Ward died at his residence in Edgewater, October 28,
1878, and was buried beside his illustrious ancestors in the
churchyard at East Chester. He left a very large estate in the
village of Edgewater, consisting of land beautifully situated on
the hills overlooking the bay and embracing the most desirable
sites on the island. The whole estate is ably managed by
George H. Daley, Esq., who has been its trustee since 1883.

The death of Judge Ward closed a life, the value of which to
the business and religious community cannot be over-estimated.



614 HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY.

It was a life unusually fruitful of good deeds and good results,
and his liberal nature found expression in practical and attrac-
tive forms, which endear his memory and ensure for him a
lasting place in the history of the island.

CAPTAIN STEPHEN WHITMAN, for more than ten years trus-
tee of the village of Port Richmond, and one whose foresight
and business ability have done much for the promotion of its
welfare, was born in Boston, Mass., March 18, 1825. He early
contracted a fondness for the sea, which he followed from his
fourteenth year till he entered, in 1861, upon his present sphere
of usefulness as a stowage and cargo inspector in New York
city. He is at present the senior member of the firm of Whit-
man & Fisher, doing business at 99 Pearl street.

Captain Whitman's talents as a seaman raised him rapidly
from a position before the mast to one of command, and he had
charge in his day of several famous packet ships in the New York
and Liverpool trade and one of the smartest of the California
clippers. He was also intrusted with the important command
of one of the steamers of the old New York Mail Steamship
Company, and later of steamers of the Cromwell line to New
Orleans. A master seaman and officer, he made a reputation
for the safety and rapidity of his trips and obtained for himself
a popularity among passengers seldom enjoyed by seafaring
men. During the war of the rebellion Captain Whitman saw
much active service, and while in the old "Escort" he tells of
a lively chase by the "Alabama," from which piratical craft,
by good management, they contrived to escape.

The captain has been an active member of the " Produce Ex-
change" for the last thirteen yeai's, also of the " Maritime Ex-
change" and the "Marine Society," the latter the oldest in
America. In 1861 he took up his residence in Port Richmond,
where he still remains. Shortly after his arrival on Staten
Island he purchased the property Avhich he occupies at the
present time, and where it is his delight to meet and entertain
liis many friends. He is married, and has two children still liv-
ing. His genial and gentlemanly qualities, together with his
extensive business relations, have made him well known and
widely respected both on Staten Island and in New York city.

WINANT. This is one of the oldest families on the island,
and is so ramified that it is impossible to trace all its branches
to their sources. We select that branch which is probably best



HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY. 615

known, and is represented by Abraham and his brother Jacob
G., both of whom have been sheriffs of the county. They are
the sons of Hon. Bornt Parlee Winant, of Rossville. His
parents were Abraham Winant and Mary Parlee, who were
married August 1, 1807. The father of Abraham was Winant,
Winant, who made his will July 5, 1804, which was proved
August 11, 1804, between which dates he must have died. In
that instrument he mentions his wife Mary, and his children
Abraham, John G., Jacob G., Mary, Frances and Ann. The
father of Winant Winant was Abraham, who was the son of
the elder Winant Winant, who was the son of Peter Winant,
the progenitor of the family. The following is the inscription
upon his tombstone :

" Here lies the body of Peter Winant, born in the year 1654.
who departed this life August 6th, 1758, aged 104 years."

He was a native of Holland, but the date of his emigration
and settlement on the island, which are identical, has been
lost. As his family was the only one of the name then in the
county, the following must have been his sons, viz.: Peter,
who had a son Peter, baptized April 23, 1707. Winant (men-
tioned above), whose wife was Ann Cole, who had the fol-
lowing sons baptized : Peter, March 27, 1720; Abraham, March
24, 1725; Jacob, October 9, 1726, and Daniel, April 22, 1728.
JoJin, whose wife was Lena Bird, had a son Peter baptized
March 19, 1732; and Cornelius, whose wife was Maria Cole, had
a son Cornelius baptized February 28, 1728.

The following are other members of the family, whose names
we h'nd in the county and church records : Captain Peter, born
December 4, 1784; he was captain of the schooner "Thames,"
which was wrecked on Absecom beach, November 4, 1823, when
he lost his life. Peter, born October 5, 1802, died February 8,
1867. Abraham and Mary his wife had a daughter Ann, born
September 30, 1758, and a daughter Elizabeth, born March 3,
1770. Daniel and Rachel his wife had a son Daniel, born May
10, 1760. Daniel and Susannah his wife had a daughter Ann,
born June 27, 1762. Daniel and Elizabeth his wife had a
daughter Rachel, born October 4, 1765. Peter and Christiana
his wife had a son George, born September 6, 1770; this George
married Eliza Winant November 15, 1794. John and Hannah
(or Johanna) his wife had a daughter Elizabeth, born July 29,
1774, and a son Jacob, May 15, 1776. Peter and Charity his



616 HISTOEi' OF RICHMOND COUNTY.

wife had a son Isaac, born February 1, 1775; this Isaac married
Patty Winant January 16, 1796. Peter and Ann his wife had
two children, Daniel and Ann, baptized November 20, 1785;
Peter Winant made his will May 9, 1793, which was proved
July 26, 1793, in which he mentions his wife Ann, his father
Daniel, and alludes to his children without giving their names.
Cornelius and Catharine his wife had a daughter Cornelia, bap-
tized November 21, 1790. Peter and Mary Winant were mar-
ried July 14, 1790. Moses and Catharine Winant were married
August 7, 1800. Daniel and Eliza Oakley were married Decem-
ber 19, 1801.

There are four ways of spelling the name of Winant, some of
the branches have dropped, others have added a letter, but all
trace back to the same stock. Jacob Winants, of English an-
cestry, a wealthy farmer, was born in Westfield, Staten Island,
in 1749, and feeling himself called to preach the Word, gave
his life service to the Methodist church as a traveling preacher,
often officiating in private residences, school houses and other
places that offered. He died at the age of 76 years. He
married in the Lawrence family, who claim to be remotely con-
nected with the wealthy Townley family of England, now under
investigation as to who are the rightful heirs to inherit that
large estate. Jacob Winants' wife's father, Doctor James Law-
rence, was born in Newtown, Long Island, in 1732, and after-
ward lived on Staten Island. In 1753 he married Miss Anne,
daughter of Charles Jandine, a French Huguenot, who died in
New York, aged 72 years. His wife died in 1807; they left two
daughters. Sarah was born in 1759, married Joseph Ridgway,
and died in 1823, leaving five children: Anne, Capt. Joseph,
Mary, James and Elizabeth. The second daughter, Catherine,
born in 1763, married Jacob Winants, and died in 1820. They
left five children, four sons and one daughter; Elizabeth, the
oldest, died when young. His oldest son, Captain Peter, was
born in 1784, married Miss Fannie Ellis, daughter of Garret
Ellis; she was born in 1785, and died in her S2d year. Captain
Peter was an officer in the army, and served his country through
the war of 1812, and was always found to have been a true patriot
and ever loyal to the cause of liberty. He was shipwrecked at
sea in 1823. By this disaster he lost his life at the age of 38
years. He left six children, four daughters and two sons:
Mrs. Mary Cortelyou, Mrs. Catherine Mills, Garret E., Mrs.



HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY. 617

Laney Appleby, Mrs. Sarah Ann Gough and Sebastian; all
deceased except Garret E. and Mrs. Appleby, who reside at
Bergen Point, New Jersey. Jacob \\ r inant's second son, Daniel,
married Miss Polly Laforge; they had three children, all de-
ceased. Jacob Winant's third son, Captain Winant Winants,
married Miss Mary Johnson, of Westh'eld; he died in 1872, aged
83 years. They left three sons: Captain James J. Winants, of
Rossville, S. I.; Captain Jacob, of Jersey City, and Cornelius,
of Brooklyn, all living.

Jacob Winant's fourth son, Jacob, died in 1867, aged 67
years, without issue.

GARRET ELLIS WINANTS, a self-made man, was born on Staten
Island, state of New York. He is of Dutch, English and French
ancestry, his progenitors having emigrated to this country at
an early date. The family name on Staten Island, where most
are to be found, is spelled Winant; in the south, Winans; in
the west and north, Winan. His father, Capt. Peter Winants,
was lost at sea when young Winants was about 9 years of age,
being shipwrecked when on a homeward voyage; the vessel and
cargo being lost, and all the passengers and crew, except the
mate and two sailors, finding a watery grave. By the loss of this
vessel and cargo, of which Captain Winants was part owner,
and upon which there was no insurance, his widow and six
orphans were left in comparatively indigent circumstances, there
remaining only the farm or homestead, and a few thousand dol-
lars invested. Shortly after his decease this money was called
in, reinvested by his widow, and subsequently lost. Through
such a chain of disadvantageous circumstances our youthful
subject was deprived of an early education from books. At
that period the farmers were in the habit of employing a teacher
only through the winter season, for one quarter, or more fre-
quently a half quarter, keeping their children on the farms the
residue of the year, claiming it to be more profitable to keep
their boys and girls at work during planting and harvesting
than to allow them the privilege of education. That he has
largely overcome this early neglect maybe gathered from either
one of his entertaining and instructive volumes, "Journal of
Travels over the Continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, and
thelslands of the Sea," published in 1873, "Around the World,"
published in 1877, and other works not yet in print. He is



618 HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNT?.

widely known throughout New Jersey and elsewhere by his
writings on travel.

As he approached manhood his first choice was to follow the
sea a desire strongly opposed by his excellent mother, who
did not wish to expose her only son to the possible fate of his
father. At the age of 18 he left the parental roof to seek a
livelihood for himself, and with a view to assist his mother,
possessed of a limited education and less than a dollar in money,
with not a friend to whom he could apply, if need be, for a loan
of so much as ten dollars, excepting his mother, who had done
her all. His first engagement was on a schooner as a hand be-
fore the mast, at eight dollars per month. In the hope of hav-
ing a nice little sum to aid his mother in running the farm, he
allowed his wages to remain for three months, and was at that
time deprived of them by the dishonesty of the captain. He
next procured a berth at twelve dollars a month. He soon made,
by his activity and perseverance, many friends, and was re-
warded at 19 years of age by a few persons joining together and
building for him a freighting schooner of forty tons burden,
named " Gilletta," with the proviso that as soon as young Wi-
nants could pay for any part thereof he should have an interest
therein. After some three years' struggle he succeeded in pur-
chasing this vessel, and shortly afterward took on a cargo of
plaster of Paris and was shipwrecked on Long Island sound,
nearly losing his life by the disaster, which swept away his all.
Thus he was compelled to commence the world anew; yet, with
undaunted courage, somewhat despondent, the young captain
after a time succeeded in building a larger vessel, named " Ellis
Amanda." From this time fortune smiled upon his efforts,
and he continued building and buying vessels until his fleet
numbered in all fifteen, thus enabling him to conduct a much
larger maritime trade, some being engaged in bringing pine
wood from Virginia, others running to Albany in the lumber
trade, and still others in the transportation of street-sweepings
and coal-ashes from the city of New York.

During the rebellion Captain Winants built and equipped
five steamboats, which he chartered to the United States gov-
ernment for war purposes, one being placed in the revenue
department of the port of New York, three on the coast of
North and South Carolina and the James river, and one car-



HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY. 619

vying the United States military mail between New Orleans,
Galveston and Brazos de Santiago.

At the close of the war Captain Winants sold out his fleet of
vessels and retired from active business. For several years
previous therefore had the contract from New York city for
the removal of coal-ashes and street-sweepings. He purchased
some forty acres of water-front in Jersey city, formerly known
as Harsimus bay, opposite the city of New York, paying there-
for over one hundred thousand dollars. About nine-tenths
or more of this land was covered with tide-water of the Hudson
river, and the ordinary class of vessels sailed over it in the
pursuit of commerce. Here he deposited the street-sweepings
and ashes gathered under his contract with the city of New
York, and for more than ten years he was engaged filling in
this land, building docks, grading, paving and sewering the
streets rendered necessary by the improvement, which added
largely to the growth and revenue of Jersey city by way of
taxes, etc. On this property are located the large terminal
depots occupied by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company,
steamship piers, and now there is in course of construction two
first-class ferries, one from the foot of Cortlandt, and one from
Debrosses street to ply between New York and this property
in Jersey city; besides on this land are located the immense
tobacco factory of P. Lorillard & Co., one of the largest in the
United States, and other factories and buildings which have
added much to the growth and prosperity both of Jersey city
and Hudson county.

There was one who, while living, gave impress to the state,
who at every fitting opportunity testified to the character of
Mr. Winants, and was his warm and devoted friend, viz., "Hon.
Dudley S. Gregory." Mr. Gregory was himself a self-made
man, and his sympathies always leaned toward such, and he
was also a large land-holder in Jersey city, who highly com-
mended the matured plans and enterprise of Mr. Winants,
which gave development to Jersey city and attracted to its
water front the steamships of Europe and commerce of the old
world. This property, once covered with water, comparatively
worthless, is rapidly increasing in value, a large part of which
Mr. Winants still retains. He is also a large owner of real
estate in the city of New York, Plainfield city, Elizabeth city,
Hudson city, Hoboken city, and Bergen Point, N. J., to which



620 HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY.

latter place he came in May, 1872, and where he now resides.

He married February 10, 1841, Miss Amanda, daughter of
James Miller and Abigail Birdge. They had four children; one
daughter, Mary Frances, who died in 1872; and three sons,
James M., Ellis Sebastian, and John Frederick, the two latter of
whom died in early childhood. Mary Frances married George
H. Hillyer. who also died in 1877, leaving two sons, Clarence
W. and Frank Ellis Hillyer.

Upon retiring from active. business in 1862, Mr. Winants
devoted much time to travelling, and in company with his wife
made several lengthy tours, one around the world, traversing
some twenty-seven thousand five hundred miles ; another over
the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and the islands of the
sea, embracing some twenty thousand miles; still another tour
through Central America, and along the border of South Amer-
ica, up the Pacific coast to San Francisco, crossing the continent,



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