Location: Columbia County NY

Biography of Judge Elbert Osborne Hand

Judge Elbert Osborne Hand, long a distinguished member of the Racine bar and for thirteen years occupying the bench of the County court, passed away June 19, 1915, an occasion which carried with it a sense of deep regret and sorrow to many who have been his associates and contemporaries. He was then nearing the eighty-fifth milestone on life’s journey and there came to him “the blessed accompaniments of age-honor, riches, and troops of friends.” Judge Hand was a native of New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York, born November 29, 1830, and came of English ancestry in both the maternal and paternal lines. His grandfathers were natives of New York, and John S. Hand, father of the judge, was born in New Lebanon, in 1804. He became a mechanic and was employed along that line until after his removal to the west, when he became connected with agricultural pursuits. Before leaving New Lebanon, however, he married Miss Emma J. Cowells, who was there born in 1810. She too was of English descent and her grandfather served in the War of 1812. It was in 1841 that John S. and Emma Hand arrived in Wisconsin, settling in Walworth County, where the father entered land and with ‘characteristic energy began the development of a farm. He lived a quiet and unassuming but useful life, never seeking to figure prominently in public...

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Esselstyne Farm Cemetery, Clavernack, Columbia County, New York

Esselstyne Farm Cemetery, Clavernack, Columbia, New York, on the road from Martindale to Harlemville Esselstyne Jacob, March 31, 1850, 87-11-2 Mary Van Deusen, wife, Dec. 12, 1843, 65-6-21 Caroline Stoor, wife, of Jacob, Aug. 27, 1805, 35-8-7. Harriet, Oct. 1, 1860, 57 y. 8 m. Cornelius, April 11, 1847, 77 y. 6 m. Clarissa, wife, April 29, 1855, 82. O’Brien Mathew G., son of John and Mary, Sept. 18, 1878, 23-9-11 Turner Gilbert, June 18, 1844, 36. James Gilbert, son of Gilbert and Mary, Nov. 9, 1859,...

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Harlemville Methodist Cemetery, Harlemville, Columbia County, New York

Allworth Mary, wife of Thomas, 8 Feb 1847, 98 yrs 9 mos Ashton Eddie, son of Rev. E. and C. L., 23 Jun 1864, 2 yrs 2 mos 9 dys. Bancroft Henrietta Ash, wife of Rev George C., 7 Sep 1846, 32 yrs 11 mos. Becker Jacob, 1800-1838. Elenor, wife, 1809-1900. Sanford, 1833-1921. Dency, wife, 1840-1912. Isaac, 1794-1869. John, 1794-1880. Phebe, 1836-1910. Ella, 1859-1906. Mary, 1877-1879. Mamie, dau. of Sandford J. and D. E. 3 Aug 1879, @2. Elmer E., son of Sandford J. and Mary M., 19 Jan 1865, 1 yr 4 mos 21 dys. Mary M., wife of Sandford J., 20 jan 1862, 20 yrs 11 mos 16 dys. Becker George I., 1829-1903. Harriet O., wife, 1834-1905. Clara I., 1853- George M., 1854-1861. Lizzie I., 1862-1864. Eddie J., 1869-1869. Becker Joseph, 4 Mar 1867, @77. Elizabeth, wife, 16 Sep 1866, @74. Joseph P., 14 Dec 1859, @77. Elizabeth, wife, 19 Nov 1847, 65 yrs 3 mos 6 dys. Ellen E., dau of Stephen C. and Eunice, 28 Jun 1861, 9 yrs 10 mos 5 dys. Jacob L., son of Stephen C. and Eunice Becker, 7 Jul 1861, 3 yrs 6 mos 22 dys. Alace A., dau of Stephen C. and Eunice Becker, 9 Jul 1861, 7 yrs 5 mos 10 dys. Mary Ann, dau of Stephen C. and Eunice Becker,  12 Jul 1861, 19 yrs 3 mos...

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Hyde

Daniel Hyde came in from Claverack, Columbia county, in 1801, and settled two and one-half miles north of Afton, at what is known as Ayrshire or North Afton, on the farm now occupied by Edward Wilkinson, where he died. His children were: Edward, who married Lydia, daughter of Nathan Bateman, and settled in the same locality, and who afterwards removed to Masonville and died there; Daniel, who married a woman named Graham, and settled in Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he died; Chauncey G., who married Lucretia, daughter of Amasa Newton, and settled and died near the old homestead; Elijah, who married Jemima, daughter of Amasa Newton, and also settled and died near the homestead; Sophia, who married a man named Martin, and removed with him to Paris, Canada, and died there; Polly, who married Leighton Joyce, and settled in Greene county, and died in Brooklyn; Cynthia, who married Dr. Archibald Welch, and settled and died in New Haven, Conn.; and Olive, who married Wells Newton, and settled in Bainbridge and died there. The grandchildren living in the county are: A. C. Hyde, only child of Chauncey G., a druggist in Afton; and Daniel A., Rosanna, wife of Jas. M. Olendorf, William E., Lodosca, wife of George Knight, Chauncey G., and Harriet, wife of Justus Carr, children of Elijah, also in...

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Biography of Henry Chase Bradbury

Henry Chase Bradbury. It is truly a fortunate man who can come to his seventy-third year with a record of so much good accomplished, with many responsibilities discharged and burdens bravely sustained as have been part and parcel of the life and experience of Henry Chase Bradbury, now living at Lincoln. Rev. Mr. Bradbury is the oldest active missionary of the Presbyterian Church in Kansas. For all the more than forty years of work he had done in Kansas Mr. Bradbury enjoys a vigorous old age and only his more intimate friends know that he had passed the three score and ten mile post. His early environment and inheritance probably predisposed him for the career and vocation he had followed. The Bradbury ancestors came from England to Maine in colonial times, his remote ancestor having acted as an agent of Ferdinand Gorges, 1620, who had extensive colonization rights from the Crown and made the first settlement along the coast of Maine. His father was Elbridge Bradbury, a prominent scholar, educator and minister and spent his last years in Kansas. Elbridge Bradbury was born at Medford, Massachusetts, August 2, 1805. He was a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and in 1831 graduted from Amherst College. He taught in a classical school at New Lebanon, New York, and afterwards had charge of a classical and English school...

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Benjamin Todd of Hillsdale NY

Benjamin Todd4, (Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born April 10, 1730, died Nov. 1755 on the Crown Point expedition, married by Isaiah Tuttle, Justice of the Peace, Sept. 3, 1755, Lois, daughter of Ezekiel and Susannah (Merriman) Tuttle, who was born Feb. 14, 1737-38. She married second Dec. 9, 1756, James, son of Caleb and Lydia (Benham) Atwater. Issue: (1) James; (2) Daniel; (3) Stephen; (4) Lois, m. Michael Sherman; (5) Eunice, m. E. Young; (6) Caleb. They lived in Hillsdale, Columbia County, N. Y. The compiler of the Tuttle Genealogy makes the claim that the above mentioned Benjamin Todd, who married Lois Tuttle, left a posthumous child who was named Benjamin Todd, and gives the date of his birth as being in 1756. Should this prove to be true, the latter would have been but a very few months old, when his mother married second Dec. 9, 1756, James Atwater. It would seem to me, reasonably safe to say that the compiler of the Tuttle Genealogy would have tried to be sure that his statement was correct before he published the fact that Lois Tuttle did have a child by her first marriage. He also states that Lois Tuttle married James Atwater, Oct. 21, 1756, instead of Dec. 9, 1756 as stated in the Atwater Genealogy. The remaining six children are mentioned specifically as being Atwater’s the name of each...

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Armenia Todd Carver of Copake NY

CARVER, Armenia Todd9, (Wilbur8, Martin7, Abraham6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 8, 1883, married Martin L. Carver, who is a Methodist Clergyman and was given a pastorate in Copake, N. Y. Child: I. Dewitt Clayton, b. April 7,...

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Biography of John P. Clum

John P. Clum, of San Bernardino, was born in Claverack, Columbia County, New York, in 1851, and his childhood and youth were passed on the banks of the historic Hudson. At the age of nineteen he graduated at the Hudson River Institute, and entered the freshman class of Rutger’s College, New Brunswick, New Jersey. After completing the first year and creditably passing all the examinations, adverse fortune compelled him to leave college, and in 1871 he entered the meteorological service of the United States Government. Having taken a course in meteorology and signaling, he was ordered to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and there opened a station for meteorological observations in November 1871. He was honored with the appointment as delegate to the Presbyterian General Assembly, held at Baltimore in 1873, and at St. Louis in 1874. On February 26, 1874, he was appointed Indian Agent of the Apaches at San Carlos, Arizona, and discharged the difficult duties of the office with remarkable fidelity and efficiency, and to the great satisfaction of the citizens of Arizona and Colorado. February 26, 1876, Mr. Clum resigned the agency, but finally, at the urgent request of the department, withdrew his resignation in October following. He resigned again in March, 1877, and left the agency July 1, 1877. In November 1876, Mr. Clum was united in marriage, at Delaware, Ohio, with Miss Mary D....

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Henry Bump

Charles Henry Bump, third child, was born in Hudson, New York, September 8, 1848, and died in April, 1921. He received a thorough education at Spencertown Academy and at Hudson Private Institute. In 1874 he married Emma Weeks, born in 1854, died in May, 1904; daughter of Robert Weeks, and they became the parents of four children: 1. Mary, born in 1875, died in 1877. 2. James A., III, born in 1878. 3. Charles Henry, of further mention. 4. Lawrence Woodward, born in 1884 and cashier in the National Bank at Great Barrington, Massachusetts; he married, in 1909 Edith Davis, and they have a daughter, Helen, born in...

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Biographical Sketch of James Allen Bump, Jr.

James Allen Bump, Jr., their son, was born in 1817 and died in 1880. He was the first agent for the New York Central Railroad Company at Hudson, New York; he furnished wood for the company and was the first conductor on the Hudson & Berkshire Railroad. He married, in 1842, Mary Augusta Shattuck, and they were the parents of five children: 1. Mary Elizabeth, born in 1843; died in 1853. 2. Sarah, born 1845, died 1920. 3. Charles Henry, of further mention. 4. Caroline, born 1850, died 1897. 5 and 6. twins, Arthur and Allen, born in...

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Biography of Charles H. Bump

President and secretary of W. J. Foss & Company of Springfield; treasurer of Foss & Bump, Incorporated; and president of the Mortgage and Investment Company, was born in Hudson, Columbia County, New York, June 11, 1881. His father was Charles Henry Bump, Sr., his mother Mary Augusta (Shattuck) Bump. The name is derived from Boneloz of Normandy, a fief held from the Earl of Melleut, and the family Bompas, as the name came to be known in England. It has for centuries been conspicuously and widely in the legal annals of the country, and honorably mentioned in public affairs. It has passed through a series of transitions. During the latter centuries of the Norman conquest it was Bompas; and had changed to Bompasse at the time the first representative of the family came to America in 1621. At a later date it was Bumpus, and finally in the land of brevity Bomps and Bump. Edward Bompasse came to America in 1621 in the ship “Fortune” landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, November 9 or 11. He became the father of seven or eight children, among them four sons, John, Edward, Joseph, and Jacob, born in 1636, 1638, 1639, and 1644 respectively. The sons in turn were the progenitors of large families. John had five sons: John, Samuel, James, Edward, and Jeremiah, born between the years 1673 and 1692, and duly recorded....

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Biography of Amasa J. Parker

AMASA J. PARKER AN ALBANIAN of high intellectual qualities, who has passed his four-score years, and who has been a resident of this city for forty-four years, adorning its history by distinguished public service and private virtues is the Hon. Amasa J. Parker. He is a true representative of those enterprising New England pioneers who came from their old homes to aid in the development of the then new state of New York and the great western territories. Away back amidst the howling wilderness, where the cheering rays of the sun scarcely ever beamed upon their humble log cabins, they lived and toiled for the good of their country, their families, and their cherished civil and religious institutions. Judge Parker’s ancestors were among those who defended their homes from the invasion of the red men during the old French and English wars, when many a deed of horrid cruelty was enacted by the savages – when the tomahawk and scalping-knife in the hands of murderous foes gleamed through the thick forests, and when fears prevailed on every side, through the light of day and the darkness of night. And when the declaration of American independence was proclaimed, those worthy ancestors were found fighting on the side of the colonists in defense of the just rights of free men; and they laid not down their arms until this new republic...

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Biography of Eugene Burlingame

EUGENE BURLINGAME IN THE long list of noted Albanians who have reflected honor upon their native or adopted city, the name of Eugene Burlingame stands in a conspicuous place. He has thus far exhibited a true manhood, an enterprising, industrious and persevering spirit in his private and professional career. He comes from a substantial family of New England, the distinguished Anson Burlingame being a relative of his. He was born on the 24th of January, 1847, in the town of Willet, Cortland County, N. Y. His grandfather, a pioneer from New England, was one of the earliest settlers of that county, and possessed the same adventurous, daring spirit that has characterized the most prominent men of the eastern states. He found his way to his new settlement through a vast and howling wilderness, crossing the Catskill Mountains on horseback in olden times, and finally taking up his residence amid the primeval forests of Cortland county. Here he went to work with strong hands and a brave heart to clear up the wilderness around him. He was a man of more than ordinary physical and mental powers, attaining the great age of ninety-three, when he died honored and respected by all who knew him. Eugene Burlingame is a son of Westcott Burlingame and Melinda Eaton, both of whom are still living. His earliest years were passed on his father’s farm,...

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Biography of F. Emmett Dwyer

F. EMMETT DWYER, progressive and outstanding professional man of Pittsfield, and one who has gained general recognition in the work of undertaking and funeral directing, in which for the past six years and more he has been active, stands at the head of a long established business, of which his father was the founder. Mr. Dwyer has demonstrated his large natural ability, and in his forward looking spirit the people feel that he is giving to his work sincere and devoted attention. Mr. Dwyer is a native of Chatham, New York, a son of Simon P. and Katherine (McNamee) Dwyer. F. Emmett Dwyer was born in Chatham, New York, September 8, 1898. His education was received in the local institutions, and he is a graduate of Pittsfield, High School, class of 1917. Early choosing as his life work the interests in which his father was active, Mr. Dwyer assisted his father during his leisure time while still in high school, then made special preparations for activity in the same realm, entering the Boston School of Embalming. The death of Simon P. Dwyer closed a life of eminent usefulness at a comparatively early age on January 31, 1919, and since that date F. Emmett Dwyer has been at the head. This interest was founded by Simon P. Dwyer in 1904, and he conducted it along the most approved and progressive...

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Biographical Sketch of Lee Vosburgh

(III) Lee, son of Arnold and Olive (Coe) Vosburgh, was born in Hillsdale, Columbia county, New York, July 26, 1863. He attended the public schools in the town of Phelps, New York, removing there with his parents in 1871 ; two years later they removed to Clyde, New York, and after another two years returned to Phelps and located on their former farm. In 1892 Mr. Vosburgh took charge of this farm and it has since that time been under his sole management. The results which he has achieved in agriculture have been of an eminently satisfactory character, and he is most progressive in all he undertakes. Buildings have been remodeled and improved, new implements acquired, and scientific farming given a fair and impartial trial. The product of the farm under these favorable conditions leaves nothing to be desired. Mr. Vosburgh has inherited the intellectual traits of his father and other ancestors, and is one of the leading spirits in all educational matters, making many improvements in this direction. He was elected as trustee of the schools in 1900, and re-elected in 1910, a very palpable proof of the excellence of his service in this office. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and has been a liberal contributor to its treasury on many occasions. He is a member of Sincerity Lodge, No. 200, Free and Accepted Masons,...

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