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MY FAMILY DESCENDANTS and THE REVOLUTION

The American Revolution, independence from Great Britain, and our family history

The Revolutionary period between 1770 and 1800 was not a fun time to be living in New York City and the surrounding area. There were several of my descendants living in this area that had become successful with land acquisition and with trading opportunities. The Revolution would change all that. The need for the break from England as necessary was not an easy decision for New Yorkers to make. Some became progressively influential. This included John Jay, who was a young lawyer in New York when the Revolution started. There were some who strongly felt that ties with Great Britain should not be broken, but mended. This was an older group who came reluctantly to support the Revolution. This included property owner, The Lord of the Manor, Robert Livingston. Then there were those who stayed loyal to the King. This was Frederick Phillips, Lord of Phillips Manor. Some joined the militias and fought in the Revolution. After the revolution, debate was not over. Freedom from the King meant a new Government needed to be formed. The debate between State rights and new Federal rights was intense. John Jay, became a strong Federalist, in favor of a strong federal government. Part of the debate was the right to vote. Jefferson felt that one man (Not WOMAN) one vote should rule and Hamilton felt that only men of property should be allowed to vote and rule. How should they govern? How could they get balance between the States? The result was a revised Constitution but this needed to be ratified by the States. New York was very split by this: a majority wished to keep the sovernity of the State. In Poughkeepsie a group met designated to make the decision. Jay was part of this and the result was ratification of the new Constitution by two or three votes. In the emerging Democracy there was conflict of ideas for our new country. This influenced Jays and Livingstons and Clarksons and Van Courtlands and Phillipps and Van Rensselaer and Van Schuyler all my relatives. I will try and tell what happened to these several families before, during and after the Revolution.

It includes property: Jay’s mother and the Van Courtlandt Manor, the rest of the Livingstons and Livingston Manor, cousin Frederick Philippse and Phillips Manor, Killean Van Rensselaer and Rensselaerwick, Philip Van Schuyler and Schuyler land. The shift in control from property and wealth. Who should rule the country? It was the end of the influence of the Lords of the Manor.

It includes merchants and trade: Several of my descendants that lived in New York were successful traders. For them the Revolution and loss of New York to the British meant not only loss of trade, but loss of homes. John Jay’s father and mother were forced to leave their home in Rye and take refuge in safer area. No longer were the old trade routes safe.

It includes the story between these families. Pre revolutionary New York was small and there were many intermarriages between these families. Livingstons married Van Schuylers and Jays,  Van Schuylers married Van Rensselaers,  van Cortlndts married Jays, Van Schuyler married a Van Rensselaer and then when he died married a Livingston. Bayards intermarried as did Van Voorhees. These marriages all tied these families and their lands tighter together.

It includes the political changes. Tories vs Patriots. Federalists vs non Federalists, the new government, the need for a new constitution, the start of our Democracy.

It also includes how much Dutch blood we have! All the Vans!

LAND FIRST

There were at least five families we are related to that controlled large tracts of land before the Revolution from Great Britain. The Livingston Family and Livingston Manor on the Hudson, (1,200,000acres ) The Philipse Family and Philipse Manor in Westchester, (125,000acres ) The Van Courtlandt Family and Van Courtlandt Manor in Yonkers, (85,000acres), The Van Rensselaer Family and Rensselaerwyck in Albany.(750,000acres) and The Van Schuyler Family and land also in Albany (100,000acres) All were started either from Patroonships from the Royal Dutch Governor or as Royal Land Grants, Charters of the King. The land on these Manors was to be owned and leased by the Lord of the Manor or if Dutch, the Patroon. This feudal system of land ownership was to be continued, oldest son to oldest son.

The Manors and Patroonships did not survive. Soon after the end of the Revolution they ended. The feudal system could not exist with our new Democratic principles of freedom.

LIVINGSTON MANOR

Robert Livingston (1654-1728), my 6th GGrandfather, was the first Lord of the Manor. He was also an example of our Dutch background. His father, a Church of England minister had been banned from his home country of Scotland for not recognizing the Presbyterian faith in Scotland. He took his family which included his young son Robert to Holland, where Robert learned to speak the Dutch language. Robert ended up coming to the Colonies, and became successful in part because of his ability to understand and speak Dutch. He was granted by Royal Charter of Great Britain in 1715 160,000 acres along the Hudson in what is now Columbia County, NY. This created the manor and Lordship of Livingston. He married Alida Schuyler, the widow of another major land owner, Nicholas Van Rensselaer, and daughter of General Philip Schuyler, owner of a large amount of Albany property. This brought together Livingston, Van Rensselaer, and Schuyler families and a lot of property. She was a very strong woman. She had one son with Nicholas and had nine children with Robert. Since Robert was often in NYC, she was responsible for managing the Livingston and Van Rensselaer property. We have a lot of Dutch blood!

Their oldest son Philip (1686-1749) became the second Lord of the Manor after his father’s death in 1728. In 1708 he married Catharina Van Brugh, the daughter of a former Albany mayor and they would live in Albany. They had 12 children and it was one of their sons that had impact on our family.

Phillips son, William, inherited property in New Jersey and became Governor of New Jersey during the Revolutionary time. He was a strong believer that separation with Great Britain was needed and influenced a young lawyer who was courting his daughter, Sarah of this. This of course was John Jay who married Sarah.

Philips oldest son, Robert (1708-1790) inherited Livingston Manor at the time of his father’s death. He had married Maria Thong in 1731 and they had thirteen children. He became the third and last Lord of the Manor. In 1766, after the death of his wife, he married Gertrude Van Rensselaer Schuyler.

Robert Livingston was Lord of the Manor during the Revolution. When he became Lord 1,000,000 acres of the Catskills mountains was added to the Manor property. He hoped for a compromise with England and was modestly supportive of the war of separation. He did supply the Army with important iron that was mined from his land holdings. His tenant farmers stayed as loyalists to the crown for most of the Revolution. His children were more supportive serving in the war effort. After the revolution ended the power status of the Manors also ended. At the time of his death Livingston Manor was divided unto 5 parts for his sons and were subsequently divided further. The Lord of the Manor was no more.

PHILLIPSE MANOR

 My second Cousin Frederick Philipse III (1710-1786) was the third and last Lord of Philipse Manor. He had inherited the estate from his father at the time of his father’s death in 1751. This was a 125,000 acre estate that comprised much of Southern Westchester County. Frederick was a strong Loyalist and never wavered during the Revolution. He stayed in New York which was under British control during the war and then left for England in 1783 when the English left New York. All of his lands were confiscated by the state and sold off. Several thousand acres were sold to his tenant farmers. The property was decided into 200 parcels. Henry Beekman a Dutch NY businessman bought several of the parcels.

Frederick and his family continued to live in Great Britain. He died in 1786 and was buried in Chester Cathedral in Chester, England.

The taking of Loyalist land was a common practice and the sale of the land provided income to the state. The total of land lost by Frederick was 120,000 acres!

On November 28, 1776, the same year that 56 Americans signed the Declaration of Independence, well over 200 colonial New Yorkers placed their signatures on a “Declaration of Dependence.” These signers were Loyalists, citizens who remained faithful to their sovereign, George III, King of Great Britain. Prominent among the signatures was that of Frederick Philipse III, Lord of the vast Manor of Philipsburg and resident of the elegant mansion known today as Philipse Manor Hall. Frederick Philipse III and his family lived in luxury, well supported by rents from the many tenant farms on his property. Times were changing, however, and while others rebelled against Great Britain, Frederick III defended the Crown. His Loyalist beliefs were so strong that General George Washington ordered him arrested in 1776. Philipse and his family later fled to British occupied New York City and then to England, where the last “Lord of the Manor”, broken in spirit and health, died in 1786. His land and his mansion were confiscated by the New York State Legislature and sold at public auction

VAN COURTLANDT MANOR

My 5th great grandfather, Frederick Van Cortlandt (more Dutch) bought about a thousand acres extending from the upper Bronx into Westchester County from cousin Frederick PHILLIPSE. He built a house in Georgian style but died before it was finished. He was married to my fifth great Aunt, Francina Jay who continued to live there until her death in 1780. The house was then inherited by their oldest son James (1727-1787) who was there during the Revolution. It was used as a grain plantation and grist mill. Unlike the other properties it was not rented out for farming. During the Revolution the house stood at the border between English NYC protection and the new countries holding, which was full of robbers, etc. George Washington stayed there in 1776 to plan the battle for White Plains and then in 1781 with the French commander Rochambeau where he tricked the British into thinking he was staying there while he fled to the North. The British used the house during the war and at wars end it was apparently in very bad repair. There was a period that no family member was living there. James had no children. He left the house and property to be divided after his wife died, between his two brothers, Augustus and Fredrick and his sister Eva White. The house and property were then sold to the City of New York in 1889 and have been part of the park system since then. The house is run by the Colonial Dames as a museum.


Frederick sister was my fifth GreatGrandmother Mary Van Cortlandt who married Peter Jay and was the mother of fourth GreatGrandfather John Jay. It was property that John Jay was given by her in Bedford NY that was the site on which he built his retirement home.
VAN RENSSELEAR MANOR

Rensselaerwyck was a Dutch Patroonships given to my first cousin 6 times removed Killiaen Van Rensselaer in 1629 of about 750,000 acres and stayed under Van Renssellaer control until after the Revolution. It contained land on both sides of the Hudson from Albany down. It remained in Van Rensselaer control until the death of Stephan Van Rensselaer in 1836, when the manor officially ended. In 1704 Killiaen as Patroon split a lower portion of the Manor to his brother Hendrick, which was the area surrounding Albany, and known as the Claverack VR Manor

Killian married Maria Van Cortlandt also my first cousin 6 times removed. She was a daughter of Stephanus Van Cortland and Gertrude Schuyler. They had 7 children that lived to adulthood.

The Van Rensselaer Patroonships lasted until the early 1800, when it was divided and ended.

The concept of a large tract of land under the perpetual control of one family with its income coming from rental of tracts of land and tax of 10% of produce could not continue in a country dedicated to freedom of individuals.

“The patroon system was from the beginning doomed to failure. As we study the old documents we find a sullen tenantry, an obsequious and careworn agent, a dissatisfied patroon, an impatient company, a bewildered government — and all this in a new and promising country where the natives were friendly, the transportation easy, the land fertile, the conditions favorable to that Conservation of human happiness which is and should be the aim of civilization. The reason for the discontent which prevailed is not far to seek, and all classes were responsible for it, for they combined in planting an anachronistic feudalism in a new country, which was dedicated by its very physical conditions to liberty and democracy. The settlers came from a nation which had battled through long years in the cause of freedom. They found themselves in a colony adjoining those of Englishmen who had braved the perils of the wilderness to establish the same principles of liberty and democracy. No sane mind could have expected the Dutch colonists to return without protest to a medieval system of government.”

VAN SCHUYLER

There were two men who came from Holland and settled in the Albany area and by their success as traders (fur) purchased a large amount of land in the Albany area. They founded a trading community named Beverwyck. It was descendants from Philip Pieterse Schuyler that bred into my Van Rensselaer, Van Cortlandt, and Livingston family.

My 2nd Cousin 6 times removed was Philip Schuyler, born 1733. He married cousin Catherine Van Rensselaer and they had 15 children!! He inherited most of the Van Schuyler property and before the Revolution built the Van Schuyler Mansion. He became wealthy as a trader of material from the Albany area that he shipped down the Hudson to New York. He also became supportive of the Revolution from Great Britain, and served as General during the war mostly in the Albany area. After the war he served as one of the first United States Senators to serve from New York. He and his wife, Catherine Van Rensselaer, had nine children who were influential in the next generation. Their second daughter married Alexander Hamilton.

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While they had extensive land, it was not as the other families given to them to manage as a Manor or a Patroon.

The total land holdings of these families before the Revolution in New York along the Hudson was well over two million acres. Not bad but not to last.

TRADE and MERCHANTS

Trade and trading were very important in both pre revolutionary and post revolutionary New Amsterdam/New York. The story of two relatives that were involved with foreign trade and went thru large losses with the Revolution were Peter Jay and David Clarkson.

JAY

Augustus  Jay was the first Jay to come to the New World. He was a young man on one of his father’s trade ships and returning to LaRochelle found that his family had been forced to flee to England as a result of their Protestant beliefs and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes that gave them protection to worship. He was smuggled aboard a ship sailing for Charleston and made his way up the coast ending up in New Amsterdam. He met and married Anna Maria Bayard and his success as a trader resulted. Her grandmother was also Anna, the sister of Peter Stuyvesant. This was a very successful trading family!

It was their son Peter Jay, who married Marie Van Courtlandt, who continued as a merchant, and retired from New York in 1745, to move to the property he had purchased in Rye New York. This has recently been protected and restored as the Jay Heritage Center. It was here that their son John Jay would be born and brought up.

During the Revolution their world would be turned upside down. Rye became “no man’s land”. They were outside of British control, but lived with terrible dangers of being attacked by the British or undone by the Cowboys and scalpers that ran without control in the area. They had to leave the homestead in Rye and were moved initially to Fishkill which was safer and then to Poughkeepsie after they were robbed in Fishkill. They never return to their Rye farm and home. Marie died in Fishkill and Peter died in Poughkeepsie. Their children did return and continue living in Rye. Peter Augustus Jay, John Jays oldest son inherited the property in early 1800 and tore down the original house and built the Greek revival home that is there today.


CLARKSON

The first David Clarkson (1698-1751) was the son of Matthew Clarkson, the first immigrant to the New World from England. He became a successful merchant in New York with several vessels and a big trade. His son, also David Clarkson (1726-1782) continued this. He was a very successful merchant with considerable trade with other countries. He also became a supporter of the revolution. During the war his home in Brooklyn was vandalized by the British and his home in New York burned to the ground. He escaped to his wife’s home in New Jersey. At the end of the war he had lost his trade and most of his income. His son Matthew Clarkson (1758-1825) had a distinguished record during the Revolution and after the war became director of the Bank of New York. During this time he made good investments and land purchase. It was his daughter, Mary Rutherfurd, who married Peter Augustus Jay.

POLITICS

The change from a new land under the control of England and its King or Holland and the growing realization that independence from these controls was necessary. The development of a Democratic system was a HUGE issue that sparked debates and actions that we are still living with. Again the one relative very much involved in this transition was John Jay. His early friend Robert Livingston was a different story.

JOHN JAY (1724-1829)

Jay was born the same year his father moved the family to Rye NY. He was educated, went to Kings College Law school, and became involved in the revolutionary cause. Part of this is that he courted and married Sarah, a daughter of William Livingston, the Governor of New Jersey, who strongly supported the separation with England. He was a young man at the time. He spent almost the entire Revolution mostly with his wife either in Spain or France. At the end of the war he was the person who negotiated the peace of Paris with the King of England. On return to this country he and his wife and family built a house on Broadway which became there home. He was really the first president of the United States but under the original constitution which had very weak powers for this position. He became very involved with developing a new Constitution and with Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Adams and others became a leader of the Federalist Party. Getting New York to ratify the new Constitution was a major effort for him and he was influential in the meeting at Poughkeepsie that by 3 or 4 votes ratified it. He then served as Governor of New York and moved from New York City to Albany. He retired when his term ended to his new house in Bedford that was built on Van Cortlandt land.

He was also active after the Revolution with spies! Under the Articles of Confederation a committee for detecting and defeating conspiracies was created. This became a Commission. It was made up,of a series of groups established in New York to collect intelligence, apprehend British spies and couriers and examine British sympathizers. Jay became the head of this. This was a secret service with a company of militia under its control that heard over 500 cases involving disloyalty and subversion. It had the power to grant bail or parole, to imprison or deport, to arrest, to convict. Jay was the first chief of counterintelligence.

One of his great friends when in Law School was Robert Livingston, a cousin.

ROBERT LIVINGSTON

The second son of Philip Livingston and Catharina Van Brugh, also Robert,(1688-1775) was known as Robert of Clermont. At the time of his father’s death, Robert was given 13,000 acres in the Southwest corner which became named Clermont. This Robert married Margaret Howarden. They had one son Judge Robert who married Marie Beekman. Their grandson Robert R. (1746-1813) lived during the Revolutionary period. He was a lawyer and a great friend early in his life with John Jay, who then became an enemy!!

A problem Robert had was with this heritage. It was being a Livingston, educated and a large property owner. He had terrible trouble with the democratic principle of allowing the vote to all citizens. He was a real SNOB! He felt that his birth right gave him privilege for political appointments. He yearned for political success which always turned to disasters for him. He seemed to always be the wrong man at the right time. As a young lawyer in 1776, Robert had been appointed one of a committee of five to write the Declaration of Independence. He apparently contributed not a word to this document and was not present when it was signed. When after peace, George Washington was inaugurated as President, Robert delivered the oath of office. He then felt that Washington was obligated to give him a cabinet position. His first choice was Chief Justice. Washington by letter turned him down, and of course the position went to his rival, John Jay. Ugh! During the effort to get the new constitution ratified in 1780 Jay joined with Washington, Madison, Hamilton and others as Federalists, Robert became an anti federalist in opposition. He also ran against Jay for Governor of New York and was badly beaten. He became a Jeffersonian Democrat. In 1798 he was appointed by President Jefferson to go to France and try to negotiate the sale of New Orleans to the United States. After three years of difficult negotiation James Munro was sent to Paris to try and get resolution. After Munro’s arrival Napoleon apparently summoned them and offered what became the Louisiana Purchase. Then Robert tried to change the dates so he would get all the credit! He ended living in Clermont in retirement on his farm.

During the revolution the British made one foray into Clermont and burned his house to the ground for his revolutionary principles. He rebuilt the house.

The Revolution: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

These families, except for the Phillips group, all became supportive of the break with Great Britain. Younger members of the families were active in the war in different ways. John Jay was sent first to Spain and then to Paris as a diplomate during the war. He was the person that drafted the peace agreement with England that ended the war. Others were active in the war.

Brigadier General Matthew Clarkson (my third great grandfather)

Matthew Clarkson was a young man of 17 when the war started. He volunteered as an aide to General Benedict Arnold, before Arnold turned to join the British. He was involved with the battle of Fort Ticonderoga, battles on Lake Champlain, and the battle at Saratoga. He became a major during the Saratoga campaign and was present at the surrender of General Burgoyne. He was appointed to the staff of General Benjamin Lincoln and served at the battle of Savannah, the defense of Charleston and the final surrender of Cornwallis at Charlestown. After the war he was commissioned Brigadier General of the militia of Kings and Queens counties and then in 1798 Major General of the Southern District of New York. After the war he married Mary Rutherford and their one child Mary Rutherford Clarkson married the oldest son of John Jay, Peter Augustus.

Letter From George Washington to Matthew Clarkson, 24 June 1782

Major Matthew Clarkson commenced his military Services as a Volunteer early in the present War. In the Year 1777 he received a Majority in the Army of the United States, and was present at the Surrender of Lieut. General Burgoyne at Saratoga, having been active in all the principal antecedent Engagements, which produced that Event—In the Year 1779 was appointed Aide de Camp to Major General Lincoln (now Secretary at War) then commanding Officer in the Southern Department, & in that Character served at the Siege of Savannah. In 1780 he acted as Major of a Corps of Light Infantry during the Siege of Charles-Town. In 1782 He returned to his former Situation as Aide de Camp to Major General Lincoln, and was present at the Reduction of the British Posts of York and Gloucester under the Command of Lieut. General Earl Cornwallis. Soon after this, when Major General Lincoln became Secretary at War, he was appointed his Assistant. In all which Stations, from my own Knowledge and the Reports of the General Officer under whose immediate Orders he has served, I am authorised to declare that He has acquitted himself with great Honour. Given under my Hand And Seal at the Head-Quarters of the American Army the twenty-fourth Day of June in the Year 1782.

Go: Washington

NPotC.

Brigadier General Robert Van Rensselaer (3rd cousin 4x removed)

Several Van Rensselaer men were active during the Revolution. Robert Van Rensselaer was commissioned a Colonel of the Eighth Regiment, Albany County Milita in Oct 1775. He continued to serve and was named Brigadier General, Second Brigade in 1780. He served under his brother in law General Philip Schuyler during the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga. He commanded the militia that pursued and defeated Sir John Johnson when on his raid in the Mohawk Valley in 1780.

Colonel Killian K Van Rensselaer(3rd cousin 4x removed)

He was. Child of Kilian Van Rensselaer and Ariaantie Schuyler. He studied law at Yale and when the war broke out served as a private secretary to his Uncle General Philip Schuyler

Brigadier General Henry Beekman Livingston(2nd cousin 5x removed)

Henry was the younger brother of Robert Livingston. He apparently had a violent temper and had anger at anyone of lesser breed. As soon as the Revolution started he formed his own troop and joined the battle. The first of these was the battle of Long Island which was a major loss of the Patriots. He was left on Long Island with a small group and was successful in harassing the English. He and his Company escaped across the sound. He served under a number of Generals and had problems following orders. He was involved in a number of battles in and around the New York area including the battle of Saratoga. He served under General Philip Schuyler and spent the winter with his troops at Valley Forge. Here they almost froze and starved. He was the Black Sheep of the Livingston family and had as much trouble getting along with them as he did his commanding Generals.

Major General Philip Van Cortlandt (3rd cousin 4xremoved)

He was active in politics. During the Revolution he served as Lieutenant Colonel and involved in the seige of Yorktown. During this he was cited for gallant conduct and mustered out of the service as a Brigadier General. After the war he continued to serve politically and was one of the persons present with John Jay to ratify for New York the new Constitution.

 

 

 

Major General Philip Schuyler(2nd cousin 5x removed)

The Schuyler family were very supportive of the war to separate the State from English control. Philip Schuyler took an active lead in this. He was a very large land owner in the Albany area. He was made a Major General and took command of the area surrounding Albany. This became an active battle front as the English made their way down Lake Champlain to Saratoga. He was not well and forced to give up his command quite early. General Horatio Gates was in command at the time of the battle of Saratoga. Several relatives served under him including Matthew Clarkson, Robert Van Rensselaer, and Henry Livingston.

SEPARATION FROM ENGLAND

The Revolution came to an end. The political definition of the new country slowly emerged. The English left New York. A new constitution that gave more central power but maintained the role of the States emerged. This meant a stronger central government with a presidential branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. A bill of rights was passed. The scars of the war were diminished. Trade resumed. And we were free but still had a lot of problems to contend with.

CLARKSON FAMILY

GENEAOLOGIES AND FAMILY HISTORY OF SOUTHERN NEW YORK AND THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY
A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation

VOL. Ill ILLUSTRATED NEW YORK

LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 1914

                    I believe this was taken from Matthew Clarkson book on the history of the Clarkson Family

The family of Clarkson in CLARKSON America dates from January 29, 1691, when Matthew Clarkson arrived in New York City from England. Respected in the other country centuries ago, so has it continued to be here. It has given its share of patriots of prominence in the olden times and statesmen of standing after this government was formed. When heads of the best families in New York were in the main merchants, members of this family so engaged were men of integrity and, moreover, with their wealth, worked to benefit the worthy by activity on philanthropic and educational boards. The Clarkson arms, as borne by those of the name in America are: Argent, on a bend engrailed sable three annulets or; the crest, a griffin’s head couped between two wings proper.

(I)The line of descent takes one to Robert Clarkson, grandfather of the progenitor, and the reliable record found regarding him is that of his marriage to Agnes Lily, on September 9, 1610. Of the parish church of St. Peter, at Bradford, Yorkshire, England, he became warden in 1615, and it is at this place the name of Clarkson may be traced for five hundred years further back. From what is learned from the various entries upon registers, etc., one is able to state with conviction most positive that they possessed social standing, wealth, influence and excellent rank among families of their district in England. Through the total destruction of the old family home in Whitehall street in the New York conflagration of 1776, the most valuable early records were wiped out, so that what is known now is due to diligent research by members of the family.

Robert Clarkson served with the vicar as trustee for the sale of the Manor of Bradford some years after becoming the warden, yet he was a Puritan by inclination. At Bradford, he possessed a large estate, also at Idle, at Pudsey and at Manningham. He died March io, 1632, and was buried at St. Peter’s, which was a special privilege. He married (for his second wife), October 4, 1629, Hester, widow of Ezekiel Tailer, recorded as “per licentia,” which was peculiar, and seldom so unless among the highest gentry. His children were by his first wife.

Children: 1. Rev. William, became vicar of Adel, near Leeds, and held the “Lordship of Idle,” marrying Mary Clarkson. 2. Mary. 3. Robert, removed to London, where he became alderman and amassed a fortune equal to $200,000, marrying Hannah Taylor. 4. Rev. David, see forward. 5. Hester.

(II) Rev. David Clarkson, son of Robert Clarkson, was baptized at Bradford, England, March 3, 1622; was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge University, in 1641; was captured by Royalists in 1642, and after being confined ten months was released in time to take his degree. In 1645 he was appointed to a fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge, continuing for six years, when he served as minister at Crayford in Kent; then at Mortlake, in Surrey; but was rejected in 1662, by the terms of the Act of Uniformity. He engaged in a series of religious controversies, championing the cause of non-conformity vigorishly with his pen. He was a colleague of Dr. John Owen, in 1682, as pastor of an independent London church, succeeding the latter when he died. Reviews of his life speak of him as “a divine of extraordinary worth for solid judgment, healing, moderate principles, acquaintance with the fathers, great ministerial abilities and a godly, upright life.” His discourses were published in 1696. He died in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney, June 14, 1686.

Rev. David Clarkson married (first) in 1651, the daughter of Sir Henry Holcroft, Knight, of East Ham, Essex. He married (second) Elizabeth, widow of Wolrave Lodwick, daughter of Matthew Kenrick, of London, a Welsh family, claiming descent from David Kenrick, standard-bearer to the Black Prince, of Edward III.’s time. Children: Lettice; Matthew, see forward; Rebecca; David, married Lady Sands, widow of Sir William Sands; Gertrude; Robert; Katharine.

(lll) Matthew Clarkson, son of Rev. David Clarkson, was born in England, died in New York City, July 20, 1702. He was a nonconformist, as his father had been, and with his half-brother, Charles Lodwick, came to New York about 1685. The latter was a prosperous merchant here, and became mayor of the city. Matthew Clarkson returned to England after the revolution which placed William and Mary on the throne, and he petitioned to be made secretary of the Colony of New York, one of those signing this petition being the famous author, Daniel Defoe. He was finally appointed, and sailed with the newly-chosen governor, Colonel Henry Sloughter, on December 1, 1690. When he arrived here, several months later, he found that the government was in much confusion owing to the acts of Jacob Leisler, consequently he became engaged at once in an acrimonious struggle to obtain and maintain position, which resulted in holding office nominally while denied the emoluments. It was an unpleasant predicament, especially to hold such position with any degree of dignity, and yet he succeeded in winning great respect, for he did not rely upon office for standing.

Matthew Clarkson married, January 19, 1692, Catherine Van Schaick. She was the daughter of Hon. Goozen Gerritse Van Schaick, one of the earliest settlers of Beverwyck, or Albany, New York, who was prominent.

Children: 1. Elizabeth, died in infancy. 2. David, see forward. 3. Levinus, born in New York City; removed to Holland, where he died unmarried. 4. Matthew, baptized April 9, 1699, died 1739; married, June 1, 1718, Cornelia de Peyster, and had ten children, one of whom, Matthew, became mayor of Philadelphia and was delegate to constitutional convention. 5. Anna.

(IV) David (2) Clarkson, son of Matthew and’Catherine (Van Schaick) Clarkson, was born in New York City, January 19, 1694, baptized in the old Dutch church in Garden street, August 19,1694, died in New York City, April 7, 1751. Before he was eight years old both parents had died, consequently he went to live with a maiden aunt, Margrieta Van Schaick, and it is believed that he was subsequently sent to his relatives in England for rearing and to be better educated, for he engaged in mercantile pursuits there in 1718, when twenty-four years old. He came back to New York, and at first acquired an interest in ocean-going vessels; then becoming successful as a merchant; was an owner of several, carrying on an export trade. He was a representative to the provincial assembly from 1739 to 1751, with the exception of an interval of a year and a half, and was a patriotic citizen whenever encroachments of the crown aroused the people.

David Clarkson married, New York City, January 25, 1724, Ann Margaret Freeman, daughter of Rev. Bernardus and Margrieta (Van Schaick) Freeman, the latter being his mother’s sister, his aunt.

Children: 1. Freeman, died unmarried. 2. David, see forward.

3. Matthew, born March 12, 1733, died September 25, 1772; married, June 1, 1758, Elizabeth de Peyster; by whom: David M., married Mary Van Horne, and Matthew, married Belinda Smith. 4. Levinus, died in infancy. 5. Levinus, born October 8, 1740, died May 24, 1798; married, February 21, 1763, Mary Van Horne, whose two children, Charles and Henriette left issue, the former marrying Elizabeth, daughter of John Vanderbilt, and the latter marrying Freeman Clarkson, her cousin.

(V) David (3) Clarkson, son of David (2) and Ann Margaret (Freeman) Clarkson, was born in New York City, June 3, 1726, died at Flatbush, New York, November 14, 1782. He was given his early education in Europe, and continued to reside abroad until he was twenty-three years old. When he returned to America he engaged in business and had a large trade with many foreign countries. He built a home on Whitehall street, employing therefor Andrew Gaurtier, who subsequently constructed St. Paul’s Chapel. In those days lotteries were popular, often conducted by the states, especially when raising funds for educational and philanthropic work, and in 1754 he was the winner of one-half of the capital prize in the lottery for founding the British Museum, which yielded him the handsome sum of $25,000. He added underwriting to his business and became one of the wealthy citizens. When his brother, Matthew, who lived at Flatbush, died, he purchased the homestead and used it as his country seat. In April, 1775, he participated in the meeting of Kings county which chose delegates to a provincial convention. He was a member of the New York committee of one hundred and a delegate from New York City to the provincial convention, in which body he figured prominently. He was one of three citizens who offered to guarantee advances of money made to the colony for emergent purposes, the amount being $7,500. The command of a regiment was extended to him in 1775, but he declined. When the great fight took place on Long Island, in 1776, his house was rifled by the British, and his city home was entirely destroyed by fire, September 21, 1776, at which time the family lost its handsome furnishings and valuable records. Accordingly he removed to New Brunswick, New Jersey, but later returned to Flatbush. He was a member of the first board of governors of King’s College, 1754; was an original governor of the New York Hospital, 1770, and both vestryman and warden of Trinity parish, in fact a valued resident of the community.

David Clarkson married, New York City, May 3, 1749, Elizabeth, daughter of Philip and Susanna (Brockholles) French, granddaughter of Governor Anthony Brockholles. Philip French was the son of Philip and Anne (Philipse) French, the latter being the daughter of Frederick Philipse.

Children: 1. David, born in New York City, November 15, 1751, died June 27, 1825. 2. Freeman, born February 23, 1756, died November 14, 1810; married Henrietta Clarkson; by whom: William Kemble, married Elizabeth Van Tuyl; Charles, married Elizabeth Lawrence; Freeman, married Catherine Balch; Elizabeth, unmarried. 3. Matthew, see forward. 4. Ann Margaret, born February 3, 1761, died November 2, 1824; married, November 16, 1784, Garrit Van Home, whose married children were: Mary Elizabeth, married James Peter Van Horne; Mary Joanna, married Adam Norrie, of Scotland. ?. Thomas Streatfeild, born April 5, 1763, died June 8, 1844; married, October 30, 1790, Elizabeth Van Horne; he was a partner of his two brothers, conducting a large foreign trade at the northwest corner of Stone and Mill streets in New York, owning a number of vessels; their married children were: David Augustus, married Margaret Livingston; Elizabeth Streatfeild, married David Clarkson; Thomas Streatfeild, married Elizabeth Clarkson; Frances Selina, married Augustus Levinus Clarkson; Ann Augusta, married Clermont Livingston, and the unmarried children were: Frederica Cortlandt, Anna Maria, Frederica, Emily Vallete, Ann Margaret and Mary Matilda. 6. Levinus, bor n March 31. 1765, died September 28, 1845; married, February 25, 1797, Ann Mary Van Horne, and their married children were: Augustus Levinus, married (first) Frances Selina Clarkson, married (second) Emily C. McVickar; David L., married Margaret De Longy; Elizabeth, married Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson; Levinus, married Mary Livingston.


(VI) General Matthew (2) Clarkson, son of David (3) and Elizabeth (French) Clarkson, was born at his parents’ home on Whitehall street in New York City, October 17, 1758, died there, April 1825, and was buried at Flatbush, Long Island. He was receiving what was considered the best education of his day when the revolution broke out, and in 1775, before he was eighteen years of age, he enlisted as a private in a corps of American fusileers under command of Richard Ritzema. In February, 1776, he applied for appointment in one of the battalions being raised in New York, the former command not having been called upon to do active service, and on failing to be so appointed he joined a volunteer company which was commanded by his brother, David, and forming a part of the regiment of Colonel Josiah Smith. While in this command, he participated in the famous battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776, and was in the retreat of General Washington’s army when it was obliged to move westward and cross the river into New York City. He was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of General Benedict Arnold, with the rank of major, July, 1777, on the recommendation of General Nathaniel Greene, and immediately filled the post. This took him into the division of General Philip Schuyler, who was expecting the advance of the large British army under General Burgoyne, who was advancing from Canada, and taking the water route had proceeded as far as Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain, with little hindrance. He was wounded in an encounter at Fort Edward, New York, while endeavoring to rally a detachment which had been put to flight by the Indian allies of the British, but nevertheless he continued in active service until on October 17, 1777, Burgoyne surrendered at old Saratoga, or Schuylerville, this date peculiarly being the nineteenth birthday of General Clarkson, then major. When the famous American artist, John Trumbull, about a century ago, painted the picture of this great event in this country’s history on the walls of the rotunda at Washington, he included Major Clarkson’s portrait in the group of officers. He was wounded another time. It was during the battle of Stillwater, to the north of Albany, when struck in the neck with a ball while he was carrying an order of his general to the commanding officer of the left wing.

During the time General Arnold was in Philadelphia, Major Clarkson continued as his aide, and it was a little later, or in 1778, that he became engaged in a very bitter controversy with Thomas Paine through the medium of the newspaper. Paine was secretary for foreign affairs, and by reason of the heated argument was led into the act of giving government secrets to the public, which resulted in his forced resignation from the high political office. Major Clarkson was summoned to testify at the time of the proceedings of the civil authorities against General Arnold by the state of Pennsylvania, by reason of the latter’s conduct in the Philadelphia command. Major Clarkson refused to testify on the ground that a military officer was not subject to their jurisdiction. Congress took up the matter, with the result that he was reprimanded; but at the same time congress granted his application for permission to join the southern division of the army. Bearing a letter from Hon. John Jay, which spoke in unstinted praise of his ability, in the summer of 1779, Major Clarkson presented himself to General Benjamin Lincoln, of South Carolina, and was immediately attached to his staff. While in this position, he distinguished himself in an assault made on Savannah, Georgia, in the fall of that year, and he was the one to bear despatches to General Washington and congress which announced the unpleasant news of the enterprise’s failure. He was one of the staff officers who voted against the capitulation of Charleston. When that city surrendered, May 12, 1780, he was made a prisoner, but although paroled later on, he was not exchanged until late in the war. He was a determined patriot, for so soon as he was at liberty he cast his lot with a French naval expedition, sailing from Newport, which took sharp action with British vessels off the Virginia capes. He joined General Lincoln again as aide-de-camp in February, 1781, and took active part in all the large operations at the end of the war, being present at the surrender of Yorktown. Under Secretary of War Lincoln, he was made assistant. Congress granted him permission to engage in the French service in the West Indies, but through lack of warfare of any note he did not go there. He was commissioned brevet-lieutenant-colonel on November 1, 1783, and when peace was declared, retired. His valiant service put him in the position to become one of the early and most worthy members of the Society of the Cincinnati.

General Clarkson was chosen regent of the State University of New York, in 1784, and in the interest of that institution visited Europe. On his return to this country he married, and presently engaged in business, in connection with John Vanderbilt. He was appointed brigadier-general of the militia of Kings and Queens counties, in June, 1786. Among those concerned in the rebuilding of Trinity Church, he was one of the most prominent, and was made a vestryman. In political life he served as member of assembly, 1789-90, and had the honor of introducing a bill providing for the gradual abolition of slavery in New York. For a period, he was United States marshal for the New York district, served as state senator, 1794-95, and for a long time was commissioner of United States loans.

He was commissioned major-general of the southern district of New York, in 1798, and filled this position until he resigned in 1801. The following year, he was the Federalist candidate for the United States senate, and at the election received a majority of the votes of the upper house of the state legislature; but was finally defeated by the Hon. De Witt Clinton. He was elected president of the New York Hospital in 1799, a position held by his father before him; was one of the original vice-presidents of the American Bible Society, and president of the Bank of New York, 1804-25. So highly eminent a man as Chancellor Kent had a fine and true conception of his associate that his words merit the space in presenting and preserving a description of General Clarksons character:

No person appeared to me more entirely exempted from the baneful influence of narrow and selfish considerations, or who pursued more steadily and successfully the vivid lights of Christian philanthropy. He was eminently distinguished in the whole course of his life for benevolence of temper, for purity of principle, for an active and zealous discharge of duty, for simplicity of manner, for unpretending modesty of deportment, and for integrity of heart. It was his business and delight to afford consolation to the distressed, to relieve the wants of the needy, to instruct the ignorant, to reclaim the viscious, to visit the fatherless and widow in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Such a portrait is not to be drawn from all the records of heathen antiquity. It presents an elevation of moral grandeur “above all Greek, above all Roman fame.” It belongs to Christianity alone to form and to animate such a character.

General Matthew Clarkson married (first) May 24, 1785, Mary, daughter of Walter and Catherine (Alexander) Rutherfurd. He was the son of Sir John Rutherfurd, of Edgerston, Scotland, the younger brother of Hon. Robert, Baron Rutherfurd, and Catherine Alexander was the daughter of James Alexander, celebrated as a colonial lawyer, and sister of Major-General William Alexander, titular Lord Stirling, of revolutionary fame. Mrs. Clarkson died July 2, 1786. General Clarkson married (second) February 14, 1792, Sally, daughter of Samuel and Susan (Mabson) Cornell. Samuel Cornell was a descendant of Richard Cornell, an early settler on Long Island and the owner of much property in North Carolina, but who lost it by confiscation, being a Tory. By the first marriage he had a single child, and six by the latter marriage.

Children: 1. Mary Rutherfurd, born July 2, 1786, died December 24, 1838; married, July 29, 1807, Peter Augustus Jay, eldest son of Chief Justice John Jay and his wife, Sarah Van Brugh (Livingston) Jay.

(VII) David (4) Clarkson, son of General Matthew (2) and Sarah (Cornell) Clarkson, was born March 27, 1795, died June 3, 1867. He was a man who added distinction in more modern times to a family name already famous, leaving a reputation which has brought the family in every branch to be respected in the metropolis. While he lived.no one in the city held more honored reputation. In more than one way did he gain this prominence, even had he not been the son of an honored father. He was president of the New York Stock Exchange for many years, and a memorial in citing the many admirable qualities of his character says of him: “By the amenity of his manners, his high sense of honor, and his great executive ability, he won the personal respect and deference of its members.” After holding this position of eminence in the financial world, he was chosen president of the Gallatin Fire Insurance Company, and acted as such almost to the time of his death. He took a natural and great interest in a number of New York’s most worthy charities. In this respect he did not require urging, but was the one to draw others into co-operation, and in this field was appreciated by many boards of benevolent institutions. He was a long time a governor of the New York Hospital, following in this in the footsteps of father and grandfather, so that for one complete century, from 1770, when the board organized, to 1870, the name was on the board. David Clarkson married, March 27, 1822, Elizabeth Streatfeild Clarkson (his cousin), who died February 11, 1886, child of Thomas Streatfeild and Elizabeth (Van Horne) Clarkson.

Children: 1. Matthew, see forward. 2. Thomas Streatfeild, born December 16, 1824, died September 15, 1902, in New York City; married, December 16, 1852, Ann Mary Clarkson, daughter of Thomas Streatfeild and Elizabeth (Clarkson) Clarkson, who died in New York City, April 7, 1895 ; by whom: Annie and Emily Vallete, the latter marrying, July 31, 1901, William A. Moore.

BANYER CLARKSON and TYRINGHAM


B B B B Banyer Clarkson, who had a stutter, and his wife Helen, who had a lisp, have been two people whose story has been present with me since I was five years old and a small boy coming to Tyringham, Massachusetts for the summer. I was born in Nov 1933. Banyer had died in 1927 and his wife died 10 years later in 1937. My father, for reasons unclear to me, had inherited the estate and gardens they had built about 1900 in Tyringham called Riverside. Banyer’s mother and my Great grandmother were sisters, children of Peter Augustus Jay and Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson. So Banyer was my father’s first cousin once removed. Before he died he had indicated that he wished the house in Tyringham to be left to my father and so it was.

We moved in in June of 1938. I remember arriving and exploring all its rooms and land. We brought a new cocker spaniel puppy with us named Josh. The house to me was huge. You drove through gates guarded by two lion statues, that are still there, up a winding drive way to the back of the house. As you faced the house the front entrance was to the right. The kitchen and “maids” area to the left. You came into a small entrance area then went into the main and largest room with the stair case running up its back. The front had large windows with a view to the Cobble, the upside down mountain in the center of Tyringham. To the front was lawn and a big hill that went down to the gardens and was fantastic to roll down. On the right side of the house was a large porch with ?Lilac vines (may have been grape). To the left were woods with a stream running down. Actually there were two streams. If you walked through the woods it would clear into old pasture land filled with blackberries and then down hill through other pastures to the valley floor.


Upstairs was a large master bedroom, over the dinning room, and two smaller bedrooms, the first for my sister, Petey, the second for me. Then there was a big room, I think over the porch, and study that was filled with parts of Banyer’s life and interests. Rocks, barometers, national geographics, scrap books, stamps, old letters.


The house to the front looked out at the cobble but it looked over the garden. Growing phlox was Helen’s passion. This had been carefully laid out with stone walls and fountains. The garden was known in botanical circles. Helen was an early member of the Stockbridge Flower and Garden Club and had won several awards for her flowers. Her garden was photographed and included in 1916 book of famous American gardens. During our first summer, Sydney Howard, the playwright was run over by his tractor. Phlox from the garden were used at his funeral.

As a five year old the gardens were of little interest to me! I was more involved with a toy lawn mower! Also there were several pastures that needed to be mowed. This meant Duffy Clark and his team of horses came, and I could ride on them. Also trout. Fishing the small streams was to become a passion of mine.


In August of 1938, our first summer there, a hurricane can up the East Coast and a huge amount of rain was dumped on the valley. I can remember the sounds of water as it can rushing down the brook and turned to go down our drive way washing it out deeper than I was tall. The valley was flooded. Almost all the bridges were washed out and it was a devastation for several weeks.

We spent summers in the house for 4 or 5 years, then it was sold to Brooke and Buddy Marshall about 1942 and we moved to a farm house in the valley. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It quickly metastasized leading to her death in 1944. My father kept the farm house and I continued my summers in Tyringham for another ten years.

This was all possible for me because of Banyer. Who was he and what was his life like? Where did he come from? The Clarkson and Jay families had close connections. Peter Augustus Jay the oldest son of John Jay and Sarah Livingston, married General Matthew Clarkson and Mary Rutherfurd’s daughter Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson. Then their youngest daughter Susan Matilda Jay married Matthew Clarkson and they both had General Matthew Clarkson as a common grandfather! Their one child was Banyer.

My looking into my Clarkson genealogy brought me first to Banyer’s father Matthew who married Susan Jay. Matthew among other accomplishments wrote a two volume book that was leather bound giving the history of the Clarkson family. Forty-five volumes were published “for the family only”. I have from Banyer and my father volume 4. It is very readable and gives wonderful insight of the history and troubles that were occurring first in England and then in New York as Church and State went through their revolutions and the impact this had on family.

His wife, Susan Matilda Jay was the youngest daughter of Peter Augustus Jay and Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson so they were second cousins. In their early marriage they were very active socially. Mathew became tired of this social life and stated to his wife “that he wished henceforth to stay at home”. While accepting no invitations he had numbers of people visit them to discuss world politics.

I wish I had more information on Matthew. He inherited considerable wealth from his parents, David and Elizabeth Clarkson. He was well educated and a prolific reader. He was well traveled. I have a scrap book of three European tours he took with his wife. The first in 1858, 116 hotels are entered. In 1865, 52 hotels are listed and in 1876 they stayed at 79 hotels. I have the dates listed on the middle trip, which they took with their 12 year old son, Banyer.. It started in July 1876 in London. In July 16 they were in Interlaken Switzerland. In August in Zurich. From August 25 to Jan 21 they were in Lausanne. Jan 25 in Marseilles, France. Feb 21 at Shephards Hotel, Cairo, Egypt, and then Cooks steamer up the Nile. March 30 to May 6 1867 in Campo. May 8-9 sail Mediterranean to Damascus.. May 17 to May 27 ill with Syrian flu in Damascus. May 27 in Athens. June 17 in Milan, Italy. June 26 to June 29 in Paris. July 15 in London. July 19 in Liverpool. July 20 sail on the China for New York. Each of their trips lasted about a year.

He also cataloged all sorts of information from newspapers etc. I have three volumes that trace events in Europe as well as the United States. Much of the clippings from one volume are from the Civil War, in 1861-65.

ObitNYGS

“(VIII) Matthew (3) Clarkson, son of David (4) and Elizabeth Streatfeild (Clarkson) Clarkson, was born in New York City, June 23, 1823. He never engaged in professional or business pursuits, yet occupied his time most worthily in lines which particularly interested him and these were often to the advantage of others. He devoted considerable time to the compilation of his family’s history, and by his painstaking efforts perfected a volume which was privately printed and relieves forthcoming generations of any necessity for research back of the present time. He is a Republican, and a member of the Episcopal church, but has not accepted office ecclesiastic or political. He joined the Order of the Cincinnati and the Huguenot Society, and his latest place of residence was at his sister’s home, No. 16 West Forty-eighth street, New York City. Matthew Clarkson married, at Calvary Church, in New York City, April 14, 1852, Susan Matilda Jay, born in that city, November 29, 1827, died at her home, No. 160 West Fifty-ninth street, June 29, 1910, daughter of Peter Augustus Jay (eldest son of John Jay and Sarah Livingston), born January 24, 1776, died February 22, 1843, married, July 29, 1807, Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson, daughter of General Nathan Clarkson and Mary i. They had one son, Banyer”

*BANYER CLARKSON

The only child of the marriage, BANYER CLARKSON(pa6/33) , married Helen Sheldon Smith in 1900 when he was 47 and she was 43. They lived in New York and built a summer estate in Tyringham, Mass.

Banyer like his father lived off his inherited wealth and spent his time collecting and organizing for what he wanted. He wrote a book of a trip to the western deserts he took when he was in his 30’s. Many rocks were collected that were brought home and ended in the Tyringham house. He collected stamps which my father also inherited. He had a collection of letters written by John Jay and other revolutionary people, that may have come from his father. He had every issue of the National Geographic magazine. He had a collection of weather forecasting tools. Barometer with huge lead bowl, wind direction and velocity, rain Gauge, etc. A regret that I have is that I did not take better care of some of this!!

My brother in law, Ned Perkins, was a small boy, lived close to Riverside. He remembers Banyer getting in his horse drawn cart and driving to Tyringham General Store for mail. He would fall asleep as soon as they got started. His horse would take him to the store and shake to wake him up.

His wife Helen Sheldon Smith was known for the garden at Riverside. Her special interest was phlox and as mentioned above she used sheep manure from the sheep at Riverside Farm to fertilize the garden. The sheep were allowed to graze on the cobble, across the Hop brook, and kept the grass, etc down. Next came cows and now it’s a tractor!

She was very active with the Lenox Garden Club. The garden was photographed and published in a collection of famous gardens in the United States in 1906. She invited members of the Lenox Garden Club Council as their guests at Riverside, in Tyringham. “ this afternoon. (July 1906) Mrs. Edward Spencer read a paper on delphiniums, and there was a contest among members of the council who exhibited floral specimens.”

He had many philanthropic interests. Part of his life was involvement with the Jay Cemetery. He was one of the three original trustees and was active with the development of the Cemetery..

ObitNYGS: . “BANYER CLARKSON. 1854-1928. Banyer Clarkson, an Annual Member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, died October 20, 1928, at his summer home at Tyringham, Massachusetts. His funeral was held in St. Paul’s Church, Stockbridge, on Octo- ber 22. The interment took place in the Jay family cemetery at Harrison, New York. Mr. Clarkson was born in New York City on March 13, 1854, the son of Matthew6 Clarkson and his wife Susan Matilda Jay. He was descended in a direct male line from Matthew1 Clarkson (ab. 1665-1702), who emigrated in 1685, and his wife Catherine Van Schaick, through the following line: David2 (1694-1751), and Ann Margaret Freeman; David* (1726-1782), and Elizabeth French; General Matthew’ (1758-1825), and his second wife Sarah Cornell; David,5 and his wife Elizabeth Streatfield6 Clarkson (who was also his cousin, daughter of Thomas Streatfield’ Clarkson, a brother of Gen. Matthew Clarkson) ; Matthew6 and Susan Matilda Jay ; Banyer7 Clarkson. General Matthew’ Clarkson took a prominent part in the Revolution, and was one of the original members of the Society of the Cincinnati. His member- ship certificate, signed by George Washington at Mount Vernon, is still preserved in the family. Susan Matilda5 Jay, the mother of Mr. Clarkson, died June 29, 1910. She was a grand daughter of the Honorable John3 (Peter, 2 Augustus1) Jay (1745- 1829), first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and his wife Sarah Van Brugh Livingston, through his son Peter Augustus’ Jay (1776-1843), who married Mary Rutherford5 Clarkson, a daughter of Gen. Matthew’ Clarkson by his first wife, Mary Rutherford. It is thus seen that of Mr. Banyer Clarkson’s four grandparents, three of them were born Clarkson. Banyer Clarkson married on December 6, 1900, Miss Helen Shelton Smith, daughter of Denton Smith and Harriet Emmons Shelton. He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars, the St. Nicholas So- ciety, the Huguenot Society, and the Society of the Cincinnati. His residence in New York was at I I East 92nd Street. Mr. Clarkson had no children, and is survived by his widow. “

St NAZAIRE, WWI

WWI, Saint Nazaire, AEF monument

Captain A M DuBois, Mrs Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Monument at St Nazaire


This is somewhat of a strange blog. It is basically for my sister, Petey, and myself and has to do with our father with the US Army AIrForce, stationed in St Nazaire during the First World War. And then after the war with his involvement with erecting a monument that was sculpted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and placed in the harbor of St Nazaire as tribute to the American Forces that served in France.

It all started in Tyringham this June when I asked what had ever happened to our fathers military uniform, which after the war he had put with all his equipment in a trunk that ended in Petey’s Tyringham attic. Once a year our father had opened the trunk, we had looked through all the stuff and then we had closed it again. My sister after my question went upstairs and down came his two uniforms, made in Paris and still in good shape.

Our father, Arthur Mason Du Bois, was recruited by the Army in 1917 at the start of US involvement in France during World War I. He was ranked a first lieutenant, assigned to the Army AIrForce in the Paris Division, and assigned to run the Aviation Clearance Office in Saint Nazaire, a port city on the Loire River in the district of Brittany. I think this was a very necessary but not very exciting job for him. His rank was raised to a Captain and he initially had 12 men in his command. This was increased to 28 toward the end of the war.

The port of St Nazaire was improved at the start of WWI and became the main port in France to receive troops and supplies during the war. Our fathers job was to receive supplies sent to be used by the Army AIrForce and move them to base depots primarily at Romarantin. The primary plane used was the DH 4 (DeHavilland) with Liberty engines. The amount of aviation supplies and planes increased steadily during the war.


After the war was over, about 1919, a group of veterans who had served in St Nazaire during the war, formed an association to continue their friendships. This was lead by Brig General R D Rochenbach who was commander at St Nazaire. Several people felt that a memorial to the war effort should be raised in St Nazaire. Gen Rochenbach wrote to President Coolidge who supported the plan and the project was on. To do this funds of $100,000 needed to be raised. A committee was formed, called the Saint Nazaire Memorial Fund, Inc under the chairmanship of a friend of our fathers Major Roynon Cholmeley-Jones. Our father was made Treasurer and there were 12 other members of the committee. Money was raised and about 1924 a prominent New Yorker, who had been very involved in the war effort agreed to design the monument. This was Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney a very able sculptress.


Much of my information come from her papers that have been catalogued at The Smithstonian.

“New York art patron and sculptor, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), was the eldest daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Whitney was born January 9, 1875 in New York City, the. She was educated by private tutors and attended Brearley School in New York. From the time she was a young girl, she kept journals of her travels and impressions of the people she met, and engaged in creative pursuits such as sketching and writing stories. In 1896, she was married to Harry Payne Whitney. They had three children, Flora, Cornelius, and Barbara.

In 1900, Whitney began to study sculpture under Hendrik Christian Anderson, and then under James Fraser. Later, she studied with Andrew O’Connor in Paris. From the time she started studying sculpture, her interest in art grew, as did her particular concern for American art and artists. In 1907, she organized an art exhibition at the Colony Club, which included several contemporary American paintings. She also opened a studio on MacDougal Alley, which became known as the Whitney Studio and was a place where shows and prize competitions were held. (She also had other studios in Westbury, Long Island and Paris, France.) Over the years, her patronage of art included buying work, commissioning it, sponsoring it, exhibiting it, and financially supporting artists in America and abroad. From 1911 on, she was aided in her work by Juliana Force, who started out as Whitney’s secretary, was responsible for art exhibitions at the Whitney Studio, and became the first director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The first recognition Whitney received for her sculpture came in 1908 when a project on which she had collaborated (with Grosvenor Atterbury and Hugo Ballin) won a prize for best design from the Architectural League of New York. The following year she received a commission to do a fountain sculpture for the Pan-American Building in Washington, D. C. She went on to do numerous other commissioned works over the next several decades, including: a fountain for the New Arlington Hotel in Washington D.C. (the design of which was reproduced in various sizes and materials, one cast being submitted to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition where it won a bronze medal and a later cast being installed on the campus of McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1930); the Titanic Memorial (designed in 1913 and erected in 1930); the Buffalo Bill Memorial (1924) in Cody, Wyoming; the Columbus Memorial (1929) in Port of Palos, Spain; the Peter Stuyvesant statue in Stuyvesant Square (1939); and The Spirit of Flight (1939) for the New York World’s Fair. In 1916, she had her first one-man show at the Whitney Studio, another at the Newport Art Association, and a retrospective at the San Francisco Art Association Palace of Fine Arts. A traveling exhibition in the Midwest followed in 1918.

During the First World War, Whitney was involved with numerous war relief activities, most notably establishing and supporting a hospital in Juilly, France. She made several trips to France during the war, keeping a journal and eventually publishing a piece on the hospital in several newspapers. Her sculpture during this period was largely focused on war themes. In 1919, she exhibited some of these works at the Whitney Studio in a show called “Impressions of War.” In the years after the war, she was also commissioned to do several war memorials, including the Washington Heights War Memorial (1922) and the St. Nazaire Memorial (1926) commemorating the landing of the American Expeditionary Force in France in 1917.”


The monument that she sculpted shows: “With outstretched arms and a sword in his hand, a doughboy stands on the back of a giant eagle that has just landed.” This was to stand atop a stone column on the shore overlooking the entrance to the harbor.
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The Monument was unveiled and dedicated on June 26 1926. Our mother and father were part of the dedication group along with Roynon Cholmeley-Jones. Our mother wrote a description of the event as follows


Of note: the Mr Rochenbach, was the brig general in charge of the port who had started the whole process for the Memorial! Also they had problems getting approval for the Memorial from The American Battle Monuments Commission, and an arrangement was made to add tribute to the US Navy in the plaque.

The plaque read:

Luckily, thanks to Mrs Whitney photos of the event were saved, one of which shows our father standing in a line of the dignitaries.


After this I do not think my father continued interest in what was happening in St. Nazaire. Between the wars the port was used for ship building. During WWII, St Nazaire was occupied by the Nazi regime and a very well fortified submarine base was built. (During the war a commando raid by the British disabled much of the port) The American Memorial was destroyed by the Nazi. After the war a group was formed to restore the Monument. Apparantly the original model that Cornelia Vanderbult Whitney did was in the possession of her daughter who arranged for it to be used by the Frence group.

Descendants of William Jay: John Jay II 

Chapman, Chandler, Astor connection

William Jay, the youngest son of John Jay had five daughters and one son, John Jay II. John married Eleanore Kingsland Fields. Their oldest child was Eleanore who married Henry Chapman. It is this family that we trace.

Sixth Generation: Eleanore Kingsland Jay married Henry Grafton Chapman  
Eleanor Kingsland JAY was born on May 16, 1839, in New York. She married Henry Grafton CHAPMAN in 1858 in New York. She had four children by the time she was 25. Her husband Henry Grafton passed away on March 14, 1883, in Manila, Philippines, at the age of 48. They had been married 25 years. She died on June 8, 1921, in New York, New York, at the age of 82, and was buried in Bedford, New York.

                  
Seventh Generation: Children of Eleanore Kingsland Jay and Henry Grafton Chapman

A. Henry Grafton Chapman, Jr (1860-1913) married Francis Pembroke Perkins                   

B. John Jay Chapman (1862-1933) married (1)Mina Eliza Timmons married (2)Elizabeth Astor Winthrope Chanler

C. Eleanor Jay Chapman (1864-1929) married Richard Mortimer

D. Beatrix Jay Chapman(1864-1942) married (1)Sir George Head Barclay married (2)Raymond De Candolle

A.  Seventh Generation: Henry Grafton Chapman, Jr and Francis Pembroke Perkins

  
   JJChapmanbio: Henry Grafton Chapman, who died in his fifty-third year in January, 1913, was one of those quiet men who seem to bear no relation to the age they are born in. By his endowments, his tastes, and his education he was fitted to be an amateur of a kind very common in Europe,—one of the studious, well-nigh learned children of culture, who love books, pictures, music, philosophy, the lamp, and the quiet conclave with infinite good talk. If Henry Chapman had had the fortune to have been born in Europe or in China, and to inherit money, his life would have been a record of cheerful success, even as it was, in America, a record of cheerful toil. For some reason there was a glory about his boyhood. He was the prize boy of his set; brilliant things were predicted of him by every one. His talents and charms, his goodness and his good looks set off, as with a foil, a moral worth which every one found in him. A singular sweetness and gentleness of disposition remained to him all his life. It survived the more ambitious qualities with which we had all endowed him in his teens. It gilded his life and made his friends forgive him everything; for he was the most negligent of men. You could not see him unless you looked him up and dug him out from among his books and papers. He would hold you in converse on a corner of Broadway at midnight with a discussion about Plato, and would never miss you if he saw you not again for fifteen years—when he would resume the discussion with the old fervor. His talk was ready, apt, amusing, drenched in reading. He was always writing plays which were never produced, and essays just to clear his thoughts. He always had many varieties of tales, poems, and literary ventures on hand. Whenever I met him I wondered why I did n’t see more of him. But he was hard to see more of: he was elusive. He sought his own habitat, and would never come out of it, save on compulsion.The course of his experiments in life, before he settled down to steady work at literature, might easily be paralleled in the lives of many men of letters in all countries. After Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, came work in law offices, a few discouraging years at the bar, a few other years spent in business ventures. Then five years of organized reform. In this latter field my brother did valuable work, and for some years he was extremely active at Albany as an agent of the Civil Service League. He was also the editor of the League’s newspaper. Both his legal training and his literary facility came into play in these avocations. Mr. George McAneny writes me: “His quiet influence during the period of his active touch with public affairs did a great deal for the betterment of things in this town. I knew him best during his secretaryship in the Civil Service Reform League, to the work of which he gave a devoted order of service—just as his grandfather, John Jay, as a member of Governor Cleveland’s first Civil Service Commission, had given before him. He made ‘Good Government,’ the organ of the League, a much more serviceable organ than it ever had been before, adding to its influence everywhere. He proved, too, a most valuable aid in the handling of legislation affecting the Civil Service, proposed from year to year at Albany,—always, I believe, with good result. He went about everything quietly, but he did a lot of useful work.” Henry Chapman certainly was fitted to be a journalist of the first order, but he lacked the impulsion; and I cannot blame him for deserting reform, since this led to his taking up a kind of work for which he had a real gift—namely, translation. All his life long my brother wrote verses which were marked by singular ease and grace. He was the producer of the occasional verses demanded by his college class, by the Porcellian Club, by the OBK, etc. He could write any species of verse, and he loved to do so. His ear was true and very experienced. He knew a little Latin and Greek, and a great deal of French and German, which languages he had learned as a boy in Europe. He could write French and German, and could read, you might say, any modern language; for he had a passion for etymology and was always pushing his studies further in this field. He had a wide miscellaneous reading in English, French, and German, but his main hobby was modern philosophy, upon which he loved to hold forth. Dr. Baker, the musical adviser of G. Schirmer, with whom Henry was most closely associated in the work of translating songs, wrote as follows in the Bulletin of New Music: “In the death of Henry Grafton Chapman, which occurred on January 16 in New York, the house of G. Schirmer mourns the loss of a friend and gifted coadjutor, a man to whom the musical world owes a debt of gratitude and respect. Of highly versatile talent, Mr. Chapman’s lifework—the work which shall live after him—was finally found in the poetic reproduction in English of those choice poems by foreign writers to which music has been set by composers of genius. “Let none regard this work as a matter of small moment, as something to be tossed off in idle hours, or as something of low degree not to be ranked with the finer products of literary labor. It is true that, only too frequently, a ‘good working translation’ is the utmost ambition of the English versifier; a version which will ‘sing well,’ which rhymes fairly well, and does not conflict too glaringly in accentuation with the original;—as for ‘sense’ and ‘poetic feeling,’ these are made wholly secondary considerations, if considered at all. “Mr. Chapman’s work was on a different plane. He entered at once into the mood and spirit of the poem before him. Equally at home in styles naive, sentimental, humorous, capricious, or passionate, he then, by some genial alchemy of which he possessed the secret, transmuted the exotic prototype into English verse often equal in excellence to, and not seldom surpassing, the original in poetic flow and fervor. He still observed the metre and the accent, and the rhyme, too, wherever possible, but rendered these subordinate to the thought and expression, using them, like the foreign authors, as a vehicle for ideas and emotions, not as a jingle.

Eighth Generation: Children of Henry Grafton Chapman, Jr and Francis Pembroke Perkins

I. Henry Grafton Chapman, III (1888-1970) married Martha Minerva Altpeter

Henry Grafton Chapman was born on July 16, 1888, in New York, the child of Henry Grafton and Frances Pembroke. He had one son and one daughter with Martha Minerva Altpeter between 1922 and 1923. He died in October 1970 in Bonita, California, at the age of 82, and was buried there.

Ninth Generation: Children of Henry Grafton Chapman, III and Martha Minerva Altpeter

i. Elizabeth C Chapman(1922-1950)

ii. Robert G Chapman(1926-1974) married (1)Raymona J Reynolds married (2)Janette A Stubbs married (3)Margie L Rogers

B. Seventh Generation: John Jay Chapman (1862-1933) married (1)Mina Eliza Timmons married (2)Elizabeth Astor Winthrope Chanler

  John Jay CHAPMAN* was born on March 2, 1862, in New York. He married Minna Eliza TIMMINS and they had three children together. He then married Elizabeth Astor Winthrop and they had two children together. He died on November 4, 1933, in New York, at the age of 71, and was buried in Bedford, New York

JJ Chapman Bio: Biography He was born in New York City. His father, Henry Grafton Chapman, was a broker who eventually became president of the New York Stock Exchange. His grandmother, Maria Weston Chapman, was one of the leading campaigners against slavery and worked with William Lloyd Garrison on The Liberator. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, Concord and Harvard, and after graduating in 1885, Chapman traveled around Europe before returning to study at the Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1888, and practiced law until 1898. Meanwhile he had attracted attention as an essayist of unusual merit. His work is marked by originality and felicity of expression, and the opinion of many critics has placed him in the front rank of the American essayists of his day. In 1887 Chapman assaulted a man for insulting his girlfriend, Minna Timmins. He punished himself for this act by putting his left hand into fire. It was so badly burnt he had to have it amputated. He married Minna Timmins in 1889 and they had two children, including future pilot Victor Chapman. Timmins died giving birth to their third child. Chapman later married Elizabeth Chanler. Chapman became involved in politics and joined the City Reform Club and the Citizens’ Union. He lectured on the need for reform and edited the journal The Political Nursery (1897-1901).

He is the subject of a biographical and critical essay by Edmund Wilson in The Triple Thinkers which recounts the reasons behind Chapman’s deliberately burning off his own left hand.

“Great Men” wrote John Jay Chapman, A.B. 1884, “are often the negation and opposite of their age. They give it the lie.” He was writing in 1897 about Ralph Waldo Emerson, but the remark states the theme of his own life and its defect. Chapman is one of America’s lost writers; indeed, he may be the best of them. On his particular subjects, literature and politics, he is unique, invaluable–and quite forgotten.

Chapman’s generation takes us from the Civil War to the time of Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Ford, and Edith Wharton. The son of a respected Wall Street figure and the great-granddaughter of John Jay, the nation’s first chief justice, Chapman studied law at Harvard before returning to New York City to practice. There he plunged into Reform politics, opposing Tammany Hall and in general attacking the pervasive corruption of the Gilded Age. Chapman was a man of extreme, sometimes violent impulses: his Harvard friends had called him “mad Jack.” His political work in the 1890s was by no means cloistered: though a patrician to his fingertips, he was more than willing to harangue the Broadway crowds at the tumultuous political rallies of the time and even to leave the platform to grapple with hecklers. Nevertheless, most of his reform efforts consisted of writing and organizing. From 1897 to 1901, he published at his own expense, and mostly wrote, a reformist monthly, the Political Nursery, which Edmund Wilson later called “one of the best written things of the kind which has ever been published anywhere.” In 1898 Chapman actively promoted Theodore Roosevelt as an independent reform candidate for governor of New York, but the alliance collapsed when Roosevelt chose instead to run, successfully, as the candidate of the state Republican organization, which Chapman held no better than Tammany Hall.

Perhaps the failure of Roosevelt’s reform candidacy stood in Chapman’s mind for the failure of reform itself, and helped push him to withdraw from politics. This he did around the turn of the century. At the same time, his circumstances had become easy enough for him to give up his law practice. After his first wife’s early death in 1897, he had married Elizabeth Chanler, a member of the Astor family, and by 1901 they had moved to an estate at Barrytown on the Hudson River. There Chapman concentrated on literary work.

Eighth Generation: Children of John Jay Chapman and Mina Elizabeth Timmons

I. Victor Emanuel Chapman(1890-1916)

II. John Jay Chapman(1893-1903)

III. Conrad Chapman(1896-1989) married Judith Daphne

I. Eighth Generation: Victor Emanuel Chapman(1890-1916)

  

 Victor Chapman Bio: Victor S. Chapman (April 17, 1890 in New York – June 24, 1916 near Douaumont) was a French-American pilot remembered for his exploits during World War I. He was the first American pilot to die in the war.Chapman was the son of American essayist John Jay Chapman. His mother, Minna Timmins, died in 1898, when he was eight. He and his father moved to France soon after. In France, Chapman obtained dual-citizen status as a French and US citizen. His father re-married, to Elizabeth Chanler, an Astor heiress, when Chapman was a teenager. Chapman returned to the United States in his late teens to attend Harvard University. After graduating, Chapman returned to Europe, spending time in France and in Germany. During this period, he became interested in architecture, becoming an expert in the field.[

When World War I broke out, his father and stepmother moved to London, England. However, Chapman decided to stay in France, joining the French Foreign Legion on August 30, 1914, and served in the 3rd March regiment of the Legion. He became friendly with four men during his days on the trenches: a Polish fighter who was known only as “Kohl”, and Americans Alan Seeger, Henry Fansworth, and David King. The trio of Americans watched as Kohl was killed by a bullet while walking with his friends. After Kohl’s death, Chapman and two other friends, (Norman Prince and Elliot Cowdin), were given an opportunity to fly in a fighter airplane. Chapman requested transfer to the Aéronautique Militaire, the army’s air arm. He attended flight school and was certified as a pilot. Chapman flew many missions for the 1st Aviation Group and was commissioned a sergeant. He was chosen as one of the founding members of N.124, the Escadrille Americane, also known as the Lafayette Escadrille. On June 17, 1916, he was flying over the Verdun sector when he was attacked by four German airplanes. During the engagement, Chapman suffered a head wound, most likely from an attack by then four-victory German flier Walter Höhndorf.[1] Chapman landed his airplane safely, with Höhndorf getting his fifth victory as a result. While recovering Chapman found out that his friend, Clyde Balsley had been wounded in a separate incident. Prior to his last flight Chapman put loaded oranges onto his aircraft, intending to take these to Balsley who was in hospital recuperating from his wounds.[2][3] Chapman was attacked north of Douaumont by German flying ace Leutnant Kurt Wintgens, a close friend of Höhndorf. With Wintgens flying a Halberstadt D.II that day against Chapman’s Nieuport 16, Wintgen soon gained the upper hand. Chapman was killed when his airplane crashed.]

Chapman earned many medals and commendations during his military career. Chapman was interested in the arts and in writing. He often found inspiration to write while he was in the middle of battles, and many of the letters he sent to his father were written in these circumstances. A book of these letters, called Letters from France, was published after his death. In his memory, the composer Charles Martin Loeffler, a friend of Chapman’s father, composed his quartet Music for Four Stringed Instruments.[4]

II. Eighth Generation: John Jay Chapman, Jr (1893-1903)

He was born in 1893, in New York. He had two brothers. He died as a child of drowning on August 13, 1903, in Austria. His mother died four years after his birth.

III Eighth Generation: Conrad Chapman(1896-1989) married Judith Daphne

Conrad CHAPMAN was born on December 24, 1896, in New York. His mother died after his birth. He married Judith Daphne about 1933. He died on August 18, 1989, in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 92, and was buried in Bedford, New York. He had no children.

Eighth Generation: Children of John Jay Chapman and Elizabeth Astor Winthrope Chanler

  

IV. Chanler Chapman (1901-1982) married Olivia “Livy” James

V. Sydney Ashley Chapman (1907-1994)

IV. Eighth Generation: Chanler Chapman (1901-1982) and Olivia “Livy” James

   Sports Illustrated June 13, 1977  by Robert H. Boyle Step In And Enjoy The Turmoil So says Chanler Chapman, 76. The slingshot and pinking cicadas with a .22 are about it, sportswise, but turmoilwise he upholds the honor of his family, an interesting feat

It was a splendid day in Paris in the 1920s when William Astor Chanler, former African explorer, big-game hunter, Turkish cavalry colonel and patron of the turf, limped into Maxim’s for lunch with a friend. The colonel had lost a leg, not on the field of battle but as the result, it was whispered, of a brawl in a bordello with Jack Johnson, the prizefighter. A familiar figure in Maxim’s, Colonel Chanler informed the headwaiter that he wished to be served promptly because one of his horses was running at Longchamp that afternoon. The colonel and his friend sat down, and when, after taking their order, their waiter did not reappear swiftly, the colonel began tussling with something beneath the table. With both hands he yanked off his artificial leg, bearing sock, shoe and garter, and hurled it across the restaurant, striking the waiter in the back. Colonel Chanler shouted, in French, “Now, may I have your attention?” Back home in the U.S., the colonel’s oldest brother, John Armstrong Chanler, known as Uncle Archie to members of the family, had a simpler way of obtaining service: when dining out, Uncle Archie would carry a pair of binoculars around his neck to keep close watch on his waiter’s comings and goings. With or without binoculars, Uncle Archie was likely to get attention wherever he went. He sported a silver-headed cane engraved with the words LEAVE ME ALONE. He had spent three and a half years involuntarily confined in the Bloomingdale lunatic asylum in White Plains, N.Y. because, among other peculiarities, he liked to dress as Napoleon and often went to bed wearing a saber. In a farewell note he left the night he escaped from Bloomingdale in 1900, Uncle Archie wrote to the medical superintendent, “You have always said that I believe I am the reincarnation of Napoleon Bonaparte. As a learned and sincere man, you therefore will not be surprised that I take French leave.”

Given the drabness of the present age, it is heartening to note that the spirit of the eccentric sporting Chanlers lives on in Barrytown, N.Y., 100 miles up the Hudson River from New York City. Here, in the decaying but still gracious estate country of Edith Wharton novels, a handful of Chanter descendants carry on in their own fashion. There is Richard (Ricky) Aldrich, grandnephew of Uncle Archie and grandson of Margaret Livingston Chanler Aldrich, who fought for the establishment of the U.S. Army Nursing Corps. Ricky, 36, manages Rokeby, the family seat and farm, where he collects and rebuilds antique iceboats (such as the Jack Frost, a huge craft that won championships in the late 19th century) and ponders the intricacies of Serbian, Croatian and Polish grammar. Ricky studied in Poland for a spell, but left in 1966 after he was caught selling plastic Italian raincoats on the black market. The most obvious fact about Ricky is that he seldom bathes. As one boating friend says, “Ricky would give you the shirt off his back, but who’d want it?”

Then there is Chanler A. Chapman, regarded by his kin as the legitimate inheritor of the family title of “most eccentric man in America.” As Ricky’s brother, J. Winthrop (Winty) Aldrich, says, “Only members of the Chanler family are fit to sit in judgment on that title.” Winty, who is Chanler Chapman’s first cousin once removed, says, “Television has done Upstairs, Downstairs, The Forsyte Saga and The Adams Chronicles, but they should do the Chanlers. The whole story is so improbable. And true.” Everyone who has met Chanler Chapman regards him as brilliantly daft. While teaching at Bard College, Saul Bellow, the Nobel laureate, rented a house on Chapman’s estate, Sylvania (“the home of happy pigs”), and found in him the inspiration for his novel Henderson the Rain King. In the novel, written as an autobiography, Henderson shoots bottles with a slingshot, raises pigs and carries on extravagantly in general. “It’s Bellow’s best book,” Chapman says, “but he is the dullest writer I have ever read.”

Now 76 and possessed of piercing brown eyes, a bristling mustache and wiry hair, Chapman nearly always wears blue bib overalls and carries a slingshot. He is fond of slingshots, because “they don’t make any noise,” and he shoots at what tickles his fancy. Not long ago he fired a ball bearing at a Jeep owned by his cousin, Bronson W. (Bim) Chanler, former captain of the Harvard crew, inflicting what Chapman calls “a nice dimple” in the left front fender. Ball bearings are expensive ammunition, however, so, for $4, Chapman recently bought 600 pounds of gravel. He calculates this supply of ammo should last at least five years.

Before his infatuation with slingshots, Chapman was big on guns. He hunted deer, small game and upland birds and ducks, mostly on his estate. Indeed, at one time he had 115 guns, and his shooting habits were such that friends who came to hunt once never cared, or dared, to return again. Chapman had only to hear the quack of a duck and he would let loose with a blast in the general direction of the sound. On a couple of occasions it turned out that he had fired toward hunters crouched in reeds, using a duck call. “Almost got a few people,” he would say matter-of-factly.

Chapman is the publisher of the Barrytown Explorer, a monthly newspaper that sells at the uncustomary rate of 25¢ a copy on the newsstand and $4 a year by subscription. The paper’s slogan, emblazoned above the logo, is WHEN YOU CAN’T SMILE, QUIT. “You can abolish rectitude,” as Chapman once expatiated opaquely, “you can abolish the laws of gravity, but don’t do away with good old American hogwash.”

The Explorer prints whatever happens to cross Chapman’s lively mind. “Opinions come out of me like Brussels sprouts,” he says. There are poems by Chapman (who always gives the date and place of writing, e.g., Kitchen, Sept. 13, 7:15 a.m.), and a regular Spiel column, also by Chapman, in which he offers his unique observations on the world (“A sunset may be seen at any time if you drink two quarts of ale slowly on an empty stomach” or “What’s good for the goose is a lively gander” or “Helen Hokinson has turned atomic” or “Close the blinds at night and lower the chances of being shot to death in bed. That goes for the district attorney who wants to be a judge”). Chapman always signs the Spiel column, “Yrs. to serve, C.A.C., pub.”

Chapman has been married three times. His first wife, from whom he was divorced, was Olivia James, a grandniece of Henry and William James. Robert, a son by that marriage, lives in a house in Florence, Italy, which his father thinks is called “the place of the devil.” (Robert reportedly used to live in a cave, where he made kites.) Another son by this marriage, John Jay Chapman II, lives in Barrytown. After attending Harvard, he went to Puerto Rico, where he became a mailman. He married a black woman, and they have several children. When Chanler Chapman’s old school, St. Paul’s, went coed, he was enthusiastic about his granddaughter’s chances of getting a scholarship. “She’s a she,” he said, ticking off reasons. “She’s a Chapman. She’s a Chanler. And she’s black.”

Five years ago, John Jay Chapman II persuaded post office authorities to transfer him from Puerto Rico back to Barrytown, where he now delivers the mail. Asked if his son truly likes delivering mail, Chapman exclaimed, “He can hardly wait for Christmas!” Not long ago. Chapman and Winty Aldrich, who lives with Ricky at Rokeby, the ancient family seat next door to Sylvania, were musing about the twists and turns in the family fortunes. Winty observed, “Isn’t it remarkable, Chanler, that Edmund Wilson called your father the greatest letter writer in America, and now your son may be the greatest letter carrier!” Chapman, who is, upon occasion, put off by his cousin, let the remark pass without comment. (“Winty is the essence of nothing,” Chapman says. “He has the personality of an unsuccessful undertaker and he uses semicolons when he writes. He knits with his toes.”)

Chapman’s father was John Jay Chapman, essayist, literary critic and translator. A man of strong convictions, John Jay Chapman atoned for having wrongly thrashed a fellow student at Harvard by burning off his left hand. At the same time, he used to go to bed at night wondering, according to Van Wyck Brooks, “What was wrong with Boston?”

Chanler Chapman’s mother, Elizabeth Chanler, was one of the orphaned great-great-grandchildren of John Jacob Astor, each of whom came into an inheritance of some $1 million. They were called the “Astor Orphans” by Lately Thomas in A Pride of Lions, a biography of the 19th-century Chanlers. “There was never anything wrong with the Chanler blood until crossed with the yellow of the Astor gold,” says Winty Aldrich.

By blood, the Chanler descendants are mostly Astor, with an admixture of Livingston and Stuyvesant. Knickerbocker patricians, they are related, by blood or marriage, to Hamilton Fish Sr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jimmy Van Alen, Marion the Swamp Fox, Julia Ward Howe and General John Armstrong. It was the last who built Rokeby in 1815 after he blotted his copybook as Secretary of War by letting the British burn the Capitol and White House.

It has been said of Chanler Chapman that the genes on the Chapman side of the family provided the polish, while the Chanler genes imparted raw psychic energy. Chapman’s middle name is Armstrong; he was named in honor of Uncle Archie, his mother’s oldest brother. “Archie was a pure bedbug,” Chapman says. That may be understating the case. After escaping from the Bloomingdale asylum, where he had been committed by his brothers (with the help of Stanford White, the architect and a close family friend). Uncle Archie fled first to Philadelphia, where he was examined by William James, and thence to Virginia. He changed his last name to Chaloner and started a long legal battle to have himself declared sane in New York.

At his Virginia estate, Merry Mills, Archie indulged his love of horsemanship and hatred of automobiles. He discovered an obscure state law requiring the driver of a motor vehicle to “keep a careful look ahead for the approach of horseback riders, [and] if requested to do so by said rider, [such driver] shall lead the horse past his machine.” Mounted on horseback, clad in an inverness cape and armed with a revolver. Uncle Archie would patrol the road in front of Merry Mills demanding that motorists comply with the law. “A green umbrella was riveted to the cantle of his saddle, a klaxon to the pommel,” J. Bryan III, one of his admirers, wrote in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. “After nightfall, he hung port and starboard lights from the stirrups and what was literally a riding light from the girth. The klaxon was his warning, the revolver his ultimatum.”

In the midst of the legal battle for his sanity, Uncle Archie shot and killed a wife beater who had invaded his house. To commemorate the encounter, he sank a silver plate in the floor with the cryptic inscription HE BEAT THE DEVIL. He was absolved of the killing, which occurred in 1909, shortly after Harry K. Thaw shot Stanford White, but the New York Post noted, “The latest prominent assassin has taken the precaution to have himself judged insane beforehand.” Archie sued for libel, and the case dragged on to 1919, when he won both the suit and his fight for sanity in New York.

By now Uncle Archie had come to love automobiles and made peace with his brothers and sisters. He came visiting in a Pierce-Arrow he had had custom-made. Parts of the rear and front seats were removed to make room for a bed and a field kitchen, and the car was painted with blue and white stripes copied from a favorite shirt. Chanler Chapman would meet Uncle Archie in Manhattan, and they would drive back and forth between the Hotel Lafayette and Grant’s Tomb. “He told me he was the reincarnation of Pompey,” Chapman says, “but that he was going to have more luck than Pompey and take over the world. His eyes would gleam and glitter. He would also rub an emerald ring and say to the chauffeur when we came to a light, ‘Watch, it’s going to turn red!’ or, ‘Watch, it’s going to turn green! See!’ ” In Barrytown, Uncle Archie dined, as family members pretended not to notice, on ice cream and grass clippings.

At St. Chanler Chapman was nicknamed Charlie Chaplin, after his own exploits. From the start Chapman had what the St. Paul’s masters called “the wrong attitude.” Some years afterward he wrote a book with that title about his days at St. Paul’s. (In Teacher in America, Jacques Barzun praises The Wrong Attitude for Chapman’s “penetrating remarks.”) Once young Chapman jumped into an icy pond to win a $50 bet, and he collected a purse of $100 for promoting a clandestine prize fight in which he was knocked out. On another occasion, boys paid 50¢ apiece to watch Chapman fill his mouth with kerosene and strike a match close to it. Flames shot across the room. On the side, he dealt illegally in firearms, selling one Smith & Wesson .32 time after time. It jammed after every third or fourth round and, invariably. Chapman would buy it back from the disgruntled owner at a reduced price. A center in club football, he practiced swinging a knee smartly into the ribs of an opponent, but when he cracked the rib of a boy he liked, he felt such remorse that he gave the boy a silver stickpin shaped like a broken rib with a diamond mounted over the break.

Chapman was too young for World War I. He desperately wanted to serve after his half-brother, Victor, was shot down and killed while flying for the Lafayette Escadrille. Fortunately, he was distracted by his Uncle Bob, Robert Winthrop Chanler, the youngest, biggest and, in many ways, the most raffish of the Chanlers. “Uncle Bob dreaded the thought that Chanler would be filled with pieties,” says Winty Aldrich.

After studying art in Paris for nine years, Uncle Bob settled on a farm near Sylvania and ran for sheriff of Dutchess County. He won after acquiring acclaim by hiring a baseball team, which included Heinie Zimmerman of the Cubs, to play against all comers. While sheriff, Uncle Bob wore a cowboy suit and retained Richard Harding Davis as his first deputy. Having divorced his first wife, he returned to Paris, where he vowed to marry the most beautiful woman in the world. He fell in love with Lina Cavalieri, an opera singer, who, if not the most beautiful woman in the world, was certainly one of the most calculating. After only a week of marriage to Uncle Bob, she left him to live with her lover. That was bad enough, but then the news broke that Uncle Bob had signed over his entire fortune to her. Uncle Archie, down in Virginia busily fighting for his sanity, remarked to reporters, in words that became famous, “Who’s loony now?”

Uncle Bob divorced Lina, who settled for a lesser sum than his every cent, and back in New York he began living it up again, with nephew Chanler sometimes in tow. During this period he was doing paintings of bizarre animals and plants, which became the vogue, and he bought three brownstones in Manhattan, made one establishment of them and called it “the House of Fantasy.” The place was filled with macaws and other tropical birds, and parties there (orgies, some said) lasted for days. Ethel Barrymore is reputed to have remarked of the House of Fantasy, “I went in at seven o’clock one evening a young girl and emerged the next day an old woman.”

Chapman found two of his other Chanler uncles tedious. One, Winthrop Astor Chanler, was extremely fond of riding to hounds. Indeed, when Uncle Wintie died, his last words were “Let’s have a little canter.” Then there was Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler who, like all the Chanlers, was a staunch Democrat. In 1906 he ran for lieutenant governor of New York, with William Randolph Hearst at the head of the ticket. Hearst lost but Uncle Lewis won-at that time the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate ran separately-and in 1908 he was the Democrats’ choice to run for governor against Charles Evans Hughes. Hughes won, but the campaign waged by Uncle Lewis, which began with an acceptance speech on the front steps of Rokeby, still stirs the family. Not long ago, Hamilton Fish Sr. visited Rokeby, where he strongly urged Winthrop Aldrich to run for office. When Winty demurred, Uncle Ham, sole survivor of Walter Camp’s 1910 All-America football team, 6’4″ tall and ramrod straight at 88 years of age, said, “Look at your Uncle Lewis!” Winty replied, “But Uncle Ham, Stanley Steingut [State Assembly Speaker] and Meade Esposito [Brooklyn Democratic leader] wouldn’t know anything about Uncle Lewis. Nobody remembers Uncle Lewis.” Eyes blazing, Uncle Ham exclaimed, “Everyone remembers Uncle Lewis!”

Chanler Chapman went to Harvard in 1921. “He ran a gambling den there,” recalls Peter White, a cousin, who is a grandson of Stanford White. “He had a bootlegger, and all the gilded aristocracy from St. Paul’s, St. Mark’s and Groton as his customers. Chanler and his partners took in $300 to $400 a week. They didn’t drink until their customers left at three in the morning, but then they drank themselves blind.”

While in Cambridge, Chapman joined the Tavern Club founded by 19th-century Boston literati. “Two years ago Chanler celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the club,” Winty Aldrich says. “It is a tradition to present a gold medal to a man who has been a member for 50 years. Being proper Bostonians, the members do not have a new medal struck, but give the honoree one that had been presented to some deceased member. Chanler was very excited-I had heard he was to get the gold medal that belonged to Oliver Wendell Holmes-but for one reason or another he couldn’t attend the ceremony. The members were relieved. They thought Chanler might bite the medal in half, or hock it.”

After Harvard, Chapman went to Paris where he acquired his lasting affection for horse racing. He went broke at the track, and his Uncle Willie, Colonel William Astor Chanler (also known as African Willie, because he had explored parts of the Dark Continent where Stanley said he would not venture with a thousand rifles), gave him a job at an ocher mine he owned in the south of France. Six weeks in the mine were enough. Seeking fresh adventure, Chapman joined an acquaintance who was sailing a 47-foot ketch, the Shanghai, from Copenhagen to New York. But Chapman found the trip a bore-“The ocean is the dullest thing in the world. The waves just go chop, chop, chop”-except for a stop in Greenland, where he swindled the Eskimos by trading them worn-out blankets for furs. Off Nova Scotia he lost the furs and almost everything else when the Shanghai foundered on rocks, forcing all to swim to shore.

Back in the U.S., Chapman undertook a career as a journalist. He worked for the Springfield, Mass. Union for two years and then joined The New York Times. “Anyone who spends an extra week in Springfield has a weak mind,” he says. The Times assigned Chapman to the police beat on the upper East Side but Chapman decided that crime, like the ocean, “bores the hell out of me.” He spent a year playing cards with the other reporters and then quit to work for a book publisher.

In 1932 Chapman took over Sylvania and became a full-time farmer. He devoted a great deal of effort to organizing dairymen so they might obtain better milk prices, but division in the ranks made the task impossible. Then, during World War II, Chapman, with the seeming compliance of President Roosevelt, worked up a plan to seize the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off Newfoundland from Vichy France. He was called off at the last minute by F.D.R., who had apparently been having a lark at his neighbor’s expense. Chapman next volunteered as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service and served in Africa and Burma. Nautically, his luck seemed to pick up where it had left off with the sinking of the Shanghai-a freighter taking him to Egypt was torpedoed 600 miles southeast of Trinidad. “It was very entertaining,” he recalls. “The vessel was carrying 1,900 tons of high explosives.” Fortunately, the ship, which had been struck in its boilers, went down in seven minutes and did not explode. Chapman had the foresight to stick $200 in traveler’s checks and a bottle of Abdol vitamin pills inside his life jacket before scrambling into a lifeboat. After a week’s sail, he and the other survivors made it to Georgetown, British Guiana.

After the war, Chapman and his wife were divorced and he married Helen Riesenfeld, who started the Barrytown Explorer with him. She died in 1970, and three years later Chapman married Dr. Ida Holzberg, a widow and psychiatrist. “It’s convenient for Chanler to have his own psychiatrist in the house,” says Winty Aldrich. Like the second Mrs. Chapman, Dr. Holzberg is Jewish. While chaffing her recently, Chapman said, “Jesus Christ, maybe I should have gone Chinese the third time around.” Mrs. Chapman, or Dr. Holzberg, as she prefers to be called, is listed on the masthead of the Explorer, but her duties are undefined. “She wants to get off the masthead because she gets angry at me every other day,” Chapman says. Dr. Holzberg is petite, and Chapman affectionately refers to her as “Footnote” or “Kid,” as in “O.K., Footnote” or, “Kid, I like you, but you’ve got a long way to go.” As Chapman figures it, his wives are getting shorter all the time, but he likes that because they have a lot of bounce-back, Dr. Holzberg especially, “because she’s got such a low center of gravity.”

Over the years, Chapman has conducted his own radio interview show but at present he is off the air. His last sponsor was a dairy, for whom he used to deliver remarkable commercials, such as, “Their man is on the job at five in the morning. You might even see him back at a house for a second time at nine, but let’s skip over that.” Some of Chapman’s taped interviews are memorable, like the one in which he kept referring to the mayor of San Juan, P.R., where Chapman happened to be on vacation, as the mayor of Montreal. “San Juan, Señor,” the mayor would say plaintively every time Chapman referred to Montreal.

Perhaps Chapman’s finest accomplishment with the tape recorder came at a great family gathering at Rokeby in 1965. About 150 Chanlers, Astors, Armstrongs and other kin assembled to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the house. Among those present at the main table were William Chamberlain Chanler, who is known as Brown Willie, and Ashley Chanler, the son of African Willie. Ashley is generally accounted a bounder by the rest of the family, and on this occasion he was wearing a Knickerbocker Club tie, which disturbed Brown Willie, a retired partner in the proper Wall Street firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. Believing that Ashley had been dropped from the Knickerbocker Club (as indeed he had been previously, for nonpayment of dues), Brown Willie voiced his annoyance and a loud debate ensued. “No one knew what was going on,” says Winty Aldrich. “It wasn’t until later that we found out it was all over a necktie. But Chanler was seated near them, and the moment the argument started he turned on his tape recorder, held up the microphone and began egging them on. When Ashley said that he had been reinstated in the Knickerbocker Club, Chanler shoved the microphone at Brown Willie and said, ‘You lose that round, counselor.’ “

Nowadays Chapman is primarily confining his attentions to the Explorer and his slingshot, with an occasional reversion to his guns. “Stop the presses!” he exclaimed the other day to a caller. “We’re replating for wood alcohol! An unlimited supply of energy. No fermentation at the North and South Poles, so the penguins and Eskimos are out of luck. First flight to Venus by booze.” He also was elated about reprinting a piece by Abram Hewitt on War Relic, “really a second-rate horse, still being promoted as quite a stud.”

The shooting in early spring, Chapman said, had been superb. The frozen Hudson was breaking up, and he liked to go down to the river with a .22 to shoot at pieces of ice. The most challenging shot was at twigs floating by. “Crack a little twig when it’s just barely moving!” he exclaimed. “It’s better than any shooting gallery. You feel like a newborn baby.” Friends who happen along at this time of the year may be greeted as William Humphrey, the novelist, was. Chapman insisted he shoot his initials into the snow by the front porch.

Chapman is hopeful that this will be a good year for 17-year locusts. Good, that is, from his point of view, not theirs. “They don’t come every 17-years, you know,” he says. “They come every five or six. I use .22 longs with birdshot in them and, boy, those locusts can absorb a lot of dust. They’re only three-quarters of an inch long, but they’re built out of armor plate. You have to hit them just right. I like to take a little stool that unfolds and pop them when they’re swarming. Shooting on the wing. That’s the only way. I wouldn’t shoot them sitting down.”

Chapman says now he’s just looking for things that give him pleasure. Has he a word of advice for others who would seek the happy life? Yes. “Things are going up and coming down,” he says. “Earthquakes are expected. Step in and enjoy the turmoil.”

That is Chandler Chapman Astor story!

Ninth Generation: Children of Chanler Chapman (1901-1982) married Olivia “Livy” James

i. John Jay Chapman(1926-2011) married Isabel FANTAUZZI

ii. Robert Robinson Chapman(1933-1997)

iii. Victor Chapman (1936-2011)

iv. Marie Weston Chapman (1938-2013)

I. Ninth Generation: John Jay Chapman and Isabel Fantuzzi

Obit  John Jay Chapman, II, 84, of Red Hook, NY, died Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family. A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the US Marine Corps. He went on to work for the US Postal Service in Red Hook until his retirement. Jay was a member of St John’s Episcopal Church in Barrytown, NY. Born May 30, 1926, in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Chanler A. and Olivia (James) Chapman. He married Isabel Fantauzzi on Nov. 7, 1957 in New York City. He is survived by his wife: Isabel F. Chapman, a son: Tomas (Laura) Fantauzzi Millan of Tivoli and their children Samot (Tosha) Millan, and Cesar Millan, a son: Perfecto Millan of Red Hook, and his sons Alexis & David Millan, a daughter: Raquel Chapman of Paris, France and her children Julian & Edward Bricambert, a son: Antonio Millan of Puerto Rico, and his children Elian & Rosibel Millan, a son: John Plail of Texas, a sister: Maria Weston Chapman of Rhinebeck, a brother: Victor Chapman of Oregon, and cousins: J. Winthrop Aldrich, Richard Aldrich, and Rosalind Aldrich Michahelles. A brother, Robert Robertson Chapman, predeceased him  in 1996. Funeral services will be held at 1:30PM on Sunday, January 16th, at St. John the Evangelist, Church, River Rd, Barrytown, NY.

Five years ago, John Jay Chapman II persuaded post office authorities to transfer him from Puerto Rico back to Barrytown, where he now delivers the mail. Asked if his son truly likes delivering mail, Chapman exclaimed, “He can hardly wait for Christmas!” Not long ago. Chapman and Winty Aldrich, who lives with Ricky at Rokeby, the ancient family seat next door to Sylvania, were musing about the twists and turns in the family fortunes. Winty observed, “Isn’t it remarkable, Chanler, that Edmund Wilson called your father the greatest letter writer in America, and now your son may be the greatest letter carrier!”

i. Ninth Generation: Robert R Chapman (1933-1997)

Robert Robertson Chapman was born on March 8, 1933, in Red Hook, New York. In 1952 he saw action in the Korean War. He had two brothers and two sisters. He died on March 1, 1997, at the age of 63 in Broward Florida. I believe he was unmarried.

Robert, a son by that marriage, lives in a house in Florence, Italy, which his father thinks is called “the place of the devil.” (Robert reportedly used to live in a cave, where he made kites.)

ii. Ninth Generation: Victor Chapman (1936- 2011)

Chapman, Victor W. 8/23/1949 3/13/2011 Victor was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y He was a counselor for Multnomah County and the Veterans Administration. He died on March 11, 2011, in Oregon, at the age of 75.

iii. Ninth Generation: Maria W Chapman(1937-2013)

Maria Weston Chapman was born on March 26, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts. She had three brothers. She died on November 25, 2013, in Rhinebeck, New York, at the age of 76, and was buried in Barrytown, New York.

a. Eighth Generation: Sydney Ashland Chapman(1907-1994)

She was born in 1907 in New York. She had one brother. She died in 1994 at the age of 87 in Barrytown, where she had spent her life. She was unmarried

C.  Seventh Generation: Eleanore Jay CHAPMAN(1864-1929) married Richard Mortimer(1852-1918)

Eleanor Jay CHAPMAN was born on November 7, 1864, in New York. She married Richard Mortimer on April 26, 1886, in New York. She had four children by the time she was 27. She died on December 9, 1929, in Tuxedo,New York, at the age of 65

 William Yates Mortimer, who was educated in Europe, married Elisabeth Thorpe, daughter of Aaron Thorpe of Albany. He inherited the bulk of his father’s estate and by clever management greatly increased his property. He died in 1891, leaving a large sum to charity, and survived by his widow and two sons, Richard Mortimer, who married Miss Eleanor Jay Chapman, grand-daughter of the late Hon. John Jay, and Stanley Mortimer, who married Miss Tissie Hall, daughter of the late Valentine Hall.

Eighth Generation: Children of Eleanore Jay Chapman and Richard Mortimer

a. Mary Eleanore Mortimer(1887- ) married Maxime Hubert Furland

b. Stanley Grafton Mortimer(1888-1947) married Kathleen Hunt Tilford

c. Richard Mortimer, Jr(1889-1918)

d. Wilfreda Mortimer(1891-1946) married John Morris RUTHERFURD

a. Eighth Generation: Mary Eleanore Mortimer(1887- ) married Maxime Hubert Furland

Mary Eleanor MORTIMER was born on April 25, 1887, in New York. She married Maxime Hubert Furlaud on November 29, 1885. They had two children during their marriage. Her husband was active producing fine cognac with the label Hubart Furland Cognac. He died in Argentina at age 95. They were married 83 years!

Mary Eleanor Mortimer is known for her sculpture.

a. Ninth Generation: Children of Mary Eleanore Mortimer(1887- ) married Maxime Hubert Furland

i. Richard Mortimer Furland(1923- ) married Isobel

ii. Maxime Jay Furland(1925-1999) married Alice E Nelson

i. Ninth Generation: Richard Mortimer Furland(1923- ) married Isobel

Bio: Richard Mortimer Furlaud was born in 1923. Richard currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida. Before that, Richard lived in Palm Beach, FL in 2011. Before that, Richard lived in New York, NY from 1994 to 2012.

Richard Mortimer Furlaud is related to Isabel Furlaud, who is 81 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL. Richard Mortimer Furlaud is also related to Richard Furlaud, who is 63 years old and lives in New York, NY.

He was a successful pharmaceutical executive worked with

          Tenth Generation: Children of Richard Mortimer Furland and Isobel

                Richard Furland (1943)

ii. Ninth Generation: Maxime Jay Furland married Alice E Nelson

Maxime Jay Furlaud was born on June 29, 1925, in New York. He married Alice E Nelson in 1970. He died on March 3, 1999, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, at the age of 73, and was buried in Truro, Massachusetts. He was a screenwriter and playwriter. He was also involved with gestalt therapy

D.  Seventh Generation: Beatrix Mary Jay CHAPMAN(1864-1942) married (1)Sir George Head Barclay (1862–1921)  married (2)Raymond  DeCandolle

                                          Beatrix Mary Jay CHAPMAN was born in 1864 in New York. She married Sir George Head Barclay and they had one daughter. Her first marriage ended in divorce and she then married Raymond De Candolle whom she had developed a relationship with in June 1920 in London. She died on December 12, 1942, at the age of 78.

Perhaps the most fashionably-attended wedding so far in the season was that which took place at high noon yesterday at the picturesque old Jay homestead, Bedford House, Katonah, Westchester, between Miss Beatrix Chapman, daughter of Mrs. Henry G. Chapman, and granddaughter of the Hon. John Jay, and George Barclay, Secretary of the British Legation at Washington, of Monkhams, Essex, England NY Times

Bio: Sir George Head Barclay b. 23 March 1862, d. 26 January 1921  Sir George Head Barclay was born on 23 March 1862 at Walthamstow, Essex, England.1 He was the son of Henry Ford Barclay and Richenda Louisa Gurney.1 He died on 26 January 1921 at age 58.      He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.1 He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.1 He held the office of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Iran between 1908 and 1912.1 He was invested as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.).2 He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of St. Michael and St. George (K.C.M.G.).2 He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Star of India (K.C.S.I.).2

Eighth Generation: Children of Eleanore Jay Chapman(1864-1942) and Sir George Head Barclay (1862–1921)

a. Eighth Generation: Dorothy Katherine Barclay(1893–1953) married Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard (1885-1948)

Bio: Dorothy Katherine Barclay, b. between 1886 and 1890, d. 15 January 1953    Dorothy Katherine Barclay was born between 1886 and 1890 at Rome, Italy.1 She was the daughter of Sir George Head Barclay. She married Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard, 1st Bt., son of Hugh Coleridge Downing Kennard and Helen Wyllie, on 5 April 1911.2 She and Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard, 1st Bt. were divorced in 1918.2 She died on 15 January 1953.2 Her married name became Kennard.

: Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard, 1st Bt. was born on 12 May 1885.1 He was the son of Hugh Coleridge Downing Kennard and Helen Wyllie.2 He married, firstly, Dorothy Katherine Barclay, daughter of Sir George Head Barclay, on 5 April 1911.1 He and Dorothy Katherine Barclay were divorced in 1918.1 He married, secondly, Mary Graham Orr-Lewis, daughter of Sir Frederick Orr-Lewis, 1st Bt. and Maude Helen Mary Booth, on 21 July 1924.3 He died on 7 October 1948 at age 63.3

     He was created 1st Baronet Kennard, of Fernhill, co. Southampton [U.K.] on 11 February 1891.4 He was with the Diplomatic Service between 1908 and 1919.1

Ninth Generation: Children of Dorothy Katherine Barclay and Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard

i. Sir Laurence Charles Ury Kennard, b. 6 Feb 1912, d. 3 May 1967

ii. Lt.-Col. Sir George Arnold Ford Kennard, b. 27 Apr 1915, d. 13 Dec 1999

i. Ninth Generation: Sir Laurence Charles Ury Kennard married Joan Liesl Perschke

     Sir Laurence Charles Ury Kennard, 2nd Bt. was born on 6 February 1912.1 He was the son of Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard, 1st Bt. and Dorothy Katherine Barclay.2 He married Joan Liesl Perschke, daughter of William Thomas Perschke, on 27 April 1940.1 He died on 3 May 1967 at age 55, without issue.3

     He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.1 He was created 2nd Baronet Kennard, of Fernhill, co. Southampton

ii. Ninth Generation: Lt Col Sir George Arnold Ford Kennard married (1)Cecilia Violet Cokayne Maunsell                   Married (2)Mollie Jesse Rudd Wyllie       Married (3)Nichola Carew, Married (4)Georgina 

Lt.-Col. Sir George Arnold Ford Kennard, 3rd Bt. was born on 27 April 1915.2 He was the son of Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard, 1st Bt. and Dorothy Katherine Barclay.3 He married Cecilia Violet Cokayne Maunsell, daughter of Major Cecil John Cokayne Maunsell and Wilhelmine Violet Eileen Fitz-Clarence, on 12 October 1940.2 He and Cecilia Violet Cokayne Maunsell were divorced in 1958.4 He married, secondly, Mollie Jesse Rudd Wyllie, daughter of Hugh Wyllie, on 30 September 1958.4 He and Mollie Jesse Rudd Wyllie were divorced in 1974.4 He married, thirdly, Nichola Carew, daughter of Peter Gawen Carew and Ruth Chamberlain, in 1985.1 He married, fourthly, Georgina Wernher, daughter of Maj.-Gen. Sir Harold Augustus Wernher, 3rd Bt. and Anastasia Mikhailovna de Torby, Countess de Torby, in December 1992 at London, England.4 He and Nichola Carew were divorced in 1992.1 He died on 13 December 1999 at age 84.2

He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.2 He was commissioned in 1936, in the service of the 4th Queens Own Hussars.4 He fought in the Second World War, where he was mentioned in despatches twice, and was a POW (1939-41).2 He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars between 1955 and 1958.4 He was with Cement Marketing Company between 1967 and 1979.4 He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Kennard, of Fernhill, co. Southampton [U.K., 1891] on 3 May 1967.4 On his death, his baronetcy became extinct.

Child of Lt.-Col. Sir George Arnold Ford Kennard, 3rd Bt. and Cecilia Violet Cokayne Maunsell

                        Tenth Generation: Zandra Kennard+3 b. 17 Jun 1941

Zandra married Maj. John Middleton Neilson Powell.5 They had two children.

                       Eleventh Generation: Edward Coleridge Cockayne Powell

                        Eleventh Generation: 

The Family of William JAY 

Fourth generation: WILLIAM JAY (1789-1858) married Hannah Augusta McVikar
  
WILLIAM JAY(jj4/5) was John and Sally Jay’s youngest son. He was born thirteen years after his brother Peter. Peter was born in 1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence. William was born in 1789, the year of the Ratification of the Constitution and the induction of George Washington as President of the United States!

William was educated in Albany, while his father was serving as Governor of the State. He broke family tradition and went to Yale in 1808, and then returned to Albany to study law. Trouble with his vision prevented him from a full time legal career and he returned back to care for his father in Bedford. In 1818 he was appointed a Westchester County judge by DeWitt Clinton and served with honor as judge until 1843.

In 1812 he married Augusta McVickar, described as a woman in whom “were blended all the Christian virtues”. They lived in the Katonah house where they raised their six living children (two children died in infancy).

William Jay became noted for his anti-slavery opinions and his strong Christianity. He became vice president and co founder of the American Bible Society.

Hannah Augusta McVICKER was born on November 11, 1790, in New York, New York, the child of John and Anna. She married WILLIAM JAY on September 4, 1812. They had six children in 20 years. She died in 1851 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 61.
Fifth Generation: CHILDREN OF WILLIAM JAY and HANNAH McVIKER

I. ANNA JAY(1813-1849)

II. MARIA BANYAR JAY(1815-1851)

III. JOHN JAY II (1817-1894)

IV. SARAH LOUISA JAY(1819-1905)

V. ELIZA JAY(1823-1869)

VI. AUGUSTA (Fusty)JAY(1833-1917)

I. Fifth Generation: ANNA JAY (1813-1849) married Rev. Lewis P. W. BALCH(1814-1875)

ANNA JAY(wm5/1)was the oldest child born to William and Augusta Jay. She married the Rev. Lewis Penn Witherspoon Balch, the rector of St. Bartholomews Church in New York. They had five children, of which three lived to adulthood. Anna Jay died after the birth of her youngest child. The Rev. Balch remarried Emily Wiggins. Anna Jay Balch was buried along with her second son who died in infancy in the Jay Cemetery.

Rev Lewis P W Balch attended three years at West Point Military Academy, and one year at Princeton College, where he graduated in 1834. He entered General Theological Seminary in New York. While still Deacon he was called to St Bartholomew’s Church in New York where he remained from 1837 to 1850 and cleared the church of debt. He was obliged to leave New York for his health, and for five years he was rector of parishes of Chester and West Chester, Pennsylvania. He held several other posts from 1855 to 1866. During this time he was secretary of the House of Bishops. From 1866 to 1871 he was canon of the Cathedral of Montreal. In 1874 he was appointed rector of Grace Church, Detroit, where he stayed until his death some six months later. Dr Balch was a man of most charming manners. As a preacher he was at once impressive and powerful, and at times eloquent. His sermon at Newport on the death of Lincoln produced an effect on those who heard it which is still remembered. He had an extraordinary power of raising money for churches in debt. He secured the discharge of indebtedness of eleven churches during the forty years of his ministry.

Their children were Augusta, b Dec 26, 1839. d 1888;m John Neilson, m G.A. Peabody, Salem, Mass., Elizabeth, b April 20, 1845, d May 25, 1890, Anna, died infant, Lewis P W, b July 7, 1847, d Aug 9, 1909

II. Fifth Generation: MARIA BANYAR JAY (1815-1851) married John Frederick BUTTERWORTH

MARIA BANYER JAY(wm5/2)married John Butterworth and lived in England. They had two children, the youngest, Eliza became a Roman Catholic nun in England. The oldest daughter, Augusta, married William Smith. MARIA BANYAR JAY was born on April 28, 1815.. She died on November 17, 1851, at the age of 36, after the birth of her second daughter.

III. Fifth Generation: JOHN JAY, II (1817-1894) married ELEANORE FIELD

JOHN JAY, II lawyer, born in New York city, June 23, 1817, died in New York city, May 5, 1894. His father was William Jay, lawyer, judge and author, and his grandfather, John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States. The subject of this memoir graduated from Columbia College in 1836, and read law in the office of Daniel Lord, jr. 

 The subject of this memoir graduated from Columbia College in 1836, and read law in the office of Daniel Lord, jr. He was born to fortune, having inherited valuable real estate in the city of New York, and was able to devote his fine intellect mainly to public affairs. He was a Republican and an active advocate of the abolition of slavery. An address delivered by him in 1856, on “America Free or America Slave” was circulated by his party as a campaign document. During the Civil War, he aided in the formation of the National Union League and later became one of the founders of the Union League club of this city and its president 1866-70 and again in 1877. Appointed by President Grant as Minister to Austria in 1869, he had the good fortune to negotiate treaties of benefit to his country7. Mr. Jay was a favorite speaker upon public occasions and contributions from his pen were always welcomed by the magazines and newspapers. Under Gov. Cleveland, Mr. Jay was appointed one of three commissioners to put in operation the civil service laws of the State, and his associates Messrs. Richmond and Schoonmaker, both Democrats, elected him chairman of the commission. It was he who, pursuant to the request of a meeting of Americans in Paris in 1869, suggested to the Union League club the establishment of an Art Museum in New York. This project, carried out by the members of the club, resulted in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Jay married in 1837 Eleanor, daughter of Hickson W. Field, and their children are Col. William Jay, the lawyer; Eleanor, widow of Henry G. Chapman; Mary, wife of William H. Schietfelin ; and Anna, wife of Lieutenant General von Schweinitz of the Royal Prussian Army. Col. William Jay is president of the Coaching and Meadow Brook Hunt clubs, a vestryman of Trinity Church, a governor of the Knickerbocker Club and director in The Continental Trust Co., and lieutenant colonel by brevet in the volunteer army of the United States. Obit NYTim

IV. Fifth Generation: SARAH LOUISA JAY (1819-1905) married Alexander Bruen 

SARAH LOUISA JAY(wm5/4) married Alexander Bruen in 1848. They had four children one of whom, Augusta(Q1) died in childhood. Their second daughter Alexandra married George Elmore Ide, Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and both were buried in the Jay Cemetery.

Their third child and oldest son Alexander Jay Bruen(wm6/16) studied law. He married Constance Fiedler in 1907. They had five children, four of whom grew to adulthood.

V. Fifth Generation: ELIZA JAY(1823-1869) married Henry Edward Pellew

Eliza Jay was born in 1823 as the fifth daughter of William and Hannah. She married Henry Edward Pellew and moved to London. They had three children as noted and she died in 1869 after the birth of her third child, who also died the next year.

RoyalBio: HENRY EDWARD, 6th Viscount Exmouth, b. 26 Apr. 1828. Only son of the Hon Very Rev. George Pellew. He was. Educated at Eton, then Trinity College at Cambridge where he received a B.A., (Bachelor of Arts) 1850; M.A., (Master of Arts) 1853. Rowing ‘blue,’ 1849. Went to America, 1873, where he was naturalized. Organized, with Theodore Roosevelt, Bureau of Charities in New York. Married 1stly, 5 Oct. 1858, ELIZA JAY, daughter of the Hon. Judge William Jay, of New York, and granddaughter of John Jay. They had two children, the oldest William, a writer of Jane Austin novels and the life of John Jay.

VI. Fifth Generation: AUGUSTA (Fusty) JAY (1833-1917) married Henry Edward Pellew

Augusta, (Fusty) Jay, was the youngest child. When AUGUSTA (Fusty) JAY was born on May 29, 1833, in New York, her father, WILLIAM, was 43 and her mother, Hannah, was 42. She married Henry Edward PELLEW after her sister’s death, on May 14, 1873. They had one child during their marriage. She died on January 24, 1917, at the age of 83.
 

Marin County, Mt Tamalpais Cemetery and Henry Augustus Du Bois

Henry Augustus Du Bois, MD moved to Marin County, California in 1869, after he had finished serving in the Civil War and then his service as surgeon at Fort Union in what is now New Mexico. During the Civil War he had contracted Chickahominy fever, which was a recurrent, malaria/typhoid like illness, and may have been the reason for his wish to move West to a healthier environment. He moved in and started practice with Dr Alfred Taliaferro an early resident of Marin County and the first physician in the County.

  
My history of what happened to Henry is dependent on the extensive history written by Marilyn Gerry and published in the San Rafael Patch..

“During the Civil War, DuBois had contracted Chickahominy fever, a camp fever with symptoms of typhoid and malaria named for the mosquito-ridden swamps of the Chickahominy River in Virginia. The 1870 Census shows Dr. DuBois residing with 40-year-old Dr. Alfred Taliaferro, the first physician to practice in Marin. They lived in San Rafael Village with a 23-year old Chinese servant named Ah Poy. Dr. DuBois subsequently purchased land west of San Rafael at the end of today’s Fifth Street in what was called Forbes Valley. His land was far removed from town and included a section of Red Hill. Burials Prohibited When Dr. DuBois arrived in San Rafael, the town was growing fast, and the cemetery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard, Fourth and E Streets, could not keep up. In 1876, two years after San Rafael incorporated, town trustee Dr. Taliaferro proposed and got passed an ordinance prohibiting burials within San Rafael’s town limits. On Sept. 14, 1876, the Marin County Journal reported on a town meeting held to determine where to locate a new cemetery: “Nearly all the money and land kings were present.” Among several bids, Dr. DuBois offered a portion of his ranch for $13,000. The town trustees took no action, and the law to prohibit burials in town limits was rescinded. It was deemed “better to double up in the old yard than keep the dead above ground.” A Committee of One Not one to dawdle, by June 1878 Dr. DuBois had 40 men working on 113 acres of his land to build the new cemetery. He later stated, “I organized myself a committee of one.” He put enormous funds and energies into the venture, planting myrtle and ivy by the wagonload, laying out miles of roadways, setting out 2,000 trees and thousands of flowers. In September the Marin Journal reported that Dr. DuBois was doing a great amount of work. Schooners came up San Rafael Creek to First and C streets with loads of urns, fountains, sample monuments, granite walls and fences. DuBois had drawn up plans for a bell tower and an artesian well 2,000 feet deep. In December 1879 the Marin Journal reported that Dr. DuBois had toured 42 cemeteries in the East to collect drawings, photos, maps, statistics on water supply and other cemetery best practices. DuBois’ Folly In the late 1800s cemeteries were designed as parks for picnics and Sunday outings. DuBois expected that the cemetery would be a favorite destination and built miles of access roads. As he owned a portion of Red Hill, he hired Chinese laborers to build a zig-zag road up its heights to provide access from San Anselmo. Too steep for horse and buggy, the project gained the label “.” The Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery was dedicated in August 1879. It eventually served some of San Rafael’s most prominent families, including the Dollars and the Boyds”

Henry married Emily Maria Blois in 1880 and they had five children. He died in 1897 and was buried in a site that he had chosen at Mt Tamalpais. His wife died in 1910 and was buried next to him. Dr Taliaferro died in 1885 and was an early burial at Mt Tamalpias in a similar site.
 

  
   
  Part of my interest in Henry is what has happened to what he started on Mt Tamalpais. It continues to be very active with over 15,000 burials. My wife and I recently visited and spent a morning with Carolyn Schwab visiting my family grave site. Henry had chosen a site up on an overgrown hill with a plaque “DU BOIS” on an overhanging rock shelf. The site needs to be cleaned up and I believe that will be done this spring. In the row below his, are three of his children and one spouse and one grandchild.

I also visited the CALIFORNIA ROOM in the Marin County Public Library which is in the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building that houses government activity of Marin County. Here I spoke with Carol Acquaviva, Librarian and Archivist who was very interested in Henry and his family history. She gave me an oral history told by the sister of Anna Lictenberg Du Bois. Anna married Alfred, Henry’s younger brother, and she is also buried in the Mt Tamalpias Cemetery.

  

  
 Buried in the Du Bois plot are:

Henry Augustus Du Bois. 1840-18 97  And wife Emily Blois. 1845_1910

   

 Children

Emily Du Bois Reed. 1889-1987

Henry A. Du Bois. 1882-1982 and wife Beatrice E Du Bois. 1890-1981

Helen Jay Du Bois. Died Sep 20, 1911

Hannah L. Du Bois Davis. 1886-1967

Grandchild

John J. Du Bois. 1915-1989

Henry Augustus was a well respected physician in Marin County as his obit states.

Last week we made mention of the grave illness of Dr. Henry A. Du Bois. Typhoid symptoms developed rapidly, and the sufferer’s advanced years and slender stock of vitality were against a successful resistance to the onset of this dread disease. Dr. Du Bois was numbered among the old residents of San Rafael. He had served his country in the War of the Rebellion as a young and ambitious army surgeon, fresh from the schools, and during the hardships of the campaign had contracted malarial ailments that left him with a constitution seriously impaired. Independent financially, he drifted westward in search of health, and finally settled in San Rafael. Dr. Du Bois was not a social genius. He was pre-eminently of the studious, thoughtful type, and except with his intimates, his manners were reserved and retiring. He was only at the time of our greatest need, in the emergency of desperate illness, that his highest qualities as a man and as a practitioner of the noble profession he adorned were developed. The funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church yesterday, which was filled with many sorrowing friends of the deceased. Rev. E.A. Hartmann officiated and Rev. Arthur Crosby delivered the eulogy.

He was also very involved in his medical practice during the Civil War and was involved in many of the major battles in that conflict.

    
  Henry Augustus DuBois, M.D., b. at the residence of his g. f. DuBois, n. w. cor. Broadway and 8th street, June 26, 1840 ; Yale B.P., 1859; April 25, 1861, he joined the 12th Regiment of N.Y.S.N.G. as Hospital Steward, in a few weeks was examined for Asst. Surgeon, U.S.A., and passed No. 3 out of 40 applicants; Aug. 28, 186 1, was under Dr. Abadie in the Columbian Hospital, Washington, but was soon put in full charge. He served in the 6th U. S. Cavalry as Inspector of Cavalry ; May, 1862, Asst, Med. Director of the Army of the Potomac, subsequently Medical Inspector of the Artillery Reserve under Gen. Hunt ; was at the battles of Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, etc., in all about 40 battles ; 1864, Inspector of Hospitals at headquarters of the Army of the Potomac ; in June, 1864, on Gen. Sheridan’s staff; Aug., 1864, appointed Asst. Med. Director of the Middle Military Division of Va., on Sheridan’s staff, and was with him in all his battles, and present at Lee’s surrender ; brevetted by the President Captain, and subsequently Brevet Major. In 1865, took charge of the U. S. Laboratory in Phil. ; May, 1866, sent to Fort Union, New Mexico ; resigned Feb. 21, 1868, and is now practising medicine in San Rafael, Cal., where he has founded a cemetery (Temaulpas), of which he is Comptroller ; delivered in Yale Medical Coll., April, i860, a course of lectures on Toxicology. Confirmed by Bishop Williams, in St. Paul’s, New Haven; m. in 5th Avenue Church, by Rev. John Hall, D.D., Dec. i, 1880, Emily, dau. of Hannah Maria Ferris (dau. of Miss Schieffelin, who was dau. of Hannah Lawrence and Schieffelin), and Samuel Blois, M.D. i child.

I have some history of the three children and one grandson also buried on the site.

Emily Blois Du Bois 1889-1987 married Clyde Leon Reed

  Emily Blois Du Bois married Clyde Leon Reed and lived in San Diego. They had two children. I have found little more information. She was buried with the family in Mt Tamaplais Cemetery.

Their children were:

          Betty J Reed (1922- ) m Charles J Dowell (1910-2000)

          Allen C Reed (1924-2012) m Grace Springstein (1930- )

I have found little information on Betty Reed Dowell, except in 2012 she was stated in her brothers obit as living in San Francisco.

Her brother Alan Reed lived in San Diego and died there at 87 years of age. He married and they had three children.

Obit : REED, ALAN CLYDE Alan Clyde Reed, 87 years old, of San Diego, California, passed away at Grossmont Hospital on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, after a heroic battle with cancer. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. Alan was born on July 15, 1924, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, to Clyde and Emily Reed. He grew up in San Diego, California, with his sister Betty. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1942. He joined the United States Army and served in the Tenth Mountain Division. Alan earned a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1948 and later in 1950 went on to receive his Master’s in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Alan married Grace Springstead at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, on June 30, 1950. After graduation, Alan was affiliated with the Carnation Dairy Company for five years and left the organization as its district sales manager. In 1955, he went on to work for Home Federal Savings and Loan in a variety of capacities during his 27 years with the company, including appraiser, branch manager, real estate owned department manager, and Senior Vice President in charge of investments and loan services. After his retirement from Home Federal Savings and Loan in 1982, Alan opened his own mortgage brokerage company, the Southland Group. He served on the board of directors for International Savings Bank, The Christian Eye Ministry, Forest Home Christian Conference Center, and Christian Heritage College. In addition, he served as President of the Merchants Credit Association of San Diego, San Diego County Escrow Association, San Diego Downtown Association, Board of Deacons at Shadow Mountain Ministries, The Institute of Real Estate Management of the National Association of Realtors, and Vice President of the National Alliance of Businessmen in Washington D.C. (their mission was to produce jobs for veterans and the disadvantaged.) Alan received the “Lifetime Recognition Award” from IREM, as well as a Presidential Commendation from Richard Nixon for his work on the National Alliance of Businessmen. His hobbies included playing many sports, tending to his beautiful roses and lilies, and most of all deep sea fishing and sharing his catch with others! Alan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace; his son, Scott Reed of Rocklin, California and his wife Sharon; his daughter, Carolyn Suggett of Mooresville, North Carolina and her husband John; and his daughter, Cathy Holliman of Rancho San Diego, California and her husband Jim. Surviving grandchildren include Lisa Erickson, Kelly Reed Devine, Parris Reed, Whitney Reed Nickel, Amanda Holliman, Matthew Holliman, and Andrew Holliman. In addition, he is survived by two great-grandchildren, Brody and Dylan Devine. Alan is also survived by his sister, Betty Dowell of San Francisco, California.

Henry A. Du Bois. 1882-1982 and wife Beatrice E Du Bois. 1890-1981

  This is the third HA DB. He, as noted, became a very successful cattle rancher in California. He married Beatrice Van FLEET and they had seven children!

HENRY A. DU BOIS Another native son of the State who has made good and has won a place for himself through his own efforts is Henry Du Bois, owner of 106 acres of land in the Fairview Precinct in Merced County, but now residing at the corner of Almond and Gear Road, Turlock, Cal. He was born in San Rafael, Cal., December 22, 1882, the son of the late Dr. Henry A. and Emily (Blois) Du Bois, natives of New Haven, Ct., and New York City, respectively. Dr. Du Bois was a Yale graduate and was a surgeon during the Civil War, being a staff officer of General Sheridan. After the war he came to California and practiced in San Rafael until his death. There were three girls and two boys born in their family, Henry being the second child. Henry attended the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy and the San Rafael High School, and was graduated from the University of Nebraska Agricultural College with the class of 1905. Thus equipped for whatever might be in store for him, he returned to California, then went to Harney County, Ore., and took a position on the “P” cattle ranch, which controlled a million acres of land, and he remained there for two years. Then he purchased 320 acres in Lower Lake, Lake County, Cal., and engaged in the stock business, continuing for six years, when he bought his present place in the Hilmar Colony in 1913. Here he has leveled and planted the acreage and made valuable improvements, but he now leases it to tenants. While residing in Lake County, Henry Du Bois married Miss Beatrice Van Fleet, daughter of M. B. Van Fleet, and a niece of the late Judge Van Fleet, well known Federal jurist. Five children have come to gladden the Du Bois home circle: Thelma, Alan, Jack, Philip and David. Mr. Du Bois is a member of the Hilmar branch of the Merced Farm Bureau. In politics he is a Republican, but a very liberal one. He is a shareholder in the Farmers Exchange at Modesto, which business is receiving his attention. From: History of Merced County, California With a Biographical Review History by John Outcalt Historic Record Company Los Angeles, California 1925

CHILDREN of HENRY AUGUSTUS Du BOIS

    IIA THELMA Van FLEET Du BOIS (1910-1991) m RENE V BORDER (1910- )

    IIB. ALAN Van FLEET Du BOIS (1913-1995) m MARJORIE J MACKEN ( -2009)

    IIC. JOHN JAY Du BOIS (1915-1989) m BEVERLY JEAN LUTZEN (1925-2013)

    IID. PHILIP Van FLEET Du BOIS (1918-1983)

    IIE. DAVID Van FLEET Du BOIS (1921-2013) m FRANCES de l’ETANCHE (

                                                                           m PATRICIA C MAHOY (1927-2011)

    IIF. RONALD P. Du BOIS (1926- ). m Theora Sloveig Asgeirson

    IIG. JANNE Van FLEET Du BOIS (1925. )

John J. Du Bois. 1915-1989   

  John Jay Du BOIS was born about 1915 in California, his father, Henry, was 32 and his mother, Beatrice, was 24. He married Beverly Jean LUTZEN in 1945 in California. They had four children during their marriage. He died on June 2, 1989, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74, and was buried with the family in Mt Tamalpais. He served in the Armed Forces during WW II. He was divorced from his wife in 1951. They had three children who were raised by ther mother after their divorce.

Obit: She is survived by her daughters Suzanne Du Bois of Vallejo, Celeste Flax of Oakland, Pamela Maple of Lake Almanor, and Jennifer Lebbert of Modesto. Her grandchildren are Mark Du Bois, Shannon McCauley Maple, Adam Maple, Ben Flax, Danielle Flax and Alex, Spencer and Ryan Lebbert. Her great grandchildren are Maddox & Jaxon Maple, Johnstone & Isadora Flax.

Helen Jay Du Bois. Died Sep 20, 1911

    
 She had what sounds like a tragic life with emotional illness after a successful college career.

MISS HELEN DUBOIS IS CALLED BY DEATH Prominent Society Woman Succumbs to Long Illness ‘ Miss Helen Jay du Bois, daughter of the late Dr. Henry du Bois of San Rafael and the late Mrs. Emily du Bois died on Wednesday night at the German hospital after an illness of several weeks. The surviving members of her family are her brothers, Henry and Ernest, and her sisters Emily and Hannah all of whom are well known in San Francisco society. Dr. Lawrence :A. Draper, who was her attending physician had abandoned hope some time ago, but it was not supposed by her relatives and friends that her death was likely to be imminent. Miss du Bois was of distinguished ancestry, having been a direct descendant of John Jay. She was a graduate of the University of California in the class of 1903, where she made an exceptional record as a student of unusual accomplishment but later her health failed her and she was compelled to spend much of her time in health resorts. It will be recalled that in 1909 she became estranged from her mother and sisters and astonished “society” by bringing suit against 7 them and Dr. Emma K. Willetts. charging them with falsely imprisoning her in the Gardner sanatorium in Belmont, later bringing a second action, this time naming Dr. John Robertson of Livermore as a codefendant.

Hannah L. Du Bois Davis. 1886-1967

  When Hannah L Du Bois was born in November 1886 in California, her father, Henry, was 46 and her mother, Emily, was 35. She married Milton Smith Davis in 1910. She died on September 25, 1967, in California, at the age of 80, and was buried in Mt Tamalpais Cemetery in the Du Bois plot. She had no children.

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Milton Smith Davis, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SHAW, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity during World War I.

Action Date: World War I