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Chapter XXIX

Personal Sketches
Town of Southeast


Web Editor's Note: The bolding of the surnames was done by the web editor and is not printed this way in Pelletreau's "History...".

Edward Bailey,
son of Henry Bailey, was born in Southeast in 1835, and learned the trade of tinsmith. He was 1st Lieutenant, Company A, 6th Regiment, N. Y. V., in the Rebellion. For the last three years he has been in the grocery business in Brewster. He is well known among the Masons, and is member of lodge, chapter and commandery, and is a member of Crosby Post, G. A. R.
Hachaliah Bailey
was born in Southeast in 1821. His father, Levi, came from North Salem, Westchester county, and settled in this county. Mr. Bailey was educated at the public schools and North Salem Academy, and he is a farmer. He married Sarah Ann Reynolds, of North Salem, in 1847.
Charles L. Barber
was born in Chenango county in 1828, and came to Putnam county in 1864. His business is farming. In 1863 he was married to Fannie E. Light, of Kent. They have two children, Chester A. and Grace E. The family are attendants of the Baptist Church of Carmel, of which Mrs. Barber is a member.
James T. Barnes
was born in Westchester county in 1801, located in Putnam county about 1816, and is a farmer. He was married in 1826, to Mary Ann Washburn, now deceased, by whom he has had eight children.
Elbert E. Birch
was born in Southeast in 1841, and was the son of Amos and grandson of Charles, both residents of this county. He is a farmer. In 1865 he married Melissa Howes, of Southeast.
James W. Boyce
was born in Dutchess county in 1816 and came to Putnam county in 1834. He is a miller and carpenter and builder. He married Clarissa Roberts, of Patterson, and has two sons, James L. and Charles M.
Frederick G. Brewster
was born in Southeast in 1821, was educated at public schools, and is a farmer. He married Margaret Strang, of Yorktown,
Westchester county. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is a descendant of Samuel Brewster, who came from Rockland to Putnam county in 1810.
Samuel W. Brewster,
son of Samuel, mentioned above, was born in Southeast in 1824, and married Harriet E. Crosby, of Patterson, in 1851. He is a farmer.
Oscar G. Brian,
son of Samuel F. Brian, was born at Jacobstown, N. J. He came to this county in 1870 and has been in business at Dykeman's Station as lumber dealer and railroad agent. He married Julia C. Fowler, and has one son, Albert S. Brian.
Abner P. Brush
was born in Southeast in 1822, was educated at the public schools and is a farmer. He married Hannah M. Rundle, of North Salem, Westchester county, in 1850. His father, John P., grandfather, John and great-grandfather, Jacob, all lived in Putnam county.
Elijah W. Budd
was born in the city of Brooklyn, March 29th, 1838. His father, Hiram Budd, was formerly a resident of Ulster county. Mr. Budd went to New York when a young man and was in business with Barnum & Co. For several years he held the position of assistant collector in the Custom House, and afterward was foreman in the hat factory of C. W. Budd, in Brewster. The residence of Mr. Budd was in former times the homestead of Archibald Youngs, at the corner of the Doansburg and Milltown roads. Mr. Budd married Elizabeth A., daughter of Henry Belden.
Andrew Cosgriff
was born in New York city in 1821; educated at common schools; was railroad engineer on Hudson River Railroad, then superintendent of engineers on the Harlem Railroad four years; for four and a half years was master machinist of West Gulf Blockading Squadron under Admiral Farragnt (sic); in 1865 was engaged in mining in Pennsylvania; and has also been engaged in same business in West Virginia, California and Nevada. In 1868 he came to Putnam county and engaged as superintendent of Tilly Foster mines. He has been postmaster at Tilly Foster. He married in 1858 to Jane Lewis, of Hudson, Columbia county, N. Y.
Alfred E. De Forest,
son of Benjamin De Forest, was born at De Forest Corners in 1855. When a boy he went to Detroit, Mich., where his father still lives. He came to Brewster and opened a drug store in 1875, and still continues it. He married Mary, daughter of Peter Townsend.
Philip Diehl
was born in Germany, and came to America in 1853. He remained in New York till 1864, when he came to Brewster and established a wholesale and retail bakery and confectionery. He is trustee of the Fire Department, and has held the office of overseer of poor of Southeast. He is one of the stewards of the Methodist church, and is a prominent mason and knight templar. He married Josephine Lee and has five children.
Uriah Field
was born in Southeast, in 1830. His father, Solomon, grandfather, Stephen, great-grandfather, Solomon, and great-great-grandfather, Nathan, were residents of this county. The family is of English descent. The first settler of the name in this county came from Long Island. Uriah Field was educated at the common schools and North Salem Academy, and is a farmer. He married Mary A. Everett, of Southeast, in 1863.
C. B. Fowler
was born in Southeast in 1847, was educated at the common schools, and follows the business of farming. In 1873 he married Mary Bloomer, of Binghamton, N. Y.
Elijah F. Fowler
was born in Southeast in 1820, received a common school education, and has always been a farmer. He married Susan Hall, of North Salem, Westchester county, and has had five children.
William F. Fowler
was born in Fairfield county, Conn., in 1811, and came to Putnam county with his parents the same year. He is a farmer, has been road commissioner six years, assessor six years, and was a lieutenant of militia. In 1833 he married Matilda Brush of Southeast. He was a vice-president of the County Agricultural Society when first organized, a director of the Croton River National Bank when first started, and is vice-president of Putnam County Savings Bank.
Alpheus D. Freer
was born in New Paltz, Ulster county, in 1838. He learned the trade of a blacksmith and began business in Brewster in 1863, and continued till the present year, when he retired and left the business to his sons. He is prominent mason, and has been collector of Southeast for five years. He married Mary J. Collins and has three children: Charles E., George B. and Cora.
Cornelius R. Gage
was born in Southeast in 1832, has been engaged in shoemaking and hat manufacturing, and afterward in coal business. For ten years he was in the employ of the Borden Condensed Milk Company. After this he was of the firm of Yeomans, Gage & Co., in the flour and feed store, and is now with W. S. Paddock in the same business. He married Amelia, daughter of William and Deborah Rundle, and has one daughter.
Warren Gay
was born in Southeast in 1822. His father and grandfather were residents of this county. He is a farmer. In 1852 he was married to Delia M. Cree, of North Salem, Westchester county.
David Hall
was born in Southeast in 1830. his father, John, and grandfather, David, resided in this county. The family came originally from Massachusetts. He was educated in the common schools and is a farmer. In 1881 he was married to Melissa Sears, of Southeast.
Capt. James W. Haviland
was born at Athens, Greene county, N. Y., April 8th, 1816, and was married January 14th, 1840, to Esther L. Haviland, who was born in Patterson, Putnam county, July 6th, 1815. He was captain of a vessel on the Hudson from 1835 to 1851, when he moved to Southeast, to the farm now owned and occupied by his sons, W.C. and J.J. Haviland. Captain Haviland died March 29th, 1881, and his wife died July 5th, 1884, leaving four children, three living in Southeast, and one in Catskill, Green county.
George Hine
was born in Southeast in 1834. His father, Charles W., and his grandfather, Charles, were residents of this county. The family came from Woodbridge, Conn., about 1804, and settled on the farm where Mr. Hine now resides. He has been commissioner of highways twelve years and assessor one term, and is a director of the Putnam County Savings Bank. He was married in 1862 to Josephine Foster of Southeast, daughter of Judge Foster.
Moseman B. Hyatt
was born in Kent in 1834, and is a farmer and fruit raiser. His first wife Margaret Van Wagner, now deceased. He was married a second time, to Annie C. Mead, of Carmel.
Isaac Kelley,
a farmer of Southeast, was born in 1813. His father, Jesse, and grandfather, Judah, were residents of the county. He has been supervisor of Southeast one term. In 1838 he married Antoinette Cole, of Carmel.
Samuel Kelley
was born in Southeast in 1845. His father, James R., grandfather, Samuel, and great-grandfather, Judah, were residents of this county. The family were originally from Vermont. He was a bookkeeper in New York city, and is now a farmer. He has been a director in the County Agricultural Society. In 1868 he was married to Carrie A. Kirkham.
P. Z. Kirkham
was born in 1846. He was a merchant in Westchester county six years, and is now a farmer. He married Henrietta Kelley, of Southeast, and has one child.
R. W. Kirkham
was born in Carmel, in 1818. His father Zopher, and grandfather, Zebadee, were both residents of the county. The family are of Scotch descent. They moved from Westchester county to Putnam. Mr. Kirkham is a farmer. In 1848 he married Augusta S. Crane, of Carmel, daughter of an old and prominent Putnam county family. He has four children living: Caroline A., Peter Z., Estelle A., and Charlotte E. For twenty-nine years he has resided on his present elegant home, which was the former home of Enoch Crosby, the Spy, and was purchased by Mr. Kirkham of the daughter-in-law and grandsons of this well-known patriot.
August Knox
was born in North Salem, Westchester county, and commenced business as a cabinet maker. Thirty years ago he opened an undertaking establishment in Brewster and has continued it to the present time. He married Miss Gournsey and has one daughter.
Frederick H. Knox
was born in Southeast in 1818, was educated in the common schools, and is a farmer. He married Abbie J. Reynolds, of Southeast.
Nehemiah Knox
was born in Southeast, in 1854, was educated in the common schools, and is a farmer. In 1878, he was married to Jennie Willis, of Brewster.
Alexander F. Lobdell
was born in North Salem, Westchester county, in 1835, and his first business experience was as bookkeeper in New York. In 1860, he came to Brewster and established a dry goods and general merchandise store. The store was burned in the fire of 1879, but was rebuilt. He has also been engaged in the lumber business. He has been postmaster at Brewster since 1863. He married Julia, daughter of Vincent Paddock, and has four children: Esther, Alexander F., Vincent and Susan.
Stephen McMahon
was born in New Milford, Conn., came to Brewster about 1861, and was first engaged in hat manufacturing. In 1864 he purchased the "Brewster House" which was the first hotel in the village, and has remained the proprietor ever since. The hotel has been made through his care and energy one of the best places of entertainment in the county.
William E. Maher
was born in Southeast, March 8th, 1859. His father, Thomas Maher, was a farmer, and his early life was passed on the homestead. In 1882, he established a meat market in the village of Brewster, which he has since conducted.
Daniel O. Mead
was born in Southeast, in 1830. His father, Silas, grandfather, Benjamin, and great-grandfather, Jeremiah, were residents of the county. He married Carrie M. Beebe in 1874.
Austin Mullarkey
was born in Ireland, came to America in 1859, and settled in Putnam county in 1865. He is a merchant. He served three years and nine months in the later war. He is postmaster at Dykeman's. He married Winnefred McIntyre in 1866.
Charles N. Mygatt
was born in Southeast in 1856, was educated at Chappaqua Institute and Amenia Seminary, and is a farmer. In 1877 he married Leona Paddock.
Warren S. Paddock,
son of Hiram Paddock, was born in Southeast in 1828. In early life he was a farmer, and has been in business in New York. In 1879 he set up business in Brewster in a flour and feed store, and has continued it till the present time. He married Sarah, daughter of Daniel Reed, and has three children.
Clark S. Penny
wad born in Southeast, in 1838, was educated at the common schools, and has followed the occupation of a farmer. He married Huldah Q. Mead in 1866, and has two children.
James A. Peck
was born in Litchfield county, Conn., in 1828, was educated in the public schools and Brookfield academy, married, first Mary E. Carter, April 4th, 1848, second Lydia L. Carter, in 1853, came to Putnam county April 12th, 1859, and is a steam engineer.
W C. Pugsley
was born in Patterson in 1831, married Floraettie Light, of Kent, 1861, and died in 1882. He was a farmer.
David B. Richards
was born in 1803, was educated in the common schools, married Delia Foster, of Southeast, in 1832, and is a farmer.
George E. Sears
was born in Southeast in 1837. His father, Bradley, grandfather, Isaac, great-grandfather, Benjamin,jr., and great-great-grandfather, Benjamin, were all residents of this county. The family came from Massachusetts and settled in this county in 1743, on the homestead property which has been owned by them since that time.
Levi Shove
was born in Litchfield county, Conn. He came to Brewster and established a livery business in 1876, which he has made very extensive. He married Flora, daughter of Henry Howland, of Kent, Conn., and has one daughter.
James K. Smith
came to Brewster and established a drug store several years since. He was a prominent member of the Baptist church, and one of the most prominent in establishing the church of Brewster. In the spring of 1886 he removed to Danbury, where he now resides.
Albert Townsend,
son of Charles Townsend, was born in Carmel, but resides in the town of Southeast, where he is extensively engaged in farming. He was for many years in the traveling exhibition business with James Raymond. He is a member of the Methodist church. He married Jane A. Ball, and has one son, Frank.
Coleman Townsend
was born in Carmel in 1797. His grandfather, Uriah, and father, Samuel, were residents of the county. He is a farmer. He was supervisor of Kent two terms, and for several years county superintendent of poor. He married Malinda Ogden, of Fishkill, and has had three children.
Walter W. Weed
was born in Orange county in 1830, came to Putnam county in 1865, and married Deborah A. Blauvelt the same year. He is a blacksmith.
George H. Wood
was born in Southeast in 1834. His father, Abram, and grandfather, Nehemiah, were residents of the county. He was graduated from Union College in 1857, and followed the business of farming. He married, in 1860, Mary Van Duzer (now deceased) of Orange county.

(sic) = spelling is correct. [Web Editor's Note: I've retained the spelling as found in Pelletreau's "History of Putnam County..." even where it is an apparent misspelling.]

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