I. Johannes, one of the early settlers of New Amsterdam (now New York), born in Haarlem, Holland, in the beginning of the 17th century, died in New York about 1685. He was of a French Huguenot family, filled several offices under the Dutch government in New Amsterdam, and was one of the last to take the oath of allegiance to the British crown. He was subsequently at different times alderman, deputy mayor, and mayor. At his death he was one of the richest citizens in the colony. II. Abraham, eldest son of the preceding, born in New York (then New Amsterdam), July 8, 1658, died there, Aug. 10, 1728. He was a merchant, and amassed considerable wealth. Between 1691 and 1695 he was mayor of New York, and subsequently became chief justice of the province, and president of the king's council, in which latter capacity in 1701 he acted as colonial governor. He was also colonel of the forces of the city and county of New York, and treasurer of the provinces of New York and New Jersey. He was the intimate friend of William Penn, and of the colonial governor, the earl of Bellamont. The mansion erected by him in Pearl street in 1695, which was at one time the headquarters of General Washington, remained standing till 1856. III. Arent Schuyler, a loyalist officer, grandson of the preceding, born in New York, June 27, 1736, died at Dumfries, Scotland, in November, 1832. He entered the 8th or king's regiment of foot in 1755, served in various parts of North America under his uncle, Col. Peter Schuyler, and commanded at Detroit, Michilimackinac, and various places in Upper Canada, during the American revolutionary war.

It was through his efforts that the Indians were allied with the British during the war. Having risen to the rank of colonel, and commanded his regiment for many years, he retired to Dumfries. He was on terms of friendship with Burns, who addressed to him one of his fugitive pieces, and with whom he once carried on a poetical controversy in the columns of the "Dumfries Journal." At his death he had held the king's commission upward of 77 years, and was probably at the time the oldest officer in the service. IV. John Watts, an American military and historical writer, born in New York, March 9, 1821. He was commissioned as brevet major general by the New York legislature, and has published "Life of Gen. Torstensen" (1855), "The Dutch at the North Pole and the Dutch in Maine" (1857), "Early Settlement of Acadia by the Dutch" (1858), "The Dutch Battle of the Baltic" (1858), "History of Carausius" (1858), "The Ancient, Mediaeval, and Modern Nether-landers" (1859), "Winter Campaigns the Test of Generalship" (1862), "Practical Strategy" (1863), "Secession in Switzerland and the United States compared" (1864), and "Decisive Conflicts of the late Civil War" (1868).