Meet Mrs. Barbara Ann Farrand Doxey
Mrs. Doxey currently lives in a Life Care Community in the center of Long Island. She is 82 years young and a retired teacher. When asked for a few words about her life, Mrs. Doxey spoke lovingly about her daughter, Carolyn, who is a high school guidance counselor, and her son-in-law, who works for Northport Veterans Hospital. She also mentioned how thankful she is to live within 15 minutes of her aforementioned daughter and son-n-law, and her 12-year-old grandson.
"We have Hill, Hogencamp, and Schleiermacher, etc. relatives of my mother in White Sulphur Springs, New York.I only mention that because I think there might be a member of your chapter who originally lived in that area who was friendly with my cousin Rocky Hill's wife Renee Hill," Mrs. Doxey said, noting that they now live in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.
"I got involved with the DAR in Hudson, New York in the two years that Carolyn worked for SUNY-Oneonta after graduation (1995 to 1997) when she was an Admissions Counselor for them. I was by then retired from teaching elementary school in this area on Long Island and had time to research my family in the Hudson area. Part of the time I would visit Carolyn at her apartment in Oneonta and take a day trip to Hudson while she was working. We would then have a late dinner in a local diner, etc.
"In summary I found my Alger, Farrand, Freeland, Van Deusen, Peake, Hallenbeck, Ten Broeck, etc. ancestors in local records and some in local cemeteries. I also found some of the old houses that they lived in. In addition, I went to the local courthouse and found some legal records there. I was also lucky enough to have a rector of Christ Episcopal Church let me hand copy many old church records at the church of the Algers and Farrands. I also got a lot of help from some members of the local chapter of the DAR in doing my research.
"Charles Coffey Alger (1809 to 1874) was one of my great, great grandfathers. He designed the Hudson Iron Works and was a partner in owning it. One of his homes in Hudson was either 57 or 59 Allen Street. His divorced first wife Sarah Palmer owned what is now 330 Allen Street in Hudson where her son Charles Alger and wife Helena Willett Freeland later lived with their four children. Joseph Steevens Farrand (a great grandfather) lived on the border of northern Hudson at Greenport with his second wife Helen Peake (also my ancestor) on a 140 acre farm. My great grandparents John Freeland and his wife Eliza C. Bryan had a 60 acre gentleman's farm in Greenport on what I think is now a Jewish synagogue with the synagogue now built between two of the old houses that had been on the property. Tobias Van Deusen and Ariantje Mulder lived in an old stone house in Claverack which now has wooden and brick additions if it hasn't yet been torn down. Also Jonathan Peake (my first Revolutionary War ancestor that I claimed) lived on a farm in Old Chatham. Jonathan was very young during the Revolutionary War.
"My 'most important' DAR claimed Revolutionary War ancestor was Thomas Mellen in Massachusetts. He was older and had gone through the French and Indian War as a colonel and was a member of the 1774 Provisional Assembly in Massachusetts from Hopkinton which voted to raise money to buy guns and ammunition 'in case war with the British became necessary.' These guns and ammunition and mess kits were hidden in different parts of Massachusetts like Lexington and Concord. We all know what happened in April of 1775 when the British troops left Boston to go to Lexington and Concord to find the three members of the Provisional Assembly from Boston and the supplies. Thomas Mellen went on to be a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army and led troops in Rhode Island which is near the border of Massachusetts near Hopkinton."