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"William Wallace Smith I (1830–1913) and Andrew Smith (1836–1895) were the sons of James Smith (c1800-1866) of Poughkeepsie, New York. James' family had emigrated from... Read MORE...

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Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
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Where is Poughkeepsie, New York, USA? 

Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA
Poughkeepsie, officially the City of Poughkeepsie, is a city in the state of New York, United States, which serves as the county seat of Dutchess County. Poughkeepsie is located in the Hudson Valley midway between New York City and Albany. The name derives from a word in the Wappinger language, roughly U-puku-ipi-sing, meaning "the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place," referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River south of the present downtown area.

Poughkeepsie is known as "The Queen City of the Hudson." It was originally settled in the 17th century by the Dutch and became New York's second capital shortly after the American Revolution. It was chartered as a city in 1854.Wikipedia

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A terrible collision occurred on the Hudson River Railroad, about one and a half miles South of Poughkeepsie, on Wednesday the 9th, resulting in the death of three persons and severe injuries to many others.

The Albany Express train, which started on her south trip at 11 A.M. Wednesday, arrived...Read MORE...

1861 - A brewer named Matthew Vassar founded Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

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News  1868 - Foreign Students
Poughkeepsie, the City of Schools, has over a thousand pupils from abroad.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
August 8, 1868
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News  1870 - Tough Test
At Poughkeepsie, N.Y., dispatch states that at the examination at West Point Military Academy, concluded on the 28th, forty-eight out of the eighty-six failed, and would be sent home. It is said to have been the most rigid examination ever held.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 9, 1870
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News  1870 - Wild Balloon Ride
A man named Bard, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 4th made his first balloon ascension, but lost control of the balloon, which descended rapidly. He escaped unhurt. The balloon again rose, and landed sixty miles away in Connecticut.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 16, 1870
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News  1871 - Ice Boat Race
A race between ice-boats came off at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 21st. The winner ran twelve miles in eleven minutes.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 4, 1871
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., June 28, 1872. One of the most wonderful escapes from death ever recorded in the history of railroads occurred near the ill-fated New Hamburg drawbridge, on the Hudson River Railroad, at twenty minutes past ten o'clock last night. Just before that hour James Carter, who works...Read MORE...

Special Dispatch to the New York Times.

Poughkeepsie, N. Y., March 29. - A terrible accident occurred on the ferry boat at this place this afternoon. MARTIN McCUE and his wife MARY, with her baby, eight months old, drove on board...Read MORE...

1877 - Poughkeepsie
POPULATION, 25,000. - SQUARE ACRES, 22,140.

Poughkeepsie was formed as a town March 7th, 1788. March 27th, 1799, the village of Poughkeepsie was formed and March 28th, 1854, it became an incorporated city. The town borders upon the Hudson, and contains some fine farming lands. Its surface is...Read MORE...

News  1879 - The End of the Whistle
Locomotive whistling is to be superseded at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., by a bell worked by electricity which will be set up in the depot. When the train arrives within a mile of the station, the bell will ring until it gets to the depot. The danger signal is thus given, and the waste of steam is avoided,...Read MORE...

News  1879 - Ice Boating on the Hudson
At Poughkeepsie the ice boats are seen in perfection, made of different colored woods, with silver-plated shrouds and gorgeously gilded and painted names; and it is in the races of the Poughkeepsie and New Hamburg Clubs that they show their speed. A boat owned by a gentleman of New Hamburg made in...Read MORE...

News  1888 - Bad Bet
On the 9th Steve Brodie jumped from the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) bridge in to the Hudson river, two hundred and twelve feet, and received injuries from which he may die. The leap was made for a wager of $500.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 17, 1888
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Poughkeepsie, po-kip'se, a city, the capital of Dutchess co., N.Y., is on the E. bank of the Hudson River, 74 miles N. of New York city, on the New York Central and Hudson River and other railroads. The site is a plateau or plain which is nearly 200 feet above the level of the water and is enclosed ...Read MORE...

Motor Failed and Car Stuck on Railway Crossing.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., July 5 - When a West Shore Railroad train rolled into Hihgland{sic} Station tonight the top of an automobile was found on the pilt. Investigation showed that the train had struck an automobile at a crossing half a mile away and ...Read MORE...

News  1935 - Swift Fire Kills 5 in Poughkeepsie Building; 3 Boys Confess Setting It While Playing
POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., May 3 — Five persons were trapped and burned to death this afternoon in a fire which destroyed a three-story building at 411 Main Street. Starting in a rear stairway from kerosene or gasoline ignited by children at play, the flames swept through the structure with such rapidity ...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Antje Ackerman (3 June 1782, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - , )

flag  George H. Booth (1818, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 5 June 1873, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam))

flag  James Graham (1822, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 3 September 1862, Newport, New York, USA)

flag  Hiram L Haight (1837, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 8 August 1876, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA)

flag  Samuel Jackson (1844, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 1 April 1868, Monson, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  John Kipp (1828, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 17 April 1867, , New Jersey, USA)

flag  Thomas More (1788, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 28 June 1855, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Mattie A Ross (abt. 1867, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - 22 January 1939, Bradenton, Florida, USA)

flag  Benjamin Singer (26 November 1779, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - , )

flag  Elisabeth Zekket (27 May 1739, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - , )

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