by Purple, Edwin R.
A proper respect for the memory of ancestors is not only laudable, but deeply implanted in the hearts of the good and wise of all civilized nations. To affect indifference to matters that pertain to family history is but to acknowledge the weakness of conceit and to ignore the well-established law “that the past is the parent of the future.” The founders of the new world, whatever may have been their ancestral origin in the old, joined hands and hearts in a common issue–the planting of a nation whose influence is now felt to the remotest parts of the earth. To trace the origin and disclose the somewhat obscure relations of some of the ancient families of the colony and State of New York is the purpose of the following pages.
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