Biographical Sketch From
By James H. Smith, pages 561-562.

Thomas Taber was a native of Rhode Island and settled in the town of Dover in 1760, on a tract of land which has been occupied by his descendants to the present time.

William, the son of Jeremiah, and grandsons of Thomas Taber, was born December 10, 1796 and died in January 1863. In October 1822, he was united in marriage with Eliza Sherman, who died February 5, 1841. To them were born four children of whom two are now living viz.:--Wm. Henry, born May 4, 1825, and Walter F., born October 29, 1830.

William H. was raised upon the old homestead where he followed the occupation of farming and stock raising and was a dealer in merchandise at Pawling nine years. In 1852 he was united in marriage with Catherine, daughter of Benjamin F. Flagler, of Beekman, by whom he had two children, Harriet Eliza, born September 26, 1853, and Amelia, born Feb 10, 1855. Mrs. Taber died September 26, 1855 and in 1858 Mr. Taber was married to Elizabeth Thomas, of Dover, who also died, April 1874, leaving three children, as follows:--George A. born March 21, 1860; Nellie F., born June 6, 1861; and Charles W., born February 21, 1864.

Mr. Taber is one of the leading representative men of the day. In politics he is a Democrat. He has been Justice of Peace, Supervisor, and Assessor of his town. His farm, which consists of 260 acres, borders on the State of Connecticut, the northeast corner of the town of Pawling and Quaker Hill. The residence was erected in 1790, but has been changed and greatly improved by Mr. Taber. Harriet Eliza Taber is now the wife of William H. Osborne, of Pawling.

"Homestead", the residence of William H. Taber was purchased by the great-grandfather of the present owner in 1760. Mr. Taber is the fourth owner of the property since that time; it having remained continually in the family. The name "Homestead" was given it by Mr. Taber, as decidedly appropriate, it being the oldest possessioned piece of property in this County, and we may say in this part of the State; remaining in one family 122 years. There is a family burying ground on the place in which the great-grandfather and father of Mr. Taber are buried. The farm contains 260 acres, and is used by Mr. Taber for stock purposes; he carries on the butcher business and is an extensive dealer in stock. The place is located in the north-east corner of the town of Pawling, six miles from Pawling station.

Typed and submitted by Lynn Airheart Brandvold
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