From Beers, History of Greene County, page 35, 36. Retyped by Annette
COURT OF OYER AND TERMINER:
The following is a record of the opening of the first session of the Court of
Oyer and Terminer, transcribed from the minutes:
"At a Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery held at Cats
Kill in and for the County of Greene on the fourth Tuesday of September, 1801.
September 22nd." "Present His Honor Mr. Justice Kent"
"Samuel VanVechten, Thomas E. Barker, Rufus Stanley, Judges of the Court
of Common Pleas." "Peter A. VanBergen, Assistant
"The panel of the Grand Jury being Returned the following Gentlemen
appeared & were sworn:
James Bennett, of Catskill---Foreman
Charles F. Davis, Esq.of Catskill---Foreman
Tunis VanSlyck, of Coxsackie---Yeoman
James Dunn, of Coxsackie---Merchant
Simeon Guild, of Freehold---Yeoman
Ephraim Garrit, of Coxsackie---Merchant
Samuel Haight, of Catskill---Merchant
John Schuneman, of Catskill---Yeoman
James Bogardus, of Catskill---Merchant
Daniel Green, of Windham---Merchant
Benjamin Johnson, of Windham---Yeoman
Matthew B. Anger, of Freehold---Yeoman
Eliphalet Ackley, of Freehold---Yeoman
Levy Stedman, of Freehold---Yeoman
Michael Hann, of Catskill---Merchant
Thomas B. Cook, of Catskill---Merchant
John Rouse, of Catskill---Yeoman
Henry L'Homedieu, of Coxsackie---Merchant
Archibald McVicker, of Coxsackie---Merchant
Isaac Minard, Jr., of Coxsackie---Black Smith
Thomas Keller, of Coxsackie---Hatter
Stephen Warren, of Coxsackie---Shoe Maker
Timothy Mapes, of Coxsackie---Merchant
The grand jury found bills of indictment in one case of assault & battery,
two of grand larceny, two of petit larceny, and one of horse stealing. The
court acted upon five cases of assault and battery, two of petit larceny and
one of grand larceny.
The surrogates of Greene county have been as follows; at first appointed by
the governor and Senate, afterwards by the constitution of 1846 the office in
this county was united with that of county judge: John H. Cuyler, appointed
March 29th 1800; Dorrance Kirtland, appointed June 18th 1808; John Adams,
appointed March 15th 1810; Dorrance Kirtland, appointed February 5th 1811;
Malbone Watson, appointed April 18th 1838.
The office of district attorney (first called assistant attorney general) was
created by the act of April 4th 1801. Greene county was then included in the
third district, which embraced the counties of Columbia, Greene and Rennselaer.
The incumbents of this office, appointed by the governor, were as follows:
Ebenezer Foot---August 13, 1801
Moses I. Cantine---March 5, 1805
John V.D.S. Scott---March 10, 1806
Moses I. Cantine---February 8, 1808
Thomas P. Grosvenor---April 3, 1810
Moses I. Cantine---Feb 15,1811 til 1818
By a law passed April 1818, each county was made a separate district for this
purpose, and had a district attorney. Under the constitution of 1821 they were
appointed by the court of General Sessions. The dates affixed in the list
below are only approximate to the time of their holding office. This list has
been gathered from imperfect data:
Danforth K. Olney---1840-1845
Under the constitution of 1846 the office became elective, and since that time
the following have been elected to it on the dates accompanying:
Rufus W. Watson---June 1847
Danforth K. Olney---November 1850
Peleg C. Mattoon---1853
John A. Griswold---1856
James B. Olney---1859 and 1862
A, Melville Osborne---1865
William E. Leete---1868
Addison C. Griswold---1874
G. Howard Jones---1880
PRACTICING ATTORNEYS---PAST AND PRESENT:
The following attorneys were practicing in the courts of this county about the
John Olney, Alonzo Greene, A. Melville Osborne, Samuel P. Ives, James B Olney,
Ezekiel P. More, Lucius Hill, Augustus Hill, Peleg C. Mattoon, Rufus H. King,
Henry Mott, John A. Griswold, Sheldon A. Givens, Charles C. Givens, Charles F.
Bouton, Manly B. Mattice, Herman Winans, William E. Leete, Henry C. VanBergen,
Lemuel C. Bennett, Charles H. Porter, Danforth K. Olney, Rufus W. Watson,
Ebenezer Haight, J.C. Dewitt, Augustus R. Macomber.
The following list comprises the attorneys now belonging to the Greene County
Bar, with their several locations:
Athens---Charles E. Nichols, John Sanderson
Catskill---Frank H. Burroughs, Emory A. Chase, Sidney Crowell, Jeremiah Day,
Orrin Day, Andrew C. Fancher, Addison C. Griswold, John A. Griswold, Joseph
Hallock, W. Irving Jennings, (Hallock, Jennings & Chase), G. Howard Jones,
Rufus H. King, Manly B. Mattice, Arthur M. Murphy, James B. Olney, Frank H.
Osborn, William Palmatier, Eugene Raymond, James H. VanGelder, Jacob I.
Werner, Fred Werner.
Coxsackie---F. H. Brandow, John B. Bronk, N.A. Calkins, William Cochran,
Alfred W. Curtis, D. Henry Daley, E.C. Hallenbeck, James W. Hiseerd, William
E. Leete, J. L.B Silvester.
Cairo---Augustus Hill, Lucius Hill
New Baltimore---Augustus Sherman
Prattsville---John H. Caughn, James F. Fitch
West Kill---D. H. Hubbard
Windham---Leonard B. Cornell, J.B. Daley, Cicero C. Peck, (Peck &
Cornell), Josiah C. Tallmadge.