Excerpt from A Foundation Builder: Sketches in the Life of Rev. James B. Simmons, D.D Peter Simmons, came from Holland in the eighteenth century and settled in Dutchess County. Many of the best people Of the State Of New York to-day are descended from the early Dutch settlers. The Van Rensselaers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Roosevelts, Rockefellers, and Dutchers are proud to Claim Holland as the fatherland of their ancestors.
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