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DISOSWAY, Gabriel Poillon, antiquary, born in New York City, 6 December 1799; died on Staten Island, 9 July 186S. He was graduated at Columbia in 1819, went to Petersburg, Virginia, where he resided for several years, returned to New York, and became a merchant. He was one of the founders of Randolph Macon College, established at Ashland, Virginia, in 1832. He contributed frequently to the newspaper and periodical press, and published "The Earliest Churches of New York and its Vicinity" (New York, 1865).
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