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RIKER, James, historian, born in New York city, 11 May, 1822. He traces his lineage from Abraham Rycker, of Amsterdam, an armorer in the Dutch service, who came to this country with Wilhelm Kieft in 1638. After receiving his education at Cornelius institute, he taught in 1850-'8, and served in the office of the American home missionary society in 1858-'63 and in the United States revenue service in 1864-'7. In 1869 he removed to Waverly, New York, where he has since resided. He established a library there, which was opened in 1885, and of which he was made librarian. He is a member of the historical societies of New York and Massachusetts, and of other similar associations. In addition to addresses and brochures upon the history of the Dutch settlers of New York, Mr. Riker is the author of " A Brief History of the Riker Family" (New York, 1851)" "The Annals of Newtown" (1852); "Harlem" its Origin and Early Annals" (1881);and The Indian History of Tioga County, in a gazetteer of that county (Syracuse, 1888). He is now (1888) preparing a "Dictionary of the First Settlers of New Netherland Prior to the Year 1700."--His brother, John Lafayette, a colonel in the National army, was killed at the battle of Fair Oaks, 31 May, 1862.
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