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soon became active in political matters, act-
ing as a delegate to the congressional con-
vention of his district at the age of seven-
teen. In his very active life he came in con-
tact with many of the ablest people of the
world, and the lack of a colleee education
was never apparent to any. At the age of
twentv-five years he was appointed by Gov-
ernor Daniel D. Tompkins as surrogate of
Columbia county, and filled this position for
five years, from 1808. In- the fall of 1812 he



was elected to the state senate, and con-
tinued to serve in this capacity until 1821.
From 1815 to 1819, he was attorney-general
of the state. In 1821, in his thirtj'-ninth
year, he was elected to the United States
senate and was re-elected in 1827. In the
fall of the following year he was elected
governor of the state, and resigned from the
United States senate January 15, 1821, to
be inaugurated as governor. He did not
long retain this position, however, as he was
induced by President Andrew Jackson to
take the portfolio of secretary of state in the
latter's cabinet. In June, 1831, he resigned
from the President's cabinet in order to be-
come minister to the Court of St. James.
Upon the second election of Andrew Jack-
son to the presidencv Martin Van Buren
was his companion on the ticket and was
elected vice-president. Following this he
was elected president, being the first native
of the state of New York to reach that posi-
tion by election, taking his seat March 4,
1837. In the campaign of 1840 he was de-
feated for a re-election by William H. Har-
rison, and retired, after the close of his term
in 1841, to his home, "Lindenwald."

^ -^

This is a very old fam-
HASBROUCK ily of Southern New

York and was founded
by Abraham and Jean Hasbrouck,
brothers, who were among the original
patentees of New Paltz. Ulster county.
They w-ere active in both the civil and
ecclesiastical affairs of that section and both
left large families whose descendants have
to some e.xtent intermarried. From Ulster
county the family spread to Orange county,
Dutchess county, and other counties in the
vicinity, and it is now numerously repre-
sented throughout the state. The family
was conspicuous in the settlement and de-
velopment of St. Lawrence county, and of
various sections of Central New York.
Abraham and Jean Hasbrouck were bo^h
born in Calais, France, of which town their
father was a native. The latter with his
two sons above mentioned and a daughter,
who was the wife of Pierce Haynar, was
driven out of France by the persecution of
the Huguenots, and removed to Mannheim,
Germany, in the lower palatinate, where
they resided several years, highly respected



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and being affiliated with the local churches.
Numerous other families were similarly sit-
uated and a considerable group migrated
to the new world in the latter part of the
seventeenth century, settling in Ulster coun-
ty, New York. Jean, with his wife, Anna
Duyon (Deyo) Hasbrouck, removed in
1673 from Germany and settled at Esopus,
New York.

(I) Abraham Hasbrouck, the immigrant
ancestor of the branch of the New York
family of the Hasbroucks here dealt with,
was born in France, and died at New Paltz,
Ulster county. New York, March 17, 17 17.
Abraham Hasbrouck removed from Holland
to Mannheim, and then to England, whence
he sailed in April, 1675, landing at Boston,
Massachusetts. From here he proceeded di-
rect to New York and in July arrived at
Esopus, where he found his brother and
many former European friends. In 1677 a
groun of these, including the Hasbrouck
brothers, obtained a patent from Governor
Andros to a large tract south of Kingston.
where they settled and named the place.
New Paltz. Here they founded what was
known as the Walloon Protestant Church,
after the name and discipline of the church
at Geneva, a Calvinistic organization. For
about half a century, until after the death
of the Hasbrouck brothers, the service was
conducted in French, long after which it
was conducted in the Dutch language.
Abraham Hasbrouck was a member of the
provincial assembly and was major of the
Ulster county regiment of militia. He mar-
ried, November 17, 167.S. at Hurley, Marie,
daughter of Christian Deyo, whom he had
known in Europe and who came to this
country in the same vessel with him. She
was probably a sister of his brother's wife.
Their children were: Rachel, baptized May
12, 1680. New York; Anna. October g, 1682,
at Kingston, died young; Joseph, mentioned
below: Solomon, born October 17, 1686;
Jonas, born October 14, i6qi ; Benjamin,
baptized May 31, 1696, at New Paltz.

(IT) Joseph, eldest son of Abraham and
Marie CDeyo) Hasbrouck, was born and
baptized at New Paltz, Ulster county. New-
York, October 23, 1684. He located at Guil-
ford on a tract of two thousand acres which
had been granted by patent in 1683 to James
Graham and John Delavall. The parchment



on which the grant of the Guilford tract
was written is in a good state of preserva-
tion. He was one of the justices of the
county of Ulster in 1722 and his name is
mentioned in a record of that date as hav-
ing proceeded with two other justices and
an Indian to locate definitely the southwest
corner of the Paltz patent at Moggonck.
The diary of Joseph's son. Colonel Abraham
Hasbrouck, says that he was "a gentleman
much respected by those with "'hom he w;.s
acquainted and he served in several public
stations in Ulster county. He was very
affable and agreeable in company, eloquent
in speech, spoke French, Dutch, and toler-
al)le English." Joseph Hasbrouck is buried
in the old graveyard in New Paltz and the
stone which marks his last resting place
bears the oldest date of any in the grave-
vard. It is of brown sandstone, such as
was used at that period ; at the top of the
stone is an angel's head and wings : the in-
scription is as follows : "Here lyes the Body
of Joseph Hasbrouck, Esq., aged forty years,
three months, and eighteen days, deceased,
January 28, 1723-4."

He married in 1706 Ellsje Schoonmaker,
who was buried near her husband, outliving
him by forty years. She lost her husband
when she was thirty-seven and was left
with ten children on her hands, while her
oldest boy, Abraham, was only seventeen.
But she did not move back to New Paltz
from Guilford, whither they had gone prob-
ably at the time of their marriage in 1706.
She raised her family of six sons and four
daughters. In her later years when the
neighborhood increased she kept a store in
the house. Children: Abraham, married
Catherine Bruyn and located at Kingston ;
Isaac, married Antje Low, widow of John
Van Gasbeck, and located a short distance
east of old .Shawangunk church : Jacob,
married Mary Hornbeck ancl moved to Mar-
bletown : Benjamin, married Elidia Schoon-
maker and located at what is now the Bor-
den residence of Wallkill ; Cornelius B.,
who married Janet Kelso: Jonathan, men-
tioned below.

(Ill) Jonathan, youngest son of Joseph
and Ellsie ("Schoonmaker) Hasbrouck. was
born at Guilford, Ulster county, New York,
.'\])ri! 12, 1722, and died July 31. 1780.
Jonathan located at Newburg, Orange



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county, purchasing in 1747 the property on
which he built in 1750 part of the house
afterward known as Washington's head-
quarters. Subsequently he built an addition
to this house, where he resided until his
death. He was the first supervisor of the
precinct in 1763. He held at different times
commissions as ensign, captain and colonel,
his commission to the latter office being
issued October 25, 1775. His regiment saw
much active service in the revolutionary
war, but owing to the ill health of its col-
onel was much of the time commanded by
Lieutenant Colonel Johannas Hardenbergh.
On account of ill health Colonel Jonathan
Hasbrouck resigned in 1777. The diary of
his brother. Colonel Abraham Hasbrouck,
of Kingston, says of him in part: "He was
a lo\-ing husband, a tender and loving
father, a loving brother, an obedient and
dutiful child, a kind master to his servants,
a good neighbor, a hospitable man, a good
industrious sober man, and a very good
liver, and a very good commonwealth's man
(Whig). He was a pious worthy man, paid
a good deal of reverence in hearing and
reading the Word of God. He was good
natured, not easily ruffled or put in a pas-
sion, but with a great deal of forbearance."
He married, in May, 1751. Catherine or
Tryntje, daughter of Cornelius DuBnis, of
Poughwoughtenonk. Their children were :
Abraham; Joseph; Cornelius, born in 1755,
settled in Canada, took the side of the Brit-
ish in the revolutionary war; Isaac, men-
tioned below; Jonathan, who died unmar-
ried: Mary, who was born in 1763, and
married Israel Smith ; Rachel, the heroine
of the famous ride from Newburg to Guil-
ford, married her cousin Daniel, son of Col-
onel Abraham Hasbrouck, of Kingston, and
located at Montgomery, Orange cotinty.
New York.

(IV) Isaac, fourth son of Jonathan and
Catherine or Tryntje CDuBois) Hasbrouck,
was born in 1761, and died in 1806. Isaac
Hasbrouck continued to reside at the Wash-
ington headquarters built by his father. He
married Hannah Birdsall. Their children
were : Jonathan, married Phebe Field, and
left a large family of sons and daughters,
all of whom were born at the Washington
headquarters; Israel; Eli, mentioned below;
Sarah, married ^^^^lter Case, and was the



only daughter who married ; Rachel ; May.

(V) Eli, third son of Isaac and Hannah
(Birdsall) Hasbrouck, was born at the
Washington headquarters, Newburg, Or-
ange county. New York. He married Har-
riet Belknap, and left a large family of chil-
dren, six of whom married and had chil-
dren.

(VI) Charles H., son of Eli and Harriet
(Belknap) Hasbrouck, was born at New-
burg, Orange county. New York, February
7, 1820, died at Newburg. January 30, 1895.
All his life long he lived in Newburg. Only
once did he leave the town, and that was
on the occasion of his voyage to Havre,
France, with his friend Captain Francis
Robinson. He attended the Newburg
schools and in 1844 was a clerk in the High-
land National Bank. Leaving the bank he
became a clerk for Lewis D. Lockwood, a
dealer in dry goods, and within two or
three years he and his brother Eli formed
a partnership in the dry goods business and
started a business in Water street, under
the style and title of the Hasbrouck
Brothers. This partnership continued to the
year 1879. In 1881 Mr. Hasbrouck was
elected director of the Quassaick National
Bank, and on September 21, 1885, he was
elected president, holding both positions
until his death. He married Helen, daugh-
ter of John and Margaret (Voorhees) Cur-
rie, of New Brunswick. Their children
were : John and Edward, who are deceased ;
Alice and Margaret C, who live at New-
burg, Orange county. New York.



(HI) (Jornelius Benja-
HASBROUCK min Hasbrouck, son of
Joseph (q. v.) and
Ellsje (Schoonmaker) Hasbrouck, was born
at New Paltz, Ulster county. New York,
and died in the same place. He married
Janet Kelso, and had issue : William C, of
whom further.

(IV) Hon. William Cornelius Hasbrouck,
son of Cornelius B. Hasbrouck, was born
August 23, 1800, died November 5, 1870.
He was a graduate of Union College at the
same time, almost, that William Seward
was an undergraduate, and he soon moved
to Franklin, Tennessee, and became prin-
cipal of the academy there, founded by



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Bishop Otey. Among his pupils were such
distinguished men as John Bell, Samuel
Houston, FeHx Granby, Andrew Jackson
and Matthew F. Maury. Returning north
he became principal of Farmers' Hall Acad-
emy, Goshen, New York, and in 1822 com-
menced the study of law with Mr. Wisner.
He completed his studies with Mr. Ross
of Newburg and was admitted to the bar
in 1826. He rose rapidly in his profession
and was elected to the assembly and chosen
speaker of that body. He was a man of
high bearing, spotless character, and had a
chivalric sense of honor and duty. He was
described as courteous in his manners and
liberal in his charities, and an American in
every aspiration of his mind. He married,
June 28. 1831, Mary E., daughter of William
Roe. Children : \\'illiam, who became a
lawyer; Henry Cornelius, mentioned below;
Roe, now deceased, was a graduate of Har-
vard in 1876. and a lawyer; Maria H.. Mary
Roe Ann ; Emily Anna, who married Clin-
ton Gurnee ; Mary Elizabeth; Cornelia Jean-
ette ; Blandina, who married James Wild, of
Edinburgh, Scotland.

(V) General Cornelius Hasbrouck, sec-
ond son of William Cornelius and Mary E.
(Roe) Hasbrouck, was born at Newburg,
New York, October 26, 1839. He was ap-
pointed cadet at the West Point Military
Academy on July i, 1856, and made a cap-
tain on July 26, 1866. He remained a cap-
tain for over twenty years and then on
March 5, 1887, he was promoted to major;
ten years later, on October 29, 1896, he was
made a lieutenant-colonel; on February 13,
1899, he was made a colonel, and in 1898 he
was appointed brigadier-general, command-
ing the second division of the Second Army
Corps, U. S. A. He was a commandant at
West Point Military Academy from 1882 to
1888. He was a member of the board that
prepared the infantry, cavalry, and artillery
drill regulations adopted by the war depart-
ment for use in the United States Army.
He retired January 5, 1903.

General Hasbrouck died December 17,
191 1, in the house built, in 1839, by his
father, Hon. William C. Hasbrouck, at New
burg. New York. He was buried on De-
cember 20, with the military honors of his
rank, in the historic cemetery of the United
States Military Academy, at W'est Point,



New York. He married, October 26, 1882,
Laetitia \'iele Warren, who survives him.



This name is manifestly
VAN BUREN Dutch. The name of
the original settler, who
was the progenitor of the family in America,
appears in the records of the Reformed
Dutch Church of New York as Van Buren,
Van Beuren, Van Bueren, and Van Buuren.
His descendants, or rather the greater num-
ber of them, now spell the name Van
Beuren, in contradistinction to the Van
Buren family of the Upper Hudson, of
whom Cornells Maas Van Buren is the an-
cestor. This orthography does not obtain
in the case of the family here dealt with.
This particular family, which is descended
from Dr. Jan or Johannes or John Van
Beuren or Buren, would appear to have no
more in common with the Van Burens of
Kinderhook, to whom the eighth president
of the United States, Martin Van Buren,
belonged, than the relationship arising from
the probable fact that the ancestor of each,
from whom the surname is derived, came
from Buren, a village in the province of
Gelderland, Holland, or was a native of the
place. It is interesting to observe that the
original settler of the Van Burens of Kin-
derhook, unlike the original settler of the
family here dealt with, did not bear the
name of Van Buren. It was not the custom,
when he came to America, in the year 1631.
for Netherlanders to have a family name ex-
cept in rare cases where positions of prom-
inence or some act of more than local impor-
tance, favorable or otherwise, supplied a
name symbolical of the particular cause of
prominence, which would afterwards be
carried down to posterity. The Dutch in-
habitants of New Netherland, after a few
generations, began to adopt family sur-
names, generally taking the name of the
place from which they or their parents emi-
grated in Holland, using the prefix "Van"
which is Dutch for the words "of" or
"from". Thus it was, no doubt, with the
second generation of the Van Buren family
of Kinderhook, the head of which was Cor-
nells Maessen ; Maes or Maas being the
Christian name of his father, the suffix "sen"
or "se" signifying son.

This manner of using a substitute for the



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patronymic or surname was then in vogue
among the Dutch and some other European
nationalities. To illustrate this custom :
Marten, the eldest son of Cornells Maessen,
made his will in 1703, written in Dutch, in
which his name was signed "Maren Cor-
nelissen Van Beuren," meaning "Martin son
of Cornells from Buren."

The Van Beuren or Van Buren family
descended from Dr. Jan Van Beuren has
been chiefly notable for furnishing the city
and state of New York with a number of
physicians of eminence, among them the late
William H. Van Buren. The arms and
crest of the family are described herald-
ically: Parti: Au i d'or au levrier rampant
et contourne de gueules; au 2 de gueules a
deux fasces bretesse et contre-bretesse d'or.
Cimier: le levrier rampant, entre un vol de
gueules et d'or.

(I) Dr. Jan or Johannes or John Van
Beuren, the original settler in America of
the Van Buren family here dealt with, is
said to have been born about 1678 at Am-
sterdam, Holland, and died at New York in
1757. He was a graduate of the University
of Leyden, and came to New York in 1700.
About 1724 he removed with his family from
New York to Flatbush, Long Island, but in
1729 he returned to New York, where he
probably continued to reside until his
death. He was one of the principal physi-
cians in the citv. He married in 1707,
Maria Meyer or Myers, a lady who was re-
lated to the old and prominent familv of
Van Home. Through this alliance the Van
Burens are related to the McEvers, Bay-
ards, and other noted families. Children :
I. Pieter, born at New York, September 18,
1709, died young. 2. Christina, baptized
March 2. 171 1, died young. 3. and 4. Pieter
and Maria, twins, baptized January 21, 17J3.
5. Michael, baptized January 26, 1715, died
young. 6. and 7. Cornelia and Elizabeth,
twins, baptized January 30, 1717. 8. Cath-
arina, baptized August 31, 1718, married, at
Flatbush, August 3, 1743, Gerrit de Grauw.
and had baptized in the Dutch Church of
New York, Johannes, June 21, 1747, Walter,
June 22, 1749, Maria, July 31,' 1751. 9.
Elizabeth, baptized February i, 1721, mar-
ried, August 6, 1746, Dr. Engelbert Kem-
mena, sometimes written Kammega and
Cammena. 10. Michiel, baptized January i.



1723, a cordwainer of New York City, and
admitted a freeman of the city in 1765;
married Jennetje Hendricks, and had bap-
tized eight children in the Dutch Church
of New York. 11. and 12. Jacobus and
Christina, twins, baptized August 3, 1729.
13. Beekman, mentioned below. 14. Jan,
married Femetie. whose maiden surname
remains unrecorded, and had Itaptized at
New Utrecht, Long Island, Maria. Jan, and
probably others. 15. Dr. Hendrick, born at
Flatbush, married (first) at Flatbush, No-
vember 28, 1747, Joanna, daughter of Jo-
hannes Albertise, of Bushwick. Long Island,,
and (second) Catryntie Van Voorhees, by
whom he had a son Johannes, baptized at
Flatbush, July 21, 1754, and probably
others.

(II) Beekman \'an Buren, son of Dr. Jan
and Maria (Meyer) Van Beuren, was born at
New York, baptized November 5. 1732, and
died in 1810. Adopting the profession of
his father, he settled in New York where
he was engaged in the practice of physic
until the beginning of the revolutionary war.
Dr. Francis says that "strong opposition
was met in those days to the adoption of
inoculation for the small pox, as pursued by
Dr. Van Buren in the old Alms House, prior
to 1770." This is evidence that he was
abreast of the science of the day and that
his reputation, which was great, stood on
sure ground. He married (first) April 12,
1754, Hyltje, daughter of William and Mar-
garet (Roosevelt) De Peyster ; (second) De-
cember 25, 1756, Elizabert, daughter of Wil-
liam and Maria (Van Zindt) Gilbert ; and
(third) Angenieze Vrelandt. Child by
first marriage : Margaret, baptized Septem-
ber 12, 1755. Children by second marriage:
Johannes, baptized October 16, 1757: Wil-
liam, November 22, 1758, died young; Maria,
November 22, 1760, died young; Maria,
April 29, 1764; Beekman, February 9, 1766:
William, November 15, 1767; Hendricks,
July 30, 1769; Catharina, August 4. 1771,
died young; Catharina, February 14, 1773.
Child by third marriage: Michael, men-
tioned below.

(III) Michael, youngest son of Beekman
and Angenieze (Vrelandt) Van Buren, was
born at New York in 1786, died in 1854. He
was a well known merchant of New York.
He married Anne Dash. Children: John






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Dash, mentioned below; Frank, Charles,
George, William, Daniel, Ann Maria, Mich-
ael.

(IV) Colonel John Dash Van Buren, eld-
est son of Michael and Anne (Dash) Van
Buren, was born at New York, March i8,
1811, died in 1885. He was graduated at
Columbia College in 1829, and studied law
in the office of Hugh Maxwell. He aban-
doned the law for commerce and became a
partner in the well known shipping house of
Aymar & Company, with which he was as-
sociated until about 1850, when he retired
to a farm at New Windsor, in Orange coun-
ty. He became engaged in politics as a
member of the Democratic party, was a
member of the assembly in 1863 and held
other positions. He derived his title of colo-
nel from having been appointed paymaster
of the state troops with that rank by Gover-
nor Seymour. Later Governor Hoffman
made him his private secretary and he
moved to Albany and from there to New-
burg. New York, where he died. He was
warden and vestryman for years of St.
Thomas' Episcopal Church of New W^indsor.
He was also a member of the St. Nicholas
Society of New York City.

He married, March 30, 1836. Elvira
Lynch, born March iS, 1817, died March
20, 1898, daughter of Benjamin and Eliza-
beth (Van Buren) Aymar. Benjamin Ay-
mar was an eminent merchant of New York,
and his wife was of the same family as Colo-
nel Van Buren.

Children of Colonel John D. and Elvira L.
(Aymar) Van Buren were: i. Aymar, men-
tioned below. 2. John Dash, born August 8,
1838; was graduated at the Polytechnic In-
stitute, Troy, New York ; was state engineer
from 1876 to 1878; married Elizabeth Lud-
low, daughter of the late Samuel T. Jones,
and descended maternally from the old fam-
ily of Ludlow. 3. Elizaljcth, born ./Xpril 15,
1840; married Dr. Thomas H. White, of
New York. 4. Frank Roe. born December 12,
1841 ; graduated from Columbia University. 5.
Robert, born March 25. 1843; graduated
from the Polytechnic Institute. Troy. New
York; chief engineer of the Brooklyn Water
Works ; married Louisa, daughter of Samuel
Aymar.

(V) Aymar, eldest son of Colonel John
Dash and Elvira Lynch (Aymar) Van Bu-



ren, was born at New York, January 10,
1837. He was educated in the public and
private schools of the city, and in 1851 came
with his parents to New Windsor and en-
gaged in farming. In 1862 he purchased the
farm of Edmund Morton and held posses-
sion of it until 1882, when he disposed of
the farm and occupied the old Morton home-
stead in which he now resides. Mr. Van
Buren has been warden and vestryman of
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church of New
Windsor for a number of years, and he was
treasurer of the same church for eleven
years. He is trustee and treasurer of Wood-
lawn cemetery, and has been school trustee
of New Windsor for the past forty-three
years. He married, June 4, 1863, Margaret,
daughter of Edmund Morton, son of General
Jacob Morton, a prominent member of New
Y'ork society in the early part of the last
century, whose house in State street was the
scene of an elegant ball which he gave to
Lafayette in 1824. Children: i. Annie,
born June 12, 1864, died August 17, 1879. 2.
Caroline, born August 24, 1866; married
William Van Vorst Powell, of Cornwall,
New York. 3. Edmund, born February 18,
1869, died August 25, 1908.

The ancestor of Mrs. Elvira Lynch (Ay-
mar) \'an Buren through her mother was
Dr. Henry or Hendrick Van Buren, above
mentioned, son of the original settler. Dr.
Jan \^an Beuren. He married Catryntie Van
Voorhees, whose sister, Mary Van Voor-
hees, married Peter Du Bois, and was moth-
er of Cornelius Du Bois, a wealthy mer-
chant of New York, who died in 1846. He
iriarried Sarah P. Ogden, niece of Governor
Aaron Ogden, of New Jersey, and aunt of
Governor Daniel Haines, of the same state,
and had issue who intermarried with the
Delafields. Jays, Wagstaffs, and other prom-
inent families. Mrs. Peter Du Bois married
(second) Dr. Theodorus Van Wyck, of
Dutchess county. New York, a prominent
patriot during the revolution, uncle of Gen-
eral Theodorus Bailey, United States sena-
tor from New York, 1803-04, and Elizabeth
Bailey, who married Chanlcr Kent. Dr. and
Mrs. Van Wyck had a daughter, Mrs. Peter
A. Mesier, of New York. The Misses \^an
\'oorhees, previously mentioned, were grand-
daughters of Colonel Henry Filkin, who



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