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February 3, 1849. Child of the second mar-
riage: Mary AHce, born August 26, 1852.

(VIII) Warner Wesley, eldest child of
Sylvester and Margaret (Blauvelt) Wester-
velt, was born July 13, 1847, ^t Ramapo.
He attended the public schools in Spring
Valley and Stamford, Connecticut, also at
Newark, New Jersey, and again at Spring
\'alley. Entering the Normal College at
Albany, New York, he was graduated in
1867. and engaged in teaching in the Union
Academy at Belleville, New York. Later
he was a teacher in the Union Hall Acad-
emy at Jamaica, Long Island, and follow-
ing this in the Polytechnic Institute in
Brooklyn, New York. Afterward he taught
in the .Ashland public school of East Orange.
New Jersey, and the public school of Plain-
field, New Jersey. He was admitted to the
New York bar in 1880 and since then has
practiced his profession in New York City,
and now resides at Woodcliff Lake, Bergen
county, New Jersey. With his family Mr.
Westervelt affiliated with the Dutch Re-
formed church of West New Hempstead
(known as the Brick Church), in the town of
Ramapo. He is an earnest supporter of
Republican principles, but takes no part in
fjractical politics, and has never l)een a can-
didate for official position.

He married, August 4. 1869, in East
Orange, New Jersey, Mary Amelia, born
September 30, 1847, in Livingston. Essex
county. New Jersey, daughter of Henry
Oscar and Charlotte (Osborn) Beach.
Henry O. Beach was born July i, 1825, in
Livingston, Essex county, New Jersey,
where he now resides; his wife, Charlotte
Osborn, was born August 27, 1824, died
February 15, 1911; children: Mary Amelia,
mentioned above, as the wife of W. W.
Westervelt ; Clarence Eugene, born July,
1851, died April 16, 1910; Maurice Beach,
and Eliza Virginia, March 3, 1863.

Children of W. W. Westervelt and wife :
I. Jennie Elizabeth, born June 3, 1S70, is
the wife of Thomas JefFerson Ward, re-
siding at Hanover, Morris county. New
Jersey. 2 and 3. Burton Blauvelt and Bessy
Beach, twins, August 22, 1872: the latter
died one month old, and the former April
('. 191 1, in Hackensack, New Jersey. 4.
Mary Amelia, November 29. 1876. 5. Mar-
garet, October 31, 1878; married, April 29,

1908, Samuel D. Yates, and resides in Jer-
sey City, New Jersey. 6. Warner Wesley,
January 29, 1883, married Ada Louise
Cromwell, July 12, 1910, resides in Hacken-
sack, New Jersey. 7. Stewart Livingston'
August 12, 1891.

(Tlic Blauveh Line.)

(V) Joseph, third son of Johannes G.
(q. V.) and Marytje (Smidt) Blauvelt, was
born September 17, 1740. baptized Septem-
ber 21, at Tappan, died March 15, 17S9, in
the town of Ramapo, New York. He mar-
ried, May 13, 1769, Hannah Demorest, born
August I, 1749. Children: John, born May
8, 1770; Nicholas, June 4, 1772; Cornelius,
mentioned below ; Daniel, December 16,

(VI) Cornelius, third son of Joseph and
Hannah (Demorest) Blauvelt, was born
July 12, 1775, in Ramapo, died June 12,
1858. He married, November 4, 1796,
Bridget Talman, born August 9, 1778,
daughter of Jan and Frynckye ( Mebie) Tal-
man. Children: Joseph C, mentioned be-
low; John, born August 21, 1801 ; Cornelius.
August 20. 1808; .Abraham C. J., December
18, 181 1 ; Tunis; Nicholas C.

(VII) Joseph Cornelius, eldest child of
Cornelius and Bridget (Talman) Blauvelt,
was born November 8, 1798. in Ramapo.
died January 5, 1883, in Spring \'alley. He
married. May 12, 1821, Rebecca Ramsen,
born June 20. 1803, in New York City, died at
Spring Valley, April 21, 1885. Children :
Mary, born March 5, 1822, married John
DeBaun, and died July 6, 1845; Isaac Ram-
sen and Margaret, twins, April 2, 1825:
Aaron DuBois, June 21, 1832; John Calvin,
October 29, 1835 ; Cornelius Edmund, Jan-
uary 4, 1838.

(VIII) Margaret, second daughter of Jo-
seph C. and Rebecca (Ramsen) Blauvelt.
and twin of Isaac R., became the wife of
Svlvester Westervelt, of Ramapo (see
Westervelt VII).

Joline is a surname of French
JOLINE or Huguenot origin. Charles

W. Baird says in his work,
"Huguenot Emigration to America":
"Along the Gironde on the south shore of
Saintonge (France") are the seaport towns
and villages of Royan, Meschers, Saint



Palais, and Saint Georges. Two of the ref-
ugees in New York, Daniel Lambert and
Andre Jolin, were natives of Saint Palais."
And he adds: "Andre Jolin obtained deniza-
tion in New York August 6, 1686, and was
naturalized April 15, 1693. He was a mem-
ber of the French Church, New York in
1688. His wife was Madeileine Poupin. A
family Bible in the possession of T. S.
Drake, Esq., of New Rochelle, New York,
contains the name of Guis Jolin. Guy J|olin,
natif de Vaux, paroisse de Saint Palais en
Saintonge, was one of the refugees in Bris-
tol, England, in the latter part of the eigh-
teenth century." From the Andre Jolin,
above mentioned, the American family of
the name would appear to be descended.

(I) John Joline, first traceable ancestor
of the branch of the Joline family here
dealt with, lived at Princeton, New Jersey,
in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
The oldest house in which he lived was re-
cently standing on the farm of which it was
the homestead and not far north of the
William Gulick residence, later belonging to
Alexander Gulick, between Princeton and
Kingston. John had a brother named An-
thony who was prominent in politics. He
married but there is no available record of
the name of his wife. Child, John, men-
tioned below.

(H) John (2), son of John (i) Joline,
was born in Princeton, New Jersey, about
1769, died in the same locality in 1839. He
was one of the most notable landlords or
innkeepers of Princeton. He had kept Hudi-
bras House from the year 1810 to the year
1812 and took charge of the Nassau Hotel
and kept it from 1812 to the year 1836. He
was widely celebrated as a genial host who
could tell a good story and could sing a
good song. He kept good horses, set a
great table, and was a favorite with the
students of the university, giving them good
suppers and clandestine sleigh rides. The
public travelling through Princeton grew
into a large business while John Joline kept
the Nassau House. Children : William,
graduated with first honors from Princeton
University; James van Dyke, graduated
from Princeton ; Charles Oliver, mentioned
below; Mary, married Ashbell Green, son of
Ashbell Green, the president of the college
and a lawyer; Cornelia, married a Mr. Maur-

ice, of Sing Sing, New York; Catherine,
married the Rev. Mr. Billings, of Virginia.
(HI) Colonel Charles Oliver Joline, third
son of John (2) Joline, of Princeton, was
born at Princeton about 1823. He served
with distinction in both the Mexican and the
civil wars and attained the rank of colonel.
He married, in 1848, Mary Evelyn, third
child of Adrian Kissam HofTman, M. D.,
and Jane Ann (Thompson) Hoffman, a sis-
ter of the late John T. Hoffman, governor
of New York : Children : Adrian Hoffman,
mentioned below; Catherine H., born De-
cember II, 1853, married the Rev. James O.
Drumm, rector of St. Andrew's Church,
Watervliet, West Troy, New York ; Cor-
nelia Maurice, born at Sing Sing, October,


( IV ) Adrian Hoffman, eldest son of Colonel
Charles Oliver and Mary Evelyn (Hoffman)
Joline, was born at Sing Sing, New York,
June 30, 1850, died October 15, 1912. He
prepared for college at the Mount Pleasant
Academy, Sing Sing, New York, and under
the private tuition of the Rev. Dr. James I.
Helm. In 1863 he was clerk of the military
commission at Norfolk, Virginia, convened
for the trial of Dr. Wright for the murder
of Lieutenant Sanborn, one of the first offi-
cers of colored troops. In 1864 he was also
clerk of the military commission that sat at
Fort Lafayette for the trial of prisoners. He
was graduated from Princeton with the de-
gree of A. B. in 1870 and with the degree of
A. M. in 1873. He attended also the Co-
lumbia Law School and attained the degree
of LL.D. of Princeton. He was admitted
to the bar in May, 1872, and shortly after
entered the law firm of Brown. Hall & Van-
derpoel. Next he became a member of But-
ler. Stillman & Hubbard, continuing from
1881 to 1896; then of the firm of Butler,
Notman, Joline & Mynderse, continuing
from 1896 to 1905, and then of the firm of
Joline, Larkin & Rathbone, which he helped
to form. Early in his career he devoted
particular attention to railway litigation and
to questions pertaining to trusts, mort-
gages and reorganizations. He engaged in
many important litigations and legal con-
troversies. At the time of his death he was
a director of the Albany and Susquehanna
railroad, the American and Foreign Marine
Insurance Company, the Bridge Operating


Company, the Chatham and Phoenix
National Bank, the National Surety
Company, and the United Traction and
Electric Company, and vice-president of the
New Orleans Warehouse Company. He
was chairman of the board of directors and
president of the Missouri, Kansas, and
Texas Railway Company from 1906 to 1909,
and receiver of the New York City Rail-
way Company and Metropolitan Street Rail-
way Company in 1907. For years Mr. Jo-
line was engaged in the legal work of the
large railroad interests. Mr. Joline was
also an author of considerable reputation,
the following being among his productions:
"Meditations of an Autograph Collector,"
1902; "Diversions of a Book Lover," 1903,
"The Book Collector," 1904; "The Auto-
graph Hunter," 1906; and "At the Library
Table." He was a liberal contributor to the
columns of The Collector, a magazine for
autograph and historical collectors, for
many years. "The American Political
Biography," which ran for several years,
was written by him. His final contribution
was the series of six articles, "Concerning
Autographs." He had a large autograph
collection, which was very valuable. It con-
tained all the usual American sets, and was
especially rich in British literary. He was
an earnest collector in many lines for about
a quarter of a century, and having large
means he secured great numbers of fine
things. By his essays on autograph collect-
ing he did much to dignify this intellectual
pursuit, and he was always interested in be-
ginners and helped start many a young col-
lector. He was a member of the American
Bar Association, the New York State Bar
Association, the Association of the Bar of
the City of New York, the New York, New
Jersey, Virginia and American Historical
societies. He was also a member of the
Century, Grolier, University, Princeton, St.
Elmo. City. Barnard, Morristown. Down
Town, Chicago, Caxton, and Dofobs clubs.
He married, in 1876, Mary E., daughter of
the Hon. Francis Larkin, the distinguished
leader of the Westchester bar,

(The Hoffman Line.)
This family is of Swedish origin though
the name is distinguished in Dutch and Ger-
man literature. It is not improbable that

the Dutch and the German families are of '
Swedish extraction and travelled originally
from Sweden, as in the time of Gustavus
Adolphus in the seventeenth century large
numbers of Scandinavians removed to Hol-
land and Germany. The name in the Scan-
dinavian dialect seems to have been at first
Hoppman, signifying in Swedish the same
as Hoffman in Dutch, namely, "Man of
Hope." Arthur on "Family Names" says:
"Hoffman : Dutch from Hoofdman, a captain,
or director, or head or chief man. Also
Hofman, from Hof, a court, the man of the
court." There were several individuals of
the name of Hofifman who arrived in some
of the early migrations of the Swedes to
Delaware, who were included among those
transferred by Governor Stuyvesant (on his
conquest of New Sweden to prevent a revo-
lution among them in favor of Queen Chris-
tina of Sweden) to the city of Amsterdam
where they commingled Swedish blood with
the Dutch population of the city in which
the Dutch predominated.

(I) Martin Hermanzen Hoffman, son of
Hermann Hofifman, was born in 1625 at
Revel (on the Gulf of Finland, at that period
belonging to Sweden but now part of the
Russian Empire, having been conquered by
Peter the Great in 1710). He is said to have
been Ritmaster in the army of Gustavus
Adolphus of Sweden. It is probable that he
was living prior to the emigration to Amer-
ica at Ezen, Ostenbenzie, Holland, for Mar-
tin Hoffman was authorized by his brother-
in-law, Tjerck Claesen de Witte (the ances-
tor of the De Witte family of New York),
to recover some property for him at Ezen,
Holland. Martin emigrated to America
about 1657. He settled at Esopus (Kings-
ton), where in 1658 he joined with the other
residents in the vicinity (against the orders
of Ensign Smith who was in command of
the garrison there) in an attack on the In-
dians. He removed to New Amsterdam
(New York) where, according to the direc-
tory of the city published in 1661, he was
living in De I lure straat (Broadway) in
that year and was a large taxpayer and an
extensive auctioneer. He continued for
some time here and here at least two of his
children were born, following the contract-
ing of two marriages. From New Amster-
dam he removed to Albany, then known as



Fort Orange, where in 1672 he was Hving
in the house conveyed to him in that year
and which, with the lot on which it stood,
is referred to as a boundary in other deeds.
In December, 1676, he sold this property to
Cornelius Cornelise Van de Hoeve and
bought another house and lot in Fort
Orange, where he was living and following
the occupation of a saddler in 1678. Short-
ly afterwards he removed to Ulster county,
New York, and settled at Kingstowne. "Mar-
tin Hoffman" received a grant from the
Crown of land in the "Towne of Kingstowne,"
Ulster county, which is recorded in the
county clerk's office at Kingston under date
February 6, 1688. In the roll of names and
surnames of those having taken the oath of
allegiance in the county of Ulster by order
of the government, September i, 1689, are
found the names of Martin Hofifman, Ter-
rick Claes De Witt and Anthony Crispell.
Martin Hoffman married (first) March 3,
1663, Lysbeth Hermans, by whom he had no
issue; (second) May 16, 1664, Emmerentje
Claesen de Witte. Children: Annetje, born
1665, married Hendrick Pruyn ; Marretje,
1666; Zacharias, married Hester Bruyn ;
Nicolas, mentioned below; Taatje, married
Everardus Bogardus.

(II) Nicolas, eldest son of Martin Her-
manzen and Emmerentje C. (De Witte)
Hoffman, was born at Kingstowne, Ulster
county. New York, about 1680. He settled
in Esopus (now Kingston) and the stone
mansion erected by him on the corner of
North Front and Green streets, once used as
a fort, is still standing and is occupied by
one of his descendants. Nicolas made ex-
tensive purchases of property, acquiring large
estates in both Ulster and Dutchess counties.
He obtained grants of land near Kingstowne
from the trustees in 171 3 and 1721, and made
purchases of property from Gerret Aertson in
1718 and from John Rutson in 1720. On
September 11, 1720, a conveyance was exe-
cuted from Colonel Peter Schuyler to Cap-
tain Nicolas Hofifman of "land in Dutchess
County going by the name of Mastenbrock,
bounded southerly by the land of Barent
Van Benthuysen, easterly and northerly by
the manor of Livingston, and westerly by
the Hudson river." The conveyance is the
first record we have of the possession of
property in Dutchess county by the Hoff-

man family, who afterwards became such
extensive landowners in that county. Nico-
las Hoffman's name appeared first in the
list of freeholders of the towne of Kingstowne
in 1728 and in the census of Dutchess coun-
ty taken in 1740 he and his son Martinus
Hoffman are named as freeholders. Among
the English manuscripts in the office of the
secretary of state at Albany is a muster roll
of Captain Nicolas Hoft'man's company in
Captain Jacob Rutsen's regiment, Ulster
county, November 21, 1715. This military
organization was in accordance with the act
entitled "An Act for the Better Security
and Defence of this Province and the Set-
tling of the Militia," passed by the council
held at Fort Orange in New York, July i,
1715. Captain Nicolas Hoffman command-
ed a company (Second) of the Ulster county
regiment at Kingstowne in 1717, his commis-
sion being signed by General Hunt, dated
October 3, 1717. Nicolas Hoffman was a
trustee of the corporation at Kingstowne in
1712, 1720, 1726, and treasurer of Kingstowne
in 1737. He was a deacon of the Reformed
Dutch church of Kingstowne and in this ca-
pacity signed the petition for the charter of
this church which was obtained from
George I., November 17, 1719.

He married, January, 1705, Jannetje On-
atio Crispell, born in Horley, February,
1686, daughter of Antonie Crispell, a Hu-
guenot, who settled in that region and was
one of the patentees of New Paltz, Ulster
county, New York. Children : Martinus,
mentioned below; Antje, born 1709; An-
thony, 171 1, married Catherine Van Gaas-
bech ; Zacharias, 1713, married (first) Hel-
ena Van Wyck, and (second) Letitia (Brick-
erhoff) Van Wyck; Petrus, baptized at
Kingstowne, December 2, 1716, died young;
Hendrick, baptized at Kingstowne, June 7,
1719. died young; Anaatjen, baptized at
Kingstowne, December 3, 1721, died young;
Maria, 1724, married John Ten Broeck ;
Peter. 1727, married Catharine Van Alstyne.

(Ill) Martinus, son of Nicolas and Jan-
netje (Crispell) Hoffman, was born at
Kingstowne, Ulster county. New York, Feb-
ruary 6, 1706-07. He removed from the
neighborhood of Kingstowne to Dutchess
county and settled, as did several of his
brothers, near Red Hook, on the Hudson
and east of it, on land purchased by his fa-



ther. Holgate says: "It is from Martinus
Hoffman and his brothers that the branch of
the family in New York descends. This
branch has become affluent and highly dis-
tinguished for literary attainments." Mar-
tinus became occupied in the care of his
property, farming and cultivating it and es-
tablished, under his father, the celebrated
grist mill which gave the name to the neigh-
borhood of "Hoffman's Mills." He was also
a large purchaser of real estate. February
IQ, 1755, he received for the sum of nine-
teen hundred pounds a conveyance of land
in Dutchess county. For many years he
was colonel of the regiment stationed at
Dutchess county and the state archives at
Albany contain frequent references to him.
The public records show that in 1748 Mar-
tinus Hoffman was endeavoring to concili-
ate the Indians in Dutchess county, and
April 15, 1767, a petition was presented to
the government by the native Indians claim-
ing lands "from a place called Waunaukar-
mackack, a little south of where Colonel
Hoffman now lives and east of the Hud-
son." Martinus was appointed justice of
the peace for Dutchess county in 1750. In
1755 when an official list of negro slaves "in
Zaciiarias Hoffman's district," Dutchess
county, was made, Colonel Martinus Hoff-
man owned ten slaves, the largest number
held by any one person in Rhinebeck pre-
cinct, and "he was a man of large property
and influence." He was one of the original
members of the old Red Church near Mad-
aim, the ground for which was given I)y his
brother Zacharias.

He married (first) in the Reformed Dutch
church of New York, October 19, 1733,
Tryntje (Catharine), born May 30, 1712,
died March 31, 1765, daughter of Robert and
Cornelia (Roosc) Benson ; (second) .'\lida,
born 1715, widow of Henry Hemsen, of
Harlem, New York. Children by first mar-
riage: Cornelia, born 1734, married Isaac
Roosevelt; Nicholas, born 1736, married
Sarah Ogden ; Robert, 1737, married Sarah
Van Alstyne ; Anthony, 173Q, married Mary
Rutgers; Annaatje, 1741, died young; Ma-
ria, 1743, married Rev. Dr. Archibald Laid-
lie; Harmanus, 1745, married (first) Catha-
rine Douw, (second) Cornelia Vrcdenburgh,
(third) Catharine Verplanck ; Martin, 1747,
married Margaret Bayard; Zacharias, 1749,

married Jane Hoffman; child by second
marriage; Philip Livingston, mentioned be-

(IV) Philip Livingston, son of Martinus
and Alida (Hemsen) Hoffman, was born in
New York, September 20, 1767, died No-
vember 25, 1807. He was a lawyer and
lived in Johnstown, New York. He mar-
ried, November 18, 1787, Helene, born May
16, 1769, only daughter of Benjamin and
Catherine (Rutgers) Kissam. Children:
Catherine Ann, born 1788, married Daniel
Coolidge ; Alida, born April 26, 1790; Rich-
ard Kissam, born 1791, married Jane Ben-
son; Philip Livingston, born February,
1793; Helene, born November 25, 1794;
Adrian Kissam, mentioned below ; Henry
H., July 15, 1801 ; Charles Ogden, December
30, 1807.

(V) Dr. Adrian Kissam Hoffman, son of
Philip Livingston and Helene (Kissam)
Hoffman, was born March 26, 1797, died
May 6, 1871. He was a physician and re-
sided at Sing Sing, New York. He married,
February 26, 1825, Jane Ann, born April 20,
1801, died February ir, 1876, daughter of
the Hon. Dr. John Thompson, of Saratoga
county. New York, and Mary (Lyell)
Thompson. Children: Cornelia, born 1825,
married Alfred Buckhont; John Thompson,
born 1828. married Ella Starkweather;
Mary Evelyn, mentioned below; Emma
Kissam. born 1835. married the Rev. Minot
M. Wells; Catherine Coolidge, born 1839.
married (first) Charles C. Hyatt, (second)
General W. H. Morris.

(VI) Mary Evelyn, daughter of Dr. Adri-
an Kissam and Jane Ann (Thompson) Hoff-
man, was born in 1830. She married, in
1848. Colonel Charles Oliver Joline (see
Joline III).

Regarding the surname. Barns
BARNS or Barnes, Lower says that it

is in origin the same as Bern-
crs. .\ccording to the Domesday Book of
England. Hugh dc Bcrners, as a tenant in
chief held Eversdan. county Cambridge,
England. The Itin. Norm, mentions si.x lo-
calities called Bernieres in different parts
of Normandy, but which of them, if any, is
the cradle of the race is unknown. A differ-
ent origin is assigned in the Archaeological
Journal, which says : "O. Fr. bernier, a



vassal who paid berenage, a feudal due for
the support of the lord's hounds." The
name may in other cases be derived from
residence near a monastic or manorial barn.
There are several Barns families in the
United States that are not traceable to a
common origin, and it would be impossible
to find a common origin for them in Eng-
land, from which presumably most of them
came. The Barns of the East Hampton
family are certainly descended from Wil-
liam Barnes, who died December i, 1699,
and Elizabeth, his wife. But the parentage
of William has not been ascertained with
absolute certainty. Tradition says that he
was the son of Charles and Mary Barnes,
who have been traced at East Hampton,
Long Island, in the period 1655-63. All ef-
forts to find the ancestry of W'illiam in any
part of New England or Old England have
failed, and it is certain that he was not de-
scended from any of the other early Barnes
settled on Long Island; so that, if he was
not a son of Charles, we know nothing of
his ancestry.

(I) Charles Barnes, the supposed progeni-
tor of the Barnes family of East Hampton,
Long Island, was born at Eastwinch, Nor-
folkshire, England, about 1615, came to
America and is supposed to have returned
to England and died there. He was school-
master at East Hampton, Long Island, be-
tween 1655 and 1663. Under date of July
6, 1655, an account is given of his ejecting
Daniel Fairfield from the school-house for
unbecoming language and conduct. In the
same year he entered an earmark for his
cattle. On September 15, 1657, he obtained
judgment against John Mulford, Thomas
Baker and John Hand, three pounds sterling
each for slander. On October 6. 1657, at the
general court a thirteen acre lot, without
meadow, was awarded to him. In 1663 he
executed a power of attorney to his wife.
On November 18. 1663, at Southampton,
Long Island, Captain Scott asked one hun-
dred pounds sterling from Charles Barns for
slander. Defendant made acknowledgment
and was forgiven but must pay costs. In
the same year, on complaint of Mr. Odell,
Charles Barns was held in ten pounds for
the December court. He appears to have
been a man of considerable spirit, adding
not a little to the animation of the small

community in which he was a prominent fig-
ure. He married a woman, whose first
name was Mary. Children: William, men-
tioned below ; Amy, born in East Hampton,
Long Island.

(II) William Barns, the supposed son of
Charles and Mary Barnes or Barns, was
born probably in England, and died at East

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