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toga c;inii)aign, while acting as second in
command under General Gates. He was in
command of the southern department, and
became secretary of war under the confed-
eration from 1781 to 1784. He suppressed
the famous Shay's rebellion in Massachu-
setts. He was lieutenant-governor of the



state in 1787, and held many offices of promi-
nence, including that of commissioner to
various Indian tribes. Among the children
of Hodijah Baylies was Edmund, of whom

(IV) Edmund, son of Judge Hodijah and
Elizabeth (Lincoln) Baylies, was born at
Hingham, Massachusetts, September 22,
1787. died at Taunton, Massachusetts, May
10, 1878. He was a merchant at Boston for
a number of years, achieving success along
that line. In 1838 he removed to Taunton
and established a country home, which is
still occupied by members of the Baylies
family. He was a member of the Massa-
chusetts Society of the Cincinnati. He mar-
ried, in 1819, Elizabeth, daughter of Philip
and Ruth Payson, of Charlestown, Massachu-
setts, and had a son Edmund Lincoln, of
whom further.

(V) Edmund Lincoln, son of Edmund
and Elizabeth (Payson) Baylies, was born
at Boston, Massachusetts, May 18, 1829,
died at Geneva, Switzerland, November 28,
1869. He was graduated from Harvard
University with the degree of Bachelor of
Arts in 1850. He lived during his early life
in Boston and Taunton, Massachusetts, and
after his marriage made his home in New
York City. He married, November 27,
1856, Nathalie, daughter of Robert Ray, of
the New York family of that name, which
has given a number of distinguished men in
public and commercial life to the city and

(VI) Edmund Lincoln (2), son of Ed-
mund Lincoln (i) and Nathalie (Ray) Bay-
lies, was born in New York City December
2, 1857. He was graduated from Philip's
Exeter Academy in 1875, and from Harvard
University in 1879 with the degree of Bach-
elor of Arts, and in 1882 with the degree of
Bachelor of Laws. This was supplemented
by a course at the Columbia Law School,
from which he also received the degree of
Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the
bar in 1882, and on his return from a trip
around the world he began the practice of
law. He is now a memloer of the law firm
of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. In 1902 he
was appointed secretary to the special embassv
of the LTnited States to the coronation of King
Edward VII. of England. He is vice-presi-
dent of the Mexican Telegraph Company,

trustee of the New York Life Insurance
and Trust Company, and of Greenwood
Cemetery. He is a member of the Associa-
tion of the Bar of the City of New York,
the Society of the Cincinnati, the Century,
Knickerbocker, University, Down Town,
City and New York Yacht clubs.

Mr. Baylies married, January 18, 1887,
Louisa, daughter of the late Alexander \'an
Rensselaer, and granddaughter of Stephen
A'an Rensselaer, of Albany, New York, pa-
troon, thus becoming connected with one
of the very foremost old families of New
York, if not of the country.

The family of this name is not
SHOVE very numerously represented
in New England, but has fur-
nished many e.xcellent citizens, and has or-
namented the work of the clergy in several
localities, especially in Taunton and Dan-
bury, Connecticut. The earliest records
show that there was a widow. Margery
Shove, at Rowley, Massachusetts, in 1643.
She was possibly the mother of Rev. George
Shove, whose birthplace has not been lo-
cated after much research by genealogists.
(I) Rev. George Shove was the third min-
ister at Taunton, Massachusetts, where he
was ordained pastor, November 17, 1665,
and died April 21, 1687. It is probable that
the minister was not substantially support-
ed as we find that he was an extensive dealer
in real estate which was due perhaps to the
necessity of his finding other means of sup-
port than that afforded him as a minister.
He was one of the original proprietors of
the Taunton North Purchase which includ-
ed what is now the towns of Norton, Easton
and Mansfield. He married (first) July 12,
1664, Hopestill, daughter of Rev. Samuel
Newman of Rehoboth. Massachusetts. She
died March 7, 1673, and he married (sec-
ond) February 18, 1675, Hannah, daughter
of Rev. Thomas Waller. She died Decem-
ber 22, i68q, and he married (third) De-
cember 8, i(S86, Sarah, daughter of Thomas
Farwcll. Children of the first marriage:
Edward, died young; Elizabeth, born Au-
gust 10, 1666; Seth, mentioned below; Na-
thaniel. January 29, 1669; Samuel, June 16,
1670; Sarah, July 30, 1671. Of second mar-
riage: Mary, born August ti, 1676; Jo-
hanna, September 28, 1678; Edward, Octo-



ber 3, 1680; Yetmercy, Noven-oer 7, 1682.
The last is usually spoken of in the records
as Mercy Shove.

(IIj Rev. Seth Shove, second son of Rev.
George and Hopestill (Newman) Shove,
was born September 10, 1667. He gradu-
ated at Harvard College in 1687, and taught
school in Newbury, Massachusetts, and at
Danbury, Connecticut. He was ordained
clergyman at the latter place October 13,
1697, was the first minister of the church
in Danbury and spent the remainder of his
life engaged in the ministry there ; he died
October 3, 1735. His house was occupied
as a garrison during the Indian troubles in
early days. When the British burned Dan-
bury in 1777, all its records were destroyed,
and consequently no record of his marriage
or children appears, but tradition states that
for several generations the line of descent
was continued through sons named Seth.

(V) Herman K. Shove, a descendant of
Rev. Seth Siiove, was born 1794 and died
1866. He married Olive Blakely and had
issue. Levi Shove, a brother of Herman
K. Shove was born in Danbury, married
Abigail Weed of that town and was among
the early settlers of Warren, Connecticut,
where he lived and died.

(VI) Henry Shove, born about 1830, son
of Herman K. and Olive (Blakely) Shove,
resided in Warren, where he was a farmer,
an active member of the Methodist church,
and a \\hig in politics. He married Fanny
Lane and their children were: John W.,
Frank D., Edward II., Garwood, Jennie and
Levi A. The daughter became the wife of
Harlcy Beeman.

(V'll) Levi A., youngest son of Henry
and Fanny (Lane) Shove, was born May
4. 1855, in Warren, and died at Brewster,
New York. November 22, 1906. In 1875
he settled in Brewster where for many years
he conducted a successful livery business.
He was an ardent Republican in political
principle, and served as a trustee of the vil-
lage of Brewster, being also a member of
the fire company of that place. He married,
October 18. 1876. Flora Eliza, born October
8, 1856, in Kent, Connecticut, daughter of
Ralj.h and Harriet M. (Benedict) Howland,
of that town. Ralph Howland was born
May 31, 1S17, in Kent, and died there, Jan-
uary 2. i8r.o. Ilarri, t \I I'..nedict was born

December 2},, 1816, and died April 20, 1897.
They were among the active and useful
members of the Methodist church. Their
children were: Justina Maria, born October
13, 1843, married Lehman T. Peet ; Sherman
William, August 11, 1844; Mark Benedict,
October 29, 1846; Mary Frances, December
18, 1853, became the wife of Charles T.
Chase; Flora Eliza, of previous mention;
Eveline Amanda, October 11, 1857, died
September 10, 1875. The only child of Levi
A. Shove is Florence Howland Shove, born
January 8, 1880, in Brewster; she was edu-
cated in the Brewster public schools and
Lyndon Hall, Poughkeepsie. She is one of
the active members of the Brewster Metho-
dist Church, and is connected with the Ce-
cilian Society, and the Women's Christian
Temperance Union.

The surname Van Du-
VAN DUZER zer is Dutch in origin,

and in its original form
is said to be derived from a word or appel-
lation meaning "a place of many waters".
Its probable derivation is from the name of
a hamlet of about five hundred inhabitants
in Noord Braband, in the Netherlands,
called Deursen. This was according to one
method adopted by the Dutch emigrants
who came to these shores in the establish-
ment of surnames, such a name indicating
that the emigrant to whom the name w'as
later applied, was originally from ("van")
Deursen in the Netherlands. This method,
as well as that of deriving the family name
from the name of the father or grandfather
with some prefix or suffix indicating de-
scent attached, prevailed in New Amster-
dam or New York during the Dutch occu-
pation and for some time after. This par-
ticular name, \'an Deursen or \'an Duzer,
was in early days spelled in a variety of
ways that have continued to this day. This
was nearly the case with every type of sur-
name, Dutch as well as English, German
and the like in origin, in the early days of
colonial settlement. The name was written
down phonetically, that is it was written
down as it struck the hearer's ear and as
the writer at the moment chose to render
its orthography, and this confusion of sound
and orthography resulted in an absolute ab-
sence of rule, the same writer or copyist



often rendering the same name with differ-
ent orthography, a number of times in the
same document. The result of this may be
seen in the name here dealt with, perhaps
as well as in any other. Thus it has been
rendered and is found to-day as Van Deusen,
Yandeusen, Van Duzen, Van Dense, Van
Deussen, Van Dorsen, Van Dozer, Van
Duce, Van Duesen, Van Dueser, Van Due-
son, Vanduens, Van Dusan, Vanduse, Van
Duersen, \'an Deuzer, Van Duzer, Van Deur-
sen and Van Deurse.

(I) Abraham Pietersen Van Deursen, the
immigrant ancestor in America of the Van
Duzer family here dealt with, was born at
Haarlem, Holland, baptized there November
II, 1607, and died in New Amsterdam or
New York in some year following 1644,
when his youngest child was born. He
married in 1629 and a few years later came
to America. He is recorded as being in New
Amsterdam in 1636 and lived in the Heere-
wegh Straat or Broadway, carrying on the
occupation of miller and innkeeper, trading
also in land and cattle. He married, in
Haarlem, Holland, December 7, 1629,
Tryntje Melchiors. Children: Teunis, born
in 1631 at Haarlem, Holland; Marytje, born
in 1632 at Haarlem, Holland; Isaac, men-
tioned below ; Jacob, born in 1638 in New
Amsterdam; Pieter, born in 1642 in New
Amsterdam ; Melchior, born in 1644 in New

(H) Isaac, second son of Abraham Pieter-
sen and Tryntje (Melchiors) Van Deursen,
consequently bearing the sobriquet after the
Dutch fashion of Abrahamszen, was born in
New Amsterdam in the year 1637, died in
New Amsterdam some time after 1677. He
was a resident of New Amsterdam the
greater part of his life. He married, April 5,
1659, Jannetje Jans. Children: Abraham,
born in New Amsterdam in 1659; Jacobus,
born in New Amsterdam in 1662; Geer-
truyd, born in New Amsterdam in 1665,
died young; Geertruyd (2), born in 1666;
Isaac, mentioned below; Sarah, born in

(HI) Isaac (2), youngest son of Isaac (i)
and Jannetje (Jans) Van Deursen, and con-
sequently bearing the Dutch sobriquet of
Isaacsz, was baptized May i. 1670, died in
New York some time after 1727, the year in
which his youngest child was born. He

was made a freeman, August 30, 1698. He
married, April 24, 1697, Metje Christaens.
Children : Isaac, mentioned below ; Chris-
tian, baptized in 1700; Catryna, born in
1702; Jenneke, born in 1705; Lea, born in
1715; Shadrach, born in 1727.

(IV) Isaac (3), eldest son of Isaac (2)
and Metje (Christaens) Van Deursen, and
consequently bearing the sobriquet of
Isaacsz, was born in New York, baptized
in New York, February 6, 1698, died in
Cornwall, Orange county, New York, March
30, 1792. On the military roll of Orange
county. New York, in 1715 his name appears
as Ysack Van Dures, and in his will, dated
June 14, 1783, as Van Duzer, which spelling
has since been followed by his descendants.
He resided at Tappan, New York, in 1718.
From there he appears to have gone to
Ramapo, where he lived from the year 1724
to the year 1748. Later he settled in Corn-
wall, Orange county. New York. At Corn-
wall he figured as a large landowner, pos-
sessing one thousand acres. He married
(first) in 1718, Argenetie Laroe. (second) in
1723, Elizabeth Rosenboom, of New York.
Children by first marriage : Wiberech, bap-
tized in 1720; Isack, baptized in 1721, both
this child and the first being baptized at
Hackensack, New Jersey. Children by sec-
ond marriage: Augneitje, born in 1724;
Tjerck, born in 1726: Martha, born in 1728;
Marrytje, born in 1730; Elizabeth, born in
1732; Catherine, born in 1734; Leah, born
in 1736; Antie, born in 1738; Jannetje, born
in 1741 ; Christopher, mentioned below; Ma-
ria, born in 1749.

(V) Christopher Van Duzer, youngest son
of Isaac (3) and Elizabeth (Rosenboom) Van
Deursen, was born in 1743. He passed his
youth and a great part of his adult life at
Cornwall, Orange county, New York. He was
a captain in the Cornwall regiment of foot
during the revolutionary war, and his rec-
ord was a very creditable one. He served
at Haverstraw, Ramapo, Fort Montgomery,
Minisink, New Windsor and Fishkill. His
widow was a revolutionary pensioner. He
married (first) Juliana Strong, born in 1750,
died in 1770; (second) Juliana Tusten, sis-
ter of Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Tusten.
who was killed by Indians at the battle of
Minisink, New York, July 23. 1779. Child
by first marriage : Juliana, born in 1770.


Children by second marriage: Isaac, born
in 1773, married. June 29, 1794, Keturah,
daughter of Selah and Keturah (Strong)
Reeve; Abigail, born in 1775; Elizabeth
Tusten, born in 1777, married, in 1797, Selah
Reeve Jr.; Ann, born in 1779; Mary, born
in 1781; Benjamin T., born in 1784; John,
born in 1786; William, born in 1788; Abi-
gail, born in 1790; Susan, born in 1792;
Selah, mentioned below.

(VI) Selah. youngest son of Christopher
and Juliana (Tusten) Van Duzer, was born
at Cornwall, Orange county. New York,
October 28, 1796, died September 20. 1874.
He was president of the New York National
Exchange Bank, New York City, and re-
sided in Lake Mahopac. He resided for a
considerable part of his life at Cornwall and
at Warwick. He married (first) in 1818,
Margaret Van Alstyne. born in 1800, died in
1830. daughter of Abraham and Margaret
(Hill) \'an Alstyne. He married (second)
January 9, 1833, Arianna Somcrville, born
ill 1807', died in 1886, daughter of Archibald
and Mary (Bingham) Somerville. Children
by first marriage: Edward, born in 1819;
\Villiam .Vustin Seeley, born in 1820, died
in 1905; Selah Reeve, mentioned below;
Margaret Jose])hinc, burn in 1827, died in
1856, married, in 1853, James Dewey, born
in 1815, died in 1884. Children by second
marriage: Arcliibald Somerville, born in
1834, died in 1870, married, in 1864, Sarah
l-'airchild : Charles Francis, born in 1836,
died in 1862, was lieutenant of the United
States Infantry; George, born February 22,
1839, died January 15, 1904; John Bingham,
born in 1840, died in 1865; Mary Sonter-
villc, born in 1844, married, in 1886, John
Sayrc Martin.

(A'H) Selah Reeve, son of Selah and Mar-
garet (\an Alstyne) \'an Duzer, was l)orn in
New York City, December 9, T823, died at
"Rozcnhof", his home at Newburg, Orange
county, New York, December 27, 1903. He
was one of the most prominent wholesale
druggists in the United States. He retired
from active business in 1893. In 1S54 he
made his Immc in Newburg and purchased
the premises .south of the Ramsdell home-
stead, adding greatly to tiie conveniences
and beauty of the place. At his conserva-
tories were always to be found in great
abundance the choicest of flowering and

foliage plants, particularly chrysanthemums.
He also owned one of the Thousand Islands,
where he erected a beautiful house, and
owned a winter house in Thomasville,
Georgia. Mr. Van Duzer was of a charita-
ble disposition and appeals to him for help
were always heeded, and what he gave was
freely given and utterly without ostentation.
He married, May 15, 1850, Catharine
Mathews Sayre, born in 1828, died April

25, 1904, at Thomasville, Georgia, daughter
of Jonas and Rachel (Mathews) Sayre.
Children: i. Selah, born April 19, 1851, died
July 6, 1892. 2. Henry Sayre, born Febru-
ary 26, 1853; a lawyer; at one time was
major and judge advocate of the First Brig-
ade National Guard of New York. 3. Fred-
erick Conkling, born February 15, 1856;
married, September 12, 1878, Lois Marion
Miller; resides in London, England. 4.
Katharine Sayre, born .'\ugust 5, 1858; mar-
ried, January 20, 1887, Frank Vincent Bur-
ton, son of Josiah H. and Lucia (Clark)
Burton; resides in Newburg; children:
Lucia Clark, born November 21, 1887, mar-
ried, May 28, 1910. Morgan, son of John
Morgan and J(jsephine G. (Ireland) \Ving,
and has one child, Morgan Jr., born March
1, 1912; Katharine Sayre, born February i,
1889; Frank Vincent Jr., born September

26, 1891 ; Van Duzer, born October 26, 1895;
Margaret, born January 31, 1899.

The original ancestors
GANSEVOORT of the Gansevoort fami-
lies of the Hudson and
Mohawk Valleys in New York state lived
in a town called Ganzfort, which was situ-
ated on the borders of Germany and Hol-
land. Wesselius Gansefortius. otherwise
known in his own day as Wessel Ganse-
voort and also as John Wessel Gansevoort,
was born at Groningcn. Holland, in the year
1419, in a house standing in the Heerestraat,
near the Caroliweg, and which can be rec-
ognized by the family arms which re-
main to this day in the front stone. The
arms themselves appear to present an em-
blem of agriculture and commerce, from
which it may be assumed that the Ganse-
voorts of early times were engaged in those
avocations. And besides the family name
of Gansevoort (doubtless derived from the
village of Ganzfort, in Westfalen), he bore




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in later times among men of eminent learn-
ing the name of Basilius, and the title of
Lux Mundi {light of the world), and also
the name of Magistcr Contradictionis (Mas-
ter of Contradictions or Debates). For this
вАҐ latter title he is probably indebted to his
continued attacks against tlie errors and
abuses of the church. He also has been re-
ferred to and mentioned as the forerunner
of Luther, and he favored the school of
absolute nominalism in philosophy. He was
a leader in the pre-Reformation movement
in Hollaiul, and ranked among the most
learned men of his time; was an intimate
friend in early life of Thomas a Kempis,
studied at several of the great schools of
Europe, and was offered and declined a pro-
fessorshij) at Heidelberg. At Paris he was
the instructor of two men who afterward
achieved wide fame, Reuchlin and Agricola,
and subsequently he visited in Rome when
Sixtus IV. was Pope. He had been on
terms of intimacy with Sixtus when the lat-
ter was superior-general of the Franciscans.
It is related that he was asked by Sixtus
what favor he could do for him, and in an-
swer Wessel asked for a Greek and Hebrew
Bible from the Vatican library. "You shall
have it,"' said the Pope, "but what a sim-
pleton you are ; why did you not ask for a
bishopric or something of that kind?" "Be-
cause I do not want it," replied Wessel, a
reply truly characteristic of his high tone
and independent spirit. On religious sub-
jects his views were broad and deep, and he
promulgated with boldness the doctrines of
the Reformation forty years in advance of
Luther, who held his character and attain-
ments in high esteem and who published an
edition of part of his works. His name, still
retained by the family in this country, is
reverenced in Groningen, his native city,
where in 1862 an ancient tablet to his mem-
ory was restored by the authorities of the
city and placed in the large church with
demonstrations of public regard.

The Hon. Harmanus Bleecker, when min-
ister to The Hague, stated that there was
no doubt of the descent of the family from
this philosopher, and papers in possession
of the family of the late Judge Peter Ganse-
voort, of AUiany, show the fact more clear-
ly. In i860 his tomb at Groningen was vis-
ited by Judge Gansevoort and his son, and

a few days previous to their arrival the re-
mains had been disinterred and were lying
in the cloister of the Holy Virgins, to which
place they had been removed from the
chapel of the University to make room for
modern improvements. His tomli also had
been removed and was lying in pieces ready
to be reerected. It was of the medieval
style and surmounted by a bust of Wessel,
such as was usually placed over tombs of
that description. The bust was of marble,
but, like that of Shakespeare at Stratford,
it had been painted in different colors. It
showed him to be a man of intellect and
benevolence, and the inscription on the tomb
was elaborate and magniloquent. The
bones of the body were in perfect preserva-
tion and were regarded by those in charge
with great reverence, and they were rein-
terred with ceremony. It is a somewhat
singular fact that at the time of the arrival
there of Judge Gansevoort and his son, the
house of their ancestor Wessel Gansevoort
was being demolished to make room for a
more modern building. It contained above
the front door a marble slab on which was
carved the same coat-of-arms as that borne
by the family in America, viz. : 4 quarters,
a ship and wagon.

Wesselius Gansefortius died October 9,
1489. It is said that during his last sickness
he complained that through various consid-
erations and reflections he felt his belief in
the great truths of the Christian religion
shaken, but not long before his death he
was heard to exclaim with great thankful-
ness, "I thank God, all these vain thoughts
have gone, and I know nothing but Christ
and Him crucified." Such then are some-
thing of the qualities and characteristics of
the great scholar and philosopher, who,
without doubt, is the remote ancestor of the
family of the Gansevoort surname purposed
to be treated in these annals. It is not
known in what year the first Gansevoort
emigrated to the Low Country of Holland,
but it is known that the first of the surname
on this side of the Atlantic Ocean appeared
in New Netherlands in the year 1660.

fl) Harme Van Ganzvort (he so wrote
his name in all of his business and family
transactions so long as he lived) came to
America and settled at Catskill, on the Hud-
son river, in 1660. There he had an ex-



ttnsive manor, doubtless acquired from the
Indians, but afterward his lands were grant-
ed to others. It is related by one chronicler
of the family history that Harme lived for
some time at Catskill, on an estate more re-
cently owned by the Van Vechten family,
and that he was unjustly deprived of his
property by one of the Dutch governors who
went by water from New Amsterdam to
Albany and on his passage up the river an-
chored his vessel opposite Catskill creek.
There the governor went ashore with his
secretary or aide, walked up to the Ganz-
vort dwelling, and was hospitably enter-
tained by the proprietor. The secretary ex-
pressed his admiration of the estate, solic-
ited a grant of it from the governor, and
secured it. In consequence of this, Harme
\'an Ganzvort, who had no other title to the
land than that of possession and the consent
of the Indian owners, was compelled to
leave and locate elsewhere. From Catskill
he removed with his family to Albany,, having been brought up to the trade
of a brewer, he set up in that business and
continued it so long as he lived. His home
and brew house were at the corner of Mar-
ket street and Maiden lane. This property
has been kept in the family and on the site
now stands Stanwix Hall.

Harme Van Gansevoort (or Van Ganz-
vort) died July 23, 1710. He was a man of
character and ability, a member of the Lu-
theran church. Of his means he gave to
the society of that church a lot of land on
which to erect a house of worship, and be-
neath the puli)it in the church his remains
were buried. The lot is on South Pearl
street, where the market house was built in
later years. His wife was Marritje Lien-
darts, who died in 1742. Children: i. El-
sie, married, 1689, Francis Winne. 2. Maria.

3. Auguitie, married, i(So8. Tennis Williams.

4. Anna, married, 1692, Jacobus De \\'arrien.

5. Lysbeth, married, 1701. Johannes De Wan-
dclaer. 6. Hillitie, married, 1706, Albert
Van Dcrzee. 7. Catarine, married, 1714,
Asent Pruvn. 8. Leonard, born. 1681 (see

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