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ger. Arent Van Dyck, maternal grand-
father of Isaac van der Poel, was one of
His Majesty's justices of the peace for the
colony. He was a gentleman of education
and talents, and the general scribe for the
region in which he lived. He was a lineal
descendant of Hendrick Van Dyck, who was
attorney-general of the Dutch province of
New York, and who came from the West
Indies with Go\ernor Peter Stuyvesant. He
and Stuyvesant were two obstinate Dutch-
men, and seemed to have quarreled all the
way from the West Indies until they ar-
rived at New York. Children: i. Anne,
born January 3. 1785. died September 5. 1787.

2. James, born in Kinderhook, New York, Jan-
uary 10, 1787, died in Albany, New York,
October .^, 1843; married, April 19, 1808.
Anna, daughter of Rev. George Jacob Leon-
ard Doll, and who was born July 19, 1782:
died in Albany. New York. March 14, 1855.

3. Anne, born July 30, 1789; died April 3,
'793- 4- Elizabeth, born January 19, 1791:
married, January 16, 1815, Lucas J. Van
Alen: died .August 2^. 1833. 5. John, born
August 24, 1796 (see forward). 6. Aaron,
born February 5, 1799; married (first), Sep-
tember 3, 1821, Harriet Baldwin, who died
in Ai)ril. 1837: married (second). .April 2
i83g. Ellen McRride.

( VII ) John \'an der Poel, son of Isaac and
Moyca, or May, (Huyck) van der Poel, was
born in Kinderhook, Columbia county, New



York, August 24, 1796. He resided in the
place of his nativity throughout his life,
where he had an extensive practice as a
physician of repute. He died there Octo-
ber 2/, 1851, and was buried in the Kinder-
hook cemetery amid the graves of his an-
cestors of two centuries.

Dr. John \'an der Poel married at Coshen.
Orange county, January 14, 1823, Sarah
West, daughter of Timothy Oakley and
Sarah Ketchum. .She was born in Deer
Park, Orange county, New York, May i,
1797, and died at Kinderhook, at the lK)me
of her son, Aaron J. Van der Poel, ( )ctober
6, 1883. Children: i. Samuel Oakley, born
February 22, 1824; married, December 10,
1850, Gertrude Lansing Wendell, and died
at W^ashington on March 12, 1886 (see for-
ward). 2. Aaron John, born at \'alatie. Co-
lumbia county. New York, October 24. 1825;
died at Paris, France, August 22. 1887: mar-
ried, August 3, 1852, Adaline Elizabeth,
daughter of Henry C. Van Schaack and
Adaline Ives, who was born February 28,
1830, died in London, July 27, 1912, by
whom : Mary Cornelia, born October 28,
1854, married, January 29, 1878. Benjamin
W. Franklin : Henry Van Schaack, born
January 19, 1856, died June 13. 1859;
Thomas Beekman, born June 18, 1858, died
December 15, 1863: Augustus Hall, born
December 13, 1859, died .April 27, 191 1, mar-
ried, November 25, 1885, Eliza Granger,
at Baltimore, Maryland, children, born at
Orange, New |ersey : A. Augustus Van
der Poel, born jiily 4. 1888, A. B., Yale Uni-
versity, 1 91 3, and Eliza G. Van der Poel,
bom December 21, 1891 ; Adaline Ives, born
July 28, 1862, died December 16, 1863;
Lydia Beekman, born August i, 1864. mar-
ried Sartcll Prentice. 1806; Aaron Melgert,
born January \(\ 1867: Margaret, born De-
cember 10, 1870, married Waldo Newcomer.
October 6, 1897. 3. James, born June
28, 1827; died .April 30, 1835. 4. Jesse
Oakley, born June 15, 1831 ; died January
25, 1870. 5. John, born December 11. 1834;
died in Chicago. III., May 29, i8(')(); n,:irried,
.April 5, i860, Mary E. Van der Poel : no-
issue. 6. Sarah Elizabeth, born March 21,
1838; died in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania,
August II, 1876: married (first). March 24,
1859, Peter Wendell, who was born July 1,
1827; died May 12, 1868, son of Dr. Peter



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Wendell and Elizabeth \'an Kleeck ; mar-
ried (second), December 16, 1873, Major
Robert L. Burnett.

(VIII) Dr. Samuel Oakley Van der Poel,
son of Dr. John and Sarah W. ( Oakley ) \'an
der Poel, was born in Kinderhook, Colum-
bia county, New York, February 22, 1824,
and died at Washington, D. C, March 12,
1886.

Like his father, he was a physician 01
celebrity, and as health officer of the port
of New York for a great many years gained
wide prominence. His boyhood and youth
were spent in his native place, and the out-
door life of that healthful locality helped
him to develop a vigorous and robust con-
stitution. He completed his preparatory
training at an early age in the Kinderhook
Academy and then entered upon his col-
legiate course in the University of New
York, of which institution the venerable and
scholarly Theodore Frelinghuysen was then
the chancellor. Receiving his diploma, he
returned to begin the study of medicine with
his father, and after a thorough course at
home and in the institution, graduated at
JefTerson Medical College, Philadelphia, in
the spring of 1845. FoJ" the next two years
he was associated in practice with his
father; but he still regarded his education
and early .practice as only preparatory to
the real professional career he had marked
out, so in the fall of 1847 he went to Paris
to pursue his studies with the superior ad-
\antages belongine to that brilliant capital.
It was a remarkable period, when Dr. Van
der Poel began his serious post-graduate
course in medicine. Paris was in the midst
of profound agitation. The unpopular min-
istry of Guizot and the trembling throne of
the citizen king were tottering to their fall.
This political ferment culminated in the
violent revolution of February, 1848, ending
in the abdication of Louis Phillipe and the
proclamation of the Second Republic. He
was a witness of these memorable and tur-
bulent scenes, and, as the seething tumult
was unpropitious to the calm prosecution of
studies, he traveled through the south of
France and Italy, witnessing at Lyons, Mar-
seilles, Naples, Rome. Florence and Milan
the various acts of the revolutionary drama
then exciting all Europe. Immediately after
the bloody days of June he returned to the



French capital and remained for a consider-
able period.

In the spring of 1850, Dr. Van der Poel
came to Albany, New York, where he settled
and speedily acquired a remunerative prac-
tice which continued to he both flattering and
progressive, and it was in this year that he
married there. In 1857, Governor John Alsop
King appointed him surgeon-general of New
York state, and three years later he was chos-
en president of the Albany County Medical
Society, being re-elected the following year as
an endorsement of his wise administration In
1 86 1 he was again invited to hold the office
of surgeon-general, this time by Governor Ed-
win D. Morgan. The position proved in this
case not one of mere empty honor or a sine-
cure. The inauguration of the civil war
shortly after his term began, imposed duties
and responsibilities far more arduous, delicate
and important than had ever before devolved
upon that or any other similar position in this
country. It became necessary, without the
guide of precedent or experience, to impro-
vise a vast and systematic bureau meeting ev-
ery requirement attaching to the complete
medical organization of a great force. There
were many militia regiments to be promptly
provided with medical supplies and instru-
ments as they hurried to the field. There were
numerous volunteer regiments rapidly assem-
bling, requiring immediate care for their sick
and attention to their permanent organization.
There were hundreds of surgeons and assist-
ants coming from every section of the state,
representing every grade of the profession,
whose qualifications were to be examined and
decided. New regiments were uninterrupted-
ly organized, and old regiments demanded
constant attention, even after they had passed
into the service of the United States, in order
that a competent medical staff might be main-
tained. This last duty was made ]3articularly
harassing and exhausting by the crude system
of the general government during the first two
years of the war. In many cases the medical
officers no sooner became conversant with
their duties than the novelty and romance
vanished, their resignations were offered and
accepted, and the surgeon-general required to
fill the vacancies with such promptitude that
the public service should suffer no detriment.
The magnitude of the responsibility and the
severity of the labor thus imposed may be



1/4

judged from the fact that there were between
six and seven hundred positions upon the
medical staff to be kept filled with competent
officers. A still more significant testimony is
embodied in the statement that at one time
the surgeon-general was called upon to make
over five hundred appointments in the space
of six weeks. Nor was this all. He was
obliged to establish and perfect a system of
])romotion which should be just, without fa-
voritism, and confer reward without impairing
the efficiency of the service. His patronage
was immense. With hundreds of officers in
this department, upon whose respective mer-
its none but himself could decide, it required
a nice sense of honor and a wise discrimina-
tion to distribute the appointments in such a
wav that the good of the general service might
be harmonized with a recognition of just per-
sonal claims. Nothing could put the profes-
sional acquirements and the executive talents
of a man to a severer test than these varied,
complicated and difficult duties ; and it is but
to repeat the judgment of the highest authori-
ties to say that they were performed by Dr.
Van der Pocl with signal ability. His suc-
cessful administration elicited the official ap-
proval of both the Secretary of War and the
the governor of the state of New York, and
constitutes an important chapter in the asso-
ciation of New York with the great contest.

In 1867, Dr. Van der Poel was appointed
to the chair of General Pathology and Clinical
Medicine in the Albany Medical College,
which position he held for three years
and then resigned. About the same time
he was appointed a manager of the .State
Lunatic .Asylum at Utica, New York, a
position in which he did effective work.
In February, 1870, he was elected pres-
ident of the Medical Society of the State
of New York, the highest recognition in the
power of his professional brethren. The next
step in his noteworthy career was equally if
not more important, as affecting innumerable
persons. In 1872. Governor John T. Hoffman
placed him in charge of the quarantine de-
partment of the port of New York as health
officer. The irregularities of this office for
many years hafl been the theme of discussion
in legislative councils and commercial con-
ventions, for nothing in the way of a reform
seemed to have been at all effective. The
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developed to the fullest extent. In this field,
with all its complications, there was full scope
for the exertion of his remarkable executive
ability, which he had previously displayed. In
many respects this is the highest medical of-
fice in the world, and to Dr. Van der Poel
belongs the credit of restoring it to its true
position. His first action was to reduce the
various parts of it to form one perfect sys-
tem. The enormous expenditures had grown
into a heterogeneous organization without
much system. Taking charge of it purely as
a sanitary interest, he placed in the hands of
those who owned merchandise and ships the
work which had to be done on their vessels,
and which thus could be done by them under
the ordinary business rules that controlled
such matters elsewhere. The quarantine law,
which had grown by successive enactments in-
to an authority for oppressive administration,
was codified and relaxed from some of its pro-
visions, only retaining what was necessary of
sanitary restraint for the public safety, and
these changes were urged forcefully upon the
legislature. For the first time in the history
of quarantine, one found that commerce was
actively sustaining it. Mercantile associations
passed complimentary and approving resolu-
tions, and petitioned the legislature in favor of
every change which he recommended.
Branches of trade which had -left New
York apparently forever, to avoid the
expenses incident to their quarantine de-
tention, began soon thereafter to re-
turn. In all this acute change of con-
ditions, there was not the slightest relaxa-
tion of sanitary restraint necessary to the pro-
tection of the entire northern frontier and
Western United States, which depend upon
this port for their immigrations ; but sanitary
retrulations. which Dr. Van der Poel consid-
ered as his legitimate care, were made more
strict than ever before. In January, 1876, he
was elected to the chair of Theory and Prac-
tice of Medicine in the Albany Medical Col-
lege, a position which he sustained with credit
to that institution's advancement. It is of
common repute that as a physician he was
equally learned in theory as skilled in prac-
tice. To large native endowments he added
the highest cultivation. He delighted in the
acquisition of an enormous medical library.
which he enriched with rare and important
foreign works. He was known to his friends



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1 1 as a gentleman of large, public spirit and pos-
■ ■ sessing an attractive quality of broad, genial
culture.

Dr. Samuel Oakley Van der Poel married,
at Albany, New York, December 10, 1850,
( Icrtrude Lansing Wendell, who was born in
Albany, January 15, 1824, died in Cazenovia,
1! New York, August 13, 1906, daughter of Dr.
! Peter Wendell and Elizabeth Van Kleeck.
It is desirable to include here a few facts
regarding the parentage of Mrs. S. O. Van
der Poel. Dr. Peter Wendell was a man of
prominence in Albany. He was born there
Tunc 3, 1786, died at his residence on Elk-
street, in that city, October 29, 1849. ^^ was
the son of Jacob Harmanus Wendell (born
October 21, 1754, died March 23, 1826, son
of Harmanus Wendell and Catherine Van
Vechten), who married, about 1785, Geertruy
(Gertrude) Lansing (born September 3, 1758,
daughter of Peter Lansing and Elizabeth
\\'endell). His wife (Elizabeth Van Kleeck)
(lied in Albany, November 11, 1846. He stud-
ied medicine with Dr. William McLellan of
Albany ; attended lectures at the University
of Pennsylvania; commenced practice in 1807
at Albany ; received the degree of M. D. from
his ahna mater in 1823, at which time he was
elected a Regent of the University of the State
of New York, of which body he became chan-
cellor in 1842, filling that office until his death.
The children of Dr. S. O. Van der Poel and
Gertrude Lansing Wendell, all born in Al-
bany, New York, were: i. Wendell, born Oc-
tober 23, 1851, died August 9, 1852. 2. Sam-
uel Oakley, born August 27, 1853; married,
October 20, 1880, Mary Louisa Halsted ; died
in New York City, April 22, 1912 (see for-
ward). 3. Herman Wendell, born July 8,
1856, died March 16, 1906, in Boston, Massa-
chusetts. 4. John, born February 20, 1858
(see forward). 5. Elizabeth Wendell, born
March 17, 1861, died September 3, 1861. 6.
Lewis Morris, born June 20, 1862, died Au-
gust 4, 1863. 7. Gertrude Wendell, born No-
vember 2, 1864; married, in New York City,
October 20, 1892, Anson Blake Moran, broker,
who was born in Brooklyn, New York, May
2, 1865, son of Daniel Edward and Annie
Augtista (Blake) Moran; by whom: Gertrude
Van der P'oel Moran, born in New York City,
September 13,. 1894, died in Cazenovia, New
York, September i, 1912; and Annette Blake



Moran, born in New York City, March 13,
1899. .

(IX) Dr. Samuel Oakley Yan der Poel, son
of Dr. Samuel Oakley and Gertrude Lansing
(Wendell) Van der Poel, was born in Albany,
New York, August 27, 1853, and died at his
home, No. 63 East Fifty-fifth street, New
York City, April 22, 1912.

He completed his education, after prelimi-
nary studies in his native city, at Rutgers Col-
lege, graduating with the class of 1873. He
received the degree of Master of Arts the
following year, and acquired his degree of
M. D. at the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, Columbia University, in 1876. He
served eighteen months as house physician in
Bellevue Hospital, and then took a post-gradu-
ate course in Vienna. Upon his return to the
United States he began practice in Albany,
where he was appointed adjunct professor of
theory and practice in the Albany Medical
College, and received an honorary M. D. de-
gree there. In 1885 he removed to New York
City, and was appointed visiting physician at
Randall's Island, as also at the Charity Hos-
pital. At about the same time he became as-
sistant surgeon at the Manhattan Eye and Ear
Infirmary and the throat department of the
Vanderbilt Clinic. In 1888 he was made sen-
ior medical director of the New York Life
Insurance Company, a position he held with
more than satisfactory credit until the time of
his death. The end came as a great shock to
his associates of that institution and his many
friends, for only the previous day he had
gone on a trip into the country and was feel-
ing in excellent health. He was a Republican,
and attended the church of Rev. John Park-
hurst. He belonged to the University, Cen-
tury and Rockaway Hunt clubs, and to the St.
Nicholas and Holland societies. The follow-
ing minute regarding the death of Dr. Van der
Poel was passed by the office committee of the
New York Life Insurance Company, May i,
1912, and only serves to illustrate in slight
measure in what esteem he was held gener-
ally:

"We record the death, on the 22nd of .\pril, 1912,
of our associate. Dr. S. Oakley Van der Poel. The
deceased was a distinguished physician, a useful citi-
zen, a model husband and father, a devoted servant
of this institution, and a loyal friend. He was effi-
cient and faithful in all the onerous duties laid upon
him during- his nearly twenty years of service here,
and his labors have passed into and become a part



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of the practice and history of this company. We
testify to his eminent quaUties, and offer our deep-
est sympathies to his widow and sons."

Dr S. O. Van der Poel married, at Irving-
ton-oii-tiie-Hudson, October 20, 1880, Mary
Louisa Halsted, who was born in New \ ork
City. January 5, 1857, daughter of William
Mills Halsted, who was born at New York
City, August 30, 1827, died at 47 East Twenty-
fifth street. New York City, February 28,
1895, and married, at Elizabeth, New Jersey,
February 20, 1851, Mary Louisa Haines, who
was born at New York City, April 10, 1829,
and died at 26 East Twenty-second street,
New York City, January 17, 1883. William
M. Halsted was the son of William Mills Hal-
sted and Sarah Johnson. Mary Louisa Haines
was the daughter of Richard Townley Haines
and Maria Ward Johnson.

Children of Dr. S. O. Van der Poel and
Mary Louisa Halsted: i. Samuel Oakley,
born in Albany, New York, August 22, 1881
(see forward). 2. William Halsted, born in
New York City, April 16, 1885 (see forward).

(X) Samuel Oakley van der Poel, son of
Dr. Samuel Oakley and Mary Louisa ( Hal-
sted ) Van der Poel. was born in Albany. New
York, .\ugust 22. 1881. He was a graduate'
of Yale University, class of 1903. and there-
after engaged in the banking business for
three years. He then became a mining engi-
neer, undertaking practical work in Colorado,
with office at No. 30 Broad street. He was a
member of Squadron A, National Guard New-
York. He is a Republican, and attends the
Episcopal church. He is a member of the
following clubs and societies : Holland. St.
Nicholas, University. Yale. Rockaway Hunt,
New York Yacht. Alpha Delta Phi. Baltusrol
Golf, Strollers, and Squadron A Club. His
residence is at No. 10 West Eighth street.
New York City.

S. O. van der Poel Jr. married, at South-
ampton. Long Island, September 16, 1905.
Mildred Moore Barclay. She was born in
New York City. December 23. 1887. daughter
of Henry Anthony Barclay and Clara O.
Wright, of Baltimore. Henry A. Barclay was
born December 14, 1844, died at New York
City. March 8, 1905. and was the son of Henry
Barclay. i)orn April 3. 1794. died March 21.
1S63, who married. Ajiril 13. 1842. Sarah
Moore, who was born October 5. 1809, died
September 3. 1873, daughter of Daniel Sack-



ett Moore. Children: i. Mildred Barclay,
born at Short Hills, New Jersey, August 5,
1908. 2. Barbara Oldfield, born at New^ York,
New York, May 22, 191 1. 3. Gertrude Schuy-
ler, born at New York, New York, May 22,
191 1.

(X) William Halsted van der Poel, son of
Dr. Samuel Oakley and Mary Louisa (Hal-
sted) V'an der Poel, was born in New York
City, April 16, 1885. He is a member of the
St. Nicholas Society and of the Rockaway
Hunt and Baltusrol Golf clubs. New York
Yacht Club, Riding, Sleepy Hollow, Piping
Rock, and served his enlistment in Squadron
A. National Guard New York. He is a Re-
publican, and member of the Episcopal church.
His office is in the Forty-second Street Build-
ing, and he resides at No. 830 Park avenue.
New York City.

William Halsted van der Poel married, in
New York, New York, June 10, 1910. Blanche
Pauline Billings. She was born in Chicago,
Illinois, June 25, 1884, daughter of Cornelius
K. G. Billings and Blanche Elizabeth McLeish.
Issue: Halsted Billings, born at New York
City. August n. 1912.

(IX) Dr. John Van der Poel, son of Dr.
Samuel Oakley and Gertrude Lansing (Wen-
dell) V'an der Poel, was born in .Albany. New
York. February 20, 1858.

His preliminary education was obtained at
private schools and at the .\lbany Boys Acad-
emy. He graduated from Rutgers College
with the class of 1878. and obtained the de-
gree of M. D. from the College of Physicians
and Surgeons, New York City (Columbia
University) in 1881. He served as house sur-
geon in the New York Hospital for eighteen
months, as house physician in the Mount
Sinai Hospital for six months, and followed
up his post-graduate studies during the next
two years at the Universities of Berlin, Leipsic
and Vienna, during w^hich time he served as
interne at the Dresden Lying-in Hospital for
four months. Upon his return to America he
practiced in New York City, and associated
himself with the New York University Medi-
cal College, from which he received the ap-
pointment of lecturer on obstetrics in 1888.
In 1896 he w-as appointed clinical lecturer in
genito-urinary diseases at the same institution.
which position he held for fourteen years, and
during the last four years of this period served
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Hospital in this department. He is a member
of the University, Century, New York Yacht,
Riding, and Piping Rock clubs, as also the
New York State Medical Society, New York
County Medical Society, New York Academy
of Medicine, American Association of Genito-
urinary Surgeons, of which he was president
in 1910: American Urological Association, and
the "Association Internationale d'Urologie,"
of which he is at present American secretary.
He resides at 56 West Fifty-second street,
New York City.

( Aaron \^an der Poel Line. )
(VII) Judge Aaron \'an der Poel was the
sixth and last child of Isaac Van der Poel and
Moyca Huyck. He was born in Kinderhook,
Columbia county. New York, February 5,
lyqg, and died in New York City, July 18,
1870.

In 181 1 he went to live with his older broth-
er. Judge James Van der Poel, in the same
village, and there began his classical studies,
continuing them under Levi Gleason, a cele-
brated teacher in his day. He took up the
study of law in 1816 in his brother's office,
and was admitted to the bar in 1820, at the
time of his coming of age. Thereupon he
formed a professional connection with his
brother, the firm of young and energetic law-
yers meeting with success. He took consid-
erable interest in politics, and was active as a
Democrat. In 1824 he was elected to the
assembly, and again in 1828 and 1829. John
Van Buren was at this time a student in his
ofifice, and later married his niece. In 1832 he
was elected to the twenty-third session of
congress, and received endorsement of his ef-
forts by re-election to the twenty-fourth and
twenty-sixth, the years being 1832. 1834 and
1838 that he served in Washington. This was
during a period of unexampled interest and
excitement, throughout which he was a firm
supporter of the administration, having the
full confidence of Presidents Andrew Jackson
and Martin Van Buren, for of both of whom
he was a warm personal as well as political
friend, the latter president coming from his
home town, Kinderhook. This can be verified
more fully by reference to the files of the con-
gressional debates. After his third congres-



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