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Van Boskirk with an "O"!
Chapter 1: Our Van Buskirk and Van Horn Roots
compiled and discussed by Roger E. Bissell
version 1.0 (posted December 31, 1999)

Our Richard's parents -- Andrew Van Boskirk (1719-after 1763/before 1768?) and Charity Van Horn (1725-after 1763/before 1775?) -- were great-grandchildren of the same woman, Jannetje Jans, who married first Christian Berendtse Van Hooren and second Laurens Andriessen Van Boskerck. In other words, they were half-second-cousins. We will trace this parallel descent generation by generation, indicating our ancestral lines with asterisks and capital letters. We hope this helps eliminate confusion in understanding their (and our) roots.

I. The first generation.

A. Van Horn: Davis' History of Bucks County (Pennsylvania) has an excellent biography of the Van Horn family. It states that their (and our) pioneer ancestor was Christian Barendtse -- i.e., Christian, son of Barendt. It was said that he came to New Amsterdam (now New York City), apparently by 1653, from Hooren, a city of the Zuyder Zee, about 25 miles from Amsterdam -- hence, "Van Hooren" or "Van Horn," meaning "of" or "from" that city.

Christian was a carpenter by trade, serving also as a referee when there was litigation about property disputes. He also owned several properties in the vicinity of Broadway and Wall Streets, some now occupied by part of the present Trinity churchyard. (The author visited this churchyard during a business trip to New York City in April of 1995.)

Christian was part of a force sent out from New Amsterdam on September 5, 1655, against the Swedes and Finns at Fort Christina on the Delaware River. He then got a land grant near present day Wilmington, Delaware, where he began work on a tidewater mill in 1656. He died there on July 26, 1658, during an epidemic apparently caused by germs stirred up by the construction. After he was buried, his widow and children returned to New Amsterdam, where she sold the Delaware property and remarried soon after to our other ancestor, Laurens Andriessen Van Boskerck.

Christian's wife was Jannetje (Janica) Jans, whom he apparently married before coming to America. (The baptism of their oldest son is not recorded in the New York church.) Jannetje died on March 16, 1692, two years before her second husband passed away. Christian and Jannetje had three sons:

*(1) BARENDT (BARENT) CHRISTIAN VAN HORN, born probably about 1649 in Holland, married 1679 to Geertje Dircks, daughter of Dirck Claussen, died in Bergen County, New Jersey in 1726. They had eleven children. (See next section.

(2) Cornelius Van Horn, baptized August 3, 1653, married Margaret Van de Berg, died in Bergen County in 1729.

(3) Jan (John) Van Horn, baptized March 18, 1657, married Lena Boone, died in Bergen County.


B. Van Buskirk: Numerous articles and sections of books have been written about the founder of the Van Buskirk family in America. In addition to the Davis history of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, we must mention the Shoemaker volumes, as well as the material in Bob Van Buskirk's newsletter and the series of articles in the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Third Series, Volumes 3, 4, and 5. We can present only a brief summary from these sources.

The pioneer ancestor of the Van Buskirks was Laurens Andriessen -- i.e., Laurens son of Andries. He was born about 1625 in Holstein, a province of Denmark which later became part of Germany. He came to New Amsterdam in 1654 or 1655.

Nelson makes some interesting observations about our ancestor's name:

After coming here he was occasionally referred to in the Dutch records as van Boskerck. As he came from Holstein, where the Lutheran was the State Church, and the German language was prevalent, we would have expected this designation to have been given a German form, as von Buschkirk, but as a matter of fact, even in the German Evangelical Church records, it always appears as in the Dutch, van Bosckerk, later van Buskirk, pronounced Booskirk. The Philadelphia branch of the family adopted the last-mentioned form nearly two hundred years ago, and ever since have been known as Van Booskirk...The etymology of the Dutch name indicates a reference to a Wood or Woods-Church, Bosch-Kerk, or Church-in-the-Wood or Church-in- the-Bush, rather than in the forest. Bosch-Kapelle, or Woods-Chapel is the name of a village of 1,000 inhabitants in Zeeland, Holland. No account has been found of any town or village in Holland called Bosch-Kerk. In the German Church records no attempt has been made to translate the name into the German, Bursh-Kirche, or Wald-Kirche, but it has been transferred bodily from the Dutch, as above, indicating that it was already regarded as a proper name. [Proceedings, Vol. III, p. 160]

There is some controversy over the actual nature of Laurens' trade. The first mention of him in the records of New Amsterdam refers to him as Laurens de Draijer which, Nelson says, is Dutch for: the turner. As Nelson puts it:

The Dutch word for "turner" is draijer -- drawer, probably referring to the early use of the draw-knife in shaping vessels, shoes and other articles from wood...In many translations from the Dutch records, this designation of his occupation has been simply transferred to the English without interpretation, and as the name is thus entered also in the indices, the searcher for references to Laurens van Boskerck may easily overlook such allusion. [Proceedings, Vol. III, p. 161]

Laurens brought with him to America a Dutch assistant named Frederick Arenta Bloem, whom he hired in Amsterdam in 1654 and who, in order to get married, broke his contract with Laurens while it still had a year to run. As Laurens complained in court, while trying to force Bloem to work out the rest of the contract, he just "ran away from him last Sunday morning without words or reason." Nelson surmises from all of this the following:

Laurens Andriessen, having acquired in Holstein the art and mastery of the trade of turner, went up to Amsterdam, there to follow his vocation in turning wooden bowls and dishes and eke shoes for the thrifty Dutch Huysvrouwen of that fair city, finally setting up for himself and having an assistant, in the person of the inconstant Frederick Arentsen. With dreams of increasing his business and so bettering their fortunes, he turned himself westward from Old Amsterdam to Nieuw Amsterdam, where he speedily acquired such fame for the excellence of his work that he was commonly known by way of preeminence as de Draijer -- the Turner, of the little town. [Proceedings, Vol. III, pp. 163-4]

Nelson also takes aim at what he says is a misconception, based on a supposed error in reading early records, namely, that Laurens changed his occupation to draper, i.e., a dealer in cloth and dry goods. As Nelson points out, "in a thinly settled neighborhood where every family spun its own wool and wore its own cloth!," that would have made no sense at all. [Proceedings, Vol. III, p. 164]

Nevertheless, Mrs. Shoemaker cites a study of the earliest Danes in America, done some years ago for the Danish government by a Professor P. S. Vig, in which the claim is made that Laurens "established himself in the dry goods business in New Amsterdam and also bought some land etc." She bolsters Professor Vig's claim by referring to several records that mentioned Laurens as "de Draper."

Mrs. Shoemaker also says that a native Holland teacher of Dutch, French, and German claims there is not any such word as Draijer. Instead, according to this unnamed authority, a maker of wooden articles is called a "houtwerker" in Dutch. (Van Buskirk Legacy, p. 1) It probably remains for an expert, unbiased linguist to settle this issue.

New Amsterdam records make no mention of our ancestor from November 1656 to December 1658, when he wedded Jannetje (Janica) Jans, the widow of Christian Barents Van Horn. There was some speculation that Laurens had been with or near the Van Horns during their ill-fated attempt to settle on the Delaware River. Also, coincidental or not, Jannetje petitioned the Orphan Masters to settle her deceased husband's estate on December 12, 1658, the same day as her marriage to our Laurens, which took place at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam. (Was this a dowry?)

The Vice Director of the Colony, Jacob Alrichs, sent notice of Christian's death to the Orphan Masters at New Amsterdam, along with an inventory of the estate and a request that Christian's widow be assisted. As Nelson described it, in rather droll fashion:

The requisite "assistance," it will be observed, was promptly furnished by our friend Laurens Andriessen, who married the fair and not inconsolable young widow four and a half months after her sad bereavement. [Proceedings, Vol. III, p. 167]

Whatever the exact nature of the personal relationships between "our Lawrence" and "our Christian" and (twice over) "our Jannetje," fate had it that the Van Buskirk household would raise up not one, but two of our ancestors! In addition to Jannetje's three sons with Christian, she had four more with Laurens -- all seven of whom were mentioned in the will she made with Laurens on August 29, 1679.

By 1662, Laurens and his family moved across the Hudson River to what would later become Bergen County, New Jersey. They lived in a house on the shore of New York Bay. Laurens was very active in civic affairs, serving as a Juror, a Judge of the Court of Common Right, a Justice of the Peace, the county Coroner, and a member of the governor's Council, which was the upper branch of the Provincial Legislature.

Jannetje died on March 16, 1692 and Laurens on July 13, 1694, both at Bergen County, New Jersey, both of them being buried at Constable's Hook, New Jersey. Their four sons were:

*(1) ANDRIES LAURENS VAN BUSKIRK, baptized March 3, 1659-60 at the Dutch Church, Staten Island, New York (then New Amsterdam) and died April 1, 1732-33, being buried at the Van Buskirk family graveyard at Constable's Hook. He married first Jannetje Van der Linde, second Anna Grevenraedt. Andries and Jannetje had seven children. (See next section.)

(2) Laurens Van Buskirk, born in 1663 at New Amsterdam, New York and died May 1724 at Bergen County, New Jersey, being buried at the Van Buskirk cemetery at Buskirk Point, New Jersey. He married in 1691 to Hendrickje Van der Linde, and they had nine children: Fytje (bapt. 1693) who married in 1711 to Arie S. Banta; Joost (b. 1695) who married first Truntje Martese and second in 1748 Elizabeth Die; Andrew (bapt. 1699) who married in 1717 Jacomyntje Davidse Demerest; Jan/John (bapt. 1699, d. 1783) who married first in 1721 to Geesje J. Westervelt and second in 1749 to Maritje Van der Linde and third to Theodosia ____; Jacobus (bapt. 1700) who married Elizabeth Lawrence; Lauren (bapt. 1704) who married first in 1726 to Sarah Terhune and second in 1745 to Hendrickje ____; Benjamin (bapt. 1705) who married in 1725 to Susanna Demerest; Abraham (bapt. 1707, d. young?); and Jannetje (bapt. 1710, d. 1792) who married in 1727 to Johannes Van Horn.

(3) Pieter Van Buskirk, baptized January 1, 1666 at the Dutch Church, Constable's Hook, Bergen County, New Jersey and died July 31, 1738, being buried in the family graveyard at Van Buskirk's Point, New Jersey. He married about 1690 to Trentje (Catherine) Harmanse, widow of Lucas Voorhies, and they had eleven children: Laurens Pietersen (1691-1760) who married in 1716 to Rachel Hellenbeck; Jannetje (b. 1694, d. young); Johannes/Hans (bapt. 1696) who married in 1718 to Elsje Van Hoorn; Willemtje who married first in 1716 to Jans Jansen Hallenbeck and second to Abraham Shotwell; Andries (d. 1762) who married about 1724 to Margrietje Vlierbloom; Jannetje (1700-1749) who married Cornelius Corsen; Antje (b. 1703) who married Peter Tramelje; Jacobus (1706-1767) who married in 1730 to Margaret Lagrange; Rachel (b. 1708) who married first in 1727 to Jacob Freeland and second to William Daniels; Anna (b. 1711, d. young?); and Abraham (d. young?).

(4) Major Thomas Van Buskirk, born in 1668 and died in February of 1747 at Reading Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He married first Margritie Brickers, with whom he had nine children, and married second on May 18, 1720 to Volkertie Collier, with whom he had seven children. There is some controversy over the descendants of his two sons John, the first of whom died at the age of about 26, in plenty of time to have had one or more children, as yet untraced. Major Thomas' children were: Johannis (bapt. 1694, d. summer of 1720); Abram (bapt. 1700) who married Rachel Banta; Pieter (bapt. 1702) who married first in 1727 to Marytie Van Hoorn and married second Jane ____; Jacobus/James (b. 1704); Janje/Johanna (b. 1706) who married in 1734 to Pieter Van Orden; Andries (1707-1770) who married in 1736/7 to Annetje Verwey; Laurens (d. 1773) who married first in 1727 to Margretje Lucas Van Hoorn and married second in1747 to Eve Wannemaker; Isaac (1709-1783) who married first Elsje Van Hoorn and married second Barbara ____; Johannes (b. after 1720, probably about 1725) who married Elizabeth ____; Michael (1721-1793) who married Mary Vendeventer; Margritie (bapt. 1723) who married John Church; Fytje (b. 1727) who married Andries Amack; Lelpi (b. 1728); Cathryn (bapt. 1730, d. young); and Thomas (bapt. 1733) who lived in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and moved about 1800 to Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

II. The second generation.

A. Van Horn: Barent Christian Van Horn, eldest son of Christian Barents Van Horn and Jannetje Jans, was born about 1649 in Holland. A planter by profession, he obtained land grants in Bergen County (later part of New Jersey) in 1667 and 1697.

Barent made a series of purchases of land in Bucks County (later part of Pennsylvania) in 1703, 1714, and 1722, which he conveyed to his sons. The Neshaminy Creek land purchase of 1703 was made with his half-brother, Peter Van Buskirk, and was partitioned between them four years later.

Barent married in 1679 at the Bergen Dutch Reformed Church to Geertje Dircks, daughter of Dirck Classen. She was baptized in New York on March 5, 1662. Barent and Geertje had eleven children:

(1) Richard Barentsen Van Horn, born at Bergen, New Jersey and died at Hackensack, New Jersey in 1763, married April 11, 1704 to Elizabeth Garretsen. He is the probable source of the name of our ancestor Richard Van Boskirk, since his brother Barent named a son after him, and Barent's daughter named our ancestor after her brother and/or uncle. (Actually, since Richard is an Anglicization of Dirck, Richard Van Horn's grandfather Dirck Classen is the more remote source of our ancestor's name.)

(2) Christian Barentsen Van Horn, born October 24, 1681 and died in Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1751. He married Williamtje Van Dyck, daughter of Hendrick Janse and Jennetje (Hermans) Van Dyck. Their nine children were: Barnard (1701-1760) who married in 1741 to Jannetje Van Boskerk (no children); Henry (1707-1761) who married Susanna Van Vleck (children: Christian, Sarah, Henry, Jane, Susannah); Geertje/Charity (bapt. 1710) who married Godfrey Van Duren, the first innkeeper at Ruckman's in Solebury Township, Bucks County [Note: this Charity has been confused with her first cousin the daughter of Barent, listed below.]; Antje/Ann (bapt. 1712, d. in infancy); John (1713-1716) who married in 1741 to Lena Van Pelt (children: Catharine, Christian, Willimentje, Willimentje II, Joseph); Ann (1716-1753) who married Cornelius Corson (children: Blandia, Willemeyntje, Marytje, Jannetje, Antje, Benjamin, Cornelius); Catharine (b. 1719) who married Hendrick Hegeman (children: Adrien, Maria, Jannetje, Catharine); Jane (1721-1783) who married in 1741 to John Hegeman (children: Mary, Christian, Henry, John, Henry II, Benjamin, Adrian, Barnet, Jane); Christian (1728-1753).

(3) Nicholas Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey and died in Delaware. He lived for a time in Bucks County. They had at least two children: Barent (bapt. 1715) and Rachel (bapt. 1721).

(4) Peter Barentsen Van Horn, born at Bergen County, New Jersey in 1686 and died in Middletown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, February 20, 1750. He married first Tryntje (Catharine) Van Dyck and second on May 9, 1706 to Elizabeth Gabriels (1689-1759), a daughter of Gabriel Tomase Struddles. Peter's twelve children, all (with the possible exception of his eldest son) by his second wife, were: Barnard who married Patience Hellings; Catharine (bapt. 1715, d. 1755) who married Thomas Craven; Charity who married in 1732 to Isaiah Vansant; Jane (bapt. 1715) who married in 1732 to Edmund Roberts; Gabriel (bapt. 1716, d. 1789) who married Martha Brelsford; Elizabeth who married in 1737 to Peter Praul; Peter (bapt. 1719) who married in 1756 to Margaret Marshall; Mary who married William Gosline; Benjamin who married in 1749 to Hannah Davis; Richard (1726-1756) who never unmarried; John who married second Mary ____ Collett; Garret (d. 1801) who married Mary Neal.

*(5) BARENT BARENTSEN VAN HORN, born in Bergen County, New Jersey, April 3, 1691 and died in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1776. He married first on February 23, 1712 to Jannetje Pieters and second on January 25, 1726 at Bergen County to Elizabeth Klinkenberg. He lived in Northampton Township, Bucks County. Most of his fourteen children -- including our ancestress, Charity Van Horn who married in 1742 to Andrew Van Buskirk -- married and reared children. (See next section.)

(6) John Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey in 1692 and died in Lower Dublin Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1753, being buried in the Vandegrift burying ground. He married Rebecca Vandegrift, daughter of Johannes and Nealke (Volkers) Vandegrift of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and had a son John and six daughters.

(7) Abraham Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey and died in Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1773. He married first Mary Dungan and second Mary Vansciver and had six sons: Barnard, Isaac, Abraham, David, Jacob, and Jeremiah and three daughters: Mary, wife of Derrick Krewson, Charity, and Martha, who married a Van Sciver.

(8) Jane Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey on April 18, 1697. She married Adrien Larue and resided at Six-Mile-Run, New Jersey.

(9) Isaac Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey and died in Solesbury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1760. He married Alice Sleght (or Slack) and had eight children: Bernard who married first Sarah Van Pelt and married second Jane Slack; John who married Catharine Neafle, Catharine who married _____ Van Pelt; Charity; Geertie (same child as Charity, or a second one?); Elsie; Isaac (bapt. 1749) who married Alice Neafle; Jane.

(10) Jacob Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey and died there April 14, 1775.

(11) Benjamin Van Horn, born in Bergen County, New Jersey on January 10, 1705.


B. Van Buskirk: Andries Laurens Van Buskirk, eldest son of Laurens Andriessen Van Buskirk and Jannetje Jans, was baptized March 3, 1659/60 in the Dutch Church of New Amsterdam, New York. He served as the Provincial tax collector for Bergen County, New Jersey (1705-6) and was a member of the Fifth Provincial Assembly in 1709 and the Sixth Assembly (1710-15). He was also commissioned Coroner for Bergen County (1710-11) and Justice of the Peace (1725).

On October 12, 1712, Andries purchased 1,150 acres of land in Middletown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania from Jeremiah Langhorn, as well as a tract of over 400 acres in Moreland Manor (a part of Philadelphia County that is now in Montgomery County) from Jacob Islestone. This latter tract is near the present-day village of Hatsboro, 17 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

In 1721, he gave part of each tract to his sons Joost and Johannes, although by the time the deeds were to be recorded years later (1751-52), only the conveyance to Joost was actually recorded. Mrs. Shoemaker believes that this is because the witnesses to Johannes' deed were deceased or could not be found.

However, it may instead by because Johannes no longer had the land by 1751. Early tax records of Bucks County, Pennsylvania show that by at least 1742 he was living in Upper Makefield Township, which is a few miles northeast of the other tracts. In any case, Joost and Johannes were among the earliest settlers in this area and, for at least the first few years, their tracts were adjacent to earth other.

Andries apparently wrote his will the same day he died. His son Lawrence was executor, and he also mentioned his three daughters and two sons, as well as his wife, Anna. In addition to the real estate he had distributed to John, Joost, Lawrence, and Fitie, he also mentioned properties on Pearl Street and John Street in New York City. [Note: Mrs. Shoemaker refers to another possible son, Heinrich Buskirk, who appeared in Pennsylvania church and tax records from 1726 to 1743 but was not mentioned in Laurens' will. This was probably Heinrich Boshart/Bossart, not Buskirk.]

Andries married first Jannetje Van der Linde, daughter of Joost Van der Linde and Fytje Van Gelder. She died about June 7, 1716. He married second on April 2, 1720 to Anna Grevenraedt. Andries died on April 1, 1732/3 and was buried in the Van Buskirk family graveyard at Constables Hook, New Jersey. He and Jannetje had seven children:

(1) Laurens Van Buskirk, born 1687 and died December 15, 1752 in Bergen County, New Jersey. He married on October 9, 1709 to Fytje Vreeland. They had five children: Cornelius who married first Susanna May and married second in 1752 to Susanna Keeland; Metie/Martha (d. 1754) who married in 1733 to Johannes LaGrange; Janetie (bapt. 1710, d. 1792) who married in 1727 to Jacobus Van Horn; Fytie (b. 1715) who married first in 1738 to John Roll and married second Tulip May; Anna (bapt. 1721, d. 1756) who married in 1747 to Thomas Brown. [Note: one researcher says Laurens also had a son Johannes b. 1718-20, who must have died young, owing to no mention in Laurens' will. This may be the John who died in Delaware in 1747 and whose estate was administered by a Laurens; if so, Laurens executed his son's estate. Another researcher believes instead that this John who d. 1747 may be Laurens' brother, Johannes, but this cannot be, for Johannes was still alive in 1752. See below.]

(2) Andries Van Buskirk, apparently died young.

(3) Joost/Joseph Van Buskirk, died February 1758. He married first on June 27, 1718 to Jaminca Wynkook, married second about 1729 to Gertruri/Charity Bennett, and married third Hannah _____. He lived at the Manor of Moreland, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) County, Pennsylvania.

*(4) JOHANNES/JOHN VAN BUSKIRK, died after 1752. He married about 1715 to Marytie Hogeland, daughter of George Hogeland and Catherine Richou. He lived at the Manor of Moreland, then by 1742 had moved to Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County. Some researchers have claimed that a Kent County, Delaware document proves that Johannes died in 1747, but this is incorrect (see above and next section). Johannis and Marytie had at least six children (see next section).

(5) Fytje Van Buskirk died in 1750. She married Jacob Janse De Groot. They had three children: Jannetje (bapt. 1720) who married Lafert Sebring; John (bapt. 1724) who married Aeltje Olden; and Margaret who married in 1750 to Benjamin Field.

(6) Anna Van Buskirk, baptized August 18, 1700. She married Gerardus Johannes Schutt.

(7) Helena Van Buskirk, baptized March 23, 1707. She married on June 8, 1728 to David Thomas.

III. The third generation.

A. Van Horn: Barent Barentsen Van Horn, the son of Barent Christian Van Horn and Geertie Dircks, was born in Bergen, New Jersey on April 3, 1691 and died in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1776. He married first on February 23, 1712 to Jannetje (Janica) Pieters and second on January 25, 1726 at Bergen to Elizabeth Klinkenberg, who survived his death. (Because our ancestress, Charity Van Horn, was born in 1724, we can see that, contrary to Mrs. Shoemaker's claim, Charity's mother was not Elizabeth, but Jannetje.)

In 1714, Barent received by deed from his father 276 acres of land in Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His will, dated 1775, indicated that he had fourteen children, though some of them had already died by that time. Following is the text of his will:

Will of Barnard Vanhoorn of Northampton (Township) in the County of Bucks and Province of Pennsylvania, yeoman -- dated Jan. 1775, probated 21 Sept. 1776.

beloved wife Elizabeth: best feather bed with all the furniture thereunto belonging, interest on L400 [i.e., 400 Pounds] for her maintenance, to be paid yearly by executors.

granddaughter Elizabeth Williams L5.

son Peter Vanhoorn and to his heirs L140.

son Garret Vanhoorn, messuage and Plantation with appurtenances whereon I now dwell, situate in Northampton, bounded southward by land of Lefferts Leffertson, eastward by land of Joseph Fenton, northward by land of Paul Blaker, westward by Wrightstown-Philadelphia road, and on condition he pay L4 per acre within two years of my decease, and if he does not accept, then property to be sold by executors.

son Garret and his heirs L140.

son Benjamin Vanhoorn and heirs L140 and one acre where his house stands, he to pay L6 for this.

grandchildren, representatives of my late deceased son Richard Vanhoorn, L140, sons and daughters share and share alike.

son William Vanhoorn and heirs L140.

son John Vanhoorn and heirs L140.

grandchildren, representatives of son Barent Vanhoorn, L140, sons and daughters share and share alike.

son Christian Vanhoorn and heirs, L140.

grandchildren, representatives of my daughter Elizabeth Slack, L60, sons and daughters share and share alike.

grandchildren, representatives of my daughter Charity Booskirk, L60, sons and daughters share and share alike.

heirs of my daughter Yanica Dubois, five shillings.

daughter Rachel Bankson and heirs, my grandchildren, L60, sons and daughters share and share alike.

daughter Jain Williamson and heirs, L60, sons and daughters share and share alike, but this is to be kept by executors and paid out according to her needs and if at her death, there is a balance, then to her children.

Out of residue L400 to be kept to provide for wife as above and this is to be withdrawn from the shares bequeathed in proportion to their shares, and then to be paid to each after death of wife.

Out of final reside executors are to pay each heir in accordance with the bequests, i.e. L140 for each son, L60 for each daughter, except that heirs of Yanica Dubois get five shillings and no more.

Witnesses: Arthur Lefferton, John Rankin

Executors: sons Garret and Benjamin

From this list of heirs, we can construct a nearly complete list of Barent Van Horn's children, including our ancestress, Charity:

(1) __________ (daughter), married ______ Williams, had a daughter Elizabeth.

(2) Peter Van Horn

(3) Garret Van Horn

(4) Benjamin Van Horn. Northampton County, Pennsylvania land records indicate the possibility that Benjamin's sister, Charity Van Buskirk, named a son after him.

(5) Richard Van Horn. It is highly likely that either Richard's sister Charity Van Buskirk or one of her sons named a son, our ancestor, Richard Van Boskirk, after him.

(6) William Van Horn

(7) John Van Horn

(8) Barent Van Horn

(9) Christian Van Horn. Northampton County, Pennsylvania census records indicate the possibility that one of Christian's sister Charity Van Buskirk's sons named a son after him.

(10) Elizabeth Van Horn, married _______ Slack.

*(11) CHARITY VAN HORN, born in 1725, baptized June 6, 1724 at Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and apparently died by 1775. She married on July 29, 1742 to Andrew Van Buskirk at Presbyterian Church, Churchville, Pennsylvania. [Note: Mary Ann Nicholson, in "Charity Van Horn: A Note on Dutch Records," PA Gen Mag V34 #1 page 65, states that Charity bp. 6 Jun 1724, married Godfrey Van Duehren, and was dau. of Christian & Willemtje (Van Dyke) Van Horn. Clearly Ms. Nicholson has confused Bernard's daughter who was baptized in 1724 and who married Andrew Van Buskirk with Christian's daughter who was baptized in 1710 and who married Godfrey VanDuehren.] Andrew and Charity had several children, most likely including a son John born about 1745, who married Maria _____ (children: probably a son Andrew, a son John, a daughter Charity who married George Coryell, and two more daughters, Sarah and Esther, who were listed in Northampton County, Pennsylvania baptismal records), and other sons, most likely including Barent Van Buskirk (for whom there is currently no evidence), and Benjamin, Moses, Aaron, and Samuel Van Buskirk of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, as well as our ancestor, Richard Van Boskirk. [Note: This last is contrary to Mrs. Shoemaker's undocumented assertions in her Van Buskirk genealogy. She very well may be correct that Richard is Charity's grandson, but nearly all the evidence points the other way.] For more details, see the next section.

(12) Janica Van Horn, married ______ Dubois.

(13) Rachel Van Horn, married ______ Banksen.

(14) Jane Van Horn, married ______ Williamson.


B. Van Buskirk: Johannes/John Van Buskirk, the son of Andries Laurens Van Buskirk and Jannetje Van der Linde, was born probably about 1693 at Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey and died in Bucks County, Pennsylvania no earlier than 1753. He married probably about 1713 to Marytie Hogeland, daughter of George Hogeland and Catherine Richou of Staten Island, New York. (Catherine was the daughter of Daniel Richou by his wife Catherine, daughter of Dr. Paulius Vander Beek.)

From some time, Johannes has been one of the more mysterious members of the Van Buskirk family. This is unfortunate, considering how many descendants have traced their lineage back to him and are understandably desirous of having a rounded portrait of the ancestor who transplanted their line from New Jersey to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. Details of Johannes' life have been few and fragmentary, as well as prone to misinterpretation. His land and tax records have been harder to locate than those of his brother Joost. Because of this, some researchers have said that Johannes died in 1747, when in fact he was still alive at least six years later.

As stated previously, Johannes and his brother Joost had both settled, sometime between 1714 and 1719, on land received from their father in the Pennsylvania counties of Bucks and Philadelphia. This land was in and near the Manor of Moreland, a portion of present-day Montgomery County that lies on its border with Bucks County near the Philadelphia County line. This is the site of the present-day village of Hatsboro.

According to Mrs. Shoemaker, Johannes' father conveyed his share to him by deed on March 25, 1721, 24 days after his brother received his share. This consisted of 186 acres in Montgomery County and 112-1/2 acres in Bucks County. Although his brother's deed was recorded years later (March 1750/51), however, Johannes' deed was not, perhaps because the witnesses to the 1721 deed were deceased or had moved away.

Johannes also purchased a 200-acre tract in Moreland in 1725, which he sold in 1730; and another tract in 1730, which he sold in 1734. But while he sold the 112-1/2 acres in Bucks County in 1725, no record has been found of what happened to the 186 acres in Moreland.

Because of this, some researchers have claimed that Johannes continued to live on the Moreland property until his death, presumably in 1747. This is despite the fact that he was not found in any Montgomery/Philadelphia County records after his 1734 tax assessment in Moreland -- as well as the fact that his last two children were baptized in Bensalem, Bucks County in 1732 and 1736.

Both Davis and Ely in their histories of Bucks County say that Johannes settled in Northampton Township, Bucks County in 1722 and was one of those who that year signed the original petition for its organization. Since this township is adjacent to Moreland, though in Bucks county, it may well be that Johannes lived in Bucks County from 1722 on, which is also consistent with the fact that the last recorded baptism of any of his children in Montgomery/Philadelphia County occurred in 1721.

Since Johannes was, in fact, the Constable for Northampton Township in 1729, this is another very strong indication that he lived throughout this time period in Bucks County, rather than in Montgomery/Philadelphia County. Unfortunately, no tax records have yet surfaced from Northampton Township, Bucks County for the period prior to 1761, so we are unable to pinpoint exactly when Johannes left Moreland. We can only presume that it was about 1721-22.

Entries in the records of the Court of Common Pleas for Hunterdon County, New Jersey suggest the possibility that Johannes moved there about 1730 from Bucks County, Pennsylvania -- or at the very least had business dealings of some sort there. He appears as the defendant in debt cases in August and October of 1731 and May of 1745.

Despite at least one important error by their compilers (see below), certain newly-found tax records give us a clearer picture of Johannes' later years. Bucks County Tax Records, 1693-1778, compiled by Terry A. McNealy and Frances Wise Waite for the Bucks County Genealogical Society, reveals that Johannes was living in Upper Makefield Township in 1742 and in the adjacent township of Wrightstown in 1753. What's more, we can tell that his wife Marytie had died sometime between 1742 and 1753, because the 1753 record shows him as a single man.

These same tax records give us new information about the whereabouts and marital status of two of Johannes' sons. Andrew and George -- born respectively in 1719 and 1721 -- were shown as married men on the assessment date, September 25, 1742. We knew from published records that Andrew had married earlier that year, but we now know for the first time that his brother George must have married by then, too.

The error in these records is in the section labeled "Upper Makefield Township, 1733," which indicates that both Andrew and George were married and had holdings of land. This cannot be correct, for two reasons. First, Upper Makefield Township was not organized until 1737. Secondly, Andrew and George would respectively have been only 14 and 12 years of age in 1733; neither was married and holding land until about 1742, so such a large assessment in 1733 makes no sense. Furthermore, the vast majority (90%+) of valuations in Upper Makefield Township remained the same between "1733" and 1742, which is highly unlikely over a nine-year period, but much more likely over a period of one or two years.

Considering the weight of these two factors, the "1733" must, then, be a mistyping or a misreading of the actual date on the original record. Since Lower Makefield Township has tax records extant from 1742 and 1743, the "1733" record for Upper Makefield Township must instead also be from either 1743 or (more likely) 1744. (Both 1744 and the original "1733" title contain a double-strike, a common source of typographical errors.) One of the compilers, Frances Waite, wrote this author on February 7, 1995 and acknowledged that "You put forth a good argument in favor of a date later than 1733 for the list in question."

Bearing this in mind, we note that Andrew and George were each assessed a tax of 10 pounds, 2 shillings, and 6 pence in both 1742 and 1744. While their father paid an even larger tax in 1742, however -- 12 pounds and 3 shillings -- Johannes was missing from the 1744 tax lists. By 1753, he had reappeared in the adjacent township of Wrightstown, where he was shown with a much lower tax assessment of only nine shillings. Obviously, he was widowered by 1753, and indeed he was listed among the "Single Men" in the records.

In any case, the likelihood is emerging that, at least by 1742 (if not far sooner), Johannes and his family had moved about 10 miles away from Joost and his family at Moorland. Indeed, from the mid-1730s on, we find only descendants of Joost in the records of Montgomery/Philadelphia County.

After 1753, however, Johannes again disappears from the Bucks County tax rolls -- this time, apparently, for good. There is a 10-year gap in Wrightstown Township tax records prior to 1763, so it's quite likely that he died sometime during that period.

Neither Andrew nor George is shown in the 1753 tax rolls for Upper Makefield Township. George is listed in records from the Court of Common Pleas for Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1746 (for the reorganization of Amwell) and May 1752-August 1754 (in a series of debt cases, in four of which he was defendant and nine of which he was plaintiff). He appears to have moved about 1754 to Springfield, Haycock Township (on the border with Northampton County), then in 1774 (just before the first extant tax records from that township, dated 1775) moved his family beyond the Blue Mountains to the part of Northampton County now lying in Monroe County.

Printed Bucks County histories indicate that Andrew was an ensign in the Second Company of Bucks County during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). We presume that Andrew's service was sometime early in the war, about 1754-55. He may have been living near his brother George at that time, but by 1756 Andrew was living at Kingwood, Hunterdon, County, New Jersey (see below).

What makes it difficult to pinpoint the whereabouts of Johannes' family before 1742 and after 1753 is the spottiness of Bucks County tax records. Not only do records not exist for Upper Makefield Township between 1742 and Wrightstown Township before 1753, but records for the townships of Haycock, Richland, and Springfield are not even available prior to 1775.

One thing we are sure of, however, is that the claim of some researchers that Johannes died in 1747 is incorrect. Whoever the John Van Buskirk is that appears in the document of that date in the Hall of Records in Kent County, Delaware, he is definitely not our Johannes, who died no earlier than 1753.

According to Mrs. Shoemaker's Van Buskirk Legacy, Johannes and Marytie had six children. When you peruse the dates of the following list, one thing that stands out is the eleven-year gap between George and Antje. It is very unlikely that they had no other children during that time period.

Two possible explanations occur to us. We may be dealing with two different Johannes Van Buskirks here. This, however, is unlikely, since George would have been named for Marytie's father and Daniel (their youngest, born after Antje) would have been named for Marytie's brother, effectively bridging the eleven-year gap.

It may instead by that all of the (three? four?) children born during the gap in the records died young. Even so, why wouldn't they have appeared in church baptismal records, unless they died too young even for that? If those rites were performed in a church in Northampton Township, Bucks County, perhaps the records suffered the same fate as the tax records.

Whatever is the reason for the gap between the first four and last two children of Johannes Van Buskirk and Marytie Hogeland, here are the six of their children who are listed in Mrs. Shoemaker's book:

(1) Jannetje Van Buskirk, born December 21, 1714 and baptized June 5, 1715 at the Dutch Church in New York City. We presume this is their daughter, since the witnesses were Andries Van Buskirk and Janje (Jannetje), whose names are identical to those of Johannes' parents. No marriage record has been found for this daughter, however, so she may have died young.

(2) Samuel Van Buskirk, baptized June 26, 1716, Abington, Pennsylvania. His baptism is not found in the church records, but the Hogeland genealogy (on deposit at the Library of the Pennsylvania Historical Society) includes him among their children. He, too, probably died young. It's not likely that he is the Samuel "Buskark" (probably born closer to 1760 than 1716) who enlisted December 28, 1782 in Sussex County, Delaware. Query #1692 in Vol. 37/1910 of American Monthly Magazine (a publication of the D.A.R.) refers to "Samuel Van Buskirk said to have been a Revolutionary Soldier, born in Penna. and died in Ohio. Wanted dates of birth, marriage and death. Name of wife and official record." This soldier may have been a grandson of Johannes, or he may instead be of one of the lines that descend from Johannes' uncle, Thomas Van Buskirk of Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

*(3) ANDREW VAN BUSKIRK, born 1719, Manor of Moreland, Pennsylvania, baptized December 6, 1719 at Abington, Pennsylvania. He married July 29, 1742 to Charity (Gerthru) Van Horn at the Churchville Presbyterian Church in Bucks County. As discussed earlier in this chapter, we believe it most likely that they are the parents (rather than, as claimed by Irene Shoemaker, the grandparents) of our ancestor Richard Van Boskirk -- though it is also likely that they are the grandparents of Charity Van Boskirk who married George Coryell (and who thus is not Richard's sister, as believed for years by a number of researchers, including this writer).

(4) George Van Buskirk, born 1721, Manor of Moreland, Pennsylvania, baptized October 8, 1721, Abington, Pennsylvania and died March 30, 1800 at Chestnuthill, Northampton County (now Monroe County), Pennsylvania. He appears to have resided in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania around 1742, then perhaps in Hunterdon County, New Jersey for several years (1745-1754), then on to Springfield, Haycock Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania by about 1754, and finally on to Chestnuthill by 1774. George married first before September 25, 1742 to Sarah _____ and married second about 1780 to a widow, Anna ______ Weis, who died in 1812. George and all four of his sons served in the Revolution from Northampton County. His eight (or nine?) children, who have received extensive (though somewhat erroneous) coverage in Mrs. Shoemaker's Van Buskirk Legacy and elsewhere, were: John (1745-1829) who married about 1766-67 to Marie Blackmore; Lawrence (1747-1841) who married Catherine Johnson; Joseph (1751-1821) who married first Mary Strawn and married second Mary Levers; Susannah (1754-1829) who married Jacob Strawn II; Sarah (d. 1829) who married first Nicholas Johnson and married second John Adam Gordon; Andrew (1757-1823) who married Hester Adamson; Daniel (d. 1822) who married Sarah Greenzweig; and Ann (no record). [Notes: There is considerable evidence that Daniel was married previously, perhaps to Sarah Culdren. Mrs. Shoemaker also places a Samuel in George's family, but without proof, and comments that he may have been the one who served in the Revolution, rather than George's older brother mentioned previously. This is considered unlikely, since there is no mention of this Samuel or his children in George's will, nor any other evidence that he is connected with this family.]

(5) Antje Van Buskirk, baptized September 30, 1732 at Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She married on August 3, 1761 to John Fairweather.

(6) Daniel Van Buskirk, baptized June 20, 1736 at Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died about 1818-20 in Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He ran a "Publick House" at his home for several years (at least 1782-1796), and he apparently married three times, first in 1761-62 to Anna Hankinson, second on January 30, 1772 to Jane (Fosler Barber?) Dawson, and third on February 9, 1805 to Martha Mahaffe. His will was made on April 11, 1818 and his estate inventoried on February 10, 1820; no wife was named, but three children and three grandsons were listed as heirs. Daniel appears in records from the Court of Common Pleas for Hunterdon County, New Jersey over a 35-year period, dating from 1761, when he was charged with "fornication," no doubt jumping the gun a bit on his first marriage. The children of his first marriage included: John (1762-1765), Aaron (1763-1825) who married in January of 1788 to Sarah Runkle, Sarah (1765-by 1783), Lydia (about 1767-after 1818) who married _____ Hound; and the children of his second marriage included: a son (1773-1775) and Jane (1776-after 1818) who married about 1795 to Anthony M. Borduzat.

IV. The missing-link generation.

ANDREW VAN BUSKIRK, the second son of Johannes Van Buskirk and Marytie Hogeland, was baptized December 6, 1719 at Abington Presbyterian Church, Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and died probably no later than 1769 (see below in re Mary Van Boskirk), either at Kingwood, Hunterdon County, New Jersey or Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

On July 29, 1742, he married at the Presbyterian Church in Churchville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania to CHARITY VAN HORN. She was the daughter of Barent Barentsen Van Horn and Jannetje Pieters and was born June 6, 1724 at Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She died before 1775 (the date of her father's will) and perhaps earlier than 1769. (See below, in re Mary Van Boskirk.)

There is some indication that Andrew married twice, the second time to MARY_____. An entry dated May 1769 in the records for the Court of Common Pleas of Hunterdon County, New Jersey show Mary Van Buskirk as defendant in a case of King George the third against "Mary Van Buskirk Executrix in her own wrong of Andrew VanBuskirk Deceased." This record further mentioned her apparent "partner in crime," commanding "for Answer Marmaduke Leet of a plea of Trespass on the case to his Damage three hundred Pounds Proclamation Money."

Another entry, dated August 1771, was more specific as to the nature of the wrongs: "Mary Van Buskirk late of the County aforementioned on the twentyth Day of May in the Tenth Year of the Reign of our now Sovereign Lord King George the third at Kingwood in the County aforementioned & within the Jurisdiction of the Court, with one Marmaduke Loot Fornication then & there did Commit." It is possible that Mary, the executrix of Andrew's estate, was not his widow but instead his unwed daughter. However, it is not clear how a daughter's "fornication" would constitute a "wrong" against her deceased father. More likely, Mary was Andrew's widow (than his surviving daughter).

Mary was still around nearly ten years later. In the will dated April 22, 1778 of Thomas West of Kingwood, Hunterdon County, New Jersey is the notation "To Mary Vanbuscurk, for services done to me, a meadow that she cleared" (New Jersey Archives, 1st Series, Vol. XXXIV, Abstracts of Wills Vol. V 1771-1780, p. 573). She may also be the Mary Booskirk given as one of the witnesses to the will of Mary Willard of Philadelphia, dated May 21, 1772 (page 583, same reference).

Andrew and Charity set up housekeeping in Upper Makefield, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just outside Wrightstown, where they ran a tavern. On this property, valued at 10 pounds, they were assessed in 1742 a tax of 2 shillings and 6 pence (3 pence per pound).

By 1753, however, they had moved away from Wrightstown, because they did not appear on the tax rolls that year. Since Andrew was an Ensign in the French and Indian War (1754-1763), it's a reasonable guess that they moved, at least for a while, to the Northampton County line, where his brother had also located by 1754 (see above), though they may also have lived across the river in New Jersey for several years, with his brother George and their father.

Several years later, however, Andrew and Charity moved again, this time to Kingwood, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, where Andrew appeared in records of three land transactions. On February 3, 1756, he bought a tract of land from Charles Hass, Jr., and on June 16, 1759, he bought another tract from Joseph Yatchin.

Andrew apparently ran up a sizable debt to two gentlemen named Jacob Snyder and Joseph Warrite. A mortgage deed dated July 26, 1766, said that "...in consideration of his Better and more secure and ready payment [viz., by December 1st] of the said Sum of Twenty Six pounds Eighteen Shillings and Eleven pence," Andrew would grant title to "all those certain tracts or dells of land scituate in Kingwood ...mentioned and contained in two Separate deeds..."

This is actually just the tip of the iceberg of Andrew's legal/financial problems. He is named as defendant in at least 13 debt cases mentioned in the records of the Court of Common Pleas for Hunterdon County, New Jersey between the years of 1764 and 1768. It may be that the latter several records actually refer to the dissolution of his estate. His goods and lands were sealed in May 1767, at which time part of his belongings were sold by the court, and in February 1768, a notation was made that "Vendue exp, sealed."

For this reason, as well as the 1769 and 1771 dates of records involving his apparent widow Mary, we speculate that Andrew died in early 1767. If this is correct, he could still be the father of our ancestor Richard Van Boskirk (1764-1830), but not the father of Richard's supposed sister Charity Van Boskirk Coryell (1771-1836). As we will see, there is additional reason for supposing that Richard and Charity are not siblings, but rather uncle-niece.

It might be thought that Andrew did not die this early, for an Andrew Van Boskirk reportedly took an Oath of Allegiance in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania in 1778. More likely, though, this was a son named Andrew, born perhaps about 1760. In any case, Andrew the elder was no longer in Kingwood, New Jersey by 1786, where his son (or grandson?) Richard was listed in the tax rolls as a single man.

It is not presently known how many children Andrew and Charity had, though it is widely assumed that Aaron and Moses Van Buskirk of Northampton County, Pennsylvania were their sons (or grandsons). Their generations are well presented in Irene Shoemaker's 2-volume genealogy of the Van Buskirks, in which she states that Andrew and Charity had three sons -- Aaron, Moses, and John -- and, "it is almost certain," others. The more likely case, however, is that Aaron and Moses are not sons of Andrew and Charity, but grandsons. (See below.)

Another possible son (or grandson), Benjamin, appeared briefly in Northampton County land records in the mid-1780s, then apparently died and left a widow Sarah, living next door to Aaron and Moses in the 1790 census. Other possible sons (or grandsons) include John born about 1742, Samuel born about 1765 and Jacob born about 1770 -- the latter two both appearing in Northampton County censuses in the early 1800s, with no apparent connection to the Van Buskirks descended from Andrew's brother, George (1721-1800).

V. The controversy over John b. 1742 and Richard b. 1764.

It has been suggested by some (notably, Mrs. Shoemaker) that one of Andrew and Charity's sons, John Van Buskirk, probably born about 1742, married Mary/Maria ___ and had the following children:

(1) This writer's 4th-great-grandfather, Richard Van Boskirk (1764-1830), who appears as a young single man in tax lists in the 1780s in Kingwood, New Jersey, in 1794 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (where his first child was born, as reported in the Van Boskirk family Bible), and from at least 1796 on at Mifflinburg, Union (formerly Northumberland) County, Pennsylvania. It is our opinion (see below) that Richard is actually a late-born son of Andrew and Charity -- and thus John's younger brother.

(2) John Van Buskirk (henceforth John Jr.), born perhaps 1769 or so and died probably before 1840. We suspect that he lived for a time in Lehigh (formerly part of Northampton) County, Pennsylvania, before moving on to Union Township, Butler County, Ohio (appearing there in the 1830 census), and possibly living briefly around 1810 in Wayne County, Pennsylvania in between those two locations. We also suspect that John Van Boskirk born in Pennsylvania about 1818, who is often attached to a son of Richard above, should actually be attached to a son of John Jr. We have a great deal of census data and other information that points to this scenario (see below).

(3) Charity Van Boskirk Coryell (1771-1839) who was married at Lambertville, Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1771 and who later lived in the Williamsport and Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania areas, before moving on to Marion Township, Shelby County, Indiana by 1830, and finally to Ross Township, Butler County, Ohio, where she died in 1839.

(4) and two younger daughters, Sarah Van Buskirk, born in 1774 and

(5) Esther Van Buskirk, born in 1780, both baptized in Northampton County, Pennsylvania by parents John and Maria.

These last two children's baptismal records seemingly establish both John's wife's name and John and Maria's presence in Northampton County by the mid-1770s, while supposed son Richard was still? or again? in New Jersey in the mid-1780s, and supposed daughter Charity married in New Jersey in 1790. Our skepticism about this list of children proposed by Mrs. Shoemaker is based on her highly questionable equating of the parents of Esther and Sarah with a John and Mary Van Buskirk listed, in a family Bible of descendants of Andrew's brother George, as dying in 1816 and 1805. There is no apparent reason why Andrew's son and daughter-in-law should be listed in George's family Bible, since none of Andrew's other presumed children are so listed, and there is no evidence of an intermarriage between Andrew's and George's descendants.

Instead, we have reason to suspect, this John and Mary dying in 1805 and 1816 were not husband and wife, but brother and sister, and were born much later, probably in the early 1800s, thus dying as young children. Their father, we suggest, was Jacob Van Buskirk born about 1784, a son of George's son Andrew. The family Bible the entries appear in was centered on this Andrew's descendants (not those of George's brother), and his son Jacob is the most likely candidate for John and Mary's father.

It's still quite possible that the John Van Buskirk who had Esther and Sarah in 1774 and 1780 was a son of Andrew and Charity, and we think it at least possible that he was also the father of Charity b. 1771 and John Jr. b. 1769, as well, especially since they each followed the patronymic rule in naming the appropriate one of their two eldest sons John. However, we think it more likely that Richard b. 1764 was not John and Mary's son, but John's younger brother -- and thus the uncle of John Jr., Charity, Esther, and Sarah, rather than their older brother -- for these reasons:

(1) Richard Van Boskirk named his eldest son Andrew, whereas Charity Van Boskirk Coryell did not name a single one of her five sons Andrew or Richard, but she did name a son John. This leads to the natural conclusion that Richard was Andrew's son, and Charity was John's daughter (and thus Richard's niece).

(2) Whereas Richard Van Boskirk named his two daughters Euphemia and Hannah, while the name Mary was not used for any of his children or grandchildren, Charity Van Boskirk Coryell did name a daughter Maria, and this could have been for her mother. However, her husband, George Coryell, had a sister named Maria, so their daughter was probably instead named after her. If so, the more likely candidate for Charity Van Boskirk Coryell's mother is Hetty Clay, the name given to another of Charity Van Boskirk Coryell's daughters. If this is correct, then Charity Van Boskirk Coryell's father married not Maria ___, but Hetty Clay, which would throw doubt on Charity and John Jr. being siblings of the Esther and Sarah whose baptizing parents were John and Maria.

(3) Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk had a brother named Richard Van Horn (who was named after his uncle, the brother of his and Charity's father). In parallel, Richard Van Boskirk b. 1764 would more likely have been named for his mother Charity's brother, than for his (supposed) father John's uncle. Whereas father-naming (first son being named after paternal grandfather) typically skips a generation, uncle-naming typically does not. In other words, while Andrew and Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk would more likely name an eldest son John (after Andrew's father) than Andrew, it would be more likely that one of their later-born sons would be named after his uncle (Charity's brother) than that one of their grandsons would be named after his great-uncle.

VI. Margaret (Van Boskirk?) Morehead
and Euphemia Morehead Anderson.

For some time, we have also suspected that Andrew and Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk may have had a daughter, Margaret, born about 1741 who married about 1760 to Alexander Morehead, and one of whose daughters was named Euphemia—a name heavily used by Richard Van Boskirk and his descendants. Euphemia Morehead married Isaac Anderson, and they lived during the early 1800s in Ross Township, Butler County, Ohio, next door to George and Charity Van Boskirk Coryell and their children. If Margaret, whose surname was unknown in Morehead family records present on the Internet just several years ago (2000), in fact was a Van Boskirk and, specifically, Richard's older sister, this would explain the source of his first daughter's name, she being named after Richard's niece.

We realized that this may have been just a coincidence, with the name Euphemia being a red herring and there being no connection at all between Euphemia Anderson and the Van Boskirks, Richard's use of the name Euphemia coming from a completely different source. One possible source might have been Richard's mother, Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk; if her full name were Charity Euphemia Van Horn, then Richard would have named his daughter after his mother's middle name. (However, very few people used middle names in the early 1700s, so this is not likely.) Yet another possibility is that Richard's wife Hannah Kelly's mother was named Euphemia. Finally, if (as Mrs. Shoemaker contends) Richard was actually the son (rather than younger brother) of John Van Buskirk, then perhaps John's wife, or one of his daughters (Richard's sister), was named Euphemia.

Owing to the paucity of baptismal records for the adjoining areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey for this time period, we were unable to determine if any of those possibilities was correct. Instead, of course, it may in fact have been a mere coincidence that Euphemia Anderson showed up in the exact same neighborhood—the exact same page of the census—in Butler County, Ohio as someone whose brother or uncle had a daughter named Euphemia. Yet, because Euphemia Anderson lived right in the thick of a dense cluster of Coryell households, it remains a tantalizing possibility that she was their relative…somehow or other.

Now, thanks to materials sent to us in the fall of 2007 by a descendant of Charity Van Boskirk Coryell, we now have clear evidence that Euphemia Morehead Anderson was indeed related at least to the Coryells, if not also the Van Boskirks. Letters written by Coryell descendant James E. Gibson in 1935 indicate that Hannah Anderson of Lambertville, New Jersey was a cousin of the Coryells descended from George and Charity. With this lead, we began to trace the family ties backward through the census, relying also on the LDS website’s search function.

First, we found that, in the interim, new information about the Moreheads had been posted, and that Euphemia’s mother, Margaret was nee Hutchison, thus ruling out the possibility that she was a Van Boskirk or Coryell. Also, we found that Euphemia’s father’s mother was named Euphemia Fergus, so that is the likely source of Euphemia Morehead Anderson’s name. Whether either Euphemia Fergus (born about 1710 in Ireland) or her granddaughter Euphemia Morehead Anderson (born about 1773) is the source of the name for Richard Van Boskirk’s first daughter, Euphemia (born in 1795) is not yet clear.

Secondly, we found that the 1920 census of Lambertville, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey shows Hannah C. Anderson age 62 (b. ca. 1858) and sister Mary R. Anderson age 59. The 1860 census of Lambertville, shows Hannah and Mary age 2 and 4/12, respectively, in the household of John A. Anderson 31 and Cornelia A. Anderson 35; also in the household was Hannah Coryell age 63 (b. ca. 1797). Quite likely, she was Cornelia’s mother, and the widow of a Coryell man born perhaps about 1790 who died prior to 1860. The 1850 census shows Hannah Coryell age 54, with daughters Cornelia 25 and Sarah Ann Emely 28 (widowed) with two grandsons, William 6 and Newel 5, as well as Sarah Holcomb 51 (sister?). Next door is Martin Coryell 33 and family, either Hannah’s son or nephew. IGI says Hannah Holcombe born 26 Mar 1798, parents Samuel Holcombe and Sarah Emley, so only one daughter in 1850 census.

Based on this data, we now have two lines of inquiry:

(1)  John A. Anderson, who was born about 1829 in New Jersey, was quite likely a relative of Isaac Anderson who married Euphemia Morehead and lived amongst the Coryells in Butler Co., Ohio in the early 1800s. How exactly does John Anderson relate to Isaac Anderson? The 1850 census of Lambertville, New Jersey shows John Anderson age 21, engineer, to be the son of John H. Anderson age 49 (born about 1801). John H. Anderson does not appear to be the son of Isaac and Euphemia (Morehead) Anderson, since their children are all known and were all born in Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania. Also, the New Jersey census records only begin in 1830, so it is not possible to even guess his father’s name from the census. It’s possible he was the son of a brother of Isaac Anderson, and thus Isaac’s nephew. No data exists for siblings of Isaac Anderson, however, so for the time being, this must be regarded as just a hypothesis, with an alternative possibility being that a Coryell marrying an Anderson in Lambertville, New Jersey and an Anderson living amongst the Coryells in Butler Co., Ohio has nothing to do with Andersons and everything to do with Coryells.

(2)  Hannah Coryell born about 1796 was probably Hannah Holcombe born 26 Mar 1798 to Samuel Holcombe and Sarah Emley. As she appeared widowed in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, who was her husband, and how does he relate to the Butler Co., Ohio Coryells? The only Coryell in the 1830 census with a daughter in either the 0-5 or 5-10 age group (and there was one of each) was Cornelius Coryell age 60-70àborn sometime between 1760 and 1770. The LDS Church’s online database says that a Cornelius Coryell born in the 1760s married first about 1799 to Mary Pidcock, who died in 1811; and second on July 1, 1819 to Hannah Lambert who was born about 1799, and that he and Hannah had a daughter Myra Alice Coryell born 26 May 1820. Myra married her cousin, Martin Coryell of Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, in 1842, and they were living next door to Hannah Coryell and daughter Cornelia in the 1850 census, so it is pretty clear that this is the correct family. However, Hannah “Lambert” may actually be Hannah Holcombe; the maiden name of her mother being the same as the married name of a young mother in her 1850 household, it’s likely that she was taking care of a widowed cousin. One record says that Cornelius died in April of 1843, while another says that he died August 14, 1824. In either case, he could be the father of two daughters, Myra born in 1820 and Cornelia born 1824-1825; however, the fact that he appears in the 1840 census with a daughter in the right age group to be Cornelia casts doubt on the 1824 death date. Also, the record with the 1824 death date says that Cornelius born about 1794 was the son of Jacob Coryell and Sarah Lambert, while the Cornelius in the 1840 census was considerably older.

It cannot be ruled out that Euphemia Morehead Anderson or her grandmother Euphemia Fergus Morehead were the source of the name Richard Van Boskirk chose for his eldest daughter. However, there is no clear connection between them at this time.

VII. The controversy over John b. 1797 and John b. 1818.

 For years, we have been aware that Richard Van Boskirk and his first wife, Hannah, Kelly, had five children -- Andrew, Euphemia, John, Hannah, and George, all born between 1794 and 1803 -- and that, although Euphemia died young, all the others except probably George had families of their own. The descendants of Andrew b. 1794 who married Passa/Persie Inman have largely been traced, and some of those of Hannah b. 1800 who married John Lincoln have as well.

The descendants of John b. 1797 who married Rachel Thompson, however, have been a subject of much controversy. Via a family Bible of one of his descendants, it is known that he had four children: Catherine b. 1822 who m. Van Valzah, Hannah b. 1825 who m. Andre, Richard b. 1828, and Benjamin Franklin b. 1834, all of whom lived with their families in eastern Pennsylvania. The controversy is over whether or not John b. 1797 had a fifth child, an eldest son John, b. 1818.

It has been asserted by some researchers, including Mrs. Shoemaker in her two-volume Van Buskirk genealogy, that the John Van Boskirk b. 1818 in Pennsylvania and who was in Ohio by the 1840s, then Iowa, then Oklahoma, then Kansas, was one of the sons of John b. 1797. Here are the pros and cons of this claim:

(1) One key fact in support of this idea is that the oldest son of John b. 1818 was named Richard Franklin Van Boskirk, and that the two known sons of John b. 1797 were named Richard and Benjamin Franklin Van Boskirk. John b. 1797 named these latter two sons after his and his wife's fathers. The obvious presumption is that John b. 1818 named his eldest son after his two brothers. There is a heavy burden on any suggestion that John b. 1818 was born into some other family. Where did the name Richard Franklin Van Boskirk come from, if John b. 1818 was not the grandson of Richard Van Boskirk and Benjamin Franklin Thompson of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania? Since the first wife of John b. 1818 and mother of Richard Franklin Van Boskirk was Elizabeth Douglass, it may be that one of close relatives (father, brother, uncle) was named Richard. As for the name Franklin, it could simply be a patriotic gesture, considering that the second son of John b. 1818 was named John Jackson Van Boskirk, presumably referring to Andrew Jackson. This idea will take on greater weight, if it is discovered that Elizabeth had a relative named Richard. Another possibility, discussed in more detail below, is that John Jr. b. 1769 named his eldest son John b. 1795 after his great-uncle (or uncle?), Richard b. 1764, and that the full name of John b. 1795 was actually John Richard Van Boskirk. If so, perhaps the eldest son of John b. 1818 was named for his Van Boskirk grandfather, John Richard Van Boskirk, the one b. 1795 to John Van Boskirk Jr. b. 1769.

(2) It's claimed that another fact supporting this tie of John b. 1818 to John b. 1797 is that the 1836 will of John Van Boskirk b. 1797 mentioned a son Richard and a son John, as well as a son not mentioned in his father Richard's 1829 will, namely "Franklin," who was born in 1834. However, John seems not to have been mentioned in Richard's 1828 will either, only Richard, who was born in 1828. The Orphan's Court document listing John's children after he died in 1836 gave the following names of children under age 14: "Richard Benjamin Franklin Catherine Hannah". Mrs. Shoemaker presumed that this indicated he had five young children, plus the son John older than 14 (actually age 15 or 16 by then). Actually, however, it's known that at least two of these names were first and middle names of the same individual: Benjamin Franklin Van Boskirk born in 1834. It's tempting to wonder whether John is the first name of the Richard Van Boskirk born in 1828: John Richard Van Boskirk. This would explain why John b. 1797 did not say that his son John was not mentioned in father Richard's will, because he actually was -- as (John) Richard Van Boskirk! Also, the 1830 census listing for the household of John b. 1797 included a boy age 0-5, but none age 5-10 or 10-15. This also indicates that John b. 1797 had no son born in 1818, but only the one son, John Richard Van Boskirk, born in 1828. (At age 9 or 10, where else would a supposed eldest son John have been in the 1830 census?)

(3) Descendants of John b. 1818 claim that his grandfather Richard's wife's name was Magdalena Coryell. John b. 1818 did have a daughter named Margaret/Maggie. However, this idea is very likely a misconception based on the intermarriage with the Coryells of Richard's supposed daughter, but actually niece, Charity Van Boskirk Coryell. It is well established that Richard's two wives were Hannah Kelley, who died in 1805, and Catherine Friesinger, who died in 1838; both wives are buried with Richard in the Mifflinburg Cemetery, and Hannah is listed in the Van Boskirk family Bible as the mother of his five children, born from 1794 to 1803. Thus, there is no way for John b. 1797 to have been the son of a Magdalena Coryell Van Boskirk. Also, there is no indication anywhere in the published genealogies of the Coryell family of a Magdalena Coryell.

(4) Descendants of John b. 1818 claim that his full name was John Thomas Van Boskirk, which would indicate that one of his grandfathers might have been named Thomas, the other grandfather John -- but neither of them Richard or Benjamin (as were the grandfathers of the four known children of John b. 1797).

(5) The 1880 census entry for John b. 1818 shows that his father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in New York. Since Rachel Thompson, the wife of John b. 1797, was born in Pennsylvania, and John b. 1818 did not name any of his daughters Rachel, this suggests that John b. 1797 was not the father of John b. 1818, and that the mother of John b. 1818 was not Rachel, but perhaps a woman named Magdalena (whether or not a Coryell).

(6) Most revealingly, none of the family Bibles of any of the other four children of John b. 1797 mention a fifth child, John. And there is no appearance of the names Benjamin, Franklin, Catherine, or Rachel among any of the descendants of John b. 1818. This shows that at best there was a severe alienation between John and the other four children -- but more likely that he was not even their brother, but from another line entirely.

So, if there is any truth to this family legend of the descendants of John b. 1818, it can only point to some other Richard Van Boskirk having been his father and having had wife Magdalena Coryell (or at least Magdalena ___) born in New York. But who? The only plausible answer that comes to mind is that the father of John b. 1818 was someone born in Pennsylvania about 1795 and baptized as John Richard Van Boskirk, but going by the name John. And since the name Richard only appears as a source for Pennsylvania Van Boskirks among the Van Horns -- Richard b. 1764 being named after Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk's brother, Richard Van Horn -- it seems reasonable to suspect that Richard Van Horn's name got passed down a second male line of the Van Boskirks descended from Andrew and Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk.

The only current candidate for this would be a son of John Jr., whom we presume to have been the nephew (or brother?) of Richard b. 1764. If John Jr. did in fact name a son John Richard Van Boskirk -- in honor of both his father, John b. about 1742, and his uncle (or brother?) Richard b. 1764 -- then this would provide the source of the first name Richard for the eldest son of John b. 1818, who would have been naming that son after the boy's grandfather John Richard Van Boskirk. And if John Richard Van Boskirk married a Franklin woman -- perhaps the daughter of a Thomas Franklin -- that would provide the middle name of the eldest son of John b. 1818.

VIII. The descendants of John Van Boskirk b. ca. 1742        and Richard Van Boskirk b. 1764

Using census data from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana, plus data from a query recently received, we have pieced together a hypothetical family outline for John Van Boskirk b. about 1742, that includes John b. 1818 and others as descendants of John Van Boskirk, Jr., born about 1769. In contrast to Mrs. Shoemaker and others, we exclude Richard, who is not plausibly named for an eldest son, and replace him with Andrew, to help account for the presence in the 1810 census of a mystery John and Andrew, both b. before 1765, in Northampton Co., PA.

Here is our thinking about John Jr., b. ca. 1769:

(1) A correspondent told us of an ancestor, Levi Buskirk, born 1826 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, whose father John Buskirk was also born in Lehigh County about 1795. He was shown in the 1850 census of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as being age 24 and living in the household of Jacob Yeakle 70, along with William Yeakle 23, Mary Yeakle 23. We suspect that Mary might be Levi's sister, b. about 1827. We also note a Joseph Buskirk in the 1850 census of North..., Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, shown as being age 28 and living in the Fricker household. We suspect that Joseph might be Levi's brother, b. about 1822. We also suspect that John Van Boskirk born 1818 (see above and below) was Levi's brother. Some tantalizing evidence for this connection is that (a) John b. 1818 had a son named Joseph and a daughter named Mary, and (b) one of the sons of John b. 1818 had a son named Levi, and (c) there is a son in his age grouping in the 1820 census household of John Buskirk (see next item).

(2) We found a John Van Buskirk age 18-26 (thus born 1794-1802) with a son age 0-10 in the Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County census of 1820, so we figured this John was Levi's father John b. 1795, even though Levi (and Mary? and Joseph? and John?) who was not to be born for another 6 years did not appear in the household to give confirmation. For reasons explained directly below, we will refer to him henceforth as John Van Buskirk III. (Unfortunately, we have not yet found this John in the 1830 census -- perhaps he had died by then -- but there is no other possibility in the 1820 census to be Levi's father.) We also figured that the young son in this household was John b. 1818.

(3) Looking back to the 1800 census, at which time Lehigh County was still part of Northampton County, we found John Van Buskirk Jr. , listed by that name, in Upper Saucon Township. This man, who was age 26-45, had a son age 0-10 in his household (and two daughters of the same age), and we assumed again that this son was the one we call John Van Buskirk III and who was the father of Levi Buskirk b. 1826 and John Van Boskirk b. 1818 -- and that the head of the household, John Van Buskirk Jr., was Levi's and John's grandfather. Judging by John Jr.'s age group in the census, and looking in the other direction, we also think that he could be Andrew and Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk's son John's son John Jr. (as we have chosen to call him), who was born about 1769 and would have been age 31 at the time of the 1800 census.

(4) Looking back to the 1790 census, we noted that a John Van Buskirk age 16+ was in Plainfield Township, Northampton County, with wife and no children. Assuming he was John Van Buskirk, Jr., he would have been about 21 and just married. Presumably he is the one in Upper Saucon Township in 1800.

(5) In 1810, we find John Van Buskirk in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, age 26-45, with a son age 10-16 and a son 0-10 and two daughters the same ages. We conjecture that this is John Van Buskirk, Jr., with his sons John Van Buskirk III, born about 1795 and Ralph Van Buskirk born about 1800. (See immediately below.)

(6) After 1820, the family apparently split up. John III may have died, his children then either living with John III's widow, who may have remarried by 1830, or being placed in other households. John Jr. apparently moved west with whatever children he had; we have not yet located him in the 1820 census, whether in Pennsylvania or Ohio (the two likeliest possibilities).

(7) The 1830 census of Union Township, Butler County, Ohio has John Buskirk age 60-70, indicating the possibility of his being John Van Buskirk, Jr. (age 61 at that time), along with a son 20-30, and younger males: one 15-20, one 5-10, and one 0-5. We think the other adult male is John Jr.'s son Ralph, who appeared twice in marriage records in the 1830s (apparently marrying his second and third wives during that time), but who seems to have died before 1840. The youngest boy we think is Ralph's son, John Buskirk, who was born about 1829 in Butler County, Ohio.

(8) John Buskirk born about 1829 and Ralph Buskirk, Jr., born about 1832 in Butler County, Ohio, appeared in the 1850 Sycamore Township, Hamilton County, Ohio household of Isaac Quick 35 born New Jersey and his wife Eliza 35 born Ohio. (We speculate that Eliza might be Ralph Sr.'s younger sister.) Also in that census was Caroline Buskirk 35 born in Ohio, with daughter Alivia Lewis 12, son James Buskirk 10, and George Buskirk 9, all born in Ohio. This establishes that Ralph Sr. had at least two sons with his third wife, Caroline V. Lewis, a widow with a daughter, whom he married on June 9, 1839.

(9) By 1860 Ralph and John had moved to Darlington, Sugar Creek Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, and by 1880 John had moved on to Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, the census of which indicated that his father, Ralph, was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Ohio. The parents of Ralph Jr., who was still in Montgomery County, Indiana in 1880, were both shown as being born in Pennsylvania, indicating that they were born of different mothers. This is supported by the fact that Ralph Sr. married second Clarissa Lamb on July 7, 1831, the year before Ralph Jr. was born and two years after John was born.

Based on this data and speculation, here is a tentative family outline for Andrew and Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk's sons John born about 1742 and Richard born 1764, including their known children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.. As will be noted, this outline accepts Mrs. Shoemaker's proposal that their son John had a son John and a daughter Charity, while it detaches Richard from that family and establishes him instead as John's younger brother, and it detaches John b. 1818 from Richard's family and establishes him instead as John's great-grandson. It also should not be forgotten that Andrew and Charity Van Horn Van Boskirk had other sons and grandsons not included in these family groups, including especially Benjamin, Aaron, Moses, Samuel, and Jacob Van Buskirk of Northampton (later Monroe) County, Pennsylvania. Many of their descendants are listed in Mrs. Shoemaker's volume. Except for the erroneous inclusion of John's grandson who married Catherine Weaver as a son of Moses, we do not have a lot to add to Mrs. Shoemaker's compilation for those families. As for the children of Benjamin, Samuel, and Jacob, we know next to nothing.

(1) John Van Boskirk b. ca. 1742, Bucks Co., PA, m. about 1768 Maria ____, died 1815, Northampton Co., PA? in 1810 census of Northampton Co., PA? Their possible children:

(a) Andrew Van Boskirk, b. ca. 1764, in 1810 census of Northampton Co., PA?

(b) another son named after Maria's father, b. ca. 1767? died young?

(c) John Van Boskirk Jr. b. ca. 1769 -- m. ca. 1789, lived Northampton Co., PA, relocating in Butler Co., OH by 1830

[1] John (Richard?) Van Buskirk b. ca. 1795, Upper Saucon Twp., Lehigh Co., PA, m. before 1820 to Catherine Weaver, in 1820 census of Upper Saucon Twp., d. before 1830?, had 4 sons, 1 daughter?

[a] John (Thomas?) Van Boskirk b. Nov. 1818, m. 1 Elizabeth Douglas ca. 1844, m. 2 Elizabeth Stoner, in 1850 Richland Co., OH census, in 1860 and 1870 Iowa census, 1880 Kansas census, d. 1897 Kansas; had son Richard Franklin, son John Jackson, son Joseph Weaver, daughter Mary, grandson Levi.

[b] Joseph Buskirk b. 1822, in Lehigh Co. 1850 census

[c] Levi Buskirk b. 1826, Upper Saucon Twp., Lehigh Co., PA, in Montgomery Co. 1850 census, Yeakle household, d. in Indiana.

[d] Mary Buskirk b. 1827, m. William Yeakle, in Montgomery Co. 1850 census

[e] Tighlman Buskirk b. 1832?, in Upper Milford Twp., Lehigh Co., PA in 1850 census.

[2] daughter b. ca. 1798, PA, in father's 1810 Wayne Co., PA household?

[3] Ralph Buskirk b. ca. 1801, PA, m. 3 times in Butler Co., OH, d. before 1840?

[a] John Buskirk b. 1828 (to Ralph's first marriage), lived in Indiana

[b] Ralph Buskirk (Jr.) b. 1832 (to Ralph's second marriage), lived in Indiana

[c] James Buskirk b. 1839 (to Ralph's third marriage) 

[d] George Buskirk b. 1841 (to Ralph's third marriage)

[4] daughter b. ca. 1804, PA, in father's 1810 Wayne Co., PA household?

[5] son b. ca. 1810, PA, in father's 1830 Butler Co., OH household?

(d) Charity Van Boskirk b. 1771 -- m. 1790 George Coryell, lived Hunterdon County, NJ, Union and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania, Shelby County, Indiana, and Butler County, Ohio (by the 1830s, where she died in 1839).

[1] Tunison Coryell -- George's grandmother's maiden name

[2] John Coryell -- named for Charity's father and/or George's brother?

[3] Martha Coryell m. Dingler -- named for George's sister

[4] Hetty Clay Coryell m. McCormick -- name for Charity's sister? (Esther=Hester=Hetty?)

[5] Joseph Robinson Coryell -- named for George's brother

[6] Abraham Coryell -- named for George's father

[7] Sarah Davis Coryell m. Nicholas Van Voast -- named for George's mother and/or Charity's sister?

[8] Maria Eliza Coryell m. John B. Oaks -- named for George's sister

[9] Susan Coryell m. Francis Van Voast -- named for George's sister

(e) Sarah Van Buskirk b. 1774, bpt. 1781, Hamilton Twp., Northampton Co., PA.

(f) another son or daughter b. ca. 1777, d. young?

(g) Esther Van Buskirk b. 1780, bpt. 1781, Hamilton Twp., Northampton Co., PA.

(2) Richard Van Boskirk b. 1764, Hunterdon Co., NJ?, m. 1st about 1793 Hannah Kelly, m. 2nd before 1810 Catherine Frissinger, died 1830, Mifflinburg, Union Co., PA, in 1800, 1810, and 1830 census of Northumberland/Union Co., PA (1820 census page for Mifflinburg not reproduced on microfilm). Richard's and Hannah's children and grandchildren:

(a) Andrew Van Boskirk, b. 1794, d. 1867, m. 1817 Passa Inman, lived Union Co., PA, Luzerne Co., PA, Licking Co., OH, Rock Co., WI, Scott Co., IA, Henry Co., IL, and Rock Island Co., IL They had seven children:

[1] Richard Van Boskirk, b. 1818, d. after 1887, m. Sarah Serrin, 5 children

[2] Hannah Van Boskirk, b. 1820, d. 1897, m. Horatio G. Stone, 11 children

[3] Sarah Van Boskirk (this compiler's ancestress), b. 1822, d. 1910, m. Pierce B. Bissell, 6 children

[4] Walter Van Boskirk, b. 1824, d. 1907, m. 1st Amanda Rand, 4 children, m. 2nd Elizabeth Van Duzen Smith, 1 adopted child

[5] Miles Van Boskirk, b. 1826, d. 1887, m. 1st Susan Brockman, m. 2nd Augusta Kuthuck, no children

[6] Caleb Lincoln Van Boskirk, b. 1828, d. 1905, m. 1st Catherine Smith, m. 2nd Celia Freer, 4 children

[7] Euphemia Van Boskirk b. 1835, d. 1920, m. Ward Wixon, 9 children

(b) Euphemia Van Boskirk, b. 1795, d. 1795

(c) John Van Boskirk, b. 1797, d. 1836, m. Rachel Thompson, four children

[1] Catherine Van Boskirk, b. 1822, d. 1897, m. Robert Van Valzah

[2] Hannah Van Boskirk

[3] John Richard Van Boskirk

[4] Benjamin Franklin Van Boskirk

(d) Hannah Van Boskirk b. 1800, d. 1880, m. John Lincoln, three children

[1] Catherine Lincoln

[2] Rachel Thompson Lincoln

[3] Richard Van Boskirk Lincoln

(e) George Van Boskirk, b. 1803, d. before 1830


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