A VAN VALKENBURG FAMILY

FOREWORD

In 1922, prior to the Van Valkenburg family reunion held at Wampler's Lake, Michigan, Dalton R. Wells prepared a drawing of the Family tree at the suggestion of Amenzo Van Valkenburg. To Mary A. Van Valkenburg should go the major credit for such creation, as it was she who so ably assisted in the gathering of the necessary information. The drawing was delineated in black and white on artist's board, and unveiled by Amenzo Van Valkenburg with an appropriate introduction. The drawing created great interest, with so many expressing a desire to possess a copy, that in 1924 a new drawing was prepared capable of blueprint reproduction. Many obtained copies. It was revised at that time by adding many twigs, and was again revised for the 1931 reunion.

At the reunion in 1935, it was suggested that the Tree be further revised and brought up to date. It was then explained, that, as the family had so increased in numbers in the interim, a new drawing would be necessary, which would be of such proportions as to make it unwieldy in handling. It was therefore suggested that a typewritten genealogy be prepared in its stead. Dalton R. Wells was then appointed to prepare a typewritten genealogy. Pursuant thereto, there will be found on the pages following, a genealogy beginning with Lambert and Elizabeth Van Valkenburg; who, on the drawing of the Family Tree, were the trunk of the tree. The genealogy is divided into nine branches, and written in such form that it may be readily added to, from time to time as the family desires or occasion demands, without having to rewrite the whole at each revision.

In the gathering of authentic information, I am deeply appreciative of the willing and interested co-operation of many members of the family, without which the genealogy would not be a reality. Lena D. Wells had added a touch of interest, giving the derivation of the name and some early history of the family. Such has been complied from data gathered by the late Charles Jewell Van Valkenburg, who gave much thought and freely of his time and money toward the preparation of a complete genealogy. We should all feel deeply indebted to him for such information.

The genealogy following is lovingly dedicated to my father-in-law, Amenzo Van Valkenburg, who gave first thought to a family reunion.

October, 1936.

Faithfully,
DALTON R. WELLS

HISTORY OF THE VAN VALKENBURG FAMILY

As compiled by Charles Jewell Van Valkenburg


(1870 - 1918)

It was some years ago that the first steps toward the compiling of a history of the Van Valkenburg family was undertaken, and about these first steps, and some subsequent ones, I shall try and give a brief account. Every one, it is said, has a hobby of some nature which will at some stage of life show itself plainly, and this striking up a belated acquaintance with my long departed and forgotten forebearers has for years been a pet hobby of mine.

Some years ago, as a boy in company with my parents, I visited the old family scenes in the state of New York. We drove over the hills and through the dales of the old Mohawk Valley, the Catskill mountains and along the beautiful silvery Hudson. Here we visited many of the old landmarks that were established in the days of our Dutch grandfathers. At Kinderhook, at Guilderland, at Stoner Arabic, and at Canajharie we rested and dreamed under the same roofs which sheltered them in their childhood. We looked out upon the green hills and drank in the refreshing beauty of a country of which one will always sing praises, who has once reveled in its glory.

I looked out upon these scenes in the tender freshness of springtime, watered by many rains and warmed by the beaming rays of the early morning sun, disclosing the dew heavy upon the grass heads and leaves and with rolly, misty clouds hanging in the thousand little tie valleys between a thousand little hills. As I grew into man's estate this early boyhood visit has remained green in my memory, and with the passing of years as I have witnessed the birth of the new leaves upon the trees and shrubs, the thought of my ancestry has always remained with me.

To reach back across the dark abyss called TIME, and collect genealogical records is rather difficult. One gathers only a point here and a note there, and the weaving of these fragments together is a task that reminds one of fathoming the block of a large and difficult puzzle picture.

To search through the great volume of correspondence, records, old land grants, dates, etc. that have been submitted to me, and to collect from these the very cream, has been a very trying labor which has proved very interesting to me though I recognize that I have failed to create in the 2863 Van Valkenburg homes (1915 records)located In the United States, a very wide spread interest in the names, the records, and the recollection of those who have passed away in the current of time.

In closing this prose let me say in the words of the poet -

To the past generations of our family who have put aside the mortal clay and have Journeyed across the river into that mysterious region beyond -

To the passing who still linger upon this mundane sphere -

To the present that are now engaged In the pursuit of fleeting phantoms of large estates and worldly goods -

And to the future generations still unborn and yet to come, that -

    "When the mists have rolled in splendor
    From the beauty of the hills
    And the sunshine warm and tender
    Falls in kisses on the rills,
    We may read loves' shining letter
    In the rainbow of the spray,
    We shall know each other better
    When the mists have cleared away."

Charles J. Van Valkenburg Laurel, Franklin Co., Indiana

From the History of the Van Valkenburg Family by Charles Jewell Van Valkenburg (b.1870 d.1918)

Lambert Van Valkenburgh, son of Maurice, with his wife Annatie, who also was born in Holland, were the first members of the family to migrate to America, coming here about 1640. They lived in Manhattan, now New York City, until the spring of 1654 when Lambert disposed of the real estate he had acquired there and sailed up the Hudson River to Fort Orange, later known as Albany. Here he established a tannery, the first one in the territory north of Manhattan. Their family consisted of two sons, Jochem Lambertze and Lambert II. The oldest son, Jochem Lambertze, took up a tract of land near Kinderhook, a small village about twelve miles south of Albany. His family consisted of ten children, names as follows:-

The line of descent is carried on with the son Abraham, of Kinderhook, whose family consisted of the followings-

Jacob, son of Abraham, was married at Kinderhook in 1728, and the members of his family are recorded as follows;-

Isaac Peter, born June 17, 1733, married his cousin Catharine Van Valkenburg and lived at Kinderhook. He was a Revolutionary soldier, serving as captain of 1st Company, 7th Regiment of the Albany County militia of Kinderhook District. He had four sons:-

Richard, son of Isaac Peter, of Kinderhook, had two sons:-

Richard II, son of Richard I, born Sept. 10, 1778, served in the war of 1812. Was at the battle of Sackett Harbor on Lake Erie. Moved from Kinderhook to Stone Arabic, N. Y. and later to Mapletown on the Mohawk River, where he died in 1852. He married Jane Clauw, of Kinderhook, and their children were:-

Lambert V. was a blacksmith by occupation, learning the trade at his father's forge at Maplewood, N. Y. Upon his 19th birthday he had finished ironing off a wagon for his father by working at the job over time nights and mornings, and as a compensation for the same his father gave him the two remaining years of time that was required by law for a boy to serve in those days until his 21st birthday. A few years after his marriage to Elizabeth Vosburg, of Flat Creek, N. Y. they decided to try their fortunes in the wild west of Michigan, and in 1836 the two, with their three small children, placed their household furniture, the forge, and a few blacksmith's tools upon an Erie Canal boat and the voyage to the west began. At Buffalo they boarded a sailing vessel, and after a rough voyage, arrived at the village of Toledo, Ohio. There Lambert set up a wagon and blacksmith shop.

The country around Toledo at that early date was swampy, and chills, fever, and malaria were common, in fact too common for them and they decided to move on into Michigan. The Journey from Toledo, Ohio, to Blissfield, Mich., was through what was known as the Black Swamp, and in those early days the wagon roads were almost impassable. When they reached a point which is now known as Riga the wagon sank deep in the black mud and everything had to be unloaded. It took three days to travel a distance of one mile. After many days they came to a small village surrounded by half cleared farms. It was called Franklin Center, now known as Tipton. They decided to rest here a few days at the log cabin of Austin Love. The morning after their arrival there, farmer Love discovered the kit of blacksmith tools in the wagon, and as there was no smith nearer than the town of Adrian he persuaded Lambert to set up his forge to mend their log chains, and shoe their oxen and threes. After two weeks spent there they decided to move on, but on reaching Cambridge Junction they were overtaken by a messenger requesting them to return to Franklin Candor, saying if they would do so they would give them five acres of land, have a "logging Bee" and erect them a house, barn and shop. This proposition was accepted and they became residents of Lenawee County, Michigan.

A few years later Lambert's financial condition became such that he erected a frame house, the first one of the kind in Tipton. It stood on the south side of the street Just west of the main four corners. About that year he sold the home in Tipton and bought an eighty acre farm one mile north of Tipton, now known as the Albert Morseman farm.

In the year 1849 all of the United States lying west of the Mississippi River was a blank, or thought to be a "howling wilderness" inhabited by savage Indiana and wild animals but reports of gold having been discovered in California on the Pacific Coast, many adventurous men started by water around Cape Horn, a distance of 20,000 miles, for this new El Dorado. A shorter water route was soon established, known as the Panama Route, and those choosing this route were compelled to cross the Isthmus of Panama on foot.

The news of the hidden gold in the mountains of California soon reached the little hamlet of Franklin Center, and the farmers gathering around the forge of Lambert would discuss the latest news until finally a company of twelve men was organized, desirous of making the journey, and Lambert being one of the number, was elected Treasurer of the company, and was detailed to go to New York and purchase transportation for the company. This occurred in the fall of 1851.

The business satisfactorily transacted, he returned to Franklin Center, passed the winter with his family, making preparations for the long journey in the spring. Thus, Lambert, leaving his home, his wife and seven children, started for New York City again. Arriving there they boarded a sailing vessel for Panama. When the Isthmus was reached the "gold seekers" crossed on foot and again set sail on the waters of the blue Pacific.

After the departure of Lambert from his home, Elizabeth assumed the duties of "general manager" of the household, hopefully awaiting a message from the absent one, but when the message came, about six months after his departure, it was not from him but from a friend, telling the sad news of his sickness and death, and burial in the depths of the Pacific. He died as he had lived, a staunch and faithful Christian and his last words commended his wife and children to the care and guidance of his Lord and Savior.

Eight years later Elizabeth married William Baldwin, of Iron Creek. At his death a number of years later she went to live with her youngest daughter, Elizabeth Stowe, of Brooklyn, Michigan, where she passed away November 30, 1889, at the age of eighty years.

G E N E A L O G Y

Lambert Van Valkenburg was born in Mapletown, New York,

September 18, 1808; married Elizabeth Vosburgh, May 28, 1829, died at sea May 23, 1852, and was buried in the Pacific Ocean off the of Panama.

Elizabeth Vosburgh was born at Flat Creek, Montgomery County, New York, November 3, 1809; died November 30, 1889 at Brooklyn, Jackson County, Michigan, and was buried at Tipton, Lenawee County, Michigan. Elizabeth's second marriage was to William Baldwin, July 21, 1860.Isthmus

The children of Lambert and Elizabeth were:-

  1. Cornelia
  2. John Washington
  3. Mary
  4. Jane
  5. Harriet
  6. Margaret
  7. Amenzo
  8. Randall Tomkins
  9. Elizabeth Annis

Notes. According to earlier records Lambert was Lambert the 5th the son of Richard II.

It has been extremely difficult to definitely locate both Mapletown and Flat Creek as to counties. On an old map Flat Creek was found in Montgomery County just north of the southern border toward the east. Other later maps do not show it at all. Earlier records state Mapletown, Montgomery County; yet, old and later maps do not show it. The U. S. Post Office Department at present does not list either on the list of Post Offices of New York State. It is possible that the names of both have been changed since the early days. From the foregoing it is reasonable to assume that both Mapletown and Flat Creek were located in Montgomery County. Further, one record states that Mapletown was located on the Mohawk River. Such River runs through the northerly section of Montgomery County.

In Lambert's time the family name was spelled ending with the letter "h". Sometime in later years this letter "h" was dropped in spelling the name.