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In 1730 Isaac Van Deiisen, the ancestor of the Van Deusens 
of Great Barrington, married Fiche, the third child of Coenreat 
Borghghardt, and, as the latter's Hfe, abihties and successes did 
rniich to influence the lives of the former, and their descendants, 
it is quite right that a sketch of this worthy and honored man 
should precede that of the Van Deusens. 

Coenreat Hendrickse Borghghardt, or, as the name has 
since been written, Coonrod Burghardt, was born about 1677, 
probably in the vicinity of Albany, and was the son of Hendrick 
Coenreatse Borghghardt and Marya Janse Franse Van Hoesen, 
daughter of Jan Franse Van Hcesen and Volkie Juiriaanse. 

Coonrod Burghardt' s maternal grandfather, Jan Franse Van 
Hoesen, came from a place called Huisen, near the Zuyder Zee, 
Netherlands. He was a commissioner for the Dutch West India 
company, and a resident of New Amsterdam before 1654, and 
afterward of Fort Orange and Beaverwyck. He was interested in 
shipping, and bought considerable real estate in the village and 
vicinity of Fort Orange, and also half the island opposite, which, 
after his death, about 1667, was sold to Jeremiah Van Rennselaer. 

On June 5th, 1662, he bought from the Indians, for five 
hundred guilders, in beavers, several hundred acres along the 
Hudson river, fn the vicinity of Claverack, including the site of 
the present city of Hudson. Coonrod Burghardt married, before 
1698, Gesie Hendrickse Van Wie, daughter of Hendrick Gerritse 
Van Wie, and settled in Kinderhook, before 1700. He is 
mentioned as a prominent citizen of that place in 1702, and. 


again in 1720, in the Documentary History of the State of 
New York. In December, 1702, Mr. Burghardt, and some of his 
neighbors, were summoned to appear before the Governor and 
Council, in the City of New York, and answer the charge of 
having employed Paulus Van Vleck, a religious teacher, who 
had been forbidden to preach by the former. 

As the season was unfavorable for traveling, Mr. Burghardt 
petitioned that the matter be postponed until spring, but it was 
not granted, so he, with the others, journeyed to New York, 
appearing before the proper authorities on March nth, 1703, 
" acknowledged their error, and, submitting themselves thereon, 
were discharged, with a caution to be more careful for the future. ' ' 
Mr. Burghardt was extensively engaged in the fur trade, 
with the Indians, along the New England path, which extended 
from Albany to Boston, and passed through Kinderhook and the 
southern part of the Housatonic valley, which he had undoubtedly 
explored at an early date, and he was on friendly terms with them 
and familiar with their language and customs. 

In the spring of 171 7 he and Elias Van Schaick applied to 
the Governor of New York for a license to purchase a tract of 
four thousand acres of land, south-east of Kinderhook, and west 
of the Westenhook patent, which latter included a large part of 
the Housatonic valley. 

The land was laid out in the fall of the same year, by a 
government suneyor, but it was immediately claimed by Henry 
Van Rennselaer, of Claverack manor, upon the strength of an 
alleged prior patent, and this circumstance was followed by a 
controversy, which continued many years, and finally resulted 
unfavorably for Mr. Burghardt, however, it was probably in 
consequence of this that he connected himself with the New- 
England settlers, in the Housatonic valley, which alliance proved 
of great benefit to himself and his po.sterity. In 1724 he was 
employed by the Settling Conimittee, of the Housatonic colony, 


to purchase, from the Indians, land m the southern portion of 
Berkshire County, for the formation of the Housatonic town- 
ships, and he was so successful that he reduced the money value 
from ;i^i,200, the price asked, to £\^o, the price given. 

On April 25th, 1724, Konkapot and twenty other Indian 
owners, met the committee at Westfield, Massachusetts, Mr. 
Burghardt acting as interpreter, and he was also one of the 
witnesses to the deed, which the former gave to the latter, with 
certain reservations, to a tract of land extending four miles east 
of the Housatonic River, bounded on the south by the Connecticut 
line, north on ' ' Ye great mountain, known by ye name of 
Man-ska-fee-hunk," supposed to be Rattlesnake Mountain, in 
Stockbridge, and west on the New York line, which at that time 
had not been permanently settled. 

In 1725 the committee engaged Mr. Burghardt to measure 
the distance from the Hudson to the Housatonic rivers, at the 
nearest point, in the vicinity of the Housatonic Townships, but he 
was caused much annoyance by the Westenhook patentees, who 
claimed a larger portion of Berkshire County. The history of 
this patent, which is too long to repeat here, was granted by the 
Governor of New York, which state, at an early period, before 
the line was established, claimed the western end of Massachusetts 
as far east as the Connecticut River. Mr. Burghardt went to 
Albany, and engaged a surveyor, but, as he did not appear on 
the appointed time^ Mr. Burghardt again visited Albany, when 
he learned that the man had been bribed \yy the Westenhook 
patentees ; he then went to Schnectady and employed another, 
but this one also disappointed him, for the same reasons, but 
nothing daunted, he went eighty miles farther, to Kings Town- 
ship, and there secured the services of a third, by paying ^^5 
New York currency, and, with the assistance of Mr. Burghardt 
and one of his sons, the surveyor measured the line. 

In 1726 some of the settlers in the Housatonic Townships 


were molested, and sued as trespassers, by tlie Westenhook 
patentees, and lost their suits at Albany'. The SettHng Committee 
requested Mr. Burghardt to give bonds, for the damages and 
costs, which he did, and in consequence he had the trouble and 
expense of several trips to Albany and Westfield. and eventually 
pnid ,£jo to satisfy his bonds. 

Later he was employed by the committee to purchase a tract 
of land north of the Housatouic Townships, and for seventeen 
days he entertained ' ' with great fatigue and trouble, ' ' at his home 
in Kinderhook, thirty -one Indian owners, who came from the 
Susquehannah counlry, in Pennsylvania. 

In 1 741 Mr. Burghardt petitioned the General Court of 
Massachusetts for reward for his ser\'ices, in connection with the 
colonization of Southern Berkshire county, relating the various 
details pertainiug to them, and although thej^ showed that he 
had received some compensation, the}^ presented him, in 1742, a 
tract of two hundred acres of laud, in Richmond, north of Great 
Barriugton. He removed from Kinderhook to the Housatonic 
settlement a little later than 1730, bringing nearly all his children 
\nth him. "The mansion house of the Burghardts, a low, 
Dutch looking structure, with a long sloping roof to the south," 
was near the comer, north of the Mahaiwe or south cemetery', 
upon a plot of several acres. It was occupied bj^ the Burghardts 
for about one hundred j^ears, and was torn down about 1840. 

Besides the house lands, he owned the meadow, now the 
Agricultural Grounds, two hundred acres in the town of Rich- 
mond, and several thousand acres of the finest lands in the 
present towns of Great Bairington and Egremont, some being on 
the banks of the Green River. His .six rights, of four hundred 
acres each, in the Upper Housatonic Township, he transferred as 
follows: Two to his son-in-law, Isaac Van Deusen, in 1743; 
three to his sons, Peter and Jacob, in 1746, and one to his son 
Heudrick, at an earlier date. 


" He was a man of great intelligence, enterprise and public 
spirit, as well as of sturdj^ integrity, and, judging from his auto- 
graph, a man of good education for those times," and " appears 
to have been the most wealthy of all the settlers, and to have 
maintained an influential position among them." 

"Mr. Burghardt died about 1750, and was undoubtedly 
buried in the vicinity of others of his f amity, in the south burial 
ground, at Great Barrington. It is to be regretted that no suitably 
inscribed monument perpetuates the memory of this sturdy 
patriarch, who may fairly be entitled to be called the founder of 
the Housatonic colony." 

Isaac Van Deusen, I, " Rich Isaac," of Van Deusen Manor, 
was the son of Abraham Van Deusen and Jemima Van Schoon- 
hoven, and the grandson of Matthew Abrahamsen Van Deursen, 
one of the five brothers who came to America about the middle 
of the seventeenth century, landing at New Amsterdam, now 
New York. 

These five brothers were the sons of Abraham Van Deursen, 
a resident of Deursen, a small village in North Brabant, Neth- 
erlands, and a member of an old Dutch family. ' Matthew 
Abrahamsen Van Deursen lived in Beaverwyck, now Albany, 
from 1657 to 1700, and his son Abraham lived for a time at 
Kingston, then he removed to Albany, but finally returned to 
Kingston. Isaac Van Deusen remained in Kinderhook until 
Ma}^ 1735, when he and his family came to the Housatonic 
settlement, probably not long after the arrival of his father-in-law, 
Coonrod Burghardt. Shortly after his arrival he built a small 
log house, on some of Mr. Burghardt' s land, near the sight of the 
manor house, which he erected a few years later. 

Mr. Van Deusen acquired from Coonrod Burghardt and 
David IngersoU a very large estate, of several hundred acres, in 
the upper part of Great Barrington, which formed Van Deusen 
Manor, some of the laud being on the beautiful Housatonic river ; 


he also acquired the Williams Mills property, of several acres, 
on the banks of the Williams river, and now in the village of 
Van Deusen ; and tracts of land in Egremont, from Jonathan 
Hill ; in Stockbridge, from Silas Goodrich ; in Richmond, from 
^hn Burghardt, and in the Hoplands, which were formerlj- in 
Great Barrington, but set off to Lee in 1777, and probably more, 
and his sons added largely to their inherited estates. 

The early Van Deusens owned large portions of Monument 
mountain, in the north-east part of the town, famous for its 
majestic beauty, extensive views, and Indian legends, one of 
which is the theme of William Cullen Bryant's poem, which 
bears the name of the mountain. 

The Van Densens and Burghardts were the largest land 
holders in Western Massachusetts, and their estates deser\-e to 
be remembered with pride by their descendants. 

The manor house, of Dutch architecture, and medium size, 
was built of wood and brick, on the bluff, south of the later burial 
place of the family, and some distance west of Stockbridge road. 
The site is one of rare beauty, commanding extensive views of 
the Housatonic valley and Berkshire Hills, among those visible 
being the Dome of the Taconics, Tom Ball and Monument 
mountain. The small windows, of diamond shaped glass, in 
leaden frames, and the bricks were brought from England, or the 

It was approached by a private driveway, and there were six 
stone posts and gates ; two at the entrance, one of which still 
stands, bearing the date 1793, which possibly was the date of its 
erection ; two a little further on, at the entrance to the outbuild- 
ings, which were south of, and in keeping with the house ; and 
two small ones near, and in front of the house, for the gate, 
which opened into the grounds between the house and Stockbridge 
road. I have heard that there was originally a small house at 
the entrance, where one or more of the slaves lived, and that 


there were also some small slave houses, in the rear of the 
manor house. 

Undoubtedly all was substantial and comfortable, if we are 
able to judge by the houses Mr. Van Deusen built for his sons. 

The house stood for more than a century, and was the 
home of Isaac I, Isaac II, and Isaac III, ' Wise Isaac," but, 
after the death of the latter, in 1831, it passed out of the family, 
and speedily began to run down, as old houses will when not 
properly cared for. The main part was taken down about i860, 
and the wing at an earlier date. Not a vestage of the original 
buildings remain, and the stone gate post is the sole memorial 
of the manor buildings. 

Mr. Van Deusen' s six sons settled upon his lands, and in 
1787 he deeded a large part of his property- to them, however, he 
did not acknowledge the six deeds until 1788, and they were not 
recorded until after his death, in 1796 

Abraham, the eldest, lived at the foot of the road over 
Monument mountain, where Jehoiakim Van Valkenburg had. 
previously settled. 

Coonrod lived at the western base of Monument mountain, 
in the " old stone house," built in 1771, and still standing, on 
the east road to Housatoaic. 

John I, lived in the brick house, now owned by the Pelton 
family, north of the family burial ground. 

Matthew lived at the ' ' old stone house, ' ' still standing in 
the south part of Lee, which was formerly called the Hoplands. 

Jacob lived at the Williams mansion, since owned by the 
Ticknor family, in the present village of Van Deusen. 

Isaac, Jr., or II, the youngest, remained at the manor house. 

These six sons were noted for their uncommon height, the 
shortest being six feet, two inches, and the tallest six feet seven 
and one-half inches. 

On March 8th, 1742 the proprietors — land holders — held their 


first meeting to decide about the erection of a meeting house, 
when Coonrod Burghardt was chosen, with others, for two of the 
three committees, one to make arrangements for the site, and 
building of the house, and the other to take charge of the 
minister's right. 

During the same year the house was built, near the line of the 
Upper and Lower Housatonic Townships, east of the Great Bridge, 
and contained fifteen square pews, fourteen for the landed gentry, 
with one for the minister's family, and slips for other attendants. 
Coonrod Burghardt bought " the second pew east from the south 
door," for ^^49, and Isaac Van Deusen " the pew between the 
last pew and the stairs, ' ' for ^^35 Old Tenor. At a parish meeting, 
March 12th, r746, Isaac Van Deusen, John Williams, and Jo.siah 
Phelps, Jr., were chosen " to call the old committee, that under- 
took for the building of the meeting house, to their 
accounts, and see what is become of the money granted for that 
use and ser\nce." 

In 1759 Gen. Joseph Dwight, Isaac Van Deusen, Israel 
Dewey, Timothy Hopkins and Jonathan Nash were appointed 
seaters, for the meeting house, " a ver^^ important and difficult 
w^ork," and they were instructed "to have special regard to 
estates, as contained in the last and present year's lists, and also 
to the age of particular persons, accounting each years age, above 
sixteen, equal to jCa- on the list, and also to persons honorary, 
whether by commission, or othenvise." 

The Van Deusens and the Burghardts eventually became 
Episcopalians, through various reasons, w'hich have been detailed 
in an interesting manner by Isaac I. Van Deusen, III, " Wise 
Isaac," grandson of Isaac Van Deusen I, and his sketch wnll be 
inserted here. 

It was written in 1829, and first published in book form ; 
later in the Wityicss and Advocate, of Boston, April 14th, 1843, 
and since then in the Berkshire Courier and Berkshire Nc-u's. 


History of St. James Church. 

The Protestant Episcopal Church, in Great Barriiigt©n, 
originated from very singular circumstances, some of which are 
painful to relate. The facfts are these : In the first place, it 
be understood that the first settlers of the town were emigrants 
from various parts of the country. A number of families were 
from Westfield, and elsewhere, who were principally English 
people of the Presb3'terian order, and a few Dutch families who 
were Lutherans by profession, from the town of Kinderhook, in 
the State of New York. The latter were the most wealthy portion 
of the community, though not the most numerous. These people, 
thus settled in this new country, for a while lived together in 
harmony and good understanding ; till at length they concluded 
it was necessar)'' to have a house of worship, and settle a 
minister. The Dutch people cordiall)- consented to do their 
proportion in building a house, which was, until recently, known 
as the old meeting house, and stood a few rods east of the bridge 
at the north end of the village of Great Barrington. The laud 
on which it stood was generously given by David Ingersoll, an 
Episcopahan. In settling a minister, [December 28, 1743, at 
that time onh' thirty families^in towm.] the Dutch settlers also 
bore their portion of the expense. There was also given to 
him four hundred acres of land in what was called the Upper 
Housatonic propriety, as a settling fee over his yearly salary. 
The Upper Housatonic propriety was all that part of Great 
Barrington north of the old meeting, and south of the Stock- 
bridge line, also the south part of the town of Lee. The house 
being built, and the minister settled, all were satisfied except the 
Dutch people. They had recently come among the English, and 
weresoimperfec5lly acquainted with their language, that the)' could 
not fully comprehend the preaching of the English minister ; 
and desiring to enjoy the privilege of again hearing the gospel in 
their own tongue, they went to the minister and requested of him, 
and his church, the liberty of having ledtures preached to them 
iu the meeting-house, at their own expense and in their own lan- 
guage, at such times as the house should not be otherwise occu- 
pied; perhaps three or four times a year, on week days. However 
reasonable the requCvSt was, it was peremptorily refused, with the 
reply, " Whai f Dutch preaching in the meeting -house ! No, that 


shall 7iever be.' At this the Dutch people took umbrage, and 
doubting the piety of the English ministei, they resolved to stay 
at home on Sundays, and read their Bibles, and other religious 
books, with which they were abundantly supplied. The minister, 
finding himself thus deserted by the Dutch people in the parish, 
called out, one Sunday from the pulpit upon the tithing men, in 
a menacing manner, and asked them what they were doing with 
their oaths. ' Where,' said he, ' are those delinquents ? Unless 
you complain of them, I will complain of 3'ou.' The tithingraen, 
finding that the> must either complain of the delinquents or suffer 
themselves, lodged a complaint with a magistrate against all 
those Dutchmen who regularly absented themselves from public 
worship. They were forthwith brought, by virtue of a warant, 
to .show cause, if any they had, why they hadnegledled to attend 
the preaching of the minister as often as the law required . Am"ong 
these was Isaac Van Deusen, the grandsire of the Van Deusens 
now living within the limits of Great Barrington. He was a 
devout man, of unblemished characfter, of the stridlest integrity, 
and universally respected for his benevolence and hospitalit5^ 
He was a true patriot, sober, meek, temperate, true and just in 
all his dealings, a venerable man, and a philanthropist. He also 
possessed a full share of public confidence, having been town 
treasurer for a considerable length of time, and moreover, a 
selectman until old age and infirmity would not permit him to 
sen'^e any longer. Upon his request to be excused, it was not 
only acceded to, but the town passed a vote of thanks for his 
past services,. Among his particular friends were the Hon. 
Judge Woodbridge, the Hon. Judge Edwards, and Dr. Sergeant, 
of Stockbridge, the Hon. Elijah Dwight, and the Hon. Judge 
Whiting of Great Barrington, Col. Williams of West Stockbridge, 
and the Hon. Judge Sylvester of Kinderhook, who never con- 
ceived it an3^ disparagement to honor him with their visits. 
He lived beloved, and died lamented, on the 14th day of Januar}', 
1796, in the ninety-third year of his age, and in full communion 
with the Protestant Episcopal Church. There were likewise, 
Peter, John and Garret Burghardt, three brothers of unblemi.shed 
chara(5ler, besides several others, who were among the number 
of delinquents biought before the magistrate. However, they 
having no legal excuse to make, but having a conscience void of 


offense put themselves upon the mercy of the court. The magis- 
trate compassionately told them that as they had violated the law 
he could do no less than to fine them, or condemn them to the 
stocks, according to the statute — the alternative to be at their own 
option. They requested a fev/ days' delay before final judgment 
should be passed, which request was granted. 

Isaac Van Deusen, and one or two more, then went to Judge 
Woodbridge, of Stockbridge, to ask for his advice on the s"ubje<5l, 
who told them that, since they had broken the law, he advised 
them patiently to submit, but charged them not to pay a fine, 
but to go to the stocks ; ' for it is y onr mo7U[y i'ho.y want, nothing 
else ; and if they find they cannot get j^our money, the business 
will cease, otherwise there will be no end to it while 3^ou have a 
farthing left.' Whereupon they told the judge they did not 
regard their money so much as the stigma that would attach to 
their charadlers, and the indignities they would be obliged to 
suffer while in the stocks. To which the judge replied, that 
they had nothing to fear in regard to the stigma ; that would 
refledl upon those who caused them to be placed in the stocks. 
As to the indignities or abuse that might be offered while they 
were suffering under the law, they should be guarded against, 
for he himself would be there to protect them. 

They then returned home, and went to the magistrate and 
reported that they preferred going to the stocks. There being 
no stocks in town at that time, punishment was suspended until 
some could be eredled, which were placed near the meeting-house 
in Sheffield. It should here be remarked that Great Barrington 
and Shefiield were both included in one town, called Sheffield, at 
that time, and that part now called Great Barrington was then 
called Upper vSheffield. On the day appointed, tliey all repaired 
to the place of punishment. Judge Woodbridge was on the spot 
in due season, and so cheered the spirits of the criminals with 
sweet words of consolation , that the day of afflidtion was turned into 
jollity and mirth, to the shame and confusion of their persecutors. 
Hendrick Burghardt, the eldest brother of Peter, John and Garret 
Burgh ardt, Avas not among the number of those condemned to 
the stocks ; and he boldly declared that he would die in their 
defence, rather than that they should suffer such ignominy. 
However, they reasoned the case with him, and told him they 


had broken the law, and would cheerfully submit to the penalty. 
On the day appointed for their punishment, he shouldered his long 
gun, put on his powder-horn and bullet-pouch, and accompanied 
his brethren to Sheffield ; and when they were committed to the 
stocks, he made a loud and solemn declaration, that the first one 
who should offer them the least insult while they were in the 
stocks, should pay dearl>- for his temerity. 

Their punishment being ended, they all agreed that in future 
they would be good men and true, and attend meeting as often 
as the law required ; which they did for a while, till, at length, 
on one Sunday, as Isaac Van Deusen was seated in his pew 
near the pulpit, performing his legal duties in attending public 
worship, the minister, in the course of his sermon, indignantly 
looked down from the pulpit upon him, and pointing at him, 
exclaimed : ' Eve7y Sunday you are not here., you are in hell !' 
He was filled with horror and amazement at this rude onset, and 
went home resolving to make an effort to secure the privilege of 
worshipping God according to the didlates of his own conscience. 

The Dutch people generally, being constantly harrassed and 
irritated, determined to seek relief. Accordingly they sent to 
Lunenburg, in the State of New York, to the Rev. Stoffie Bark- 
mire, a Dutch clerg>'man, to come and preach to them on every 
fourth Sunday for a certain length of time ; which he did, and with 
whom they enjoyed all the comfort of religion. At the expiration 
of his time, they sent to Kinderhook, to the Rev. Dr. Knoll, 
another Dutch clergyman, who came, and gave great satisfa<5lion . 

In the meantime they were taxed to support the Presbyterian 
minislt-r. They requested that the amount assessed upon them for 
this purpose might be relinquished to them to pay their own 
clergyman, as they did not attend upon the preaching of the 
English minister ; but their request was rejected. Within this 
time, there was a town meeting, whose warrant contained an 
article to raise money for the support of preaching. One of the 
members of the Presbj^terian society remarked at the meeting, that 
he thought it not best to raise the full amount of the minister's 
salary by tax, but only in part, and make up the rest by subscrip- 
tion, as there were several in towm who did not like the minister's 
doctrine. The minister being present, made this reqly : ' Whoso- 
ever dQeg not like my dodlrine, may pull up stakes, and be gone.' 


To which Isaac Van Deusen answered, ' We will see whose stake 
stands deepest.' 

All this length of time there were a few Episcopalians deploring 
the situation of the Dutch people, who were taxed for the support 
of the ' standing order, ' w hile at the same time they paid their own 
clergyman. Among the iCpiscopalians were the before mentioned 
David IngersoU, and Mr. John Williams, one Mr. I^ee, one Mr. 
Pire. and one or two more, who were willing to improve this 
favorable opportunity to their advantage. Therefore, when they 
found that the Dutch people were weary of their heavy burden, 
they advised them to send to Litchfield, to one Mr. Palmer, an 
Episcopal clergj^man, and missionary for Litchfield and ConA'all, 
and give him a call to Great Barrington, and they would join them 
in giving him support ; whose certificate would be a sufficient bar 
against any ministerial tax. This advice they readily received, 
and sent for the Rev. Mr. Palmer, who came up and preached to 
them a few times, and then organized them, with their English 
associates into an Episcopal church. This was about the year of 
our Lord 1760. Things went on agreeabl}^ with them except this 
one, which was much to their mortification and inconvenience ; 
they were without a house of worship, although they had assisted 
in building one, for which they were none the better. However, 
possessing, like true Dutchmen, a spirit of patient perseverence, 
they set their shoulder to the work, and joined both heart and 
hand with their English associates. Though few in number, with 
a little assistance from abroad, they eredted that superb building, 
for those days, which was known by the name of St. James' 
church, in Great Barrington, in the }'ear of our Lord, 1764. The 
expense of it to Isaac Van Deusen alone, independently of his sons, 
was no less than $1,500. 

The Rev. Mr. Palmer continued his labors among them till 
about the year 1770, at which time the Rev. Gideon Bostwick 
returned from England, whither he had been to receive holy 
orders, and took charge of his flock. His first record is dated 
June 17, 1770, and he died June 13, 1793, having been a faithful 
laborer in his Master's vineyard twentj'-three years. During his 
ministry he baptized eighty-one adults and 2,274 children, joined 
in marriage 127 couples and buried eighty -four persons. He is 
said to have been a faithful and pious minister, indefatigable in 


liis labors, devout in his religious affe<5Vions, humane and benev- 
olent in his feelings, of cheerful, facetious humor, plain, courteous 
and affable in his manners, and was much endeared to his people. 
It appears from his record, now in the hands of the re<5lor of St. 
James' church, that he went into all the surrounding region to 
perform Divine service, and especially to administer the ordination 
of baptism. He resided in a brick house, now standing, a little 
distance north of the town house, on the east road to Stockbridge. 

I will add a few notes to the preceeding. 

The Rev. Thomas Davies succeeded the Rev. Mr. Palmer, in 
September, 1761, and it is likely that the former, rather than the 
latter, formed the church, although the latter is supposed to have 
visited Great Barrington in i76a-6i, in an official way, preaching, 
baptizing and performing other clerical duties, which paved the 
way for the ultimate formation of the church. In 1763, John 
Burghardt, second son of Coonrod Burghardt, gave the land, 
nearly opposite the Burghardt mansion, for the site of the church. 
The building committee consisted of John Burghardt, John 
Williams and vSamuel Lee, and the church was erected in the 
spring and summer of 1764, but the first service was not held 
until Christmas. 

The building was forty feet wide and fifty feet long, and the 
porch and chancel projection made the entire length seventy-one 
feet. The steeple was one hundred and ten feet high, and sur- 
mounted by a copper rooster, while the bell, in the belfry, was 
" the first which summoned the villagers to the house of prayer." 
The windows, composed of very small panes of glass, were large 
and high, and the chancel window was much larger. The pews 
were built by various members, at their own expense. 

Among the persons chosen church wardens and clerks, during 
the early years of the Rev. Mr. Bostwick's ministry, were David 
IngersoU, Jr., John Van Deusen I, Ensign John Burghardt, John 
Hickox. Martin Remelee, Peter Burghardt and Barnabas Scott, 
Mr. Bostwick married Gesie, daughter of John Burghardt. 


Before coming to Great Barringtoii, Isaac Van Deuseu and the 
Burghardts attended the Dutch church, as did the early members 
of both families, in this country, who worshipped at the Old 
Dutch church of New Amsterdam. 

In 1744, {Sheffield granted ^30 Old Tenor, for a school in the 
North Parish of Sheffield, and appointed a committee, consisting 
of Isaac Van Deusen, Moses Ingersoll and Jonah Pixley, " to see 
that there is a school-master, or school mistress, or dame provided, 
and also to see it be kept in such places as shall be thought ne- 
cessary and convenient in said parish." 

In 1775, John Van Deusen i, Dr. William Whiting and 
Josiah Smith, and in 1776, John Van Deusen i, Col. Mark 
Hopkins and Capt. Truman Wheeler were the selectmen. 

On March 8th, 1770, occurred the first recorded eledlion of a 
committee of correspondence, inspection and safety, when Jacob 
Van Deusen, Dr. William Whiting, Col. Mark Hopkins, Capt. 
Truman Wheeler and Josiah Smith were chosen to fill that 
important office. In 1800, Jacob Van Deusen, Gen. Thomas 
Ives, David Wainwright, Zachariah Fairchild and David Dresser 
were appointed a committee to divide the town into legal school 

The following is a copy of the deed given by Isaac Van 
Deusen I, to his son Coonrod, of the "old stone," which 
was one of the buildings mentioned, and is the same as those he 
gave his five other sons, with the exception of the descrii'.tion of 
the property. They were acknowledged July 14th, 1788, before 
Jonathan Nash, Justice of the Peace, a few days before he made 
his will, disposing of the remainder of his property, and were 
recorded February 15, 1796, by Moses Hopkins, a few weeks after 
his death : 



Greeting : — 

Know ye, that I, Isaac Van Dejisc?i, of Great Barrington, in the 
County of Berkshire^ and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
Yeoman : 

For, and in Consideration of the Sum of Two hundred Pounds, 
Current Money of the Commonwealth aforesaid, to me in Hand 
paid before the Ensealing hereof by Coonrodt Van Deusen, of the 
Town, County and Commonwealth, aforesaid, Yeoman, the Receipt 
whereof I do hereby ackn(nvledge and myself fully satisfied, con- 
tentend and paid, have given, granted, bargained, sold aliened, 
released, conveyed and confirmed, and b^' these Presents, do freely, 
clearly and absolutel}^ give, grant bargain, sell, aliene, release, 
convey and confirm unto him the said Coonrodt, his Heirs and 
Assigns forever, one certain tract or parcel of Land situate in 
Great Barrington, aforesaid, described as follows (viz.) : It being 
the fann on which the said Coonrodt now Lives, beginning at the 
north-west Corner of the farm on which my son Abraham now 
lives, which corner is on the east bank of the river, thence running 
easterly on the Line between said farms to the top of the hill, to a 
stake and stones, thence northwesterly on tlie ridge of the Ledge to 
the south line of William Pixley's equallizing lot, thence westerly 
on said Pixleys line to the River, thence southerly on the east 
bank of the River till it comes to the north line of a ninety acre lot, 
which I purchased of David Ingersol, thence crossing to the west 
side of the River, thence on the west line of said ninety acre lot, 
to the southwest corner thereof, thence easterly to first mentioned 
bound, together with the buildings thereon standing. But, be it 
remembered that there are one or two equalizing lots toward the 
north part of the above described tract belonging to the heirs of 
John Williams, late of Great Barrington, Deceased, which are 
excepted out of the said described tract. 

To have and to Hold the before granted Premises, with the 
Appurtenances and Privileges thereunto belonging, to him the 
said Coonrodt Van Deusen, his Heirs and Assigns ; to his and 
their own {Proper Use, Benefit, and Behoof forevermore. And L 
the said Isaac Van Deusen, for myself, my Heirs, Executors and 
Administrators, do Covenant, Promise and Grant unto and with 


the said Coonrodt, his Heirs and Assigns forever, Tjiai ijcioie and 
until the Ensealing hereof, I am the true, sole, proper and laAvfuI 
Owner and Possessor of the before-granted Premises, with the 
Appurtenances. And have in myself good Right, full Power and 
lawful Authority to give, grant, bargain, sell, aliene, release, convey 
and confirm the same as aforesaid ; and that free and clear, and 
freely and clearly executed, acquitted and discharged of and 
from all former and other Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Leases, 
Mortgages, Wills, Intails, Joyntures, Dowries, Thirds, Executions 
and Incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore, I, the said Isaac, 
for mj'self and my Heirs, Executors ahd Administraiors, do hereby 
Covenant, Promise and Engage the before-granted Premises with 
the Appurtenances unto him, the said Coonrodt, his Heirs and 
Assigns forever, to warrant, secure and defend against the lawful 
Clams or Demands of any Person or Persons whatsoever. 

In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, 
this fifth Day of December, A. D., 1787. 


Signed, Sealed and Delivered, 
in Presence of 

Gideon Bostwick. 

Petp:r W11.LCOKS. 

Coonrod Van Deusen owned, besides the inherited estate, other 
tra<5ls of several hundred acres in Southern Berkshire county. 
Two he bought from Amos Mansfield in 1787, which originally 
formed part of the rights laid out to James Bowdoin, of Boston; 
one of eighty acres, extended from the east banks of the Housatonic 
river to the top of Monument mountain, and the other of ninety- 
six acres, was on Pine Plains, north of the present village of Van 
Deusen, and extended from the Housatonic to the Williams rivers. 

The following is a copy of the will of Isaac Van Deusen, I : 

In the name of God, Amen ! 

I, Isaac Van Deusen, of Great Barrington, in the County of 
Berkshire, Yeoman, being of soxind mind and memory, do make 
and ordain this, my last will and testament, to be as follows : 

My soul I resign to God, my Creator, as to the disposal of an 
Infinitely Good Being, in humble hope of eternal mercy, and the 

20 yA^ DKUst:y family. 

merits of Christ Jesus, my Redeemer. My body, I remit to the 
earth to receive a decent Christian burial at the descretion of my 
executors, hereafter named. And my worldly substance I dispose 
of in the following form and manner, viz : — I wish that all my 
debts, which I do in Law or Equity owe to any person, be well 
and truly paid out of my estate bj' my executors hereafter named. 
I give and bequeath to my eldest son, Abraham Van Deusen, my 
large cupboard and my largeJBible, which is in the Dutch language. 
I give and bequeath to my son, Cdonrodt Van Deusen, six shillings 
to be paid to him by my executors ont of my estate. I give to 
my son, John \'an Deusen, six shillings to be paid him by my 
e.xecutors out of my estate. I give and bequeath to my son, 
Matthew Van Deusen, six shillings to be paid him by my execu- 
tors out of my estate. I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Van 
Deusen, six shillings to be paid him by my exectors out of my 
estate. I give and bequeath to my son, Isaac Van Deusen, six 
shillings to be paid him by my executors out of my estate. 

I give and bequeath to my grandsons, Lambert Houck, Isaac 
Houck, John Houck, Abraham Houck, and Andrew Houck, each 
nine pounds, lawful money, to be paid them by my executors out 
of my estate. I give and beqtieath to my grand-daughters, Gesie 
Wormer, wife of John Wormer, Kiche Goon, wife of John Goon, 
Hannah Houck, and Eve \''an Deusen, wife of Isaac Van Deusen, 
all my household furniture, to be equally divided between them. 
But it must be remembered that I except out of this last bequest, 
the cupboard above-named, bequeathed to nvy son, Abraham, and 
also the bed, and furniture hereafter bequeathed to mj^son, Jacob. 
Furthermore, I give and bequeath to my sou, Jacob Van Deusen, 
a bed and furniture, which he now has in his possession. Further- 
more, I will and direct that the remainder of my estate not herein 
already given and bequeathed, be divided as follows : — I give and 
bequeath to my sons, Abraham and Jacob, three parts, or portions 
of said remainder to be equally divided betwixt them. The other 
fourth part, or portion of said remainder of my estate, I give and 
bequeath to my son, Isaac Van Deusen. Furthermore, whereas, 
my son, Jacob, (in the course of transacting business for me,) did 
take in his own name a deed of a certain farm, or tradl of land 
situate in Stockbridge, which deed was given and executed by 
Silas Goodrich, and also one other deed, taken in like manner, 


of Jonathan Hill, of a certain farm or tradl of land situate in 
Egremont, will and decree that the said farms, or tradts of land 
be divided, as follows, viz : — That my son, Jacob, retain two- 
thirds to himself, and that he convey and give to my son, Abraham, 
the other third of said two farms, or tradls of land. And I hereby 
nominate, constitute and appoint my two sons, Abraham Van 
Deusen and Jacob Van Deusen, and the sur\''ivors of them, execu- 
tors of this, my last Will and Testament. 

In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 
twenty-fourth day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1788. 

Signed and sealed by the said Isaac Van Deusen, and by him 
published, and pronounced and declared to be his last Will and 
Testament, in presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our 
names in his presence, and in presence of each other. 

Gideon Bostwick. 

John Burghardt. 

Andrew Burghardt. 
Isaac Van Deusen. \ Sealed. \ 

A true copy of the original on file in the Probate office. 
Attest : — Nathan Bishop, Register Probate. 

Isaac I. Van Deusen. 

Isaac Van Deusen, III, who afterwards added the letter I to 
his name, to distinguish him more clearly from the other Isaacs, 
and also known as ' ' Wise Isaac, ' ' was the eldest son of Isaac Van 
Deusen, Jr., or II. He was a man of robust intellect, refined 
charadter, good education, a fine French scholar, and a staunch 
churchman. From 1785 to 1800 he lived at the Ingersoll place, 
since the residence of the late Mrs. Hopkins- Searles, and 
condudled a Tannery. In 1796 he bought the place from Ebenezer 
Sibley, which was bounded "west on the highway, south on lands 
of Thomas Ives, east on lands of Walter Pynchon, and north on 
lands of said Walter, and partly on Schoolhouse street," and sold 
it in 1804 to Timothy Arnold. 

In 1806, he went to Ohio, to settle his eldest son, and later, 
went to lyouisana, where he was joined by his youngest son, and 


returned to Great Barrington in 1818. In 1829 he wrote a history 
of St. James' Chnrch, which has been mentioned in this book. 

From his father, who died in 181 6, he inherited the manor- 
house, where he resided until his death, in 1831. 

Isaac Laird Van Deusen. 

" Captain " Isaac Laird Van Deusen, sometimes called the 
same as his grandfather, " Rich Isaac," was the son of Jacob Van 
Deusen, from whom he inherited the Williams mansion and mills, 
and a large surrounding property. 

He made the first modern improvements at Van Deusenville, 
and his energy and enterprises were of much benefit to the village 
which was named in his honor. He ere<fted mills and other 
buildings, and in 1825, he built his residence, which has been the 
the home for many years of the Coffing family, and in 1826 he 
added the south part to his father's homestead, the Williams 
mansion, and turned it into a tavern. He was a prominent and 
esteemed citizen of the town which he represented in the General 
Court, at Boston, in 1820-21 and 1827-28, and town treasurer for 
many years. His son the Rev. Edwin Martin Van Deusen, D. D., 
was a distinguished clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
and the recftor for many years of Grace church, Utica, New York. 

Van Deusen Burial Ground. 

In 1738, Isaac Van Deusen, I, lost his youngest daughter, 
Gesie, and she was buried on a knoll, a short distance north of 
the manor house, and this was the beginning of the family burial 
ground. Probably the next interment was that of his wife, Fiche 
Burghardt in 1777, while probably the third burial was the wife 
of Isaac Van Deusen, Jr., or II, in 1794. 

In time, Isaac Van Deusen, I, and his son and grandson, 
Isaac Van Deusen, Jr., or II, and Isaac I. Van Deusen, III, "Wise 


Isaac," were laid there, as was also the wife of the latter, and 
many of the descendants of the first Isaac. 

In 181 9, the Pel ton family, who had bvit recently acquired 
the homestead of John I, deeded the burial ground to the town, and 
they added more land, which made it about twice its original size. 
The family should not have allowed their ancestral burial ground 
to pass out of the family, and become the sepulchre of promiscous 
people. The inscriptions upon the headstones of the first three 
Isaacs, and their wives, are as follows : 

In memory of Isaac Van Deusen who died January 14, 1796, 
in the 92nd year of his age. 

In memory of Mrs. Fiche Van Deusen, the late consort of 
Mr. Isaac Van Deusen, who was born November 30th, 1702, and 
died June 28th, 1777. 

Hark from the tomb 

I heared a doleful cry, 

Ye living man now view the ground 

Where you must shortly lie. 

In memory of Isaac Van Deusen, Junr., who died the nth 
of April, 1816, in the 73d year of his age. 

In memory of Mrs. Katherine Van Deusen, the late consort 
of Mr. Isaac Van Deusen, Junr., the daughter of Mr. Jacob 
Spoor, who was bom November 20th, 1744, and was joined in 
matrimony with said Isaac, October 17, 1767, and died May 4th, 
1794, in the 50th year of her age. 

Isaac I. Van Deusen, died May 16, 1831, in the 64th year of 
his age. 

Christina, wife of Isaac I. Van Deusen, died September 2nd, 
1830, in the 64th year of her age. 

The family slaves are buried a little south of the burial 
ground, but the mounds are obliterated. Many of the early and 
later Van Deusens rest in the Mahaiwe, or south cemeter^^ 

In 1829 a brick chapel was built at the village of Van Deusen, 
upon land given by Isaac 1,. Van Deusen, who, with others of 
the family, contributed generously toward its eredtion. It became 



independent in 1839 as Trinity church, but the building was 
removed in 1866, and replaced, through the liberal assistance of 
the late John H. Coffing, by the present handsome edifice, in 
which there are several memorial windows, for members of the 
Van Deusen family. 

The Van Deusens have been very fond of using the same 
Christian names, through successive generations, and in different 
branches, and consequently it is very diflBcult to distinguish the 
various members of the family in America who had borne the 
same name. 

A Few Notes on the Formation of the Town of 
Great Barrington. 

In answer to a petition, from one hundred and seventy -six 
people of Hampshire county, the General Court of the Province of 
Massachusetts Bay, granted in 1722, two townships of seven miles 
square, on the Housatouic river, the southern boundry to be the 
Connedlicut line. For the purpose of making the purchase of the 
Indians, dividing the tracfts, granting lands, admitting settlers, 
and so forth, John Stoddard, Henry D wight of Northampton, 
Luke Hitchcock of Springfield, John Ashley of Westfield, and 
Samuel Porter of Hadle}^ were appointed a committee to which 
Capt. Ebenezer Pomeroy was afterguards added, and they emploj'ed 
Coonrod Burghardt to negotiate with the Indians, and perform 
other important duties. The Indian deed included the whole of 
Sheffield, Great Barrington, Mount Washington and Egremont, the 
greater part of Alford, and large portions of West Stockbridge, 
Stockbridge and Lee, but the two townships only included the 
present towns of Sheffield and Great Barrington, a large part of 
West Stockbridge, Stockbridge and Lee, and a small part of Alford. 
The Indians reserved a tract south of the Great Barrington line, 
which extended from the Housatonic river to the New York line. 
In 1733 the Lower Housatonic Township, of five divisions, was 


incorporated as the town of SheiSeld, and in 1743 the two northern 
divisions were joined to the Upper Township, and formed as the 
North Parish of, or Uppei Sheffield. 

In 1 76 1, the North Parish was incorjiorated and named in 
honor of John Shute, Lord Barrington, brother of Samuel Shute, 
Governor of Massachusetts from 17 16 to 1723. 

It is traditional that there was once an Indian village, south 
of the Great Bridge, and the locality was known, when the first 
settlers came here, as the Great Wigwam. Probably it existed at 
a much earlier date, during the residence of the Indians, who, 
tradition says, were frightened away by the reverses and death of 
King Phillip, in the war of 1676, abandoning their settlement, and 
fleeing to the westward . 

In 1694 the Rev. Benjamin Wadsworth, a minister of Boston, 
afterwards president of Harvard college, visited the site of Great 
Barrington, accompanied by a company of people. August loth 
he wrote, "Took up lodgings in ye woods, at a place called 
Ousetonnuck, formerly inhabited by Indians. Thro' this place runs 
a very curious river, and it has on each side some parcels of 
pleasant, fertile intervale land."' 

The Early Van Deusens of America. 

Abraham Van Deursen, of Deursen, North Brabant, Nether- 
lands, had five sons who came to America about the middle of 
the seventeenth century, — Isaac, Jacob, Peter, Matthe\y and 
Melgert. '" 

I. Isaac Abrahamsen Van Deursen, m. Apr. 5, 1659, at New 
Amsterdam, Jannetie Jans, and had issue : 

I. Abraham, bp. Nov. 16, 1659, in the Old Dutch church at 
New Amsterdam. Spon., Abraham Petersen, Thomas Jansen 
and Tryntye Cregiers. 

II. Jacobus, bp. July 2, 1662. Spon., Herman Gertu, Jacob 
Abrahamsen Van Deursen and Helen Roberts. 

26 ^^N DiJUSEN JfAMILt. 

III. Gertniyd, bp. Mar. 8, 1665. vSpou., Nicholas de Carmen, 
Pieter Abrahamsen Van Deursen, and Elsje Blanck. 

IV. Gertniyd, bp. Oct. 3, 1666. Spon., Jacob Kip and 
Elsje Kip. 

V. Isaac, bp. May 10, 1670. Spon, Jacob Kip and Hester 

2. Jacobus Abrahamsen Van Deursen m. May 23, 1663, at 
New Amsterdam, Catalynlye Claes Van Estant, dau. of Claes 
Van Eslant and Willementie Harperts Vander L,inde, and had 
issue : 

I. Harpert, bp. Sept. 9, 1665. Spon., Claes Van Eslant and 
Willemyntie Harperts; II- Abraham, bp. Jan. 11, 1667; Ill- 
Adrian, bp. May 30, 1668; I V- Adrian, bp. Mar. 13, 1670; V- 
Isaac, bp. Nov. 5, 1671 ; VI-Aeltje, bp. Oct. 4, 1674; VII- 
Jacob, bp. Sept. 13, 1676; VIII-Maryken, bp- Nov. 27, 1678. 

3. Pieter Abrahamsen Van Deursen, m. Oct. 10, 1666, at New 
Amsterdam, Hester Webber, and had issue : 

I. Annetie, bp. July 10, 1667. Spon., Abraham Pieters, 
Anna Wallis and Anneke Webber. 

II. Wintie, bp. Sept. 10, 1669. Spon., Mattheus Abraham- 
sen Van Deursen, Amout Webber, Sara Cortense and Tryntj^e 

III. Abraham, bp. July 28, 1672. Spon.. Gregorius Van 
Cortense, Secrt. Van Montfort, Isaac Abrahamsen Van Deursen, 
Jannetie Jans, and Sara Webbers. 

IV. Johannis, bp.. Mar. 31, 1675. Spon., Hendrick Bluck- 
elaer, Laurens Van der Spiegel, and Anneke L,ockermans. 

V. Tryntye, bp. December 18, 1678. Spon. Wolfert Webber, 
Trj-^ntye Melchiers, and Jannetie Cornelis. 

VI. Johannis, bp. Feb. 11, 1681, Spon., Stephanus V^an 
Courtland, Johannis Cortense and Lysbeth Van der Spiegel. 

VII. Henricus, bp. Nov. 9, 1684. Spon., Hendrick Bluck- 
elaer, Wolfert Webber, Marrietie Abrahams, and Gertruyd Hassing. 

5. Melgert Abrahamsen Van Deursen m. Engeltie Rutgertse, 
dau. of Rutger Jacobson, and had issue : 


I. Harpert; II-Martin; III-Rutger; IV-Caspar; V-Magda- 
lena; VI-Engeltie; VII-Abrahara. 

4. Mattheus Abrahamsen Van Deursen m. Helena , and 

had issue : 

I. Abraham m. May 23, 1697, Jemima Van Schoonhoven, 
and had issue. (Of whom presently,) 

II. Robert m. first Cornelia Martense Van But en, and riecondly 
Gertruyd Van Beuthuysen. 

III. Jan m. Maritie Martense Van Buren. 

IV. Isaac m. Baata Van Ysselstein. 

Abraham Van Deusen and Jemima Van Schoonhoven had 
issue : 

1. Mattheus, bp. at Kingston, Ulster County, New York. 
Oct. 22, 1699. Spon. Jacobus la Maeter and Antje Van Vleck. 

2. Guert Hendrick, bp. Sept. 27, 1702, at Albany. 

3. Isaac, bp. December 24, 1704, at Albany, (of whom 

4. Hendrick, bp. June 15, 1707, at Albany. 

5. Jacob, bp. at Kingston, May 7, 17 10. Spon. Jacob Rutze 
and Marritje Rutze. 

Gkneat.ogy of the Van Deusens of Van Deusen Manor. 

Isaac Van Deusen, I, " The Rich," of Van Deusen Manor, 
Great Barrington, was b. Dec. 18, and bp. Dec. 24, 1704, at 
Albany, and was the son of Abraham Van Deusen, and Jemima 
Van Schoonhoven. He ra. Jan. 14, 1730, at Kinderhook, Fiche 
Burghardt, b. Nov. 30, 1702, dau. of Coonrod Burghardt and 
Gesie Van Wie, and grand-dau. of Hendrick Burghardt and Mary 
Van Hoesen, and by her, who d. June 28, 1777, had issue : (Isaac 
Van Deusen d. Jan. 29, 1796, at the manor house.) 

I. Jemima, eldest dau. of Isaac I, b. Mar. 10, 1730. d. July 
13, 1779, m. Richard Huyck, and by him had issue : 

I. Gesie m. John Worraer ; II-L,ambert ; Ill-Isaac; IV- 


John ; V-Fiche m. John Goon ; VI-Hannah m. John Van Deusen, 
Jr. or II ; VII-Eve m. Isaac Van Deusen, "Horse Isaac ;" VIII- 
Abraham ; IX- Andrew. 

2. Gesie, youngest dau. of Isaac I, b. Aug. 27, 1731, d. Aug. 

29, 1738- 

3. Abraham Van Deusen, eldest son of Isaac, I, b. Mar. 4, 
i733> <i- Nov. 10, 1810, m. July 27, 1768, Gesie, dau. of Garret 
and Mary, and grand-dau. of Coonrod Burghardt, and by her had 
issue : • 

I. Jemima ; II-Malle ; III-Fiche ; IV-Garret ; V-Isaac ; 

4. Coonrod Van Deusen, second son of Isaac I., b. Feb. 4, 
1735) at Kinderhook, d. Dec. 26, 1808, at the " old stone house, 
and buried in Mahaiwe cemeteri'-, Great Barrington, m. 1763, 
Rachel Hollenbeck, b. Mar. 3, 1746, dau. of John Hollenbeck 
of Egremont, and by her who d. Aug. 6, 1825, had issue : 

I Fiche, eldest dau. of Coonrod, b. Aug. 27, 1764, d. Aug. 
31, 1 8 16, m. Lambert Burghardt. 

II. Catherine, second dau. of Coonrod, b. June 28, 1767, d. 
Aug. 6, 1829, m. Andrew Burghardt. 

III. Isaac Van Deusen " Deacon Isaac," eldest son of Coon- 
rod. b. May 26, 1773, d. April 20, i860, m. 1804 Lucretia IngersoU, 
b. Nov. I, 1778, dau. of Oliver IngersoU and Hannah Burghardt. 
and by her, who d. Apr. i. 1837, had issue : 

1. Coonrod, b. Apr. 29, 1805, d. Feb. 2, 1877, m. first Tabitha 
Bush, second, Catherine Van Deusen. 

2. Hannah, b. June 9, 1800, d. Dec. 22. 1879. 

3. Rachel, b. June 24, 1808, d. Mar. 10, 1881, m. Mar. 25, 

1830, Clark A. Wilcox, b. Apr. 7, 1807, d. Apr. 16, 1883, and 

had issue : 

Mary 1,., b. Dec. 9, 1830, d. Feb. 7, 1835 ; Henry F., b. Feb. 
16, 1833 ; John C, b. April 21, 1836, d. July 22, 1854 ; Isaac V. 
D,, b. Sep. 19, 1841, d. April 18, 1863, at Baton Rouge, La., 
buried at Great Barrington, and Charles W., b. Sept. 10, 1847, m. 
June 18, 1874, Maria Mac Donald, b. May 11, 1849, and had issue, 


Susie E., b. July 28, 1S75, and Charles I. b. Jan. 21, 1878, d. 
June 12, 1892. 

4. Fiche Louise, b. Aug. 25, 1810, d. June 23, 1876. 

5. Henry, b. Dec. 19, 1812, d. Dec. 10, 1881, m. Apr. 22, 
1841, Vienna Miller, b. April 6, 1816, d. April 13, 1891. 

6. Laxaa Elizabeth, b. April 22, 1815, d. Sept. 5, 1851, m. 
first Abraham S. Groat, second, Oliver H. Abbe3^ 

7. Isaac, b. Apr. 13, i8i7,m. Sept. 29, 1858, Martha Abigal 
Ball, b. Sept. 22, 1835, and they live at "The Balsams," north 
of the village of Van Deusen; the residence for many years, of the 
late John C. Van Deusen. They had issue : 

Carrie Abbie, who m. Oct. 10, 1883, William Henry Van 
Patten, now of Fairfield, Iowa, and had issue : I.-Clara Martha ; 
Il-William Isaac, b. May 9, 1886, at Great Barrington ; Ill- 
Edward Knox. 

8. William IngersoU, of Housatonic, b. June 5, 1819, m.Oct. 
1848, Sarah Ann Ball, b. Mar. 18, 1822, and had issue : 

George William, b. Feb. 11, 1859, appointed to a cadetship 
at the U. S. Military academy, West Point, by the Hon. ChCvSter 
W. Chapin, and entered in 1876 ; graduated in 1880, and appointed 
2d Lieut., 4th Cavalry''; transferred, at his request, to ist artillery, 
in 1884, and appointed ist Lieut, in 1889 ; detailed to Artillery 
School, at Fort Monroe, Va., in 1890, graduated in 1892, when 
he joined the batter>' at Governors Island. N. Y. He m. Oct. 18, 
1882, Florence Lenore, dau. of Maj. C E. Munn, Surgeon U- S. 
Army, and had issue : 

Gladys and Hazel, born Feb. 28, 1889, at Fort Mason, San 
Francisco, Cal. 

9. Maria Lucretia, b. Oct. 4, 1821, m.Oct. 14, 1849, Charles 
Milton Ball, b. June 5, 1820, d. Sept. 18, 1891, son of Milton Ball 
and Abigal Seymour, and they had issue, Mary Louise Ball, 
the artist, of Housatonic. 

IV. John C. Van Deusen, Ill-second son of Coonrod, b. Oct. 
18, 1775, d. Sept. 14, 1853, m. Rebecca de Freese, b. June 6, 1773, 
dau. of Jacob de Freese and Mary Scott, sister of Col. Matthew 


Scott, and granddaughter of Jacob de Freese and Rebecca Van 
Loan, and by her who J. Feb. lo, 1868, had issue : 

1. Cratus, b. Oct. 8, 1802, d. Nov. 20, i860. (Of whom 

2. Maria, b. May 17, 1804, d. April 8, 1881, m. Henry Van 

3. Allen, b. Feb. 15, 1806, d. Nov. 21, 1825. 

4. Jane, b. Jan. 18, 1808, d. May 19, 1873. 

5. Mixry Catherine, b. Sep, 6, 181 1, d. April 9, 1886. 

Cratus Van Deusen m. Marie Louise Wheeler, dau. of Isaac 
Wheeler and Catherine Van Deusen, dau. of Isaac I. Van Deusen, 
III, "The Wise," and by her had issue, Frances Augusta, who 
m. J. Hasbrouck Sahler. 

V. Ge,sie, third dau. of Coonrod, b. Jan. 5, 1778, d. April 
5. 1817. 

VI. Lana, youngest dau. of Coonrod, b. Aug. 26, 1780, d. 
April 10, 1854, m. Joseph Sharts. 

VII. Jacob H. Van Deusen, youngest son of Coonrod, b. Jan. 
20, 1783, d. May 23, 1858. 

5. John Van Deusen I, third son of Isaac I, b. Mar. 19, 1737, 

d. Jan. 13, 1820, buried in Buel cemetery. Canajoharie, N. Y., 

m. June 1762, Catherine Hollenbeck, and by her, who d. Aug. 4, 

1789, and was buried in the Van Deusen burial ground, had issue: 

I. John Jr.. or II, ra. first Hannah Huyck, dau. of Richard 
Huyck, and their dau. Hannah m. Lambert Burghardt. He ni. 
second by Jan. 28, 1796, Rhoda Tuller, of Egremont, and had 
issue : 

i-Henry; 2-Lucina; 3-Mason ; 4- Seymour; 5-John Tuller ; 
6-Calvin ; 7- Albert. 

Mason Van Deusen, of Stockbridge, b. 1803. d. Jan. 19, 
1892, m. May 5, 1824, Hannah Darbe, b. 1804, d. Feb. 24, 1869, 
and their eldest son, John Mason Van Deusen, of Stockbiidge, 
m. Austina Miller and they have had four sons, John Mason, de- 
ceased, Harry Miller, Edward Church and Mark Darbe, 



II. Isaac Van Deusen, " Horse Isaac," second son of John 
I., m. Eve Huyck, dau. of Richard Huyck, and had issue : 

Alanson; (of whom presently,) Ethan, (of whom presently,) 
Richard; Lucinda and Electa m. Garret Burgert. Alanson m. 
Julia, dau. of Isaac vSeeley and liad issue: I. Mark Ransom, b. 
June 8, 1813, d. 1889, at Westfield. II-Ahna Louise, m. Oliver S. 
Wadsworth. III-Electa m. Charles S. Foote. IV-Merritt, of 
Westfield, b. Dec. 3, 1820, m. Mar. 31, 1842, Mary Root, and had 
issue, one daughter, Carrie Louise, who married, and had one 
son, Clarence Van Devisen of Westfield; she m., secondly, Charles 
E. Williams. V-Isaac Seeley, b. Nov. 25, 1822, at Becket, 
Mass., d. Jan. 12, 1889, at Passaic, N. J., m. Aug. 8,1847, at 
Wellington, O., Angeline Mason, dau. of Lampson Mason, and 
had issue, Estelle M., Clarence R. m. Mattie Lane, and had issue, 
Clarence Mason and George Lane ; Charles A.m. Nellie Coman 
and had issue, Isaac Seeley. VI. Richard, b. Sept. 28, 1826, d. 
unm. Dec. 3, 1853, at Wellington. O. VII. Alonzo, of New 
York, b. Aug. 16, 1828, m. Mrs. Ruth Anna Blackman, and had 
issue, Emma, who m. Frank A. Cornell, deceased, and had issue,}- 
VIII. Julia Emily, m. C. W. Higgins, M. D. 

Ethan Van Deusen m. ClymenaTobey and had, among other 
issue, Edwin Ruthven, of Westfield, who m. Mary French, and 
their son, Frederick French, m. Mae Stevens, and has one son, 
Edwin Ruthven Van Deusen, II. 

III. William, third son of John I. 

IV. Conrad, fourth son of John I. 

V. Michael Van Deusen, fifth son of John I., m. Christina 
Allen, and had, among other issue, Harlow A. Van Deusen, M. 
D., b. Oct. 26, 1817 graduated at Albany Medical College. 1845, 
but subsequently practiced Homoepathy in Berkshire county, for 
over forty years, m., first, Angeline Barnes ; second, Jane, dau. of 
Conrad Van Deusen ; third Maria Chapin and fourth, Louisa 
Trotter, and had Issue, several children. 

6. Matthew Van Deusen, fourth son of Isaac I., b. Aug. 24, 
1739, d. Mar, 7, 1807, m. Elizabeth Van Wormer, and had issue : 

Matthew, Lawrence, Mary, Grace and Fiche. Grace m. Capt. 
Wally Backus, and had, among other issue, Ellen Jane Backus, 


b. Mar. 19, 1814, m. Oct. 28, 1836, James Wilson Tucker, b. Feb. 
II, 181 1, d. July 27, 1873. 

7. Jacob Van Deusen, fifth son of Isaac I, b. July 15, 1741, 
d. May 26, 181 2, at the Williams mansion, now in the village of 
Van Deusen, and was buried in the south cemetery, m., Nov. 4, 
1787, Mary Laird, b. March 22, 1754, and by her, who d. Sept. 
13, 1836, had issue : 

I. Isaac Laird, b. May 12, 1788, d. Apr. 7, 1852, (of whom 

II. Fiche, b. Jan 18, 1792, d. Jan. 22, 1812. 

III. Rachel, b. July 30, 1794, d. April 4, 1812. 

Isaac Laird Van Deusen m. Lovina Hart, and by her, who d. 
Nov. I, 1843, had, among other sons, the Rev. Edwin Martin 
Van Deu.sen, D. D., b. Feb. 25, 1816, d. Aug.t8, 1890, who m. 
Maria Gilbert, and had issue: 

8. Isaac Van Deusen II, or Jr., youngest son of Isaac V?in 
Deusen I, b. Feb, 18, 1744, d. Apr. 11, i8i6, at the manor house, 
m. Oct. 17, 1767, Katherine Spoor, b. Nov. 20, 1744, dau. of 
Jacob Spoor, and grand -daughter of Capt. John Spoor, of Egre- 
mont, and by her, who d. May i, 1794, had issue: 

I. Isaac I., Ill, "The Wise," b, April 5. 1767, d. May 16, 
1 83 1, (of whom presently.) 

II. Abraham, m. Sarah Spoor. 

III. Jacob m. Jane HoUenbeck. 

IV. Matthew m. Electa dau. of David Wainwright and Ruby 
Younglove, atid sister of Gen. Timothy Wainwright. 

Isaac I Van Deusen, III, " The Wise," m. Christina Spoor, 

b. Mar. 11, 1765, of Sheffield, and by her, who d. Sept. 2, 1830, 

had issue : 

1. Nicholas, b. Dec. 31, 1789, d. Apr. 20, 1872, ni. Rachel 

2. Catherine, b. Sept. 20, 1791, d. Dec. 27, 1874 Cof whom 


3. Henry, b. Jan. 28, 1795, d. Aug. 18, 1868, m. L,ovisa 

Catherine Van Deusen m. Mar. 10, i8n, Isaac Weeeler, of 
Salisbury, Connecticut, and later of "Flora Hill," Victor, New 
York. b. Mar. 4, 1785, d. Mar. 11, 1854, son of Samuel Wheeler, 
of Plainfield, Connecticut, and Olive Hail, dau. of Col. John Hall, 
and a descendant of the Wheelers who settled in Concord, Massa- 
chusetts, about 1639, and had issue : 

George Butler Wheeler, b. Apr. 16, 181 2, at Salisbury, d. 
Jan. 21, 1858, at Victor; Mary Augusta, b. Dec. 6, i8i5,d. Oct. 
II, 1891 ; Walter Eudd, b. Apr. 4, 18 18, d. Aug. 20, 1846, and 
buried at Nashville, Tenn.; Charles Girard, b. July 5, 1824, d. 
April 18, 1885, and buried at Victor; Marie lyouise, b. at Salis- 
bury, m. at "Flora Hill," Victor, to Cratus Van Deusen, son of 
John C. Van Deusen, III, and Rebecca de Freese, and grandson 
of Coonrod Van Deusen, of the "old stone house, and their dau. 
Frances Augusta, b. at Great Barrington, ni. J. Hasbrouck 
Sahler, b. at Rochester, Ulster county New York, son of John 
Perrine Sahler and Maria Hasbrouck, dau. of J. du Bois Has- 
brouck and Jane Hoornljeck, and they had issue, Louis Hasbrouck 
Van Deusen Sahler, a descendant on the paternal side from the 
tamilies of du Bois, Bruyn, Burgess, Deyo, Van Keuren, Kort- 
right, Perrine, Schoonmaker, Vernoy, de Witt, Van Wagenen 
and others. 

The Van Deusens of Salisbury. 

In 1720 Abraham Van Deusen, a descendant of Abraham 
Van Deurseii, of Deursen, and his brothers-in-law, RoelofFDu^cher, 
and William White, from Livingston manor, were pioneer settlers 
at Salisbury, Conn. He was a large land holder, and connected 
by marriage with the Livi;igstons. 

The first white child born in the town was a Van Deusen, as 
was also the first person buried. 



Abraham Van Deusen's sons were Hendrick, Godfrey, James, 
Isaac and, possibly others. Hendrick had two sons, Abram and 
lyawrence. Abram m. a Chipman, and their son John, b. Nov. 
8, 1765, d. July 2, 1836, m. March 4, 1789, at Caanan, Conn., 
Rachel Belden, b. Nov. 28, 1767, d. April 9, 1840, and thes'- had, 
among other issue, John, Jr., and Horatio Gates Van Deusen. 

John Van Deusen, Jr., m. Mar}- Forbes, and their son Benja- 
min F. Van Deusen, of Jamestown, N. Y., m. Mehitable Lovell, 
and their son, Judge Almon A. Van Deusen, of Mayville, N. Y., 
m. Juliet E. Merchant, and they have one son, Vernon Van 

Horatio Gates Van Deusen, b. Mar. 25, 1798, at Middlebur)^ 
Vt., d. Aug. 16, 1805, m. Oct. II, 1829, Jane Van Deusen, b. 
Oct. 9, 1809, d. Aug. 4, i860. She was the daughter of Capt. 
Henry Van Deusen and Sally Stoddard, of Weathersfield, Conn., 
and a grand-daughter of Col. Lawrence Van Deusen, who cap- 
tured a sword at the surrender of Quebec, Sep. 13, 1759, and Con- 
tent Williams, daughter of John Williams, a large land holder, 
and influential citizen in Great Barrington, active in the forma- 
tion, and a liberal contributor towards the erection of the first 
Episcopal church, and the promoter of the early improvements 
at what is now the village of Van Deusen, the Williams Mills. 
Horatio Van Deusen, and his wife had issue : 

1. Henry Hobart Van Deusen, M. A., B. D., b. July 19, 1837, 
at Auburn, N. Y.; grad. Hobart College, '59 ; Tutor Racine Col- 
lege, '6o-'67: grad. Nashotah and ordained Deacon by Bishop Armi- 
tage, of Wis., '70 ; ordained Priest by Bishop Whitehead, of 111., 
'71; Headmaster Jarvis Hall, Col., '72-'73; Tutor St. Paul's Col- 
lege, Palmyra, Mo., '73-'74; Tutor Nashotah '78-'79, and rector 
of several parishes, at present of St. Pauls, Ashippun, Wis. 

2. Mandane Van Deusen, b. June 15, 1847, at Salisbury, 
Conn. ; grad. N. H. Training School for Nurses, Bellevue Hospital, 


'78; Matron Infirmary, Racine Coll., Wis., '78-'90 ; now has 
charge of Electrical Dept. at Pen noyer Sanitarium, Kenosha, Wis. 

The Van Deuskns of Albany and Kingston, 

Jacob Abrahansen Van Deursen, son of Abraham Van 
Deursen, of Deursen, m. Sept. 23, 1663, at New Amsterdam, 
Catalyntje Van. Aslant, dau., of Claes Van Aslant and Willemtje 
HarpertB Van der Unde and their son, Harpert Jacobsen, b. Oct. 
9, 1665, at Nev/ Amsterdam, d. July 6, 1742, m. July 24, 1695, 
at Albany, Marritje Gerrets Rej'ertse, dau. of Gerret Reyertse and 
Aramtie Janse, and had issue : 

I. Tr>^ntje, b. Aug, 9, 1696; 2-Tryntje, b. Aug. 22, 1697 ; 
3-Gerret. b. Jan 5, 1700 ; 4-Jacob, b. Nov. 19, 1701 ; 5-Jacob, 
b. Oct. 3, 1703 ; 6-Hendrick, b. Sep. 29, 1705 ; 7-Abraham, b. 
Nov. 17, 1706 ; 8-Anna, b. Mar. 16, 1709 ; 9-Catalyntje, b. 
Nov. 10, 1702 ; lo-Marritje. b. Nov. I3.''i7i5. 

Abraham Harpert Van Deuseu, son of Harpert Jacobsen Van 
m. Rachel Pels, daii. of Evert Pels and Grietje Van Deusen, and 
had issue: 

i-Marritje, b. Mar. 3, 1734; 2-Margrita, b. July 11, 1736; 
3-Tryntje, b. Jan. 10, 1739; 4-Mayritta, b. July 23, 1740; 5- 
Marritje, b. July 17, 1743 ; 6, Jacob, b. Sept. 21, 1748. 

Jacob Van Deusen, son of Abraham Harpert Van Deusen, m. 
May 19, 1771, Elsie Lansing, dau. of Jacob J. Lansing and 
Marytje Egberts, and had issue : 

i-Marytje, b. Jan. 19, 1773 ; 2-Mar}^tje, b. July 18, 1775 ; 
3-Rachel, b. July 18, 1778 ; 4-Elizabeth, b. July 18, 1778 ; 5- 
Abraham, b. Dec. 22. 1780 ; 6-Jacob Lansing, b. July 17, 1785 ; 
7-Rachel, b. June 6, 1788 ; 8-Cornelia, b. Jan. 9, 1791, 

Jacob Lansing Van Deusen, son of Jacob Van Deusen, m, 
Dec. 26, 1808, Nancy Stone Clark, dau. of Sauford Clark and 
Arabella Gale, and had issue : 

i-Arabella, b. Jan. 13, i8io, at Albany, d. Oct. 17, 1876; 



Helen, b. Feb. i, 1812, d, Apr. 18, 1886 ; 3-John Clark, b, Feb. 
22, 1814, at Montagne, d. May 19, 1877; 4-Jacob Billings, b. 
Jan. 26, 1816, d. Apr. 25, 1886 ; 5-Elizabeth, b. Mar. 15, 1818, 
d. Aug. 17, 1819 : 6-Sanford, b. Dec. 27, 1819, d. Feb. 17, 1861 ; 
7-Columbus, b. Dec. 15, 1822, d. Dec. 50, 1880; 8-Abraham 
I^ansing, b. Jan. 19, 1824, d. Mar. 10, 1837; 9-George Nelden, 
b. Mar. i, 1826, d. June 9, 1888; lO-Anna Maria, b. Mar. 11, 
1828; ii-Jatnes Lansing, b. Dec. 23, 1829; 12-Alida Lansing, b. 
May I, 1831, d. Apr. 23, 1851; 13-Sarali Ann, b. June 25, 1S33; 
14-Orlando, b. Mar. 23, 1835, nt Montague, d. Mar. 2, 1881. 

George Nelden Van Deusen, son of Jacob Lansing Van 
Deusen, m. Feb. 5, 1856, Catherine Edgar Newkirk, dau. of 
Philip Snyder Newkirk and Phcebe Haker Ten Eyck, and had 
issue ; i-Ida Newkirk, b. Oct. 25, 1856; 2-Emma, b. Mar. 10, 
1S61; 3-Katherine Edgar, b. May 29, 1864: 4-George Clark, b. 
Apr. II, 1S69; 5-Augusta May, b. May 9, 1S79. 

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