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lived at Rutherford.  His wife was probably a sister of 
Metje Brouwer, who m. Christophel Van Rype in 1746. 
When the latter couple had their child Gerrit baptized, 
Sept. 4, 1764, the witnesses were Christophel Jurrianse and 
Annatje Brouwer, showing that friendly relations still sub- 
sisted between the families, notwithstanding the change in 
name.  Tradition says that there was a great lawsuit be- 
tween these two men, and each being called Christophel 
Van Rypen, dire confusion ensued; hence, it was concluded 
to call one of them Van Rypen, and the other Jurrianse. 
Another version is that there was a hot quarrel between 
them, and Christophel Jurrianse got permission to change his 
name to Van Rype.  Tradition adds, with a particularity 
that ought to be convincing, “And it cost him a big lot of 
money, too.”  As a matter of fact, however, his children, 
with one exception, retained the name Jurrianse, or Yere- 

II. Jan, called Jan Jurrianse, Junr.; m. Elizabeth Post.

Gerrebrant-Jan-Juriaen Thomasse and Fytje Van Vorst 
had children: 
I.  Neeltje, b. Oct. 26, 1747; m. Paulus Paulusse.    Is- 
sue: 1. Annaatje,b. Nov. 17, 1776;  2. Sarah, b. Feb. 17, 
1780;  3. Jenneke, b. Sept. 1, 1784;  4. Jacobus, b. March 9, 
II. Gerrit, bap. Oct. 14, 1750; d. in inf. 
III. Garret, b. April 6, 1753; d. in inf. 
IV. Garret, b. July 27, 1754. 
V. Feitje
VI. Sarah, b. Feb. 24, 1757; m. Roeliph Van Wagoner, 
June 17, 1784; she d. Sept. 23, 1841; he d. June 30, 1816, 
aged 65 yrs 3 mos., 10 days.  Ch., Hermanns, b. May 8, 
1795; d. Oct. 16, 1815.

Abraham-Harmen-Juriaen Thomasse and  Elizabeth 
Bradbery had children : 
I.  John, b.  Feb.  12,  1753;  m.  Lea Winne (dau.  of 
Abram and Anne Winne), Sept. 22, 1776; she was related 
to the Egbert family of Montclair; he d. about 1835.  John 
was a soldier in the Revolutidnary war.  He lived in a 
large stone house, still standing, on the River road, just 
south of the line between Passaic and Essex counties, next 
below Richard Kingsland’s, where his father, and perhaps 
John Bradbury, had lived.  By deed dated May 1, 1786, 
for £204 New York money, John Van Riper,  of  Second 
River, and Lea his wife, convey to John Philip Berry, of 
the same place, a tract of 40.85 acres, being Lot No. 9, in 
the division marked in map L, and bounded east by John 
Vreeland and Abraham Speer, south by John Pake and 
Abraham Speer, west by Isaac Paulis and John Pake, and 
north by Philip Berry, father of John Philip Berry-prob- 
ably part of the Bradbury farm.(1) 
II Philip, b. Jan. 8, 1755 ; m, Jannetje Sip, sister of 
Halmagh Sip, March 29, 1789; d. July 11, 1834; she d. 
May 14, 1849, aged 82 yrs., 1 mo., and 2 days. Philip lived 
near Richfield, in the first house south of the brook on the 
road leading to Hepburn’s .  The house has been replaced 
in whole or in part by a stone house with a brick front.
(1) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 28. 

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Philip’s will, dated Oct. 7,1831, witnessed by Theodore 
Frelinghuysen, John A. Van Riper and Philip 1. Van Ri- 
per, -was proved July 28, 1834.(1) 
III. Mary,  m.  Dirck  (Richard)- Gerrebrandt-Dirck- 
Helmigh Roelofsc (Van Houten), of Totowa, about 1769- 

Johannis-Harmen-Juriaen-Thomasse and Hester Styn- 
mets had children:

I.  Marytje, b. April 19,  1756· 
II.  Harmen (Hermanus), b. Aug. 31, 1738; m.  Maria 
Van Rijpen, Aug. 27, 1780.  Ch., Sarah, b. March 4, 1781. 

Christophel-Harmen-Juriaen Thomasse and Metje Brou- 
wer had children:

I.  Alexander, m. Anneke Brouwer; d.  Aug. 30,  1817. 
II.  Herman, bap. Oct. 28, 1750; d. in inf. 
III. Harman, bap. Nov. 23, 1753 ; m Grietje Jacobusse, 
Feb. 6, 1791 ; d. Aug. 23, 1828.  Ch„ Jacob, b. March 10, 
IV. Uyldrick  (Eldrick), in. Annacke Dooremus.  He 
was a shoemaker by trade, and the moderation of his charges 
is shown in the following bill:                  

      August 13 1779 work don for mikel enug Vreeland 
to makeing 5 pair of Shoes                                     00-15-00 
to makeing 2 pair of Shoes                                     00-11-00 
to the mead in;? 3 pair of Shoes                            00-  8-00 
Recd of Henry Garritse Junr the above Account in full by me 
Eldrick Van Riper-(2)

Of course, the charges are only for labor.  The material 
was doubtless furnished by Mr. Vreeland. 
V. Ariaantje, b. Jan. 31, 1762. 
VI. Gerret, b. Sept. 4, 1764.

Jacob-Harmen-Juriaen Thomasse and Sophia Jacobusse 
had children: 
I.  Harmen, b. Sept. 19,  1761;  m.  Lea Spier.    Issue: 
1.  Jacob,  b.  Oct.  29,  1782;  2.  Marritje, b. Sept. 17, 1788; 
3. Rachel, b. May 3, 1791; 4. Maragrietje, b. April 3, 1794. 
II. Jacob, d. in inf. 
III.  Helena, b. March 19, 1765; m. Casparus Degraw, 
March 3, 1783;  She was called Lena Jurrianse.  Issue: 
1.  Hermanns,   b.   May  7,   1783;   2.  Annaatje,  b.   Sept. 
19,  1784;  3.  Christofel,  b. July 2,  1789;  4.  Jenneke, 
b. Sept. 25,  1791; 5. Gerret, b. Jan. 5, 1794; 6. Geertje, 
b. Feb. 1, 1796; 7.  Lena, b. Aug. 23,  1798; 8. Cornelius, 
b. March 5, 1801. 
IV. Johannes, b. Sept. 12, 1768. 
V. Thomas, b. July 12, 1770; m. Maria Van Houten 
(of Passaic, b. Jan. 24, 1788, dau. of Garret Van Houten 
and Cornelia, dau. of Simon Van Ness), Oct. 1l, 1806.  He 
began the manufacture of bobbins at Cedar Grove about 
1794, for the supply of the first cotton mill in Paterson, and 
was the first to engage in that business in this neighborhood, 
if not in the  country.   When he  began  the bobbins were 
made out of timber sawed with a cross-cut saw, reduced to 
blocks by a buck-saw, and turned with a brace and bit.  In 
1805 and 1806 he and his brother Dirck appear to have been

(1) Essex County Wills, F. 246. 
(2) The Van Houten Munuscrips, 58. 

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in partnership, as they bought several tracts of land on and 
near Peckamin river.(1)  He removed to Paterson in 1827, lo- 
cating in a frame mill on the river bank at the foot of Clin- 
ton street, where he continued the business until his death, 
in 1834. 
VI. Hendrick, b. Sept. 3, 1775; prob. d. in inf. 
VII. Dirck, b. Nov. 5, 1777. 
VIII. Judick, b. Aug. 1l, 1781. 
IX. Isaac  twins, b. Oct. 26, I787· 
X .  Jacob  twins  b. Oct. 26, 1787, m. Maria —–. 
He and his brother Isaac bought 
a turning mill and water privilege of Peter D. Jacobus, at 
Cedar Grove, on the Peckamin river, where they carried on 
bobbin-turning for some years.  Jacob’s will, dated Nov. 
l1, 1834, witnessed by John R. Speer, Isaac I. Jacobus and 
John A. Jacobus, was proved August i, 1835.  In it he 
names wife Maria, and children: l. Jacob; 2. Martin; 3. 
James; 4. Amsey(Amzi); 5. Lydia; 6. Ellen; 7. Mary Ann. 
Executors—his wife and his son, Jacob J. Van Riper. (2) 

Isaac-Harmen-Juriaen Thomasse and Catrina Van Rype 
had children:

I. Harme, b. June 17, 1754, m, Mary Van Riper, m. 
bond dated June 29, 1780. 
II. Marytje, b. Feb. 2, 1756. 
III. Jacobus, b. Sept. 22, 1760. 
IV. Catharina, b. March 12, 1767; m. Jacob Ryker, Feb. 
8, 1789.   Issue:  l.  Sarah, b. July 8, 1791;  2, Johannis, b. 
Sept 8, 1793; 3. Tryntje, b. April 4, 1796. 

Gerrit-Harrmen-Juriaen Thomasse and Fytje Van Winkel 
had children: 
I.  Abraham, b. May 16, 1758; m. Aeltje Post.   Issue : 
l.  Ragel, b. Oct. 16, 1788; 2.  Feylye, b. Jan.  11 ,1791; m. 
Increase Van Houten; ch., Sophia, b. Sept. 15, 1834. 
II.  Cornelius, b. June 19, 1760; d. in inf. 
IIIGerrit, b. Dec. 4, 1762. 
IV. Cornelius twins, b. Dec 5, 1765 
V. Marytje  ; twins, b. Dec, 5, 1765. 

Thomas-Harmen-Juriaen Thomasse and Saertje Van Rype 
had children:

I.  Johannis,  b.  July  4,   1756;  prob.  m.   twice;  2d, 
Jannetje Van Noorstrand, Aug. 5. 1787.  His will, dated 
Jan. 2, 1790, was proved April 13, 1792;  it was witnessed 
by John R. Ludlow, Henry F. Post and Hanmore Ludlow. 
In it the testator directs all his estate to be sold at public 
vendue, within one year after his death; gives his oldest 
son, Thomas, ten shillings, for his birthright; £l0 N. J. 
money to his daughter Jane; to his wife Jane, and to his 
sons Thomas Van Riper and John Van Riper, each one- 
fourth of his estate ; the other fourth to be divided between 
his two daughters, Marritje and Sarah. (3) 
II.  Harmen, b. Jan. 21, 1758. 
III. Marritje, b. Aug. 28, 1759. 
IV. Judie, b. Dec. 14, 1760; m. Thomas Sigler.  Issue ; 
l.  Thomas, b.Feb. 22, 1781;  2.  John, b.  Jan.  12,  1783;  3. 
Moses, b. May 21, 1789.
(1) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 548; B, 185. 
(2)  Essex County Wills, F, 352 
(3) Recorded in Liber No. 34 of Wills, Trenton, f. 41. 

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V. Sarah, b. Sept. 8, 1765. 
VI. Cathrina, b. Dec. 8, 1766.

               Fifth Generation.

Dirck-Jurjaen-Thomas-Juriacn Thomasse and Elisabet 
Meet had children: 
I.  Yurrie, b. March 26,1763,  m.  Feb. 12, 1786, Ma- 
ria Berdan (b. Oct. 4, 1768);  he d. June 10, 1840;  she d. 
July 23, 1832.  He was known as “Dirck’s Yurrie”—Rich- 
ard’s Uriah; in official records he was sometimes called 
Jerre Van Rypen, and more formally Uriah R. (Richard) 
Van Riper.  He lived on his father’s farm, to which he add- 
ed 4 9·3 2 acres by purchase, Feb. 11, 1800, for £138, from 
Walter Rutherford and John Rutherford, of New York, 
trustees of Lieut -Gen. John Reid, of Great Britain, and 
John Stark Robinson and Susan his wife.(1) I His will, dated 
Oct. 22, 1834 divided his property between his two child- 
ren, Jacob and Elizabeht.(2) 
II. Jacob, b. Jan. 2, 1765; m. Marietje Vreeland, Dec. 
19, 1789; he lived at Preakness.   By deed July 25, 1791, 
from Roelof Van Houten and Annaatje his wife, of Preak- 
ness, for £200 N. Y. money, he bought a tract of 22 acres 
on Singack brook—probably mill property, which he wished 
to improve further, as on Oct. 28, 1791, he mortgaged the 
premises for £160 N. Y. money, to Richard Van Riper, of 
Bergen County (his father), and Michael Vreeland, of Essex 
III. Johannes, b.  Aug.  30,  1766;  m.  ist,  Catharina 
—; 2d, Geertje (Gertruy, Charity) Dooremus (b. Aug. 
22, 1775, dau. of Hendrick Dooremus and Marregrietye Van 
Winkel), March 11, 1798; she was a cousin of his first wife. 
He sold to his brother Derrick, Feb. 12, 1796, for £142 
New Jersey money, a tract of 37· 82 acres at Preakness, re- 
serving “the right to keep up and support the saw mill and 
dam, and of raising the water as high as necessary,”(4) 
About this time he bought the Peter Gerritse farm, on the 
Wesel road, extending from the river westwardly about to 
the present Main street, where he carried on farming for 
many years.  His residence was where John Henry Merselis 
now lives.  Fifteen or twenty years later he bought a tract 
of 300 acres of land between Waterloo and Geneva, in New 
York, and for several years was wont to journey there every 
year, to sow fifty or sixty bushels of wheat.   He finally sold 
his Wesel farm (about 9·89x 60 chains in area, containing 
53.90 acres, bounded south by John M. Vreeland and John 
Hedden, west on the railroad, north on David Alyea, east 
on Passaic river),(5) April 26, 1834, for $5,500, to Simeon 
Pye, of New York, a locksmith or lock manufacturer, and 
took up his residence on his farm near Geneva, where he 
spent the rest of his days.(6)
(1). Bergen County Transcribed Deeds, B, 216. 
(2). Passaic County Wills, A, 100. 
(3). Bergen County Transcribed Deeds, A, 592. 
(4).Bergen County Transcribed Deeds, C, 540. 
(5). Essex County Transcribed Deeds, M, 119. 
(6). Conversations in August and September, 1894, with Henry P. Sim- 
mons, Cornelius P. Merselis, John B. Van Riper and George Zabriskie.

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IV. Henry, b. Dec. 28, 1767; d. Oct. 5, 1792.

V. Garret, b. July 30, 1769; d. Sept. l, 1770.

VI. Garret, b. Nov. 28, 1771; d. June 2, 1794.

VII. Mary, b. July 14, 1775;m.—-Lydecker; d. May 
l,  1807.

VIII. Richard, b. March 4, 1777; m.  1St, Elizabeth Van 
Orden; she was b. March 11, 1777; d. Oct. 30, 1828; 2d, 
Margaret Slingerland, wid., with whom he made an ante- 
nuptial contract, October 4, 1836;  he d. Jan. 22, 1841. 
Richard is sometimes referred to in the records as Dirck 
Van Riper, jun.) but was generally known as “Dickie.” 
He bought a tract of land near Upper Preakness from 
Abraham Ogden, which, however, he subsequently sold 
to  Abraham  Campbell,  whose  heirs—Sarah  Campbell, 
Jacob Haring and others—quit-claimed to Dirck’s brother, 
Uriah, May 20, 1797; for f15 New York money, (l)  In July, 
1804, he bought from Moses Ogden and Charles Ogden, of 
Newark, a tract of 93.30 acres, net, a mile and a half east of 
the Pompton Furnace, and adjoining the tract of  145.40 
acres returned to his father in 1762.(2)  Dickie had a re- 
markably fine orchard on his farm.  His will, dated May 
15, 1837, was proved Feb. 4, 1841.(3)

IX. Marregriet, b. March 7, 1779; m. Derrick Sisco, of 
Bloomingdale.  Issue: l. John, m. Susan Berry; 2. Marga- 
ret, m. Moses Kanouse; 3. Barney, the famous innkeeper for 
many years on the old Hamburg turnpike, at Upper Preak- 
ness, m. Margaret Ann Berry; 2. a dau., m. James Bertholf; 
5. Henry, unm.; 6. Mary Ann, d. unm.

X. Elizabeth,b.. April 10, 1782. 

Derrick-Jan-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and  Elizabeth 
Van Houte had children:

I.  Jenneke, b. Nov.  18, 1774.

II.  Marretje,  b. April 24,  1778;  m.  Gerrit J.  Post, 
April 10, 1796.  Issue: l. Dirck, b. Dec. 6, 1796; 2. Jen- 
neke, b. Oct. 13, 1798. 

Gerrit-Jan-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Jannetje Winne 
had children:

I.  Johannis, b.  May 10,  1788.

II. Cornelis, b. Aug. 30, 1792. 

Johannes-Jan-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Catharina 
Post had children :

I.  Marytje, b. Nov. 2, 1768;  m. Jacob Morris, Aug. 28, 
1785; d. Nov. 5, 1840; he was born May 10, 1775;d. Sept. 19, 
1799-  He was a descendant of Peter Jacobse Marius, of 
Hoorn, Holland, a famous merchant in his day, who in 
1674 was rated as “one of the best and most affluent inhab- 
itants” of New Amrterdam.(4)  Jacob served in the artillery 
during the Revolution, ahd according to family tradition 
fired, or at least trained for that purpose, the first gun fired 
at the British at the siege of Yorktown.  After the war he 
returned to New York.  Being an active fireman he caught 
cold one night at a fire at the foot of Liberty street, and the 
cold settled into consumption.  He was thus confined to
(1). Beneo County “Transcribed Deeds, A, 552. 
(2)Ib., D, 289,386M. 
(3). Passaic County Wills, A, 125. 
(4). N. Y. Col. Docs., II., 936. 


his bed when the yellow fever broke out in New York, and 
to escape the contagion his family carried him out on his 
bed, placed him aboard a periagua, and sailed up the Pas- 
saic river.  At a point just below Passaic Bridge, a benevo- 
lent female, seeing their pitiful plight, invited the fugitives 
to come ashore and into her house, declaring that she feared 
not the plague.  She proved to be a distant relative, and in 
her hospitable  home  Jacob,  wasted by consumption, 
breathed his last in peace, and was buried in the Acquacka- 
nonk church yard.  Issue : 
i.  Sylvester  Marius,  b.   Jan.  24,  1787;   lost off  Sandy- 
Hook in the Privateer Arrow, in 1840. 
ii.  John,  b.  March 29,  1788.     His wife was  Catharine 
Cole, of New York. 
iii.  Phebe,  b.  Oct.  1,  1790;  d.  in inf. 
iv.  Jacob,  b.  Sept.  6,  1792; d. in 1873.   He was ap- 
prenticed to a tanner, at Clifton, but when very young went 
to sea, and became Commodore McDonough’s Sailing-Mas- 
ter ;  Admiral  Farragut and Admiral  Porter were in his 
class of boys, and he taught them navigation. 
v. Peter,  b.  Sept. 25, 1794 :  he learned his trade as 
paper maker, in the Madison mill at Third river, where he 
m. Sarah, dau. of Joseph Kingsland, and afterward went in 
business with her brother.  Children: i. Sylvester John, d. 
in inf.; 2. Mary Kingsland; 3. John Jacob, lives on Park 
avenue, Paterson; has been in mercantile business in New 
York many years ; he is a gentleman of scholarly, antiqua- 
rian tastes, and being a descendant of one of the early New 
York sea captains and merchants, as well as of one of the 
Acquackanonk patentees, has a valuable and most interest- 
ing collection of curios; among these is a venerable parch- 
ment deed for a large interest in the Saddle River patent 
of 1679 ; 4. Joseph Kingsland ; 5. Jonathan Seymour;  6. 
Robert Sylvester. 
vi.  Mary or Maria, b. Nov. 18, 1796; d. in 1884. 
vii.  Phebe, b. Feb. 5,  1799;  d. in 1884. 
Marytje Van Riper m. 2d, William Gillespie, of New 
York city; during the War of 1812 he removed with his 
family to near White Lake, Sullivan county, N. Y., where 
he held various offices—County Judge, Colonel, etc.  Issue: 
1.  William;  2.  Alfred,  a  physician  at  Bethel,  m.  — 
Brown; d. 1893; 3. Milton, still living, 83 yrs. old; 4. 
Catharine, m. William Whittlesey, and removed to Evans- 
ville, Ind.;  5. Ann, a writer of graceful verse, m. — 
Barhydt, of Saratoga, formerly a miller at White Lake.

II. Adrian, b. about 1770;  m. Cathalyntje Spier, Au- 
gust 4, 1792.  He lived on the Wesel road, and was a 
blacksmith by trade, (1)  His shop was a large frame building, 
with a high roof, standing on the west side of the road, near 
Crooks avenue.  He bought from his brother John, May 
13, 1805;, for $80, his equal half part of “a tract of land at 
Wesel in front of the dwelling house of said Adrian Van 
Riper bounded on the west by the highway, on the south by 
land now in possession of Michael Vreeland on the east by 
Passaic river on the north by land of John Stagg and the
(I) Two of his bills for blacksmith work, in 1799 and 1808-9, are printed 
in The Van Houten Manuscripts, pp. 36, 107. 

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Widow Van Roden, containing four acres.”(1) Adrian—who 
was called “Jan’s Yawn,” John’s Adrian—sold his shop, 
Feb. 29, 1820, to Henry P. Doremus,(2) whose father bought 
it for him, and  Henry converted  the  building into  a  two- 
story weave-shop.  Adrian then went West—to the Gen- 
essee country in New York State.(3)
III. Elizabeth, b. March 16, 1775; m. Henry Traphagen 
(his second wife), Sept. 23, 1800; he was a car-man in New 
York at the time, but was from Ulster county, whither he 
returned, and there she d.  Issue: i. John, a. lumber mer- 
chant in New York for many years; 2. Peter; 3- a dau.

IV. Catharina, b. Oct 23, 1777;m ” Jacob-John Stagg, 
June 7, 1802; d. May 18, 1826, aged 48 yrs., 8mos„ 5 days. 
He was called “Yawpy” (the popular abbreviation of Jacob) 
Stagg, and was a son of John Stagg, who lived in a small 
stone house, a story and a half high, on the river bank, just 
south of Crooks avenue.  It was destroyed when the Dun- 
dee dam was raised in 1858, and the site of it is now under 
water.  Jacob was a shoemaker; he used to go to New York 
to buy leather, and many stories were told in after years of 
his adventures on those perilous journeys.  Children: 
i.  Caty, b.  Nov.  30,  1802;  d.  Nov.  21,  1802. 
ii.  Catherine,  b.  Jan.  15,  1804;  m.  Cornelius C.  Christie 
(b. June 16, 1802);  d. Nov. 22, 1853,   Issue:  i. Ann, b. 
Aug. 12, 1822; 2. Jacob, b. Nov. 9, 1825; 3. Catharine Ma- 
ria, b. June 15, 1829; 4. Rachel, b. Nov. 7, 1833; d. Feb. 9, 
1834; S- Rachel, b. Dec. 8, 1835; 6. James, b. Nov. 10, 
1843.  Cornelius Christie m. 2d, Gitty Ann Van Riper (b. 
April 19, 1827, dau. of Gerrit-Adrian Van Riper and Antje, 
dau. of John Van Riper); he d. Feb. 22, 1867. 
iii.  John, b.  Oct.  19,  1806;   m.  Maria  Tise  (b. Aug.  11, 
1811, dau. of Peter Tise and Anny Van Blarcom), April 9, 
1831; d. Feb. 18, 1884; she d. Dec. 11, 1869.  Issue: 
1.  Catharine, b. Nov. 30, 1832;  d. June 17, 1879, unm. 
2.  Peter,  b.  Oct. 9, 1836;  removed to Trenton,  Mich- 
igan, and married Ellen A.  Dearborn, June 8, 1857-   He 
entered the Union army in the late war as a musician, Co. 
K, 1st Michigan cavalry; promoted to 2d Lieutenant same 
Company; Captain Co. E, Aug. 22, 1861; Major, Nov. 12, 
1862; Lieut.-Colonel, Dec. 7, 1862; Colonel, Aug. 17, 1864; 
Brevet-Brigadier General, March 13,  1865; mustered out 
March 10, 1866, at which time he was in command of Cus- 
ter’s famous Cavalry Brigade.   He returned to Paterson, 
taking up his residence on the Notch Road, where he died 
Dec. 26,1884. 
3.  Francis Henry, b. Jan. 9, 1839; d. Sept. 6, 1842. 
4.  Ann Maria, b. April 12, 1841; d. Sept. 20, 1842. 
5. John,  Dec.  16,  1843;  m. Catharine Fulton, of Sad- 
dle River, Bergen county, Nov. 5, 1868; she was b. at Lodi, 
Bergen County, June 19, 1848.  He served in the late war 
as Quarter Master Sergeant, 11th N. J. Volunteers; after- 
terwards as ist Lieutenant in the First Michigan Cavalry, 
serving altogether nearly three years in the war.  In 1889 
he was elected Chief Engineer of the Volunteer Fire De-
(1) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 535. 
(2) Ib. ,D, 558, 579. 
(3) Conversations with Cornelisa P. Merselis, John B. Van Riper and 
George Zabriskie, September, 1894.


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partment of Paterson, and in 1891, on the establishment of 
the Paid Department, he was appointed Chief Engineer, 
which position he still holds.  Issue: i. Sarah Fulton, b. 
Aug. 13, 1869; 2. Catharine M., b. Nov. 14, 1871; 3. Rob- 
ert F., b. Dec. 20, 1873; 4. Emma S., b. Dec. 17, 1875; 5. 
Elizabeth S„ b. Oct. 13, 1878; d. Nov. 30, 1878; 6. John 
W.. b. Oct. 15, 1879; 7- Edward Tice, b. Aug. 7, 1884; 8. 
Alexander F., b. Dec. l, 1887;  Stella S„ b. June 18, 
1889; d. Aug. 46, 1889. 
6. Maria, b. Aug. 4, 1845;   Hugh 0. Fulton, Oct. 
I8,1871.  Issue: l. John. b. at Meaford, Ontario, July 17, 
l872; d. at Paterson, Oct 20, 1877; 2. Anna, b. at Paterson, 
Dec. 12, 1875; 3. Kate Stagg, b. Aug. 8, 1880; 4. Myra, b. 
May 10, 1887. 
7.  Anna Tise, b. Nov. 16, 1847; a. Dec. 4, 1850. 
iv. Adrian,  b.  Dec.  13,1808;  removed  to  Flat  Rock, 
Michigan, and m. Mary Ann Peters, dau. of John Peters, 
d. April 2,1860. 
v. Francis C., b. Feb. 17, 1811; removed to Flat Rock, 
Michigan, and m. Salina Root, Aug. Jl, 1877- 
vi. Mary Van Riper, b. Aug. 22, 1813; m. William Titus, 
May 2, 1835; d. Sept l, 1879. 
vi. Jane, b. June ia, 1816; m. ist, — Smith; m. 2d, 
William Edwards; d. June 10, 1879- 
viii.  Tunis, b. Oct. 11,  1818; m.  Eliza Row; d. Aug. 36, 
1883.  He was for many years superintendent of the carpen- 
ter shop in the Rogers Locomotive Works. 
ix.  Garret, b. July 17, 1821; d. young. 
x.  Richard Henry, b. Feb. 17, 1825; d. young.

V. Antje (Ann), b. March 20, 1780; m. Daniel Niven, 
March 24, 1798; d. May 8, 1867; he d. Jan. 5, 1867, aged 100 
yrs., 7 mos.  Daniel Niven was b. on the isle of Islay, June 12, 
1766, son of Duncan Niven and Flora Campbell (the latter 
being of the Cambells of Argyle, one of her ancestors hav- 
ing been beheaded at London for his sturdy Presbyterian- 
ism); he came to this country in 1790 establishing himself 
in New York as a merchant tailor.   He subsequently re- 
moved to Orange county, where he died. On his hundredth 
birthday he received a large number of friends, and was 
bright, cheerful and vivacious.   He remarked to his son 
that afternoon that during the sixty-eight years of his mar- 
ried life death had never entered his door; neither child, 
relative, servant or wayfarer had ever died under his roof! 
His venerable wife survived him but four months.  She 
often told how her father and mother, after the Revolution, 
journeyed through the wilderness and over the rugged 
mountains, via Shamokin, to the Wyoming valley, to make 
their home on the frontier, but were glad enough to get 
back to the Wesel neighborhood with their scalps and little 
possessions.   As a girl she was remarkably lively and 
attractive; in maturer years she was a good mother and 
thorough helpmeet.  Issue: 
i.   Daniel  Grosman,  b.  March  14,  1799;  m.  Maria  Mor- 
ris (his cousin); d. Dec. 20, 1852. 
ii.   Catharine   Post  (named  after  her mother’s mother), 
b. Sept. 3, 1801; m. Seth Warner Brownson, at Monticello, 
N. Y. 
iii.  Archibald Campbell, b.  at  Newburgh,  Dec.  8,  1803; 

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m. Jane, eldest dau. of Alexander Thompson, in 1832; d. 
Feb. 21, 1882.  He was a distinguished lawyer, holding 
various offices in his county and state—was Adjutant-Gen- 
eral of New York in 1844; Representative in Congress, 
1845-47; State Senator in 1864; etc.  Issue: I. Alexander 
D., graduated from Plinceton; studied divinity two years, 
and lost his life in the wreck of  the steamship Arctic, Sept. 
27, 1854; 2. Mary C., m. Dr. Wright;  3. Thornton A., a 
lawyer at Monticello, N. Y. 
     iv.  Thornton Macness, b. Feb. 3, 1806; m. Letty, second 
child of Jonathan Mills and Jean McCord, May 4, 1826; 
she d. Jan. 13, 1870, aged 68 yr&, one mo.   Col. Niven, as 
he is generally called, has led an eventful life; he was a 
contractor in stone for many years, paved the streets of New 
Orleans, Charleston, and other cities; built bridges, did 
work on the Erie Canal, furnished stone for fortresses, etc.; 
he has lived at Hackensack since 1871; for some years he 
has been totally blind, but this affliction does not check his 
cheerful spirits; a charming, tender poem of his, “Medita- 
tions of an old blind man on his eighty-eighth birthday, Feb. 
3, 1894, ” was published in the local press, and attracted wide 
attention.  Issue: i. Catharine Campbell, b. June 15, .1827; 
m. James M. Motley, a native of Boston, Mass., Dec. 27, 
1852; 2. Andrew McCord, h. July 20, 1829; m. Maria Ful- 
ton, of Ulster county, Oct. 12, 1864;  3. Mary Frances, b. 
Sept 16, 1831; m. James L. Jesiup, of 0range county, 
Oct. 6, 1857; he d. Feb. g, 1863; she d. June 16, 1874, 
s.  p.;   4.  John  Forsyth,  b.  Dec.  25,  1833;  d.  Oct.   14, 
1861, unm.; he was a merchant in New York; 5. Thorn- 
ton M., b. Aug. 23, 1836; m. Elizabeth, dau. of the Rev. 
William Lewis, of Brooklyn; Thornton is a prominent 
clergyman, has been honored with the degree of D. D., and 
has been pastor of the Presbyterian church at Dobbs Ferry 
for the past thirty years; 6. Archibald Campbell, b. Dec. 
15, 1839;  m.  Margaret V. V., dau. of Charles Hasbrouck, 
M. D., of Hackensack, April 27, 1878; ch., Mary Has- 
brouck, b. Oct. 19, 1879. 
v.  James, b. Sept. 30, 1808; d. Sept. 29, 1850. 
vi.  Mary Scott, b. April 7,  1811;  m.  Lyman  Odell.’of 
Sullivan county; she now lives at Hackensack.  Issue: i. 
Hamilton, a lawyer in New York ; 2. Andrew Jackson, for 
many years secretary and treasurer of the Delaware, Lacka- 
wanna and Western railroad ; distinguished as a book col- 
lector, his library having been one of the finest sold in many 
vii.  Thomas Helms, b. Dec. 30, 1813; lives at Montclair. 
viii. Alexander Hamilton, b. Jan. 31, 1817. 
ix.  Harriet, b. March 28, 1819;  m.  Walter H.  Stevens, 
Nov. 2,1849. 
x. Helen Isabella, b. May 6, 1821; m. the Rev. John B. 
Scouller, June 21, .1848; he was pastor for many years of the 
Presbyterian church at Newville, Penn. 
VI. Jurrie (Uriah), m. Marretje Blair, May 13, 1804; 
d Sept. 24, 1871, aged 89 yrs.; she d. June 23,  1866.   He 
kept a hotel at Passaic for some years.  Issue: Margaret 
(Peggy), b. June 23, 1805; m. Capt. John Hedden, a river 
boatman at Passaic, and at one time sexton of the old 
church there; she d. June 2, 1862; he m. ist, Jane Gilbert; 

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he d. Dec. 2, 1855. Uriah was a famous pedestrian.  He 
fequently;walked from Acquackanonk out to Waterloo, N. 
Y,  to visit  his  brothers  and  sisters,  upon whom  he would 
drop in as unceremoniously as if he lived in the next village, 
and after a social call of a dlay or two would bid them a 
cheerful “Good morning,” and start back on his homeward 
walk of two or three hundred miles.   On one occasion he 
extended his pedestrian journey as far as Cincinnati, in the 
early days of that beautiful city.   When he was past eighty- 
five he thought nothing of walking from Passaic to Pater- 
son, even in the bitterest winter weather.   Capt. John Hed- 
den and Peggy Van  Riper had issue:  i.  George E., d. May 
29, l855 aged 26 yrs.; 2. John, went West; 3. Uriah; 4. 
Mary, m. Jeremiah Holley, who d. June 29, 1854, aged 34 
yrs.; she d. Feb. 1887,  leaving  1. John, d. May 6, 1887; 2. 
Mary Catharine, m. William Satchell. 

Johannes.Thomas(?).Jan-Juriaen Thomasse and Aaltje 
Van Rypen had children: 
I.  Johannes, b. Dec. 4,  1768;  m. Hendrickje  (Henri- 
etta) Vreeland, Nov. 23, 1788.    Issue:  1. John, b. April 25, 
1789: 2. Thomas, b. Feb. 26, 1792. 
II.  Thomas, b. Dec. 20, 1771. 
III. Marretje, b. July 23, 1778. 

Simon- Isaac-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Maragrietje 
Pieterse had children: 
I.  Lea,  bap.  July 20,  1755; m.  Peter  Helmagh  Van 
II. Jurrie, m. ist, Antje Vreeland, m. bond dated Jan. 
1787; 2d, Rachel Meedt, Nov. 10, 1799; d. of apoplexy, 
—–, aged 54 years. He lived on the east bank of the 
Passaic river, near the Wesel bridge, where his father had 
lived before him.  He was a blacksmith by trade.  The 
neighbors called him “Siemen’s Yerry”-Simon’s Uriah. 
Jurie’s nephew, Simeon Van Houten (son of his sister 
Lea), having become involved in one of his periodical en- 
counters with the law, persuaded his uncle to go security 
for his appearance  when  wanted.    In  order  to  indemnify 
his uncle, Simeon and his wife Mary conveyed to Jerry Van 
Riper, Feb. 13, 1809, two tracts of land in Paterson, one at 
the southeast corner of Main street and Broadway, l00 feet 
on Main street, and 50 feet deep, formerly owned by the cel- 
ebrated Dr. Peter Wilson, of Columbia College ;  the other 
lot adjoining the same on the south, 55 feet front on Main 
street, and 210 feet deep.(l)  Simeon finding his situation se- 
rious, “jumped his bail.”   Word came to Jurrie one night 
that  Simeon   was   in   hiding   in   Trenton.     Early   the   next 
morning he hitched up a great bald-faced horse, the fastest 
and most enduring in his extensive stables, and with his 
friend Henry I. Van Blarcom, also one of Van Houten’s 
sureties,  started  for Trenton.   It was a drive of sixty or 
seventy miles, over rough country roads, but the big horse 
got them there the same night.  “Sim” was found en- 
entrenched in an upper room, fully armed, and threatening to- 
shoot the first man who entered.   Jurrie called for an axe, 
smashed in the door, and dashed in; Van Blarcom threw 
his arms around Van Houten, and Jurrie secured him.  The 
horse was never of much use after this extraordinary drive.
(1)Essex County Transcribed Deeds, B,488; D, 93 

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III. Antje,  m. John C.  Westervelt, of Wagaraw, Jan. 
25, 1783.   Issue: I.  Elisabeth, b.  Sept.  8,  1783; 2.  Mar- 
grietje, b. July 23, 1792; 3. Cornelius, b. Jan. 30, 1798; he 
kept tavern at Haledon for several years; later he was Pres- 
ident of the Paterson Gas Light Company for twenty years, 
and lived near the gas works, then adjacent to the Morris 
Canal, at the head of Jersey street. 
IV. Christina (Styntje, Stientje), b. July 7, 1763; m.- 
Cornelius H. Doremus, June 10,  1787.  Issue: 1. Mara- 
grietje, b. Aug. 24, 1788; 2. Antje, b. Nov. 10, 1791. 
V. Margaret, m. Johannes H. Gerretse, Nov. 11, 1787. 
Issue; 1. Elizabeth, b. July 16, 1789; 2. Simeon, b. Dec. 
9, 1791; 3.  Henderic, b.  Nov.  19, 1793; d.  in infancy; 4. 
Marregrietye, b. Sept. 6, 1799- 
Simon (or Simeon I.) Van Rypen d. intestate, and his 
four daughters, with their respective husbands, released to 
Jurrie all their interest in their father’s estate in Bergen 
county; also all their interest in the estate of their grand- 
father, Jurrie Pieterse, deceased. (1) 

Marinus-lsaac-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse had children: 
By his first wife, Catrina Cogh: 
I.  Lea, b. Sept. 26, 1757 ; d. in inf. 
II. Lea, b. March 24, 1759; m. Adrian Sip, Jan. 23, 
1787.  Issue: 1. Isaac, b. March 19, 1789; 2. Annaetje, b. 
Sept. 5, 1791; 3. Adriaen, b. April 9, 1794; 4. Cornelius, b. 
June 27,1801. 
III. Casparus, b. Nov. io,  1765; m. Antje Ackerman. 
In 1804 he lived on the west bank of the Passaic river, near 
the present Passaic City line.

By his second wife, Elizabeth Lutken : 
IV. Isaac, b. May 26, 1771-  He bought part of his 
father’s farm, five acres on the east side of the Wesel road, 
at the executors’  sale, June 9, 1804. 
V. Harmen, b. Feb. 18, 1773. 
VI. Antje, b. June 23, 1775 ; m.  John Locy (Losie); he 
lived on the west bank of the Passaic river, on the point a 
short distance below where the Wesel road turns away from 
the Lake, and near a fording place where people formerly 
crossed the river. Issue: 1. Jacob, b. March 16, 1799; 2. Mary- 
nus, b. Jan. -, 1802; 3. Isaac, b. June 8, 1805; learned 
his trade as a weaver at Henry Doremus’s weave-shop in 
the neighborhood ; 4. John, b. Aug. 4, 1807 ; 5. Jannetje, b. 
June 17, 1809; 6. Cornelius, b. Jan. 30, 1813. 
VII. Johannes, b. April 6, 1778. 
VIII. Cornelus, b. April 4, 1780. 
IX. Gerret, b. Feb. 5, 1782. 
X. Simeon, b. July 11, 1784. 
XI. Thomas, b. Feb. 11, 1787. 
XII. Catharina, b. Oct. 2, 1790 ; m. Hendrick Wouterse, 
Dec. 24, 1808.  Issue : 1. Gerret, b: Dec. 7, 1809; 2. Cath- 
arina, b. June 12, 1812. 
Harpert-Jacob-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Margaret 
Berry had children: 
I.  Jacobus,  b.   Feb.  25,   1765;  m.  Aaltje  Vreeland, 
June 30, 1787.  In deeds. Jacobus used the English form— 
James—of his name.  By deed June 5, 1804, for $180, 
(1) Bergen County Transcribed Deeds, A, 614.

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James H. Van Riper and Lettie his wife conveyed to John 
H. Van Riper a tract of nine acres, in Newark township, 
formerly the property of Michael D. Vreeland, “being part 
of the lot known by the name of the Rock Field “—at the 
present village of Franklin.  On Aug. 16, 1817, for $2, 500, 
they conveyed to Jacob Vreeland a tract of 57.73 acres in 
Acquackanonk, on the line of Abraham Berry, deceased 
—near Third river. (1) By deed, Oct. 23, 1805, for $875, 
they conveyed to John B. Berry a quarter of an acre, with 
house, etc., on the “main road leading from Passaic Falls 
to Newark, a little distant from the house of Halmagh Sip 
. . . near the river. (2) 

Dirck-Dirck-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Claasje Vree- 
land had children:

I.  Pietertje,  b.  Nov.  16,  1758; m.  Walling-Waling- 
Johannis-Waling Jacobse (Van Winkle), Feb. 23, 1783 ; d- 
Jan. 4, 1846; he d. Jan. 17, 1832.  For her issue, see p. 102. 
II. Elias, b. Sept 1, 1761 ; d. in childhood. 
III Marytje, b. July 11, 1764; m. Cornelis Sip, Feb. 
8, 1784; d. Jan. 27, 1845 ; he d. Aug. 9, 1825, aged 65 yrs., 
11 mos., 16 days.  Issue: 1. Claasje, b. April 34, 1784; 2. 
Annaatje, b. Jan. 17, 1788. 
IV. Lybetje, b. Nov. 8, 1766; m. Adrijaen-Mercelius- 
Adrian-Adrian-Adrian Post, May 14, 1786; d. Nov. 20, 
1848; lie d. March 23, 1829.(3) 
V. Jannetje, b. May 25, 1770; d. in inf. 
VI. Jannetje, bap. Dec. 22, 1771; m. John Merselis, 
Feb. 13, 1790; d. Jan. 3 ,1856; he d. Sept. 7, 1841, aged 
76 yrs., 11 mos., 20 days.  Issue: 1. Claasje, b. Dec. —, 
1790; m. Peter H. Kip; 2. Arreyauntye (Arianna), b. Aug. 
2, 1797 ; m. Nicholas R. Terhune.   Children of Claasje :  1. 
Edo (still living, 1894, at Passaic); 2. Peter; 3. John; 4. 
Henry, late of Rutherford, deceased.  Children of Ariana: 
1. John (ex-Judge John N. Terhune, who lives on the Wesel 
road, on part of his mother’s ancestral domain); two other 
children died young. 
The four daughters of Dirck Van Rypen, named above, 
with their respective husbands, executed deeds, May 9, 
1803, dividing the property of their father.  John Merselis 
received 48 acres of Lot No. 3, East, in the Bogt subdivis- 

Garret-Juriaen-Gerrit-Juriaen Thomasse had children : 
By his first wife, Jannetje Diedricks :

I.  Jurrie, b. July 20, 1767; m. ist, NeelljeVan Hoorn, 
Dec. 18, 1790; 2d, Aegie Diedricks, wid. of Jacob Collerd, 
Sept. 13, 1807; d. April 4, 1826.  -Issue: 1. Gerret, b.. Oct. 
By his second wife, Leena Vreeland : 
II. Joris,(George) b.  June 3,  1787; m. July  23,  1814,  Clara 
Vreeland, b. Dec. 25, 1794, at Pamrapo, Hudson county, 
dau. of George and Jane (Brinckerhoff) Vreeland; he lo- 
cated on the east bank of the Passaic river, just south of
(1) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 482: C, 253. 
(2) Ib., B. 29. 
(3) For account of her children, see p. 147. 
(4) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 343, 349, 352. 


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