Sunday, December 6, 2015


Our ancestor Steven Petrus Van Voorhees (d. 1815, Seneca, N.Y.) was a New Jersey private during the American Revolution. DAR Ancestor # A119223. He married Margareta Van Dyke. Steven was a Roelof Martense Schenck descendant, and Margarita was a Gillis De Mandeville descendant. Steven and Margarita were great-grandparents of Margaret Williamson McCreary, mother of Emma Jane McCreary Muffley. Steven Petrus Van Voorhees reportedly served while a resident in Somerset County, N.J.

There are several Van Dyke entries at DAR. No doubt some were kin to ancestor Margareta Van Dyke Van Voorhees.

list several Schenck men who fought in the Revolution, all from New Jersey. To name just a few: Abram Schenck (Ancestor #A100680); his brother Henry H. Schenck (#A100693); John Garretsen Schenck (#A100702); John H. Schenck (#A100713); Garret G. Schenck (#A100690; died 1839 in Warren County, Ohio); John R. Schenck (#A100714; died 1829 in Butler County, Ohio); and Rulef Schenck (#A100723; died 1836 in Mohawk, Herkimer County, N.Y.). 

From this list, these appear ( trees) to descend from Johannes Schenck (b. 1656, Middelburg, Zeeland), alleged (but doubted) cousin of our Roelof Martense Schenck: Brothers Abram and Henry H. Schenck.

These appear to descend from our Roelof Martense Schenck (via his first wife, not by our ancestor Annetje Wyckoff): Capt. John Garretsen Schenck; Garret G. Schenck; John R. Schenck; & Rulef Schenck.

DAR records have several entries for Mandeville. E.g., Yellis Mandeville (Ancestor #A073347), a nephew of our ancestor Tryntje Gillis De Mandeville Vanderveer.

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