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Cornelius VAN HORNE

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  • Name Cornelius VAN HORNE 
    Born Bef 17 Dec 1693  New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 17 Dec 1693  Reformed Dutch Church, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 19 Feb 1768  Newtown, Middlesex County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 23 May 1770  Somerset County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number JCVH 017 

    • (1) Zabriskie, George Olin, "The Jan Cornelisen Van Hoorn/Van Horne Family," The American Genealogist, Vol. 46, No. 4 (October 1970), p. 235:

      Cornelius Van Horne, son of John Van Horne . . . by his wife Catharine Meyer, was born in New York, baptized there in the Dutch Reformed Church, 17 Dec. 1693, witnesses: Andries and Vrouthe Meyers (child's maternal grandparents). He and his wife joined the same church, 21 Aug. 1720, but their membership was transferred "to the Raritans" in November 1751. Cornelius lived on the Raritan River in Somerset County, New Jersey, on land received from his father's estate. He served in the New Jersey Council; as major, later as colonel, of the Somerset County militia (NJA 11:83). His will was dated 19 Feb. 1768, proved in Somerset County, 23 May 1770 (NJW 4:449); inventory dated 9 Sept. 1771 has a statement that Elizabeth Van Horne, the widow, had lately become blind. The will mentions wife Elizabeth, use of all estate; son Philip, half of farm where I live which contains 1102 acres; son John, the other half; children of son Philip, Cornelius, William, Philip, John, Mary, Elizabeth, Cornelia and Violetta; children of son John, Hannah, Elizabeth and Catharine. The estate was insolvent (NJA 29:105, 332 f., 352, 414 f.; 31:51-53, 66, 119). On 13 July 1718 in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York, Cornelius married Elizabeth French, baptized 14 Jan. [Feb.?] 1700 in that church, daughter of Philip and Anna (Philipse) French. Their children were born in New York and baptized in the same church.


      i. Philip, bapt. 29 April 1719, witnesses: Jan Van Horne, Filip French and Catharine Van Horne, wife of Jan Van Horne (child's paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather); m. Elizabeth Ricketts.

      ii. John, bapt. 9 Oct. 1723, witnesses: Jan Van Horne, Jr. and Anneke Reed (child's paternal uncle and maternal aunt); m. _____ _____.

      (2) Williams, C. S., Jan Cornelis Van Horne and His Descendants, New York, NY: C. S. Williams,1912, pp. 11-15:

      Cornelius [Van Horne] m. Elizabeth French July 13, 1718.

      He was born and brought up in the City of New York, lived there and in Somerset County, N. J. He made his will at Newtown, N. J., February 19, 1768, proved May 23, 1770, in which he bequeaths to his wife Elizabeth and to son Philip one half of farm wherein I now dwell in Somerset County, which land is distinguished on a map by the letters P. V. H., and contains 557 acres, to become the property of Philip "at the death of my wife". To his son John he gives the other half of his farm distinguished on the above-mentioned map by the letters J. V. H. He also gives to my grandchildren, children of my son Philip,named as follows: Cornelius, William, Philip, John, Mary, Elizabeth, Cornelia, Violetta, and to my grandchildren, children of my son John, Hannah, Elizabeth, Catharine. He makes his wife Elizabeth Executrix of the Will, which is witnessed by Isaac Brokow, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Conrod Ten Eick, Jr.

      His wife was Elizabeth French, daughter of Philip French, and his wife which is proven by deed dated Nov. 20, 1722, Liber D. 2 Folio 7-11, New Jersey State deeds on file at Trenton, N. J. This deed refers to land situated at or near place called Rariton on Worth side of Rariton River.

      The earliest mention of him in a Public Record is in the following will:

      "I, the underwritten, am now bound to sea and knowing that I am mortal, like all other men, therefore declare this to be my last will and testament - I give and bequeath all my estate, both real and personal, to my well beloved cousin, Cornelius Van Horne, to him, his heirs, administrators and assigns. In witness hereunto I have set my hand and seal in New York, the 1st of May 1712. Signed Cornelius Meyer. Proved April 23, 1716. Cornelius Van Horne, Administrator."

      "Cornelius Van Horn dwells in ye Eastern division about 22 miles N. W. from Amboy. He was a member of the New Jersey Council."

      In the "American Weekly Mercury," Sept. 19, 1724, Cornelius Van Horne advertises a runaway Negro - offers three pounds reward and states that he lived at this time 22 miles N. W. from Amboy, N. J.

      Abraham Van Horn was appointed as a Commissioner to try Pirates and Cornelius Van Horne was also appointed on the same commission November 6, 1728.

      Cornelius Van Horne signs a petition for a Governor of New Jersey separate from New York, March 18, 1735.

      Cornelius, as one of council for Nev Jersey, signs petition to the King March 18, 1735.

      October 21, 1736, Cornelius signs a letter to Hon. John Hamilton, President of His Majesty's Council, and Commander-in-chief of the province of New Jersey, referring therein to the claims of Col. Lewis Morris. He was appointed Mayor of New York by President Van Dam in 1736, but the validity of his appointment was denied and he did not act officially. Lewis Morris, writing from Perth Amboy, N.J., October 25, 1736, to the Duke of Newcastle in support of his claims to the presidency of the council, names Cornelius as being in the opposition.

      In the Pennsylvania Gazette, April 20, 1738, published at Philadelphia, Cornelius Van Horne advertises English servant man, named James Yates , employed to teach school, and one, Elizabeth Perry, an English servant to said Van Horne, having both run away; five pounds reward is offered for both, or fifty shillings for each.

      On August 1, 1740, the Lords of Trade appointed Abraham Van Horne of the Province of New York, and Cornelius Van Horn of Province of New Jersey on a commission to settle the boundaries between the Province of the Massachusetts Bay and the Colony of Rhode Island eastward.

      October 5, 1740, Van Horne is dismissed at his own request, as a member of Council for New Jersey.

      Gov. Lewis Morris, writing October 18, 1740 to the Duke of Newcastle says, "Van Horne of the Council declined coming as much as he could, but finding the Council insisted in his presence and had an officer to bring him, desired to be dismissed, which I granted." And under date January 28, 1744, writes the Lords of Trade . . . "And the brother of Van Horne before yt marryed to my grand daughter by whom he has several children." He and his wife and son Philip were witnesses at the baptism of his brother Abraham's daughter Elizabeth in the Dutch Church, N. Y., April 28, 1742. June 20, 1745, Cornelius as Councilor resigns finally from the Council giving as a reason that he must pay more attention to his private affairs.

      In The New York Weekly Post Boy, February 17, 1746, Cornelius Van Horne and N. Cooper of East New Jersey advertise, partnership expired and call for speedy payment.

      Cornelius authorized to administer oaths, etc., by the Governor of New Jersey, July 28, 1748. It is recorded that on February 26, 1749, he owned a large plantation on the Rariton River in Somerset County, ten miles above New Brunswick, N. J.

      Cornelius advertises a Negro man; owner may have him by paying charges. New York Post Boy, April 16, 1750.

      January 17, 1753, George Clinton in writing to Hon. Robert Hunter Morris speaks of Major Van Home as being very ill.

      On November 6, 1755, Gov. Belcher orders all the Militia Regiments in the Province of New Jersey to be held in readiness to repel the French and Indians reported to be approaching the Frontier towns. One of these Regiments was under the command of Col. Cornelius Van Horne, and on December 3, 1755 Gov. Belcher ordered Col. Van Horne of Somerset county to furnish forty men for the immediate defense of the frontiers in the Counties of Morris and Sussex.

      On June 30, 1756 Governor Belcher of New Jersey issues orders to Col. Cornelius Van Horne - commanding the Regiment of the Militia of Somerset County, as to suppressing rioting, etc., and assaults upon friendly Indians.

      In April 1774, Cornelius Van Horne was an Inspector of Cordwood.

      To Isaac Brush. Sir. If you can get me a good quarter of Veal, or a good pig, or a half dozen good chickens amongst your company, pray do it, for I cannot live on salt meat everyday, and you will oblige, Sir, Yours to Serve.

      Cor's Van Horne. Mar. 8, 1780. Jericho, Queens Co.

      Friday last departed this life in the 26th year of her age, Mrs. Mary Van Horne wife of Capt. Cornelius Van Horne of this Place.

      New York Gazette and Mercury, May 26, 1783.

      Children . . .

      Philip bap. April 29,1719 - John and his V Catharine Witnesses. . . .

      Johannes bap. Oct. 9,1723 - John, Jr. Witness.

      (3) The following transcription was provided to the compiler by Jeanette French :

      Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol. XXXI

      Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey for the Year 1775, Edited by A. Van Doren Honeyman; Somerville, N. J.: The Unionist-Gazette Association, Printers, 1923

      To William M'Donald, Esq., late High Sheriff of the County of Somerset, in the Eastern Division of the Province of New-Jersey, and to such Persons as may be inclined to purchase the farm and lands, late of Cornelius Van Horne, of the said County, Esq., deceased, and to all others whom the subject of this notification may concern.

      Whereas the said Cornelius Van Home was, at the time of his death, indebted, among other persons, to John Chambers of the city of New-York, since deceased (whose representative, one of the subscribers, Augustus Van Cortlandt is) in eleven hundred and seventy pounds, besides a considerable arrear of interest, and was also largely indebted to divers other persons; and being seized of a dwelling house, barn, farm, and tract of land in Somerset county aforesaid, containing upwards of one thousand acres, whereon he lived at the time of his decease, and which hath since been occupied by his widow, Elizabeth Van Horne, and his son, John Van Horne, he, the said Cornelius Van Horne, made his will, and devised the same, subject to the payment of his debts, to his widow during her life, and the remainder to his son, Philip Van Horne, Esq., and the said John Van Horne, lately deceased; and whereas the said widow and children of the said Cornelius Van Horne, in order to satisfy the creditors of the said Cornelius, as well as their own creditors, did, by indenture of release duly executed and proved, dated the 26th day of February, 1774, grant and release the said farm, plantation and tract of land to the subscribers, Charles M'Evers and Augustus Van Cortlandt in fee simple, in trust nevertheless to sell and dispose of the same, and in the first place to apply the monies arising therefrom towards payment and satisfaction of the debts due from the said Cornelius Van Horne at the time of his decease, and then one moiety of the remaining money, towards payment and satisfaction of the debts of the said Philip Van Horne, and the other moiety towards satisfaction of the debts of the said John Van Horne; and whereas we are informed that you, the said late Sheriff of the county of Somerset, on pretext of judgments entered against the executors of the said Cornelius Van Horne and against the said Philip Van Horne and John Van Horne since the transfer of the said estate to us in trust as aforesaid, have seized and taken into your hands the said farm and plantation, and do mean to proceed to sell the same at public vendue: Now, therefore, to prevent all impositions upon purchasers, we have thought fit to give this public notice of our title to the said farm and plantation; that we intend to sell the same in execution of our trust, and to apply the money arising therefrom in the manner which the said deed, as well as the principles of law and equity, direct; and we do hereby prohibit you, the said Sheriff, from selling, and caution all persons against purchasing the said farm or plantation under such judgments or executions, as they would wish to avoid litigation and expence; we do further advertise, that we stand ready to agree with any persons for the sale of the said farm and plantation at a reasonable price, either altogether, or in parcels, being advised by counsel that our title (which we are willing to produce to an inquirer) will be good and sufficient to the purchasers.


      Dated January 30th, 1775.


      Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730)
      Manually Entered by Theodore Brassard

      [Note: The baptisms are laid out in order as follows: The date of the baptism; the parents; the child; and the witnesses. Note the separation of each item by semicolons.]

      [Cornelius VAN HORNE and his wife, Elizabeth FRENCH, were present at the following baptisms of their two children.]

      BAPTISMS OF 1719 . . .

      29 Apr; Cornelus Van Hoorn Jr., Elizabeth French; Philip; Jan Van Hoorn, Filip French

      BAPTISMS OF 1723 . . .

      9 Oct; Cornelus Van Hoorn Jan z., Elizabeth French; Johannes; Jan Van Hoorn Jr., Anneke Reed
    Person ID I20464  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father John VAN HORNE,   b. Bef 11 Jan 1669, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 Nov 1735, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catharine MEYER,   b. Bef 8 Sep 1672, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1740  (Age > 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 20 Mar 1693  Reformed Dutch Church, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage License 20 Mar 1693  New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth FRENCH,   b. Bef 14 Feb 1700, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 19 Feb 1768  (Age > 68 years) 
    Married 13 Jul 1718  Reformed Dutch Church, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Philip VAN HORNE,   b. Bef 29 Apr 1719, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. John VAN HORNE,   b. Bef 9 Oct 1723, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F4938  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart