JOHN H. VAN WAGENEN AND ANN VAN DEVOORT
My proof that John H. Van Wagenen of Wanaque, N.J., who married Ann Van Devoort was the
son of Halmagh Van Wagenen and Maritie Brinkerhoff (Blinkerhoff) is as follows:
- Mr. Wilson V. Ledley the Secretary of the Holland Society made this statement
dogmatically from his research in clearing my name for membership in the Holland Society,
where proof is necessary to establish a direct male lineage to an original male ancestor
who arrived in New York prior to 1675 of the same name. He offered no proof but merely
stated it to be a fact.
- In checking the real estate transfers in Wanaque, N.J. it will be noted in Book A, page
69 of Bergen County Deeds in Paterson, N.J. a deed for 625 acres was deeded to Helmig Van
Wagenen on April 12, 1740, by Cornelius Blinkerhoff. Helmig Van Wagenen married Maritje
Blinkerhoff, the daughter of Cornelius Blinkerhoff on September 26, 1736. At this time
there was only one Helmig Van Wagenen living and he was the first of this name and named
after his Grandfather Helmig Cornelisse Van Houten.
- According to Dutch Nomenclature, all of the children would assume as their middle name
the first given name of their father and in this case all of the children assumed the name
or initial H. for Helmig or Halmagh.
- Another tract of land listed as half of the above parcel of 625 acres was deeded by
Jacobus Blinkerhoff to Johannes Van Wagenen who was the father of Cornelius to whom he
transferred this tract by his will, a copy of which is in my possession. This Cornelius
was the younger brother of Halmagh Van Wagenen and he married Cathryn Sickles.
- This puts two brothers in possession of most all the property in the Wanaque, N.J. area,
Halmagh and Cornelius Van Wagenen.
- Halmagh and Cornelius Van Wagenen both had sons by the name of Johannes or John.
Cornelius son was known as Johannes or John C. Van Wagenen, and Halmag's son was
known as John H. Van Wagenen. The above John C. Van Wagenen was never married and his
property was transferred to his brothers and sisters in a transaction after his death. He
was buried between his others grave and his uncles, without a wife shown,
which eliminated the possibility of this John being in our direct line.
- According to the New Jersey Archives record John H. Van Wagenen married Ann Van Devoort
and wrote his name as John Van Wagen, which is in accordance with our family records on 18
- On February 7, 1787, John H. Van Wagoner as the oldest of the family and as
administrator of the will of Halmagh Van Wagenen transferred to other members of his
family and for a sum of five shillings, seventy five acres and a quarter to Jacob Van Ness
and his wife, Mary, Abraham Cadmus and Catalyntie his wife, and John Diedricks and Anna
his wife, all this according to instructions of the last will and testament
gives in part the names of the family group. All this from deeds J, page 410 of Bergen
County Deeds at Hackensack, N.J.
- From Book C.P. 485 of Bergen County Deeds from Passaic County another deed was made for
383 acres of property at Wanaque, New Jersey, to transfer it from the family of Halmagh
Van Wagenen as follows: Catherine Van Wagoner, John H. Van Wagoner (signed John Van Wagen)
Abraham Cadmus, Catalyntie his wife, Jacob Van Ness, Mary, his wife, John Dedircks and
Anna his wife, this above Catherine we presume to be an unmarried member and this deed was
in favor of the children of Cornelius Van Wagenen, Catherine, John, Henry and Halmagh Van
Wagoner. The date of this was February 1, 1787.
- On April 7, 1794, this same group of the Halmagh Van Wagenen family were ordered to make
an inventory of the effects of Marrity Van Wagenen, which Marrity was no doubt their
mother and mother-in-law. The names of this group as listed were Abraham Cadmus, Jacob Van
Ness, John Dedricks and John Van Wagenen and she was the wife of Halmagh Van Wagenen. This
date of death would have been much later than reported originally as Sept. 23, 1775, by
- Winfields History of Hudson County also reports as children of Halmagh Van
Wagenen, Effie, who died young, and Jacob. The Schrallenberg Reformed Dutch Church records
also list as a child, Cornelius, born 1 April, 1744, which makes a total of eight children
to this marriage.
- Family records state that Ann Van Devoort was the housekeeper for John H. Van Wagenen
and Catherine who was blind and listed as his mother; however, she was not his mother
because his mother was Maritie, and inasmuch as she didnt sign the deed
aforementioned as a member of the family group, she could have been blind and an elder
sister, which I prefer to believe as the answer.
- John H. Van Wagenen was christened on 27 April 1746, but didnt marry until 18
September 1786, or forty years old, and died eleven years later in1797. Ann Van Devoort
had her first child 5 December 1786, Anna.
- A study of the family burial plot in Wanaque, (two blocks East of St. Francis Catholic
Church) showed some reason to accept this family group. Initials were listed as A.V.W.Mc.
for Anna Van Wagenen McCarty (Van Devoort) A.V.W. for Affie or Effie, J.V.W. for John H.
Van Wagenen, and J.V.W. for Jacob Van Wagenen. Anny Van Wagenen married Francis McCarty
after the death of John H. Van Wagenen, her husband, and forthwith lost her claim to
Johns estate, as John Smellegar was appointed guardian for her Van Wagenen children;
Anna was his wife, then there was Bridget and Halmagh J. Van Wagenen. Just previously, Ann
Van Devoort Van Wagenen had been appointed administrator to the estate of her late
husband, John H. Van Wagenen, and this is where we learned that her husbands middle
initial was H.
Frank A. Van Wagenen-90 South 400 East-Provo, Utah
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