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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1664-1665 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(V) James, son of Johannes (John C.) (q. v.) and Anna Maria (Mordecai) LaGrange, was born on the south side of Norman's Kill, LaGrange homestead, Albany county, New York, in 1784, died at McGowan's, town of Guilderland, 1826. His death was caused by poisoning from eating cherry pies. He was a hotel man and a farmer, owning two farms in Guilderland. He maintained a house of entertainment in McGowansville, but at the time of his death kept an inn on the Hugh Kelly property on the western turnpike. He married Hester Vanderzee, born in New Scotland, 1785, surviving her husband's death several years. They had a large family.

  1. Hester, married Colonel Daniel Davis, of Canadian birth; they resided on the homestead farm on the south side of Norman's Kill, now known as the Jacobson farm.
  2. Eve, married Stephen Thorn, who was associated with the old time circus firm of Thorn & Spalding, whom he accompanied on their fatal South American trip when all were lost at sea.
  3. Magdalene, married Christopher Batterman, one-time sheriff of Albany county, later settled in Pesotum, Illinois, where Magdalene died; he survived her until extreme old age, when he was killed by the cars.
  4. Myndert, see forward.

(VI) Myndert, youngest child of James and Hester (Vanderzee) LaGrange, was born near Guilderland Center, Albany county, New York, November 17, 1815, died in Albany, New York, December 28, 1892, at the home of his daughter. He was a lifelong farmer of the county, retiring to Albany only when his active days were over. He was a man of industrious, steady habits and highly respected in his community. He was captain of the local military company for several years and a member and elder of the Dutch Reformed church. He was first a Whig and later a Republican. He married, in Guilderland, Julia Ann, born in Guilderland, 1821, died on the farm in 1902, daughter of Andrew and Angelica (Bloomingdale) LaGrange, and granddaughter of Peter LaGrange. The Bloomingdales were also an old county family. Myndert and Julia Ann LaGrange had twelve children who reached maturity.

  1. James, settled and married at Pesotum, Illinois.
  2. Andrew, of Guilderland Center, married and has Williard and Ella, both married.
  3. Eleanor, married Joseph Schwarts, of Albany, whom she survives, in that city, with children.
  4. Myndert (2), farmer on the old homestead, married, and has a family.
  5. Vanderzee, of further mention.
  6. Julia F., married William Bradt, whom she survives, a resident of Voorheesville, has three sons and one daughter.
  7. Norman, died in youth.
  8. Hester, married Rev. John M. Forbis, a Presbyterian minister of Lincoln, Illinois, has daughter Jessie, married Edward Wiley.
  9. Angelica, married Cyrus Crounse, of Voorheesville, and has issue.
  10. Ada J., married Alfred Frederick, a farmer of Meadowdale; has two sons and two daughters.
  11. Magdalene, married Aaron Merritt, of Voorheesville, has no issue.
  12. Harlan Morse, met with a serious accident in youth that resulted in a derangement of mind; he is kept in the asylum at Poughkeepsie.
  13. Clinton, married and died without issue.
  14. Mary, killed in childhood by a runaway team.

(VII) Vanderzee, fifth child and fourth son of Mvndert and Julia Ann (LaGrange) LaGrange, was born on the LaGrange farm near Guilderland Center, Albany county, New York, September 8, 1845. He was reared on the farm and educated in the public schools, later attending Albany Business College. He remained with his parents until his purchase in 1889 of his present farm of one hundred and two acres, near the village of Unionville. He has a well-cultivated, fertile farm, well stocked with choice grades of cattle and horses. A feature of the farm is twenty acres of fine fruit orchards in full bearing. He has been for sixteen years justice of the peace for the town of New Scotland, and is man of influence in his community. He is Republican in politics and a member and elder of the Dutch Reformed church. He married, in New Scotland, Agnes M. Slingerland, born in that town in 1844, reared and educated there. She is the daughter of James and Hester (Slingerland) Slingerland, and maternal granddaughter of Albert and Agnes (Vanderzee) Slingerland. James and Hester are descendants of Tunise Cornelise Slingerland, founder of the family in America. James and Hester Slingerland, after their marriage in New Scotland, settled on a farm on Ouesquethan Creek in the same town, where they lived until old age and died. They were devoted church workers, and well known for their charitable Christian lives. Children of Vanderzee and Agnes M. LaGrange:

  1. James S., born in New Scotland, December 27, 1872, educated in the public schools and Albany Business College, married Mary A. Oliver, of Bethlehem, born December 7, 1876, daughter of Andrew V. D. H. and Salina (Solway) Oliver; child,
    1. James Earle, born May 23, 1903.
  2. Hester E., born October 13, 1874, educated at Albany Female Academy; she died March 8, 1900, when budding into useful, promising womanhood.
  3. Anna Katherine, born September 15, 1886, educated in the Albany Girls Academy, resides at home.

Parents and children are all members of the Dutch Reformed church at Unionville.

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