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[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 250-251 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.]

(IV) Garret, third son of Tunis (q. v.), and Aeltje (Schenck) Vander Veer, was horn in Monmouth county, New Jersey, December 14, 1731, died there January 31, 1803. He married, April 20, 1756, Jane, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Schenck) Voorhees, by whom he had seven children. (In this line the family follows the Van Derveer form of the family name).

(V) John, third child and second son of Garret and Jane (Voorhees) Van Derveer, was born in Monmouth county, New Jersey, April 4, 1765, died May 8, 1839, in Montgomery county, New York. While yet a young man he came with one of his brothers to Montgomery county, where he proposed to make his home, and to that end bought property in what was then the town of Florida, and is now just outside of the fifth ward of the city of Amsterdam. Here he remained a short time, and then returned to New Jersey in order to marry the sweetheart whom he had left behind him, and whom he brought at once to the new home he had made for her. For the remainder of his life he lived on his farm in Montgomery county, New York, where he was fairly prosperous, became a man of some influence, and was highly esteemed and respected by the community in which he lived. He married, April 7, 1791, Catharine, born November 5, 1771, died January 26, 1850, daughter of Cornelius R. and Jane (Denise) Conover, of Monmouth county, New Jersey, granddaughter of Roeloff and Sarah (Voorhies) Cowenhoven, great-granddaughter of Cornelis Willemse and Margrietje Roelofse (Schenck) van Couwenhoven, great-great-granddaughter of Willem Gerritse and Jannetje Pieterse (Monfoort) Couwenhoven, great-great-great-granddaughter of Gerret Wolfertse van Couwenhoven and Aeltje, daughter of Cornelis Lambertse Cool, and great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Walfert Gerretse and Neeltje van Couwenhoven, the emigrants from Amersfoort to Rensselaerwyck, where as early as 1630 he was superintendent of farms. Cornelius R. Conover died at an advanced age in New Jersey, and his widow, who survived him, then came to Montgomery county, New York, to the home of her daughter and son-in-law, and died there. Children of John and Catharine (Conover) Van Derveer:

  1. Jane, born February 24, 1792, died April, 1876; married (first) Joseph Stanton; (second) John Sherburn; both now deceased.
  2. Cornelius, born April 20, 1794, died May 13, 1843; accidentally killed on the outskirts of Amsterdam while blasting stone; married (first) Maria H. Phillips; (second) Sarah Shuler; both now deceased.
  3. Sarah (Sallie), born April 4, 1796, died April 20, 1864, married (first) George Serviss; (second) James Greenman; both now deceased.
  4. Garret, referred to below.
  5. Tunis G., born April 7, 1800, died August 21, 1871.
  6. John Jr., born June 16, 1807, died January 25, 1889; married (first) Mary Conover, of New Jersey; (second) Elizabeth Serviss, both now deceased.
  7. Catharine J. A., born October 4, 1809, died March 23, 1890; married Peter I. Enders, who died leaving two children, Jacob and Kate, both now deceased.
  8. Henry, born November 12, 1812, died February 15, 1837; married Martha A. Conover; had one child, born April 8, 1835, died July 5, 1837.

(VI) Garret, fourth child and second son of John and Catharine (Conover) Van Derveer, was born February 1, 1798, died May 25, 1885. He married, May 13, 1824, Mary Young, born July 30, 1799, died February 28, 1859. Children:

  1. Peter Young, born June 21, 1825, died June 4, 1887; married, September 5, 1850, Rachel Vander Veer, born October 1, 1828, died April 30, 1885.
  2. Catharine, born November 28, 1826; unmarried, resides in Florida.
  3. Sarah A., born November 28, 1828, died December 8, 1903; married R. Taylor Johnson March 19, 1846; he died 1901.
  4. Jane, born January 31, 1831; married Reuben Munson Hartley, born March 10, 1858; three children.
  5. John J., born June 2, 1833, residing in Amsterdam.
  6. Tunis, born October 31, 1835; lives with brother George, unmarried.
  7. William Spencer, born October 8, 1837; married, September 15, 1863, S. Augusta Parks; children: Mary E., Katharine, Jay Howard and G. Herbert.
  8. George, referred to below.
  9. Henry, born April 11, 1842, died September 17, 1842.

(VII) George, fifth son of Garret and Mary (Young) Van Derveer, was born March 28, 1840. While his opportunities for an education were confined more or less to the public schools, he always carried off the laurels for his effort in public speaking, music and penmanship, and to these early characteristics he owes much of the pleasure and his identity in life, as he was in constant demand for many years as a public lecturer and organizer of Patrons of Husbandry organizations throughout the state. He organized the state and county grange and has been a working member for fifteen years, being at present (1910) secretary of the local grange, and still keenly interested in the principle of that movement. During the civil war, when a young man, he organized the first musical band in this part of the state, and its first public performance was to play a funeral dirge at the burial of the first two soldiers to be killed out of the regiment that was made up at Amsterdam, they being killed at the battle of Harper's Ferry. As a musician he has given many performances, but of late years has given less attention to it. He devotes his time and attention to his farm and the breeding of high grade registered stock, as well as pet stock and poultry, being the first to introduce the famous Rhode Island Red (fowls) into this section. He has in his possession hundreds of premiums, largely first, taken for his exhibits at the public fairs and exhibitions, which now decorate his home. His speeches at various public places, discussing subjects of local and general importance, won for him a wide reputation as an orator and he was engaged for one year on the New England Lyceum Lecture Course. He is also an author of note, having written considerable poetry, much of which found favor with the newspapers and magazines in which they appeared from time to time. His retentive memory enables him to call up and repeat every little ditty and poem, both long and short, that he ever learned from the time of his childhood, this being an accomplishment of which any one might be proud. He is serving as district deputy of the State Grange, is a member of the National, State and County Breeders' Club, to the advancement and success of which he has contributed largely, and a life member of the State and County Agricultural Society. He is a Republican in politics, but has never sought or held public office. Mr. Van Derveer married, October 18, 1876, Belle McCann. They were the parents of one child, George Jr., who died at the age of nine, yet at that early age he had attracted more than local attention for his aptitude in speaking and giving little musical performances, in which he had been carefully trained by his mother, a woman of strong musical traits.

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