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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1561 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.]

(II) William (2), eldest son of William (1) and Temperance (Loveridge) Van Orden (q. v.), was born 1717, died March 17, 1793. He lived a quiet, uneventful life in the Inbogt. In a deed of indenture he is described as a weaver, but it is doubtful if he ever worked at his trade, as his farm of one hundred and twenty-four acres supplied all his wants. He built his own house in 1742 and it stood for nearly one hundred and thirty years. An addition was built at the request of his son, Hezekiah, who wanted a "Yankee House," that is, one built of wood, and of this material the addition was made. He married, December 22, 1742, Sarah, daughter of Hezekiah Dubois, of Kingston. Children:

  1. Temperance, married John Burhans;
  2. Hezekiah, of further mention;
  3. Annatje, married James Milliken, a private of the continental army.

(III) Hezekiah, only son of William (2) and Sarah (Dubois) Van Orden, was born in Germantown, New York, January 22, 1749, died August 18, 1796. During the war of the revolution he was an ardent Whig. As a member of the military committee of the Groote Inbogt district he kept close watch upon the Tories of the neighborhood and took his turn in patrolling the roads. In October, 1777, he joined the yeomen who flocked to Green Point and Maquaa's Hoek to oppose the British in their progress up the Hudson. In 1781, at the age of thirty-two, he was a justice of the peace, an office at that time of considerable honor and usually conferred upon older men. He married (first) Engeltje Luke; (second) Elizabeth Van Vechten.

(IV) Jacob, son of Hezekiah and Elizabeth (Van Vechten) Van Orden, born September 5, 1788, died March 25, 1833. He married Harriet Schuyler, born September 15, 1783, died December 4, 1868, daughter of Philip Pieterse and Annatje (Wendell) Schuyler.

(V) William (3), son of Jacob and Harriet (Schuyler) Van Orden, was horn at Catskill, February 9, 1816, died April 18, 1894. He was educated in the schools of Catskill and Albany. After his graduation he entered the law office of Abram Van Vechten, a prominent lawyer of Albany. He was admitted to the bar and practiced his profession in Catskill. During his later years he resided on the old Van Orden farm, situated about two miles from Catskill. He was master in chancery in Greene county. He was a member of the First Reformed Church to which he contributed liberally. He married, June 24, 1840, Mary, daughter of Caleb and Katurah (Hill) Hopkins. Children:

  1. Philip V., born March 11, 1841, died December 13, 1910;
  2. William, of further mention;
  3. Charles H., April 11, 1847;
  4. Mary Louise, March 11, 1856;
  5. Anna, January 3, 1858.

(VI) William (4), son of William (3), and Mary (Hopkins) Van Orden, was born November 20, 1845. He received his education in private schools, and attended an academy conducted by Rev. Dr. R. B. Fairbairn, an Episcopal minister. Upon the completion of his schooling he took up agricultural pursuits on the farm which is now his home. He is a member of the Holland Society, also a member of the Dutch Reformed church of Catskill. In politics he is an Independent Democrat, but never held office. He is unmarried.

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