NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Jonathan Westbrook, immigrant ancestor, was an officer in the army of the protector, Oliver Cromwell, and on the restoration of Charles II in 1660 he came to this country. He was one of the early settlers of Rochester, Ulster county, New York, and is the ancestor of the Westbroeck or Westbrook family at Kingston and vicinity. He probably marired a Dutch wife, for the names of his children were Dutch, and his descendants continued for generations to attend the Dutch churches, speaking the language and using the Dutch baptismal names. Many of them were baptized in the Dutch church at Mackackemeck (Deer Park), near Kingston. Jonathan may have had Dutch ancestry, but it is likely that he sought a Dutch rather than an English settlement for fear of the avenging hand of King Charles. He took the oath of allegiance to the king with the other settlers in 1689.
1. Derck, mentioned below.
2. Johannie, married Magdalena Jansen (Lena Dekker).
(His will with names of children is filed in Ulster county records).
(II) Derck, son of Jonathan Westbrook, born about 1675-80, lived in Ulster county, New York. The records reveal very little about him.
(III) Jonathan (2), son of Derck Westbrook, was born about 1700-10. He married, July 24, 1748, Jannatje, daughter of Frederick Vandemark and Geertje Task.
Children, born at Rochester, Ulster county:
2. Derck, had two sons under sixteen and four females in his family in 1790; married Gertrude Brodhead, daughter of Wessel.
3. Jonathan, had two sons under sixteen and two females in his family in 1790; married Sarah Dayo; children: Jonathan, Frederick, Jacob and Derck.
4. Frederick, mentioned below.
(IV) Frederick, son of Jonathan (2) Westbrook, was born in Rochester, Ulster county. In 1790 he and brothers Derck and Jonathan were the heads of families in Rochester. Frederick had a son under sixteen and a female (wife) in his family, according to the first federal census. Frederick and Derck were executors of the estate of Petrus Schoonmaker, doubtless a relative, under his will dated Rochester, May 1, 1788.
(IV) General Frederick (2), son of Jonathan (2) Wesbrook, ws born about 1760. He was a prominent citizen in public affairs and the militia. In the war of 1812 he formed a brigade of five hundred men from Ulster county and marched to the defense of New York in 1814.
He married Sarah Depuy. He was one of the appraisers of the estate of Petrus Edmundus Oosterhout, late of Rochester, Ulster, 1788. Had had one son, Cornelius D., mentioned below.
(V) Rev. Cornelius D. Westbrook, D.D., son of General Frederick Westbrook, was a clergyman, having pastorates at Peekskill and Kingston. He married (first) Hannah, daughter of Isaac Van Wyck, of Fishkill, N.Y. He married (second) Sarah, daughter of Tjerck Beekman. He had four children by each marriage; those by the second marriage were:
Beekman, Meodric, Charles and Cornelius.
(VI) Charles Ruggles, son of Rev. Dr. Cornelius D. Westbrook, was born at Kingston. He was a prominent lawyer practicing in the city of New York. He married Sarah, daughter of Isaac Seymour, of New York, first president of the Bank of North America, vestryman of Trinity Church.
Charles S. James.
Mary B., wife of Charles Churchill, of Oswego, N.Y.
Edward S., a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.
(VII) Charles Seymour, son of Charles Ruggles Westbrook, was born in the "old Senate House" in Kingston, Feb. 15, 1857. He was educated in the public schools of Ogdensburg and at Hellmuth College, London, Ontario. He engaged in the business of iron mining at Rome, New York, when a young man, and followed it ever since. In 1890 he made large investments at San Vicente, Mexico, and conducted the mines in person until 1900 when he sold them to a New York concern, who are continuing the development, Mr. Westbrook filling the position of general manger. He continues to reside near the mines in Mexico.
In 1889 he established the St. Lawrence Wholesale Grocery Company at Ogdensburg, and has been president of the corporation from the first.
In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the order of Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar and of St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church of Ogdensburg.
He married, Oct. 20, 1881, Harriet Electa, born Sept. 15, 1856, daughter of Amos Snyder Egert (see Egert II). She and the family reside at the homestead in Ogdensburg. She was born in Gouverneur, N.Y., and educated in the public schools of that town, at Prescott, Ontario; Montreal, Toronto, Canada; and New York City.
1. Julie Egert; married Richard S. Lord, who was for a time of New York.
2. Gertrude Ruggles.
3. Lois Seymour, wife of Dr. Walter Allen Bell.
4. William Egert, graduate of the Hotchkiss School and of Hobart College.
5. Charles Ruggles, graduate of Dr. McKenzie's School at Dobbs Ferry.
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