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The Vandervolgan Family
Ancestral History





Introduction


Our Beginnings in America

The ancestral history of the Vandervolgan family in America begins with Claas Laurense (Lourense) Van de Volgan, one of the first settlers of Schenectady, New York. For more information about Claas Laurense Vander Volgan, read First Families: Our Beginnings in America.


The Vandervolgan Family

Line of Descent

The Vandervolgan Family

First Generation and Their Children

The ancestral history of the Vandervolgan family in America begins with Claas Lourense Van der Volgen, who was one of the first settlers of Schenectady, New York. Claas married Marytje (or Maritie) Swart, daughter of Teunise Cornelise Swart and Elizabeth Van der Linde (or Lendt). Additional information on Teunise Cornelise Swart and Elizabeth Van der Linde Swart may be found in the chapter on First Families. The birth dates of Claas and Marytje are unknown as is the date of their marriage, but some records exist concerning the births and marriages of their children and thus, it is possible to trace many family lines of descent. According to the VFH (1974, p. 233) and CGDS (1873), Claas Lourense Van der Volgen and Marytje Swart had nine children. Their names and what little is known about them follow:

Sources of information: Edwin Vedder, VFH, p. 233; and Jonathan Pearson CGDS, pgs. 217-18.


The Vandervolgan Family

Second Generation and Their Children

Lourens Claese Van Der Volgen, son of Claas Lourense Van Der Volgen and Marytje Swart Van Der Volgen, was the second generation ancestor through whom the family line continued. Lourens Claese was married twice. He first married Geertruy Van Petten, who was the daughter of Claas Van Petten and Aeffie Bratt. Geertruy was baptized April 17, 1687 in Albany. After Geertruy's death, Lourens Claese married Susanna Welleven on September 18, 1722. The date of Susanna's death is not known, but it is known that she died sometime before August 30, 1739. Lourens Claese Van Der Volgen had a total of eleven children. Four of his children were from his marriage to Geertruy Van Petten and seven from his marriage to Susanna Welleven. Their names and what is known about them follow.

Children of Lourens Claese Van der Volgan and Geertruy Van Petten

Children of Lourens Claese Van der Volgan and Susanna Welleven

Source of Information about this generation: Pearson, CGDS, pgs. 217-18


The Vandervolgan Family

Third Generation and Their Children

The third generation of the Van Der Volgen family is represented in the marriage of Cornelis Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Fort. The exact date of Cornelis' birth is uncertain, but it is believed that he was baptized on July 25, 1731. He died on January 16, 1786 and his will was proved January 24, 1787. On April 22, 1756, he married Rebecca Fort, and it is known that the couple had seven children, but only two of them, one daughter and one son, lived to adulthood to continue the line of descent. Rebecca Fort Van Der Volgen died April 17, 1791, at the age of 55 years and 17 days. This latter information taken from CGDS appears to be a gravestone record and would mean that Rebecca Fort was born March 31 (or April 1), 1736.

Children of Cornelis Van der Volgan and Rebecca Fort

Source of Information about this generation: Pearson, CGDS, pgs. 217-218




The Vandervolgan Family

Fourth Generation and Their Children

Lourents Van der Volgen was the fourth generation ancestor through whom the family line continued. Lourents was baptized on May 5, 1776. The exact date of his birth is unknown. Lourents was the son of Cornelis Van der Volgen and Rebecca Fort Van der Volgen. Lourents's father died when he was nine years old and his mother died when he was not yet fifteen; thus, it is likely that he had to grow up on his own and had to support himself at an early age. It is believed that he became a shoemaker and spent most, perhaps all, of his life in the town where he was born. Lourents married Engeltie Schermerhorn when he was eighteen years of age and they had eight children. The date of their marriage was May 24, 1794. Engeltie was the daughter of Barnhardus Freerman Schermerhorn and Ariaantje Van der Bogart Schermerhorn and was baptized on March 13, 1774. The names of Engeltie and Lourents's children and what is known about them follows:

Children of Lourents Van der Volgan and Engeltie Schermerhorn

Source of Information about this generation: Pearson, CGDS, pgs. 217-18



The Vandervolgan Family

Fifth Generation and Their Children

Children of Mary Clement and Freeman Schermerhorn Vandervolgan



The Vandervolgan Family

Sixth Generation and Their Children

Children of Henry Vandervolgan and Susan M. Rush


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