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Ancestral Photographs of Upstate New York

by Roxy Triebel
treebz65@hotmail.com


A VAN KLEECK PHOTO FOUND

I recently received the following email and was given permission to post it here.  Freedom Plains is apparently just east of the city of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York.

I purchased a photo in a Vermont antique shop.  The photo is 2" by 4" of a young child, and is labeled Albie O. Van Kleeck Freedom Plains Dutchess Co. NY.  I would like to get the photo to a family member interested in genealogy.

Jenny Fritsch
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
f7178728979@dejazzd.com


VAN KLEECK

Descendants of Lauwrens/Lawrence Baltus Van Kleeck
(1690 - 1769)
and
Jaapjen Lieuwes/Jacoba Lewis
(1691 - 1769)

The following information was generously provided by Ronald Simon whose late wife was descended from this line.  If you have any corrections or additions, please contact one of us.

Most of the photos on this page were found by family members in a trunk that had belonged to Frederick "Bud" Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, III.  There are a lot of photos and some documents too - I hope to have more uploaded soon!

Unidentified photos from Bud Van Kleeck's trunk - some have names on them and some don't.  Can you identify any of these people?


I'll start this page with Lauwrens/Lawrence Baltus Van Kleeck (1690 - 1769) and his wife Jaapjen Lieuwes/Jacoba Lewis (1691 - 1769).  For information on earlier generations of Van Kleecks, see Van Kleeck Page 1:  Barent Baltus van der Lippstadt and family.  Click on small photos to see larger versions.

If our research is correct, the descendants of Lauwrens and Jaapjen are as follows:

  1. Elizabeth Van Kleeck (born 1718) married Wilhelmus Louw (born 1714).
    1. Wilhelmus Louw (born 1739).
  2. Tryntjen Van Kleeck (born 1720) married Peter Van Kleeck (born 1716)
    1. Jacob Van Kleeck (born 1743)
    2. Lawrence Van Kleeck (born 1745)
  3. Baltus Van Kleeck (1723 - 1794) married 1:  in 1744 to Sarah Varick or Sarah Van Varick (1722 - 1770); married 2:  in 1770 to Ann Caleb Pell (born 1743).  Early New Netherlands Settlers also mentions this family (listing 56).
    1. Jaepje Van Kleeck (dates unknown)
    2. Anna Maria Van Kleeck (born 1746)
    3. Dr. Lawrence Van Kleeck (1749 - 1776) married in 1769 to Cornelia Livingston (1751 - 1820).  After Dr. Van Kleeck's death, his widow married in 1778 to Major Andrew Billings.
      1. Lawrence Van Kleeck, Jr. (born 1770) married Charity Warner (born 1772)
      2. James Livingston Van Kleeck (1771 - 1816)
      3. Sarah "Sally" Van Kleeck (1773 - 1832) married in 1795 to Hendrick Onderdonk (born 1771) and then to Jonathan Fisk (born 1772)
      4. Baltus Livingston Van Kleeck (1774 - 1843) married in 1809 to Agnes Boyd (1776 - 1838)

        1. Robert Boyd Van Kleeck, Sr. Back of R.B. Van Kleeck and his sister Ellen Rev. Robert Boyd Van Kleeck, Sr. (1810 - 1880) married in 1834 to Margaret Schenck Teller (1812 - 1888).  I have her obituary.  Both are buried in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery in Beacon, Dutchess County, New York.  There are photos of the stones at Findagrave for Robert and Margaret.
          1. Alice Teller Van Kleeck (1835 - 1863).  Alice attended Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York from about 1847 to 1853.  She is buried in the family plot at Saint Lukes Church Cemetery in Beacon, Dutchess County, New York.
          2. Agnes Boyd Van Kleeck (1836 - 1916) married in 1862 to Portrait from The Warrensburg-Lake George News, Thursday, June 23, 1966, page 3 Rev. Robert Fulton Crary (1835 - 1914 - born in England to American parents, his maternal grandfather was Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat).  Portrait from The Warrensburg-Lake George News, Thursday, June 23, 1966, page 3 - found at Old Fulton New York Postcards.  I have obituaries for both of them.  More information on the Crary family may be found in "Genealogy of the descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Mass. : the founder and first white settler of Stoning".  I found a copy of this on Ancestry.com, but have not had time to look at much of yet, other than this branch of the family.

            Robert and Agnes are both buried in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery.  There are photos of the stones at Findagrave for Robert and Agnes.

            1. Ella Crary (1872 - 1878) - mentioned in her mother's obituary as "Another daughter Ella died many years ago." - perhaps in childhood?  Her grave in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery confirms that she was only 6 years old when she died.
            2. Amy Crary (1863 - 1932) - apparently never married - living with sister Cornelia F. Crary (both single) in 1930 census.  She is buried in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery.
            3. Cornelia F. Crary (born 1866) - apparently never married.  I haven't found a grave listing for her yet.
            4. Alice Crary (1868 - 1953) married in 1908 to architect Arthur Taylor Sutcliffe (1876 - 1973) - I haven't found any mention that they had children.  Both are buried in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery on the same stone.
            5. Edith Livingston Crary (born ca. 1874), married in 1896 to Charles H. Van Braam Roberts (born ca. 1871).  They had three children. At some point before 1903, she divorced Mr. Roberts.  In 1903, Edith married Alpheus Smith (born ca. 1870). Edith's children by Charles Roberts were:

              1. Charles Roberts (born 1897 and died 1897, aged 9 days per death notice)
              2. Edith L. C. Roberts (name probably Edith Livingston Crary Roberts, born 1898)
              3. Katherine or Catherine B. Roberts (born ca. 1899)
              4. Richard B. Roberts (born ca. 1902)

              The three surviving Roberts children are all listed with the surname of Smith in the 1910 census.  Possibly her first marriage was so bad that Edith was denying its existence since she is listed in the 1910 census as being on her first marriage and the date she gave the census taker was 1896, the year of her marriage to Mr. Roberts.

            6. Robert Fulton Crary (1880 - 1963) married in 1910 to Frances Darmour (1887 - 1948).  Both are buried in in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery.  There are photos of the stones at Findagrave for Robert and Frances.

          3. Rev. Robert Boyd Van Kleeck Rev. Robert Boyd Van Kleeck, Jr. (1839 - 1892) married ca. 1870 to Eliza Mayer (1844 - 1920).  I have both of their obituaries.  Robert is buried in the Van Kleeck family plot in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery in Beacon, Dutchess County, New York.

            1. Charles Mayer Van Kleeck (1870 - 1951).  Buried in the Van Kleeck family plot in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery in Beacon, Dutchess County, New York.
            2. Arthur Van Kleeck (born and died 1872).  Buried in the Van Kleeck family plot in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery in Beacon, Dutchess County, New York.
            3. Elsie Van Kleeck (born 1874) married Gustave Adolph Léon Dionne (born 1874 in Quebec, Canada - died bef. 1940).
              1. Leo Dionne (born ca. 1906)
            4. Robert Van Kleeck (1876 - 1923).  I have a death notice for him.
            5. 1923 passport photo - Mary Abby Van Kleeck Mary Abby Van Kleeck (1883 - 1972).  The photo is from her 1923 passport application.  Mary is buried in the Van Kleeck family plot in Saint Lukes Church Cemetery in Beacon, Dutchess County, New York.  There is a biography of Mary Van Kleeck discussing her activities on behalf of workers' rights at the Five College Archives & Manuscript Collections.

          4. Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck - young Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck and wife Estelle Mayer Hamilton  Rev. Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck (1842 - 1915) married in 1869 to Estelle Mayer (Hamilton) VK Estelle Mayer (Hamilton) VK Estelle Mayer (Hamilton) VK Estelle Mayer Hamilton (1847-1915).  I have obituaries for both of them.  I also have a page with more photos of Estelle's mother's family, the Mayers.

            Reverend Van Kleeck had a large album full of photos, most of which are unfortunately unidentified.

            • Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck (on right) Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck (on the right - other churchman unidentified)

            • Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck and girl in mirrors Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck and grand-daughter Alice Hamilton Van Kleeck.

            1. Alice Van Kleeck (died in infancy)
            2. US veteran flag F. B. Van Kleeck, Jr. as a boy B. B. Van Kleeck, Jr. as a boy F. B. Van Kleeck, Jr. (we think) F. B. Van Kleeck, Jr. (we think) snapshot of Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, Jr. in his Spanish American War uniform studio portrait of Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, Jr. in his Spanish American War uniform studio portrait of Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, Jr. in his Spanish American War uniform August 1898 studio portrait of Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, Jr. in his Spanish American War uniform August 1898 back  Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, Jr. (1872 - 1949 - wearing Spanish American War uniform in three right-hand photos) married in 1901 to Alice Gertrude Parmelia Penner (born 1871).  Alice was the daughter of Civil War veteran John W. Penner (1847 - 1924) and his wife Alice Marshall (1850 - 1920).  The writing on the back of the rightmost photo reads "Grand Mother Hamilton from Lieut. F. B. Van Kleeck, Jr. Co. "M" Twelfth Regiment New York Volunteers Aug. 1898".

              • Four generations of Mayer-Hamilton-Van Kleecks Four generation photo showing Frederick B. Van Kleeck, Jr. (center), his daughter Alice Hamilton (Van Kleeck) Jones, Frederick's mother Estelle Mayer (Hamilton) Van Kleeck (on the right), and her mother Susan Julia (Mayer) Hamilton (on the left).

              • Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, Jr. and son Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, III Frederick B. Van Kleeck, Jr. and his son Frederick B. "Bud" Van Kleeck, III.

              • Estelle (Hamilton) Van Kleeck's sister Susan (Hamilton) Gale with her and Estelle's grandchildren.
                Children are (from left to right):  Alice Hamilton (Van Kleeck) Jones (1904 - 1966), Frederick "Bud" Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, III (1907 - 1984), Susan Julia Mayer (Van Kleeck) Menges (born ca. 1909).

                The baby is Susan (Hamilton) Gale's grand-daughter Eleanor Gale (1912 - 1923). Eleanor had an older brother, Hamilton Adams Gale, Jr. (born ca. 1909).  Hamilton lived long enough to marry and have children of his own, so I don't know why he wasn't included in this photo.

              • Bud, Alice, Helen Children of Frederick B. Van Kleeck, Jr. and Alice Penner.  Left to right:   Frederick B. "Bud" Van Kleeck III, Bud's wife Helen Guthridge, Bud's sister Susan Julia Mayer (Van Kleeck) Menges.

              •  Susan Julia Mayer (Van Kleeck) Menges with two of her sister Alice's daughters.

              1. Alice Hamilton VK - young Alice Hamilton (VK) Jones  Alice Hamilton (VK) Jones in about 1945  Alice Hamilton Van Kleeck (1904 - 1966) married Hammond Watkins Jones, wife, and daughters Hammond Watkins Jones (1901 - 1959).

                  Hammond Jones and daughters Christmas photo of Susan Julia Jones, Mary Lee Jones, and their parents Alice Hamilton Jones and Hammond Watkins Jones.  Taken sometime in the 1950s?

                1. Alice Jones as a baby note on back of baby photo Alice Hammond Jones (1929 - 2002) - divorced, children still living.
                2. Susan Julia Jones (1930 - 1984) - spouse and children still living
                3. Wayne and Mary Lee (Jones) Browne about 1950 Wayne and Mary Lee (Jones) Browne  Mary Lee Jones (1931 - 1964) married Wayne E. Browne (1933 - 2001).  Children still living.

              2. Bud Van Kleeck as a boy Uncle Bud My Name's 'Bud' Frederick Brinsmade/Brinsmaid (Bud) Van Kleeck, III Bud and Helen Bud and Helen  Frederick "Bud" Brinsmade/Brinsmaid Van Kleeck, III (1907 - 1984) married Helen working at draft board? during World War II Helen Guthridge (1899 - 1983 - appears to be working with draft or recruiters? during World War II in photo).  Bud enlisted in World War II - no further details yet.

                Photos of Bud and Helen and various unidentified friends:

                • Bud and Helen with unknown blonde female friend  Bud and Helen with unidentified blonde woman
                • Bud Van Kleeck and two unidentified women  Bud and two unidentified women
                • Left to right - Barlow, Fred VK, Gowin  Left to right:  Barlow, Fred Van Kleeck, Gowin (college photo?)

              3. Ernest, Susan Julia, and their daughter Susan VK Menges with dog Bob  Susan Julia Mayer Van Kleeck (born 1909) married in 1933 to Dr. Ernest Hutchinson Menges Dr. Ernest Hutchinson Menges (1904 - 1982), son of Hugo G. Menges (born ca. 1870 in Belgium) and Elizabeth A. Hutchinson.  They had at least one child who may still be living.
            3. William Hamilton Van Kleeck (1873 - 1922) married in 1899 to Lily Helen Heleker (1879 - 1951).  They divorced about 1910.  No issue from this marriage.
          5. Margaret Schenck Van Kleeck (born 1845) married in 1867 to Rev. Thomas Robinson Harris.  More information on this couple and their children is available at Descendants of William Robinson.
            1. Rev. Robert Van Kleeck Harris (born 1868) married Anne Van Doren (born 1871)
              1. Robert Van Kleeck Harris, Jr. (born ca. 1896)
              2. Lawrence Harris (born ca. 1899)
              3. Margaret A. Harris (born ca. 1904)
            2. Margaret Harris (born 1870) married William Lamson Griffin (born 1867), son of Union Civil War General Simon Goodell Griffin (1824 - 1902) and Margaret Russell Lamson (born 1831).
              1. Rev. William Lamson Griffin, Jr. (born ca. 1903)
              2. Margaret Griffin (born ca. 1907)
            3. William Thaddeus Harris (1872 - 1874)
            4. Emma Harris (born 1876)
            5. Edith Holbrook Harris (1878 - 1879)
            6. May Robinson Harris (born 1880)
            7. Thomas Robinson Harris (born 1890 - twin)
            8. Ellen Van Kleeck Harris (born 1890 - twin, died sometime before the 1900 census)
        2. Charles Augustus Van Kleeck (1812 - 1884) married Eleanor Emanuel (born ca. 1814).
          1. Livingston Billings Van Kleeck (born 1837) married Helen E. Millis (born 1848).
            1. Walter L. Van Kleeck (born 1872) married Marjorie Storey or Storiey (born ca. 1887 in England) between 1918 and 1920.
              1. Richard Houghton Van Kleeck (1928 - 1984), never married.
          2. Agnes Van Kleeck (1841 - 1842)
          3. Augusta Van Kleeck (born 1843) married in 1866 to Rev. Frederick Morland Gray (1832 - 1910).
            1. Eleanor M. Gray (born 1869) married Henry Crosby Stetson (born ca. 1869, died bef. 1922)
              1. Henry Crosby Stetson, Jr. (1900 - 1955), oceanographer
              2. Eleanor Livingston Stetson (1905 - 1956), first wife of novelist Walter Dumaux Edmonds, author of "Drums Along the Mohawk"
          4. Charles Boyd Van Kleeck (1845 - 1850 or 1860)
        3. Jannetje Van Kleeck (born 1813) married in 1841 to Augustine Hale.
        4. Cornelia Livingston Van Kleeck (born 1815)
        5. Ellen Van Kleeck Back of R.B. Van Kleeck and his sister Ellen Ellen Van Kleeck (ca. 1823 - 1898) - never married.  I have a death notice for her, which helfpully advises mourners which train to take.
        6. Livingston Billings Van Kleeck (1818 - 1837)
    4. Elizabeth Van Kleeck (born 1750)
    5. Johanna Van Kleeck (born 1756)
    6. Baltus Van Kleeck (born 1771)
  4. Leonard Van Kleeck (born 1724)
  5. Sara Van Kleeck (born 1727)
  6. Peter Van Kleeck (born 1729)


Van Kleeck page 1 - origins of the family from Grandma's book "Tangled Roots and Twisted Branches"

Van Kleeck page 2 - descendants of my great great great grandparents Jeremiah Van Kleeck (1805 - 1885) and Sally Avery/Every (1809 - 1872)

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