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Major Peter Vanalstine, in his 1800 will, gives, "unto my two Nieces Alley Dorland and Scynthe Van Dyck and to the heirs of their Bodys, Four Hundred acres of Land being Lots number seven and eight, in the Second Concession West Side of the West Lake, to be equally divided between them." Who are these nieces? Thanks to Cari who asked this question and got me going.
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The first action on the inherited land begins in 1821 when the two nieces, Synthe Van Dyck and Elly Dorland partition their inheritance so that "Arent Van Dyck and Synthe his wife" get lot 7 and "Thomas Dorland and Elly his wife" get lot 8; both in the second concession of North west Side of West Lake, Hallowell Township.
The puzzle is to flesh out how Synthe Van Dyck and Elly/Ally Dorland are related to Major Peter Vanalstine and to learn more about their families, settlement and the land they inherited.
Synthe Van Dyck
Let us first examine Synthe Van Dyck. She is a niece of Major Peter Vanalstine and her maiden name was not stated in the will of Peter Vanalstine. Her mother may have been a sister of Peter's and thus her maiden name would be something other than Vanalstine. Synthe and her husband, Arent Van Dyck, were married before 1800 and lived in Fredericksburg, Upper Canada. Arent Van Dyck is not found on the 1784 list of settlers with Maj Peter Vanalstine. No early petitions by Arent have been found for land. Arent is not on any loyalist list and his children do not petition for land as children of a loyalist. The Fredericksburg land records have been examined and Arent is not a land owner there as of 1800. His only petition is in 1833 regarding an issue with the Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg.
The first major breakthrough was a hand written copy of an 1832 document titled, Genealogy of the Van Dyck Family copied by Dr H.C. Burleigh and available on line. A transcription of this document is below with links to the online version. This Genealogy states that "Arent Van Dyck has lost one wife Catherine Van Buren, by who he had one child named Catherine & now living. His second wife, Cynthia Goes was born June 4, 1764. They were married Apr 27, 1790." Their living children are identified as Catherine, John, Margaret, John [sic - maybe this should be Stephen], Laurence.
The second major breakthrough was discovering the 1812 petition of "Jozina Goes, wife of Arent Van Dyck of Fredericksburgh and daughter of Laurence Goes, UE."
In 1811 Arent and Jozena Van Dyck purchase the west half of lot 9 in Fredericksburg Additional, Lennox and Addington County from Thomas Dorland and Elly his wife. At this point it is not known when Arent and Synthe settled in Upper Canada but it is likely quite a bit before 1811. In 1815 they purchased the east half of the lot 9.
What do we make of the forename Jozina? In the 1800 will of Peter Vanalstine her name is Synthe and it is still Synthe in 1824 land records. In fact Jozena and Synthe are both names involved in land records for the farm in Fredericksburgh Additional. Clearly Synthe or Cynthia is the wife of Arent Van Dyck and so is Jozina. There is only one Arent Van Dyck in the area. For sure, Jozina and Synthe are the same person.
Synthe inherits land from her uncle Peter Vanalstine and after the 1821 partition is the owner, along with her husband, of Lot 7, West of West Lake, in Hallowell. In 1857, John A. Van Dyck of Kinderhook, NY, heir at law of the deceased Cynthia Van Dyck of Fredericksburg, sells the E 1/2 of lot 7 to Stephen Van Dyck. John A Van Dyck is identified in other land records as the oldest son. Stephen's relation has not been identified but could be a brother or grandson. Arent Van Dyck is still alive in 1836 but most likely deceased by 1857. No wills have been found.
Secondly, let us turn to Ally Dorland. She is a niece of Major Peter Vanalstine and her maiden name is not mentioned in the will. Elly Dorland is named as the wife of Thomas Dorland in the 1821 partitioning of Lots 7 and 8. We can assume that Ally and Thomas Dorland were married before 1800 and they lived in Adolphustown.
It is most probable that this Thomas Dorland is the man who was brother of Philip Dorland. Thomas Dorland was a Loyalist and later a Captain in the militia, MPP, JP, owner of the ferry at Glenora and generally very well known. Examining the signatures below can help us decide if Thomas the husband of Ally is the same man as Thomas, the well known man above.
The left signature is from an 1812 petition by Thomas Dorland stating that he possess 'both sides of the ferry' at Vanalstines Mills ... he prays for a lease for ferry with same terms as granted to others in the Province for ferrys.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, Adolphus, 1812, V 149, DMisc/43, C-1742, starts at image 574
The right signature is from the 1829 State Submission transcribed below on this web page [image 795], involved in selling lot 8, the land inherited by Ally Dorland. Clearly the signatures are from the same man. It is concluded that Ally Dorland, niece of Maj Peter Vanalstine, is the wife of Thomas Dorland, the well know figure in early Adolphustown history.
The Canadian Biographical Dictionary has a piece on Thomas Dorland and states that Ally Gow was his wife.
A key record is the 1797 petition of Alley Dorland that states that she is a daughter of Laurance Goes, loyalist, and she is praying for a grant. If you click on the link supplied with the petition you will see that it is easy to see how the surname could be read as Gow. In fact it takes care to discern that it is Goes.
However things are not that straight forward. The book The Dorland Family in America, John Dorland Cremer, Pub. Byron S. Adams, 1898, page 134, states that "Thomas Dorland, b. 4-17-1759 in Beekman - d. 3-6-1832 in Adolphustown, m. 1st, 1785, Tabitha Pugsley, d. 3-4-1790; m. 2nd Elizabeth DeLong, d. 10-11-1793; m. 3rd Aeha Van Horn; m. 4th Maria Fairfield." It is most probable that Aeha Van Horn is in fact Alley Dorland. Cremer offers no citations. The well known book, Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte (PLBQ, 969) does not name a wife for Thomas Dorland.
The sale of lot 8 is a complicated affair. The lot was inherited by Ally Dorland but in order to sell the lot in 1829 an Act of Parliament was involved. It would appear that Ally was deceased by 1829 and lot 8 had been bequeathed to Alexander Vanalstine, a son of Major Peter Vanalstine. The act, transcribed in part below, declares that, "WHEREAS it hath been represented that Ursula McWharter, (formerly Ursula Vanalstine, and lately widow of the late Alexander Vanalstine, deceased,) Allan Vanalstine, Maria Vanalstine, and Peter Vanalstine, the three children of the late Alexander Vanalstine, mentioned in his last Will and Testament, are, by virtue of the said last Will and Testament of the said Alexander Vanalstine, jointly seized of certain Lands and Tenements in this Province." Alexander's will has not been found.
This means that all three children of Alexander Vanalstine share equally in the ownership of some lands and presumably lot 8 is one of the lands in question. The grandson Peter Vanalstine (let's call him PV Jr. Born 1800.) has been mentally challenged since infancy and in order to sell his share he has to be declared an "idiot" so that a committee having power of attorney can be established. The Upper Canada Parliament passed the act on 20 March 1829 laying out the process required. Then, as recorded in the State Submissions, on 28 April 1829, a Judge in Kingston, with a 12 man jury, declared PV Jr an idiot and now a committee could be established to look after his affairs. The committee was established on 9 May 1829 and consisted of "Thomas Dorland, Esq, of the township of Adolphustown, Jonathan Allen of the same place Esq, and Ursula McWhirter, formerly Ursula Van Alstine of Adolphustown, widow" was formed.
Who is this Alexander Vanalstine, former husband of the widow Ursula McWhirter? The book Van Alstine Family History, Lester Van Alstine, 1974, 45, identifies Alexander as the oldest son of Maj. Peter Vanalstine. He is baptized in 1770 and marries Ursula Allen, 26 Jun 1798. They have 3 children listed: Peter, b. 1799 who is said to have married Margaret Meyers; Elizabeth, 1801; and Allen, 1803. The 1829 record names Maria as a daughter and not Elizabeth. Would the son Peter, who is declared an idiot, be the same Peter who is said to have married Margaret Meyers? PLBQ has a Peter Vanalstine m. Margaret Meyers who is son of Cornelius Vanalstine, another son of Major Peter Vanalstine.
Lot 8 was sold by the committee to Benjamin Hubbs in November 1829.
Why did lot 8, owned by Ally Dorland, wife of Thomas Dorland, end up in the hands of Alexander Vanalstine, a son of Major Peter Vanalstine? The Act states that the land being inherited by the children comes from the will of their father, Alexander Vanalstine who is a son of Major Peter Vanalstine. When Ally Dorland died did she will her Lot 8 in Hallowell to her cousin Alexander Vanalstine? Or perhaps Thomas and Alley Dorland traded the lot to Alexander in some business deal. Regardless, Alexander ends up owning lot 8 and bequeathing it to his three children.
It can be said with confidence that the two nieces are sisters; Alley (probably for Alida) Goes and Synthe (Jozina and Cynthia) Goes. They are daughters of Laurance Goes, UE, who died on Long Island in 1780. Ally Dorland's 1797 petition has more detail about her father.
Major Peter Vanalstine's oldest sister Maria, married Laurens Hoes. The book Van Alstine History by Lester Van Alstine, 1974, 43, states that "Maria Van Alstyne, bap. 26 Oct 1735, Kinderhook, m. Laurens Hoes, bap. 11 May 1729. Their children are listed as:
Could Hoes and Goes be the same surname? Checking the well regarded New York Genealogical Biographical Review (NYGBR) we find that Alida Pruyn above had two siblings that married people with the surname Goes and a footnote states that "This name is also written Hoes." See: NYGBR, Vol XIII, 1882, bottom of p. 15, on line at Google books
Eight years later, the NYGBR repeats this lineage in an extension to the Pruyn family history and this time shows the surname as "Goes or Hoes." See: NYGBR, Vol XXI, 1890, top of p. 11, on line at Google books
Therefore, the conclusion is that Alley and Synthe Goes are sisters and both are daughters of Laurance Goes. They are nieces of Major Peter Vanalstine because Peter's sister, Maria Vanalstine, their mother, married Laurance Goes or Hoes and had these two daughters. These two daughters are not named among the children in Lester Van Alstine's above mentioned book. Perhaps their baptisms were not found.
Synthe [Goes] Van Dyck was born 4 June 1764, Kinderhook, NY, and died before 27 Oct 1857.
Alley [Goes] Dorland was born c1760's and died after 1821 and probably before 1829 and certainly before 1832 when the will of Thomas Dorland is probated. Alley is not named in the will.
The land owned by Arent and Synthe Van Dyck was inherited by eldest son John A. Van Dyck and his wife was named as Maria. In 1824 Arent and Synthe gift part of lot 9 to their son John and then in 1836 sell him the other half. Between 1855 and 1862 John and Maria sell of the whole of lot 7 in Hallowell and also Lot 9 in Fredericksburgh Additional. By then they were living in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY. Oddly John A Van Dyck also sells lot 8 in Con 6 in Murray Township that was granted to Ally Dorland. How did he end up with this lot? Probably at some point they traded the lot in a business deal. The string of deeds starting with the 1855 sale by John to Henry Van Dyck are presented below.
John A Van Dyck sells some lots to Stephen V. A. Van Dyck who is identified as Stephen Vanallan Vandyck in an 1862 land record. Also in 1855 Henry Van Dyck buys part of the lot in Fredericksburgh for £25 (about $125 at the time) which is below market value suggesting a family connection. Stephen and Henry could be brothers to John or grandsons of Arent and Synthe Van Dyck.
|2. 1821 PARTITIONING OF LOTS 7 AND 8|
#2072, Reg 23 Feb 1833, A memorial of a deed of partition ... made the 15 Mar 1821 between Arent Van Dyck and Synthe his wife of Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, and Thomas Dorland [and] Elly his wife of Adolphustown . Whereas Peter Vanalstine by and unto his last will ... executed .. 10 May 1800 did give unto his two nieces Alley Dorland and Scynthe Van Dyck and to the heirs of their Bodies, Four Hundred acres of Land being Lots number seven and eight, in the Second Concession West Side of the West Lake, to be equally divided between them.
... in compliance of said will the Parties have agreed to come to a partition of the said land and for a further sum of 5 shillings to them in hand ... the said Arent Van Dyck and Synthe Van Dyck have granted ... unto the said Thomas Dorland and Elly his wife ... lot 8 in the 2nd Con, [North] West Side of West Lake ... in the township of Hallowell ... and Thomas Dorland and Elly his wife have granted ... to Arent Van Dyck and Synthe Van Dyck ... lot 7 in the 2nd Con, [North] West Side of West Lake ... Witnesses Alexander Van Dyck, farmer, Fredericksburgh and Peter V. Dorland, yeoman, Adolphustown.
#1438, Reg 19 Dec 1862, ... repeat of the above and then "proven by oath" by Alexander Van Dyck of Fredericksburgh and Peter V Dorland of Adolphustown, both yeomen.
Source: PEC Deeds, Book R, No 2072, AO, GS 5197. Also repeated #1438, GS 5155
|3. VAN DYCK CHRONOLOGICAL RECORDS|
1811 DEED - West Half
Dated 1 Jan 1811, completed 6 Mar 1815, Registered 13 Apr 1828, Bargain and Sale, Thomas Dorland and his wife Elly Dorland of Adolphustown sell to Arent Van Dyck and Jozina his wife of Fredericksburg the west half of lot 9, , first concession of Fredericksburg Additional. Witnessed by David McWhirter and Daniel Haight.
Source: Lennox deeds, AO, Book D, #558, GS 4661
1812 PETITION - JOZINA VAN DYCK
18 Jan 1812, the petition of Jozina Van Dyck, wife of Arent Van Dyck of the Township of Fredericksburgh ... that your petitioner is the daughter of Laurence Goes of New York, UE Loyalist, deceased ... prays ... 200 acres [Fold notes] Rec'd 6 Feb 1812 from Thos Dorland Esq. Approved. Warrant 104, 2 Mar 1812
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V514A, V10/8, C-2947, image 760
Jozina Van Dyck, DUE, granted lot 22, con 15, Tiny Township, Simcoe County, issued 25 Feb 1812.
The first record of ownership of this lot occurs in 1866 when the Sherriff's Office of Simcoe County sells it for back taxes. It appears that this lot was forfeited by Jozina Van Dyck. There is nothing in the Township Papers for lot 22 for Tiny Township.
Source: Register of Warrants and Fiats, item 4, V 81, p. 29, MS693, reel 105
Source: Abstract Index to Deeds, Tiny Township, V2, GSU 178920
Source: Township Papers, Tiny Tp, AO, V2, MS658, reel 477
1815 DEED - East Half
Dated 29 Mar 1815 and 2 May 1815, Reg 1 Jun 1816, #181, Bargain and sale, Benjamin C Spencer and Catherine his wife of Fredericksburg sell to Arent Van Dyck of the same place, the East half of lot 9, front of Fredericksburg Additional, 100 acres. Terms not specified. Witnessed by John Van Dyck and Philip Griffes both of Fredericksburg.
Source: Fredericksburgh Deeds, Lennox and Addington County, AO, Book D, 181, GS 4660
1824 GIFT - to John Van Dyck
Dated 26 Jan 1824, reg 14 Feb 1824, #361, Bargain and Sale, Arent Van Dyck and his wife Synthe of Fredericksburg, make a "deed of gift" to John Van Dyck their eldest son, 100 acres, East half of lot 9 Fredericksburg Additional. Witnessed by Margaret Van Dyck and Alexander Van Dyck.
Source: Fredericksburgh Deeds, Lennox and Addington County, AO, Book C, 361, GS 4660
1825 Lot 10
Dated 14 Sep 1825, Reg 17 Jul 1826, #465, Bargain and Sale, William Van Slyck of City of New York did give a Letter of Attorney on 11 Sept 1821 to George Ridout of York to sell lot 10, Fredericksburg Additional. On 13 Jun 1825 Ridout did appoint Robert Stanton Esq of Kingston to sell the lot. John Van Dyck paid £125 for West half of lot 10, Fredericksburgh Additional. Witnesses, Joseph A McLean and James Nickalls Jr.
Source: Fredericksburgh Deeds, Lennox and Addington County, AO, Book C, 465, GS 4660
No papers involving this family were found in the Fredericksburgh Township Papers for lot 9 in both Con 1 and Con 1 Additional.
Source: Township Papers, RG1-58, AO, MS 658, reel 151, 152
This is the only petition of Arent Van Dyck. It is about the Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V517, V18/8, C-2948, image 695
Dated 6 Dec 1836, Reg 11 Nov 1853, Bargain and Sale, Arent Van Dyck of Fredericksburgh sells to John Van Dyck of the same place for £400 west half of lot 9, Fredericksburg Additional. Witnessed by David Murdoch and Stephen V.A. Van Dyck.
Source: Fredericksburg Additional deeds, AO, Book #1, #110, GS 4653
Dated 8 Feb 1855, Reg 5 Apr 1862, Bargain and Sale, John A Van Dyck and Maria his wife of Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY, sells to Henry Van Dyck of Fredericksburgh, for £25 the east half of lot 9, Fredericksburg Additional. Maria released her dower. Witnessed by Wm Clement, George Adam.
Source: : Fredericksburg Additional deeds, AO, Book #1, #325, GS 4653
1857 SALE of E 1/2, LOT 7, HALLOWELL
Dated 27 Oct 1857, Reg 18 Mar 1859, #1012, Bargain and sale, John A Van Dyck of the town of Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY, heir at law of Cynthia Van Dyck, late of the township of Fredericksburgh, Lennox County, deceased, said John Van Dyck being formerly of same place, yeoman, of the first part and Stephen V. A. Van Dyck of the township of Hallowell in the County of Prince Edward, yeoman, of the second part, ... for £500 ...paid by the second part .... grant ... 100 acres, E 1/2 of lot 7, 2nd Con North West of West Lake, Hallowell,. Witnessed by John F Clute, Picton, gentleman, and James M Clute of the same place, minor.
Dated 3 Jan 1859 Reg 18 Mar 1859, #1013, Stephen V.A. Van Dyck takes out a mortgage of £400 on the property with Joseph Cumming, Hillier, gentleman and Peter Vermilyea, Hillier, Yeoman for themselves and as trustees for Jeremiah Chadsey, Walter Ross, Charles S Wilson, Elisha Sills, Willet C Dorland, Spencer William Thom, Judah Cronkite, Ruben P Clark, Robert Blackley, Chester Wilder, Michael Linahan, James T Lane, John Cavanigh, Willet C Ingersoll, David J Young, William James McComb, Frances W Mandeville.
Source: Hallowell Deeds, Prince Edward County, AO, Vol B, 1012 and 1013, film GS 5154
1859 to 1862 SALE of W 1/2 OF LOT 7, HALLOWELL
Dated 15 Dec 1859, Reg 17 Dec 1859, #1089, Bargain and sale, John A Vandyck of the village of Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY, yeoman, sells to John Twigg of the Town of Picton, for $2000 money of Canada, ... 100 acres, West half of lot 7, 2nd Con, West Side of West Lake. Witnessed by John Stilwell Clute Jun of the Town of Picton, Esq, and Stephen V Allan Vandyck of the Township of Hallowell, yeoman.
Then, on Dec 16, 1859 one day before the above sale was registered John Vandyck returned the $2000 to John Trigg and got the land back. This was registered on Dec 20, 1859.
Source: Hallowell Deeds, Prince Edward County, AO, Vol B, 1087 and 1089, film GS 5154
Dated 27 Oct 1857, Reg 9 Mar 1861, #1239, Bargain and Sale, Stephen V.A. Van Dyck of Hallowell, yeoman, for £500 sells to John A Van Dyck of Kinderhook, NY the west half of lot 7 in question. Witnessed by John Stillwell Clute of the Town of Picton, Gentleman and James M Clute of the same place.
Then on 8 Mar 1861, Reg 9 Mar 1861, #1240, John A Van Dyck of Kinderhook sells for $2500 to Joseph Pettingill of Hillier the west half of lot 7. Witnessed by David S Young of Wellington and Celinda Clark of the same place.
Source: Hallowell Deeds, Prince Edward County, AO, 1239, 1240, film GS 5154
Dated 27 Dec 1861, Reg 19 Dec 1862, #1439, John A Van Dyck of Kinderhook but currently residing in Hallowell and his wife Maria living in Kinderhook. Maria did not release her dower when the west half of lot 7, Hallowell was sold to Joseph Pettingill and does so now.
Source: Hallowell Deeds, Prince Edward County, AO, 1439, film GS 5155
Dated 7 Jan 1862, Reg 3 Jan 1863, #1445, Stephen Vanallan Vandycke, Hallowell, yeoman, and Mary his wife sell for $1800 to Smith Philips the north east corner of lot 7, Hallowell ...
Source: Hallowell Deeds, Prince Edward County, AO, 1445, film GS 5155
Dated 3 Feb 1862, Reg 5 Apr 1862, Bargain and Sale, John A Van Dyck and Maria his wife of Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY, Gentleman, sells to Cyrus R Allison of Fredericksburgh, for $300 the west half of lot 9, Fredericksburg Additional. Witnessed by William Warduff of Adolphustown, yeoman and William Bryan Eidder? and Batson Beismer?, printer.
Source: Fredericksburg Additional deeds, AO, Book #1, #326, GS 4653
|4. GENEALOGY of the VAN DYCK FAMILY
[P. 1] The family came from Utrecht in 1645. The original ancestor was Hendrick Van Dyck. He was school Fiscaal, a kind of financial agent and customs officer, under Gov. Stuyvesant who dismissed him from office. Van Dyck applied to the State General for redress and was reinstated in 1652. He states that he had served the East India Company 13 years as Ensign Commandant, and School Fiscaal and that in 1652 he had a wife and four children. He married Dorotje Cornelius. He died in 1688. Of his children he names only the following:
2. Lydia, wife of Nicholas De Myer
Dr. Cornelius Van Dyck, son of Henderick, received a surgeons certificate in 1661 from Dr Jacon D. Hinse, with whom he studied four years. He married first Elizabeth Lakins and 2nd Elizabeth Rich, widow of Captain Sylvester Salsbury. Dr Cornelius died about 1687. The following children were baptized at dates named:
1. Hendrick - no date given
2. Jacobus - no date given
3. Alida - April 20, 1684
4. Elizabeth - Aug 22, 1686
Dr. Hendrick Van Dyck, son of Cornelius, lived in Albany in the east corner of Broadway on Sate St. He married Maria Schuyler, Feb. 3, 1687. He was drowned Apr. 11, 1707.
[P. 2] The following children were baptized at dates named.
1. Cornelius - Nov 17, 1687
2. Elizabeth - April 23, 1692
3. David - Nov 26, 1693
4. Catalina - Oct 6, 1695
5. Peter - Nov 7, 1697
6. Arent - Jan 5, 1700
7. Maria - Sept 28, 1701
8. Lydia - July 16, 1704
Arent Van Dyck, son of Hendrick, married Hilletje Van Alen, daughter of Stephen Van Alen, of Kinderhook, Nov 6, 1722. The following children were baptized at dates named.
1. Maria - Jan 26, 1724
2. Stephanus - Dec 13, 1726
3. Lawrence - Dec 20, 1738
Lawrence Van Dyck, son of Arent, married Maria Van Der Pool, daughter of Johannes Van Der Pool and Annitje Schuyler, Dec 2 1762.They had the following children:
1. Arent - May 13, 1764
2. John - July 28, 1766
3. Stephen - Aug 17, 1768
4. Doct. Harry [Henry] - July 23, 1773
[p. 3] 5. Isaac- July 23, 1776
6. Abraham - July 28, 1778
7. Laurence - May 3, 1784
8. Peter - Sept 13, 1786
9. Elizabeth - who died in 1782, aged about 18 mos.
At a meeting of our fathers and uncles, all being assembled at Kinderhook on the 14th Sept 1832 in the house where they were born and brought up. It was ascertained as follows:
Laurence Van Dyck, our father, was born November 1738 and died July 14, 1814, aged 75 yrs, 8 mos.
Maria Van der Pool, our mother, was born ---. She died Nov 3, 1823, aged about 78 years.
Hendrick A? Van Dyck, our uncle, who always lived in our father’s house, and to whose pious care we in very great measure indebted - under God for our Christian education - was born in July 1782. He died May 3, 1822, aged 84 yrs and 10 months.
Our father and uncle removed to the place where we were born about the year 1750 with their father Arent Van Dyck and their mother Hilletje. Our father and mother were married 2 Dec 1752 and had the following children:
[P. 4] 1. Arent - born May 13, 1764, now aged 68 yrs, 4 mo.
2. John - born July 23, 1766, now aged 66yrs, 1 mo.
3. Stephen - born Aug 17, 1768, now aged 64, 1 mo.
4. Isaac - who died in or about the year 1775 aged 5 years.
5. Henry - born Nov 12, 1772, now aged 58 yrs, 10 mo.
6. Isaac - born Apr 25, 1776, now aged 56 yrs, 4 mo.
7. Elizabeth - who died in 1782, aged about 18 mos.
8. Abraham - born July 28, 1779, now aged 54, 1 mo.
9. Laurence - born Mar 30, 1784, now aged 48 yrs, 5 mo.
10. Peter - born Sept 13, 1770 [sic - 1790], now aged 42 yrs, 0 mo.
Making our aggregate age 458 years, 2 mos, which divided by 8 makes our ages on an average 57 yrs & 3 mos.
Arent Van Dyck has lost one wife Catherine Van Buren, by who he had one child named Catherine now living. His second wife, Cynthia Goes was born June 4, 1764. They were married Apr 27, 1790. He has lost 4 children and has 5 living.
1. Catherine - She has lost 2 children and eleven living and 4 grandchildren.
2. John - who has lost 6 children and has three living.
3. Margaret - who has one child.
4. John [sic - maybe this is Stephen.], his wife is Sally Tobias who was born 1776[? Sic] they were married. He has lost one child and has 6 living.
[p. 5] 5. Laurence - who has lost 2 children and has seven living.
Maria - who has 7 children living.
Margaret - has three children living.
Catty - has lost one child and has three living.
[Note: It is not totally clear how these 4 above women fit in. Likely they are the 4 deceased children of Arent and his two wives.]
Stephen Van Dyck was never married.
Henry Van Dyck - his wife is Catherine Van Alen who was born Aug 11, 1775, they were married Jan 27, 1795. They lost 2 children and have seven living.
1. Maria, who being married to John, son of Arent, her children may be seen under his name.
2. Andrew - who has lost one child and has 4 living.
3. Elizabeth - who has lost 2 children.
Issac Van Dyck - his wife is Margaret Van Alen who was born Sept 14, 1774. They were married in Feb 1805. He has lost one child and has three living, namely
Abraham Van Dyck - His wife is Catherine Bronk who was born Nov 15, 1784. They were married Nov 8, 1802. He has lost 5 children and has six living, namely:
[P. 6] 1. Maria - she has 3 children living
5. John Bronk
Laurence Van Dyck - has lost two wives. Elizabeth Dunham & Catherine Wynkoop. His present wife is Clarrisa Van Shaack who was born Oct 31, 1787. They were married July 1831. He has lost one child, two living, namely:
1. Henry Azariah by his first wife
2. Lydia Eliza by his second wife.
Peter Van Dyck - has lost one wife, Cornelea Van Alstine. His present wife is Polly Trenfer who was born June 1794. They were married may 31, 1817 He has lost 2 children and has 7 living.
Thus it appears that:
[P. 7] Henry (above) has more grandchildren but they are enumerated under the name of Arent, whose son married Henry’s daughter Maria.
Although the brothers have thus lost 4 wives, 16 children and 10 grandchildren, among the brothers themselves, there has not been a death in 50 years. The 8 brothers and their 7 wives are all possessors of religion. The brothers are all members of Temperance societies. All of them abstain entirely from ardent spirits not using it even as a medicine.
Four of them abstain entirely and two more of them now agreed henceforth to abstain from all intoxicating liquors. They all maintain family worship and all agreed to forgive one another all offenses.
Inquiry was made whether they all maintain secret prayer addressed by one of the brothers.
All were put in remembrance of the great goodness of the Lord towards them and our unworthiness of the least of his favors. They were all reminded of the chastisement which they had suffered from their Heavenly Father and the duty of living more entirely to his glory.
It was agreed that each of the brothers should copy the preceding statements into their Family Bibles.
Written at the request of John, son of Arent. The Van Dycks came from Holland in the year 1645.
Source: Dr. H.C. Burleigh Fonds, Queens University, indexed incorrectly under "Van Dyde", hand copied by Burleigh from an unstated source but the original document was written in 1832, folder of these notes on line.
|5. DORLAND CHRONOLOGICAL RECORDS|
The memorial of Alley Dorland.
Elias Goes Most Humbly sheweth that she is the daughter of a Loyalist Laurance Goes, diseas'd in the British lines on Long Island in the year 1780. ....[prays for] 200 acres ... is now settled in Adolphustown.
25 May 1797. I do certify the above Memorial to be true and that her Father was a neighbour of mine & a man of Property in the States and he was Banished from home to New York and died on Long island. [signed] P.V Alstine
[fold] 8 July 1797, recommended for 200 acres, confirmed 24 July, warrant issued 9 Aug 1797
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V150, D3/28, C-1743, image 50, the LAC index has the surname as Cais instead of Goes!!
Lawrence Goes is on the UE list; by Order in Council, 19 Jan 1802.
Source: The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884, 1885, Rose Pub, page 182.
Alley Dorland, 8 Jul 1797, Free Grant
Alley Dorland, granted Murray Tp, Northumberland Co., lot 8, Con 6, 10 Aug 1801
Then in 1849 a mortgage is taken out on the lot and a few months later John Van Dyck of Kinderhook, NY sells part of the lot. Then in 1851 John Van Dyck sells the remainder of the lot. Maria Van Dyck, wife of John Van Dyck, bars her dower. There is nothing in the Township Papers for lot 8.
Source: Ont Land Record index (OLRI), AO, microfiche, K11
Source: Abstract Deed Index, Murray Tp, GSU 197818
Source: Murray Tp, Deeds, Vol A, #179 and #455, GS4770
Source: Township Papers, Murray, AO, MS658, reel 331
DORLAND, THOMAS, JP, politician, office holder, and militia officer; b. 1759 in Beekmans Precinct, Dutchess County, N.Y., son of Samuel Dorland; m. Alley Gow, and they had two sons and three daughters; d. 5 March 1832 in Adolphustown, Upper Canada.
Source: Dictionary Canadian Biography, V6, online
15 Aug 1800, Peter Van Alstine bap., parents Alexander Van Alstine & Ursula Allen, Marysburgh
Source: Presbyterian Register of Rev Robert McDowall, 1800-41, OGS, 1880, 55
David McWhirter of Marysburgh & Ursula Van Alstine, widow, Adolphustown, married 13 Jan 1806.
Source: Presbyterian Register Rev Robert James McDowall, OGS 1980, 6
1829: An Act to provide for a commission of lunacy and idioty, in the case of Peter Vanalstine.
Passed 20th March, 1829
"WHEREAS it hath been represented that Ursula McWharter, (formerly Ursula Vanalstine, and lately widow of the late Alexander Vanalstine, deceased,) Allan Vanalstine, Maria Vanalstine, and Peter Vanalstine, the three children of the late Alexander Vanalstine, mentioned in his last Will and Testament, are, by virtue of the said last Will and Testament of the said Alexander Vanalstine, jointly seised of certain Lands and Tenements in this Province, particularly in the Township of Marysburgh, in the Midland District; and that for the benefit of the said parties, it is desirable and necessary to sell the same, and that a fair and advantageous offer has been made for a certain Parcel or Tract thereof, containing the Mills commonly called the Stone Mills, in the Township aforesaid.
Also that the aforesaid Peter Vanalstine has been, from his infancy, so deficient in understanding as to be wholly incapable of transacting business for himself, and cannot therefore execute a valid Conveyance of his undivided share and interest in the Premises aforesaid, although it would be for his benefit and advantage that the same should be sold and alienated, and the monies arising therefrom secured for his use."
The Act goes on at considerable length and detail specifying the process to establish a commission. The first step is for a Judge of a District Court to "impannel twelve jurors ... to inquire whether the said Peter Vanalstine be Idiot or Lunatic" and ... "If the Peter Vanalstine shall be found an Idiot or Lunatic" then the Lt Governor "may appoint a committee of two or more persons to take charge" of the dealings for Peter Vanalstine.
Source: Statutes of His Majesty's Province of Upper Canada, passed in the first session of the 10th Parliament, printed at York, 1829, online at Early Canadiana, 71-74, 8 Jan 1829 to 20 Mar 1829
State Submissions [Extracts from]
Kingston, 28th day of April 1829
An inquisition taken at the courthouse in the town of Kingston … Before Judge Jonas Jones Esq. …This said judge has impaneled 12 jurors; Peter Baker, John Livingston , Nicholas Outercarrick , Nathaniel Graham , John Walroth , Henry Neely , Joseph File, John Spafford 2nd, Benjamin Lewis, John Mcdonald, Bradford Wood, William Clancey
Adolphustown, 9th of May 1829
The petition of Thomas Dorland, Esq, of the township of Adolphustown, Jonathan Allen of the same place Esq and Ursula McWhirter, formerly Ursula Van Alstine of Adolphustown, widow....
That your petitioners have been informed that at the last sitting of the said district court that a jury were impaneled for the purpose aforesaid, before Jonas Jones Esq., one of the judges of the said Court and found by their verdict that the said Peter Van Alstine was an idiot and had been in the same state of idiocy from his infancy.
That Ursula McWhirter, one of the petitioners, is the mother of the said Peter Van Alstine, and that the other two petition have long been friends of the said Peter Van Alstine and his family.
That the petitioners are willing to become a committee to take charge of the said Peter Van Alstine’s person and property, according to the statute aforesaid.
Source: Upper Canada State Submissions, LAC, RG1 E3, File V1, Vol 91, p.91-6, reel C-1202, online at Heritage Canadiana, starting at image 794.
Lot 8, Hallowell, sold to Benjamin Hubbs
Dated 4 Nov 1829, Reg 21 Jan 1830, #1483, Bargain and Sale, between Thomas Dorland, Jonathan Allen and Ursula Macwherter all of Adolphustown, Trustees Nominated and appointed agreeable to an act of the Legislature passed in the 1st session of the 10th Provincial Parliament of Upper Canada being an act to provide for a commission of lunacy and idiotty in the case of Peter Vanalstine of the first part and Benjamin Hubbs of the county of Prince Edward ..., yeoman, on the second part, and whereby the said Thomas Dorland, Jonathan Allen and Ursula Macwherter Trustees as a [sic] aforesaid for the consideration of £200 ... do give unto Benjamin Hubbs ... lot 8, 2nd Con of the said township [Hallowell]. Witnessed by L.P. Macpherson, James B.F. Cotter of the village of Hallowell [Picton], gentleman, and John Dougal.
Dated 4 Nov 1829, registered 21 Jan 1830, #1484, Mortgage between Benjamin Hubbs of the first part and Thomas Dorland, Jonathan Allen of Adolphustown and Ursula Mcwherter, spinster of the same place of the second part Trustees nominated ... in the case of Peter Vanalstine ... lot 8, 2nd con, township of Hallowell ... in default of payment of £200 in installments ... £100 by 12 Oct 1832 and £100 by 12 Oct 1834. Witnessed by L.P. Macpherson, James B.F. Cotter of the village of Hallowell [Picton], gentleman, and John Dougal.
Source: PEC Deeds, Book O, No 1483 and 1484, AO, GS 5196
WILL of THOMAS DORLAND
The index states that Thomas Dorland of Adolphustown, had a will, #65, Book 2, the executors were Mary Dorland, John T. Dorland and Paul Thrumpour Dorland. The legatees named in the will are Mary Dorland "my daughter" [sic - probably should have said "my wife"], and John T and Paul Trumpour Dorland, "my sons." Also Deborah Lucas and Elizabeth Pruyn "my two daughters". The will has not been found. The Canadian Biographical Dictionary states that Thomas died March 1832 as probably reported in the Kingston Chronicle of 10 Mar 1832 [not checked].
Source: Lennox Addington, Wils Index, AO, #65, Bk 2, Adolphustown, GS 4659