America's Successful Men of Affairs:
An Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous BiographyVolume I
page 99

submitted by: Robin Mason 6/18/03

HENRY AUGUSTUS BOORAEM, merchant, born at No. 16 Dey street, in this city, Sept. 3, 1815, died in Jersey City, Feb. 18, 1889. He was a son of Hendrick Booraem, an old time merchant of dry goods on Pearl street. The emigrant ancestor of this family, a native of Holland, came to this place in 1666, settling at Newtown on Long Island. Henry went from the private schools of this city and Fordham directly to his father's store, where he received a thorough training, after the fashion of the times. While in Paris, France, just as he was attaining his majority, his father died. Upon his return to New York, he became a member of the firm of L. & B. Curtis, of which Lewis and Benjamin Curtis were partners, and for more than thirty years imported French dress goods, silks and velvets to this city. He retired about 1869. Mr. Booraem was justly esteemed for his character, ability and public spirit. Grace Church of Jersey City was organized in his parlors, and claimed him as a vestryman, and he was a member of the Committee of One Hundred of Jersey City at the time of his death. In 1838, he married Cornelia, daughter of John Van Vorst of the town of Van Vorst, now a part of Jersey City, and a descendant of Governor Van Vorst, whom The Dutch East India Co. sent out in 1638 as Governor of Pavonia. It is related that Governor Wouter van Twiller, Eberardus Bogardns, the dominie, and Captain de Vries visited the new Governor of Pavonia upon his arrival to pay their respects, and when a salute was fired from a swivel, upon their departure, a spark set fire to the Van Vorst homestead and burned it down. To Mr. Booraem were born: John Van Vorst Booraem, consulting engineer-in-chief of The American Sugar Refining Co.; Frances D. [p.99] Booraem; Henry L. Booraem, deceased; Josephine B., wife of Augustus Zabriskie, son of ex-Chancellor Zabriskie; Louis V. Booraem, the lawyer; Augustus Booraem, who has charge of the Booraem estate; Robert Elmer Booraem, lately in charge of the Blue Bird mine in Butte City and the Morning Star and Evening Star mines in Leadville; and Randolph M. Booraem of Philadelphia. John Van Vorst owned large tracts of land on the west bank of the Hudson. The right of ferriage between Paulus Hook and New York city, now owned by The Pennsylvania Railroad, was bequeathed by the great grandfather of Cornelia Van Vorst to her father. In the settlement of the estate it was transferred to Cornelius Van Vorst, his brother, and by him conveyed to The Associates of The Jersey Company.

submitters notes:
From www.ancestry.com (searched December 1998)

from Linda's notes:
Henry Augustus Booraem was
s/o Hendrick Booraem (& Hannah Radley Morrel)
g s/o Nicholas Booraem (& Mercy Rolfe)
gg s/o Nicholas Boor?m (& Antje)
ggg s/o Hendrick Boerum (& Catherine VanDyke)
gggg s/o Hendrick Willemse Van Boerum (& Maria Adriaense Smit)
ggggg s/o Willem Jacobse Van Boerum (& Geertje Hendrickse van Goch)

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