Biography of Garret Van Valkenburg
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Van Valkenburg, Garret, was born in the city of Troy, July 6, 1822. He was a son of Tunis and Alida (Vandenburg) Van Valkenburg, he a native of Kinderhook, Columbia county, and she of Greenbush. The Van Valkenburg family are descendants of Geronamus Van Valkenburg, who landed in New York in 1645. He went to Bevyrwick, Albany county, thence to Sclaodack. Tunis was born February 25, 1795, and at the age of sixteen came from Columbia county to Greenbush and worked at the blacksmith trade until he was twenty one years of age, and then worked on a farm for five years. In 1821 he married, and was two years in the grocery business in Troy. In 1824 he bought the farm now owned by F. H. Stone, and engaged in farming. He sold out here and purchased the farm now owned by Mr. Van Vaikenburg. He died in 1870 and his wife died in 1866. In 1850 Mr. Van Valkenburg married Sarah, daughter of Cornelius M. Vandenburg of Greenbush, by whom he has five children: Herbert, Morton, Aiida, Caroline, and Tunis, who runs the farm. They have eighty two acres and have a dairy of about fourteen cows. Mrs. Van Valkenburg died April 7, 1891.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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