Lucky to Be A Stoutenburgh

5 April 2014
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This reprint from the 2001 newsletter has a lot of useful information about how to do family history research.


Printed August 15, 2001
STFA Annual Newsletter
by Lanaii Kline

Commemorative Biographical Record of Dutchess County, New York

Commemorative Biographical Record of Dutchess County, New York

When I began to research my family history, I started with my dad’s family. His family came to America in the mid-1800s from Scandinavia. I encountered a dead-end prior to the point that my dad’s ancestors left Sweden and Denmark. Then I began to trace my mother’s ancestors. My mother was a Stoutenburgh. I had some trouble finding information about my mother’s ancestors between 1800 and 1870, but I found a wealth of information before 1800 in New York records. The early New York Dutch were incredible record keepers.

Once I located the Stoutenburgh Teller Family Association, I found relatives who filled in some of the details and introduced me to the Family Circles.

Family Circles

In 1916, Maude Stoutenburg’s husband, Walter Graeme Eliot, published two and a half circles that included the descendants of Pieter Stoutenburgh. These circles are like a family tree starting with Pieter Stoutenburgh. It’s really impressive to see the number of people to whom each of us is connected. This doesn’t even include the Stoutenburgh cousins born after 1916.

Stoutenburgh Family in Print

If you are serious about documenting the major events in your Stoutenburgh ancestors’ lives, you have many resources at hand. You can buy the church records from various historical book publishers. The Higginson Book Co. has reprint books. Visit their site at www.higginsonbooks.com.

I visited the Hyde Park Historical Society when I was in New York last fall. They have several books that recount the founding of Hyde Park and thus have information on the Jacobus Stoutenburgh family. I ordered reprints of some these books from the Higginson Book Company. I highly recommend Commemorative Biographical Record of Dutchess County, New York, published in 1897 by J. H. Beers & Co. of Chicago.

Then, if you are an ancestor of Jacobus’ son William, the Hyde Park Historical Society has copies of a 1940 book that you may want to purchase. The book is entitled, The Colonial Ancestry of the Family of John Greene Briggs and Isabell Gibbs de Groff, written by John and Isabell. Isabell was William Stoutenburgh’s and Maria Van Vleck’s great, great granddaughter. An online version of the book is available through www.genealogy.com, if you have a subscription. I did find some scanning problems in the online copy.

More Sources

Ancestry, Inc. is another source of New York records. I found baptismal records for Dutchess County through my subscription to www.ancestry.com online documents. They also have good information about Revolutionary War soldiers as well as Civil War soldiers. Both Genealogy Library and Ancestry are making online copies of the actual census records available online through subscription. You can go to a regional office of the National Archives and access census and military records images too.

Don’t forget to visit USGenWeb.org and the LDS Church site, familysearch.org. Through the USgenweb site, you can go to a given state’s genealogical web site and from there to county web sites within that state. Some county web sites have put baptismal, birth, death, military, marriage, and cemetery information on their site.

The LDS Church web site has patron submitted information as well as some baptismal and marriage records. I found the patron submitted information to have many errors. The information taken from marriage, death and baptismal records is accurate but the transcribers at times adjusted the spelling of the names in the records. Also, the baptismal information on their web site doesn’t include the names of sponsors or witnesses that appear in the actual record. The Ancestry web site provides more complete information for New York baptismal data.

If you have questions about how to locate records or other information, please contact us.

Lanaii Kline, Editor

Happy researching!

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A Spring Morning in Concord, Massachusetts

7 March 2014
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Hi Cousins,

Looking through my records and found this wonderful article — no signature — probably from Jim Spratt or Frank Bradley:


from the collection of Gail Hotalling,
Gilbert W. Stoutenburgh Memorial Trust

Concord Bridge Battle

Old North Bridge (Concord Battle)
by Domenick D’Andrea

The stalwart sons of Jacobus, each in his far flung acres, busied the day at river landing, furrowed field, and turning mill. Daughters too, in their stone house comfort, bustled from daybreak ’till dark to provide family sustenance.

It was some weeks later by river sloop the news came to Stoutenburgh. The family gathered to hear the word of the battle of Concord bridge and talked ’till the night was late.

So now, who did they cheer and who did they curse and where did their loyalties lay?

Let us take down then, from the topmost shelves, the dusty leather-bound annals wherein are written the records.

Listen now, good Stoutenburgh. Listen now, as we call the muster rolls of two hundred years ago. Listen now, as we read your family names. These are the liberty loving ones that put down the plough and picked up the musket in defense of freedom for all.

  • Tobias Stoutenburgh, Colonel
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • William Stoutenburgh
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • Jacobus Stoutenburgh, Jr.
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • John Stoutenburgh, Lieutenant
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • Peter Stoutenburgh, Captain
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • Luke Stoutenburgh, Captain
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • Abraham T. Stoutenburgh
    Second Regiment, Albany County Militia
  • James W. Stoutenburgh
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia
  • William W. Stoutenburgh
    Fourth Regiment, Dutchess County Militia

From time to time in the history of man there comes a happening, an action takes place, a die is cast and the actual tide of events is changed, never again to be quite the same.

So it was on that morning in Massachusetts — on that spring morning in Concord, Massachusetts — on that April morning on the Concord village green.

You remember how they said it was, how deep in the slumbering stillness of the spring night came the distant sound of hurrying hoofs, muffled at first on the uneven country road, then of a sudden, pounding and persistent, a hurried pause at farmyard doorway, a cry of alarm, and rider is off in his pounding pace?

It was well into an April day when an untidy line of buckskin minute militia faced trim scarlet jacketed British regulars.

It was then that it happened. No one quite knows whether accidental or ordered. The silence that hung between the opposing lines was rent by a single musket shot. There followed a ragged confusion of fire felling both patriot and red coat on the village green.

You remember how the poet spoke of it:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

Some miles to the west, in York state, atop the low fluff of the Hudson’s east shore, lies the hamlet, Stoutenburgh. Forty years it has been since Jacobus Stoutenburgh and his good wife Margaret Teller, with their family, sailed up river from Phillipsburgh to homestead and develop these fertile acres.

Now, on this Concord morning, spring lay over Stoutenburgh in peaceful promise.

Reading this has placed me back in time.

Share your information.

Hope you enjoyed the reading.

Gail M. Hotaling
Chairwoman Stoutenburgh-Teller Family Association

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Presidential Memorial to Stoutenburghs — 1935

31 January 2014
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Here’s another bit of Stoutenburgh history from 1935.

THE SUNDAY COURIER
Poughkeepsie, NY
September 15, 1935

President Will Unveil Memorial To Stoutenburghs Next Sunday

Tablet in St. James’ Church Will be Dedicated

Margaret Teller and Jacobus Stoutenburgh

These portraits of Margaret Teller Stoutenburgh and Jacobus Stoutenburgh in their wedding clothes, were painted on wood in 1717. The originals are now in the possession of Miss Caroline Thorn Wells of Rhinebeck.

HYDE Park, Sept. 14–Next Sunday morning President Roosevelt will unveil a marble tablet in St. James’ Episcopal Church in memory of Jacobus Stoutenburgh, the first white settler of what is now Hyde Park, and his wife, Margaret Teller Stoutenburgh.

Jacobus Stoutenburgh was born in New York in 1696. His father, Tobias, had a home with a large tulip garden on Broadway, just north of Wall street. Half a century later another future resident of this section, Dr. John Bard, bought the back or garden of the property, what is now the northwest corner of Pine and Nassau streets, and there built a home.

Married in 1717

In 1717 Jacobus married Margaret Teller of Phillipsburgh. The young couple lived first in New York, then moved to Phillipsburgh, probably between 1724 and 1729–until 1724 the baptismal records of their children were recorded in New York, after 1729 in Phillipsburgh.

As early as 1722 Jacobus began to buy land in the Great Nine Partners Patent which had been granted in 1697, but had not yet been opened up. Twenty years later he had acquired approximately one partner’s share of this large grant. Jacobus holdings included "4 great lots" in the interior and 9th Water Lot, which extended from the Hudson to the present Pleasant Valley line, and from the Crum Elbow Creek, which empties into the river just north of the railroad station at Hyde Park, south of Fuller’s Lane.

Had Eight Children

When Jacobus moved here in 1742, he had eight children ranging in age from Tobias, 24, to Luke, who was 6. Before his death, thirty years later, he made provisions for his children on his vast holdings. His son, William, received a farm that extended the width of the 9th water lot on both sides of the Creek Road. William lived in the stone house, still standing south of East Park Corners. According to tradition, and seemingly verified by Jacobus’ will, Tobias was given a farm on the river front, and lived in another stone house across from the present railroad depot. Jacobus’ will, proved in 1772, gives other interesting provisions for his children. It states:

"I, Jacobus Stoutenburgh, of Charlotte Precinct, in Dutchess County, Esq., being in perfect health and considering the frailty of Human Nature, I direct all debts to be paid. I leave to my eldest son, Tobias, besides what I have already given him by deed, the sum of 25 pounds, and a silver teapot during his and his wife’s life, and then to his daughter, Margaret. I leave all the rest of my estate, real and personal, to my seven children, William, Jacobus, John, Peter, Luke, Antje and Margaret. Whereas I have given my daughter, Antje, a silver teapot, of the value of 14 pounds, I give to my daughter, Margaret, a silver teapot which is now in the family; and I order a silver teapot of the same value to be made for each of my sons. If either of my children should die leaving a daughter named Margaret, the teapot shall descent to her. I leave to my sons, John and Luke, a certain creek, called by the Indians Agwasing (Crum Elbow), with the fall of water, from the boundaries of my son William’s farm down to the bounds of the farm of my son Tobias; with liberty to erect mills. And as my son Luke owns the land adjoining the creek my will is that he convey an acre of land where it may be convenient for a mill. I leave to my son, William, all that part of said creek as bounds his farm, for which I have given him a deed. I leave to my wife the use of my estate during her widowhood. I make my sons, William, John and Luke executors.

"Dated January 24, 1770. Witnesses John Barrack, Christian Dob, James Livingston, Gent. Proved, December 19, 1772."

Robert Erskine Map Showing Widow Stoutenburgh

Jacobus Stoutenburgh probably lived in the stone house that stood until the middle of the last century on the brow of the hill where West Market streets turns and becomes the River Hill. The road map made by Robert Erskine, the first Surveyor-General of New York State in 1780-1788, marks this house "Widow Stoutenburgh," as does a later map made by Christopher Colles in 1789. West Market street was then a private lane bordered with cherry trees.

Jacobus’ son, Luke, lived in the house at the top of the hill after his father’s death. He owned 300 acres both sides of the Post Road, directly south of the Crum Elbow. When he in turn died, this land was divided into forty-two small lots on which the village grew.

Stoutenburgh Memorial Newspaper Article

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The President, who is senior warden of the church, will unveil the tablet when he enters for the 11 o’clock service. The Rev. Frank Wilson, rector of the parish, will offer the prayers of dedication, and Henry T. Hackett will read a paper on the significance of early members of the Stoutenburgh in village history. There will be special music by the choir of the New York Training School for Girls at Hudson.

The Stoutenburgh Memorial Society, whose members are direct descendants of Margaret and Jacobus, will attend the service as a group.

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