The children of Johannes comprise the:
By Alta Cecil Koch
19. Maria b. 1750 and married January 31, 1793 to John L
Hardenburg. Resided in Auburn. He was a captain in the Revolution, and one of
the pioneers of Auburn, which was first called "Hardenburg's Corners."
The one child of this couple was Cornelia, b March 1794.
20. Sarah Bevier b. June 16, 1752. Married December 3, 1773 to
her stepbrother, Manuel Gonzales, son of Elizabeth (VanVliet) Gonsaulus Bevier.
Resided at Mamakating. Her children were: Rachel, b. 1774; Elizabeth, b. 1776;
Johannes, b. 1779; Cornelia and twin Maria, b. 1781; Daniel, b. 1784; Andries,
b. 1787; Maria, b. 1790 (the first Maria must have died young) and Levi, b.
21. Andries LeFevre Bevier b. March 20, 1754, died young.
22. Simon Bevier b. March 27, 1756. Married first to Maria
Bevier on February 1, 1790, and second to Elizabeth Cantine. He resided in
Wawarsing. He was a signer of the Articles of Association in 1775, and took part
in the Revolution, being called Captain Simon. For his services, he received
Land Bounty Rights. In 1795, he was school trustee at Fantinekill, near
Wawarsing. Later, he moved to that section of New York State where the city of
Auburn now stands. The towns of Niles and Owasco have since been built in the
immediate vicinity of the place where he settled. His six children were by his
second wife and were: Samuel, b. October 1796; Magdalene, b. 1798; Peter, b.
1802; Elijah, b. 1805; Rachel, b. 1808; and Maria, b. 1811.
23. Conrad Bevier baptized May, 1758 and his will was probated
July 23, 1838. He married Elizabeth Roosa and resided at Leurenkill in Wawarsing.
His children were: Benjamin, b. 1782; Mathew, b. 1785; Leah, b. 1787; Elizabeth,
b. 1790; Lucas, b. 1792; Maria, b. 1795; and Jane, b. 1799. Conrad signed the
Articles of Association in 1775 and joined the 3rd Regiment of the regular army
as a private. He was in active service during the whole of the Revolutionary War
and was one of those placed in charge of the defenses of Minnesink and Wawarsing
Valley, which were peculiarly exposed. He took part in the battle of White
Plains, was present with his command when Burgoyne surrendered, and was given
the charge of the captured war materials. He was noted for his personal courage
and for his fleetness of foot. It was he who went with his uncle Louis to the
rescue of Jesse (Jesse was the son of Jean, see #4) at the Fantinekill massacre.
In a diary, kept in the family, he is quoted as boasting that he could out-run
any Indian. In 1777, he became a member of the State Legislature, and held that
position for many years. His will left a considerable estate to his children.
24. Cornelius Bevier b. 1760 d. 1790. He married first, Sarah
Bevier, and second, Cornelia Vernooy. The date of his second marriage was 1782.
He resided at Wawarsing, and his children were: Sarah, b. 1777 (child of first
wife); Johannes, b. 1784; Conrad, b. 1786; and Simon b. 1788. Cornelius was a
private in the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1780. Enrolled at first in the
Third Regiment and later in the Fourth. In 1780, he was constable of the town.
Records state that on February 21, 1781 he contributed through Dirk Wynkoop,
"11 bushels of buckwheat and 7 bushels of corn, valued at 4 pounds, 14
shillings, and 8 d., as an offering for the Continental cause." He died at
30 years of age, and his estate was administered by his brother, Conrad. Records
show that his brother, Simon, paid "for the schooling of Cornelius' young
25. Cornelia Bevier b. 1762. Married Petrus Bevier. Children
of Johannes' second wife, Elizabeth (Van Vliet) Gonsaulus (widow of Daniel).
26. Jacob J. Bevier b. May 7, 1766, baptized June 1, 1766.
Died March 6, 1851. On August 6, 1787 he married Margaret DeWitt. Records show
that he resided at Leurenkill and then later moved to Ohio. His children were
Johannes, b. 1789; Cornelius, b. 1791; Alexander, b. 1792; Richard Brodhead, b.
1796; Daniel; Matthew Newkirk; Nathan; Simon; Catherine; and Leah.
27. Daniel Bevier baptized December 17, 1768. No date for
death. He was married November 19, 1791 to Sarah Bevier. They moved to Oil
Creek. He was an ensign in the army in 1780. His children were Maria, b. 1793;
Johannes, b. 1794; Betsey; and Cornelia.
28. Abraham J. Bevier b. March 11, 1770, d. February 18,
1850 at eighty years of age. He married Jane Vernooy of December 11, 1793,
and they resided at Wawarsing. He died at "Drowned Lands." His wife
died September 15, 1852, aged almost 81. Abraham was a commissioner of highways
in 1806, and was an elder in the first consistory of the new Ellenville Church
in 1840. This man is our ancestor, and his youngest child, Sarah, carries on our
line of descent from Louis Bevier, the Patentee. Abraham's children were Jenneke
Vernooy Bevier (Jane), b. September 30, 1794; Elizabeth Vernooy Bevier, b. April
1796; Nathan Vernooy Bevier, b. February 1798; Maria Vernooy Bevier, b. 1800;
Jacob Hoornbeck I, b. 1802, d. in infancy; Jacob Hoornbeck II, b. 1805; and
Sarah Vernooy Bevier, b. March 5, 1811. (It is interesting to note that five of
the children carried a Vernooy given name and with Vernooy as a middle name.)
Abraham and his wife Jane are buried in a well kept cemetery (in the area known
as "Drowned Lands") west of Ellenville, New York. Their tombstones are
in good condition. One of their daughters, Maria (married to Daniel Elmore), is
buried close by. Her stone is in fair condition, but Daniel's was faulty and the
entire "face" has flaked away. The many family records kept by Sarah
Vernooy (Bevier) Gillett give names and dates for both the fourth and fifth
generations, and they overlap those generations in the book, Louis Bevier and
His Descendants. The material is checked out for accuracy and is further
certified by records found in D'Anjou's Ulster County, N.Y. Probate and Wills.
The family records kept by Sarah (Bevier) Gillett deal with all of the earlier
generations too, and though not complete by any means, are remarkably accurate
so far as they go. Her records of the following family in the fifth generation ,
and of which she is a member, are accurate and complete and tally exactly with
all the documented references to this family. In many records, "Jane"
appears as "Jenneke", the Dutch spelling of the name.
The children of Abraham comprise the:
29. Jenneke (Jane) Vernooy Bevier b. September 30, 1794, d.
February 14, 1856 at LaFayette, IL and is buried at LaFayette Cemetery. Married
to John A Snyder and resided first in Ellenville, N.Y. until they moved to
LaFayette, IL. After her death, he returned to New York. Their children were
Jane Vernooy Snyder, b. 1852; Abraham Bevier Hasbrouck Snyder, b. 1827. (The
A.B.H. Snyder who lived in LaFayette Illinois, who appears in the letters of
Sarah (Bevier) Gillett and whose family was so close to her, # 35, our
ancestor); and Bevier Snyder, b. 1831. (Bevier is also mentioned many times in
Sarah Bevier Gillett's letters. He lived in Lampassos, Texas.)
30. Elizabeth Vernooy Bevier b. April 20, 1796 d. March 16,
1870, buried in LaFayette, Ill Cemetery. Married first to Moses Bevier, and
second to Charles Schultz. She resided in Wawarsing, N.Y., then LaFayette, Ill.
Her children were: (1) Abraham Levi Roosa Bevier, b. 1820. Married to Adeline
Misner and lived in LaFayette, Ill. His children were Lewis, Elizabeth,
Henrietta, Sarah, Louisa, and Catherine. (2) Leah R. Bevier, b. 1820, married
John A Wood and lived in Ellenville, N.Y.; and (3) Nathan J Schultz, b. 1835.
(Abraham Levi Roosa Bevier is the A.L.R. Bevier mentioned many times in Sarah
Bevier Gillett's letters.)
31. Nathan Vernooy Bevier b. February 11, 1798 in New York, d.
July 23, 1885 in Illinois. He married Sarah Anne Brannan (b. on December 24,
1825 and d. February 21, 1911, age 85) in December 1841 and moved to LaFayette,
Stark County, Illinois in 1856. His children were: John, Jane, Elizabeth,
Abraham (Abram), and Nathan. Abram's tombstone was found in LaFayette Cemetery
and reads: "Abram N Bevier, Jan 2 1843 - Jan 5 1907 Co. A. 11th Ill. Vol.
Cav. Elizabeth M Frail, his wife Nov 22 1851 - Dec. 1,1923. Information gleaned
from the letters written by Sarah Bevier Gillett mentions this family often. It
is through these letters and the obituary saved by her that I could give the
date of Nathan's death and the names of his children. The letters refer always
to Nathan's wife as "Sarahann", spelled that way.
32. Maria Vernooy Bevier b. May 28, 1800 d. May 4, 1870.
Married on December 31, 1829 to Daniel Elmore. (see # 28) There is a notation of
only one child, Louisa, b. 1831 who married an Edsal.
33. Jacob Hoornbeck Bevier b. August 20, 1802, died in
34. Jacob Hoornbeck Bevier (number 2) b. August 15, 1805, d.
December 6, 1888. He married Sarah Devine and lived in Fairfax, Virginia. The
book, Descendants of Louis Bevier lists his children as: Sarah Jane, b. 1829,
married to Lattin Wood and residing at Spottsylvania Court House, VA.; Leah Ann,
b. 1833; and James Devine, b. 1837, married to Flora Kinney and residing in
Murray County, MN. The letters of Sarah (Bevier) Gillett show that her brother,
Jacob, lived during his later years with his son, James, in Minnesota, and that
he died there.
35. Sarah Vernooy Bevier b. March 5, 1811 d. May 10, 1888.
On January 15, 1842, she was married to Silas W. Gillett who was born March 27,
1818 in Fallsburgh, Sullivan County, New York. Silas Gillett was also of
Huguenot ancestry. His parents were Deming and Theiodotia (Warner) Gillett and
lived in Suffield, CT prior to New York. Silas was a farmer in the Ellenville
area, Ulster County, New York, and enlisted in the 156th N.Y. Volunteers on the
17th day of November, 1862. He attained the rank of Sergeant and died in the
field hospital at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 12, 1863. After his death,
Sarah moved with her three children to LaFayette, Illinois where her brother,
Nathan, and other close relatives lived. According to the obituary, "she
was the mother of five children, two of whom survive her." As careful as
this woman was to keep records of the family, she made no mention of two of the
children. The three who have their lives recorded are: Jane, b. October 24,
1842; Abraham, b. December 21, 1845; and Sarah S.J.E., b. September 18, 1850.
The many letters written by Sarah (Bevier) Gillett to her
daughter Sarah (Gillett) Cecil have been saved. They span the years of 1885 to
1888 inclusive. They reveal a woman who loved her family passionately and
yearned to have them close to her. Her writing reveals her French and Dutch
background in the spelling of some words. She had a very good vocabulary and
wrote in a conversational manner. When she became impatient or a little out of
temper she didn't hesitate to express herself. Her language then was sometimes
pungent, and though she delicately left a part of strong words blank, one always
knows exactly what they are. Her grandson, Reuben Edgar Cecil, remembered her
only slightly, but remembered a small, quiet woman who stayed pretty much in her
private living room in her house and who busied herself with handwork, reading,
and her flowers. Sarah used just a "V" as a middle initial. When her
grandson asked what the "V" stood for, a very interesting search
ensued. Her letters reveal a love for and an interest in nature, flowers, and
animals. She obviously was not entirely dependent on her soldiers widow's
pension for a livelihood. In the letters, she mentioned investments and interest
due on moneys out on loan. We know that her home was quite large, a two storied
frame that was so typical of the middle 19th century. In the letters, she
dispensed of her land at Drowned Lands where her father died. In the cemetery at
La Fayette, Illinois, there is a monument to Sarah Vernooy (Bevier) Gillett and
to her husband. The few existing photos of Sarah (Bevier) Gillette show her to
be a woman of dignity and poise. Her obituary states, "She was a quiet,
unassuming woman, always trying to do her duty as a Christian, a good neighbor,
mother, and friend." It also stated that, "In 1868, she united with
the Congregational Church and remained a faithful member to the time of her
death." A small braid of her hair kept among the family keepsakes show it
to be a deep chestnut brown. In the photos her eyes look as dark as her hair.
The photos of her husband, Silas, also show him to be a handsome man. His Civil
War enlistment papers state that he was "six feet tall, dark complexioned
with gray eyes and brown hair."
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