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Fourth Generation

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. 1793.

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 son, Johannes."

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.

Abraham J. Bevier 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.) Jenneke Vernooy Bevier (wife of Abraham) 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:

Fifth Generation

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 infancy.

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.

Sarah Vernooy Bevier Gillett 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.

Sarah Vernooy Bevier GillettThe 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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