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Abraham Matthyse Van Horne, Sr.

Also Known As: "Abraham Van Horn"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings County, Province of New York
Death: Died in White House, Hunterdon, Province of New Jersey
Cause of death: "a contagious kind of pox"
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthys Cornelissen and Fytje Adamse Brouwer
Husband of Annetje Cornelius Van Horne
Father of Margaretta Roelofson; Mattias Van Horne; Margaret Van Horne; Cornelius Van Horne; Sophia "Phidia" Pickel and 6 others
Brother of Cornelius Matthysen van Horne and Aechte Hanias
Half brother of Adolf Van Gelder; Jacobus Evertszen (Jacob) Van Gelder; Aeltje Van Gelder; Hendrick Van Gelder; Jannetje Van Gelder and 1 other

Occupation: Tavern keeper
Managed by: William J. Zelenske (Joey)
Last Updated:

About Abraham Van Horne, Snr.

  • freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com;
  • Abraham Van Horne,
  • son of -- Matthyse Corneliussen and Fytie Brouwer,
  • was baptized in the Dutch Reform Church, Brooklyn on 15 Jan 1699;
  • died at Whitehouse N.J. in Nov of 1759.
  • He married at Freehold N.J. in 1719 Antje (Ann) Covenhoven, daughter of Cornelius W. and Magaretta Schenck Covenhoven. Antje was born ca. 1702. She died at Whitehouse N.J. on 12 Dec, 1759.
  • Abraham's father bought land in Middleton Township, Monmouth Co. New Jersey and deeded one half of the Middleton land to each of his two sons.
  • In 1722 Abraham sold his half of the property and purchased 490 acres of land in Readington Township, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey through which ran Rockaway Creek. This land was in 490 acres of “L” shape. Here he developed a grist mill and saw mill on the banks of the creek. About 1750 Abraham Van Horne built the first tavern in the area. It was on the road from Clinton to Somerville where it crossed Rockaway Creek (now route 22). Because the building had white plastered walls it became known as the "White House". The name also was given to the village which sprang up around the tavern. It's location on this early trail immediately led to it's being a favorite stopping place for travelers and later for stage coaches of the Easton-New Brunswick Turnpike. By the time of the Revolution it's popularity had been well established. The homestead built about 1757 by Abraham Van Horne is about one hundred yards farther down Rockaway Creek from the site of the tavern and is still occupied (March 1976).
  • After conducting Antjie Van Horne's funeral service, Rev. Muhlenberg made this note: "17 Dec 1759. Had to bury the deceased wife of Abraham Van Horne, who himself died only recently. Both died of a contagious kind of pox. The youngest son, his wife, and his negroes are still sick with the pox. I preached at the home in English on Psalm 90:12 and read the customary prayers in English at the grave. I also prayed for the sick in the home."
  • Abraham Van Horne Jr. operated the tavern after his father's death, probably through 1776. His "petition to keep a tavern" dated May 1776 with it's long list of witnesses required by law to prove a properly run establishment, is preserved in the New Jersey Archives in Trenton. [2]
  • The oldest house and landmark of Whitehouse is a complete wreck. In Whitehouse proper there used to stand a curious looking old building which was noted by every stranger who visited the town. The structure tumbled down Wednesday and is now a heap of bricks. The house was known as Washington's Headquarters, for the general once stopped here for a night's entertainment. An aged citizen who died some forty years ago left a journal in which was an account of his staying there the same night that General Washington was there. Stage coaches were then in vogue and some thirty or forty persons were accommodated that night and the time was spent very pleasantly dancing, etc. The house was painted white and gave the name Rockaway River. [3]
  • Stones from the tavern's foundation are said to be in the retaining wall about the old cemetery located not too far from the tavern's original site.[4]
  • Shirley Van Horne Walburn a descendant of Hiram Arthur Van Horne son of Willard Putman Van Horne went to New Jersey ca 1993 and told me that Abraham and his brother Cornelius were the first founders of the Dutch Reform Church in New Jersey. Which one I do not know.
  • She also said she was able to enter Abraham's house in White House, New Jersey. In the fireplace was carved in one of the stones 1757. The first two Abraham's are buried 20 yards from the house.
  • Abraham Van Horn, Owner, White House Tavern - By Paul E. Van Horn, 76-43
  • Abraham Van Horn, owner of the White House Tavern, White House, New Jersey, was christened 15 January 1699 in the Dutch Reform Church in Brooklyn, New York[5] the son of Matthys Cornelissen who arrived in Long Island in 1663.
  • Matthys married Fytie Brouwer Hendricks, widow of Evert Hendricks (Van Gelder) in the Flatbush Dutch Reform Church, 20 February 1692.[6] She was the daughter of Adam Brouwer and Madalina Jacobus Verdon of Gowanus, Long Island.

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Abraham Van Horn, White House Tavern, White House, NJ, 1699 - 1759

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"After conducting Antjie Van Horne's funeral service, Rev. Muhlenberg made this note: "17 Dec 1759. Had to bury the deceased wife of Abraham Van Horne, who himself died only recently. Both died of a contagious kind of pox. The youngest son, his wife, and his negroes are still sick with the pox. I preached at the home in English on Psalm 90:12 and read the customary prayers in English at the grave. I also prayed for the sick in the home."

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Abraham Van Horne, Snr.'s Timeline

1697
September 5, 1697
Flatbush, Kings County, Province of New York
1699
January 15, 1699
Brooklyn, Kings County, Province of New York
1719
July 1719
Age 20
White House, Monmouth County, Province of New Jersey
1720
May 1, 1720
Age 21
NJ, USA
1722
April 3, 1722
Age 23
1724
May 12, 1724
Age 25
Freehold, Monmouth County, Province of New Jersey
1726
November 7, 1726
Age 27
1727
November 7, 1727
Age 28
Millstone, Somerset County, Province of New Jersey
1730
1730
Age 30