Col. Rutgert van Brunt

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About Col. Rutgert van Brunt

Rutgert Van Brunt was a major of Thompson's Pennsylvania battalion 1776. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania. He was born in New York; died in Gravesend.

A bit of history:

The VAN PELTs were stanch to the American cause during the days of the

Revolution, and Rem VAN PELT and his brother Aert were arrested

on suspicion by the British authorities and placed in jail. With them

also were a Colonel Rutgert VAN BRUNT,.of Gravesend, and his brother

Adrian. Colonel VAN BRUNT bribed his jailer, and the four of then succeeded

in getting a midnight interview, during which they planned to tell the

same story concerning the night when they were supposed to see certain

American officers who were endeavoring to capture officers of the British.

When examined, they were found not guilty, and were freed. As a matter

of fact, they did know of plans under way to trick the British, and to

this day is pointed out the window in the VAN PELT Manor House at which

the American captain knocked that night when he told Rem VAN PELT's

father of his hopes for success in the work against the enemy.


From the (1939) WPA Guide to New York City:

Gravesend was founded in 1643 on a site marked by the square bounded on three sides by the Old Village Road at McDonald Avenue and Gravesend Neck Road. Lady Deborah Moody, a cultured, strong-willed Englishwoman, led a small flock of colonists to New Amsterdam in search of the religious freedom denied them in England and New England. Receiving a patent from Director-General Kieft and the City Council, and augmented by a group of other Englishmen, the colony settled at Gravesend on lands whose original boundaries included Coney Island. Until her death in 1659, Lady Deborah was a leader in the settlement, and even the testy Peter Stuyvesant sought her opinion from time to time. The exact location of the Moody farm is not known, but it is said that the old Hicks-Platt home, a Dutch stone house reputedly built in 1643, stood on her property (at McDonald Avenue and Gravesend Neck Road). Lady Deborah is buried in the little cemetery opposite the house in the southwest corner of the square.

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Col. Rutgert van Brunt's Timeline

January 16, 1733
Gravesend, Kings County, Long Island, NY
November 9, 1758
Age 25
New Utrecht, Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, NY
January 9, 1762
Age 28
New Utrecht, Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, NY
March 8, 1764
Age 31
New Utrecht, Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, NY
April 30, 1766
Age 33
Gravesend, Kings County, Long Island, NY
August 8, 1768
Age 35
Gravesend, Kings County, Long Island, NY
August 24, 1770
Age 37
New Utrecht, Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, NY
November 9, 1772
Age 39
New Utrecht, Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, NY
April 2, 1775
Age 42
New Utrecht, Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, NY