Dr. Beekman van Beuren, patriot physician

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About Dr. Beekman van Beuren, patriot physician

+16. 15th and last child of Dr. Johannes.
DAR A117256

Beekman vB was probably named for a MD & one-time temporary Governor of the Colony when his father Dr. Johannes arrived in 1700. Dr. Gerardus Beekman.

see: Hendricus Beekman witnessed the baptism Beekman van Beuren at the NYC - Collegiate Reformed Dutch church (search on <Hendricus Beekman> to see the entry.

Beekman fathered 21 children with 3 wives who, in order were (#1)Hyltje De Peyster (a Roosevelt and daughter of another Mayor of New York) (died c. 1755), (#2) Elizabeth Gilbert (died c. 1777), & (#3) Angenetje Vreeland

as summarized by Pat Wardell from various sources

Children by #1 (1) By #2 (12) By #3 (8)

Angenetje van Beuren (Vreeland) is Jan Dircksen Meyer's second great granddaughter Dr. Beekman van Beuren is Jan Dircksen Meyer's great grandson. ... so Beekman married his 3rd cousin once removed...

• Dr. Beekman van Beuren first practiced medicine in NYC and succeeded his father as physician of the Almshouse (in NYC), occupying that position form 1765-1776. He is credited with the introduction of inoculation for small-pox in the public institutions of the city (see Dr. John W. Francis' "Old New York")

• "An almshouse for the City’s poor stood on this site where City Hall Park is located {2014}) from 1736 to 1797, at which point a second almshouse was built; archaeological evidence of the first structure was unearthed in 1989."

Window leads were taken from the van Beuren house in NYC to make bullets and other ordiinance

• At some time during the revolution he moved to Bergen County, NJ, and at the close of the war, bought a number of forfeited estates from the commissioners of forfeiture.

• When General Washington retreated through NJ from Fort Lee, he left his sick and wounded at Hackensack in the care of Dr. van Beuren and/or his brother James..who, at that time, lived in the Hackensack valley.

• In his will, dated Mar. 7, 1811 and provd June 4, 1812, Beekman Van Beuren of the Township of Hackensack in the County of Bergen and State of New Jersey mentions his son John (deceased), William, Anglebert Cammena (also known as Englebert Kemmena}, Margaret, Rachel, Highly, and Sarah (Surrogate's Office, Hackensack, lib. A, pp. 406-408) The baptisms of his first eleven children are recorded in the register of the Dutch Church in New York City. Inventory appraisal of estate was $3,247.28; made by Peter Y. Demarest, John D. Christie Executors were: "friends, John Demarest, Casparus Demarest, Josiah Johnson. He had pews in Schraalenburgh Church and North Church, carpenters tools.

•Even after the British took over New Amsterdam in 1664, all Dutch Reformed ministers in New York City were still trained in the Netherlands, and services in the Reformed Church remained in the Dutch language until 1764.

• The choice of his given name is interesting. It seems that father Johannes was honoring the prominent Beekman name in New Amsterdam and New York. see: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~beekman/index.html

The neighborhood was the site of the Beekman family mansion, Mount Pleasant, which was built by James Beekman in 1765. James Beekman was a descendant of Willem Beeckman, for whom Beekman Street was named.

Beekman St is on the lower East side of Manahattan: The British commander Howe made his headquarters in the Beekman mansion for a time during the American Revolutionary War and Nathan Hale was tried as a spy in the mansion's greenhouse and hanged in a nearby orchard. George Washington visited the house many times during his presidency. The Beekman family lived at Mount Pleasant until a cholera epidemic forced them to move in 1854. The home survived until 1874 when it was torn down.

The Beekmans had fled the city and abandoned the house.

• A Beekman from the past was held in high esteem by James II for his work on the translation of the Bible into English (King James Version)

• A Beekman daughter even married a son of Peter Stuyvesant (!).... a William Beekman was highly involved in the governing of New Amsterdam, alongside Governor Peter Stuyvesant 60 years before Beekman van Beuren's birth.

read about the Beekman mansion at: http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2011/09/lost-1763-beekman-man...

and at: http://www.fordham.edu/academics/colleges__graduate_s/undergraduate...


  1. van Beuren list compiled by Pat Wardell
  2. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volumes 17-18 Richard Henry Greene, Henry Reed Stiles, Melatiah Everett Dwight, John Reynolds Totten, Louis Effingham De Forest by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society., 1886 - New York (State) page 59
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Dr. Beekman van Beuren, patriot physician's Timeline

November 1732
New York City, New York County, Province of New York

Went on to father twenty-one (21) children.

September 12, 1755
October 16, 1757
New York

Oct 16, 1757 ; Beekman Van Buuren, Elizabet Gilbert; Johannes; Hendrikus Van Buuren, Maria Meyer, Wed. v. Joh's Van Buuren.

in the NYC DRC

November 22, 1758
January 27, 1760
December 25, 1761
April 29, 1764
Pequannock Township, Morris County, New Jersey