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Simon Boerum

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: New Lotts, Long Island, New York
Death: Died in At Home, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
Immediate Family:

Son of William Van Boerum and Rachel Boerum
Husband of Maria Martense Schenck
Father of William Boerum and Catharine Boerum
Brother of John Boerum; Hendrick Van Boerum; Marretje Boerum; Williamm Boerum; Geertruyd Boerum and 1 other

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About Simon Boerum

Simon Boerum (1724 – July 11, 1775) was a farmer, miller, and political leader from Brooklyn, New York. He represented New York in the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775.

Boerum's family settled on Long Island when it was a part of the Dutch Colony of New Netherland. His parents were William Jacob Boerum (1687–1766) and Rachel (Bloom) Boerum (1690–1738), who farmed in the town of New Lots, in Kings County, New York, which is now part of Brooklyn. Simon was born there on February 29, 1724, and was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church on March 8. He attended and graduated from the Dutch school in Flatbush.

Simon farmed and operated a mill in Flatbush. In 1748 he also bought a home and garden at what is today is the southwest corner of Fulton and Hoyt streets in downtown Brooklyn. On September 30 of that year he married Maria Schenck (1726–1771) and the house became their home for the rest of their lives.

In 1750, Governor Clinton appointed Simon Boerum the County Clerk for Kings County. He would hold that office for the rest of his life, as well as a seat in the Province of New York Assembly after 1761.

In 1774, the Assembly could not reach agreement about the Continental Congress. Kings County selected him to represent them, and on October 1, 1774, the Congress added him to the New York delegation. In the congress he supported the non-importation agreement, and the more radical members in general. He helped to defeat the Galloway Plan for union and reconciliation with England.

Early in 1775, the Colony's Assembly rejected the work of the first Congress, and was hurriedly adjourned to prevent further measures from consideration. In April, Boerum was elected to the revolutionary New York Provincial Congress. That body in turn named him once again to the Continental Congress, but illness soon forced his return from Philadelphia.

Simon died at home on July 11, 1775, and was originally buried in the Dutch Burying Ground in New Lots. In 1848, he and his wife, Maria, were re-interred in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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Simon Boerum's Timeline

Brooklyn, Kings County, New York,
February 29, 1724
New Lotts, Long Island, New York
March 8, 1724
Drc, Brooklyn
Age 26
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
July 11, 1775
Age 51
At Home, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York