Tuenis Garret Bergen

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Tuenis Garret Bergen

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings, NY, United States
Death: April 24, 1881 (74)
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, United States (unkown)
Place of Burial: NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Garret Bergen and Jane Wyckoff
Husband of <private> Van Brunt
Father of <private> Bergen
Brother of Jacob Conover Bergen; Joanna Bergen; Francis Henry Bergen; Garret G. Bergen; Jane Stryker Bergen and 6 others

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About Tuenis Garret Bergen

From the "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Bicentennial Edition, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989: "Bergen, Teunis Garret (second cousin of John Teunis Bergen (another member of Congress), a Representative (to the U.S. Congress) from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 6, 1806; attended the common schools and Erasmus Hall Academy, Flatbush, N.Y.; engaged in agricultural pursuits and surveying supervisor of New Utrecht, King's County, N. Y., 1836-1859, member of the State constitutional conventions in 1846, 1867 and 1868; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Baltimore and Charlestown in 1860; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-Ninth Congress (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1866; resumed agricultural pursuits and surveying near New Utrecht; also engaged in literary and historical work; served as ensign, captain, adjutant, lieutenant colonel and colonel of the Two Hundred and Forty-First Regiment, New York State Militia, known as the King's County Troop; died in Brooklyn, N. Y., April 24, 1881; interment in Greenwood Cemetery."

From "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XII, No 4, October 1881" quoted in part: "Long before he entered upon his last public duties, he had become an expert in all that related to the history of the Dutch and their descendants on Long Island. For he had, on repeated occasions, rendered important aid to many writers engaged in historical work, and had left frequent exhibitions of his scholarly and accurate attainments in the departments of local and family history.

His inquiries into the history of the first settlers of Long Island, and their customs and official laws, as handed down in the city and church records, have been both numerous and important. All who have had occasion to examine the Manuals of the Common Council of Brooklyn, which have been published, have found there recorded many of his exact and useful papers.... He was one of a small and rapidly passing away number who spoke the Dutch language fluently, and was competent to decipher the ancient Dutch records accurately.

His published writings have been numerous and important. The earliest of his articles were contributed to the local newspapers in his vicinity, but those which will be most sought after, and will continue to prove most useful to genealogical inquirers, are to be found in the volumes of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. The first to its pages may be found in vol. 4, p. 39 being entitled "Records of the Births of the Society of Friends at Gravesend, L.I., commencing in 1665; then following on page 150, "The Van Dyke Family"; and on page 199, the "Marriage Records, Gravesend, L.I.", commencing in 1664; vol. 5, p.68 contains a "List of Deaths in Capt. Grant's Company, 1762; vol. 7, p. 152 "The Monfoort Family", p. 174 "Prisoners of the Revolutionary War",; Vol. 8, p. 62, "The Martense Family"; vol. 9, p. 126 "Contributions to the History of the Early Settlers of Kings County, N.Y.", being the "Brouwer Family"; vol. 10, p. 85, a second contribution being" Memorials of Francoys D'Bruynne" and page 155, a third contribution being "The Van Dyke Family". These contributions comprise portions of a large work on which he had been for a long time occupied, and preparing for the press, entitled a "Register of the Early Settlers and Freeholders of Kings County, N.Y., from its First Settlement by Europeans, to 1700 with Biographical Notices and Family Genealogies".... In 1886 appeared the first edition of his history of "The Bergen Family", an octavo of 298 pages; in 1867 his account of his wife's ancestry, entitled the "Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family, 1653 - 1867", an octavo of 80 pages. But the crowning labor of his well-spent life, so far as family history is concerned, was a greatly improved and augmented edition of his work noticed in vol. 7, p. 95 of the Record, entitled {"The Bergen Family; or, The Descendants of Hans Hansen Bergen, One of The Early Settlers of New York and Brooklyn, L. I. with Notes on the Genealogy of Some of The Branches of the Cowenhoven, Voorhees, Stoothoff, Cortelyou, Strycker, Suydam, Lott, Wyckoff, Barkeloo, Lefferts, Martense, Hubbard, Van Brunt, Vanderbilt, Vanderveer, Van Nuyse and other Long Island Families"}

Mr. (Teunis Garret) Bergen was a man of simple habits and few wants. In the language of one who knew him intimately,”he adhered always to plain, honest lines of activity, caring in no degree whatever for upstart distinctions, proud of the fact that he was a farmer, bearing upon his body the evidence that by the sweat of his brow and the labor of his hands he earned the right to a comfortable footing in the world, his chief pride was that his neighbors had unqualified confidence in his integrity. He was a power in his rural district, because his neighbours could say... so well of him.”

Frances Elenora Bergen Ryan, has a first edition of Teunis Garret Bergen’s “The Bergen Family” published in 1876 in her possession, which is scribed in the hand of Teunis Garret Bergen as follows:

”To John C. Bergen by Teunis G. Bergen, his grandfather, May 15, 1876". This John C. (Cortelyou) Bergen is the granduncle of Frances Elenora Bergen and the brother of Jacques Van Brunt Bergen (#4 of this work).

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Tuenis Garret Bergen's Timeline

October 6, 1806
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, United States
April 24, 1881
Age 74
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, United States
April 26, 1881
Age 74
NY, United States