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Rachel Van Deventer Cortelyou
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Birth: 1830
New Jersey, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 1864
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA

Rachel Van Deventer was born 1830 in Washington (now South River), Middlesex County, NJ, the 7th of 10 known surviving children (4 boys/6 girls) born to Abraham Van Deventer and his wife, Ann Dean.

She was the paternal grandchild of Christian Van Deventer and Rachel Vreeland; and gr-grandchild of Isaac Van Deventer (ca. 1723-1776) and Ann Willet. Isaac Vandeventer lived near the bridge between Sayreville and Washington, today known as South River Borough, where he purchased a large farm and became a very prominent man. He served in the Revolutinary War and was captured by the British. He died a prisoner at the Sugar House Prison on Liberty Street in New York, one of several British prison remembered for their most barbarous cruelty. She was a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, Jan (John) Pietersz Van Deventer (ca. 1627-1692) of Holland who came to this country in the ship "Good Hope," reaching New Amsterdam in April, 1662. This branch of the Van Deventers later settled in Monmouth County, near present day Marlboro/Holmdel. On her mother's side, she is believed to be the granddaughter of Abraham & Isabel Dean; the Dean family having established the village of Deans on the Crosswicknung Trail (Georges Road) and Lawrence Brook, in what is present-day South Brunswick, NJ.

The Van Deventers that left Monmouth County, starting with Christian Van Deventer (b. 1687) settled in the South Amboy and South River areas of Middlesex County and were noted farmers and boatmen, plying trade along the South River, a tributary of the Raritan River. South River was home to some of the finest clay in region, and an early brick-making center. The Van Deventers transported these bricks and other materials along the river pathways.

Rachel was 21 years old when she married 24-year old, John Henry Cortelyou of Somerset County, who had removed to New Brunswick and established himself in the carriage making business.

They would become parents to 5 known children (4 boys/1 girl): Ann Eliza Cortelyou (1852-1920), Abraham Whitaker Cortelyou (1854-1928), Adelbert Cortelyou (1857-1859), Charles Cortelyou (1860-1860) and William J. Cortelyou (1862-1937).

Rachel died young, passing in 1864 at age 34. Her husband of 13 years never remarried. He survived her 33 years, passing in 1897 at age 69. John and Rachel are buried in Willow Grove with 3 of their children. Their youngest son, William, is buried in Elmwood Cemetery with his wife, Fannie Etta Allen (1865-1935). Daughter, Ann Eliza, married Samuel J. Cox in 1874, but it is not known what became of her after that.

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  John Henry Cortelyou (1827 - 1897)*
  Abraham Whitaker Cortelyou (1854 - 1928)*
  Adelbert Cortelyou (1857 - 1859)*
  Charles Cortelyou (1860 - 1860)*
*Calculated relationship
Willow Grove Cemetery
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: pbfries
Record added: May 09, 2010
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Rachel <i>Van Deventer</i> Cortelyou
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