|Birth: ||May 9, 1725|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 4, 1798|
New Jersey, USA
William was born one of several children, I believe the 4th of 9 to Frederick Van Fleet (born Frederik Van Vliet) and Mary Biggs. William's father moved the family from Ulster County NY, in Kingston where William was born. (then known as Wiltwyck) to the Hunterdon County, NJ area. William was born 5/9/1725. He married Maritje Aten (Mary) on August 24, 1748 in New Jersey. He died in Hunterdon County NJ in 1798. From the text of Four Centuries Americans:
William Van Fleet, who always wrote his name that way, was the first male child born to Frederick and Mary Biggs Van Fleet. In all likelihood, he was born in Somerset County, NJ. (there are conflicting reports on this) Certainly, his baptism took place there on May 18th 1727 at the Dutch Reformed Church on the Millstone River.
William Van Fleet, a 4th Generation american descended from the Adrian Gerritsen Van Vliet line, married Mary Aten, whose older brother Dirck Aten had married William's older sister Judith Van Fleet.
Both William and Mary were members of the Dutch Reformed Church in Readington. They are recorded as donors to this congregation's building fund, which aided in its expansion.
They resided ultimately on a 121 acre farm given to him by his father Frederick on May 18th 1762. This land was located on the Old York Road, next to his father's farm. He later added to this land, and eventually owned a sawmill that proved to be his principal livelihood later in life. William and Mary had 11 children between 1749 and 1774, a period to reflect a very early marriage for her:
These children were:
1. Mary Van Fleet, born 6.28.1749, married Michael Kenney.
2. John Van Fleet, born 10.12.1751, married Elizabeth Huff.
3. Judith Van Fleet, born 4.20.1753, married Abraham Brokaw.
4. William Van Fleet, born 3.13.1755, married Ann Huff.
5. Catherine Van Fleet, born 5.14.1757, never married.
6. Adrian Van Fleet, born 10.24.1759, married Elizabeth Switser.
7. Rachel Van Fleet, born 12.28.1761, married John Van Sickle.
8. Leah Van Fleet, born 6.26.1764, died April 1860 without ever being married.
9. Elizabeth Van Fleet, born 10.9.1766, married Peter Jennings.
10. Henry Van Fleet, born 7.24.1769, married Dorothy Turney.
11. Rebecca Van Fleet, born 6.2.1774, married David Turney. (Dorothy's brother)
Some 5 days before his death on 5.4.1798 at age 72, William, describing himself as ill and weak, made his last will. He gave his youngest son Henry the farm on which he lived, three horses, various farming implements and a sleigh. The remainder of his possessions he asked be divided among his other children, all being named.
Mary Aten Van Fleet, his wife, died almost 10 years later, on 9.6.1808. She resided at the homestead with Henry until her death.
Maritje Aten Van Fleet (1728 - 1808)
Mary Van Fleet Kinney (1749 - 1828)*
Adrian Van Fleet (1759 - 1815)*
Leah VanFleet (1775 - 1860)*
Specifically: Unclear as to where he is buried, mostly likely Dutch Reformed in Readington
Created by: The VanFleets
Record added: Apr 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88459098