|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1728|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1808|
New Jersey, USA
Born to parents Adriaen Aten and Jacobje Middagh Aten on August 24, 1748.
William married Maritje Aten (Mary) on August 24, 1748 in New Jersey.
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.
William Van Fleet (1725 - 1798)*
Mary Van Fleet Kinney (1749 - 1828)*
Adrian Van Fleet (1759 - 1815)*
Leah VanFleet (1775 - 1860)*
Specifically: Unsure of location, probably buried at Dutch Reformed in Readington.
Created by: The VanFleets
Record added: Apr 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88459355