Rev John Schureman

Rev John Schureman

New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 15 May 1818 (aged 39)
New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
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He was married to Julia Ann Conover on May 11, 1802. She was born 1783. Died 1834. This is according to The Schuremans of New Jersey by Richard Wynkoop and several other sources. According to The The Schuremans of New Jersey by Wynkoop - his supplement in 1906 has a picture on page 8 that matches this one [i.e., the one in this Memorial]. It hangs in the Kirkpatrick Chapel in Rutgers College. The [Find A Grave] memorial image for [his father] James Schureman is incorrect.

Son of the Honorable James Schureman (1756-1824), a United States Senator, and Eleanor Williamson (1761-1823). His ancestor, Jacobus Schureman, had come from Holland as voorleser and schoolmaster with Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen.

John Schureman married Julia Ann Elias on May 11, 1802.

He was a Member of the Board of Superintendents of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1807-1818) and Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Church Government and Pastoral Duties at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1815-1818.

The following is taken verbatim (except for carriage returns added for ease of reading) from the Biographical Record, Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, 1784-1911, compiled by John Howard Raven, D.D., Biographer of the Alumni Association, Printed for the Seminary by the Rev. Archibald Laidlie, D.D., LL.D., Memorial Fund (1912) at page 33:

Dr. Schureman was born near New Brunswick, October 19, 1778. He was the son of Son of the James Schureman and Eleanor Williamson.

In 1795 he graduated from Queen's College and studied Theology with Dr. John H. Livingston. He was licensed by the Classis of Albany in 1801.

After serving the church of Bedminster (1801-07) and later the church of Millstone (1807-09), he became one of the pastors of the Collegiate Church in New York City (1809-12).

Finding the duties there too arduous for his frail health he accepted the position of Vice President of Queen's College and Professor of Moral Philosophy and Belles-Lettres. This office he filled seven years (1811-18).

In 1815 he was elected Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Church Government and Pastoral Duties in the New Brunswick Seminary and filled this position with acceptance until his death. For a time he was also Pastor of the church at New Brunswick (1813) but was compelled by his feeble health to resign.

He received the degree of A. M. from the College of New Jersey in 1801 and from Queen's College in 1810. Columbia College gave him the degree of S.T.D. in 1816. He was a Trustee of Queen's College from 1800 until his death, which occurred May 15, 1818.

The following is taken verbatim (except for carriage returns added for ease of reading) from Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey, A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Compiled Under the Editorial Supervision of Francis Bazley Lee, Volume I, Illustrated, (New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910) at pages 694-695:


In its native country, the Netherlands, the name of this family was usually written Schuerman. It was known from an early period for staunch Protestantism, and in the old country, as afterward in America, its representatives were conspicuous for scholarship and literary ability.

A famous member of the Hollandish family was Anna Maria Schuerman (1607-1678), who is described as "A marvel of precocity, and for the depth, bredth, and variety of her attainments," excelling in "the faculties of attention, apprehension, and memory, in drawing, painting, sculpture, modelling, embroidery, poetry, and music."

The New Jersey line descends from

(1) Jacobus Schureman, who was born in Holland, coming to this country in 1719 with the Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen on the ship "King George." Acompanying Frelinghuysen to Somerset county, New Jersey, he was associated with him in his ministrerial labors, serving as chorister and "voorleezer" (reader), and as one of his "helpers."

According to a chronicler of those times, he was "respectable for his literary acquirements as well as for his piety." He was the author of verses in the Dutch language, and conducted a school in the same tongue. His residence was at Three Mile Run. He married Antje Terhune, daughter of Albert Terhune, of Flatbush, Long Island, and sister of Eva Terhune, who was the wife of Rev. Mr. Frelinghuysen.

(II) John, son of Jacobus Schureman, was born about 1729. Removing to New Brunswick, Middlesex county, New Jersey, he engaged in mercantile pursuits and became a very prominent member of that community.

He was frequently elected to the legislature, served as one of the judges of the county court, and was a member of the committee of safety, appointed by the provincial congress of New Jersey to exercise the powers of the congress during the recess of that body from August 5 to September 20, 1775.

In the church he was a deacon and elder, also acting as chairman of the building committee, and he was "conspicuous for unaffected piety, fervid zeal, and fruitful benevolence."

He died July 6, 1795. He married Antje (Ann) de Remere, widow of Peter Stryker; she died May 25, 1800, in her seventy-ninth year.

(III) James, son of John Schureman, was born February 12, 1756. In 1775 he was graduated from Queen's College (now Rutgers), and during the same year was the first to enlist when volunteers were called for. On that occasion he delivered a forcible address, with the result that a company was immediately formed. Being chose captain of this organization, he served with it in the early military movements, and participated in the battle of Long Island.

Returning to New Jersey he was captured, with a cousin, Mr. Thompson, by a detachment of British horse, and the two were sent to the notorious Sugar House in New York City. Effecting their escape, they crossed the Hudson river in a small boat with one oar, and made their way to the headquarters of the patriot army at Morristown. Continuing in the service, he had the distinction of making prisoner the noted Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe of the Queen's Rangers, after saving his life from a militiaman who was about to bayonet him.

His public career was highly distinguished. From 1786 to 1788 he was a member of the continental congress from New Jersey, and he also served in the New Jesey provincial congress. He was elected as a federalist to the first congress of the United States under the constitution, sitting in that body from March 4, 1789, to March 4, 1791, and he was a member of the fifth congress, May 15, 1797, to March 3, 1799.

Upon the retirement of John Rutherfurd from the United States senate Mr. Schureman was chosen to succeed him, representing New Jersey from December 3, 1799, to February 26, 1801, when he resigned. Subsequently he was mayor of the city of New Brunswick, and again was member of congress (1813-1815).

He was president of a bank in New Brunswick and a successful merchant, "his house and store being upon Burnet Street convenient to the wharf." Like his father he was active in the Dutch church, holding the office of elder, and in his personal character he was known for the highest integrity and worth.

He died January 22, 1824. He married, January 28, 1776, Eleanor Williamson, who died July 15, 1823, daughter of David and Eleanor (Schuyler) Williamson, granddaughter of William Williamson, elder of the church at Cranberry, New Jersey. They were the parents of fourteen children.

(IV) William Williamson, eleventh child of James Schureman, was born April 19, 1799, died of an epidemic disease January 30, 1850. He was interested in the freight transportation business across the state of New Jersey from Amboy to Bordentown, and also in the schooner traffic from New Brunswick to New York. His residence was on a farm formerly belonging to his father at One Mile Run.

He married Ann Bennet, daughter of John Bennet and granddaughter of James Bennet, who was mayor of New Brunswick. She was born August 16, 1798, died November 15, 1880.

(V) James (2), only son of William Williamson Schureman, was born June 22, 1823, died November, 1902, at Franklin Park, New Jersey. He lived on the old Schureman homestead at One Mile Run, and was a highly respected and influential citizen.

He married Hannah Cox, born December 5, 1828, died March 1902, daughter of Henry Christopher and Mary Mattox (Van Nostrand) Cox, and granddaughter paternally of John Christopher and Mary Williamson Cox, the latter of whom was the daughter of William Willimson.

(VI) Howard Bishop, only son of James (2) Schureman, was born at One Mile Run, July 17, 1849.

At the age of seventeen he went to Philadelphia and entered the house of Lorillard & Company, in the transportation business. Subsequently he was for nineteen years in business in Newark, New Jersey, as a manufacturer of edge tools.

Retiring from this occupation, he lived successively near Princeton and at Franklin Park, Middlesex county, finally removing to New Brunswick, where he now resides. During his residence in Newark, Mr. Schureman was active in military affairs, paymaster fourteen years, being an officer in the First Regiment of the National Guard, in which he rose to the rank of captain.

He married, January 26, 1876, Stella A. Hager, born August 31, 1855, daughter of Albert H. and Caroline (Gulick) Hager. Their children were: Caroline and James Percy, see forward.

(VII) Caroline, born January 23, 1878, married Walter H. Olden, a nephew of Governor Olden of New Jersey. Children: Alice Olden, Joseph Brewer Olden, James Schureman Olden.

(VII) James Percy Schureman, born in Newark, New jersey, February 27, 1880, received his general education in the Newark Academy and Princeton University, graduating from the latter institution in 1901. Entering the medical department of the University of Michigan, he completed the prescribed course and obtained his M. D. degree in 1905.

[Note: the text hereafter is no longer verbatim from the cited authority.]

After two years in the Newark City hospital he came to New Brunswick, and was associated with Dr. D. L. Morrison until the latter discontinued his general practice. Dr. Schureman thereafter pursued his professional business alone.

He was a staff physician of the Wells Memorial Hospital and the Parker Memorial Home, and was a member of the New Jersey State Medical Society, and other organizations.

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The Rev. John Schureman, D.D.
Died May 15, 1818
In His 40th Year of Age



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