Henry Van Kirk

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Henry Van Kirk

  • Birth 1700 Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death Mar 1776 Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 53112668

The following source assigns Henry as a "supposed" son of Aerd rather than John.

Teunis G. Bergen, Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N.Y., from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700; Polyanthos: Cottonport, 1973, p. 369.

VERKERK or VERKERKEN, [supposed] Hendrick, (son of Aerd or Aert), left New Utrecht and settled in New Jersey; married Dorothy Morgan. Issue: Jan, baptized Nov. 1, 1724, at Freehold, N.J.

Raymond Martin Bell, "The Vankirk Family of Hopewell Township, Hunterdon (now Mercer) County, New Jersey and Amwell Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania"; Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, August 1983, vol. 10, #1, p. 40.

Henry VANKIRK purchased land in Monmouth Co. NJ 17 Apr 1725 (DB-D2 p. 143) about two years after his marriage to Dorothy MORGAN. Henry's son John, who went to Pennsylvania in 1787 was baptized at the Marlboro Dutch Church in Monmouth Co. NJ 1 Nov 1724. Henry later moved to Hopewell Twp. Hunterdon Co. (now Mercer Co.) NJ.
op. cit., p. 42.


Henry, the oldest son of John of Freehold, moved to Hopewell before 1751. His will, written 18 Dec 1775 was probated 3 Apr 1776. It gives his wife Sarah 2 featherbeds, furniture and other household goods, a side saddle, bridle, and other things necessary for housekeeping, a negro wench named Dinah, the use of 'that part of my dwelling house that I now occupy, 1/3 of the garden, horses & cows, and £400 yearly in lieu of dower.'

The eldest son John got 40 acres. The remainder of the real and movable estate was to be sold after debts and funeral expenses and £20 to go to son Benjamin's sons; and Dority wife of Thomas Drake; and Jemima wife of Elisha Barton who were daughters.

An amount of £ was to be kept at interest by the Executors Joseph & Benjamin Vankirk with interest to be paid to wife Sarah. Witnesses were John Barton, John Hart and Jesse Pettit.

This estate was still being settled in 1841. On 23 Oct 1833 Joseph Vankirk, son of Joseph and grandson of Henry was appointed Administrator since the 1776 executors were since dead. On 29 Oct 1835 it was reported that the estate of $106.66 had increased to $509.83 because of 54 years of interest. One wonders what caused the delay and where the money was.

Henry Van Kirk was a constable in March of 1737. He died in March 1776 in Hopewell, New Jersey.


Freehold, NJ to Hopewell, NJ by 1751.


Father: John VAN KIRK b: ABT 1664 in New Utrecht, Kings Co. NY
Mother: Gertie (VAN KIRK)

Marriage to Dorothy MORGAN b: 24 JUL 1697

* Married: 1 JAN 1723/24


1. John VAN KIRK b: 19 AUG 1724
2. Sarah VAN KIRK b: 26 JUL 1726
3. Else VAN KIRK b: 8 JAN 1727/28
4. Joseph VAN KIRK b: 28 OCT 1729
5. Deborah VAN KIRK b: 2 MAR 1730/31
6. Dorothy VAN KIRK b: 20 SEP 1734
7. Jemima VAN KIRK b: 20 FEB 1735/36 in Hopewell, Hunterdon Co. NJ
8. Morgan VAN KIRK b: 4 NOV 1738
9. Henry VAN KIRK b: 17 DEC 1740

Marriage 2 Sarah (VAN KIRK)

* Married: AFT 1745


1. Benjamin VAN KIRK b: 5 NOV 1747

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