Columbia County, New York
History of Kinderhook
Kinderhook is one of the oldest and
most important towns of Columbia county. It is the second from the river, of the
northern towns bordering on the
line, from Stuyvesant on the west to Chatham on the
east. On its south is the town of Ghent.
Originally, Kinderhook embraced the whole of Stuyvesant and parts of Chatham and Ghent, giving it
more than double its present area. It now comprises twenty thousand eight
hundred acres, lying very nearly in the form of a rectangle, whose length is
almost double its width, and extends from north to south about eight
Kinderhook signifies in the Dutch
tongue "the children's corner," and is supposed to have been applied
to this locality by Hendrick Hudson, in 1609, on
account of the many Indian children who had assembled on one of the bluffs
along the river to see his strange vessel sailing up stream. Another
version says that a Swede named Scherb, living in the
forks of an Indian trail in the present town of Stuyvesant, had such a numerous
family of children that the name of Kinderhook was used by the Dutch traders to
designate that locality. Whichever account be accepted the name was
appropriately selected, for the children of Kinderhook filled up not only its
own bounds, but early occupied the adjoining territory.
From The History of Columbia County
by Captain Franklin Ellis, 1878
Kinderhook is the home of
a number of my ancestors. Some of my families from there include Goes, Van Alen, Van Valkenburg, Vosburgh, Van Buren, Dingman, Gardenier, Van Slyck, Huyck, and Hogeboom.
The village of Kinderhook, New York
is an old Dutch village that was settled in the 1600s,
shortly after Henry `Hudson
voyaged up the river that now bears his name. Early inhabitants settled around
what is now Stuyvesant Landing and gradually moved
inland. The town originally stretched from the Hudson
River to what is now the town of Chatham. Kinderhook means
"Children's Corner" in Dutch and still retains its colonial Dutch
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) is
notable local person from Kinderhook. He was born on December 5th 1782 in a house that was located at 36 Hudson Street, where an historical marker now stands. His father, who had
fought in the war for Independence, was a tavern keeper and farmer. Martin attended village
schools until age 14 when he started to read law with a local attorney, Mr.
Sylvester. He then moved to New York City to pursue further legal studies. He is my 3rd cousin 5 times removed.
web site contains information about Martin Van Buren, President of the
from 1836 to 1840.
He was only about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, but trim and
erect, He dressed fastidiously. His impeccable appearance belied
his amiability--and his humble background. Of Dutch descent, he was born in
1782, the son of a tavern keeper and
. He was known as the "Little
Magician". He was also elected Vice
President on the Jacksonian ticket in 1832. Addition
information about him may be found here:
Van Buren baptisms that were made
and Kinderhook and the Old Dutch Church in Kingston between
1660 and 1825
are listed on this web site:
The Columbia Countyís Histories and Mysteries website has
some interesting stories about the towns in
and additional information about
President Martin Van Buren. The address is:
BIOGRAPHIES FROM COLUMBIA COUNTY, NEW YORK
John Jay Van Valkenburg, by C. W. Davis
John T. Hogeboom of Ghent,
Columbia County, New York
W. Gardenier, Kinderhook
Hon. Henery Hogeboom
Hon. Jacob Ten Broeck
I have relations in
all of these families. I do not know if I am related to any of these men.
Biographies of other
are listed here.
This is an alphabetical list.
Not all names are
linked to a page about the person named.
websites that have additional information about Columbia
Columbia County Political Graveyard
Columbia County Historical Society
Vital Records for Columbia County
Columbia County Cemeteries – Some
listings or links may take you to an off site cemeteries
Other information about Columbia County is
of descendants of persons from
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This page was last revised on 1 October 2010