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VanValkenburgh, David Mahany

Male 1793 - Bef 1881  (< 87 years)


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INTRO: Jacob VV m. Chloe Hodges (STRAY Branch)

These notes are a few early assumptions and sources found for this family - gathered from the family trees online at the NAVVF, or from personal family records supplied to us, and backed by records wherever possible. We recognize that the information may be incorrect or incomplete, but present it here as a starting point for discussion and welcome your feedback.

INTRO: Jacob VV m. Chloe Hodges (STRAY Branch)

Note from Admin:  These notes are a few early assumptions and sources found for this family - gathered from the family trees online at the NAVVF, or from personal family records supplied to us, and backed by records wherever possible.  We recognize that the information may be incorrect or incomplete, but present it here as a starting point for discussion and welcome your feedback.

 INTRO: Jacob VV m. Chloe Hodges [see tree]
This family is not yet connected to the official genealogy of the VanValkenburg family on the NAVVF site.

In coming months we will be adding photos and scans of original documents directly to individuals in each tree. (We welcome your help with this and you may use this form to contact us or to join this collaborative project as a Contributor).

Jacob VV's family with wife Chloe Hodges is quite well documented in land & military records, yet Jacob's originating family is unknown.  

The details of the family tree presented here come from correspondence with a descendant "Theresa S." who has been wonderfully helpful, and her tree relies on her mother's research attempt to prove Jacob VV's Loyalist status.  Since 2010, many insights (and important corrections) into this line have been gratefully received from descendants Wayne VanVolkenburg and Andrew Quackenbush.

Jacob VV was born 1745 in the United States and married Chloe Hodges in 1765 in Massachussetts, USA.  Chloe's brother Timothy Hodges Jr. served with Roger's King's Loyal Rangers in the Upper Hudson River area of New York State.  Timothy Jr. claimed losses due to property and livestock lost in the Hoosick, NY District, and took his Loyalist grant in Augusta Twp., Grenville Co. (a "big house" at Con. 3 Lot 5).

Chloe Hodges, while married to Jacob VV, was eligible for free land in Upper Canada as the daughter of United Empire Loyalist Timothy Hodges, Sr.  The following corrections from researcher Andrew Q, clarify:

"[the original introduction notes] indicate Chloe Hodges VV's parents to be Timothy Hodges (b 1745) and Ruth King.  Although this appears in print in several places, Chloe's father was a different Timothy Hodges, one who married Meribah, surname unknown.  A transcription of the Cambridge, NY, marriage record of Chloe's sister, Rachel Hodges Mosher, confirms this: “Hezekiah Mosher, the son of Jabesh Mosher and Elizabeth his wife, was married unto Rachel Hodges the daughter of Timothy Hodges and Meribah his wife, March the 16, 1775." (Genealogy: A Journal of American Ancestry volumes 11-15, by William Montgomery Clemens).  The [original introduction] also mentions Chloe's father as settling in Augusta Township, but Chloe's sister Rachel's land petition indicates that Timothy Hodges [Sr.] died in the Albany jail in 1777.  It was Timothy's son, Timothy, brother of Chloe, who settled in Augusta."

Jacob VV was of age to have participated in a Loyalist regiment; indeed a land petition made by his son David mentioned him having been a Loyalist, yet if Jacob had been with the Loyal Rangers he may have immediately been settled alongside them in Augusta Twp., near Brockville.  Instead, he and Chloe remained in New York State well past the end of the Revolution and their first children were born there in the upper Hudson River area.  Only last-born son Phylander was born in Canada in 1803.

It appears that while still living in Hoosick, NY state, Jacob applied to settle land in 1790, and received approval for a patent, but at that time, keeping his options open, his grant remained "un-located".  (By the way, a John VV also resided in Hoosick while making petition for land in Canada - perhaps there's a connection). 

In 1800, Chloe Hodges applied for her land grant as a daughter of an United Empire Loyalist and this claim was taken in Augusta Twp., Grenville Co.  

When Jacob VV's oldest son David was about 17 and possibly living in Murray Township, Northumberland Co., Jacob apparently chose his UE land grant to be issued in David's name, a lot in Haldimand Twp., Northumberland Co.  The patent was entered into the Land Surveyor's book but somehow not confirmed by an Order in Council.  One wonders if David even knew his father had made this grant for him at the time. This set off quite a mess in later years as Jacob died intestate in 1828.  To add to the trouble, David had been unable to perform settlement duties on this land grant and by 1843 it was declared forfeited.  Land petitions describe first David's attempt to prove he was the rightful heir, and then further to explain the reason for not having improved the land - due to significant war injuries received during his War of 1812 service.  

As a Private with the Glengarry Light Infantry, David was "wounded in the Ankle Joint on the 25 July 1814 at the Battle of Londies Lane by a Musket ball lodged in the Ankle Joint and remaining there for 32 Years and 1 month causing your Petitioner much pain and from said last wound has been a Cripple ever since."  The Medical Board in 1836 declared David "incapable of earning his livlihood by labour in consequence of a gunshot wound of the right foot".  He likely sold out of the small military land grant he received in the Rideau Lakes; it too required physical fitness to perform settlement duties. 

David's trade was "shoemaker"; he was originally unconnected to this branch until confirmed by his last will and testament.  With his wife "Cynthia" of Brockville, Augusta, he resided at Brighton village.  David struggled along, finally "compelled" to amputate the foot in 1846.  Did he ever receive the land?  Intercession from Niagara forces Capt. James Fitzgibbon finally gained David the option to purchase his lot at a favourable rate, but it is unknown whether he did so.

The Pay Lists for the Glengarry Infantry reveal that David VV endured much suffering, having not only been injuried in the 1813 Battle of Fort George, but actually having been held as a prisoner of war for 7 months.  He may not have been aware that his brother Timothy, barely 16 years old, was behind him marching toward Niagara, having joined up with the Glengarries as soon as of age.  Young Timothy was dropped off the paylist by July 1813 having 'deserted' after only three weeks.  The occasion of the 2012-2015  Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812 may warrant a special consideration of the ongoing challenges presented by this war to this VV family.

The researcher descendants of this branch descend from son Phylander VV.  Those descendants located further north and west in Northumberland and Peterborough counties.

Interestingly, descendants of Timothy VV ended up in Michigan, and finally Missouri, and participated in the U.S. Civil War.

Land Petitions related to this family:

(more about David's Glengarry Regt. history and his medical review 1836


Linked toHodges, Chloe; Hodges, Miles; Hodges, Rachael; Hodges, Timothy; Hodges-Jr, Timothy; VanValkenburgh, Andrias Rias; VanValkenburgh, David Mahany; VanValkenburgh, Jacob; VanValkenburgh, Margaret Maggie; VanValkenburgh, Unknown; VanVolkenburgh, Phylander

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