Christopher Tuenis Van Pelt

12 April 1719–
New Utrecht, Kings, New York, United States

The Life of Christopher Tuenis

When Christopher Tuenis Van Pelt was born on 12 April 1719, in New Utrecht, Kings, New York, United States, his father, Teunis Wouter Van Pelt, was 28 and his mother, Geertruyt Jan Bennet, was 21. He married Aeltje Bennet on 2 December 1751, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He died in his hometown.

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Christopher Tuenis Van Pelt
Aeltje Bennet
Marriage: 2 December 1751
Geertje Van Pelt
Jacob Van Pelt
Elisabeth Van Pelt
Teunis Van Pelt
Maria Van Pelt
Catharine Van Pelt

Spouse and Children

2 December 1751
New Jersey, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    Teunis Wouter Van Pelt


    Geertruyt Jan Bennet





    Aeltje Teunis VanPelt


    Alexander Teunis VANPELT


    Peter Van Pelt


    Honce VanPelt


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World Events (6)


Age 56

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 57

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 61

Sometimes referred to as the "forgotten victory", the Battle of Springfield was one of the last major battles fought in the north during the Revolutionary War. The British defeat effectively ended their ambitions to reclaim New Jersey. Washington praised the New Jersey Militia for their universal effort and great spirit

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Christever Vanpelt, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"
  • Cristophor Or Christover Vanpelt, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Van Pelt, "New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980"

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