John Thomas Van Valkenburg

17 July 1821–11 September 1886 (Age 65)
Rensselaer, New York, United States

The Life of John Thomas

When John Thomas Van Valkenburg was born on 17 July 1821, in Rensselaer, New York, United States, his father, Thomas Van Valkenburg, was 42 and his mother, Tietje Turk, was 38. He married Elsie Vanderbogart on 4 July 1850, in Nassau, Nassau, Rensselaer, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Chatham, Ghent, Columbia, New York, United States in 1855. He died on 11 September 1886, in Otho, Webster, Iowa, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Otho, Webster, Iowa, United States.

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John Thomas Van Valkenburg
Elsie Vanderbogart
Marriage: 4 July 1850
Phoebe Ann Van Valkenburg
Van Valkenburg
Esther Maria Van Valkenburg
John Thomas Van Valkenburg

Spouse and Children

4 July 1850
Nassau, Nassau, Rensselaer, New York, United States


    Phoebe Ann Van Valkenburg



    Van Valkenburg


    John Thomas Van Valkenburg


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Van Valkenburg





    Jane Van Valkenburg


    Jinny Van Valkenburgh


    Andrew Van Valkenburg



World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 6

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 25

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • J Vanvaulkenburg, "United States Census, 1880"
  • J Vanvaulkenburg, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John T Van Volkenburgh, "New York State Census, 1855"

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