Note: Get this: All are titled "VANHORN/ Christian Barentsen Van Horn & Descendants", Published in The American Genealogist magazine: Vol 44, Issue 3, July 1968 Vol 44, Issue 4, October 1968 Vol 45, Issue 1, January 1969 Vol 43, issue 4, October 1967 Vol 44, Issue 1, January 1968 Vol 44, issue 2, April 1968
From History of Bucks County, pg 92: The Van Horn Family. The family of Van Horn has been a prominent one in Bucks county for two centuries, filling important positions in the official professional and business life of the county in every generation and constantly sending out its representatives to fill like important positions in other localities and states, its representatives now being found in nearly every state of the Union.
The pioneer ancestor of the family was Christian Barendtse, that is Christian son of Barendt, who it is said came from Hooren, a city of the Zuyder Zee, about twenty-five miles from Amsterdam. The eact date of his arrival in America is not known. He was a carpenter by trade, and the records of New Amsterdam show that he and a fellow craftsman, Auke Jansen, were appointed, March 10, 1653, by the burgomasters and schepens of New Amsterdam to view a house, about the building of which there was some litigation. These records further show that he was frequently appointed a referee during the next four or five years. And he is shown to have contributed towards the strengthening of the city wall on October 15, 1655.
He is also said to have been with the force sent out from New Amsterdam, September 5, 1655, against the Swedes and Finns on the south (now Delaware) river, at Fort Christina. On his return to New Amsterdam he was appointed January 18, 1656, a fire warden, in place of Johan Paul Jacquet, who had resigned and "removed to the South River in New Netherlands."
On April 17, 1657, he was admitted a "Small Burgher" of New Amsterdam, an honor which carried with it the freedom of trade and a right to membership in the respective guilds of the town, and conferred upon natives of the city, residients there one year and six weeks before the date of the charter, burgher's sons-in-law, city storekeepers, salaried servants of the company and all paying the sum of twenty-five guilders.
On August 1, 1657, Christian Barentze, carpenter, was granted by Peter Stuyvesant, director general of New Netherland, a lot in New Amsterdam, by the Land Gate, (now Broadway and Wall streets) for a house and garden. He also owned several other properties in the neighborhood, some of which are said to have covered a part of the present Trinity churchyard.
Probably as a result of his trip to the South river, Christian Barentse and Joost Rugger and possibly others obtained a grant of land on the south side of None Such creek, a tributary of the Chrisiana, near the present site of Wilmington, Delaware, and began the erection thereon of a tide water mill. According to Amos C. Brinton, who has given much attention to the ancient mill sites of Delaware Barentse and Rugger, he began the erection of this mill in 1656. From the dates previosly given, however, as well as from other records, it would appear that the date of Christain Barentse, removal to the Delaware was sometime in the year 1657. Contemporary records also refer to the mill as a "horse mill," the truth of the matter being most probably that the horse mill was set up to serve until the tide water mill was completed. The low marshy nature of the land and the turning up of the mud to the sun caused an epidemic from which Barentse died July 26, 1658.
A letter written by Vice Amstel, (New Castle) to Stuyvesant, under date of September 5, 1658, and published in documents relating to the Colonial History of New York, vol. xii, p. 224, relates entirely to the affairs of the widow and children of Christian Barentse. It states that the widow had requested within three days of his burial that she desired red
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