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Of the Line of Descent of William Roe Van Voorhis.
D. 3. IV. a. WILLIAM RỘE VAN VOORHIS, eldest son of John Van Voorhis and Hannah Roe, born at Fishkill, Nov. 10, 1764; m. May 12, 1788, Rachel, daughter of Isaac Vail, of Fishkill. He resided all his life at Fishkill Village, and was a prominent man in the affairs of both the town and the Dutch Church in that village. From the records of the church it appears that he was elected deacon for the years 1807-1808, 1811-1812, and that his wife was baptized and admitted into the church Oct. 31, 1796. He held the commission of major in the 149th Regiment of Infantry during the war of 1812, and was with his regiment encamped at White Plains for some time. In personal appearance he was of commanding presence, being nearly six feet in height and of large and well-built frame. He possessed a fine, rosy complexion, which adhered to him up to the time of his death, and he was remarked by all who knew him late in life to be the picture of a healthful old age. He was of a genial and kindly disposition, and especially fond of children, and was a great favorite among the young people of the village. He was especially noted for his unbounded hospitality, and his house was constantly filled with visitors from among his friends and kindred. After a life of usefulness and prosperity he passed peacefully from earth in his 64th year, and was buried in the churchyard of the Dutch Church at Fishkill Village, where seventeen years later his wife was laid beside him, their tombstones bearing the following inscriptions :
IN MEMORY OF
- IN THE 64TH YEAR
OF HIS AGE.
IN MEMORY OF
JUNE 12TH 1845.
IN HER 78TH YEAR
The homestead of William Roe Van Voorhis was situated about one mile west of Fishkill Village, on the road to Low Point; in regard to the purchase of which are the following deeds, recorded in the County Clerk's office of Duchess County JOHN DE WITT, Sheriff,
Deed dated Apr, 18, 1791. To
Recorded Liber 11, p. 183. CHARLES LE ROUX.
“Whereas John De Witt, Sheriff, by virtue of a writ of testatum fieri facias issued out of the Supreme Court against Jacob Van Voorhis, Henry Van Voorhis, and John Van
Voorhis, of Fishkill, at the suit of Charles Le Roux, for the sum Two hundred pounds, ten shillings &c" “ Conveys:
All that tract piece or parcel of land lying in Fishkill town, beginning at a stone set up in the line of Verplanck's lot, being a corner of the farm of the heirs of Elias Van Voorhis, deceased, then running in the line of said farm, and the line of John Van Voorhis' old farm, South 21° 30' East, 47 chains and 37 links to a white oak marked, standing in the partition line of Britt and Van Voorhis, thence running in sald line North 61° East, 43 chains and 65 links to a heap of stones, made by a black ash stump, then North 26° West, 17 chains and 17 links to a stone being Henry Van Voorhis corner, then running in his line South 79° 45' West, 38 chains and 5 links, to a small walnut sapling' marked, and then North 21° 30' West, 20 chains and 55 links to Verplanck's line, thence in said line South West to the place of beginning, Containing One hundred and thirteen
Also the one equal half undivided part of the one third part of the round meadow, the inlet thereof, late in possession of Abraham Van Voorhis. Togather with all the right title and interest and possession which the said Jacob Van Voorhis, Henry Van Voorhis and John Van Voorhis, had in and to the premises on the 20th day of December, 1790."
CHARLES LE ROUX,
Deed dated Feb. 3, 1792. William ROE VAN VOOR (Recorded Liber 11, p. 184.
Conveys: The same above-described premises.