This history contains the descendants of Henry Vanderburgh and Maria Magdalena Knight of Dutchess County, New York.  It begins with Henry Vanderburgh's grandfather, Lucas Dircksen Vanderburgh of New Netherland.

    VANDERBURGH as spelled in Henry Vanderburgh's (ca. 1680s-1750) signature ca. 1740s. 

    This presentation is done in "book" form and contains 11 generations of the family. 

    Please read the FOREWORD and INTRODUCTION to understand the presentation of the material.

    If you use the data herein for your own genealogical use, cite this web-site location, and date that you found the data herein. The date is important because data may be changed at a later date.

Thank you,

William J. Powers, Jr.
April 2002



        This compilation of the Vanderburgh Family resulted from research efforts on the life of Lewis Vanderburgh (Henry5, James4, Henry3, Dirck2, Lucas1). Lewis is an enigma. Though he lived most of his life in Dutchess County, he left no deeds, mortgages, will, or probate records; and his burial place is uncertain. The positive identity of his first wife is not known, and has been the object of researchers for over 80 years. While continuing the search for more information about Lewis, and particularly about his first wife, much Vanderburgh material was gathered. This work was initially put together for my own benefit to sort out the different Vanderburghs.
        The more I delved into the early Vanderburghs, the more the family came alive. I became intrigued as experiences emerged from facts, and personalities developed from historical documents. The Vanderburghs transcended names, dates, and places, and became flesh and blood individualists who personified the triumphs and struggles in the 17th and 18th century America.
        What is presented here is the result of about 25 years of research on the Vanderburghs. I had planned to publish this work, but life's other priorities have set me on a different course. So, rather than formally publish this information, I have decided to share this information by putting it on the internet to aid other researchers who have the same interest and to garner more documented information on the Vanderburgh family.

                                                                                          William J. Powers, Jr.                       


    This Vanderburgh history has been built on the fine work of others that began over a hundred years ago. Many contributors have been extremely helpful to me in this Vanderburgh family compilation.

    First and foremost, tremendous appreciation goes to the late Howard A. Thomas of New York City who pioneered detailed Vanderburgh research in the mid 1900s, and produced the widely read and quoted typescript Lucas Dircksen van Der Burgh of New Amsterdam and His Son Dirk, Progenitors of the Van Der Burgh Family of Dutchess County, New York. 1951. Mr. Thomas provided me valuable guidance and assistance throughout my research. Without his help, none of this would have been started. Mr. Thomas had two primary interests when he compiled his work. The first was to define the lineage of Col. James Vanderburgh of Dutchess County, NY and Revolutionary War fame; and trace his descendants through his son, Henry Vanderburgh. Mr. Thomas' second goal was to ascertain the parents of Dirck Vanderburgh. His expert work in scouring the early records of New Amsterdam and New York identified Dirck's parents as Luycas Dircksen Vanderburgh and Annetje Cornelies. All of us who are interested in the 17th century Vanderburghs are indebted to Mr. Thomas for his pioneer research.
    If you find discrepancies between the Vanderburgh family presented here, and Mr. Thomas' work, be assured that these dichotomies have been seriously considered and in many cases discussed with Mr. Thomas. I usually acknowledge any particular divergence of opinion in the end notes.

    Second, a great thanks to Wallace E. McLeod whose The Family of Richard Vanderburgh of Richmond Hill (1797-1869), 1962 and 1964 supplement thereto, has been the sole source included herein, with Mr. McLeod's permission, for the majority of the Vanderburgh Canadian Loyalist descendants. Because of his great work, I did not pursue the Vanderburgh Canadian Loyalist descendants. Combined, Mr. Thomas and Mr. McLeod produced an invaluable framework from which this family history has been developed.

    Throughout my research, many people and institutions have provided me source materials and input. A particular thanks goes to the late Clifford M. Buck of Salt Point, NY who responded to my numerous requests and dug out many of the primary sources needed to verify and construct the Vanderburghs in Dutchess and Columbia Counties in NY. Likewise, an extra thanks to Frank J. Doherty of Pleasant Valley, NY whose information collected during the compilation of his Settlers of Beekman Patent has aided immeasurably in developing the biographical sketches of Col. James Vanderburgh, some of his offspring, and their families. Also, Eugene Felsman of Polson, Montana deserves special mention. He provided extensive data regarding the "Vanderburg Indians."

    The following persons and institutions have my utmost appreciation and thanks for volunteering their time and materials:

    France Stenberg, for information regarding Richard H. Vanderburgh and descendants, and whose research efforts on the Noxon families has been particularly noteworthy; Betsey Keliher (Mrs. George) and David Stielow of California for information on Clyamon Vanderburgh and descendants; Eugene Huber, Sr. for information on descendants of Lewis Vanderburgh; Jane Newberry for data on Elizabeth Vanderburgh, granddaughter of William Vanderburgh and Margaret Gay; Francis R. Jenne for data on John Vanderburgh of Newport, Herkimer County, NY; the New England Historic Genealogical Society and all its resources - including the encouragement and assistance of Gary Boyd Roberts, Julie Otto, and Ginny Augerson; Henry B. Hoff of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society for his Lewis family contributions; Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie, NY for its materials; William Heidgerd and the New Paltz, NY Library for a continuous stream of valuable Vanderburgh and Lewis information; Arnott K. Vanderburgh for his contributions regarding descendants of James Vanderburgh, son of William Vanderburgh and Margaret Gay; Mary Alice Stone for information on descendants of James Venaderburgh, Jr., son of Col. James Vanderburgh; Marian Van Eseltine for data on Emmett Vanderburgh and some of his descendants; the Herkimer County, NY Historical Society for data on the Cook and Vanderburgh families of Norway, Herkimer County, NY; the Holland Society of New York for a bible record containing information on Lewis Vanderburgh; Nancy Thurrott for data on the descendants of Henry Vanderburgh and Rachel Yerry; Kathryn Graham for Columbia Co., NY assistance; Joan Chernoff of the Newburgh, NY Library for information on Martin Vanderburgh of Newburgh; Mary Griffith for help on Vanderburghs in the Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY area; Tim Countryman of the Young-Morse Historic Site, Poughkeepsie, NY for his insights into land ownership transfers among the Livingston and Vanderburgh families south of Poughkeepsie; Mrs. Berenice Vanderburg of Dowagiac, MI for her continuous help and data regarding John Vanderburgh of Norway, NY and his descendants; and John Richards of Boonville, NY for his computer expertise and help.
    Also, a special appreciation to those who were "drafted" into the research effort: Jean Edouard, Ron Ellis, Fran Larson, and particularly Brian Ballard who did yeoman work at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; Jim Kelly of Utica, NY who did the same in Herkimer and Norway, NY and at the New York State Archives and Library in Albany, NY; and Craig Mosher of Nahant, MA for excellent digging for loyalist records at the Allen County Library, Ft. Wayne, IN; and Gary Halvorsen for Vanderburgh Indian help.
    Other appreciation is extended to those of you may not be mentioned here but are probably found mentioned in the endnotes.
    Finally, none of this research could have been done without the resources all over the country of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; the New England Historic Genealogical Society; and the Boston Branch of the National Archives.


    The late Donald Lines Jacobus, and eminent genealogist, referred to Dutchess County, New York as a "genealogical graveyard." While his observation may be a bit harsh, he wasn't entirely off the mark. The vast majority of the research on this Vanderburgh family has concentrated on the Dutchess County area. While the frustrations in locating required information have been frequent, the few gems that have been found, have been most rewarding.

    The main thrust of this research has concentrated on the proper identification of the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdelana Knight. From of those descendants, emphasis had been concentrated on the Vanderburgh surname. For the most part, only the Vanderburgh surnamed descendants have been carried beyond this point. Those occasional female lines that have been included were submitted by thoughtful contributors.

    The children of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight have been sufficiently identified, as have the grandchildren through their sons, James and William. Sons, Peter and Richard left offspring, but exactly how many, is not certain - particularly for Peter. Son, Henry had at least four sons and two daughters. Because of this family's loyalist leanings, records positively defining the exact family become clouded.

    Research for the period 1750 through at least 1800 is difficult regarding the Dutchess Vanderburghs for several reasons. Most obvious is the disruption that the Revolutionary War years caused. The Dutchess civil records are haphazard at best, and there are many gaps in church records. Repetition of the given names of the descendants compounded the Vanderburgh research difficulties. More than once this has caused confusion regarding the proper identification of what Vanderburgh belonged to which branch of the family. This latter problem is a common genealogical cross to bear, but is compounded here by the former issues.

    I have tried to make few assumptions as possible in compiling this family. However, where factual data have not been uncovered, I have made a few assumptions where I feel they are justified. These assumptions have been made after serious investigation and deliberation. Explanation of these assumptions is found in the footnotes.


    This "electronic" book has no table of contents or index. Use your "find" feature to locate the information you are looking for.  I have made this available to View in both Word and PDF format.

1st Generation   Lucas Dircksen Vanderburgh

2nd Generation  Cornelius, Hendrick, Margartie (wife of Cornelius Christiansen Van Horn), Dirck, and Elsie (wife of Egbert Fockenszen Heermans)

3rd Generation  Descendants of Dirck Vanderburgh: Henry, and Anna Marie (wife of Thomas Lewis)

4th Generation  Children of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight
5th Generation  Grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight
6th Generation  Great Grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight
7th Generation  2nd Great Grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight
8th  Generation  3rd Great Grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight
9th Generation  4th Great Grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight
10th & 11th Generation  5th Great Grandchildren of Henry Vanderburgh and Magdalena Knight

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