Person:Elias Van Bunschoten (4)

Elias Van Bunschoten
d.25 Jul 1783
Facts and Events
Name Elias Van Bunschoten
Gender Male
Christening[2] 28 Apr 1717 Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, United States
Marriage 3 Nov 1738 Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey, United Statesto Jaquemyntje Van Couwenhoven
Death[2] 25 Jul 1783 bayonet wound?

Property purchases:

  • March 22, 1744, purchased from Johannes Bruyn one hundred and nine acres of land
  • Apr. 28, 1746, his mother and father transfer to him the property acquired by them on Apr 2, 1743, of Isaac Gravenrath. Passed on to his son Elias.
  • May 13, 1748, takes title from Gideon Ver Valen of a farm of two hundred and thirty-seven acres. This property, as of 1907, was still in the family on what has long been known as "Van Benschoten Hill," a few miles east of Poughkeepsie. Passed on to his son Teunis
  • Mentioned in will: "purchased of Hendrick Grawbergh lying in Rombout Precinct Containing about One Hundred and Seventy Acres", passed on to his son John

Political duties:

  • Tax-collector in 1745 and again in 1759, but all records are lacking in the interval.
  • Poor-master: 1761, 1772, 1773, 1775, and 1776
  • in 1777 and in 1778 these fragments show him acting as "assessor for the land and personal tax-lists," and in 1779 he is credited with £ 40 for assessing " State Tax and the Exempts."
  • In 1782 and 1783 he appears as inspector of elections.

He was a member of the Dutchess County Militia, Associated Exempts, and there is a tradition in the family that his death was the result of an old bayonet wound received in such emergency service. His will mentions two female slaves who, at the time of his will, were with his daughters Catrina and Rachel and were given to them.

  1.   McWhorter, Ray Seely. Van Benschoten, Benschoten, Seeley, Seely: the Benschoter line of Alice Esther Benschoter Seely. (R. S. McWhorter, 1971).
  2. 2.0 2.1 15, in Van Benschoten, William Henry. Concerning the Van Bunschoten or Van Benschoten family in America: A Genealogy and Brief History. (Poughkeepsie, NY: A. V. Haight Co. Printers, 1907)
    pp. 73-79.