THE VAN DEUSEN COLLECTION

Jim Luedke, a descendant of the Van Deusen, Smith, and Niver families, contacted us in February 2016. He wrote: “After many decades we are liquidating our house in the Boston area and have some artifacts from Hillsdale and Copake and contemplate donating them to the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.” In summer 2016, we met up with Jim and gratefully accepted a variety of precious items – photographs, journals, farm ledgers, early deeds, Bain’s Corners Station cash box, and the ancient family bible (in Dutch) that traveled to the New World with them in the mid-1700s.

Jim’s family inhabited the Van Deusen home on Craryville Road in Hillsdale from 1774 to 1962. His forbears are buried in the Hillsdale Cemetery, Niver Burying Ground, and the Van Deusen family cemetery just behind the Van Deusen House. Though most of the contents of the house were auctioned off when the family moved in the 1960s, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society is now the grateful custodian of the most precious material and will ensure that the Van Deusen legacy is preserved.

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Lewis Van Deusen 1812-1876
Lewis Van Deusen 1812-1876
Mary Louise Orton 1824-1897
Mary Louise Orton 1824-1897
Shadylane Farhouse
Shadylane Farhouse
Shadyland Farmhouse, ca. 1900
Shadyland Farmhouse, ca. 1900
Lewis and Daughter Francis
Lewis and Daughter Francis
Life on the Van Deusen Farm
Life on the Van Deusen Farm
Lewis, Thelma and Frances Smith as child
Lewis, Thelma and Frances Smith as child
Lewis & Anna Culver Smith with children.
Lewis & Anna Culver Smith with children.
Mending - Life on the Farm
Mending - Life on the Farm
Francis
Francis
Anna Culver Smith and & Norman Niver at
Anna Culver Smith and & Norman Niver at
Anna Culver Smith and Leonard Van Deusen
Anna Culver Smith and Leonard Van Deusen
Norman Niver at Shadyland Farm
Norman Niver at Shadyland Farm
See the Van Deusen Family Tree