I’m seeking any and all information on the children of Hannes (John) Van Buskirk and his wife Elizabeth Batholomew (and any other wives if they existed) to try to prove/disprove Michael VB as a son of this John VB. The Michael VB in question is my ancestor.
The consensus information appears to be:
Hannes (John) Van Buskirk, b 10 Feb 1743 or 1744, New Jersey
Elizabeth Batholomew, b abt 1746, Virginia
I do not have any documentation for this.
There appear to be many researchers who have identified their ancestors as children of this couple, but I don’t know what documentation exists for this. Some researchers have shown up to eight children for this couple:
1. Peter, b1769, MD
- Marries Ruth Rhodes, has 8 children,early settlers in Pickaway Co, OH
2. Elsey, b1771, MD
- Apparently an estate record of John VB shows Elsey living in Pickaway Co, OH in 1816
3. John Jr, b1774, MD
- He spends some time in Ohio, but then settles down and dies abt 1838 in Madison, Co, IN
4. Thomas, b1776, MD
- Apparently an estate record of John VB shows Thomas living in Pickaway Co, OH in 1816.
5. Mary (Polly), b 1780, MD
6. Samuel, b1878
7. Anna, b1788, MD
8. Michael, b1789, MD – This is the primary person/link that I’m trying to understand.
- Marries in Ohio in 1810
In scanning previous postings, I understand that Mrs. Shoemaker’s classic genealogy work on the Van Buskirks only contains a few (3 or 4) of the children of this John and Elizabeth. I haven’t yet seen the reference in the book (nearest copy is about 3 hours away). I am assuming that she listed only 3 or 4 children because that’s all the information she was able to collect on that particular line.
So are there probate, marriage or other records, or church or family Bible records out there that show any links either between these possible siblings or with these eight and John and Elizabeth?
I’m still very new at this and I really appreciate those of you who have been digging at these kinds of questions for many years. I can’t possibly imagine how much more difficult this was 20 years ago (or even when Mrs. Shoemaker complied her work)!