"Dropping the Van" The 1850 census shows no Van Velsors in Oyster Bay or Huntington. The Van was gone. However, the 1900 census shows a large number of Van Velsors in Oyster Bay; few in Huntington. It looks like family names shift from generation to generation. Bill is in my line [& Jim's if Jim Velsor is who I think he is]. All of us Oyster Bay-Huntington Velsors with & without the Van come from common roots.