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Benjamin Hornbeck (son of Jonathan Hornbeck and Sarah Vernooy)161 was born 1755 in Randolph, VA-WV, and died 06 April 1827 in Randolph, VA-WV. He married Lydia Currence on 1782161, daughter of William Currence and Lydia Steele.

 Includes NotesNotes for Benjamin Hornbeck:
Randolph Co., History by Maxwell; p. 401.
Randolph Co., History by Bosworth; p. 355.
Van Scoy Family History by Van Scoy; p. 241.
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Short Sketch of the Hornbeck Family in New York and Virginia

By, Nellie Hornbeck Gaetner, (Mrs. H.J.) 1927.

Submitted by Jennie Hott & Richard Phares

Several of the Dutch who settled on the South Branch early interested
themselves in making homes farther west and were among the earliest
inhabitants in what is now Randolph Co., W. Va. One of these was
Benjamin Hornbeck. As is known to this society, he was early on Leading
Creek where in 1781, his wife, who was a Miss Vanscoy, and their
children were killed by the Indians. I might add here, incidentally,
that my father, who was the great-grandson of Benjamin, always told me
in relating this, that she was standing at her own front gate when the
Indians came up and killed her and took her scalp. Miss Vanscoy was also
of Hampshire County, and of the Dutch from New Netherland. Previous to
his marriage and migration, Benjamin had served in Hampshire County in
Capt. John Harris's Company of Rangers. In 1781 he was in the Monongalia
County Militia under Capt. Truebough. Both of these were Revolutionary
services, as given by Eckenrode.
The immigrant ancestor of Benjamin was Warnaar Hoornbeeck who came to
New Netherland in 1660 in the ship "de Vergulden Otter" (the Golden
Otter). He was at that time 15 years of age and alone since no other
member of the family came with him. The passengers of the Golden Otter
were destined for Wiltwyck, but were detained in New Amsterdam for a
long time, since Wiltwyck was overrun in that year with hostile Indians.
Nearly all of the population were killed. In 1662 re-settlement was
begun, and in that year is the first mention made of Warnaar. In 1670 he
married with Ann de Hooges, daughter of Anthony de Hooges and his wife
Eva Albertse Braat. Anthony de Hooges had followed Arent von Curler as
Secretary and Governor of the Colony of Rennslyaerwyck. He was also
"vorlesser" or reader in the church. Eva Albertse Braat was the daughter
of Albert Andriese Braat "de Norman", who was in Beaverwyck in 1630.
From him Normans Kill gets its name. Eva von Rotmer was the first wife
of Braat and from these two are descended many of the Hornbecks in
Anna de Hooges died in 1688. They had seven children, among them was
Johannes, baptized at Kingston, N. Y., May 8 1685. In 1692 Warnaar
married Margreta, daughter of Matthew ten Eyck, and to this marriage
were born seven children and all of them, like those of the first
marriage, were baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church of Kingston, N. Y.
Johannes married Ursula Westbroeck. There were eight children, the
oldest was Benjamin baptized in 1717, who married Jane Kortright. Again
there were eight children, the oldest baptized in 1740 at Kingston.
Sometime before 1749, the first date of a record of any member of the
family on the South Branch they migrated to this section. Just what year
is not known, but it was most likely 1748 since in that year there were
many new comers to locate here. It was here that the Benjamin before
mentioned as one of the first settlers of Randolph was born. His father
was Benjamin born in 1717, and his mother Jane Kortright.
In the records of the state of N. Y. are found the military records of
this family. In this particular line, Warnaar was present at "ye
Rendevous of Marbleton, ye 5th of April 1670". Among the volunteers to
"ye expedition to Canada" under the command of Capt. Wessel ten Broeck
in 1711 was Johannes, son of Warnaar and grandfather of Benjamin.
Johannes was in the foot "militia" of Ulster County in 1715 and in 173_
he was in the same as sergeant under Cornelius , his brother. In 1758 he
was Lieut. Col. voluntarily enlisted in his majesty's service in the pay
of the Province of N. Y. There is quite a list of names of this family
in the Colonial Revolutionary and post-revolutionary wars.
How the migration of this family took place is not known. In Northampton
County, Penn. there were land transfers in 1773 and 1776 of Peter and
Tobyas Hornbeck. It seems more than likely that they came direct, since
Joel Hornbeck was in the French and Indian War from Hampshire County,
and was born in N. Y. Daniel and Joel were in Hampshire County in 1749,
according to Augusta County records. Isaac, James and Abraham had grants
of land by patent from Lord Fairfax. Abraham volunteered and served for
two years from 1776 to 1778, and drew a pension while residing in
Spencer Co., Ind. He was in Capt. Abel Westfall's Company under Col.
Muhlenberg. James, John, Littleberry, Samuel, Michael and Benjamin all
have Revolutionary services from Hampshire County, Va. Anthony also
lived along the South Branch in Hardy County.
Benjamin was born in 1754. A year after the death of his first wife he
was married to Lydia Currence, daughter of William, the pioneer. Their
children were:

Sarah who married Sam Channel in 1804.
Ann married James Carr 1810.
Mary (Polly) married John Wood 1818.
Susannah married Jacob Slagle.
Lydia married James Vanscoy 1824.
Jonathan married Kitty Wilt 1813.
Joseph, born 1791, married Nancy ______and moved to Illinois in 1851.
Moses married Mary Light, moved to Upshur Co.
John M. married Margaret Stalnaker.
Elizabeth, no record.

Besides his Leading Creek land, Benjamin bought from Peter Cassidy 337
acres of land in Valley Bend district. He also had a grant of land from
Governor Tyler in 1809. In 1796 he sold to Henry McWhorter 200 acres on
McKinney's Branch of Hackey's Creek.
Benjamin was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1806, and sheriff in
1815. In his will he mentions all his children and gave to Jonathan the
two tracts of land on Leading Creek. He gave to Lydia 40 acres off of
the home place, and to Joseph and John he divided the remaining part of
his home place. To Lydia, his wife, he gave two slaves to serve her as
long as she lived and then to be given their freedom.
Benjamin Hornbeck died April 6th, 1827. His grave is in the old Currence
Graveyard near Beverly. A crude stone has marked his grave for 100
years, on which is scratched "B. Hornbeck, dat, April 6, 1827, aged 73
years" This will be very soon be replaced by a Revolutionary marker. His
name is also added to the Honor Roll of the D. A. R.


Other Hornbeck Articles:
A Very Old Family Bible by Nelle Hornbeck Gaertner
Hornbeck In New York And Virginia by Shirley McClean Hornbeck 1996
Benjamin Hornbeck, Pioneer (1754-1827)

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D. Hickman .
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by Shirley McClean Hornbeck 1996

Benjamin Hornbeck was born about 1754 in Hampshire Co., Virginia. He was
the ancestor of the present Hornbeck families of Randolph and Upshur
Counties, West Virginia with other descendants residing in various parts
of the country.
Benjamin moved from the South Branch of the Potomac, the area that is
now Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton Counties, West Virginia and settled
on Stalnakers Run. It has been said that his first wife was a Miss
Vanscoy from a neighboring farm, however members of the Vanscoy branch
of the family state that she was not a Vanscoy and the possibility
exists that the maiden name of his mother, Sarah Vernoy, has caused some
confusion. According to family tradition, she was killed by Indians
along with any children of this marriage during the Leading Creek
Massacre of 1781. It is said that she was killed at the gate of a picket
fence around their cabin with her four week old child, they were scalped
and her hair was later recognized as it hung from the belt of a warrior.
At the time of the massacre, Benjamin Hornbeck had been working in the
fields. Only he and Jonathan Buffington escaped this raid and they were
able to warn residents of the nearby Friends Fort (built about 1772 at
the mouth of Leading Creek) and Wilson's Fort (built about 1777 on
Valley River). This same year he served with Captain Tieverbough in
Harrison Co. and in 1782 he was Sgt. with the Monongalia County Militia
under Col. David Williamson. Benjamin married (2) Lydia Currence,
daughter of William Currence and Lidia Steele and they had issue:

William who married Mary Elizabeth Yoakam
Sarah Elizabeth who married Samuel Channel
Moses who married Mary Light
Jonathan who married Catherine "Kitty" Wilt
Joseph who married Nancy Agnes Light
Anna who married James Carr
John H. or M. Who married Margaret Stalnaker
Mary "Polly" who married John Wood
Susannah who married Jacob Slagle
Possibly a daughter named Elizabeth but she is believed to be the same as Sarah Elizabeth above, or she may have died young
Lydia who married Jonas Vanscoy

The Dutch ancestor of Benjamin Hornbeck was Warnaar Hornbeck who is more
than likely a son of Joos van Hoornbeecke born in Gent (Flanders)
approximately 1604, married in Sloterdijk in 1635 (nowadays the
municipality of Amsterdam) to Sarah Warnaar(t)sdr "From Stolck" born
approximately 1617, a daughter of Warnaar.....(unknown so far but still
alive in 1635). The banns were published in Amsterdam 21 Jan 1635.
According to The Centraal Bureau Voor Genealogie in The Hague , although
they did not find Warnaar's baptism entry in the Amsterdam parish
registers, they take for granted in view of the patronymical name of his
wife, that Joos called one of his sons Warnaar (a rare Christian name)
after his father-in-law (according to the custom at the time). Joos and
Sarah had known issue: (1) Francois van Hoornbeeke baptized in Amsterdam
16 Dec 1635 (2) Jacob van Hoornbeecke, baptized in Amsterdam 25 Jan
1637. They believe the family left town (possibly for New Netherland in
America?) sometime before Warnaar was born. In the book COLONIAL AND
REVOLUTIONARY LINEAGES OF AMERICA, they claim that Warnaar came to the
province of New Netherlands in 1660 in the ship "The Guilded Otter"
although his name has not been found on any passenger list.
There was a requirement for the men to be at least 15 years of age or
older and the passenger lists named the head of the household plus a
mention of "wife", number of children, any servants or apprentices being
mentioned only as "boy" or "girl". In any event, by 1662, he was settled
at Wiltwyck, ( a part of the territory called "New Amsterdam"), now
Kingston in Ulster Co., New York.
Warnaar married (1) about 1668-1670 Anneken "Anna" de Hooges in Hurley,
Ulster Co., New York. She was born about 1650 daughter of Anthony de
Hooges of Flemish stock and Evaatje Albertse "Eva" Bratt. Anna died
about 1688-1693. Warnaar and Anna had nine known children, among them
Johannes "John" born 20 Apr 1685 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York (see
Warnaar married (2) Margreit (Dent Krois) Ten Eyck Tyssen about
1690-1692 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York. Margreit was born 1658 and
died after 1710. She may have been a daughter of Mathys Ten Eyck and his
wife Janneken Rosa. Warnaar and Margreit had eight known children.
Johannes "John" Hornbeck, born 20 Apr 1685, died about 1767 in Hampshire
Co., Virginia. He married Orseltjen "Urseltje" Westbroek 1716 in
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York and they had ten known children. Among
these children were sons Benjamin born 1717, Richard "Dirk", Daniel,
Samuel, Jonathan born 1730, Abraham Houghteeling and Isaac. There has
been some confusion as to which of these sons was the father of the
subject of this article Benjamin Hornbeck born about 1754. An article
previously written by Nellie Hornbeck Gaetner is in error when she
states that Benjamin was a son of Benjamin born 1717 and his wife Jane
Kortright as he was in fact a son of his brother Jonathan born 1730 and
his wife Sarah Vernoy. Benjamin received a 25 acre grant for his
military service from the Governor of Virginia and became a large
property owner however in 1796 he began gradually selling his land.
Benjamin served as Justice of the Peace in Randolph Co. in 1806 and as
Sheriff in 1815-1818.
Benjamin is buried at the old Currence farm which is located by the
Tygarts River at the site of the David Tygart cabin near Dailey. For
many years his grave was marked only by a crude fieldstone engraved "B.
Hornbeck, DAT Apr 6, 1827, AGED 73 years". His gravesite was located by
Duffy Hornbeck, Senior who was successful in obtaining a government
marker which was set Jul 15, 1928 with appropriate ceremony.
His will as well as that of his wife are on file in Randolph Co.,
Virginia. In Benjamin's will he asks that his perishable estate be sold
immediately after his death and that his debts and funeral expenses be
paid from the proceeds. He gave his wife Lydia 1/3 of the perishable estate and the residue to be equally divided between his daughters Sarah Channel, Anna Carr, Susannah Slagle, Polly Wood and Lydia Vanscoy. He also gave Lydia two Negro slaves and at her death they are to be freed. He made small bequests of $1.00 each to son William Hornbeck, daughter Sarah Channel, son Moses Hornbeck, daughters Anna Carr and Polly Wood. He gave son Jonathan Hornbeck two tracts of land on Leading Creek. He gave daughter Susannah Slagle one horse. He gave daughter Lydia Vanscoy 40 acres of land on the home place. He gave son Joseph Hornbeck the upper half of the home place after deducting Lydia's 40 acres. He gave son John the lower half of the home place after deducting the said 40 acres to Lydia and gave him all the buildings, two young horses, gears, plows, etc. The rest of his estate was to be equally divided between his children.

Comments regarding this article to:
Shirley Hornbeck
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Other Hornbeck Articles:
A Very Old Family Bible by Nelle Hornbeck Gaertner
Short Sketch of the Hornbeck Family in New York and Virginia by Nellie
Hornbeck Gaetner, (Mrs. H.J.) 1927.
Benjamin Hornbeck, Pioneer (1754-1827)
Comments regarding this page to:
D. Hickman

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More About Benjamin Hornbeck and Lydia Currence:
Marriage: 1782161

Children of Benjamin Hornbeck and Lydia Currence are:
  1. +Susannah Hornbeck, d. date unknown.
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