Notes 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- --- Found at: http://www.swcp.com/~dhickman/articles/hornbeck.html
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 America. 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.
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HORNBECK in NEW YORK AND VIRGINIA
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 below). 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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