Moses Van Campen; 1757-1849; PA
This information is from a booklet I have 'Traders, Travelers & Tomahawks - True Tales About Indians, Outlaws, Settlers & Soldiers on the Pennsylvania Frontier' by John L. Moore, 1999.I am not related to this family and have no further information, other than what is in this booklet.
"Travel the highways that pass through Bloomsburg, and you drive by historical markers bearing the name of Moses Van Campen, a Revolutionary War soldier whose reputation has fallen into obscurity.Once such sign stands along Route 487 at the Interstate 80 interchange.It proclaims that Moses Van Campen 'was the noted Indian scout of this region.'There's a similar marker along Route 11 at the southern end of Bloomsburg."
"Born in New Jersey on January 21, 1757, Van Campen was the oldest of the ten children in a family descended from Dutch colonists who had emigrated from Holland to New Jersey, then part of the New Netherlands Colony.He grew up in the Delaware River Valley and came to present-day Columbia County as a young man.When the Revolutionary War rupted, he sided with the Continental Congress, and, as the historical markers report, helped protect the Susquehanna Valley settlements."
There is information here about his war experiences.
"As a boy, long before he came to the Fishing Creek settlements, Van Campen had tended many chores on his family's farm, a homestead along the Delaware River."
His father's name was Cornelius.