Vannoy/VanNoy from the Vernooy of Minisink Valley, NY
Many of you know me, many may not. I have been researching the descendants of John Van Oy & his wife Rachel of Staten Island, NY for nearly 55 years. My data base has more than 6,000 Vannoy and Vanhoy with various spellings; all of them descend from two of John & Rachel's three sons, Francis Vannoy and Abraham Vanhoy. Over the years I have come across hundreds of Vannoy/VanNoy that I cannot attach to the Francis or Abraham lines. John and Rachel's third son was John jr who some say settled in New Jersey near his brother Francis; but I have yet (in all these years) been able to identify John jr's descendants.
Just a few years ago, I returned to my oldest notes and from the first few pages of "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," wherein he discusses who he identifies as the "Van Noys of the Minisink and of the Vernoy families of Ulster County" (NY). Voila!!
Cornelis(I) Cornelissen Vernoy/Vernooy sailed from Holland for America in Jan 1664 aboard the ship 'Faith'. He secured a tract in Ulster County, NY in what is now Rochester. The persecution for their religious beliefs must have been very strong because even though the Vernooy line has survived for some 300+ years, in the earlier years they usually built their homes within view of another Vernooy.
Cornelis(I) and wife Annatje Cornelis van Der Cuyl had 10 children, all born in Ulster Co, NY and their baptisms recorded in the Dutch church therein. One such child was Johannes bt. Apr 24, 1681. Johannes married twice, 1st to Ursula Westerbrook who bore him a son Benjamin ca. Jun 1724 and then she promptly died. Benjamin was raised by his maternal grandparents Johannes Westbrook and Magdalena Janse Decker while his father, Johannes, took a 2nd wife, Janneken Louw, who bore him seven children.
So far is seems that the descendants of the immigrant Cornelis(I) have maintained the Vernooy spelling or some variance beginning with "Ver..." EXCEPT Benjamin 1724 who took the spelling VanNoy and married Lydia Westfall on 8 Jan 1749, Orange Co, NY. Benjamin had a rather short life, dying at 43. Wife Lydia died age 36 and in the same year of the birth of their last child born 1762.
Benjamin 1724 VanNoy had 5 children, Elizabeth, Peter, Joseph, Ursula and Sarah all born Orange Co, NY. Joseph remained in Orange Co, NY while Peter crossed the line, eventually settling in Sussex Co, NJ (but most of his children were baptized in Port Jervis, NY.)
Some of Joseph VanNoy's grand children were attracted to Sussex Co, NJ
Not all of the male descendants of Benjamin 1724 VanNoy maintained the exact spelling "VanNoy"; many of them may not have known how to spell or the census takers and various clerks of court did not know how to spell the name and we find many slight variations for the same individual at different times in the same location. Sometimes even taking the popular Vannoy version.
What amazes me is that after all the years of existence of the Genealogy Forum, that there is not a Vernooy Forum.
I would like to find a copy of "Three hundred years of the VerNooy family in America, 1664 to 1964". Has anyone seen a copy?
I feel quite confidant that many of the Illinois and Tennessee Vannoy trace back to Benjamin 1724.
I apologize for prattling on so long, but thought that this might help many who have hit their "brick wall."