I have a newspaper article stating he arrived in Niagara County,NY in 1830 (1827-1903) "He lived most of his adult life in Lockport, NY. He operated a saw mill and built ships that conducted a lumber trade throughout the great Lakes".It states "His wife Lucinda was also of early Pioneer stock."."The schooner VanValkenburg built in 1866 in Tonawanda" NY " left chicago for Buffalo" NY" went aground with a cargo of grain on Lake Huron."He built another schooner with the same name.This ship, loaded with coal, sunk on thunder bay in June 1887.
I was just made aware of this article 2 days ago and am pursuing some resources myself.I have Van Valkenburg ancestors from Albany,NY and am trying to determine if he is of my line.Stangely, my Keller ancestors r descended from VanValkenburgs and lived in Lockport and Newfane (just 4 miles from Lockport) NY since the 1830's.If I find oany further info I will let u know via email or on this site.