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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1778-1779 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(II) Abraham Janse, son of Jan Martense (q. v.) and Dirckje Harmense Van Alstyne, owned and cultivated the homestead farm at Kinderhook, deeded him by his father. This land, as well as the deeds of conveyance, have ever since been in the possession of his descendants. The name of his first wife is not recorded. He married (second) January 17, 1694, Maritje Van Deusen. Children:

  1. Janneke, born March 15, 1685.
  2. Jan, born May 22, 1687; buried September 27, 1738; married Elizabeth ————.
  3. Jacob, born September 8, 1689, see forward.
  4. Johannes, born August 26, 1694.
  5. Matthew, born June 14, 1696.
  6. Dirckje, born December 4, 1698.
  7. Sander, born January 5, 1701.
  8. Abraham, born August 15, 1703.
  9. Lena, born November 18, 1705.
  10. Isaac, born January 28, 1708; buried July 6, 1746; married Maritje Van den Bergh, January 23, 1728.
  11. Dirckje, born April 30, 1710.
  12. Catryntje, born October 12, 1713.
  13. Jacobus, born April 21, 1717.
  14. Marten, born May 3, 1719.

(III) Jacob, son of Abraham Janse and Maritje (Van Deusen) Van Alstyne, was born at Kinderhook, New York, September 8, 1689. He was buried November 4, 1730. He married, October 10, 1722, Pietertje Van Iveren (alias of Myndertse), born August 22, 1703, daughter of Myndert and Saartje (Bratt) Van Iveren. Children:

  1. Jannetje, born November 22, 1723.
  2. Reynier, born April 4, 1725, see forward.
  3. Sara, born June 4, 1727.
  4. Maria, born July 27, 1729.

(IV) Reynier or (Reinier), son of Jacob and Pietertje (Van Iveren) Van Alstyne, was born at Kinderhook, New York, April 4, 1725. He settled near Blooming Grove, town of North Greenbush, Rensselaer county, which he bought from the Rensselaers in 1794. He married, November 5, 1748, Cornelia Van den Bergh, born May 24, 1724, daughter of Matthias and Cathalyna (Van Deusen) Van den Bergh. Children:

  1. Jacob, born May 28, 1750.
  2. Catalyntje, born March 17, 1751.
  3. Matthew, born June 3, 1753, see forward.
  4. Pietertje, born August 31, 1760.

(V) Mathys (Matthew), son of Reinier (Reinier) and Cornelia (Van den Bergh) Van Alstyne, was born June 3, 1753. Served in the revolution as a member of Tryon county, first regiment, militia (Land Bounty Rights). He married, March 31, 1782, Rachel De Forest, born March 23, 1764, daughter of Marten and Tanneke (Winne) De Forest, a descendant of the early De Forest family of Harlem and New Amsterdam. Matthew Van Alstyne located in the town of North Greenbush, Rensselaer county, on the homestead farm purchased in 1794. Children:

  1. Marten, see forward.
  2. Cornelia, born February 3, 1788.
  3. Reinier, had the old farm.
  4. Peter, lived a mile north.

He also had three other daughters.

(VI) Marten, son of Matthew and Rachel (De Forest) Van Alstyne, was born July 19, 1784, died March 23, 1849. He resided in the village of Bath, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer county, New York, where he owned a farm. He also had a scow ferry across the Hudson which he operated in connection with Jeremiah Clark. He married and left three children,

  1. Matthew M.,
  2. Eliza J., married A. T. Lansing, and
  3. Edward M. Marten, the father, enlisted in the war of 1812, but his company was not called into active service.

(VII) Matthew (2), son of Marten Van Alstyne, was born in Bath, Rensselaer county, New York, in 1810. He married and had issue, including a son Reinier.

(VIII) Reinier (2), son of Matthew (2) Van Alstyne, was born about 1840. He lived in the village of Bath, Rensselaer county, New York, where he was engaged in business. He married Alice Catherine, daughter of Edwin and Catherine (Whitbeck) Brownall. Child, Matthew, of further mention.

(IX) Matthew (3), son of Reinier (2) and Alice Catherine (Brownall) Van Alstyne, was born at Bath-on-the-Hudson (Rensselaer), New York, October 9, 1870. He was educated at Troy Academy, finishing his studies at Albany high school. He at once entered upon an active business, that has continued without interruption, with the Albany Belting & Supply Company. He entered the employ of that company in a minor position; served well through various promotions until 1910, when he was elected president of the company. He is an energetic, capable man of business and has fairly earned the important position he occupies. He is an attendant of the First Dutch Reformed Church of Albany, and in political preference a Democrat. His clubs are the Fort Orange and Albany County. He married, at Albany, Adalain Yerks, born in that city, January 1, 1874, daughter of George Wilbur and Adalain (Benjamin) Yerks, of Albany. George W. Yerks was born at Unionville, Westchester county, New York, February 4, 1843, died at Albany, August 9, 1903; son of William H. and Mary A. (Clark) Yerks. Mary A. was a daughter of Amos and ———— (Van Warts) Clark. Through both Clark and Van Warts lines she was of splendid revolutionary stock. George W. Yerks was educated at Claverack Academy and Fort Edward Collegiate Institute. After graduation he entered the employ of the United States government. He came to Albany and established in the fancy grocery business on Broadway, under the firm name of Benjamin & Yerks, and in 1877 became sole proprietor. In 1878 he admitted a partner under the firm name of George W. Yerks & Company. He held offices of honor and trust in the city; was trustee of the Madison Avenue Reformed Church and a member of the Fort Orange Club. He died August 9, 1902, expiring as he was leaving the Fort Orange Club. He married, in 1868, Adalain (or Adeline), daughter of George W. Benjamin. Adalain Yerks was educated at Albany Female Academy and is a member of the Albany Country Club and the Sesame Reading Club. Child of Matthew and Adalain (Yerks) Van Alstyne:

  1. Wilbur Yerks, born in Albany, December 14, 1904.

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