Van Voorhees Coat-of-Arms 2009 Family Reunion

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The Van Voorhees Association Henry Hudson 400 Celebration Reunion

October 1-3, 2009

Hampton Inn, Albany, New York

The Van Voorhees Family Association is a national organization with members in almost every state, most residing in California and the New Jersey/New York area. Family members came from across the country. The venue was in Albany, New York, headquarters at the Hampton Inn, 25 Chapel Street, Albany, New York 12210. Trolley buses were made available to and from the Hampton Inn to reunion activities. The reunion was a two and a half day event. Official activities began Thursday evening with a catered family dinner with a business meeting on Friday evening.

Unique to this reunion was that the Albany-based New Netherland Institute held their annual "Rensselaerswijck Seminar" and we, along with several other Dutch-American families were invited to participate.


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Photo by Burt Klinger
ReunionJudith, Flo, Scott & Bob at dinnerReunionRensselaerswijck SeminarAlbany, NY
Photo by Burt Klinger Photo by Roy Voshall Photo by Ted Bayler Photo by Bob Voorhees Photo by Ed Morgenson


Avelsgaard, Martin and Marie Voorhees AvelsgaardJanBensonMN
Bayler, Ted and Joanne BaylerCoertAlexandriaVA
Cagle, SydneyCoertLas VegasNV
Chicks, Charles H. and Barbara Thomson ChicksLucasSunnyvaleCA
Christoph, Peter and Florence Christoph SelkirkNY
Dunlop, Ross T.CoertEdinaMN
Heath, R. Alan and Jeanette B. HeathCoertOswegoNY
Leavenworth, Steve and Sue Mills and Ryan George Mills sonCoertConcordNH
Miley, Larry and Judy BarrickLucasAllentownPA
Morgenson, Ed and Connie MorgensonCoertAmblerPA
Oliphant, Nancy J. and Janyce J. BunkLucasWarrenPA
Park, Dr. Lee Crandall and Mary Woodfill ParkCoertLuthervilleMD
Quodomine, Richard A. and Helen Voorhees QuodomineLucasHadleyNY
Sheeley, Carol and Kim Walling (daughter, South River, NJ)CoertPleasant HillTN
Tangeman, Ann and Jeff LomaxCoertJasperIN
Van Voorhees, CliffordJanBronxNY
Van Voorhis, Harold and Bruce Van Voorhis (brothers)CoertWebsterNY
Van Voorhis, JudithCoertNiskayunaNY
Voorhees, David R.CoertHopewellNJ
Voorhees, Earl and Jean M. VoorheesCoertNorth SyracuseNY
Voorhees, Harry L. Jr. and Ann W. KnowlesLucasAndoverMA
Voorhees, James S. and Elizabeth VoorheesCoertWest ChesterPA
Voorhees, Lester G. and Eva M. VoorheesCoertMitchellSD
Voorhees, Paul and Rondy VoorheesCoertSeabeckWA
Voorhees, Richard Lesley and Barbara VoorheesCoertGastoniaNC
Voorhees, Robert Fait and Chris VoorheesCoertGreensboroNC
Voorhees, Robert T.CoertSt. LouisMO
Voorhees, Scott T.CoertEmersonNJ
Vorhies, Paul and KathyCoertLudingtonMI
Voshall, Roy E. and Marilyn VoshallCoertEriePA


Thursday, October 1
5:00pmReception & Lecture 
Friday, October 2
10:00amFour PresentationsSee Saturday for more details. 
3:00pmTour the replica of Henry Hudson's ship The Halve Maen (Half Moon) 
Saturday, October 3
10:00amFour PresentationsExact day (Friday or Saturday), times, and subjects have not yet been finalized, but speakers will include:
  • Florence Christoph, our VVA Genealogist
  • Peter Christoph speaking on Dutch manors
  • Dr. Jan Folkers, visiting us from the Netherlands
3:00pmTour the New York State MuseumThere will be a special Henry Hudson exhibit.
5:00pmReception & New Netherland DinnerThere will be a Van Voorhees section in the dining room. 

Distances from the Inn

1.0 mileSchuyler Mansion, ca 1763, was home to General Philip J. Schuyler (Revolutionary War hero and U.S. Senator) and his wife, Catherine Van Rensselaer. The wedding of Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the house in 1780. 
0.7 milesNew York State Library & Museum 
0.5 milesAlbany Institute of History & Art 
0.4 milesThe Half Moon ship on the River Front, a full-size replica of Henry Hudsonís 17th century vessel constructed in Albany in 1988-1989.  
0.4 milesTen Broeck Mansion, built in 1797 for General Abraham Ten Broeck (commander of the NY Militia at the 1777 Battle of Saratoga) and his wife Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. Now the headquarters of the Albany County Historical Association.  
0.3 milesNew York State Capitol Building 
0.2 milesQuackenbush Square 
0.2 milesQuackenbush House, ca 1730, the oldest existing structure in the city and one of the finest remaining examples of Dutch urban architecture in the U.S. 
0.2 milesAlbany Visitors center 
Across StreetFirst Church in Albany 

Albany Area Attractions

Special Events and Programs

  • Explore NY 400 (The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Office)
  • NY 400 (Holland on the Hudson)

New York Genealogy

Halve Maen

Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Official Website

Governor George Patake signed legislation in 2002 establishing the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. The 21-member commission will plan and develop the 400th anniversary celebrations of the voyages of discovery made by Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain in 1609, as well as the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton's steamboat on the Hudson River in 1807.

History of Albany

by Bob Voorhees, Chair, VVA Genealogy Committee

The city of Albany is located in the Hudson River Valley about 150 miles north of New York City in the state of New York. The community was settled in 1648 but was preceded by fur-trading operations that began in 1614, shortly after Henry Hudson discovered the river that bears his name in 1609. The Dutch first knew the area as Maykans Landt, or "land of the Mahicans," the Algonquin speaking Native Americans who occupied the Hudson Valley prior to the Europeans. A trading post was established at Fort Orange in 1624 prior to the founding of a permanent community called the Fuyck in 1648. Fuyck became the city of Albany in 1686. During the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Albany grew into one of the most important trade, transportation, and military regions in North America. The Erie Canal was finished in 1825. The Mohawk & Hudson Railroad, opened between Albany and Schenectady in 1831, was the first railroad in New York State. In 1797, Albany became the permanent capital of New York State and went on to become a major political center, helping shape New Yorkís and the nationís growth and prosperity. Thurlow Weed, 1797-1882, was a New York political boss, operating from Albany. Weed was a masterful political organizer and became arguably the most powerful man in New York for at least a decade. He controlled the Whig Party totally. While he never held national office himself, he was the principal political advisor to the prominent New York (Auburn) politician William H. Seward (governor of New York State in 1838 and 1840) and was instrumental in the presidential nominations of William Henry Harrison (1840), Henry Clay (1844), Zachary Taylor (1848), Winfield Scott (1852), John Charles Fremont (1856), and Abraham Lincoln (1860). Harrison, Taylor, and Lincoln became president. There were four Whig Presidents. Harrison and Taylor were the only Whigs to be elected President. John Tyler was a Whig and he became the 10th President after William Henry Harrison died in office. Millard Fillmore was a Whig and he became the 13th President after Zachary Taylor died in office. Like Seward, Weed abandoned the Whig party in the late 1850ís and became a Republican. Weed supported Seward and then Lincoln for the nomination in 1860. Lincoln appointed Seward Secretary of State in 1861 and he served until 1869 (during his term he acquired Alaska from the Russians).

Martin Van Buren was governor of New York in 1829 and was the first Dutch President of the US, from 1837 to 1841. Theodore Roosevelt, was governor of New York from 1898 to 1900 and the 2nd Dutch President, from 1901 to 1909. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was governor of New York in 1928 and 1930 and the 3rd Dutch President, from 1933 to 1945. Van Buren and Theodore Roosevelt were members of the Dutch Reform Church (FDR was an Episcopalian).

Brochures will be mailed to family members, late 2008 or early 2009. Please send questions or request a brochure by sending email to the reunion organizers at: Details will be posted on this page as they become available.

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