Nicholas H. Schoonmaker was the son of James & Gitty Schoonmaker, and Nicholas was brother of Peter P. Schoonmaker.
In the 1842 deed for the purchase of about 37 acres of the Woodward farm in Newtown, James is described as being "of Gowanus" in Kings County. He relocated with his family to the 18th century Woodard/Woodward House on what is now Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood, Queens County. James died within a couple of years and the farm was left jointly to his sons, Nicholas and Peter, without the right of survivorship. Nicholas H. died at his home in Bushwick in 1857, leaving his wife and daughters who inherited his share of the Woodward farm. In 1865 Peter brought suit against the heirs of Nicholas to force a partition of the property.
Ann Wyckoff and Jane Wyckoff are indeed first cousins. Ann was the daughter of Peter(6) Wyckoff and Jane was daughter of Peter's brother, Nicholas N. (6) Wyckoff. Ann was raised in the large Schenck-Wyckoff House at what became 1325 Flushing Ave., Bushwick. Jane was raised in the old Wyckoff house on Johnson Ave. at Flushing Ave., several hundred feet to the southwest. This old Nicholas N. house was finally demolished shortly after Austin photographed it in 1903.
The Onderdonk - Schoonmaker plot is in Cypress Hills Cemetery and includes the remains of Adrian Onderdonk and his children who died young that were originally interred in the Wyckoff family cemetery at Bushwick.
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