Hale A. Vandercook was the youngest of eight children born to Michael and Clarissa Ann (LITTLE/LITTELL) Vandercook. Both Michael and Clarissa were born in New York, but it appears from all that I have encountered that their children were born in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI. Their children, in order of birth, were: Elizabeth Augusta (c1849-1853), Fillmore "Fill" (1851-1880), Michael C. (1852-), Lyby M. (1855-1856), Jessie Eugenia (1856-1859), Clara (1859-), Henry Beecher (1861-1942) and Hale A. (1864-1949). Of these children, only Henry Beecher and Hale A. Vandercook appear to have married. Henry married Ida Laura Jamieson; they had four known children. Hale married Emily ? and it appears from his obituary in the Grand Rapids HERALD that they had no issue.
The father of the above listed family, Michael Vandercook, was born 27 April, 1822 in New York and died 18 August, 1885. He was the next to the youngest the ten children born to Michael and Serviah (LAWRENCE) Vandercook. His siblings were: Sarah (1802-1883, married James WEAVER), Mary "Polly" (1804-1880, married Alexander TEACHOUT), Ruth (1806-1884, married Joshua MERRILL), Asher Merrill (1808-1864, married Maria BEACH), VanNess (1810-1854, married Adaline BROWN), Jerusha (1813-1870, married Hale JUDKINS), William (1818-?, married Matilda Beach), Cornelia (1820-1868, no marriage listed) and Henry D. (1824-1869, no marriage listed.) The elder Michael was the second of six children born to Isaac and Sarah (TEACHOUT) Vandercook. This particular Michael was born 12 September, 1781 at Schagticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY and baptized at the Schagticoke Reformed Dutch Church. He died 21 July, 1872 at Manchester, Washtenaw Co., MI at the advanced age of 90. Serviah Lawrence Vandercook was born 22 January, 1782 in NY and died 9 September, 1828 in NY. Their children, other than Michael (2), were: Catherine (1779-?, married Rosel GAY), Elizabeth (1783-1847, married Asher MERRILL), William (1786-1864, married Elizabeth "Betsy" FISHER), Cornelia (1787-1820, married Edward John Fisher) and Laventje (1798-?, nfr).
Of course, you already know that Isaac Vandercook was a son of Michael and Cornelia (VAN NESS) Vandercook.
He was born 6 July, 1756 in Morris Co., NJ and died in Monroe Co., MI on 8 September, 1838. His wife, Sarah Teachout, was born 12 January, 1755 in NY and died 18 October, 1827 in NY. Isaac served as a Private in the 14th Regiment of Albany Co. Militia in the Revolutionary War. His travels across NY can be definitively traced by the transfer of his pension records from place to place. They name Johnstown, Herkimer Co., NY; Waterloo, Seneca Co., NY; Phelps, Ontario Co., NY; Canandaigua, Ontario Co., NY and Clarkson, Monroe Co., NY. He finally settled with several of his children and grandchildren in Monroe County, Michigan in 1835. (This year is also indicated by his Revolutionary War Pension Record.) He died there in September of 1838, but his burial place has never been located.
So it goes:
1. Hale Vandercook
2. Michael and Clarissa (Little/Littell) Vandercook
3. Michael and Serviah (Lawrence) Vandercook
4. Isaac and Sarah (Teachout) Vandercook
5. Michael and Cornelia (VanNess) Vandercook
This is all supported by bible and census records. A couple of years ago, someone found the Michael and Clarissa Vandercook bible on a curbside junk pile in Grand Rapids. The gentleman sent me a transciption, but i am not sure I still have it. However, I still have some very bad photocopies of an earlier family bible that will not stand another copying. Suffice it to say, that the above is as truthful as I can establish at this point in time.
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