The Aaron Van Gorder who married Sarah Warner is probably the “Arie” baptized in the Walpack Reformed Dutch Church (Sussex County, New Jersey) 19 September 1784, son of “Arie Van Garde” and “Susanna Van Wye.” His birthdate is given in the baptismal record as "15 Jan., 1783." He would thus have been nearly halfway through his 82nd year when he died 3 (or 8) July 1864, “ae 82.”
According to W.B. Gay’s Historical Gazetteer of Tioga County, New York, 1785-1888, in the section on the Town of Nichols, “Aaron Van Gorder came from Sussex county, N.J., in 1819, and settled in Tioga, near Smithboro. He married Sarah Warner, by whom he had thirteen children, viz.: Jacob, Elijah, Daniel, Elizabeth, widow of Peter Brown; Ellen, Israel, Clara, Adam, Margaret, Mary, Horace, Charles and Allen.”
With the possible exception of the 1825 New York State Census, Aaron doesn’t seem to appear in any of the New York censuses until the 1860 federal enumeration. In 1860, he’s enumerated in Nichols on 6 July, with his age given as 68 (ten years too young) and a birthplace of N.Y.; “Sally” is aged 65 (again, ten years too young), birthplace N.Y.; and Allen (the only other member of the household) is aged 26, birthplace N.Y. Neither Aaron nor Sarah can read or write. (Aaron is probably enumerated in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses in Pennsylvania, but I don’t have my Pennsylvania abstracts with me at the moment, so I can’t say for sure.)
I’ve developed a certain amount of additional material on some of Aaron & Sarah’s children (for instance, Charles applied for a Civil War Pension, but was denied because he apparently had enlisted under two different names to receive two different bounty payments), but I don’t have that handy right now, either.
Sarah might be the Sarah Warner baptized in the Walpack RDC 12 April 1789 (born 15 Feb), the daughter of Frederick Warner and Elizabeth Waus (or Maus), witnesses Lodewyck Warner and Sarah Fremen. This date of birth/baptism would make her a few years younger than her gravestone would indicate, but doesn’t rule her out as a possibility.
Aaron’s father Arie might plausibly be the Aaron5 (Willem4, Albert3, Gysbert2, Albert1) who was baptized in the Deerpark RDC (Orange County, N.Y.) 3 May 1743.
What do you think?
Fred Schaen, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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