from Marilyn LeVeque
Surnames:  Decker, VanKirk, Jones, Adams

Marilyn LeVeque
Date: 05/21/05 11:46:45
Subject: Family photographs of Warren County, NJ
Hello Jan,
Are you interested in family photographs relating to Warren County, NJ?  Thanks to you I have found most of my inf. on your site & it confirmed ALL my grandmother ever told me.

I am interested of course in the Decker & associated lines & James BurnsVanKirk, son of James VanKirk & Mary Jones who m. Nov. 1800 in Hunterdon & James Burns VanKirk who m. Sally Ann Decker, daughter of Alexander Decker & Keziah Adams.  I can't find the parents of James VanKirk born 1780 & d. 1833 or Mary Jones VanKirk-born 1781 & died 1858 (I have a transcribtion of her Will of 1856, see below) & can't find the parents of Alexander Decker who was born 1789 & died 1870, I have Keziah Adams parents, Alexander Adams & Ann Bellis, of course.  I think Alexander Decker is son of Jacob Decker. 
Mary Jones & James VanKirk had six children & here is her Will of 1856, my great great grandfather is James B. VanKirk who married Sally Ann Decker & Thomas Jones VanKirk grandson mentioned by Mary (Jones) VanKirk is my great grandfather born 1855 in Knowlton (Polkville) & died 1937, his photograph is to the right of the will.

Mary Jones VanKirk
Born April 17, 1781
Married: James VanKirk on November 16, 1800 in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
James VanKirk b. March 20, 1780, d. March 04, 1833, aged 52.11.16. Buried Knowlton Presbyterian Churchyard.
Mary Jones VanKirk died Oct. 26, 1858, buried Fairview Cemetery, Knowlton, Warren Co., N.J.

In the name of God Amen I Mary Vankirk of the Township of Knowlton in the County of Warren and State of New Jersey being of sound mind memory and understanding for which blessing I thank God, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:

First it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my decease.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my three sons and three daughters namely John J. Vankirk and David Vankirk and James B. Vankirk and Elizabeth wife of Abram Rymond and Mary wife of Daniel Miller and Jane wife of Lemar Summers the whole of my estate with such exceptions as are hereinafter mentioned and it is my will that my executor shall sell my property and pay the same unto my three sons and three daughters and unto my Grandson Thomas Vankirk son of James B. Vankirk in the following manner to James B. Vankirk one hundred dollars more than the rest of his brothers and sisters and to his son Thomas above mentioned five dollars and the balance to __ divided share and share alike amongst my six children above mentioned.

Lastly I appoint Josiah Dewitt executor to this my last will and testament.

Signed sealed and published and delivered by the said Mary Vankirk to be her testament and last will in presence of

November 18, 1856

Ezra Schooley) Mary Vankirk
Lewis Stevens) Witnesses

James Burns VanKirk, brother of John J. VK (m. Keturah Titus) & David (m. Hester Cowell).  Son of James VanKirk & Mary Jones.  He was born March 23, 1823 in Warren Co., NJ & died  Sept. 17, 1872 in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo Co., MI.  Served in Civil War from MI after leaving Polkville, NJ in 1859-1860, he was 39 when he enlisted.

        Thomas Jones VanKirk & family ca 1905 in Kalamazoo, MI, he m. Carrie Eugenia Denison, tallest girl is Alice Denison VanKirk, my grandmother.  Thomas Jones VanKirk is son of James Burns VK & Sally Ann Decker born 1855 in Knowlton (Polkville), Warren County, N.J.

       Thomas Jones VanKirk & Carrie (Denison) with grandchildren ca 1925, Kalamazoo, MI.  My Mom is girl sticking out her tongue, born 1923 & died 1997.

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