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VAN ALEN, John Evert



VAN ALEN, John Evert, a Representative from New York; born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, N.Y., in 1749; completed preparatory studies; served in the Revolutionary War as a private in the 7th regiment of the Albany County Militia; moved to De Freestville in 1778 and engaged in extensive farming operations; surveyed the town of Greenbush in 1790 and conducted a general store there; engaged in civil engineering and surveying; assistant court justice in Rensselaer County in 1791; elected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1793, to March 3, 1799; member of the State assembly in 1800 and 1801; died in Defreestville, N.Y. on February 27, 1807; interment in Bloomington Rural Cemetery, North Greenbush, N.Y.

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External Research Collections

Albany Institute of History and Art

Albany, NY
Papers: 1777-1825, 102 items. The papers of John Van Alen contain family letters and financial records; correspondence concerning his election to Congress, with letters from Peter Van Schaick, T.L. Whitbeck, N. Kittle, and his wife Anne Van Alen; and correspondence and maps from his activities as a surveyor.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Peter Van Schaack papers, 1776-1841, 53 items. Correspondents include John E. Van Alen.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 2 documents on personal business (February 28, 1774; August 29, 1778) and day book (October 1771-July 1774, 160 pages). Finding aid in repository.
Microfilm: 1771-1774, 1 reel. Microfilm of an account book of John Van Alen, a Schodack, N.Y. merchant for 1771-1774 from original in New York Historical Society.

New York State Archives

Albany, NY
Papers: In the Historic Cherry Hill. Collection, 1749-1963, 325 boxes. Persons represented include John Van Alen.
Papers: In the Senate House State Historic Site (Kingston, N.Y.) Genealogy Collection, ca. 1740-1976, 4 cubic feet. Correspondents include John Van Alen.
Papers: In the Van Alen Family Papers, 1790-1860, 30 items. The papers contain letters to John E. Van Alen concerning election results, family news, and the courtship and subsequent abuse of Miss Miller by Dr. Van Silver, 1790-1793.
Papers: In the Van Alstyne Family Papers, ca. 1667-1905, 0.5 cubic foot. Persons represented include John Van Alen.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1777-1825, 102 items. Family letters and financial records; correspondence concerning John Van Alen's election to Congress, with letters from Peter Van Schaick, T.L. Whitbeck, N. Kittle, and his wife Anne Van Alen; and activities as a surveyor.
Papers: 1791-1814, 8 volumes. Eight volumes of fieldbooks of New York State by John Evert Van Alen. The notes indicate the quality of the land. Three volumes contain total of twelve survey maps: volume 5, marked John Pomeroy on cover, of Cedar Swamp and Oyster Bay Queens County, 1795; volume 3, of the St. Lawrence River and Penet's Tract, Jefferson County, 1795 and volume 7, Hoosick Patent in Rensselaer and Washington Counties requested by George Tibbits and Halfmoon Patent in Saratoga County requested by Hendrick Van de Werker, 1804 and 1814.
Papers: 1793, 1 map. A 1793 survey map by John E. Van Alen and Evert Van Alen of the south part of Strasborough Patent, the property of James Caldwell and Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, showing the names of numerous occupants.
Papers: 1793, 2 pages. A letter from Thomas L. Witbeck to Stephen Van Rensselaer written on January 2, 1793. In the letter, Witbeck informs Van Rensselaer of the selection by the qualified electors of Rensselaer County of John E. Van Alen as a member of the United State House of Representatives. Witbeck asks that Van Rensselaer also support Van Alen. The letter also discusses the selection of Henry Glen as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Albany district. Glen was selected to replace Abraham Ten Broeck, who declined the nomination.
Papers: 1794, 1 page. A letter from Peter Waldron Yates to John E. Van Alen written on January 7, 1794. In the letter Yates writes the following: "I congratulate you on your success against Rensselaer. Pray send me a pamphlet lately published entitled correspondence between Genet and the officers of the federal governments. Tomorrow we intend to pay Mrs. Van Alen a visit."
Papers: 1795, 2 pages. A letter from Peter Van Schaack to to John E. Van Alen written on February 9, 1795. In the letter, Van Schaack discusses political issues, John Jay's popularity, the demise of the anti-federalists, and the importance of public sentiment in government accountability. Jay was, at the time, negotiating a treaty of neutrality with Great Britain. Van Schaack felt that he was the second most popular man in the country, next to George Washington.
Papers: 1796, 1 map. A November 1, 1796 survey map by John E [vert ?] Van Alen of Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York.
Papers: 1797, 2 pages A letter from Anthony Ten Eyck, Christopher Yates, Jacobus Vander Poel, Jacob Van Alstyne, Bernhard (?), Aaron Ostrander, Jonathan (?), John Van Valkenburgh, Mr. Vail, and John E. Van Alen to Stephen Van Rensselaer, Stephen Lusk, Volkert P. Douw, Philip Schuyler, Leonard Gansevoort, William Powers, John Ten Broeck, and Leonard Bronke. The letter was written on December 15, 1797 and urges these men to disregard a petition to enlarge the boundaries of Rensselaerwyck and Troy by dividing Greenbush. Suggests that enlargement of the towns is a political move to gain voting support. Mentions a petition to the contrary to be circulated by them and sent to the state legislature. Written at Greenbush, N.Y.
Papers: 1798, 1 map. Survey map of lands in Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York, east of Papskanee Island, 1798. This map addresses the boundaries of John G. Hill and Major [Benjamin ?] Van Buren. Additional property owners are given. The map was surveyed and drawn by John Evert Van Alen.
Papers: 1800, 1 map. An 1800 letter of agreement (3 items) between Stephen Van Rensselaer and the Mayor Alderman and Commonality of the City of Albany establishing the boundaries of Albany, Albany County, New York. Includes one map based on the 1765 survey of the northern border by John R. Bleecker. The southern border resurveyed by Simeon De Witt and John E. Van Alen. The map includes some roads and residences.
Papers: 1804, 1 map. An 1804 survey map by John E. Van Alen and Hazael Shepard of a border line between Pittstown to Petersburgh, Rensselaer County, New York.
Papers: 1810, 1 map. An 1810 survey map by David S. Crandall employing some lines by John Evert Van Alen and Hazael Shephard of the northern border of Grafton in the Van Rensselaer Family Manor with the southern borders of Pittstown and Hoosic, Rensselaer County, New York. Some land owners are indicated on the map.
Papers: In the Fieldnotes of New York State, 1791-1814, 8 volumes of field notes and 12 maps. Persons represented include John Van Alen.
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