Notes for SAMUEL VAN VELSOR:
Son of Garitt and Levinah (?) Van Velsor.
AKA: Samuel Van Velzer; Samuel Velzer.
Born: About 1777 in Cold Spring Harbor, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
Died: July 4, 1842 in New York City, New York.
Married: (1) Margaret Allen About 1798 in Oyster Bay Baptist Church, Oyster Bay Township, Nassau County, Long Island, New York.
(2) Freelove Horton December 20, 1826 in Oyster Bay Baptist Church, Oyster Bay Township, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Ceremony performed by Rev. Marmaduke Earle.
Samuel Van Velsor is the half-brother of Major Cornelius Van Velsor and uncle of Louisa Van Velsor, Walt Whitman's mother. In the 1800, 1810, and 1830 New York Federal Census, a "Samuel Velzer" is listed as living in Huntington Township, Soffolk County, New York, next door to his father and mother, Garret and Levinah. The 1810 Census lists him on page 236, ID#NYS1a328513; and the 1830 Census lists him on page 323, ID# NYS3a190842. Samuel Van Velsor was born during the American Revolution and was in his early twenties when his son Baily was born in Cold Spring Harbor. Samuel was the executor of his father Garret's will, in which Garret bequeathed his weaver's loom to Samuel. Records exist of Samuel of Samuel Van Velsor living in New York City in 1835. According to Whitney's Notebook, his date of death was July 4, 1842, which would have made him approximately 64 when he passed away. Whitney scrawled a note beside Samuel's date of death. It said 'Little Eastwoods". (Reference for Charles Hick's genealogical research of 1979 includes Dutch reformed Church Records in Wolver Hollow (Brookville), Oyster Bay Town records, and "Stoughteburgs" History of Dutch Congregation at Oyster Bay.)