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Cornelius Van Santvoord

VAN SANTVOORD, Cornelius, clergyman, born in Holland in 1637; died in Schenectady, New York, 6 January, 1752. He studied in the University of Leyden, came to this country about 1718, and became pastor of the Reformed Dutch church of Staten island, organized in 1690. He was here from 1718 till 1742, preaching both in French and in Dutch, many of his hearers being French Protestant refugees, settled on the island. In the latter year he removed to Schenectady, and became pastor of the Reformed Dutch church there, in which place he remained until his death. His intimate friend, Theodorus J. Frelinghuysen, who came to this , country from Holland two years after him, settling at Raritan, New Jersey, and arousing much opposition by his bold and earnest evangelism, found strong support in Mr. Van Santvoord, who published in his detente a small volume entitled "A Dialogue between Considerans and Candidus." He was a friend and had been a favorite pupil of the eminent Professor John Marck, of Leyden university, two of whose works he translated--one a "Commentary on the Apocalypse," with added notes and reflections, the preface being written by Professor Wesselius of the same university (Leyden, 1736); the other "' A Dissertation on the Slaughter of the Innocents at Bethlehem," designed to establish the literal interpretation of prophecy.--His great-grandson, Staats, clergyman, born in Schenectady, New York, 15 March, 1790; died in New Baltimore, New York, 29 May, 1882, was graduated at Union in 1811 and at New Brunswick theological seminary in 1814, ordained to the ministry of the Dutch Reformed church, and was pastor of the church of Belleville, New Jersey, in 1814-'28, of the church in Schodack, New York, in 1829-'34, and thence removed to New Baltimore, where he resided until his death. He retired after completing his fiftieth year in the active ministry of the Reformed Dutch church. In 1864 he was in the service of the Christian commission at Nashville, Tennessee His last public appearance was in his ninety-first year, when he attended the 200th anniversary of the Dutch Reformed church at Schenectady, of which his ancestor was pastor, delivering the benediction in Dutch. Union gave him the degree of D.D. in 1876. He published several sermons, and "A Spiritual Gift," a series of fifteen discourses (New York, 1851).--Staats's son, , Cornelius, clergyman, born in Belleville, New Jersey, 8 April, 1816, was graduated at Union in 1835, and :studied at New Brunswick and Princeton theological seminaries. He became pastor of the Dutch Reformed church in Canastota, New York, in 1838, subsequently filled charges in New York state, was chaplain in the United States army in 1861-'5, associate , editor of the "Interior," Chicago, Illinois, in 1869-'71, and commissioner of schools in Ulster county. New York, in 1871-'6. Rutgers gave him the degree of I). D. in 1855. He was a special correspondent of the "New York Times" during the civil war, has published numerous magazine and newspaper articles, "' Discourses and Miscellanies" (New York, 1856), and "Memoirs of Eliphalet Nott," with contributions by Professor Tayler Lewis (1876).--Another son of Staats, George, lawyer, born in Belleville, New Jersey, S December, 1819; died in East Albany, New York, 6 March, 1863, was graduated at Union in 1841, studied law in Kinderhook, and removed to Indiana, but returned to the former town and practised there in 1846-'52. In 1852 and 1856 he was a member of the state assembly, and in 1860-'3 district attorney of Rensselaer county. He was killed in a railroad accident. He wrote for the "Democratic Review" lives of French revolutionists, and is the author of "The Indiana Justice" (Lafayette, 1845); "Life of Algernon Sidney" (New York, 1851); "Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions under the New York Code" (1852-'4 ; enlarged edition, with additions, 1855; with appendix, notes, and references, 1858); "Lives of the Chief Justices of the United States" (1854) ; "Precedents of Pleading" (1858) ; and "Practice in the Supreme Court of New York in Equity Actions" (Albany, New York, 1860-'1).

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