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VAN BUNSCH00TEN, Elias, clergyman, born in New Hackensack, Dutchess County, New York, 26 October, 1738; died in Sussex county, New Jersey, 10 January, 1815. He was graduated at Princeton in 1768, studied for the ministry of the Reformed Dutch church, was licensed to preach in 1773, and settled first in Schaghticoke, New York On 29 August, 1785, he was installed as pastor at Minisink, New York, taking charge also of two other churches. In 1787 a fourth church was organized at a place called the Clove in Sussex county, New Jersey, where he resided in 1792. He gave $17,000 for the education of candidates for the ministry in Rutgers college and the New Brunswick theological seminary.
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