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ROMEYN, Theodoric (called DIRCK)(ro-mine'), clergyman, born in Hackensack, New Jersey, 12 June, 1744; died in Schenectady, New York, 16 April, 1804. His ancestor, Claas Janse, a native of Holland, emigrated to this country from Rotterdam in 1661. Dirck was graduated at Princeton in 1765, studied theology, and was ordained in 1766, subsequently becoming pastor of the Reformed Dutch churches in Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey During the Revolution he suffered front the depredations of the British, but continued to serve his congregation at great personal risk. He declined the presidency of Rutgers in 1784, and again in 1791, became pastor of the church in Schenectady, New York, in May of the former year, and continued in that charge until his death. He was one of the founders of the academy that subsequently became Union college, and from 1797 till 1804 was professor of theology in the general synod of the Reformed Dutch church. Rutgers gave him the degree of D. D. in 1789.--His brother, John Brodhead, clergyman, born in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, 8 November, 1777 ; died in New York city, 22 February, 1825, was graduated at Columbia in 1795, and in 1798 was licensed to preach. H e became pastor of the Reformed Dutch church in Rhinebeck, New York, in 1799, and of the Presbyterian church in Schenectady in 1803, was in charge of the church in Albany for the succeeding four years, and then accepted the charge of the Cedar street church, New York city, which he held until his death. Princeton gave him the degree of D. D. in 1809. Dr. Romeyn was one of the most popular preachers of his day, and an able theologian. He declined calls to numerous wealthy parishes, and the presidencies of Transylvania university and Dickinson college. He was one of the founders of Princeton theological seminary, a trustee of that institution and of Princeton college, and at the age of thirty-three was moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church. He published a large number of occasional discourses, which were collected and republished (2 vols., New York, 1S16).--Dirck's nephew, Nicholas, physician, born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in September, 1756; died in New York city, 21 July, 1817, wrote his family name Romayne. He was the son of a silversmith, and received great educational advantages. At the beginning of the Revolution he went to Edinburgh, where he was known as an able scholar, and took the degree of M. D., presenting a thesis entitled "De Generatione Puris," which was at one time famous. He subsequently studied in Paris, London, and Leyden, and on his return settled in Philadelphia, and then in New York city, where he practised his profession. He embarked in the William Blount conspiracy in instigating the Cherokee and Creek Indians to aid the British in their attempt to conquer the Spanish territory in Louisiana in 1797, was seized and imprisoned, and subsequently again visited Europe. He was the first president of the New York medical society, and of the New York college of physicians and surgeons, of which he was a founder, and in which he taught anatomy and the institutes of medicine. Dr. John W. Francis says of him: " He was unwearied in toil and of mighty energy, dexterous in legislative bodies, and at one period of his career was vested with almost, all the honors the medical profession can bestow." He published an address before the students of the New York college of physicians and surgeons on "The Ethnology of the Red Man in America "' (New York, 1808). --Nicholas's brother, Jeremiah (Romeyn), clergyman, born in New York city, 24 December, 1768; died in Woodstock, Ulster County, New York, 17 July, 1818, was educated by Dr. Peter Wilson in Hackensack, New Jersey, studied theology under Dr. Dirck Romeyn, and was pastor successively of Dutch Reformed churches in Livingston Manor and Red Hook, New York, from 1788 till 1806, after which he took charge of the church in Harlem till 1814. He was an eminent linguist, and from 1797 till his death was professor of Hebrew in the Dutch Reformed chureh.--Another nephew of Dirck, James Van Campen, clergyman, born in Minisink, New York, 14 November, 1765; died in Hackensack, New Jersey, 27 June, 1840, was educated at Schenectady academy, studied theology under his uncle Dirck, and was ordained in 1787. From 1788 till 1799 he was pastor of the Reformed Dutch church of Greenbush, New York, having charge also of the churches of Schosack and Wynantskill, New York, at different periods. In 1799-1834 he was pastor of the united congregations of the Dutch Reformed church in Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey He was a trustee of Rutgers from 1807 till his death, and one of the most successful collectors for the theological professional fund. He published an "Address to the Students of the Theological Seminary."--James Van Cam-pen's son, James, clergyman, born in Greenbush, New York, in 1797 ; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 7 September, 1859, was graduated at Columbia in 1816, licensed to preach in 1819, and was successively pastor of Reformed Dutch churches in Nassau, New York, Six Mile Run and Hackensack, New Jersey, Catskill, New York, Leeds, New York, and Bergen Neck, New Jersey He abandoned preaching in 1852 on account of the failure of his health. Columbia gave him the degree of S. T. D. in 1838, but he refused it. He published "The Crisis," a sermon (New Brunswick, 1842), and a "Plea for the Evangelical Press" (1843).--His son, Theodore Bayard, clergyman, born in Nassau, New York, 22 October, 1827; died in Hackensack, New Jersey, 29 August, 1885, was graduated at Rutgers in 1846, and at the New Brunswick theological seminary in 1849. He was pastor of the Reformed Dutch church in Blaw-enburg, New Jersey, in 1850-'65, and from the latter date until his death of the 1st Reformed church at Hackensack. Rutgers gave him the degree of D. D. in 1869. He contributed regularly to the religious press, and, besides sermons and addresses, published "Historical Discourse on the Reopening and Dedication of the 1st Reformed (Dutch) Church at Hackensack, New Jersey, May 2, 1869" (New York, 1870), and "The Adaptation of the Reformed Church in America to American Character" (1876). See "Memorial," published by the consistory (New York, 1885).
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