Vanderbogart Family

From Stephentown Genealogy: Roots & More

The following information on the Vanderbogart family was sent by Joyce Stanga

John Vanderbogart (1783-1857) married Phoebe Pomeroy (1796-1873). They settled in East Nassau, New York, and raised a family of four sons and two daughters.

1. Elsa (1823-1859)

2. James (b 1828) left home as a young man to travel west and was never heard from again.

3. William (1830-1892) volunteered for the army during the War Between the States. He died at the age of 62 and is buried in Greenman’s Hill Cemetery, West Stephentown.

4. Morgan (1832-1853). Cemetery record: Bogart, Morgan V. Born 2 November 1834. Died 6 July 1853. Buried in Marks Cemetery, Nassau.

5. Kate (born 1838)

6. Henry (1842-1932) married Elizabeth Kittel. They lived on a large farm in Greenman’s Hill and raised a family of two girls and three boys. When Henry was in his early 20’s he volunteered for the army. He was wounded in battle when a mini-ball pierced his left arm at the elbow. The injury left his arm permanently stiff and as he grew older it grew worse. When his grandson Dece Jr. was eight years old, Henry paid him a dollar a week to help him dress and pull on his boots every morning. Whenever he went to town to see his doctor or on other errands young Dece would go along. On these trips Henry would give Dece all the V nickels and Indian Head pennies that were in his change purse. He was a good storyteller and young Dece loved to listen to stories about the war. He and his wife are buried in West Stephentown Cemetery.

Henry Vanderbogart married Elizabeth Kittel (1849-1930). She was the daughter of

Francis Kittel (Kittle) (1792-1870) and Lucinda Haley (1813-1870).

Henry and Elizabeth had:

1. Lucinda 1872-1924; m. ____ Whitbeck

2. Dece Vigney 1874-1945; m. Plina Lane 1889-1965

3. Henry b. 1881; d. in infancy

4. Osborn b. 1882; d. September 1905

5. Angie 1886-1905

Child of Lucinda Vander Bogart and Peter Whitbeck is Ethel Whitbeck

Children of Dece VanderBogart, Sr. and Plina Lane are:

Angie VanderBogart 1914-1999 Howard VanderBogart 1915-1989. Spouse Janette Hunt* Elmer VanderBogart 1916-1996. Spouse Lottie Ohler George VanderBogart, born 1918, died infancy Dece VanderBogart, Jr, born 1919. Spouse Elizabeth Auger* Fred VanderBogart, born 1920, died infancy Emma VanderBogart, 1922-1984. Spouse Larry Stevens Frederick VanderBogart, born 1927. Spouse Alice Engwer.

  • Janette Hunt and Betty Auger were cousins. Their grandmother was Anna Houghtaling.

Henry and Elizabeth also shared their home with Elizabeth’s blind brother Asa Kittell. As a young man, Asa had killed his parents. The judge, not wishing to hang a blind man nor send him to prison, sent him instead to the Perkins Institute For the Blind. Here he learned to read Braille and began to study the Bible faithfully. Asa lived many years with his sister, helping out about the farm. Young Dece Jr. remembers that Uncle Asa taught him to tie his shoe strings.

Joyce Stanga sent me information on Henry Van Der Bogart's pension, which I will share here:

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE Washington, D.C. July 9, 1867


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for Pension No. 126468 and to return it herewith with such information as is furnished by the files of this office.

It appears from the rolls on file in this office that Henry Vanderbogart was enrolled on the 3rd day of September 1864 at Troy, N.Y., in the 99th Regiment of the New York Volunteers, to serve one year, and mustered into service as a Private on the 9th day of September, 1864, at Troy, NY, in the 99th Regiment of New York Volunteers, to serve one year. On the muster roll of Company H of 132nd New York Regiment for the months of March and April, 1865, Private Henry Vanderbogart is reported "sick in Gen. Hospital at Raleigh, N.C." His name does not appear upon M.D. Roll. No evidence of discharge on file. Further evidence will be obtained if practicable and forwarded to Com. of Pension.

I am, Sir, very respectfully, Your Obedient servant, Andrew Breck Assistant Adjutant General

The Commissioner of Pensions Washington, D.C.

Department of the Interior Bureau of Pensions Washington, D.C. January 15, 1898

Certificate No. 100516 Name Henry Vanderbogart


In forwarding to the pension agent the the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below,

Very respectfully, Commissioner

1st - Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name. Answer - Yes, Elizabeth Vanderbogart - maiden name Elizabeth Kittel

2nd. When, where and by whom were you married? Answer: October 24th, 1870 West Stephentown Isaiah B. Coleman

3rd - What record of marriage exists? Answer - I have a certificate

4th - Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer - NO

5th - Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth. Answer - Four Children - Lucinda Vanderbogart b. January 4, 1872 living Dece Viginy Vanderbogart b. November 8, 1874 Living Henry Vanderbogart b. Mach 27, 1881 dead Osborn Vanderbogart b. November 6, 1882 dead Angie Vanderbogart b. June 5, 1886 dead

Date of reply - May 4, 1898 Witness - James Enos

Signed - X (his mark)

In January, 1915, a similar form was sent and answered by Henry Vanderbogart on April 12, 1915


State of New York, County of Rensselaer

On this 22 day of May, one thousand nine hundred and twelve, personally appeared before me, a notary public, Henry Vandebogart, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 69 years of age, and a resident of Averill Park, RFD, county of Rensselaer, state of New York; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Troy, N.Y. under the name Henry Vandebogart, on the 3rd day of September 1864, as a Private in Captain Hollenbeck's Company H, 132nd Regiment, New York Vol., in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at David's Island, NY on the 17th day of June, 1865. That he was not employed in the service of the United States other than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: height - 5 feet 10 inches; complexion - light; color of eyes - blue; color of hair - light; that his occupation was farmer, that he was born December 8, 1843 at Nassau, N.Y.

That his several places of residence since leaving the service hae been as follows: from the service came to Stephentown, NY and have lived in Stephentown ever since. That he is a pensioner, certificate no. 100516. That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.

That his post office address is Averill Park, RFD, county of Rensselaer, state of New York. Henry Vandebogart X His mark

Also personally appeared Effie M. Dunham, residing in East Nassau, NY and Lottie M. Dunham, residing in East Nassau, NY, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Henry Vandebogart, the claimant, make his mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 35 years and 8 years respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Effie M. Dunham Lottie M. Dunham

May 24, 1912 Here is an interesting family story sent in by Joyce:


In 1933, Dece VanderBogart, Jr. a freshman at Averill Park High School, needed a project for his agriculture class. His family had only two cows and fifteen chickens, not enough for a dairy or poultry project. They did, however, have land. If Dece wanted to plant trees, the school board would provide them. He test the soil and decided that Norway Spruce would be the best kind to plant.

The saplings, all one thousand of them, came packed in bundles in a large carton. Dece had to carry them home on the school bus and then walk another mile and a half from the bus stop. When he got them home, he had to work quickly, because the roots had no soil. He dug a trench, set them in soil and watered them until he could get them all planted.

It was a big project. His friend Steve Luckow offered to help in exchange for one of Dece's homing pigeons. They had to clean the brush, mark off the rows, plant the trees and take careful notes on everything.

In a month the trees were all planted on the family farm, on South Road in West Stephentown. Dece turned in his notes to the teacher and received a passing grade. But it took six years for the trees to grow big enough to sell as Christmas trees, and by then he had married and moved away. His mother sold Christmas trees for several years, and then the trees became too big to sell for Christmas trees, she sold the lower branches as holiday decorations.

Seventy years later, many of those trees have been cleared off for building lots, but there are still about 500 of them left, fine timber which would make a nice log cabin. Not many high school projects last that long!

THE REST OF THE STORY by Joyce Vanderbogart Stanga

It was my dad who planted those thousand trees. We lived on the other side of the mountain, in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. One December, we went to Stephentown and I saw for myself all those beautiful Christmas trees. We chose the very, very best one for our own tree. My dad cut it himself and put it in the rumble seat of our Studebaker.

On the trip home, I was greatly worried that the tree would somehow fall our of the rumble seat, and I kept turning around to make sure it was still safe. "Joyce, sit down!", my parents kept warning me, "the tree will be okay." But I kept looking back. Finally, a stern warning, "Joyce, if you turn around again, I will stop the car and take you out and spank you." I sat obediently for some time, and then I turned around again. OH, NO! Our beautiful tree was gone!! My dad turned the car around and we frove back to New York State, but we never found our tree. We had to get another one.

And that was the day I learned that grown-ups do not always know everything. Claim 1748 Claim of John Vandebogart For Contingent expenses of clothing and equipments, depreciated, worn out, lost and destroyed in the War with Great Britain, declared June 18th, 1812. Presented in conformity to an Act “For the relief of certain Volunteers and Militia called into service,” &c., passed April 21st, 1818, and 9th April, 1819.

Petatiah J. Marsh, Attor West Troy, Albany Co, N.Y. DECLARATION United States of America State of New York County of Rensselaer

On this 13 day of July A.D., one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven personally appeared before me, a Justice of Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid John Vandebogart aged 72 years, a resident of Stephentown, Rens Co in the State of New York, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical John Vandebogart who was a Private in the Company commanded by Captain Henry Vanvleck in the Regiment of Infantry commanded by Colonel Vanrensselaer in the War with Great Britain, declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he volunteered or was drafted under the General Orders of the Governor of this State, for its defense at New York and vicinity on or about the 1st day of September 1814 for the term of 3 months and under further General Orders of said Governor, he volunteered at Chatham, Columbia County, on or about the _____ day of ___ A.D. ___ for the term of ____ and continued in actual service in said War, for the term of 3 months and was honorably discharged from said service; for which he has received from the United States Land Warrant, Number 43852 for 120 acres, and that he has not received any pay for the said service, nor any portion of the sum directed to be paid him by the Act entitled “An Act for the relief of certain Volunteers and Militia called into service for the defense of the frontiers of the State in the late War, and for other purposes, passed April 21st 1818; and the Act of 9th April 1819, and that there is now due and payable to him from the State of New York, the sum of ____ dollars, with interest thereon, agreeable to the said Law. And further, in the performance of the service before recited, he furnished at his own cost the following clothing and equipments, as directed by “An Act to organize the Militia of the State of New York,” &c passed March 29th 1809, and the General Orders heretofore referred to:

1 Hat $3 1 Ordinary Coat $12 1 Vest $4 1 Pair Pantaloons $6 1 Stock $1 1 Overcoat $16 1 Blanket $3.50 2 Pr. Stockings $1 2 Shirts $4 1 Pr. Suwarrow Boots $6 1 Neckerchief $1 Cash Pd. for Transportation to New York $7.50 Cash Pd. for Transportation from New York $7.50

In amount seventy five dollars, which were depreciated, worn out, lost and destroyed in said service, for which he has not received payment, either in part or whole. And that said sum, together with his additional pay ____ dollars, is justly due and payable to him, with interest thereon, for his services and contingent expenses as Volunteer or draft in the Militia of said State , for its defense during the said War, as provided to be paid by the Act entitled “An Act for the relief of certain Volunteers,” &c, passed April 21st 1818, a copy of which is hereunto annexed. John Vandebogart I do hereby constitute and appoint, irrevocably Petatiah I. Marsh my true and lawful Attorney for me, and in my name, place and stead, to ask, demand and receive from the State of New York, or from and officer or person appointed or directed to pay the same, the amount due me as above stated, or any sum that may be found to me justly due me, giving and granting unto my said Attorney full power and authority to do and perform all and every act and thing whatsoever requisite to be done in and about the premises, as full, to all intents and purposes, as I might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution, and revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming all that my said Attorney or his substitute shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof. Witness my hand and seal the day and year first above written John Vandebogart Sealed and delivered in the presence of D. Lewis

State of New York County of Rensselaer I, D. Lewis a Justice of Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Do Hereby Certify, that the Militia service of John Vandebogart as set forth, has been acknowledged and confirmed by the United States issue to him of Land Warrant No. 43852 for one hundred and twenty acres under the Bounty Land Act passed by Congress March 3, 1855. I also certify, that the said John Vandebogart personally known to me, or has been proven to my satisfaction to be the person described above, and subscribed the before written matter in my presence, and duly made oath according to law, that the foregoing claim, to the best of his knowledge and belief, is true; and also acknowledged the execution of the foregoing Power of Attorney to be his act and deed. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name This thirteenth day of July 1857 D. Lewis Justice