Dirk Van Ingen (Doctor)
(25th April 1788 to the Board of Treasury to report)
To the Honorable the United States of America in Congress assembled.
The petition of Dirk Van Ingen of the Township of Schenectady, humbly sheweth.
That your petitioner hath served in the general hospital of the United States in the Northern Department form the 9th May 1777 to the 18th January 1780, 8 months of that time in quality of a junior and the remainder thereof in quality of a senior surgeon.
That your petitioner faithfully performed his duty until the last mentioned day when he was dismissed as a supernumerary.
That the honorable the United States in Congress assembled having recommended to the several states to make good the depreciation of the pay of the officers of the Hospital and Medical Department. The honorable the legislature of the State of New York in pursuance thereof, passed an act to liquidate the depreciation of the pay of the officers of the Military Hospital and Medical Department and that by virtue of the said act the several surgeons in the general hospital of the Northern Department, being inhabitants of the state, except your petitioner, have had their depreciation allowed therm.
That your petitioner conceiving himself equally entitled to the depreciation of his pay with the other surgeons of said hospital, supposed himself included in said act, and accordingly applied for the adjustment of his depreciation to the auditors appointed to settle the account of the troops and but to his great surprise and concern your petitioner was informed by the said auditor, that he was not comprehended in the said law.
That your petitioner thereupon represented his case to the honorable the legislature of the State of New York (section blotted here) of his activity, diligence and faithful services in the duties of his station and the cause of his country, that the committee of the assembly of the said state reported most favorably not only to the character and merit of your petitioner but that he ought to be provided for.
That no provision could be made by the state until the same was recommended by an act of Congress.
That your petitioner is the only surgeon of the hospital in the Northern Department who has not received the depreciation of his pay. That he entertains the highest sense of the equity and justice of the United States in the Congress assembles of their equal regard for all their servants who have done their duty with zeal and fidelity.
Your petitioner therefore flattering himself that he will meet in the same justice which has been provided for his brother officers and the other surgeons of the said hospital, humbly prays that the honorable United States in Congress assembled will be pleased to take his care into consideration, and recommend it to the legislature of the State of New York to cause the depreciation upon his pay to be allowed and adjusted with the same manner as it has already been done for the other surgeons of hospitals inhabitants of the said state.
And your petitioner as in duty bound, shall ever pray. (Signed) Dirk Van Ingen
We the subscribers do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with the petitioner, and his services, that his ongoing fidelity and care with which he performed his duty entitle him to the attention and notice of the public and therefore joining with him in praying that the honorable the United States in Congress assembled, will be pleased to grant the prayer of his petition.
Gerrit A. Lansing
Nich’s Van Wanken
John Clute Junr.
ohn Scott Junr
Duman Wm Dougall
Teson D. De Graaf
John Ten Beckman
Thomas H. Wendel
lJohn S. B(blotted)
Simon De Graff
Daniel De Graff
Peter Van Dysseling
Abraham P. Frac
Teggr Van Santwood
Seymen H. Vedder
John Y. Lansing Junr
Corn’ T. Van Santwood
Jacob Ten Eyck
Jno. B. Van Ess
H. Ten Eyck, Junr.
Aber. Canons Cyak
Cornelius P. Van Slyck
Corn. Van Schillingne
John W. Wendell
Myndert S. Ten Eyck
Cornelius A. Van Slyck
Admis Van Petten Jr
Simon D. VanAntwerp
Mans. M. Van Vranken
Robt. H. Wandell
Jn. W. Pruyor
John Van Sice
Henry Ten Eyck
John Ten Broeck
Peter W. Dorn
of New York
County of Albany
I, Abraham Van Ingen heir at law of Dirk Van Ingen do upon my oath declare and testify that to the best of my knowledge and belief the said Dirk Van Ingen entered the service of the United States as Hospital Surgeon in the New York Continental Line in the year 1777 and served in the hospital of the Northern Department under the direction of Mr. Trent, Physician General of the Northern Department of the Continental Line, and that he continued in the service until he became a supernumerary? Surgeon in January 1780. I further declare that I have never received a warrant for the Bounty Land promised to said Dirk Van Ingen on the part of the United States, nor do I believe that he ever received it or transferred his claim to it in any manner whatsoever. Therefore know all men by these presents, that I Abraham Van Ingen aforesaid do hereby constitute and appoint Vespasian Elles of Accomack Virginia to be my true lawful attorney for me and in my name to demand and receive from the Secretary of war of the United States a warrant for the quantity of land due to me as aforesaid and my said attorney is hereby fully authorized and empowered to constitute and appoint one or more substitutes or “Attorneys” under him for the special purposes above expressed.
Witness my hand and seal the twenty first day of March 1833.
(Signed) Abm Van Ingen
The Last Will and Testament of Dirk Van Ingen
In the name of God, Amen, I Dirk Van Ingen of the City of Schenectady being weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind and understanding, and mindful that it is my duty to arrange my temporal affairs in proper order while by the blessing of God an opportunity is afforded me for the purpose, do make this my last will and testament in form following:-
Impeimes, I will that my funeral expenses and just debts be first paid by my executors herein after named out of my personal and real estate; and for that purpose and for the payment of the Legacies herein after mentioned, I hereby impower my said executors to grant, bargain, sell and convey the whole of my real estate or so much thereof as they shall deem necessary.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Gertrude her heirs, executors and administrators the sum of one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars of the money of account of the United States, together with all her clothing and the furniture which she possessed at the time of our intermarriage, or which she has obtained since, and also my Negro girl named Criss and also the use and occupation of my present dwelling house and the lot of ground whereon the same is erected. To have and to hold the said dwelling house and lot of ground to my said wife, her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns for and during the term of one year from the time of my decease and no longer; which devises and bequests to my said wife are in lieu and bar of her dower out of my said real estate.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my three daughters Francina, Elizabeth and Judith, all the household furniture whereof I shall be possessed at the time of my decease excepting what has been acquired by my wife and is above bequeathed to her, to be divided between my said daughters share and share alike.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my three sons, John V. Van Ingen, James Van Ingen, and Abraham Van Ingen and their survivors or survivor of them and his and their heirs, the sum of one thousand and seventy five dollars of like money as aforesaid. In trust nevertheless that they shall apply the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars part thereof for the separate use and behoof of my daughter Elizabeth Mercer and her children and the remaining sum of three hundred and twenty five dollars for the separate use and behoof of my daughter Francina Demarest and her children so that neither of the present husbands of my said two daughters shall in any manner partake of the benefit of the above devised and bequests to the use of my said daughters Francina and Elizabeth and to my daughter Judith I give the sum of three hundred and seventy five dollars.
I hereby impower my said executors to give unto my grandson Henry Glen Van Ingen or his heirs, such sum or sums of money as they in their discretion shall deem proper, not exceeding in the whole the sum of fifty dollars like money as aforesaid.
I give unto my grand child William Mercer my silver watch.
Having given unto my son Joseph as farm, my will is that he be therewith content.
I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my real and personal estate of what kind or nature so ever the same may be, and wheresoever the same may be situate, after payment of my just debts and funeral charges, and the legacies and bequests above mentioned, unto my three sons, John, James and Abraham and to their heirs and assigns forever.
I nominate and appoint my sons, John, James and Abraham above named, executors of this my last will and testament, herein by revoking all former wills and testaments by me made in witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six.
(Signed) Dirk Van Ingen.
Witness: I. W. Hagerman
Joseph C. Yates
Whereas, I Dirk Van Ingen of the city of Schenectady have duly made and published
my last will and testament in writing, hereby I have among other things devised
a certain portion or share of my estate to my son John V. Van Ingen, and whereas
my said son hath departed this life since the making and publishing of my
said will, whereby the devise intended to be made to him has become void and
inoperative and whereas my son Abraham Van Ingen has made sundry advances
for my said son John and hath lately become and possible for monies due from
the said John to the Bank of Albany now therefore I do hereby give, devise
and bequeath to my said son Abraham all and singular the share or portion
of my estate real and personal which is by my last will and testament devised
or bequeathed to my said son John, to have and to hold the same to my said
son Abraham his heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby desire this my codicil
to be annexed to and taken as part of my last will and testament which in
other respects I do hereby ratify and confirm declaring this to be an additional
codicil to my said will and testament and to be accepted and taken as part
thereof. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty
third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
(Signed) Dirk Van Ingen
Witness: Nicholas Hall
Be it remembered, that on the nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen personally appeared before me, Robert Hudson Surrogate of the County of Schenectady, James Rosea one of the subscribing witness to the last will and testament of Dir Van Ingen in the City of Schenectady, in the County of Schenectady, deceased, who being duly sworn on his oath declared that he saw the aforesaid deceased sign and seal the instrument hereto annexed, purporting to be the last will and testament of Dirk Van Ingen, deceased and heard him declare the same as and for his last will and testament that at the time of executing the same he was of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best knowledge and belief of the said deponent that his name subscribed thereto as a witness is of his own proper handwriting and that he subscribed his name thereto in the presence of the testator and that he also saw Joseph W. Hagerman and Joseph C. Yates and other witnesses sign their names as such in the presence of the testator.
Be it also remembered that on the day and year aforesaid also personally appeared before me the aforesaid surrogate David Boyd one of the subscribing witnesses to the codicil annexed to the said last will and testament of the said Dirk Van Ingen (and also here to annexed) who being duly sworn on his oath declares that he saw the said Dirk Van Ingen sign and seal the said instrument purporting to be a codicil to be annexed to his said last will and testament, and heard him declare the same and for a codicil to be annexed as aforesaid that at the time of executing the same he was of a sound disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best knowledge and belief of him the said deponent, that his name subscribed thereto as a witness is of his own hand writing and that he subscribed his name thereto in the presence of the testator and that he also saw Nicholas Hall and Isaac Degraff the other witnesses to said codicil subscribe their names as such in the presence of the testator Dirk Van Ingen.
Be it also remembered, that on the twenty seventh day of May in the year aforesaid, Abraham Van Ingen one of the executors nominated in the preceding will likewise personally appeared before me the aforesaid surrogate and duly qualified to the faithful performance and execution of the same by taking the usual oath in such cases made and provided. James Van Ingren one of the other executors nominated in the said will having renounced his right to the executorship under said will as by his renunciation on file in this office will appear and then death of John V. Van Ingen the other executor being duly proved before me the said surrogate.
Robert Hudson, Surrogate of the County of Schenectady