Life and Times
Borrowing from the title of John N. Hubbard's "Sketches of Border Adventures in the Life and Times of Major Moses VanCampen," the following "sketches" or short stories help chronicle the "life and times" of Moses Van Campen. The sources are far and wide; reflecting the varied places, communities and people to which Moses contributed throughout his long life.
November 1, 2013
Combining the knowledge from Contributions to the Family History and Genealogy of the Van Campen Family of America Ulster County, N.Y., Branch, Volume II and the D. Stanton Hammond Hunterdon Co., NJ, Land Owner Maps, the birthplace of Moses Van Campen can be narrowed to the highlighted area on this detail of Hammond Map D.
In April of 1888, Mary Lockhart wrote to the The Historical Record, A Quarterly Publication Devoted Principally To The Early History of Wyoming Valley And Contiguous Territory, sharing her knowledge of Moses and his descendants. Her letter is presented below as it appeared in The Historical Record of 1888.
The early settlements of Columbia County, Pennsylvania include those of the Van Campen, Salmon and Aikman families. Published in 1915, "Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania," details the location of their homesteads and their struggles as pioneering settlers of the region.
A revised edition of "Otzinachson: A History of the West Branch Valley of the Sesquehanna" by John Franklin Meginness was published 1889. This edition expanded considerably from the sketch of Moses Van Campen that appeared in the original 1857 edition of similar title. "Moses Van Campen and His Thrilling Adventures" from Chapter 26 appears below in its entirety.
Published in 1903, "Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society - Volume VI" includes a brief yet spirited biography of Moses Van Campen followed by superb story telling of the 1780 and 1782 capture of Moses Van Campen by the Indians; both of which lead to his initial meeting of and resulting life-long friendship with the renowned Horatio Jones.
On August 25, 1808, Moses Van Campen and a number of other Masonic brethren gather for the installation of the Angelica Lodge; their Petition of January 9 of the same year having been granted by the Grand Lodge of New York. The following article is from an 1847 issue of The Freemason's Monthly Magazine.