Events in the Life of Moses Van Campen

Occasions in the life of Moses Van Campen and those which provide historical reference. 

1757 >

January 21 - Moses Van Campen is born in Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey to Cornelius Van Campen and Wyntje Depue. See Birthplace of Moses Van Campen Narrowed. 

1761 > Margaret McClure, future Mrs. Moses Van Campen, is born. See Fort McClure Chapter DAR Honors Moses.
1778 > April - Moses Van Campen builds Fort Wheeler on the farm of Isaiah Wheeler and the banks of Fishing Creek. See map N 41° 1' 48.922" W 076° 26' 10.396", Gallery, and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Honors Moses.
1780 > March 29 - Moses Van Campen, his Father and Brother are attacked by Indians.  His Father and Brother are killed.  Moses is taken prisoner. See The Revolutionary Patriot1780 Attack, Capture & Escape , His Thrilling Adventures, and Early Settlements in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
1780 > April 2 - Moses Van Campen and two fellow captors escape captivity, killing nine of ten Indians and wounding the tenth. See The Revolutionary Patriot1780 Attack, Capture & Escape , His Thrilling Adventures, and Early Settlements in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
1780 > April 8 - Moses Van Campen is commissioned as Lieutenant of Infantry in the Pennsylvania Line.
1781 > Early in the year, Moses Van Campen stockades the home of Mrs. James McClure, on the bank of the Susquehanna and one mile above the mouth of Fishing creek.  The fortification is named Fort McClure. See Fort McClure Chapter DAR Honors Moses.
1781 > November - Moses Van Campen is ordered to Reading, PA to serve as Adjutant (administrative assistant to a commanding officer).
1782 >

April 16 – Moses Van Campen is taken prison by Indians at Bald Eagle Creek, PA.

1782 > Moses Van Campen is captured by the Seneca’s, keepers of the western door of the Iroquois confederacy, and is forced to run the gauntlet thirty rods west to their ancient Council House (now preserved in Letchworth Park).
1783 > January - Moses Van Campen is freed by the British in a prisoner exchange in New York.
1783 > March - Moses Van Campen rejoins his company in Northumberland County.
1783 > September 3 - The Treaty of Paris is signed ending American Revolutionary War.
1783 > November 16 - Moses Van Campen and company are discharged from duty.
1783 > December 10 - Moses Van Campen marries Margaret McClure.
1784 > Before October 10 - Mary Van Campen is born to Moses Van Campen and Margaret McClure. She is baptised on October 10.
1786 > Before October 29 - Anna Van Campen is born to Moses Van Campen and Margaret McClure. She is baptised on October 29.
1789 > Before September 15 - Priscilla Van Campen is born to Moses Van Campen and Margaret McClure. She is baptised on September 15. 
1792 > Before April 3 - Elizabeth Van Campen is born to Moses Van Campen and Margaret McClure. She is baptised on April 3.
1794 > Before March 3 - Lavina Van Campen is born to Moses Van Campen and Margarate McClure. She is baptised on March 3.
1796 > Moses Van Campen moves to McHenry Valley (near Almond, NY). See map N 42°17'38.6" W 77°47'38.3"
1806 >

Moses Van Campen begins service as member of the Highway Commission. He serves in this capacity in the years 1806, 1808-1813, 1815-1817, 1818-1822, 1825, and 1830.

1807 >

Moses Van Campen begins service as Highway Overseer. He serves in this capacity in the years 1807, 1812, and 1814.

1807 >

August 12 - Moses Van Campen is appointed Judge of Common Pleas, Allegany County, NY.

1807 > November 10 - Moses Van Campen serves as lead Judge and charges the Grand Jury at the first Court in Allegany County, NY.
1808 > January 9 - Moses Van Campen and a number of other Masonic brethren formulate a Petition to the Grand Lodge of New York to establish the Angelica Lodge. The choice of recommended Officers included Moses Van Campen as Senior Warden. See Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.
1808 > Moses Van Campen begins service as Freeholder.  He serves in this capacity in the years 1808, 1809, and 1811.
1808 > March 11 - Moses Van Campen, John Gibson, and William Higgins are commissioned to build the Allegany County Courthouse and Jail on one of the public lots near the square of the village of Angelica, NY.
1808 > August 25 - 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. See Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.
1809 > Moses Van Campen completes building his home in Angelica, NY.  The home later takes the name "Van Campen Place." See map N 42°18'07.1" W 77°59'53.8" and Gallery.
1810 > Moses Van Campen begins service as Licensee. He serves in this capacity from 1810-1813.
1811 > Moses Van Campen begins service on Commission of Excise.  He serves in this capacity in the years 1811, 1812, and 1814.
1812 > Moses Van Campen beings service as Justice of the Peace. He serves in this capacity from 1812 to 1814.
1812 > May 6 - Moses Van Campen, Margaret Van Campen, Prudence Johnson, David Chamberlain, Elizabeth Chamberlain, and James Renwick, under the leadership of Rev. John Niles of Bath, NY, organize the Presbyterian Church in Angelica, NY. Moses Van Campen was then elected and ordained ruling Elder. He served in this capacity from 1812 to 1831.
1814 > Moses Van Campen begins service as County Treasurer, Allegany County, NY.  He serves in this capacity from 1814 to 1826.
1815 > Moses Van Campen serves as Constable. He serves in this capacity in the year 1815.
1816 > March - Margaret McClure, Mrs. Moses Van Campen, dies in Dansville, NY at the age of 54.
1824 > Moses Van Campen begins service as Assessor. He serves in this capacity in the years 1824 and 1826.
1824 > Moses Van Campen begins service as Election Inspector. He services in this capacity in the year 1824.
1828 > Moses Van Campen serves as Deputy County Clerk, Allegany County, NY. He serves in this capacity in the year 1828.
1831 > Moses Van Campen moves from Angelica, NY to Dansville, NY. See map N 42°33'41.3" W 77°41'43.9"
1842 > Sketches of Border Adventures in the Life and Times of Moses Van Campen, A Surviving Soldier of the Revolution (First Edition) by John N. Hubbard, Grandson of Moses, is published.
1845 > February - Moses Van Campen takes ill and is stricken with paralysis.
1847 > Moses Van Campen makes partial recovery, having been cared for by his forth Daughter, Elizabeth Hubbard.  
1848 > May - Moses Van Campen moves to the home of his grandson Joseph Lockhart, son of his first daughter, Mary Lockhart, in Almond, NY.
1849 > June - Moses Van Campen moves back to his "old place" in Angelica, NY (Van Campen Place) to live with his second Daughter, Anna Burr. See map N 42°18'07.1" W 77°59'53.8".
1849 > October 15 - Moses Van Campen dies in Angelica, NY at the age of 92 years and 9 months.
1893 > Sketches of Border Adventures in the Life and Times of Moses Van Campen, A Surviving Soldier of the Revolution (Second Edition) by John N. Hubbard and John S. Minard is published.
1907 > April 10 - The Fort McClure Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), donate a stone marker and plaque commemorating the site of Fort McClure. See Fort McClure Chapter DAR Honors Moses and Gallery.
1908 > August 25 - The Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), donate a boulder marker and plaque commemorating the site where, in 1782, Moses Van Campen was forced to run the gauntlet thirty rods west to the ancient Council House of the Seneca Indians by whom he was being held captive. See Gallery.
1915 > The Moses Van Campen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) dedicate a stone marker and plaque commemorating the site of Fort Wheeler. See Moses Van Campen Chapter of the DAR and Gallery.
1933 > Named in his honor, the Hotel Moses Van Campen opens in Benton, PA, replacing the Benton Hotel known as the McHenry House which was lost to fire. See Hotel Moses Van Campen.
1948 > May 8 - The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) dedicates a historical marker commemorating the building of Fort McClure in 1781 by Moses Van Campen. See Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Honors Moses.
1948 > May 10 - The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) dedicates a historical marker commemorating the building of Fort Wheeler in 1778 by Moses Van Campen. See Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Honors Moses.
2009 > Three Journeys to the Genesee, The Life of Moses Van Campen, A Frontier Biography by Molly Beer, a native of Angelica, NY, is published. See New Biography Published.
2009 > Website "Moses Van Campen ... In Tribute" is launched.

“His Christianity was pure,

his views of religion sound

and scriptural, and his fidelity

and integrity of character

were like his own well aimed rifle,

true to the mark.”

 

– Rev. Thomas Aitken

Obituary of Moses Van Campen

"I was nurtured in the school of the rifle and the tomahawk."

 

- Moses Van Campen

“The notes of war are hushed,

The rage of battle o’er,

The warrior is at rest,

He hears our praise no more.

The soldier nobly fought

For all we dearly love,

He fought to gain a heavenly crown,

And now he reigns above.”


- Rev. Thomas Aitken

Inscription, Moses Van Campen's tombstone