Eskridge/Eveland/Van Buskirk Family
Colonel George Eskridge came to America about the year 1610, probably from Lincolnshire County, England. He located near the mouth of the Teocomice River on the banks of the Potomac River, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was an eminent lawyer, and represented his county in the House of Burgesses for many years. He worshiped at the Old Yeoconice Church.
He married first, Rebecca Bonum, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Phillpot Bonum.
Their children were William, George Jr., Samuel (Volks-Craddock) Forten They had one girl child Elizabeth.
George Eskridge was made guardian of Mary Ball, born 1707. Her father died when she
was three years of age. Her mother married in 1713, Captain Richard Howes and Mrs.
Howes died in 1721. She spent most of her younger years in the home of the Eskridge
family and her mother's will which reads, "My daughter Mary Johnson Ball, do I put
under the tutelage and government of Colonel George Eskridge". Her son and trusted
and beloved friend were appointed executors of her estate. Mary Ball married March 6,
1730, August Washington, and named her first son George, in honor of her old friend
and guardian, Colonel George Eskridge. Colonel Eskridge died in 1735.
George Eskridge Jr. married Hannah Rust, daughter of Samuel and Martha Rust. Their children were Samuel, George, William, and Rebecca. George Eskridge, Jr. died in 1731.
Samuel, first son of George and Hannah Rust Eskridge was born 1723 and married
Mary Foushee Lewis. Their children were George, Samuel and Thomas.
George, first son of Samuel and Mary Lewis Eskridge, and great grandson of Colonel
George Eskridge married Nelly Harvey, March 9, 1778. The children of Captain George and Nelly Harvey Eskridge were Harvey Foushee, Sarah and Rebecca.
Captain George Eskridge was born in 1757, place unknown. He enlisted in 1775, while a
resident of Northumberland County, VA, and served in Light Dragoon under P. P.
Thorston. He then served as a Minuteman, under Captain Thomas Jones of
Northumberland County. In 1766, he was commissioned Ensign and served in Captain
Edwin Hull's and Captain George L. Turberville's commands, of Colonel David Mason's
Fifteenth Virginia Regiment. On January 1, 1777, he was commissioned Lieutenant of
Captain Hulls's Company and Colonel David Mason's Regiment. In August, 1779, he
was commissioned Captain of the militia of Northumberland County, VA and was in the
siege of Yorkton. Date of discharge is not known. He was allowed a pension on application, executed August 18, 1818, at which time he lived in Hampshire County, VA.
His son was referred to in 1821, and it was stated that many years ago he had lived
near Winchester, VA. In 1844 there appeared in the Winchester paper a notice for the
heirs of Captain George Eskridge, and the whereabouts of Harvey and Sarah Eskridge,
in regard to the settlement of the estate. These heirs, not being found, the entire estate
was transferred to his daughter who had remained in Virginia, and married Hector Ball.
His son and daughter had long ago moved to the west.
Sarah Eskridge, born about 1777, in Virginia, married Richard Beal Dimmitt, probably the son of William Dimmitt and Dorothy Swan, whose father was Burch Swan, of Baltimore County, Maryland. Richard Beal Dimmitt married first Belina Dimmitt, and second Sarah Eskridge. Their children were Beal Harvey, born November 28, 1806, Burch Swan born January 11, 1808, William Bell born November 3, 1810, James
Shearer born October 1, 1812, Mary Ann and Evelyn Jane born May 17, 1815. Sarah Eskridge Dimmitt died in Highland County, Ohio, December 12, 1853, and her
husband died June 3, 1845.
Lucia or Louisa Ellen Dimmitt married October 25, 1835, Joseph Eveland, son of Harmon and Jeanette (Johnson) Eveland. Their children were Beal, Dimmitt and Louisa.
The first generation of record in America:
They trace the line of descent directly from Laurens Andriessen Van Buskirk, who came to America from Holstein, Denmark, in 1655 and his wife Jannetje Jans.
To the Eveland line, this authentic record is directly from one David Eveland, born 1690, settled on the Raritan River in New Jersey, prior to the sixth month in 1733, and died in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey between May 28, 1753 and November 9, 1761, where his will was on file, in which he named his wife "Mary Eveland
- - and my seven children - - ." David and Mary's children were John of Newton Sussex
County, NJ, Peter, Fredrick of Hunterdon, Sussex Co, NJ who died June 3, 1766, Margaretta, Magdalina, Mary, and one other girl, name unknown.
Fredrick Eveland, son of David and Mary Eveland, was born about 1720. He was
commissioner of the roads of Hunterdon County in 1755. He died in Essex County prior
to June 1766. When letters of administration of his estate were granted to his son
Fredrick, Jr., wife Anna Woolever, daughter of Jacob Woolever.
The children of Fredrick and Anna Woolever Eveland were John of Glen Garden, Hunterdon Co. NJ, born January 5, 1766, died March 5 17??, married Esther Van Buskirk, born January 28, 1751, died August 12, 1843; Daniel, a Revolutionary soldier, Peter born about 1760, who married a Rebecca and was also a Revolutionary soldier;
George who settled in Ohio or Canada, Samuel of Philadelphia PA, and Fredrick, Jr. Van Buskirk or Van Boskirk or Esther Van Buskirk Eveland was the daughter of Peter Van Buskirk, whose will is on file at Trenton, NJ in will book 20, p.p.s. 241-243 dated (proved) July 30, 1778. Peter mentions eleven children, among them "Esther" wife of John Eveland, 2 grandchildren and his "beloved wife Jane". In this will the names of the children appear as in the following order;
To my eldest son Thomas
To my daughter Margaret (wife of Benjamin Streams)
To my daughter Aulteys (wife of Abraham Struts)
To my son Lucas Van Buskirk
Unto my grandchildren, Peter Forister and Mary Forister, children of John Forister and my daughter Aulteys
Unto my son Hannas Van Buskirk
Unto my daughter Manr wife of George Bangheart
Unto my daughter Jane, wife of Robert Mills
Unto my daughter Esther, wife of John Eveland
Unto my daughter Alice Van Buskirk
Unto my beloved Wife, Jane Van Buskirk
Direct to my sons John and Peter, etc. etc.
Unto my son John Van Buskirk who was baptized by that name, that farm I purchased from Samuel Johnson Esq.
Unto my youngest son, Peter Van Buskirk, the farm I live on.
His X signed Peter Van Buskirk, signed and sealed in the presence
The accompanying record shows that the above Peter, or Pieter Van Buskirk, is
the son of Major Thomas L. Van Buskirk, the latter the fourth son of Lourens Andrisson
Van Buskirk, who came from Holstein, Denmark, in 1655. Pieter was one of the eleven
children mentioned in the will of Thomas Van Buskirk filed October 20, 1748 in Libr, P
539 New Jersey Archives, of Reeding, Hunterdon Co. NJ, a copy of this will also
appears with the accompanying record. The dates and places of filing show the
generations in the line of descent from Lourens Van Buskirk to Esther Van Buskirk to be
correct and authentic. The records of Lourens Van Buskirk makes his descendants
eligible to membership in many patriotic societies today including: Colonial Dames,
colonial Daughters of the 17th Century, Founders and Patriots of America, etc.
He rose to be a member of the governors council, Chief Justice of the Bergan
Justices, and the first man to administer the Coroners Las in America. His records first
appear in a deed, 29 June, 1656 for a lot on Broad Street, New Amsterdam. (now New
He then purchased a tract of land at Minhakwa, New Greenville, New Jersey. He
took the oath of allegiance 2 November, 1665. He married Jannetje Jans, widow of
Christian Bernstein, with her he received a fortune and four sons by her first marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Buskirk died in 1695. (the name Buskirk means "Church in the
Reference: "Chambers early Germans of New Jersey, pg 541. Lourens A Van
Buskirk's marriage recorded in Vol.1, pg. 23, New York Dutch Records. He moved to
Bergan, now part of Jersey City in 1662 and received a patent for 170 acres of land 26
March, 1667. Reference: Winfield's "Land Titles of Hudson Co. NJ.
The four other children of Lourens A Van Buskirk and wife Jannetje Jans were:
Andres, baptized March 3, 1669, died 1724
Laurens, married Hendrickje Van der Linde, his will dates May 7, 1722, approved January 4, 1724
Peter born January 1, 1666, married Trentje Hemause, daughter of Hans Hemause, died July 21, 1738.
Thomas, youngest son of the four born in Bergan, East Jersey. We descend from this Major Thomas.
Peter Van Buskirk was a son of Major Thomas Van Buskirk and Peter was the
father of Esther Van Buskirk Eveland.
The children of Esther Van Buskirk and John Eveland were Peter, Jane, who
married a Martinas, Esther, who also married a Martinas, Harmon, Elsie who married a
McKinney, Fredrick and Joseph. Their son Joseph was born June 22, 1810 and died August, 1884. He married first, Louisa E. Dimmitt in October, 1835. She was born in Maryland, November 3, 1810,
the daughter of Richard Beal Dimmitt and Sarah E. Eskridge. She died November 15,
1838, in Ohio. Their children were, Janette, Beal, and Louisa. The second wife of Joseph Eveland was Evelyn Jane Dimmitt, a sister of his first wife. Their children were Martha, Sarah, Harmon, Peter, Esther, Katurah and Frank. Seven other children died in infancy. Evelyn, the second wife of Joseph died March 30, 1904, at Wilton Junction, Muscateen Co., Iowa.
Harmon Aaron Eveland, the third child of Joseph and Evelyn Jane Dimmitt Eveland, was born April 24, 1844. On December 13, 1865 he was married to Anna Beardsley, born February 28, 1844 in Pennsylvania. To this marriage was born:
Mary Evelyn, born in Johnson Co. Iowa, Nov. 17, 1866. She married Anderson Dod Dickey. They had eleven children; Laura May, David Donald, Harmon Eveland,
Eunice Esther, Viola Pearl, Daisy Marie, Alice Clara, Edra Charles, Nelson Russell,
Mary Leah, and Frank Leslie.
Joseph, born July 5, 1869, Johnson Co. IA, and married Anna Dimmitt. To them
were born three children, Hazel, Edwin and Pearl. After Anna's death he married, about
1900, Stella Blackman. They had twin daughters, Marcella and Margarett, who lived only two and three days, William and Alice.
Edwin Jarod, born September 21, 1871, married Salina Johnson. They adopted a boy Lavere, about 1898 and in 1901 a daughter, Leo, was born.
Clara Elizabeth, born February 7, 1874. she married Fernando M. Leeka. Their children were Alford Lester, George I., Orville, Veva, Grace and Nina.
Alice Maria, born March 2, 1876, married Dallas Hefflefinger. They had no children.
Harlin Floyd, born March 20, 1878, died March 2, 1880.
Anna Laura born September 9, 1880, married Charles R. Doran. Their children were Paul William, Carroll A., Leta Bertha, Chester, Raymond, Anna Laura, Emma, and
Ella May born December 15, 1882, married Irvin Rote. Their children were Cecil, Joseph B., (lived one year) Anna Alice, Homer, Victoria, Ted and Dean.
Harmon Lloid born March 5, 1888, married first Lena Grim, and had Raymond, Edith and Lucille. After Lena's death, he married Glayds Olson, they had no children.
Bertha Estella born March 4, 1890, married LeRoy Shearer. They had three daughters Helen, Hilda, and Wilma Jean. LeRoy died in March, 1972.
The children of Harmon and Anna Beardsley Eveland were all born in Iowa, the
two older were born in Johnson County, and the remainder were born after moving to
Dallas County., where all of them grew to adulthood on the farm purchased from the
state of Iowa.
In 1880 the community built the Prairie Center Methodist Church one quarter mile
east of the Eveland home on the hill just west of Misqueto Creek. The cemetery across
the road was a part of the Eveland farm. The Eveland family were regular attendants
along with many families from far and near in all directions, attending Sunday school
and church services. The church was remodeled and a furnace installed in 1910.
All the children, except Mary, Joseph and Bertha married local people, having
grown up in the community. All but three of the family were buried in the local cemetery.
Edwin was buried in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Laura Doran was buried at
Sidney, MT, and Bertha was living in California near their three daughters (in 1972).
Eveland and Van Buskirk: Note: Mrs. Charlotte Howe of Amarillo, Texas had in her
possession 9/14/1928, an original letter from John Eveland, born 1755, dated
September 26, 1831, from Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, NJ, to his daughter
Elsy Eveland McKinney and living then, in Miami Township, Milford Post Office, Ohio,
Our great great grandparents.
The will of John Eveland born 1755 is on file in book #6, pg 512, at Flemington, New
In the name of God, amen:
I, John Eveland of the township of Lebanon, in the county of Hunterdon and the
state of New Jersey, being of perfect mind and memory, and knowing that it is appointed
for all men to die, do make, ordain and publish, this my last will and testament in manner
and form following:
First: I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife, Hester Eveland, one
room in the manshon house, which I now live in, she to have choice of rooms, one good
milch cow, one hog, three sheep and household furniture sufficient to keep house, and
one third of all hay, grain, flax, and all that is raised on said premises, also pasture to his
mother and one third of the products of as mentioned during her natural life, to be
divided into the following manner.
Second: I give and bequeath unto my son Peter Eveland, two daughters, Jane
Martinas And Esther Martinas, each twenty Dollars in lieu of lots of land which I
here-to-fore had given my son Harmon Eveland and my daughter Elsie McKinney, and
the residue of my personal property to be equally divided between my sons and three
daughters, Harmon Eveland, Peter Eveland, Elsie McKinney, Jane Martinas and Esther
Martinas, each to have share alike.
Third: After the decease of my wife, Hester Eveland, I order my executors to
have all my lands equally divided among my six children, Harmon Eveland, Peter
Eveland, Elsey (Eveland) McKinney, Jane Martinas, and Esther Martinas. It is my will
and order that when division is made, that my son Peter Eveland shall keep his brother
Fredrick Eveland during his life, and his share of the land is to go toward supporting him
and at his decease if there be anything left after paying Peter Eveland for keeping the
said Fredrick Eveland, the residue to be equally divided between his brothers and
sisters or their heirs, each to have share alike.
I do hereby appoint my son Peter Eveland, my son-in-law John Martinas and
Adam Rinkle my executors of this, my last will and testament.
In witness whereunto I set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of June in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four. John Eveland, signed
sealed, pronounced by said John Eveland in the presents of us who have in his
presents and the presents of each other, subscribed our names.
Hury Carter, Jr.
Will book no 6. p. 612, Flemington, NJ Proved April 24, 1837
Our line descends from Harmon D. Eveland who married Janetta Johnston. The
marriage of this couple is recorded in Marriage record book vol. 2, p. 94, Hunterdon Co.
NJ in the office of the County Clerk at Flemington, NJ, dated March 30, 1800. They are
buried beside each other in the old Union Cemetery three miles east of Miamiville, Ohio,
and their birth and death dates are recorded on their tombstones. Harmon Eveland, born
in NJ, July 29, 1775, and died August 16, 1831 when he fell from a mill he and his son
were working on with Peter. Peter recovered but Harmon died. It is of this event
Harmon's parents, John and Esther, speak in a letter to their daughter, Elsy McKinney
in 1831. Janetta Johnston was born in NJ October 14, 1780, the daughter of Samuel
and Mary Johnston. They came to Clermont Co. Ohio, near Loveland in 1816, and here
some of their descendants still reside.
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