Guide to the Voorhees Family Genealogy Collection 1641-1989 MG 1539


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Container List

Bible, Photographs and other Documentation

Guide to the Voorhees Family Genealogy Collection
MG 1539
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
Phone: (973) 596-8500 x249
© 2005 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Julia Telonidis.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Voorhees Family
Title: Voorhees Family Genealogy Collection
Dates 1641-1989
Abstract: Contains a 17th century Voorhees family Bible, and other genealogy related documents, including a marriage certificate, correspondence, and photographs.
Quantity: .33 linear feet/ 1 box
Collection Number: MG 1539

Biographical Note

Steven Coerts Van Voorhees emigrated from Ruinen, Holland to the United States in April 1660 and settled in Flatlands, Long Island, New York (present day Brooklyn). He was married 3 times and had a total of 10 children. In 1686, his son, Albert Stevens Voorhees purchased land near Hackensack, N.J. Subsequent generations of the Voorhees family settled throughout Hunterdon, Somerset and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey. Some of the more prominent Voorhees family members include Abraham Voorhees, who was closely affiliated with Rutgers College, having contributed both money and property to the institution. In the 1880s, John J. Voorhees, a sixth generation descendant of Steven Coerts Van Voorhees, became president of the Voorhees Rubber Manufacturing Company of Jersey City, one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country. In the 20th century, the Voorhees family descendants are numerous and retain communication through the Van Voorhees Association, an organization that produces Voorhees family newsletters and coordinates annual family reunions.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes the Voorhees family Bible, which was printed in Holland in 1640 or 1641 and contains hand-written family records dating from 1645 through the late 18th century. The book was brought to this country in 1660 by the original immigrant ancestor of the Voorhees family, Steven Coerte Van Voorhees. The collection also includes photographs, correspondence, essays, a genealogical chart, a marriage certificate and other items that document the history and genealogy of the Voorhees family.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Voorhees family.
Subject Topics:
Voorhees family–Genealogy.
Subject Places:
Hunterdon County (N.J.)
Middlesex County (N.J.)
Somerset County (N.J.)
Document Types:
Letters (Correspondence).
Marriage certificates.

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Related Material

For collections containing information on the Voorhees family, see:

Manuscript Collection 1148, Howard Crosby Voorhees Collection.

Manuscript Group 1411, Elias Boudinot Stockton (d. 1918), Genealogist, Collection.

Manuscript Collection 1444, John Neafie Genealogy Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1539, Voorhees Family Genealogy Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Florence E. Voorhees, 1995.

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“Descendants of Coert Van Voorhees.” 22 Feb. 2005. <>

The Van Voorhees family.
/ Albert L. Stokes.
[New Brunswick, N.J.?] : Van Voorhees Association, 1984-.

Van Voorhees family in early New York/New Jerseycompiled by George R. Griffiths.
Chandler, AZ : G. Griffiths, [1995].

Van Voorhees nieuwsbrief : a publication of the Van Voorhees Association. 22 Feb. 2005 <>

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Container List

Bible, Photographs and other Documentation

Box Title Date
1 Voorhees family Bible, printed in Old Dutch. Included in the first few pages are handwritten genealogical notes on the Voorhees family, earliest entry, 1645. Condition: very fragile. 1640 or 1641
1 1 Van Voorhees genealogical chart titled “Line of Descent of Elias W. Van Voorhis, of 129 East 36th St. New York City. [born 1844] n.d.
1 1 Marriage certificate : John J. Voorhees and Annie M. Collier. 1874 Dec. 12
1 1 Photographs of a farmhouse, a chapel and and elderly woman. (3) n.d.
1 1 Correspondence between members of the Voorhees family, providing genealogical information. (4) 1921-1989
1 1 Handwritten and typed essays with genealogical information. (4) n.d.
1 1 Copies of pages from books, providing genealogical information about various family members. (5) n.d.
1 1 Blank order form for “The Van Voorhees Genealogy, Volume I”, addressed to Mr. J.D. Voorhees. n.d.
1 1 Newspaper clipping of the lyrics for the “Holland National Song” n.d.

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