Pieter Van Buskirk

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Pieter Van Buskirk (c. January 1, 1655 – July 21, 1738[1]), also spelled Boskerck, is considered the first settler in the Constable Hook area of Bayonne, New Jersey.

Van Buskirk was the son of Laurens Andriessen Van Buskirk and Jannetje Jans,[2] settlers to New Netherland. Not long after their arrival at New Amsterdam they moved to Bergen, settling at Minkakwa.[3]

Van Buskirk built a home and farm around the year 1700 on a bluff overlooking the shore of Upper New York Bay on what became known as Van Buskirk's Point at the confluence of the bay and Kill van Kull. Van Buskirk started a small family cemetery next to his house in 1736. His wife, Tryntje died on October 31 of that year and is buried in the cemetery. Pieter Van Buskirk died two years later and was also buried in the cemetery.[4]

For over 200 years, Van Buskirk and his descendants lived in his farmhouse. Today, the farm and the cemetery are gone. Both were demolished in 1906 by the Standard Oil Company, which purchased the land to expand their refinery. A different cemetery that was opened by James Van Buskirk still exists today. Part of the cemetery still exists due to a "restoration project" of the 1980s. The cemetery is surrounded by property owned by International-Matex Tank Terminals which operates a marine terminal together with storage and handling for bulk liquid products.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ Charles H. Winfield, 1874. "History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey, From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time". NYC, NY: Kennard & Hay Stationary Mfg. and Printing Co.
  2. ^ Evjen, John O. (1916). Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674. K. C. Holter Publishing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1916.
  3. ^ http://www.getnj.com/hudberg/genealogical133.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.graveinfo.com/NJ/Bayonne/vanbuskirk/index.shtml
  5. ^ Standard Oil Wins Title To Burial Plot In Midst of Constable Hook Tanks http://www.graveinfo.com/NJ/Bayonne/vanbuskirk/index.html
  6. ^ Kathleen M. Middleton, Images of America - Bayonne ISBN 0-7524-0069-X (Arcadia Publishing Corp., 1995)
  7. ^ Ancestry.com, accessed December 17, 2007.

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