246. Harmen (Herman) KNICKERBOCKER was born on 20 Jul 1779 in Schaghticoke, NY. (1) Griffith genealogy gives date of birth as 27 July 1779. He died on 30 Jan 1855 in Williamsburg, NY.(1) He was a lawyer and lived at Schaghticoke where he dispensed such generous hospitality that he became known as "Prince of Schaghticoke." There is a tradition to the effect that a clause in the Knickerbocker grants provides that the holder of the title to a certain tract of land must entertain the Mayor and Commonalty of Albany once a year, and this agreement was carried out strenuously. He was elected to the 11th Congress as a Federalist and served from 22 May, 1809, till 3 March, 1811. In 1816 he was chosen to State Assembly and also filled the office of County Judge. He is alluded to by Washington Irving in the Knickerbocker's History of New York as "My cousin, the congressman," and when Mr. Irving visited Washington he introduced him to President Madison as "My cousin Diedrich Knickerbocker, the great historian of New York" It was this intimate friendship which was the origin of Irving's humorous history of New York under the non de plume of Diedrich Knickerbocker (Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 3, p. 562; NY.. Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 34, p. 1, onward). His son, Right Reverend David Buel Knickerbacker, D. D., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indiana, was b. 24 Feb., 1833, at Schaghticoke, d. 31 Dec., 1894, in Indianapolis. He graduated in June, 1853 from Trinity College, and during the next three years studied at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in New York. He then went out to Minnesota as a Missionary of the Episcopal Church and began his labors among the Indians. He became Rector of a church in Minneapolis where he remained until chosen Bishop of Indiana (Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1895).
He was married to Arietta LANSING on 10 Oct 1801. (5) Arietta LANSING died on 17 Mar 1814.(5)
He was married
to Rachel WENDELL on 6 May 1814.(5) Marraige
date could possibly be 6 December, 1814. Rachel WENDELL
was born on 10 Apr 1786.(5) She died
on 29 Jul 1823.(1) Daughter of John H.
Wendel of Albany. Harmen (Herman) KNICKERBOCKER and Rachel WENDELL had the following
+480 i. Catalina Wendell KNICKERBOCKER.
married to Mary BUEL on 20 Jul 1826.(5)
Harmen (Herman) KNICKERBOCKER and Mary BUEL had the following
481 i. David Buel KNICKERBOCKER was born on 24 Feb 1833 in Schaghticoke, NY. (1) He died on 31 Dec 1894 in Indianapolis, IN.(1) He graduated in June, 1853 from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), and during the next three years studied at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in New York. He then went out to Minnesota as a Missionary of the Episcopal Church and began his labors among the Indians. He became Rector of a church in Minneapolis where he remained until chosen Bishop of Indiana (YearBook of the Holland Society of New York, 1895).
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