- ABRAM DE BAUN. The common ancestor of all the DeBauns in Bergen
and Hudson Counties was Joost de Baen, a native of Brussels in
Flanders (Belgium), who came over to New Amsterdam in 1683. The
next year he married Elizabeth Drabb and located at Bushwick,
L. I., where he was soon afterward made town clerk. In 1686 he
removed to New Utrecht, where he was elected town clerk and taught
the village school. This was during the controversy over the
conduct of Governor Leisler. De Baen entered that contest and
took an active part against the Governor, which caused him to
lose his clerkship. He, however, continued to teach school and
to reside at New Utrecht, where he took the oath of allegiance
to the English king in 1687. Early in 1704 he sold his lands,
of which he acquired a considerable area, and removed to Bergen
County, N. J., where he joined the Kinderkamack settlement. He
died in 1718 or 1719. His children of the second generation were
Matie (married, in 1705 (?), David Samuels Demarest), Christian
(married Judith Samuels Demarest), Mayke, Carrel, Christina,
Jacobus, and Maria.
- Of these seven children, Carrel
(Charles), (2) married, in 1714, Jannetie Peters Haring, of Tappan.
He first bought a large farm, in 1719, on the north side of Hardenbergh
Avenue (now in Harrington ownshi0), extending from the Schraalenburgh
road to the Tiena Kill (including part of which is now Demarest),
on which for a time he resided. Shortly after 1721 he sold this
farm and bought several large tracts between the Hackensack and
the Pascack Rivers, on one of which he settled and died. His
issue of the third generation were Joost, Margaret, Elizabeth,
John, Jacob, Carrel, and Christiaen.
- Carrel (3), born in 1728, married
(1) Bridget Ackerman (born December 10, 1731, died January 27,
1793) and (2) Lea Van Orden. He was a farmer by occupation, and
settled in the upper part of Bergen County. His issue of the
fourth generation were Carrel, Margaret, Abram, Jannetie, Andrew,
Sarah, David, John, and Isaac.
- Isaac de Baun (4) was born December
9, 1779, and died June 18, 1870. He was a farmer and resided
nearly all his life at Monsey, N. Y. He married June 13, 1807,
Elizabeth Yenry, who died August 24, 1875. Their children of
the fifth generation were Abram, Elizabeth, Maria, Bridget, Rachel,
Jane, and John Y.
- John Y. de Baun (5) was born at
Monsey, N. Y., August 22, 1827. He was a remarkably precocious
child. Although he had but an ordinary common school education
he, by dint of an untiring perseverance and constant application
to study, qualified himself for the ministry (which under the
circumstances was a rare achievement), and on April 17, 1855,
was licensed to preach by the Classis of Hackensack of the True
Reformed Dutch Church. His first charge included the churches
of Hempstead in Rockland County, N. Y., and at Ramseys in Bergen
County, N. J., where he preached alternately until 1860, when
he took charge of the two churches at Hackensack and English
Neighborhood, N. J. Of these two churches he was the pastor for
twenty-six years. During this time he resided at Hackensack,
where he established and was the editor of the Banner of Truth,
a monthly magazine, which is still the organ of the True Reformed
Dutch Church. He died at Leonia, N. J., in February, 1895. He
was twice married: (1) April 8, 1849, to Margaret Iserman, who
died about 1893, and (2) to Jane Van Houton, who survives him.
He was a thoroughly self-made man, an eloquent preacher, and
in every way worthy of his high and noble calling. His issue
of the sixth generation were Susan E., Martha A., James D., Abram,
Edwin, Anna, John Z., James E., and Isaac C., of whom Abram (6)
is the subject of this sketch.
- Abram de Baun (6) was born April
2, 1856, at Monsey, N. Y., where he spent his childhood days.
When old enough he entered Hackensack Academy, where he had the
benefit of a full course of study, and then entered the law office
of A. D. Campbell, at Hackensack, as a law student. He was admitted
to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in June, 1877, and as a
counselor in June, 1880. After his call to the bar he became
a business partner of his old tutor, with whom he remained until
March, 1894, when he formed a law partnership with Milton Demarest,
with whom he is still associated in a lucratice [sic] practice.
- Mr. De Baun was clerk of the Bergen
County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1878 to 1895 and for
three years a member of the Hackensack Improvement Commission,
during two years of which he was treasurer. For twelve years
he has been counsel for the Hackensack Mutual Building and Loan
Association. He is a Director of the Hackensack Old Ladies' Home.
- He married (1) in 1878 Mary B.
Christie, of Leonia. She died in September, 1881, and he married
(2), October 2, 1884, Lydia B. Christie. He has no children.
- Source: Genealogical
History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor,
Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing
Company, 1900, pages 138-139.