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Sojourner Truth 1828 Court Documents Found!

An exciting find, indeed! Recently, the original New York State court documents for Sojourner Truth’s case that obtained freedom for her son were uncovered in the State Archives. While researching another project, New York State Archives Head of Researcher Services, Dr. Jim Folt, discovered the 1828 case records among 5000 cubic feet of court records. Read on to understand the significance of this case and its relationship to the Hasbrouck name………

Why a Court Case?

Several months after the 4 July 1827 New York emancipation, Isabella Van Wagenen (her legal name) discovered that her seven-year-old son, Peter, had been sold off by Solomon Gedney, who had bought him from Dumont, to a slave owner in Alabama. This was illegal, as New York prohibited the sale of slaves out of state. Isabella sought advice of a Quaker family who connected her with Abraham Bruyn Hasbrouck and his law partner Charles Ruggles, who handled Isabella’s court case pro bono.

Want to learn more about the case… download the HFA Journal for March 2022 

While you are there check out the article on the Ancestry of the Texas Honey, page 5 …Happy Reading

Another Hasbrouck House on Huguenot Street

This is an updating of an article that was published in the February 2001 edition of the HFA Journal, originally written by Robert W. Hasbrouck, Jr.

Most of you are certainly aware of the two historic Hasbrouck family stone houses owned by HHS on Huguenot Street in New Paltz and built by the sons of Jean and Abraham Hasbrouck in 1721. But in fact, there are three Hasbrouck houses on the Street. The third one (see photo) was owned and occupied by HFA member Richard Relyea Hasbrouck until his death in 2015. It has remained relatively unknown to the larger Hasbrouck family as it is a private home and is about a half mile north of the HHS-owned houses, at 193 Huguenot Street.

Jacob Hasbrouck, Jr., a grandson of Jean the Patentee, built the house in 1786.  Born in 1727, he never knew Jean (who died in 1714); but he grew up in the Jean house on Huguenot Street, continued to live there after his marriage to Jannetje DuBois in 1751, and inherited it when his father died in 1761. With his business at the house, he was storekeeper to the community as his father had been for many years.  During the Revolutionary War he became a major in the Ulster County militia and was known thereafter as Major Hasbrouck. In 1786, at age 59, he turned over the store at the Jean House to his 31-year-old elder son, Josiah. (Josiah later became a member of the U.S. Congress (1803-05 and 1817-19) and in 1814 built Locust Lawn, in nearby Gardiner, NY.) On a large family landholding just north of the village, Major Hasbrouck built a substantial Dutch-style stone house with three rooms and a central hall; he moved there with his wife and 19-year-old younger son, Jacob J., where they operated a farm.

To read the full article, download: HFA Journal for Nov 2021