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Dr. Benjamin Van Leer

Male Abt 1746 - 1820  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Van Leer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born Abt 1746  Marple Twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN VT21-XR 
    Residence 1772  Haddonfield, Gloucester Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1790  Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Doctor 
    Residence 1817  Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Aug 1820  Haddonfield, Camden Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Mary's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Warwick, Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1630  default
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2006 

    Father Dr. Bernardhus Van Leer, Sr.,   b. Abt 1686, Isenburg, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1790, Middletown Twp, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 104 years) 
    Mother Mary Branson,   b. 1710, Sonning, Berkshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1749, Middletown, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1735  Christ Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah Anna-Maria Robedeau,   b. Abt 1736,   d. 1766  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married Abt 1762 
    Children 
    +1. Bernard Branson Van Leer,   b. 10 Apr 1763,   d. 13 Nov 1852  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F812  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Keziah Ellis,   b. Gloucester Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 Apr 1774  [8
    Children 
    +1. Joseph Ellis Van Leer,   b. 1776, East Nantmeal, Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1824, East Nantmeal, Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary Bullen,   d. 1802, Gloucester Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Oct 1791  St. Paul's Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F811  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    1790 U.S. Census
    1790 U.S. Census
    1790 U.S. Census: Dr. Benjamin Vanleer listed on 9th Street, next to Chestnut Street

    Headstones
    Headstone [27 Mar 2006]
    Headstone [27 Mar 2006]
    Headstone of Benjamin Van Leer at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Cemetery at Warwick, Pennsylvania. Taken by Chad G. Nichols

  • Notes 
    • MILITARY: An active medical doctor and veteran of the Revolutionary War.

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. [online] www.nicholslibrary.org 7783 S 4950 W West Jordan, UT 84081 USA) (Reliability: 3).
      Middletown Presbyterian Church - 003377; 1790 U.S. Census - 002459; St. Mary's Episcopal Church & Cemetery - 003464, 003465; Grave Marker - 003481

    2. [S865] 1790 United States Federal Census [database online], United States. Bureau of the Census. 1st Census, 1790, (Washington [District of Columbia] : National Archives and Records Administration Microfilm of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.), P 144 (Reliability: 3).
      Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania - First listing on Ninth Street between Chessnut (sic) Steet North & Rase (sic) Street South from River Delaware to Schulykill inclusive: Benjamin Vanleer, Doct., 1 male 16+ yrs, 1 female

    3. [S100] Will Record (Reliability: 3).
      VANLEER, BENJAMIN. County of Chester, Penna. Practitioner of Physick. At present in North Liberties. County of Philadelphia. July 24, 1817. November 17, 1820. 7.212. My property in Philadelphia, also that in County of Gloucester, N. J. purchased of Sarah Hopkins to my two sons: Joseph Vanleer, Bernard Branson Vanleer. Letters to Joseph Vanleer. Exec: Son: Joseph Vanleer, Rev. Robert Blackwell. Witnesses: Mary Sexton, Samuel Foering, George A. Baker.
      Source: http://swoodbridge.com/Genealogy/Wills/Baker-PA-Wills.txt

    4. [S25] New Jersey Department of State Archives, State of New Jersey. Department of State, ([online] http://www.state.nj.us/state) (Reliability: 3).
      Thomas Batten of Woolwich Twp., 90 for 218 acres in the same place on Raccoon Creek, bounded by Batten's other land on the south side of Raccoon Creek (about 2 chains above the mouth of Dr. Vanleer's fulling mill brook), and by William Foster and John Smith, excepting a certain piece granted to John Smith [discharged 30 March 1779]
      Gloucester County Land Abstracts 1776-1786; http://www.nj.gov/state/darm/links/guides/cgllo001abstracts1776.html

    5. [S381] Grave Marker (Reliability: 3).
      In
      Memory of
      Doctor
      BENJAMIN VANLEER
      who departed this life
      August 20th 1820.
      aged 74 years.

      Photo & transcription by Chad G. Nichols

    6. [S707] Vanleer (Van Leer) Family History, Burge, Peggy, ([online] www.vanleerplus.org) (Reliability: 3).
      Dr. Benjamin Van Leer lived in Haddonfield, Gloucester County, NJ in 1772 near his older brother George. He was a medical doctor and has been reported as being active during the war. The biographical description in the History of New Jersey Medicine in 1879, however, makes one question his contributions.

      'He was a man of some literary taste, and was possessed of property. His habits were what we now term 'fast,' and were not promotive of his success as a medical man. He dressed in Continental style, and was very vain of his 'handsome leg,' which in that day was quite a feature.'

      In later years, Dr. Benjamin Van Leer practiced in Philadelphia. When he wrote his will in 1817, he was a resident of Chester County, PA.

      Three wives are recorded: (1) Hannah (Anna Marie) who died in 1766; she had one son. (2) Mrs. Keziah Ellis Tonkey, widow of Edward Tonken and daughter of Joseph Ellis of Gloucester County; she also had one son. (3) Mary Bullen who died in 1802; no children

    7. [S472] Marriages Recorded by the Registrar General, ([online] http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/philadelphia/church/pass8-1.txt Original in Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, vol 8; Made available online by Donna Bluemink & Joe Patterson. Contents include transcriptions of marriages for Christ Church (Philadelphia), Swedes' Church (Philadelphia), First Presbyterian Church (Carlisle), St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Chester), Reformed Church (Falkner Swamp), Lutheran Church (New Hanover), German Reformed Church (Philadelphia), & Paxtang & Derry Churches) (Reliability: 3).
      1734, Feb. 25, Bransten, Mary, and Bernhard Sanlear
      1734, Feb. 25, Vanlear, Bernhard, and Mary Bransten
      (Research by Chad G. Nichols)

    8. [S410] Gloucester County Historical Society - Online Database, (Swedesboro, NJ : [online] http://www.gloucestercountyhistoricalsociety.org - Also http://www.rootsweb.com/~njglouce/gchs/) (Reliability: 3).
      ID 41587, Lists "Benjamin Vanleer" marriage to "Keziah Tonkin" 21 Apr 1774