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Jerry W. Wilson
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Van Petten, Van Patten, Van Patter
& Van Patton Ancestry

Decendants of
Claas / Claes Frederickse Van Petten (1641-1728)
and his wife
Aeffie Arentse Bradt (1649-1728)

of Schenectady, New York
Current Co-Compiler:

Fran (Van Patter) Hindmarsh - - DECEASED

Jerry W. Wilson
Jerrold Walter Wilson
Schenectady, New York & Tampa, Florida
 * Please "click" on any blue hyperlinks for better understanding.

The Van Petten
name has changed through the centuries, as have our long line
of V.P. "cousins".  The
journey of our family has been a long one, therefore, I
would like to
dedicate these pages to all V.P.'s - past, present and future.

We always welcome additional statistical and biographical information
and old
for, and corrections to our files on the Van Petten, Van Patten, Van
Patter, Van Patton and related family lines.  Data is online, computer and CD
(.GED, & .FTW) as an ongoing family project contributed by members of the
V.P. families in various states and provinces
of Canada. Fran (Van Patter)
Hindmarsh's last book (2003)
Van Patten Ancestry was a family member
"must read" and should have been on every "V.P." coffee table at the time - -
SORRY - none left.
I hope you enjoy reading these pages
as much as I had creating them.
Jerrold W. Wilson
[My mother, Sarah Janet (Van Patten) Wilson -
was a Van Patten in Rotterdam, Schenectady
Co., NY until her death in MAY2013]
Check out these links:

Claes Frederickse Van Petten (1641-1728) - Who was he and what
do we know about our Patriarch of V.P. ancestry

Military - V.P.'s in the military

Surnames - Many V.P. names (are you in here? If not...Why not?)

Biography - Colorful stories of our "cousins" and other relatives

Petten, Holland, Netherlands - Photos of "Old Dorp"

Photo Album - Many V.P. Photos (and always looking for more)

Places called Van Patten - Do YOU know of more?

V.P. Cousins - Various V.P. Cousin Photos

V.P. Houses - Various Architecture

V.P. Myths, Legends & Stories - Fact or Fiction?

V.P. Name - Origination of our family name

V.P. Resting Place - Photos of V.P. gravestones

Schenectady Massacre - February 8/9, 1690

Fort Orange - Albany, NY - 1635

Links - various outside links to genealogy websites

History of Petten, Holland - submitted by Daniel R. Van Patten
Last updated 23JAN2018
Older Books (2003) Are No Longer Available:

Fran (Van Patter) Hindmarsh's last Van Patten family book (384 pages) (year
2003) was her third edition and was the most recent update to our family lines
in book format.  It was available,
at cost for less than $30. US and included
shipping, but is no longer available.  Sorry, as it is now 201

Fran had been putting the finishing touches on her latest and final update (2005)
edition of the
Van Patten book before serious health issues took her over.  The
"book" would have been available on a CD and it would had been up to the
purchaser to take this CD to their local "print shop" to have it transferred into
book format.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but since the last update in 2003, the "
" family book (2005) has grown from 384 pages, to almost 500 pages - -
with so many new "V.P." family lines and additions/updates to existing "V.P."
families, that the cost of printing multiple copies of the "V.P." family book
would have been just too cost prohibitive (we do this for free and for the love
of our "V.P." ancestry and we are not rich people).

Fran is enjoying her
90th year of youth and would just like to take it easy now
and her daughter Kathy had kindly tried (2006) to take over the huge task of
completing Fran's last and largest edition of the "
Van Patten" family book.

Kathy has now found this task much too comprehensive for her to tackle in the
shadow of her mother; Fran's greatest work  I hope that one and all can please
understand with great patients and continue to contribute their "V.P." family
information to me at the email address listed below.

Thank you so very much for your many emails and generous "V.P." family
contributions and updates that bring us into the 21st century.  Please keep the
updates and new "V.P." family information coming.

Jerry W. Wilson (Mother was a Van Patten)
Schenectady, NY/Tampa, FL

Welcome to our homepage
* started in 1996
***  SEMI-NEW - - A wonderful family member, Warren A. Roderick of
Kirkland, WA has taken the initiative upon himself to take one of Fran's
"sample" 2005 CD of "
Van Patten" and transform it into a usable CD that is
able to be printed into a valued "
Van Patten" family book by anyone who
purchases the "V.P." family CD and turns it in to their local print shop for a
printed version for themselves and or others.

We are only in the "trial" stages as of yet (2010), but believe that we are close to
a book production quality CD for one and all to purchase at a nominal fee of
covering costs of the disc and postage.  Again, please remember that we do this
for free, because of our love of V.P. genealogy and we are not rich people, so
we must charge for materials used and we never - ever charge for our "labor
cost" of love.