Here’s another bit of Stoutenburgh history from 1935.
THE SUNDAY COURIER
September 15, 1935
President Will Unveil Memorial To Stoutenburghs Next Sunday
Tablet in St. James’ Church Will be Dedicated
HYDE Park, Sept. 14–Next Sunday morning President Roosevelt will unveil a marble tablet in St. James’ Episcopal Church in memory of Jacobus Stoutenburgh, the first white settler of what is now Hyde Park, and his wife, Margaret Teller Stoutenburgh.
Jacobus Stoutenburgh was born in New York in 1696. His father, Tobias, had a home with a large tulip garden on Broadway, just north of Wall street. Half a century later another future resident of this section, Dr. John Bard, bought the back or garden of the property, what is now the northwest corner of Pine and Nassau streets, and there built a home.
Married in 1717
In 1717 Jacobus married Margaret Teller of Phillipsburgh. The young couple lived first in New York, then moved to Phillipsburgh, probably between 1724 and 1729–until 1724 the baptismal records of their children were recorded in New York, after 1729 in Phillipsburgh.
As early as 1722 Jacobus began to buy land in the Great Nine Partners Patent which had been granted in 1697, but had not yet been opened up. Twenty years later he had acquired approximately one partner’s share of this large grant. Jacobus holdings included "4 great lots" in the interior and 9th Water Lot, which extended from the Hudson to the present Pleasant Valley line, and from the Crum Elbow Creek, which empties into the river just north of the railroad station at Hyde Park, south of Fuller’s Lane.
Had Eight Children
When Jacobus moved here in 1742, he had eight children ranging in age from Tobias, 24, to Luke, who was 6. Before his death, thirty years later, he made provisions for his children on his vast holdings. His son, William, received a farm that extended the width of the 9th water lot on both sides of the Creek Road. William lived in the stone house, still standing south of East Park Corners. According to tradition, and seemingly verified by Jacobus’ will, Tobias was given a farm on the river front, and lived in another stone house across from the present railroad depot. Jacobus’ will, proved in 1772, gives other interesting provisions for his children. It states:
"I, Jacobus Stoutenburgh, of Charlotte Precinct, in Dutchess County, Esq., being in perfect health and considering the frailty of Human Nature, I direct all debts to be paid. I leave to my eldest son, Tobias, besides what I have already given him by deed, the sum of 25 pounds, and a silver teapot during his and his wife’s life, and then to his daughter, Margaret. I leave all the rest of my estate, real and personal, to my seven children, William, Jacobus, John, Peter, Luke, Antje and Margaret. Whereas I have given my daughter, Antje, a silver teapot, of the value of 14 pounds, I give to my daughter, Margaret, a silver teapot which is now in the family; and I order a silver teapot of the same value to be made for each of my sons. If either of my children should die leaving a daughter named Margaret, the teapot shall descent to her. I leave to my sons, John and Luke, a certain creek, called by the Indians Agwasing (Crum Elbow), with the fall of water, from the boundaries of my son William’s farm down to the bounds of the farm of my son Tobias; with liberty to erect mills. And as my son Luke owns the land adjoining the creek my will is that he convey an acre of land where it may be convenient for a mill. I leave to my son, William, all that part of said creek as bounds his farm, for which I have given him a deed. I leave to my wife the use of my estate during her widowhood. I make my sons, William, John and Luke executors.
"Dated January 24, 1770. Witnesses John Barrack, Christian Dob, James Livingston, Gent. Proved, December 19, 1772."
Jacobus Stoutenburgh probably lived in the stone house that stood until the middle of the last century on the brow of the hill where West Market streets turns and becomes the River Hill. The road map made by Robert Erskine, the first Surveyor-General of New York State in 1780-1788, marks this house "Widow Stoutenburgh," as does a later map made by Christopher Colles in 1789. West Market street was then a private lane bordered with cherry trees.
Jacobus’ son, Luke, lived in the house at the top of the hill after his father’s death. He owned 300 acres both sides of the Post Road, directly south of the Crum Elbow. When he in turn died, this land was divided into forty-two small lots on which the village grew.
The President, who is senior warden of the church, will unveil the tablet when he enters for the 11 o’clock service. The Rev. Frank Wilson, rector of the parish, will offer the prayers of dedication, and Henry T. Hackett will read a paper on the significance of early members of the Stoutenburgh in village history. There will be special music by the choir of the New York Training School for Girls at Hudson.
The Stoutenburgh Memorial Society, whose members are direct descendants of Margaret and Jacobus, will attend the service as a group.