In 1741, Jacobus Stoutenburgh became the first Colonial settler to set down roots in today’s Town of Hyde Park. Born in New York City in June 1696, Stoutenburgh married Margaret Teller in 1717 and the couple raised eight children.
In New York, the Hyde Park Post Office features seventeen painted panels of a historical mural project, one of which is of Jacobus Stoutenburgh clearing the land. These works are discussed in the book FDR and the Post Office by Tony Musso.
For any of you that may have wondered about the Stoutenburgh-Teller Family Association (STFA), here’s quick history by Betsy Neal (STFA President) telling how it came to be and a little of what it’s about:
The name of Jacobus Stoutenburgh appears on the tax list in 1741 when his Dutch manor-house of stone was completed.