Walter Vrooman WEMPLE

Male (BEF. 10 Mar 1750/51) - 1798


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  • Name Walter Vrooman WEMPLE 
    Born (BEF. 10 Mar 1750/51) 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Aug 1798  Claverack, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I542  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Abraham WEMPLE,   b. 10 Jun 1726,   d. 13 Jul 1758  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Rachel VROOMAN,   b. 31 May 1724,   d. 05 Aug 1791  (Age 67 years) 
    Married (16 Jan 1747/48) 
    Family ID F149  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary HOGEBOOM,   b. Abt 1765,   d. 03 Jun 1843  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 29 May 1785 
    Children 
     1. Stephen WEMPLE,   b. 26 Sep 1790,   d. 11 Oct 1793  (Age 3 years)
     2. Rachel Heltjye WEMPLE,   b. 10 Sep 1798,   d. 26 Sep 1798  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F520  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • During the Revolution, he was senior surgeon, general hospital, Northern Department, and was also in the Fifth (Spencer's) NJ Battalion; settled in Claverack, NY and practiced his profession; was the Treasure of Columbia Company for several years, and a prominent man; May 1, 1767, he was a private in Captain Abraham Cuyler's Grenadier Company of Albany County Militia. WBW

      The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never published.


      He was baptized in Schenectady, March 10, 1751. Was Senior Surgeon General, General Hospital, North Department, during the Revolutionary War. Was in Spencer's, also called the Fifth New Jersey Battalion and was credited to New York State (FERNOWS COLONIAL HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, volume 15, page 247).

      The following portion of his original petition to the Legislature for bounty lands, dated January 28, 1798, now deposited in the State Library, Albany, NY, shows part of his army service:

      THE PETITION OF WALTER VROOMAN WIMPLE OF THE TOWN OF CLEVERACK IN THE COUNTY OF COLUMBIA

      HUMBLY SHEWETH

      That your petitioner in the year 1775 entered the General Hospital as Senior Surgeon and that he was at the time of his so entering into the service and hath been ever since a Citizen of this State, that he went with the Army into Canada and remained there until the Summer of the ensuing year and that while he remained in Canada he had the care of the General Hospital under the direction of Doctor Stringer, the then Director and Surgeon General of the Northern Department, that he continued to act as Senior Surgeon until some time in the year 1777 and until the aforesaid Director was superceded by the appointment of Doctor Johannes Potts as Director of the Hospital in the Northern Department.

      (Apparently, he never got any bounty lands for WBW doesn't cover the subject. DRW).

      After the Revolution, he settled in Claverack, where he was married May 29, 1785 to Polly (Mary) Hogeboom, the second daughter of Stephen Hogeboom of that place. Here he practiced his profession during the remainder of his lifetime. He was for several years the treasurer of Columbia County and was a man of great dignity and importance in the community, being also possessed of considerable wealth.

      He is buried in the old portion of the Claverack cemetery and his gravestone contains this inscription: Dr. Walter Vrooman Wemple, died Aug 10, 1789 in the 47th year of his age, after his death, his widow married General William Thomas, a Troy lawyer; she resided in Troy until the death of her second husband, when she returned to Claverack and lived with her widowed sister, Mrs. Russell, on the old Hogeboom homestead. She lies buried, by her first husband and the inscription on her gravestone reads as follows: Mary Thomas, second daughter of Steven Hogeboom, Esq., died June 3, 1843, aged 76 yrs., 5 mos., 13 days. She had no children by Gen'l. Thomas.

      Dr. Wemple and Mary Hogeboom had but two children, who both died very young. The gravestones of these two children are, at the present time (1896), in the Cellar of the old house formerly owned and occupied by Steven Hogeboom, the father of Dr. Wemple's wife, and which still stands. The inscription read as follows: Stephen Walter V. Wemple, died Oct. 11, 1793, aged 3 yrs. and 16 days; Rachel Hiltjye Wemple, daughter of Walter and Mary Wemple, died Sept 26, 1798, aged 16 days. Where the bodies lie is unknown, but probably they are buried beside their parents in the family, and why the gravestones are deposited in the cellar, where they apparently have been for years, is an unsolved mystery.

      (The following letter was written by Milton A. Fowler. He was of no relation to the Wemples. DRW
      )
      The privilege of publishing the following letter relating to the Doctor, his residence and life, has been granted:

      #255 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, March 21, 1891.

      Randall N. Saunders,

      Dear Sir:

      Your letter to my father was received this morning and I have promised him to answer it. I do not care to have you quote me or mention me, but am ready to give you all the facts as far as we know them, so that you can write an article of your own upon the subject.

      The old deeds of the property I gave to Mr. Nichols last fall but I think I can remember sufficiently to set you right. I saw last week a statement in reference to the finding of a marked brick which would indicate that the house was more than 100 years old. Such is not the fact as I am thoroughly satisfied from the following. These old deeds which, as I recollect, were dated some time in 1790, I think about 1798. One by the grandfather of John Miller who resided just west of this place, and the other by a brother of his who resided where Mr. Van Rensselaer now resides.

      The two parcels of irregular shape made up the lot as it was owned by my father, containing about one acre, and subsequently he bought another quarter of an acre lying just west of the place proper from Mr. John Miller. The deeds were given to Dr. Walter Vrooman Wemple, commonly known as Dr. Vrooman, who built the house and barn now on the premises. The house originally had a short roof sloping toward the street, and another longer one sloping back; the back part of the house being only about one story high. This had been changed before my father bought the property so as to be two stories in height in the back, but still in roofs sloped as before, In 1847 my father took off the whole of the roof and put on a new one in its present shape. The title to the property passed from Dr. Wemple to his widow, whether by deed or will I do not know. She afterwards married a Mr. Thomas and was living, when I was a little boy, with a Mrs. Russell, her sister, who resided where Peter Best afterwards resided. When Mrs. Thomas died, which must have been about 1845, the property passed, either by will or heirship, to her sister Mrs. Russell, and Mrs. Russell deeded it to my father. Thus, you will see that the title has never passed through many hands.

      The barn, when we went there in 1847, had in it in the east end four finished rooms. Two on the main floor and two above with stairways, and still above that and reaching over the four rooms and the stairway was a large room finished for pigeons and showed that there must have been an immense stock of pigeons kept there. The west end of the room had been somewhat remodeled before we went there, but my father changed it so as to have his slaughter-house in that end and made a stable and hay-mow of the east end, leaving one of the four rooms as a granary, which, as I understand it, is still there. The old cellar under the barn of which you speak, was to me as a little boy, a great curiosity.

      My father took up the whole of the old floors and removed an immense accumulation of barn refuse, cleaning out the old cellar and the arched addition thereto. of which you speak. At that time the old doors separating the arched part from the main cellar, were still in part there. We understood this arched part, which you think must have been a tomb, to have been a wine cellar.

      Dr. Wemple was a man of means, had a number of slaves, and as my father and understand it, his slaves slept in these rooms in the barn and, as we always supposed, used this large cellar as a vegetable cellar and the small one as a wine vault. . . .

      Mr. Jeremiah Race who gave my father and myself a good deal on information about this Dr. Vrooman, as he was called, said that he was a man of luxurious tastes and who lived in much style, having a very large practice and being very independent.

      Yours truly,

      Milton A Fowler. . . .


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