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Welcome to the Van Doren Family

History Page

My name is Thomas Lloyd Van Doren, born in 1948, and raised to adulthood on a farm in Somerset County, New Jersey.  I was raised on the family farm, by my parents, on land settled by my ancestors.  I traveled with my father when he delivered hay to the dairy farms of Central New Jersey, farms that were once occupied by the families of relatives and friends.

It was a big world for a 12 year old boy, no shopping centers, highways, grocery stores nor any of the modern amenities to which I have now become so accustomed.  I love history.  A love passed to me by my father, Martin Lloyd Van Doren. He worked his father's farm after graduating from Rutgers, and later acquired the farm from his father, Martin Luther Van Doren Jr.  just as he acquired it from his father, Martin Luther Van Doren, Sr.  Four Generations in one house. Ten more generations in Somerset County, where my ancestors cleared timber, tilled the fields, and worked the farms that provided for their needs.  They gave land and labor for the Dutch Reformed Church, and when necessary, risked their lives for freedom during the American Revolution.  I, like my father graduated from Rutgers, before physically moving to Texas, to raise my own family.  In Texas, I have created my own history;  indeed, four children still here in North Texas with three grandchildren, and a step granddaughter.  In Seattle, a son with three grandchildren and
in San Diego a Step son, and two more grandchildren.

I never want my family to forget their heritage, that takes them back to the old farms of Somerset County, New Jersey.  I have created my own history in Texas,  but I will be forever linked to the Dutch of Niew Amsterdam, New Jersey and the Millstone River Valley.

Our Family History
This is a project in progress, and so may seem quite disjointed as I try to put my thoughts in order.   I have given up on filing and sorting, and going from here to nowhere.  So, I thought I would just place my thoughts, recollections and history given to me by my father, and start placing them on these pages, so anyone can drop back from time to time, to learn more, see more...and get a feeling for what it was like, growing up in an old Dutch Family, in central New Jersey.  Tell me how I'm doing.  Let me know how I can make this journey easier and ask me about any questions you might have about the history of Somerset County and its families.

Drop me a line at:  vandoren@grandecom.net

van Doorn's in Holland and the Middle Ages

Van Doren Early Settlement of New Jersey

Alche Van Doren - A Legend Herself 

Famous Family Legends of the Revolution

John Smalley arrives 1636

Palmer Tingley arrives in 1640

Our Van Doren Family Tree at Genealogy.com

Van Doren History Folder  

1850 Settlers Map of Montgomery Twp., Somerset Co., New Jersey

Revolutionary War Losses Suffered by Van Doren Families

1700's Map New Brunswick to Princeton

Baird Family in American and Scotland

Ancient Baird History to 1088 AD

For Fun:

My Love Affair with Cars

The Van Doren Family Home Page 

Tom Van Doren, The Lost Dutchman In Texas

Email:    vandoren@grandecom.net

This Page Last Updated April 30, 2012