Altamont in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Pioneer Jurrian Severson
Grave of John J. Vanaernam
Ensign, Revolutionary War
Born 1730 - Died 1814
Erected by Town of Guilderland.
Location. 42° 42.112′ N, 74° 1.38′ W. Marker is in Altamont, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Brandle Road 0.1 miles south of Main Street (New York State Route 146), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 270 Brandle Road, Altamont NY 12009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Severson House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Plank Road (about 700 feet away); Dr F. Crounse (approx. ¼ mile away); Knower House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Altamont High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Inn of Jacob Crounse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Altamont (approx. half a mile away); John Groot (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Altamont.
Regarding Family Cemetery. Jurrian Severson came north from the Catskills about 1745 to build a home in West Manor on the Rensselaerwyck estate. Patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer granted Severson and his heirs 325 acres
Severson and other early pioneers spoke their native tongue, Dutch and German. Few could read or write, and there were no schools for their children. A lack of doctors in the sparsely inhabited region caused the sick to be treated with homemade remedies and those who died were buried on their own property.
A family cemetery lies across Brandle Road from the Severson house where Revolutionary soldiers and slaves are buried. Pvt. John Severson and Ensign J. G. VanAernam of the 3rd Regiment, Albany County Militia are buried in the small resting place. Ensign VanAernum was the brother of Captain Jacob VanAernum, hero and leader of the Patriot forces in the Helderberg region during the American Revolution.
Additional keywords. Severson Cemetery
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