Cornelia Van Zandt
Per http://www.ancestry.it/facts/van%20zandt-family-history.ashx, the Van Zandt surname refers to place of residence, either of Dutch origin, for someone from any of the places called Zandt in Gelderland, Friesland, South Holland or Zeeland; or of Belgian origin, for resident of Zande in Belgium.
However, in Cornelia's case, her ancestry is said to go back to one Wensel Michaels, born about 1600, in Xantene, Germany. Her maternal grandmother was Maria Waldron, and the Waldron line appears to trace back to English landholders in the early 1500's. Two generations of English Waldron men migrated to Holland and married Dutch women; their descendants later settled in New Amsterdam and New Jersey.
|Birth||15 May, 1746||(Somerville, Somerset,) NJ||[W1][W2]|
|Marriage||12 May 1768||To Lucas Covert|||
|Death||(Brady Twp.),Butler Co. PA.||[W1][W2]|
Ancestry chart segment
Generation 7 Generation 8 Generation 9 +-- Lucas Covert | (1741-1821) Catherine Covert --+ +-- Peter Praa Van Zandt (1778->1850) | | +-- Cornelia Van Zandt --+ (1746-????) | +-- Sarah Willense Sources: 
(11 children with Lucas Covert)
|Name||Gender||Date of Birth||Birthplace||Spouse||Notes||Sources|
|Garrett Covert||M||15 Sep 1769||Sommerset, Sommerville, NJ||Eleanor Black
(b. 1773 Edinburgh,Lawrence Co. PA)
|d. 1850 Lawrence Co. PA ;
1 son Thomas Covert
|Susanna Covert||F||27 Nov 1772||NJ||John Emery
(b.23 June 1768 in Lebanon, Hunterdon, NJ
m. 1789 in Plaingrove PA
d.Slippery Rock T., Mercer Co. PA )
|Magdaline Covert||F||29 Nov 1775||NJ||John Wigton
(b. 3 Apr 1763Doylestown,Bucks,PA
d. 1853 Slippery Rock, Butler Co PA
|Morris Covert, Sr.||M||22 Nov 1776||expect NJ||Anna unknown (b.1782, eastern PA
d. 3 Apr 1841 Jackson, Butler Co. PA)
|d.13 Jan 1839, Jackson T, Butler Co. PA;
|Catherine Covert||F||20 July 1778||NJ||John Stoughton||d. before 1850
expect Butler Co. PA
|John VanZandt Covert||M||11 Aug 1781||NJ|| Sarah Bennett (b. 1783
d. 19 Jan 1848 in PA)
|d. 31 Dec 1873 in PA
6 children including Silas Covert
who m. Margaret Esther Moore
|Barnet Covert||F||8 Sept 1784||NJ||[W1][W2][W4][W5]|
|Jacob Covert||M||21/24 Sept 1787||NJ||Mary Ann Cornelius
(b. 14 Jan 1788 in Nottingham, Chester Co. PA;
d.14 Feb 1876 Grove City, Mercer Co. PA)
|d. 20 Sept 1869
Grove City, Mercer Co. PA
|Mary Covert||F||9 July 1789||expect NJ or Northumberland Co. PA|| William McNees
(b. 1786 at Black Lick,Indiana Co. PA:
d. 1856 Slippery Rock T. Butler Co. PA
|d. 3 Nov 1826,
Slippery Rock T, Butler Co. PA
|Sarah Covert||F||27 Aug 1793||expect Northumberland Co. PA||James Vogan
b. 27 Apr 1793 in PA
d. 13 Apr 1872 Worth Twp, Mercer Co PA
|d. 10 Aug 1872
Worth Twp,Butler Co. PA
|Unknown Covert||?||birth order unknown|||
Places of Residence
|Somerville, Somerset, NJ||born1746||[W1][W2]|
|NJ||until 1789 or 1790||[W1][W2]|
|Northumberland Co, PA||by 1790 -1796|||
| Coverts Run, near West Liberty, Slippery Rock Twp,
now Brady Twp, Butler Co, PA
Children & Grandchildren of Lucas Covert and Cornelia Van Zandt are buried in the old upper portion, now abandoned, at Muddy Creek Cemetery, Butler Co. PA
Gravestones of John VanZandt Covert & Sarah Bennett:
Gravestones of Silas Covert (son of John VanZandt Covert) & wife Margaret Esther Moore, & children Alfred P. and Cindarella:
|Ref. Num.||Description||Image of original|
|1||1790 U.S. Federal Census, Northumberland Co. PA, ancestry.com pg.5. Left column, line 7 lists family of Luke Coubert with 2 males over 16, 3 males under 16, and 5 females.
This suggests that Luke had 4 sons & 4 daughters by 1790. See source notes.
|2||Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania, Vol. 3, Editor-in-chief: John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921. Pages 1272-1274.
|3||Somerset County Genealogical Quarterly Volume 8, online at:
|4||1883 History of Butler County by Waterman, p. 363. "Among the first to take up land and make a home within the territory now known as Brady Township was Luke Covert, a Holland Dutchman, who had been a soldier in the American Army during the Revolution. He came from New Jersey to Northumberland County, and thence here. His family consisted of eleven children, of whom John Covert was the last survivor, and died in 1873, in his ninety-second year. John Covert married Sarah Bennett, and reared a family of eight children.
The Covert family moved from the East with horses and a wagon, cutting roads and making bridges as they came.
|5||Gravestone transcription June 2006 by Elizabeth W Williams, Old Muddy Creek Cemetery, Clay Twp., Butler Co. PA.
|6||Souvenir History of Slippery Rock, 1925, ed. Rev. Goerge S. Bowden, p. 23|
"Brady township, once part of Slippery Rock, claims as its first settler, Luke Covert, who came in 1796..."
|7||"Map of Butler County 1858 Reproduction", compiled by Violet M. Covert, from surveys of Chas. Dunlap, Hugh McKee, David Scott, Office of County Surveyor, The Court House, Butler, PA. c 2005, Mechling Bookbindery, Chicora PA. Pg. 13 Brady Township.|
Present day Covert Road runs east from just SE of West Liberty toward present-day Rt. 8. Bordering this road on the north side is property of J. Covert. On the next road to the north, running straight east from West Liberty, lie one property of J. Covert and 2 properties of John Covert. Neighbors include Badger, J. Wick Henry Grossman, Wm. Stoughton, Douglass, H. H. McDeavitt..
|8||Pennsylvania Atlas and Gazetteer, c 1990, DeLorem Mapping Company, pg. 43 & 57.|
Covert Road runs east-west, just slightly southwest of West Liberty, Brady Twp., Butler Co. PA. Covert Rd. runs east to Staff Rd, which runs east to Old Route (parallel to present Rt. 8).
Note: Muddy Creek Church is on the old route. Turn north onto Rt. 8; entrance to Muddy Creek Cemetery is immediately on left).
|9||1810 U.S. Federal Census Butler Co. Pa, Slippery Rock Twp, ancestry.com pg.1. Two Covert households on an alphabetized listing, neither with a male old enough to be Lucas Covert, but possibly his sons John & Jacob. Both first initials appear to be "J", but possibly "I", etc.
First household has 1 male age 10-15, 1 male 25-44, 1 female under 10, 1 female 25-44. Possibly household of John VanZandt Covert, age 29 in 1810.
Second household has 1 male age 16-25, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25. Possibly household of Jacob Covert, age 23 in 1810.
|10|| 1830 United States Federal Census, Slippery Rock Twp, Butler Co, PA, page 1.
|11|| 1840 United States Federal Census, Slipperyrock Twp, Butler Co, Pa, page 1. Family of Col. John Covert:2 male 15-20, 1 male 50-60, 2 females 10-15, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 50-60. This corresponds to John Covert, son of Lucas Covert (along with John's wife Sarah Bennett).
Also on the page (and close by) are Jacob Covert: 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60, 1 female 50-60.
Also, Perry Covert: 1 male <5, 1 male 20-30, 1 female <5, 1 female 20-30; probably a grandchild of Lucas. Also of note on the page is Richard Hines.
|12||1850 United States Federal Census, Slippery Rock Twp., Butler Co. PA, pg. 35. Undated.
Lines 6-11: John Wigdon age 88, farmer, $1500 estate; Magdalena age 78; Sarah age 40; Covert age 33; Phebe H. age 25; Robert Logan age 52. All born in PA.
Note: Robert Logan is living with his wife Euphamia Stoughton's aunt & uncle. Her mother Catherine Covert and Magdalena Covert (Wigdo were sisters, daughters of Lucas Covert.
|13||Bassett's Notes on Coverts, ed. by Leslie A. Bryan 1957; copy at MN Hist. Soc. Library, St. Paul MN extracted 2008 by Elizabeth Wilson Williams>|
|14||Obituary of Dr. John W. Covert, great grandson of Cornelia Van Zandt; New Castle News, Monday 19 May 1913. From contributor A. Fix
Dr. John W. Covert died Saturday (17 May 1913) of heart disease. He was born 18 July 1837 at Covert's Station, the youngest son of William Covert & Prudence Mayberry, who had 6 children. William Covert was the 2nd son of "Garre H." (sic/Garrett) Covert and Eleanor Black. (Garrett) was the oldest son of Luke Covert and Cornelia Van Zandt, she born 16 May 1746, married 12 May 1768. His ancestors came to this country from Holland and settled in Brooklyn. Dr. Covert enlisted in the Roundhead regiment, 100th PA volunteers, & when discharged, re-enlisted and served honorably to end of Civil War. He attended Cleveland Medical college, graduated from school of homeopathy in 1879, beginning practice in New Castle same year. First wife was Mary Young, daughter of David Young; married 3 July 1862; she died 15 years ago (i.e. ~1898). Second wife was Clare Beckwith who survived him. No children by either marriage, but survived by Cora Rhodes of Chicago, who was brought up in his home. Member First M. E. Church. Funeral Tue. (i.e. 20 May 1913) at his home, Dr. N. H. Holmes of Wash. D. C., formerly pastor of First M. C. church officiating, with Dr. J. H. Clemens. Interment Oak Park cemetery.
Web Sites - Documentation Not Given
|W1||Descendants of Maria Waldron by Stephen L. Flanagan posted Mar. 20, 2001 on GenForum, Genealogy.com (Covert Forum). Five generations including a Rose Anne Covert, the great-grandmother of the author. Beyond implied family knowledge, no sources listed.
Lucas Covert born 15 Sept, 1741 in Somerville, NJ; died 1821 in Brady Twp., PA; married Cornelia Van Zandt. She was born 15 May, 1746 in NJ; died in Butler Co. PA. Their children:
*Garret Covert b. 15 Sept 1769 in NJ; married Eleanor Black (lists 7 children)
*Ann Covert b. 27 Nov 1772 in NJ; d. 1846; married John Emery
*Magdaline Covert b. 29 Nov 1775 in NJ; d. 1850 Butler Co. PA;
*Catherine Covert b. 20 July 1778 in NJ; d. bef. 1850 in prob. Butler Co. PA; married John Stoughton
*John VanZandt Covert b. 11 Aug 1781 in NJ; d. 1873; married Sarah Bennett
*Barnet Covert b. 8 Sep 1784 NJ
*Jacob Covert b. 21 Sep 1787 NJ; d. 20 Sep 1869, Grove City PA; married Mary Ann Cornelius (14 Jan 1788-14 Feb 1876)(lists 12 children).
*Mary Covert b. 9 July 1789 NJ; married William McNees
*Sarah Covert b. 27 Aug 1793 NJ; d. 10 Aug 1872, Worth Twp. Butler Co. PA.
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|W2||McGinnis Family Tree by Gloria Charles 67, on Ancestry.com Family Trees. Unsourced.|
Silas Covert was the youngest son of John VanZandt Covert & Sarah Bennett, and a grandson of Lucas Covert. Silas Covert married Margaret Esther Moore (1817-1893)
NOTE: This website lists (erroneously we believe) the husband of Catherine Covert to be John Walker Stoughton, son of Jonathan Stoughton etc. This Stoughton line is traced back a long way but, unfortunately, it is not ours. This version has been copied to a variety of websites, which unfortunately seems to lend it veracity. The father of our John Stoughton is William Stoughton, where the line currently ends. This raises the question of to what extent the list of children on this site is an amalgam of children of Catharine Covert & John Stoughton, with children of (another Catharine Covert?) and John Walker Stoughton. Eight children are listed and appear to conform to what we know of the children of John Stoughton & Catharine Covert, with these exceptions: 1)John Bernard Stoughton is an old error that combined John Stoughton and Bernard Stoughton arising from poor punctuation/legibility of the will of their father; 2) Bernard's middle name is VanZandt, so the initial is "V", not "W".
|W3||Wigton & Smith surnames by J E Albin, on Ancestry.it messageboard.|
|W4||Rootsweb:PA Butler, from contributor to this site, Susan McMorrine, at: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/PABUTLER/2003-07/1057200413|
Children of Luke Covert & Cornelia Van Zandt are:
|W5||The Covert Family of Lancaster N.Y., owner Robert Thornton Covert, on Genealogy.com at |
Pg. 7 & 8 - Lucas Covert & Cornelia Van Zandt. Their children: Garret Covert 1769; Ann Covert 1772; Magdalene Covert 1775; Catherine Covert 1778; John Covert 1781; Barnet Covert 1784; Jacob Covert 1787; Mary Covert 1789; Sarah Covert 1793.
We have listed their information regarding our direct line ancestors at Excerpt - Descendants of Theunis Janzsen Covert.
|W6||My Family Website on Rootsweb.com, owner Debbie Harrison; see at:|
- The 1883 History of Butler County calls Lucas Covert a "Holland Dutchman", possibly referring not to his place of birth but to his Dutch heritage, as opposed to being German "Deutsch". The later 1895 History apparently quotes this earlier source, but expanding on his Revolutionary War record to say that he was a Hessian who became attached to the American cause in NJ. All other sources, however, place Lucas Covert as born in Somerville NJ, and his ancestors as having been in NJ or New Amsterdam area for two generations before him. His grandfather, Hans Teunise Covert, born in Heemstedt, Holland in 1657, was the immigrant. From the name spelling "Hans", and from his wife Jannetje Brokaw having been born in Mannheim, Germany, we assume Hans Tuenise Covert migrated first to Germany, then to America where his children are born in Brooklyn, then Long Island NY, and by 1709 in Somerset, New Jersey.
- The curious tradition of Lucas Covert having been a Hessian soldier could possibly be explained if he did in fact begin his Revolutionary War fighting on the side of the British, as many colonists did, and at some point, whether from being taken prisoner or otherwise as the war progressed, changed his allegiance to the cause of the revolutionaries.
- 1790 census, Northumberland Co. PA corresponds to (2 males over 16):Lucas Covert age 49, son Garret age 21; (3 males under 16): sons John 9, Barnet 6, & Jacob 3; (5 females): Cornelia VanZandt Covert age 44, daughters Ann 18, Magdalene 15, Catharine 12, & Mary age 1. This source agrees with the 1883 History of Butler Co. PA in placing the Luke Covert family in Northumberland Co. before settling in Butler Co. PA.
- Per source W-2, The McGinnis Family Tree, the death dates for Sarah Covert & husband James Vogan are 4 months apart, both dying in Worth Twp.; Sarah is listed as dying in Worth Twp., Butler Co. PA, and James Vogan as dying in Worth Twp., Mercer Co. PA. This may be a copying error, although both counties do have a Worth Township.