Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)


Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)
Given Name
Family Name
Van Deursen
Birth Date
1 June 1773
Biographical Description
Staats Van Deursen (born in 1773) was an enslaver who resided in New Brunswick, NJ. He was a graduate of Queen's College (now Rutgers University), class of 1791. His father Willem (William) Van Deursen (1736-1816) had been one of the early trustees of the college. In 1807, Staats Van Deursen became a trustee of Queen's College, and he served as the college's Treasurer from 1813 to 1823. He also sent his son John Schurman Van Deursen to study at the college in the 1810s. In the early 19th century, Staats Van Deursen served in various roles in city government, including as treasurer of New Brunswick and as Overseer of the Poor for the township of North Brunswick (which contained within it most of the the city of New Brunswick).

Staats Van Deursen's younger brother William Van Deursen (1791-1873) was also a Queen's College alumnus and prominent physician in New Brunswick.

In 1817, Staats Van Deursen and his brother William decided to sell two young Black women to a man named Jacob Klady who was moving from New Brunswick to Ouachita, Louisiana, to establish a plantation there. As the result of Staats Van Deursen's actions, a 22-year-old woman named Phillis was taken away from New Jersey to Louisiana to work on Klady's plantation. At the same time, his brother William sold a woman named Dinah, who was also taken to Louisiana by Klady.
Place of Significance
New Brunswick, NJ
North Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University
Relationship to Rutgers
Alumnus 1791
Trustee (1807-1823)
Treasurer (1813-1823)
Patron (son John Schureman Van Deursen RC1814)
Parent of
John Schureman Van Deursen
Sibling of
William Van Deursen (1791-1873)
William Van Deursen

Linked resources

Items with "Enslaver: Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)"
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Phillis (b. 1795) Agent
Items with "Enslaver of Primary Event Participant: Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)"
Title Class
1817, Phillis, Removal Event
1817, Phillis, Sale Event
Items with "Officiator: Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)"
Title Class
1825, Nicholas, Manumission Event
Items with "Sibling of: Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)"
Title Class
William Van Deursen (1791-1873) Agent