Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)

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Person
Staats Van Deursen (b. 1773)
Identifier
NJS-PER-00460
Given Name
Staats
Family Name
Van Deursen
Disambiguation
(b. 1773)
Sex
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 Deurse became a trustee of Queen's College and 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 city.

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
Occupation
Organization
Relationship to Rutgers
Alumnus 1791
Trustee (1807-1823)
Treasurer (1813-1823)
Patron (son John Schureman Van Deursen RC1814)
Sibling of
William Van Deursen (1791-1873)
William Van Deursen
Parent of
John Schureman Van Deursen

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Title Alternate label Class
William Van Deursen (1791-1873) Agent
Enslaver
Title Alternate label Class
Phillis (b. 1795) Enslaver(s) Agent
1817, Phillis, Removal Event
1817, Phillis, Sale Event