Jacobus Van der Spiegel was the son of Laurens Van der Speigel, and took up his trade in New York City about 1685. He married Ann Sanders and saw military duty in upper New York State when the French invasion was threatening the Albany frontier. He was commissioned an ensign in 1689 and two years later is mentioned as captain. Back in his native city he was an assessor for the West Ward of New York in 1694-95 and then held the office of constable...
Born of Dutch ancestry on Long Island at Oyster Bay, Daniel Van Voorhis was a highly skilled craftsman who began his career as a silversmith in Philadelphia about 1780. An advertisement in the Pennsylvania Gazette (which was edited and published by Benjamin Franklin) of May 6, 1782, listed his shop as being on Front Street in Philadelphia. Later that year, Van Voorhis removed his business to Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked until the latter part of 1784, when he moved to New York City. ...