New Netherland and Beyond
1898 Holland Society Year Book
David Provoost Van Deventer
David Provoost Van Deventer, on Wednesday, June 30, 1897, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence E. Secor, at St. Paul, Minn., entered into final rest, in the sixty-fourth year
of his age.
His paternal ancestor came from Deventer, in the Netherlands, and the family was one of the earliest settlers in what was afterwards Monmouth County. His grandfather was in the Revolution, and
served at Valley Forge, Trenton, and Monmouth Court-house. His great grandfather was taken prisoner by the British and died in the old Sugar House Prison.
His death was not wholly unexpected. A slow, lingering illness of several months had sapped and undermined a hitherto strong and robust constitution, and in the hope that a change of air and scene
would bring fresh life and improved health, he, on June 11th, went to St. Paul, trusting that the bracing western air would re-invigorate the system. But hope again failed, and the end peacefully
The Middletown Journal referred to him in the following language:
"An upright man, a good citizen, true and faithful in his friendships, strong in his convictions, possessed of sterling qualities of mind and heart, closely identified with the business and
educational interests of our town and vicinity, Mr. Van Deventer will be missed, and this entire community have sustained a loss by his death. He leaves surviving a widow, two daughters and two sons
- Mrs. C. E. Secor, of St. Paul, Miss Josephine Van Deventer, Raphael and D. P. Van Deventer. Jr."