New Netherland and Beyond
1898 Holland Society Year Book
John Holmes Van Brunt
John Holmes Van Brunt, of Bay Ridge, died suddenly at Mineola, Long Island, September 26, 1896. While waiting for a Long Island train he was suddenly taken ill and carried to a sofa in
the hotel parlor, where he died a few minutes later.
Mr. Van Brunt was born in the old Van Brunt homestead, now the site of the Crescent A. C. Club-house on Shore Road. He was a descendant of one of the earliest and most prominent settlers on Long
Island, and was a brother of Chief Justice Charles H. Van Brunt, of the Supreme Court. His father was the late Albert N. Van Brunt.
Mr. Van Brunt was well known in horse circles. He was a regular attendant of the Mineola Fair, and always had five or six good trotters. He was of a robust physique, and had hardly known a day's
sickness during his life. He was one of the organizers of the Fort Hamilton Reformed Chapel forty years ago. This chapel formed the nucleus of the Bay Ridge Reformed Church organized last May, and
Mr. Van Brunt was one of the large contributors to the new edifice.
The deceased was married twice. His second wife, who was a Miss Vanderveer, of New Lots, survives him. He left four grown-up children--Albert N., and Mrs. Margaret Ditmars, by the first wife, who
live at Flatlands, and Charles, and Miss Marie Van Brunt, who live at Bay Ridge.