History of Van Aken Homestead in Parkston, Town of Rockland, Sullivan County NY

Date Owners Description / Comment
  Chief Nanismos  of the Lenni-Lenapes, a branch of the Delaware Indian  tribes
1707 Major Johannes Hardenburgh A merchant of Kingston, Ulster Co., purchased from the Indians for the sum of 60 pounds "the immense tract of land now known as the Hardenburgh Patent," which includes all of what is now known as Sullivan Co. and parts of Delaware and Ulster Counties. 
20 Apr 1708 Major Johannes Hardenburgh
six associates
August Graham
The patent was officially granted to Hardenburgh and six associates. By a secret understanding, an additional eighth-share was granted to the Surveyor-General of the Province, Augustus Graham, who could not legally have an interest in a land grant. Over the next 40 years, the make-up of the proprietors changed substantially due to deaths and sales.
1749 The patent was divided into "Great Lots" apportioned by lot among the proprietors.  These were further subdivided into tracts and divisions of various sizes.
  Capt George Broadhead, living in Marbletown, Ulster County He  received 3,000 acres, which included a portion of the present town of Liberty including also what was called the Blue Mountain Country. The south line extended nearly east & west through what is now Liberty Village.
  Robert Livingston He appeared on the scene and in less than forty years he acquired title to almost half of the entire patent leaving Johannes with only three-sixteenths. Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Rockland are located in Great Lot #4 containing 94,608 acres of land.
  Peter Faneuil One of the Patenteers of the Hardenburgh Patent
pre 1776 Elias des Brosses purchased Great Lot #5 and some of 4  (Debruce)
circa 1850 Henry R. Low Judge in Monticello and SC Senator Received almost all of Great Lot #5  and parts of great Lot #4 from Robert Livingston and descendants of Elias Des Brosses
June 14, 1882 Henry R. Low Gave 3/8 acre to Parkston school site
June 17, 1882 Peter Parks - son of Joseph Parks Purchased 62.5 acres known as the Van Aken Homestead in Great Lot #4, plat 101 and 110
July 25, 1882 William Parks - son of Joseph Parks bought from Peter Parks and wife Nancy J.
July 2, 1891 Cynthia Parks wife of William Parks and daughter Lizzie D. Osterhout are listed as owners William Parks dies
April 8, 1901 heirs:
Roxa Ann Roosa, 
Joseph P. Lewis, 
Hannah E. Worden - daughter
David A. Wordon - husband 
Catherine Parks Sutherland - daughter of Joseph Parks dies
April 25, 1903 Frank Van Aken buys Van Aken homestead from heirs
Homestead and Boarding House built by Frank 
July 3, 1911 Cora E. Parks Van Aken  Deed transferred to wife Cora
December 3, 1919 Harry Berman and wife Deckie  Boarding house sold by Cora Parks Van Aken but holding mortgage - $1500 and $1500 mortgage
October 15, 1920 Israel Eisenberg Boarding house and contents sold
January 17, 1925 Cora Parks Van Aken Bank foreclosed and auctioned on Liberty Theater steps. Bought for $600 by Cora
May 22, 1939 Herbert Van Aken Sold to Son Herbert
February 19, 1943 Herbert Van Aken Parkston School closed but kept with a 2-year lease for $100/year
July 26, 1960 Harold Van Aken and wife Mae Lacey Van Aken Transferred to son Harold
1972 Harold Van Aken and Mae Van Aken  son Harold R. Van Aken tear down the Homestead  and is burned
1985 Mae Lacey Van Aken Harold Van Aken dies
1990 Mae Lacey Van Aken Builds House on site of Homestead
2002 Harold Van Aken and Barbara Van Aken Ellmauer Mae Van Aken dies and House and land got to children Harold and Barbara