I think I've found enough evidence to be able to link my David Rider Huson family of Albany Co., New York to the Van Heusens, Huysen, Houson &c. (there are many spellings).
I don't know who D.R. Huson's parents are yet, but they lived in the area that was a part of the Rennsalaer patent in earlier times and left New York in the 1850s to go to Ohio. The immigrant ancestor could have been Jan Franse Van Hoesen, an early resident of Fort Orange who bought land of the Indians at Claverack in 1662. He died about 1667. The family was Lutheran, so not all of their children were registered in the Reformed dutch church.
There was a Rev. Harmanus Van Huysen, minister of the Dutch Reformed Congregations in Albany County from 1794 to 1825. My David Rider named his eldest son Harman.
Has anyone else made the connection to this earlier family? I assume that my family changed the name (dropping the Van) either at the time of the English takeover of the Dutch Colonies, or possibly even later during the Revolutionary War. Or perhaps they were small land owners dealing with the system of feudal tenure that persisted in that part of New York until 1846 when the Rent Wars finally brought it to an end. Perhaps they weren't 'entitled' to use the Van if they weren't considered members of the aristocracy.
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