Woman of the Century/Mary Westbrook Van Deusen
VAN DEUSEN, Mrs. Mary Westbrook, author and poet, born in Fishkill, N. Y., 13th February, 1829, where her father. Rev. Dr. Cornelius de Puy Westbrook was pastor of the Dutch Church for a quarter of a century. Four years later Dr. Westbrook assumed charge of the Dutch Church in Peekskill, N. Y., where her girlhood days were passed. In 1865 she became the wife of James Lansing Van Deusen. of Rondout, N. Y., where she has ever since lived, sacrificing very largely the pleasures of "dream-life" that she might minister more constantly to husband and children. MARY WESTBROOK VAN DEUSEN. She has published much in prose and verse, pamphlet and book form, mostly through the Freeman Company, of Kingston, N. Y. Her "Rachel Du Mont" was published in 1883, and went through three editions in one year. Her "Christmas Rosary," "Dawn," "Eastertide." and " Merrie Christmas," all in verse, were published in 1884. Her "Mary Magdalene," in verse, and "Easter Joy" were issued in 1886, and a third edition of "Dawn," a second one having been published in 1885. Her "Colonial Dames of America," "Voices of My Heart," a book of poems, and a novel called " Gertrude Willoughby" are her most recent works. The fourth edition of " Rachel Du Mont," with illustrations, was published in Albany, N. Y., in 1890.