The earliest member of the Van Vechten (or Van Veghten) family to live in the United States was Teunis Dircksen Van Vechten (1612-1700), a Dutch immigrant who settled near Albany, New York, in 1637 or 1638; some of his immediate descendants moved from Albany to Catskill, New York. Van Vechten's son (1634-1702), grandson (1668-1707), and great-grandson (1707-1785), all named Teunis, held colonial military commissions, serving in various border wars and in the French and Indian War. Samuel Van Vechten (1742-1813), the son of the youngest Teunis, served in a New York regiment during the American Revolution. His son John (1785-1879) served as a captain in the New York Militia in the War of 1812. John's son Peter (1827-1913) moved to Wisconsin in 1845 and settled in Milwaukee before or around 1852; his children included Samuel, Henry, Anna Maria, Phillip Van Orden, and James Brown. James Brown Van Vechten lived in Detroit, Michigan, in the 20th century. The male descendants of Teunis Dircksen Van Vechten married members of the Van Petten, Ten Broeck, Van Orden, and Schuneman families.