Alche Janse Schenck
- Born: 13 Apr 1705, Marlboro, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
- Christened: 25 May 1705, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York
- Marriage: Christian VanDoren on 11 Dec 1723 in Hillsdale, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
- Died: 17 May 1801, Middlebush, Somerset, New Jersey, United States at age 96
- Buried: Cedar Grove Cemetery, MIddlebrush, Somerset County, Jew Jersey
Noted events in her life were:
• Obituary, May 1801, Middlebush, Somerset, New Jersey, United States. Mrs. Alche vanDoren was one of those worthy women of the early days distinguished for their Christian and moral excellencies. She rendered good service at the spinning-wheel at the age of 92 years, and at the age of 95 years was constant in her attendance at religious service in the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, which was at a distance of almost six miles. She was early accustomed to horseback riding, the bad state of the roads and lack of bridges making this a necessity. Tradition states that on one Sabbath morning the parents started to church with ten of their children, all mounted, and each on a separate horse, the children leading , the parents following in the rear. It is related of her, that while living in the log house, a rattlesnake came in through one of the openings in the stone chimney, which she seized with a pair of tongs and held in the fire until he was dead.
Her obituary reads: "Died on Sunday, the 17th of may, 1801, Middlebush, MRS. ALCHE VAN DOREN, widow of Mr. Christian Van Doren, aged 96 years, 1 mo. and 4 days. In her 96 year her natural strength was so little abated that she was able from the distance of nearly six miles to give constant attendance upon public worship. Not less remarkable for her piety than for her natural vigor, her conversation uniformly adorned the Gospel which she professed. She was especially distinguished by the virtues of Humility, Patience and Meekness. She lived and died universally esteemed by her acquaintenances, and has left a numerous offspring to lament her death. She had seventeen children, all of whom, except one, who died a young man, were married, 129 grandchildren, 200 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Total 352."
The thirteenth child, Roeliff, died in an accident. It's hard to think that any other woman could have died leaving so many living descendants! She's buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, originally named the Christian Van Doren Cemetery since he established it in 1743.
Alche married Christian VanDoren, son of Jacob Christiaensen VanDoorn and Marika Adriaense (Maria) Bennett, on 11 Dec 1723 in Hillsdale, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States. (Christian VanDoren was born on 11 Aug 1699 in Monmouth, New Jersey, United States, died on 20 Jul 1781 in Middlebush, Somersetshire, New Jersey, United States and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, MIddlebrush, Sommerset County, Jew Jersey.)