Schoonmaker, Jacob, Dd
Schoonmaker, Jacob, D.D.
a son of the foregoing, was born May 11, 1777, at Acquackanonck (now Passaic), N.J. He graduated at Columbia College in 1799, and pursued his theological studies under Drs. Solomon Froeligh and John H. Livingston. He was licensed in 1801, and the next year became the pastor of the united churches of Jamaica and Newtown, L.I. This associate relation lasted until 1849, when the Newtown church became independent. He remained pastor at Jamaica one year longer, when on Aug. 6, 1850, he preached his farewell sermon, and then retired from the active ministry on account of age and infirmities. He died April 10, 1852, finishing his course with joy. Dr. Schoonmaker was a large, portly man, with a very benevolent countenance and a sweet savor of cheerful piety in his whole aspect and demeanor. He was dignified, courteous, discreet — a faithful preacher, a devoted pastor, a sound evangelical theologian of the Calvinistic school — an active supporter of the educational institutions and benevolent agencies of the Church, and a workman who needed not to be ashamed. He was a father among his people, and, while cherishing the most profound attachment to his own Church, was truly catholic in feeling towards all who love Christ. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, vol. 9. (W.J.R.T.)