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  • Letters 03/13/2017 - A Dutch Wedding in Old Mud! EXCITING news: A Dutch wedding in our Old Mud Meetinghouse! New information about the Dutch Cousins Gathering in September.Dutch Letters 13 March 2017Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection and contact info. Please send any pertinent info to be included in the next Letter.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately !I promise we ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2017, 12:47 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 02/10/2017 Dutch Cousins Meeting coming up soon!Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately !I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses on the list because of possible scammers.-----------------------------------------------------Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.orgWebmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin(At ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:58 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky in 1780 By Ronald Clay Belcher Permission received from Bluegrass Roots for the Dutch Cousins. Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky in 1780By Ronald Clay Belcher(Mr. Belcher requested and received permission from Bluegrass Roots via Fran Salyers for us to reprint this article just for the Dutch Cousins. The article is quite lengthy and will be issued in several installments. You may wish to print and save, which is permitted.)[Please see the Spring 2011 Bluegrass Roots for Mr. Belcher’s article “Samuel Westervelt (Westerfield) in theKentucky Territory in 1779”]Frontier settler Jacobus Westervelt arrived in Kentucky early in the spring of 1780.(footnote 1)By mid-April, Jacobus and his fellow brethren from the Dutch Reformation Congregation settled at Beargrass Creek, where the Louisville ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 4:44 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 01/21/2017 More about Westerfield Massacre By Ron Belcher, a descendant who has spent many years in research. (This is the first installment of this VERY interesting story by Mr. Belcher)Jacobus Westerfelt, who died at the massacre, had a brother named Jan (born 1734, #224, pg. 37 of the Walter Tallman Westervelt's book of the Westervelt Genealogy that I have attached to this e-mail for reference). That Jan was not at Kentucky.Jan who was at the massacre was born in 1744 (#228, page 55, married Anaetje Dye). Jan was the son of Gerritt Westervelt (#74, page 37, born 1724). Gerritt was the son of Jan Westervelt (#19, page 28, born 1686). Walter Tallman Westervelt listed three known children of Jan and Anaetje ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:52 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 01/22/2017 Lots of interest in Westerfield Massacre and Cozine advertisement for a Tannery.Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do soimmediately. I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses on the list because of possible scammers.-----------------------------------------------------Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:43 PM by Pam Ellingson
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THE COUSINS ARE COMING TO FRANKFORT 
September  8-10,  2017.   Put it on your calendar now. 

We will have special rates at CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL
405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, Ky 502-227-5100

Our Treasurer Janice Cozine and the 2017 Gathering Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers are working out the details.  It will be memorable - we can guarantee you that!

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Dutch Cousins Award $4000 to Harrodsburg Historical Society



From left to right:  Eddie Cozine, Janice Cozine, Dutch Cousins Treasurer presenting check to Dick Bauer, Harrodsburg Historical Society President, Amalie Preston, Chairperson of Dutch Archives in the HHS Library. (Photo by Marian Bauer)


By Amalie Preston

The Dutch Cousins Organization, descendants of the Low Dutch who built the Old Mud Meetinghouse in 1800, has donated $4000 to the Historical Society for the ongoing restoration project at Old Mud.  Since 2005 they have donated over $133,000 to the renovation which brings the 200 year old building from an endangered state to its present use as a functional museum and meeting venue.  The project continues with a focus on the adjacent one room schoolhouse.  

The Dutch Cousins officially began in 2005 and honor the memory and the history of the Low Dutch immigration experience, from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam (New York) in the early 1600s, to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries and to Kentucky in the late 1770s.   The group meets every two years, and welcomes anyone who has an interest in or descends from these unique pioneers.  If your name is Banta, Brewer, Brocaw, Comingore, Coovert, Cozatt, Cozine,  Darland, Demaree, DeBaun, Duree, Lyster, Montfort, Riker, Reynerson, Scomp, Shuck, Smock, Tewmey, VanArsdall, Vannice, VanDiver, Voorhies, or Westerfield (just to name a few),  or associated families such as Adams, Britton, Davis and Mann, and more well-known local names - you can learn more using the short hotlink: http://bit.ly/1NyfMXT or an e-mail to carolynleonard@gmail.com.  

The Historical Society continues to thank all the partners in this project, both individual and corporate.

Facebook postings

  • The facebook group "Dutch Cousins in Kentucky" has postings with discussions of things related to our Dutch heritage. If you have a facebook account you can search for the group and submit a request to join. Here are some of the recent postings.
  • Dutch Genealogy Webinar Sept. 15, 2015 Sep 15, 2015 09:00 am | Yvette HoitinkDid you see that Yvette Hoitink will be giving a webinar tomorrow on researching your Dutch ancestors? She will be showing you ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2015, 8:45 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Heather French Henry Carolyn Leonard shared Christal Newby Williams's photo.Our Forever Miss America - and our Dutch Cousin!Heather French Henry
    Posted Sep 15, 2015, 8:43 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Genealogy Chart Printing http://www.ancestryprinting.com/
    Posted Sep 15, 2015, 8:37 AM by Pam Ellingson
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Goal & Mission

GOAL & MISSION:  We are descendants of the Low Dutch who settled New Amsterdam, moved to New Jersey, migrated to near Gettysburg, and made history when they later populated the Kentucky frontier. Our Dutch Cousins goal is to research, share and preserve the genealogy and history of our common Low Dutch heritage, including but not limited to, the restoration and preservation of the Old Mud Meetinghouse near Harrodsburg, KY. Our mission is to honor the memory of these ancestors, and enjoy the friendship of cousins - both newly-discovered and long-loved.

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Click here (Buffalo234@cox.net) if you would like to be on the 800 member Dutch Cousins mailing list with important information about gatherings and new finds.  Please include full contact information such as your phone number (in case your email bounces at some point) and mailing address so we know where you are coming from. Our list is not shared with anyone else, I promise. Feel free to send information about your Dutch connection to be included on the next letters.  The "Dutch Letters" probably average one a week or less; just whenever there are enough email notes collected to make a "letter" of interest.  Feel free to check out my webpage at www.carolynbleonard.com and read the Dutch Cousins Heritage blog.

Carolyn Leonard, Secretary, Dutch Cousins 2015 - 
SEE YOU IN KENTUCKY!