MORE happy memories of 2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering

Five Dutch Cousins with a re-enactor at the Painted Stone Settlers program near Shelbyville on Saturday. Lynn Rogers, Kathy Cummings, Lynn Westerfield, Vince Akers, Rodney Dempsey and his sister Susan Gudorf. (Photo by Dennis Gudorf.)

Negotiating for a prisoner exchange between the settlers and the natives, re-enacted at the Painted Stone Settlers program on Saturday. (Photo by Dennis Gudorf.)

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We had another successful, educational, FUN, Dutch Gathering weekend in Kentucky. Saturday’s excursion took us to Painted Stone Settlers, Inc., a group of living history re-enactors. The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat Reenactment retells the story of Squire Boone’s Painted Stone Station and the real people – many of our Dutch ancestors – who lived it. Included in the weekend event are various demonstrations of heritage skills such as spinning, weaving, fire starting, customs of the 18th century and blacksmithing. Militia life and a Native American campsite are also depicted. Visitors can experience an18th century cannon, get a taste of militia life and engage in lively conversation with costumed interpreters

The scrap of paper with Mr. Weaner’s draft wording for a Conewago marker text mentions “…removed in post-Revolutionary War years to Kentucky…” This idea that the Low Dutch came to Kentucky after the Revolution is a misconception I was trying to correct in the talk Friday night at the recent reunion. The Low Dutch came to Kentucky in the very midst of the Revolution and their early massacres and defeats at the hands of the Indians were a direct consequence of the British strategy to use their Indian allies to harrass the Kentucky frontier. The Kentucky Low Dutch participated in many engagements that qualify as Revolutionary War service.

Hi, Carolyn
Thank you again so much for the opportunity to speak before the Dutch Cousins. I appreciate the fine meal and the hospitality–and hope the program “Remember the Raisin!” was what you wanted. The audience was appreciative and several came up to thank me. I feel very confident that I will have the new book ready next year.

Please take time to check out my Facebook page at I have a whole album dedicated to the Dutch Cousins…many can see their photos. Mary got several shots of the whole room, the tables, and some close-ups. You are welcome to have any of these and share them with others. Also, please “like and share” the page with others and have them to do the same. That way they can follow what I am doing, when the next book comes out, etc. It is a business page, not the normal Facebook page and I don’t contact through it unless someone contacts me and wants a response!

Hopefully the historical program added a measure of education and entertainment for your events. You might be interested in taking a look at “Homemaking on the Kentucky Frontier.” I bring a whole tableful of cooking and household implements, various farm tools, carpentry tools, etc. and have a great PowerPoint slideshow that shows how hard our folks had it then, and how easy it is for us today. It provides an in depth look at all the considerations pioneers had when selecting a building site, finding a clean water supply, clearing it, building a home, clothes making, lighting, insulation, crops, food preservation, medical and sanitation considerations, worship, recreation. It is FUN, but very revealing–very educational and entertaining.

But “Ohio River Heritage” is also popular–and it shows the importance of the mighty Ohio and its tributaries. I take folks on a “Historical Journey” from earliest times to present.

Hope all enjoyed–and hope everyone made it home safe and sound! Mary also sends her regards!

Eddie Price
175 Windsong Drive
Hawesville KY 42348
Eddie Price Kentucky Author

I sure had a wonderful time at the Dutch Gathering. The Best ever. Thank you for bringing all of the history and genealogical data down to the meeting with you.

Dennis and Susan really helped us get connected up with all of our “Cousins”. The speeches were very impressive to me.I was a History Major in College. To realize that our ancestors on the Demotte side came over in the 1700’s on the “Spotted Cow” ship, as part of the Dutch West Indies Trading Company, and settled on Wall Street in New York City, where there old graves still remain, is very significant to me. The British drove our ancestors out of New York City, to Bergen NJ, where they joined the Revolutionary War and fought for our freedom. Lawrence DeMott was too old to fight, but he was made an honorary Soldier, because he supplied hay to the horses for the New Jersey Regiment. His son John, fought in, as a Corpora in the4 New Jersey Regiment. I verified this with the National Society of American Revolutionary War Veterans, which is located in Louisville. I bought Plaques to honor their service and had them placed in the Old Mud Meeting House cemetery.

If you study history, you will learn how lucky, under God’s great support, to be able to have won our freedom, over insurmountable odds. We were outnumbered in troops, the British had much greater firepower, ships, cannons, and everything else. We were just a bunch of ragtag pioneers with a few hunting rifles, but under the great leadership of General George Washington, and very definitely under the will of God. our ancestors provided a miracle unlike any since in the course of history.

That miracle was repeated in the War of 1812, when KY provided more troops than any other state, in the battles of New Orleans. Our soldiers, under the direction of old General Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of KY led over 2200 men to those battles. Again, they were terribly outnumbered by the Bri9tish, who also had recruited Indians, and runaway slaves to fight us. Under the Direction of General Andrew” Stonewall” Jackson, a future President, we defeated the British again, with overwhelming odds in their favor. We have to believe that God blessed America in both of those unbelievable victories.

General Jackson was elected President and chose a Dutch descendent named Martin Van Buren to be his Vice President. When I was in college I did a thesis on Van Buren. Little did I know that Van Buren chose another Dutch Descendent as his Vice President, named Johnson, to be his Vice President. HIs wife was African American. He was very proud of her and defended her heritage to all people.

JUst a few tidbits that I learned this past weekend. There were many, many other things I could tell you, and want to tell you about our DeMott Family history. There will be another meeting in 2 years. I hope I am around then, and I hope that many of you will decide to attend the “Low Dutch Cousins” gathering. I bought a collection of photographs on a CD that I am passing on to Dennis and Susan, in hopes that he can share them with all of you, once I receive them and send them to him.

I may be an “odd ball “, but I am still very excited, after learning all of this about Grandmother Dempsey’s Demott(e) heritage. We are a family with a lot to be proud of, there are plenty of outstanding lawyers, doctors, ministers, and outstanding men and women we can be proud to say we are kin to, through many generations.

I hope Mary Howard will share my email with all of the Dempsey cousins, and that many generations of you will continue the tradition of coming to the Low Dutch Cousins reunions.

Love, Rod

SENT BY: Vince Akers
The Dutch Cousins connection to Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat, into to the re-enactment:

The Dutch Cousins of Kentucky are here with us this afternoon. They are descendants of Holland Dutch and French Huguenot families who came to Kentucky in 1780 in search of land so they could settle together as a “Low Dutch Reformed Church Society.”

The Low Dutch were closely tied in with Squire Boone and his Painted Stone Station. Squire Boone eventually helped them locate their Low Dutch Tract of several thousand acres six miles northeast of Painted Stone in Shelby and Henry Counties around Pleasureville.

The Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat directly and tragically affected the families of nearly all the Dutch Cousins here with us today. This is because Leah Demaree, the oldest living matriarch of the Kentucky Low Dutch, was among the victims at Long Run.

At 73 and 66, Samuel and Leah Demaree were probably the oldest members of the 1780 migration and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren formed the majority of the migrants who came down the Ohio in 1780. In fact, their oldest daughter was married to “Father” Henry Banta who led the Low Dutch migration down the Ohio River to the Falls in the spring of 1780. Other daughters married patriarchs of the Westerfield, Lock, Riker, and Smock families and granddaughters married into Cozine, Dorland, Vanarsdale, Voris, Rynerson and Shuck families.

Thus, nearly all the Dutch Cousins present can trace a line back to Leah Demaree who died at the Long Run Massacre. Her son-in-law Gerardus Ryker, patriarch of the Kentucky Rikers, lost his life the following day at Floyd’s Defeat. His widow, Rachel Demaree Riker, married John Vancleve who lost his wife at Long Run. John Vancleve was a brother of Squire Boone’s wife and became a full-fledged member of the Low Dutch community upon marriage to Samuel and Leah Demaree’s daughter.
SENT BY: Lynn Rogers:
Draft of part of my narration on the bus trip to the Re-enactment:

WELCOME to the 2017 Dutch Cousins bus trip, this year to the Re-enactment of the Long Run Massacre and the next day’s Floyd’s Defeat. This is done by Painted Stone, an all volunteer group. Our objective is to vicariously experience to some small degree the stark terror which our Low Dutch ancestors experienced 24/7. The threat was everywhere at all times. Sentries were mandatory for every activity. Indians lurked trails, fields and forts. In the middle of the night, braves would climb over stockades and throw themselves against cabin doors within the fort. Make sure the latch string is always in. There was no safety to be had anywhere, anytime.
SENT BY: Bill & Gayle Hoag
Gayle & I would like to Thank everyone who brought items for the Silent Auction, especially the everyone who did the bidding. We had about 55 items that brought in $582.00 dollars. There was only a couple of items that received a no-bid, those will be ready for the next time in 2019. Start looking and saving Dutch related items for next time.
Thanks again everyone;
SENT BY: Pam Ellingson
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SENT BY: Carolyn Leonard
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