Gelukkig Nieuwjaar Cousins! Happy New Year 2018!

In addition to the fanfare, fireworks, and fun, most people celebrate the beginning of a new year by calling up family and friends, mending quarrels, setting goals for self-betterment and donating to charity. I’ve been doing just that! Last night I called one of my high school classmates who lives in California. We hadn’t talked for at least ten years, so that phone call went on for hours as we laughed over old memories. It’s kind of like the clock for the year starts over and we can begin again. Whether we have personal goals or research goals we always seem to be rejuvenated by a new year.

Jon and I celebrated New Year’s Eve by enjoying a dinner out with a dozen people with whom we have been longtime friends. It was too cold here to participate in the downtown “opening night” entertainments and watch the ball drop at midnight, so we came home and watched the party in New York on TV. Yes, of course, we toasted the new year in, and then enjoyed our traditional lunch of blackeyed peas for good luck on Monday. How did you spend New Years Eve? Do you have a family tradition you would share?

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SENT BY: Linda Rankin
Please add me to the Dutch Cousins list.

My Grandmother’s maiden name was Esther Ryker Cunliffe and she was born Madison, Indiana. She was the daughter of Martha Etta Hall, daughter of Mary Ann Ryker, daughter of John Gerardus Ryker who was one of the Banta party that settled in Shelby, Kentucky.

Your website is wonderful and has provided a wealth of information.

(Welcome Linda!)


SENT BY: Marilyn Douglas
On Nov 15, 2017, at 1:11 PM, Marilyn Douglas <Marilyn.Douglas@NYSED.GOV> wrote:
Flatbush Church Records available for sale by the Jacob Leisler Institute – order form attached
Records of The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York, Volume I 1677-1720; Volume II Deacons’ Accounts 1654-1709. Translated by David William Voorhees
Records of the consistory minutes, baptismal and marriage records, and membership lists of the Dutch Reformed congregations located in the present-day New York City borough of Brooklyn.

Thanks Marilyn

Marilyn E. Douglas, Vice PresidentWebsite

SENT BY: Robert Hastings
I am a Desendent of Richard Whitfield Hastings who married Mary Polly Banta in Gibson Co. Indiana in 1823 done pretty good tracing back the Banta family. But not too good on the Hastings include me in the letter.


SENT BY: Don William “Bill” Black
(welcome new Dutch Cousin) As an dependent of Joost Janson Van Meter b. 1656 I am very interested in the History of the Low Dutch, especially the Van Meters. I have written a romanticized version of 12 year old Letty Van Meter experience at the Painted Stone Massacre. I’m a clumsy writer but it is a fun story if you have the time to read it. Mary Banta born 1802 in Ky. She was the mother of Richard W. Hastings her dad was David Banta the Banta family. (Bill is the 6th G grandson of Jacob Janson Van Meter)Sign me up.
My 6th ggfather Jacob Janson Van Meter led a group of 100 settlers (mostly kin) from Ten Mile Country, Virginia (now PA)to Elizabethtown, KY in 1779. I have quite a body of research in his line.

(tell us more about your story, Bill! Is it a book? Is it available on Amazon?)

SENT BY: Janice & Eddie Cozine: Eddie’s cousin 1st cousin.
Larry Cozine passed away this past Monday.
Larry is the son of John Cozine, Eddie’s dad’s brother.
He died from a rare form of cancer.
Larry and his 2 sisters Sharon & Johnnie Kay, attended our 2015 and 2017 DC Gatherings.

Larry M. Cozine, 69 years of age died Monday December 11, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born May 21, 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late John W. and Carrie (Murray) Cozine. Larry was a Registered Architect in Kentucky and Indiana, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He retired after 30 plus years with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam war and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Cornell University School of Architecture. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Geri L. (McDonald) Cozine; daughter, Cathy L. Van Loon (Aaron); two grandsons; sisters, Sharon Metcalf (James) and Johnnie Walker (Daniel); four nieces, two nephews along with several great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm Wednesday, December 13th, and after 9:00 am Thursday at Kraft Funeral Service 2776 Charlestown Rd. His Funeral Service will be held at
11:00 am Thursday, December 14th in the Kraft Charlestown Rd. Chapel. Private entombment will in the Chapel of the Cross at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.
Expressions of sympathy to go to Dayspring REC, Hope of Southern Indiana or the Leukemia Society.
Online condolences may be made to

(Gosh we just met Larry – and lost him already. So sorry for your loss Janice & Eddie – and our loss too.)

SENT BY: Beth Higgins
Hi Carolyn,
I’m just now seeing this email, but it caused me to check out the website, which I haven’t in awhile. It looks great!! Love the Old Mud background. Also, it’s very well organized. Love that. Nice work, webmasters!!

My only comment for the description you profer is that it seems like in the past we’ve described the group as being the pioneers intending to settle a specific tract with the Banta family. You mention “Dominee Cozine was an “intend friend” of the Kentucky move, but he died before the land was ready”, but haven’t mentioned anything about “the land” or what an “intend friend” is. All references to their intentions to settle a tract together have been removed, and that is what I though held us together the most. I am descended from other Dutch families in the Kentucky area who knew our “Dutch cousins” (Henry Hoagland was Rachel Ryker’s husband and died at Long Run) and they may have worshipped together, but they did not settle on the same tract, did not follow the same migration path necessarily, and were not signers of the petition for the land. (Hoagland, Newkirk, Swearingen, etc.) It is interesting that these other Kentucky Dutch ancestors of mine were not as introspective in their family circles. Also, my newly found Wyckoff family went from NJ to WV to Ohio from what I can tell. Always fun to find more Dutch families. Just my two cents. Merry Christmas to all!!

(NOTE FROM CAROLYN: I think Beth is referring to the 3rd paragraph of “Who are the Dutch Cousins? in the dec 6th issue of Dutch Letters:
“The Dutch groups migrated to Kentucky in the 1780s and continued intermarrying—at least those who survived the Indian attacks and starvation did. Dominee Cozine was an “intend friend” of the Kentucky move, but he died before the land was ready. His children and church members followed the call of the wild west. They wanted to remain a separate people, to feel free to raise their families in their unique faith with a Dutch-speaking Dominee. Their first settlement was in Mercer County, at their Dutch Fort near Harrods Fort (later Harrodsburg), until they were able to get title to several thousand acres north of there (in Shelby & Henry counties) with its center at Pleasureville, and is still known today as the “Low Dutch Tract.”

MORE INFO from Carolyn: I tried to condense the answer “Who are the Dutch Cousins”- perhaps condensed too much.
Vince Akers’ 1982 booklet “The Low Dutch Company” and his talks at the Gatherings have discussed the two lists in the Low Dutch letter to Continental Congress requesting support for the Kentucky settlement. The letter is undated but believed in 1783 when assistance was denied. One list of about 70 “inhabitants” signed by those already in Kentucky, and one list of more than 100 Intend friends, whose names are published in deHalve Moon, publication of the Holland Society of NY. The “intend friends” were those still residing back east, disposing of property etc, but who intended to come as soon as the “Low Dutch Tract” was secured.

Beginning about 1769, several Conewago families moved to Berkeley Co, VA (now WVA) with plans to go to KY. Samuel Duree, at age 56 was known as the Old Man and was the first to venture into KY. Peter Banta and wife Elizabeth Cozine, (dau of Rev. Cozine) led the 1780 group to the Falls of Ohio (now Louisville).

Rev. Cozine was an intend friend, but I suspect at almost 70 years, he was too old and ill to travel. He died in 1786 before he could come. The Conewago Colony Dutch Reformed church from 1772 to his death was a flourishing Dutch Church, but by 1793 the colony was beginning to disintegrate as so many members had left to go west.

His surviving son Cornelius Jr was in KY by 1784, and inherited the Cozine lot in the Low Dutch tract. When he died age 34 in KY in 1787 the tract was not yet settled. His surviving son Cornelius III died in 1812 at age 29 on his way home from seeing about the land in the Dutch Tract. Cornelius III’s daughter Sara Cozine is the 9 year old child kidnapped from the Dutch Tract area and held captive for five years. Sara’s widowed mother Mary wed Sam Demaree and they settled there. Many of the Low Dutch ancestral lines will have similar stories. I am just more familiar with this one.

(I had never heard before that the entire group intended to settle a specific tract with the Banta family, am I the only one? Is this the above mentioned Low Dutch Tract in Henry and Shelby counties? I know that Abraham Banta was appointed the group’s trustee for the land purchased from Squire Boone in 1786 (signed by Barney Smock), but it was many years before the legal issues were straightened out because of conflicting claims and also by Indian depredations — which is what I meant by the land not being ready. Also that Pleasureville was originally named Bantatown but the map is labeled “The Low Dutch Tract” if I remember correctly.)
(Feel free to jump in here Vince Akers!)

SENT BY: Greg Huber
(Greg spoke at our 2015 Dutch Gathering on the Dutch Barns in Pennsylvania – or something like that!). He has a new book out on Historic Barns of SE PA, though he seems to be focusing on German barns now. Most of our group of Low Dutch ancestors lived in Somerset County NJ before moving to Conewago, and attended Church there.
This item included in Greg’s Christmas letter is of interest.

“A sentinel of a past long gone” – a letter sent to the Editor of – The Bernardsville News – on April 20th 2017 about the great Basking Ridge Oak in Somerset County, New Jersey that was removed from the church property during the last week of April 2017 (1 page). This was a giant field grown white oak that was nearly 8 feet in diameter measured about one foot above ground level. The tree was likely at least 350 years old. It may have been over 500 years old. This oak was a local landmark that thousands of people passed every year. Plans are afoot to make various wooden objects including furniture from the salvaged timbers of the tree. Greg was at the felling and removal of the tree plus the planting of an oak sapling developed from an acorn of the tree. He generated over 1,500 photos from all the tree activities over a four-day period. (Please Greg send us a picture?)

SENT BY: As always, sending best wishes for a safe and happy and prosperous New Year 2018 to each and every Dutch Cousin! (from the old Dutch gal and ol’ blue eyes, the engineer)

SENT BY: Carolyn Leonard
Editor, Dutch cousins of Kentucky

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