Photos of the Old Mud Meetinghouse service 2017

The days of our lives …
Dear cousins,
   Please let me know if you like the photos of the Old Mud Meetinghouse service 2017, or if it makes the file too hard to open.
   As every year ends, people spend time evaluating the time gone by and making plans for the year to come. The new year brings with it the hope and promise to accomplish all that one couldn’t in the past year.

For my resolutions, I am determined to get some of the family history books finished, and shared with other family members, so that when the “days of our lives” run out of numbers, the research will live on.

(theDutch gal and ol’ blue eyes, the engineer)
In fact I am working hard on that now. Are you among those looking to create a better tomorrow – one with new possibilities and new dreams to fulfill? What are your dreams and plans for 2018?  Please share.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. Ready, Set, Go!

Hugs and happy new year to each one of you!
Carolyn and Jon

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SENT BY: Peter Minuit, first director of the  Dutch colony of New Netherland.  He was a Walloon from Wesel (now North Rhine-Westphalia Germany).

(from Wikipedia) Minuit is generally credited with orchestrating the purchase of Manhattan Island for the Dutch from the Lenape Native Americans. Manhattan later became the site of the Dutch city of New Amsterdam, and the borough of Manhattan of modern-day New York City. A common myth states that Minuit purchased Manhattan for $24 worth of trinkets; however, a letter written by Dutch merchant Peter Schaghen to directors of the Dutch East India Company stated that Manhattan was purchased “for the value of 60 guilders,”[2] an amount worth approximately $1,050 in 2015 dollars.[3]Minuit also founded the Delaware colony in the early 1600s.

SENT BY: Charlie Westerfield, in re to the Historical Markers for the Westerfield Massacre to go up in Bullitt County.
Committee: Charlie Westerfield, Ed Cozine, Lynn Rogers, Vince Akers, Steve Henry,

I spoke with Lynn Rogers this morning and he has agreed to write a rough draft of the verbiage for the two plaques. We plan to have a meeting of the full committee on January 18 at the Kentucky Historical Society at 2 P.M. Let me know if this will work for you? I ask Ed Cozine to set up a meeting with Mr. David Strange and the president of the Bullitt Co Historical Society. Ed has scheduled that meeting for this Thursday at 2 P.M.  Anyone who would like to join us, feel free. I will keep the committee up to date on information in this regard.

SENT BY: Eddie Price, Kentucky Author and speaker
Hi, Carolyn
Here is the new historical novel due out at the end of January!!!  It is the long-awaited sequel to Widder’s Landing.  Not available yet, but I invite the cousins to visit my Facebook page at Eddie Price Kentucky Author
I am attaching the working cover.   We are still finalizing for the printers.
The new children’s book will also be out in January.
SENT BY: Wes Westerfield
I’m curious about the arrival of the Dutch Cousins in Kentucky and the region surrounding.  I don’t have a good sense of just when the first of them appeared there having left New Amsterdam.  Is there a  resource I can consult?
(NOTE: Watch your email!  Vince Akers has sent exactly that information to be included in the next Dutch Letters!)
SENT BY: Lynn Rogers
You have probably been out of the Westerfield Massacre historical marker loop.  Charlie Westerfield, chr of the committee, has had contact with the Kentucky Hist Soc. It has pretty much been decided to have two markers, one at exit 121 I-65 “McDonalds” in Shepherdsville, and the other at the park east of Thixton KY (Floyds Fork and Broad Run).  It appears that the two markers should be in place by the next Dutch Cousins gathering, prob Sep 2019.  All of which suggests a possible dedication as a part of the DC19 program.

Janice Cozine put a massive amount of time and effort into both the DC15 and DC17 (probably available for DC19); but, she has expressed seriously negative feelings about having DC19 in Shepherdsville.  She and Eddie live in Mt Washington KY, about 10 miles east of Shepherdsville.  So, Mt Washington might be a candidate for DC19.

The Bullitt Co Hist Soc are in the loop.  In a telecom, Charlie W said that he and Eddie Cozine planned to meet with them. I indicated that I would be interested in making that trip.  If I get there, I will try to explore possible DC19 meeting/lodging facilities with Eddie.  He might be, or not be, favorably impressed, and pass them on to Janice.

Happy New Year, Lynn

SENT BY: King and Sharon Cole, Coordinators Dutch Cousins 2019
Charlie suggested I check out the Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville.  I spoke with Rusty Newton and he said the room capacity is only 75 people.  So, too small. I have checked with many other possibilities in the towns near Harrodsburg.

Janice has spoken with Steve Henry to see if he can help us negotiate the rental at the KY History Ctr. We were to talk again in January.

We greatly appreciate your input and any suggestions regarding DC19.

(NOTE: ANYONE remember the name of the place where we met in Shelbyville in 2007? We had about 125 or more there that year, and the price was quite acceptable.)
SENT BY: Kim Allison Ross
I’m passing along something interesting I read that maybe other Dutch Cousins might be interested in.  Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) had a father raised in the Dutch Reformed Church.  His name is Edward Zimmerman.  His wife, Agnes Gardner, was Presbyterian.  They are German & Scottish.

SENT BY:Jane Cooper, daughter of Frank Cooper

This is Jane Cooper, Frank Cooper’s daughter.  I don’t know if anyone let you know, but Dad passed away last Sept. 26th, 2017.  Mom had died the year before, and I think he was pretty lost without her.  He was also suffering from liver cancer, heart failure, and I think was just very tired of not feeling good.  We did have a wonderful trip together in June, went to Alaska on a 3 day cruise along the inner passageway, then a few more days over land in a nice motor coach.  The cruise part was wonderful, but the land part of the trip was pretty hard on him and he never really recovered from that.  He was glad we went though, and I’m so thankful that I had that special time together with him.
Anyway, wanted to let you know so you could please add my email to your list so I’ll know when your next Dutch Cousins gathering will be.  He loved the one we went to several years ago, and I want to come again.   You may already have that as Mom & Dad lived here with me for the last 5 years, so I assume he’d already updated that with you.
Today’s the first time I’ve gotten into his email and searched “Dutch Cousins” and found your email – I’m so glad!
(Jane is a Van Arsdale descendant, and lives in Topeka, KS.  Welcome, Cousin!)

SENT BY: David William Voorhees

I am attaching in pdf the brochure with an order form for the two volumes of transcriptions and translations of the Flatbush Church Records. You can purchase the volumes through the Jacob Leisler Institute, using the attached order form.  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
with best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year
(NOTE: I can’t attach the brochure, but if you are interested the  hardcover books are $50 each for the two volumes. Vol. I covers 1677-1720, and Vol. II is Deacons accounts 1654-1709.   Contact Mr. Voorhees at the Jacob Leisler Institute in Hudson New York. info (at)

SENT BY:Debbie Allender

In your letter dated 1/2/18 (Happy New Year!), Robert Hastings mentioned that he was researching his Hastings and Banta families from Gibson County, Indiana.  Although I don’t know of a direct connection, I am researching a few Dutch families that migrated from New Jersey to Kentucky to Gibson County, Indiana during the same time period.  My families include Gordon, Tichenor, LaGrange, and Vanarsdall.  I would love compare notes.  I am already on your list, but I would like to contact Robert.
SENT BY: (report on services at the Old Mud Meetinghouse in September 2017 – by carolyn)

Russell L. Gasero, Archivist of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), 21 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ  conducted the special service in our newly rededicated and restored Old Mud Meetinghouse. His sermon was on Psalm 16:6:  “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (from the NIV).  The Public was invited to enjoy seeing the Cousins celebrating our delightful Dutch inheritance that weekend!   Three teenagers, 2 brothers and a sister decendants of the Banta family, sang and played instruments before the service began.

Mr. Gasero, who is an Elder in the RCA, brought four antique collection staves from the Archives. Staves are a long pole with a little bag on the end. Several Cousins served as Elders., here is a snap of Lynn Rogers with the collecting stave.

Greeters and Ushers were:

Jon Heavener of Oklahoma,

Dennis Karwatka of Kentucky,
Larry Westerfield of Tennessee,
Lynn Rogers of Ohio,
Gerald Westerfield of Illinois,
Buck Keith of Indiana.
Standing in the baptistry below the pulpit, the Voorzinger opens the services by reading the day’s verse from the Bible and leading in the singing of a psalm.

Amalie Preston of Salvisa, Kentucky, served as Voorzinger (singer) although women would not have played a part in the Reformed Dutch Church’s early services. (They do today.)

To finance the church in the beginning, members purchased a pew. Wealthier folks paid more to get the pews up front. Less wealthy sat toward the rear.

Acting Domine, Mr. Gasero, stood in silent prayer during the reading and the singing, then he climbed up into the tall pulpit to present the message. Voorzinger Preston timed the sermon, warning the domine when his time was up!
The Elders:
Vince Akers of Indiana,
Eddie Cozine of Kentucky,
John C. Westerfield of Pennsylvania,
Larry Voreis of South Carolina,
Malcolm Banta of Florida.
They sat up front to keep on eye on the pastor and critique his preaching, because the elders were responsible for the Spiritual life of the church.  They also assisted the Domine in serving communion using the original 1797 sllver communion cup.

After the worship service, each elder shook hands with the Domine, as the minister was called — unless they are dissatisfied with that day’s sermon and needed to let the Domine know their objection. All our elders shook hands with Mr. Gasero so they must have approved.

When the sermon ended, the Deacons (responsible for the physical or financial and property issues) took up the collection by thrusting the antique collection staves in front of each row of seats. While the bags were passed, the Domine could have invoked blessings upon those who give liberally, even calling them by name. (Mr. Gasero did not)

Serving as Deacons were:

Lynn Rogers of Ohio,
Rodney Dempsey of Kentucky,
Gene Heathcoat of Texas,
Jeff Westerfield of North Carolina.
SENT BY: judy cassidy
Franklyn E. Frick, 94, of Sioux City died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at a Sioux City nursing home following a brief illness.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Cathedral of the Epiphany Catholic Church, with the Very Rev. Paul-Louis Arts officiating. Burial will be in Yankton City Cemetery, Yankton, S.D. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today, parish vigil service 7 p.m. and a rosary at 7:30 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.

Mr. Frick was born Oct. 31, 1908, in Sioux City, the son of Frank and Lura (VanOsdel) Frick. He was a lifelong Sioux City resident. He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Sioux City Central High School. He also graduated from Iowa State University in 1932.

He was employed for several years with Gehan Livestock Commission at the Sioux City Stockyards. He then worked for the Federal Land Bank of Omaha and the W.S. & H.K. Gillman, Gilman, Hatfield and Hatfield as a farm manager.

He was a member of Cathedral of the Epiphany. His hobbies included genealogy research as well as socializing with his many friends and acquaintances.

Survivors include his special friends, Sissy Crawford and Bob Morley of Sioux City; as well as numerous friends from his 94 years of life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother and an infant sister.

SENT BY: Carolyn Leonard
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