Letters 2016

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Letters 01/22/2016

HAVEN’T RECEIVED MANY DUTCH LETTERS IN THE PAST MONTH!

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reply and say, “remove me” — and I will do so immediately !I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses on the list because of possible scammers.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Pam Ellingson, Webmaster

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Sent by Mr. Lynn Rogers

Dutch Cousins-

The Dutch Cousins Gathering is scheduled for Sep 8-10 2017 to coincide with the Long Run Massacre/Floyds Defeat Reenactment by The Painted Stone Settlers, Inc. The hotel will probably be the same that we used in 2015.  More later.

All suggestions for the program will be considered carefully.

Thanks, Lynn

Mr Lynn Rogers

desc Ryker, Smock, Demaree

Coordinator 2017, Dutch Cousins

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Sent by Steve Henry

Hey guys Merry Christmas. I have started on the Westerfield Massacre location so would love to add my 2 cents worth. Vince would have valuable input! Happy Wishes to Carolyn and 25 percent wgt bearing.

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Sent by Alvina M. Perry

Thank you, Thank you you all.
We are so appreciative of any and all help you may provide concerning our family history.

the……………… daughter of David Merritt 1857-1942 and Missouri Bryant 1860-1942

Please send me your email so I can invite you to view our tree of Barker/Goodlet/Roach/Cozine

With sincere appreciation and eternal gratitude,

(Jim, Janice & Eddie, Barbara & Ed are so happy to find a new COZINE cousin)

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Sent by Mr. Lynn Rogers and From: Gayle Howard Londeree

I am the Coordinator for the 2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering.  The 2015 Gathering is a hard act to follow, wonderful venue, wonderful program, wonderful cousins. What can we do for DC17? Maybe we should try to focus on the Westerfield Massacre; the Dutch Cousin arose from the Westerfield Family Association.  We agreed on a date (Sep 8 – 10, 2017) to coincide with the Painted Stone Reenactors and the Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat.

We have a bit of an ad hoc committee working on the Massacre, its site, and a possible memorial.

During the 2015 Gathering in Sep at Frankfort, it was acknowledged that the DC grew out of other family lines joining the Westerfield Family Assn.  In a side conversation, there was discussion of the Westerfield Massacre, and the fact that it had never been covered in a DC Gathering.  Eddie Cozine lives near Shepherdsville and has been researching the exact location of the Wilderness Road for years.

When I got home, one day I surfed the web looking for the WM.  I ran across Gary Stanford’s Find-A-Grave for Jacobus Westerfield, which got me seriously interested.  It had pioneer graves being discovered during a road widening project in Shepherdsville, and there was evidence of indian violence.  I made contact with Gary, and he had been coordinating with Doris Sanders, who had followed up with the Shepherdsville story and found that Gary had been mislead.  Doris has researched her Westerfields a lot.  Doris obtained a copy of:  Ronald Clay Belcher, Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky in 1780. Blue Grass Roots. Quarterly Journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society. Frankfurt, Kentucky. Vol. 38, No. 2: 2011. pp. 30-37.  She made contact with him also.

Larry Voreis and Vince Akers, both long time members of Dutch Cousins, very serious historians/researchers/authors, speakers at Gatherings multiple times, etc., etc.

The objective seems to be to compile an exhaustive list of sources/references and then to identify the issues and possible interpretations.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

NOTE:  FROM CAROLYN – but we HAVE done the Westerfield massacre at Dutch cousins, Lynn.  It is fine to touch on it again, but as I told you earlier, Steve Henry and James Moore (both descendants of Jacobus Westerfield) presented a whole evening program, in costume,  on that subject – I think in 2007 at Shelbyville.

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Sent by Helen McKinney

Hi, Carolyn.

I enjoy getting the Low Dutch newsletters but recently changed my

email. Could you please add my new email so I can continue getting the

emails?

Thanks!

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Sent by Marilyn Douglas, NNI

THE NEW AMSTERDAM HISTORY CENTER INVITES YOU TO PLEASE SAVE THE DATE MARCH 31, 2016

 

Women in New Netherland and in Colonial New England

Their Rights, Responsibilities, and Aspirations

 

Moderator & Presenter

Cornelia Hughes Dayton

University of Connecticut

 

And presentations by

Kim Todt, Cornell University

Deborah Hamer, College of William and Mary

Andrea Mosterman, University of New Orleans

 

Followed by a Q&A

West End Collegiate Church

245 West 77th Street

New York

SPONSORED BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS

This Project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation

RSVP to: info@newamsterdamhistorycenter.org

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Sent by Carolyn Leonard

So far so good!

Dr Steve Henry:  I can now put 50% weight on that broken leg! I got a walker with FOUR wheels last week, a new bone stimulator machine this week, and get to start Aqua Therapy next week!  Things are looking up. Yesterday Jon was busy with his volunteer duties and I had an appointment to keep, so I figured out a way to get there. I drove my five-speed power chair to the garage door and down the ramp, used my cane to shut the door behind me and get to the car door, then drove to my appt and arrived on time!  Hadn’t been behind the wheel in MANY months – but I remembered how to drive.  So proud of myself!

Hugs, Carolyn

E-mail me: Editor234@gmail.com

On my webpage, www.CarolynBLeonard.com read the pages: DutchCousins and LowDutchHeritage

Dutch letters are archived on our official webpage, www.DutchCousins.org by webmaster Pam Ellingson

Here’s a hotlink to my Christmas letter for 2015. “About those Christmas Cards…” http://bit.ly/1Yo0osE

Letters 01/26/2016

KEEP THEM CARDS AND LETTERS COMING COUSINS!

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.

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We hope you will join us September  8-10, 2017

at Frankfort KY for the Low Dutch Cousins Gathering. Put it on your Calendar now.  You won’t want to miss it.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Pam Ellingson, Webmaster

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SENT BY Eddie Price

Hi, Carolyn,

I am still having great memories of the Dutch Cousins Reunion!   I noticed that you guys plan to meet in 2017 at the same time the Painted Stone/ Long Run Massacre takes place.  I have presented an outdoor program there, under the trees, and also sold copies of Widder’s Landing.  The organizers are great and the reenactment is something to behold!!  This year I am presenting programs to the Oldham County Historical Society, and the Shelby County Library/Painted Stone Settlers (the “Battle of Blue Licks.”)  I gave this to the 2015 National SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) Congress and the 2015 Battle of Blue Licks Reenactment at Blue Licks State Park.

Check out all my programs at:

Eddie Price Kentucky Author

NOTE from Carolyn – Eddie presented a great program for us in 2015 and we sure want to hear him again.

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SENT BY Terri Ryker Hicks

Hi Carolyn,

Just wanted to say thank you for keeping this all rolling!

Best Wishes,

Terri

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SENT BY Peggie Mendoza

Hi Carolyn,  Glad to hear you are doing so well with your broken leg!  Hope you continue to do well.  Sounds like you’ve got the spirit!

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SENT BY Laurie Vanausdle Shaffer (her husband Doc)

Laurie, our children and I participated in the Bicentennial re-enactment at Yorktown. Not knowing she had a relative who was an original participant. If you should meet her, ask about the powdered eggs they served us for breakfast at that event.

Pension application of Cornelius Vanasdall S4705 f17VA Transcribed by Will Graves

One of my wife’s direct ancestors, Cornelius Vanarsdall S4705.

http://revwarapps.org/s4705.pdf

Ref: http://revwarapps.org/

‘Doc’ Shaffer

NOTE from Carolyn:  THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING SITE I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BEFORE: Ref: http://revwarapps.org/

THANKS!

I did find this in my files: Cornelius Vanausdal (1759-1847?), son of Gerrit (1725-1783?) and grandson of Simon Van Arsdale (1697-1789).  Cornelius, born in Somerset Co NJ, lived in Conewago, PA and moved to Berkeley County, WV (then VA) between 1784-1788.  After service in the Am Rev, he married Susannah Vail, daughter of Isaac Vail and moved to Washington CO, PA (later Greene Co, PA) about 1788 and then moved to Knox County, OH by 1810.

An account of Cornelius and Susannah’s family appears in William Penn Vail’s book ‘The Vail Family from Thomas Vail….’ and may have been taken from the Alfred Vail Papers now housed in Newark at the NJ Historical Society Archives.

Does anyone on the Van list have any information about Cornelius Van, and especially information that would validate that Susannah was a Vail?  Also, has anyone on the list looked at the Alfred Vail files?

Thanks in advance,

Tom Chrisman 2010

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SENT BY Ed Cozine

Carolyn We were unable to attend last year so we have no idea where it will be this year !! Can you clear it up for me ? Thnaks ed

NOTE FROM CAROLYN: We are planning for Sept 8-10 2017 at Frankfort Kentucky, the Kentucky History Center with the conference hotel the Capital Plaza.  No contracts yet, Janice Cozine is in charge of those arrangements.  They treated us SO GOOD we want to return there.  More to come!

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SENT BY Barbara & Ed Cozine

We love coming.  The last several years we were not able to because they were held on our grand daughter’s birthday weekend.  Her birthday is September 23rd.  We would never miss her birthday!

 

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SENT BY Society of Daughters of Holland Dames

Please find a link below to an invitation from Michael Douma, Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics.  The Holland Dames are invited to join him for a panel discussion on “The Meaning of the U. S. Constitution: Evidence from Early Translations into Dutch and German Prior to Ratification.”  New York University

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm  – Lunch will be provided

For more information and to register for the event, please go to:  https://its.law.nyu.edu/ eventcalendar/index.cfm? fuseaction=main.detail&id= 43125

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SENT BY Joan (Banta) Murray

Carolyn, I’m, so glad you are progressing swell with the bone healing process.   Joan

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SENT BY Jim Cozine

re the Holland Society

It is proposing a change to their constitution to adopt the

terminology of “direct lineage” which would open up

membership to daughters in the direct male lines. Will keep the cousins posted

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SENT BY Jack Taylor

The Amazing Internet

From Jack TAYLOR

 

I just did a Google Search for “A Genealogy of the REYNIERSEN Family”.  (My mother’s maiden name) When I opened one of the hits (Link Below) It gave me a little information about the genealogy.  But, amazingly it told me where the book can be found  in libraries and the distance from my zip code where each library is located! 

 I DID NOT PUT THAT ZIP CODE IN.  IT KNEW MY ZIP CODE!  Big Brother must have done it 

Give it a try at the link below and see if your zip is automatically placed and it tells you where you can find the book along with the distance from your zip to the library.  Great Site I will keep it in my “Favorite Sites” menu.

http://www.worldcat.org/title/genealogy-of-the-reyniersen-family-including-reynierson-reynerson-rhinerson-rhynearson-rhynerson-rinearson-rynearson-and-rynerson/oclc/36513225

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SENT BY Jack Taylor

Family History visited during September KY Dutch Gathering

From Jack TAYLOR

 

 

Pictures below are, L to R, first cousins Jack TAYLOR, Craig REYNERSON & Marc REYNERSON at the graves of our 3xGreat Grandparents, Barent & Ann BANTA REYNERSON. 

Ann BANTA REYNERSON on left                   Barent REYNERSON or right

 

Ann BANTA’s parents were Hendrick III & Ann DEMAREST BANTA of the Conewago, PA, families.

Barent’s parents were Auke & Elsce SNEDEKER, and his grandmother Geertje VOLLEMAN REYNIERSEN. He was from Somerset County, NJ.  He possibly came into KY  through the Cumberland Gap.

It is possible that the land in recent history occupied by Barent & Ann was owned by descendants up to recent history.  That land is on the west side, next to the Salt River not far from the cemetery.  But, it may be or may have been on both sides of the river. The descendants may have been through a son of Barent & Ann named Peter RYNERSON since there is evidence that Peter’s descendants lived in the area until recent times.  One of my goals is to find the deeds of the land to accurately show the locations of the old farms. 

The graves are at the New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery near Salvisa, KY, just north of Harrodsburg. They were married 6 June 1786 in Nelson County, KY.  The first of their large family were twins, Isaac & Abraham, born in 18 July 1787, Mercer County, KY.  As with previous and later generations alternate spellings were used for surnames.  DAaaHh . . .

Isaac is our line.  Isaac moved with other kin including a brother and sister to near the Wabash River in northwest Sullivan County, IN in the 1830’s. His twin Abraham married Letty DEMAREE and moved to Shelby Township, Jefferson County, IN

 

Link to New Providence Cemetery

https://www.google.com/maps/place/New+Providence+Cemetery,+Harrodsburg,+KY+40330/@37.8642828,-84.8676298,19z/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x884280a6349aa213:0xac7135f6f61d8264

 

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SENT BY Vickie Adcock

My name is Vickie Spry Adcock.  My interest in Dutch Cousins info. Is that is family too.  My gggg grandfather was Samuel Banta. G G G GRANDFATHER was Cornelius Banta born 1757. Gg grandfather is Jacob Banta born 1772. My great grandmother was Sarah Banta born 9-1-1823. She married George Gordon. I do not know how much you need but I have gotten my Info from online. Love reading about the family. Thanks for your help for including me on the newsletter.

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SENT BY Joyce Ufford

Thank you for adding me to the newsletter list.  I am a RV full timer and this week I am in Summerdale, AL.

I am still working on my Dutch connections. There has to be some because my mother was a straight line Demaree/Demarest. Ancestry is convinced I have an Ammerman ancestor which as I understand can be Dutch or German. Nellie Van Arsdale b.24 Nov 1780 Conewago, PA married Peter Demaree (2nd marriage) b. 22 Mar 1767 in NY. That is some of my background. Will all the intermarriages it’s hard to keep the lineage straight.

NOTE from Carolyn: CAN ANY of you DEMAREE’s or VANARSDALE’s help Joyce with her Dutch line?

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SENT BY Carolyn (herself!)

A bit of history of the Dutch Cousins:

We started the combined Cousins in 2005, and meet only every 2 years. Our base is Harrodsburg KY where our ancestors built the Old Mud Meetinghouse, and the Harrodsburg Historical Society which maintains our Low Dutch Archives.

So in  2005, 2009, 2011, we met  there, followed in 2005 by tour of 3 Dutch houses still in use; 2009 with tour of Shakertown, in 2011 by a “Footprints to NY” tour (rated as INCREDIBLE! by the group);

2007 in Shelbyville with a tour of the old Dutch Tract, bldgs, Pleasureville meeting house and Dutch cemetery;

2013 at Madison IN, Clifty Inn & tour of Pleasant cemetery;

2015 at Frankfort and tour of important places like the Lt Gov mansion led by Steve & Heather Henry.  The hotel and KHS were so wonderful to us, we plan to go back there and the

2017 coordinator (Mr Lynn Rogers of Ohio) is planning a tour possibly to the Westerfield massacre site near Louisville – more in the works but nothing definite on that yet.

We are always looking for volunteers to help get it together!

And we always conclude with a gathering at the Old Mud Meeting House and cemetery. We have honored 34 Low Dutch Revolutionary War veterans and one 1812 veteran with a tombstone and memorial. All believed either buried at Old Mud or in an abandoned graveyard in the county,

Because we have several new cousins on the list, I am adding our motto:  Our Dutch Cousins MISSION STATEMENT: 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. We meet every two years to renew our love for each other. Our mission is to honor the memory of these ancestors and enjoy the friendship of cousins – both newly-discovered and long-loved.

We voted to require dues, but so far we have not needed to. Registration and occasional donations from cousins have kept us in the black, and allow us to continue supporting the restoration of the Low Dutch Old Mud Meetinghouse our ancestors built 200 years ago at Harrodsburg.

Our ancestors called themselves Low Dutch because they came from the lowlands of the Netherlands. Our group settled Nieuw Netherland (Manhattan and surrounding area) in the 1600s. They were the Knickerbockers that Washington Irving made famous in his “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” books. After losing possession of the lands to the English, who took over and named the city for their Duke of York, our Low Dutch folk gradually migrated to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 1700s, where they set up Low Dutch colonies.

Near the close of the Revolutionary War (1780-1790) about 150 of these families, some building flatboats and coming down the Ohio River, others following Daniel Boone over the mountains on a foot path across the Cumberland Pass, came to frontier Kentucky (Cain-tuck-ee), then a county in Virginia.  No matter which trail they followed, all the pioneers braved Indian attacks to settle the land — and they were all so intermarried it is a wonder we don’t have web feet!

The Westerfields are still the largest family name represented and strongest supporters but we also have several others, The Riker family, VanArsdale family and Demaree family associations joined us in 2007, as well as the Darlands, Bantas  Brewers, Montforts and Vorhees. To see the list of ancestral names and how they changed over the years, try this short hotlink:  http://bit.ly/1NyfMXT

or go to http://carolynbleonard.com/CarolynBLeonard.com/DutchCousins/Entries/2009/1/19_How_do_you_speelll_that.html


Letters 2/4/2016

SENT BY Doc Shaffer in reply to Joyce Ufford

SENT BY Joyce Ufford

Thank you for adding me to the newsletter list.  I am a RV full timer and this week I am in Summerdale, AL.  

I am still working on my Dutch connections. There has to be some because my mother was a straight line Demaree/Demarest. Ancestry is convinced I have an Ammerman ancestor which as I understand can be Dutch or German. Nellie Van Arsdale b.24 Nov 1780 Conewago, PA married Peter Demaree (2nd marriage) b. 22 Mar 1767 in NY. That is some of my background. Will all the intermarriages it’s hard to keep the lineage straight. 

   

NOTE from Carolyn: CAN ANY of you DEMAREE’s or VANARSDALE’s help Joyce with her Dutch line?

Don’t know if this is any help but found something on the Ammerman’s. Laurie has a Marretje Dirckse Ammerman in her tree. b. 2 Jun 1672 Flatlands King Co. NY, m. 2 May 1691 Flatbush, Kings Co. NY d. Apr 1745 , Flatlands who married Cornelis van Arsdelen. Her father was Dirk Jansen Ammerman b. in the Netherlands c. 1635 and mother Aeitje Van Der Beek b. 29 May 1649, Flatbush. Grandparents: Paulus Van Der Beek b. Bremen GR and Maria Badie b. Utrecht Holland. Our son may gotten this info from the internet so use with caution.

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SENT BY Jean Simon

So sorry about your broken leg, Carolyn.  Just letting you know I care!  I’ve broken my arm twice.  Hope you recover fast!  Jean Simon, Westervelt, Van Norden. etc. descendant from the Nova Scotia, New Jersey and New York  Loyalist branch of the  New Amsterdam ancestors.  I live in Huntsville AL now.

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SENT BY Jack Taylor (audio/visual recording artist)

Audio/Video Recordings at the September, 2015, KY Dutch Clan Gathering

I am still working on the recorded audio/video  programs I and Zach AKERS made at the September, 2015, KY Dutch Clan Meeting. 

 

I have sent  several of the individual recordings to each of the ones who presented their program.   

 

There is a wealth of information in these recordings.  They should become more valuable with time.  But, I feel that the ultimate distribution should be determined by the individuals who have presented their program.  If you are one who presented a program please give us guidance on how you would like your program kept for those who value such history.

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SENT BY FIRTH FABEND (AUTHOR)

I’m astonished (and impressed) that so soon after the 2015 reunion you are already planning the next one, for 2017! I’m sorry I was unable to attend in 2015, but complications arose that made it impossible, despite much advanced planning. 

If you were hoping to purchase some of my books, you can always do so through my website www.firthfabend.com or directly through Amazon. 

The relevant titles are A Dutch Family in the Middle Colonies, 1660-1800 and Zion on the Hudson: Dutch New York and New Jersey in the Age of Revivals (both published by Rutgers University Press), New Netherland in a Nutshell: A Concise History of the Dutch Colony in North America, commissioned by and published by the New Netherland Institute, A Catch of Grandmothers, a historical poem in book form published by the Historical Society of Rockland County (memorializing my Haring grandmothers back to 1641, Grietjie Cosyns being the first), and Land So Fair, a historical novel set in the Hudson Valley in the 18th century, with flashbacks to New Netherland.

 All of these will fill you in on the context in which our Dutch ancestors lived and died.

 I hope to meet you in 2017!  Firth Haring Fabend, Verona, NJ.

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SENT BY Janice Cozine, Treasurer

GREAT NEWS from our Treasurer – We can donate $4,000 to Old Mud restoration & schoolhouse this year!  

Thanks cousins!

Thank you for your replies.

We all agree,  DC donation to Old Mud will be $4,000.00.

Planning on Eddie & I delivering the check in person. 

I will contact and get with Amilie Preston at the Harrodsburg Historical Society.

Vince suggested I contact their local news paper and get a little publicity for the Dutch Cousins. 

Any thoughts/suggestions,  let me know……maybe late Feb, depending on the weather.

Janice  Cozine  🙂

Dutch Cousins 

Treasurer/Registration  Chair

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SENT BY Joan Murray

Hi All,   I think attending the Long Run Massacre weekend without being able to see the actual reenactment of the massacre would be a mistake.  I may be partial because my ancestor Leah Demarest was one of those massacred.  When the reenactment ended I was sitting there with tears running down my face.   There is hilly walking which definitely is difficult.  Dick and I made sure we had canes with us.  I would love to see it again while I am still able, but in reading all the “difficulties” explained above by all the DCs  I remember how hard this past year’s committee worked to find a venue for our last reunion.  I can’t come up with any solutions.   Joan Murray 

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SENT BY Carolyn Leonard 

 Here’s the deal. We have run into a conflict on the dates for the next gathering. Traditionally we begin on:

  • Thursday evening with some entertainment while we set up tables and banners and do early registration. (last year Charlie’s road trip  on rte 66-great!)
  • Friday we have a bus tour to see or do something with a special dinner speaker in the evening.  Most people come for the weekend arriving on Fri night, so 
  • Saturday is our largest attendance: a day of networking, talks, learning about our common history, having the silent auction, family history displays, a good dinner and speaker.
  • Sunday at Old Mud.

Lynn picked the weekend of Sept 8 for our gathering to coincide with the Painted Stone Settlers Reenactment at Shelbyville bus tour on Friday.

Problem is – that is a weekend when KHC has the meeting room booked on Saturday10-1 … when we expect most of our cousins.

Here are some options, please hit reply and let me know your thoughts.

1.  Change the 2017 meeting date to the next week end (Sept 15th)

2.  Have the bus tour on Saturday to go to Shelbyville for the Reenactment; and the cousins day on Friday.

… ummm I can’t think of another option.  How about you? I don’t think anyone wants to change to a different venue.

PLEASE hit reply and let me know what you think.

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SENT BY Mary Jo Gohmann

Mary Jo sent this to me, but it is so beautiful I want to share it.

Subject: Interview With God – www.InterviewWithGodSite.com – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/embed/moBvLFbFdJ4

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SENT BY Gary W. Stanford

I would like to share this story with all of our Westerfield/Westervelt descendents.

My family had struggled for several decades not knowing who we were or where we came from.  All we knew was that our mother was Loretta Frances Westerfield, born August 10, 1930 in Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana.  After doing genealogy for these past few years I am amazed that many Westerfield/Westervelt family members in Indiana still don’t even know where they actually came from.  The problem was that I have now counted eight different branches that ended up migrating to Indiana in the 1800’s.  Our Westervelt branch was recently connected to Butler, Ohio and back to Closter, Bergen, New Jersey.   The connection was actually made three months ago when I found my 2g-grandfather’s death certificate, Andrew Jackson “Jackson/Jack”  Westerfield Sr. (1822-1896) in Rush County, Indiana.

Prior to locating his death certificate, our family had distributed information claiming that Andrew Jackson “Jackson/Jack”  Westerfield Sr. (1822-1896) was a son of John Monfort Westerfield and Nancy Downing.  This is simply not true.  I have now discovered that John Monfort Westerfield (son of Samuel Leander Westervelt) and Nancy Downing never even had a son named Andrew!  I unknowingly attributed to this mistake by posting inaccurate information which had been handed down from my ancestors within Indiana.

When I recently obtained the death certificate for my 2g-grandfather (now posted on both FAG and Ancestry), I discovered his parents were actually Abraham Westervelt (1795-1875) and Doritha Anima “Dolly” Shaw (1803-1834).  They were both living in Ross, Butler, Ohio in 1817, married in 1818 and had four children there.  Abraham Westervelt, my 3g-grandfather, was born in Closter, Bergen, New Jersey in 1795 and had migrated to Ross, Butler, Ohio in 1817.

This genealogical discrepancy occurred because John Monfort Westerfield moved his family to Manilla, Rush, Indiana in 1833.  By 1840, my 2g-grandfather, Andrew Jackson “Jackson/Jack” Westerfield Sr, along with two of his grown siblings, John Westervelt (1827-1894) and Mary Ann “Polly” Westervelt Alter (1820-1852) migrated to Milroy, Rush, Indiana (near Manilla).  Andrew Jackson “Jackson/Jack” Westerfield Sr. moved to Manilla, Rush, Indiana in about 1845.  There were now two different Westerfield/Westervelt families living in the same small geographical area.  My ancestors, along with other family members, linked them all together (or so they thought) because they were all living in Rush County, Indiana and all used the last name of Westerfield.

Andrew’s brother, John Westervelt married Mary Ann Johnson in Rush County, Indiana and they moved away to West Liberty, Howard, Indiana.  Abraham’s sister, Mary Ann “Polly” Westervelt Alter remained in Milroy, Rush, Indiana where she died at age 32.  All three of these family members had several children in Indiana. They also had a sister, Muna Westervelt, born 1834 in Ross, Butler, Ohio and her whereabouts remain unknown.   I have now discovered that many of our Westerfield/Westervelt relatives in Indiana have either inaccurately completed their genealogy lines or have never even done one at all!

I feel that accuracy in our genealogy is very important, so I am asking everyone in the Westerfield/Westervelt family to please share my recent discovery regarding our family in Indiana.  I have posted everything I have found on Ancestry and have intentionally left my tree made public for all to see.  I would especially like to thank all of our family member who helped me during my family research.  Without your help, guidance and assistance this discrepancy may have never been discovered.  I am so proud to be a member of our amazing family!

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Letters 2/27/2016

We hope you will join us September  8-10  2017

at Frankfort KY for the Low Dutch Cousins Gathering. Put it on your Calendar now.  You won’t want to miss it.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Pam Ellingson, Webmaster

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SENT BY Jan Pranger

The idea of combining the gathering with the re-enactment is brilliant, and my vote would be to stick with this plan, and to reorganize around the obstacles.  Like Joan, I am descended from Leah, but this was an event that impacted the entire community, including those who were not present.

With all this advance notice I hope that we will find it possible to arrive a little earlier and make Friday the networking family history day.

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SENT BY Denny Gudorf

Carolyn, I need some help.  I got a call from a David DeMotte.  He lives

in Montana.  He has been doing research on the DeMotte family and

has a lot of information.  He called me because he is stuck on one

DeMotte family member that was born around 1804 in Cove Creek

in Mercer County.  He has NOT been able to verify birth records

or death/cemetery records.  The DeMott is Peter Cornelius DeMott

and he married Jane B Hunter in 1835.

Any suggestions or tips you could give me would be appreciated.

I have Ancestry.com membeship and have checked everywhere I

can think of.  David thinks he died in the 1850’s and she died in

the 1970s.  They had 6 kids.

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NOTE:  I have Peter Cornelius Demott (1804-1850) one of 14 children of Peter Demott (1758-1832) (Rev War Vet honored at Old Mud) and Mary TERHUNE (1780-1862) daughter of Garret Stephense TERHUNE and Catherine VANNUYS/VANNICE. Peter Cornelius DEMOTT  married Jane B. HUNTER 3 Dec 1835 Mercer Co KY. You say six kids, but I only show one child record Peter Theodore DEMOTT who married Susan Ellen MORRIS.

PETER DEMOTT (1756/8)  is actually buried at the old “Banta” cemetery at Cove Springs which has grown up in weeds; stones are almost impossible to find or to read.

This information came from Peter Demott’s DAR Patriot record. I think they are all buried pin the now abandoned Cove Spring graveyard.

Anyone else have more info to share on him?

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SENT BY Mr Lynn Rogers

Gary, I also saw your message in the DC newsletter. Congratulations! It’s wonderful when you make progress on your family tree!

I have been off on several tangents, but soon I hope to get back to the Westerfield Massacre.

One of the tangents was the DC17 meeting date.  It turned out that the meeting room at the KHS we used at DC15 was committed 10-2 on Sat.  But we figured out that our being there around the edges, and actually participating in the meeting preempting ours, was compatible with our interests.  I probably will make the drive to Frankfort some secondSaturday to observe the details.

One of the things that I think it would be wonderful to focus on is to get our family line histories into the repository at Harrodsburg.  There is already a big collection of Kentucky Low Dutch Company history there.

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SENT BY Diana Todd

Your idea about the September 15th weekend sounds great.  I can attend some of the events.  Too chicken to see the “massacre” ;-/

Look forward to seeing the old mud meetinghouse and the history center.

Delicate question:  since I have a major allergy to cigarette and cigar smoking, I am guessing that the history center will not allow smoking.  Though I am not sure about the hotel.  I read some of the reviews and a reviewer said their non smoking room reeked of cigarette smoke.  Sorry!

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SENT BY Charlotte Olson

2017 will be our first time gathering with the Dutch Cousins, so we are open to any decision….

thanks for all you do to keep the family connected.

charlotte

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SENT BY Jack Taylor

“A Frisian Family, the Banta Genealogy”

is on line.

When it first opens you will be able to turn pages.  Grab the slide at the bottom left and move it to the right for fast turning.  The index is on about 752.

 

It will probably be too small for easily reading. You can enlarge the pages.

 

https://archive.org/stream/frisianfamilyban00bant#page/n0/mode/2up

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SENT BY Helene Smock, via Judy Cassidy

David’s hundreds of files on genealogy, meticulously stored in large office drawers, are the fruits of years of dedicated research that he wanted donate to someone who would appreciate his work.

His beautiful library was very special to him and he hoped to donate it to the Harrodsburg Historical Society. I sent a note with the list of 111 books all in like new condition. (The 3 large volumes titled “West of the Salt/Early Terhume s of Mercer County, Kentucky and their Dutch Kin and Scot-Irish Neighbors” had just been published when we received them; unfortunately David was already sick and barely had a chance to enjoy but a few pages before it was too late.)

I have had no response from the Harrodsburg Historical Society yet. The delay or the rejection may be due to, although it was embarrassing for me, my mentioning that the shipping cost was a problem in my case as my annuity is about half that of David’s and that I have to be careful with expenses.

Maybe someone there would happen to come near where we live (Ft Lauderdale) and that would be wonderful.

Dear Judy, I hope this finds you and all yours in good health and happy. Take good care of yourself.

Hélène

Judy said Some of Davids books include the Peterson book, West of Salt, Joop de Jone, The Dutch Golden Age of Globalization;Gerald Francis De Jong,The Dutch Reformed Church in the American Colonies; Russel’s books, Island in the Center of the Word, Baptismal records are among just some of his books, as I recall. Plus many books on the Netherlands, as David had been a Dutch scholar since he was 14 and won a prize which sent him to The Netherlands.

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SENT BY Buck & Charlotte Keith

Just a note to thank you and all who contributed to making the 2015 Dutch Cousins reunion a very special and memorable one, not only that one, but all of them have been very special, I know it takes a lot of hard work to organize all these gatherings.  I appreciate all you do to make them a success. I am so glad I have got to meet all of you and get to know you all. I thank God and Claude for bringing us all together. Hope to see you in 2017. May God bless you and your family. We enjoy all the news on the newsletters. Thanks. Hope you know how much your special thoughtfulness is appreciated. Best wishes always.
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Letters 4/3/2016

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!

DUTCH COUSINS OF KENTUCKY HISTORY

2003       St Louis – Westerfield Family Reunion, decided to include all cousins

2005       Harrodsburg KY-1st Gathering of Dutch cousins at Ralph Anderson’s barn.

2007       Shelbyville, KY – 2nd Gathering, tour of Dutch Tract and  Visit to Six Mile Meeting House.

2009       Harrodsburg KY – adopted mission statement & elected officers, Claude Westerfield first president

2011        Harrodsburg, KY – After meeting, bus trip to New York

2013       Madison IN, Clifty Inn state park, tour of old Dutch Tract, Reconstructed 6-mile meetinghouse, Dutch cemetery

2015        Frankfort KY, KY History Center, tour of gov. mansion, Rededication of Old Mud Meetinghouse.

2017 Frankfort KY, KY History Center, attending the Painted Stone Settlers Reenactment of the Long Run Massacre – and MORE TO COME!

  • 2007 to 2013 we purchased and placed markers in the Old Mud Graveyard for some 34 Low Dutch veterans of the Revolution, and one 1812 War vet, and conducted memorials for each of them. 

 Our ancestors called themselves Low Dutch because they came from the lowlands of the Netherlands. Our group settled Nieuw Netherland (Manhattan and surrounding area) in the 1600s. They were the Knickerbockers that Washington Irving made famous in his “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” books. After losing possession of the lands to the English, who took over and named the city for their Duke of York, our Low Dutch folk gradually migrated to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 1700s, where they set up Low Dutch colonies. The largest one was called Conewago Colony in (then)York County PA; another group moved further west, about 18 families,  to (now) Berkeley Co WV, near Harper’s Ferry and settled a small colony there. 

Near the close of the Revolutionary War (1780-1790) about 150 of these families, some building flatboats and coming down the Ohio River, others following Daniel Boone over the mountains on a foot path across the Cumberland Pass, came to frontier Kentucky (Cain-tuck-ee), then a county in Virginia.  No matter which trail they followed, all the pioneers braved Indian attacks to settle the land — and the Dutch were all so intermarried it is a wonder we don’t have web feet!  The Westerfields are still the largest family name represented and our strongest supporters. 

  • Each of the five gatherings has included a historic tour to some local attraction especially directed to Dutch history, a Dutch H-bent Barn, the 17th century homesteads of John Cozine and one of his niece Ann Cozine Demaree, a trip to Pleasant Dutch church cemetery, a tour of The Dutch Tract in Henry county and a visit to Six-Mile Dutch Church (now a yarn place). In 2011 we even took a bus tour to New York following our Dutch ancestors footprints in reverse.
  • Each gathering has included knowledgeable speakers on different subjects of interest, for instance – Vince Akers had accommodated us each gathering with an incredible presentation, other speakers were Dr. Bob, a noted hand surgeon from Chicago now president of the Holland Society of New York, authors of Dutch books
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    SENT BY CAROLYN (herself)
  • Where is every one?  Not much coming in guess everyone is busy doing income tax?  Keep those cards and letters coming folks so we have some Dutch letters going out!

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SENT BY Denise Meredith Perry (Dutch Cousins Secretary)

Good evening to all – I want to start out by saying I apologize for the lateness in this request.

I need to finalize the minutes from the 2015 Business Meeting of the Dutch Cousins.   My goal is to complete these by April 6th 

While I took notes, there is obviously some information that was reported I did not catch.  

I would appreciate your sending me a copy of your report from the meeting so I can include it in the minutes. 

I need the following:

John Westerfield:  Information regarding meeting that you need to include
Vince Akers:  Finance
Carolyn Leonard:  Publicity and Planning

 

Gathering Committee Reports:

Janice Cozine: registrations and attendance; Treasurer’s Report
Gene and Carol Heathcoat:  Hospitality
John and Phyllis Westerfield:  Silent auction
Joan Murray:  Book party
Barbie Hamman:  Gathering coordinator and TeeShirts
Dr. Stephen Henry:  Bus Tour
Barbie Hamman:  Greeter: Gifts and Badge Ribbons

I already have:

Denise Perry:       Programs, meeting minutes from 2015
Pam Ellingson:     Family Group Displays / exhibits; Website traffice and update

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SENT BY Joan Murray (book sales & autograph party)

Book Sale and Autograph Party Report
Dutch Cousins Reunion – September 25-27, 2015
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky
Chairman:   Joan E. Murray

                   The Book Sale and Autograph Party was held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in the back lobby of the Kentucky Historical Society Museum in Frankfort, Kentucky.   

                  Dutch Cousins Carolyn Leonard, James B. Cozine, Vince Akers, and Joan Murray had books to sell, and Charlie Westerfield had prints and notecards.  Russell Gasero, our visitor, the archivist from the Reformed Church in America, joined us with books for sale from the church.  We also had information on books available from non-participants at the reunion.  Namely, they were by Arthur Weaner writing on the Conewago Settlement; Barbara Barth, on the Dorland Family; and Bill Van Osdol, a Dutch Cousin novelist.   

                  Due to a lack of sufficient space for all those selling we were crowded and it was difficult for viewers to  maneuver the space. 

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SENT BY (the other) Charlie Westerfield

Hi Carolyn,

   This is the Charlie Westerfield from Melbourne Beach, FL. My family roots derive from the Westervelts and who eventually moved to London, Ky and I was born in Louisville. In England there is a small town north of London called Westerfield and there is an amateur soccer club called Westerfield United. I had these shirts made up to give to my family as gifts. The cost of the shirts if $25 and the cost of shipping was $5. So if enough people are interested at $30 per shirt I can have another batch made up and ship them out. The shirt company needs a minimum order of 10. The shirt is a short sleeve, lightweight, summer shirt. They can order any size Men’s or Women’s shirt. Please contact me via e-mail if you are interested.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/omjh1exsomerruf/Westerfield_United.JPG?oref=e&n=33692197

Sincerely,

Charlie Westerfield

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SENT BY Dennis Smith

copied from findagrave.com

Pvt Hendrick “Henry” Comingore
Learn about upgrading this memorial…
Birth:  Sep. 16, 1749

Bergen County

New Jersey, USA

Death:  Jan. 29, 1836

Mercer County

Kentucky, USA

 

Maintained by: carolyn leonard

Originally Created by: Robert & Christine Stom

Record added: Mar 17, 2010 

Find A Grave Memorial# 49871007

 

John Comingo
Learn about upgrading this memorial…
Birth:  Sep., 1785

York County

Pennsylvania, USA

Death:  Oct. 13, 1841

Mercer County

Kentucky, USA

 

Maintained by: carolyn leonard

Originally Created by: Robert & Christine Stom

Record added: Mar 17, 2010 

Find A Grave Memorial# 49846075

 

Thanks

 

Dennis Smith

 

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SENT BY Freda Bradley

Hi Carolyn,

I think you mean Berkeley County over by Harper’s Ferry <wink>.  I actually have several relatives over there today because my dad’s brother settled there in the 50s.  It’s a fascinating region.

If you could give me a head start on what books may be good for background research on the travels of these original families, that would be super.  

I’m a historian working on doing some initial work the migration patterns of the families in Randolph County WV and their ties back to those in New Amsterdam.  If the Randolph families tie into those in KY, that would be interesting to my work also.

Feel free to pass my email to those on your list, but as a historian, I’m not sure I can contribute much to the discussion. 🙂

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Freda Bradley, MA

email:  freda@fredabradley.com

website: www.fredabradley.com

—- On Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:03:57 -0700 <carolynswebmail@icloud.com>wrote —- 

Freda, I have delayed giving you a full answer because some of our Dutch went from Conewago PA to what is now Berckley Co WV, near Harper’s Ferry and settled a small colony there  I think 18 families. I wanted to wait for time to do more research on that group, but decided to answer with a little now instead.  With your permission I will add you to the round robin Dutch Cousins Letters and post your email below as someone else may have more info to help you.

 We took a group Dutch Cousins trip in 2011 and visited the Berkley County area and learned about the Dutch settlement. Still some stone houses they had built and remains of a stone building the residents thought might have been the meetinghouse. I think our dutch were only there a few years before heading on to Kentucky (maybe 1769 to 1790?)  Your Westevall sounds much like our Westervelt/westerfield which is one of the largest family groups.

Let me know!

Carolyn Leonard

E-mail me: Editor234@gmail.com

On my webpage, http://www.CarolynBLeonard.com/ read the pages: DutchCousins and LowDutchHeritage

Dutch letters are archived on our official webpage, http://www.DutchCousins.org/

On Mar 25, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Freda Bradley <freda@fredabradley.com> wrote:

Dear Ms. Leonard,

I am researching some Dutch families that congregated in Randolph County (now) WV in the early 1700s.  I was informed of the Kentucky Dutch Cousins website by the director of the New York Cultural Heritage Site, Dr. Charles Gehring.  From there, I found your suggested reading list on the Low Dutch.  

In looking at these volumes, I find many that I should review for my work.  However, since I am seeking to follow a group of New Netherland settlers into WV instead of Kentucky, I was wondering if you had any specific suggestions for me?  Some of my names I’m following are: 

Kettlehuyn (and variations), Westevall (and variations), Kortright (and variations), Mabie, and perhaps Rosecrans/Rosencrantz.  Some of their connections back in Albany and environs also include:  Classen, Keator, ver Planck, Vigne, van Etten, Roosa, and Pels. 

I’m sure many of these names are familiar to you as they read almost as a who’s who of that region.  However, my ultimate goal is to follow the migration of the first list of names from New Amsterdam and into the wilderness of present day WV well before Lord Dunmore’s war.  

Any suggestions are appreciated and I have to thank you in advance for creating that extensive book list.  It really is going to help me a great deal.

Thank you,

Freda Bradley, MA

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SENT BY Pam Ellingson

I just wanted to let you know that I published a new blog entry from Green Bay.

To read the entry, follow this link:

http://www.travelpod.com/z/pamellingson/8/1459467520 

Wish you were here!

Pam

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Letters 4/14/2016

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!

DUTCH COUSINS OF KENTUCKY HISTORY

2003       St Louis – Westerfield Family Reunion, decided to include all cousins

2005       Harrodsburg KY-1st Gathering of Dutch cousins at Ralph Anderson’s barn.

2007       Shelbyville, KY – 2nd Gathering, tour of Dutch Tract and  Visit to Six Mile Meeting House.

2009       Harrodsburg KY – adopted mission statement & elected officers, Claude Westerfield first president

2011        Harrodsburg, KY – After meeting, bus trip to New York

2013       Madison IN, Clifty Inn state park, tour of old Dutch Tract, Reconstructed 6-mile meetinghouse, Dutch cemetery

2015        Frankfort KY, KY History Center, tour of gov. mansion, Rededication of Old Mud Meetinghouse.

2017 Frankfort KY, KY History Center, attending the Painted Stone Settlers Reenactment of the Long Run Massacre – and MORE TO COME!

  • 2007 to 2013 we purchased and placed markers in the Old Mud Graveyard for some 34 Low Dutch veterans of the Revolution, and one 1812 War vet, and conducted memorials for each of them. 

 Our ancestors called themselves Low Dutch because they came from the lowlands of the Netherlands. Our group settled Nieuw Netherland (Manhattan and surrounding area) in the 1600s. They were the Knickerbockers that Washington Irving made famous in his “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” books. After losing possession of the lands to the English, who took over and named the city for their Duke of York, our Low Dutch folk gradually migrated to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 1700s, where they set up Low Dutch colonies. The largest one was called Conewago Colony in (then)York County PA; another group moved further west, about 18 families,  to (now) Berkeley Co WV, near Harper’s Ferry and settled a small colony there. 

Near the close of the Revolutionary War (1780-1790) about 150 of these families, some building flatboats and coming down the Ohio River, others following Daniel Boone over the mountains on a foot path across the Cumberland Pass, came to frontier Kentucky (Cain-tuck-ee), then a county in Virginia.  No matter which trail they followed, all the pioneers braved Indian attacks to settle the land — and the Dutch were all so intermarried it is a wonder we don’t have web feet!  The Westerfields are still the largest family name represented and our strongest supporters. 

  • Each of the five gatherings has included a historic tour to some local attraction especially directed to Dutch history, a Dutch H-bent Barn, the 17th century homesteads of John Cozine and one of his niece Ann Cozine Demaree, a trip to Pleasant Dutch church cemetery, a tour of The Dutch Tract in Henry county and a visit to Six-Mile Dutch Church (now a yarn place). In 2011 we even took a bus tour to New York following our Dutch ancestors footprints in reverse.
  • Each gathering has included knowledgeable speakers on different subjects of interest, for instance – Vince Akers had accommodated us each gathering with an incredible presentation, other speakers were Dr. Bob, a noted hand surgeon from Chicago now president of the Holland Society of New York, authors of Dutch books
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SENT BY Cindy Brick

Hi there —    My friend Martha Sparks forwarded your newsletter; could you add me to the mailing list please? My maiden name was DeVries…my father, Peter Otto DeVries, had grandparents on both sides who were born in the Netherlands. His parents, Art and Rena DeVries, spoke Dutch — but my dad only knew a few phrases.

Art and Rena, and their children, had a farm in Corsica, SD. (The silo still exists on the old farm with Art’s name spelled out in tile.) Rena’s parents were also farmers; I am not sure what Art’s parents did. The Corsica Reformed church had Dutch-only services, as well as English ones; there were a LOT of Dutch settlers in this area.

Art and Rena eventually moved to Hudsonville, MI to start a dairy farm when my dad left the Army and moved to Michigan, as well. Eventually they retired in the Wyoming, MI area, while my parents settled in Sparta, where my mom had grown up. Art, Rena and several of their children are gone now, but I still have two aunts, an uncle and many cousins in the Grand Rapids area.

Do you need anything else? thank you, Cindy Brick
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SENT BY Amalie Preston
Attn: Vince Akers, Steve Henry, Lynn Rogers, Larry Voreis
Beargrass Creek.jpg

Carolyn:  A friend gave me a few old issues of “Kentucky Ancestors,” a publication of the Kentucky Historical Society.  On the cover of the April, 1978 issue was a photo of the site of the Jefferson County Dutch Station.  There was not an article, just the caption under the picture, “Dutch Station 1779-1780.  Standing at the site of the Old Station, Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Brown graveyard beyond. This picture was taken March 22, 1922.” 

With spring here (mostly), we will begin work on the schoolhouse building at Old Mud.  Lots of clean up and removal of leak damage to be done before actual renovations can begin.  

We had a trickle of visitors this winter, then the floodgates opened on March 1, and 200 bright eyed Mercer County 9th graders descended on the place.  I gave a general talk on the history of the Low Dutch and specifically on what life would have been like for teenagers on the frontier, using as examples Samuel Duries’ twins, Albert and Daniel who would have been about 18 when they came to Kentucky. I pointed out that they would have grown up quickly, have soon shouldered the load of an adult, and that their easier life today is built on the shoulders of those who came before them.  Sounds like an old woman talking to teens, doesn’t it?  But it did generate good questions, including how to navigate through wilderness with no roads, road signs or gasp–no gps!

David Smock’s books are safely at the Historical Society, and we plan to build a 2 shelf bookcase to house them atop the Low Dutch archive lateral files.  

Wishing a happy, blessed Easter to all.

Amalie Preston

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SENT BY Jay Westerfield

Carolyn, Hope all is well. I thought you might want to add these gatherings to your list.

1997 – Louisiville KY

1999 – Harrodsburg, KY

2001 – Ownersboro, KY

(NOTE from carolyn – These were WESTERFIELD reunions before the Dutch Cousins group was formed. I think I attended all three of these, which were organized by Jay Westerfield and encouraged by Claude WESTERFIELD.)

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SENT BY Kathleen Powell

My name is Kathleen (Tautenhahn) Powell.  I have entered those Golden Years when I actually have time to research the family legends and want to find out how many of them are true and possibly contact and meet up with my Dutch Cousins.  My siblings and I grew up hearing the story of our great grandmother who married for love and became estranged from her Dutch relatives and how my grandparents stopped in Kentucky while traveling (long before I was born) to say howdy to the Van Arsdalls.

From online research I have managed to track down our relationship as follows:

I am the daughter of Carl Herman Tautenhahn, Jr. from Houston, TX.  His mother was Marguerite Schaeffer from Indiana, Her mother was Anna Van Arsdall.  (I vaguely remember Anna when she was in her 90’s.)  Anna’s parents were William A and Margrett Van Arsdall.  William’s parents were John J. Van Arsdall and Mary Ann Cozine.  Mary Ann was the daughter of Peter VanHarlyn Cozine who was the son of Garrett Gerard Cozine.  This takes us back to the Reverend Cornelius Cozine.  Hopefully I have not made any major errors other than spelling all the variations of Van Arsdall.

Please put me on the Dutch Cousins mailing list.  If there are any cousins who have retired to Florida, we live on the Treasure Coast.  We do occasionally head north since one of our son’s now lives in Menands, New York (lot of Dutch history up there) and my brother-in-law lives in North Carolina (just a hop, skip, and a jump from Kentucky.

Thank you for reading through my ramblings.  Looking forward to hearing from the Dutch Cousins.

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SENT BY Jim Cozine of Las Vegas

Celebrate Your Dutch Family Heritage

 

SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2016, 11AM-5PM, MURPHY WINDMILL, GOLDEN GATE PARK

Join Us!

King’s Day is the biggest national event in the Netherlands. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates. You will find music shows, fairs, flea markets and parties throughout the country.

The Dutch Consulate, together with the local Dutch community is organizing another great celebration of Dutch King’s day in San Francisco! Come join the fun in Golden Gate Park at the MURPHY WINDMILL and help celebrate Dutch culture and traditions, including old Dutch kids games, flea market, Dutch food, beer, music & dancing! [See last year’s pictures]

 

Schedule

10am-Noon: Orange Bicycle Ride

11am-2pm: Traditional Dutch Kids Games

11am-3pm: Dutch-style Flea Market

11am-5pm: Food Vendors

Noon-2pm: Music by Dutch DJs

2pm-2:20pm: Remarks & National Anthems (US & Dutch)

2:20pm-3pm: Music by Dutch Artist

3pm-2:20pm: Raffle

3pm-4:20pm: Music by Dutch DJs

Food

Enjoy Dutch favorites at the various food trucks:

·  Tony Chocolonely – Dutch chocolate

·  Ori Deli – Dutch and Indonesian snacks

·  ‘Poffertjes’ / micro pancakes

·  Stroopie – Caramel Waffles

·  Seoulful Chicken – Dutch fries, ‘frikandellen’, ‘kroketten’, pancakes

·  Little Red Riding truck – schnitzel and currywurst with fries

·  Mobowl – sateh, pickled herring

Orange!

Our national color is orange, because the Dutch monarchy is the “House of Orange”. You will see it in abundance on King’s Day. So grab all the orange you have in your closet (dust off that Halloween and Giants gear!).

History

The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance with the new Queen’s birthday. When she became queen, the now Princess Beatrix chose to retain the day in honor of her mother but as of 2014, King’s Day is officially celebrated on 27 April (the king’s birthday).

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SENT BY Carolyn (herself)

Just to be sure all our cousins know this:
MYSTERY SOLVED in 2015!
“The Rev.” Cornelius COZINE, Dominee of Conewago Colony Dutch Church
b. 4 Nov 1718, Bushwick, KingsCo,Long Island, NY (7 Mi N. Of Brooklyn)
d. pr. 24 Aug 1786, Conewago Colony,Straban Twp,York Co, PA (Now Adams)
& Antje Pieterse STAATS
b. ca 1722/3, Brooklyn (Breuckelen), Kings Co, New York
d. ca 1768, Prob-Readington, Sowerland, Somerset Co, New Jersey
m. ca 1743, Bushwyck, Long Island, New York
Dominee Cozine married 2nd to Marytje “Mary” KONING (The Widow of Stephen Van Orden)
b. 6 Jan 1736 at Tappan, Rockland County, New York

MYSTERY IS SOLVED BY Dutch cousins PAUL AND BARBARA TERHUNE (see their book West of the Salt)

There has been much confusion, and many wrong records entered over the years, about the maiden name of Rev. COZINE’s second wife Mary –because of the marriage of Rev. Cozine’s son Cornelius (Jr.) born 1753, to another Mary. – and then all those Marys married later to a DEMAREE or DEMAREST.

Mary (Marya) BREWER, Daughter of Daniel and Marietja Brewer/Brouwer, married Cornelius (Junior) Cozine about 1775 in Conewago colony. They migrated to Kentucky about 1783 where Cornelius Jr died young (age 34) in Kentucky.
Cornelius Cozine Jr’s widow Mary Brewer Cozine married 2nd to Samuel DEMAREE Jr. in 1788 at Harrodsburg, Mercer Co KY.

Mary (Koning) Van Orden Cozine (who never came to Kentucky) married three times. First to Stephen Van Orden with whom she had five children. After Stephen died in 1771, Mary (Koning) Van Orden, age 35, married second to the widower Rev. Cornelius Cozine, age 53, probably in 1772. After Rev. Cozine died in 1786, Mary (Koning) Van Orden Cozine, age 51, married third to David Samuel DEMAREST, age 59, in 1790 in Bergen County New Jersey.

To make it even more confusing, Mary Van Orden, daughter of Mary (Koning) by her first marriage to Stephen Van Orden and later the widow of Dom. Cozine, married in 1789 to her mother’s step-son, David D. DEMAREST. The mother is married to her daughter’s father-in-law.

NOTE: There is also a good story about Rev. Cozine’s marker at the Conewago colony Low Dutch cemetery near Gettysburg PA. It is actually a replacement but in the same area as the original burial. Mr. Weaner placed the stone using the cemetery map which has since been lost.

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SENT BY Steve Anastasiadis 

I have recently written the following publication “A Guide To Free Genealogy & History Books”, http://www.homeadviceguide.com/a-guide-to-free-genealogy-family-history-books/, that can be very useful your readers.

It is very simple and well-written and it does not require any specialized knowledge. Anyone, who is looking to do more research can start using it. Furthermore, this guide will be updated regularly with more ideas and links to external resources so it is meant to become a very powerful tool in the near feature.

I would very much appreciate if you could have a look and if you find it useful to recommend it.

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Letters 4/21/2016
SENT BY Our treasurer- Janice Cozine

Amalie mention there was a lady in Indiana that added Old Mud in her ‘will’ and left a donation of $10,000.00.

She also say, she applies for a grant every year and usually receives $5,000.00.

Amalie was still excited and looking forward to the DC donation.

Amalie stated they were getting ready to start on the old school house and had the money listed above to start with.

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SENT BY Janice Cozine
Hello Cousins!
I hope this message finds you…….

looking back on your memories of our Dutch gathering last year and also  looking forward to all the exciting things we’re planning for next year.

I found myself a couple of times, looking at the Dutch Cousins picture CD made by Charlie Westerfield.  I actually saw things I had forgotten and enjoyed again seeing all the fun we had.

Always good to reminisce with friends and family.

I believe last years gathering was one of the largest ones. I know everyone really enjoyed coming to Frankfort, Ky.

The Capital Plaza Hotel was nice and about a 3 block walking distance to the Frankfort History Museum, which was a perfect place for our gathering.

We had lots of space, a nice sound system, a large display screen and room for all our needs.

That’s why we want to go back next year.

For those of you who haven’t been in a while, I hope you make plans for 2017.

I would like to update everyone on our DC Account.

After all the expenses were paid from our gathering, we have a balance of $5,286.74.

The Dutch Cousins have always donated to the restoration of Old Mud.

This year, it has been suggested we donate $4,000.00.

This will leave us a balance of $1,286.74.

This will be enough money to start ordering supplies, making deposits, etc. for  our 2017 gathering.

Blessings to all,

Janice Cozine

Dutch Cousins Treasurer & Registration  Chair

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SENT BY

Beverly & Robert Adlet
Don’t know if you have ever seen this chart but it lead me on a lineage journey thru van arsdalen, thru Rapalje and thru Bergen all the way to the original immigrants.From: “American Genealogy: being a history of some of the early settlers of North America and their descendants…” pg 20-21

PS: I recently obtained a copy of “The Centennial Celebration of the ‘Old Mud Meeting House,’ near Harrodsburg, KY” dated August 25, 1900 if anyone would like copies let know.

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SENT BY Marilyn Douglas, NNI
DUTCH DAY AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
TOUR OF THE GARDEN AND
EXHIBITION OF RARE DUTCH FLOWER BOOKS
MAY 5, 2016, 10:30 AM –1:00 PM
The New Amsterdam History Center cordially invites you for a special day at the New York Botanical Garden hosted by the Humanities Institute, NYBG, featuring a tour of the 250 acre premises and a viewing of unique Dutch botanical treasures in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
RSVP to nahceberg@gmail.com
This is a benefit program for the New Amsterdam History Center.
Your tax-deductible contribution of $100 includes free admission and parking.
Payment may be made on the NAHC website, newamsterdamhistorycenter.org or by check payable to the New Amsterdam History Center.
Space is limited to 35 guests.
Directions and transportation: nybg.org/visit/directions.php  
The Botanical Garden is easily reached by train from Grand Central Station
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SENT BY Charlie Westerfield
I assume no one was interested in ‘Westerfield’ shirt since I have not heard anything from you.
I ran across this article the other day. You may have posted it already.

Westervelt massacre

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westervelt_Massacre

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SENT BY Warren Bonta
Please add me and my sister Mary Ann Haney, who is cc’ed above, to your list.  We are the children of Robert S. Bonta, who was born to Harrodsburg parents and raised on a farm nearby by a cousin, Henry VanArsdale.  Our mother was Mary E. Curd.

I have been to the Old Mud Meetinghouse, and was surprised by the number of Bonta gravestones in the cemetery nearby.

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SENT BY NNI
Genealogist Mary Collins has put together an excellent exhibit for our website detailing the use of the administrative records of New Netherland in family history research.
http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/digital-exhibitions/family-history/

The administrative records of New Netherland are an unparalleled source for family historians, with vivid glimpses into the lives of the colony’s residents. These records document a wide range of activities, and the degree to which the colonial government was interwoven with the lives of the colony’s citizens is reflected in the minute and seemingly trivial details that emerge. While many of the events are documented elsewhere—in church records for example—there are numerous instances where no other documentation exists. This exhibit uses excerpts from selected documents to demonstrate the kinds of evidence researchers can gather.

Steve

Website: www.newnetherlandinstitute.org

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1fq5BdX

Twitter: https://twitter.com/newnetherland

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Letters 4/26/2016

SENT BY Jack Taylor
New Netherland FTDNA Matches
from Jack TAYLOR
I just have had Email exchanges with an autosomal Family Tree DNA test match.  He is  a distant cousin that lists a bunch of names that many of us would match.   These are the New Netherland names he lists: DEMAREE, HOOGLAND, RYKER, SMOCK, Van ARSDALEThis is not unusual.  I have several distant cousin matches with New Netherland names.  When we find one New Netherland ancestor family you will probably have many with these clannish families.  I have identified 23 European Immigrants from The Netherlands to New Netherlands in the first 2/3rds of the 1600’s.Cousin Jack TAYLOR  (With my Ark in the drive way awaiting the rise on the San Jacinto River.  I live in the far northeast of Houston, Harris County, TX. Seriously, we are in good shape. Kingwood is almost entirely high and dry.)

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SENT BY the OTHER Charlie Westerfield
SENT BY (the other) Charlie Westerfield
Hi Carolyn,
This is the Charlie Westerfield from Melbourne Beach, FL. My family roots derive from the Westervelts and who eventually moved to London, Ky and I was born in Louisville. In England there is a small town north of London called Westerfield and there is an amateur soccer club called Westerfield United. I had these shirts made up to give to my family as gifts. The cost of the shirts if $25 and the cost of shipping was $5. So if enough people are interested at $30 per shirt I can have another batch made up and ship them out. The shirt company needs a minimum order of 10. The shirt is a short sleeve, lightweight, summer shirt. They can order any size Men’s or Women’s shirt. Please contact me via e-mail if you are interested.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/omjh1exsomerruf/Westerfield_United.JPG?oref=e&n=33692197

Sincerely,
Charlie Westerfield
I assume no one was interested in ‘Westerfield’ shirt since I have not heard anything from you.
I ran across this article the other day. You may have posted it already.
Westervelt massacre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westervelt_Massacre
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SENT BY Vince Akers
Jack Taylor and my son Zach have been working on the recording of the slide show I gave at the last reunion on Old Mud’s history and restoration.  Zach has just posted the two part show to youtube andFriday sent me the links.   Each part runs a bit over 35 minutes.  Feel free to post the links to your Dutch Letters and/or have them posted to the Dutch Cousins website.

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SENT BY Vince Akers, Finance Director for Dutch Cousins

The Dutch Cousins goals are two-fold; first, to research, share and preserve the genealogy and history of the Low Dutch which they primarily do through the big reunion every other year; and second, to assist with actual preservation, including but not limited to, restoration of the Old Mud Meetinghouse.  The Cousins strive to put on the reunions at a bargain price which covers all the expenses without producing much of a profit.  They have been very successful with this thanks to all the wonderful volunteer work done by a lot of Cousins.
The Dutch Cousins have so far agreed not to charge membership dues and not to incur the additional expense and administrative nightmare of formally filing with the IRS for not-for-profit status as an IRC Sec. 501(c)3 organization.  Dues haven’t been charged because the organization wants to be totally inclusive of all those who want to be “cousins” by blood or interest.  So far the 501(c)3 status has not been sought because the organization’s object so far for charity–Old Mud–is already owned by a valid 501(c)3 organization–the Harrodsburg Historical Society–who can accept tax-deductible donations direct from individuals.  Nevertheless, the Dutch Cousins strive to conduct their business affairs as a reputable not-for-profit organization would–electing officers and a board of directors at its reunions to make decisions over the next two years.

The Dutch Cousins objective is not to make money.  Of course, it’s not to lose money either!  To the extent the Cousins accumulate funds in excess of needs, the funds are donated in fulfillment of the organization’s goals to preserve the Low Dutch history and heritage.  No donation is recommended until all the bills from the last reunion are settled and the Treasurer has put together a financial summary.  Past experience with reunion planning has taught the Cousins to keep a healthy working balance of cash which the Board has determined to be around $1,000.  The Cousins started their 2015 Reunion cycle with $1,245 “seed” money left over from the 2013 Reunion.  This was after making a $4,000 donation in 2014 toward the restoration of Old Mud.Last year the reunion itself cleared a “profit” of just under $1,400.  On top of that, the silent auction cleared just shy of $800; donations (including the collection plate at the Old Mud Sunday services) brought in $900 and the net profit from T-shirt etc. sales was another $900.  So, overall, the 2015 Reunion brought in $4,042.  This, plus the $1,245 carried over from the 2013 Reunion, now leaves the Cousins with a cash balance of $5,287.  This pretty much mirrors the status of two years ago, allowing the Cousins, with Board approval, to make another donation of $4,000 to the Harrodsburg Historical Society’s Old Mud Meetinghouse Fund.

Why are the Dutch Cousins donating these “excess” funds to the restoration of the Old Mud Meetinghouse and what, if any, stipulations are made as to the use of the funds?  (I should point out that $800 of these funds were raised by the silent auction which was advertised as for the benefit of Old Mud.  Another $900 was donated by Cousins, mostly in the collection plate passed at Old Mud.)  I think all the Dutch Cousins will acknowledge that Old Mud remains after more than two centuries the physical monument of Low Dutch heritage in Kentucky and the West.  It is the pilgrimage site for Low Dutch descendants.  Sadness over its obvious deterioration and hopes for its successful restoration have been a primary organizing and unifying force for the Dutch Cousins.
The Cousins early on and rightfully so were concerned whether the Harrodsburg Historical Society was fiscally responsible with its Old Mud Meetinghouse Fund.  After concerns voiced at the 2007 Reunion, I went to Harrodsburg and carefully examined all of the society’s Old Mud Fund financial records and found them to be immaculate.  I have total faith that Dutch Cousins donations for restoration and upkeep of Old Mud are kept segregated by the Harrodsburg Historical Society in their Old Mud Fund and are spent exclusively on the Old Mud Meetinghouse.  The Harrodsburg Historical Society has a good many members who are also Dutch Cousins.  Like the Cousins, the historical society relies a great deal on volunteers.  The volunteers who have helped with Old Mud’s physical restoration have done an outstanding job, not only overseeing the work, but also raising donations and grants from individuals, businesses and organizations.  The Dutch Cousins is an important representative of descendants, but by no means the sole source of funds for Old Mud.
While the Cousins could be very specific about what they want the donated funds spent for, we have so far felt comfortable with the decisions made by the historical society folks who are at the ground level.  Preservation of Old Mud depends not only on restoration of the old church itself, but also upon restoration and upkeep of the entire property.  Focus in the near term will be on restoration of the nearby Old Mud Schoolhouse, equipping it with modern restroom facilities which are sorely needed if the property is to be usable for anything other than the occasional one-off event like the Cousins’ every-other-year church services.  There are more needs than funds available.  The Dutch Cousins are relying on the Harrodsburg Historical Society to prioritize the needs and wisely spend the funds where needed most for Old Mud’s preservation.
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SENT BY Janice Cozine, Dutch Cousins Treasurer & Reg. Chair
GREAT NEWS! Janice talked with Nina and Sherry at the Kentucky History center this week, about our 2017 Gathering. They decided there would not be enough space to hold our meeting in the same room with the Kentucky Genealogical Society. They are giving us the entire Brown-Foreman hall (where we met in 2015). So we can plan and schedule our event as we please without trying to coordinate with the KGS. Both groups have been so good to us!

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SENT BY Holland Dames
The Annual King’s Day Celebration in the Netherlands is held this year on Wednesday, April 27th.  It is a national holiday and a time for celebration and fun.  Our Past Directress General Mary Park has sent us the link below where you can read all about King’s Day and see the many wonderful parties and celebrations that are planned.
 Even if you can’t be there, you can wear bright orange today as do all the Dutch and say “orange boven” which means “Orange is the best” or “Long live the King.”
 Or go to the Holland Dames website at hollanddames.org and click on “links” where you can find many links to tell you more about the Dutch.  One of the favorites is royal-house.nl which takes you to the Royal Dutch House where you can read all about King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.  (Click on “English” for a translation.)

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SENT BY Susan Fuhr-Dunn
Hello Carolyn.
I am still working on my family tree. I’m hoping someone with Terhune/Vandevier knowledge can help me out. Fannie (Frances) Terhune Vandevier was my 3x great grandmother, married to James Henry Vandevier. Their ages are recorded as 32 and 35 in the 1860s Census for Mercer County where they were farming adjacent to family members Peter, William, Isaac and Aaron. Their ages and birthdates are not exact in any documents I have found. Many family trees on Ancestry have James Henry mixed up with James Harrison Vandivier. I have not had any luck establishing a birth or death date & place for either of these relatives.  My great-great grandmother was their daughter Willie Anna Vandevier Best. Any help immensely appreciated.     
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SENT BY Oscar F. Westerfield
I was born in Ohio County, Kentucky where the Westerfield family has resided for a couple hundred years.  My great- grandfather was Jacob B. Westerfield, a confederate soldier who fought in the battles of Shiloh and Chicamauga during the civil war.  His grandfather ran a distillery in Ohio County for several years.  I have 5 brothers and two of them, David and Larry have attended the cousins reunions in the past.  I am interested in attending the reunion next year and hearing more about the cousins and the Westerfield family.
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SENT BY Vince Akers (2nd posting in case someone missed it)

Jack Taylor and my son Zach have been working on the recording of the slide show I gave at the last reunion on Old Mud’s history and restoration.  Zach has just posted the two part show to youtube and Friday sent me the links.   Each part runs a bit over 35 minutes.  Feel free to post the links to your Dutch Letters and/or have them posted to the Dutch Cousins website.

There is a thank you to David Smock and his widow Helen who donated David’s collection of books to the LOW DUTCH ARCHIVE.  (We thank her too)

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The year end library report gives these numbers: 303 visitors researching; 229 telephone calls with questions about ancestors; 51 written requests for information. Workers are all volunteer. Library hours are Tuesdays 10-4; Wednesday thro Friday 1-4; 1st & 3rd Saturdays 1-4.  Call for appt: 8590734-5985.
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We met the new HHS president Dick Bauer at Old Mud in October. Total Membership this year 254.  Membership dues are $20 annually, payable in May each year and includes six issues of the Olde Town Ledger.——————————————————————

SENT BY John & Beverly Sullivan
New York City Birth and Death Indexes removed from the New York Public Library
Dick Eastman ·

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has required the New York Public Library to return the birth indices post 1909 and death indices post 1948 stating having them available to the public was a violation of the NYC Health Code.
The reason? According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “The Department will no longer make such indexes available, since such access can be abused and result in identity theft and attendant security risks. In addition, genealogists and others interested in genealogical research can access appropriate information from the Municipal Archives.”

This is a major loss for genealogists.

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SENT BY Darwin & Linda Saylor
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1108762609255&ca=53905b35-0273-49f5-9646-a616fb362d25
Subject: Global Dutch Empire & Dutch Golden Age- Manhattan Island purchase
Reply-To: mail@americanminute.com

  • American Minute with Bill Federer
    Global Dutch Empire & Dutch Golden Age- Manhattan Island purchase
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    SENT BY Carolyn Leonard (herself)
    So excited about participating in the annual OK Writers Federation conference this weekend; usually the attendance tops out at the maximum seating of 400. I will have the books available (at a special discount price) in the conference bookstore. We will be at Embassy Suites, 1813 South Meridian, Oklahoma City (near the Will Rogers World Airport). I will be signing books at the autograph party at 4:30 on Friday May 13. I think we will be in the atrium and would love to have you come by and sit with me. Anyone can come to the autograph party, you don’t have to register or anythingThe gorgeous stunning cover is by our own Dutch Cousin, Charlie Westerfield Photography of Louisville!
    I could not find any book that really prepared me for a trip to the Holy Land. I promised myself I would write one simple enough for anyone to understand: a guide that would explain some of the unexplained mysteries and collect all the various names for a place so it could be charted on a map.I tried to write objectively — but I am a Christian: born, raised, and remain in the Bible belt, so my perspective probably reveals unintended bias. I am not trying to convert anyone, just presenting the facts and letting the reader make their own conclusions.  The book is available from Amazon.com in both 8×10 color or 6×9 black and white.  365 pages and more than 200 photos, illustrations and maps. fully indexed.
  • http://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-B.-Leonard/e/B00310OV56/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1462903623&sr=1-1-fkmr0
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Letters 6/4/2016

SENT BY Charlotte Ann Legg Olson
Thanks again for the e-newsletter.
Just watched Vince Aker’s presentation on Old Mud on YTube. It is  informative and very moving at the same time. The historical background telling of the desire of these folks to have a place to meet with our God, touched me deeply. It made me thankful to be a part of such  faith-filled, faithful families. So glad that they left me the legacy shared with other Dutch Cousins. The explanation concerning the restoration was technical enough while, at the same time, holding the attention of one not allowed to swing a hammer, let alone get near a saw!
Will this presentation be available on DVD? We would like to add it to our family library.
Charlotte Olson of the Stagg/Terhune family.



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SENT BY Ellie Burnaford (Terhune)
FYI—-Some good news for the many Low Dutch Cousins who have Terhune ancestors… Feel free to pass along  any/ all of the info below. ( I contacted Yvette Hoitink to commend her writing in her genealogy newsletter, and she replied almost immediately.)
Have a good summer!
Ellie Burnaford

From: “Yvette Hoitink”

Date: June 6, 2016 at 1:09:15 PM EDT
To: “‘Ellie Burnaford'”
Subject: RE: [Dutch Genealogy] Contact

Dear Ellie,
Thank you for contacting me. As it happens, I have already researched Albert Alberts Terhune and found his place of origin. The client for whom I did the research is writing an article for the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record based on that research. It is unknown how long it will be until it is published, but I imagine it will be at least a couple more months. I agreed to keep the results private until then.
I will write a blog post when the article is published in the Record.
Kind regards, 
Yvette Hoitink, CGSM
Dutch Genealogy Services
from: Ellie Burnaford to Yvette Hoitink
Comment: I just must write to commend you on the writing— in English, not your native tongue, I assume–of the Dutch Genealogy News. Concise, correct, clear, and informative. Though my Dutch ancestor ( Albert Albertsen Terhunen, b. April 1618, Huynen, Holland; d. 1685, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, USA) emigrated to New Amsterdam in about 1657, and I understand that he cannot be traced in Holland before then, I still enjoy reading about Dutch genealogy , terms, people. Thank you.

 

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SENT BY New Netherland
“DIGGING FOR OUR DUTCH ROOTS”
A public program by the New Netherland Institute in Rochester, NY
June 24–25, 2016

Sponsored by the New Netherland Institute, New Netherland Research Center, New York State Library, New York State Archives Partnership Trust, and Historic Brighton
What were the Dutch doing in America in the seventeenth century, and why didn’t we learn this vital piece of our history in school? New Netherland Research Center and New Netherland Institute scholars will offer a fact-filled program for teachers, students, genealogists, academics and the general public. All are welcome!
A copy of the program is attached. To register online for this exciting program, please go to    https://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/shop/index.php?p=product&id=160 
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SENT BY Carolyn Leonard
Just a note to ask for prayers for Lillie Martin Sahiounie, our Dutch Cousin (desc of Abram Brouwer/Brewer of NY) who lives in Latakia Syria.  Her city and others nearby are under attack. I asked Lilly Martin Sahiounie about the bombing of Idlib (near her) and said the U.S. was blaming Russia. Lilly said: Concerning the bombing of Idlib, which was blamed on Russian air force, but the Russians deny this. Idlib is now fully controlled by terrorists, they are not rebels. They try to use t he western media to further their cause. They hate Russia and the Syrian government, of course.
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SENT BYThe following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2016 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.
The unique New York databases on AmericanAncestors.org—the data-rich website of NEHGS—offer thousands of early American records for finding lost New York ancestors. 23 databases including church records, property records, marriage notices, and cemetery inscriptions are all within the online collection of the New York resources of NEHGS. The experts at NEHGS know the best resources for New York genealogy and can teach you to use them effectively.
Of particular interest to family historians seeking New York data are two databases offered FREE during this special, month-long program of NEHGS:
Abstracts of Wills, Admins., and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835
This database contains transcriptions for more than 50 counties within the state of New York. This compilation of Abstracts of New York Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships was created by William Applebie Daniel Eardeley. The original materials are part of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s manuscript collection. Eardeley abstracted original estate proceedings in the counties of New York. In addition he indexed all the names in his abstracts, i.e. those of the decedents, executors, administrators, petitioners, guardians, witnesses, named beneficiaries, and minor children. Although the original title of the collection refers to the years 1691 to 1860, the bulk of the material concerns the period 1787 to 1835.
New York: Albany County Deeds, 1630-1894
The Index to the public records of the County of Albany, State of New York, 1630-1894 was compiled and printed pursuant to the laws of 1893, under direction of Wheeler B. Melius, Superintendent [1893-1906] of the Albany County (N.Y.) Board of Supervisors. This important fourteen volume set of 302,300 land transactions in Albany County, searchable by grantor, grantee, corporation and date of transaction represents some of the only surviving early records of Albany, NY after a devastating fire on February 10, 1880 at Albany City Hall destroyed or severely damaged many records for the city and county. The database is complete with records from all volumes, 1-14.
Throughout the month of June, these and all other New York databases on the website of NEHGS are FREE to Guest Users. Users who register forFREE access may browse a wide variety of New York records, subject guides, articles, and publications and view other resources atAmericanAncestors.org/New-York. Unlimited access to all one billion plus records on AmericanAncestors.org and other benefits are through membership at NEHGS.
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Letters 6/10/2016

SENT BY Bill Van Osdol
(note: Bill was the only veteran in OKC to be invited on an all-expense paid trip to Normandy in honor of D-Day)
Hey, Cuz,  Back last night as the guest for D-Day Normandy, spent 5 dollars, wow. French Normandy are really generous beautiful caring people. Of course many Euro people were there. I met 12 fellow Dutch who were in attendance, even up to a Dutch General. Long terrible airplane discomfort, but it was a treat of a life time, even though I’d attended 5 previous years scattered from the 50th to this year 72nd. May name tag seemed to attract the Dutch attendees.  Great week.  Bill Van Osdol
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SENT BY Berny Calhoun
I have found many false trails in determining the etymology of our Fresian Banta name.  I think I finally ran into a reliable source:

  1. Prior to an 11th century climate catastrophe in the area, Bant Island existed with the inter-mingled islands of Borkum, Juist and western part of Norderney.   Bant Island completely disappeared under the sea.

We can be reasonably sure that the New Amsterdam 1690s version of ‘de Bonta’  translated to Epke Luuesz of Banta (of the island of Bant in the Sea Wadden).  (“Bant” is a medieval, Low German word which would have been pronounced with a Germanic ‘a’ – giving birth to the misnomer of  ‘Bonta’ as an American form.

  1. Google:    “Brabant and other bants – Taaldacht”.

also known as “Mijmeringen over de aard en wortels van onze taal”

Translated by Olivier van Renswoude from his original Dutch piece

– http://taaldacht.nl/2016/01/14/brabant-en-andere-banten/) on January 20, 2016

A very interesting history… Low German ‘bant’ –  through the centuries – merged with the languages of other Low Countries (Flemish, Dutch, Frieslan, French, etc.).  Bant originally was a generic word for a named area or region, which became a surname following Napoleon’s headcount taxing requirement throughout his multi-domains.

This satisfies my quest  — it is logical and fits validated history. You may have run into the foregoing, but It’s taken me over a decade and some deep digging!  A thought –  this might make an interesting workshop subject at a LC meeting…

I’m still hoping for a trip back East (NY/PA/NJ) but not KY again…too darned old and gimpier by the year (81!).

best regards…

Bernadene Calhoun (10th Banta gen)

(my great gm Sarah Emeline Banta of: Isaac/Daniel/Daniel/Henry/Hendrick/Epke Jacobse (immigrant)

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SENT BY Carolyn Leonard

Just a note to ask for continuing prayers for Lillie Martin Sahiounie, our Dutch Cousin (desc of Abram Brouwer/Brewer of NY) who lives in Latakia Syria.  Her city and others nearby are under attack.

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SENT BY Jack L. Taylor

 

Solving the question of where and when Barent REYNERSON’s first wife, Sarah THORNELL died.

 

Discussion

 “A Genealogy of the REYNIERSEN Family” by Arthur P. RYNEARSON & Peter M. RINEARSON was published 1997.  At that time it was not known where or when Sara THORNELL, first  wife of Barent REYNERSON, died. 

 

 This Barent REYNERSON, there were several, was christened at the Dutch Reformed Church in Neshanic, Hillsborough Township, Sommerset County, NJ, in 1756-7.  

 

 In 2005 an Addendum of about 400 pages, to “A Genealogy of the REYNIERSON Family” was published by Aurhur Preston RYNEARSON.  In such an addendum corrections and additions are made.  

 

Arthur descends from Barent & first wife, Sarah THORNELL.  I descend from Barent and second wife Ann BANTA.

 

 

Correction and addition

 

Sarah THORNELL died 6 June 1786, Nelson County, KY (not necessarily the present Nelson County, note the map below.)

 

Barent REYNERSON then married Antie BANTA in Lincoln County, KY.   This Ann BANTA was b. Conewago, York Co., PA and buried with Barent in New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery just north of Harrodsburg, Mercer County, KY. Ann died in 1852, age 85.  Therefore b. ~1767. 

 

Barent & Ann had a large family there are many descendants.


Their first children, twins Isaac & Abraham, were born 1787.  My line, Isaac with kin moved to Sullivan & Vigo counties, IN, in the 1830’s. Twin Abraham moved to Jefferson County, IN, (Madison is county seat).  Several of their siblings moved to IN.

1886 KY county map below

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~george/countyformations/kentuckyformationmaps.html
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Letters 6/16/2016

Next newsletter – updates from Dutch Cousins secretary Denise Meredith Perry and 2017 Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers.

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SENT BY Freda Bradley


Dear Carolyn,

I have a query that I’d like to make, with your approval, to the group Dutch Cousins.

While I realize your group of cousins is primarily the band that went to Kentucky,  the ones I’m researching for my book all landed inside present day Randolph County, West Virginia.  I’m especially interested in the names of Westfall (Westevall/Bestevall), Kittle/Ketel (and many variations including Ketelheun/Kettlehuym), Kortright (Cutright), and Rosecrans/Rosecrons (Rosencrans).  These particular families resided predominately in the environs of Renselearwyck and Beverwyck (later in Albany, Kingston, and cities like those).They interacted with or married into family names such as Classen, Keator, ver Planck, Vigne, van Etten, Roosa, and Pels. Around the French and Indian War period, the Randolph County cousins seem to begin to show up further south than New York State, then eventually gather in Randolph County WV within a decade or two before the American Revolutionary period.

I’m seeking family lore and stories about these individuals to make a fuller picture of their CULTURE (not their genealogy specifically). My book seeks to create the LIFEWAYS and MIGRATION PATTERN of these folks, not their family trees, so that is what I’m focused on.

A sample story of the types of things I’m looking for is this type of story:  In 1680, Anna Willems, wife of Jochem Ketelhuyn rented a farm from Jan Corneel including house, barn, and rick.  Now, I wasn’t familiar with the term “rick” so I asked Dr. Gehring about it.  He sent me the link to view an overmantel painting showing what a rick (and a farm using them) actually looked like.  The ability to see that painting put this entire land transaction into a different light for me and made their lives much more interesting.

A second example story is that Jurrien Westevall was on the same ship on arrival in New Netherland as Evert Pels.  Pels eventually has some land transactions in which it seems he is guarantor (perhaps?) for Westevall and Jochem Ketelhuyn to obtain a rental farm that is later vacated by ketelhuyn.  Clearly, Westevall and Pels either became friends, colleagues, or at least acquaintances on the voyage over.  Later, Pels’ descendants marry at least into the Ketel family (if not both).  They keep in touch, at least.

These are the types of stories I’m seeking.  SO, if any of the cousins in KY have stories such as these OR if they are connected to these family names, I would be interested in contacting them. SO, with your approval, I’d like to send this out to all the cousins to check their stories and family lore for these names.

Thank you,

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NOTE FROM CAROLYN: In the unlikely event one of our subscriber cousins does connect to one of those names, we will know.


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SENT BY Jack Taylor

Follow up on Berny CALHOUN’s  in search of the origin of the surname BANTA.

So far found; who, when, where, etc. does the earliest name BANTA  found?  

Does it predate Napoleon’s influence on the Frisian naming system?

What is the link to an English Translation of the following?  
At this site they say there is an English Translation, but I can’t find it.
 http://taaldacht.nl/2016/01/14/brabant-en-andere-banten/

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SENT BY Carolyn Leonard
Just a note to ask for continuing prayers for Lillie Martin Sahiounie, our Dutch Cousin (desc of Abram Brouwer/Brewer of NY) who lives in Latakia Syria.  Her city and others nearby are under attack by terrorists.

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SENT BY Mary Ann Bumgarner (Findagrave)
ATTN: SMOCK

Records are under Smak,Smack etc.Wrote his name as shown. He came to America from Holland in 1654 with his uncle,Swaine Jansen(his m’s bro and son of Jan Saine)when Hendrick was abt 10 yrs old. He settled in New Utrecht,Long Island, New York, bought 30 Morgens (abt 60 acres) of land from Jacques Cortelyou 16 Jan 1665,Plantation Lot No.10 as per Town Record;took Oath of Allegiance in 1687;was a Magistrate on Assessment Rolls 1675-1688 & on patent of 1686;Church member 1679. On 30 Oct1677 he sold a farm to Hans Hanson & 1683 bought land from Lucas,a boatman. He died prior to June 1708, and wrote his name Hendrick Matthysen Smock.
Will proved March 30, 1727 in Piscataway, New Jersey, Middlesex Co., it was dated October 21, 1721.

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Hendrick Matthysen Smock (M) b. between 1635 and 1644, d. after April 1708, #27172 Hendrick Matthysen Smock was also known as Hendrick Matthysen Smack. He was also known as Hendrick Matthysen Smak. Hendrick Matthysen Smock was born between 1635 and 1644 in the Netherlands. Hendrick Matthysen Smock was born circa 1642 at Voorhuysen, Netherlands. He emigrated before October 1654 from New Utrecht, Kings County, New York. Hearing of the Dutch Reformed Church of Breukelen near New Utrecht, concerning an incident caused by “Jan Thomaszen” (Van Dyck), a schepen of New Utrecht. It seems that a social gathering in New Utrecht, at which half a keg of beer was served, became a bit too lively and Jan Thomaszen got into a fight with a woman named Clara Gerrits De Moff. Jan Van Cleef came to the woman’s rescue by pulling Jan Thomaszen by the hair, whereupon Jan Thomaszen drew his knife, slashed Van Cleef’s coat and drew blood. Jan Thomaszen’s son Thomas Jansen then joined the fray and Van Cleef, obviously not seriously wounded, caught Thomas by the hair and “Hendrick Matthysen” caught him by the feet and threw him to the ground. The upshot of all this was a 300 guilder fine for Jan Thomaszen. On 21 September 1661. “Hendrick Mathysen”, of New Utrecht contracted a debt, duly recorded and witnessed to “Nicholas Maeyer”, Burgher, of New Amsterdam, of 68 guilders in Beaver skins at eight guilders a piece. On 25 April 1662. Hendrick purchased from Jacques Cortelyou Plantation Lot 10 in New Utrecht, containing 30 morgens. On 16 January 1665. He married Geertje Harmons, daughter of Harmen Coerten and Aertje Gerrits, circa 1668 at Dutch Reformed Church, New Utrecht, Kings County, New York. The first assessment of New Utrecht named, “Hendrick Matysen Smock”: 1 poll, 4 horses, 3 cows, 3 cows of two years, 3 cows of one year, 93 Pounds, Pounds; 20 morgens of land and valley, 133 Pounds. Another Matteise, and gives the value of land and meadow as 40 Pounds for a total assessment of 133 Pounds. On 24 August 1675. Hendrick was one of several defendants in a law suit, at the Court of Sessions in Gravesend, involving the stoping of some horses; the jury found for the defendants. In December 1675. Hendrick Matthysen Smock was appointed Magistrate in 1676. “Hendrick Matheyse” assessment listed: 1 pol, 4 horses, 3 cows, 3 cows of three years, 3 cows of two years, 3 cows of one year, 105 Pounds, plus 30 morgens of land 60 Pounds, total 165 Pounds. Of the 28 families assessed, only two assessments were of greater value the Hendrick’s. On 29 September 1676. Hendrick sold a farm to Hans Hansen. In 1677. He and Geertje Harmons were founding members of the Dutch Reformed Church, Flatbush. Hendrick Matthysen Smock and Geertje Harmons became members of the Dutch Reformed Church in New Utrecht under Dominee Van Zuuren. Hendrick Matthysen Smock was appointed Magistrate in 1679. He was appointed Magistrate in 1682. Hendrick and seven other men were named in a return of survey, of the 5,320 acre Saddle River Patent in Bergen County, NJ. On 12 April 1682 at Saddle River Patent, Bergen County, New Jersey. Hendrick was on the assessment roll in 1683. Lucas or Mayerse, a boatman, sold a plot of “Hendrick Mattyse Smack” according to the town record of New Utrecht in 1683. “Hendrick Mattysse Smack” and his Uncle “Swaen Janssen”, toolk the Oath of Allegiance to the English Crown in New Utrecht, affirming that they had been in America 33 years in 1687. Hendrick Matthysen Smock appeared on the census of circa 1698 at Kings County, New York. Hendrick Smock is listed as Assessor, West in the records of Staten Island, Richmond County, NY on 1 April 1706 at Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. He was elected an assessor on 1 April 1707. He died after April 1708 at Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. http://www.conovergenealogy.com/famous-p/p544.htm on 11/22/2015

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  • SENT BY Carolyn Leonard
    Keep our Dutch Cousins Treasurer (and all-around Get-er-done gal) Janice Cozine of Kentucky in your prayers. She has continuing back problems and is having surgery this morning in Louisville.  Last September that lady had been bedfast for a few weeks but managed to drag herself to Frankfort for our Gathering. She said she just couldn’t let the cousins down.  Send a get well note (if you wish) to me and I will forward it.
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    SENT BY Dutch Genealogy News
    17 June 2016
    An uithangbord is a sign hanging from the façade of a building. Many businesses had one. It served as advertising and as a form of address: people often referred to a house by the sign that hung from it.
    In old court records, you can sometimes find references to these signs, for example in phases like “. . . sells his inn at the Achterstraat, where the Red Lion hangs from.” The photo below shows an example of such a sign, hanging from an inn that dates to 1677.
    I highly recommend this occasional newsletter with Dutch facts and research tips.
    This week Yvette told about the affection the Dutch tenants were connected to their farms, even if they did not own it. Generations of the same family often worked these farms, to the point that the next generation felt it as their right to continue working the farm.
    Need help finding your Dutch ancestors?
    All articles in this newsletter are written by Yvette Hoitink, a professional genealogist in the Netherlands and owner of Dutch Genealogy Services. Please check out what Dutch Genealogy Services can do you for you if you need help finding your own Dutch ancestors.
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    SENT BY carolyn (herself)
    Dutch Cousin VP Charlie Westerfield (photography studio – Louisville) designed the beautiful cover of my new book TO ISRAEL, WITH LOVE.   Go here to see the book cover and hopefully Amazon.com will have the “Look inside” feature running by then. Many photos, maps, charts inside by many talented photographers & artists  – http://amzn.to/1UDrV6v
    What’s the next best thing to traveling to the Holy Land?  Reading To Israel With Love, illustrated with more than 200 photos, charts, maps and drawings. If the first link doesn’t work, try this one:  https://www.amazon.com/Israel-Love-Color-8×10-Relationships/dp/1883852064?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc
    I am finally back on my feet! Tomorrow June 18th I will be speaking at the OKC Art Museum downtown in Classroom C to the OK Romance Writers of America from 1 pm. My keynote presentation is “Research to turn Facts into Fiction”
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Letters 6/28/2016

SENT BY Beth Higgins
Could you include the following in the newsletter, if you think it appropriate?
Happy Birthday, Indiana!!!  Some of you are well aware that 2016 is Indiana’s Bicentennial year, and some farther afield from Indiana may not be.    In either case, did you know that one of the Dutch Cousin ancestors was a delegate to the constitutional convention and signatory to the state constitution?
Samuel Smock, born in Virginia to Jacob and Tryntie Demaree Smock, and married to Rachel Ryker in Kentucky, took his family to Indiana Territory in 1805.  I’ve attached a brief introduction to the constitution and what I know of Samuel Smock’s involvement.  Happy Birthday, Indiana
 
I welcome all comments, corrections, suggestions and discussion regarding this topic to ehiggins3@gmail.com.  I’m no history expert and have lingering questions that maybe we can work through together.
Lynn Rogers has been working with the officials in Indiana regarding a Bicentennial delegate recognition ceremony to be held June 24 in Indiana.  He has also been working tirelessly to prepare a wonderful biography of Samuel and his life.  Attached is “A Brief Introduction of Samuel Smock and His Participation in the Indiana Constitutional Convention”
Happy Birthday, Indiana
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SENT BY
Hi, Carolyn,

Elizabeth Warren’s maiden name was Haring/Herring, and some of us in NJ are wondering if any genealogy work in Oklahoma has been done on this name for her. Would appreciate knowing!
I’m glad to hear that you’re mobile again!  Life is full of surprises.

Best,

Your Cousin, Firth
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SENT BY Diana Todd
Willems
I think I may have a Willems connection through my klingensmith or keppel branches.  However, they settled in westmoreland county, pennsylvania.  As far as I know, Several were outside WC, though all were in the same state – Pennsylvania.
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SENT BY  Eddie Price
Hi, Carolyn
Glad to get all these letters. It is great hearing from folks from different parts of the US.  Please convey to your programmer that I would love to do a presentation for the Dutch Cousins when they return to Kentucky in 2017.   I have several programs that might interest–the very popular “Remember the Raisin!”  (Kentuckians in the War of 1812) and the “Battle of Blue Licks” (which treats the American Revolution in the “west” and the great massacre at Blue Licks, Kentucky.  I have presented “Remember the Raisin!” during the “Long Run Massacre!”  Helen McKinney has me presenting this July for the Painted Stone Settlers.”  (I also presented both of the programs at the 2015 National Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution–held in Louisville.)
With two new children’s books coming on and the sequel to “Widder’s Landing”  almost finished, I am already booking 2017 dates.   One of those already booked is the summer national convention of the “Maryland, Kentucky & Beyond” organization–a Catholic genealogical group that meets every three years.   You might wish to have someone contact me about possible dates.   Both programs are multi-media and I think will fit your needs well.
You might wish to let your readers know that I do travel and once in an area I can present a combination of programs to historical and genealogical societies, libraries, museums, DAR/SAR organizations, arts and literary councils, schools K-12, colleges and universities.   While your focus is history…lots of organizations coordinate local schools to book my children’s programs (which include reading, singing, puppet show, educational slideshow and activities) or, for upper grades, a program on “How to Write, Create, and Market an illustrated children’s book.   I have a very high-powered, nationally-recognized writing program suitable for high school, college, and adult writers which I can take different ways (historical fiction, etc.)   With a little work–your members could get these folks to pay my expenses (and chip in a little for an honorarium) and get some QUALITY historical programs for next to nothing.
Please check out my website at Eddie Price Kentucky Author for more details and program information.
Hope everyone is doing well and hope to visit your area soon.  Also, I do ship inscribed copies of Widder’s Landing and Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee!
Eddie Price
Carolyn’s NOTE: We gave Miss Grubby Toes to a 4 year old friend’s daughter.  It is her favorite storybook.
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SENT BY Kerin Smith (Terhune family)
Hi Carolyn:  I was quite interested in the research you referenced on the Terhune family history.  I, as of course, many others are descendants of this line.  My father was Albert, and I always wondered where that name came from.  Later on, I found out, and wished I had been able to tell him!


I copied the info you gave about the upcoming publication, but I do hope you might address this again in a future newsletter.  I really don’t want to miss accessing this information when it is published.

(Aside:)  As I have this recorded, I think this line was a maternal line of our Henry Banta, husband of Antjie Demeree, so most of us Dutch cousins are probably descendants of the line one way or another.  🙂
(Kerin is referring to this letter, in the Dutch letter of 6/4/2016:
SENT BY Ellie Burnaford (Terhune)
FYI—-Some good news for the many Low Dutch Cousins who have Terhune ancestors… Feel free to pass along  any/ all of the info below. ( I contacted Yvette Hoitink to commend her writing in her genealogy newsletter, and she replied almost immediately.)
Have a good summer!
Ellie Burnaford
From: “Yvette Hoitink”
Date: June 6, 2016 at 1:09:15 PM EDT
To: “‘Ellie Burnaford'”
Subject: RE: [Dutch Genealogy] Contact

Dear Ellie,
Thank you for contacting me. As it happens, I have already researched Albert Alberts Terhune and found his place of origin. The client for whom I did the research is writing an article for the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record based on that research. It is unknown how long it will be until it is published, but I imagine it will be at least a couple more months. I agreed to keep the results private until then.
I will write a blog post when the article is published in the Record.
Kind regards,
Yvette Hoitink, CGSM
Dutch Genealogy Services

from: Ellie Burnaford to Yvette Hoitink
Comment: I just must write to commend you on the writing— in English, not your native tongue, I assume–of the Dutch Genealogy News. Concise, correct, clear, and informative. Though my Dutch ancestor ( Albert Albertsen Terhunen, b. April 1618, Huynen, Holland; d. 1685, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, USA) emigrated to New Amsterdam in about 1657, and I understand that he cannot be traced in Holland before then, I still enjoy reading about Dutch genealogy , terms, people. Thank you.

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SENT BY Jack Taylor
From: Jack Lowell TAYLOR, DDS
160625 Where

Subject:  Where was the family of Hendrick BANTA III  & Ann DEMAREST located in 1886?

My mother’s father’s male line traces back to my 3Great Grandparents Barent REYNERSON, christened 1756 in the Neschanic Dutch Reformed Church.  and Ann BANTA, christened 1769  Conewago, PA. Neschanic is in  Hillsborough Township, in Somerset CountyNew Jersey.

How did Barent REYNERSON meet Ann BANTA?

What I am finding confirms how close those early Immigrant families from The Netherlands were even many generations after the original immigrants.  In other words, they were very clannish.  In my case all direct family lines found so far, 23, in the first 6 generations did not intermarry outside those original     ~ 2,000 Families.

Did the BANTA or their related families know the REYNERSON or related Families before KY? You decide.  Here is some evidence.

Hendrick BANTA III & first wife, Rachel BOWER lived in *”Somerset County and a member of the church at Bedminster” before  Conewago. In that cemetery there are at least 3 that I found of the RYNEARSON spelling. As with most of those old names we have many, many, different spellings of the name.  There could be more than 3, I did not run out all the alternate spellings of the name.  I also DeBAUN which is a direct line of mine.  And, there are may other New Netherland related names there.

Ann BANTA REYNERSON was a daughter in the second family of Hendrick III and Ann DEMAREST.

Barent REYNERSON, s/o Auke and Elsce SNEDIKER REYNIERSEN was christened less that 20 miles south of the Bedminster Cemetery at the Nechanic DRC.

A must for blousing the names in these two cemeteries. I guarantee you will find many kin!

The Neschanic DRC Cemetery

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=41&GScid=100133&

Bedminister DRC Cemetery

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=859654

In Kentucky
By 1785 Barent along with his first wife and 3 children are found in KY.  About that time the first wife died in KY.  On 6 June 1786 he marries Ann BANTA in Nelson County.  In 1786 Nelson county was very large, a parent county of many counties including Washington County.  Because there are 2 references to the date of their marriage agreeing in time, but one saying Nelson County and one saying Washington County the probability is they are both correct, but the location in Nelson County became Washington County.

On 18 July 1787 Barent & Ann’s first 2 children are born, Abraham & Isaac (twins), in Mercer County.  There they had a very large family. The 15 Identified were all born in Mercer county.  

Barent & Ann are buried in the New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery north of Harrosburg near the Salt River.  

Many thanks to Cousin Amalie PRESTON who at the last Dutch Cousins Gathering took me to the probable location of Barent and Ann’s farm on the Salt River.

*Page 59 of
A Frisian Family.  The BANTA Genealogy
on line @
https://archive.org/stream/frisianfamilyban00bant#page/n7/mode/2up

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Letters 7/30/2016

SENT BY Lynn Rogers

For anyone who is a serious volunteer, I have a 5 meg Word file on Westerfield Massacre info and gargage. I would love to find a highly qualified volunteer to work with.

Mr. Lynn Rogers, our conference coordinator, has been working with the officials in Indiana regarding a Bicentennial delegate recognition ceremony to be held June 24 in Indiana.  He has also been working tirelessly to prepare a wonderful biography of Samuel and his life.  Previously sent: “A Brief Introduction of Samuel Smock and His Participation in the Indiana Constitutional Convention”

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SENT BY carolyn (herself)

KENTUCKY LIVING

http://www.kentuckyliving.com/11650-2/

Kentucky Living is a monthly magazine consisting of a front-of-book section, On the Grid, which focuses on energy, and a back-of-book section that focuses on Kentucky Culture. Commonwealths, the grazing section in the front, covers both energy and general Kentucky culture short topics on money, energy news, energy tips, electric co-op member news, technology, Kentucky books and authors, and other community news. In the center, general features reflect the character and culture of Kentucky—its people, places, history, lifestyle, and unique characteristics. It also carries colorful personality profiles, an events and attractions guide, and important features on energy, business, and social trends. 

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From the “Olde Town Ledger” 

newsletter of the Harrodsburg Historical society

Genealogy Day at the Library (Louisville Public Library), Saturday Aug 27th 2016. Free and NO registration required. For a FULL DESCRIPTION WWW.LFPL.ORG/GENEALOGY.

A full day of activities is planned. See schedule on the webpage. Some that look especially interesting to me:

At 10:45 German Research 101 – Getting Across the Pond, Joanne Pry Howard; 

1:30 Reading German Protestant Church Records, Joanne Pry Howard (Centennial Room – Basement) Program Description: Ms. Howard will give a tutorial on reading and translating schrift, the old German script in which many early Protestant church records were written. An explanation will be given regarding what information can be found in Baptism, Confirmation, and marriage and death records.

 Also at 1:30 in another room: Burial Customs of 19th and 20th Century America, Philip DiBlasi, Staff Archaeologist, University of Louisville

… and more …

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SENT BY carolyn (herself)

Did you know that the Holland Society is accepting women who were born with one of 1400 qualifying names?

I sent this email to Dr. Bob Schenck, the outgoing Pres and to Andrew Terhune, the incoming Holland Society of New York President:

Andrew Terhune – Congratulations on your office as President of the Holland Society of New York. We do have many Terhunes in our group; in fact the whole Terhune Family organization melded their membership in with ours in 2013. Would you like to be added to our DUTCH LETTERS round robin email list so you could be informed about our next gathering of Dutch Cousins?

Dr. Bob Schenck- I am so pleased to learn that women descendants are now eligible for membership.  That still leaves me out as my grandmother was the descendant and I was not born with the Dutch name.  

I have a question about the new membership rules.  Would Vince Akers, our expert Low Dutch historian whom you met and heard speak at our gathering, now be eligible?  His mother was a direct descendant of David Demaree.  Would that qualify Vince?

Blessings,

carolyn

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From the “Olde Town Ledger” 

Circuit Court Records on CD – cost reduced to $25 per roll. These cover years from 1780 to 1864. Please consider a tax-deductible donated to the HHS library. They now have 336 rolls of the 438 needed. 

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SENT BY Eddie Price

Greetings, Carolyn

It is Kentucky Author Eddie Price.   I spoke at last year’s Dutch Cousins Reunion at the History Center in Frankfort.   Things have relly gotten busy since then.  This year I auditioned for the Kentucky Chautauqua Program and was selected to portray Louisville-born jockey Roscoe Goose, the winner of the 1913 Kentucky Derby. This will begin in 2017 and run through 2020.  I will also be coming out with my next two children’s books, Little Miss Grubby Toes Plays With Matches and Little Miss Grubby Toes Falls in the Swimming Pool.  I am also hard at work to the sequel to the Kentucky historical fiction novel Widder’s Landing.

Last night I presented “The Battle of Blue Licks” program for the “Painted Stone Settlers” at  Shelby County Public Library in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  I already knew the Dutch Cousins were planning to attend the Long Run Massacre in 2017 and spoke with Helen McKinney about it.   If you were pleased with the quality of last year’s program, I hope you would consider me speaking for your next reunion.   I can do multiple programs including “The Battle of Blue Licks” and the “Remember the Raisin programs.”  Please feel free to pass this on to whoever is in charge of scheduling.  I will be happy to talk with anyone about doing programs.

I also travel to places wanting programs.  If any of your members want a good historical program (or possibly an additional writing program) in their area, I do love to travel!  Some groups/organizations work to get me into the schools for historical programs, writing programs, author programs, and especially the “Little Miss Grubby Toes” programs (which include singing, a puppet show, a PowerPoint slideshow on “Bees and the Good Things They Do For Us.”  Schools take care of the cost and the host historical organization can book me for free.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you would like to nail down a date for the Dutch Cousins Reunion.  (It might be wise with all the programs that are starting to come my way.)  I will be happy to work with you in any way possible.

Eddie Price

eddieprice.1954@att.net

270-922-1326

Eddie Price Kentucky Author <http://www.eddiepricekentuckyauthor.com/>

NOTE FROM CAROLYN – Lynn Rogers (2017 coordinator agrees – we do plan to have Eddie as speaker again in 2017.)

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SENT BY Lynn Rogers

For anyone who is a serious volunteer, I have a 5 meg Word file on Westerfield Massacre info and gargage. I would love to find a highly qualified volunteer to work with.

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 Carolyn LeonardRomance signing.jpeg

back on my feet and signing books again!  Hallelujah! Sorry about the silver hair. I was too sick last year to go to the beauty shop — and what’s done is done I guess. Should I go dark again? Jon wants me to.  Let me know what you think!


Letters 8/7/2016

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)

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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.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin

(At the front page, click on “Gathering 2015” on the left)

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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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SENT BY Judy McKee

I wonder how many of our Dutch Cousins are members of DAR or SAR? I’m not a computer guru, but it might be nice to have a table set up for the next gathering. Those of us who are in DAR or SAR might be able to help get some of our Dutch Cousins started on their line. I do know Kerin Smith and I are under Henry Banta. She’s through his daughter Rachel and I’m through his son Daniel. I would be happy to help as much as I can.

(Note – I am a DAR with Rev. Cornelius Cozine one of my patriots. Carolyn)

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DUTCH COUSINS OF KENTUCKY HISTORY

2003       St Louis – Westerfield Family Reunion, decided to include all cousins

2005       Harrodsburg KY-1st Gathering of Dutch cousins at Ralph Anderson’s barn.

2007       Shelbyville, KY – 2nd Gathering, tour of Dutch Tract and  Visit to Six Mile Meeting House.

2009       Harrodsburg KY – adopted mission statement & elected officers, Claude Westerfield first president

2011        Harrodsburg, KY – After meeting, bus trip to New York

2013       Madison IN, Clifty Inn state park, tour of old Dutch Tract, 6-mile meetinghouse, Dutch cemetery

2015        Frankfort KY, KY History Center, tour of gov. mansion, Rededication of Old Mud Meetinghouse.

2017 Frankfort KY, KY History Center, attending the Painted Stone Settlers Reenactment of the Long Run Massacre – and MORE TO COME!

2007 to 2013 we purchased and placed markers in the Old Mud Graveyard for some 34 Low Dutch veterans of the Revolution, and one 1812 War vet, and conducted memorials for each of them.

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SENT BY Carolyn

Pam Ellingson asked to be relieved of her duty as chairperson of the family history displays so she can focus on her webmaster work.  She has done a great job but we understand.  And LUCKILY Cynthia VannAusdall (the one who spells it funny) has agreed to take on the job.  So when Cynthia contacts you to enter a family history display for the 2017 gathering, please say YES! 

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SENT BY Ellie Burnaford

Yvette Hoitink (Dutch Genealogy News) has recently researched Albert Albertse Terhunen for a client, and the mention of “ribbon work” for Pieter Jans ties in to family lore about Albert… Can’t wait for her promised link to the article she will publish soon about AATerhune.

The Bed-Wetting Colonist Pieter Jans

Aug 05, 2016 09:00 am | Yvette Hoitink (Dutch Genealogy News http://www.dutchgenealogy.nl)

Even after twenty-five years as a genealogist, I am often amazed of the level of detail we can find in archival records. Here is one of the things I ran across when searching for a New Netherland ancestor of a client.

In 1652, the colony of New Netherland—which encompassed large parts of what is now the state of New York—was eager for new settlers to arrive. The almoners’ orphanage in Amsterdam was approached to send orphans.

The almoners’ orphanage was the orphanage that took care of the poorest children. They created a list of candidates, which described their circumstances and whether or not they were willing to go to New Netherland.

One entry describes a boy named Pieter Jans:

Pieter Jans, age 13 years, reasonably well-built, lives at Wijbrich Hendrix in the Slepers alley, but still wets his bed most nights, as claimed but does not appear so, goes ribbon working, since 1 year.1

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The meaning of the claim is not quite clear: did the orphanage suspect him of pretending to still wet his bed to avoid being sent to the colony? That seems like an odd thing to make up.

The X in front of his name suggests he did go to New Netherland, since most other children who had an X in front of their names were willing to go, and most children who were not willing or able did not have an X.

If anyone knows whether this Pieter Jans actually went to New Netherland, please leave a comment.

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SENT BY Amalie Preston

We have our work cut out for us at the schoolhouse.  We have brought in a dumpster and are de-constructing.  We could not save any of the plaster but it is interesting to note that the ceiling was painted aqua/sky blue.  We have left the wainscoting in place for now and will determine if it is sound enough to remain.  The flooring will probably all have to come out.  The foundation on the right side is only two runs of loosely laid stones high, and with that closeness to the ground, with ground hogs throwing up dirt underneath and the leak damage the entire right side of the floor including floor joists was rotten and had to come out.  Four rafters were badly rotted at the eave end and had to come down.  It is not all doom and gloom.  We know from old photos that another schoolhouse with a exterior stone chimney stood there.  Some of the fabric of the present building may have been reused from that predecessor. The rafters we took out were strong yellow poplar with straight saw marks meaning a water driven saw mill or even pit saw indicating an early 1800s date.  Some early large hand wrought nails were also in the rafters, including one rose head nail.  I’m saving these items, and maybe one day we’ll use them in a display.    I need to ponder the construction methods–there is no sill beam–joists were just nailed into a thick oak board. The gable ends feature another thick oak board, 15 to 20 inches wide, which I had supposed was just decorative when viewed from the outside, but now that we can see from the inside, this board forms and supports the gable end. I’ll send some photos, though you know my picture taking abilities aren’t great. 

(NOTE from Carolyn: We all remember the buzzards roosting in the Old Mud Schoolhouse!)

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SENT BY Jim Woodfill

2001 Westerfield reunion in Ownersboro, KY!  I think you mean Owensboro.

Claude should get a kick out of that one (unless it’s his faux pas.)

(Note: nope, it was my bad now corrected – thanks to you)

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NEXT DUTCH LETTERS WILL BRING YOU THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 2015 DUTCH COUSINS BUSINESS MEETING.

SECRETARY DENISE MEREDITH PERRY IS WORKING ON THE FINAL REPORT AS WE SPEAK!

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Letters 8/29/2016

This info sent by Lynn Rogers is so long, I am sending it alone.  NOTE: this is NOT about the Dutch Cousins Gathering held only every two years, but about the Painted Stone Settlers event held annually in Kentucky.

carolyn leonard

SENT BY Lynn Rogers

Here is the Press Release for this year’s (2016) Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat Reenactment; next year’s (2017 Dutch) Cousins Gathering plans to have a bus to the Saturday2pm main event.  Cousins might also wish to observe the Pioneer Craft Demos on Friday.

Parenthetically, this year Lee & I plan to take in the demos on Friday and probably the Saturday Reenactment.

PRESS RELEASE                        PRESS RELEASE

                                    The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat

                           A Living History Event in its 18th year!

                Presented by the Painted Stone Settlers, Inc. of

Shelbyville, KY

                                         September 10, 11, 2016

When looking for a permanent spot for a settlement along the Kentucky frontier in the 18th century, Squire Boone selected a site in present-day Shelby County.  He built a fort along the banks of Clear Creek in 1779/1780, amidst the ongoing turmoil of the Revolutionary War.  Many families came to Painted Stone Station during the short time it was a haven from the increasingly hostile actions of Native Americans. Eventually they were driven to evacuate on a fateful day in September 1781, walking into a massacre that cost several of them their lives.  But many managed to escape and leave behind a legacy through their descendants, keeping alive a very precious part of the early history of Kentucky.

Squire Boone was just as adventurous as his older brother, Daniel Boone. Born Oct. 5, 1744 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Squire, Jr.’s+ father, Squire Boone, Sr., had emigrated from Exeter, England and moved to North Carolina around 1749. At a young age, Squire learned the gunsmithing trade. He married Jane Van Cleave and they had five children. Squire made several trips into Kentucky with his brother before establishing Painted Stone Station. He eventually settled and died on Aug. 5, 1815 in Harrison County, Indiana.

It is the story of these brave souls that is told through an annual living history event each September in Shelby County, Ky. Hosted by  the Painted Stone Settlers, Inc., a group of living history re-enactors, this story is preserved through a dramatic re-enactment.

The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat retells the story of Painted Stone Station and the real people who lived there.  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 an 18th century cannon, get a taste of militia life and engage in lively conversation with costumed interpreters.  The main re-enactment (battle between settlers and Natives) will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) will provide a special American flag ceremony prior to the battle re-enactment. Authors on hand will be Sue Kelly Ballard, My Blessed, Wretched Life:  Rebecca Boone’s Story and Geoff Baggett, Brothers and Warriors.

     An evening program will be held at dusk on Saturday night by Russell Morris, who will present traditional Shawnee storytelling and singing.  A special time has been set aside on Sat. morning to accommodate Boy Scout Troops. Groups receive a special discounted rate and many times return on Sat. night for the evening program. A modern food vendor, Lynda Moore of Four Moore’s at Guist Creek Marina, will be on site both days.  Admission cost for the event is $6 per adult,

$3 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 3 and under.  A $10 pass can be purchased for both days.

A special School Day is held on Friday, September 9 for all area school children and homeschool groups.  This hands-on event is a day full of special demonstrations great for teaching the lifestyle of the 18th century.  School Day is held rain or shine.  Spots are still available.  For more information contact Helen McKinney at (502) 487-0370 or helenmckinney1969@gmail.com.

EVENT:  The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat

PLACE:  Red Orchard Park, Shelbyville, KY

DATE:  Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, 2016

TIME:  Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m./Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $6 for ages 12 to adult/ $3 for ages 3 to 11; ages 3 and under are free.  

$10, 2-day pass is also available.

****SCHOOL DAY PROGRAM is held in the same location on Friday, September 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Cost is $4 per student/adult.  Bagged lunches are permitted or teachers may pre-register for lunches with us.  Registrations are required for School Day and for lunches from our on-site food vendor.

For more information please visit  www.paintedstonesettlers.org or contact:

Helen McKinney Kathy Cummings
School Day Coordinator Vice-President
Painted Stone Settlers, Inc. Painted Stone Settlers, Inc.
-A non-profit organization -A non-profit organization

(502) 738-9435 (502) 228-3746

(502) 487-0379 (502) 500-4475

helenmckinney1969@gmail.com kathy.cummings@graphicenterprises.net


Letters 9/6/2016

SENT BY Vince Akers- the 1849 pulpit

Amongst all the old pieces in the schoolhouse was the 1849 puplit (the one that can be seen in the 1911 photos).  I recall the top part being in the front room and the base part stacked on edge among windows or other things in the back room.  Both were pretty filthy and not easily distinguished from other discarded building pieces.  I assume you know what I’m talking about, but I can send photos if you don’t.  The 1849 pulpit was held sacred by the Hopewell Indiana folks who had taken it up to their church in the 1920s, installed a bronze plaque on it and had it in their sanctuary.  They returned it in 1972 thinking it would be used.   Since it was not the 1800 pulpit, it ended up getting stored away and forgotten.  In two pieces it does not like like much of anything, but it certainly needs to be saved.  Hope it has been.

I’ve attached two scans.  It’s the interior view of OM looking toward the east end (Dry Branch Rd) where the double doors were placed in 1849.  Hopewell rescued the pulpit about the 1920s when OM began to deteriorate so badly–possibly about 1931 for their own centennial.  They attached a bronze plaque to it and had it displayed in their sanctuary.  A photo of the plaque and description of the Hopewell connection is in back pages of some longer versions of the OM Centennial booklets.  It was “subject to call for return at any time” according to the photo caption.  It was returned in 1972 when interest was renewed in restoring OM.  Attached is another scan of the photo from the newspaper at the time.  The bronze plaque was taken off and remains today in the Hopewell sanctuary. 

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SENT BY Amalie Preston

Vince:  Thanks for those photos.  It answers my question as to how the pulpit stood-it was apparently attached to a raised dais and did not have sides.  Now I’m comfortable that we have all the parts.  Thanks again.

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Sent by Carolyn Leonard

We visited Hopewell at Franklin Indiana a few years ago. Click this link if you are curious and want to see the pictures.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rje5xxx0flvt4vz/AAC13QNryAdml040uCDeIsk3a?dl=0

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DUTCH COUSINS OF KENTUCKY HISTORY

2003       St Louis – Westerfield Family Reunion, decided to include all cousins

2005       Harrodsburg KY-1st Gathering of Dutch cousins at Ralph Anderson’s barn.

2007       Shelbyville, KY – 2nd Gathering, tour of Dutch Tract and  Visit to Six Mile Meeting House.

2009       Harrodsburg KY – adopted mission statement & elected officers, Claude Westerfield first president

2011        Harrodsburg, KY – After meeting, bus trip to New York

2013       Madison IN, Clifty Inn state park, tour of old Dutch Tract, 6-mile meetinghouse, Dutch cemetery

2015        Frankfort KY, KY History Center, tour of gov. mansion, Rededication of Old Mud Meetinghouse.

2017 Frankfort KY, KY History Center, attending the Painted Stone Settlers Reenactment of the Long Run Massacre – and MORE TO COME!

2007 to 2013 we purchased and placed markers in the Old Mud Graveyard for some 34 Low Dutch veterans of the Revolution, and one 1812 War vet, and conducted memorials for each of them.

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SENT BY Chad Cossey

Please send Jan Pranger my salutations for she is a Cousin and member of the vanCleave line.  

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SENT BY Beverly Morgan

I am in the Chester County Chapter (PA) of the DAR through the Demarest line.  My patriot is buried in South Presbyterian Church in Bergenfield, NJ.  I have to research the VanHouten line.  Does anyone have information on that line?

THanks

Beverly Doris Quinn Morgan,

Past Regent CCCDAR

Does anyone know about the Reger family?

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SENT BY  Charlotte Olson, a “child” of James Stagg and Leah Brouwer and others!

thanks for all the great info, as usual.

may I make a request for HELP! ??

helping a lady here in IL with DAR application and have hit a brick wall.

here it is: need to confirm lineage of Joseph Henry Clark son of Charles Van Deusen Clark and his second wife Abiah Botsford Clark.

here is where the “Dutch” comes in:

marriage notice in Montello  Express 1867, of Marquette Co WI:

“Married: At the Dutch Reform Church, in Brooklyn, NY, by the pastor of the Church, on the 22nd ult, Mr. J.H. Clark, formerly of Packwaukee, in this county, and Miss Lillie M. Calkins, of Brooklyn. 26 Oct.”

The Clark family moved from Litchfield CT in 1855. 

Any leads on locating info on the Church records would be helpful. 

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SENT BY Vince Akers

Attached is a scan of last week’s article and photo regarding the DC $4,000 donation.

Vince

Harrodsburg Herald 8-18-16.pdf

 

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SENT BY Tamara Fulkerson

This link takes you to an article about the New York Public Library’s digital maps and warping.  Which is stretching old maps over current google earth maps.  

Check out this article: http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/new-york-public-library-puts-20000-hi-res-maps-online.html

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SENT BY Mr. Lynn Rogers

Colleen wants to be added to the DC newsletter email list.  She indicates that she probably will attend DC17. She lives in San Jose CA. She is a descendant of Charity/Geertje Ryker, as are Frances Johnson-Feldman Hackensack NJ and Andy Leath; Tyler, TX.

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Letters 10/13/2016

SENT BY Carolyn (herself)

The list is very quiet this time.  Hoping to see more information coming from cousins soon.  …stay tuned.

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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.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin

(At the front page, click on “Gathering 2015” on the left)

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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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SENT BY Steve Terhune

My name is Steve Terhune.   I would like to become a Dutch Cousin as through my genealogy research I believe we can share many stories.

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SENT BY Kelly Guidry (About SLOT/LOCK)

Hello Carolyn,

I am just getting together information for my heritage. I saw your website and noticed you had Madison Indiana  on the page where your Dutch cousins went on a tour. I was born and raised in Madison but my family ancestors seemed to have started out in Switzerland county.

The name is “Lock” formally known as “Slot”. They seemed to have married the Demerist that were Huguenots in New Jersey and New Amsterdam. Of course they married into their own culture the Dutch. I was wondering if you have a list of people on the Conewago Dutch trail? I have traced my family back to New Amsterdam, New Jersey, PA, WV, Mercer county, Shelby county, and then onto Switzerland county. Unfortunately I know that some of Benjamin Locks brothers came with him but cannot connect them so far. I thought it would be helpful to have a list to look at with the families that traveled with this group. I thought maybe you have a list or maybe we can start a list and post this to your site. This would be rather helpful knowing the connection.

Can you help? I would appreciate any information. I have read several books and tried to figure this out. I think having a list to go by would be a great resource. I would like to possibly post some family tree connections once I get all of this sorted.

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SENT BY Sharon & King Cole

We always like to hear from you and enjoy the updates.  Looking forward to Frankfort next year.

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SENT BY Gary Dunn

This is Gary Dunn.  As always, thanks for the very informative newsletters; I enjoy reading them and trying to absorb as much information as possible.

In this letter, Charlotte Olson mentions she is a “child” of James Stagg and Leah Brouwer.  I am as well, with my lineage going to their daughter Anna (Annitje) who married Samuel Dunn.  Would you please forward this email to her to see if she might share some information with me?  I have a few items/information which she may/may not have, including some photographs.

Again, THANKS for all you’ve done.

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SENT BY Jack & Sue Taylor

Live from Lincoln Center: Simple Gifts, The Chamber Music Society at Shaker Village aired on PBS, September 9. 2017

Sunday, 11 September I saw this great musical concert at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village on our Houston Local Public TV Station.  I had no idea of how full a schedule  of outstanding talent they have there.  

Jack TAYLOR

http://shakervillageky.org/event/chamber-music-festival-of-the-bluegrass/

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SENT BY Dean Bonta

My name is Dean Bonta (spelled with an O ), I am forwarding my wife’s e-mail as a backup per your request.

I have been investigating our genealogy as of late when I came in possession of my deceased brother’s book called A Frisian Family- The Banta Genealogy-by T M Banta.

Most interesting, I find it fascinating.

I want to list my ancestors for you as you’ve asked back to Harrodsburg and the Low Dutch Tract in Kentucky-

GGGGG grandfather Henry Banta Sr-

GGGG gf                    John             ( shaker John )

GGG    gf                    Abram

GG       gf                    George Marion Bonta  ( name change, not sure what happen here )

G          gf                    Marion Louis  Sr.

gf                    Marion Louis  Jr.

f                     Thomas            Bonta

Dean

I’m not to good on this computer thing, plumber by trade. I will try to keep up with your dutch cousins site for some

family member’s and I are interested in attending the outing in 2017.

I would like to add I live in Osgood,Indiana not far from the LDTract in KY. 25 miles north of Madison,Ind, and

I wish I would of known of the cousins when they met in Madison- would have loved to tour the Dutch Tract.

Maybe next time. Appreciate any e-mails of family things-till next time

Your Cousin; Dean
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SENT BY Carolyn Leonard

E-mail me: Editor234@gmail.com

On my webpage, www.CarolynBLeonard.com read the pages: DutchCousins and LowDutchHeritage

Dutch letters are archived on our official webpage, www.DutchCousins.org

Letters 11/22/2016

Are you in this 2015 Dutch Gathering picture?  Be sure you are ready for the 2017 one!
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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.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin

(At the front page, click on “Gathering 2015” on the left)

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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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SENT BY Amalie Preston

We have a mystery at the Old Mud Cemetery.  A beautiful little obelisk marking the graves of John W. Harden, born March 12, 1839 and his wife Emily, born July 1842 and died October 5, 1895, is located very near the stone wall at the rear of the cemetery’s southwest corner.  It was not part of Rebecca Scomp Cunningham’s list made in 1910 and was not surveyed in 1967 for Volume 2 of the Mercer County Cemeteries.  Perhaps the fence row was overgrown and the stone not noted?  It does point out that after the schoolhouse project is completed, we should move on to restoring the cemetery!  There could be other undocumented stones!

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SENT BY Lilly Martin

Dear Carolyn,

This is in response to Gary Dunn ( descendant of James Stagg and Leah Brouwer).  I would like to give him a genealogy report on that couple.  I would also like to let him know that I am an expert researcher on the BROUWER  family, and can provide him with the ancestry of Leah if he wants it.

Also, in response to Dean Bonta, I have a Hendrick Banta genealogy report for him.  Both of these reports are on Microsoft word document, and are from my own database.

Best regards,

Lilly Martin

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SENT BY Lora Westerfield

Hello Carolyn Since I haven’t see anything posted in the Dutch Cousin group I was wondering if you were aware of the passing of Janet Westerfield Sandlin.  I think all the info is on her sisters page and I don’t remember her sisters name.

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SENT BY Sharon & King Cole

What a treat we’ve had.  We are on our boat, Blue Moon, and recently traveled the same waterways as some of our ancestors (Illinois River,  Mississippi to Paducah, Ohio River, Cumberland, Tennessee and Tennessee-Tombigbee).  We think of Craig in Widder’s Landing, on a flatboat.  Currently we are in Columbus, MS and visited Waverly Mansion, est. 1852.  The lady that gave our tour has lived in that antebellum mansion since she was 7 years old, some 60 years.

Anyway, the reason I am writing:

I read the letter from Gary Dunn.  My line comes through Daniel Stagg, brother of Anna Stagg Dunn.  Daniel Stagg had a son named James Dunn Stagg.  We often wondered about the “Dunn” connection.  I think we are cousins 5 generations back.

Best, see you in Frankfort

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SENT BY Charlotte Olson

Gary Dunn…. so sorry…. I got your email from Carolyn, read it and went to look for our common ancestors, James and Leah. A letter then came in the mail from DAR Genealogist informing me that our family Bible for the Lucas Family (which includes Staggs, Terhunes and Johnson and Andersons) was not acceptable source information.  Have been working on that since and forgot to reply until this month’s Dutch Cousins email.

will pull out our family things this weekend and get back with you.

please forgive me, usually I am able to multi-task. This is the second letter on the application to have Thomas Lucas recognized as a Patriot. I have documented two of the five DAR questions to complete this task, but the remaining three are requiring considerable research , and with a “bad” attitude. I can’t see how one would deny information or ownership of a Bible in the family since 1859, with letters that tell of chain of custody as it was used to confirm birthdates for several of the children’s’ pension records.

will be in touch….. don’t have much on the Stagg family but really interested is sharing what we do have.

charlotte, the first not born in Harrodsburg since the Great War!

dau of Mary Elizabeth Lucas Legg

dau of Paul Givens Lucas Sr

son of Mary Virginia Terhune Lucas

dau of John Adair Terhune

son of Rachel Stagg Terhune

dau of Abraham Stagg

son of Daniel Stagg

son of James and Leah Stagg…… that’s our branch of the family

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SENT BY

http://shakervillageky.org/event/chamber-music-festival-of-the-bluegrass/

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SENT BY Yvette Hoitink

Dutch term – Heksenwaag

The Heksenwaag was the place where witches were weighed. Witches were known to be lighter than normal, in order to fly on a broom. People accused of witchcraft could go to a heksenwaag to be weighed and receive a certificate declaring them to be of normal weight, which they could then show to their accusers.

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Letters 12/14/2016

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! They will be giving us more information very soon.  Our Secretary Denise Meredith Perry is also working on getting the annual newsletter together.
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SENT BY Janet Brewer, to Lilly Martin
Lilly –

Thank you so much for your response!  You did provide some new information … I never knew that Rebecca Smith (wife of Samuel) was the sister of Daniel A. Brewer’s wife, Nancy Smith.  That gives me a whole new avenue to research!

James Paul Brewer (kit #28193) was my brother (he died June 10th of this year).  We are descendants of Samuel’s brother, Peter Brewer, who settled in what was then (1787) Nelson County KY and what is now LaRue County, KY.

I do believe there’s some sort of family connection between Daniel Brouwer (1719 – 1791) and Samuel and Peter.  In addition, it’s fairly certain that Samuel & Peter are closely related to Benjamin Brewer (1755 – 1834, m. Caty Mellinger/Mellender/Mellenger) of PA and then IN.  Likewise, they are probably closely related to Henry Brewer (m. Jane Hurdley) whose daughter Elizabeth Roney married Benjamin’s daughter Margaret in 1801 (see Steve Brewer’s attached email – I think to YOU and “Cynthia”).

I was able to find a male descendant of Benjamin Brewer and to persuade him to get a Y-DNA test on FamilyTreeDNA.com.  The test shows that Peter’s descendants and Benjamin’s descendant share an uncommon allele – they all have a unique value of “16” at DYS456.  I have also gotten 2 of my first cousins to take the Y-DNA test.  They, too, share the unique allele.  Their other alleles are all the same, with a couple of small variations.  So (according to Chris Chester) that makes it a virtual certainty that Benjamin and Peter were closely related – most likely they were either brothers or first cousins.

If only I could find a male descendant of Henry Brewer (brother of Benjamin, according to Steve’s email) to get tested!  If he had that allele, too, then it would be a virtual certainty that all 4 were brothers or cousins.

Re: your last question, Benjamin and Peter (so presumably also Samuel and Henry) are definitely descendants of Adam Brouwer Berkhoven based on Y-DNA testing.  Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to figure out which of Peter’s sons/grandsons they descend from.  And although I haven’t found a male descendant of Daniel’s who would take the FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA test, I can state that based on Ancestry’s autosomal tests, Daniel’s descendants are genetic “cousins” of both my brother and me.  I’d love to find out if Daniel’s descendants also share that unusual allele ….

Please let me know if I can assist you in your research in any way.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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SENT BY Lilly Martin to Janet Brewer
Dear Janet,

I don’t have any new proof, but I have a theory.   We have corresponded in the past.  I checked with the Brouwer database, Chris Chester’s work, and I saw that he had listed your Samuel Brewer, and cited your correspondence with him.

http://carolynbleonard.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4d2f60189df269291cbd7767&id=a0d7217355&e=eb5d4ad283

Daniel Brouwer (Brewer) 1719-1791, m. Maritje Koning.  Their son Johannes Brouwer (Brewer) m. Jennie Van Arsdale.  Their son Daniel A. Brewer 1784-1881 married  Nancy Smith, the sister of Rebecca Smith, the wife of your ancestor Samuel Brewer.

If you examine the list of children born to Daniel Brouwer/Brewer 1719-1791, you will see there is a gap between 1755 and 1763.  Could Samuel Brewer be the son of Daniel and Maritje?

See this webpage for Daniel A. Brewer and Nancy Smith, which mentions her sister and Samuel Brewer (Bruer).

http://carolynbleonard.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4d2f60189df269291cbd7767&id=644c34d3ee&e=eb5d4ad283

Concerning DNA tests  and results:
“Brewer DNA Project (Includes Bruer, Brower, Brew, etc.)”, online http://carolynbleonard.us14.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d4d2f60189df269291cbd7767&id=883c32bc1a&e=eb5d4ad283. , Lineage of James Paul Brewer, kit #28193

Am I to assume that James Paul Brewer is from your ancestor Samuel Brewer? Is there new information which further defines in higher definition the dna matches of Samuel Brewer?

I assume your Samuel Brewer dna has been tested and matches the dna of Adam Brouwer b. about 1620 Cologne?  Are you following the dna tests page?   I haven’t looked in a long time.

Are you, or any of your relatives, especially the older ones,  doing the new Autosomal dna test, which is done by male and female?  I suggest  checking for matches on the autosomal dna test, because you might gain some information there.

I am sorry I don’t have any proof or anything new to share with you, but  we can continue to discuss  this.
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SENT BY Bill Van Osdol
Cuz, This may be of interest. I was one of seven vets throughout the USA. Each of us stayed with a different French family, Mine was in a 400 years old house on the third floor. Had many French family 5 couse meals and 2 with mayors from different areas. Had flower lays and monument events every long day with hundreds of people following for photos, autographs, never saw so many patriots for Americans. We had name badges and my Van attracted 12 different Dutch people. One of whom was with the Dutch Embassy in Paris. She came to my chair at one of the Mayor’s dinner, I’ve mailed my books to many of them, but gads it is 22 bucks postage for each book. As the story tells I’d been to D-Day 5 times, but on my own visiting WW II sites all over Europe. This was totally different. Involvement every day with the European groups who were there. Could not do it today. My back detoured and the surgeon did two spinal injection sessions and they reacted into both legs which has kept me idle for 4 weeks.  But all is well. Probably see you at the Edmond Writers signing day.   If this article may be of interest to the Dutch Cuz’s, feel free to include it.   Bill Van Osdol

—–Original Message—–
From: jtuepker <jtuepker@cox.net>
Sent: Tue, Nov 15, 2016 5:47 pm
Subject: EFA email blast–Bill Van Osdol article

The November 2016 issue of “Outlook” includes an article about Bill Van Osdol’s June trip to celebrate D-Day in St. Mere-Eglise, France, where he was one of seven veterans who were the guests of an association with ties to Oklahoma that sponsors veterans’ trips to battles sites and remembrance ceremonies all around Europe. To read the full article, go to:

http://carolynbleonard.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4d2f60189df269291cbd7767&id=c75d7af0c8&e=eb5d4ad283
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SENT BY Alvina M. Perry
Thank you for the Dutch gathering information, surely appreciate it, as I am forwarding information to Nancy Marion, who is the great granddaughter of David Merrit Cozine
Birth 30 DEC 1857 • Spencer County, Kentucky, USA
Death 03 JUN 1942 • Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
and
Missouri Bryant
Birth 03 MAY 1860 • Anderson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 1938 • Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, USA

Her family history is on Ancestry as:
Barker_Goodlet_Roach_ Cozine
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SENT BY Jay Westerfield
Aug. 21 1863 NY Times Persons Drafted into the Civil War – Names in Listing!
Carolyn, Saw this on eBay and thought it might be of interest to the group. The seller took the time to list all the names from the article. Lots of Dutch names.

http://carolynbleonard.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4d2f60189df269291cbd7767&id=efef4edbd4&e=eb5d4ad283

Hope all is well and looking forward to the holidays!

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SENT BY Ellie Burnaford

Carolyn,
These stories and this site might be of interest to cousins who had ancestors in New Amsterdam early on….

http://carolynbleonard.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4d2f60189df269291cbd7767&id=5dee413d01&e=eb5d4ad283

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Letters 12/31/2016 Review of the history of the Dutch Cousins

Review of the history of the Dutch Cousins
Happy New Year 2017!
May the DUTCH be with you.
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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.
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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org
Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin
(At the front page, click on “Gathering 2015” on the left)
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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! They will be giving us more information very soon.  Our Secretary Denise Meredith Perry is also working on getting the annual newsletter together.
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(Another news collection coming soon about the Westervelt Massacre by Ron Belcher
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SENT BY Carolynleonard (herself)
We will be meeting at the Kentucky History Center & research library. http://history.ky.gov/thomas-d-clark-center-for-kentucky-history/ The library covers an entire floor and is supposed to be one of the best, where you can research as much as you want. I’d suggest you come a day early to do that, because Fri and Sat are pretty packed with talks and presentations about the Dutch group as well as networking and display tables on each family.
Friday afternoon we will be bussed to Shelbyville 30 miles for a re-enactment of the massacre and other history. Fri and Sat nights are dinners with expert historian speakers. On Sunday we move to Harrodsburg and the Old Mud Church built by our ancestors for a short worship and fun being together. On Monday the Harrodsburg Historical Society will have their Low Dutch Archives and other historical data open especially for us from 10 to 2 or 3.
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SENT BY Barbie Abbott Hamman
Carolyn, Received the newsletter today.  It was so interesting and I can’t wait to meet everyone again in Frankfort.  I just wanted to let everyone (anyone who cares or needs to know) that Rod and I sold our home in KY and are now Floridians.  Our mailing address is 8618 28thAve. E. Palmetto, FL  34221 and our new email address is:  rbhamman at brighthouse.com.  We’re still getting emails from the old address but don’t know for how long that will be.  We’re looking forward to seeing you in September.
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to everyone!
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SENT BY Jean Simon
Thank you Ellie Burnaford and Carolyn B. Leonard for Ellie’s submission about Cornelis Melyn of Staten Island NYC, or New Amsterdam.  Cornelis is my ancestor.  I picked up the info somewhere that Cornelis Melyn won the lawsuit against him (sued by Peter Stuyvesant) back in Amsterdam across the big pond, but courts do not enforce.  Cornelis Melyn’s daughter, nee Mariken Melyn, married my immigrant Hatfield ancestor, Matthias Hatfield.  Mariken’s 1st husband had been killed by Indians.  Thus, I am descended from both Cornelis Melyn and Matthias Hatfield (Hetfeld).  Merry Xmas to all!
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SENT BY James Thomas Moore
Yes, you may use it any way that you like; any where that you like.  I wrote it for us; now and us in the future.  Please give my permission for anyone to use it as they see fit.  Thanks for being so faithful to our Dutch Cousin group.  I hope to be able to make our next meeting.
Cousin, James Thomas Moore
PS: have any of the Westerfields had their Y-DNA tested?  If so, I would like their results, and their ID #
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SENT BY Carolynleonard (herself)
You may already know this: A colony of Low Dutch settlers – 50 families in all – first came to Mercer County KY in 1781 and built the Old Mud Meetinghouse. After a few years around Harrodsburg, they purchased from Squire Boone the “Low Dutch Tract” of eight to ten thousand acres with Bantatown (present-day Pleasureville) at the center. Land titles became clouded with conflicting claims, and it was many years before those battles were settled.  In the meantime, industrious Low Dutch people continued fighting off Indian attacks and struggling to turn the frontier into their homeland dream.
If you had an ancestor who lived in Kentucky before 1850 named Banta, Bergen, Bodine, Brewer, Demaree, Dorland, Duree, Cosart, Cozine, Monfort, Rider, Shuck, Smock, Stagg, Terhune, VanArsdale, Van Nuys, Voris, Vorhees, or Westervelt/Westerfield (various spellings on all names) then you are probably one of us – Dutch Cousins, or descendants of the Kentucky Low Dutch Settlers.
PS if you want to receive info on the gathering, please be sure to send Janice Cozine or me  your current mailing address and all contact info.
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SENT BY Sherron Westerfield
The Family was Westerfield by the time they got to KY, not Westervelt.
(note from editor – the Draper Manuscript documents refer to them as “Westervelt, Westerfelt”
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SENT BY Ron Belcher
Thank you for this information Carolyn.  So pleased with the effort to increase knowledge of the tragic circumstances encountered by the earlier Dutch settlers that included my Westervelt ancestry.
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SENT BY Bud Everett Riker
Carolyn, I have been a member of the Dutch Cousins since the Ryker Riker historical society disbanded. At one of our reunions in Madison Indiana we were told of the Floyd Massacre and we went to a sink hole across the Ohio river from Madison and put a monument at sink hole, believed to be where the bodies of the massacred were thrown for a burial place.I may be wrong but I thought Lynn Rogers may have gone and knows about placing the monument. As I recall, it was about 1998. Some of the Rykers whom had gone to Kentucky, with Squire Boone were killed in the massacre.
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SENT BY CarolynLeonard (again)
Our ancestors adopted the term “Low Dutch” to distinguish themselves as being from the low countries of Holland and Europe rather than High Dutch from Germany, who were also called Dutchmen. Well-known historian, author and speaker Vincent Akers, in his book, History of the Low Dutch, copyright 1981, says our ancestors were always very careful to refer to themselves as Low Dutch.
Most of the earliest Low Dutch immigrants settled in what is now New York – then New Amsterdam. After the English takeover in the late 1600s, our particular group of Low Dutch migrated to New Jersey, later to a place called Conewago Valley, near present day Gettysburg, PA, and then they took the long hard road to the Kentucky frontier.
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SENT BYCarolyn Leonard
E-mail me: Editor234 (at) gmail.com
On my webpage, www.CarolynBLeonard.com read the pages: DutchCousins and LowDutchHeritage
Dutch letters are archived on our official webpage, www.DutchCousins.org
Copyright © 2016 Buffalo Industries, LLC, All rights reserved.
Our Dutch Cousins MISSION STATEMENT: 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. We meet every two years to renew our love for each other. Our mission is to honor the memory of these ancestors and enjoy the friendship of cousins – both newly-discovered and long-loved.
Our mailing address is:
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6812 Newman Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73162