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Letters 03/13/2017 - A Dutch Wedding in Old Mud!

posted Mar 19, 2017, 12:38 PM by Pam Ellingson   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 12:47 PM ]

EXCITING news: A Dutch wedding in our Old Mud Meetinghouse! New information about the Dutch Cousins Gathering in September.

Dutch Letters 13 March 2017
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 and contact info. Please send any pertinent info to be included in the next Letter.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately !I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses on the list because of possible scammers.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,"Gathering 2017")

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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 - We loved it last time. 405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, Ky  Better call soon - only 30 rooms in our block.  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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APOLOGIES!  We failed to show the full name of our Hospitality team on the tentative schedule :  Carol & Gene Heathcoat of Denton Texas.
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SENT BY: LYNN ROGERS
We need help! Carla Gerding has arranged the bus trips for our group in the past, but won’t be able to help us this year. Is there anyone who would like to work with a bus company to arrange the excursion on Sept 9 from Frankfort to Shelbyville and return?

The date for our 2017 Gathering was selected to coincide with the Reenactment of the Long Run Massacre/Floyds Defeat in Shelbyville. Lately there has also been a resurgence of interest in a similar historical event, the Westerfield Massacre.  Thus, we Dutch Cousins have a great opportunity to learn about the unrelenting threat of indian attack which our ancestors endured. They had to be resilient and strong!

So, we a need a volunteer to make arrangements for the bus for our trip to the Reenactment and return.  It would involve making arrangements with some charter bus company and then maintaining a roster of those who sign up.  Information from previous trips is available.  If you are willing, please hit reply and let me know.  I’ll forward your info to Mr Lynn Rogers, who is our coordinator for our 2017 Gathering.
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SENT BY  Jack TAYLORRE: "original SENT BY Larry Voreis

"Many years ago in a visit to the Gettysburg, PA, area in search of my Conewago Dutch Heritage I visited the Historical Society which was located in Gettysburg College that has Lutheran ties.

The librarian that I asked about the Conewago Dutch Colony was quick to tell me that the Germans were in the area before the Dutch.  I hope there is no prejudice that would tend to not allow the historical marker.
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SENT BY Suzanne O’Donnell

I'm a Westerfield descendant! I always heard that I had Dutch ancestry, but I never knew from which family line.
My family link:
Jakobus Westerveld
Samuel L. Westerfield
Peter J. Westerfield
Carey Allen Westerfield
Mary Margaret Westerfield m. Benjamin Lewis Davis
Arthur Davis
Oria Lyle Davis
Mary Sue Davis m. Neal J. Damm

Welcome Suzanne!
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A DUTCH WEDDING BY A DUTCH DESCENDANT IN OUR OLD MUD MEETINGHOUSE!
SENT BY Hope Steele

Please add me to the Dutch Cousins email list. I am a
 decendant of the Cozine family that settled in Mercer County. My great-grandmother was a sister to Ralph Anderson's grandfather. Also, my fiance & I will be getting married at the Old Mud Meetinghouse on May 6th, 2017, & I hope to have some nice photos of the property to share with the cousins afterwards! :)
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Please make reservations now, or save this information where you can find it!

SENT BY JANICE COZINE, Dutch Cousins Treasurer & Registration  Chair

Hello to all the cousins!

Hope you're all getting excited and making plans for our 2017 DC gathering in Frankfort, KY, Sept. 8, 9, & 10. The Ky History Center is happy to host us again this year and we're happy to make plans to go back.

Lynn Rogers' plans for our Shelbyville, Ky trip to the Long Run Massacre reenactment is going strong.

This part of history will touch several of our cousin ancestors and will definitely take us all back in time and show what our pioneer families endured in early Kentucky.

You won't want to miss the bus.

Our Kentucky weather is beautiful that time of year.

To help with making arrangements for your stay, the contact info is listed below;

To contact the Capital Plaza Hotel, call 502-291-3093, be sure to ask for the Dutch Cousins Group Code # 2389. If you're making arrangements through the hotel web site, it is    WWW.CAPITALPLAZAKY.COM
This will ensure you get the room discount for our group
If you want to stay at one of Frankfort's RV parks, the info is;
1. ELKHORN CAMPGROUND - Located about 4 miles from down town Frankfort.
165 N. SCRUGGS LANE
OFF US HWY 460 E.
502-695-9154
elkhorncampground.com

2. KENTUCKY RIVER CAMPGROUND - Located about 8 miles NE from down town.
1489 STEELE BRANCH ROADOFF US 127 NORTH
502-227-2465
kyrivercampground.com

The 2 closest/main airports would be;The Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky and the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.

Can't wait to see everyone again and hopefully meet some new cousins, as well.

Blessings to all
Janice
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SENT BY Carolyn B. Leonard

I will be speaking at the OKLAHOMA PRAIRIES DAUGHTERS OF REVOLUTION (DAR) meeting tomorrow night March 14 on TO ISRAEL, WITH LOVE, a video of the beauty and uniqueness (Dictionary says that is a real word) of the land and historical sites. Many to most of our Dutch Cousins are eligible for membership in these linage society groups such as DAR, SAR, DAUGHTERS OF 1812, actually many already are members.
http://www.toisraelbook.com/ToIsraelBook/Welcome.html
http://www.dar.org/natio…/become-member/chapters-by-state/OK
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SENT BY E-mail me: Editor234@gmail.com
On my webpage, www.CarolynBLeonard.com read the pages: DutchCousins and LowDutchHeritageDutch letters are archived on our official webpage, www.DutchCousins.org
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Carolyn Leonard

Letters 02/10/2017

posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:58 AM by Pam Ellingson

Dutch Cousins Meeting coming up soon!

Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately !I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses on the list because of possible scammers.

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Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.org

Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin

(At the front page,"Gathering 2017")

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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 - We loved it last time. 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 Rodney Dempsey

Carolyn, can you answer Dennis' question : "Is the history of the Waterfield Massacre in book form? "

NOTE:  CAN ONE OF YOU WESTERFIELD BUNCH ANSWER THIS? I forwarded him the digital copy sent by Ron Belcher. I thought that was attached to the Dutch Letters earlier?

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SENT BY Joan Murray

I meant to email you after you sent out the info on the Westerfield Massacre.  I think it is very appropriate for our entire group, and particularly this year because we are going to be focusing for one day on the Long Run Massacre.  I think all the Low Dutch families interest all of us even though we may not have a direct line running through them.   Joan

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SENT BY Larry Voreis

About ten years ago when I visited with Arthur Weaner he took me to the location of Rev. Cozine's home which was located on the west side of the main road from York to Gettysburg and Chamberstown. The Conewago Church was near the Rev. Cozine's home, on the east side of the road. Arthur was trying to get a historical marker installed at the site of the church, without success. Somewhere I have a record of our visit, but it may take me a while to find it.

My guess is Cozine's homestead was near the tannery, as there is no mention of a tannery in the inventory of the estate of the Reverend.

Regards,Larry

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SENT BY Diana Todd

??? Is there a document copy of John Ryker's testimonial ?

Where can we find the document (s) if there is a document?

I think John Ryker is my 7x great grandfather.

NOTE FROM CAROLYN - This article is coming to you in SEVEN installments - all very interesting. The 7th installment has all the footnote and source information.

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SENT BY RODNEY DEMPSEY

I have a strong inclination to believe that it can be traced back to some of the Demotte's in Grandmother Dempsey's linage inher genealogy.

The Town was named after a DeMotte who was in Congress. The Reformed Church is the religion that the Dutch practiced and brought with them to America.

The Old Dutch Meeting House in Mercer County, KY was the first Church built west of the Alleghenies.  The Dutch residents, under Father Banta, migrated to Pleasureville, KY and then to Southern Indiana ,including  Jasper, Huntingburg, and Otwell, Grandmother Dempsey's birthplace.

It well could have happened that some Demotte's moved north and settled DeMotte.   Interesting! Maybe our friend Carolyn B. Leonard can publish something in our Old Dutch Newsletter that could shine some light on the matter.

I hope that we can get some Demotte's to attend our next biannual meeting in Frankfort this year.

Rodney P. Demsey

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Newsletter with all info and registration forms coming soon.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF THE 2017 DUTCH COUSINS GATHERING
SENT BY carolyn leonard
THURSDAY 4 TO 7 PM Sept 7, 2017
Set up and Working Box Lunch
Early Registration - Janice Cozine & team
Tee-Shirt Sales - Carol Karwatka & team
Display Tables setup:  Lynn Rogers & team
Silent auction table - Bill & Gayle Hoag
Book Table - Joan Murray
Video of 2015 presentation by Vince on Old Mud -  Jack Taylor
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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FRIDAY SEPT 8, 2017
9 to 10:00 - Networking and Registration – Janice Cozine & Team
Hospitality:  Carol & Gene
T-Shirt Sales - Carol Karwatka's Team
Visit displays - Lynn Rogers
Silent Auction - Bill & Gayle Hoag
Book Table - Joan
10:30 Meeting begins:
Flag Ceremony: Flags - SAR?
Welcome to Kentucky - Steve Henry (if no conflict with Ms America)
Welcome to Cousins - President
Introductions - President (team - each chair reports)
Announcements - Lynn Rogers, Coordinator
11:00 break
11:15 Update on School House Restoration - Amalie Preston
11:30: TBA – (something from KGS?)

Prayer (who) - Box Lunch
12:00  Business Meeting (Officers and Registered Cousins) Box Lunch
2:00 Business meeting disbands
break
2:15 Textiles from the 19th century, learn how our ancestors made amazing fabric creations for their homes from start to finish. (Maybe Joann Adams, waiting for confirmation)
3:15 break
3:30 TBA (Special Kentucky Dutch info)
4:00  break
4:15 (The Westerfield Massacre discussion -Vince Akers, Steve Henry, Lynn Rogers, James Moore)
5:00 break
6:00 Prayer (?)
dinner is served
6:30 President introduces the keynote speaker, Vince Akers:  "Massacres and Defeats!"
       These Tragic and Terrifying Events
       Tell the Story of Our Low Dutch Ancestors
       Settling on the Kentucky Frontier
Slide show similar to the one on Old Mud with people, locations, documents and illustrations.  It will cover not only the Westefield Massacre, Long Run Massacre and Floyd's Defeat, but also Starm's Defeat, the Duree Massacre, the Dutch Defeat, the 1786 Low Dutch Tract problems, the Tick Creek Massacre, the Chenoweth Massacre, the Smock and Cozine family attacks and Daniel Ketchum's captivity.
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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE Saturday, Sept 9, 2017
9:00  Coffee with Carol & Gene; Registration with Janice, Visit displays
Tee-Shirt Sales – Carol Karwatka
Display Tables:  Lynn Rogers
Silent auction table - Bill & Gayle Hoag
10:00 Meeting begins:
Flag Ceremony: Flags - SAR?
Welcome to Kentucky - Steve Henry
Welcome to Cousins - President
Introductions - President (team - each chair reports)
Announcements - Lynn Rogers, Coordinator
Winners announced
11:00  Meet KY Genealogical Society (Pres. Johnna Waldon)

11:30:  TBA Box Lunch
TAKE DOWN DISPLAYS AND SILENT AUCTION.

12:00  GROUP PHOTO - Charlie Westerfield - wear your Dutch cousins T shirts & hats
Silent Auction ends..

1-5:30 - Those not going to Shelbyville can visit the Kentucky History Research Center.
1:00   Bus departs for Shelbyville Reenactment (30 minute drive)
5:00 Bus returns to Frankfort
5-6 - Break
6:00 Prayer and dinner is served
6:30:   Keynote speaker Eddie Price, REMEMBER THE RAISIN!  Entertainment at its best.
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SUNDAY at Old Mud - and Monday at HHS Library Research  (more info coming soon)
The Harrodsburg Historical Society Library (address) will be open for research Monday September 11 from 10 till 3, especially for Dutch Cousin researchers. We have an incredible amount of research materials available on the Low Dutch settlement here, including the library donated by David Smock of Florida.

Old Mud Meeting house restoration is complete and we have had some weddings and receptions already held there.

Restoration at the 1890 Old Mud Schoolhouse is on hold for now due to winter weather, but the interior is cleared and ready to start as weather permits. Generations of groundhogs kept coming back so we decided to pour a layer of concrete to prevent them from piling up dirt underneath the new/old flooring when it is installed. (who?) donated the fencing from Ralph Anderson’s Farms. We used that fencing to cover the floors in Old Mud, and will use the last of the Ralph Anderson fencing to make oak flooring for the schoolhouse.  Plans are to have men/womens bathrooms, kitchenette, and a reception area at the front.
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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

Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky in 1780 By Ronald Clay Belcher

posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:58 PM by Pam Ellingson   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 4:44 PM ]

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Permission received from Bluegrass Roots for the Dutch Cousins. 

Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky in 1780
By Ronald Clay Belcher
(Mr. Belcher requested and received permission from Bluegrass Roots via Fran Salyers for us to reprint this article just for the Dutch Cousins. The article is quite lengthy and will be issued in several installments. You may wish to print and save, which is permitted.)

[Please see the Spring 2011 Bluegrass Roots for Mr. Belcher’s article “Samuel Westervelt (Westerfield) in the
Kentucky Territory in 1779”]

Frontier settler Jacobus Westervelt arrived in Kentucky early in the spring of 1780.(footnote 1)

By mid-April, Jacobus and his fellow brethren from the Dutch Reformation Congregation settled at Beargrass Creek, where the Louisville suburb of St. Matthews is now located. There they built a settlement at Beargrass Creek called Low Dutch Station. In the summer of 1780, Jacobus Westervelt hired John Thixton to guide the family from Low Dutch Station to Harrod’s Town. Thirty settlers joined the Westervelt family, forming a caravan of about forty-one people. At the end of their first day of travel, the travelers set camp for the night a few miles below Low Dutch Station. Twenty men, women and children were killed during the night when Native Indians attacked the sleeping settlers. This tragic event became known as the “Westervelt Massacre”.

The historical collection of Lyman Copeland Draper (f.2) includes testimonials by H. R. Stafford (f.3), Mrs. Strong (f.4) and Mrs. Campbell (f.5) accounts of the massacre. John Ryker’s testimonials at the Indiana court during 1834 and 1835 (f.6) are pertinent to the timing for the Westervelt Massacre. Also helpful is a partial history of the Westervelt family in America, maintained by Westerfield descendants (f.7).

In his testimonial, Stafford described the route traveled by the Westervelt caravan to a trail that connected Low Dutch Station with Harrod’s Town, following Beargrass Creek. Stafford’s description matches exactly a popular and well-known buffalo trail, called Harrod’s Trace, found on the 1784 Filson Map of Kentucky. (f.8) Stafford recalled that the Westervelt caravan traveled about twelve miles before setting camp for the night.

The juncture of Broad Run and Floyd’s Fork is about 12 miles from Low Dutch Station, located at the frontier trail leading to Harrod’s Town. Landmarks of Thixton and Thixton Lane are situated in the vicinity of Floyd’s Fork and Broad Run. Both landmarks are co-incidental to the location and circumstance of the Westervelt massacre. Guide John Thixton escaped the massacre, his probable starting point a community called Thixton today.

John Thixton navigated a wilderness terrain and reached safety at Clear’s Station, his likely route a modern county road called Thixton Lane.

A narrow region of land lying east of Floyd’s Fork bounded by Broad Run on the south and Pope’s Lick on the north was described by early frontier explorer Thomas McCarty as “notorious” during 1779. The Westervelt Massacre in 1780 was a factor contributing to that notoriety. The frontier region described by McCarty was also the tragic site for Floyd's Defeat and the Long Run Massacre, both in 1781.(f.10)

The Westervelt caravan departed Low Dutch Station and traveled Beargrass Creek to its end. They then followed Chenoweth Run to Floyd’s Fork and continued along Floyd’s Fork to the mouth of Broad Run. The site guide, John Thixton, chose to set camp for the night in an area that McCarty described as a “great buffalo trace crisscrossed at Broad Run”.

The vicinity at Floyd’s Fork and Broad Run is the likely site for the Westervelt massacre when examining details found in the separate escape scenario recalled by Samuel Westervelt (f.11) and John Thixton (f.12) and the partial accounts of Maria Westervelt (f.13).

Samuel Westervelt arrived in Kentucky one year prior to the 1780 arrival of his parents and siblings. Samuel Westervelt entered Kentucky by way of Cumberland Gap and apparently wintered at the vicinity of Ft. Boonesborough and White Oak Station.(f.14)

Following the 1780 Westervelt massacre, Samuel along with his sister, whose given name was not specified, reached safety at Bullitt Lick.

Given Samuel’s previous experience and knowledge of the frontier, their journey of fifteen miles was readily managed.

The escape scenario for John Thixton noted that he departed from the massacre at 3:00 a.m. Thixton apparently reached safety about four hours later, having run for most of his ten-mile journey. Thixton’s journey neared its end when the sound of early morning rooster crowing was heard, around 6:00 a.m.Thixton oriented his route and found safety at Clear’s Station. Thixton’s
rapid pace eliminated any chance of pursuit by the Indians. His early arrival allowed couriers to be dispatched to warn nearby settlements.

Westerfield Massacre, part 2, Bluegrass Roots Journal

Maria Westervelt’s account recalled secluding herself and three of her children in a sinkhole. Later that day, Maria left without her children and with some difficult gained entrance to a fortification, resulting in an alarm being raised. Most likely, Maria found safety at Brashear’s Station, a fortification within walking distance, about eight miles, reachable given her delayed start time. Brashear’s Station was in distance about four miles from Clear’s Station, from which a courier was apparently dispatched following Thixton’s news of the massacre.

In the absence of a valid citation for the site of the Westervelt massacre, fact, historical observations, testimonials and landmarks must suffice. The massacre most likely occurred where Floyd’s Fork joins Broad Run, a location of ‘notorious’ reputation situated about two miles above the border with Bullitt County and about 12 miles below Low Dutch Station. Survivors
of the massacre reached safety at Clear’s Station, Brashear’s Station and Bullitt Lick, or Shanklin’s Outpost.

About the first of July of 1780, British Colonel Byrd, accompanied by 700 Indian allies, invaded the Kentucky Territory and captured Ruddle’s Fort and Martin’s Fort. Byrd’s exact whereabouts and plans were unknown, heightening concern amongst settlers and causing alarm throughout Kentucky. The magnitude
of that event curtailed any semblance of normal life for settlers between July and the month of September.

After receiving the news, Colonel George Rogers Clark levied frontier settlers to serve as attachments to his military force. Clark conducted a military campaign on Indian encampments and villages situated in Kentucky and into southern Ohio. Settlers were recruited for military duty. Settlements were left undermanned requiring defenses to be strengthened prior to departure. Frontier militiamen undertook their own preparations for the military campaign. Fearful of Clark’s plans, many Native Indians returned to their villages and encampments to protect their own families. About 470 men, women and children were taken captive by the invading force. (footnonte15).

The Ryker family and the Westervelt family were fellow brethren of the Dutch Reformed Congregation at Low Dutch Station. John Ryker provided court testimony at the Indiana court later in his life. In 1834 Ryker recalled his 1780 military service against the Indians included the months of July, August and early September. Several Dutch settlers at Low Dutch Station, including men from the Banta family, served with Clark’s militia, many of whom served for the three months.(f.16)

Byrd’s invasion and Clark’s retaliatory campaign, attested by the Ryker testimonial and others at Low Dutch Station, significantly narrows the timing for the Westervelt’s intended removal from Low Dutch Station to Harrod’s Town. Due to the threat, July, August, and September are effectively eliminated as possible dates for that relocation.

Forty-one settlers, most of whom were women and children, were unlikely to undertake the risk of such a move and were further hampered due to men being unavailable. The frontiersmen returning from Clark’s campaign in early and late September faced numerous tasks and demands, given their ex- tended absence. Crops, repairs, family needs and winter preparations were of immediate priority. It is extremely unlikely that the Westervelt summer relocation occurred between 1 July 1780 and end of summer.

The Westervelts probably tried to relocate in early summer, according to historical circumstances. Low Dutch Station proved to be at a dangerous locale, encouraging the Westervelts to seek removal. The immediate area east of Low Dutch Station was controlled by hostile bands of Native Indians. On 21 June 1780, the first day of summer, Jacobus Westervelt registered ownership of 400 acres of land along Silver Creek, situated two day’s journey beyond Harrod’s Town.(f.17)

Jacobus’ land registration likely prompted the Westervelt relocation to Harrod’s Town. Squire Boone and Colonel John Harrod traveled Harrod’s Trace to settlements along Beargrass Creek in the spring of 1780. Boone successfully recruited thirteen families to relocate to Squire Boone Station. Harrod encouraged settlers to relocate to Harrod’s Town, where Jacobus Westervelt elected to go. Relocation to Harrod’s Town was the first segment of the move. The Westervelts likely planned their second relocation to Silver Creek during the spring of 1781.

A removal to Harrod’s Town in early summer allowed time to plant crops, and harvest and preserve food for winter. Kentucky experienced a near famine in 1780 (f.18), one so severe that one bushel of corn cost the equivalent of 400 acres of
land. This famine is evidenced by the household items (f.19)
listed in the 1781 probate proceedings for massacre victim, Jan Westervelt.

The relocation from Low Dutch Station necessitated additional trips, each roundtrip consuming about ten days. An early summer removal allowed the Westervelts to complete additional trips prior to the onset of winter.

Westerfield Massacre, part 3, Bluegrass Roots Journal

James Swan relocated his family to Beargrass Creek on a Sunday evening in preparation for departing with the Westervelt caravan, apparently on Monday morning.(20)  In Mrs. Strong’s testimonial, she recalled the massacre occurred on a Monday, meaning the group was attacked on Monday night. The massacre occurred at 3:00 a.m., pushing the event into early Tuesday morning. In early summer, prior to 1 July 1780, the most likely time for the Westervelt relocation to Harrod’s Town, only one suitable Tuesday is found on the calendar from that year, occurring on 27 June. The actual date for the Westervelt massacre is not found in any historical citation.

Circumstantial information, combined with known historical facts and testimonials, adds credence for the Westervelt massacre to have occurred at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 27 June 1780.

A likely roster for those traveling with the Westervelt caravan is shown below. Details from the Draper collection state the Westervelt caravan consisted of ten families, interpreted to mean male heads-of-household. The Westervelt family was joined by thirty additional settlers, increasing the size of the group
to about 41 settlers. Eight heads-of-households are authenticated.

The two heads-of-household lacking citation may be John Van Leeve and John Dorland, brethrens of the Dutch Reformed Congregation at Low Dutch Station.

John Van Leeve and John Dorland are believed killed by Indians in 1780. Their wives, Margareta Van Leeve and Catherina Dorland, survived the Indian attack as did Maria Westervelt. Van Leeve and Dorland, similar to the Westervelts, were temporary residents at Low Dutch Station, intending to relocate in 1780 or spring of 1781. The Dorland and Van Leeve families may have planned to remain at Squire Boone Station for the second day of travel.

Squire Boone’s wife, Jane Van Cleaf, was a cousin of Margareta Van Leeve and Catherina (Van Leeve) Dorland. The widows Van Leeve and Dorland received 400-acre land grants in 1781 pursuant to frontier hardships they endured in 1780. On that same occasion, land grants were also given to massacre survivors Maria Westervelt, Mary McGlaughlin, Barbara (P) lyburn and John Thixton. (f. 21)

Westerfield Massacre, part 4, Bluegrass Roots Journal

The roster below is assembled from my research.

Individuals or events without a definitive citation are shown in an italicized font.
 
Reconstructed Roster of the Westervelt Caravan - Summer of 1780
  1. Jacobus Westervelt, husband/ father (f. 22 )                                        killed
a.Maria Westervelt, wife/mother escaped
b.unknown Westervelt, daughterkilled 
c.Lea Westervelt, daughterkilled 
d.Samuel Westervelt, adult son escaped
e.Leah Westervelt, daughter escaped
f.Isaac Westervelt, son escaped
g.William Westervelt, son escaped
h.Rebecca Westervelt, daughter escaped
i.Catrina Westervelt, daughter escaped
j.Deborah Westervelt, daughter captive
Notes: Catrina, Rebecca, Deborah and Leah are accounted for after 1780. This identifies Lea Westervelt
and a sister of unknown given name as the two Westervelt daughters killed.
  1. Jan Westervelt, husband/father   (cousin of Jacobus) (f.23)  killed
    1. Anaetje Westervelt, wife/mother                      killed
    2. Gerritt Westervelt, son                                     killed
  1. Leah Westervelt, daughter                              killed
  2. Marya “Polly” Westervelt, daughter       captive
  1. unknown Westervelt, child, b. abt. 1774          killed
  2. unknown Westervelt, child, b. abt. 1776          killed
  3. g.   captive Antie Westervelt, infant dau.        killed
Notes: Gerritt, Leah and Marya are born at or before 1771; Antie born at 1779. An eight year period with no children born is possible, although unlikely. Two Westervelt children of unknown given name are included in the list above, shown as (e) and (f). Jan Westervelt’s probate of his estate is recorded at Jefferson County in 1781, apparently the result of no known surviving descendants. Jacobus Westervelt’s estate was not probated, apparently due to surviving descendants.
  1. James Swan, husband / father (f.24)         killed
a.    unknown Swan, wife / mother    killed
b.   Betsy Swan, daughter (Westervelt cousin)      killed
c.   James Swan (Jr.), son         escaped
Notes: Mrs. Swan is not afterward encountered in records at Kentucky, likely killed. Circumstantial evidence for James (Jr.?) after 1780 has caused his name to be added.
  1. James McGlaughlin, husband /father (f. 25)    killed
  2. a. Mary McGlaughlin, wife / mother escaped b. James (Jr.) McGlaughlin, son      escaped
Notes: Mary resided at Beargrass Creek after the massacre. An entry dated 20 January 1783 in the diary kept by Colonel. William Fleming recalled teenager James McGalalan, likely McGlaughlin, was wounded by Indians while hunting near Beargrass Creek on 19 January 1783.
  1. Thomas Plyburn/Pyburn, husband / father (f.26)  killed
  2.  a. Barbara Plyburn/Pyburn, wife escaped
Note: Barbara resided at Beargrass Creek after the massacre.
  1. John Thixton, frontier guide (f.27)      escaped
  2. Note: Suffered minor wound to back of neck during the massacre.
  3. William Thixton, frontier guide (cousin of John Thixton) (f.28)       escaped
  4. Note: Suffered minor wound to back of hand during the massacre.
  5. Thomas Pearce, frontier guide (f.29)   escaped
  6. Note: Suffered a painful wound during the massacre.
  1. John Dorland, husband, killed
  2. a. Catherine (Van Leeve) Dorland, wife, escaped
  3. John Van Leeve, husband, killed
  4. a. Margareta Van Leeve, wife, escaped
 
Roster Summary Notes: Listed above are 35 of the 41 settlers; 17 killed, 2 taken captive and 16 escaped. Six others settlers remain unaccounted for, three of whom were stated as killed; three others apparently escaped. More research is needed; however, my own opinion is that most of those unaccounted settlers are likely children of surname Dorland; children of surname Swan or McGlaughlin are secondary choices to complete the list.

Westerfield Massacre, part 5, Bluegrass Roots Journal

Account of the Massacre in the Draper Collection

The following summary of the massacre is derived from details extracted from the Westerfield family account and testimonials found in the Draper Collection:

Around 3:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in the summer of 1780, the Westervelt settlers were attacked by Native Indians. Darkness, surprise and strength in numbers favored the attacking foe. Survivors from the attack recounted hearing hacking sounds, chop- ping, “crackling of skulls, plundering and scream- ing”, joined by the sound of volleys discharged from muskets. In moments, about half the members of the Westervelt group were slaughtered despite valiant attempts by the men to protect the women and children. Fewer than half of the approximately forty settlers managed to escape.

Jacobus Westervelt, said to weigh 333 pounds, died from a gun shot wound. Apparently, a projectile first struck the flintlock on Westervelt’s rifle, and then the ricochet lodged in his brain. The lead guide, John Thixton, awakened by the noise and commo- tion, wrestled free his rifle and struck his assailant. Thixton’s blanket was peppered through with shot. Thixton suffered a wound to his neck while escaping into the darkness, after stumbling over an unseen log.

A few hours later John Thixton gained safety at Clear’s Station in Bullitt County. Guide William Thixton es- caped into the darkness with wounds to the back of his hand. Guide Thomas Pearce also escaped although he suffered a painful wound and was said to “holler most dreadfully when his wounds were dressed”. Six men are believed to have been killed while protecting the women and children.

In the aftermath of the fighting, three Indians donned the oversized great coat belonging to Jacobus Westervelt and danced jubilantly in celebration.
The escape scenarios for Samuel Westervelt, Leah Westervelt, Maria Westervelt and three children who accompanied Maria are mentioned above.

Maria Westervelt and Samuel Westervelt re- turned to the site of the massacre on Wednesday. They dug a large hole and buried 20 companions, the majority of which were family members. A daughter of Jacobus and Maria Westervelt and a daughter of Jan and Anaetje Westervelt were taken captive by the attacking foe.

At first, the youngster Gerritt Westervelt survived the massacre. The horrific tragedy of the massacre witnessed by young Gerritt led the lad to become hysterical, causing the Indians to become distraught.

They subsequently killed and scalped the wailing boy in the aftermath of the massacre. Betsy Swan suffered a severe wound to her shoulder during the massacre. Betsy’s wound made her unsuitable for the rigors of travel. Betsy was soon killed and scalped. British authorities paid a bounty of £5 to the Indians for each scalp taken. Each of the twenty settlers killed by the Indians was scalped.

Settlers taken captive by the Indians were either kept at camps or taken to Ft. Detroit where they were frequently sold as slaves or prisoners, a typical sum being £5. Captives were made to carry plundered items to Ft. Detroit for the Indians to sell or trade. Likely, captives Deb and Polly Westervelt were kept at an Indian village in southern Ohio until the spring of 1781. They were likely taken to Ft. Detroit in April  At Ft. Detroit, Deb and Polly were sold as slaves to a French house, badly abused.

News of Deb and Polly’s arrival at Ft. Detroit reached Low Dutch Station, likely in the late summer of 1781.

Maria Westervelt, a 46-year-old widow who survived the Westervelt Massacre, gathered together provisions, a saddle, and on horseback sought rescue. From Low Dutch Station, Maria journeyed the buffalo trail, her likely route past the site of the Westervelt Massacre, continued past Squire Boone’s cabin before joining the Alanant-o-wamiowee Trail leading to Licking Creek. Maria Westervelt crossed the Ohio River likely following Byrd’s “War Trail”, covering more than 400 miles of hostile wilderness territory controlled by Indian allies of the British mili- tary. Maria arrived as the fall season came to an end and received the unwanted news that Deb and Polly Westervelt had since been transported to Montreal.

Harsh weather forced Maria to remain throughout the winter at Ft. Detroit. Maria returned to Kentucky the following spring or summer, the year of 1782. On her return to Low Dutch Station, Maria was pursued by Indians and the horse upon which Maria was mounted was shot out from underneath her. Collecting her saddle and necessities, Maria fled and outmaneuvered her attackers for a distance of four miles where she reached safety.

If not daring enough, Maria mounted a horse stolen from the Indians and made good her getaway. Maria’s journey on horseback traversed a rugged and hostile terrain whose distance exceeded 800 miles, her circumstance unknown to family and friends at Low Dutch Station. Although unsuccessful in her rescue of Deb and Polly Westervelt, Maria proved to be a frontier woman of strenuous determination and capable to the extreme. Her actions are legendary by their very nature.

On 4 October 1782, the Indian captors transported Debra and Polly Westervelt to Niagara. (f.31) At war’s conclusion, the Legislature of Virginia ransomed freedom for two hundred surviving Kentucky men, women and children held captive at war’s end. By the time of the Legislature’s final approval in December of 1782, those captives were well on their way homeward. Most likely, Debra and Polly arrived at Low Dutch Station during December of 1782, possibly early spring of 1783.

Their homeward route from Niagara to Kentucky is believed to have passed through Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Debra and Polly reunited with surviving family members in Kentucky, having endured the most horrid of experiences.

Westerfield Massacre, part 6, Bluegrass Roots Journal

A timeline for events and people associated with the Westervelt(s) at 1780 follows:

1780 – Widow Pyburn/Plyburn returned to Floyd’s Station on Beargrass Creek
1780 – Widow McGlaughlin returned to Floyd’s Station on Beargrass Creek
1781 – Maria Westervelt departed for Ft. Detroit
1781 – Samuel Westervelt served as executor for the estate of Jan Westervelt
1781 – William Brashear, founder of Brashear’s Station, was killed in an Indian attack 1781 – Squire Boone Station attacked, Squire badly wounded by gunshot
1781 – Massacre at Long Run and Floyd’s Defeat, slightly north and east of the Westervelt Massacre
1781 – Land Grants of 400 acres given to massacre survivors - widows Westervelt, McGlaughlin, Dorland, Van Leeve and Pyburn; also, guide John Thixton
1781 – Westervelt caravan’s guide, Thomas Pearce, recorded a land survey at Jefferson County Court32 1782 – Maria Westervelt returned from Ft. Detroit
1782 – Samuel Westervelt married Catherine Monfort 1783 – Leah Westervelt married William Stafford
1783 – Col. Floyd who owned the property at Low Dutch Station was killed in an Indian ambush in Bullitt County
1783 –James McGlaughlin (Jr.), believed to be a Westervelt Massacre survivor, was badly wounded by Indians while hunting near Floyd’s Station
1784 – Captive Deb Westervelt married James Baxter
1785 – 10th child of Jacobus and Maria Westervelt who was not at the massacre is James Westervelt/ Westerfield. James led a wagon train from Berkeley County, Virginia, to the vicinity of Ft. Pitt where he then led a flatboat flotilla to Limestone, Kentucky; the group was attacked at night by Indians near Ruddle’s Station33
1786 – Squire and Jane Boone sold 5,945 acres to the Dutch settlers who established Low Dutch Station34 1786 – Likely Westervelt massacre survivor and widow, Catherine Dorland, remarried
1792 – Westervelt massacre survivor, Isaac Westervelt, married Polly Smock 1793 – Westervelt massacre survivor, Catrina Westervelt, married John Brazleton
1796 – Westervelt massacre survivor, Rebecca Westervelt, married William Brazleton; Rebecca later in life served as Mother Superior at Shakertown, Kentucky
1795-1800 – Maria Westervelt helped found the Old Mud Meeting House near Harrodsburg 1807 – Westervelt caravan’s guide, John Thixton, died at Bullitt County

Jacobus Westervelt and Maria Demarest are my 5th great grandparents. This Westervelt lineage emigrated in 1662 from Holland and arrived by ship at New Amsterdam, now Long Island and Manhattan, New York. (f.35)

Generations of the Westervelt lineage is shown below:
- Lubbert Westervelt b 1660 in Holland

…… +Hilletje Pouluse
………2. Jan Westervelt b 1686 in NJ
………… +Dirckje Hubbertse Blauvelt
………………3. Gerrit Westervelt b 1724 in NJ
………………… +Marytje Brouwer
……………………4. Jan Westervelt b 1744 in NJ
……………………… + Anaetje Dey
………………3. Jacobus Westervelt b 1712 in NJ
………………… + Debora Van Schyven
……………………4. Jacobus Westervelt b 1737 in NJ
……………………… + Maria Demarest
…………………………5. Jacobus (James) Westervelt b 1755 in NJ
…………………………… + Phoebe Cozine
………………………………6. James Cozine Westerfield b 1783 in VA
………………………………… + Catherine Sotore
……………………………………7. David Cozine Westerfield b 1825 in KY
……………………………………… + Ann Coovert
…………………………………………8. John Anderson Westerfield b 1866 in KY
…………………………………………… + Lottie Lear Strevels
………………………………………………9. Lillie Florence Westerfield b 1911 in KY
………………………………………………… + Roy Belcher
……………………………………………………10. Cecil Lee Belcher b 1929 in KY
……………………………………………………… + Margaret Lucille Girtley
…………………………………………………………11. Ronald Clay Belcher b 1948

Over two and a quarter centuries have passed since the Westervelt Massacre. Important massacre details have not been documented. Likely, the massacre occurred on 27 June 1780 at the juncture of Floyd’s Fork and Broad Run and involved about forty one frontier settlers. The Westervelt story, most tragic in circumstance, was not an isolated event for early pioneers in Kentucky.

My birth occurred in 1948 at Campbellsville, KY. I soon moved to Bullitt County and afterward graduated from Murray State University. I first read the Westerfield family account sometime around 1962 (f.36).

My research into the event of the massacre began seven years ago and included excursions to Bullitt Lick, Clear’s Station, Brashear’s Station, Chenoweth Run, Low Dutch Station, Broad Run, Floyd’s Fork, Brooks’ Stations, Shanklin’s Outpost, Thixton and Thixton Lane.

The reader is encouraged to independently research the massacre event prior to making reliance on my research.

(to be continued)

Letters 01/21/2017 More about Westerfield Massacre

posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:52 PM by Pam Ellingson


By Ron Belcher, a descendant who has spent many years in research. (This is the first installment of this VERY interesting story by Mr. Belcher)

Jacobus Westerfelt, who died at the massacre, had a brother named Jan (born 1734, #224, pg. 37 of the Walter Tallman Westervelt's book of the Westervelt Genealogy that I have attached to this e-mail for reference). That Jan was not at Kentucky.

Jan who was at the massacre was born in 1744 (#228, page 55, married Anaetje Dye). Jan was the son of Gerritt Westervelt (#74, page 37, born 1724). Gerritt was the son of Jan Westervelt (#19, page 28, born 1686). Walter Tallman Westervelt listed three known children of Jan and Anaetje as Gerret, Marya and Lea who match by given name three of those who died at the massacre.

Jacobus (Jacobus Jr.) at the massacre was born in 1737 (#225, page 37, married Maria DeMarest). Jacobus was the son of another Jacobus (#70, page 36, born 1712). This second Jacobus (Jacobus Sr.) was the son of Jan Westervelt (#19, page 28, born 1686).

Thus Jacobus and Jan were first cousins who were the grandchildren of Jan Westervelt who himself was born in 1686.

There apparently were three girls at the massacre who were known as Lea and/or Leah based upon different source documents. Most frequently, Jan's daughter is referred to as Leah, however, Walter Tallman Westervelt lists her name as Lea. Gets confusing. Lea and Leah were frequently Anglicized to be the same spelling, sometimes interchangeable.

The Ms. Strong interview by Draper was on microfiche, Louisville Public Library. Here are my transcribed notes for that Draper Source:

v  Draper manuscripts, interview called Shame – Campbell. Original source: Draper, Lyman Copeland. 1735. Collection of Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts [Microfilm]. Louisville Public Library. Louisville, KY.  Series CC, Vol. 13, p 84, Also, Vince Aker’s article in de halve maen, summer 1780. Ms. Strong was living at Cincinnati when the interview was conducted. At her earlier age she was a settler at Beargrass Creek (New Holland Station/Low Dutch Station), Jefferson CO, KY.

…Westerfelt’s family killed going to Harrodsburgh, near Bullit’s lick. (Bullit’s Lick is in Bullitt County, Kentucky.) Samuel Westerfelt, and his sister got back. This the same summer of 1780…

Interview with Miss Campbell, a settlerat the New Holland, Low Dutch Station, founded at May of 1780 by the newly arrived Dutch settlers.

Regarding the Swans (James, father and daughter, Betsy).  I was forwarded this information a few years back and will simply pass it along as it is pertinent to the Westervelt roster, timing and route of travel.

… On Sunday, Jas Swan was moving from 'tother side of Linn's Station somewhere, up to Floyd's to go with these Westerfelts next morning. The Indians attacked him between Linn's Station and Floyd's, and came so near that they got the loading from under the girl on horseback and she clung to the mane while the horse ran off with her to the station. He had moved up what else he had and left this for the last. He was on foot with his gun beside her. They jerked the load from under her. About 12 years she was. And she pitched on the horse's mane & clung on. Her father got in through the woods.

An early portion of the journey by the Westervelt Caravan obviously was departure from Linn Station southward toward Harrod's Town. For its starting point, guides originated at Floyd's Station, Westervelt from Low Dutch Station, Swan from Linn Station. Starting point for other travels might be determined with further research - which I

have not undertaken as it wouldnot materially affect the massacre events, roster or timing in history.


Regardless, I will sign off for now. My apologies if any of this is confusing or unclear. I had to hurry just a bit as my schedule is quite busy today. I did request approval from Bluegrass Roots and will let you know soon. regards for now - Ron

Letters 01/22/2017

posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:43 PM by Pam Ellingson


Lots of interest in Westerfield Massacre and Cozine advertisement for a Tannery.

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Do any of the Dutch Cousins have connections to the pioneer McAfee family?  

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Sent by Eddie Price

In Widder's Landing my main character, Craig Ridgeway, stops in York, Pa.  At a tavern that still stands...the Golden Plough.

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Sent by Donna Gaines

This Adv. looks like some  documents I have from my great grandmothers bible.  They told me the language is what they termed "old German" which is unlike what's spoken today.  It's very difficult to translate, so bless you for what you've accomplished so far with this  document.

Donna

NOTE from Carolyn - it was mostly translated by Jack Taylor and he said it was VERY difficult.  Thanks.

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Sent by Gary Cozine

Hi Carolyn

I've been following your ice storm postings on Facebook and hope you are all doing ok. Buffalo made the news here with some dreadful pictures of ice laden trees and lots of debris and downed lines. It's a rather unwelcome challenge to all of our survival skills!

I am unable to add anything to the tannery mystery except that probably no one changed the original deed to reflect the new or inherited owner when Cornelius Sr died.

I'm still half heartedly researching my 'branch' of the family, and so far I haven't discovered anyone who ventured west of the Hudson River except to Staten Island.  I believe I go back 6 generations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

But it certainly is interesting to learn about what happened in the family years ago. I never knew growing up there were so many Cozine's in the nation until I started traveling on business and looked up 'Cozine' in the phone book. LOTS! Couldn't do that today with all the cell phones around.

Take care, and stay safe and well.

Gary

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Sent by Lynn Rogers

I cannot help you with genealogy or history, but I live across the street from a German couple who have helped me with transcriptions and translations in the past, if that is a need.

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Sent by Lilly Martin

Dear Carolyn,

David Cossart b. 1743, died December 29, 1823, buried Low Dutch Cemetery in Hunterstown, Adams County, PAmarried: Sarah Van Duyn
Father: Francis Cossart  1713-1795 buried at: Low Dutch Cemetery in Straban Township, Conewago Colony, PAmarried: Margaretta Van Nest

Notice that the newspaper advert states:  HUNTERSTOWN, STRABANE TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY.

This is the same place that David Cossart is buried, listed above.   That part of YORK Co must have been cut off to be part of Adams Co prior to 1823.

Cornelius Cozine: in the wording of the ad, it states “in Mort” right before Cornelius’ name.  Isn’t that saying,  “...the deceased Cornelius Cozine....”?  That is how I read it.  Mort is DEAD.

This is just my opinion and others should be consulted.

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Sent by Martha Banta Boltz

We saw a bunch of Banta stuff in Straban, also a cemetery with many of them.

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Sent by Larry Voreis

Hi Carolyn,

The Reverend Cornelius Cozine died sometime between 5 August and 24 August 1786; that is between the date he made his mark on his will and the date of the first inventory of his estate.

Cornelius Cozine Jr. died between 9 February 1787, the date of his will, and 23 May 1787, the date his will was proved in Mercer County (Kentucky) Court. (See Mercer County Will Bk. 1, pp. 12-14.)

So, it appears that the advertisement on 15 Nov. 1796 refers to Cornelius Cozine III, son of Cornelius Jr., who would have been 13 years-old in 1796. Cornelius III appears in numerous Mercer County Court records as an heir of his father's estate. Cornelius III also is named in one York County Court record as follows:

On 31 July 1789, in the York County Orphans Court, Garret Cozine and James Brinkerhoff were appointed guardians for Sarah Cozine, about 6, and Cornelius Cozine, about 5, children of Cornelius Cozine, "the younger." In the same court Garret Cozine and James Brinkerhoff were appointed guardians for Peter Cozine, age 10 years, son of Peter Cozine, deceased. All of these orphans were grandchildren of the Rev. Cornelius Cozine; the guardian Garret Cozine was their uncle. (See Cozine family records including abstracts of wills, deeds, administration documents, orphan's court documents, descriptions of Revolutionary War service, Cozine family genealogy and the "Cozine Report," a typwritten abstract of Cozine family court records at the York County Heritage Trust.)

Regards,

Larry

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Sent by Susan M. Owens

Comments regaring David Cassat spot on.

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Sent by Doris Barfield Sanders

Thanks!  I might add that Leah/Lea, the daughter of Jacobus (James) Westervelt (Westerfield) who was killed in the massacre (the father not the daughter) married William Stafford and died about 1813 in Owens Co., KY. She was the mother of Hiram Roland Stafford, author of the letter to Lyman C. Draper that we family researchers quote so often. My list of Jacobus's children by Marie/Maria Demaree/Demarest is as follows:

1)  Jacobus/James (Jr.) born or baptized 15 Aug 1755 Schraalenburgh, Bergen Co., NJ   m. Ufmey "Phoebe" Cozine died Mercer Co., KY

2) William  who has no further documentation by me. Some say he died young, others say he was one of the massacred, still others say that the William in the massacre was a subsequent child as the Low Dutch frequently reused names.

3) Leah born or baptized 31 May 1758 New York City died June 1758 New York City and her name was reused. See #8

4) Samuel  born 18 Feb 1760 Baptized 5 Mar 1760 New York City m. Catherine Monfort  some researchers have him in Preble Co., OH

5) Isaac born 14 Jul 1762 baptized 24 Jul 1762 New York City m. Polly Smock died Mercer Co.,KY

6) Leah (2) born 23 Nov 1764 Baptized 2 Dec 1764 New York City m. William Stafford 3 Jul 1783 Lincoln Co., KY died about 1813 Owens Co., KY

7) Deborah or Debora baptized 1769 Conewago Colony, then York Co., PA m. 17 Jun 1784 Lincoln Co., KY James Baxter. Had been kidnapped at  the massacre, taken to Canada via Ft. Detroit, then returned. Estate settled in Jefferson Co., IN 1827.

8) Catherine (sometimes referred to as Catrina) baptized 15 Oct 1770 Conewago Colony, married James Brazelton 7 Jan 1793 Madison Co., KY, died 23 Aug 1849 Wirt, Jefferson Co., IN.

9) Rebecca 9 Jun 1779 Berkeley Co. VA (now Harpers Ferry,West Virginia) m. William J. Brazelton  21 Jun 1796 Madison Co., KY, d. 31 Oct 1857 Pleasant Hill, Shakertown, Mercer Co., KY.

Some researchers say that two others died in the massacre and there certainly is room in birth order, but no documentation for birth or baptism at this time. If anyone has corrections or additional information, it would be appreciated.

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Sent by Della Nash

Thank you Carolyn, so interesting. Waiting for next installment. Della

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Sent by Mr. Lynn Rogers

After comparing different transcripts of the Westerfield Massacre Strong, Campbell, and Stafford sources, I decided to get images of the originals.  I have arranged for a loan of 3 microfilms to the LDS closest to me:  Centerville Ohio Family History Center; 901 E Whipp Rd; Centerville , Ohio; 937-434-5690.  I schedule my use of the microfilm reader to coincide with a particular volunteer being there.  Mike, a retired engineer, uses his personal digital camera and a special tripod to snap a digital image of the microfilm reader projection.  He downloads the images from his camera chip into a computer, and puts them on my thumb drive.  

The three films are:

Draper Manuscript Collection, Lyman Copeland Draper, Series C, v. 1-3 Boone manuscripts, ca 1600-1775, LDS Film No. 889103; 

Draper Manuscript Collection, Lyman Copeland Draper, Series C, v. 23-27 Boone manuscripts,ca. 1738-1823, LDS Film No. 889110; 

and

Draper Manuscript Collection, Lyman Copeland Draper, Series CC, v. 13-17 Shane collection, Kentucky and Ohio, 1807-1835 Series CC, v. 18 Kentucky Gazette extracts, 1787-1788 Series CC, v. 19 Scrapbook of newspaper extracts (Kentucky), LDS Film No. 889117. 

I plan to get images for:  Strong 13CC9-18; Campbell 13CC82-87; Stafford 24C145, 145-1, 145-2; and Stafford 2C148, 148-1, 148-2.  

Then I plan to resolve any discrepancies for transcripts of 13CC11-12; 13CC84; 24C145, 145-1, 145-2; 2C148, 148-1, 148-2; Carol, a different volunteer at the local LDS Fam Hist Center, has done jillions of transcripts, and would be available if some resolution proves difficult for me.

I am willing to share any or all of the images and transcripts.  

I also volunteer to do the digital images thing in a small batch for a Dutch Cousin; you order the microfilm, your thumb drive, no time pressure, be available for a cell phone consult, usually about 10;30am on a Thursday.

Thanks, Lynn

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Letters 01/20/2017 Tannery for Sale in NY

posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:35 PM by Pam Ellingson

Tannery for Sale, York County.

Jack Taylor and I have been corresponding about this advertisement from the 1700s.  Not so easy!
Here's what we came up with:

The person whose name is at the bottom (George Laschell) has a lot for sale or for rent for at least one year or more.  The lot is in Hunterstown, Straban Township in York County.  It is between 6-7 acres. (We know that Laschell the tavern owner bought the Conewago church property when the church closed.)

On the lot is a big dwelling house with a beautiful cellar, good stables, a young apple orchard.  

Also,  a tannery &  tanning pits, bark and tanning houses all in good shape and almost like new. 
 
The house is on the main road from there to Chambersburg and is very suitable (or more convenient) for a workhouse, or store, 
or for bendes? (business?), easily seen, pleasant territory and in a  good neighborhood. 

The nearer circumstances? and the conditions are known by Mr. David Cassat, Esquire, in York, Cornelius Cosine on the place (platz), or the subordinate.
 
Names are David CASSAT, Esq., Cornelius Cosine on the Platz, & George Laschalls
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Extra information or questions:
Which Cornelius Cozine is this referring to? There were at least three: The Reverend, his son, and a grandson.  Probably more.

(The dominee) Cornelius Cozine died Aug 1786, as I understand his will, he left to wife Mary “all his estate real and personal.” His widow Mary (Koning VanOrden) probably wanted to sell the property (which was in Straban tnshp, York co (now adams)  and go back to New Jersey. By 1790 she was remarried to David Samuel Demaree  (b. 1728). They witnessed the baptism of a grandchild in 1790 and another grandchild in 1796 at Hackensack. 

So I think this could be the sale of Rev. Cozine’s home, near Gettysburg (in Straban Township, York co). The  Cozine family seemed to have had tanneries for generations so it is making sense.  But it also could have been one of the others.

So the Rev. died 1786 and this is dated 1796. Cornelius Jr moved to KY in 1783/4 and died in KY in 1787

Laschell is found spelled Lachell, Latchel, Lashell.  They say they are Low Dutch. We do know the church, which was on Rev Cozine’s land, was sold to George Lashalls, the tavern keeper – so perhaps Lashalls was selling Cozine’s house separate from the land?

David CaSSat, altho his name on the ad looks like Caffat, I think David Cassat was a member of the church and was a good friend to the Cozines.

Any other thoughts from anyone?

Letters 01/16/2017

posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:25 AM by Pam Ellingson

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Have you started planning your itinerary?
Secretary Denise Perry is working on the Newsletter now. It will be out soon with lots of information about the event and a registration form.  Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers is designing the 2017 banner and looking at name badge options,

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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 Mr. Lynn Rogers (Co-ordinator for 2017)

The bus trip to Shelbyville for the Massacre Reenactment will be on Saturday. If you send me contact info for Bud Everett Riker, I will contact him for possible additional email exchange. Meanwhile, the following probably would be of general interest:

Response to Bud Everett Riker

Gerardus Ryker Sr (1740-1781) was killed at Floyd's Defeat, Eastwood KY.  A memorial stone for him was placed in the Resurrection United Methodist Church Cemetery about a quarter of mile from the monument.  The sinkhole location where the Defeat victims were placed is nearby.  His service in the militia qualifies him as a Patriot.  The DAR/SAR service often cited for him (“Ensign”) is that performed by another with the same name.

The father of Gerardus Sr was John Ryker (1690-1783), who took the oath of allegiance and is a Patriot.  John was located by about 1744 in present Rockleigh in northeast NJ.  All of Gerardus Sr’s children were baptized at the Tappan Dutch Reformed Church just over the New York line.

Gerardus Sr had two sons (and other children), Gerardus Jr (1767-1839) and John (1764-1848) , both went on Clark’s campaigns against the Ohio Indians and did other service.  Both seemed to have lost land located 5 miles north of Shelbyville KY because of defective titles.  John was a colonel in the militia.  John’s pension claim is the only first hand account (presently known) of the Westerfield Massacre survivor rescue and victim burial.

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SENT BY Corey Claude Westerfield

Start thinking on this request : One of our Dutch Cousin founders and first president, Claude Westerfield, turns 80 April 18th.

His son Corey C. says his dad's disease has not been kind to him.  He'd like for each cousin to create a birthday card with a funny story about Claude or your relationship with him.

Mail it before April 15th! Get started now.

Here’s the address: PO Box 70, 1100 Tecumseh Ave, Farragut, IA 51639

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SENT BY Bud Riker

Message to Lynn Rogers, I miss the Ryker-Riker reunions we used to have in Madison, I have retained all the material we got from the Madison Library, I remember you Lynn but I am sure you don't remember me. Thanks for the reply.

Everett Riker

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SENT BY Carolyn Leonard

Happy new Year!

Click here for a special greeting card.


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SENT BY Martha Banta Boltz

So happy to get the latest newsletter, Caroline, I read and try to absorb each and every one!  Am looking forward to the next reunion in 2018 (note from editor - the next reunion is THIS year - 2017). assuming I am still on the right side of the bluegrass by then.

I was interested in the Westerfield/velt/etc. massacre, how tragic.  These battles with the Indians are fascinating, we were on their territory and they didn't like it.  I wish it were possible to identify which tribes are represented in these altercations.  When I got my DNA back, it showed I was 1%  Native American, so the stories of some of the Banta women being kidnapped and kept prisoner for several years and then being released must account for some of these.  I have no idea which Banta women it was, but would like to know.  Would like to nail down my N/A ancestry which I am very happy about; had always heard about it as rumor, but guess DNA does not lie!

In the last letter, that beautiful painted picture of the Banta cabin was shown, that a friend of one of our group had sent her -- fantastic picture and looked exactly like when I saw it with my husband several  years ago.   Still wish the lady would have it scanned etc. onto some  proper paper and sell copies or make them available to all of  us.   Mine off the computer  is being framed this week!   We need these visual representations of the things are grandchildren will never see otherwise and it's our way of perpetuating our history.  A picture is worth 1,000 words of print, etc.

You do an excellent job and I appreciate it.  Think I read somewhere that The Holland Society is now admitting Banta women;  are  you going to send us the appropriate way to handle this?  Glad to hear we are now acknowledged!

Thanks again,

Martha Banta Boltz,  now back in Kentucky

(note from editor, if you want to learn more about the Holland Society, www.hollandsociety.org/)

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SENT BY Bill & Gayle Hoag - of Oklahoma - Chairpersons of Silent Auction for 2017 Dutch Cousins!

For your info. We just made reservations for the reunion in Sept. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel,

Bill & Gayle Hoag

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SENT BYCarolyn 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



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

posted Jan 5, 2017, 11:23 AM by Pam Ellingson   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 11:34 AM ]



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

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Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky

posted Jan 2, 2017, 2:19 PM by Pam Ellingson

This is a very very LONG email, but very interesting story about the Westerfield family history and the massacre that welcomed them to Kentucky in 1780 - then a county of Virginia. You may want to print it out and keep it. Feel free to do so.

Blessings,
Carolyn Leonard, Dutch Cousins 2017 President,
See you in Frankfort in September!






The Westervelt (Westerfield) Massacre in Kentucky

conversations between
  • Lynn Rogers of Ohio, coordinator for 2017 Dutch cousins and history buff.
  • Gary Stanford of California, Westerfield descendant, family history researcher and FindAGrave volunteer. See his Memorial page for Jacobus Westervelt http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=141718166.)
  • Ron Belcher of Florida, Bullitt County Kentucky native, retired engineer and management professional, researcher of the Westerfield Massacre and a Westerfield descendant.
  • James Thomas Moore, Kentucky native, family history researcher, Jacobus Westerfield descendant.
  • Doris Sanders of Texas, Author, Westerfield descendant, and family researcher.
  • Dr. Steve Henry of Louisville, orthopedic surgeon, former Lt Gov of KY, Westerfield Descendant and history buff.
…and the search goes on to pinpoint the location. All comments appreciated – especially with sources. 

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Statement by Gary Stanford
In the summer of 1780, Jacobus Westervelt hired John Thixton to guide the family from Low Dutch Station to Harrod’s Town. Thirty settlers joined the Westervelt family, forming a caravan of about forty-one people. At the end of their first day of travel, the travelers set camp for the night a few miles below Low Dutch Station. Twenty men, women and children were killed during the night when Native Indians attacked the sleeping settlers. This tragic event became known as the “Westervelt Massacre”.
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SENT BY Lynn Rogers, 2017 Coordinator, to Gary Stanford
Dec 9

I am thinking that it would be appropriate to have the Westerfield Massacre on the Dutch Cousins 2017 program. I am the Coordinator for Dutch Cousins Gathering 2017, fuzzy title, fuzzy duties. I surfed the web and found Gary Stanford and his Find-A-Grave, who led me to Doris Sanders, who led me to Ron Belcher.

I’m not a Westerfield descendant but have studied the reports on this massacre. Here’s my connection: Among other children, Samuel Demaree had 4 daughters; Antjin m Henry Banta (leader of the Kentucky Low Dutch Company), Maria (m Jacobus Westerfield Sr - your ancestors, who were the massacre victims), Rachel (m Gerardus Ryker, who was killed at Floyd’s Defeat), and Tryntie/Catherine (who m Jacob Smock).

Ryker and Smock had children who married each other (first cousins). They had a child, and I descend from him; Samuel Demaree is my ancestor twice, and I am my own cousin, my Dutch Cousin connection.

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SENT BY Dr. Steve Henry
Dec 11
Hello to all Dutch Cousins. Please send me the location of the Massacre site on a current map. My foundation will be purchasing land in the area i.e., Bardstown, Louisville Turnpike, and additional land for parkland. There are several developments in the area so timing is of importance. I believe we need to secure the site if we know we are historically accurate. Thixton Lane is several miles from Salt River; however, we do see references that call Floyd's Fork as “A fork of the Salt River” and at the time of the attack the creek would have been better known as Salt River.
Also what was the full name of the guide Mr. Thixton?
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SENT BY Gary Stanford
Dec 11
This is from the information sent to me, but many other documents have the guide’s name listed as John Thixton

We know Thixton (the guide) covered the distance between the 3am massacre and to within earshot of Clear’s Station by daybreak; if at the mouth of Broad Run, 10 miles over extremely rugged terrain. Not impossible, but challenging; Thixton would have had to have been both superbly conditioned and knowledgeable of the route. Probably no moonlight, but some buffalo traces were 3 foot deep and several feet wide, therefore, easily followed blindfolded. This route? The Westerfield convoy knew that there were hostile Indians close by. Did they start out on the standard routes, Wilderness Road, Harrods Trace? Most likely, we will never know. I have a lot of respect for Ron Belcher's research. I may have offended him in our email exchanges, for which I am sorry.

In December 2015, Eddie Cozine took Vince Akers and me on a tour of the Bullitt’s Lick area. At the mouth of Broad Run, there was heavy construction equipment operating; maybe Steve Henry's project?

To have the Westerfield Massacre on the DC17 program is a maybe, but, what are your thoughts?

Regards, Lynn
Mr Lynn Rogers, PhD
Former Kentucky Colonel
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SENT BY Doris Barfield Sanders

The location is the problem. We know it was about 12 miles out of the Dutch Station, but it could be along one of the several paths then used toward Harrods town. We know from Canadian records, "Rebel Prisoners at Quebec 1778=1783", Chris McHenry, compiler, 1981" p.54, from the original Microfilm Roll A-765, Public Archives of Canada, that my ancestor, Deborah Westervelt (Westerfield) was taken in April 1781 (the date of the massacre) in Virginia (Kentucky then was part of Virginia) and returned in 1782. She married in 1784 in Lincoln Co., KY to James Baxter.

We know her father,Jacobus Westervelt (James Westerfield), was killed along with others in the massacre and that his widow and at least one son returned to the
site and buried the victims. Draper's Manuscripts.

Ronald Clay Belcher has published in "Bluegrass Roots", Vol 38 #2, pp 30-35 an article on "Westervelt Massacre in Kentucky in 1780" (see above notation on Canadian Records concerning date). On pages 32 and 33 he has reconstructed a roster listing survivors and victims which would be a much better one than I could offer, however, he lists Lea Westervelt, daughter of Jacobus as killed and I do not think she was killed.
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SENT BY Lynn Rogers
Dec 11

The Westerfield Massacre (WM) extremely likely occurred at 3am Tuesday April 3, 1781. (This interpretation accepts the historical accuracy of: 1) Deborah and Mary Westerfield were captured during April 1781; 2) the attack occurred at 3 am on some Tuesday, and 3) Samuel Westerfield was appointed administrator of the estate of John Westerfield on April 4 1781 (which was a Wednesday).)

As to where the WM occurred, I defer to those much more qualified. As to where to place a memorial, I am not a Westerfield descendant, so I do not get a vote. The historical records available do provide clues. Perplexing to me is that they knew there were hostile Indians about; why did they not have sentries?

In my previous email, I meant Floyds Fork, not Salt River. Eddie, Vince & I were at the location where Broad Run Road crosses Floyds Fork, approximately one mile northeast as the crow flies from Thixton. My under-standing is that Ron Belcherbelieves the Massacre happened at/near the mouth of Broad Run stream at Floyds Fork. There was construction happening there on our weekend in Dec 2016.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Cousins Gathering Sep 2017 program: What does this group recommend? Possibly a one person review of known historical records? Then discussion?
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SENT BY Gary Stanford
Dec 11
I do know that the Westervelt family first went to the Louisville area in 1779. Jacobus Westervelt's son, Samuel Westervelt went there in 1779 to scout out the area for settlement. The Westervelt Massacre is believed to have occurred on June 27, 1780 at about 3:00 AM. The year 1780 would also be very possible as they had already been in that area before 1780 (in 1779).

Some people even went so far as to say (and document) that it happened in 1784 or 1785, but by now we know it happened much earlier than that. 1781 is still a possibility, but several witness accounts claim 1780 was the year of the Westervelt Massacre. These same sworn testimonies from witnesses who were there that night claim the date was June 27, 1780.

On 21 June 1780, Jacobus Westervelt had just registered 400 acres of land in the east Louisville area and that is why they were traveling there (six days later). This also supports the fact that the Westervelt Massacre did in fact take place in 1780.

This is what I have written about the exact date of the Westevelt Massacre: On 21 June 1780, the first day of summer, Jacobus Westervelt registered ownership of 400 acres of land along Silver Creek, situated two day’s journey beyond Harrod’s Town.17 Jacobus’ land registration likely prompted the Westervelt relocation to Harrod’s Town. Squire Boone and Colonel John Harrod traveled Harrod’s Trace to settlements along Beargrass Creek in the spring of 1780.
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2007 at Old Mud: James Moore, Carolyn Leonard, Steve Henry, Vince Akers.

SENT BY James Moore
(better known as Grandpa Westervelt)
By James Thomas Moore
December 11 at 6:47pm · Bowling Green, KY

I wrote the following in 2008. Hope that this is at least entertaining.
This is a story about the tragic incident that took place called the Westerfield Massacre. Our ancestors were early immigrants to Kentucky and helped settle the state. 


Jacobus Westervelt immigrated to Kentucky in 1780 and his son, James Westerfield, immigrated in 1785. Jacobus Sr. traveled as part of the Dutch Reformed Church group known as the Banta Party, arriving in the spring of 1780 in what would become Jefferson County, Kentucky.

His son, James, lead a church group of around eighty people down the Ohio River to the Louisville area arriving in 1785. James built the Westerfield Station in what is now Shelby County that same year. (I do not know exactly where this station was).

Among both parties were several family members with the surnames Westerfield, Demaree, Cosine, and others. 
Our ancestors originally came from the Netherlands in the mid to late 1600s. They settled in New Amsterdam (present day New York). From there they moved to New Jersey. They lived in New Jersey for several generations. During the years surrounding the Revolutionary War, our ancestors moved to Kentucky via Conewago, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, now West Virginia.

My fourth great-grandfather, Jacobus/James Westervelt, Jr., served as a Revolutionary Soldier, Indian Fighter and Kentucky Frontiersman. He lived from 1755 to 1826. He was known by several names as his Dutch name transitioned through the process of becoming anglicized. Records indicate that he went by Jacobus Westervelt, Jacobus Westervelt, Jr., Jacob Westervelt, James Westerfelt , James Westerfield and other variations of these names. He is buried behind the Old Mud Meeting House in Mercer County, Kentucky. Records also indicate that James Westervelt served as a Revolutionary Soldier from the summer of 1776 until sometime after June, 1778. His military records show that he was a Corporal in the Dutchess County, New York Militia in Freer’s Regiment. He was wounded in both legs during his first battle of the Revolution, the Battle of Long Island.

There is an interesting story about how he fell in love with our fourth great-grandmother (Phoebe Cozine) while recovering from his wounds in her brother’s New Jersey home. {Editor’s Note: we have not been able to document this story but it is fun to imagine.}

James Westervelt Jr.’s father, Jacobus Westervelt (Sr), was born in 1737 and was killed by Indians in the spring of 1780. The following transcriptions of various documents tell the story much more accurately than I can. 


The first account is from the E. A. (Ethan Allen) Westerfield Manuscript. Ethan was born about 1868. He wrote A Brief History of the Westerfield Family in Americasometime between 1902 and 1926.

Even though he did not realize it, E. A. Westerfield’s story is a composite story of Jacobus Sr. and Jacobus Jr.’s journeys to Kentucky. After you read the Draper Manuscript excerpts, you will be able to see how the two stories were combined through family lore that had been passed down for decades. The Draper Manuscript testimonies are much more reliable than E. A. Westerfield’s story, because they are the testimony from children and grandchildren of those who were present at the Westerfield massacre. Some of the testimonies are from our family members and some are not. Mr. Draper’s interviews allow us to separate E. A. Westerfield’s account into two distinct immigrations to Kentucky: one in 1780 and the other in 1785.

E. A. Westerfield’s story begins with the Revolution.
A Brief History of the Westerfield Family in America

...James (Jr.) and (probably his brother) William (Westervelt) with a number of others had been worsted in a skirmish with a party of British foragers from Staten Island...enlisted in General Green's division... (This was sometime in the summer of 1776 between late June and August 22.) (They) participated in the Battle of...(Long Island)... James was wounded at Brooklyn Heights...(He was) shot through the legs...(He) was taken to Dobbs Ferry and across into New Jersey to the house of John Cozine where he remained until able to be returned to duty.

About the year 1782, James Westervelt, having been honorably discharged from the Continental Army for disability, removed with his wife (Phoebe Cosine Westervelt) and two children, John? {Editor’s note: the son (Dr.) John D. wasn’t born until 1786, so perhaps an earlier son John died young?} and Maria “Polly” (b. 1780) to the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia not far from Harpers Ferry where he remained for a short time.

Then he (James Westervelt Jr.) returned to New Jersey and headed a colony of immigrants of 18 families and some 75 or 80 persons, whom he conducted to near Harpers Ferry (now West Virginia) where they passed the winter (of 1783-1784) preparing for their journey to Kentucky.


The following spring in March (1784) the (Westerfields) started across the mountains with twenty wagons containing their household goods and farming utensils. These wagons were mostly drawn by cows and two bulls, the latter heading the caravan. They arrived at the Ohio River somewhere near Wheeling, West Virginia early enough in the summer (1784) to enable each family to clear and plant a patch of ground with corn and vegetables and build shelters for their convenience and comfort, during the next winter (1784-85) log cabins and a stockade for better protection against the Indians.

During the fall and winter they also built a flat boat in which to sail down the river, constructing it close to the water so the spring rise would enable them to float it. They felled an immense yellow poplar tree from which they hewed a large beam 70' long and 4' wide and 16 inches thick. This they split with whip saws making two broad planks for the side of the boat, and planks for the bottom being obtained in the same laborious manner. The whole being put together and strongly fastened with wooden pins. In this they embarked and floated away with the spring (1785) rise, having taken aboard all their effects and such of their cattle as they had not killed and salted. The wagons were taken apart and the (wagon)bodies used as shelter.

They were attacked by Indians while floating near the Indiana shore and several of the cattle were wounded. The immigrants sheltered themselves behind the low sides of the boat, but James Westervelt (Jr.), being the leader of the expedition and captain of the boat, stayed bravely at his post, steering. He was wounded in the abdomen by an Indian bullet. Except for this casualty all aboard landed safely two days afterwards (1785) on the Kentucky side about two miles above where Louisville now stands.

There they remained for several days to allow their cattle to feed on the bear grass from which a small stream (Bear Grass Creek) entering the Ohio at that place takes its name…


Floyd’s Station was first located at the mouth of the Beargrass in Louisville on the corner of 3rd Street and the Ohio River. This is where their party landed and stayed a few days before continuing their journey into the Shelby County area where James quickly built what became known as the Westerfield Station.

This ends the portion of E. A. Westerfield’s story of James Westervelt, Jr.’s 1784-1785 journey to Kentucky.

Next E. A. Westerfield skips back in time to 1780 and describes Jacobus/James Westervelt, Sr.’s arrival into the state . 
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A few (30) of the Banta party, including James Westervelt, Sr., hired a guide to go to Fort Harrod. They were attacked during their 1st night’s rest. They (James Westervelt, Sr.’s group) hitched up their (wagons) and load(ed) their goods, removed to Bullitt’s...Station (I am unsure where this is, but he may be referring to Bullitt’s Lick. There was a Clear’s Station near Bullit’s Lick in Bullitt County, Kentucky) where there was a small stockade or fort.

The station was crowded with immigrants, a very muddy and uncomfortable place. So they preferred remaining out of the fort. Twenty members camped on a small stream nearby. The next morning, before daylight, they were attacked by Indians. The Dutch were able to drive the attackers off, but Jacob Westervelt, Sr. was shot. He had been firing with a large double gun, one lock of which was carried away by the bullet, which also penetrated his brain… (spring 1780)


Bullitt’s Lick is a prehistoric salt lick three miles northeast of Shepherdsville in what is now Bullit County Kentucky. To get there, take exit 177, then take Hwy 44W from Shepherdsville.

The Draper Manuscripts paint a different picture and give us additional facts from various prospective including some from non-family members.


The Draper Manuscript, Series CC Vol. 13, pp 11-12
 Testimony of Mrs. Strong about her father John Thickston (the Westervelt’s guide). 
…After the campaign under Logan, he (John Thickston) went to take some families up to Harrod’s old town. Two Westerfelts (Jacobus/James Westervelt Sr. and his brother, Jan or John, b. 1734) were at Floyd’s Station. (The second location of Floyd’s Station was on the middle fork of Beargrass Creek, six miles from the Falls of the Ohio. It was settled by Col. John Floyd in 1775.)

Father (John Thickston) took loads on his 2 horses, to go and carry a load for them. He wanted to see the place. (He) Had a thought of moving there…John (or Jan who is Jacobus/James Westervelt’s brother and)…Christopher Westerfelt,… Jas. Swan, …Jas: McGaughlin, an Irishman, …Thos. Pyburn, a Dutchman, all were killed.

Polly & Debby, two of (the) Westerfelt’s daug.(s), a cousin, Betsy Swan, & Garrett Westerfelt...were all taken prisoners.

The Indians made a terrible fuss; at length one of them stepped up and tomahawked him,(Garrett Westerfield). Father (John Thickston) was shot across the back of the neck. Didn’t hurt him a great deal. His cousin, Wm. Thickston was shot slightly across the back of the hand in two places.

He (John Thickston) saw three Indians standing by the fire, looking at his gun which he always kept very bright, and he could see it shine by the fire. He went up and seized the gun out of the Indian’s hand. The Indian raised his tomahawk. He turned the breech of his gun, and knocked the Indian down and cleared himself. Father had 16 bullet holes shot thru his blanket, as he rose up. He thought it was a loud clap of thunder, the firing came on them in such a volley and so together. He jumped up and ran till he stumbled over a log. Here he stopped to look, and saw the Indians throwing in the packsaddles and everything they could get into the fire & screaming. He rose up again and ran till he came to Clear Station, near Bullit’s Lick, ( Clear Station and Bullit’s Lick are in Bullitt County, Kentucky.) (He was) guided by the crowing of the roosters.

The attack was about 3 o’clock, I think Monday morning. Thos. Pearce was wounded through the ribs... The widows of McLaughlin and Pyburn, (who were killed), were afterwards living in our station.

Old Mrs. Westerfelt, (Maria Demaree Westerfield) and her son Jan, (Sam b. 1760) escaped...Next day they returned, and dug a great hole, and buried about 20 all together...Betsy Swan had been wounded in the shoulder…(The Indians) thought too badly, and tomahawked her.

Polly (daughter of John Westervelt) and Debby (born 1768 daughter of James Westervelt, Sr.) were exchanged at Detroit. These were all the prisoners…


The following is testimony by Hiram Stafford, grandson of Jacobus/James Westerfield, Sr., son of Leah Westerfield who escaped during the attack. 
The Draper Manuscript, Lyman C. Draper, Boone Papers, Series C, Vol. 24, pp 145, 145-1, 145-2, 28 March 1865


…My Grandfather, James Westerfield (Jacobus/James Westervelt, Sr.) was a large man weighing 333 pounds. He and family left Berkeley County, Virginia about 1780 and emigrated to Kentucky by way of Pittsburgh to Louisville intending to go to Harrod’s Station, in now Mercer Co. Ky. He and company (of) about 30 persons started from Louisville to the station. (They) camped for the night on the waters of b’argrass about 12 miles out and sometime in the night was attacked by a party of Indians while asleep, and but few escaped death.

The old man (James Westervelt, Sr.) and two of his daughters (were) among the number killed. The old lady (Maria Demaree Westervelt) saved 3 children (Catharine/Catrina 10 yrs, Leah, Rebecca age 1, a baby, and maybe another child instead of Leah) by hiding in a sinkhole. One child (was) in her arms and two (were) under her clothes to keep them from crying.

My Mother (Leah, then age 13? -born 1764 would be 16) then single also, escaped to a fort not far off…

Those that were prisoners was separated a little way from each other until they could find out which was capable to travel. Those (detrmined) unfit to travel was tomahawked and scalped. One woman (was) sitting by and seeing all of her children one after another slain…they went to her to take her infant out of her arms, her fortitude gave way…(She) held on to the child screaming for its safety (and she ) was killed on the spot by the hatchet and scalped. (The Indians) then took the infant by the heels and beat out its brains against a tree.

They then took each of the others as they intended to take with them and ripped open the beds scattering the feathers, gathered their plunder and left.

After killing the old man (Jacobus Westervelt, Sr.) they seemed to think they had killed a giant, three buttoned themselves in his big coat and danced.

Deborah Westerfield and her cousin Polley (were) taken as prisoners to Detroit, then sold to the French as servants, (They) was badly treated…(and later) sold into another family. They remained (with them) until exchanged and finally got home…(two years later).

While (the girls were) in captivity…the old lady (Mrs. Westervelt age 45) was taken (by Indians) on her return from a friend’s house (in Shelby County). (She) had her horse shot (out from) under her and (was) taken not far from Ketcham’s Station in now Shelby Co. Ky. (Editor’s note, added later: After the horse was killed, she {Maria} was made to run and pack her saddle about four miles on to a creek in the hills called bullskin.) (She was) taken a few miles off secreted for the night, until they could steal horses for their journey. (They) came back before day with the horses, (and) gave (Maria) choice (of horses to ride). She took a favorite one which she knew well… (She) put on her saddle...mounted and on. She was taken to Detroit in great hope of meeting with her daughter (Deborah) and cousin, (Polley Westerfield) but to her disappointment they…(had been) released and (had) gone home around Easter. She remained there about one year and finally got back (1782-83). 



All of which is respectfully narrated as I learned it.


H.R. Stafford 
Carroll County Mar 28th, 1865
The Draper Manuscripts, Boone Papers, Series C, Vol. 2, pp 148, 148-1, 148-2, 16 May 1865

This is the 2nd testimony of Hiram Stafford, son of Leah Westerfield, who escaped during the massacre. 


Carrolton, Carroll Co., Ky May 16, 1865

Mr. Lyman C. Draper, Esq

Dr Sir,…My Father was born in Amelia Co., Vir. in 1753. (He) came to Ky when Col. Boon moved his family out on his second trip. My father resided in Ky until his death June 1820- 67 years old. Married Leah Westerfield, 16 years old, near Dicks River (in) 1783. I have no record by which I can give (a) positive date. It is from information received mostly from others...

So far as recollected, my grandfather, James Westerfield, (Sr.) emigrated to Ky (in) 1780 from Berkeley Co. Virginia. (He) landed at Louisville, Ky in the spring with others... by way of Pittsburgh down the Ohio. Left Louisville for Harrod’s Station. (They) camped about 12 miles out, (and were) attacked by a party of Indians while in camp.
All the movers (were) massacred, except my grandmother, Leah, Deborah, Isaac, Rebecca, Catharine - My Mother, Leah late Westerfield---Deborah and Polly Westerfield, daughter of John Westerfield, her distant cousin was taken to Detroit, hence to Montreal. (They) remained in captivity (for) two years. (They) got released and returned by way of Philadelphia, PA…

The Draper Manuscript, Lyman C. Draper, Series CC, Vol. 13, p 84
…Westerfelt family killed going to Harrodsburgh, near Bullit’s lick. (Bullit’s Lick is in Bullitt County, Kentucky.) Samuel Westerfelt, and his sister got back. This the same summer of 1780… 
Interview with Miss Campbell, Feb 1780

I hope this gives you more insight into our family’s tragic adventures in the Jefferson County area.
Sincerely,
James Thomas Moore
son of Helen Westerfield
daughter of Tymer Westerfield
son of Isaac Know Westerfield
son of David Westerfield
son of Cornelius Westerfield
son of James Westerfield, Jr.
son of Jacobus Westervelt, Sr.


Minutes of 2015 Dutch Cousins Meeting

posted Sep 18, 2016, 1:36 PM by Pam Ellingson

NOTE FROM CAROLYN: I have switched to a new mass mail service (Mail Chimp) from the previous one, this one will insert at the bottom of every email instructions on unsubscribing so that you do not receive any more Dutch Letters.  Do not click on that hotlink if you want to stay on the list!

ALSO: It has been a year since the meeting, so if you have a good memory, please let me know if you find any errors that need correcting. I KNOW this is a long email, but the attached reports are invaluable to next year's chairmen.

THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 2015 DUTCH COUSINS BUSINESS MEETING from our SECRETARY DENISE MEREDITH PERRY
2015 Dutch Cousins, 6th Gathering,
Business Meeting Minutes
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY

The 2015 Dutch Cousins Gathering Business Meeting was called to order on September 25, 2015 at 11:00 by President John C. Westerfield of Pennsylvania in the Brown-Foreman Room of the Kentucky Historical Society.  All officers were present except for Tommy Green, Vice-President.  Fifty (50) or more Dutch Cousins attended the business meeting..

Parliamentarian Jim Cozine declared there was a quorum present to proceed with the business meeting as based on the bylaws of at least four of the six officers and directors, and any fifteen (15) members not officers or directors.

President John C. Westerfield of PA gave the prayer, welcomed all and extended expressions of gratitude to those attending.

Secretary Carolyn Leonard of Oklahoma reported there were no corrections or objections to the 2013 minutes which were e-mailed to all Dutch Cousins.  Motion to approve, seconded and carried.

Treasurer’s Report:  Finance Chairman Vince Akers of Indiana discussed the financial audit after the resignation of Diana Davis and found no problems in the records.  He proposed that the Dutch Cousins donate $4000 for further Old Mud Renovations.

Gathering Committee Reports: summary: (detailed reports attached)
  • Registration:  Janice Cozine of Kentucky reported a registration count of one hundred and thirty-nine (139) registrations for the 2015 Gathering.  Janice also provided a preliminary summary of meeting expenses and income (see Attachment A for final report)
  • Webmaster: Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin reported on the official website:  www.DutchCousins.org. statistics.
    • Statistics/Traffic:
      • Sept 21, 2013 to Sept 20, 2014- 423 visits
      • Sept 2014 to Sept 2015-  1,627 visits
      • Manually adding some Facebook postings
    • DutchCousins Website:
      • Requested link on Cyndi’s List – major index of genealogical related websites.
      • Manually adding some Facebook postings
    • Created bookmarks with URL for Dutch Cousins Website and Dutch Cousins in Kentucky on Facebook for the group
  • Publicity and planning:  Denise Perry of Tennessee reported she prepared and printed 525 copies of the biennial newsletter, which were emailed to all cousins on the email list and hardcopies mailed to others. There were 25 hardcopies returned due to incorrect addresses and the secretary requested members to please keep her advised of address changes due to the extra postal cost.
“Round Robin” letters from cousins, updating information and traveling instructions for the biennial Dutch Cousins gathering were e-mailed to almost 600 families several times a month by Carolyn Leonard of Oklahoma City. News reports were sent to 200 newspapers in Kentucky and other states.  The Dutch Cousins gathering is advertised regularly on several Facebook and other internet sites.
  • Treasurer’s Report:  Janice Cozine presented the treasurer’s report (attached), there were no corrections and it will be filed for audit.
  • Hospitality:  Gene and Carol Heathcoat of Texas reported they will serve coffee and pastries in the hall way outside the meeting room at the Kentucky Historical Society.
  • Silent Auction:  Phyllis Westerfield of Pennsylvania stated there were ninety-one (91) items given to the silent auction for the 2015 gathering raising $798.75. which will go into the Old Mud Restoration fund.  Phil Hoag of Oklahoma will be the 2017 chairman.
  • Book Sale and Autograph Party. Joan Murray of Illinois coordinated these events on Saturday Sept 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Four authors from the Dutch Cousins had books to sell, and one cousin offered prints and notecards.  One guest from NJ brought books for sale on the Reformed Church in America.  Joan felt the small space allocated for the book sale was too crowded, making it difficult to maneuver.
  • Family Displays:  Pam Ellingson:  Pam offered an enticing prize of the book, "L.F. Tantillo Paints New York History" to one (1) of the people registered to exhibit by Sept 5. The book was won by Kerin Smith of Kansas.   Sixteen different family displays drew a great deal of attention.  Space was also an issue here for those who had large displays.
  • Tee-Shirts: Barbie Abbott Hamman of Kentucky – ordered 80 T-shirts with the 2015 Logo.  All of the new Tee-shirts were sold as were Tee-shirts from previous Gatherings.  A profit of $445.20 was made which will go into the Old Mud Restoration fund. Many thanks to Carole Karwatka for meeting with the printer and picking up the Tee-Shirts.
  • Greeter: Gifts, & Badge Ribbons:  Barbie Abbott Hamman of Kentucky has a variety of Badge Ribbons for cousins to pick up at the registration table and several small gift bags with Kentucky related items to be presented to the speakers.
  • Photographer: Charlie Westerfield of Kentucky agreed to be the photographer for the week-end and cousins can order a CD of photos for a small fee.
  • Programs:  Carolyn Leonard of Oklahoma City state the speakers for the 2015 Dutch Cousins Gathering are lined up and ready to provide a variety of topics. Charlie Westerfield of Kentucky kicked off the Gathering Thursday night with a photography montage set to music as he provided a narration of his photos.  Friday night Eddie Price presented “What I Saw at Cane Ridge Revival”.  He was followed by Larry Voreis, presenting “Reflections on Conewago Colony”.   Saturday at noon, Greg Huber gave a presentation on “How the Dutch Built Their Barns”.  During the dinner on Saturday, Miss Kentucky 2015 Ramsey Carpenter of Hartford, Kentucky, played her Kentucky Fiddle and shared anecdotes of her music.  The keynote speaker on Saturday night was Vince Akers of Indiana.  He presented “A Pictorial History of the Old Mud Meetinghouse”.
  • Bus Tour: Dr. Steven Henry of Kentucky reported on Friday’s Bus Tour led by Steve and Heather Henry that approximately 65 Dutch Cousins visited The Old Governor’s Mansion, the History Center, the Capital and the Governor’s Mansion.
  • Video/audio:  Jack Taylor of Kingwood Tx is making video recordings of the speakers, and Zach Akers will be recording audio to mix with the video of his dad Vince Akers.  These DVDs will be given to the speakers, and might possibly be available for purchase at the 2017 gathering.
OLD Business:
  • There was no old business for discussion.
New Business
  • President John Westerfield announced the resignation of Board member Barbara Whiteside and Introduced Malcomb Banta who agreed to be a new Board member. Motion made, seconded and approved.
  • 2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering Coordinator is Mr. Lynn Rogers of Ohio.  He presented a proposal for Shelbyville, KY to be held on Sept 8-10, 2017.  This would coincide with the Reenactment of the Long Run Massacre.  Carolyn Leonard made a motion to accept Mr. Lynn Roger’s proposal, it was seconded and approved.  Volunteers were encouraged to contact Lynn to help with the planning.
  • Discussion was held on options for the 2019 Dutch Cousins Gathering.  One suggestion made to the group was Holland, Michigan.   Cousins are encouraged to email Secretary Denise Perry of Tennessee or any other officer of the Dutch Cousins with proposals.


  • Nominations and Elections of Officers
    • Nomination committee report

      Executive Committee:
      President:  Carolyn Leonard of Oklahoma
      Vice-President: Charlie Westerfield of Kentucky
      Secretary: Denise Merideth Perry of Tennessee
      Treasurer: Janice Cozine of Kentucky
      Webmaster:  Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin
      Finance Chairman: Vince Akers of Indiana

    • Board of Directors:
      Barbie Abbott Hamman of Kentucky
      Jim Cozine of Nevada
      Malcomb Banta of Florida (new member)
      President Emeritus Claude Westerfield of Iowa
  • Election of Officers:  There were no nominations from the floor.  A motion was made to accept the slate of nominations, seconded and carried.  Outgoing President John C. Westerfield of Pennsylvania congratulated the incoming President Carolyn Leonard of Oklahoma, who will assume office at the close of business on Sunday.

The Meeting was adjourned at 1:00.  Most business can be conducted by email, so unless an emergency arises the next business meeting will be at the 7th Dutch Cousins Gathering in 2017 in Shelbyville.

Denise Merideth Perry,
Secretary


Attachment A:  Combined Reports
Final Reports, Dutch Cousins Gathering, Sept 2015

Final Reports, Dutch Cousins Gathering,
September 2015

  1. Book Sale – Joan 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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  1. Bus Tour - Steven and Heather Henry
The Dutch Cousins Gathering Bus Tour was conducted on Friday afternoon by Steven and Heather Henry.  The cousins toured the History Center, The Capital, the Old Governor’s Mansion and the new Governor’s Mansion.  The Old Governor’s Mansion, has served as the home for the Lieutenant Governors for the past 70 years.  This is also where Steve and Heather Henry lived during his eight (8) years as Lieutenant Governor.  It is newly renovated and includes a large formal garden.  About 65 Dutch Cousins took the tours traveling by bus or car.


  1. Displays – Pam Ellingson
Family Displays: To try to increase the number of exhibitors I offered to give a lovely book "L.F. Tantillo Paints New York History" to 1 of the people registered to exhibit by Sept 5. – which was won by Kerin Smith of Kansas.

Sept 21, 2013 to Sept 20, 2014- 423 visits

Sept 2014 to Sept 2015- 1,627 visits

I recently had a link to the website added to CyndisList-- the major indexing of genealogical related websites

I tried to add a feed of the facebook postings to Dutch Cousins in KY. Because that is a closed group I wasn't able to add the feed. I have started to add some of the postings to the website.

Bookmarks with url for Dutch Cousins website and Dutch Cousins in Kentucky on facebook. (Carolyn will leave extra bookmarks at Harrodsburg Historical Society.)

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  1. Tee-Shirts – Barbie Hamm and Carole Karwatka
80 T-shirts for the 2015 Dutch Cousins Gathering were ordered to cover pre-orders and provide some additional shirts.  These were all sold as well as some Tee-shirts from previous reunions Many thanks go to Carole Karwatka for following up with the vendor and picking up the Tee-Shirts for the reunion.

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  1. Financial – Vince Akers
In May 2015, Diana Davis, resigned her position as Dutch Cousins Treasurer.  Janice Cozine was immediately asked to step in as Interim Treasurer since she was already handling registrations for the 2015 Reunion.  Janice accepted the mission and we never missed a beat with the Dutch Cousins finances.  I am pleased to say that Janice also agreed to take on the Treasurer office for the next two years covering our 2017 Reunion.

Diana Davis had served as Treasurer since before our 2009 Reunion.  After her resignation, she sent me all of her past treasurer's records which I reviewed and found to be in excellent order.  The 2013 Reunion in Madison, Indiana, had produced a surplus which allowed the Dutch Cousins to make a $4,000 contribution to the Harrodsburg Historical Society's Old Mud Meetinghouse Fund and still retain over one thousand dollars as "seed" money for the 2015 Reunion.  I thank Diana Davis for her years as Treasurer overseeing the Dutch Cousins finances.

Since the 2015 Reunion, Janice Cozine has prepared and I have reviewed financial statements covering our 2015 Reunion.  Once again the Dutch Cousins produced a surplus which will allow another $4,000 contribution to Old Mud while retaining "seed" money for the 2017 Reunion.  I thank Janice for her on-going contribution as Treasurer for the Cousins

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  1.  Registration – Janice Cozine
Janice Cozine of Kentucky reported a registration count of one hundred and thirty-nine (139) registrations for the 2015 Gathering.  She kept a complete spreadsheet of money received, which she shared with the secretary regularly, and sent the checks and accounting to the treasurer at intervals.  She prepared the nametags, meal tickets, and assembled them alphabetically with the lanyards.  She kept the registration table open on Thursday from 4-6 and Friday from 8:30 to noon, and as needed for new registrations.





The report on the 2015 Dutch Cousins Gathering income and expenses is below.

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  1. Hospitality – Gene & Carol Heathcoat
Gene and Carol Heathcoat of Texas reported they served coffee and pastries in the hall way outside the meeting room at the Kentucky Historical Society each morning.  The hallway was crowded and did not provide much room for socializing and networking.

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  1.  Silent Auction – Phyllis Westerfield
We had 91 items given to the silent auction for the 2015 gathering.  They were very nice items donated from many of the members and I want to thank them very much for their generosity.  We ended up taking in $798.75 from the auction.

 I had a fun time doing the Auction with many members.  It was a great success due to the help of many hands.  At this time I want to thank our daughter, "Toni" and daughter-in-law "Katherine" for all their help counting and keeping track of the money.  Without them I could not have gotten things done in a timely manner.  I turned over $798.75 to Janice Cozine on September 26, 2015.  Best wishes to the new silent auction chairman, Bill Hoag of Jones, OK for the 2017 gathering.

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  1.  Programs – Carolyn Leonard
Carolyn Leonard of Oklahoma City state the speakers for the 2015 Dutch Cousins Gathering are lined up and ready to provide a variety of topics. Charlie Westerfield of Kentucky kicked off the Gathering Thursday night with a photography montage set to music as he provided a narration of his photos.  Friday night Eddie Price presented “What I Saw at Cane Ridge Revival”.  He was followed by Larry Voreis, presenting “Reflections on Conewago Colony”.   Saturday at noon, Greg Huber gave a presentation on “How the Dutch Built Their Barns”.  During the dinner on Saturday, Miss Kentucky 2015 Ramsey Carpenter of Hartford, Kentucky, played her Kentucky Fiddle and shared anecdotes of her music.  The keynote speaker on Saturday night was Vince Akers of Indiana.  He presented “A Pictorial History of the Old Mud Meetinghouse”.

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  1.  Publicity – Carolyn Leonard & Denise Perry
Carolyn Leonard mailed “Round Robin” letters from cousins, updating information and traveling instructions for the bi-ennual Dutch Cousins gathering mailed to almost 600 families several times a month. News reports were sent to 200 newspapers in Kentucky and other states.  The Dutch Cousins gathering is advertised regularly on several Facebook and other internet sites.
Denise Perry of Tennessee prepared and printed 525 copies of the bi-ennual newsletter, which were both emailed and mailed as hardcopy to cousins on the mailing list. There were 25 returned due to incorrect addresses.


  1. President’s Report – John C. Westerfield
It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as President of the Dutch Cousins of Kentucky.  The job has been easy with the hard work of the other officers.  We were able to donate $4,000.00 to Old Mud after our last gathering in Madison, Indiana in 2013.

Thank Carolyn for all her hard work sending out e-mails to the group and keeping the minutes of our meetings.  She has been the hub of our group.  She has been nominated to be our next president and I know she will do an excellent job.  Denise Perry has been nominated to fill the secretary position and she will have some big shoes to fill.

This spring Diana Davis resigned as our treasurer.  We thank Diana for all the hard work she has done in the past assisting with the organization of the Dutch Cousins of Kentucky.  I want to thank Vince Akers for accepting the Treasurer’s books from Diana and auditing them.  Also, I want to thank Janice Cozine for stepping forward and accepting the job as Treasurer in addition to being registration person for this year’s gathering.  She has also agreed to be our next Treasurer. It is the willingness of our members to step forward and volunteer for various jobs that makes this organization operate smoothly.

Our webmaster, Pam Ellingson, has done a great job keeping our web site up to date and operating smoothly.  Thanks for a great job Pam.

Vince Akers is not only our Finance Chairman but is a great historian and Author on the Dutch Settlements in Kentucky and Indiana.  Thanks Vince for your contribution to the Dutch Cousins.

Barbie Hamman, 2015 Gathering Coordinator, with the assistance of Steve Henry and Janice Cozine has done a great job of locating a place for our gathering.  They have arranged for a place for our meeting, meals, tours, etc.  Thanks Barbie and committee for all your hard work in getting everything arranged for our gathering.

I thank the Board of Directors for the assistance they have provided.

I accepted the position as  Vice President in 2011. It was a pleasure working with Claude from 2011 - 2013.  In 2013 you elected me as president and it has been a pleasure serving as president.  I sure miss having Claude at our meeting this year.  I wish him and Kathy all the best and, it does not seem the same without them.

Most of all I want to thank Phyllis, my wife, for being the woman behind the man.  She has been my right arm and has been willing to assist in any way she can.  Also, she has been in charge of the Silent Auction and has done a great job.  Thanks Sweetie for being there when I needed help and encouragement.

John Westerfield, President
  1. Coordinator & Greeter  – Barbie Abbott Hamm
Barbie announced she has a variety of Badge Ribbons for cousins to pick up at the registration table.   .  Barbie purchased small gift bags with Kentucky related items to be presented to the speakers.



  1. Photographer – Charlie Westerfield
Charlie Westerfield of Kentucky agreed to be the photographer for the week-end and cousins can order a CD of reunion photos for a small fee
  1. Dutch Archives – Amalie Preston
Helen Smock, widow of David Smock, has donated his collection of books to the Low Dutch Archives.  This donation is very much appreciated.

An inventory of Dutch Cousin items at the Harrodsburgh Historical Society
Tote Bags (White)62
Tote Bags (Red)25
Tee Shirts (White)23
Tee Shirts (Black)2
Tee Shirts (Blue)2
Christmas Ornaments3
Table Cloths(yellow)15
Table Cloths (Orange)9
Table Cloths (Brown)17
Table Cloths (White)12
Welcome Dutch Cousins Banner1
Holland Flag1
Cheese Tray1
Following a Kentucky Trace by Carol Gibson Flaherty1
Kentuckians in Ohio and Indiana by Stuart Seely Sprague1
“Yes I Want to Save Old Mud” cards28
White Lanyards (Bundles)6
Pot of Silk Tulips1
Banners from previous meetings, map, cardboard display board5 Banners
Dutch Cousin note cards50 approx
Blue Top Bin with assorted items1
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