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Letters 05/17/2017

posted May 17, 2017, 9:38 AM by Pam Ellingson
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Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin
(At the front page, "Gathering 2017”)  Vince pointed out that sometimes clicking on the hyperlink goes to some "My Site" thing.  Just Google Dutch Cousins and go from there, Or be sure to put in  It's our organization's website.

At Frankfort September  7th to the 9th, and then to Harrodsburg the 10th and 11th.   Put it on your calendar now.  We 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  BE SURE TO GIVE THE GROUP CODE: Dutch Cousins 2389
Our Treasurer Janice Cozine of Kentucky and the 2017 Gathering Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers of Ohio (and me - Oklahoma) are working out the details.  It will be memorable - we can guarantee you that!

I’m getting the biennial newsletter together.  My daughter Judi is so smart! She helped me with the registration page and got it so people can fill it out online and the amounts fill in automatically and total.  She is going to come down to OKC tomorrow and teach me how to do it!  I think they call it clickable forms or something like that. Exciting! I love learning new tricks.
DAR, SAR, 1812, 0IWUS:  We are working on having some special information being made available to the cousins at the gathering.  For instance, we know that some people are interested in learning more about and applying for Sons of American Revolution or Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of the War of 1812,  Order of Indian Wars of the US … groups that many of us belong to and many others of our Dutch cousins are eligible for.  I’m looking for volunteers to help with that.  Hello!  Where are you Daughters? … and Sons …? and others?
I have also requested a speaker on DNA and what that might tell us.  Any suggestions welcome.

SENT BY: Larry Vanice
Your list from the latest newsletter: Van Nuys, Vannice, Van Nis, Vannys, Vannuyse, van Huys, van Hyte
Carolyn, I can add Vanice with authority, because it is the spelling used by my branch, except for one of my father’s brothers who reverted to Van Nuys.
Also, I have seen the names Van Nice, Vanhuis, Van Huis and Van Eys, but I do not know if Van Eys was the same family.

The first Van Nuys in America was  Aucke Janse van Nuys.
Also known as: "Albert Jansz", "Auke Janse van Nuyse", "Aucke Jans Van Huys", "Aucke Jansen"
“Presumed from his name to be from Nuis, Marum, Groningen, The Netherlands”
So van Nuyse  and van Nuis could be other variations.

Have you seen this about Van Nuys, CA was thinking of being a sister city with Nuis, Holland?  I looked at Nuis on Google Earth and see it is a tiny, tidy place with small newish houses and brick streets.

SENT BY: Hendrik Edelman
The term “low dutch” is unknown in the Netherlands. The Dutch word is: Nederduitsch.
The (American) Dutch Reformed Church is called Nederduits Hervormde Kerk in contemporary documents

SENT BY:  Larry Vanice
Back in the 1950’s the old Allen County Public Library had a small genealogy room with some good stuff.  I found the Vanice family history (original 1916 edition) on the shelf and traced my line.  Hard to imagine how Carrie Allen got all that data in 1916 without the benefit of computers and the LDS.  Mind you, she did print some incorrect information, probably fuzzy memories from old folks.

Now the new library has that amazing genealogy department.  The shelf now has a University Microfilms facsimile of the 1916 book, but the camera skipped one page.  And they have a copy of the book that was hand typed on letter size paper, copying every word of the 1916 book because there were no Xerox machines when it was typed.  That book includes the page that was missed in the facsimile.  I don’t know what the ACPL did with that original book they had.  My first cousin whose father was the oldest brother of his generation inherited the original book bought in 1916 by my grandparents.  I bought a DVD of the University Microfilms facsimile on eBay, which is missing the one page, of course.

SENT BY: Tamara Fulkerson
Library of Congress releasing digital catalog records!!!
The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.

The records also will be easily accessible at, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration(GSA). Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually or through a paid subscription……covers a wide range of Library items including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, maps, music and visual materials.  The free data sets cover more than 45 years, ranging from 1968, during the early years of MARC, to 2014.  Each record provides standardized information about an item, including the title, author, publication date, subject headings, genre, related names, summary and other notes.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services, and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at

SENT BY:Larry Vanice of Fort Wayne Indiana (home of the enormous Allen County Genealogy Research Center)
A long time ago, some old guy explained aging to me.  He said, “You never feel older, it just hurts more.”  Now I know that he was right and wish I could remember his name.

You might mention that the book, A Record of the Family of Isaac Van Nuys (or Vannice) of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Son of Isaac Van Nuys of Millstone, New Jersey by Carrie E Allen 1916 goes back to Aucke Van Nuys arriving in New Amsterdam in 1652 and lists many branches of the family, along with many marriages to other Low Dutch people.  I expect most of the Cousins can find at least one of their ancestors mentioned.  I have never seen an original 1916 book for sale, but there are several ways to get a personal paper or electronic copy, probably all missing that one page.  The book is also on the Ancestry website.

SENT BY: Marilyn Douglas
KINGSTON -- From 6 to 7 p.m. May 24, Senate House State Historic Site on 296 Fair St. will present a free panel discussion exploring the constraints and rights women experienced under the Dutch, British and Americans during the colonial period and the American Revolution.
Featured panelists for "A Woman Shall Have the Right" are Jennifer H. Dorsey, associate professor of history at Siena College; Maeve Kane, assistant professor of history at University at Albany and Maria Vann, director of the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove.
Each will provide an overview of the legal privileges and common household rules that shaped the lives of women, and compare and contrast the differences between the Dutch, British and Americans.
The museum will be open for self-guided tours of the historic rooms and exhibits, including the new exhibit Kingston's Stockade: New Netherland's Third City starting at 5 p.m.
Thanks Marilyn
Marilyn E. Douglas, Vice President
New Netherland Institute
Cultural Ed Center, Room 10D45
222 Madison Avenue
Albany NY 12230

SENT BY: Lilly Martin of Syria
Dear Carolyn,
You wrote:
“As I understand it, 50 families came to Mercer County Kentucky by 1800. The "50 families" were associated with 19 Dutch names.”
Your #4 listed: Brewer, Brouwer.

Your listed spelling variations were: Brewer, Brouwer, Bruner
I will explain it: The immigrant was named Adam BROUWER.  Brouwer is the DUTCH spelling, which refers to an occupation, like "Brewing Beer" for example.
By the time his descendant left New Jersey and went to Kentucky, by way of Conewago, PA, the name was Brouwer or Brower.
By the time they settled in Mercer Co, KY the accepted spelling was BREWER, which is the ENGLISH translation of the DUTCH occupation of BROUWER.

If you look at the vast majority of descendants of Adam Brouwer, the immigrant, you will find by 1800 they were using BROWER as the spelling. The Kentucky group is one of the oldest to use BREWER as the spelling. However, there was a man in early Monmouth Co, NJ who used BREWER spelling, and I feel it was because his wife Deborah Allen was of ENGLISH background, and not DUTCH, and this influenced the family to use BREWER.
In other words,  the relatives of the Mercer Co KY group, who did not leave NY and NJ, but remained there, were mainly using BROWER as the surname, and their descendants today are using BROWER.
I feel you should add BROWER to your list of spelling variations. Concerning the name BRUNER: I have never seen that as connected to any Brouwer original line, and if I am wrong, I would like to hear more about it.
Best regards,
Lilly Martin

 (Note: Hope you stay safe there in Syria, Cousin.  You are in our prayers)
Many of these variations in spelling came from a website about Conewago Colony:
and from the book “Taxables of the Low Dutch Settlement of the Conewago” by Arthur Weaner, available online from the Adams County PA Historical Society.

Name spellings weren't standardized several generations ago, and many people spelled even their own name in a variety of ways. In addition, many people couldn't write and those who wrote for them when the need arose, sometimes had minimal spelling skills or simply spelled phonetically, writing down what they heard.

In his book, “Finding Our Wooden Shoes Vol II,” (partially online, see hot links page) Jim Cozine says this: “Here are Some notes on Dutch spelling ‑‑ The following letters were virtually interchangeable in medieval Dutch ‑ c and k, j and y, and f and v. Some of the changes from Old Dutch (sometimes called Low German) to Modern Dutch that appear so many times in our name are: 's' became 'z' ‑ but old 'z' becomes 's' ‑ they appear to remain interchangeable even today; 'ij' or 'y' became' i'; ‘k’ became 'c'.”


SENT BY: Marilyn Douglas
The Bronck Museum in Coxsackie marks 400 years since the birth of Pieter Bronck, the Dutch settler who built the original stone house at the museum.
Visitors can spend some time with Pieter himself, his wife, one of his grandchildren and even his famous great-great-grandson Judge Leonard Bronck.
Since birthday cakes didn't exist in "Pieter's World," a mound of 400 Dutch speculaas cookies will be served. Admission is free.
There will be live music, food, wagon rides, goats (one of the most commonly owned farm animals of Bronck's at the time and place) early amusements and games for children, craft demonstrations and the first tasting of Pieter's Brew, a new and specially crafted beer prepared by Crossroads Brewery in Athens, which is planned to be similar to the beer served back then.

Carolyn Leonard, 2017 President, Dutch cousins of Kentucky
Now preparing for 9/8/2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering
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Dutch letters are archived on our official web page, by webmaster Pam Ellingson
Barbara Whiteside has a Facebook page, Dutch Cousins in Kentucky, that you may find interesting, but it is not our official FB page.

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