Newsletters‎ > ‎

Letters 08/04/2017

posted Aug 7, 2017, 10:15 AM by Pam Ellingson
LAST CHANCE!  BETTER HURRY!   We have some really special events included this year for the first time.

- For the pre-con event at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort on Thursday evening September 7, Debra Renard, a DNA EXPERT will speak on what you might hope to learn from a DNA TEST.
- Friday, a brief business meeting and all day is packed with interesting information and networking time, family exhibits, silent auction, and that evening the keynote dinner speaker we all love, Vince Akers.
- Saturday, our excursion event will be to the Painted Stone Settlers reenactment of the Dutch involvement in the Long Run Massacre, and the evening keynote speaker/entertainer is Eddie Price, author of “Widder’s Landing”
- Sunday we return to the Old Mud Meetinghouse at Harrodsburg to participate in an 1800s style Reformed Dutch Service led by Russell Gasero. Archivist of the Reformed Church in America,in New Brunswick, NJ. He will be ably assisted by several of our own Dutch Cousins. (more about that soon)
- And all during the event our photographer Charlie Westerfield will be cranking away with the memorable photos of us all having a great time!
- Go to our official website to download the registration blank and newsletter and more complete information.


THE LOW DUTCH 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  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!


SENT BY: carolyn (herself)
On Sunday September 10 we will caravan to Harrodsburg, a 45 minute drive, for photos and special 1800s worship service at the Old Mud Meetinghouse at 2 pm. The next day, The Harrodsburg Historical Society will have their Research Library and Dutch Archives open just for us from 10 am to 2 pm. Call or email the H-burg tourist office for their recommendation on where to stay. (859) 734-2364. or (800) 355-9192.

SENT BY: Corey Claude Westerfield
Visitation went well tonight.  Mom got to hear how many were touched by dad.
We travel to Unadella, Nebraska to bury.
Thank you and please pass on my heartfelt appreciation to all the Dutch Cousins



My name is craig perkins I was the organ playing bus
Driver for your trip to sleepy hollow. I remember
Claude well and how kind he was to me on that trip
I had a most wonderful time with your group and
Think often of that period of my life and still follow
Your group with great interest. My condolences to his
Family with much thanks for the brief but uplifting
Time I spent with him and "The Dutch Cousins "

With regards
Craig perkins

CRAIG I can’t tell you how glad I was to hear from you.  I didn’t even realize you were on my DUTCH COUSINS mail list. We have often thought of you and what a blessing you and your music were to all of us.  We really hated to tell you goodbye and have wondered how your life was going.  We’d love to see you again.   Do you still do the bus thing? Let us know so we can ask for you as a driver!  I hope you will drop by the Kentucky History Center to see us! best of everything to you. Carolyn & Jon


SENT BY: the young Dr. Ed Westerfield
Even death has meaning.  I mourn the passing of someone who will be remembered for as long as there are Westerfield's to remember.  Go in Peace, Claude.  You've earned your rest. Go with the knowledge, that you planted much, tended and nurtured your crop, only to be harvested by those to come long after you.  Thank you Claude.

God Bless
Another library closes.

Sent from Ed Westerfield's Iphone

SENT BY: Kerin Smith
Hi:  I didn't know Claude, but this is a great photo of him, and of the wonderful pulpit and sound board.
SENT BY: charlie Westerfield, VP of Dutch Cousins
Charlie and his wife Marilyn are working on a wonderful memorial for our Claude.  They are investigating a park bench to be placed at the Old Mud Meetinghouse with a plaque in memory of Claude.  We may need some private donations depending on cost of what they find,


SENT BY: Jean MacGregor Simon
Very sorry to read of Claude Westerfield’s passing.  What a beautiful, touching photo of him in that pulpit.  I never met him, but he was a very good looking gentleman.  My great-great-great grandmother was named Jane Westervelt, born 20 February 1741, died 1779, in her 39th year. Born in New York, I think.  She was the wife of Gabriel Van Norden.  Latter eventually went to Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.

Claude and I both had grandchildren named Sullivan.  He a grandson, and I a granddaughter, nick-named “Livie”.  May Claude rest comfortably in peace.

SENT BY: JANICE COZINE, Treasurer and registration for Dutch Cousins.  ABOUT THE BUS TRIP EXCURSION:
Hello to all!

Sorry.....the bus is FULL! (only one seat remains - and with reservations coming in every day a request for that seat may already be on the way.  We will start a waiting list in case of cancellations, but …. that doesn’t usually happen.)

Our chartered bus for Saturday to Shelbyville, Ky to visit the Long Run Massacre and Floyd's Defeat  Re-enactment is full.
Your other option is to 'follow' the bus in your car.
You will need to pay for your tickets there at the event.

Janice Cozine
Dutch Cousins Treasurer
and Registration Chair

SENT BY:janice cozine — 
HERE’S WHO IS REGISTERED SO FAR! — IS YOUR NAME HERE?  If not, better send in your registration blank! (

FYI  ----- for all.
A friend & I drove to Harrodsburg yesterday to eat at the Family Affair restaurant.
I wanted to try their pot roast to see if we could offer this as one of our meat options for Fri OR Sat dinner ?
It was pretty good and wondered about your thoughts on this.

We also drove by the HHS and picked up all the Dutch Cousins inventory to bring to Frankfort.
I talked with Amalie on the phone, it just happened to be her day off.

Banta, Malcolm & Betty Jo FLBANTA2
Akers, VinceINDEMAREE1
Akers, ZacharyINDEMAREE1
Brown, Anne & Nick TXWESTERFIELD2
Burruss, Carolyn & JimALWESTERFIELD2
Cole, King & SharonTXSTAGG2
Cornine, Harold & Tracie MOCARNINE2
Cozine, Eddie & Janice KYCOZINE2
Cozine, Larry & Geri INCOZINE2
Demaree, Bill & Betty INDEMAREE2
Dempsey, Rod KY DeMotte1
Fox, Ruth & JohnFLBANTA2
Fulkerson, TamaraKYCOZINE1
Gasero, Russell & MariaNJ 2
Gohmann, Mary Jo & JohnINBanta2
Heathcoat, Gene, Carol & David TXDUREE3
Heavener, Jon & Carolyn (Leonard) OKCOZINE / COSINE2
Hoag, Bill & Gayle OKTERHUNE2
Karwatka, Carole & DennisKYWesterfield2
Keith, Buck & Charlotte INWESTERFIELD2
Knezic, David & Dawn MIBANTA2
McKee, Morris & JudyTXBANTA2
Metcalf, Sharon & Jim KYCOZINE2
Murray, Richard & JoanILBANTA2
Olson, Charlotte & DaveILTERHUNE2
Prather, Damien KYHITE1
Rogers, Lynn OHRYKER1
Taylor, Jack & SueTXREYNERSON2
Van Diver, Cecil & Marie KYVAN DIVER2
Voreis, Larry & Suzanne SCVORIS / VORHEES / VAN VORHEES2
Walker, Johnnie & Daniel TNCOZINE2
Welches, Emily & Anderson, Renee INBANTA  VANARSDALL2
Westerfield, Charlie & Marilyn KYWESTERFIELD2
Westerfield, Gerald & NancyILWESTERFIELD2
Westerfield, Jeff & Katherine NCWESTERFIELD2
Westerfield, Jerry KYWESTERFIELD1
Westerfield, John & Phyllis PAWESTERFIELD2
Westerfield, Larry TNWESTERFIELD1
Westerfield, OscarFLWESTERFIELD1
Westerfield, Tom KYWESTERFIELD1
Westerfield, Tom & Shelia ILWESTERFIELD / WESTERVELT2
Westerfield, Toni FLWESTERFIELD1
Westerfield, Wes ILWESTERFIELD1

NOTE from carolyn: Is your name on the list above?  If not, Why not?  POT ROAST SOUNDS GREAT TO ME - let's hear from you cousins!


Carolyn Leonard
president, Dutch cousins of Kentucky
Now preparing for 9/8/2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering

E-mail me:
On my webpage, read the pages: DutchCousins:
 and LowDutchHeritage:
Dutch letters are archived on our official webpage, by webmaster Pam Ellingson
Barbara Whiteside has a facebook page that you may find interesting, but it is not our official FB page, Dutch Cousins in Kentucky