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Letters 7/13/2015

posted Sep 2, 2015, 1:01 PM by Pam Ellingson   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 1:29 PM ]
Ooops, this posting should have been made 7/13/15.


Sent by Jo Ellen Villines

Dear Carolyn,

I am very excited to see the information provided by new cousin Judith Collard.  I too, descend from Henry Comingore and Rachel Brewer.  She is, quite literally to me, a new Dutch cousin!  


Sent by Jim Cozine of Las Vegas (DC Board Member)


cc Janice

Re the Reunion gap

We only have 44 people ( including partners) signed up at 60 days away!

This seems weak compared to past gatherings...

I would again suggest we consider a 3 year gap before 

the next gathering for the board to consider. 

We are having the same problem with our annual Navy

Vets reunions - fewer and fewer folks are traveling 

due to age, health and wealth-expense issues...

Please consider this for the agenda. 

Jim C

NOTE FROM CAROLYN - deadline for registration is August 1, less than 3 weeks away.


Sent by Bill Hoag


I enjoy reading your Dutch Cousins letters and emails.

Hope to see you in Frankfort.

Bill K. Hoag, (By Terhune Connection)


Sent by Jim Cozine of Las Vegas (DC Board Member)


Re Judith Collard's request for information on the Comingore brothers -  I can share with her the text of my tribute at the tombstone marker dedication as follows:

John and TWIN brother Henry were born 16 Sept 1749 in Hanckensack, Bergen Co., NJ  

parents Rhyner Kamminga and Annette Aarjansen of Kings Co, Long Is, NY

members of the Schraalenburgh RDC, in NJ

In Aug 1776 a month before his 27th birthday John volunteered as a Private under 

Captain Hugh Campbell, York Co. Asso., Simon Vanarsdall -  Co. Lt.  

1st Srgt of this company was Cornelius Cozine ( likely the Rev Cozine, as Cor Jr was only 23 yrs old)

He marched to Philadelphia and then on to (S.) Amboy or Perth-Amboy NJ

He was stationed there for a full 3 months, likely guarding the mouth of the Raritan River. This being a 

mear 15 miles or less from the former Cozine farm in Somerset Co. & the Sourland Dutch Harlingen tract.  

He returned home in December that year at the end of his enlistment. His brother took his place in the company.

John was drafted in Sept 1777 for three months under Major Simon Vanarsdall's battalion, Penn. Troops

This Simon's wife was Ellen Cozine, daughter of Rev Cozine

The penson applications indicate that John could not recall the name of the Company Captain - but he was likely  

John McElwain, they marched to a place named Darby near Philadelphia, on the Darby River where he was

stationed for a time, then they moved to Mudfort on the Delaware river ( to protect the flank of Fort Mifflin) 

where he witnessed an engagement between the Fort (Fort Mifflin on Mud Island) and six British Navy warships

(the Phily airport today is next to the old fort that is still there)

The firing continued through the day and in the evening a fire ball from the fort struck one of the

 ships HMS AUGUSTA of 64 guns and it blew up with a tremondous explosion the next day Oct 22nd.  

The account of the battle reads as follows: A valiant 5 week battle took place when the British Navy attacked 

Fort Mifflin on Mud Island. The garrison of approximately 400 Continental soldiers was surrounded from three   

sides. The British attempting to open the supply line for their Army already in the Rebel Capital, They shot over

10,000 cannonballs at the fort, causing the garrison to evacuate on Nov 15th. Over150 Continental soldiers 

died as a result of the battle and lead Thomas Paine to write:"The garrison, with scarce anything to cover them

but thier bravery, survived in the midst of the mud, shot & shells and were obliged to give up more to the 

powers of time & gunpowder than to military superiority." This battle allowed General Washington and the 

Continental Army to repair to their winter quarters in a place called the Valley Forge. To late in the season for  

British General Howe to chase them.

At this place John was discharged as his term expired and returned home in Dec.

John marries Annite Mattees in York Co on Oct 24th 1778 some ahnentafels show the yr as 1776. 

but this is not likley in view of his service record.

In 1778 Annie was 20 yrs old and thier 1st son is born 9 months later in July 1779

John  & Annie had 7 children, only their 1st - Henry was born in Conewago, the others in KY.

John Died  6 Oct 1845 and is burned here among the Dutch cousins. 

Brother Henry relived his TWIN brother in Dec 1776. He and neighbor Samuel Banta volunteered under

now Capt. Simon Vanarsdall at York and marched to Philadelphia, staying there 10 or 12 days before going on to

Trenton. On the road about 8 miles outside Phily they met the Hessians taken prisoner at the Battle of Trenton -

Dec 26th. They continued on to Princeton, NJ , here and at Kingston they were stationed for their tour acting 

as scouts between Princeton and Brunswick and protecting the locals from the Britsh scouting parites during

the winter lull in fighting, he served 4 mons as a PVT.

It appears he was again- in effect - his brother's relief in Captain McElwain's company 

having served 3 months  in the winter of 1777 with a discharge in Feb 1778.

He enlisted a 3rd time in 1779 and served 2 months under Major Vanarsdale in the Penn. Troops. 

And he was a minute man in 1781 for about 3 months - until Cornwall surrendered ( Oct 19th)

Some years later (1800 or 1804?) Henry would make the 6 week trip from Mercer Co, KY to New Brunswick,  

NJ on horse back to secure the funds to build the OLD MUD and then returned 

taking another 6 weeks to get home carrying the money in his saddle bags.

Henry married Rachel Brouwer in abt 1772 & (2nd) Tiny Rynerson on Jan 2nd 1822 at age 72.  

in Nelson Co., KY  - Henry and Rachel had 8 children ( 5 sons and 3 daus)

one of these sons - John b 1785 marries Sally Cozine  22 Jan 1807

she was the daughter of John Cozine, who's house is still standing just a short

distance from here and where we visited at the last reunion

he died 29 Jan 1836 and is buried here among the Dutch cousins

    Rest in Peace old soliders your duty done and done well


Sent by Jake Hannam 

(Note from carolyn:  Attn. Montfort descendants)

(NOTE FROM CAROLYN - Jake has been helping me clean up the Brokaw/Bercaw burial memorials in Conewago on Findagrave - not an easy task. Take a look and offer suggestions if you have new information ; oh yes, I do have three different emails. Sometimes I have trouble sending from one so I use a different one for a while. is the one I use most, but are good too.  All three come into the same Apple mailbox.)

Do you have three different email addresses? I sent this two of them plus there is one from Which is best to use for you?

As for your changes, I'm not sure if there was any improvement or not but it does appear that accepted the I and II designations instead of Sr. and Jr.

By the way, the Margaret Brinckerhoff who married Peter, Jr.(#2) was a daughter of Gilbert Brinckerhoff and Elizabeth Ackerman. Her sister, Magdalena, married Peter's brother, George. A third sister, Maria, married a John Bercaw (Berlow) but I'm not sure who he is. It's possible, if not probable, that he was also a brother of Peter, Jr. and George. At the very least, he was a cousin of theirs.

Yet another daughter of Gilbert and Elizabeth's, Elizabeth, married my ancestor Peter Monfort. That's why I'm interested in this line.

My source for this is:

R. Brinkerhoff, The family of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff, 1638, 1887, page 52


Sent by Andrew Grisham

Just in case some of you have not seen the Space Station, I pass this along to you.  This is a very interesting presentation, but just watching it makes my claustrophobia kick in - LOL - and makes me a little uncomfortable.


Sent by Kerrylea Stippes

Please add me to the mailing list for the Dutch Cousins:

I am a descendant of Abraham BANTA SHUCK and Abigail Ann VAN ANTWERP.


Sent by Darrell Kitchen (a new Dutch cousin)

(Carolyn: Note to Jake Hannam - look at paragraph five - Bercaws/Brokaws, daughters of Peter #1 & #2)

I am a descendent of Richard and Margaret Voorhees Kitchen. In the old Conewago and Adams County written records, he is seen many times as Derrick, which I have learned can be a Dutch version of Richard. In addition, the transcription of the Kitchen name has been seen there as Cichim, Kitcheon, Kichin, and Eichim. Regardless, the family has always been Kitchen, as far back as I can research. The Kitchen roots are imbedded in Hunterdon, Sussex, Somerset and the areas around the Raritan Valley of New Jersey. Though I *think* Richard and Margaret were married at the Readington Dutch Reformed Church, a Reformed congregation founded in Hunterdon County in 1719, I do know that the baptisms of their first few children were at the Neshanic Dutch Reformed Church…still an active congregation today.

I have researched my family and the related history for more than forty years and (in addition to many other travels) have visited Adams County, PA several times for a more “hands-on” experience.

My family left Hunterdon, New Jersey as part of the Conewago Colony movement and settled in Adams (formerly York) County, Pennsylvania. Their land was on the Swift Run Road and later on Green Ridge Road in Hamilton Township. The final days of the family were in Hampton. They attended the Dutch Reformed Church and later the Presbyterian congregation

Richard and Margaret did not move to Kentucky with many of their neighbors. Richard Kitchen, the patriarch, died in March 1810 and the children began to move west on their own. They left their Mother (Margaret), sister Mary (spinster), and three unmarried brothers Joseph, Peter and Abraham. They are buried in the Osborne or Low Dutch Cemetery on Swift Run Road in Adams County…but only Joseph has a marker remaining today. His name was transcribed by the stonecutter as “Kitcheon”, though his estate papers, news clippings, deeds, etc. all validate his name as “Kitchen”.

The other children settled in Ohio. They included “four” who married Bercaws (Brokaw, Bercaa, Bercau, etc.). The four included Hannah and Esther. Margaret married their neighbor Isaac Patterson, Richard married Susan Shetron, John married Hannah Bercaw, and the eldest son Stephen married Anne Bercaw.  Sarah married a Jacob King and Henry married a Snevely (later Caldwell. My line is Edward who married Ann Canby. Their settlements were primarily in the Miami Valley in areas including Cincinnati, Monroe, Lebanon, Middletown, Piqua, Pitchin, Springfield, Dayton, Bellefontaine, Findlay and others. There are still many family member who live in these communities today…(including me). The exception to the Miami Valley settlements is the families of Margaret and Isaac Patterson who landed in Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio.


Sent by Leah Beale

I don’t forward many emails…even when they are wonderful.  This one, however, needs to be shared with as many people as possible.  


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Sent by Carolyn Leonard


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