CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH NOTES
ON SOME OF THE PATERNAL ANCESTORS, DESCENDANTS,
AND COLLATERAL LINES, OF
FREDERICK PERRY DECOURSEY (1900-1978)
Including the families of
BOS, BRADT, CAUDEBEC, COMSTOCK, CORSA, CORSEN, CRAY, CUVILJE,
DAMEN, DECKER, DECOURSEY, DEFOREST, DEPUY, HOOGES, HELMICK, KIP,
LENT, MONTAGNE, OBLINIS, PROVOOST, RAPALJE, ROSENKRANS, ROOSA,
RYCKEN, SCHOONMAKER, VANAKEN, VANGORDEN, VERBRUGGE, VERMILYEA,
DECOURSEY FAMILY NOTES AND CHRONOLOGY 1750-1800
WILLIAM L DECOURSEY
1735 - 19th TERRACE NW
NEW BRIGHTON, MINNESOTA 55112
|ANCESTORS and DESCENDANTS OF LESLIE EUGENE
|1750||Elizabeth (NAMBURGH) CORSA, first wife of Teunis CORSA, died about 1750. Her widower, Teunis CORSA (alias Teunis REESER, Dennis DeCOURSEY), married second, 2 February 1752, at Smithfield, Penna. to Rachel (VanGORDEN) SCHOONMAKER, widow of Jochem SCHOONMAKER of Minisink. Some of the SCHOONMAKER children (including Petrus SCHOONMAKER, bpt. 1749, alias Peter DECOURSEY) took the "DECOURSEY" surname of their stepfather.|
|1750||A list of inhabitants of Dansbury, Lower Smithfield Township
(present Stroudsburg), Pennsylvania in 1750-55 includes the
names: Denis RESER, Daniel SHOEMAKER, Garret SHOEMAKER, and
Hillman, Ralf, OLD DANSBURY AND THE MORAVIAN MISSION (1934).
|1751||Russie VanAKEN married 1 March 1751, at Walpeck, N.J. to Daniel KORTRECHT (both living in Upper Smithfield). The witnesses at the baptisms of their children were Cornelis VanAKEN and Hester RELYE, his wife; David VanAKEN and Magdalena SCHOONMAKER.|
|1751||Helena, dau. of Jochem SCHOONMAKER and Rachel VanGORDON, was baptized, 28 Apr 1751, in the DRC at Smithfield, Pennsylvania. Witnesses were Benjamin SCHOONMACHER and his wife, Lisbeth DUPUY.|
|1751||Jochem SCHOONMAKER (1712-1751) died at sea in 1751, and his
widow, Rachel VANGORDON, married second at Smithfield,
Pennsylvania, 2 February 1752, to Teunis RESER (also known as
Teunis CORSA or Dennis DeCOURSEY), widower of Elizabeth
VanNAMBURG. Teunis and Rachel (VanGORDON) CORSA had children:
Benjamin RACER m. Maria CHESNOR; Hannah CORSA m. Ezekiel
SCHOONHOVEN; William DeCOURSEY m. Elizabeth IRVIN; Rachel CORSA
m. Jonathan BAKER; and Abraham m. Jan Van de MARK.
(Note: Teunis CORSA (also known as Teunis REESER) and his first wife, Elizabeth VanNAMBURG had children baptized on the Dutch Reformed Church records of Tarrytown "Sleepy Hollow", New York.)
|1752||Jan (BEATTY) COVINGTON of Reno, NV wrote "In the
Pennsylvania land sales were entered some items from Minisink
area which showed the sale of the land of the late Jochem
SCHOONMACKER in 1752." No reference source was given. A map
showing the land owned by Jochem SCHOONMAKER and his relative
Aaron DUPUY is shown on page 12 and 14 of
Hillman's OLD DANSBURY AND THE MORAVIAN MISSION.
|1752||Jacob LIVINGOOD was born in Tulpehocken twp., Berks County,
Penna., on 26 January 1752. His grandfather of the same name
came with the German colony, from New York Province, in 1729.
Pennsylvania-German Society, PROCEEDINGS AND ADDRESSES at ALLENTOWN, NOVEMBER 2, 1906 (1908), Vol.XVII, p.386.
|1752||Northampton County, Pennsylvania was created from Bucks County in 1752.|
|1752||Denis REESER (also known as Teunis CORSA, Dennis DeCOURSEY),
widower of Elizabeth NURNBURGH, married second, 2 Feb 1752, to
Rachel vanGARDEN, widow of Jochem SCHOONMAKER in the Dutch
Reformed Church of Smithfield, PA. They were both residents of
Smithfield at the time. The town of Smithfield had been
established in 1748 near the present site of Stroudsburg, just
across the river from Walpack, NJ. The town was founded by
Daniel BRODHEAD of Marbletown, NY; and most of the inhabitants
came from the vicinity of Kingston, Marbletown, and Minisink.
See Ralf Ridgeway Hillman, OLD DANSBURY and the MORAVIAN MISSION, p.81,passim.
Also see C.G. Hine, THE OLD MINE ROAD (1909), reprinted 1963, passim.
Because of the hostilities of the Indians and the French
leading up to the colonial wars of 1753-1763, it probably was
not advisable in the Colonies to have a French sounding name;
hence Teunis CORSI (Dennis DeCOURSEY) often used the anglicized
version of his name "REESER". Note that the French "COURSIER"
pronounced "Coursay" is translated to "RACER" in English also
"STAM" in Dutch as it was used by some of the early deCOURCY's
in Holland and New Amsterdam. Several RACER descendants in
Ohio, WV, and elsewhere are aware of their DeCOURSEY heritage.
"The 'Log Church' (at Smithfield, Penna.) was situated on the northeast border of the WALTER farm, 2 miles from Shawnee, on the bank of a stream, near the WEAVER house. In 1737 George Wm. MANSIUS of Kingston visited the Log Church. In 1741 Casparus FRYENMOUTH was its first regular pastor. This was the Lower Smithfield Church.
"In 1752 the Presbyterian Meeting House was built. It was
known as the Old Stone Church. It was used by Presbyterians,
Dutch Reformists, and Lutherans."
|1752||In 1752, a Kings Court had been established at Easton, some
twenty miles directly south of Dansbury (Smithfield), which
point became the seat of legal administration. A petition of
June 13, 1752, for a new constable for Dansbury (Misc. Mss.
page 53, Hist. Soc. of Penna.) shows Dennis RESER to have been
a resident of Dansbury at that date. A photograph of the
original document showing the signatures of John PIERCE, Dennis
RESER, et.al. is printed in
Ralph Ridgeway Hillman's, OLD DANSBURY and the MORAVIAN MISSION (1934), p.10,81-88,passim.
|1752||Inhabitants of (Danbury) Lower Smithfield twp., Penna,
1750-1755, as recorded in petitions, reports, warrants,
surveys, patents, etc. include Denis RESER (Dennis DeCOURSEY),
Jacob RESER, John PIERCE, Manuel GUNSOLUS, John VanETTEN,
Frances DELONG, Moses RAY, John VanETTEN, Daniel SHOEMAKER,
Garret SHOEMAKER, Aaron DUPUIS and Samuel DUPUIS. Ralf
Ridgeway Hillman, OLD DANSBURY and the MORAVIAN MISSION (1934),
p.10,81-88,passim. Hillman prints a map showing the location
of land belonging to Jochem SHOEMAKER, John VanCAMPEN, Daniel
SHOEMAKER, Jonathan BARBER, Manuel GUNSOLUS, Hugh PUGH, and
It is probable that it may have been sons of the Jacob RESER
mentioned above who settled in Culpepper Co., Virginia and the
Carolinas. He may have been father of the Christian and Peter
RASOR who applied for pensions on their Revolutionary War
service from Virginia.
For an interesting connection between this RESOR-RACER family
and the SPILMAN family of Culpeper Co., VA see VIRGINIA
SOLDIERS OF 1776, pp.1048-1049. Note also that William
DECOURSEY (1784-1858), son of William, b.1756, and grandson of
Dennis RACER, married 1808 to Martha Frank SPILMAN.
|1753||Abraham LENT married, 11 Sept 1753, Jannetje CURSE, dau. of Benjamin and Jannetje (REYERA) CORSSE. DRC of NY.|
|1753||Benjamin CORSEN of the Manor of Fordham, Westchester Co.,
New York, deposed on, 21 November 1753, that he had seen a
notice of sale of church property at Fordham posted for the
required four weeks.
ECCLESIASTICAL RECORDS of the STATE OF NEW YORK (1902), v.V, p.3440.
|1753||Hannah and Benjamin, born 13 Nov 1752 (twins), children of
Tunis REESER and Rachel VANGARDEN were baptized in Smithfield,
Pennsylvania, 11 Feb 1753. Witnesses were William KENNEDE,
Benjamin SCHOONMACKER and his wife, Lizabeth DuPUYE. This
baptism was recorded in Deerpark.
Benjamin RACER (1752-1823, also known as Benjamin CORSA)
married Maria CHESNOR dau. of James CHESNOR. Benjamin RACER
died, 21 May 1823, in Lower Newport, Washington Co., Ohio, and
was ancestor of the RACER family lines. Descendants of
Benjamin RACER were aware of their DeCOURSEY heritage.
Hannah REESER (also known as Hanna CORSA) married Ezekiel SCHOONHOVEN. (This Ezekiel SCHOONHOVEN was the famous surveyor of the Western Reserve in Ohio.)
|1753||On 16 December 1753, "Johannes van AKEN, young man, born at
Nepenack and dwelling at Upper Smithfield, betrothed to Maria
Van GARDEN, young woman, born at Shippekonk and dwelling among
Menissink." They were married 18 January, 1754.
Recorded from Minisink Valley Church Records by Dorothy K. Alvis of Little Rock, Ark.
|1754||Simeon BUYS married, 20 Feb 1754, to Josyntje CORSA in the Presbyterian Church of Rumbout, NY.|
|1754||In early 1754, Col. George WASHINGTON was directed by Gov.
DINWIDDIE of Virginia to recruit 200 men in Frederick and
Augusta Counties, Virginia for service against the French and
Indians who were seriously threatening the Frontiers of
Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc. --- Michael FRANKS enlisted, 18
March 1754, as a private at Wills Creek on the
Maryland-Virginia border. His name appears in the plaque at
Ft. Necessity as one of the participants in the Battle of Great
Meadows on 3 July 1754, which, after an early victory over a
small detachment of the French and Indians, was a disaster for
the Colonial and British Troops. Fort Necessity is in the
"Great Meadows" in what is now Wharton Twp., Fayette Co.,
Penna., and has been made a National Monument. A few miles
from Fort Necessity is General BRADDOCK's grave. General
BRADDOCK had been sent from England with regular British troops
to recover the territory lost to the French. Even with the aid
of Col. WASHINGTON's troops, this campaign also ended in
disaster with the death of General BRADDOCK in the battle of 8
Franks, Alice A., and Sublette, Donald J., THE MICHAEL FRANKS FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1979), p.38.
|1754||Lisabeth, dau. of Johannes van AKEN and Marya Van GARDEN, was bapt. 3 Nov. 1754. Sponsors were Daniel KUYKENDAL and Lisabeth van AAKEN, his wife.|
|1755||Tobias LENT, j.m., and Annatie Van TESSEL, J.D., both born and living on the Menner of Cortlant, were married 4 January 1755 in the Dutch Reformed Church of Phillipsburgh (Tarrytown, N.Y.).|
|1755||In 1755, Hendrick DECKER and William and Sarah (DECKER)
TIETSOORT (now spelled TITSWORTH); and the COLE and KUYKENDALL
families, left Port Jervis, N.Y., and settled in Sussex Co.,
New Jersey. DECKER and TITSWORTH founded "Deckertown" (now
called Sussex), and the COLES founded "Coleville".
from Irene Imbusch of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
|1755||A list in the archives of the Collegiate Church in the city
of New York records persons with amounts due as of May 1, 1755,
and includes the following:
Johannes VERMILYE (half brother of Teunis CORSSE, b.1704)
The widow BRUYN (Eeverdt BRUYN m. 13 Apr. 1745, to Annatie CORSSEN)
The widow ODELL (prob. Hannah (VERMILYEA) ODELL, widow of Isaac ODELL and a half-sister of Teunis CORSSE, b. 1704.)
Abraham LENT (cousin of Elizabeth (vanNAMBURG) CORSA, first wife of Teunis CORSA, b. 1704.)
Jacob LENT (cousin of Elizabeth NAMBURG who married Teunis CORSA)
Peter VALENTINE (He m. Sarah VERMILYEA, half-sister of Teunis CORSA).
See: Harry C. W. Melick, THE MANOR OF FORDHAM AND ITS FOUNDERS (1950), pp.131n-132n.
|1755||For several years the settlements at the forks of the
Delaware were under repeated attack by the Indian allies of the
French. In November of 1755 the town of Danbury, PA was
destroyed by the Indians whose "long smoldering rage" burst out
in a flood following the news of BRADDOCK's defeat at Fort
DuQuesne (Pittsburg). Hillman published a letter found among
some papers on Monroe Co., Penna in Historical Society at
Philadelphia which lists the names of settlers who had their
homes burnt in the raid of 1755. This list includes the names
of Dennis RACER and Jacob RESER. The letter dated December 20,
1755 reads as follows:
"The enclosed is a list of persons killed and houses burnt
in the upper part of Northampton County, as near as I could
collect, which may be depended upon as authentic. The
barbarous and bloody scene which is now open in the above place
is the most lamentable that perhaps has ever appeared. There
is no person who is possessed of any humanity but would
commiserate the deplorable fate of these unhappy people. There
may be seen horror and desolation, populous settlements
deserted, villages laid under ashes, men, women and children
cruelly mangled and massacred, some found in the woods very
nauseous for want of interment, some just reeking from the
hands of their savage slaughters, and some hacked and covered
all over with wounds. Samuel DUPUI seems to be very near being
in the same deplorable situation, and will unavoidably share
the same fate with his neighbors. On his applying to Mr.
STEWART and myself, we raised a fine company of men to go to
his assistance, and when we arrived there, we were informed
that BRODHEAD's house, which is about five miles further down,
was surrounded and besieged by the Indians, upon which we
marched to his relief and escorted him and his effects to
Delaware, with what cattle and effects we could find in the
night. We continued thereabouts four days, and all the while
heard nothing but outcries and alarms, and our sentries were
fired upon by some Indians hovering around DUPUI'S home, which
may be deemed a sure prognostic of its destruction.---".
"During the autumn of 1755, word of the Indian uprisings
reached Easton. These raids started along the Susquehanna and
spread Northeastwardly, until in the latter part of November
they reached Northampton County. On the 23rd of that month,
the Gnadenhuetten massacre occurred. The usual clear sky
became darkened by clouds of massacre and rapine, and as the
days of 1755 became fewer and fewer, the clouds became darker
and darker. Friedensthal, the Vale of Peace became a Valley of
Fear and Depression. Christmas was a gloomy day. In Easton,
Benjamin FRANKLIN and James HAMILTON, commissioners, met with
William PARSONS. On that day, James HAMILTON wrote to the
Governor that the county was under the greatest 'consternation'
and that the conditions as reported were more than verified."
"A chain of forts had been constructed along the Blue
Mountains from the Delaware River to the Susquehanna River, and
thence continuing to the Maryland line." It was at these forts
that the settlers under siege sought refuge. "For some time,
settlers from the frontier on their way to Easton had been
passing the LeFevre Tavern. Christmas day was no exception.
The refugees were penniless, their clothes were in rags and
many had too few to cover their nakedness. Many a
terror-stricken pioneer, retreating before the fury of the
savages, stopped at the tavern to rest. --- Many of the fleeing
inhabitants turned off the Easton road and found refuge with
the Moravians at Friedensthal, where Capt Sol JENNINGS of
"Walking Purchase" fame was stationed with a company of
eighteen Ulster-Scots. -- On December 13 the first refugees
arrived at Friedensthal; and by Jan 13, 1756, there was a total
of Seventy-five. Of this number, 13 were women and 49 were
children." - A.D. Chidsey. (Note: The Lefevre Tavern
mentioned here was owned by the father-in-law of John VanETTEN
who later settled and died in Rowan County, NC. He was a
kinsman to Rachel (VanGORDON) DECOURSEY.
|1755||John LENT, a cousin of Elizabeth van NOMBERG (first wife of
Teunis CORSA - Dennis DECOURSEY), was a captian under BRADDOCK
in 1755 on the expedition from Fort Cumberland in Maryland to
Fort Duquesne (Pittsburg). "He was also present at the fall of
WOLF, and is represented as possessing great energy and
resolution. Going to North Carolina in the prosecution of his
business as a master builder, he there died in or about 1768.
By his wife, Ann, daughter of Adrian HOOGLAND, of New York, he
had issue, Ann m. John LAWRENCE, Cornelia m. Edward T. YOUNG of
North Carolina, Catharine m. William RAYBURGH of Baltimore,
James-Webber, and John. The latter, a silversmith, married
Sarah, dau of Thos. OGLEVIE. James Webber LENT, born 24 Aug
1761, served in the Revolution, after which he engaged in
mercantile business in New York."
James Riker, ANNALS of NEWTON, NY, p.318.
For an account of early migration from Northampton Co, Penna
to Rowan County, N.C. and Virginia see
|1755||A list of persons killed, 1755, in the upper part of
Northampton County, Pennsylvania at "Minnesinks" includes
"Cornelius Van AKEN, Garret Van CAMPEN, with fifteen of their
families." The list of "houses Burnt" includes the homes of
Dennis RASER and Jacob RESER.
Hillman, Ralf, OLD DANSBURY AND THE MORAVIAN MISSION (Buffalo, NY 1934), pp.87-88.
|1756||Femmetje, dau. of Johannes van AKEN and Marya Van GARDEN, was bapt. 13 Feb. 1756. Cornelius van AKEN and wife, Sara WESTBROECK were sponsors.|
|1756||A Pert Amboy story of 19 August 1756, reported "from the
northern frontier that Abraham VanAUKEN, Esq., who lived on the
present Port Jervis Country Club property, was shot and wounded
by an Indian while driving his team with a load of grain.
Riding on the load was Van AUKEN's daughter. The father yelled
for her to run for her life and as she fell off the wagon the
Indian caught up and was attacking her when the old man rushed
at him with a pitchfork and drove him away. Three men ---
Geradrus SWARTWOUT, Samuel FINCH and Peter WESTPHALN, were
found murdered, stripped and scalped.
Then Major SWARTWOUT was Slain. On 29 March 1757, the
WESTFALL barn had been burned with 24 cows, 9 horses and 400
bushels of grain." On 2 May, Jacob VanCAMP and Peter BRINK
were slain. On 9 November John DOTY and Otho MAHURIN were
killed. The next day, Gideon WESTBROOK was killed near Brink
Fort. The following day, John PRESSER. On 15 May 1758,
Nicholas COLE's four children and three Germans were slain by
the Indians. Cornelius WESTBROOK and Abraham WESTBROOK were
killed 8 June 1758. On 12 June, Bastian CORTRIGHT and Mary
KIRKENDALL; and on 13 June, eight men at Urian WESTFALL's.
These were but a few of the deaths reported during the Indian
Wars of 1755-1763. *******
|1756||It is probable that the family of Dennis REESER (Dennis
DeCOURSEY) escaped the Indian massacres of 1755-1756 by rafting
down the Susquehanna River to Maryland, where they had son,
William DeCOURSEY, born, 24 May 1756. Rachel (VANGORDON)
DECOURSEY would have been about 3 or 4 months pregnant at the
time of the Indian Raid at Dansbury. It seems reasonable that
Dennis would send his wife and family to a place of comparative
safety. They could have traveled down river to near Baltimore,
Maryland where William DeCOURSEY, b.1756 says in his pension
papers he "was told he was born." Most likely, Rachel went
with with her DECKER, HOVER, and VanETTEN cousins to present
Harford County, Maryland or to the protection of Fort
Cumberland near Baltimore or she may have stayed at one of the
Moravian Missions that housed refugees from the Indian raids.
Clyde POWELL in his research on the RACER family places Dennis
DeCOURSEY in Maryland in the 1750's. Rachel (VANGORDEN)
DeCOURSEY had HOVER, DUPIUS, and DECKER cousins and relatives
living in Harford Co., Maryland. Clyde Powell states that the
wife of Dennis DeCOURSEY died in Maryland (probably in 1760's).
William DeCOURSEY, born 1756, in his pension application of
1832 names James GORDON and Moses DOOPAY (relatives of Rachel
VANGORDEN) as character witnesses.
Natl. Archives Pension File #W8665-1/2.
See also Dr. Henry DeCoursey Adams, NOTES ON THE WILLIAM DeCOURSEY FAMILY DESCENDANTS (Gaithersburg, Maryland 1971) and Supplement (1973), passim.
|1756||William DeCOURSEY, son of Dennis and Rachel (VanGORDON) deCORSA, was born 24 May 1756, near Baltimore, Maryland probably at Fort Cumberland. He married 15 July 1776, at Rowan Co., North Carolina to Elizabeth IRVIN, and removed to Ohio and Kentucky.|
|1756||A warrant to Capt. Isaac CORSA for bounty and enlisting
money of his company was signed by the Council in New York on
29 April 1756.
"Calendar of Council Minutes" NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY, BULLETIN 58 (March 1902), p.426.
|1756||Richard RAPELYE married, ca.1756, to Ann WALDRON, daughter
of Samuel and Anna (DELAMATER) WALDRON.
James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.706.
|1756||Jacob RAPELJE bought lots in Harlem from Adolph BENSON, 27
James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.434.
|1757||Luther BARNEY (1757-1844), son of John and Sarah (LUTHER)
BARNEY, was born 4 March 1757, at Norwich, New London,
Connecticut. He married first to Abigail Niber WINSHIP,
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (LATHROP) WINSHIP. He married
second to Ruth GARRISON.
BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, p.4-7, No.23, p.5-11, No.24, p.11-18, No.24, p.12-18, No.47, p.13;
Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
|1757||Abigail "Nabby" WINSHIP, daughter of Joseph and Elisabeth (LATHROP) WINSHIP was born 4 March 1757. She married 5 Sept 1779, to Luther BARNEY. She died 20 Jan 1799.|
|1757||Johannes VERMILYE, son of John and Sarah (ODELL) VERMILYE,
married second, ca.1757, to Jacomina CORSA, daughter of
Benjamin and Jannetje (REYERSE) CORSA. They had children
Benjamin VERMILYE, born 1759; and Jacomina VERMILYE, bapt.
James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.644.
|1757||Daniel KORSEN married, 18 Feb 1757, to Elizabeth BOGART in the DRC of Hackensak, NJ. He was son of Cornelius and Jannetje (BOSKIRK) CORSEN.|
|1758||Johannes, son of Johannes van AKEN and Maria Van GARDEN, was bapt. 12 Feb. 1758. Gysbert van GARDEN and Maria COOL, his wife, were sponsors.|
|1758||Betrothal of Isaac CURSA and Sarah FRANKLAND was recorded in Tarrytown, NY DRC records on 22 Apr 1758. Witnesses were Richard SMITH and John LANSING.|
|1758||Johannes VERMILYE, son of John and Sarah (ODELL) VERMILYE,
married, ca.1758, to Jacomina CORSA, by whom he had two
children: Benjamin, born 13 Aug. 1759; and Jacomina, born 27
James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.645.
|1758||Peter RASOR was baptized, Oct 1758, in the DRC of Walpack,
Sussex Co., NJ. He died, 4 Nov 1831, in Spencer Co., Indiana
and is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hackleman, Spencer Co.,
IN. He married Frances ADAIR prior to 1794. She was born,
1759. He had son Simeon RASOR, born, 1 Sept. 1787, in
Culpepper Co., VA.
Information from a descendant, Virginia C. Hallmark of Austin, TX.
See also: National Archive Pension files #R8599 & W8600; ABSTRACTS OF OLD NINETY-SIX AND ABBEVILLE DISTRICT (S.C.) WILLS, pp.281,483,424;
Charles Huffman, THE GERMANNA RECORD, No.6,pp.89-90;
Goodspeed's HISTORY OF PERRY and SPENCER COUNTIES, INDIANA, PP.480-481.
|1759||Isaac CURSA or DeCOURCY, born ca.1727, died 1807, Son of
Tuenis CORSI and Elizabeth VanNAMBURGH, married, 9 April 1759,
in the Presbyterian Church of N.Y.C. to Sarah FRANKLIN, first
dau. of Thomas and Mary (PEARSALL) FRANKLIN and the sister of
Walter FRANKLIN, a wealthy New York merchant. Isaac CORSA was
of the firm of "Corsa and Bull". He received his commission as
Captain, 25 Sept. 1755, and led a detachment of Queens County
men at the capture of Fort Frontenac (Kingston), Aug 1758. He
was a Lt. Colonel of the 1st battalion of New York in 1759;
served in the expedition to Niagara; Colonel of the 2nd New
York battalion in 1760. On 12 Aug 1776 he was arrested by
order of Washington, and sent prisoner to Norwich and
Middletown, CT; but was released. The Council of Safety at
Middletown voted, 25 Dec 1776, "that Messrs. BURTING, WADDLE,
CORSEY, WHITEHEAD, and BETTS be permitted to return to their
places of abode in the State of N. York, upon their giving
their parole in writing not to give any intelligence, nor do or
say anything against the service of the American States."
Knox's HISTORICAL JOURNAL, p.527,528n.
Lorenzo Sabine, LOYALISTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, v.I,p.336.
NEW YORK MARRIAGES, p.95.
On 16 Aug 1776, George WASHINGTON wrote to Frederick JAY:
"Sir:In consequence of my Orders, the undermentioned persons
have been apprehended and are now under a guard at New-Rochelle
or its neighborhood. As the sending a Guard, thro' to Govr.
TRUMBULL with them, would be attended with much inconvenience
to the public and cannot be agreeable to the Gentlemen, upon
their giving you their Word and Honor to proceed to Lebanon to
Governor Trumbull, I am satisfied to permit them to go without
any other escort, than that of the Officer who will deliver you
this. I must beg the favor of you to take the management of
this business and as soon as it is put upon a proper footing,
dismiss the Guard now there. etc.---" Prisoners listed in
this letter to be released were: Col. PHILIPS, James JAUNCEY
and his two sons, Joseph BULL, Isaac CORSA, John RODGERS, and
The FRANKLINS were Quakers by religion. On the records of
the Society of Friends in NYC is listed Sarah CORSA of Newtown,
born 23rd of 10th month 1729. This was likely Sarah (FRANKLIN)
After Walter FRANKLIN's death in 1780, Isaac CORSA occupied
his mansion at Maspeth. Isaac CORSA died in Flushing, NY, 3
May 1807, in his eightieth year "beloved as a man and a
Christian." "He was small in stature, and juvenile in
appearance, though an intrepid officer." Maria Franklin CORSA,
his only child, married John J. STAPLES.
On 6 Dec 1845, Mary Robinson Hunter, of Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil wrote her recollections of her FRANKLIN great-uncles and
great-aunts, siblings of her grandfather, as follows: "---Thus
I have given an outline of my grandfather's brothers. His two
sisters are now to be brought forward. Sally [sic.] (Mary),
the eldest, married Caspar WISTAR, of Pennsylvania. --- My
grandfather's second sister, [sic.] Mary (Sarah FRANKLIN),
married a Colonel [sic.] DeLANCEY (DeCOURCEY) of French
extraction. --- I remember him as a little girl; he did not
love children, was of a morose disposition, and I trembled when
I heard him approach, in a red velvet cap and brocade
dressing-gown and slippers, when I was playing about, whilst on
a visit to my aunt on Long Island. They had only one child, a
daughter, beautiful in face and person, and with much French
sprightliness and naivete'. She married at thirty a Mr.
STAPLES of New York, and had, like her mother, but one child, a
Kitty WISTAR, b. 1768, dau. of Caspar and Mary (FRANKLIN)
WISTAR received a letter dated, 30 Apr 1789, on the occasion of
G. WASHINGTON's arrival in New York and taking residence in
Walter FRANKLIN's home. The letter was from her aunt Sarah
ROBINSON in which she describes Marie, dau. of Isaac and Sarah
(FRANKLIN) DeCOURCY, as follows: "---Marie de COURCY too, has
been in town a fortnight, she made her home at Uncle Osgood's,
but was a great deal among us all, she is about making a little
tour into Connecticut on a visit to a friend Lucy BALL with
Joseph BULL, who is now in town.---".
|1759||Shortly after the Gnadenhutten Massacre in 1755, many of the families from upper Pennsylvania sought shelter at the several Moravian Church missions at Nazareth, Bethlehem , and elsewhere along the route to Lancaster County, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. In 1755, the Wachovia Church was established in Rowan County, North Carolina. In the records of this church is found the following entry: "5 November 1759, An elderly man named RACER was buried."|
|1759||Joseph CHESTNOR witnessed the will of Nicholas SCHOONHOVEN, 1759, at Walpack Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey. In 1770, Joseph CHESTNOR swore that Nicholas SCHOONHOVEN wrote this will.|
|1760||Palgrave WILLIAMS of Jamaica, peruke maker, aged 56 years,
who was born at Newport, R.I., deposed in 1760 regarding John
deCOURCY, Lord Kingsale, who was born at Newport, Rhode Island,
son of Miles or Michael deCOURCY, mariner, of Newport, and
Abigail WILLIAMS of Newport, his wife. This Palgrave was
undoubtedly the son of Palgrave WILLIAMS, the pirate, and is
evidently the "Paul" WILLIAMS who in 1741 had left his children
Palgrave and John at Newport. Abigail wife of Miles or Michael
deCOURCY of Newport was probably another child of Palgrave the
AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, vol.XXIV, pp.72-74.
John DeCOURCY's right to the title was disputed in long and
bitter litigations between John DeCOURSEY and the daughters of
the late Gerald DeCOURCY, 24TH Baron Kingsale, who apparently
recognized William DeCOURCY of Baltimore, Maryland as the "true
heir" to the title. The daughters described John as "a person
of lowest degree in life, a common boatman then plying for hire
at Portsmouth, in Great Britain, a person before unheard of and
unknown to the family." William DeCOURCY of Baltimore,
however, chose not to dispute the claim of John DeCOURCY and in
1760 John DeCOURCY was declared the premier Baron of Ireland,
the 25th Baron Kingsale.
|1760||A Christian RASOR, born 1760, in Sussex Co., NJ. (probably
son of Jacob RESER) moved when young to Culpepper Co., VA and
died, 1848, in Abbeville District, South Carolina. He married
Sarah Ann SIMMS and was brother to Peter RASOR of Carolina.
Also A Jacob N. RESOR of Madison Co., VA married ca.1826 to
See Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District (S.C.) Wills and Bonds, p.281 (Box 82, pack 2012), p.483 (Box 120, pack 3551), p.524 (Box 133, pack 3560).
See also Pennsylvania Archives, ser.2,v.2,p.59 "Christian CORSAN".
|1760||Usseltje, dau. of Johannes van AAKEN and Maria Van GORDE, was bapt. 20 April 1760. Evert ROOSA WESTBROEK and Maria WESTBROEK were sponsors.|
|1760||John COURSEY, a son of Benjamin CORSON and Jannetje (REYERS), married, 10 June 1760, in NY to Jane FORSYTH, widow. NY Marriage Bonds, Vol.III,p.185.|
|1760c||Nicholas HELMICK (1760c.-1844) was born about 1760, probably in Virginia.|
|1760c||Jacobus DePUY (1736-1785) married, ca.1760, to Sara Van
WAGENER. They had a daughter, Sarah DuPUY (1761-1814), who
married Johannes DECKER.
Floyd G. Hoenstine, THE 1955 YEAR BOOK of the PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1956), p.554.
|1760c||Aaron DEPUI married, ca.1760, to Jennie STROUD, daughter of
Bernard STROUD and a sister of Jacob STROUD.
Robert Brown Keller, HISTORY OF MONROE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA (1927), p.59.
|1761||A Gilbert TRACY (1761-1841) was born 7 January 1761. He
enlisted in the Revolutionary War at Preston Conn. in 1777, and
married 9 April 1791, at Ulysses (Ithaca), New York to Deborah
See Pension File #W.4088.
|1761||Ernst Ludwig LENT married, 29 Jan 1761, at Tarrytown, NY, to Cornelia CORSA, dau. of Benjamin CORSSE and Jannetje (REYERS). Witnesses were Ernst Ludewig LENDE and Jacob Van WAGENER.|
|1761||Isaac CORSA, son of Benjamin and Jannetje (REYERA) CORSSEN
of Tarrytown, Westchester Co., New York, married, 9 April 1761,
to Mary GIBB, dau. of Andrew GIBB, in the Presbyterian Church
of New York City. Witnesses were Isaac CORSER and Timothy
|1761||Jacob STROUD (1735-1806) married, 6 April 1761, to Elizabeth
McDOWELL (1740-1807), daughter of John and Hannah (DUPUY)
McDOWELL. They had children: Jane STROUD (1765-1842) married
John BUSH; Daniel STROUD (1772-1846) married, 1792, Elizabeth
SCHOONMAKER (1774-1809); Rachel STROUD (1774-1854), married,
1792, Samuel REES (1760-1841); and others. Colonel Jacob
STROUD was commander of the unit in which Peter DECOURSEY and
his relatives from Smithfield served.
Col. Jacob STROUD was raised at Shawnee (Smithfield) by Nicholas DEPUI, kinsman of Peter DECOURSEY. Nicholas DUPEY married his cousin, Elizabeth SCHOONMAKER, dau. of Benjamin SCHOONMAKER and Elizabeth DEPUY and niece of Jochem SCHOONMAKER and Rachel VanGORDON.
The "Moses DOOPEY" (b.1762) who vouched for the Revolutionary Service of William DECOURSEY, b.1756, of North Carolina and Kentucky, was a kinsman of William DECOURSEY.
|1761||Joseph CHESTNOR witnessed the will of Thomas BRINK in 1761, at Walpack Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey.|
|1761||Wilhelmus, son of Johannes van AKEN and Maria Van GARDEN, was bapt. 20 September 1761. Hermanus BRINK and Lena BRINK were sponsors.|
|1761||Mrs. Abraham BRUYN (Antie VERMILIE) was received as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Phillipsburgh (Tarrytown, N.Y.) on 5 November 1761.|
|1761||A Jacob VanAKEN was a taxable in Smithfield, Penna. from 1761 through 1786.|
|1762||David VanAKEN (1737-1777c.), son of Cornelis and Hester (RELYEA) VanAKEN married before 1762 to Magdalena SCHOONMAKER, daughter of Gerrit and Catherine (DEPUY) SCHOONMAKER. They had children: David Van AKEN m. Catherine EMMINS; Magdalena VanAKEN married Peter CORSA (Peter DeCOURSEY); Catherine Van AKEN m. Daniel SWARTHWOUT; Hester VanAKEN; Cornelius VanAKEN; and Hendrikas VanAKEN.|
|1762||Andrew CORSA, son of Isaac and Mary (GIBB) CORSA, was born,
24 Jan 1762, d. 21 Nov 1852. He married first, 1792, to Mary
POOLE, and he married second to Helena BUSSING. His obituary
in 1852 states "both his father and grandfather were natives of
the same place as himself. The latter was born in 1692 about
the time of Gov. Fletcher's arrival in the colony, after whom
he was named Benjamin Fletcher CORSZEN."
See William S. Hadaway, McDONALD PAPERS, pt.II (1927), p.73.
French's HISTORY OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY (1927), v.5;
James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.488.
|1762||Teunis CORSA was commissioned as Lieutenant in Capt. Peter
HARRIS's Company of Dutchess County New York Volunteers in the
2nd NY Regt., commanded by Col. Geo. Brewerton in the Cuba
Campaign of 1762. There were other men from the area of
Fishkill, Minisink, and Walpack who served in this campaign
against the Spanish.
See THE SWARTWOUT CHRONICLES, p.170,709;
also Collections of the New York Hist. Soc. (1891), pp.472,473.
|1762||"Among the commissions given by Lieutenant-Governor
Cadwallader COLDEN to officers abut to serve in the campaign of
1762, were those of Lieutenant to Teunis CORSA and Abraham
SWARTWOUT in Captain Peter HARRIS's company of Dutchess County
volunteers, in the Second New York Regiment, commanded by
Colonel George BREWERTON." A part of the force of volunteers
were to be employed in an intended attack upon the city of
Havana, on the island of Cuba, for Spain had become, in
January, 1762, an ally of France. Lieut.-Gov. Cadwallader
COLDEN, in order to assure those of the volunteers who were
willing to participate in the reduction of Morro Castle and
other Spanish strongholds in Cuba, promised them that they
would not thereafter be retained in the service of Great
Britain as regular troops, and he issued a proclamation to that
effect. The remainder of the troops were ordered sent to
Albany, and from thence to Oswego, New York.
Weise, Arthur James, THE SWARTWOUT CHRONICLES and the KETLHUYN CHRONICLES (1889), pp.170-175,709,passim.
|1762||Isaac CORSA served in the French and Colonial War in the
Cuba Campaign. In this same unit served Reuben BOSTWICK
(1734-1813) who later accompanied Peter DECOURSEY to Trumbull
See BOSTWICK GENEALOGY, pp.144-146;
DAR Lineage #84091; NY.GEN.BIOG.REC., v. ,p.152.
|1762||Abraham CORSA, son of Dennis CORSA and Rachel VANGARDEN, was baptized, 2 May 1762. Registered in the DRC of Walpack, New Jersey (NY.GEN.BIOG.REC. v.40,p.268). It is likely that this was their last child, since Rachel would have been 45 years old at the time of this baptism. Abraham CORSA married before 1788 to Jane VanDEMARK, bapt. Walpeck, NJ, 6 Feb 1763, dau. of Johannes Van der MARK and Jannetie COURTRIGHT. John W. VanDemark in his VANDEMARK ANCESTRY (1942), p.123, incorrectly places this Abraham with the Staten Island Corson family.|
|1762||Michael FRANKS, son of Michael, married, ca.1862, to
Elizabeth LIVENGOOD. They had children: Henry FRANKS m.
Christina MAURER; Charlotte m. Jacob FURST; Mary FRANKS m.
Nicholas HELMICK; Abraham FRANKS m. Margaret KECHLER; Michael
FRANKS III m. Amy FIRST; Elizabeth FRANKS m. 1st James FLUHART,
m. 2nd Phineas FIRST; Dorothy FRANKS m. Jacob MILLER; Jacob
FRANKS m. Anna MILLER; Catherine FRANKS m. Jacob HATFIELD; and
Franks, Alice A., and Sublette, Donald J., THE MICHAEL FRANKS FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1979);
Jordan, John W. and Hadden, James, GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA (1912), pp.559-575.
|1763||"January 7, 1763. Stolen from the subscriber, last Tuesday
Evening, at the house of Isaac VANAKEN, in Shipacung, next to
Minisink, in Sussex County, West New Jersey, near the Delaware
River, a certain sorrel Mare, five years old next spring, 15
hands high, with a Blaze in her face, is Hip Shot in her rear
hip, paces and trotts, has a way of snorting through her nose
at the first Off-set and has no brand nor Ear-mark. Whoever
takes up and secures the said Mare, so as the Owner may have
her again, and the thief, that he may be brought to Justice,
shall have Five Pounds Reward. Proclamation Money, and
reasonable Charges paid by Abraham VANAKEN, Junior. N.B. She
stood at the said Isaac VANAKEN's door with Saddle and Bridle
on, which were taken off with her."
Newspaper Extracts, NEW JERSEY ARCHIVES, First series, v.XXIV, p.133;
VAN AKEN/VAN AUKEN NEWSLETTER, v.5, p.44.
|1763||David VanAKEN, son of David and Magdalena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN, was bapt. 13 Jun 1762/3. He married Catharine EMMINS and died intestate at Tioga Co., NY.|
|1763||Henry FRANKS (1763-1836), son of Michael and Elizabeth
(possibly LIVENGOOD) FRANKS, in his pension application of
1832, stated that he was born, 19 June 1763, in Frederick's
Jordan and Hadden gives Henry FRANKS' birth date (probably
erroneously) as 11 June 1753.
|1763||A Daniel CORSON (or CORSA) was born, ca.1763, in Sussex Co.,
NJ. He married Rebecca LAWRASON and moved to Clinton Twp.,
Ontario, Canada in 1798. Bernard Lane calls him son of
Benjamin CORSON and Jannetji REYERA; but this could not be.
The dates are a generation apart.
NIAGARA FRONTIER MAGAZINE, v.IV,pp.80-81.
|1764||Femetje, dau. of Daniel KUIKENDAL and Elisabeth Van AAKEN, was bapt. 8 Jan 1764. Johannes van AAKEN and Maria van AAKEN were sponsors.|
|1764||On 2 May 1764, a Provincial Patent in Hartford (in present
Washington County, NY) was granted to Teunis CORSA, Isaac
CORSA, Joseph BULL, et.al. This Teunis CORSA and Isaac CORSA
were sons of Benjamin CORSSE and Jannetje REYERSE. They were
cousins of our Tuenis CORSA (Dennis DeCOURSEY).
See NY.GEN.BIOG.REC., v.74,p.48;
THE SWARTWOUT CHRONICLES, p.170,709,passim;
"Calendar of Council Minutes" NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY, BULLETIN 58 (March 1902), p.412.
|1764||In July 1764, a deed was given for land in the Manor of
Fordham, to Benjamin CORSON.
ECCLESIASTICAL RECORDS of the STATE OF NEW YORK (1902), v.VI, pp.3941-42.
|1764||Jacob FRANKS, son of Michael FRANKS, Sr., married, ca.1764, to Barbara BRANDENBURG (BRANDEBERRY-BRADENBIGER), dau. of Alexander BRANDENBURG of Frederick Co., Maryland. They had children: George FRANKS (1765-1821) m. Abolona, dau. Philip SCHMIDT; Jacob FRANKS, Jr. (1768-1836) m. Sarah LIVENGOOD; Sarah FRANKS (1769-1846) m. Jacob STRAW or STROH; Michael FRANKS (1771-1845 m. Elizabeth RIFFEL; Elizabeth FRANKS; Barbar FRANKS (1777-1852) m. John BARRICKMAN or BROGMAN; and Conrad FRANKS (1782-1866) m. Abigail MOORE.|
|1765||Tunis CORSA, son of Benjamin and Jannetje (REYERA) CORSON, married, 10 Feb 1765, to Magdalen EVERITT in the Presbyterian Church of Rumbout, NY.|
|1765||Johan Georg, son of Jacob and Barbara (BRANDENBERG) FRANCK,
was born 23 Sept. 1765. Recorded in the Evangelical Lutheran
Church records of Frederick, Maryland. Sponsors were Nicholas
YUNG and Elisabeth. The will of Alexander BRANDENBERG
(transcribed as BRANDINBIGER) made 15 May 1780 says "to my
beloved daughter Barbara FRANK, wife of Jacob FRANK. This will
was presented for Probate in the Frederick Co., Maryland Courts
Franks, Alice A., and Sublette, Donald J., THE MICHAEL FRANKS FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1979), p. 38.
|1765||The FRANKS, BRANDENBURG, and RIFFLE families came to what is
now Fayette Co., Penna. in 1765. In the fall of 1765 the
FRANKS and BRANDENBERGS along with Andrew M. RIFFLE built a
blockhouse, known as "Riffles Fort" and later as "Dutch Meetin'
House" at Brown's Settlement a few miles west of the present
site of Uniontown, Penna. It was used for protection and for
services for the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations. St.
Jacob's glebe at Jacobs Lutheran Church, adjoining Pioneer Park
in Uniontown, Penna., was given by Jacob FRANKS (1732-1802) to
the congregation , 2 February 1785, and was patented by the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the "Straight and Narrow Way on
22 July 1794." Jacob's Church is the oldest Lutheran Church in
America, west of the Allegheny Mountains. Michael FRANKS home
was called "Franconia."
Ellis, Franklin, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA with BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (1882), pp.590-601.
|1765||A Peter COURSIN, born 1765, in New Jersey, died 1865 in
Elizabeth Twp., Allegheny Co., PA. He married Hannah WINN.
HISTORY OF ALLEGHENY CO., PENNSYLVANIA, v.2, p.768.
|1765||Joseph CHESTNOR witnessed the will of Adam DINGMAN in 1765, at Walpack Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey.|
|1765||Johannis Van AAKEN, son of Cobus (Jacobus) Van AAKEN and Elisabeth BENSCHOTEN, was bapt. 17 Nov. 1765. Johannes van AAKEN and Maria van AAKEN were sponsors.|
|1766||Madelena "Helena" VanAAKEN, dau. of David and Madelena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN, was bapt. 28 September 1766. She married, ca.1783, Peter CORSA (also known as Peter DeCOURSEY).|
|1766||Moses SCHOONMAKER, son of Gerrit and Catherine (DEPUY) SCHOONMAKER, married about 1766 to Jannetje VanAAKEN, dau. of Cornelis VanAKEN and Hester RELYEA. They had children David; Cornelius; and Garret SCHOONMAKER.|
|1766||A grave stone inscription at the Port Jervis, New York Cemetery reads, "Here Lies buried Sarah, the wife of Cornelius VanAKEN who dyd DEC 20, 1766." This most likely was the grave marking of Sarah (WESTBROOK) VanAKEN, who married in 1714 to Cornelius, son of Marinus.|
|1767||Jacobus Van AKEN, son of Johannis van AKEN and Maria Van GARDEN, was bapt. 18 Jan. 1767. Jacobus Van AAKEN and Elisabeth Van AAKEN were sponsors.|
|1767||Johannes Van AAKEN, son of Cobus Van AAKEN and Elisabeth BENSCHOTEN, was bapt. 13 Dec. 1767. Johannes van AAKEN and Maria van AAKEN were sponsors.|
|1768||Teunis TEERPENNING married, 2 October 1768, to Breckje VanAKEN, in the Dutch Church on the Rhinebeck Flatts, Dutchess County, New York.|
|1768||Catharine VanAKEN, dau. of David and Magdalena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN, was born 1768c. She married Daniel SWARTHWOUT.|
|1769||Garrit SCHOONMAKER, Sr., Garrit SCHOONMAKER, Jr. and
Benjamin SCHOONMAKER moved to the Wyoming Valley by 1769.
Heidgerd, Ruth P., THE SCHOONMAKER FAMILY, Part One, p.29.
|1769||A Hezekiah ROSENKRANS is listed as a son in the will of
Jacobus ROSEKRONS of Wantage, Sussex County, New Jersey, 1769.
Hezekiah ROSENKRANS appears in the 1782 census of Hampshire
Co., Virginia; 1785 tax list of Harrison Co., VA; and his will
is recorded in 1819 in Randolph County, W.VA. From his
gravestone it appears that he was born 19 August 1741 in New
Jersey. This Hezekiah ROSENCRANCE married (probably 2nd) to
Information from Dale Thomas of Porterville, Calif.
|1769c||Mary FRANKS, dau. of Michael and Elisabeth (LIVENGOOD?) FRANKS, was born about 1769, probably in what is now Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. She married about 1788 to Nicholas HELMICK.|
|1769||Benjamin CORSA, son of Benjamin and Jannetje (REYERSE) CORSSEN, married, 4 Apr 1769, in Tarrytown, NY to Jemima CHAPPLE. Witnesses were Benjamin CORSA, Yeoman, and Benjamin VERMILYA of Westchester Co. (14:64)|
|1769c||Mary FRANKS, dau. of Michael and Elisabeth (LIVENGOOD?) FRANKS, was born about 1769, probably in what is now Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. She married about 1788 to Nicholas HELMICK.|
|1770||Benjamin COURSEN made his will dated, Oct 1770, in which he names sons Tunis, Isaac and John, daughter Jane (LENT), and grandson Benjamin, the child of John. Witnesses were Tunis MICHAELSEN, Henry MICHAELSEN, and Francois GODFRIE. Westchester Co., NY Wills.|
|1770||Petrus, born 20 Oct 1770, son of Benjamin CORSA and Janetje HORNBEEK was baptized, 4 Nov 1770, in the DRC of Deerpark, NY (Machackemeck). Witnesses were Petrus VERNOY and Antje SWARTWOUT.|
|1770||Nicholas DUPUI, born 1732 [sic], married, 11 November 1770,
to Eleanor SHOEMAKER. They had a daughter, Jane DUPUI, who
married, 1798, to John WATSON.
Floyd G. Hoenstine, THE 1955 YEAR BOOK of the PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1956), p.378.
|1772||A patent for the township of New Fane was issued, 29 January
1772, in the names of Isaac CORSA, Walter FRANKLIN, Giles
ALEXANDER, John THOMPSON, John FRANKLIN, Jacob WATSON, Joseph
BULL, Peter BARD, Samuel FRANKLIN, Robert BROWN, Lawrence
KORTRIGHT, Teddeman HULL, James BROWN, Anth'y BYVANCK, Robert
BENSON, Lindley MURRAY, and William BACKHOUSE.
A patent for the township of Reading was issued, 5 February 1772, to Isaac CORSA, James WESSELS, Waldron BLAAU, Marinus WILLETT, William KENNEDY, et.al. On the same day, a patent for the township of Woodstock was issued to Isaac CORSA, Joseph BULL, Peter van der VOORT, William TALMAN, Henry BEEKMAN, Charles McEVERS, et.al.
The following week, a patent was issued for the township of
Fairlie to Samuel STEVENS, Isaac CORSA, Joseph BULL, John
VREDENBERGH, Waldron BLAAU, et.al.
|1772||Hester VanAKEN, dau. of David and Magdalena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN, was bapt. 30 Aug 1772, at Walpack, New Jersey. On the same day, Rachel VanAKEN, dau. of Jacobus and Margriet (VanGARDEN) VanAKEN, was baptized. Rachel VanAKEN married Nicholas SCHOONHOVEN.|
|1772||The 1772 proprietary tax for Deleware Twp., Northampton County, Penna. lists Alexander Van GORDEN, Gilbert Van GORDEN, and James Van GORDEN. Another Gilbert Van GORDEN, a loborer, lived in Upper Smithfield, Penna.|
|1773||The 1773 tax list for Walpack, Sussex Co., New Jersey, lists: John Van GARDEN and William Van GARDEN.|
|1773||Benjamin RACER, son of Teunis CORSA and Rachel VanGORDON,
married ca.1773, to Mary CHESNOR (duCHESNE), dau. of James
CHESTNOR. Major CHESTNOR "of the British Army" is reported to
have been a great friend of Tom PAYNE and to have been
instructor in Engineering to General Anthony WAYNE.
George C. RACER, great-grandson of Benjamin RACER, Sr., in
his HISTORY OF THE RACERS states "The father of Benjamin RACER
was Count Dennis DECOURSEY --- All of Count DECOURSEY's
children retained the name DECOURSEY except Benjamin Sr. My
father (David C. RACER) who was in the mercantile business
years ago met his father's cousins who were silk merchants in
New York City. His business there was to buy silk goods;
therefore, he met these DECOURSEYS. They earnestly insisted
upon his going to Paris with them on a trip after materials and
to visit the DECOURSEY relatives there."
Following is an account of Benjamin RACER Sr.'s escape from Indians as told to Mrs. Ezra O. RACER by his son, Benjamin RACER, Jr. (1785-1872): "There was a prisoner taken by this tribe of Indians some time before he (Benjamin, Sr.) was taken. This prisoner asked him if he would like to be liberated. He said that he would so he was told to stay awake that night and when he shook him to run for the woods and stay until he came for him. This prisoner killed all of the Indians while they were asleep except one woman. This woman told him to run for the British has come. She got away and Benjamin ran for the woods. After a time he and the prisoner got together and travelled until they reached the British camp. The prisoner had the scalps of some of the Indians and a coat which some of the British had seen and recognized. Some years later Benjamin married the daughter of major David [sic] CHESNOR of the British Army."
|1773||Michael and Jacob FRANKS are included in the assessment
lists of Springhill Twp., Bedford Co., PA in 1773, a few months
before the creation of Westmoreland Co., Penna.
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, ser.3, v.xxii, p.41.
|1775||Rachel, born 18 Aug 1774, dau. of Benyamen RASOR and Maria CHESNOR, was baptized, 15 Jun 1775, in the DRC of Walpack, NJ. Rachel RACER married, 1792, John PENNY. She died, 12 Dec 1864, in Davis County, Iowa.|
|1775||John VanETTEN, bpt. 17 Apr 1720, Ulster Co., NY. was an
early settler of Smithfield Twp., Penna. He was a neighbor and
cousin of Dennis DeCOURSEY and his wife, Rachel VANGORDON. In
1775, John VanETTEN and his wife Margaret (LEFEVRE) VanETTEN
sold their land in Northampton Co., PA and removed to Rowan
County, North Carolina (in what is now known as Davie Co., NC).
It is probable at this time that he was accompanied by his
cousin, William DeCOURSEY, son of Dennis and Rachel. A
grandson of this John VanETTEN later accompanied Peter
DECOURSEY to Ohio and settled in Milton Twp., Trumbull County,
OH about 1804. A son of John VanETTEN, Abraham VANETTEN,
married 17 Dec 1789 in Rowan Co., NC to Avis STAPLETON. They
removed to Sugar Creek Twp., Green County, Ohio prior to 1803.
William DECOURSEY removed to Preble County, Ohio.
Eva Allen Scott, JACOBUS JANSEN VANETTEN (1950), p.22-75,128-141,passim.
|1775||In the Spring of 1975, the Minisink Valley Historical
Society restored the "Decker Fort" near Port Jervis. The fort
was built in 1775 and destroyed by Brant in 1779, then rebuilt
in 1793. The DEKKER family once owned all of Port Jervis, New
From excerpts from a letter from Neil CUDDEBACK, past president of the Minisink Valley Historical Society.
See also Charles E. Stickney, A HISTORY OF THE MINISINK REGION (1867), p.136.
|1775||Among the signers of the oath of allegiance to the
Continental Congress and the colonial cause, 26 June 1775, were
the following residents of Deerpark (Then part of Mamakating,
Ulster Co., New York):
Charles E. Stickney, A HISTORY OF THE MINISINK REGION (1867), pp.72-77.
|1775||Among the signers of the oath of allegiance to the
Continental Congress and the colonial cause, 26 June 1775, were
the following residents of the old town of Minisink, New
Charles E. Stickney, A HISTORY OF THE MINISINK REGION (1867), pp.72-77.
|1775||Luther BARNEY (1757-1844) joined the service of the United
States in the American Revolution in April 1775, at East
Haddam, New London County, Connecticut under the command of
Capt. Joseph SPENCER, Lieut. John WILLY, Major Jonathan MEIGS
and Major Roger ENOS. He marched to Roxbury near Boston,
assisted in building a fort on Dorchester Heights, and was in
Roxbury during the battle of Bunker Hill.
Pension File #W4124;
RECORD OF CONNECTICUT MEN IN THE WAR OF THE REVOLUTION;
BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, p.4-7, No.23, p.5-11, No.24, p.11-18;
Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
|1775||Cornelius VanAKEN, son of David and Magdalena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN was baptized 31 Aug 1775.|
|1775||Daniel RAPALJE was a representative from Queens, New York to
the First Provincial Congress, 1775.
Mather, Frederic G. THE REFUGEES of 1776 from LONG ISLAND to CONNECTICUT (1972 reprint of the 1913 edition), p.711.
|1776||Among the signers from Queens County, New York, of a
Declaration of Allegiance to the Continental Congress of the
United States, were Cornelius, Isaac and Martin RAPELYE.
Mather, Frederic G.
THE REFUGEES of 1776 from LONG ISLAND to CONNECTICUT (1972 reprint of the 1913 edition), p.1053.
|1776||Among the signers of the Association in Queens County, New
York, Jan. 1776, was Jores RAPALJE. A Peter RAPALJE and
Jeromus RAPELYE were members of the militia in Queens County,
1776. Daniel RAPELYE was an officer within the American Lines
at Brooklyn, August 1776.
Mather, Frederic G. THE REFUGEES of 1776 from LONG ISLAND to CONNECTICUT (1972 reprint of the 1913 edition), pp.14,1000,1013,1051.
|1776||Elizabeth DEPUY (1776-1815), daughter of Nicholas and
Eleanor DEPUY, was born 1 June 1776, at ten o'clock A.M. at
Shawnee, Pennsylvania. She married, 8 Jan. 1793, to her second
cousin, John STROUD (1768-1814), son of Jacob and Elizabeth
Robert Brown Keller, HISTORY OF MONROE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA (1927), pp.68-70.
|1776||William DeCOURSEY, son of Dennis and Rachel (VanGORDON)
DeCOURSEY, married, 15 Jul 1776, to Elizabeth IRVIN in Rowan
Co., North Carolina. For some of the genealogy of cousins who
moved to Rowan County, NC.
See Eva Allen Scott's JACOBUS JANSEN VAN ETTEN (1950), p.22-75,128-141,passim.
|1776||A list of Associators in the American Revolution in Bucks Co., PA includes: William DeCOURSEY of Bensalem Twp. and John DeCOURSEY of Warwick Twp. In 1790 both were there, with Abraham DECOURSEY. On 1800 Census, William was gone and John and Abraham were still there. These Bucks County, Pennsylvania DECOURSEYs were most likely descendants of Benjamin, son of Cornelius CORSSEN VROOM (1645-1693) and Marritje JACOBS van der GRIFT.|
|1776||On 23 August 1776, Luther BARNEY joined a company at
Norwich, Conn. commanded by Col. Joshua HUNTINGTON. They
sailed for Newark, New Jersey, and then marched to New York
City to join a regiment commanded by Col. SHELDON. The
regiment was camped outside the city near the East River.
After a defeat in the Battle of Long Island, WASHINGTON managed
to withdraw his troops to Manhattan Island. As the British
forces crossed the East River from Long Island, a skirmish took
place. Luther BARNEY's commanding officer, Col. SHELDON, was
wounded and taken prisoner. Second Lieutenant John WHEATLY
also was shot and killed within 10 feet of Luther BARNEY.
Unable to resist the advancing British forces, the Americans
began to retreat. They first withdrew to Harlem Heights in
upper Manhattan and there engaged in another skirmish. about
one mile from Luther BARNEY's position, Col. KNOWLTON was
killed. Following this battle, WASHINGTON withdrew his forces
to White Plains. Luther BARNEY was detached and ordered to
help guard the public stores at North Castle and Cranford until
January 1777 when he was discharged and returned to his home at
BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.24, p.12-18; Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
|1777||Brewer DECKER, "yoeman", of Delaware Twp., Northampton Co., Penna. made his will 10 Jan. 1777 (probated 23 Apr. 1777). He named wife, Marratie and children: Hendrive (eldest son); Johannis; Elisha; Jacob; Yanatie (wife of James WESTFALL); Magdalena (wife of Lourence DECKER); and Leah (deceased). Witnesses were Gilbert VanGORDEN, Lodowick HOVER; and Yost CHESTNOR.|
|1777||General HEATH, in Jan 1777, organized a militia group in
Westchester county. "The English depended upon Tories who had
joined them, while the Americans had a regular body of guides
many of whom became deservedly famous, not only for their
knowledge of the land, but for their skill and daring in the
fights which occurred when the rival parties met. The services
of these 'Westchester Guides' were so important that their
names deserve to be recorded. They were Abraham and Michael
DYCKMAN of Kingbridge, Isaac and Cornelius OAKLEY of
Westchester; the tree brothers John, Abraham and Isaac ODELL of
Greenburgh; Isaac or 'UK' ODELL and Martin POST of Yonkers; the
brothers John and Peter PYNE from the country along the Croton;
Samuel YOUNGS and John McCHAIN of the Manor of Philipsburgh;
David HUNT of Westchester; William GREENE of Lower Yonkers and
William N. DYCKMAN. To these names may be added Andrew CORSA
who on account of his youth only acted on two or three
important occasions during the later years of the war." Note
that some of the close relatives of the CORSA and VERMILYEA
family served in this Militia. Isaac ODELL had married Hannah
VERMILYEA, a half-sister of Thuenis CORSA (Dennis DeCOURSEY).
Two other half-siblings had married DYCKMANs. Andrew CORSA was
a cousin, the son of Isaac CORSA and Mary GIBB.
Otto Huffland, WESTCHESTER COUNTY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1926), p.207-208.
DAR LINEAGE #84091, #133270 Andrew CORSA.
|1777||Maria, dau. of Benjamin COURSE and Jannetje VanNAKE was
baptized, 1 June 1777, in Deerpark (Machackemeck), NY.
Witnesses were Joseph DRECK or DECKER and Gretje VanNAKE
See also OLDE ULSTER, v.VI,p.188.
|1777||Jacobus TELLER, j. m., born on the Manor of Cortlandt, and Aaltie VERMILLIE, j. d., born on the Manor of Fordham, "each living at his or her birthplace," were married, 1777, in the Dutch Reformed Church of Phillipsburgh (Tarrytown, N.Y.).|
|1777||Gideon "Killian" VanAKEN (1755-1835), son of Gideon and
Maria (PLOEG) VanAKEN, married 22 June 1777, at Kingston, New
York to Elizabeth MASTEN, dau. of Aart MASTEN of Nine Partners,
Dutchess Co., New York. Gideon VanAKEN died 7 June 1835 at
Johnston, Trumbull Co., Ohio.
See OLDE ULSTER, vol.V., p.218; Pension File #S16277.
|1777||Peter DeCOURSEY "Enl. 1777 under Capt Dathic HEWIT; was with
his Co. at defeat at Wyoming but escaped and reenlisted with a
Northampton co.,PA Regt. He was in camp at Morristown with Col
HARTLEY of VA and was discharged at Trenton, NJ having served 3
years. He was a resident of Newton twp.,Trumbull co., OH"
REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS WHO LIVED IN THE STATE OF OHIO (DAR), Vol.2, p.118.
See also SAR #101318.
For information on Wyoming Valley Companies and Colonel HARTLEY see Pennsylvania Archives, Ser.2, v.10&11, p.777,111.
|1777||On 27 Sept. 1777, Joseph CHESTNOR and James CHESTNOR signed an Oath of Allegiance in Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.|
|1777||Jacob DECKER of Delaware Twp., Northampton Co., Penna. made his will 29 Sept. 1777 (probated 2 Aug. 1795). He name wife, Margaret; and Children: Beaver (eldest son),; Magdalena; Maria; Abraham; and "youngest son unnamed" Ezekiel. Witnesses were Ezekiel DECKER, Elias DECKER and Joseph CHESTNOR.|
|1777||Before 1777, there were families of DECKERS, VANETTEN,
INNES, WESTFALL, KUYKENDALL, DePUE, DeWITT, COX and others who
had emigrated from the forks of the Delaware in Pennsylvania
and New Jersey to the District of West Augusta, Yohogania
County, Virginia. They probably settled on part of the 40,000
acre "Vanmeter Land Grant" which John VANMETER had obtained
from Governor GOOCH and sold in 1732 to Joist HITE.
Boyd Crumrine, VIRGINIA COURT RECORDS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, (1974 Reprint), passim;
John Walter Wayland's "The Germans of the Valley," THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE (April 1902), v.X, pp.35-36.
|1777||While a resident of Winchester, Virginia, Nicholas HELMICK
(1760c.-1844) enlisted in September, 1777, and served three
years and nine months under General George CLARK, as a private
in Captian John CHAPMAN's company in Colonel CROCKETT's
Virginia regiment. He marched from the Allemarle, Virginia to
Fredericktown, Maryland; thence to Shepherdstown on the
Potomac; to the Newstone? within about twelve miles of
Pittsburgh, Penna.; down the Ohio River to Wheeling; thence to
the falls of the Ohio River; and on to a mudfort at Fall River,
Kentucky, where Ensign BULLOCK gave him a written discharge
from the Army of the United States. Nicholas HELMICK stated,
in 1832, that these discharge papers were placed into the
possession of one, Mrs. GRUNDY, for safe keeping, but shortly
after the war Mrs. GRUNDY's house was destroyed by fire.
HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA with BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (1882), p.601.
|1777c||John DeCOURCY, the 26th Baron Kingsale, son of John, the 25th Baron sat first in the House of Peers, 28 Oct 1777. He married, 1763, Susanna, dau. of Conway BLENNERHASSET and by her had issue four sons and three daughters.|
|1777||An Adam HELMICK, of Hampshire County, Virginia, made his
will, 11 November 1777 (Inventory, 14 April 1778).
Ross B. Johnston, WEST VIRGINIA ESTATE SETTLEMENTS, (1977), p.12.
|1777||Benjamin SCHOONOVER married, ca.1777/78, probably at Sussex
Co., New Jersey, to Lydia VANAUKEN. They moved from the
Delaware River valley before 1800 to Tioga Co., New York, and
were in Franklin County Indiana before 1820. A descendant is
Ellen R. HIRSCHY of Geneva, Indiana 46740.
VAN AKEN/VAN AUKEN NEWSLETTER, v.5, p.46.
|1777||David VanAKEN (1737-1777), son of Cornelius VanAKEN, died in 1777 or 1778. In 1784 some of his younger children, including Catherine, were living in the household of Peter CORSA (Peter DECOURSEY) of Shawnee Twp., Northumberland Co., Penna. and Delaware Twp., Northampton (Pike) County, Penna.|
|1777||Hendrikas, son of David and Magdalena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN, was born 1777c. about the time of the death of his father.|
|1778||Peter RIESER (Peter DECOURSEY??) signed an Oath of Allegiance in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, on 3 Jan 1778.|
|1778||A fort was erected in Minisink at the house of Daniel Van
AUKEN (He was born 1735 and married Lea KITTLE) in "the lower
neighborhood," by order of the committee of safety in 1778. On
20 July 1779, the Van AUKEN home and fort halted a party of
Bradt's Indian Raiders "while they exchanged shots with Mr.
AUKEN and then set everything afire. Mrs. AUKEN hid safely in
tall grass along the brook nearby. One of Van AUKEN's sons
(Jeremiah) was master of the school nearby, and he was seized
and taken away, ---"
Charles E. Stickney, A HISTORY OF THE MINISINK REGION (1867), p.137;
YESTERYEARS, v.8, pp.8-16.
|1778||VanAKEN Revolutionary War Pensioners include the following:
|1778||A General Muster Roll of Col. Jacob STROUD's Sixth Battalion
of Northampton co., PA Militia for May 14, 1778, lists Peter
CORSA (Peter DeCOURSEY), together with several of his relatives
and neighbors serving in Capt. John VanETTEN's 4th Company.
Also on this list was a half-brother, Benjamin CORSA (also
known as Benjamin RACER). Benjamin's descendants took the
surname "RACER", and settled in the area of Marietta, Ohio.
Present day RACER descendants in Ohio, PA, and WV are aware of
their DeCOURSEY heritage and roots. Others listed on this
muster roll include: James CHESNOR (brother-in-law to Benjamin
CORSA-RACER), Ludwick HOVER (a cousin of who later moved to
Ohio with Peter DECOURSEY), John VanETTEN (to Ohio with Peter
DECOURSEY), Moses VanGARDEN (a cousin), Alexander VanGARDEN,
Isaac VanGARDEN, Andrew DINGMAN (see below), Daniel SHOEMAKER,
Henry SHOEMAKER, etc.
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES Series 5, Vol.8, pp.425-440,481.
See also: SAR #101318; Pension file #W6348 (Moses VanGORDON);
Pension File #W.6349 (Alexander VanGORDEN);
Pension file #S43482 (Bernardus DENMARK);
Pension File #S22731 (Andrew DINGMAN);
Pension File #S5306 Benjamin BRINK.
Col. Jacob STROUD, commander of the unit in which Peter
DECOURSEY served, was raised at Shawnee (Smithfield) by
Nicholas DEPUI, nephew of Rachel (VANGORDON)
Nicholas DUPEY married his cousin, Elizabeth SCHOONMAKER, dau.
of Benjamin SCHOONMAKER and Elizabeth DEPUY and niece of Jochem
SCHOONMAKER and Rachel VanGORDON. The "Moses DOOPEY" (b.1762)
who vouched for the Revolutionary Service of William DECOURSEY,
b.1756, of North Carolina and Kentucky, was a cousin of William
|1778||Moses VanGORDON, son of Jacobus VanGORDON, served with Peter
CORSA (Peter DECOURSEY) in Col. Jacob STROUD's Regiment,
Captain John VanETTEN's Company, of the Northampton County,
Penna. Militia during the American Revolution. In his pension
papers filed in 1832, he describes the Revolutionary
engagements of this Militia company. He married 12 June 1814,
to Mrs. Elsie MIDDAUGH, widow of Levi MIDDAUGH from whom she
was divorced in 1812.
See Pension file #W.6348 (Moses VanGORDON); also see #W.6349 (Alexander VanGORDEN).
|1778||Elias DECKER, born 30 May 1761, served with Peter CORSA
(Peter DeCOURSEY) in Col Jacob's STROUD's Regiment, Capt. John
VanETTEN' Co., Northampton County Militia during the American
Revolution. On 26 Aug 1851, while a resident of Hancock
County, Ohio he states that he was born at Upper Smythfield
Twp., Northampton Co., Penna. on 30 May 1761, where he lived
until some years after the war; from thence he moved with his
family to Fairfield County, Ohio and there lived until he came
to Egal Twp., Hancock Co., Ohio; he served as a substitute for
Abram DEBINS and was placed under the command of John VANNATA,
Captain of the militia, and was garrisoned in Sussex County in
the State of New Jersey for the purpose of defending the
neighborhood against the Indians and Tories. He recalled many
skirmishes with the Indians and Tories. "...an insurrection
took place in the neighborhood a party of Indians penetrated
the neighborhood and killed some of our people and stole two
horses and fifty herd of sheep and fled. Capt. John VANNATA
was ordered by Andrew DINGMAN, our committee man to meet
Captain John TYLER of the New York militia at Leola to join
with a regular officer with his troops to follow the Indians.
We took up out time of march five days, and the Indians and
some Tories was killed and taken prisoner and the property
brought back and sold, and the money was divided with the men
to the amount of $5 each, and other similar circumstances
transpired during my service. I also remember the troops that
crossed the Delaware River under the direction of our Commity
man Dingman who had the charge of the boats at the ferry. I
was engaged two days on ferrying those troops across the
Delaware River to join General WASHINGTON at Yorktown in
Virginia for th purpose of taking CORNWALIS."
Bible Records included in his pension record papers show
that Elias DECKER was born, 30 May 1761; that he married, 17
February 1785, to Cate LINE, born 27 Feb. 1759. Their children
were: Elisha DECKER b. 28 Aug. 1785; Clarry DECKER b. 12 Oct.
1787; Coonrod DECKER, b. 13 Nov. 1789; John DECKER b. 7 March
1792; Eve, born 7 Nov. 1793; --?-- DECKER, b. 21 Aug. 1795;
Cornelias DECKER, b. 21 May 1797; Marey DECKER, b. 14 Nov.
1798; Anney DECKER, b. 31 Dec. 1800; Andrew DECKER, Junr., b. 8
Aug. 1803. Elias appears to have married 2nd to Mary --?--,
born 8 Aug. 1782, and had a child by her: Isaac B. DECKER, born
11 November 1826.
|1778||In 1778, during Brandt's raid, a year before the attack on
Machackemeck (now Port Jervis) and the lower valley, a warning
had come that Fort DeWitt had been attacked. Everyone hurried
to Fort Depuy, a large stone building with a cellar and attic
that had been erected earlier, at the time of the French and
Indian War, by Moses DePUY. Situated on a knoll, the people
could see the Indians maneuvering and sneaking around below,
and the officer in charge had the women don uniforms and march
around the parade grounds, and the Red Men gave up the plans to
D. Nelson Raynor, "A search for Ancestors and Their Burying Grounds", YESTERYEARS, V.18, NO.72, P.151-156.
|1778||An Isaac DECKER served several tours of duty with the
Pennsylvania and New York Troops during the American
Revolution, including service as a substitute for his father,
Hendricus DECKER, in Col. Jacob STROUD's Regiment, Capt. John
VanETTEN's company. A description of the engagements of
Northampton County, units in the Revolution can be found in his
pension papers filed in 1832.
See National Archives pension file #S10553;
also PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Ser.5,v.8,pp431-432.
|1778||Andrew DINGMAN (S22731), Benjamin BRINK (S5306), and
Bernardus DENMARK (S43482) were on the same muster roll with
Peter CORSA or DeCOURSEY in Capt. John VaNETTEN's 4th company,
Jacob Stroud's 6th Bttln.. Northampton Co., Militia. Their
pension papers on file at the National Archives reveal much
about the activities of this Militia unit:
Bernardus DENMARK enlisted at Walpack, N.J. and served five
months in Capt. Chamber's New Jersey Company; he enlisted at
Kingston, PA in April 1777, served as a Sgt. in Capt. Derrick
HEWETT's Co., Col. Zebulon BUTLER's Conn. Reg't. He stated
that he was in the battles of Long Island, White Plaines, and
Wyalusing on the Susquehanna River.
Andrew DINGMAN, in 1775, together with John Cleve SYMMES (a
teacher at Walpack, New Jersey and later founder of a colony
centered around present Cincinnati, Ohio.) assembled a company
of men to fight the British. In 1776 he volunteered under
Capt. Johannes VanETTEN to go into Sussex Co., N.J. to
apprehend and take prisoner a number of Tories, that were held
in the Jail of Sussex Co. (among them was one by the name of
PUE and one of the name of HAGERTY). In Aug 1776 while
serving under Capt. Johannes VanETTEN, he marched to Amboy, at
the time the British lay on Long Island, where a battle was
fought. In 1777 he was called out in the militia under Capt.
NELSON and Lieut. Cornelius DECKER, and marched to White Marsh
where he served two months. Then he went to Allentown to
receive his pay. Receiving none, he bore his own expenses
home. In the fall of the year 1778 he served as Commissary
and Quarter-master under Major HOPKINS for part of General
POLASKI's Legion, under the command of Col COHOTZ. He was
stationed at Decker's Ferry, Walpack Township, Sussex Co.,
N.J. for winter quarters. A Captain by the name of BADKIN was
also stationed at that place. IN the spring of 1779, he
enrolled in the Penna. Militia under Capt. Johannes VanETTEN
and manned a fort that his father had built in Delaware Twp.
(now) Pike County, Penna. Andrew DINGMAN mentions a brother
Isaac DINGMAN and cousins, David and Henry DECKER who were
killed in 1779 by the Indian allies of the British. Shortly
thereafter in 1779 he volunteered under Capt. Emanuel HOVER
against the Indians, "a body of whom had been murdering
several persons and burning houses in Peenpack, N.Y." The
Indians were commanded by the noted Indian Warrior Capt.
Joseph BRANDT. When the company arrived at the mouth of the
Lakawausen River, they fought a battle (The battle of
Laikawaxsen). Afterwards he enlisted under Samuel WESTBROOK
and Capt. Peter WESTBROOK, two brothers from New Jersey and
Capt. Johannes VanETTEN and Lieut. Benjamin ENNES of the State
of Penna. They were engaged in a skirmish on the Pennsylvania
side of the Delaware River near a house occupied by Philip
McCARTY. The Indians retreated and laid in ambush and again
gave battle, in which Capt. Peter WESTBROOK, Lieut Benjamin
ENNES, and a young man by the name of Richard ROSENCRANTZ were
killed. Samuel HELMS and James Van ETTEN were Wounded.
|1778||In July 1778, a force of British and Indians, under the
leadership of a Tory named BUTLER, and BRANDT, a Mohawk chief,
came from Fort Niagara with 1,000 men and attacked settlements
in the Wyoming Valley and Northampton co., PA. The settlers
collected at Fort Forty and Fort Pitt for protection, but the
garrison of some 300 men marched out to meet the enemy in
battle. They were quickly overwhelmed, many being captured and
massacred by the Indians. About 300 persons perished. -
Information from Alma BEATTY of Reno, NV (deceased). For a
good account of BRANDT's attack on our relatives living in the
Wyoming settlement and Minisink region see Barbara Graymont's
OUR CHILDREN TREMBLED, The Iroquois in the American Revolution,
See also, CONNECTICUT COURANT, July 23, 1778 (on Microfilm at the Univ. of Minnesota Library);
Harry T. Gumaer, A MINISINK FRAGMENT (1981), p.16-24.
Solomon J. WESTBROOK was interviewed by Solomon VanETTEN in 1889. He related the following:
"I am 82. I was born Sept. 1, 1807 in New Jersey three miles below the brick house on the farm now owned by Jacob WESTBROOK. My mother's name was Jane DECKER, daughter of Major (Johannes) DECKER (1735-1817), a major all through the Revolutionary War. My grandfather was John I. WESTBROOK (m. Hester SHIMER).
"The Black Rock Schoolhouse stood over the brook at the time they made the raid here and Uncle Ben DECKER (m. 1788 Rachel CORTRECHT) and Dan DECKER (m. Catherine ROSECRANS) went to school there.
"When Brant came through, there was a VanAUKEN taught there and he could not get away. He was lame. He told the children to go out and get away, but they could not. They took many of the boys prisoners and a part of them went down to where your grandfather (Anthony VanETTEN) lived. The old stone house was there and some went into the house and some stayed outside and got playing around the house. There was a lot of old women in the house. They sat on the bench of slabs and told the boys to crawl under their dresses under the bench and in that way saved them. Brant and the rest of the Indians came along and they told them that the rest of the Indians had taken all the boys with them. Yes, the children had to stand outside and see their teacher killed. That is when he marked the girls' aprons.
"When the children were at the schoolhouse, Uncle Ben was a young man and he went and got his books and slate and ran as far as the mill (Solomon Davis's mill) and an Indian came after him....
"Grandfather (Johannes DECKER, Jr.) had been down to Jerry
VanAUKEN's to a funeral. It was right in the harvest and they
had all the people out of the forts and BRANT came down the
road to where a man by the name of WESTBROOK lived. This is
where they crossed the river. Major DECKER lived on the place
now occupied by Henry G. CUDDEBACK. ...BRANT came in the night.
...there was a thick bunch of pines and there he went in with
his Indians and laid there for two days. ...A son of this
WESTBROOK had his family there and all his goods. He turned
out to be a Tory and went and got BRANT to come down through
the valley. After they saw Grandfather go off, WESTBROOK went
to the barn and began to peek around the corner. Grandmother
(Magdalena WESTBROOK DECKER 1716) and a colored woman were out
laying clothes on the grass...saw him...had no idea that he was
a Tory. ...He went and got an armful of wood and laid it on
the floor...and said 'I am going to set the house on fire.'
...Grandfather had bought his farm from the Indians. ...BRANT
stood in the yard. She went right up to him and spoke to him.
Just then an Indian came out with my mother on his arm and he
told the Indian to give up the child to my grandmother and he
did. Grandmother asked BRANT if he would allow her to go into
the house and take any goods. He said 'Yes.' ...BRANT told an
Indian to go over and take the goods wherever she wanted them.
...She went back and got another load and BRANT sent another
Indian to help her. Grandfather was down to the funeral and
when he went to look after his horse, he saw smoke and knew it
was his buildings. He started and when he got to VanVLIET's
there he met BRANT with his raid and his house was going so
fast that he rode right trough them. One Indian shot him
through his hip. When he got to the top of the hill, there
was a chestnut tree cut down and his horse run right into that
and got fast. He went on and hid in a seam in the rocks."
|1778||Lieut. John CHAMBERS and Lt. John WETZEL in a letter dated
July 8, 1778 wrote to Vice President George BRYON of Council,
Philadelphia: "That a letter from Colonel STROUD of the Sixth
Battalion of Northampton County, informs them that a body of
Indians and white men are upon their march to the settlements
upon Delaware, they being discovered at the mouth of the
Lackawaxen and moving towards Shaholy. By the best information
we receive we learn that Wyoming is finally destroyed, upon
which we have ordered out half of the battalion of the county;
but by all accounts it is not a sufficient number to withstand
their force as we suppose this to be a different number from
those at Wyoming, which by them that made their escape, their
number is supposed to be between seven and eight hundred."
HISTORY OF WAYNE PIKE AND MONROE COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA, p.1080-1083.
See also YESTERYEARS, 8-29,p.8-16.
|1778||In 1778 Luther BARNEY served 101 days as a privateer on
board the ship "General Putnam" under Captain Thomas ALLEN.
During that time, six British ships were captured. In April
1779, Luther BARNEY again sailed on board the "General Putnam"
for a period of about three months, during which time the ship
was in a number of engagements including the capture of a
British ship mounting 14 guns. About August 1779 Luther BARNEY
returned to his home in Norwich, where he married his first
wife, Niber "Nabby" Abigail WINSHIP.
Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
|1778||Abraham VanAKEN (1750-1801c.), son of Gideon and Maria
(PLOEG) VanAKEN, married 13 Oct. 1778, to Mary LOWE.
See Pension File #W16454.
|1778||A list of Rangers of the Frontiers, Westmoreland County, 1778-83 lists Michael FRANKS in both Thos. CARR's company and Wm. PERRY's company|
|1778||The will of James DEVOOR (DEAVER) of Yohogania County,
Virginia; dated 14 November 1778, was attested by Nicholas
DEPUE, Tobias DECKER and Daniel DEPUE, Jr.; and proved March
1779. Beneficiaries were children: Jacob, Andrew, Henry,
John, Sarah PEARSHAL, Samuel; children under age: David,
Moses, Catharine, Francis, James. All his real estate, except
the Ferry ("on Monongohale River, from his house over the river
to the Mouth of Pidgeon Creek") went to sons David and Moses;
however, the court later allotted one third of the Landed
Estate to James DEVOIR's widow or Relict, Elizabeth DEVOIR.
John DEVOIR was executor of the will.
Boyd Crumrine, VIRGINIA COURT RECORDS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, (1974 Reprint), II, 301,346,395,396, III, p.327, I, 526,531.
|1779||Garret SCHOONMAKER was a taxpayer in Lower Smithfield in
Heidgerd, Ruth P., THE SCHOONMAKER FAMILY, Part One, p.29.
|1779||Abraham LENT, married, 10 January 1779, to Margaret WALDRON,
daughter of William and Antie (MYER) WALDRON.
James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.705.
|1779||Near what is now Deerpark, Daniel VanAKEN, son of Abraham
and Jannetje (DEWITT) VanAKEN built a fort. A marker read:
UNSUCCESSFULLY ATTACKED BY MOHAWKS AND
TORIES LED BY JOSEPH BRANT IN A
RAID ON THE VALLEY JULY 20, 1779
The above marker was destroyed by highway realignment about
1965. Near the site a burial was uncovered by an excavation
thought to be that of victims of the raid, both white and
indian. Daniel's wife, Lea (KITTLE) VanAUKEN, supposedly
escaped the massacre directed against Fort VanAuken by lying in
a ditch near the Fort.
|1779||Luther BARNEY married first, 5 September 1779, to Abigail
"Niber" WINSHIP, born 21 January 1758, daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth (LATHROP) WINSHIP. Luther and Niber (WINSHIP)
BARNEY had children: Sophia m. 1797 Henry Franklin RUSSELL;
William Pitt BARNEY; Charles BARNEY m. 1805 Mercy YOEMAN;
Philemon BARNEY m. Lucy HEDDON; Joseph Winship BARNEY m. 1808
Betsey DELAMATER; Luther BARNEY, Jr. married 1813 Lavina
LOOMIS; Nathan BARNEY; Betsey BARNEY; William BARNEY; and
Samuel Case BARNEY m. 1827 Eliza BEMUS. Wesbrook, Mary, JACOB
(Barney Family Historical Association 1982);
BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, pp.4-7, No.47, p.13.
|1779||Nancy, dau. of Beniaman RASER and Mary CHESNOR was baptized, 18 Aug 1779, in the DRC of Walpack, NJ.|
|1780c||Jonathan FOWLER sold a tract in Westchester Co., NY to Isaac
CORSA "next to Eastchester Line on Boston Post Road. Fronting
on the Post Road from N.Y. to Boston".
See Fowler's HISTORY OF THE FOWLER FAMILY.
|1780||Dinis, born 18 Jan 1779, in Smithfield, Delaware Twp.,
Penna, son of Benjamin CORSA and Mary CHESNOR was baptized, 2
July 1780, in Walpack, NJ. He was surnamed Dennis RACER. He
married, 28 Jan 1802, to Polly HOLDEN, who died 23 Feb 1871.
They had nine children. He died 13 Sept. 1871 in Delaware Co.,
Indiana. A descendant, Wyatt William POSEY, was living in
Hicksville, Ohio in 1970's. Note is taken that the 1850 census
shows his birthplace as "Maryland" and the 1860 & 1870 census
as "Delaware" (Township?).
See PORTRAIT & BIOG. RECORD OF DELAWARE CO., INDIANA.
|1780||At Court held for Yohogania County, Virginia, 26 June 1780,
it was "ordered that John DECKER be summoned to appear at the
next Court to show cause why he Detains Elizabeth the Daughter
of Jacob KUYKENDALL and the he bring the said Elizabeth with
him before the Court as aforesaid."
Boyd Crumrine, VIRGINIA COURT RECORDS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, (1974 Reprint), II, p.425.
|1780||James CHESTNOR married about 1780 to Susan CUSTARD, b.1762,
dau. of William and Sara (SWARWOUT) CUSTARD.
The Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records list the following people who had children baptized in one of the three churches in the Valley:
James CHESTNOR and Susanna CUSTARD
|1780||Luther BARNEY moved in 1780 to New Marlboro, Berkshire County, Massachusetts; and Sophia, first child of Luther and "Nabby" (WINSHIP) BARNEY, was born 13 July 1780.|
|1781||Henry FRANKS, while a resident of German Township, Fayette
Co., Penna., enlisted 29 June 1781 and served in Capt. Michael
CATT's Company; marched to Wheeling, Va., where he joined
General George CLARK's expedition and went down the Ohio River
to the Little Kanawha River; and joined Colonel LOCHRY, who
took command from there down the Ohio River to the Big Miami,
where they were attacked by Indians and "adopted"; later they
were returned by the British.
A ROSTER OF REVOLUTIONARY ANCESTORS of the INDIANA DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, v.2, p.124; D.A.R. #313572.
|1781||A list of rateables in the town of Westmoreland, Wyoming
Co., PA on 20 Aug 1781, includes Benjamin RACER with 1 cow and
See Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden's, THE MASSACRE OF WYOMING (1895), p.81.
|1781||In September 1781, Luther BARNEY, sailed from New London on board the brigantine "Favorite" under the command of Capt. Jonathan BUDDINGTON. After being at sea for about 10 days, the "Favorite" and her crew were captured by the British ship, "Medes". Soon after his capture, Luther BARNEY was put aboard the British frigate "Iris". Luther's brother Edwin BARNEY, was also captured by the British and died of small pox on a prison ship. Just prior to the famous naval battle of Virginia Capes, the British frigate "Iris" was captured by the French fleet led by Admiral Francois le COMPTE de GRASSE. Nine American sailors who, including Luther BARNEY were impressed into service by the French forces under the command of the Marquis de LAFAYETTE. These sailors helped transport troops from Annapolis to Yorktown, and performed other services with the French fleet. "There is considerable evidence that these nine sailors were the only Americans to actually witness the French victory over the British at the Battle of the Virginia Capes." After the surrender of Cornwallis on 19 Oct. 1781, Luther BARNEY was released and put ashore at Yorktown. He went to General WASHINGTON for assistance, and he was given a document which would provide him food from the public stores until he got home to his wife and child.|
|1781||On 2 October 1781, Jacob LIVINGOOD was commissioned as
Captain to raise a company of riflemen for service on the
frontier, until 1 January 1782.
Pennsylvania-German Society, PROCEEDINGS AND ADDRESSES at ALLENTOWN, NOVEMBER 2, 1906 (1908), Vol.XVII, p.386.
|1782||Michael FRANKS was a member of Capt. Thos. CARR's Company,
Westmoreland County Militia in 1782.
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Series.3, v.xxiii, pp.228-31; ser.5, v.IV., p.427 et seq.
|1782||William Pitt BARNEY, first son of Luther and Niber (WINSHIP) BARNEY was born 20 March 1782, and died on 20 April 1782. About this time Luther BARNEY moved with his family to New Marlborough, Berkshire Co., Mass. and lived there for about 18 months before moving to Sandgate Twp., Bennington Co., Vermont, where their third child, Charles BARNEY, was born on 23 March 1783.|
|1782||Barent Van WAGENEN married, 18 September 1782 to Rachel VanAKEN, at the Dutch Reformed Church on the Rhinebeck Flatts, Dutchess County, New York.|
|1783||In the tax lists of Springhill Twp., Westmoreland Co.,
Penna. for 1783 in Springhill Twp. appear Michael FRANKS, Sr.,
10 acres; Michael FRANKS, 40 acres; Jacob FRANKS, 30 acres;
Peter BACCHUS, 40 acres; Jacob FIRST, 20 acres; James
FLEEHARTY, 16 acres; and in Menallen Twp. appears Henry
Fayette County, Penna was formed in 1783 out of Westmoreland County which had been formed out of Bedford County in 1773.
|1783||Benyamin, (illegitimate?) son of Peter CORSA and --?-- PEEKE, was baptized, 25 May 1783 in the Dutch Reformed Church of Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ. The notation in the record written in Dutch indicates that the child was illegitimate.|
|1783||Peter CORSA (Peter DeCOURSEY), son of Jochem and Rachel
(VanGORDON) SCHOONMAKER and step-son of Teunis CORSA (also
known as Teunis REESER, Dennis RACER, Teunis CORSA, Dennis
DeCOURSEY), married about 1783, to his cousin, Magdelena
VanAKEN, dau. of David and Madelena (SCHOONMAKER) VanAKEN. For
Delaware City Chapter DAR, DELAWARE COUNTY, OHIO FAMILY RECORDS (Delaware, Ohio, 1969), pp.9-36.
|1784||Garrit SCHOONMAKER, Sr. and Garrit SCHOONMAKER, Jr. were
among those shut up in the garrison at Wyoming Valley,
Pennsylvania in 1784. Garret SCHOONMAKER, Jr. and Captain
Henry SCHOONMAKER were convicted of a riot in the cause of the
Pennamites in 1784.
Heidgerd, Ruth P., THE SCHOONMAKER FAMILY, Part One, p.29.
See also any good American History Book or Encyclopedia on the "Pennamite Wars."
|1784||Recorded at Northampton County, Penna., 23 Sept. 1784. "A
petition of Katherine VANAKER one of the children of David
VANAKER late of Delaware Township yeoman deceased intestate
(seven years ago) leaving, among other children, Catherine
fourteen years old and upwards and now lives with her
brother-in-law Peter CORSA of Shawanese Township in the County
of Northumberland yoeman."
Note: David VANAKER (VANAKEN) was bpt. 3 May 1737, Minisink, NY. He married Magdelena SCHOONMAKER, dau. of Gerrit & Catherine (DePUY) SCHOONMAKER, and had children: David VanAKEN married Catharine EMMINS; Magdalena VanAKEN married Peter CORSA (Peter DECOURSEY); Catherine VanAKEN married Daniel SWARTHWOUT; Hester VanAKEN; Cornelius VanAKEN; Hendrickas VanAKEN; and perhaps others.
|1784||Living in Annapolis, Nova Scotia, in 1784, was a Loyalist,
Isaac CURSON with 1 man, 1 woman, 2 children over 10, 1 child
under 10, and 1 servant.
See Cuyler Reynolds, GENE. & FAMILY HISTORY OF SOUTHERN NEW YORK, v.II,p.617-618.
|1785||Petrus VanAKEN married, 6 November 1785, to Sarah KIP, at the Dutch Reformed Church on the Rhinebeck Flatts, Dutchess County, New York.|
|1785||Hannah, born 27 Nov 1785, dau. of Peter CORSO and Lena
VanAKEN, was baptized, 25 Dec 1785, in the DRC of Walpack, New
Hannah DECOURSEY married, 29 Jan 1807, to John PENNELL
|1785||The Federal tax list of Delaware Twp., Northampton co., PA
for 1785 and 1786 lists "Peter CURSAW" owning 2 horses and 2
cattle. Also on this tax list are listed James CHESTNOR,
Manuel HOVER, Manual GONSAULUS, Loderwick HOVER, Gilbert
VANGORDON, James VANGORDON, Moses VANGORDON, Isaac VANGORDON,
John VanETTEN, David VANAUKEN, Allipher VANAUKEN, Alexander
VANGORDON, Gilbert VANGORDON, Abraham SHOEMAKER, John van der
MARK and other relatives of Peter DeCOURSEY
From PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, p.284.
|1785||Benjamin, son of Benjamin CORSA (RACER) and Mary CHESNOR, was born, 24 Mar 1785, in Wyoming Co., PA. He married, 1805, to Susan HOLDREN and died, 3 May 1872, in Marietta Twp. Washington Co., Ohio.|
|1785||A list of taxable inhabitants and freemen of German Twp.,
Fayette Co., Ohio, on 10 August 1785, includes: Jacob FERST,
Jacob FRANKS, Michael FRANKS, Jacob HOOVER, Nicholas HELMICK,
George HOOVER, and Henry FRANKS.
Franklin Ellis, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA (1882), v.1, pp.591-592.
|1785||For the purpose of establishing a church in German Township,
Michael FRANKS and others obtained a warrant for a tract of
land south of Brown's Run, called the "Straight and Narrow
Way," 2 February 1785. Michael FRANKS, Sr. applied for a
warrant of 290 acres of land, 2 July 1785, and received it, 19
Nov. 1788, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His
plantation was called "Franconia."
Ellis, Franklin, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA with BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (1882), pp.590-601.
|1786||In the 1786 assessments for German Twp., Fayette Co., Penna. appears Jacob FRANKS; Michael FRANKS, Sr.; Michael FRANKS, Jr.; Henry FRANKS, a single man.|
|1786||Henry FRANKS (7630-1836) married, April 1786, Fayette Co.,
Penna, to Christina MASON (1767-1843). They had children:
John FRANKS, born 14 Jan 1787, m. Polly HECLLER LACKER; Michael
FRANKS, born 4 Sept. 1788, m. Martha THOMPSON; Elizabeth, born
12 Oct. 1791, m. Samuel HIGGINS; Sarah, b. 9 Jan. 1794, m. John
ROUTZEN; Henry FRANKS, b. 19 April 1796; Abraham FRANKS, b. 8
Feb. 1798, m. Lydia BLACKER; Uriah, b. 21 Oct. 1799, m.
Elizabeth WALTZ; Abigail, b. 14 Feb. 1802; Christiana, b. 15
March 1804; Catharine, b. 17 Aug. 1806; Phebby, b. 1 June 1809.
A ROSTER OF REVOLUTIONARY ANCESTORS of the INDIANA DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, v.2, p.124; D.A.R. #313572.
Henry FRANKS (1764-1836) "was born in Fayette county, Pa.,
and came to Chippewa Township, Wayne County, Ohio in 1816-17,
settling a short distance south of Doylestown, on a farm he
entered from the Government, which he subsequently sold to his
son, John, when he purchased twenty-five acres east of this,
and died May 5, 1836. He was married to Christina MASON (Note
- The German MAURER was anglicized to MASON), of his native
county, and had five sons and six daughters to wit: John
Michael, Henry, Abraham and Uriah; Elizabeth (her husband,
samuel HIGGINS, a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in Huron
county, OHIO), Sarah (wife of John ROUTSON), Abigail,
Christina, Catharine and Phoebe, the latter the only two
surviving daughters (in 1878), the sons all being dead (in
1878) but Henry and Uriah. Henry is now eighty-two years of
age (in 1878) and has had seven children, and is a member of
the Methodist Church. His wife, Susanna (ROUTSON) FRANKS, died
in Spencer, Ohio.
|1786||Balthus VanKLEEK married before 1786 to Josyntha CORSA.
|1786||John BAKER, born 27 Apr 1786, son of Jonathan BAKER and Rachel CORSAN of Smithfield, Penna., was bapt. 23 July 1786, at Deerpark, NY (Machackemeck).|
|1786||Daniel Van GARDEN and Maragrieta MIDDAG were married, 31 May 1786, by Rev. E. Van BUNSHOOTEN, at Shawnee, Penna.|
|1786||David Van GARDEN and Mary EMMANS were married, 14 Sept. 1786, by Rev. E. Van BUNSHOOTEN, at Shawnee, Penna.|
|1787||Jonathan Van GARDEN and Ledea Van SICKEL were married, 11 Feb. 1787, by Rev. E. Van BUNSHOOTEN, at Shawnee, Penna.|
|1787||Matthew WINANS and Mary Van GARDEN were married, 3 July
1787, by Rev. E. Van BUNSHOOTEN, at Shawnee, Penna. They had
twelve children including: Samuel WINANS, b. 1788, Jacob
WINANS, b. 1792, Matthew WINANS, b. 1798, John WINANS, b.1800,
Isaac WINANS, and Clark WINANS, b.1812. In 1800 Matthew and
Mary lived in Wayne Co., Penna. By 1826 they lived in the area
of Braintrim, Luzerne Co., and then Meshoppen, Wyoming Co.,
Penna. Phebe and John Van GORDEN also lived there as they
appear on the 1830 census for Braintrim.
Information from Helen Greenslit Graves of Redwood City, Calif. - 1988.
|1787||About 1787 Luther BARNEY moved with his family to Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, where they lived for about eight years.|
|1788||Abraham CORSAN, son of Dennis CORSA and Rachel VANGARDEN,
baptized, 2 May 1762, Walpack, New Jersey, married before 1788
to Jane VanDEMARK, bapt. Walpeck, NJ, 6 Feb 1763, dau. of
Johannes Van der MARK and Jannetie COURTRIGHT. Abraham and
Jannetje (VanDERMARK) CORSA had children Dinis, born 1 Feb.
1789, Rachel, b. 22 May 1791, and Peter, born 7 Feb. 1794.
John W. VanDemark in his VANDEMARK ANCESTRY (1942), p.123, incorrectly places this Abraham CORSAN with the Staten Island CORSON family.
|1788||Solomon ROSENKRANS and Cattrina Van GARDEN were married, 12 May 1788, by Rev. E. Van BUNSHOOTEN, at Shawnee, Penna.|
|1788||Rachel, born 30 Jan 1788, dau. of Jonathan BEAKER and Rachel CORSON was baptized, 25 May 1788.|
|1788||Jonathan, born 15 June 1788, son of Peter CURSAN and Magdeline VanAKEN was baptized 29 July 1788, in the DRC of Smithfield, Pennsylvania.|
|1788||Federal Tax list of Lower Smithfield, Northampton co., Penna. lists Abraham CUSSAW with 1 cattle.|
|1788||Emanuel HOOVER married, ca.1788, to Cornelia KORTRIGHT,
daughter of Elisha and Hulda (DINGMAN) KORTRIGHT. He was a
Captian in the New Jersey Militia during the American
Revolution. The HOVER's settled in Trumbull County, Ohio,
See: James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.569;
Louis H. Cornish, A NATIONAL REGISTER OF THE SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1902), p.147.
|1788c||Nicholas HELMICK married first, about 1788, at Fayette Co.,
Pennsylvania, to Mary FRANKS, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth
(LIVENGOOD) FRANKS. They had children: Adam married Christina
WALTZ; John m. (2nd) Mrs. Mary HOUTER; Michael m. Christina
FISHEL; Katherine married Mr. MANNING; Sarah "Sally" married
Isaac DECOURSEY; Dorothy married George MANNING; Mary m. George
CUMBAUGH; Nancy m. (1st) John MONTGOMERY and (2nd) Aaron SMITH;
and Charlotte married John HOLMES.
Franks, Alice A., and Sublette, Donald J., THE MICHAEL FRANKS FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1979), pp.203-217.
|1788||Michael FRANKS, Sr. and Michael FRANKS, Jr. patented several
hundred acres of land in German Twp., Fayette Co., Penna
between 1788 and 1794 on warrants issued 2 July 1785.
Franks, Alice A., and Sublette, Donald J., THE MICHAEL FRANKS FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1979), p.39.; Pennsylvania Archives.
|1789||Jacob FRANKS (1768-1836), son of Jacob FRANKS, Sr. (1743-1802) and Barbara (BRANDENBURG) FRANKS, married, 1789, Fayette Co., Penna. to Sarah LIVENGOOD.|
|1789||Dinis, son of Abraham CORSA and Jannetje van de MARK, was baptized, 1 Feb 1789, in the DRC of Smithfiled, Penna.|
|1789||Mary, dau. of Jonathan BEAKER and Rachel CARSON, was bapt., 17 Apr 1789, at Deerpark (Machackemeck), NY.|
|1789||Elizabeth, born 5 Jun 1782; Benjamin, b.25 Mar 1785; and Mary, b.20 Feb 1789, children of Benjamin CURSAN and Mary CHESNOR were baptized, 1 July 1789, in the DRC of Wyoming, Pennsylvania. (Registered in Deerpark, NY). Elizabeth married Aaron STRAIGHT. Benjamin married first Susannah HOLDREN and 2nd Abigail BOSWORTH CHURCHILL. He had 16 children, "all by his first wife!!". Mary married Matthias HOLDREN. Descendants of these children carried the surnames RACER, STAFFORD, MIDDLESWART, SMITH, POSEY, WEST, ALCOCK, PENNY, STRAIGHT, STANLEY, HOLDREN.|
|1789||Catterine, born 17 Mar 1787, and Benjamin, born 15 Feb 1789, children of Thomas and Jenny (HOVER) REED were baptized, 6 July 1789, in the DRC of Deepark (Machackemeck), NY. This family was later to move with the DECOURSEYs to Trumbull County, Ohio. Benjamin REED married Jane DECOURSEY, dau. of Peter DECOURSEY in Trumbull Co., Ohio.|
|1789||Daniel, born 21 Aug 1789, son of Benjamin VanAKEN and Margaret CHESNOR was baptized 11 Oct 1789, in the DRC of Deerpark, NY (Machackemeck).|
|1789||John DePUY of Lower Makefield - Bucks Co., Penna. Administration, 1789, #2172.|
|1790||Luther BARNEY, son of Luther and Niber Abigail (WINSHIP) BARNEY, was born in 1790 in Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont.|
|1790||Rachel, dau. of Moses VanGORDON and Elizabeth VanETTEN, was
born 1 Apr 1790. She married Jacob RESER and died, 8 Oct 1853,
in Winnebago Co., Illinois.
See Eva Alice Scott's JACOBUS JANSEN VAN ETTEN, p.64-65.
|1790||The index to the 1790 Federal Census of Pennsylvania lists:
|1790||The Index to the Federal Census of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1790, lists: Anthony VANAKEN, Benjamin VANAKEN, Casper VANAKEN, David VANAKEN, Eliphas VANAKEN, Herman VANAKEN, Jacob VANAKEN, James VANAKEN (2), John VANAKEN (2), John VANAKEN, Jr., Levy VANAKEN.|
|1790||The index to the Federal Census of Northampton County,
Pennsylvania, 1790, lists: Alexander VanGARDON, Alexander
VanGARDON, Jun., David VanGARDON, Gilbert VanGARDON, Isaac
VanGARDON, James VanGARDON, Jonathan VanGARDON, Joseph
VanGARDON, Moses VanGARDON.|
|1790||James CHESTNOR is listed on the 1790 census of Delaware
Twp., Northampton Co., Penna. with 1 male under 16, 1 male over
16, and 5 females.
Joseph CHASTNOR is listed on the 1790 census of Delaware Twp., Northampton Co., Penna. with 1 male over 16, and 3 females.
|1790||Census of Delaware Twp. and Lower Smithfield, Northampton
County, Pennsylvania lists:
Peter CURSAW with 1 m. over 16, 2 m. under 16 & 2
|1790||Census of Lower Smithfield, Northampton Co., Penna., 1790,
|1790||The First Census of the U.S. in 1790 lists the following
FRANKS living in German Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania:
Michael FRANKS, Sr., 1 male over 16 years.
(In order - Michael and Jacob were sons of Michael Sr., George and Jacob were sons of Jacob, and Henry son of Michael).
|1790||Two Nicholas HELMICKs are listed on page 107 of the 1790 Census of German Twp., Fayette Co., Pennsylvania: Nicholas HELMICK with 1 male over 16, 4 males under 16, and 3 females; and Nicholas HELMICK, Jr. with 1 male over 16 and two females. Another Nicholas HELMICK and a Peter HELLMICK are listed on page 25, 1790 Census, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.|
|1790||Nicholas HELMICK, Abram FRANKS, and Robert ROSS, all of
German Twp., Fayette Co., Penna. served in the Indian War of
1790-94 under "Mad Anthony" WAYNE.
Ellis, Franklin, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA with BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (1882), p.601.
|1790||A Peter SHOEMAKER, Pvt. received Land Warrant #13715 in the Military District of Ohio (A/1/233) on 31 Dec 1790. (Perhaps Peter SCHOONMAKER alias Peter DECOURSEY??? - or may be different Peter).|
|1791||Rachel, dau. of Abraham CORSA and Jannetje van de MARK was baptized, 22 May 1791, in the DRC of Smithfield, PA.|
|1791c||Gilbert TRACY (1761-1841) married 9 April 1791, at Ulysses
(Ithaca), New York, to Deborah WOODWORTH, born 2 August 1772.
He served in the American Revolution from Connecticut. He was
age 80 in 1840, a resident of Cayuga Co., New York. Gilbert
and Deborah (WOODWORTH) TRACY had children: Durastus TRACY, b.
23 Dec. 1791, d. 13 Oct. 1812; Ezra TRACY, b. 16 May 1793,
married 8 Feb. 1616 Harriet PAPINOS; Evander TRACY, b. 8 Sept.
1794; Mercy TRACY, b. 1 June 1796 m. James THOMPSON; Kester
TRACY, b. 14 April 1798; Elvira TRACY, b. 10 Jan. 1800, m. 18
December 1817 Stephen WEST; Philand TRACY, b. 5 Oct. 1801;
Clarinda TRACY, b. 29 Sept. 1803; Seneca TRACY, b. 6 Oct. 1806;
Paulina TRACY, b. 30 Sept. 1808, m. Harvey TOWNE; Gilbert W.
TRACY, b. 26 Dec. 1810; Phebe S. TRACY, b. 1 Oct. 1813, m. Mr.
THOMPSON; and Mary TRACY, born 27 Sept. 1816.
Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4088.
|1792||Joseas TICHSORD (TITSORT) and Mary Van GARDEN were married, 7 June 1792,, by Rev. E. Van BUNSHOOTEN, at Shawnee, Penna.|
|1792||Michael FRANKS, Sr. made his will on 27 December 1792. He named as his heirs: Sons Michael FRANKS and Jacob FRANKS and daughter Cathren BACUS. His sons Michael and Jacob FRANKS were named executors, and witnesses were Isaac BARTLETT, Thomas BARTLETT, and Matthias HANFIELD.|
|1793||Prior to 1793, a log meeting-house, "The Old Dutch Church,"
was erected in German Twp., Fayette Co., Penna., on the
property purchased for that purpose, in 1785, by Michael
FRANKS. It had a gallery, a rude pulpit or seat for the
minister, and rough seats for the congregation. The first
minister was the Rev. John STOUGH, who was licensed to preach
by the Lutheran Synod of Philadelphia. Among the first
congregation were: John HUHN, Philip LAWRENCE, Francis FAST,
William FAST, Michael and Jacob FRANK, Henry BARRICKMAN, Daniel
Franklin Ellis, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA (1882), v.1, pp.597.
|1793||Michael FRANKS, Sr.'s will was probated 1 April 1793 at Fayette Co., Penna.|
|1793||Katherine HELMICK, dau. of Nicholas and Mary (FRANKS) HELMICK, was baptized 31 October 1793, at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. The Jacob's Lutheran Church Baptismal records show: "Catarina 31 octa. 1793 [parents] niclaus helmich and maria." Sponsors were Jacob FURST and Charlotta. Katherine HELMICK married Mr. MANNING.|
|1793||On 24 May 1793, land was deeded to Peter COURSEE and John
CARSON in Delaware twp. Northampton (now Pike) co., PA "eighty
acres joining on land of Jonathan BAKER on the west --- on a
small run commonly known by the name of Round Hill Run." The
land was near land owned by John PRICE, Manuel HOVER, Nicholas
DEPUI, James CHESNOR, Benjamin REED, and others who were
related to or later removed to Ohio with Peter DeCOURSEY. The
Jonathan BAKER who was Peter's neighbor married Rachel CORSON
and baptized children in 1786, 1788, and 1794. It is likely
that Rachel was a sister of Peter.
See LDS film #5229,pt.6.
Also PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, ser.3,v.26,p.58, ser.3,v.19,p.284.
|1793||Jane, born 3 Sept. 1790 and Isaac, b. 3 July 1793, children
of Peter CUSAW and Leana VanAUKEN were baptized, 4 Aug 1793, in
the DRC of Walpack, New Jersey. (Note: This is the baptism of
Isaac DeCOURCEY (1793-1884), of Ohio, Wisconsin, and
New York Gen. & Biog. Soc., DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH RECORDS OF WALPACK, NJ and SMITHFIELD, PA.
"At Walpack, Hannah CUSAW born Nov 27, and baptized Dec. 25,
1785; Jane CUSAW, born April 3, 1790 and Isaac CUSAW, born July
3, 1793, children of Leona VanAKEN and Peter CUSAW or CORSO".
|1794||Abraham, son of Jonathan BAKER and Rachel RESER was baptized, 2 Feb 1794.|
|1794||Peter, son of Abraham CORSA and Jane van de MARK was bapt., 7 Feb 1794, in the DRC of Smithfield, PA.|
|1794||Benjamin RACER "with his wife and four of his children, Dennis, Mary, Elizbeth and Benjamin II emigrated from Wyoming County, Penna and arrived at the stockade at Marietta, Ohio on April 7, 1974." - Clyde W. Powell INFORMATION CONCERNING COUNT DENIS DECOURSEY AND HIS SON BENJAMIN, dated Feb 1, 1946. Clyde Powell further states that the family was descended from a French "Count"; that Dennis DECOURSEY's first wife was French and his second wife Dutch; that Dennis DECOURSEY died in Maryland. He also suggests a possible connection between the French relatives of "Count" Denis and the Irish Kinsale deCOURCY.|
|1794||James CHESNOR deeded land, 7 June 1794, in Northampton
County, PA. He was brother-in-law to Benjamin RACER. Major
CHESNOR was an engineer, and it is said that he aided General
Rufus PUTNAM and the Scioto Company in the settlement of
Gallipolis and Marietta, Ohio in 1798. For a description of
this early settling of Ohio,
see OHIO ARCHAEOLOGICAL and HISTORICAL SOC. PROCEEDINGS, v.III "Centennial Anniversary of Gallipolis, Ohio - October 1890";
Edward Naret, HISTORY OF THE FRENCH SETTLEMENT AT GALLIPOLIS - 1790;
William G. Sibley THE FRENCH FIVE HUNDRED; CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW (Apr 1916), v.2,p.195;
Henry DeCoursey Adams, DECOURSEY, v.1,pp.1-4.
|1795||James CHESTNOR's signature in found on documents in Luzerne Co., Penna.: caveat filed by Samuel BOWMAN in 1795.|
|1795c||Elizabeth DeCOURSEY, dau. of Peter DeCOURSEY was born about 1795.|
|1795||About 1795 Luther BARNEY moved from Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont to Chenango Point, Broome Co., New York where they lived about four years.|
|1796||Jacobus VanGORDON, farmer, of Delaware Twp., Northampton
Co., Penna. made his will on 13 Feb. 1796, and the will was
probated on 25 Feb. 1796. He named wife Catherine and
children: Moses; Isaac; Abraham; David; Susannah (wife of John
VanCAMPEN); Mary (wife of Parafine JONES); Elizabeth (wife of
John HENRY); Catherine (wife of Solomon ROSEKRANTZ). Witnesses
were Henry STEEL, Alexander VanGORDON, Jr., and Joseph
Abstract of Wills, p.101.
|1796||Sarah or Salome "Sally" HELMICK, was bapt. 11 June 1796, at
Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, as "Salome", dau. Niclaus HELMICK
and Elisabeth FRANK, at the Jacob's Lutheran Church of Fayette
County. "This church was originally a combined Lutheran and
Reformed (Calvinist) Church. It split up sometime before 1800
and the HELMICKS and half the FRANKS went elsewhere to
worship." Sally HELMICK married 21 Jan. 1815 at Stark County,
Ohio to Isaac DECOURSEY.
Franks, Alice A., and Sublette, Donald J., THE MICHAEL FRANKS FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1979), pp.203-217.
|1797||In settlement of the estate of their father, Michael FRANKS,
Sr., indentures dated 1 February 1797 were made between Michael
and Jacob FRANKS, as executors, to Jacob FRANKS, Jr., Abraham
FRANKS (son of Michael II) and to Catherine (FRANKS) BACCUS, as
Fayette County, Penna. Probate Records.
|1798||William C. CLARK married, 8 August 1798, at Randolph Co.,
(W)Virginia to Barbara HELMICK.
Information from Margaret Fenton Gardner of Covina, CA.
|1798c||Peter DeCOURSEY's family together with Benjamin RACER, Thomas and Benjamin REED, Manual HOVER, Manual GONSAULUS, and several others left the Minisink region at the "forks of the Delaware" settling first at the "Horseshoe Bend area" near the confluence of Allegheny, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania, and then, about 1802, moving on to Ohio.|
|1798c||Abraham and David DeCOURSEY (twins), sons of Peter DeCOURSEY were born about 1798, in or near Allegheny Co., PA. "in the horseshoe bend district."|
|1799||Niber Abigail (WINSHIP) BARNEY, first wife of Luther BARNEY,
died 20 January 1799, at Burlington, Vermont, leaving him with
a newborn infant and several small children. Luther BARNEY
married second, 8 October 1799, at Venice, Cayuga Co., New York
to Ruth GARRISON, born 24 Jan. 1777.. His occupation was
"leather dresser." They were married by David IRISH, an Elder
in the Baptist Church. They had children: Sally Maria m. 1818
William KNOWLTON; Lysander BARNEY; Ai BARNEY m. 1831 Sophia Ann
Marcilla RIGBY; Benjamin BARNEY; Alva; Zerah "Zee" BARNEY m.
1836 Mary PARKER; Milo BARNEY m. 1844 m. Laura WILBER; Anna
BARNEY; and Ruth BARNEY m. Charles G. MAPLES.
Wesbrook, Mary, JACOB BARNEY, 1634 (Barney Family Historical Association 1982).
|1799||About 1799 Luther BARNEY and family moved about 50 miles northwest to Genoa, Milton County, New York (this county became Cayuga County in 1803).|
|1799||Emanual HOOVER, blacksmith, was a taxpayer in Dunbar Twp.,
Fayette Co., Penna., in 1799.
Franklin Ellis, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA (1882), v.1, p.508.
|1799||In 1799, "Cornelius DuBOIS, a prominent easterner, along
with Judson CANFIELD purchased land in Newton Township,
Trumbull County, Ohio, from the Connecticut Land Company."
Cornelius DuBOIS was a kinsman of Peter DECOURSEY.
OUR LIVING HISTORY (Supplement to NEWTON FALLS HERALD, August 1976), Issue 11, p.4;
Ruth P. Heidgerd, THE SCHOONMAKER FAMILY, p.57; See also THE DUBOIS GENEALOGY.