Tjerck Claessen DeWitt

born ca. 1618, Groot Holum, Ostfriesland
died 17 February 1700/1, Hurley, New York

Barbara Andrieszen [family name unknown]

born in Amsterdam [?], probably ca. 1635
died 6 September 1714, Hurley, New York

Geertruy DeWitt

baptized 15 October 1668, Kingston, N.Y. (Wildwyck) - Death Date
witnesses: Jan Anderiesen, Luyckas Anderies, Martie Anderiesen
parents: Tierck Claesen de Wit, Barber Anderiesen
baptized by Domine Gideon Schaets, of Albany, recorded by William de la Montagne Voorleser (Reader) of the Church and Secretary of the Village
(previous baptisms, recorded in a different handwriting, were by Domine Hermannus Blom, of Kingston)
Presumed buried in Kingston, New York; possibly buried in Hurley or Mombaccus (Rochester, Ulster County)

Hendrick Hendricksen Schoonmaker
(Hendrixen Schoumaecker)

married 14 March 1688; both are from Kings Touwn
children’s baptisms found in Old Dutch Church records in Kingston (see R.R. Hoes book noted in Sources below)
He was baptized 17 May 1665, in Kingston, with his apparent twin brother Volckert.
His parents are Hendrick Joachim Schoonmaker and Elsie Janse Van Bristede.
Hendrick also has two sisters baptized in Kingston, and he seems to have a brother Jockom (Joachim, Jochem—maybe baptized before 1660 start of Kingston records? record of his first marriage, 31 August 1679, says he is from Albany), who marries first Pieternelle Sleckt and then on 28 April 1689 Anna Hussy (Hossie, born in Marbletown); see 20 June 1708 baptism of Sara, daughter of Jochem S. and Anna H., where Jannetje de Wit, Geertruy’s sister, and her huband Cornelis Swits are witnesses.
Geertruy’s sister Marritje marries Hendrick Hendricksen, j.m. born in Mombaccus, 3 November 1700: different guy, we assume?

Elsie Schoonmaker (twin) [1]

named for her father’s mother? [see witnesses]
baptized 14 April 1689
died young (before 1692)
parents: Hendrick Hendrixen and Geertruyd de Wit
witnesses: Cornelis Slecht, Eltje Slecht [possible relatives of Hendrick’s sister-in-law Pieternelle, who has just died?]
(baptized at Kingston)

Heskia Schoonmaker (twin)

named for ?
baptized 14 April 1689
parents: Hendrick Hendrixen and Geertruyd de Wit
witnesses: Cornelis Slecht, Eltje Slecht
Mary V. DeWitt indicates “No record.” This may not be precisely correct.

Barbar Schoonmaker

named for her mother’s mother
baptized 26 May 1691
baptized by “the French Minister,” i.e. Pierre Daillé, of New York; recorded by Domine Godefridus Dellius, of Albany. Record is not as complete as other baptisms in Kingston book.
parents: Henderik Henderiksen and [mother’s name not given]
witnesses: [none named]
married William Ploeg 30 October 1719 (both live in Kingston)

Elsje Schoonmaker [2]

named for her father’s mother [? see witnesses]
baptized 17 April 1692
parents: Henderik Henderiksen and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Gerrit Van Vliet, Elsje Slegt
married 13 June 1713 Niclaas de Meyer (both reside in “Co. of Kingstown”)

Hendrik Schoonmaker

named for his father’s father
baptized 3 June 1694 [same day as Geertruy’s siblings Andries, Jan de Wit and Tyaatje de Wit baptize kids!]
parents: Hendrik Schoonmaker and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Jochum Schoonmaker, Jannetje de Wit [siblings of her parents]
married 16 October 1724 Tryntjen Oosterhoud, both parties born and residing under jurisdiction of Kingstown

Jannetje [Annetje?] Schoonmaker (1)

baptized 18 August 1695, died young (before 1702)
parents: Henrick Schoonmaacker and Geertruy d’Witt
witnesses: J.P. Nucella [Domine who baptized her], Maria Devett

Joannes Schoonmaker

baptized 4 July 1697
parents: Hendrick Schoonmaaker and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Jan Heromanssen, Rachel Bogardus
married 15 May 1729 Ariantje Van Hoogteling [Aryaaantjen van Hoogteeling], both born under jurisdiction of Kingstown. Banns 27 April.

Tjerck Schoonmaker

baptized 22 January 1699
parents: Hendrick Schoonmaaker and Geertruy de Witt
witnesses: Egbert Hendr[icksen] Schoomaaker, Annetje Schoomaaker
married 21 November 1729 Theodotia Whittaker [Wittiker], [baptized 17 May 1710; her parents are Edward Whitaker and Hilletje Burhans]; both born and residing under jurisdiction of Kingstown
[her sister? Hannah marries Hendrik Schoonmaker 10 December 1726, but apparently not the Hendrik who is Tjerck’s brother b. 1694)
died 1744
She remarries 17 November 1747.

Jacob Schoonmaker

baptized 3 November 1700, died young
parents: Hendrick Hendrickse[n] Schoonmaaker and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Andries de Wit [her brother] and Tjaatje Hofmans [Geertruy’s niece]

Jannetje Schoonmaker (2)

baptized 4 October 1702
parents: Hendrick Hendrickse[n] Schoonmaaker and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Coll. Willia[m] de Meyer, Lydia de Meyer
married 30 September 1720 Hendrick Osterhout [Hendrik Oosterhoud], both born under jurisdiction of Kingstown. Banns 11 September.

Sara Schoonmaker (1)

named for Sara Ten Broeck? [see witnesses]
baptized 2 March 1707, died young (before 1710, probably after September 1709)
parents: Hendrik Schoonmaker and Geertruyd de Wit
witnesses: Cornelis Vernoy, Sara Ten Broek

Catrina Schoonmaker

baptized 11 September 1709, died 1781-5
parents: Hendrik Schoonmaker and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Jacob Rutse, Marritje Hansze
married 14 January 1731 Abraham Paarsen (Banns 27 December), both born under jurisdiction of Kingstown

Sarah Schoonmaker (2)

baptized 12 November 1710 [same day as Jochem Schoonmaker baptizes his son Jochem; also same day Jacob de Wit baptizes daughter Tjaatje!]
parents: Hendrik Schoonmaker and Geertruy de Wit
witnesses: Hendrik Schoonmaker, junior, Barbara Schoonmaker
20 Aug 1725 Zara Schoonmaker marries Jacobus de Pue, both unmarried, both born and residing in Rochester. Pretty sure this is not the same Sarah Schoonmaker, because:
married 19 August 1726 Cornelis Maklien, born in Shawangunk [Savengonk]; she is born in Kingston; both reside there (banns 31 July)

Marytjen [Maria] Schoonmaker

married 28 August 1731 Marthen Post


Notes go here.



I’m just beginning to list sources here. Apologies for not being more complete. I will continue to add to this list as I have time. There are many sources of information on the DeWitt family line, some better than others.

Printed sources:

Record of baptisms and marriages from Kingston, New York. Records begin 1660. Other baptisms may have taken place in Hurley and other locations nearby. Transcribed and edited by Roswell Randall Hoes, Chaplain U.S.N., corresponding secretary of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, etc. New York 1891; available today from Higginson Book Co., Salem, Mass., 508-745-7170. (Title page says Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York (formerly named Wiltwyck, and often familiarly called Esopus or ’Sopus), for One Hundred and Fifty Years from their commencement in 1660. Original publication 1891, De Vinne Press, New York.)

The DeWitt Genealogy: Descendants of Tjereck Claessen DeWitt of Ulster County, New York; compiled by Mary V[eldran] DeWitt (b. 1895) (privately published; no year indicated). This volume includes only names and dates, no attributions or locations or other stories or information are included. It includes nearly 2800 DeWitt descendants, some with more details, some fewer. It also includes some information on spouses and their parents. The laboriously typewritten volume came from years of personal research, often onsite in Ulster County; the current location of notes from this research is not known, but some of them may have gone to the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (New Jersey), where Mary DeWitt grew up and lived much of her life.

Online sources:

Record of early marriages in the Dutch Reform Church in Manhattan, available in printed form or online

Record of early baptisms in the Dutch Reform Church in Manhattan, available online

English translations of Dutch colonial records, also known as “The Kingston Papers,” available online. These are the Dingman Versteeg translations. The originals are available on microfilm from the Ulster County archivist, who can be found through the same link. A cross-reference indexing the archive pages to the microfilm frames to the pages in the printed translation can be obtained from Donald Lockhart, dlockhart at rcn dot com, who includes an entertaining introduction about the misadventures of the original manuscript records in the 1800s, before they were at last safely ensconced with the Ulster County archives.

Also see The History of Kingston, New York, by Marius Schoonmaker (1888), a volume thick with detail and transcribed original records.

Reproduced herein:

Wills of Tjerck Claessen DeWitt and his brother Jan, who died unmarried in Kingston, 1699 (1906 Anjou edition)

Very cursory look at public records from Albany, NY, regarding Tjerck Claessen DeWitt and possible relatives.

The Peltz Record (1948)

The History of Ulster County, New York

The Oberholtzer Genealogy

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