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

Jan DeWitt

born 1666; baptized 14 February 1666 - died probably before 13 April 1701; see notes below
(note he is also not alive when his mother dies 1714 and his father’s estate is divided)
born in Kingston or Hurley, New York (baptized Kingston)
witnesses: Marten Hoffman, Jan Andriesse, Amerens Claessen
parents: Tierck Claesse de With, Barber Andriesse
Presumed buried in Kingston, New York; possibly buried in Hurley or Mombaccus (Rochester, Ulster County)
See Anjou’s collection of Ulster County wills (full citation in Sources below), where (p. 118) Jan is described as living in Mombaccus. His will is dated October 29, 1700, executed when (presumably) he dies in 1715. (Or is his will not probated until his widow dies?)

Wyntje Kiersted

marriage record not found in Kingston; presumably married 1691
(Hoes’ transcription of Kingston marriage records shows no entries from 28 April 1689 to 19 April 1692. Domine Laurentius Van den Bosck of Kingston is gone; the new records are from Domine Godefridus Dellius, of Albany. Next records by a Kingston Domine are in 1695, when Johannes Petrus Nucella takes over.)
children’s baptisms found in Old Dutch Church records in Kingston (see R.R. Hoes book noted in Sources below)
Her parents are (Dr.?) Roeloff Kiersted and Eyke (Aaghe?) Roosa

6 September 1702 Wyntje Kierstede, “widow of Jan de Wit . . . born in Kingstouwn, and resid. in Mombakes [Mombaccus]” marries Dirrick Roosekrans, also residing in Mombaccus.

17 March 1706 Weyntie Kierstede and Dirk Rosekrans baptize a son, Jacobus, with Koenraet Elmendorp and Blondina Kierstede as witnesses. (Her sister? Sara, with Hendrik Traphagen, baptizes a son, Lucas, the same day; Domine Beys, of Kingston, records 35 baptisms the same day.)
20 June 1708 Wyntie Kierstede and Dirk Rozekrans baptize a daughter, Helena, with [her brother?] Hans Kierstede and Ariaantje Tappe as witnesses (Domine Vincentius Antonides comes from Flatbush, Long Island to perform the service)

Barbar[a] DeWitt

named for her father’s mother
baptized 17 April 1692 [same date as Domine Dellius of Albany came down to baptize her father’s sister’s daughter, Helena]
parents: Jan de Wit and Wyntje Kierstede
witnesses: Cornelis Swits [her uncle, husband of Jannetje DeWitt], Barbar de Wit [her father’s mother]
(baptized at Kingston)
married Jan Gerritse Dekker
named in Jan’s 29 October 1700 will

Ike[e?] [Eycken] DeWitt

named for her mother’s mother
baptized 3 June 1694 [same date as her father’s sister baptizes her son Cornelis!]
parents: Jan de Wit and Weyntje Kierstede
witnesses: Jacob de Wit [her father’s brother], Sara Kierstede [her mother’s sister]
married 1735 Benjamin DePue
named in Jan’s 29 October 1700 will

Blandina DeWitt

named for her mother’s mother? or sister?
baptized 12 April 1696
parents: Jan de Wit and Wyntje Kierstede
witness: Andries de Wit [her father’s eldest brother]
married 24 October 1719 Jurian Westphal
named in Jan’s 29 October 1700 will

Rachel DeWitt

named for her father’s sister?
baptized 21 August 1698 (Anjou says 23 August)
parents: Jan de Wit and Swyntje Kierstede
witnesses: Cornelis Bogardus, Rachel de Wit [her father’s sister]
married 15 April 1723 Isaac Van Aken
named in Jan’s 29 October 1700 will

Jannetje DeWitt

named for her father’s sister?
baptized 13 July 1701
parents: Jan de Wit and Wyntje Kierstede (is Jan present, or already deceased?)
witnesses: Andries de Wit, Hans Kierstede, Jannetje de Wit [siblings of her parents]
married Abraham Van Aken
not named in Jan’s 29 October 1700 will


Jan writes his will 29 October 1700 (Anjou p. 118), while “Van Lychaam kranck de Betten Leggende,” sick and lying in bed. He signs his will with a mark, so presumably he dictates it but could not read or write it himself. It is not clear whether he is present at the baptism of his last daughter, Jannetje, 13 July 1701, who is not named in the 1700 will. On 6 September 1702 Wyntje Kiersted is described as his widow when she remarries. At the baptism of his nephew Johannes (MVDW 25, son of Andries) 13 April 1701, witnesses are Jacob de Wit and Wyntje Kiersted, described as widow of Jan DeWitt, though the record is confused. (Church record doesn’t quite match the family Bible, but the church dates seem accurate.) The will is “proved” on 12 April 1715, which possibly is just after Wyntje dies. In his will he names his brother Andries and his brother-in-law Cornelis Swyt as executors. Andries, sadly, dies before Jan in 1710 when a beam in a bridge breaks as he crosses it. Cornelis Swit (spelled various ways) is married to Jan’s sister Jannetje. He executes the will together with Moses Du Puis.

He is named third in his father’s 1698 will (after the eldest and youngest sons), in which his father specifies that in addition to his 1/12 share of the estate, Jan should receive 500 schepels of wheat that Tjerck is owed as payment for a sale of land. Jan’s brother Jacob gets the same settlement. The terms of the will are that Tjerck’s wife Barbara retains possession of all his property until her death. By the time she dies (1714), Jan is no longer around to receive his 500 schepels of wheat.



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.

Ulster County, N. Y., Probate Records, In the Office of the Surrogate, and in the County Clerk’s Office at Kingston, N. Y., compiled, abstracted and translation by Gustave Anjou, Ph. D., 1906. Privately published (?) in New York, but available at genealogical libraries (NYPL and others). Subtitle: “A careful abstract and translation of the Dutch and English wills, letters of administration after intestates, and inventories from 1665, with genealogical and historical notes, and list of Dutch and Frisian baptismal names with their English equivalents.” Introduction by Judge A[lphonso] T[rumpbour] Clearwater, LL.D. This is available in reprinted form. Note that there are two distinct volumes included in this work, sometimes combined into one physical book.

Reproduced herein:

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

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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