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WESTFALL GENEALOGY

My Westfall Family History

I have gathered the following information about Westfall family history from various sources some of which may or may not be true. Much of the information came from a book about the Westfalls researched by Ruby Genevieve (Lentz) Wilmore, the daughter of my father's half sister Grace (Westfall) Lentz, and from internet sources. Several book sources for her information that Ruby Genevieve (Lentz) Wilmore mentioned in her book were "Early Immigrants to New Netherlands" and "Settlers Of Rensselaerswyck" by A. J. F. Van Laer, and articles of research written by William J. Coulter. She worked for over 10 years to research the information for her book, and traveled to many states gathering information from records from courthouses, census records, National Archives, passenger lists, libraries, graveyards, churches (in particular she mentions the "Dutch Reformed Church of New Netherlands"), family Bibles, and Westfall families and relatives.

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The Westfall name is reportedly derived from Westphalia, a region of western Germany. In ancient times the Westfall's were a tribe of related families who lived on the western plains of Germany. The name means literally, people of the western fields or plains.


The Westfall family Coat of Arms is a black shield outlined in a wide band of gold with a silver horse rampant on a field of black. The crest is a white horse issuing.


Reportedly in 1500's two brothers, Von Westphals, took part in a rebellion against the Catholic Prince in their district and they fled first to Prussia and later to Holland to escape reprisal. They were perhaps the parents or grandparents of Jurian Westfall my first recorded Westfall ancestor in America. It may or it may not be true, but there were many other Protestants--followers of Martin Luther who did take part in riots and many were put to death, and there was a great emigration at the time of the religious troubles.

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(Note: From - Van Rensselaer Bowier manuscripts: being the letters of Kiliaen Van ... By New York State Library, Kiliaen van Rensselaer, Arnold Johan Ferdinand Van Laer, Nicolaas de Roever, Susan De Lancey Van Rennselaer Strong ("Mrs. Alan H. Strong.") ----- Volckert Hansz, after 1651 usually referred to as Volckert Jans:, and still later as Volckert Jans: Douw. His name is first mentioned under date of April 27, 1642; in the harvest of 1647, he was employed on the Vlackte. From 1647 to 1649, he and Jan Thomasz are jointly charged with f32 a year for ground rent and the right to trade; from 1649 to 1652 Volckert Jansz is charged with f32 a year for his place aenden bcrch (on the hill) on which he built a house. From May 1, 1653, to May I, 1658, Pieter Hartgers, Volckert Jansz and Jan Thomasz are charged jointly with an annual rent of fs6o for a farm on Papscanee Island, formerly occupied by Juriacn Bestval. Volckert Jansz and Jan Thomas bought this farm in 1658, for 950 beavers or f~6oo; and Oct. 12. 1694, Volckert Jansz settled his account for one half of the tithes till 1688. Jan. 24, 1664, the council of Rensselaerswyck passed a resolution annulling the purchase of land from the Indians, at Schodac, made by Volckert Jansz and Jan Thomasz without the consent of the colony. When notice of this resolution was served on them, they produced a patent from Stuyvesant, dated Nov. 3. 1663. In 1650, Volckert Jansz accompanied Arent van Curler on an embassy to the Maquaes..................By den Houttuyn Sailed from the Texcl in June 1642; arrived at Nezv Amsterdam, August 4, 1642 - Hendrick Andriesz (Driesz), from [Docsburch, province of GclderlandJ ; was the brother in law of Harry Albertsz and sailed with the latter on den Houttuyn, at the age of 21. He appears in the colony till 1651...............Juriaen Bestval (Bestvall, Bestivall, Westval, Westvael, Westvaelt, van Westvaele), from Luyderdorp [Leiderdorp, near Leyden]; came by den Houttuyn and drew wages in the colony from Aug. 13, 1642. In July 1644, he is referred to as servant of Michiel Jansz. Jan. 14, 1649, Juriaen Bestval and Jochem Kettelheym took over from Evert Pels the remaining term of the lease, till May 1, 1653, of the farm formerly occupied by Symon Walichsz; Oct. 8, 1651, Jochem Kettelheym was released from his obligations and Juriaen Bestval became solely responsible. This farm was on Papscanee Island and was leased from May 1, 1653, to May 1, 1658, by Pieter Hartgers, and in 1658 sold to Volckert Jansz and Jan Thomasz.

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Note: From - The New York Genealogy and Biographical Record Volume 33 - By The New York Genealogy and Biographical Society - THE WESTFALL FAMILY - BY HOLDRIDGE OZRO COLLINS ----- The descendants of Juriaen Westvael and Marretje Hansen his wife, who were among the earliest of the settlers of that part of Ulster Co., N. Y., known as Esopus, now Kingston, are found in almost every state of the Union. Three of his sons, Johannes, Symen and Niclaes, in their early manhood removed to Orange Co., N. Y., and their names, with those of Jacques Caudebec and others, are found as grantees in the conveyance of lands within the bounds of " Menissing " and " Waggackemeck " now Deerpark, made by the Indian owners in 1696. "In the early settlement of the territory covered by the ancient Church organizations of Menissinck and Machackemeck, there were no families more numerous than those bearing the name of Westfall which was variously spelled Westvaal, Westval, Westvael, Westfall, Westfaal, Westpaal, Westphaal, Weesphael,Westphale, Westphael, Westphalen and Van Westphalen. On the books of these two churches alone, between the years 1737, and 1800, over seventy heads of families are recorded, and most of these families were good sized ones. . . . There is hardly an old family in this section to-day whose ancestral tree has not numerous branches bearing the name of Westfall."

The first record we have of the arrival in this country of the ancestor of the Westfall family in America is found in the Rensselaer Mss. Appendix K., Vol. I., of O'Callaghan's History of New Netherland, is a translation of an agreement for the conveyance from Holland of Rev. Johannes Megapolensis, as pastor for Rensselaerswyck, and certain settlers and laborers, made by Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the first Patroon. It is entitled " Memorandum for Domine Johannes Megapolensis, this 3d. June, 1642, proceeding to the colonie by the ship De Houttuyn. Skipper Aclriaen Dircksen Houttuyn." "His reverence will be pleased to take charge of my people and property, which are at present conveyed over in God's name in the ship De Huyttuyn" Among the persons named are Hendrick Albertsen van Wieden, his wife and her brother, Abraham Staes, surgeon and servant, Evert Pels, beer brewer, wife and servant and Jeuriach Bestvaell Van Luyderdorp, and the agreement recites as follows, viz.: "It is to be remembered that this Hendrick Albertz for his three; Abraham Staes for his two; Evert Pels for his three, must pay the skipper Adriaen Dircksen for their board, in the same manner as all the other freeman. But the farm servants are to come at my expense." There were twentythree passengers in the vessel, all of whom, except the Rev. Megapolensis, Albertz, Staes and Evert Pels, and their families came as the servants and employees of the Patroon. The ship sailed from Holland on June 6, and arrived at Rensselaerswyck, Aug. n, 1642, and these names, as well as that of Jan Jansen Plodder, with others, appear in the list of settlers for that year. Among the merchandise sent over in this ship were: "4 large barrels containing two lasts, n muds, of malt for brewing, for Evert Pels, on condition of reimbursing me according to contract."

Evert Pels erected a brewery, and assisted in establishing the church, the minister's house and buildings for the tradespeople and officers of the colony at Beavers' Creek. There is an interesting clause in this agreement, showing that the principles of the modern trades unions are not of recent origin, viz.: "Jan Jansen Plodder, carpenter, has been at me for permission to build in the colonie. I am willing to accept him at day's wages, at the price agreed upon by the freemen there. As he demanded much more, I have not consented to engage him at day's wages, but agreed, if so he should undertake any work, that I was content that for such and such, he might trade at such a price, it never being my intention to advance the fixed rates of wages according to their pleasure, as it has the appearance here of being pro forma to induce them to trade with me, and afterwards to do what pleased them." ..." I had rather have patience than be put under contribution by the people." It is also provided that " All the other people whose time is expired and who remain in the colonie, whether married or unmarried, or who shall come from without, shall be obliged to take the oath like the other freeman." The following was the oath required: "I, , promise and swear that I shall be true and faithful to the noble Patroon and co-directors, or those who represent them here, and to the Hon'bl Director, Commissioners and Council, subjecting myself to the Court of the Colonie; and I promise to demean myself as a good and faithful inhabitant or Burgher, without exciting any opposition, tumult or noise; but on the contrary, as a loyal inhabitant, to maintain and support offensively and defensively, against every one, the Right and Jurisdiction of Colonie. And with reverence and fear of the Lord, and uplifting of both the first fingers of the right hand I sayâ€"so Truly Help ME GOD ALMIGHTY." The name of Evert Pels is subscribed to the oath under date, Nov. 23, 1651. Evert Pels, Van Steltyn, was a man of some wealth, of independent position, and an enterprising settler, but Juriaen Westvael was brought from Holland at the expense of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, as a farmer upon his lands, and he remained as a farm laborer for the Patroon until his removal to Esopus. Rev. Mr. Megapolensis, after his settlement as a pastor, writing to the Classis at Amsterdam, says: "About eighteen miles up the North River, half way between the Manhattans and Rensselaer or Beverwyck, lies a place called by the Dutch Esopus, or Sypous; by the Indians Atkarkaton. It is an exceedingly beautiful country."

About 1652, or 1653, some of the inhabitants of Rensselaerwyck, who had grown restive under the feudal obligations to the Patroon, settled at this place, and among the number were Thomas Chambers, Evert Pels and Juriaen Westvael. The year of their removal is not known, but in Oct., 1653, Chambers was granted by the Government 38 morgens of land, and in Sept., 1654, a patent for 32^ morgens of land at Esopus was granted to Juriaen Westphael. The following grant, dated March 27, 1657, shows that Westvael had settled in Esopus prior to the last named date, viz.: PATENT TO JOHANNA DE LAET, WIDOW OF JOHAN DE HULTER, FOR 500 MORGENS OF LAND ON THE ESOPUS. " Petrus Stuyvesant, on behalf of their High Mightinesses the Lords States-General of the United Netherlands and the Noble Lords-Directors of the Incorporated West India Company, Director-General of New Netherland, Curacoa, Bonayro, Aruba and its dependencies, together with the Honorable Council, testify and declare that to-day, date underwritten, we have granted to Mrs. Johanna de Laet, widow and remaining possessor of the late Johan de Hulter's estate, a parcel of land at the Esopus, containing altogether in arable lands, meadows and woodland, five hundred morgens, contiguous on the north side to the landof Thomas Chambers and Christoffel Davits, where the boundary is formed by a large Kil and it is further divided at the north from the land on which Juriaen Van Westphalen lives now by a small Kil, under express conditions and reservations, etc. Done at New Amsterdam in New Netherland, on the 27th of March, A. D., 1657." Evert Pels, Van Steltyn, was a burgher and he occupied a prominent station among the first inhabitants of Esopus. His name occurs often in the early records relating to the first settlement of that place. In connection with his brewery he carried on a trading business between Esopus and New Amsterdam, and his vessels were frequently chartered by the Government for the transportation of troops and military supplies along the Hudson River. On May 16, 1661, a charter was granted for the organization of a civil government at Esopus by Governor Stuyvesant and his Council, pursuant to the directions of their Lord's High Mightinesses in Holland, and Evert Pels, Cornelis Barents Slecht and Albert Heymans Roosa were appointed the first three Schepens, with Roeloff Swartwout as Schout. It does not appear that there was any union of material or family interests between Evert Pels and Juriaen Westvael. It is very probable that, even at this time, there was a line of demarcation, however faint it may have been, between the social elements, and that the families of the two immigrants stood upon opposite sides. Whatsoever difference in social distinction did exist gradually disappeared in the increase of wealth, the advance of education, and the growth of the principles of republican equality, and the history of their families shows more than one intermarriage in later generations.

After his removal to Esopus, Juriaen Westvael followed his vocation as a farmer, at first holding lands either upon a rental, or as Governor Stuyvesant's manager, for in a report upon the condition of affairs at Esopus, dated Sept. 28, 1658, Sergeant Andries Louwrensen says: "As to Jurryen Westfalen, he thinks he will come down by the first opportunity and see whether he can agree with your Excy. about the rent of the farm here, but that the oxen would be of no service to him at present; he will speak about it more in detail with your Excellency." In another communication, dated May 24, 1659, the Sergeant reports that "George Westphal does his best to plough the land and fence it. I have lent him 69 pounds of bacon, as he needed provisions. The oats are in the ground, all which your Honor has sent, the spring wheat came too late and the land is fenced nearly all the way round, the ploughing continues since )'our Honor has sent the oxen. The oxen, in which your Honor is privately interested, draw well. He has sold his cows by order of your Honor. I have delivered the iron and ropes which your Honor has sent. No more at present, except to commend your Honor to the protection of the Almighty God;" and Ensigh Dirck Smitt, in a letter dated April 9, 1660, addressed to Secretary Van Ruyven, concerning a skirmish with the Indians, and the disposition of certain farmproducts, writes: "I beg to inform your Honor, that I have received from Mathias Roeloff's wife here 20 schepels of wheat for your Honor and from Skipper Vlodder or out of his yacht 145 schepels of spring-wheat, of which Jurryen Westphalen, your Honor's farmer, has received 50 schepels. Cornelis Barentsen Schlegt also 50 schepels, the widow of Jacob Jansen Stoll and Jacob Stoutenburgh together 45 schepels." On May 12, 1660, Ensign Smith reports: "I have to inform your Honor in regard to the spring-corn, which we sowed, that Thomas Chambers has 100 schepels of barley and peas in the ground and Jurryaen Westphalen your Honor's farmer, has in the ground 100 schepels of spring-wheat and barley, as well as peas and oats, and Cornelis Barentsen Schlegt 50 schepels of- springwheat, nine of peas and a few of barley and the Widow Stol 45 schepels of spring-wheat, 12 schepels of barley and four of peas, so that altogether 320 schepels of spring-grain have been sowed; Thomas Chambers has also sowed 75 schepels of winter-wheat and Cornelis Barentsen Schlegt 20 schepels of winter-wheat and it has come up nicely in the fields and we shall not be hindered in the ploughing and continue with it every day, as your Honor's orders direct.")

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(Note: From Ulster County Under The Dutch - Chapter 1 - The Red Men ---------- The English named the Indians, who occupied the greater part of New Jersey and Delaware, and the valley of the Delaware river in Pennsylvania, after that river upon whose banks, near the site of Philadelphia, blazed their council fire. They proudly called themselves Lenni-Lenape (original or pre-eminent men). Their Totem was the wolf from which the French called them Loups (wolves). The Indians, inhabiting Ulster County and the adjacent regions, belonged to the Munsee (at the place where stones are gathered together) tribe, one of the principal divisions of the Delawares. They occupied the head waters of the Delaware and the west bank of the Hudson from the Catskills to the borders of New Jersey. Their principal band was the Minisinks (the place of the Minsi), who occupied the southwest part of Ulster and Orange counties and the adjoining parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The other bands were the Catskills, Mamekotings, Warwarsinks, Waoranecs, and Warranawonkongs. They were called the five tribes of the Esopus country. These were the "Esopus Indians," whose war-whoops terrified the Dutchmen at Esopus; who laid Wildwyck in ashes and who battled for their hunting grounds against the troops of Martin Cregier.

Van Der Doncks map of 1656, of New Netherland, shows the "Groote" Esopus river and also the "Cleyne Esopus." Esopus is from the Indian Sepu, "River" and -es, "small." As first used it was applied to an indefinite territory on the east side of the Hudson. About 1623 it was localized at the mouth of the Rondout creek; from which it was extended and applied to several streams; to the Dutch settlement Wildwyck, now Kingston; and to all the surrounding country and to the Indians inhabiting the same. The date of the first white settlement at Esopus has been a much mooted question. As the matter is of considerable interest the evidence relating to it is here given. At Fort Orange, on the 5th day of May, 1652, two Indians, "living in the Esopus," conveyed to Thomas Chambers a "parcel of land situated in the Esopus."

In 1654 a patent for about sixty-five acres at Esopus was granted to Juriaen Westphael. On February 2, 1661, Jan Verbeck and Francis Pietersen testified at the request of Evert Pels that they were both present in the spring of 1654 when Pels and the late Jacob Jansen Stoll divided the land bought by them of the Indians at the Esopus. March 27, 1657, Johanna de Hulter, in her petition for a patent for lands at Esopus, states that her deceased husband had applied for a patent for the same November 5, 1654. September 25, 1656, a patent for seventy-two acres of land "opposite to the land of Thomas Chambers" was granted to Christoffel Davids. During September, 1655, the Indians made an attack on New Amsterdam. This caused great alarm throughout all the colony, and the settlers in the outlying towns fled to New Amsterdam. That there were settlers at Esopus at this time and that they joined in the general exodus is evidenced by a letter from Jacob Jansen Stoll to Stuyvesant, dated April 12, 1658, in which, apologizing for the small quantity of grain he sends the Governor, he says he has done the best he could and:--"besides I have got a little behindhand through the last flight." Also by a letter from Thomas Chambers to Stuyvesant dated "Great Aesopus," May 2, 1658, asking that troops be sent for protection against the Indians:--"as we have been driven away once before and expelled from our property and it begins anew now." Also by the fact that in May, 1658, at the time of the building of the stockade at Wildwyck, the settlers told Stuyvesant that they would be ruined men, "if they were now again, as two or three years ago, obliged to leave their property." Also by an order of the Court at Fort Orange in 1656 for contributions for a present to the Indians for ransoming prisoners taken at the Esopus. From all the above it may be safely asserted that the first settlement in Ulster County was made at Esopus in 1652 or 1653.

Here, as disclosed by the records, are the names of the settlers and of those who had received patents for lands up to and including the year 1658: Thomas Chambers, Christopher Davids, Jacob Jansen Stoll or Hap, Harmen Jacobsen alias Bamboes, Jacob Andriesen, Pieter Dircksen, Hendrick Cornelissen, Andries van der Sluys, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, Willem Jansen, Jan Jansen, Jan Broersen, Dirck Hendricksen Graaff, Jan Lootman, Johanna de Hulter, Juriaen Westphael, Jan Verbeck, Francis Pietersen, Marten Metselaer, Peter Wolphertsen, Pieter Cornelissen van der Veen, Augustyn Heermans, Jacob Neus. The location of their dwellings before they removed to the site selected by Stuyvesant cannot be exactly fixed. They were on the low lands on each side of the Esopus Creek.

On June 1, 1658, Stuyvesant met the Indians, about fifty in number. Gravely, silently, under a great tree they stood. There were the chiefs. Old Preumaecker, Seweckenamo, Ankerop and that baldhead Kaelcop. There were the warriors. Circlets of turkey feathers adorned the head. A breech-clout of deerskin or duffel cloth they had purchased of the whites is fastened around the waist. A plaid sash of the same thrown over the right shoulder, drawn in a knot around the waist, extends below the knees. Dearskin moccasins. Hatchet in belt. Gun in hand. There, squatting upon the ground, wrapt in their blankets, carefully guarding the children, the old squaws with wondering eyes watch the white men. And there, too, we may be sure, are the belles of the tribe, with their sharp black eyes glancing admiringly at the brilliantly clothed soldiers. They are decked out in all their finery. A coat of finely dressed skin or bright cloth, girth around the waist, the skirt decorated with wampum, extends to the ankles. The long black hair hangs in a braid down the back into which strings of wampum are twisted. A head band around the forehead is fastened behind in a beaus knot. Bracelets of wampum are twisted about the wrists and a necklace of the same around the throat. There were the pioneers. Redheaded Tom Chambers, Stoll, van der Sluys, and the rest of them, scowling at their foes. And there, sword by his side, dressed in slashed hose fastened at the knee by a knotted scarf; a velvet jacket with slashed sleeves over a full puffed shirt, knee breeches, rosettes upon his shoes, standing firmly on his wooden leg with silver bands, is the governor of New Netherland, Petrus Stuyvesant. Stuyvesant, speaking through Stoll, who acted as interpreter, told the Indians that they had asked the whites to come to Esopus. They did not own or desire to own a foot of land they did not pay for. No harm had been done to them since he had been governor. He asked them why they had killed the hogs and destroyed the property of the settlers. Why they had set fire to their houses, killed Jacobsen and continually threatened to kill them all. He had come to learn the truth. He did not desire to make war or punish the innocent if the murderer was delivered up and the house paid for. One of the chiefs replied that the Dutch sold the "boisson" (brandy) to his people which made them "cacheus" (drunk). That then the young men could not be controlled. It was a Neversink Indian who had committed the murder and he was now living near Haverstroo. The Indian who had fired the house had run away.)

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(Note: From - DeCamp genealogy: Laurent De Camp of New Utrecht, N.Y., 1664 and his descendants - One Gerrit Jansen Van Campen and Machtelt Stoffels, his wife, had a child Jan, baptized at Kingston, N. Y., on 18 April 1661. Witnesses: Jacob Jansen Van Campen; (undoubtedly a brother), Juriaen Westvaal, Marytjen Hansen, and Tryntje Tyssen Bos.)

Several years ago (2004) I received the following information from Douglas Westfall, a Westfall historian. Douglas lives in California, and His email address is Paragon@SpecialBooks.com --- The following material is from a forthcoming book Douglas has written on the Dutch Colony in NY entitled "Colony, to Become America" and it is to be released sometime in the future. Douglas's book site URL address is http://www.specialbooks.com -- Douglas traveled to Luyderdorp and found the following historical information regarding Jurian Westfall who came to America in 1642. Jurian's grandfather was Jurian Westphalen (1560) [Westphalia, PR]           + ?     (?)   [Westphalia, PR], and Jurian's father was Nicholas Van Westphalen (1594) [Westphalia, PR]         + ?     (1600) [Westphalia, PR]. Jurian's name originally was Juriaen Van Westphalen (1629) [Luyderdorp, NL] married Marritje Hansen (1636) [Nordstrand, PR].

Here is a list of the ship's passengers on which Jurian arrived in America. The ship's name was the Den Houttuyn: it left Texel Holland 6 June 1642 -and arrived New Amsterdam 11 August 1642--De [Domine] Johanned Megapolensis, Machtelt Willems, his wife, Hillegont, Dirrick, Jan and Samuel, their children. Abraham Staes, surgeon, his servant, Evert Pels, beer brewer, his wife, his servant Cornelis Lambertsen van doorn. Hendrick Albertsz van Londen, 29 years old, Geertruijt Dries [Andries] van Doesburch, his wife, 23 years old, hendrick dries [Andries], 21 years old, her brother. Jochim Kettelheun, Johan Helms van Barlt, Johan Carstensen van Barlt, Juriaen Bestvael van Luijderdorp--> (Jurian Westfall-my ancestor who was 13 years old at the time) , Claes Jansen van Waelwijck, Paulus Jansen van Geertruijdenbergh, Hans vos van Badens, Juriaen Pauwelsen van Sleswyck.-- This is copied exactly as Kiliaen van Rensselaer wrote the names in a memo to Domine Johannes Megapolensis dated 3 June 1642.

                                                        (DUTCH WORDS)-- Juriaen was granted 32 1/2 morgans (~70 acres) of land September of 1654. On August 17, 1759 Juriaen and twelve others petioned Peter Stuyvesant to establish a church at Wiltwijck. Juriaen signed with a three pronged fork or trident mark. Juriaen now lives by a small kil, under express conditions and reservation, etc. Sjoerd Oosterhof, Woubrugge, Netherlands. Juriaen is indeed a dutch name. In those days the "e" behind an "a" simply meant a double "a". This name is therefore now "Juriaan" and I do have some friends & relatives with exactly that name. It is not as common as "Hans" but nevertheless widely used. Morgen equals the english word "morning." A morgen is a measurement of land that could be ploughed within the time of one morning. In our area (near Lieden) it was 8716 square meters. This word is not used anymore in the current Dutch language. Wiltwijck means a district or quarter of Wilt. A "wijck" is therefore a part of a village or city. Kil is indeed a stream of water, normally deeper vs the other streams that are within the vicinity. This word is not used anymore either.

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(Note: I recently received an email from Douglas Westfall with updated contact information and new information regarding his Paragon Book Publishing Co., and possible production of a short film of Custer's Last Stand from one of his books. ---- From: Paragon@SpecialBooks.com, (Douglas Westfall) Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Paragon@SpecialBooks.com -- For those of you who have followed us for years in our publishing of America's history, here's an update on what we're doing: We have been approached by a producer who is interested in making a short film off one of our books. The story is of Custer's Last Stand. The short will be used as a promo and taken to Art & Entertainment and now, Paramount Pictures. If approved, we'll recomend a series of productions from our books. We are planning the shoot for Letters From The Field on Saturday & Sunday July 24 & 25. We have developed a website to announce the short: http://www.specialbooks.com/3rdAct.htm Please follow the link and see what we're doing. Best Regards, Douglas
Douglas Westfall
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(Note: Jurian Westfall's father was Nicholas Jurian Van Westphalen born 1594 at Province Westphalen Province (Pommern) Rhine Valley, Germany, died 1655, married abt. 1620 Elisabeth Utecht born 1600 Cochem-Zell, Rheinland-Pfalz, (Pommern), Germany, died 1640.)

(Note: Another source with listing of people on board the ship Jurian Westfall came to New Netherlands on -- Den Houttuyn -- The list of the passengers on "Den Houttuyn" which sailed June 1642 is published on page 605 of the Van Renselaer Bowier Manuscripts. Van Rensselaer Bowier manuscripts, being the letters of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, 1630-1643, and other documents relating to the colony of Rensselaerswyck. Tr. and ed. by A.J.F. van Laer, archivist. With an introductory essay by Nicolaas de Roever, late archivist of the city of Amsterdam; tr. by Mrs. Alan H. Strong. Albany, University of the state of New York, 1908. 909 p. facsims. 23 cm. Kiliaen van Rensselaer asked Domine Johannes Megapolensis "His reverence will please look after my people and goods who in the name of God now go over in the ship "den Houttuyn". The persons who sail are the following: Domine Johannes Megapolensis Machtelt Willems, his wife Hillegont, Dirrick, Jan, and Samuel, his children Abraham Staes, surgeon [See Lorine's further research notes below] _______ _______, his servant Evert Pels, beer brewer _______ _______, his wife _______ _______, his servant Cornelis Lambertsen van Doorn Jochim Kettelheun Johan Helms van Barlt [editor says Barlt is in Schleswig-Holstein] Johan Carstensen van Barlt Juriaen Bestvael (sic!) van Luijderdorp Claes Jansen van Waelwijck Paulus Jansen van Geertruijdenbergh Hans Vos van Badens Juriaen Pauwelsen van Sleswyck Written in the margin of the letter book were 3 additional names: Hendrick Albertsz van Londen, 29 years old [see Den Harinck 1639] Geertruijt Dries van Doesburch, his wife, 23 years old, Hendrick Dries, 21 years old, her brother, It is to be remembered that the said Hendrick Albertsen for his three, Abraham Staes for his two, Evert Pels for his three, must pay the skipper, Adriaen Dircksen, for their board in the same manner as all the other freemen, but that board of the farm hands is charged to me. N.B. The bookkeeper in the colony must regularly see to it that the board of the freemen is charged to their account, as Director Kieft sometimes charges it with that of other people in one lump to the patroon...")

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(Note: Jurian Westfall arrived in America aboard a ship named Den Houttuyn that left Texel Holland 6 June 1642, and arrived in New Amsterdam 11 August 1642. I found the the following information about Texel Holland - From - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texel ---- Texel is a municipality and an island in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It is the biggest and most populated of the Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea, and also the westernmost of this archipelago, which extends to Denmark. The next island in the archipelago, to the north of Texel, is Vlieland. The name Texel is Frisian, but because of historical sound-changes in Dutch, where all -x- sounds have been replaced with -s- sounds (compare for instance English Fox, Frisian Fokse, German Fuchs with Dutch Vos), the name is typically pronounced Tessel in Dutch. The island includes the seven villages De Cocksdorp, De Koog, De Waal, Den Burg, Den Hoorn, Oosterend, and Oudeschild, and the small townships of Bargen, De Nes, Dijkmanshuizen, Driehuizen, Harkebuurt, 't Horntje, Midden-Eierland, Molenbuurt, Nieuweschild, Noorderbuurt, Ongeren, Oost, Spang, Spijkdorp, Tienhoven, Westermient, Zevenhuizen, and Zuid-Eierland.

The municipality also includes the uninhabited sand bar of Noorderhaaks. The island of Texel, which received city rights in 1415, originally was made up of two islands, Texel proper to the south and Eierland to the northwest, which were connected by shoals. In the seventeenth century, the islands were poldered together. Today, Texel forms the largest natural barrier between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. The dune landscape on Texel is a unique habitat for wildlife. Texel is known for its wildlife, particularly in winter, when birds of prey and geese take up residence. About one third of Texel is a protected nature reserve. Transport around the island is typically by bicycle, bus or car. Texel has an extensive cycle path network. Transport to Texel is usually by ferry (Royal TESO), from Den Helder, or by air via Texel International Airport.

Texel is the largest Dutch island and measures 16.328 acres. The population Jan. 01, 2007 was 13,617. It is situated between the Waddenzee and the North Sea across from the city Den Helder. The island shows a variety of landscapes. For instance, on its North Sea side there are dunes and sand beaches. Right behind these dunes, there are woods and in the north, a large wetland called The Slufter. The central and east parts are mainly used for agricultural purposes, such a sheep- and cattle-farming and the culture of flower bulbs. In the east, a dike forms the border between the island itself and the Waddenzee. The harbour of Oudeschild is located at the south-east of the Isle. Of special interest is Ecomare, a centre for nature education as well as a seal care centre.)

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(Note: Jurian Westfall came originally from Luyderdorp Holland (or spelled Leiderdorp). I found the following information about Leiderdorp at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leiderdorp ----- Leiderdorp is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland near the city of Leiden. It had a population of 26,182 in 2004. The municipality covers an area of 12.29 km's (4.75 mile's) of which 0.56 km's (0.22 mile's) is water. Leiderdorp has now become a suburb of the city of Leiden, although the Oude Rijn river and the Zijl river separates the two. The HSL-Zuid high-speed rail line between Amsterdam and Brussels is currently being built under Leiderdorp. It is one of the oldest towns in Zuid Holland province and was a base for the Spanish army in the Eighty Years' War.)

Perhaps some information about the early colonial history of New York would be helpful. This information I found from my computer's Compton Encyclopedia--In 1609 or 1610 Henry Hudson who explored the New York area around the Hudson River named for him, claimed the area for the Dutch. The first permanent Dutch settlement was at Fort Orange (later Albany) in 1624.In 1626 New Amsterdam (New York City) was founded on Manhatten Island. It was purchased from the Carnarsie Indians for 60 guilders (24 dollars) by Peter Minuit with mostly trinkets.That same year 30 houses were built there. The British King Charles II considered the Dutch settlements a military threat and a haven for smugglers. The King's brother Duke of York captured the Dutch colony in 1664 and it continued under rule of the English government until the Revolutionary War.


My first recorded Westfall ancestor Jurian Westfall (Juriaen Van Westphalen) arrived by ship from Holland in New Amsterdam August 4, 1642. He then went up the Hudson River 135 miles arriving at Fort Orange (later Albany) New York on August 11, 1642. He arrived as an indentured servant to killiaen Van Reassalaer. He was placed in the home of Michael Jansen. In the book "Settlers Of Rensselaerswyck" by A. J. F. Van Laer, Jurian Van Westfall is mentioned as living with the family of Michael Jansen. Jurian moved south of Albany to Esopus (later Kingston) New York with his friend and fellow indentured servant Evert Pels in about 1653. He was granted 32 morgan (70 acres) of land Sept. of 1654. He married Marretge Jansen that same year. On Aug. 17, 1659 Jurian and 12 others petitioned Peter Stuyvesant to establish a chuch at Wiltwyck (Esopus was briefly named Wiltwyck and later after British rule called Kingston}. Jurian signed with a three pronged fork of trident mark. The church was established. Numerous records regarding Jurian and his descendants are available in records of the then Dutch Reformed Church of New York.

From "Pearson's Early Records of Albany' III:483-5" - "...15 Aug 1661 (4554) Cristoffel Davidts sells to Geertuy Andriessen [not ours], widow of Jacob Jansen Stoll (marriage not on record in either Kingston or Manhattan), land in Esopus. On north is Madame Ebbingh; on south is Jurriaen Westvael. Two parcels, about 36 morgens, plus about 20 morgens of pasture land, extending to woods. Price: 1400 guilders, of which Davidts has been paid all but 600, per agreement with Stoll, 13 July 1657; rest of debt is transferred to Jeremias van Rensselaer. (This Geertruyd Andriessen marries Aert Martensen Doorn in Kingston 18 Dec 1661; she dies before 1682.)

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(Note: From - The New York genealogical and biographical record, Volume 33 - By New York Genealogical and Biographical Society - THE WESTFALL FAMILY. BY HOLDRIDGE OZRO COLLINS - (Continued from Vol. XXXIII., p. 14, of The Record.) - On Aug. 17, 1659, Juriaen Westvael and twelve other inhabitants of Esopus joined in a petition to the Director-General and Council of New Netherland, praying for the establishment of a church at that place, and that Rev. Harmanus Bloem, who had lately come from Holland, might be appointed the pastor, and agreeing to provide for his support. It is a matter of note that with the exception of Jacob Jansen Stoll, Thomas Chambers, Cornelis Barebtsen Slecht and Jan Jansen (Van Oosterhout), all of these petitioners signed with their mark. The sign manual of Westvael is a curious imitation of a three-pronged fork or trident, and it is easily distinguished in all his communications and in the public documents bearing his signature. A man of steady life, of close application to the duties that fell to his lot, perseverance and stern integrity; who achieved a position of influence among his neighbors, and a competence for his family; he had little knowledge of books, and it is evident that he must have come from a condition in Holland in which the schoolmaster was not a factor. The prayer of the petitioners was granted, and the Rev. Harmanus Bloem was installed as the first regular minister at Esopus, " with a salary of seven hundred guilders in corn, at beaver valuation." In the list of those who subscribed for the support of this minister, the name of Cornelis Slecht is written for 50 florens, Juriaen Westvael for 50 florens, Jan Broersen (Dekker) for 15 florens and Jan de Brabander (Van Oosterhout) for 15 florens. In the public returns of those who paid excise of wine and beer, recorded in the village of Wittwyck, in September, 1661, Jan Jansen Brabander (Van Oosterhout) paid 14 florens, Thomas Swartwout 12 florens, Cornelis Barents Slecht 70.7 florens, Aelbert Heimans (Roosa) 55 florens, Juriaen Westphalen 33 florens, Evert Pels 40 florens, the Schout, Roeloff Swartwout 32 florens, Mathias Blanchan 51 florens, Louis du Bois n florens, Thomas Chambers 84 florens, there being only five residents of the place who paid a greater amount for this tax than the Domine.

In 1662, a survey of the village of Wittwyck was made and a list of the original and newly surveyed lots, giving the owners' names, was placed upon record. Among the heads of families appear Evert Pels owning old lot 2, Jan de Brabander (Van Oosterhout) owning lot 10 and Jan Broersen (Dekker) as owner of old lot ii. In the list of new lots, Harmen Hendricksen (Rosenkranz) is given as the owner of lot 3, Albert Heymansen Roose as owner of lot 24, and Juriaen Westphael as proprietor of lot 25. It was upon the farm lands owned or cultivated by Juriaen Westvael that Louis du Bois had his noted fight with the three Indians, in October, 1663. In Volume 2, page 143, of The New York. Genealogical Record, is an extract from the "Tomlinson Collection," being "A Lyst of patents Granted from ye 5th December 1666, to the 8th September 1709 to Sundry persons In the County of Ulster, In the province of New York." In this list appears the name of Jurian Westfael. Date of Patent. Name of Grantee. Quit Rent Reserved. Location, etc. 1667. April 15. Albert Haymense. Hurley. May 7. Lewis D'Bois. Corner Lott. May 21. Thomas Chambers. This land Included in Chambers Confirmation dated the 28th Octo. 1686 Called the Lordship or Manor of Foxhall. May 29. Jurian Westfael. Now Wittaker's Land. June 18. Mathys Blanjan. a house in Wildwyck. July 23. Cornelis Barrentse. Hurley. July 23. Roeloff Swartwout. this ground included in a Patent of Wessle Ten Broeck Dated the 2d Octo. 1676 and afterwards included in Ten Broeck's Confirmation Dated the 11 Octo. 1787. Hurley. 1668. April 17. Evert Pels. Wildwyck. 1686. August 26. Thomas Tunison Quick. 2 bushels Wheat. In the troubles at Wildwyck during 1667, called the "Mutiny at Esopus," caused by the tyrannical conduct of the English soldiers under the command of Capt. Daniel Brodhead, Juriaen Westvael was identified with the citizens in their struggle against oppression, and his name is upon the petition to Governor Nicolls for redress.

Thomas Chambers came originally to Rennselaerswyck as a farmer under Kiliaen, the first Patroon, and he occupied the land upon which now stands the city of Troy. In October, 1653, he received a patent for 38 morgans of land at Esopus, to which place he moved probably in company with Evert Pels and Juriaen Westvael. He was one of the most energetic, influental and prosperous settlers at that place, and his valuable services on behalf of the Government were recognized by Gov. Lovelace in 1672 by the creation of a manor out of his estate "to be known by ye name of ye Manor of ffox Hall." There seems to have been an association of interests between Thomas Chambers and the Westvael family, for Johannes, son of Juriaen Westvael, was born at Fox Hall. In the record of his marriage at Kingston on January 28, 1683, to Maritie Jacobz Cool, he is called "Johannes Juriaanz Weesphael, j. m. of Fox Hal in the Esopus and resid. in Kingston." No record of the date of the death of Juriaen Westvael has been found, but from certain conveyances and other documents of record in Ulster and Orange Counties, it appears that this occurred about 1667.

i Juriaen Westvael and Marretje Hansen had the following children: SECOND GENERATION. 2 Rymerick, m. Thomas Theunisse Quick at Kingston. Bans reg. 1672, Dec. 7. In the records of the baptism of their children her name is variously written Rymerick Westphale, Rhmerick Jurien, Reimerick Jurriaens and Rynberg Westvael. For proofs of this marriage see Hoes' Baptismal Register, Nos. 128, 181, 323, 462, 580, 668, 715, 860. 3 Johannes, m. Maritie Jacobz Cool, 1683, Jan. 28, at Kings ton. 4 Niclaes, m. (i) Maria Montagnje, 1701, April 21; m. (2) Zara Van Aken, 1712, Oct. 20. 5 Abell, bap. 1661, Sept. 25. 6 Symen, bap. 1663, Sept. 30; m. Neeltje Quackenbos. 7 Elsjen, bap. 1666, June 27. Thomas Theunisse, or Teunisse Quick, in 1676 joined with Jacob Jansen Van Etten, Heyman Albertsen Roose, Roeloff Swartwout, Mattys Blanchan, Louis de Bois and others in the petition to Governor Sir Edmund Andros for his aid in the selection of a minister for Esopus, "that can preache bothe Inglish and Dutche, wch will bee most fitting for this place, it being in its Minoritty." His name appears upon "A ROOL of the names and Surnames of them that haue takin the oath of allegiance in ye County of Ulstr, by ordr of his Excely: ye Governor; ye ffirst day of Septembr anno qe: Domini 1689," and on December 24, 1689, he was comissioned a Captain of the Militia at Marbletown by Lieutenant Governor Jacob Leisler.*

He had the following children by his wife, Rymerick Westvael (2): THIRD GENERATION. 8 Antje, b. in Kingston; m. Hendrick Decker, 1696, Dec. 18. (Hoes' Marriage Register, No. 126). 9 Teunis, bap. 1675, April 18; m. Claartje de Hooges, 1696, Sept. 24. 10 Juriaen, bap. 1679, April 22; m. Rebecca Titsoort, 1701, April 21. 11 Johannes, bap. 1683, Sept. 9. 12 Weyntie, bap. 1686, March 28; m. Niclaas Schoonhoven, 1713, Feb. 24. 13 Elletje, bap. 1688, July 21. 14 Johannes, bap. 1691, May 26; m. Bregjen Middag, 1716, Aug. 20. 15 Wyntje, bap. 1692, Sept. 29. 16 Geertje, bap. 1695, Aug. 25.)

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(Note: From - THE CHURCH - http://www.jrbooksonline.com/DOCs/van_buren_04.doc -- During Stuyvesant's visit to Esopus in 1658 he had promised the people that their request for a dominie would be complied with. He entered into correspondence with the directors of the West India Company with the result, that the Rev. Hermanus Blom, who had been received into the Classis of Amsterdam January 4, 1655, was sent over, arriving at New Amsterdam in the ship "de Otter" in 1659. Blom, with Dominie Megapolensis, who had been preaching at Fort Orange and New Amsterdam, proceeded to Esopus, and on Sunday, August 17, 1659, Blom preached in the morning and afternoon. So well did the people like him that, on the same day, Jacob Jansen Stoll, Thomas Chambers, Juriaen Bestvaal, Jan Broersen, Dirck Goebsertsen, Jacob Jansen Stoutenborgh, Jan Jansen, Hendrick Cornelissen, Pieter Direksen and Cornelis Barentsen Slecht addressed a letter to Stuyvesant requesting that Blom be appointed their pastor. They promised to "treat him decently" and in order that he should be able to sustain himself "and be more encouraged in his work" they agreed to make a good "bouwery" for him, "provide it with a house, barns, cows and other cattle as proper to tend the land" so that he might cultivate it himself or hire it out advantageously. If he left or if he should die the "bouwery" to remain for the support of a minister.....................In 1661 the village built a parsonage for the dominie. It cost 3007.8 guilders ($1,202.96). Stuyvesant purchased six thousand bricks for it at Fort Orange. It was thatched with straw or reeds until 1669, when tile were used. Divine service was held in it until a church was erected. It was also used as a school house and for public purposes. Previous to its erection Blom had been living in an upper room of the dwelling of Juriane Westvael, for which the village paid eighty florins rent..................On July 4, 1662, Mathys Blanchan appeared before the court and demanded vindication of his honor. He said: "That Juriaen told his wife that it was reported that Dirck Adriaensen said to her he had seen Matheu Blanchan beat Juriaen Westvael's pig. Defendant Juriane Westvael and his wife admit having heard this from Dirck Adriaensen, and state that Pieter Janson also heard it. Defendant Direk Adriaensen denies this, and says he did not say so. The Schout and Commissaries order the parties to preserve the peace, and sentence Dirck Adriaensen to pay a fine of six guilders for the poor.")

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(Note: From - OUR Colonial Ancestors AND THEIR DESCENDANTS - HISTORICAL, GENEALOGICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL. - COMPILED BY HENRY WHITTEMORE - Author of the Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, and other works ---- Unlike the settlement of the New England colonies which began through religious .... No baptismal records pf the Reformed Dutch Church have been found earlier than .... Johannes West- fall, Teunis Quick, Cornelius de Duyster, Simon Westfall, ...... Conraedt Ten Eyck, the ancestor, emigrated from Amsterdam, Holland,..... Nov. 9, I719. Petition of Nicklas Westfall, Johannes West- fall, Teunis Quick, Cornelius de Duyster, Simon Westfall, Rymeny Quick of the County of Orange, setting forth that Thomas Beonar- dus, Jacob and Roelof Swartworst and others to the number of 36 persons trespassed on their lands lying at Wayhackmeck on the little Minnesing Creek in said county.'')


Jurian Westfall's wife Maritje Hansen Van Nordstrand was born in 1636 at Nordstrand, Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark (now Germany). She married Jurian abt. 1653 or 1654. She married 2nd after Jurian's death, Jacob Jansen Stoutenburgh, date unknown. Maritje died after 1670 in Ulster, Kingston Co., NY. Maritje's father was Hans Jansen (Hansen) Van Nordstrand, born Bet. 1600 and 1610 at Nordstrand, Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark (now Germany). He Married Rymerig Volkert (date unknown). He died April 1, 1690 in Amersfoort, Long Island, (Flatlands) Brooklyn, NY. Maritje's mother was Rymerig Volkert, born Bet. 1600 and 1610 in Noordstrandt. She died before 1645. They had these children: Jan, Volkert, Maritje, Symon, and Rommetje Hansen Van Nostrand. Hans Hansen Van Nordstrand married for a second time 29 Nov 1652 at Kingston, NY to Janneken Gerrits Van Loon, and they had these children: Catherine, Gerret, Jan, and Peter Hansen Van Nostrand. The children and descendants of Hans most often spelled their name Van Nostrand, though it often appears recorded spelled a number of different ways, Van Noorstrand, Van Nordstrand, Van Norstrand, Van Noordstrandt. Hans Hansen Van Nostrand's father was Jan Van Noordstrandt born about 1575 in Noordstrandt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany/Denmark.

Maritje's father Hans Hansen Van Nordstrand (Hansen of Nordstrand) came to New Amsterdam, NY in 1639. The name Nordstrand came from the Isle of Nordstrand (translation: "north shore"ť) which is in present day Germany. Nostrand Avenue In Brooklyn, NY is believed to be named for Han's son Gerret Hansen Van Nostrand. In the 1620's the Dutch bought Manhattan Island from Native Americans and established a trading center New Amsterdam (New York) and other settlements along the Hudson River. This area was called New Netherland. The first emigrants from today's Schleswig-Holstein came in 1636 from Bredstedt (North-Friesland) to New Amsterdam. The reasons for emigration were possibly the poverty of people who lost their homes after the terrible storm tide of 1634. There was a great storm and flood at Noordstrandt in Oct 1634 that Hans Hansen and his family lived through. Also the Thirty Years war (1618-1648) had an effect. There are passenger lists of Dutch ships, and Hans Hansen was on the list "Emigration from Schleswig-Holstein in 1636-1667 to New Netherland."

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(Note: Hans Hansen (or Jansen) Van Noortstrant's Will: "In the name of Jesus Christ, the 20th day of August 1679 appeared before me, Clerk of Amesfort, (admitted by ye Right Honorable Gen. Sir Edmund Andros in ye behalf of his Royal Highness James Duke of York Gov. Gen. of all his territories in America, and elected by the town) in ye presence of the undermentioned witnesses, Hans Janssen from Noorstrant in Holsteyn, being sound in body but uncertainof his departing day, therefore is willing to dispose of some part of his estate and his will and desire in that his two sons Garret Hanssen and Peter Hanssen shall have first and before out of ye estate after his decease, the land lying in ye New lots with a meadow lot lying in ye flats against ye small kill (river) to Canarse, with the two horse wagon plows and harrow and one bed, that is to say whereupon they sleep, with so much ticking to new bed, with condition that the said two bothers shall render their youngest brother Jan Hanssen a good suit of clothes from top to toe, likewise is ye testators last will that his youngest son shall have his bedstead with hangings, bed blanket pillows sheets as it is herein mentioned without any pretense of any of ye other heirs of what that is herein expressed: Further it is his will that ye children gatte (begot) by his last wife shall be before out all ye household stuff (except what herein is stated) to be equally divided, likewise the two sons shall have before out, one meadow lot upon Hoggs Neck No. 6, and ye youngest son three hundred Guelden in wheat or wampum with a pinke (Heifer) with the increase, also his son, Volkert, shall have two cows for a remembrance of his mother, and said Garret and Pieter shall also each have a pair of cows, and the house and land at present possessed by ye testater and used by him shall be kept in use by Garret, Pieter and Jan Hansen, one year after ye year wherein ye testator shall come to die and Gerrit and Pieter should take truly thereout their chist of cloathes and ye cubbard with clothing belonging to Jan Hansen shall be for him all the premises. Ye testator declared this to be his last will, well premeditated and therefore to ye true intentions subscribed ye date as above "this >H> is the mark of "Hans Johnson, the translation of Hans Jansen (Hanson) witnesses herunto required: Hendrick Assuerus, Jacob Strycher, Roeloff Martens, Clerk in this "Recorded being the original will in Dutch after the same was proved before the Court of Sessions held in Kings Co., April 1, 1690 by order of the said Court Per me J. Vanderwater, Register" from - Documentary history of New Netherlands, Vols 1.)

(Another abbreviated version of the Will from - The New York genealogical and biographical record, Volume 47 - Will of Hans Janssen Van Noorstrant of Amesffort. Dated Aug. 20, 1679. Estate to two sonnes Gerrit Hanssen and Pieter Hanssen. Son Volkert Hanssen. To youngest sunn Jan Hanssen suit of clothes, also 300 gildens; mentions children by his "laste wiffe." Executors not named. Witnesses; Hendrick Assuerus, Jacob Strycker, Roeloff Martens. Proved April i, 1690. (Recorded in Liber i of Conveyances, page 223.) NOTE :—Hans Hansen or Jansen Van Nostrand emigrated in 1639 from Noordstraat or Noordstrandt, in Holstein; he married, first, Nov. 29, 1652, Janneken Gerrits Van Leuwen; m. second, ( ). Issue: Gerrit Hansen; Peter Hansen; Jannetje Hansen, m. Peter Schenck; Symar Hansen; Jan Hansen; Volkert Hansen; Catharine Hansen, m. first, Lucas S. Voorhies; m. second (?), Peter L. Van Buskirk.)

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(Note : From - "A documentary history of het (the) Nederdeutsche gemeente ..., Volumes 1-5" - A documentary history published 1902, Library of Harvard 1904, of  (the) Nederdeutsche gemeente ..., Volumes 1-5 - By Henry Augustus Stoutenburgh - page 379, author states that a bible in the possession of Garrit Norstran b 1756 bp June 26 1757 of E. W. (now Syosset) son of Gerrit & Marya Vanderbilt contained a record of Hans Jennsen emigrant, where and when he landed - HANS JANSEN, from Noortstrant, emigrated to this country about 1639 with a family of children. June 25, 1639, Hans Jansen of Rotterdam gave a note to Cornelis Volckertsen for 32 Carolus guilders. If his first wife came with him, she probably died soon after, as he had a child baptized in the Dutch Church in N. Y., Dec. 8, 1641, and the mother was not present. Hans Janszen Van Noortstrant married, Nov. 29, 1652, Janneken Gerrits Van Loon. Recorded with the record of marriage is this: "Op't Sandt in de Mayerje Van de Bosch" ("Province of the Woods"). The witnesses to the above baptism were : Laurens Pietersze Noorman, Janneken Motyn, Styntje Jans. He was called sometimes "Hans Jansen" and at other times "Hans Hansen." Hans Jansen would seem to be his correct name, as that is the name attached to his will. From the record he seems to have brought one daughter with him, for on May 23, 1644, Hans Jansen, father and guardian of Marritje Hans, his daughter, acknowledges to have bound his above named daughter to Philip Garritsen, tavern-keeper, for the term of three consecutive years, beginning on New Years', 1645, ending on New Year's, 1648, to serve in the family and to be provided and cared for as his own child, and to be taught sewing.)

(Note: The above text should read - Hans Janszen Van Noortstrant married, Nov. 29, 1652, Janneken Gerrits van Loon Op't Sandt in de Maijerie van de Bosch. The village 'Loon op't Sandt' refers to the modern small town 'Loon op Zand' in the Dutch province Noord-Brabant with its capital's-Hertogenbosch (with popular name 'Den Bosch').


I found the following information in a book "American Nomads" written by Emily Stowell whose ancestor Jacob Kuykendall married Sara Westfall daughter of Johannes. The Esopus Indians lived near Wiltwyck and for a number of years they were peaceful, but in 1663 they burned and looted the town. There were 12 men, 2 children, and 4 women killed, and 6 women and 7 children taken prisoner. Jurian and his family escaped harm at the time, but later in 1667 or 1668 Jurian was killed by Indians who were at war with the Esopus Indians while he was guiding a troop of British soldiers.


Rymerick's husband Thomas Quick was killed by the Irequois Indians during a raid in 1696 as were other members of the family. There is a marker on state road 209 that marks the spot of the massacre of the Westfall family. Rymerick was Jurian's daughter. In 1696 Jurian's son Johannes (my direct ancestor} and 18 others including his brothers Symen, Nicholas, and his widowed sister Rymerick Quick bought land from the Minsi Indians along the Delaware River near the New York/New Jersey line. The land lies principally in Deerpark Township, Orange County, New York. The peaceful Minsi Indians were one of the three tribes of the Lenni Lenape people. About 1699 Johannes and his family moved to what was called the Minisink settlement. They were among the first white people to live in the area. Johannes oldest son Jurian and his friend Jacob Kuykendall hunted and trapped with the Minsi Indians as youths, and later traded with them. Jurian married Jacob's sister Styntje Kuykendall and Jacob married Jurian's sister Sara (Zara) westfall. They raised their families and farmed there in the Minisink Valley along the Delaware River at peace with the Indians for many years. Jurian had the first apple orchard in the area, and Jacob established the first trading post.

Three of Jurian's sisters married into the Dutch Kuykendall family. Jurian's parents Johannes {son of Jurian the emigrant} and Marretje kool Westfall had 13 children--Jurian, Marretje, Rebecka, Jannetje, Zara, Jacob, Abel, Nicholas, Klaartjen, Rymerick, Helena, Rachel, and John. Jacob and Abel were my line of ancestry. In 1717 Jacob married Margaret De Duyster and they had a daughter Elizabeth. Abel married Anna Bogaert and they had a son Cornelius. In about 1747 Cornelius and Elizabeth were married. They were cousins.

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(Note: From - History of the Kuykendall family since its settlement in Dutch New York in ... By George Benson Kuykendall -- The Westfalls, Van Ettens and Kuykendalls were all quite closely related by numerous marriages. The sponsors for the next child, Margritt, were Jurie and Sara Westfall. In this instance Jurian Westfall had married Jacob Kuykendall's sister, Christina, and Jacob had married Jurian's sister, Sarah. Because of the marriage of the three brothers, Jacob, Cornelius and Matthew Kuykendall to the three Westfall sisters, Sarah, Jannetjen and Marretjen (Mary), the Kuykendalls and WestfaJls were as closely allied by ties of blood and marriage as any other families in the Delaware valley. It was not very uncommon for two brothers of one family to marry two sisters of another family, but it certainly was not very common for three brothers to marry three sisters. The third child, Marretjen, had for sponsors Jacob Kuykendall and Jannetjen Westfall. Jacob being the brother of the child's father, and Jannetjen Westfall was the sister of the child's mother. The sponsors were uncle and aunt of the child baptized, and the child was no doubt, named for its mother. The sponsors for the fourth child of Cornelius were Zymen Westfall and Nelletjen Quackenbos. Here we have again Westfall relatives acting as witnesses and sponsors. It will be seen that the child was given the name Nelletjen. She was undoubtedly named after the spons«r, Nelletjen Quackenbos. As sponsors for the next child, Johannes, we have Abel Westfall and'Antje (Ann) Bogaert. Here is another Westfall and Bogaert (relatives), acting as sponsors for Kuykendall children's baptisms. There were other marriages between the two families afterwards, for this Nelletjen Kuykendall, baptized on this occasion, married Jacob Bogaert when she had grown to be a woman, and we find they had a child baptized in 1737, and afterwards had several children.)

(Note: From - Bill DeCoursey's Notes On Old Dutch Families - Volume IV - http://www.teachout.org/du/decoursey1750.html ------------ 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. ************ 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.)

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(Note: From - THE HISTORICAL MARKER DATABASE - Indian Raid Marker - Inscription. House and barn of Simon Westfall on this site, burned by Brant's Mohawks and Tories, July 20, 1776 - Erected 1936 by New York State Education Department. Location. 41° 21.525? N, 74° 41.186? W. Marker is in Port Jervis, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on S Maple Avenue (County Route 16), on the left when traveling south. Marker is in this post office area: Port Jervis NY 12771, United States of America.)

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(Note: From - Virginia Frontier Defenses (1719-1795) - By Roy Bird Cook - Volume I, Number 2 (January 1940), pp. 119-130 -- WESTFALL FORT -- A stockade fort erected by Jacob Westfall in 1774, located on the southern border of the site of Beverly, Randolph County, near mouth of Files Creek. Scene of an Indian attack in 1782.)

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At about this time Cornelius and his wife Elizabeth moved away from the Delaware River to the Virginia Territory near the south branch of the Potomac River near the present day town of Romney. Cornelius's father Abel had migrated there in 1743 with his nephew Jacob and son John, and was granted 400 acres in Augusta County, Virginia in 1748. In 1754 Hampshire County, Virginia was created from Augusta and Frederic Counties, and Romney became the Hampshire County seat in 1762, and later in 1863 became a part of West Virginia when that state was admitted to the union.

John Wesley and Sarah (Vannoy) Westfall's sons Abel and Cornelius also served in the Revolutionary war. Cornelius was a Lieutenant in his brother Captain Abel Westfall's Company, the 8th Virginia Regiment, and was at Valley Forge in 1777 and 1778. Abraham Westfall was also a Captain in the Revolutionary War. He fought under Washington and Lafayette at the battles of Grand Creek, Bunker Hill (where he was wounded), Stony Point, Brandywine, Trenton and Bloody Run. He was the son of Petrus and Arientje (Rosencrans) Westfall.

In about 1754 to 1760 there were the French and Indian Wars, and even friendly Indians like the Minsi joined with the French against the settlers all throughout the colonies. Every small community built their own fort to protect themselves from the marauding Indian attacks. There was a Westfall fort along the New York/New Jersey line. There was also a Westfall Fort, stockade fort which was erected by Jacob Westfall in 1774, located on the southern border of the site of Beverly, Randolph County, Virginia (now West Virginia) near mouth of Files Creek. Scene of an Indian attack in 1782. Jacob was the son of Jurian and Styntje (Kuykendall) Westfall. Jacob migrated to the wilderness of Virginia in 1743 with his Uncle Abel and cousin John.

David Tygart (or Taggart) and Robert Files (or Foyle) were the first settlers in present-day Randolph County. They arrived in 1753 (or 1754). Files built his cabin near Beverly and Tygart's cabin was constructed two miles to the north. The Tygart River and Valley are named in honor of David Tygart and Files Creek is named for Robert Files. That winter, Indians attacked the Files' cabin and killed him, his wife, and five of his six children. One of his sons was not in the cabin at the time of the attack and escaped. He ran to Tygart's cabin to warn him of the Indians' presence. They then left the county for good, moving east into Pendleton County. Eighteen years passed before the next settlers arrived in Randolph County. In 1772, several families moved to the area, including the Hadden, Conley, Whiteman, Warwick, Nelson, Westfall, Riffle, and Stalnaker families.

Two small forts were constructed in present-day Randolph County during Lord Dunmore's War in 1774. Fort Westfall was constructed at Beverly and Fort Currence near Huttonsville. Other small stockade forts were soon constructed. Jacob's son George Westfall later also had a fort in the area. The area's settlers gathered in the forts whenever Indians were known to be in the area. Isolated incidents between the settlers and Indians continued for many years. The bloodiest incidents occurred in April and May 1791 when an Indian raiding party killed about a dozen settlers in the county. Among those killed were Joseph Kinnan and three of his five children. They were killed on May 11, 1791. His wife was taken captive, and was not released until the Indians' defeat at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. A few days after the Kinnans were killed, the Indian raiding party killed Frank Riffle and William Currence. It is believed that they were the last settlers killed by Indians in Randolph County.


My great grandfather Emanuel Westfall was killed while plowing during the Civil War in 1863. I don't know the circumstances. He may have been killed by some kind of military action. The Civil War was raging in Virginia at the time, and the state was divided by warring factions. In 1861 West Virginia had split off to become a separate state. It entered the Union in 1863.

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(Note: Manuel Westfall was killed by the Union soldiers with Andy Cottrill, on Spring Creek, above Spencer. This sketch was taken from "Pioneers of Jackson County", by John House, it appears in the section "Tug Fork". I believe the Manuel Westfall mentioned above killed by the Union soldiers was my great grandfather Emanuel B. Westfall who was the father of my grandfather Jasper Mifflin Westfall, and the son of my great great grandfather Jacob C. Westfall. To my knowledge my great grandfather Emanuel Westfall was not a member of any military service during the Civil War. The Union soldiers must have killed him and Andy Cottrill because of a tragic mistake.)


After my great grandfather's death his wife Hannah Kelley Westfall moved with her 2 sons (my grandfather Jasper who was only 6 and his one year old brother Emanuel Jr.) to Bloomington, IL. She may have had relatives in the area. In 1878 at the age of 21 my grandfather Jasper Mifflin Westfall married his first wife Mary Jane Shannon. That same year they moved with her parents accompanying to near Coyville, Kansas. It was near the Oklahoma line. While in Kansas my grandfather was said to have taken part in a cattle drive over the Chisholm trail.


In about 1886 my grandfather and his family returned to his birth state of West Virginia. He traveled all the way with oxen pulling the wagon. He had many relatives in the area. He lived near Reedyville (now Reedy) W. Virginia in Roane County. Two of his uncles lived there and an aunt Merinda sister to his father.

In 1893 my grandfather divorced his first wife and married my grandmother Frances McCaulley. He and his first wife had 6 daughters--Stella,Mamie,Grace,Nora, Eva, And Marietta who died a few months after birth. My grandfather moved to near Fieldon, IL in 1893 shortly after his marriage to his new wife. In 1899 he bought the farm where my father was raised and where I was born and raised south of Fieldon, IL.

I don't have much information about the family of my grandmother Frances (McCaulley) Westfall. Both of my grandparents had died before I was born.

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