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Re: 2 old generations of DeGraw- PA. N.Y.
Posted by: Rick DeGraw Date: September 12, 2001 at 12:35:49
In Reply to: Re: 2 old generations of DeGraw- PA. N.Y. by Sue Bell of 363

You might find this interesting. I have more on earlier and later DeGraws if you're interested.

As another interesting sidebar, a branch of the DeGrauw family that lived in New York follows Gerrit’s older brother, Leendert.

Leendert Arentse DeGrauw was born August 17, 1664 in New York City and married Janneken Willemse Van Slyk on August 26, 1688. They had four children: Willem, Cornelia, Maria and Gysbertje. Cornelia married Jacob Banta and they had one child, Cornelia Banta, on January 15, 1728.

Willem DeGrauw was born October 12, 1690 in New York City and married a widow, Leuntle Machielse, on February 12, 1715 at Tappan, New York. Willem was one of the shareholders of the Tappan Patent in 1725. He signed the bond on August 12, 1725 purchasing a portion of the area that later became Orange County and the towns of Kakiat, Clarkstown, Haverstraw and Tappan. Willem and Leuntle had three children: Johannes Born 1716, Leenaert and Gerrit.

Johannes DeGrauw was baptized October 29, 1716 and on December 15, 1739 married Rachel Van Horn. Johannes and Rachel had twelve children including two sets of twins: Lena, Cornelius, Jacomyntye, twins Grietye and Maria, Rachel baptized March 26, 1749, Willem born 1751, Johannes born November 25, 1753 and baptized December 16 (we will follow Johannes a bit later on), Elizabeth who married Jacobus Brouwer, Lucas and twins Daniel and Marretje.

Willem DeGrauw was born June 25, 1751, baptized July 14, and married Annaetje Gero, having four children: Rachel, Elizabeth who lived in Bergen County in 1824, Maria and Johannes.

Rachel DeGraw was baptized August 31, 1777 and married Abram Van Zile on July 20, 1793 at Acquacanonk, New Jersey. This ends this branch of the DeGraw family.

But another branch of the DeGraw family from 1753 (actually Rachel’s Uncle) continues.

Johannes (John) DeGraw was born November 25, 1753, baptized December 16, and married Leah De Vries from Haverstraw, the daughter of John De Vries, a well-to-do farmer and minuteman in the Revolutionary War. Johannes’ grandfather, Willem, had owner most of the land that made up Haverstraw in New York so that may be how Johannes met Leah.

       John De Vries owned a large number of stock and several slaves in the Tappan Valley. John DeGraw and Leah set up housekeeping in New Jersey, near New York, and reported hearing cannon roar all day in celebration of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. They also had a farm in Orange County, New York, where Willem had owned land. Most likely, John DeGraw’s cousins still lived in the Orange County area where Leah’s family lived.

John and Leah had nine children: John who died young, another John, Cornelius who lived in Essex County in 1800 and later died in New York of tuberculosis,


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