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Re: Abraham Devins<Terrenz<Solomon<Joris
Posted by: Michael A. Shoemaker Date: June 22, 2000 at 23:36:09
In Reply to: Abraham Devins NY to York Canada by Bill Richards of 60

Abraham DEVINS, s/o Terrenz/Tarentius DEVINS/DAVIDS & Marretje KUYKENDALL. Note the following:

"The DAVIDS were of English Origin, and the name frequently appears written in the old records as DAVIDS, DAVIS or DEVINS. One of the sons of Solomon DAVIDS married Marretje KUYKENDALL, (Daughter of Cornelis, brother of Jacob KUYKENDALL. Mr. NEARPASS, in "Church Life," says, "This Solomon DAVIS was a son of Joris DAVIS and Johanna DAVIS, an Englishman, who first settled at Hellegat, on the Island of Manhattan, from thence he removed to Fort Orange (Albany), and in 1654, went with his family to Ulster County. He was a trapper, and in 1655 was an interpreter and principal mediator between Whites and Indians.""


Terrenz' father was Solomon DAVIS, s/o Joris DAVIDS, s/o Christopher "Kit" DAVIDS:

Christening: 25 Oct 1647 Kingston, Ulster Co, NY
Died: 1689 Ulster Co, NY
Father: 4554. Christopher DAVIDS/ DAVIDTS
Mother: 4555. Cornelia DeVos
Married: Johanna LOOPERS 9 DEC 1674 Marbletown, Ulster, NY

Johanna LOOPERS (F)
Christened: 30 Oct 1650 New York, NY
Died: Bef 30 Dec 1743
Father: Jacob LOPER
Mother: Cornelia MELYN
Married: Hendrick / Hendericus BEECQMAN/ Beekman (Abt 1648-) 1687/ Abt 1681

1. Gertruy /Gertroy DAVIDS (F)
2. Jacobus DAVIDS (M)
Christened: 17 Nov 1675 Kingston, Ulster Co, NY

3. Marritje Christopher DAVIDS (F)
Born: Abt 1676 Of NY

4. Andries DAVIDS
Birth: ABT 1677 Albany, NY
Married: Cornelia VAN VLIET (1681-) 22 NOV 1701 DRC Albany, NY

5. Samuel DAVIS/ DAVIDSE (M)
Born: 1678
Christened: 26 Jan/May 16(77/)78 Kingston, Ulster Co, NY

6. Solomon Davids (M)
Born: 25 Mar 1679/80 Kingston, Ulster, NY
Marriage: Engeltje DAVIDS ABT 1710 <Kingston>, Ulster, NY

7. Isaac Davids Birth: AFT 1680

4554. Capt. Cristoffel/ Christopher "Kit" DAVIDS/ DAVIDTS (M)
Birth: 3 SEP 1616 Bisscohopwyck, England [/Ireland]
Death: 1677 Kingston, Ulster, NY
Arrived Massachusetts 1636 (see NOTES, below)
Married (1): 4555. Cornelia DE VOS 1644 Rensselaerswyck, Albany, NY
Married (2): Maria MEERTENS ABT 1662 Wildwyck, Kingston, Ulster, NY

4555. Cornelia DE VOS (F)
Birth: 1626 Netherlands
Death: 2 MAR 1656/1657 Albany, Albany, NY
Arrived New Netherlands 1641 with her parents on the ship "Den Eyckenboon".
Father: 9110. Andreis DE VOS
Mother: 9111. Margrietje Coeymans
Married: 4554. Christopher DAVIDS


1. Ariaentje/ Ariantje DAVIDS/ DAVITS (F)
Birth: ABT. 1645 Albany, NY
Death: ABT. 1694 Kingston, Ulster, NY
Marriage: Jurian Teunisse TAPPAN (ABT 1636-ABT 1690) 1660 Kingston, NY

Christened: 25 Oct 1647 Kingston, Ulster Co, NY
Died: 1689 Ulster Co, New York
Married: Johanna LOOPERS 9 DEC 1674 Marbletown, Ulster, NY

3. David DAVIDSE (M)
Birth: 1650 Kingston, Ulster, NY
Death: 9 Feb 1689/90 Schenectady, NY

4. 2277. Maritje DAVIDSE (F)
Birth: 1657 Esopus, Ulster, NY
Died: 1702 Kingston, Ulster, NY
Married: 2276. Andries Pietersse VAN LEUWVEN 1677 Marbletown/ Kingston, Ulster, NY
Married: Manuel CONSALUS - DUK (1660-1752) ABT. 1693 Marbleton, Ulster, NY

Maria Meertens/ MARTENSEN (F)
Born: Abt 1633 of Kingston, Ulster, NY
Death:AFT. 1670
Father: C Meertens or Mart
Mother: Catelinjnte
Married: 4554. Christopher DAVIDS


1. Abraham DAVIS/ DAVIDS (M)
Christened: 3 May 1663 DRC, Kingston, Ulster, NY

2. Debora DAVIDS/ DAVIS (F)
Christened: 24 Jan 1665 Kingston, Ulster, NY
Died: Aft 1693 Ulster, NY
Marriage* (1): Derrick WOODEN LEGG (*illegitimate child by him)
Marriage (2): Hendrick Klaasz VAN SCHOONHOVEN (1652-AFT. 1715) 6 July 1679 DRC Kingston, Ulster, NY
Marriage (3): Pieter VAN BOMMEL (1655-Abt 1732) ABT. 1692

3. Isaac DAVIDS (M)
Born: 1668 Marbletown, Ulster, NY
Died: BEF. 1712 Marbletown/ Kingston, Ulster, NY
Marriage: Jannetje MAURTIZ Feb 1691 Kingston, Ulster, NY

4. Jan DAVIS (M)
Born: Abt 1670 Of Marbletown, Ulster, New York

5. Martin DAVIS/ DAVIDS (M)

4554. Kit is my ancestor through his daughter 2277. Maritje. I'd be glad to share what I have with you. Abraham DEVINS' wife, Elizabeth HUBER, is also the daughter of my ancestor 137. Johann Henricus HOVER.

Some sources say Terrenz is the son of Solomon DAVIDS JR. and his wife Leah DECKER. This is impossible, as Terrenz and Leah were born almost the same time. According to the KUYKENDALL article, Terrenz would be the son of Solomon Sr. by his wife Engeltje DAVIDS (daughter of Joris' brother Isaac -- making it a first cousin marriage, not all that uncommon in the Minisink at that time.)

"DAVIDS" can be an Irish/Welsh name (Kit's roots may have been in Ireland), or it may be Jewish.

2277. Maritje DAVIDS' second husband, Manuel CONSALES-DUK, was undoubtedly of Sephardic descent, and Joris DAVIDS' wife, Jannetje LOOPERS could also have been Sephardic (DE LOPES, "wolf" in Spanish, signifying the tribe of BENJAMIN). Of course, Irishmen and Jews alike were outsiders in Dutch society, and would have gravitated toward one another. As it is, we "know" that Kit DAVIDS had been an English sea captain (at about age 20) who came to Massachusetts in 1636 to become a trapper, whiskey trader, Indian fighter and interpreter, as well as something of a rowdy.

I'll copy this to e-mail to you. Hope this has been helpful.

-- Michael A. Shoemaker


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