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Re: Aart Masten, was - where did the name Masten originate?
Posted by: Jim Parker (ID *****9512) Date: December 20, 2005 at 12:28:54
In Reply to: Re: Aart Masten, was - where did the name Masten originate? by william goldstein of 195

Bill,
I don't know all the reasons for the Loyalists in Dutchess County, but substantial English and Quaker populations were part of it. There were Loyalists everywhere, but strong local leaders such as the Livingstons brought people to the Revolutionary side in places like Kingston, but apparently not in Dutchess. In any event, that had nothing to do with the settlement there 60 years earlier.
Dutchess was the last area in the Hudson Valley to be settled. Good farmland became very difficult to acquire in Ulster and Albany Counties, and the Crown began to grant patents in Dutchess, previously left to the Natives. A few of my ancestors, Myndert Harmense Van Den Bogaert, Hendrick Jans Ostrom, Pieter Viele, and shortly after, Aert Masten, were among the early settlers of the Poughkeepsie area. In the 1714 census, when Aert was first recorded there, there were only 440 people in the entire county, which was larger than it is now. These folks were too busy clearing the forest and building homes to be talking politics at all, and nobody was seriously planning Revolution at that time.
Jim


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