Descendants of HERMANNUS TREMPER and (ANNA) ELISABETHA FELTEN
of Rockland County, New York
Parents of Hermannus: JOHANN JACOB TRÍMPER b. ca 1670 at "Upper Germany"
(ANNA) CHRISTINA WELCKER b. ca 1675 at "Upper Germany"
Parents of (Anna) Elisabetha: ANTONIUS VELTEN b. ca 1700 at Germany
ANNA MARIA ENGELBERT b. ca. 1704 at Germany
HERMANNUS was born 5 Jul 1718 at Neuwied, Germany. Came to New York City with his parents and brothers Johannes (1703); Johan Jury (1709); Wilhelmus (1712); and Johann Jacob, Jr (1715) between 1718 and 1721 when earliest record of them is found in NYC
The parents seem to have stayed in NYC, belonged to the Reformed Dutch Church (RDC) there. The sons settled in Orange County (Johannes), the section of Orange Co that became Rockland County in 1798 (Hermannus), Dutchess County (Johan Jury), New Jersey
Wilhelmus), and Ulster County (Johann Jacob, Jr).
ELISABETHA FELTEN (sometimes spelled Velten) was born at Hackensack, Bergen Co, NJ on 19 Feb 1722 and baptised the same day at the Hackensack RDC, Bergen Co, NJ. She was the niece of Maritta Felten who married Johannes Tremper of Orange Co. and had ch
dren baptised at the Tappan (NY) RDC. Tappan is straddles the NY-NJ line. Tappan RDC there was the site of the trial of Major John Andre, a British spy who was cap-
tured convicted and hanged at Tappan during the Revolutionary War.
Hermannus and Elisabetha were married around 1747. No marriage record has been found. Hermannus was naturalized on 21 April 1769 at Orange County, NY. He was a Deacon in the "irregular congregation" RDC at Kakiat, near what is now New City, Rockland
o, NY. The "regular" RDC was at New Hempstead (New City), Rockland Co. The meaning of these terms is complicated and is best understood by reading about the Conferentie vs. Coetus dispute within the Reformed Dutch Church lasting from about 1855 to 188
Conferentie often became Tories, and Coetus often became Patriots during the Revolution. The Coetus congregations supported The Great Awakening, a religious event of great impact on American protestant churches.
There is no indication whether Hermannus or Elisabetha Tremper were either Patriots or Tories during the Revolution.
Hermannus died after 1786; Elisabetha died between 1765-1780.
HERMANNUS and ELISABETHA TREMPER had 5 children.
1. MARIA. Born ca 1748 in New York. Lived at Tappan, Rockland Co, NY. Married Joseph Simmons/Seaman. Their descendants continued to live in this area. They had 5 children.
2. TEUNIS. Born 10 May 1750 in NY. Bap 3 Jun 1750 at Hackensack RDC, Hackensack, NJ. He was a Revolutionary War soldier. He married #1 ca 1750 Anna Catrina Snyder (probably a cousin); #2 ca 1821 Phoebe Servan. He lived in Rockland Co. Teunis and
nna Catrina Snyder had 7 children. Their descendants, of whom there are many, resided at Centenary (aka "Stagg's Corners") and Rockland Lake, all northeast of New City. Some fought in the Revolutionary War. A few became farmers, but most went into occ
ations trades: shoemaker, carpenter, wheelwright, postmaster, grocer, fireman, locomotive engineer, fireman, stone crusher, machinist, foundry contractor. They inter-married with families named Tallman, Knapp, Van Orden, Purdy, Gurnee, and Goetschius t
t are still found in the area. They are buried in small local family cemeteries and at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack, NY.
3. JOHN. Born ca 1752 in NY. He married a widow named Elizabeth Felter/Felten Huffman. He died before 1833 at Clarkstown, Rockland Co, NY. He was a farmer. They had 7 children.
4.ELIZABETH. Born 11 Mar 1754 at Tappan, Orange/Rockland Co, NY. She married William/Wilm Slot. They had 2 children.
5. JACOB. Born 17 May 1760 at Tappan, Orange/Rockland Co, NY. He was married 5 Oct 1793 at Kakiat RDC, New Hempstead, Rockland Co to Nancy Ryder. They had 7 children.
JACOB TREMPER and NANCY RYDER lived near Tappan on the NJ-NY border, and then at New Hempstead (now New City), NY. Their descendants settled at Rockland Lake and along South Mountain Road, on the northeast corner of New Hempstead. Descendants intermar
ed with families similar to those mentioned above under Teunis Tremper.
Both the Trempers and the Ryders once owned large tracts of land in the area, but it was sold off and/or split up and divided among children when a parent died, according to wills and deeds at the Rockland Co and Orange Co Clerk's offices.
Children, grandchildren and gr-grandchildren tended to go into blue collar jobs or building trades: carpenter, mason, painter, boatman, ship carpenter. Some were farmers. One became a riverboat captain on the Hudson River, migrated up to Kingston in
ster County amongst Tremper cousins engaged in riverboat occupations. They may never have known they were related.
Jacob Tremper and Nancy Ryder had 7 children:
1. ABRAHAM. Born 1794 at NY. Married #1 on 29 May 1819 to Deborah Ann Sniffin at New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, Rockland Co, NY and had 1 child. Married #2 Martha Smith about 1825 at Clarkstown RDC, Rockland Co, NY. He was a farmer.
2. MARGARET. Born 1796 at NY. Married 4 July 1819 at New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, Rockland Co, NY, to Christian Brinkerhoff. They had 1 child.
3. ELIZABETH. Born 1798 at NY.
4. Unknown (female). Born ca 1800 at NY.
5. GEORGE J. Born 1804 at Rockland Co, NY. Married 1828 at New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, Rockland Co, NY to Catharina Tallman. He was a farmer. They had 7 children. By 1860 they had moved to LaSalle Co, Illinois.
6. Unknown (female). Born ca 1805 at NY.
7. PETER. Born 1806 at NY. Married abt 1826 to Rebecca Ann Jacox. He was a ship carpenter. He died ca. 1860 "of consumption" when he was 54 yrs old, according to the 1860 US Census, Mortality Index attached to Clarkstown, Rockland Co, NY. Peter and
ebecca had 4 children. Rebecca is listed as widow in the 1880 US Census for Rockland Co.
GEORGE J. TREMPER and CATHARINA TALLMAN were married in New Hempstead Presbyterian Church. Their first 6 children were born in New York, probably Rockland Co, but the last was born in New York City in 1850. Sometime between 1850 and 1860 they moved t
LaSalle Co, IL. - probably after the marriage of their eldest child William Henry on Jan 1, 1851 at the Clarkstown RDC. They settled in South Ottawa Twp, near the city of Ottawa, IL. Children William Henry, Ann, Daniel, Margaret, Julia and Isaac Newto
also migrated, living nearby with their spouses or with their parents by the 1860 US Census. George was a farmer, both in NY and in IL. George and Catharine both died sometime after the 1870 US Census.
George J. Tremper and Catharine Tallman had 7 children:
1. WILLIAM HENRY. Born 19 Jan 1829 and bap May, 1829 at Clarkstown RDC, Rockland Co, NY. He married 01 Jan 1851 at the Clarkstown RDC Catharine Keesler of Rockland Co. They had 3 children.
2. EUPHEMIA. Born 1835 at NY.
3. ANN M. or Anna. Born 1837 in NY. Married before 1860 to William T. Jessup. Living at Town of Ottawa, LaSalle Co in the 1860 US Census, and her younger sister Margaret was listed with them. William Jessup was a painter. Ann was living in Buffalo,
4. DANIEL. Born 1840 at NY. Married ca 1875 to Sarah Mack. 3 or more children.
5. MARGARET. Born 1845 in NY. Married William Hamilton on 28 Sept 1865 at Methodist Church, Ottawa, LaSalle Co, IL in double wedding with sister JULIA. Lived in LaSalle Co with her husband. In 1860 she was listed twice in the US Census: once living w
h her sister and bro-in-law, Anna M. and William T. Jessup in Ottawa, and again living with her parents, George J. and Catherine in Allen Twp, P.O. Crotty. Both are within LaSalle Co.
6. JULIA E. Born 1847 at NY. Married Simeon Cleal on 28 Sept 1865 at Methodist Church, Ottawa, LaSalle Co, IL in double wedding with sister MARGARET. They had no children.
7. ISAAC NEWTON. Born 16 Aug 1850 at New York City, NY. Married in 1876 to Mary Ellen Sheedy at Ottawa, LaSalle Co, IL. Blacksmith at Streator, IL. Isaac died 10 Sept 1905 at Streator; Mary Ellen died 14 Feb 1946 also at Streator. They had 11 child
WILLIAM HENRY TREMPER and CATHARINE KEESLER.
William Henry Tremper was born 19 Jan 1829, and bap 24 May 1829 at Clarkstown RDC, Rockland Co, NY. He married on 1 Jan 1851 Catharine Keesler, daughter of Reuben Keesler and Elizabeth Huffman, also of Rockland Co., at Clarkstown RDC. They may have ha
a son, named William, who died quite young and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, NY. Then they moved to LaSalle Co, IL.
William was a carpenter. He and Catharine lived in South Ottawa Twp, outside the city of Ottawa. Catharine Keesler was born abt 1832 in NY, probably Rockland Co. Her parents also moved to LaSalle Co. IL and can be found in the 1870 US Census. W
liam Henry and Catharine had 3 children: Elizabeth, born ca 1852, who married George A. Miller; Oscar; born ca 1859; and Orville, born 29 Aug 1863, who married Effie Dell McFarlane.
DANIEL TREMPER and SARAH MACK
Daniel Tremper served in the Civil War, Illinois Co. K, 127th Infantry. He enlisted 13 Aug 1862. After the war he returned to LaSalle Co, lived with his parents, helping on their farm. Sometime before his marriage he moved to Homewood, Franklin Co,
Sarah was the daughter of Emily (born ca 1820 in CT) and William Mack (born ca 1817 in Mass). Until her marriage she lived with her parents and siblings Charles, Edwin and William in Allen Twp, LaSalle Co, IL. Daniel married Sarah on 4 Oct 1871
t LaSalle Co. They had 3 children: Florence, born 1875 in Illinois; and twins Myron (1880 Census says "female") and Mabel born 1878 at Kansas. Daniel was a farmer in Kansas and in Illinois.
SIMEON CLEAL and JULIA TREMPER
Simeon served with Daniel Tremper in the 127th Infantry in the Civil War, was captured at Holly Springs, MS. He was exchanged, then joined G Co of the MS Marine Brigade - a unit that moved in ships on the Mississippi River, until 1865. Simeon and Juli
lived in Seneca, Allen Twp, LaSalle Co. IL both before and after marriage. Simeon ran a clothing store in Streator. Julia died in 1917 in or near Streator. Simeon died around 1918, leaving a will and a good sized estate naming over 40 heirs. The co
le had no children.
ISAAC NEWTON TREMPER and MARY ELLEN SHEEDY.
Isaac left home early, was a blacksmith boarding/living with some relatives at Streator at age 19 in the 1870 US Census. He married, in 1876 at Ottawa, LaSalle Co, IL, Mary Ellen Sheedy, daughter of Michael Sheedy (deceased) and Emma Jean Bernard. She
as born at Seneca, Brookfield Twp, in LaSalle Co., living there with her widowed mother, Emma Jean, and siblings Annie and Walter S. in 1870. Residing very near them in Brookfield Twp were Reuben and Eliza J. (Elizabeth Huffman) Keesler, parents of Cat
rine Keesler who married William Henry Tremper (see above). Isaac Newton and Mary Ellen had 11 children: Cora E., born 1877 ; Walter S., born 1878; Simeon Newton, born Dec, 1880; Millard E., born 21 Apr 1885; Jacob L. (Jake), born 1889; Anna Rae; Haze
Dorothy; Lloyd L., Harry, born 29 Oct 1893, and George, who died young. All were born at Streator, LaSalle Co, IL. Some moved to Chicago or Michigan as adults.
GEORGE A. MILLER and ELIZABETH TREMPER
Elizabeth and George lived in Allen Twp, LaSalle Co in 1880. George, born in Illinois abt 1852 was a farmer. They had no children listed in the 1880 US Census. They lived next door to (Isaac) Newton Tremper, his wife Ella (Mary Ellen) and children Co
E. and Walter S. Next to Newton and Ella are John Cleal, brother of Simeon Cleal, and his family. The men are all farmers.
Acknowledgements: Nancy Redheffer, Marianne Mook, Scott Wallace, Sheila Trumper Briggs, and Jill Tremper Lewis for their valuable information used in this document!
Priscilla Tremper Leith
Newton, MA 24 June 2000
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