I am a direct descendant of Huldy Van Gilder, born in Holland, who migrated to Massachusetts in the early 1700s as an indentured servant. Apparently a "Pequot" Indian Chief, named "Hoch Buch", married her, and adopted the Van Gilder surname for himself. [Or, Could Huldy/Huldah have married into a different tribe?]
They had a son, Rudolph Van Gilder, about 1751; he had a daughter, Sylvina Van Gilder, born in 1776.
Sylvina married my grandfather, Felix Rich,(born 1760-62, VT), in 1792, and they had sons: Andrew Rich, born 1794, VT; Felix, Jr., born 1799/1800 in NY or VT; Jonathan, born between 1800 & 1810; and James Rich.
Felix Rich, Jr.,and his entire family migrated to Cass County, MI, in 1846; Felix resides there until his death, between 1870 & 1880. Did any Van Gilders migrate to the Cass County, MI, area?
Have you found any RICH family members in your ancestry records? Can you refer me to any Van Gilder genealogy researchers, or to any archives in VT and MA which hold Van Gilder documents? Did you find where the Van
Gilders originated in Holland?
I greatly appreciate any information you can share about the Van Gilder/Van Gelder family. My goals are to find siblings, descendants, and ancestors of Sylvina, Rudolph, and Huldy Van Gilder; plus, I seek the ancestry of Felix Rich, Sr., born 1760-62, VT or MA, who married Sylvina Van Gilder.
Sincerely, Dr. Frank Davis
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