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a VERY tangled web!
Posted by: Doug (ID *****4452) Date: February 17, 2004 at 10:45:37
In Reply to: mary vroom, john purdy by Kelly J of 118

In order to get through this brick wall, you'll have to climb through some think vines. I'm preparing an article on the Ditmars family and will mention the special instance of how the marriage of Douwe Ditmars to Sytie (Sarah) (Remsen) Voorhees Vroom set off a remarkable circumstance in progeny, which include a number of your ancestors.

George Vroom and Mary Amberman were first half-cousins. George (or Joris, in Dutch) was the son of Jan (John) Vroom and Jannetje (Jane) (Vroom) Ditmars, who themselves were first half-cousins. Jan's father Hendrick was the half brother of Jannetje's father Joris.
Mary Amberman was the daughter of Paul Amberman and Mary (Marritje) Voorhees. Mary was the daughter of Cornelius Voorhees and Marritje Ditmars, who were step siblings. Cornelius Voorhees and Jannetje (Vroom) Ditmars Vroom were half siblings, children of Sytie (Sarah) (Remsen) Voorhees Vroom Ditmars. Marritje Ditmars was the daughter of Douwe and his first wife Catryntje Snedeker. Sytie was his second wife.
You would think that was enough, but there's more. Sarah Ditmars, wife of Samuel Purdy, was the daughter of Isaac and Jannetje (Vroom) Ditmars. Isaac was the son of Douwe and Catryntje (Snedeker) Ditmars. Isaac was Jannetje's first husband, Jan Vroom her second. She had 76 grandchildren that I know of.
Douwe Ditmars who married Catryntje Snedeker was the son of Douwe and Catryntje (Snedeker) Ditmars. Yes, his wife and mother had the same name. They were aunt and niece.
You might want to chart all this out to make sense of it. If you have any questions let me know. I can excerpt pertinent parts of the article when it's finished to provide dates, places and source citations. This very large extended family moved from Long Island, NY to Annapolis Co., NS about 1784 as Loyalists.

Doug Sinclair


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