Miscellanea Manitobiana

No. 1
An Ancestor Table for the Hon. Duff Roblin,
Premier of Manitoba

By John Blythe Dobson

We regret that at this point, due to the demands of other projects, it is not feasible to revisit this research, and only corrections of outright errors are sought, not new information.

The following notes are the results of an investigation, begun so long ago as 1996 but set aside for several years, of the ancestry of the Hon. Duff Roblin, Premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967. Detailed research in primary sources has not been undertaken, and it makes no pretence to being definitive. Nor have we attempted to be exhaustive in our treatment of the persons considered; the sources cited will generally give fuller details, particularly in biographical matters, than what we offer here.

The excuse for publishing this material in its present state must be merely that there does not seem to be any similar survey available in print. We finally decided these notes should see the light of day when in a recent conversation with a friend, John Richthammer, he chanced to remark that he knew a member of the Roblin family who was actively involved in pursuing their family history. We trust that these tentative beginnings may be of some assistance to them, and will meet with their approval. In the present revision of this article, the account of the ancestry of Sophie/Sophia May Murdoch (no. 3) is entirely new, and that of Elizabeth Conklin (no. 85) has been drastically revised.

Since this article’s first appearance, we learned of Loral R. Wanamaker’s work Tracing the Roblin Family (originally published in 1976), and extensive excerpts from it were kindly submitted by Ken Roblin in February of 2011. It was gratifying to discover that we had arrived at the same conclusions. Wannamaker’s work is rich in tombstone transcriptions, and we have quoted these but otherwise resisted the temptation to revise work originally done more than seven years ago. Ken Roblin also drew our attention to a remarkable website by Tim Ryland, Ryeland Family Tree, which contains a vast amount of Roblin material.[1]

The Loyalist lines of the Roblins can in a few cases be readily extended back to the Colonial periods of Massachusetts or New York, bringing in some well-known families with interesting connections, whereas other lines are more elusive and are not treated in any secondary literature which has come to hand. We have not attempted to foray into pre-American origins, except in the case of some of the Dutch lines, where the published literature is unlikely to be accessible to many of our readers.

In the early stages of this research, we made considerable use of the anonymous work entitled Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte (1904), which has treatments of four of the families concerned, namely Roblin (697-708), De Mille (287-92), Solmes (791-95), and Shortt (753-57). Increased acquaintance with this work has revealed many errors; for example, Philip Roblin Sr. (no. 64) and his son Philip Roblin Jr. (no. 32) are seriously confused on p. 699. Wherever possible, we have tested its statements again original records.

Grey shading around a person’s name (which may not print unless you have your web browser configured to print background colors) indicates that we are not fully satisfied by the evidence for the proposed affilitation, but nevertheless believe it is likely to be vindicated by further research. When we doubt identifications suggested by previous writers, we either ignore them (if they are patently ludicrous), or else explain why we reject them (if they have an air of plausibility, or have enjoyed wide acceptance). In the present page the greyed areas consist mainly of the proposed ancestry of Prudence Platt (no. 33), which despite considerable effort has not been brought to a truly satisfactory conclusion. While the identify of Margaret Stillwell (no. 81) has also given us a great deal of difficulty, we believe that the solution proposed here is defensible, even though it relies on circumstantial evidence.

Superscript numbers following persons’s first names toward the end of the table enumerate the generation in descent from an immigrant ancestor; these are provided to facilitate comparison with American genealogical literature. We have only carried this numbering forward for two or three generations at most.

We should like to thank the readers who have submitted comments since this article first appeared; they are acknowledged in the text except for Mike Doucette of Belleville, Ontario, who kindly supplied the youthful photograph of Sir Rodmond Roblin, which obviously dates from before he receive his knighthood.

    1st generation

  1. The Hon. Duff(erin) Roblin, b. 17 June 1917 at Winnipeg, Premier of Manitoba (1958-1967), d. 30 May 2010. He is probably best-known for his role in urging, against considerable opposition, the construction of the Red River Floodway, which since its completion in 1968 has repeatedly saved the city from flooding, and is considered a model of its kind. He was the author of Speaking for Myself: Politics and Other Pursuits (Winnipeg, 1999).[2] In 2009, was voted Canada’s Greatest Manitoban in a public poll conducted by the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Radio.[3] He m. 30 Aug. 1958, Mary MacKay, and had issue.

    2nd generation

  2. C(harles) D(ufferin) Roblin, b. 10 Aug. 1892 at Winnipeg,[4] living 1917. His house, at 83 Kingsway Ave., Winnipeg, built about 1908, has been designated as an historical site. In his marriage record, he is called a soldier, of 211 Garry Street, Winnipeg, aged 23 years, a Methodist, and his wife a librarian, of 181 Home Street, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, aged 24 years, an Anglican. The witnesses were Charles Fraser, of 80 Spence Street, and Frank De Mill, of 36 Casa Loma Block [on the corner of Sherbrook Street and Portage Avenue]. He m. 14 Sept. 1915 in Winnipeg,[5]
  3. Sophie/Sophia May Murdoch,[6] b. 6 May 1891 (according to the 1896 Meyer genealogy, infra) or 8 Nov. 1891 in Ontario (according to the 1901 census).

    3rd generation

  4. The Hon. Sir Rodmond Palen Roblin, K.C.M.G., of Carman and Winnipeg, Premier of Manitoba (1900-1915), Minister of Agriculture and Railways, Sir Rodmond Roblin b. 15 Feb. 1853 in Sophiasburg Tp., Prince Edward Co., Canada West, d. 16 Feb. 1937 at Hot Springs, Arkansas.[7] In 1881 Roblin, then called a merchant, is found at Dufferin, Manitoba, with his wife and their eldest child, Wilfrid.[8] He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as an Independent in 1888, and in 1896 he was elected as a Conservative for Woodlands. Soon afterward he was chosen leader of the party, and became Premier in 1900, by which time he was living at Winnipeg (he was of Garry Street in 1906, and was still there in 1911).[9] He was knighted in 1912. He resigned from political life in 1915 over the scandal concerning mis­appropriation of materials used in the construction of the Legislative Building. He m. 13 Sept. 1875 in Sophiasburg Township,[10]

  5. Adelaide DeMille,[11] b. 12 Feb. 1853 in Ontario, d. 1928.[12]
  6. Andrew Murdoch, of Hamilton, Ontario, said to have been b. 5 Aug. 1854 in Scotland, of Scottish origin (according to the 1901 census). We have not found him in the LDS index to the 1881 census of Canada, suggesting that he had not yet arrived in the country at the time. He and his family were however enumerated at Hamilton in 1901, the census giving his occupation as insurance inspector, his date of immigration to Canada as 1854 (almost certainly an accidental repetition of his birthdate), and his family’s religion as Anglican.[13] The 1896 Meyer genealogy, which treats the family of his wife, gives his address as 164 Wentworth Street, South Hamilton, Ontario, and states that he was “inspector of agencies for the Great West Insurance Co.”[14] The marriage certificate of his daughter Sophie (1915) likewise gives his occupation as “insurance.” He m. 10 June 1890 at Beamsville, Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co., Ontario,[15]
  7. Ella May Eckhardt, b. 4 Sept. 1860 in Ontario (Meyer genealogy, and 1901 census), living 1901. As Ella M. Eckhardt, aged 19 [sic], she is found with her widowed father in the 1881 census of Louth, Lincoln Co., Ontario.

    4th generation

  8. James Platt Roblin, of Sophiasburgh, b. about 20 Nov. 1823, d. 23 Nov. 1917 in Sophiasburg Tp., aged “94 years, 3 days,” of heart disease, and buried in the Roblin Burying Ground.[16] At the time of his marriage he was aged 28, and his wife 23. He appears as a farmer in the 1881 census of Sophiasburgh Tp.,[17] and his land must have lay near Demorestville, as in his death record this place is given as the address of both his attending physician and of the coronor. He is also called a farmer in his death record, which names his father as Levi Roblin but gives his mother as “not known.” His marriage record gives his age as 28, and that of his wife as 23; and both were resident in Sophiasburg Tp. at the time. He m. 30 Nov. 1851 in Picton Methodist Church, Prince Edward County,[18]
  9. Deborah Anne Kotchapaw,[19] b. probably in 1828 in Thurlow Tp., Hastings Co. (per her Ontario death record), d. 17 Nov. 1898, of heart failure, apparently at Winnipeg, Manitoba, aged 69 years (per the Ontario registration) or 70 years (per the Manitoba registration). She was probably a younger sister of Reuben Kotchapaw, who, the very day after her own wedding, m. 31 Nov. 1851 in the same church, her husband’s sister, Sarah Roblin. There are two separate records of Deborah’s death, one in Manitoba, where it would seem she actually died, the other in Ontario, where her body was perhaps returned for burial.[20]
  10. Nathaniel Solmes DeMille, of Fish Lake, Sophiasburgh Tp., and Belleville, b. 21 April 1829 on his parents’ homestead near Northport, Sophiasburgh Tp.[21] He and his wife have not been located in the 1881 census, and were perhaps by then no longer living, but we have not found a record of his death. He m. (2) “Mrs. A. Moran,” by whom he had no issue. He m. (1) ca. 1851,
  11. Wealthy Ann (Palmer?), said to have been a native of Prince Edward Co., U.C., and of U.E.L. stock.[22] She is possibly the Wealthy (____) Demill, married woman, b. 1824-25, who d. 23 April 1881 in Sophiasburg Tp., aged 56 years, of inflammation of the liver, her death record giving her religion as Espiscopal Methodist.[23]
  12. (Murdoch)
  13. George A. Eckhardt, of Jordan, Louth Tp., Lincoln Co., Ontario, a harness-maker, b. 8 Oct. 1820 at Weissunborg, near Strasburg, in the province of Alsace, France, and d. 23 Feb. 1885 at Jordan.[24] At the death of his wife in 1874 he was described as “George A. Eckhardt, [of] Louth.” This man is found with three of his children in the 1881 census of Louth, Lincoln Co., Ontario, in which he is called a harness-maker, and a Lutheran, while his children’s religion (which was presumably that of their mother) is given as Disciple of Christ.[25] In his death record he is described as a harness-maker, and a Lutheran in religion. His death notice in the Berliner Journal reads (in translation): “George A. Eckhardt died in Jordan at [the] age of 70 years. He was struck with an apoplectic fit, which rendered him unconscious, on Feb. 19th, in which condition he lay 4 days, until death delivered him from his suffering. His funeral, on Feb. 25th, was attended by the largest number of poeple ever seen in Jordan.”[26] He m. 11 July 1854, reportedly at Campden, Lincoln Co.,[27]
  14. Mary Moyer, b. 10 July 1825 in Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co., Ontario, d. 13 May 1874.[28] Her death record calls her a “Menonite.”

    5th generation

  15. Levi Roblin, of Sophiasburgh, b. 1793, d. 1878, and buried with his wife in Belleville Cemetery.[29] As the son of a Loyalist he received land by an Order-in-Council dated 13 Feb. 1816.[30] He was a younger brother of John P. Roblin, of Picton, M.L.A.[31] He m. (2) in 1829,[32] Elizabeth Osborne. He m. (1) before 1823,
  16. Mary Shortt, b. 1791, d. 1850.
  17. (probably) John Kotchapaw.
  18. (probably) Deborah Way.
  19. John Isaac DeMille, of Northport, Sophiasburgh Tp., farmer, b. 6 Oct. 1794 in the U.S., d. 12 Oct. 1874 in Prince Edward County, U.C., of dropsy,[33] who as the son of a Loyalist received land by an Order-in-Council dated 25 Feb. 1818.[34] His death record calls him a farmer, and a Quaker. He m. probably by 1815, at Solmesville, near Northport, Sophiasburgh Tp.,
  20. Sarah Solmes, b. 19 Sept. 1797 in New York State, d. 9 Feb. (per family records) or 12 Feb. (per the official record) 1884 at Northport, aged over 86 years, of pneumonia.[35] Her death record calls her a Quaker.
  21. (Palmer?)
  22. (Eckhardt)
  23. Isaac Moyer, of Jordan, Louth Tp., Lincoln Co., Ontario, farmer and wheelwright, b. 12 (?) Dec. 1796 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, d. 29 Jan. 1865 at Jordan. He and his wife had thirteen children.[36] He m. 22 April 1881,[37]
  24. Catharine Swartz, b. 4 Dec. 1796 in New Britain Tp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, said to have d. 22 April 1881 in Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co, Ontario, but we have not found a death record for her.

    6th generation

  25. Philip Roblin, Jr., of Sophiasburgh, b. ca. 1771 (his tombstone says 1773) in Orange Co., N.Y., came to Canada with his parents in 1783, d. 17 May 1848 at Sophiasburgh, aged 76 years,[38] and buried with his wife in Belleville Cemetery.[39] It is unclear whether the name of Philip Roblin of the township of Adolphustown [now in Lennox and Addington County] which appears in a sort of census made in late 1796 relates to the present man, or is a posthumous reference to his father.[40] He m. probably by 1800, presumably in Canada,
  26. Prudence Platt, b. 1771, whose death on 24 Aug. 1850 is recorded as “Mrs. Roblin, widow of the late Philip Roblin.”[41] A number of marriages of persons named Platt in the Sophiasburgh area are scattered through the genealogies in Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte; however the Platts receive no separate treatment therein.[42] Other Platts in the vicinity who were of about the right age to be her siblings include:
    1. “John Platt, Senior,” b. about 1759-60, d. 30 Oct. 1840 “at his residence, in Percy [a township in Northumberland County] … in his 81[st] year.”[43]
    2. Jemima Platt, said to have been b. 6 Oct. 1776 at Plattsburgh, Cinton Co., New York, d. 31 Oct. 1853 in Ontario, who m. before 1793, Samuel Williams, of Hallowell Tp., Prince Edward Co., and had twelve children, her second son being named John Platt Williams.[44] We should state that Jemima Platt could not by any possibility have been born at Plattsburgh, which was not incorporated until 1785, and was prior to that time a wilderness.[45] She may however have belonged to the Platt family which subsequently owned the land on which Plattsburgh was built; for while Zephaniah Platt, at whose instigation the town was founded, did not actually live there until 1801, it seems to be generally agreed that his brothers Daniel, Charles, and Nathaniel were all early residents.[46]
    See below for a very tentative identification of the father of Prudence Platt.
  27. Adam Shortt, of Green Point, Sophiasburgh Tp., Prince Edward Co., U.C., d. 1854, reportedly aged over 94 years. According to Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte, “The pioneer of the Shortt family — Adam Shortt — was of German birth and extraction. He was born in Strasburg in 1760…. After serving [as an apprentice] three years, weaving cotton, linen and wool, he became a full-fledged journeyman, qualified to earn his living, which he did, travelling from place to place as the exigencies of his vocation demanded. While still a young man he left Germany for America, and arrived, after an eighteen weeks’ passage, at New York. This was during the progress of the Revolutionary War, in which he served for some time with the British…. He is next discovered in New Jersey, occupied as a weaver…. There he lived and wove for fifteen years, and acquired a reputation for industry and integrity…. Being in sympathy with a British connection for the colonies … he left New Jersey about the year 1800, and with his wife … and four children, came to Prince Edward County. He settled on the shore of the Bay of Quinte, at Green Point, Sophiasburgh. There he built a log house … situated right at the water’s edge…. During the Pioneer’s long residence at Green Point his prosperity grew apace; from time to time he bought land, until at his death he had purchased and improved about six hundred acres, which then passed to his sons…. He … lived to be an extremely old man, having seen his ninety-fourth birthday before the end came. He died in 1854.”[47] According to the same source, Adam Shortt m. (2) “a twice widowed woman, née Ferguson … [who] had been married to a man named Henry Garretsee, and to another named Hezekiah Clark, and survived the pioneer six years.” He is said to have m. (1),
  28. ____ Odell.
  29. Isaac DeMill, U.E.L., of Northport, Sophiasburgh Tp.[48] Although he is said to have come from Vermont in 1792, we think this is rather unlikely, as the 1790 census of Vermont contains no-one of this name. It also does not accord well with fact that he was bapt. 27 Nov. 1754 in the New York Dutch Church,[49] or that upon his immigration to Canada, the Old United Empire Loyalist List records him as having been employed in the Naval Department in New York during the American Revolution.[50] A search of the 1790 census revealed several men named Isaac Demilt (and variations), but none of them appear to have had the right family composition; according to family records, this Isaac should at the time have had four daughters and no sons, but the closest match to this we can find, and it is not a good one, is an “Isaac Demilt” of Haverstraw Precinct, Orange Co., New York, whose household consisted, besides himself, of 2 males under 16 years, and 2 females.[51] He d. 29 Sept. 1817 in Sophiasburg Tp., aged 62 years. On 28 August 1810, Isaac received a Crown grant of Lot 26, in the 1st Concession of Sophiasburg, District of Prince Edward, comprising some 338 acres. In his will he left the rear third, fronting on Water Street in the community of Fish Lake, to his son John (no. 20). Among other bequests, he made provision for a comfortable support for his “ajed” mother. He m. in 1780,
  30. Mary Dixon, d. 1846 (or 1847?), said to have been aged 79 at her death.
  31. Nathaniel Solmes, of Sophiasburgh Tp., b. 5 April 1754, doubtless in Dutchess Co., New York, came to Prince Edward Co. with his parents in 1792, d. 19 Sept. 1849 at Sophiasburgh, “aged 95 years and six months.”[52] He is pretty surely the “Nathaniel Soames” of Rombout (in Dutchess Co.) who gave a mortgage for land in 1790,[53] and the “Nathaniel Soames” enumerated at Fishkill in the 1790 Federal Census, his family consisting of 2 males over 16, 2 males under, and 6 females, which would suggest the existence of more children than are accounted for in the Ricketson genealogy.[54] Canniff says “He came from Duchess [sic] County in 1792, lived in Adolphustown two years, then settled on lot no. 10, 1st concession [of Sophiasburgh].”[55] He m. (as her second husband) some time in 1775-82,[56]
  32. Lydia (Ricketson) Dorland, b. 24 Dec. 1754, d. 22 May 1820 near Solmesville, widow of Gilbert Dorland (who d. 26 Oct. 1774), by whom she had had issue.[57]
  33. The Rev. Jacob Moyer, of Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co., Ontario, farmer and Mennonite bishop, b. 24 Nov. 1767 in Bucks Co, Pennsylvania, d. 5 June 1833 at Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania, during a return visit to the U.S., and is said to have been buried at Vineland, Louth Tp., Lincoln Co.[58] According to the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia Online,
    By vocation Jacob Moyer was a farmer. He, with several others, scouted for land on the Niagara Peninsula in 1799 and purchased 1000 acres. He returned later that year with a larger group of families to settle. In 1802 he was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Church, the second Mennonite minister ordained in Canada (one year after Valentine Kratz). He was ordained as a bishop in 1807; the first Mennonite bishop in Canada. Jacob Moyer was a gifted peacemaker, and had a reputation for being a good speaker. Three of his sons — Jacob, Abraham and Dilman — also became ministers in the Moyer congregation at Vineland. Dilman also served as a bishop.
    Jacob Moyer was one of the natural leaders of the Mennonite community…. His Bible records the first meeting of ordained leaders in 1810 that became the Mennonite Conference of Ontario. His location near Jordan Station made his home a natural stop for new settlers moving on to the larger settlement developing in Waterloo County, Ontario…. Along with his cousin, Samuel, who was the local schoolteacher in the Vineland area, Jacob Moyer successfully forged a lasting Mennonite community.[59]
    He and his first wife had ten sons but no daughters. After her death he m. (2) Catherine Bechtel Hoch (1776-1851), widow of Daniel Hoch. He m. (1) 1 Sept. 1791,
  34. Magdalena Bechtel, b. 24 March 1773 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, d. 23 June 1816, and buried at Vineland.
  35. Jacob Schwartz/Swartz, of New Britain Tp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, b. 10 Nov. 1756, d. 4 Dec. 1829.[60] He is named as a son-in-law and executor in the 1803 will of Peter Reppard, of New Britain Tp. (see below).
  36. Margaret Reppard/Reppart, b. 28 April 1760, d. 26 Sept. 1834. She is named as “Margaret wife of Jacob Swartz,” in her father’s will.

    7th generation

  37. Philip Roblin (Sr.), founder of Roblin’s Mills (or Green Point), Sophiasburgh, b. say 1750 (according to his tombstone), d. 1788. He was in Orange Co., New York, at the birth of his son Philip about 1771, and the name of Philip Roblin appears in a list somewhat vaguely described as comprising “the individuals who held a town office of some kind … from 1765 to 1775 … in Cornwall, Bloominggrove and Monroe,” printed in Eager’s Outline History of Orange County (1847).[61] The three towns referred to lie in the south-east part of the county, and Cornwall was the home of his father-in-law. The names of Philip Roblin and his presumed brother Owen Roblin appear side-by-side in an undated but contemporary list of refugees “bound for Nova Scotia,” his family consisting (besides himself) of one woman and four children.[62] Next, the names of Philip and Owen Roblin appear close together in an undated list, presumed to be from 1784, of Loyalists in “Quebec” (which then included present-day Ontario), Philip being called a carpenter, and his family consisting of one man (himself), one woman, one male child over 12, 2 males 6-12, and 2 females under 6 years (another daughter having evidently been born since the family’s arrival in Nova Scotia).[63] His Loyalist petition, presented at Montréal in 1788 (the year of his death), reads, in part:
    Claimant says he was at Sorell [in Quebec] in the Fall [of] 1783. Is a native of America. Resided in Orange Co. [N.Y.]…. Now lives at Bay of Quinty. Had 15 acres of land… and a grist mill and saw mill in Smith’s Cove [recte Clove, in Monroe Township], Orange Co. They came to his wife on the death of her father, Garret Miller, left by will….[64]
    He m. before 1772,
  38. Elizabeth Miller, b. about 10 August 1754, d. 6 June 1815, aged 60 years, 9 months, and 27 days,[65] and buried in the old Canniff family burying ground, at Cannifton, Ontario, having married secondly, John Canniff (d. 1843), the founder of Cannifton, who was a grand-uncle of William Canniff, the well-known historian.[66] A Methodist missionary, visiting the widowed Elizabeth’s household in 1791, noted that “the house was larger than ordinary, having two log houses joined together.”[67] Some have claimed this woman as a sister of the Garret Miller who came to Sorel, Quebec, in 1783 and made a Loyalist petition that year.[68] However, there is evidence that this man was son of an Adam (not Garret) Miller, which would necessarily preclude his being her brother.[69] While Elizabeth and this Garret may well have been kindred of some sort, the closeness of any relationship which existed between them appears to have become exaggerated in family legend due to Garret’s connection with the prestigious Embury family.
  39. John Platt, of Hallowell Tp., Prince Edward Co., who in 1798 was rated as one of the wealthiest citizens, and assessed for 2s. 6d. in taxes,[70] and in 1808 appears as the owner of 260 acres of land, of which 40 were under cultivation.[71] While on chronological grounds he may perhaps have been a Loyalist, his circumstances do not closely fit the men of this name who have been found in Loyalist sources.[72] He is, however, possibly the John Platt mentioned in the following story:
    The current of events on the Bay Circuit was a little stirred by the advent once more, on a short visit, of its first evangelist, William Losee. Mr Playter’s account of it is the following: “He came to dispose of his property in Kingston. He was now a feeble old man …. He preached in the chapel and also in some places on the Bay of Quinte…. He was accustomed to horse-back riding from his youth; and was once noted as a racer. When he first came to Adolphustown [now in Lennox and Addington County], in 1790, some of his old acquaintances would not go to hear him, not believing in his professions of religion. Among the rest was John Platt, whose sister, however, went to Losee’s meetings. As she was going one day, the brother said, ‘Do you ask Bill if he keeps the little black horse for racing yet.’ After meeting, the young women trembling, gave the message to the preacher. He solemnly replied, ‘Tell john, if he does not look out, he will ride the little black horse to hell!’ that is, racing would be his destruction.”[73]
    In February of 1836 “John Platt and six others, of the Township of Ameliasburgh (Prince Edward)” petitioned the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada that “Mr. Wilmot’s survey of said township, may not be confirmed,” but resolution of the matter is not apparent.[74] By this late date, the John Platt referred to may well have been a younger man than our subject.
  40. ________.
  41. (Shortt)
  42. Isaac Demilt/Demill, bapt. 11 May 1727 in the New York Dutch Church.[75] There is no record of his marriage there, but he and his wife baptized seven children in the same church between 1751 and 1762.[76] He m. before 1751,
  43. Margaret Stillwell, b. say 1732, living 1762. In the opinion of this writer, it is certain that she was a sister of Maria Stillwell, wife of John Smith, of New York City, which couple baptized five children in the New York Dutch Church between 1751 and 1765.[77] Although the commonness of his name gives the fact limited evidentiary value, a “Johannes Smith” served as a baptismal sponsor to the eldest child of Margaret Stillwell and Isaac Demilt in 1751. But more tellingly, Margaret’s third and sixth children were baptized with Maria’s second and fourth children — not only on the same day, but in each case the respective children’s names appear as adjacent entries. This is quite unlikely to have happened twice by mere coincidence.
        The name of Margaret’s second son, Nicholas (1759), is somewhat uncommon for this period, and definitely a Stillwell family name, being that of founder of the New York branch of the family, and thus ubiguitous therein. (One might have expected her to have named an Elias for her probable father, and without such, our tentative identification of her parents must carry slighly less conviction than otherwise.) An even better clue is the appearance of a Daniel Stillwell as baptismal sponsor to Margaret’s daughter Maria in 1753. The only group of male Stillwells during this period who had known associations with New York City are Thomas (1726), Daniel (1728), and John (1730) Stillwell, three known sons of Elias Stillwell of Staten Island (see the account of their father Elias, no. 162 below, for bibliographic references) and his wife Anne Burbank, and a fourth son, Nicholas Stillwell, missed in published genealogies, but who baptized three children in the New York Dutch Church, naming his eldest son Elias (1749), and for whose third son, Nicholas (1752), a Burbank Caplin stood as sponsor. A Daniel Stillwell served as baptismal sponsor to Elias (1749), son of Nicholas, to Petrus (1755) and Willem (1762), sons of Thomas, and to Maria (1752), daughter of Margaret Stillwell and Isaac Demilt. While it cannot be said with certainty that this Daniel was the same man in all four cases, there is no apparent reason to suspect otherwise. Finally, a Maria Smith served as a baptismal sponsor to Margaret Stillwell’s daughter Margaret (1751) and to Thomas Stillwell’s son Elias (1747), who was baptized on Staten Island; similarly, it cannot be said with certainty that this Maria was the same woman in both cases.
        Elias Stillwell’s family is one of the most poorly-studied branches of the Stillwells, with only three of his children figuring in published genealogies. The fact that they could miss an obvious son, who was moreover fairly socially prominent to judge from his family’s associations, proves that they could easily miss two daughters. Without this hypothesis, we should be forced to regard Margaret and Maria as two female strays in eighteenth-century New York City. For these reasons, and in the absence of any competing identification found in the literature, we deduce that Margaret Stillwell was a daughter of Elias Stillwell and Anne Burbank.
  44. (Dixon)
  45. Samuel Soames/Solmes, bapt. 27 April 1728 in the Dutch Reformed Church of Sleepy Hollow, Westchester Co., New York.[78] He was in Dutchess Co. in 1751 and 1758 (further details below). He first appears in the Dutchess County tax-lists in 1758,[79] and in 1789 is more particularly designated as “Samuel Somes, farmer, of Fishkill.[80] A “Samuel Somes,” residence unstated, signed the Association Test (i.e. of loyalty to Revolutionary cause) in Dutchess County on 15 Aug. 1775.[81] The name of his father is indicated by two deeds of 1783, which have “Samuel Somes, farmer, of Rombout Precinct, and Elizabeth his wife,” selling “rear lot number 2” which “was conveyed by the late Philip Verplanck of the Manor of Corlandt … to the late Richard Somes, by deed on November 4, 1747.”[82] A “Samuel Soames” was enumerated at Fishkill in the 1790 Federal Census.[83] He left New York for Sophiasburgh Tp. in 1792. He and his wife had at least eight children.[84] We are informed by Mr. Frank J. Rosaio, of Worcester, Massachusetts, in a message dated 28 October 2003: “I am aware of a Somes/Soames family manuscript among the collections of the Ontario Genealogical Society. A description of this file indicates that it concerns the Samuel and Elizabeth (Conklin) Soames/Somes family. The manuscript is apparently located at the Quinte Branch of the O.G.S. in Ameliasburg.” Samuel Solmes m. before 1751,
  46. Elizabeth Conklin.[85] She is said in an undocumented Solmes genealogy to have been b. 1731 at Stamford, Connecticut.[86] Despite the skepticism on the point which we expressed in the original version of this article, she was indeed a daughter of Timothy Conklin, of Stamford, as proven by the following argument, which was kindly contributed by Mr. Frank J. Rosaio, of Worcester, Massachusetts:[87]
    Timothy’s daughter Phila, or “Theophila” Conklin [whom he names in his will] married on 5 Nov. 1764 at the Rombout Presbyterian Church in Fishkill to John Jewell…. Another daughter, Hannah Conklin, married Nathaniel Bancker on 21 May 1747 in Fishkill. The Will of Nathaniel Bancker (husband of Hannah Conklin) names among his executors John Jewell (husband of Theophila Conklin) and Samuel Somes (husband of Elizabeth Conklin). I propose that these three men (Nathaniel Bancker, John Jewell, Samuel Soames) had married three Conklin sisters (Hannah, Theophila, Elizabeth). It is reasonable that Nathaniel Bancker of Fishkill would have named his brothers-in-law among the executors of his estate.
    Furthermore, among the children born to Samuel and Elizabeth (Conklin) Soames we find “Timothy” (b. 1752), “Nathaniel” (b. 1754), “Stephen” (b. 1759), and “Phila” (b. 1763). These children would have been named for Elizabeth’s father, Timothy Conklin; her brothers, Nathaniel and Stephen Conklin; and her sister, Theophila “Phila” (Conklin) Jewell.
  47. Jonathan Ricketson, of Crum Elbow, Nine Partners, Dutchess Co., N.Y., b. in early 1726 at Dartmouth, d. 21 Feb. 1772, probably at Great Nine Partners, N.Y.[88] He and his wife were direct ancestors of U.S. President Gerald Ford.[89] He m. 12 Oct. 1747 at Dartmouth, Massachusetts,
  48. Meribah Wilbur, b. 22 Aug. 1729, d. 6 Nov. or 6 Dec. 1825 at Beekman, New York, “in the 97th year of her age.”[90]
  49. The Rev. Samuel Meyer, of Hilltown Tp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, a Mennonite minister, b. 10 June 1734, d. 1800 in Hilltown Tp., Bucks Co. For further generations of his ancestry see Fretz’s Meyer genealogy, which writes of him: “His long white hair and flowing beard gave him an especially patriarchal appearance. He was in his day a widely know and dearly beloved preacher of the Mennonite Church.”[91]
  50. Catharine Kolb.
  51. (Bechtel)
  52. (Schwartz)
  53. Peter Reppard, of New Britain Tp., Bucks County, Pennsylvania, d. 1803 or 1804. As “Peter Reppert” (the name of his wife not being stated in the record) he baptized a son Peter in the Tohickon Union Church, Bedminster Tp., Bucks Co., on 30 March 1755.[92] “Peter Reppard” served as a witness to the making of the will of the widow Mary Davis, of New Brittain Tp., dated 1 Jan. 1774.[93] Also as “Peter Reppard,” he was enumerated in Bucks County in the 1790 census 1790 U.S. Federal Census, his household consisting (including himself) of 1 male over 16, 1 male under, and 2 females.[94] He is styled “Peter Reppard, yeoman” in his own will, which was dated 7 Jan. 1803 and proved 22 Dec. 1804. In it he names his wife Margaret; sons Peter, Frederick, and Jacob; daughters Molly wife of Conrad Shamel, Margaret wife of Jacob Swartz, Christiana wife of Jacob Frees, Catharine wife of Henry Solliday, and Mary Reppard. He appoints his sons-in-law Conrad Shamel and Jacob Swartz executors.[95]
  54. (presumably) Margaret ____, the wife named in her husband’s will.

    8th generation

  55. (Roblin)
  56. Garret Miller, of Smith’s Clove, Cornwall Precinct, Orange Co., b. say 1720-25, whose brief will, dated 5 Oct. 1777 and proved 13 June 1778, mentions his wife (unnamed) and daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Anne.[96] He m. before 1738,
  57. ________.
  58. Joost de Milt/de Mill, of New York City, bapt. 16 July 1699 in the New York Dutch Church.[97] He and his wife baptized three children in the same church between 1724 and 1727.[98] He m. 22 March 1724, also in the New York Dutch Church,[99]
  59. Margariet Willemse, b. at Philipsburg manor (now Tarrytown), Westchester Co., New York.[100]
  60. Elias Stillwell, of Staten Island, b. say 1701 (not 13 Dec. 1685), living 1730 and doubtless beyond; we have found no will for him on file. He and his wife baptized three sons, Thomas (1726), Daniel (1728), and John (1730), the first two definitely in the Dutch Church of Port Richmond, Staten Island, and the third possibly in the same place although the family record gives only the date, not the place, and no such entry can be found in the surviving church registers (which however exhibit many gaps).[101] As mentioned above under the account of their daughter Margaret (no. 81), they were clearly also the parents of the Nicholas Stillwell who baptized three children in the New York Dutch Church between 1749 and 1752. Elias Stillwell was considerably beyond the normal age at first marriage when he married Anna Burbank say 1723, but there does not seem to be doubt as to his identification. He m. before 1728, and probably before 1724,[102]
  61. Anna Burbank, b. say 1705,[103] living 1730 and doubtless beyond. Her parents, “Thomas Barbank and Marietje Martlingh,” served as baptismal sponsor to her son (and doubtless her father’s namesake), Thomas Stillwell (1726).[104] She was clearly a sister of John Burbank, who with his wife Leah Haughwout served as baptismal sponsors to Anna’s son Daniel in 1728.[105]
  62. Richard Soames/Solmes, of Rumbout Precinct, Dutchess Co., N.Y., d. 1775-83. Within a few years of their marriage in New York City (where they appear not to have baptized any children), he and his wife were at Sleepy Hollow (now Tarrytown), Westchester Co., New York, where they baptized their children Rebecca and Samuel in 1726 and 1728, respectively. They also served there as sponsors to two baptisms, one for a child of Jacob Bancken and his wife Raghel [Montras] in 1732, the other for a child of Jan Evere and his wife Raghel [Willemse] in 1736, the child being named Richard, perhaps for the sponsor.[106] He was of Rumbout Precinct, Dutchess Co., by 1747, and was still alive in 1775, when he appears in the tax-lists,[107] but d. (apparently intestate) by 1783, when he is referred to as “the late” in the deeds cited above under the account of his son Samuel (no. 84). He m. 25 Feb. 1723 in the New York Dutch Church,[108]
  63. Maria Garrison, living 1736.
  64. (Ensign) Timothy Conklin (III), of Stamford, Connecticut, and of the West Patent of North Castle, now New Castle township (Chappaqua), Westchester Co., New York, b. 21 Feb. 1698/9 at Huntington, Suffolk Co., New York,[109] d. between 28 Feb. 1758 (when he made his will) and 29 May 1761 (when it was proved).[110] The following account of him is based closedly on one kindly supplied by Mr. Frank J. Rosaio, of Worcester, Massachusetts:[111] He is named in the old Standwick [present-day Stamford], Connecticut, records of 9 May 1734: “This Assembly do establish Mr. Timothy Conklin to be Ensign of the company or trainband at the parish of Standwich [Stamford] in the town of ____, and order that he be commissioned accordingly.”[112] He was one of the organizers of the Standwich Congregational Society and was chosen tithing man for Stanwich parish on 19 Dec. 1734. Some time before 1742, Ensign Timothy Conklin removed to the West Patent of North Castle, now New Castle township (Chappaqua), Westchester Co., New York. On 13 March 1742 he sold his Mianus River-Piping Brook land to Adam Seaman. “Timothy Conklin [overseer of the highway] from Joseph Weeks’s road and so over to Phillipsborough southward of the widow Ossier’s and from said road along by James Purdys to Courtlands Line.”[113] Timothy Conklin’s will, dated 28 Feb. 1758 and proved 29 May 1761, leaves his wife, Sarah, use of his estate. He left “the eldest daughters of my sons John and Timothy all the effects which were of my first wife [Jane].” The remainder of his estate went to his sons Timothy, John, Stephen and Nathaniel. Other unnamed daughters are mentioned. A codicil mentions his daughter Phila [Theophila].

  65. (probably, the second wife) Sarah ____.
  66. Jonathan Ricketson, b. 4 April 1688 at Dartmouth, Mass., d. 16 Oct. 1768 at Dartmouth.[114] He m. in 1710,
  67. Abigail Howland, b. 3 Nov. 1686 at Dartmouth, d. there 15 Jan. 1769.[115]
  68. Benjamin Wilbur, of Dartmouth, Mass., b. ca. 1670 at Tiverton, Newport Co., R.I., d. Nov. 1729 at Little Compton, Newport Co., RI.[116] He m. (2) 2 Nov. 1710 at Little Compton, R.I.,
  69. Elizabeth Head, b. ca. 1682, d. 1734 at Little Compton.
  70. (Reppard)

    9th generation

  71. (Miller)
  72. Isaac de Milt/de Mill, bapt. 7 Dec. 1659 in the New York Dutch Church,[117] living 1701. He and his wife baptized nine children in the same church between 1686 and 1701.[118] Her father, Joost Carelse, was a sponsor for three sons (and namesakes) named Joost, born in 1686, 1698, and 1699, the first two evidently dying young but the third surviving as our no. 160. Isaac Demilt m. 17 Dec. 1684 in the New York Dutch Church,[119]
  73. Sara Joosten van Sysen, b. ca. 1661-62 at New York, living 1701. “Sara Joosten, wife of Isaac de Mill” is recorded by the minister, Domine Selyns, in 1686, as residing at Smith’s Valley, New York City; i.e. as explained by the editor of the record, “the East River Shore above Wall Street.”[120]
  74. (perhaps) Elias Stillwell, of Gravesend, Kings County, Long Island, and of Middletown, New Jersey, traditionally said to have been b. 13 Dec. 1685 at Gravesend, d. v.p. before 19 Jan. 1715, when the will of his father, Nicholas Stillwell (Jr.), of Gravesend, mentions “the children of my son Elias,” with the clear implication that their father was deceased.[121] He was in Middletown, N.J., before 24 July 1699, when the ear-mark of his cattle was recorded. The estate of “Elias Stillwell, of Middletown, yeoman,” was inventoried there 30 Nov. 1715.[122] The early published genealogies (1878, 1883) of the Stillwell family — which evince an almost complete neglect of church registers, wills, and other sources — hopelessly confuse him with his possible son, Elias (no. 162), forgetting that his father’s will proves him to have been himself a father before 1715, whereas the younger Elias clearly did not reach adulthood until the mid-1720s. The discrepancy was spotted in the 1914 genealogy, which tentatively suggested the two men may have been father and son.[123] In favor of this hypothesis would be the fact of the present man’s youthful death, which may have led to knowledge of him being lost among his descendants, and his children being attributed to his father. Such a possibility would be more pursuasive if it could be proved that they returned to New York to be raised by the latter. And finally, it must be admitted that the onomastic evidence does not especially support this interpretation over other possibilities. It is a pity that the question has not been resolved.
        We suspect Elias Stillwell may have been a brother of Thomas Stillwell, of Staten Island, who m. Sara van Namen, and baptized a son Thomas in the Dutch Church of Port Richmond in 1723, with sponsors Barent Martlin and Dina van Namen.[124]
  75. (Sgt.) Thomas Burbank,[125] of Staten Island, b. about 1675-76, living 1735, whose cattle-mark was record 4 April 1705, who was recorded as aged 30 years in the 1706 census of Staten Island, and who was a member of the North Company of Staten Island militia in 1715.[126] “Thomas Berbanck” (wife’s name not stated) baptized a daughter Aeltie in the Dutch Church of Port Richmond Dutch, Staten Island, on 22 April 1707, with sponsors Barent Marlin [i.e. Martelingh] and Fytie Jansz; this daughter subsequently became the wife of Joseph Lake. “Thomas Barbanck and Marritje Martling” baptized a daughter Maria in the same church on 11 Oct. 1719, with sponsors Isaak Martlingh and Anna van Namen.[127] They were also parents of Anna Burbank (no. 163) and John Burbank, for whom no baptismal records have been found. Thomas Burbank and Maria Martelingh served as baptismal sponsors to their grandson, Thomas Stillwell, in 1726, to another grandson, Thomas Burbank, son of his son John, in 1728, and to a granddaughter, Maria, daughter of Aeltje Burbank and Joseph Lake, in 1735. In the first two cases Maria Martelingh served by proxy, suggesting that she may have been ill at the time.[128] He m. before 1707,
  76. Maria Mart(e)lingh, living 1735. As noted above, she was represented by proxy at family baptisms in 1726 and 1728, and the same thing had happened in 1725 when her daughter Anna took her place at the baptism of Aeltje, daughter of Isaac Martelingh and Anna van Namen. She finally served in her own right as sponsor at the baptism of a granddaughter in 1735. Maria was clearly a sister to Isaac Martelingh, who with his wife Anna van Namen had served as sponsor for Maria’s daughter Maria in 1719, and for whose daughter Anna, Thomas Burbank had stood as baptismal sponsor in 1722.[129] They were perhaps also siblings of Barent Martelingh, who m. by 1720, Dina van Namen, and with her stood as sponsors to a child of Thomas Stillwell (see under no. 324 above) in 1723; but as all the appearances of this couple in Staten Island church records are as sponsors, it is possible they were past their years of child-production, and belonged to an earlier generation of the family.[130] One suspects some connection of all these persons with Jan Martelingh and Aeltje Jans, who baptized a son Pieter in the New York Dutch Church in 1689.[131] The scarcity of early records for Staten Island makes it impossible to say more.
  77. (Soames)
  78. Timothy3 Conklin, Jr., of Huntington, b. there 16 Dec. 1670.[132] The will of Timothy Conklin, Jr., made in 1735 and proved 14 Dec. 1743, mentions his son (Ensign) Timothy Conklin “living on the main shore [i.e. Connecticut].” He m. by 1698,
  79. Abigail (or Sarah?)[133] [Scudder??]. “The account book (1733-1740) of Gerret Van Horne, Huntington merchant, shows that Timothy Conklin’s wife both purchased goods and made payments on the account of Benjamin Scudder, Sr. in 1735.”[134]
  80. William1 Ricketson, of Portsmouth, R.I., and Dartmouth, Massachusetts, an immigrant from England, d. 1 March 1691 at Dartmouth. He m. (as her first husband) 14 May 1679,
  81. Elizabeth Mott, b. 6 Aug. 1659 at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, d. 1723 at Dartmouth, having m. secondly, Matthew Wynge.
  82. Benjamin Howland, b. 8 May 1659 at Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, d. there (testate) 12 April 1722. He m. there 23 April 1684,
  83. Judith Sampson, b. ca. 1661 at Duxbury, who according to Wakefield & Sherman “was neither the daughter nor the granddaughter of pilgrim Henry Sampson, as been asserted elsewhere.”
  84. William1 Wilbore, of Portsmouth, R.I., said to have been b. 21 May 1630, probably in England, d. between 1 March and 15 Aug. 1710, possibly 15 April 1710.[135]
  85. (Martha ____?)
  86. Henry1 Head, b. ca. 1647, d. 1 July 1716 at Little Compton. He and his wife were direct ancestors of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[136]
  87. Elizabeth Ketchum, b. ca. 1658, d. June 1748 at Little Compton.

    10th generation

  88. Anthonis1 de Milt/de Mill, of New York City, b. ca. 1625 at Haarlem, North Holland, d. (testate) 1689, between 27 May and 22 June, at New York City.[137] Anthony, a baker, baptized at child at Haarlem in 1657. In May of the following year, he arrived in New Netherland with his wife on the ship the Guilded Beaver.[138] He and his wife baptized four children in the New York Dutch Church between 1659 and 1666.[139] On 8 Sept. 1673 he was appointed Sheriff of “New Orange” (i.e. New York City), and served until Aug. 1674.[140] “Anthony de Mill and his wife Elisabeth van der Liphorst” are recorded by the minister, Domine Selyns, as residing on High Street, New York City, in 1686.[141] The will of “Anthony de Milt,” of New York City, merchant, dated 27 May 1689 and proved 22 June 1693, reads, in part: “I make my sole and universal heirs my five children, Isaac, Mary, Anne, Peter and Sarah, gotten by my deceased wife Elizabeth Van der Liphorst. I leave to my eldest son Isaac De Milt, for his birthright as the eldest, 100 guilders, wampum value. I leave to Mary Winter for her special good service, 3 pieces-of-8.” He appoints his sons Isaac and Peter, and son-in-law Isaac Kip, executors; the witness were Marten and Albert Clock.[142] His estate was inventoried on 1 Oct. or 10 Dec. of that year, and included “16 reading books, great and small, £3; 5 reams of paper, £2, 5s.; 1 parcel of ground lying between ye ground of Barent Coerten and Henry — both in Beaver street, £22; 3 barrels of strained oil, £14. Total, £158, 7, 10.”[143] He m. 19 Sept. 1653 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Haarlem,
  89. Elisabeth Pieters van der Liphorst, bapt. 11 May 1625 at Haarlem,[144] living 28 Aug. 1678, when she served in the New York Dutch Church as a baptismal sponsor for a grandchild.[145] Luykas van der Liphorst, attested in New Netherland in 1648-1649, was her brother.[146]
  90. Joost1 Carelsen van Sysen, of New York City, living 1703.[147] He m. before 1658,
  91. Styntje Jans, living 1703. “Styntje Jans, wife of Joost Carelszen” is recorded by the minister, Domine Selyns, in 1686, as residing at Smith’s Valley, New York City; i.e. as explained by the editor of the record, “the East River Shore above Wall Street.”[148]
  92. (Stillwell)
  93. (Burbank)
  94. (Martlingh/Martelingh)
  95. Timothy2 Conklin (Sr.), of Huntington, b. by 1640, d. apparently in the Spring of 1714 at Huntington. The generally reliable Josephine C. Frost states positively, but without citing evidence, that he m. Martha, daughter of Thomas Wickes, of Wethersfield and Stamford, Connecticut.[149] This seems plausible, as the contemporary record of his son Timothy’s family in the Huntington Town Records reveals that the latter named his eldest daughter Martha.[150] Unfortunately Wickes’s will, in bequeathing £4 to his “daughter Martha” and 20s. to “her child” (unnamed), fails to supply Martha’s marital surname; and the author of the 1904 Weekes genealogy was unable to adduce any evidence for the name of her husband.[151] Another work of lesser reliability states, without documentation, that Timothy Conklin m. instead, Sarah Scudder.[152] Torrey assumes an agnostic position on the matter, listing both wives as possibilities, while also showing a Sarah Scudder of this generation as the wife of a John Conklin.[153] We are not presently in a position to resolve the discrepancy; however, it seems unlikely that Timothy Conklin and his son Timothy (no. 340 above) would both have married Scudder women.
  96. (possibly) Martha Wickes.
  97. (Scudder??)
  99. Adam3 Mott, Jr., of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, b. 1622-23 (aged 12 in 1635) in England, brought to America by his father in 1635. d. 1673.[154] He m. in Oct. 1647, his stepsister,
  100. Mary Lott, b. 1630-31 (aged 4 years in 1635).
  101. Zoeth2 Howland, b. at Duxbury, killed by Indians 21 March 1676 at Pocasset (now Tiverton), Rhode Island. He was still in Duxbury in 1657, when he swore an oath of allegiance. He moved to Dartmouth “as early as 1662.” He m. in Dec. 1656,
  102. Abigail ____. She m. secondly (as his second wife), in 1678, Richard Kirby, Jr., of Darmouth.
  103. (perhaps) Abraham Sampson.[155]
  104. ________.

    11th generation

  105. Isaac Anthonis de Milt/de Mill, of Haarlem, commisary (vinder) of the Bakers’ Guild, living 25 Nov. 1650.[156] Schutte gives four additional generations of his ancestry. He m. by 24 March 1633,
  106. ________.
  107. Pieter Luycasz. van der Liphorst, b. in Gelderland, d. before 1 March 1648, when his widow made her will.[157] He m. (intention dated 19 March 1606 at Haarlem),
  108. Maria Jansdr. ver Brugghe, b. say 1585 at Haarlem, living 16 Oct. 1664, when she is named in a cousin’s will. On 1 March 1648 she made her will, naming ten children. On 26 Oct. 1663 she made a new will, mentioning seven children living. Her portrait, which shows her to have been very stout, appears in a group painting by J. van Loo, made in 1659, and now in the Frans Hals Museum at Haarlem, a detail showing her being reproduced in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record of January 1935, between pp. 4 and 5.
  109. John1 Conklin, of Salem, Mass., and of Southold and Huntington, L.I., d. 23 Feb. 1694 at Huntington, obviously at an extremely advanced age.[158] He m. 24 Jan. 1624/5 in the parish church of St. Peter, Nottingham, England,[159]
  110. Elizabeth Alseabrook, d. by 26 March 1671.
  111. (?) Thomas Wickes, of Wethersfield and Stamford, Connecticut, will dated 3 July 1670, proved 19 March 1671.[160]
  112. Adam1? Mott, of Portsmouth, b. ca. 1595-96, d. 1661. He m. (2) 11 May 1635 at Horseheath, Cambridgeshire, Sarah (____) Lott (no. 1383 below), widow of ____ Lott. A list of passengers “embarked in the Defence of London … bound to New England,” made in June or July of 1635, mentions “From Cambridge: Adam Mott, tailor, 39, his wife Sara, 31, children John 14, Adam 12, Jonathan 9, Elizabeth 6, and Mary 4.”[161] All these children were obviously born before his marriage to Sarah, and the last, Mary (see no. 691 above) was actually Sarah’s by a former marriage. It is sometimes said that they were accompanied by Adam’s father, John Mott, though we have seen no evidence for this assertion. Adam Mott and his first wife were direct ancestors of U.S. President Warren Harding.[162] He should not be confused with Adam Mott of Hempstead, Long Island. He m. (1) 28 Oct. 1616 at Saffron Walden,
  113. Elizabeth Creel, d. before 1635.
  114. ____ Lott, living 1630 (the earliest date he could have fathered his daughter Mary, no. 691 above) but d. before 1635 (the year his widow remarried). Could this possibly be Jeremy Lott, of Clare, Suffolk, about 10 miles ESE of Horseheath, Cambridgeshire, the town in which his widow was remarried? According to a patrons’ submission record in the IGI, this man had a daughter Mary, bapt. 22 Oct. 1630 in the parish church of Clare, who was of exactly the right age to be our Mary Lott.[163] The preposterous identification of this man with Englebert Lott of Flatbush, Long Island, which has been made by some Mott family historians and is rampant in the IGI and LDS Ancestral File, is critiqued in the 1942 Lott genealogy.[164]
  115. Sarah ____, living 1635, who m. secondly, Adam Mott (no. 1380 above). Some have called her Sarah Jennings, but we know of no basis for this claim.
  116. Henry1 Howland, of Plymouth and Duxbury, Massachussetts, b. before 1613, possibly at Fen Stanton, co. Huntingdon, England, came to America in 1632, d. (testate) 1 Jan. 1670/1, his will being proved 8 March following at Plymouth.[165] He and his wife were direct ancestors of U.S. President Richard Nixon, while his brother John, a Mayflower passenger, was a direct ancestor of presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Herbert Walker Bush.[166] He m. by about 1628,
  117. Mary ____.[167]

    12th generation

  118. Jan ver Brugghe, of Haarlem, North Holland, living 12 Feb. 1591 but d. before 17 March 1633, when his wife is referred to as his widow. He is first attested at Haarlem in 1587.[168] He m.
  119. Guert Jacobs, living 17 March 1633.


1Tim Ryland, Ryeland Family Tree, at http://www.ryeland.com/tim/indexfam.htm.
2Canadian Who’s Who, 1992; Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1968.
3See Frances Russell, “His love for Manitoba marked the province,” Winnipeg Free Press 2 June 2010, section A, p. 10; Duff Roblin, at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dufferin_Roblin.
4Manitoba birth registrations, no. 1892-001787; 1901 Census of Canada, Winnipeg, Ward 2, Division 3, p. 12, PAC microfilm no. T-6435.
5Manitoba marriage registrations, no. 1915-197242; a copy of the original record was kindly supplied by John Richthammer.
6Her name is given as “Sophia May Murdock” in the 1896 Meyer genealogy and in the biographical sketches of her son, cited above, but as “Sophie May Murdoch” in her marriage record. We believe the correct spelling of her surname was Murdoch.
7Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1897, pp. 359-60; George Bryce, A History of Manitoba; Its Resources and People (Toronto & Montreal, 1906), 311-12; Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911; Canadian Men and Women of the Time, ed. Henry James Morgan, 2nd ed. (Toronto, 1912), 959; Hugh R. Ross, Thirty-Five Years in the Limelight: Sir Rodmond P. Roblin and his times (Winnipeg, 1936); Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography; Canadian Encyclopedia; J.M. Bumsted, Dictionary of Manitoba Biography (Winnipeg, 1999), 213. His ancestry is given in Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte (1904) (hereafter PLBQ), pp. 697-700 (where however Philip Roblin Sr. and Jr. are confused on p. 699), except that his parents are not named. They are however discussed in the cited biography by Ross, pp. 2-4, 6. For earlier generations of the Roblins see Canniff, Settlement of Upper Canada, pp. 661-2.
81881 Census of Canada, Manitoba, Marquette district, Dufferin, district 186, sub-district G, division 1, p. 2, PAC microfilm no. C-13283 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,919].
91906 census; 1911 Census of Canada, Manitoba, Winnipeg, enumeration district 22, p. 13, the latter of which reads:
211 Garry Street
Roblin, Rutman P.    M head  M Feb.  1853 58  Ont.
         Dutch   Cdn.  Methodist   Premier of Manitoba
 ", Adelaide         F wife  M Feb.  1853 58  Ont.
         Dutch   Cdn.  Methodist
 ", Wilfred Laurier  M son   S Sept. 1878 32  Ont.
         Dutch   Cdn.  Methodist   Sec. Treas. [in] newspaper office.
 ", George A.        M son   S June  1886 24  Ont.
         Dutch   Cdn.  Methodist   Sec. [in] newspaper office.
 ", Charles Dufferin M son   S Aug.  1892 18  Ont.
         Dutch   Cdn.  Methodist   Student
Carman, Ellen E.     F serv. S May   1879 32  Eng.
         Engl.   Cdn.  Anglican    Domestic
McBean, Isabella     F serv. S June  1880 30  Scotland
         Scotch  Cdn.  Presbyt.    Domestic
10Prince Edward County marriage registrations, 1875, no. 007988, from index.
11The spelling DeMille is relatively modern (and has probably been entrenched by the fame of Cecil B. De Mille, who added the ‘e’ to his name); in older records it usually appears as DeMill, and in Dutch records, as DeMilt or occasionally DeMildt. Cecil B. De Mille was descended from Peter de Mill, a brother of no. 320 below; see the sketch of his father, the playwright Henry Churchill De Mille, in National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 41 (1956): 444. The immediate ancestry of Cecil B. De Mille and of his first cousin, the choreographer Agnes De Mille, is also covered in Notable Kin: an anthology of columns first published in the NEHGS NEXUS, comp. Gary Boyd Roberts, 2 vols. (Santa Clarita, California: Carl Boyer, 1998, 1999), 2:123-24, 125.
12For his ancestry see PLBQ, pp. 289-91.
131901 Census of Canada, Ontario, District 69 (Hamilton), subdistrict: a-2 (Ward No. 1), p. 3; PAC microfilm no. T-6471.
14The Rev. A.J. Fretz, A Genealogical Record of the descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer and other pioneers (Harlesville, Pa., 1896), 236-37.
15Lincoln County marriage registrations, 1890, no. 007379 (from index; actual record not seen.
16Prince Edward County death registrations, 1917, no. 027050.
171881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Prince Edward Co., Sophiasburgh Tp., district 119, sub-district H, division 2, p. 32, PAC microfilm no. C-13237 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,873].
18Ontario Register, 4 (1971): 155.
19The family tradition is that she was Dutch.
20Manitoba death registrations, no. 1898-002280; Prince Edward County, Ontario, death registrations, 1898, no. 018317. We have not sought out newspaper obituaries.
21See the Ricketson genealogy, 2:63, and an ahnentafel by Doug Norman, Ancestors and Cousins of Graeme Norman, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/ cgi-bin/igm.cgi? db=dmn4211.
22She is twice called Wealthy DeMille in PLBQ (pp. 289, 291), but there is no mention of her in that work as a DeMille daughter. We follow the more plausible identification of her in the memoir of a son, Malcolm E. DeMill, in The Story of Manitoba, 3 vols. (Winnipeg, &c., 1913), 2:670-1; however, she does not appear in the Palmer memoir in PLBQ.
23Prince Edward County death registrations, 1881, no. 016431.
24Lincoln County death registrations, 1885, no. 009758, giving his age at death as only 70 years, which is almost certainly incorrect. See in general Fretz, A Genealogical Record of the descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 236; also Larry Stitt, [untitled genealogical database], available online at http://publish.uwo.ca/~lstitt/gdata/.
251881 Census of Ontario, Lincoln Co., Louth Tp., district 145, sub-district C, division 1, p. 21; PAC microfilm no. C-13254 [FHL microfilm no. 1,375,890].
26Berliner Journal Newspaper 1885 Deaths, translated from German by the staff of the Kitchener Public Library, available online at http://www.waterlooogs.ca/Newspapers/BerlinerJournal1885Deaths.pdf; date of newspaper not supplied.
27Date from Fretz; place from patrons’s submission records, indexed in the IGI.
28Lincoln County death registrations, 1874, no. 004934. Larry Stitt, [untitled genealogical database], available online at http://publish.uwo.ca/~lstitt/gdata/, is our only source for her parentage. For earlier generations of this family see also Sandy Cline, The Genealogy of the Cline/Nunn Family of Jordan Station and Louth Twp., available online at http://www.sandycline.com/family/.
29Per Wannamaker.
30Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario, p. 265.
31Canniff, Settlement of Upper Canada, 289, who as her second husband’s grandnephew was well-positioned to know the facts, wrote of Elizabeth (Miller) Roblin (no. 65) that “she was the grand-parent of John P. Roblin, of Picton….” As John Philip Roblin, M.L.A., was a known son of Philip Roblin and Prudence Platt (see the sketch of him in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, v. 10), this proves that this Philip Roblin was not a son of John Roblin and Mary Moore, as stated in the 1912 Van Deursen genealogy, p. 648 (which would in any case be chronologically impossible).
32Marriage Bonds of Ontario, 1803-1834, p. 140.
33Prince Edward County death registrations, 1874, no. 007247, which overstates his age as 81 years.
34Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario, p. 87.
35The account of her ancestry in PLBQ, pp. 791-3, is seriously confused; compare Grace Williamson Edes, William Ricketson and his descendants, 3 vols. (Boston, 1917, 1932, 19__), 2:62 and preceeding.
36Fretz, A Genealogical Record of the descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 235, and sources on the Moyer family previously cited.
37Patron’s submission record, extracted in IGI.
38Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario, 265. He and his father, Philip Roblin Sr., “the founder of Roblins Mills,” are confused in PLBQ, 699, and the 1912 Van Deursen, p. 648, erroneously makes him a son of his brother John. There is a death notice for him in the Christian Guardian, 31 May 1848, p. 131, reprinted in The Ontario Register, 5 (1981):141, and also in McKenzie, Death Notices from The Christian Guardian, 1836-1850 (Lambertville, N.J., 1982), p. 267.
39Per Wannamaker.
40“Roll of the Inhabitants of the Midland District in the Province of Upper canada who adhered to the Unity of the Empire and joined the Royal Standard in American before the Treaty of Separation in the year 1783, taken in open sessions held at Kingston, October 11th and at different adjournments to the 15th November 1796,” printed in E. Keith Fitzgerald, Ontario People, 1796-1803 (Baltimore, 1993), 123-76, at pp. 143, 168 (a number of names in the listed are duplicated).
41McKenzie, More Notices from Methodist Papers, p. 345.
42PLBQ 161, 242, 406, 469, 763, 764, 882, 888, 995.
43Coburg Star, 12 Nov. 1840, as extracted in William D. Reid, Death Notices of Ontario (Lambertville, N.J., 1980), 153.
44Meredith Mullett-Bulloch, Mullett Ancestry, available online at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/ cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=bmullem, citing Merton Yarwood Williams, The Samuel Williams Jemima Platt Family (1967).
45History of Plattsburgh, N.Y., from its first settlement to Jan. 1, 1876 (Plattsburgh, 1877), 5. D. Hamilton Hurd, History of Clinton and Franklin Counties, New York, with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers (Philadelphia: 1880), 155, distinctly states, “The first child born in this town was Ida Ostrander, Sept. 7, 1785.”
46See Hurd, History of Clinton and Franklin Counties (cited above), 155 (for Charles); William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York, 2 vols. (New York, 1910), 1:528 (for Daniel, Charles, and Nathaniel).
47PLBQ, 753-54. Much of this account has a decidedly folkloric quality, and we have excised much of the more fanciful-sounding matter from our quotation. Assuming Adam Shortt was really from Germany, the family legend that he was a mercenary in the employ of the British during the Revolution is a somewhat stereotypical claim which should not be accepted without record evidence. It is also quite possible his age at death has been exaggerated to accomodate this supposed Revolutionary service.
48PLBQ, p. 288.
49Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 2:198.
50The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalistsm 1784-1884 (Toronto, 1885), 164.
511790 U.S. Federal Census, series M637, roll 6, p. 417.
52The season and year are confirmed by a rather vague death notice, reading “lately, at his residence in Sophiasburgh, Nathaniel Solmes, aged 95 years and 6 months, one of the earliest settlers in the country” (Toronto Globe, 4 Oct. 1849, per Ontario Register, 5 (1981): 179.
53Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, ed., Eighteenth Century Records of the portion of Dutchess County, New York, that was included in Rombout Precinct and the original town of Fishkill (Collections of the Dutchess County Historical Society, vol. 6), 1938, Mortages, no. 325 (p. 181 of volume).
541790 Federal Census, series M637, roll 6, p. 79.
55Canniff, History of the settlement of Upper Canada, 466.
56PLBQ erroneously makes him marry Elizabeth Conklin (his mother).
57Ricketson genealogy, 2:59. For Gilbert Dorland see John Dorland Cremer, Records of the Dorland family in America (Washington, D.C., 1898), 95.
58Fretz, A Genealogical Record of the descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer and other pioneers, 221-22, and sources on the Moyer family previously cited.
59“Moyer, Jacob,” Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, available at http://www.mhsc.ca/encyclopedia/search.html.
60Wenger Family Tree, citing Ruth Schwartz Brown, Some of the Descendants of Andreas Swartz (c1697-1772).
61Samuel W. Eager, An Outline History of Orange County (Newburgh, “1846-47”), 527-28, at p. 528.
62“A List of the names of the Men, and number of Women and Children, bound for Nova Scotia,” in Murtie June Clark (ed.), Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, 3 vols. (Baltimore, 1981), 392-94, at p.392.
63“General Return of Refugee Loyalists in the Province of Quebec, Exclusive of those Quartered, and residing at the Upper Posts,” printed in E. Keith Fitzgerald, Loyalist Lists: Over 2000 Loyalist names and families from the Haldimand Papers ([Toronto:] Ontario Genealogical Society, 1984), 2-42, at p. 23.
64Ontario Archives 2nd Report, pp. 1103-4.
65This information, given by Wannamaker, comes from the memorial of a son in Belleville Cemetery.
66Canniff, The Settlement of Upper Canada, pp. 289-90, 493-4; The Rev. W. Bowman Tucker, The Romance of the Palatine Millers, a tale of Palatine Irish-Americans and United Empire Loyalists (Montréal, 1929), 61-62, 206, 211.
67Quoted in George F. Playter, The History of Methodism in Canada (Toronto, 1862), 24.
68Tucker, Tucker, The Romance of the Palatine Millers (cited above), 206. This Garret Miller is also treated (without claim of a relationship to Elizabeth Miller) in Eula C. Lapp, To Their Heirs Forever 2nd ed. (Belleville, Ontario, 1977), 164, etc. For his petition Ontario Archives 2nd Report, pp. 934-5.
69Henry Z. Jones, The Palatine Families of Ireland, 2nd ed. (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1990), 85.
70“An Assessment for the Township of Hallowell this Eighteenth of July, 1798,” printed in The Ontario Register, 4 (1971): 204-05.
71“Assessment of the Township of Hallowell for the year 1808,” Ontario Historical Society Papers and Records 6 (1905): 168-170.
72A “Lieut. John Platt, late Butlers’ Rangers,” petitioned in 1796 for land in Leeds Co., which is not especially close to the Bay of Quinte area [… Report of the Department of Public Records and Archives of Ontario, 19 (1930), 43]. The John Platt on the “Old United Empire Loyalists List” who was born in England, came to American in 1768, settled at Saratoga, Albany Co., New York, spied for the British during the Revolutionary War, and later entered Canada by way of Montréal, almost certainly remained at Montréal; see W. Bruce Anliff (ed.), Loyalist Settlement, 1783-1789: new Evidence of Canadian Loyalist Claims (Toronto, 1985), 115-17; The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884 (Toronto, 1885), 237; and Journaux de l’Assemblée législative de la Province du Canada 1 June 1858 - 16 Aug. 1858, p. 595, which shows that a “John Platt … of the City of Montréal” petitioned the legislature in 1858.
73Case and his cotemporaries [sic]; or, The Canadian itinerants’ memorial: constituting a biographical history of Methodism in Canada, from its introduction into the Province, till the death of the Rev. Wm. Case in 1855, 2 vols. (Toronto, 1869), 50-51.
74Journal of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada, 14 Jan. 1836 - 20 April 1836, pp. 90, 109, 117.
75Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 2 vols. (Collections of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, vols. 2 & 3, 1901, 1902), 1:474.
76Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 2:164, 178, 198, 217, 233, 245, 257.
77Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 2:168, 198, 220, 245, 283.
78First Record Book of the “Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow,” organized in 1687, and now The First Reformed Church of Tarrytown, N.Y., ed. the Rev. David Cole (Yonkers, 1901), entry no. 624.
79Eighteenth Century Records of … Rombout, p. 36.
80Eighteenth Century Records of … Rombout, mortgages, no, 310 (p. 179). Also, his son Jonas, who d. v.p. in 1791, was of Fishill; his will is in ibid., estates, no. 192 (p. 231), and mentions several family members.
81This list is printed in Philip H. Smith, General history of Duchess [sic] County, from 1609 to 1876 inclusive (Pawling, N.Y., 1877), 481-85, the name of Samuel Soames appearing at p. 485.
82Eighteenth Century Records of … Rombout, deeds, nos. 147, 148 (p. 72 of volume).
83We have not identified the Samuel Soames in the 1800 census of Fishkill, who was over 45 years of age (series M32, roll 21, p. 28), or the Samuel Soames in the 1800 census of Beekman Patent, who was between 26 and 45 years of age (1800 Federal Census, series M32, roll 21, p. 11).
84Since so little seems to have been published on this family, and for its possible value as onomastic evidence, we record here what little we have found respecting the children of Samuel Solmes and Elizabeth Conklin. For those marked (*) we have no evidence other than a group sheet on this family in the LDS Ancestral File, but it can be confirmed in several points and seems to be based on some authentic family record:
  1. Richard Somes, said to have been b. 17 Oct. 1750, bapt. 25 April 1751 in the Presbyterian Church at Brinckerhoffville, Dutchess County; d. by 1756, when another son was given the same name.
  2. Timothy Solmes, said to have been b. 9 June 1752, bapt. in Feb. 1754 in the First Church, Huntington (IGI). The 1791 will of his younger brother Jonas, below, mentions a “cousin [i.e. nephew?] Jonis, minor son of Timothy Somes.”
  3. Nathaniel Solmes (no. 42), b. 5 April 1754; m. Lydia (Ricketson) Dorland, widow of Gilbert Dorland.
  4. Richard Solmes, bapt. 21 April 1756 in the Presbyterian Church of Rumbout, Dutchess Co. [NYGBR 68 (1937): 291]. As Richard “Soomes,” no residence stated, he m. 23 Jan. 1769 in the Dutch Church of Hopewell, Dutchess Co., Martha Jewel, and they baptized a daughter Engeltje there in 1774 [First Reformed Church, Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York; First Reformed Church, Hopewell, Dutchess County, New York (Zephyrhills, Florida, 1981), 214, 179] and a son John at New Hackensack in 1775. He is mentioned in the 1791 will of his brother, Jonas Solmes. He may have married a second time, as an “Elizabeth, wife of Richard Somes and daughter of Richard and Catharine Griffin,” d. 23 March 1824, aged 78 years, 1 month, and 14 days, is buried in the Community Burial Ground, Robinson Farm, Fishill Plains [Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, ed. J. Wilson Poucher & Helen Wilkinson Reynolds (Collections of the Dutchess county Historical Society, vol. II, 1924), p. 66].
  5. (*) Dorcas Solmes, said to have been b. 8 May 1756.
  6. Jonas Solmes, said to have been b. 25 Dec. 1758 [sic], bapt. 17 Sept. 1758 in the Presbyterian Church of Brinckerhoffville, doubtless d. unmarried, as his will, dated 2 May 1791 and proved 5 July following, mentions as relatives his father, his brother Richard, his “brother-in-law Samuel Dorland, Jr.,” and “cousin [i.e. nephew?] Jonis, minor son of Timothy Somes” (Eighteenth Century Records of … Rombout, estates, no. 192).
  7. Stephen Solmes, said to have been b. 8 Oct. 1759.
  8. Rebecca Solmes, b. 6 July 1761, d. 9 Dec. 1816 [John Dorland Cremer, Records of the Dorland family in America (Washington, D.C., 1898), 114]. She m. (as his first wife) 26 Jan. 1780, Samuel Dorland, Jr., brother of Gilbert Dorland, the first husband of her sister-in-law Lydia (Ricketson) (Dorland) Solmes. He is called “my brother-in-law” in the will of Jonas Solmes, above.
  9. Theophila Solmes, b. 8 Dec. 1763, according to a patrons’s submission record indexed in the IGI, which further states that she m. John Pine, and had six children.
  10. (*) Mary Solmes, said to have been b. 8 Dec. 1765 [on the same day of the year as Theophila above].
  11. (*) Isaac Solmes, said to have been b. 8 Oct. 1767.
  12. (*) John Solmes, said to have been b. 8 Oct. 1769 [on the same day of the year as Isaac above].
85We know from the records just cited that her name was Elizabeth, and assume the careful Edes in her Ricketson genealogy (2:59) is correct on this point. The somewhat confused account of this family in PLBQ, p. 791, erroneously makes her the wife of Nathaniel Solmes, who was actually her son.
86Solmes genealogy, unsigned, available online at http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Orchestra/2447/Solmes.html.
87Message from Frank J. Rosaio, dated 27 October 2003.
88Ricketson genealogy, 2:11-12.
89Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, “1st authoritative edition” (Santa Clarita, California, 1995), 111, 301, 325.
90The generally reliable Edes (2:11) says 6 November, but this is in conflict with an obituary in the Poughkeepsie Journal of 14 Dec. 1825, at least as abstracted in Fred Q. Bowman, 10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York (Baltimore, 1987), item no. 7239.
91Fretz, Genealogical Record of the descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 159.
92William John Hinke, A history of the Tohickon Union Church, Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; with copy of church records, Reformed congregation, 1745-1869, Lutheran congregation, 1749-1840 (Meadville, Pa., 1925), p. 75.
93 USGenWeb Archives: Wills: Abstracts, Book Q: 1774 - 1784: Philadelphia Co, PA, available online at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/philadelphia/wills/willabstrbkq.txt.
941790 U.S. Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, unknown township, roll M637_8, p. 53.
95USGenWeb Archives: Wills: Abstracts: Book 7: Bucks Co, PA 1804-1808, available online at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/bucks/wills/willabstbk7.txt.
96Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate’s Office, City of New York, 17 vols. (1892-1908) (hereafter WNYHS), 9:155; Fernow, Berthold (ed.), Calendar of Wills on file and recorded in the offices of the clerk of the Court of Appeals, of the County Clerk at Albany, and of the Secretary of State, 1626-1836 (1896), no. 1189.
97Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 2 vols. (Collections of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, vols. 2 & 3, 1901 1902), 1:259.
98Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 1:453, 466, 474.
99Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York (Collections of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, I, 1890), 140.
100So much we learn from her marriage record. However, we can find no Margariet baptized at Philipsburg with a father Willem during the required period.
101The only published sources we have found on Elias Stillwell are Benjamin Marshall Stilwell, Early Memoirs of the Stilwell Family, comprising the Life and Times of Nicholas Stilwell … and some contributions to a genealogy of the family (New York, 1878), 283 (which gives the three baptismal dates), and William H. Stillwell, note son the descendants of Nicholas Stillwell, the ancestor of the Stillwell Family in America (New York, 1883), 6, 12. Each author provides significant details not given by the other; however both confuse him with an older Elias Stillwell, possibly his father (see no. 324 for further discussion), who actually d. before 19 Jan. 1715.
102With documented children born in 1726, 1728, and 1730, their son Nicholas must have been born before 1726 or after 1730, and the latter scenario would make him implausibly young at the birth of his son Elias in 1749. We conclude Nicholas was likely the eldest child, and was born about 1724.
103She is said in the 1883 Stillwell genealogy to have been b. 1707, but this is practically impossible, as her sister Aeltje was baptized 22 April 1708.
104Her mother, who served by proxy, was perhaps ill at the time.
105John Burbank and Leah Haughwout are not indicated as husband and wife in the record, but the relationship is sufficiently born out by evidence cited in J.J. Clute, Annals of Staten Island (New York 1877), 350. Their eldest son, Thomas (1728), had for a baptismal sponsor Thomas Burbank, the paternal grandfather.
106First Record Book of the “Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow,” ed. Cole, baptisms nos. 559 & 624 (their children’s baptisms), 751 & 870 (their sponsorships). The sponsors for their daughter Rebecca were Adolf Bancken and his wife Maritie [Schouten]; those for their son Samuel, Jeremias Cenniff [i.e. Canniff] and Antie Namburgh.
107Eighteenth century Records of … Rombout, p. 37.
108Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 139.
109O.B. Ackerly, “Genealogical Data found in the printed records of the Town of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y.,” NYGBR 59 (1919): 72-76, 127-133, at p. 130; reprinted in Long Island Source Records, 26-36, at p. 33.
110For him and some account of his ancestry see Lawrence H. Conklin, Conklin Genealogy.
111Message from Frank J. Rosaio, dated 27 October 2003.
112Charles J. Hoadley (comp.), The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, From May 1726, to May 1735, inclusive… (Hartford, Conn., 1873), p. 481.
113Historical Records [of] North Castle/New Castle: Colonial History & Minutes of Town Meetings 1736-1791; also Maps, Patents, Census Lists in the year 1758.
114Ricketson genealogy, 2:1-3.
115For her ancestry see Franklyn Howland, A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, Henry, and John Howland and their descendants (New Bedford, Mass., 1885), 80, etc.; corrected by Robert S. Wakefield & Robert M. Sherman, “Henry Howland of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1633: his children and grandchildren,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 75 (1987): 105-16, 216-25, 278-88, at p. 219.
116See Carl Boyer, 3rd, Ancestral Lines, 3rd ed. (Santa Clarita, California, 1998), p. 686.
117Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 2 vols. (Collections of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, vols. 2 & 3, 1901, 1902), 1:55.
118Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 1:176, 186, 196, 211, 221, 232, 252, 259, 279.
119Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 56.
120“Domine Selyns’s Records,” Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1916, 1-104, at p. 18.
121WNYHS 2:163-64.
122William Nelson, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, vol. 1, 1670-1730, 2 vols. (Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, vol. XXIII, Patterson, N.J., 1901), 2:442. This instrument was noted by the authors of the 1914 Stillwell genealogy (infra), p. 45.
123Dewitt Stilwell & Lamont Stilwell, History and Genealogical Record of one branch of the Stilwell Family (Solvay, N.J., 1914), 45.
124Staten Island Church Records (Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, vol. IV, New York, 1909), 29.
125The name is sometimes given as Barbank or Borbank. We find no Burbank wills in WNYHS, vols. 1-8. The various legends concerning the founding of the family, published in such places as J.J. Clute, Annals of Staten Island (New York 1877), 349-50, and George Burbank Sedgley, Genealogy of the Burbank Family and the families of Bray, Wellcome, Sedgley (Sedgeley) and Welch (Farmington, Maine, 1928), p. 1, do not seem worth repeating here.
126Charles W. Leng & William T. Davis, Staten Island and its people: a history, 1609-1929, 5 vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1930-1933), 2:871, 144.
127Staten Island Church Records, 12, 22.
128Staten Island Church Records, 32, 37, 46.
129Staten Island Church Records, 30, 22, 26.
130Staten Island Church Records, 24, 29, 37, 40.
131Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 1:193.
132Ackerly, “Genealogical Data found in he printed records of the Town of Huntington…,” cited above, at p. 76; reprinted in Long Island Source Records, 26-36, at p. 30.
133The name is given as Abigail in William Church Davis, The ancestry and posterity of Joseph Davis (1773-1865) of Norway, New York, and his wife, Elizabeth Hallock Davis (Walton, N.Y., 1927), p. 60, and in Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages prior to 1700 (Baltimore, 1985), 176. Lawrence H. Conklin writes “Abigail or Sarah,” without explanation.
134Lawrence H. Conklin, “Conklin Genealogy.”
135Boyer, Ancestral Lines, pp. 685-6, which gives his English ancestry.
136Alvin Page Johnson, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Colonial Ancestors: Their part in the making of American history (Boston, 1933), 119-20, etc.; Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, 301.
137Louis P. De Boer published a flawed article on this family, “Pre-American Notes on old New Netherland Families,” Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 3 (1928): 58-63, reprinted in Genealogies of New Jersey Families, ed. Joseph R. Klett, 2 vols. (Baltimore, 1996), 1:50-55. He followed these with a number of notes, written in Dutch, all published in De Navorscher; “Van Brugge, Verbrugh,” De Navorscher 80 (1931): 158-59, “De Mil, De Milt,” De Navorscher 80: 159-62; “Van der Liphorst,” 81 (1932): 82-84; “Verburgh [sic] (Van Brugh, Van Brugge),” 81: 84-85; “Van Nispel, de Mill, Van den Steenkiste, de Dopper,” 88 (1939): 230-35. These are not without value, but fortunately (because De Boer’s work is always to some extent suspect) are superseded for the most part by Otto Schutte, “Origins of the De Milt/De Mill(e) Family of New Amsterdam,” NYGBR 133 (2002): 269-78.
138Schutte, in NYGBR 133:276-78; David M. Riker, Genealogical and Biographical Directory to persons in New Netherland, 4 vols. (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 1999), unpaginated, s.v. “Demille.”
139Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 1:55, 62, 71, 82.
140Purple, in NYGBR 8:130 (vide infra); I.N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909, compiled from original sources …, 6 vols. (New York, 1915-1928), 4:301 (for precise dates). E.B. O’Callaghan, The Register of New Netherland, 1626 to 1674 (Albany, 1865), 41, gives the start date immediately followed by his date of death, creating the misleading impression that he died in office.
141“Domine Selyns’s Records,” Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1916, 1-104, at p. 18.
142WYNYS 1:217, with a near-duplicate at 2:398. For Isaac Kip, who married Sara DeMilt, see Edwin R. Purple, “Contributions to the History of the Ancient Families of New York — Kip,” NYGBR 8 (1877): 67-73, 124-33, at pp. 130-31; this couple had ten children. Marten and Albert Clock were, respectively, the husbands of Elisabeth and Catharina van der Heuil, sisters of Maria van der Heuil, wife of Peter de Milt, son of the testator (these relationships are proven by the will of Petronella van der Heuil, WNYHS 1:369; the will of Peter de Milt, WNYHS 11:152, being brief and genealogically uninformative). Maria, widow of Peter de Milt, is also remembered in the 1728 will of Marten Clock (WNYHS 11:86-87).
143WNYHS 1:153 (brief record, giving date as 1 Oct.), 2:398 (fuller record, giving date as 10 Dec.).
144Ir. Frans. C.M. Gouverneur, “Dutch origins of some early settlers and allied families, part 4: Van der Liphorst, Provoost,” New Netherland Connections 9 (2004): 19-28, at p. 20. This account supersedes that in John Ross Delafield, “The Van Brugh Family,” NYGBR 66 (1935): 2-11, 166-77, at p. 4 n.
145Baptisms … in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, 1:134.
146New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, (Baltimore, 1974-), 3:67-8, 111.
147Louis P. de Boer, “Van Sysen,” Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 4 (1928): 57-59, reprinted in Genealogies of New Jersey Families, 1:72-74. Schutte, in NYGBR 133:278, n. 77, cites Wilson V. Ledley, Van Sise Families: The First Five Generations (New York, 1959), which we have not seen.
148“Domine Selyns’s Records,” Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1916, 1-104, at p. 18.
149Josephine C. Frost, Ancestors of Jacob Shaffer and his wife Cordelia Hunt; showing descent from Leete, Ketcham, Benton, Brewer, Conkling, Brush, Platt, Whitehead, Wood and other pioneer families… (Brooklyn, 1927), 45, 75.
150Ackerly, “Genealogical Data found in he printed records of the Town of Huntington…,” cited above, at p. 76; reprinted in Long Island Source Records, 26-36, at p. 30.
151Stephen Wickes, Thomas Weekes, emigrant to America 1635, and the lineage of his descendant, Thomas Wickes of Huntington, Long Island (Orange, N.J.?: unknown, 1904), 21, 85. Davis, The ancestry and posterity of Joseph Davis (1773-1865) of Norway, New York, and his wife, Elizabeth Hallock Davis, p. 45, makes Martha Wickes the wife of John Wood, without citing evidence.
152William Church Davis, The ancestry and posterity of Joseph Davis (1773-1865) of Norway, New York, and his wife, Elizabeth Hallock Davis, p. 59.
153Torrey, New England Marriages prior to 1700, 176.
154Boyer, Ancestral Lines, 406.
155Wakefield & Sherman, in NGSQ 75:219.
156De Boer, in De Navorscher 81:83, contradicting without explanation his previous identification of this man in GMNJ 3:51 as “Anthony de Mille, the Elder.” the correctness of this latter view was confirmed in John Ross Delafield, “The Van Brugh Family,” NYGBR 66 (1935): 2-11, 166-77, at p. 4 n.
157Delafield, in NYGBR 66 (1935): 2-11, 166-77, at pp. 4-5; Gouverneur, in New Netherland Connections 9 (2004): 19-28
158We have not had access to Conklin Mann, “The Line of John Conckelyne of Southold and Huntington,” The American Genealogist, 21 (1944): 210-15.
159Joseph Gardner Bartlett, “Genealogical Research in England,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 61 (1907): 385-86, at p. 386.
160Frost, Ancestors of Jacob Shaffer and his wife Cordelia Hunt…, 75, correcting the error in previous works of giving the name of Wickes’ wife as Isabella, a mistake made in the 1904 Weekes genealogy and repeated in Davis, The ancestry and posterity of Joseph Davis (1773-1865) of Norway, New York, and his wife, Elizabeth Hallock Davis, p. 45. The abstract of Wickes’s will published in WNYHS 1:21-22 appears to be inaccurate.
161Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Immigrants, 1607-1660 (Baltimore, 1987), 151.
162Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, 325.
163Unfortunately, the registers of Clare have not been covered by the LDS Controlled Extraction Program.
164A.V. Phillips, The Lott family in America, including the allied families Cassell, Davis, Graybeal, Haring, Hegeman, Hogg, Kerley, Phillips, Thompson, Walter and others (Boston, 1942), 2.
165Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, 3 vols. (Boston, 1995), 2:1016-19; his brother John is treated in the same work, pp. 1020-24.
166Johnson, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Colonial Ancestors: Their part in the making of American history, 79-83, etc.; Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, 246.
167According to Wakefield and Sherman, “although his wife is called Mary Newland by several writers, no evidence for her surname has been located in a contemporary record.”
168John Ross Delafield, “The Van Brugh Family,” NYGBR 66 (1935): 2-11, 166-77, at p. 4 n. De Boer confuses him with another man of the same name.


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