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members of the Dutch Church. He died in May, 1704. His will is
dated June 8, 1696, and was proved May 29, 1704. (N. Y. Sur, Liber 7,
p. 153.) He mentions, in his will, his wife Jenneke Adolph and his
four children, Adolph, Eghbert, Agie, and Peter De Groof. He names
as his executors Tymon Van Borsum and Cornells Viele. His wife sur-
vived him, and was living in May, 1717-18. His wife sometimes signed
her name "■ Jattnehe Adolph," and after 1706 she usually signed it
" Janneke De Groo/.'" His children signed their name both " Z^6'
Groo/" and ''Be Grove," but never seemed to have used the name of
" Adolphs."

janneke Van Borsum had the following children :

15. i. Adolphus^ bap. October 25, 1679; sponsors, Adolph

Pieterszen Vandergroeft and Aechtie Dircx.

16. ii. Egbert^ bap. February 25, 1682 ; sponsors, Hermanus Van

Borsum and Sara Roelofs.

17. iii. Aechtie^ bap. March 23, 1684; sponsors, Thymen Bree-

stede and Annetie Breestede.
iv. Anna Catharina'', bap. September 26, 1686 ; sponsors, An-

dries Breestede and Tryntie Adolfs. Died young,
v. Maryken^ bap. September 26, 1688 ; sponsors, Hendrick

Van Borsum and Agnietje Adolfs. Died young.

200 ^'^^^ Borsum-Hendricks, First Church Marriage in N. Y. [Oct.,

vi. Cornells^ bap. February 15, 1691 ; sponsors, Cornells
Vielen and Grietje Focken. Died young.

vii. INIaryken^, bap. March 19, 1693 ; sponsors, Adolph Pieters-
zen and Maria Van Borsum. Died young.

18. viii. Pieter^, bap. January 29, 1696; sponsors, Timon Van

Borsum and Margriet Van Borsum, wife of Cornelis Low.

7. Annetje^ Van Borsum (EgberP) was baptized April 30, 1656. She
married, November 4, 1674 (New Vork Dutch Church), Andries Van
Breestede, who was baptized October 27, 1652. Andries \'an Breestede
was a cooper, and afterwards a merchant in New York city. He was
admitted as a member of the Dutch Church in New York, December 13,
1674. His name appears on the tax list of 1676 of New York city. In
1680 he was one of the coopers tried for conspiracy. In 1686 he and
his wife Annetje were living on Pearl Street, and were members of the
Dutch Church. For a full account of Andries Van Breestede and his
parentage, see Vol. VH., New York Genealogical and Biographical
Record, p. 117. He died

Annetje Van Breestede had the following children :

i. Jan^, bap. July 27, 1675 ; sponsors, Hendrick Van Borsum,

Herman Van Borsum, Marritie Breestede.
ii. Egbert'', bap. Julv 4, 1677 ; sponsors, Hendrick Wesselsen

and Jannetie Van Borsum.
iii. Egbert^ bap. April 30, 1679; sponsors, Hendrick Wessel-
sen Ten Broeck and Jannetje Van Borsum.

19. iv. Anna Maria", bap. May 25, 1681 ; sponsors, Pieter Adolfs-

zen Van der Groeft and Jannetie Breestede.

20. V. Jannetie^ bap. September 12, 1683 ; sponsors, Pieter Bree-

stede, Elsje Claes.
vi. Engel"', bap. October 18, 1685 ; sponsors, Thymen Van

Borsum and Tryntie Breestede.
vii. Johannes', bap. November 13, 1687 ; sponsors, Hendrick

Van Borsum, Grietje Fockens.
viii. Mary% bap. December 15, 1689; sponsors, de H'Jacob

Lydsler, Elsje Lydsler.

21. ix. Andries'', bap. April 9. 1694 ; sponsors, Jan Focken Her-

man, Maria Breestede, jr.
X. Hendrick^ bap. December 29, 1695; sponsors, Andries

Thomassen. Aefje Lucas,
xi. Barent', bap. March 27, 1698 ; sponsors. Jacobus Cornelisse

and Aeltje, his wife,
xii. RacheP, bap. April 23, 1699; ■'sponsors, Focke Hermans

and Margarita Van Borsum. wile of Cornelis Low.

8. Barent" Van Borsum (Egbert') was baptized

He married Machteld Adriaensen Van Vlied. Neither the record of his
baptism nor the record of his marriage has been found. He had the
following children :

i, Annetje% bap. INIay 31, 1676 ; sponsors, Tymon and Annetie

Van Borsum. (New York Dutch Church Records.)
ii. Egbaerdt^ bap. September 15, 1678: sponsors, Roelof

Kierstede and wife, and Eyken

(Dutch Church at Kingston.)

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iii. Neltie^ bap. April 9, 1683 ; sponsor, Gysbert Crom. Jan
Joosten, Hermanus Van Borsum, Geertie Van Vlied.
(Dutch Church at Kingston.)
22. iv. Aefje^ (or Aegje). There is no record found of this baptism,
but it seems quite likely that she was the daughter of
Barent Van Borsum.

( 7"(' l>€ continued.)


The Ganiatarecho Silver Medal and Chain. — The Indians of New York
State are divided into two families : the Algonquins, who lesided on the east and west
banks of the Hudson River, soutii of Albany, and the Iroquois, occupying the coun-
try north, east, and west of Albany. The Iroquois Confedeiation consisted of the
Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, the most powerful of the five
tribes. In 1714-15 the confederacy received an accession of numbers and strength
by the addition of the Tuscaroras, a kindred tribe of North Carolina, who had been
badly treated by the colonists, and emigrated to New York. Thenceforth the allies
were known as the Six Nations. For aid rendered to the British Government in its
wars with the French in Canada, five handsome medals and heavy silver chains were
presented to prominent chiefs of the confederacy by King George the Second,
through Lieutenant-Governor James DeLancey. One of these, now lying before the
writer, was given to Ganiatarecho, a war chief of the Mohawks. It is oblong, and
about twice the size of a silver dollar, with a heavy chain attached to it nearly three
feet in length. The obverse of the medal bears a representation of the King and
(Jueen of Great Britain, and a crown surrounded by the legend, "George and Caro-
line, K. and Q. of England.'' On the reverse is seen the names of five chiefs, Gani-
atarecho being second on the list, and the date 1750. This interesting relic was
recently found among the eftects of General Schuyler by his descendant, the late
John Schuyler, for many years Secretary of the New York Society of the Order of
the Cincinnati. General Ely S. Parker, who died August 31, grandson of Red
Jacket, usually describeil as the last of the .Senecas, possessed a similar silver medal,
presented to the great Indian orator by General \Yashington. It is represented in
Robert W. Weir's painting of the Seneca chief, who was celebrated in verse by Fitz-
Greene Halleck. james grant wilson.

\Vhitney Pedigree Correction. — We give below a copy of part of a letter,
dated, London, England, January 16, 18S0 : " I do not know whether Mr. Whitmore
has mentioned to you the contents ofmy last letter to him, respecting the Whitney
pedigree in Mr. Pluenix's splendid volume. If not, I may now say to you that, Mr.
I'hcenix's suspicions being aroused as to the accuracy of the English pedigree fur-
nished by Mrs. I)e Salis, he begged me to investigate it. It required but a single
glance at the pedigree and her statements in the text to enable me to determine that
they were fictitious, as I saw at once that they stated what I knew to be impossibil-
ities. A little investigation revealed all that she had done, and enabled me to deter-
mine exactly how she had done it. As this is now the third of her American cases
which I have examined, with similar results, I felt not only justified, but bound, to
interpose between her and my countrymen. I taxed her with what I had discovered,
and now have her confession that the two wills of Thomas Whitney and Ann Roberts,
the alleged father and aunt of the emigrant Henry Whitney, on which alone the
pedigree is based (as you will see by referring to the books), were pure fabrications,
although she persists in declaring that they were not fabricated by herself, but by
some mysterious assistant, whom she trusted. This, however, I have good reason for
not believing. I have also her written pledge that she will never again seek or accept
a commission from the United States. I do not know yet what course Mr. Phcenix
will pursue, either here or at home ; so perhaps you will guard what I now write as

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at least semi-confidential. After this experience it is fair to presume that all her
other American clients have been treated in a similar manner. Sincerely yours,


The name of the writer is guarantee enough, but the subject-matter is of widest
interest, and we feel it a duty to give it publicity.

MiNUiT. — From the Royal Archives at Dusseldorf Litera : Wesel. Official com-
munication by Royal State Archivist Harless. The name of the early Director-
General of New Netherland was Peter Minuit, according to the records of his native
city, Wesel. The spelling " Minnewit" is of Holland origin. His father, Johann, is
mentioned among the residents of Wesel in 15S3, who, after paying the usual fee of
four Ricksdalers (about $3) and one awm of wine, was enrolled as full citizen, January
10, 1584. Apparently he died in the beginning of the year 1609, for by an order of
the City .Senate of March 10, i6og, Solomon Fontein and Gerrit Hasenkamp were
appointed guardians of this son Peter, still under age. Peter Minuit is then again
found mentioned in the minutes of the Senate, October 11, 1616, when he is appointed
guardian of Gerrit Hasenkamp's minor children, and March 5, 1619, when he is
made co-guardian of Samuel Fontein's minor child, at the request of the other guar-
dian, Henrich Briels, citizen of Emmerich. He was summoned to render accounts
of this latter guardianship in 1624, but did not appear. A second summons was
answered that he would send his accounts to his fellow guardian, Berndt von (of)
Briel, as, because of a quarrel with Commissary Ruiss, he did not dare come to Wesel,
and, besides, was about to undertake a long voyage. berthold fernow.

Book Stack and Shelving for Libraries. — The many advantages of Bernard
R. Green's patent will be seen by any one who examines it. This Society is the
possessor of one alcove and a half, and the officers hope to see an entire room fitted
with them in the near future. No other case is simpler, safer, or better, whether
viewed from the standpoint of the librarian, the public, or the well-being of the
books themselves. Some shelves injure books, but the smooth steel, protected from
corrosion, and open, to permit ventilation and prevent lodgement of dust or book
pests, while secure from leaks overhead, seems to be the perfection of library shelv-
ing. Our library is not for the public, but we shall be glad to permit any one to
examine for themselves, and to that end we invite those who are interested to visit
our rooms. If the contents of this and other cases interest them we shall be glad to
have them unite with us and help on the work of preserving the memories of the past.

The President of the New York Genealogical Society has come into possession of
the "Journal of an Expedition to the Five Nations," made in 1634, by Arent Van
Corlear, the nephew and agent of the first patroon. So far as known, it is believed
to be the oldest existing document relating to the early history of New York, and
therefore of great historical value. General Wilson will exhibit the "Journal,"' which is
in perfect condition, at the October meeting of the Society, and will give a brief
biography of Van Corlear, who is styled by Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the patroon, as
his "commissary-general." He was drowned in Lake Champlain in 1667, when re-
turning from a visit to Governor de Courcelles, of Canada. The President of the
Society will also exhibit the silver medal and chain presented by George the Sec-
ond, in 1750, to Ganiatarecho, a war chief of the Six Nations, which is described
on another page of the Record.

Potts. — Thomas Maxwell Potts, of Cannonsburg, Pa., and William John Potls,
of Camden, N. J., are preparing a genealogy of the Potts family in Great Britain and
America, including a genealogy of the descendants of David Potts (1690-1730), an
early Anglo- Welsh settler of Philadelphia.

' Bagg. — Lyman H. Bagg, 107 Waverly place. New York, has collected material
for a genealogy, but will not publish unless others come forward to share the expense.
The manuscript may be seen at above address.

The meetings of the Society will be resumed in October, and, during the quarter,
addresses are promised by Hon. Isaac T. Smith and Josiah C. Pumpelly, Esq., of New
York, and William Patterson, Esq., of Perth Amboy, N. J.

1S95.] Queries. 203

The Shotwell Family Genealogy is being prepared by Ambrose M. Shotwell, of
Concord, Mich., and it is expected that it will shortly be issued. Those interested
should communicate with the author at once.

Van Buren Genealogy. — Mr. Frederick B Porter, of Detroit, Mich., has nearly
finished this work, which will be welcomed by many.


Steele. — John Steel came to New York city from England, it is said, in conse- /
quence of a prosecution against him for marrying his deceased wife's sister. His name
appears as freeman in 1744. Stephen Steel, his son, was an active Whig in the
Revolutionary War, and was obliged to abandon his home and a valuable property
in New York when the British forces took possession of the city. About 1760 he
married Catharine Schureman, daughter of Daniel Schureman and Wilhelmina Blau-
velt, of Tappan-on-the-Hudson ; she was born September 2S, 1739. They had :

1. Hon. William Steele, born at New York city. May 20, 1762 ; married, Decem-
ber 26, 1791, Mary Dayton, daughter of Dr. Jonathan Dayton, of Springfield, N. J.,
by whom he had thirteen children. William Steele served in the Revolutiorr, was
severely wounded and taken prisoner ; in 1794 he commanded a troop of New Jersey
liorse, and aided in suppressing the insurrection in Pennsylvania. Soon after 180c
he removed to Painted Post, Steuben County, N. Y., where he resided upon his
estate until his death, April 4, 185 1. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church
for over fifty years.

2. Mary Steele, born at New York city ; married, 17S5, Major Theodosius
Fowler, of New York, prominent in the Revolution, son of Judge Jonathan Fowler
and Ann Seymour. They had two children.

^Nv Was Stephen Steel the only child of John Steel ? Full date of his birth is desired,
and any data relating to his ancestry.

Robert McAmey Steele married Ellen Jael Lewis, daughter of Howell Lewis, of ./
Richmond, Va., and granddaughter of Colonel Fielding Lewis and Betty Washing-
ton (sister of George Washington) ; she was born January 28, 1802. Mr. Steele was
the sixth child of Richard Steele, who was born in Pennsylvania, 1748 ; married, 1771,
Martha McAmey, daughter of — McAmey and Breckenridge, of Mercers-
burg, Pa. Mr Steele's aunt married William Lytle ; they were the parents of
General William Lytle, of Cincinnati.

About 1782 Richard Steele removed to the vicinity of Lexington, Ky., where he

spent the remainder of his life ; he assisted in the organization of the Presbyterian

Church of Lexington, the first established in Kentucky, and was a member of its

Board of Elders ; he died in 1808 ; his widow died in 1822. They had eleven children.

\ Any information relating to Mr. Steele's ancestry is desired.


Allerton, Brewster, Lee. — Did Isaac Allerton and Fear Brewster have a ^
daughter, Sarah Elizabeth ; if so, what is known of her? Did their son Isaac have
a daughter who married Hancock Lee ? He was son of Colonel Richard Lee, who
came to Virginia in 1641. They had : i., Richard, born 1681 ; ii., Hancock, married
Mary Willis ; iii., Anne, married William Armistead ; iv., Isaac; and v., John.

Green. — Ten dollars reward will be paid for the date or proof of birth of William
Green, who died January 28, 1756, (Et. above seventy. Barnstable, Mass., Church

Rapei.JE. — Was John, son of Jeromus, born March 9, 1755 ; or John, son of John
and Catrina Van Brunt, who were married in 174S, the John Rapelje, graduate at
Kings College, 1774?

Warren, Green. — Nathaniel Warren, of Plymouth, Mass., eldest son of Richard,
of the Mayflower, had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married William Green. Was he
a son of Richard, of Weymouth, 1622, afterwards of Plymouth? Information con-
cerning this family is solicited.

Wood. — Information wanted of the ancestry and members of the Wood family, of

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Long Island, some of whom removed to Orange and Ulster Counties. X. Y., early in
the last century. There were Conklins, Fowlers, and Youngs, it is thought, who
came together. Data of the ancestry of Timothy Wood (1765-1S53) especially
desired. He lived near Marlboro, Ulster County.

JAMES WOOD, M. D.. Nevvburgh.

Titus, Hughes, Rogers. — The first wife of Captain John Titus, who died at
Huntington, L. I., 1754, was named Sarah. What was her surname or parentage ?
Was it Piatt? Wanted, dates of birth, marriage, and death.

John Titus, Jr., who died 1751, married, 1741, Susannah Rogers. Was she a
second wife, and can any one give her parentage, etc. ? Was he married to Mary,
widow Hughes? ],. d. a.

Thompson, Brewster. — Hannah, granddaughter of Elder Brewster, married
John Thompson. Their son Samuel married Hannah, a great-granddaughter of
Elder Brewster ; their daughter Sarah married William Thompson. What relation
were they to Mary Thompson, born May, 1730, it is supposed, who married Duncan
Duffie? Information concerning her is desired.

Porter. — John Porter, born April 23, 1766, Danlniry, Conn. ; married Dinah

; died July 4, 1837. James, his son, born March 30, 1799, married, 1818,

Margaret Alurphy ; moved to Seneca County, N. Y., and Marshall, Mich., and
died October 17, 1855. Wanted, other facts of this family and their ancestry.

H. T. M.


Haduen : Hedden : Heady. — Ephraim Hadden married 1724, 3 mo. 21 day,
Susannah Fiiz Randolph, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Conger) F. Randolph.

Thomas Hadden married 1726-7, i mo. 16 day, Margaret Fitz Randolph, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Isabel (Laing) F. Randolph.

Susannah Hadden married 1727, 12 mo. 15 day, John Atkinson.

Issue of Thomas and Margaret F. R. Hadden : Elizabeth Hadden was born 1728,
3 mo. 16 day ; Mary Hadden, Nathan Hadden. Joseph Hadden, Thomas Hadden,
Margaret Hadden, Alartha Hadden, Isabel Hadden. o. b. Leonard.


Jones. — John Devine Jones, President of the Atlantic Mutual Marine Insurance
Company, at 51 Wall Street, since 1855, and for twenty-two years a Life Member of
this Society, died at his summer home, in South Oyster Bay, Long Island, on Sun-
day, September 22, 1895, in his eighty-second year. He had been identified with
the insurance business perhaps longer than any other resident of this city. Mr. Jones
was born at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, on August 15, 1814. When a lad of
fifteen years he entered the office of the old Atlantic Insurance Company. In a few
years he was elected the Secretary of the Merchant Marine Insurance Company.
Then for a time he was an adjuster of averages. Afterward he reentered the Atlantic
Insurance Company as Secretary. When the company was changed from a stock
into a mutual concern, in 1842, Mr. Jones was elected Secretary of the new organi-
zation. In 1849 he became the Second Vice-President, and in 1S54 the Vice-Presi-
dent. In April, one year later, he was elected President, and for forty years he was
annually reelected. Though in feeble health, Mr. Jones visited his office until late
in August. In 1852 Mr. Jones married Miss Josephine K. Floyd-Jones, dausfhter of
General Henry Floyd-Jones, of Long Island. Mrs. Jones survives him. as well as two
brothers — Samuel Jones, of Cold Spring Harbor, and \\'alter R. T. Jones, of this
city — and a sister, Mrs. Stewart, of Cold Spring Harbor. Another sister was the late

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Mrs. Charles B. Moore, of New York. Mr. Jones was a member of the Protestant
Episcopal Church, and had a pew in Trinity Church, in this cit)', and in Cirace
Church, South Oyster Bay. He was a warden in the Church of the Annunciation
before that organization was abandoned, and he was a vestryman in St. John's
Church, at Cold Spring Harbor. Mr. Jones cast his first Presidential vote for
William Henry Harrison. He was a director in the Equitable Life Assurance
Society and of the Citizens' Fire Insurance Company. He was also President of the
Board of Underwriters of New York, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce,
being always deeply interested in American commercial matters. During the civil
war Air. Jones was a member of the Union League Club, but he resigned soon after-
ward. For many years he was a member of the Union and St. Nicholas Clubs.
Through his influence and generosity the Metropolitan Throat Hospital in West
Thiity-fourth Street was founded, and many public and private charities aided with
unstinted liberality. At his expense the " Ilistory of New ^'ork during the Revolu-
tionary War," by Judge Thomas Jones, was printed, in 1879, for the New York
Historical Society, of which he was a member. This work is a valuable contribution
to American history, being an account of the Revolution from a loyalist point of
view, and is the only contemporary history written by one living at that time. The
two octavo volumes were ably edited by our fellow member, Edward F. de Lancey.
The I'uneral services of Mr. Jones were held at Trinity Church, New York, and he
was buried at his birthplace, Cold Spring Harbor. j. g. \v.

BOOK notices:

Great CoMNtANDERS. General Sheridan. By General Henry E. Davies, with
portrait and maps. New York : D. Appleton & Co., 1895. i2mo, cloth, pp. 332.
Price, $1.50.

The name of Phil. Sheridan brings to the imagination visions of dash, daring,
and excitement that, whether rightly or wrongly, the plodding infantry and noisy
artillery fail to rouse. The association of the horse with humanity in the midst of
carnage, whether it be Coeur de Lion in field or fiction, Godfrey in Palestine, Bruce
at Bannockburn, Murat at Eylaw, Davoust at Eckmuhl, The Light Brigade at
Balaklava, Custer, " the meteoric sabreur," or bold Phil. Kearney, captivates even
when open to criticism or censure. Sheridan, however, was careful and faithful
wherever placed. Grant knew whereof he spoke when he called him " the best man
in the army." Neither accident nor ambition achieved success for him, but absolute
ability. This is a grand history of a grand man, grandly told by one who knew him
as a comrade, and had much of the same quiet worth and gallant faithfulness, whose
last act seems to have been this truthful tribute to his friend. \\'e cannot close without
calling attention to page loS, where the author describes the detour and fight at Ash-
land without a word to indicate that he himself was the commander, and what he
calls " a brigade " was what most men with pardonable pride would have called " my
brigade." Nor is this the only instance. See pages 116, 117, where he and his men
saw hard fighting, but the casual reader would never learn it from his pages. Those
of us who knew him love him better for this history, and others will.

, Our Family Ancestors. By Thomas Maxwell Potts. Those who do not
treasure up the memory of their ancestors do not deserve to be remembered by
posterity. Edmund Burke, Cannonsburg, Pa. Published by the author, 1S95.
Cloth, 8vo, pp. xvi +428. Illustrated. Price, $3.50.


This is a genealogy of fifty families, comprising the ancestry of the children of the
ipiler, each occupying a chapter from two to forty pages, liearing the following
■.c^.nes : Baily, liaker, Bane or Bean, Bentley, Bezer, Bording, Bushell, Butler,
Buzby, Carter, Clayton, Cloud, Cox, Croasdale, Eaton. Edwards, Few, Fisher, Gove,
Hayes, Hobson, Hough. Ingram, Jennings, Kirk, Lawrence. McNeil, Marten,
Miller, Mitchell, Op den Graeff, Pearson, Peart, Peterson, Potts, Rush, Searle,
Shoemaker, Stackhouse, Stanfield, Stavast, Stevenson, Stii-k, Van Bebber, Van


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Tienhoven, Vinje, Wells, Wessels, Woodward. The plan is to devote a chapter to
each, beginning at the top of the Ancestral Chart at page 381, and giving a genealogy
of the family from the earliest known ancestor — /. e., I. Potts from David, gt. gt. gt.
grandfather, or seven generations ; II. Croasdale from Thomas, eighth; III. Shoe-
maker-Peter, sr. , eighth ; etc. The chart shows one hundred and ninety-two ancestors,
in eight generations, five being complete, which is a very satisfactory showing. There
are twenty-four illustrations, consisting of portraits and views, and thirteen pages of
index in double columns. It contains much that will Idc interesting to very many,
and, as the edition is small, they will do well to apply promptly.

The Desce.ndants of John Porter, of Windsor, Conn, 1635-39. Com-
piled by Henry Porter Andrews. 2 volumes. Saratoga Springs : G. W. Ball, 1893.

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