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February 17, 1711, Elizabeth, daughter of Samson Benson and Trvntie
Van Deusen, born October 6, and baptized October 9, 1689. Elizabeth
Benson died November 10, 1 75 1 . They had the following children :

i. Hendrik 4 , bap. November 18, 171 1 ; sponsors, Samson Ben-
sen and Marretje Bougran. Died young.

27. ii. Hendrik 4 , bap. June 21, 1 7 1 3 ; sponsors, Samson Bensen

and Marretje Bongran ; m. September 5, 1733, Marga-
rita Van Zandt, daughter of Wynant Van Zandt and Cath-
arina Ten Eyck.
iii. Marretje 4 , bap. February 1, 17 16; sponsors, Hendrikus
Bensing and Cornelia Roos. Died young.

28. iv. Tryntje 4 , bap. October 5, 1718 ; sponsors, Dirk Bensen and

Elizabeth Redley.
v. Marretje 4 , bap. January 25, 1721 ; sponsors, Samson Bensen

and Maria Bensen, his wife,
.vi. Cornells', bap.. April 3, 1728 ; sponsors, Cornells Low and

Margrietje Van Borsom, his wile.

14. Margariet 3 Van Borsum (Tymon 2 , Egbert ') was baptized September
20, 1679. She married July 5, 1695 (m. 1. July 1, 1695), Cornelis
Louw of Esopus. He was a merchant. He was the son of Peter Corne-
lis Louw and Elizabeth Blanchan. They had the following children :

i. Tymen 4 , bap. February 23, 1696; sponsors, Thymen Van
Borsum and Grietje Fockens.

29. ii. Petrus 4 , bap. October 17, 1697; sponsors, Pieter Adolf and

his wife Janneke.
iii. Cornelis 4 , bap. March 31, 1700; sponsors, Jan Heermans
and Elizabeth Blansjan, his wife.

30. iv. Johannes', bap. September 9, 1702 ; sponsors, Egbert

52 Wodhull Entries from Thenford Parish Register. LJ an ->

Eertmans and Margarielje Van Bosse ; married January
30, 1724, Sara Provoost (see N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Rec,
Vol. VI., p. 20).
v. Margrieta 4 , bap. July 16, 1704; sponsors, Willem Provoost

Davidts son and Aefje Vander Veen, his wife,
vi. Elizabeth*, bap. July 21, 1706; sponsors, Abraham Low

and Dievertje Van Heiningen, wife of Bart CI.
vii. Abraham *, bap. August 1 I, 1708 ; sponsors, Adolf de Groef

and Grietje Van Thuyl, widow,
viii. Hendrik ', bap. May 14, 1710; sponsors, Baren Bos and
Marretje Bongram.
ix. Elizabeth 4 , bap. October I, 1 71 2 ; sponsors, Jacobus Moene

and Dievertje Bos.
x. Wilhelmus 4 , bap. November 27, 1714 ; sponsors, Gerret

Schuyler and Aefje de Groof, his wife.
xi. Annatje 4 , bap. September 10, 1716 ; sponsors, Hendrikus

Vander Spiegel and Geesje Vander Schurer
xii. Maria 4 , bap. July 9, 1 718 ; sponsors, Willem Walton and

Maria Walton, his wife,
xiii. Helena 4 , bap. September 14, 1720; sponsors, Thimotheus

Low and Henrica Low, his wife. Died young,
xiv. Helena 4 , bap. September 5, 1722; sponsors, Petrus Low

and Rachael Low, his wife. Died young.
xv. Helena 4 , bap. August 29, '1725; sponsors, Johannes Louw
and Margrietje Low, young daughter.

( To be continued.)


Communicated by Rufus King, of Yonkers, New York.

The following Autographs were found in the Thenford Register under
the dates given :

^■/p^M^ , April ,


5 April, 1697.

1896.] Wodhull Entries from Thenford Parish Register. c •?

5 April, 1;

Jfa&i $%&&(£

23'April, 1739.

Signatures to banns of marriage
of John Smith, M.D., and Ann

Cm' ~ /„„ £) £?*) C/ P0 ' Ingraham, widow, of Thenford,
MlCM^L OJOd'fULLU-] married 2 April, ; 759.

In 1882, I visited Thenford Parish and copied from the Church Reg-
ister the Wodhull entries given below. Baker's History of Northampton,
published in 1822, contains a Pedigree of Wodhull, compiled from
various sources, including the Parish Register of Thenford. There are,
however, fifteen Wodhull entries in this Register, which Mr. Baker,
for some reason best known to himself, did not include in his Wodhull
Pedigree. These entries are printed in italics in this article.
71,1. The names of all Such as have been Baptised within the Parish of
Thenford in the Countie of Northampton. And Also of such
persons as have been maried and buried following in other places
of this book, from the year of our Lord God 1562 until the 29th
day of Aprill last past, being the year of our Lord God 1599,
wherein is likewise to be Considered that from the year of our
Lord God 1551 until the year 1562, being the fourth year of her
Majestie's Raygne, there was no incumbent in the Parish of
Thenford whereby the Regular Books being neglected, the
Christenings, Marriages and Burialls were not Recorded for that


1567, Annye Wodhull, the daughter of M r . Crescent Wodhull and
Barbara his wife, was christened the 12 th daye of August above
written 1567, M r . Nycholas Wodhull beeing Godfather and
Susan Buttry (?) and Agnes Seymore, gentlewomen, godmothers
to the said Annye Wodhull.

Lawrence Boole parson and
William Neale and Richard
Hyawnes Churchwardens.
1572, Mrs. Alice Wodhull and Elyn Neale were godmothers to Alice
Greene, the daughter of Edward Greene and Agnes his wife Sep.
1584, Fulke Wodhull, the Sonne of Nycholas Wodhull and Barbara his
wife, was christened the 6 th daye of February.

za Wodhull Entries from Thenford Parish Register. [Jan.,

1585, William Wodhull, the Sonne of Nicholas Wodhull and Barbara

his wife, was christened the 29 th daye of April.

1586, John Wodhull, the Sonne o( Mr. Nicholas Wodhull and Barbara

his wife, was christened the 23 d daye of May.

1587, Nycholas Wodhull, the Sonne of Mr. Nycholas Wodhull and Bar-

bara his wife, was christened the 28 th daye and buried the 29 th
daye of July.

1 591, Alice Wodhull, the daughter of Mr. Nycholas Wodhull and Bar-

bara his wife, was christened the 14 th daye of March.

1592, Mychaell Wodhull, the Sonne of Mr. Nycholas Wodhull and Bar-

bara his wife, was christened the 22 nd dave of October.

1594, Alice Wodhull, the daughter of William Wodhull was christened the
21" day of August.

1596, Dorothy Wodhull, the daughter of Nycholas Wodhull and Bar-
bara his wife, was christened the first daye of August.

1598, Foulke Wodhull, Sonne to John Wodhull and f ranees his wife . . .


1599, Margaret Wodhull, the daughter of William Wodhull and Elene his

wife, was christened the 22 day of Aprill.

1600, Alice Woddi/l. the daughter of John Woddell and of Frances his

wife, the 2o' h daye of April!.
1604, Edmond Wodhull, the Sonne of John Wodhull and Frances his

wife, was ia/Jvsed the Z2 of September.
T629, Isabell Wodhull, the daughter of John Wodhull and Eliza I his

wife, was baptised the 28"' of July.
r6jj, Michael! Wodhull, the Sonne of John Wodhull and Elizabeth his

wife, was christened the .xix"' of March.
1641, John, Son to John Wodhull and Elisabeth his wife, was baptised the

jo day.
1648, Francis, the Sonn of Mr. Michaell Wodhull and Ann his wife,

was baptised the XXVI th of March.
1 65 1, Ann, the daughter of Mr. Michaell Wodhull and Ann his wife,

was baptised the twelfth day of February.

The Names of all Such persons as have been maried within the Parish
of Thenford in the Countie of Northampton from the yeer of our Lord
God 1567, beginning in the moneth of June.

156S. Edmond Mydwinter and Barbara Wodhull were maried the 14"'

daye of June.
1622, Nathanaell Barkesdale and Dorothy Wodhull were marryed the

twenty-one day of November.
1624, Robert Gubbin and Alice Wodhull were marryed the 3 d day of



The names of all Such persons as have been buried within the parish
of Thenford in the Countie of Northampton from the yeer of our Lord
God 1567, beginning in the moneth of July.

Crescent Wodhull was buried the Second dav.

1S96.] Obituaries. cr

1592, Mr. Thomas Wodhull was buried the 30'* day 0/ March.

J Jp3, Dermis Wodhull was buried the first day 0/ January.

r 593> Marie Wodhull was buried the 22'"' day 0/ December.

i6c2, Mrs. Barbara Woodhull, the wife of Mr. Nicholas VVoodhull, was
buried January xx tb .

1607, Mrs. Wodhull wife to Foulke Wodhull, Esquire, was buryed the 25 th
of July.

1613, Fulke Wodhull, Esq., was buryed the 27 th day of November.

16 1 3, Fulke Wodhull Esq. . a very old man was buryed the 4 th day 0/ De-

1626, Frances Wodhull was buryed the fifte day of October.

1631, Nicholas Wodhull, Esq., was buryed the eight day of November.

1632, Alice Wodhull was buried the i8 !h of Septemb r .

1632, Giles Wodhull, Esq', was buryed the 21 st of February.
1641, John Wodhull buryed the 11 th of Octob'.
(The End of Book 7 1 . 1 )

[Note.] On the last page of this book is the following :
— " In Chancery

Between Shuckburgh Chapman Pits, and
Samuel Amy Severne & ors defts
14 Sep. 1836

At the Execution of a Commission for the Examination of Witnesses
in this Cause this book was produced and Shown unto William Severn
Clark and by him deposed to at the time of his Examination on the
Complts behalf.

Before us

(Signed) John' Munton.
B. Aplin.
J. H. Greenland.
Neale Day.

J. A. PlGOTT."


Arthur BROOKS.— On fiily to, it ,5, there passed from this world the spirit
of one whose presence had become a feature of our city's life. Arthur Brooks had
a wise and benignant influence over every interest with which he came in
touch ; religion, philanthropy, education, society — all felt the inspiration of his
earnestness and culture. His own parish of the Incarnation could i.
energy, which carried his intellectual gifts into the wise direction of outside insti-
tutional life of all sorts. Scarcely any such exist in connection with the Protestant
ipal Church in New York City which did not feel his influence, and seek his
service and advice. The City Mission Society, St. Johnland, St. Luke's Hospital.
The Sheltering Arms — all valued his wisdom. On clerical associations and the
Evangelical Alliance he was equally active. All who were interested in the higher
education and the advancement of women feel that a leader has gone from them.
His work for Barnard College is fully appreciated by his co-laborers there, who know,
indeed, that a wise and inspiring friend has been taken, and that apparently in the
day of their need, before the prosperity of the College has been absolutely established.
What Arthur Brooks has been to the College the resolutions passed after his death
fully testify :

r 6 Obituaries. [ J a n . ,

" Barnard College, New York.

" At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, held on Wednesday
afternoon, October 23, 1895, the following resolution was offered by a committee
appointed for the purpose :

"By the death of the Reverend Arthur Brooks. D.D.. the first chairman of the
Board of Trustees, Barnard College has lost the guidance and fostering care of one
who was identified with its inception, and who worked tirelessly and with rare
sagacity to give it high aims, sound methods, and the atmosphere of a wholesome
and aspiring life. To the difficult task of laying out the work of the College and
securing effective organization in its formative period. Dr. Brooks brought a true
academic spirit, a broad view of its opportunities, and a judgment at once compre-
hensive and prudent. His spiritual fervor and his generous culture were always
allied with a just perception of the force of existing conditions ; and in his breadth
of vision he never lost sight of the necessary limitations of the moment. He had the
prophetic instinct in harmony with a rare practical sense. In his ability, his scholar-
ship, his loyally to the highest standards in the things of the mind, he nobly inter-
preted Barnard College to the community which it is striving to serve. Within the
smaller circle of the College his pure spirit was a constant stimulus. A wise coun-
sellor, a sympathetic adviser, a true and helpful friend, he enriched all relations with
the glowing hope and force of his own nature. He has bequeathed to the College a
noble tradition of Christian scholarship, and to his associates an example of disinter-
ested service.

" In thus recording their sense of loss and sorrow the Trustees of the College
record also their gratitude for a leadership so far-sighted and sagacious, and a com-
panionship so rich in beautiful memories.

" Hamilton W. Mabie, Secretary of the Board."

What he was to members of his own profession in that blanch of the Christian
Church to which he belonged, they have also expressed in a form so beautiful as to
deserve quotation here, if we had the space.

Arthur Brooks possessed a virile and abundant nature, which could not fail to
see the truth, whether partial or whole, under all surroundings. " His sympathies
were wide, limited only by the sphere of noble things," and this extended his friend-
ships over so broad a range that men of varied creeds could find with him a warm
and sunny atmosphere in which those truths belonging to them also could freely
expand. A learned Rabbi could write of him in a version of the Psalms unusual to
Christian ears : '* Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for there is a future
for the man of peace." Another member of his race could say with tenderness of
Arthur Brooks: " Ah well ! They say that those the gods love die young ; it could
be said of him that those the gods love cannot grow old." After a Decoration Day
speech in Chicago, General Sheridan exclaimed in the moment's silence after its
close : " I should like to fight under that man ! " That was the highest tribute a
soldier could pay, though it could be but a figure of speech in depicting the ardent,
magnetic, virile qualities which glorify high principle and courage on any field. One
more descriptive phrase may be added, from the lips of one of his own profession,
who had worked under his direction, and who said of him : "You could scarcely
work an hour with Arthur Brooks without coming against that colossal integrity of

His nature was one which abounded in happy-hearted views of life. All that was
bright and sunny appealed to :i mind which was flooded with a passion for righteous-
ness. Travel was a source of enjoyment to him, and to be in touch with humanity
through social channels was a constant pleasure. His interest in the college where
his own training had been gained never flagged, and at Harvard Commencement his
presence was always looked for. and his undergraduate popularity was never forgotten.
The Century Club, of which he had long been a member, afforded him the sort of
companionship which gave him ever-recurring pleasure. The Harvard, the Uni-
versily, and the Grolier clubs, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society,
and a long list of others, as well as civic clubs for public reform, claimed his mem-
bership, so that, as has been many times reiterated through the past six months, his
loss is a loss to the whole community.

No one who listened to his ardent teaching of those truths in which he believed
with so whole a heart, can ever forget his fine presence in the pulpit, or that glowing
utterance, as with a face which seemed transfixed with a light from beyond he gave
his inspiring words. Those lines which he loved to quote from Wordsworth's "Ode



on Immortality" contain within their perfect form the thought which was the inspi-
ration of his own noble life, and of his undaunted passing into that other world which
held his faith:

" Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting ;
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar ;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home."


Jay. — Miss Elizabeth Clarkson Jay. whose life membership dated back to the
early days of our Society in November. 1S69. was born in this city at No. 39S Broad-
way, July 2, 1823. She was a daughter of Peter Augustus Jay, and a grand-
daughter of the celebrated Chief Justice, of whom she had the vivid recollection of
an unusually intelligent child of six years of age. Miss Jay enjoyed every advan-
tage of education afforded in her native city, and the position in society to which her
birth entitled her. She early displayed an interest in biographical and genealogical
studies, becoming an authority on the subject of her own family as well as that of
the Alexanders, Bayards, Clarksons. and other New York families with whom the
Jays were connected. Miss Jay was an occasional contributor to the Society's
Record, and always much interested in the success of both. This she evinced even
during the last summer of her life when she was in declining health, and spending
the season at Richfield Springs, where the writer had frequent conversations with her
concerning the prosperity of the Society and its quarterly. Many readers of this
brief tribute will remember with what grace and dignity our departed associate pre-
sided as chief of the Ladies' Committee at the Afternoon Reception on the occasion of
(he celebration in February. 1S94, of the Society's twenty-fifth anniversary, and her
delight over its complete success. Miss Jay also took a warm interest in the wel-
fare of the negro, sympathizing in the anti-slavery views of her uncle William and
his son, John Jay. For many years she was a manager of the Colored Home and
Colored Orphan Asylum ; a visitor to the prisoners in the Tombs, and connected
with numerous private and public charities, devoting much of her life to good works
among the poor and unfortunate. At her funeral there were not a few present who
had been beneficiaries of her kindness. Miss Jay was a member of the New York
and other Historical Societies, and much interested in the welfare of the Huguenot
Society of America, which owed its origin chiefly to her cousin, John Jay. Her
death occurred at her residence. 296 Madison Avenue, on Sunday, October 20, 1895.
The funeral services were held at the Church of the Incarnation on the Wednesday
following, the President and Vice-President, the editor of the Record, with several
members of our Society, showing their appreciation of her character and their
respect for her memory by being present among the many representatives of families
whose names are identified with the early annals of New York. Miss Jay. who was
interred in the family burial place near the ancestral home at Bedford. Westchester
County, N. Y , will be much missed in this Society, and by the Church she served
so faithfully for more than half a century. J. G. W.

Thompson. — David Gardiner Thompson, born May 29, 1S37. died October 16.
1S95, at his apartments adjoining the Westminster Hotel in this city.

Mr. Thompson was a descendant of the family of that name of Sagtikos Manor.
Long Island, and on his maternal line direct from the Gardiners of the Manor of Gar-
diner's Island. He was devoted to literary pursuits, and graduated B.A. from Columbia
College, 1S56, and M.A. 1S60. Mr. Thompson was much interested in the Fra-
ternity of Delta Psi, the N. Y. Historical Society, the American Geographical Society,
and the St. Nicholas Society, of all of which he was a member.

His funeral obsequies took place from the residence of his sisters, 17 W. 36th St.,
in this city. Friday morning. October IS. at 10 o'clock, the interment being in the
family vault in Greenwood Cemetery. The Rev. Edward B. Coe, D.D., officiated.

c8 Queries. [Jan.,


Correction — Hasell. — On page ioo, vol. xxvi., and page 221 (index), E. D.
should read B. D. ; the full name is Bentley D. Hasell.

K M IWLTON. — All persons of the name of Knowlton, especially the descendants of
Capt. William Knowlton, and of either of his sons, John, William, and Deacon
Thomas, who came from England and settled at Ipswich. Mass.. in or near 1600
A.D., are requested to send information of their descent, and whatever else may be
of interest in connection with their history, to Rev. C. H. W. Stocking, D.D., 16
Prospect Terrace. East Orange, N. J., as he is preparing a history of the Knowlton

All Public Libraries or private individuals having in their possession copies of
the "Life of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon," by Ashbel Woodward, M.D., and published
hy Case, Lock wood & Co., Hartford. 1S62, or having copies of the " New England
Historical and Genealogical Register," Vol. 15 (1861), are requested to send their
names and addresses to the Rev. C. H. W. Stocking, D.D., 16 Prospect Terrace,
East Orange, N. \.


ILL, STUYVESANT. — The two daughters of P.althazar Lazarus Stuyvesant, the
elder son of Gov. Peter Stuyvesant, are said to have been married respecth [y to
Edsall and Taschemaker. Balthazar was baptised at the Dutch Church, New Amster-
dam, October 13, 1647, a few months after his parents first came to New Netherland.
After the reduction of New Netherland. he was sent to Curacoa in October, 1664,
when 17 years old, under promise by Vice Director Beck of " a good tract of land."
He arrived in December, and there is mention of his plantation in 1665, in which
year he wrote, from there to Nicholas Bayard, mentioning that a portion of the girls
at Manhattan were reported to be entirely English. He was in New York in Decem-
ber, 1669, when he w-as sponsor at a baptism at the Dutch Church. His name again
appears as sponsor for Samuel, son of Balthazar Bayard, at same church, June 16, 1672,
when it is probable that he was still unmarried. At date of the will of his widowed
mother, Judith Stuyvesant, January 29, 167S 9, he had married (where and whom?),
had two children, and died. The will, after bequests and devises to her younger son,
Nicholas William, gives the other half of her estate to "the lawful children of my
eldest son, Balthazar Lazar Stuyvesant, deceased, by name Judith and Catharina,
together with the child whereof the widow of my said eldest son at the time of his
decease was conceived." From this devise, made early in 167-. to his posthumous
child, it appears that Balthazar died in 167S, when he was 31 years old. It is a fair
assumption that he married in 1673 or 1674, and that his daughters, Judith and
Catharina, were born between 1674 and 1677. By a codicil to her will, dated
December I, 16S4, Mrs. Stuyvesant bequeathed " to my eidest son's two children each
1 4 p ut of all my linnen . . . and I order the portion of my eldest son's children left
in the custody and keeping of mycousin, Nicholas Bayard," — from which it is inferred
that the third child, if born, did not survive.

Benjamin Edsall, son of Samuel Edsall and Januetie Wessels, was baptised at Dutch
Church, Bergen, < tctober 22, 1674. At the baptism of hissister, Joanna, at the same
church in 1667, Sieur Nicholas Bayard was one of her sponsors. The latest trace of
this Benjamin, which the writer has found, was his appearance at Hackensack as
sponsor for a niece on October 2S, 1694. He was then apparently unmarried, lie
was of about the same age as one. and but little older than the other, of Balthazar
int's daughters. There was no other Edsall of suitable age to have married
either of them. Did he marry either Judith or Catharina Stuyvesant? If so. when
and where, and what became of them and any descendants of their marriage? Did
they remove to the Curacoa plantation? Any information about them is desired by
Thomas henry edsall, Colorado Springs, Colo.

i3 9 6.] Reply. 59

MERRITT. — Thomas Merritt was a resident of Rye, X. V., in 1673; constable,
16S4 ; commissioner of Indian purchases. 1694 ; vestryman. 1694 ; on committee to
select a minister. 1697 : on committee to obtain a charter for Rye, 1697 ; deputy
to General Court at Hartford, 1699 ; on committee to settle the line between Rye and
t .11 :i nwich, 1707 ; on committee to settle the White Plains line, 1702 ; on grand jury,
1713-16 ; sold land to Samuel Merritt, 1720. He married as a second wife, in 16S8,
Abigail, daughter of Robert Francis, of Wethersfield. He had four sons — Thomas,
Joseph. Ephraim, and Samuel — living in 1699. I should like to know the names of
his parents and his first wife ; also the dates of his birth and dentil, anil the dates
of births of his sons. Douglas merritt, Leacote, Rhinebeck, N. Y.

(Heraldic, Ttrini. 1., Vail, etc.) Can any one identify this

heraldic device? It is a fac-simile drawing of a wax seal,
first found on the ante-marriage agreement between John
Tuthill, of Southold, L. I. (d. 12 Oct., 1717, ret. 82), and
his second wife, the widow Sarah Youngs, dated 5 May, 1690,
and witnessed by George Wpllcot and Is 1 - Arnold. Mr.
Tuthill's first wife was Deliverance, daughter of William and
Dorothy King, of Salem, Mass., by whom he had nine

The same seal appears again on a Bond of Arbitration to
Thomas and Nathaniel Moore, signed by Jeremiah Vail

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