|Maria Rosenkrans (11)||Harmanus (Harmen) Rosenkrans (12)|
|Magdalena Rosenkrans (13)||Catrina (Catharine) Rosenkrans (14)|
|Johannis Rosenkrans (15)||Johannis Rosenkrans, 2nd (16)|
|Apollonia Rosenkrans (18)||Herman Rosenkrans(19)|
|William Rosenkrans(20)||Herman Rosenkrans, 2nd (21)|
|Herman Rosenkrans, 3rd (22)||Hendricus (Hendrick) Rosenkrans (23)|
|Johannis Rosenkrans (24)||Alexander Rosenkrans (25)|
|Isaac Rosenkrans (26)|
|Dirk Rosenkrans (9)|
|Herman Rosenkrans (27)||Jacobus Rosenkrans (28)|
|Helena Rosenkrans (29)||Sara Rosenkrans (30)|
|Lydia Rosenkrans (31)||Antjen Rosenkrans (32)|
ALEXANDER ROSENKRANS (2) and Marretjen DePue had seven children.
11. MARIA ROSENKRANS, eldest daughter of Alexander (2) was born in Rochester, Ulster County, New York, and baptized in the Reformed Dutch church December 19, 1714. In 1729, the year of her father’s purchase on the Delaware, she was married to Jacobus Schoonmaker, of Rochester, born 1698. The Schoonmakers were a prominent family of Ulster County, apparently, quite numerous, and several of them married in the Rosenkrans family in the early days. One of that family, Judge Augustus Schoonmaker, of Kingston, died recently. One Frederick Schoonmaker, as already mentioned, joined Alexander Rosenkrans, 1729, in the purchase of the Shappanack tract of land. Jacobus, the husband of Maria, probably while on a visit to Walpack, New Jersey, was a witness to the deed of Alexander made to his son John, 1745. He was a farmer of Rochester, whose children were: Antjen, baptized 1744, Catharine, baptized 1748; Anna, baptized 1750; Joseph baptized 1753. Nothing further is known of this family.
12. HARMANUS (Harmen) ROSENKRANS, eldest son of Alexander (2), was born in Ulster County, and baptized May 10, 1716. At fifteen years of age, he accompanied his parents from Rochester, New York, to Walpack, New Jersey, and there married Anna Stout, about the year 1743. Anna was probably a daughter of John Stout, of Walpack, who, according to Everett & Peck’s History, purchased a farm below Shappanack, on the Delaware 1744. As mentioned in his fathers biography, Harmen purchased of his father, 1742, the lower Shappanack farm, recently purchased of Frederick Schoonmaker, consisting of about 500 acres, which he sold to his brother-in-law Isaac VanCampen, for £900, 1754. His deed to VanCampen dated April 8, 1754, in the hands of Peter Dewitt, is signed "Harmen Rosekrans" and "Mary Rosekrans," and is witnessed by "Nicholas Emins," and John Williams. — Recorded at Burlington Liber R. p. 321. These names indicate that Harmen, in 1754, had married a second wife, though his marriage is not found in the Walpack church records, as some of them were lost.
After selling his farm to Isaac VanCampen, Harmon Rosekrans seems to have gone to Hunterdon County, New Jersey, as the records there show that in 1760 he "owned 598 acres of West Jersey Society lands" in the northwestern part of the county and that, 1761, he advertised "a sorrel mare astray." — (Reverend T.F. Chambers, German Valley, New Jersey.) In 1769 Harmen again owned land in Walpack, along Flatbrook, as we learn (from part of a deed found in the roll of family documents mentioned in "sources of family information") that he sold twenty acres of meadow land there to his brother John adjoining his own land, at "a stream emptying into Flatbrook on the road running from Abram Brokaws to Isaac VanNest’s." Harmen’s land must have been near the Timothy E. Shay farm, on the road leading to the old stone Methodist Church, east of Flatbrook, since Abram Brokaw then lived on the Jacobus Brink, or John Layton, Jr., farm, in Sandyston, and Isaac Van Nest lived on the Robert Bell farm, formerly owned by John Cleves Symmes. No trace of Harmen Rosekrans, or his family, has been found since his sale to Colonel John in 1769. While living in Walpack, on Shappanack farm, Harmen and Anna had four children, as found in the church records, baptized as follows: Alexander, 1744; Catharina, 1748; Anna, 1750; Joseph, 1753.
13. MAGDALENA ROSENKRANS, daughter of Alexander (2) was born in Ulster County, New York, and baptized January 5, 1718. She was evidently named for her grandmother Rosenkrans, and grew to womanhood in Walpack, near the Delaware, and at the age of twenty-four married Isaac VanCampen, from Upper Smithfield, Pennsylvania. The VanCampen family of Walpack and Smithfield across the river, were a prominent and numerous family in the early days of the Delaware settlement, but as some of the church records of Walpack and Smithfield have been lost, their lineage has not been fully traced. Colonel Abraham VanCampen married Susanna DePue and lived in the stone dwelling in Walpack, now Pahaquarry, at the place called "Shoemakers Ferry," and was the first Colonel in Sussex county. He was a son of Jan, the son of Gerret Jansen, the son of Jan VanCampen, of Ulster County. Isaac VanCampen, who married Magdalena, was probably a son or grandson of Colonel Abraham and succeeded him as Elder of the Walpack church, December 5, 1765. Isaac VanCampen purchased of Harmen Rosenkrans the lower Shappanack farm in 1754 (as stated concerning Harmen) and lived in the stone dwelling on the premises till his death, 1801. He acted as Freeholder, Justice of the Peace, Associate Judge of the county and Member of the State Legislature. He made a will September 11, 1801, and died the same year. According to the church records, Isaac and Magdalena had five children born unto them: Maritaje, baptized January 13, 1743; Madlena, born November 18, 1745; Catharina, January 19, 1747; Alexander, March 5, 1749, and, Magdalena, January 12, 1750, but all these probably died before 1801, since in his will of that date he mentions only two children, not named above, Isaac and Abraham, for whom he provided and also for the children of Abraham, Isaac being unmarried. By his will he manumitted his slaves, "Sophia" and her four children and "the three men servants, Daniel and Adam and Enos." His wife Magdalena must have died prior to the date of his will, as she is not mentioned in it.
A word here may be appropriate concerning the building of the stone house on the lower Shappanack farm herewith presented erected before the Revolution, the building of which has been attributed to both Isaac VanCampen and Colonel John Rosenkrans. Isaac VanCampen undoubtedly built it. Harmen Rosekrans purchased the farm 1749, prior to which it had been unoccupied, and unimproved, under the ownership of Frederick Schoonmaker, of Ulster County, New York, and Harmen after purchasing it, probably put up a log dwelling in accordance with the times. VanCampen was a man of means, and lived on the premises from the time of his purchase, 1754, till his death. 1801, and undoubtedly built the stone house while living, there. This is the opinion of Mr. Peter DeWitt, of Somerville, whose father, John H. DeWitt succeeded the VanCampens in the possession of the lower Shappanack farm, 1809, which farm Peter DeWitt also owned for a long time after the death of his father. In a letter dated August 2, 1894, Mr. DeWitt says: "I have always understood that that house was built before the Revolution. so it would look as though VanCampen had built it, as he had from 1754 to 1776 to do it in, if not him, then perhaps Harmen Rosenkrans, as he owned it immediately preceding VanCampen." That Colonel John did not build it, is evident from the fact that he never owned the farm nor lived upon it.
14. CATRINA ROSENKRANS (Catharine), daughter of Alexander (2) was baptized in Rochester, Ulster County, New York, November 8, 1719. Living with her parents in Walpack, New Jersey, she married about 1745 "Nicholas Emins," of the same place. Nicholas was probably a son of John Emins, who purchased a farm of 250 acres on the Delaware, 1729, the same year that Alexander Rosenkrans purchased. Nicholas Emins (Emmans or Emmons), according to Everett & Peck’s history, purchased, 1754, 105 acres in Walpack, near the location of Walpack Center. He and Catrina, according to the church records, had six children: John, baptized 1746; Alexander, 1748; Isaac, 1750; Maria, 1752; Elizabeth, 1754; Lea, 1759.
15. JOHANNIS ROSENKRANS, baptized May 14, 1721; died in infancy.
16. JOHANNIS ROSENKRANS 2nd, son of Alexander (2), was born in Rochester, Ulster County New York, July 6, 1724, and baptized July 6th following. At seven years of age he accompanied his parents to Walpack, Sussex County, New Jersey, then Morris County, when the country was mostly a wilderness and the forests frequently resounded with the cries of the panther and the wild whoop of the Indians. Along the banks of the Delaware he grew to manhood, and while deprived of the educational advantages of city or modern rural life, he became a man of moral worth and Public usefulness, an extensive farmer, an elder of the church and a Colonel in the Continental army. In 1745, Colonel John purchased of his father the homestead Shappanack farm, of about 500 acres, adjoining the farm of his brother Harmen, purchased 1742. Each of these farms, besides the uplands, contained about seventy acres of river flats of sandy loam, and very productive. The flats of the Shappanack farms today are the most noted in the count for productiveness and easy tillage, one of which is now leased by a syndicate raising special crops of tobacco and potatoes. The date and beginning of Colonel John’s deed from his father is as follows:
"This indenture made the 27th day of March, in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and forty-five, between Alexander Rosekrance, of Shappanack, in the township of Wallpeck, county of Morris and Province of West New Jersey, yeoman, and Marriky, his wife, of the one part, and Johannis Rosekrance, his youngest son, of the township, county and province aforesaid, yeoman, of the other part, WITNESSETH," etc. Having secured for himself a farm and a home, when his parents were old and feeble, or perhaps departed, Colonel John Rosenkrans contemplated marriage, but like Isaac and Jacob of old, he sought not for a wife in the place of his sojourn, but took one from the land of his fathers, the home of his kindred. On August 8th, 1751, Colonel John Rosenkrans, of Walpack. New Jersey, married Margaret DeWitt, of Rochester, Ulster County, New York, and over the "Old Mine Road," by way of Port Clinton, Port Jervis and Minisink, with perhaps as good a conveyance as the county afforded, he brought his bride from Rochester to Walpack.
Margaret DeWitt was born in Rochester April 18, 1731, and came of a good ancestry — from Jacob DeWitt, of Holland, it is who succeeded Barneveldt as States Advocate. Her father was Tjerck DeWitt, the son of Jacob, son of Tjerck Classen DeWitt, from the Netherlands, who, April 24, 1756, married, in New Amsterdam, Barbary Andressen, from Amsterdam, Holland. Margaret DeWitt was related to Governor DeWitt Clinton. Her grandfather had a brother Andries, whose son, Egbert, married Mary Knottingham. Egbert’s son, Jacob Rutzen DeWitt married Jenneke (Jane) DePue, daughter of Moses DuPuy and Margaret Schoonmaker, his second wife. Jacob Rutzen DeWitt was a Captain during the Revolution and settled on the Neversink at the place afterward named Fort DeWitt, on account of a fort being built there during the Revolution. His sister Mary married General James Clinton, and her son DeWitt Clinton, afterward Governor of New York, was born March 2, 1769, in the stone residence of Captain DeWitt, at Fort DeWitt, now called Port Clinton — "Church Life." Thus Colonel John Rosenkrans was connected with Governor DeWitt Clinton through his grandfather DuPuy and also through his wife, Margaret DeWitt.
Three years after his marriage, Colonel John Rosenkrans added to his 500 acres another tract of 705 acres, adjoining his property on the northeast. This was the Samuel Nevill tract, extending from the Delaware to across Flat Brook, and from the Shappanack tract to beyond the East and West New Jersey line, which is now the division line between the townships of Walpack and Sandyston. For this tract he paid £122, the deed for which is recorded at Newton (Book T.3, p. 89). By mistakes made in the Walpack map in "Everett & Peck’s History" the "Joseph Kirkbride" tract of 500 acres is located at Shappanack where the Alexander Rosenkrans tracts of 900 acres is situated, and the "Ennis & County" tract is located, adjoining it where the Nevill tract lies. Among the family papers of Colonel John Rosenkrans in the possession of the writer, is a deed from several parties in Rochester to John Rosenkrans, of Walpack, for a three-fourths interest in land in Ulster County, the deed of which is dated October 22nd, 1766, in the "sixth year of the reign of King George the 3rd." This land is on the Rondout, adjoining lands of Jacob DeWitt and John DeWitt, and is signed by Petrus Thool and Antje, his wife, M. Fisher and Elizabeth, his wife; Jacob G. Louw and Catharie Louw, Teunis Oosterhout, Johanna Oosterhout and Jacob Oosterhout. On the red wax seals opposite these names may yet be seen standing out boldly the red lion of England, the symbol of progressiveness and power and with England the monarch of the sea.
The deed for twenty acres of meadow land from Harmen to Colonel John, spoken of concerning Harmen (12), begins thus: This indenture made the first day of July, 1729, in the ninth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the 3rd, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith" etc. Besides these lands in Sussex County and Ulster, Colonel John Rosenkrans owned two tracts, or farms, amounting to 275 acres, in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, situated between Shappanack and Dingmans Choice, one of which tracts he received by "patent" and the other by purchase from the heirs of William Penn. He was one of the leading men of the Delaware Valley and of the County the earliest settlers of the County having located on the Delaware, among whom were some able men. Colonel Abraham VanCampen, Colonel John Cleves Symmes and Colonel John Rosenkrans were successively Colonels of the Delaware Valley. Abraham VanCampen was Colonel and engaged in checking the depredations of the Indians, 1755. John Cleves Symmes was Commissioned Colonel at the beginning of the Revolution, and Captain John Rosenkrans was appointed Colonel when Colonel Symmes resigned for the Judgeship, May 23, 1777. Colonel John in his time served as Freeholder, Justice of the Peace, Committeeman of Safety before the war; as Captain at its beginning, and as Colonel from 1777 to its close.
He was also an active Christian; an Elder of the Reformed Dutch Church, and gave the grounds for the burial place and the church erected on his farm. The church was built of logs, octagonal in form and erected about 1770. Among the early burials there was the wife of Colonel John Cleves Symmes; the mother-in-law of President William Henry Harrison, buried 1776. Her grave is on the brow of the hill near the road, and on her headstone still standing there is the following inscription: "In remembrance of Mrs. Anna Symmes, who, was born October, 1741; married to the Hon. Jno. C. Symmes, 30th October, 1760, and died 25th July, 1776, leaving two daughters, Maria and Anna." Anna married William Henry Harrison, in Ohio, and was buried at North Bend, Ohio. Her father was buried there also February, 1814. Brief records as soldiers are given of Colonel John Rosenkrans and his sons Jacob, Alexander and Benjamin, in Adjutant General W. S. Striker’s reports of the New Jersey soldiers of the Revolution and of the war of 1812, Benjamin having been in the latter. In "Everett & Peck’s History," p. 64 is found the following: "Colonel John Rosenkrans and Major Samuel Westbrook were also actively engaged during the war. Colonel Rosenkrans accompanied General Sullivan in his campaign against the Indians of the upper Susquehanna and Genesee valley in 1779. General Maxwell also commanded a brigade in the memorable campaign. One battalion of Colonel Rosenkrans’ regiment was led by Major Samuel Westbrook against a party of Indians, April 19, 1780. In this action Captain Peter Westbrook was killed."
Colonel John kept slaves on his farm, as did Isaac VanCampen on the adjoining property, and made a will, 1756, now in the writer’s possession, which never went to probate, containing the following items: He bequeathed to his "beloved wife Margaret" the choice of his "winches," and to his eldest son, John, as a "birthright gift," his "shooting-gun." In his last will, 1786, recorded at the close of this biography, Colonel John bequeathed to his eldest son John his "Negro boy Cuff." The VanCampens, Isaac and his son Abraham succeeded the Rosenkranses in the possession of the Shappanack farms, and they were succeeded by the DeWitts, who also kept slaves.
The following is copied from "Ever & Peck’s History of Sussex," p. 321 concerning a slave on the Shappanack farm: "The DeWitts had many slaves and among them was an interesting old servant called ‘Caesar’ — Caesar Soults was his name. New Jersey abolished slavery (by an act passed) April 18, 1846. By the census of 1830 there was but one slave in Sussex county; this was Caesar Soults. He had refused to accept his freedom, clinging to his old home, and associations, and choosing to remain for the rest of his life upon the farm. The DeWitts had been kind to their slaves. Some two or three years before the death of Caesar, Peter DeWitt, now of Somerville, New Jersey, kindly provided for the faithful old servant by hiring his board in a respectable colored family of the neighborhood, that of Absolam Raymer, where he spent the remainder of his days, being frequently visited and kindly cared for by Peter DeWitt. He died March 11, 1860. As with colored people generally, his age was not certainly known. Mr. Dewitt says, ‘I was never able to learn the correct date of his birth. My grandfather used to say that when he was a young married man and just beginning to farm, Caesar was a boy old enough to plow, and from that circumstance I judge he was in the neighborhood of one hundred years old when he died. ’"
The writer knew all of the above parties, except the "grandfather," and was thirty years of age when Caesar died — the last slave of Sussex county, and perhaps of the State. Colonel John made his last will May 1st, 1786, and died June 15th following. Of Margaret’s death we have no record, though she was living at the time his will was made. No lettered monument points out the place of their burial, but it is probably near that of Mrs. Anna Symmes, on the hill top of the Shappanack burial ground. Colonel John Rosenkrans had fourteen children: John, Jacob, Orianna, Orianna 2nd, Alexander, Catharine, Charick DeWitt, Elijah, Levi, Joseph, Benjamin, Simeon, Simeon 2nd and Polly.
from a certified copy made at Trenton by Secretary of State
Henry C. Kelsey, 1893.
In the name of God Amen. I, John Rosekrans of Walpack Township Sussex County and State of New Jersey Yeo: being weak in Body but of sound Memory and understanding blessed be God, do therefore make and ordain this my last will and Testament and principally and first of all I Commit my Body to the Earth from whence it Came, to be Buried after a Christian like and Decent manner at the discretion of my Executors herein after mentioned, and my Soul to God who gave it, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection and day of Judgment I shall again receive the same by the mighty power of Jesus Christ my most Merciful and Blessed Saviour and Redeemer who I trust will graciously pardon my sins and receive my never dying Soul in Mercy, Amen.
And as touching my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this present life I Give devise and dispose of the same in manner & form following viz. first it is my will and I do order that all my Just Debts and funeral Charges be fully paid and Satisfied by my Executors Imprs. I Give and Bequeath unto my Dearly beloved wife Margaret Rosekrans the Command and disposal of all my Estate Real and Personal until my Youngest son Simeon Rosekrans is arrived at the age of Twenty one Years Together with her Choice and Election of the best Room in Any of my Dwelling houses either in Jersey or Pennsylvania, her Choice of all the Beds and Bedding, belonging to me, her Choice of the Household furniture as much as she shall think Necessary with Comfort and Sustenance of Life. Two Good Milks Cows well kept for her proper use and Benefit summer and Winter, and after her Resigning her power & authority herein mentioned and Granted, when my said youngest son Simeon is of full Age Then it is my will and positive order that my Executors hereinafter named shall pay or Cause to be paid to her yearly and every Year during her natural Life the sum of Thirty pounds procm. money as her Dowry and at her own disposal to whom she will at her Death.
Item unto my first born son John Rosekrans I Give devise and Bequeath unto him my Negroe boy named Cuff as his Birthright over and Above his Equal share with the rest of my sons. Item. unto my Eldest Daughter Ariantie the wife of Abraham VanCampen I Give devise and Bequeath unto her and the heirs of her Body Lawfully begotten the Just and full sum of one hundred and fifty pounds procm. money to be paid to her in three Years after my said Youngest son Simeon is Twenty one Years of Age in three sundry payments, that is to say fifty pounds Yearly until paid. Item. I Give devise and Bequeath unto my Second daughter now Cathrine Woodard the Just and full sum of one Hundred and fifty pounds procm. money to be paid to her or the Lawful heirs of her Body in manner as above said to her Sister Ariantie together with as Good an offset as her Sister Ariantie had at her marriage. Item. unto my Youngest Daughter Maria Rosekrans I Give devise and Bequeath unto her and her heirs the Sum of One Hundred and fifty pounds procm. money to be paid to her as soon as my said Youngest son Simeon is Arrived at full Age; Together with a Marriage offset Equal to my Daughter Ariantie.
It is also my will and I do order that if it should please the Lord to Remove any of these my three Daughters by Death that the portion or share of the Decd. be Equally Divided among those of my Daughters who shall survive and the Remainder of my Estate (Moveables only Excepted) I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my sons and to their Heirs forever in fee Simple to be Equally divided amongst them share and share alike from the Eldest to the Youngest without Exception or partiality of any kind viz. John Rosekrans, Jacob Rosekrans, Alexander Rosekrans, Cherrick Rosekrans, Elijah Rosekrans, Levi Rosekrans, Joseph Rosekrans, Benjamin Rosekrans & Simeon Rosekrans.
And if it should please the Lord to Remove one or more of these my sons by death, then it is my will and positive orders that his or their portion or share so Dying without Issue be Equally divided Amongst the rest of my sons who shall survive them. And as soon as any of my sons who are yet single if they or Any of them should Change their present State of Life by a Decent Lawful Marriage, It is my will and positive orders that he or they so Marrying be fitted out with Necessary farmers Utensils such as plough Harrow &c. Equal with my sons who are Married and for my Moveable Estate living and Dead, within Doors and without, it is also my will and positive orders that the same shall be Equally Divided amongst all my Children sons and Daughters share and share alike Immediately after my son Simeon is Arrived at full age of Twenty one Years. It is Likewise my will and positive orders that my eldest son John Rosekrans now living on the Flatbrook shall live and Remain in peaceable and Quiet possession of the Land and premises he now lives on until my son Simeon afsd. is of full age, he paying Yearly & every Year the sum of Ten pounds procm. money to be laid up in store in the Hands of my beloved wife Margaret and she and my sons on Shaponack to lay up fifteen Yearly as aforesaid. It is also my Will & positive orders that my sons Jacob and Alexander Rosekrans now, living in the State of Pennsylvania do live and Remain in the peaceable and Quiet possession of all and singular my Lands and premises now Occupied by them they and each of them paying Yearly and every Year the Just and full sum of Eight pounds procm. Money into the Hands of their mother until my son Simeon is of the full age of Twenty one Years, at which time it is my will and positive orders that the Remainder of my Estate both Real and Personal in the State of New Jersey and Pennsylvania be Equally divided amongst my sons as aforesaid, share and share alike to them and their Heirs forever in fee simple.
And in this my last will and Testament I do hereby nominate Constitute and Appoint my well beloved sons, John Rosekrans, Jacob Rosekrans, Alexander Rosekrans, Cherrick Rosekrans and Elijah Rosekrans my Executors. Giving and Granting to them my sole power and Authority in all and every thing Relating to or belonging to my Estate, willing and ordering that all and every thing Contained mentioned or meant herein According to the true Intent Meaning & purport, of the same, publishing pronouncing and declaring this and no other to be my last will and Testament under my hand and seal this first day of May A.D. 1786.
JOHN ROSENKRANS (LS)
HENDRICK ROSENKRANS and Annatje Vredenburg had seven children, and by Anatje Dulleva, he had two children.
18. APOLLONIA ROSENKRANS, daughter of Hendrick (7) was baptized according to the Kingston church records, December 22, 1700, and died young.
19. HERMAN ROSENKRANS was baptized October 29, 1699, and also died young.
20. WILLIAM ROSENKRANS, son of Hendrick (7) was baptized in Ulster County, December 22nd, 1700. He was married and probably went northward in eastern New York.
21. HERMAN ROSENKRANS, 2nd was baptized April 19, 1702, and died young.
22. HERMAN ROSENKRANS, 3rd was baptized in Ulster County, September 3, 1704. He married November 28, 1735, Antje Schoonmaker and probably went to another county in eastern New York.
23. HENDRICUS, or HENDRICK, ROSENKRANS, son of Hendrick (7) was baptized in Ulster County, October 20, 1706, and married December 15, 1728, Maria DePue, of Rochester. He also probably went northward
24. JOHANNIS ROSENKRANS, son of Hendrick (7), was baptized September 18, 1709, and married, 1743, Zora Schoonmaker, of Rochester. They probably removed to northeastern New York.
25. ALEXANDER ROSENKRANS, baptized August l0, 1712, disappeared from the records.
26. ISAAC ROSENKRANS, born about 1715, also disappeared from the records.
DIRK ROSENKRANS (9) and Wintje Kierstede had six children.
27. HERMAN ROSENKRANS, son of Dirk (10), was born in Rochester, Ulster County, and baptized March 28, 1703. He was reared to farming, and married Arreantie Oosterhout April 29, 1725. Arreantie baptized September 29, 1706, in Rochester, was a daughter of Teunis, the son of Jan Jansen VanOosterhout. As his name signifies, he was Jan, the son of Jan, from Oosterhout, which is said to be a market town in the Province of North Brabant, Holland, near Breda. This name, like many others of the early settlers, was derived from the place whence he came, and from it "Van" has been dropped. Herman Rosenkrans, who married Arreantie Oosterhout, lived in Rochester till after the baptism of three of his children, when he came to the Delaware Valley, and settled at "Teesacht," now Rosetown, Pike County, Pennsylvania, a short distance below Port Jervis. He settled there as early as 1736, as the church records show that while living there, May 18, 1736, his daughter Arreantie was baptized at Minisink. He was the first Rosenkrans known to settle in Pennsylvania, on the west side of the Delaware. Herman Rosenkrans had six children: Dirk, Catrina, Petrus, Arreantie, Jacobus and Benjamin.
28. JACOBUS ROSENKRANS, second son of Dirk (9), was baptized in Rochester March 17, 1706, and married "Sara Dekker" about 1728. She was probably a granddaughter of the emigrant of the Decker family, Jan Gerretsen Decker, from Heerden Gelderland, Holland, who married in New York, Grietjen Hendrick Westercamp, 1664. He had sons, Hermanus and Hendrick, and perhaps others, but we have found only the family of Hendrick. Jacobus Rosenkrans’ wife Sara probably died about 1746, as he was received into the church at Machackemech (Port Jervis) September 18, 1746, and as a widower married Catharine Cole, January 13, 1748. The church records show that December 29, 1764, he had charge of certain church property kept in a "chest." As he was the first Rosenkrans settler near the Delaware, in New York, so his sons and grandsons were the first settlers in the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, and in Delaware County, Ohio. His son Daniel purchased, in Pennsylvania, about 1767, and his son John purchased in Ohio, 1810. He has many descendants in Pennsylvania and Ohio and states to the westward. He had seven children: Helena, Blandina, Daniel, Gertje and Johannis by his first wife, and Alida and Saloman by his second.
29. HELENA ROSENKRANS, daughter of Dirk (9), was baptized in Ulster County, June 20, 1708, and married Albert Oosterhout.
30. SARA ROSENKRANS, daughter of Dirk (9) baptized in Rochester, February, 1711 married Arie (Aaron) VanVredenburg about 1737. He was the son of Willem, son of the emigrant Willem Isaacsen VanVredenburg, from Holland. He is said to have been the first of the Fradenburg family to settle in the Minisink region. He first located in the town of Westfall, Pennsylvania, where his daughter, Blandina was born, being baptized at Port Jervis, May, 1738. From there he moved to Shippekonk, near the "smooth rocks," in Montague township, New Jersey. He and his wife Sara were taken into the Port Jervis Church, March 27, 1757, and he was made an elder. He is known to have lived in the stone dwelling, once standing on the eastern side of the river road at the junction of that road and the one running to the mountain below the "smooth rocks," and which is supposed to have been built prior to the French and Indian wars, and then used as a fort. His children, baptized after his coming to Shippekonk, were Blandina, baptized March 30, 1738; Lydia, baptized December 6, 1743; Catharine, baptized June 30, 1745; Lydia 2nd, November 25, 1776, and Wilhelmas.
Blandina married Daniel Decker, of Port Jervis, who settled at Lower Walpack, where his grandson Daniel D. Decker subsequently had the ferry at the bend of the river. He was the father of Aaron Decker, whose widow, Jane Brokaw, became the second wife of Major Benjamin Rosenkrans, (47) and whose daughter, Mrs. Amanda Kintner, widow of Peter Kintner, and mother of Anson R., of Sandyston, and Martin Kintner, of Newton, is still living at the advanced age of 88 years. Lydia Fradenburg died young and Catharine disappeared. Wilhelmus married Elizabeth VanGarden, Sept 16, 1758, and lived in the stone house of his father. His son Aaron, a noted historian, afterward lived in the same house. This Fradenburg stone house, which had withstood the blasts of a hundred years and more, crumbled and fell to pieces during the sixties and seventies, and has now disappeared. One of its last occupants was a man named Storms, called "Old Storms," who constantly stormed the whiskey jug, and often carried it captive throughout the streets of Port Jervis, where the writer saw him during, 1850-1851, and a more whisky marked face than his is seldom seen. Storms is long since departed and gone to his final account, and thousands upon thousands of drunkards have followed him, and yet the drunkards are still numerous and will be, as long as whiskey is sold as a beverage. "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
31. LYDIA ROSENKRANS, daughter of Dirk (9), was baptized in Ulster County, New York, May 3, 1713, and married Jochem Schoonmaker, whose family is unknown.
32. ANTJEN ROSENKRANS, youngest child of Dirk, was baptized April 29, 1716, and married Alexander VanWinkle, of Ulster County, New York, whose record is untraced.
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