First Name:  Last Name: 
[Advanced Search]  [Surnames]

Pieter VAN KUYKENDALL

Male Bef 1698 - Abt 1778  (> 79 years)


Personal Information    |    PDF

  • Name Pieter VAN KUYKENDALL 
    Born Bef 1 May 1698  Rochester, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1 May 1698  Old Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1778  Deerpark [formerly Machackemeck], Orange County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Lorraine Luke .

      (2) Hoes, Roswell Randall, Baptismal and Marriage Records of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, 1660-1809, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980, p. 52:

      1698

      Baptism No.: 1022
      Parents: Luir Jacobse; Grietje Tack
      Name of Child and Date of Baptism: Pieter; 1 May
      Witnesses and Sponsors: Pieter van Etten; Hyltje van Etten.

      (3) Kuykendall, George Benson, History of the Kuykendall Family, Kilham Stationery & Printing Co., Portland, OR: 1919, p. 389:

      Children of PIETER VAN KUYKENDAAL (2), baptized May 1, 1698, son of Luur Jacobsen Van Kuykendaal, baptized 1650, and wife, Femmetje Decker.

      Hendrick (3), baptized at Kingston, July 10, 1720; married Elizabeth Kool, baptized October 21, 1716.

      Daniel (3), baptized in Raycester, January 28, 1722; married Lisabeth Van Aaken, who was baptized September 19, 1725, daughter of Cornelis Van Aaken and Sara Westbrook.

      Elizabeth (3), baptized at Kingston, January 3, 1725; married Joseph Westbroeck, of Nameneck, N. J., January 27, 1749. He was son of Dirk Westbroeck and Janneke Van Keuren.

      Zalomon (3) baptized at Kingston, June 25, 1727; born at Machackemeck; married Sara Kool, November 23, 1751. She was daughter of Willem Kool and Catryntje du Bois. Zalomon owned a farm next to that of his father, Pieter Kuykendaal.

      Petrus (3), born 1732; married Catherine Kettel. He inherited the farm of old Pieter Kuykendal, his father, on present site of Port Jervis.

      Martinus (3), baptized at Minisink, June 18, 1734; born at Machackemeck; married Catryntje Kool, June, 1758, who was daughter of David Cool and Eleanora Westfall. Martinus died before 1762.

      Jacob (3), baptized at Deerpark, August 23, 1737; died young.

      Jacob (3), baptized at Deerpark, N. Y., October 30, 1739.

      (4) Kuykendall, George Benson, History of the Kuykendall Family, Kilham Stationery & Printing Co., Portland, OR: 1919, pp. 130-132:

      PIETER KUYKENDALL (2), the youngest son and the ninth in the family of Luur Jacobsen Van Kuykendaal, was baptized May 1, 1698, at Kingston, N. Y.

      After the marriage of Pieter's father to Grietje Tack, they settled near Kingston and lived there for about twenty years afterwards. They then moved over into the Minisink country to Machackemeck on the Delaware. That was about the year 1700, when Pieter was about two years old. That region was at that time very far out in the frontier. Settlements were sparse and the people lived in primitive manner.

      At Esopus, where they had previously lived, by far the greater part of the people were Hollanders. Their language, customs and ways were decidedly Dutch.

      Nearly all the early settlers at Minisink. the neighbors of the Kuykendall family, had also come from the Dutch settlement at Esopus, travelling along the line of the old mine road, which followed the earlier Indian trails.

      There was an indefinite period of several years of the beginning of the eighteenth century, of which we have but scant history of what was transpiring in the country of our forefathers. The Dutch were a quiet, industrious people, very busy clearing up farms and making homes. They were so busy that they had little time for writing history. The lives of our forefathers in those times were not marked by many history-making events. When the Kuykendall family moved from their old home on the Hudson, near Kingston, the whole number of settlers there was very few. We do not know the exact locality of the home of Luur Jacobsen Van Kuykendaal, Pieter's father, during the first years of the family's residence at Minisink. With a large family of healthy, vigorous children, with voracious appetites, used to living and working out in the open air, it probably kept them busy and hustling to procure food and clothing.

      July 8, 1719, when Pieter was a little over twenty years old, he married Femmetje Decker. She was a daughter of Hendrick Decker and Antje Quick. Pieter owned a farm at Machackemeck, near the farm of his father-in-law. His place embraced the land comprising a large part of the present site of Port Jervis, N. Y., probably the most valuable portion of the city. The land was originally purchased of a widow named Heleca Decker. She had bought it from Joseph Kirkbride and Sarah Stevenson, of Bucks county, Pennsylvania.

      Jacob Kuykendall and Jurian Westfall, his brother-in-law, bought their lands from this same Stevenson. Pieter Kuykendall's residence was located inside the present plat of Port Jervis, just at the edge of the first bench of land above the "bottom." It was in this vicinity that Pieter was brought up from the time he was two years old. Here he lived and died, and here lived also his son Peter, his grandson Elias and his great grandson Jacob. The place was in possession of the family for over one hundred and twenty-five years. It passed out of the family holding when Jacob sold it in 1840. Until within quite recent years, there was a barn upon the place that was built by Peter Kuykendall nearly one hundred years ago. At first the land was used exclusively for farming and stock raising. The old home place was covered with timber formerly, and had to be cleared before it could be farmed. As the country became more thickly settled, and there was more business and trade, there came a demand for better transportation facilities, then later, the Delaware and Hudson Canal was built, and there sprang up a demand for building places. The old Pieter Kuykendall farm was then laid out into town lots and streets.

      Where the first old log cabin stood, and where the stock yard and pens for pigs, cattle and horses had been, and where corn, wheat and tobacco had been raised, all was laid out into building lots. The Canal with its tow path, ran along, closely skirting the base of the elevated knob, called "Point Peter," hugging the bluff, as it swept up the valley beyond the town plat. Lots were sold, new buildings began to cover over that part of the farm. Soon everything was entirely changed, and if today, old Pieter or any of his children could come back, they would not recognize their old home. Looking at it today, one would hardly suppose that where there are lawns, dwellings and business houses, there had been a field and pastures, with haystacks, and that still earlier, there was a deep dark forest inhabited by wolves, bears and lynxes.

      The Kuykendalls intermarried with the families of the old pioneer settlers, the Deckers, Van Aukens, Van Ettens, Coles, Kettels, Van Inwegens, Westbrooks, Westfalls, Cuddebacks and many others. Perhaps no community ever showed a greater number of the old settlers related by marriage.

      It was around in this immediate neighborhood that a large number of the early descendants of old Pieter settled, raised families and died. Out from here there swarmed many of those whose descendants are now found in all parts of the country, from ocean to ocean.

      It is quite likely that the first building erected at Machackemeck (now Port Jervis, N. Y.) was built at Carpenter's Point, or near there, but it is quite probable that the tavern kept by the elder Pieter, and afterwards by his son Peter, was at the old home. This "Kuykendall's Tavern" was probably the first in that part of the country. It was mentioned in old accounts as early as 1761.

      In 1762, the authorities were much exercised over the Quakers of that region, and the Lieut.-Governor of Pa. sent James Hyndshaw, who at that time lived down on the Delaware at Bushkill, to Cushetunk (Cochecton), to learn what was going on there, and ascertain the temper of the venturesome Quakers." He took his journey, and on his return, made his report under date of April 29, 1762, wherein he speaks of having been at "Kuykendal's Tavern" on the Delaware, at Machackemeck, both going, and on his way, returning. Whether it was the elder Pieter who kept the tavern at that time, we do not know; both were living. Peter Gumaer, the historian of Deerpark, says Pieter Kuykendall lived to be 80 years old.

      The elder Pieter Kuykendal with his wife, Femmetje Decker, lived on the place they first bought, until they died, and all their children were born there.

      The names of their children, with the dates of their baptism are given below:

      HENDRIK (3), was baptized July 10, 1720, married Elizabeth Cool.

      DANIEL (3), baptized January 28, 1722, married Elizabeth Van Aken.

      ELIZABETH (3), baptized January 3, 1725, married Joseph Westbrook.

      SOLOMON (3), born June 25, 1727, married Sarah Cole.

      PETER (3), was born 1732, day of month not known.

      MARTYNUS (3), born June 8, 1734, married Catryntie Cool.

      JACOB (3), baptized August 8, 1737, died young.

      JACOB (3), baptized October 30, 1739.

      This last Jacob was doubtless given the name of his brother who died, to perpetuate it in the family.
    Person ID I2559  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father Luur Jacobsen VAN KUYKENDALL,   b. Bef 29 May 1650, New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1720, Deerpark [formerly Machackemeck], Orange County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Grietje Aertze TACK,   b. Bef 16 Aug 1663, Kingston, Ulster County, NY [originally named Wiltwyck, later Esopus] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1720, Deerpark [formerly Machackemeck], Orange County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1681  Kingston, Ulster County, NY [originally named Wiltwyck, later Esopus] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1816  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Femmetje DECKER,   b. Bef 29 Oct 1699, Kingston, Ulster County, NY [originally named Wiltwyck, later Esopus] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1780  (Age > 80 years) 
    Married 8 Jul 1719  Old Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Hoes, Roswell Randall, Baptismal and Marriage Records of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, 1660-1809, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980, p. 536:

      1719

      8 July

      409 PIETER KUYKENDAAL, j. m., and FEMMETJEN DEKKER, j. d., both resid. in Menissing [Minisink]. Date of Banns not given.
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F1810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart