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Re: Kinderhook - Chesley & Wells
Posted by: Barbara Hill (ID *****5027) Date: May 27, 2010 at 00:16:00
In Reply to: Re: Kinderhook - Chesley & Wells by Emma-Jo Davis of 624

Wow, this does make sense! Thank you for pointing it out. Simon, the child baptized in 1764, was my very own ancestor. If Peter and Lydia moved to the area from elsewhere, and had no local relatives, Hendrick/Henry Wells and Nelly Van Vliet might have been the nearest thing to family members for Lydia.

So far, nobody has come up with anything on Lydia's ancestry. I guess we can't even be sure "Nugent" was her last name.

If Peter and Lydia followed the naming patterns of their Dutch neighbors, their oldest son Peter may have been named for a paternal grandfather (Pierre) rather than for his father. The next son, John, could have been named for Lydia's father, OR for her first husband - that was sometimes done by the Dutch. Simon could have been named for Lydia's father, or not... Peter and Lydia didn't have any sponsors for the baptisms of some of their children, making it seem all the more likely that they had no local relatives.

I think this Wells/Wallis connection is worth pursuing.

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