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Ditmars Genealogy - Jan Jansen van Ditmarsen - Part 1
Posted by: David Ditmars (ID *****1762) Date: January 18, 2010 at 17:15:47
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[From Ship Passenger Lists, New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)]

       Page 73: Ditmars, Jan Jansen aus Dithmarschen, genannt Plattneus, Ahnheer der Ditmars-Sipke.
       Page 74: Ditmars, Jan Jansen, from Ditmarsen, Schleswig-Holstein.

[From The Documentary History of the State of New York, 1850, Vol. 1, pp. 429-432.]

       Page 88: The Roll of Those Who Have Taken the Oath of Allegiance in the Kings County in the Province of New Yorke the 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30th Day of September In the Third Yeare of His Maytsh Raigne Annoque Domine 1687: Jan Van Ditmaertz, native.
       Page 323: Index to Personal Names: Van Ditmaertz, Jan, p. 140.
       From Vol. 1, page 659, Documentary History of New York. Of Flatbush: Jan Van Ditmaertz, native.
[Notes from Joan Sprangel, researching for Dorothy Ditmars Jeffrey]

       The Long Island Room of the Queensboro Public Library, Jamaica, New York has folders of documents concerning the Ditmars family in America. One item is a reprint from Munsell's History of Queens County, page 250. It recounts the early details of the first and second generations which appear in the following genealogy.
       Also in the folder is a copy of an Indenture made June 1, 1773 by and between Femmetye Ditmars, widow of Jan Ditmars of the township of Flatlands in Kings County on the Island of Nassau, aforesaid Yeoman of the one part and Johannis Ditmars of the township of Flatlands of the other part witnesseth that the said Femmetye Ditmars, Jorvis Remsen and Catalyna, his wife, for and in confirmation of the sum of seven hundred pounds . . . do convey the said farm lying and being in the township of Flatlands and a meadow.
       In the folder is an envelope postmarked September 7, 1883 on which someone in very tiny hand has written notes about births, marriages, and deaths.
       In the Blue Card File of the Library are fifty-five separate entries of Will notations and obituaries.
       In the library is also a bound volume entitled Lott Genealogy, Vol. 1, A-1. It contains information about Catrina Lott, wife of Douwe Jansen Van Ditmarsen.
       The obituary of Dr. Dow Ditmars, Astoria, June 20, 1861, indicates that he was born in Astoria 90 years ago. At the close of the Revolution he went to the Academy of Hackensack under Peter Wilson. He became principal of the Academy at Huntington. He later studied medicine and removed to Demarara where he resided several years, amassing a fortune by his practice and returned to his native Island. He had a vivid recollection of revolutionary times and was on the Battery of New York when the British army evacuated the city. He saw the officers enter their barges and heard them bestow their parting curses on the land they were forced to abandon.
       Munsell's History of Queens County states: Dow Ditmars, son of Abraham Ditmars Jr., studied medicine and went to Demarara, South America, where he had a lucrative practice for fourteen years. When he returned he married Ann Elvira, daughter of Samuel Riker of Newtown, and bought a farm at Hell Gate (now Astoria), where he spent the remainder of his life, and died, at an advanced age, in 1860. Their children were Thomas T., Richard R., Abraham Dow, and Anna. They are all deceased but Abraham Dow Ditmars, who is a lawyer in New York.
       These Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York from NY Historical Society Collections are as noted:
       Vol. 5, 1754-1760, page. 83: "Page 331. In the name of God, Amen. July 1, 1752, I, Dowe Ditmars of Jamaica in Queens Co., yeoman, being of far advanced years and laboring under many bodily diseases and infirmities of old age, I leave my grand daughters, the children of my son Peter, deceased, 380 pounds when of age. I leave to Antie and Peter Monfort each 95 pounds. I leave the rest of my personal estate to my son Dowie and to the heirs of my son Johannes, deceased, and the heirs of my son Abraham, deceased, and the heirs of my daughter Ariantie, wife of William Van Duyne, deceased. I make my son Dowie Jr. and my grandson, John Ditmars Jr. executors. My hand, Douwe Ditmars. Witnesses: Nathan Furman, Johans and Hendrick Endert. Will proved December 1, 1755. He signed with a mark.
       From the handwritten Will book entitled Record of Wills, 1754-1756, Surrogate's Court of New York County, Volume 19.
       From Vol. 5, 1754-1760: Johannes Ditmars is a witness to the Will of Jacobus Lott, August 12, 1757. In the will of Joris Remsen, December 18, 1758, he makes his brother, Dirck Remsen and his brother-in-law, Dowe Ditmars, and Philip Nagel, Jr. executors.
       From Vol. 7, 1766-1771: The will of Cornelius Voorhees, April 1, 1768 makes "my father-in-law, Dowe Ditmars, my brother-in-law Wilhemus Stootoff, Jr., and my uncles Abraham and Dirck Remsen, executors."
       From Vol. 7, page 332: "Page 305: In the name of God, Amen. I, Douwe Ditmars of Jamaica, in Queens County, on the Island of Nassau, yeoman, being in perfect health. All debts to be paid. I leave my dearly beloved wife Marrytie the whole and sole use and income of all my house, lands, and orchards in Queens County, to improve the same for her maintenance, and that of my daughter Antye, while she remains my widow. I leave to my son Douwe all my lands, meadows, and buildings in Kings County, being in consideration of his birthright. And after his mother's death I leave him all my houses and lands in Queens County. And he is to pay to my daughter Elizabeth (Lybethye), wife of Jeromus Vanderveer, 700 pounds, and to my daughter Antye 800 pounds in annual payments of 100 pounds after the death of my wife. All the rest of personal estate to be divided equally among my children, Douwe, Lybethye, and Antye. I make my son Douwe and my son-in-law Jeromus Vanderveer, executors. Dated September 3, 1762. Witnesses: Steven Willemsen, Jacob Snedeker, Johannes Lott, Jr. Proved, April 8, 1770." [From hand-written Will book, Liber 27, 1769-1771.]
       From Vol. 8: The Will of John Maxel, written October 30, 1771 makes Johannes Ditmars and Jeremiah Vanderbilt, Esq., executors. From Vol. 8, 1771-1776, pages 336-337: In the abstract of the Will of Simon Boerum, he leaves to "Catharine, wife of Dowe Ditmars, a Negro man, Fred." Will written May 5, 1773. Proved April 19, 1776.
       From Vol. 9, 1777-1783, page 63: "Page 78, I, Dow Ditmars, Jr. of Jamaica, in Queens County, being weak in body. My executors are to sell my tract of woodland lying in the Bog Lots, so called, and my salt meadow lying in Old Town Neck in Jamaica. I leave to my son Abraham my silver-hilted sword. To my son John, my gun and all my wearing apparel. I leave to my wife Maria and my three daughters, Bridget, Catlina, and Maria, all my linen. After the death of my wife, my executors are to sell all real and personal estate. I leave to my wife the use of all my estate while she remains my widow, and no longer, for her to use and for educating my children. After her death, I leave to my son Abraham 150 pounds. To my son John 140 pounds, and all the rest of my five children. I make my wife, and my brother, Abraham Ditmars, and my brother-in-law Barent Johnson, executors. Dated June 5, 1775. Witnesses: Andrew Oakley, Abraham Colyer, Robert Hinchman. Proved, December 9, 1775."
       Vol. 10, 1780-1782, pages 260-262: Page 33: Will of Jannetje Remsen, widow of Jeremiah Remsen, written February 7, 1780 unto the children of my cousin, Abraham Ditmars (son-in-law of my sister Catalina), viz: Abraham, Catalina, Johannes, and Dowe, each an equal share of 50 pounds. Into my five nieces, viz: Jannetje, the wife of Johannes Lott; Elizabeth, wife of Peter Onderdonck; Elizabeth, wife of Joris Rapalje; Suzanna, wife of Luke Bergen; and Maria, widow of Douwe Ditmars, deceased; all my wearing apparel to be equally divided amongst them.

       [From Lott Genealogy, Vol. 1, A-I, Long Island Room]

       No author indicated: "Handwritten pages bound into two volumes. They look like someone's working notes: "2 Catrina Lott (Peter) resident of Flatbush moved to Jamaica, married Sept. 22, 1687 to Dow Ditmarsen, born June 9, 1642. Will July 1, 1752 Dec. 3, 1755, son of Jan Ditmarsen. Children: John, Peter married Sarah, Douwe married Aeltje [Suydam] and moved to Raritan, Abraham married June 19, 1725 Bregie Remsen, Adriana married William Van Duyne of Newtown.
       Another note indicates a son, Hendrick Ditmarsen, between Abraham and Johannes marrying a Catrina De Witt. Johannes married Antie Rapalye.

[From Baptismal Record of the First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, N. Y., 1702-1733.
Call No. R929.3 NY24jr:]
Volume 1: Sponsors:
       p. 8, Daniel Remsen and Jannetje Ditmars July 3, 1705.
       p. 51, Douwe and Janeetie Ditmars, Oct. 8, 1721.
       p. 54, Douwe and Matye Ditmars, Oct. 2, 1722.
       p. 58, Douwe Ditmars and Areatie van Duyn, June 9, 1723.
       p. 63, Douwe and Matye Ditmars, Dec. 25, 1724.
       p. 69, Douwe Ditmars & Ariaentie van Duyn, Nov. 4, 1726.
       p. 73, Douwe Ditmars & Ariaentie van Duyn, July 9, 1727.
       p. 87, Douwe and Matye for Hannes and Brighye Ditmars, Jan. 5, 1729.

Volume 2:
       p. 1, Abram & Breghye Ditmars, parents, Jan. 24, 1733.
       p. 3, Abram and Breghye Ditmars, sponsors, Oct. 21, 1733.
       p. 3, Douwe and Matye Ditmars, Nov. 9, 1733.
       p. 8, Douwe and Catryna Ditmars, Nov. 3, 1734.
       p. 11, Douwe Ditmars and Areaentie van Duyne for Abrahm & Bregye Ditmars,
              baptizing Douwe, Sep. 15, 1735.
       p. 19, Douwe & Marretie Ditmars for Abram & Breqye Ditmars, bapt. Areaentie, Mar. 31, 1738.
       p. 37, Douwe and Catryna Ditmars, Jr., baptizing Jan, Mar. 31, 1754.
       p. 39, Dowe & Catra Ditmas, baptizing Catrena, with Dowe Ditmas, Mar. 1767.
       p. 42, Douwe Ditmars, baptizing Femmetie with Douwe & Sarah his wife, Jan. 1772.
       p. 42, Douwe & wife, baptizing Maria, with Jacobus & wife Snedeker, Jan. 1772.
       p. 42, Douwe & wife Ditmas, baptizing Catlina, with Catlina & Marte Barense, Jan. 1772.
       p. 64, John Ditmars & Catelina Jansen, bapt. Douwe, with Maria Ditmars, widow, Mar. 15, 1795.
       p. 66, Peter Rapalje & Brage Ditmars, baptizing Dowa Ditmus, with Maria Ditmus, June 19, 1796.

[From Baptisms, Reformed Dutch Church, Newtown, LI, 1736-1846. And Marriages
by Rev. Garretson at Newtown, 1835-1846.]

       p. 11, Jan Ditmas & Magdalen Vanderbilt, bapt. Dowe, with Dow Ditmars & Sarah Remsen,
              Sep. 28, 1776.
       p. 11., Power Amerman & Maretie Ditmars, bapt. Janetie, August 17, 1777.

[From Baptisms & Marriages, First Reformed Church of Newtown, 1736-1845]

       Abraham Ditmars & Elizabeth Jansen, bapt. Joannis April 27, 1766, with Dow Ditmars
              and Maria Ditmars Jansen by Domine Boelen.
       Jan Ditmas & Madalena Van der Belt, bapt. Douwen, Sep. 28, 1777, with Douwen Ditmas,
              Sara Remsen, by Domine Boelen.
       Isaac Ditmas & Janetje Vroome, bapt. Sara, June 8, 1776 with Douwen Ditmas and Sarah                      Remsen by Domine Boelen.

       [From Descriptions of Private and Family Cemeteries in the Borough of Queens, 1932]

       Douwe Ditmars, son of Abraham & Elizabeth nee Johnson, b. June 12, 1771, d. June 20, 1860.
       Anna Elvira, wife of Douwe Ditmars, daughter of Samuel Riker and Anna nee Lawrence,
              b. May 1, 1785, d. Aug. 2, 1860.
       Richard Riker Ditmars, 2nd son of above, b. Aug. 7, 1820, d. Aug. 17, 1850, at San Francisco.
       Anna Riker Ditmars, dau. of Dow Ditmars and Anna Riker, b. May 18, 1827, d. July 1, 1828.

[From Marriages of L. I. Settlers and Allied Families]

       John D. Ditmis, Jam. m. Cataline Johnson, Jam. Nov. 5, 1791.
       Abraham Ditmars, Jam. m. Eliz. Johnson, Jan 30, 1760.
       Dow Ditmars, Jam. m. Mary Johnson, April 10, 1764.
       Jannetje Ditmars, m. Peter Staats, Dec. 28, 1770.
       Johannis Ditmars, m. Rebecca Staats, Sep. 29, 1762.
       Maritie Ditmars, m. John Van Der Bilt, Mar. 12, 1778.
       Abraham Ditmars, m. Mary Scidmore, Mar. 2, 1781.
       Abraham Ditmus, m. Harriet Doughty, Jam. Dec. 13, 1772.
       Elizabeth Ditmars, m. Martin I. Johnson, Dec. 30, 1782.
       Catalina Ditmars, m. Samuel Eldert, June 7, 1782.
       Johannis Ditmars, m. Margaret Rapalje, Dec. 12, 1781.
       George O. Ditmis, m. Phebe Johnson, Jun 19, 1854.
       John A. Ditmars, m. Nancy Wyckoff, 1790.
       Georgiana Ditmis, Queens, m. Isaac Cornell Remsen, Flatlands, Dec. 13, 1882
       J. Adrian Ditmis, Queens, m. Helen W. Stoothoff, Jam. Jun 1, 1859
       Dow I. Ditmus, Jam. married Catherine Onderdonck, Cow Neck, April 27, 1817.
       Douw Ditmars, Jam. m. Catherine Lott, 1687.
       Dr. Douw Ditmars, Jam. m. Anna Elvira Riker, Newtown, b. 1785, d. 1816.
       Abraham D. Ditmars, L.I.C., m. Lavinia Riker, 1876.
       John D. Ditmis, Jam. m. Catalina Johnson, Nov. 5, 1791.
       Helen Wyckoff Ditmis, m. Charles Vanderveer, Queens, 1885.
       Douwe Ditmars, m. Catryntje Snedeker, New Lots, 1740.
       Bregie Ditmars, Jam. m. Schenck Peter Rapalje, New Lots, Dec. 29, 1791.
       Margaret Ditmars m. Johannes Emmons, 1810.
       Abraham Ditmars, Jr., Jam. m. Covert, 18??.
       John Ditmas, Jr. m. Jane Nagel, May 23, 1780.
       Douwe Ditmars m. Catherine Snedeker, July 11, 1768.
       Mary Ditmars m. Cornelius Voorhis, Dec. 12, 1761.
       Margaret Ditmars, Flatlands Neck m. George Van Nuyse, 1827.
       John Ditmars m. Margaret Van Siclen, New Lots, 1810.
       Joseph Ditmars m. Altie Van Brunt, 1730.
       Areantje Ditmars m. Albert Van Voorhis, Raritan River, 1720.
       Jannetje Ditmars m. Rem Hegeman, Flatbush, 1775.
       Cornelius N. Ditmars m. Adriana De Bevoise, Fresh Pond.
       C. N. Ditmars m. Jacob De Bevoise, Fresh Pond.
       Elizabeth Ditmars, Jam. m. Jeronimus Vanderveer, New Lots, 1750.
       Charles B. Ditmis m. Jane Bergen Lott, Flatlands, 1847.
       Abraham Ditmars m. Belle Kilgover, May 18, 1871.

[From New York Marriages]
P 112:
       1761, July 9, Ditmars, Douw and Sarah Vroom, iv. 290
       1771, Sep 26, Ditmars, Isaac and Jinne Vroom, xvii, 193
       1781, July 31, Ditmars, Jane and John Vroom, xxxiii, 24
       1761, Dec. 12, Ditmars, Mary and Cornelius Voohis, v. 276

As well as others listed above.

[From New Jersey Colonial Documents]

       P. 122: 1781, Feb. 13, Ditmars, Frederick, of Somerset Co., Will of Wife Phebe, all real and personal estate, and, after her death or marriage, to my 5 children, Abraham, Mattie, Lena, Phebe, and Sytie Ditmars. Executors: wife Phebe, and my father-in-law Abraham Dumont. Witnesses: Poeloff Voorhees, Johannis Stoothoff, and Henry Cock. Proved Feb. 25, 1783. 1783 March 4. Inventory: 369.18.9. Pounds made by Arsdalen, John Deforest, and Peter Ditmars. Liber M. p. 134.

[From Register of Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, New York,
from the First Settlement by Europeans to 1766]

       Page 99: Ditmars, or Van Ditmarsen, Douwe Jansen, of Flatbush in 1688, baptized June 9, 1642, married Sept. 22, 1687, Catherine Lott. Douwe Jansen Junior, resided first in Flatbush, and finally settled in Jamaica, where he died about 1755. Issue as per Riker's Newtown: John, Peter, Dow who married Aeltje and settled on the Raritan, Abraham of Jamaica, married June 18, 1725, Bregie, daughter of Abraham Remsen, and Adriana, married William Van Duyne of Newtown. (It is possible that this is an error, and that the above are children of Dowue Jansen and Catherine Lott who were married in 1687.)
       Jan Jansen, the common ancestor of the family, emigrated from Ditmarsen in the duchy of Holstein, and was sometimes called "Jan Jansen platneus", or flat-nose, as per Riker's Newtown. He married Aeltje Douws or Douwesen, and d. prior to 1650. Obtained a patent March 23, 1647, for 29 morgens on Manhattan Island. In 1647 he occupied a farm at Dutch Kills, Queens Co. No positive evidence of his having resided in Kings County. Issue: Jan Jr. of Flatbush, Dow, and Reynier.
       Jan Jansen Junior, b. about 1643, m. Adriana, settled in Flatbush of which place he was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church in 1677, and where he took the oath of allegiance in 1687, and where in 1676 he kept a tavern. From a map on file in the Office of the Secretary of State at Albany, made by "Jan Cortelyan" without date and filed August 8, 1681, of 6 farms in Flatbush, it appears that "John Ditmarsen" owned a "double lot" on the west side of the main road or "highway to the ferry," nearly adjoining the Flatlands Boundary and south of the land of "Klyn Dirk" (Dirk Janse Hoogland), "Broad before 56 rods 7 foot" (about 692 ft. 7 in.) "after 64 rods 5 foot (788 ft. and 8 in.), long 600 rod" (about 7350 ft.), constituting about 60 morgens. April 24, 1681, "Jan Janse Ditmarsen" bought of Gerret Lubbertsen a farm in Flatbush on the west side of the highway, south of Hendrick Janse Oesterstroem, north of the Flatlands boundary, stretching west southwest 600 rods, broad 27 rods and 5 ft., consisting of 27 morgens and 300 rods. It was patented by Governor Stuyvesant May 17, 1662, with meadows, as per p. 49 of Liber A of Flatbush records. This purchase covers a portion of the land on the above-referred to map of Cortelyan, which land remained in the Ditmars family until about 1825, when Major John Ditmars' share (the owner of a part of the same) was sold to David Johnson, since which it has been sold in parcels, and on it is located the main portion of Greenfield or Parkville. Issue: Dow of Jamaica, Laurens of Flatbush, bapt. April 25, 1680, at Flatbush, Johannes of Flatbush, (sup.) Rebecca, who m. Pieter Statts of Gowanis, and (sup.) Jane, who m. Daniel Remsen of Flatbush. Signed his name "Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen."
       Johannes (son of Jan Janse and Adriaentje), m. Jannetje Remsen and resided in Flatbush. Bought April 27, 1719, of Dow Ditmars the Flatbush farm of his grandfather Jan Janse. Issue: Jan, bapt. August 31, 1718, (sup.) m. Femmetje da. of Roeluf Voorhees, d. 1756. Marretje, b. Jan. 8, 1723, m. Engelbert Lott, d. April 1797, Johannes, bapt. May 23, 1725, in New Utrecht, m. April 20, 1748, (sup.) Rebecca Staats, Annetje, m. about 1770 Pieter Staats. Signed his name "Johannis Ditmars" in 1707.
       Laurens of Flatbush, bapt. April 25, 1680, m. Oct. 29, 1701, Elizabeth Hegeman, d. July 25, 1769. Constable of Flatbush in 1727 and 1728. Issue: Ariaentje, b. May or Aug. 23, 1703, . May 10, 1720, Albert Voorhees, d. April 14, 1721, Joseph, b. Mar. 25, 1704, m. Oct. 3, 1730, Altje Van Brunt, d. Mar. 22, 1732, Femmetje, b. May 23, 1707, m. Sept. 29, 1723, Elyas Hubbard, and Yannetje, b. Oct. 2, 1708, m. Oct. 12, 1734, Jacobus Ryder of Gravesend, d. Aug. 21, 1781.
       Reynier or Reyndert Janse of Flatbush, m. Lysbeth Van Rarestein. On ass. roll of Flatlands of 1675, and an elder of the R. D. Church there in 1682. Bought Mar. 8, 1666, of Hendrick Jansen Oesterstroem of Van Oesterstroem a bouwery in Flatbush on the west side of the highway, on the south side of Pieter Lodt, and on the north side of Gerret Lubbertse, with a house plot, as per p. 65 of Liber B of Flatbush records. This appears to cover the farm of Henry S. Ditmars and part of the farm of John Ditmars, and which was probably purchased of Reynier Janse by Jan Janse his brother. Issue: Geertje, bapt. July 31, 1681, and Louis, bapt. Nov. 11, 1683.

[From Somerset County Historical Quarterly]
       P. 282:
       Ditmars, Abraham, of near Somerset Courthouse 23.7.0
       Ditmarse, Lena, of Hillsborough (Millstone) 75.19.4.
       Ditmarse, Peter (son of Lena), of Hillsborough (Millstone) 78.2.6.

       Page 290: Van Nuyse, Catharine Ditmarse (consort of Jacobus), d. Oct. 25, 1840.
       Page 28: Catharine Ditmars, the mother of Peter and Abraham Van Nuys, when about twelve years of age, was placed in the forest a little southwest of Millstone, to watch goods that were hidden there. The British discovered the asylum and compelled the young lady to surrender her trust. She claimed several articles as her own, and the officers, charmed by her temerity, compelled their men to let her keep them. On another occasion some Hessians came to the house and ransacked the closets. Finally they drew out some ribbons that were Catherine's special property. She darted forward and snatched them way, exclaiming: "Those are my ribbons, and you shan't have them." The mother was frightened, but the men, knowing that a young woman's bonnet "fixings" were things not to be handled with impunity, went away and left her in undisputed possession of her treasures.

[From Franklin Township Historical Notes, by Judge Ralph Voorhees, in 1874-76]

       P. 175: "From ancient records preserved and found at the Van Liew Homestead, we have the following names and dates: . . . Helena, b. October 15, 1724, m. Rem Ditmars of Millstone, d. July 6, 1778. . . . Rem Ditmars who married Helena, was grandson of John Johnson [Jan Jansen], who emigrated from Ditmarsen in Denmark, and was living on a farm at Dutch Hill, Long Island, in 1640. Hence the name Ditmars, formerly Van Ditmarsen. Two of his grandchildren, Rem and Dowe, settled on a tract of land lying on the west side of the Millstone River, and running back from it for two miles to the neighborhood of Roycefield. Rem's part joined the river, and it remained in the family until about 1810, when, after the death of his son's widow, it was purchased and resided on by Abraham Beekman, until his death. Since that time his son, Peter N. Beekman, has owned and resided on the old homestead. The land is now owned by Jacob Schomp, adjoining it on the south, was a part of Rem's farm.
       Dowe lived in Roycefield. Rem was an active member of the Reformed Dutch Church at Millstone, at the time of its organization and the erection of its first house of worship in 1766. He had a son Peter, also an active member, who lived on that part now owned and resided on by Jacob Schomp. Living by the river, Peter acquired great skill and speed as a skater. I heard his sister, my mother, relate that he at one time skated against a horse, commencing at Shenck's (now Oakey's) Mills, and running to Millstone, the distance being two miles. Peter took the river, came to the end of the course, took off his skates, and entered the tavern opposite the church before the horse and his rider arrived. Another singular incident connected to Peter is related. About five years ago, in the neighborhood of the old Ditmars property, a land turtle was seen marked with initials "P. D., 1766," which was doubtless done by him, and while his name carved on his tombstone has disappeared by the lapse of time, the turtle has perpetuated it for more than half a century, and it probably still lives. In former times turtles were numerous, and it was a common practice, when finding a turtle, for the finder to inscribe upon it the initials of his name together with the date."

[Notes from a Ditmars' Family Bible, given to the New York Historical Society by Mrs. John Rikers Ditmars, April 25, 1955. The 1810 Bible was in estate of Dr. John E. Stillwell, April 29, 1931]

       In the Duchy of Holstein in Denmark were two subdivisions known respectively as North and South Ditmarsch. The one, North Ditmarsch, contained in 1847 eleven villages, the chief of which was Heida. Its' area was 231 square miles and its' population 30,200. The other at the same time contained 13 villages, the chief being Meldorf, and containing 275 square miles and a population of 37,400. These two districts are situated between the rivers Elbe and Eider.
       The "Van" in Van Ditmarsen signifying "of" in English indicates that this was the native place of Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen, who is the ancestor of the family in America. The "Jansen" indicates that he was the son of Jan, or John. He was sometimes called "flatneus", probably because of some facial blemish.
       On the 23rd of May 1647 Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen [1] obtained a patent for 24 morgen (48 acres) of land on Manhattan Island and the same year he was granted a plantation in Newtown which he sold to Joris de Caper, the ancestor of the Van Alrt family. His wife's name before marriage was Aeltie Douwes, and she survived him and in 1650 remarried. Their children were Jan Ditmars [2] (b. 1643), Douw Ditmars [3], and Reynier Ditmars [4].

Second Generation

       2. Jan Ditmars, son of Jan [1], was born about 1643 and had a wife named Adriana. They settled in Flatbush where he was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church in 1677, took the oath of allegiance in 1687 and in 1686 kept a tavern. He owned a "double lot", or farm, on the west side of the main road or "highway to the ferry" nearly adjoining the Flatlands boundary and south of the lands of "Klein Duck" [Klyn Dirck] (Dirk Janse Hoagland), "broad before 56 rods 7 foot" (692 feet 7 inches) and "after 64 rods 5 feet" (788 feet 8 inches) "long 600 rods" (7350 feet) containing about 60 morgan (120 acres).
       On April 24, 1681 Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen bought of Garret Lambersten a farm in Flatbush on the west side of the Highway south of Hendrick Janse Oesterstrom's, north of the Flatlands boundary stretching west-south-west 600 rods broad, 27 rods 5 feet containing 27 morgens and 300 rods as patented by Governor Stuyvesant on May 17, 1662 with meadows as per page 40 of Liberit of Flatbush records. This land remained in the Ditmars family until about 1820 (or 1825) when Major John Ditmars' share was sold to David Johnson, since which it has been sold in parcels and on it is located the main portion of the villages of Parkville and Greenville.
       Jan's [Jr.?] children were Douw Ditmars of Jamaica who died about 1755 [5], Laurens Ditmars of Flatbush who was baptized on April 25, 1680 [6], Johannes Ditmars of Flatbush [7], Rebecca Ditmars [8], and Jane Ditmars [9].
       Douw Ditmars, son of Jan [1] was baptized June 9, 1742, but there is no further trace of him and he probably died single or without issue.
       Reynier Ditmars, son of Jan [1] lived in Flatbush and married Elizabeth Van Barestein. Their children were Geertie Ditmars, baptized July 31, 1681 [10], and Louis Ditmars, baptized November 11, 1683 [11].
Third Generation

       5. Douw Ditmars of Jamaica, New York, son of Jan [Jr.?][2], settled first in Flatbush and finally in Jamaica where died about 1755 "far advanced in years." On September 22, 1687 he married Catherine Lott, daughter of Peter Lott, the American ancestor of the family of that name. Their children were John Ditmars [12], Peter Ditmars [13], Douw Ditmars [14], Abraham Ditmars [15], and Adriana Ditmars [16].
       6. Laurens, or Laurence, Ditmars, son of Jan [2], of Flatbush was bapt. April 25, 1680. On October 29, 1701 he married Elizabeth Hegeman, daughter of Joseph and granddaughter of Adrian Hegeman, the ancestor of that family in America who emigrated about 1650 from Amsterdam, had a wife Catherine and died April 1672. And had children Joseph, Henry, Jacobus, Abraham, Denyse, Isaac, Benjamin, Elizabeth, and John. Of these, Joseph Hegeman emigrated with his father, lived in New Lots, married on October 21, 1677 Phebe Remsen and died about 1725.
       The Hegemans had eleven children of whom Elizabeth was born on November 2, 1682, and on October 29, 1701 she married Laurence Ditmars [6]. Their children were Areantie Ditmars, born May 23, 1703 [17], Joseph Ditmars, born March 25, 1704 [18], Phebe Ditmars, born May 23, 1707 [19], and Jane Ditmars, born October 2, 1708 [20].
       7. Johannes Ditmars of Flatbush, son of Jan [2] married Jane Remsen, and bought, on April 27, 1719, from Douw Ditmars the Flatbush farm of his grandfather Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen. Jane Remsen was a descendent of Rem Jansen Vanderbeck, the ancestor of the Remsen family who emigrated from Severen in Westphalia and married on December 21, 1642 Jane, the daughter of George Jansen Rapalje. Rem died in 1681 and had 17 children, one of whom, John Remsen, was bapt. on January 12, 1648 and married on December 20, 1681 Martha, daughter of John Damon and died in 1696 and had nine children, one of whom, Jane, married Johannes Ditmars [7]. Their children were John Ditmars, bapt. August 31, 1718 [21], Marretie Ditmars, born January 8, 1723 [22], Johannes Ditmars, baptized March 26, 1725 [23], Armitie Ditmars, bapt. March 26, 1727 [24], Abraham Ditmars, baptized November 26, 1731 [25], and Jane Ditmars [26].
       8. Rebecca, daughter of Jan [2] became the second wife of Peter Staats of Gowanus, a descendant of Jan Petersen Staats who married first May 16, 1652 Margaret Jansen and second November 15, 1663 the widow of Frederick Jansen and died about 1714 having children Peter, John, Nelly, and Sarah. Of these Peter Staats baptized July 8, 1663 married Elizabeth Middagh and moved from Gowanus to Richmond County in 1694 had one son Peter Staats bapt. in Flatbush, Feb. 16, 1690, and John. Of the last, Peter Staats married first Aug. 29, 1712 Lammetie Neghte and second Rebecca Ditmars. His will dated Oct. 4, 1760, proved Sept. 2, 1761 is recorded in New York Surrogates Office in Book 23, of Wills, page 118. Children: Peter Staats, baptized May 21, 1721 [27] and John Staats [28].
       9. Jane Ditmars, daughter of Jan [2] married Daniel Remsen of Flatbush, son of Rem Jansen Vanderbeck the ancestor of the Remsen family in America and married Dec. 21, 1642 Jane Rapalje and had 17 children one of whom Daniel Remsen born in 1665 lived in Flatbush. He married Jane Ditmars [9] and died in 1736. No children.
       10. Geertie Ditmars, daughter of Reynier [4] was baptized in Flatbush July 31, 1681. Of her there is no further trace.
       11. Louis Ditmars, son of Reynier [4] was baptized at Flatbush November 11, 1683. Of him there is no further trace.
Fourth Generation

       12. John Ditmars, son of Douw Ditmars [5], married and settled at Jamaica and died before his father. His children were Dow Ditmars [29] and Abraham Ditmars [30].
       13. Peter Ditmars, son of Douw [5] also settled in Jamaica, married and died before his father. Jane Ditmars [31] was his daughter, and he probably had others not recorded.
       14. Douw Ditmars, son of Douw [5], married Altje Suydam. They had a son, Johannes Ditmars, born July 15, 1739, who served as a Private in the New Jersey Militia during the Revolutionary War. [According to New Jersey State Archives, Militia Records, 2nd Year, p. 203, a Certificate No. 214, dated May 10, 1784 was received, signed by William Verbryck, indicating that Johannes Ditmars was paid 3 s. and 6 p. "for the depreciation of his Continental pay in the Somerset County Militia".] His second wife was Margaret Whiteneck whom he married on September 14, 1778. He died on June 10, 1821 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. She died there on September 2, 1841.

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