[Findings of Charles A. Ditmas, President, Kings County Historical Society, 1920]
Captain Walter Earl, Frederick C., William E., Charles, George and John are the sons of Abraham Ditmars by his second wife, Lucinda Earl.
Abraham Ditmars was known as a young man as Abram Ditmars, which was the usual way of spelling the name at that time. He was the son of John Ditmars and Magdalen Voorhees of Roycefield, Somerset County, and New Jersey. Abraham Ditmars was born in Somerville, New Jersey is 1848 and died in Bath, New York in 1917. He first married September 20, 1865, Martha Iaconia Gabriel, born September 2, 1846, died December 11, 1870. She was the daughter of Albert Gabriel and Sarah Neefus Gabriel of Somerville, New Jersey.
Abraham Ditmars, during the American Civil War, enlisted as a private in Company A, 30th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, on September 3, 1862. His brother John R. enlisted in the same company on the same date. Issue by their first marriage is Sarah Etta Ditmars, born September 20, 1868. She lives at the present time (1920) at #7 Mechanic Street, Somerville, New Jersey. Abraham's second marriage was to Lucinda Earl, who was born in Newton, New Jersey. She died in Brooklyn, New York, 1895. Issue by second marriage: John, George, Charles, William, Frederick, and Walter.
Authority for the above: Letters from Captain Walter Earl Ditmars and Mrs. Matilda Henderson. Interviews with Sarah Etta Ditmars, and John R. Ditmars (cousin of Abraham), and the Nevius Genealogy, page. 606.
John Ditmars, sometimes written John I. Ditmars, of Royceville, now South Somerville, New Jersey (Somerset County), was born February 27, 1814, baptized May 1, 1814 (Somerset Historical Quarterly, p. 136). He died at Ossinning, New York in 1906 (or 1907). He married Magdalena Voorhees Hoagland, daughter of William Hoagland and Catherine Smith [relative of singer Kate Smith, known to Frederick C. Ditmars as a younger cousin], and born on February 10, 1815 (Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Vol. 8, p. 137). She died on March 4, 1889. Both are buried at Somerville, New Jersey. They married on September 27, 1836 (Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Vol. 3, page 68). Children: Abraham
Ann Margaret, married October 1, 1865 to William Hoffman (Somerset Co. Historical Quarterly, Vol. 5, p. 52). Died at Millstone, N. J., age 23 years. Matilda, born at Roycefield, New York. She resides at 32 Ellis Place, Ossinning.
Authority for above: Matilda Ditmars-Henderson and Rev. C. Peterson Ditmars, a cousin of Abraham.
John I. Ditmars, of Somerset County, New Jersey, father of John Ditmars and grandfather of Abraham, was born September 29, 1779 and died September 12, 1870. He married October 26, 1800 to Margaret Corshon who was born May 12, 1780 and who died August 18, 1853. They had six children:
1. Sarah Ditmars, Mariah, Sarah (2), John, John (2), Rulif T. The Will of John Ditmars is recorded in the Surrogates Office of Somerville, New Jersey in Book I, page 575, proved September 2, 1870. It names sons John and Rulif, and daughter Sarah, wife of Cornelius Whiteneck.
Authority for the above: Rev. C. Peterson Ditmars, of the Reformed Church of Niskayuna, New York. He is the son of Rulif T. Ditmars noted above and brother of John R. Ditmars, who lives at Somerville, New Jersey. Dr. Ditmars is an outstanding man of the Dutch Reformed Church, to which nearly all the Ditmars belong. Information is from the Ditmars family Bible and other family papers.
Johannes Ditmars, father of John I. and great grandfather of Abraham, was born July 15, 1739. He was baptized July 29, 1739 (Somerset County Historical Quarterly, p. 301, Vol. 2.). He died June 10, 1821. His second marriage was to Margaret Whiteneck who was born in 1744 and died September 2, 1841, aged 96 years. He resided at Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey. He was a private in the Militia in the American Revolution (New Jersey in the Revolutionary War, Adjutant General Stryker, pp. 575). The Adjutant General at Trenton will issue a certificate of service without charge.
The will of Johannes Ditmars is recorded in the Surrogates Office at Somerville, New Jersey in Volume C, page 35. It is dated December 8, 1817 and was proved August 3, 1821, naming wife Margaret, sons John and Douwe, daughters Altie, Nelly, and Jane. It leaves the homestead to John and was written by hand and is transcribed as follows:
In the name of God, Amen. I Johannes Ditmars of the Township of Hillsborough in the County of Somerset in the State of New Jersey being of sound mind in memory and understanding for which blessing I earnestly thank God, do this 8th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner of the following, that is to say, in the first place, it is my will and I do order all my last estate and funeral to herein be duly satisfied and had paid as conveniently can be after my blessed passing, then, I give, will, and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret, her heirs or assigns our Midtown House and Middy's with all the furniture there to belonging, of her own choice, I also give and bequeath use to her the stuff and contents of my farm and the ? House and profits thereof in which I now live, as long as the remains my widow, after which I give ? of Douwe or any right of ?, I do order and direct and it is particular devise that son John shall remain on my same farm and to farm it on the conditions as he does for me at present, that is, for the half as long as my dear wife should remain my widow, I do also order and direct my Negro man David to remain with my said wife as long as she remains my widow unless he wishes to be sold, and if he should be sold, then the money arising from said sale to be divided as the remaining part of my personal estate.
Item: I give, will, and bequeath into my son John his heirs and assigns forever all my homestead, farm or plantation on which I now live with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining by his paying the following ? that is, one thousand dollars to my son Douwes, his heirs, and assigns the like sum of one thousand dollars to my son George his heirs and assigns and the same seven hundred dollars to my daughter Altie her heirs and assigns, and also the like share of seven hundred dollars to my daughter Nelly her heirs and assigns and also the like sum of seven hundred dollars to my daughter Jane her heirs or assigns which said sum is to be paid by my son John in three equal annual payments the last payment to be made one year after the decease of my said wife or if she should give up ? of my said farm, then in one year after said ? is given up by her to my son John and the said ? to be and remain a lean on my said farm or plantation until duly discharged or paid off as by me?
Item: I give will and bequeath unto my son Dowe his heir and assigns twelve dollars and fifty cents in the first place out of my personal estate. Item: I give will and bequeath all the remaining parts from my personal estate unto my three sons and four daughters their heirs and assigns to be divided between them in the following manner, that is to say, each of my sons to receive twenty dollars to each of my daughters fifteen dollars and in that proportion, I do and direct my executors to sell and dispose of my personal estate as soon as may be conveniently after deceased. Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Douwe and John and my friend Martin Schenck of Millstone executors of this my last Will and Testament and do by these presents divide and make void all former Wills by me heretofore made. In ?? whereof I have unto my hand and here this day and first written. Signed, Johannes Ditmars, sealed, published, and declared by the said Johannes Ditmars to be his Last will and testament in the presence of (The erasures in the 188.8.131.52 lines by him made.) Bragam S. Brokaw. Bragum S. Brokaw & John J. Van Nuys.
Johannes Ditmars was the son of Douwe and Aeltje Ditmars, early settlers of New Jersey. Douwe Ditmars was the son of Douwe of Jamaica, Long Island who was the son of Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen and Adriantje, both early settlers of Long Island, who settled in Flatbush, where their descendants have lived and been prominent ever since.
Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen was the son of Jan Jansen and Aeltje Douwe, his wife. Both of the latter came to America in 1637.
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