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Re: Genealogy of Catherine Dachsteder (1781-1856)
Posted by: Charles Julian (ID *****7539) Date: July 16, 2007 at 22:21:51
In Reply to: Re: Genealogy of Catherine Dachsteder (1781-1856) by Cathy Purvis of 186

Greetings,

The John Stevens UE line ( here interpreted as the son of Arent Sr of Schenectady ) would go like so:


1 Jonathan Stevens b. about 1675 ( from New England, came to Schenectady c. 1692 )
. . . + Lea Van Slyck 24 JUL 1693 Schenectady NY ( d/o of Cornelius Van Slyck & Ots-Toch, widow of William Van Coppernoll )
. . . . . . 2 Annetje Stevens chr. 27 MAR 1695 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . 2 Hendricus Stevens chr. 10 NOV 1697 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . 2 Dina Stevens chr. 05 MAY 1700 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . 2 Arent Stevens chr. 26 JUL 1702 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . + Maritje Hall 03 FEB 1726 Schenectady NY ( d/o William Hall )
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jonathan Stevens chr. 01 DEC 1726 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Catrina Stevens chr. 01 AUG 1729 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 William Stevens chr. 10 SEP 1732 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Nicolaas Stevens chr. 14 NOV 1734 Schenectady NY, d. 19 SEP 1788 Home District [ UE, Butler's Rangers, Interpreter ]
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + Margaret Mabie 10 APR 1761 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Arent Stevens chr. 26 SEP 1762 Schenectady NY, d. 20 JUN 1814 Upper Canada [ UE, Commissary, Indian Department ]
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Johannes Stevens chr. 01 JUL 1764 Schenectady NY, d. 20 SEP 1787 NY [ UE, Butler's Rangers, Interpreter ]
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Johannes Stevens chr. 21 JUL 1736 Schenectady NY, d. 1804 Stamford Twp, Upper Canada [ UE, Butler's Rangers, Interpreter ]
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + Maria Jung nee (--) 12 JAN 1767 Stone Arabia NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 John Peter Stevens b. 18 FEB 1768 Stone Arabia NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 William Stevens [ of Stamford ]
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Mary Stevens b. 1772, d. 05 FEB 1820 West Flamborough Twp, Upper Canada.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fiona Stevens [ of Stamford ]
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jacobus Stevens chr. 13 DEC 1739 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . + Mary Griffiths 04 FEB 1750 Schenectady NY ( widow of Thomas Burrows )
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Maria Stevens chr. 20 OCT 1750 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Richard Stevens chr. 10 DEC 1752 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lea Stevens chr. 22 APR 1755 Schenectady NY.
. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Anna Stevens chr. 22 APR 1755 Schenectady NY.


There were two John Stevens who were active during the Revolution, John Stevens Sr (1736-1804) and his nephew John Stevens Jr (1764-1787), the latter being the son of Nicholas Stevens UE (1734-1788). John Jr is the one who is recorded as a clerk in the 1783 census of Niagara, he died 1787 in New York State without issue. John Jr's brother Arent Jr (Aaron) married Maria Chrysler and they had a large family in the Niagara area. Arent Jr of Niagara seems to have maintained close ties with New York State after the Revolution, probably a bit too close since he was killed during the Ancaster Bloody Assize of 1814. John UE of Stamford's children according to his will of 1804 were John Stevens Jr (presumably John Peter b. 1768), William Stevens, Mary Stevens Cochenour (1772-1820) and Fiona Stevens Staats or Quick. What became of John Sr's sons John Jr and William after 1804 I'm not sure. From what I've come across so far all of the early Stevens in the Lincoln / Niagara area descend from Arent Jr. It's possible that John Sr's sons left Home District, returned to New York State, or died without issue.

There's still no formal proof for the Schenectady link with John Stevens UE, though I think it likely given the association of both John and Nicholas with Butler's Rangers and the Indian Department as well as their occupation as interpreters during the Revolution. Nicholas UE also has a brother named John on record at the Schenectady Reformed Church who was born two years after him ( ultimate whereabouts of this individual otherwise unknown ) so the placement seems plausible. The earliest record of John Stevens in Stone Arabia so far is the Van Horne Patent Map of 1764. I recall finding reference ( possibly in the Sir William Johnson papers? ) to Arent Stevens Sr having acquired property at or near the Stone Arabia area about a decade before John shows up, but I wasn't able to find any reference to Arent Sr's family apart from the baptismal records of his children at Schenectady. Until something like this turns up ( i.e. proof linking Stone Arabia John Stevens to Schenectady Arent, or proof that Schenectady Arent's son John was someone else, which I doubt ) the evidence is only circumstantial, based on location and vocation. The two marriages listed here for Sarah Jane Markle, first to William Staats (grandson of John Stevens UE) then to Nicholas Stevens (grandson of Nicholas Stevens UE), are interesting and I hadn't noticed them before. I'm relatively sure the two UE's are brothers but as usual hard proof seems to be lacking.

I've also looked into the origins of Jonathan Stevens of Schenectady and couldn't figure this out. Three men came from New England at about the same time ( c. 1692 ) Daniel Mascroft, Thomas Smith, and Jonathan Stevens. Thomas Smith can't easily be traced back to anywhere because of his name. Daniel Mascroft ( who either bought land from Jonathan Stevens or sold land to Jonathan Stevens, can't remember ) probably came from Roxbury Massachusetts where the Mascroft family had settled in the mid-1600s, but he doesn't easily link in to the known family tree ( the immigrant founder of this family coincidentally enough was also called Daniel Mascroft ). If Jonathan Stevens likewise came from Massachusetts then it isn't obvious which of the several large Stevens families in the state he comes from; he was baptized at the Schenectady Reformed Church on the same day as his son Arent ( 26 JUL 1702 ) "age 27", which might imply that he had never been baptised before and that no record of his birth exists back in the colony. If his father was indeed a New Englander named Stevens then Y-DNA is probably the best way to figure out which family he belongs to, but as yet the Schenectady Stevens haplotype isn't available for comparison with the Massachusetts Stevens lines.


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