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Re: Lieutenant John Dachsteder...
Posted by: Charles Julian (ID *****7539) Date: June 04, 2005 at 16:54:45
In Reply to: Re: Lieutenant John Dachsteder and the Dockstaders of Stone Arabia NY (c. Mid-1700s) by Charles Julian of 187

More developments in the lineage of John and Frederick. Erlene has located Henry Dockstader's will, written April 1809 in the Town of Caistor, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara. In it he names his wife Magdalane, his "second son" John, his "third son" Henry, and his "youngest son" Joseph, as well as two daughters, Catherine and Mary.

What's odd here isn't so much that son one, George Adam, isn't mentioned (he died about 1793), and certainly not that Frederick isn't mentioned (he died in 1781), but rather the fact that John Dockstader IS mentioned in Henry's will he is bequeathed one cow. But Captain John Dockstader of Six Nations died in February of 1801 (Erlene has obtained a copy of this obituary from the Niagara Herald). So how is it that John is being granted a cow if he has been dead for eight years?

The answer is, of course, that John Dockstader, second son of Hendrick Dockstader UE, is NOT the same person as Captain John Dockstader of Six Nations. And also, since Frederick is only ever attested as Captain John's brother (and in theory should be accorded the rank of "third son" here even if dead notice that John doesn't moved up to "eldest son" simply because George Adam is deceased), that means Frederick was also not a son of Hendrick Dockstader UE.

So it was back to the drawing board from here, and all there was to go on was one other, the only other, attested reference to relatives of Captain John. This is in Joseph Brant's letter to Chief Justice Alcock, written June 27 1803.

"... Your people have taken their oaths before a magistrate to the veracity of the Will of the deceased, Capt. John Dochsteder, which Canby thinks to invalidate by having bought for fifty pounds N.Y. cur[rency] his elder brother Henry's right of heirship."

So Captain John had an elder brother Henry, presumably in the same geographical area. Now at first this doesn't seem to clear anything up (since John [b. 1760] did have a brother named Henry) but notice that Brant says "elder brother". Henry (b. 1767) was the youngest son of Henry Dockstader, and he didn't even see service until the War of 1812, so it's unlikely that Brant would say "elder" here when obviously Henry was younger than John (b. 1760). Since there are only two Henry Dockstader's in the entire area at that time, the only other possibility is that John (and Frederick) were BROTHERS of Henry Dockstader UE, rather than his sons.

In this connection, all three men sided with the British and joined the Indian Department during the revolution, and the two that survived the war received land in the same general area. All three men (if brothers) would have been sons of Hendrick Jury Dockstader (1714-1774) and Catherine Van Antwerp (1714-1789), and therefore grandsons of the original Palatine immigrant Georg Dachstaetter. John, Frederick and Henry (b. 1741) also all named their daughters "Catherine", i.e. rather than Magdalene (though this might also have been chance).

Known children of Hendrick Jury Dockstader and Catherine Van Antwerp (none of whom has a surviving baptismal record from a church) are:

i) Jellis H. Dockstader, born 1732 (family history from descendants)
ii) Hendrick Dockstader, born 1741 (family history from descendants)
iii) Johann Nicholas "Hannicle" Dockstader, born about 1746 (U.S. military pension)
?iv) Barbara Dockstader (sponsored, along with her father, for Hendrick Galinger in 1761)

With all these records being few and far between, and being based on family histories rather than birth records, it is quite possible that many other children of Hendrick and Catherine are unaccounted for. If we take John's age from the UE military roster of December 1, 1783 as literal (i.e. 32 rather than as a typo for 22), then he would have been born between December 5, 1750 and December 4, 1751, therefore probably in 1751. Technically Frederick could have been born anytime between 1751 and 1761 (the latter being the date he was alleged to have been born to Hendrick and Magdalena) and he would still have been John's younger brother. If he was born at the extreme date of 1761 (and joined the Indian department at age 15!) then his parents still would have been only 47 when he was born so ages and dates here are well within the realm of possibility, but probably Frederick was born some time before 1761.

All that's left now is to explain the story of the family and to have it make some sense. Hendrick Jury and Catherine were both born in Albany around 1714. They married in 1732, and in 1737 Hendrick moved along with two of his brothers, George Adam and Frederick, to Stone Arabia in Tryon County.

Father Hendrick died in 1774, before the revolution. Mother Catherine died in 1789.

1) Oldest known son Jellis (1732-1787) married Mary Felter in Stone Arabia; the baptismal record for only one child of Jellis and Mary (John Frederick Dockstader, born 1752) has ever been found, but this one record is still more than has been found for Hendrick and Catherine! It is not clear which side of the Revolution Jellis Dockstader was on. He is not on any military rosters.

2) Hendrick Dockstader (1741 to 1809 or after) married Maria Magdalena Weber and was a loyalist during the war. He had six known children, all mentioned above.

3) Nothing is known of Barbara Dockstader, but if she was about 18 when she sponsored for Hendrick Galinger with her father then she would have been born about 1743 older than John Dockstader in any case.

4) Hannicle Dockstader (1746-1811) DID serve in the Tryon County militia as a private and died in 1811. His widow Dirkje Van De Werken applied for his pension in 1837, but her claim was rejected because "soldier did not serve six months". Thus, even if Hannicle had aligned himself with the Americans, it wasn't a particularly intense alliance. Hannicle and Dirkje's five known children were all born between 1774 and 1785 (i.e. the height of the war), so he may have felt that by allying himself with his brothers and the Tories against the majority of his neighbours his new family would be in danger. Serving a short term in the militia would have been more than enough to prove his loyalty.

5) John Dockstader (1751-1801) would have been 23 when his father died, and in 1788 he indicated that he had previously owned a freehold farm and mill on the Mohawk River in Tryon County. That would have been some time prior to 1777 when he was judged inimical and fled to Montreal. If John had been married prior to the war (perhaps to a Cayuga woman, or to Joseph Brant's sister as the legend goes), a marriage at age 18 would have taken place about 1769.

6) Frederick Dockstader ( ? -1781) may have been either an older or a younger brother of John, but historically he has been interpreted as younger. Elizabeth Stevens was 16 in 1780 when they were married, so if Frederick had been about 18 or 20 at that time then he would have been born between 1760 and 1762 and this hypothesis assumes no previous wife. Nothing is known about what property Frederick may have owned or where he lived prior to the outbreak of war. He sided with the British during the revolution and joined the Indian Department in 1776.

A cousin of John, Frederick, and Hendrick Jr, George Adam Dockstader Jr, the oldest son of George Adam Sr, was also a loyalist during the war (serving in the King's Royal Regiment of New York), and relocated to Montreal with his family. George Adam Sr seems also to have come with them, since his death records are located at Christ Church in Montreal. The nature of the connection between Hendrick Jury's family and the Indian Department has yet to be ascertained.

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