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Re: Early Dockstaders
Posted by: Charles Julian (ID *****7539) Date: April 01, 2006 at 12:38:30
In Reply to: Early Dockstaders by Charles Julian of 187

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Janette notes that William V.H. Barker in "Early Families of Herkimer County New York: Descendants of the Burnetsfield Palatines" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1986) has also placed Henry3 of Caistor as a son of Georg Adam2. As well, there may be reference in John N. Dockstader's "The Dockstader Family" (Montgomery County Archives) to a story wherein Marcus3 and Lieutenant John3 were neighbours, and Marcus had a great dislike for his brother John's Loyalist ways. If this is so ( I haven't been to the archives yet ) then the presence of both Patriots and Loyalists in the line of Georg Adam2 is confirmed. MacWethy's Book of Names (1933) shows that Marcus3 and Nicholas3 were Rangers on the American side during the war, so the profiles of Georg Adam's sons do not seem to differ greatly except with respect to which side they were on. In light of this, and pending no future evidence to the contrary, I'm confirming John3, Henry3 and Frederick3 as sons of Georg Adam2 Dockstader and Catherine Staring. The tentative birthdate of Captain John3 c. 1750 fits very well. Henry3 of Caistor was probably born in the late 1730s, one of Georg Adam's earlier children. Lieutenant Frederick3 Dachsteder was born 29 MAY 1755 in Stone Arabia, New York, and died 19 OCT 1781 on the Ross Expedition, aged 26. With this branch discerned it's now to time to figure out a) who were all of John Dochstader's wives, b) who was Philip Young, and c) who was Philip Young's wife Mary. The wills of John3 and Henry3 are given below.


Will of Captain John Docksteder of the Grand River ( Transcribed by Janette Lozon )


In the name of God, Amen.

I, John Docksteder of the Grand River and county of Haldimand and province of Upper Canada, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, that gave it to me, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent christian burial at the direction of my executors or executrixes, not doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate, as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the manner following - First, I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Catherine Docksteder my lower house on the said Grand River with houses and appurtenances, Viz. - Upwards the boundary beginning thirty yards above the Mill house creek, thence running downwards to a certain creek called (?) creek, thence from the Grand River a mile back on each side of the said river, which is the boundary; likewise my dear daughter Catherine shall have the one third of all the horned cattle on the said farm – secondly my dear daughter Mary Docksteder is to have the upper farm from the boundary of Catherine below, thence running upwards on the north side of the said river to a creek known by the name of Sarah Montour’s creek, and on the south side of the said river by a certain spring – The boundaries extend one mile back on each side of the said river, being marked for the said boundary line – Thirdly as to Sarah my loving consort who is to reside with my dear daughter Catherine, and to be maintained out of her estate during the period of her life, in food (?) meat drink and apparel, the said Mary and Sarah (?) having their equal part of the horned cattle; only Sarah is to have the fox mare colt, and another horse or mare she shall think proper. Likewise my daughter Catherine shall pay to my son Adam Docksteder at Buffalo creek, on(e) hundred pounds the first year after my decease, and fifty pounds the second year – Likewise my daughter Mary shall pay to my son John Docksteder, one hundred pounds, fifty pounds the first year after my decease and fifty pounds the second year. Likewise, my daughter Mary shall pay her brother Joseph fifty pounds and fifty pounds to her sister Warri, both living at the Mohawk Castle – All bonds, bills and promissory notes are to be equally divided between Mary and Catherine, only they must pay all lawful debts against the estate - My two daughters Mary and Catherine shall give unto their brothers Adam and John Docksteder each a good milk cow – likewise give up a bond of my brother Henry’s as a voluntary gift. I order my best suit of regimentals to my nephew Henry Docksteder, as to my other clothing I desire it may be equally divided amongst my nephews.

This is to certify that I Archibald Scott, being sent for by Capt. Docksteder by Alexander Lymburner on Sunday (?) the 22nd of February 1801 – When according at the said house, I the said Scott was ordered by the said John Docksteder to take a memorandum of all his estate, and that I was to write his Will, and every thing to be properly settled before his death which accordingly was done, which will appear in the (?) writing; but by the arrival of Doctor Tiffany, the assignment was delayed, and not finished, as he wanted as much silence as possible as his complaint required silence, his orders was granted, that he hoped in a short time he would be in a better situation, which was the occasion of the omission of the assignment – as for testimony of the within I said Archibald Scott will testify the same upon oath – that this within is the truth from the mouth of the deceased, John Docksteder, being examined(?) I have signed the same.

Archibald Scott

Presence of
Charles Anderson
Warner Nelles
John Nelles


Will of Henry Dachstetter of Caistor Township ( Transcribed by Erlene Dudley )



In the Name of God, Amen. –

I, Henry Dotchsteder, Seignior, of the Township of Caistor, County of Lincoln, district of Niagara and Province of Upper Canada; Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of Sound and perfect mind and memory, Blessed be Almighty God for the Same, do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first – I give and Bequeath unto Magdalane Dochsteder my dearly beloved Wife my Bed and Bedding one Cow of her own choosing and one year old Hiefer (sic) calf, three Apple trees one Cherry tree and one Peach tree of her own choice. I also constitute my Youngest son Joseph Dochsteder, to Maintain his Mother in a decent and comfortable manner both in board and Apparel and should he neglect or refuse to do the same he shall pay or cause to be paid the sum of Twelve pounds ten Shillings provincial Currency, My will and Meaning is that She shall have, use and occupy the room on the East end of the House, And likewise to have for her own proper Benefit and use as much of the Garden as she will want to Occupy for her own use. I also give and bequeath unto Joseph Dochsteder my youngest son to him and his heirs and assigns, forever, the Homestead farm being Lot No. three in the second concession which said farm lays on the North side of the Chippewa together with priviledge (sic) of fencing across said Lot on the South bank, Also that half of Lot No. three in the fourth concession Join the above named farm together with my Waggon (sic), Sleigh, plow and harrow, one Cow and one pair of Horses of his own choice, Together with the harness thereunto belonging. Also I give and bequeath unto Henry my third son that part of the above named Lot No. three in the Second Concession lying in the south side of the Chippewa Creek (?) so far south to a deep gully and Salt lick near the burying ground, (Never the less reserving for the use of the Public one Acre of ground fronting on Chippewa Creek where the burying ground now is) then running due West as my Land shall extend. Also I give and bequeath unto John Dotchsteder my Grandson that part of Lot No. three that lays on the East side of Chippewa Creek being about fifteen Acres be the same – More or less, Also twenty-five Shillings Provincial Currency to be leverged (?) and payed out of my Estate by Joseph my Son. Also I give and bequeath unto George Henry Dochsteder my Grand Son the part of the above named Lot No. three that lays from the above named Gully to the South as far as my Land Shall Extend and also West as far as my Land shall run. Also I give and bequeath unto my two Daughters – Catherine and Mary to them their Heirs and Assigns forever all that Lot No. four in the third Concession containing two hundred acres be the same ore or less, to be by them possessed. Also I give and bequeath unto John Dochsteder my second Son one Cow out of my stock. And for the payment of Just and lawful debts my will and meaning is, that Joseph my Son Shall discharge the same out of his part of my Estate, and also that he my son Joseph shall have all the Present crops wholly to be his own property. And also my will and meaning is that my two Sons Henry and Joseph and my two grand sons herein mentioned all as Sharing in the said Lot Number three are each of them to have the priviledge (sic) of cutting and using whatever timber they wish (for the Convenience of Building fencing etc on any part of said Lot No. three. Also I give and bequeath unto Magdalane my dearly beloved Wife one sheep of her own choosing, and as for the remainder of my moveable effects, after the above – Several legacies is delivered, granted or given, my will and pleasure that they be equally divided among these my children and grand children named in this my Last Will and Testament. Also when it pleaseth the Almighty to call me from this Life and likewise Magdalane my dear Wife my will is for Joseph my Son to be at the Expence (sic) of Our being decently Buried and Also my will is that my Estate Shall not be divided not before the term of Six weeks has expired after my decease when it is (my) wish for them to settle my effects without any disputing or uneasiness whatever.-

And lastly I constitute make and ordain my trusty and well Beloved friends, John Lymburner and Christian Sensibaugh of the district of Niagara and Province of Upper Canada to be my Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanull all and every other former Testaments, Wills, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Ninth day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and Nine.

Henrich Dachstetter (signature)

I Henry Dochsteder Seignior of the Township of Caistor County of Lincoln District of Niagara and province of Upper Canada do this Ninth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and Nine make and publish this Codicil to my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) that the Liberty by me given in my last Will and Testament to my Sons Henry and Joseph Dotchsteder and to my two Grand-Sons John and George Henry Dochsteder in regard to their free liberty of cutting and converting to their own proper use whatever wood or timber they should want as therein mentioned is to extend no further than to the Timber being on the Land Lying on the South side of the Chippewa Creek. And lastly, it is my desire, that this my present Codicil be annexed to and made a part my last will and Testament to all intents and purposes. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this ninth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and Nine.

Henrich Dachstetter (signature)

Signed, sealed, published and declared
by the above named Henry Dochsteder
Seignior to be his last will, testament
and Codicil thereto annexed in presence
of us who have hereunto subscribed our
names as Witnesses in the presence of the

Samuel Birdsall
James Heaslip
Edmund Hodges


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