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Re: Richard Kittle, Indian fighter
Posted by: James M. Holland Date: August 01, 2000 at 06:14:58
In Reply to: Re: Richard Kittle, Indian fighter by James M. Holland of 676

Hi Anna,

More information about our common Kittle ancestors:

Volume VI #11 Church Life February 1894

Old Deerpark Days

The Elders of Machackemech Church received as a member on
confession of faith September 21, 1749.

73. William Cole

On April 12, 1750 the following persons were received as
members of the Machackemech Church upon satisfactory confession
of life and doctrine:

74. Rachel Van Etten, wife of Dirk Kittel
75. Catharina Kittel

Rachel Van Etten was born at Knightsfield, Ulster County, and
was married December 23rd, 1724, to Ritsert (Richard or Dirk)
Kittel born at Marbletown and baptized July 4th, 1697, and
son of Jeremie Kittel and Elisabet Claessen. The marriage took
place at Hurley, where each resided. After their marriage they
continued to reside at Hurley, where records show their first
two children were born. From there they removed to Wawarsing,
and from thence to the Menissinck country prior to 1750.

The records at Kingston give the names of two persons named
Kittel as being of German descent, hence it may be properly
inferred that the Kittels who came to the Delaware valley
were of German origin.

The children of Ritsert Kittel and Rachel Van Etten, and who
came with their parents to Menissink were, Elizabeth, baptized
June 27, 1725, married Cornelia Westbroek, of Menissinck, June
7, 1750; Jeremias, baptized May 15, 1743, married Lea Davis, of
Machackemech, January 4, 1754; Jan, baptized March 16, 1729;
Abraham baptized February 6, 1732, married Christina Westfael,
daughter of Johannes Westfael and Apollonia Kortrecht, of
Menissink, August 30, 1754; Susanna, baptized June 4, 1738,
married Anthony Westbroeck Jr., of Menissink, August 5, 1757;
Maria, baptized June 15, 1740, married Aldert Oosterhout, of
Menissink; Catharina, married Petrus Kuykendall, of Machackemech
(now Port Jervis), January 13, 1753; Lea, married Daniel Van
Aken, of Machackemech, December 13, 1753. All the above children
except Elisabeth and Jeremias were born at Wawarsing.

It will be seen from the above that the children of Ritsert
Kittle and Rachael Van Etten, married into many of the most
prominent and respectable families in the Delaware valley,
sketches of whom have already appears in former issues. One of
the children, Lea, the wife of Daniel Van Aken, was the mother
of Jeremiah Van Aken, the schoolmaster, who was slain by the
Indians under Brant, when they raided this town in 1779,
destroyed the Machackemech Church and nearly wiped out the


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