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There was a name change in my particular ancestral lineage of the family from Brink to Prink.
Ensign Peter Brink and his wife Sarah resided for some period of time in New York City just after the Rev. War under the name of (P)rink, after their deaths they were buried as (B)rink back in the Brink Family ancestral home of Saugerties, in the Finger Burial Ground (Peter in about 1818, Sarah about 1821) information recorded in the record of burials there. [It was said that Ensign Peter Brink/Prink bt. 1749 served as a spy for George Washington, the reason for residing in New York City and the name change, but later there seemed also to be other family reasons such as the split of Baptist Rev. Peter Henry Prink from the old Dutch Church teachings.]
Peter and Sarah’s son Henry Brink born 1780 and baptized at Katsbaan Dutch Church—died in 1815—is also buried there with his parents. We believe that an early union of Henry with Jane Myer born 1783 in about 1800 (1813 marriage later in the Kingston Dutch Church) produced his son named Peter Henry (P)rink. The parents Peter Brink and Sarah Cole had a second son Peter Henry Brink I. baptized at Kingston Dutch Church in 1790, buried at Finger Ground about 1850. Peter Henry Brink I. had a son named for him— Peter Henry Brink II. born 1831, buried at Finger Ground in the 1890s. Peter Henry Brink I. and II. retained ownership for about 150 years of the old Hendrik Brink (bt. 1692) Saugerties property until that line’s marriage into the Finger Family who later sold its farm to the present day Boice Family. The old stone house built in 1743 by Hendrik for his second marriage to Susanna DuBois (married 1st to Grietje Osterhoud) and a newer Federal style mansion built about 1815 by Hendrik’s grandson Capt. Henry on the property are crumbling and badly in need of restoration, if ever to be done, and the Finger Burial Ground graveyard still stands in disarray (viewed in 1996) see A Brink Book. There was some indication that DAR or other local historic interests might look into it, but it is difficult to see if there would ever be enough money available for such a project.