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Use of Dutch language at home and in community -1700s
Posted by: James E. Clapp (ID *****1044) Date: September 10, 2002 at 12:26:26
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This is related to my previous query, but many more people might have information about this: Would a fifth-generation Terhune born in 1761 and raised in the Hackensack area be likely to have spoken Dutch as a child--at home or in the community?

The reason for the question is that the Cornelius Terhune I am trying to learn about spoke with an accent that, judging from contemporaneous accounts (1843, when the Cornelius Terhune who born in 1761 was in his eighties), could well have been a Dutch accent. I am trying to determine whether it is reasonable to think that Cornelius Terhune would have acquired such an accent by speaking Dutch as a primary language as a child. (I suppose another possibility is that he spoke English, but in a community of speakers who themselves spoke with Dutch accents.)

I would appreciate any family stories or general historical information that would shed light on this.

Thank you.

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