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  • ID: I04190
  • Name: James Westerfield
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Jacobus /Westervelt/
  • Birth: 1 JUL 1737 in Tappan, New Jersey
  • Death: ABT 9 APR 1780 in Near Ft. Harrod, Beargrass, Kentucky
  • Burial: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Christening: 4 JUL 1737 Dutch Reformed Church, Tappan, New Jersey
  • Note:

    Notes for Jacobus Westervelt:
    The Winning of the West by Theodore Roosevelt, Volume Two - From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi 1777-1783; pages 101-102
    "As soon as the spring of 1780 opened, the immigrants began to arrive more numerously than ever. Some came over the Wilderness road; among these there were not a few haggard, half-famished beings who, having started too late the previous fall, had been overtaken by the deep snows, and forced to pass the winter in the iron-bound and desolate valleys of the Alleghanies, subsisting on the carcasses of their stricken cattle, and seeing their weaker friends starve or freeze before their eyes. Very many came down the Ohio, in flat-boats. A good-sized specimen of these huge unwieldy scows was fifty-five feet long, twelve broad, and six deep, drawing three feet of water; but the demand was greater than the supply, and a couple of dozen people, with half as many horses, and all their effects, might be forced to embark on a flat-boat not twenty-four feet in length. Usually several families came together, being bound by some tie of neighborhood or purpose. Not infrequently this tie was religious, for in the back settlements the few churches were almost as much social as religious centers. Thus this spring, a third of the congregation of a Low Dutch Reformed Church came to Kentucky bodily, to the number of fifty heads of families, with their wives and children, their beasts of burden and pasture, and their household goods; like most bands of new immigrants, they suffered greatly from the Indians, much more than did the old settlers."


    The information on the Westerfield family comes from a Westerfield family history compiled by Claude Westerfield.

    In 1768 Jacobus moved his family from the New York/New Jersey area (where the Westervelts originally settled) to Conewago, PA. with the first colony of the Dutch Reformed Church. In the spring of 1779, the Westervelts joined the Banta Migration that was headed to Kentucky. This group of pioneers travelled down the Ohio River and arrived at the Beargrass area east of present-day Louisville, on April 6, 1780. About 3 days later, Jacobus was killed by Indians while moving his family to Ft. Harrod. His daughters Debby and Polly were captured by Indians and later ransomed in Ft. Detroit. Deborah is listed as "Deborah Velt" with Mary Westerfield in a record of Rebel prisoners at Quebec (British record in Canada) as taken prisoner in April 1781 who arrived from Detroit at Montreal in October 1782. After Deborah was returned to her family in Kentucky. She married James Baxter June 17, 1784 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. James was born around 1760 and died January 1827 in Jefferson County, Indiana. Deborah is also listed as having died in January, 1827 in Jefferson County.



    Barbara's note:The one below who weighed 333 lbs., James Westerfield, was
    the husband of
    Maria Demaree, who saved three of her children. They were the parents of
    James who m.
    Phoebe Cozine and the grandparents of our Cornelius Westerfield, sr. who
    married Elizabeth
    "Betsey" Bruce
    ***
    Westerfield Massacre

    It was extracted from the microfilm by Mary Landkamer of Broken Bow, OK
    Nov 18, 1991
    and was in "The Melted. American" (Westerfield) Newsletter # 14 , Nov.
    18, 1996, pp. 13
    and 14.
    This is from Draper Manuscripts Volume 24C145 & 148. (That is what it
    has. I wonder if it
    should be 145-148.)
    This background is given: "In 1865, Lyman C. Draper, historian had
    written to H. R. Staffod for
    information on his father, William Stafford who was a very early settler
    in Ky. having come from
    Randolph Co. Virginia with Daniel Boon when Boon moved his family to Ky.
    In answering Mr.
    Draper, H. R. also told about the Westerfield (Westervelt) family since
    H. R.'s mother was
    Leah Westerfield who married William Stafford in 1783."

    [Letter of H. R. Stafford]
    "My grandfather, James Westerfield was a large man weighing 333 pounds,
    himself and family
    left Berkeley Co., Va. about 1780 and emigrated to Ky. by way of
    Pittsberg to Louisville
    intending to go to Herrod's Station in now Mercer Co.KY. Him and company
    about 30
    persons started from Louisville to the Station camped for the night on
    the waters of Beargrass
    about 12 miles out and sometime in the night was attacked by a party of
    Indians while asleep,
    and but few escaped death. The old man and two of his daughters among the
    number killed.
    The old lady saved 3 children by hiding them in a sink hole, one child in
    her arms and 2 under
    her clothes to keep them from crying. My mother, then single, also
    escaped to a fort not far off
    but owing to the alarm with difficulty got in. Those that were prisoners
    was separated a little
    way from each other until they could find out which was capable to
    travel, and those unfit to
    travel was tomahawked and scalped, one woman sitting by on seeing one of
    her children one
    after another slain, they went to take her infant out of her arms her
    fortitude gave way held on to
    the child screaming for its safety was killed on the spot by the hatchet
    and scalped then took the
    infant by the heels and beat out its brains against a tree. They then
    took such of the others as
    they intended to take with them & ripped open the beds scattering the
    feathers gathered their
    plunder and left. After killing the old man they seemed to think they had
    killed a giant. Three
    buttoned themselves in his big coat and danced. Deborah Westerfield and
    her cousin Polly
    taken off prisoners to Detroit then sold to the French as servants was
    badly treated and by the
    sympathy of the same, sold into another family. They remained until
    exchanged and finally got
    home to (?) surviving friends. While in captivity at about that time the
    old lady was taken on her
    return froma a French's house had her horse shot under her and taken not
    far from
    (Checkhans?) Station in now Shelby Co. KY. [Barbara's note: Mary could
    not make out the
    name of the station. I believe it was Ketchum's Station.] Taken a few
    miles off secured for the
    night until they could steal horses for their journey came back before
    day with the horses gave
    her choice the back of for which she knew well, (dexterously?) put on her
    saddle and when
    ready, mounted and took off was taken - also to Detroit in great hope of
    meeting with her
    daughters and cousin Poly Westerfield but to her disappointment they were
    released and gone
    home around east. She remained there about one year and finally got back
    I omitted to state
    that after the horses were killed she was made to run and pack her saddle
    about four miles on
    to a creek in the hills called battekin? to the ________place referred to
    above. [Barbara's note:
    I think this might be Bullskin Creek.] All of which is respectfully
    narrated as I learned it. H. R.
    Stafford Carroll Co. Mar 28, 1865"


    Father: Jacobus\ James Westervelt b: 7 SEP 1712 in Holland
    Mother: Debra Van Schywen

    Marriage 1 Maria Demaree\est b: 19 OCT 1735 in Schraalenburgh, Bergen,
    NJ.
    Married: 5 NOV 1754 in Schraalenburgh, Bergen, NJ.
    Children
    Samuel Westerfield
    Rebecca Westerfield
    Catherine Westerfield
    Jacobus\James Westerfield b: 15 AUG 1755 in Utrecht, Long Island , New
    York

    Sources:
    Title: Barbara Westerfield Hilyerd
    Title: Westerfield Massacre
    Page: Draper Manuscripts Vol. 24 C 145 & 148
    Text: It was extracted from Microfilm by Mary Landkamer of Broken Bow ,
    OK. Nov 18, 1991 and was in "The Melted American" (Westerfield) Newletter
    #14, Nov. 18, 1996, pp. 13 and 14. This is from Draper Manuscripts.
    Cathy,The William Stafford married Leah,Deborah Westerfields sister.
    James Stafford,William's son married Isabelle Baxter in Fayette.
    Alma


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    ID: I0132
    Name: Jacobus \James WESTERFIELD 1 2
    Sex: M
    Birth: 1 JUL 1737 in NY.
    Death: 1781 in KY.
    Reference Number: 132
    Note:
    James was killed in a Indian raid upon his arrival into Ky.

    Barbara's note:The one below who weighed 333 lbs., James Westerfield, was the husband of
    Maria Demaree, who saved three of her children. They were the parents of James who m.
    Phoebe Cozine and the grandparents of our Cornelius Westerfield, sr. who married Elizabeth
    "Betsey" Bruce
    ***
    Westerfield Massacre

    It was extracted from the microfilm by Mary Landkamer of Broken Bow, OK Nov 18, 1991
    and was in "The Melted. American" (Westerfield) Newsletter # 14 , Nov. 18, 1996, pp. 13
    and 14.
    This is from Draper Manuscripts Volume 24C145 & 148. (That is what it has. I wonder if it
    should be 145-148.)
    This background is given: "In 1865, Lyman C. Draper, historian had written to H. R. Staffod for
    information on his father, William Stafford who was a very early settler in Ky. having come from
    Randolph Co. Virginia with Daniel Boon when Boon moved his family to Ky. In answering Mr.
    Draper, H. R. also told about the Westerfield (Westervelt) family since H. R.'s mother was
    Leah Westerfield who married William Stafford in 1783."

    [Letter of H. R. Stafford]
    "My grandfather, James Westerfield was a large man weighing 333 pounds, himself and family
    left Berkeley Co., Va. about 1780 and emigrated to Ky. by way of Pittsberg to Louisville
    intending to go to Herrod's Station in now Mercer Co.KY. Him and company about 30
    persons started from Louisville to the Station camped for the night on the waters of Beargrass
    about 12 miles out and sometime in the night was attacked by a party of Indians while asleep,
    and but few escaped death. The old man and two of his daughters among the number killed.
    The old lady saved 3 children by hiding them in a sink hole, one child in her arms and 2 under
    her clothes to keep them from crying. My mother, then single, also escaped to a fort not far off
    but owing to the alarm with difficulty got in. Those that were prisoners was separated a little
    way from each other until they could find out which was capable to travel, and those unfit to
    travel was tomahawked and scalped, one woman sitting by on seeing one of her children one
    after another slain, they went to take her infant out of her arms her fortitude gave way held on to
    the child screaming for its safety was killed on the spot by the hatchet and scalped then took the
    infant by the heels and beat out its brains against a tree. They then took such of the others as
    they intended to take with them & ripped open the beds scattering the feathers gathered their
    plunder and left. After killing the old man they seemed to think they had killed a giant. Three
    buttoned themselves in his big coat and danced. Deborah Westerfield and her cousin Polly
    taken off prisoners to Detroit then sold to the French as servants was badly treated and by the
    sympathy of the same, sold into another family. They remained until exchanged and finally got
    home to (?) surviving friends. While in captivity at about that time the old lady was taken on her
    return froma a French's house had her horse shot under her and taken not far from
    (Checkhans?) Station in now Shelby Co. KY. [Barbara's note: Mary could not make out the
    name of the station. I believe it was Ketchum's Station.] Taken a few miles off secured for the
    night until they could steal horses for their journey came back before day with the horses gave
    her choice the back of for which she knew well, (dexterously?) put on her saddle and when
    ready, mounted and took off was taken - also to Detroit in great hope of meeting with her
    daughters and cousin Poly Westerfield but to her disappointment they were released and gone
    home around east. She remained there about one year and finally got back I omitted to state
    that after the horses were killed she was made to run and pack her saddle about four miles on
    to a creek in the hills called battekin? to the ________place referred to above. [Barbara's note:
    I think this might be Bullskin Creek.] All of which is respectfully narrated as I learned it. H. R.
    Stafford Carroll Co. Mar 28, 1865"

    Sources:
    Title: Barbara Westerfield Hilyerd
    Title: Westerfield Massacre
    Page: Draper Manuscripts Vol. 24 C 145 & 148
    Text: It was extracted from Microfilm by Mary Landkamer of Broken Bow , OK. Nov 18, 1991 and was in "The Melted American" (Westerfield) Newletter #14, Nov. 18, 1996, pp. 13 and 14. This is from Draper Manuscripts.
    -----------------------------------------------
    1810 Census, Mercer Co., KY
    Please confirm by viewing the film - page # is provided below.

    Westerfield Cornelius 3-0-0-1-0 1-0-0-1-0 338
    Westerfield Isaac 0-0-0-1-0 0-0-0-1-0 339
    Westerfield James 1-1-0-0-1 1-1-0-0-1 339
    Westerfield James 2-0-0-1-0 2-0-0-1-0 339
    Westerfield John 1-0-1-1-0 0-0-1-0-0 339
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    McCormick, Phillips, Hamilton, Westerfield, Carter, Baylies, Garcia, Zahn, more
    Entries: 2447 Updated: Mon Sep 8 20:31:02 2003 Contact: Bob McCormick

    ID: I0350
    Name: Jacobus WESTERVELT
    Sex: M
    ALIA: /Jacob/
    Birth: 1 JUL 1737 in Tappan, Orange County (Rockland Co.), New Jersey
    Death: ABT. 1785 in Bullitt County, Kentucky
    Note:
    Died after Indian raid

    =========================================================================

    Papers of the Low Dutch to the Continental Congress


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    US General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service,
    Washington, DC.

    Index to the Papers of the Continental Congress
    Filed under: Squire Boone
    1. Kentucky, American Citizens of, to Congress.
    Undated 1 page, M247, r 62, i48, pg 245 and
    2. Kentucky American Subjects of to Congress
    May 1780 ( Read August 1780) 3 pages. M247,r62,i48, pg. 247

    I will give you the basic premise of the text as it is quite long. Some background first, the Low Dutch had come from Berkley Co VA and Conowago, PA and settled for a time at Beargrass Station and other Stations in Jefferson Co. That summer of 1780, petition to the Continental Congress circulated among the Kentucky Settlements.

    "The Petition decryed the monopolization of land by Virginia speculators and said the petitioners had but three choices: 1. Stay and become slaves to the laws of Virginia, 2. Remove down the Ohio and become subjects of Spain, 3. settle across the Ohio in enemy territory". "The Petitioners sought the
    approval of Congress in establishing a settlement across the Ohio" Among the more than 400 signers were: Abraham, Albert, Cornelious, Jacob and John Banta, Cornelius Bogard, Peter Demaree, John Dorland, Cornelius Vorheis and Jacob Westerfield." This Petition was published in A.C. Quisenberry, "Five Hundred Kentucky Pioneers". The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol 10, no. 28, (1912), pp 41-46. I have a photo copy of the original Petitions. John Dorland was my ancestor. He evidently died or was killed shortly after this time as his family were listed among the Poor and
    Destitute on the Frontier of Ky for in the Jefferson Co. Minute Book and were awarded 400 acres land. His wife Catharine is listed as a widow, here and in the 1783 Petition to Continental Congress.

    Evidently Bear Grass Station, one of the places where they lived, is near present day St. Matthews north of the creek on the west side of Breckinridge Lane. They also established the Low Dutch Station which was on the South Fork. The Low Dutch Station or New Holland ws located about 7 miles from the Falls near where present day Browns Lane Crosses Beargrass. Vince Akers of Bargersville, Indiana wrote an exceptionly well documented manuscript on this topic called" The Low Dutch Company, A History of the Holland-Dutch Settlements on the Kentucky Frontier. They later moved into Mercer Co and Madison Co, Ky.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Judy Cassidy

    ===========================================================================

    Submitted by: Judy Cassidy "Jamescassidy22@cs.com"March 22, 2000
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    Again, they were living in Jefferson and perhaps Mercer Co, as well as Conowago, PA.Papers of the Continental Congress Item 41, Volume 5, folios 95-101-6. This includes a 2 page letter and the Petition.
    To the Honorable President and Delagates of the Free United Staes of America in Congress Assembled.
    Gentlemen: A Memorial and Petiton of a Number of Inhabitants of the Kentucky settlement of the Low Duch reformed Church Persusion on behalf of themselves and other Intended Settlers was brought to me bh one of those Petitioners desiring me in the Name of the rest to give a Testimonial of their Character
    to the Honourable Congress because I as personally acquainted with them. Some have lived amongst us and belonged to my Congregations. They were a plain, honest peaceable sobber and industrious people remarkable for agriculture and by current reports we have of them they are all hearty friends to our Glorious Revolution and the Honorable Congress. our humble Servent:
    J.M. Van Harlingen, Minister of the Gospel and Sourlandt and New Shennick (NJ)

    Petition: of a number of Low Dutch Inhabitants of Kentucky for a grand of land (In Kentucky) or on the North West Side of the Ohio. Read: Sept 27, 1783. To the Honorable President and Delagates of the Free United States of America in congress Assembled.(Because of its length I will shorten it somewhat)
    In the spring of the year 1780, your peitioners moved to Kentucky with their families and effects with a view and expecting to procure a Tract of Land to enable them to settle together so they might propogate the Gospel in their known Language. When they arrived to their dissappointment they were thro' the dangerousness of the times by a cruel savage Enemy obliged to settle in Stations or Forts standing in such places where there was the most appearance of safety, not with standing. Numbers of them suffered greatly in their property, several killed and others captivated by the 'Enemy, living in such distressed confined way always in danger, frequently on Military Duty, it was impossible for them to
    do more than barely support their families with the necessaries of life, by whih means they are much reduced. Contrary to their expectations before their arrival, since most of the tillable land has been located and monopolized by persons that had the advantage of our Memoiralists being strangers and confined aforesaid, being so reduced are rendered unable too purchase Land at the advanced price and especially in a body conveniently together agreeable to their wishes. Whereas, Providence has been pleased to prosper and support the vitruous assistance of the United States in the glorious cause of Liberty, which has enabled them to obtain an Honorable Peace, whereby they have obtained a large exent of unappropropriated Territory and whereas it is currently and repeatedly reported amongst up that
    Congress has broke or made void Virginia's right or claim to Land in Kentucky Settlement;We pray that we will be granted a Tract or Territory of Land in the Kentucky Settlement, if the Virginia Claim should be made void. or otherwise in the late ceded land on the NW side of the Ohio River; whereto there is not any prior legal claim, to enable them to settle in a body together on such reasonable terms as Congress in their wisdom shall see just and reasonable..

    There were two groups of signatures: Inhabitants of Kentucky and Intend
    Friends who were yet to come and still in PA or NJ.

    Among the signers besides Catharine Darling, widow, and her sons Lambert and
    John Inhabitants of Kentucky, and than as Intended Friends living in NJ were
    Garret Dorland and Lambert Dorland who had signed from Kentucky as Lambert
    Darling. He was one of the men who returned to NJ for signatures of tho
    who were to come.

    Surnames only, there are just too many of them for first names:
    Banta, Bogart, Brinkerhoff, Brewer, Cossart, Cownover, Cosezine, Cozart,
    Debaen, Demaree, Durie, Hogeland, Hooghtelin, Krosen, Luce, Pursel, Saulter,
    Smock, Seabourn, VanArsdale, VanDyke, VanHorn, VanPelt, VanTine, Voorhees,
    Westerfield, Westervelt.

    There were of course many other settlers who signed who were not members of
    this group.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Judy Cassidy117 Evergreen CourtBlue Bell, PA 19422


    Father: Jacobus WESTERVELT b: SEP 1712 in DRC - Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey
    Mother: Deborah VAN SCHUYVEN b: 10 NOV 1717 in DRC - Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey
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    Marriage 1 Maria DEMAREE b: OCT 1735 in Schraalenburg, Bergen County, New Jersey
    Married: DEC 1754 in Schraalenburg, Bergen County, New Jersey
    Children
    Jacobus WESTERVELT b: 15 AUG 1755 in New Utrecht, Bergen County, New Jersey
    Lea WESTERVELT b: ABT. 1758
    Samuel WESTERVELT b: 18 FEB 1760
    Isaac WESTERVELT b: ABT. 1762
    Debora WESTERVELT b: ABT. 1769
    Catrina WESTERVELT b: ABT. 1771





    Father: Jacobus Westervelt b: 7 SEP 1712 in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey
    Mother: Debora Van Schywen b: ABT 1716 in Holland

    Marriage 1 Maria Demarest b: 19 OCT 1735 in Schraalenburgh, Bergen, New Jersey c: 19 OCT 1735
    • Married: 5 NOV 1754 in Schraalenburgh, Bergen, New Jersey
    Children
    1. Has Children Deborah Westerfield b: 23 OCT 1768 in Conewago Twp., York, Pennsylvania
    2. Has No Children William Westerfield b: ABT 1756
    3. Has No Children Leah Westerfield b: MAY 1758
    4. Has Children Samuel Westerfield b: 18 FEB 1760 in New York
    5. Has No Children Isaac Westerfield b: 14 JUL 1762
    6. Has Children Lea Westerfield b: 2 DEC 1764
    7. Has Children Catherine Westerfield b: 27 MAY 1770 in York County, Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Rebecca Westerfield b: 9 JUN 1779
    9. Has Children James Westerfield b: 15 AUG 1755 in Scrallenburgh, New Jersey

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