Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Browers in Stone Arabia, New York Baptisms

Baptism records for the Reformed Dutch Church of Stone Arabia in the Town of Palatine, New York begin in 1739. There are two sources available for the baptism records. First is the record in the Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, transcribed by the NYGBS and edited by Royden Woodward Vosburgh in 1916. There are three volumes to this series. Volume 1 is available online at the NYG&B website (membership required). Volume 1 covers baptisms from 1756 to 1795 and marriages from 1756 to 1799. Other records, such as member lists and sales and registrations of seats, are also found in this volume. As I recall, volumes two and three can be accessed online through Heritage Quest (access to Heritage Quest online is only available through a login via a subscribing institution such as a library).

A second source is available through Kinship Books. "Baptism Record of the Stone Arabia Reformed Church," transcribed by Arthur C. M. Kelly covers the years 1739 to 1899.

Persons with the surname BROUWER or BROWER, extracted from the version published by Arthur C. M. Kelly are now available online. This scanned PDF is from the William B. Bogardus Collection.

Brouwer-Brower, Baptism record of the Reformed Dutch Church of Stone Arabia

Today, Stone Arabia is a hamlet within the Town of Palatine in Montgomery County, New York. It is located on the north side of the Mohawk River. The original settlers consisted of German immigrants from the Palatine and descendants of Dutch families that had first settled in the areas of Schenectady and Albany in the 1600s. Among the earliest settlers was Willem Brouwer/Brower, who is often claimed as (but not proven to be) a son of Willem Brouwer and Lysbeth Drinckvelt of Beverwijck.

The Stone Arabia Church in 2010
An account of Early Stone Arabia, by Andrew L. Dillenbeck (1931), can be found online.

1 comment:

  1. There is a large family in Stone Arabia, NY with the last name of Putman.

    A dutch family.

    Great write up.


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