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Friday, January 11, 2013

Records of the Dutch Congregation of Freehold and Middletown, GMNJ v. 31

After volume 26, the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey began publishing only two issues per year, combining nos. 1 and 2 into a January issue, and nos. 3 and 4 into a July issue. The publication also took a break from the Freehold and Middletown records and did not resume their publication until volume 31 in 1956.

Volume 31 begins with three baptisms from 1767  and four from 1768 which were attributed to the pastorate of Rev. Reynard Erickzon. This is followed by a marriage register covering the years 1736 to 1746. Next is a register of communicants beginning with 1737, through to 1747, then 1750 and 1752. A brief overview of the Pastorate of Rev. Benjamin DuBois, 1764-1818, including a mention of the partisan controversy that occurred during his first few years, is followed by the baptismal register under Rev. DuBois. This begins with the baptism of Antje, child of John Schenk and Neeltje Bennet on 14 December 1766 and continuing until 10 January 1773, with Gerret, child of Jacob Amack and Geertje Covenhoven. Next comes a register of baptisms conducted on 16 September 1770 by Dom. Isaac Rysdyk in the Middletown congregation. This group of six baptisms includes the birth dates of the children. There is a list of five members received into the congregation by Dom. Rysdyk, which includes Henricus Brouwer and Antje Brouwer. The baptismal register of Rev. DuBois resumes with the date 21 January 1773 (Joost, child of Jacobus Springstein and Cornelia Voorhees) and ends with 4 May 1777 (Gerret, child of Koert Schenck and Sarah Voorhees).

Records of the Dutch Congregations of Freehold and Middletown, GMNJ v. 31 (1956)

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