This volume presents the ancestry (as far as it is known) of the children of James Nohl Churchyard and his former wife, Martha Orr. The following eight ancestral lines start from parentage chart B1.
A complete list of the principal family names included in this work is given below.
Author and print publisher Internet publisher James N. Churchyard Henry Churchyard 1694 Santa Margarita Drive 3205 Helms #204 Fallbrook, CA 92028-1639 Austin, TX 78705 (letter mail with SASE only, please) firstname.lastname@example.org
After many years of research we began the distribution of this book as a personal bicentennial project in 1975. We donated copies to the principal libraries such as:
In the years since, many more printings and excerpts have been given to libraries and individuals. We print each copy of this book to order and so each is slightly different due to the inclusion of new research results and the correction of old errors.
As an extension of this policy of free publication, the book is also available on the Internet.
[Most of the rest of this book has not been converted to HTML, but is included as part of the plain ASCII text version which is available for download:]
These sketches contain more than the usual "family group sheet" information. Additional historical and background information on the times and places where these ancestors lived has been inserted to complete the picture of their lives.
And that is why this book is called a "museum" instead of a "family history": hopefully it provides a real look into the lives of the people and their times, not just a dry compilation of facts.
The following review is from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, Volume 108 (January 1977), page 52.
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Mr. Churchyard has gathered information concerning his wife's and his ancestral families, twenty-five of which have been traced back at least four generations. This tentative edition is placed in a few libraries with the hope that other researchers may be able to help resolve questions concerning the identity of certain ancestors listed ...
The practice of placing a tentative edition where others can consult it, profit from it, and possibly add to it or even correct it, is laudable and to be encouraged. Mr. Churchyard has obviously done a great deal of intelligent research and thoughtful analysis.
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The following review excerpt is from Everton's Genealogical Helper: online edition, Volume 1, Number 6 (16 May 1995).
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This is one of the first implementations in a trend toward the establishment of an electronic library accessible via the Internet. It is based on ... Our Family Museum with information on over 360 different surnames ... Even in its simplicity, this Web-based book provides the one thing serious students have always wished for in printed volumes: instant cross-references. Multimedia is cool, but this ability to form your own links, to follow a path that you have chosen, is what hypertext is all about. ... Fancy? No. But invaluable for those who share the author's lineage.
James N. Churchyard is or has been a member of these lineage and genealogical organizations:
The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New York
The California Society, Sons of the Union Veterans
The Sons of the Revolution in the State of California
The California Society, Sons of the American Revolution
The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of California
The California Society, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims
Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers
Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens
The Augustan Society
The New York Historical and Genealogical Society
This volume presents the ancestry, as far as it is known, of the children of James Nohl and Martha (Orr) Churchyard. These children are Henry, Ruth Kendrick (Walker), and Elizabeth Emily.
The book is divided into several major sections called parts. Parts B and C are numbered in accordance with the standard pedigree (Ahnentafel) numbering system. This provides the best correlation between the pedigree charts and the biographical sketches. Each ancestor is assigned a number based on his or her position up the family tree. In this system, the latest generation is given the number 1. In general, the number of a person's father is twice that person's number. The number of a wife is one more than that of her husband. This system provides a simple method for sequencing the pages of parentage charts and biographical data. Due to intermarriage among cousins, however, some ancestors may have more than one number. In these cases, the smallest of these numbers has generally been used.
[See also the ahnentafel schema in the explanation of how to read a four-generation genealogical chart. I have always thought it would be better to give these numbers in octal (base 8), but my father doesn't agree -- H.C. note]
Two indices are given. The first, which appears between Parts B and C, gives the every name index to Parts A and B. The second, which occurs at the end of the book, gives an every name index to Parts A, B, and C. Parts D, E, and F are not indexed.
The following list gives all those surnames for which four or more generations are known.
Name Number Span of dates Origin Terminus of Generations Anderson 4 1728 - 1854 Scotland Indiana Baldwin 6 1497 - 1704 England Massachusetts Barnhart 6 1645? - 1850? Germany New York Becker 5 1610? - 1810 Holland New Netherland Benedict 5 1500? - 1700? France Connecticut Best 7 1690? - 1939 Germany New York Betzer 4 1640? - 1760? Germany New York Bissonette 5 1620? - 1800? France Canada Blackwell 7 1620 - 1888 England Kentucky Borsboom 6 1525 - 1704 Holland New Netherland Bourne 4 1586 - 1715 England Massachusetts Carson 4 1820? - 1994 Indiana Indiana Casselberry 6 1670? - 1920 Germany PA, IN Churchyard 13 1567 - Now England Wisconsin, Calif. Damen 4 1555 - 1724 Holland New Netherland Demers 4 1600? - 1745 France Canada Denis-Lapierre 4 1620? - 1800? France Canada Drouillard 4 1640? - 1800? France Canada Dunkerson 4 1763 - 1878 Scotland VA, KY, IN Eckerson 6 1610? - 1830? England New Netherland Evans 5 1625? - 1820? Ireland Indiana Fish 4 1584 - 1678 England Massachusetts Freeman 4 1600? - 1747 England Massachusetts Garvin 5 1677 - 1908 Scotland Penn., Ind. Goodwin 4 1630? - 1828 Virginia Virginia Hall 4 1610? - 1784 England Massachusetts Hartley 6 1666 - 1922 England PA, IN Houde 6 1590? - 1800? France Canada Howes 9 1590? - 1887 England MA, IN Huntzinger 6 1730 - 1973 Germany PA, IN Lamarre 5 1600? - 1800? France Canada Lockwood 6 1560 - 1843 England CT, NY Lounhart 4 1640? - 1790? Germany New York Lowry 5 1670? - 1882 Ulster Indiana Monet(te) 6 1661 - 1932 France Canada, WI, MN Moore 4 1676 - 1840 Maryland Kentucky Nohl 6 1695 - 1953 Germany Wisconsin Olmsted 8 1480? - 1740 England Connecticut Orr 5 1780 - now Ulster Indiana Paddock 4 1605 - 1778 England Massachusetts Pope 5 1580 - 1787 England Massachusetts Remillard 6 1620? - 1800? France Canada Scott 6 1500? - 1706 England Connecticut Sears 6 1600? - 1851 England Massachusetts Steinkopf 4 1600? - 1742 Germany New York St. John 7 1600? - 1886 England CT, NY Surprenant 5 1620? - 1800? France Canada Threadkell 4 1601 - 1815 England England Tobey 6 1625 - 1849 Wales Massachusetts Uzille (Siele) 5 1600? - 1790? France New Netherland van Dyck 7 1580? - 1828 Holland New Netherland Vredenburgh 5 1600? - 1800? Holland New Netherland Wright 7 1465 - 1699 England New York
The following lists contains the names of ancestors (direct or collateral) who served their communities in various ways which are now recognized by various lineage societies. Additional categories have been added as deemed worthwhile. For each entry the name, date or place, and relevant page number is shown.
[If we have a hall of fame, we should have a corresponding hall of shame. There are no serious criminals or other very colorful characters, though Maria Truax had a child by a man other than her husband in 1642, and was banished from New Amsterdam in 1664 for shady business dealings and keeping a disorderly tavern. However, several ancestors were slaveowners; of these, John Eckerson, Chapman Blackwell, and Alexander L. Glen were all apparently fairly large-scale slaveowners for their time and place, while the collateral John Harrison was "murdered by one of his negro slaves". Note that most of the slaveowners did not live in the southern colonies/states.
-- H.C. note]
Many of the Dutch given names will seem unfamiliar, especially if the nicknames are used. This brief note is based the more complete discussion in the 1916 Yearbook of the Holland Society, pages 14 through 20. Feminine diminutives in common use were the suffixes -tje (pronounced -cha) and -ke or -ken. Patronymics were based on the genitive ending -se or the ending -sen (meaning son). Both of these were often abreviated by the use of the ending -z. This usage of the letter z for abbreviations is a direct continuation of a medieval symbol.
The following list gives the Dutch given name, common nickname, English given name, and the English nickname. As English became more widely used, some persons used the English nickname along with the Dutch form. So some familiarity with both forms is required to identify the persons involved. The letter j, of course, was pronounced as y. For example, the will of Isaac Vredenburgh mentions his daughter Yonacha. This must have been written phonetically by someone unfamiliar with Dutch orthography. In the proper Dutch spelling the name is Jannetje, but the phonetic spelling to an English ear is Yonacha.
Dutch given Dutch nickname English given English nickname Agatha Aechtje Anna Annatje Anna, Hannah Ann, Nancy Anthonius Theunis Anthony Tony Catharina Tryntje Catherine Kate Cornelia Neeltje Cornelia Nelly Engeltje Angelica Hadriana Ariaantje Adrienne Jacobus Cobus James Jim Jacquemine Jacomyntje Jacqueline Jackie Johanne Jannetje Joan Jannet Johannes Jan John Jack Magdalena Lena, Leentje Magdalene Margaret Grietje Margaret Peggy Maria Marytje Mary Molly Sophia Fytje Sophia Sophie
Jacquemine is French, rather than Dutch. The Dutch further shortened their version to simply Myntje.
No genealogy is ever complete, but it is especially frustrating to to have a broken link which connects one set of published data with another set. An incurable optimism hopes that a simple connection could be made with just one or two additional facts. The following lists of queries are presented in this hope.
The parentage information on the following persons is needed to make positive connection with other published genealogical data.
Person's Name Page No. Remarks ------------- -------- ------ Lt. Jacob Best C80 Jacob served in the Revolution, Isaac Best C42 but now the D.A.R. require death date and place for the patriot be known. Where and when did he die? Also note the D.A.R. erroneously assign his service to a much older uncle. John Best C20.5 He served in the Civil War, spent time in Confederate pri- sons, furloughed home and died in 1865. There is no record of his service in the National Archives - why? Blumfeild, Anne C520 is she part of the Norman de Blonville, later Blomfield, family? Chadderdon, Abraham C156 from Thomas Chadderdon who came in 1631? Duncanson, Thomas C104 presumably second generation Scotch-Irish McCluskey, William C44 They were married in St. John, Webb, Elizabeth New Brunswick, Canada, in 1834, presumably of Loyalist descent. Noll, Johann C288 carpenter in Dortmund, Germany, 1720 - 1746, what is his con- nection with the Eckenhagen Nohls? Norton, Hugh C318 Land owner in Stamford, CT, died before 1743 St. John, Matthias C1264 born ca. 1661, need accurate dates and information on his first wife St. John, Matthias C5056 born ca. 1605 in England, con- nected to the baronial St. John families? For much more infor- mation, see this file. Stone, Lydia & Stukely C156 of Whiting, VT, in 1821, who C314 were their forebears? Grietje - a Mohawk? C1402 She was the wife of Pieter J. C2806 Borsboom. A deed of gift from the Mohawk Indians to their daughter, Annatje, implies that the daughter was part Indian. See detailed information.Return to menu