Descendants of Hendrick Joachemsen Schoonmaker
of Hamburg HRE and Dutch America


Generation #4

Catherine (2Hendrick, 2Jochem, 1Hendrick) Schoonmaker

Catherine Schoonmaker was probably christened 9/11/1709 in Kingston, Ulster Co NY; however, there is no certainty. Catherine's parentage and marriage to Willem DeVoor is established from Colonial New Jersey records. But documentation of her christening which lists correct information is not found. A Catrina, daughter of Hendrick Schoonmaker was christened in the Dutch Reformed Church of Ulster Co NY. However, the mother is listed as Geertruy (Heyltje Gerritse) de Wit. If the mother's name was changed at transcription, then this can be Catherine's baptismal record.

Catherine was born before 1711, the year of Willem DeVoor's birth; as she is listed as "spinster" in their New Jersey application for marriage. Additionally, Jacob Rutse/Rutsz was a witness for Catherine and sister Zara's christening.

On 6/13/1740 in Morris (now Sussex) Co NJ, Catherine married Willem DeVoor b. 11/6/1711 New York NY. Catherine and Willem lived in Minisink until about 1778 when they migrated to Bedford Co PA.

A William Devore is found enumerated in the 1784 and 1796 Bedford Co PA Censuses. Did Willem and Catherine live all the way into the 1790s? As Willem is not enumerated in the 1790 Census, 1790 probably marks Willem's date of death sometime prior. Willem and Catherine are believed to have died, dates unknown, in Bedford Co PA.

Note: Baptisms and marriages performed at the four Dutch Reformed Church of the Delaware Valley were recorded at Machackemeck (Deerpark) Church of Ulster (now Orange) County, New York. Additionally, itinerant preachers maintained their own personal records including Rev. Joh. Casparus Fryenmuth and Rev. Elias Van Bennschoten. [Minisink Dutch Reformed Church]

Reformed Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster Co NY: 9/11/1709

Parents Child Sponsors
Hendrik Schoonmaker Geertruy de Wit Catrina Jacob Rutse Marritje Hansze
William DEVOOR... obtained license of marriage for himself and for Catherine SCHOONMAKER of the County of Morris abovesaid, spinster... [w] Tho:s BARTOW Sec'y [consent of] Wyllem KLERCK and wife Heylty KLERCK who was the widow of Henderyck SCHOONMAKER...Wyllem DEVOOR... our Doghter Catryena SCHOONMAKER.


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