The Washerwoman’s Genes

February 13, 2006

They may be ancestors, but they were people, too.

Filed under: Washboard — by WWG @ 7:22 pm

Some human interest details from the microfilm roll, “Church Records of Ulster and Orange Counties”:

At the end of the baptismal lists for “The First Record of the Reformed Church at Shokan,” a minister writes:

Peter J. Winne is sponsor for child which was born in town of Saugerties on Aug. 5, 1827. child’s name is Sally Margaret. It’s mother Rachel Winne daughter of said Peter.

The child was begotten by illicit intercourse between said Rachel and a Yankee from Connecticut. His name was Benj. Reed.

By the anxious solicitude of Peter Winne I was induced to baptized [sic] the child on Dec 10 1827 at Jacobus Wolven’s house in Kingston.

[signed] William Boyce

The “Record of Reformed Dutch Church at Woodstock” contains the following note at the end of the membership lists:

Mrs. Anne Burger wife of Martyn was found on a fair examination guilty of Swaring imprudently and was suspended from privileges of church. In July 1809 she was again admitted by unanimous consent.

This particularly caught my eye . . . though I have no indication that my Burgers ever lived at Woodstock and believe the Martynus Burger line is a quite separate one. . . . What is swearing prudently, anyway?

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