The Washerwoman’s Genes

April 21, 2006

Washboard: Early Records Relating to Quimby

Filed under: Washboard — by WWG @ 11:18 am

The Roswell Randall Hoes transcription of the Kingston Church records (see previous post) includes the marriage of a Betsie Quinbe to Philip van Keuren in 1799. The more complete version of these records includes the baptism of two children: Catherine, 20 July 1800, and Eida Christina, 16 Jan. 1802. No witnesses are recorded.

I have encountered Betsie—or a similarly named person—before, as Elisabeth Quenbe, in the Dutch seat registers and the membership rolls of the Dutch Reform Church of Esopus in the years 1799-1802, on a different film roll.

She also turns up in the membership records of the Baptist Church of Lattingtown, Marlborough, which indicate Elizabeth Quimby died in 1819 (just a couple of years after Janette was born). These Baptist records are handwritten and quite crabbed. Elizabeth seems to have several family members whose entries surround her own:

Mary Quimby, M.G.S. [(“Member in Good Standing”] 1825, April 19; M.G.S. 1839 [illegible]1808, [illegible] dis. Sept. 16 184[2?] [illegible] with the First Church of Brooklyn

[Illegible] daughter Maria dis[missed] 1822
S. Neaiman
[?]

Elizabeth Quimby Dec’d Jan 1819

Rimpey[?] Quimbey This member was dec’d before his name was recorded here (1828 Apr. 19) but not known by the clerk.

Anne Quimby M.G.S. 1828 dis. Oct 15 1831

A few pages on, more Quimbys appear:

Polly Quimby bapt. Aprl 16, 1810. ex. Jan 16 1830
wife of Samuel Quimby

The following page has this entry:

Maria Quimby bapt. Apr. 16, 182[?] dis. by let[illegible] 1822

Maria Neuman, Polly Quimby’s daughter
dis. by let. Feb. 16 1832

Then, a few pages further in the record comes a quite puzzling series of entries:

Elder Joseph[?] Quimbey, by let. June 18/9, dismissed Sept 26, 1880.
[The surname is edited to be Grimley.]

Samuetn[sic?] Quinby by let. June 18/ 9 1849 dis Sept 21, 18 [??]
[The surname is crossed out, with Grimley written over it, and then printed above more clearly: Grimley.

This material is highly confusing. If these records pertain to the same family, it would seem that Betsie/Elizabeth joined the Dutch Reform Church, possibly because of her marriage to Philip, but that other family members were in the Baptist church—although Elizabeth is recorded as a member towards the end of her life and dies as a member. (Of course, it would be possible for her to be in both churches, I suppose, one being her birth family’s church and the other her husband’s.) I need to discover how close Lattingtown is to Esopus, and also take a look at census records to see if I can find these Quim/nbys.

Then there is the matter of the crossouts and name substitution. Did the family change the name for some reason? Or is the Samuel Quinby-changed-to-Grimley fellow a different person, whose name was confused with an earlier Samuel Quinby and then corrected? Quim/nby is a name usually (not occasionally) misspelled in the census transcriptions I have examined, so anything is possible in regard to this early church record.

Finally, whether Betsie/ Elisabeth or any of these church members are related to my Janette is entirely unknown.

Baptism and Marriage Registers of the Reform Dutch Church (formerly called Wiltwyck or Esopus/Sopus, tr. Roswell Randall Hoes. Film # 0129840, item 4. (complete); also Film # 1321446, item 3, seems less complete, i.e., lacks PVK & BQ child baptisms).

Records of the Baptist Church at Lattingtown, Marlborough. Film # 0017987, item 11.

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