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Monday, April 13, 2015
From Cliff Lamere, New York Research... Remember Brick Wall Working on Wed eve 6 to 8.
Two items of note, Lemon Grove Library 6 to 8 pm Brick Wall Breaking.
Vital Information on Church Records in early New York. Thanks Cliff.
Cliff Lamere has saved some great NEW YORK files and has authorized me to post notice here.
On Apr 11, 2015, at 10:34 AM, Cliff Lamere via wrote:
Betty Fink has allowed me to put her church vital records transcriptions
back on the internet. As I worked with her transcriptions, I realized
that the one for a Lutheran Church in New York City contained at least
eight baptisms which took place in Albany.
The first churches in the Dutch colony of New Netherland were Reformed
Churches, often referred to as Reformed Dutch Churches. The Albany
Reformed Church, the first church in upstate NY, formed in 1642 and
began its vital records in 1643 (although the records before 1683 have
been lost). In the Albany area, Lutherans were not allowed to build
their own church until the English took control of the colony in 1664.
The first Lutheran church in Albany was built in 1670. There must have
been no Albany minister in the period of 1725-1727, or the church was no
longer in use, because eight Lutheran baptisms were performed in Albany
during those years.
In 1710, the Palatine Germans settled in two "camps", one in Germantown
(East Camp in Columbia Co.) and the other near Saugerties (West Camp in
Ulster Co.). They were nearly across the Hudson River from each other.
I suspect that the need for marriages and baptisms there resulted in a
traveling minister sent from the Lutheran Church in NYC to fulfill the
need for the Palatines as well as the Germans in other upstate communities.
Five of the baptisms were conducted in the English Church in Albany.
That would be the forerunner of the present St. Peter's Episcopal Church
on State St. At the time, it was in the middle of the present State
St., just below Fort Albany which was also in the middle of the street.
Fort Albany was the fort built by the English to replace Fort Orange,
the Dutch fort that flooded periodically (due to its nearness to the
Hudson River). The church, which was very near the English fort, was
built to serve the soldiers at the fort, visiting dignitaries to the
fort, and the English families in the Dutch community.
The eight baptisms/christenings are below. Note: Herryes and Klauw
would sound close to Harris and Clow (similar to cow). A name ending in
-jte was a Dutch spelling of a female name and sounded basically like -chuh.