Sunday, January 11, 2015

CHURCH RECORD SUNDAY: Casper Kimber Early Member of 1st Ref. Dutch Church, Jamaica, Long Island

 This was originally posted August 28, 2014 on my other blog Casper Kimber Connections


Before 7th Great Grandfather Casper Kimber arrived in Orange County, New York my research led me to Jamaica, Long Island, New York where I found he was a member of the First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica.

Illustration from History of Queens County, NY by W W Munsell
 Illustration from History of Queens County, N. Y.
W. W. Munsell, 1882
page 325

Casperus Kimber first appears in the records of the First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, Long Island, NY June 10, 1712. He was a godparent or sponsor along with Mary Kimber to Marten, child of Daniel Phillips and Catrina Phillips.[1] I believe Casperus was still a young man at this time—perhaps Mary Kimber was a sister or even mother.

Casper Kimber and Femmetje Williamse were married about 1720. Femmetje Williamse, daughter of Johannis Willemse and Magdalena Winants, was baptized May 29, 1695. I located Femmetje’s baptism in the Holland Society Year Book, 1897, Volume 10, ‘First Book of Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Brooklyn, New York’ among two sheets not belonging to the Brooklyn Church records labeled as a ‘THIRD LIST’, page 193. It’s not clear from the Holland Society Year Book which church this baptism belongs with. Her godparents were Jacob Fardon and Femmetje Fardon.

Four of Casper and Femmetje’s seven children were baptized in Jamaica. Their son, George (who was my ancestor), and a daughter Maria would have been born about 1725 and 1723 respectively were not included in the Church’s baptisms. Another son, Petrus, was baptized April 14, 1743 in Orange County, New York.[2]

Machdeleen (Magdeleen), Casper and Femmetje Kimel’s daughter, was baptized at the First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, Long Island Oct. 2, 1722. Her godparents were Hannes Welemson and Machdellen Wellemsen.[3]

The next child baptized in Jamaica was Johannes Cimbel on Jan. 1, 1727. His godparents were Johannis Wellemsen and Leena Willemsen.[4]

Tuen Koevert and Doortie Koevert were godparents for Jacobus Kimmel’s baptism on Dec. 26, 1728.[5]

There were no godparents or witnesses to Elisabet Cimbel’s baptism Dec. 27, 1730.[6]

The last recorded date that Casperus Kimber appears in First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica records was Sunday, Aug. 27, 1732 when Kas Kimbel and Leena Willemse were godparents for Johannes, child of Matys van felse and Marytie van velse.[7]


[1] The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1974, Records of the First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, Long Island, Volume 105, page 147
[2] The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716-1830 (Printed for the Society 1913), page 107
[3] The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1975, Records of the First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, Long Island, Volume 106, page 92
[4] Ibid, page 202
[5] Ibid, page 207
[6] Ibid, 1976, Volume 107, page 37
[7] Baptismal Record of First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, Long Island, New York 1702-1733, copied from the original record by Josephine C. Frost

My Ancestry
7th Great Grandfather Casper Kimber and wife Femmetje Williamse
6th Great Grandfather George Kimber and wife Sara Westfael
5th Great Grandfather Samuel Kimber and wife Maria Bennett
4th Great Grandfather Benjamin Kimber and wife Keziah Bennett
3rd Great Grandmother Charity Kimber and William P. Clark
2nd Great Grandfather Jeremiah B. Clark and wife Harriet C. Ogden
Great Grandmother Grace Lee Clark and husband Jerome W. Wilson
Grandmother Viola Lillian Wilson and husband Frank Leroy Doty
My Mother
Myself

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