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Father: Joost Demarest

Birth: 1710 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 13 Sep 1750 in New York
Burial:
Father: David Demarest
Mother: Marike de Baun

Mother: Marytjen Meyer
Marriage: 1732 in Bergen, New Jersey
Birth: 4 Jan 1717 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death:
Burial:
Father: Adolph Meyer
Mother: Maria Ver Veelen


Children: 6


1. David Demarest

Birth: 1733 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 7 May 1807 in New York
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Wife: Magdalene “Helena” Van Etten
Marriage: 31 Oct 1754 in New York
Birth: 1732
Death: 15 Aug 1804 in New York
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Father: Jansen Van Etten
Mother: Anna Areams

2. Jacob Demarest

Birth: 12 Dec 1736 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 19 Nov 1772
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Wife: Elizabeth Burtis
Marriage: 18 Jul 1765 in New York
Birth: 1740 in New York
Death: 18 Sep 1769
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3. Annatie Demarest

Birth: 1740 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 1808 in Orange, New York
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Husband: Isaac Alyea
Marriage: 17 Jul 1753 in New York
Birth: 19 Mar 1732 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 3 Nov 1805 in Essex, New Jersey
Burial:
Father: Pieter Alyea
Mother: Margritie Albertse Van Voorhees


4. Rachel Demarest

Birth: 1743 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 1814 in Jefferson, Indiana
Burial: Ryker Family Cemetery in Jefferson, Indiana

Husband #1: Gerardus Ryker Sr
Marriage: 20 Nov 1762 in New York City, New York
Birth: 16 Nov 1740 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 14 Sep 1781 in Shelby, Kentucky
Burial: Floyd’s Defeat in Shelby, Kentucky
Father: John Ryker Sr
Mother: Geertie Wiltsee

Husband #2: John Van Cleave
Marriage: 1783 in Shelby, Kentucky
Birth: 15 Nov 1739 in Middlesex, New Jersey
Death: 12 May 1812 in Jefferson, Indiana
Burial: Ryker Family Cemetery in Jefferson, Indiana
Father: Aaron Van Cleave Sr
Mother: Rachel Janson Schenck
Other Spouses: Mary Shepherd


5. Marytjen Demarest

Birth: 18 Jul 1745 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 1770 in Rockland, New York
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Husband: Cornelis Abramsen Banta
Marriage:
Birth: 5 Dec 1738 in Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 1770 in Rockland, New York
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Father: Abram Cornelise Banta
Mother: Annaetjen Van Hoorn


6. Samuel Demarest

Birth: 3 Sep 1748 in Bergen, New Jersey
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*Many researchers say that Samuel and Lea are the parents of Rachel Demarest Ryker but I cannot verify that to be true…a reference to Gerardus Ryker’s death at Floyd’s Defeat states that he is a son in law of Samuel Demarest but that could be an error on the part of a later historian.


- In searching the Baptism Records of Holland Society of New York, Church Records of Schraalenburgh 1, there is no child born to Samuel and Lea Demarest named Rachel.  


- Samuel and Lea Demarest had their son Samuel Baptised in Oct 1743 while Rachel was Baptised in Nov 1743 so there is no way that Lea gave birth to Rachel


- Document Baptisms for Samuel and Leah Demarest are; Antjin 1733, Maria 1735, Petrus 1737, Samuel 1743, Daniel 1745, Cornelia 1747, Rebeca 1750, and David 1753


- Rachel's Baptism is found as 9 Jan 1743 on pg 37 and Samuel and Leah's son Samuel's Baptism date of 2 Oct 1743 is on pg 38


- Rachel is also not mentioned in Samuel Demarest' Will but Lea and the following children are: Samuel, Daniel, Cornelius, David, Petrus, Rebecca and

 Jacobus


- No matter what happened, Joost and Maria are declared in the Church records for Rachel Demarest as her parents so that is what I choose to go by.