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Notes for Mathias DEHART


Per Dr. Wickes, as reported in Hatfield's "Elizabeth," page 278:
Towards the end of his life he became blind, and had an African servant to
attend upon him. this attendant made himself useful to his master with his
needle in repairing and binding on the lace-work of his coat according to the
fashion of his times. The doctor married into the family of Kingsland, of
Second river. He had several children. three of his sons were in the Rev. War,
viz: Maurice (sic), Major and Aide-de-Damp to Gen. Devine, and subsequently to
Gen. Wayne; he was killed at Ft. Lee. William, Major in 1775, and Lt. Col. in
1777; resigned in 1780; lawyer, lived in Morristown. Also a young son who was
killed at an early age of 18 while storming a fort.
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Notes for Nathan DEHART


Nathan, the sixth and last child of Elias and Elizabeth DeHart, was born in
Rowan County, North Carolina, on the twenty-third of February, 1781. He moved
to Rutherford county with other members of his father's family and probably
lived in that county to the time of his marriage to Catherine Ramsey, daughter
of Richard and Betty Sumter Ramsey of Burke county. Since Burke and Rowan have
a common border, the two (Richard and Betty)may have known each other in their
youth. After their marriage the lived a few years in Burke county. It was
there that John, their oldest child, was born in 1804. From Burke county,
North Carolina, Nathan moved to Tennessee, where William, the second son, was
born in 1806. When he left North Carolina, he was probably thinking of
Kentucky as his goal. After living in Tennessee a short while, he went to
Wayne County, Kentucky, where Elias, his father, had already settled.

In that county, he procured a farm on a creek known as Johnson's Fork, where
the rest of his seven children were born and where the older children grew to
maturity. While there, he taught his neighbors to read and write. Along with
others he return to North Carolina to establish a home in the mountains on
lands vacated by the Cherokee Indians. Each of his children also moved to
Macon now Swain County, North Carolina. Some of then were minors who went
along, with their parents, and the older ones moved near the same time to the
same community.

The parents purchased a farm opposite the mouth of Nantahala River, known
later as the Culberson farm, one of the better farms of that county. There may
be no definite record of the time Nathan moved to Macon but the records of the
Brush Creek Baptist Church show that he participated in the organization of
that church in 1832. John, his oldest son, moved to that county in 1828 and it
is probably that the father moved about the same time.

Nathan had the capacity to accumulate honest wealth with amazing ease and
rapidity. Unfortunately, he had the knack of losing it just as suddenly. By
the foulest trickery a crook cheated him out of his Negroes. The name of the
swindler and the sequence of the event had as well be forgotten. (Does anyone
know the situation for history's sake? Maxine Barker Kuhn)

Notwithstanding the loss of his slaves, he was not reduce to penury. Meanwhile
he had sold the Culberson farm and bought another comprising approximately all
the land lying on the waters of Licklog Creek. He lived in plenty to the end
of his life.

In order to impress his like for simplicity, he sometimes indulged in the
eccentric. When he went to visit a wealthy relative of his wife's, this Ramsey
family set before him a feast fit for a prince, including every delicacy
luxury might suggest. Ignoring all of this, he called for an onion and a slice
of raw bacon and to the dismay of his astonished hosts, ate nothing but the
onion, bacon and bread.

Beginning life during the War of the Revolution seemed to impress him that he
would probably end it under similar surroundings. He frequently remarked, "I
came into this world in a storm, and I shall go out of it in a storm." As he
had anticipated, died the tenth of September, 1861 in a time of War bloodier
than that of the Revolution. He was buried on his farm, perhaps the first in a
family graveyard.
Descendants of Nathan DeHart are listed here so as to quickly access Nathan's
descendants. Individual genealogy records also contain each person's history.

John DeHart was the oldest child of Nathan and Catherine DeHart. See his file.

William, the second child of Nathan and Catherine DeHart was born the sixth of
March 1806, in Tennessee where his father had moved from Burke county, North
Carolina. While. he was still an infant, he moved with his father to Wayne
county, Kentucky where his grandfather Elias DeHart had already settled. Here
on his father's farm located on a creek known as Johnson's Fork, he grow to
maturity. Since there is no record of his marriage in Macon county, North
Carolina, he probably married Sarah
Lovelace born the twenty-seventh of May, 1811 while living in Wayne county,
Kentucky. He moved to Macon, now Swain county, where his father and most of
his brothers and sisters did, around 1830. After his fathers death he procured
most of the home farm on Licklog Creek. Here he reared a family of thirteen
children. Their names follow: Pat, Catherine, James, Polly Ann, Matilda,
Eleanor, Susannah, Nathan, Minerva, Henry, Allen, Margaret and William Junior.
Eleanor married Meax Wall and removed
Georgia. William, Jr. went to Alabama. The others settled in Swain, their
native county. The older William DeHart and Sallie his wife lived to see their
children all grow up and establish homes. In his advanced years, he sometimes
amused youngsters jumping high and cracking his heels together three times
while above the ground. He died the sixth of July 1882. She died the sixth of
August, 1884. Both are buried in the family graveyard on their Licklog farm.

Mary, the oldest daughter of Nathan and Catherine DeHart, was born the
twenty-sixth,of November, 1810, in Wayne county, Kentucky. When she had grown
to maturity in that county she married Solomon
Truitt. They remained in Kentucky for a short while after their marriage, then
moved to Macon, now Swain county, North Carolina, about 1830. Here they
procured a choice farm on the waters of Tabor Creek, adjoining the lands of
Nathan Tabor. They four children, all of whom lived to marry and rear
families. All lived and died in Swain county. The names of their children
follow: Sarah, reputed to have been the mother of twenty-two children (this is
UNTRUE), Ellen, John and Catherine.

Solomon died comparatively young and Mary, his wife, lived a widow fifty
years. Meanwhile, as a foster mother she reared two homeless children. She
died in 1905, having lived approximately a century. She lived and died a
member of the Baptist Church. Her remains were interred in the family
graveyard on the home farm.

Eleanor Nellie, the second daughter of Nathan DeHart, was born the
twenty-eighth of May, 1813, in Wayne county, Kentucky, and lived there till
she was about the age of seventeen. J. V. A. Moore writes, "My grandmother,
Ellen Nellie Shearer, visited Thomas Sumter in South Carolina when she was a
girl. Thomas' sister gave her a pair of mittens she spun and wove by hand. I
have one of the mittens." Soon after she moved with her parents to a farm in
the present limits of Swain county, North Carolina, she married James Allen
Shearer on June 14, 1833. He was born the seventeenth of February, 1612. From
there she with her family, moved to Clay county, North Carolina, where they
bought a good farm on the waters of Tusquittee Creek and settled there for
life. There they reared a family of twelve children five of whom were sons.
The names of some of their children and the date of birth of each follow:
Spencer J. Shearer was born June 13, 1835; Mary C. Shearer, March 13, 1836;
James W. Shearer, July 7, 1838; John H. H. Shearer, December 13, 1840; Nancy
E. Shearer, September 15, 1842; Sarah E. Shearer, February 13, 1845; Nathan L.
Shearer, February 26, 1648; Amantha A. Shearer, March 17, 1853; Allen Vance
Shearer, May 16, 1858; Laura C. Shearer, April 10, 1859. For many years,
Eleanor was a devoted member of the Baptist Church. She died the twenty-first
of February, 1908, near the age of ninety-five.

Sarah, the third daughter of Nathan DeHart, was born in Wayne county,
Kentucky, the seventeenth of April 1816. Like other younger members of her
father's family, she moved with her parents to Macon County, later Swain
County, North Carolina. She was approaching maturity when her father settled
in western North Carolina. A few years later, she married William Marr and
moved to North Georgia, where she reared a family of twelve children.

Martin, the third son of Nathan DeHart, was born the third of November, 1818
in Wayne county, Kentucky. When he was no more than twelve years old he moved
with his parents to Macon county, North Carolina. At the age of twenty-two, he
married Eliza Elder, then eighteen, the daughter of David Elder, a Baptist
Preacher, on the twenty-first of March, 1840. He remained in Macon county
several years after his marriage. In 1850, after six of his children were
born, he was living in that county. From there he moved to Cherokee county,
North Carolina, and then to Copper Hill, Tennessee. Soon afterwards he moved
to Texas, where he acquired wealth but lost most of it in the Civil War.
Discouraged by his misfortune, he moved to Arkansas to try all over again,
where he lived to the end of his life. The names of the children born in Macon
county, before 1850 follow: John, born in 1840, Elvira, in 1842; Telitha, in
1843; Eleanor in 1845; Nathan, in 1847; and James in 1849.

Morgan, the last child, like the other younger members of Nathan DeHart's
family, was born the eighth of November, 1820 in Wayne county, Kentucky, and
in his youth, moved along with them to Macon county, North Carolina. When he
was grown, he married Jane Ray of that county. Soon after marriage, they moved
to Ductown, Tennessee. Before moving to Texas, his brother Martin had lived in
Copper Hill. Since the two towns are in the same vicinity, it is probable that
the two brothers lived in Tennessee
at or about the same time, but after Martin had gone to Texas, Morgan remained
in Ductown, perhaps permanently, but far more likely he went on to Arkansas
after his brother had moved to that State. There were eight children in
Morgan's family.

[Letter written to Martin DeHart (who was born on 8/27/1828) from his
grandfather, Nathan DeHart (who was born 2/23/1781). Typed as written.

"May the 3rd, 1858
Dear and Beloved Grandson Martin DeHart
I received your kind letter yesterday of March the 18th 1858 and I hasten to
answer it but first I must inform you about my situation of body I am getting
very frail both of body and mind. I have a complaint in my legs which I
believe is the messenger to summon me home. My legs swell till they burst and
run yellow water in abundance then will heal till they appear almost well by
close doctoring all the time then begin with a severe itching and swelling
till they break again and my mind is weak and feeble but in reply to my
relations and progenitors I will inform you as well as I can. My grandfather
by my father's side name was Simon DeHart and his wife my grandmother was
named Aylse Eleson. They had three sons and four daughters. Sons names oldest
Simon next Elias my father the youngest Aaron. I have but little account of
uncle Simons family but uncle Aaron's family lived in Virginia Patrick county
and some of them are there yet. Their daughters married Olde White Cotton
Rogers and Cotral but their age and death I know not. My father Elias DeHart
was born March the 10th 1730 and died April the first 1821. My bothers names
first Elias 2nd Elijah 3rd Elisha 4th Reuben 5th John and I am the youngest
but where they lived and died I cannot tell none but John he died in Kentucky
Wayne county. My mothers name was Elizabeth Toleson. They lived in South
Carolina, Spartansburg County. My grandfather and
grandmother and most of my uncles and aunts are buried there. Of my mothers
generation some of their offspring are there yet living in town and county.

Martin I would be glad if you and all my children and grandchildren would come
and see me
altho I know I should be of little satisfaction to you for my hearing and
eyesight are almost gone so that I know I shall soon leave this world and I
feel sometimes like I want to go then times I feel doubtful about it but most
of my time I feel like I loved the Lord so good he would not turn me off altho
I have been such a bad sinner.

So I come to a close by ascribing myself your affectionate grandfather till
death farewell.
Nathan DeHart to Martin DeHart

[Nathan DeHart died 9/10/1861 - 3 years, 4 months, and 7 days later.]
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Notes for Nathan DEHART


Nathan DeHart, born Friday, 7/2/1841, died 1/14/1920. At the age of 20 he
volunteered to fight in the Armies of the South and was in active service to
the end of the War. When that struggle was over, he bought or inherited a farm
one mile below the DeHart Mills, on the waters of Alarka Creek, NC.

Meanwhile, he married Nannie Neil, daughter of Adnrew and Jane Neil, on
11/16/1871. The Rev. P. J. Wild officiated. The names of their children follow
in the order of birth: John, Robert, Mary Jane, "Jennie," William, Dallas,
Weaver, and Lillie, all born in Swain Co., NC.
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Notes for Peter DEHART


Peter DeHart, supposed son of Cornelius DeHart and Jacomyntie Gulick DeHart is
placed here on the statement of the late John S. DeHart whose chart of this
part of the family indicates that he is the son of Cornelius and Annatje and
then indicates the there must be a Cornelius in between. Records have already
shown that the wife Annatje is doubtful. Writer Albert Stokes of "The
Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey" had a letter written some years ago by
the late John S. DeHart to the late Mrs. Chas. W. Warren of New Brunswick
[NJ], a descendant, wherein Peter DeHart is called the third son of Cornelius.
The letter is silent as to a wife. John S. DeHart also states in his chart of
this family that certain data was taken from the Bible of Peter DeHart, thus
indicating that at some time he saw the book, but unfortunately he does not
indicate which facts were gleamed from the Bible and which from other
unspecified sources. Writer Albert Stokes is aware that Mrs. Warrent searched
unsuccessfully for the Bible.

Peter DeHart was thrice married, first to Geeritye whom Mr. John S. DeHart
identifies as a Veghte and gives a marriage date of May 23, 1766. (Did this
come from the Bible?) His second wife Margaret or Pegge, maiden name unknown,
and third wife was Sarah Van Zant, daughter of John Van Zant and Charity Van
Zant, Charity being the daughter of Winant Van Zandt [note spelling
differences Zant and Zandt]. Peter and Sarah were married May 30, 1809
(Middlesex County [NJ] Clk. Bk. 1, P. 51).

The children baptized at Six Mile Run [NJ]:
Peter and Geeri!ye Veghte DeHart's child:
Johanis, bp. Sept. 6, 1767 (parents Peter DeHart and Geeritye) at Cranbury, NJ
(Presbyterian Church records).
Peter and Margaret (unknown maiden name) DeHart's children:
Cornelius, bp. Nov. 15, 1772 (parents Peter Dehart and Phegge) at Cranbury, NJ
(Presbyterian Church records).
Hendrick, bp. Nov. 20, 1774 (parents Peter Dehart and Pegge).
Gerrete, bp. Mar. 23, 1777 (parents Peter Dehart and Pegge).
Jacob, bp. Sept. 19, 1779 (parents Peter Dehart and Margretye).
Peter and Sarah Van Zant DeHart's children:
Maria Ann, b. Sept. 9, 1810
Charity Van Zant, b. Dec. 1, 1812
Peter P., no date of birth found (died 10/4/1844)
William P., b. July 29, 1816.

The first two children [Johanis and Cornelius] were baptized at Cranbury, NJ
(Presbyterian Church records). The birth of William P. is shown on his
tombstone in the Provost family graveyard on Georges Road, North Brunswick
Township [NJ], died Oct. 4,1844, aged 28.2.5. Charity Van Zant De Hart is also
buried in this cemetery with her husband, John Hendricks. John died June 6,
1866, aged 53.8.10, and Charity died May 24, 1860, aged 47.5.23. Maria Ann
married Tbompson Bennet. Peter P. DeHart
married first Rachel Ann Van Hise and, after her death, her sister Catharine
Van Hise.

The will of Sarah DeHart was dated Oct. 14, 1853, and proved in Middlesex
County [NJ] on June 16, 1862. (Book G p. 87) We do not know where she is
buried nor do we know when she was born. However, it is very evident that
there was considerable difference in the ages of Sarah and her husband Peter
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Notes for Prince William DEHART


William* born in Brest of Hart (de Hart) in France per Debra Clear, Internet.

The following was written about William's descendants who fled France because
of religious persecution.

A Few of the DeHarts*
Since "de" is a French preposition corresponding roughly to the English "of,"
the name DeHart is basically Hart. This French preposition is often used in
titles, as in Marquis de la Fayette, but more often as a mere preposition. The
Patronymica Britannica has the following comment on the name, Hart: "A common
charge of heraldry. Its Medieval form as a surname was LeHart. We have a large
importation from Germany where the name or word implies hard, stiff,
inflexible." Use of the French article "le" with the name, Hart, by the
Germans and others, is obviously a recognition of its French origin. The Dutch
sometimes prefixed the article "ter"' and also used the French "de."
There are divergent traditions and family records as to when and where the
DeHarts first entered America, but all agree that they originated from the
French Huguenots. The plight of these French Protestants is too well known to
require much comment. However, in all the
bloodshed of the Reformation, no other people suffered such barbaric brutality
as did these pious Huguenots. For half a century before the reign of Henry IV,
tens of thousands were massacred at Vassy, at Paris on Bartholomew's Eve, and
elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands fell in battle fighting for liberty and
religious freedom. In 1598, Henry IV granted religious freedom by the Edict of
Nantes. The Edict was nominally in effect for nearly one hundred years, but
regardless of its repeated confirmation, after Henry's death they suffered
beastly persecution. In 1'085 the Edict was revoked. The church was
annihilated and its membership almost exterminated. They had no alternative
but to flee or die. The few who escaped sought refuge wherever they could find
protection in Protestant communities. Holland had become a Protestant State
and William of Orange, an ardent Protestant, was then its Stadtholder. Sone of
these refugees were welcomed by the Dutch, among whom Here persons named Hart.
In Holland they took the name of Ter Haert or DeHart. The French name, DeHart,
probably meant, of or from the community or Province of Hart. The Dutch colony
of New Netherland was founded in 1623 and New Amsterdam in 1620. Since there
was religious freedom in the new colony, it was quite natural for some of the
Huguenot refugees, then in Holland, to go along with the Dutch colonists. In
this way the first DeHarts came to America. In the History of First American
DeHarts (From the History of The Bergen Family) is written: 'Simon Aertsen Ter
Hart or DeHart emigrated to this country in 1664 and owned and occupied prior
to 1679 the farm at Gowanus. ...He married first Geertie Cornelissen." The
children by his first wife were Smon, Elyas, and Annetie. His son Simon
inherited the plantation of three hundred acres in Brooklyn and married
Angenetie, daughter of Jan Van Dyck. For several generations the oldest son
took his father's name, Simon. One of the sons of each family was named Elyas.
From family records of the DeHarts in an old Bible now in possession of the
descendants of Sally DeHart Marr, it is known that Simon Artsen DeHart was
born in Holland in 1643 and came to New Amsterdam in 1664. Elias one of the
two sons by Simon Artsen's first wife, was born the twenty-first of March
1677. Simon, the first son of Elias DeHart was probably born around 1700. He
moved to Spartanburg county, South Carolina, during the Colonial period where
he became a permanent resident. There is good reason to believe that most if
not all of the American DeHarts are descendants of Huguenots who fled to
Holland for refuge and came from there to New Netherland, now New York. They
intermarried with the Dutch in Holland and New Netherland. Throughout the
years that have followed, they have married into families of many
nationalities. With amalgamation going on for three and one-half centuries,
there is little that is French left to the DeHarts but the name. However, some
desirable traits have been inherited or handed along, such as industry,
integrity, frugality, and thrift. Then too, the religious tenet of the older
Carolina DeHarts was uniformly Calvinistic. They were basically Baptist. A few
of the later generations have absorbed the Anglican faith of the families into
which they have married.

Andrew J. DeHart of Bryson City, North Carolina, quotes from Dr. Mary DeHart
Lightner of Los Angeles, California, as follows: "The marriage records and
wills show that they, the DeHarts, married into what later proved to be our
most distinguished families, such as the Honorable John Hart, signer of the
Declaration of Independence; the Wendells of Hudson Bay Company; the
grandmother of Oliver Wendell Holmes; John Delano the Grandfather of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt; the wife of General Winfield Scott, Cornelius Vanderbilt and
many others."

*Writer of this article is unknown.

*Lucile Long DeHart Long stated in her letter of 9/28/1997 that William DeHart
was born in 1550 and gave his name as Prince William of Burgundy, France!
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Notes for Samuel DEHART


If this is the Samuel DeHart who lived in Richmond Co., NY during the 1790
census, he had 7 slaves and a family of six. His son Samuel, Jr. had a family
of 9. Also, in NJ Marriages, a Samuel DeHart of Elizabeth married Abigail
Merrill of Elizabeth, NJ, on 9/28/1749.
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Notes for Sarah Haseltine DEHART


Notes for Sarah Haseltine DeHart:
Sarah Haseltine DeHart, daughter of John and Jane Roberts DeHart, was born
Sat., April 14, 1832. At an unguarded moment, she strolled too near the river
that flowed near the home and drowned in its angry waters. The tragic death
occurred Jan 9, 1834, when she was less than 2 years old. It is unfortunate
that a bright promising child should lose her life so young by accident. At
first, she was buried in the Ammons graveyard. Later the Nantahala Light and
Power Co. moved her bones to the Maple Spring graveyard, where she rests in a
lonely grave with none of her close kin near.
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Notes for Simon DEHART


Parents listed at baptism as Simon V. Der Hard and Gertruyd; witnesses, Nich.
Rutgers Van Brunt and Helena Cortelyou. Customary to name a second child after
an earlier child who died. In this case, they named the next son also Simon.
Wonder if there is any connection with the baptism sponsor (Rutgers) being
connect with the benefactor of Rutgers Univ. His parents resided in the New
Brunswick area where Rutgers Univ. is located
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Notes for Simon DEHART


Settled in Ohio, died in cave-in per Appalachian Pioneers, by G. C. Jenkins,
pp.44-53. This Simon may have had a son Gabriel who was raised by his father
Simon. His son Simon was born in Patrick Co., VA. Simon would have been 14
at the time of his Gabriel's birth, but date of Simon's birth is approx.
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Notes for Symon (Simon) DEHART


Simon [baptized in Brooklyn, NY, 1/29/1703] as the first child and son of
Elias [baptized 3/21/1677] and Catharine Lane DeHart [baptized 4/24/1681]
married Alyse Eleson and settled in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, where
he reared a family of seven children, three of whom were sons. The names of
these sons were Simon, Elias, and Aaron.

(This is information on the Eleson family: The surname of the wife of Simon
DeHart, son of the older Elias DeHart, before her marriage as it occurs in a
letter written by Nathan DeHart, his grandson, to Martin DeHart, a nephew, is
spelled "Eleson." There were many variations in the spelling of names two
centuries ago. Apparently, it is one form of the name currently spelled
"Alison" or "Allison." The following quotation is taken from Patronymica
Britannica: "William Elis occurs in Domesday as a chief tenant of Hampshire
under William the Conqueror and he was probably the patriarch of the large
tribes of the Ellises, as well as the Ellisons and Alisons." Inasmuch as
William the Conqueror scarcely would have kept any one in an important
position except one of his Norman followers, the tribe is obviously of
Teutonic origin. Among the Alisons whose names occur in history is Francis
Alison who was born in 1705 in Ireland and died in 1779 in America. Sometime
after he had graduated from the University of Glasgow, he came to America and
distinguished himself as a Presbyterian clergyman and as an educator. He was
the founder of Deleware [Delaware?] College, long since discontinued. [This
Alison has not be traced in lineage as yet.]

Thomas DeHart perhaps one of Simon's descendants, invented the turbine water

Simon DeHart, son of the older Elias, and most of his children lived and died
in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. But two of his sons, Elias and Aaron
moved to other States. Aaron, the youngest son, moved to Patrick County,
Virginia, where he reared his children and died. Hundreds, probably thousands,
of his progeny reside in that and other states. Names and information on the 4
daughters have not been found as of 3/6/1993.

There was an exodus from New York and New Jersey to North Carolina and South
Carolina around the time that Simon moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina. He
probably joined in one of the groups moving South. It has not been established
if he married after he arrived in South Carolina or before he left.

They had these children (order is uncertain): Simon, Elias, Aaron, Daughter
(married Olde White Cotton Rogers), Daughter (married Cotral), Daughter, and
Daughter per Nathan DeHart's letter dated 5/3/1858 to his grandson Martin

John Steagall in Appalachian Pioneers by GC Jenkins, pp. 44-53, states Simon &
Catherine had a son Gabriel. This is probably inaccurate. His Gabriel was
believed to the be son of Symon and Alyse's son Simon. Simon would have been
14 at the time of Gabriel's birth - which is unlikely, but possible. Nathan
DeHart did not list Gabriel as his brother.
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Notes for Symon Aertszen DEHART


This Simon DeHart was the first of our DeHart line to enter the United States.

The name of Simon Aerson appears in a deed dated March 2, 1664, on which date
he purchased of Thomas Franzen a 300-acre farm at Gowanus [Brooklyn, NY. The
farm was located at Gowanus Cove and was located west of 3rd Avenue, at the
foot of today's 38 St. Simon came to America with ample means for not only did
he buy the farm, he purchased 2 Negro slaves, (note that slaves were bought
and sold in the northern states during this period of time) and built a stone
home during his first year in
America]. Simon's son, also named Simon, lived on the family farm in Brooklyn.
The second Simon left the farm to his son [also a Simon] in 1745. One source
indicated elder Simon bought 30 acres from Thos. Franzen, but he definitely
owned 300 acres - before he died and his farm was referred to as one of
largest farms remaining in Brooklyn in the early part of the 19th century. The
home stood for over 200 years.

As Simon took the oath of allegiance (to England) in 1687 and stated that he
had emigrated 23 years previously (1664), we assume that Simon arrived in New
Amsterdam (New York) in that year (NYDH 1:655). We do not know whether he was
married in the Netherlands [Holland] nor do we know his date of birth. It is
evident that he had a sister Lysbeth Aerson DeHart [who emigrated to America
with her brother Simon] from Niewkoop (pronounced new-cop), a village in south
Holland, 12 miles east of Leyd
(BKCo., p. 322), and, therefore, it is quite likely Simon came from the same
place. At no time does Simon, himself, sign his name DeHart, although the
clerks and scribes use DeHart, Vanderhart, and Ter Hart with a great variety
of spellings. His first wife was Geertje Cornelissen, undoubtedly a sister of
Elias Cornelissen of New Castle, New Jersey. She was the mother of all his
known children and a member of the Flatbush church [aka Flatbush Reformed
Church located in NY] in 1677 as Geertje Vander Hard, but beyond that we know
nothing about her. Simon married a second time on June 19, 1691 to Annetje
Andriacs Willyard, widow of William Heyeken (Flatbush Rec.).

Simon's middle name appears in family records as Aerson, Aertson, Artsen and
Aertzen. It is interesting that his sister was Lysbeth Aerson DeHart. Since
she signed her name as "Aerson" when she married Jansen Van Dyck on June 27,
1680, Simon's correct middle name is likely "Aerson" also. The known children
of Simon and his wife Geertje (order uncertain) were: Cornelius, Catherine,
Clasje, Elias, bp. NY, March 21, 1677, Guysbert, Dorothea, bp. Flatbush, Aug.
1, 1680, Geertje, bp. Flatbush, Aug. 20, 1682, Simon, bp. Flatbush, Mar. 30,
1684 [died young], *Simon, bp. Flatbush, May 3, 1685, and Annetje, bp. N.Y.,
July 6, 1687.

Simon is mentioned in "Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-80" - This diary was
kept by a man from Holland who was searching for a good site for a new
community. He describes his encounters with various people, including Simon
Aerson and his family. There are several editions of this book, the latest of
which was published in 1959 by Barnes and Noble. Maxine Barker Kuhn will try
to locate this book and reprint the section of our ancestor Simon.
Source: "The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey: Vol. Xi, No. 1, Whole Number
154, Jan. 1965" by Alfred L. Stokes. Information in brackets was added by
Maxine Kuhn for clarity and/or elaboration.

Many articles about the early DeHarts are thought to have been written by
Margaret N. Fielder (Mrs. C. M.) of Waynesboro, VA. An Eileen Libke (Mrs. R.
M.) may have added data to Margaret's materials. A letter was found written to
Claude Webster Tabor of Johnson City, TN by Margaret. Either Claude was
involved in the DeHart research. We are unsure who is to get credit for some
of the background materials, and if anyone reading these articles has
knowledge, please let Maxine Kuhn know so proper
credit can be designated.

*It was customary for Europeans to name a second child of the same sex after
the first child who had died infancy.
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