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OPDENGRAEFF/ADDAMS

OPDENGRAEFF

The OpDenGraeff family of Krefeld, Germany, came to America in October 1683 on the ship "Concord" and settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania.   They were Quakers and Mennonites and left their homeland to escape religious persecution. 
Their families were large and were tied by marriage to the Theissen/Doors (some chose the surname Theissen and some took the surname Doors), Kuster/Custer, Van Bebber, DeHaven and other early settlers of Germantown.   

Some Germantown Deeds of the OpDenGraeff Brothers

NAME

Date of Birth

Death Date

SPOUSE

*Herman OpDenGraeff 26 Nov 1585 Ger. 27 Dec 1642 Ger. *Greitjen Pletjes
(Children of *Herman OpDenGraeff  & *Greitjen Pletjes)    
Hester OpDenGraeff 1609 Germany 1643 Isaac Van Bebber
Abraham Op Den Graeff 1610 Germany 1656 Eva Vanderleyen
Trinken Op Den Graeff 1612 Germany 1653  
*Agnes Neesgen OpDenGraeff 1614 Germany 1691 *Theiss "Matthias" Doors
*Isaac Hermans OpDenGraeff 23 Feb 1616 Ger. 17 Jan 1679 Ger. *Greitjen Peiters
Derk OpDenGraeff 1621 Germany 1655  
Aletgen OpDenGraeff 1623 Germany 1706 Germany Wilhelm L. Von Bonn
Sophia OpDenGraeff 1628 Germany   Evert Lucassen
Susanna OpDenGraeff 1629 Germany 1714   
  (Children of *Agnes "Neessgen"     OpDenGraeff      and   *T. "Matthias"Doors)  
Anna "Entgen" Doors abt 1641Ger 2 Aug 1700 PA 1.Heinrich Kurlis
2. Jan Streypers
Peter Doors abt 1643 Ger   Judith Preyers
*Gertrude Doors abt 1645 Ger 28 Feb 1709 PA * Paulus Kuster (Custer)
Elizabeth Doors abt 1647 Ger   Peter Kurlis
Johanna Doors abt 1649    
Helen Theisson abt 1650   Thones "Dennis" Kunders
Cornelius Theisson abt 1652 9 May 1716 Margaret_____
Margarita Doors 4 Jan 1655    
Reiner Theisson 1659 27 Jul 1745 PA Maria/Margaret_____
Maria Theisson 1660 1742  Jochim Lucken
Herman Doors 16 Sep 1663 14 Oct 1739  
(children of  *Isaac H. OpDenGraeff & *Greitjen Peiters)    
Herman OpDenGraeff 1644 1708 Delaware 1. Lisbet Van Bebber
2. Debra Van Bebber
Derk OpDenGraeff 1646 1697 Pennsylvania Nilcken Vyten
Margaretha OpDenGraeff 1651    
Jacob OpDenGraeff 1653    
*Abraham Isacks OpDenGraeff abt 1660 Germany 25 Mar 1731 PA *Trintgen Katarina Jansen
Adolphus OpDenGraeff      
       (Children of *Gertrude Doors &  *Paulus Kuster/Custer)  (See Custer page)  
(Ch'dren of *Abraham OpDenGraeff  & *Trintgen K.Jansen)      
*Gertian OpDenGraeff 1680 Germany bef 1747 PA *Richard Addams
Isaac OpDenGraeff     Mary_______
Margaret OpDenGraeff abt 1692   Thomas How
Annecken OpDenGraeff     Herman InDeHaven
Jacob OpDenGraeff PA 1750 PA Anneken InDeHaven

ADDAMS
It is said that Richard Addams spelled his name with two "d"s to distinguish his family from
another one living in Philadelphia County, PA, in the late 17th century. His ancestry has not
been established but he was almost certainly English or Welsh. He was a member of Great Valley
Baptist Church in Chester County, PA. He probably came to this country, as so many others did
at the time, to escape religious persecution.

NAME

Date of Birth

Death Date

SPOUSE

*Richard Addams abt 1659 abt 1747 PA 1. *Gertian OpDenGraeff
2. Alse_______
   (Children of *Richard Addams & *Gertian OpDenGraeff)    
*Susannah Addams abt 1695 PA bef 1747 PA *Conrad Custer
Catherine Addams   aft 1747 John Morris
Mary Addams   aft 1747 Israel Morris
Margaret Addams   1749 Paul Casselberry
Ann Addams   aft 1775 Jacob Umstead
Elizabeth Addams   ca 1808 1. Thomas Bull
2. Thomas Rossiter
William Addams   1773 Ann Lane
Abraham Addams 1707 5 Apr 1738 Alse______
Isaac Addams   1769/72 Edith______
    (Children of *Richard Addams & Alse _____ )    
Hannah Addams   1769 Owen Evans
(Children of *Susannah Addams & * Conrad Custer) (See Custer Page)  
   (Children of William Addams and Ann Lane)    
Richard Addams bef 8 Jan 1732 bef 1740 PA  
Mary Addams bef 8 Jan 1732 bef 1775  
Abraham Addams aft 1732 1803 PA  
Samuel Addams aft 1732 aft 1788  
Richard Addams 1740 PA 1816  
Williams Addams   1774   
Isaac Addams 1746 1809  

                                                            ( * on the Chart denotes the Direct Ancestors of Shirley D. Webb) 
           
Sources:   "Passengers & Ships Prior to 1684" pub. 1985 by The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania,compiled by Walter Lee
                               Sheppard, Jr.    (Pages 96 & 97 detail the ship "Concord" on which the OpdenGraeff group came to America)
                            "The Descendants of Paulus & Gertrude Kusters" pub. 1991 by The Castor Assoc. of America
                           "The Addams Family in America" by Addams S. McAllister.
                          "Krefeld Immigrants and Their Descendants" a twice yearly publication by Links Publications of Sacramento, CA.


                                      
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