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Christoffel Davidts

Also Known As: "Christoffle", "Kit", "Davids", "Christoffel", "Christoffel Davidts", "Davidson"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bisscohopwick, Durham, England
Death: Died in Kingston, Ulster, New York
Immediate Family:

Husband of Maria Martins; Cornelia De Vos and Maria Martensen Beekman
Father of Deborah Christoffelse Davidts; Arriantje Christoffelse Davidts; Joris Christoffel Davidts; David Christoffelse Davidts; Jan Christoffel Davidts and 11 others

Occupation: Trapper/Explorer
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About Christoffel Davidts

New Amsterdam - Immigrants

  • Christopher Davis
  • about - Christopher Davis
  • Christopher Davis (or Davids), the immigrant ancestor, was born in England. He was also called "Kit" Davis.
  • He came to Massachusetts Bay Colony before 1636. The only public record we find of him there, however, is a record showing that he was bondsman for John Davies (Davis) before the general court, December 13, 1636.
  • Later he went to New York and settled at Hellgate, Manhattan, where he was known as "the Englishman" by his Dutch neighbors. He sold his land here and removed to Fort orange, but in 1654 went down the river and settled in Redoubt Kill, opposite what was called afterward Kit Davis Kill.
  • He married (first) Cornelia Vedos, who died in 1657.
  • He married (second) Maria martens, also a Dutch woman.
  • Davis was a noted trapper and acted as a mediator and Indian interpreter.
  • Governor Stuyvesant at one time put him in jail "for spreading false reports among the Indians," but his wife secured his release "to provide for a poor famished and disconsolate wife and children."
  • Indian hostilities eventually caused him to remove to New Amsterdam, but afterward he located at Esopus and finally at Marbletown.

Children:

  • 1. George, of whom further.
  • 2. David.
  • 3. Isaac, and perhaps others.
  • He was also know as Christopher Davis or Christopher Davidson.

In Dutch records he was known as Christoffel Davidts.

There are quite a few genealogies of his descendants online, e.g.,

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wilsey/pafg446.htm#11165

-------------------- Notes for Christopher Davis: Testified Sep 3, 1658 that he was 42 and born in England. Listed by the Dutch as Christoffel Davidts. Sep 25, 1656 patent for 72 ac on the west side of Esopus Kil.[Davis.FTW] Davis, Kit Family Chart - Ulster County Genealogical Society Family Chart. Ulster County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 536, Hurley, New York 12443. This chart provides resource citations. Per Lori Luke In the History of Ulster County, NY by N. Sylvester pub. 1880, it is noted that Cit Davis, the trapper, said a rumor floated among the Indians. This was obviously a prelude to the first Esopus Indian War of 1659. Kit was an Indian interpreter. He liked this business and the Indians liked him. At one point during "unrest", Officer Smit sent Christopher Davis to the director with information of the true condition of Esopus. He went down the Hudson River in a canoe. This was on Sept. 21, 1659. Kit first went to the Massachusettes Bay Colony in 1636 from England. It is believed he settled shortly at Helleget, on the Manhatten removing to Ft. Orange in 1638. He moved to Ulster County in 1652 and built a log cabin in 1654 on the Redout Kill. During one Indian attack, the daughter of Montagne, was kidnapped. Kit, who now lived in Rensselaerwyck, was dispatched after her. It is noted that Kit's son, JAN, was also an Indian interpreter and tracker and at one time accompanied 5 Mohawks to solicit for the return of prisoners. .....Christopher Davis being at Fort Orange, some Mohegan savages were sent to invite him down, for the Dutch wished his service to parley with the savages..... He is commonly known as Kit Davis. Christopher Davis or Davidson, who was of Rensselaerswyck in 1638, testified on Sept. 3, 1658 that he was 42 years old and born in England. In the Dutch record of the Colony, he was called Christoffel Davidts. He received a patent for a 72 acre tract on the west side of the Esopus Kil, opposite the land of Thomas Chambers, dated Sept. 25, 1656, Andres de Vos and Arent Andriessen were appointed curators of the estate of the late Cornelia de Vos, first wife of Chris. He moved down the Hudson River about 1658 to his patent tract of land in Esopus where, by his 2nd wife Maria Meertens, he had a son, Abraham bpt. May 2, 1663 and Debora bpt. Jan. 25, 1665 (Olde Ulster 10: pg97).

More About Christopher Davis: Immigration: 1636, Massachusetts Colony

     

Children of Christopher Davis and Cornelia De Vos are:

	2259	i.	 	Ariaentje Davids, born Abt. 1645 in Albany, NY; died Aft. November 11, 1694 in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY; married Jurriaen Teunise Tappan Abt. 1661.
		ii.	 	David Davids, born 1652; died February 09, 1689/90 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY; married Wife; died Unknown.
	Notes for David Davids:

[Davis.FTW] He owned a lot on the east side of Church Street, 100 ft. wide and lying 100 feet south of Union Street. He was slain with his wife and 4 children on Feb. 9,1690 by the French and Indians when Schenectady was sacked and burned. He had a daughter named known as Gertrude.

		iii.	 	Joris Christofflese Davis, born 1653 in Albany Co., NY; died Abt. 1680 in NY; married Johanna Loopers December 09, 1674 in New York, NY; born October 30, 1650 in New York, NY; died Unknown in Ulster Co., NY.
	Notes for Joris Christofflese Davis:

[Davis.FTW] His name appears on one of the earliest land grants in Ulster County for lands in the Minisink. He was a trapper and Indian Intrepreter. Joris' marriage banns were first called in the New York City Dutch Church on November 18, 1675 showing him from Albany.

	Notes for Johanna Loopers:

[Davis.FTW] Parents were Jacob Loper and Cornelia Melyns. See a resource in Probate Records I by Anjou, page 191. Jacob Loper was born in Sweden and married in New Amsterdam to Cornelia, daughter of Melyn, a Patroon of Staten Island, and Janneken Adriaens. Her second marriage occurred in the NYC Dutch Church.

		iv.	 	Marritje Christofel Davids, born Abt. 1657 in Ulster Co., NY; died Abt. 1708 in Marbletown, Ulster Co., NY; married (1) Amdries Pieterse Van Leuwven 1675 in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY; born Abt. 1649 in Bergen, Holland; died 1691 in Marbletown, Ulster Co., NY; married (2) Manuel Consalus Abt. 1692 in Ulster Co., NY; born Abt. 1660 in Spain; died April 18, 1758 in Wurtsboro, Sullivan Co., NY.
	Notes for Amdries Pieterse Van Leuwven:

[Davis.FTW] His father's name as Pieter. Per Evelyn Sahler From, he was baptised in New York City on May 25, 1664, obviously as an adult.

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Christoffel Davidts's Timeline

1616
September 3, 1616
Bisscohopwick, Durham, England
1636
1636
Age 19
MA
1640
1640
Age 23
1643
1643
Age 26
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
1644
1644
Age 27
Rensselaerwyck, Albany, New York
1645
1645
Age 28
Albany, New York
1647
October 25, 1647
Age 31
Kingston, Ulster, New York
1650
1650
Age 33
Kingston, Ulster, New York
1650
Age 33
Dominie's hoeck
1654
1654
Age 37
Kingston, Ulster, New York, USA