About Cornelius Swits
Ben M. Angel notes: One online source had this person being born in Schenectady in 1651, and apparently baptized in the same year. This would have been quite impossible as neither Schenectady, nor it's Dutch Reformed Church, were existent in that year. Schenectady was founded in 1661 by a party that had come from Fort Orange and the surrounding Beverwyck settlement (located in present Albany). Beverwyck had been settled since 1630, about six years after the construction of Fort Orange (built near the site of Fort Nassau, abandoned five years earlier because of floods). It is unclear to me when the Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady was built - the only records I could find of it online were from 1692 and later. Needless to say, I wasn't able to duplicate the success of the person "finding" this record.
From the McCurdy and Pollock website (apparently an online family tree):
- M, b. 9 July 1651, d. 1730
Cornelis was born at Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York. On 9 July 1651, Cornelis was christened at the Reformed Dutch Church, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York. He was the son of Cornelis Claessen Swits and Ariaentje Cornelissen Trommels.
Cornelis married Jannetje de Witt at New York. Cornelis departed this life in 1730 at New York at age 78 years.
Family: Cornelis Swits and Jannetje de Witt
1. [S521] Schenectady Reformed Dutch Church Christening Records, 9 July 1651 - Cornelis; parents: Cornelis Claese Swits & Ariaentje Cornelissen; witnesses: none listed.