Jacob Rutsen Dewitt

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Jacob Rutsen Dewitt

Birthplace: Baptized, Rhinebek Flats, New York, United States
Death: June 22, 1802 (65)
Wantage, Sussex County, NJ, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob DeWitt and Heyltje DeWitt
Husband of Mrs. Leah Kortreght
Father of Moses DeWitt, Sr; Heyltje Masterson; Bedewyn DeWitt; Mary DeWitt; Samuel DeWitt and 3 others
Brother of Unknown Boy or Girl DeWitt; Johannes DeWitt and Elizabeth DeWitt

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About Jacob Rutsen Dewitt

Jacobs occupation was Capt. of the Militia. In the mid 1700s, the DeWitt family was

living in Naponock. About 1760, one of the clan, Jacob Rutzen or Rutsen DeWitt, moved

to Port Jarvis. About 1770, Jacob built a stone and frame house near the Neversink

River near current Port Clinton.

During the revolutionary War, a stone fort was built near

his house, called Fort DeWitt. The fort is still standing but has been enclosed in a wooden frame and is not readily identifiable. (In case you are interested, where Highway 209 crosses the Neversink River, on the south side of the river a road turns off to the right then doubles back sharply toward the river, then turns north and follows the river for a ways. The old fort is the first building on the left after the road turns north to parallel the river). "Jacob also built a grist mill just up stream from where the old boat canal crosses the Neversink (I think it must be about a mile above where 209 crosses the river.) If you continue driving north from the fort there is another road that takes off to the left and climbs into the low hills along the river. We were given directions to a house that is built on bluffs along the river just above where the old boat cannal crosses the Neversink. From the deck of this house, you can see the mill's raceway and water wheel site that was

carved out of solid rock.

He was a member of the rangers guarding frontier Ulster and Sullivan COs. He gave his

stone house on the river Neversink, subsequently called Fort Dewitt, as a refuge for women and children during the revolution.

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Jacob Rutsen Dewitt's Timeline

August 22, 1736
Rhinebek Flats, New York, United States
August 22, 1736
Ulster County, New York, United States
November 22, 1759
Age 23
Baptized, Machackemech Church Records
October 23, 1761
Age 25
Wantage, Sussex County, NJ, United States
January 8, 1764
Age 27
Baptized, Machackemech Church Records
May 28, 1766
Age 29
Baptized, Machackemech Church Records
August 27, 1772
Age 36
Baptized, Machackemech Church Records
Age 44
Machackemech Church Records
June 22, 1802
Age 65
Wantage, Sussex County, NJ, United States