The Origins of The Clearwaters

Descendants of Theunis Jacobsen KLAARWATER

First Generation


1. Theunis Jacobsen KLAARWATER was born in 1624 in Baarn, Utrecht, Netherlands. He was christened in 1636 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. He died in 1715 in New Paltz, Ulster, Colony of New York, British Colonial America. He was buried in His orchard on his farm @Bontecoe.

"Bontacoe" - the name of his orchard, is probably named for Bontekoe, outside Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Theunis Jacobsen Klaarwater, the founder of the Clearwater family in America, was born at Baarn in 1624. He was a soldier of Holland and a graduate of the University of Leyden. He came from Holland to Niew Amsterdam, went to Esopus (Kingston) and subsequently to Bontecoe. In the year 1709 Queen Anne granted to him, to his son, Jacob Klaarwater, his brother-in-law, Hendrick Vernooy, his son's father-in-law, Abraham Doiau (Deyo), Rip Van Dam, Adolph Phillipse, Dr. Gerardus Beekman and Colonel Wil liam Peartree a patent of 4,000 acres of land in this county.

Theunis Jacobsen was one of the founders of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church at Kingston, commonly known as the First Dutch. He was chosen by the citizens of Kingston commissioner to present to the British Crown their protest the arrogant and illegal conduct of the commandant of the English garrison stationed at Kingston under the English rule, a duty discharged with ability and dignity.

After his removal to Bontecoe he joined the Huguenot church at New Paltz. His son Jacob, who was born in Holland, married Marie, daughter of Abraham Doiau (Deyo), one of the patentees. He was the first Dutchman to marry a daughter of one of the New Paltz Patentees. Theunis Jacobsen and Jacob were among the freeholders of the New Paltz Patent whose names appear upon the oldest tax list of the Patent now extant, that of 1712, which is preserved among the archives of the Memorial House.

Theunis Jacobson died in 1715 and was buried in the orchard of his farm at Bontecoe, which is still owned by one of his descendants.

A tablet, designed by Charles R. Lamb, the architect of the Dewey Arch, was erected on the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington, 1899, in the Dutch church at Kingston to his memory, and that of some of his lineal descendants by Judge Clearwater of Kingston, his descendant six degrees removed.
The tablet is of white marble, framed by Corinthian pilasters, with capitals and frieze supported by heavy corbels. Upon the frieze is a scroll, on which is carved a pair of crossed swords on the model of those used by the officers of the continental army, intertwined with oak leaves, the symbol of strength and heroism, surmounted by the words "In Memoriam." At the base of the tablet is the inscription, "Fide
Et Fortitudine," intertwined with ivy leaves, the symbol of remembrance and longevity. Each capital is crowned with a scallop shell, the emblem of the Pilgrim. The inscription is of bronze letters executed in high relief and is as follows :

1624 THEUNIS JACOBSEN KLAARWATER 1715
Whose ancestors were among the founders of the DUTCH REPUBLIC.
A soldier of Holland. An early settler of Ulster County.

1663 JACOB KLAARWATER 1747
A native of Holland who fought in the wars of the American frontier.

1699 ABRAHAM KLAARWATER 1782
Sergeant in the provincial army during the Colonial Wars. Signer of the Articles of Association 1775.
Dragoon in the Marbletown Troop of Horse during the war of the Revolution.

1757 THOMAS KLAARWATER 1830
Signer of the Articles of Association 1775. Trooper in the Marbletown Horse. Soldier in the Continental Army.

1787 THOMAS TEUNIS CLEARWATER i860
Soldier of the War of 1812

The bronze is made of old cannon captured in battle during the American wars. The marble is from American quarries. The tablet is placed in the west wall of the church and is a fine addition to the beautiful interior of that stately edifice.
Theunis Jacobsen Klaarwater was a soldier of Holland and a graduate of the University of Leyden. He came from Holland to New Amsterdam, went to Esopus (Kingston) and subsequently to Bontecoe. He joined the Huguenot church at New Paltz when he moved to Bontecoe, died 1715, and was buried in the orchard of his farm at Bontecoe
source: SECOND EDITION HISTORY OF NEW PALTZ NEW YORK AND ITS OLD FAMILIES (From 1678 to 1820)
Including the Huguenot Pioneers and Others who SETTLED IN NEW PaLTZ PREVIOUS TO THE Revolution
With an Appendix bringing down the history of certain families and some other matter to 1850
By RALPH LE FEVRE

Image at: https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/22999668?cid=mem_copy

Image at: https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/23000024?cid=mem_copy

Book extract at: https://books.google.com/books?id=hIA-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA470&lpg=PA470&dq=Theunis+Jacobsen+Klaarwater&source=bl&ots=6QzGnZlj9_&sig=UwB2Fp9gN9QjnN6zGzX1kpp2kyA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiy1vPb76HYAhXClOAKHU0jDjsQ6AEIRzAI#v=onepage&q&f=false

Vital stats: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/M25X-VDG, accessed 9/2/2019

Theunis married Maria Hansen de VOS in 1677 in Ulster, Colony of New York, British Colonial America. Maria was born on 24 Sep 1659 in New Amsterdam, Colony of New Netherlands, New York, United States. She died after 1702 in Ulster, New York, United States.

Birth Name: Marretie Hannssen

Vital stats: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LKXL-R9Z, accessed 9/2/2019

Theunis and Maria had the following children:

+ 2 F i Geertje Teunisse KLAARWATER
+ 3 M ii Jacob KLAARWATER
+ 4 F iii Elsje Tunis KLAARWATER
  5 M iv Wessel KLAARWATER was born on 24 Apr 1681 in NY. He was christened on 24 Apr 1681 in Kingston, Ulster, N.Y.. Wessel was baptized on 24 Apr 1681 in Kingston, Ulster, N.Y..
  6 F v Annetie KLAARWATER was born on 11 Feb 1683 in NY. Annetie was baptized on 11 Feb 1683 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
  7 M vi Johannes KLAARWATER was born on 20 Jan 1684 in NY. Johannes was baptized on 20 Jan 1684 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
+ 8 F vii Wyntjen CLEARWATER
+ 9 M viii Marrus KLAARWATER
+ 10 M ix Teunis Jr KLAARWATER
  11 F x Maria KLAARWATER was born on 3 Jun 1694 in NY. She was christened on 3 Jun 1694 in Kingston, Ulster, Colony of New York, British Colonial America. She died .

Alternate Name • Birth Name: Marde ( Klaarwater) Jacobsen
Alternate Name • Birth Name: Maria
Alternate Name • Birth Name: Marie
Alternate Name • Birth Name: Marie Jacobsen

Vital stats: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/2MGJ-9TZ, accessed 18/2/2019
  12 M xi Aert KLAARWATER was born in 1696 in Of Kingston, Ulster, New York. He died .

Alternate Name • Birth Name: Aart Clearwater
Alternate Name • Birth Name: Alert Klaarwater

Vital stats: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LWFW-R85, accessed 18/2/2019

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