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David (Christoffelssen) Christoffelse (1652 - 1690)

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David "Davidt" Christoffelse formerly Christoffelssen aka Davis, Davids, Davidts
Born in Beverwyck, New Netherlandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Schenectady, Albany County, Province of New Yorkmap
Christoffelssen-1 created 27 Jun 2016 | Last modified
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Categories: Davids Family of New Netherland | Schenectady massacre | New Netherland Settlers | New Netherland Main Profile | New Netherland Settlers Project Needs LNAB.

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ABT 1650


Husband: David* Davidts
Wife: Rachel Jans
Marriage: Date: ABT 1670


Child: Andries Davidts
Child: ?Thomas Davidts
Child: ?Geertruy Davidts


Davidt Christoffelse and his wife and four children were slain on February 9, 1690 during the sacking and burning of Schenectady.[1][2]

References in Albany Court Minutes

"Monsieur R. V. Rensselaer, plaintiff, against Davidt Christoffelssen, defendant." [3]
"David Christoffelse, being sworn, says that 14 days ago he had some grain ground and that it was good meal and that he baked white bread and biscuits with it and was well satisfied with it, but he says that he was not satisfied with the miller, because he did not grind in time and would not accommodate him when he needed the meal, but he has never made any complaint." [4]
"David Christoffelse, plaintiff, against Lambert Janse, defendant." [4]


  1. Pearson, Jonathan. Contributions for the genealogies of the descendants of the first settlers of the patent and city of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800 (1873). page 36.
  2. Pearson, Jonathan. A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times. 9: Burning of Schenectady.
  3. Arnold J. F. van Laer. Minutes of the Court of Albany, Rensselaerswyck and Schenectady, 1668-1673. Vol. I. Albany: University of the State of New York, 1926. p. 183.
  4. 4.0 4.1 AJF van Laer, Minutes of the Court: Of Albany, Rensselaerswyck and Schenectady, 1680-1685
  • Doherty, Frank J. Settlers of the Beekman Patent. Publication: Frank J. Doherty, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569, ongoing. Vol. III, pp. 23-28.
  • Ancestry Family Trees. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.


  • WikiTree profile Davis-11860 created through the import of davisfamilytree-1.ged on Sep 1, 2012 by Rich Davis.
  • This person was created through the import of MASTER2011WIKITREE.GED on 27 January 2011.

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On 17 Oct 2016 at 11:47 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:

Removed Andries Davidsen as a child; he had 8 or so profiles and had to be merged, and his parents are unknown and unproven.

On 27 Jun 2016 at 23:25 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:

Davidts-2 and Christoffelssen-1 appear to represent the same person because: This is the oldest paternal ancestor in this chain in need of a merge into the patronymic NNS PPP. No tree conflicts. Thanks! Court records show that David used a patronymic.

On 29 Oct 2014 at 19:05 GMT Scott Bilyou wrote:

See also another source for David, at the foot of page 35, footnote #3 in the book "Early Records of the City And County Of Albany, and Colony of Rensselaerwyck (1656-1675)" by Jonathan Pearson, 1869.

This same source also has his father still living in Beverwyck/Albany in 1657. I would recommend the location of his birth be changed from Kingston to Albany, if you agree.

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