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Gerardus Rycken (1740 - 1781)

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Gerardus Rycken aka Rycker
Born in Closter, Bergen, New Jerseymap
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Husband of — married in New Yorkmap
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Died [location unknown]
Rycken-4 created 14 Sep 2010 | Last modified | Last edit: 21 Aug 2017
23:51: Loretta (Leger) Corbin edited the Birth Place for Gerardus Rycken. (removed USA from birth location, too early) [Thank Loretta for this]
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Gerardus was born in 1740. Gerardus Ryker ... He passed away in 1781.


Note: Gerardus Ryker was listed as a cordwainer at the time of his marriage in New York in 1762. He immigrated to Kentucky in 1780 from Berkeley Co., VA and was part of the "Low Dutch Colony" in Shelby and Henry Counties in Kentucky. He was killed by Indians in the Long Run Massacre, also known as Floyd's Defeat, September 15, 1781 near Eastwood in Jefferson County, Kentucky. [1] The Long Run massacre was a major incident in the series of battles in which early settlers in Kentucky fought Indians and their British allies on the western frontier during the Revolutionary War. Long Run is located near Eastwood in Jefferson County, Kentucky. In September 1781 Maj. Bland Ballard discovered Indian signs near Squire Boone's Painted Stone Station, near what is now Shelbyville. He warned the settlers there and at Beargrass Station to move to Lynn Station, which was a more secure area. For unknown reasons, Boone's and several other families delayed moving for two days. When they finally left the station on September 14, 1781, they were surrounded at Long Run Creek by a large party of Indians reinforced by British soldiers under the command of Capt. Alexander McKee. An estimated sixty people were killed by the Indians; only a handful, including Squire Boone, escaped. [2]


Died September 15, 1781 in "Long Run Massacre", Eastwood, KY[3]
Died September 15, 1781 in Bullskin, Shelby, Kentucky, United States[4]


Painted Rock Station, the site of the original attack, was part of Jefferson County, Kentucky, when it was settled. The site of the massacre is just over the county line in Jefferson, while the station is now located in Shelby county. See sources below for details.


  1. From [UL:The Kentucky Encyclopedia:UL] edited by John E. Kleber (University Press of Kentucky, 1992): LONG RUN MASSACRE.
  2. See Lou Catherine Ciore, "Long Run Massacre, Register 10 (Jan. 1912): 75-6.
  3. The Kentucky Encyclopedia
  4. not sourced
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  • This person was created on 14 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.
  • This profile was created through the import of LaBach Family TreeApril28_2011.ged on 05 May 2011.

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On 21 Dec 2015 at 02:51 GMT Steven Mix wrote:

Ryker-1 and Rycken-4 appear to represent the same person because: This son can be merged now. No tree conflicts. Keep the birth Closter, Bergen, New Jersey. The siblings are all Rycken, so I am inclined to keep that as LNAB. And then his children are all Ryker, as he moved away from New Netherland, so it makes sense that he would have Americanized his name as Ryker later in his adult life, so we should probably make that the current last name. Thanks!

On 29 Nov 2014 at 23:07 GMT Catherine (Willhite) V wrote:

Ryker-1 and Ryker-59 appear to represent the same person because: same person

Gerardus is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 20 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 14 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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