Matthew De Deckers

Matthew De DECKERS (c. 1670 – c. 1718) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miller line.

Matthew (Mattheus) De Deckers was born about 1670 in Amsterdam, Holland.  His parents were Johannes De DECKERS and Margaret Van BELCAMP.  He married Aefte (Eve) MESSECAR about 1687 in Staten Island, NY.  Matthew died between 1715 and 1718 in Carles Neck, Fresh Kills, Staten Island, New York.

Fresh Kills, Staten Island – In 1695 Matthew owned a farm at Carles Neck, Staten Island, New York, near the Freshkills. He had a cattle mark patented there on 13 April, 1704, and on 07 April, 1705 he owned a home, and lands near a road in Staten Island.

Fresh Kills (from the Middle Dutch word kille, meaning “riverbed” or “water channel”) is a stream and freshwater estuary in the western portion of the New York City borough of Staten Island. It is the site of the Fresh Kills Landfill, formerly New York City’s principal landfill. The watershed (basin) of the Fresh Kills drains much of the wet lowlands of the western portion of the island and flows into the Arthur Kill around the Isle of Meadows.

Eve Messecar was born about 1671 in Staten Island, New York. Her parents were Johannes MESSCAR and Nealthe HARMENSE.  Eve died after 19 May, 1718 when Lambert Garrison conveyed land to Eve Decker, the widow of Mattheus.

Children of Mattew and Aefte (Eve):

Name Born Married Departed
1. Catherine DECKER (Catharina Dekkers) c. 1689 Staten Island NY Edward (Eduard) JONES
c. 1715
Staten Island
After 1750
Staten Island
2. Pieter Decker ca. 1691
Staten Island NY
Susanna Hatfield (Hetfeel)
1717
Staten Island
Before
1 Dec 1772
Staten Island, NY
3. Charles Decker ca. 1695
Staten Island NY
Magdalena (Lena) Sweem
1726
6 Mar 1754
Staten Island, NY
4. Johannes Decker 7 Sep 1696
Port Richmond Dutch Reformed Church
Staten Island NY
Maria (Marytje) Sweem
c. 1723
Dec 1779 Staten Island
5. Nealthe (Neeltje) Decker ca. 1705
Staten Island NY
Nicholas (Nicolaas)  Depuy 1781 – New York,
6. Abraham Decker 21 Oct 1707
Richmond Dutch Reformed Church,
Staten Island NY
7. Zegar (Seger) Decker ca. 1709
Staten Island NY
Elizabeth Depuy
.
Susannah Jones
(Daughter of Edward JONES)
c. 1732
8. Elizabeth Decker 17 Apr 1711
Richmond Dutch Reformed Church,
Staten Island NY
9. Matthew Decker 19 Apr 1715
Richmond Dutch Reformed Church,
Staten Island NY
Aaltje Merrill
16 Dec 1742
Port Richmond, Staten Island
c. 1765
Staten Island

There is some confusion as to where Matthew De Deckers was born; some historians state in New Amsterdam, others in Amsterdam, Holland, and still others at sea on one of the families many trips to Holland.

In 1695 Matthew owned a farm at Carles Neck, Staten Island, New York, near the Freshkills. Calendar of N. Y. Colonial Manuscripts, indorsed Land Papers; in the Office of the Secretary of State of New York, 1 643-1 803.” It will be seen from a perusal of this volume that the land on Karle’s Neck and on Long Neck was in great demand in 1675 and later, and on one of the oldest maps, published in 1781, the words ” well settled” are placed across that portion of the Island.

Karle’s Neck. “Description of a survey of 8o acres of land at ye head of ye meadows between Long Neck and Karle’s Neck, upon Staten Island, with 6 acres of salt meadow and 4 acres of fresh in ye cove to the north of Seadar Poynte, laid out for Jon. Bissell.” Land Papers, 1676. St. Andrew’s church is described as being on Karle’s Neck, at the head of Fresh Kills, in the Land Papers, 1713, and in Bayles’ History, p. 395. “Charle’s Neck” is mentioned in Bayles’ History, p. 129, and is shown by Smith, 1836. Karle’s Neck was sometimes called Short Neck to distinguish it from Long Neck

Long and Short Points. Parts of the irregularly shaped peninsula of meadowlying between Dock and Flowk Creeks on Karle’s Neck. Long Point is the farthest west.

Du Puy’s Point. The southerly point at the mouth of Peter’s Creek

He had a cattle mark patented there on 13 April, 1704, and on 07 April, 1705 he owned a home, and lands near a road in Staten Island. He appears in the Staten Island census of 1706, and he was listed as a Cooper at this time. He was a member of the North Militia company in 1715, and was listed as 36 years old in the 1706 census. On 12 May, 1712 he conveyed land to John Depuy (probably the father-in-law of two of his children) at Carles Neck at the Freshkill, and on 19 May, 1718 Lambert Garrison conveyed land to Eve Decker, the widow of Mattheus. This land was comprised of 3 acres. On 13 April, 1704, Methuors Dacker “had his mark with three hapenies one each ear that is to say on each side of the ear one hapeney and one on the top of the ear and fo like wife one the other ear” (Richmond County Records p. 30).

Ann Lawler Messecar  wrote an article which  appeared in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Record in April  1984 in which she very carefully lays out proof of the identity of Eve,  the wife of Mattheus DE DECKER. Here is an excerpt:

“Matthew De Decker, born about 1670 to Johannes De Decker and Margaret  Belcamp and his many descendants formed an integral part of that area’s  history. Around 1690, Matthew married Aefie or Eve _____, and they raised a  large family on a farm at ‘Carles Neck’ near the Fresh Kill. Much is known about the Decker family, but the identity of Eve’s parents has remained a  mystery.

“While there are no known documents which prove Eve’s maiden name, it appears from a careful examination of existing records that she was the d/o  Johannes Machgielzen Mesecar and Nealthe Harmense, residents of the county of  Richmond (Staten Island) in the early 1700s.
“Evidence to support the assumption that Eve was a Mesecar comes from early records of Kings and Richmond counties.
1. The ‘1706’ census of Staten Island shows two of Eve Decker’s older  children were named in the traditional Dutch fashion after her parents,  Johannes and Nealthe.
2. The 1706 census and church records at Port Richmond also identify  Harmen “Mesker” and two other Mesecar-related families living on the island  and the Deckers acted as baptismal sponsors for a child belonging to each of them.  Another Mesecar, Evert, lived nearby in New Jersey, and the Deckers
also sponsored one of his sons.”…
3. The most important proof of Eve’s identity can be found in the Port  Richmond church records for 1718. Here Eve is listed as a sponsor for two of  her grandchildren, once using her maiden name in the Dutch fashion, and once  using her married name in the English tradition.
>20 Jul 1718 Eve’s eldest dau and Eduard Jones bap their 1st child. Spon:  Barent Symessen and Eva Messeker
>21 Sep 1718 Eve’s eldest son Pieter bap dau witnesses: Eduard Jones and  Eva ‘Dekker’

Since records show no evidence of an unmarried Eve Decker living at this  time, it seems safe to assume that Eve Messeker and Eve Decker are the same  person, and that Eve was the daughter of Johannes Machgielzen Mesecar.
The Mesecar line was established in this country in the year 1647 with the  arrival of Machil ‘Miscaer’ in New Amsterdam. A year later Machiel baptized a  son, Johannes, in the St. Nicholas Reformed Dutch Church. (BDC24). The family  appears to hav settled in Kings County where years later (1672) Johannes was
allotted a plot of land in Gravesend and older brother, Adam, was a dealer in  whale oil. Both brothers lived at Gravesend in 1687 when they took the Oath  of Allegiance.
“Johannes married Nealthe Harmense as evidenced by the baptismal record of  their son, Machiel, at Flatbush on 23 November 1684. Several daughters and a  son, Harmon (1682) were born prior to this time and probably spent their  childhood in Gravesend.

By the early 1700s however, Johannes and his family had crossed the bay  to take up residence in Staten Island. The history of their subsequent moves into New Jersey followed the pattern of hundreds of other Dutch and English  families of the time who used Staten Island as a brief stop-over point on their journeys  westward. A few families, such as the Deckers, stayed. Many, like the  Symessens and Evert Mesker, went down the Raritan River and settled in  Somerset County, NJ….”

Children

1. Catherine DECKER (See Edward (Eduard) JONES‘s page)

2.Pieter Decker

Pieter ‘s wife Susanna Hatfield was born Abt. 1693 in New York.

Children of Pieter Decker and Susanna Hatfield (Hetfeel):

i. Maria Decker, b. 21 Sep 1718 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed Church. Witness to her baptism were Eduard JONES and Eva DEKKER.
ii. Johannes Decker, b. 24 Jul 1720 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island. married Nancy Merrill
iii. Susanna Decker, b. 24 May 1724 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
iv. Sara Decker, b. 23 Oct 1726 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
v. Mattheus Decker, b. 28 Jun 1728 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
vi. Eva Decker, b. 26 Mar 1732 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
vii. Abraham Decker, b. 7 Apr 1735 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island. died 03 April 1813 at 78 years of age.
viii. Jacob Decker, b. 7 May 1741 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island. married Sarah Simonson

3.Charles Decker

Charles’ wife Magdalena (Lena) Sweem was born Abt. 1699 in New York.

Charles’ will was dated 06 March, 1754 in Staten Island.

Children of Charles Decker and Magdalena Sweem:

i. Charles Decker, b. 18 Feb 1727/28 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island. He married Helena Sweem.
ii. Matthys Decker, b. 5 Apr 1730 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
iii. Magdalena Decker, b. 29 Oct 1732 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
iv. Mattheus Decker, b. 16 Mar 1733/34 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
v. Esther Decker, b. 8 Jan 1734/35 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
vi. Eva Decker, b. 7 May 1741 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
vii. Marya Decker 28 Jul  1751,  Charlis Deckker, helena Sweem.

4.Johannes Decker

Johannes’ wife Mary (Marytje or Maria) Sweem was born in Staten Island, New York.  Her parents were Matthys Sweem and Sarah Praal.

Johannes was listed in the Staten Island census in 1706.

Abstracts of Wills Vol IX 1777-1783, pages 87 & 88:

Page 175.–“In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHANES DECKER, of Richmond County, March 16, 1779. I leave to James Simons Decker, son of my son John, deceased, 10 shillings. To the other children of my son John, deceased, viz., Rebecca, Jemima, Moses, and Silvanus, £100 between them. I leave to Mary Decker, daughter of my son Moses, and to Isabel Wood, the money that John Decker, son of Peter Decker, owes me. I leave to my son Moses £50; also a lot of 15 acres, bounded by the road and Barent Dupuy. I leave to my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Edmund Christopher, and Eve, wife of Benjamin Cole, 19 acres of land adjoining the above. All the rest of my lands to my sons, Matthew and Matthias, and Matthias to have the north part. The house of Matthias is to be made equal to that of Matthew. My three sons, Matthew, Matthias, and Moses, I make executors.”

Witnesses, Peter Hausman, Aaron Dupuy, Barent Dupuy. Proved, December 27, 1779.

Children of Johannes Decker and Mary Sweem:

i. Maria Decker, b. 3 Jul 1726 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
ii. Sara Decker, b. 21 Apr 1728 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
iii. Matthys Decker, b. 24 May 1730 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.
iv. Eva Decker, b. 25 Mar 1739 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island. m. Benjamin Cole
v. John Decker d. before his father’s 1779 will
vi. Moses Decker
vii. Mathew Decker
viii. Elizabeth Decker m. Edmund Christopher

Baptisms
May 24, 1730, Matthys, Johannes Dekker, Maria Sweem.
Mai. 25, 1739, Eva, Joh: Dekkers, Marytje Sweem.

5. Nealthe (Neeltje) Decker

Nealthe’s husband Nicholas DePuy was born aabout 1701 in New York.

She was found in the 1706 Staten Island census, and she, and her husband attended the Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church.

DePUY. At the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, there was a Protestant family of this name in Languedoc. Two brothers of this family, Philip and David, then fled to Holland, and became officers in the army of William of Orange ; they accompanied him to England, and were both killed at the battle of the Boyne. Another brother, Samuel, was an officer in the British army, and served in the Low Countries. But some of the name were in America before the revocation.

In 1662, Nicolas du Pui, with his wife and three children, came to this country in the ship called the “Purmerland Church;” he probably settled on Staten Island, and was the progenitor of the family here, as we find his baptismal name perpetuated among them. If this assumption is correct, then the names of two of the three children were John and Francis, for we find them mentioned in the public records as early as 1681) ; John as defendant in a suit in March of that year, and Francis as owning a tract of woodland near Fresh kill, in December of that year. We do not meet with the name of Francis after that date, but find the name of John again, in the church record, as having a daughter Elizabeth baptized October 22, 1707, and a son Moses, July 22, 1714.

Nicolas, perhaps a grandson of the original, and Neeltje (Cornelia) Dekker had the following children : A daughter, baptized April 6, 1724 ; and sons John, baptized June 27, 1725 ; Matthew, baptized October 8, 1726 ; Nicholas, baptized June 4, 1730; Moses, baptized October 27, 1732; Aaron, baptized August 26, 1739. Nicholas, last mentioned, was supervisor of Westfield in 1766. John, last mentioned, and his wife Sarah, had a son Nicholas, baptized in 1757. Moses, last mentioned, and his wife Leah, had the following children : John, born January 10, 1759 ; Nicholas, born June 3, 1766 ; Moses, born January 17, 1769. Barent, who probably was another son of Nicolas and Neeltje, and his wife Elsie Poillon, had the following children : Martha, baptized May 20, 1750, and Elsie, baptized December 9, 1739.

Children of Nealthe Decker and Nicholas DePuy:

i. Catharina Depuy, b. 6 Apr 1724 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed Church. Witness to her baptism were Eduard Jones, and Catharina Dekkers.

ii. Johannes Depuy, b. 27 Jun 1726 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island. married Sarah Crocheron DuPuy/Larzelere

iii. Mattheus Depuy, b. 9 Oct 1726 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.

iv. Nicolas Depuy, b. 4 Jan 1730/31 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.

v. Moses Depuy, b. 29 Oct 1732 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.  married Elizabeth Klaarwater

vi. Catharina Du Puy b. 6 Apr 1734

vi. Aaron Depuy, b. 26 Aug 1739 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.

7. Zegar Decker

Zegar’s first wife Elizabeth Depuy was born Abt. 1712 in Staten Island, New York.

Zegar’s second wife Susannah Jones was born Abt. 1716 in Staten island, New York. Her parents were  Edward JONES and Catharine DECKER.

Susannah was a witness to a baptism on 07 April, 1735 in the Port Richmond DRC of Pieter Decker and Susanna Hatfield’s son Abraham. She was a witness to the baptism of Johannes Decker, son of Johannes Decker, and Nence Merrel in the Port Richmond DRC on 19 April, 1743.

Zegar was a witness to the baptism of Edward JONES and Catherine DECKER’s son Edward Jones, born 14 Aug 1726 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed Church.

Child of Zegar Decker and Elizabeth Depuy:

i. Eva Decker, b. 5 Apr 1730 in Port Richmond Dutch Reformed church, Staten Island.

Child of Zegar Decker and Susanna Jones

ii. Eva Decker b. 8 Apr 1733

9. Matthew Decker

Matthew’s wife Aaltje Merrill was born April 01, 1718 in Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York. Her parents were Richard Merrill and Aaltje Dorlandt. Aaltje died Abt. 1765 in Staten Island, New York.

Children of Matthew Decker and Aaltje Merrill:

i. Mathew Decker, b. Abt. 1745 in Staten Island, New York. married Miriam Bedell

ii. Elstye Decker, b. 22 Apr 1747 in Staten Island, New York. and died before 1765

Sources:

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/a/c/Ellsworth-J-La-coste-/BOOK-0001/0026-0004.html

http://newsarch.rootsweb.com/th/read/DECKER-SI/2003-01/1042381890

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/a/c/Ellsworth-J-La-coste-/BOOK-0001/0026-0005.html

History of Richmond County (Staten Island), New York from its discovery to the present time. By Mather Bayles. (page 37 of 72)


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