Emmerentje (Rinelt) Claessen DeWitt

bap. Esens, Ostfriesland, 1 July 1638 - d. ???, place???

Martin Hoffman

born in Revel, Estonia, 1624, died in New York, 1712

Nicholas Hoffman

born in North America, 1680 (or 1676?), died Kingston, New York, 31 December 1750
[see notes below about Hoffman House]
no record of baptism in Kingston, New York: Where was he born & baptized?

Jannetje Crispell

married 30 December 1704, Kingston, New York
no record of marriage in Kingston, New York: Were they really married there?

[Col.] Martinus Hoffman

named for [???]
born 6 February 1706/07, bap. 17 March 1706/07, Kingston, New York
died 29 August 1772, New York, New York
married Tryntje Benson, 19 October 1733 (or posted banns that date), Reformed Dutch Church, Manhattan

Other Children

named for [???]
??? - ???


Tjerck Claessen DeWitt emigrated from near Esens in Ostfriesland (today the northern coast of Germany) in the early or mid-1650s. (See related page of discussion on his origins.) Three siblings, including Ida/Tette joined him over the next few years. Others remained in Ostfriesland, on his family’s farm.

We know that Emmerentje (whose name is spelled various ways) sailed to North America in November 1662, together with her younger brother and an older sister, Tette/Ida, plus that sister’s husband and young daughter.

This page is not complete yet; it’s simply here to hold some bookmarks for the time being.



I’m just beginning to list sources here. Apologies for not being more complete. I will continue to add to this list as I have time. There are many sources of information on the family named Claessen DeWitt, some better than others.

Printed sources:

Record of baptisms and marriages from Kingston, New York.

Ancestors of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Genealogy of The Hoffman Family, Descendants of Martin Hoffman with Biographical Notes, by Eugene Augustus Hoffman and Ms. Elizabeth Dodds, 1899. Published by Dodd, Mead & Company. Found at: New England Historic Genealogical Society (CS/71/H71/1899), 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617-536-5740.

Online sources:


Record of early marriages in the Dutch Reform Church in Manhattan, available in printed form or online or online in PDF form.

Record of early baptisms in the Dutch Reform Church in Manhattan, available online

English translations of Dutch colonial records, also known as “The Kingston Papers,” available online. These are the Dingman Versteeg translations. The originals are available on microfilm from the Ulster County archivist, who can be found through the same link. A cross-reference indexing the archive pages to the microfilm frames to the pages in the printed translation can be obtained from Donald Lockhart, dlockhart at rcn dot com, who includes an entertaining introduction about the misadventures of the original manuscript records in the 1800s, before they were at last safely ensconced with the Ulster County archives.

The Hoffman House still stands in present-day Kingston, New York, bought by Nicholas Hoffman in 1707 from Edward Whittaker. Today it is a tavern in Old Kingston, which makes it easy to visit and marvel over.

Genealogy of the Hoffman Family online (see full citation above).

Reproduced herein:

The History of Ulster County, New York

The Oberholtzer Genealogy

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