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Dutch Cousins of Kentucky

Names of the Low Dutch Colony that arrived in Kentucky starting in 1780 include, Banta, Montfort, Demarest, Riker, Terhune, Westerfield, Cozine, Dorland, VanArsdale, Voorhees/Voris/etc, Smock, settling in Mercer, Henry and Shelby Counties.

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Comment by Richard Baldwin Cook on November 12, 2009 at 9:39am
I have not focused on my possible connections with the Low Dutch into KY b/c my lineal Dorlands did not make that journey, nor did they go to Conowingo prior to KY. I find James Dorland (1781-1858) and his wife Mary Moore Dorland (1785-1869) married in PA (where?) Dec 11, 1804, then in Lisbon (New Lisbon Village) Ohio and then in Fredericksburg Ohio. Mary Moore's father was a reader in the Pres Church in Lisbon, 1807-1812. James E Dorland, born in Holmesville OH, 1844, said that his grandmother, Mary Moore Dorland was from NJ. Her husband, the first James Dorland, was certainly from NJ, too. He was the son of Lucas Dorland (1748-1787/90) and Eleanor Aulche (1752-1835) of Harlingen NJ. This is my Dorland line. No doubt some of the Conowingo - KY settlers were related to Luke Dorland in NJ; his ancestral names include Van Arsdalen Janse, and Peters.

Your Shaker connections are fascinating.

I have had the pleasure of working with Bill Scorggins materials this year, getting them published in a 6-vol set. The first four are out and available in hard copy or eBook download, at, under the title LEAVES OF A STUNTED SHRUB. The surnames you mention are covered in Bill's materials, as you would know.

In an email to me from you - 18 months ago - you mentioned a book THE DORLAND ENIGMA. I will try to track that down.
Comment by Barbara Whiteside on November 11, 2009 at 11:30pm
Hi you know Judy Cassidy or Joan England Murray....both are Dorland descendants through the marriage of Dinah Dorland to Samuel Banta...among the first to join the Shakers with his brothers and half sister.....two of them are my ancestors...his brother John Banta and half sister, Charity Banta Montfort. We had a great reunion last Sept in Harrodsburg....and perhaps you can join us next time......I knew a lot of the Low Dutch at Conewago came to KY from PA.....and some ended up in Ohio....some of the Montforts and and around Warren Co, Preble Co, and one other....I am also a Cook descendant from Seth and Frances Wilcoxson Cook and she is my Boone connection...Frances was a granddaughter of Sarah Boone Wilxcoxson, and grandniece to Daniel and Squire Boone.
Comment by Richard Baldwin Cook on November 11, 2009 at 10:31pm
My Dorland ancestors went to central Ohio from NJ in the early 1800s but my great grandfather, James E Dorland (1844-1915) and his wife Arabelle America Ireland (1850-1895) did move to Louisville in the 1870s where they raised their two daughters, incl my grandmother Blanche Dorland Cook (1873-1967). I am sure I have Low Dutch cousins in KY, connecting back to NJ in the 1700s..
Comment by Barbara Whiteside on October 7, 2009 at 2:55pm
140 plus attended the four day gathering of the Low Dutch cousins at Harrodsburg, KY with guest speakers Jay Fonkert, president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society; Mary Parks of NYC, President of Daughters of Holland Dames; as well as Joan England Murray of Palatine, Illinois speaking on the Banta's of Pleasant Hill Shaker Society; and Barbara Whiteside of Clarksville, IN speaking on the Low Dutch that joined the Shakers of Kentucky in 1805. On Thursday a business meeting was held at the Mercer County, KY Extension Center where officers were elected and plans made to form a non profit organization. Rev Claude Westerfield of Iowa will serve as the first president of the Dutch Cousins. Jay Westerfield of Indiana agreed to serve as Vice President, Carolyn Leonard of OK is the secretary and Diana Davis of VA will act as treasurer of the cousins.

Friday was spent touring Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, with lunch in the Trustees House. A talk at the cemetery by Barbara Whiteside was interrupted by a rainstorm that turned roads and parking areas into small rivers and ponds. The talk was given the following day at the Extension Center.

Saturday was set aside for displays of the various families of the Low Dutch Colony that came to KY in 1780, In addtion there was a Book Fair and silent auction. Each family brought greetings to the group in individual short talks. Vince Akers and Bill Faulconer brought the members up to date on work being done at the Old Mud Meeting House near Harrodsburg. It is hoped it will be finished in time for the next gathering in 2011 and a re-dedication can be held on the grounds of the old Dutch Reformed Church.

Sunday was sunny and beautiful and perfect for the church service at the Old Mud Meeting House. A large tent was set up outside as the interior of the church was being worked on. We had our members that had been there all four days and guests that came down from Hopewell Church in Johnson County, IN. They traveled to KY to take part in the service at the church that was the mother church for those Dutch who had moved from KY to Indiana in the early 1800's, We also had other guests that came to see the Revolutionary War marker dedication service. Seventeen men of the Low Dutch Colony were honored for their service in America's war for independence with their markers to be set in the graveyard at Old Mud.

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