Name:                     Michael DEMOTTE


Birth:                      abt 1649


Michael DEMOTTE (abt 1649 - ) & Annetje WESTBROOK (aft 1658 - )

    Maria DEMOTT (1678 - ) & Hendrick ATEN (abt 1661 - 17 Jul 1750)

        Adrian (Aderyon?) ATEN (4 Sep 1695 - 10 Dec 1757) & Jacobje MIDDAGH (24 Oct 1693 - 16 May 1782)

            John (Jan?) ATEN (22 Dec 1732 - 1790) & Elizabeth BADYN (1733 - )

                Cornelius ATEN (18 Jan 1766 - 21 Mar 1857) & Sarah (Sally) BELL (13 Feb 1770 - Jun 1856)

                    Aaron Kimble ATEN (18 Feb 1812 - 9 Sep 1901) & Dorcas GLASS (25 Jan 1814 - 20 Nov 1892)

                        Ellen Arminda ATEN (17 Dec 1849 - 6 Mar 1919) & Moody ROBINSON (1850 - 1938)

                            Adelia Gertrude ROBINSON (12 Sep 1878 - 16 Jan 1973) & Newton COFFEY (1875 - 1969)

                                Leo Newton COFFEY (1901 - 1998) & Elsie Maureen WALKER (1903 - 1983)


Misc. Notes




1. Michiel DeMOTT #334 born abt 1640, France. ?, married Ante WESTBROEK born 1656, Kingston, Ulster, NY., (daughter of Anthony Janson WESTBROEK and Urseltje Orsseltie DIRCKS ) died aft 1693, NY. Michiel died abt 1715. SOURCE: LDS Film #1035591, Malla DeMotte, DAR #338969 & 0842587 The book DeMotte & Allied Families, Published 1953 by Phoebe DeMotte Norman & Estella DeMotte Craig, Hoes Baptismal Register Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY SOURCE #2: Family Tree Maker WFT disk #3 & #7


Family Story

Michiel DeMOTT came to America by the way of Holland. His name appears in the records of Kingston as early as 1665. He is said to have first lived for a short time in New Amsterdam before buying land from the Indians in a French settlement in the Esopus. It is not known just where this French settlement was located. Esopus was originally a general name of a large and indefinite tract of country owned by a tribe of Indians by that name. Later Michiel is mentioned as living in Wiltwyk - a Dutch settlement. Early records of the De Mott family are meager. After our branch of the family reached America most of the baptismal and marriage records can be found in the old records of the Dutch Reformed Church. The name has been spelled variously - De Motte, De Mott, De Modt, De Moedt, De Moth, De Muth, Demut, de Mot, Demott, Modt, Mott.


Ante: SOURCE: LDS Film # 1035591, Malla DeMotte Louny DAR # 338969

The name of Ante father Anthony does not appear in the list of early inhabitants of Albany, but Cornelis Tenissen Van Wesbrouck is given in the first volume of "Annals of Albany" by Joel Mansell, as a settler in Albany in 1631. As Teunis is the Dutch name for Anthony, The English translation of the above is, Cornelius Anthony of Wesbrouck. This may have been shortened to Anthony Wesbrouck. However that is conjecture.


The births of four of Ante and Michiel children are recorded in the old Dutch Reformed Church of Kingston NY. A son Anthony, is mentioned in histories but no birth record has been found. He may have been born before the births of the Kingston Church were recorded.


I also have seen her birth information as ca 1654 at Hellegersberg, Netherlands this source comes from the Family Tree Maker disk number 3 ALIAS: Armetze / Annetie / Westbrook / Wesbrouck / Hendricks



+ 2. i Maria DeMOTT #4557 born 22 Dec 1678.

+ 3. ii Johannes DeMOTT #337 born 1682.

+ 4. iii Dirck DeMOTT #338 born 21 Sep 1684.

+ 5. iv Anthony DeMOTT #336 born 1686.

+ 6. v Michiel DeMOTT #4558 born 1 Jan 1687.

7. vi Hendrick DeMOTT #4497 born Kingston, NY.

SOURCE: LDS Film # 1035591. AKA: Henry


+ 8. vii Mathias DeMOTT #4762 born abt 1680.

9. viii Liber DeMOTT #11691 born abt 1689, married _____ JOHNSON #11692.


Liber had a Will it was dated 7 Jan 1747 or 8 and was proven 10 Apr 1760 in Queens County, NY. In this Will she mentions most of her brothers and their children. At the time of the Wills making she was a Gentlewoman of Hempstead, in Queens County NY. ALIAS: Elizabeth On the family tree cd disk #13 I found a Elizabeth De Mott who married Harmen Jansen. The family group sheet has her parents as Michael De Mott and Annetie Hendricks and her birth date as abt 1689 death date as bef 1760


During my research I found mention of Michiel DeMOTT several times in the court records of Kingston. On page 452 below Michiel DeMOTT is quoted as saying that he was an old soldier (1670/71) this is the only written information that I have found that give a clue on Michiel's beginings and helps us to better estimate his age. In some family histories there is mentioned that Michiel had a brother named Mathias. I agree that Mathias and Michael are brothers and that they bought land in New Jersey as the above story by Phoebe DeMotte-Norman & Estella DeMotte-Craig mentioned. But they are not from France by way of Holland as mentioned in the story by Louis Bernard DeMotte and Mildred Ione-DeMotte, rather they are the sons of Michiel DeMOTT and Ante HENDRICKS better known as WESTBROEK / WESBOUCK. This Michiel DeMOTT that I refer to above and is thought to be the first DeMOTT to settle in North America (about 1665) and progenitor of the DeMOTTs families of early New York & New Jersey.


Entires below are from the New York Historical Manuscripts Dutch Kingston Papers


Page 273 it is written that Michiel DeMOT defendant. Plaintiff demands of defendant the doctor's fee for the received wound being five sch. of wheat. Defendant answers that plaintiff was causa movens in regard to his wound and therefore holds that he is not obliged to pay doctor's fee on account of his wound. the hon. court orders defendant to prove that plaintiff was causa movens in regard to his wound, and if not that defendant shall also pay half the doctor's fee (Evert PRYS, Plaintiff)


Page 278: Michiel MOT, appearing produces two witnesses in the suit between him and Evert PRYS, viz., Jan TYSSEN and Mattys TYSSEN, who declare that Evert PRYS first cut against Michiel MOT three times before Michiel MOT wounded Evert PRYS. the hon. court decides whereas Michiel MOT has had judicially examined his witnesses who declare that Evert PRYS was causa movens in being wounded therefore Michiel MOT shall be relieved from paying the doctor's fee of five sch. wheat.


Page 353: Thomas BERSaintiff vs. Michiel MOT, Defendant. Plaintiff demands of defendant his reasons for pursuing him last Thursday, bein June 20/30, on the road while he was going home in company with Robbert PEKOCK, and brings as witness the wife of Joris HAL who saw defendant go outside the gate. She make the following declaration: Defendant asked her where she was going. She answered that she went after her husband for the purpose of taking him home, so that he should not get in trouble. Hereupon defendant answered, "You need not go after your husband, Mr. PALINGH is as good a man as your husband, and better when he has a sword." Defendant went before her, until she found Thomas CHAMBERS prostrated on the ground in the road; he then left her for the woods in the direction of Mr. PALINGH, who stood on the knoll of the underwood and she answers having gone outside the gate for the purpose of seeing how the trouble would end.


Frederick HOSSY, David GRAFFORD, Anotoni COECK, Willem HOUGHTON and Onfre FARGESON request to be compensated for the damage caused to their crops on WASSEMAKER'S land which has been occasioned by the horses entering upon their sowed and tilled land, and thereby request that said land shall be better protected, because they, in running after the horses, have neglected much in their plantation. (continued on page 354, I do not have page 354 at present.

Page 409: Jan JANSEN is granted a lot outside the gate which shall be pointed out to him by the magistrates, viz., six rod wide, the width of Michiel DeMOTH's along the curtains. And he shall be obliged to live on the same within one year and six weeks. (Sept 1668)


Page 442: On this May 9, 1670 their honors of the court contracted with the lowest bidders to put up the fence of Roel of SWARTWOUT because he neglects, as per sentence, to close the same and keep it in proper condition, and whereas the neighbors suffer much damage on account hereof therefore the lowest bidders, Suvereyn Ten HUDT and Michiel De MODT, contracted to make the fence at 6 gldrs, per rod, the money to be paid when the work be completed in October next of this current year in grain at market price, and they shall commence to repair said fence on tomorrow with serviceable palisades, and shall perform the work to the satisfaction of the examiners of fences, and not stop until the work shall be completed. (The wrod used here is "maecken" which may mean repair or erect).


Page 452-453: The hon. Heer BEECQMAN, nomine ex officio says he and Michiel De MODT fought outside the gate and demands the fine in accordance with the laws. Michiel DeMODT says that Eduward WITTEKAR challenged him upon the sword and came with a sword and Michiel MODT also took a sword and went against him, and while they were engaged the hilt of his sword became detached and three (persons) then came and separated them. Claes CLASEN says that WITTEKAR said to the wife of Van de COELEN that he would kick her in her own house whereupon Casper CUYPER said he would do the same to Eduward WITTEKAR, and in this manner the Pole took part in the quarrel and said what is the fighting here about? and that Michiel MODT said he was an old soldier and not afraid. There upon Eduward WITTEKAR fetched his sword and challenged, Michiel and the Pole went together before the door and began to fight. Then the button fell off the hilt, and they were immediately sparated which has been affirmed under oath by Claes CLASEN, Casper MEEUWESEN and Cornelis WOUTERSEN. Eduward WITTEKAR says he had called him a tail. Dirck KEYSER says that he was standing at Jan de BACKER'S door and saw Eduward WITTEKAR go with a sword; thereupon the aforesaid Dirck said, "Ick MOEDT stucken raepen" and went to Van der COELEN'S house and says not to know what had passed before that time. Then Eduward WITTEKAR challenged the Pole and they engaged in a duel with the sword. They were all questioned whether anyone heard that WITTEKAR was called a tail or anything else. Answer, No. the hon. court orders Eduard WITTEKAR to pay for his offence a fine of 60 glds. in behalf of the officer and Michiel MODT 24 gldrs.


Page 460: The hon. court orders Michiel MODT and SUVERYN Ten HOUDT to erect and keep in repairs one half of the fence thay had contracted to make as the lowest subscribers because the examiners of fences have found that the palisades stood only one-foot deep in the ground and in case of neglect they shall have to pay 30 sch. of wheat. The hon. magistrates of Hurly and Marbletown request to keep their court, according to their old right, as it was before. (about 1671)


Page 461: Decree, The hon. court orders that all residents shall make tight their share of the palisades in the curtains, all those that are condemned, with good serviceable palisades sharpened and flat, measuring a lengh of 10 feet, and they shall erect the same in an even line, precisely within three weeks,under penalty of a fine of 20 gldrs. for the first day they are negligent after the stipulated three weeks' time; after the second waring, 40 gldrs., and for the third, arbitrary punishment. This was published on May 15.


It was also resolved that the hon.court shall examine the village curtains and flanks. If any shall be found not to be defensive, they shall have to be made defensive. The lots inside the curtains shall also have to be removed, and the numbers shall have to be increased, that all common labor be drawn in the same. (1671)


List of the inhabitants of this village, where their portion in the Curtains is to be found:

Michiel De MODT No. 1 Rods 10

Robbert BIGGERSTAFF No. 2 Rods 5

Harmen HENDRIX No 3 Rods 5<BR. TOND No 4 Rods 5

Dirck Jansen SCHEPMOES No 5 Rods 5


Page 486: Ordinary Session, October 21, 1672. Present: S. GREVENRAEDT, Cornelis. BARENTSEN, Gorge HALL, Joost ADRIAENSEN, Cornelis. WHNCOOP

Shout GREVENRAEDT, Plaintiff

vs. Michiel MODT, Defendant<

Shout GREVENRAEDT says that Michiel MODT has against his will driven his horses on Cornelis<B.WYNKOOP'S land and threatened to hist Cornelis WYNKOOP in the head with a scythe. Michiel MODT says that it is to b proved and that nobody complains about it. The Heer Isaack GREVENRAEDT says that he has rented of said Michiel MODT, and that in conformity with his lease he may enjoy liberty. Michiel MODT says that he contracted for the barn outside, Thoomas HARMENSEN says that Michiel MODT had contracted for the barn out-side (may also mean that the barn was not comprised in the lease)and is ready to prove the same under oath. Schout GREVENRAEDT also demands to be indemnified for the loss he has suffered on account of the fence. Cornelis WYNKOOP says that he cannot be a witness in his own case. The hon. court decides that the Heer GREVENRAEDT shall occupy as per lease house and lot, and Michiel MODT use his barn, but shall not inconvenience GREVENRAEDT through his lot, other than with GREVENRAEDT'S permisson.


Page 491: Ordinary Session February 18, 1672/3. Present; Schout GREVENRAEDT, J. HAL, C. WYNCOOP, Cornelis Barentsen SLEGHT, Joost ADRIAENSEN;

Michiel MODT, Plaintiff

vs. Isaack GREVENRAEDT, Defendant

Michiel MODT (through PAELDIN as attorney) demands for feeding four horses as is customary, and also for the burning of palsiades four gldrs., for the wood of a sleigh and a beam was also burnt in his own house. Defendant in regard to the agreement about the horses says that Michiel MODT was satisfied for the time the horses were stabled there, and for one horse with one can of wine.


In regard to Michiel MODT and Schout GREVENRAEDT, it is ordered to pay for the feeding of the horses, in accordance with his own request, during the time they have been there. In regard to Schout GREVENRAEDT and Michiel MODT, shall pay for the lumber for the sleigh 4 gldrs., and whereas the examiners of fences have not found the fence in good condition, therefore Michiel De MODT shall pay 3 sch. of wheat, because he did not have the use, and further if there shall remain any balance on account of Reynier Van der COELEN, over and above the preferred debts, he shall pay Reynier Van der COELEN'S assignation of Apr 4, 1672.


Page 517: Michiel MODT, Defendant. SCHOUT GREVENRAEDT, Plaintiff. Plaintiff demands of defendant the amount of 50 gldrs. because he drove his horses and wagon on the day of prayer. Defendant says not having known it was a day of prayer and that SCHOUT has even carted beer on the Sunday; also says that he has been obliged to pay for what he did not owe, that SCHOUT seeks to ruin the place, and no worse one than he could be found. The hon. court sentences Michiel MODT to pay a fine of 12 gldrs.


1666 Jan 16th, Michiel De MOT grantee. Evert PRYS grantor, Demands 5 schepels of weat for doctor's fee


1677 Nov 8th, Michiel De MOTT grantor. Marretie HANAS grantee, Demands 43 guilders for wages


1671 Mar 16th, Michiel De MOTT, grantee. Anthony NICOLAES grantor, complaint demands 277 guilders


1672 Jan 21st, Michiel MODT grantor, Henry PARROT grantee, Agreement to purchase land WASSEMAKER'S and across the little Mud Kill.


1672 Jan 13th, Michiel MODT grantor. Thomas HARMENSEN grantee, Agreement to purchase land


1673 Feb 18th, Michiel MODT grantor. Isaack GREVENRAEDT grantee, Demands payment of debt.


1674 Mar 15th, Michiel MODT grantor. Suvereyn Ten HOUDT grantee, Debt 38 schepels of weat. SUVEREYN admits debt. ordered to pay


1676 Feb 13th, Michiel MOTT grantee. JOOST is the grantor, demands 54 sch of wheat and Michiel is ordered to pay.


1676 Feb 22nd, Michiel MOTT grantee. Gerrit CLOCKLUYER grantor, demands 5 sch of wheat for a small leather coat.


1676 Dec 3rd, Michiel De MOTT grantor. George DAVITS grantee, agreement to purchase land.

1676 Dec 12th, Michiel De MOTT grantee. Hendry PAELDEN grantee, demands 238 schepels of wheat. Michiel admits debt ordered to pay.


1677 Jan 27th, Michiel MODT grantee. Arent TEUNESEN grantor, Agreement to purchase house and lot at Horly.


1677 Feb 12th, Michiel De MOTT grantee. Orseltie DIRX grantor, Agreement to purchase a still with all the hose and three cask. (NOTE: Michiel DeMOTT mother-in-law is Orseltje DIRXS / DIRCKS)


1677 Mar 17th, Michiel De MOTT grantor. Poulus CORNELISSEN grantee, Acknowledged debt of 90 schepels of wheat


1677 Mar 20th, Michiel demands payment for house and lot in village.


1677 Apr 19th, Michiel De MOTT grantor. George DAVITS grantee, Conveys house and lot in village.


1677 Dec 17th, Michiel De MOTT grantor. Jan JOOSTEN grantee, Agreement to purchase land.


1678 Mar 23rd, Michiel De MODT grantee. Capt THOOMAS grantor, Demands 1,488 guildres. Michiel admits debt, ordered to pay.


1679 Apr 1st, Michiel De MOTT grantor. Clacs Clacsen SLUTER grantee, Conveys certain house and lot at Horly.


1680 Mar 23rd, 1680 Michiel De MODT grantee. Nicholaes De MAYER grantor, Demands 1,044 guilders in wheat. Michiel ordered to pay.


1681 Jan 8th, Michiel De MOTT grantee. Capt DELAVALL grantor, Demands 1,488 guilders. Michiel admits debt ordered to pay.


1683 Feb 13th, Michiel De MOTT grantor. Fredrick HUSSY grnatee, Mortgage - Land bought of the mavges? across the Ronduyt.


1683 Feb 15th, Michiel De MOTT grantor, Edward WITTAKER grantee. Mortgage land bought of the mavges? across the Ronduyt.


SOURCE: New York Historical Manuscripts Dutch volume I. Kingston Court records 1661 - 1667.published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc Baltimore 1976

1755. Dec 30. DeMOTT, Maties, of township and Co. of Bergen. Gentleman: Will of.

Son, Michael. to have Blacksmith tools as his birthright. Sons, Michael and Joris, to have house and lands where I live. Son, Hendrick, the plantation where he lives in Morris Co. Son, Jacob, the plantation where he lives. Daughter Clasie, F160. Daughter, Ontie. F160. Daughter, Maritie, F200. Sons, Michael and Joris, and daughter, Maritie, to have outset as other children had. Executore - sons Mickel, Hendrick, Joris and Jacob. Witnesses - REYNIER van GRIESS, Jacob van WINCKEL, Daniel van WINCKEL. Proved June 8, 1756.


1757, Nov. 9. Inventory (much of it eaten away) of the personal estate, incl. a gold doubloon, f6.18: a gold St. Johannis, F24: 6 small pieces fo gold, F9: 6 negro slaves (young and old). F108.10: a silver cup, F4: many bonds: made by Machyel de MOEDT (De MOTT), Henderyck de MOEDT and Yocob de MOT, Executors: appraised by REYNIER van GIESEN and Zacharias SICKELS.


On the Family Archives CDs "World Family Tree volume 3, tree #5339" list Michiel DeMOTT'S parents at Johannes DeMOTT and Maria FACHE both from France. This the only mention I have ever found on who Michiel parents are. I list their names here for future reference / research as I have not been able to vertify the source for this information. UPDATE: Family Tree Maker Online Genealogy library; the book The Huguenot Emigration to America page 35, Notes from the Walloon Records of Leyden, has DE LA MOT. Jean de la Mote and Marie Fache, his wife, presented their son Jean for baptism, November 10, 1622.


The DeMOTTES migrated to England upon two occasions; there was a Sieur de la MOTTE with William the Conqueror in the invasions of 1066; after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve in France, several of the de la MOTTES escaped and fled to England along with other French Huguenots.


from the book DeMotte and Allied families

published in 1953

by Phoebe DeMotte-Norman and Estella DeMotte-Craig.

Two De MOTTE brothers, Michiel and Mathias forced to leave their home in France, came to America by the way of Holland. Their names appear in the records of Kingston as early as 1665. They are said to have first lived for a short time in New Amsterdam before buying land from the indians in a French settlement in the Esopus. It is not known just where this French settlement was located. Esopus was originally a general name of a large and indefinite tract of country owned by a tribe of Indians by the name. Later Mathias and Michiel De MOTTE are mentioned as living at Wiltwyk - a Dutch settlement renamed by the English, Kingston.


Early records of the De MOTT family are meager. After our branch of the family reached America most of the baptismal and marriage records can be found in the old records of the Dutch Reformed Church with the name spelled variously; De MOTTE, De MOTT, De MODT, De MOEDT, De MOTH, De MUTH, DEMUT, DEMOT.


SOURCE: DeMotte and Allied Families 1665-1977

by Mildred Ione DeMotte and Louis Bernard DeMotte.

Evidently the DeMOTT brothers found conditions unsatisfactory in the Esopus country for in 1704 they moved to New Jersey, going first to Bergen (Jersey City) Mathias bought land and established a home there. Michiel bought a tact of land lying between the hills and Pequannack River in Morris County, New Jersey. Known as Pompton Plains. the deed to this land is dated Oct 9, 1704. He built a stone house onto the south end of which he attached his blacksmith shop. He lived there the remainder of his life.


From the book DeMotte and Allied Families published in 1953

by Phoebe DeMotte-Norman and Estella DeMotte-Craig.


Marriage:                 abt 1678


Spouse:                   Annetje WESTBROOK


Birth:                      aft 1658                   Kingston, Ulster County, NY

Father:                     Anthony Janz Van WESTBROOK (~1625-1672)

Mother:                   Oersetlie (Ursula?) DIRCKS


Misc. Notes


Parents of Anna were Anthony Jansen Westbroeck and Orseltie Dyrcks,. Anthony Westbroeck was born about 1636 in Albany, NY, married Orseltie in 1658 in Kingston, Ulster, NY. Orseltie Dyrcks was born 1620 in Holstein, West Prussia, Prussia, died after 1672 in Kingston, NY.

It does not appear to be known whether this was the first generation to reach America, or if Mattys was the son of the immigrant who settled in Esopus, a small village near Kingston on the Hudson. There are records in the church there of a Machiel de MOT (MODT) and his wife Ante WESBROUCK, who had three sons in 1682-84-87; these would have been too young to be Mattys. but it is possible that they had older children born before arriving in this country, or of whom no record was kept.




Michael DEMOTTE (abt 1649 - ) & Annetje WESTBROOK (aft 1658 - )

    Anthony DEMOTTE (abt 1678 - )

    Maria DEMOTT (1678 - ) & Hendrick ATEN (abt 1661 - 17 Jul 1750)

    Matthias DEMOTTE (abt 1680 - 18 Mar 1756)

    Johannes DEMOTTE & Maritje ATEN (31 Mar 1678 - 1715)

    Dirck DEMOTTE (bap 21 Sep 1684 - 14 Jul 1753) & Christina HOF (8 May 1683 - )

    Michael DEMOTTE Jr. (bap 1 Jan 1687 - ) & Dina BLAUW (abt 1689 - )




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