Adam Westfall
Family Bible

This Bible transcription was kindly submitted by Stephen Westfall, who is not a descendant of this Westfall line. Lin Van Buren writes, "I am another Westfall researcher who is not from this line (I descend from Guysbert WESTFALL by his youngest son, Abraham). Below, I present Stephen's Bible transcription twice: first, without any notes added from me, so that you can view it unencumbered (all the notes in the first version are Stephen's, and I have placed them in italics), and second, with the addition of notes from my own Westfall primary research. The Bible appears to have belonged to Adam WESTFALL (1795-1883) of Sand Lake, Rensselaer County, NY. Cornelia DEFREEST was the second of Adam's two wives; Adam had first married Rachel KARNER. Here is Adam WESTFALL's lineage:
6. WESTFALL Adam (1795-1883)
5. WESTFALL Simon (1764-1832) and wife Eleanor WEAVER
4. WESTFALL Simon (1733-c1789) and wife Johanna VAN STEENBURG
3. WESTFALL Guysbert (1698-1759) and wife Annatje VAN ETTEN
2. WESTFALL Simon (1663-1730s) and wife Nelletje [Petronella] QUACKENBUSH
1. WESTFALL Juriaen (d 1666/1667, the immigrant) and wife Maritje HANSEN."

Adam Westfall Family Bible

[page torn out, probably front page]

Adam Westfalls Book God Give him Grace there into Look Not to Look by to understand that he May Run that Blesed Race that heaven May be his Dwelling Place [added in pencil, different hand] Adam We

family page:

BIRTHS

1794 March 8th
Cornelia Defreest
Was Born and baptised By Sebriska at Wynantskill
Greenbush NY Rens

1795 June 12th was son adam Born and was Baptise by minister Romaine at winantskill

1790 august the thirteenth was my daughter Lydia Born and Baptised by Devitt at Rinebeck flats

1797 august thirteenth was my son John Born and Baptised by Romaine at winantskill

1802 october 2 was my third daughter Born and Baptised By sobrisky at winantskill

1700 [sic] march 17 was my second daughter anna Born and Baptised By wiglaman

DEATHS

Cornelia Westfall
died september 11
1871 age 77 years six
month and three days

Adam Westfall
Died Nov 20th
[no year given]
aged 88 years 3 months
eight days
[added in pencil] he died [10 o'clock?]

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Adam Westfall Nov 20th 1882
Rachel Westfall Jan 20th 1820
Adam Westfall
[crossed out]
Cornelia Westfall sep 11th 1871

Violia A Westfall Dec 11th 1868
Julia A Westfall dec 1st 1869


There are some loose notes and pages, perhaps from an older Bible.

Simon westfall His Book God Give him Grace their into Look Not to Look But to understand that he may Run that Blessed Race that Heaven May be his Dwelling Place I Simon Westfall Was Born in the year of our Lord 1765 march the 31 and in 1787 June the third I was maried unto Elanor Weaver She Was Born the Seventh of November 1767

1790 august the thirteenth Was my Daughter Lydia Born and was Baptised of minister Dewitt at Rinebeck flats

1795 June the tweltht was my Son adam Born and was Baptised of minister Romine at Winantskill

1797 august the thirtieth was my Second Son John Born and was Baptised of Romine Winantskill

1800 March 17th was my Second Daughter anna Born and Baptised of Wigtaman in Greenbush

1802 october the 2 was my third Daughter Elizabeth Born and Was Batised of Sobrisky at Winants kill

1841
1767
74


There is some scribbling on the back: Cornelia Westfall and some numbers.

Another, much more recent note:

Oliver A., Geo. R + Frank I. Westfall of Hudson sons of Alfred R. Westfall of Ghent, Columbia Co., b. 1822 (m. Mary Feller) son of William of red Hook b. 1798 d. 1882 (m. Margaret Hicks) son of Benjamin of Rhinebeck b. about 1760 d. 1810 (m. Susan _____) whose father came from Westfalia, Germany. Copied from 2nd Vol. Munsells "American Ancestry".



Now, the second version, with notes from Lin Van Buren:

Adam Westfall Family Bible

[page torn out, probably front page]

Adam Westfalls Book God Give him Grace there into Look Not to Look by to understand that he May Run that Blesed Race that heaven May be his Dwelling Place [added in pencil, different hand] Adam We

family page:

BIRTHS

1794 March 8th
Cornelia Defreest
Was Born and baptised By Sebriska at Wynantskill
Greenbush NY Rens
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The churchbook of the Wynantskill Dutch Reformed Church (then in the town of Greenbush but now in the town of North Greenbush) has no entry for this baptism, and Dominie John Lansing ZABRISKIE did not become pastor of this church until 10 February 1801. This suggests to me that this entry in this Bible was made long after the fact.]

1795 June 12th was son adam Born and was Baptise by minister Romaine at winantskill
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The Wynantskill baptismal register does indeed confirm this baptism; the birthdate is given as 12 June 1795, the baptismal date is given as 12 July 1795, the child is named as Adam, and the parents are named as Simon WESTFALL and Lena WEVER. Dominie Jacobus Van Campen ROMEYN was Wynantskill's first pastor, serving from 21 January 1794 to 20 October 1799 (and also performing some baptisms in 1800, before the second pastor, Dom. ZABRISKIE, arrived in 1801).]

1790 august the thirteenth was my daughter Lydia Born and Baptised by Devitt at Rinebeck flats
[NOTE from Lin Van Buen: Rhinebeck Flats is in Dutchess County, NY. Therefore, this Bible entry is an indication that Simon WESTFALL and wife Eleanor WEAVER moved from Dutchess Co NY to Rensselaer Co NY between 1790 and 1795.]

1797 august thirteenth was my son John Born and Baptised by Romaine at winantskill
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: This baptism is not recorded in the Wynantskill churchbook.]

1802 october 2 was my third daughter Born and Baptised By sobrisky at winantskill
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The Wynantskill baptismal register shows that Elizabeth was born 24 October 1802; parents are named as Simon Westphal and Lena Wever. Elizabeth married Barent KARNER on 25 October 1826 at the same church.]

1700 [sic] march 17 was my second daughter anna Born and Baptised By wigtaman
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The baptismal registry of Zion Lutheran Church in Sand Lake shows that Anna was born 17 March 1800 and was baptised 27 May 1800; the parents were named as "Simon Westphal und uxor Magdalena geb. Weber" (Simon Westphal and wife Magdalena born Weber). Anna married William MOTT on 24 May 1817 at Wynantskill Dutch Reformed Church. George Joseph WICHTERMANN was pastor at Zion Lutheran from 24 February 1800 to 8 July 1801.]

DEATHS

Cornelia Westfall
died september 11
1871 age 77 years six
month and three days

[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The date-calculator tool shows that this death date and this exact age at death yield a birthdate of 8 March 1794.]

Adam Westfall
Died Nov 20th
[no year given]
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The New York State Deaths Index in Albany shows that Adam Westfall died 20 November 1883 - but see below, where his death date is given as 20 Nov 1882. Was his age at death 88y 5m 8d?]
aged 88 years 3 months
eight days
[added in pencil] he died [10 o'clock?]

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Adam Westfall Nov 20th 1882
Rachel Westfall Jan 20th 1820
[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: This would be the death of Adam's first wife, Rachel KARNER, who had just given birth to their son John Westfall on 18 Jan 1820.]
Adam Westfall [crossed out]
Cornelia Westfall sep 11th 1871

Violia A Westfall Dec 11th 1868
Julia A Westfall dec 1st 1869

[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: This would be the death of Julia Ann ___, wife of David Westfall and daughter-in-law of Adam Westfall and Cornelia Defreest. The 1870 US Census Mortality Schedule for Sand Lake, Rensselaer County, NY indicates that Julia A. Westfall age 39 years died in December 1869 in Sand Lake. I don't know who Violia was, but she may have been an infant of David Westfall and wife Julia Ann.]


There are some loose notes and pages, perhaps from an older Bible.

Simon westfall His Book God Give him Grace their into Look Not to Look But to understand that he may Run that Blessed Race that Heaven May be his Dwelling Place I Simon Westfall Was Born in the year of our Lord 1765 march the 31 and in 1787 June the third I was maried unto Elanor Weaver She Was Born the Seventh of November 1767

1790 august the thirteenth Was my Daughter Lydia Born and was Baptised of minister Dewitt at Rinebeck flats

1795 June the tweltht was my Son adam Born and was Baptised of minister Romine at Winantskill

1797 august the thirtieth was my Second Son John Born and was Baptised of Romine Winantskill

1800 March 17th was my Second Daughter anna Born and Baptised of Wigtaman in Greenbush

1802 october the 2 was my third Daughter Elizabeth Born and Was Batised of Sobrisky at Winants kill

1841
1767
74

[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: It would be tempting to conclude that these numbers could be the death year, the birth year and the age at death of Adam's father Simon Westfall. However, this is not possible. Simon is buried at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, in the hamlet of West Sand Lake, in the town of Sand Lake, Rensselaer Co NY. A listing of gravestone inscriptions indicates that Simon Westfall died on 7.23.1832 at the age of 67 years 8 months and 23 days. These figures together yield a birthdate of 31 October 1764. The will of Simon Westfall of Sand Lake, Rensselaer Co NY was dated 14 February 1832 and was probated 29 October 1832 (Rensselaer Co NY Surrogate Court Will Book 12 page 269). This will names the testator's wife, Lany; his sons Adam, John, Christopher and Ebenezer Westfall; his daughters Anna Mott, Elizabeth Karner, Lucinda Cipperly and Lydia Lappies; and executors Bernard Karner and John Westfall. Witnesses were Nicholas B. Harris, Jacob T. Fellers and William P. Fellers. Alas, the dates cannot be for Simon's wife Lany, either; her death in Sept 1849 is recorded in the 1850 US Census Mortality Schedule.]


There is some scribbling on the back: Cornelia Westfall and some numbers.

Another, much more recent note:

Oliver A., Geo. R + Frank I. Westfall of Hudson sons of Alfred R. Westfall of Ghent, Columbia Co., b. 1822 (m. Mary Feller) son of William of red Hook b. 1798 d. 1882 (m. Margaret Hicks) son of Benjamin of Rhinebeck b. about 1760 d. 1810 (m. Susan _____) whose father came from Westfalia, Germany. Copied from 2nd Vol. Munsells "American Ancestry".

[NOTE from Lin Van Buren: The wording in this Bible transcription of the births of Adam's siblings ("1790 august the thirteenth was my daughter Lydia Born") suggests either that the Bible may have previously belonged to Adam's father and mother or that someone copied these entries verbatim from an earlier Bible.]



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