James Hyndshaw

 1. John Hyndshaw (<1700->1741)
 2.. James Hyndshaw (1720->1770)
     +Hanna Varway (?-<1746)
     +Maria DePuy (1721->1766)
 3...  Sara Hyndshaw (1749->1778) 1,2,3,4
 3...  Maria Hyndshaw (1751-?) 1,3
 3...  James Hyndshaw (1753-1819) 1,3
 3...  Jennie Hanshaw (c1755-?) 1,3
 3...  Hanna Hyndshaw (1758-?) 1,3,5
 3...  Susanna Hanshaw (<1762-?) 3
 3...  Elizabeth Hanshaw (c1764-?) 3
 3...  Margaret Hanshaw (c1766-?) 3
James Hyndshaw     [ID 02903] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

James Hyndshaw3,6 [James Handshaw2,7].

Born 17203,8,9 [about 17179], Rochester, Ulster County, New York3,8,9 [Kingston, Ulster County, New York9, England9, Germany8].  

He married Hanna Varway, before 1744.3  

On Dec 30 1744, James appeared with Hanna Varway "his wife", as witness to the baptism of John Saims, son of Joseph Saims & Catharina Varway.1,4  (The relationship between Hanna and Catharina Varway is unknown, but it is possible that they were sisters).  

Hanna died before 1746, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.3  

The records of the Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield, Pennsylvania, show the following entry for June 20, 1745:1

In the presence of Niclas Du Puy, elder of this congregation, after confession of faith and life, were received as members of the Dutch Reformed church:
1. Moses Du Puy and his wife
2. Anna prys
3. Lambert Brinck and his wife
4. Rachel Van Garden
5. James Hyndshaw, whose confession in writing is preserved in the Church writing.

On March 31, 1746, James was elected Deacon of the Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church.10  

On Apr 13 1746, at Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church, James Hyundshaw was recorded as a witness to the baptism of Samuel Freeland, son of Enoch Freeland & Margriet Rafter.  A Jennet DuPuy was an additional witness.4  

He then married Maria DePuy11 [Maria DuPuy1], Sep 12 174611, Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield, Monroe County, Pennsylvania11.  Marriage license dated Aug 30 1746.12  Maria, daughter of Benjamin DePuy & Elizabeth Schoonmaker, was born 1721, Kingston, Ulster County, New York.13  

The Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church recorded the marriage of James Hyndshaw and Maria DuPuy on Sep 12 1746, by Rev. J.C. Fryenmuth:1,14

"James Hyndshaw to Maria Du Puy, married by me with a license from President Hamilton in New Jersey"

James and Maria recorded a marriage bond in New Jersey:15

James Hyndshaw and Samuel Dupui, both of ("Morris County are Pensilvania" - lined thru)... [bound to]...  John Hamilton, President of his Maj: Council & Com'r in Chief... 500 pounds... 30 Aug 1746.  James Hyndshaw ... obtained license of marriage for himself and for Maria Dupui of Morris County ...  [w] blank [consent] ... Marriage intended between James Hyndshaw ... and Maria DUPUI & we... her parents is... consenting... 25 Aug 1746.  New York, Aug 30, 1746 ... In the father of the said James consent to the above written... John Hyndshaw

On Feb 15 1747, at Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church, James Hyndshaw was recorded as a witness to the baptism of Joseph Sayin, son of Joseph Sayin & Catharina Varway.4  

On July 3, 1752, James was chosen as Elder of the Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church.10  

In 1752 James was a witness to the will of Redolphus Schoonoven of Lower Smithfield.16  

In 1757 James Handshaw was a Lieutenant under the command of a Major (later Colonel) Burd.7  

In 1763 James became involved in petitioning the Pennsylvania Colonial Governor for assistance:6

August 14th 1763.
Friend Andreas Digman
Last night we got home from Bethlehem, & we give you this notice as quick as possible, and by advise to us, we are desired that the whole of the inhabitants of Upper Smithfield Township might meet together at some convenient place in said Township, which we think may be most proper at your house, therefore it is highly needful, in order to settle an affair which will turn out to the advantage of the whole in general, especially if these, like troublesome times should continue.  If you think proper to warn the whole of the people above you, all above sixteen years of age, for the more the better, we shall use our endeavor to warn all to your house and be there next Tuesday, at ten O Clock before noon because it requires haste.  Other news we will let alone until we meet.  Our respects to your family.  We are your friends
Manuel Gonsales
James Hyndshaw
August 17, 1763
Dear Sir, I have taken your advise as soon as I possibly could yesterday, I went up to the Middle of Upper Smithfield, and there met with 62 of the Inhabitants, and there wrote a Petition, which they all cheerfully signed, & is here enclosed, but nevertheless after all my trouble taken when it came to raise money amongst them for defraying expenses for two men & their horses in bringing down said Petition to the Governor & others, the whole could not, or rather would not, nor did it raise more than 20/11 for said expenses.  The rest about that if you please I will leave to you to judge, at your discretion.  Such like usage puts me in mind of what you was pleased to say as relating to the people up this way when I was last with you.  After I left them last night, a few of them met, and had signed the within Petition which you may see, went over on the Jersey side, and there got one William Ennis & a New England man to write another Petition, and in spite to the now inclosed one they signed yesterday and unknown to the Inhabitants have fixed their names to the same in order that they may have Commissions for any men that might be raised for the defence truly intended, and then if they can procure to their will the men so raised will be accepted towards the upper end of the Township and no good done, only a few families, and then that will be a constant frolick and drinking of rum, much like the Indian mode.  Now Sir in relation to the man carrying the petition with an intent to make this one void, his name is John Cordright, he has been in the Jersey Blues, last war, and there he did desert, and he is the one that pretends to expect the Captain's Commission (for any men if any should be raised) for Upper Smithfield.  A great deal more I could make good if I was personally present.  I am sincerely sorry for the greatest part of this Township and as it would be hard for them to suffer for 5 or 6 obstinate, selfish & ignorant, in said Township, and therefore I desire your favor you will please as soon as may be send the within to the Governor, who I hope will consider our Township, which is really the frontier up the Delaware, I hope & beg if the Governor & Assembly will be pleased to grant the assistance of only 30 men, which will be rather better than Eastons 25.  Now Sir, if we may be allowed 30 men, pray use your interest that I may be Captain of the same, as I have been heretofore long in the service, and always behaved well, and did my duty carefully & cheerfully, let Andreas Dingman be Lieutenant as he lives about the middle of the Township, and is a good honest farmer.  Let Manuel Gonsales be Commissary to find the men, who will undertake it, and do it well at 5/6 per week.  If anything is likely to be done in our favor pray let me know, and I will come down to Bethlehem as soon as I hear from you.  Please give my kind Complements & regards to Mrs. Horsfield, and accept the same Dear Sir.  
Your real friend most Humble Servant
James Hyndshaw
My compliments to Mr. & Mrs. Bomper, J.H.  
To Timothy Horsfield ESQR
at Bethlehem
Northampton County
Per favor of Captn Jacob Wetterholt
August 18th. 1763
Dear Sir
Since enclosing the petition to you sent by Captn Jacob Wetterholt it has been in my mind to put a date to the Petition or the letter is entirely forgot.  Be pleased to put the date to the petition the 16th inst. to the letter the 17th.  The reason of my forgetting was the noise, and rather the botheration of the people at that time round about me, and the want of a convenient place to do such like business in.  But nevertheless Sir, I wholly depend on your doing everything in your power and good will, for the back Inhabitants of Upper Smithfield Township, which always I hope, shall be able to return with great thanks & acknowledgments.  
I am dear Sir Your very humble Servant
James Hyndshaw.
To Timothy Horsfield ESQR
At Bethlehem
Northampton County

On Oct 8 1770, James was chosen Overseer of the Smithfield Dutch Reformed Church.1  

Maria died after 1766, Bushkill, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.3  

James Hyndshaw died after Oct 8 1770, Bushkill, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.11  

James was a captain in the French & Indian War.17  A "Fort Hyndshaw", near the Delaware Water Gap, was named after James Hyndshaw (1756).18  See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/pa/1pa/1picts/frontierforts/ff13.html


  1. Contribution from Cindy Owens () citing:
    Church records in Smithfield, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
  2. Deborah Hickman database: http://bl-12.rootsweb.com/~wvrandol/gedcom/d0001/g0000097.htm#I1589.
  3. Contribution from Cindy Owens ().
  4. Baptisms at Reformed Dutch Church, Smithfield, Pennsylvania:
  5. Kristen Schoonover database: http://www.kittyface.com/schoonover.
  6. "Records of Northampton County Pennsylvania (1753-1812)", by Ann Monrad; 1995, private printing (extracts from LDS film #0021680); GS929.3748 R312 in a local library
  7. "History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania", Part II; Bell.
  8. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  9. LDS IGI, citing: member submission.
  10. Contribution from Cindy Owens () citing:
    New York Historical Society, Dutch Reformed Church records, Vol VIII, c1928.
  11. Contribution from Cindy Owens () citing:
    "Collections of the New York Geneogical & Biographical Society", VOL VIII.
  12. New Jersey Marriages, Colonial Era, 1665-1800; Court of Chancery, New Jersey.
  13. Contribution from Cindy Owens () citing:
    Ulster County Genealogical Society.
  14. Marriages at Reformed Dutch Church, Smithfield, Pennsylvania:
  15. Early New Jersey Marriages; extracted from microfilm of original marriage bonds; USGenWeb Archives:
  16. "Wills: P - Z Abstracts of Northampton County, PA; 1752-1802"; USGenWeb Archives.
  17. Contribution from Cindy Owens () citing:
    "Abridged Compendum of American Genealogy", c1925.
  18. Contribution from Cindy Owens () citing:
    "Forts On The Pennsylvania Frontier, 1753-1758", by William Hunter, c1960.

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