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Benjamin Totten & Jurgen Springsteen

Benjamin struck up a friendship with Jurgen SPRINGSTEEN of Bowrie and Fishkill, who was not satisfied with the way Hempstead was becoming crowded and the lack of land. They decided to seek their fortune elsewhere.....

Benjamin struck up a friendship with Jurgen SPRINGSTEEN of Bowrie and Fishkill, who was not satisfied with the way Hempstead was becoming crowded and the lack of land. They decided to seek their fortune elsewhere. Jurgen and his wife along with Benjamin, who probably was unmarried at the time, packed everything they owned into two wagons and started the long perilous journey upstate looking for suitable land to start farming. They found it in the highlands, as the early Dutch called Mattewan area, along Fishkill Creek, presently called Beacon, N.Y., in what was later to became Dutchess County. It is not known when they reached the highlands. It probably was between 1695 and 1700. Jurgen and Benjamin started working the land, clearing the fields and plowing. Tax Lists 1717 to 1740 show that Jurgen was in possession of 60 acres of land when Madame BRETT came into possession of a great expanse of land in Dutchess County. Jurgen was forced to buy from Madame BRETT the land he had already been in possession of for several years. History notes he purchased 60 acres from Madame BRETT on June 3, 1713. Jurgen was in the Dutchess County Census of 1714, and Dutchess Tax Lists 1717 to 1740. Served in Capt. B.Z. Van Kleeck Militia on November 26, 1715. Early records of traveling Dutch Pastors reveal the baptisms of Jurgen children in the highlands as early as 1704.  Jurgen's children born in the Highlands are David October 14, 1703, Abraham 1704, Jacob December 18, 1715. His other children were born in Hempstead, Rebecca, Jurgen Jr., and Johannes. Jurgen was the son of Johannes SPRINGSTEEN. Upon reaching maturity he moved to Hempstead, N.Y., seeking for a piece of land. Because of Jurgen success in the highlands, he was soon joined by his brother Melchoir (Mellen) in 1704, George in 1708 and brother William Anson also in 1708. Jurgen also called Jeury, Jeurian, Jurry and Jurgen in early documents was born in Bowrie in New York. It appears that Benjamin started raising his own family about the year 1703.

Owner/SourceGenealogy and History of the Totten Family in the United States by Fred Albert Durling
Linked toJurgen "Jurrie" Springsteen; Benjamin Totten

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