CHRISTOFFEL (STOFFEL) PROBASCO

1703-1778

Christoffel (Stoffel) Probasco was born around 1703 in Jamaica, New York to John (Jan) Probasco and Ariantje Reynierse Van Hengelen. Many early Probasco researchers confused him as a son of Christoffel Jurianse Probasco, his actual paternal grandfather. Though I have not found a baptism record for him, he is listed in his father, John's, will. He was named for his paternal grandfather.

Christoffel married Sara Ammerman, the daughter of Paulus Ammerman and Cornelia Emans, in May 1725. Though some records show they were married in New Jersey, in all likelihood they were probably married in Jamaica, New York as their first child, Ariaentie, was baptized at the Jamaica Reformed Dutch Church in Apr 1726. His parents, Jan and Ariantje Stoffelson (Probasco), were the infant's sponsors at the baptism.

Christoffel remained with his family in Jamaica until about Aug 1727 when his second child, Christoffel, was baptized at the Harlingen Reformed Dutch Church, Somerset County, New Jersey. Also, in 1728 his name shows up in the Harlingen Reformed Dutch Church records representing "The Old Conferentie Families" requesting a new minister for the church to replace the Rev. Theodorus J. Frelinghuysen. Both he and his uncle, Jacob Probasco, were listed as contributing to the fund to defray the costs of the litigation of four of the church's leaders. It is interesting that Christoffel chose to join his uncle, Jacob, in migrating to Somerset County, New Jersey instead of remaining in Jamaica, New York to inherit his father's lands. Jacob's father and Christoffel's grandfather had procurred the land in New Jersey in 1703 for his heirs. Jacob had migrated there by 1708.

Subsequent records show Christoffel was in Somerset County through 1735 when he appeared on an Eastern Precinct, New Jersey tax list:

Christoffel Probasco, 100 acres, 12 cows, tax: £3.10s

He built the first grist mill in Colts Neck, Monmouth County about 1736, and had moved there by then as the last six of his children were born there. Interestingly, they must have made a visit to Jamaica, New York in 1735 as their daughter, Cornelia, was baptized there in November 1735.

In 1749, Christoffel's father, John, died leaving him £10 in consideration of his birthright, and the balance of his estate after certain bequests to his other children. His mother had died before this.

Christoffel and Sara Probasco had twelve children: Ariaentie, Christoffel, Paulus, John, Derrick, Cornelia, Abraham, Sara, Lena, Rynier, Garret and Jacob. They probably lived the balance of their lives in the Colts Neck area of Monmouth County. Per the records of Ann Pette Miles in Monmouth Families, Vol. 1, pp. 110-114 Christoffel died in 1778 during the American Revolution. He would have been seventy-five years old. Mrs. Miles also states that Sara died on January 2, 1790, aged eighty-four years old. Their Dutch family bible is supposedly still in existence.

Sources:

George Moore and Shirley Moore Barnes, A Special Union, privately published.

Abstracts of Wills, Vol. IV 1744-1753, The New York Historical Society, New York, 1895.

Jack T. Hutchinson, Leaves From the Tree An American Heritage, The Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, 1989.

Miles, Ann Pette, Monmouth Families, Vol. I, privately published, Jasper, GA, 1980

Probasco Genealogy compiled by Alice H. Kennedy, self-published, Mohnton, PA, 1954.

 

 

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