!MARRIAGE: Married Gerritze Gerrits
BIOGRAPHY: The first record of Theunis Eliasen Van Benschoten in America coming from Holland was April 3, 1671. The forefathers and name seem to have come from a small, one-time walled town of Van Bunschoten on a tidal way of Zuyder Zee, and a few miles south of that water. On six occasions the name Van Bunschoten appeared on records, once when real estate was deeded to him and three times as sponsors at the baptism of grandchildren, and twice as witnesses to transactions. Other times he used "Theunis Eliasen" meaning son of Elias - a Dutch custom. He was a witness and juryman in the courts, trustee of the corporation of Kingston, New York, a landowner, and a magistrate. He served 13 years as a deacon and a long term as elder in his church. He gave freely to the poor, being a wealthy man. He died between the years of 1725 and 1728, around 80 years old. His wife's name was Gerritze Gerrits. They had ten children. Gerritze's father was Gerrit Garrits. Holland custom to name the next child of the same sex after death of a child the same name. That accounts for the two Rebekkas and Rachels.
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