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Jacob Dievendorff
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Birth: Sep., 1769
Death: Oct. 8, 1854

Jacob Dievendorff,

born September 1769
died October 8, 1854.

His epitaph reveals that he was taken prisoner by the Indians on July 9, 1781 (the Currytown Massacre), and was scalped by them at Sharon, Schoharie County, N.Y.

(He lived to a ripe old age, local legend has it - always wearing a silver bowl on his scalped head.)

Jacob (2), son of Jacob (1) Dievendorf, was born in Currytown, town of Root, Montgomery county, New York, September 23, 1768. He grew up on the farm in that then wild and thinly settled neighborhood where life at the best was a struggle, rendered doubly hazardous by the conflict then going on between the colonies and Great Britain and the presence in the neighborhood of hostile Indians and unfriendly, vindictive Tories.

July 9, 1781 (known yet as Invasion Day), the town was invaded by a force of Indians and Tories, under the command of Captain John Dockstader. Young Jacob with others was captured, taken south to the town of Sharon, where on the following day the Dockstader force, hard pressed by Colonel Willett and the Patriot forces, began killing and scalping their prisoners.

Jacob leaped from his horse and tried to escape, but was overtaken by an Indian, knocked down by a blow from his tomahawk, his scalp torn from his head and he was left for dead. He recovered consciousness and tried to walk, but was so weak from loss of blood that all he could do was to cover himself with leaves and lay quiet, expecting to die.

The following day he was found by Colonel Vedder and his troops, lying insensible. They took him to Fort Plain, placed him under the care of Dr. Fraught, of Stone Arabia, where he remained five years.

His scalp never permanently healed, and although he lived to a good old age, it was always a scource of pain and discomfort. He became very wealthy in land and property, and was a man of honest, upright life, much venerated in the neighborhood and honored for the justness of his dealings. He married, May 12, 1801, Margaret Bellinger, whom he survived several years, dying October 8, 1859, at age of eighty-five. He was buried in the family burying ground on his home farm. Among his children was William B.
Family links: 
  William B Dievendorf (1805 - 1882)*
  Hannah Diefendorf Dockstader (1809 - 1907)*
  Margaret Diefendorf Snow (1811 - 1884)*
*Calculated relationship
Dievendorf Burial Lot
Root Center
Montgomery County
New York, USA
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Aug 01, 2005
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Jacob Dievendorff
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