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 Rachel <I>Demaree</I> Ryker VanCleave

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Rachel Demaree Ryker VanCleave

  • Birth 19 Nov 1743 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 1814 Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Canaan, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 24037936

Rachel Demaree Ryker VanCleave married John VanCleave as her 2d husband John VanCleave in 1783, after her first husband Gerardus Ryker and his first wife Mary Shepherd were killed during the "Long Run Massacre" in Shelby Co. Kentucky in 1781. John and Rachel VanCleave had two sons, Peter and David.

Rachel's parents are Joost Demarest and Maria Myers according to the New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index which reads:

Name: Rachel Demarest
Gender: Female
Christening Date: 9 Jan 1743
Christening Place: Dutch Reformed Church, Schraalenburg, Bergen,New Jersey
Father's Name: Joost Demarest
Mother's name: Maria Meyer
FHL Film Number: 874335

And "The Demarest family: David Des Marest of the French Patent on the Hackensack and his descendants" also lists Rachel's parents as Joose Demarest and Maria Meyer.

The Demarest book listed as the authority to the parentage of Rachel Demaree-Ryker-Van Cleave (of which I have a copy) has listed two Rachel cousins both born near the same time. The information on each was inadvertently switched during the writing of the book. This Rachel is the daughter of Samuel Demaree and his cousin Leah Demarest. Samuel changed the spelling of his surname from Demarest to the same French pronounced Demaree. He migrated with his family to Pennsylvania (where Rachel was born) and then to Kentucky. Land litigation documents filed after his death lists his daughter Rachel and husband John Van Cleave. The two sons, Peter and David, parented by Rachel and John Van Cleave are named for Rachel's grandfathers, the fathers of Samuel and his wife Leah. (supplied by :Find A Grave contributor Allan Wenzel )

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  • Created by: Nate Bramlett
  • Added: 18 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24037936
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rachel Demaree Ryker VanCleave (19 Nov 1743–1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24037936, citing Riker Cemetery, Canaan, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Nate Bramlett (contributor 46874243) .