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James Requa, Sr

  • Birth 10 Aug 1729 Philipse Manor, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Death 9 Sep 1817 Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Burial Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 31857873

James Requa, Esq., s. of the immigrant Glode Requa, Sr., b. Aug. 10, 1729 somewhere within the large Philipse Manor land holdings, also called Phillipsburg Manor. The manor consisted of nearly 90,000 acres and essentially all of present-day Westchester County, NY. Confirmed by Royal Charter in 1683 to the Philipse family, who were of Dutch nativity, the lease-holders leased the land but owned all the buildings erected on the land, their crops, animals, etc.

James d. Sept. 9, 1817 at Mount Pleasant, NY, "in the 83rd y. of his age." He appears as a resident of Mount Pleasant in both the 1800 and 1810 federal census of Westchester County. He is interred at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at Tarrytown, NY. He was twice married.

[A lengthy biography of James is contained in "The Family of Requa" pub. in 1898 (hereafter the "TFOR"), and is not repeated here. However, "TFOR" contains several important ancestor-related errors regarding James Requa's family that require correction.]

On Oct. 7, 1752 at the Sleepy Hollow Reformed Dutch Church (now the Reformed Protestant Church of the Tarrytowns), James m. Marritie Ecker (q.v. Acker), dau. of Stephen Ecker and Engeltje Conklin:

• Marriage #256. "Oct. 7, 1752. James Raqua, j.m. (unm. young man), and Marytie Ecker, j.d. (unm. young dau.) Both b. and living in Philipsburgh."

Marritie was bapt. by the name of Marethen Apr. 17, 1733 at the Sleepy Hollow RDC, her baptismal name being that of her paternal grandmother, Marethen (q.v. Marritie) Sybouts, and as the patronymic Dutch form was then used the dau. of Sybout Cronkhite:

• Baptism #768. Apr. 17, 1733. Steven Ecker (father), Engeltie his wife (mother), Marethen (the child), Wolfart Ecker and Marrethen his wife (sponsors and paternal grandparents).

The "TFOR" claims James and Marritie married at the Tappan Dutch Church at Rockland County, NY, an obvious error. Further, that Marritie was the dau. of "Wolfert Acker, Sr." when actually she was the granddau. of said Wolfert through eldest son Stephen. Marritie, dau. of Wolfert, was bapt. July 29, 1696 at the NY Reformed Dutch Chh. at New York City and could not have been expected to have had any children at age 56, or that she would have been more than 30 years older than her husband. Whether Stephen Ecker's sister Marritie married has not been ascertained by the memorialist.

No record can be found of when Marritie, first wife of James Requa, died. By November 1766 James m. as his second wife, Rebecca Conklin, dau. of Joseph Conklin (Joseph,2 John,1) and Ithamar (q.v. Ithamer, Thamar, Tamar) Pinkney (q.v. Pinckney). She d. Mar. 24, 1811.

James Requa, Sr., Esq., had an acknowledged thirteen children by both wives. By timing of known documents, it appears that second wife Rebecca was undoubtedly the mother of sons Glode and Elijah, the focus of this memorial.

Note: The wife of James' nephew Samuel3 (Glode2, Glode1) was Marritie Van Wart (q.v. Van Wert), whose mother was Rachel Blauvelt.

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the Memory of
who departed this life
September 9th AD: 1817
In the 88th Year
of his age.
(four lines of verse)

Based on the inscription, on the day James died he was 87 years old and Ætatis (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 88.

Gravesite Details Sec D, Lot 42





  • Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
  • Originally Created by: Daryl VerStreate
  • Added: 30 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31857873
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Requa, Sr (10 Aug 1729–9 Sep 1817), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31857873, citing Old Dutch Burial Ground, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) .