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View Tree for John Dietrich CastlemanJohn Dietrich Castleman (b. November 13, 1662, d. Bet. 1729 - 1732)

John Dietrich Castleman (son of Johann Castleman and Anna) was born November 13, 1662 in Adelshofen, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany, and died Bet. 1729 - 1732 in Stone Arabia, Albany Co., NY. He married Anna Rinder on November 15, 1687 in Adelshofen, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany, daughter of Johann Peter Rinder.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Dietrich Castleman:
Information from William Harper Wright: His Ancestry and Descendants and Allied Lines of Stone's River, Tennessee. Compiled by Mildred S. Wright.

In the early 18th century, the Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) of Europe had been torn by a long war. England was a power at sea, and had need of tall, straight timbers for her ships, and pitch to seal the joints. An element of the English government promoted the immigration from the Palatinate to the New World. Life at first was difficult and they lived at the grace of the Queen until such time as they were afforded the opportunity to purchase land of their own. The geography of the Palatinate appears similar to that of our Appalachian region and they felt at home in upstate New York, in Western Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
The voyage to the New World was not uneventful. From the records of the Rev. Kocherthal as reported in THE BOOK OF NAMES ESPECIALLY RELATING TO THE EARLY PALATINES AND THE FIRST SETTLERS IN THE MOHAW VALLEY, by Lou d. MacWethy, we find:

April 12th, 1710 on board the ship MIDFORT, he baptized Elisabetha, child of Justus Henrich and Maria Margreth Schaefer, sponsors being Johann Lued and Anna Elisabeth CASSELMAN.

July 19, 1711, Wilhelm, son of Johann Dietrick and Anna CASTLEMAN.

The list of first communicants, February 7, 1714 at Schoharie, contains Johan Ludwig CASTLEMAN.

In the year 1713 on February 24, he married Joerg Martin Dillenback, widow, to Anna Elizabeth CASTLEMAN, daughter of Johann Dietrich CASTLEMAN.

In the meantime, the government provided subsistence to those in New York City and the Hudson River settlements. These form the nearest to a census, and counting children over 10 with full allowance, we find:
ca 1710 ca 1712
Christian Kasselmann 2-0 2-1 @ Becksmansland
Dietrich Kasselmann 4-1 4-1 @ Neustuttardt

The patent known as the Stone Arabia Patent and one at the German Flats known as the Burnetsfield Patent, were of great importance. They were the first issued making direct distribution of land to individual settlers in reasonable acreage. The entire extent of the Patent was 12,700. The settlement was made in virgin forest and the settlers had to clear the land and put in subsistence crops, as well. The government offered 100 acres to each German who wished to move to the tract on the Mohawh River. The Stone Arabia Patent was between Cayadutta Creek and Garoga Creek.

Lodawick sic CASSELMAN was one of the original patentees in 1723. The earliest extant records of the Stone Arabia Reformed Dutch Church are dated October 1743. An undated register of the congregation of Stone Arabia and Canoharie shows:
Ludwig Casselman (age 10: 1709) Johan Wilhelm (b. 17110
Margaretha Anna Margretha
Johann Dietreick Anna Margretha
Johannes Anna Maria
Conrad Anna Magdalen (christened 1744)
DAVID (1734-1826)

More About John Dietrich Castleman and Anna Rinder:
Marriage: November 15, 1687, Adelshofen, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany.

Children of John Dietrich Castleman and Anna Rinder are:
  1. +William Castleman, b. Abt. 1719, Albany Co., NY, d. Aft. 1783, PA or western VA.
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