Category Archives: Dingman

Jacob Dingman and Eva Swartwout, Columbia County, New York


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Warning: Genealogy with no sources is mythology!

Although I have generations of Dingman ancestors earlier than the generation I am sharing today, I will not be posting any of that information unless I am able to find some documentation. I have written about the first three of my husband’s Dingman ancestors in hopes of making contact with Dingman researchers who can either provide documentation for these family groups or who can guide me to resources which will provide documentation.

Here is the third and last of the Dingman generations:

Jacob Dingman, no dates available, married Eva Swartwout, date unknown, but probably in Albany County, New York in the late 1690s.

They had four reputed children:

  1. Adam, baptized January 1699/1700, Albany, Albany County, New York
  2. Johannes, born 13 February 1703/4, Albany, Albany County, New York; married (1) Geesje Janzen, 16 November 1729, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York (2) Marytje Muller, before 17 December 1749, when their first child was born
  3. Geesje, baptized 17 September 1706, Albany, Albany County, New York
  4. Gerardus, baptized 9 January 1708/9, Albany, Albany County, New York

Not only is the data on this family more sparse than on the other two generations, but I have yet another problem. While I have four children noted, FamilySearch only has baptismal records for Geesje and Gerardus!

There must be Dingman family researchers out there somewhere who have worked on this family in modern times.


Johannes Dingman and Geesje Janzen of Columbia County, New York

Yesterday, I shared the sparse details about the family of Johannes Stoppelbein and Eva Dingman, parents of Revolutionary War soldier John Stufflebean.

Today, I am sharing the equally sparse details about Eva Dingman’s parents and siblings.

Her parents were Johannes Dingman, born 13 February 1703/4 in Albany, Albany County, New York. Her mother was Geesje Janzen or Jansen, born about 1705. They married on 16 November 1729 in Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York.

Albany and Kinderhook are about twenty miles apart, not very far by today’s standards, but that was quite a distance in the early 1700s.

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As I have no information on where Geesje was born, it is possible that the families lived near each other at one time and then the Janzens removed to Kinderhook.

Johannes and Geesje (Janzen) Dingman had four children:

  1. Eva, born 13 December 1730, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York; married Johannes Stoppelbein, c 1755, probably in Columbia County, New York
  2. Johannes, born 28 May 1732, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York; no further information
  3. Jacob, born 7 April 1734, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York; no further information
  4. Geesje, born about 1738, no further information

Geesje Janzen Dingman died sometime between the death of possible daughter Geesje born about 1738 and 1749, when Johannes and his wife, Marytje (Muller) had their first child.

Johannes and Marytje (Muller) Dingman also had four children:

  1. Geesje, born 17 December 1749, Albany, Albany County, New York. Geesje’s birth might be an indication that the earlier Geesje might have died young or there was only one Geesje, this one.
  2. Pieter, born 3 August 1755, Coxsackie, Greene County, New York
  3. Elsje, born 15 May 1757, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York
  4. Catherine, born 10 March 1765, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York

I have no vital record dates at all for Marytje Muller Dingman. She must have been much younger than Johannes if the birth date for Catherine is accurate. Coxsackie is not far from Kinderhook and, again, if these birth places are correct, then the Dingman family moved around.

Albany-Coxsackie-Kinderhook, New York

As I first mentioned, my information and documentation on the Dingman family is very spotty. If you are descended from the Dingman family and have sources to cite, other than very old family histories, I would love for you to leave a comment.


The Stoppelbein-Dingman Family of Columbia County, New York

My husband’s ancestor, Revolutionary War soldier and pensioner, John Stufflebean, was born Johannes Stoppelbein. Somewhere along the way, during his lifetime, the name evolved into Stufflebean or Stufflebeam. I had thought that this change happened after his war service, but I have seen a few (very few) mentions of “Stufflebeam” or “Stufflebean” in use in Columbia County, New York in modern times. That makes me think that the name might have started to become a bit more Americanized when John was a young many growing up in Kinderhook.

I also noticed in John’s pension record that he stated he was married and had several children when he enlisted to fight in the war, but he never returned to New York after the war ended. I’ve wondered if his wife and children left a paper trail in New York, so I delved into New York records.

My first steps reminded me of what a black hole New York can be for research. FamilySearch has digitized Columbia County, New York probate records, but at best, they don’t begin until 1788. I’ve checked because they have really expanded their New York holdings and databases, but haven’t had any luck their either. In short, it doesn’t seem to be any easier to do New York research today than it was in the 1980s if one is looking in a particular area. Even trying to do look ups in Hank Jones’ series on the New York Palatines is frustrating because the closest library to Tucson that has the book is 100 miles away in Phoenix.

Having said all that, I am going to share some of Dave’s German and Dutch family lines, with the caveat that this is some of my earliest research work and much of it was obtained from family histories published in the 1800s and early 1900s, with a few books of abstracted church records mixed in. Looking at what is available online, I don’t see much evidence of people doing any of their own research as the same basic info that I found 20-30 years ago is now replicated many times over online.

While the Stufflebeans were Palatine Germans, Rev. War soldier John Stufflebean’s mother, Eva Dingman, was from a long time Dutch New York family.

First, for soldier John’s family, his parents were Johannes Stoppelbein, born 30 December 1732 in Laubenheim, Germany.  Johannes’s immediate family were part of the 1740 wave of Palatines to New York. I have no death date for him, except that he was alive in 1765, as his last known child, Valentine, was born on 9 February 1766 in Kinderhook. John’s mother was Eva Dingman, born 13 December 1730 in Kinderhook. Their marriage record hasn’t been found, but it was probably about 1755.

Children of Johannes and Eva (Dingman) Stoppelbein:

  1. Johannes, born 28 February 1756, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; died 16 January 1844, Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Illinois. This is Dave’s John Stufflebean. Johannes married (1) Unknown in New York and had several (unidentified) children (2) Priscilla Ross, about 14 July 1790, Bourbon County, Kentucky (3) Elsee Larrison Ketchum, after 12 August 1795, Bourbon County, Kentucky
  2. Jacob, born 6 August 1758, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; no further information. Some say he died after 1845, also in Randolph County, IL, but the Jacob who was there at that time was John’s son, Jacob, not his brother. There is a Jacob Stoplebeam in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York in the 1790 census who could be him.
  3. Geejse, born 1 March 1761, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; no further information in my records, but I have seen online information that she married Peter Dingman and reportedly had a daughter, Eva.
  4. Michael, born 30 October 1763, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; I have seen information that he died about 1830 in Vermilion County, Illinois, but I have no evidence of that myself.
  5. Valentine, born 9 February 1766, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; no further information, but there is a Valentine Stopelbeam living in Claverack, Columbia County, New York in 1790 with eleven souls in the household. This could be John’s brother.

This isn’t much to show for so many years of work, but it’s all I have. Because there are only five children, who were born in fairly regular intervals, I wonder if Johannes perhaps died in the 1760s and/or if Eva also died?

Tomorrow, we will take a look at Eva Dingman’s family.