EARLY LINEAGE OF THE UP DEN GRAEFF FAMILY:
Source of Information: Works of Gabriel Bincelint, printed in
Ulm Germany, 1662.
Frederikus de Groben, Married Catherine de Sommerock in 1359
de Groben Married: Maria del Northein in 1441
(1) Ernetua de Groben, married Margaretia de Ritechen in 1508
(2) Virgelina de Groben, married 1467, died 1507
(3) Wolfgangus de Groben married (1) In Germany; married
(2) In Holland
(1) Pieter op den Graeff, married Grietz Pietrasz Berents
(2) Abraham op den Graeff, born 1490, died 1561, age 71, in Duesseldorf,
Child: Herman Isacks op den Graeff, born 26 Nov. 1585 in Aldekerk,
Germany, died 27 Dec. 1642, Krefeld, Germany.
Married: Gritijen Pletjes, daughter of Driessen (Abdreas) Pletjes
and his wife Alet Gobles Syllys on 16 Aug. 1605, at Kempen, Germany. Greitijen died 17 Jan. 1643 in Krefeld, Germany.
Children: Had eighteen Children, two listed below.
(1) Abraham op den Graeff, b. 17 July 1610
Married Eva Von der Leyen on 21 Aug. 1641. She died 21 Feb. 1678
(2) Isaacks Hermans op den Graeff, b. 28 Feb. 1616, Krefeld, Germany.
Married: Greitijen Peters, died 19 Jan. 1683, Philadelphia, PA
Abraham op den Graeff, born 15 July 1610
Married Eva Von Der Leyen on 21 Aug. 1641. She died 21 Feb. 1678
Children: (1) Herman op den Graeff, b. 17 Dec. 1647, d. 17 Jan.
Married: (1) Hester Van Bebber, on 16 June 1680, born, 18 Nov.
1659, died 22 Nov. 1681.
Married (2) Catherine Lameits von der Pypen on 29 Sept. 1682,
born Aug. 1662, died 1 May 1717.
Isacks Hermans op den Graeff, b. 28 Feb. 1616, Krefeld, Germany,
died 16 Jan. 1679, Krefeld Germany
Married: Gieitijen Peters, d. 19 Jan. 1683, Philadelphia, PA
Children: (1) Derick Isacks op den Graeff, d. May 1697 in Pennsylvania.
Married: Nilcken Vijten (Scherkes?), on 20 Mary 1681 in Krefeld,
Children: No Issue.
(2) Herman Isacks op den Graeff, d. 2 May 1704 in Kent Co., Delaware
Married (1) Liesbet Isacks Van Bebber of Krefeld, Germany
(Children: No Issue
Married: (2) Debora Van Bebber
(3) Abraham Isacks op den Graeff
Married Catharina (Trijnte) Jansen, daughter of Hendericjck Jansen
and his wife Jenneken
(4) Von der op den Graeff
(5) Adolphus op den Graeff
(6) Margrit op den Graeff
Married Pieter Schumaker, Jr. (III) of Krisheim, Germany, died
in the America.
Herman Isacks op den Graeff, died 2 May 1704 in Kent Co., Delaware.
Married (2) Debora Van Bebber
Children: (1) Margret op den Graeff
Married Peter Shoemaker
(2) Elizabeth op den Graeff
Married Peter Bon
(3) Isaac op den Graeff, (1693 - 1747)
(4) Sytje op den Graeff
Abraham Isaacs op den Graeff
Married Catharina (Trijnte) Jansen, daughter of Henderijck Jansen
and his wife Jenneken.
Children: (1) Isaac op den Graeff. (Changed the family name to
(2) Jacob op den Graeff, died 1750
Married Anneken in den Hoffen on 29 Apr. 1712
Children: Elizabeth, Catherine, Abraham, Edward, Margaret, Eneken
(3) Margaret op den Graeff
Married Thomas Howe of England
(4) Anne op den Gareff
Married Herman in den Hoffen of Mulheim-an-der-Ruhr, Germany on
6 Feb. 1710/11.
Adolphus op den Graeff
Children: (1) Frederidk op den Graeff, b. 1702
Children: (1) John William op den Graeff, b. 24 Feb. 1732, in
Kirchberg, Germany, died in America.
OP DEN GRAEFF LETTER AGAINST SLAVERY
Subject: Letter of 1688
Source: "The Pennsylvania German in the Revolutionary War", 1775-1783
by Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Richards. Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1978. Repository: The Dalles
Public Library, 722 Court St., The Dalles, OR 97058
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The first voice, raised on this continent,
for individual [p.5] freedom, irrespective of color, was that of the German settlers in Germantown, in the following protest
against slavery, sent to the Quakers, which is given "verbatim et literatim." The handwriting of the original appears to be
that of Pastorius.
"This is to ye Monthly Meeting held at Rigert Worrells. These are the reasons why we are against
the traffick of mens-body as followeth: Is there any that would be done or handled at this manner? viz. to be sold or made
slave for all the time of his life? How fearful & fainthearted are many on sea when they see a strange vassel being afraid
it should be a Turck, and they should be tacken and sold for Slaves in Turckey. Now what is this better done as Turcks doe?
Yea rather is it worse for them wch say they are Christians for we hear, that ye most part of such Negers are brought heither
against their will & consent, and that many of them are stollen. Now tho' they are black, we cannot conceive there is
liberty to have them slaves, as it is to have other white ones. There is a saying, that we shall doe to all men[p.6] licke
as we will be done our selves : macking no difference of what generation, descent, or Colour they are. And those who steal
or robb men, and those who buy or purchase them, are they not all alicke? Here is liberty of Conscience, wch is right &
reasonable, here ought to be lickewise liberty of ye body, except of evildoers, wch is an other case. But to bring men hither,
or to robb and sell them against their will, we stand against. In Europe there are many oppressed for Conscience sacke; and
here there are those oppressed wch are of a black Colour. Ans we, who know that men must not commit adultery, some do commit
adultery in others, separating wifes from their housbands, and giving them to others and some sell the children of these poor
Creatures to other men. Oh, doe consider well this things, you who doe it, if you would be done at this manner? and if it
is done according Christianity? You surpass Holland and German in this thing. This mackes an ill report in all those countries
of Europe, where they hear off, that ye Quackers doe here handle men, Licke they handel there ye Cattle; and for that reason
some have no mind or inclination to come hither. And who shall maintaine this your cause or plaid for it! Truely we can not
do so except you shal inform us better hereoff, viz. that christians have liberty to practise this things. Pray! What thing
in the world can be done worse towarts us then if men should roob or steal us away & sell us for slaves to strange Countries,
separating housband from their wife & children. Being now this is not done at that manner we will be done at , therefore
we contradict & are against this traffick of men body. And we who profess that it is not lawfull to steal, must lickewise
avoid to pruchase such things as are stolen, but rather help to stop this robbing and stealing if possible [pg.7] and such
men ought to be delivred out of ye hands of ye Robbers and set free as well as in Eurpoe. Then is Pensilvania to have a good
report, in stead it hath now a bad one for this sacke in other Countries. Especially whereas ye Europeans are desirous to
know in what manner ye Quackers doe rule in their Province & most of them doe loock upon us with an envious eye. But if
this is done well, what shall we say, is don evil?
"If once these slaves (wch they say are so wicked and stubborn men)
should joint themselves, fight for their freedom and handel their masters & mastrisses, as they did handel them before;
will these masters & mastrisses tacke the sword at hand & warr against these poor slaves, licke we are able to believe,
some will not refuse to doe? Or have these negers not as much right to fight for their freedom, as you have to keep them slaves?
consider well this thing, if it is good or bad? and in case you find it to be good to handel these blacks at that manner,
we desire & require you hereby lovingly that you may informe us herein, which at this time never was done, viz. that Christians
have Liberty to do so, to the end we shall be satisfied in this point, & satisfied lickewise our good friends & acquaintances
in our natif Country, to whose it is a terrour or fairfull thing that men should be handeld so in Pensilvania.
was is from our meeting at Germantown hold ye 18 of the 2 month 1688 to be delivred to the monthly meeting at Richard Warrels"
"Derick Op De Graeff
"Francis Daniell Pastorius
"Abraham Op Den Graef."