Thomas Quick and Margriet Decker
Thomas Quick was the son of Dirck Quick and Hanna Jans Hodje. On 2 Nov 1702, Thomas signed a contract to become an apprentice to John King, a shipwright, for seven years. The agreement included that Thomas be taught reading, writing, and math and would receive a number of tools at the end of the seven years.
Thomas married Margriet Decker 22 December 1713 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Margriet was baptized 1 December 1655 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. She was the daughter of Gerrit Jans Decker and Grietje Jans Decker.  Thomas and Margaret settled in Shippekonk, Sussex, New Jersey and later to what would become Milford, Pike, Pennsylania near the Delaware River. Thomas was said to have built some of the earliest mills in both of these places.
Thomas joined Captain John Van Etten's First Company on 12 Jan 1756 during the French and Indian War. He died the next month near the Delaware River in February 1756. According to legend, Thomas, his son Tom, and a son-in-law (whom Calvin Ennes believed to be William Ennes), despite the ongoing war, went to the river and were ambushed by a group of Native Americans. Thomas was killed but the other two escaped. Thomas died intestate and administration of his estate was granted to William Ennes, Benjamin Shoemaker, and James Hyndshaw on 9 Mar 1756.
Thomas and Margriet had:
1. Dirk Quick, baptized 20 Jun 1714 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Appolonia Van Gorden .
2. Jacobus Quick, born in Rochester, Ulster, New York, baptized 29 Jan 1716 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married 1) Maria Westbroeck 22 Aug 1742 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York and 2) Jaannetje van Aken 10 Aug 1750 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York.
3. Margrita Quick, born in Minisink, Orange, New York, baptized 19 Aug 1718 in Walpeck, Sussex, New Jersey, married 1) Johannis Van Gardn and 2) Johannis Wesval 2 Sep 1757 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York.
4. Elizabeth Quick, baptized 28 Jan 1722 in Rochester, Ulster, New York, married William Ennes 18 May 1739 , died 8 Apr 1771, buried in the Old Dutch Cemetery, Sandyton, Sussex, New Jersey.
5. Benjamin Quick, born in Shippekonk, Sussex, New Jersey, baptized 18 Oct 1724 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Hannah Joons 6 Jan 1748/9 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York.
6. Lena Quick, born in Shippekonk, Sussex, New Jersey, married Salomon Decker 12 May 1745 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York.
7. Cornelius Quick , born in Shippekonk, Sussex, New Jersey, married Marya Westfael 14 Jun 1752 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York.
8. Catharina Quick, born in Shippekonk, Sussex, New Jersey, baptized 4 Jul 1733 in Minisink, Orange, New York, married Francis McGee 10 Aug 1753 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York.
9. Aen Quick, born in Shippekonk Sussex, New Jersey, baptized 19 May 1736 in Minisink, Orange, New York, married 1) James Everingame 2 Jun 1754 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York and 2) Hugh Sorrad (Shellet)  2 Jan 1759 in Machackemeck, Ulster, New York.
10. Thomas Quick, died 1795 or 1796.
1. Hoes, Roswell Randall (comp.), Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997 (originally published by De Vinne Press (New York), 1891).
2. Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716-1830, facsimile reprint by Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1992.
3. Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About the Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969, citing a "Copy of records from the Old Ennis Bible", handwritten by William Ennes.
4. New York Historical Society Collection, 1885, p.602.
5. Batko, A.C., History of Montague (NJ), http://www.montaguenj.org/march/history.htm, complied 1998.
6. Albee, George Sumner, Town of Rochester: 1703 - 1953: A Whimsical History of our Town, http://www.accord-kerhonkson.com/myweb/history.htm.
7. The Mills of Milford, Pennsylvania, http://dvasdweb.dvasd.k12.pa.us/pppike/MillsofMilford.htm
8. "Quicks in PA", Post in the QUICK-L Archives, from Yulondia Nolen email@example.com to IrisLillie@aol.com, 28 Oct 1999.
9. Northampton County Wills, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~treasures/northampton/northamptoncowills.htm
"Indenture of Thomas Quick, son of Derick Quick, deceased, with the consent of his brother-in-law, Henry Heus and Helegant de Key, his aunt, to John King, Shipwright, for seven years from 1st November, 1702"
"Apprentice to be taught to read, write and cypher, and at the expiration of the term to receive one axe, one adz, one maul, one saw, one chisel and one mallet."
Signed 2nd Nov 1702, by Thomas Quick.
Source: New York Historical Society Collection, 1885, p.602.
Records of Baptisms of the Reformed Church at Kingston, Ulster, NY.
Page Number Baptism Number Baptism Date Parents Child Witnesses 46 879 1695 Gerrit Decker Margarit Cornelis Janssen Decker. 1 Dec. Grietje Deckers Elsje ten Broeck. 107 2232 1714 Thomas Kwik Dirk Anthony Westbroeck. 20 June Grietjen Dekkers Orseltjen Westbroek. 113 2371 1716 Thomas Kwik Jacobus Jan Van Kampen, senior. 29 Jan. Grietjen Dekkers Tietjen Dekkers. 140 2969 1722 Thomas Kwik Elisabeth Kryn Oosterhoud, junior. 28 Jan. Grietjen Dekker Bp'd "in Raysester." (Rochester) Neeltjen Van Aaken. 153 3271 1724 Thomas Kwik Benjamin Hendrik Kortregt. 18 Oct. Grietjen Dekker Bp'd "in Raysester." (Rochester) Appelony Kortegt. 197 4225 1733 Thomas Quik Catharina Bil Crook. 4 July Grietje Dekkers Bp'd "in Menissing." (Minisink) Helena Brink. 218 4624 1736 Thomas Quik Aen Jacobus Kottebek. 19 May Grietje Dekker Bp'd "in Menissing." (Minisink) Antje Rosekrans. Page 528, Marriage 308
Kingston Marriage Register.
THOMAS KWIK, j. m., born in Nieuw-Jork (New York), and MARGRIETA DEKKERS, j. d., born in Rosester (Rochester). Banns registered, 6 Dec.
Source: Hoes, Roswell Randall (comp.), Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997 (originally published by De Vinne Press (New York), 1891).
Records of Baptisms of the Reformed Church at Walpeck.
Page Number Baptism Date Parents Child Witnesses 87 1718 Thomas Quick Margrita Gerrit Decker, Aug. 19. Grietje Decker Geertje Decker Page 265
Marriage Record-1737-97 (Machackemeck)
1742-July 25. Jacobus Quick, young man, born at Rhocester, dwelling in Smithsfield in Bucks County, to Maria Westbroeck, young woman, born at Rhocester, dwelling at Menissinck, married th 22d of August.
1745-May 12. Salomon Decker, young man, born on the Caetsbaen (Katsbaan), to Lena Quick, young woman, born at Metschepekonck, and both dwelling at Metschepekonck, married June 8th.
Benjamin Quick, young man, born at Metsheppeconk and dwelling at Theeschacht, to Hannah Joons, young woman, born at Machackemech and dwelling there, married the 6th of January, 1748-9.
Jacobus Quick, widower of Marys Westbroeck, to Jaannetje van Aken, young woman, born at Shippekonk, and both dwelling in Bucks County, married the 10th of August.
Cornelis Quick, young man, born at Shippekonk and dwelling in Upper Smithsfield, to Marya Westfael, young woman, born Menissinck and dwelling there, married the 14th of June.
Francis McGee, young man, born in Irelant, to Catharina Quick, young woman, born at Metshippekonk and both dwelling in Upper Smithsfield, married the 10th of August.
James Everingame, young man, born in Crosswicks and dwelling at Shippekonk, to Anna Quick, young woman, born at Shippekonk and dwelling in Upper Smithsfield.
Johannis Wesval, widower of Ploni Cortregt, to Marigrita Queck, widow of Johannis Van Gardn, both born at Manissink, and dwelling there, married September 2d.
Huged Sorrad, young man, to Enne Quek, widow, married January 2.
Source: Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716-1830, facsimile reprint by Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1992.
An early mill, built by Thomas Quick, was in our Millville area-before he moved to PA.
Source: Batko, A.C., History of Montague (NJ), http://www.montaguenj.org/march/history.htm, complied 1998.
From Kingston the newcomers spread onto the land. I use the word 'spread,' but really they could not spread very much, for land rich enough to farm was to be found only in the valleys, not on the hill ridges, and it was up the valleys that wagons and ox-carts had to roll if they wanted to roll at all. So men and women who bore the names of Schoonmaker, and DePuy, Osterhoudt and Quick, Hoornbeck and Dekker made their plodding way into the valley of the Rondout to claim whatever land they thought would best reward their hard work.
Now it goes without saying that a township must have some people in it before it can become a township. This being the case, it is not surprising that Tom Quick, the first settler in what we call Rochester, arrived here before 1703. The land papers at Albany record: 'September 4, 1676, Thomas Quick at ye Mobaccus and ye Ron Doubt River.'
Source: Albee, George Sumner, Town of Rochester: 1703 - 1953: A Whimsical History of our Town, http://www.accord-kerhonkson.com/myweb/history.htm.
Milford was known as a milling center early in its history. The town's name was not chosen haphazardly, for "Mill-ford" was indeed descriptive. Thomas Quick, Sr., the earliest known settler, built a saw and grist mill across the town on the Vandermark Creek in 1740.
Source: The Mills of Milford, Pennsylvania, http://dvasdweb.dvasd.k12.pa.us/pppike/MillsofMilford.htm
...(Thomas Quick) joined Capt. John Van Etten's First Co. 12 Jan, 1756, and was one of the signers of the following agreement: "We the subscribers, do hereby engage ourselves to serve as soldiers in His Majesty's service under the command of Capt. John Van Etten for the space of one month and whosoever of us shall get drunk, desert or prove cowardly in time of action, or disobedient to our officers, shall forfeit his pay. This agreement was made in consideration of being allowed at the rate of Six Dollars per month wages. One Dollar for the use of a gun and blanket to each man, who furnish himself with them and the Provisions and Rum mentioned in a paper hereunto annexed." This agreement was signed by all the men, one being Thomas Quick whose name was scratched off and a note added: "Killed by Indians in February 1756." (From "Old Dansbury", now Stroudsburg, PA., by R. R. Hillman.)...
Source: "Quicks in PA", Post in the QUICK-L Archives, from Yulondia Nolen firstname.lastname@example.org to IrisLillie@aol.com, 28 Oct 1999.
"Quick, Thomas, Adm granted 9 Mar 1756 Wm Ennes, Benjamin Shoemaker, James Hyndshaw all yeoman of Northampton Co."
Source: Northampton County Wills, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~treasures/northampton/northamptoncowills.htm
 It has been suggested that Margriet, the wife of Thomas Quick, was the daughter of a Jacobus Decker. There were two Jacobus/Jacob Deckers in the previous generation. One, however, did not have a daughter named Margriet. The other Jacob did, but she would have been only about thirteen years old when Margriet Decker married Thomas Quick in 1713. So, it is unlikely that Margriet, the wife of Thomas Quick, was the daughter of Jacobus Decker.
There were three Decker families having daughters named Margriet/Grietje: Gerrit and Margriet/Grietje (Decker), Gerrit and Magdalena (Schut), and Hermanus and Rachel (de la Montagne). Thomas and Margaret Quick did not name their children Gerrit, Hermanus, or Rachel. They did name children Margriet and Lena.
The presence of Tietjen Decker (daughter of Jan Broersen), Jan van Kampen, senior (Tietjen's husband), Anthony Westbroek (husband of Jan Broersen's daughter, Magdalena), and Orseltjen Westbrook (Anthony and Magdalena's daughter) suggest a relationship with the Jan Broersen family, which would rule out both Hermanus and Rachel.
Dorothy A. Koenig (email@example.com) in a 25 Nov 1997 post on the Dutch-Colonies-L Archives pointed out that the Gerrit who married Magdalena was noted as residing in Marmur/Marbletown in the marriage record while the other Gerrit lived in Mombaccus (with wife Margriet living in Marbletown). "It is useful to know that what used to be called Mombaccus is now called Rochester in Ulster County, NY...The fact that Thomas Quick's wife was born in Rochester/Mombaccus (according to the marriage record) gives the edge to her having been the daughter of Gerret Jans Decker and Margaret Jans Decker."
She then turns to the baptism of Thomas and Margriet's daughter Margrita in 1718, finding that the witnesses were Gerrit Decker and Geertje Decker. "'Gerrit Decker' could be the paternal grandfather, but who is 'Geertje Decker'. The nicknames 'Geertje' and 'Grietje' look alike to us, but they are VERY different to Dutch speakers. 'Geertje' is short for 'Gertrude' amd 'Grietje' short for 'Margaret'." She then located the baptism of Geertje in 1697 (Kingston # 990). The parents were Hendrick Decker and Antje Quick. "It would indeed make sense for Geertje to become a sponsor for a child of a Decker/Quick marriage! The question now became, "How is Hendrick Dekker (Geertje's father) related to Gerret Janszen Decker?" As it happens, they turn out to be brothers..."
Therefore Gerrit and Grietje are the most logical choice for Margriet's parents. MB
 No extant marriage record. However, Dirk is listed with wife Appollonia Van Gorden as having the following children baptized from 1738 to 1749 in Machackemeck: Jenneke, Rachel, Benjamin, Abram, and Catharina.
 No marriage record is extant in the church records but numerous baptismal records exist for William and Elisabeth's children. The date was supplied in A Bit About the Ennes, by Calvin Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969, which gives it source as "Copy of records from the Old Ennis Bible": "William Ennis, in his own hand...1739 May 18th was I married to my wife Elizabeth Quick."
 Lena is likely a daughter of Thomas Quick. She and Salomon had a son named Thomas (Machackemeck baptisms, p. 137) and a daughter named Grietje (p. 128). These children could have been named after their baptismal witnesses-Thomas Wells and Grietje De Witt, respectively-but they could have also been named after Thomas and Margriet. Strengthening the argument that Lena was Thomas and Margriet's daughter are he facts that Cornelis Quick was the witness for Lena's son Joseph in 1756 (p.132) and Lena, along with Benjamin Quik, were witnesses for the baptism of Benjamin, the son of Dirk Quik and Apolonie Van Garden, in 1743 (p. 106).
 There are no extant baptism records for Cornelis but he is very likely Thomas and Margriet's son. The main proof is in the Machackemeck baptismal record on page 133. On 19 Jun 1757, Cornelius Quick and Maria Westphaal, James Everigame and Anna Quick, and William Ennes and Elisabeth Quick all had children baptized with Cornelius' record just before Anna's and Elisabeth's as the secord record after Anna's, possibly suggesting that the three families purposefully had these children baptized at the same time. In addition, "Cornelius Quik and his wife Maria" were the witnesses for the son of William Ennes and Elisabeth Quik baptized that day, who happened to be named Cornelius.
 In the Machackemeck baptismal records, Hugh is shown as "Hugh Shellet" who with his wife Anna Quick had their daughter Grietje baptized 26 Aug 1659 (pg. 138).
 Evidence that Thomas and Margriet had a son named Thomas comes from the Records of Baptisms of the Reformed Church at Machackemeck (Deerpark), pg. 133: "1757, June 19. Parents: James Everingame, Anna Quick, Child: James Witnesses: Thomas Quick, Margreth, Suster and Broeder (brother and sister)." As the father and child are both named Everingame, this means that they are sister and brother to Anna (Margreth=Margrita Quick).
Tom was called the "Indian Slayer", having murdered 99 people, all Native Americans, including women, young children, and whole families, using revenge as his excuse. James E. Quinlan wrote, "...We have seen and conversed with several aged men who were acquainted with him...They describe him as having been six feet in height; and taken altogether, rather a raw-boned man; his cheek bones were high; his eyes gray and restless; his hair, before it had been silvered by age, was of a dark brown. He was not in the habit of talking very much-in fact, was taciturn and very quiet in his demeanor. His features were grave and dignified, and seldom relaxed into a smile. He was quite temperate, and seldom drank alcoholic liquors, except cider, of which, like all of Holland blood, he was very fond... Tom was taken sick, and was never afterwards able to go from the house of Rosenkrantz, where he died of old age in the year 1795 or 1796. He was buried on the farm of Rosenkrantz...Notwithstanding the assertion that Tom had a beautiful daughter who bore the pretty name of "Omoa," the Indian Slayer was never blessed with wife or child..."
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