William and brother Nicholas, along with their father Jeremiah, were founding members of the Interlaken Baptist Church which celebrated its 200th anniversary last year. A woman named Lany Rappleye was also named on the intial membership, but I haven't identified her yet. It's not William's wife. Her name was Barbary. I have not yet found a wife for Nicholas. She might also be an unmarried cousin. No sibling whose name or nickname could be Lany. But there are a LOT of Rappleyes in the cemetery! Jeremiah's birth name was Jeramius Jacobus Gedoke Rappelle, 1742 or 43 to 1826 or 27. That got Americanized, and the spelling Rappleye (which is found exclusively in upstate NY) somehow came into use. Jeremiah was the one who moved to Seneca County, NY, and thus his branch of the family left New York City for the farm country.
His father was Joris Rapelje, Jan 24, 1706-1743. Joris is George in Dutch.
Joris' father was Jacob Rapelje, June 25, 1679-1730.
Jacob's father was Jeronymus Jorise Rapelje, born before June 28, 1643-1690
And Jeronymus' (Hieronymus) father was Joris Jansen Rapelje, 28 April 1604 – 21 February 1662/63, for whom there is a Wikipedia entry. He was a was a member of the Council of Twelve Men in the Dutch West India Company colony of New Netherland. He and his wife Catalina (Catalyntje) Trico (1605–1689) were among the earliest settlers in New Netherland. Their oldest daughter was the first child of European descent born in New York. They have been called the Adam and Eve of New Netherland with over a million descendents!
This painting by John Durand of four of Joris' descendants is famous. The painting is L-R of Garret (Jr), George, Anne, and Jacques. Their father is Garret, grandfather George, great-grandfather Jan who was the brother of Jacob in my line. So these children are 3rd cousins to William and Nicholas, mentioned above.
This was a pretty incredible journey for only a couple of hours of research!
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