40 Days and 40 Nights

Question? How did the animals go into the ark? This is one of my happy pictures although I did not paint it but purchased it. It is an unusal version of the Noah’s ark story. There is no water in the picture and as the animals disembark after the 40 days they have given birth. It gives me hope that after our 40 days and 40 nights (living through Covid-19) that the ark will land, new birth will occur and this trial will end! In answer to my question above if you are singing the song, “The ants went marching two by two”, I want you to rethink and test everything you know…. for the Bible says in Genesis 7:1-24 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals…. When I first discovered this I also had to go look it up and read it. 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert, 40 days it rained, 40 days from Crucifixion to Ascension. I am thinking I should use these 40 days of isolation to reset, rethink and test everything I think I know. Yesterday our leaders deemed the Easter Bunny an essential service. Really!?!? They say they want to make it as near normal for kids under Covid-19. Time for a reset?

Poughkeepsie Jaycocks and the Revolutionary War

Generations of descendents have the name Jacocks, Jaycocks, Jacox. Poughkeepsie is 85 miles from New York City. The land was purchased from the local Natives in 1686 and one of the first settlers was Barent Baltus Van Kleeck. The settlement grew quickly and the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie was established by 1720. Poughkeepsie was spared from battle during the American Revolutionary War. It was here that the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788 and the New York State entered the union as the eleventh of the Thirteen Colonies. But before this happened a war was happening between the British and the Americans. It was resolved that any person could not go within the enemy’s lines without the orders of the commander in chief and be duly convicted before a court martial. A search of the papers of the public papers of George Clinton the governor of New York records a letter written by Simon Van Kleek, Siseeley Van Kleek, Simeon Leroy, Wyntje Leroy, (my 5th great grandparents )Matthew Van Kueren Jr., Hanna Van Keuren, Peter Losing, Mary Losing, James Dearin, Gitry Dearin, Bengemen his mark x Jacocks, Isaac P Lauson, Andress Lawsen. dated April 19, 1779. The letter asks for the mercy of his Country, and that all the above women are sisters of William Jaycocks now under sentence of Death, Humbly beg leave to crave your Excellency’s pardon, for him, on account of his youth (William was 19) and on account of his Declaration when he came home, of his desire and intention to surrender himself and that the principle evidence against him is far from credible and convinced of his intention of behaving in future as a good subject, willing to be bound to the full value of our estates and that he be bound to his farm, we ask your Excellency’s most Obedient and most humble servants. Signed by the above names. page 737-738, N0 2225, public papers of George Clinton, 1st Gov of NY.

Further correspondence ensued with Isaak Rysdyk Reverend that the law might be deferred for a few days giving the wretched youth who seemed desirous to have some minister confer about his eternal concerns. Denied because the governor had no reason to believe William was affected with a due sense of his guilt or discovered any desire the short time left him in preparing for the great and important change which he is so shortly to undergo. William Jacocks was informed on the day he was convicted not to expect a Pardon and that he may not be diverted by false hopes from the necessary preparation for death.

William Jaycocks hung for treason. 1779.

The family of Simeon LeRoy b November 19, 1746 at Poughkeepsie, NY and Wyntje Jaycocks (also known as Lavonia or Winah) married May 22, 1768 and when the war was over found themselves on the wrong side of the political climate. In July 1775, Simon LeRoy was a signer of the Association Test.. On April 30, 1777 Simon and his father-in-law and brothers in-law were recorded as being at a Tory meeting in a pub. Simon was indicted and the judgement against him signed on July 14, 1783 but by then Simon Leroy, wife and 3 children over 8 years old arrived in Annapolis, Nova Scotia from New York on the British Ship-of War Amphitrite in the book The King’s Loyal American he is listed as the head of the family, from New York, a farmer and he disembarked at St. John. The British resettled them and they moved to Carillon, Quebec, Saint-Andre-d’Argenteuil. On March 9, 1784 Simon at Belleilse River, Kings Country and Queens County, New Brunswick was given a Loyalist Land Grant of 200 acres. The county of New Brunswick was known as Sunbury County before it became a separate province of Quebec. By March 3, 1795 his residence was Pointe Claire, Quebec Farnham Township. On July 22, 1796 each man petitioned being a tenant on 200 acres in Farnham Twp. and in Feb 1, 1800 he signed a declaration that he was a loyalist at Missiiquois Bay, Quebec. Simon LeRoy in 1802 was found on a list p.18 on a list of Loyalists against whom judgments were given under the Confiscation Act. They lost farms, and homes, some of the family were burned out. At the time the LeRoys left Genesee County, New York, haste prevented their making any effort to sell their property, hence they left all, glad to escape only with their lives. In 1812-1815 at Saint Andre Argenteuil, Quebec he again fought as Captain of the Argenteuil Sedentary Militia, Lower Canada at age 66. Wyntje made her will on April 17, 1827 and listed the following children To Gelty Leryo wife of Anthony Turrell, Rachel Leroy married to George Saxe and Cecily Leroy married to John Docksteader. Wyntje died on September 12, 1830, St. Andrews, Argenteuil, Quebec and he on July 10, 1832 and they are buried in Christ Church Anglican Cemetary, there.

In the book Memories of Old St. Andrews is recorded Simeon Leroy who was the first United Empire Loyalist of whom we have record to settle in the North River valley. After the Revolution they left their property in New York.

They say history is written by the victors, but these Loyalists claims records may prove otherwise if your ancestors supported the British in the Revolutionary War.

(Wendy, John Waddell, Olive Gibbs, George Arthur Gibbs, Hiram Garner Gibbs, Anna Saxe, Rachel LeRoy, Simon and Wyntje Jaycocks Leroy). DNA matches with Rachel LeRoy and her sister Cecilia Leroy.

One thought on “40 Days and 40 Nights

  1. Thank you for this. I just read that document today. Simon & Wintje were my ancestors as well. We wondered whatever happened to the young man…and now we know. Sad. Thanks for the closure though…I was dying of curiosity!

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