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Yes – We are all related! The fun part is proving it.


June / July 2019

This web site was started over 20 years ago to support the Knickerbocker Historical Society at Schaghticoke, NY and to provide a spot for sharing family information. The genealogy world has greatly changed from my publishing a paper family newsletter in the 90s to having massive commercial on-line sites and DNA based genealogy available today.

I have kept this site available to provide the base family genealogies and as a link to the Schaghticoke Society. Knickerbocker Research will always have a home here. Welcome Cousin - w­­­­­e are all related.


Introducing Two Major Reports

Bryan has been totally committed for the last couple of months to Amenia, NY and the third-generation family of Harmanus1712-1805 - entitled “Knickerbockers in Amenia, Dutchess Co, NY”. This main report is 40 pages and identifies two new grandsons of Harmanus.

A supplementary report “Ruliff Knickerbocker of Amenia, New York” runs 26 pages. The Ruliff section takes apart and re-assembles the existing Van Alstyne genealogy and provides an exhaustive examination of this elusive family.


Breakthrough in a Mayflower Link to the Family (Anna Heath)


May 21, 2019


Dear Howard and Knickerbocker Cousins,


I am thrilled to share the news that this month The General Society of Mayflower Descendants approved my supplemental application proving I am a descendant of Edward Fuller; I was already a member, having proved my descent from William Brewster. 


As mentioned to you previously, this lineage is based on my descent from Solomon Knickerbocker and Anna Heath, to daughter Althea Knickerbocker and her husband David Davis, then their son Adeliah Harmon Davis. I just needed to prove it. Fortunately, I discovered some bible pages that provided some of the documentation I needed. You may remember that the will of David Davis mentioned his daughter Lydia Ilett. I tracked down a descendant of Lydia Ilett, who had inherited a family bible which she possessed. He provided me with copies of several pages, which provide a list of the children which is consistent with the one that appeared on your website years ago. Some of the bible info:



I've collected a lot of information about my Davis relatives, and have photos of Adeliah Harmon Davis and Lydia Jane Davis Ilett; eventually I will put it all together in an article. Regarding DNA, I have been in touch with a number of you who match my mother on Family Tree DNA - and others who were placed in a Solomon Knickerbocker DNA Circle with me on Ancestry. 


Hope this info is of interest.


Best wishes,

Merna Forster


It was a kick when I made a Mayflower connection. Merna has a home here for her article.


The Society Needs Your Support

The Knickerbocker Historical Society is requesting donations to purchase the iconic 1805 sketch of Johannes and Elizabeth Knickerbocker. The drawing will be lost to the family if $6,000 is not raised for its purchase. This portrait belongs at the Mansion.

I never pass the hat for the Society or but this time I am asking - as the greater family really owes this one to Stana’s memory and everything KHS has accomplished.

Link to Go Fund Me or send a check (noting that it is for the portrait) to KHS.

Thank you, Howard 


Knickerbockers of Central New York

This is the link to Bryan’s Ancestry web site where most of his research eventually appears. Link 


Original Studies

Knickerbockers in Amenia, Dutchess Co, NY Link

Ruliff Knickerbocker of Amenia, NY Link

Alexander Hamilton & The Knickerbockers Link

Knickerbockers of Pine Plains – John C. & Lydia Pulver Link

John P. Knickerbocker & Anna Couse  Link

John Knickerbocker & Lydia Jackson Link

Hugh Knickerbocker and Rachel Schram  Link

Frederick Knickerbocker – Son of Hugh and Rachel Schram Link

Many Benjamin Knickerbockers  Link

Knickerbockers in Smithville Flats, NY  Link

Knickerbocker Families of Fort Edward, NY   Link       

Migrations of the Early Knickerbockers  Link

The Father of Solomon Knickerbocker (1812-92) Identified  Link

Analysis of the Kathlyne Viele Genealogy with Translations Link

Origin of the Name Knickerbocker  Link

Original Pronunciation of Knickerbocker  Link

Many Names of Harmen Janse – Part 1 - Van Turkeyen and Van Bommel  Link

Many Names of Harmen Janse – Part 2 - Van Wye  Link

Many Names of Harmen Janse – Part 3 – Van Berghen  Link 

Chester (MA) Center Cemetery – Collaboration and A Find A Grave Study  Link


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