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Subject: Hendrik Takel Ouderkirk - HELP!!
Author: leanne521
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ouderkirk, Ouderkerk, Bowden, Dengur, Casselman, Froats

After two years of researching Henry, I have uncovered two census records, 1851 and 1861, that have messed with my data! Every book and resource that I have seen up until now states that:
Hendrik Takel Ouderkirk (Ouderkerk) was married to:
1) Magdalena Froats m 29 Aug 1815
Children: Jacob Henry, Mary Elisa, Catherine Diana
2) Eva Bowden (nee Dengur) marriage date unknown
Eva was a widow and brought two boys, Thomas and Henry Bowden with her into the marriage.
Children: Laney, James, David
Death dates for Eva are given in many sources as 1858, BUT Henry married next in 1849! What's up here?
3) Sarah Eliza Casselman m 14 Aug 1849 in Madrid, NY - found the Wesleyan Marriage Register to confirm data
Children: John Alonzo, Lucy Ellen, Mary, Sarah, Frederick Charles, George

Census records for 1881:
Henry age 84
Eliza age 63
Sarah age 23
Frederick age 20
George age 17

Henry age 73
Liza age 49
John (SHOULD be John Benjamin instead I believe) age 21
Mary age 15
Sarah age 13
Frederick age 10
George age 8
Lucy was not there as she married in 1868 - so far this matches everything I have found in any other records and/or books.

Census Records from 1851 and 1861 were finally found -
Henry age 63
Elizabeth age 37
Catherine (or something that looks like that) age 15
Benjamin age 11
something unreadable that is transcribed Jerusha age 10
Mary age 6

1851 (actually done in 1852 so ages aren't ten years apart)
Henry age 55
Eliza age 29
Matthew age 11
Roseanah age 7
John B. age 3
something unreadable that is transcribed Jerusha age 1

I have searched record by record to see if there were TWO Henry Ouderkirk families in Matilda Twp., Dundas Co., Ontario during the period 1851-1861 - but have not found a second set yet. I have looked in the Ouderkerk Family Genealogy for these children, but none matches these parents. These appear to be the correct parents, but who are these new kids? I need help. If you have ANY records, hints, family bibles, anything at all that refers to whom these kids might be, please help. Also, if you know anything at all about Eva Dengur/Bowden that would be great too.

I'm stuck - have hit the wall - am up the creek - am counting on SOMEBODY out there to know more than I do about this! Please post here or feel free to email me directly as I am most anxious to correct this data before moving forward.

Thanks so much,
A very dispirited Leanne in Ontario :(