Matheus Blanshan, also called Matheus Blanshan Jr.,  was born June 10, 1716 to Nicolaus and Maria Hornbeck Blanshan. He
was baptized on September 28, 1718 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.  He married Annatjen Freer, (baptized September 28,
1718 in Kingston) daughter of Hugo or Hugh Freer (Frere) (1691 - 1790) and Brejen Terpening Freer (1700 - ______), on March
17, 1738.  

The children of Matheus and Annatjen Freer Blanshan were:

Johannes Blanshan - baptized in Kingston on December 2, 1739 under sponsors Johannes Wiest and Catrina Freeling. Probably
named after two uncles, Johannes Freer, baptized December 4, 1714, who died young, and Johannes Freer, born July 11, 1726,
who died April 24, 1797. Johannes married Rachel Terwilliger of New Paltz on October 5, 1759. Johannes served as a Lieutenant
in the 1st Regiment (Land Bounty Rights) of the Ulster County Militia, New York in 1776.  (See
Johannes Blanshan page)

Maria Blanshan - baptized May 23, 1742 under sponsors Moses Jork and Maria Freer.  Probably named after an aunt, Maria Freer,
baptized February 12, 1721. She apparently died before the age of 2.

Maria Blanshan - baptized August 26, 1744, also under sponsors Moses Jork and Maria Freer.  This Maria also did not survive
past the age of 4.

Jacob Blanshan - baptized January 11, 1747. See Jacob Blanshan page)

Maria Blanshan - baptized August 6, 1749. Her sponsors were Niklaas Louw and Annatje Blanshan. She died young.

Annatjen Blanshan - baptized March 22, 1753 under sponsors Matheus LeFever and Margaret Bevier. She married Simon Freer,
son of Jonas and Catrina Stokerad Freer who was baptized August 9, 1741, on May 12, 1770.  Their children were Simon, born
1772, Catharina, born 1775, Annatje, born 1777, Catharina, born 1780, Elizabeth, born 1782 and Johannes, born 1785. Simon
died March 3, 1807. See
Annatjen Blanshan Freer page)

Matthew Blanshan - baptized August 11, 1754 under sponsors Johannes VanWagenen and Elizabeth Freer. He married Margaret
Schoonmaker, daughter of Lodewyck and Catrina Schoonmaker, who was baptized in Rochester on September 12, 1764.  He was
a signer of the Articles of Association in Hurley and also a Sgt. in the 7th Co. 1st Ulster Militia. The children of Matthew and
Margaret were Catherine, born 1788 and Elizabeth, born 1792. (See
Matthew Blanshan page)

Catharina Blanshan - baptized November 28, 1756 under sponsors Petrus Smedes and Catherine DuBois. She married Jacob
Krum on August 27, 1779, and they had one child Abraham, born in 1780. Jacob died in 1782 and Catharina married Josiah Deyo,
born in New Paltz on March 31, 1763 to Christian Deyo and Alida Terwilliger Deyo. Their children were Maria, born in 1786, Annatje,
born in 1788, Christian, born in 1790, Olive, born in 1790, Anntaldia, born in 1792, Jonathon, born in 1798 and Sarah, born in 1800.
Catharina died on February 12, 1801 and Josiah married Hannah Merritt, born December 31, 1775. Hannah died in Middlefield on
April 10, 1849. (See
Catharina Blanshan Deyo page)

Brechje "Bridget" Blanshan - born November 5 or 7, 1759. Baptized December 9, 1759. She was baptized on December 9, 1759
under sponsors Johannes Freer and Agetta Deyo. She married Edward Burhans, son of Jan Burhans and Catherine Hardenburgh
or Whitaker, born November 29, 1752, on November 6, 1778 and they moved to Roxbury.  Edward served in Jacobus Bruyn's Co.  
Bridget and Edward had the following children:  Annatje (1779), John (1781), Catharina (1783), Rachel (1785), Bridget (1786),
Edward W. (1788), Samuel (1791),  Mathew B. (1794), Maria (1796), Blandina (1799) and Peggy (1801).
Bridget died July 17, 1843. (See
Brechje Blanshan Burhans page)
                                   The Crispell Memorial French Church

The church was the focal point of the early New Paltz community.  The original French
Reformed congregation was founded in 1683 in a primitive log structure.  By the second
decade of the 18th century, this modest house of worship was no longer able to meet the
needs of a growing community.

A stone church structure was built in 1717.  This simple and straightforward sanctuary was
used by the community for both worship and education.  Children attended school in this
building. In 1773, construction of a larger church on another site up the street was
completed.  The old sanctuary was torn down sometime thereafter.  Ever practical, the
townspeople reused the stones nearby to build the village's first dedicated school building.

The original congregation started in 1683 has of course changed over time.  French
eventually gave way to Dutch and the New Paltz congregation became part of the Dutch
Reformed Church.  The congregation, now the Reformed Church of New Paltz, continues to
worship today in a grand 1839 brick sanctuary on the northern end of Historic Huguenot

The 1717 church was reconstructed in 1972 based on surviving information with funds
donated by the Crispell Family Association. The adjacent burying ground preserves the
remains of many early members of the New Paltz community and was used through the
middle of the 19th century. The church is available for weddings, memorial services and
selected performances.

Copied from
Will of Matheus Blanshan

"In the name of God, Amen. I, MATTHEWS BLANSHAN, of Bloomingdale,
Precinct of Hurley, in Ulster County. I direct all debts to be paid out of
personal property within six weeks. I leave to my oldest son, Johannis,
my Large Dutch Bible for his birthright. If it should please God to call
me out of this world before my daughter Brackey is 18, and she, my said
youngest daughter, be without as much education as to enable her to
read the Holy Scriptures, either in English or Dutch, then she shall
receive the sum of œ30 in lieu of such education, and over and above
her share in my estate. I leave all the remainder of my real and personal
estate to my six children, Johannis, Jacob, Matthews, Anattie, Catharine,
and Brackey. I make my three sons, Johannis, Jacob, and Matthews, and
my son-in-law, Simon Frere, executors."

Dated April 21, 1770. Witnesses, Samuel Lefevre, Jacob Lefevre, John
Cantine, of Marbletown, Gabriel Ellison. Proved, September 29, 1781.

                                                                                                 -- New York City Wills, 1777-1783, p. 260