Anyone researching the Westchester Co. NY Losee's? As far as I know, the ancestry has not been proven. In the hopes of furthering the research, I am "brainstorming" some ideas about the origins of this family. If you have further information, please let me know.
By 1790, there were three Losee or "Locea" families in Westchester County, NY. The family seems to have been headed by Cornelius Losee who died between 1800/1810. He and two sons, Abraham and Daniel, were enumerated in the 1790 census in Greenburgh, Westchester CO, NY. Another son, Joseph, was enumerated beginning in 1800. These men left numerous descendants.
What is the ancestry of Cornelius Losee (c1725-1800/10) of Greenburgh? Some ideas...
1. Many people cite Grenville Mackenzie's work, Families of the Colonial Town of Philipsburgh, for the parentage of Cornelius Losee. Mackenzie lists Cornelius as being born in 1720 in Jamaica, the son of Lawrence Losee (1684-1738), who in turn was the son of Cornelius Janszen and Geertje Colfs/Kolfs and grandson of the immigrant. But I examined the baptims of Jamaica's Dutch Reformed Church, and there is no baptism of a Cornelius Losee in 1720 or any such date. I have not found any record that gives Cornelius Janszen a son, Lawrence, born in 1684. I have found no evidence to support this lineage at all.
2. A likelier lineage is in Seversmith's manuscripts in which Seversmith found another and unrelated Losee family in Brooklyn.Seversmith lists a Lowes, born 9 Oct 1661, son of Lowse Byose and Annetje Jurians. This man was in Jamaica, NY, where he was known as Lowes Loetse or Lowyszen. His will, dated 1738 and proved in NYC, mentions wife Mary, and children: John, Charity, Elizabeth, Abigail, Cornelius, William, and Mary.
Notice that this man died in 1738. Perhaps this is the source for Mackenzie's theory that a Lawrence Losee was the father of Cornelius mentioned in point 1, and which caused him to put Lawrence in Cornelius Janszen's family. In any event, this man may be the father or grandfather of Cornelius of Greenburgh.
3. It is doubtful that Cornelius Losee is the same man who married Deborah Langdon. This man was born in 1705, and is unlikely to have sired sons in the 1750's and 60's and then lived into the early 1800's. Mackenzie has him as settling in Hopewell, Dutchess County in abt 1732, with children: Mary, Thomas, Abraham, John, and Joseph.
4. There were other Losee men present in Westchester Co. NY in the mid 18th century, that could be potential fathers of Cornelius. I have found two: Lawrence Losee and Townsend Losee.
a. Lawrence Losee - I believe this is the same man that was born in 1704/5, son of Simon Losee, and who married Rachel Delange. According to abstracted will of Simon Losee of Wheatley/Bushwick, son Lawrence Losee was in Westchester Co. in 1760. A Lawrence Losee, which may or may not be the same man, was enumerated among the tenants-at-will in the Cortlandt Manor books - see the "Manor of Cortlandt and Its Tenants", a dissertation by Sung Bok Kim (1966). This Lawrence was among 12 men evicted 1762-1773.
b. In the same dissertation, there was also a Townsend Losee who was a tenant at least between 1769-1772. I have no further information on him. Mackenzie, and as far as I know, Seversmith, do not address him.
Anyway, these are some ideas that I have on the ancestry of the Westchester Co Losee family. I have hit a "brick wall" in researching this family, and I am writing this in the hopes that someone has evidence to clear up at least my confusion on this ancestry, or perhaps stimulate further research on this family.
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