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Early Dutch Settlers of Mercer Co., KY

Updated June 8, 2012

About Our Family Research

Hello Dutch and Mercer County, KY historians,

For over a decade we have been working on a trilogy of historical-genealogical books associated with the early Dutch settlers of Mercer County, KY. Below is a description of the subject matter and contents.

If you are interested, please contact us at any of the addresses below.

Best regards,
Paul & Barbara Terhune


-3 volume set -

Volume I - 300 pages of text, with 109 figures or photographs, 26 of which are in color. A short early history of the area (Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., KY- 30 pages). The story/history of 20 families who were early settlers of Mercer County. The families are: Terhune, Whiteneck, Cozine, Vanderveer/Vandivier, DeMotte, Stagg, Westerfield, VanArsdall, McAfee, Banta, Demaree/Demarest, Morgan, Curry, Carnine, Smock, Comingore, Van Nuys, Dorland, Voorhees and Brouwer/Brewer).

Volume II - a CD of 10 maps plus 10 paper copies (8.5" x 11") for easy reference. The CD images can be enlarged on a computer for enhanced viewing. They can also be printed, using this CD, at Kinko, Office Depot, et. al. in their original large format 18" x 24" or 24" x 30". [scale: 1"= 100 poles or 1650 ft.]. These maps show the area about Harrodsburg of the original Virginia land patents and later, the farms of the settlers, generation by generation, all drawn to scale, based on the Kentucky deeds.
(circa 1779 to 1900)

Volume III - 500 pages
Standard genealogy format of many of the 20 families, emphasizing Kentucky settlers and including their ancestry as we know it.

PRICE: $100 (check or money order) for the 3 Volume set, includes shipping costs

Paul & Barbara Terhune
134 Florence Blvd.
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: (386) 774-7055

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Our previous book, published in 2007, is:

Terhune - Van Sycklyn - Frelinghuysen and Others
of Kings Co., NY and Somerset Co., NJ

This work is the product of many years of genealogy research, presenting major corrections to Terhune, Van Voorhees and Wyckoff genealogies, as well as additions to the early Terhunes of Gravesend and Flatlands. It is a compendium of three disparate, yet related topics.

Terhune Genealogy - 1637 to 1850
Dutch Colony History - 1624 to 1710
Reformed Dutch Church History - 1628 to 1770

107 pages, indexed, 13 maps/illustrations, FULLY SOURCED with19 pages of detailed footnotes.

Price: $20 includes shipping/handling
Mail to: Barbara Terhune
134 Florence Blvd.
Debary, FL 32713


The Dutch revolted in 1689 (Leisler Rebellion) against the British; and governed the colony for two years...establishing democratic representation...the FIRST American revolution????

Many Dutch colonists hated their Domines (ministers), who supported their enemy in the 1689 revolt, and did not baptize their children in the church...

Jan Terhune, son of the immigrant, surveyed and mapped Western Long Island in 1674...

The Reformed Dutch Church was in turmoil for 70 years over Domine Frelinghuysen and home rule...

Lord Cornbury, the British governor of New York in 1700 to 1708, was a transvestite and often wore women's clothing in public...

The original Dutch colony was governed by a company, not the Netherlands government...

Peter Minuet, second colony governor, also started the Swedish colony in 1637...

Eva Terhune married Domine Frelinghuysen and their progeny became famou

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