Re: Jacobus Reistorff, GER, b. ca. 1634
I saw your listing on the Reisdorf family and I wonder if I might be related to them. I know very little about the Reisdorf side of my family except the following:
My great-great-grandmother's maiden name was Margaret Reisdorf (or Risedorf). She was born somewhere between 1830 to 1837. I don't know her parents' names nor her siblings' names (if any). She was married to John Osterhoudt. They had 2 daughters: Ella (or Ellen) born about 1856 and Ida born about 1859.
I first locate her in the 1870 US census with her husband and 2 children living in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Co., NY. In that census, her married surname is spelled "Ousterhout"
In the 1880 US census, she is living in LaGrange, Dutchess Co., NY with her husband, her 2 daughters, her daughter Ella's husband Joseph S Higgins, and her grandson Henry (Harry) James Higgins. In this census, her name is spelled "Margret Osterhout".
In the 1892 New York state census, she is living in Washington township, Dutchess Co., NY with her husband,and their grandson Henry (Harry) Higgins (who is my grandfather). I suspect their daughter Ella had died and their son-in-law eventually returned to his home town in New Jersey where he appears in the 1900 US census.
In the 1900 US Census, she is living in Millbrook (Washington township), Dutchess Co., NY with her grandson only. So I presume her husband had died by then.
In the family bible is an enigmatic note which I believe was written by my grandmother. It says that Margaret Reisdorf was born in Indiana, but all the census records indicate that she was born in New York. As that same note seems to contain some inaccuracies for other relatives (including the wrong birth year for her first husband), it's possible that her memory was failing at the time she had written the note.