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Taken from the Jannetje Vroom Bible in the museum of Old St. Edward's Church, these are the only known records of Isaac's birth and death.



     Isaac probably farmed in Jamaica on his father's land. As was his father and brothers, Isaac was a Loyalist, appearing on the lists of men who swore allegiance to the King in 1775-6, and on a list of Jamaica inhabitants who promised to assist in raising Loyalist troops in 1777.(1) Isaac and probably his apparent brother Gerrit died while the Revolutionary war was being fought, and it is possible that they died in the war.

children of Isaac and Jannetje (Vroom) Ditmars:

i. Douwe Isaac b. 27 January 1772
ii. Sarah b. 8 June 1778, m. Samuel Purdy





His birth and death dates come from his wife's Bible in the Old St. Edward's Church museum, Clementsport. His marriage license date is from "New York Marriages Before 1784."

(1) American Archives, series 5, vol. II, pp. 1159-64. The document is dated 21 October 1776 and says they were "sincerely attached to his (the King's) sacred person."

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