The Indian Interpreter
Addedby Pam Marks
In "The History of Ulster County, NY" by N. Sylvester (published in 1880): ".. it is noted that Kit Davis, a trapper, said a rumor floated among the Indians. This was a prelude to the first Esopus Indian War of 1659. Kit was an Indian interpreter. He liked this business, and the Indians liked him. At one point during the unrest, Officer Smith sent Chistopher Davis to the director with information of the true condition of Esopus. He went down the Hudson River in a canoe. This was on September 21, 1659. During one Indian attack, the daughter of Motagne was kidnapped. Kit, who now lived in Rensselaerwyck, was dispatched after her. It is noted that Kit's son, Jan, was also an Indian interpreter, and trapper, and at one time accompanied 5 Mohawks to solicit for the return of prisoners...."Christopher Davis being at Fort Orange, some Mohegan savages were sent to invite him down, for the Dutch wished his service to parley with some savages".
Kit Davis married Cornelia De Vos about 1644, and married second Maria Meertens about 1660 in Ulster, MY. Children of Christopher Davis and Maria Martensen are:
1. Isaac Davis, born Abt. 1661 in Marbletown,Ulster County,New York; died Abt. 1712 in Marbletown,Ulster County,New York; married Jannetje Maurits February 1690/91 in Kingston,Ulster County,New York.
2. Abraham Davis, born May 3, 1663 in Esopus,Ulster County,New York; died Unknown.
Baptism: May 3, 1663, Old Dutch Church,Kingston,Ulster Co.New York
3. Debora Davis, born January 24, 1664/65 in Esopus,Ulster County,New York; died Aft. 1693; married Hendrick Claassen Schoonhoven July 6, 1679 in Kingston,Ulster County,New York
4. Jan Davis, born Abt. 1670 in Marbletown,Ulster County,New York; died Unknown.
5. Marretje Davis, born Abt. 1672 in Marbletown,Ulster County,New York; died Unknown.