Jan Ditmars b 31 March 1752

Jan Ditmars was born 31 March, 1752, in Jamaica, NY, the son of Douwe Jansen Ditmars and Marrije Dorlandt.  The Ditmars family members were Loyalists.  Jan “swore allegiance and presented loyal address with the earnest desire to preserve the constitutional authority of Great Britain.”  Jan married in 1776 to Magdalene Vanderbilt, and they eventually had at least eleven children.  The family moved to Clementsport, Nova Scotia by 1783. 

Jan was listed as Ensign John Ditmars on the Annapolis Militia list in 1793 and 1797.   He appeared on the list of tax payers under the Capitation Tax Act in 1791.  He was one of the assessors.  Dinah, a black female adult of John Ditmars was christened in Trinity Anglican, 19 Dec 1791.

Headstone Inscription:  In memory of John Ditmars who departed this life July 3, 1822, in the 68th year of his age.

“Who wisdom sacred prize would win

Must with the fear of God begin

Immortal praise and heavenly skill

Have they who know and do his will.”

Magdalene died two years later.


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