Jochem Shoonmaker Research Paper

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Jochem Schoonmaker was a member of a family who came from Germany and Holland and settled in the colony of New York in the early 1600’s. He married Lydia Rosencrans in 1730 and together they had fifteen children. He was a farmer and his descendants continue farming his land to this day in the hamlet of Accord in Rochester. An early 18th century farmstead bearing his name is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On October 20, 1774 the Articles of Association adopted by “The Freemen, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the City and County of New York” were sent to each county in the state. When these articles reached Rochester, 270 men promptly signed, pledging his life, fortune and honor in support of representative and independent
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