Name: Francis Montfort Sr. 1
Birth: 14 JUL 1746 in Hunterdon Co., NJ 2 3 4
Burial Cemetery AFT 22 APR 1825 Bergen Farm, Pleasureville Cemetery 2
Church Affiliation ABT 1794 Shaker, Pleasant Hill, KY Early Believer 1 5
Burial: AFT 22 APR 1825 Henry Co., KY 2
Military Service 17 SEP 1776 Priv. 2nd Batt., PA York Co. Militia, Rev. War 6
Move ABT 1781 To KY 4
Death: 22 APR 1825 in Campbellsburg, Henry Co., KY 7
Event: 7th PA Line, Co. of Capt. Hugh Campbell, command of Col. David Grier
Military Service 8
On Francis Montfort Sr, #1 his family arrived in New Netherlands/New Amsterdam./ New York on the first boat from Holland, in 1624. The ship was the EENDRACHT [Unity} and the family is one of only
two that is certified as having been onboard from records in Holland. My source is NEW NETHERLAND CONNECTIONS newsletter by Dorothy Koenig of California and the DUTCH-COLONIES discussion group online. Source: E-mail, Barbara Whiteside, 5/20/2000.
Francis apparently moved to York Co, PA about 1778 and from there served in the regiment commanded
by Hugh Campbell during the Revolutionary War. In 1781-82, he moved with his wife and children to Kentucky with the Low Dutch Colony led by his father in law, Hendrick Banta 3rd. I believe he came in the second wave of colonists from York Co, the first arrived in 1782 and Montfort probably within the year. Source: E-mail, Barbara Whiteside, 5/20/2000.
In 1805 a group of men came to KY from the east with talk of a new religion, being strong in their faith, the men and women of the Dutch community responded overwhelmingly and many of the men and women were the first to join the Society of Believers or Shakers, sometimes called Quakers [because of their constant moving about as they practiced their religion. They danced and shook, shouted and whirled about and sang at the top of their lungs, loud enough to be heard miles away, from descriptions recorded about them.] Francis Sr. did not join the Shakers, but his wife, Charity Banta Montfort did, along with her son, Francis, his wife, Polly Banta Montfort, and their three children. Francis Sr remained on his farm along the Shelby/Henry Co, KY line in what was called the Low Dutch Colony, land bought from Squire Boone Jr., brother of Daniel. Francis died Apr 22, 1825 and is buried on the Bergen Farm that became the Pleasureville Cemetery in Shelby Co., KY Charity moved to Pleasant Hill, KY in Mercer Co, also known as Shakertown, remaining there until her death Dec 6, 1828. She is buried in the Shaker Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. [Source, THE GRAVEYARD OF THE UNITED SOCIETY OF BELIEVERS IN CHRIST?S SECOND APPEARANCED [SHAKERS OR BELIEVERS CEMETERY], found in the CEMETERY RECORDS OF MERCER COUNTY, KY, V 3, published by Harrodsburg Historical Society, of Harrodsburg, KY AUG 1970] The book showing the Shaker cemetery records, also records the deaths of Francis Jr, Polly Banta Montfort, and Polly Riker Montfort. The records of South Union, KY, Shaker Village in Logan Co., KY, shows the death of John Banta. Shaker records at Pleasant Hill state that he went to South Union and died there. Source: E-mail, Barbara Whiteside, 5/20/2000.
10/14/98 E-mail from Carol De Priest:
Some of the info I have sent here includes Lydia Montfort's parents & gparents, but there is no-one in the family (that I know of) named David Montfort. Sorry I keep harping about the Montforts, but my grandmother (nee Shirley Lydia Cook) kept telling me as a child that I'd been "born into royalty." <g> The theory goes that way back in the Dark Ages(!), our ancestor was Simon de Montfort, but if so, there are probably 20 generations or more until my first recorded Montfort, Francis, who emigrated from Germany with his wife "Charity" Banta, & became, according to another genealogist in the Wristen branch of the family, Shakers (who had to swear vows of abstinance, but that was after, apparently, they had a slew of children!). Interesting stuff, huh?
5/25/2000 E-mail from Barbara Whiteside:
I think I know where she (Carol De Priest) is getting much of her information. There is a book about the Vories-Montfort families, that goes into the line of Simon de Montfort of Normandy, France, who crossed to England with William the Conquorer. While at some point there may be a kinship, I have the family back to about 1572 and it does not connect at that point. I can send you my sources of information, books, websites, etc. Been doing this since I was ten, gathering information, then at 20 I began working at the Indiana History Room of the New Albany, Indiana public library. All told it has been a hobby for something like 47 years now. And it was the Montfort name that set me off on this long journey.
It is true about the Shakers, they did practice celibacy and the early Low Dutch of Shelby and Henry Counties were the first to join when the religion arrived in Kentucky in 1805. The David I descend from, who married Mary Cook, was with them from birth till he reached the age of 20 plus, departing or running away shortly before he turned 21. He had a brother and sister who also ran away. Their parents remained there, as well as 2 grandmothers and a grandfather [he went to South Union Shaker Village near Bowling Green, KY, died and is buried there.]
Another cousin and I are working on tying up the loose ends of our Montfort family and as they were Shakers, it has taken us a bit, to piece things together through the Shaker journals. I have read all of the ones on microfilm at the Filson Club in Louisville, on Pleasant Hill and the ones for South Union. I am
working on reading all the journals not microfilmed this summer at the manuscript dept at the Filson. Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio has more of the journals, and quite a few that deal with Pleasant Hill or Shakertown as it more commonly known. I am working on getting interlibrary loan to read some of the years that are pertinent to my research.
I also have a picture, xerox of original, of Frances Wilcoxson Cook, mother of Mary, Nancy and Helen. A cousin in Oklahoma has the original and made copy for me. She bears quite a resemblance to the two daughters I have pictures of.
The source of the Montforts being from Germany is I believe from the Vories-Montfort book, but I have plenty of documentation that the family came to New Amsterdam in 1624 from Holland. One line that connects to the Montforts and Bantas, the Demarests, did go from France to Germany for awhile before
emigrating. The Montforts lived near the town of Cambrais, in northern France, near what is now the border with Belgium, Germany and Holland. The earliest Montfort in this country arrived on the EENDRACHT [Unity] from Holland with the first boat of settlers with the Dutch West Indies Company. Only two families are documented in Holland and New York, to have been on the boat, and one is the
Montforts. They stayed a short time, returned to Holland, then came back in 1639 with a son and daughter in law and this time stayed. This is the line that all the Montforts in America come down from. Many are in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Kentucky, then scatter from there in 1800's. Through this line of Montforts, we are eligible for the Huguenot Society of America. And through
David, his father, Francis Jr. and Mary Cook, I can go into DAR on no less than 12 lines, two Montforts, 2 Bantas, 2 Wilcoxens, a Craig, a Faulkner and 4 women of those same names.
As for the Shaker connection with the Montforts, there were at last count, 47-50 Banta and Montforts that became Shakers in 1805-1807 and many remained there till death. I have a copy of the Shaker Burial Ground at Pleasant Hill with so many familiar names in it.
Father: Jan (John) Montfort b: BEF 28 JUL 1717 in PA
Mother: Kniertje Marston b: BEF 16 MAR 1716 in Jamaica, Long Island, NY
Geertjie Charity Banta b: 03 NOV 1749 in Hackensack, NJ
in Conewago, PA 2 8
- Rachel Montfort b: 14 AUG 1769 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- Catherine Montfort b: 27 SEP 1771 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- Charity Montfort b: 08 NOV 1773 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- Maria Montfort b: 08 FEB 1776 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- John Calvin Montfort Sr. b: 11 OCT 1777 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- Henry Montfort b: 08 JAN 1781 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- Francis Montfort Jr. b: 03 MAY 1784 in Conewego, York Co., PA
- Jacob Montfort b: 08 FEB 1787 in Mercer Co., KY
- Sarah Montfort b: 21 JUN 1789 in Mercer Co., KY
- Title: Scroggins1-Cook File
Source Medium: Book
Page: p. 36
- Title: E-mail
Source Medium: Book
Page: Barbara Whiteside, 5/20/2000
- Title: Letter
Page: D. G. Montfort, 5/21/2002
Text: via Sharon Dunn Young
- Title: Webber1.FTW
Page: via Carol De Priest
- Title: Webber1.FTW
Page: via Carol De Priest
- Title: Muster Roll
Page: 2nd Battalion, York Co., PA
- Title: Webber.FTC File, Carol DePriest, 10/14/98
- Title: Descendants
Source Medium: Book
Page: Wolphert Gerretse Van Kouwenhoven, RootsWeb WorldConnect Project