Martina Elmendorf’s Diary, 1802

In August of 1802, Martina Elmendorf (who would go on to marry Lewis Condict) started a diary… Perhaps diary is not the exact right word. It seems to be a combination of a calendar and a sort of serial acknowledgement/ recitation of what she was learning in school and church. But diary will suffice.

I confess at the outset, I have not read it in any detail. My main effort, so far, has simply been to get it reproduced and available to others, and hopefully ensure its survival – beyond the reach of fire and flood –  into the future.

Consider this a place holder. I’ll post more when I have it.






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John and Peggy Elmendorf’s Graves

For years, I wondered where they were/ are buried. Now I know.

The couple appears to be split up, buried in two locations…

John is in in the Old Somerville Cemetery, also known as the Bridge Street Cemetery, or Old Rarity Cemetery, which is part of a larger combined cemetery.

Peggy is in First Reformed Church Cemetery of New Brunswick, NJ; Lot 216.

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A Possible Location for the John Elmendorf Homestead in Raritan, NJ

I have often wondered if it would be possible to discover where in Raritan Martina Elmendorf grew up. Now, I think it may be just north of Duvall Park…


From the Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Volume 6, p.197, available online here

…“The New Jersey branch of the Elmendorfs runs to John, third child of  Petrus Edmund and “Molly.” He was bapt. at Kingston Mar. 24, 1749, and m. Margriet (dau. of Peter and Martina [Varick] Zabriskie, of Hackensack, N.  J.) Under the will of his uncle, Evert Bogardus, John received land on the  road from Kingston to the “Gran Kil.” Evert Bogardus m. Gertrude  Crook, and was captain of one, while John was captain of the other of two companies of  militia drawn up at the Kingston courthouse when George  Clinton was proclaimed Governor July 30, 1777. John  Elmendorf appears to have married and removed to New  Jersey after the close of the Revolution, residing for a  time at Hackensack and settling eventually at Somerville. He  inherited the estate which had formerly been owned by Lord Neil Campbell,  near the junction of the Raritan and the North Branch. He and his son Edmund were among the organizers of Somerville  Academy in 1801. He died July 4, 1812. His wife was b. Jan. 7, 1750,  and d. Nov. 24, 1809.”

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The Elmendorfs of NY and NJ

The following is from Ruth DiAngelo, who sponsors a web-page devoted to the Elmendorf family. The text below the asterisks is from an old genealogical article, and is not written very clearly. The gist of it is to simply place the Elmendorfs within a larger European context. I am still looking for a better article on them, and when I find one, this will be replaced.



This is a well known Dutch family that settled in the Kingston/Hurley area in Ulster County, New York. The year was about 1667 when the first Elmendorfs settled here. They lived amongst other well known families in Ulster County, the Crispell, Delameter, DeWitt, DuBois, Kiersted, Nieuwkirk, Roosa, Van Buren and other families. There are original Elmendorf houses, to this day, in Kingston, New York. One of them is a museum and in another lives an Elmendorf descendant and her family. There are still many Elmendorf families in that area as well. The Dutch Reformed Church, although not the original, is still standing in Kingston with a graveyard behind it, full of Elmendorfs. One famous descendant was Captain Hugh M. Elmendorf, an Air Force pilot and hero. He died when his plane crashed during a test flight. The Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska is named after him.

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