Excerpts from:
The Bicentennial Reunion of the Keyser Family, 1688-1888
The Keyser Family:  Descendants of Dirck Keyser of Amsterdam

Compiled by Charles S. Keyser, Published Philadelphia 1889.
Note: Reunion held in the Mennonite Meeting House, Germantown, 10/10/1888

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"Family Name:  The surname of our family name is common to every nation....

"No other man with this surname, as far as we have knowledge, arrived in Pennsylvania prior to the coming of the founder of our family, nor anyone very certainly, for fifty years after his coming, so that there is no one living among us, probably, with our name, except in our family, who can trace his line back of 1749.   It was as far as the emigration here is concerned, a singularly exclusive name; among the list of 30,000 German, Dutch and Huguenots arriving here since 1688, there were but six with the name and none prior to 1749:  Leonard Keyser, September 26, 1749, Joh. George Keyser, 1750, Johan Jacob Keyser, 1752, Andreas Keyser, 1753, who might be one of our family returning from a voyage, as also Johannes, 1757, and Philip Keyser, 1773.   

"The Arms of the Family. -- In connection with our immediate family the name obtained whatever distinction it had in past times, in Bavaria whence the family originally came; the arms on the copper plate of our ancestor used, now over two hundred years ago, certainly, and beyond of this of a date yet undeterminable, are the arms of the family in Bavaria. 

"The Ancestry of the Family. -- The first one of the family in the male line of whom we have certain knowledge is Leonhard Keyser of Scharding in Bavaria.  In the early part of the sixteenth century this greater ancestor of ours separated from the Catholic Church and identified himself with the true believers; ....  After his death the family went down into the Netherlands, and prior to the emigration here for a century and longer, lived and are identified by association and marriage, as a Holland family.  They were manufacturers and business-men in Amsterdam for the four generations of which we have information -- say a period of a hundred and thirty years.

Dircksz Keyser, the grandfather of the Dirck Keyser who emigrated here, and himself one of the sons of a Dirck Keyser living there, had two children of whom we have an account -- Dirck Gerritsz Keyser, a morocco leather manufacturer of Amsterdam, and Jannetye Gerritsz Keyser.  Dirck Gerritsz Keyser, the father of the Dirck Keyser who emigrated here, married Cornelia, daughter of Tobias Govertz van den Wyngaert; she was one of a family of three or more children living in Amsterdam.  One of her brothers was Tobias Govertz, Jr., and she had a sister who married Gerrit Gerritsz Vortgens, who died in Amsterdam and was buried in the Norder Kerckhof, June 4, 1662.  Gerrit Gerritsz Vortgens' residence at the time of his death was in Korte-lange Street, in the Emerick Arms; he had a brother, Arent Gerritsz Vortgens Direck Gerritsz Keyser's sister Jannetye married Galenus (Geleyn) Jacobsz, who survived her husband, and lived in Amsterdam until her death, September 1, 1669.  The family were living in 1655 in Elandt Street, opposite the Witte Beer. 

"Dirck Gerritsz Keyser by his marriage had four sons -- Dirck, Gerritsz, Dirk, Tobias Dircksz, one other, who was the youngest son, whose name is not given, and one daughter, AnnekenDirck, the first son, who emigrated her, married Elizabet ter Himpel, daughter of Elizabet, nee van Singhel, the wife of Pieter ter Himpel of Amsterdam.  She had brothers: Pieter ter Himpel, Jr., Aernaut and Dirck ter Himpel.  Pieter ter Himpel, Sr., a woolen draper of Amsterdam, lived in the first Lelydwars Street, by the Bloemgraft, and died December 10, 1680.  Pieter ter Himpel, Jr., died 23d January, 1681, and was buried January 25 in the Norden Kerekhof.   

"Elizabet ter Himpel, the mother, lived in the Halsteegh, in the house ter Eimpel, and had two brothers -- Pieter  van Singhel and Jan van Singhel.  She died October 14, 1656, and was buried in the South Church.

"Gerritsz Dircksz, the second son, married Josyntye van Gestel, daughter of Jan van Gestel.  She died June 27, 1676.  He was then living in Blandt Street, in the Resting Hart.

"Dirk Gerritsz Keyser was in 1655 living in Elandt Street, in the Resting Hart.  His youngest son was buried from this house, in the Wester Kerk, July 12, 1655.

"Tobias Dirksz, his third son, was buried September 18, 1655, in the Wester Kerk.

"His daughter, Anneken, died June 17, 1681. :  

TO: Keyser Bicentennial Reunion Book  (Beginning)

TO: DIRCK KEYSER (Emigrant)

TO: DIRCK KEYSER, Junior (Son/Emigrant)

TO: PIETER DIRCK KEYSER, Junior (Son/Emigrant)

TO: ENDURANCE AND STATURE OF KEYSERS

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