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CHAPTER 3 -- Christian Loop of Hillsdale, NY

Christian LOOP [Jacob(3), Sebastian(2), Anthony(1)] the first child of Jacob LUPP and Anna Elizabeth ROSS, was born in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, in 1695. He married Anna Maria FILGER before December, 1728. There were several Filger families living in the Bad Marienberg parish at the time. No marriage has been found for Christian and Anna Maria even though the parish marriage records for that period are complete. We know, however, that his father Jacob went to East Prussia sometime near 1725 with nine members of his family and returned before 1728. There was also a Heinrich FILGER from Marienberg aged about 50 in 1725 who went to East Prussia at the same time with four members of his family. His daughters included a Catherine Maria FILGER and a Catherine FILGER, but no Anna Maria FILGER. As far as we have been able to assertain, Christian Loop, one of the four immigrant sons of Jacob LUPP of Langenbach, was the first Loop to set foot in North America. Though we have no ship record of his arrival, we can pinpoint his date of arrival to within a few months. His son John was christened in Langenbach, Germany, on May 1, 1737, and his wife is listed as one of those present on October 16, 1737 at the christening, in New York City, of a child born at sea. So Christian Loop and his family arrived in New York City sometime between May and October of 1737, probably nearer to October. Also witnessing the christening was Elizabeth (LOOP) COOPER, who was the wife of Martin COOPER and was probably Christian's sister Elizabeth born in 1717. These people do not appear again in the New York Lutheran Church records, so it is likely they had only just arrived and only stopped long enough to christen the child born at sea, before moving on up the Hudson River to the settlements. Christian Loop and Anna Maria FILGER had at least seven children, about half of them born in Germany, and the rest in New York. Their last child we know about was born in 1747. On December 13, 1747 Christian LOOP is listed in the Livingston Papers as a debtor of Germantown, NY. He and his wife sponsored a child of David and Catherine Kuntz in 1753 in Schoharie. No death records have been found yet for either Christian Loop or his wife. It is generally assumed that they both died in Columbia County, New York. The children of Christian LOOP and Anna Maria FILGER were:

+        1.  Catherine LOOP, b. 1728, in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, m. Barent DENNY.

+        2.  Johan Peter LOOP, b. December 12, 1732, in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, Germany. He was to become known as Capt. Peter LOOP. He m. (1) Cousia SPRINGER, m. (2) Maria BAILEY, m. (3) Prudence MOREHOUSE. He d. October 20, 1824, and is buried in North Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY. [See Chapter 9].

+        3.  Elizabeth Maria LOOP, b. September 22, 1734, in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, m. Gershorn DARLING. Their child Mary DARLING, was born in 1760 at Claverack, Columbia County, NY.

+        4.  John LOOP, b. May 1, 1737, in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, m. Ruth.

+        5.  Hendrick LOOP, b. about 1740, in Fishkill, Dutchess County, NY, m. Eleanor (Nelly) SHARP. He became known as Ensign Henry LOOP [See Chapter 10].

+        6.  Martin LOOP, b. December 8, 1741, in Germantown, Columbia County, NY.

+        7.  Jannetje (Jane) LOOP, b. November 4, 1744, in Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY, m. Jacob HOAGTELING.

+        8.  Eva LOOP, b. May 11, 1747, in Loonenburg, Greene County, NY, m. George KILMER. They had at least one child, John KILMER, christened in Linlithgo, New York, in 1781.

Catherine LOOP [Christian(4), Jacob(3), Sebastian(2), Anthony(1)] the first child of Christian LOOP and Anna Maria FILGER was born December 23, 1728, in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, Germany. A sponsor at Catherine LOOP's christening was Peter FILGER's wife Catherine. It is tempting to think that this Peter and Catherine are Anna Maria FILGER's parents. This Peter and Catherine FILGER did have a daughter Anna Maria. But she married a man named GREB, and we have no record that he died in Bad Marienberg or went to East Prussia with the others. Also, it was not customary in the Bad Marienberg parish for grandparents to serve as godparents. It was very common, however, for a child's uncle or aunt to serve as a godparent. Probably, therefore, this Peter FILGER was Anna Maria Loop's brother or possibly her uncle. It is most likely that Catherine Loop, the daughter of Christian Loop, is the Catherine Loop who married Barent Denny of Claverack, NY. Their daughter Jannetje (Janet or Jane) Denny was named after her godmother Jannetje Loop, who was probably the 17 year old daughter of Christian and Maria making her Catherine's sister and the child's aunt. Barent DENNY died in 1803. We do not know when Catherine (LOOP) DENNY died. The children of Barent DENNY and Catherine LOOP were:

+          1.  Nicholas DENNY, christened November 13, 1745, at Zion Lutheran church, Athens, Greene County, NY, m. Anna M., surname unknown. He d. June 1, 1845, in Mayfield, Montgomery County, NY.

+          2.  Mary DENNY, b. about 1748, d. before 1769.

+          3.  Anna (or Hannah) DENNY, christened September 17, 1749, at Claverack Reformed Church, Columbia County, NY.

+          4.  Jacob DENNY, christened December, 1750, m. (1) name unknown, m. (2) May 17, 1788, Dorothy, a widow of Michael STROLLER. She d. September 15, 1823.

+          5.  Israel DENNY, m. Elizabeth ROW.

+          6.  Daniel DENNY, b. May 26, 1755, d. 11 JUN 1806, in Mayfield, Montgomery County, NY.

+          7.  Catherine DENNY, christened December 26, 1756, at Claverack Reformed Church, Columbia County, NY.

+          8.  Annatje DENNY, christened June 17, 1759, at Claverack Reformed Church, Columbia County, NY.

+          9.  Jannetje DENNY, christened May 10, 1761, at Claverack Reformed Church, Columbia County, NY.

+        10.  Eva Lis (i.e. Elizabeth) DENNY, christened May 26, 1764, at Claverack Reformed Church, Columbia County, NY.

+        11.  Henry DENNY, m. Dolly MARSH. He d. before September, 1812.

John LOOP [Christian(4), Jacob(3), Sebastian(2), Anthony(1)] the fourth child of Christian LOOP and Anna Maria FILGER, and the last of their children born in Germany, was born in Langenbach, Hesse-Nassau, May 1, 1737. John LOOP married a woman named Ruth, whose surname is as yet undetermined. They had four children baptized in Linlithgo, Columbia County, New York. The whole family then disappears. It is possible that the family moved to Canada, as their first child's name was Joseph, and a Joseph Loop shows up in Augusta, Ontario, in 1784, among disbanded troops and loyalists. The name Joseph also appears in at least two of the Canadian lines. A John Loop shows up in Augusta, Ontario in 1797, acquiring 100 acres. But this could be Capt. Peter Loop's son John. The known children of John LOOP and his wife Ruth were:

+        1.  Joseph LOOP, b. June 1, 1763, in Churchtown, Columbia County, NY. May be the Joseph Loop who is among disbanded troops and loyalists in Augusta, Ontario, in 1784.

+        2.  Henrich LOOP, christened June 16, 1777, in Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY, possibly the Henry LOOP who married Patty ADRIANCE on December 5, 1798, at the Greenbush Reformed Dutch Church, in East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, NY. He may also have been the Henry Loop who served during the War of 1812 in Lt. Col. Willcocks Detachment (Canadian) of U.S. Volunteers.

+        3.  Catherina LOOP, christened April 2, 1780, at Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY.

+        4.  Sarah LOOP, christened September 22, 1782, at Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY.

Martin LOOP [Christian(4), Jacob(3), Sebastian(2), Anthony(1)] the sixth child of Christian LOOP and Anna Maria FILGER was christened December 8, 1741 in Germantown, Columbia County, New York. We know nothing further about this child. There is a Martin Lupe listed as "alone and sickly" and unfit for military duty in Livingston Manor in 1776. Christian's brother Martin was married with a large family at that time. Capt. Peter's son Martin was only ten years old. And we don't know of any other Martin Loop around at that time. So it is possible that this is Christian's son Martin. There is no evidence that he left a family.

Jannetje LOOP [Christian(4), [Jacob(3), Sebastian(2), Anthony(1)] the seventh child of Christian LOOP and Anna Maria FILGER was christened November 4, 1744, in Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York. She married Jacob HOAGTELING, probably the Jacob, son of Jan and Jannetje HOAGTELING, born in 1740 in Linlithgo, Columbia County, New York. After her marriage, she and her husband settled near her brother Hendrick in Schagticoke, Rensselaer County, New York. We know of four children: twins Hendrick and Jacob HOAGTELING, born in 1771, David HOAGTELING, born in 1776, and Adam HOAGTELING, born in 1779. All were christened in Schagticoke, Rensselaer County, NY.

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