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Surnames: Yates, Toof
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I checked the published Claverack Reformed Church marriage records. Peter Yates and
Catherine Toof were not recorded as being married there. They were also not married in
the following Reformed Churches. In Columbia County: Kinderhook, Linlithgo (in
Livingston). And not in Ghent, West Ghent, Mount Pleasant, Stuyvesant Falls which were
all in one book. And not in Germantown, Gallatin, Copake and Hillsdale which are in
another book. Nor across the Hudson River in nearby Coxsackie (Albany County), nor in
Schenectady where the Yates name was very common (but not the given name Peter).
Neither person was baptized at the following Reformed Churches in Columbia County:
Claverack, Germantown, Linlithgo (in Livingston), Kinderhook, Ghent, West Ghent, Mount
Pleasant or Stuyvesant Falls. In these searches, I checked for both Peter and Catherine.
For Toof I looked for many spelling variations.
Yates is an English name, so they may have married at a Justice of the Peace rather
than in a Reformed Church. But, if they attended a Reformed Church, a marriage record may
have been recorded by a Dutch speaking person (who may have written the name as he heard
The Dutch vowel U can sound like uh in but, but also like oo in moon. Therefore, I
searched for surnames beginning with Tu-. The Dutch D sometimes sounds like the English
T, so I searched for Duff and Duffy spellings just in case. Despite my efforts, I
couldn't confirmed any of the information you have.
There were no Yates baptisms or marriages at Kingston Reformed Church (Ulster Co.), a
major church down the river a bit.
A Google search shows that you have been asking this question without success since at
least Jan 2002. A site called "Tough Families in Canada" mentions a Tuff
spelling. A version of the site which is no longer available used to say about Tough,
"Also seen written as: DUFF, TAUGH, TOFF, TOOF, TOOFE, TOOFF, TOPH, TOUFF, TOWFTT,
TUFF or TUFT." You may have to keep some of these other spellings in mind.
The Yates names was uncommon in Columbia Co. Reformed Churches from what I saw in the
books of records. Since Yates is of English origin, I'm surprised how common it was
in Reformed Church records in Schenectady.
I suggest that you search the Albany Reformed Church records which are online. The
first Yates died in Albany in 1730. The index to the book gives no first names in the
time period that interests you. Search for these spellings listed in the index: Yates,
Yaets, Yaits, Yats, and Yeates.
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