If one has family roots in the Mohawk Valley they have a great chance of being related to one of the seven families who experienced great horrors during the attacks on Andrustown during the latter half of the 1700s. Come to honor those families at the Hoyer Hill Cemetery near Jordanville.
Beverly Crim will be the speaker at the annual memorial service set for Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. Crim’s talk will be entitled, “Remembering Andrustown, a Trip Down Memory Lane.” Her husband, Stephen, is an eighth generation descendant of Paul Crim of Germany. She has been researching the Crim family and other branches of both Stephen’s and her family tree for many years.
The Third Battalion of the Tryon County Militia will honor the event with a musket demonstration. Costumed for the period, the Militia’s display will take people back to the time of the Revolution.
The service commemorates the 233rd anniversary of the Andrustown Massacre, which occurred July 18, 1778.
Josephine Hoyer Orton, a descendant from one of the seven families forming the first settlement of Andrustown, provided funds in her will for the restoration of the Hoyer Cemetery. Since 1971, a memorial service has been held there every year on the Sunday closest to July 18. The seven families forming the first settlement of Andrustown were Bell, Crim, Frank, Hoyer, Lepper, Osterhout and Starring.
The service will take place at the Hoyer Hill Cemetery, which is located off Route 167 two miles east of Jordanville. The event is open to the public, and those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
In case of rain, the service will be held at the Jordanville Federated Church. For further information, call Bev Crim at 625-7370 or Lura Provost at 781-326-1543.