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The Decker Family Association Reunion for the descendents of Jan Broersen Decker will be held October 1-4, 2015 in Ulster County & Columbia County, New York (Kingston, Kinderhook, Shawangunk)

Register:   PDF Form   Word Document

Downlod the program/daily agenda here (PDF) - final 9/28/2015

The previous Decker Family Association Reunion for the descendents of Jan Broersen Decker, was held October 7-10, 2010 in Ulster County, New York.  (Kingston, New Paltz, Shawangunk) 

Note:  This page contains many pictures and make take some time to open.  Download the program/daily agenda here. (PDF)

8/25/2013 - The 14th Annual Decker Reunion for descendents of James Franklin Decker was held August 4, 2013 in Sanford Michigan.

11/13/2012 - Posted a newspaper article from the Omaha Sunday Bee discussing the appearance by Sarah Platt-Decker, of Denver, described as a "Leader in Woman's Movement."  Published January 26, 1908.

9/5/2012 - Posted a Minnesota newspaper article describing the 1907 injury to the mother of Charles L. Decker, injured in Towanda, Pennsylvania due to a runaway buggy.

8/17/2012 - The 13th Annual Decker Reunion for descendents of James Franklin Decker was held August 5, 2012 in Sanford Michigan.

7/26/2012 - Added the 1890 story of Goldsmith Maid, and how 'Squire Tom Bingham helped John H. Decker buy her from his uncle John B. Decker in 1864.  Goldsmith Maid held the record for career winnings by a horse until the 1950s.

7/12/2012 - Posted a Biography of Charles Decker (b. 1824) printed in the Salt Lake City Herald, July 11, 1897.

7/11/2012 - Added an article titled Frauds in The Piano Trade - 1876 news article from The Highland weekly news (republished from a December 3, 1875 article in the New York Music Trade Review.  Discusses the several firms that used the "Decker" name in the manufacture of pianos.

3/6/2012 - Posted Civil War documents for Clark W. Decker from Adrian, Michigan.

1/24/2011 - Posted Civil War & Later Letters amongst the children of Michael Decker & Elizabeth Bovee, who lived mostly in the area of Berne, Albany Co., New York.  There are currently 8 letters posted as PDF files with transcriptions provided.  These letters have been in the possession of descendants of Angeline (Decker) Kniskern.

1/21/2011 - I have posted PDF files containing the Civil War Pension Records for Minard Decker, son of Michael Decker and Elizabeth Bovee.  The pension was applied for & received by his widow, Catharine (Eignor) Decker, and includes information on their marriage & children for purposes of obtaining the pension (32 pages).

1/13/2011 - Completed listing of gravestones & pictures for Decker graves in Wantage and Monatgue Townships in Sussex County, New Jersey.  Fourteen cemeteries were visited on October 10, 2010, with 342 pictures & videos taken to compile the information.

11/24/2010 - Posted transcriptions and pictures of the Decker Bibles under the care of Historic Huguenot Street (Roosa House Library and Archives), New Paltz, New York.  Includes the bibles of Elsie Ann Decker and Cornelius Decker.

9/1/2010 - Added the 1784 will (abstract) of Mattheus Decker, Shawangung, Ulster County, New York.  I previously had an abstract/list of names in this will, but this copy is more complete.

8/25/2010 - Added links to Deckers in Dutch Reformed Church cemetery of New Hurley, New York (new window) - Including Sarah, Joseph, Lydia (w. of Matthew Roosa) Decker and family of Renssallaer Decker.   (Photos by Jarald Nichols received 8/25/2010)

8/25/2010 - Posted a biography of Biography of Frederick Decker (b. 1812), son of Aaron M. Decker and Mary Vandroff.  Frederick was born in Morris Co., New Jersey, and lived in Delaware Co., Ohio.

5/13/2010 - Posted a biography of George Decker (b. 1820), son of Jeremiah Decker and Nancy Bishop, and lived in Seneca County, New York.

4/14/2010 - Added a list of Decker burials and photos from Morgan County, Illinois.  I have been researching this area and had an opportunity to be nearby, so I compiled a list of Decker burials from the Rootsweb site for the county and tried to photo as many as I could find.

Decker Family Association - Information

James Decker (r) - late 1800s, NY

My Journey

No one told me
The road would be so long,
No one told me
I'd sing a new song,
No one told me
The days would turn bright,
But, my Lord told me
To look for the light.

Now there is hope
For a future so bright.
Now there is hope
For ending this night.
Now there is hope
For eternal delight.
I just look to the Lord
And continue to fight victorious.

    By Burt Decker 1961-1997

This site is dedicated to the Decker family, descendents of James Franklin Decker, who came to the Midland Michigan area from New York around 1890. James (born in 1864) was the son of Samuel I Decker.

As I have gathered information the descendents of Jan Broersen to link up with those in my family, I have come across many other Decker families as well.  This website is my attempt at sharing the information that I continue to come across.

The information contained in this web site is, to my knowledge, accurate. Please feel free to fill any holes or correct any incorrect information.

James & Eliza Decker, prob. about 1897

(Photo sent to me courtesy of

Sharon Poole Sherrick)

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