Posted by Elaine on July 30, 1998 at 11:11:08:
In Reply to: Re: Dutchie.. his life and times posted by Ilse on July 30, 1998 at 10:29:37:
: : : She, etc.
: : Phew!!! I'm so glad we finally cleared that business up. This Mohicaan genealogy is mind boggling.
: : There a few details we should fill in here, She-etc.
: : Dweebie Day-Lewis, after undergoing intensive treatment at the hands of Dr. Mary, was married off to Miss Marcia.
: : Rumor has it that there are offspring from this union, though it has yet to be confirmed.
: : Dutchie Bumppo, who was much closer to his Lowlander father than he was to his Gaelic mother, did return to his Netherland roots.
: : Not to confuse the issue, but he married a member of the Van Rensselaer dynasty which assured future Dutchie traders a strong foothold in New York's patroonships. Our Dutch trader Ilse descends from this line.
: : Their Gaelic mother hails from the very same county as the ancestors of Dr. Mary, hence her intense interest in the welfare of Mr. Hawkeye Day-Lewis. (Common roots are very important to Irish Eyes.)
: : The Delaware tribe felt the Day-Lewis/Bumppo crowd had pulled a Hansel & Gretel on them, so they promptly sent off a portion of their descendants to Huronia. Magua got into a scrap with one of the Day-Lewis/Bumppo kids while still a small child. This was the beginning of his life long feud with the Delaware/Mohican/Hawkeye gang.
: : And as you say, Nattie and the Dutchie were cousins. Please fill in the Hutter family connection for us.
: : E
: Just to tie up some loose ends here. Dutchie indeed moved up the Dutch societal ladder by marrying into the Van Rensselaer dynasty. He did very well for himself, and gathered a small fortune. Tragically, though, after a few years he fell prey to a debilitating disease called the "Fighting the Windmills Madness" (yes, there was that other guy more famous for it, but he lived in Spain, so that can't possibly be the real thing), and had to be locked up in an asylum. Here he spent the remainder of his days, frantically calling out to some guy called "Natty" to come and save him. Of course this Natty character was only a product of his deranged mind. Mystery surrounds his death. According to legend the Mighty Miller of the Midlands played a suspicious role in that. He was layed to rest in the family grave and on his gravestone were put the beautiful words: "Dutchie; thought you'd never go"
That is sad! A Netherland tragedy ... Would there be, perchance, a family connection with the Irvings of the Kaatskills? Rip Van Winkle sounds suspiciously like our dearly departed, however mad, Dutchie. And this "Fighting the Windmills Madness", is it at all
similar to the present day "Mohican Madness" disease? A resistant strain, perhaps, that has weathered the centuries?
One last query, Ilse of the Lowlands, what have you heard in regards to the rumors of Dweebie Day-Lewis/Miss Marcia prodigy?
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