That he [Timothy Woodbridge] known and been acquainted with Joseph Van Gelder’s family his Father an Indian his Mother a White Woman and well behaved. It is probable Joseph Van Gelder was baptized. His father attended the publick Worship and was Christened as he told the witness That he understood Joseph Van Gelder had been also christened the Family lived in a Manner of the English and Dutch and were esteemed to be christians like the rest of the Neigbours it is 27 or 28 Years since he instructed Joseph Van Gelder in Reading and the Catechism, he has seen the Family admitted as witnesses Joseph Van Gelder was eight or nine Years old when he was at School with [me] he was there two Summers Supposes all the Children of old Van Gelder and his wifeRichard Moore further claimed:
whenwere baptized that his father was put on the same footing with respect to the Laws as the Whites were other Indians were not so considered.
he has known Joseph Van Gelder [John's son who was also interviewed for this case] he is Christian and baptized by a high Dutch Minister Joseph Van Gelder’s Father’s Children was baptized and he himself That he was Married by a Minister. Joseph Van Gelder lives at Egremont on this side Howsitenack River to the Eastward of Tackannick Mountains he his [sic] known him from a Child he always bears a good Character he would Venture to take his Oath at any time for the truth The General Reputation is that he is a Christian. He believes His father belonged to the Catt’s Kills
This documentation can be found in the New-York Historical Society, Miscellaneous Manuscripts V, filed under John Van Rensselaer.