Sixth Generation

32 Cornelius Janse VANDERVEER.4  Born on 3 Mar 1622/23 in probably Wemelding, Zeeland, the Netherlands.6 Cornelius Janse was christened on 3 Mar 1623 in Wemeldinge, South Beveland, Zeeland, Netherlands.1 Immigrated on 17 Feb 1658/59 to America on the ship De Otter (The Otter), landing at Midwout, what is now Flatbush, New York.4,6 Cornelius Janse died about 22 Feb 1702/03 in Flatbush, Kings Co., Long Island, New York.6 Occupation: farmer, constable.4 Alias/AKA: Cornelis Jansz VANDERVEER, Cornelius Jansz DOMINICUS, Cornelius Jansen (Dominicus) VANDERVEER. Alias/AKA: Cornelius DE ZEEUW.6

From Teunis G. Bergen's Register of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island New York, p.323:5
VANDERVEER, CORNELIS JANSE (from the ferry), the common ancestor of the family, emigrated in 1659 from Alkmaar in North Holland; m. Tryntje Gillis de Mandeville. Bought Feb. 24, 1678-9, of Jan Janse Fyn for 2600 gl. a farm in Flh lying S. of the purchaser's farm, as per p. 57 of Lib. AA of Flh rec., from which it is evident that he was a resident of Flh at this date. The purchaser's farm referred to in the above description was probably a tract of 26 morgens in Flh, patented Mar. 12, 1661, by Gov. Stuyvesant to "Cornelis Janse," lying on the N. side of the land of Jan Snediker. His name appears as a mag. of Flh in 1678 and '80, and on the patent of said town of 1685. Issue:--Cornelis Junr; Neeltje Cornelise, m. Daniel Polhemus; Dominicus Cornelise, bp. Nov. 16, 1679, in Flds; Jan Cornelise; (sup.) Jacobus Cornelise; Micheal Cornelise; Maria Cornelise, bp. July 30, 1682, in Flh; Hendrikje Cornelise, bp. May 17, 1684, (sup.) m. Johannes Wyckoff; Jakoba Cornelise, bp. Apl. 29, 1686, in Brn, (sup.) m. John Cowenhoven of N. J.; and Pieter Cornelise. Signed his name "Cornelis Janse Vande Veer."
From the website "The Van Der Veer Name in America," Steve Vandiver, hostmaster:4
Cornelius Janszen Van Der Veer b. 1622 or ~1642 d. before 22 Feb 1703

He arrived in the America on Feb 17, 1659 on the ship De Otter, landing at Midwout, what is now Flatbush, NY. In Feb 1678 he purchased a farm in Flatbush for about 2600 guilders or $1274 current US dollars. In 1683 The Assement Roll of Midwout lists him as having 100 acres. This land became known as the 26th and 32nd ward of Brooklyn and was owned by his descendents until 1906. He and his son-in-law Daniel Polhemus, erected a grist mill on Fresh Kill in Flatbush, which came into the hands of his son Dominicus, and later his grandson Cornelius. He died in Feb, 1703 in Flatbush, NY.

In 1672, he married Tryntje [Grietje] De Manderville b.1654 in Guildeland, Holland, daughter of Gillis De Manderville and Eltje Hendrickson. She died in Flatbush, NY. She arrived the America in 1659 with her parents. Different records refer to her father leaving Holland 12 Feb 1659 on the ship De Trouw ( Faith) or arriving on Apr 1659 on the Moesman (The Market Gardener). A ship listing of the Moesman in Apr 1659 show Gillis Mandeville as a passenger.

They had the following children:

Cornelius Van Der Veer b.~1673
Neeltje Van Der Veer, born in Flatbush, Kings, NY. m. 13 Aug 1685 Daniel Polhemus b~1662 d. ~1730 in Flatbush, NY
Dominicus Van Der Veer b.~1679 d. 1755 New Utrech, NY
Jan Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. abt 1671 Flatbush, NY d. 23 Nov 1732 in Flatbush, NY m. Femmetje Bergen
Jacobus Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. 20 Oct 1686 in Flatbush, Kings, NY
Michael Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY [m. Beletje ]
Martje Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 30 Jul 1682 d. abt 1718 m. 1699 John Dorlant
ch. John Darland Oct 1707, Joris Darland b. Apr 1711, Issac Darland b. Apr 1717 all in Brooklyn, Richmond, NY
Hendrickje [Cornelissen] Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 7 May or 27 Aug, 1684. m.(1) Issac Remsen [ (2) Johanus Wyckoff.]
Jacoba Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 20 Apr 1686. m. Jan Van Kovenhoven [ d. Monmonth, NJ ]
Pieter Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY
Origins of Cornelius Janszen Van Der Veer

The origins of Cornelius Van der Veer is in question at present, one version based on the book "The Van Der Veer Family in the Netherlands" Louis P. DeBoer - Published 1913 and work by John J. Van Der Veer in 1912, which indicates that Cornelius came from Allkmaar, Holland, The Netherlands. While DeBoer's book is a good match for the movements of the Dutch people during the colonial period, the connection to the Van Borsselen family is probably optimistic. Curious is that the village of Borssele is just a few miles from Kloetinge where the other opinion indicates he's from. The second opinion is that he may have been called Cornelius Jansz Dominicus based on a document from Dordrecht, The Netherlands dated 20 Jun 1706. This document states that Dominicus Domincussen Van Der Veer of Midwout, New York is to recover monies owed his father Cornelius Dominicus by a brother named Jacob Dominicus living near the city of Goes. Clearly within this document it refers to Cornelius Van Der Veer's family in New York and lists him as using the name Cornelius Dominicus and Cornelius Leeuw. Cornelius used the name Cornelius De Seeuw on several occasions in New York, but the use of Leeuw is somewhat of a question however since that translates to Cornelius Lion and Cornelius Seeuw translates to Cornelius of Zeeland. Zeeland being a providence in south part of the Netherlands, containing the villiages of Veere, Kloetinge, Goes, Welmelding, and Borssele, all of which have been associated with the Van Der Veer and Dominicus names. From other unconfirmed references I have recently found, Cornelius Dominicus of Kloetinge, did have a brother Jacob Dominucus of whom was selling land on Cornelius Dominicus's behalf. In a reference to a land transaction dated 15 Feb 1658 in Wemeldinge, it refers to Cornelius being out to the county and in another reference it refers to his being out of the country and his property was heavily in debt. This may have prompted him to leave for Niew Amsterdam to seek his fortune. I have yet to find a record to indicate where Cornelius Dominicus left for. Veere is approx 25 miles away from Kloetinge and therefore quite possible that Cornelius Dominicus adopted Van Der Veer in favor of Dominicus in Niew Amsterdam.

Passenger list of the ship De Otter landing 17 Feb 1659
Captain Cornelius Reyers Van Der Beets

Carel Bevois, from Leyden, wife and three children, 3, 6, and 8 years old
Marten Warnarts Stoltin, from Swoll
Cornelius Jansen Van Der Veer, farmer
Jan Luycas, shoemaker, from Oldenzeel, wife and young child
Roeloff Dircxsz, from Sweden
Sweris Dirxsz, from Sweden
ref: Year Book of The Holland Society of New York 19024
Posted by Jerry D. Vandiver on June 7, 1999:17
Jacob Janszen Van Der Veer (#3 below) was the father of Femmetye (Pheobe) Vanderveer, who married Jacob Van Doren. In a portion of the Will mentioned here (which I did not copy), he left land to his grandson Jacob Van Doren, son of his daughter Femmetye Van Doren. If you can, check out his Will in more detail:

1. Cornelius Jansen (Dominicus) Vanderveer was probably born around 1640 in the Zeeland Province of The Netherlands, and died around 1703 on Long Island. He arrived aboard "the Otter" in 1659, and probably married Tryntie Mandeville around 1762-5. They had 6 children that reached maturity - Neeltje, Jan Cornelise, Dominicus, Maria, Hendrickje and Jacoba. For details see The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LXVIII, No. 3, July 1937, "Early Generations of the Vanderveer Family" by Lester Dunbar Mapes.

2. Jan Cornelise Vanderveer was born around 1665 on Long Island. He married Femmetje Bergen on 9 January 1695, and had died by 29 November 1732 in Flatbush, Kings Co., New York. They had 10children - Catryntje, Cornelius, Michael, Teunis, Jacobus, Jan, Hendrick, Johannes, Femmetje, and Sarah. A deed dated 29 Nov 1732 was signed by each of his children, which also indicated where they resided. Tunis was a resident of Monmouth Co., New Jersey, and Jacob, Hendrick and Catryntje (Van Nuys) resided in Somerset Co. Of these 4, the article mentioned above only details the family of Tunis, from this point the only references I have are Wills.

3. Jacob Jansen Vanderveer was born 6 March 1703/4 in Flatbush, and died at Bedminster, Somerset Co., New Jersey before 12 February 1777. I don't know who his wife was, but he was well to do and owned large amounts of property in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. He had 6 children - Joseph, John, Femmetje, Lawrence, Jacobus, and Elias. John died without children by 1771, and was not listed in his fatherís Will, though he was executor for his brother Joseph. Jacobís Will (along with the initial donations to churches) gives the following information about land:
New Jersey Wills, Liber 18, pgs 558-9. "To the elders or trustees of the Low Dutch Churches at Raritan, Readington, Sowerland and New Shaneck ... to my grandson Jacob, son of my son Joseph, the house and lot in Mecklenburg in Virginia, which I bought of Thomas Thornburg and 100 acres near Swearingerís Ferry in Maryland at Potomac river in Frederick Co. which I purchased of David Shepherd ... to my granddaughter Femmetye, daughter of my son Joseph the lot in Mecklenburg, Virginia which I bought of Shaplin and 62 acres in Frederick Co., Maryland ... to my son Lowrens 430 acres on which he lives ... to my son Jacobus the land over the river (Hunterdon Co.) ... to my son Elias, my dwelling land, 435 acres and 20 acres over the river ... to son Lowrens 300 acres in Virginia ... to daughter Femmetje land in Virginia bought of Jacob Van Meter, 97 acres ... to son Elias land in Virginia bought of Edward and Robert Lucas ..."
The Will does not indicate the size of the property in Hunterdon County given to his son Jacob, but I would assume it was equivalent in value (if not size) to the properties he gave his other children.
From the private research of Jerry D. Vandiver: "The Long Island Vanderveers," the section dealing with Cornelius' family in his "Compendium: Vanderveer," 1999.6
6. CORNELIUS JANSE (DOMINICUS)6 VANDERVEER (JAN CORNELISSE5 DOMINICUS, CORNELIUS4, DOMINICUS3 JANSSE, JAN2 ADRIAENSE, ADRIAEN1 JANSSE) was born 03 Mar 1622/23 in prob. Zeeland, The Netherlands, and died c. 22 Feb 1702/03 in Flatbush, Kings Co., NY. He married TRYNTIE MANDEVILLE c. 1669 in Flatbush, Kings Co., NY, daughter of JILLIS MANDEVIELL and ELSIE HENDRICKS.

Immigrated: Feb 1658/59, Aboard the ship "Otter".

i. NEELTJE CORNELISE7 VANDERVEER, b. c. 1670, Long Island, NY; m. DANIEL POLHEMUS, 28 Jun 1685, Long Island, NY.
ii. JAN CORNELIUSE VANDERVEER, b. c. 1671, Flatbush, Long Island, NY; d. 23 Nov 1732, Flatbush, Long Island, NY; m. FEMMETJE BERGEN, 09 Jan 1694/95, Long Island, NY.
iii. DOMINICUS VANDERVEER, b. c. 16 Nov 1679, Flatbush, Long Island, NY; d. c. 1750, Flatbush, Long Island, NY; m. (1) MARIA VAN NORTWICK, 28 Jan 1702/03, Flatbush, Long Island, NY; m. (2) JANNETTIE VAN NORSTRAND, c. 1718, Flatbush, Long Island, NY.
iv. MARYKE VANDERVEER, b. c. 30 Jul 1682.
v. HENDRIKJE VANDERVEER, b. c. 27 Aug 1684.
vi. JACOBA VANDERVEER, b. c. 29 Apr 1686.

The remaining 6 names above match existing evidence. There are 3 primary references which establish the adult children of Cornelius and Tryntie:

1) In the Documentary History of New York by E. B. O'Callaghan, MD, volume 3, page 137, a "Census of 1698 at Flatbush (Midwout)" lists the following:
                       Men  Women  Children
 Cornelius Vanderveer    1      1     4
 Jan Vander Veer         1      1     2
Since Neeltje married in 1685 to Daniel Polhemus, and there are no other listings of Vanderveers, the number of children at 6 checks out.

2) On 5 May 1704 an agreement is filed between John Cornelisse Vanderveer, "Minikes" Vanderveer, Daniel Polhemus (husband of Neeltje), John Durlant (husband of Marykje), Hendrickje and "Coba" Vanderveer with "Tryntje Vanderveer, widow and relict of Cornelius Vanderveer, late of Flatbush, Kings Co." This matches the 6 children listed.

3) The document dated 20 June 1706 which is cited as proving Cornelius Janszen Vanderveer was known as "Dominicus" in the Netherlands, is signed by the following:
Treijnte Jillis, widow of Cornelius Jansz. Dominicus, commonly called Cornelius de Zeeuw
Jan Dominicus (son)
Daniel Polhemus, and his wife Neeltie Dominicus
Jan Dorlant, and his wife Maria Dominicus
Isaack Remsen, and his wife Hendericje Dominicus
Jan Cowenhoven, and his wife Jacoba Dominicus
giving power of attorney to "Dominicus Dominicussen van der Veer" to collect 3,200 guilders from "Jacob Jansz. Dominicus," his father's brother, which has been owing to his father "Cornelius Jansz. Dominicus" since 24 Mar 1671 for a sale of land. Interestingly, the document was indirectly enclusive of all 3 names by which Cornelius was known - Dominicus, de Zeeuw and "van der Veer". This list of 5 children giving power of attorney to the 6th again matches the list above.
Between about 1666 and 1672 Cornelius Janse married Tryntie MANDEVILLE,4,6 in Flatbush, Kings Co, New York.5,6

They had the following children:
i. Neeltje Cornelise1,10,6 (1667-)
16 ii. Jan Cornelius (~1671-1732)
iii. Dominicus Cornelise5,4,11,6 (ca.1679-1755)
iv. Maryke6 (ca.1682-~1718)
v. Hendrickje4,6 (ca.1684-)
vi. Jacoba Cornelisse6 (ca.1686-)

33 Tryntie MANDEVILLE.4,6  Born in 1654 in Gelderland, Holland.4 Immigrated in 1659 to America with her parents when she was nine years old.1 Tryntie died in Flatbush, New York.4 Alias/AKA: Tryntie/Tryntje Gillis MANDERVILLE, Trintje Gillis (Trijntje) DE MANDIVILLE, Tryntje [Grietje] DE MANDERVILLE.1 From the website "The Van Der Veer Name in America," Steve Vandiver, hostmaster:4
Tryntje [Grietje] De Manderville b.1654 in Guildeland, Holland, daughter of Gillis De Manderville and Eltje Hendrickson. She died in Flatbush, NY. She arrived in America in 1659 with her parents. Different records refer to her father leaving Holland 12 Feb 1659 on the ship De Trouw ( Faith) or arriving on Apr 1659 on the Moesman (The Market Gardener). A ship listing of the Moesman in Apr 1659 show Gillis Mandeville as a passenger.
34 Michael Hansen BERGEN.5  Born on 18 Jul 1645 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. At the age of 1, Michael Hansen was baptized in New Amsterdam on 4 Nov 1646.5 Christened on 4 Nov 1645 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Michael Hansen died after 22 Jan 1731.5 Occupation: plantation owner, captain of militia, justice of the peace.5

From Teunis G. Bergen's Register of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island New York, p.34:5
Michael Hansen, bp. Nov. 4, 1646; m. Femmetje da. of Teunis Nyssen (Denyse); d. after Jan. 22, 1731. With his brother Jan and others applied Mar. 18, 1662, for land at Bedford, and obtained a patent for 20 morgens in that locality May 15, 1664, on which he probably at one period resided. Mar. 2, 1674, he bought, of Albert Cornelysen Wantenaer, Huych Aerts Van Rossem's patent of 29 morgens in the vicinity of Powers St. in the present city of Brn, and which in a confirmatory patent to Cornelysen was made to cover 90 morgens, to which plantation he removed. His name appears as one of the patentees of Brn on Gov. Dongan's patent of May 13, 1686. Took the oath of allegiance in Brn in 1687 as a native; commissioned Oct. 22, 1688, as capt. of militia; and appointed justice of the peace by Gov. Bellamont Oct. 11, 1698. In 1701 he bought 466 A. of land on the Raritan, N. J. Issue:--Sara, bp. June 2, 1678, m. Feb. 17, 1722, Jan Strycker of Flh; Teunis, bp. May 16, 1680, d. young; Hans, bp. May 11, 1689; Femmetje, m. Jan. 6, 1695, Jan Cornelisse Vanderveer; and Mary. Signed his name "Migguel Hansen.
From The Bergen Family by Teunis G. Bergen, Albany, N.Y., 1876, beginning on page 98:20
5. MICHAEL or "MIGGIEL" HANSEN Bergen, baptized Nov. 4th, 1646, in New Amsterdam; living as late as Jan. 22d, 1731, and died about 1732; m. Femmetje Theunis, daughter of Theunis Denyse1 (sometimes written Nysen,
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      1Teunis Nyssen emigrated as early as 1638, from Bininck or Bennekom, in the Sticht of Uythuyzen, a village near Arnhem, containing 212 houses and 900 Inhabitants, in the province of Gilderland, in the Netherlands, and died prior to August, 1663. According to the records of the New York Dutch church, he married Feb. 11th, 1640, Phabea Faelix, of Jarleston, England, who is known on other records as the widow of Hendrick the boor, who may have used the surname of Faelix. Phabea or Femmetje was the daughter of
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John Seals, an Englishman from Devonshire, written Jan Celes on the Dutch Colonial Records, who-came to New Amsterdam from New England as early as 1638, at which date he was a planter on Manhattan Island. Seals married Maria Robberts or Robertson, Femmetje being his only child of whom we have any account. His farm, commonly known as old Jans's land, and marked 37 on the farm map, on page 463 of Valentine's Manual of 1852, lay north of and adjoining the cripplebush (swamp), a miry outlet of the collect, or fresh water pond, now occupied by the lower part of Canal street, and extended along the river to Charlton street. In his latter days, Seals seems to have become irritable, and as a consequence he figures in court on charges of shooting his neighbor's hogs, and committing other damages. "In 1643, several cattle, belonging to the government, strayed in the woods, and messengers were despatched to look them up. When they came to Old Jans plantation by the swamp, they saw that the woman residing on said Old Jans plantation had driven with a goad the cattle into said swamp, so that they sunk into it over their backs; but as they were strong and well in flesh, they finally got through the morass." In 1645, Seals was in some way wounded, on which he made a will, dated April 7th, of that year, in which he devises to "Tonis Nyssen," his son-in-law, the half of all the means and effects he leaves behind, and to his wife, Marritje Robbers, the other half, until she marry or die: if she marry, then to have the use of said half during life, with privilege to dispose of 200 gl. by will out of the estate, as she may see fit, the remainder of her half, after her death, to go to "Tonis Nyssen," or his children and heirs. Seals died soon after executing the will, and in August 9th following, his widow m. Thomas Gridy or Grydy, an Englishman, and widower, 60 years old, who afterwards resided in Gravesend, got in trouble with George Baxter in 1656, and was sentenced to be publicly whipped, and to be banished the province for twelve years. Nyssen or Denyse administered on the estate, and April 3d, 1647, obtained a patent for "Old Jans Land" from Governor Kieft, in which it is described as extending "on the south side from the land and valley belonging to Everhardus Bogardus, minister, and on the north side to Cornelis Maersen, thence along the Negroes plantations to the Cripplebush of said Bogardus. It runs in breadth along the strand 50 rods, from the strand along the cripplebush south-east by east 150 rods, along the cripplebush to the Negroes land it stretches east by south 45 rods; along the Negroes plantation upwards
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North North West 60 rods; towards the strand downward North West by West 37 rods; along the cripplebush of Cornelis Maersen it runs North West by North 27 rods; along the cripplebush up to the strand Westerly 40 rods." June 11th, 1651, Teunis Nyssen conveyed these premises to Augustyn Heermans, who on the 11th of May, 1655, sold them to Rut Jacobsen, of Fort Orange, as per E. B. O'Callaghan. (See New York Corporation Manual, of 1820, p. 922, etc.) After Nyssen's death, Femmetje, his widow, married, August 24th, 1663 (Brooklyn Dutch Church records), Jan Cornelissen Buys, whose name appears on the list of small burgers of New Amsterdam in 1657, by whom no account of any issue, and died prior to June, 1667. Prior to 1639, Nyssen appears to have possessed or occupied a plantation on Manhattan Island, and Dec. 21st, 1643, there is an acknowledgment of his on the Colonial Records, of being indebted 400 carolus guilders to Cornelis Dircksen Hooglandt for the purchase of cows. Dec. 1st, 1646, he bought for 160 gl. of Leendert Arenden, a house and lot on the great highway opposite the company's garden on said island, which he sold May 13th, 1649, to Govert Loockermans. March 28th, 1647, he obtained a patent for a lot north of the public wagon road, and east of the company's land on Manhattan Island, which he also sold on the 13th of May, 1649, to Govert Loockermans. He also obtained a patent for a plantation and meadows at Gowanus, in the vicinity of Fourth and Fifth avenues and Carrol and President streets, where he at one time resided. The following abstract from a deed or agreement in the possession of Garret Brower, of Gowanus, of Nyssen to Adam Brower, throws light on the location of Nyssen's Gowanus farm: "This 1st day of April Anno 1654, appeared before me Dirck Schelluyne, pub. Notary, &c., Theunis Nyssen, farmer, living in Gouwanes upon the Long Island, & declared the said Nyssen to have granted &c. to Adam Brouwer, the which also appeared & this gift accepted, to wit:--Certain parcell of Bushland (woodland) limeting easterly after (in rear of) his house and land, broad 45 rods (551 f. 3 in.) proceeding to the highway (probably the old road from Gowanus to Brooklyn), and his land so far in the Bush (woods) as ye patent of Thennis Nyssen doth contain (extend); likewise so much ground whereupon Adam Brouwers house is built as ye said Adam for the present hath brought in hedge (fence), & also ye meadows fore (in front) of his house, limiting & proceeding to the East from a small creek in (to) a great creek, & so forth to the Bushland where the meadow doth
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stop, all laying on Gouwanes aforesaid, for which abovesaid gift the said Adam Brouwer doth promise on ye behalf of ye said Theunis Nyssen to be in his service the time of 18 days in this present month of April, & in the month of April 1655, 18 days, all without any cost of ye said Theunis Nyssen, being ye said Nyssen bound in the month of April 1655 aforesaid, when the last 18 days of service are satisfyed on ye behalf of ye said Adam Brouwer of ye aforesaid land & meadows to deliver lawful letters of possession & transport &c." In 1655 he bought a plantation in Flatbush, of Evert Duyckingh, for 660 carolus guilders, where he probably resided in 1656, for on the 13th of Dec., 1656 (as per Valentine's Manual of 1861, p. 591), "Teunis Nysen of Midwout" conveyed to Cosyn Gerritsen, a lot in New Amsterdam, patented to him Dec. 5th, 1643. He resided in Brooklyn in 1658 and 1661, and in said years was a magistrate of said town. Nyssen's children were: Jannetje Teunis, baptized Dec. 24th, 1641, m. Jan Hansen Bergen; Marretje Teunis, baptized April 3d, 1644, m. Derick Janse Wortman; Aartje Teunis, m. (supposed) Theodorus Polhemius; Annetje Teunis, baptized Feb. 28th, 1646, m. Hieronomus Rapalje; Elsje Teunis, baptized May 14th, 1648, m. Garret Snedeker; Femmetje Teunis, baptized April 3d, 1650, m. Michael Hansen Bergen; Dionys (Denyse) Teunis, baptized April 12th, 1654, m. (1st), Oct 22d, 1682, Elizabeth, daughter of Theodorus Polhemius, m. (2d), Aug. 12th, 1685, Helena, daughter of Jacques Corteljou, and widow of Claas (Nicholas) Van Brunt; Jan Teunissen, baptized April 12th, 1654, m. Catalina Tunis, daughter of Tunis Gysbertse Bogaert; Cornelis Teunisen, m. Aug. 23d, 1687, Neeltje, daughter of Tunis Gysbertse Bogaert, who, with his brother Jan Teunissen, settled on the Raritan, near Somerville, N. J., and whose descendants retain the surname of Tunisens, in place of that of Denyse. The descendants of his son Dionys, form the Denyse family of this vicinity and of New Jersey.

The following is a fac simile of John Seals's signature:-- [Sorry, image not available at this time--Webmaster]
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Nysse or Niessen), of Gowanus, and sister of Denyse Teunis, the ancestor of the Denyse family of King's county and New Jersey. Femmetje was baptized April 3d, 1650, in New Amsterdam.

March 10th, 1661, his name appears to the petition hereinbefore referred to in the account of Jan Hansen, to
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the governor and council for more land. May 15th, 1664, he obtained from Gov. Stuyvesant a patent for 20 morgens at New Bedford in the Wallabout.

From a deed of Hendrick Rycken (Suydam), and Idye, his wife, of April 20th, 1698, to Hendrick Hendricksen (Suydam), his son, for a plot in Bedford, bounded south by
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land of Machiel Hansen (Bergen), and north by land of Derick Janse Hooglandt, in length east and west 500 Dutch rods, and in breadth 24 Dutch rods, as per patent of Gov. Stuyvesant, of May 15th, 1664 (see lib. 2, p. 168, of con., register's office King's county), which deed and patent appears to cover about the northerly one-half of the farm in Bedford, late of Lambert Suydam, designated as that of the
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widow Lott, on Butts's map of Brooklyn; from a deed of Denys Hegeman, of Bedford, baker, and Catryntje, his wife, of Nov. 17th, 1747, to Hendrick Suydam, for 36 1/3 acres at Bedford, bounded southerly by the king's highway that leads from New York ferry to Jamaica, east and north by said Hendrick Suydam, and west by said king's road; and from a deed of Hendrick Suydam to Lambert Suydam of April 13th, 1768, for 40 acres at Bedford, bounded west and south by the king's highway that leads from New York ferry to Jamaica, south and east by Jacobus Lefferts, and north by said Hendrick Suydam, which last two recited deeds appear to cover about the southerly one-half of said farm late of Lambert Suydam, designated as that of widow Lott on Butts's map, there appears to be good reason to conclude, and it is evident that Machiel Hansen (Bergen's) patent of 20 morgen in Bedford adjoined the north side of the road leading from New York or Brooklyn ferry to Jamaica, covering about the southerly one-half of said widow Lott's farm, and that he probably sold the same to Denys Hegeman, who sold to Hendrick Suydam. The deeds referred to are on file in the office of the register of King's county.

April 19th, 1666, "Michael Hansen and Catalina Jeronymus" (Rapalie) were witnesses at baptism of Joris, son of "Marten Reyertszen and Annetje Joris" (Rapalie), and July 13th, 1673, "Michael Hansen and Catalina Joris" were witnesses at baptism of Marratie, daughter of Dirck Corneliszen and Lysbeth Jans.

After the capture of New Netherland from the English by the Hollanders on the 25th of October, 1673, he was appointed a lieutenant of militia under the administration of Anthony Colve, the Netherlands governor. In 1676 and 1683, his name appears on the assessment rolls of Brooklyn, for 20 morgen, the amount of his patent, on
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which at the time he probably resided. November 19th, 1679, the names of "Michael Hansz Bergen and Femmetje Teunis, his wife," appear on the list of members of the Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn, among the residents of the Walebocht, and from 1680 to 1685, he appears to have held the office of deacon in said church.

March 2d, 1674, Michael Hansen, of Bedford, agreed to purchase a plantation of Albert Cornelysen Wantenaer,1 of Breukelen, for 8,500 guilders, 1,000 gl. down, one-fourth (1,875 gl.) of the remainder to be paid at Christmas, 1675; one-fourth at Christmas, 1676; one-fourth at Christmas, 1677; and the balance at Christmas, 1678. The payments to be made one-third in wheat, one-third in peas, and one-third in all kinds of corn at the market value, and when all paid the deed to be delivered. In the agreement, Cornelysen describes the premises as "his plantation situated here at Breukel, next to the land of Jan Evertse Bout, dec'd,2
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      1Albert Cornelysen Wantenaer, or "the glove maker," emigrated from Vechten, a village of 790 inhabitants, in the province of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, and was in this country as early as March, 1642. In June, 1643, he let himself as a wheelwright to Conyn Gerritsen for one year. (New York Colonial Manuscripts, 11, 61.) Jan. 21st, 1659, he resided in New Amsterdam, and petitioned to have a lot surveyed, and from a suit in the burgomaster's and schepen's court, in 1661, it may be inferred that he then resided in that place. June 5th, 1665, he was tried for killing Barent Jansen, of Brooklyn, by striking him in the side with a knife, of which wound he died the same day. The deed having been done in self defense, he was convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to be burned in the hand before the rising of the court, to forfeit his goods and chattels, and to be imprisoned for a year and a day. Gov. Nicolls, however, pardoned him the same day. (Albany recorded patents, vol. I, 165.) In 1686 he and Tryntje Harders, his wife, resided on the East river shore, above Wall street, in New York.

      2Jan Evertse Bout came to this country in 1634, from Barrevelt or Barnweld, a town of 5,221 inhabitants, in Gelderland, in the Netherlands, and when residing on the director's bouwery at Pavonia (Jersey City) in 1638, threatened to shoot the fiscal if he came over there to interfere with his domestic arrangements, especially with his treatment of his female negro slaves, who he said he would use as he pleased. About 1641 he received a patent from Director
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K? ?? 107 acres at "Camonepaen," N. J., which he sold, about 1647, for ??,000 ??. to Michael Jansen. July 6th, 1645, he received a patent for 27 morgen and 270 rods of land at "Matckawick on Gouwanus Kil." Feb. 9th 1647, he obtained a patent for a lot in New Amsterdam. August 19th, 1649, he and his wife. Tryntje Symons de Witt, made a joint will, by which the longest lives or survivor was to remain in possession of their property. On the same date, being about to sall to the fatherland, he gave his wife a power of attorney to manage his affairs in his absence. Judging from several suits in the ?? ??'s and schepen's courts, he resided from 1656 to 1660, in New ??, where, April 6th, 1657, his name appears on the list of small burgess. Pr?? a suit in that court on Jan. 17th, 1656, between him and ??rick Van Na??den, it appears that he was then building a house in the village of ??out (Flatbush), probably on the 58 morgens for which he obtained a parent in said town, March 17th, 1662. From a Directory of the city of New York, of 1665 (see Valantine's Manual of 1850, p. 453), he then resided behind Peart street, in said city. He m. (2d), Annetje Pieters, who, after his death. m. (1st), Andries Janse Jurianse, of Brooklyn, and m. (2d), June 11th, 1682, Jan Janse S??, of Gowanus. He probably resided during the latter past of his life on his Gowanus farm. April 1st, 1670, Adrian Hegethan and Johannes Nevius were authorised to act as his executors.
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but at present of Andriese Jurianse,1 southeast of the meadows; cast 68 rods, southeast 30 rods, further the maize land2 up to against the woods, northeast by north 60 rods, in the woods northeast by east 85 rods, in breadth in the woods to the land of said Andries Jurianse northwest 87 rods, again to the maize land next to the aforesaid Andrics Juriansen, southwest and southwest by west 55 rods, the maize land through to the first descent southwest a little southerly 137 rods, containing 19 morgen and 105 rods; also yet another parcel of land joining the above mentioned land, thereafter to said Cornelisse allowed and on his patent noted, great about 9, or 10 morgcn, so that the whole land contains about 29 morgen
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      1Andries Juriansen, on Andries ?? ??, m. Annetje Pieters, widow of Jan Evertse Bout. She, after the death of Andries, m. Jan Janse St??ts, of ??. In 1674, he had a law suit with Albert Cornelysen Wantenaer.

      2By maize land is meant land used by the Indians in the cultivation of ?? ?? or ?? torn, which, on account of being partly cleared, was very desirable to early settlers.
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as it more particularly by the patent can be seen: with the above to be included the meadows by said plantation located, and by Albert Cornelyse previous to this bought of Theunis Niessen, dec'd, which he promises to describe by the patent or deed from said Theunis Niessen." The boundary in the original patent of Gov. Kieft, of Feb. 22d, 1646, for this land to Huych Aerts Van Rossem,1 accords mainly with the description in the above agreement, and is as follows: "a piece of land lying at Mareckkawieck,2 on the marsh of Gouwanos Kill, the maize land as well as woodland, lying on the southeast by the land of Jan Evertse along the marsh, east 68 rods, southeast 30 rods, further along the maize land till to the woods northeast by north 60 rods, in the woods northeast by east 85 rods, the breadth in the woods till to the land of said Jan Evertse, (Bout,) northwest 87 rods, again to the maize land next to the land of the aforesaid Jan Evertse southwest and southwesterly 55 rods, through the maize land to the first descent southwest a little southerly 137 rods, amounting in all to 19 morgen and 105 rods." Endorsed on the patent is also "yet another adjoining parcel granted so as his land to contain by the measurement of the surveyor 29 morgen." A confirmatory patent for these premises was granted, June 21st, 1667, by Gov. Richard Nicolls to Albert Cornelysen (Wantenaer), who is stated therein to have married Trientye, the widow of the said van Rossum,3 in which the boundaries accord with the
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      1Huych or Huyg Aertsen's name appears first in the Colonial Records, on the 31st of January, 1639. June 14th, 1643, as per Reformed Dutch Church records, of New York, "Huyg Aertsen, widr. of Annetje Theunis, m. Tryntje Harders, wid. of Hendrick Holst." In 1646, Huych was a magistrate of Brooklyn.

      2The Indian name of Brooklyn.

      3He m. Tryntje, Feb. 23, 1648, in New Amsterdam, her name on the marriage record being "Tryntje Herders Van Tunningen."
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original patent, but the quantity is set forth to be in all 90 morgen or 180 acres.

In 1675, "Michael Hansen" was assessed in Brooklyn one poll, two horses, seven cows, and twenty morgen of land and valley, the land valued at 40, and the personal property at 74, total 114. At this date there were but sixty names on the assessment roll of the town, sixteen persons being assessed over 100 each, and the highest, Tunis Gysbertse Bogaert, being 327. Total valuations in the town 5,204.

In 1676, he was assessed one poll, two horses, four cows, two do. of 3 years, two do. of 2 years, and twenty morgen of land and valley, the land valued at 40, and the personal at 75.

March 7th, 1680-1, Cornelysen conveyed by endorsement on the back of both patents, to Michael Hansen Bergen, all his rights in both patents; also by a separate conveyance the adjoining meadows, which he had bought from Theunis Nissen, on the 16th of May, 1656, and which meadow was confirmed to Cornelysen by a patent from Gov. Nicolls, dated June 26th, 1668.1

To this plantation Michael Hansen removed, and continued to reside during the remainder of his days; the main portion of which plantation a few years ago was the property of the heirs of George Powers, deceased, distinguished as the Powers farm on Butts's map of Brooklyn.

In consequence of Michael Hansen holding and claiming 90 morgen, as per Gov. Nicoll's confirmatory patent, when the original one of Gov. Kieft covered but 29 morgen, the general boundaries in both being similar, the freeholders of
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      1The first two patents and the conveyances are in the hands of the author. Jan. 31st, 1659, Cornelysen petitioned to have a lot surveyed in New Amsterdam, and from a suit of June 21st, 1661, in the burgomaster's and schepen's court, it may be inferred that at said dates he resided in said place.
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Brooklyn, about 1722, commenced a suit in chancery against him to recover for their benefit the balance over the 29 morgen, but the dispute was finally settled after the title was vested in his son Hans, as will hereafter appear.

In 1980, "Michael Hansen" and Symon Aessen (De Hart) were overseers of Brooklyn. (See Furman's Notes, p. 60, and record of court of sessions.) It was the duty of the overseers, together with the constable, among other powers, to hold town courts for the trial of cases under 5, and to make all assessments. In the same year he is credited on the books of Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff, of Flatlands, with four schepels wheat, and also charged for a horse.

In 1683, "Machael Hansen" was assessed one poll 18; two horses 24; six cows 30; four do. of 3 years 16; five do. of 2 years 12 10s.; five do. of 1 year 7 10s.; and twenty morgen land 40; total 148.

In Dongan's patent of Brooklyn of May 13th, 1686, Michael Hanse (Bergen) is named as one of the patentees. In 1681, 1682, 1686, 1688, and 1689, he held the office of one of the overseers or commissioners having in charge the town lands, and to defend town rights, three citizens being customarily selected for this purpose. In October, 1686, he was a member of the grand jury, and in 1690, foreman.

In September, 1687, his name appears among those who took the oath of allegiance to the British government.

In May, 1688, Michael Hansen and Daniel Rapalje were appointed by the court of sessions assessors, for the purpose of assessing on the inhabitants of Brooklyn their proportion of a tax of 308 8s., imposed on King's county, their lists to be delivered on the 4th of August. (See p. 65 of Furman's Notes of Brooklyn.)

October 22d, 1688, he was commissioned as captain of
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the Brooklyn company of militia, by Governor Nicholson, Thomas Lambertse being the lieutenant, and Jan Aertsen Middagh second lieutenant; and December 27th, 1689, he received a commission for the same office from the acting governor, Jacob Leisler, whose side he seems to have espoused in the difficulties which at the time convulsed the colony, and which ended in the unjust condemnation and execution of Leisler, and his son-in-law, Milbourne.

For his support of Leisler's administration, his name appears among the thirty who, in consequence of being Leisler's most obnoxious followers, were excepted in a bill "for pardoning such as have been active in the late disorders," passed May 16th, 1691, by the first assembly which met under the administration of Gov. Sloughter, Leisler's successor. He, however, does not appear to have suffered in consequence of the exception, or have been punished for his course.

November 21st, 1692, Michael Hansen (Bergen), Aris Janse (Vanderbilt), Johannes Van Eckelen, Symon Hansen, and Daniel Remsen,1 were sent on behalf of a company (mainly residents of Flatbush), of which they were partners, to Pennsylvania to select a good tract of land for a settlement and residence, which when found to purchase for their
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      1Aries Jansen (Vanderbilt), of Flatbush, was a son of Jan Aersen, the common ancestor of the Vanderbilt family. Johannes Van Eckelen was schoolmaster of Flatbush. Symon Hansen, of Flatbush, was a son of Hans Hansen or Jansen (Van Noortstrant), the common ancestor of the Van Noostrand family. Daniel Remsen, of Flatbush, was a son of Rem or Remmert Jansen Vanderbeeck, the common ancestor of the Remsen family in this country. The following is a translation of the order to select lands: "King's County, town of Flatbush, A. D. 1692, November 21st. We undersigned declare the persons, Michiel Hansen, Aris Jansen, Johannes Van Ekelen, Symon Hansen, and Daniel Remsen, to be authorized on our behalf and in our name, to go to Pennsylvania and in that locality to look out for a good piece of land and situation to reside upon, and the same having found to purchase for us and them together, even a large plot (great portion) for every [cont'd.]
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[cont'd.] one, each of us to bear his proportion of the purchase to the above named persons, and each of those of us who remain at home to pay or allow them for travelling expenses the sum of two pieces of eight.

We the undersigned declare we have authorized the above named persons and commissioned them to act for us to the best of their ability.


ARIE his (???) mark. YANSE,

            GARRIT HANSEN."

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joint use; the partners remaining at home, each to pay two pieces of eight towards the expenses of the journey. At this period and in the beginning of the next century, many families emigrated from the partially worn out lands of the west end of Long Island to the new and fertile lands of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the cheapness of which afforded an opportunity to enlarge their borders and better their condition. This emigration at one period was so great that the colonial governors complained of it in their communications with the home government. Bergens, Wyckoffs, Schencks, Cowenhovens or Conovers, Denyses, Stoothoffs, Barkeloos, Rapalyes, Van Brunts, Cortelyous, and others, descendants of these emigrants, are numerous in the above named states. Having found no result of this expedition, it may be presumed, from most of the parties remaining in the county, that no land was purchased.

In 1693, Michael Hansen served in the grand jury.

October 11th, 1698, Michael Hansen was appointed a justice of the peace by the governor, the earl of Bellomont, and was one of the justices of the sessions, which office he held until 1703, being entered on the court records from May, 1700, as one of the justices of the quorum, and again as a justice of the sessions in 1710 and 1711.
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In 1698 his family is entered on the census of Brookland as consisting of "1 man, 1 woman, 3 children and 2 slaves."

Michael Hansen appears several times to have visited the vicinity of the Raritan river in New Jersey. The records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Raritan set forth that March 8th, 1699, "Michiel Hanssen and Femmitchien Hanse" were witnesses at baptism of Abraham, son of "Cornelis Thuenissen" (Denyse) and "Neeltien Thuenissen" (Bogart), said Cornelis being a brother-in-law of Michiel: also, that Nov. 18th, 1701, "Miegiel Hansen and Femmietie Hanse" were witnesses at baptism of Barbara, daughter of "Auke Jansen" (Van Nuyse).

September 22d, 1701, Tam, a slave of Michael Hansen (Bergen), and Mink, a slave of Joris Hansen (Bergen), with other slaves, were convicted in the court of sessions of having, late in the night of the 15th instant, assaulted and dangerously wounded Entreato Jack, a slave of Cornelis Van Duyn, and of disturbing the peace by drinking, fighting, and hallooing all night. Entreato Jack, who was also convicted of having commenced the fight, and the two other negroes, were sentenced to receive thirteen lashes apiece on their naked backs, and to be imprisoned until their masters paid a fine of 20s. each. Michael Hansen (Bergen) and Joris Hansen (Bergen), and others, were fined 8s. each for not bringing their slaves before the court. Marta Simson, the tavern keeper at Flatbush, was fined 26s. for selling liquor to the negroes. The tavern at the time was kept in the building used for a court house and jail.

In 1702, Michael Hansen was assessed for 100 acres of arable land, and the same in 1706.

In 1708, his name, among others, appears on an agreement to call a minister from Holland, in the Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn.
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April 20th, 1709, "Machielle Hansen" bought of Gerridt Middagh for 429,1 "a house, orchard and house lot at the ferry, Brooklyn, containing about 10 acres, bounded easterly in the front and to the street from a certain house now standing and formerly in possession of John Smith, deceased, and soe stretching from said house all along a certain fence and soe by the house abovesaid and barn thereto belonging, to the salt water river; northerly by said river called the East river from high water mark thereof, soe far along said river to the westward till it comes opposite the rear fence of said land that joynes upon the land of the heyers of Jores Remsen deceased;2 and southerly by the land and orchard formerly in the possession of said John Smith deceased, and the land of the said Gerridt Middagh, excepting always out of this deed and grant out of the bounds of the land abovesaid, the house and ground of John Evertse3 to him sold formerly by John Gerretse Van Couwenhoven, as per deed thereof may appear, &c.; as alsoe all that ground on said
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      1See lib. 3, p. 178, of con. King's county register's office.

      2Jores Remsen, born Feb. 2, 1650, was a son of Rem Janse Vanderbeeck, the common ancestor of the Remsen family of this country, and m. Nov. 2d, 1684, Femmetje, daughter of Derck Janse Woertman, and Oct. 10th, 1706, bought his father-in-law's farm near Brooklyn ferry, consisting of Jan Mange's patent of Sept. 11th, 1642, containing 20 morgens; Andries Hudden's of Sept. 13th, 1643, containing 37 morgens and 247 rods; and that of Claes Jansen Van Naerden's, of Sept. 30, 1645, containing 21 morgens and 247 rods, in all about 78 morgens, or 156 acres. His children or heirs were: Mary, m. July 19th, 1707, Joost De Bevoise; Sarah, m. July 23d, 1714, Jacobus De Bevoise; Rem Jorise, m. August 17th, 1707, Aeltje, daughter of Jores or George Hansen Bergen; Elizabeth, baptized March 5th, 1699, m. George Rapalje; Antje, baptized July 27th, 1701; Cataline, baptized April 12th, 1704, m. Hendrick, son of Rem Remsen, died Oct. 13th, 1784; and Hilletje, baptized Jan. 12th, 1705.

      3Probably John Evertse Bout. Thomas Everett a few years ago owned a plot in this vicinity, probably the plot above referred to, and said Thomas may be a descendant of said John Evertse.
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river side to the westward of said John Evertse's house and ground soe far alongst said river till it comes opposite with the reare fence of said land that joynes upon the land of the heyres of Jores Remsen deceased, to begin from high water mark all alongst said river and within the limits aforesaid, and so to run 25 English ffoot up into the hill and noe more, as a reserve for the use and property of the grantor his heyres and assigns forever; And likewise the said Gerridt Middagh doth grant, &c., to the said Machielle, &c., all that spott of ground lying in the front and before said house, ground and bargained premises to the streetward, beginning from a certain house now standing and formerly in the possession of said John Smith deceased, all along said house and bargained premises to the salt water river, the length thereof and in breadth by the farthermost Pale that now stands in the sand, containing 66 English ffoot between said pale and the house, garden and barne of said bargained premises, together," etc. In this conveyance is the following singular provision:--"and if said Machielle or any of his heyres shall at any time hereafter see cause to sell and dispose of the abovesaid house, land and bargained premises, that the said Gerridt Middagh or his heyres (if he or they see cause) shall have the free privilege to purchase the same for the price of 429 current money of New York, and upon the payment of said sum a deed to be given for the same by the said Machielle or his heyres to the said Gerridt Middagh or his heyres, and that the said Machielle or his heyres may not dispose of the said premises to any other person but to those of his or their offspring if the said Gerridt or his heyres see cause to buy the same for the price aforesaid, he the said Gerridt or his heyres paying over and above the price aforesaid for all new buildings that shall be at that time upon said
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land within fence, as any two indifferent men shall value it,"1 etc.

June 14th, 1710, for 420, Michiel Hansen conveyed the above premises to his son Hans Bergen.2

January 11th, 1728, for 259, Hans Bergen and Rachel, his wife, conveyed the main portion of the above described premises to Israel Horsefield,3 who, from a map on file in the office of the register of King's county, made by Englebert Lott, on the 13th day of May, 1763, appears at that date to have been the owner of the whole, or nearly the whole of them, and they appear to cover nearly all the land on Brooklyn heights, from the vicinity of Clark street to about Doughty street, including a portion of the river front, as will more clearly appear by the diagram hereinafter contained, illustrating the premises owned by the above-mentioned Hans Bergen.

In 1710 and 1711, Michael Hansen's name again appears as a justice of the sessions; and August 1st, 1711, as an elder of the church in "Brookland," with others on a petition to Governor Hunter, for a charter for the church, which they failed to obtain. October 29th, 1714, Cornelis Vander Hoove4 commenced a suit against him for trespass, claiming 100 damages.

August 21st, 1723, for 800, he conveys to his son, Hans Bergen, of the ferry, his farm in "Brookland," (the land he bought of Albert Cornelysen Wantenaer), "bounded S. E. by the fence of Martin Adriance;5 N. W. by
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      1See lib. 3, p. 178, of con. King's county register's office.

      2See lib. 3, p. 208, of con. King's county register's office.

      3See lib. 5, p. 155, of con. King's county register's office.

      4Cornelis Vander Hoove m. Lysbet (???), and resided in Bedford in 1707. He was a son of Cornelis Vander Hoove and Mattye, who died in 1705. Hoeven is a village of 550 inhabitants, in North Braband.

      5Martin Adriance, born March 9th, 1688, was a son of Adrian Reyerse, and the ancestor of the Martense family of Long Island.
[Page 114] Carel De Bevoise1 and the kings highway that goes to the ferry; and S. W. by the meadows; also, land at the east side of the highway from Flatbush to Brookland, containing together with the land bounded as aforesaid and the woodland at the east side of the way aforesaid, 180 acres." Also, a lot of woodland in the second division of Brookland, and another lot in the same division, both together containing 20 acres; also, the meadows in said town belonging to him.2

August 21st, 1723, on the same date, an agreement was entered into between Hans Bergen, of the ferry (son of Michael), of the one part, and Michael Hansen Bergen, Femmetje Bergen, now the wife of John Vanderveer, Sarah Bergen, now the wife of John Strycker, and Mary Bergen, all daughters of said Michael Hansen Bergen, of the other part, in which it is set forth that said Michael Hansen Bergen, for the consideration of 800, has sold to his son Hans his lands, for which Hans is to defend without any liability or expense on the part of his father, a suit in chancery, brought against said Michael Hans by the inhabitants of Brookland for the recovery of part of his lands, the expense of said suit to be equally borne by himself and his three sisters, and to be deducted from the sums herein provided to be paid them by Hans; Hans to pay his sister Mary 200, Femmetje 200, and Sarah 200, after the death of their father; Michael Hans to hold possession and have the use of the premises during his life. The complaint in the above suit, was, that Michael Hansen had taken up 120 acres of land more than what he was entitled to by Kieft's patent. Hans soon compromised the matter, and ended
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      1Carel De Bevoise, baptized August 1st, 1680, was a son of Jacobus, and a grandson of Carel, the first schoolmaster of Brooklyn, and the first of the name in this country.

      2See lib. 5, p. 10, of con. King's county register's office.
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the suit, for it appears that January 7th, 1723-4, sixty-one of the freeholders of Brooklyn (who were probably all, or nearly all who resided in the place), for 40, released to Hans Bergen all their right in the 180 acres occupied by his father Michael.1 Hans afterwards brought in a bill of 375 7s. and 6 1/2d., up to January 19th, 1723, incurred for
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      1The following is a list of said freeholders, as per lib. 5, p. 41, of con. King's county register's office:

John + Dorlant,
Cyrimier Van Vette,
Rynier Van Vegtte,
Gerritje Veghte,
Daniel Polemis,
Catryne + Filken,
Jacob Hanse (Bergen),
Jan Van Noortstrant,
Altie Remse,
Pieter Strycker,
Daniel Remse,
Cornelis Cornel,
Giljam Cornel,
B. Van de water,
Lambert + Andriessen,
Rem Hegeman,
Jacob Durye,
Cornelis Van Duyn,
C. Van Der Hoeven,
Yan Rapaelje,
Jores Hansen (Bergen),
Gysbert Boogart,
Abraham + Brower,
Jeronimus Rapalje,
Hans Bergen,
Daniel Rapalje,
Joseph Hegeman,
Jacob + Cashow,
Joris Rappalyee,
Adriaen Bennet,
Jan Dorlandt,
Johannes Zeckels,
Nicalaes Couwenhoven,
John + Bennet,
Isaac Jansen,
Wouter + Van Pelt,
Jacobus Debeuvos,
Gerbrant Pietersen,
Henry + Sedam,
Jan Jansen,
Yan Van Der Voort,
Claes + Van Dyck,
Jacob Sebring,
Marten Adriaens,
Jacob Bennet,
Aert Van Der Belt,
Frederick + Blau,
Symen De Hart,
Jeremias Remsen,
Jacob Suydam,
Carel + Debeavois,
Jacobus Reyyersen,
Jan Middagh,
Issak Remsen,
Ryck + Hendrickse,
Merget + Gallie,
John Verkerk,
Barent Blom,
Jacobus Leffertz,
C. Van Der Hoven,
with consent of his brother Marton,
Peter Staats,
Sarah + Brooks,
in behalf of her son,
Samuel Night.
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lawyer's fees, personal services, etc. (including the 40 paid the town), in the defence of this suit, and a charge of interest from said date to June 10th, 1732, of 252 and 10s. at 8 per cent, making a total of 693 15s. 9 1/2d., which bill, if allowed, must have swallowed up the main portion of his sisters' patrimony.

January 22d, 1730-1, Michael Hansen and Jeronimus Rapalje, two of the surviving patentees of "Brookland," convey to Cornelius Van Duyn, Carl de Bevois and Hans Michaelse Bergen, for and in behalf of the freeholders of said town, their right in the common lands.1 The object of this conveyance appears to be to confirm the several acts of the trustees or commissioners of said town in dividing their common lands; Michael in some instances, if not in all, as a patentee, having heretofore refused his assent to their divisions, perhaps on account of the dispute about his own lands hereinbefore referred to.

The following is a fac simile of his signature: [Sorry, image not available at this time--Webmaster]


16. 1. Sara, baptized June 2d, 1678, in Brooklyn; witnesses: "Theunis Gysbertse Boogaard and Sara Jorisen" (Rapalie).

17. 11. Teunis, baptized May 16th, 1680, in New Utrecht; witnesses: "Teunis Guysbertsz Bogaard and Sarah Jorisen Rapalie."
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      1See lib. 5, p. 96, of con. King's county register's office. By this conveyance it appears that the common woodlands, or a portion thereof, were divided by Jores Hansen (Bergen), Jacob Hansen (Bergen), and Cornelius Van Duyn, trustees of the town, into three divisions, of 62 lots each, in 1702, and the lots apportioned among the freeholders of the town.
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18. III. Hans, baptized March 11th, 1689.

19. IV. Femmetje.

20. V. Mary.

In about 1672 Michael Hansen married Femmetje Teunise NYSSEN, in Brooklyn, New York.

They had the following children:
17 i. Femmetje (~1673-1752)
ii. Sarah8 (~1678-1760)
iii. Teunis (~1680-)
iv. Hans Michael5 (~1689-~1731)
v. Mary5 (~1689-)

35 Femmetje Teunise NYSSEN.  Born on 3 Apr 1650 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York.12 Christened on 3 Apr 1650 in New Amsterdam, Kings Co., New York. Femmetje Teunise died after 1715. Alias/AKA: Femmetje/Femmentje TEUNISEN/THEUNISE, Femmetje Teunise/Theunise DENYSE/NYSSEN.

36 Pieter Claesen WYCKOFF.8  Born on 6 Jan 1625 in Boda, Oland Island.7 Pieter Claesen died on 30 Jun 1694; he was 69.7 Occupation: magistrate of Flatlands in 1655-56-58-62-63-64.8 Religion: Dutch Church of Flatlands.8 Alias/AKA: Pieter Claesz.

From Francis Bazley Lee, editor, Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, 1907, p.633:8
The common ancestor of the Wikoff or Wyckoff family in America was Pieter Claesen Wyckoff, son of Claes Wyckoff, and grandson of Cornelius Wyckoff, who does not appear to have emigrated. Claes Wyckoff came from Holland to America, 1636, and settled at Flatlands, Long Island. Pieter Claesen Wyckoff was born about the year 1627. He became one of the wealthiest men in Flatlands, and appears to have been a prominent member of the Dutch church. He served as magistrate of Flatlands in 1655-56-58-62-63-64, was a member of the convention held at Flatbush for the purpose of sending a delegation to Holland to lay before the home government the distressed condition of the colony, and in 1666-67 was a patentee of the town. About 1649 he married Gretje, daughter of Hendrick Van Ness, and became the father of ten children.
From Marguerite H. Allen, The Ancestry and Descendants of Henry and Sarah Thompson Hendricks of Monmouth, Co., New Jersey, p.576:7
PIETER CLAESEN, WYCKOFF, founder of the Wyckoff Family in America, came to Fort Orange, Province of New Netherland, 7 Apr. 1637 in the ship Rensselaerwick. The ship sailed from Amsterdam, Holland, Records show that Pieter Claesen was one of the thirty-eight laborers sent on the Rensselaerwick to be assigned to various farmers on the Rensselaer estate. After his settlement with the estate he rented a farm and married, GRIETJE VAN NESS, the daughter of a prominent citizen of the colony. The two oldest children were born in Rensselaerwick, but the church in which were kept the records of their birth, etc. was burned and the records destroyed. In 1649 he moved with his family to New Amsterdam. He remained here until 1655 when he signed a contract 'To superintend the Bowery and cattle of Peter Stuyvesant in New Amersfoort' and moved to Flatlands, Brooklyn.

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He prospered and became one of the most influential citizens of the little frontier settlement. He bought land from time to time; became a local judge; was influential in establishing the Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church.

When the British took over the Dutch colony, they had difficulty with the Dutch names and demanded that the Dutch families take surnames by which they could be identified. It was then that the name WYCKOFF first came into use. The origin of the name, as accepted by William Forman Wyckoff, is as follows: Pieter Claesen had been a local judge and the name came from this fact, the "Wyk" meaning a parish and "hof" meaning a court. Thus the name would mean Pieter Claesen of the town court. Another version states they may have in some way been connected to the old Friesian gentry of Austrian Wickhoffs, referring to the house in the province of Drente which is called Hof in der Wijk, or Wijkof. "Hof" would here mean house or farmstead and "Wijk" would designate the locality. There is no certainity as to which is correct. There are many spellings of the name, but the accepted one is the nearest to the original, Wyckoff.

Pieter Claesen had ten children, six boys and four girls, all of whom married and had families as is shown in the Wyckoff Book(2). The family had a high standing in the Dutch colony, as is shown by the families into which they married. All were families of importance.

Pieter Claesen Wyckoff was born in Boda, Oland Island, 6 Jan. 1625, the only son of Claes Cornelissen van Schouwen and Margaret van der Goes; he married before 1646; he died 30 June 1694.

Children of Pieter Claesen and Grietje (Van Ness) Wyckoff.
      NICHOLAS WYCKOFF, b. abt. 1646, Beverwyck.
      MARGRIETJE WYCKOFF, b. abt. 1648, Beverwyck; md. 26 Jan. 1673, MATTHYS BROUWER.
    + ANNETJE WYCKOFF, chr. 27 Nov. 1650, New Amsterdam; md. ROELOF MARTENSEN SCHENCK, as his second wife. (This couple are our direct ancestors. Their family will be listed in the Schenck Ancestry, Appendix.)
      MAYKEN WYCKOFF, chr. 19 Oct. 1653, New Amsterdam; md. WILLEM WILLEMSEN.
      CORNELIUS WYCKOFF, b. abt. 1656; md. 12 Oct. 1678 GERTJE VAN ARSDALEN.
      HENDRICK WYCKOFF, b. abt. 1658; md. 1- GEERTJE(???); 2-HELENA(???).
      GEERTJE WYCKOFF, b. abt. 1660; md. 17 Mar. 1678 CHRISTOFFEL JANSE ROMEYN.


      MARTEN WYCKOFF, b. 1663; md. 27 May 1683 HANNAH WILLEMSE.
      JAN WYCKOFF, b. 16 Feb. 1665; md. 1692 NEELTJE COUWENHOVEN.

Additional information on these Wyckoff families may be found in the Wyckoff book(2).


1. The Wyckoff Family Bulletin; Wyckoff Association in America; Summit, N.J. 1958.

2. The Wyckoff Family In America; The Wyckoff Association in America; Tuttle Publishing Co.; Summit, N.J. 1950.

3. Somerset County Historical Quarterly; Vol. 8.

4. Washington Ancestry; Charles Arthur Hoppin; Greenfield, Ohio, 1932.

[Photo of the Old Wyckoff House]

The [Old Wyckoff] house as it now stands (1950) is an excellent example of early Dutch architecture. It was built by the order of Wouter Van Twiller, Governor General of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam about 1637. Pieter Claesen Wyckoff never owned the house, although he lived there from 1655 to his death, and his widow continued to live there until her death between 1699 and 1703.

The house consists of a main building fronting north and a smaller addition on the west end, built later. The main building is one story highwith a roomy garret, with the characteristic overhanging roof. Oak timbers were used in the ceilings and floors. There were two fireplaces, one at each end, and in the western addition is a Dutch oven. There are two outside doors, opening north and south; on the north is the original Dutch door divided horizontally in the middle and hung on heavy wroughtiron hinges. The windows are fitted with solid wooden shutters of early date. In spite of its great age, the house is still solid and sturdy, with no evidence of weakness in its floors or frame.

Before 1646 Pieter Claesen married Grietje VAN NESS.7,8

They had the following children:
i. Nicholas Pieterse7,5 (~1646-)
ii. Margrietje Pieterse7,5 (~1648-)
iii. Cornelius7 (~1656-1706)
iv. Hendrick Pieterse7,5 (~1658-1744)
v. Geertje Pieterse7,5 (~1660-)
18 vi. Garret Pieterse (1662-1707)
vii. Annetje Pieterse5
viii. Mayken Pieterse7,5
ix. Marten Pieterse7,5 (1663-~1699)
x. Jan Pieterse7 (1665-)
xi. Pieter Pieterse5
xii. Willemtje Pieterse5

37 Grietje VAN NESS.8,7  Born between 1624 and 1630 in the Netherlands.7 Grietje died between 1699 and 1703.7 Buried beside her husband in Flatlands, Long Island, New York7 Alias/AKA: Gretje, Grietje (Van Ness) Wyckoff.7

From Marguerite H. Allen, The Ancestry and Descendants of Henry and Sarah Thompson Hendricks of Monmouth, Co., New Jersey, 1963, pp.575~576:7
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PIETER CLAESEN; married Grietje, daughter of Cornelis Hendrik van Ness, of Albany, and his wife, Maycke Hendrieux van den Burchgraeff.

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GRIETJE VAN NESS, wife of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff, was the daughter of Cornelis Hendrick and Maycke (Hendrieux van der Burchgraeff) Van Ness. Cornelis was the son of Hendrick Gerritse Van Ness of Ameland, Holland. Maycke was the daughter of Hendrick Adriense and Annetje (Janse, of Laeckervelt, Holland) van der Burchgraeff. These families were wealthy and of high rank, so when Grietje and Pieter Claesen were married she brought to him wealth as well as rank.

Grietje's father Cornelis van Ness, son of Hendrich van Ness, was doubtless a native of the village of Nes on the island of Ameland in the province of Friesland, North Holland. He later lived in Vianen, near Utrecht in South Holland.

Grietje Van Ness was born in the Netherlands between 1624 and 1630. She outlived her husband, who died in 1694. She died between 1699 and 1703 and was buried beside her husband in Flatlands, L.I., N.Y.

38 Johannes NEVIUS.8  Born on 14 Mar 1627 in Zoelen, Gelderland, Netherlands. Christened on 14 Mar 1627 in Zoelen, Gelderland, Netherlands. Immigrated to New Amsterdam from Solin or Solingen in Westphalia.5 Johannes died in June 1672 in Flatbush, Long Island, New York. Buried in Manhattan, New York, New York. He was schepen of New Amsterdam, secretary of the Burgomaster's court in New Amsterdam, ferryman.5 Religion: He was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam.5 Alias/AKA: Signed his name "Joannes Nevius".5

From T.G. Bergen's Early Settlers, p.215:5
Johannes, the common ancestor of the family, emigrated from Solin or Solingen in Westphalia, settled at first on High (Pearl) St. in N. A.; m. Nov. 18, 1653, Ariaentje Blyck from Batavia in the East Indies, da. of Cornelis de Potter and Swantje Jans of Brn. After his death Ariaentje m. 2d Jan Arisen Middagh. In 1654 and '55 he was a schepen of N. A.; in 1657 was assessed at the ferry 15 gl. towards Do Polhemius's salary; and in 1658 was secretary of the Burgomaster's court in N. A. In 1660 he and his w. entered on the lists of mem. of the R. D. ch. of N. A. as removed to the ferry, Brn. In 1664 he took the oath of allegiance to the English in N. Y. In 1670 he held the position of ferryman. Issue:--Johannes, bp. Nov. 8, 1654; Sara, bp. Aug. 27, 1656; Cornelis, bp. Sept. 2, 1657; Maria, bp. Dec. 22, 1658; Cornelius, bp. June 19, 1661; Peter, bp. Feb. 4, 1663; Sara Katherine, bp. Feb. 16, 1665, m. Cornelis Pieterse Luyster; Johanna, bp. Mar. 11, 1668, m. May 10, 1684, Garret Elbertse Stoothoff--all bp. in N. A. and N. Y.; (sup.) Elizabeth, m. Jan Aersen Middagh; and Catharine, m. Garret Pieterse Wyckoff. Signed his name "Joannes Nevius."
The following is from Daniel Hoogland Carpenter's The Hoagland Family, 1891, p.266+267:13
Spelled Nafius, Neyfes, Nevus, Neefus, Nevyus, Navis.

JOHANNES NEVIUS came from "Solen" (probably Solingen in Westphalia). November 18, 1653, he married Adrientje Bleyck from Batavia, in the island of Java. He was prominent in the
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affairs of New Amsterdam. In 1658 he was Secretary of the Burgomasters and Schepens Court. He had eight children, viz.:Johannes, 1654, Sara, 1656, Cornelius, 1657, Marie, 1658, Cornelius, 1661, Petrus, 1662, Catherine, 1664, Johanna, 1668. The widow of Johannes Nevius married Cornelius De Potter, a well known merchant of New Amsterdam, but living at Brooklyn.

PETRUS NEVIUS, born 1662, was living at Flatlandsin 1698, having there married Janetje (Roeloff) Schenck. The census names him as having seven children and one slave; one of these children was David, baptized at Brooklyn, 1702; he removed to Somerset Co., N. J., and in 1745 was Assessor of Franklin township. He appears to be the progenitor of the New Jersey family. Other mentions of the name are -- Petrus, Martin, and Cornelius, members of King's Co. Militia, 1715: Christopher, John, David, Martin, Cornelius, Joseph, and Ruloff were privates in Hunterdon and Somerset Co. regiments during the revolution, 1776.

MARTINUS NEVIUS and his wifeGertche have a son Cornelius, baptized at Millstone, N. J., April 16, 1781.

JOHANNES NEVIUS and his wife Sara have a son Cornelius, baptized at Neshanic, February 11, 1784; Lucas and Jacobus Nevius were members of the church at Neshanic, 1784.

JOHANNES NEVIUS and his wife Adrianna a'Brackel have a daughter Johanna, baptized at Brooklyn, March 11, 1668,Wilhelmus a'Brackel and Saartje de Potter, witnesses. An account of the funeral of Joanna Nevius is found in the Bergen Genealogy. Cornelius Navius of Staten Island married Sara Sleght of Rahway, January 20, 1739, as per Bucks Co., Pa., records.

On 18 Nov 1653 when Johannes was 26, he married Adriaentje BLEYCK19, in New York.5

They had the following children:
i. Johannes5 (~1654-1665)
ii. Sara (1656-1665)
iii. Cornelis (1657-1661)
iv. Maria (1658->1676)
v. Cornelius (1661-1711)
vi. Pieter5 (~1663-1740)
19 vii. Catherine Johanna (1665-1707)
viii. Sara Katherine (1665-1722)
ix. Johanna5 (~1668-1734)

39 Adriaentje BLEYCK.24  Born in 1636 in Brooklyn, New York, New York. Adriaentje Cornelise died in 1689 in Brooklyn, New Amsterdam (New York). Buried in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Christened in Djakarta, Java, Indonesia. Adriaentje BLEIJCK/BLYCK, Adriaentje Cornelise DE POTTER.5

T.G. Bergen's Early Settlers [p.95] refers to her as "Adriaentje Cornelise, m. Jan Aardsz Middagh..."5

From T.G. Bergen's Early Settlers, p.206:5
Jan Aertsen of the ferry, bp. Dec. 24, 1662; m. 1st Ariaentje Blyck dau. of Cornelis de Potter and wid. of Johannes Nevius; m. 2d, Jan. 4, 1690, Elizabeth Smit wid. of Peter Smit of Ja; d. previous to 1710. Owned 200 A. fronting on the East River, lying E. of Fulton Ferry and Fulton Street, late of Joshua and Comfort Sands. Constable of Brn in 1679; ferryman 1697, per rec. of court of sessions; on ass. rolls of 1676 and '83, and on cen. of 1698. Will da. Aug. 11, 1707; pro. June 6, 1709; rec. p. 368, Lib. 7, N. Y. surr. off. Issue:--Helena, m. Christopher Hoogland; Aert, m. Elizabeth(???)and settled on the Raritan; David, bp. Dec. 18, 1681; (by 2d w.) Derick; Catharine; Pieter of the Raritan; Johannes, m. Elizabeth(???); Cornelis of the Raritan; and Matthew, m. Mary(???). Signed his name "Jan Middagh.
40 Cornelius Janse VANDERVEER. Same as 32.

41 Tryntie MANDEVILLE. Same as 33.

42 Michael Hansen BERGEN. Same as 34.

43 Femmetje Teunise NYSSEN. Same as 35.

44 Hendrick Reycke SUYDAM.5 Immigrated in March 1663 to New Netherland, on "The Rose Tree," from Zutphen in the Netherlands, or Zuydt Dam (South Dam), an unknown location.5 Hendrick Reycke died in 1701 in Freehold, Monmouth Co, New Jersey.5 Occupation: blacksmith.5 Religion: member of the Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church in 1678.5 Alias/AKA: Heyndryck Reycke, Heyndryck Reycke van Zutphen.5

In 1666 Hendrick Reycke married Ida JACOBS.5

They had the following children:
22 i. Jacob Hendrickse (1666-~1737)
ii. Ryck5 (Died as Child) (~1666-)
iii. Ryck Hendrickse5 (1675-1741)
iv. Ida5 (~1678-)
v. Jannetje5 (Died as Infant) (~1680-)
vi. Jannetje5 (Died as Child) (~1683-)
vii. Cornelius5
viii. Hendrick Hendrickse5 (-~1730)
ix. Abraham5 (~1684-)
x. Annatie9 (~1685-)
xi. Gertrude5 (~1692-)

45 Ida JACOBS.5 Alias/AKA: Ida/Ite JACOBS.

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