Schleswig-Holstein Immigrants in

New Amsterdam/New York,

1636 - 1667


Klaus Timm

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1 Introduction

Sometimes Americans try to find the roots of their ancestors, who emigrated in the seventeenth century from Schleswig-Holstein to New Amsterdam (New York).

In the 1620's the Dutch bought Manhattan Island from Native Americans and established a trading center New Amsterdam (New York) and other settlements along the Hudson River. This area was called New Netherland.

The first emigrants from today's Schleswig-Holstein came in 1636 from Bredstedt (North-Friesland) to New Amsterdam. The reasons for emigration were possibly the poverty of people who lost their homes after the terrible storm tide of 1634. Also the Thirty Years war (1618-1648) had an effect.

Evjen and Lohr published lists of Schleswig-Holstein immigrants who settled in New Netherland with the port New Amsterdam in the seventeenth century [1-3]. There are also passenger lists of Dutch ships [4].

All publications are using American sources. Researchers have tried to find those names in Schleswig-Holstein church registers and other sources, but without any success [5]. The reason is that most of the church registers start in the beginning of the eighteen's century. The other reason is that named home towns (Husum, Bredstedt, Friedrichstadt, Tönning, Flensburg) or homelands (Holstein, Dithmarschen) are not sufficient.

The following list of 75 names show an abridged version of Evjen's publication [1]. The additional map of the New Netherlands with a view of New Amsterdam from 1656 was edited by O'Donnel [6].

2 The list

1. Andriessen, Claes: Claes (Claus) Andriessen from Holstein came over to New Netherland by the ship "de Eendracht", which sailed April 17, 1664. Perhaps he was a fisherman.

2. Andriessen, Laurens: Laurens (Lorenz) Andriessen, or Laurens Andriessen van Boskerk (Buskirk), was from Holstein. Tradition says he was Dutch and had emigrated from Holland, by way of Denmark, to New Netherland in 1655. It seems that he was in Amsterdam in 1654. Andriessen was a turner by trade. On December 12, 1658, Andriessen married Jannetje Jans, widow of Christian Barentsen. In her second marriage she had four children: Andries, Lourens, Pieter, and Thomas. Laurens Andriessen acquired much land in Bergen County, New Jersey, and became influential in political life. Laurens Andriessen is the common ancestor of the Van Buskirks, well known in the annals of New Jersey and New York.

3. Andriessen, Pieter: Pieter Andriessen from Bordesholm in Holstein came over to New Amsterdam in 1639 in the ship "de Brant van Trogen". On October 19, 1645, he got the patent of a lot behind the public tavern on Manhattan, that is on Hoogh Straet. On the same date he obtained a patent of "74 morgens, 327 rods of land on the East River, opposite Hog Island, east of Domine's Hook".

4. Barentsen, Kornelius: from Dithmarschen, in Beverwyck.

5. Blom, Bernhard Jansen: * in Ockholm in Schleswig, in Neu Haarlem 1637, = 1665.

6. Broersen, Jan: Jan Broersen was from Husum. As early as 1644, he, as a young man, served Jacob Hay (Huys) in the West Indies. He later came to New Netherland. We find him at Esopus (today: Kingston) in May, 1658, when he and other settlers of this place made an agreement to remove their dwellings and form a village. In March, 1660, Broersen served as a soldier at Esopus. Jan Broersen married Heltje Jacobs. They had the children: Gaerleff, baptized at Kingston (Esopus), February 26, 1662; Grietje, August 31, 1664; Maddelen, June 27, 1666; Fitie, June 18, 1671. His wife was deceased December 24, 1679, when Broersen married Willemtje Jacobs, who had been married to Albert Geritsen and to Jan Cornelissen, a Swede from Göteborg. In 1673, Jan Broersen was nominated magistrate by the inhabitants of Horly and Marble. The Governor accordingly appointed him a magistrate and notified the inhabitants of it in a letter of October 6, 1673. Besides being magistrate Broersen was also lieutenant of the militia.

7. Bruyn, Peter: Peter Bruyn from Rendsburg was a member of the company of soldiers at Esopus, in March, 1660. He lived in the village of Wiltwyck (Esopus = todays Kingston) in 1661, where he was listed as paying excise on beer and wine.

8. Carstenz, Johan: Johan Carstenz from Barlt in Dithmarschen came to New Amsterdam by the ship "den Houttuyn", August 4, 1642. He was employed by Van Rensselaer in his colony, drew wages from August 4, 1642. In July, 1644, he appears as servant of Michael Jansz. In 1660 a Jan Carstensen from Husum served in a regiment in Albany. Johan Carstensen from Barlt and Jan Carstensen from Husum likely are the same person.

9. Carstensen, Pieter: Pieter Carstensen from Holstein arrived at New Amsterdam in 1663. He came over, accompanied by his son, who was sixteen years of age, on the ship "de Statyn", which sailed September 27, 1663.

10. Pietersen (Carstensen). Pietersen (Carstensen), son of the above mentioned Pieter Carstensen, came over from Holstein in 1663. He was then sixteen years old.

11. Christians, Crietgen: Crietgen Christians arrived at New Amsterdam in 1659. He was from Tönning. He came over on the ship "de Bever", which sailed April 25, 1659. He had a house lot in Schenectady.

12. Christiaensen, Hans: Hans Christiaensen or Hans Kettel was from Holstein. He was in New Amsterdam as early 1658 or before. On August 10, 1659, he married in New Amsterdam Marritje Cornelis (No. 15) from Flensborg in Holstein. Hans and Marritje had a child, Neeltje, who was baptized on November 12, 1660. Hans was dead when Marritje, on May 31, 1665, married Cornelis Beckman of "Stift" Bremen.

13. Cornelissen, Hendrick: Hendrick Cornelissen from Holstein was at Esopus as early as 1658 or before, witnessing, in May, 1658, the massacre committed by the Indians.

14. Cornelisen, Jan: Jan Cornelisen from Flensburg received the small burgher's right in New Amsterdam, April 14, 1657. In 1659 he was a carrier of beer with wages of a trifle more than six guilders a week.

15. Cornelis, Marritje: Marritje Cornelis from Flensburg was in New Amsterdam as early as 1659, when she was married to Hans Christiaensen (No. 12) from Holstein. After his death, she married, May 31, 1665, Cornelis Beckman of "Stift Bremen". By Christiaensen she had a daugther, Neeltje, who was baptized November 12, 1660.

16. Cornelissen, Paulus: Paulus Cornelissen was in New Netherland as early as 1654. He was from Flensburg.

17. Cornelis, Pieter: Pieter Cornelis or Pieter Cornelis Low, a laborer from Holstein, came to New Amsterdam in 1659 in the ship "de Trouw", which sailed on February 21, 1659. He married Elisabeth, a daughter of Mattys Blanchan.

18. Cornelissen, Sybrant: Sybrant Cornelissen, a soldier in the service of the West India Company, was in New Amsterdam about 1664. Sybrant Cornelissen was from Flensburg as we learn from a notice of July 17, 1664, stating that he on that date was appointed assistant surgeon and was to be employed in shaving, bleeding, and administering medicine to the soldiers. In E. B. O'Callaghan's "Register of New Netherland", Sybrant is listed as "Physician and surgeon at Esopus".

19. Dircks, Ursel: Ursel Dircks from Holstein came in 1658 to New Amsterdam with her two children, aged two and ten, by the ship "de Moesman", which sailed May 1, 1658, for New Netherland.

20. Duyts, Laurens: Laurens Duyts came over to New Netherland in 1639 in the ship "de Brant van Trogen". Among his fellow passengers were the Danes Captain Jochem Pietersen Kuyter, Jonas Bronck (?), and Pieter Andriesen (No. 3). Duyts and Andriesen were to work for Jonas Bronck: to clear a tract of five hundred acres, which Bronck had purchased from the Indians. Duyts thus became one of the pioneers of the present Borough of Bronx. He was commonly known as Laurens Grootschoe (Big Shoe). He was born in Holstein in 1610. He married Ytie Jansen. By her he had three children: a daughter, Margariet, who was baptized on December 23, 1639; a son, Jan, who was baptized on March 23, 1641; another son, Hans, who was baptized in 1644. Duyts appears to have been farming in different places. Laurens died at Bergen, New Jersey, about 1668. His son, Hans, lived at Harlem in 1667. Also the other son, Jan, lived there.

21. Eggert, Carsten Jansen: Carsten Jansen Eggert from Dithmarschen was in New Amsterdam in 1655 or before. He was listed in 1674 as possessing in New Amsterdam property on the present South William Street, then known as The Mill Street Lane. Eggert had several relatives in New Amsterdam, as is seen by his will, in which his sister Anneke Jans (No. 34), who was from Holstein, is mentioned; also his sister, Grietje Jans (No. 38), who is mentioned in the marriage records as being from Dithmarschen; and finally Dirck Jansen (No. 41).

22. Eldersen, Jacob: Jacob Eldersen, sometimes called Jacob Eldersen Brower (the brewer), was in New Amsterdam as early as 1656, when Gerrit Fullewever conveyed a lot to him. In the instrument of conveyance it is said that Jacob was from Lübeck. After having lived in New Amsterdam, he went to Harlem, of which he was one of the founders (1661). He was at Esopus in 1667. In a document of 1670 his name is written Eldessen; in a document of 1674, Elbertsen.

23. Engelbert, Joachim: He came from Husum, immigrated 1662.

24. Fransen, Hans: He came from Husum and stayed in Fort Oranien 1645, =  about 1703, ancestor of the von Heusen-family.

25. Fredericksen, Thomas: Thomas Fredericksen from Oldenburg, Holstein, was in New Amsterdam as early as 1650. He was a cooper and was known as Thomas Fredericksen de Kuyper. His wife was Marretie Claes Adriaens, by whom he had children: Adrian, baptized September 18, 1650; Tryntie, baptized February 23, 1653; Francyntie, April 4, 1655; Tryntie, January 16, 1658; Cornelis, January 15, 1659; Tryntie, September 3, 1662; Thomas, February 4, 1672.

26. Harders, Tryntie: Tryntie Harders from Tönning was in New Amsterdam before 1643, when she as widow of Hendrick Holst was married – June 14 – to Hugh Aertsen, widower of Annetje Theunis. After the death of Aertsen, Tryntie married, December 23, 1648, Albert Coneliszen Wantenar, from "Vechten".

27. Harmens, Laurens: Laurens Harmens came over to New Netherland in 1660. He was a farmer from Holstein. He arrived, accompanied by his wife, on the ship "de Leide", which sailed March 4, 1660.

28. Harmensen, Marten: Marten Harmensen from Krempe in Holstein, was in Esopus 1660-1663. He was a mason. His name was on the muster roll of the soldier's company at Esopus, March 28, 1660. On January 29, 1662, he married Claesje Teunis, widow of Cornelis Teunissen. He owned a bowery in Wiltwyck (= Esopus). On June 7, 1663, after the massacre in this new village, he was found killed.

29. Helmsz(en), Jan: Jan Helmsz(en) (Jan de Bock) from Barlt in Dithmarschen arrived at New Amsterdam by "den Houttuyn" on August 4, 1642.

30. Hendricksen, Fredrick: Fredrick Hendricksen Kuyper (= Cooper) was from Oldenburg. He was in New Amsterdam as early as 1659. From a list of the inhabitants of New Amsterdam who were assessed in 1665, we learn that Hendricksen lived in High Street. He was employed by the West India Company as a cooper.

31. Jacobs, Engeltje: Engeltje Jacobs "van Hoogharsteen in Holsteyn" was married, February 15, 1658, in New Amsterdam to Christiaen Toemszen "van Strabroeck in Brabant".

32. Jacobsen, Karsten: Karsten Jacobsen from Husum immigrated in 1660 with his wife and daughter.

33. Jacobsen, Pieter: Pieter Jacobsen came to New Netherland by the ship "de Trouw" which sailed on February 12, 1659. He was, as is stated in the list of passengers, from Holstein. He was a miller and settled in Esopus. The Baptismal Register of the old Dutch church in Kingston (= Esopus) giving the date of the baptism of Pieter's son, Pieter, October 1, 1662, states that the father is "miller here". In 1664 he is mentioned as being in partnership with Pieter Cornelissen. The wife of Pieter Jacobsen was Grietjen Hendricks Westercamp. Pieter died at or before the beginning of 1665.

34. Jans, Anneke: Anneke Jans from Dithmarschen in Holstein was married March 29, 1653, in New Amsterdam to Hage Bruynsen from Vexiö in Smaaland, Sweden. She was a sister of Dirck Jansen (No. 41), Carsten Jansen Eggert (No. 21) and Grietje Jans (No. 38). Anneke and Hage had a son, who was born in 1654, and married Gessi Schuman of New York in 1681.

35. Jans, Dorothea: Dorothea Jans from Bredstedt came in company with her brother Jan Jansen (No. 44) and his wife Engeltje Jans (No. 37) to New Amsterdam in 1636. She was married to Volckert Jansen (No. 50) from "Fredrickstadt" and had several children. She also had two sisters and one brother in New Amsterdam.

36. Jans, Elsje: Elsje Jans from Bredstedt, a daughter of Jans Jansen and Engeltje Jans van Breestede, came with her parents to New Netherland in 1636. She was married, on May 17, 1643, to Adriaen Pietersen van Alcmar, widower of Grietje Pietersen.

After the death of Adriaen Pietersen Elsje married Hendricksen Jochemsen of Esopus. After his death she married Cornelis Barentsen Slecht (Sleght), who was in New Amsterdam in 1662, and at Wiltwyck (Esopus) in 1664.

Elsje had three sisters and one brother in New Netherland. Dorothea Jans (No. 35), Engeltje Jans (No. 37), Tryntie Jans (No. 40) and Jan Jansen (No. 44).

37. Jans, Engeltje: Engeltje Jans from Bredstedt in Schleswig came with her husband Jan Jansen to New Amsterdam about 1636. By him she had the following children: 1) Tryntie, who was married to Rutger Jacobsen Schoonderworth or Van Woert, and whose descendants assumed the name of Rutgers; 2) Jan Jansen van Breestede, who in 1647 married Marritje Lucas (Andries); 3) Dorothea Jans van Breestede, who in 1650 was married to Volckert Janszen from Frederickstadt, and whose descendants comprise the Dow family of New York; 4) Elsie Jans van Brestede, who was married three times. After the death of Jan Jansen, Engeltje Jans was married on September 1, 1641, to Egbert Woutersen of Isselsteyn.

38. Jans, Grietje: Grietje Jans was from Dithmarschen in Schleswig-Holstein. She was a sister of Dirck Jansen (No. 41), Anneke Jans (No. 34) and Carsten Jansen Eggert (No. 21), in whose will she is mentioned. On October 6, 1652, she was married in New Amsterdam to Jacob Pietersen Van Leyden. They had a son, Pieter, who baptized on August 31, 1653.

39. Jans, Magdalentje: Magdalentje Jans from Dithmarschen was married January 22, 1650, in New Amsterdam to Jan Peers.

40. Jans, Tryntie: Tryntie Jans from Bredstedt came to New Netherland with her parents, Jan Jansen and Engeltje Jans (No. 37) in 1636. She had two sisters and one brother in New Netherland. On June 3, 1646, she was married in New Amsterdam to Rutger Jacobsen, a resident of Rensselaerswyck (Albany).

Rutger Jacobsen came from Schoonderwoert, a village some twelve miles south of Utrecht, Holland. Tryntie's husband was a prominent man in Beverwyck. He was engaged in public life, being a councilor from 1649 to 1651 in Rensselaerswyck. We know very little about Tryntie. Her daughter Engel was baptized April 10, 1650; and her daughter Margrietje was married in 1667 to Jan Jansen Bleecker.

41. Jansen, Dirck: Dirck Jansen from Dithmarschen was a cooper in New York. He was brother of Carsten Jansen Eggert (No. 21), Greetje Jansen (No. 38) (wife of Jacob Pietersen), and Anneke Jans (No. 34) (wife of Hage Bruynsen).

On July 22, 1677, Dirck Jansen married Rachel Detru (du Trieux), widow of Hendrick Van Bommel. His first wife was Wyburg Jans. By his second wife he had a son, Jan, who was baptized March 27, 1678; a daughter Grietje, who was baptized Februay 8, 1679; again a son, Abraham, baptized April 26, 1682. His second wife is sometimes called Rachel Rosella du Trieux, also Rachel Philips. She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in New York, 1686. Dirck Jansen of Dithmarschen, must not be taken for Dirck Jansen of Oldenburg, a contemporary in New York who was woodsawyer, ship builder and real estate dealer.

42. Jansen, Hans: Hans Jansen or Hans Hansen van Nordstrand came to New Netherland in 1639. We do not know, who was his wife. He married early, as he had a child, Rommetje, who was baptized on December 8, 1641, in New Amsterdam. On November 29, 1652, he married Janneke Gerrits van Loon op't Sandt. He was a farmer and owned Bruyenburg or Buyennesburg.

43. Jansen, Jan: Jan Jansen, the progenitor of the Ditmars family in this country, was from Dithmarschen in Holstein. He was known as Jan Jansen platneus (flatnose). He had land in New Amsterdam in 1643 or earlier. He died before 1650. His widow, Neeltie Douwes, married January 9, 1650, Lovis (Teunis?) Joriszen, "Van der Veer in Zealandt." Jan Jansen had two children; John and Douwe or Dow.

44. Jansen, Jan: Jan Jansen from "Breestede" (Bredstedt) came over to New Netherland with his parents, Jan Jansen and Engeltje Jans (No. 37), and his three sisters, Elsje (No. 36), Dorothea (No. 35) and Tryntie Jans (No. 40) in 1636. Jan Jansen married, November 1, 1647, in New Amsterdam, Marritje Lucas (Andries), by whom he had six children, who were born and baptized in New Amsterdam.

Jannetje was baptized July 19, 1648; Wouter, December 25, 1650; Johannes, October 27, 1652; Engel, November 29, 1654; Pieter, June 15, 1656; Simon, February 10, 1658.

Jan Jansen was a cooper. Jansen died, it is supposed, about the year 1675. His descendants in later years have been known as Breestede.

45. Jansen, Jan: Jan Jansen from Flensburg married on April 11, 1680, in New Amsterdam Willemyntie Huygens de Kleyn, a daughter of Hugh Barents Kleyn (Clein), resident of New Amsterdam. Willemyntie was the widow of Barthemeus Schaet. Jan Jansen had several children by her. The twins, Maria and Catharina, who were baptized December 10, 1680; Maria, baptized January 20, 1682; Johannes, February 15, 1684. After her death he married April 14, 1687, Margaret Martens (from Boston, 1678), widow of Claes Roelofsen. By her he had a daughter, Catharina, who was baptized July 24, 1689. It would seem that he was a baker.

46. Jansen, Jeurian: Jeurian (Jürgen) Jansen arrived at New Amsterdam in 1662. He came on the ship "de Vos", which sailed August 31, 1662. In the list of passengers, it is stated that Jansen was from Holstein. If Jansen from Holstein was a soldier, it is probable that he was the Jansen who died on September 25, 1663, by falling out of a canoe and drowning.

47. Jansen, Volckert: Volckert Jansen, sometimes referred to as Volckert Hans or Volckert Jans Douw was in New Netherland as early as 1638. In the marriage record of the Dutch church in New York, it is said that he was from "Frederickstadt". Whether this means Frederikstadt in Norway or Friedrichstadt in Schleswig-Holstein, is difficult to decide. Volckert Jansen married Dorothea Jans van Breestede on April 19, 1650, in New Amsterdam. Volckert Jansen was a trader, brewer, and dealer in real estate.

He died in 1686, his wife Dorothea in 1701. The descendants comprise the Dow family in New York. There were eleven children born to Volckert and Dorothea, four boys and seven girls: Jonas, Andries, Volckertje, Dorothe, Catrina, Engeltje, Hendrick, Elsje, Rebecca, Volckert, Grietje.

48. Jansen, Pieter: Pieter Jansen was from Glückstadt. All that we know about this person is contained in a notice in the Court Record of New Amsterdam. It appears that he died about 1663.

49. Jansz, Jacob: Jacob Jansz from Nordstrand, Schleswig, was in the colony of Rensselaerswyck as early as 1642.

50. Klaesen, Peter: Peter Klaesen (Claessen) arrived with his wife and his two children - the one ¾ years old, the other six – at New Amsterdam in the year 1658. He was from Holstein, and a farmer by occupation. He came over in the ship "de Vergulde Bever", which sailed May 17, 1658. On December 7, 1664, Pieter Claessen van Dietmarssen was by Governor Richard Nicoll granted a request, he had made, to pass on the ship "Unity" to any port or harbor in Holland. It is probable that this is the Klaesen who came over in 1658. His wife and children may have died in the mean time.

51. Kuyter, Jochem Pietersen: Jochem Pietersen Kuyter, one of the most influential colonists in New Netherland, arrived at New Amsterdam, in July, 1639. He was a native of Dithmarschen. He came in a private ship "de Brant von Trogen" (The Fire of Troy).

Where Kuyter got his name, often spelled Cuyter, has not been ascertained. Sometimes it occurs as Kayser. Could the original have been Keyser or Reyser or Knyter? For twelve years, he had been, according to tradition, in the service of the Danish East India Colonies. Mr. N. Andersen, of Denmark, who has written about Bronk leaves it an open question as to what the position which Kuyter held, actually was. Kuyter may, he says, have been in the service of the fleet or in the service of the East India Company as "capitaine d'armes" or as skipper, "capitaine de vaisseau". Kuyter was a man of good education, what is evident by his dealings with Governor Kieft, whom he gave many a thrust in his well-written documents.

Kuyter settled with his farmers and herdsmen upon a tract of four hundred acres of fine farming land, of which he had obtained a grant from the West India Company. This tract streched along the Harlem River from about the present One Hundred and Twenty-seventh to One Hundred and Forthieth streets.

None of the other Danes in New Amsterdam obtained the social prestige of Kuyter. He was a member of the Board of Twelve Men from August 29, 1641, to February 18, 1642; of the Board of Eight Men which board existed from September, 1643, to September, 1647. After a journey to Holland he was made a member of the Board of Nine Men, which existed from September 25, 1647, until the city was incorporated, in 1653, when he was made schout or Sheriff. But in 1654 he was murdered by the Indians at Harlem.

Kuyter was married to Lentie Martens, who possibly was a sister of his friend, Jonas Bronck. Kuyter left no children.

52. Martensen, Pieter: Pieter Martensen from Dithmarschen arrived at New Amsterdam in 1663 on board the ship "de Rooseboom", which sailed March 15, 1663. He was accompanied by his child, seven years old.

53. Maurissen, Knut: from Husum, in New Haarlem 1667.

54. Neven, Elpken: from Eckernförde, widow of David Clement, ¥ 1652 Albert Jansen.

55. Nissen, Christian: Christian Nissen Romp from Holstein was in New Amsterdam as early as 1657. On February 4, in that year, he married Styntie Pieters, of Copenhagen. In 1661 he commanded the garrison at Wiltwyck (Kingston).

56. Petersen, Claes: Claes Petersen came to New Amsterdam in 1660. He was a soldier of the navy from Dithmarschen, who left Holland by the ship "de Bonte Koe", which sailed April 15, 1660. In the list of passengers kept by the ship, it is stated that he assigned two months wages per year to Marritie Hendrixen, his betrothed. He seems to have been in Esopus in 1663.

57. Petersen, Jakob: from Lübeck, he married 1670.

58. Petersen, Jakob: from Rendsburg, in Fort Oranien 1642.

59. Petersen, Siewert: from Husum, a malster, immigrated in 1662.

60. Pieters, Anneke: Anneke Pieters from Holstein, widow of Jacques Kinnekom, was married November 22, 1652, in New Amsterdam to Barent Jansen Bal from Velthusysen in Benthem. Barent Bal's name is met with as early as 1640, when he was sponsor at a baptism.

61. Pieters, Elsje: Elsje Pieters from Holstein is registered in the Church Record of the Dutch Reformed Church in New Netherland as Elpken Neven van Eckelvaer in Holstein. The transcriber, no doubt, had difficulty in reading the original. Elpken is a corruption for Elsje, Aeltie, or Heyltie. "Neven" represents an obstinate attempt to decipher Pieters or Peters. Eckelvaer is another corruption. Can it mean Eckernförde? "Elpken Nevens van Eckelvaer" was married, September 14, 1652, in New Amsterdam to Albert Jansen. He was widower of Hilletje Willems.

62. Pietersen, Christian: Christian Pietersen from Husum was in New Amsterdam as early as 1657, when he on October 28 married Tryntie Cornelis, from Durgerdam in the northern part of Holland. Christian and Tryntie had several children: Pieter, who was baptized, November 24, 1658; Marie baptized, December 22, 1660; Cornelis, January 8, 1662; Paulus, June 22, 1664; Jacob, October 21, 1668. In 1662 Christian Pietersen seems to have lived for some time in Bergen, New Jersey. As late as 1675 we find him a settler in Esopus. He died before 1686.

63. Pietersen, Jan: Jan Pietersen, a woodsawyer, from Husum was in New Amsterdam about 1639. Under date of March 3, 1639, we have an indenture of Thomas Wesson to serve Jan Pietersen from Husum for three years. It seems that he married twice. The name of his first wife was Elsje. By her he had a daughter Neeltjen, who was baptized September 9, 1640; a son, Jan, baptized June 28, 1643; again a daughter, Annetje, baptized January 28, 1646. After the death of his first wife, it would seem that he, on May 15, 1652, married Grietje Jans, of Groeningen. By her he had a daughter Elsje, who was baptized, July 13, 1653.

64. Pietersen, Jan: Jan Pietersen from Dithmarschen was a soldier whose name is on the list of passengers that sailed from Holland to New Amsterdam in "de Bonte Koe", April 15, 1660.

65. Ples, Michel: Michel Ples from Holstein came to New Netherland in 1658. He sailed on the ship "de Bruynvis", which left Holland on June 19, 1658. He was accompanied by his wife and two children, one of whom was four years old, the other an infant.

66. Pouwelsen, Claes: Claes Pouwelsen (Paulsen), a mason from Dithmarschen, came to New Netherland in "de vergulde Otter", which sailed December 22, 1657. It is possible that Claes Pouwelsen returned to Dithmarschen, and thence came a second time to New Netherland in the ship "de Pumerlander", which sailed October 12, 1662. A Clause Pouwelsen took the oath of allegiance in 1664, when the English conquered New Netherland.

67. Pouwelsen, Juriaen: Juriaen Pouwelsen (Jürgen Paulsen) was from Schleswig, Denmark. He came over by "den Houttuyn", which sailed from Texel, in June, 1642, arriving at New Amsterdam on August 4, 1642. He began to serve in the colony of Rensselaerswyck August 13, in the same year. He must have been quite young at the time, as he is referred to as Jeurian Poulisz Jongen (the boy).

68. Ranzow, Jonas: Jonas Ranzow (Ranzo, Ranson, Rantson) from Holstein was in New Netherland as early as 1659 or before. In 1661 he was Corporal inthe garrison on the Esopus. He paid in the same year excise on beer and wine. In 1663 he was an important member of the council of war in Kingston (Esopus). On September 21, 1664, he married in New Amsterdam Catharyntie Hendricks, daughter of Hendrick Hendricksen from Erlangen in Germany. Under date of September 30, in the same year, Nicholas Gosten brought suit against Ranzow. The charges are not specified in the minutes of the court. Ranzow was in default. In December Ranzow and his wife and her parents were permitted on their own request to leave New York for Europe. Evidently the change in government caused many to return to Europe.

69. Schut, Hans Hermansen: Hans Hermansen Schut from Lübeck he was married in 1649 to Margaritje Denys, widow of Jan Nagel from Limburg.

70. Slot, Jan Pietersen: Jan Pietersen Slot, the ancestor of the Slottes or Sloats of Orange County, New York , came over in 1650 from Holstein. He was accompanied by his two sons Johan and Pieter who had been born in Amsterdam. He settled at Harlem, where he became prominent. He was a carpenter by trade. From 1660 to 1665 he served as magistrate. In 1662 he sold a house and lot to Dirck Jensen, the Cooper. In 1665 he bought land at the Bowery in New Amsterdam. He acquired land in 1667 also. At about this time he moved to New Amsterdam, where he resided till 1686. He lived for a while in Wall Street. He died in 1703. His wife Claertje Dominicus was a member (1686) of the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam.

71. Slot, Johan Jansen: Johan Jansen Slot came over with his father Jan Pietersen Slot and his brother Pieter Jansen Slot in 1650. His father was from Holstein, who before coming to New Netherland resided a while in Amsterdam, where his two sons were born. On April 28, 1672, Johan married in New Amsterdam Judith Elswarts.

72. Smeeman, Herman: Hermann Smeeman from Dithmarschen was in New Amsterdam as early as 1645 or before. On December 4 of that year he married in this city Elisabeth Everts, the widow of Barent Dircksen. On April 2, 1647, he obtained a patent of 23 morgens, 480 rods of land on the East river, "north of the West India Company's great bouwerey." In 1661 Smeman went to live in Bergen, New Jersey. After the death of his first wife Smeeman married on December 1, 1668, Anneke Daniels, the widow of Joseph Waldron. After the death of Smeeman she was married, 1682, to Conraetd ten Eyck.

73. Stoeff, Hartwig: Hartwig Stoeff from Lübeck immigrated in 1657.

74. Teunis, Pieter: Pieter Teunis from Flensborg was among the soldiers listed to sail from Holland to New Netherland in the ship "de Otter", sailing April 27, 1660.

75. Thomassen, Hans: Hans Thomassen from Wittbeck in Schleswig-Holstein was 1652 in Beverwyck, he died in 1679. There was also Jan Thomassen from Ostenfeld in Schleswig-Holstein, was married in 1648 to Gertrud Andries. Jan and Hans Thomassen may be the same person.


3 References

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