Descendants of Hendrick Willemsz

Hendrick HENDRICKSON[1]

Male Abt 1674 - Bef 1734  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name Hendrick HENDRICKSON 
    Born Abt 1674  New Albany, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 3 Jun 1734  Middletown Point, Monmouth, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I49  HHDHA
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 

    Father Hendrick WILLEMSZ,   b. Abt 1634, Barneveld, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1677, New Albany, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Gisseltje Albertse BRADT,   b. Mar 1637/1638, Rensselaerwyck, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1677, New Albany, Albany New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married Abt 1668  New Albany, Albany New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F32  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Trynetje Haggase VAN DYKE,   c. 17 Oct 1680, Flatbush DRC, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1703  New Utrecht, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Children 
     1. Geesje HENDRICKSON,   b. Abt 1703, MIddletown, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1760, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
     2. Jannetje HENDRICKSON,   c. 29 May 1705, Brooklyn DR Church, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hendrick HENDRICKSON,   b. 11 Nov 1706, MIddletown, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1783, , Monmouth, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Helena CORTELYOU,   b. Abt 1666, Najack, New Utrecht, Kings, Yorkshire, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 27 Oct 1726, Middletown Point, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married Abt 4 Apr 1708  Flatbush Dutch Reformed Ch., Midwout, Kings, Long Island, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Hendrick Hendrickson Sr. was the son of Hendricks Willemsz and Geesje Bradt of New Albany, New York and had two known brothers, Willem Hendricks and Daniel Hendrickson, and one known sister Francntje Hendrickson as well as three older half brothers, Johannes, Jacob, and Albert Van Eckelen, and a half sister, Antje/Annetie Van Eckelen, who married Johannes Kros/Caros. Hendrick’s half siblings were the children of Geesje Bradt and her first husband Jan Van Ecklen who died 23 Mar 1668. Geesje married 2) our ancestor Hendrick Willemsz around 1669 who was also somewhat older as he was known as Hendrick Willemsz de oude or the older by the community of Albany and according to one report he was a “Carman” or a Deliveryman. It is thought by some that he was a business partner of Geesje’s first husband although I have yet to see this connection. Hendrick Hendrickson was younger than his brother Willem Hendricks, who is named as Hendrick Willemsz’ "Eldest son" in the Albany Court minutes (MCARS 2:282-283), and may have been youngest of the Hendricks children as he was probably the last to be married. He would have been born between 1670 and 1676 since both his parents were deceased by December 1677 (ERANP:444-445).

      The Hendricks children were probably raised by Geesje’s parents, Albert Bradt and Anntje Van Rotmers, or her by brother Storm Van Der Zee who administered Hendrick and Geesje’s estate. Life with the Bradt family was a great adventure as their grandfather Albert was known as the spirited Northman of Beverwijck which was located just outside of Fort Orange. The major industries of this small community were fur trading and tobacco growing. Albert was a Lumberman from Norway who signed on as a Tobacco Planter with Kiliaen Van Renssealer the Patroon owner of the Colony of Renssealerwijck on the North (Hudson) River. The Van Renssealers were savvy Dutch merchants who made a fortune in the diamond and pearl markets and who expected nearly impossible returns on their tobacco investments. The high spirited Lumberman soon lost interest in the tedious art of tobacco growing as several heated letters from Kiliaen Van Renssealer testify. The truth of the matter was that there were grand fortunes to be made in Beaver Furs and Albert as well as other Planters spent the bulk of their time and ingenuity trapping and trading with the local Indians for furs. He also ran two saw mills which were situated on Tawasentha Creek so it is a wonder that he had any time at all to grow tobacco. Hendrick and his brothers probably helped the Bradt family with one or more of these endeavors which would have proved to be an equal task for raising young men of responsibility. Little is known about the early Hendrickson children’s life in New Albany but by 1682 their half brother Johannes Van Ecklen had brought the children to Long Island, New York where they became members of the Dutch Reformed Churches of Flatbush and Brooklyn. Johannes was the schoolmaster of Flatbush from 1682 to 1699, and the County Clerk of Kings County in 1698. Willem Hendricks was received into the Dutch Reformed Church of Flatbush on June 4, 1687 and he took the Oath of Allegiance to the English Crown in Flatbush as a "native" in September 1687. Hendrick and his brother Daniel did not take the oath as they were probably not of age at the time. Hendrick is not mentioned any Kings Co., records until 3 Apr 1698 when he and his half sister, Annetie Kros, witnesses the baptism of his Nephew, Hendrick Van Dyke, In the Dutch Reformed Church of Flatbush . Hendrick Van Dyke was the son of Francyntje Hendrickson and her husband Klaas (Nicholas) Van Dyke (FCR:452). On the 22 Sep 1692 Hendrick’s brother, Daniel, leased a parcel of land named Strawberry Fields just across the Bay in Monmouth Co., New Jersey and on the 16 May 1698 Daniel purchased this land. On the 17 Nov 1701 a Dutch company consisting of Theodore Polhemus, Stoffel Probasco, Jacques Cortelyou, Cornelius Wyckoff, Hendrick Lott, Hendrick Hendrickson, Peter Cortlyou, Dennis Tunis and Frederick Van Lieu of Long Island purchased twelve thousand acres of land in Somerset and Middlesex Co. (Gen of Long Island Fam. 1:624-629). It has been debated as to if this was our Hendrick Hendrickson and if it was it would seem to indicate that he was well acquainted with the family of Helena Cortelyou as Peter and Jaques were her brothers and Dennis Tunis was her second husband who died in 1706.
      On the 3 Apr 1701 Daniel Hendrickson, Adrian Bennet, and Hendrick Hendrickse witness a land transaction between David Stout of Monmouth Co. NJ and Hendrick Van Dyke of Kings Co., Long Island NY for land on Hop Creek (EJLD 8:119) and on the 10 Nov 1705 Hendrick Hendrickse of Monmouth Co., NJ buys the same parcel of land known as Romanis from Hendrick Van Dyke and his wife Jonica of Brookland, Kings Co., NY (EJLD 8:??). In March of 1699 Daniel and Hendrick Hendrickson are listed as Grand Jurors in the Monmouth Co., Court minutes. Hendrick is also cited as serving on a Jury that was summoned to view a corpse that washed Sandy Hook Beach about the same time by George C. Beekman in his Early Dutch Settlers of Monmouth Co., NJ (EDS:148). Mr. Beekman writes:

      “Our court minutes for this period show that one Hendrick Hendricks served on the Grand Jury and also on a coroner’s jury, called to view a corpse thrown up by the sea on Sandy Hook beach. After the above dates (1694 to 1706) no Hendrick Hendricks is named on our public records as resident of this county until Daniel’s eldest son arrived at age. Hendrick Hendricks was a widower and married again about 1706, Helen Cortelyou, the widow of Nicholas Van Brunt and Dionyse Denyse. After his marriage it is said that he lived with his wife on lands at New Utrecht, L. I. which her father, Jaques Cortelyou, had devised to her.”

      Although Mr. Beekman thought that Hendrick was probably the father of Willem and Daniel Hendricks the rest of his information on Hendrick Hendrickson has proven to be fairly accurate. Sometime around 1703 Hendrick married Trynetje Van Dyke who died after the birth of Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. in 1706. Trynetje, or Catherine as she would have been known in English, was born in 1680 to Achias Van Dyke and his wife Jannetje Lamberts who were residents of Yellow Hook just south of Brooklyn and next door to the land holdings of Jaques Cortelyou on the western tip of Long Island. Trynetje was baptized in the 17 Oct 1780 in the Dutch Reformed Church of Flatbush (FCR:401). Trynetje was a first cousin to Daniel’s wife who was also named Trynetje Van Dyke. Hendrick Hendrickson Sr. and his wife Tynetje had one child baptized in the Brooklyn DRC on the 29 May 1705 (BDRCR:498). Tunis G. Bergen translates the entry as such:

      1705, 29 May
      Jannetje:
      P. Hendrick Hendrickze and Trynetje (parents).
      w. Claas Van Dyke and Jannetje Van Dyke (witnesses).

      There is no doubt that this baptism is for our Hendrick Hendrickson Sr. as the very next entry is for a child of his brother Willem Hendrickson and his wife Willemtze:

      Johannes
      p. Willem Hendrickson and Willemtze Lane (parents).
      w. Stoffel Schar& Geesje Van Heckel, Antoni Rutger and Antje Caros (witnesses).

      Many of the names of the witnesses are familiar to us while others we can only speculate about. Remember that the witnesses usually represented each side of the family and witnesses often represented deceased grandparents for whom the children were named. Claas Van Dyke was Hendrick’s brother-in-law Nicholas Van Dyke who married his sister Francyntje. Jannetje Van Dyke was probably Tynetje’s sister Jannetje who was representing their mother Jannetje Lamberts wife of Achias Van Dyke. Geesje Van Heckel/Eckelen was a daughter of Willem Hendrickson’s half brother Johannes Van Eckelen and Antje Caros/Kros was Willem’s half sister. Even though the Hendrickson were probably living in Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ after 1694 most of their early children were baptized in the Brooklyn and Faltbush Churches since an established Dutch Reformed Church did not officially exist in Monmouth County until 1709 even though services may have been held there as early as 1699 by visiting NY pastors. This may explain why Hendrick Hendrickson’s marriages have never been found and why no baptisms for Hendrick’s other two children have ever been located. It should also be noted that marriages between 1694 and 1706 and baptisms between 1698 and 1710 are missing in the Dutch Reformed Church at Flatbush NY. I have been unable to verify if marriages or baptisms took place in this church during this time but if baptisms took place up to 1698 then marriages probably took place also and if marriages took place after 1705 then baptisms probably also took place also and perhaps during the whole lapse of time. Since Hendrick Hendrickson as well as Helena Cortelyou were former participants of this congregation it is very possible that these events happened in this church the records of which have since been lost.

      According to George C. Beekman in his Early Dutch Settlers our ancestor Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. was born 11 Nov 1706 and died 28 Jul 1783 (EDS:27). Mr. Beekman cites the Dutch Bible of Hendrick’s father-in-law Albert Couwenhoven as the source for these dates. It has been previously assumed that Helena Cortelyou was the mother of Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. and his sister Geesje Hendrickson however this was before Hendrick’s first wife, Trynetje Van Dyke, was discovered and documentary evidence suggests that Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. were the children of Trynetje Van Dyke. First off Hendrick and Helena probably were not married until 4 Apr 1708 when Helena Hendrickson writes a paper in which she states that her son Jacques Denyse and her son-in-law, Hendrick Van Louwres, shall take the administration of her personal estate which properly belonged to her, pursuant to the agreement made between her and her then husband, Hendrick Hendrickson. She decrees that all her children shall have equal portion, also her son Nicholas Van Brunt, deceased, whose heirs shall have one equal share of her personal estate. It was signed by Helena Hendrickson and bore, her mark H. and was notarized and recorded 27 Day of October 1726 (Reminisces of New Ultrecht and Gowanus p. 39). This agreement, dated 4 April 1708, was probably made around the time Hendrick and Helena married which would have been some time after our Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. and his sister Geesje were born. It is also a documentable fact that Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. or his sister Geesje Hendrickson are never mention in any following settlements or land conveyances where the lands of Helena Cortelyou were imparted to her children and grandchildren.
      Page 355 of an article written by Helen Lincklarn Fairchild entitled Tunise Denise of Freehold, New Jersey 1704 - 1797, featured in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record No. 49 provides us with an extract of an agreement that states the following:
      “1717, Aug 15. I Hendrick Hendrickson, of New Utrecht in Kings County, yeoman, am bound unto Jaques Teunissen of Town and County aforesaid in 400 pounds, the condition being if Hendrick Hendrickson conveys to Jaques Teunissen all the right and title which by certain letters of Patent the said Hendrick Hendrickson now hath in and to certain ferry at the Narrows between Nassau Island and Staten Island at the decease of his now wife, (Helena) or when her youngest son called Teunis Teunisen shall attain to the age of twenty one years, this obligation to be void.”
      Teunis Teunisen as well as Jaques Teunissen were sons of Helena Cortelyou and her second husband Denys Teunisen who later in life went by their Dutch Patronymic Denys. So this agreement clearly states that Tunis Denys born 15 Jun 1704 was Helena Cortelyou’s youngest son and not Hendrick Hendrickson Jr who was born 11 Nov 1706. And since Geesje Hendrickson started having children with her husband Nicholas Van Brunt no later than 1724 then it is very probable that she was born before 1704 and was the eldest of the Hendrick Hendrickson children. But perhaps the most telling evidence is that Geesje never named a daughter Helena but she did name her second oldest daughter Trynitje Van Brunt. The noted Long Island historian named Teunis G. Bergen, who lived on lands once owned by Helena Cortelyou, knew exactly who Geesje Hendrickson’s mother was as in the family history entitled, The Bergen Family p. 291 he gives us the following clarification:
      “Nicholas (Van Brunt) m(arried) Geesje, dau. of Hendrick Hendrickson of the Narrows, New Utrecht, by a first wife, his second being Helena Cortelyou. Geesie survived her husband, who emigrated to New Jersey where he had numerous descendants... Adrian Van Brunt married Jannetje Hendricks who also may have been a dau. of Hendrick Hendrickson.”
      So Hendrick Hendrickson Sr. and his first wife Trynetje Van Dyke had three known children: Geesje Hendrickson b. abt. 1703 who married Nicholas Van Brunt about 1724, Jannetje Hendrickse baptized 29 May 1705 and who like Mr. Bergen suggests married Adrian Van Brunt, the younger brother of Nicholas, about 1726 and Hendrick Hendrickson born 11 Nov 1706 and who married Aeltje Couwenhoven about 1728. As to where the Hendrickson children were born is another matter. As was mentioned on the 10 Nov 1705 Hendrick Hendrickson Sr. bought a parcel of land on Hopp Creek near to Daniel Hendrickson’s lands called Romanis. In Apr 1706 Hendrick witnesses and land deed of land on Hopp River of James Stout of Middletown to Jacob Wecoff (Wyckoff) of the Flatlands, Kings Co., NY (EJLD8:76) and by 1 Jul 1706 Hendrick Hendrickson of Middletown sells part of this land to Jarat Schank of the same place which was not recorded in the Monmouth Co., Deeds until 25 May 1715 (MCD E:120-121). This sale seems to have closely preceded the birth of Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. so Trynetje must have still been alive and perhaps she died after they moved Kings Co., NY. It is very possible they may have moved to Yellow Hook in New Utrecht to assist Trynetje’s aging father, Achias Van Dyke, who owned a large farm that he bought from Adriaen Bennet Sr. in 1695. By the 6 Oct 1708 both Achias Van Dyke and his daughter Trynetje Hendrickson seem to have passed away as a deed was recorded in the Kings Co., NY Conveyances 1679 - 1736, Liber 3, pp. 183-185 that lists Hendrick Hendrickse of Kings Co., on Nassaw (Long Island) NY as an heir of Achias/Agyas VanDyke. We need to thank Michael Morrisay for finally finding the deed and the following abstract was made by Jeff Ward:

      "This Indenture made this sixth day of October in the seventh yeare of the Reigne of our Sovereign Lady Anne, Queen of great Brittaine france + Ireland, Defender of the faith dc Ammog Dom. 1708; Between Lambert Vandyck and Maryke his wife of the Citty of Newyorke, Jacob Vandyck Jannake Vandyck + Hendrick Hendrickse of Kings County on Nassaw Island in the Collony of New Yorke Johannes Koerte and Barbera his wife of the province of East New Jersey of the one part, and Hendrick Vandyck of Kings County aforesaid of the other part witnesseth, That the said Lambert Vandyck Hendrick Hendrickse Johannes Koerte and Barbera his wife by vertue of the last will and testament of Agyas Vandyck late of the yellow hooke soe called in the towneship of Broockland in Kings County aforesaid deceased, and forr and in consideration of the sume of three hundred pounds Currant mony of Newyorke to them by said Hendrick Vandyck at and before the Ensealing and delivery hereof in hand payd, the Receipt whereof they doe hereby acknowledge and themselves therewith to be fully contented and satisfyed , and thereof and therefrom and of and from Every part and parcell thereof ffor
      Ever by these presents doe acquitt and discharge the said Hendrick Vandyck his heyres Executors and administrators; Have given granted bargained sold conveyed assured and Confirmed and by these presents doe give grant bargine sell convey assure and Confirme unto the said Hendrick Vandyck his heyres and assignes for Ever, All that messuage farme or plantation scituate lying and being at the yellow hooke soe called in the towneship of Broockland aforesaid formerly in the possession, tenure + occupacon of Agyas Vandyck abovenamed deceased, that is to say, the five parts shares and moyetyes of six of in and to said messauge, and bounded as followes viz. Beginning ..." What follows is a long legal description known as a monuments and markers legal description…. Part of the property description is the boundary "between the townes of Broockland and Newutrecht." Another part borders the "commons of Newutrecht." The parcel is said to contain 108 acres. After a lot more repetitive legal language that sounds pretty familiar to the modern real estate lawyer, the document concludes with the in "witnes" whereof clause. It is signed and sealed by Lambert Vandyck, Maryke W Vandyck, her marke (which appears to be the W), Jacob Vandyck, Jannake X Vandyck, her marke, hendrick HH (a very distinct mark with the H’s joined together) hendrickse, Johannes Koerte and Barbera Coerte, her marke. It was then sworn to before Henry ffilkin, one of her "Majestyes" Justices of the peace October 6, 1708 and acknowledged again before the same justice of the peace on 23 Oct 1708 by Johannes Coerte and once again on 25 April 1709 by Barbera wife of Johannes Koerte and Maryke, the wife of Lambert Vandyck.”

      There is no doubt that this is our Hendrick Hendrickson Sr. as he makes his classic HH mark on the deed and if his first wife Trynetje had been alive she would have been listed with him on the deed since she was the actual heir of Achias Van Dyke.

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Hendricks Herald, Henry Hendricks Family Organization, (Sent out biannually), Oct 2009.
      New Research on the Hendricks Willemsz Family
      For a number of years it has been thought that Jacob Hendrickse Hafte was the father of the Hendricks Hendrickson that married Helena Cortelytou and who was the grandfather of our organizational namesake Henry Hendricks. Two articles in the NYGB Record: Ancestors and Descendants of Barent Hendrickse Spier and his wife Catalyntje Jacobs Hendricks (55:314-310) and the Early Dutch Smith and Van Boerums (103:65-78) both make this claim although neither lists any documentation for this assumption. However, now there is overwhleming evidence to refute this conclusion. Carol Cannon in The Henry Hendricks and Sarah Thompson Family p. 17 published by the Henry Hendricks Family Organization in 1991 cites one of the problems with this connection when she notes that Helena Cortelyou, the widow of 1) Nicholas Rutgersz van Brunt and 2) Denys Tuenissen, was from thirteen to fifteen years older than the Hendrick Jacobse, the son of Jacob Hendrickse Hafte. Hendrick Jacobse and his twin sister Catalijntje were baptized 18 April 1679 in the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church, (Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings Co., New York, Vol. 1, 1677-1720 p. 390), and Helena Cortelyou is listed as having been born abt. 1666 in The Cortelyou Genealogy p. 67. It is thought that Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou were married around 1705 so if Hendrick Jacobse was her husband then he would have been around age twenty-six, having never been married, and Helena would have been around age forty having seven children from her previous marriages (It is now known that Hendrick and Helena did not marry until 1709). It has also been assumed that Hendrick Jacobse took on his father’s Hendrix patronymic for a surname. Jacob Hendrickse Hafte married 1) Geesje Bartels abt. 1670, and they had six surviving children; Hildegone, Hendrickje, Bartelt, Catalyntje, Hendrick, and Cornelia and he probably had three surviving children from his second marriage to 2) Catherina Beauvios 7 Sep 1684; Karel, Johannis and Benjamin (NYGBR 103:77-78). The children from his second marriage generally went by the Hafte/Haften surname while the children from his first marriage went by their patronymic of Jacobs or Jacobson with very few exceptions. One of these exceptions was when Catalyntje is listed as Kathalyntje Hendrickx in her 26 Aug 1698 Bergen NJ Dutch Reformed Church marriage to Barend Hendrickse Spier, but she is always listed as either Catalyntje Jacobs or Haften in the baptism of her children and grandchildren. The Hendrick that married Helena Cortelyou always went by the Hendrickson surname and never by Jacobs or Hafte. But perhaps the most telling evidence is that Hendrick Hendrickson named his three children, Hendrick, Catalyntje and Geesje Hendrickson not Jacob and Geesje. It was a custom for these early Dutch to name their oldest children after their grandparents. Helena had already named two of her children Neeltje after her mother Neeltje van Duyn and Jaques after her father Jaques Cortelyou when she was married to her second husband Denys Teunnissen. The Jacobs Hendrickse Hafte and Geesje Bartels connection would seem to answer the maternal aspects of this custom but fails to address the paternal side of this equation. But as a matter of fact the name Jacob is non-existent in the entire Hendrick Hendricks Family! So if Jacobs Hendricks Hafte was not the father of Henrdick Hendrickson who married Helena Cortelyou then who was? Well we know that his name was probably Hendrick and that his wife’s name was probably Geesje. In an excellent article by Henry B. Hoff that was featured in the Jan. 1975 NYGBR (106:1-3) Mr. Hoff provides good evidence that a Hendrick Willemsz and Geesje Bradts were the parents of two of Hendrick Hedrickson’s Middletown, Monmouth Co., NJ contemporaries, William and Daniel Hendrickson. Mr. Hoff masterfully ties the brothers William and Daniel Hendrickson to Hendrick Willemsz and his wife Geesje Bradt, (daughter of Albert Adriessen Bradt), of Beverwyck NY by noting that they both named two of their four oldest children Geesje and Hendrick and that several of the baptisms of Daniel and William’s children were witnesses by members of Geesje Bradt’s family from her previous marriage to Jan van Eckelen. Geesje Albertse Bradt married 1) Jan van Eckelen abt. 1658 and they had four known children; Johannes, Annetie/Antje, Jacobus and Albert before Jan died in 1668. She then married 2) Hendrick Willemsz abt. 1669. After Geesje’s second husband, Hendrick Willemsz, died in 1677 two of his sons, William and Daniel, were named in his 4 Dec 1677 estate settlement. Hendrickson family. Quite an omission considering that this Jacob Hendrickse Hafte was cited to be our immigrant ancestor and the grand patriarch of our Hendricks family Mr. Hoff also notes that Geesje had died prior to 6 Aug 1678 as her brother Storm Alberse van Der Zee submitted an account for “expenses incurred at the funeral of Hend. Willemse deceased and his wife”. According to Mr. Hoff the Hendrickson children were probably taken to Kings Co., Long Island by their older half brother, Johannes van Eckelen where he became the Flatbush Schoolmaster and later the County Clerk of Kings County. In an addition in vol. 108 of the NYGBR, p. 196 Mr. Hoff noted that the brothers William and Daniel had a sister named Francyntje who married Nicholas van Dyke 4 Jun 1692 and who lived in Flatbush. So if Hendrick Willemsz and Geesje Bradt had a sister Francyntje who was not named in his Albany estate settlement, then is it possible that they had a son named Hendrick also? Nicholas and Francyntje van Dyke named their oldest daughter Geesje and their second oldest son Hendrick after Hendricks Willemsz and Geesje Bradts. According to this article their oldest daughter Geesje’s 15 Nov 1694 Brooklyn Dutch Reformed Ch. baptism was sponsored by Wilhelm Hendrickse, her maternal uncle, and Antje Staats who is listed as a possible paternal first cousin by Mr. Hoff. The 3 Apr 1698 baptismal record for their son Hendick is recorded in the Flatbush Church records and is rather interesting because it is sponsored by Hendrick Hendrickse and a half sister Annetie Kros who had married Johannes Kros/Cros by this time (Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings Co., New York, Vol. 1, 1677-1720, p. 552). But wait it even gets better! Then Johannes van Ecklen, their half brother, had his youngest daughter, Helena, baptized 22 days later on the 25 Apr 1698 also in the Flatbush Church (Ibid p. 553). And who were the sponsors? Denys Teunissen and his wife Helena Cortelyou! So not only was there a Hendick Hendrickson in the family, but the family was also well acquainted with Helena Cortelyou. Unfortunately the Flatbush Church marriage records have been lost for the time period of 1692 to 1706 so we do not have a marriage record for Hendrick and Helena. This Hendrick Hendrickson was not totally unknown to the New Jersey historians either. George C. Beekman on p. 148 of the Early Dutch Settlers of Monmouth County New Jersey wrote the following; “Wilm Hendricks, as he wrote his name, was a brother of Daniel Hendrickson, the first settler at Holland, in the present township of Holmdel. I think Hendrick Hendricks, the father of Daniel and William, lived in Monmouth between 1694 and 1706. Our court minutes for this period show that one Hendrick Hendricks served on the grand jury and also on a coroner’s jury called to view a corpse thrown up by the sea on Sandy Hook beach. After the above dates no Hendrick Hedricks is named on our public records as resident of this county until Daniel eldest son arrived at age. Hendrick Hendricks was a widower and married about 1706, Helen Cortelyou, the widow of Nicholas VanBrunt and of Dionsye Denyse. After this marriage it is said that he lived with his wife on lands at New Utrecht, L. I. which her father Jacques Cortelyou, had devised to her.” So not only did Mr. Beekman think that this Hendrick Hedrickson married Helena Cortelyou but he also thought that this Hendrick Hendrickson was the father of William and Daniel Hendrickson which probably seemed like a safe assumption at the time given that both Daniel and William named their oldest sons Hendrick. What Mr. Beekman didn’t know was that Hendrick Willemsz and Geesje Bradt were the parents of the Hendrickson brothers and that Hendrick Hendrickson and his wife Helena Cortelyou were about the same age as William and Daniel. It should also be noted that even though William and Daniel lived in Monmouth Co., NJ most of their children were baptized in the Brooklyn Dutch Church since the Dutch Church of Middletown NJ really didn’t exist until after 1708. Plus as Mr. Beekman notes, these early Monmouth settlers often returned to their Long Island homes and relatives for a visit once or twice a year. It is possible that Hendrick Hendrickson may have been previously married as Mr. Beekman suggests, however if he were, then he probably did not have any issue from this union. As is indicated Hendrick and his wife Helena moved on to lands that were inherited from her father Jacques Cortelyou the founder of the community of New Utrecht on Long Island. Here they ran a ferry to Staten Island that seemed to be in direct competition with a ferry maintained by Helena’s brothers, Peter and Jaques Cortelyou. Several lawsuits ensued and by 1718 it was evident that Hendrick and Helena’s enterprise would be limited, since the Cortelyou brothers had ran the ferry with their father long before Hendrick Hendrickson married their sister Helena. By 1719 Henrdick Hendrickson and his stepson, Jaques Denyse, bought a parcel of land from Abraham Emans of Monmouth Co., NJ (Monmouth Co. NJ, Deed Book G, p. 61), and in 1720 Cornelius van Brunt and Hendrick Hendrickson bought a parcel of Monmouth Co. land from Tunis Covert (Ibid Book G. p. 59). It is uncertain when Hendrick and Helena began living on these lands however it is evident that their children Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. and Geesje wife of Nicholas van Brunt were members of the Freehold and Middletown Dutch Reformed Church in NJ along with the families of William and Daniel Hendrickson. As has been mentioned Hendrick and Helena probably only had two children, Hendrick b. 11 Nov 1706 named after his paternal grandfather and Geesje b. abt. 1709 named after her paternal grandmother. Hendrick married Aeltje Couwenhoven around 1720 and she was b. 20 Jan 1709 to Albert Willemsz Couwenhoven and Neeltje Roelfse Schenck who were also early members of the Freehold and Middletown Dutch Church. Hendrick Hendrickson and his wife Aeltje had two children, Hendrick Hendrickson b. 20 Jun 1730 and named after his paternal grandfather and Albert baptized 16 Jul 1732 at Middletown and named after his maternal grandfather. Geesje the daughter of Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou married Nicholas van Brunt around 1730 and among other children they had a daughter Engeltie baptized 23 Apr 1732 at Middletown. This baptism was sponsored by “Hendrik Hendrickse Hendrickse” and his wife Aeltie Couwenhoven. Since Helena Cortelyou did not sponsor this baptism herself it is possible that she had already died by this time. Her husband Hendrick died before 9 Oct 1735 when an Administration Bond was filed by Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. of Middletown, Monmouth Co., for the administration of the estate of Hendrick Hendrickson “Late of Middletown”, (Unrecorded Wills and Inv. of Monmouth Co., NJ, Administrations, Bonds Ect., p. 173). So was there any interaction between the Hendrick Hendrickson who married Helena Cortelyou and the brothers William and Daniel Hendrickson of Monmouth Co. NJ? Perhaps. William died young in 1711 but in 1718 Daniel Hendricksen and his wife Catherine (Nelke) van Dyke had a daughter, Jannetje, baptized on the 21 of June in the Freehold and Middletown Church. A Hendrick Hendrickson and Tunke Hendrickson, the wife of Jonathan Holm were listed as the sponsors (Gen Mag. of NJ, Vol. 22, Freehold and Middletown Ch. Rec. p. 60). Since Tunke was a daughter of Daniel and Catherine, it has been thought that this Hendrick was their oldest son also named Hendrick. But Henry B. Hoff lists his birth date as 1702 which would make him only age 16 at the time which might be a bit young to be listed as a sponsor. Could this have been Daniel’s brother, Hendrick Hendrickson, visiting from Long Island to inspect some of the lands that he later bought? We may never know for sure, however it certainly should be considered as a possibility. But the facts are very clear. An early Hendrick Hendrickson existed and sponsored the baptism of at least one of Hendrick Williamsz and Geesje Bradt’s grandchildren and name sakes, Hendrick Van Dyck daughter of Nicholas and Francyntje. Helena Cortelyou was well acquainted with the family and sponsored the baptism of Helena, a daughter of Johannes van Eckelen, the son of Geesje Bradt from her first marriage and probably one of the guardians of the orphaned Hendrickse children. Plus just like William, Daniel and Francyntje, our Hendrick Hendrickson and his wife Helena Cortelyou named their two children, Hendrick and Geesje. And finally, unlike the name Jacob, the names of Hendrick and William are names that are repeatedly handed down from generation to generation in our Hendricks family. But since I put this research report together, Harold Hendricks the Archivist of the Henry Hendricks Family Organization, has contacted Dr. Andrew Hendricks a member of the Daniel Hendrickson Family of Monmouth Co., NJ. and we have compared DNA tests with a match of 34 out of 37 markers with our DNA grouping. This is about as good as it gets for a relationship that goes back seven generations. Plus Harold and Dr. Hendricks also compared our DNA with a known descendant of Jacob Hendricks Hafte which proved our line to be totally unrelated to the Jacobs Hendricks Hafte family. Del Leavitt Research Director.

    2. [S5] Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City Utah 84150, Monmouth Co., Rec., of Wills, Admistration for the Estate of Hendrick Hendrickson Sr.p. 635.
      Know all Men by these Preseuts; That We Hendrick Hendrickson Junr. of Middletown in the County of Monmouth & John Deare of Amboy in the County of Middlesex -- are held and firmly Bound unto his Excellency William Cosby Esq; Capt. Genral and Governor in Chief of the Provinces of New Jersey, New York, &c. in the sum of five hundred pounds, current Money of the Province of New Jersey, To be paid to his said Excellency William Cosby Esq; his Successors and Assigns. To the which Payment well and truely to be made, we do bind us, and every of us, our and every of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, joynly and severally, firmly by these Present. Sealed with our Seals, dated the ninth Day of October in the ninth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, &c, Anno, Doinmini, 1735.

      The Condition of this Obligation is such, That the above-bound Hendrick Hendrickson Administrator of all and singular Goods, Chattles and Credits of his father Hendrick Hendrickson late of Middletown afsd. Deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattles and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said Hendrick Hendrickson...Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Lawr. Smyth.

    3. [S5] Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City Utah 84150, Monmouth Co., NJ Probabte Records # 633 Inventory of the Estate of Hendrick Hendrickson., US/CAN, # 545482.
      This Inventory was recorded 3 Jun 1734.

    4. [S18] Hendricks Herald, Henry Hendricks Family Organization, (Sent out biannually), November 2012 Research Directors Report.
      In Search of Hendrick Hendrickson
      One thing I have learned since I have been researching our Hendricks family lines is that all in all we know very little about these people. This became quite evident this past summer as it was suggested by Michael Morrisey, a frequent contributor of the Dutch Colonies Mailing List, that the Hendrick Hendrickson who married Helena Cortelyou was not the same Hendrick Hendrickson who was the son of Hendrick Willemsz and who was the father of our Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. b. 1706 and his sister Geesje Hendrickson. Although we have been unable to conclusively document that our Hendrick Hendrickson married Helena Cortelyou, what has become evident is that our Hendrick Hendrickson was married to a Tryinetje/Catherine by whom they had a daughter Jannetje baptized in the Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn, NY 29 May 1705 (Brookly DRCR, p. 498 Bergen). There can be no doubt that this is our Hendrick as Claas Van Dyck, the husband of Hendrick’s sister Francyntje Hendrickson, and Jannetje Van Dyck are listed as witnesses. Plus Willem Hendrickson, Hendrick’s brother, and his wife Willemtze Lane had their son Johannes baptized the same day. Mr. Morrisey has suggested that our Hendrick Hendrickson and wife Trynetje were also the parents of Geesje Hendrickson who married Nicholas Van Brunt by providing us with a more complete list of their children. It was previously thought that Nicholas and Engeltie were the two oldest children of Nicholas and Geesje Van Brunt followed by Angenietje, Geesje and Hendrick Van Brunt. However Mr. Morrisey, referring to the will of Nicolaes Van Brunt dated 12 Apr 1760 found in the Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family by Tunis G. Bergen pp. 5-6, notes that Nicholas and Geesje also had children, Cornelius, Catherine, and Jonnetje. One needs to remember that it was a long standing Dutch custom to name the oldest children after their grandparents. So Cornelius was named after his paternal grandfather Cornelius Van Brunt, Hendrick was named after his maternal grandfather Hendrick Hendrickson while Trynetje was probably named after her maternal grandmother Trynetje the wife of Hendrick Hendrickson as well as her paternal grandmother Trynetje Bennet wife of Cornelius Van Brunt and Jannetje may have been named after her maternal great grandmother which I will detail later. And what about Engeltje whom we all thought was the oldest daughter named after Helena Cortelyou? Well according to the Dutch experts the English equivalent of Engeltje is Anna and has nothing to do with Helena and thus Anna and her husband, Cornelius Wincant, are also named in the 1760 will of Nicholas Van Brunt. Another interesting thing about the 1760 Monmouth Co., NJ will is that Nicholas names the Executors as “son, Hendrick, my son-in-law Albert Schenck, and my friend, Tunies Denice”. Tunies Denice was a son of Helena Cortelyou by her second husband Denise Tunissen and would have been a half brother to Nicholas Van Brunt’s wife Geesje Hendrickson and thus a brother-in-law to Nicholas if Helena Cortelyou was indeed the mother of Geesje Hendrickson! Yet Nicholas instead refers to him as a friend.
      It is also doubtful that Helena Cortelyou could have been the mother of our Hendricks Hendrickson Jr. who married Aletje Couwenhoven. According to an article written by Helen Lincklarn Fairchild entitled Tunise Denise of Freehold, New Jersey 1704 - 1797 featured in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record No. 49 p. 354, it states that Tunis Denise was born the 15 June 1704 while our Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. was born 11 Nov 1706 providing little time, (1 year, 5 months and 14 days), for Hendrick to have remarried Helena Cortelyou and had a child with her even if his wife Trynetje died shortly after the baptism of her daughter Jannetje the 29 May 1705. And if there is still any doubt about who was the mother of our Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. and his sister Geesje, p. 355 of the same record provides us with an extract of an agreement that states the following: “1717, Aug 15. I Hendrick Hendrickson, of New Utrecht in Kings County, yeoman, am bound unto Jaques Teunissen of Town and County aforesaid in 400 pounds, the condition being if Hendrick Hendrickson conveys to Jaques Teunissen all the right and title which by certain letters of Patent the said Hendrick Hendrickson now hath in and to certain ferry at the Narrows between Nassau Island and Staten Island at the decease of his now wife, (Helena) or when her youngest son called Teunis Teunisen shall attain to the age of twenty one years, this obligation to be void.” As has been mentioned Teunis as well as Jaques were sons of Helena Cortelyou and her second husband Denys Teunisen who later in life went by their Dutch Patronymic Denys. So this agreement clearly states that Tunis Denys b. 15 Jun 1704 was Helena Cortelyou’s youngest son and not Hendrick Hendrickson Jr.! Helena had inherited from her father, Jaques Cortelyou, a prime tract of land called the Narrows along the Hudson River from which he operated a ferry to Staten Island. It was Helena’s wish that her sons all receive a portion of this inheritance. In a work named Reminisces of New Ultrecht and Gowanus p. 39 it details a document made by Helena Hendrickson which refers to a pre-nuptial agreement made between her and Hendrick Hendrickson: “April 4th, 1708. Helena Hendrickson writes a paper in which she states that her son Jacques Denyse and her son-in-law, Hendrick Van Louwres, shall take the administration of her personal estate which properly belonged to her, pursuant to the agreement made between her and her then husband, Hendrick Hendrickson. She decrees that all her children shall have equal portion, also her son Nicholas Van Brunt, deceased, whose heirs shall have one equal share of her personal estate. Signed the 27th day of October, 1726. By HELENA HENDRICKSON, her mark H.” This agreement, dated 4 April 1708, was probably made around the time they married which would have been some time after our Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. and his sister Geesje were born.
      In an attempt to try to determine if our Hendrick Hendrickson and the Hendrick Hendrickson who married Helena Cortelyou could be documented as being two different people living at separate places at the same time I developed a rather detailed time line of every mention of any Hendrick Hendrickson in Monmouth Co., NJ or Long Island NY. The surprising thing I found was that there is little indicating that there were two separate Hendrick Hendricksons. Like his brothers Willem and Daniel, Hendrick is found forging the expanding frontiers of Monmouth Co., NJ while still frequenting the old established lands of Brooklyn where established church, civic and chivalric opportunities abounded. By 23 Sep 1692 Daniel Hendrickson had purchased lands named Strawberry Fields situated in Middletown from William Whitlock. The History of Monmouth County New Jersey by Franklin Ellis p. 82 includes Daniel and Hendricks Hendrickson on a list of Monmouth Co., Settlers that frequent the public records between 1690 and 1700. Hendrick is specifically noted to have served on the Grand Jury and participated in a coroner’s inquest called to view a corpse that had been tossed up by the sea on the beach at Sandy Hook. 3 Apr 1701 Daniel Hendrickson, Adrian Bennet and Hendrick Hendrickson witness a land transaction as David Stout of Monmouth Co. sells a tract of land on the Hopp River to Hendrick Van Dyke of Nassau Island. 29 May 1705 Hendrick and his brother Willem Hendrickson have their children baptized in the Dutch Church at Brooklyn. 10 Nov 1705 Hendrick Van Dyke and his wife Jonica of Brookland sell land to Hendrick Hendrickse on the Hopp River in Middletown near the land of Daniel Hendrickson. 1 July 1706 Hendrick Hendrickson of Middletown sells part of his land on the Hopp River to Jarat Schank. It has been suggested by some that Hendrick may have remained in Monmouth Co., NJ, but, George C. Beekman in his Early Dutch Settlers of Monmouth Co., NJ p 148, provides us with the follow observations: “After [the] above dates [1706] no Hendrick Hendrickson is named on our public records as resident until Daniel’s oldest son (also named Hendrick) arrived at age. Hendrick Hendricks was a widower and married again about 1706 Helena Cortelyou the widow of Nicholas VanBrunt and Dionyse Denyse. After this marriage it is said that he lived with his wife on lands at New Utrecht, L.I. which her father, Jacques Cortelyou, had devised to her.”
      As I previously stated, the marriage of Hendrick Hendrickson, probably took place around the 4 Apr 1708 when the pre-nuptial agreement was made between her and her third husband. The following records provide us with a small glimpse of Hendrick and Helena’s life in New York: 22 Sep 1709 Hendrick Hendricksen and his wife Elena witness the Port Richmond Dutch Church baptism of Elena the daughter of Abraham Van Tuil. Abraham Van Tuyl married Helena’s oldest daughter Femmetje Denys around 1705. 9 Nov 1710 Peter and Jaques Corteltou petition for rights to Ferry across the Narrows to Staten Island and petition against granting the same rights to Hendrick Hendrickson. 27 Mar 1717 Ferry privileges given to Hendrick Hendrickse and Isaac Hansen to Ferry from Long Island to Staten Island for 21 years. 22 Sep 1717 Hendrick Hendricksen and his wife witness the baptism of grandson Denys Vanderbilt the son of Jacob and Neeltje in the Dutch Church at Gravesend. Jacob Vanderbuilt married Helena’s second oldest daughter Neeltje Denyse around 1712. By 1718 Hendrick seems to have tired of his long dispute with Helen’s brothers Jaques and Peter Cortelyou over the right to run a Ferry across the “Narrows” and he begins to purchase lands in Monmouth Co., again. On April 18, 1718 Hendrick bought a farm of 250 Acres for 350 pounds in Monmouth Co. from Abraham Emans and by 1720 had bought several other tracts of land with Helen’s sons situated in the Freehold Twp. of Monmouth Co. On the 10 Oct 1720 Hendrick Hendrickson of New Utrecht and Helena sell to Jaques Denys “all that certain dwelling house and land at a place called Nyack, then in possession of Hendrick Hendrickson bounded south by the land of Jacques Corteljau and Peter Corteljau, east by the woods of New Utrecht, north by the land of William Burkaloo and Mary (Cortelyou) his wife, west by the Salt Water River, as it was laid out by said Peter Cortelyou and surveyed by said Peter Cortelyou date of August, 1706”. Despite all of this buying and selling Hendrick seems to have remained on Long Island as on the 29 Apr 1724 Hendrick Hendrickse witnesses the sale of land to Joseph Hageman Jr. from Claas and Fransyntye Van Dyke as they prepare to move to Delaware. Shortly after Daniel Hendrickson died in Jan 1727 Hendrick Hendrickson makes Jacques Denys his lawful attorney. The papers are dated 28 Apr 1727 and signed by his mark. This was often done when one was preparing to move to a new locality and by 31 May 1731 the Hendrick Hendrickson who was married to Helena Cortelyou is listed as living in Middletown Monmouth Co., NJ as he sells the farm in Freehold to Tunis Denys on Cooper’s Brook. It is presumed that Helena had passed away by 1730 although there is no documentation for this event. One of the reasons that Michael Morrisey thought that the Hendrick Hendrickson who married Helena Cortelyou was a different individual from our Hendrick Hendrickson was that he thought that Helena’s husband only owned land in Freehold and never lived in Middletown. So this deed is of particular interest because it defiantly belongs to the lands bought from Abraham Emans in Freehold in 1718 and it names Hendrick Hendrickson from Middletown as he sells these lands to Tunis Denys, Helena’s youngest son. It seems from this and other deeds that Hendrick had disposed of all of his Freehold Twp. lands and was living on the lands on the Hopp River in Middletown that he still owned and had lived on before the death of his first wife Trynetje and where he died in 1734. On the 3 June 1734 Hendrick Hendrickson, Nicholas Weycoff and Robert Dodsworth inventory the estate of Hendrick Hendrickson of Middletown Hendrick Hendrickson Junr. Administrator.
      So to the question I have purposely avoided throughout this rambling review of the life of Hendrick Hendrickson. Who was his wife Trynetje and what do we know about her and her family? Experts seem to think that she was probably a Van Dyke of the same line as Daniel’s wife who was also named Trynetje Van Dyke. Due to the 29 May 1705 Brooklyn Dutch Church baptism of Jenetje Hendrickson it is thought that she was probably named after her grandmother. Michael Morrisay suggests that perhaps she was the daughter of Hendrick Janse Van Dyke and his wife Jannetje Hermanse Van Borkaloo which is not only very possible but is very interesting because Jannetje Van Borkaloo’s brother William married Maria Cortelyou the younger sister of Helena Cortelyou and they lived right next door the Helena and Hendrick Hendrickson on the “Narrows” on lands devised to Maria by her father Jaques Cortelyou. The noted historian Tuenis G. Bergen, (who lived on lands that bordered the Corteltyou lands in what is now Bay Ridge in the 1800s), seemed to think that the Trynetje who married Hendricks Hendrickson was the daughter of Achias Janse Van Dyke and his wife Jannetje Lambertse who was baptized 17 Oct 1680 at the Dutch Church at New Utrecht (see Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island New York p. 333). William B. Aitken in his work Distinguished Families in America Descended from Wilhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse Van Dyke p. 227 also lists Hendrick Hendrickson as the husband Trynetje the daughter of Achias Van Dyke and his wife Jannetje Lambert . Then on page 230 he adds the following: “The farm at Bay Ridge which he (Achias Van Dyke) occupied at the time of his death was sold in 1708 by his heirs to Hendrick Hendrickson.” I am not sure that it would be grammatically proper to insert an explanation mark into a quote or I would have! It was also a common practice to sell the lands of a parent to one of the children which would seem to substantiate that Trynetje was a daughter of Achias Van Dyke. A search has been made of the Kings Co., NY Grantee and Grantor Indexes with no success in locating the Land Record. It may have been an unrecorded Deed or perhaps it was recorded on a municipal level. It is very possible that Hendrick moved to New Utrecht in 1706 to care for Trynetje’s aging father or so Trynetje’s parents could care for her orphaned children. Either way our Hendrick would have been in the right place at the right time to meet the widowed Helena Denys and by the 4 Apr 1708, when he made the pre-nuptial agreement with her, they were married. We are in the process of trying to collect the original copies of these many records so we can conclusively determine if our Hendrick Hendirckson married Helena Cortelyou and who the parents of his wife Trynetje might have been. HHFO Research Director DelLynn Leavitt.

    5. [S18] Hendricks Herald, Henry Hendricks Family Organization, (Sent out biannually), 2013 Research Directors Report.
      In Search of Hendrick Hendrickson Part II
      In the Oct 2012 Issue of the Hendricks Herald we documented that Trynetje, the first wife of Hendrick Hendrickson Sr., was the mother of the two known Hendrickson children, Hendrick (b. 1706) and Geesje, as well as an unknown daughter Jannetje, and not Helena Cortelyou as had been previously thought. We also speculated as to the identity of this Trynetje, as well as related questions by other Dutch researchers as to if our Hendrick Hendrickson was even the same Hendrick who married Helena Cortelyou. We now have answers to all of these questions thanks to a coordinated research effort!
      In my research circles we have often joked around about what we have dubbed as the magic document. An ancient time worn piece of crumbling yellow parchment, hidden away in some secret archive in some far off lost corner of the world that answers the pressing research questions, resolves any research issues and leaves any research critics speechless at a mere glance! Such documents are quite rare but every once in a while one turns up such as the one we found in the Kings Co., NY Conveyances 1679 - 1736, Liber 3, pp. 183-185 when LDS Family Search posted the New York Land and Probate Records on line! As you recall from my last report the noted historian Tuenis G. Bergen seemed to think that the Trynetje who married a Hendricks Hendrickson was the daughter of Achias Janse Van Dyke and his wife Jannetje Lambertse who was baptized 17 Oct 1680 at the Dutch Church at New Utrecht and William B. Aitken in his work Distinguished Families in America Descended from Wilhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse Van Dyke p. 230 alluded to a land deed in which Hendrick Hendrickson was mentioned in relation to the Bay Ridge Farm of Achias Van Dyke, although he seemed to have the transaction mixed up a bit. Well we finally found this land record in images 464 and 465 of 666 of the Kings Co., Conveyances. Would you like to see the Hendrickson/Van Dyke document yourself? Just type in familysearch.org/search/collection/2078654 then click on the “Browse through 8,129,310 images” icon. Then click on the “Kings” County icon, and click on the “Conveyances 1679-1736 vol 1-4” icon at the top of the list. Be glad you don’t have to search all 8,129,310 images or even the 666 images like we did! All you need to do is type in the number 464 in the image number box then hit enter and it will take you to the right image.
      While you are staring at this document in total amazement I need explain some more of those rambling family history details. Around the time of the marriage of Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou in 1708, Helena wrote a document in which she stated that her son Jacques Denyse and her son-in-law, Hendrick Van Louwres, should take the administration of her personal estate pursuant to an agreement made between her and her third husband, Hendrick Hendrickson. She decrees that all her children shall have equal portion in her estate, including the heirs of her son Nicholas Van Brunt who was deceased, whose heirs were to have one equal share of her personal estate. It was dated 4 Apr 1708 and later notarized the 27 Oct 1726 by Helena with her personal mark which was “H” (Reminisces of New Ultrecht and Gowanus p. 39). Personal marks were used on important legal documents even as we use our signature as a proof of identification and verification of our agreement. In the Kings Co. NY Conveyances 1679-1736 Vol 3, pp 137-138 part of Jaques Cortelyou Sr’s estate is conveyed to his daughter, “Helena Tunisse widow and relict of Denyse Tunisse”, the 12 Sep 1707 by her brothers Jaques and Peter Cortelyou and their wives. This indicates that Helena Cortelyou the widow of Denyse Tunisse married Hendrick Hendrickson sometime after this date while our ancestor Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. was born 11 Nov 1706. And what about Hendrick’s sister, Geesje Hendrickson, who is listed as being born as late as 1710 by some historians? As mentioned in the Oct 2012 Herald, she married Nicholas Van Brunt and according to his 1760 Will they had three older children that we did not know about, Cornelius, Trynetje and Jannetje. Since the earliest known birth date we have for any of Geesje and Nicholas’s children is Antje/Enjeltie, who was Bapt. 23 Apr 1732, then we must assume that at the least the three older children were born before this date pushing the marriage date of Geesje and Nicholas to around 1726 if not earlier. Since most of these early Dutch did not marry until around age 21 this means that Geesje probably was not born any later than 1705 and she may have been the oldest child as she was probably the first child to get married. You should also be reminded that Geesje never named any of her children Helena plus none of the children of Hendrick Hendrickson, including Geesje, ever received any of Helena Cortelyou’s estate which would not have been the case had she been their birth mother. She did however name her oldest daughter Trynetje which would have been expected if her mother were Tynetje Van Dyke. As was mentioned in the previous article several parcels of land were deeded to the sons of Helena Cortelyou by Hendrick Hendrickson including a new one I found in the Kings Co., Conveyances 1679 - 1736 Liber 4, pp. 201-202 where on the 27 Oct 1718 Jaques and Tunis Denuys buy a plantation on Cooper Brook in Monmouth Co., NJ for the sum of 350 pounds. As with most of these deeds it was signed Hendrick Hendrickson with his distinct mark which was “HH” sharing the center down stroke of the Hs.
      So now that you have had a chance to check out our magic document what do you think? You say you don’t see what is so exciting? Well I guess we genealogists are kind of a dull, stuffy bunch anyhow, so it doesn’t take a lot to get us excited. However the deed dated 6 Oct 1708 is between Lambert Van Dyke, Maryke his wife, Jacob Van Dyke, Janake Van Dyke, Hendrick Hendrickse, and Johannes Koerte and Barbara his wife of the one part and Hendrick Van Dyke of the other part for a parcel of land that was willed to them by their deceased father and father-in-law Achias/Agyas Van Dyke. Since our Hendrick Hendrickson is listed as one of the heirs of Agyas it proves that he was married to a daughter, Trynetje Van Dyke, and since she is not listed indicates that she had also died by this date. The deed mentions that the children came in possession of the land “by virtue of the last will and testament of Agyas Van Dyke late of the Yellow Brook soe called in the township of Broockland in Kings County”. This Will apparently was unrecorded as no record of it exists today and since the land was jointly owned by the heirs of Agyas Van Dyke and their spouses it had to be sold to Hendrick Van Dyke by the other heirs before he could claim clear legal title to the land. Then after a long detailed description of the land the deed was signed by all of the Grantors including our Hendrick Hendrickson who makes his mark “HH” as described in the previous Hendrick Hendrickson to Jaques and Tunis Denuys land deed. So we have one document that proves that our Hendrick Hendrickson was married to an heir of Achias/Agyas Van Dyke, that this wife Trynetje Van Dyke had died by 6 Oct 1708 and that he was the same Hendrick Hendrickson who later married Helena Cortelyou the widow of Denyse Tunisse. Not bad for one document!
      The Hendrickson and Van Dyke families were well known to each other as Hendrick’s brother Daniel also married a Trynetje (Catherine) Van Dyke who was a first cousin to Trynetje the wife of our Hendrick Hendrickson plus Francyntje Hendrickson the sister of Willem, Daniel and Hendrick married Nicholas (Claus) Van Dyke who was also a first cousin to the wives of the Hendrickson brothers. You have probably wondered about the unusual name of Trynetje’s father Agyas Van Dyke sometimes spelled, Achias or Haggase. He was named after his mother’s father Aggase or Acke Jansz who moved to Amsterdam from Kniphausen, Hanover, Prussia in what is now Germany around 1616 (NYGBR 126:241). A lot of research has been done on the early New Amsterdam Van Dyke Family yet the line is still documentably inaccurate. Achias Van Dyke’s parents were Jan Thomasse and Trynetje Aggase/Haggaus and he was probably born in Amsterdam. It was thought that four of the eleven known children of Jan Thommase were from an unknown first wife however an article written by Harry Macy Jr. of NYGB Society published in Oct 1994 in issue 126 Vol 4, pp. 239-244 turned the Van Dyke research upside down. Harry reported on the research of Douglas Richardson who searched the Amsterdam RD Church Indexes for Jan Thomasse’s wife Trynetje Agges and finally found the Dutch Reformed Church baptisms for six of Jan’s children, Engeltjen, Tamas, Anna, Angnietje, Karel and Martin. Instead of Jan Van Dyke or Jan Thomasse the father of these children was listed as Jan Guecke! Guecke appears to have been a Frisian given name and Harry Macy speculates that this might have been his father’s given name while Thomass might have been his grandfather’s given name. It is more likely that Guecke was more of a Frisian surname while Thomasse was the Patronymic surname. The baptism of Achias was not found by Douglas Richardson but has since been found by our research associate Michael Morrisay in the on line Stadsarchief Amsterdam Doopregisters in the Amsterdam Old Dutch Reformed Church registers on the 2 Nov 1642 recorded as follows: “Jan Gucken, Trijn Achemius, Martja Achemius, Stadts Edsers, Aachijmijus”. This lists Jan Gucken and Trin Achemius as parents, Martja Achemius and Stadts Edsers as witnesses and Achijmijus as the child. Martja Achemius was probably Trinetje’s oldest sister and one can’t help notice that the baptism seems to be in Latin which would explain the variations in the spellings. Achias and his family came to New Amsterdam in 1652 probably with the Cornelius van Werckhoven family and their tutor Jaques Cortelyou the father of Helena the second wife of our Hendrick Hendrickson. In my next report I will continue my findings on our Van Dyke family roots and may have some new information on our immigrant Hendrickson ancestor, Hendrick Willemsz. Even since 2010 when I published my new research in the Ancestral Archive of James and Drusilla Dorris we have made even more updates and changes to our pedigrees and histories. It is only because of your dues and donations that we are able to continue this research and publish it in the Hendricks Herald. It costs us around $1,200.00 per issue to print and send out each Hendricks Herald. So we really appreciate your dues and donations! Yours Truly, Del Leavitt.

    6. [S5] Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City Utah 84150, Brookly Dutch Ref. Ch. Rec., FHL FIlm # 0017529. Trans. by TG Bergen. p. 498.
      1705, MAy 29
      Janetje d/o Henrdick Hendrickze & Tryntje, Claas Van Dyke & Jannetje Van Dyke witt

      Johannes s/o Willem Hendrickson & Willemtze Lane, Stoffel Schar & Geesje Van Heckel, Antoni Rutgers & Antje Caros.
      This is the only extant baptism for the Hendrickson/Van Dyke Children. Claas (Nicholas) Van Dyke was probably a first cousin to Tryntje and had married Hendrick's sister Geesje Hendrickson. The next baptismal entry in the Brooklyn DRC register is for Johannes the son of Hendrick's oldest brother Willem Hendrickson who was baptized the same day.

    7. [S12] Probabilities, Possibilities, Commonalities and Plain Common Sense., Leavitt, DelLynn W., ((Recently out of print)).
      It is unknown where the marriage of Hendrick Hendrickson and Trynetje Van Dyke took place. Hendrick was living in Monmouth Co., NJ as early as 1692 when his brother Daniel had purchased lands named Strawberry Fields situated in Middletown. On the 3 Apr 1701 Hendrick Hendrickson is listed as a witness of a land transaction on the Hopp River between David Stout of Monmouth and Hendrick Van Dyke of Nassau Island. On the 10 Nov 1705 Hendrick Van Dyke and his wife Jonca of Brookland sell this tract of land to Hendrick Hendrickson and on the 1 July 1706 Hendrick Hendrickson sells part of this land to Jarat Schank and presumably moves back to Long Island. It is possible that Hendrick was married in the Freehold and Middletown Reformed Dutch Church who before 1709 relied on the NY Ministers for their services, baptisms and nuptials. However between 1702 and 1705 even the Long Island Ministers seem to have been lacking and the Reformed Dutch Church at Flatbush, where our ancestors lived, has no marriage banns registered for the years 1694 to 1706 when D. Vincentius Antonides began to record them. It is not stated in the Flatbush Church Record book by David William Voorhees if no marriages took place at Flatbush durning this period of time or if the registers have been lost. If Hendrick Hendrickson and Trynetje Van Dyke married before 1702 then it is very probable that they were married by Rev. Wilhelmus Lupardus in Brooklyn but after his death in 1702. It was not until 1705 that Rev. Bernardus Freeman of Schenectady was choosen by the local Church Elders to replace Rev. Lupardus. However after gaining the permission of the English Gov. Lord Cornbury many of the local Dutch paritioners rejected Rev. Freeman and partitioned the heads of the church in Amsterdam who sent a Rev. Vincentius Antonides to be the Flatbush Minister. While Rev. Freeman had the support of the Govenor, Rev. Antonides had the Church Books despite a warrant from the Govenor requesting the registers.