May 22, 2010

Revised Edition Van Slyke Family in America NOW AVAILABLE!

The Van Slyke Family in America: A Genealogy of Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke, 1604-1676 and his Mohawk Wife Ots-Toch, including the story of Jacques Hertel, 1603-1651,
Father of Ots-Toch and Interpreter to Samuel de Champlain
REVISED EDITION by Lorine McGinnis Schulze is now available for purchase.

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Ever since the publication of my first Van Slyke Family in America book in 1996, I have been continuing my research on this family. A few years ago I found a court record in New Netherland where Cornelis Van Slyke wrote about the death of a man in Breuckelen Netherlands. Cornelis referred to the deceased man as his brother and asked if he was in the will.

This exciting discovery spurred me to hire a Dutch researcher to search the Breuckelen and Nijenrode archives for more details. His findings are presented in this Revised Edition.

The Van Slyke Family in America, Revised Edition, discusses Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke born in Brueckelen,Netherlands in 1604 and his Mohawk-French wife Ots-Toch born
ca 1620 at Canajoharie, New York. Cornelis came to the New World in May of 1634, settling at Beverwyck and then Schenectady, New York.

Cornelis Van Slyke's story is of a Dutchman who came to the New World as a carpenter at the age of 30, who became an interpreter for the Mohawk nation, was adopted into the tribe, and who met and married a French-Mohawk woman (Ots-Toch) who never left her native village.

Their children, all raised at Canajoharie, one of the Mohawk castles or villages, became well-known and respected in the Dutch community. All except one left the village and married Dutch settlers.

In the Revised Edition, new findings on the Van Slyke family in Breuckelen are revealed. New facts are added to the descendant genealogies and a few errors from the firstbook are corrected. More sources have been added and there is more detail about individuals included. There are 1,342 footnoted sources for the facts contained in this 287 page book.

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Read more about the Van Slyke Book and Family. See the Van Slyke book List of Contents

4 comments:

Janet said...

I have just recently (2 weeks ago) literally stumbled into the knowledge that Cornelis A. Van Slyck and Ots Toch are my 10th great grandparents through Jacques Van Slyck down through Rachel Bastedo and John Abram Vrooman of Schenectady. Anyway, I am curious if you have any information on Ots Toch being a member of the Turtle Clan. I have seen many claims, but no proof. The reason I am wondering is to find out if there is a link between Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Ots Toch. Also, the North American Martyrs shrine is at Auriesville, NY (Ossernenon). What is the chance that my ancestors were the ones who tortured these martyrs? This is a very important question to me as I am Catholic and have received miracles through their intercession. I am very excited about having Mohawk heritage; it has been a fantasy of mine since childhood, and now it is reality! Best wishes, Janet

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Janet, I'm pleased by your excitement over finding that you are descended from Ots-Toch. Yes she is said to have been in the Turtle Clan. If you decided to order my book, I think you will be pleased at the details found in it!

The Van Slyke Family in America: A Genealogy of Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke, 1604-1676 and his Mohawk Wife Ots-Toch, including the story of Jacques Hertel, 1603-1651, Father of Ots-Toch and Interpreter to Samuel de Champlain REVISED EDITION published May 2010. Coil bound 8.5x11. 287 p. ISBN: 978-0-9680744-5-9 Download an Order Form to pay by check or pay using Paypal

Janet said...

Lorine,

This may be a duplicate message; I'm not sure my other one actually sent, so please forgive my possible lack of patience. I did order your book, and I was truly fascinated! Thank you!

I have one other question that you may have a simple answer to...and that is concerning one weak link in my lineage back to Ots-Toch. I can definitely trace my line back to John Abram Vrooman(1801-1854) and Rachel Bastedo (1804-1874). Some trees on ancestry.com say that Rachel is the daughter of Lewis Bastedo (Oct. 8, 1775 in your book)who is the son of Jacob Bastedo and Clara Jean Van Slyck (no. 485 in your book). However, I have not been able to verify this claim, and without it I cannot claim a Mohawk bloodline. In fact, I cannot find anything about Rachel Bastedo --- who she is or where she came from. Do you have any advice on where to go from here? I grew up in upstate New York, and may be able to plan a trip this summer if there is a possibility that would help.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Janet Hatfield

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Janet - if you write me via email with details of what resources you have checked for your Rachel (please be specific), I will try to help. You can get my email from every page on my website Olive Tree Genealogy or by clicking on my "View my complete profile" here on my blog.