January 24, 2015

Lambert Van Valkenburg in the New World

Official Seal of New Netherland
My 9th great-grandfather Lambert Van Valkenburg was born in the Netherlands circa 1614. With his wife Annetje Jacobs, Lambert sailed for the New World of New Netherland (present day New York state). 

From his son Jochem Lambertse Van Valkenburg, there are 10 recognized branches of the Van Valkenburg family (one for each of Jochem's children with his wife Eva Vrooman) and I descend from two - his son Isaac Jochemse (with wife Lydia Van Slyke) and Isaac's sister Jannetje Jochemse (with husband Isaac Van Alstyne)
Records found for Lambert indicate he was in New Amsterdam as early as Jan. 1644. Since it is unlikely the ships sailed in the winter, he was probably in New Amsterdam in the summer or fall of 1643. Existing records indicate he purchased land in July 1644. That 1644 plot of land  is now the site of the Empire State Building in New York City.

29 July 1644: Deed. Jan Jacobssen to Lambert van Valckenburgh, of house and plantation on the island of Manhattan, near Fort Amsterdam. [Register of Provincial Secretary Vol. II p. 121] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]

16 March 1647: Patent. Lammert van Valckenborch; lot south of Fort Amsterdam, Manhattan Island. [Land Papers Vol. G.G. p. 192] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]

Court records are a wonderful resource. Those of us with ancestors in early New Netherland are lucky for the Dutch kept meticulous records. It was a litigious time period and settlers were frequently in court suing their friends and neighbours. Lambert is found many times in the court records for New Netherland. Here is one of the more volatile examples:

Source:"Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660", translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923. Page 9:
"Ordinary Session held in Fort Orange, January 9 Anno 1657


"President, J. La Montagne, Rutger Jacobsen, Jacob Schermerhoorn, Andries Herbertsen, Philip Pietersen

"Lambert van Valckenborch, plaintiff, against Henderick Claessen and Gerrit Willemsen, defendants.The plaintiff complains that the defendants beat him and his wife in his own house. The defendants deny it and claim that the plaintiff chased them with a naked rapier out of his house and pursued them to the center of the fort. The court orders the parties respectively to prove their assertions."

In 1659 Lambert was appointed to the Rattle Watch. The Rattle Watch was responsible for walking the streets at night, watching for crimes or fires and from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. they called out the hour every hour as well as ringing their rattles.

Source:"Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660", translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923: Page 209-210:"Extraordinary Session held in Fort Orange, August 8 Anno 1659

"Instructions issued by the honorable commissary and magistrates of Fort Orange and the village of Beverwyck for the rattle watch, appointed at the request of the burghers to relieve them of night-watch duty; to the rattle watch of which place Lambert van Valckenborgh and Pieter Winnen were appointed the 6th of July of this year 1659, on condition that they together are to receive for the term of one year one thousand and one hundred guilders in seawan and one hundred guilders in beavers.

Read more about Lambert from the Court Records online at Lambert Van Valkenburg in The New World This was first published as "Lambert Van Valkenburg: His Life in the New World as Revealed in Court Documents and Other Primary Source Records From 1644 - 1664" by Lorine McGinnis Schulze in The National Association of the Van Valkenburg Family of America serialized beginning in the Fall of 1999

6 comments:

Justin said...

Interesting post! I also descend from the Van Valkenburgs. And I also descend from Jacob Schermerhorn who is named in one of the other records you mention (assuming it's the same Jacob Schermerhorn, anyway; maybe it's not). What exactly was Jacob's role in that case? It looks like J. La Montagne was the president of the court, but I'm not clear about these other names.

Also regarding the original article you wrote, can you explain a bit where it was published? Does the NAVVF have a journal?

And thank you for mentioning these records. Most of the research I've done on my Dutch ancestors has been through church records so far. So this opens up a new avenue for me.

--Justin

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Hi Justin,

Thanks for leaving a comment. I can only respond to one question right now and that is about the original article I wrote.

It was published in NAVVF in serial format with my permission. It is also on my website at the link I provided in the article.

I do not know if NAVVF still has a newsletter/journal.

The court records are an amazing resource. I have my own personal library of all the court records that have been published. The books take up an entire shelf on my bookcase :-)

Lorine

Lorine

Cecily Cone Kelly, One Bad Apple Genealogy said...

Lorine, Thanks for the very interesting post. Lambert is also my 9th great grandfather. I would love to be able to put a link to your post on my blog "Letters to my Grandparent" so that my cousins can see it.
The NAVVF still has a newsletter and hosted a family reunion last summer.
Cecily Cone Kelly

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Cecily, thanks for the update re NAVVF.

It is always ok to put a link back to my site or blog. The link to this specific post is

http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/01/lambert-van-valkenburg-in-new-world.html

I can't actually code it for you here as then blogger reads the codes and will just insert a clickable link

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Cecily, thanks for the update re NAVVF.

It is always ok to put a link back to my site or blog. The link to this specific post is

http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/01/lambert-van-valkenburg-in-new-world.html

I can't actually code it for you here as then blogger reads the codes and will just insert a clickable link

Justin said...

Thanks for the answer. I take it the newsletter is the "Van Valkenburg News"? Do you know how many issues your article was serialized in? I ask because when I cite articles in my research I like to cite from print source if possible (due to the page numbers). So I can use Interlibrary Loan to get a scan of the article if you know which issues it is serialized in. Thanks again!
--Justin