What I do have are ancestors who left Holland for the New World of New Netherland that is now New York. I celebrate their bravery and strength for making such a journey!
Watching last night's docu-dramas on the Plymouth Rock and Jamestown settlements (excellent shows, well worth watching) made me wish someone would do a similar show about the Dutch who settled New York.
My earliest ancestor to America that I am aware of was Cornelis Antonissen Van Slijk from Brueckelen, Netherlands, who left the Netherlands in May 1634 from the Texel on board De Endracht and sailed to the New World. He was a thirty year old carpenter and mason, and his skills were desirable in a new colony.
There were many other settlers arriving around this time period who I can proudly claim as my ancestors. Those who I have researched are
Willem Pieterse Van Slyke (nephew of Cornelis Antonissen and also my ancestor) arrived New Netherland 1660
Lambert Van Valkenburg - records 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.
HarmenJanse Ryckman came to the New World sometime in the 1660s with at least one child - his daughter Margarita (Grietje) Harmense Ryckman.
Hendrick Bartholomeus[Vrooman] and five children ages 15, 13, 11, 7 and 5 years old are on the passenger list of D'Eendracht (The Concord) arriving in New Amsterdam NY on 17 April 1664.
Jan Martense (VanAlystyne) and his wife Dirkje were from Meppel, Netherlands and they came to the New World with at least 2 children. The first time we see them in New York in 18 July 1655 when a son Marten was baptised at New Amsterdam.
Jan Cornelise Damen emigrated from Bunnik, Netherlands ca 1650 and married Sophia/Fytie Martense. To date no record of him as a passenger on a ship has been found. However Pim found an Amsterdam Netherlands notarial document in 1651 where a Jan Cornelisz. van Vechten signs on to come to the New World in the employ of Jacob Stoffels. Jan Janszen Damen was in Amsterdam at the same time and vouches that Jan Cornelisz. has his father's permission. Both sign the document. Vechten and Bunnik are "twin villages" but the church is in Bunnik. This is almost certainly my Jan Damen.
Other immigrant ancetors who I have not yet researched to find their dates of immigration or other details:
- Cornelis Janse Clopper who married in 1657 in New Amsterdam (present day New York City)
- Soert Olferts
- Jan Snediker arrived ca 1641
- Cornelis Vonck married in 1657 in Long Island
- John Concklin before 1665
- Arent Leendertsen de Grauw married 1659 in New Amsterdam
- Herman Coerten
- Christian Barents Van Horn arrived before 1653
- Lucas Dircksezen Vanderburgh arrived before 1658
- Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaik arrived before 1642
- Lucas Dirckszen Vanderburgh arrived before 1658
and too many more to list them all, including Huguenots and Walloons from France. I appreciate them all for without their bravery, curiousity and strength I would not be here today.