|My Immigrant Ancestor Cornelis Van Slyke|
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I'm going to share each week what I know of my immigrant ancestors to North America (whether that is USA or Canada). Let me start with my father's side, and the first immigrant I found many years ago when I was fairly new to genealogy research - Cornelis Antonissen Van Slyke from Holland.
It was an exciting day for me when I discovered I was descended from a Dutchman who arrived in New Netherland (New York) in 1627. Cornelis Van Slyke's story is of a Dutchman who came to the New World as a carpenter at the age of 23, 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.
One of their children was my 8th great grandfather, Jacques Cornelissen Van Slyke who was known as Akes Gautsch, and whose Mohawk name was It-sy-cho-sa-quash-ka. Jacques was also an interpreter and one of the first settlers of Schenectady.
From the research I have done, it appears that Cornelis, who was known as Broer Cornelis by the Mohawks, was a respected and hard-working man. I was so intrigued by Cornelis venturing into the new world when it was nothing more than a wilderness, and meeting and marrying a native Indian, that I wrote a book called "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) which is available online if there are other interested descendants.
Finding Cornelis was actually the start of my author career! Since I wrote the first book on Cornelis in 1996, I have researched and published 21 genealogy-history books, 6 books on researching your ancestors, and 1 genealogy mystery novel. If you are interested, check these out at my author website LorineSchulze.com
Stay tuned for next Saturday's Immigrant Ancestor story. I hope you will join me!