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In Search of Hendrick Hendrickson Part II
Created on 2013-05-18 17:03:38 GMT
Last updated 2013-05-18 17:03:38 GMT
by Greg Hendricks
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.