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Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs:
Historical Appendix: Progenitors G

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. xxi-xxii of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]


Francois, married Ariaantje Janse, at Albany, June 3, 1688.


Harmen Harmense, was in Beverwyck as early as 1660; bought a lot at southeast corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane, in 1677, from Paulus Martense Van Benthuysen, where he conducted a brewery.


Jacob Janse, came from Kampen, Overyssel, Holland, on "den Harinck" ("The Herring"), arriving at New Amsterdam, March 28, 1638; a carpenter; had saw and grist-mill at Greenbush, opposite Albany, in 1647, and leased mill at Bethlehem, Feb. 2, 1654; alias "Flodder." His son, Albert Jacobse, carpenter in Beverwyck in 1677. Hendrick Jacobse Gardenier had son, Hendrick, born Albany, Aug. 18, 1686.


The following bore the surname Gerritsen, Gerritse, or Gerrits, signifying that the father was named Gerrit. It is possible that each had his alias, such as "van Utrecht"; but they did not so appear on the records. Albert Gerritsen, a carpenter, was granted a lot north of Laurens Jansen's house in Rensselaerswyck, Nov. 7, 1651. Barent Gerritsen worked on a farm called "de Vlackte," about 1646. Claes Gerrits came from Schoonrewoerd, So. Holland, sailing on "den Waterhondt," June, 1640; recorded at Rensselaerswyck, Sept. 24, 1640, as farm laborer. Goossen (or Goosen) Gerrits came from Westbroeck, Utrecht, on "Arms of Rensselaerswyck," arriving at New Amsterdam, March 4, 1637; wages began at Rensselaerswyck, Apr. 8, 1637; became magistrate there, Nov. 19, 1648; became a tapster, July 18, 1650, and about July 19, 1659, was a tanner. Jan Gerritsen arrived on "Arms of Rensselaerswyck," at New Amsterdam, March, 1644; a carpenter; recorded at Rensselaerswyck, March 26, 1644. Reyer Gerritse married widow of Gerrit Van Schaick at Beverwyck, and in 1653, had patent for land on the Vossenkill, south to Columbia st., and from Broadway to No. Pearl st., Albany. Wolfert Gerritsen came from Amersfoort, or from Couwenhoven, four miles northwest, Province of Utrecht; engaged by Patroon Van Rensselaer to superintend establishing of farms; but in 1632 was released from contract, and went to New Amsterdam.


Elbert, born at Hilversum, in Gooiland, Holland; was a sawyer; married Tryntje Janse, widow of Jan Janse Ryckman, at Beverwyck, and they made a joint will, in 1663.


John, was a baker at Beverwyck, who married Cornelia Van den Bergh, and had a daughter, Maria, who was baptised there, May 24, 1685; he died May 11, 1707.


Claes, believed to have sailed from the Texel on "het Wapen van Noorwegen," arriving at New Amsterdam, Aug. 4, 1638; served for Michiel Jans, at Rensselaerswyck, in 1641.


Sander Leendertse, sailed from the Texel on "den Harinck," ("The Herring"), May, 1639, arriving at New Amsterdam, July 7, 1639, and located at Rensselaerswyck, engaging in transportation of colonists by yachts, according to translation of papers of Patroon K. Van Rensselaer; but according to Prof. Pearson, he was in the employ of Dutch West India Co., at Fort Nassau (Albany), in 1633, receiving a grant in 1651; and in 1665, he obtained a patent in Schenectady, which land along the Mohawk, opposite that place, he named Nova Scotia, as his family was originally from Holland, known as Alexander (hence Xander, or Sander) before removing to Holland to escape religious persecution. His became the most important family there, with descendants residing in the same place in 1910.


Claes Andriesen (or Goijer), came from Hilversum, North Holland, arriving on "Arms of Rensselaerswyck," at New Amsterdam, March, 1644; was servant of Jan Barentse Wemp (or Webb), at Rensselaerswyck, March, 1650; surname applied after arrival, as he came from locality of Gooi, or Gooiland.


Matthys Janse (or Hoes), was in Beverwyck in 1661, and his son, Jan Tysse, removed to Kinderhook.


Jacob, came from Fleckero, Norway, arriving on "d'Eendracht" ("The Unity"), May 24, 1630.


Salomon Abelse, born in Amsterdam, was a carpenter at Beverwyck, and had sons, Jacob and Jan, living there in 1668.


Wilhelmus, son-in-law of Dominie Megapolensis, pastor of the Dutch church in Rensselaerswyck, sailed from Holland shortly after Apr. 16, 1650, and preached in the Patroon's colony in 1650; returned to Holland, November, 1651.


Leendert Arentse, had a child, Gysbertje, baptised in Albany, May 19, 1689.


Henricus, of New Amsterdam, married Sara Sanders at Albany, May 4, 1686, and their child, Lysbeth, baptised here, Dec. 25, 1686; but later ones in New York City.


Johannes, son of Pieter, of New Amsterdam, and baptised there, March 4, 1675; but came to Albany, where he was sheriff in 1698; married Delia Cuyler, daughter of Hendrick Cuyler, of Albany, the progenitor of that family, Sept. 19, 1694.


Juriaen Janse, was in Beverwyck in 1662, where he was a licensed butcher in 1670, and bought land.


Nicolaas Jacobse, came from Rotterdam, Holland, and in 1662, was a carpenter of Beverwyck, with house on west side of Pearl, the second north of Maiden Lane.


Symon Symonse, was in employ of Dutch West India Co. at Beverwyck in 1654, and became one of first settlers of Schenectady.


Lubbert, came from Blaricum, near Naarden, Province of North Holland, sailing with wife, Divertgen Cornelise, and three sons, Gysbert, Theus and Jan, on "d'Eendracht" ("The Unity"), May, 1634; wheelwright, under contract with Patroon K. Van Rensselaer.

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