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Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaick “was born about 1610 in Westbroek, Province of Utrecht, The Netherlands (Holland). Among the settlers chosen by the Dutch West India Company was Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaick a man of 26 who arrived in New Netherland after a long and arduous voyage in 1636…. In 1636 Cornelis received a grant of land from the West India Company.”
If this is correct, then Cornelis returned to Holland by 1640: “Dr. Simon Hart, archivist of the City of Amsterdam, and an eminent authority on the records of New Netherland recently furnished the following information concerning Cornelis Aertsen and Belitje Hendricks. They entered the employ of the Van Rensselaers, for service in Rensselaerwijk in New Netherland, in June 1640 in Amsterdam. They declared their intention in Amsterdam to marry, and were married 1 July 1640 at Sloterdijk, near Amsterdam. In the marriage intention they gave their birthplaces as Woreden (in South Holland) for Cornelis and Arnhem (capital of Gelderland) for Belitje. In their employment papers they gave their places of residence as Houten (in Utrecht) for Cornelis and Arnhem again for Belitje. Their first child, Hendricktje was baptized 7 July 1641 in New Amsterdam.”
“A tragedy befell Cornelis when he was living at Pavonia (Paulus Hook). His buildings and property were destroyed in the February 1643 Indian uprising. A number of Dutch settlers lost their lives in this unjustified conflict which occurred during the administration of Governor William Kieft. Cornelis moved to Manhattan…
“In 1645 Cornelis became the grantee of 22 acres of land. The land was located at Crown Point, Corlears Hook adjoining the Corlear plantation and had a long frontage on the East River.
“In 1656 Cornelis leased Governor Stuyvesant’s bouwrie [farm or estate], one of the largest as well as the most remote from the city. During the period of this lease it was necessary to post extra watches throughout every night to protect the bouwries in this area from possible Indian depredation. The Indians had never become really friendly with the Dutch settlers since the 1643 episode….
“Cornelis also became the lessee of the Jan Damen farm which extended from the East River to the Hudson and was bounded generally on the south by what became known as Wall Street…. He was one of the leading farmers of the Colony and is reported to have supplied the families of New Amsterdam with much of their country produce….
“As one of the Overseers of the Outward Bound (Bowery section of New York) where he received his first grant of land, Cornelis brought several suits against other land owners for the improper maintenance of their fences.
“Cornelis was a friend and supporter of Governor Peter Stuyvesant and early in 1664 made a contribution at the request of the Governor for improving the defenses of the city. He did not sign any of the Remonstrances or Petitions requesting relief or redress. His fair-mindedness and excellent standing in the community is demonstrated by his repeated selection by the Burgomasters Court of New Amsterdam as one of the arbitrators in contested litigation which the Court found should be submitted to arbitration. The evidence is ample that Cornelis was well thought of in the Colony and that he played a creditable part in its early history, particularly throughout the Stuyvesant administration.
“Cornelis died in 1669 and his estate passed to his surviving heirs, Arie Cornelissen [see below], his brother Hendrick Cornelissen and their sister Lysbeth Cornelissen. They conveyed to Capt. John Barry of Bergen, N.J. two parcels of land on the Island of Manhattan, the two parcels being confirmed by a patent from Governor Francis Lovelace bearing date of 16 September 1669.”
1. Descendants of Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaick, by Melwood W. Van Scoyoc, 1982, p. 42.
2. “Geertje Hendricks, Mother of the Hopper and Van Dien Families,” by George Olin Zabriskie, in Genealogies of New Jersey Families, vol. 1 (ed. Joseph R. Klett, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), pp. 265-6.
3. Descendants of Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaick, pp. 42-3.
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