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Cornelis Aertszen (abt. 1610 - 1669)

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Cornelis Aertszen aka van Schaick, Arentszen
Born about in Nederlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Slooterdijk kerk, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederlandmap
Husband of — married in New Amsterdam, New Netherlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New York City, Province of New Yorkmap
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"Kemp's account of this Van Schayck family starts with Aert Jansz. van Schayck's grandfather who, as Willem Gerritsz. van Overdam, had inherited the lease to the Overdam bouwery in 1536 and had adopted the ancient family name Van Schayck by 1570."[1]

"In November of 1987, Melwood Van Scoyoc spent three weeks in the Utrecht archives seeking Adriaen and Aert Van Schaycks of the right age to have fathered Cornelis Aertsen of Woerden, Houten, and Utrecht. This search continued over the next two years aided by Willem A. Wijburg of Utrecht, who combed his research notes for references, which might apply. From the Utrecht marriage registers and the files of the notaries over a dozen names of Adriaen and Aert Van Schaycks turned up which were worthy of consideration.

"Each name was checked and all but three were eliminated conclusively from consideration. Two of the three remaining showed no connection with Houten. The one left was Aert Jansz van Schayck whose parents Jan Willemsz van Schayck, churchwarden of Houten in 1617, and his wife, Anna Aert Heynricksdr, made their will on January 26, 1621 before notarynWillem van Galen. At that time their oldest son Aert was "out of the country" Since the couple had married in about 1586, Aert, the eldest, would have been about 23 when Cornelis Aertsen was born, the right age.

"Then in 1991 the Reverend Marcel Kemp offered to search his 150,000data cards for evidence that Aert Jan Willemsz van Schayck was the father of our ancestor... The known relationship of Huyck Aertsen van Rossum and Gerrit de Reus and probable relationship of Jan Jansz Darnen to Aert Jansz van Schayck, along with the associations of these with Cornelis Aertsen in New Netherland constitute a major link of circumstantial evidence tying Cornelis Aertsen to Aert Jansz van Schayck. Weaker links have connected lines in many genealogies but work continues to seek even firmer and more positive evidence."[2]


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.”[3]

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.”[4]

“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.”[5]

Church records

  1. 1641 07 Jul Hendrickje, Cornelis Aertszen. Wit.: Jacob Stoffelszen, Tryntie Simons.
  2. 1642 09 Jul Arie, Cornlis Aertszen. Wit.: Huyuck Aertszen, Marie Hans, Anneken Loockermans.
  3. 1646 23 Sep Hendrick, Cornelis Aertszen. Wit.: Capt. Jan de Vries, Evert Corn. Van der Wel, Sara en Tryntie Roelofs.
  4. 1651 01 Oct Lysbeth, Cornelis Aertszen. Wit.: Willem Beeckman en zyn huys vr., Jacob Claeszen. [6]
  • 1662 10 Jul Cornelis Aertszen, Wedr. Van Belitje Hendricks, en Weyntje Elberts, Wede. Van Aert Willemszen. [7]


  1. Introduction to M.S.F. Kemp's "Krommerijners in de nieuwe wereld" EXCERPTED AND TRANSLATED BY JOHN H. VAN SCHAICK and published in THE NEW YORK Genealogical and Biographical Record VOL. 127 JANUARY 1996 NUMBER 1, quoted here.
  2. Cornelis Aertsen VanSchaick; A Biography and his Forebearers
  3. Descendants of Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaick, by Melwood W. Van Scoyoc, 1982, p. 42.
  4. “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.
  5. Descendants of Cornelis Aertsen Van Schaick, pp. 42-3.
  6. Thomas Grier Evans. "Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York." In Collections of the New-York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Vol. II. New York: Printed for the Society, 1890.
  7. Samuel S. Purple. "Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York" In Collections of the New-York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Vol. I. New York: Printed for the Society, 1890.


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On 9 Jun 2017 at 20:14 GMT Zack Daugherty wrote:

Some Y-DNA tests of living male patrilineal descendants (son of, son of, ...) would be cool. There are living male Vanskikes (how they spell it now) where I grew up that are 2nd-4th cousins to me. If I knew them personally and had the funds to do so it would be interesting to test.

On 25 Jun 2015 at 06:15 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:

I think this is Cornelis' second wife. Weyntje Elberts

On 17 Oct 2014 at 18:52 GMT Steven Mix wrote:

See also this other New Netherland ancestral van Schaick line

Cornelis is 16 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 22 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 15 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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