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§ Steven Van Voorhees (1600 – 16 February 1684) was an early Dutch settler and the patriarch of the Voorhees family line and namesakes. In 1664, he was a magistrate and founder of the Dutch Reformed Church in present day Flatlands, He emigrated with his family in April 1660 to the New Netherlands in the ship Bontekoe.
§ Steven Coerten Van Voorhees, b. in 1600 at Hees, Holland. "The meaning in English of the name Van Voorhees is 'from before Hees'; Van meaning 'from', Voor meaning 'before' or 'in front of' and Hees being a small village about a quarter of a mile south of the town of Ruinen in the Province of Drenthe, Holland, which contained in 1660 nine houses and about fifty inhabitants." He emigrated with his family in Apr, 1660 to the New Netherlands in the ship Bontekoe (Spotted Cow)and d. Feb. 16, 1684, at Flatlands, L.I. His wife's name is unknown." - Concerning the Van Bunschoten or Van Benschoten Family in America, p. 69.
§ Born in 1600 at the Farm of Voorhees in the Province of Drenthe, The Netherlands. Emigrated 1660 with second wife, children (except Marchien) and son in las Jan Kiers to Nieuw Amersfoort. He married (1) Willempie Roelofse Seubering, daughter of Roelof Seubering. She was born ca. 1619 and died ca. 1690. He married (2) Aeltje Wessel, no birth date known, died ca. 1642
§ Steven Coerte (VAN VOORHEES). Born ca 1599-1600 in in or near Hees, Netherlands. Steven Coerte died on 16 Feb 1684 in Flatlands, Kings Co., NY.
§ Steven Coerte Van Voorhees, son of Coert Alberts of Voorhees, was born in 1600 at Hees, Holland.
Steven Coerte at various times in Drenthe had rented farms in Ruinen, Hees, Oosterboer, and Meppel.
He emigrated from before the village of Hees in the province of Drenthe, Holland, in April, 1660, in the ship "Bonte Koe" (Spotted Cow), Captain Pieter Lucassen.
Steven Coerte with his wife, children aged 22, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and son-in-law, Jan Kiers, sailed on the ship 'de Bonte Koe' (the Spotted Cow) 15 April 1660. These were all his children except his two daughters, Hendrickjen and Merghin.
Drenthe was the most sparsely populated Dutch province, economically depressed but with rising taxes. Beginning in 1651, residents of rural southwest Drenthe began emigrating to New Netherland, where the largest town, New Amsterdam, was about the same in population as Drenthe's largest town of Meppel (ca. 1,200).
They were not venturing into the unknown: already in New Netherland were his wife's brother Jan and her sister Lambertje, wife of Jan Strycker, and several relatives of Strycker. In fact there were 19 people from southwest Drenthe in New Netherland before the Bonte Coe brought 39 more. In 1662, another 23 arrived. By 1664 there were 108, most of them on western Long Island, others along the Hudson River Valley as far north as Fort Orange (Albany), and a few as far south as Delaware.
He went from leasing a fouteen-acre farm at Voorhees to being a landowner, buying a farm in New Amersfort six months after his arrival in New Netherland. No penniless immigrant, he paid 3400 guilders.
He purchased, November 29, 1660, from Cornelis Dircksen Hoogland, "9 morgens of cornland, 7 morgens of woodland, 10 morgens of plainland and 5 morgens of salt meadow," in the Flatlands of Long Island, for three thousand guilders. Also the house and house plot lying in the village of "Amersfoort in Bergen" (Flatlands), with the brewery and all the brewing apparatus, kettle house and casks, with the appurtenances, as per page 37 of Liber B of Flatbush records. 
By 1675 he had 30 morgens (63 acres), 15 cattle, 4 horses and 2 hogs. He is listed on the assessment roll of Amersfort in 1676 and 1683 with 55 morgansof land. His son Coert had an even larger farm, as would the other sons in time.
He married, in Holland, a wife (name unknown), who was the mother of all his children. He married (second), prior to 1677, on Long Island, Willempie Roelofse Seubering. 
Both Steven and his second wife were members of the Dutch church of Flatlands in 1677.
His name appears as magistrate in 1664. His will is dated August 25, 1677. Children:
Steven Coerts, a Drenthe emigrant from 1660
By J. Poortman, for the Nieuwe Drentsche Volksalmanak 1943 (the writer used brief historical information for writing this novel, so it's a mix of facts and fiction (romanitcized)
Facts: in Amersfoort there lived at least one Drenths family, Steven Coerts Voorhees, who lived here on a farm under Voorhees, municipality Gelderland. Six months after his arrival to New Amsterdam he bought a farm, house or bouwerij from Comelis Dircksen Hooglant. Shortly after his arrival, he was already a deacon of the church at Flatlands (Nw.-Amersfoort).
Three letters were preserved, where they wrote the Drenths family in 1684, 1687 and 1699, so the contact with the homeland was preserved.
This is clear even from Volume XXXIII of New York Colonial manuscripts, folio 136, containing a statement on Jan Elten Kingston NY, who wanted to leave the country, and received an attestation for it.
Elten according to the document originating from Zwiggelte and five signatures of men who all were "alt natives of Drenthe." So they were entitled to take action and had knowledge of the residence of Jan's parents, who still lived in Zwiggelte. The first signature was from the now honorable Steven Coerten, 79 years old and his son Coert Stevensen, aged 42 years. Furthermore signed by William Roeloffs, Jan Strycker and Jan Suebering, who bears the same name as Steven Coerts wife. So the Drenth's in New Netherlands raise their voice in the middle of the eighteen languages that were spoken in those days.
Years ago I came in contact with one of the descendants of Steven Coerts and this is the cause of many investigations and much correspondence, which is now temporarily suspended. In addition, it was established, as I have already explained in brief, Drenthe took part and had a prominent place in the colonization of the New World .
What can we find in our own archives (Dutch) about the family of Steven Coerts?
Voorhees is a farm, which occurred earlier in the income tables of the abbey Dicninge alongside middle and back-Voorhees. There were so Voorhees three farms, which were leased under the then prevailing conditions.
Voorhees was a mixed company, as was to be expected in Gelderland. It was large 28 bushels of arable land and 71 bushels of hay and was leased for 38 bushels of rye (in our sizes so 7 ha building and ± 2 ha meadows). Jonker Van den Boetzelaar had since 1626 both as a Means Front Voorhees in rent, but he wore in 1632 the rent of Middle Hees to Jan Coerts. The rent was then 50 bushels of rye. From 1621-1626 Coert Voorhees Back to this place in rent. During that time, Albert worked Voorhees for a rent of 28 bushels. So there is already changing, because in 1626, Jacob hires East Inge "to Muscle" Behind Voorhees 35 bushels of rye. It is unnecessary to give any six-yearly changes. Therefore I Lay Me Down to the years to 1660, because during this period the departure to New Netherlands falls.
On 22 March 1658 Steven Coerts hires the farm Pol (Pol's erve) from the administrator of Dicninger goods. A Hilhert Coerts in this year lived on Achterhees, who renewed the rent on 14 March 1661. Also in this year, Albert lived in Voorhees, but in 1662 there was again a Hilhert Coerts living in Voorhees. Perhaps it was this hanky-panky with the rental conditions, and knowing that another who needed it, could, by offering a higher rent, just 'disown' land and house from the other, which made Steven decide to leave Drenthe ? It does not seem unlikely to me ! Anyway, he came up to an age at which nowadays people would leave things like starting a new life and emigrating to their children. This immediately raises the question of how "remote" Drenthe was, because like many others, one would imagine, the people there were unaware such a thing as a New Netherlands existed.
We know that the city of Amsterdam made much propaganda for this emigration. Known was the "Beschrijvinge of New Netherland" by Adriaen van der Donck, which appeared in 1655, and already had its second edition in 1656.
Meppel was an important link between Amsterdam and Holland with the Drenthe back (hinter) land. Trade with Amsterdam was more important than we think superficially. Whether such propaganda drawings were read here is hard to figure out, but that it could reach Drenthe very well, is proven by the fact that I, from one of the old families in the past, received work of Montanus about voyages of discovery to America, published shortly after 1650. Anyway, it is certain that Steven Coerts left Gelderland and his relatives at the age of sixty and left with his entire family on The Bontekoe, and travelled to New Amsterdam.
The passenger list of the 'Bonte Koe' has shown that besides the sailors and a detachment of soldiers, 49 passengers, viz. 21 men, 5 women with 23 children and three girls went along. Including a servile from Meppel there were 29 Drenth's, 4 Gelders and 1 Zeeuw. It's obvious that I gladly would have investigated this list of names in Drenthe, but it turned out that the abovementioned documents, after they were used ten years ago by American interested, can not to be found, despite the effort to recover them by the State Archives in Drenthe. Let's hope that these papers later will be retrieved, so it is possible to ascertain who emigrated and where they came from. (See footnote)
A whole enterprise it was undoubtedly. When the time of departure came, they traveled about Meppel to Amsterdam, using the Meppeler ferry. At the office of the West India Company they reported for the necessary inspection and for paying the travel. The price was 36 guilders for adults, with reductions for children. The agent of the Van Ruyven Compagnie after the inspection wrote Coerts Steven, his wife and their seven children at the passengerslist.
Stevens daughter Hendrikje and her husband Jan Kiers - a Ruiner name! - also went along. Only Coert, the eldest son, was an adult, the other children were ten years old or younger. A description of the Bonte Koe is not to be found, but this will have been the usual type of ship, the Company used for crossings with two decks, three masts and the known high rear deck. On April 15, 1660 - old style - began the journey that would take several weeks along the so-called southern route..
On board were also 18 soldiers, of which one with his wife and three children. A total of 5 families traveled along; four of them together had 23 children; further, there were nine single men, including a tailor and a shoemaker. Three of them were hired by Roelof Swartwout, from Gelderland . Swartwout had visited his birthplace and it is not impossible that he had done it in order to get work forces. The New World had a large deficit of workforces, so the great colonists were recruiting "servants" throughout the country and even in East Friesland, as appears from the papers of Killiaen of Rensselaer. The Company worked namely worked in many way against the independent settlers, and we get a bad impression of the petty mercantile spirit of the Directors of the Company. However, it must be noted that fortune seekers even then did everything to the detriment of whatever for a soon and rich repatriation. Director General Kieft crashed on the way back to the homeland with his capital of fl 400.000.- he had scraped together.
It is certain that Steven Coerts intention was to buy himself a farm and that he had the means or credit to do so. Arriving in June he first will have looked around for a place that looked like fine to him. It worked out soon, because there is a contract of 29 November 1660, which shows that he for fl 3400.- - a large sum for that time - a house with barn, brewery and 24 acres bought land from Cornelius Diercksen Hooghlant to New Amersfoort . The deed is written in Dutch and comes with the English translation of a book B of the Flatbush acts on p. 27. The sale deed is as follows: (abridged) Blessed be God. In Midwout published on 29 November 1660 for me, Adrian Hegernan, now secretary of Midwout and Amersfoort in New Netherlands witnesses listed below, Corneles Dercsen Hooghlant on one side and Steven Coerts on the other side. Said C.D. Hooghlant declared that he had sold and Steven Coerts that he had bought a piece of corn land located in Amersfoort, between the brewery (cropland) Wolfert Gerritsen van Couwenhoven and French Jensen, carpenter, ........ .. together with the house and area lying in Amersfoort, the haystacks, with the construction home with all brewing tools as boilers, tanks, vats and what belongs more, with a wagon, a plow and an iron harrow, two oxen whether the metastatic grain, four bushels of peas and 4 bushels of buckwheat. All this is sold with which Earth and is permanently fixed, with the joys and burdens, as the seller has owned .......... For the purchase of the above land etc. Steven Coerts promises to pay if buyer on C.D. Hooghlant, mentioned above or his assigns the sum of NLG 400.- in cash and 3,000 Dutch guilders in good Sewan (ie the beaver skins used by the Indians as money). Everything in four installments: the first term of fl 400 .- in Dutch money (after selling "t Sewan) summer 1661, the second-term large fl 1000.- May 1662, the third and fourth terrnijn to equal amount consecutively May 1663 1664.De deed was registered on 4 December 1660 and was signed by Comelis Diercksen Steven Coerts, Nicholaes de Meyers and Aucke Jans.
Thus Steven sat on the place where since immemorial time an Indian village named Kaskachague was located at the intersection of two Native American migration routes and he would pay most of the purchase in Indian currency, as was used along the entire Atlantic coast. That things went pretty well, is evident because he was appointed as a member of the local government in 1664, the year in which the British overpowered New Netherlands. This change of government gave a lot of uncertainty about the ownership, rights to lands, houses etc. Therefore, the residents requested in 1665 to the British governor for confirmation of the old rights.
Governor Nicolls gave eight residents of Amersfoort or Flatlands, the so-called Nicolls Charter, whereby existing rights were recognized. Steven Coerts and his eldest son Coert Stevens are two of the eight mentioned. Throughout the rest of his life it went well with the family. Although in 1673 the municipal papers were burned, yet we know that Steven created or bought more and more land. his children married into the finest immigrant families.
On 16 February 1684 he died at the ripe old age of 84 years.
Even after the transfer of administrative population retained its own language, customs and church first and grandchildren began to write their name according to the rules and customs of English law and added as a surname "Voorhees" to increase theirs.
According to the custom of the country, Steven was buried in the founded church, as was the case with the other founders among the colonists. The other residents were buried at the church.
When he died he had thirty grandchildren living in the New World. He lived like a patriarch, a family man, with great authority in the colony. He had worked hard for the church, which he loved, to flourish, and his work was blessed . In Drenths way he 'doggedly' worked the better soil in the new country, where conditions still were much in line with those from his birthplace, but where he could live more free and could succeed better. In the afternoon of his life he pulled away - one out of many, as Picardt tells - and he knew his children were salvaged when he died. These thirty grandchildren all had inherited something from his Drenths will and fortitude, workforce, strength and character and came in the foreground (were prominent) in their new homeland more than once.
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On 5 Apr 2019 at 07:06 GMT Arthur Van Riper Jr wrote:
There is some material duplicated in the text, and to make things a little more understandable, I would like to combine to duplicates and make the bio a few lines shorter. Would like to continue with okay of profile managers.
On 15 Jan 2018 at 04:39 GMT Melona (Niven) Gallagher wrote:
On 6 Jan 2018 at 05:55 GMT Melona (Niven) Gallagher wrote:
On 20 Oct 2016 at 14:49 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
Trying to sort out the Dutch part of this family/lineage now, so corrected his father now. His LNAB is Coerts, van Voorhees or Van Voorhees is the name he used after the immigration and referring to the place or farm in the Netherlands.
On 9 May 2016 at 18:50 GMT B. W. J. Molier wrote:
On 30 Sep 2015 at 19:44 GMT Steven Mix wrote:
On 30 Jun 2015 at 00:23 GMT Steven Mix wrote:
On 30 Jun 2015 at 00:12 GMT Steven Mix wrote:
That would be the least disruptive action to the community.
Or alternatively you can just choose to do nothing, and let us complete all the merging. We can do that after 30 day default approvals. That will be equally as easy for us, but just takes a bit longer, which is not a big deal.
This is the same man as Van Voorhees-12, the son of Coert. I am going to adjust the birth date here, and then propose the merge so that we can start to get rid of this duplicative line.
On 20 Jun 2015 at 02:13 GMT Bob Vornlocker wrote:
On 20 Jun 2015 at 02:11 GMT Bob Vornlocker wrote: