A long-standing belief held by numerous researchers and proliferated all over the internet is that Hendrick Enloes' parents are Joris Kindlosson and Fijtgen Hendrix. However, there has yet to be any evidence to support this claim.
Reportedly, there is a marriage notation for the couple in the book, De huwelijksintekeningen van Schotse militairen in Nederland, 1574-1665. While possibly serving as proof the couple married, it still offers no connection between the couple and Hendrick Enloes or his siblings.
Hendrick Enloes is believed to have come to Nieuw-Amstel (now New Castle, Delaware) from Amsterdam together with his brother, Pieter Enloes in 1657. Pieter was a silversmith who was originally from Duisburg, Germany.
Before he left Amsterdam, Pieter Enlos was a witness to his brother, Jan Enloos' marriage in 1656. Jan was also a silversmith whose place of origin was listed as Duisburg and Pieter Enlos was clearly named as his brother in the record.
Antonij Enloos was also named as Pieter Enloos' father in his civil marriage register entry.
Though definitive proof that Hendrick Enloes was indeed Pieter Enloes' brother is still lacking, it is certain that the Pieter Enloes who came to Nieuw-Amstel is Jan Enloos' brother and the son of Antonij Enloos.
Therefore, it can be concluded with confidence that Antonij Enloos and Gritie Livens are the correct parents of Hendrick Enloes.
(NOTE: Proof of some blood relationship between Hendrick and Pieter is evident in land records pertaining to a tract of 100 acres of land on Back River in Baltimore County, acquired via the headright system by Pieter's son, Abraham, that were somehow transferred to Hendrick. This same parcel, later named "Inloes Loyce" was sold by Hendrick Enloes to John Boaring in 1679.)
Hendrick Enloes stated in a 4 January 1670 deposition that he was age 38.
Naturalized 6 Jun 1674.
Likely married wife, Christiann in Nieuw Amstel. Was married before 1661. Known children: Hester, Henry, Margaret, John, Abraham.
3 Mar 1661- received by headright 200 acres of land "Sawyer's Choice", for transportation of self, wife, John Alkmore and Henry Abraham into Maryland.
7 Nov 1664 - John Collett sold to Hendrick Enloes and John Alkmore for 300 acres "Elk Neck". The indenture stipulated that payment of 3500 tobacco was to take place over a period of three years and failure to make payment would result in the land reverting back to Collett. This appears to have occured, as only later record of the tract showed it in possession of Collett's decedents.
5 Nov 1679 - sold to John Boaring 100 acres "Inloes Loyce". Same tract of land was originally patented for Abraham Enloes (via headright).
28 Aug 1682 - sold to John Fuller 100 acres "Swallow Fork".
4 Aug 1702 - sold to William Holland 150 acres "Oblong".
Unlike his older brothers, Hendrick Enloos was not a silversmith. It is likely that he was intending to become a silversmith by apprenticeship under his eldest brother, Pieter.
Pieter was still an apprentice when he married at age 22. Jan will still an apprentice when he married at age 25. If Hendrick was in his early to mid-20s (keeping in mind that Dutch age of majority was 25) when he came to Nieuw-Amstel, it is possible that he, too, was an apprentice (under his brother). Researchers of the New Netherland colony have identified Pieter as the only known silversmith. Either that's because surviving records aren't so great or maybe because Hendrick was not yet considered a silversmith in his own right (still an apprentice).
After the two brothers immigrated to the New Netherland colony, Pieter was busy being sent on supply missions to aid the Nieuw-Amstel colony (per letters written by Jacob Aldrich in 1658 to Peter Stuyvesant).
It's very possible that once in Nieuw-Nederland, Pieter had little time to train Hendrick or even his own sons. He also died when his sons were still young. This is likely the reason why Pieter's son Abraham became a cooper.
As for Hendrick, it would seem that the challenges of life in a 17th-century colony prevented him from finishing his apprenticeship. So, too, Pieter's early death. If Pieter was the only silversmith in the colony, Hendrick (and Pieter's sons) would have no way to continue their apprenticeship (besides returning to Europe). Pieter's tools , etc. may have also been sold to pay his debts and passage.
Hendrick, too, may have found himself sent on missions to support the colony, such as sawing wood. Thus, his stated occupation of "sawyer".
Within a few short years, the brothers had also left the colony for Maryland.
In Baltimore County, Maryland, Hendrick had quite a lot of land. This was something that no silversmith (or other guildsman) in Amsterdam (or Duisburg) had any opportunity of having. For Hendrick, clearing the land likely led to a nice bit of lumber which he could sell to others.
Later establishing a plantation on the land became his stated occupation. Many plantation owners had other trades or skills they were known for, but "planter" signified their sizable real estate holdings.
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On 15 May 2017 at 14:51 GMT Christine Henderson wrote:
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