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Illetje Cornelise (Van Slyck) Van Olinda (abt. 1635 - 1707)

Illetje Cornelise (Hilletie) "Hilletje, Hilletie, Hillitie, Eltie" Van Olinda formerly Van Slyck aka Van Slyke, Van Slyk, VanSlyck, Vanslyke, Mohawk Woman
Born about in Canajoharie, Montgomery, New Yorkmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1663 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Niskayuna, Schenectady, New Yorkmap
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Biography

Hilletie Cornelise Van Slyck was part Mohawk through her mother, and was brought up among the Mohawks and later received "the rudiments of a Christian education" in Albany and Schenectady, New York.[1]

She married Pieter Danielse Van Olinda in 1663 or not long thereafter.[2]

The first minister of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church at Schenectady was Domine Petrus Thesschenmaeker, who served from 1684 until February 8, 1690. It was on that day the French and Indians burned down the town, and the church with it, slew sixty inhabitants, including the the Domine and took twenty-eight captives for a long winter march to Canada. [3]

Hillitie Van Slyck was appointed as an interpreter to assist the second minister, Domine Barnhardus Freerman and Domine Johannes Lydius, who came with him. During his tenure, Domine Freerman, not only converted many of the Indians, he translated "the whole of the Gospel of St. Matthew, the three fist chapters of Genesis, several chapters of Exodus, a few of the Psalms, many portions of the Scriptures relating to the birth passion, resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and several chapters of the first Epistle of the Corinthians, particularly the fifteenth chapter, proving the resurrection of the dead. But his work was not printed." Probably this was the first attempt made to translate the church service or portions of the Holy Scriptures into the language of the Mohawks. [4]

The footnote on page 74 of the "History Of The Church" (see image) states that Hillitie married Pieter Danielse Van Olinda.

From historian Nelson Greene, some detailed anecdotes about Illetje/Hilletje & her husband Pieter, search here for "Pieter Danielse":

Name

Illetje Van Slyck
Eltie Van Slyck
Hilletie Mohawk woman

Birth

Born 1635 in Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York, United States
ABT 1644 Canajoharie, Schenectady, New York
ABT 1650 Canajoharie, Schenectady, New York

Death

Died February 10, 1707 in Niskayuna, Schenectady, New York, United States
10 FEB 1707 Albany, New York

Sources

  1. Pearson, pp. 183-185
  2. Pearson, pp. 183-185
  3. Two Hundredth Anniversary of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church: Of Schenectady, N.Y., Published by the Daily and Weekly Union Steam Printing House, 1880, page 63-68
  4. Two Hundredth Anniversary of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church: Of Schenectady, N.Y., Published by the Daily and Weekly Union Steam Printing House, 1880, page 75
  • History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925), Vol. 1, pp. 326-351.
  • Repository: #R-1248763955 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Repository: R-1248763955 Name: Ancestry.com
  • Pearson, Jonathan, et al. A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley. Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, Printers, 1883. Republished online by the Schenectady County Public Library.
  • Abbreviation: Ancestral File (R) Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998) Repository: #R1 Repository: R1 Name: Family History Library Address: 35 N West Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA Address 1: 35 N West Temple Street Address 2: Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA Ancestral File Number: 9725-21; Ancestral File Number: JXZX-3T
  • Repository: #R-1248763955 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Repository: R-1248763955 Name: Ancestry.com

Acknowledgments

  • This person was created through the import of Glover.ged on 03 April 2011.
  • WikiTree profile Van Slyck-45 created through the import of EED1.ged on Sep 15, 2011 by Richard Draper.
  • Thank you to Eric Bondy for creating WikiTree profile Mohawk woman-1 and WikiTree profile VanSlyck-8 through the import of Bondy Family Tree (2).ged on Nov 5, 2013.


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Wikitree profiles of the 2 men with whom Hilletje worked as interpreter (see previous comment):
posted by N Fanning
This brief biography mentions that "for several years Hilletje was employed with Jan [sic] Baptiste Van Epps and Lourens Claese Van Der Volgen as provincial interpreter to the Indians", and that Mohawk sachems gave her 2 separate gifts of land, including "the great island in the Mohawk River at Niskayuna in 1667" :

http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/hmgfm/vanolinda.html

posted by N Fanning
Van Slyck-45 and Van Slyck-29 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Ready to merge to the NNS project's PPP profile for her.
posted by Ellen Smith

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