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Geertruijd Jochems Willekens (abt. 1625 - bef. 1678)

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Geertruijd Jochems (Geertruyd) "Geertruyt, Geertruy, Geertie" Willekens aka Willikens, Janszoon, Van Gulick
Born about in Hamburg (Deutschland)map
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] in Meldorp, Freisia, Netherlandsmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Netherlandsmap
Wife of — married in New Amsterdam, New Netherlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Gravesend, Province of New Yorkmap
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Geertie Jochems Willekens

Married on December 19, 1643, Hendrick (Heyndrix) van Gulick, a seaman, thought to be the son of Hendrick van Gulick; and born at Nes (at Ameland, an island before the Dutch Frisian coast) widower to Jude Lubben. Geertie Jochems, widow to Pieter Janszoon, was born at Meldorp. [1][2]

  • H.L. Kruime's letter is as follows: "Another remarkable marriage register is the register No. 460, folio 158,dated December 19th 1643: HEYNDRICK Heyndrix, born at Nes (at Ameland, another island before the Dutch Frisian coast) widower to Jude Lubben, to GEERTIE JOCHEMS, widow to Pieter Janszoon, born at Meldorp. Heyndrick Heyndrix was a sailor as well.".[3]
  • Meldorp is now known as Meldorf. Meldorf lies just inland from the North Frisian coast; about 50 miles northeast of Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg is still the largest city within a 100-mile radius from Meldorf.

Geertie and Hendrick Gulick emmigrated to New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City] before May 1653, but Hendrick died before 11 September 1653[4].; Hendrick Gulick was married to GEERTRUYT WILLEKENS (Jochem) of Hamburg, Germany.

Geertie and Hendrick Gulick came to New Amsterdam as early as 1653. There are two pieces of evidence that support 1653 as the year of immigration. First, Hendrick Gulick sponsored the baptism of Cornelis, the son of Lucas Dirkszen, in New Amsterdam in May of that year (Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam and New York, Thomas Grier Evans,ed., p. 34). Second, Jochem Gulick, the son of Geertruyd Willekens and Hendrick Gulick, had been in the colony 34 years when he took the Oath of Allegiance in 1687 (Documentary History of the State of New York, b. E.B. O'Callaghan, vol. 1, p. 661). (Amicucci, 29)

  • Hendrick Gulick, Willem Beecker and Marritie Corne served as sponsors for the baptism of Cornelis, son of Lucas Dirckszen on 11 May 1653 (Theodore Brassard, Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730).

Hendrick Gulick died shortly after his arrival in New Amsterdam sometime between May 11, 1653 and Sep 11, 1653, when his widow married Claes Claeszen a blacksmith.[5].

Geertruyd Willekens came from Hamburg in Germany. She appears in the New Amsterdam records only twice; the first with her marriage to Claes Claeszen in 1653 and the second as a passenger on the Faith (De Trouw)[6][7] which sailed to New Amsterdam from the Netherlands in Feb. 1659 (New World Immigrants by Michael Tepper, vol. I, p. 173). Here her name is given as Geertruyt Jochems. Jochems is probably her patronymic, therefore we may assume that she is the daughter of a Jochem Willekens. According to Tepper, Geertruyd travelled with two children, ages 4 1/2 and 7 years (Amicucci, 29). The children are felt to be Neeltje Claesz the daughter of Claes Claezen, b. 21 March 1655 and then age 4 1/2), and Jochem Gulick who would have been 7 years of age.

  • [Why was she sailing from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam in 1659, when she was already recorded as married to Claes, a New Amsterdam in 1653, this needs further investigation. However, the record of arrival Feb. 1659 clearly describes her. The Claeszens must have been well off to afford a round trip to the Netherlands for Geerruyd and her 2 children. This trip would have commenced sometime after Neeltje's birth 21 March 1655.
  • Note: Neeltje Claes is the only known child of Claes Claeszen and Geertruyd Willekens. Neeltje was baptized on 21 March 1655[8], and therefore she must have been the 4 1/2 year old child who accompanied Geertruyd Willekens on the Faith. (Amicucci, 30)

Geertruyd was married third in 1653, per marriage intentions registered 11 September, 1653, to CLAES CLAESZEN, a blacksmith or "smit" from Amersfoort in the Netherlands; he died between 24 August 1684, when "Klaas Smit" witnessed the baptism of his grandson, Abraham Goulder, and September 1687, when he did not take the Oath of Allegiance (Amicucci, 31). Geertruyd was the daughter of Jochem A Willekens.

By 1655 Claes Claeszen and Geertruyd Jochems Willekens were living within the city of New Amsterdam, along the Waterside near the anchorage ground. Their house was located on modern day Pearl Street near Hanover Square, just below Wall Street. Claes Claeszen rented his house, garden, and orchard from Andries Jochemsen who owned three adjoining houses which were built by Claes Hendricksen, master carpenter (Amiccuci, 30).

Geertruyt probably died before 1678 since she did not appear as a sponsor for any of her grandchildren's baptisms; she may have died as early as 16 January 1665 when she was not identified in a deed executed by her second husband Claes (Amicucci, 31).


As stated at her third marriage, Geertruy was from Hamburg [9][10][11] which is currenly located in Germany.
Hamborg, Germania c. 1570
She may have been the Geertie Jochims that married Heijndrik Heijndries in Amsterdam in 1643 [1][12], as suggested by the finding of H.L. Kruimel, "keeper" at the Centraal Bureau Voor Genealogie in 1961. The issues are that Hendrick's patronymic hasn't been determined and this Hendrick is described as being from Nes, at Ameland where Hendrick van Gulick appears to have been German. If it is the same Geertruy, she may have been from, specifically, Meldorf, which is north of Hamburg and can be found in the map above as Mildorp, then in Dania, now a part of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Marriage and Children

Marriage Heijndrik Heijndrix and Geertje Jochems, 19 December 1643 Amsterdam [1]
Geertie Jochems Willekens married three times:
  • Pieter Janszoon, d. bef Dec 11, 1643. No known children.[1]
  • Hendrick Hendrix van Gulick, on December 19th 1643, [1]Hendrick d. between May 11, and September 11, 1653. Geertie and Jochem Gulick had two children:
    1. Jan Gulick
    2. Jochem Gulick, b. 1652, at the Netherlands
  • Claes Claeszen, on September 11, 1653, at New Amsterdam, NN. Geetie and Claes had one child:
    1. Neeltje Claesz, b. 21 March 1655, at New Amsterdam, New Netherland


Geertie Jochems Willekens died bef. 1678.

Church records

  • 1653 Sep 11 Claes Claeszen Smit, Van Amersfoort, en Geertruijd Willekens, Van Hamburg, Wede. Van Hendrick Gulick. [13]
  1. 1655 Mar 21 Neeltje - Claes Claeszen. Witnesses: Elmer Huijsen, Andries Roos, Catrijn Borgers. [14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 inschrijvingsdatum: 19-12-1643
    naam bruidegom: Heijndrix, Heijndrik
    naam eerdere vrouw: Lubben, Jude
    naam bruid: Jochems, Geertje
    naam eerdere man: Jansz, Pieter
    • Source: Amsterdam archief Marriage 19-12-1643 Amsterdam archief bronverwijzing: DTB 460, p.158 opmerkingen: Huwelijksintekeningen van de KERK. Archief van de Burgerlijke Stand: doop-, trouw- en begraafboeken van Amsterdam (retroacta van de Burgerlijke Stand) Ondertrouwregister: NL-SAA-26352363
  2. H.L. Kruimel, "keeper" at the Centraal Bureau Voor Genealogie in the Netherlands, in 1961, wrote a letter in response to David E. Gulick's request for research assistance.
  3. H.L. Kruimel, "keeper" at the Centraal Bureau Voor Genealogie in the Netherlands, in 1961, wrote a letter in response to David E. Gulick's request for research assistance. D. E. Gulick published the letter in full in his genealogy.
  4. NARDC Marriage Record: Page 18 - 1653 11 Sep; Claes Claeszen Smit, van Amersfoort; Geertruyd Willekens, van Hamburg, wid Hendrick Gulick
  5. NARDC Marriage Record: Page 18 - 1653 11 Sep; Claes Claeszen Smit, van Amersfoort; Geertruyd Willekens, van Hamburg, wid Hendrick Gulick
  6. Ship Passenger list to NA 1657-1664: 1659 00 Feb; Geertruy Jochems, from Hamburgh, Wife of Claes Claessen from Amersfoort; two children [Faith]
  7. Ship Passenger lists to NA 1657-1664
  8. NARDC Bapt. Record: Page 39: 1655 Mar 21; Claes Claeszen; Neeltje; Elmer Huysen, Andries Roos, Catryn Borgers
  9. Collections NY Gen. & Biog. Soc.: 1890, Vol. 1, Page 18
  10. Evjen: Page 435
  11. Otto Lohr. "German Individuals and Families in New Netherland (Deutsche Einzeleinwanderer und Familien in Neu-Niederland)." Accessed 30 Aug 2017.
  12. "Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province, Church Records, 1523-1948," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 August 2014), Nederlands Hervormde > Amsterdam > Huwelijksaangiften, Trouwen 1643-1644 > image 309 of 497; Nederlands Rijksarchiefdienst, Den Haag (Netherlands National Archives, The Hague).
  13. Collections NY Gen. & Biog. Soc.: 1890, Vol. 1, Page 18
  14. Collections NY Gen. & Biog. Soc.: 1901, Vol. 2, Page 39
  • Theodore Brassard, Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730
  • Susan K. Amicucci ("Claes Claeszen, Father of Neeltje Claes," New Netherland Connections [April, May, June 1999], Volume 4, Number 2, hereinafter Amicucci in citations).
  • Ancestry Family Trees. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA:


  • WikiTree profile Willekens-5 created through the import of Wiki Tree.GED on Jun 30, 2012 by Dale Smith.
  • WikiTree profile Willekens-1 created through the import of Tracy S. Miller.ged on Dec 2, 2011 by Tracy Miller.
  • Willikens-1 was created by Doug Smith through the import of Doug Smith.ged on Jan 22, 2015.
  • WikiTree profile Willekins-1 created through the import of AMYFAMILYTREE_2012-05-17.ged on May 18, 2012 by Amy Bazar. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Amy and others.

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On 15 Jan 2018 at 22:33 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Willekins-1 and Willekens-1 appear to represent the same person because: Willekens is a spelling found in the records; Willekins is not. The best LNAB for her might be Jochems.

On 15 Jan 2018 at 12:55 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:


Gertrude Willekins Willekins-1 and Geertruyd Willekens Willekens-1 are set as Unmerged Matches, because... it looks like part of the lineage is repeated but with later dates, so later generations ... she also has a daughter named Nelly (Neeltje) Claessen and that Neeltje or Nelly, also has a husband named John Lake .... the Bartel Claessen perhaps was her (Neeltjes) brother instead of her father ?

So they are all a bit mixed up and that's why things look so confusing now ? But..the repeated names could perhaps for some also just mean they were named after their Ancestors and maybe cousins that married etc. At one of the younger profiles of Johanna Lake it says their name was pronounced as Lock, so perhaps there are church records where the name Lock is used instead of Lake ?

Greets and hope it helps,

Bea :)

On 17 Jul 2017 at 02:27 GMT Susan McNamee wrote:

Willekens-5 and Willekens-1 appear to represent the same person because: I was working on DB Error 408 Multiple marriages on same day for Willikens-1 and I believe these two profiles are duplicates. Willekens-1 has no profile manager but the location of birth seems the same but death is not. Husband is duplicated on Willekens-1 but also seems to match. His two profiles are also without a profile manager. Same for their child.

If you need me to adopt the PM less profiles in order to complete the merge, just let me know.

Thanks, Susan

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