I bet many of you have wondered...What ever happened with the Hendrickson Family Cemetery in New Jersey? Has it or will it ever be restored? It seems that not much has happened since the destruction two years ago, and we are anxiously watching events unfold, but it takes a long time to get through the legal hoopes. The good news is...things are finally starting to happen and we are satisfied with the progress that is being made. I will post more information and updates as soon as I can. By the way...all the east coast board members survived Hurrican Sandy OK and the Half Moon replica ship was safely harbored in Connecticut during the storms.
The 2012 edition of the Hendricks Herald has been mailed out. Expect to see yours soon. Or, if you are impatient, you can always download it here.
Thanks for the additional information. I have been able to use DNA testing to prove one of my family lines as well.
I am sending this to you off-line as it is not mostly new information, but my reflections on the evidence already known. I hope I am not being presumptuous, but I think you might find some of it useful even if it is not evidence.
My main question is: Was Helen Cortelyou a wife of Hendrick Hendricks, son of Hendrick Willemszen, or the wife of a different Hendrick Hendricks?
I. Hendrick was married previous to supposedly marrying Helen.
Hendrick Hendricks first married Tryntje, possibly daughter of Hendrick Van Dyck and Jannetje Lamberts, as suggested by the baptism of their daughter (a) and land records (b),(c). For Helen to be the mother of his son Hendrick in 1706, Tryntje would have to have died in mid 1705 and Hendrick remarried by late 1705 or very early 1706, a short but possible timeline. However, the purchase of the land for his possible in-laws in late 1705 makes more sense if Tryntje is still alive.
(a) Baptisms at the DRC of Brookly, from the Holland Soceity Year Book of 1897, pg 182
May 29 . Jannetje. Hendrick Hendrickse, Tryntje, parents. Witnesses: Claes Van Dyck, Jannetje Van Dyk.
My note: Claes Van Dyk was the husband of Francyntje Hendricks. Jannetje Van Dyk could be Jonica, wife of Hendrick Van Dyck.
(b) Pg 366. 3 Apr 1701. David Stout, of Monmouth Co., East NJ, and Rebeckah, his wife, sell to Hendrick Van Dyke, of Kings Co., on Nassau Island, NY, for £300, for a tr. of land in Monmouth Co., located at a place called Romanis or Hop River, beg. by Hop River at a point 90 chains from Obadiah Browne's line and then..... Wits.: Daniel Hendricksen, Adrian Bennet, made his mark, Hendrick Hendrickse, made his mark. Henry Felkin. Signed: David Stout, Rebecah Stout, Ackn.: 6 Sep 1710, Dnaiel Hendrickson apprd. bef. Thomas Gordon, Esqr., Majesty's Council.
(c) Pg 367. 10 Nov 1705[?]. Hendrick Van Dyke and Jonica, his wife, of Brookland Twp., Kings Co., Nassau Island, NY sells to Hendrick Hendrickse, of Monmouth Co., East N. for £300, for a tr. of land in Monmouth Co., at a place Called Romanis or Hop River, beg. by Hop River at a point 90 chains from Obadiah Browne's line and then....... Signed Hendrenck Van Dyck, Jonica Van Dyek, made her mark. ackn.: 6 Sep 1710, Gerret Schenck apprd. bef. Thomas Gordon, Esqr., Majesty's Council.
East New Jersey Land Records, 1702 - 1717, Books H, I and Little K, abstracted by Richard S. Hutchinson, pages 119-120
II. The naming of the children of Nicholas Van Brunt and Geesje Hendricks supports Catherine as Geesje’s mother, but not Helen.
Possible naming and order of their children:
1) Cornelius, named after his paternal grandfather, Cornelius Van Brunt (a), married in 1745 (b), so born about 1724 if married at 21.
2) Hendrick, named after his maternal grandfather, executor of his father’s estate (c), so born by 1739, but also witness for his nephew, Hendrick Van Brunt, in 1752 (d), so probably born before his sisters; Engeltje (e), Agnes (f) & Geertje (g), as he would have otherwise have been only 13 at the time, very young for being a witness. Born say 1726.
3) Catherine, named after her paternal grandmother, Tryntje Bennet (a) and her presumed maternal grandmother, Tryntje Van Dyck. She also was a witness for Hendrick Van Brunt, so probably born before Engeltje. Born say 1728.
4) Jonnetje, probably Jannetje, named after her maternal aunt, baptized in 1705 (see above). Born say 1730.
5) Engeltje, speculation, but possibly named after a maternal aunt (e) ,(g), baptized 1732.
6) Agnes, possibly named after a paternal aunt (f), baptized 1735.
7) Geesje, named after her mother, baptized 1737.
8) Nicholas, named after his father, born say 1740.
There is no daughter named Helen. Some people have equated Helen with Engeltje, but they are 2 distinct names. Engeltje is sometimes referred to as Antje or Anne, but that is probably an abbreviation of Angeltje, a variation of Engeltje. As noted, there may be a reason for their naming a daughter Engeltje.
a) Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family by Teunis Bergen, pg 5 & 6.
b) 1760, April 12. Van Brunt, Nicolaes, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife, Geassey, use of real and personal estate; but must allow my sons, Hendrick and Nicholas, to till the soil. At wife's death, the moveable estate I give my children and my son Cornelius' 5 children. Sons, Hendrick and Nicholas, the plantation at the Falls. At the marriage of daughter, Caty, she shall have £35. Daughter, Jonnety, £100. Daughter, Caty, £100. Daughter, Anne, £2 and 10 shillings a year, as long as Cornelius Wincant is her husband, and, if he die, she is to have £100. Daughter, Agness, £100. Daughter, Gaessey, £100. Son Cornelius' 5 children, Gaessey, Joseph, Nicholas, Hendrick and Cornelius, to be put to a trade. Executors—son, Hendrick, my son-in-law, Albert Schenck, and my friend, Tunies Denice. Witnesses—Roelef Schenck, Isaac Vandorn, Roleff Schenck, minor.
1760, April 12. Codicil. Son-in-law, Cornelius Wincant, may live in the house on my land and have 2 acres for 7 years. Witnesses — same as above. Proved Feb. 1, 1782.
1781, Dec. 18. Inventory, £550.16.6, made by John Polhemus and Joseph Throckmorton. Lib. 24, p. 101.
Documents Relating to the History of the State of New Jersey, vol 35, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, vol 6, pg 404
c) 1745 01 May; Cornelis VanBrunt; Magdalena Finten
Robert Billard’s transcription of the records for the DRC of Flatbush
d) 7 May 1752, Cornelius Van Brunt, Magdalena Fenten, Hindrik and Catherine Hindrikzon
Records of Freehold and Middletown, GMNJ, vol 25, pg 47
e) 23 April 1732, Engeltje, Nicholas Van Brunt, Geesje Hendrickse, Hendrick Hendrickse Hendrickse, Aeltje Couwenhoven.
f) 9 Feb [1734/5] Angenetje, Klaes Van Brunt, Geesjie s.v., Mathys Van Dyck, Angenetje s.v. [NYGBR vol 1982, pg 13]
My note: Mathys was the brother of Catherine Van Dyck, wife of Daniel Hendricksen, Geesje's aunt. But there may be a closer relationship with Agnes. She may be the sister of Nicholas (see Van Brunt family: a above).
g) 23 Oct  Geesje, Nicholas Van Brunt, Geesje [Hendrickse] s.v., Hendrick Van Dyck, Engeltje s.v. [NYGBR vol 1982, pg 75]
My note: Hendrick Van Dyck, husband of Engeltje, may be the brother of Catherine Van Dyck, mother of Geesje (no evidence at this point).
III. The land records often cited don’t support Hendrick as the husband of Helen very well.
The land that Daniel Hendrickson bought, the service he did as constable and his will all indicate he lived at Middletown (Beekman, pg 121-123). The land that Hendrick Hendrickse, brother of Daniel Hendricks, bought in 1705 bordered on land that bordered on Daniel's land (a)(b)(c). He still owned that land more that 20 years later (c). Bergen also (d) indicates a Hendrick Hendricks lived at Middletown in 1706.
By contrast, the land that Bergen (d) and Beekman (e) cite as being purchased by Hendrick Hendricks, husband of Helen Cortelyou, was in Freehold, not Middletown.
Hendrick’s son, Hendrick, apparently lived in Freehold (f) at one point, but the land he purchased was not from his father, so that is not an indication his father lived there. He returned to Middletown (g), selling his land at Freehold, perhaps at the death of his father.
Bergen mentions that Hendrick, husband of Helen Cortelyou signed using his mark “HH” (d). Hendrick, son of Hendrick Willemszen, also signed by his mark, but I don’t know what that was. “HH” is a likely mark, but it would be nice to know if it were different.
(a) Pg 367. 10 Nov 1705[?]. Hendrick Van Dyke and Jonica, his wife, of Brookland Twp., Kings Co., Nassau Island, NY sells to Hendrick Hendrickse, of Monmouth Co., East N. for £300, for a tr. of land in Monmouth Co., at a place Called Romanis or Hop River, beg. by Hop River at a point 90 chains from Obadiah Browne's line and then....... Signed Hendrenck Van Dyck, Jonica Van Dyek, made her mark. ackn.: 6 Sep 1710, Gerret Schenck apprd. bef. Thomas Gordon, Esqr., Majesty's Council.
(b) On June 20, 1690, Stout deeded his son David Stout a lot at Romanis [Ramanessin Brook] on Hop River
(c) Pg 215. 1 Nov 1727. John Browne, Garret Schanck, & Daniel Hendricks, Exec. of Will of Obadiah Browne, late of Middletown, Monmouth Co., NJ.....by land of Hendrick Hendrickson, Sr., Daniel Hendricks'....
East New Jersey Land Records, 1702 - 1717, Books H, I and Little K, by Richard Hutchinson
(d) Henderick of N.U., m. Helena dau. of Jacques Cortelyou the emigrant, wid. successively of Claes or Nicholas Van Brunt and Deynse Teunisse (Denyse). Resided for a period on the lands at Nyack, N.U., which Helena inherited from her father. Apl. 18, 1718, he bought of Abm Emans of Freehold, N.J., for pounds 350, a farm of 250 A. in Monmouth Co., as per p. 289 of Lib. E. of Con. in Monmouth Co. clerk's off. He also bought other lands in that vicinity, as per rec. of said clerk's off., to which he probably removed. In 1706 he appears to have resided in Middletown in said county. Oct 9, 1738, letters of administration on his estate were granted to his s. Hendrick of Middletown. Issue:-Hendrick and Geesje, who m. Nicholas Van Brunt of N.U. and N.J. Made his mark "H H" to documents.
Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N.Y., by Teunis Bergen. Pg 140
(e) In Book G of Deeds, page 59, Monmouth County Clerk's office is recorded a deed from Tunis Covert of Freehold township to Cornelius Van Brunt and hendrick Hendrickson of New Utrecht of Long Island for 203 1/2 acres and 96 1/2 acres in Freehold township. On pages 61-62 of same book is record of a deed dated May 1, 1719 from Abraham Emans of Freehold township to Hendrick Hendrickson and Jacques Denys of New Utrecht, L.I. for a tract of 96 acres in Freehold twonship.
Early Dutch Settlers of Monmouth, New Jersey, by George Beekman, page 28.
(f) Pg 438. 20 May 1732. Joshua Edwards, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., East NJ, and Sarah, his wife, sell to Hendrick Henrickson Jr. of afd. Place ....
East New Jersey Land Records, Book H2, by Richard Hutchinson, pg 167.
(g) Pg 159. 7 Nov 1735. Hendrick Hendrickson, Junr., of Middletown, Monmouth Co., East NJ, yeoman, and Altje, his wife, sells to John Rue..... for a track of track to land in Freehold, Monmouth Co, East NJ....wch land was sold by deed to sd. Hendrickson by Joshua Edwards, dated 20 May 1732....
East New Jersey Land Records, Books E-2 and F-2, by Richard Hutchinson, pg 28
I knew that our link to the Hendrick Hendrickson who married Helena Cortelyou was weak, but, it did fit very well into the context of what we thought we knew about our Hendrick Hendrickson. Back in 1991 Carol Cannon suggested that Hendrick Hendricks b. 11 Nov 1706 was the son of Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou in the book entitled The Henry Hendricks and Sarah Thompson family. Although she provides little evidence to support this other than saying that "On 9 Oct 1736, Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. of Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey and John Deare of Amboy, Midllesex New Jersey, made application for administration of the estate of Hendrick Hendrickson, late of Middletown. There is no way to definitely prove that this Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. is the same Hendrick Hendrickson (1706) who married Aeltje Couwenhoven. However, the circumstantial evidence is compelling. There are no other Hendrick Hendricksons in the area in the area in 1736, but all can be accounted for as sons of other fathers. The fact that the Hendrick Hendrickson whose estate was probated in 1736 was “of Middletown” strengthens the circumstantial case because that is where Hendrick Hendrickson (1706) and his family lived. Unless and until contrary evidence is found, the Hendricks Family Organization is accepting Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou as the parents of Hendrick Hendrickson (1706) who married Aeltje Couwenhoven.”
As I have tried to find Carol's circumstantial evidence I come to realize that it was based more on secondary sources than primary sources. I think that it all started with the NYGB Record article No. 4 1924, Barent Hendrickse Spiers and his wife Catalyntje Jacobs Hendricks p. 319 that claims that Helena Cortelyou married Hendrick (1679) s/o Jacob Hendricks Hafte and then it lists Hendrick and "Geesje, m. Nicholas Van Brunt of New Utrecht and New Jersey" as their children Then in The Cortelyou Genealogy by John Van Zant Cortelyou cites the Oct 9, 1738 letters of administration of Hendrick Hendrickson's estate that were granted to "his son Hendrick, of Middletown", then he goes on to list both Hendrick and Geesje as children of Hendrick and Helena also. So when our researcher Carol Cannon arrived on the scene she made the case that my Hendrick Hendrickson (1706) who married Aletje Couwenhoven was the brother to Geesje Hendrickson who married Nicholas Van Brunt, which was fairly easy to do, which then made our immigrant ancestor appear to have been Jacob Hendricks Hafte. However after we proved the Jacob Hendricks Hafte connection incorrect this put serious questions to the rest of the cited claims which I have been contemplating long before my contact with Mr. Morrassay. The one thing that kept me on line with the Helena Cortelyou connection was that she and her husband Nicholas Van Brunt named their oldest daughter Enjeltje which I assumed was the Dutch form of Helena or Elena as she seemed to go by as a witness on her grandchildren's Gravesend DRC baptisms. I guess mark this one up to my inexperience in Dutch names as Michael is correct that it is not affiliated with Helena in any way. And not only this, but the name Helena (and Jaques for that matter) are unknown in our Hendricks family lines. I knew about the 1705 Brooklyn DRC that Mr. Morrissay cites baptism but had decided that it was mis-transcribed as my source of the Brooklyn DRC Church baptism were hand written by TG Bergen and hard to read. I really thought it belonged to Daniel Hendrickson and his wife Trynetje Van Dyke as they had a daughter Jannetje who was born about this time. Plus...and this was a deciding factor to me...Willem Hendrickson (the other brother) and his wife Willemptje Lane have son Johannes baptized the same day. So this has to be our Hendrickson family. (I was hoping it belonged to a different Hendrick Hendrickse such as Hendrick Van Dyke's son Hendrick, but it is a given with the other baptism that it is ours.) But I didn't know about the two Monmouth Co., land deeds the latter of which Michael feels would be our Hendrick buying land from his father-in-law Hendrick Van Dyke and I had never considered that our Hendrick might have married into the Van Dyke family. Anyhow the clincher for me is the Will of Nicholas Van Brunt who married Geesje Hendrickson sister to our Hendrick:
1760, April 12. Van Brunt, Nicolaes, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife, Geassey, use of real and personal estate; but must allow my sons, Hendrick and Nicholas, to till the soil. At wife's death, the moveable estate I give my children and my son Cornelius' 5 children. Sons, Hendrick and Nicholas, the plantation at the Falls. At the marriage of daughter, Caty, she shall have £35. Daughter, Jonnety, £100. Daughter, Caty, £100. Daughter, Anne, £2 and 10 shillings a year, as long as Cornelius Wincant is her husband, and, if he die, she is to have £100. Daughter, Agness, £100. Daughter, Gaessey, £100. Son Cornelius' 5 children, Gaessey, Joseph, Nicholas, Hendrick and Cornelius, to be put to a trade. Executors—son, Hendrick, my son-in-law, Albert Schenck, and my friend, Tunies Denice. Witnesses—Roelef Schenck, Isaac Vandorn, Roleff Schenck, minor. Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family by Teunis Bergen, pg 5 & 6.
Tunies Denice was a son of Denys Teunis and Helena Cortelyou and would have been a half brother to Geesje and Brother-in-Law to Nicholas Van Brunt but is rather named as just a friend. So to me there are only two possibilities: A - Our Hendrick Hendrickse never married Helena Cortelyou at all. B - Our Hendrick Hedrickson married Helena after the death of his first wife Trynetje Van Dyke but Helena is not the mother of our Hendrick b. 11 Nov 1706 or Geesje b. ca. 1710.
Well I guess we are starting our new Google Group off with a bang!!! I'm sure you all will want to weigh in and perhaps you might see or know something I have over looked as I really hate to loose our Cortelyou line and have to change all of our info. yet once again. But this is what it is, although at this point I think that I have to express my disappointment in Carol Cannon our former researcher who has seemed to have gotten it all wrong... Del Leavitt Research Director HHFO.
The Henry Hendricks Family Organization, or HHFO, has its origins in the reunion committees and family history research organized in the early part of the twentieth century by the grandchildren of James and Drusilla Dorris Hendricks, pioneer Americans and early Mormon converts. Over the years these informal efforts evolved into a formal organization with a constitution and bylaws and has been registerd with the IRS as a charitable, non-profit organization. The mission of the HHFO is to research and document the lives and family history of Hendrick (Henry) Hendricks, b 1730, Monmouth, New Jersey, his wife Sarah Thomasse (Thompson), their ancestors, and their descendants.
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