artists rendition of New Amsterdam, source unknown
Sometimes finding just one piece of genealogical information sets off a whole cascade of unexpected finds! This was the case when I finally found the names of the parents of one of my maternal grandfather's ancestors, MARIA/MARYTJE WYCKOFF.
MARIA/MARYTJE WYCKOFF was born Dec 11, 1681 Flatbush, Long Island, NY, and married STEPHEN STEPHENS, who was born Sept 6, 1677 (DRC) in what became Brooklyn, NY. I have not found their marriage record as yet, but by 1731 they were living in Tappan, Rockland Co NY, where they joined the Dutch Reformed Church on July 19, 1731.
For years I was uncertain where exactly MARIA was born, but a chance search lead me to the names of her parents, CORNELIUS PIETERSE WYCKOFF & GEERTJE SIMONSE VAN ARSDALE.
I was thrilled to find a VAN ARSDALE in my maternal grandfather's pedigree! One of my great great grandmothers on my paternal grandfather's side was NANCY VAN ARSDALE, who died Jan 27, 1899 in Marshall Co Iowa, and of course I had traced her back to the immigrant ancestor SYMON JANSEN VAN ARSDALE, who died Oct 29, 1710 Flatlands, Long Island, NY. GEERTJE SIMONSE VAN ARSDALE was SYMON's daughter.
So here is a list --so far-- of the shared Dutch immigrant ancestors of my two grandfathers:
SYMON JANSEN VAN ARSDALE & PIETERJE CLAESSEN VAN SCHOUWEN
PIETER CLAESSEN WYCKOFF & GRIETJE CORNELISE VAN NESS
CORNELIS HENDRICKSE VAN NESS & MAYCKE VAN DER BURCHGRAEFF
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© Betty Tartas 2011