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Harmen Janse Ryckman of New Netherland

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Harmen Janse Ryckman (my 9th great grandfather) came to the New World with at least one child - his daughter Margarita (Grietje) Harmense Ryckman. By 1662 Grietje had married Jacques Cornelise Van Slyke, the son of Cornelis Antonissen Van Slyke and his Mohawk wife, Ots-Toch. Jacques and Grietje settled in the new village of Schenectady. Grietje's father lived in Albany as early as 1666 and there he died circa 1677

Harmen was living near Albany in 1667 as per a court record which states "....in his [Robert Sanders] house and lot standing here and lying here in Albany, adjoining to the south and east the street, to the north Harmen Janse Ryckman, and to the west Volkie Jurriaense, widow of the late Jan Van Hoesen...'

[Early Records of the City and Colony of Albany and Colony of Rensellaerswyck, 1656-1675, translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 1:410]

Harmen's brother, Jan Janse Ryckman, married Tryntie Janse and settled in Beverwyck. By 1663 Jan was dead, his widow remarried to Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff. They had one son living in 1663 - Albert Janse Ryckman, married to Neeltie Quackenbos. From this line came many of the Ontario Rykman families.

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In 1675 Albert appears in a court document dated Albany, 2 June 1675. He signs as Albert Janse Ryckman. The document states that Albert Jansen Ryckman declares that he has made a contract with Stephanus Van Cortlant, director of Rensellaerswyck, with the consent of Jan Hendrickse Bruyn, for two mortgages which Bruyn holds against Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff. Albert promises to pay the mortgages in good beaver skin in installments - in 1676 and 1677 - the mortgage amounting to 399 guilders and 4 stivers with interest at 10%.

A footnote by Pearson states that Captain Albert Janse Ryckman was a brewer. His house was on the south corner of Hudson St. and Broadway in 1704. In 1702-03 he was mayor of the city. His mother Tryntie Janse, married Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff. By his wife, Neeltje Quackenbos, he had 12 children, of whom nine were living and spoken of in his will made in 1736. He was buried Jan. 12, 1737 and his wife on 17 Oct. the following year.

[Early Records of the City and Colony of Albany and Colony of Rensellaerswyck, 1656-1675, translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 1:115]

In 1690 Albert assists in the taking of an inventory of the estate of Jan Cock, a young man killed by a cannon at Fort Albany on the 9 Feb. 1690 after the Massacre of Schenectady. Albert Ryckman and Jan Lansing, aldermen of Albany, make the inventory.

[Early Records of the City and Colony of Albany and Colony of Rensellaerswyck, Mortages I 1658-1660 and Wills 1681-1675 translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 4:137]

In 1703 Marten Cornelissen Van Buren writes his will and makes Albert Ryckman and Dirck Wessels the guardians of his sons Peter and Marte. Written 10 Apr. 1703

[Early Records of the City and Colony of Albany and Colony of Rensellaerswyck, Mortages 1658-1660 and Wills 1681-1675 translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 4:152]

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