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Lambert Van Valkenburg in the New World

by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Please refer to my article on Isaac Van Valkenburg aka Vollick before you leave The Olive Tree pages

All descendants of Branch 6 (Isaac Van Valkenburg who married Lydia Van Slyke in 1705 in Schenectady) have Mohawk ancestry and will want to read my Van Slyke pages before leaving The Olive Tree Genealogy.

With my permission the following information was published as "Lambert Van Valkenburg: His Life in the New World as Revealed in Court Documents and Other Primary Source Records From 1644 - 1664" in The National Association of the Van Valkenburg Family of America serialized beginning in the Fall of 1999

The following records found for Lambert Van Valkenburg indicate he was in New Amsterdam as early as Jan. 1644. Since it is unlikely the ships sailed in the winter, he was probably in New Amsterdam in the summer or fall of 1643. These records indicate Lambert's activities from 1644 to 1660.

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TIMELINE:

We first note Lambert in the records of January 1644. I have not seen the original records which are in Dutch - but this would be something researchers who can read Dutch might investigate. Lambert's participation in affairs in January 1644 means he likely before winter of 1643.

25 Jan. 1644: Declaration. Olof Stevensen (van Cortlandt) and Gysbert Opdyck as to a statement of Lambert van Valckenborch, respecting property of Peter Livesen, dec'd. [full particulars, in Dutch, may be consulted in Register of Provincial Secretary, Vol. II, p. 95] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]


29 July 1644: Deed. Jan Jacobssen to Lambert van Valckenburgh, of house and plantation on the island of Manhattan, near Fort Amsterdam. [Register of Provincial Secretary Vol. II p. 121] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]


16 March 1647: Patent. Lammert van Valckenborch; lot south of Fort Amsterdam, Manhattan Island. [Land Papers Vol. G.G. p. 192] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]


9 Jan. 1657: Actions. Lambert van Valkenborch agst. Hendrick Claessen and Gerrit Willemsen, for assault; put over. [Fort Orange Records, Vol. XVI p. 33] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]


Source:"Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660", translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923


Page 9:
"Ordinary Session held in Fort Orange, January 9 Anno 1657
"President, J. La Montagne
Rutger Jacobsen
Jacob Schermerhoorn
Andries Herbertsen
Philip Pietersen

"Lambert van Valckenborch, plaintiff, against Henderick Claessen and Gerrit Willemsen, defendants.The plaintiff complains that the defendants beat him and his wife in his own house. The defendants deny it and claim that the plaintiff chased them with a naked rapier out of his house and pursued them to the center of the fort. The court orders the parties respectively to prove their assertions."


Source: "Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660", translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923

Page 40 - 41:
"Extraordinary Session held in Fort Orange, June 7 Anno 1657
"Present, the magistrates of this court and the members of the court martial of the burgher guard.
"President, Jacob Schermerhorn Hendrick Jochimsen, lieutenant
Captain Abraham Staets
Philip Pietersen
Adriaen Gerritsen
"Lambert v: Valckenborch, sergeant

"Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom complains that last Sunday evening, being the 5th of June, sitting in front of the guardhouse of the burgher guard, where he was lodging by permission of the magistrates, Marten, the mason, came to him before the guard was set and asked him what had become of the candles? Whereupon he answered that he did not know; to which Marten replied: "You have taken them." The plaintiff answered: "You lie." Marten immediately drew his sword and cut the plaintiff's head as he made a move to get up.

Marten, the mason, being examined and asked why he wounded Pieter Van Borsboom, answers that he told him he lied and called him a rascal. Lambert van Valkenborch, sergeant of the burgher guard, who was present, says that on coming to the guard house he ordered a candle to be lit. Marten, the mason, stepping outside the guard house asked Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom where the candles were? To which question Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom answered: "I do not know." Marten replied: "You stole them." The aforesaid Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom then said: "You lie like a rascal and a knave." The aforesaid Marten then drew his sword and cut the said Pieter Jacobsen Borboom's head as he rose from his seat.

The court refers the matter to a committee of four, to wit, two from the court and two from the court martial, to render a decision in the case, namely, Jacob Schermerhoorn and Philip Pietersen Schuyler from the court and Captain Abraham Staets and Hendrick Jochimsen, lieutenant, from the burghers."


4 Sept. 1657: Actions. Mr. Van Hamel, secretary of Renselaweswyck agst. Lambert van Valckenburgh, for loss sustained in the sale of a field of wheat on the farm of Jan Labite which he had purchased at acution, and which had to be resold for non-payment of purchase money; judgement for plaintiff with costs and damages. [Fort Orange Records Vol. XVI p. 110-112] [Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]


In court documents dated 1653 and 1658 at Fort Orange, NY, we are shown that Lambert owned land near Fort Orange:

"...a lot behind Fort Orange for a garden, bounded on the east side by Pieter jacobsen, on the north side by Lambert van Valckenborch, on the south and west sides by a road..." [1653 deed from Willem Hofmeyer to Jochem Wesselsen, the baker not executed until 7 Oct. 1658]

"... together with a lot behind Fort Orange for a garden, bounded on the east side by Pieter Jacobsen, on the north side by Lambert van Valckenborch [sic], on the south and west sides a road" [1658 deed from Jochem Wesselsen, the baker to Adriaen Jansen van Ilpendam, not executed]


Power of attorney from Lambert van Valckenborch to Govert Loockermans

[330] Appeared before me, Johannes La Montagne in the service of the General Chartered West India Company commissary at Fort Orange and the village of Beverwyck, in presence of the hereinafter named witnesses, Lambert van Valckenborgh, who declares that he hereby constitutes and appoints the Honorable Govert Loockermans his attorney in the principal's name and on his behalf to demand and receive of Jan Dircksen alias de Schreder, a certain three and a half beavers due to him, the principal, from the aforesaid Jan Dircksz for house rent, promising to hold good whatever the attorney shall do in this matter, for which he binds his person and estate, real and personal, submitting the same to all courts and judges. Done in Fort Orange, the 28th of July AO. 1658. in presence of Fredrick Harmsen and J. Provoost, witnesses.

This is the X mark of LAMBERT VAN VALCKENBORCH, made by himself

This is the S E mark of Fredrick Harmsen

Johannes Provoost, witness
Acknowledged before me,
LA MONTAGNE, Commissary at Fort Orange

[Source: Early Records of the City and County of Albany and Colony of Rensselaerswyck, vol. 4 (Mortgages 1658-1660; Wills 1681-1765) translated by Jonathan Pearson, revised and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer]


Source:"Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660", translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923: Page 209-210:

"Extraordinary Session held in Fort Orange, August 8 Anno 1659

"Instructions issued by the honorable commissary and magistrates of Fort Orange and the village of Beverwyck for the rattle watch, appointed at the request of the burghers to relieve them of night-watch duty; to the rattle watch of which place Lambert van Valckenborgh and Pieter Winnen were appointed the 6th of July of this year 1659, on condition that they together are to receive for the term of one year one thousand and one hundred guilders in seawan and one hundred guilders in beavers.

"First, the said rattle watch shall be held to appear at the burghers' guard house after the ringing of the nine o'clock bell and together at ten o'clock shall begin making their rounds, giving notice of their presence in all the streets of the village of Beverwyck by sounding their rattle and calling [out the hour], and this every hour of the night, until 4 o'clock in the morning.

"Secondly, they shall pay especial attention to fire and upon the first sign of smoke, extraordinary light or otherwise warn the people by knocking at their houses. And if they see any liklihood of fire, they shall give warning by rattling and calling, and run to the church, of which they are to have a key, and ring the bell.

"Thirdly, in case they find any thieves breaking into any houses or gardens, they shall to the best of their ability try to prevent it, arrest the thieves and bring them into the fort. And in case they are not strong enough to do so, they are to call the burghers of the vicinity to thier aid, who are in duty bound to lend the helping hand, as this is tending to the common welfare.

"Fourthly, in case of opposition, they are hereby authorized to offer resistance, the honorable commissary and magistrates declaring that they release them from all liability for any accident which may happen or result from such resistance if offered in the rightful performance of their official duties.

"Which instructions the aforesaid rattle watch shall swear to observe. Actum in Fort Orange, the 3d of September Anno 1659."


27 May 1660: Petition. Jan Dircksen van Bremen, Arent Jansen van Hoeck, Jan Harmsen, Rem Jansen, Lambert van Valckenburgh, Jan Jansen van Eeckelen, Peter Winne, Cornelis Borgardus, Philip Hendricksen, Hendrick Roseboom, Wynant Geritsen van de Poel and divers others, praying that Dutch as well as Indian brokers may be employed to trade with the Indians. [p. 169 Fort Orange Records Vol. XVI provides a full account]

17 June 1660: Order on the above petition, permitting the petitioners to act as in their discretion they may think fit, as some of them had openly avowed their intention to do so whether it was allowed them or not [p. 171 Fort Orange Records Vol. XVI provides a full account]

26 June 1660: Proposals of the Mohawks protesting against the employment of Dutch brokers in the woods, and complaining that they beat and otherwise ill treated the Indians [p. 172 Fort Orange Records Vol. XVI provides a full account]

28 June 1660: Advice and opinions of the several magistrates on the above proposals [p. 173 Fort Orange Records Vol. XVI provides a full account]

28 June 1660: Ordinance. Prohibiting the employment of christians as brokers among the indians in the woods [p. 175 Fort Orange Records Vol. XVI provides a full account]

[Source: Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY edited by EB O'Callaghan]


Source: "Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660", translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923:

Page 257:
"Ordinary Session held in Fort Orange, June 1 Anno 1660
"Present:
La Montagne
Sander Leen[dersen]
Anderies Herpertsen
Evert Jansen Wendel

"Abrahm Carpeyn, plaintiff, against Immetie, the wife of Evert, the baker, defendant. The plaintiff complains that the defendant took linen and other goods from the house of Lambert van Valkenb[urg] that belonged to him.

The defendant says that she took it on account of debt. The court condemns the plaintiff to pay the defendant and also orders the defendant to return the linen."


Records published in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol. 112, Number 2 April 1981 indicate that Lambert's father was most probably Lambert Drieskens Van Valkenburg.

Thus Lambert (the immigrant) name would be "Lambert Lambertse Van Valkenburg". Henry B. Hoff quotes from De Nederlandsche Leeuw of January-February 1980 regarding the Dutch ancestry of the Van Valkenburg(h) family

  • Andries Van Valkenburgh
    |
  • Lambert Dryeskens (Andrieskens?) Van Valkenburgh
    Died: 9 Mar 1651 Millen, Belgium
    Spouse: Maria
    Died: 20 Oct 1650 Millen Belgium
    |
  • Lambert Van Valkenburgh
    Born: Abt 1614 Valkenburg, The Netherlands
    Spouse: Annetie Jacobs
    Died: 17 Sep 1704 NY, USA
    |
  • Jochem Lambertse Van Valkenburg
    Born: 1646 New Amsterdam, NY, USA
    Spouse:Eva Hendrickse Vrooman
    Born: Leyden Netherlands
    Died: 1706 Kinderhook, NY, USA

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