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Thanks goes to Ruth Piwonka for transcribing this list for the Olive Tree Genealogy
Source Notes: A J F Van Laer compiled a list of Settlers of Rensselaerswyck 1630-1658 as an appendix to his translation of The Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts (published Albany: State University of New York, 1908). This appendix has been reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1965 under the title Settlers of Rensslaerwyck.
Most of the settlers who came to Rensselaerswyck in 1637 came on the vessel of the same name. Additionally a handful of settlers who first appeared in accounts of the colony are described as probably passengers on the vessel. The log of the voyage of the Rensselaerswyck was translated by Van Laer and included in The Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts. The journey was an unusually long one, beginning at Amsterdam September 25, 1636 and returning there November 7, 1737. It sailed from Texel on October 8, 1637.
Difficult weather was invariably the culprit. When not beset by severe storms, still, calm, windless days made the ship drift for days at a time. For 17 days the ship was off course and near the coast of Spain when the captain at last decided they must head back because of limited supplies of food and because more and more people were growing ill daily. His goal was the south coast of England. There, at Ilfracombe, on December 8, Cornelis Thomasz was stabbed by his helper, Hans van Sevenhuysen. Sevenhuysen died the following day – a Tuesday – and the captain noted in his log how all the people in this neighborhood went to pray on account of the severe sickness which God is sending them.
The Rensselaerswyck at last arrived at Manhattan on Wednesday, March 4, but could not travel to Fort Orange because the Hudson River was still closed by ice. On Sunday, the 8th, two children born on board the vessel were baptised at the Manhattan church. On Sunday, the 22nd, the widow of the murdered Cornelis Thomasz, a smith, married Arent Steffeniers. Finally on March 26th, the vessel left for Fort Orange and arrived there Tuesday, April 7th. Since some of the passengers are first listed in accounts of April 3rd, these men evidently traveled to Fort Orange via yacht. The Rensselaerswyck left Fort Orange on 29 May.
This is not a proper passenger list -- but suffices nicely. Van Laer also gives some additional 'biographical' data from the Van Rensselaer records that are not included here. Interested researchers will have to consult the original sources for these details
By the Rensselaerswyck. Sailed form the Texel, October 8, 1636; arrived New Amsterdam, March 4, 1637.
Lorine's Note re Albert Andriessen de Noorman [Bradt]:
Lorine's Additional Research Note:
Additional Names courtesy of Howard Swain
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