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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.
- Albert Andriesz de Noorman [Bradt] from Frederikstad [See Lorine's Note below]
- Arent Andriesz de Noorman [Bradt], brother of Albert
- Thijs Barentsz, a shoemaker
- Maurits Jansz van Broeckhuysen -- came as a farmhand; and evidently returned
in the Netherlands in 1642. A young relative of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer.
- Carstens Carstensz (Christen Christensz), commonly referred to as Carsten
- Carstensz Noorman -- prob came on the R'wyck.
- Gijsberet Claesz (Gijsbert Claesz Jongen [the boy]) worked for the Bradts.
- Pieter Claesz (Niclaesz) from Nordingen or Norden, East Friesland. He was
the son in law of Cornelis Hendricksz van Nes.
- Crijn (Quirijn) Cornelisz from Houten near Utrecht
- Pieter Cornelisz from Munnickendam, North Holland; occasionally referred to
as Pieter Cornelisz Meulenmaecker (millwright)
- Roelof Cornelisz from Houten near Utrecht ... brother Crijn Cornelisz
- Goossen Gerritsz from Westerbroeck
- Robert Harmensz -- probably came by R'wyck
- Adriaen Huybertsz - probably came by R'wyck
- Rutger (Ruth) Jacobsz from Schoonderwoert, South Holland
- Claes Jansz from Nykerck, Gelderland
- Dirck Jansz from Edam, North Holland
- Jacob Jansz from Amsterdam
- Thomas Jansz from Bunnick near Utrecht
- Jean Labatie 'fransman' -- from France
- Arent Pietersz 'jongen' -- the boy
- Jacob Pieteresz from Utrecth -- alias was Veeltje
- Hans van Sevenhuysen -- sailed by the R'wyck butwas arrested in England for
killing his master Cornelis Thomasz in a tavern at Ilfracombe, Dec 8 1636.
- Arent Steffeniersz -- married at Manhattans the widow of the murdered smith
- Cornelis Thomasz on 22 March 1637.
- Cornelis Teunis from Westbroeck; also referred to as Cornelis Theunisz box,
- Teunisz vanden bos, Cornelis Theunissen schoester and Kees schoester --
signs his name 'Cornelis thonisen bos'.
- Reynier Thijmensz (Tijmense, Timansz, Tymasen) from Edam, North Holland.
- Cornelis Thomasz from Rotterdam -- was killed in England by his servant Han
- Teunis Cornelisz van Vechten -- probably went back the the Netherlands and
returned again in 1638. He was a boy in 1637
- Symon Walichsz (Walichs, Walichsen, Walinschsz, Walings, Walingen,
- Waelingen) from Wijngaerden, district of Bildt, Friesland.
Lorine's Note re Albert Andriessen de Noorman [Bradt]:
His son Storm was born during this voyage, as per the ships' log. Storm became Storm Vanderzee (Storm from the sea)
Lorine's Additional Research Note:
We also find, in NNC:4:3.66, an Amsterdam notarial document dated 26 Aug. 1636 stating that Dirk Corssen Stam will be aboard the Rensselaerswijk as merchant.
Additional Names courtesy of Howard Swain
[Source: ijan tiepks Schellinger Log of the Ship
Rensselaerswyck... Sept.25, 1636 -- Nov 7, 1637 in VAN RENSSELAER BOWIER
MANUSCRIPTS, ed. by A. J.F. van Laer; 1908; p 369]
- Jean de la Montagne
- Rachel de Forest
- Maria de la Montagne (born on the voyage)
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