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The Chatfield–Chatvelt family

In 2008 I published an article entitled “Thomas Chatfield … probable father-in-law of Joannes Verveelen,” the Verveelen of the title being an early settler of New Harlem in New Netherland.[1] Personally I do not feel there is any reasonable doubt that Thomas Chatfield was the father of Verveelen’s wife, but as no documentary evidence has been found which explicitly avows the relationship, some qualification of the claim had to be made in the title.

The article is still too recent to be reproduced in its entirety on this site. In the meantime, I give a brief sketch of my own line of descent below. Francis Chatfield and Anne Peckham, the couple who head this chart, would appear to have been the ancestors of most modern Chatfields, including the various Chatvelt families of the Netherlands. Several incompatible attempts have been made to extend the line further backward, of which that of Elizabeth French (1916) still seems the most convincing.[2]

I am continuing my researches on the Chatfields in my own line of descent, and on all their spouses. The first in the series was the paper on the Verveelen family.[3] The second was the Chatfield article. The third established the parentage of Paulina van Oudenhoven, wife of Thomas Chatfield and mother of Anna (Chatfield) Verveelen.[4]

Since the appearance of my 2008 article, a notarial document from 1623 mentioning “Thomas Chatfield, lieutenant in the company of Capt. Meoles & Paulina van Aldenhoven his wife,” of which I had previously seen only an abstract, has become available in facsimile reproduction.[5] He signs his name “Thomas Chatfield” but she signs hers “Paelinna [sic] van Hoven.” The majority of records relating to her however give her name as Paulina van Oudenhoven, and it is now known that she was a daughter of Gillis van Oudenhoven and Anneken van der Elst, of Den Haag.

signatures of Thomas Chatfield and Paulina van Oudenhoven

                            Francis Chatfield
                            (ca. 1532-1594)
                     of “Chatfields” in Westmeston,
                       and of Rumboldswyke, Sussex
                             = Anne Peckham
                              alive in 1594
                           Lt. Thomas Chatfield
                            (ca. 1568-1636+)
                  of Bergen-op-Zoom and Geertruidenberg,
                               North Brabant
                       = (1) Paulina van Oudenhoven
                             (d. in 1623-33)
                          Anna Chatfield/Chatvelt
                      = Johannes ver Veelen/Verveelen
                       of New Harlem, New Netherland
                             Maria Verveelen
                              = Adolf Meyer
                                (d. 1711)
                              of New Harlem
                           Anna Catharina Meyer
                             = Abraham Lent
                  of Tarrytown, Westchester Co., New York
                                Isaac Lent
                    of Fishkill, Dutchess Co., New York
                             = Sara Luyster
                              Catharina Lent
                             (say 1743-1767+)
                             = Francis Harris
                         of Sandy Cove, Digby Tp.,
                   Annapolis (now Digby) Co., Nova Scotia
                            Catherine Harris
                             = John Comfort
                             (ca. 1755-1830)
                 of Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co., Upper Canada
                             Francis Comfort
                   of Beamsville, Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co.
                            = Jemima Wilcox
                             Margaret Comfort
                           = John Kennedy (IV)
                 of St. Anns, Gainsborough Tp., Lincoln Co.
                             John Kennedy (V)
                        of Melita, Manitoba, Canada
                      = Susanna Samantha Helena Young
                            Jean Margaret Kennedy
                      = Richard Harry Mitchelson, Jr.
                           of Winnipeg, Manitoba
                         (my natural grandparents)

Some Chatfield Heraldry

Arms of Jacob Chatvelt

Above: Arms of Jacob Chatvelt, from the armorial of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap te s’-Hertogenbosch (click for larger image).[6]

Chatfield wapenbord in Breda Cathedral

Above: Chatfield wapenbord in Breda Cathedral (Grote Kerk te Breda), with captions probably added, or at least overpainted, in modern times.[7]


1John Blythe Dobson, “A note on the family of Thomas Chatfield, great-uncle of the three Chatfield brothers of Connecticut, and probable father-in-law of Joannes Verveelen of New Amsterdam,” The Genealogist 22 (2008): 212-20.
2Elizabeth French, “Genealogical Research in England — Chatfield,” New England Genealogical and Historical Register 70 (1916): 55-65, 125-136, especially 131-32, 134, 135-36. J.C. Tyler, “Chatfield,” Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, series 5, vol. 6 (1926): 195-198, apparently unaware of French’s work, produced a conflicting version of the descent of the three Chatfield brothers of Connecticut which is surely incorrect. John Comber, Sussex Genealogies, 3 vols. (Cambridge, England, 1931-1933), 3:48-54, also apparently unaware of French’s work, gives an account nearly in agreement with hers except that he postulates an additional generation immediately prior to Francis Chatfield, father of Thomas.
3John Blythe Dobson, “The ver Veelen family in Cologne and Amsterdam,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 133 (2002): 123-36, 293 (correction); 135 (2004): 284-85 (further correction). See the scan of the published article [PDF] or the online revision.
4John Blythe Dobson, “Van Oudenhoven: Some New Ancestry of the Verveelen Family,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 144 (2013): 33-39, 311-12 (corrections and additions), available online at scan of published article [PDF].
5Notariële archieven Bergen op Zoom, Notaris J. van Wesel, inventaris nr. 19, aktenummer 97, folios 235-236, available online at http://www.markiezenhof.nl/component/option,com_genealogie_inzien/ Itemid,72/lang,nl/?Itemid=72&option=com_genealogie_inzien &gemeente=BOZ&registertype=na&search=Toon+registers. We believe this collection was digitized in the summer of 2009.
6Available online at http://www.bhic.nl/genealogie/wb/index.htm.
7From Veiling Wapenborden Grote Kerk Breda, at http://www.grotekerkbreda.nl/veiling_wapenborden.php.

This document is from the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson at johnblythedobson.org/genealogy/ff/Chatfield.cfm
Written 22 July 2009
Last revised 11 May 2014