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I am interested in developing further extensions of the European branches of this family, and in anything relating to the direct ancestral line of Joannes ver Veelen the American colonist. However, I am not interested in tracing American descendants of the Verveelen family, as there are already several websites devoted to that purpose.

This page is based on the Eelhout portion of our paper “The ver Veelen Family in Cologne and Amsterdam,” published in 2002 in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record,[1] material from which is reused by kind permission of the copyright-holder, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. We thank the editor at the time, Harry Macy, for his characteristically invaluable assistance and encouragement. By an unfortunate oversight, a sentence acknowledging the assistance of the Interlending and Document Supply Services of the University of Winnipeg Library was inadvertently deleted from the article, and the omission was not caught at the proofreading stage. We have a new acknowledgement to add for this web edition: Liz Johnson, administrator of the wonderful Sketches of Seventeenth-Century Hollanders website, for bringing to our attention some errors in our readings of the Cologne church records.

When we wrote our 2002 paper, we were unaware of a brief but notable treatment of the Eelhout family published in German in 1971, which supplies a missing marriage for one of the children (Guiljaume), and the identity of another child whose existence we had not suspected (Johanna, wife of Ds. Isaac Boots).[2] Johanna, through her daughter Johanna Boots, wife of the Hanau goldsmith Arnold Steuning, has living descendants in Europe.

The records of the various Reformed congregations (Dutch, French, and German) in Cologne, which in 2002 were available only as somewhat unsatisfactory microfilms produced by the LDS Family History Society, have since been published in full-color facsimile in the magnificent Edition Brühl series.[3] The registers of the Dutch congregation, in particular, rank with some of the finest which survive from the sixteenth century, from all indications supplying an almost perfect series of baptisms from 1571 and betrothals or marriages from 1588, although unfortunately with a total loss of any early burial records. Examination of the registers of these three congregations, together with the discovery of new materials, has indicated the need for a revised account of this family. In particular, the reconstructed list of the children of Guiljaume Eelhout and Johanna van Steene has required extensive rearrangement and the addition of a son, Guiljaume the younger, while the discussion of the daughters Elisabeth and Maria has been significantly expanded. We cannot, however, account for the “Johan Elout and Margreth his wife” (Johan Elout und Margreth sein hausfrau) who are briefly mentioned in the consistory minutes of the German Reformed Church under date of 17 July 1590.[4]

We have sought to avoid repetition of material already given in the main part of the 2002 paper. We shall simply recall the fact that the pioneering and still generally serviceable account of the ver Veelen family in James Riker’s Harlem (1881, 1904) incorrectly refers to “Anna Elkhout,” an impossible spelling which has unfortunately proliferated in the literature.[5] Anna Eelhout, widow of Daniël ver Veelen, is presumably the ancestress of most if not all American Verveelens. However, we no longer believe with Riker that she came to New Harlem with her son Johannes in 1657, and present evidence to the contrary below.

As established below, this Eelhout family derived from Ghent, in Flanders. The name of Elhout or Eelhout is quite rare, and though we have encountered a few examples at Antwerp in the sixteenth century,[6] and at Delft and Rotterdam in seventeenth-century church records, the name is predominantly found at Ghent. François Gerritsz. Elout or Eelhout, who married Josina de Pottere, and with certificate from Ghent joined the Walloon Church of Haarlem on 5 January 1586, was the ancestor of the Elouts of Soeterwoude.[7] One of their sons, François, became a noted painter,[8] while another, Jacob, married Maria van Elslant, sister of Claes van Elslant of New Netherland.[9] Also from Ghent were Maritie Eelhouts, who as the widow of Dirck de Velt was betrothed 7 August 1626 at Amsterdam to Hubertus Henrici Anthonides, pastor of Winckel, and widower of Annetie Albers (whom he had married in 1616),[10] and Guilliam Elou, who as an unmarried man from Ghent was betrothed 21 December 1659 at Rotterdam, to Eva Castel, widow of Andries Romeijn.[11] Unfortunately, it does not appear that the registers of any of Ghent’s churches survived the Spanish depredations of 1583-1584.

There are three connections between the Eelhout family and men named Boots: Johanna Eelhout married Ds. Isaak Boots, from Wesel; her younger sister Maria Eelhout married Jacob Boots, and their younger sister Anna Eelhout married secondly, Abraham Boots, from Wesel. The second and third of these two men are called “putative” brothers to one another in the Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories.[12] As to the first man, we do not know if he was related to the other two, but an Isaac Boots, not called a minister, served as a sponsor at baptisms of two children of Jacob Boots and Maria Eelhout in 1613 and 1617 (see below). In 1606, three men surnamed Boots, all stated to be of Cologne, appear on the register of persons in Cologne who participated in the Haarlem lottery of 1606, held by the rhetoricians’ chambers to raise funds for the building of a home for old men: Isaac Boots, 3 guilders 12 stuivers, Hans Boots, 7/10, and Jacob Boots, 7/10. The local agent for the lottery was none other than Guiliaem Eelhout — his name is on the title page and last page of the register, the surviving copy of which is probably not in his own hand — and the other shareholders include Guilaume Eelhaut “residing at Cologne” (wonende tot Ceulen) for 7/10, and Willem Eelhaut’s “brothers and sisters residing at Cologne” (broeders and susters won˜e tot Ceulen) for 3/12.[13] We assume the latter entry refers to Guiljaume Eelhout Jr., although we are not aware that he had more than one brother.

In these notes, the orthography of the manuscript sources has in general been imitated as closely as possible. It should be mentioned that markings found over the letter u, which in the originals assume a variety of forms ranging from dots to curls, are here shown as either ú or û, although the marks normally curve downward rather than upward. Such a mark is not an unlaut (nor any other diacritic in the usual sense), but simply a Dutch convention to distinguish u from n, the two letters being very prone to confusion when drawn with a broad-nibbed pen. Consequently they have no effect on the pronunciation, but where present are retained here as an indication that the manuscript specifically distinguishes the letter as a u. Similarly, the form ÿ, which alternates with the plain y and which we prefer not to transcribe as ij as in modern Dutch, probably originated in an attempt to avoid confusion with the long-tailed n (which happens to occur twice in an illustration below). Despite its appearance this mark is not a diaeresis and likewise has no effect on the pronunciation; and again where present it is retained as an indication that the manuscript specifically distinguishes the letter as a y. Finally, although sixteenth-century manuscripts do not usually make the distinction, we follow the modern editorial convention of writing the name Daniël with a diaeresis to show that the e is separately pronounced, and is not part of a diphthong.

Guiljaume Eelhout,[14] of Ghent (in East Flanders) and Cologne, was born say 1560, apparently at Ghent, and was still alive in June 1611. He is perhaps the Capitain Guillaume Elaut mentioned at Ghent in the 1580s, although no record found at Cologne assigns him such a title.[15] As “Guiljaeme Elaut” he was received into the Dutch Reformed Congregation of Cologne on 7 July 1587, with a letter of recommendation from the ministers of Ghent, and sponsored by David van de Piedt, whose wife would subsequently be a sponsor for Guiljaume’s first child born at Cologne.[16] He was later also vouched for by Anthoine Balbien,[17] the other sponsor of the same child. The name of “Guillaume Elout” appears in the consistory minutes under date of 20 October 1592.[18] He married certainly before 1588, and almost certainly before 1580, Johanna van Steene (surname slightly uncertain), born say 1565, alive in 1604 (when she served as a witness at the marriage of her daughter Johanna), of unknown parentage.[19] Her surname is known only two sources: the 1590 baptismal record of her daughter Anna, which calls her Joanna van Steene,[20] and the 1604 marriage record of her daughter Johanna, which calls her Johanna van der Steenen.[21] We tentatively follow the form van Steene, which receives possible confirmation from the presence of a “Jeanne Steen” as a baptismal sponsor in the French Reformed Church of Cologne on 6 November 1604,[22] but the matter cannot be settled with certainty on the basis of the evidence found. She and her husband must have been married before their arrival at Cologne, as their son Guiljaume is said to have been “from Ghent” in his marriage record; and a careful examination of the register of the Dutch Church of Cologne has revealed no record of their marriage.
    Guiljaume’s surname is given as “Elaut” in the baptismal record of one of his children (1588), and as “Elout” in two others (1590, 1597). “Guilame Elout” was elected an elder of the Dutch congregation on 14 May 1590, and fulfilled the usual one-year term, which ended on 4 June 1591.[23] As “Guiljam Eloút” he served as a baptismal sponsor in the Dutch Church on 24 November 1593,[24] and as “Guillam Eloút” at the baptism of four adults there on 22 November 1599.[25] The name of “Guilliam Ellaút” — who was perhaps serving in the role of clerk — is appended to three entries in the baptismal register of the Dutch Church in May and June of 1611, but the handwriting is the same as in the bodies of the entries and in the entries not bearing his name, so they are not original signatures.[26] None of these records makes any mention of his occupation. “De huysfrouwe van Guiljame Elhaút,” otherwise unnamed, served with David van Pied as a baptismal sponsor in the Dutch church on 13 April 1588.[27] “Janneken, huÿsvrouwe van Gúillam Eloút” served as a sponsor in the Dutch church on 25 January 1601.[28] A “Wilhelm Elaud” served as a baptismal sponsor in the German Reformed Church on 28 August 1612, but there is nothing in the record to indicate whether this was the present man, or his son of the same name.[29]
    This couple had possibly left Cologne by June 1610, as they were not available to accompany their daughter Elisabeth at her betrothal to Gerard van de Cruys, and did not stand as sponsors to any of Elisabeth’s children. As their daughter Johanna was at Hanau by 1605, and their daughters Maria and Anna in Amsterdam by 1613 and 1615 respectively, perhaps they went to one of those places. The marriage intention of the daughter Anna, dated 30 May 1615, refers to her as “having no parents” (geen ouders heeben), so ostensibly they were then deceased. Guiljaume was definitely dead by 11 January 1629, when he is called “Guiljaem Elauts deceased” (Guiljaem Elauts saliger) in the record of the betrothal of his daughter Elisabeth preceeding her second marriage.
    Known issue (order partly inferential):[30]

  1. Johanna Eelhout, born say 1580, presumably at Ghent,[31] died or buried 14 September 1615 at Hanau.[32] She married (as his first wife) 19 September 1604 at Bockenheim, near Frankfurt am Main,[33] Ds. Isaac Boots (sometimes Bootsius), Dutch Reformed minister at Cologne (1602?-1604) and at Hanau (1605-1634), born say 1575-80 at Wesel,[34] died shortly before 7 December 1634, when he was buried at Hanau, having married secondly 23 November 1624 at Frankfurt am Main, Marie de Vos, widow of Gottfried Allardin (of Frankfurt, leather-dealer and shoemaker), and daughter of Jacob de Vos.[35]
        The record of their marriage reads, in full: “In the year of the Lord 1604, the 19th of September, were married at Bouchenheim near Franckfort, Isaac Boots and Johanna Helaut, accompanied on his side by Hans Boots, [and] Adam Boots; on her side by Guilliaum Helaut and Johanna van der Steenen (not Leenen).[36] It does not supply the places of origin of the parties. Given the age relationships, Lejeune was surely correct in inferring that Guiliam Elaut and Johanna van der Steenen were the bride’s parents.
        Isaak Boots studied at Herborn, Franeker, Geneva, Basel, and Heidelberg.[37] A letter by him in latin, written in May 1622 and signed Isaac Boots, acknowledges aid collected for the church at Hanau by the Dutch Reformed Congregation of London, England.[38] In 1628 he was one of the Curators of the Exiles of the Lower Palatinate (as they were called in English).[39] And although he is not designated a minister in the records, he is perhaps the Isaac Boots who served as a sponsor at the baptisms of two children of Jacob Boots and Maria Eelhout in 1613 and 1617 (see below). Known issue:[40]
    1. Johanna Boots, born 26 May 1605 at Stade an der Elbe, died 2 December 1635 at Hanau.[41] She married (as his second of three wives) 23 November 1624 at Hanau, Arnold Steuning, goldsmith, burgher (1617), city councillor (Ratsherr) and burgomaster (Bürgermeister) in Hanau, born at Cologne, died 22 January 1639 at Hanau, son of Arnold Steuning from Moers, mayor (Schultheiß) of Hanau, by the latter’s second wife Elisabeth Pamphausen, daughter of Konrad Pamphausen.[42] He married (1) Helena van Sloten, buried 23 October 1623 at Hanau, and (3) (as her second of three husbands) 13 January 1636 at Hanau, Sara van den Velde, baptized 30 March 1595 at Frankenthal, widow of Isaac van de Geer and daughter of Wilhem van den Velde, of Hanau, by the latter’s second wife, Margrit Vinckels or Winckels.[43] By his first mariage he had issue Balthasar, Johann Arnold, Karl, and Maria. By his third marriage he had a son, Hans Arnold. Von den Velden mentions that Arnold Steuning and his third wife made a joint testament dated 26 May 1636, and seems to say that at the time he mentions among the children of his previous marriages only Maria, Catharina, and Isaac, which possibly suggests that Josina and Hans Jacob died young.[44]
          Known issue of Johanna Boots and Arnold Steuning, all baptisms at Hanau:[45]
      1. Maria Steuning, born 28 November 1625 at Hanau, baptized there 6 November 1625 at Hanau, died ____. She married 7 July 1653 in the Walloon church, Hanau, Jakob Bernus, of Hanau, tobacco manufacturer, baptized 23 January 1622 in the Walloon church, Hanau, died in 1683 at Hanau. For their issue see A. von den Velden, Genealogische Nachrichten über einige der ältesten Familien der Neustadt Hanau, 11-12.
      2. Catharina Steuning, baptized 30 November 1627, alive in 1666. She is called “Catharina Stenningkens von Hanau” in the record of her second marriage,[46] and an undocumented secondary source for her second marriage calls her Katharina Stenninkins. She married (1) Ernst Haye, of Cassel, apothecary, died 26 November 1661.[47] As Ernst “Hage” he is named as a member of the Hansegrebengilde in 1637. He and his wife appear together as baptismal sponsors in the Dutch Reformed church of Hanau on 24 June 1656.[48] She married (2) (as his second wife) 1666, Johann Philipp Chelius, of Wetzlar, Syndicus and State Historian (Stadtschreiber), born ca. 1610 at Ober-Widdersheim, died shortly before 14 October 1683, when he was buried at Wetzlar, widower of Katharina Greiss Schmaltz, and son of Balthasar Chelius and Susanna Vietor.[49] He was the author of Kurze Beschreibung der Stadt Wetzlar (Gießen, 1664).
        1. (very probably, according to Gundlach) Nicolaus Haye (or Hoye), of Hirsch, apothecary, Ratsherr (1677), Kämmerer zu Cassel (1678),[50] born 1638, died 1692. He married 8 May 1665, Magdalene Ries, daughter of Johannes Ries.[51]
        2. Hedwig Maria Chelius.
        3. Schona Elisabeth Chelius, said to have been born in 1677 at Wetzlar.
      3. Isaac Steuning, baptized 30 June 1630.
      4. Josina Steuning, baptized 8 July 1632; possibly died young.
      5. Hans Jacob Steuning, baptized 7 December 1634; possibly died young.
    2. Wilhelm Boots, baptized 1 February 1607 at Hanau, buried there 18 September 1615.
    3. Isaak Boots, baptized 20 October 1608 at Hanau, buried there 6 December 1614.
    4. Elisabeth Boots, baptized 6 January 1611 at Hanau, buried there 13 April 1631.
    5. Abraham Boots, baptized 17 January 1613 at Hanau, probably died young.
  2. Guiljaume Eelhout, Jr., born say 1582 at Ghent, alive in 1602. As “Gúillam Eloút de Jonghe” he served as a baptismal sponsor in the Dutch Church on 5 March 1600,[52] and as “Guilliam Elaûdt junior” in the same church on 29 October 1602.[53] Possibly he was the Willem Eelhaut whose “brothers and sisters residing at Cologne” are mentioned in the register for the 1606 lottery. As Guiliam Elaut, “unmarried man, born at Ghent, son of Guiliaem” (jeune homme nativ de Gand, fils de Guiliaem), he married 17 February 1611 in the French Reformed church, Hamburg,[54] Marie Espilleurs, born at Aachen, daughter of François Espilleurs (jeune fille de François nativ d’Aix).
  3. Elisabeth Eelhout, born say 1584 at Ghent, alive in 1629. Her surname is variously given as Eelhaut, Elout, Elouts, Elhout, Elhaeuts, and Elauedt in the baptismal records of her children. As Elisabeth Eelhout she served, perhaps by proxy, as a baptismal sponsor to Elisabeth, daughter of her sister Maria Eelhout and Jacob Boots, at Amsterdam in 1615 (see below). She married (1) following betrothal on 2 June 1610 in the Dutch Church, Cologne,[55] Gérard van de Cruys,[56] died in 1622-28, whose mother Cornelia served as a baptismal sponsor to their eldest child. He is not found as a child in the index to Cologne baptisms. He served (probably by proxy) as a baptismal sponsor for her sister Anna’s daughter Anna at Amsterdam in 1619. At their marriage Joost Juliaens and a person whose name we cannot read stood in place of her parents, but the record does not (at least in the legible passages) explicitly state that the parents were deceased. Besides the fact that his mother was named Cornelia, there are two other clues to his identity: (1) the presence of “Beatrix van de Crúÿse, wife of the deceased Dierck van Heiringen” as a baptismal sponsor to his third child in 1615, and (2) the presence of a Guilliaum Elaut and a “Maria Lippens, wife of Baudewyn Cruys,” as sponsors for Catelina, daughter of Jacques Cruys and Anna Gorbau [?] in the Dutch Church of Cologne on 25 December 1603.[57] Elisabeth married (2) following betrothal on 11 January 1629 in the Dutch Church, Cologne,[58] Gillis Vos, who was previously unmarried, son of “Goret” Vos. The record calls her “Elisabeth Elauts, daughter of Guiljaem Elauts deceased, widow of Geradt [sic] van de Crúÿse deceased, born at Ghent” (Elisabeth Elauts, dochter van Guiljaem Elauts saliger, wedúwe van Geradt van de Crúÿse saliger, geboren tot Gent). Elisabeth was probably past child-bearing age at the time of her second marriage, but she and her first husband had the following known issue, all baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne, but apparently not married in that city:
    1. Guillaume van de Cruys, baptized (as “Wyullym”) 10 August 1612, with sponsors Guiliaijm Elhaut ende dije grotmoder Cornijlija van dije Croijsse.[59]
    2. Arnold van de Cruys, baptized (as “Arunoldt”) 20 March 1614, with sponsors Hans van Herreyngh in place of Elysabet Boots, Heyndrych van den Croys in place of Arnoldt van der Croys, Cornelya van den Croys.[60]
    3. Elisabeth van de Cruys, baptized 11 December 1615, with sponsors Beatrix van de Cruyse, wife of the deceased Dierck van Heiringen, Hans Cores, and Maria Elout wife of Jacob Boots, the latter two of whom served by proxy and were thus presumably absent from Cologne.[61]
    4. Maria van de Cruys, baptized 8 April 1617, the sponsors including Maria van de Crúÿse.[62]
    5. Gérard van de Cruys, Jr., baptized 26 March 1621, the sponsors including Anna Elhaut wife of Daniel ver Velen, and Hans Vervelen [this Daniel’s father], both of whom served by proxy.[63]
    6. Johannes van de Cruys, baptized 28 December 1622.[64]
  4. Maria Eloút, born say 1586 (no baptism found at Cologne),[65] alive in 1617. She married by 1613, possibly at Amsterdam, Jacob Boots, also alive in 1617. Montias identifies him as a brother of the second husband of her sister Anna, documents him as a purchaser of art, and states that a portrait of Jacob Boots is recorded in an anonymous inventory dated 10 July 1618.[66] As “Maria Eloút wife of Jacob Boots” she served by proxy as a baptismal sponsor to a child of her sister Elisabeth at Cologne in 1615. At the time, she was already living at Amsterdam, where her first known child was baptized in 1613. Known issue (no marriages found at Amsterdam):
    1. Joannes Boots, baptized 6 October 1613 in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, with sponsor Isaac Boots.[67]
    2. Elisabeth Boots, baptized 10 May 1615 in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, with sponsors Abraham Boots and Elisabeth Eelhout.[68]
    3. Johanna Boots, baptized 7 November 1617 in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, with sponsor Isaac Boots.[69]
  5. Anna Eelhout, baptized 8 September 1588 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne,[70] died by 1590, when another daughter was given the same name. One of her baptismal sponsors was Anna ver Vynck, wife of David van Piedt aforesaid, while the other was the merchant Anthoine Balbiaen.
  6. Anna Eelhout, baptized 11 November 1590 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne, with sponsors Heyndrick Ketelberch and Elisabeth Dierkens wife of Niclaes Walens,[71] died between 21 April 1663 and 2 October 1669 (see below). As “Anna Elhaut wife of Daniel ver Velen,” she served by proxy at the baptismal sponsor of a child of her sister Elisabeth at Cologne on 26 March 1621. She had by then already removed to Amsterdam, where she married (1) following betrothal on 30 May 1615,[72] Daniël ver Veelen, of Amsterdam, baptized 26 February 1595 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne, and died shortly before 9 September 1624, when he was buried in the Choir of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam,[73] although there does not appear to be any surviving monument to him there. He was a son of Hans ver Veelen, of Cologne and Amsterdam, by the latter’s wife Catharina Jans Oliviers (see the Verveelen article for his ancestry and issue). Daniël ver Veelen was brought by his parents to Amsterdam some time in 1611-13. Riker states that he “became a shopkeeper,”[74] but his marriage intention (with a few illegible passages indicated here by ellipses) reads:
    Compareerden als vooren Daniel Vervelen, van Keúlen, oud 21 jaren, 3 ans wonen’ op de Singel, op de gouden schepel, geassiste[e]rt met Hans Vervelen & Catharina Janssens zyn vader & moeder…, ende Anna Eelhoút, van Keúlen, oud 24 jaren, 2 mois wonen’ op de Oude Zyds Afte[r]burghwal, geen ouders heeben…. [Signed:] Daniel Verúellen, Anna Eelhaut. (Translation:) Appeared as before Daniel Vervelen, from Cologne, aged 21 years, [for] three 3 residing on the Singel, next to the Golden Spoon; accompanied by Hans Vervelen and Catharina Janssens, his father and mother…, and Anna Eelhoút, from Cologne, aged 24 years, [for] 3 months residing on the Oude Zyds Afte[r]burghwal, having no parents.
    Their periods of residence are, in a style not uncommon at this time, written partly in French, and the Oudezijds Achterburghwal — the outer city wall on the old (i.e. east) side — appears under an old spelling. Both parties write a fluent, practised hand, Anna’s being distinctly more sophisticated than that of most women who sign during this period.They had six children baptized at Amsterdam between 1614 and 1624.[75] At his burial in 1624 Daniel ver Veelen’s address is given as the Keysersgraft.
    Signatures of Daniel Verveelen and Anna Eelhout Signatures of Daniël ver Veelen and Anna Eelhout on their marriage intention
        More than seven years after the death of her first husband, as “Anna Eelhaút, from Cologne, widow of Daniel Verveelen, residing on the Keysegracht,” she married (2) following betrothal 19 September 1631 at Amsterdam,[76] Abraham Boots, merchant, born about 1590-91, presumably the Abram Boots op de Keysersgracht who was buried from the Nieuwe Kerk or from the Engelse Kerk, Amsterdam, in February 1654.[77] The intention calls the groom “Abraham Boots, from Wesel, residing at Dordrecht, having no parents, aged 40 years.” It is signed “Abraham Boots” and “Anna Eelhaút.” Montias thinks it likely that this man is the Abraham Boots, merchant, who on 2 November 1637 gave a procuration to Jonckheer Samuel van Schurman to collect a sum of money from the V.O.C. to which he was entitled,[78] and fairly certain that he was the Abraham Boots, merchant “near the Laeckenhal” (naest de Laeckenhal) documented as a frequent buyer at art auctions.[79]
        Presumably Anna Eelhout is the “Anna Boots” who served as baptismal sponsor for Anna, daughter of Jacob Janss de Lange and Maria Verveelen on 1 April 1642. As noted above, we do not feel there is sufficient evidence for Riker’s statement that at the age of “about sixty-six years” she came in 1657 to New Harlem with her son Johannes. The sole mention of her found in New Netherland records is when as “Anna Eelhout” she served in the New York Dutch Church as a baptismal sponsor for Anna Maria, daughter of her grandson Daniel Verveelen, on 21 April 1663.[80] This proves she was alive at the time, but certainly does not prove that she was resident in New Netherland; and there are a number of instances where it can be proven that grandparents listed as sponsors in seventeenth-century baptismal records cannot possibly have been present. Moreover, on 2 and 3 October 1669, the inventory of the Amsterdam estate of Anna Eelhout, widow of Abraham Boot, which contained at least 30 prints and a Blaeuw atlas, was taken at the instigation of Maria and Isaac Vervelen, her children from her first marriage, and at the request of Ds. Johannes Nieuwenhuisen, who had been named, along with Isaac Vervelen, guardian over the minor children.[81] This record is difficult to reconcile with the supposition that Anna had removed to New Netherland.
  7. Abraham Eelhout, baptized 12 October 1597 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne, with sponsors Boudewyn Cray and Susanna de Latre wife of Pieter Briekel,[82] of whom no further record has been found.


1“The ver Veelen Family in Cologne and Amsterdam,” published in 2002 in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 133 (2002): 123-136, available here [PDF], where the Eelhout material appears in pp. 134-36.
2Eckart J. Lejeune, “Zur Herkunft des Pfarrers Isaak Boots in Hanau,” Hessische Familienkunde, Bd. 10, Heft 8 (Dec. 1971): cols. 319-22.
3See the website of the publisher, Patrimonium Transcriptum Verlags GmbH, at http://www.patrimonium-transcriptum.org/. This series includes the records of the Dutch (vol. 11), French (vol. 67), and German (vol. 66) Reformed congregations, and a comprehensive name index for all three (vol. 63).
4Kölnische Konsistorial-Beschlüsse: Presbyterial-Protokolle der Heimlichen Kölnischen Gemeinde, 1572–1596, ed. Eduard Simons (Publikationen der Gesellschaft für Rheinische Geschichtskunde, 26, Bonn, 1905), 357.
5James Riker, Harlem … its Origin and Early Annals (New York, 1881), 105-6, 238, 551-54; Revised History of Harlem … its Origin and Early Annals (New York, 1904), 95, 212, 678-91. As noted in the literature survey in our 2002 paper, Riker’s was not merely the first, but the only, publication on this subject of any significance or originality.
6De Nederlandsche Leeuw 42 (1924): col. 11; Jaarboek van het Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie 22 (1968): 41; 33 (1979): 180; “De Haagsche Notarissen, I. 1525–1600,” Die Haghe: Bijdragen en Mededeelingen __ (1902): 293-413, at p. 351.
7J.B. Rietstap, Wapenboek van den Nederlandschen Adel, 2 vols. (Groningen, 1883), 107-8; Nederland’s Adelsboek, 82 (1992): 231-36, improving on an earlier treatment of this family in Nederland’s Patriciaat, 37 (1951): 63-70. Published pedigrees of “Elout van Soeterwoude” cite the spellings Elout, Eelhout, and Hélaut, the last of which we have not personally encountered in records.
8Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. (Leiden, 1911–1937), 1: col. 811 (where however his birthdate is misprinted as 1511); Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenen Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, ed. Ulrich Thieme, 37 vols. (Leizig, 1907-1950), 10:480.
9Otto Schutte, “The Family of Claes van Elslant of New Amsterdam,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 131 (2000): 243-48, at p. 244.
10De Wapenheraut 13 (1909): 323; A.B. van der Vies, “Huwelijksinteekeningen vóór 1680 van Predikanten in de Kerkelijke registers te Amsterdam,” pt. 4, De Nederlandsche Leeuw 39 (1921): cols. 55-62, at col. 61; pt. 5, cols. 97-100, at col. 98 (for the first marriage of Hubertus Henrici Anthonides). Many ministers had their betrothals recorded at Amsterdam during this period, and it does necessarily imply that the marriage occured there.
11We have not seen the actual record, but it is abstracted in the valuable database by Roelof Vennik, Migratie van Vlamingen en Walen naar de Noordelijke Nederlanden voor 1700, available online at http://www.ngv.nl/Vlamingen/homepage.php.
12Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, available online at research.frick.org/montias/home.php, inventory no. 22054.
13Register Haarlemse Loterij 1606, nr. 3, digital images available online at http://www.vpnd.nl/bronnen/nh/haarlem_loterij1606/keulen_lot1606.pdf.
14This spelling of his first name is preferable to that of “Guiljame” which we used in our 2002 paper.
15Edmond De Busscher, Recherches sur les Peintres et Sculpteurs à Gand, aux XVIe, XVIIe, et XVIIIe siècles — XVIe siècle (Gand, 1866), 310, n. 2.
16Handelingen van den Kerkeraad der Nederlandsghe [sic] Gemeente te Keulen, 1571–1591, ed. H.Q. Janssen & J.J. van Toorenenbergen (Werken der Marnix-Vereeniging, serie 1, deel 3, Utrecht, 1881), p. 266.
17Handelingen, as above, p. 287. David van de(r) Pie(d)t and Anthoine Balbien were part of a close-knit group who along with Guiljaume Eelhout served in the consistory (kerkeraad), and frequently served (sometimes with their wives) as baptismal sponsors to each other’s children. Balbien, like Eelhout, was originally from Ghent; see L.J. Rietema, “De Goudse Balbians,” Jaarboek van het Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie 39 (1985): 147-58, at 155-6.
18J.J. van Toorenenbergen, Brieven uit Onderscheidene Kerkelijke Archieven (Werken der Marnix-Vereeniging, serie 3, deel 5, 1882), p. 122.
19Considering that two of the children of Johanna van Steene were definitely born at Ghent, we no longer feel much confidence in the suggestion made in the original version of this paper, that Johanna may have been a daughter of Jean van den Steen and his wife Aldegonde van Scharlacken, despite the association of their known daughter Anne (clearly not the same person as Johanna) with Cologne (see below). For what it is worth, this couple can now be recognized as the “Jan van den Steen, t’ Antwerp” and his wife “Alid van Scharlaken,” daughter of Pieter van Scharlaken and Petronella Dew, who are mentioned in the Scharlaken chapter of Matthys Balen, Beschryvinge der stad Dordrecht, 2 vols. (Dordrecht, 1677), 2:1213-17, at p. 1214. We are unable to say whether this Jan was the same as the “Jan van den Steene, weaver (legwercker) from Frankenthael,” two unnamed children of whom were received into membership in the Dutch congregation of Cologne in November 1586 (Handelingen van den Kerkeraad, 248).
    Anne van den Steen, daughter of Jean van den Steen and his wife Aldegonde van Scharlacken, entered into a contract of marriage with Gaspar van Homssen, a spice-dealer from Antwerp, on 26 January 1585 at Cologne, the witnesses on her side being her “sister” Cornélie de Moren and a “Georges vanden Steene, citizen of Antwerp” (Donnet, “Les exilés Anversois à Cologne,” 320, citing the records of the notary Egide Verbraecken, fo. 119). Donnet adds that “Gaspar van Homssen, or more correctly van Honsem … had by his marriage with Anne vanden Steen only a daughter, Anne, born at Antwerp in 1586, who married in 1611, Jean Doncker.” A reader of this page, Hans van Onsem, points out that the evidence for these statements can be found in Het archief van de families Blommaert, Verachter, van Beynstorp-Van Tongeren en van Honsem (Rijksarchief Antwerpen, inventarissen nr. 57).
    The marriage contract of Anne van den Steen and Gaspar van Homssen invites comparison with another such document discovered by Donnet, in which “Balthazar de Robiano, of Antwerp, merchant … entered on 3 October 1585 into a marriage contract with Marie de Smidt, daughter of Vincent de Smidt, who was accompanied by numerous relatives, namely her uncle François vanden Cruyce and brother-in-law Joseph vanden Steen (who had been her guardians), her sister Anna de Smidt, and her aunts Josine de Meyer and Gertrude vanden Cruyce (wife of Joseph de Smidt). The prenuptial ceremony was transacted at the house of Georges vanden Steen, opposite the convent of Sint Cecilien, in the presence of Gaspard van den Cruyce and Henri de Schotti, both of Antwerp, doctors-at-law.” (Donnet, op. cit., 332, citing the records of the notary Verbraecken, fo. 145.) The appearance of the name Georges van den Steen in the two contracts is suggestive, as is the circumstance that they were recorded by the same notary, although drawn in different cities. The name van den Cruyce will be encountered again below in connection with the Eelhout family. Respecting the “brother-in-law” Joseph van den Steen mentioned in the second contract, it may be noted that a Joost van den Steen married in November 1565 in the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwe), Antwerp, in November 1565, Anna Smÿts (marriage register, 2:30 [Family History Library microfilm no. 296257]), although this was 20 years earlier and may be only a coincidence.
20Cologne DTB 224:6a. The indexers of the Cologne church records in 1920 read the name as van Peene, The name van Steene in the Cologne baptismal register but careful examination of a magnified photograph of the record reveals that the first two characters of her surname are unquestionably a long lower-case s (the capitalization of the manuscript being somewhat arbitrary) followed by a t. They are identical with the st combination in the name Nieustat, which occurs under date of 27 August on the same page of the record. As it happens, the surname van Peene actually occurs only a few pages earlier in the same register (DTB 224:4a) and the p is of a completely different construction, being of a type characteristic of Secretarial script, with the lower portion of the loop crossing over the ascender and terminating in an upward hook at the left.
21Cologne DTB 225:39.
22Cologne DTB 221:10 (for a child of Ja[c]ques Binoy and Jeanne de la Rue).
23Handelingen, 347, 368.
24Cologne DTB 225:2 (for a child of Anthoine le Cat and Janneken ____).
25Cologne DTB 225:6.
26Cologne DTB 225:14 (two entries), 14a.
27Cologne DTB 224:5 (for a child of Andries Lambrecht).
28Cologne DTB 225:7 (for a child of Abraham van der Voort and Janneken Húreaú).
29Cologne DTB 216:13.
30This reconstruction is perhaps not completely satisfactory because it postulates such late marriages for the daughters Elisabeth and Maria. But the baptismal records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Cologne seem quite complete on the whole, and we are reluctant to believe that one, much less two, children of this family could be missing from the register.
31The entry for her husband in Hessische Biografie (see below) states positively that she was from Ghent, but does not cite a source.
32Lejeune says she died, but Hessische Biografie that she was buried, on that date. We were unaware of her existence when we published our 2002 article on the Verveelen family. Herbert de Bary, Beiträge zur Genealogie Altfrankfurter Familien (Frankfurt am Main, 1922), 27-28, identified her daughter as “Johanna Boete … Tochter des niederländischen Pfarrers Isaak Boete zu Hanau,” but was seemingly unaware of the name of Johanna herself. However, in the revised version of this work published sixty years later, “Beiträge zur Genealogie Altfrankfurter Hugenottenfamilien,” Deutsches Familienarchiv 77 (1982): 1-89, at p. 25, where descendants are traced, he calls her ”Jenneken Colhaut/Claut.” He was presumably following the account of her husband in Lorenz Kohlenbusch & Heinz F. Friedrichs, “Die Pfarrer der Niederländisch-Reformierten und der Wallonischen Gemeinden in Hanau,” Hessische Familienkunde 2 (1951-1953): 337-56, at col. 340. She was identified rather somewhat more satisfactorily, as “Johanna Eelhout/Helaut (oder Colhaut/Claut? such Eckhout?),” in Heinrich Bott, Gründung und Anfänge der Neustadt Hanau, 1596-1620, 2 vols. (Hanau, 1970-1971), 2:126 n. 22, and finally, was correctly identified in Eckart J. Lejeune, “Zur Herkunft des Pfarrers Isaak Boots in Hanau,” as above.
33Cologne DTB 225:39 (see transcription below). In the index produced in the 1920s this entry is recognizably indexed only under the name of the groom, and we were unaware of it until seeing the valuable article by Lejeune (where however the transcription contains several errors and omissions). David William Vorhees, “European ancestry of Jacob Leisler,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 120 (1989): 193-202, at p. 196, notes that Bockenheim was a village in the domain of the Calvinist duke of Hanau and “one hour’s walk” from Frankfurt-am-Main.
34Rosenkranz (infra) gives the date as 1572-75, and Lejeune as 1580, without explanation.
35“Isaak Boots (Bootsius),” in Albert Rosenkranz, Das Evangelische Rheinland: ein rheinisches Gemeinde- und Pfarrerbuch, 2 vols. (Schriftenreihe des Vereins für Rheinische Kirchengeschichte, Nrs. 3 & 7, Düsseldorf, 1956-1958), 2:52; Eckart J. Lejeune, “Zur Herkunft des Pfarrers Isaak Boots in Hanau,” Hessische Familienkunde, Bd. 10, Heft 8 (Dec. 1971): cols. 319-2; “Boots, Isaak” Hessische Biografie, Datensatz Nr. 4568, at http://www.lagis-hessen.de/de/subjects/idrec/sn/bio/id/4568. For the dates of his ministry at Cologne we tentatively follow the list in Protokolle der niederländisch-reformierten Gemeinde in Köln von 1651-1803, ed. Rudolf Löhr & Jan Pieter van Dooren, 2 vols. (Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Inventare Nichtstaatlicher Archive, Bdn. 12, 13, Cologne, 1971), 1:xiii, but other works give slightly different dates, some placing the beginning of his ministry as early as 1600 and its conclusion as late as 1605. We have not seen any of the pertinent original records.
36Cologne DTB 225:39, as above. The original records reads: “Het jaer des Heeren 1604 den 19 September is getraut worden te Bouchenheim by Franckfort Isaac Boots ende Johanna Helaut geassistert op sjnde sjden met Hans Boots, Adam Boots, op haerer syden met Guilliaume Helaut ende Johanna van der Steenen.” We are grateful to Cor Snabel for advice on the reading of this entry.
37These are noted in Rosenkranz, op. cit. For Herborn, where he was matriculated in 1592 as Isaacus Bootsius, Wesaliensis, minister verbi divini, see Matrikel der Hohen Schule und des Paedagogiums zu Herborn, ed. Gottfried Zedler & Hans Sommer (Veröffentlichungen der historischen Commission für Nassau, 5, 1908), 14 (entry no. 306). For Franeker, where he was matriculated in August 1595 as Isaacus Bootius, Wesaliensis, theol., patricius, see Album Studiosorum Academiae Franekerensis (1585-1811, 1816-1844), ed. S.J. Fockema Andreae and Th. J. Meijer for the Fries Genootschap van Geschied-, Oudheid- en Taalkunde te Leeuwarden (Franeker: T. Wever, [1968]), 22 (entry no. 343). For Geneva, where he was matriculated on 20 May 1597 as Isaacus Boots Vesaliensis, see J. De Wal, “Nederlanders, en personen, die later met nederland in betrekking stonden, studenten te Heidelberg en te Genève, sedert het begin der kerkhervorming,” Jaarboek van de Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde 63 (1865): 59-245, at p. 97 (entry no. 161). We have not personally seen the evidence respecting his attendance at the University of Basel. For Heidelberg, where he was matriculated on 16 July 1599 as Isaacus Bootsius Vesaliensis, see J. De Wal, op. cit., at p. 80 (entry no. 369).
38Ecclesiae Londino-Batavae Archivum, vol. 3, pt. 1: Epistulae et Tractatus cum Reformationis tum Eccelsiae Londino-Batavae Historiam Illustrantes ex autographis mandante ecclesia Londino-Batava, ed. John Henry Hessels (Cambridge, 1897), 1297 (entry no. 1808).
39Ecclesiae Londino-Batavae Archivum, vol. 3, pt. 1 (as above), 1371-72 (entry no. 1919), 1392-93 (entry no. 1939).
40|For the four younger children see Kohlenbusch & Friedrichs, “Die Pfarrer der Niederl´┐Żndisch-Reformierten und der Wallonischen Gemeinden in Hanau,” at col.\ 340.
41Lejeune, op. cit.; Hessische Biographie.
42A. von den Velden, Genealogische Nachrichten über einige der ältesten Familien der Neustadt Hanau (Weimar, 1901), 50-51 (which supplies possibly the fullest treatment of this family in print); “Steunigs [sic], Arnold,” in Hessische Biografie, Datensatz Nr. 4728, at http://www.lagis-hessen.de/de/subjects/idrec/sn/bio/id/4728; on his father: “Steunings, Arnold,” in Hessische Biografie, Datensatz Nr. 4729, at http://www.lagis-hessen.de/de/subjects/idrec/sn/bio/id/4729.
43Adolf von den Velden, Geschichte des alten brabantischen Geschlechtes van den Velde oder von den Velden, 2 vols. + 5 Supps. (Weimar, 1900, 1898, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1907, 1913; first two volumes published in reverse order), 2:14, 53; suppl. 3:30; suppl. 5:12.
44Von den Velden, op. cit., suppl. 5:12, citing Hanau testaments, no. 2257. Von den Velden actually attributes these children to Arnold’s first marriage, but it is evident from his fuller account of this family in Genealogische Nachrichten über einige der ältesten Familien der Neustadt Hanau that they were actually from Arnold’s second marriage, with Johanna Boots.
45We rely heavily here on von den Velden, Genealogische Nachrichten über einige der ältesten Familien der Neustadt Hanau, 50-51.
46See the entry for her first husband in Das Casseler Bürgerbuch, 1520 bis 1699, ed. Franz Gundlach (Zeitschrift des Vereins für Hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde, Neue Folge, Suppl. 11, 1895), p. 148, entry no. 447.
47Casseler Bürgerbuch, ed. Gundlach, citing Hans Henrich Arnold’s Hauschronik [covering the years 1639 to 1688], M.S. in Landesbibliothek, Mscr. Hass. 4o. 11, Blatt 94 bis 199, bl. 127, which reads: “Herr Ernestus Hoye, der berühmte und kunsterfahrne Apothecker zum guldenen Hirsch alhier.” According to Gundlach, the Cassel Hansegrebenbuch records his death as “Ernst Hay” in 1661. Gundlach also mentions with respect to this man an unnamed article by Rogge-Ludwig in the journal Hessenland: Zeitschrift für die Kulturpflege des Bezirksverbandes Hessen 1890, no. 18, p. 254, but does not state what information it contains.
48Von den Velden, Genealogische Nachrichten über einige der &amul;ltesten Familien der Neustadt Hanau.
49Casseler Bürgerbuch, ed. Gundlach, citing Friedrich Christoph Schmincke, extracts from Cassel churchbooks, Mscr. Hass., Ständischen Landesbibliothek, fol. 113; Otto Renkhoff, Nassauische Biographien (Wiesbaden, 1992), 103, which we have seen only in Google snippet view; Hessisches Archiv-Dokumentations- und Informations-System, at http://www.hadis.hessen.de/scripts/HADIS.DLL/home?SID=71E2-1AE6229-BB4E8&PID=29D4. We have not seen the monographic study by Wolf Erich Kellner, Johann Philipp Chelius (1610-1683): Die Reichsstadt Wetzlar und die Anfänge ihrer Geschichtsschreibung (Mitteilungen des Wetzlarer Geschichtsvereins 20, 1962).
50Casseler Bürgerbuch, ed. Gundlach, p. 148, entry no. 447, citing Hans Henrich Arnold’s Hauschronik [covering the years 1639 to 1688], M.S. in Landesbibliothek, Mscr. Hass. 4o. 11, Blatt 94 bis 199, bl. 165, 167.
51Gundlach, op. cit., p. 155, entry no. 488.
52Cologne DTB 225:6a (for a child of Anthoni Le Cat and Janneken ____). This, it will be noticed, is the same couple for an earlier child of whom Guiljaume Eelhout Sr. served as a sponsor on 24 November 1593.
53Cologne DTB 225:8 (for a child of Denys van Heule and Josina Timmermans).
54As reported in Lejeune, p. 320.
55Cologne DTB 225:41a.
56In our 2002 article we speculated as to whether he could have been identical with the Gérard de la Croix, mechant, born about 1581 at Antwerp, who appears at Amsterdam in 1625, residing on the “Ceijsers Graft Oostsijde,” and who qualified as a burgher in 1643. This suggestion must be discarded given that our subject presumably died at Cologne.
57Cologne DTB 225:8a.
58Cologne DTB 225:46.
59Cologne DTB 225:15. The spellings in the register of this period are incredibly illiterate.
60Cologne DBT 225:16. We owe the reading of the names of the sponsors to Cor Snabel’s transcription.
61Cologne DTB 225: 17.
62Cologne DTB 225:17a.
63Cologne DTB 225:19.
64Cologne DTB 225:20.
65She could possibly have been born later, while her parents were at Cologne.
66Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, record no. 21389, citing NA 611, film 330, Not. Ruttens.
67Amsterdam DTB 39:330.
68Amsterdam DTB 5:143.
69Amsterdam DTB 39:477.
70Cologne DTB 224:5.
71Cologne DTB 224:6a; we owe the reading of the names of the sponsors to Cor Snabel’s transcription. Lejeune, p. 320, incorrectly gives the child’s name as Johanna, evidently confusing it with the mother’s, and this error is copied in the article on Isaac Boots in Hessische Biografie, conflicting with the fact that the subject’s wife Johanna was of marriageable age in 1604.
72Amsterdam Marriage Intentions, 419:126 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113188]. Cor Snabel, examining this record at the request of R.L. Van Valer, was able to read the phrase “op de gulden schepel” which, in our 2002 paper, we misread as “op … schooel.” We must therefore retract the statement that “The reference to a school suggests that the groom was perhaps a teacher.”
73Amsterdam DTB 1054:5 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113374].
74Riker, Harlem, 1st ed., 105; 2nd ed., 95.
75The mother’s surname is given as “Eelhout” in five of the six baptismal records.
76Amsterdam DTB 438:36 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113,194].
77Begraafregisters voor 1811, NL-SAA-11230337.
78Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, record no. 22054, citing NA 522, film 4861, Not. Westfrisius.
79Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, records nos. 22054, 22197, 22199, 22215-24, 22477-79, 22526, 22591-602, 22618, 22780-86, 22918, 22920, 22921-23, 23186.
80Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, Collections of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, vol. 2, 1901, p. 69.
81Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, record no. 22054, citing NA 3027, film 3023, Not. H. Venkel.
82Cologne DTB 225:7a. We owe the reading of the names of the sponsors to Cor Snabel’s transcription.

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