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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 is already a website devoted to that purpose (The Verveelen–Van Valer Family of New Netherland and New Jersey). Therefore, please do not submit such material to me, as I do not have time to read it or to answer queries.

Preface and Acknowledgements

This page incorporates and revises most of our paper “The ver Veelen Family in Cologne and Amsterdam,” published in 2002 in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, with its two subsequent corrections, except for the Eelhout section which has already been revised elsewhere on this site.[1] This material 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.

There have been a number of significant developments in the Verveelen research since the publication of our 2002 paper. An anonymous review of our article appeared in the Dutch genealogical periodical Gens Nostra, and some corrections thereto were kindly communicated to me on behalf of the publishers by Mevr. Melanie Vulsma-Kappers, of Amsterdam; this material has been incorporated below.[2] We are also grateful to 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.

In Februrary of 2003 we were contacted by Mr. Robert L. Van Valer, who informed us that Mr. Peter Vanvalen, of Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, had commissioned a search for evidence of the marriage of Joannes ver Veelen (the New Netherland immigrant) and his wife Anna from Yvonne Welings, Chief Archivist for the Province of Noord Brabant, who discovered the intention in the records of the Neder Duits Gereformeerde Kerk, Geertruidenberg, Noord Brabant, details of which are given here. This clue eventually led to the discovery of further records of Geertruidenberg and elsewhere (for citations of which see below) which revealed that Anna was the daughter of an Englishman, Thomas Chatfield, by a Dutch wife. His father, Francis Chatfield, was the great-grandfather of the three Chatfield brothers who came to Connecticut in 1639. Thus, although they themselves may not have been aware of the fact, the younger generation of the Verveelen immigrants to New Harlem were second cousins to the first generation of Chatfields in Connecticut, as shown in the following table (for which sources are given below):

              Francis Chatfield    =  Anne
             of "Chatfields" in    | Peckham
              Westmeston, and of   |
             Rumboldswyke, Sussex  |
     |                                     |
George Chatfield  =  Margaret      Thomas Chatfield (1) =     Paulina
of South Mundham, |  ________      (called Chatvelt     | van Oudenhoven
in the parish of  |               in Dutch sources)     |
 Pagham, Sussex   |               of Bergen-op-Zoom     |
                  |              and Geertruidenberg,   |
                  |              both in North Brabant  |
       ___________|                                     |
       |                                                |
 Henry Chatfield  = (2) Jane            Joannes    = Anna Chatvelt
of South Mundham, |  (Shepherd)        ver Veelen, |
in the parish of  |    Wickham       to New Harlem |
 Pagham, and of   |                    about 1657  |
  North Mundam,   |                                |
     Sussex       |                                |
                  |                                |
Francis, Thomas, and George Chatfield   Anna, Daniël, and Maria ver Veelen
  1639 immigrants to Connecticut

Other changes to the 2002 paper are less dramatic than those just described. In the revision of the 2002 paper, we have been able to improve upon its review of the existing literature with the help of David M. Riker’s Genealogical and Biographical Directory to persons in New Netherland, from 1613 to 1674, 4 vols. + Suppl. (1999, 2004), which we had not previously seen, and of which the supplementary volume appeared after the publication of our article. Now that space is no longer a concern, we have somewhat expanded the account of the generation of the children of the immigrant. Finally, we incorporate some miscellaneous new discoveries on the Verveelens which we believe are published here for the first time, including the identification of three children of Anna ver Veelen, daughter of the immigrant, who after the English conquest of New Netherland returned with her husband Dirck Looten the homeland. Despite ongoing efforts, however, we have not succeeded in tracing any European line of the family past the close of the seventeenth century.


As noted in our original article, any consideration of the ver Veelen family of New Amsterdam must begin with an acknowledgement of the account in James Riker’s Harlem (1881, 1904).[3] In a rare moment of personal revelation, Riker recounts therein how, engaged thirty years earlier in the gathering the materials for his Annals of Newtown, he was “afforded … an agreeable surprise, while engaged … in the preparation of a work kindred to the present one, to discover that he was a descendant of this locally noted woman [Maria ver Veelen] … and subsequently to find that a lineal chain, of eight intervening links, allied him to good old Hans Verveelen and Catrina Oliviers, of Cologne.”[4] Subsequent research has substantiated his claims in all but a few minor details, and revealed that he must have had access to authentic materials from Cologne and Amsterdam. These were probably received by him through correspondence, as contrary to his usual practice he cites only years for events, even when the original records could have furnished precise dates.

Before presenting our findings, it is perhaps not out of place to repeat a few words about Cologne (in German Köln, in Dutch Ceulen or Keulen), which, while it may not seem a particularly obvious conduit for the Dutch or Flemish precursors of New Netherland colonists, was shared as such by, for example, the Beeckman family,[5] the ten Eyck family (via their Boel ancestry),[6] and by the Nevius family (via their Becks ancestry).[7] Cologne became a great haven of Protestant refugees when, under duress from Spain, the Reformed religion was prohibited in the Netherlands on 24 May 1566. The city enjoyed an hospitable reputation, ruled as it then was by a lenient bishop (Friedrich von Wiede) who would be forced to resign on account of repeated refusals to make a confession of faith to Pope Pius IV. The atmosphere of clemency toward Protestants continued under his succesor, Salentin von Isemburg-Salentin; and the next bishop, Gebhard II von Truchses, incumbent from 1577, passed an edict of toleration in 1583, for which he suffered excommunication. But the climate changed when the succession to the bishopric became hereditarily vested in the house of the Catholic Dukes of Bavaria. The first of these, Friedrich von Bayern, installed in 1583, entered into an alliance “for the defense of religion” with other Catholic nobles in 1606, and his nephew Ferdinand von Bayern, who succeeded him in 1612, zealously expelled Protestants from the realm. These facts explain the exodus of Protestants from Cologne in the first several decades of the seventeenth century, after it had served as a refuge for forty years.[8]

Riker, in his Harlem, says: “Hans Verveelen and Catharina, daughter of John Oliviers … some five years prior to the birth of [their grandson] Johannes removed to that city [Amsterdam] from Cologne, on the Rhine. Religious intolerance, which culminated in 1618 in the expulsion of all the Protestants from that town, had doubtless driven the Verveelens to Amsterdam.”[9] Although 1618 marked the onset of the Thirty Years’ War, and an intensification of popular antipathy toward the Dutch refugees, the last statement is certainly an exaggeration, as three distinct Reformed congregations (Dutch, French, and German) persisted there throughout this period.

In the meantime occurred the terrible sacking of Antwerp by the Spanish in 1585, and the ensuing four-year ultimatum for its inhabitants to convert to Catholicism.[10] The marriage registers of the Dutch Reformed Church of Cologne reveal the presence of many exiles from Antwerp, including the ver Veelens and the Boel family aforesaid, who were there by 1593 and 1590, respectively. Epperson’s impressive success in locating the Boels in the registers of the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk), the largest congregation in Antwerp, during a period of particularly strong enforcement of baptism in the Catholic church, encouraged us to make a similar search, but the results were disappointing.[11] We have not yet tackled the records of the numerous smaller Catholic congregations, and those of the Reformed churches apparently do not survive.

When considering the ver Veelens in Cologne, we have to distinguish them from a seemingly unrelated family of the same name.[12] Coming next to Amsterdam, we have chosen to ignore persons named van Veelen — established there before the arrival of the ver Veelens — as the distinction between the names, although minor, was pretty reliably maintained. Finally, when the family appeared in New Netherland, they were practically the only ones of this name there,[13] and seem to have been the only early family of this name to leave descendants. Probably most living persons in the United States with the name Verveelen or van Veelen are descended from the immigrant’s only son, Daniël ver Veelen, and the latter’s wife Aletta Schaets.

Summary of the known ancestry of the immigrants
Johannes ver Veelen and Anna Chatvelt

                   +-- Carel ver Veelen
              +-- Hans ver Veelen
              |    +-- Lucia Hermans
         +-- Daniel ver Veelen
         |    |
         |    |    +-- Jan Jansen Oliviers
         |    +-- Catharina Jans Oliviers
         |         +-- Catharina ____
    +-- Johannes ver Veelen
    |    |
    |    |    +-- Guiljaume Eelhout
    |    +-- Anna Eelhout
    |         +-- Joanna van Steene
    |              +-- Richard Chatfield
    |         +-- Francis Chatfield
    |         |    +-- Elizabeth Brane (?)
    |         |
    |    +-- Thomas Chatfield
    |    |    +-- Anne Peckham
    |    |
    +-- Anna Chatvelt
         |    +-- Gillis van Oudenhoven
         +-- Paulina van Oudenhoven
              +-- Anna van der Elst

1. Carel ver Veelen, of Antwerp in Flanders (now Belgium), born say 1535-40, apparently died by 1593. He married 9 November 1562 in the Sint Jacobskerk, Antwerp,[14] Syken [= Lucia] Hermans. The entry reads, in full: “Carel Verueelen [&] Syken Hermans co[m]p[areerden] ixa Nove[m]br[i]s [md]lxiii [i.e. 1563],” but the last number is clearly a mistake as the entry is surrounded by others written “[md]lxii” and so must really belong to 1562.[15]

Marriage record of Carel Verveelen and Syken Hermans
Marriage record of Carel Verveelen and Syken Hermans, 1562 but misdated 1563
(Click for larger image, showing entry in context)

As pointed out in the Gens Nostra piece, the granddaughter Lucia ver Veelen, baptized 16 April 1599, is presumably a namesake of this Syken, Syken being a nickname for Lucia. Carel is named as the father of Hans ver Veelen (no. 2) in the latter’s marriage record of 1593, but was evidently deceased as the record refers to the bridegroom as being “without father and mother.” Further mention of him in the records of Cologne (where indeed he may never have lived) has not been found. The manuscript index to baptisms in the parish of Sint Jacob, Antwerp, 1566-1601 (Antwerpen PR 42) lists no entries for the surname Verveelen or similar spellings. Only known child:

  1. 2Hans ver Veelen, born say 1568.

2. Hans ver Veelen, of Cologne and Amsterdam, born say 1568 at Antwerp, was still alive on 6 November 1629, when as Hans Vervelen he purchased property on the Reguliershof in Amsterdam from Jan Hoeck.[16] Betrothal of Hans ver Veelen and Catharina Olivier
Record of the betrothal of Hans ver Veelen and Catharina Olivier, 1593
(Click for larger image)
At Cologne he was consistently referred to as “the elder” to distinguish him from another, somewhat younger, man of the same name, discussed above, to whom he does not appear to have been closely related, if at all. He was probably not a member of the Dutch congregation of Cologne before 1592, as there is no mention of him in the meticulously-kept minutes of the consistory.[17] His first known appearance in the city is on 4 April 1593, when he was betrothed in the Dutch church to Catharina Jans Oliviers,[18] from Antwerp, living 1631 and probably 1638, daughter of Jan Jansen Oliviers, by the latter’s wife Catharina ____. The quite informative record of their betrothal reads:

Anno 1593. Den 4 Aprilis syn door Hermannús Faúkelius ondertroú[w]t werden: Hans Vervelen, jongman, fs. [i.e. filius] Carle [sic], van Antwerpen, ende Lynken Janssens, jonge dochter, fa. [i.e. filia] Jan Janssens, van Antwerpen. De brúydigom sonder vater ende moeder synde was geassiste[r]t met Hans Coris & Lynken de Witte syn húÿsvroúwe. De brúydt met haer moeder Lynken Olivier & Peter Dablyn. Van der kerke weghe is tegen­woordich geweest Jaques Moÿs. Syn naer gedaen ver­kondinghe, in den ehestand bevesticht werden door den dienaer tot Elverfelt. (Translation:) Anno 1593. On the 4th of April were betrothed by Hermannus Faukelius: Hans Vervelen, young man, son of Carle, of Antwerp, and Lynken Janssens, young dame, daughter of Jan Janssens, of Antwerp. The bridegroom, being without father and mother, was assisted by Hans Coris and his wife Lynken de Withe. The bride with her mother Lynken Olivier and Peter Dablyn. On the church’s part the witness is Jaques Moÿs. The proclamations being completed, they will be affirmed in the marital state by the min­ister of Elverfelt.[19]

The marriage was intended to be performed by the pastor of Elverfeld (modern Elberfeld, since incorporated into Wuppertal), in the Duchy of Berg, and in fact did take place there, on 25 April following, the rather terse record reading simply “1593 … 25 Aprilis Johannes Vervelen & Catharina Janssens von Antwerpe(n).”[20] To return to the marriage record, it is somewhat ambiguous as to whether the Olivier surname belonged to the bride’s father or mother, but the question is settled when the wife of Hans ver Veelen is given the surname Oliviers in the baptismal records of several of her children (1595, 1599, 1611).[21] Hans Verúelen served as a baptismal sponsor in the Dutch Church on 13 March 1600,[22] and “Catharina Jansens huysvrouwe [van] Hans Verveelen” served in the same capacity and in the same church on 31 September 1601.[23]
    Hans ver Veelen took his family to Amsterdam some time between the baptism of his daughter Anna in January of 1611 and that of his son Hans in April of 1613. An arrival date of about 1612 is suggested by the statement in his son Daniël’s 1615 marriage intention that the latter had been living on the Singel for three years. Hans was alive on 26 March 1621, when “Hans Vervelen” and “Anna Elhaut wife of Daniel ver Velen” served, both by proxy, as sponsors for the baptism at Cologne of Gerard, son of Anna’s sister Elisabeth Eelhout and the latter’s husband Gerard van de Cruyse. Also, in 1623 or a little later, a Hans Verveelen was involved in a financial transaction concerning a house in the Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam.[24] However, he is possibly the “Hans Verellen” (sic) who was buried 24 December 1648 from the Waalse Kerk.[25] Catharina Olivier was still alive on 1 April 1631, when as “Catharina Vervelen” she witnessed the betrothal of her daughter Anna. As “Catrÿna Jans dr.” she witnessed the baptism of Anna’s daughter Catalyn on 2 December 1632, and as “Catrina ver Velen,” that of another daughter, Catharina, on 6 July 1638.
    Of the baptismal sponsors of Hans’ children whose names are legible, none were identifiable members of the ver Veelen or Olivier families. It will be noticed that for the children baptized at Cologne, Hans Cores and his wife Catharina de Haese served between them three times as sponsors, and Tileman Lutger and his wife between them twice. This may be the same Hans Coris (but with a different wife?) who had served as a companion to the groom at the wedding of Hans ver Veelen in 1593,[26] and Peter Dablyn,[27] who on that occasion accompanied the bride, later served as a sponsor to her second child. Two of the other sponsors, Daniel van Gael and Franchoys Grammon [i.e. Grammont] are presumably the “Daniel van Gheel” and “Franchois Grammon” whose names appear in a list of 217 refugees leaving Antwerp for Germany in June of 1586.[28] We have not learned whether any of these sponsors had familial connections with the ver Veelens.
    Known issue (first eight baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne; last three at Amsterdam):

  1. 3Daniël ver Veelen, baptized 26 February 1595 with sponsors Daniel van Gael, Tileman Lutger, and Margriete wife of Anthoni Adams.[29]
  2. Catharina ver Veelen, baptized 16 March 1597 with sponsors Peter Dablyn the elder, Catharina de Haese wife of Hans Cores, and Uelken wife of Dileman Luther.[30] She died by 1601, when another daughter was given the same name.
  3. Lucia ver Veelen, baptized 16 April 1599 with sponsors Franchoys Grammon and Nora Catha.[31] Not further traced.
  4. Catharina ver Veelen, baptized 20 October 1601 with sponsors Wilhelmú[s] Engels and Pheicken Gelandorp,[32] alive in 1626. She married (1) with Amsterdam marriage intention dated 12 August 1621,[33] Isaac de Marees, born ca. 1594 as he was then aged 27 years, died 1626-32, son of Abraham de Marez (Abrahamszoon) of Amsterdam and Maria Gemmart.[34] She was then living on the Coninxgract and was accompanied by her father, Hans Vervelen. She married secondly, with Amsterdam marriage intention dated 1 July 1632,[35] Thomas van Royen, of or from ’s‑Hertogenbosch, alive in 1626, widower of Dorothea van Harn.[36] She was then still living on the Coninxgract, and was accompanied by her mother, Catharina ver Velen. Known issue, all by first husband, and all baptized in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam:[37]
    1. Catharina de Marees, baptized 29 January 1623, with sponsor Abram de Marees.
    2. Johannes de Marees, baptized 2 June 1624, with sponsor Maria de Marees. The author of the de Marez genealogy thinks he was the Johannes de Marees of the Princengracht who was buried 16 October 1697.
    3. Maria de Marees, baptized 26 October 1625, with sponsor Jan Abrahamsz de Marees; buried 13 January 1626.
    4. Maria de Marees, baptized 1 November 1626, with sponsor Hans ver Veelen. The author of the de Marez genealogy thinks she may have died 30 June 1653, when a (rather distantly-related) member of the de Marez family speaks of the death of a nicht Maria de Marez.
  5. Maria ver Veelen, baptized 18 May 1607 “by Joannes Gallius, minister of the French congregation,” with sponsors Hans Cores and Catharina Fridtz[38]; died by 1608, when another daughter was given the same name.
  6. Maria ver Veelen, baptized 11 September 1608, with sponsor Hans Cores and others.[39]
  7. Jacobus ver Veelen, baptized 4 September 1609, with sponsors Hans Cores, Jacob Craey, and Fÿken Geveninck (?).[40] He died by 1615, when another son was given the same name.
  8. Anna ver Veelen, baptized (as “Anneken”) 1 January 1611, with sponsors Jaques Craye, Maria Gunmers [i.e. Gummers?] husvr. van Lucas Potgieter.[41] She was still alive in 1639. She married with Amsterdam marriage intention dated 1 April 1631,[42] Gillis (or Jellis) van Brussel, born about 1599-1600, alive in 1656. The record of their betrothal refers to them as “Jelis van Brússel, from Antwerp, aged 31 years, accompanied by Cristina van Keyse his mother, living on the Coninxgracht, confectioner (súÿckerbacker),” and “Anna Vervellen, from Cologne, aged 20 years, accompanied by her mother Catharina Vervelen, residing at the same place.” It is signed “Gillis van Brissel” (“Brissel” being a common seventeenth-century variant of “Brussel”) and “Anna Vervelen.” They remained at Amsterdam through November 1639, when their fifth child was baptized there. Thus, while Gillis van Brussel is recorded as a schepen of ’s‑Hertogenbosch, in North Brabant, in 1639, this perhaps really means the year 1639-40; he is also recorded as schepen of that place in 1644, 1650, and 1651.[43] The baptism of a child is recorded there on 14 June 1641, and Gillis is mentioned as a wine merchant in 1656.[44] Further research in the records of ’s‑Hertogenbosch has not yet been undertaken. Known issue of Gillis van Brussel and Anna ver Veelen, the first six baptized in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam:[45]
    1. Joos van Brussel, baptized 7 December 1631, with sponsor Cristina van Brussel.
    2. Catharina van Brussel, baptized 2 December 1632, with sponsor Catrÿna Jans dr. [the maternal grandmother], died by 1638, when another daughter was given the same name.
    3. Christina van Brussel, baptized 26 December 1634, with sponsor Stiets Meliss (?).
    4. Sophia van Brussel, baptized 8 July 1636.
    5. Catharina van Brussel, baptized 6 July 1638, with sponsor Catrina ver Velen [the maternal grandmother].
    6. Elisabeth van Brussel, baptized 13 November 1639.
    7. Gillis van Brussel (the younger), baptized 14 June 1641 at ’s‑Hertogenbosch, died about 9 January 1705 at ’s‑Gravenhage, in South Holland, and buried 13 Jan. following in a plot in the Nieuwe Kerk owned by his wife’s family.[46] In 1676 he is mentioned as an apothecary at ’s‑Hertogenbosch,[47] but he later went to ’s‑Gravenhage, where he became a wine merchant. He married 5 September 1666 at Loosduinen, near ’s‑Gravenhage (having been betrothed 15 August previous at ’s‑Gravenhage), Wilhelmina van Teijlingen, who died about 8 December 1722 at ’s‑Gravenhage, daughter of Cornelis Gerritsz. van Teijlingen, of ’s‑Gravenhage, by the latter’s wife Maria Willeboortsdr. van Rijn.[48]
  9. Joannes ver Veelen, baptized (as “Hans”) 23 April 1613 in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, with sponsor Klaes Jacobsz.[49] Not further traced.
  10. Susanna ver Veelen, baptized 17 July 1614 in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, with sponsors Susanna wife of Hans de Bacs, and Klaesken Adams.[50] Not further traced.
  11. Jacobus ver Veelen, baptized 24 December 1615 in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, with sponsors Jacobus Bolls and Joanna Boudesen (?).[51] He is likely the “Jacob Vervelen” who is said to have been buried 8 September 1623 from the Nieuwe Kerk.[52]

3. Daniël ver Veelen, of Amsterdam, was 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,[53] although there does not appear to be any surviving monument to him there. He married with Amsterdam marriage intention dated 30 May 1615,[54] Anna Eelhout (not Elkhout), baptized 11 November 1590 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cologne, died between 21 April 1663 and 2 October 1669, daughter of Guiljame Eelhout, of Cologne, by the latter’s wife Johanna van Steene. She married (2) with Amsterdam marriage intention dated 19 September 1631,[55] Abraham Boots.
    Daniël ver Veelen was brought by his parents to Amsterdam some time in 1611-13. Riker states that he “became a shopkeeper.”[56] His marriage intention (with an illegible passage indicated by an ellipsis) 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 of the women who sign during this period.

Signatures of Daniel Verveelen and Anna Eelhout
Signatures of Daniël ver Veelen and Anna Eelhout on their marriage intention

    The last record we have found mentioning Daniël in life is on 26 March 1621, when “Anna Elhaut wife of Daniel ver Velen,” served by proxy as a baptismal sponsor for Gerard, son of Gerard van de Cruyse and his wife Elisabeth Elhout, Anna’s sister.[57] At his burial in 1624 Daniël ver Veelen’s address is given as the Keysersgraft. More than seven years would pass before “Anna Eelhaút widow of Daniel Vervellen” was betrothed to her second husband, Abraham Boots. Presumably she is the “Anna Boots” who served as baptismal sponsor for (her granddaughter) Anna, daughter of Jacob Janss de Lange and Maria Verveelen on 1 April 1642. She came, probably in 1657, to New Harlem with her son Joannes, and as her second husband is not found in New Netherland records it is likely that she had already been widowed a second time. The statement by Riker that at the time of her arrival she was “aged about sixty-six years” agrees with the date of her baptism, but may have been based on knowledge thereof. She was still alive on 21 April 1663, when as “Anna Eelhout” she served in the New York Dutch Church as a baptismal sponsor for Anna Maria, daughter of her grandson Daniël Verveelen.[58] However, on 2 and 3 October 1669, the inventory 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.[59] Her surname is given as “Eelhaut” in her marriage intention and as “Eelhout” in the baptismal records of five of her children.
    Known issue, all baptized at Amsterdam:[60]

  1. 4Joannes ver Veelen, baptized 23 February 1616 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Hans ver Velen.
  2. Catharina ver Veelen, baptized 18 July 1617 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Hans Carús [i.e. Cores?].
  3. Anna ver Veelen, baptized 30 April 1619 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Gerrit van der Cruÿs [the mother’s brother-in-law]. She is probably the “Anneken ver Velen, living on the Singel,” who was buried from the Nieuwe Kerk on 17 July 1638, since this was her father’s address.[61]
  4. Daniël ver Veelen, baptized 10 September 1620 in the Oude Kerk, with sponsors Ÿsaak Pieters (?) and Catarÿna Jans.
  5. Maria ver Veelen, baptized 19 Oct 1621 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Maria de Marees; she died shortly before 8 January 1681, when as “Maria Verveelen widow of Jacob Jansz de Lange” she was buried from the same church.[62] She married with Amsterdam marriage intention dated 22 February 1641,[63] Jacob Jansz. de Lange,[64] who was still alive in 1660 (when their last child was born) but predeceased her, almost certainly by 1664. Their marriage intention refers to them as “Jacob Janss de Lange, from A[msterdam]” and “Maria Verveelen, from A[msterdam], accompanied by Anna Eelhouts, her mother, residing on the Coninxgracht,” and is signed “Jacob Jansen de Lange” and “Maria Vervelen.” Jacob Jansz de Lange served as a baptismal sponsor for Maria, daughter of Joannes Verveelen and Anna Chatvelt, on 2 February 1656 in the Noorder Kerk, Amsterdam.[65] On 15 September 1659 “Jacob De Langh” purchased part of a lot in New Amsterdam from Jacobus Backer,[66] but he cannot have survived this transaction long as “Maria Verveelen” — doubtless as his widow although this is not explicitly stated — sold his property to Francis Boon some five years later in 1664.[67] There is however no evidence that either Maria or Jacob was ever personally present in New Netherland. In the version of this article published in 2002, we suggested that he was the “Jacob Delange, chirurgeon,” the inventory of whose estate reveals many luxurious items of jewelry and décor, was registered (after a long delay) in the records of the New York Surrogate Court, under date of 26 May 1685.[68] But this possibility is disproved in an article by Otto Schutte and Henry Hoff.[69]
        Known issue of Jacob Jansz. de Lange and Maria ver Veelen, all baptized at Amsterdam:[70]
    1. Debora de Lange, baptized 1 April 1642 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Diewertje Henrix; died by 1649, when another daughter was given the same name.
    2. Anna de Lange, baptized 18 August 1643 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Anna Boots [presumably the maternal grandmother], died by 1645.
    3. Jan de Lange, baptized 30 August 1644 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Diewertje Henrix; died by 1647, when another son was given the same name.
    4. Anna de Lange, baptized 24 October 1645 in the Oude Kerk, with sponsors Abram Vervelen and Annetje Eelhout.
    5. Jan de Lange, baptized 24 February 1647 in the Oude Kerk, with sponsors Ÿsaack Vervelen and Diewer Hendrix.
    6. Maria de Lange, baptized 29 March 1648 in the Oude Kerk, with sponsors Ÿsaack ver Veelen and Lÿsbet Boots.
    7. Debora de Lange, baptized 30 May 1649 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Diewe Henrix; died by 1660, when another daughter was given the same name.
    8. Jacob de Lange, baptized 18 September 1650 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Joannes Boots; died by 1655, when another son was given the same name.
    9. Abraham de Lange, baptized 19 September 1651 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Diewertje Henrix.
    10. Jacob de Lange (Jr.), baptized 28 May 1655 in the Oude Kerk, with sponsors Frans uyt den Boger[t] and Maria … (illegible).
    11. Debora de Lange, baptized 13 August 1660 in the Wester Kerk.
  6. Isaack ver Veelen, baptized 2 June 1624 in the Nieuwe Kerk, with sponsor Abraham Eelhout, who died shortly before 2 November 1679, when as “Isaacq Verveelen, husband of Maria Demmers, living on the Keysersgraft,” he was buried from the Nieuwe Kerk.[71] This identification of this man as a brother of Johannes Verveelen is confirmed by notarial records. He married before 1655, Maria Demmers, who evidently survived him. As Maria Demmer she served as a baptismal sponsor for Maria, daughter of Joannes Verveelen and Anna Chatvelt, on 2 February 1656 in the Noorder Kerk, Amsterdam.[72] On 29 March 1668 he is mentioned in connection with his brother Joannes as a merchant in Amsterdam.[73] Unnamed children of “Issack ver Veelen” were buried from the Nieuwe Kerk on 15 October 1659, 13 March 1674, and 10 October 1681, the first two records calling the father “of the Keysersgraft.”[74] Known issue (this list being probably incomplete, considering the large gap between the second and third children):[75]
    1. Gerardus ver Veelen, baptized 18 July 1655 in the Wester Kerk, possibly the “Gerrit Verveelen, of the Keysersgraft” who was buried 29 August 1674 from the Nieuwe Kerk.[76]
    2. Daniël ver Veelen, baptized 22 April 1658 in the Wester Kerk, died by 1672, when another son was given the same name.
    3. Daniël ver Veelen, baptized 1 March 1672 in the Nieuw Kerk.
    4. Catrina ver Veelen, baptized 15 July 1677 in the Oude Kerk.

4. Joannes ver Veelen, one of the five original patentees of New Harlem, baptized 23 February 1616 in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam,[77] was certainly alive on 13 March 1693, and died probably in 1699-1701, at an advanced age. From his latter career we may infer with Riker that Joannes ver Veelen was a man of some education. He was betrothed 14 September 1636 at Geertruidenberg, in Noord Brabant,[78] to Anna Chatvelt, born say 1615, and still alive 12 October 1664, daughter of Lt. Thomas Chatfield (whose surname usually appears as Chatvelt in Dutch records), of Bergen-op-Zoom and Geertruidenberg, both in Noord Brabant, by the latter’s first wife, Paulina van Oudenhoven.[79] Their marriage intention refers to them as “Joannes Vervellen, unmarried man from Amsterdam, soldier under Capt. Balfort, and Anna Chiatvelt, unmarried woman, residing here” (Joannes Vervelen, j.m. van Amsterdam, soldaet onder Capt. Balfort, en Anna Chiatvelt, j.d. wonende alhier). He was serving in a regiment of the Scots Brigade commanded by Capt. James Michael Balfour, which was then garrisoned at Geertruidenberg.[80]

Marriage of Joannes ver Veelen and Anna Chatvelt
Record of the marriage of Joannes ver Veelen and Anna Chatvelt, 1636
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The fact that they were no longer in Brabant at the birth of their daughter Anna in November 1638 suggests that Joannes may by then have left the service of the Scots Brigade.[81] The only other baptism discovered for a child of theirs also occurred at Amsterdam, but is dated more than seventeen years later in early 1656, indicating that they probably spent considerable time away from the city. Their known son Daniël, who was of marriageable age in 1663, was clearly born during this large gap, and there may well be other children who have not been traced.
    In 1657, probably, they left the Netherlands altogether for New Amsterdam, where the records give very diverse spellings of Anna’s surname, suggesting that it gave some difficulty to the Dutch clerks. They were allegedly preceded there by their son Daniël, and accompanied by Joannes’ “widowed mother, Anna Elkhout [sic], aged about sixty-six years.”[82] According to Riker, Joannes ver Veelen was enrolled as a burgher on 24 April 1657.[83] However his name does not appear in the standard published list of burghers.[84] An early record the date of which can be given with certainty appears in the New Amsterdam Council minutes of 12 December 1658, mentioning “the petition of Johannes Verveelen, for the recovery of a debt due by a deceased soldier.”[85] As “Anneke Jaartvelt, Joannes Vervelen’s wife,” his wife successfully deposed in court in 1662 that pursuant to an agreement signed 2 April 1660, she was owed over 419 guilders and 700 pieces of firewood by Anthony Baguyn, of New Netherland.[86] The names of “Hans Ver Veelen and Anna, his wife” appear in the old, pre-1660 list of communicants of the New York Dutch Church, and as “Johannes Verveelen and Anna Tjersvelt, his wife” they reappear in a later list under date of 12 October 1664.[87] He was serving as constable of Fordham manor in 1670, and was elected Secretary thereof in 1673.[88] Much further matter regarding him will be found in the Revised History of Harlem, especially pp. 597-8, 678-80, in the 1900 Nevius genealogy,[89] and scattered throughout Stokes’ Iconography of Manhattan Island, previously cited.
    Known issue:[90]

  1. Anna ver Veelen, baptized 25 November 1638 in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, as a daughter of Hans Verveelen and Anna Schatvelt, with sponsors “Abraham Boots and his wife.”[91] died shortly before 3 October 1699, when as “Anna Vervelen [sic] widow of Derick Looten, of the Agter Beurchwal,” she was buried from the Nieuwe Kerk.[92] (The street referred to is the Nieuwezijds Achterburgwal, the outer city wall on the new (i.e. west) side of the city.) As “Anneken ver Veelen, j.d. van Amsterdam,” she was betrothed on 9 Feb 1664 in the New York Dutch Church to Dirck Looten, “j.m. van Rean [i.e. Rouen],”[93] who died shortly before 27 February 1698, when as “Derik Looten, husband of Anna Vervellen, of the N.S. Agter Beurgwal” he too was buried from the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.[94] Her husband was pretty surely the one of this name, son of Dirck Looten of Rouen and Amsterdam, by the latter’s wife Marie Schocfebvre, who is apparently said in some document to have left a son Isaac, of Oudewater.[95] “Dirck Looten” was in New Netherland by 17 March 1659, when he was appointed a clerk in the Secretary’s Office.[96] On 28 March 1661 he was made Commissary of Stores (where such provisions as gunpowder were kept), and on 23 June 1661 and 20 July 1663 he was granted pay increases.[97] On 28 May 1662 “Dirck Looten” and his future sister-in-law “Alette Schaets” served together as baptismal sponsors in the New York Dutch Church.[98] In October 1665, however, he is called “the late commisary, Dierck Looten,” and some time in 1666 he is mentioned as “Dirck Loten, the commissary of provisions, at present in Amsterdam.”[99] These references support Riker’s statement that Looten and his wife “went to Holland” following the English conquest of New Netherland in September 1664.[100] In any case, Looten and his wife were certainly at Amsterdam at the very beginning of 1667, when they had a child baptized there. Known issue, all baptisms in the Wester Kerk, Amsterdam:[101]
    1. Anna Looten, baptized 30 January 1667.
    2. Joannes Looten, baptized 22 September 1669.
    3. Isaac Looten, baptized 22 February 1671. If our identification of his father is correct, then he is said to have been of Oudewater. We assume this means the best-known place of this name in Utrecht, but the marriage and baptismal registers of the Dutch Reformed church of that place have been published, and contain no mention whatsoever of anyone of this surname.[102]
  2. Daniël ver Veelen, of New Amsterdam, New Utrecht, Spuyten Duyvel, and Hackensack, born say 1640,[103] living 1712. He married before 1663, Aletta Schaets, daughter of Ds. Gideon Schaets, pastor successively at Rensselaerwyck and Beverwyck (Albany),[104] who served as a sponsor at the baptism of their first child.[105] In September of 1664 Daniël Verveelen was one of the signers of the “Remonstrance of the People of New Netherland to the Director-General and Council,” urging capitulation to the English in order to avoid the ruin of “Fort Manhattans,” and he was among those who swore allegiance to the English after its fall.[106] As “Daniel Vervelle” he witnessed the 1675 will of Pieter Guilliamse (Cornell), of Flatbush.[107] Further details of him, and a record of his descendants, are given by Riker.[108]
  3. Maria ver Veelen, baptized 2 February 1656 in the Noorder Kerk, Amsterdam, as a daughter of Hans Verveelen and Annetien Saertvelt, with sponsors Jacob Jansz de Lange [husband of the father’s sister Maria ver Veelen] and Maria Demmer [wife of the father’s brother Isaack ver Veelen],[109] living 13 February 1710 (when she is mentioned in her husband’s will), and said by Riker to have died 1748 (the year in which her husband’s will was belatedly proved), aged 92 years. As “Marritje ver Veelen, j.d. van Amsterdam,” only a few months after her fifteenth birthday, she was betrothed 29 April 1671 in the New York Dutch Church to Adolf Meyer, “j.m. van Ulsen in Westphalen.”[110] who was evidently born at Uelsen (or Ülsen), a parish in Bentheim, Westphalen (now in Germany), and is said to have died in February 1711.[111] According to Riker, Adolf Meyer arrived in New Netherland in 1661. We know of no evidence for the claim that “Adolf had two brothers, Andrew and John Meyer who also immigrated to America.”[112] Again according to Riker, at the time of his marriage Adolf received land from his father-in-law, with another such gift following in 1683; the map at the back of the volume shows Adolf Meyer’s townlot as lying directly beside that of his father-in-law. Adolf Meyer and his wife baptized nine children in the New York Dutch Church between 1671 and 1698. “Marritie ver Veelen, wife of Adolf Meyer,” became a communicant of the church in 7 December 1673, and her husband on 1 March 1674, with subsequent notes attached to each of their names stating that they were given letters of recommendation to New Harlem.[113] The will of Adolf Meyer, dated 13 February 1710 but not proven until 2 September 1748, names his wife Maria and their nine children, leaving “to my grandsons that are named after me, each a pair of gold buttons, and to my granddaughters that are named after my wife, each a gold ring.”[114] Riker avers of Maria ver Veelen that “after a married life of forty years and thirty-seven of widowhood, and having survived all the Dongan patentees, except possibly Barent Waldron, death overtook her at the advanced age of 92 years.”[115] Their descendants are treated extensively by Riker.[116]


1“The ver Veelen Family in Cologne and Amsterdam,” published in 2002 in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (hereafter NYGBR) 133 (2002): 123-136, 293 (correction); 135 (2004): 284-85 (further correction), available here [PDF]. This paper completely supersedes our brief note “Johannes Verveelen” in New Netherland Connections, vol. 2, no. 1 (Jan.-March 1997), 8.
2Gens Nostra, vol. 58, no. 9 (September 2003): 487. We are grateful to Harry Macy for bringing this item to our attention and for supplying a copy.
3James Riker, Harlem … its origin and early annals (New York, 1881) [hereafter referred to as the “first edition”], 105-6, 238, 551-54; Revised History of Harlem … its origin and early annals (New York, 1904) [hereafter referred to as the “second edition”], 95, 212, 678-91. Riker’s is not merely the first, but the only, publication of any significance here. A long query regarding this family published by Louis P. de Boer in De Nederlandsche Leeuw 33 (1915): cols. 350-51, which for some inscrutable reason was published under the title “van Ve(h)len,” is inaccurate and, like so much of that author’s work, blemished by misguided speculations.
4Riker’s Harlem, 1st ed., p. 304 n.; 2nd ed., p. 273 n. (which, apart from some minor typographical details, is textually identical).
5Jerome B. Holgate, American Genealogy (Albany, “1848”), 66-86, at p. 66 (usually a work to be avoided, but acceptable in this instance); William B. Aitken, Distinguished families in America descended from Wilhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse Van Dyke (New York & London, 1912), 1-6; William J. Hoffman, “An Armory of American families of Dutch descent — Beeckman,” NYGBR 64 (1933):358-62; Philip L. White, The Beekmans of New York in politics and commerce, 1647-1877 (New York, 1956), 3-8.
6Gwenn F. Epperson, “The Ten Eyck-Boel European Connection,” NYGBR 118 (1987):14-18.
7A. Van Doren Honeyman, Joannes Nevius … and his descendants (Plainfield, N.J., 1900), 43-46, showed that the Rev. Joannes Nevius, father of the New Netherland immigrant, married Maria, daughter of Peter Becx, of Cologne, merchant.
8Fernand Donnet, “Les exilés anversois à Cologne, 1582-1585,” Bulletin de l’Académie royale d’Archéologie de Belgique, ser. 5, 1 (1898):288-355; W(ilfrid) Brulez, “De diaspora der Antwerpse kooplui op het einde van de 16e eeuw,” Bijdragen voor de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 15 (1960):279-306.
9Riker’s Harlem, 1st ed., p. 105; 2nd ed., p. 95. This error perhaps derives from the aforementioned account of the Beekman family in Holgate, American Genealogy, at p. 66.
10NYGBR 118:129, citing H. van Duynen, “Protestantism in Belgium,” Proceedings of the Hugenot Society of London 17 (1944):234-36.
11The baptismal records of Onze Lieve Vrouwe discovered by Epperson follow closely upon the arrival of Margaret of Parma in Antwerp on 16 July 1567, and we must expect to find fewer Protestants in the records before that date. However, the existence of the ver Veelen name in Antwerp is at least confirmed, in the baptismal registers from 1564 through 1569, of fathers Helias Verveelen (22 November 1564), Jan Verveelen (14 December 1564), Jac[ob]us Verveelen (March 1565), and Thomas ver Weelen (?) (Nov. 1561) [Family History Library microfilm no. 296245]. In the marriage registers from the first year, 1542, through to 1577, the only ver Veelen entries found were Maria Verfeelen, married 1522, Cornelis van …. (illegible); Lysken Verwelen, married 4 June 1553, Hans Raÿmakers; Rombout Verfeellen, married 17 November 1571, Anthonet Adriaenss; and possibly Carolus van der eelen (sic), married 15 February 1576, Catlyn Smeyers [Family History Library microfilm no. 296257].
12Hans ver Veelen “the younger” of Cologne, born say 1578, was still living 1637. As “Hans Verellen [sic] soen van Wilhelm Verellen” he married 26 July 1603 in the Dutch Reformed Church of Cologne, Catharina Hackenbroeck, living 1627, daughter of Jacob Hackenbroeck, no further personal details being given in the record. They had nine children, all baptized between 1606 and 1627 in the same church (Cologne DTB 225: 10, 13, 14a, 15a, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21a. In the last of these baptismal records the mother is referred to as “Catelyn Borcherdts genaemt Hackenbroechs,” an alias for which we can offer no explanation. The name of “Hans ver Vellen” — who was perhaps serving in the role of a clerk — is appended to seven entries in the baptismal register of the Dutch Church between 1610 and 1611 and to one entry in 1637, but these words are written in the same hand as the neighboring entries and are thus not to be regarded as original signatures (Cologne DTB 225:13, 13a, 14). He himself performed a baptism in Jan. 1637, apparently having become a lay preacher (Cologne DTB 225:23a). We have encountered no instances of contact between this man’s family and that of the ver Veelens whom we treat in our main text.
13The only exception we have encountered is the Frans Barentszen Verveelen who served on 4 February 1663 as a baptismal sponsor in the New York Dutch Church, and who, according to Honeyman’s Nevius genealogy (p. 143), “is not otherwise mentioned in the city’s history, except as a suitor in the courts.”
14Parish church of Sint Jacob, Antwerpen PR 215, fo. 9 verso, as quoted in the review of our article in Gens Nostra. The writer in Gens Nostra is particularly to be congratulated on this discovery because the manuscript index to the church register (Antwerpen PR 42) erroneously transcribes this entry as Vernellen. There is however no ambiguity in the original, as (characteristically in Dutch manuscripts of this period) the u has a small curvy mark above it precisely to obviate such doubt, though in this case it sits very high and was evidently overlooked.
15In the Gens Nostra article, the numbers in Roman numerals were printed correctly, but the years 1562 and 1563 were mistakenly given as 1572 and 1573 respectively. An inquiry to Gens Nostra on this point recieved a reply from Mevr. Melanie Vulsma-Kappers, stating that she agrees with my interpretation.
16Gemeente Archief Amsterdam, Transportakten voor 1811, NL-SAA-21614167
17Handelingen van den Kerkeraad der Nederlandsghe [sic!] Gemeente te Keulen, 1571-1591, uitgegeven door H.Q. Janssen en J.J. van Toorenenbergen (Werken der Marnix-Vereeniging, serie I, deel III, Utrecht, 1881).
18The only other person of this surname whom we have encountered in Cologne at the same time was a Jean Olivier, who with his wife Antoinette le Grand baptized a daughter Sara on 6 January 1601 in the French Reformed Church (Cologne DTB 221:3). There is a brief pedigree of an Oliviers family of Antwerp, but without mention of a Catharina, among the manuscripts of Fernand Donnet, the Fonds Donnet at the Stadsarchief Antwerpen, vol. 13 (alphabetically arranged) [Family History Library microfilm no. 620,733].
19Cologne DTB 225:35a; punctuation added for clarity.
20Elberfeld DTB 931.
21She is called “Catharina Jansens” in most of the others.
22Cologne DTB 225:6a.
23Cologne DTB 225:7a.
24According to the online index to Kwijtscheldingen which the Gemeentearchief Amsterdam released in 2003 at http://gemeentearchief.amsterdam.nl/archieven/ genealogie/kwijtscheldingen/; we have not yet seen a copy of the original document.
25Amsterdam burial index, 1553-1650 [Family History Library microfilm no. 540389].
26“Hans Cores and Catharina his wife, with recommendation from Aken” are mentioned in the consistory minutes of the Dutch Church of Cologne on 10 December 1591; see Handelingen van den Kerkeraad der Nederlandsghe [sic!] Gemeente te Keulen, 385. This man may have gone to Amsterdam, as a “Hans Carus” appears there as sponsor for a child of Daniël ver Veelen in 1617. A Hans Cores served by proxy as a sponsor for a child of Elisabeth Eelhout and Gérard van de Cruys in 1615.
27Pierre Dableyn (d. 1636), heer van Bulcken, son of Pierre Dableyn the elder, of Antwerp and Cologne (the family name being more usually spelled d’Ablaing or d’Ablain), was betrothed on 1 May 1593 in the Dutch Church of Cologne to Anne Heldewier (1577-1657), vrouwe van Haulsin, daughter of the late Jan Heldewier, of Bergen in Hennegau, the entry in the register immediately following that of Hans ver Veelen and Catharina Olivier (Cologne DTB 225:35a). The marriage followed on 27 May at Elberfeld (Elberfeld DTB 931). This couple, who likewise left Cologne for Amsterdam, and became the ancestors of the barons d’Ablaing van Giessenburg, are identified in H.H. van Dam, “d’Ablaing,” De Nederlandsche Leeuw 41 (1923): cols. 354-55, and the same author’s “Het geslacht Heldewier,” pt. 2, Ibid. 42 (1924): cols. 365-68; see also Nederlands Adelsboek 38 (1940) 3ff.
28“Uitgeweken Antwerpenaars in 1586,” De Navorscher 53 (1903): 463-70, at pp. 466, 468. “Franciscus Grammontius” had been a member of the Antwerp senate (De Navorscher 3 [1953]: 120). There are indications that many of these refugees from Antwerp had moved in the same social circles before the flight, as for example when in 1584 “Daniël van Gheele” was succeeded by “Pierre Dablijn,” father of Pierre Dableyn aforesaid, as one of the almoners (aellemoesseniers) of the city, as appears from Brieven en andere beschieden betreffende Daniel van der Meulen, 1584-1600 (’s‑Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff, 1986–), 1:108-9. “Frans Grammont von Antwerpen” was married on 10 March 1588 in the Reformed Church of Elberfeld (Elberfeld DTB 912).
29Cologne DTB 225:2a. Anthoine Adams (as he was more commonly known) was a deacon in the Dutch Church (Handelingen, 347 ff.).
30Cologne DTB 225:4a.
31Cologne DTB 225:5a.
32Cologne DTB 225:7a.
33Amsterdam Marriage Intentions, 426:165 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113190].
34H.J. Koenen, “Het Geslacht de Marez,” pt. 4, De Wapenheraut 2 (1898): 73-88, at pp. 81, 85. Isaac’s father was a first cousin of Janneken de Marez, the first wife of Jan Selyns although not the mother of his distinguished son Ds. Henricus Selyns, the New Netherland pastor and poet (NYGBR 57:376-77; 64:146-47).
35Amsterdam Marriage Intentions, 439:132 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113194].
36Not “Harm” as stated in the card index.
37Amsterdam DTB 40:199, 258, 318, 366; 41:159.
38Cologne DTB 225:11.
39Cologne DTB 225:12.
40Cologne DTB 225:13.
41Cologne DTB 225:14.
42Amsterdam Marriage Intentions, 437:143 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113194].
43“Bossche-Encyclopedie: Schepenen 1629-1794,” available online at http://www.bossche-encyclopedie.nl/Bronnen/Schepenen%20(1629-1794)/Schepenen%201629-1794.0.htm. That he was schepen in 1651 is shown by a contemporary document reproduced in A.F.O. van Sasse van Ysselt, Nieuwe Catalogus der Oorkonden en Handschriften berustende in de boekerij van het Provinciaal Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschapen in Noord-Brabant (’s‑Hertogenbosch, 1900): 123.
44Inventaris der Archieven van de Stad ’s Hertogenbosch, 2 [?] vols. (’s‑Hertogenbosch, 1866), 2:1465.
45Amsterdam DTB 41:167, 227, 354, 447; 42:89, 164 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113145].
46W. baron Snouckaert van Schauburg, “De grafboeken der Nieuwe kerk te ’s‑Gravenhage,” pt. __, De Wapenheraut 15 (1911): 97-128, at p. 122. There is no record of his widow being buried in the same plot.
47G. Eschauzier, “Eene Haagsche familie van Teylingen,” De Nederlandsche Leeuw 30 (1912): cols. 285-89, at cols. 289-88, cites the Transport Register of Rijswik, North Brabant, under date of 26 October 1676, for a record mentioning “Gillis van Brusselen, apotheker te ’s‑Hertogenbosch … man van Willemina van Teylingen” in connection with property transactions of the van Teijlingen family.
48Eschauzier, cited above (which does not make the ver Veelen connection); J.A. Schröeder, “Een Haagse familie van Teijlingen,” De Nederlandsche Leeuw 73 (1956): cols. 393-410, at cols. 396-97.
49Amsterdam DTB 39:316 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113144].
50Amsterdam DTB 5:110 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113132].
51Amsterdam DTB 5:169 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113132].
52At least according to the generally reliable card index to Amsterdam burials [Family History Library microfilm no. 113374]. However, the page numbers used in the index are not present on the original record, which for this period is out of chronological order, and we have failed to find the corresponding entry.
53Amsterdam DTB 1054:5 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113374].
54Amsterdam 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.”
55Amsterdam Marriage Intentions, 438:36 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113194].
56Riker, Harlem, 1st ed., 105; 2nd ed., 95.
57Cologne DTB 225:19.
58Baptisms 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.
59Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, available online at research.frick.org/montias/home.php, inventory no. 22054, citing NA 3027, film 3023, Not. H. Venkel.
60Amsterdam DTB 39:415, 465; 40:44, 144, 257 (Nieuwe Kerk) [Family History Library microfilm no. 113144]; 5:110 (Oude Kerk) [Family History Library microfilm no. 113132].
61Amsterdam DTB 1054:116 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113374].
62Amsterdam DTB:__, under date of 8 January 1681 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113375].
63Amsterdam Marriage Intentions, 455:50 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113200].
64In our note in New Netherland Connections, 2:8, previously referred to, we mistakenly called this man a merchant.
65Amsterdam DTB 76:49.
66I.N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 6 vols. (New York, 1915-28), 2:360, citing New York County Deeds, Liber A, 177. Stokes called this Lot 4 in Block A (his designation).
67Stokes, op. cit., 2:217, citing New York County Deeds, Liber B, 47.
68N.Y. Co. Wills, 5:180, 191, 192, per Abstracts of Wills…, 17 vols., Collections of The New-York Historical Society 1892-1908, 1:280, 281; cf. Stokes, op. cit., 4:332.
69Otto Schutte & Henry Hoff, “Jacob de Lange, surgeon, of New York City; his origins and descendans: Blacnk, Stephens, Wendel, Woodside,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 139 (2008): 85-94.
70Amsterdam DTB 42:302, 370, 424 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113145]; 43:113, 154, 191 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113146] (Nieuwe Kerk); 8:69, 118, 158; 9:120 (Oude Kerk), 105:264 (Wester Kerk), this last entry not checked against the original record.
71Amsterdam DTB 1056:179 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113375].
72Amsterdam DTB 76:49.
73William J. Hoffman, “Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent,” The American Genealogist, 29 (1953):65-76, 146-52; 30 (1954):38-44, at 29:150, reprinted in Carl Boyer, 3rd, Ship Passenger Lists: New York and New Jersey, 1600-1825 (Newhall, California, 1978), 94-116, at 108, citing the register of the Amsterdam notary A. Lock.
74Amsterdam DTB 1055:113vo; 1056:95, 224 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113375].
75Amsterdam DTB 105:35, 145; 44:342; 10:315 not checked against the original records.
76Amsterdam DTB 1056:100 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113375].
77Amsterdam DTB 39:415. In my 2002 Verveelen article this baptism was given correctly on p. 130 where Joannes Verveelen is listed as a child of his parents, yet was by an unfortunate oversight omitted in the main account of him on p. 132.
78Geertruidenberg Neder Duits Gereformeerde Kerk, Trouwboek 1614-1698, folio 51; images of original register available online at http://www.regionaalarchieftilburg.nl, also available as Family History Library microfilm no. 111,642. Riker, who was probably only guessing, incorrectly states the date of this marriage as 1637. We originally learned of this record (before the publication of the digital version) from Mr. R.L. Van Valer, who in February 2003 kindly informed us that Mr. Peter Vanvalen, of Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, had commissioned a search for evidence of this marriage from Yvonne Welings, Chief Archivist for the Province of Noord Brabant. Finally, Kay Strand, of West Bountiful, Utah, rechecked the original record, noted that the entry was actually under date of 1636, and supplied a better copy. I am grateful to all the persons concerned. Unfortunately, I have twice published the date for this record incorrectly: as 1627 in the second addendum to my 2002 Verveelen article, and as 1637 in my Chatfield article cited below in The Genealogist 22 (2008):219. The first error was due entirely to carelessness on my part; the second, to lost information as the record was passed from hand to hand.
79Lt. Thomas Chatfield was born probably about 1568 at Chichester, Sussex, of a gentry family the lineage of which can be carried back four generations earlier. He was in the Netherlands by 1606 and evidently never returned to England. See Elizabeth French, “Genealogical Research in England — Chatfield,” New England Genealogical and Historical Register 70 (1916): 55- 65, 125-136, especially 134-36; W.J. Hoffman, “De oudere generaties van het geslacht Chatvelt,” De Nederlandsche Leeuw 48 (1930): 9-12; John 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 [recte New Harlem],” The Genealogist 22 (2008): 212-20, and other sources cited therein. For the identification of Jane (Shepherd) Wickham, mother of the three immigrant Chatfield brothers, see Alan A. Wikham & James W. Petty, “Thomas Wikcham of Chichester, Sussex, England, and Wethersfield, Connecticut,” NEGHR 150 (1996): 260-276. On Paulina van Oudenhoven see John 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 here [PDF].
80As shown by J. MacLean in “De Garnizoenen der Schotse Compagniën voor 1665,” Gens Nostra 27 (1972): 382-386, and in “Balfour,” De Nederlandsche Leeuw 94 (1977): cols, 146-164, 181-203, at cols. 186-189.
81During this period the Scots Brigade was stationed mainly at Geertruidenberg and at ’s‑Hertogenbosch, both in North Brabant. The records of the Reformed church in the latter place survive for the appropriate period, but do no appear to have been published or indexed.
82Harlem, 1st ed., p. 105; 2nd ed., p. 95.
83Harlem, 1st ed., p. 551; 2nd ed., p. 679.
84Burghers and Freemen of the City of New York (Collections of the New York Historical Society, 1885). This fact was pointed out to us by Harry Macy.
85Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, N.Y., ed. E.B. O’Callaghan (Albany, 1865), p. 204.
86The Records of New Amsterdam, ed. Berthold Fernow, 7 vols. (New York, 1897), 4:64, 67 (where her name is given in full). The matter was further pursued by her husband; see Ibid. 3: 151, 154, 353, 364.
87“Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the city of New York — Church Members’ List,” serialized in vols. 9 and 59 of the Record, at 9 (1878):44, 78. This record is also noticed in Edwin R. Purple, in NYGBR 9 (1878):12.
88E.B. O’Callaghan and Berthold Fernow, eds., Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 15 vols. (Albany, 1853-1887), 13:441; 2:638.
89A. Van Doren Honeyman, Joannes Nevius … and his descendants (Plainfield, N.J., 1900), 113, 114, 118-19.
90Thanks to the recent release of the complete index to Amsterdam baptisms at gemeentearchief.amsterdam.nl/archieven/genealogie/doopregisters/, it is at least possible to state with some confidence that this couple had no other children baptized in that city.
91Amsterdam DTB 7:191 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113133],
92Amsterdam DTB 1057:75 [Family History Library microfilm no. 113375].
93Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam – New York City, Collections of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, vol. 9, 1940, p. 29.
94Amsterdam DTB 1057:67vo [Family History Library microfilm no. 113375]. In a rare slip, the date is erroneously given as 22 February in the card index.
95P.C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, “Bijdragen tot de genealogie Loten,” De Wapenheraut 13 (1909): 297-319, at pp. 299-300. We however prefer the spelling Looten, in agreement with contemporary sources, and we find no support for the author’s spelling of the name Schocfebvre as Schocqufebvre. The author cites no source for the statement respecting the son Isaac, but it seems to be of the sort which would be found in an old family history or perhaps in a notarial document of some kind. The family of Dirk Looten and Marie Schocfebvre seems to have been the only branch of this line to have resided at Rouen, and the fact that two of their children were married in 1656 and 1675 suggest that their son Isaac was of about the right age to be our subject. Bloys van Treslong Prins was unaware that this couple went to Amsterdam and had three more children baptized there, namely:
  1. Daniel, baptized 27 July 1645 in the Nieuwe kerk, as a son of Dirck Looten and Maria Schocfever (DTB 42:460).
  2. David, baptized 27 June 1647 in the Oude Waalse kerk, as a son of Dirck Looten and ____ Schocfever (DTB 131:174).
  3. Abigael, baptized 19 November 1648 in the Nieuwe kerk as a daughter of Dirck Looten and Maria Schaerferer [?] (DTB 43:95).
96E.B. O’Callaghan, Register of New Netherland, 1626 to 1674 (Albany, 1865), 32. Presumably this is the explanation for the “Resolution [in the] Chamber at Amsterdam as to the salary to be paid to Dirck Looten,” dated 10 April 1659, mentioned in a register of correspondence printed in Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, as above, p. 286.
97Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, as above, pp. 222, 226, 250. His office is mentioned in Riker’s Harlem, 2nd ed., p. 176.
98Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, p. 65.
99Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 2:370, 434. There are a number of other references to him in the same volume. Some of this material is reprinted in Pennsylvania Archives, ser. 2, v. 10 (1890), where the 1666 reference to Looten appears at p. 851.
100Riker, Harlem, 1st ed., 238; 2nd ed., 212.
101Amsterdam DTB 106:237, 351, 411, not checked against original records.
102Mevr. G.W. Brouwer-Verheijen, Oudewater Trouwen NG, 1585-1603, 1607-1670, 1672-1813 (1996), Oudewater Dopen NG, 1608-1812 (1997), both available online at http://www.hogenda.nl/.
103But he has not been located in the index to Amsterdam baptisms.
104On whom see the accounts in Revised History of Harlem, 681 n.; A.J.F. van Laer, ed., Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts (Albany, 1908), 845; William J. Hoffman, “An Armory of American families of Dutch descent – Schaets,” NYGBR 64 (1933):143-44; and Frederick Lewis Weis, The Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies (1957), 139. Louis P. de Boer purports to give this family’s European ancestry in “Geslacht Schaets,” De Nederlandsche Leeuw 31 (1913): cols. 300-1, but that author’s work must always be used with caution.
105Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, p. 69.
106Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 2:248-50; 3:74-77.
107Flatbush Town, Records, Liber A, pp. 105-11, as transcribed by Frank L. Van Cleef, “Flatbush Town Records … Liber A,” p. 5, typescript, NYG&BS Library, and by David McQueen, “Kings County, N.Y., Wills,” pt. 1, NYGBR 47 (1916):161-70, at 164, reprinted in Long Island Source Records, ed. Henry B. Hoff (Baltimore, 1987), 164.
108Riker, Harlem, 1st ed., 552-4; 2nd ed., 680-91. See also Teunis G. Bergen, Early Settlers of Kings County, 372. Carl Horton Pierce, New Harlem Past and Present: The story of an amazing civic wrong, now at last to be righted (New York, 1903), 313, says that there were 694 known descendants (counting female lines) at the time of the formation of the association launched to prosecute a land claim against the City of New York. A prospectus was published in 1905 for The History of the Patentees of New Harlem, N. Y. (1666), and their Descendants; being an account of the claimants to the lands and properties of New Harlem, by Murray Edward Poole, specifically mentioning the Verveelen and Meyer families, but the work does not appear ever to have been published.
109Amsterdam DTB 76:49.
110Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam – New York City, 35, where however “Ulsen” is misprinted as “Ulfen.”
111James Riker, Annals of Newtown (1852), 317 n.; Harlem, 1st ed., 304 n., 525-8, and passim; 2nd ed., pp. 273 n., 597-611, and passim. A useful discussion of this family, distinguishing them from three others of the name Meyer, is given in Edwin R. Purple, “Contributions to the History of the Ancient Families of New York: Meyer–Myer–Myers–Meir,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 9 (1878): 3-16, at pp. 12-13; and a convenient summary of our knowledge of Adolph Meyer is provided in Josephine C. Frost, Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and his wife Alice Woodward Babcock, compiled for their daughter, Alice Winthrop (1927), 350 (where however the date of his will is misprinted). The placename Ülsen is misprinted “Ulfen” in Annals of Newtown and in Purple’s paper, but is given correctly in Riker’s Harlem, 1st ed., 525, and 2nd ed., p. 597, as also in Records of New Amsterdam and in the very brief listing for Adolf Meyer in “Deutsche Einzeleinwanderer und Familien in Neu-Niederland,” Jahrbuch für Auslanddeutsche Sippenkunde, 1 (1936): 45-53, reprinted in Carl Boyer, 3rd, Ship Passenger Lists: New York and New Jersey, 14-25.
112John O. Evjen, Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630�1674 (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1916), 425.
113New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 9:145, 146.
114Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate’s Office, City of New York, 17 vols., Collections of the New York Historical Society 1892-1908, at 4:184, abstracting N.Y. Co. Wills 16:313.
115Riker’s Harlem, 2nd ed., 273 n., 680.
116Riker’s Harlem, 1st ed., 525-35; 2nd ed., 597-611. See also Edwin R. Purple, “Contributions to the History of the Ancient Families of New York: Meyer–Myer–Myers–Meir,” NYGBR 9 (1878):3-16, at 12-13, and Josephine C. Frost, Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and his wife Alice Woodward Babcock, cited above, 350. Carl Horton Pierce, New Harlem Past and Present, cited above, 312, says there were 304 known descendants (counting female lines) at the time of the formation of the association launched to prosecute a land claim against the City of New York.

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