Adriaen Hendrickse Aten, who emigrated in 1651 from Doesburg, near Utrecht,
Netherlands to Flatbush, Long Island, began researching their roots in
earnest the latter part of the nineteenth century. Letters were exchanged
between Rev. John B. Thompson, Henry J. Aten and Nicholas Harris. Thompson
was scholarly and interested in the possible Scottish origins of the Atenís.
Henry J. Aten was a Civil War veteran and the moving spirit in this effort to
research the family history. Harris was a young lawyer in Belvidere, Warren
Co., NJ. He talked with family members and wrote them letters, visited courthouses
and copied documents. An extensive collection of letters he wrote to Henry J.
Aten was obtained a few years ago from the Newberry Library of Chicago by
Mamie McKinney and transcribed by Dorothy Aten Armitage. The transcriptions
are offered on this website.
varied but became mostly Aten or Auten.†
A tireless genealogist, Mamie collected Aten and Auten documents for
many years from many people and places until her death in 2003. This massive
collection is now being sorted gradually. Our intention is to share it here.
Our hope is that other family members will provide more that we do not yet
have. Some documents, such as the many military pension records obtained by
Karen Aten Hillman, will probably have to be offered as abstracts because scans
of them are so large. Church baptism, marriage and burial records are mostly
from transcriptions by New Jersey genealogical and historical societies and
were largely compiled by Sylvia Barrett. Obituaries have most often been
provided by descendents. Biographies came from county histories, family
letters, and other journals.
We thank all those who corresponded
with Mamie over the years for all the material they sent, and we thank Mamie
for having the energy and persistence to collect, file and keep all of it and
for sharing it so freely with all of us. As the results of further research
become known they will be added. This applies particularly to the area of DNA