Notes for: Helene (Heyltje, Hyla) Smith

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I got the following info off of the Dutch Colonies Mailing list at Rootsweb:

"Heyltie was the daughter of Jan Dircxzen Van Aernhem and his second wife Catalina Clopper. Some of this family went by Smith. Heyltie's mother Catalina, married second Jan Stevense and they had at least 5 more children. Jan Dircxzen Van Aernhem was married first to Sara Theunis, they had 8 children of which two married into the Eckerson family and the son, Jan married Hester Fonda. I hope I haven't confused you completely, but these families spread throughout the Dutch Colonies. I think that the rest of her children died young. - Wayne"

Here is her baptism record: April 2, 1690; Jan Dirckszen, Catalina Clopper; Heyltie; Soert Olphertszen, Margrietje Cloppers.

Abstracts of Wills Vol IV 1744-1753, page 287:

Page 170.--In the name of God, Amen, I, HYLA BODINE, widow of Vincent Bodine, of New York, mariner, being sick. I leave to my grand daughter, Mary Bodine, 5 shillings before any division, she being my eldest son's daughter. I leave to my grand daughter (I think this is suppose to be daughter) Hester, wife of Cornelius Brower, of New York, baker, all my personal estate (except one feather bed, which I bequeath to my son Vincent) on condition that my son-in-law, Cornelius Brower shall recover his lawful right to the land now in the possession of the Trinity Church of England in New York, within 12 months. All the rest of my estate is to be sold by my executors, and after paying debts, I leave 1/3 to my granddaughter, Mary Bodine, daughter of my son John, deceased, and 1/3 to Hester, wife of Cornelius Brower, and 1/3 to Hester Brower and my son Vincent Bodine. I appoint my friends, John Stephens and James Wright, executors.

Dated March 8, 1750. Witnesses, Evert Byvanck, Luke Kierstede, John Bogert, Jr. Proved, June 6, 1750.

For her will, see New York Probate Records at New York City, Book 17, p. 168.