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Most of the following information
is from the following two sources. They are not widely
available at this time. I have two copies of each of these books
and plan to donate one copy to the LDS Library in Salt Lake City.
I think that the authors would be happy to have their hard work
survive and be made available to researchers. I have looked for current
books on this Courter family in the LDS Library Catalog, on Google
and other places and have not found them. Consequently, I think
it is important to reproduce at least a skeleton of the early family
for future researchers. This is not my original research and I do
not take credit for it. I am just trying to pass on the hard work
of others. My only contribution here is sources. I have checked
them as much as I could. This is necessary because there are some
pieces of information here that are not in the sources. An example
of this is the ship manifest of 1659. The Courter Genealogy states
the ages of the children. I have also seen them on line as
ages. I don't know if this information is in the original record,
but it is not in the transcriptions of the ship manifest. So I
don't know if someone guessed at their ages or if this is from an
actual record. I feel the need to point out these things in the
interest of accuracy.
There is another book named the History of the DeRiemers Family by
John C. Greener, which is supposed to have an article about the
Courter Family in early New York. I have not seen this book, but it is
referred to in the Courter
Genealogy. I have been unable to
find a copy. It is not in the Salt Lake Family History Library.
Pioneering, A Story of the Courter
Family was written by Clarinda Courter Houtz and privately
published in 1951. She mailed copies of these to all of her
neices and nephews and their children. One was sent to my father
and one to myself as a descendant of Emmons Courter and Sarah Bennett.
The information about Emmons and his father Jacob Courter is written
from her memories. Her relatives added the information on
descendants included on the last pages. There is some information
in the middle on earlier ancestors which may have been added by her
family who helped her with publishing this. The booklet was
apparently written shortly after 1938. It is quoted in its entirety in
the Courter Genealogy.
The Courter Genealogy, Compiled
by Carroll Oliver Courter, researched by
Virginia Gross Courter, (Topeka, Kansas: Privately Published, 1976)
Cover has name: The Courter Family
One of the difficulties of early research of Dutch families is the
naming patterns in the 1600s. They used what are called patronymics.
example, Jurian Tomassen married Reyckje Hermans, the daughter of
Herman Coerten. We know this because of his brother's will. She
used her father's first name as a surname. There is a lot of
These naming practices are extremely confusing.
On this page, I am using the exact name given in the reference in order
not to add confusion. In some cases, I am not sure what the source of
the proof is because the Courter
Genealogy was written at a time when footnotes were not popular.
Instead there is a list of sources at the end of the
chapter. I have tracked down
their sources when I can find them. In some cases I can't figure
out where things came from. My understanding is that they went to
New York and New Jersey to research and used books I do not have
The other problem is the spelling. Many of these records spell
the name Koerten or Korten etc. I have used the spelling I found
in the source.
Direct Ancestors of Ray Courter in Red.
There were several Dutch emigrants named Coerten about the same
time. According to the Courter
, page 2, John Greener's article lists all of these
emigrants and eliminates all of them as ancestors of the Courters of
northern New Jersey. He believed that the other Coerten
emigrants either had no children, no sons, or the sons died or the
families changed their names. All of them seemed to have come from
different areas. This is not surprising since Coerten was
probably a patronymic rather than a surname.
Guerte Coerten was the brother of Harmen Coerten. His will is
extremely difficult to read. It is difficult because the person
translating this and transcribing this omitted clarifying punctuation,
possibly to save space. It also reverses normal English word order at
times. It is necessary to us because it proves the children of
his brother Harmon Coerten. It also proves where in Holland
the two brothers came from. Guelderlant is a province in Holland.
Gelderland in wikipedia.com If anyone reads Dutch, it is my
opinion that a new transcription should be made.
1671, Feb 4, Coerten, Guert, from
Voorthuysen in Guelderlant, now living at Bergen, will of (in
Dutch). Made before Claes Arentsen Toers, constable of
Bergen. Annuls testament made with his wife Geertje Jacobs
Dueunaers 15 January 1657, because she has been unfaithful; also
testament of 24 March 1664; and names as legatees the son of his
sister, Pieter Hesselse, brother Thomas Jurianses, oldest
son Ryckje Harmens ,
Mathys Hendricksen Smack, oldest
son of Guertje Harmens,
his brother's daughter, Jan
brother's son Christyntje Claes, dau. of Claes Christeansen, universal
heir brother Harmen Coerten.
EJD. Lib 3: page 146.
O'CALLAGHAN, E.B. The Register of
New Netherland, 1626 to 1674
NY: Edward Bailey O'Callaghan, 1865. Reprinted for Clearfield Co.
by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1995, 1996,
1998. Available on Ancestry.com Also free on Google Books.
There are no other Coerter/Korten entries. There is an index at
the back of the book.
Page 181. New Netherland Register of 17
April 1657: Guert Coerten is listed here. [ I am not clear if
this is a list of newcomers. The
Courter Genealogy, page 2, states that Guerte Coerten was the
first of the family to arrive in the new world and that he was a
soldier in the West India Company here by 1645.]
The Courter Genealogy
following from source: Doc. Col.
Hist. New York
, vol 1. page 497:
The earliest reference to Guert Coerten is that "in July 1645, he and
others complained to the Council that they had been menaced by the
Indians who theatened to set fire to their farms."
Guert Corten received three patents from Governor Philip Carteret,
dated, 12 May 1668, the second also dated 12 May 1668, and the third
dated 12 March 1770. According to the Courter
, page 4, these lots are now in the central part of
Jersey City, New Jersey. The land records are completely transcribed
in: History of the land titles in
Hudson County, N.J., 1609-1871
, By Charles Hardenburg Winfield.
This is available free from Google Books. There are 32 mentions
of his land in this book. It is this land which was desposed of in
Guert Coerten's will of 1671 mostly to the children of Harmen
, born ca. 1610,
Voorthuizen, a village in the municipality of Barneveld, in the
Dutch province of Gelderland. See Google maps for location. His
year of birth is from his 1664 affidavit. His place of birth is
the will of his brother, Guerte Coerten. He was buried 26 November
Jersey. Hermen Koerten died on
26 November 1689 at Bergen County, New Jersey. Harmen was buried
at the Dutch Reformed Church, Bergen County, New Jersey. He was the
of the Church. He was the 105th person to be buried there and the 48th
to be covered with the pall at Dutch Reformed Church, Bergen County,
New Jersey. His wife was Aertje Gerrits, who was buried 2
December 1684, Bergen. She was described as the wife of Herman Koerten.
She was the 78th person to be buried and the 26th with a pall, and the
9th in the Church at Bergen. [Source: The information on his
the death of his wife is from "Burials
in the Village of Bergen in New Jersey," The Records of the Reformed Dutch Church
, 1915. Note that the baptisms from this church
published in 1913, the marriages in 1914, and the burials in 1915.
These three volumes are bound together into one volume and are
available free on the LDS Books online. The records have been
extracted onto Ancestry.com The book does not have page numbers, but
on the LDS site, the two
deaths are on pages 237 and 239 of the database.
The following record is readily available on Ancestry and other sites.
It is also on The Olive Tree Genealogy. Olive Tree says it is
from the book: Lists Of Inhabitants
Of Colonial New York
Bailey O'Callaghan. It is on page 164 of this book which is
available free on google books. There are other Coerten/Kortens in the
book but nothing else on Guerte or Harmen. The ages of the
children are not in this source. The ages must be from somewhere
else or perhaps just an estimate. They do not seem to fit the marriages
dates as most
young women married about 18. Jan married 1684 but was said to have
been born in Holland so had to be a litte older.
The ship De Trouw (The Faith)
sailed from the Netherlands to New Netherlands, arriving Feb 1659.
On board was Harmen Coerten from Voorhuysen and wife and five children,
5, 5, 7, 9, 17 years old.
There is a fascinating map
created using the 1660 survey on The Holland Society Webpage. http://www.hollandsociety.com/index1.html
It looks enticing, but it is $200. If anyone gets a look at
the map, it would be nice to know if the Coertens were there. The Courter Genealogy
says that they lived in New Utrecht on Long Island before they moved to
Bergen in New Jersey. I am not sure when they made either move. At the
time when they arrived, New Amsterdam was newly formed and hardly more
than a trading post run by the Dutch West India Company.
The Courter Genealogy
that Harmen lived in New Amsterdam in 1661.
Documents Relative to the Colonial
History of the State of New York, Volume 2
, By John R. Brodhead,
Berthold Fernow, Edmund B. O'Callaghan, available free on google books.
This was shortly before the colony was surrendered to the British.
Page 480 and 481. This is a fascinating account of 1664 incursion
of John Scott into the community. Harmen Coerten, aged 54,
inhabitant of New Utrecht, is listed in the affidavit. His mark is on
page 481. You should go and read the pages in this book. It is too long
Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New
Jersey, Vol. 1: 1631-1687
, by William Adee Whitehead. available
free on google books.
Page 49: List of those who swore allegiance to England in Bergen
on 22 November 1664, includes Harmen Court
Children of Harmen
Coerten and Aertjie Gerrits.
The exact date of birth of the children is not known. I am using
the birth order which has been used by previous researchers. It
appears to be based upon the date of marriage. If we knew their
actual birth dates, we could probably predict the names of their
grandparents because of the Dutch naming patterns. There are only
three named in the will of Guerte Harmens as the children of his
1. Gysbertje Harmens, (daughter) born
perhaps 1642, Voorthuizen, as she married
30 January 1660,
New Amsterdam, Arent Leonartszen from Amsterdam. Per the Courter Genealogy
, page 5, he died
before 1679. [This person is generally listed in different sources as
the oldest child of Hermens Coerten. Also Courter Genealogy
, page 5.] She is
not mentioned in Guerte Coerten's will as a
of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York by
Samuel S. Purple, page 25: 30 January 1660 Arent Leonartzen, Van
Amsterdam, en Gysbertje Hermens, Van Voort Huysen. I think
that this means that he is from Amsterdam and she
is from Voorthuysen. This is the same town that Hermans
Coerten was from. The transcription makes the town into two words
instead of one. This book is transcribed on Ancestry.com but lacks
the person's birth place. The marriages were also published in the The New York Genealogical and Biographical
Record (1875) Vol. 6, page 141, which is available on the LDS
2. Reyckje Harmens, (daughter). Born perhaps 1649, since Reyckje
Herman married 25 May 1667, Bergen, New Jersey,
Juriaen Thomassen. They are referred to as a young woman and young man
meaning that neither had been married previously. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of
1914. The book is unpaged but it is on Image 184,
Genealogy: Jurian Thomassen came from either
Rypend in Friesland or DeRyp in Northern Holland. The name of the place
he came from was used as the surname by later gnerations. Jurian
Thomassen acquired property through his wife, Reyckje Hermens, daughter
of Harmen Coerten. This inheritance was from her uncle, Guert
Coerten. The Tomassmens had ten chilodren, five sons and five
daughters. The sons, following the custom of the time, took as a
surname a construction of their father's name. Later generations
used the surname Van Reypen, Van Rypen, etc referring to the place the
3. Neeltje Harmens, born perhaps 1652, since Neeltje Hermens,
young woman, married 23 July 1670, Bergen, New
Jersey, Johannes Magielse, young man. "19 June 1670,
certificate received to _____" Records
of the Reformed Dutch Church of Bergen, 1914.
The book is
unpaged but it is on Image 184, LDS Books. She also is not named
in Guerte Coerten's will. She would have been married by the time he
wrote the will in 1671.
4. Guertje Harmens, married Hendreick Matthyse Smack, died 1708. Genealogical notes on the Smock family in
the United States : from genealogical registers, local histories,
church records, state archives and manuscripts in the possession of the
John C. (John Conover), 1842-1926 Note: This compiler seems to have not
understood the Dutch naming system and to have not realized that she
was the daughter of Harmen Coerten. He was looking for a father surname
Harmens. However, there is much interesting
information about her husband and descendants in the book. It is
available free on https://familysearch.org
under books. The book
says they both died in 1708.
5. Jan2 Harmensen
born perhaps 1657.
since Jan Hermens, young man from Gerder in Gelderland, and
Janse Buys from Midwout, Long Island, were married 23 June 1684.
"Married in presence of court and congregation of Bergen by R. Van
Giesen." Records of the Reformed
Dutch Church of Bergen, 1914
The book is unpaged but it is on Image 189, LDS Books. He
was born in
Holland so was born before 1659. Guerte Coerten's will is difficult to
understand, but it is clear that he says Jan Harmensen was his
1. Aertje, the daughter of Jan Hermense
and Neeltje Jans, was
baptized on 6 April 1686. She would have been named for her paternal
--Aertje Gerrits. The witnesses were Jan Cornelis Buys [maternal
grandfather] and Reyckje Hermenz [father's sister]. She must have died
before 1692 because they baptized her sister with the same name.
2. Aertje, daughter of Jan Hermansen and Neeltje Jans, baptized 4 April
1692, Dutch Reformed Church at Bergen, New Jersey. The witnesses
were Hessel Pieterse and Elizabeth Eleysbeth.
3. Jan, born between
1687 and 1694, Acquackanonk, New Jersey. That is
now a township in Passaic County, New Jersey.
, born between
1687 and 1694 Acquackenock, New Jersey. Jan Coerte married 8
April 1711, Marytie Ariaense at the Dutch Reformed Church, Hackensack,
New Jersey. [https://familysearch.org] Marytie died before 1730.
Jan Coerte married (second) Nelletjie Steg, 23 August 1730,
Acquackanonk, New Jersey.
Children of Jan Coerte and Marytie
1. Johannis Coerte, born ca. 1712
Children of Jan Coerte and Nelletjie
2. Hendrick Coerte
married Maria Slot.
3. Peter Coerte, no evidence that he married.
4. Neeltje Coerte, married Jacobus Speer 30 June 1740 in Acquackanonk,
5. Hermanus Coerte born 25 May 1720, married Susanna Young 1 July 1745,
Tawacha, New Jersey.[ I can find no record of this place.]
6. Ayre Coerte, born ca. 1722, married 1746, Lena Van Voorheese in
Pompton Plains, New Jersey.
7. Jacobus Coerte baptized 1739
8. Abraham Coerte baptized 10 January 1742.
, son of Jan
Coerte and Marytie Ariaense, married Maria Slot. They had three known
Corter, baptized 8 October 1738, in Pompton Plains Dutch
Reformed Church. Book
2. William Corter married Catrine Winters
3. John Corter married Cantreneu Hensompecer.
, son of
Hendrick Coerte and Maria Slot, baptized 8 October 1738, Pompton
Plains, New Jersey [Pompton Plains is in Pequannock Township,in
the Northeast corner of Morris County, New Jersey] The name
of his wife is unknown.
Caldwell is in Essex County, New Jersey. They had 6 known
Children of Peter Corter:
1. John C. Corter, born ca. 1761,
married 4 July 1811, Jane Mead in Caldwell, New Jersey, died 25 May
2. Aaron Corter
3. Frederick Corter, died 25 November 1812
4. Jacob Corter, born ca.
1771, died 6 November 1855, Caldewell, New Jersey. Jacob married Ellen
5. James Corter
6. Henry Corter
Jacob Courter was born ca.
1771, died 6 November 1855, Caldwell, New Jersey. Jacob married Ellen
Jacobus. Ellen was born about 1779, New Jersey, died 7 November
1856, Caldwell, New Jersey. She was the daughter of James Jacobus
Children of Jacob Corter and Ellen
1. John Courter born ca. 1800, Pine
Brook, New Jersey married Sarah Francisco.
Richard Jacob Courter
Richard Jacob Courter
was born 1 December 1811 Caldwell, New Jersey, died 15 June 1898,
Winfield, Iowa. He married Ellen Paxton, 12 August 1837, New
Jersey. Ellen Paxton was born 14 May 1819, Paterson, New Jersey, died 1
March 1873, Winfield, Iowa. She was the daughter of Richard
Paxton and Margaret Garabrant.
Children of Richard Jacob
Courter and Ellen Paxton:
2. James Courter, born ca. 1805, Caldwell, New Jersey.
3. Isaac J. Courter born ca. 1807 Pine Brook, New Jersey. New Jersey
Death Record: Isaac J. Courter, born 1809, died 18 Oct 1899, Montclair,
Essex County, New Jersey. Widowed. [https://familysearch.org] He
married a Hannah.
4. Joseph or Jacob. Jr., born ca. 1810.
5. Richard Jacob Courter,
born 1 December 1811 Caldwell, New Jersey, died 15 June 1898, Winfield,
Iowa. He married Ellen Paxton.
6. Eleazer Courter, born ca. 1812, died 5 September 1888, married Sarah
7. Henry J. Courter, born ca. 1814, died 10 November 1872, Mountain
View, Essex County, New Jersey. He was the son of Jacob Courter
and Ellen.[https://familysearch.org] He married Amanda D'Arcy.
8. Peter Courter, born ca. 1818, died 16 March 1892, Caldwall, New
Jersey.[https://familysearch.org] He did not marry.
1. Emmons Courter, born
25 July 1838, Newark, New Jersey.
2. Margaret Ann Courter, born 20 September 1840, died 26 March
1913, Fairfield, Montana, buried Winfield, Iowa.
3. Peter Courter born 9 February 1843, Newark, New Jersey, died 29
January 1916, Lawton, Oklahoma, married Margaret Bell Lee 6 March 1866.
4. Tunis Courter born 1845, Newark, New Jersey, died 9 August
1929, Chariton, Iowa, married 28 December 1870, Jennie Lynn.
5. Amzey Courter, born 2 October 1846, Newark, New Jersey, died
Knoxville, Iowa, married 1 July 1878, Sarah Culver.
6. Jacob Courter, born 21 January 1850, near Columbus, Ohio, died
25 June 1938, Creston, Iowa, married Harriet Lynn 23 Marcy 1873.
7. Ellen Jane (Jennie) Courter born 25 January 1857 Ohio, died 22
October 1929, Lebanon, Oregon, married Frank Young.
8. Andrew, died in infancy.
following information was primarily taken from the Courter Genealogy,
by Carroll Oliver Courter, (Topeka, Kansas: Privately published, 1976)
I have updated a few items and added a few items which are more
Richard Jacob Courter,
born 3 April 1877, near Downs, Kansas, died 5 May 1951,
Beloit, Kansas, buried Athena Cemetery, near Jewell, Kansas. Richard
married first 24 July 1902 in Seneca, Kansas, Amanda Edith Ford.Edith
was born 4 September 1877, Seneca, Kansas, died 15 September 1950,
Seneca, buried Seneca, Kansas Cemetery. Richard and Edith were
divorced and Richard married second on 8 May
1937, at Beloit, Kansas, Ollie Kuiken Slagle, born 8 August 1890, at
Cawker City, Kansas. She was called Aunt Ollie by the family and worked
in a café for many years.
was the son of Emmons Courter and Sarah Clarinda Bennett
Richard attended Kansas Agricultural College at Manhatten, Kansas.
During his lifetime, he word at several occupations. He was a farmer, a
cream and poultry station operator, grain elevator operator, filling
station operator, and a painter. At various times the family
lived in Downs, Seneca, Wetmore, Ionia, Jewell, Kansas.
the daughter of Joseph Ford and Sarah Hunt. Edith attended Campbell
College at Holton. She raised chickens and gardened. Her
daughter Vera Courter Cooley had these pictures and
made copies for me before she died.
She told me that this is Edith Ford, aged 9. The second is the
wedding of Richard Courter and Edith Ford.
of Richard Courter and Edith Ford:
1. Vera Lucille Courter, born 26 December 1903, Seneca, Kansas. She was
married Floyd Glendon “Glen” Lowry 7 October
Wetmore, Kansas. She later married a Cooley.
2. Ray Virgil Courter born 4 March 1905, Senecan, Kansas, died May
Ray married first Ella Melissa Clover 21
June 1925, Kansas City, Kansas. Ella was born 1 December 1894, Cowley
County, Kansas, died October 1869, Wichita, Kansas. She was
the daughter of Thomas Henry Clover sr and Martha Elizabeth Reed.
Ray married second Maebelle, born 2 May
1902, died March 1986, Wichita, Kansas.
Ray graduated from Kansas University and moved to Wichita where was a
pharmacist for many year. He owned the Courter
Pictures of Ray Virgil Courter and Ella Melissa Clover
3. Joseph Emmons Courter, born 18 October 1911, Wetmore, Kansas, died
July 1985, Wichita, Kansas. He married Grace Duryea 20 July 1930, in
Seneca, Kansas. He was a butcher and owned a grocery store.
4. Everett Floyd Courter, born 3 January 1917, Wetmore, Kansas, died 1
October 1954, Santa Clara County, California. He married 23 March 1940
East Milton, Massachusetts, Inez McAllister.