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Cornelius Langhevelt "TO THE NEW WORLD IN 1654."

Cornelius Langhevelt "TO THE NEW WORLD IN 1654."

THIS STORY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE VAN LANDSCHOOT FAMILY.

As I'm also researching the emigration from the Meetjesland area, I found this a very interesting story. Cornelius is probably the 1st who left this area for the New World in 1654. He was born at St Laureins in Flanders in 1628. geboorteakte
Concerning Cornelius Longfield Of the three first owners of the land on which New Brunswick now stands, Cornelius Longfield’s family history was the most distinguished. In 1679 Danker’s “Journal” refers to him as “the Indian trader.” Some facts relating to his later official positions, in the Council of the House of Deputies (1690), the Assembly (1695) and Governor Hunter’s Council (1710), appeared in the Proceedings for 1912 (Third Series, Vol. VII, pp. 4, etc.), but a few more interesting facts have been gathered since. It is claimed that his ancestor was Admiral Langeveldt (probably the correct spelling in Holland), of the Dutch navy, who served in an engagement against Admiral William Penn, and that his mother was the daughter of Admiral Cochradth, also of the Dutch navy, who was engaged in the memorable fight between the Dutch and English in the reign of Charles II (1665), and who, or his son, is said to have come later to New York City.
In the text in bold the Cornelius Langevelt is a differant one, as in several records Cornelius LANGEVELT was mentioned as being born in St Laureins in Flanders. He was mentioned as "Klein Burger" in Nieuw Amsterdam in 1657

Cornelius Van Langevelt was born on July 23, 1628 in St Laureins out of the first marriage of Cornelius and Laurentia Van Assche. His godfather was Herman Dobbelaer and godmother Josina Mijnke. In the same family were two more children born Adriaen on April 17, 1634 and Dionijs on May 3, 1636. His 1st wife Laurentia died on March 8, 1637, became a widower and Cornelius marries for 2nd time with Anna Verheecke of St Laureins on November 11, 1637, she died October 1 1661. Possibly the Corneil who marries Anna Lannoije on January 7, 1663 is also the same. A Jan Van Langevelt was a witness at this marriage. Cornelius I died suddenly on August 2 1665. Probably was Judocus Van Langevelt who married Marie De Conick in 1637 and Jan Van Langevelt who married a Joanna in 1632 brothers of Cornelius. There was also a Peter Van Langevelt who passed away in St Laureins on August 4 1666 being 88 years old, possibly the father of Cornelius, Jan and Judocus. The widow Langeveldt married Thomas Lawrence, “the baker,” thus making Cornelius his stepson. A sister of Cornelius, Rachel, married another Thomas Lawrence, who became Mayor of Philadelphia in 1728 and again in 1735. Cornelius Longfield, by his wife Mary Greenland (daughter of Dr. Henry Greenland of Piscataway township), had a daughter Catherine, who married William Cox. He was the father of the noted Revolutionary officer,. Col. John Cox, whose daughters married into noted families.

One, Rachel, married Col. John Stevens, of steamboat fame,, of Castle Point, Hoboken. Another married Samuel W. Stockton, of Princeton, a brother of Richard “the Signer,” and who was Secretary of State of New Jersey in 1794. Another, Esther, married Dr. Matthew Burton of Philadelphia. A Mary married Col. Janies Chestnut of South Carolina. A Sarah married Dr. John Rodman Cox of Philadelphia, and still another, Elizabeth, married Horace Binney, a leading Philadelphia lawyer of the last century.

There was a Jan Langefelt in New Amsterdam prior to 1666, and it would be of some interest to know if he and Cornelius were related. A Cornelis Langevelt is also mentioned in the “Records of New Amsterdam” in 1657 and he seems, from various entries in Court proceedings there between that date and 1662, to have been a merchant. He frequently appears as plaintiff, suing for beavers and tobacco, or as defendant, being sued for goods “pawned” with him, etc. A “Cornelis Langevelthuysen,” a tapster, is also named several times. In 1661 a wife of Cornclis Langevelt is named as “Mcrritje.” As Dr. Greenland did not come from Maine to New Jersey until 1673 either Cornelius Longfield of New Brunswick had an earlier wife than Mary Greenland, or the New York Cornelius was another man. It would not surprise us if the merchant, Cornelis. of New Amsterdam (who seems to have died before 1665), were the father of the New Brunswick Cornelius, in which case the Admirals named, if relative to the latter, might have been his grandparents.

Since preparing the foregoing we have received from Mr. William H. Benedict, of New Brunswick, the following on this subject, quite proving our last-stated surmise: “From Fernow’s ‘Court Records of New Amsterdam’ we find in numerous small causes that Cornelius Langevelt, the father of Cornelius Longfield, was a Dutch trader in 1653. He was a partner of Jan Geraerdy, son of Philip Geraerdy, who is mentioned in Valentine’s ‘History of New York’ as being one of the earliest Dutch settlers, having received in 1643 a grant of a house and lot on the road now called Stone street. These little disputes over differences of understanding regarding trading show that he dealt in tobacco, cloth, boots, apples, beaver, etc., and took goods in pawn as well. He and his partner owned a vessel, over which they had quite a dispute, which was called a bark and a yacht. In 1655, in a settlement between the partners, Langevelt claimed half of the vessel; but this dispute does not seem to have been satisfactorily set- tled, as the next year Langevelt complains that his partner sailed away and left him. These trading trips were long, for, in 1653, a suit having been brought in Langevelt’s absence, it was deferred a month to give him a chance to appear in his own behalf; and they were ‘at the North,’ as it was there his partner sailed away and left him to get home as best he could.

“In 1655, in a record of a voluntary tax raised that year, Cornelius Langevelt is listed for one beaver and 8 florins. On April 14, 1657, Cornelius ‘Van Langevelt’ appears in the list of small burghers, there being but 204 of them at that date in New Amsterdam. In i66r there is mention of Langevelt’s wife, Marritje(Mary), and also mention of Thomas Laurens (or Laurensen, becoming Lawrence, ‘the baker’s wife/ called to Court by Geritje Pieter as witnesses in a case of defamation of character. This Thomas ‘the baker’ later married the widow of Cornelius Langevelt as stated above. Thomas ap- pears in Court to answer for failing to pay the minister’s quota Oct. 15, 1667, church support evidently not being optional at that date. “In the ‘Directory’ of 1665 the names of Thomas Laurensen and his wife Marritje Jans appear on Pearl street. Scot’s ‘Model,’ in 1680, mentions ‘Thomas Lawrence the baker’ and ‘Cornelius Longfield, his stepson,’ as landowners on the Raritan. Joseph Danker mentions in his ‘Journal’ in 1679 staying with Cornelius Longfield at the river. While at the Raritan he married the daughter of Dr. Henry Greenland, but evidently took his wife to New York, as the Dutch Domine, Henricus Selyn, in his list of church members with their residences, men- tions ‘Cornelius Van Langevelt and his wife Maria (Mary) Groenlant (Greenland),’ so that he and his wife preferred to make their home for a while at New York rather than among Indian friends on the Raritan.

‘‘Evidently the first Cornelis Langevelt died before 1679. From the fact that his name is omitted from the Directory of 1665 I should say that he died before 1665. “On November 10, 1681, ‘Capt. Cornelis Van Langvelt’ makes an aflfadavit regarding his purchase of land on the Raritan River, to which he had some difficulty in getting ihc title, as it appears in 1682, 1683 and 1684. In 1689 his stepfather deeded him his land 011 the Raritan (it would appear for the purpose of disposing of it for him).” There is a statement by an unknown member of the New Jersey Council in 1711 to the effect that ‘if the vacancies in the Council were filled up with honest, well-meaning men like Cornelius Longfield’ (and others named), affairs, then in a muddle, would be easily settled. (4 “N. J. Archives,” 133). Cornelius of New Brunswick must have died 011 or before 1733, when probably between 75 and 80 years of age, and his wife, Mary, before Mar. 25, 1747, when her will of Mar. 11, 1742, was probated (as per Trenton Wills, Lib. E, p. 4). No will of Cornelius appears on the records. There was a son, Henry, who died in 1769 or 1770 (Trenton Wills, Book K, p. 341).

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