JOHNSON and SCHAUFELBERGER GENEALOGY
VAN KIRK Research
There is a major Van Kirk line in New Jersey (that spread out to Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Delaware and Pennsylvania). However, no linkage has been established to Ellen Ann Van Kirk (wife of Samuel Robbins Dickson); but since this appears to be the major source of VanKirk's in America, there's every possibility that Ellen Ann is related, so it seemed appropriate to document the information with the hope that a linkage can be established in the future.
as detailed by Mark at familyhistory.com (see below for original)
see also Ancestry World Tree - Search Results for the line of Barend/Barnet Verkerk--son of Jan Jansen and Mayke Verkerk
[Note that most dates are approximations]
Jan Thonisz Verkerk (1) (1545-1637/8)
m. ca. 1565 to Jelisd Jan (1546-?)
c. i. Jelis Jansz Verkerk (1566-1633) m. Jantgen Huijbertsd (1566-?)
Hendrick Jansz Verkerk (1568-?)
Aert Jansz Verkerk (1570-1632) m2. Aeltg Claesd
Dirck Jansz Verkerk (1576-?)
Jelis Jansz Verkerk (1566-1633)
m. Jantgen Huijbertsd (1566-?)
c. i. Jantge Jelisd Verkerk (1602-?) m. Unknown VanBaerwijk
Jan Verkerk (1602-?) m. Geertgen Roelofsz Aertsd
Emcken Jelisd Verkerk (1605-?)
Jan Verkerk (1602-?) see 1
m. Geertgen Roelofsz Aertsd
c. i. Aert Jansz Verkerk (1622-?) m. 6/27/1652 to Elizabeth Stevensd
ii. Metgen Jansd Verkerk (1624-?) m. Wouter Willemsz
Jan Jansen Verkerk (1630-1698) m. 4/1/1651 to Mayke Gysbertsd (1638-1687)
Jan Jansen Verkerk (1630-1698)
m. 4/1/1651 to Mayke Gysbertsd (1638-1687)
c. i. Roelof Janse Verkerk (1654-1718) m. 8/7/1681 to Careyntje Simons see 2
ii. Aert Janse Vankerk (1655-1695) m. 7/28/1681 to Gratioser Grace Bundock (1660-?)
Hendrick Janse Verkerk (1657-1776) m. 12/2/1683 to Jan Dirkse Vandervliet
Barendje Jansd Verkerk (1658-1709) m. 8/24/1684 to Nicolas Van der Grift
Cornelius Janse Verkerk (1661-1698)
Jan Jansz Verkerk (1664-2/10/1722/23) m. 1696 to Gertii or Alsey Hankinson see 3
Barend Jansz Verkerk (1666-1739) m. 1689 to Rachel Jacobse Van der Grift see 4
Aert Janse Vankerk (1655-1695) see 5
m. 7/28/1681 to Gratioser Grace Bundock (1660-?)
c. i. Jan “John” VanKirk (11/12/1682-1722) m. 1697 to Alice/Elsje Hankinson (1680-?)
ii. Mayke VanKirk (1684-?) m. Jan Lambertse
iii. Gerrit VanKirk (1686-?)
iv. Syke Seytie VanKirk (1688-?) m. Johannes Truax
Jan “John” VanKirk (11/12/1682-1722) see 6
m. 1697 to Alice/Elsje Hankinson (1680-?)
c. i. Henry/Hendrick Janse VanKirk (1697-12/18/1775)
m1. 1723 to Dorothy Morgan
m2. 2/24/1770 to Sarah UNKNOWN [date seems unlikely, he would've been 73!]
ii. Sytje VanKirk (5/29/1705) m. Gerrit Van Duyn.
iii. John VanKirk (1706-6/29/1770) m. 4/1726 to Cornelia Van Brackelborn
iv. William VanKirk (1710) m. 1732 to Hester Van Kirk Hankinson
v. Sarah VanKirk (1712-?)
vi. Alice VanKirk (6/21/1716-?)
vii. Arthur Aert VanKirk (11/9/1718-1760)
m1. Mary Davidson
m2. 8/22/1743 to Hannah Stout
Jan, his wife Mayke, and five children emigrated from Buren, province of Gelderland in Holland March 15, 1663 in "De Rooseboom" (The Rosetree) and arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam (New Amsterdam, now NYC). From the ships' passenger list, it gives "Jan Jansen Verkerck from Buren, Wife and 5 children, 9, 8, 6, 5, and 1yr. The captain of De Rooseboom was Captain Pieter Reyersz Van Der Beets."
He was either born in, or came from, Burmelzen near Buren, when about 33 years of age; so he was likely born about 1630. It is believed that he settled directly in New Utrecht in Kings Co., NY since his sons Jan and Barent, were of age in 1687 and stated that they were natives in the oaths of allegiance. Jan was listed in the assessment rolls of New Utrecht in 1675, 1676, 1683, and 1693 and the census of 1698. His will was dated 10 Nov 1688 and was also signed by his wife "Mayke Verkerke" (who is said to have died in that same year). In his will, he only names his last two sons.
His wife was Mayke Gysberts (daughter of Gysbert _____).
Probate: 10 Nov, 1688, Will dated
Notes for Mayke* Verkerk Gysbertsd:
Joseph Kearney in "Index to Ye Colonial Kinsmen from Plymouth Rocke
to York Towne" gives Mayke's death as "after 1687".
Notes for Roelof Janse Verkerk:
Presumed to be the eldest son of Jan Jansz; probably born in Buren, Gelderland, Holland about 1654, as stated in the marriage record and inferred from the passenger lists. On July 24, 1681, Roelof Jansz Verekerken, young man from Buren, living in Flatbush, and Catherine Simons, young lady from Brooklyn, living in Flatbush, were betrothed in the Dutch Church there and married on August 7 following. They were both living on April 3, 1710 when the appeared as witnesses at the baptisim of a grandchild in the Bergen (NJ) Dutch Church.
Notes for Jan Jansz Van KirkVerkerk:
Jan Jansz, born about 1664, took the oath of allegiance in New Utrecht, NY as a native in 1687, but joined in the Dutch movement to Monmouth Co., NJ around 1700. He may have married twice since in one instance her name is given as Gertie, but in the baptism of daughter, Sytje, her name is Elsje ("Alice") and Jan named a wife Alice in his will dated 10 Feb 1722/3. Alice, widow of John Van Kirk, married in 1725, Thomas Hankinson, as his second wife. This would place Han's death somewhat before then. Jan's will was inventoried 28 Jan 1723/4 and probated 3 Mar that year. It was witnessed by Richard Poppinger, Thomas Ciney, Haans Van Ooerstrant and Lawrence Van Hook; in it he names his wife and two sons as executors, but the daughters were not named.
Notes for Barend Jansz Van Kirk (Verkerk):
Barend took the oath of allegiance as a native in 1687. He and wife
Rebecca baptised a son, Johannes, on 2 Apr 1695 in New York, but was
a member of the Bensalem Dutch Church of Bucks Co., PA in 1710 and
that of Neshaminy in Bucks Co. in 1719. there was one other son, Jacob.
Notes for Aert-5 Janse Van Kirk:
Aert Jansz Vanderk, son of Jan Jansz; probably born in Buren, Gelderland, Holland about 1655. Although doubtless raised in New Utrecht, he left there between November 1682 and Jul 1683 when he appeared as Plantiff in the Sussex Co., DE court. He and wife Grace Bundock both signed an affidavit there in 1690.
More About Jan-6 "John" Van Kirk:
Christening: 12 Nov, 1682, New Utrecht, NY
More About Henry/Hendrick Janse VanKirk
Born in Monmouth Co., NJ
Died in Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., NJ
ORIGINAL SOURCE from http://www.familyhistory.com/messages/ShowMsg.asp?id=703456
"In the early records of Kings County, N.Y., where the Van Kirks first settled in this country, they spelled their name Verkerk. "Ver" is the Dutch contraction of "van der" and "kerk" means "church," so it is quite obvious that "of the church" has no particular geographical designation, such as "Van Hoorn" or "Van Naerden." Since it is known that Jan Jansen, the first Verkerk in this country, came from Burmelzen near Buren in Gelderland, The Netherlands, the name possibly goes back always in that locale. It is apparent that Jan, unlike so many contemporaneous immigrants, did not take his surname from his place of birth or residence.
The second generation of this family split three ways: The eldest son remained in Kings County, but the name disappeared there when his only surviving son died leaving only daughters; although the second moved to Delaware, his sons returned to Monmouth County, N.J.; the third moved there near Freehold, while the fourth founded the line in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This last line has given the compiler some difficulty, owing to dearth of published records of early Pennsylvania, available particularly in New York City. That group clung to the name "Verkerk" longer than those in Monmouth County, who quickly adopted the form Van Kerk, soon stabilized as Van Kirk.
A branch of the Pennsylvania line appears to have returned to South Jersey in Burlington County, and some of the Monmouth County Van Kirks moved into Hunterdon County. A few of the family in Monmouth left the Dutch Church rather early and the name appears frequently in the Tennent Presbyterian Church records. Others are found in the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, just across the border in Middlesex County, after the establishment of that congregation in mid-eightenth century."
Census Index: Colonial America, 1607-1789 NJ CD310
John, James, William, Thomas, James, Jaems, Abram, Mathias, Stephen, Matthias, John
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 NJ CD311
James, Joseph, Samuel, Mathias, Stephen, Josiah, Vartlias
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 NJ CD312
John, William, Barnet
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 NJ CD313
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 NJ CD315
John, John J., James, Joseph, David, Mary, Patrick, Aaron, Margaret, Enoch, Foster, Harris, Peter, Noah, Stephen, Ruben, P., Zefeniah, Iliza
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 NJ CD316
Richard, John, Robert, James, Harriet, David, Henry W., Mary, Patrick, Edward, Aaron, Aaron S., Benjamin, Foster, Andrew G., Nathaniel, Augustus, Noah, Stephen, Schanck, Thoasm [sic]
posted by Verna Kay Ziegler at http://www.familyhistory.com/messages/ShowMsg.asp?id=685956
"The lineage of the Van Kirk family, as the name implies, is traced back to staunch Holland Dutch stock, and the original American ancestor was Jan Ver Kerk, who was a resident of Buren, Holland, and who sailed for America in 1763, having embarked at Amsterdam on the little sailing vessel Rosetree, which safely compassed the voyage to the New World. He established his residence in the old Holland Dutch Town of Utrecht, Long Island, New York, and from that section of the Empire State representatives of a later generation removed into Western Pennsylvania, where many of the name or family lineage are yet found, the original orthography of the name having been changed by one of the earlier generations."
Subject: Van Kirk - Verkerk Genealogy
Posted by: Dennis Van Kirk
Message: I appreciated finding the references to the Verkerks before Jan Janse, young Man of Beusichem (According to his Marriage Record in Arnhem) who married Majke Gysberts in April of 1651 at St.Lammertsekerk in Buren, Gelderland. (I have been there and will share pictures). My records end with Jan. I, too have a copy of Mr. Ledley's work, which was a great start for my research. As time went by, however, and as I became familiar with the work of Dr. Raymond Martin Bell, a certified genealogist who is published in the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, I realized that there appear to be some rather large errors in Mr. Ledley's research. However, he does fill in some holes left by other researchers. I guess the only way to really feel comfortable with all the research that has been done is to share and discuss it among us. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. I have 25+ years research and documentation to share. I will not, however, be available until after August 17th. Thank You, and Happy Searching
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