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From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

Vol. 124 October 1993 Number 4


THE VERSCHUER FAMILY OF BUSHWICK: ITS ROOTS
IN THE NETHERLANDS AND DESCENDANTS THROUGH
COMEGYS, FYN, DURYEA, COVERT, AND SIMONSON

BY HARRY MACY, JR., F.A.S.G.*

G’sbert Teunissen, and his son Wouter G’sbertsen, later called Verschuer, were among the first settlers of Bushwick, Long Island. Over the past century several genealogists have worked on this Verschuer family, but their published accounts omit the marriages that lead to the real descendants of G’sbert and Wouter, and include alleged descendants who were not related to them at all.

Upon re-examination, the family appears to have died out in the male line at the fourth generation, so that all identifiable descendants come from daughters. Previous accounts failed to correctly identify these daughters' husbands, and in some cases overlooked the daughters themselves. The present article will show that in addition to Wouter, G’sbert Teunissen was the father of Willemtje G’sberts, who married Cornelis Comegys; that Wouter himself had three daughters who married, Anna to Johannes F’n, Magdalena to Joost Duryea, Jr., and Dorothea to Teunis Coevert; and that Wouter's son Jochem had one daughter, Catharina, who married Christoffel Simonson. All of these Verschuer daughters have, or appear to have, present day descendants.

Since New Netherland records show that G’sbert Teunissen came from Barneveld in the Netherlands province of Gelderland, the church records for that town were checked and the baptisms of Wouter and Willemtje were found, but not the parents' marriage or any earlier data. Just when it seemed likely that this would be the end of the ancestral trail, a very unexpected discovery was made. A check of the Genealogisch Repertorium1 for accounts of Verschuer families in Dutch publications revealed that much had been written about various Verschuers or van der Schuers, including a baronial family (Van Verschuer) that originated in the Veluwe, the region of Gelderland that includes Barneveld. Previously unknown connections to New Netherland immigrants are rarely found in Dutch publications, but in this case there was to be a remarkable exception. A 1978 article by C. W. Delforterie in the Jaarboek van het Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (hereafter Jbk.CBvG) mentioned the New Netherland immigrants and extended the lineage back several generations.2

This article traced the line Jan Geurtse Verschuur (1761-1836) of Amersfoort back to the same ancestors shared by the baronial Van Verschuers. In the midst of this genealogy appeared Aeltgen Wouters Verschuer, who in 1641 married Gijsbert Thonisz. and in 1646 was living in Barneveld, with no further record. Mr. Delforterie did not know that three years later this couple went to New Netherland, but that conclusion is inescapable. New Netherland records show that G’sbert Teunissen from Barneveld, who arrived in the colony about 1649, had a wife named Aeltje Wouters, and later their son Wouter took the surname Verschuer. That he would adopt his mother's surname is not surprising when one considers that her family had been using the name for generations, while his father's family was still limited to patronymics. Curiously, several generations back in the Netherlands an ancestor of Aeltje had similarly taken the name Verschuer (or van der Schuer) from his mother.

THE FAMILY IN THE NETHERLANDS

By tradition the family name derived from the manor Terschuur, near Bar- neveld, but this has not been proved (De Nederlandsche Leeuw [hereafter NL] 1915:257-58). In the published lineages the male line begins with a Geurt Claesz. (Geurt/Guert/Goert, a contraction of Godert/Godard/Govert, from Godfried, see NL 1915:263) born about 1490, died by 1549, who was a lease holder in Appelbroek onder Voorthuizen, not far from Barneveld. He married Margriet Henricksdr. van der Schuer,3 and their sons took the surname van der Schuer or Verschuer from their mother. The children of Geurt and Margriet were Geurt (d.s.p.), Clacs (from whom descend the baronial family), Evert (from whom the present line) and two daughters (Jbk.CBvG 1978:273; NL 1919:347-49; NL 1939:279; Nederland's Adelsboek 1953:51-52).

A document found by Mr. Delforterie in the Centraal Bureau voor Genea- logie lists the successive owners of a property at Barneveld and reveals the names of four probable earlier generations (Jbk.CBvG 1978: 295 n. 1):

HENRICK VAN DE SCHUYRE held the property in 1394. It descended after his death to his son Andries and then passed to the latter's daughter Heilmich, who was under the guardianship of her uncle Brant van de Schuyre, 1440.

This BRANT [HENRICKSZ.] VAN DE SCHUYRE may have been the next to hold the property, as the next recorded owner was a HENRICK BRANTSZ. VAN DE SCHUYRE, who was deceased by 26 June 1514, when the property was held by his son HENRICK HENRICKSZ. One month later this Henrick conveyed it to his son Jan Henricksz. van de Schuyre.

The next recorded owner was MARGRIET HENRICKSDR. VAN DE SCHUYRE who acquired it from her brother in 1325. This brother is called "Henric van de Schuyre" in this document, which might suggest he was Henrick Henricksz., making her a daughter of Henrick Brantsz. However, a related document gives her brother as Jan Heyndrickz. van der Schuyr (NL 1919:348), and if he was the same Jan Henricksz. mentioned above, then Margriet would be the daughter of Henrick Henricksz., not Henrick Brantsz. If one calculates likely birthdates beginning with the Henrick who was of age by 1394, Margriet could easily have been his great-great-granddaughter as shown here. However, it should be stressed that this portion of the lineage is not proved by this evidence.

Returning to the main lineage as compiled by Mr. Delforterie, GUERT CLAESZ. and his wife MARGRIET HENRICKSDR. VAN DER SCHUER were the parents of EVERT GOERTS VAN DER SCHUER, born about 1525, died in 1561, and buried at Voorthuizen. He married about 1552 Margaretha/Margriet Schrassert, daughter of Herman Schrassert and Alijdt de Haas. He appears on record as early as 1545 in Barneveld. Court records of 1550 establish his place in this family, and a record of 1552 identifies his wife (Jbk.CBvG 1978:274-75; for the Schrassert family4 see NL 1940:196-214, at 203, 211). Evert and Margaretha were the parents of Goert, Herman, Henrick, and Alijdt/Aeltgen (Jbk.CBvG 1978:275-76,279-80).

GOERT VAN DER SCHUER, also recorded as Goert Verschuer Evertsz. and Govert Evertsz. van de Schuyre, son of Evert Goerts van der Schuer and Margaretha Schrassert, was born perhaps about 1553 and died in 1596. He is noted as succeeding to some of his father's property in 1562, and is mentioned in records of the Court of Gelderland (Quarter of Veluwe) several times in 1580 and again in 1593, in company with his brothers and sister (and the latter's husband). On 25 March 1596 he was deceased and property which he had held jointly with his siblings was transferred to them. His wife is identified in this record as Geert Hessels, and in a 1576 record as Geertruid Hessel Bruninx; the latter is probably a double patronymic, meaning that her father was named Hessel Bruninx (courtesy Mr. Otto Schutte). They were the parents of Evert and Wouter, and probably others (Jbk.CBvG 1978:280,296). Their son Evert is an interesting figure in the family history.

Mr. Evert Goerts van de Schuer, son of Goert Evertsz. and Geert[e] Hessels, was born about 1575, and was buried at Utrecht 13 Apr. 1642. He was married four times but there is no record of issue. In 1599 he was made a burgher of Amersfoort; he was recorded as a lawyer (procureur) there in the same year and as a notary 1602-07. He then moved to Utrecht, where he was a lawyer (advocaat) at the Court of Utrecht in 1612 and subsequent years. In this capacity he acted on behalf of relatives in various branches of the family, including his niece Aeltgen, below (Jbk.CBvG 1978:280).

WOUTEP GEURTSZ, VERSCHUER, also recorded as Wouter Goordtsz. van der Schuyr, son of Goert Evertsz. and Geerte Hessels and brother of Mr. Evert Goerts van de Schuer, was born probably no later than 1580, and was living in 1643 but died before 20 June 1646. He married Reyntgen Casijnsdr., and lived on a farm called Cortenijp at Stoutenburg (in the province of Utrecht but not far from Barneveld), which he purchased in 1619. He is named in various records dated between 1619 and 1643 and following his death, some of which also mention his wife, who was living as late as 1656. They were the parents of Claes, Henrick, Thonis, Casijn and Aeltgen. The sons all remained in the Netherlands (Ibid. 1978:280-89). The line traced by Mr. Delforterie continues with Henrick Woutersz. Verschuer, who was a schepen of Stoutenburg in 1644 and 1655.

ELTGEN WOUTERS VERSCHUER, daughter of Wouter Geurtsz, and Reyntgen Casijnsdr., was probably born about 1620. From court records dated 1627 it is apparent that young Aeltgen (recorded as Aeltgen Wouter van der Schuyrsdr.) was then living in Utrecht, probably with her childless uncle Evert, who referred to her as his niece and transferred to her certain land in Duist worth 500 guilders. The later history of this property is not known. Aeltgen was married to Gijsbert Thonisz. 12 September 1641 (see below). On 20 June 1646 Gijsbert Thonissen and Aeltgen Wouters Verschuer, a married couple living in Barneveld, sold to Aeltgen's four brothers her share of Cortenijp which she already possessed or would inherit from her mother. This was the last mention of Aeltgen found in Netherlands records by Mr. Delforterie (Jbk. CBvG 1978:281-82).

THE FAMILY IN NEW NETHERLAND/NEW YORK

Of the American genealogists who showed an interest in the Bushwick Verschuers, only Andrew J. Provost attempted to compile a complete genealogy of the early generations. Those who wrote more limited accounts include Teunis G. Bergen, William A. Eardeley and Herbert F. Seversmith. Provost tried to trace the family into the fourth generation, proposing various children for Wouter's sons, including grandsons who allegedly carried on the Verschuer surname. Most of his proposals were based on speculation, without any accept- able evidence, and it now appears that nearly all of these alleged descendants actually belonged to entirely different families with somewhat similar names. As indicated earlier, the Bushwick Verschuer family almost certainly died out in the male line at the fourth generation, but there are descendants through daughters whom these earlier writers either overlooked entirely or failed to match to the correct husbands.

The research which led to this article began as an attempt to identify Lena, the wife of Joost Duryea, Jr. Several possibilities were considered before it was concluded that the evidence pointed to her being a daughter of Wouter G’sbertsen Verschuer. As this was a much more difficult connection to establish than those for the other Verschuer daughters, and the evidence for Lena's identity does not necessarily speak for itself, the arguments for this conclusion will be considered in a separate section at the end of the article.

Bergen included various data on Wouter G’sbertsen and his children in his Early Settlers of Kings County in 1881 (KCo. 372,128), but failed to make the connection between Wouter and his father G’sbert Teunissen (KCo. 300). Eardeley in his Chronology and Ancestry of Chauncey M. Depew (1 9 1 8), page 217, also began the lineage with Wouter and gave a very erroneous account of his children; he refers to notes of Robert Brown Miller, whose version of the genealogy apparently was similarly flawed. The link between father and son was established by Seversmith and Provost when they put together accounts of the Caljer/Colyer family, into which both G’sbert and Wouter married. Seversmith, in his Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, 5 vols., 1939-58 (hereafter Seversmith), treated Wouter's family briefly at 2 (1951): 706. Provost made two attempts to reconstruct the family, in his Early Settlers of Bushwick, Long Island, New York, and Their Descendants, 4 vols., 1949- 63 (hereafter Provost). After first treating them as an adjunct of the Colyers (2 [1953]: 36-45), he went on to compile a separate account of the Verschuers (3 [1955, rev. 1960]: 17-32). As already noted, Provost's are the most detailed genealogies of the family that have been compiled, but they require extensive revision.

1. GŸSBERT TEUNISSEN was born circa 1623 (1657 testimony, below) or per- haps slightly earlier, at Garderen in Gelderland (marriage record, below), and died probably circa 1682 in Bushwick, Long Island. He immigrated to New Netherland about 1649, as his son Wouter when taking the oath of allegiance in 1687 stated that he had been in this country for 38 years (DHNY 1:660). The record of his second marriage in New Amsterdam in 1659 (MDC 23)5 states that G’sbert was from Barneveld (in Gelderland) and was the widower of Aeltje Wouters; related orphanmasters proceedings of 5 March 1659 (OM 2:79-80) state that Aeltje had died leaving four children (not named). As no baptisms appear in the New Amsterdam church records, these children were probably all born in the Netherlands.

The record of G’sbert's first marriage is found in the civil marriage register of Stoutenburg in the province of Utrecht, where on 12 September 1641 Gijsbert Thonisz., jongman (bachelor) from Garderen (a nearby town in Gelderland) was married to Aeltgen Wouters Verschuer from Stoutenburg. As already noted, she was the daughter of Wouter Goertsz. Verschuer and Reyntgen Casijnsdr., and in 1646 she and G’sbert were living in Barneveld (Jbk.CBvG 1978:281-82). The baptismal register of the Barneveld Dutch Reformed Church (FHL 0108649) shows more than one G’sbert Teunissen having children in the 1640s, and assigning these children to their respective fathers is complicated by the fact that mothers are not named in the register. However, using evidence from New Netherland two Barneveld baptisms may be attributed to G’sbert and Aeltje:

28 Aug. 1642 Willempie d van G’sber Toenisse

18 Feb. 1644 Wouter soone van G’sber Toenisse

The second baptism is certainly that of Wouter G’sbertsen of Bushwick, who was married in 1666. Willempie appears in New Amsterdam in 1658 as "Willemtje G’sberts, Van Barnevelt op de Veluwe," when she married the progenitor of the Comegys family of Maryland (see below). While no record ties this Willemtje directly to G’sbert Teunissen in New Netherland, there is no other Willemtje/Willempie G’sberts of the right age in the Barneveld baptismal register, and no evidence of any other G’sbert from Barneveld in New Netherland at this time. Although she would have been only 15, a relatively early marriage might be explained by the recent death of her mother; G’sbert Teunissen remarried just eleven months later. Willemtje has not been previously linked to this family.

As noted by Provost, another child of G’sbert and Aeltie has to be Jacob G’sbertsen, who appears with his father and brother on a 1663 Bushwick militia roll, as a witness to the baptism of Wouter's eldest child Aeltie in 1667, and in other records. The fourth child of G’sbert and Aeltic remains unidentified.6

G’sbert Teunissen's second wife, whom he married 1 March 1659 at New Amsterdam, was Magdalena Michiels Waele, widow of Jochem Caljer (MDC 23; REC. 121:37). There apparently were no children of this second marriage. One of Magdalena's children by Caljer was Dorothea, who would marry her stepbrother, Wouter G’sbertsen.

Although he arrived in the colony in 1649, G’sbert does not appear on record there until 25 February 1654, when "G’sbert Theunissen van Barnevelt" was among some "farmers and farm workers" questioned in connection with "pulling the goose," a Shrovetide custom prohibited by law; he was condemned to pay three guilders to the poor. Several of the others involved can be identified as living on Manhattan Island, and this was probably G’sbert's home as well (New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 5, Council Minutes 1652-54, ed. Charles T. Gehring, 1983, pp. 117-20).

On 24 April 1657, a Gijsbert Teunissen, residing at Katskil, testified in the court at Fort Orange that Hans Vos had sold strong drink to the Indians; when asked how old he was and where born, he replied "34 years and born in Gelder[land]" (Fort Orange Court Minutes 1652-1660, transl. and ed. Charles T. Gehring, 1990, p. 292). There is no other evidence of a man of this name in that part of New Netherland, and G’sbert Teunissen, who was definitely from Gelderland, is missing from New Arnsterdam/Long Island records of the period. However, this record places his birth circa 1623, which would make him only 18 when married, below the average age for a Dutch bridegroom of the time.

The next mention of G’sbert would be his 1659 remarriage. On 5 April 1660 "Gsb’ert Teunis having marryed y widdow of Joghim Calier" sold to Arien Van Laer a lot on the High Street (Hoogh Straat, now Stone Street, Manhattan), formerly belonging to Calier (New York Patents 3:23; Icon. 2: 401-02; VM 1865:668). On 9 July 1663 G’sbert Teunissen, "having married the widow of Joghim Kalder (sic)," sold an adjacent lot to Joghim de Backer ("Deeds and Conveyances of Real Estate in the City of New Amsterdam 1659- 1664," transl. E. B. O'Callaghan, 1862, pp. 322-23, FHL 0497644; Icon. 2: 307,401; VM 1865:702). G’sbert signed this document by mark (a swastika). There is no record of him owning Manhattan property in his own right.

On 30 January 1676/7 Gisbert Theunissen (signing by the same mark), Wouter Gijsbertsen (signing his name), and others attested that Governor Stuyvesant made a land grant to Gerrit Leydecker at Boswyck (Bushwick) about 1660, suggesting that they themselves were settled there about the same time (The Andros Papers 1677-1678, ed. Peter R. and Florence A. Christoph, transl. Charles T. Gehring, 1990, p. 17). G’sbert appears frequently in the Bushwick town records from their commencement in 1660, and became a man of some prominence in the town ("Manuscript Records of the Town of Bushwick, Kings County, New York, 1660-1825," abstracted by DeWitt Van Buren, n.d., hereafter BukTR/VB). He served as a schepen of Bushwick in 1663-65 (Ibid. 5-9), and is so listed on the June 1663 muster roll where his sons Wouter and Jacob Gysbertsz appear next to each other (Ibid. 6).

On 2 November 1663, towards the end of Dutch rule, Gysbert Tonisse Schepen was a delegate of Bushwick to a general congress in New Amsterdam (Ibid. 8). Gisbert Tunis was one of Bushwick's two delegates to the General Meeting convened by Governor Nicolls at Hempstead 1 March 1664/5 to adopt laws for the new English administration (New York HistoricalManuscripts: English, Books of General Entries of the Colony of New York, 1664-1673, ed. Peter R. and Florence A. Christoph, 1982, p. 81). At a town meeting of 4 May 1665 under the new government, Gisbeert Tonessen was named a fence viewer, and 11 April 1671 Gysbert Teunis was recorded as Constable, then the town's highest office (BukTR/VB 10, 15). A minister sent by Governor Nicolls on 27 December 1665 preached his first sermon at the house of Giesbert Tonessen, and he appears on a 1666 tax list for the minister's salary (Ibid. 11-12).

The 1675 Bushwick assessment roll lists Gisbert Theunisse with 2 polls (probably himself and son Jacob), 28 animals (including ten sheep), and 22 morgen of land, valued at £173 (DHNY 4:142). On the 1676 assessment roll he again had 2 polls and 22 morgen, with 25 animals, valued at £182.8 (DHNY 2:482). The 1676 assessment was the fourth highest of 35 in the town.

On 14 March 1681 Ghysbert Theunis and his wife executed an agreement leaving "his son" Wouter Ghysberts their land in Bushwick, adjoining Pieter Jans Wit, Wouter agreeing to support Ghysbert "and his wife Maddeleentje, his father and mother" for life. After their deaths Wouter was to be owner of the property "without any of the other children having any interest therein." The document, recorded 6 December 1681, also calIs G’sbert's wife "Maddaline Coljer," but she signed it with her maiden name "Maddeleentje Walens" (BukTR/VB 18). The "other children" undoubtedly included her children by her first marriage, and therefore this clause cannot be used as proof that G’sbert had other children still living.

G’sbert Teunissen does not appear on the 1683 Bushwick assessment roll or the 1687 oath of allegiance, suggesting that he died sometime before these dates. There is also no further record of his wife.

The known children of G’sbert Teunissen and his first wife Aeltje Wouters were:

i. Willerntje G’sberts, bap. Barneveld 28 Aug. 1642. Although it is possible that she was named for G’sbert Teunissen's mother, who has yet to be identified, it is also possible that she was named for Willempje, the recently deceased wife of Aeltje Wouters' brother Hendrick Woutersz. Verschuer (Jbk.CBvG 1978:284). "Willemtje G’sberts, Van Barnevelt op de Veluwe," m. New Amsterdam 29 Mar. 1658 Cornelis Corneliszen from Lexmond [in South Holland] (MDC 22). Her husband was bap. in Lexmond 10 Oct. 1630, the son of Cornelis Comen Ghijsen, and became known in this country as Cornelis Comegys. By 1661 he and Willemtje had moved to Maryland, where they settled in Kent Co. In Oct. 1671 Cornelius, his wife Millimentv (also spelled Willementey in the same document), and their children Cornelius, Elizabeth, William, and Hannah petitioned for naturalization, Cornelius stating that he was "borne in Lexmont belonging to the States of Holland Millementy Comegys in Barnevelt under the Dominion of the said states" (Archives of Maryland 2:331-33). She d. before 1679, and he m. (2) Mary ___and (3) Rebecca Smith, widow, and d. 1708. For further detail see Robert G. Comegys, 'Cornelius Comegys (1630-1708): Young Man From Lexmond," De Halve Maen 61:4:6-11, 62:1:8-10 (1988-89); and Nancy M. Poeter, The Comeygs Family, Descendants of Cornelius Comegys and Willimentye Gysbert on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1630-1981, Baltimore, 1981. None of the published material on the Comegys family identifies the parents of Willemtje.

ii.Wouter G’bertsen, bap. 16 Feb. 1644.

iii. Jacob G’sbertsen, bap. not found but prob. b. by 1647 a. he appears on 1663 militia roll (next to Wouter) as noted above. He was a bap. sponsor in 1667 for Wouter's dau. Aeltje and probably is accounted for in the 1675 and 1676 Bushwick assessment rolls as the second poll in his father's household, although the 1675 Brooklyn roll shows a "Jabeck Gisbertse" with one poll, 13 animals and 8 morgen, valued at £83 (DHNY 1:482, 4:142,149). On 19 Feb. 1676 Jacob G’sbertszen and Dorothea Kallers (his brother's wife) were sponsors at the baptism of Jan, son of Thomas Passer and St’ntie Hattems, no known relation (BDC 122). No record found after 1676, and his father's 1681 agreement with Wouter may indicate that Jacob was no longer there to care for his parents, There is no evidence that Jacob married or left issue.

iv. Child, living in 1659 but not identified.

* 300 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. 1 wish to thank Mr. Otto Schutte, NYG&BS Corresponding Member for the Netherlands and former editor of De Nederlandsche Leeuw, for his assistance in interpreting some of the Dutch material used for this article.

The surname adopted by Wouter G’sbertsen is spelled in several different ways in the early New York records. In this article, except where records are being quoted, the spelling "Verschuer" has been used. This is one of the forms found in early New York and is the spelling used by some present-day branches of the same family in the Netherlands. Note that "Verschuer" is a contraction of "van der Schuer" and the longer form also appears in some sources used for this article.

In modern Dutch, the immigrant's name would be written Gijsbert Teunisz. or Thonisz., and his son Wouter Gijsbertsz. For the purposes of this article, however, G’sbert Teunissen and Wouter G’sbertsen have been used, since they are the most common forms found in the early American records of the family. The use of other spellings of these names in the text means that the name is so written or printed in the source cited.

1-The Genealogisch Repertorium indexes, by surname, genealogies of Dutch families that have appeared in publications in the Netherlands and elsewhere; THE RECORD) is among the periodicals indexed. 1st ed. (1933); 2nd ed. (2 vols., 1948, 1962); 3rd ed. (2 vols., 1972, with supplements for 1970-84 [1987] and 1985-89 [1991]).

2-C. W. Delforterie, "De afstamming van de daggelde Jan Geurtsz., die in 1826 te Amersfoort de geslachtnaam Verschuur aanneemt,'" Jaarboek van her Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie 32 (1978): 272-97.

3-Margriet had another husband, Brant van der Schuer, who must have been a cousin. Published accounts of the family (copying each other) state that Brant was her first husband, and she was his widow when she married Geurt Claesz. However, a document abstracted by Mr. Delforterie (Jbk.CBvg 1978:275) states that on 11 August 1550 Margriet was the widow of Brant van der Schueren. It refers to her children (Evert and Nicolaas [i.e., Claes] van der Schueren and their sisters), and Brant van der Schueren is called their "'liever vader' ( = stiefvader),' that is, their stepfather. Brant would be called the children's stepfather only if their mother married him after she married their own father, not before (Mr. Otto Schutte concurs in this interpretation).

4-Note that the Van Rensselaer family also had its origin in the Veluwe region, and their genealogy shows intermarriage with Schrassert as well as with van der Schuer/Verschuer (REC. 71 [1940]: 129-36, 265-71, 345-53, especially pp. 134,135,353; also The American Genealogiyt 28 [1952]: 178-88).

5-In the New York Dutch Church's marriage register, a late 17th century copy of the original, G’sbert's patronymic is given as "Toemszen," probably a misreading of the original by the copyist, Rev. Selyns. A similar misreading appears on page one of Van Buren's abstract of the Bushwick town records (infra), where subsequent references to G’sbert always call him Teunissen.

6-Provost speculated (3:20) that there must have been a son Teunis, as the family followed Dutch naming customs, and indeed there could have been such a son, but there is no evidence that he survived. The Contemporary Teunis G’sbertsen in Kings County was the ancestor of the Bogart family (KCo. 41). Margrietje Verschuer, wife of Pieter Willemszen Cornel of Flatbush, whom Eardeley (p. 217) and Seversmith (2:706) placed as a daughter of Wouter, and Mrs. John Spell (REC. 96:69-70) thought was Wouter's sister, is frequently of record in Kings County, but never in association with others of this family, nor do the names she gave her children suggest any relationship. It appears unlikely that she could have been closely related to the Bushwick Verschuers. Provost omitted her from his account of the family.


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