Mary Jo's family
|1||M||____ COERTEN was born about 1585. ____ COERTEN married UNKNOWN .|
|____ COERTEN and UNKNOWN had the following children:|
|+121||M||Harmen COERTEN (____ Coerten1) was born in 1610. He died on 26 November1689.|
|122||M||Guert COERTEN (____
about 1620 in Voorthuysen, Gelderland, Holland.
He died before June1671 in Bergen, New Jersey.
Guert married Gertje Jacobs DUNNEARS
The Courter family did purchase land in Bergen County as one of the many original landholders in NJ. From there they moved West into today Passaic and Morris County.
The first Courter descendant arrived in NY about 1641. He had no children but his brother, Harmen, came to US in 1660
see notes below
1641 Ship Passenger Lists NY & NJ 929.3747 B7915 states the following. Special conditions mentioned in contract between Wouter van Twiller engaged Gerrit Courten van Voorthuizen, 21 years old, on the 13th Nov 1641 to go to New Netherland to sow, to mow, to plow, to dig ditches and to do farm work in the Gelderland manner.
The Dutch did not use first and last names.
So Guert would have been Gerrit and he would be the son of Couerte. He was from the area of Voorthuizen in the area of Gelderland in Holland in 1641.
Looking at this record the name could have been spelled anyway the person writing the record wanted it to be written. The town/area would have probably been correct because the van Twiller company probably recruited a lot of people in the same area to come to New Netherlands to work property.
They did not go to NYC first but went to Albany, NY up the Hudson River and then came back down to NYC before 1660 and settled in Bergen County, NJ.
When Guert purchased the property around 1660 his brother Harman came to New Netherlands with his family.
The Courter mss. written by Greener 1911-1917 has lots of errors. I have tried to correct these errors with sources.
1646 This is from a copy of book without title sent to me by Elizabeth Wescott Jan 19, 1998:
"He is first mentioned on Dec. 18, 1846, when he rented with Wouter Aertsen the bouwery of Wouter vanTwiller on Mahattan Island (CDM-36)."
1647 "He married Oct 13 1647 Geertje Jacobs."
1657 "He was confirmed in his rights as a Small Burgher on ? 13, 1657, his name appearing as Gewit Coerten (RNA-VII-152) and on ? 13, 1657, he sold a house and lot in Manhattan (Valentine's Manual-595)."
1661 "In 1661, he was a resident of Communipaw (HSYB-100-32)
12 May 1668
Phillip Carteret to
1st Patent at Bergen for 7 tracts of land
1st tract begins at stake leads from roan town of English Neighborhood (easterly corner of lot #35 beloning to Adrian Post)
N75.50W32c18l to stake middle of road
N23.30E5c26l to first mentioned road to a stake
S75.50E31c to first mentioned road
along road S10.15W5c26l to beginning
2nd tract is lot #48 begins at stake (southerly corner lot of Frederick Phiipse's patent marked #47)
N56.20W29c60l to stake by road
S33W2c53l along said road to a stake
S56.20E29c90l to a stake
description that follows this deed said it was 14 X 150 rods = 3 1/2 morgens
3rd tract stake (east corner lot of Adrian Post #55)
N55W29c10l to a stake by road
N39E3c60l along said road to a stake
S54.50E29c30l to a stake
description it is a wood lot 19 X 150 rods = 4 8/? morgens. It is owned by Aaltje VanWinkle in 1764.
4th tract upland and meadow #91 stake near the road leading form town of English Neighborhood (S corner of lot of Arent Lawrence #92)
N43W32c47l to Bridge Creek
returning to stake to place of beginning
S16.05E5c60l along road to a stake
S10W8c61l along road to a stake
S51W7c95l to stake
N63W7c75l to stake
S88.20W4c87l to stake standing near small brook
N4E1c6l to stake top of hill
N9.30W1640l stake edge of of meadow
N44.20W14c53l to Bridge Creek
then up along creek several courses and until it comes to other line that strikes said creek
description E of Samuel Edsall on Creapel Bosch with meadow = 27 acres owned by Garret VanRypen and in 1764 to his son George who sold it to Garret Newkirk.
5th tract garden plot #94 NW side of town
Beginning NW side of street (S50W2c68l from stake which last stake stands 30l from E corner of Widow Van Riper's house on
1668 He became a member of the Bergen Church 8 Jul 1668, and was dismissed.
Guert Coerten had no children.
Guert is mentioned in RNA I:298; II:277 and NJ Wills, I:101 (1671).
5 Feb 1671 (NJA-XXX-558). In Guert's will he annuls testament made with his wife Geertje Jacobs Duenaers who he married on 15 Jan. 1657. because she had been unfaithful to him. He, also, annuls testament of March 24, 1664.
"In his will he mentions Pieter Hesselse, the son of his sister;
Thomas Jurianses, oldest son of Ryckje Hermans (his niece);
Henricksen Smack, oldest son of Guertje Harmens, his brother's daughter Jan Harmensen, his brother's son;
and makes his universal heir his brother Harem Coerten."
The article continues with information about him in later dates even though will probate stated he died bef 1671.
There is a conflict in dates of marriage that should be checked.
Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. II 1730-1750. Part II
Name: Guert Coerten
Date: 05 Feb 1671
Location: from Voorthuysen in Guelderlant, now living at Bergen
Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. II 1730-1750. Part II
will of (in Dutch). Made before Claes Arentsen Toers, constable of Bergen. Annuls testament made with his wife Geertje Jacobs Dueunaers January 15, 1657, because she has been unfaithful; also testament of March 24, 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 Harmensen, brother's son, Christyntje Claes, dau. of Claes Christiansen, universal heir brother Harmen Coerten.
DUNNEARS. Gertje was born on 15 January 1657 in New York, Manhattan,
Harmen COERTEN (____
was born in 1610 in Voorthuysen, Gelderland, Holland. He
died on 26 November1689 in Bergen, New Jersey.
Harmen, came to US in 1660
married (1) Aertje GERRITS about 1650.
Harmen married (2) unknown about 1630.
Yearbook of the Holland Society of New York: 1902.
List of Passengers, 1654 To 1664
Source: From New York Colonial Mss., Vol. 14, PP. 83-123
Date: 12 Feb 1659
Ship: "De Trouw*" (The Faith), Captain Jan Jansen Bestevaer
Name: Harmen Coerten
Comment: from Voorhuysen, wife and five children, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 17 years old
1659 He arrived in New Amsterdam from Voorthuysen in Gelderland on the ship "De Trouw" (The Faith) on the 12 Feb 1659. He had five children with him aged 17, 9, 8, 6, 5 according to the Holland Society Year Book for 1902, p. 9. The Captain of the ship was Jan Jansen Bestavaar. He settled in Utrecht (K-66). Later he moved to Bergen.
1664 Documents of the Colonial History of NY, Vol. 2 pp. 480-481 shows he was a resident of New Utreht part of Brooklyn, NY on 14 Feb 1664. "In a declaration made at New Utrecht 14 Feb 1664 at the request of the Sheriff of Midwout and Schepens of the Village of New Utrecht, respecting the Violent Conduct of John Schot. Harmen Coerten is described as aged 54 years." (DCHNY-II-480)
The information here is from Paul Courter
Harmen was at the British take over of New Amsterdam:
RESPECTING THE VIOLENT
CONDUCT OF JOHN SCHOT
BEFORE ME, PELGROM CLOCQ, BY THE RIGHT HONABLE DIRECTOR- GENERAL AND COUNCIL ADMITTED A NOTARY PUBLIC RESIDING IN THE VILLAGE OF MIDOUT, IN NEW NETHERLAND, AND THE UNDERNAMED WITNESSES, APPEARED JACOB HELLAKENS, AGED 52 YEARS, CRISTIAEN
ANTHONYS, AGED 42 YEARS, JAN VAN DEVENTER, AGED 35 YEARS, THEUMIS IDEND, A SINGLE MAN, AGED 25 YEARS, HARMEN COERTEN, AGED 54 YEARS, ADRIAEN WILLEMSEN, AGED 27 YEARS, JAN VAN CLEEFT, AGED 36 YEARS, AND TREYNTJE CLASS, A PREGNANT WOMAN. AGE 46 YEARS, WIFE
OF RUT JOOSTEN, ALL INHABITANTS OF THE VILLAGE OF NEW UTRECHT, WHO HEREBY DECLARE AND TESTIFY, ON THIER TROTH, IN FAVOR AND FOR THE ENDS OF JUSTICE, ON THE REQUISITION AND AT THE REQUEST OF MR. ADRIAEN HEGEMAN, SHERIFF OF THE VILLAGE OF MIDOUT, ECT., BY AND IN THE PRESENCE OF MR. BALTASAR DE VOS AND FRANCIS DE BRUYN, AT PRESENT SCHEPENS OF THE VILLAGE OF NEW UTRECHT HERE, THAT IT IS
TRUE AND TRUTHFUL THAT ON SATURDAY, THE 12TH OF JANUARY LAST, JOHN SCHOT, CAPTAIN OF A TROOP OF HORSE AND FOOT, CAME TO THEIR VILLAGE, MAKING GREAT NOISE. THE AFORE-SAID JOHN SCHOT, STANDING ON THE BLOCK-HOUSE, SPOKE IN ENGLISH, BUT ALL THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ARYEN WILLEMSE COULD UNDERSTAND WAS JOHN SCHOT SAYING: THIS COUNTRY AND ALL AMERICA FROM VIRGINIA UNTO BOSTON, BELONG TO KING CHARLES. THE ABOVE NAMES DEPONENTS ALSO JOINTLY DECLARE THAT JOHN
SCHOT WENT INTO THE BLOCK-HOUSE AND EXAMINED THE LITTLE CANNON WHICH HE UPSET WITH THE CARRIAGE. AND HIS MEN, HAVING AFTERWARDS REPLACED IT, BY HIS ORDER, SETTING IT IN THE KINGS'S NAME, IN ANOTHER PORT-HOLE OF THE BLOCK-HOUSE, WHICH HE CALLED THE KING'S PORT, THEY FIRED A SALUTE ON THIS OCCASION.
JACOB HELLAECKENS FUTHER DECLARES ALONE, THAT JOHN SCHOT CAME TO HIM, AND UNDERSTANDING THAT HE, DEPONENT, WAS A MAGISTRATE, ENQUIRED IF HE WILL SUBMIT TO THE KING'S AUTHORITY AT PRESENT?
WHERE-UNTO THE DEPONENT ANSWERED: THE KING IS OUR FRIEND ALREADY, FOR WE ARE NOT AT WAR; BUT I REMAIN UNDER THE LORD TO WHOM I HAVE SWORN ALLEGIANCE. THEN JOHN SCHOT SPOKE: AS YOU WILL NOT CONSENT,
THEN YOU MAY SEE WHAT WILL COME OF IT.
JAN VAN CLEEF DECLARES, IN COMMON WITH ALL THE DEPONENTS EXCEPT TREYNTIE AFORESAID, THAT JOHN SCHOT SAID: YE SHALL NOT ANY LONGER LOOK UPON PIETER STUYVESANT YOUR GOVERNOR, BUT ONLY AS A PRIVATE MAN, FOR HE IS A GENERAL NO MORE; HE, JOHN SCHOT,
FORBIDDING THEM, THE DEPONENTS, TO GIVE HIM ANY PROPERTY OR MAKE HIM ANY PAYMENT; AND (IF THEY MUST GIVE OR HAD GIVEN ANY, THAT HE, JOHN SCHOT,) WOULD INSIST TO PIETER STUYVESANT FOR IT AND
CONSTRAIN HIM THEREUNTO BY THE SWORD.
TREYNTIE CLAES, WIFE OF RUT JOOSTEN, DECLARES THAT WHILST IN HER HOUSE AN ENGLISHMAN OF GREAT FLATT, A SMITH, CAME ALONG MAKING CONSIDERABLE NOISE AND UPROAR, INQUIRING FOR MATTHUS PICSTAERT, THREATENING TO RUN HER THROUGH WITH A SWORD WHICH HE HELD IN HIS HAND CLEAR OUT OF THE SCABBARD, AND POINTED THREE
DIFFERENT TIMES AT HER, THE DEPONENT'S BREAST, CALLING OUT, WHERE IS THE MAN? SO THAT, EVENTUALLY, ALL THE ENGLISHMEN CAME INTO HER HOUSE AND STILLED THE FURY; SHE, THE DEPONENT, BEING IN GREAT DREAD AND TROUBLE.
FURTHER DEPONENTS SAY NOT, BUT ARE WILLING TO CONFIRM BY OATH, IF NEEDS BE, ALL THE AFORESAID. THRU DONE AND EXECUTED IN THE VILLAGE OF NEW UTRECHT ABOVEMENTIONED, ON THE 14TH FEBRUARY 1664,
IN THE PRESENCE OF ME BALTASAR DE VOS AND FRANCOYS DE BRUYN. SCHEPEND, AS WITNESSES, WHO HAVE SIGNED THE ORIGINAL MINUTE REMAINING WITH ME, THE NOTORY, AS WELL AS THIS COPY.
ARIAEN WILLEMS HIS MARK
HARMEN COERTEN HIS MARK
TREYNTIE CLAES HER MARK
JAN CLEEF HIS MARK
CHRISTIAEN ANTONIS HIS MARK
JAN VAN DEVENTER,
FRANCOIS DE BRUYNE. 12
end of Paul Courter info
1665 Harmen Coerten took the oath of allegiance in the Town of Bergen on 22 Nov. 1665. (History of Hudson County, NJ by Charles H. Winfield, p. 103).
On p. 83 History of Land Titles in Hudson County he is listed as owning property next to Guert Coerten, his brother.
1671 In the NJ Colonial Documents p 146 he is listed as the universal heir of his brother Guert Coerten on the will dated 5 Feb 1671 and recorded 1 June 1671.
1677 In the year 1677 he was a witness of a child born to Pieter Hesselse and Elysabet Gerrits according to the Bergen Reformed Church written in the Holland Society Year Book, 1976 p. 24.
1689 His death is recorded in Death and Membership Record, Bergen, NJ (Holland Soc. Yearbook, 1915, p 105).
|1211||F||Aertje GERRITS was the daughter of Gerrits GERRITS. Aertje died on 2 December1684 in Bergen, New Jersey. She was buried on 2 December 1684 in Bergen, New Jersey.|
born in 1641. He died before 1696.
|1213||F||Gysbertje COERTEN (Harmen
born in 1642 in Gerder. Gelderland, Holland. She died before 1679.
Gysbertje married Arent Leonartszen DEGRAUW on 30 January 1660 in New York, New York.
Leonartszen DEGRAUW. Arent was born about 1642 in
Neeltje married Johannes Magielse MASKER on 23 July 1670 in Bergen, New Jersey.
|12141||M||Johannes Magielse MASKER|
|1215||F||Reyckje COERTEN (Harmen
|1216||F||Guertje COERTEN (Harmen
Coertenn1) was born
about 1655. She died in 1708.
married HESSELSE .
Hesselse had the following children:
|1232||M||Pieter HESSELSE .
(____ Coerten2, ____ Coertenn1)
Main Source: Judith Courter Ullman
Compiled by Karen Miller
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