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THE ALBERTI LINE




ALBERTI LINE - FIRST GENERATION

ANDREA ALBERTI

Born. 1578 in Venice Italy
Died:

Parents:

Married: Lady Veronica Cremona in 1604.

Note: He was Secretary of Treasury of the Ducal Palace in Venice. He came from the House of Alberti, who were among the wealthiest Florentine Merchants....Bankers from the 14th century, and Treasurers of the Pope for over 400 years.

Children:

1. PIETRO (PETER) CAESARO ALBERTI (see below)






ALBERTI LINE - SECOND GENERATION

PIETRO (PETER) CAESARO ALBERTI

Born: 2 Jun 1608, baptised 10 Jun 1608 at San Luca Church in Venice.
Died: 9 Nov 1655

He landed in New Amsterdam on 30 May 1635. Peter and wife, Judith, were both killed in an indian raid on Nov 9, 1655.

Parents: Andrea Alberti - Lady Veronica Cremona

Married: Judith Jans Manje on 24 Aug 1642 in the New Amsterdam Dutch Reformed Church.

Children:

1. JAN (JOHN) 1643-1691 (See below)

2. Marles (Martha) 1645-

3. Aert (Art) 14 Apr 1647-1690 m. Elizabeth May or Way

4. Marie 27 Jun 1649, m. Jan Bandt

5. Francynte 2 Apr 1651-1653

6. Willem (William) 31 Mar 1652, m. Mehitable _____

7. Francynte 3 May 1654, m. John Allourgen






ALBURTIS LINE - THIRD GENERATION

JAN (JOHN) ALBURTIS

Born: 31 Aug 1643, baptised 30 Sep 1643
Died: 1 Apr 1691

Parents: Pietro Alberti - Judith Jans Manje

Married: Elizabeth Scudder b. 1648 London, Eng., baptised 18 Mar 1650 at Salem, MA. Father was John Scudder and mother was Mary King.

Children:

1. William b. 1666, m. Elizabeth VanderVoort

2. JAN b. 1668, m. Sarah Ellison (See below)

3. Samuel b. 1670 d. 14 Oct 1752

4. Elizabeth b. 1672 m. John Stewart

5. Mehitabel b. 1675 m. step-brother, James Lawrence

6. Deliverance b. 1677, m Mr. Graves

Note: After the death of Jan Alburtis, his wife Elizabeth wed William Lawrence. Jan and Elizabeth's daughter, Mehitabel wed the son of her step-father.





ALBURTIS LINE - FOURTH GENERATION

JAN ALBURTIS

Born: 1668 in Newton, Long Island, NY.
Died: 1709 in New Jersey

Parents: Jan Alburtis - Elizabeth Scudder

Married: Sarah Ellison in 1696. She b. 1671 in Mansfield, Burlington Co NJ., dau of Richard Ellison and Alice Lawrence. Jan Alburtis died when he was 41 yrs old. He made his will just before his death, in which he mentions his wife and four children and an "expected child". No record of this child has been found.

Children:

1. John Alburtis b. 1698 at Newton, Long Island, NY

2. Richard Burtis b. 1700 d. 1767 m. Ann Bullock

3. MARET (MARTHA OR MARY) BURTIS B. 1703 (SEE BELOW)

4. Sarah Burtis b. 1705 m. Hugh Wilcox

5. "Expected child" b. 1709

After Jan's death in 1709, wife, Sarah married Silvester Connolly and became a Quaker as did her daughter, Mary. Mary's uncle, William opposed the Quakers, so there was probably family strife.



BURTIS LINE - FIFTH GENERATION

MARY BURTIS

Born: 1703
Died: 1798, Berkley Co WV, age 95

Parents: Jan Alburtis - Sarah Ellison

Married: Robert Worthington on 31 Jul 1729 .

It is believed she was born in NJ, also the place of her wedding. Mary and Robert had children Martha and Robert, and possibly others. See the Worthington line for childen and descendants.



Line of Descent:

ANDREA ALBERTI, PETER ALBERTI, JOHN ALBURTIS, JOHN (JAN) ALBURTIS, MARY BURTIS, MARTHA WORTHINGTON, ENOCH PEARSON, SAMUEL PEARSON, MARY PEARSON, JOHN MACY, LORETTA MACY, JAMES PARISHO, WAYNE PARISHO, SUSANNE PARISHO





NOTE: In an old (1960) Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia I found the Alberti family mentioned which am positive is kin to our Andrea Alberti.......

LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI 1404-72. Italian architect and writer, born in Venice. He received the best education available at first the school of Barsizia at Padua, then at the University of Bologna. He thoroughly mastered Greek, besides becoming proficient in math and natural sciences. He was also a poet and a philosopher, and he ranked as one of the first organists of his day.

In 1432, Alberti was appointed papal secretary by Pope Eugenius IV. He was secretary to six popes. Under Pope Nicholas V he was in charge of the projects for rebuilding St Peter's and the Vatican. Alberti's buildings rank among the best architecture of the Renaissance, he was a theorist rather than a practical architect. Alberti had a number of pupils and associates, who carried out his plans for the facade of Santa Maria Novella and the Rucellia Palace (1446-51) both in Florence, and other famous buildings.

Note: Mentioned in the research on our Alberti line was the fact that this family were treasurers to the pope for 400 years. The above Alberti also held this position. Leon lived 174 years prior to our Andrea, but in the same location, so most probable was one of his ancestors.



THE ALBERTI FAMILY

Information by Dr. Harry Burtis Neilsen, of Connecticut: The first "Burtis" to arrive in America was Pietro Caesaro Alberti, a native of Malamocco, Venice, Italy. He was the first of the Italian race to settle in North America. He was the son of Andrea Alberti, Secretary of the Ducal Treasury of Venice, and Lady Veronica Cremona. Andrea Alberti was of the House of Alberti, who were among the wealthiest Florentine Merchants - Bankers from the 14th century, and Treasurers of the Pope for 400 years.

Pietro left Venice to escape religious persecution (he apparently was involved thw the Calvinistic Movement.) He went to Holland and sailed from there on the ship De Coninch David (King David). On May 30, 1635, he landed in New Amsterdam. In 1639, he built a mansion and tobacco plantation at Wallabout. This plantation was later the site of the Brooklyn Navy yard.

On August 24, 1642, Pietro married Judith Jans Manje, a daughter of Jan and Martha (Chambert) Manje. Jan was a leading citizen and a well-to-do landowner. Pietro and Judith had seven children in the next twelve years. They were both killed by Indians in 1655. The Dutch latinized Pietro's name to Peter Alburtus in the records (which also refer to him as Peter Italian, Caesar Alburtus, or Pieter Mallenook.)

Fifteen years after the deaths of the parents, the records show that the daughters had married and the sons had moved to Moopit Kills where the English living there anglicized their Dutch given names: Jan to John, Aert to Arthur, and Willem to William. The change from Alburtis was gradual, with members of the same family using Albertus, Alburtis, and Burtis. About the 4th generation, "Burtis" was generally used except for one branch that still uses Alburtis, and one family, Albertis. "Burtis" is an American name and ALL with the name Burtis or Alburtis are descended from Pietro. Many years ago, the city of Venice, Italy donated a bronze plaque to New York City honoring Pietro, the "First Italian-American" and every year the Italian-American Historical Society has a celebration in his honor. Three or four years ago, the plaque was dug out of the concrete and stolen.



NEW YORK'S FIRST ITALIAN

Peter Caesar Alberti:
(Pietro Cesare Alberti) landed New Amsterdam 2 Jun 1635

(From the Records of the Italian Historical Society of America, 26 Court Street, Brooklyn and the Long Island Historical Society)

Among the great Italian navigators and explorers (Marco Polo, Christoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus), Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), Sebastiano Caboto Amerigo VesPucci and Giovanni Verrazano (1524), figures another name, that of Pietro Cesare Alberti, who arrived in New Netherlands on 2 Jun 1635, and became the First Italian Settler in New York State. (And America.)

Pietro Cesare Alberti, it is told, was the son of Andrea Alberti, Secretary of the Treasury of Venice and Lady Veronica; and was baptized on 20 Jun 1608 in the Parish Church of San Luca in Venice.

As aide to Captain David Pietersen of the dutch ship "King David", sailing from Texel, Holland (now a small island off Northern Holland and then a booming port of the Dutch West India Company), Peter Caesar Alberti was the only Italian crewmember aboard. It is thought that the young Italian nobleman had formed associates with Dutch troops then stationed on Malamocco, an island off Venice. Between 1609 and 1632, there was a commercial understanding between the two maritime nations of Venice and the United Netherlands, whereby Dutch troops were employed by the Signory. Having negotiated an officer's rank for himself aboard a foreign flagship, Alberti sailed for the New World on 10 Jul 1634.

When the "King David" landed in New Amsterdamon 2 Jun 1635, Peter Caesar Alberti was ready to leave the ship, as there had been a dispute between himself and the Captain regarding wages. Before reaching New Netherlands, the ship had voyaged down the West Coast of Africa past the mouth of the Congo, across the Atlantic to Brazil, to Cayenne, Guiana, to the West Indies and then to Virginia. The Captain had threatened to land Alberti in Cayenne, Guiana,but Alberti hung on until the final port of New Amsterdam, where he promptly left the ship. Alberti is said to have sued the Captain and finally reclaimed part of his unpaid wages.

Needless to say, Pietro Cesare Alberti was the only Italian in the city of New Amsterdam His name became quite mangled by the Dutch Scribes. On the public records he acquired several orthographic mutilations, which account for the varied spellings of ALBERTI today. He was styled as: Cicero Piere, Cicero Alberto, Peter the Italian, Caesar Albertus, Pieter Mallenmook, etc. In the course of several generations, his descendants were generally called by the surname Albertus, finally Burtus and Burtis, which was finally Anglocized to Albertis, thus retaining the original Italian name Alberti.

By 1639, four years after his arrival, Peter Caesar had contacted a Pieter Montfoort, a large tobacco landowner, with whom he negotiated for a portion of the former's land. This was at Wallabout, on Long Island, within the present city limits of Brooklyn. Four years later Alberti secured a deed of ownership for the land from the Director General and Council of New Amsterdam then the legal government. In 1647 more land was granted by the Dutch West India Company. With this land and a patent for an adjacent piece of land, in 1647 Alberti owned the equivalent of a 100 acre farm, today an area from the Fort-Green section of Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

On 24 Aug 1642, Peter Caesar Alberti married Judith Manje, also spelled Magnee, (also recorded as Jans) daughter of Jean Magnee and Martha Chambert, both originally Walloons from Flanders and influential Dutch settlers. The bridegroom Alberti then inherited a large home alongside a canal which ran through the present Broad Street in Manhattan.

In 1646, the Alberti-Manje family abandoned their home on Broad Street and moved to Alberti's plantation property on Long Island. Seven children were born to them between the years of 1643 and 1654. One died as an infant, but the other six were still alive when both Peter Caesar and his wife Judith were killed in an Indian raid in 1655.

The Dutch authorities took charge of the six living children, appointed a guardian, and made a favorable lease of the plantation on Long Island. The records show that all of the children married. In 1695, two of the sons, Jan and Willem, sold the Alberti Plantation, and the land started the slow passing of hands down through the centuries.

It is well established that Peter Caesar Alberti was the first Italian settler in New York state and the first Italian family to throw in his lot with the infant colonies that were to become the United States of America, together with many Italians who have come to this country since that time.





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