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4535. Sarah Bradbury

Birth date seen as both 26 FEB 1661 and 26 FEB 1662.
Death date seen as both 5 MAR 1709 and 5 MAR 1708.


4576. Jacob Hales

SOURCES_MISC: Parish records of East malling, Yalding, Frinstead, and Boxley by correspondence; Research done by Raymond E. Stokes, record agent of Cobbam, Kent, England for the Hales Genealogical society, Kenneth Glyn Hales, sec.


4582. James Knight

Md. 28 Sep 1701, Stockbury, Kent, England


4614. John Seals

Emigrated to America in 1638. He farmed on Manhattan Island, on the present Canal Street extending along the river to Charlton St.Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Somerset, NJ page 226.

Will of John Seals (146C) In the yeaar of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one thousand six hundred and forty-five, on the seventeenth ofApril, before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, Appeared Jan Celes, [ 1 ] who, being wounded and lying sick abed, but of sound memory and understanding,declared in the presence of the undersigned witnesses that he,reflecting on the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour therefore and wishing therefore to anticipate all such uncertainty of death by testamentary disposition, commends his soul after his death into the hands of the Almighty God and his body to a christian burial. Proceeding then to the disposal ofhis goods and effects, he declares it to be his last will that after his death Tonis Nysen, his brother-in-law [ 2 ] shallfirst take out of the estate the just half of all the goods and effects which he shall leave behind. The other half, his wife, Marritjen Robbers, shall take to herself and have the use of until she remarry or die, provided that in case she remarry,the property may not be used up, diminished or alienated by her husband or herself, but she shall be entitled only to have the use of the income thereof during her life, the principal remaining intact and reverting after her death[ 3 ] to Tonis Nysen or his children or heirs, without said Marritjen Robberts'relatives being allowed to take possession of the afore said property; only, she shall then have power to leave by will two hundred guilders out of the said estate to whoever she pleases. He Jan Celes, requests in the presence of all these bystandersthat this, being his last will, may take effect after his death before all lords, courts, tribunals and judges. Done the dayand year above written. This is the signature of Jan S JOHNSeles made by himself Thomas Hall This is the X mark of Cosyn Gerritsz This is the X mark of Hendrick Pitersz Abraham Watson This is the X Mark of Jeurien Feratel Acknowledged before me Cornelis van Tienhoven, Secretary

[1] John Seals [2] Swager: which may mean son-in-law as well as brother-in-law [3] The words "Provided that in case she remarry...after herdeath" are written in the margin, to take the place of "in case she marry, she, Marritjen, shall restore all the property, of which an inventory is to be made, to Tonis Nysen or his children, except two hundren guilders, which she may keep for her benefit, and in case she does not marry, the property..."which words are canceled SOURCE: New York Historical Manuscripts. Dutch" Vol II pg.311-313


NYHM:D vol IV pg. 30 On Thursday, being the 25th of November anno 1638, CornelisLambertsen Cool, plaintiff, vs. Jan Celes, defendant. Theplaintiff damands reparation of the damage which the defendant's hogs have caused the plaintiff. parties areordered to settle with each other and each to keep his hogspenned in.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 53 pedro Negretto, Plaintiff, vs. Jan Celes, defendant. Plaintiffdemands payment for the trouble he has taken in tending thedefendant's hogs. The defendant is condemned to pay theplaintiff 2 schepels of maize

NYHM:D vol IV pg. 85 Symon Pos, plaintiff, vs. Jan Celes, defendant. Plaintiffdemands payment for 24 quarts of peas which he delivered to thedefendant on account against the crop, or at the discretion ofthe defendant. The defendant having admitted the claim, he iscondemned to pay the plaintiff fl.5.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 136 On the 20th of March anno 1642--Cornelio vander Hyokens, fiscal,plaintiff, vs. Jan Seles, defendant. PLaintiff charges thedefendant with having shot other people's hogs in the woods,maintaining that this causes great loss to the inhabitants andproving the truth of the accusabtion by depostitions. Thefiscal is ordered to have the witnesses personally appearbefore us in order to confirm their depositions by oath.Meanwhile the def. shall reamin in custody, unless he furnishbail for his appearance before he leaves the Fort. Tomas Halbecomes bail for Jan Celes to appear a week from today.

NYHM:D vol IV pg. 137 on the 27th of March anno 1642--Cornelio vander Hoykens, fiscal,plaintiff, vs, Jan Celes, defendant, for shooting hogs accordingto the depositions. The defendant admits having shot a hogwhich was not his in the mouth, being white, which hog he sayshe gave to the planters of Dirch the Noorman. Hendrick de Boersays that he does not know that it was another man's hog whichwas shot. Ordered that the fiscal shall cause the planters ofDirch the Noormen to appear on the next court day to be thenpersonally examined.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 143 on the 10th of April, 1642--Cornelio vander Hoykens, fiscal,plaintiff, vs Jan Celes, def., in regard to the shooting of ahog. The court having seen the complaint of the fiscal andthe depositions connected therewith, the case is adjourneduntil a week from today, when judgment will be pronounced,according to which the defendant will have to govern himself.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 145 Cornelio vander Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan celes, def.for shooting hogs belonging to other people. Plaintiff asksand demands that the def. be punished, as by the shooting ofhogs many inhabitants might suffer damage, so that it isnecessary to make timely provision against this. having seenthe complaint and conclusions of the fiscal and the depositionswhereby it appears clearly that Jan Celes has shot hogs andgiven them away, which cannot be tolerated, as thereby manypeople might suffer loss, we therefore condemn, as we do herebycondemn, the aforesaid jan Celes to pay for the hog whichbelonged to Everardus Bogardus, minister, so much as refereesshall juddge it to have been worth at the time it was killed;and as such as he shall gave to pay to Everardus Bogardus thefiscal shall receive by way of fine. Furthermore, he is to paythe costs of the trial

NYHM:D vol IV pg. 148--19th June 1642--Richert Brudnil,plaintiff, vs. Jan Celes. First default.

NYHM:D vol IV pg. 154--30 Jul 1642--Ritchert Brudnil, plaintiff,vs. Jan Celes, def. for slander, Case dissmissed and Jan Celescondemned to pay the costs.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 184 19 Feb 1643- Jan Celes, plaintiff, vs. Raeff Cardel, def. Theplaintiff demands payment for 200 Ls of tobacco loaned to thedefendant in the year 1641 and to be paid for at 10 stivers apound. the def. admits having borrowed 200L of tobacco fromplaintiff and promised to deliver 200 lbs to the plaintiff inreturn, without any price being stipulated. ...
NYHM:Dvol IV pg 199--2 Jul 1643--Eduwart Griffis, plaintiff, vs. JanCeles, def. for fl. 187 and a pair of shoes earned by theplaintiff in working for the defendant. The defandant promisesto pay wit;hin two months, The defendant is condemned to paywithin six or eight weeks.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 208-209--26 Nov 1643--The fiscal, plaintiff,vs. old Jan Selis, for having chased and wounded cattle,especially little Manuel's cow. Jan Selis is condemned to paythe owner for the damage which was done to the animal and isforbidden on pain of banishment to injure any persons or cattleand is condemned to pay a fine of fl.25 to the fiscal andcosts.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 284 21 Sept 1645--Tonis Nyssen, plaintiff, vs. Ambrosius Lonnen,def. for payment of fl 50. Plaintiff not being able to provethat fl50 are still due to him as heir of Jan Celes. thedefendant declares on oatth that he does not owe anything toJan Celes, deceased. Therefore, the def. is released from theplaintiff's demand.
NYHM:D vol IV pg. 301--1 Mar 1646--Teunes Nysen, plaintiff, vs.Jeuriaen Fradell, for payment of the debt which his wife owedto JAN CELES, deceased...

NYHM:D vol IV pg. 334--2 Aug 1646--Ambrosius Lonnen, plaintiff,vs. Tonis Nysen, heir of Jan Celes, def. for payment of 14 gl.ordered that plaintiff shall prove witnesses or in writing theJan Celes owed him for 14 gl.
NYHM:D land Papers pg. 58--GG 208 patent to TonisNysen...plantatiion located on the island of Manhattan formerlycultivated by Jan Celes, deceased...3 Apr 1647

The following may or may not refer to the John Seals above.

Came to New Netherlands from Massachusetts in 1638. He farmed on Manhattan Island, on the present Cansl Street, extending along the river to Charlton Street. John Seales was from Little Waldingfield Suffolk accordinf to the author, Gwen F. Epperson of 3349 South 350 Street, West Bountiful, Utah 84010 >from parish register of Little Waldingfield Suffolk Charleston Massachusetts Town records Vo. 2 1629-1661compiled by John Green reveal info on the lafe of John Sales-the year should read 1630 apparently. marriages of John and daughters Phoebe and Sarah--names all spelled Sales. In 1632John Sales was "openly' punished for stealing corn from his neighbors during a time of "great want".[likely means whipped in public] 1 Apr 1633 John Sayles(sic) convicted of taking fsh and corn from neighbors, also clapboards, was whipped and bound as a servant for a servant for 3 years (until 1647) and his dau Phebe (sic) bound with Mr. C. for 14 yrs. (until 1647) and she is to receive a calf at the end of her period of being bound. (Phoebe was only 7 yrs at the time!!!!) 4 Mar 1633-34:"John Sales (ordered by the court) shall be severely whipt(sic) for running away from his maister, M. Coxeall" Another account says John Seals ran to to the indians but came home again on 30 Jan 1634/5 died of the pox. 6 June 1637: "Phebe Seals free from Jn. Cogshall" There is an account of "John Coggeall of Boston" saying that "said girle hath proved over burthensome to him". John C. thus gave her (Phoebe) to John Levis of Roxberry to be kept. The courts then set down an order for "disposing of the said Phebe" After this date above there is no mention of John or Phebe in Mass. In 1638 John Sales surfaces in New Netherland. Apparently there were a number of runaways fleeing to the more liberal Dutch settlements, from the Puritans in Mass - remember this was during witchcraft fever building!!! The mention of John is Jan Celes (Seals, Seals) an Englishman, received a lease ...about this time (1638) to occupy a plantation lying north of the later Rutgers Swamp....this land became vert well known as 'Old Jan's land' " Remember that we had a note referring to to Jan Damen as "Old Jan"??? Well, here is the mystery solved - Old Jan was Jan Celes!!!!! It goes on..."after Old Jan's death, Tonis Nyssen received a grant of the tract on 3 Apr 1647" Source: Richard Cline Mar 1998


4640. Pieter Claesen (Nicholas) Wyckoff

Pieter Claessen Wyckoff

From the Wyckoff Family in America, vol. 1, Third Edition Page iii, Introduction

Pieter Claesen, founder of the Wyckoff Family in America, came to Fort Orange, Province of New Netherland, 7 April 1637, on the ship Rensselaerswick. In the log of that ship is the following: This ship sailed from Amsterdam, Holland, 25 Sept. 1636, anchored off the seaport, the Texel, 8 Oct. 1636, reached New Amsterdam, New Netherland, 4 March 1637, and Tuesday 7 April, 1637, about three o'clock in the morning we came to anchor before Foort Aeranien, the end of our journey upward.

The Rensselaerswick was outfitted by Killian Van Rensselaer, a diamond merchant of Amsterdam, who had a speculative contract with the West India company for the grant of a large body of land near the headwaters of the Hudson River, under which he was required to transport men and animals to the new country. There is no complete list of the passengers on this ship, but among those named are Pieter Cornelissen from Monnickendam, north Holland; Pieter Claesen Van Norden, and Simon Walischez. These three did not remain in New Amsterdam, but went on to Fort Orange. Here Pieter Cornelissen became prominent in the affairs of the colony. He may have been an uncle of Pieter Claesen, although the two are not mentioned together in the records of the Van Rensselaer estate.

These records show that Pieter Claesen was one of the thirty-eight laborers sent on the Rensselaerswick to be assigned to various farmers on the Rensselaer estate, and that under the date 3 April 1637, he was assigned to Simon Walischez. According to a scorched fragment of the records of the estate, saved from a fire in the State Library at Albany in 1911, he was to receive 50 guilders for the last three years. About the time when the contract matured, Simon Walischez' lease was canceled on the grounds that he was an unsatisfactory tenant and the final settlement was made by the Van Rensselaer Estate.
[See Hoppin, WASHINGTON ANCESTRY AND FORTY OTHER FAMILIES, Vol. III, page 103.]

According to the report, Pieter Claesen was 18 years old when he made his settlement with the van Rensselaer estate. Soon after this he rented a farm for himself and married Grietje van Ness, the daughter of a prominent citizen of the colony. Their two eldest children were born in Rensselaerswick, but the church in which were kept the records of their birth and the marriage of their parents was burned and the records destroyed. With his wife and two children he went to New Amsterdam in 1649. Here he remained until 1655, when he signed a contract 'to superintend the bowery and cattle of Peter Stuyvesant in New Amersfoort" and moved into the house on
Canarsie Lane in Flatlands, Brooklyn, now known as the Wyckoff Homestead.

Pieter Claesen prospered and became one of the most influential citizens of the little frontier settlement. He had bought land in that section in 1652 and continued to buy land from time to time, but he never owned the house in which he lived. He became a local judge, something like our justice of the peace, and was influential in establishing the Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church at the juncture of Flatbush Avenue and King's Highway. His remains are said to have been buried in land now covered by the altar of this church. The Wyckoff Association in America, on 22 May 1938, planted a tree in the churchyard of this edifice in memory of Pieter Claesen and his descendants. On 26 May 1940, the same Association unveiled a bronze tablet inside the church, suitably inscribed in honor of Pieter Claesen. !Peiter Claesen and his wife, Grietje van Ness, had eleven children, six boys and five girls, all of whom married and had families. The Wyckoff family had a high standing in the Dutch colony, as is shown by the families into which they married. All were families of importance.

A weather beaten old house on Clarendon Road near Ralph Avenue is in reality the oldest house in Kings county, located in "The first White Settlement on Long Island." The area in which it is located was first called Keskachauge by the Indians, Amersfoort by the Dutch, and Flatlands by the English.
!Brooklyn is made up of six Old Towns--five Dutch and one English. The beginning and development of five of these Old Towns is easily traceable through the historic records in the office of the Clerk of Kings County. the one Old Town which has puzzled legal minds and title searchers from the earliest days is the Dutch settlement of Amersfoort.

All the land in Amersfoort was sold by the Great Chief of the Canarsies, Penhawitz, and his associate, the Sachem Kakapeteyno, to the Dutch Governor Wouter Van Twiller, Jacques Van Corlear, Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritsen Van Couwenhoven. This land transaction was a private sale to the individuals named in the sale. There were n o restrictions on such sales on the date of June 12, 1636, as the land was outside the boundaries of Manhattan Island.

It is no wonder that as soon as Van Twiller purchased the bowery at Amersfoort, where thre was no such problem as forests, or non-productive lands, but rich, tillable soil already available, he immediately established the farm and the tobacco
plantation.

This sale, however, caused quite a commotion in the old land and the results of it were felt for more than a century. The West India Company, as soon as it had recovered from the shock, in 1640 bought up all the remaining lands belonging to the Indians.

The litigation which followed the recall of Van Twiller lasted for many years. The Dutch West India Company pared no expense in developing the 5 other Towns. Amersfoort was treated as a "stepchild" in the Colony's family. as a matter of fact no Dutch Charter was ever written for Amersfoort because of the litigation over this private land purchase. Three years after the English took possession in 1664, Governor Nicolls issued the First Charter to Flatlands. Amongst those listed in that Charter we find the name of Peter Claesen who already had acquired the title Wyckoff (Magistrate) which name the family has been better known by to the present time.

There is more than one reason for much of the confusion which occurred later. A vast amount of litigation regarding the property followed. Had not the unfortunate burning of the original book, Number One, of the records of this community taken place, greater light might have been had on the early events.

There is no question as to the year in which Van Twiller acquired the property in Amersfoort. The following year he was removed from office. This fact is well known. In the same year, by a strange coincidence, the boy who would one day leave an indelible imprint upon the Van Twiller Bouwerie sailed to the newly established Colony of New Netherlands. Peter Claesen at the age of 12, eventually landed at Fort Orange near Albany, and began to discharge his contract to Killian Van
Rensselaer. Before the contract ended, Peter married and began raising his family. At the earliest opportunity he took his wife, children and all his belongings, in 1649, to Manhattan. Despite the difficulties of life in Amersfoort because of its land entanglements, Peter bravely moved into the troubled area, and before long became a factor in the community. He soon established himself, after several others had preceded him, in the Van Twiller holdings. We find "The Contract to
Superintend the Bowery and Cattle of Director Stuyvesant at Amersfoort," bears the date of July 10, 1655. It is apparent that Claesen was then in possession.

The possession of the old house and farm on Canarsie Lane passed from the Wyckoffs by sale in 1901 after almost two and a half centuries of continuous occupancy by their family.

There are many historic references to this symbol of Early Americana. Generation after generation of Wyckoffs have been sheltered beneath its old roof. From father to son the story that will never die has been handed down.

Once lost, no tablet in storied bronze, no chiseled stone, no marble monolith can take its place. Here in this living house, American history was born, American prisoners found shelter, American family life was at its best. Today this friendly old house still stands on its original site, its own monument to the courage of those who planted in an isolated wilderness the seeds of a great empire.

The Aliferis family, who purchased the House in 1929 saved it from destruction.

On May 22, 1938 at the invitation of the consitory of the Flatlands Reformed Church, a "Wyckoff Memorial Tree" was planted and dedicated in the cemetery of the church. A bronze tablet marked the tree, with this inscription: To the memory of PIETER CLAESEN WYCKOFF and his descendants early members of this church this tree is dedicated May 22, 1938, The Wyckoff Association in America. In 1940 A bronze plaque in memory of our progenitor in the New World was unveiled at the close of the morning service in the vestibule of the Flatlands Reformed church on May 26, 1940: In grateful memory of PIETER CLAESEN, arrived in the New World from Holland March 4, 1637, at twelve years of age, Found work on a farm at Fort Orange and after marrying Grietje Van Ness, moved to New Amersfoort where by native worth he became a leading citizen, In 1664 he assumed the surname WYCKOFF, signifying his public service as a magistrate of the Town Court thus becoming the progenitor of the Wyckoff family in America, One of founders of this Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church and honorably buried in the plot covered by the present edifice. this tablet
is erected by The Wyckoff Association in America May 26, 1940. !In 1962 March 4, a "325th Anniversary Celebration of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff's Landing in New Amsterdam" was held at the Flatlands Reformed Church. The Wyckoff House Foundation owns the Wyckoff House and has actual possession of it." In October the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York designated the Wyckoff House as Landmark 0001, listing it as "the city's oldest building." The designation was made final by the Board of Estimate on December 2, 1965. In 1969 The Foundation determined that the task of restoration of the Wyckoff House was beyond the resources of the family and it was planned to deed the House to the City of New York. Shortly
after the Mayor of the City of New York accepts the Wyckoff House, planning for the restoration will begin.

The 1995 excavation produced some very interesting finds. a large deposit of pottery, glass, pipe stems, shells, shoes, etc. was found on the south side of the House. Some of the glass and pottery fragments are quite large and include a wide variety of objects and styles: blue and white transferware, salt glazed pottery, yellowware and redware. One of the most exciting discoveries was a recognizable piece of our beautiful fireplace tiles. A selection of items was on display at our
landmark celebration, and Dr. Bankoff, the project leader, was on hand to discuss the findings of the past two years. Dr. Bankoff and the Brooklyn College Archaeology Field School will be back at the House for the first 3 weeks of June 1996.

The Wyckoff House has been attracting some attention in interesting areas lately. In February a crew from one of the Dutch television stations came and made video footage of the interior and exterior for a program to be shown in the Netherlands about Dutch settlement in the New World. Dr. Hugh Crean, head of the Depart- ment of Museum Studies at Fashion Institute of Technology is currently writing a book about New York City's historic houses. Of course, the Wyckoff House will be prominently featured. There was a full-day photography shoot here on March 18, 1996.

The Museum is located at 5816 Clarendon road, between East 59th Street and Ralph Avenue, in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. It is open to the public Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. (earlier closing hour in winter). Please telephone for directions or special arrangements. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our park. For information call 718 629-5400. Members are admitted free. The admission fee for non-members is $2. "There is a deed to Claes Wyckoff dated 13 May 1690, from Pieter Cornelissen Luyster and his wife Jannetie Pietersen, of a farm property in flatlands, Long Island, for a consideration of 637 pounds, 7 shillings. anothe deed dated 21 May 1703 takes title from the heirs of Pieter Claesen of land, consideration 100 pounds. His last known document found in the old Wyckoff house is a deed dated 24 february 1714/15 to his son Pieter Wyckoff of Middletown, County of Monmouth, New Jersey, consideration 425 pounds, of 48 acres in flatlands, also a house, barn, orchard, etc. The mark of Claes in signing documents is an anchor with flukes upward. Ref: SisserIII, Fred; The Monfoort Family of New York and New Jersey: Somerville, NJ: 1969 Wycoff Assn in America; the Wyckoff Family in America, A Genealogy; Summit, NJ; Bergen, Teunis G.; register in Alphebital Order of the Early Settlers of Kings county, Long Island, NY; reprint

An article in the July 5, 1996, New York Times featured the many attractions along the Hudson River in upstate New York. Tucked in among the well-known sites such as Roosevelt's Hyde Park and the Vanderbilt Mansion, as well as numerous state parks along the newly rejuvenated river, is mention of Papscanee Island Nature Preserve. Papscanee Island is where Pieter Claesen first worked as a farmhand after his arrival at Fort Orange (Albany). The nature preserve is a string of three
parcels of land in East Greenbush, near Albany. The 150 acres include woodland, wetlands, and a small farm, all of which can be explored by trail. The park is open daily, and admission is free. For information about this site off of State Route 9J in New York ( phone 212 505-7480).


4641. Grietje Van Ness

!The Wyckoff Family in America, A Genealogy in Two Volumes, 3rd !Edition, Volume One !Descendants of Nicholas Wyckoff, Published by The Wyckoff House and Association, Inc. Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1934/1980
!Grietje Van Ness, the mother of this great family, should also have consideration. She contributed much to the family she helped to found. Even among the Dutch of that time there were distinctions of station, and she ranked high. Many of the
plain people carried no family name. With them there was the coupling of the name of father and child, like Pieter Claesen, meaning Pieter, son of Claes. Others of higher social or property advantages carried a family name from one generation to
another. Grietje Van Ness was of this latter class. She was the daughter of Cornelis Hendrick Van Ness and Maycke Hendrieux van der Burchgraeff. Cornelis was the son of Hendrick Gerritse Van Ness of Ameland, Holland. Maycke was the daughter of
Hendrick Adriense van der Burchgraeff and Annetje Janse of Laeckervelt, Holland. These surnames indicate that these families were of high rank and some wealth. The will of Annetje Jans, widow of Hendrick Adriens, dwelling at Laeckervelt, divides
her estate between her son and her daughter Maycke, and provides that Maycke shall have the use of this estate during her lifetime, and that it shall then be divided among the six children of said Maycke, whom she names as follows:
!1. Gerritie Cornelis, wife of Roeloff Cornelissen !2. Hendricke Cornelis, wife of Jan Jensen van Dothout !3. Hendrick ! 4. Gerrit !5. Jan !6. Grietje Cornelis, wife of Pieter Claesen of Amersfoort, Long
!Island !Maycke died before her husband, but he carried out her wishes. Thus Grietje Van Ness, when she married Pieter Claesen, brought to him wealth as well as rank. Grietje outlived her husband, who died in 1694. She died between 1699
and 1703, and was buried beside her husband in Flatlands, Long Island.


4643. Sarah De Planck

Probably came to America 1639