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New Netherland and Beyond
New Netherland
Delaware River
Colonial New York
New York State

Immigrants, First Settlers

Names mentioned in "Secretary van Tienhoven's Answer
to the Remonstrance from New Netherland"

Adriaen Van der Donck has been about 8 years in New Netherland; he originally went thither as sheriff, in the employ of the co-proprietors in the Colonie of Renselaers wyck, but did not long hold that office; e resided in the Colonie, however, until the year 1646.

Arnoldus van Hardenberch accompanied Hay Jansen, in 1644, to New Netherland, with a cargo for his brother, where he never suffered any let [loss?] or damage, to our knowledge; but he knows how to charge the colonists well for his wares.

Augustyn Heermans went out in the Maecht van Enchuysen, being, as he now is, clerk to Gabri, in the trading business.

Jacob van Couwenhoven having, when a lad, accompanied his father to that country, was taken by Wouter van Twiller into the Company's service as an assistant, and becoming afterwards a tobacco planter, the Company helped him, as is to be seen by the books, with necessaries; but they have been paid for.

Olof Stevensen, brother-in-law of Govert Loockermans, went out in the year 1637, in the ship the Haring, as a soldier in the Company's service; was promoted by Director Kieft and finally appointed Commissary of the store; he has profited by the Company's service and is endeavoring to give his benefactor the pay of the world; that is, evil for good. He has signed under protest, saying he was obliged to sign, which can be understood two ways; either that he felt obliged to subscribe to the truth, or that he was constrained thereunto. If he intends the latter, he must prove it.

Michiel Jansen went out in the capacity of farm-servant in the employ of the partners of the Colonie of Renselaers wyck, in New Netherland. He made his fortune in a few years in the Colonie, but not being able to agree with the authorities there, finally removed to the island Manhatans in the year 1646. He was to have come hither, but accounts not being settled between him and the Colonie, as he has a claim which the partners do not admit, Jan Evertsen came over in his stead.

Thomas Hall came to the South river in 1635, in the service of an Englishman named Mr. Horns, who intended at the time to rob us of the South river of New Netherland, including fort Nassauw [Nassau], and ran away from his master there; arriving at the Manhatans, he hired himself as farm-servant to Jacob van Curler. Becoming a freeman, he made a tobacco plantation on Wouter van Twiller's land; he has also been overseer (bouwmeester). Twiller knows the man. Thomas Hall resides, at present, on a little bouwerie belonging to the Company.

Elbert Elbertzen arriving in the country as a farm lad, wss about 10 or eleven years in Wouter van Twiller's service, and has never had any land of his own. About three years ago he married the widow of Gerrit Wolphertsen (brother of the above mentioned Jacob van Couwenhoven), and is therefore, up to the present time, in the Company's debt, from the payment of which he would apparently like to be relieved.

Govert Lookermans, brother-in-law of Jacob van Couwenhoven, went to New Netherland in 1633, as cook's mate in the yacht St. Martyn; was taken by Wouter van Twiller into the Company's service; having realized some profit in it, he became a freeman, and finally took charge of the trade of Gillis Vergruggen and company, in New Netherland. This Look=ckmans out to show his gratitude to the Company, under God, for his prosperity, and to plot to deprive it of the country

Hendrick Kip is a tailor, and has never suffered any injury in New Netherland to our knowledge.

Jan Evertsen Bout, formerly in the Company's service, went over the last time in the year 1634, in the ship the Eendracht, in the employment of Hon. Michiel Pauw; resided at Pavonia until the year 1643, and prospered somewhat; and as the Hon. Company purchased Mr. Pauw's property, the said Jan Evertsen got on right well in its service, it having acquired M. Pauw's interest. And as his house and barn at Pavonia, were burnt in the war, which he seems to make a pretext for his complaint, 'tis proper to observe here, that the Hon. Company having paid fl.26.000 for Mr. Pauw's Colonie, made a free gift to the said Jan Evertsen, long after the house was burnt, of the land whereon his house stood and of the bouwerie, which produced good wheat. Michel Jansen purchased that farm and a poor, unfinished house, with some few cattle, for fl.8000.

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