New Netherland and Beyond
Immigrants to New Netherland
Sailed from the Texel shortly after July 7, 1631
Persons to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck:
From Heijligesont (Hellesund, on the south coast of Norway); [22 years of age]*, he and two other Scandinavians were engaged, July 2, 1631, for the period of three years, to build a sawmill in the
colony. The name of Barent Thonisz does not appear in the account books of the colony; he probably left at the end of his term in 1634.
[See Also Source #77, page 138]
From Buyrmalsen (Buurmalsem, in the province of Gelderland); sailed for New Netherland as a farm laborer in 1631, having been engaged by the patroon on May 27th, for the term of three years, and went
back to Holland shortly after Aug. 2, 1634, on which date he is charged in the colony with f12:18 for clothes and brandy. Aug. 15, 1636, he entered into a new contract with the patroon and the same
year he sailed by the Rensselaerswyck, accompanied by his wife Catelijntje Martens and a servant by the name of Cornelis Teunisz, from Westbroeck. On the voyage, Jan. 30, 1637, a son
was born named Hendrick Cornelisz. Cornelis Maesen arrived in the colony the second time about April 17, 1637. From that time till his death, some time before April 8, 1648, he occupied a farm
on or near Papscanee Island. Cornelis Maesen and his wife were buried the same day; their effects were sold at auction Shrove Tuesday, 1649.
From Franicker, (in the province of Friesland); was engaged as a farm laborer, May 27, 1631, for the period of three years, at f60 a year, and sailed with Marinus Adriaensz on de Eendracht in July of
that year. In the account books he is entered as a farm hand of Cornelis Teunisz, from Breuckelen, from June 1, 1635, to July 19, 1637. He probably left the colony soon after the last named date.
Jasper Ferlyn van der Gouw
From Middelburgh, (in the province of Zeeland); entered the service of Marinus Adriaensz as tobacco planter, Feb. 17, 1631, for the term of three years, beginning on his arrival in the colony. His
name does not appear in the account books of the colony; he probably left at the end of his term in 1634.
From Coppenhagen; [36 years of age]* also referred to as Laurens Laurensen noorman. He and two other Scandinavians [Andries Christenz, Barent Thonisz]1 were engaged, July 2,
1631, for three years, to erect a sawmill in the colony. Laurens Laurensz was appointed schepen in 1632 and in July of that year is referred to by the patroon as miller on de Laets kil, which is the
present Mill Creek in the city of Rensselaer. Laurens Laurensz' name does not appear in the business accounts of the colony for 1634; he probably left at the end of his term of service.
[See Source #77, pages 118-126]
From Veere, (in the province of Zealand); entered into a contract with Kiliaen van Rensselaer, Jan. 12, 1631, to serve as tobacco planter for the period of three years, if possible, on the farm on
the north side of Fort Orange, "which he began to clear before his departure." He sailed with his wife Lysbet Thysen and one child and several farm laborers by de Eendracht in July 1631. In
1632 he was appointed schepen and the same year he is referred to as farmer on Godyns Burg situated south of Fort Orange. His name does not occur in the account books of the colony; he probably left
the colony at the end of his term in 1634.
The following individuals were enrolled May 19th, 1631 to sail on the Ship Eendracht, but marked absent on the second sailing list:2
Claes Brunsteyn, from Stralsund in Pomerania
Ranaway (notation in margin)
Andries Christenz, 40 years of age, from Fleckero, Norway
Cornelis Goverts Gerritsz, from Fleckero, Norway
*Van Renssealer Bowier Mss, ©1908
1ibid; p 186
1ibid; p 180, 189-190.
Source: #76, #77