New Netherland and Beyond
Immigrants to New Netherland
In the Soutberg
Sailed from the Texel shortly after July 20, 1632
Arrived in New Amsterdam April, 1633
Wouter Van Twiller
Persons to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck:
From Martensdyck, (near Utrecht); was engaged as farm laborer for Rutger Hendricksz, on Rensselaers Burg and sailed with Gerrit Theusz de Reux, being then 23 years of age. His name does not appear in
the account books of the colony.
From Meerkerck, (province of South Holland); was engaged as farm laborer for Gerrit Theusz de Reux and sailed with him, being then 20 years of age. His first account in the colony runs from Feb. 2 to
Aug. 20, 1637; he next appears in 1640, and later is said to have come on den Harinck; presumably therefore, he visited Holland shortly after Aug. 20, 1637, and returned to the colony by den Harinck
in 1639. He is charged with three years' hire of two horses from 1640 to 1643, and credited with wages earned in cutting and hauling timber. His name does not appear in the records of the colony
Gerrit Theusz de Reux
Was engaged by the patroon as farmer on a farm to be established on Blommaerts kil, June 15, 1632, [at the age of 29 years]* but had previously been in charge of a farm of the West India Company on
the island of Manhattan. He sailed with four farm laborers by den Soutberg, which brought Wouter van Twiller to New Netherland. Before sailing, de Reux was appointed schepen of the colony. In
April 1634, he had succeeded Roelof Jansz, from Masterland, on de Laets Burg. He died before Aug. 4, 1639.
*VRBM, pg 193.
From Bunnick, (near Utrecht); was engaged as farm laborer for Gerrit Theusz de Reux and sailed with him, being then 26 years of age. In the accounts of the colony he is charged with supplies from
1638 to 1643 and credited with wages earned in cutting straw, thatching roofs, threshing and other work, between 1638 and 1650. In May 1638, he acted as foreman on de Reux farm.
Marcus Mensen (Mens, Meussen)
From Culenburgh, or Cuylenborch, (province of Gelderland); was engaged as farm boy for Brant Peelen, on Welys Burg, and sailed with Gerrit Theusz de Reux, being then 17 years of age. The entries of
his account in the colony, April 17-Aug. 18, 1637, are cancelled.