Everhardus Bogardus (1607 - 1647)

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Birthplace: Utrecht, Nederland
Death: Died in Bristol Channel
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About Everhardus Bogardus

In 1638, Domine (Reverend) Everadus Bogardus was called to New Amsterdam by the Dutch West India Company to serve as the second Dutch Reform minister. He arrived aboard de Sontberg to succeed the ministry of Domine Jonas Michaelis. That same year, in Nieuw Amsterdam, Everadus met and married Anneke Jans, widow of Roeloff Janssoon. They would have four sons: Jonas, Pieter, William, and Cornelius. Our line descends through Cornelius who was born in 1640. Everadus was born in 1607 in Woerden, Holland and was the son of Willem Jansz (Janse) Bogaert and Susana Adrieaslr Vavryteveld.

Everadus had attended school in Woerden, Holland and later attended the University of Leyden (Leiden) in 1627. On September 9, 1630, he was sent by the Consistory of Amsterdam to Guinea, Africa as a "Comforter to the Sick." He had returned to Amsterdam in 1632 whereupon he became an ordained minister. In 1632, he signed his name as Everhardus Boghaerdus, having Latinized his name from Evert Bogaert.

Following his father's death before 1616, Evert had lived in an orphanage at Woerden where he became a tailor. On the 13th of June 1622, he was stricken by a serious illnes which for some time deprived him of speech, hearing and sight. He miraculously regained his speech the 17th of September 1622 and declared that he would become a minister should he fully recover.

During his ministry in New Amsterdam, Everadus encountered many difficutlties with the Director's General, Wouter van Twiller as well as his successor, William Kieft. Following many charges and counter-charges, the Director General and council offered to submit their charges to impartial judges in Amsterdam. Everadus, preferring to defend himself before the Classis of Amsterdam, sailed along with the Director General Kieft on the 17th of August 1647 aboard the Princess for Amsterdam. In a violent storm off the coast of Wales in the Bristol Channel, the ship was wrecked. Though there were some survivors, both Everadus and Director General Kieft were drowned.

There have been many stories about Anneke Jans being the daughter of Wolfert Webber, the illegitimate son of William, Prince of Orange and of a fortune which is being held for the descendants of Anneke. This line of descent has been disproven. There have been lawsuits by the descendants of Everadus Bogardus and Anneke Jans concerning the land on which now stands Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The land which Anneke inherited from her first husband, Roeloff, came to be called "Domine's Bouwerie" which was united in English days to another "Company's Bouwerie and granted a patent by the Colonel Governor, Lord Corbury in 1705. It was this questionable conveyance which has served as the grounds for the lawsuit, which has been unsuccessful and was last attempted in the early 1900's. Another story regarding the lawsuit is that Cornelius, son of Everadus, died in 1666 at the age of twenty-six, three years after the death of his mother, Anneke Jans Bogardus, before her will could be settled.

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Rev. Everdus Bogardus's Timeline

July 27, 1607
Utrecht, Nederland
- 1638
Age 30
Age 30
September 27, 1647
Age 40
Bristol Channel