Wilhelmus Hendrickse Beekman

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Wilhelmus Hendrickse Beekman

Birthplace: Hasselt, Overijssel, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Death: Died in New York City, New York County, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Hendrick Beekman and Maritje Beekman
Husband of Catalina Hendrickse Beekman
Father of Maria Stuyvesant; Hendrick (Henry) Beekman; Gerardus Willemse Beekman, Prov. Gov. of New York; Cornelia van Vleck; Johannes Beekman and 5 others
Brother of Rev. Gerardus Beekman; Johannes Beekman; Alida Beekman; Andries Beekman and Maritje Harris
Half brother of Maria Beekman and Martin Hendricksz Beekman

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About Wilhelmus Hendrickse Beekman

Wilhelmus Beekman was the founder of the Beekman family in America. He came to New Amsterdam, now New York, from Holland on the ship Princess, on May 27, 1647, with Director-General, and later the first Governor of New York, Peter Stuyvesant. (Wilhelmus' daughter married Peter Stuyvesant's son) Accompanying them were a number of poor persons of good families who came from the Rhine and settled on the Hudson River. They became firm supporters of their leader and benefactor, Wilhelmus Beekman.

Wilhelmus was interested in religious matters from his youth and at the age of twenty-one, he was an officer in the Reformed Church in the Netherlands. Wilhelmus' grandfather was the noted Calvinist Rev. William Baudertius . His father had been a gun powder manufacturer in Berg who later fled Cathollic advances and was in charge of city magazines in Hasselt and Wesel during the 30 Years' War.

He had a good education and splendid home training which enabled him at once to take a position in the best society of New Amsterdam. It is said that he brought some wealth with him and that his personal charm of manner and friendship with Stuyvesant secured him many advantages as well as a prominent position as treasurer of the Dutch West India Company. At any rate he soon cut out the suitors for the hand of Catalina de Boogh, a belle in the society of New Amsterdam and the daughter of the wealthy Hendricks de Boogh of Albany, New York.

The Beekman family were prominent in the history of New York and New Jersey and his name is perpetuated in the names of William Street and Beekman Street, New York City, which later became legally a street in 1734. While visiting New York in 1974, I saw Beekman Street which crosses Wall Street. There is also a Beekman Place and a Beekman Swamp which were named after our ancestor.

From the beginning, he was identified with affairs of state and the government of the new city. In 1652, he purchased a farm from Jacob Corlaer known as Corlaer's Hook, where he lived with his bride. They were fully launched into the delightful society of the Dutch city, which then resided those men and women of culture and earnest endeavor who built up a nation and to whom so many of us are proud to trace back our ancestry.

A general meeting of the Director-General and council of New Netherlands was held with the Burgomasters and Schepens (magistrates) on the 13th of March 1653, at which time it was decreed that breastworks or a wall should be built to protect the city and that the cost should be levied against the estates. Peter Wolfersen Van Couwenhoven and Wilhelmus Beekman were choses Commissioners and authroized to offer proposals, invite bids, and make the contract for the present Wall Street, skirting De Heere Gracht, an inlet of the bay, where Broad Street now is located.

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Wilhelmus Hendrickse Beekman's Timeline

April 23, 1623
Hasselt, Overijssel, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Age 23

Settled in New Amsterdam

September 5, 1649
Age 26
Albany, Albany, NY
June 26, 1650
Age 27
Nieuw-Amsterdam, Nieuw-Nederland
March 9, 1652
Age 28
Kingston, Ulster, New York, USA
August 17, 1653
Age 30
Corlaer's Hook, Nieuw-Nederland
Age 31
Bremen, Freie Hansestadt Bremen, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Age 32
New Amsterdam, New York, NY, USA
Age 34
Corlaer's Hook Plantation, New Amsterdam, NY
Age 34
New Netherland