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Adriaen Ryerszen

Also Known As: "Reyerson"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Amersfoort, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings, Long Island,new York
Place of Burial: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Reijer Reijersz and Marritje Francen
Husband of Annetje Margaretta Martense Schenck
Father of Jannetje Adrianse; Elbert Adrianse; Martin Adrianse; Jacoba Schenck Reyerszen; Neeltje Adrianse Reyersz and 5 others
Brother of Marten Ryerson; Geetruid Reyerson and Gerrit Elbertszen Reyerszen

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About Adriaen Ryerszen

he is not listed among the children

Name: Reijer REIJERSZ

  • Birth: 1604 in Amsterdam, Noord Holand, Netherlands
  • Death: in Amsterdam, Noord Holand, Netherlands
  • Occupation: Rope maker
  • Father: Reijer of AMSTERDAM b: ABT 1574 in Amsterdam, Noord Holand, Netherlands
  • Marriage 1 Marritje FRANCEN b: 1601 in Swindrecht, Holland
  • Married: 26 JAN 1631 in Niewe Kirk, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • Children
  • Marten RYERSON b: 23 NOV 1637 in Holland, Netherlands
  • Geertruid Reijersz b: 1639 in Holland, Netherlands

From "The Ryerse-Ryerson Family" by Phyllis Ryerse and Thomas Ryerson, Copyright 1994:

According to the Ryerson Genealogy Printed in 1916, by Albert Winslow Ryerson, there was another, older, son named Adriaen. A baptismal record for this boy has not yet been found, however, the available records are by no means complete.

A theory put fourth by an earlier historian suggests that Adriaen was in fact, the son of Ryer Elbertsen who settled in Albany, New York in the 1650's. In fact, upon close investigation, there is much evidence to disprove this idea. With examination of the early records in the village of Swindrecht, however, another possibility emerges.

Another source shows the pros and cons of Adriaen being the Adriaen, son of Ryers Elbertszen.

Pros

  • 1. The Dutch naming system of family naming was not always used with Adriaen's Family. The fact that he used names such as Elbert and Gozen/Goosen is significant since those given names are not that common.
  • 2. No son named Adriaen has been found baptized in Amsterdam to Reijer Ryerszen and Marritje Frans.
  • 3. Adriaen and Marten lived near each other in Kings Co., L.I., but never once witnessed each other's baptisms. In fact, no relationship can be shown except they lived near each other and had a common patronymic name.
  • 4. We know Ryer Elbertszen had sons Gerrit and Adriaen. We know what happened to Gerrit. What happened to Adriaen?

Cons

  • 1. Adriaen Ryerszen stated in 1687 that he had been in the country 41 years, resulting in settlement date of 1647. The date of Sept.. 25, 1651 (Settlers of Rensselaerswyck 1630-1658,ed by A.J.F. Van Laer, p. 42) is not necessarily a date of arrival for Reyer Elbertszen in Rensselaerswyck area, but the first record of him in that colony. He could have been at Fort Orange (independent of Rensselaerswyck) or another part of Netherland and not have been recorded. (Fort Orange records start in 1652.) Also Adriaen, after 41 years, may not have remembered the year correctly, especially if he were a boy in 1647. These boys would not have come to New Netherland as children, unless sent by the Orphan master or accompanied by a parent or step parent.
  • 2. Early secondary sources stated that they were brothers. This apparently originated with Rev. Garret Schenck about 1860. However sometimes Rev. Garret Schenck used hearsay

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In summary, It is very possible that Adriaen is the son of Ryer Elbertszen. The date of Marten's arrival all depends on the relationship between Marten and Adriaen and that Adriaen came to New Netherland in 1647 without parents at age about 15 and Marten age 10. This does not sound realistic, unless they were sent by the Orphan master.

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In effort to find the baptismal record for Marritje Francen, a close examination was made of all available records from the village of Swindrecht. The family of Frans, Franzen etc. is well represented in the church membership lists. there is no doubt that this was her home town and these were her relatives. Curiously, the list also includes the Family Joost Reijersz who has a son, Adriaen, baptised in 1628. It is possible (but by no means conclusive) that Adriaen, and Martin Reijersz might have been cousins who would one day sail to a far off New Netherlands together to begin a new life in a new country. It is hoped that future historians will further explore in this direction..

This note of information seems to link with my personal thoughts, that Adriaen was Martens cousin. It could be that Martens father had a brother named Joost, Joost could have died and Reijer took over raising his brothers son OR Martens father died and his brother Joost raised Marten. Until we know for sure we can only assume.... Marritje Francen (Frans in some records) died on 28 April 1643 and was laid to rest in graveyard of the Nieuwe Kerk on 3 May 1643. The death register of this church shows over 500 burials for that year, surely evidence of the plague or some other epidemic. There were 53 deaths in the month of August alone. The membership of the church was gutted by this awful disease and record keeping incomplete. A death record for her husband Reijer Reijerszen has not yet been definitely located but it is possible he died about this same time, leaving their sons, six year old Marten and his older brother Adriaen, orphans, to be cared for by relatives. What relatives? Could it be possible that Marten then lived with Adriaen's parents, his father's brother? It states in the Ryerson Genealogy, that Adriaen sailed to the settlement New Netherlands in 1646 when he was in his teens. He brought with him his little brother (cousin?) Marten who was not quite 10 years old.

Now if Martin was 6 when his father died who raised him until he left with Adriaen to come to the New Netherlands? Could it be that Adriaen' father did and when he died and there was no one there to help take care of them so Adriaen being the oldest decided to take his younger cousin and sail for a new world? Another question that needs to be answered!! It could be that they came over with Martin's Mother's family and not as orphans for we find a Thomas Franzen who was a member of the New Amsterdam Dutch Church in 1663 as well as Lysbeth, the Daughter of Hendrick Francyn. Marten Reijersen stood as witness as her baptism at the New Amsterdam Dutch church in 1672. Lastly, there is the fact that after Marten's death, his widow, Annetje Rapalje, married Joost Frans. the repeated connections between these families is more than Coincidental.

Now if this is the case, then I would tend to believe that Adriaen and Martin still were cousins and since both sets of parents died they were both raised by Martin's mother's family or his older cousins.. I do believe that Adriaen is a cousin and NOT a brother .

From "The Ryerse-Ryerson Family" by Phyllis Ryerse and Thomas Ryerson, Copyright 1994:

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"About the year 1646 according to reliable authorities Adriaen and Martin Reyersz (Adriaen and Martin Reyerson) arrived in this country from Amsterdam, Holland and took up their abode in Breuckelen on the Island of Nassau (now Brooklyn, New York) undoubtedly Adriaen was the older brother and he was married and had issue before the custom of changing the name was abolished. Hence his descendants are known today under the name of Andriance, Martense, Reyers, Reyerss and Reyerssom...Albert Winslow Reyerson, edited Alfred L. Holman, Reyerson Genealogy, The (1916), Pg. XV, 265-8.

Oath of Allegiance taken in 1687: at Flatbush: Adriaen Reyerse 41 Jeare (having lived 41 years in New Netherland)

RECORD:

1. Edward Coolbaugh Hoagland, Twigs From Family Trees or 162 Early American and Foriegn Lineages, Pg. 105.

2. Teunius G. Bergen, Register of Early Settler of Kings County New York (reprint 1973), g. 240-1. "Reysersen/Ryerse derived fron "Ryer" in Dutch a rider or cavalier, with "zoon" added meaning son - emigrated from Amsterdam in 1646 with his brother Marten Finally settled Flatbush, Ny. where he was magistrate 1677-9 and 1st on assessment roll in 1675 and also Brooklyn the same year. Obtained a patent for 24 morgens and took oath of allegiance 1687. Signed named as Adriaen Peyersen."

3. Tenius G. Bergen, Bergen Family or the Desc. of Hans Hansen Bergen, One of the Early Settlers of New York & Brooklyn, Long Island, The, Pg. 123, see footnotes, CS/71/B49/1866 & 1876. "s."

4. Albert Winslow Reyerson, edited Alfred L. Holman, Reyerson Genealogy, The (1916), Pg. XV, 265-8. "About the year 1646 according to reliable authorities Adriaen and Martin Reyersz (Adriaen and Martin Reyerson) arrived in this country from Amsterdam, Holland and took up their abode in Breuckelen on the Island of Nassau (now Brooklyn, New York) undoubtedly Adriaen was the older brother and he was married and had issue before the custom of changing the name was abolished. Hence his descendants are known today under the name of Andriance, Martense, Reyers, Reyerss and Reyersson. - - - Adriaen Reyrz, Ryerszen, or Reyers (Modern) as his name was variously written emigrated to America from Amsterdam in the year 1646. He came with his brother Martin who it appears was a minor and settled in Flatbush in Long Island (Ricker's "Annuals; Stiles, History of Brooklyn; Bergen's "Kings co."). Adriaen therefore became the first progentior of the Adriaence (since Adriaense or Adriance) family in America, also of the Martense family (now extinct) of Flatbush L.I. and the Yers family. The descendants of his brother Martin's family are all known by the name of Reyerson or Reyerse. ...While the name Reyersz is considerable antiquity in Holland and belongs to the priviledge classes, they retained their dutch name until coming to America. In all probability the spirit of liberty and democracy which prevailed in the colonies led Adriaen to permit his children to follow the local American custom. Hence his two older sons Elbert and Martin, became the ancestors of the Adriance and Martense familis, Gosen the younger son removed to Staten Island. On APril 2, 1680, the name of 'Adrien Reyerse' appears on a list of owners of the 'New Lotts' at 'Mindowout' made by Joseph Hegeman and Stoffel Probasco (overseers of said town) by orders of Gov. Andros. Adriaen Reyersz was a man of affairs during his life in Flatbush, L.I. was identified with the town as one of its leading citizens. He died in Flatbush Nov. 24, 1710. He married July 29, 1659 Annetje dau. of Roelof Martense Schenck and sister of Roelof (Ralph) and Jan (John) Schenck of Flatlands, L.I. ...The name of Schenck is of considerably antiquity and was identified with the nobility in the early history of Holland. Like many of the dutch names stood more than an arbitrary appeleation. Translated into English it signified 'Cup Bearer' and the influence is according to dutch custom that this family name was founded by a cup bearer to the ruler. This is true of the Ryerson which was translated signified 'Cavalier'. As early as 1705 we write that 'Adriaen Reyerszen' as recorded and Annetje Schenck appear on Oct. 15th of that year as sponsors in baptism of Elbert son of Cornelius and Catalyna Hooglandt was probably a brother of Henirck Hoodglandt who was Adriaen Reyerszen's son-in-law."

5. Henry B. Hoff, Genealogies of Long Island Families From the N.Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record (1987 Genealogical Publishing Company Baltimore, Md.), pg. 577-8. "Adriaen Reyerzs the emigrant m. July 29, 1659 Annetje Martens daughter of Roelof Martensz Scheneck of Flatlands and d. Nov. 1710. In 1687 he took the oath of allegiance in Flatbush. Issue : Jannetje Andrianense - Elbert Andriaense - Martin Andriaense - Margaret or Greetje Andriaense - Sarah Andriaense - Ryer Andriaense - Reyer Andriaense - Abraham Andriaense - Sarah Andriaense - Reyer Andriaense - Gosen Andriaense."

6. Family Tree Maker Family World Tree, F733_01V1 Tree #0636, 8 Oct 1998. "636 ADRIAN RYERSE was born in Flatbush, Kings Co., LI, NY and died November 24, 1710. He married ANNETJE MARTENSE SCHENCK July 29, 1659 daughter of MARTEN VANNYDECK and MARIA DEBROCKHURST. She was born Abt. 1638 in Amersfoort, NETHERLAND. Children are: SARAH RYERSE b. 1680, NY d. Nine Mile Run, Somerset Co. & Raritan, Middlesex Co., NJ.; NEELTIE "CORNELIA" ADRIANS RYERSE b. December 07, 1675 d. Raritan, Middlesex Co., NJ."

7. Family Tree Maker Family World Tree, CD #702 V702_01 1995 Tree #3304. "3304 ADRIAN REYERSZ. He married ANETJE SCHENCK July 29, 1659 daughter of MARTIN VAN NYDECK and MARIA DE BROCKHURST."

8. Family Tree Maker Family World Tree, CD #704 V704_01 1996 Tree #3455. "3455 ADRIEN REYERZ died November 24, 1710. He married ANNETJE MARTENSE SCHENCK July 29, 1659 daughter of MARTIN SCHENCK and MARIA/MARGARETTA DE BOERHURST. She was born 1638 SMOLLETT, SHERAR ETC.; Ralph Rogers 1992."

9. Family Tree Maker Family World Tree, CD #705 V705_01 1996 879. "879 ADRIAN REYERSE. He married ANNETIE SCHENCK daughter of MARTIN SCHENCK Child is: JACOBA (SCHENCK) REYERSE d. Aft. 1765."

10. Family Tree Maker Family World Tree, CD #733 V733_01 1996 Tree #636. "636 ADRIAN RYERSE was born in Flatbush, Kings Co., LI, NY. and died November 24, 1710. He married ANNETJE MARTENSE SCHENCK July 29, 1659 daughter of MARTEN VANNYDECK and MARIA DEBROCKHURST. She was born Abt. 1638 in Amersfoort, NETHERLAND. Children are: SARAH RYERSE b. 1680 NY. d. Nine Mile Run, Somerset Co. & Raritan, Middlesex Co., NJ.; NEELTIE "CORNELIA" ADRIANS RYERSE b. December 07, 1675 d. Raritan, Middlesex Co., NJ."

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Adriaen Ryerszen's Timeline

1638
1638
Amersfoort, Utrecht, The Netherlands
1660
July 25, 1660
Age 22
<Prob., Amersfoort, Holland>
1663
August 14, 1663
Age 25
Flatbush, NY
1668
1668
Age 30
New Amsterdam, the Dutch Colony
1669
1669
Age 31
Flatbush, Kings, NY, USA
1673
May 28, 1673
Age 35
1675
December 7, 1675
Age 37
<Prob., Amersfoort, Holland>
1680
March 28, 1680
Age 42