Aeltje Pieterse van Couwenhoven

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Aeltje Pieterse van Couwenhoven

Also Known As: "Aeltie Pietrs", "Anna Pieterson"
Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Nord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: 1698 (55)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lieut. Pieter Wolphertse van Couwenhoven and Marie Phillippese du Trieux
Wife of Anders Olafsson Stille; Ludovicus Cobes and Dirk Ofmulder
Mother of Elizabeth Hedges; John Andersson Stille; Jacob Andersson Stille, Sr. and Maria Ludovicus Klein
Half sister of Aernoudt Cornelise Vielè; Cornelis C. Viele; Jacomintje Cobus; Annatje Glen; Johannes Janse Peeck and 4 others

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About Aeltje Pieterse van Couwenhoven

reference to her illegitimate birth

I, the undersigned Pieter Wolphersen, hereby acknowledge for myself, my heirs and successors that this day, date underwritten, I have adopted,as I do hereby adopt, Aeltjem Pieters van Couwenhoven, my own daughter, whom I have begotten and procreated by Maria de Truy, promising therefore that from this date I shall do by the above-named, my daughter, as a god fearing father is bound and ought to do by his own legitimate daughter; therefore, I hereby discharge and release Cornelis Volckersen, husband and guardian of the aforesaid Maria de Truy, from all charges and responsibilities incidental to the bringing up of a child till she becomes of age; I, Pieter Wolphersen, promising to look after the child, to let her learn to read and to bring her up according to my means.

Furthermore, if I do not beget any children by my present wife, the above named child shall be my rightful heiress and inheritrix, as if she were duly begotten in lawful wedlock, and if it happens that children be begotten by me and my wife, the above named Aeltjen Pieters shall receive, like the legitimate children on my side, a just child's portion of all such goods, means and effects as it shall please the Lord God Almighty to bestow on me. Requesting that this may have effect before all courts, I have signed this without fraud in the presence of the subscribing witnesses hereto invited. Done, the 7th day of January 1642.

This is x the mark of Pieter Wolphersen

Jacob Couwenhoven

Philippe du Trieux

Acknowledged before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, Secretary on January 7, 1642. Lt. Pieter Wolphertse Van Kouwenhoven commissioned a Lt. during the Esopus War on June 30, 1663. Lt. Pieter Wolphertse Van Kouwenhoven in 1688 at Brewer, Elizabethtown, Essex County, New Jersey.

pos Annetje Peterson was the daughter of Lt. Pieter Wolphertse Van Kouwenhoven. I came across this item in the Fall 1997 Swedish Colonial News. It has a Couwenhoven reference which may be of interest to you.

Anders Stille's Wife by Dr. Peter S. Craig

Deeds by Anders Stille, eldest son of Olof Stille, identify his wife as Annetje, the Dutch form of Anna. In testimony before the New Castle court, Anders stated that he had been familiar with the houses and streets of the town since 1658. In the 1671 English census of the Delaware, Anders was shown as residing in New Castle and married to the owner of his house, named Anna Peterson by the English census taker.

Who was Anna or Annetje "Peterson"? This has long stumped me. However, in working up a pending article on this 1671 census for future publication, I was struck by the fact that Wharton's cenuss was a door-to-door survey of each resident. Comparing his census with records of early patents and deeds disclosed, beyond question, that the house occupied by Anders Stille and his wife was owned by a Dutch brewer by the name of Pieter Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven, who was in prison at Manhattan in 1671 because he had defaulted on a mortgage of property in Elizabethtown, NJ, to Governor Philip Carteret of New Jersey. Pieter was not himself named in the census, perhaps to hide his identity from creditors. But, whatever the reason, the father's financial difficulties now tell us that his daughter, known as Annetje Pieters van Couwenhoven to the Dutch, was the wife of Anders Stille, the Swede. The house in New Castle was sold in 1672 and the Stille family moved to Christiana Bridge to live next door to Anders Stille's niece Elisabeth Petersdotter (Yocum), wife of the English soldier, John Ogle.

Dr. Peter S. Craig 3406 Macomb Street NW Washington DC 20016.

Pos Annetje Peterson was also known as Anna Pieterson. She was also known as Annetje Pieters. Annetje married Anders Olofsson Stille, son of Olof Persson Stille, in May. 1671.

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Aeltje Pieterse van Couwenhoven's Timeline

January 7, 1642
Amsterdam, Nord-Holland, Netherlands
Age 10
New Amsterdam, Albany, New York
Age 32
Probably England
Age 41
Age 44
Christiana, New Castle, Delaware
Age 55