Brechtje Hansen Middagh

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Brechtje Hansen Middagh (Bergen)

Also Known As: "Rebecca", "Brecktje //", "Breckje Hans /Bergen/", "Brechtje Hanse /Bergen/", "Brechtje Hansen Bergen"
Birthplace: New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
Death: 1674
Hei En Boeicop, Vijfheerenlanden, ZH, Netherlands
Place of Burial: Hei En Boeicop, Vijfheerenlanden, ZH, Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hans Hansen Bergen and Sara Jorise Rapelje
Wife of Aert Anthonize Middagh and Aert Theuniszen Middagh
Mother of Jan Aertsen Middagh; Theunis Aertsen Middagh; Theunis Aertsen Middagh; Gerritt Aertsen Middagh; Aert Aertsen Middagh and 3 others
Sister of Anneken Hanse Bergen; Jacob Bergen; Jan Hansen Bergen; Michael Hansen Bergen; Joris Hansen Bergen and 3 others
Half sister of Aertje Teunis Polhemius; Trintie Tunis Bogart; Neeltje Tunisen Denyse; Aeltje Theunis Kuyper; Annetje Teunisse (Bogaert) and 1 other

Occupation: Housewife
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About Brechtje Hansen Middagh

She was born before 27 Jul 1642 in New Amsterdam, and was christened 27 Jul 1642 in New Amsterdam DRC. Witnesses of Brecktje's baptism (reported in the records of the New Amsterdam DRC on 7/27/1642) were: Jan Montfoort and Sarah Planck as the d/o Hans Hanszen de NOORMAN.

In the records of the Breucklen DRC (see MF # 1016558) it is stated Breckjen BERGEN was accepted into the church 4/2/1662 on confession of faith. The witnesses to this ceremony were: Teunis GYSBERTSEN and Jan JORISSEN. She was the daughter of Hans Hansen BERGEN and Sarah Jorissey RAPALJE. Breckje died about 1672 in Heicop, Holland.

The Dutch records show that Breckje died and was buried in Heicop, Holland between 1671 and 1674 when Aert purchased and paid to have graves opened at the Heicop church. While it is not known with any certainty which year Breckje died, it most likely was in 1672 (but could have been anytime between 1671 and 1674). Evidence of her burial in Heicop is Hei-en Boeicop, Holland Municipal Archive #741 which states Aert paid 2 guilders, 2 stuiver to have a grave for his wife (Breckje) opened. Unfortunately, the date is not indicated.

There has been some confusion about Brecktje/Breckjen and whether she is one or two persons. As indicated in the notes attached to her christening records she was baptized in 1642 and subsequently, in 1662, joined the Brooklyn DRC by "confession of faith". This could be interpreted as being proof that Breckjte and Brechjen are two people and would explain the latter acceptance into the Breucklen DRC on confession of faith rather than as a transfer from the New Amsterdam church.Adding to the confusion, her father's surname is given as NOORMAN when she was baptized and her surname is given as BERGEN when she joins by "confession".

However, it is very unlikely there were two Brechjen/Breckjte's and this compilation is based on the assumption of a single Becktje/Brechjen. The surname inconsistency is not unusual. The father's surname could be either BERGEN or NOORMAN, or both. Surnames were not well established at the time and the Dutch could, and did, refer to individuals using a surname indicating his place of origin. Hence Hans Hansen could be either Hans Hansen NOORMAN (i.e from Norway), or Hans Hansen BERGEN (i.e. from Bergen, Norway) and the records would be consistent with the Dutch practices of the time. In regards to Breckje's joining the church by "confession of faith', it was common practice for a girl/woman to become an "official member" of a Dutch Reformed Church by "confession of faith" either shortly before or after her marriage. This was particularly true if her spouse was someone of importance in the church.

Brecktje was the daughter of Hans Hansen Bergen and Sara Jorise Rapalje. She was born in 1642 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York (New Amsterdam). Her father died around 1653, and her mother remarried soon after to a man named Theunis Gybertszen.

A records search shows two men with the name Theunis Gybertszen in New Amsterdam during that time, one named Middagh and the other Bogaert. It has been incorrectly assumed that they were the same man.

I believe that Theunis Gybertszen was the younger brother of Sara's daughter, Brecktje's, husband, Aert Anthonize Middagh's mother, Anna Gijsberts Wouters Bogaert. lists Theunis's parents as Gijsbert Theuniszen Bogaert and Aertjien Bastiens, which are also Anna Gijsberts Wouters Bogaert's parents. Since I believe it is clear, through records, as well as the Dutch naming system, that Anna Gijsberts Wouters Bogaert is Aert's mother, that would make Theunis Gybertszen Bogaert Aert's uncle.

This makes sense, considering the Dutch naming system meant using the father's name for all the children's middle names, with the first male child being named for the paternal grandfather and the second for the maternal grandfather. This would mean that Theunis was Aert's uncle, who later became his father in law through his marriage to Breckje's mother, Sara.

Aert traveled back and forth between Holland and New Amsterdam, usually taking his family with him. Therefor, some of their children were born in Holland, although all were raised in America. Breckje and Aert lived in Brooklyn, and probably died there, but there is no record of death that I can find. There is a chance that Breckje died in Holland.

Daughter of Hans Hansen and Sarah Jorise Rapalje. ("Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Vols.5- (1874-): 5:31. Teunis G. Bergen, The Bergen Family or the Descendants of Hans Hansen Bergen one of the Early Settlers of New York and Brooklyn, L.I. (Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell, 1876), pages 82-84. George E. McCracken, "Catalyntje Trico Rapalje", The American Genealogist vol.35 (1959): 35:196)

Brecktje Hanse was baptized on July 27, 1642 at Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, sponsors Jan Montfoort, Sara Planck. ("Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Vols.5- (1874-): 5:32. Brecktje; parents: Hans Hanszen, Noorman; witnesses: Jan Montfoort, Sara Planck)

She married Aert Anthonize Middagh circa March 8, 1659. (David William Voorhees, Records of The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York, Volume 2, Midwood Deacons' Accounts, 1654-1709 (New York: Holland Society of New York, 2009), page 25. 8 March 1659. Received from Aert at Cripplebush for marriage, f6)

Brecktje Hanse and Aert Anthonize Middagh were members of the at Old First Dutch Reformed Church, Breuckelen (Brooklyn), Kings Co., Long Island, New York, in 1664. (Teunis G. Bergen, Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island (New York: S.W. Green's Sons, 1881), page 205. Middagh or Meddach)

Children by Aert Anthonize Middagh b. ca. 1632: Theunis Aertszen Middagh b. 22 Feb 1660, d. before Mar 1661 Theunis Aertszen Middagh b. 25 Mar 1661 (George E. McCracken, "Catalyntje Trico Rapalje", The American Genealogist vol.35 (1959): 35:198)

Jan Aertszen Middagh b. 24 Dec 1662 (Baptisms in the Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn as per the records of said Church from Oct. 31, 1660 to Dec 13, 1719: From Corporation Manual of the City of Brooklyn, 1869, pages 448 to 504; FHL film #0017529, item 4 (Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939), Copied and translated from the Dutch by Teunis G. Bergen. Filmed from the typed manuscript in the Holland Society of New York, p.451)

Gerrit Aertsen Middagh b. ca. 1666, d. between 11 Sep 1709 and 21 Sep 1710 (Lincoln C. Cocheu, "The Van Kouwenhoven-Conover Family", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Vol.70-71,81-83 (1939-40, 1950-52): 71:275)

Joris Middagh b. ca. 1671 Dirck Aertszen Middagh b. before 1676, d. before 5 May 1716 (George E. McCracken, "Catalyntje Trico Rapalje", The American Genealogist vol.35 (1959): 35:198)

Antje Aertse Middagh b. before 1680.

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Brechtje Hansen Middagh's Timeline

July 27, 1642
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
July 27, 1642
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
February 22, 1660
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
March 25, 1661
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
December 12, 1662
Wallabout, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York
August 23, 1671
Kings County, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States