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Cozyn Gerritsen

Also Known As: "Cozyn Gerritsen van Putten"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Haarlem, Holland, Netherlands
Death: 1686 (78)
New Amsterdam, NY
Immediate Family:

Son of Gerrit Blauvelt and N.N. N.N.
Husband of Vrouwtje Gerrits
Father of Gerrit Cosyn; Margrietje Gerritsen Cozyns; Hendrick Gerritsen Cozynszen; Geertje Gerritsen Cozyns and Elsje Gerritsen Cozyns

Occupation: wheelwright
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About Cozyn Gerritsen

farm on Manhattan

  • Cozyn Gerritsen's farm was near the present Astor Place... (south of Union Square) In those early days this was well outside the area protected by the settlement on the southern tip of the island.

"...there are specific records about Cosyn Gerritsen, wagon maker and wheelwright, in the N.Y. Hist. Mss. Dutch., Vol. 11, p. 139, as quoted in Firth Haring Fabend's book "A Dutch Family in the Middle Colonies". In June 1643, Cosyn Gerritsen hired Albert Cornelissen "to make wheels and wagons (and) whatever is connected therewith, for (the term) of one year." If they should not "agree together", the indenture reads, Albert "is to be released at the end of six months; for which he is to be paid in addition to his board, per annum, by Cosyn Gerritsen, one hundred and ten guilders, and fourteen days are to be allowed in harvest time when Albert shall be at liberty to seek his own advantage".

From Fabend's book: "Since Cosyn Gerritsen's formal patent dates from 1647, it may be that he had first 'sowed or mowed' Bouwerie #41 as early as 1637 and erected at that time the combination house-barn structure that appeared on the Manatus Map two years later. The farm was approached along 'Cosyn Gerritsen's Wagon Way', known today as Astor Place and Eighth Street." "Determined to succeed in the New World, he had prepared himself better than many immigrants, for besides being able to farm, he had a second occupation as a wheelwright: Thus 'Cosyn Gerritsen's Wagon Way'". He also undoubtedly profited from his real estate dealings, so being a wheelwright was not the only iron he had in the fire (pun intended!). Cosyn Gerritsen was the father of Grietje Cosyns who married Jan Pieterse Haring. Firth Fabend's book is available through Amazon. Source: Regina Haring, Nanuet, NY, ]DCML, 12/22/2001].

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Cozyn Gerritsen's Timeline

Haarlem, Holland, Netherlands
May 20, 1640
Age 32
New York, New York County, New York, United States
May 2, 1641
Age 33
New Amsterdam (now New York City), NY
January 1647
Age 39
New Amsterdam, New Netherlands
July 4, 1649
Age 41
Age 44
Age 78
New Amsterdam, NY