Dirck Stoffelsz Langestraet (Langstraat)
|Birthplace:||De Langstraat, North Brabant, Netherlands|
|Death:||Died in Flatlands, Kings Co., New York|
Son of Thepholus Stoeffel Langestraet and Katerina Langstraat
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Dirck Stoffelsz Langestraet
- Event: Record 1696 Baptism sponsor w/ 2nd wife, Johanna
- PROP: 1698 Deed with heirs of Dirck & Johanna Langstraat
- Baptism: R. D. Church, Flatbush
From FTM Vol 3, #6370:
A deed was made in 1698 naming all the heirs of Dirck and Johanna-Stoffel Langstraat, of age; Adriaen Langstreet, of age, Johannes Holsaert, of age; Claasge (Langstraat) Lake, Cretie (<nowiki>----</nowiki>) Williams; Anthony Holsaert, under age; Benjamin Holsart, inder age; dirck, under age and Martyntije, under age.
Following is from "Our Dutch Ancestor" at wymple.gs.net:
Dirck Stoffels Langestraet was 17 years old when he left the North Brabant district of Holland to come to "Niew Nederlands" in the new world.
The year was 1657 and the Dutch provinces had been at war with Spain for the past 50 years trying to secure their independence. Nevertheless this was the golden age of the Netherlands, a period of superb flowering in art and literature.
When Dirck arrived in Niew Nederlands, he settled on Lange Eylandt in the village of Amersfoort (Flatlands). Located on the western end of Long Island, it is now part of Brooklyn, NY. It was there that he met and married Katerina van Lieuwen who was already in the colony when he arrived. He became a member of the Flatlands Church (Dutch Reformed) and was there in September, 1687, when the Dutch were required to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown.
Family historians seem to agree that Dirck and Katerina had two boys, Stoffel Dircksen, born in 1666, and Adrian (or Aury), born in 1677. Their daughter Classje Dircksen was their middle child, born in 1672. Some say there were other children, Dirck (Richard) and Samuel but these may have been the children of Johanna. No records are found of them or any of their children.
It is not known when Katerina died, but about February 13, 1690, Dirck married for the second time to Johanna Havens, the widow of Johannis Holsaert.
Dirck's name appears again on an assessment roll of the village in 1693 and on the census roll of 1698. Sometime after that, he moved his family to Monmouth in the Province of East Jersey, and bought land at Shrewsbury.
The Longstreets remained in New Jersey for nearly a century before Dirck's descendants slowly began moving to other parts of their new country. William, Dirck's great grandson, was the first to venture out. He moved from Allentown, in Monmouth County, to the Edgefield District of South Carolina about 1784. It was his grandson, James, who is the best known of our family as the Confederate General. James was born in his grandfather's home in Edgefield.
The Dutch did not use surnames as we do today. Instead a boy took his father's name with an ending, usually -s, -se, -sen. So "Dirck Stoffels" meant that he was Stoffel's son, named Dirck. (In English, he would be Christopher's son, named Richard.) It was only later when old village ties began to lose their meaning in the new world that the Dutch began taking surnames, usually from the region back home, from their trade, or even from the way they looked. For an interesting article on Dutch names, go to The Olive Tree.
It was about this time that Stoffel Dircksen, also known as "Theophilus" (Friend of God) began using the name Langestraet. In more modern Dutch it is spelled "Langstraat". "De Langestraet" (the long street) is an area in the Netherlands, shaped like a wide smile, located between s'Hertogenbosch and Geertruidenberg to the west, an area still famous for its shoes and leather goods.
Dirck Stoffelsz Langestraet's Timeline
North Brabant, Netherlands
Flatlands, Kings County, Province of New York
September 16, 1677
Flatlands, Kings Co., New York
Flatlands, Kings Co., New York