Hendrick Bartholomeus Vrooman

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Hendrick Bartholomeus Vrooman

Also Known As: "Meesse", "Hendrick", "Meese", "Meesen", "Hendrick Meese Vrooman"
Birthplace: Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Death: Died in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Bartholomeus Pieterse Huygens Vrooman and Kathlyntje Vrooman
Husband of Jannitjen Wouters and Geertruy Johannis
Father of Adam Hendrickse Vrooman; Eva Hendrickse Van Valkenburg; Johannes Hendrickse Vrooman; Kathlyntje Hendrickse Vrooman; Bartholomeus Vrooman and 1 other
Half brother of Pieter Meese Vrooman; Jacob Meese Vrooman and Maritje Bartholomeus Vrooman

Occupation: Miller
Managed by: Juneith Norellen (Rauch)Clark
Last Updated:

About Hendrick Bartholomeus Vrooman

Ships Passenger Lists to New York 500 voyages to and from New Netherland (New York) Cemetery Records (Cemetery, Obits) Census Records Church Records (B, D, M) City Directories Land & Mortgage Records Military Records Wills & Probate Records New Netherland History Ancestor Signatory hand marks Translation of words in Church records Understanding Patronymics Dutch Names & Nicknames Glossary of Dutch Words Ancient Dutch Occupations Dutch Ancestors 17th Century Ancestor Registry Dutch & English translations for Occupations Life in 17th Century Amsterdam 17th CENTURY IMMIGRANTS TO NEW NETHERLAND & NEW YORK

  • Surname of Immigrant: VROOMAN
  • Given name(s) of Immigrant: Hendrick Meese(n)
  • Origin of Immigrant: Netherlands
  • Name of Ship: De Eendracht (The Concord)
  • Arrival Date: 17 April 1664
  • Immigrant's Date & Place of Birth: ca 1617 Netherlands
  • Immigrant's Date & Place of Death: 9 Feb. 1690 Schenectady NY
  • Immigrant's Spouse: Geertruy Johannis (first? second?)
  • Source of Information: Early Records of Albany Co. & the Colony of Rensellaerswyck
  • Immigrant's Children: Children by 1st wife (Geertruy Johannis???)bpt. Leiden Neth.:
  1. 1. Adam Hendrickse b ca 1649 m1 Engletie Blom m2 Grietje Ryckman m3 Grietje Heemstreet
  2. 2. Eva Hendrickse b ca 1651 d. 1706 NY m Jochem Lambertse VAN VALKENBURG
  3. 3. Johannes Hendrickse bp 1653 m Grietje Veeder
  4. 4. Kathlyntje Hendrickse bp 1657
  5. 5. Bartholomeus Hendrickse bp 1659 killed 9 Feb. 1690 Schenectady NY
  6. 6. Hendrickje Hendrickse bp 1661 d pre 1664


  • Hendrick Meesen s/o Bartholomeus Vrooman, came as a widower to Albany NY. He m1 pre 1649 m2 1671. One of his wives was Geertruy Johannis., Eva Vrooman who married Jochem Van Valkenburg. Hendrick settled in Albany NY in 1664 and then in Schenectady ca 1676.
  • He arrived aboard the 'De Eendracht' (The Concord) in New Amsterdam NY on April 17, 1664 along with five children ages 15, 13, 11, 7 and 5 years old.
  • Hendrick died 8 Feb 1690 in Schenectady NY. "kild and burnt" in the massacre.
  • From Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800 by Jonathan Pearson (Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1873):
  • HENDRICK MEESE, the third brother of this name, was living "behind Kinderhook" in 1670; same year leased of Robert Sanders the long island called Steenraby, for six years; 1677 moved to Schenectady, where his home lot was on the north side of State Street, extending from Centre Street to, and including the Central R. R. depot. His bouwlandt was a portion of Van Curler's land; the engine house of N. Y. Central R. R. Co. southwest of the city, now stands nearly in the centre of his land; 1678 he mortgaged his house and barn lying opt voorste ende van t' Dorpe Shaenhechtady, &c. In the massacre of 1690 he was killed, with his son Bartel and two negroes. He left two sons, Adam and Jan.

The VROOMAN Family in New Netherland New York

Researched and compiled, © 2000 by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

  • Hendrick Meesen [Bartholomeusen] Vrooman, Pieter Meesen and Jacob Meesen were three brothers from Netherlands who came to New Netherland in the early part of the 17th. century. Pieter and Jacob settled in Albany, while Hendrick settled first at Kinderhook, then Steen Raby [Lansingburg] and finally Schenectady in 1677.
  • Hendrick Bartholomeus [Vrooman] and five children ages 15, 13, 11, 7 and 5 years old are on the passenger list of D'Eendracht (The Concord) arriving in New Amsterdam NY on 17 April 1664. The ages of these children fit the children known for Hendrick: Adam born ca 1649, Eve born ca 1651, Johannes baptised 1653 Leiden Netherlands, Kathlyntje baptised 1657 Leiden, and Bartholomeus baptised 1659 Leiden. Hendrick's wife and mother of the children was not with them and we might assume she was dead.
  • In 1664 Hendrick Meuse is listed among the Dutch settlers of Albany, formerly Beverwyck. Hendrick next appears in Jermias Van Rensselaer's accounts of Rensselaerswyck Colony on 15th. March 1663 for "pruning the trees in the colony's garden".
  • According to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Hendrick married a widow in thespring of 1671. Her husband was said to have been a mason. No name is given for Hendrick's second wife. The Ordinary Session of the Court of Albany, Rensselaerswyck and Schenectady held on Thursday May 25, 1671 gives further proof:

Hendrick Meeusz., [sic] plaintiff, against Frans Jansz Pruyn, defendant. The plaintiff demands of the defendant 3 1/2 beavers earned by his wife's first husband, his predecessor, by bricklaying, and requests payment thereof.

[Source: Minutes of the Court of Albany, Rensselaerswyck and Schenectady 1668-1673 Vol. 1 - being a continuation of the minutes of the court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck. Translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer]

In 1676 or 1677 Hendrick moved to Schenectady, 15 miles northwest of Albany, where he acquired a home on the north side of present day State Street. His land of 40 acres included the present day site of the New York Central Railroad passenger station in Schenectady. On Apr.4 1678 he pledged his house and barn "standing and lying in the south end of the village of Schenectady" as part of a note.

In 1690 Hendrick, his son Bartholmew aged 30, his son Adam with his wife Engeltie and their six children were living in Schenectady. Then came the Indian and French attack on Schenectady on the cold snowy evening of Saturday February 9, 1690.

In the total of 60 people killed at the Schenectady Massacre, were Hendrick, his son Bartholomew aka Bartol, and two black slaves who were killed and burned by Indians. His two remaining sons, Adam and Jan, were left to inherit his estate. Hendrick's grandsons Barent and Wouter were taken captive to Canada but later recovered. Hendrick's son Adam escaped with his three children Peter, Christina and Hendrick.

The report of the investigating party sent out from Albany states:

Hend. Meese Vrooman and Bartholomeus Vrooman kild & burnt....Item 2 Negroes of Hend Meese ye same death....Engel the wife of Adam Vrooman shot & burnt, her childe the brains dashed out against ye wall.... http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/resources/patent/09.html

According to the Cobleskill Index of 1929 there were 56 Vrooman men who served in the war. All of these men were decendents of Hendrick Vrooman.

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Hendrick Bartholomeus Vrooman's Timeline

Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
May 23, 1649
Age 28
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
June 9, 1651
Age 30
Warmond, Teylingen, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
February 15, 1652
Age 31
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
August 5, 1657
Age 36
June 4, 1659
Age 38
March 20, 1661
Age 40
April 17, 1664
Age 43
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