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Hendrick Claessen van Schoonhoven

Also Known As: "Hendrickse Van Schoonhoven"
Birthplace: Wiltwyck, New Netherland Colony
Death: after December 4, 1715
Kingston, Ulster County, Province of New York
Place of Burial: Kingston, Ulster County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Claes Hendrickse Van Schoonhoven and Neeltjen Vreericks
Husband of Willen Jen Deland; Debora Christoffels Van Bommel and Cornelia Rache Van Schoonhoven
Father of Nicolaas van Schoonhoven; Ifje Hendricks Kermer; Cornelia Van Schoonhoven; Nicholas Van Schoonhoven; Franscyntjen Van Schoonhoven and 3 others
Brother of Margaret Claas Van Schoonhoven and Fredrick Hendrickse Schoonhoven

Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About Hendrick Claessen van Schoonhoven

Birth: Edward Hoagland's book, page 25; copy in possession of Brown family. Baptism: L. M. Luke; Ancestry.com. Marriage to Debora Christoffel Davids: Baptismal & Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, NY, 1660-1809, page 504. Book in possession of Brown family Marriage to Cornelia Swartwout: Edward Hoagland's book, page 25; copy in possession of Brown family. Baptism of his son Nicholas Schoonhoven: Lois Stewart letter Nov. 1992 to Sussex County Historical Society. Explanation is that Hendrick Claasen Van Schoonhoven had the marriage to Debora Christoffel Davids annuled on 17 Oct. 1687 which is in the Count Clerk's office at Kingston in Book AA, p. 66. states that Debora admitted that Hendrick was not the father of her first child. Therefore, Nicholas was referred to, by Hendrick as the bastard. Marriage to Willempjen De Lange: Baptismal & Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, NY, 1660-1809, page 531. Note that the date of marriage is not given; only the date for the banns. Death: Edward Hoagland's book, page 25; copy in possession of Brown family. Burial: Kristen Schoonover's Family Tree web site; Ancestry.com.

Hermanus DECKER, son of Jan Gerretsen and Grietjen Hendricks (WESTECAMP) DECKER, married first, 1695, at Kingston, N.Y. to Rachel de la MONTAGNE, dau. of William and Eleanor (de HOOGES) MONTAGNE. They had children: Margaret m. Peter VanGARDEN; Wilhelmus; Eleanor m. Hendrick VanGARDEN; Jan DECKER m. Helletje KWIK; Williams; Johanna m. Hendrickus SCHOONHOVEN; Hermanus DECKER m. Christian BEST; Willem; Marie m. William WOOD or WARD; Rachel m. Bastian KORTRIGHT; Hendricks; and Benjamin DECKER m. Rachel BRINK.

Decker, Benton Weaver, THE DECKER GENEALOGY (1980);

Daughters of the American Colonists, LINEAGE BOOK, vol.XII, pp.226-228, #11643; v.XIII, p.361-364, #12854


From a message by Roger Schoonover:

I have heard many differing ideas about the Schoonover origin. But there are some more clear facts: the first of the Schoonover line came here before 1650 and were called Van Schoonhoven. They came from Holland, although it would appear that these Euro Schoonhovens had contacts all over the place. In Holland, the 'Van' designated 'from' which would mean that these people were 'from' Schoonhoven, the small city on the river Lek (really a Roman canal). But it does make some sense since ports on the north sea are few and far between. I've heard that in the old language, many hundreds of years ago, the name 'Schoon' was pronounced differently and meant either clean or safe, maybe as a clean escape. Hoven then sounded more like "hav'n", meaning haven, or save place. The location on the ancient Roman canal made it a 'safe haven'.

· From a book by Ollie Collett Lunsford:

Mrs. Ollie Lunsford of Elkins, West Virgina, recieved by request, the following data from Her Majesty, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, on August 4,1942.

The Municipality of Schoonhoven has an area of 208 acres. Its population was, in 1930,4,477 and in 1936, 4,502. It is situated on the bank of Lek, and was in earlier times an important fortress. The origin of the name is explained in two ways; Cornelius Aurelius called it "Bello-Portus" (beautiful harbor) and claimed that its real name was "Schoonhaven" (schoon is beautiful and haven is harbor.) Others derive the name from "Schoon hoven"' meaning beautiful farms, after the many rich farms and estates which suround the town. The emblem of Schoonhoven is four climbing lions on a silver field, of which the first and last are black and the two middle ones are red.

Hendrick Claessen Van Schoonhoven (Claes Hendrickse, Hendrich Van Schoonhoven) was bp. May 5, 1652 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Fort Orange, Orange, New York, and died aft. December 4, 1715 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Carpenter. He and Cornelia are buried in the Dutch Reformed Church, Kingston, the same place his parents are buried. He married July 6, 1679 (1) Debora Christoffels Davids bp. Jan 25,1665 Kingston, NY, d Dec 4, 1715 Kingston, NY daughter of Christoffel "Kit" Davids, born in 1615 or 1616 in England, woodsman, Indian interpreter and whiskey trader and Maria Martens/Maria Martensen, b.abt 1633 in Ulster, New York. Divorce Filing Oct 17,1687 in Kingston, Ulster County, NY Hendrick married January 1, 1688 (2) Cornelia Swartwout b. March 13,1667 d.July 7, 1714 in Kingston Church, New York, daughter of (Sheriff) Roeloff Swartwout and Eva Bradt. In 1715, Hendrick registered banns: "HENDRIK KLAASZ SCHOONHOOVEN, widower of CORNELIA SWARTWOUD, and WILLEMJEN DE LANGE, widow of THEUNIS KOOL, born in Kingstown. Banns registered, 4 Dec. 'Withdrawn the same day.'"

Debora was a little over 14 when she married Hendrick who was 27. Despite 8 years of marriage, they produced no children. When she was twenty she had an affair with Peg Leg Perrick or Dirck Adrians Van Vliet.*

Hendrick made a will soon after he married Cornelia and before any of his legitmate children were born. He gave Debora's son "an English Schillling." From research of Patty B. Myers:

Will dated November 12th, 1688

     I Acknollig [acknowledge] before ye After mentioned witnesses that Cornelia Swartwout my Espoued [espoused] and truly belouwed [beloved] Brid [bride] is and schal bee [shall be] And Remain the Only herris [heir] of my whole Estaet And if it Schold [should] please God to giueue [give] Childeren to her and that she after my Death Shold Com to remarry than Schall ye hallif [half] of ye Estaet Remaen inviolable to ye Children that hauf [have] been procreated and Agriment Alder bout ouer [agrement ?other about our] Children Schall Equilly inherit as well sons as Doghters only ye Eldest son Schall haufe [have] an Engelish Schilling And furdher to hinder And Scham All manner of troubbel that might Arrise by ye same So Schall be Give unto the Recerdit [recorded] Basterd Child named Claes whoes modder is called Debora an English Schilling. And to hold this my matrimony, Condisyon [condition] and Last will and testament, as by this written, I dissanull and revoke all manner of wills and testaments and swere before ye Leving [loving] And Almeighty God that I schall neuer [never] fforsack nor Lefe [leave] Cornelia Swartwout my betroued bryd untill ye End of my death.
     Signed by the testator, and witnessed by Thomas Garton (Justice of ye Pease), Mattis Clarkson, and Jan Ward. (Gustave Anjou, Ulster County, N.Y. Probate Records, Vol. I, p. 49, originally published in New York by Gustave Anjou 1906, reprinted by Palatine Transcripts, Arthur C. M. Kelly, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, 1980.)
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Hendrick Claessen van Schoonhoven's Timeline

May 5, 1652
Wiltwyck, New Netherland Colony
May 5, 1652
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
February 1, 1685
Age 32
Kingston, Ulster County, Province of New York
April 28, 1689
Age 36
Kingston, Ulster County, Province of New York
October 4, 1691
Age 39
Kingston, Ulster County, New York
June 3, 1694
Age 42
Kingston, Ulster County, NY
November 6, 1696
Age 44
Kingston, Ulster, New York