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Jacques Cortelyou, Sr.

Birthplace: Utrecht, Utrecht, UT, Netherlands
Death: June 27, 1695 (69)
New Utrecht, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jaques Cortelyou, Sr. and Elsken Cortelyou
Husband of Neeltje Cornelisz Cortelyou
Father of Son Cortelyou; Jacques Cortelyou, Jr.; Cornelius Cortelyou; Helena Cortelyou; Pieter Cortelyou and 3 others
Brother of Janneken Cortelyou; Judith Cortelyou; Abraham Cortelyou; Pierre Courtillon (Cortelyou Correljé); Jeanne Cortillon and 5 others

Occupation: surveyor, Surveyor General, Surveyor General of the early Dutch colony,
Managed by: Douglas Alan Toelle
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About Jacques Cortelyou, Sr.



+2. JACQUES, in 1643 a student at University of Utrecht. In 1652 he was employed as a tutor for the sons of Cornelis Van Werckhoven and travelled with them to America. In 1654 was appointed to the position of "schout" (sheriff) by Peter Stuyvesant but he refused the post. In 1657 it is recorded that he was appointed surveyor revealing another facet of his education. He laid out lots for the settlement of New Utrecht and for his home chose to build his house on a bluff with a sweeping view across the Narrows to Staten Island. Negro slaves were not a novelty in New Netherlands and Jacques acquired slaves to work on his farm and they were a part of the inventory left in his estate when he died in 1693. Jacques Cortelyou was an important part of the politics of New Netherlands and travelled extensively in his various roles. Jacques married in New Netherlands NEELTJE VAN DUYN; she presumably came to New Amsterdam with her brother, Garrit Cornelise Van Duyn, about 1649; she died prior to December 1695.


All born New Utrecht NY;

Named in administration of Jacques dated 24 July 1693; (*);

  • 1. Unnamed child; born and died in 1657. Epitaph found "Here lies the first of Cortelyou from life withdrawn, The first child in the village of Utrecht born; Brought forth in innocence, snatched hence without a strain, God gave it being here, a better life to gain."
  • +2. (*) Jacques born about 1660; died 3 May 1731 New Utrecht; married (1) in Brooklyn 4 Oct 1685 Marretje Hendricks Smock; daughter of Hendrick Mattyssen Smock and Geertje Hemans Coerten; died 7 Apr 1705; married (2) 10 Jan 1705/6 Altie Boerman who died 1732; daughter of Harmen Coerten and Aertje Gerrits. He left will dated 4 Mar 1726/7; proved 3 May 1731.
  • +3. Cornelis born about 1662; died about 1690; married 19 Aug 1683 (*) Neeltje Volckers born 1669 Bushwick NY; probably daughter of Volkert Dircks and Neeltje Cornelissen.
  • +4. (*) PIETER, born about 1664-5; died 10 Apr 1757 New Utrecht NY; married about 1691 DEBORAH/DIEWERTJE DEWITT born about 1660; daughter of Peter Jansen DeWitt and Dorothea Volkerts. No doubt gaining education from his father, Pieter is recorded as making surveys and also engaged in purchases and sales of real estate. He travelled extensively doing this work but also maintained one-half of the farm left by his father.
  • 5. (*) Helena born about 1666; died 1720; married (1) 18 Apr 1683 Nicholas Rutgersz Van Brunt born 18 Feb 1678/9; died 1684; married (2) 12 Apr 1685 Denyse Teunissen bp New Amsterdam 12 Apr 1654; died before 1707; son of Teunis Nyssen and Femmetje Jans Seals and widower of Elizabeth Polhemus; married (3) about 1706 Hendrick Hendrick; son of Jacob Hendricks and Geesje Bartels Claeson.
  • 6. (*) Maria born about 1669; married 1697 Willem Barkelo; son of Harmen Jans Barkelo and Willempie Warnaers Elderink.
  • 7. Willem born about 1671; apparently died before 1693.


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Jacques Cortelyou, Sr.'s Timeline

November 9, 1625
Utrecht, Utrecht, UT, Netherlands
New Utrecht, Kings County, New York, United States
New Utrecht, Kings, NY
New Utrecht, Kings County, New York, United States
New Utrecht, Kings County, Long Island, New York.
New Utrecht, Kings County, New York, United States
New Utrecht (Brooklyn), Kings County, New York, New York, British Colonial America
New Utrecht, Kings, New York