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Sara Pieterse Cooke (Pieters)

Also Known As: "Sara Pieterse Kooke", "Sara Pieterse", "Sara Schepmoes", "Sara Coeck", "Sara Pieters van Orcum"
Birthplace: Hoorn, Hoorn, North Holland, Netherlands
Death: after April 07, 1672
New York City, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Pieter Casparszen van Naerden and Anneke Jans van Naerden
Wife of Jan Janszen Schepmoes and William Cooke
Mother of Annetje Jansdr Cuyler; Abraham Schepmoes; Jan Schepmoes; Aeltje Jans Schepmoes; Jaepie Janse Schepmoes and 7 others
Sister of Marritje Sybrantsz and Lisabeth Huyck

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About Sara Pieterse Cooke

Marriage 1

  • 27-12-1631 - Schepmoes, Jan Janss - Pieters, Sara

"December 27 1631, appeared Jan Jansz Schepmoes of Delft, seafaring man, 26 years of age, orphan, residing in the Brouwerstraat and Saara Pieters of Hoorn, 22 years of age, orphan, living in the Moriaansteegje, assisted by her sister Lysbeth Pieters..."

DTB 438, p.175 - Huwelijksintekeningen van de KERK. - A24711000095-Stadsarchief Amsterdam Ondertrouwregisters 1565-1811


Departed the Texel 7 Sept 1637, arrived New Amsterdam 28 March 1638 on the Dolphijn.

  • "Jan Jansen Schepmoes and family"

Register of Provincial Secretary 12 Jan 1645

Jan Jansen Schepmoes was the business partner of Claes Sybrantsen de Veringh, who was the husband of Marritje Pieters. (See "The Iconography of Manhattan Island.")


  • 1642 Feb 16; Jan Schepmoes, Sara Pieters Van Orcum; Annetje; Maryn Adriaenszen, Lysbeth Thys
  • 1643 Dec 25; Jan Janszen Schepmoes, Sara Pieters; Abraham; Theunis Janszen-sail maker, Elsje Hendricks
  • 1645 Sep 03; Jan Janszen Schepmoes; Aeltje; Simon Joosten, Marritje Lievens
  • 1647 Jan 06; Jan Janszen Schepmoes; Jobje; Willem Kay, Tryntje Roelofs
  • 1648 Sep 02; Jan Janszen Schepmoes, Sara Pieters; Dirck; Hendrick Kip, Lysbeth Pieters(1)
  • 1650 Jan 01; Jan Janszen Schepmoes; Ursel;
  • 1652 Jun 23; Jan Janszen Schepmoes; Tryntie; Hendrick Janszen, Belitje Jacobs
  • 1654 Apr 12; Jan Janszen Schepmoes; Sara; Abraham Jacobszen, Marritie Denys

NA DRC Baptisms 1639-1730

(1) This Lysbeth Pieters looks like it is the same one as the sister of Sara Pieters, who was mentioned in Sara's marriage record. This was claimed by Hoffman.

"There were three sisters named Pieters from Hoorn: Sara, wife of Jan Janszen Schepmoes from Delft; Elizabeth, wife of Dirck Mayers from Hoorn; and Marietje. (...) Details (...) are mainly based on part of unpub. Mss. captioned "Colonists from Hoorn," by William J. Hoffman, in library of New York Genealogical & Biographical Soc." Source:

There was a Lysbeth Pieters who was married to Jan Huygen, who is not likely to be the same man as Pieter Minuit's brother-in-law. If he was, Lysbeth would have to be a second wife of Jan Huygen, his first wife being the relative of Pieter Minuit. This Lysbeth Pieters married Dirck Weyerts after Jan Huygen's death.

In 1912, in "The Earliest Cuylers in Holland and America and Some of Their Descendants ...", Maud Churchill Nicoll did claim that Lysbeth Pieters, sister of Sara Pieters, was in New Netherland based on the fact that a Lysbeth Pieters was named as a sponsor, along with Hendrick Cuyler (Hendrick Kuyl), husband of Anna Schepmoes, at a baptism in New York. See pages 12 and 14. There was more than one Lysbeth Pieters in New Netherland, and Nicoll did not specify which one this was. The abbreviation DCB seems to stand for Dutch Church Baptisms.

In 1999, Dorothy A. Koenig supposed that Lysbeth (Pieters) Huygen was Sara (Pieters) Schepmoes' sister in response to a request by Scott Herrington. Was it this Dorothy Ann Koenig, publisher of New Amsterdam Connections? It appears to be so.

Scott Herrington had apparently been wondering about this potential blood relationships since 1998. He received a couple of answers in the same month: (1) from Howard Swain; (2) from Ethel KK. No additional responses were provided in the next month. This Scott Herrington appears to be the Head of Library Information and Systems at Arizona State University.

Marriage 2

  • 1656 07 Oct; William Couck, van Scharetz-Stryt in Engelt; Sara Pieters, wid Jan Janszen Schepmoes

NA DRC marriages 1639-1801


  • 1658 Apr 14; Willem Hondt, Sara Schepmoes; Thomas; Jacob Hay, Hendrick Tamboer, Anna Schepmoes

NA DRC Baptisms 1639-1730


Related baptismal records:

  • 1662 Jan 04; Dirck Janszen Smit, Marie Dircks; Tryntie; Hans Styn & wife, Marritje Damens, Lysbeth Pieters
  • 1667 Dec 11; Dirck Janszen Smit, Marritie Dircx; Neeltie; Moer Pieters
  • 1671 May 27; Jan Evertszen Keteltas, Aeltie Jans Schepmoes; Pieter; Willem Thomaszen Koeck, Moer Pieters
  • 1672 Apr 07; Dirck Schepmoes, Maria Willems; Jan; Willem Koeck, Johannes de Wandelaer, Sara Pieters

Sara Pieters is called Moer Pieters in the baptismal record above since she is the mother of Aeltie Jans Schepmoes. It is obvious since she is mentioned with her second husband, William Cooke. Was Sara Pieters also the sponsor of Neeltie, daughter of Dirck Smith and Marritje Dircks? (This Marritje Dircks is the daughter of Dirck Weygerts, who was married to Lysbeth Pieters. Therefore, the "Moer Pieters" in Neeltie's baptismal record could be Lysbeth Pieters instead.)

Henry B. Hoff, "Dirck Weygerts And His Descendants: Van Deursen, Aertse, Quick And Bodine," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 121 (Oct. 1990): 232. ($)

Interestingly, John Smith, another child of Marritje Dircks, had Saertie Schepmoes as a sponsor.

Henry B. Hoff, "Dirck Weygerts And His Descendants: Van Deursen, Aertse, Quick And Bodine," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 121 (Oct. 1990): 233. ($)

Sara Pieters is also likely, based on a superficial search, to have been the Sara who sponsored the following children.

  • 1644 Apr 24; Teunis Thomaszen Metselaer, Belitje Jacobs; Thomas; Albert Janszen, Sybrant Claeszen, Claes Beydegar, Sara Pieters
  • 1662 Dec 17; Pieter Casparszen Van Naerden, Aefje Jans; Tryntie ; Sara Pieters

This last baptismal record led some to believe that she was the sister of Pieter Casparszen Van Naerden, but the timelines don't line up well, among other problems. Moreover, she is not the only Sara Pieters. There is at least another one:

1668 May 30; Jacob Janszen Blaeck, Sara Pieters; Jan; Willem Wouters, Jannetie Willems


The name Sybrant Claeszen (above) comes up again in connection with a Schepmoes.

  • 1644 Dec 04; Herkel Sybants, Wyntie Theunis; Sybants ; Sybant Claeszen, Hendrick Jacobszen, Sara Schepmoes

(Wyntie Theunis is the daughter of Theunis Thomaszen "De Metselaer" Quick.)

  • 1656 Jun 14; Frans Alardts, Fytie Wouters; Grietie; Lysbeth Pieters, Anna Ciersent

(François Allard purchased the Schepmoes property from William Cooke in 1659. See page 389 of volume 2 of the Iconography of Manhattan Island.)

  • Urseltje Jans Schepmoes married Dirck Van Dyck.(1,2) He was the son of Franz Claeszen van Dyck and Immetie Dircx.(3) Immetie Dircx was the third wife of Dirck Weygerts.(4)

(1) 1674 25 Apr; Dirck Janszen [sic: Franszen] van Dyck, jm van Amsterd; Urseltje Jans, jd van N. Orangien
(2) Linda A. Roorda, "Which Elizabeth Van Dyck Married John Hutton?" New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 135 (Jan. 2004): 31-32. ($)
(3) Harry Macy, Jr., "Amsterdam Records of the Frans Claeszen Van Dyck Family," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 127 (Apr. 1996): 77-78. ($)
(4) Henry B. Hoff, "Dirck Weygerts And His Descendants: Van Deursen, Aertse, Quick And Bodine," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 121 (Oct. 1990): 231. ($)

There is a Kool who was Deputy Secretary of Gov. Minuit according to page 20 of The Kool {Cool or Cole) Family in America. This is interesting because Barent Jacobsen Kool was an associate of the Schepmoes family. (See also: Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, "History of New Netherlands: Or, New York Under the Dutch," 1: 124.) Based on the sources listed on, there doesn't seem to be a known family tie between these two Kool immigrants even today.

  • 1654 Nov 01; Hendrick Van Diepenbroeek; Rebecca; Lucas de Corporael, Aeltje Schryvers, Lysbeth Pieters

Aeltje Schryvers was also the sponsor of two of Hendrick Obe and Aeltje Claes' children (Aeltje Claes being the probable daughter of Claes Sybrantsen de Veringh and Marritje Pieters).

The above may not be enough to prove that Lysbeth (Pieters) Huygen is the same Lysbeth as Sara Pieters' sister. However, it is a much more plausible theory than the "Van Naerden" theory.

Jan Huygen was a ship carpenter and a mariner (source: The Iconography of Manhattan Island). Jan Schepmoes was also a mariner, and his social status matches what one would expect if his sister-in-law was Lysbeth (Pieters) Huygen, the second wife of a possible relative of Pieter Minuit (if it is the same man, which is not certain because of the timeline). Scott Herrington's theory (see above links) that Jan Huygen could be a blood relative of Jan Schepmoes is also interesting, but it may have been disproved by someone already... Whatever the case may be, the ties between Lysbeth (Pieters) Huygen and Sara (Pieters) Schepmoes seem to be indicative of familial ties, as claimed by Hoffman.

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Sara Pieterse Cooke's Timeline

Hoorn, Hoorn, North Holland, Netherlands
April 1638
Age 29
New Netherlands
April 1638
Age 29
New Netherlands
February 16, 1642
Fort Orange, New Netherland Colony
December 25, 1643
Wiltwick, New Netherland Colony
New Amsterdam, New York
September 3, 1645
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
January 6, 1647
New Amsterdam, New Netherlands