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Aegidius Jansen "Yellis" Gillis De Mandeville

Also Known As: "Yeelis", "Yellis Janszen Mandeville", "Giles Jansen Mandeville-yellis"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Doesburg, Doesburg, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Michaelsz De Mandeville, (Rev. and Doctor of Medicine) and Trijntgen Willems van Harderwijk
Husband of Elizabeth 'Elsie' Hendricks
Father of Hendrick Mandeville; Aeltje de Mandeville; Gerritje Jillisae Mandeville; David de Mandeville; Jan Mandeville and 3 others
Brother of Wilhemus De Mandeville and Gillis Jansz de Mandeville

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About Aegidius 'Gillis' De Mandeville (Sailed to America on the "De Trouw" (Faith))

Yellis de Mandeville was a large landowner in Dutch New York. He owned 126 acres of prime Manhattan real-estate in the 17th century. The Mandeville estate extended from below 14th Street up to 21st Street from along the Hudson River to along Warren Road. This part of Manhattan is now known as Greenwich and Chelsea, but has also been called Sappokaniken, Shappanaconk, or New Nordwyck. De Mandeville also owned meadows on the mainland across the Hudson River from Manhattan island.

Sex: Male. Birth: Netherlands in 1624. Death: 22 May 1701 Flatbush, Kings, NY

Father: Jan Johannes Michaelsz Mandeville, Mother: Trintjen Wilms

The De Mandeville lineage originates in Normandy, at Place du Champ de Mars, Saint-Lô, Lower-Normandy, France; and then for centuries in England before arriving in the Netherlands.

Yellis de Mandeville sailed to America on the ship "De Trouw" (Faith) in 1647 arriving in Nieuw Nederlands (later called New York) with his wife and baby daughter.

His wife was Elsje Hendricks b. 1627 d. 22 May 1701. They married in Holland in 1647 and had 7 or 8 children:

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record - Vol. 69, page 222

Gillis Jansz (de) Mandeville and his wife Elsje Hendricks with four children came to America in 1659 sailing from Holland February 12, on the "Faith" (HSYB 1902)

On the passenger list Gillis Jansz is indicated as coming "from Garden", that is from Garderen, a village in the northwest corner of the province of Gelderland, Netherlands. In record 38 (1907):284 there has been published a genealogy of the de Mandeville Family [see page 67 of this record.] In this article a few data are given concerning his presumed relatives in the Netherlands and it is there stated that Gillis was possibly a son of Jan Jansz de Mandeville a candidate minister at Kootwijck near Voorthuysen village in the immediate neighborhood of Garderen. Gillis was indeed a son of Rev. John (Jan) de Mandeville whose full name was, however, not Jan Jansz but Jan Michaelsz de Mandeville.

At the end of the 16th century there lived at Nymegan, a city in the province of Gelderland, Dr. Med. Michael Jansz de Mandeville. His family originated in France, and Mandeville is the name of two villages in Normandy, one in the Department of Eure, the other in Calvados. With the Norman conquest of England, the de Mandeville family became feudal barons in England for centuries. The English War of the Roses, the Protestant Reformation, the English Civil War, and the beheading of King Charles I of England, presented a series of ongoing danger to the noble classes in England, and a member of the De Mandeville line and many other Englishmen of noble lineage moved to Holland, which at the time, had become the most vibrant economy, center of trade, and intellectual and artistic center of Northern Europe.

In 1601, Dr. Michael was appointed "ordinaus Medicus" and rector or principal, of the Latin School at Nymegan. Through his supervision he improved the practice of Medicine there and there his own pracitce demanded so much of his time that in 1607 the magistracy asked him to resign as principal of the Latin School in order to devote his entire time to medicine. In 1617 he and seven of his children received the burgherright of Nymegan and the next year he was honored by being appointed a schepen and a number of the city council of the city of his adoption. In 1635 the plague raged at Nymegen. Ministering to the sick to the last he played a heroic part. He finally was stricken himself and succumbed to the dreaded disease. A grateful city honored his memory providing a college education for his children and by appointing first his son Dr. Emanuela and fterwards the latter's son Dr. Geraltheus to the position of city physician.

Dr. Michael de Mandeville had married Maria Van de Rade, a daughter of Aegidius (Gillis) Van de Rade and Sara, his wife.

Eleven children were born to Dr. Michael and his wife. The oldest son Jan, the father of the American de Mandeville settlers, was born about 1601. On March 3, 1623, he entered Leiden University. His name was entered as "Johannes Mandeivijl, 22 (years old) T(heology)".

Four years later he was joined there by his younger brother Emanuel who took the course of medicine.

Emmanuel de Mandeville was responsible for fighting the bubonic plague in the town of Nijmegen with his colleague and medical partner Jsbrand van Diemerbroeck. In 1635 a hot dry summer is believed to have contributed to the subsequent November plague outbreak in Nijmegen. It did not end until a period of heavy frost in February 1636. The epidemic was so severe that over six thousand people from a population of approximately ten thousand lost their lives. About the same number of soldiers died from the epidemic. They were temporarily stationed in Nijmegen to protect the city from an imminent attack by the Spanish. It is quite likely that the soldiers brought the plague with them. Nijmegen was reduced in population so severely that many left for America, including de Mandeville family members.

It is possible that Johan (Jan) de Mandeville had already followed courses in Theology elsewhere (possibly at the Collegiate Theological School at Leiden not connected with the University.) It was rather old to start one's university career at the age of 22 in those days, and in 1624 he received already permission to lecture on the Hebrew language, in the place of professor l'Empereus at the Atheneum at Hardewijk, Gelderland.

In 1628, he was appointed a proponent or candidate minister at the village of Koolwijk, not far from Harderwijk and two years later he became minster in the neighboring village of Gandener where he died in 1657. There is a tombstone with a rather illegible inscription of a Mandeville buried in the church at Gardener which may refer to the Reverend Johannes de Mandeville.

In 1640 he had written a Latin Carmeu which he had dedicated to the Estates of Gelderland for which this august body voted him a suitable reward.

The name of Rev. John's wife has not as yet been found. Two years after his death his son Gillis (Yeelis or Yellis), named probably for uncle Aegidius (Gillis) de Mandeville, which name descended from the Van de Rade family, sailed for New Netherlands (now known as New York).

The de Mandevilles remained a professional family in the Netherlands. Of especial interest is Dr. Bernardus de Mandeville ( a great gradson of Dr. Michael) who settled in England and was the author of "The fable of the Bees or Private Vices, Publick Benefits" of which new edition, copiously annotated by F.B.Kaye, was published in 1924.

The de Mandeville family was armigerous. A seal of "Michael Mandeville" (the grandfather of the American Settler ) schepen of Nymegan, on a document dated November 8, 1632, shows a winged stag rampant (contourne). In a previous article (Neiff -Nevices) I have mentioned the existence of a roll-of-arms of the Gelderland-Overyseel Student Society. In the Leiden volumn Emanuel de Mandeville (the uncle of the American settler) had his arms entered in about 1622 when a student there.

There was in Holland also another de Mandeville Family, at least they bore different arms, namely Mandeville. These arms were born by Robbert Williemsz de Mandeville from Middleburgh who settled at Amsterdam where he received the burgherright June 18, 1649. He was besides bierbeschoyer, inspector of the tappens of Amsterdam, a well-known painter, (Bredius, Kirenstter Inventare). He married Clara Roodenburg, a poet (oud Holland, 1895:65)

In Amsterdam settled also Emanuel de Mandeville from Middleburgh, born about 1609. He was a merchant at Amsterdam and married there in the Walloon Church first, in 1634, Elizabeth Beth and second in 1645, Maria Kinslandt. The fact that the name Emanuel occurs in both the Middleburgh-Amsterdam and the Nymegan families may indicate a relationship of probable cousins, since they bore apparently different arms.

From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Review vol. 38 pg 284 :


Contributed by Lucy Dubois Akerly

1. YELLIS 1 JANSEN DE MANDEVILLE the founder of the family in America was born in 1657 at Voorthuizen, a village near Garderen in Holland. His father's name was Jan, perhaps that Jan Jansen who in 1627 was Candidate at the Reformed Church at Koolwyck, also near Garderen, and died at the latter place in 1657.

The Garderen Marriage and Baptismal Registers before 1664, are unfortunately lost, but there is a tombstone in the ancient church there, mostly unintellligible, to a younger son of the de Mandeville family who died 14 Oct., 165_.

Yellis de Mandeville came to America in the ship, "De Trouw" (Faith), 12 Feb., 1659, with his "wife and four children of 1 1/4, 5, 6 and 9 years. " The children's names are not given, and Yellis is called Gilles Jansen Van Garder. (Garderen in the Veluwe, Guelderland, Holland.) He paid £50 for the passage of his wife and himself, and £10 for each child; or 90 guilders in all. The name of Gillis de Mandeivile on the original list of the vessel Moesman, in April, 1659, indicates that he was not a passenger, but only a debtor to the Dutch West India Company, for a small sum advanced by them. Yellis probably lived for a time somewhere on Long Island. Two of his children were from New Amersfoort (Flatlands). He was perhaps that Gilles Jansen rated there in Sept., 1676, for 10 morgens of land, etc.

Riker states that Yellis de Mandeville bought a farm at Flatbush (probably the land in the jurisdiction of Hempstead, valued above all his other possessions, devised by will to his son Hendrick), and received afterwards a grant of 30 acres at Greenwich, N.Y., laid out 5 Dec., 1679; patented 30 Dec. 1680. No lands granted or sold to Yellis de Mandeville are recorded in the Flatbush Records, but many Dutch Patents and Indian Deeds were destroyed or sent to England after 1664. No New Amsterdam Records mention him, but we find Gilles Janszen Mandiviel and his wife Elsje Hendricx as members of The New York Dutch Church, 31 May, 1677, and Jillis, Elsje and Grietie Mandeviel living above the ancient pond Kalch hock in 1686.

The Mandeville estate extended from below 14th street to 21st street, though not parallel to either, and from the Hudson River to Warren Road. This part of manhattan Island was known as Greenwich, Sappokaniken, Shappanaconk, or New Nordwyck.

Yellis sold to David Mandeville, doubtless his son, on 14 May, 1700, 53 morgens of land (126 acres) , including the Greenwich bowery then occupied by the said David Mandeville, and apparently meadows on the west side of the Hudson River. The land was particularly described in a grant from Governor Nicholls, and in a deed of Johannes Vanbroughen and Jacob Veranger to Jacob Vandegrift: the latter sold the same to Yellis Mandeville, 2 June, 1679.

Yellis and his wife were sponsors at a baptism, 16 March, 1701, and his will was proved 22 May, following, by his widow. This will, dated 15 Sept. 1696, signed Yeelise de Mandveille, mentions all his children, eldest son Hendrick, son David, daus.Tryntje, now wife of Cornelis Jansen de Seenn: Aeltie, now wife of Lowren Johnsen; Gerritie, now wife of Pieter Meet; Griettie, now wife of John Meet. Elsie, his wife, to be sole executrix, after her death their sons Hendrick and David. The original will may be found in the Surrogate's Office in New York City. The signature only is in Mr. Mandeville's handwriting, and bears an unidentified heraldic seal. The name of Yellis' children as transcribed in Liber II, 108, N. Y. Wills, contain several mistakes, repeated in the published Wills of the N. Y. Historical Society, and elsewhere.


i. Hendrick, prob. b. in Guilderland, Holland, about 1650; see beyond.

ii. David, prob. b. in America; see beyond.

iii. Tryntje (Catherine), prob. b. in Holland, about 1652-3, doubtless the eldest daughter. Her husband, from Alkmar, Holland, called Cornelis Jansen de Seenn by her father, was doubtless Cornelis Jansse Seeu, who took the Oath of Allegiance at Flatbush, Sept. 1687, having been here 27 years. In the Otter in which he crossed the Atlantic, Feb., 1659, and at the baptisms of some of his children, he figures as Cornelis Jansen Van der Veer, or from the ferry. He was landowner, magistrate and patentee at Flatbush. Children: Cornelis; Meeltje, m. 13 Aug. 1658, Daniel Polhemus; Dominicus, bap. 16, Nov., 1679; Jan; Maria, bap. 30 July, 1682, Hendrickje, bap. 27 Aug., 1684; Jacoba, bap. 9 April, 1686; and perh. Jacobus and Michael.

iv. Aeltje (Elsie), m. Laurens Jansen de Camp. They were members of the Dutch Church in New Utrecht in 1677, and after 1687 removed to Staten island, N. Y. For their children; Joannes, bap. 2 April, 1677, sponsors Joannes Gillisz and Tryntje Gilles; Johannes; Styntje; Hendrick; Aegidius; Werachie, and Aeltje, see Onderdonck's Mss. L. I. Dutch Records, and Morrison's De Camp Genealogy.

v. Gerritie (Gertrude). The marriage banns of Gerritie Gillis, maiden of Nordwyck Greenwich, N. Y.), and Wiert Eppens, bachelor, from Ester Buzum, were published in the New York Dutch Church, 15 Sept., 1681, and they were married 7 Oct., the same year, at Bergen, N. J. Gerritie and her husband generally known as Wiert Epke Banta, were members of the Hackensack Dutch Church. Banta, b. at Minnertsga, Holland, in May, 1658; d. before 3 July 1689, when his relict m. Pieter Jansen Meet. The latter was on the Bushwick Assessment Roll, 8 July, 1683, and still alive 15 Sept., 1696. The marriage of his widow to Increase Power, b. near Boston, was registered at Hackensack, 24 July, 1699, where he was a Church member in 1715. For Gerritie's Banta children, Wiert, Henricus, Elsje and Jacob, see A friesland Family, Banta.

(Increase and Gerritie Power had: Tryntje and Sara, bap. 18 March, 1700; Jacob, bap. 25 May, 1702; David, bap. 1 April 1702; Isaac, bap. 1 Feb., 1707. these baptisms were all recorded at Hackensack save Jacob's. He was baptized in the New York Dutch Church, where most of the baptisms mentioned in this sketch will be found.)

vi. Grietie ( Margaret), of New Amersfoort, m. 11 May, 1687, in New York, where both were then residing, Jan Pieterse Meet, from Old Amersfoort, in the Diocese of Utrecht. Jan Meet ( Meeck, Mead), b. in Holland about 1660, was son of Pieter Jansen Meet, whose second wife was Gerritie Mandeville ( ante). Jan sold a lot in Flatbush in Feb., 1692-3, and was one of the Pacquenac, N. J., Patentees in 1695. In 1703 he was apparently of New York with one male, one female and six children in his family.

(Issue; Pieter, bap. 20 Oct., 1689; Johannes, bap. 25 March, 1691; Jacob, bap. 18 Jan., 1693; Christina, bap. 27 Oct., 1695; Elsje, bap. 12 July or Aug., 1696, at Hackensack; Maria, bap. 31 May, 1700; Gilles, bap. 14 Oct., 1702.)

vii. Jan (prob.), born in Bergen, the De Camp Genealogy, and Mansell's American Ancestry, all attribute a son Jan to Yellis de Mandeville, some say b. at 1655, and of Westchester Co.; evidence neither quoted nor found. Probably Joannes Mandeville, sponsor at the baptism of Joannes de Camp in 1677; Johannes Mandeviel, witness at the baptism of Henricus Banta (ante), and Jan above were identical. There are numerous entries relative to Jan Gilles in the early Dutch Records, but no others with the surname Mandeville attached.

viii. William, prob. son of Yellis, is said to have lived on the paternal estate at Shappanaconk. William Mandeviel, merchant of New York, d. at Seatalcott, in the North Riding of Yorkshire on Long Isalnd, where the principal part of his property was situated. Letters were issued to his widow, Elizabeth, 30 Oct. , 1679

If William were son of Yellis, he was prob. b. in Holland, having reached man's estate in 1679, and was perhaps ae. 1 1/4 in April, 1659 (ante).

Gilles Mandeville was French and it is likely that he or his father had been persecuted by the Catholic Church and took refuge in Holland, which welcomed members of the new Protestant sects. Several of the earliest immigrants to New Amsterdam were of French origin and had been persecuted for their religious beliefs.

Gilles Jansz Mandeville was probably born in the 1620s. He was married, probably in Holland, to Elsie Hendricks in 1649. They came together from Holland to New Netherland in 1659 in the ship de Trouw, which, translated, means faith. The Mandevilles made their home in New Amsterdam. Gilles died in 1701.

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Descent from Dutch Colonist Gilles Jansz Mandeville

Hendrick de Mandeville, son of Gilles and Elsie Mandeville, was born in 1650, probably in Holland, and died between 1709 and 1714. He married 1) Annetje Pieterse Scholl and 2) in 1699, Elizabeth Jansen Berry.

Hendrick de Mandeville was baptized in 1704 and died in 1790. He married Elizabeth Vreeland (1703-1781). They lived in New York and New Jersey.

Hendrick Mandeville, known as Henry, was baptized in 1729 and died in 1793. He married 1) Sarah Bertolf and 2) in 1762, Margaret Jones.

Rev. Garrett Mandeville (1775-1853) was married in 1799 to Margaret DeWitt. She was born in 1775 and died in 1829. They lived in New Jersey and New York.

John Mandeville (1807-1886) married Elizabeth Cook (1823-1879) in 1843. They lived in New York, Wisconsin and Kansas.

Mary Charlotte Mandeville (1851-1940) was married in 1872 to Jared Baker White. He was born in 1834 and died in 1904. Mary lived in Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Harriet Newel White (1887-1979) married in 1911 Clarence Rufus Steele (1886-1970).

Margaret Rosalie Steele was born in 1923. In 1948 she married Robert Victor Bolene, who was born in 1925.

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  • Male direct line descendants of Gilles Jansz Mandeville who still bear the Mandeville surname are eligible for regular membership in the Holland Society of New York. All female line descendants of Gilles, the colonial immigrant, are eligible for membership as a “Friend” of the Society.
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Tradition says he fled from Normandy to Holland, came to America in 1647 with Gov. Stuyvesant, who for a small favor subsequently presented him with a cow, he settled as a farmer on Manhattan Island north of New Amsterdam near what is now 12th St on the North River and called Shappannaconk. He joined the Reformed Church in 1677. Will written 15 Sep 1696 and proved 22 May 1701.

Jillis Manderville aka Giles deMandervill.

Giles was a Huguenot from Normandy who fled with his wife to Doesburg, Holland to escape persecution in Rouen. He came to New Amsterdam on 'The Faith' in 1649, and lived there until his death, about 1701.

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Aegidius 'Gillis' De Mandeville (Sailed to America on the "De Trouw" (Faith))'s Timeline

June 1626
Doesburg, Doesburg, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Age 11
Garderen, Veluwe, Gelderland, Nederland
Age 19
Gelderland, The Netherlands
Age 20
Age 23
Age 28
Voorthuizen, Gelderland, Netherlands
February 12, 1659
Age 32