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Adriaen Hendrickse Aten

Also Known As: "Van Doesberg", "Adriaen Hendricksen Aten", "Aaten", "Aate", "Aeten", "Atje"
Birthplace: Of Doesburg, Gelderland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Flatbush, Long Island, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Hendrick Andrieszen Van Doesburgh and Maria
Husband of Grietje and Elizabeth "Lysbeth" Thomas
Father of Hendrick Aten; Jan Aten; Pieterje Ariaence; Annetje Skillman; Thomas Aten, Sr. and 4 others
Brother of Beletje Aten; Annetje Aten and Geertje Aten

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About Adriaen Hendrickse Aten

Adriaen Hendrickse Aten was born abt. 1615 [5] of Doesburg Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherland and died 09 May 1700. [1][5]. son of Hendrick Andrieszen Doesburgh & ? Maria Damen (?). Emigrated to the New Netherlands Colony in 1651.


  1. Grietie, his first wife, who he married on a trip back to the Netherlands, was a widow with a daughter named Annetje Warnarts. He brought his family to New Netherlands in 1662.
  2. before about 1677 in New York to Elizabeth Thomas; she was also known as Lijsbet. She was born in 1635 and married Lubberts first. [1][5]


  • 1651 - Emigrated to New Netherlands.
  • 1662 - Emigrated to New Netherlands [2] again.
  • 1680 - Settled in Kings County, Long Island (present day Flatbush, Brooklyn) [3]
  • 1687 - 26-30 September: Took the oath of allegiance in Kings County in the Province of New York, at Flatbush in 1687, in which he stated that he was a native of Holland and had resided at Flatbush 36 years.1
  • In his will, dated 20 March 1695/6, Adriaan Hendrickse Aten mentioned wife Elizabeth, daughter Marrittie, and step son Lubbert Gysbertse [source3]
  • 1690 - Residing in Flatbush, Kings County [4] [fn1] [source3]


  • “THE ATEN FAMILY was originally Scotch, but many of its members fled from persecution on account of their religion, first to France, and then to the Netherlands, with whose inhabitants they became identified, and with whom their descendants came to America as Dutch. [source4]
  • Adrian settled in Flatbush (now Brooklyn) in 1651, the year in which he immigrated from Holland.
  • He was chosen as constable in 1665. Various land transfers to him and by him appear in the Flatbush rate sheets for the years 1675, 1676, 1683 and 1698. In his oath of allegiance taken with his sons, Hendrick and Thomas in Flatbush in 1687, he states that he was a native of Holland and had lived in Flatbush for 36 years.
  • Adrian Hendricks Aten was at Flatbush in 1684 [Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Vol. V, p. 120].
  • * September 26 - 30, 1687 Off fflackbush Maytsh Raidne annoque Domine adriaen hend aaten, 36 years Son native hendrick aaten, of Breucklijn Thomas aaten native off fflackbush [Documentary History of New York, Vol. 1, pp. 429-430].


From page 236 of Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Volume 7 By New Jersey Historical Society. "NOTES ON THE ATEN (AUTEN) FAMILY BY THE EDITOR"

From New Jersey to the far West and Southwest are various families bearing the name of Aten and Auten, all descending from Adriaen Hendrickse Aten, who came to New Amsterdam from (sup.) Doesburg, Holland, about 1651. Some twenty five years ago a Mr. Henry J. Aten, of Hiawatha, Kans., a veteran of the Civil War, began a long search of members of the general family in this country, and in the course of it investigated records in New York, on Long Island, etc. A very large collection of his letters to the late Rev. Dr. John B. Thompson, of Readington, N. J., concerning the New Jersey Atens are now in possession of Rutgers College Library, but unfortunately, not the replies. The family work he intended to publish was not published owing to his death. His MSS. fell into the hands of his widow, but recent correspondence has failed to show her present whereabouts. The Editor of the Proceedings having also made an independent investigation into the family, by request of certain Western members an outline of the "family tree" is herewith given. A very large number of facts and dates not here presented for want of spaces are, nevertheless, in the writer's possession concerning the families in New Jersey. Dr. Thompson came to the conclusion that "the family was originally Scotch, but many of its members fled from persecution on account of their religion, first to France and then to the Netherlands." This remains to be proven. The Aytoun, de Aten, Ayton, etc., families of Scotland produced many distinguished men from the Barons de Aeton (1307) to a quite recent member of Parliament, but there is no known way of connecting the earlier Aytons, etc., with the Dutch family.

Adriaen Hendrickse Aten, was, of course, the son of a Hendrick, who, however, so far as known, did not come to America. He located at Flatbush, and in 1665 was chosen constable. Various land transfers to and by him are on the Long Island records, and his name is on the Flatbush rate sheets in 1675, 1676, 1683 and 1698. In 1687 he and his sons Hendrick and Thomas took the required oath of allegiance to the King of Great Britain. ("Doc. Hist. of N. Y.," Vol I, pp. 429, 430). He died about April, 1700. When or where he first married and to whom is unknown, but in 1677, or earlier, he married, second, Elizabeth (Thomas) Lubbertse, widow of Gysbert Lubbertse, as both "Adriaen Hendrickse and wife Lysbeth" were then entered as members of the Church at Midwout (Flatbush). He and Elizabeth made a joint will Mar. 20, 1696, which was recorded May 9, 1700, at Flatbush (Flatbush Records, Liber A, p. 224). Adriaen's will only names his daughter "Marrittee" and stepson "Lubbert Gysbertsen," so his other children must have been provided for in his life time.

The following is an exact reproduction of Adriaen's signature, taken from a deed made by him in the year 1680:

"Grietie, his first wife, who he married on a trip back to the Netherlands, was a widow with a daughter named Annetje Warnarts. He returned to New Netherland in 1662 on the ship" Faith" with his family. One of their sons had been born in the Netherlands and twin boys were baptized on board the ship during the passage. Two more sons were born in America prior to the death of the first wife. The children of Adrian and Grietie were Hendrick, twins Johannes [John] and Jacob, Pieterye, and Thomas.2

The loss of the early Flatbush records is undoubtedly the reason why we cannot find dates of baptisms of any of the children of Adriaen by his first marriage, but we know them to have been (order, however, not certain):

Children Of Adrian Hendrickse Aten and his 1st wife:

  • 1. Hendrick Aten ; m. Maria De Mott (dau. of Michael De Mott and Annetje Westbrook, of Kingston, N. Y.), who was bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 22, 1678. As Hendrick took the oath of allegiance in 1687, it is evident she was much his junior. No date of the marriage is found, but it was probably not later than 1694. On May 22, 1698, there is a record at Flatbush that "Hendrick Aten and Antie Aten" were witnesses to a baptism, this Antie being probably his sister, or a niece. On Oct. 7, 1707, "Hendrick Aten and Pietertie Aten" were witnesses to a baptism, she being certainly a sister. Hendrick resided at Foster's Meadow, near Jamaica, L. I., where he owned much land, as various records there show. He died there July 19, 1750, as we know from an ancient Bible record, so that he probably lived to be about 90 years of age. He made his will Feb. 10, 1749, probated Feb. 4, 1751. In it he names his wife, Mary, and children: Aderayon (Adriaen), Powel (Paul), Elizabeth Rainer and Mary Alburtis, and "sonsin-law Anthony De Mott" (a slip for brother-in-law), "John Alburtis and Aaron Place."
  • 2. Pieterje Aten, who m. at Flatbush, Apr. 25, 1689, Christian Snedeker; he died 1715.
  • 3. Annetje Aten, who m. Thomas Skillman, of Newtown, L. I.; he d. 1740. (For him and their ch., see "N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, "Vol. 37, pp. 25, 26. He was the son of Capt. Thomas Skillman and Sara (Scofield) Pettit, who were m. in 1669.)
  • 4. Thomas Aten, a weaver, who m. Elsje Skillman, sister of Thomas Skillman, supra. He at first was at Newtown, L. I., but on Apr. 26, 1709, with his brother John (5), purchased of Thomas Purcell 400 acres of land in Piscataway township, Middlesex county, near New Brunswick. Their children, mostly baptized in New York or Brooklyn, were: Adriaen, Thomas, Jr., Jan, Jannetje, and perhaps others. Thomas, Jr. (wife Sytie, or Hilletje) had ch. bapt. at Raritan, N. J. (Somerville), Powel, Helena, Powel (2nd), Dirck, Thomas, Feyte, Yaen and Aaron, between 1732 and 1761. Jan, who m. Elizabeth Sutphen, had ch. bapt. at Somerville and at Readington, N. J., between 1730 and 1746, Koosie, Antje, Jacob, Jan, Elsje, Thomas, Lisabet and Maria. Powell (2nd), if same above, had wife Maria, and had ch. bapt. at Raritan, between 1762 and 1775, Thomas, Voelkert, Jaen, Myra and Roelf. Of Adriaen we know nothing.
  • 5. Jan Aten, who m. Elizabeth Skillman, another sister of Thomas Skillman. He and his brother Thomas Aten, and their wives, were charter members of "The River and Lawrence Brook Dutch Church," at Three-Mile-Run, near New Brunswick, in 1717. He lived on 230 acres in Franklin township, Somerset county, in 1735, and died in 1744, when his will was probated (Trenton Wills, Book D, p. 136). His children named in will were: John, Jr., Thomas, and Elizabeth (Smith). A child, Martha, was also bapt. at Jamaica, L. I., in 1705. Of Thomas we know nothing, but John, Jr., with wife Jannetje (Nevius?) had ch. bapt at Raritan and New Brunswick, between 1735 and 1742, viz., Jan, Catlyne, Roleph, and Thomas.
  • 6. Child, who died 1688, name unknown; father paid "for use of shroud."
  • 7. Helena Aten (supposed), as she was witness to a baptism at Jamaica, June 27, 1704.

By his second marriage, with Elizabeth Lubbertse, Adriaen Hendrickse Aten had:

  • 8. Maritee Aten, bapt. Mar. 31, 1678, at Flatbush; m., before 1707, Johannes De Mott (sister to Maria De Mott, wife of Hendrick, 1) who d. 1715. They had 5 ch. bapt. at Jamaica.
  • 9. Paulus Aten, bapt. Nov. 14, 1680, at Flatbush; probably d. 1684 or 1689, as father then paid "for use of a shroud."
  • 10. Another (sup.) who d. in 1684 or 1689, when father paid "for use of a shroud."

(So far as we know there are in New Jersey, now, no male descendants of any of the sons of Adriaen Hendrickse Aten, except of Hendrick, with, possibly, the exception of the Auten families of Somerset county. The latter descend from an Aaron Auten, who resided at Somerville, N. J., and had various children, many of whom were prominent in Somerset county a half century ago, and some representatives are still in that general locality. This Aaron was b. about 1740 and died in 1784. His parentage has long been an enigma to the writer. He may have been a descendant of Jan (5), or Thomas (4), but this has not been ascertained. Aaron's ch. were John, Aaron, Thomas, James, Abraham, Isaac, Peter and Anna, most of whose descendants are traceable.)


  1. Remarks: [In this country] "36 yeare". Household remarks: The roll of those who have taken the oath of allegiance in Kings County in the Province of New York, 26-30 September 1687-"off fflackbush".


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  1. BERGEN, TEUNIS G. Register, in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, New York, from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700; With Contributions to Their Biographies and Genealogies, Compiled from Various Sources. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1997. 452p.
  2. VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrants to America before 1750. An Alphabetical List of Immigrants to the Colonies, before 1750, Compiled from Official and Other Records. Surnames 'A through Battles.' Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. 220p.
  3. The Documentary History of the State of New York [Albany, NY:, 1849]. Volume Number: Vol 1. Page Number: 659. Family Number: 33.
  4. History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, NJ by James P. Snell (1881), page 486:


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Of Doesburg, Gelderland, Netherlands
Age 36
Doesburg, , Gelderland, Netherlands
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Doesburg, , Gelderland, Netherlands
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New York
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Midwout, Long Island, Nieuw-Nederland
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Flatbush, Long Island, New York
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