Ship Journey: 1630 - Unity - Concord -(Eendracht) bound for Rensselaerswyck

Ship Name
Unity-Concord (Eendracht)
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New Netherland 1621-1664
Immigrants to New Netherland

In The Unity
Sailed from the Texel March 21, 1630
Arrived at New Amsterdam May 24, 1630

Persons to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck:

    Barent Jansz
    [(Blom, Bloom) See Revised History of Harlem, James Riker, (c) 1904, page 128]
    Given in one list as from Desens, and in another as from Esen, neither of which place names can be definitely identified. He sailed in 1630 as farm servant to Brant Peelen. His name does not appear in the records of the [Rensselaerswyck] colony after 1634.
    [See Also Source #77, page 417]

    Brant Peelen
    From Nykerck, (province of Gelderland); was engaged as farmer in January 1630, for the term of four years, at wages of f110 a year, and in 1632 was appointed schepen. He was married twice, first to Lubbertje Wouters, by whom he had three children, Lysbeth Brants, Geert Brants and Gerritje Brants and secondly, at New Amsterdam, July 3, 1643, to Marritje Pieters, widow of Claes Sybrantsz who had two children, Sybrant Claesz and Aeltje Claes. Lysbeth and Gerritje Brants came to the colony by den Waterhondt in 1640. One of them married Claes Jansz Calff. Brant Peelen died before May 1, 1644, when Cornelis Segersz van Voorhout succeeded him on his farm, called Welys Burg, on Castle Island.

    Claes Claesz
    From Vlecker (Fleckero, an island off the south coast of Norway); sailed with Roelof Jansz in 1630 and served as farm hand on de Laets Burg. His name does not appear in the records of the colony after 1634.
    [See Also Source #77, page 54]

    Jacob Goyversen
    From Vlecker (Fleckero, Norway); sailed with Roelof Jansz in 1630.
    [See Also Source #77, page 56]

    Pieter Hendricksz
    From Soest, (presumably the village of that name in the province of Utrecht, but possibly the city of Soest in Westphalia); was engaged in 1630 as a shepherd or plow boy, for the term of four years, at f15 a year. He served under Rutger Hendricksz and probably left the colony in 1634.

    Roelof Jans
    From Masterland (Marstrand, on the coast of Sweden); sailed in 1630 with his wife Anneke Jans, his daughters Sara and Trijntje and another child born before in New Netherland. He was farmer on de Laets Burg and was appointed schepen July 1, 1632. He probably left the colony [Rensselaerswyck] in 1634.
    [See Also Source #77, page 89-108]

    Rutger Hendricksz
    From Soest; was engaged in 1630, for four years, at f120 a year, and in 1632 appears as farmer on Rensselaers Burg, on Castle Island. He was appointed schout in 1632, but probably never qualified and seems to have left the colony in 1634.

    Seger Jansz
    From Nykerck, (province of Gelderland); sailed in 1630 and served as farm hand under Rutger Hendricksz, on Rensselaers Burg. Oct. 3, 1636, he is referred to as having been drowned.

    Wolfert Gerritsz
    Wolffaert Gerritsz, or Wolphert Gerritsen, was the ancestor of the Van Couwenhoven family. Couwenhoven being a farm or estate about four miles northwest of Amersfoort, in the province of Utrecht. He entered, in January 1630, into a contract with Kiliaen van Rensselaer to superintend the establishment of farms in the colony of Rensselaerswyck, for which purpose he was for four years to serve each year from April to November, and if necessary to stay in the colony during the winter. At his request, he was released from his contract in 1632. He resided on Manhattan Island, where he occupied Bouwery No. 6, previous to November 15, 1639.1

1 Documents Relating to New Netherland 1624-1626
in the Henry E. Huntington Library, by A.J.F. van Laer, (c)1924, p 267.

Source: #76, #77 

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