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Hendrick Martenszen Wiltse

Male - Abt 1710


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  • Name Hendrick Martenszen Wiltse 
    Born Copenhagen, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1710  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I4655  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2015 

    Family Margrietje Meijering,   b. Abt 1633, Fort Marguerite, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1701 and 1705, Newtown, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1660  Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam, New Amsterdam, New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Sophia Hendricksen Wiltse,   b. Abt Dec 1660, Kingston, New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 4 Dec 1725  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2321  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Settled in the Albany area about 1658. On 23 Jul 1658 he was sued at Fort Orange by Peter Bronck for 170 fl. for beer and wine received.

      "On 13 Aug 1658, at Fort Orange, 15 Mohawks requested that someone who spoke French well accompany them and their French captives (one of whom was Louis Paraget) to assist them at Trois Rivieres in New France (now Quebec) in their negotiations on exchange of prisoners as well as a general peace. In response to a public offer of 'one hundred guilders for his trouble,' Hendrick Martensen (called 'a soldier named Henry Martin' in a letter he carried) agreed to make the trip. The Indians agreed to return Hendrick to Fort Orange within 40 days after their departure from Fort Orange on 16 August. There is nothing in the official records at Albany to indicate when Hendrick Martsensen returned there. But had he not returned on or before 9 October 1658, another French-speaking soldier, Jacob Begyn, could not have departed that day enroute to Quebec with some of the same individual Indians Hendrick went with. No mention of Hendrick's trip has been found in any other records." [Zabriskie, "The Wiltsie Family," citation details below.]

      Moved to New Amsterdam after August 1659, then in 1660 joined the military garrison at Kingston in Ulster County, "an area known to the Dutch at various times as Esopus, Wiltwyck, and Swanenburg" [Zabriskie].

      "On 7 June 1663, the Esopus Indians attacked Wiltwyck and killed, wounded or took captive many of the residents, burned some of the houses, and destroyed the 'new Village.' Among those taken captive was one child of Hendrick Martensen. His children at that time were his daughters Sophia, three and a half years old, and Jannetje, six months old, and probably Jan Hermansen, his step-son, five years old. Among those reported killed was 'Hendrick Martensen, soldier, on the farm'; however, he was captured--not killed. Hendrick and his child were probably among the captives taken from the Indians in September 1663." [Zabriskie]

      He was a Lutheran and never joined the Dutch church. His children by his first wife were all brought up in the Dutch church. The intention for his marriage to his second wife, known to us only as "an old widow, Steentje", was recorded 10 Jun 1705 in the New York Lutheran Church. (The actual wedding took place at the home of Pieter Woglum.) The date and year of his death are unknown, though several have been postulated.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1512] Pane-Joyce Genealogy by David Pane-Joyce.

    2. [S779] George Olin Zabriskie, "The Wiltsie Family of Early New York." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 106:129, July 1975; 106:208, October 1975.