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Wolfert Gerretse van Couwenhoven

Male - 1662


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  • Name Wolfert Gerretse van Couwenhoven 
    Born Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Aft 1660  New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died Between 2 Mar 1662 and 24 Jun 1662  New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alternate death Bef 27 Apr 1662  [2
    Person ID I21171  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2019 

    Family Neeltje 
    Children 
    +1. Garret Wolfertse van Couwenhoven,   b. Abt 1610, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1645, Flatlands, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F13060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also known as Wolfert or Wolphert Gerretse; also van Kouwenhoven; also "Van Amersfoort", etc.

      Possibly a son of Gerrit Wolferts Suype of Nijkerk, in the Dutch province of Gelderland, and his wife Styne Roberts. Gerrit Wolferts Suype was buried in the chancel of the church at Nijkerk on 12 Dec 1604. Suype was a common surname in sixteenth-century Gelderland, along with its variants Sube, Zuben, Supen, etc.

      Wolfert is first seen circa 1630 as a superintendent of farms at Rensellaerswyck, near what is now Albany. From about 1632 to 1636 he leased and farmed a bouwerie on Manhattan, running roughly from today's Chatham Square down to Pearl Street. In 1636 he was granted several hundred acres on Long Island, where he named his plantation "Achervelt." This settlement was later named New Amersfoort, in honor of his birthplace. It is now known as the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn.

      In 1654 he served as a schepen (roughly, alderman) of New Amsterdam, and in 1657 he was made a burgher. He served on the Council of Eight Men. Gerritsen Beach is named for him.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1571] Register in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N. Y. by Teunis G. Bergen. New York: S. W. Green's Son, 1881.

    2. [S1765] The Conover Family by Charles Hopkins Conover. Frankford, Philadelphia: Martin & Allardyce, 1912.

    3. [S3097] Lincoln C. Cocheu, "The Van Kouwenhoven-Conover Family." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 70:230, 70:353, 1939; 71:69, 71:157, 71:273, 71:365, 1940; 81:123, 81:172, 81:225, 1950; 82:34, 82:89, 82:175, 82:211, 1951.