Hello Hendricks Cousins,
Welcome to our new emailed HENDRICKS HERALD. We hope to make use of this wonderful technology to stay in closer touch with all of you by sending information and updates on a more frequent basis. Our notifications will include new ancestor research from our own master researcher DelLynn Leavitt, invitations to cousin parties in various parts of the country, invitations to Roots Tech where we will have a representative at the LDSAFA booth, invitations to Hendricks reunions, and various other Hendricks items of interest.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all,
The Henry Hendricks Committee

We are related to who?

Remember when you watched the movie Mary Poppins for the very first time and you fell in love with Mary the greatest nanny in the world and her fabulous friend Bert. That goofy guy who was drawing chalk pictures on the sidewalk or playing multiple instruments at the same time or when he danced on the roofs in England as a chimney sweep with the children. You are probably wondering why I am focusing on Bert instead of Mary. To find out why read the article below from our family master researcher DelLynn Leavitt.

Van Dyke

Like many of the families that intermarried with our early Hendrickson family the New Amsterdam Van Dyke family deserve an endeared role in our Hendrickson family heritage. As with the Dorris family we find several connections with this early Dutch family that should be noted:  Daniel Hendrickson,  son of our immigrant ancestor Hendrick Willemsz, married Catherine Van Dyke, the daughter of Jan Janse Van Dyke and Tuentje Tyssen Lane, around 1696 and his sister Francyntje married Nicholas Van Dyke, the son of  Tamas Janse Vandyke, in 1692 .   Francyntje and Nicholas eventually moved to Delaware where their grandson Nicholas Van Dyke III served as governor of that state from 1783 to 1786.  Plus we have been able to document even closer Van Dyke connections and perhaps we can answer the question we all would like to know.  Are we related to Dick Van Dyke?   If all of these connections are confusing you might want to follow along from our Ancestry.com Hendrickson Family Tree:  www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/83387403/person/36486197614/facts

 In the past few years we have discovered that Trynetje Haggase Van Dyke was the mother of our ancestor Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. b. 1706 and not Helena Cortelyou as was previously thought.  Catherine, Nicholas and Trynetje Van Dyke were all first cousins and grandchildren of Jan Guecke Van Dyke and Tynetje Haggause.  It is very possible that Trynetje died while giving birth to Hendrick Hendrickson as she died before 6 Oct 1708 when her husband, Hendrick Hendrickson Sr., is listed as an heir to the estate of Trynetje’s father Archias Van Dyke of Kings Co., New York.  After Trynetje’s death Hendrick married the widow, Helena Cortelyou, in 1708 and she raised the three Hendrickson children, Geesje, Jannetje and Hendrick, along with eight of her own children from her previous marriage to Denys Tunnison!     

 Hendrick married Trynetje van Dyke probably between 1701 and 1704.  She was the daughter of Achias/Haggise Janse van Dyke and Jannetje Lamberts van Campen baptized 17 Oct 1680 in the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church:

            “of Utrecht Trijntje (d/o) Haggaeus Jansz van Dijk and Jannetje Lamberts, Tileman Jacobsz vander Mijen and Trijntje Haggeus (sponsors)” (FCR 1:401).

She was named after her paternal grandmother Trynetje Haggeus the grand matriarch of the van Dyke family who was one of the sponsors at her baptism.  In fact Achias himself was named after Trynetje’s father Haggerus/Aggie Jansz of Amsterdam as the names in this baptism surly indicate.  Achias/Haggaeus was the son of Jan van Dyke and this Trynetje Haggeus and was baptized 2 Nov 1642 in the Old Church in Amsterdam, North Holland.  This unknown baptism was found by Michael Morrisay on the Stadsarchief Amsterdam Doopregisters website which can be found at: stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/archieven/archiefbank/indexen/doopregisters.

  The 1642 baptism of Aachijmijus Guckes

I was able to get a copy of this baptism from the same website. This baptism on the last line of page 343 reads: “Jan Guckes, Trijn Achemius, Maritje Achemius, Stadts Edsors(?),  Aachijmijus”.  Jan Guckes was the father, Trijn or Tryntje Achemius was the mother while the witnesses were Maritje Achemius’ who was Trynitje’s older sister, and Stadts Edsors and the child was listed as Aachijmius. The name Achijmius, Achias, Haggie or Agyas was probably the Dutch equivalent of the biblical name Zacchaeus.  Jan and his wife Tryntje went by the surname Guckes or Guecke when they lived in Amsterdam.  In the 1687 Kings Co., NY Oaths of Allegiances Achias Janse Vandijck stated he had been in the Americas for 36 years.  Since most of his family members list 35 years on this record it is thought that the Van Dyke family immigrated in 1652 on the Bonta Cow (Spotted Cow), with the Cornelius van Werckhoven Colony which included Jaques Cortelyou, the father of Helena, who was brought over to the Dutch Colonies to tutor the van Werckhoven children.  Cornelius established the Colony of New Utrecht and left Jaques in charge when he returned to Holland a few years later. 

 Around 1673 Achias married Jannetje Lamberts who was the daughter of Lambert Hendrickszen van Campen and Barbertje Barents.   Achias and his wife Jannetje had the following children:  Jan baptized 11 Mar 1674 at the Dutch Reformed Church of New York listing Haggaus Jansz van Dyck and Jannetie as the parents and Lambert Hendrickson and Barbertje Barents as the witnesses.  Lambert baptized 16 Sep 1677 at the Dutch Reformed Church at Flatbush listing Haggaus Jansz van Dijk & Jannetje Lamberts as the parents. Susanna baptized 18 May 1679 in the Dutch Reformed Church at Flatbush listing Haggaeus Jansz van Dijk and Jannietje Lamberts as the parents and Pieter Jansz and Annetje van Dijk as the witnesses.  Trynetje baptized 17 Oct 1780 in the Dutch Reformed Church at Faltbush listing Haggaeus Jansz van Dijk and Jannetje Lamberts as the parents and, Tileman Jacobsz vander Mijen and Trijntje Haggeus as the witnesses.  Barbara baptized 20 Dec 1682 in the Dutch Reformed Church at Brooklyn listing Haggeus Jansz and Jannetje Lamberts as the parents and Jan Janse van Dyke and Anenientje Jans as the witnesses.  Jacob born about 1683.  Barent baptized 16 May 1685 in the Dutch Reformed Church of New York listing Haggaus Jansz van Dyck and Jannetie Lamberts as the parents and Pieter Janszen and Jannetie Jans van Dyck as the witnesses.  Thomas baptized 17 Apr 1687 in the Dutch Reformed Church at Brooklyn listing Jan Darvel and Catherine Darvel as the witnesses. Anna baptized 22 Jul 1688 in the Dutch Reformed Church of New York  listing Esaias Janszen van Dyck and Janneken Lambertsz as the parents and Jan der Val and Cathrina van Cortlant as the witnesses.  And Jannetje who was listed in the Achias van Dyke Land sale to Hendrick van Dyke.  She must have been born before 1687 as she was of age by 1708.  Since there are no apparent slots for her birth before 1687 it is very possible that she was the Susanna born in 1679. 

By 1692 Trynetie Lamberts, the wife of Achias Van Dyke, had died and Achias married Magdelena Hendrickse the widow of Minne Johannes  2 Dec 1693 in the Dutch Reformed Church at Brooklyn.  As far as we know no children were born to this union.  Despite the Hendrickson surname it is doubtful that she was related to our Hendrickson family.  As was common for that day Articles of Agreement were drawn up between Agias and Magdalina that were recorded in the Kings Co., Conveyances.

1693 marriage Agreement of Agias Van Dyke and Magdalina Hendrickse

On the 30 Sep 1695 Achias/Agais bought a tract of land in Brooklyn from our ancestor Adrian Bennett. This probably was the same land that was later sold to Hendrick van Dyke in 1708 by the heirs of Achais Van Dyke.

1695 land deed of Agais Van Dyke

This land was located in what was known as Yellow Hook due to the yellowish coloration of the soil near the village of Gowanus in Brooklyn NY.  The name was later changed to Bay Ridge which was located just north of Fort Hamilton by the narrows looking out towards Staten Island.  Just on the south side of Fort Hamilton was where Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou operated the Ferry over to Staten Island.  By 1708 Achias had died and his land was sold to Hendrick Van Dyke by his heirs.  A deed dated 6 Oct 1708 between “Lambert Vandyke and his wife Maryke of the City of New York, Jacob Van Dyke, Janake Van dyke & Hendrick Hendrickse of Kings County on Nassau Island(Long Island)  in the Colony of New York, Johannes Koerte and Barbera his wife of the Province of East Jersey on the one part and Hendrick Vandyke of Kings County on the other part”. Barbera Vandyke was a daughter of Achias who married Johannes Koerte Van Voorhees.        


This deed has Hendrick Hendrickson’s classic +++ mark


Both the Hendrickson and Van Dyke families were early members of the Brooklyn Dutch Reformed Church and on the 29 May 1705 the Brooklyn DRC registers list baptisms for Jannetje the daughter of Hendrick Hendrickze and Tryntje listing Claus Van Dyke and Jannetje Van Dyke as witnesses, Jannetje the daughter of Johannes Coerte and Barbara listing Hendrick Van Dyke and Trynetje Van Dyke as witnesses, and Johannes the son of Willem Hendrickse and Willemtje Lane listing Stoffel Schar and Geesje Van Hekel witnesses.  All these names might seem as confusing as double dutch but to a genealogist they tell a compelling story.  First off both Trynetje and her sister Barbara name their daughters Jannetje after their deceased mother Jannetje Lamberts.  The first baptism is witnessed by Claus (Nicholas) Van Dyke, husband of Francyntje Hendrickson, Hendrick and Willem’s sister and Trynetje’s sister also named Jannetje.  Then the second baptism is witnessed by our ancestor, Trynetje Van Dyke, Barbara’s sister and wife of Hendrick Hendrickson and Hendrick Van Dyke, brother of Nicholas Van Dyke.  The child Johannes Hendrickse was probably named after Johannes Van Ecklen, Hendrick and Willem’s older half brother who brought them to Long Island as the baptism is witnessed by Geesje Van Hekel (Ecklen) a daughter of Johannes and a niece of Willem Hendrickson (I have no idea who Stoffel Schar is).   Well wasn’t that exciting?  Maybe I need to write some more about Dick Van Dyke.  

Lambert Van Dyke son of Achias Van Dyke listed in the 1708 land deed married Marritje Hooglandt moved to Bucks Co., Pennsylvania around 1730 with 12 of his children.  His oldest son Dirk b. in 1707 married Saritje Janszen around 1730 in Bucks County and his oldest son Dirk Richard Van Dyke b. abt. 1732 and his wife Mary had a son Joseph b. abt.  1758 in Philadelphia, PA. who had a son also named Joseph b. 1782 who married Elizabeth Edwards 14 Sep 1800.  They had a son named John Van Dyke b. 27 Nov 1813 in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Around 1817 the John moved to Illinois to work on the National or Cumberland Road which was one of the first nationally funded roads.   The Van Dyke family eventually moved to Greenup, Cumberland Co., Illinois and in 1838 John married Margaret Hazelwood.  In 1849 John caught the Frisco Fever and he and twenty other local village men ventured off towards California to seek fame and fortune. Instead they found heartache and frustration as according to his Findagrave biography only John and two other men returned alive to tell the sad tale.  In 1853 John and Margaret had a son named James Ward Van Dyke who married Jennette Peters in 1880 and they had a son named Dorsey Clinton Van Dyke who married Jennie Ware in 1903. Jennie and Dorsey had a son named Loren Wayne Van Dyke who married Hazel Victoria McCord in 1924.  Loren and Hazel had two sons, Richard (Dick) Wayne and Jerry McCord Van Dyke. 

That would make Dick and Jerry our ninth cousins.  But they are not our only notable Van Dyke cousins.   Catherine Van Dyke, the wife of Daniel Hendrickson, had a bother Jan Janse Van Dyke who married Tuentje Van Pelt and they had a son Jan b. 19 Nov 1682 who married Annetje Verkerk in 1706.  They had a son Jan Van Dyke III b. 6 Nov 1709 who married Gerretje Bergen in 1750 and they had a son Frederick b. 3 Nov 1751 who married Lydia Cole in 1778.  They had a son Frederick Augustus Van Dyke b. in 1794 who married Eliza Anderson who were the parents of Henry Jackson Van Dyke b. 1822 who married Henrietta Ashmend in 1845.  It was their son Henry Jackson Van Dyke Jr. b. 1852 who was one of my favorite Christian Authors.  Henry was a Professor of English literature at Princeton who wrote one of my favorite Christmas stories, “The Other Wise Man”.   You can read and enjoy this story on line at: http://www.classicreader.com/book/593/1/.  

So if you able to write poetry, or dance, sing and act as if on the golden stage or are just fond of telling stories and acting out you might want to blame your Van Dyke ancestors!