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  1. Tryntje (Pieterse) Ostrander: Birth: ABT. 1653 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Death: AFT. 9 JAN 1714/15

  2. Pieter (Pietersz) Ostrander: Birth: 11 MAY 1653 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Death: AFT. 31 MAR 1738

  3. Geestje Pieterse Ostrander: Birth: ABT. 1658.

1. Title:   GEDCOM file imported on 3 Dec 2000
Author:   Betsy Grovenburg
2. Title:   christina.ged

a. Note:   The Ostrander family of Ulster county, New York is descended from Pieter Pieterzen and Tryntje, his wife, who came to this country from the Netherlands in 166o. He was one of a company of soldiers that embarked in the ship Bontekoe (Spotted Cow) April 15, 166o for Nieuw Amsterdam. The record on the pas�senger list of the vessel reads: �Pieter Pieterszen, from Amsterdam, with his wife and two children.� He is said to have been a cadet in the army under the States General of the Netherlands. He seems to have come to the Esopus with the troops sent to suppress the Indian outbreaks. We find him afterwards in 168o, signing the petition of the inhabitants of the Esopus to Governor Andros for a minister �that can preache bothe English and Dutche, wch will bee most fitting for this place, it being in its Minoritty.� The two children who accompanied him to this country must have been his son, Pieter, and one of his two daughters as at the marriage of that son January 19, 1679 he is recorded as �j. m., from Amsterdam.� The children of PLETER PIETERZEN (OSTRANDER)1 and TRYNTJE, his wife were:
  (2) Pieter Pieterzen2: Born before 166o.
  (3) Tryntje2: Born before 166o. She married Hen�drick Albertse Ploeg at Kingston and was the mother of ten children.
  (4) Geestje2: Born after 166o; married Jan Pier and had a number of children.
  According to the Ostrnder Association's publication of the Ostrander Family Vital Records, the original emigrant to America was a Dutch Adelborst or Army Cadet named Pieter Pieterzen of Amsterdam who arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam in 1660 on the ship "De Bonte Koe" (the spotted cow). With him, arrived his wife Tryntje [Catherine], his son Pieter and two daughters; Tryntje, the younger and Geestje. The commander of De Bonte Koe, Capt. Pieter Lucansz kept a detailed account book recording the fares of his passengers and other personal information, which is our mainl source for early information on Pieter Pieterzen. Pieter�s title of Adelborst is said to denote, "a gentleman volunteer in the Army� [ref: OFA]. This military position was common among younger son, who emigrated in search of their own fortune; being barred from inheriting his father's estate due to the laws of primogeniture. The Ostrander Associations does not indicate that anything is known of the first emigrant's parentage; however, the patronymic "Pieterzen", indicates that he is the son of another Pieter and his origin from Amsterdam may provide clues to his parentage. The use of the name �Pieter� in the American family shows that most first born sons were given this name, for at least three generations. Capt. Pieter Lucansz's account book further records that Pieter�s children were of 8, 4, and 2; providing us with estimates for their birth years. New York records indicate that these children survive to adulthood and are identified by church records as, Pieter the younger, Tryntje who marries Hendrik Albertse Ploeg and Geestje who marries Jan Pier. Genealogists appear to list Pieter as the eldest child, Tryntje as the middle child and Geestje as the youngest; however, the basis of this conclusion is unclear, since Capt. Pieter Lucansz does not indicate the sex of each child only their ages. There is no proof that one of these three adults were not children born after the arrival of Pieter and that the earlier children did not survive to adulthood.
  There are no family traditions or New York records, which provide any clues to the original emigrants' parentage or any detail information of their lives in the Netherlands, beyond residency in Amsterdam. Pieter's patronymic surname �Pieterzen� indicates that his father's name was also Pieter. In 1993, Chester B. Ostrander initiated a preliminary search of Dutch records hiring Dr. J. A. J. Krijnen of Leiden. Dr. Krijnen's search in the Amsterdam Municipal Archives was successful in locating the marriage banns of Pieter Pietersz and his wife Trijntje Van De Lande, which were issued on the 26th of October 1652. Also located was the date of birth, probably a church record, for their son Pieter on the 11th of May 1653, the godfather was listed as Jan van de Lande. I have not seen the proof for any of this material, only a condensed conclusion of his research published in "De Bonte Koe", Volume 11, Number 1 (1994). The marriage banns and birth record do indicate that Trijntje was pregnant before her marriage, which was common for the times and for Dutch culture. Northern European traditions placed a greater value on the fertility of a potential wife above her virginity.
  Landing on Manhttan Island about June in 1660, Pieter and his family moved north into the Hudson Valley settling in the Dutch hamlet of Esopus, now known as Kingston in modern day Ulster County. The settlement consisted of about 70 families [ref: Ostrander Assoc., "Ostrander"]. In a biographical sketch of William B. Ostrander of Ulster County, family oral traditions record, "...the parents [Pieter & Tryntje] fell victims to the barbarity of the Indians during the warfare between that race and the Dutch..." [ref: Commemorative Biographical Record of Ulster County, NY (c1879), pg. 1259-61]. The Ostrander Family Association notes in their literature that
  "a secondary source states that tradition says the family fell victim to Indians, but documentary evidence is lacking and the tradition was not widely handed down within the family."; however, "in June of 1663 [Native Americans] attacked ...and this time penetrated the stockade. Twelve homes went up in flames, twenty one Dutch were killed and forty five, mostly women and children were taken captive. Nieuw Dorp [now Hurley], a new settlement three miles to the west, was entirely destroyed."
  Hurley/Nieuw Dorp is an area that Pieter, the younger is known to have lived and is not far from Kingston, which makes a story of massacre, possible. New York land records for Pieter, the emigrant have not been located. It is possible that the vast records of the Dutch West Indian Company may provide details of the emigrant profession and landholdings. These records are being translated and indexed by Dr. Charles Gehring, who has completed work on about one-third of the 12,000 pages of these records Taking the place of land records, the marriage record of Pieter Pieterzen, the younger, to Rebecca Traphagen place both families in Westquansengh in 1679. The Ostrander family is well recorded at Kingston's Old Dutch Church. Records indicate that the emigrant, Pieter Pieterzen, the elder had only one son and from this son descend all families of the Hudson Valley that carry the name Ostrander. The children of Pieter & Tyntje (Van de Lande) Pietresz, the original emigrants are: is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.