Anneken Hansen Bergen: Birth: 22 JUL 1640.
Brecktje Hansen Bergen: Birth: 27 JUL 1642.
Jan Hansen Bergen: Birth: 17 APR 1644.
Michiel Hansen Bergen: Birth: 4 NOV 1646.
Joris Hansen Bergen: Birth: 18 JUL 1649.
Marytie Hansen Bergen: Birth: 8 OCT 1651. Death: AFT. 9 SEP 1722
Jacob Hansen Bergen: Birth: 21 SEP 1653.
Note: Hans Hansen Bergen, b 1610/1615 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Died 30 May 1654 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands.
"Hans Hansen, from Bergen, Norway, is the common ancestor of the Bergen family of Long Island, New Jersey and their vicinity. He was a ship carpenter by trade, went from Norway to Holland, and thence, in 1633, to New Amsterdam. In the records his name appears in various forms most commonly Hans Hansen Noorman, Hans Hansen Boer. He is one of the exceptions among the Norwegian settlers in New Amsterdam in so far that he has been mentioned frequently in books and papers as being a Norwegian, and that an entire book has been written about him and his descendants (Teunis G. Bergen, Descendants of Hans Hartsen Bergen, one of the early settlers of New York, with notes on other Long Island families, New York, 1866; enlarged edition, 1876). The assertion which has sometimes been made that Hans Hansen was at the head of an expedition of Dutch and Norwegians who crossed the Hudson, and settled where the present Jersey City is, is false. It has also been asserted that Bergen in New Jersey was called after Hans Hansen Bergen. But this statement is equally false. For Bergen in New Jersey was named after Bergen op Zoom (there is a Bergen in Holland and in Germany as well as in Norway). Hans Hansen had no property on the west of the Hudson where Bergen lay. Bergen in New Jersey was founded after his death. Hans Hansen married, in 1639, in New Amsterdam, Sarah, daughter of Joris Jansen Rapalje of Walloon ancestry. She was born June 9, 1625, at Albany, and was probably the first female child born of European parentage in the colony of New Netherland. Many children were born to Hans and Sarah. The records of the Dutch Reformed church in New Amsterdam state when they were baptized and who acted as their sponsors. The children were: Anneken, baptized July 22, 1640; Brecktje, baptized July 27, 1642; Jan, baptized April 17, 1644, one of the sponsors being the Norwegian woman from Marstrand, Anneke Jans, at that time the wife of the Dutch pastor in New Amsterdam, Rev. Bogardus; Michiel, baptized November 4, 1646, one of whose sponsors was Pieter Jansen Noorman, a Norwegian; Joris, baptized July 18, 1649; Marretje, baptized October 8,1651; Jacob, baptized September 21, 1653; Catalyn, a twin with Jacob, baptized November 30, 1653. Hans Hansen, we find, acted as sponsor for the child of a Norwegian, Laurens Pietersen Noorman, June 1, 1642. On July, 1638, the following agreement for the cultivation of a tobacco plantation on Manhattan Island was made between Andries Hudde and Hans Hartsen Norman:
Conditions and stipulations agreed to between Hudde and Hans Hansen Norman, on the ninth day of July, 1638, as follows: First, the said Andries Hudde shall by first opportunity ships from Holland send hither to Hans Hansen aforesaid six or eight persons with implements required for the cultivation of tobacco. Hans Hansen shall be bound to place the said persons upon the flatland on the Island of the Manhates behind the Corlears land. Hudde shall bear the expense of the transportation and engaging them and shall send the vouchers for these expenses with them. Hans Hunsen shall also be bound to furnish as many dwellings and tobacco houses, as the time may permit; further to put to work the persons, who shall come from the Fatherland, for the profit of both of them. Hans Hansen shall also have authority over them in Hudde's absence without interference by anybody else. He shall further bear and repay one half of the expenses, incurred by said Hudde. In like manner he must provide such supply of victuals, as shall be necessary for so many persons, on condition that Andries Hudde shall likewise repay one half of the expenses incurred here by Hans Hansen. Mons. Hudde shall also be bound to pay Hans Hansen for his industry whatever impartial men shall deem to be just. Likewise Hudde shall not be allowed to demand from said Hans Hunsen any rent for the land, but shall assist in every way with the means, which he has here, if he does not require them and is not prevented and all this until Hudde's return, when further arrangements shall be made. For what is above written, parties pledge their persons and property real and personal, present and future submitting to the Provincial Court of Holland and all other Courts, Judges and Justices, all in good faith without reservation or deceit. Thus done at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 10th of July Anno 1688. A. Hudde. (Signatures of Hans Hansen.) aforesaid.
Under date of July 18, 1638, Hans Hansen gave power of attorney to Wouter van Twiller, the Director of New Netherland. On March 13, 1647, he acquired a lot south of Fort Amsterdam "between Jan Snedeker and Joris Rapalje," that is, next to his father-in-law. On March 30, in the same year, he acquired land on Long Island "on the kill of Joris Rapalyey bounded by Lambert Huybertsen's, Jan the Swede's plantation and by Mespath Kill as far as Dirck Volkertsen." This was at the head of the Kill of Mespath (Indian name for Newton), or Newton Creek, in a section called by the Dutch "t Kreuppelbosch," now corrupted Cripple Bush. The grant amounted to 400 acres. Hans Hansen was a respectable citizen, and this was stated as the cause for his being acquitted when found guilty of smuggling in 1648. The records say (May 26, 1648): "Pardon of Hans Hansen, for fourteen years a respectable resident in New Amsterdam, on a charge of having aided in smuggling, on condition that he beg pardon of God and the court." He died probably early in 1654. His widow later became the wife of Teunis Gysbert Bogert. In 1656, in a petition asking for a grant of land, she described herself as the first born Christian daughter in New Netherland. Hans Hansen as well as his wife and her parents never learned to write, signing their names with marks, as the great majority of the inhabitants of New Amsterdam did." From "Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674," pp. 102-105.
Father: Hans Nilsen, b ca 1582 in Osthammar's Brul, Norway
Mother: Marta Jonasdotter, b ca 1580
Sarah Jorise Rapalje, b 9 June 1625 in Fort Orange, New Netherlands. Probably the first child born in New Amsterdam of European parentage. Married Hans Hansen Bergen 1639 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands. Had eight children: Annatje (Anneken), Breckje, Jan, Michael, Joris, Marritje, Jacob, and Catalyntje. May have died ca 1685.
Father: Joris Jansen Rapalje [Joris Jansen De Rapalje (Rapalye, Rapalie, De Rapalie, Rapelle): Valenciennes, French Flanders; New Netherland (1623); Fort Orange, Albany NY; New Amsterdam; Wallabout, Brooklyn NY (1837); d. 1662 Wallabout, Brooklyn NY. See Peter Steven Gannon and Jane Hawkes Liddell, "The Assimilation of Huguenots in Western Long Island," Huguenot Refugees in the Settling of Colonial America, ed. Peter Gannon (New York: Huguenot Society of America, 1985), and, in particular, pp. 337, 356.]
Mother: Catalyntje Jeronimus Trico, b 1606 in Priches, Hainault, Belgium
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