Gerrit Aertsen Van Wagenen: Birth: 14 FEB 1652/53. Death: AFT. 14 MAY 1721
Gepje Aertsen Van Wagenen: Birth: ABT. 1660.
Note: Aert, or Aart Jacobsen, the ancestor of all the families mentioned in the earliest town and church records of Ulster and Dutchess Counties in New York State, under the name of Van Wageningen and Van Wagenen, came from Wageningen, a town near the Rhine, ten miles west of Arnheim in Guelderland. His children, in accordance with the custom of the early Dutch settlers in America, adopted the name of that town as a family name. The date of Aert Jacobsen's arrival from Holland is uncertain, but it was probably about 1650.
THE FIRST GENERATION IN AMERICA
(1001) Aert Jacobsen came to Rensselaerwyck with Evert Pels, a brewer, of Steltyn, who lived at the Mill Creek in Greenbos (Greenbush). The records of the Dutch Church at Albany prior to 1683 having been lost, there is little information to be had about Aert Jacobsen or his family during their residence in Rensselaerwyck (Albany), but after their removal to Kingston in 1660, the record is quite complete. Aert Jacobsen took the oath of allegiance to the Patroon on November 23, 1651. On September 18, 1660, he purchased a piece of land in Esopus containing 47 morgens (94 acres), 215 rods for 600 guilders (240 dollars), half in beaver and half in wheat at market prices. His wife's name was Annatje Gerrits, (many of her descendants took the name Gerrit as a Christian, or first name). They were both received as members of the Dutch Church at Kingston on June 24, 1661. At an election held March 31, 1664 for delegates to be sent from Wiltwick (Kingston) to the Manhattans (New York) to a General Assembly, Aert Jacobsen and Evert Pels signed as voters. Aert Jacobsen died before 1667, as his daughter Neltje married in that year and is recorded as the daughter of Aert Jacobsen, deceased. On May 15, 1672, his widow was assessed for repairing the Stockade at Kingston.
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