Andries Hoppen arrived in New Netherland by 1651 (when a child of his was baptized in New Amsterdam) as an officer employed by the Dutch West Indies Co. in New Amsterdam as a Commissary of Wares. In 1655 he was transferred to the Dutch settlement north of the Delaware River where he was appointed Secretary and Attorney General of that Colony. On 13 Apr 1657 he was granted the small burgher right in New Amsterdam. He was a merchant, a general trader and freighter, who owned a sloop (or “yacht”) used for trading along the North River (the Hudson River) as far as Fort Orange (Albany) and making trips to Dutch possessions to the north (New England).
Andries Willemszen Hoppe(n) died after 3 March 1658 and before 18 December 1658. Ca 1650 Andries Willemszen married Geertje Hendricks
ANDRIES WILLEMSZEN HOPPE (HOPPEN) was in New Netherlands as early as 10 Sep 1651, when his dau. was baptized in New Amsterdam. He did not live long in the new colony, for he died in 1658, sometime after 25 Mar 1658, when he appeared in court and before 18 Dec 1658, when Geertje Hendricks appeared before the Orphans Court as a widow. It is not known when he arrived in New Netherlands or from where he emigrated. There is evidence that the surname Hoppe (Hoppen) existed in Holland as early as the 16th Century. However, we cannot be certain that he was Dutch, though it is likely that he, like his wife, was from Holland. George Olin Zabriskie pointed out that their youngest child was named Matthys Adolphus, and Adolphus is not a Dutch name. In typical Dutch fashion the child would have used his father’s patronymic Andriesen as his middle name, yet none of his children appeared to follow that tradition.
Andries always appeared in records with his surname listed as Hoppe or Hoppen, and never as simply Andries Willemszen, as was usual in those times. In fact, his patronymic Willemszen was only used in one church record. By 1653 or 1656, he had been granted the right of “small burgher” of New Amsterdam, which meant he was a citizen entitled to certain privileges, such as the right to trade, operate a business or practice a profession. The Court Minutes of New Amsterdam and the Minutes of the Orphanmasters reveal he was a merchant, trader, and freighter. Mention was made of trips to the North [north on the Hudson River to Ft. Orange, later Albany.]
After his death, the “yacht” he held in partnership with Jacob Coppe, was sold. Jacob, Andries, and after her husband’s death Geertje Hendricks often traded in beavers, and zeewan [Indian wampum], as well as in florins and guilders, the Dutch coins. Records indicated they sold or traded a variety of goods including: tobacco, pottery, boards, deerskin, elk hides, linnen (sic), brandy, stones and grindstones (the latter two had probably been used as ballast on ships). From mortgage records, we know he had a house on the “Heer Weech” (Long Highway now Broadway) north of Beaver St. and owned a lot in the warehouse area on the north side of Bridge Street between Broadway and Whitehall, near the East River (See Plan of New Amsterdam p. xviii-xix).
Shortly before his death, he contracted to buy a large tract of land known as Broncks Land, and later known as Morrisania. After a complicated and long legal battle, the property was finally purchased by Andries’ widow, but it was sold again the next day, and then acquired by Capt. Richard Morris, for whom it was named. From the baptismal records of his sons Hendrick and Matthys, he was married to Geertje Hendricks. Court records show she was the sister of Beletje Hendricks, the wife of Cornelius Aertsen (whose descendants later used the name van Schaick). From the records of Cornelius and Beletje’s marriage intentions, in Amsterdam in 1640, Beletje was from Ahren in Gelderland, Holland.
Geertje Hendricks was probably the mother of his four children who were baptized in New Amsterdam, though there is a slight possibility she was not the mother of the eldest. No mother’s name was given at the baptism of Andries’ first two children. The Orphan master records state, “Geertje Hendricks, coming again with the guardians, is ordered to agree with them and promises to do so. The guardians are reminded, that the oldest child must remain with the mother.” This may indicate that Tryntje (Catrina), the first child baptized, was a stepdaughter and the courts wanted assurance that she would remain with Geertje. However, the records of the Orphanmasters, also stated “[Geertje] would give to her children, Catrina, Wilhelmus, Hendrick, Matthys and Adollf Hoppe, as their share of their father’s estate the sum of 1,000 fl. or 200 fl. each child at once and not more.” However, Matthys Adolphus, baptized as Mattheus Abbertus, was known in adulthood as Matthys Adolphus Hoppe(n), and was therefore one child and not two. It is possible Andries and/or Geertje had an older child, not baptized in New Amsterdam. Perhaps the reference to “the oldest child” was referring to Hendricktje Aerts, with whom the Hoppe’s had a close relationship. She may have been a stepchild (possibly Geertje’s daughter from an earlier marriage), or an adopted daughter, as she seemed to fill the role of the eldest sister at family baptisms.
Hendricktje’s father’s first name was undoubtedly Aert, as she used that patronymic, and not Andries Hoppe as suggested by earlier genealogies, (See Appendix B.*). The five children could also be a transcription error as can be seen the records are very difficult to read. On 8 May 1660, at the NY RDCh. [Reformed Dutch Church] in New Amsterdam, “Dirck Gerritszen van Tricht, in’t Graefschap van Buuren, en Geertje Hendricks, Wede van Andries Hoppe,” [Dirck Gerritszen, born at Tricht, in the County of Buuren (Holland), and Geertje Hendricks, widow of Andries Hoppe], announced their intention to marry. He was “Dirck Gerritszen van Dien, farmer from Tricht” who had arrived in New Amsterdam, two months before, on 4 Mar of 1660, on the ship “De Liefde” [The Love]” They must have married soon after the banns were read, for in Jan 1661, their only son Gerrit was baptized. Their descendants later used the name van Dien.
On 14 Sep 1662, with English confirming patents issued 12 May 1668, Dirck Gerritsen obtained land in what is now Jersey City, NJ, then the newly established village of Bergen. The family lived there for many years, until moving to the new settlement in Hackensack. The last record of Geertje was probably in 1686, when one of the original members of the Hackensack RDCh. was listed as Geertje Hoppe.
Children of Andries Willemszen HOPPE(N) and Geertje Hendricks- baptized at New York Dutch Church:
• Tryntje (Catharina/Catrina) – b. probably in New Amsterdam, bap. on 10 Sep 1651. (father: Andries Willemszen Soppe (sic), mother: not listed, wit: Jan van de Bildt, Wyntie Elberts, Arentje Gerrits); m. Fredrick Thomasen (Cadmus) [Note: as stated in text there is a slight possibility that Geertje Hendricks was not Tryntje’s mother.]
• Willem (Wilhelmus) – bap. 29 Mar 1654 (father: Andries Hop, mother: not listed, wit: Joris Stephenszen, Stoffel Andrieszen, Cornelis Arentszen, Beelitie Hendricks); m. Meynou Paulus Jurckse [Meynou m. second Abraham De voe (Vouw) and moved with her two Hopper daughters to Tarrytown.]
• Hendrick – bap. 9 Jan 1656 (par: Andries Hop and Geertie Hendricks, wit: Cornelis Aertszen, Belitje Hendricks); m. Marritje Jans van Blarcom
• Matthys Adolphus – bap. 3 Mar 1658 – name transcribed as “Mattheus Abbertus” (par: Andries Hoppe and Geertie Hendricks, wit: Lambert Huÿbertszen Mol, Arie Corneliszen, Christina Harmens, Engeltje Wouters); m. Anna (Antje) Paulus Jurckse