Geertje Hendricksdr 1630 to 1686


Geertje Hendricks was the daughter of Aert Hendricks (?). She was the wife of Andries Willemsen Hoppe(n) of The Netherlands. They came to New Amsterdam, NY before 1651 when one of their daughters (Tryntje Andriesdr Hoppe) was baptized 10 Sept 1651 in New Amsterdam, NY. Andries has been granted the right of “small burgher” of New Amsterdam in 1653 or 1656, 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 Fort Orange].

Andries died in 1658, sometime after 25 March 1658, when he appeared in court and before 18 Dec 1658 when Geertje Hendricks Hoppe appeared before the Orphans Court as a widow. After his death in 1658 the “yacht” he held in partnership with Jacob Coppe was sold. Jacob, Andries, and after Andries’ death, Geertje Hendricks Hoppe(r) 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 a ballast on ships). From mortgage records we know he had a house on the “Heer Weech” (Long Highway now known as Broadway) north of Beaver Street 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 (later known as Morissania). After a complicated and long legal battle, the property was finally purchased by Andries’ widow, but it was sold again the next day and acquired by Capt. Richard Morris, for whom it was named.

From the baptismal records of his sons Hendrick and Matthys, Andries was married to Geertje Hendricks. Court records show that Geertje was the sister of Beletje Hendricks, wife of Cornelius Aertsen (whose descendants later used the name van Schaick). Geertje Hendricks Hoppe(r) was probably the mother of Andries’ four children who were baptized in New Amsterdam, though there is a slight possibility she was not the mother of the eldest child. 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 Orphan masters 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. to 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 Hendircktje 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.

  1. Tryntje (Catharina/Catrina) bap. 10 Sep 1651 (father: Andries Willemszen Soppe (sic), mother:
    not listed), wit. Jan van de Bildt, Wyntie Elberts, Arentje Gerrits; Tryntje m. Fredrick Thomasen
    (Cadmus). [Note: as stated in text there is a slight possibility that Geertje Hendricks was not
    Tryntje’s mother.]
  2. Willem (Wilhelmus) bap. 29 Mar 1654 (father: Andries Hoppe, mother: not listed, wit: Joris
    Stephenszen, Stoffel Andrieszen, Cornelis Arentszen, Beelitie Hendricks); Willem m. Meynou
    Paulus Jurckse. [Later on Maynou m. Abraham Devoe (Vouw) and moved with her two Hopper
    daughters to Tarrytown.]
  3. Hendrick bap. 9 Jan 1656 at NY RDCh. [Reformed Dutch Church] (parents: Andries Hoppe and
    Geertje Hendricks, wit: Cornelis Aertszen, Belitje Hendricks); m. Marritje Jans van Blarcom.
  4. Matthys Adolphus bap. 3 Mar 1658.Name transcribed as “Mattheus Abbertus” (parents: Andries
    Hoppe and Geertje Hendricks, wit: Lambert Huybertszen Mol, Arie Corneliszen, Christina
    Harmens, Engeltje Wouters); m. Anna (Antje) Paulus Jurckse.

    In 1660 in the NY Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam, NY banns were read that “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 Burren (Holland), and Geertje Hendricks, widow of Andries Hoppe], announced their intention to marry. They must have
    married soon after the banns were read, for in Jan 1661 their only son Gerrit was baptized. Geertje Hendricks married Dirck (Derrick) Gerritszen (van Dyne) van Dien on May 8, 1660 in New Amsterdam, New York, USA. They settled in Westchester, NY, USA before 1666.