Albert Winslow Ryerson.

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RYERSON GENEALOGY



THE RYERSON
GENEALOGY



Genealogy and History of the

Knickerbocker Families of Ryerson,

Ryerse, Ryerss; also Adriance and Martense

F ami lies \ all descendants of Martin and

Adriaen Reyersz (Reyerszen),

of Amsterdam ^ Holland



BY

ALBERT WINSLOW RYERSON

MEMBER OF THE LONG ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND

NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY; AND AUTHOR OF

THE BLANCHARD MEMORIAL AND MEADY GENEALOGY



Edited by
ALFRED L. HOLMAN



Privately Printed for

EDWARD L. RYERSON

Chicago

1916



Copyright, 1916
EDWARD L. RYERSON



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: riptioQ of the family Coat of Arms as registerjfi
in Holland is as follows:

Quarterly, one and four Sa., a tree withered anti eradicated,
Arg., two and three Arg., three Halberds, bend wa3?s, and ia
bead sinister, the niiddle cue longer than the oLiiers. Sa.. the
blades Ve?t., Sartrmt Arg., a Martlet, Or.

Crest: A Swan rou^ant.




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ARMORIAL BEARINGS

The description of the family Coat of Arms as registered
in Holland is as follows:

Quarterly, one and four Sa., a tree withered and eradicated,
Arg., two and three Arg., three Halberds, bend ways, and in
bend sinister, the middle one longer than the others, Sa., the
blades Vert., Surtout Arg., a Martlet, Or.

Crest: A Swan rousant.



CONTENTS

PAGE

Ryerson Coat of Arms Frontispiece

Armorial Bearings v

Foreword jx

The Name — Its Etymology xi



PART
Ryerson Genealogy



PART II

Descendants of Adriaen Reyersz 265

Adriance Family 269

Martense Family 301

Ryers (Ryerson) Family 311



Ryerss Family



315



APPENDIXES

Adriance-Auryensen Families 321

Garret Daniel Adriance Family 324

Unidentified Families 326

Unidentified Ryersons 332

Unidentified Adriances 335

Col. Martin Ryerson and Catherine Coxe 337



INDEXES

Ryerson Names 343

Other Names 357



FOREWORD

IT is a pleasure to be enabled to state that every assistance has been afforded
the writer in seeking authentic information by permitting him to examine
various church, family and private records. A few, however, have not
replied to inquiries made, either from inabiHty or misapprehension of the object,
and as a necessary consequence no account of some of these famihes can be given
with accuracy, if given at all.

To many members of the family, and others who have cheerfully assisted
him, the author returns his sincere thanks. Especial mention is due to Mr.
Edward L. Ryerson, of Chicago, not only for valuable statistical contributions,
but for the first encouragement to the author in the early years of this work ; to
Mr. Ralph W. Skinner, an attorney at Newark, whose enthusiasm in family
genealogy and convenient access to records at Trenton and Bergen County,
many of which were copied and interpreted by him, rendered the author most
valuable assistance; to Miss Jennie Ryerson of Goshen, Indiana, and California,
who has been untiring in her efforts to collect statistics; to Mrs. Elizabeth
(Ryerson) Neidig of Muscatine, Iowa; Dr. John G. Ryerson, of Boon ton. New
Jersey; Louis Johnes Ryerson, of Pompton Plains; Lorenzo Ryerson, of Wayne,
New Jersey, and Mrs. Robert S. Hughes, of Paterson and Oakland, New Jersey.
Dr. George Ansel Sterling Ryerson, M. P., of Toronto, Canada, was one of the
most Hberal and wiUing contributors, and his information was most interesting
since it treated largely of the European origin of the family. Concerning the
Adriance family, the author wishes to extend especial thanks to Mr. I. Reynolds
Adriance of Poughkeepsie, New York; Mr. E. W. Adriance of Berkeley, Cah-
fomia; Rev. George S. Adriance Moore, and Mr. Morris Patterson Ferris, both
of New York.



THE NAME — ITS ETYMOLOGY

THE FAMILY — ITS EUROPEAN ORIGIN AND HISTORY

THE Ryerson family in America is distinctively of Holland (Dutch) origin.
The name can be traced back in a direct line for three centuries and in
disconnected lines for nearly six centuries.

We are thus enabled to identify the family as early as 1390, in which year
one Wilhelmus Reyerszoon was Burgomaster of Amsterdam.

Dr. George S. Ryerson, of Toronto, states that when on a visit to Leyden,
Holland, in 1890, he met a Dr. Riejer, then director of the Huguenot Library.
He informed us that the name was originally a patronymic and that the root of
the name "Ryer" (Ryer in Dutch) translated meant a rider, or Cavaher, the
"son" (zoon) added meaning "son of." Dr. Ryerson made some extensive
researches in Holland, and we are indebted to him for what information we have
concerning the early European history of the family. Owing to the destruction
by fire of many ancient records of the West India Company he was unable to
estabhsh direct connections of the first of the name to settle in America with
their kinsmen. In Holland, however. Dr. Ryerson obtained much valuable
information and succeeded in discovering the family coat of arms as registered.
There is a tradition in the family that the Ryersons were of French Huguenot
origin and that they sought refuge in Holland on account of reHgious persecution.
Yet the family seems to have been of Dutch ancestry before the days of the
Huguenots. That they espoused the Protestant cause and were also sympa-
thizers and supporters of the Walloons and Huguenots, is true. There is little
doubt in the author's mind, however, that the very early origin of the Ryerson
family was in Norway and that those sturdy Norsemen in their conquests on the
coast of France left representatives in that country who subsequently migrated
to Holland.

The earliest published records of the name may be found in a volume entitled
"Beschrivings van Amsterdam, door ,^ -by Casparus Commelin (History of
Amsterdam, by Commelin). In the second edition, volume i, a.d. 1725, is
found a Hst of BailUes, Burgomasters, Aldermen, Councillors, Treasurers and
other Civic Officials of the city of Amsterdam from the year 1330 to 1693 a.d.
Through this fist we are able to trace the name Reyerz (Ryerson) for a period of
nearly two hundred years.

When the blood-thirsty Philip II, of Spain, was crowned King of the Nether-



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lands he at once estabKshed the Inquisition and sent as his regent, Margaret,
Duchess of Parma, who in her bigoted misrule caused many to be put to death
for heresy. It was but natural that the people rose against such atrocities, and
waged a bitter war for years under the guidance of William, Prince of Orange,
who ultimately succeeded in expelling the Spaniards from Holland. The Ryer-
son family took an active part in driving the tyrants from the country and
suffered severly thereby. This is confirmed by the Ryerson Coat of Arms which
shows that in battle the family was nearly exterminated. The battle axes and
the uprooted tree tell the story.

The following letter is proof of the early connection of the Ryerson family
with this country:

LETTER

Directors at Amsterdam to Director Stuyvesant, Honorable, Prudent, Beloved,
Faithful. We received by vessels Trouw Hoop and Gulden Arent your general
and particular letters of the 21st of July last with documents belonging thereto.
As time does not permit us to answer at present by the vessel that most directly
sails to the South River, we hope to do so by the ships which are expected to
sail from here in the latter part of next month. Meanwhile we herewith send
you, with a view to your special information, our resolution adopted upon a
proposal of this city for which you will see what further privileges we have
granted the magistrates of this city in regard to their colonies on the South river,
and as said magistrates are now sending several colonists and families thither for
the advancement thereof, in the hope that such will be crowned with success.
Your honor may see from the invoice what necessaries of clothing for the soldiers,
have been laden in the vessel while the remainder can be expected with the
winter vessels. With which termination we commend you to God's protection,
Honorable, Prudent, Beloved, Faithful.

Your good friends.

The Directors of the W. I. Co.

Jacobus Reyers,
Amsterdam, Nov. 9, 1661. Abr. Wilmerdonk.

To the Director General & Council in New Netherlands.

Enclosed with this letter were proposals of the Council of the Right Worship-
ful, the Burgomiasters of the City of Amsterdam and an extract from the record
of resolutions of the Directors of theW. I. Co.'s Chamber in Amsterdam (O'Calla-
han. Doc. Hist. N. Y., vol. 2, p. 173). The original of the letter may be found
in the office of the Secretary of State, at Albany, N. Y.

From the foregoing we may assume that the aforesaid Director Jacobus
Reyers (James Ryerson) sent many of his kinsfolk to the New Netherlands with
the first colonists.



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The late Rev. Dr. Schenck, of Pompton, New Jersey, spent many years of
his life preparing a history of the early Dutch settlers in the Pompton Valley.
This admirable work contains a genealogical sketch of the Ryerson family.
The manuscript, which remains unpublished, is now in possession of the Newark
Historical Society.

Dr. Schenck states in the introduction to his sketch of the Ryerson family
that, "The late and aged George L. Ryerson, of Pacquanac, used to say that four
or five brothers came to this country from Holland in the early days of the
American Colonies." G. L. Ryerson was one hundred years old lacking three
months, when he died in 1842. He was born 1742, and was a great-grandson
of the first progenitor of the Ryerson family in America. His wife was his first
cousin, being a daughter of his father's brother. Through his line have been
handed down many documents of his own time, and some antedating his birth
about one hundred years.

We now direct our attention to the first persons bearing the name of whom
there is any record as having settled in this country during the early days. As
early as 1637 we find that one Jan Ryerson resided at Renselaerswyck (now
Albany). His name appears upon a list of first settlers of that town who came
from Holland during that year.

Whether Jan Ryerson married and left any descendants or not in this country
we do not know. If he did his descendants would more than likely have been
named Jansen or Johnson. There is no doubt that he was kin to the first pro-
genitors of the Ryerson family, perhaps one of the brothers referred to in George
L. Ryerson's statement. The next earliest mention of the name in New Am-
sterdam is on July 20, 1645, when one Jacob Reyerson, attorney for Jan Van
Hardenburgh, in an action to recover money due the late Hendrick Roesen,
secures judgement for the plaintiff with costs. (O'Callaghan.)

The next in chronological order of their appearance in America, in accord
with the early colonial records, were the two brothers Marten and Adriaen
Ryerszen who came to America as early as 1646: the former being the known
ancestor of nearly all the Ryersons in America, and the latter the known ancestor
of the Adriance and Martense families.

Another member of the Ryerson family, "Gerrit Riejerszen Van Breuckelen
in't Sticht van Utrecht" married in the Dutch Reformed Church, of New Am-
sterdam (New York) on April 11, 1665, Annette Jans J. D. van Amsterdam.
This old church record written in the Dutch language, translated, would read:
"Gerrit Ryerson from Brooklyn in the province of Utrecht (Holland) to
Annie Johnson (or the daughter of John) a young maiden from Amsterdam
(Holland)." This marriage record would indicate that they came to the colony
prior to 1665.

About this same period we find another of the family name in one Walburg



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Reyers, who, on August 3, 1696, was sponsor in baptism to Ariaentie, daughter
of Jacques Terneur and Aeltje Michaelszen; and again in 1687, as sponsor at the
baptism of Enock, son of Enock Michaelszen and Metje Meyers. From the
foregoing we may learn all that the early records give us concerning the male
persons bearing the name of Ryerson who were in the country prior to 1686;
excepting, of course, the two brothers Marten and Adriaen the history of whose
descendants constitutes the reason and body of this work.

Before going into further details concerning Marten, the first ancestor, it is
necessary to state that his wife was Annetje Rapelje, daughter of Joris Jansen
de Rapelje, whom he married in Brooklyn, 1663.

Joris Jansen de Rapelje came from Rochelle, France, in the ship "New
Netherlands," the first ship sent out by the West India Company. He was
married either just prior to his journey, upon the voyage, or shortly after his
arrival. At any rate the lady who became his wife came on the same ship with
him. Her name was CataUna Tricot. She was a daughter of George Tricot,
and was born in Paris, France, in 1605. They were destined to become the par-
ents of the first white child bom in the colony, namely, Sarah Rapelje, who was
born at Fort Orange (now Albany) in the year 1625 on June 9. This circum-
stance identifies the family with the very foundation of Christian civilization
in America. The children and grandchildren intermarried mth the Ryerson
family, thus uniting the two famiUes. A sister of Sarah, aforesaid, Annetje
(Anne), was born Feb. 8, baptized Mar. 18, 1646, and married Marten Ryerson,
of Amsterdam. Their descendants form the Ryerson family of today.

The children of Joris and Catalina de Rapelje:

I. SARAH (the first white child born in the colony), b. June 9, 1625; m., first, Hans
Hansen Bergen, second, Tunis G. Bogert.

II. MARIA, b. Mar. 11, 1627; m. Michael Vandervoort.

III. JANETJE (Jane), b. Aug. 18, 1628; m. Rem Vanderbeek.

IV. JUDITH, b. July s, 1625; m. Peter Van Nest.

V. JAN (John), b. Aug. 28, 1637; m. Maria Frederickse (Lubertson).
VI. JACOB, b. May 28, 1639; shot by the Indians.
VII. CATALINA, b. Mar. 28, 1641; m. Jeremias Westerhout.
VIII. JERONIMUS, b. June 25, 1642; m. Anna Denise.
IX. ANNETJE (Anne), b. Feb. 8, 1646; m., first, Marten Ryerson, second, Joost

Franz (Joseph Francis).
X. ELIZABETH, b. Mar. 28, 1648; m. Dirck Hooglandt (Richard Hoogeland).
XI. DANIEL, b. ; m. Sarah Klock.

Joris Jansen de Rapelje, with his wife, Catalina, first settled, in 1623, at Fort
Orange, where his first child was born. He remained at Fort Orange about
three years and then removed to New Amsterdam, where he remained nearly
twenty-two years, occupying and owning a house and lot on the north side of the



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present Pearl Street, and abutting the south side of the fort, and for which he
received a patent on the i8th of March, 1647.

About the year 1646, according to reliable authorities, Adriaen and Marten
Reyersz (Adrian and Martin Ryerson) arrived in this country from Amsterdam,
Holland, and took up their abode in Breuckelen, on the Island of Nassau (now
Brooklyn, New York). Undoubtedly Adriaen was the elder brother and he
was married and had issue before the custom of changing the name was abolished.
Hence, his descendants are known to-day under the name of Adriance, Martense,
Ryers, Ryerse and Ryerson.



RYERSON GENEALOGY



THE FIRST GENERATION

1. On the 14th day of May, a.d. 1663, MARTEN REYERSZEN, Van Amsterdam
(from Amsterdam) and ANNETJE JORIS DE RAPELJE, j. d. Van
Breuckelen (Ann the daughter of George de Rapelje), j. d. (a young maiden
of Brooklyn), were married in the Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of
Brooklyn. One Catalina Jeronymus was a witness to the ceremony.
They were married by Dominie Selyns, who came from Amsterdam in 1660
and took charge of the "Breuckelen" Church. Marten Reyerson and
Annetje Rapelje (who was born Feb. 8, 1646) had eleven children:

I. MARRITJE (Mary or Martha), bap. Nov. 16, 1664. Sponsers, Jeremias Jansen
and Catalina Rapelje. She married Paulus Turck, Jr., of New York, on May 16,
1688, and is described in the marriage record as Marritje Reyers, of Blommendael.
They had children:
I. Paulus Tueck, bap. i68g. Sponsers, Paulus Turck and Annetje Reyers.
II. Martin Turck, bap. Dec. 19, 1697.

III. Jacob Turck, bap. July 2, 1700.

IV. Marritje Turck, bap. Nov. 14, 1703. Sponsors, Cornelius Turck and
Aeltie Wessels (Reyerse).

2. II. JORIS (George), bap. Sept. 19, 1666; d. 1749; m. twice. y
S. III. RYER, bap. 1669; d. 1751; m. Rebecca Van Der Scheuren.

IV. CATHALYNTIE (Catharine), bap. Jan. 3, 1671. The sponsors at her baptism
were Evart Pietersze Kateltas and Catalina Rapelje. She m. on Mar. 31, 1690,
for her first husband, Samuel Berry. The marriage as recorded in Brooklyn
reads: "Samuel Berry, born in Vlissengen, to Catalynte Martense, born in
Brooklyn, with consent of Annetje Rapelje, the bride's mother." Samuel Berry
was on the assessment roll of Brooklyn in 1693 and the census list in 1698. He
was one of the partners of his brother-in-law, Joris_ Ryerson, in the purchase of
the large tract of land in New Jersey called the "Pacquanac Patent." They
resided first in Brooklyn, then removed to New Jersey. He died in 1702. The
children of Samuel Berry and Cathalyntie Ryerson were:
I. Debora Berry, bap. July 28, 1691; d. 1775. Sponsors at bap., Jacobus

Berry and Annetje Rapelje.
II. Martin Berry, bap. 1693; m. April 15, 1720, Maria, dau. of Peter Willemse
Roome and Hester Van Gelder. (See Roome Genealogy.) They resided in
New Jersey and had nine children:
i. Catalyna Berry, b. July 15, 1721; m. Johannis Ryerson, son of Ryer and
Rebecca (Van Der Scheuren) Ryerson. (For descendants see male line.)
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ii. Samuel Berry, b. Sept. 8, 1722.
Hi. Hester Berry, b. Jan. 21, 1724; m. John Burgua.

iv. Peter Berry, h. Mar. 19, 1725; m- Susanna Jones.

V. Martin Ryerson Berry, b. June 21, 1726; m. Elsie Mandeville.

Di. Maria Berry, b. 1728.

vii. Sarah Berry, b. May 26, 1730; d. Mar., 1812; unm.
via. Henry Berry, b. Dec. 4, 1731 - m. Keziah De Mott^

ix. Jacob Berry, b. 1734; m. Margaret Mead and had nine children:

1. Mary Berry, b. Oct. 16, 1765; d. 1765.

2. Jacob Berry, Jr., b. Mar. 27, 1767; m. Sarah Roome and they had:

1. Peter Berry, b. Sept. 22, 1796; m. Hannah Webb.

2. Anna Berry, b. Feb. 7, 1799; m. Benjamin Roome.

J. Martin R. Berry, b. April 3, 1801 ; d. Mar. 2. 1S66; m. Sept. 16,
1824, Ellen McKinley, and they had chUdren as follows:

a. Samuel Roome Berry, b. June 20, 1825; m. Laura Berry.

b. Sarah Berr>', m. Rev. Edward Wall.

c. Martin Ryerson Berry, m. Lydia Brown.

d. William Lloyd Garrison Berry.

e. Elenor Berry.

f. John Berry.

g. Agnes Berry.

h. Eleanor Berry, m. Albert Cotton Woodruff, of BrooUyn,
N. Y., and they had:
a. Harriet Partridge Woodruff.
6. Eleanor Berry Woodruff.

c. Edith Berry Woodruff.

d. Agnes Lloyd Woodruff, b. Oct. 24, 1872; m. Fred B.

Holden of Boston.

e. Albert Martin Woodruff, b. Oct. 24, 1872.
/. Harriet Roome Woodruff, b. Dec. i, 1877.

4. Samuel Berry, b. June 8, 1804; m. Mrs. Catharine Middlemiss.

5. John Berry, b. Jan. 25, 1807; d. 1849.

6. Jacob Berry, b. Mar. 25. 1810; m. Margaret Wessells.

7. William Berry, b. Aug. 4, 181 2; d. 181 2.

8. Margaret Berry, b. June S,"i8i5; m. William G. Smith.

3. Maria Berry, b. July 16, 1769; m. Giles Mandeville.

4. Sarah Berry, b. Sept. 9, 1771;™- David Peer.

5. Elizabeth Berry, b. 1775; m. John Ray.

6. Hester Berry, b. Feb. 22, 1776; m. Philip P. Schuyler.

7. Margaret Berry, b. April 17, 1778; m. James P. Jacobus.

8. Rebecca Berry, b. Oct. i, 1783; m. Moses Day.

9. Martin J. Berry, b. Sept. 22, 1785; m. Anne Hemion (or Hennion).
II Johanna Berry, b. Dec. 22, 169s; m- 1725, Peter Pieterse Roome; bap.

Feb. 24, 1703; d. 1778. Resided on the Bogart Place, Pompton Plams.
(See Roome Genealogy.)
V. Samuel Berry, Jr., b. April 10, 1697; d. 1769; m. first (sup. 1708), Jaca-
myntie Van Duyne; second, June 10, 1744. Jacamintie, dau. of Wouter
Teunisse Van Pelt. Issue:



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i. Walter Berry, of Gowanus, b. 1755; d. Sept. 2, iSiS; m. Dec. 29, 1777,

Rachel, dau. of Derrick Bergen.
a. Jemina Berry, b. Jan. 21, 1762.
V. Paulus Berry, b. 1700; m. Annetje Suydam. Issue:
i. Paulus Berry,
ii. Samuel Berry.
VI. Sar.«i Berry, b. 1702; unm.

After the death of Samuel Berry, his widow, Catalina (Ryerson) Berry,
married on June 12, 1703, Paulus Vanderbeck, Jr., of Pacquanac, N. J.
\ The children of Paulus Vanderbeek, Jr., and Catalina Ryerson were:

VII. Catalina Vanderbeek, b. Oct. 25, 1704; d. Sept., 1786; m. Johannis Van
Gelder, b. April 9, 1725; d. Dec. 9, 1792. Resided in New York, and at
Pompton Plains. Their grandson (son of Johannis, Jr.) was Major Ewout
Van Gelder of Pompton Plains.
VIII. Maria Vanderbeek, b. Feb. 21, 1706; m. Mar. 23, 1727, Garret Debow.
Resided at Pompton Plains.
IX. Sarah Vanderbeek, b. Dec. 31, 1708.

X. Elizabeth Vanderbeek, b. April 7, 1711; m. Oct. 31, 1738, David Van
Gelder. Resided in New York. Major Henry Brockholst and Debora
Perry were "Compeer and Peet" at the bap. of aforesaid Elizabeth.
V. SARAH, bap. May 30, 1673; m. Dec. 6, 1691, Gerrit Burger (or Bergen). They
resided in New York. Their children were:
I. Johanna Bergen, b. Aug. 6, 169-.
II. Lysbeth, or Elizabeth Bergen, b. Feb. 11, 1694.
ni. Johannis Bergen, b. May 24, 1702.
IV. Gerrit Bergen, b. Oct. i, 17 10. The sponsors at his bap. were Frans

Reyerse (Ryerson) and Cornelia Disenton.
V. Pieter Bergen, b. Dec. 16, 1711.
VI. GEERTJE (Charity), b. 1675; m. Abraham Van Duyne. According to Dr.
Schenck they removed to Cecil County, Maryland, in 1706. In 1698 the name
of Abraham Van Duyne appears on a list of freeholders of Brooklyn, which also
states that the household consisted of one adult male, two females, and two
children.

4. VII. JACOBUS, bap. Dec. 27, 1677; d. about 1749.

VIII. HELENA, bap. 1679; m. Jan Aukese, or Auke (Van Nuys). They resided at
Flatbush, L. I. They had:
I. Maria Aukese, bap. Mar. S, 1700. The sponsors at her bap. were Cornells

Reyerse and Sarah Hanse.
II. Johanna Aukese, bap. Jan. 20, 1706.
IX. SYNTJE (Cynthia), bap. April 2, 1682. Sponsor: Cathalyntie Jorise (Rapelje).

5. X. CORNELIUS, b. 1684; m. Sarah Jorise.

6. XI. FRANS, b. Aug. 2, 1685; d. 1749; m. Jannetje (Jane) Dey.

Marten Reyerson (Martin Ryerson) died about 1687, and his widow
married again, on Jan. 30, 1692, Joost Franz (Joseph Francis), who came
to this country from Amsterdam in 1654. At the time of his marriage to
Mrs. Ryerson he was a widower, his first wife having been Geertje Aukese
Van Nuys.



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THE SECOND GENERATION

2. JORIS RYERSON (translated George Ryerson),^ {Martin^), the eldest son
of Marten and Annetje (Rapelje) Ryerson was bap. in BrookljTi on Sept. 19,
1666: d. 1749. The sponsors at his bap. were Michael Hanzen and Catalina
Jeronymus. He was evidently named in honor of his grandfather, Joris
Jansen de Rapelje. Up to the time of his marriage (about twenty-four
years of age), he resided in Breucklen (Brooklyn) at the Wallabout, no
doubt at the home of his father. He then removed to Manhattan Island,
now New York City, where he engaged in farming, first on a farm leased
from Trinity Church, then on the Dey farm, and where he resided for some
years, subsequently selling out in 1708 and removing to New Jersey, which
was then a wilderness. Here, in company with Capt. Arent Schuyler and
others, he purchased from the Indians 5500 acres in N. E. New Jersey, upon
which land he settled. He married on June 26, 1690, Hannah (or Anneken)
(Schouten) Dey, widow of Teunis Dey, and daughter of Johannes Schouten.
She was born Mar. 17, 1666, and died May 17, 1743. Her first husband
whom she married on Feb. 4, 1685, died in 1688, lea\'ing three small children,
besides a five acre farm running from Broadway to the water's edge in
New York, which the present Dey St. divided in the middle. The three
small Dey children were reared by George (Joris) Ryerson with his own
family, and one of the daughters, Jane Dey, married a younger brother of
her step-father, namely Frans Ryerson. Her brother Derick (Richard)
Dey became the father of Col. Theunis Dey, who distinguished himself in
the Revolution as an officer in the Army and member of the Continental
Congress. Joris (George) Ryerson was a prominent man in the community
and as early as 1715 was one of "His Majesty's Judges" for Bergen County.

After the death of his first wife, Hannah (Dey nee Schouten) Ryerson,
Joris married in his old age, and his second wife was Hannah, or Susannah,
widow of Abraham King, of Second River. Her maiden name was Susannah



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