NEW YORK STORIES (before the wall)
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Shorto, Russell. (2005). The Island At The Center Of The World The Epic Story Of Dutch Manhattan And The Forgotten Colony That Shaped America. New York: Vintage Books A Division of Random House, Inc.
According to Shorto, Sarah Rapalje, born in 1625, daughter of Joris Rapalje and Catalina Trico, claimed to be the “first born christian daughter of New Netherland” in what is now New York City. (p. 41)
Sarah Rapalje may have been the first daughter born in the colony, but the following item shows she wasn’t the first child:
“Our information upon this point is derived from the Journal of the Labadist missionaries, Danker and Sluyter, who visited New York in 1679. While in town they lodged with one Jacob Hellekers, the site of whose house is now occupied by the building No. 255, Pearl St., near Fulton St. They were therefore near neighbors to Jan Vinje, with whom they soon became acquainted. He was then, they tell us, about sixty-five years of age, a prominent man, well known to all the citizens, many of whom had themselves resided in the town and had been intimately acquainted with him for from thirty to forty years. It was the common understanding that he was the first person born in the colony, and the date of his birth would therefore go back to the year 1614. His parents, so the Labadists inform us, were Guillaume Vigne, and his wife Adrienne Cuville, from Valenciennes in France. How they came to be at New Amsterdam in the early days of the trading-post we do not know, but there is certainly nothing improbable in the assertion that a trader or officer of the post should have had his family with him at New Amsterdam. In the mouths of their Dutch neighbors, the husband became known as Willem Vinje, and his wife as Adriana Cuvilje. There is reason to believe that Willem Vinje was the first tenant of the farm laid out north of the present Wall St. by the West India Company, and that he died there. In 1632 his widow married Jan Jansen Damen, with whom the farm is more generally associated. At the date last named, as we are informed by an instrument in the Albany records, of the four children of Willem Vinje and his wife, two were married, Maria (to Abraham Verplanck), and Christina (to Dirck Volckertsen), while two, Rachel and Jan, were ‘minors’; as both of the latter, however, were married within the next six years (Rachel to the Secretary Van Tienhoven), they must have been in the latter years of their minority in 1632, and the age of Jan Vinje, according to the Labadists, which would have been seventeen or eighteen at that time, is thus confirmed.”
Hoff, Henry B., ed. (1987). Genealogies of Long Island Families From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Volume I Albertson—Polhemius. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. (p. 280)
The Labadists were followers of Jean de Labadie (1610–1674), a former Jesuit priest, leader of a French Protestant movement.
Christina Vigne, sister to Jan Vigne, married Dirck Volckertsen (or Holgerson), a Norwegian. They were 2nd great-grandparents of Abraham Fulkerson. He was born 1739 and baptized at the Readington (New Jersey) Dutch Reformed Church on 18 May 1740, the youngest child of Volkert Volkerse and Dinah van Lieuvin (daughter of Frederick Van Leeuwen and Dinah Jans).
Abraham Fulkerson served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Lt. Reese Bowen’s Company, Washington Co., VA militia under Col. William Campbell, and saw action at the Battle of King’s Mountain, South Carolina, on 7 Oct 1780. His home, built about 1783 in present-day Scott Co., VA is in the National Register of Historic Places.
A superb website about Abraham Fulkerson is: http://www.fulkerson.org/abraham.html
My line to Dirck Volkertsen is as follows:
(1) DIRCK HOLGERSON/VOLKERTSEN m. CHRISTINE VIGNE (dau. of Guillame Vigne & Adrienne Cuvelier) (2) VOLKERT DIRCKSE b. 15 Nov 1643 m. ANNETJE PHILLIPS (dau. of Phillip Langelans) (3) DIRCK VOLKERSE b. 1667 m. 27 Sep 1691 MARIA DEWITT (dau. of Peter De Witt & Sarah Albertse) (4) VOLKERT VOLKERSE b. 1692 m. DINAH VAN LIEUVIN b. 9 Dec 1694 (dau. of Frederick Van Leeuwen & Dinah Jans) (5) ABRAHAM FULKERSON bp. 18 May 1740 d. ca. Apr 1822 m. 2 Jul 1766 in Rowan Co. NC SARAH GIBSON (6) ELIZABETH FULKERSON m. PEYTON WILCOX (7) PEYTON MILTON WILCOX m. MINERVA JANE DUNCAN (dau. of Joseph Duncan & Elizabeth Peters)
Thompson, Laila Fulkerson. (1979). A History Of The Fulkerson Family From 1630 To The Present (in two volumes). Bakersfield, CA: The Author.
The New Netherland Project of the New Netherland Institute is translating 12,000 pages of documents relating to the Dutch colony:
This is a great website for those interested in exploring New York before it was New York.