Cornelis Cornelis Van Der Hoeven

Cornelis was the second son of Cornelis Gijsbertsen van der Hoeven and Geertje Cornelis van Vulpen. He was probably born about 1640/42 and, as second son, named for his maternal Grandfather, Cornelis Dircksen van Vulpen.

There is some difference of opinion about his early life, with some genealogies arguing that he was a Justice in Bedford, Kings County in 1673.  However, the date of this reference is probably incorrect and most likely refers to his son, Cornelis, who moved to Bedford around 1690 with his widowed mother and siblings and later held the positions of Constable and Justice of the Peace there.

It is more likely that the van der Hoeven family moved to Albany soon after their arrival in America. [See Albany article]

As the family had a connection with Kinderhook by 1667, it is possible that Cornelis lived or worked there at some time and he only  appears with certainty in the Albany records around 1674/5.

Cornelis worked as one of the official carters of Albany from 1674 and, for a period around 1680-84, owned ships involved in transportation on the Hudson. About 1681, his first boat was sunk and he was re-admitted as carman but subsequently entered a contract for a new sloop in 1682. He resumed work as master of a Hudson vessel trading between Albany and New York until at least the end of 1684 and several of his associates were linked with shipping occupations. He may have worked with his brother, Jan Cornelis, during this period.

One of his houses was on the SE corner of Broadway and Hudson, but at a later date he lived in a house just outside the stockade near the south gate of the city of Albany.

The names and dates of birth of Cornelis' older children are unclear since the extant record of Albany Baptisms only begins in 1684 but can be inferred from the will of their stepfather, Jan Bibout and circumstantial evidence from other sources.

Cornelis was able to sign his name, although his level of literacy was probably fairly basic.  Some time between 1682 and 1685 he suffered an illness or injury which severely impaired his ability to write.


1661 Cornelis travels to New Netherland aboard De Bever.

1665 20 Sept (ADA : 153)
f5 received from Cornelis Cornelis for small pall. (ADA :153). This may not be a reference to Cornelis Cornelis van Der Hoeven, but no other person with this name has yet been identified. This evidently refers to the death of a child, possibly one of the six children of the family.

1666 1 March (ADA : 162)
f20 Cornelis Cornelis for carting 4 loads of wood for Sacharyas. Again, only the patronymic is given but this is possibly a reference to our Cornelis in view of the fact that he was an official Albany carman at later dates.

1674 Approximate date of marriage to Metje Beekman, daughter of Martin and Susannah Beekman calculated from ages of children and records of Beekman family(BFFNA). Cornelius was aged around 32/34.

1674 October 7 (NYGBR : Vol 48 p236-244 : July 1917)
Cornelis is included in list Number Four of invited mourners to the funeral of Jeremiah van Rensselaer as 'Cornelis van der Haf'. An Editorial note identifies him as van Der Hoef and comments that the significance of the order of the invitations is unknown. However, Cornelis is preceded in the list by Andries Hansen [Scherp] so a Kinderhook connection is possible. It may be that Cornelis was representing his family as the senior male and his older brother, Gijsbert, had died by this date, which is consistent with his absence from the records after 1670.

1674 30 Oct (ADA : 262)
Mention of payment of f1.16 to 'Kosleys de karman'. Janny Venema states that the handwriting is hard to read and could be Kosleys, Kasloys or Kosloys. Possibly Korneleys (Venema p 262)

c1675 Son Cornelius born. This date is estimated from later context. Probably the first son named for paternal grandfather.

1676 Dec (MC 1: 39 and Transcript of Deacons' accounts by Janny Vanema)
The Deacons accounts of the Albany Church record that Cornelis Van Der Hoeven buys tools, including a pair of pincers and a hand screw, from the goods of the deceased Andries de Vos, fisherman. A subsequent item records that Cornelis buy a 'schuet' and pays 900 stivers for a quantity of wood. Andries de Vos was buried April 1676 and his goods were sold by the Deacons for the benefit of the poor.  This is the first clear record of Cornelis' aftername.

1676 Court Session 4 April 1676 (CMA 2:87)
Christopher Scaife, Frank Hardinck, Cornelis van Der Hoeven, Jan De Brower and Wouter de Backer [Wouter Albertsen van den Uythoff, baker] appointed as Carmen, to hold themselves at all times in readiness to serve and to accommodate all persons in need of their services and whoever of them shall not do so shall be discharged and another shall be appointed in his place.

1676 Dec 30 (ERA 1:148 and FOR : 220)
Corenelis buys a house from Marten Hoffman. The house stands next to Wm. Loveridge, hatter, and Munsell (MC 4:196) places it on the SE corner of Hudson St. and Broadway. Marten Hoffman bought the house from Jan Connell on 3 June 1672 but Ledley(1959) incorrectly uses this date for the purchase by Cornelius. Jan Connell originally bought the house from Jacob Joosten Van Covelens, husband of Adraientje van Vulpen.

The house is 24 ft wide on the street, length to rear 55ft and width at rear 8ft.On 4 March 1677/8 Cornelis sells the same house to Arent Jacobse (ERA 1:177 FOR :258). The house is between William Loveridge, hat maker and Jacob Staes[Staats]. The front of the house is on Broadway and it backed onto the River Hudson which may have been a mooring place for his boat.

1676/7 Court Session Feb 6 (CMA 2:190/1)
Richard Pretty, commissary presents a written declaration and says that Adrian Appel and Corn v dr Hoeve came to his house on 20 January to ask for two candles for the guardhouse. He answered that others were satisfied with the light from the fire and that lighting candles was expensive and wasteful. Appel then offered him payment for two candles.

Pretty concludes that Appel and van der Hoeve suspect him of selling the candles against regulations and are trying to trap him. He asks for them to 'make honorable and profitable amends for their wicked imputations, all cum expensis'

Despite Appel's protests, the court fine the two men 25gl 'for their presumption and boldness' and are warned never again to 'affront a magistrate'.

c1677 Daughter Alke/Elsje born

1677/8 4 March (ERA 1 :177 and FOR 258)
Cornelis sells the house that he bought on 30 Dec 1676 from Marten Hoffman to Arent Jacobse and signs Cornelis Kornelissen van der Hoeven.

New York State Archives : Deeds A 1656-1678' Page 416

The spelling of this signature is agreed by both Pearson and Gehring in their translations/transcripts. Cornelis has evidently run out of space for the whole of his signature as the first part of the aftername 'Hoe' (the 'e' is hidden by the curve of the page) is on the first line with the letters 'ven' appearing below.

1677 Court Session 3 April (CMA 2 : 215)
Cornelis van der Hoeve sues Peter Winne Jnr and demands 5 schepels of wheat,  f48 in beavers and f 24:15 in seawan. The Defendant acknowledges the debt and says he has paid 21/2 beavers on account and requests time until he burns tar when he will pay in tar. Plaintiff says he has had one barrel of tar and requests to have preference in next burning but will wait. The court agrees that this will be the case.[tar possibly connected with Cornelis' ship]

1678 3 July (ERA2:18)
Cornelis van der Hoeven witnesses, along with Paulus Martense, a bond of Jacob Jansen Gerdenyer[alias Flodder] to pay arrears of rent to Geertruy Barents. He signs Korneles Corneles.

1678 Court Session 6 Aug 1678 (CMA2 : 347)
Corn. the carman is again given permission to drive, having been suspended for some time because he refused to cart away the sheriff's dead cow. It is probable that the cow had died of some disease and was not fit for butchering.  Early August would have been the warmest part of the summer.

1679 April 10 (CMA 3:52)
In the list of effects and estate of the late Nicholaes van Renssalaer a debit item No 11 of April 7 1678/9 'To Cornelis van der Hoeven, carman fl40:13'.

c1679 Daughter Neeltje Born (estimated from later context)

1679 Court Session 2 December (CMA 2:453 )
Cornelis van der Hoeven, plaintiff against Cornelis Theunis. Cornelis demands 11 schepels of wheat arising from the sale of 200 pieces of wood. After default of the defendant, the court orders payment within 14 days, plus expenses.

1680 Court Session Sept 7 (CMA : 35/36)
Susannah Beekman has complained to the sheriff that Juriaen Teunise "committed violence against her children" in the house of her son-in-law, Cornelis van der Hoeve, by beating them and tearing their clothes. Juriaen Teunis denies the offence and says he 'spanked the boy a little for beating his child'. Sarah Loveridge testifies that she was in the house and saw the boy rush in, followed by Juriaen Teunis who took him by the arm outside the door and beat him. When Antje, the daughter, tried to intervene he tore her waistcoat and called her a bastard (etc.).

The court argue that they have not enough evidence to declare the case one of assault but say that the defendant 'acted very badly in interfering with someone else's children' and make him pay the costs of the case.

The Loveridge family lived next to the house mentioned in ERA 1:148(see above).  The unnamed boy and 'Antje the daughter' are probably two of the younger children of Martin and Susannah Beekman. (See FBFFNA)

c1681 daughter Metje born (date estimated from later context but reference in Bibou will is ambiguous. and could refer to Martin b. 1684)

1681 Court Session 9 June 1681 (CMA 3:134)
Cornelius v.d. Hoeve requests that he again may be admitted as carman. Their honors will consider this matter on the next court day.

1681 Court Session 5 July 1681(CMA 3:142)
Cornelis Van Der Hoeve requests their honors to be permitted to drive a cart again, as he suffered a great misfortune through the sinking of his boat. The honorable court, having taken the request of the petitioner into consideration, grant his request to do carting in addition to the five city carmen.

1682 2 May (ERA 3 : 534)
A contract between builders Hendrick Abelson and Jurian Calier and owners Cornelis Cornelissen van der Hoeven and Andries Hansen Scherp describes an Albany-built 'sloop' of that period as follows: a boat which is to have a 36 foot keel, with a peak aft, also a cabin and a caboose, a mast, a rudder, a jib, a roasting spit, a crane beam, bilge strakes, gunwale, festoon work and four bunks, to wit, two fore and two aft.  Jurian Callyer is Cornelis' brother-in-law, husband of sister Elizabeth. The boat seems to be around the average size for small Hudson vessels of the time and equipped for both goods and passenger transport.

Papers of Adriaen van Ilpendam : Notarial Papers 2 Page 384 : New York State Archives.

Cornelis signs contract as Kornelis Cornelissen van Ouven. His signature is very similar to that of March 1678 although the spelling at the start of his forenames is reversed.

c1683 daughter Janetje born (date estimated from later context)

1683 30 Nov (ERA 2: 202/203 )
Deed from Theunis Dircksen van Vechten to Marcelis Jansen [van Bommel]. Teunis Dircksen transfers to Marcelis Janse a house and lot lying outside the south gate of Albany.To the south of the property is a lot formerly possessed by Claes Rotterdam [Claes Jacobse Groesbeck] To the north of the property is the lot of Cornelis van der Hoeve. To the east and west, the highway. Breadth in front on the wagon road is 9r10ft : length 12r : breadth in rear 9r 5ft. He owns it by patent granted by Gov Lovelace dated 20 Oct 1670. Wit Marte Gerritsen, Cornelis van Dyk.

Note by AJF Van Laer : Mentions Lovelace's patent of 1670. Plot bounded on south by Jan Michiellans : east and west by wagon way. Also a garden bounded north by Volchert Jans, south by Sanders Leenderts, on west wagon path and east path that goes to the river. Theunis Dircksen bought the house from Willem Fredricksen Bout at public sale 11 Jan 1665 (ERA1:216) Merwick locates the house of Theunis Dircksen Van Vechten house exactly. (BWK 55 and 464)

1684 VNHR 1684
Cornelis Vanderhoven/Vanderhoff is listed eight times as master of the vessel 'New Albany' clearing New York bound for Albany. On one occasion the vessel is described as a sloop but on others as a Boat or Open Boat. This may be the vessel commissioned in May 1684  (see above ERA3 :534)

Date Type Name Master Destination
Apr 5 Boat New Albany Corns. Vanderhoff Albany
May 7 Sloop New Albany Corns. Vanderhoff Albany
May 27 Boat New Albany Corns. Vanderhoff Albany
Jul 22 Boat New Albany Corns. Vanderhoven Albany
Aug 25 Open Boat New Albany Corns. Vanderhoven Albany
Sep 10 Open Boat New Albany Corns. Vanderhoff Albany
Oct 4 Open Boat New Albany Corns. Vanderhoff Albany
Oct 28 Open Boat   Corns. Vanderhoff Albany

The list is taken from 'Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York 1866' by D.T. Valentine, pages 787/788 The journey to Albany would have taken 3-4 days, depending on conditions. See the Journal of Jasper Donackaerts (193ff) for details of this voyage

1684 Baptism March 1(ABR) Marten, of Cornelis Van der Hoeven. By Susanna Barens.[Susanna Beekman, grandmother]

1684/5 Court Session March 3(CMA 3:517)
Robert Livingston sues Jan Jacobse Gardiner and says that he sent Cornelis van der Hoeve and Jurian Callier to collect some boards from Gardiner which proved to be of such poor quality that 56 had to be left as 'not merchantable'. Gardiner replies that the boards 'taking one with another' were satisfactory and that Cornelis van der Hoeven sorted them out. The court appoint two men to inspect the boards independently.

1685 Court Session 4 Aug 1685 (CMA 3 : 546)
Hendrick Bries applies to the court for land to replace a lot incorporated into the cemetery. He is granted a lot 3rx6. The honorable court consent that the petitioner is to have a quantity of land behind Cornelius the carman's, on the Plain.

1685 Sept 5
Makes a will which is listed in the inventory of Jan Becker, Notary (ERA 3:590) as that of 'Cornelis van der hoef'. 'He is lying sick in bed' and 'considering the frailty of his life'. He leaves everything to his wife 'Metie Beekmans' who is to do her maternal duty by all the children but, if she remarries, half goes to her and the other half is to be shared between the children equally.(ERA 3:605/6)

He signs 'Kneles va de Hoev' in an uneven hand and a seal of unknown design appears to the right of his signature, possibly obscuring some letters. Despite his evident illness, Cornelis survives more than three years and fathers two more children.

New York State Archives : Notarial Papers No 2 collection p 568 : Papers of the Notary Jan Becker

1687 May 5 Baptism (ABR) Susanna of Cornelis Van der Hoeve. Wit.: Johannes Beekman. By Dorethee Jansz.[sister in law]

1688/9 Jan 10 (ERA 3: 606) Cornelis is Buried

1689 Aug 25 Baptism (ABR) Johannes, of Cornelis Van der Hoeve (decd). Wit.: Johannes Van der Hoeve[brother]. By Cornelia Cailljer.

1694 Council Minutes Dec 28(AA 2:137)
At a Meeting of Mayor & Council, Dec. 28, 1694. It is agreed by ye mayor and aldermen, with the justices of ye county of Albany, that ye justices of ye county shall pay ye sum of four and forty pounds with ye two pounds to James Parker, makes in whole six and forty pounds courant money for all charges done for ye city and county aforesaid, till ye 14th day of Oct. 1694, except ye pretence and acct. of Barent Bradt, William Hoffmayer, Adriaen Appel, and Maritie wedw. of Cornelis van der Hoeve , concerning ye removing of there houses, following the orders of ye magistrates of ye citty aforesd, on ye 18th of Feb, 1689/90, which sume, forty six pounds, they doe promise to pay in ye pmo of Aprill ensueing, 1695. Of which sume of forty six pounds K. V. Renselaer is to pay £4, and Schenectady £11:10, Kinderhook £16:15, and Catskill and Coxshacky £13:15-is just £46.

DHNY 2:93-96. The city elders were anxious to protect town against attack in 1689/90. Also see City Records in AA 3:9. for subsequent references to removal of houses. 1689/90 was the time of the 'takeover' by Jacob Leisler and consequent disruption of city records. Metje[Beekman] van der Hoeven had moved to Flatbush by August 1690 and payment for the removal of the house was by an order of February that year.

Putting together all these available clues, it would seem that Cornelis van der Hoeven's house was outside the city boundary but close to the stockade, near the south gate and on the north side of the road to the fort. See Albany Article and also

Metje, the widow of Cornelius, remarried on 9 August 1690 at the Flatbush DRC, to Jean Bibou of Bedford, Brooklyn. In a deed of property settlement of 30 Aug 1705 (Kings Deeds 2:42) Part of John Bibou's will names the Van Der Hoeven children :

"to my owne two sons Petrus and Jacobus, as also to my wife's fore children begotten by her former husband by names Cornelius Alke, Neltye, Maiiha [probably Martin], Jonica[Janetje?], Susanna and Johannes". All goods and chattels "after the decease of me and my said wife.



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