The First Vanderhoof Family in America
Geertje van Vulpen is known to have had at least six childrenby her husband Cornelis Gijsbertsen van der Hoeven. The exact order of their birth is speculative, although we know the ages of the six who travelled with her on De Bever from the WIC Debit record.
Soon after arriving in New Netherland, Geertje and her children settled near Albany and bought land in Kinderhook, where some of her sons farmed and worked until the 1680's. In addition to farming, they were involved in woodworking, building and local transportation, which included operating a sloop on the Hudson. The family is recorded many times in the Albany records until the 1690's.
Geertje married Steven Jansen Conick before 1673, although they were estranged sometime before the making of her Geertje's Will which mentions her surviving children and her home opposite Castle Island.
The three sons of Geertje, Gijsbert, Cornelis and Jan adopted the family name 'Van Der Hoeven' which their father had used back in the Netherlands. Gradually, this name changed into several phonetic variations, the most common of which are Vanderhoof and Vanderhoef.
- Gijsbert Cornelis was probably the oldest son, named for his paternal grandfather Gijsbert Hendricksen. As far as we are aware, he had no children and no definite reference to him is found after 1670
- Cornelis Cornelis Van Der Hoeven, probably the second son of the family, lived mostly in Albany and was an official carter and the master of a sloop trading between Albany and New York in the 1680's. He died in January 1688 and his widow and children moved to Brooklyn. They became the ancestors of the branches of the Vanderhoef family in Bedford, New York and Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.
- Jan Cornelis, the youngest son, was associated with the town of Kinderhook until the 1680s after which time he settled in Albany. He was probably involved in river transportation with his brother, Cornelis. In the late 1690's he moved to Bergen, New Jersey and his descendants gradually moved westward through the state in the 1700's.
- Elizabeth van der Hoeven was baptised at Tuil in 1647 and is the only child with a definite birth record. She married Jurien Calyer about 1667 and they lived in Kinderhook for several years before moving to Brooklyn.
- Neeltje van Der Hoeven lived in Albany and was at her mother's home in 1684. Thre are only a few references to her.
- The sixth child remains a mystery. She may have been Jantgen, daughter of Cornelis Gijsbertsen, mentioned in the register of members of the Beesd Church in 1659 or, as Wilson Ledley suggests, Hadduwina(Edwina?) Vanderhoven who witnessed a baptism at the New York Dutch Reformed Church in 1684. Thre is also the intriguing possbilty that a child of the family died in Albany as the Deacons' records mention a Cornelis Cornelis paying for the 'small pall'.