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Ancestry of Merrichgen Dirksdr Duurcant (c. 1600-1665) of East Hampton, L.I.
Posted by: Todd Allan Whitesides (ID *****1242) Date: September 30, 2009 at 09:31:47
In Reply to: DEURCANT family whose daughter m. 1635 Lion GARDINER by Ruth Thoden of 1490

Actually Lion Gardener and his wife Merrichgen Dirksdr Duurcant were not married in 1635. That's the year of their immigration. They were married sometime before 25 Nov. 1624, left Woerden 10 Jul. 1635, and on 16 Aug. 1635 they and their servant Eliza Coles sailed from the port of London on the ship Batcheler. An entry from the journal of Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts reads- "Here [at Boston] arrived a small Norsey bark [a North Sea ship] of twenty-five tons sent by Lords Say &c with one Gardener an expert engineer of work base provisions of all sorts to begin a fort at the mouth of [the Connecticut River]. She came through many great tempests, yet, through the Lords great providence, her passengers, twelve men and two women, and goods all safe."

Merrichgen died between 17 & 22 Apr. 1665 in East Hampton, with a testament dated 19 Apr. 1664 and a codicil dated 15 Jan. 1664/65. She was the middle daughter of Dirk Willemsz Duurcant (d. 1605), alderman of Woerden, and his wife Haesgen Sebastiaansdr. Though resident at Woerden, her father had Duurcant ancestors seated at nearby Harmelen for centuries.

In 1576 her mother, Haesgen Sebastiaansdr, was a ward of her kinsman Coenraad Gielsz van Boshuizen. She was married by 1587 to Dirk Willemsz Duurcant who died shortly before 6 Jun. 1605, and from 1605 until 1624 her half-brother, Pontiaan Gerritsz, genaamd van Boshuizen, was co-guardian of her children.

Haesgen was a daughter of Jannetje Pontiaansdr van Boshuizen (d. by 1576) by her second husband Sebastiaan Cornelisz (d. by 1576). Jannetje was a daughter [by his concubine Gerrtruid Dirksdr] of a priest named Pontiaan Willemsz van Boshuizen (d. 1545), who matriculated 23 Jun. 1495 at the University of Louvaine, and later was seated as a vicar in his native Leiden in Zuid-Holland. His ancestry stretches back through the centuries to include the counts of Holland and the kings of France and England.

I am currently under the impression that Sebastiaan Cornelisz was Sebastiaan Cornelisz, genaamd van Meerten, whose estate inventory taken in 1576 at den Gulden Leeuw near his first cousin's residence, the ridderhofstad Essenstein te Everdingen, indicates that his house at Zalt-Bommel was in the hands of the invading Spanish. He, in turn, was a son of Cornelis van Meerten who was described in De Gelderschen in Utrecht (1528) as such- Cornelis van Meerten, rekel onvroet, U kinders mogen wel roepen: o wy, o wach, Ghy Bloodtet sant, doemen soude rechten aen bloet, Dat tot uwen huyse in de kelre lach; Ghy hebt u selven daer mede veracht, Om gerekent te wesen in de verraderije, 't Is wonder dat ghy enz. Cornelis was the youngest son of Ernst Taets van Meerten (d. 1508) of Wijk bij Duurstede by his second wife Berta van Ess(ch)enstein, and his ancestry includes many notables from the province Utrecht.

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