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James Riker's ( 1822-1889) REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM:
(Fleeing to Leerdam and elsewhere from the threatened borders were emigrates escaping Spanish religious control)
"...at a busy little village within sight of Wolfswaert Castle, and also of the ruined abbey of Marenwaert, and called Beest, its bailiwick of the same name adjoining westerly to the Prince's land, but within the Gelderland border. The spirit of emigration reaching this locality, many of its people began to pack up and leave for New Netherland.
..set sail from Amsterdam May 9, 1661, in the ship Beaver, reaching Manhattan July 29....
...Peter Marselis, his wife, four children and two servants,
Frans Jacobson, wife and two children Goosen Jansen Van Noort and Hendrick Bries were among those referred to from Beest. The first two went to Bergen, New Jersey; the others, I believe, to Albany....Marselis died September 4, 1681 leaving descendants...."
Winfield in THE HISTORY OF HUDSON COUNTY, NJ says:
"PETER MARCELLISSEN came from Beest in the ship 'Beaver'; arrived May 9, 1661 with his wife, four children and two servants. His children were aged respectively 13, 6, 4, and 2 years. His servants were male and female. The passage cost him as follows: For himself 36 florins; for wife 36 florins, children 90 florins; servants 70 florins. He was the founder of the Marselis family in this county and vicinity."
Documentary History of the State of New York, Vol III, p.58:
"1661 May; In the Beaver. Hugh Barentsen de Clein, and wife and seven children. PETER MARCELIS van Beest" etc etc names all listed of other passengers.
It is interesting to point out here that very few families brought servants.
The Beaver was a Dutch West India ship.
A descendant of Pieter Marselis named Neafie says in his historical narrative that Pieter Marselis "might have been born in Leerdam, but when he came to America he came from Beest/Beesd
Pieter settled in Bergen where he died in 1682.
1672, Pieter Marceliszen, 27 September 1672, register male members Bergen Dutch church
1673, Schepens appointed were Gerrit Gerrits van Wageningen, Thomas Fredericks, Elias Michielsen Vreeland and PIETER MARCELISSEN
1674, Schepens for the town of Bergen elected were Gerrit Gerritsen...PIETER MARCELLISON...IDE VAN VOORST
1677, PIETER MARCELLIS and others to be able to claim an estate if heirs in Germany did not come forth.
1680,"PIETER MERSELIS and HILLETJE JANS, mother of PIETERTJE VAN DE VOORST witnesses to bapt. of ELIZABETH, daughter of MARSELIS PIETERSE and PIETERTJE VAN DE VOORST"
1680, August 1, buried, wife of PETER MERSELISZ..7th with the pall.
("The pall was owned by the church and those able to pay for its use could have their relatives or friends carried to the grave with it on the coffin.")
1682, "August 20...PIETER MERCELISSE acknowledges to have sold to his son in law Helmich Roeloffse his bouery, now ooupied by Gerrit Gerritse, junior, with house, barn and the outward garden, also the two lots with adjoining valley..."
1682, September 4, buried PIETER MERCELISZE 3rd in the church at Bergen, 15th with the pall.
1746, a document referring to land transferred to Harmon Merselis.. surveyed and laid out for PIETER MERSELIS, deceased, in Somerset County.
(Harmon was the son of Ide/Edo/Iden Marselis who was a son of Marcelis Pieterse. Harmon/Harman was the father of Peter and John Marselis/Marseilles and grandfather of Peter Hutchins Marsalis of Amite, MS.)
KNOWN children of Pieter Marcelisse/Marselis and Elizabeth are:
1. Jannetje Pieterse b. abt 1654 in Holland, m Helmigh/Helmich Roelofs Van Houten
2. Marcelis Pieterse b. abt 1656, Beest in Gelderland m May 11, 1681 Pieterje Van De Voorst
(Pieterse lived to be about 91 and died a wealthy man )
3. Neesje Pieterse, b. abt 1657 m May 11, 1681 Gerrit Gerritze
All of these children used the patronymic Pieterse.
"Others in Bergen records abt this time named Pieterse were Christian Pieterse, who married Treyntje Cornelis (possibly Van Voorst) and Paulus Pieters, who in 1671 owned land in Bergen adjoining Helmigh Roelofse"
An earlier historian said the fourth child was Hessel Pieterse. However facts indicate Hessel was a child of Pieter Hessels and Elysabeth Gerrits.
Christian is not a name in any future Marselis line but could be connected to the Van Voorst line.
In July 1737 an Antje Pieterse was buried. This name appears later.
Another possibility is the 4th child died after arrival.
Church records do not begin until 1664.
The children sometimes listed for Pieter and Elizabeth are often actually children of his son Marcelis Pieterse.
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