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Terhune Challenge:Terhune +Wyckoff OR Voorhees?
Posted by: Barb Terhune Date: March 10, 2002 at 14:09:47
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At the risk of offending one or more genealogy genies OR geniuses
- we have a BIG PROBLEM!

*Did* Roelof3 (<Jan2<Albert Albertszen 1) TERHUNE marry Marretje Garretse WYCKOFF
(as so many respected experts say)
OR did he marry Marike Gerretje Van Voorhees, d/o Gerrit Coerten Van Voorhees and Willemtje Pieters Luyster???

First, a bit of background...

1. Albert3 [<Jan2<Albert Albertszen1] Terhune did *not* marry Aeltie Van Voorhees d/o Stephen Coerten VV and Agatha/Eva Jans.
He actually married Aeltie VV [bp October 04, 1685] d/o Gerrit Coerten Van Voorhees and Willemptje Pieterse Luyster.

Albert Terhune & Aeltie VV named their 2nd son "Gerrit" and a daughter, Willemptje.
It also explains why they *didn't* name a son Stephen or a dau Agatha/Eva.

Refences (2):
A. " Identifying Willemptje, The Wife of Samuel Griggs", by Fred Sisser III; The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol. 69, 1994, pp. 133-137.
B. "KESKACHAUGE or The First White Settlement on Long Island", by Frederick Van Wyck. Published 1924 by G.P. Putnams's Sons, New York & London, The Knickerbocker Press. Pp. 302-3 (quoted at bottom of e-mail)

Comment: (THAT leaves Aeltie VV, d/o Stephen Coerten & Agatha Jans *free* to have wed Garret Roelofse Terhune. ) <whew>

2. Re. Albert's brother: Roelof Jans Terhune and his wife [WYCKOFF or VAN VOORHEES?]:
The revelation concerning Albert's wife led me to look more closely at previous Terhune research and now, there is credible evidence Roelof Jans Terhune has also been aligned with the wrong bride. I believe he may have actually married Marike Gerretje Van VOORHEES rather than the generally accepted Marretje Gerretse WYCKOFF !

To the best of my knowledge the ONLY source for that Terhune-Wyckhoff union was Teunis Bergen's book, "Register-Early Settlers-Kings Co.)...and has been reiterated in the following (among others):

A."Joannes Nevius and His Descendants" by A V D Honeyman 1900
B. "Isaac Van Nuys of Harrodsburg, KY" by Carrie E Allen 1916
C."The Van Voorhees Family in America" by Florence A Christoph, 2000.
D."The Wyckoff Family in America" by The Wyckoff House and Assn, Inc. Publication: Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1980 Vol. 2

A 1711 deed (see below) seems to indicate that brothers Roelof^3 and Albert^3 Jans Terhune married sisters Aeltie and Marike Gerretje Van Voorhees. And discovery of that deed has been instrumental in my raising this issue...
I would appreciate some expert assessment:

If I'm interpreting correctly - this deed ties Roelof Jans Terhune to "Marike", d/o Gerrit Coerten VV and Willemptje Pieters Luyster!

Whatsmore, the names of Roelof's children lend additional credence...

Roelof Jans' children, as noted in his will were:
sons: Gerritt and Albertus
daus: Willimte, Marya, Hyntie, Altie, Margryete, and
Ante (dec.)

There is NO daughter, Catherine (for wife of Garret Pieterse Wyckoff)
...but there IS a dau, Willemte!

In addition, we find Roelof and his wife "Metje Voorhees" witnessing the following baptism (of his grandchild?):

Baptismal Record of the Church of Flatlands
Page 157
Roelof, March 8 1752, Albert Terhunnen,, Roelof Terhunnen &
wife Matje Voorhees

If my suspicion is correct - it would mean that Roelof and his brother Albert actually married sisters: Marretje Gerretse and Aeltie Gerretse Van Voorhees, respectively

I look forward to any additions, corrections, arguments...

Van Wyck writes as follows:

Source: "KESKACHAUGE or The First White Settlement on Long Island", by Frederick Van Wyck.
Published 1924 by G.P. Putnams's Sons, New York & London, The Knickerbocker Press. Reprinted by Higginson Book Co.

On p. 302 - 303, [Van Wyck is tracking land transfers]:

Coert Stevense the patentee married, prior to 1666 Marretje
Gerrits, sister of Neeltje...:their five sons were
Steven, Albert, Gerrit, Cornelis and Johannes....
By the deed dated October 9, 1699 (Liber 2 of Conveyances, p.
205),...Coert Stevense the patentee and Marretje conveyed to
"Garrett Coerte" the tract between the Strom Kill and the
'broken lands or Kill thereby.'
Gerrit Coerte, by his will...dated October 1, 1703, proved Sept 23,
1704, devised all his property to his wife Willemke
for life, provided that if she should remarry she should only
possess for life the messuage of about 45 morgens
with half the meadow and the rights and privileges belonging;
all the "land lying after the sd messuage
commonly called Bashhurys hooke lying by ye Stroomkill,' after
his wife's remarriage, he directed should be
taken into possession by his 'overseers,' for the benefit of his
'Maricke, Coert, Alke, Peter, Hendrick, Steven and Gertie':
all his property, after his wife's death, he gave to his
same seven children in equal shares. (Liber 7 of Wills, p.
173, New York County.)

"Willemke married Peter Rose sometime before July 1, 1706.
(See a lease of that date, Liber 3 of Conveyances, p. 70) Alke or
Altie married, October 17, 1708, Albert Janse Terhune (Early
299), Gertie or Greetje married Gerret Van Aersdalen (Ibid, p. 378)
and Marike married Jan Remsen (Ibid), ***but before the date of the
deed next mentioned she had married Roelof Terhune. " ***
[*** emphasis added by Barb Terhune ]

"By deed dated June 10, 1711, Roeloff Terhuynen and
Marike his wife, and Albert Terhuynen and Aetkie his
wife, after reciting that there was a certain messuage,
- describing the one by the Strom Kill in substantially the
same language as the language of the deed from Coert Stevense
the patentee and Marretje to Gerrit Coerte - and other property,
describing it, 'with the rights and priveleges of commons within said
towneship, said messuage containing' about 168 acres, and reciting that
the land described was late in the possession of Gerret Coerte, late of
Flatlands, deceased, and was bequeathed by him 'to his six
children in equal proportions,' with other recitals, conveyed to 'Coert
Van Voorhuys' two equal sixth shares in the lands and rights of
common mentioned in the recitals. (Liber 3 of Conveyances, p. 230.)"

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