Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Willem Brouwer, Lysbeth Drinkvelt Family, Update

In the post of March 21, 2012, I had mentioned that I was unable to confirm William J. Hoffman's claim that William Brouwer came to New Netherland in 1655 with his wife and three children. Richard Brewer has found, and sent me a link, with the passage I was looking for.

In Berthold Fernow, Documents Relating to the History of the Early Colonial Settlements Principally on Long Island, with a map of its western part, made in 1666. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol. 14. (Albany, N. Y.: Weed, Parson and Company, 1883), on page 324 is found,

"We have given permission to William Brouwer, to go over with his wife and three children without paying passagemoney, on condition that he act as reader or comforter of the sick on board the "Waegh" until she arrives there but not longer. This for your information, Date as above" (which was 26 May 1655). By order of the Directors, A. B. De Deckere, jun.

The Waegh departed Amsterdam on 26 May 1655, and arrived at New Amsterdam on 13 Aug 1655.

The above cited reference can be found on Google Books: Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York: new ser., v. 3

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