ANNETJE BARENTS AND HER FAMILY
Annetje Barents (1607/8- by 5 June 1662) first wife of Albert Andriesse Bratt daughter of
Barent (perhaps Röttmer) and Geesje Barents and her brother Barent Barents Rotmer (1610-by 1656)
Geesje Barents died 1658
Geesje has no birth/baptismal date or place. There is no evidence for her birth in 1581 or 1695 etc. as claimed. Geesje was married at least two times.
She is first recorded in Amsterdam as “Gessel/Geesgen Baerents” in marriages of her children in 1632. (Stadtarchief Amsterdam)
She died in 1658 (Deacons’ accounts…)
Named “Geesje Barentsdochter” in NYGBS record v. 123 the source is rec. 10 July 1663 …” Geesie Barent’s daughter” which could be the transcriber’s interpretation ( NYSL historical bulletin v. 10)
However, the Amsterdam recordings for marriage witnesses all show the mother’s name with her own patronymic.
She is not recorded as Geesje van Rotmers
She is not “Grietge Barents van Rottmers from the Mohawk tribe”
There is no recorded Grietge Barents married Pieter Jacobs Borsboom. Borsboom was born 1633 or later. His wife is recorded as “Grietje “ in 1680/1681 at this time Geesje Barents was long dead. (Mohawk frontier…)
1) Barent. There is no documentation for "van Rottmers” et al. It is possible he had a family name of “Röttmer”. Barent has no birthday, he likely died by 1632. If he is from Lower Saxony, Germany his name in German could be Bernd/Bernhard/Berthold. Germany did not use patronymics and had fixed surnames therefore his father’s name is not known. The family name Röttmer appear mostly in the area called Dithmarschen, Schleswig Holstein including Altenbruch and Otterndorf 1590-1610. The name originates from a Germanic first name rec. in the 9 the century as Rothmar or Rottmer .
"There was a family in Otterndorf with the surname “Röttmer” as shown by numerous entries the earliest from 1592 in Richard Tiensch –“das aelteste Bürgerbuch der Stadt Ottendorf 1587-1773-" (This quote from NYGBS record v. 123) The “numerous entries” are not listed. This book is not online. The Archiv Cuxhaven apparently has the book. A Bürgerbuch is a collection of names of freemen who have bought their citizen’s rights. Children of citizens were automatically citizens of that same town. These lists would give the date the citizen’s oath was recorded, mostly with listed profession or origination, at times there is data for wife, children or other household members.
2) Pieter Jacobse van Rendsburg (died by 1663)
Geejse marr Pieter at unknown time.but by early 1640
"1640 Gisje Berents (Barents) wife of Pieter Jacobs charged with board on the Waterhoudt from Texel june/July 1640 and credited with 28 days work done by her husband in the house of Arent van Curler, it is not unlikely that her husband was the same person as Pieter Jacobsz" constapel"
re. 1 Apr. 1652 in Ft. Orange “ (Van Rensselaer Bowier manuscripts by A.J.F. van Laer who provided the not documented “constapel” data)
Pieter Jacobsen rec. 8 Sept 1650 for borrowing a canon
Also called "a gunner" (constapel means gunner) 22 Feb Sept. 1652 p. 190 (Minutes of the court of Rensselaerwijck 1648-1652
There is a land deed in 1652 in Albany for “Pieter Jacobsen” (Beverwijck….) this was attributed to Pieter Jacobs Borsboom, but he is first recorded in 1657, so that placement is unlikely.
“1642-- Pieter Jacobsen of Ft. Orange born in Rendsburgh and Gesje PIETERS,
(her husband's name was Pieter) all to daughter TEUNITJE (sic. Supp. Annetje) Alberts”
(her husband's name was Albert) -(Barthold Fernow calendar of wills # 956)
There is a location "Rendsburg" in Holstein/Germany, there is also Rynsburch/Rijnsburg a location North of Leiden and an abbey Rinsborg in Holland.
Geesje Barents died by 1658, her husband purchased a pall for her in 1658 (Deacons Accounts…)
Pieter Jacobs van Rynsburgh marr. 2) Lysbeth Donneur after 1658.
"… Jan Claesssen (Backer) van Osanen (aka Jan Claesz van Oostsanen rec. 1664) husband and guardian of Lysbeth Donneur widow of Pieter Jacobsen van Rinsborgh accepts the Inheritance of Pieter minus 100 guilders that Pieter furnished to the Company on his sickbed… 23 Nov. 1663.. Administrators are Jan Verbeek and Evert Wendel" (Collections of the history of Albany…)
“ 30 Sept. 1664 Jan Claessen Backer, a trader gives power of attorney…. Is proposing to return to Holland..”
(Early records… v. 3 p. 296) This appears to indicate that his wife Lysbeth Donneur had died.
Lysbeth Donneur/de Honneur/d'Honeur shows no other documentation, she is not daughter of Guillaume de Honeur marr. Christina Steentjens, son Johannes 1665 (his will 1689 abstracts…. V. II p. 399) Lysbeth is apparently 2nd wife to Pieter Jacobs Rinsborgh/Rynsburch. They have no children together. There is no known connection to “ Elisabeth Gerritsen de Honeur binds her son Abraham in 1679” and Symon Jansen de Honneur is named hired son of Elisabeth de Honeur in 1681. (Collections on the history of Albany v. 4)
Annetje Barents (1607/8-bef. 3 June 1662) was first wife of Albert Andries Bratt.
She is recorded 7 times.
1) “ 27 Mar. 1632 as previous Albert Andriess from Frederikstadt, no parents, 24 years old,
Sailor with uncle Lourens Pieters Gessel and Annetje Baerents from Oudenbrath 24 years old with
Gessel Baerens her mother” …. The marriage took place 11 Apr. 1632 in the Dutch Reformed Church in Amsterdam (From stadtsarchief Amsterdam.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church was not finished until 1633.
Note that it says “as previous” (als voeren) meaning this was not the first banns.
Note that is does not say “merchant marine”
This Fredrikstadt is in Norway, Albert is recorded to as “de Noorman” (the Norwegian)
There is also a Frederiksstad in Denmark built in the second half of the 18th century.
There is also a Friedrichstadt in Nordfriesland, Schleswig Holstein established 1621 which housed exiled Dutch Remonstrants, followed by Dutch Mennonites making the city a “Dutch town” an Evangelical Lutheran church was built in 1643. Catholic and Jewish religions were also tolerated (From Gesellschaft für Friedrichstädter Stadtgeschichte) It is not likely that Albert or his parents lived in Friedrichstadt in 1621 .
“Oudenbrath” has been identified as Altenbruch is located next to Otterndorf in the Area of Hadeln near Hannover in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) these villages are about 1 mile apart. Altenbruch was called Oldenbroek in the dialect of the area earlier times. (Chronik des Landes Hadelns..)
Baptismal records for Otterndorf begin in 1639, marriage records in 1664, Baptismal records for Altenbruch begin in 1662 and marriage records in 1678. (Parish register of the Evang.-Luth. Landeskirche)
2) Annetje Barents is sponsor to Jan bapt. 5 Jun. 1633 of Barent Barents
3) Annetje Barents is sponsor to Rachel 21 Oct. 1635 of Barent Barents (Stadtsarchief Amsterdam)
4) 2 November 1636 ships log Rensselaerwijck…” a child born called stoerm the mother is annetie baernts” (Van Rensselaer BowierManuscripts p. 360 gives a footnote “Annetie Barents van Rolmers” without any original source.
5) Annetje Alberts is named heir in will of Pieter Jacobsen and Geesje Pieters in 1642
6) 3 June 1662 “Annetje Barents van Rotmerz” as deceased wife of Albert Andriessen Bradt 3 June 1662 (Early records of city and county of A. notarial papers p. 161) the transcriber (AFL van Laer) refers to “not van Rolmers as per Rensselaer Bowier Mss.”
7) 10 July 1663 “children of Annetje Barents give Power of Attorney to their brother Storm van der Zee for inheritance of Pieter Jacobsen van Rynsburch who was married to their grandmother Geesje Barent’s daughter… Here van Laer also names “Barent Andries” as son of Annetje, when he is “Barent Alberts” (From NYSL historical bulletin v. 10)
This is the source for “Geesje Barentsdr” meaning Geesje daughter of Barent. It is possible that this is an interpretation rather than an accurate translation.
Barent Barents (1610 ab.- By 1656)-
“… van Oudebroek, caffawercker out 22 jaeren geasst.met Geesgen Baerents, zihn moeder… (married) Annetie Jans…21 April 1632” (marriage1) (Stadtsarchief Amsterdam)
Caffa worker is the name given to a weaver of a damasked fabric containing silk --likely Altenbruch in Lower Saxony/Germany-- 22 years old, assisted by his mother Geesgen Baerents…(From Oudekerk Amsterdam huwelijken- archief Amsterdam recorded “van der pui” meaning in city hall) The Lutheran church was build 1631 to 1633 and not yet available, (archief Amsterdam) children are baptized in the Lutheran church
Baerent Baerents widower of Annetie Jans married 2) Cathalina Michiels 25 Nov. 1634
Baerent Baerentss "ROTMER" married 3) Annetie Jans widow of Pieter Heyndrixss 17 September 1644 – both died by 1656 (NYGBS v. 127 # 4 1996)
The NYGBS record 123 # 1 1992 has sources for marr. 2 and 3 saying “van Anterendorp”
Children of Barent Barents:
1) Jan ( Barents )5 June 1633 sp. Annetie Barents et al.
2) Rachel (Barents) 21 Oct. 1635 sponsor Annetie Barents. Rachel marr. Enne Tebbes
22 Nov. 1656, (her godmother Anna Michiels assists, both parents dead (NYGBS v. 127…)
Rachel died 17 Nov. 1665. Enne Tebbes marr. 2) Catilijntje Jans in 1666 and 3) Jannetje Jans in 1667. He died 20 Jan. 1675 (archief Amsterdam)
They had 5 children, the first three have Geesje Barents (Rachel’s sister) as sponsor.(NYGBS, v. 127, no. 4, 1996) namely Adam 1657, Sara 1658, Rebecca 1659, other children Isaac and Sarah have Cathalijntje Jans as sponsors. It is feasible that Geesje Barents left for New Netherland after 1659.
3)? Geesje Barents 1637?-1644 (no baptism in Amsterdam) to 1719-25? –
Said to arrive by 1656 (not documented) as she was sponsor to 1659 in AMsterdam this is not feasible;
Geesje Barents marr. Thomas Lewis. (aka Lodowyckse) ab. 1661.
She is not recorded as Geesje Barents Rottmer
She is confused with Geesje Barents died 1658
Geesje Barents and Rachel Barents are called “nichten” which does not mean “cousins” but “nieces” but refers to daughters of Barent Barents who is uncle to Annetje’s children in 10July 1663 when children of Annetje Barents deceased
( Barent Andries, Jan van Eckelen husband and guardian of Giseltje Alberts, Theunis Slingerland husband and guardian of Engeltje Alberts for their other brothers and sisters give Power of Attorny to brother Storm.(Early records… van Laer---It appears that “Barent Andries” is supposed to be “Barent Alberts”--)
Geesje and her husband are baptismal sponsors to child of Eva Swarthout in Kingston in 1677. (Church records in Kingston) “ Thomas Loodewyckse and Geesje Barents” –this is clearly not wife of Pieter Jacobsen van Rendsborg, mostly because she died in 1658.
Geesje Barents and Thomas had children
Lodowyck (aka Laurens Thomaszen) marr. 1687 in NYC Catharina Lievens
Barent bapt. 20 Apr. 1664
Leenert 31 Aug. 1667
Cornelia 19 May 1672
Thomas 28 Jan. 1674
Cornelis 1 Mar. 1676 (all NA DRC)
Thomas Lewis arrived in 1656; his will 13 Sept. 1684 leaving widow Geesje Barents and children Lodowyck, Barent,Leonard, Catharine and Thomas. (NYS Historical literature, abstracts…)
Although the NYGBS record v. 123 # 1 Jan. 1992 says” diligent search failed to find places with these names (Rolmers and Rottmerz) anywhere in Northern Europe” there is a town called "Rottmar" in Thueringen, Germany about 355 miles from Otterndorf . It’s a suburb of Sonnenburg in the area Föritz, inhabitants 310 in 1939. There are no early church recordings. It is not feasible that Annetje would originate from there.
Both Annetje and her brother Barent are recorded in their marriage attention as being “van Oudenbroek/Oudenbrath” which clearly pertains to location of Altenbruch in Lower Saxony/Germany , therefore they are not “from Rottmar”
Barent Barentse is recorded in 1644 as “van Aterendorp” (NYGBS record v. 123) Although pertaining to “Otterndorf” in Germany ; it appears a poor rendition as the Dutch name would be “Otterdorp” (a very old name in German was” Otterentorpe”)
The from “Rolmers” appears without a source in van Laer’s translation for record of “annetie baernts” in 1636.
The from “Rotmerz” appears in translation of van Laer for 1662. In 1663 van Laer also names “Barent Andries” as son of Annetje Barents, when he is actually “Barent Alberts”
This is the Seal of the town of Otterndorf.
It is not coat of Arms of “Barent van Rottmers/Röttmers from Osterbruch Hannover Germany 1591/95 marr. 1611 Gysje Barents known as Barentsdaughter…” (from website The Miner descent. Certainly all wrong)
I found only one Johann Rötmer in 1646 (Chronik des Landes Hadelns.. As Germany did not use the patronymic system father of Barent could be anybody.
The name Rottmer/Röttmer is not carried on in Amsterdam after 1644 and does not appear in New York recordings after the named 1663 translation.
Abstracts of wills Cornell University v. II p. 399 for Guillaume de Honeur
Abstracts of wills Cornell University v. 11 for Thomas Lewis
Beverwijck a Dutch village by J. Venema
Chronik des Landes Hadelns by M. Scherder
Collections on the history of Albany v. 4
Deacons accounts 1652-1674 of the First Reformed Church of Beverwyck by J. Venema
Early records of the city and county of Albany notarial papers p. 221\NYGBS record v. 060 1929 the Lewis family
Gesellschaft für Friedrichstädter Geschichte
Mohawk Frontiers the Dutch community in Schenectady by Thomas E. Burke
New Amsterdam Dutch Reformed church records
NYGBS record v. 123 and v. 39
NYGBS v. 127 no. 4 Oct. 1996 (Rachel Barents)
Parish registers of the Evangelical Lutheran Landeskirche Hannover Church district Land Hadelns
Van Rensselaer Bowier manuscripts by A.J.F. van Laers