Kuyper Genealogy


Kuyper Ancestry

Claes Jansen Kuyper m. Annetje Van Vorst
Tryntje Kuyper m. Theunis Van Houten
Claes Van Houten m. Grietje Haring
Roelof Van Houten m. Catherine Nagel
Grietje Van Houten m. Albert Stephens
Catherine Stephens m. Daniel Hawkhurst
Frances Hawkhurst m. Elijah Horton Cronk
Emma Teresa Cronk m. George Bartlett Hoffman
Minnie Lenora Hoffman m. John Schmieg
Florence Bell Schmieg m. Stanley Spartan Tumbridge

1. Claes Jansen was from Purmerent, a town about twelve miles from Amsterdam, Holland, and he was sometimes styled Claes Jansen Van Purmerent. In 1638 he leased one morgen of land on Paulus Hook for a tobacco plantation and was residing there in 1643. He was at times also known as Jan Pottagie, meaning in English "Soup Johnny." He married first, Pietertje, daughter of Cornelis Lambertsen Cool and his wife, Altien Brackhoengie, of Gowanus, L. I., and through her he inherited certain lands in that place, and by her he had three children.

She died before November 11, 1656, for on that date he married in the Dutch church of New Amsterdam, Annetje or Anneke, daughter of Cornelis Van Vorst.

He then went to "Ahasymus," N. J., and in 1664 took the oath of allegiance to the English government, and on August 31, 1674, was elected Schepen in the Bergen Court, and in the General Assembly of New Jersey, in 1682, was appointed Surveyor of Highways for Bergen County.

Long before his death he was known as "Kuyper," probably from his vocation as a cooper, and this name his children retained. He died in Bergen, N. J., intestate, November 30, 1688, and his real estate became the property of his son Cornelis. His widow died July 12, 1725.

Issue by first wife: Maryken, Arent, Lucas; by second wife, recorded in Bergen, N. J.: Elizabeth, Hendrick, Geertje, Jacob, Hillegontje; recorded in New York: Tryntje, Cornelis, Vrouwtie, Lysbeth, Jan, Pietertje, Dirck, Hendrick, Geertie, Jacob, Hillegond.

2. Tryntje Kuyper, daughter of Claes Jansen and Anneke (Van Vorst) Kuyper, was baptized in the Dutch Church in New Amsterdam, September 16, 1657, and married in Bergen, N. J., Theunis Van Houten, on January 8, 1678. He died in Tappan, N. Y., July 27, 1737, and she August 20, 1734.

See Van Houten Ancestry


  • New York Dutch Marriages, p. 21;

  • Land Titles of Hudson County, N. J., pp. 42, 345, 369, 403;

  • Early Settlers of Kings County, N. Y., pp. 68, 359;

  • New York Dutch Baptisms, Vol. 1, pp. 47, 52, 74, 94, 103, 111, 123, 133, 156;

  • History of Paterson, N. J., p. 235;

  • New York Record, Vol. 56, p. 261.



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