Leydecker Genealogy


Leydecker Ancestry

Rycke Leydecker m. Claere Voorniere
Gerrit Leydecker m. Neeltje Van de Kuyl
Clara Leydecker m. Resolved Nagel
Catherine Nagel m. Roelof Van Houten
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. Rycke Leydecker is first mentioned in the Dutch Manuscripts of New York, when, on December 10, 1654, he received a patent of 25 morgens of land in Mespat, L. I. He was among the first settlers of Bushwick, where he served as Magistrate in 1662, 1663, 1664 and 1665 and on June 14, 1663, was appointed Captain of Militia. The muster roll contained forty names, including the officers, who were divided into four watches, of whom ten men were on duty every night to guard against expected attacks by the Indians.

He married, probably in Holland, Claere Voorniere, and died prior to November 28, 1666, as on that date James Casparse hired a farm from her, as the widow of Rycke Leydecker.

Issue: Gerrit, Ryck, Cornelis, Abraham.

2. Gerrit Leydecker, son of Rycke and Claere (Voorniere) Leydecker, was born in 1650, probably in Holland, and married in the Dutch Church of New York City, May 20, 1682, Neeltje Van de Kuyl or Cuyl, and the marriage record, p. 51, states they were both residing there.

Issue, baptized in the Dutch Church, New York: Ryck, Lysbeth, Clara, Cornelia, Ryck, Abraham.

3. Clara Leydecker, daughter of Gerrit and Neeltje (Van de Kuyl or Cuyl) was baptized in the Dutch Church in New York City, October 10, 1686, and on October 6, 1711, became a member of the Dutch Church in Hackensack, N. J., where she married, May 9, 1713, Resolved Nagel, baptized August 4, 1687, in Harlem, but residing in New Jersey. She died before November 12, 1767, as per her brother Abraham's will of that date.

See Nagel Ancestry


  • Early Settlers of Kings County, N. Y., p. 59, 198.

  • New York Dutch Baptisms, p. 157, 165, 175, 189, 205; Marriages, p. 51

  • Dutch Church Records, Hackensack, N. J., pp. 6, 35;

  • New York Wills, Vol. 8, p. 127.

  • Dutch Manuscripts, pp. 258, 381;

  • Documents relating to the History of N. Y., Vol. 14, p. 510.



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