Van Vorst Ancestry
Cornelis Van Vorst m. Vrouwtje Ides
Annetje Van Vorst m. Claes Jansen Kuyper
Tryntje Kuyper m. Theunis
Claes Van Houten m. Grietje
Roelof Van Houten m. Catherine
Grietje Van Houten m. Albert
Catherine Stephens m. Daniel
Frances Hawkhurst m. Elijah Horton
Emma Teresa Cronk m. George Bartlett
Minnie Lenora Hoffman m. John Schmieg
Florence Bell Schmieg m. Stanley Spartan Tumbridge
1. Cornelis Van Vorst was one of the earliest colonizers of New
Netherland. He was born in Holland and sent to Italy to study wood carving and
later established himself in Holland as an expert in that trade. He probably
came to New Amsterdam with the Hulst expedition in April, 1625. His wife, name
not known, and children, preceded him on the ship Orangeboom. He returned to
Holland before 1630 when he was engaged by Michiel Pauw as agent for Pavonia, he
being the chief officer, the civil and judicial head of the Colony in May, 1632.
He married second, date unknown, Vrouwtje Ides, and died in the summer of 1638,
leaving the largest private estate of the time.
On March 31, 1639, Governor Kieft leased to his widow, for twenty years, the
Bouwery, owned by the West India Co., in Ahasimus, N. J., and this lease was
later transferred to her second husband, Jacob Stoffelsen, and later to his
second wife, Tryntje Jacobs.
Issue by first wife: Jan, Hendrick; by second wife: Annetje, Ide.
2. Annetje Van Vorst, daughter of Cornelis and Vrouwtie (Ides) Van Vorst, in
1650 became engaged to Pieter Kock, a burgher and an inhabitant of New
Amsterdam. On February 24, 1653, he entered suit against her for breach of
promise and the papers show she had a step-father named Jacob Stoffelsen.
February 26, 1653, she was absent from the trial because of bad weather, and on
March 10, 1653, she defaulted, but later appeared with her step-father and an
answer in writing, and on February 19, 1654, the papers were sent to the
Director-General and Counsel for decision. She was residing in Ahasimus, N. J.,
and she stated she declined to marry him because of certain misbehavior on his
part. The Burgomasters and Schepens, after full examination, decided, May 18,
1654, that her promise of marriage was given in the eyes of God and should
remain in force, so that neither party "shall be at liberty to marry without the
consent of the Worshipful Magistrates." (Records of New Amsterdam, Vol. 1, pp.
54, 57, 61, 64, 167,199.)
The Magistrates must have given their consent for her to marry, for on November
11, 1656, she was married to Claes Jansen Kuyper,
it being recorded in the Dutch Church Marriages, p. 21. He died in Bergen, N.
J., November 30, 1688, and she on July 12, 1725.
See Kuyper Ancestry.