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  • ID: I16756
  • Name: Gerrit Aertsen VAN WAGENEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 FEB 1652/53
  • Death: AFT. 14 MAY 1721
  • Note:
    2005) GERRIT AERTSEN, b (2/14/1653), possibly a “twin” of Jacob (but
    unproven), d about 1721, will proved 3/9/1723, m ca1670 to CLAARTJE
    (CLARA) EVERTSE PELS, bp 9/10/1651 New Amsterdam RDC, d (after 5/14/1721)
    daughter of Evert Pels and Jannetje Symens (and sister of Sara who
    married Jacob Aertsen). Evert and Jannetje Pels had another daughter,
    Maria, who married Arie Roosa who would later join with Gerrit Aertsen
    and Jan Elting to purchase the Kipsbergen Patent (directly across the
    Hudson River from Kingston). On 2/20/1688 Gerrit was granted a tract of
    26 acres south of the Esopus Kill, by the trustees of the Village of

    The tract of land purchased by Gerrit, Arie Roosa, and Jan Elting,
    consisted of about 1500 acres along the Hudson River, and that tract,
    with another tract adjacent to it, owned by others, are covered by a
    patent recorded at Albany in Book 6 of Patents, at pages 328, 329, and
    330. A more detailed description of the transaction is found on page 252
    of the “History of Dutchess County” by James H. Smith, published in 1882.
    It is noted that the first deed for lands, in what was later to be
    Rhinebeck Township, was granted by the Indians on June 8, 1686, and is a
    transfer on the part of Aran Kee, Kreme Much, and Korra Kee, all Indians,
    to Gerrit Artsen, Arie Rosa, and Jan Elton, for 6 buffaloes, 4 blankets,
    5 kettles, 4 guns, 5 horns, 5 axes, tin can of powder, 8 shirts, 8 pair
    of stockings, 40 fathoms of wampum, 5 gallons of rum, 2 drawing knives, 2
    adzes, 10 knives, and a frying pan. This land, called “Mausakenning” by
    the Indians, was a meadow and separate parcel of land that was an
    outright gift from the Indians. It later became known as “Jacomyntie’s
    Fly”, probably named for the wife of Jan Elton (Elting), one time owner
    of the “Fly”, who sold it to Henry Beekman in 1689. Jan Elting had a
    daughter named Aaltje, who later married one of Gerrit Aertsen’s sons.

    Further information regarding these lands will be found on the following
    page, under the heading of “Linwood, Wildercliff and Ellerslie”.


    Gerrit Aertsen married Clara, daughter of Evert Pels. He had received Lot
    3 on the partition of the lands bought of the Indians by him and his
    partners in 1686. In his will dated December 17, 1715 and proved March 9,
    1723 he mentioned his eight children and the son of his oldest son Aert,
    who was then dead, and divided the property among them. His children
    assumed the family name Van Wagenen, probably adopting it because their
    grandfather came from Wageningen in Gelderland. His oldest son, Aart Van
    Wagenen received this property and sold it to Hendrick Heermans who had
    married his sister Annetje. He had married Aaltje Elting on October 26,
    1695 and died before his father.
    Hendrick Heermans in his will, dated March 23, 1750, called it "my
    Bowery" and left it to his wife for life and then to his son, also named
    Hendrick Heermans, who had married Sarah, the daughter of Evert Van
    Wagenen on October 16, 1736. This will also valued the property as being
    worth 266 pounds. Seven acres had however, been taken out of it and
    acquired by Goosen Van Wagenen.
    By 1789, Lot 3 had passed to Jacob Kip, son of Jacob Kip and his wife
    Clartje, a daughter of Evert Van Wagenen and Marytje Van Heyningen (see
    #3003 of Jacob Aertsen genealogy); probably because of his marriage with
    Clartjen, daughter of the younger Hendrick Heermans. Jacobus Kip was dead
    by 1795. Sarah and Clartjen, the two daughters and only children of Jacob
    Kip and Clartjen Heermans, married the brothers Andrew and Gerrit Kip.
    Major Andrew Kip and Sarah, his wife, received the part of Lot 3
    afterward known as Ellerslie. To the Van Wagenen, Heermance and Kip
    owners of Lot 3 fell the severe and toilsome task of turning the ground
    from forest into fields, of building the farm buildings and fences and
    clearing stumps and stones enough to cultivate and get a living for
    themselves and their many children. With the simple tools of those days,
    this was a slow and laborious work. It was no doubt accomplished by the
    first three or four owners, and by the end of the 18th century was in
    condition to sell as developed farm property. On September 12, 1809 Major
    Andrew Kip sold 272 acres, his share of Lot 3, together with part of the
    Kip inheritance to Maturin Livingston for the price of $7,500. It had
    evidently risen very greatly in value since 1750. On July 27, 1814 the
    property was sold with its mansion and 272 acres to Isaac F. Roe, a
    merchant of New York for $18,000, and he sold it one month later on
    August 31, 1814 to James Thompson, also a merchant of New York, for
    $20,000. The property continued to pass through many owners and
    eventually was purchased by Governor Levi P. Morton, who upon expiration
    of his term as Governor of New York in 1896, erected a stately mansion
    and at the time built the largest dairy barn in the state. Morton, prior
    to becoming Governor had been a member of Congress (1879-1881), Minister
    to France (1881-1885), Vice President of the United States (1889-1893)
    under Benjamin Harrison, and then Governor of New York (1895-1896). While
    serving as ambassador to France, Morton had the privilege of escorting
    the Statue of Liberty, in pieces, to New York. Present day Ellerslie is
    owned by Mr. James McGuire of NY City and is called "Ellersly Farms",
    with only the red brick remains of the original estate remaining on the

    Father: Aert Jacobsen VAN WAGENEN
    Mother: Annatje GERRITS

    Marriage 1 Clara Evertsen PELS b: 10 SEP 1651
    • Married: ABT. 1670
    1. Has Children Aart Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: ABT. 1673 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York
    2. Has Children Barent Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: APR 1675 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
    3. Has Children Evert Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: APR 1675 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York
    4. Has Children Jannetie Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: 25 JUN 1682 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
    5. Has No Children Annetie Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: 7 SEP 1684
    6. Has No Children Jacob Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: 3 OCT 1686
    7. Has Children Syman Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: 7 APR 1689 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
    8. Has Children Neeltje VAN WAGENEN b: 17 APR 1692
    9. Has No Children Rebecca Gerritsen VAN WAGENEN b: 11 NOV 1694
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