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  • Born (ABT 1589 OR 1590) - Valenciennes, Nord, France
  • Deceased in May 1655 - New Amsterdam, New York, United States, New York
  • Buried in 1655 - New Amsterdam, New York, United States, New York


 Spouses and children





Individual Note

Adrienne OR Airientje Adriana Ariaantje Cuvellier or Cuvielle


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The mother of the first white male child born in the New Netherlands, if we are to believe the testimony of the Journal of the Labadist missionaries Danker and Sluyter, was Ariaentje Cuvilje, other wise Adrienne Cuvellier, a native of Valenciennes in France. Sometime before 1614 she had become the wifeof Willem Vinje (Guillaume or Gulian Vigne), an early trader between the cities of the European continent and the Indians of the Americas: and their son Jean was born in the future New Netherlands in1614. Ariaentje was in any event one of the earliest settlers of Nieuw Amsterdam, and was in that settlement before even the Rapaljes and the De La Granges.

At first Adrienne Cuvellier resided on a farm near the present Wall and Pearl streets in New York; but after the death of Guillaume Vigne she was living outside the Wall (het Cingel) in the larger of two houses on the east side of the present Broadway, and which were the fifth and sixth houses portrayed on the Castello plan of 1660. In this place she resided continuously from at least 1632 until her death in 1655.

Guillaume Vigne died before 30 April 1632, on which date a report was filed by William Weyman and Jan Tomaszen Groen, referees, as to the settlement of the estate made by ...Ariaentje Cevely... upon her children. The same day she married Jan Janszen Damen, a prominent burgher of New Amsterdam, and a friend of the Director Willem Kieft. Kieft leased two parcels of land to Jan Janszen Damen 19 April 1638, for 6 years (Cal. Hist. MSS., Dutch I. A fuller transcript of this Dutch record is contained in Bulletin, Bibliography 46 issued by the New York State Education Department, Albany, N.Y., 1910).

During the time Jan Janszen Damen had trouble with his step-children, which assumed somewhat violent proportions. He instituted court proceedings 21 July 1638 against Abraham Isaacszen ver Planck and Dirck Volkertszen (Holgerssen), to have them ordered to quit his house, and to leave him master thereof. Volkertszen countered with a suit for assault, and was ordered by the court to give proof. On the next day, 22 July 1638, Morrits Janszen and Peter de Mey testified before the court regarding an attempt of Jan Damen to throw Dirck Volkertszen's wife ...out of doors.... This was Adrienne's daughter Christina. However, as Christina was a sponsor with her stepfather 25 May 1642 at the baptism of Susanna, daughter of her brother-in-law Abraham Isaacszen ver Planck, these family differences appear to have been composed.

Nevertheless Adrienne Cuvellier lived in stormy surroundings. One of her sons-in-law was Cornelis Van Tienhoven, who upon the advent of Willem Kieft to the governorship of the New Netherlands, had been made Secretary of the colony, in 1638. In 1640 the governor developed a policy of free trade, designed to encourage immigration; but the manner in which the policy was executed, together with indiscretions of the stupidly undiplomatic governor, promoted dangerous relations with the Indians. Kieft's attempt to collect a tribute from the Algonkin tribes in the vicinity of Manhattan island provoked the Indian hostilities of 1641-45. Adrienne, living in her stone house outside the Wall, must have been concerned for the safety of her relatives and friends, if not for herself, many a night.

The colonists, perceiving that Kieft's methods were leading to disaster, organized a movement whereby they would have a voice in the government. In August 1641 the governor called an assembly of the heads of families in the neighborhood of Fort Amsterdam to consider the problems of relationships with the Indians. This assembly chose a board of twelve men to represent it, and Jan Janszen Damen served thereon as one of the Great Burghers. Subsequently the board demanded certain reforms, but Kieft later denied its authority to exact promises from him, and discharged them. At another crisis in 1643, Kieft was obliged to call a second assembly of the inhabitants. This time a board of eight men, of which Jan Janszen Damen was again a member, was chosen to confer and advise with the governor. It denied his right to levy certain war taxes, and when it had in vain protested to him against his arbitrary measures, it sent a petition in 1644 to the State-General for his recall, and this was granted.

However, high feeling existed between the Dutch and the Indians; and it has been said of Adrienne Cuvellier that when one of her sons-in-law returned from the massacre of the Pavonia Indians in February 1643, with thirty prisoners and also heads of several of the defunct enemy, she, ...forgetful of those finer feelings that do honor to her sex, amused herself in kicking about the heads of the dead men which had been brought in as bloody trophies of the midnight slaughter....

During this time Jan Janszen Damen had become one of the wealthy townsmen of new Amsterdam. He was one of the owners of the privateer La Garce; and on 25 April 1644 his property is described as bounded by Wall street south, except for a small amount at the corner of Broadway, north of the church yard (Thames St. Boundary) to Fulton Street; and to Maiden Lane on the east side and falling just short of the East River. He also had extensive land beginning approximately at Duane Street and extending as far north a Lispenard, of irregular form, from roughly West Broadway to Elm Street. (see Liber GG, p. 91, Albany, New York.)

On 5 August 1638 Cornelis Dirckszen was plaintiff against Adriaene Cuvelzeers, as the entry was given to the records; judgment was given for the plaintiff. This variant of the surname, so given in the printed record, was undoubtedly actually written as Cuveljeers; although, as the original record has been destroyed, we cannot prove it. Nevertheless, this affords definite indication of the actual maden name of this ancestress. Under the name of Ariaentje Jans she was sponsor in the Reformed Dutch church in Manhattan,6 Sept 1643 of the batism of Jacob Wolfertszen; on 10 June 1646, her name misprinted as Adriane Nuvielle, together with the governor, Willem Kieft and Jannetje Adriana, she was sponsor at the baptismof Jannetje, daughter of Cornelis Van Tienhoven; as Adriaentie Kuypers (for an explanation of this, see the notes following), together with her husband Jan Janszen Damen and Adriaen Van Tienhoven, she was sponsor, 17 January 1649 to the baptism of Lucas, son of Cornelis Van Tienhoven; as Ariaentje Damens, with Dirck Volkertszen and Rachel Van Tienhoven, she was sponsor at the baptism, 23 April 1651, of Fytje, daughter of Jan Hermanszen Schut; and this seems to have been the last time she was a sponsor.

On 12 December 1649, Jan Janszen Damen made his will. He mentions his wife, but not by name; the son of his deceased sister Hendrickje Jans, now living with the testator and called Jan Corneliszen Buys, alias Jan Damen; brothers (that is, of the testator), Cornelis Janszen Cuyper, Cornelis Janszen Damen and William Janszen Damen; sister, Neltje Jans Damen; mentions the poor of Bunnick in the diocese of Utrecht; real estate and personal property. On 21 June 1651, is recorded the appointment by Arantje Cuvilje, widow of Jan Janszen Damen, of curators of her estate. Subsequently on 13 Sept 1651 of the same year, Jan Vinje bought a lot of the estate on the east side of Broadway.

We read no more of Adrienne Cuvellier except that she died in 1655; on 25 November 1658, Anthony Moore, burgher of New Amsterdam, acknowledged to owe Jan Vigne, son of the deceased Adriaen Cuvilie; Abraham ver Planck, who married Maria Vigne; and Augustyn Heermans, attorney of Dirck Volkertszen who married Christina Vigne, and also Rachel Vigne, wife of Cornelis Van Tienhoven, joint heirs of the said Adriana Cuvilie, their deceased mother, the amount of 1,031 guilders and 5 stuyvers; for the purchase of a certain brewery and lot, situated on Maiden Lane. A dispute arose as to the partition of the estate among the heirs, which was settled 23 January 1660.


Valenciennes, a city in the extreme southern part of the Walloon provinces of the Netherlands...was the first Netherland City to rebel against the unconstitutional infringement of private rights on the part of the King of Spain. The rebellion of this city took place in 1567, and in that year, before even the whole country became engaged in the rebellion (1568) Valenciennes was devastated and its liberty loving inhabitants scattered....People of Valenciennes' ancestry whose more remote ancestors were originally from Cambray and from the land of Cambray, called Cambrensis, were numerous among the earliest New Netherlanders...From Valenciennes (originally from Cambray) were the parents of Jean de la Vigne, named Guillaume de la Vigne and Adriene Cuvillier, who were on Manhattan Island as early as 1614, when it was nothing but a small trading post.

It will be observed, therefore, that Mr. de Boer had determined correctly the maiden name of Adrienne Cuvellier, as shall be demonstrated. In a considerable number of current publications, the maiden name of Adrienne has been given as Cuville. This interpretation of the surname disregards utterly the significance of the terminal -je or -ie which almost in variably appears in Dutch records of her surname; it also disregards the form Cuvelzeers (Cuveljeers) which was listed at one time. The equivalent in pronunciation is the French surname Cuvellier, which has the variants Cuvelliers, Cuvillier(s), and possibly Cuvillies. Reference is made to Origine des Noms Patronymiques Francais, by Paul Chapuy, which on page 48, 78 and 148 recites variants of this name as Cuvelier, Cuvellier, Cuvilier, Cuvillier, Cuvillies; ...faiseur de cuves, tonnelier.... The root of the word is the Latin cuba, cube, box, whence cuvier in French, a maker of tubs or casks (ex., a cooper), the diminutive of which is cuvellier, i.e. a maker of small tubs or casks. The Dutch in New Amsterdam recognized that to have been her name, for on one occasion she was called Adriaentie Kuypers. As Kuip means in Dutch a small vat (cask or tub), and as Kuiper would mean the maker of tubs or casks (i.e. cooper), it is proved without any doubt that this was her correct surname. It is further confirmed in the will of her second husband Jan Janszen Damen, who in 1649 mentions his brother Cornelis Janszen Cuypers (or Cornelius, son of Jean Cuvellier). Also, an Araentje Jans appears as a sponsor in early New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch church records and but once; in view of the relationships indicated, there can be little question that this was also Adrienne Cuvellier. See also; Engelsch Woordenboek, by Karel ten Gruggencale.

The following is thetranslation of the prenuptial agreement by Adrienne and Jan Jansen Damen, concerning her children by her deceased husband, Guillaume Vigne:

...Dirck Volgersen Noorman and Ariaentje Cevelyn, his wife's mother, came before us in order to enter into an agreement with her children whom she has borne by her lawful husband Willem Vienje, settling on Maria Vienje and Christina Vienje, both married persons, on each the sum of two hundred guilders ... and on Resel Vienje and Jan Vienje, both minor children, also as their portion of their father's estate, on each the sum of threehundred guilders; with this provision that she and her future lawful husband, Jan Jansen Damen, shall be bound to bring up the above named two children until they attain their majority, and be bound to clothe and rear the aforesaid children, to keep them at school and to give them a good trade, as parents ought to do.... This agreement was dated ...the last of April 1632,... but was not recorded until 7 May 1638.


Locations beyond the Wall, numbers 5 & 6. Thesetwo houses still belonged, in 1660, to Jan Vinje and other heirs of Adriana Cuvilje (or Adrienne Cuviller) widow of Jan Jansen Damen. The more northerly dwelling seems to have been the Damen farmhouse. In a recital of the partition of Madame Cuvilje's estate, it is listed as the great house, now occupied by Cornelis Aertsen. The southerly house is named in the same instrument as ...the small house now occupied by Pieter Stoutenburgh...--Liber Deeds, B;103: cf Mortgages, 1664--1675, translated by O'Callaghan, 55. Aertsen and Stoutenburgh were assessed here in 1665--Rec. N. Am., V: 225. One of the picturesque Dutch haystacks of the period stood behind the great house. It is, doubtless this very haystack that has been mistaken for a church tower by so many students of the Visscher series of views.....

The great house stood diagonally across Cedar Street, on Broadway. If it could be reconstructed today, its south corner would probably touch the new forty-story Equitable Building. Pieter Stoutenburgh's house forms part of the Equitable site. For more than two centuries it retained its identity, thirty-seven feet, six inches wide on the highway. As number 112 Broadway, it was the site of the National Hotel.

The instrument of 30 April 1632, of which only the English version is remaining, is as follows:

We the undersigned, William Weymans Smith, and Jan Tomasen Groen, do attest and certify for the real truth, as arbitrators, by this instrument, that Dirck Volgersen Norman and Ariaentje Cevelyn his wife's mother, came before us in order to agree with her children which she hath borne by her lawful husband bequeathing to Maria Vienje, Christina Vienje both married persons, to each person the sum of two hundred guilders, as their father's hereditary portion, and Rachel Vienje and Jan Vineje, both minor children, also as their___hereditary portion, to each person the sum of three hundred guilders; with all such ___lations that she with her future lawful husband, Jan Jansen Damen, shall be ______ to bring up the above named two children with the saved property until their years of majority, and shall not use more than the _____and be bound to clothe and rear the above named children as children out to be, ___keep them at school, to give them a trade as good parents ought to do.

This done in New Netherland on the Island Manhates and Fort Amsterdam the last of April 1632. For confirmation thereof was signed by Jacob Plandk, the writer of this instrument, with this sort of mark,and after it was written this the mark of Dirck Volekertsen Noorman, Jan Tomasen Groen, and this is the mark X of William Weyman.

This preceding agreement is recorded here witha view that if lost, it might be got again here, it is thus found by me Cornelis Van Tienhoven, Secretary to agree with the Original.

Done this 7th May 1638 at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Here we have the apparent confusion of dates 1632 and 1638 accounted for: the agreement of 1632 was recorded in 1638, when governor Willem Kieft ordered all instruments of this nature to be so filed.

We now give the instrument whereby Aryaentie Cuvelje nominated her ...guardians and tutors... to regulate the disposal of the estateof her deceased second husband, Jan Janszen Damen:

This day, the XXI of June of this year 1651, we, the undersigned, came to the house of Aryaentie Cuvelje, widow of Jan JansenDamen deceased, who in our presence declared that she nominated on her behalf, and constituted, as she hereby does, David Provoost, Jacobus van Corlaer, and Borger Jorisen, as guardians and tutors toregulate, divide and for her to arrange the entire estate to the best advantage of her and her children and heirs, as they shall find to be in all things conformable to law and equity. She promises to held and to cause to be held good, firm and valid whatever shall be enacted, done and performed in the case aforesaid by the _____guardians and tutors.

Thus done and executed on the day and in the year aforesaid, in testimony she hath signed this, in the presence of Carel van Brugge and George Baxter witnesses, hereunto invited, on the Island of Manhatan in New Netherland.

Signed by the mark of Ariaentje Cuvelje with Carel van Brugge and George Baxter. To my knowledge. Jacob Kip, Clerk. After due collation, this is found to agree with its original as aforesaid, by me, Jacob Kip, Clerk.

More about Adrienne Cuvelier.....

From and article called ...It's about time... Vol IV Chronological and Historical and genealogical resarch notes on some of the paternal ancestors, descendants, and collateral lines of Frederick Perry Decoursey (1900-1978) compiled by William Decoursey lll 1735 Terrance NW Newbrighton Minnesota 55112, p.24...In the fall of 1642, there had been some incidents of violence by renigade indians. After some traders had stolen a dress of beaver-skins from an Indian whom they previously stupefied with brandy, he vowed revenge. An Englishman in the employ of David De Vries was killed shortly after, and in a few days following, Gerrit Jansz Van Vorst was also slain, while engaged in roofing a house. The chiefs of the tribes, desiring peace, offered restitution to the Dutch, but it was refused by Kieft. In February 1643, in spite of the warning of cooler heads such as Johannes La Montagne and David Pieterse De Vries, who counselled patience, humanity and kindness to win over the Indians, Kieft, at the urging of a militant group led by Jan Jansen Damen, Abraham Planck and Maryn Adriaense, ordered a pre-emptive sneak attack on the Indians at Pavonia. Over one hundred and twenty Indian men, women, and children were slaughtered in their sleep. According to one account, ...Sucklings were torn from their mother's breasts butchered before their parent's eyes and their mangled limbs thrown quivering into the river or the flames. Babes were hacked to pieces while fastened to little boards...their primitive cradles...others were thrown alive into the river, and when their parents, impelled by nature, rushed in to save them, the soldiers prevented their landing, and thus both parents and offspring sunk into one watery grave. Children of half a dozen yrs, decrepit men of threescore and ten, shared the same fate. Those who escaped and begged for shelter next morning were killed in cold blood, or thrown into the river. Some came running to us from the country, having their hands cut off, some lost both arms and legs, some were supporting their entrails with their hands, while others were mangled in other horrid ways too horrid to be conceived. And these miserable wretches, as well as many of the Dutch, were all the time under the impression that the attack hadproceeded from the terrible Mohawks....

...This senselessly violent act by the Dutch soldiers infuriated the previously peacful Indians surrounding New Amsterdam, and this act was to prove troublesome to the white colonists (both Dutch and English) in the future. ...

...The dismay felt by the Indians following the massacre was expressed in the words of an Indian sachem of the Manhattans, addressed to Ambassador David Pieterszen de Vries at a subsequent peace conference: ...When you first arrived on our shores, you were often in want of food. We gave you our beans and our corn. We let you eat our oysters and fish; and now for a recompence, you murder our people. The men whom you left here at your first trip, to barter your goods until your return, we cherished as we would our eyeballs. We gave them our daughters for wives, and by these they have children. There are now numbers of Indians who come from the mixed blood of the Indians and Swannekins (white man) Your own blood you spilt in this villanous manner.... E.B. O'Callaghan, HISTORY OF THE NEW NETHERLANDS v,1, pp 263-278

Tradition says that Guleyn Vigne's wife, Ariaentje Cuvilje, had been endowed by her schismatic forbears with a violently rebellious streak, and it was reported in Holland that she played football with Indians' heads brought to Fort Amsterdam after Kieft's unholy attacks in 1643.

Following the massacre of the Indians by the Dutch soldiers at Pavonia, Ariaentje Cuvilje, ...Van Tienhoven's mother in law, forgetful of those finer feelings which do honor to her sex, amused herself, it is stated, in kicking about the heads of the dead men which had been brought in, as bloody trophies of that midnight slaughter... E. B. O'Callaghan, HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLANDS, v, 1, p 269.


1658 November 25 Anthony Moore, burgher of New Amsterdam, acknowledges to owe Jan Vigne, son of deceased Adriane Cuvilie, Abraham Verplanck, who married Maria Vigne, and Augustyn Heermans, attorney for Dirck Bolcker, who married Kristyn Vigne, and also Rachel Vigne, wife of Cornelis van Tienhoven, joint heirs of the said Adriana Cuvilie, their deceased mother, the amount of 1031 guilders 5 stivers, for purchase of certain brewery and lot, situated on the Maagde Paatje; to the East, South and West, the lot of said heirs. Mortagages said brewery and lot.


Curators of the estate of Jan Damen, deceased, plaintiffs, v/s Aryaentie Cuvelje, deft. both in default, 25 Aug. 1653.

Tuesday, 23 Sept 1659, Rachel van Tienhoven requests by petition, that Abraham Verplanck and Augustyn Heermans her adversaries shall be ordered to furnish her the petitioner, authentic copy of the compromise made by Dirck van Schelluyne regarding the settlement of the dispute between her husband and the heirs of Adriana Cuvilje deceased.

Whereupon it is ordered: Petition is granted and adverse parties shall be ordered to communicate to petitioner authentic copy of the compromise.

On the written petition of Raghel van Tienhoven, Abr. Verplanck and Augustyn Heermans are hereby ordered by the Court to communicate to Raghel van Tienhoven authentic copy of the compromise, made by the Notary Dirck van Schelluyne in the dispute between Cornelis Van Tienhoven and Abraham Verplanck, Dirck Volkersen and Jan Vigne all heirs of deceased Adriaana Cuvilje, relative to the award of Adriaen ver der Donck, Joannes van Brugh, and Joannes de Decker, all arbitrators in the above named questions. Actum.

Friday 23 January 1660, Burgermaster and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland having considered and read the papers, documents and vouchers produced on both sides in the suit between Raghel van Tienhoven, pltf., against Abraham Verplanck, Jan Vigne and Augustyn Heermans, debts., for satisfaction and payment of two thousand forty one gulden forty stivers, which the pltf. demands from debts according to a/c and obligation signed in the presence of arbitrators.


Guillaume Vigne (Willem Vinje) and Adrienne Cuvellier (Ariaentje Cuvilije) were the parents of the first white child born in the U. S. north of Virginia. They had been forgotten until comparatively lately when the ...Journal of the Voyage to New York in 1679-80... by Jasper Dankers and Peter Sluyler (Labadist priests) was discovered in an old library in Holland, translated and published in ...Memoirs of Long Island Historical Society... I, 114. The translation of the original statement, essentially copied in various other publications and considered so important that the original Dutch was also included in the ...Memoirs... is: ...While in their company we conversed with the first male born of Europeans in New Netherland, named Jan Vigne. His parents were from Valenciennes and he was then about sixty-five years of age. He was a brewer and a neighbor of our old people.... The ...Memoirs... continue: ...The first trading voyages to Hudson's River were made by the Dutch in 1613-14, and the first wintering or habitation there in 1614-15. Whether Jean Vigne's parents return to Holland or remained here during the obscure period between the time of his birth and the occupation of the country by the West India Company, it is impossible to determine. Either may have been the case. If the statement, however, be correct and there is nothing inconsistent with it, with the history of the colony, as far as known, Jean Vigne was not only the first born of European parents in New Netherland, but a few, at least soonafter the ...Journal... was discovered, have questioned it. Most of the objections seem to me specious, the best one seen being perhaps that two referees were appointed in 1632 to protect the interests of the children, Jan (Jean) and Rachel, ...Minors..., but I wonder if it wasn't reasonable even for about 18 years old. The agreement was to protect Adrienne's interests as well as those of the children in Guillaume's estate after she remarried.

Jean Vigne, the son belonged to the class of Great Burgers in New Amsterdam and was one of the schepens in 1655, 56, 61 and 63. ...New York Genealogical and Biographical Record:, 66, 227, adds that two of the children, Maria and Christina, were already married in 1632 and the other ...two, Rachel and Jan, were minors; as both the latter, however, were married within the next six years, they must have been in the later years of their majority in 1632, and the age of Jan Vinje, according to the Labadists, which would have been 17 or 18 at that time is confirmed.... ...While in town they lodged with one Jacob Hellekers, the site of whose house is now occupied by the building No. 255, Pearl St. near Fulton St. They were, therefore, near neighbors to Jan Vinje, with whom they soon became acquainted. He was then, they tell us, about 65 years of age, a prominent man, well known to all the citizens, many of whom had themselves resided in the town and had been intimately acquainted with him for 30 or 40 years. It was the common understanding that he was the first person born in the colony and the date of his birth wouldthere go back to 1614. His parents, how they came to be in New Amsterdam in the early days of the trading post we do not know but there is certainly nothing improbable in the assertion that a trader of an officer of the post should have had his family with him at New Amsterdam....

...Year Book of the Holland Society of N.Y...., 1895, 129 says; The coincidence of dates has led some to conclude that his parents were with Adriaen Bock in the Tiger, when that vessel was burned in New York Harbor in 1613. It will be recalled that Block's crew erected the first house ever built in New Amsterdam; --where they spent the winter of 1613-14, while building the ...Restless.... The very next year after the discovery of the Hudson a Dutch trading vessel visited the river and was followed by others. It is believed that a fort was erected on Manhattan Island in 1615, and another about the same time at Albany, and it is not at all unlikely, during the eight years intervening before the arrival of the New Netherland, with ships constantly passing to and fro, that not a few permanent traders had established themselves both at Manhattan Island and up the Hudson River. In fact there appears to be positive evidence to this effect--...This conference was held, no doubt' says Brodhead 'with the Dutch traders who were then settled at Manhattan Island'. This was in 1619.

...History of the Huguenot Emigration to America... (1885), I, 171 by Chas. W. Baird says; ...The settlers found a few huts standing near the southern end of the island. A trading-post had been maintained here for several years by merchants of Amsterdam; and here Adriaen Block, a mariner in their employee, passed the winter of the year, 1613, building a ship to replace his vessel, which had been burned. The first European child born in this region, Jean Vigne, of Huguenot parents, here saw the light in 1614. But the permanent occupation of the city of New York, dates form the arrival of the ship ...New Netherlands... in May 1623....

George E. McCracken in ...American Genealogist..., 35, 200 says: ...That honor (of being the first child of European parents born within the present limits of New York State) belongs rather to Jean Vigne born on Manhattan Island in 1614, as Dr. Herbert F. Seversmith has convincely shown--and also Allaban---....

The best account appears to be in the many pages starting at P.47 of ...Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut... of H. F. Seversmith, devoted principally to Adrienne and a somewhat shorter account by the same author in ...National Genealogical Society Quarterly..., 35, 65, entitled ...Ariaentje Cuvilije-Matriarch of New Amsterdam.... He at first thought he had traced her back into France, but later decided against that solution. Apparently he is going to include more on the Vigne line in a later volume of his ...Colonial Families....

Guleyn Vinge was an Indian trader. ...St. Nicholas Society Gen. Record..., IV,266 says he ...had his bouwerie below what is now Wall Street, and east of Broadway, or the Breede Weg.... Following his death his widow,Ariaantje married Jan Jansen Damen, April 30, 1632, after whose death she was heiress of the Calk Hook Farm. He died 1651 and she in 1655. The inventory of his personal effects fills 10 pages in the records. ...On 25 April 1644 his property is described as bounded by Wall Street south, except for a small amount at the corner of Broadway and Wall (northeast), and on the west side of Broadway, north of the church yard (Thames St. boundary) to Fulton St., and to Maiden Lane on the east side and falling just short of the East River. He also had extensive land beginning approximately at Duane Street and extending as far North as Lispenard, of irregular form, from roundly west Broadway to Elm Street....

Adrienne's name is spelled in many ways besides those given in ...Genealogy and History..., 95, where is shown Cevelijn, Cevely(n), Cuy(e)ille, Cuvelje(ers), Cuvilje, Cuvelzeers, Cuvilie, Cuvellier or Cuyper, Kuypers, Kuiper (basically French and Walloon) as was her first name: Ariaentje, Adriaene, Aryaentie, Adrianna, Ariantje and Aryana, etc. She is listed as sponsor in one place as Ariaentje Jans and inanother (misprint) Adriane Nuvielle. His spellings ranged from Guilaume to Guylen, Julien, Gul(e)yn, Gebeyn, Guillae and Willem.

Henry Bayer in The Belgians: First Settlers in New York and the Middle State..., 1925, explains that Valeneicnnes was then in Belgian Renault and that the Vignes were probably Walloon Protestants. The author is so intent on proving that most credit for settling New Amsterdam should be given to the Belgians instead of to the Dutch (which Theseis may or may not be true as far as I know) that he seems to have developed a one track approach in discrediting the Labadist priests. He either was ignorant of some of the preceding material or chose to ignore it. In several places he repeats his idea that ...about 65... might mean 55 and Vigne probably looked to be 65 but was only 55. This author ignores all the other suggestions by other writers as previously given herein and especially the idea that there would have been any fur traders living there before the Belgian settlement in 1623.

Adriene lived in stormy circumstance. Her daughter Rachel married Cornelius van Tienhoven who under Gov. William Kieft was Secretary of the Colony: Maria married 1st. Jan Roos or Ross and 2nd. Abraham Isaacsen Ver Planck (ancestor of a prominent New York family). ...New York Genealogical and Biographical Records... 41, 112, says: ...The history of the Vinje connections is the history of early New York, although the name perished with the deaths of Jan Vinje and his son Gosen, many thousands of the descendants, through the Verplancks, the Volckertsens, the Tienhovens and the families of Roos, Rosencrans, Schamp, Lequier, Wessels, Schuyler, Van der Poel, Ackerman, Holst, Haldron, Balch, Sooy, Ament, etc. are now living.... Ancestor for Huguenot Society of New Jersey.

Also refer to ...A History of the Fulkerson Family from 1630 to the Present... by Laila Fulkerson Thompson, 2304 B. Street, Bakersfield, CA, 93301.


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