Name: Dirck VOLCKERTSZEN
ALIA: Dirck /HOLGERSSØN/
Birth: ABT 1595 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Death: 24 APR 1677 in Bushwick, Long Island, NY
Occupation: Ship's carpenter, farmer
Immigrated 1626 New Amsterdam
A.K.A. Dirck de NOORMAN
Burial: AFT 24 APR 1677 Bushwick Dutch Reformed Cemetery
Dirck's nickname 'de Noorman' is .
Dirck VOLCKERTSEN "de Noorman" (the Dutch form of 'the Norseman'), also known as Dirck HOLGERSSØN, came from Bergen, Norway to New Amsterdam, probably in the group of Northmen for which Secretary Isaac De RAISIERE had applied to the West India Company in 1626 --- Northmen who would know how to render pitch from the pines in the New World.
Dirck VOLCKERTSEN married, before 1630, to Chistina VIGNE, dau. of Guillaume and Andrienne (CUVEILL) VIGNE, Walloons from Valenciennes in the north-eastern part of France (then Belgium).
-Daughters of the American Colonists, LINEAGE BOOK, vol.XII, pp.226-228, #11643; v.XIII, p.361-364, #12854;
-Virkus: THE COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY.
From about 1632, Dirck VOLCKERTSEN and Abraham VERPLANCK had made their home with their wives' mother, Ariaentje CUVILJE, and step-father, Jan Jansen DAMEN.
Their families grew, and in 1638, when old Jan DAMEN tired of being steward for all of Guleyn VIGNE's offspring, he threw the whole bunch of VOLKERSENS and VERPLANCKS out of the house, injuring Dirck VOLCKERSEN's wife, Christina (VIGNE) VOLCKERTSEN, in the process.
In July 1638, Jan Jansen DAMEN brought suit against Abraham VERPLANCK and Dirck HOLGERSEN: "On motion of the plaintiff the defendants were ordered to quit his house and to leave him master thereof." Dirck however, charged Jan DAMEN with assault and furnished witnesses who testified "regarding an attempt of Jan DAMEN to throw his step-daughter, Christine, Dirck's wife, out of doors."
The VOLCKERTSENS settled at Green Point, across the East River; and the VERPLANCKS at Paulus Hook, across the North River.
-John O. Evjen, SCANDINAVIAN IMMIGRANTS IN NEW YORK (1916), p.69;
-Calendar of Historical Manuscripts, v.I, p.163.
Rachel, dau. of Dirck and Christine (VIGNE) VOLCKERTSEN, was baptized 8 Sept. 1641. Sponsor was Laurens PIETERSEN Noorman.
On 2 January 1642, the Fiscal arrested Gerrit GERRITSEN and Dirck HOLGERSEN (VOLCKERTSEN) for stealing rope from the yacht of the West India Company. GERRITSEN was brought to the guard house in chains; while HOLGERSEN was ordered not to leave until the case had been decided.
Two weeks later, HOLGERSEN declared, on oath, that he had bought the rope of GERRITSEN in good faith. GERRITSEN and the sailors of the yacht "Reael" were ordered to appear next day in court to draw lots for punishment, or meanwhile satisfy the Fiscal. John O. Evjen, SCANDINAVIAN IMMIGRANTS IN NEW YORK (1916), pp.69-70; Calendar of Historical Manuscripts, v.I, pp.78-79.
Volckert Dircksen, son of Dirck and Christine (VIGNE) VOLCKERTSEN, was baptized 15 Nov. 1643.
Following the Indian war of 1643-45, the families of Dirck VOLCKERTSEN and Abram VERPLANCK returned to Manhattan Island and eventually moved to houses built on adjoining lots in Smit's Valley. (Pearl St. from Wall St. North).
Dirck VOLCKERTSEN was patentee of 25 morgens at Mespath, 3 April 1645.
-E. B. O'Callaghan, HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLAND, v.II, p.583.
After the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Dutch War in 1672–1674 — the historic “disaster years” in which the Dutch Republic was simultaneously attacked by the French under Louis XIV, the English, and the Bishops of Munster and Cologne — the republic was financially bankrupt. The States of Zeeland had tried to convince the States of Holland to take on the responsibility for the New Netherland province, but to no avail.
In November 1674, the Treaty of Westminster concluded the war and ceded New Netherland to the English.
Father: Volkert Dirkse HOLGERSSØN b: ABT 1574 in Hoom, Norway
Christina VIGNE b: ABT 1610 in St. Waast-la-Haut, Valenciennes, Hainault, Walslant, Spanish Netherlands
in Noorman's Kill, Nieuw Nederland
- Grietje Dirckse b: ABT 1632 in Nieuw Amsterdam, Niew Nederland
- Christina Dirckse b: ABT 1635 in Nieuw Amsterdam, Niew Nederland
- Magdaleen Dirckse b: ABT 1636 in Nieuw Amsterdam, Niew Nederland
- Sara Dirckse b: ABT 1639 in Nieuw Amsterdam, Niew Nederland
- Rachel Dirckse b: BEF 8 SEP 1641 in Nieuw Amsterdam, Niew Nederland
- Volkert Dirckse Volkertsen b: BEF 15 NOV 1643 in Smit's Valley, Manhattan Island, NY
- Jacob Dirckse Volkertsen b: ABT 1646 in Smit's Valley, Manhattan Island, NY
- Adriantje Dirckse VOLKERTSEN b: BEF 21 AUG 1650 in Smit's Valley, Manhattan Island, NY
- Jannetje Dirckse b: BEF 7 DEC 1653 in Smit's Valley, Manhattan Island, NY